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Volume 4, Issue 9

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Dec. 2, 2005

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2ID Soldier receives Bronze Star
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Korean artist’s talent on display at Humphreys
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Anti-terrorism exercise at Yongsan Garrison Yongsan set to begin Sunday
Area II Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — A weeklong antiterrorism exercise will be held Sunday through Dec. 9, to test Yongsan Garrison’s defense and emergency response procedures. Area II Support Activity Commander Col. Ron Stephens said the installation defense posture will be heightened during parts of the exercise, called “Adaptive Focus 06-01.” Adaptive Focus is a U.S. Forces Korea mandated and controlled exercise that evaluates an installation’s ability to deter, detect, defend, respond to and then recover from a variety of simulated terrorist activities. Stephens said a variety of scenarios, including simulated “terrorist” attacks, would occur to elicit response by installation officials, including tenant units. A community bulletin issued by the Area II Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security outlines activities and events that may occur during the exercise, including: ! Attempts to gain covert installation entry through the use of deception or exploitation of observed

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Area I Support Activity Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Lomax helps serve food to Soldiers at the Camp Red Cloud dining facility Thanksgiving Day. Across the peninsula, officers and senior NCOs donned their dress uniforms and served the holiday meal to their Soldiers.

Namhae Memorial commemorates 60th anniversary
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

NAMHAE-DO – The 60th Namhae Memorial Ceremony, commemorating the deaths of 11 U.S. Army Air Corps crewmembers killed during World War II, was held Monday at Namhae Island, about 75 miles west of Camp Hialeah in Busan. Approximately 40 people attended the event. Aug. 7, 1945, Japanese anti-aircraft fire sent the B-24 Bomber “Lady Luck II” and its crew to a fiery death near the summit of Mangwoon Mountain, located on Namhae Island. The crash shook the island and awoke the then 31-year-old Kim Duk-hyung. The next day, Kim and a group of island residents were ordered to accompany the Japanese Military Police to the crash site. Kim watched as Japanese soldiers gathered up items from the plane that they considered useful, leaving the bodies of the dead airmen. Later, he

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Lt. Col. Roger R. Dansereau, Pusan Storage Facility and Camp Hialeah installation commander, salutes after placing a wreath sent by United States Forces Korea for the occasion. This was followed by those in attendance placing single flowers on a table in front of the photographs of the 11 crewmembers who died. returned, dug shallow graves and formed Kim and then imprisoned him. crosses from pine branches. The When American forces arrived on Japanese discovered the burial, tortured Namhae, Kim gave them the dead

crews’ dog tags and helped recover the bodies. After WWII, he began annual memorial services at the site in honor of those who perished in the crash. In 1948, he founded the War Memorial Activities Association. He also resolved to build a monument, finishing it in 1956. Each year since, commanders of Camp Hialeah have participated in the memorial ceremony held at Namhae Island. Kim , 91, who serves as director to this day, said that he knows this is a story that has been told many times, but it is one that is just as important today as it was 60 years ago. He cited several reasons why he has kept the ceremony going all these years. “When I was a young child, Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) was very serious,” Kim said. “As you know, that disease was so bad that even the patients’

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Giving thanks for those who answer call to duty
By Caroline Peabody
Army News Service

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… to one day come home. It is sometimes difficult to remain aware of the sacrifice of military families. But it is our duty as citizens, as caring humans, to carry the lamp and to recognize the meaning of duty and to celebrate, embrace and support all those who answer the call. So many families in our nation sat across from an empty chair while we enjoyed our feasts. Their table was quieter than ours. Their hearts heavier. They carried worries we do not share – but can remember. For we can give thanks for their service and pray for the safety of their loved ones until they return. We give thanks and remember that each day we awaken rested, we remember those who pray for one night’s sleep without nightmares. We give thanks that, for each step we take with our legs, there are those who have sacrificed their mobility. We give thanks that, for each vision we see, every

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FORT MONROE, Va. –- Thanksgiving is a special time for our nation. This Nov. 24, across the country we gathered as family and friends to remember our forefathers’ journey to a new land -- seeking freedom from persecution, finding a country that presented the opportunity for peace and a fruitful future — for which we give thanks this time of year. We also celebrated our military families this time of year during National Military Family Week. Many –- more than a quarter of a million people –- faced this holiday without their loved ones. Their loved ones have traveled to a strange land. They battle loneliness and have answered our country’s call to serve and to bring that seed of hope to another nation. They are alone, working to band with their brothers, to survive … to bring hope

time we are able to look at our loved ones, we have the ability to revel in their joy. Most of all, we give thanks that we are blessed. Blessed to be a part of a nation that is so prosperous. Blessed that we have our families and shelter and food. We are also blessed to have the ability to pray for the strength and courage to maintain awareness of our brother ’s sacrifice -– to give to our community in any way we can, as they are giving in service to their call. This is our duty: to give thanks … to pray … to remember. (Editor’s note: Caroline Peabody is president of the Military Family Network. The Military Family Network, www.emilitary.org, is a community network helping military families get connected with each other and organizations in their communities. This article was first posted by the TRADOC News Service.)

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The following entries were excerpted from the past several weeks military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not determine the guilt or innocence of any person. ! Assault Consummated by Battery — At 10:55 p.m. Nov. 23, military police were notified of an assault consummated by battery. Preliminary investigation revealed that, at an off-post club, Subjects 1, 2 and 3 were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical, when Subject 1 struck Subject 2 in the nose with a closed fist. When Subject 2 attempted to stop the fight, Subject 3 then struck Subject 1 in the face with a closed fist. All three subjects were apprehended and transported to the Camp Casey Provost Marshall’s Office, where they were administered a series of field sobriety tests, which Subject 1 failed and Subjects 2 and 3 passed. All three subjects were transported to the Casey Troop Medical Clinic, where they were administered command-directed blood alcohol tests, with results pending. The subjects were later released to their units and subsequently returned to the PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived, rendering written sworn statements denying the offense. This is an alcohol-related incident. Investigation continues by MP investigators. ! Failure to Control a Guest — At 1:20 a.m. Nov. 25, the Yongsan PMO was notified of a failure to control a guest, when an MP patrol observed a Korean national walking down the wrong side of the overpass bridge and attempted to render assistance. MPs revealed through investigation that, at 6:29 p.m. Nov. 24, Subject 1 signed the KN onto the installation at Gate 5 and failed to maintain control of the KN. The KN was transported to the Yongsan PMO. Upon arrival, the KN became belligerent and hostile, striking an MP in the chest with a closed fist. The KN then grabbed the MP. To regain control and for her own safety, KN was placed in hand irons. KN was administered a portable breathalyzer test, with a reported blood alcohol content of 0.116 percent. KN did not render a written sworn statement due to her suspected level of intoxication. KN was process and released to Korean National Police. Subject 1 reported to the PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights that he waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the above offense. Subject 1 was released to his unit. Investigation continues by KNP. ! Driving Under the Influence of any Intoxicant – At 12:14 a.m. Nov. 24, KNP notified the Yongsan PMO of a DUI. MPs revealed through investigation that, at the above time and date, a vehicle operated by Subject 1 was stopped at a KNP DUI check point. KNP detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the subject’s person and administered a PBT, with a reported BAC of .093 percent. Subject 1 was transported by KNP to the Yongsan Main KNP Station, where he was administered a series of field sobriety tests that he passed. The subject did not render a written sworn statement at that time, due to his suspected level of intoxication, and was released to military police. The subject was transported to 121st General Hospital, where he consented to a legal blood alcohol test, with results pending. The subject was returned to the PMO where he was issued a Suspension of Driving Privileges letter, and Order to Show Cause letter and his USFK Operators Permit was retained. The subject was released to his unit and later returned to the PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked, requesting not to be questioned. This is a final report. ! Larceny of Private Property -- At 10 p.m. Nov. 25, the Camp Hialeah PMO was notified of a larceny of private property. Investigation revealed that, at the above time and date, person(s) unknown, by unknown means, removed an Armed Forces Bank credit/debit card and secured $700 from the card owner’s account. Investigation continues by MPI.

8th Army minimizes SAT noise for SATs

Eighth Army Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Eighth U.S. Army personnel will reduce mission and training activities from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, on Yongsan South Post, to provide the best environment for Seoul American High School students taking the 2005 Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAHS administers the SAT four Saturdays each year. In support of this important event, SAHS requests that 8th U.S. Army keep noise to an absolute minimum during designated testing periods. Eighth U.S. Army will work to reduce noise Saturday, so the students have the best environment when taking these important tests. Training that may cause excessive noise during the hours of testing will be curtailed, to include heavy equipment movement, aviation and installation maintenance activities, including routine electrical outages and heavy construction. Additionally, there will be no military aircraft takeoffs or landings, except for those that are mission essential or for an emergency. Scheduled training directly affecting readiness will not be cancelled.

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http://ima.korea.army.mil/morningcalmweekly By 1st Lt. David Marlow
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

Dec. 2, 2005

DHL Rooms Available for Holidays The Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison has guest rooms available throughout the month of December. At present, rooms areavailable Dec. 9-30. Anyone interested in traveling to Seoul for the holiday, or for a shopping weekend prior to Christmas, may call 738-2222, Ext. 6210, for information or to make reservations. Dragon Hill Lodge may also be contacted online at www.dragonhilllodge.com. Troop Command Holiday Party The Commander of the United States Army Troop Command - Korea is hosting a Holiday Party for all Troop Command Soldiers and their families beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 16, on the Mezzanine Level of the Dragon Hill Lodge. The sequence of events for the Holiday Party is: Social Hour (5-6 p.m.), Santa arrives (5:30 p.m.), commander’s Welcome (6 p.m.), Invocation by the battalion chaplain (6:10 p.m.), Food service begins (6:15 p.m.), Mingling and enjoy the party time (6:15-8:50 p.m.), Last Door Prize drawn (8:45 p.m.), commander’s closing remarks (8:50-9 p.m.). Troop Command Soldiers should contact their chain of command for information concerning this event. Boy Scouts Seek Help in Supporting Deployed Unit The Boy Scouts, Troop 80, will be working on a project to support the Soldiers from the 305th Quartermaster Company, who are currently deployed in Iraq. The project consists of collecting personal supplies and goodies for the Soldiers. The drop-off station will be at the 498th Support Battalion, Building 5403. The building is located behind the commissary near Gate 52. Scouts will be collecting donations until Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily. Sunday the Boy Scouts will be collecting goods at the Main PX and the commissary, as well as the drop of station at the 498th support battalion. For a list of recommended items to donate, call 736-7348. Army Benefits Center Host Yongsan Briefings Representatives from the Army Benefits Center-Civilians will visit Yongsan Monday to brief Department of the Army civilians on the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees Retirement System. The briefings will at the Balboni Theater on Yongsan Main Post. The Civil Service Retirement System briefing will start at 8 a.m., and the Federal Employees Retirement System will begin at 1 p.m. The briefings will also present an overview of the Employee Benefits Information System Web site, as well as the Interactive Voice Response System.

OSAN AIR BASE — Saturday, Soldiers, NCOs and officers of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade were treated to a lively keynote address that was not only full of humor, but addressed the serious issues of serving in the Army today. Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commanding general 8th U.S. Army, was the guest speaker at the St. Barbara’s Day Ball hosted by 35th ADA at the Osan O’Club. The St. Barbara’s Day Ball is not only a celebration of the Air Defense Artillery Branch as a whole; it is also an opportunity to honor and to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to air defense by inducting them into the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. Campbell, himself a member of the Honorable Order of St. Barbara, commended the Soldiers of the brigade for the sense of sacrifice and purposefulness that air defenders bring to the fight in Korea. “Having served with air defenders in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Europe and Korea, I have developed a deep and abiding respect for our nation’s air defense Soldiers. There is no harder working member of the combined defense team than the air defender.” It was a culminating event for a unit

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Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander, Eighth U.S. Army, and U.S. Forces Korea chief of staff, and his wife Dianne (left) welcome Pvt. Elliot Werner of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, to his first military ball. . that has been in a state of rapid During the evening Campbell’s transition over the last 14 months. “In wife Dianne was presented The Molly just a little more than one year, 35th Pitcher Award by the 35th ADA ADA has transformed into the Army’s Brigade Commander, Col. John Rossi. premier, combat-ready theater air and Molly Pitcher was a generic name missile defense brigade,” said Campbell. applied to women who supported men The brigade moved to Korea from on the battlefield during the Fort Bliss, Texas, and became fully Revolutionary War. Today, the award is operational on the peninsula at the end presented to women who have of 2004. Its deployment to Korea voluntarily made great contributions to was the most recent move for a unit the air defense and to the Army. with a rich lineage. The brigade was The award not only honors the constituted in 1918 as the 35th Coast See ADA , Page 4 ADA, Artillery.

World AIDS Day celebrates gains against disease
By OkHee Suh
18th MEDCOM Health Promotions

World AIDS Day was be commemorated around the globe Thursday, with events to highlight the progress made in the battle against the AIDS epidemic and to remind people how much still needs to be done. This year’s theme is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise.” Keep the Promise is an appeal to everyone involved in the fight against AIDS to ensure their continued commitment and dedication in the delivery of HIV prevention, services and care. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? The letters HIV stand for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus infects cells of the human immune system and destroys them or stops them from working. Someone whose immune system has been damaged by HIV is much more vulnerable to infections and cancers. AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Someone with HIV does not have AIDS unless their immune system has been severely weakened. By this point, the person

Facts AIDS Facts
39.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS: - 37.2 million adults - 2.2 million children under 15 4.9 million infected in 2004 (13,400 per day): - 4.3 million adults - 640,000 children under 15 3.1 million deaths in 2004: - 2.6 million adults - 510,000 children under 15 United States (reported as of 12/31/03 by CDC) - 902,223 AIDS cases reported - 524,060 deaths estimated among AIDS cases - 40,000 new HIV infections each year (estimated) - 850,000 - 950,000 living with HIV (estimated)
(Worldwide estimates in 2004 according to UNAIDS)

will have developed one of a number of particularly severe illnesses, or will have lost most of their immune system cells. Trends of global HIV infection The number of people living with HIV continues to rise, despite the fact that effective prevention strategies exist. According to estimates by UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, the total number of people living with the HIV rose to its highest level ever. In 2004, an estimated 39.4 million people we’re living with the virus. During the same year, 4.9 million people became newly infected with the virus and 3.1 million persons died due to HIV/AIDS. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die from AIDS before they are 35. In the same amount of time, nine more people are infected with HIV The number of people living with HIV in East Asia rose by almost 50 percent between 2002 and 2004, an increase that is attributable largely to China’s swiftly growing epidemic. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, there were 40 percent more people living with HIV in 2004 than in 2002. Accounting for much of that trend is Ukraine’s resurgent epidemic and the ever-growing number of people living with HIV in the Russian Federation. The Korean Centers for Disease Control (http:// dis.cdc.go.kr) reported a total of 506 (477 men and 29 women) new HIV cases between January and September of this year. This is an 11.2 percent increase from the 455 new cases during the same period last year. According to the report, all but one (transmitted through blood transfusion) of the 370 new HIV cases with known route of infection were contracted through sexual contact. For information on HIV/AIDS, visit the CDC National Prevention Information Network at http://www.cdcnpin.org/ , or contact your area community health nurse or health promotion coordinator.

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Staff Sgt. Eric Kerr, American Forces Network Korea broadcaster, explains to officers in the Republic of Korea Army how AFN Korea receives, monitors and distributes its programming. Twenty-two ROK Army captains visited AFN Korea Nov. 22 for a tour of the Headquarters AFN Korea network operations center and television and radio studios. The officers are a part of the Officers Advanced Course program from the ROK Army Consolidated Management School in Sungnam.

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vulnerabilities. ! Simulated attacks against installation infrastructure, including water, power, transportation systems, food supply and distribution. ! Simulated attacks against unit-level locations in order to create a simulated mass casualty event. ! Simulated bomb threats and/or car bombings against barracks, dining facilities, or other military type facilities. A list of other possible scenarios, along with individual and installation defense tips, is posted on the Commander’s Access Channel (MWR Channel 3) and on the Area II Support Activity Web site at http://ima.korea.army.mil/area2. Stephens said all housing areas and all schools will be off-limits to exercise play. Stephens stressed that these attack scenarios will be simulated only and will not pose any actual threat and minimal inconvenience to the personnel or facilities’ operations. “We don’t control what happens; we’ll be reacting to simulated attacks,” said Stephens. “Some gates could be temporarily closed and some roads could be detoured for short periods of time.” He also said that depending upon the force protection level, some people may

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be delayed or temporarily inconvenienced getting on or off Yongsan Army Garrison during parts of the exercise. Area II Law and Order Officer Ricky Oxendine said every attempt will be made to minimize the impact of the exercise on normal base routine, but concurred that some community members or Yongsan visitors might encounter short-term inconveniences during the exercise. “Exercise play and corresponding defensive measures will be fluid and spontaneous, and every effort will be made to avoid interfering with day-to-day operations and routines,” said Oxendine. “But, whatever simulated events may happen or where, military police or emergency responders and exercise coordinators will be on site to assure community safety and minimize disruption.” Area II Support Activity Anti-terrorism Officer Mike Clement commented on the overall value of the exercise. “Though it may cause some temporary disruptions or minor inconveniences, the upside of Adaptive Focus is that it will help improve our ability to defend against or respond to a terrorist attack and protect the personnel on this installation,” said Clement.

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incredible support family members give to their servicemembers, it also recognizes the great sacrifices they make while their loved ones are abroad. “Mrs. Campbell it is truly an honor to present this award to you on behalf of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade,” said Rossi. “It is the sacrifice, love and support of our families which provides us with strength, courage and confidence.” Campbell was especially pleased to welcome so many young Soldiers to their first ball and took the opportunity

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to thank them for their service. “You, who choose to serve our nation, are special. You are special in the way you choose to live your lives. For you acknowledge that valor, patriotism, competence, fidelity, duty, selfless service, honor and integrity are important values. You are special because you have chosen to shoulder today’s heavy burden as a guardian on the frontiers of freedom. “Your nation is profoundly grateful for your service. People the world over are grateful for your service.”

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2ID Soldier receives Bronze Star
By Spc. Timothy Dinneen
Second Infantry Division Public Affairs

s he was rolling to Fallujah, Iraq, inside the iron belly of a tank, it was the butterflies in his stomach that seemed to carry him along the journey. It was a cool November night in 2004 as he approached the city. The 22-year-old doesn’t recall hearing the fighting ahead but only the thoughts racing through his mind, “This is it. This is what it was like on Fox News.” The city was immune to the darkness of night as it was lit by luminescent tracer rounds flying overhead and explosions from aerial bombardments and field artillery shells. That’s when the call came in from the tank commander, “All right, we’re moving in.” Operation Phantom Fury was under way. Spc. Rodney Roby, 2ID surgeon’s office, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor by 2ID Command Sgt. Maj. James Benedict Nov. 21 for exceptionally meritorious achievement during that operation. The citation on Roby’s award states that Roby’s tank came in

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Spc. Rodney Roby is congratulated byCommand Sgt. Maj. James Benedict, 2nd Infantry Division command sergeant major, for a job well done in Iraq. close contact with four insurgents who engaged the tank with heavy rifle fire and rocket-propelled grenades. “While under direct fire and without regard for his personal safety,” the citation reads, “he engaged the insurgents with small arms fire and hand grenades, killing three and wounding the fourth. His actions single-handedly eliminated the threat and ensured the safety of his crew and vehicle.” Roby said before the operation began, Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, were hyping each other up as if preparing to take the field before a major football game. They had no illusions of what they were about to face because he was told by superiors the city was overrun

with insurgents. However, Roby spent time relaxing in bed, remaining calm and thinking about the upcoming mission. “I don’t take everything so seriously. I’m a more relaxed and mellow guy,” Roby said. “I wasn’t scared of getting shot or dying — it was more anxiety of not knowing what was going to happen. There are only so many things you can do to prepare yourself for something like that. All you have to do is your job and put your training to action.” He attributed his cool demeanor to the island culture where he was born. The “little paradise” island of Pohnapei is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. He said everyone knows each other there and everything is tranquil. Furthermore, he said listening to his grandfather’s stories of how he cared for his family as Japanese and U.S. planes went at it overhead during World War II gave him a sense of service. “I try to think of what my grandpa did in the past and use

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Warrior Division welcomes Soldier, leader’ ‘right Soldier, right leader ’
“Command Sgt. Maj. Williams’ dedication to the division has truly been remarkable,” Higgins said. Benedict’s military career has been served CAMP RED CLOUD – As the autumn leaves completely as an artilleryman, beginning as a private have changed, so has the 2nd Infantry Division’s command sergeant major. Command Sgt. Maj. cannon crewmember at Fort Sill, Okla. His previous James A. Benedict became the new 2ID command assignments include the III Corps Artillery, 1st Armor sergeant major Nov. 16 on a crisp evening change Div., 4th Inf. Div., 1st Cavalry Div. and 11 years with the Warrior Division. of responsibility patch ceremony on “His 11 cumulative years of the Village Green. service here in the Republic of “We gather on the Village Green today Korea has given him an insightful to mark a new era of senior appreciation for the meaning and noncommissioned officer leadership in enduring value of the ROK/U.S. the Warrior Division,” said Maj. Gen. alliance,” Higgins said. George A. Higgins, 2ID commanding Benedict has served as a general. command sergeant major with the Benedict rejoins the Warrior team 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery having left his most recent post, where “Red Dragons,” Fort Hood, and the he served with the 4th Infantry 1st Bn., 15th FA “First to Fire,” Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Benedict Camp Casey. succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. James “We will have a great team. We T. Williams Jr., who is returning to will speak with one voice. We will his former position as the 1st Heavy lead this team together from the Combat Brigade Team command Command Sgt. Maj. front, to fight and to win, to protect sergeant major at Camp Hovey. James A. Benedict freedom’s frontier and our nation’s Williams served as the interim 2ID wars when called upon,” Benedict said. “We will command sergeant major since August. The commanding general thanked Williams for maintain our readiness and be ready for whatever his service to the division during a time of transition. our nation calls on us to do.”
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Coffee House offers alternative to Camp Stanley Soldiers
By Spc. Chris Stephens
Second Infantry Division Public Affairs

by Spc. Timothy Dinneen

CAMP STANLEY – Soldiers on Camp Stanley now have a place they can call their own, where they can hang out, listen to music or watch T.V. The place is the newly renovated Coffee House which had its grand opening Nov. 7. “We established this place for the Soldiers,” said Chaplain (Maj.) David Lockhart, 501st Corps Support Group chaplain. “We wanted to give them an alternative to the ‘ville.’” Originally used by the aviation units on Camp Stanley, the coffee house went through a three-month renovation project to return it to a Soldier-friendly place it was before. “Just about everything in here needed redone,” said Sgt. Lee, Dong Woo, chaplain’s assistant. “This place looked like a storage shed.” In fact, the Soldiers weren’t confident they could accomplish the task. “They were telling me to just ‘lock it up,’” Lockhart said. While at the Coffee House, Soldiers will be able to participate in Bible studies, watch T.V., play one of the many musical instruments available, surf the Internet and sing karaoke. “This is all a part of the Camp Stanley outreach,” Lockhart said. “The Coffee House gives Soldiers an opportunity to fellowship and it gives us a chance to provide a support channel for them. We’re here for them.” The Coffee House will be open 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday thru Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; and 3 p.m. to midnight, Sunday.

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ROTC programs show many similarities
CAMP HOVEY – U.S. Reserve Officer Training Course graduates serving in Korea had a luncheon with Republic of Korea ROTC cadets Nov. 8 at the Iron Triangle club, for the Konyang University ROTC Exchange Program visit. The intent of the program is to assist Konyang University in becoming one of the leading institutions for the ROK ROTC military program, to enhance the ROK/U.S. alliance and to support the goals of the Good Neighbor Program, according to Maj. Adam J. Augustowski, 2nd Infantry Division civil military operations officer. “The program exposes the cadets to the capabilities of 2ID and also provides interaction with our officers who were ROTC graduates,” Augustowski said. After the luncheon, the cadets trained on the Combat Tactical Trainer, giving them an opportunity to fire M-16s at computerized range targets without using live ammunition. Wang Ji Hoon, an ROTC student at Konyang University, said it “was neat” to fire the M-16s because it’s a different weapon and the program is a good opportunity to learn about the U.S. Army and American culture. “It teaches not only a young generation of future ROK army officers how to be a good neighbor with the U.S., but it also teaches our Soldiers and officers how to be a good neighbor to the ROK army and also to the citizens of Korea,” Augustowski said. A broader picture of the program encompasses KU faculty so both sides can come to a cultural awareness and it has shown there are more similarities than differences in ROTC programs, said Col. Ross E. Ridge, 2ID Chief of Staff. “Sometimes breaking down those barriers is just as important to building a team relationship,” Ridge said. The biggest obstacle to the successful year-and-a-half relationship is finding the right time to carve out critical resources so schedules match allowing events as this, Ridge said. “We should gain from exchanges like this that there are

Christmas Tree Lightings The Camp Casey Tree Lighting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9; Camp Stanley’s will be 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and Camp Red Cloud, 5:15 p.m. Dec. 15. ACS Open House Army Community Service will hold an open house from 1 - 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the ACS on Camp Casey. ADAPT Class Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention classes will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Camp Casey. Warrior Invitational Wrestling Tournament The Warrior Invitational Wrestling Tournament will be held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Camp Casey Carey Physical Fitness Center. Weigh-ins and medical examinations will be from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Annual Holiday Project Army Community Service is conducting an annual holiday project through Dec. 15. The project provides commissary vouchers during the Christmas holiday for E-5 and below Soldiers with family members residing with them in Area I. Contact unit commanders or first sergeants to make a donation or call 732-7277 for information. Christmas Angel Tree Program Army Community Service is sponsoring a Christmas Angel Tree program for E-5s and below to assist in buying gifts for children, 10 years or younger, living in Area I with them. Stop by or call any Area I ACS Center: CRC 732-7779, Stanley 732-5883 or Casey 730-3107. 12 Days Before Christmas Solicited prizes from “Friends of the USO” will be raffled off on American Forces Network radio every day, beginning 12 days before Christmas, with one prize in the morning and one in the afternoon. Prizes will include phone cards, gift certificates, gift bags, USO trips, hotel accommodations and dinner certificates. Christmas Raffle Bonanza The USO Van will visit Area I camps Dec. 21-23 for free Christmas raffle draws on site. Prizes include a stereo, DVD players, CD players, boom boxes and gift certificates. Cookies and brownies also will be provided. A grand raffle draw of round-trip tickets to the United States will be held at the Camp Casey Food Court, Dec. 24. SAPRP Training Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program training will be held from 10–11:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Camp Red Cloud Theater and from 1:30–3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Camp Casey Theater for all military personnel.

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Col. Ross E. Ridge, 2nd Infantry Division chief of staff, shakes hands with a Republic of Korea officer during the ROK ROTC visitation program at Camp Hovey’s Iron Triangle Nov. 8. more similarities than differences. We may speak different languages, wear different uniforms and patches but the reality is the dilemmas, challenges and leadership skills are no different whether in a U.S. or ROK uniform,” Ridge said. “The message to the Soldiers is to get involved,” Augustowski said. “There’s a lot more to learn about Korea than what we’re exposed to on a daily basis. The purpose of the program is to learn about the Korean culture and be good neighbors while they’re stationed here.” E-mail [email protected]

‘Mother Yi’ leaves Area I ACS after 26 years ACS
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson
Area I Public Affairs

CAMP RED CLOUD – Yi Okhwa, Army Community Service administrative specialist and social service worker, is a woman “first,” of a special kind per her coworkers at a retirement luncheon Nov. 16 at Camp Red Cloud Mitchell’s Club. “Every day is a challenge and every day brings it own frustrations and its own joy,” said Linda Rieth, ACS director. “Miss Yi is one of those folks who always did more than one needed or asked of her. That’s why we nicknamed her ‘Mother Yi.’ She also always brought a smile to work, and had a ‘can do’ attitude about any job assigned to her.” Although Yi knew she would have to work hard to maker her mark as a civil servant, no one told her work could not be fun. So, Yi took her talents, interests and strengths, and blended them in to a unique career that spanned the last 26 years. Yi began her career as a KGS-5 secretary for the chief of staff section at Camp Casey, which was engaged in providing socioeconomic service to the community. After six years, she was promoted to a KGS-7 for ACS. “I helped individuals and families with obtaining information in response

Yet, she still found time to provide cross-cultural classes to the community. “She is a very direct person,” said Toney Price, ACS relocation manager. “She tells you like it is. Miss Yi was always very helpful and considerate. I still remember her being in charge of our first Mobile Outreach van in ACS, and I have it on film somewhere that I will find before she leaves and give it to her.” M B -D Yi also took care of the Yi Ok-hwa shows John Herfurtner, Area I acting deputy to ACS annual budget the commander the 2nd Infantry Division coin she received requirements. She ensured for her retirement Nov. 16 at Camp Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s all purchase request and Club. commitments were funded, and contacted local businesses to to their needs, or referred them to other appropriate service agencies,” Yi obtain estimates on items that ACS purchased on the local economy, said. “I translated written documents on the government IMPAC card, from Hangul into English and vice or through special purchase versa for important letters, documents, complaints and inquiries.” funding by donations to the ACS volunteer corps. In 1996 Yi was promoted once Yi’s plans for the future include again to a KGS-9 and performed retiring with her husband Lee Jongadministrative duties and social du and moving to North Carolina to service work. She addressed and be closer to their daughter, Lee sought resolutions to relatively Kyung-min, a recent graduate from sensitive, complex, legal and socioeconomic issues and problems. Yi also Michigan State University. provided people with Visa and E-mail [email protected] adoption information and procedures.
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WARRIOR BASE — Soldiers of 55th Military Police Company gained a new understanding of their abilities during an external evaluation exercise Nov. 16-20 at Warrior Base near the DMZ. A team of observers from the battalion evaluated the 55th MP Co.’s ability to conduct convoy security, roam reconnaissance, area security and base defense. “External evaluation is to assess the company’s ability to execute our wartime mission every 15 weeks,” said 1st Sgt. Jerry Staff, 55th MP Co. “We have a good opportunity to show the brigade commander and battalion commander how we are well prepared.” The various missions not only tested the unit’s performance as a whole, they also tested the individual capabilities of squad

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Two Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers from 55th Military Police Company consult a map during the unit’s external evaluation exercise at Warrior Base near the DMZ Nov. 16-20.

leaders, team leaders and Soldiers. Soldiers from the 2nd platoon conducted base defense mission. They divided one squad into three teams, and each team executed the mission on eight-hour shifts. “Each squad assumed different missions: first squad conducted a quick reaction force mission, second squad did roaming reconnaissance and third squad guarded the gate,” said Spc. James Smith, Second Platoon, 55th MP Co. “I gained confidence in wartime missions, like roaming recon mission, through this EXEVAL.” MPs from 557th MP Company also participated in the EXEVAL to support 55th MP Co. as opposing force role players and observers. Soldiers from second platoon provided security and had several challenges. “Opposing forces looking like civilians interrupted us. What we should do at that time was to get them under control,” said Sgt. Seo Joon-hyuk, 2nd Platoon. “They also pretended to be journalists and tried to go into the base.” As the Soldiers carried out their training, the observers evaluated, coached and mentored. In the meantime, observers tested other platoons conducting convoy security and route reconnaissance missions. In the end, the EXEVAL will provide Capt. Seamus Toolan, 55th MP Co. commander, with an honest and detailed assessment of

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A Soldier from 55th Military Police Company evaluates a casualty during the unit’s external evaluation exercise at Warrior Base Nov. 16-20. that we do not get the rest of the the unit’s abilities and help him year,” said Toolan. “We also lead junior leaders and Soldiers to exercised warrior ethos and got maintain a high level of combat coordination of unit strength.” readiness. “We got a good opportunity to E-mail [email protected] get the whole company together

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that to influence my decisions in the present,” were whizzing by my head the whole time.” Roby said. Roby returned fire with his M4 rifle when As Operation Phantom Fury commenced he saw the insurgents. Roby said he Roby said he hoped he didn’t see anyone concentrated on the man with the rocketpopping up because although he knew he was propelled grenade. Hot brass expelled from ready to fire at insurgents he really didn’t want Roby’s weapon burning the TC as the casings to kill anybody. fell into his hatch. “I knew the mission was to take back the “What are you firing at?” yelled the TC and city from insurgents and that leaflets were ordered a cease-fire, as he could not see the dropped before we arrived telling civilians to enemy from his protected position in the tank. leave. So, if I saw anyone, I knew they were The gunner was also blinded by “tunnel vision” probably the bad guys,” Roby said. only able to see straight ahead down the When contact with the insurgents narrow cannon. Roby directed the gunner to intensified, the tank commander began his lower the cannon and as he did so the TC and mantra. “Keep feeding that the gunner had a visual gun, keep your head down, “One second they were there. of the enemy and began keep your 360 degree to “open up.” The TC The next, three people had died ordered Roby to get awareness and continue and one was wounded.” forward, if there’s a wall down as the enemy go through it.” rounds were hitting Roby said he was exposed chest high out of closer. one of the tank’s hatches as he scanned the “I was a little bull-headed because I kept my area looking for “hot spots.” The attacks head up. I couldn’t see anything with my head seemed constant, remembered Roby, days down,” Roby explained. blended together and it was the adrenaline that The TC took a grenade and asked Roby if he kept them going. knew how to operate it. “Roger,” replied Roby, “Then there was the enemy,” said Roby. “He and threw the grenade for a strike in the was so close I could actually see his eyes. I direction of the four insurgents who were looked at him and he looked at me and bullets hiding behind stones spraying rounds blindly.

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“There was an explosion and that was it,” Roby said. “I sat down inside the tank while there was still indirect fighting going on around me and played the situation over in my mind,” Roby said. He said the experience changed him, because it has given him a more profound appreciation of the delicate nature of life. “One second they were there. The next, three people had died and one was wounded,” Roby said. The fighting didn’t end with that grenade throw. There were still missions in the city to be accomplished. The Soldiers in Roby’s crew drove on to complete them. Others may have seen enough battle in Iraq in 2004, but Roby chose to reenlist. He said he felt confident that if he could make it through Operation Phantom Fury, he could handle anything. He also felt because of his experiences he would be able to help younger or inexperienced Soldiers handle what the Army may ask of them. “When I got back to a secure area I saw new Soldiers with the same questions and concerns as I had when arriving. It made me think I could help them and tell them to relax and they would reach the finish line soon,” Roby said. E-mail timothy [email protected]

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Area II celebrates Thanksgiving Day
By Sgt. Christopher Selmek
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The Three Kingdoms Inn Dining Facility served more than 300 pounds of turkey to 600 people Thanksgiving Day for a holiday some chefs described as “the biggest eating day of the year.” As Soldiers waited in line, they knew the meal would be unique. Horns of plenty, fruit and Thanksgiving decorations greeted the troops. At Area II dining facilities, the holiday meal was a chance to show the community a special time. “I miss my family, because this is really the first time I’ve ever been away from them,” said Pvt. Laura Vessells, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th U.S. Army. Vessells said she was surprised to see an officer from her unit serving food. In the U.S. Army it is a Thanksgiving tradition for officers and senior noncommissioned officers, wearing their formal dress blue uniforms, to serve the holiday meal to their Soldiers. “I think it was really cool of her to do that,” Vessells said. “This whole thing is set up to

make me feel like I’m still part of a family. I don’t feel so alone now.” “It’s an opportunity for us all as individuals, as a family and as a nation, to stop and thank our Creator for the blessings we receive throughout the year, more for the small blessings than the large ones, I’d say,” said Sgt. Maj. David Doyon as he dished out a generous portion of turkey. Doyon also said that serving is a good way to show Soldiers their command is concerned for them. Area II Food Program Manager Larry Graham began

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Maj. Scott Voelkel talks to his daughter, Olivia (left), at the Three Kingdoms Inn Dining Facility.

A horn of plenty signifies Thanksgiving Day at the dining facility.

Lt. Col. David Ward, U.S. Army Troop Command - Korea, serves Soldiers in the Three Kingdoms Inn Dining Facility Thanksgiving Day.

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K-16 Air Base invites local youth for tour
By Cpl. Seo Ki-chul
Area II Public Affairs

‘Community of Sharing’ program helps families
Area II Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — When the Area II Support Activity chaplain passed a $21,104.44 check to Army Community Service in early November, he gave a big boost to a project that helps Yongsan-area families during the holidays. “The worshipping community within Area II is extremely generous and answers the Biblical call to help our brothers and sisters,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Colwell, smiling in the South Post Chapel sanctuary as he presented the check to Brenda McCall, chief of the Area II Family Support Division, for the “Community of Sharing 2005Holiday Project.” The project aims to help military personnel E-6 or below, or their civilian equivalents. McCall said the program has helped a lot of people in the past and is on track to help more this year. “We were able to give 86 families commissary food vouchers for Thanksgiving,” said Doris Lebby, who manages the program for ACS. “This

K-16 AIR BASE — More than 50 Munjung Elementary School students and teachers visited K-16 Air Base Nov. 4 for a tour. As part of the 8th U.S. Army Good Neighbor Program, the 595th Maintenance Company unveiled the

base to the Seoul students and teachers. Many students expressed great satisfaction with their first exploration of the military base. Munjung Elementary sixth-grader Kim Min-sub said he was impressed at the state-of-the-art gear and friendly American Soldiers. “It was such a great experience,”

Munjung Elementary School students explore the inside of a C-12 Huron, a twin turboprop aircraft, at K-16 Air Base with Staff Sgt. Nathan Meeks, 595th Maintenance Company.

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Kim said. “I was a little bit afraid when I saw American Soldiers and unfamiliar environment. But I realized they just want to be friends, despite language barriers.” During the tour, more than 30 American Soldiers teamed up with two or three children to give them a special experience with the American military. “This is our first time to host Korean neighbors and show where we live and work,” said Staff Sgt. Nathan Meeks, 595th Maintenance Company program coordinator. “I think this is a great chance to show our community and what we do on the base.” Soldiers also prepared western refreshments like pizza, soda and snacks for the young Korean visitors. After lunch, Soldiers and children teamed up to play athletic events like basketball and soccer in the K-16 Physical Fitness Center. Spc. Somchan Ca, 595th Maintenance Company supply clerk, said he enjoyed the basketball game

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Yongsan tree lighting ceremony set for Thursday
DoD Civilian Briefings Representatives from the Army Benefits Center – Civilian will present a briefing on the Civil Service Retirement System from 8 a.m. - noon and the Federal Employees Retirement System 1-5 p.m. Monday at Balboni Theater on Yongsan Main Post. An overview of the Employee Benefits Information System Web site and the Interactive Voice Response System will also be presented, followed by a question-answer session. For information, call 738-3655. Commanding General Holiday Concert The 8th U.S. Army Band will present a free holiday concert 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Seoul American High School Auditorium. The concert will feature such Yuletide favorites as “The Nutcracker,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and the Chipmunks Christmas song. The concert will also feature Dixieland and Big Band jazz pieces, vocalists and nontraditional arrangements like “The Twelve Days of an Army Christmas,” and more. The concert is open to the public. For information, call 725-7135. Christmas Concert Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be presented 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the South Post Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 738-6055. Toys for Tots Volunteers The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is looking for a few good volunteers to help with its annual toy drive. Help collect and distribute toys to orphanages and other worthy charities. For information, call 723-7088. Winter Tour of Homes Enjoy holiday decorations from around the world during the American Forces’ Spouses Club 2005 Winter Tour of Homes 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tour historic Yongsan homes, including Hilltop House and Sorabol House. The tour also includes homes in Black Hawk Village, Burke Towers, South Post and Embassy housing. The cost is $5. The tour is limited to 250 people. For information, e-mail Cynthia Forrester at [email protected] Basketball Tournament Area II Support Activity will host a Pacific-wide men’s and women’s Holiday Basketball Tournament 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Collier Field House on Yongsan South Post. Games Dec. 1721 will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through 11 p.m. each day. The Yongsan community is invited to support their favorite team. Teams will be competing from throughout the Pacific. For information, contact the Sports Office at 738-8608. News & Notes Online For more Area II News & Notes, visit the Area II Support Activity Web site at http://ima.korea.army.mil/area2 and look for a link under “Area II Highlights at a Glance.”

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though we may be far from home, Holidays,” said An Chin-u, Area II we can still have a little part of Korean Service Corps repair and utility planner. home right here.” The Winter Wonderland lighting “The Korean Service Corps started By Sgt. Christopher Selmek and decorations display will stretch on the first day of November installing Area II Public Affairs from gates 10 to 17 along 8th Army the lights people are about to see,” YONGSAN GARRISON — The Blvd. The lights are set to turn on Farrulla said. “Every day, they worked diligently Area II community will usher in the a t e x a c t l y s a m e “It kicks off the holiday spirit outdoors under holiday season with a Yongsan tree t h e lighting and “Winter Wonderland” moment. cold and reminds everybody of the very decorations ceremony 5 p.m. Farrulla conditions to bring the Thursday next to the fire station. said t h e concept of Christmas.” spectacle of Area II commander Col. Ron display has —Mario Farrulla lights.” Stephens, his wife and a Cub Scout b e c o m e a s and Brownie Girl Scout will pull the much a tradition as the tree lighting, Farrulla describes the KSC as one switches to send lights swirling up consisting of holiday greetings and o f t h e m o s t d e d i c a t e d a n d the tree and all along 8th Army Blvd. d e c o r a t i o n s v i s i b l e t o d r i v e r s professional organizations he knows because of their commitment to this “It kicks off the holiday spirit and between gates 10 and 17. reminds everybody of the concept W h e n f i n i s h e d , t h e m o s t ceremony. “It’s a sign of their pride, how they of Christmas,” said Mario Farrulla, impressive elements will be two Area II Community Activity Centers large sign boards near Gate 17 and give this level of involvement,” he said. d i r e c t o r. “ I t l e t s u s k n o w e v e n the drive-over bridge which read “This whole setup is very important “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy to them. They had it organized way back in August, and have been preparing for it ever since.” Following the lighting ceremony, each group of scouts will sing Christmas carols. There will be a drawing for a $2,000 shopping spree and a go-cart. Santa Claus will arrive with his elves at 6 p.m. and be available for photos along with refreshments and cake inside the fire station. “The moment Col. Stephens pulls that switch with our two scouts, the whole street is going to go up in l i g h t s , ” F a r r u l l a s a i d . “ I t ’s t h e moment the holiday season begins.” The Hannam Village tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the circle in front of the commissary. P .L Y Moon Hak-bong, Area II Directorate of Public Works carpenter, decorates a tree with Christmas E-mail [email protected] lights near the Yongsan Fire Station Nov. 23.
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Medical officials: Chase away winter blues
problems at work or in relationships, which are all symptoms of depression.” Area II Public Affairs Like all forms of depression, SAD YONGSAN GARRISON — comes in varying degrees, from Many Soldiers look forward to the relatively mild to debilitating. If any holiday season as a time to celebrate person feels they are experiencing and enjoy the snow. severe problems, they should follow the Others dread the coming of usual procedure for someone who winter, with its short, cold days and needs help. early sunsets. “I would definitely recommend The clinical term for the winter visiting your chaplain,” Puopolo said. blues is Major Depression Disorder “That’s a very good option. There are with a seasonal pattern, also known also mental health services here at the as Seasonal Affective Disorder. hospital that can help people and Maj. Anthony Puopolo, outpatient possibly even give you medication.” psychiatric SAD is unlike unit chief at “Exposure to sunlight is one most subsets of 1 2 1 s t major depression G e n e r a l way to improve your mood.” because it Hospital, —Maj. Anthony Puopolo encourages a said it’s not person to odd for people to exhibit symptoms hibernate. to some degree. “It’s different, because typical “I think it’s safe to say that many depressed persons tend to eat and sleep people do suffer some decrease in less,” Puopolo said. “People with a their mood during the decreased seasonal disorder tend to eat and sleep hours of sunlight,” he said. “The more, in addition to being generally problem comes if it starts leading to irritable.” By Sgt. Christopher Selmek Yet there is hope for those who feel only a slight lethargy during the dark part of the year. The Army Medicine Web site suggests taking a morning walk outside can be as effective for some people as expensive artificial light treatments. Sitting near a window or getting a breath of fresh air on breaks can be equally effective. “Exposure to sunlight is one way to improve your mood,” Puopolo said. “Obviously, you wouldn’t want to get sunburn, but 15 to 30 minutes a day of direct sunlight can be very helpful.” Such simple measures can lift a person’s spirits even when springtime comes around again and SAD sufferers start to feel better, Puopolo said. “Taking a walk outside on a nice day can do some people a lot of good,” said Sgt. Joshua Milam, inpatient psychiatric ward supervisor. “There are still people who need more help, but a breath of fresh air still helps me feel a little better.” E-mail [email protected]

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By Sgt. Christopher Selmek
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — “Whole Lotta Rosies,” an AC/DC cover band, shook a packed Main Post Club all night long, Nov. 22, proving girls really do “got a rhythm.” Trudi “T-bird” Keck on rhythm guitar, Sara Skelton on drums, Melanie Sisneros on bass guitar, Nancy Luca on lead guitar and lead singer Coreen Sheehan played Yongsan Garrison on their first stop in a weeklong Korea tour. The band also performed at camps Red Cloud, Casey, Humphreys and Walker. “We all jumped at the chance to do another military tour,” said Sisneros. “Thanksgiving is all about family, but a lot of Soldiers have to be here all by themselves. It’s important to be with them and let them know how much they are appreciated.” The five Los Angeles area women said they are united as much by their love of Soldiers as they are by AC/DC, a hard rock band that first made music history in 1973. The group began their “Dirty Deeds” promptly at 7 p.m., then launched onto the “Highway to Hell” before stopping long enough to introduce themselves. “I just wanted to say how happy we all are to be here tonight,” Sisneros said. “We love you guys, we respect what you do and we are just so happy to be spending Thanksgiving with you.” They next played “TNT,” “Jailbreak” and “Girl’s Got a Rhythm.” “What I found most alluring about the band is they stuck to the old-school stuff,” said Spc. Bill McSwain. “These guys are speaking to a crowd that doesn’t get a lot of voice, the 30-plus crowd that grew up with this kind of music, the civilians and more senior

Trudi “T-bird” Keck, founder of “Whole Lotta Rosies,” plays rhythm guitar on stage in front of dozens of fans.

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Above: Coreen Sheehan, “Whole Lotta Rosies” vocalist, roars at the crowd and delights in getting them to roar back, Nov. 22 at the Main Post Club. Bass guitarist Melanie Sisneros plays in the background. Left: Sara Skelton plays drums for “Whole Lotta Rosies” Nov. 22 at the Main Post Club.

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planning the event three weeks ahead of time by estimating headcount and reserving the correct amount of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and other traditional Thanksgiving meal items. “You definitely do not want to run out of food on Thanksgiving Day,” he said. Dining Facility Manager Cho Hongche said seven cooks began cooking at noon the day before. They worked overnight to prepare enough food. “Normally we prepare one main meal,” he said, “but this is Thanksgiving, so we want to give people lots of options. The menu is

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almost the same as Christmas, but we have many, many more people here on Thanksgiving. It is the biggest holiday for the chow hall all year.” Thanksgiving Day is one of the few days of the year when civilians are authorized to enter the chow hall and share the military dining experience. “I like to be with them, and it’s good for my family to see this,” said Maj. Scott Voelkel, who brought his wife and two daughters with him to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. “The most important part of Thanksgiving is togetherness.” E-mail [email protected]

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month we will continue to provide food vouchers, as well as toys and gift certificates.” The deadline to submit an application for the December holidays is Dec. 12. Military applicants must have their commander or first sergeant sign the application. Civilian applicants must have their supervisor sign their application. “I encourage each commander or civilian supervisor to take an active role in this year’s holiday project,” said McCall. McCall said the commander’s, first

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sergeant’s or supervisor’s signature verifies the applicant is in need of support. Applicants, commanders or civilian supervisors may submit one application per family. Also, each family member listed on the application must reside with the sponsor in Area II. After approval and processing, the applicant will receive a voucher and/or toys or a gift certificate. Applications are being accepted at the Yongsan ACS in the Community Services Building, building 4106, on Yongsan South Post. For information, call Doris Lebby at 738-8977.

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with their visitors even though they are young and small. “I am impressed with the students’ energy and enthusiasm,” Ca said. “They definitely know how to play soccer and basketball.” The children were allowed to board military aircraft like the C-12 Huron, a twin turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The aircraft belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment. “I think this Good Neighbor Program is such a rewarding event,” said Pvt. Erica Berthoud, wheeled

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vehicle repairer. “It’s fun and, at the same time, Soldiers are giving something back to the community. I look forward to the next one,” Berthoud said. Meeks said he is working on another Good Neighbor Program for Christmas. “We are planning a visit to Gangnam orphanage,” Meeks said. “Soldiers will collect some toys and dolls for children living in the orphanage. I hope they would be happy with our small holiday gifts.” E-mail [email protected]

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Soldiers.” Judging by the screams of the crowd, many others agreed. “Rock music goes over very well with the senior enlisted because it’s what we grew up with,” said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Gilleland. “It goes over with the younger crowd just because it’s a good sound. I’d like to hear a lot more around here, actually.” Other favorites played by the band were “Touch Too Much,” “Hells Bells,” “Shot Down in Flames” and, of course, the Rosie’s favorite, “Whole Lotta Rosie.” “This is the best band I’ve seen in here since I got here,” said Mary Fox, a sentiment echoed by many others in the crowd. Following “Shot Down in Flames,” Mario Farrulla, Area II Community Activity Centers director, took the

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stage and presented them with the honored Eagle trophy and the gratitude of the entire command. He then encouraged the band to play one more before going back to their hotel for the night. The band did “If You Want Blood …” and “You Shook Me All Night Long,” as Keck said, possibly their most requested song. They signed autographs until nearly 10 p.m. and then retreated back to their hotel in Seoul. “I think they all had a really great time,” Keck said. “I still think we had a better time. They don’t really realize what a thrill it is to play in front of them. It’s always so much fun.” The group has also played in Okinawa, Japan, and just completed a tour of military bases in Germany. E-mail [email protected]

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Paternity issues demand attention
By Capt. John Cho
Yongsan Legal Assistance Office

In the past 35 years, the United States has undergone a reproductive revolution. Abortion was legalized and the birth control pill became widely available. There have been huge increases in children born to single mothers. The divorce rate has sky rocketed, so that half of all marriages are expected to end in divorce. Every year about one million children are born into fatherless families. Many of these children end up living in poverty. Even if there were no moral obligation to take responsibility, servicemembers should be aware that family issues, including paternity, can make a dramatic difference in operational readiness and their personal lives. Whether you are a commander, platoon leader, or someone who has received a court order requiring you to take a paternity test, you should know about paternity. Most of the servicemembers that come to the legal assistance office with paternity issues, have received a letter ordering them to admit or deny paternity. Usually the mother has gone to the local child support enforcement agency and submitted the name of the potential father. The child support enforcement agency starts an action in court to determine paternity. The child support enforcement agency or local court sends a letter to the servicemember ordering him to admit or deny paternity. If he denies paternity, he will have to submit to a DNA test. The DNA test determines if the servicemember is the father. The servicemember can voluntarily acknowledge he is the father and not take the DNA blood test. A positive test or voluntary admission of paternity is only the beginning. The servicemember has to pay

child support, request visitation rights or possibly custody and should get military benefits for the child. Except for military regulations, the rights and obligations of the servicemember with the child differ depending on the state. Often the local child support enforcement agency will do much of the work with the court and take the burden off the mother. A judge will order the servicemember to pay a certain amount of child support after paternity has been established. If there is a court order or agreement between the mother and father, they must follow the support requirements that are stated. If there is no court order or agreement, the servicemember will follow the support requirements laid out in their service’s regulation that establishes default support payments. Being halfway around the world in the Republic of Korea, servicemembers can be at a great disadvantage in handling paternity suits originating in the United States. Sometimes the court will give servicemembers extra time and certain laws, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, could delay the court hearings. The legal assistance office is here to serve servicemembers and is free of charge. The Internet is another great resource for information regarding paternity. State child support enforcement agencies can be found at http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/ acf_services.html#cse. Nevertheless, there is no substitute for advice from an attorney who knows about paternity. Take advantage of available services. Visit the local legal assistance office for information or assistance regarding issues of paternity. In Yongsan, the Legal Assistance Office is located on South Post in Building 4329. The office can be reached at 738-6841.

Warrant officer selection board set for January
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Aviation warrant officers eligible for promotion to Chief Warrant Officer 3 and CW4 must have an Active Duty Date of Rank of Sept. 30, 2000, and earlier to be considered above the zone and an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2000, thru Sept. 30, 2002, to be considered in the promotion zone. Aviation warrants eligible for promotion to CW5 must have an ADOR of Sept. 30, 2000, and earlier to be considered above the zone, an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2000, thru Sept. 30, 2001, to be considered in the promotion zone and an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2001, thru Sept. 30, 2002, for below the zone consideration. Technical warrant officers eligible for promotion to CW3 and CW4 must have an ADOR of Sept. 30, 2001, and earlier to be considered above the zone and an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2001, thru Sept. 30, 2003, to be considered in the promotion zone. Technical Warrants eligible for promotion to CW5 must have an ADOR of Sept. 30, 2001, and earlier to be considered above the zone, an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2001, thru Sept. 30, 2002, to be considered in the promotion zone and an ADOR of Oct. 1, 2002, thru Sept; 30, 2003, for below the zone consideration. The board will offer the new capability of “My Board File.” By going to https:// www.hrc.army.mil, users can navigate through their OMPF, their digital photo and their ORB between Nov. 29, 2005 and Jan. 13, 2006. For guidance, individuals may visit their unit S1 or servicing personnel support battalion.

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Serenity
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Serenity
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Get Rich or Die Tryin’ R

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ R

Greatest Game Ever Played PG No Show An Unfinished Life PG-13 No Show
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Chicken Little
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Chicken Little
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Roll Bounce
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Flightplan
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An Unfinished Life PG-13 The Weather Man R

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Exorcism of Emily Rose -- In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college freshman. Told in flashbacks, ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ chronicles the haunting trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of the young girl believed to be possessed and the laywer who takes on the task of defending him.

Serenity -- Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran on the losing side of a galactic civil war, now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family -- squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. When Mal takes on two new passengers -- a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister -- he gets much more than he bargained for.

Walk the Line -- He picked cotton, sold door to door, and served in the Air Force. He was a voice of rebellion that changed the face of rock and roll. An outlaw before today’s rebels were born -- and an icon they would never forget. He did all this before turning 30. And his name was Johnny Cash. WALK THE LINE explores the early years of the music legend, an artist who transcended musical boundaries to touch people around the globe. As his music changed the world, Cash’s own world was rocked by the woman who became the love of his life: June Carter.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry faces his greatest challenges and dangers yet. When he is selected under mysterious circumstances as a contestant in the Triwizard Tournament, Harry must compete against the best young wizards from schools all over Europe. But as he prepares, signs begin to point to the return of Lord Voldemort. Before long, Harry is playing not just for the Cup, but for his life.

The Corpse Bride Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor, a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride, while his real bride, Victoria, waits bereft in the land of the living. Although life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love.

Get Rich or Die Tryin -- An orphaned street kid (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) makes his mark in the drug trade, but finally dares to leave the violence of his former life behind to pursue a promising career in the music business as a rapper.

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Exorcism of Emily Rose
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Bringing people together through tradition
By Chaplain (Capt.) Allen W. Staley
121st General Hospital

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I love this time of year! It is one of the most wonderful seasons, for those who regard it as holy or not. I find great meaning in traditions, such as the lighting of the Advent candles. As a parent and pastor I adopted this practice, which has become a favorite family event. In the weeks before Christmas every year, with all the hustle and bustle, my family has grown to love these daily moments of traditionkeeping and worship. This is a time we slow down and draw closer to God and with each other. This week, as my family lights what is called the Prophets’ Candle, we read about John the Baptist. This man prepared the people to open their hearts to the coming Christ, preaching, “… make straight the way for the Lord” (John 1:23 NIV).

Earlier the Prophet Malachi described John’s ministry as turning “… the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers …” The angel Gabriel told John’s father Zechariah, that his son would bring the people back to God, turning “… the hearts of the fathers to the children … to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:16-17 NIV). These scriptures show what this spiritual tradition does for my family and me, and for many others who practice it. It brings the hearts of my children and me (my wife included) together and prepares our hearts, in a fresh new way, to receive the blessings of the One who is “the Reason for the Season.” It is my deepest prayer that you will let your special traditions draw you closer to those you hold in your heart and to the One who holds you in his.

For those of you who do not have the privilege of celebrating these times with your loved ones in person this year, I encourage you to be “present” with them by joining in your beloved traditions with your friends and your local chapel or faith community. Knowing that you and your loved ones back home observe these traditions together, even across the miles, may just “turn your hearts” to each other. I found this to be true during a deployment in the holiday season, when I took the trouble to pack around a small Advent wreath and other symbols of the season. Those symbols brought comfort and joy to me, as well as to those lonely Soldiers I was with. May the Lord of this holy season turn your heart toward him, as well as toward those you hold in your heart.

Area II Worship Services
Catholic Mass 8 a.m. South Post Chapel 11:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel Tuesday 12:05 p.m. 121 Hospital Chapel Mon.-Wed., Thur.-Fri. 12:05p.m. Memorial Chapel Saturday 5 p.m. Memorial Chapel Friday 6 p.m. South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Collective Korean Sunday 9:30 a.m. 121 Hospital Chapel 9:30 a.m. Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) 10:30 a.m. K-16 Community Chapel 11 a.m. Hannam Village Chapel noon South Post Chapel (Gospel) Sunday 10 a.m. South Post Chapel 6 p.m. South Post Chapel Thursday 6:30 p.m. Memorial Chapel KCFA Lutheran Latter-Day Saints 2nd Tues. 3rd Tues. Sunday Sunday 11:45 a.m. Memorial Chapel 11:45 a.m. Memorial Chapel 5 p.m. Memorial Chapel 10 a.m. Multi-Purpose Training Facility For information on services, call 738-3011

Jewish Protestant Services Episcopal Sunday 10 a.m. United Pentecostal Sunday 1:30 p.m. Church of Christ Church International Sunday 2 p.m. Collective Sunday 8 a.m.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dave Colwell [email protected] or DSN 738-3011 Chaplain (Lt. Col.)Daniel Minjares [email protected] 738-5532 Chaplain (Maj.)Samuel Cabrera [email protected] 725-2955

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Korean Artist Kim Su-Ho unties and prepares to erect one of the two totem poles he created for Camp Humphreys’ Alaska Mining Co. restaurant.

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Korean artist’s talents on display at Humphreys
By Mike Mooney
USASA AREA III MWR Marketing

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Area III Business Operations Division Chief Mike Ross wanted totem poles on the outside of the new Alaska Mining Co. But he knew the cost would be too much – especially the cost of shipping – so he almost gave up the idea. “And then one day a group of us were sitting around talking about the new club and someone suggested looking for a Korean totem pole maker,” Ross said. “Although they’re different than the Alaskan totem poles, the Koreans have their own ‘spirit sticks’ outside many villages. We figured that maybe one of the companies that made the Korean totems would be willing to try their hand at a Native American concept.” An owl stares down from its place The Alaska Mining atop one of the totem poles made Co. is the new name of by Kim Su-Ho the former Nitewatch Club at Camp Humphreys. The club’s grand opening will be Wednesday. “We already had the ‘Cave’ inside the Nitewatch,” Ross said, “and the Alaska Mining Co. theme fits right into the Cave concept. The Nitewatch had been a very successful club for a great many years, but it was time for a change. So we decided to make it a complete renovation, giving birth to the Alaska Mining Co. concept.” Having lived and worked in Alaska, Ross had some specific ideas he wanted to incorporate in the new club, and authentic totem poles were part of

that dream. After deciding to approach Korean totem pole artists about the concept, Ross turned to Area III Services Division procurement specialist Choe Sung-Hak. “If there’s anyone in Korea who can get the impossible done, it’s Young Choe,” Ross said. “First he approached totem pole makers in the Pyongtaek and nearby areas. But none of them were willing to tackle the challenge. I was getting discouraged, but then, some how, Choe found Kim Su-Ho – an award-winning totem pole carver who lives just north of Pusan. Mr. Kim said he would be willing to try. And try he did.” “I was thrilled by the opportunity but very nervous at the same time,” said Kim. “I had never even seen a picture of an Alaskan totem pole. But I could see the artistic challenge, so I said yes when asked. I then went on the Internet and studied Alaskan totem poles to get an idea of how they were made.” Using nothing but a handsaw, a hammer, a knife and his imagination, the 43-year-old Kim created two totem poles for the new Alaska Mining Co. restaurant at Camp Humphreys. With wife An Chong-Suk providing artistic advise and painting, the duo created two poles that now guard the entrance to the restaurant, just inside Camp Humphreys’ walk-thru gate. “Each of the poles took about three days to create,” Kim said. “When I got into it, making the totem poles for the U.S. Army wasn’t much different than making them for Korean villages and attractions. It was enjoyable. I am very happy that the Camp Humphreys people appreciate my work.” “I was more than amazed at what he created,” Ross said. “Our Camp Humphreys totem poles look just like what you would see in southeast Alaska or British Columbia. “But they also have their own, unique twist, like the American flag painted into one of the wings. The poles

now guard the entrance to the Alaska Mining Co. and provide another level of authenticity to the concept.” Ross is hoping the new Alaska Mining Co. concept will be as successful as the totem poles, themselves. “Alaska totem poles are mounted outside the village and are good luck charms for the people who live there,” he said. “And, hopefully, our totems will also be good luck for the new club.” (Editor’s Note: Chong So-kyung, Area III MWR Korean marketing assistant, contributed to this article.)

A totem pole is raised into place outside the Alaska Mining Co.

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English classes build community relations
By Chief Warrant Officer Teddy Datuin
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

Comedy ROKs Returns Morale, Welfare and Recreation is bringing Comedy ROKs back to Korea. Dante Carter, Miss Gayle and Spike Davis will perform their stand-up comedy act on installations throughout Korea Dec. 3-16. With appearances on H.B.O.’s Def Comedy Jam, B.E.T’s “Comic View,” “Planet Grove,” A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Showtime’s “Laffapalooza” and “The Gordon Elliot Show,” the trio boast fans across America and around the world. Comedy ROKs is presented courtesy of MWR. All performances are free and open to military ID cardholders. For information, call 723-3749. Scheduled performances in Korea include: 8 p.m. Saturday, Camp Carroll, Hideaway Club 8 p.m. Sunday, Camp Hialeah, Pusan Pub 8 p.m. Tuesday, Camp Walker, Hilltop Club Thursday, Area III, TBD 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9, K-16 AB, Community Club 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Yongsan, Main Post Club Dec. 11, Area III, TBD Dec. 13, Area III, TBD 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Camp Stanley, Reggie’s 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Camp Red Cloud, Mitchell’s 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Camp Casey, Gateway Club 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Camp Hovey, Iron Triangle Club USO Upcoming Events Volunteers are being sought to participate in a Good Neighbor event at the Camp Kim USO Dec. 14. The event will welcome Korean elementary school children and will include lunch and bowling. For information on these events, contact the local USO. 9-Ball Tourney Beginning Dec. 12, Area I community activity centers will hoast a nine-ball pool league for all interested personnel serving in Area I. For information, call the local CAC. Camp Casey Seeks Bowler of the Month Visit the Casey Bowling Center and be the star bowler of the month. Individuals can participate in the event by submitting their score at the front desk. The person who hit the top score will be the winner of the week. And the winner will compete for the title of Bowler of the Month. The weekly winner will receive a coupon for one week of free bowling (limit two games per day).The winner for the month will receive one month of free bowling ( limit two games a day) and a plaque.

YONGSAN GARRISON –- Like a wildfire, a relatively unknown English class programs for Korean children and adults in the Seoul area is spreading and getting bigger. The class is not only helping overcome the language barrier, it is bridging the cultural gap between the American children and adults who volunteer to teach English, and the Koreans that come to learn. “It is fun and I like teaching the Korean children,” said Jennason Kuhn, a sophomore at Seoul American High School, who has been volunteering teaching Korean children Saturdays since her family arrived in Korea about a year and a half ago. “I was scared at first, because I didn’t know what to expect and because of the language barrier. Now I feel very comfortable and really enjoy and get satisfaction for what I’m doing.” More and more Korean children, ages 7 to 14, and Korean adults from different walks of life, are registering for the Saturday and Sunday English classes, both at the Soebingo and Hangangno Korean community centers outside of South Post’s gates 17 and 19. More Korean adults are also signing up for the Monday and Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon English classes at the Hangangno Korean community center. “When we started early last year, there were less than 50 Korean children attending the English classes and there were no Korean adults participating in the program,” said Michael Lee, the main organizer and manager of the English programs. “There were only two sessions then on Saturday afternoons … and the classes were only held at the Hangangno Korean community center. “Now there are over 200 Korean children benefiting from the program and hundreds more are on the waiting list, pending the relocation to a bigger place and for more American volunteers,” Lee said with a beaming smile. Jaclyn Warden and her friend Megan Poppe have also been volunteering since their families arrived here. “We think the Korean kids like us American kids

Tricia Hill, sophomore at Seoul American High School, teaches a group of Korean boys and girls, ages 10-12 years old as part of the weekly English class program. teaching them English,” Warden and Poppe agreed. Both girls are students at the Seoul American Middle School. According to the three American student volunteers, the Korean children have very good attention spans. “They [Korean children] really want to learn English and they ask a lot of questions,” commented the three girls almost in chorus. Then they said hey would always remember this experience, which would not have been possible had they not come overseas. Looking into the future, the three girls agreed that their experience teaching the Korean kids will definitely affect and influence their outlook to foreigners and to their careers. Korean adults, mostly mothers, come to the Hangangno Korean community center Saturdays for an English class. Currently there are 12 that come regularly and are divided into two groups, based on their level of understanding English. The Monday and Wednesday night classes are comprised of Korean adults and Korean university students from different universities in Seoul. American volunteers are a mix of military personnel and civilians. “I felt welcomed right away,” said Hanna Park, a third-year student at

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Caroline Gettys, sophomore at Seoul American High School, and her group of Korean children.

Ewha University majoring in Economics, who is in her third week attending the Wednesday night English class. “I like this informal setting and friendly environment,” she continued. “I feel very comfortable and [I am] learning more compared to formal settings like a school or business environment.” Christine Oh, another third-year Economics major at Ewha University, brought her friend Hanna Park to the program. Oh has been attending the classes for three months. “At first, I couldn’t say in English what’s in my mind. I just didn’t know how to express myself in English because I was scared,” Oh said. Then with a proud voice and smile, she continued, “My English has improved a lot since three months ago. I am more comfortable now talking in English. I will definitely recommend and encourage other students to come to this English class.” Kyu Dong Kim, a third-year Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Hanyang University, agreed with Park and Oh that the English class is helping them express themselves more comfortably in English. “I learn a lot every time from the American volunteers,” Kim said. “If we get a larger space and more American volunteers, we can expand the English class program and be part of a larger Good Neighbor program,” Lee said. The Soebinggo English classes are only held Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day and the classes are only for Korean children. The American volunteers there are mostly dependent spouses. Both Korean community centers are provided free by the Yongsan-gu district government. “It will be ideal if we have one large center, which we will call the Good Neighbor Center, to consolidate all the English classes and for other activities,” Lee said. To volunteer as an English instructor, call 010-6325-0765.

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AMC maintenance experts help with unit repairs
transition to us, put their knowledge to use and teach the Soldier how to use CAMP HUMPHREYS – If you’re a that equipment and to make sure it stays maintenance Soldier with a tricky repair running.” problem, you can call the subject matter Fergus has 6 LARs supporting experts at Army Material Command for customer units in Area III and 13 others advice or assistance. These Logistics supporting the 2nd Combat Aviation Assistant Representatives, or LARs, are Brigade. They are subject matter experts the guys in the know as their boss, Chief in diverse specialties such as logistics, Warrant Officer Steven R. Fergus, supply, tanks, automotive, aviation, chief, Logistics Assistant Officer Army armaments and missiles. Field Support Brigade – Far East, Fergus explained that the main explained. mission of his LARS is to enhance the “The majority of my training that a Soldier LARs have many years of receives in their prior military experience in schoolhouse and to their areas of expertise,” augment that with handssaid Fergus. “A lot of them on training with guidance are retired warrant officers and supervision. or senior enlisted. They “These guys like what may want to continue they do and they love the serving their country but Soldier,” said Fergus. Chief Warrant Officer they don’t wear the “They’ll do anything for Steven Fergus uniform anymore.” them. They can help to If they weren’t former senior bring the Soldier’s confidence level up noncommissioned officers, or weren’t’ in their abilities in the field environment. in the military, they may have been a “We really have a customer-focused contractor developing the equipment, operation,” said Fergus. “If they want, Fergus added. “They may want to they ask - we provide.”
Area III Public Affairs

By F. Neil Neeley

James Faircloth, logistics assistance representative, AMCOM, checks the main rotor blades on a Apache helicopter for cracks or de-bonds with Pfc. Stephen Puzzo B troop 3/6 CAV Apache crew chief. Faircloth is a former Army maintenance test pilot.

George Smith, Aviation Logistics Assistant Representative, (TACOM) assists Pfc. Micah Heathcfck D Troop, 3/6 CAV doing a ‘post gunnery’ on a 30 mm gun from an Apache helicopter. The weapon will be stripped down, cleaned and its seals checked, before it is replaced onto the aircraft. “Now the level of expertise may see something done that isn’t to our not be what they want - they may want standard, it’s not our job to come something that we’re not capable of back and tell anybody that somebody providing,” Fergus said, “But we can is doing something wrong,” he said. always reach back to the states to the “We would wear out our welcome major subordinate commands for very quickly if we did,” he said. help. We can get the proper “However, we would say, ‘if you did authorization there or they can let us it this way it probably would work know about an equipment modification a little better.’” that hasn’t reached the field yet.” Technical Assistance Fergus’ Logistics Assistant If you require technical Representatives are also there to help assistance from the Army Field each other help the customer. “Not Support Brigade, these are just everything is as defined as you may a few of the 20 LARs that think it is,” said Fergus. “One of our LARs with the Aviation and Missile support Customer Units in Area Command, may be taking care of a III and 2nd CAB. helicopter,” said Fergus, “but there are AMCOM POC: Communications and Electronics Mr. Faircloth 753-6008 Command and Tank Automotive and CECOM POC: Armaments Command elements on that Mr. Purzycki 753-6006 helicopter. It truly is a team effort, if TACOM POC: he has a problem outside of his field, Mr. Griffin 753-6012 he can take it back and get the AFSC Supply LAR: appropriate person in.” Mr. Leonard 753-6005 Fergus stresses that his unit is not LAO Area III: a reporting agency. “If we go into a CW5 Fergus, 753-6013 motor pool or onto a flight line and

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The Alaska Mining Company (formerly the Nitewatch) grand opening will be Wednesday, across from the walk in gate. For more on the restaurant, see Page 16.

Arrows Away!
Spc. Gabriel R. Rodriguez, A Company, 304th Signal Battalion (L) and Capt. Angela M. Greenwald, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Area III Support Activity, prepare to hit the targets during an interactive archery experience at Hwaseong Fortress during a cultural orientation trip sponsored by Pyeongtaek University and Gyeong-gi Province Nov. 22. Forty-five Soldiers joined students from the university in touring the fortress and other sights as part of the Common Values Project that is a collaboration between the province and the university.

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Bone marrow registration drive a success
Community Christmas Tree Lighting All community members are invited to the Camp Humphreys Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Monday in the community park across from the commissary, followed by a reception at the Community Activity Center. HAES Christmas Program Set Humphreys American Elementary School Christmas Program is scheduled to be held at the Youth Center at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. For information, call Becky Drennen at 753-8894. PTO Secret Santa Slated for HAES The PTO Secret Santa Shop will be held in the HAES Information Center, Wednesday and Thursday. The hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. For information, contact Tina Paff at [email protected] Seminar Scheduled at HAES A “Providing Learning Assistance at Home” seminar will be held at HAES at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 201 and at 11a.m. Dec. 9. For information, contact Maria Albin at [email protected] Health Fair, Aerobathon Health Fair and Aerobathon for Area III is Dec. 10. There will be a 5K Run/Walk starting at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. The Health Fair is from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Humphrey’s gym. Come out and enjoy aerobics and lots of great health information. For information, call Sylvia Eckman, RN, health promotion coordinator for Area III, at 753-7657 Red Cross Baby-sitting Classes From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday in the Red Cross office, Building 262, baby-sitting classes will be offered. Participants must attend all three nights and must pay a fee of $25. Grants are available courtesy of the United Club. Attendees must be 11 years or older.For information, call 753-7172/3. Financial Management Classes Army Community Service offers classes in financial management to help Soldiers, civilians and family members learn how to handle personal finances and the basics of savings and investments. Classes are held at ACS, Building 311. Contact 753-8401 or 8403 for information or to register. By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Seventy individuals volunteered to become potential bone marrow donors here at the Community Activity Center Tuesday. “This is the C.W. Bill Young DoD marrow program,” said Maj. Rex Berggren, 18th MEDCOM laboratory officer in charge at the121st General Hospital, Yongsan Garrison. “The process here is to register individuals who want to be added to the national marrow registry. It only involves filling out some paperwork and giving a blood sample for testing. “The blood taken is typed for human leukocyte antigen,” said Berggren. “It will be identified based on one of the six HLA types. “Once that’s done, if an individual is identified as a potential match, then further testing is done. If a match is confirmed then the potential donor is given the chance to donate marrow.”

Berggren added that the DoD marrow registry program is one of about 90 registry programs in the United States, all of which add names to the national registry. Maj. Michael Endres, chief nurse at Humphreys Troop Medical Clinic, credits Berggren for making the marrow registry possible. “This drive hasn’t been done on the peninsula since 1999,” he said. “It may be years or maybe never before this happens here again. “It’s only being done now through the efforts of Maj. Berggren and it’s happening because the DoD marrow program trusted him enough to run the program here on peninsula and to accurately and responsibly ship those samples back to the states, so that there can be a proper match down the road.” Endres explained that program officials are very reluctant to do that. “It’s only because of Berggren’s reputation that they allowed that to occur,” he said.

Sylvia Eckman health promotion coordinator at Area III draws blood from Liz Joffrion. Endres also stressed the important roll that the volunteers played in the marrow registration drive. “They were extremely helpful,” said Endres. “They allowed our active duty folks to stay back at work at the clinic.” “I’ve always liked to donate blood,” said Airman 1st Class Carlin Thomas, 607th Combat Communications Squadron. “I got an email about this so I decided to see if I could help out with this as well.”

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HAES students make Christmas ornaments
By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

PHOTO BY F. NEIL NEELEY

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Glitter and paste found it’s way onto each paper and child as students at Humphreys American Elementary School made decorations for the community Christmas trees recently. A contest to judge the best decorated tree will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. The Christmas trees can be viewed in the park area across from the Commissary near the bus station. June Webb, art teacher at HAES, helps Destiny Simms and Nicole Kubica from Maria Rodriguez’ kindergarten class make Christmas ornaments.

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AAFES shoppers snag bargains
Area III Public Affairs CAMP HUMPHREYS – The Thursday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the season. AAFES went all out to attract shoppers offering free $20 gift cards to the first 100 customers to enter the store with one young shopper reporting that there was already a line when she arrived at 5:40 a.m. for the 7 a.m. opening. (From Left) Seventh-graders Morgan Skaggs and Becky Almquist, fifth-grader Emma Taliento and fourth-grader Jacob Almquist, contemplate purchases. All were shopping for Christmas gifts for family members, and maybe a gift or two for themselves.

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Winter weather conditions bring new challenges to driving in Korea
By Susan Barkley
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CAMP HUMPHREYS – Driving in Korea can present many challenges to Soldiers, civilians and family members, and the winter driving season brings some added challenges of its own, such as decreased visibility, earlier darkness and slick roads. “Increase intervals! Slow down! Know your vehicle!” are the cardinal rules for winter driving safety according to Phil Vincent, U.S. Army Area III Support Activity acting safety director. “You must understand how cold weather affects your vehicle before, during and after operation,” he added. He warns that fog and black ice are the primary culprits around Camp Humphreys. Drivers at Camps Long and Eagle may have more snow to deal with in addition to black ice. According to en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Black_ice, black ice is a thin coating of ice on a surface, often a roadway. While not truly black, it is transparent, allowing the usually black asphalt/Macadam roadway to be seen through it and leaving drivers unaware of the slick surface. Lee Gourley, auto skills center manager, advises that it’s not too late to winterize vehicles. He advises that drivers make sure their tires are in top condition so they will be able to grip

Understanding Road Conditions
Drivers needing to stay informed as to the current road conditions in the areas where they will be driving can call 738ROAD (7623) or 02-7918-7623. Road conditions are also posted on the U.S. Forces Korea Web site at www.korea.army.mil, www.korea.army.mil/RoadConditions/RoadConditions.htm or the Area III Web site at area3.korea.army.mil. ROAD CONDITIONS GREEN Highway conditions are normal. AMBER Military vehicles, other than those required for essential business, will not be driven on highways. POV owners need to use extreme caution and are
staff are ready to do everything necessary to get the vehicle in top shape for winter conditions. Drivers needing to stay informed as to the current road conditions in the areas where they will be driving can call 738-ROAD (7623) or 02-

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encouraged to observe the rules established for military vehicles. RED Military vehicles, other than emergency/essential business, will not be driven. O-5/GS-13 or above may authorize usage for business that can not be postponed without jeopardizing military requirements. Snow chains or similar devices will be used. BLACK All U.S. Government vehicles are prohibited from movement. Commanders of O-6 and above must personally authorize the use of emergency vehicles after the appropriate risk assessment and mitigation actions are considered. Snow chains or similar devices are required, no waivers are authorized.
7918-7623. Road conditions are also posted on the U.S. Forces Korea Web site at www.korea.army.mil, w w w. k o r e a . a r m y. m i l / R o a d Conditions/Road-Conditions.htm or the Area III website at area3.korea.army.mil.

the road better in poor driving conditions. Antifreeze is the second most important thing next to having good tires, according to Gourley. Drivers can bring their vehicle to the auto skills center and perform the work themselves, or Gourley and his

Still time to donate to Combined Federal Campaign Federal
Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and acting brigade coordinator, finds that many people are CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The annual anxious to contribute and know in Combined Federal Campaign will end advance where they want their money Dec. 15, but there’s still time to donate to go. “Two people sought me out to get their booklets,” she said. Freeman finds that some people always contribute to the same organizations. She said one of the people she contacted always donates to multiple sclerosis. She found that a lot of Soldiers wanted to donate to hurricane victims and she suggested that they consider American Red Cross. Freeman said she always donates to American Red Cross. While she was inP B S B processing at Yongsan, Warrant Officer Ruby Freeman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, gives her she received a Red weekly Combined Federal Campaign turn-in to R. J. Johnson, Area III assistant community project officer for CFC.
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to one or more of the hundreds of charitable organizations that fall under the CFC umbrella. Warrant Officer Ruby Freeman, the key person for Headquarters and

Cross message. She said the Red Cross “found me at my new duty assignment and within two days I was on my way to the Philippines.” Freeman has seen many Soldiers receive Red Cross messages and thinks her experience was very typical of what a Soldier can expect. “Wi t h o u t CFC, many organizations might not have operating funds because they depend on donations,” said David Satterfield Area III Community area project officer for CFC. Freeman said her command is very supportive and wants to make sure every Soldier is contacted. Freeman also has had donations from Korean employees, contractors and civilians. She said her command has been generous as well. She turns money in every week and said she has never had less than $1,000 [in pledges and/or checks]. The average donation for her unit is about $156.00 per person. “It’s touching to see there are actually people who care about others and have a heart for the less fortunate,” she said.

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CORE: Family Force Forum focuses on teens
By Galen Putnam
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP WALKER – Dealing positively with youth, particularly teens, can be a challenge at times. In an effort to address that issue, the Area IV Support Activity Army Community Service held a Family Force Forum focusing on teens Tuesday at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker. More than 100 participants gathered for the event based on the CORE, or, Children, Our Responsibility Every day, concept. Col. Donald J. Hendrix, Area IV Support Activity commander, devised the concept to address issues affecting youth living in Area IV. Hendrix kicked off the event by recognizing a 19year-old Taegu American School graduate, who conducted a survey detailing the needs and desires of Area IV teens. “A young lady went out and did a great job in surveying our teens to see what we can do to interest them with programs on post, or programs off post we would put together for them” he said. “Christina Wojtonik did this project in a matter of weeks and it is going to be very, very, very helpful. We are going to share this with a number of our service activities because there are some ideas in here that we are going to implement.” “I was overwhelmed when I was asked to do it,”

said Wojtonik, who is currently attending the University of Maryland University College in Daegu and hopes to work at the Child Development Center on Camp George. “I’m glad teens had a chance to speak out. I’m looking forward to continuing with the project.” Guest speakers discussed a variety of topics related to CORE. Chaplain (Col.) James Boelens, command chaplain for the 19th Theater Support Command, explained how to keep long distance relationships vibrant. Dr. Beverly Joiner, chief of Installation Management Agency - Korea Region Office Child and Youth Services, provided tips on how to study your children and recognize their characteristics. Charles Toth, Department of Defense Dependent Schools Korea District superintendent, emphasized using school as a starting point when building bonds with your children. Young Hee-yoo, from the Area IV Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service, provided ideas on how to get more involved with your teens.

“Ask for help. There are an enormous amount of resources in the schools and in the community to assist your student and to assist you,” Toth said. “I’ve already heard Col. Hendrix say three times ‘this is a team, we are a family.’ That is true and we need to lean on one another.” The forum concluded with a panel discussion featuring the guest speakers and representatives from the Staff Judge Advocate’s office, Area IV Support Activity Pass and ID office and teen members of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. “This is the first one of these we’ve done and it was a good first effort,” Hendrix said. “We had a good turnout and we had a lot of people who stayed for all of the speakers so it seems we hit on the right subjects. All in all, it was a good evening. It was very worthwhile and we’re glad we did it.” “We had some outstanding speakers and the panel answered some significant questions – the teens were a great addition,” said J.J. Stewart, director of Area IV Army Community Service. “I think everyone who was here will take something home with them to use in living and dealing with their teens on a daily basis.” The event was held in conjunction with the Month of the Military Family. More CORE Family Force Forums will be held in the future, according to Stewart.

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Mayoral elections now under way for Walker, George
Area IV Public Affairs CAMP HENRY – Elections for mayor of the Camp Walker and Camp George Mountain View Village housing areas are taking place through Dec. 31. Housing area residents can vote at the main exchange, commissary and Soldier Memorial Chapel on Camp Walker; Taegu American School on Camp George; and Army Community Service on Camp Henry. A list of candidates, including biographies, will be available at election locations. For information, call Bonnie McCarthy at 768-8126.

Afternoon with Santa

slated for Dec. 10
TAS Parent Teacher Organization CAMP GEORGE – The Taegu American School Parent Teacher Organization will sponsor “Afternoon with Santa” 2 – 5:30 p.m., Dec. 10, at the TAS cafeteria. There will be games, arts and crafts, face painting, and much more. “Santa’s Workshop” will be open to youths who would like to purchase gifts for their parents or other adults. Refreshments will be available. For information, call Ted Vynorius at 011-9932-6388.

CPL. KANG JI-HUN

Kim Si-hyon (right), assisted by Yi Yong-kil, both with the 32nd Korean Service Corps Company at Camp Henry, spray under a decontamination trailer Nov. 18 near the 20th Area Support Group motor pool on Camp Carroll. Twenty-eight members of the 32nd KSC Co., and 37th KSC Co. from Camp Carroll, conducted mock fixed site and terrain decontamination operations as the wrap-up exercise following four days of Initial Wartime Affiliates DECON Training Nov. 15 – 18. KSC participants developed and improved their decontamination skills and gained technical knowledge including identifying and neutralizing chemicals and biological agents, decontamination skills and techniques, preventive maintenance checks and services, maintenance of decontamination equipment and more.

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Caroling Contest The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will conduct a caroling contest 1 – 3 p.m., Dec. 17, at Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker. Top prize is $1,800 in antique furniture. Registration deadline is Saturday at the Camp Walker Main Exchange or by e-mail at [email protected] For information, call Yi Su-yong at 7644638. Fine Arts Exhibit Child and Youth Services is hosting the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America Fine Arts Exhibit and Reception 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Pusan Pub on Camp Hialeah. For information, call Dean W. Moore at 763-3536. ABC Visit Army Benefits Center reps will conduct briefings on the Civil Service Retirement System from 8 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, at the Camp Carroll Community Activities Center and from 8 a.m. – noon, Thursday, at the Camp Henry Theater. They will also present briefings on the Federal Employees Retirement System, from 1 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, at the Camp Carroll CAC and from 1 - 5 p.m., Thursday, at the Camp Henry Theater. Registration deadline for the briefings is Monday. For information, call Kim Sang-yun at 768-6625. AAFES Bazaar The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will hold a bazaar 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dec. 17 and 18, at the Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker. For information, call Yi Su-yong at 7644638. Santa’s Mail Bag Parents and children can send their letters to Santa via the following address: 354th OSS/OSW 2827 Flightline Ave. Eielson AFB, Alaska 99702. A stamped envelope, complete with return address, should be included inside each envelope. Envelopes will be returned with the North Pole cancellation stamp and a letter from Santa. VFW Children’s Christmas Party VFW Post 10033 in Daegu will host its annual children’s Christmas party 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at VFW Post 10033 near Camp Walker Gate #4. Registration deadline is by Dec. 14. For information, call Ralph Connor at 764-3773 or e-mail him at: [email protected] Holiday Mailing Deadlines Military postal offices remind everyone to mail early for the holiday season. Check with your local military postal office for mailing deadlines.

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Tour teaches tea technique, cuisine
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

Kang Myung-hee, of the Dabudong Cultural and Art Academy, tells members of the tour about the Korean traditions involved in drinking tea.

DAEGU – Daegu Health College hosted about 30 Soldiers, civilians and family members from Daegu Nov. 26 during the 19th Theater Support Command Good Friendship Tour featuring traditional Korean cuisine and a tea ceremony experience. After an opening reception, briefing and walking tour at DHC by Kim Kyung-yong, a professor and director of international cooperation at the school, participants spent the next two hours learning the finer points of cooking bulgogi and making kimchi. Tour participants were teamed up with DHC students with varied educational backgrounds for the cooking class. Kim Dukhee, a nutrition professor at the school, provided step-by-step instructions (interpreted by Kim) on preparing the meal. After enjoying lunch, the tour moved on to the Dabudong Cultural and Art Academy where Kang Myung-hee, again with an assist from Kim, explained the finer points of the traditional Korean tea ceremony. Tour members heard about the importance of tea drinking in Korean culture and sampled green tea and chrysanthemum tea.

Jeanette De Los Santos puts the final touches on some kimchi while her partner, Lee Su-young from Daegu Health College, stirs bulgogi ingredients during the traditional Korean cooking class at Daegu Health College. Their group was judged second best.

Kim Duk-hee, a nutrition professor at Daegu Health College, explains to the class the proper way to make kimchi during a two-hour session in which they also cooked a bulgogi lunch.

Tom Morris, visiting father of a local Soldier, and his two partners Kang Yu-ri (middle) and Ha Yeon-jung are judged to be the best cooks during the class.

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Korean Veterans Association members tour Camp Carroll
By Steven Hoover and Jean Moon
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP CARROLL – Approximately 30 members of the Korean Veterans’ Association of Chilgok County toured various installation activities here Nov.17, including a visit to a typical Soldiers’ barracks room. The KVA was established in 1961 to contribute to Korea’s freedom and independence by promoting friendship among veterans and strengthening the power and morale of Soldiers. According to KVA Article V, any person who completes their military service automatically becomes a member of KVA. “So, almost all men in South Korea are members of the KVA,” said Pak Chong-ku, Camp Carroll’s community relations officer, “which puts their membership of registered veterans in the tens of thousands. Since 1997, Camp Carroll has maintained a close relationship with the KVA by conducting sporting events, joint memorials for those killed during the Korean War, ceremonial functions and staff rides.” The tour opened with a group welcome from Kevin Jung, director of the Directorate of Public Works and acting installation manager. After an installation briefing by Pak, the group visited the Heavy Equipment Division

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Choe Chong-nam, (second from right) assistant maintenance manager of the U.S. Army Material Support Center-Korea Heavy Equipment Division at Camp Carroll, explains how maintenance will be performed on a vehicle to approximately 30 members of the Korean Veterans’ Association of Chilgok County during a tour of the facility Nov. 17. of the U.S. Army Material Support Center-Korea. Choe Chong-nam, HED assistant maintenance manager, guided them through the facility, showing the group the various aspects of repairing and caring for military vehicles. Next on the agenda was a visit to the barracks. “I was impressed by their eagerness to see Camp Carroll and visit the barracks room,” said Cpl. Kang Jihun, Area IV Support Activity – Camp Carroll. “Next time, we might want to have more than one room. Forty people filled a single room!” He said that the group members asked him questions like, “Do women and men use the same barracks? Do you have barracks inspection every day? How many people live in one room?” After answering their questions, the

tour continued via bus to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the heavy heliport, the Crown Jewel Fitness Center and the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters that are located on the highest hill at Camp Carroll. Then it was on to the dining facility for lunch, where they ate from the same selections provided to the Soldiers. Many of the participants said that they were thankful for the opportunity to visit Camp Carroll and for the U.S. Army presence in South Korea. “Although I have been living in this area (Chilgok) for a long time, I didn’t know that Camp Carroll made such an effort,” said Kim Jong-tae, KVA vice president. “Not only for defensive reasons, they have also provided jobs for many Korean employees. I also heard the U.S. Army provides English Camps for residents and that is also good for our countries’ development. I hope I will have this kind of opportunity again.” Ji Gap-ran, president of the Women’s KVA, Chilgok County Division, added, “Thank you for giving us this opportunity. As members of KVA, we will do our best to inform people outside of the Army about the things we saw today, to help continuing to build on our relationships. Many Soldiers live in the same apartment as I do, and they are always kind.”

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Namhae
families didn’t want to stay with them. At that time, only the American people took lepers and cared for them. “ M o r e o v e r, t h e y [ A m e r i c a ] asserted that Japan had to stop invading Korea when we were suffering. I still remember the time when everybody, except America, ignored our pain. Many Koreans today don’t know or already have forgotten how much we owe to America. Without the help they have given us in the past, we couldn’t develop as much as now. “This event [being involved with the recovery] was accidental, but I thought it was a chance to give their kindness back. I strongly believe that we shouldn’t lose our gratitude. That is why I want to keep this ceremony at least until the end of my life.” As part of the ceremony, Lt. Col. Roger R. Dansereau, Pusan Storage Facility and Camp Hialeah installation commander, presented certificates to four members of the association and then spoke to the group. “The memory of these valiant airmen could well have been lost had it not been for the selfless service and humanity of Mr. Kim and his fellow neighbors,” he said. “I came to Korea this June,” he

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Japanese anti-aircraft fire sent the B-24 Bomber “Lady Luck II” and its crew to a fiery death near the summit of Mangwoon Mountain, located on Namhae Island. continued. “It is my first military cause of freedom and peace, indeed tour of duty in Korea. What I have for all freedom and peace loving seen during the past five months is people of the world. However, a n o t h i n g b u t a m a z i n g . N e w noteworthy fact is that continued construction is o n - g o i n g personal effort and the dedication everywhere, people are vital and the of Mr. Kim and the members of the Memorial Activities country is absolutely beautiful. Wa r Selfless acts by people like Mr. Kim Association, enable us to keep them and those in Namhae, for our war alive and solemnly remembered on heroes, must be one of the reasons this part of the peninsula.” Dansereau then placed and for the blessing of prosperity and saluted a wreath sent by United freedom, which you enjoy today. “We are assembled here once S t a t e s F o r c e s K o r e a f o r t h e again today to honor those airmen occasion. This was followed by who sacrificed themselves for the those in attendance placing single

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Even after 60 years, Kim Duk-hyung feels it is important for Koreans to remember how much of their success today is owed to America. flowers on a table in front of the photographs of the 11 crewmembers who died. Kim, who earlier this year was honored with an Area IV Support Activity-Busan Good Neighbor Aw a r d , w a s p r e s e n t e d w i t h a crystal apple inscribed “Brig. Gen. Timothy P. McHale, Commanding General, 19th Theater Support Command presents this personal token of appreciation to you for your outstanding community support. Gatchi Gapsida!”

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Word of the week

‘jjee-geh’
The phrase of the week

soup.” “ I like kimchi soup. ”

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Geem-chee jjee-geh jo-ah-heh-yo.
kimchi soup I like

Conversation of the week
Do you like kimchi?
Geem-chee jo-ah-hah-seh-yo?

Sure.
Neh.

It is spicy.
Gue-goe meh-woe-yo.

But, it tastes delicious.
Gue-reh-doh mah-shi-soe-yo.

May I treat kimchi soup for you?
Geem-chee jjee-geh sah due-reel-ggah-yo?

Thank you very much.
Go-mahp-suem-nee-dah.
“A rolling s tone gathers no moss”

pollack soup

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