December 7, 2007 • Volume 6, Issue 10
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Yongsan Garrison looks forward to big show Page 10
Imaginative inventors create helpful ‘robots’ Page 22
Soldiers, students learn lessons from each other Page 25
Army, Navy exercise warrior spirit on the ﬁeld
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Soldiers from U.S. Forces Korea and Sailors from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea listen to pregame instructions prior to the annual Army/Navy ﬂag football game held on the Seoul American High School ﬁeld Dec 1. The Army came out victorious besting the Navy in a hard fought battle, 14-8, marking the 5th straight time and 11th time out of 12 that the Army was victorious. — U.S. Navy Photo By MC1 Todd Macdonald
The Morning Calm Weekly will not be published Dec. 28 and Jan. 4: Publishing will resume Jan. 11. Happy holidays!
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Santa comes to town, visits U.S. Army installations in Korea
All I want for Christmas...
(Left) Two month old Olivia V. Neubig, sits with Santa for the ﬁrst time after the USAG Daegu Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 28. Similar Tree Lighting events and visits from Santa took place at Army installations around Korea this week. Read on for additional coverage of these events. — U.S. Army Photo By Samuel Hudson
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Bell Sends: Combined Federal Campaign 2007
This past weekend USFK personnel and families employees are contacted and oﬀered the opportunity took time to give thanks. We are a richly blessed to contribute. people who enjoy immense personal freedom. Our I also encourage each of you to remember the presence in the Republic of Korea, strengthening the military communities where we work and live. ROK-US alliance aﬀords those same freedoms to CFC oﬀers a convenient way to contribute locally our Korea allies. This is also an appropriate time to by selecting contribution code “FSYP.” Money remember those less fortunate and those in need. contributed to this fund directly beneﬁts Family The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Services and Youth Programs in the military conducted in October and November each year, community where the donor is assigned. Last oﬀers Service members and civilian employees a year USFK personnel contributed $52,502.36 to Gen. Burwell B. Bell convenient way to share their blessings with those “FSYP.” Commander in need. USFK personnel have typically been very Finally, I want to think each of you for your heroic generous. Last year CFC contributions in Korea work here on the Korean peninsula. Your presence totaled a record breaking $1,408,427. Unfortunately this year’s strengthening the ROK-US alliance and deterring aggression is rigorous operational tempo may have diverted much needed attention appreciated by both nations. Thanks again for your support. away from CFC. Many personnel have yet to be contacted and asked to consider contributing. For this reason I have asked the Oﬃce of We go together! Personnel Management to extend the CFC campaign in Korea until GEN B.B. Bell 15 December 2007. Commanders are required to use this extra time wisely ensuring that 100% of our Service members and civilian Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK
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IMCOM-KOREA: Safety Update
Taking breaks makes you more productive, energetic
by Kelly L. Forys, Psychologist U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine Have you ever come home after a day of work feeling completely exhausted? Have you ever thought that taking a break at work helped you to be more productive? The good news is that it does! Taking breaks actually does make you more productive and can provide you with more energy at the end of the day. Taking breaks away from your computer and job tasks can enhance concentration, boost energy, reduce stress and improve mood. Many of us have been programmed by our family members, friends, and the Western work ethic to believe that “working hard” means “working long hours with no breaks.” Soldiers and civilians alike often feel guilty for taking breaks and fear that they will be perceived as wasting time. Not taking breaks has other negative eﬀects. People may turn to caﬀeine, junk food, sugar, nicotine or drugs to keep going when their bodies are telling them to stop. The key to maintaining optimal productivity is to take breaks to prevent negative effects; however, if you have diﬃculty concentrating, feel your eyes straining, develop a headache or become ﬁdgety, your body and mind are telling you that a break is overdue. We wear our hard work like a badge of courage on our sleeves. We brag when we work through lunch, stay late at work, forfeit our vacations, and take our laptops and cell phones with us on the rare occasion that we do take a vacation. We need to get back in touch with our natural patterns of activity and rest. As babies and small children, our bodies were programmed to take breaks, usually in the form of naps, after long hours of playing. Workplace schedules of the past had built-in mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. As our society has increased the use of advanced technology (e-mail, TiVo, BlackBerries, Bluetooth, and cellular phones), we have also increased our ability to be in touch at all times. The ability to take work everywhere and
“We wear our hard work like a badge of courage on our sleeves.”
Kelly L. Forys U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine never miss a phone call has reduced the amount of time that we spend away from work tasks and has decreased the amount of time that we spend relaxing and having fun. Workday breaks can be as simple as walking to the other end of the oﬃce building; standing up from your chair and stretching your arms, neck and shoulders; or chatting with a co-worker in the fresh air. Work breaks can be eﬀective with as little as three minutes away from the job every 90 minutes to two hours. So pat yourself on the back for the work you do, and take a break! The top ﬁve reasons you should take a break: 1. You give your body a rest from the unnatural postures that develop while sitting at the computer. 2. You develop relationships with your coworkers that can beneﬁt you both personally and professionally. 3. You will be more focused on your work when you return from a break. 4. You will foster creativity. 5. You will feel better at the end of the day and have energy to do the activities that you enjoy.
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“Never leave your battle buddy by himself, especially off post at night.” – Sgt. Eldeen Daly
“Watch each other’s back. Help him if he is in need, encourage him when he has doubts and let him know that you’re there for him.” – Pvt. Hwang Sang-kyu
“Two Soldiers are better than one in most cases. Learn to share your experiences, learn from your experiences, teach your experiences to your Battle Buddy.” – Capt.Jerry Stecher
“A Battle buddy should know how to listen and give advice, someone who can be counted on. – Han, Sang-woong
DECEMBER 7, 2007
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Aggravated Assault, Underage Drinking, Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subject #1 grabbed Subject #2 and held a knife to Subject #2’s neck and threatened to cut Subject #2. Subject #1 then cut Subject #2 across the front of the neck. Subject #2 was transported to the USAG-Casey TMC where Subject #2 was treated and released for injuries consisting of lacerations to the front of the neck. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were apprehended and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where they were administered PBTs with a result of 0.092% BAC for Subject #1 and 0.056% BAC for Subject #2. Investigation revealed Subject #1 and Subject #2 were under the legal age to consume alcohol. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released to their units. AREA I: Simple Assault on a Commissioned Officer, Failure to Obey Order or Regulation (2ID Policy Letter #8), Provoking Speeches, Investigation revealed Subject #1 approached Victim #1 from behind and pulled the collar of their ACU shirt and yanked Victim #1 to the ground. Victim #1 and Subject #1 both fell to the ground. Subject #1 got back up and yelled profanities at Victim #1 and fled the scene. Victim #1 sustained injuries consisting of a contusion to left the eye, but declined medical treatment. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where Subject #1 was administered a PBT with a result of 0.178% BAC and was not advised of Subject #1’s legal rights due to their level of intoxication. Subject #1 was processed and released to Subject #1’s unit. AREA I: Wrongful Use of Prescription Medication, Investigation determined Subject #1 committed the offense of Wrongful Use of a Prescription Medication when Subject #1 submitted a urine sample which subsequently tested positive for the presence of Percocet, which Subject #1 was not prescribed. This is a final report. AREA III: Drunken, or Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Aircraft, or Vessel; Drunk and Disorderly, Subject #1, was observed by Witness #1 sleeping in their vehicle with their seatbelt on while the vehicle was running with headlights on and the windshield wipers on. Witness #1 opened the driver’s door and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’s person. Witness #1 told Subject #1 to turn the vehicle off and hand the keys over. Subject #1 had to take the vehicle out of drive and put the vehicle into park before turning off the vehicle. Subject #1 was administered a series of FSTs, which Subject #1 failed. Subject #1 was processed and released to their unit.
The B-boyz are a popular modern street dance group known throughout Korea for their engaging performances featuring acrobatic break dancing. The Ballerina Who Loves a B-boy performace remains a hit since ﬁrst taking the stage in 2005. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Phillip Turner
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
B-boyz Performance (Seoul) Ski Fest (Yongpyong Resort)
The Ballerina Who Loves a B-boy is a unique dance performance featuring a combination of ballet and street dance. This 90minute, nonverbal performance is held weekly at the B-boy Theater in Seoul. The show follows the story of a ballerina who assimilates into the world of street dance after falling in love with a B-boy. The performance schedule is: Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.koreainmotion.com or www.sjbboyz. com or call 02-336-5377 for booking.
Happy Christmas (Seoul)
You’re Invited !
All Morale Welfare and Recreation patrons are invited to a Holiday Party at the Sung Nam Golf Course on Dec. 15 from 5 –10 p.m. Lots of food, entertainment and prizes!
Lotte World Lotte World’s ‘Happy Christmas Festival’, will run through Dec. 25 and features a magical parade with artiﬁcial snow falling from inside a holiday glass dome. More than 50 snow fans shower onlookers with artiﬁcial snow during the event. The fans will operate from 2–7p.m., while 2 million Christmas light bulbs illuminate the front entrance and nearby walkways, transforming the park into a cozy nighttime wonderland. Every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., 50 performers in Santa costumes enter an ice rink to perform an ice show along with a chorus of Christmas carols. For information, visit www. tour2korea.com
The “Fun Ski & Snow Festival” will be held in Yongpyong Resort on various dates from December 2007 until March 2008. This ski tour program includes daytime activities such as ski instruction, amateur ski competitions, snowboard competitions, and sledding competitions. Evening events feature Korean traditional dance and music performances. This year, in celebration of the event’s 10th year anniversary, there are also a number of additional special events, discounts and free gifts for visitors. Yongpyong Resort is especially well-known among skiers for its beauty and the quality of snow. Yongpyong Resort is known as the Alps of the Korean Peninsula. Festival events scheduled for December are: Dec. 9-12 and Dec. 16-19. For information about this and other skiing events and resorts in Korea, visit www.tour2korea. com
Everland Christmas (Seoul)
Hot springs (Mt. Seorak)
Sorak Waterpia is a hot spring theme park located near Mt. Seorak where 3,000 tons of sodium carbonate water is transferred from underground springs daily and maintained at 49 degrees Celsius. The resort has something for everyone with its indoor, open-air hot spring tubs, swimming pools, water slides and a waterfall to an outdoor area designated for couples. The open-air hot spring bath overlooks the East Sea to one side and the Taebaek Mountain Range to the other. The open-air spring bath is one of Sorak Waterpia’s most popular facilities. For information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Everland celebrates its “Christmas Holiday Fantasy” event through Dec. 25. Everland, which features a zoo, amusement park, tobogganing field, and botanical garden will be decorated under the theme of ‘Romantic Christmas’ this holiday season. Featuring 500 glowing Christmas trees in the Magic Garden oﬀers elements of romance and magic.. Real ﬁr trees were used in putting together the Christmas tree forest, with a grand Christmas tree at the heart of the Magic Garden. In order to fully take in the beauty of the Magic Garden, it’s best to visit at night. The beautiful lighting ceremony is followed by a spectacular multimedia show, “Magic in the Sky”. A Christmas tunnel located near the front entrance to the theme park is another “must-see” attraction. In keeping with the holiday spirit, a 28-member “Caroling Choir”, boasting 11 ﬂoats, and 109 performers comes together to produce a “Christmas Parade” and musical called the “New Carol Fantasy”. For information, visit www. tour2korea.com
Unit ‘sticks’ together
Patch ceremony marks new beginning
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by Dan Wilkinson CFC/USFK OPSEC Program Manager “Dumpster diving” is an internationally recognized strategy to obtain information. It’s common knowledge that identity thieves “dumpster dive” looking for credit or debit card receipts, bank and tax statements, insurance papers, medical records, prescription labels, or anything else that provides a name, address, or telephone number. Armed with this information, criminals can gather enough information about you to assume your identity and cause years of ﬁnancial problems and stress. Criminals aren’t the only ones out there dumpster diving. Think about what you throw out in the trash everyday while at work. A recall roster today, a unit budget forecast yesterday, a weapon technical manual last week, two weeks ago you threw out the results of the most recent command inspection. Now you’re getting ready to toss that extra copy of your commander’s itinerary for his upcoming travels. Stop and shred it.It’s true that the majority of the paper that gets tossed in the trash is probably harmless when it stands alone. However, when that piece of paper is combined with the “harmless” pieces of paper gathered over the last week, month, year, or 20 years, an adversary could possess volumes of valuable information… information they can exploit to analyze our unit readiness and operational limitations, to disrupt or delay our missions, and possibly, cause damage to our assets or harm our personnel.
Col. Daniel Cottrell, United States Army Contracting Command Korea commander, tacked on unit patches during a patch change ceremony Nov. 21— Courtesy Photo
New international sport?
How do we prevent this from happening? One of the easiest and surest Operations Security (OPSEC) measures… shred. Combined Forces Command recently released an order that all work-related and personal papers/documents should be shredded. This mandate is also stated in USFK Command Policy Letter #24. Some tips to ensure your unit’s information is not being exploited by dumpster divers: – Shred all work-related and personal papers. – Use appropriate shredder for the type of information being safeguarded (i.e., use only GSA–approved shredders for classiﬁed papers). – Never use strip shredders or tear sensitive papers by hand; adversaries can easily reconstruct the pieces. – Ensure others in your organization are adhering to the shred policy; periodically look in wastepaper baskets and nearby dumpsters for papers. – Watch for suspicious activities and individuals rummaging through trash receptacles; if this is witnessed, challenge the individual(s) and report it immediately to OPSEC/security officer or counterintelligence agency. – Did I mention to shred everything? Dumpster Diving: It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it… and rest assured, they are out there doing it and you, your family, or your unit could pay the price. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dan Wilkinson, CFC/USFK OPSEC Program Manager at 723-2149 or [email protected]
DECEMBER 7, 2007
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Red Cloud wins garrison recreation program award
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG RED CLOUD — Morale, Welfare and Recreation in USAGCasey earned the top prize in garrison recreation community programming for June 2006 through May 2007. Major community events, which incorporated programming by multiple activities, sports, recreation, entertainment, clubs and Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers, are the focus of the award. The award will be presented to Col. Larry “Pepper” Jackson, USAG-RC garrison commander and MWR staﬀ in a ceremony later this month. “This is part of an overall program MWR folks do every year,” said Ron Fortin, MWR community recreation division director. “They send out to all the installations and ask for nominations in various categories.” In past years, MWR activities provided great programs, but were victims of being programmed in isolation, according to Fortin. Combining the same programming as special events or nonfacility based events, provided a robust program that attracted more participants and spectators. “We have done several things in the way we approach and create diﬀerent events that made our programs more attractive,” Fortin said. “We had a Labor Day party, which we themed ‘Wild, Wild West’. We created Western store fronts to give the area the feel of a Wild West show. Furthermore, we created a variety of games, activities and contests around a theme to complete the experience for the customer.” This type of programming was a ‘family’ eﬀort made by all those working in MWR departments, according to Fortin. “This award puts a lot of light on everyone in the MWR arena,” Fortin said. “The marketing folks, and the folks who run the clubs, sports and recreation; it was combined eﬀort made by all our people coming together and creating programs like the Haunted Insane Mansion, the Wild, Wild West Labor Day party, and the Mardi Gras celebration.” One event in particular stood out to the nominating committee. The Haunted Insane Mansion was a unique event conceived and created by the entertainment section of MWR, according to Fortin. “Each room in the mansion had a theme,” Fortin said. “Each participating Soldier’s unit competed with other units to see who could develop the most creative, scariest room in the mansion. In addition to the 700 paid customers, more than 150 Soldiers participated in the event as actors, stage designers, makeup artist and the like.” The Mardi Gras celebration is also mentioned in the award because it is unique in partnering with the American Red Cross – See Award Page 7 –
A local college band parades down the avenue during USAG-Casey’s Mardi Gras celebration March 10. This event was recognized for its uniqueness as a Morale Welfare and Recreation event for the Garrison Community Recreation Program award.The Mardi Gras parade was just one of many MWR events scheduled throughout the year. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Asian ladies in traditional Korean dress serve customers during USAG-RC Asian Paciﬁc American Day in front of Mitchell’s Club at Red Cloud.—U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Ron Fortin, MWR community recreation division director, stands in front of USAG-Casey’s Community Activity Center after the award was announced.—U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Soldiers sharpen their combat skills and have fun doing it during the BOSS Paint Ball Championship held during the rating period for the GCRP award at USAG-Casey’s paintball ﬁeld.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
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News & Notes
Korean American Friendship The Korean American Friendship Holiday Concert will be held Dec. 12. For more information call: 732-9434. AER Scholarships Army Emergency Relief offers free money for education. The 2008-09 Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Program scholarships are now available on the AER website: www.aerhq.org. For more information call: 730-3142. Health clinic needs foreign language speakers CRC Health clinic would like to extend an invitation for volunteers to assist with translation. This is an opportunity for anyone in the community including active duty or family members to be involved in taking care of Soldiers. Language barriers in providing access to medical translators has been identiﬁed as a JCAHO patient safety goal. We are looking to compile a list of anyone with foreign language ability (not Korean, we have several Korean speaking employees). Our goal is to provide a phone roster of these translators who could then be called to assist with translation, usually via telephone. In particular, Tagolog and Japanese would be useful but any language is a great help. For more information call: 732-7373. Emergency/Urget Situation Help Get help by calling 730-5906 for USAGCasey Fire Station or Military Police in the Dongducheon Area. Call 732-9117 for Red Cloud Fire Station or Military Police in the Uijeongbu area. Call 730-4357 to get help if contemplating suicide or if feeling depressed call: 730-4303. Army Soldier Show Seeks Soldier Performers and Technicians Nominatins for Soldier performers, technicians for the 2008 Army Soldier Show are due by Dec. 28. Send nominations to 2008 Selection Committee, P.O. Box 439, Fort Belvoir, Va., 22060. Performers can be vocalists, dncers, musicians and specialty acts. BOSS Hoop it Up BOSS will host a Christmas Hoop-It-Up Slam/Jam Basketball Jamboree Extravaganza at the USAG-Casey Hanson Gym Dec. 22. The contest will consist of a variety of basketball individual challenges and a 3 on 3 tournament. It will also include Hip Hop dance demonstrations. For more information call: 732-9190. Mandatory Spouses Orientation Program The Spouses Orientation Program is scheduled for Dec. 11 in the ACS classroom in building 2317. The program will be in the MWR conference room building S-16 on USAG-RC Dec. 18. For more information call: 732-5883. New Hours for Pass and Vehicle Registration Effective Dec. 10, USAG-Casey and USAG-RC Pass and Vehicle Registration ofﬁce hours will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays the ofﬁces will be closed from 1 to 4 p.m. The ofﬁces will close on the last Thursday of the month. For all combined U.S. and Korean holidays the ofﬁces will be closed. For more information call: 732-9103.
Cottage serves up special dishes
by Pfc. Matthew Bergfelt USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG RED CLOUD — With Christmas less than a month away, the Pear Blossom Cottage at USAG-Red Cloud continues to run their monthly cooking class for military families. The class is voluntarily run by cottage manager Natalia Levtchenko, who has been operating the cottage for four years. Once a month Levtchenko brings a recipe to the cottage, a division of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and teaches the women who attend how to prepare the recipe. The class prepares a variety of food from various countries, not limited to Korean or American dishes. Friday’s class was a lesson on how to make the European dish pierogi. The ﬁrst step was making the dough for the pierogi’s, which the women in attendance achieved by kneading and ﬂattening it. They then cut small circles out of the dough and brought the pieces to another table. The pierogi ﬁlling was then placed inside the dough. There were three types of ﬁlling: cheese and mashed potato, cabbage and plain mashed potatoes. The women then folded the dough over the ﬁlling and placed the pierogi’s in a pot of boiling water. The
Natalia Levtchenko (center) instructs the ladies of the Pear Blossom Cottage how to make pierogi during cooking class Nov. 30 on USAGRC.— Courtesy Photo.
This master chef demonstrates the ﬁner arts of pierogi making during cooking class at the USAG-RC Pear Blossom Cottage Nov. 30.— Courtesy photo.
cooking time was 10-15 minutes. “This class is not just for women. It’s for all Family members who want to learn a new recipe that they would like to cook for their Family,” Levtchenko said. “The sole purpose of the class is to help Soldiers bond with their families and help share their new cooking skills with their Families.” Levtchenko said the cottage is a home away from home for spouses in similar situations, most accompanying their husbands while on tour in Korea. Pear Blossom is a place for spouses to reach out to each other and a good place to ﬁnd friends. Furthermore, Levtchenko is also responsible for holding art and Korean classes at the cottage, while also arranging baby showers for expectant mothers. “This is a positive environment for all spouses, and I encourage those who haven’t been here yet to attend one of the classes,” Levtchenko said. Levtchenko explained pierogi is a European dish mainly found in Poland, Hungary and Russia. Every month the class cooks a dish from another country, as six of the women in the class are from diﬀerent countries. “It’s a good thing when a woman can cook,” Levtchenko said. “It brings families together through the use of culinary arts.”
DECEMBER 7, 2007
Santa visits children during Christmas tree lighting at Red Cloud
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Children of USAG-Red Cloud delight in the many goodies Santa Claus has in his bag during the Christmas tree lighting at Freeman Hall Nov. 30.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
to provide funds for disaster relief. “These events are all highly successful major events because of total community participation,” Fortin said. “The formations of partnerships and the interest of the community coming together are outstanding in every way. There is something for everyone and so everyone shows up and makes the events happen.” The technique used to bring in all the people within the community of Warrior Country to make sure these programs are successful is simple and eﬀective, according to Fortin. “We ﬁnd staﬀ members with the skills and abilities required to make a program successful,” Fortin said. “This consists of marketing, recreation, entertainment,
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business and club managers. We have staff from all the camps and all MWR activities working together in programs where members come from diﬀerent MWR divisions to ensure we have all the skills and resources we need for success.” The unique and creative special events are not the only events reviewed by the selecting committee. Most of the ongoing programs are unique and commendable as popular sources for entertainment for Soldiers, civilians and their families.“We had a Korean American Pool Tournament, which fostered a lot of fun and interaction between Korean and American players,” Fortin said. “ MWR partnered with the 2nd Infantry Division Band and Armed Forces Network to
enhance the special events of the Mardi Gras, 4th of July, and several other entertainment programs where the 2ID show band and the network made the programs more entertaining.” Local colleges participate in sporting competitions on the diﬀerent garrisons, and MWR in turn, makes use of those college facilities, that the garrison lacks, for increasing the sporting events for Soldiers. “All our MWR facilities are open to Korean employees and their guests, and we encourage them to use our facilities and interact with our community,” Fortin said. “It increases understanding of both cultures and makes for good working conditions with our neighbors.” MWR programs support local English speaking private schools and allow them the use of recreation facilities when they are available. The chaplains and the swimming
pool staﬀ sponsor a program for children from nearby orphanages to use the facility for swimming in low use periods. A Good Neighbor English Language Program is conducted using MWR recreation, USAG Casey and United Services Organization resources to bring local Korean children on posts for English lessons. “All these types of programs ensure the community beneﬁts by being able to interact with American Soldiers and learn more about the American way of life,” Fortin said. “In this way we foster understanding between our cultures.” “Possibly, the amount of programs we had going on during the ﬁscal year period is responsible for our award,” Fortin said. “They were large programs that required an unusual amount of organization and expertise to be successful.”
DECEMBER 7, 2007
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Yongsan shows holiday spirit
Community donates $20,000 to local clinic
by Pfc. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison chapels raised nearly $20,000 through oﬀerings and donated the money Dec. 5 to a medical clinic near the DMZ. Col. Dave Hall, U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan commander, presented a check for $19,733.87 to oﬃcials from the Shalom House, a Christian Servicemen’s Center for Soldiers at Dongduchon, 25 miles north of Seoul. The funds, collected during chapel services Oct. 19-21, will support the Shalom House’s Rafael Clinic. The clinic provides medical care to third-country nationals living and working in Korea. U.S. and Korean military and civilian medical care providers donate time and services. “I think it’s great when we are able to join forces with every element of our community to help people who really have some needs and are not met in any other way,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James King, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan chaplain. “Those helping include the Koreans, Americans, and people from other countries as well. It includes the military and the civilian. It includes peoples from all of our chapels, all of our faith groups.” The Shalom House was established in 1968. “It’s a joint venture with participation from the Korean community, the American community, and Korean and American military community,” King said. Bill Meyers, Shalom House director, said he is “grateful” for the donation. “The facility has recently been falling short of ﬁnances, so the timing was perfect. Thank you.”
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Smoke detectors at off-post residences critical to first alert
blew the curtains into the house, knocking over a candle. The candle caught the furniture on ﬁre and spread the ﬁre quickly throughout the bedroom and apartment. “The damages to the apartment were severe; that is why it is so important to have renter’s insurance, too,” Temporado said. The mother was in the shower at the time and the child and the grandmother were asleep in another room. By the time the heat detector went oﬀ and alerted the mother, it was almost too late. They all survived, but the mother suﬀered severe steam burns while attempting to extinguish the large bedroom ﬁre. “A smoke detector would have given them a lot more time to either get out of the house without injuries or douse the incipient ﬁre with a ﬁre extinguisher,” Temporado said. For oﬀ-post residents, smoke detectors are available for issue through the housing oﬃce. For information on available renter’s insurance, please contact the USAG-Y Fire Department at 738-4907.
YONGSAN GARRISON — A smoke detector alerted a family in time to extinguish a mattress ﬁre Nov. 19 and avoid personal injury, prompting fire safety officials to remind off-post residents to install appropriate smoke detectors. “Many homes and apartments oﬀ-post are equipped with only heat detectors,’ said Chief Alex Temporado, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan ﬁre chief. “Heat detectors take a lot longer to sound oﬀ than smoke detectors. In many cases, by the time a heat detector’s alarm goes oﬀ, it’s too late.” Temporado said in most ﬁres, the smoke overwhelms victims ﬁrst, “so it’s even more important to have a smoke detector.” He cited a case in March 2005 in which a candle started a ﬁre in a Soldier’s apartment in Seoul that injured a mother, while the mother’s child and grandmother narrowly escaped injury. A gust of wind through an open window
University students tour Garrison
by Sgt. Kim Sang-wook USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
(Top) More than 20 Harley Davidson bikers deliver toys Dec. 1 to Marine Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke at the Main Exchange in support of Toys for Tots, the annual toy donation drive sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve. Donation bins are available at the PX and Four Seasons, and the toys will be delivered to orphanages in remote areas. (Above) Sadie Moore, 3, sits with Santa Claus Dec.1 at the Yongsan exchange. Santa, sponsored by the USO, will be at the PX Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — U.S. Army Photos By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook
K-16 wins 2007 best decorated DFAC contest
YONGSAN GARRISON — The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment dining facility at K-16 Air Base won this year’s Thanksgiving Day best-decorated dining facility competition. Three Kingdom’s Inn on Yongsan Garrison was runner-up. “Each DFAC did an outstanding job going outside and beyond normal day-to-dauy operations,” said Larry Graham, food program manager for U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. He thanked the food service staﬀ members at USAG-Yongsan’s six DFACs for their hard work on the Thanksgiving Day meal. “You are all winners and contributed so much providing your Commander, units, Soldiers, and guests with a superb meal in a great decorated environment.”
YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 40 local university students visited Yongsan Garrison Nov. 30 as part of the U.S. Forces Korea Good Neighbor Program. “The U.S Embassy invited Soonchunhyang University students to give a brief about U.S and Korea relations,” said An Chang-sin, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan community relations officer. “Most of the students are Americans, but this tour is to inform them how service members live in a foreign country.” Soonchunhyang University exchange students, mostly from the U.S., came to Korea for the interrelationship program to experience diﬀerent culture and study in a foreign environment. “Our school has an English program for
current students to enhance language skills as well as provide new cultural experience for both Korea and U.S. students,” said Choi Woon-sang, Soonchunhyang University professor of law. “U.S students like coming inside the Garrison to enjoy the atmosphere similar to the States.” The three-hour tour consisted of lunch at the Commiskey’s, a presentation on the U.S. relocation process, and a bus tour of the post. “Yongsan Garrison is bigger than I thought,” said Luke Bumarem, who’s an exchange student from Hawaii. “I had a nice time. It feels like I am back at home.” Bumarem said he liked how the facilities resemble those in the States. “It looks like a ‘small U.S’ society,” added Lee Young-chan, also a student from Soonchunhyang University. “I can’t believe there is a place like this inside Seoul.”
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Education key to preventing alcohol abuse
(Editor’s Note: This is the second of a four-part series focusing on the dangers of alcohol use and abuse). by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The phone call may go like this: “Hi honey, it’s me. How are you?” “John, before we talk, we’re two months past due on the rent and the landlord is becoming quite upset.” “Yes, I know. You told me last week he was getting angry. Um, honey, we can’t pay the rent this month, either.” Dead silence.Then rage. “What?! Why?! What are you spending our money on? How am I going to pay for groceries this week? John, what is going on? Johnny desperately needs a new coat, and Julie needs school supplies. I can’t get the car fixed now, and if I don’t pay the gas bill, guess what? The day care has been understanding up to now, but this can’t continue. Why are you doing this to us? What is going on over there?” Now add your own sound effects. Maybe John’s wife sobbing, her voice cracking, trying to understand from 5,000 miles away why she’s about to lose her home. Perhaps a heavy sigh from John as he listens to his wife, his eyes clinched shut wondering why he blew the rent money partying with his buddies. Fear of losing his family sets in. He thinks of his children. Hopefully this is not too familiar of a scenario. But it is real, and it’s one that Joan Haugsness has encountered probably more often than she has ever wanted to in her 30 years of helping people beat alcohol dependency problems. Haugsness and her co-worker, Betsy Wroblewski, are counselors at the Army Substance Abuse Program clinic on Yongsan Garrison. They evaluate servicemembers who are involved in alcohol-related incidents or who are referred through other methods, such as a self-referral or a command-directed referral. It’s a program designed with one goal in mind: help servicemembers and if need be, provide treatment. “If alcohol is involved, they come see us,” Haugsness said. “Sometimes, that is the wake-up call. If they come over here and get some education, they may see they have a problem and need to make a change.” The counselors make an initial recommendation, said Wroblewski. “It could be just education or could be a combination of education and coming to the group sessions. Ultimately, we make a recommendation, but a commander must agree and order the treatment.” Though a servicemember must attend counseling sessions, acceptance is a different story. They have to want to stop allowing alcohol to be such an impact in their lives. Haugsness said education is the key. “When someone knows more about the dangers of something, the less apt they are to try to abuse it,” she said. “Sometimes during that process, one will come back and say, ‘you know, maybe my drinking is a little bit too much. Maybe I need more help.’” She said there are minor cases where individuals are in the “wrong place at the wrong time” and don’t need to be referred to training or counseling. “It’s when you start stringing things together and developing a pattern of alcohol abuse,” she said. “That’s when you say it’s time to do more.” The majority of their work is spent with individual and group counseling sessions. “I think of it as social work,” Wroblewski explained.“It’s my job to try to help you improve your quality of life. I try very hard not to tell you what it is I think you should do. Because that’s me projecting what I think a good life is or a good style of living. It’s you telling me what it is you want for your life to be better and me helping you get there.”
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News & Notes
Community Services Holiday Hours Holiday operating hours for community service organizations are posted on-line at the Yongsan Garrison’s ofﬁcial web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil. On the home page, look for the Yongsan Radar icon to ﬁnd operating hours for Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities; Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs; and community religious services and programs. Operating hours for USAG-Yongsan dining facilities are located in the Community Happenings section. Volunteer Recognition The Army Volunteer Corps is now accepting nominations for Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter period of October-December. Any organization can nominate a volunteer. The deadline is Dec. 21. Volunteer nominees will be honored at a ceremony 1-3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Army Community Services in Bldg. 4106. For information and nomination forms, call 738-7510. Immigration Process Brieﬁng An immigration brieﬁng by the U.S. Embassy is 12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Community Services Building. The topics will cover how to bring family members to the United States, visa categories, the beneﬁts of ﬁling for immigration and other related topics. For information, call 7387505. Hospital Services Limited Dec. 14 The 121st Combat Support Hospital will have limited services 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Patients should plan accordingly. Seoul Secrets Army Community Service will present a new program designed for newly arrived personnel, “Seoul Secrets,” scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 16. Participants will learn about the various transportation choices in Seoul such as the subway system, local and express buses, and more. For information, call 738-7505. Free Korean Language Classes Korean language classes are offered 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Hannam Village Chapel. Classes are free to all Soldiers and Family Members. For information, call 723-6721. Cable TV Price Increase MWR Cable TV service will increase by $3 for the premium package and $1 for non-residential basic service starting Jan. 1. Premium service will be $33 for residentiual and $45 for non-residential. The non-residential basic service will increase to $24. For information, call 738-2288. USO News USO Tour Highlights Dec. 9: Korean Folk Village Tour Dec. 11: Ganghwa Island Tour Dec. 13 & 14: Panmunjom (DMZ) and Tunnel Tour Dec. 15: One-day ski tour Jesus Christ Super Star plays in English Dec. 12-18. Tickets are on sale at USO ITT. USO monthly calendars are avilable at the Main Exchange, Commissary, Dragon Hill Lodge, and Town House, and the USO Web site at www.uso.org/korea. For information, call 724-7003.
“If you really miss your family, and you’re depressed over the holidays, and you’re drinking, you are adding a depressant on top of a depression. When you start seeing someone go downhill, ﬁnd out who they are running with. Are they running with the people who are known to be the drinkers? Not necessarily alcoholics, but the drinkers. Sometimes the initiation to Korea is to take them to Itaewon and get them drunk. If that is your ﬁrst introduction to Korea, and you are a young person, and this is the ﬁrst time away from home, and all of those controls are off, what do people expect? If you tell me that this is what there is to do, then how am I supposed to know there is something else to do.” “If you’re spending a couple of hundred dollars a week out there, that adds up pretty fast. You can wipe out a bank account really fast. We’ve had a number of people who’ve done that. The sad part is when you get guys who come in and say, ‘I was supposed to send my wife money and I spent it so I now I have to call her and tell her not to write the rent check because there’s no money.’ Because you have all these ﬁnancial problems and because of these drinking problems, how long is the military going to keep you? You’re looking at losing all the medical, the commissary, the schools… we are looking at losing everything because of your drinking. That’s really sad. Momma is telling herself, ‘I’ve got three little kids here; what am I going to do?’
Substance abuse clinical counselor
Haugsness said she doesn’t joke around in her group session. “I’m a firm believer that when you come to this program, I want to make sure your commander is getting their money’s worth,” she said. “While you’re here, someone else has to do your job. What’s going to happen is you participate …. or you leave.” The upside to her job is watching people learn to beat alcoholism. The downside is watching others lose their families, careers, and lives because of alcohol. “One kid came in and said he was d r i n k i n g a w a y $ 1 , 2 0 0 a m o n t h ,” Haugsness said. “He’d go to the bars and give them his credit card or ATM card, and who knows what got charged.” For another patient, only 21, she said he spent more than $30,000 in two years on alcohol and alcohol-related items. “That’s a house down payment,” Haugsness said. She also dealt with a couple of young men who grew up in alcoholic families and joined the Army to get away from a bad lifestyle. “They came from families who through it was funny to get 5-yearold Johnny drunk,” she said. “Because of a lifetime of that, when they stopped drinking at an older age, they had violent seizures.” Why do people drink too much or turn to the bottle for comfort? Any numbers of reasons. This time of year, spending the holidays away from home is probably the most notorious for dealing with depression. “We have to understand that alcoholism is a disease and it is treatable,” Haugsness explained. “Here, we push them into understanding that this really is a disease and it can kill you.” Environmental change plays a big part in the recovery process. She took one of her groups to the Family Fun Park to play putt-putt. “Not one of them knew there was a putt-putt course here, and yet they’ll say there’s nothing to do here,” she said. “Who are they hanging out with? The people who are drinking.” Haugsness hears many stories of how alcohol can ruin lives. But now and then, it’s the “good news” story that keeps her passionate about helping people. “Every once in a while, you really do get to watch someone get sober, and that’s a miracle,” she said. “The most abnormal thing for an alcoholic to be is sober, and to watch that happen is really incredible.”
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Ring in the holidays at Hannam Village
Korean entertainers to perform at Collier
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Korean celebrity singing and dancing groups, along with R&B singer J (below) will perform in concert Dec. 13. — Courtesy Photos
Hannam Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony The Hannam Village community will hold a tree lighting ceremony 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the front gate circle. Festivities include music from the 8th U.S. Army Band, Christmas music by the Hannam Village Girl Scouts, the oﬃcial lighting of the tree and refreshments. Santa Claus will pay a visit, too, at the Army Community Service Outreach Center. A 5K “jingle bell run” road race starts at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Collier Field House. Sign up by 8:30 a.m. Free T-shirts will be given to all runners. For information, call 738-8608. The Far East Broadcasting Company Children’s Choir will present a free holiday concert 6-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the South Post Chapel. For information, call 738-6055.
Jingle Bell Run
YONGSAN GARRISON — Korean celebrity shows are coming to Yongsan Garrison’s Collier Field House 6:30 p.m. 0Dec. 13 as part of an appreciation concert hosted by 8th U.S. Army and the Gangnam District of Seoul. “The concert is designed to show appreciation for militar y ser vice members,” said Capt. Moses Park of the 8th U.S. Army G-9. “The Gangnam
District wanted to show their appreciation for what we do, and we are grateful for that.” Some of the nine performers and groups are famous throughout Korea, such as J, one of the top R&B singers in Korea.
Other show highlights are: - LPG and As One, all-female singing groups. - Reflex, a “b-boy” dancing group specializing in break-dancing. - Tae-hye-shin, a group specializing in traditional Korean folk music and dance. “These are world-class performers and very popular in Korea,” Park said. “We are fortunate that we are able to enjoy their talents.”
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Shoplifting just not worth it!
hough I would rather dedicate this space to highlight positive aspects of our community, topics do come up that need our serious attention. Every week, disciplinary actions come across my desk detailing yet another shoplifting case. Children and adults alike make this bad decision. Of the 58 individuals caught shoplifting this year, 35 were children and 23 adults. What’s worse, this is a 30percent increase from 2006. I would hope that our state-of-art surveillance system and security agents in the Main Exchange – along with just doing the right thing – would be enough to deter shoplifters. Unfortunately, this is NOT the case. Each year, AAFES worldwide loses about $24 million to shoplifting. In the past year, our Yongsan community AAFES stores lost more than $9,000 as a result of these 58 shoplifting incidents. Did you know that a portion of AAFES proﬁts is channeled right back into our community? About two-thirds of AAFES earnings are paid back to morale, welfare and recreation programs, beneﬁting our youth and recreation programs and other services important to our families’ quality of life. Worldwide in ﬁscal 2006, AAFES proﬁts totaled more than $400 million. Of that, $140.2 million was paid back to the Army. And our Yongsan community received $2.5 million! You can see how shoplifting takes away from all of us. Shoplifting is no joke, and consequences
can be severe. Contractors, civilian employees and family members lose their ration control plate for a minimum of six months. For active-duty service members, their Commanders can hand down a wide range of punishments, including forfeiture of pay and reduction in grade. Minor children could perform at least 50 hours of community service and write a 1,000word essay on why it’s wrong to shoplift. Civilian workers and adult family members guilty of shoplifting also face consequences that include a $200 civil recovery fee. Think about that for a moment: Is that $14.99 DVD really worth an additional $200? To parents, please ensure you talk to your children about the consequences of shoplifting. Sometimes shoplifting is seen as a thrill. Doing it will allow them to be accepted among their peers, or maybe even to relieve stress from family or school situations. They know shoplifting is wrong, but sometimes when life becomes stressful, the temptation may be greater. Your children must hear from you that shoplifting is a crime and honesty and integrity are valued. Potential shoplifters may think that larger shopping crowds during the holidays might help them get away with it. Rest assured AAFES knows this and increasingly tightens security. Shoplifting doesn’t make sense, and it’s not worth the trouble it subsequently causes.
Security ofﬁcials use a state-of-the-art electronic surveillance system to monitor shoppers at the Main Exchange.
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Common bacteria found on skin causes infections
Special to the Morning Calm Weekly A recent news article referred to MRSA as a “super bug.” While some forms of MRSA are serious, it is not truly a super bug where everyone that gets it becomes seriously ill say Europe Regional Medical Command medical professionals. Medical communities around the world have been studying and ﬁghting Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a type of bacterial infection, for a number of years. In the past, medical communities thought MRSA was only a hospital-acquired staph infection, but several years ago it began emerging unexpectedly in communities. “There is not a MRSA epidemic or outbreak,” said Dr. (Col.) Steven Princiotta, deputy commander for clinical services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. “What we have is more public awareness brought on by unusually severe cases that were reported in the media,” Princiotta said. “We want to give our military community the facts so they won’t be alarmed, but at the same time, take precautions to prevent it spreading in the community,” said Princiotta. “The spread of MRSA can be prevented and it can be cured, so it is not a superbug,” added Princiotta. MRSA is not what the medical community calls a “reportable” disease. While MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact, it is not especially contagious. Infections such as varicella (chickenpox) and measles, which are very contagious, require parental notiﬁcation, according to Princiotta. The Department of Pathology and Area Laboratory Services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is the referral center within USAREUR for all diagnostic testing of infectious diseases. Laboratory personnel conduct hundreds of MRSA tests per month. Not all tests are for suspected cases of MRSA, said Capt. George Kallstrom, the lab’s chief of infectious diseases and microbiology. “Doctors are just being careful. If one member of a family is thought to have MRSA, the doctor might test the whole family to be safe. The number of cases we’ve diagnosed at the Landstuhl microbiology laboratory is normal for the size of the USAREUR community,” said Kallstrom. Almost all conﬁrmed lab tests for MRSA are coming in from the community, not from hospital-acquired infections as was most common years ago, according to Kallstrom, and he attributes that to a young, healthy active-duty population in Europe. Staph infections like MRSA occur frequently in older people with weak immune systems due to wounds, infections, and pneumonia. “The military community is unique; we don’t have a serious threat because we do not have a large, older population with serious health problems that need hospitalization,” said Kallstrom. Landstuhl’s Infection Control Committee targets all infectious diseases, not just MRSA. The committee tracks the numbers of various types of infections so they are able to recognize a trend. This enables providers to treat patients quickly. Dr. (Col.) William Corr, ERMC’s
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Army addresses ‘super bug’ concerns, promotes good hygiene as prevention
preventive medicine consultant, sits on the committee. Corr emphasizes that bacteria are not harmful until the right conditions are present. It may make your skin crawl to know that there are millions of bacteria on your body at any given time, bacteria are in the air we breathe, in the ground, on all surfaces we touch; but the right conditions have to be present for the bacteria to become harmful. Studies show that only about 20 percent of the population has the right skin type and genetics for MRSA infections. These patients may have problems with recurring skin and soft tissue infections. “That is why it is so important not to overuse antibiotics for colds and other viruses when they are not indicated,” said Corr. Antibiotics not only kill bad bacteria, they kill good bacteria that can protect you from other illnesses like MRSA. MRSA primarily spreads from person to person instead of from objects or surfaces to people. Corr and Princiotta agree that closing schools or other public places for long periods to clean classrooms, locker rooms, or equipment rooms seems extreme. “The regular and proper use of bactericidal cleaning products on common surfaces in common areas of any building provides a safe environment,” said Princiotta. Corr added that as a preventive measure, “Good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, covering of any sores or breaks in the skin, and staying at home when you have large and exposed draining lesions will do more to prevent the spread of MRSA than scrubbing down a large building.” Even though a person practices good hygiene, some individuals are more at risk of having a serious or recurring MRSA infection. Individuals who have very oily skin, are signiﬁcantly overweight, get overheated and sweaty, and wear tight clothing that does not allow the skin to breathe, are more prone to MRSA infections. Other risk factors include close skin-to-skin contact, cuts and abrasions, contaminated surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Take extra precautions to keep skin and clothing dry and clean,” said Corr. MRSA bacteria typically grow rapidly in warm, moist areas of the body. Places like the nose, ears, underarms, groin, skin folds, and vaginal and rectal areas are common infection sites. Soldiers have the same risk factors. They can become infected through direct skin contact or through contact with contaminated surfaces and sharing of towels. “Bacteria require several hours to re-grow after showering with soap and water. MRSA may infect people who take a daily shower, but is more likely to cause serious infections or recur in persons who ignore early sores or who are not as diligent with skin hygiene,” said Corr. “There is no mystery as to how to prevent MRSA. Soap and water work. Wash your hands regularly,” said Corr. For serious cases, your doctor will recommend other treatment measures.
Casey 730-7354 Henry 768-7724 Humphreys 753-7716 Hovey 730-5412 Kunsan 782-4987 Osan 784-4930 Red Cloud 732-6620 Stanley 732-5565 Yongsan I Yongsan II Yongsan III 738-7389
Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Good Luck Chuck (R) 7 p.m. Enchanted (PG) 9 p.m. Eastern Promises (R) 7 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Enchanted (PG) 7 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 6 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 8:30 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Eastern Promises (R) 6:30 p.m.
Heartbreak Kid (R) 8:30 p.m. Wonder Emporium (G) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 9 p.m. Enchanted (PG) 7 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 6:30 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 8 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 8 p.m. Eastern Promises (R) 6:30 p.m.
We Own the Night (R) 8:30 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 9 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. Fred Claus (PG) 8:30 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 8:30 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 8 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 8 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 6:30 p.m. Eastern Promises (R) 6:30 p.m.
Enchanted (PG) 7:30 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 9 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. No Show This Christmas (NR) 7 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 6 p.m. Shoot ‘Em Up (R) 6 p.m.
Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Heartbreak Kid (R) 9 p.m. Enchanted (PG) 7 p.m. No Show This Christmas (NR) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. No Show Elizabeth the Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 6 p.m. Shoot ‘Em Up (R) 6 p.m.
We Own the Night (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 9 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. No Show 30 Days of Night (R) 7 p.m. No Show This Christmas (NR) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. Resident Evil (R) 6 p.m. 3:10 to Yuma (R) 6 p.m.
Heartbreak Kid (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Rendition (R) 9 p.m. Elizabeth: Golden Age (PG13) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 6 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 7 p.m. This Christmas (NR) 7 p.m. Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. Resident Evil (R) 6 p.m. 3:10 to Yuma (R) 6 p.m.
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Protestant Services Collective Protestant Sunday 1030 1100 1100 1100 1500 1900 Gospel
Korea: Celebrating Life!
by Chaplain (Capt.) Frank Lee 1-7 ADA BN We enter this season of the year with much anticipation and hope in the celebration of life. Roget describes life merely as a fact of existence, but for those of us who believe in its source, it involves a lot more; it involves eternal life. Such awareness leads us to be at peace in our souls when we are away from our families, precious friends and loved ones. As we grapple with the everyday challenges of an earthly existence, we could obtain a well-balanced spiritual diet. To celebrate life we must learn to truly enjoy it and not just merely exist. I believe the soul of a human being has a natural longing to relate to its life-giver. I think the question is not simply what trouble does to us, but rather, what do we do with the trouble we face? Scripture expresses: “I will lift mine eyes unto the hill from when cometh my help; my help cometh from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (PS 121:1, KJV) Going to God for assistance will help us truly be happy about living life to its fullest. I look at the patriarchs of old in scripture who looked at the eternal consequences of life. Abel lived a quality spiritual life and was commended by God. Enoch never experienced physical death because his relationship with the Almighty was so solid. Noah looked insane to the public for preaching for decades it was going to rain. Abraham was directed by God Himself to travel to a strange place—away from his comfort zone. Moses chose to be mistreated with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
“The consumption of a daily spiritual meal is absolutely essential... Its recipe includes: a cup of love, a drop of hope, a teaspoon of God’s promises and a thankful spirit for the meal.”
Chaplain (Capt.) Frank Lee 1-7 ADA BN He went from a struggle (Egypt), through a struggle (The Red Sea) to a struggle (The Wilderness) and he still wasn’t able to enter the Promised Land. He and the rest of the members of the Hall of Faith in Hebrews Chapter 11 always looked at the eternal consequences. We could do the same thing by placing a special value upon that which is eternal. The consumption of a daily spiritual meal is absolutely essential for the attainment of this type of life. Its recipe includes: a cup of love, a drop of hope, a teaspoon of God’s promises and a thankful spirit for the meal. The wonderful thing about this meal is that it’s free—someone has already paid the bill! Let us all celebrate life during this special season.
Sunday 1300 Freedom Chapel Wednesday 1900 Freedom Chapel (Bible Study) 1800 Freedom Chapel
Contemporary Sunday KATUSA
Tuesday 1900 Freedom Chapel Sunday 2000 Camp Long Chapel
Catholic Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1600 1710 Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Long Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel
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, 753-7274 Chaplain (MAJ) James E. O’Neal [email protected]
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(Left) Navy Fullback Kary Flint tries to get past Army defense during Dec. 1’s Army-Navy ﬂag football game at Yongsan Garrison. (Below) Navy quarterback Stephen Keane tries to ﬁnd a receiver. — U.S. Army photos by Cpl. Im Jin-min
Army sinks Navy, 14-8
by Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Army handily defeated Navy 14-8 during the 2007 Army-Navy ﬂag football game Dec. 1, winning the Commander’s Trophy for a sixth consecutive year. “It is one of those games that everyone will give their all no matter what,” said Army player Kevin Clayton. “But whatever happens, after the game we shake hands and are friends again. That’s what this is all about.” The match has been held for 17 years, with Army winning the cup now 10 times in the last 12 years. “It was a good game; Army and Navy put a lot in to it,” said Jacques White, Navy coach. “Unfortunately we lost, but team spirit was high.” One Navy fan, Benjamin Palmer, said the game was “fantastic,” even though Navy did not take the trophy. “It was fun. The game was pretty close except the Navy could’ve done better in the ﬁrst half,” Palmer said. “The game had a lot of energy, and it was a good competition for both sides.” Mary Weigold, a Navy cheerleader, was proud of her team. “We were glad to be a part of today’s excitement this year,” she said. “Especially the fans were very supportive. They really showed their spirit.” Army coach Thomas Robinson would have liked to score more points this year. Last year, Army shut out Navy 28-0. “But still if you’re on the winning end, then you’re happy with the result,” he said. “This event is to build camaraderie, whether to build it through practice or competition. In the end, we are all on the same side in the ﬁght.”
(Top) Army quarterback Kendre Fletcher tries to steer clear of Navy defense as Army guard Penesu Aiumu blocks. (Above) Army cheerleaders show their spirit at the annual ﬂag football showdown. (Above Right, Right) Fans ﬁll the stands to cheer on their favorite team. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Im Jinmin
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distinction shared by such luminaries as Notorious B.I.G., Common and Eminem. Long considered one of Hip-Hop’s most explosive live acts, Dujeous has shared stages with Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Mobb Deep, Cam’Ron, and George Clinton. They’ve toured across the U.S. and Europe several times, leaving a new foundation of devoted fans everywhere they touch down. And their work in the studio is just as impressive: As producers, session musicians, and vocalists, the group has collaborated with Kanye West, John Legend, Nancy Sinatra, Bob James, Saigon, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Dip Set, Mark Ronson, Rhymefest, Aesop Rock, Immortal Technique, DJ Rob Swift, Charles Tolliver, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and many more. Dujeous has also branched out into television and ﬁlm, supplying music for major and indie motion pictures, including Blue Crush, Half Nelson, Lift, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, and Kings & Queen, television shows such as MTV2’s Crank Yankers (for which they produced the theme song), BET’s Ultimate Hustler, and ESPNs The Life, and two award-winning TV ads for The Drug-Free Partnership for America (see attached discography). Meanwhile, companies like Levis, Tangueray, and Enyce have all used the crew’s bangers to hawk their products, and Nokia phones and Dell computers feature pre-installed Dujeous ringtones and MP3s. Whether burning down stages in front of teeming crowds in Europe or helping platinum artists crank out hits in the studio, Dujeous has demonstrated the rare ability to create timeless music with universal appeal. Always breaking conventions and constantly evolving as artists, Dujeous could care less about musical classiﬁcations or Hip-Hop clichés anyone may try to box them into – just spell their name right Concert brought to you by Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) & MWR. For more information, please contact DSN 723-3749. Schedule for performances in Korea: Dec. 11 Taegu AB Jake’s Place Dec. 12 Chinhae NB Duﬀy’s Dec. 13 Kunsan AB Loring Club Dec. 14 Camp Eagle Gunﬁghter’s Dec. 15 Camp Red Cloud Mitchell’s Dec. 16 Yongsan Garrison Main Post Club 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
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Hip-Hop group Dujeous brings smooth style to troop performance
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Hot oﬀ their highly-acclaimed album City Limits, Dujeous will be performing for troops stationed in Korea. With unique ability to produce music that resonates deep within your soul, the group is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Birthed from vinyl, drum machines, and samplers, Hip-Hop has often viewed live instrumentation as an alternative to the norm. Luckily, such boundaries mean little to Dujeous (pronounced Doo-jee-us), a group of MCs and musicians with a discography, tour history, and production resume that proves they’re still just as Hip-Hop as any kid banging out beats on a lunchroom table. As a matter of fact, Dujeous isn’t so far removed from those cafeteria tables. Native New Yorkers all, the seven members have been crew since elementary school, and founded the group during their freshman year of high school. With a decade-long chemistry that no Craigslist band-seeking-bassist posting can replicate, MCs Mas D, Rheturik, and Mojo converse with Apex (bass), Taylormade (guitar), Dave Guy (trumpet), and Tomek (drums) on songs and onstage with a comfort and conﬁdence that has become second nature. Considering their extended kinship and shared history, it’s no surprise the group’s intoxicating fusion of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, and Jazz so deeply reﬂects the myriad joys and struggles of growing up in New York City. Since independently releasing their Leading by Example EP in 1996, Dujeous has accumulated a track record of high praise from critics and loyalty from listeners. A pair of undeniable 12inch singles (1999’s “Breathtaking” b/w “Epic Proportions” and 2002’s “Spilt Milk” b/w “All MCs”) was followed up by 2003’s As Promised, a collection of unreleased songs and remixes that cemented the group’s status as one of New York’s foremost up-andcoming heat-makers. The buzz yielded honey with 2004’s City Limits, Dujeous’ ﬁrst full-length album, which brought the crew’s combination of gritty city tales, ethereal melodies, and trunk-shaking thump to a higher level. Released on Third Earth Music through Caroline Distribution, City Limits has sold 12,000 copies to date and reached No. 6 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart. Critical acclaim was plentiful; Dujeous was named one of Urb magazine’s “Next 100” and snagged a spot in The Source magazine’s coveted “Unsigned Hype” column, a
—USAG-Y— Army/Navy Game Army 14 vs Navy 8, Annua Flag Football Game played 10 a.m., Dec. 1 on Yongsan MWR, Seoul American High School Field. Post Basketball Yongsan 63 vs CRC 55 Intramural Basketball League 94th MP 63 Kanakas 39 8th Army A 45 18th Med A 34 Navy 37 Kanakas 53 8th Army A 65 41st Sig 58 D Co 2-2 Avn 58 E Co 2-2 Avn 56 Tango Sec 45 595th Mt 38 D Co 2-2 Avn 35 A Co 2-2 Avn 2 E Co 2-2 Avn 33 Tango Sec 43 607th WS 7 Navy 31 41st Sig 40 UNC HG 26 94th MP 22 UNC HG 26 607th WS 38 18th Med A 50 A Co 2-2 Avn 36 HHC 2-2 Avn 32 C Co 2-2 Avn 28 F Co 2-2 Avn 14 HHC 2-2 Avn 34 C Co 2-2 Avn 595th Mt 27 F Co 2-2 Avn 37
Upcoming Events at Yongsan A 5K Fun Run (Jinglebell) 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Collier Field House 5K Fun Run (Midnight) 12 p.m. Dec. 31 at Collier Field House Water Aerobics 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Yoga Classes Hannam: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Collier Field House: Tuesdays and Thrusdays 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.; Saturdays 9 - 10 a.m. Spinning Class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:156:15 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8-9 p.m. at Collier Field House Aerobics Class Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, various times at Collier Field House Indoor Swimming Adult Swim Class: Sundays at 4 p.m., Indoor Pool; Pool Hours: Weekdays, 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Weekends/ Holidays: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. For additional information on ﬁtness classes held at Yongsan Garrison, call 736-4588 Combatives (Korea-wide) All Soldiers, KATUSAs, D.O.D. and Civilian contractors (No P3 proﬁles). Classes are held every week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at the 498th CSSB Combatives Gym, Bldg. S151, Camp Carroll, Area IV. For more information, contact 498th CSSB, S3 at 765-8637/1026 or 010-4697-1555 or visit the 498th CSSB website at http://19esc.korea.army.mil/498th_ CSSB/Home.htm
MWR Cable TV has MWR offers additional minimal price increase programming on Cable TV
Eﬀective Jan. 1, 2008, Morale Welfare and Recreation Cable TV service will have a price increase of $3 for the premium package and a $1 price increase for non-residential basic service. The price increase is due to the raise in fees paid by MWR to the individual networks for the rights to carry their network as well as the costs for operations, and maintenance of those channels. MWR continues to subsidize the cost so premium rates remain low. The increase from $30 to $33 for premium service is still a bargain in comparison to stateside and other overseas providers. Subscription and set-up for the Premium Package is quick, easy, and requires no money down. Visit the MWR Cable TV Oﬃce on your installation and complete the registration form to upgrade. You will be provided with a cable box to take home with you for immediate connection. Cable TV in Korea is the only U.S. Army MWR owned and operated television program. This one-of-a-kind quality of life program provides entertainment options for those living on-post. For additional information and current subscription rates, visit your local MWR Cable TV oﬃce or call DSN 738-2288 (CATV). In an eﬀort to oﬀer more variety, MWR has added two additional channels to their premium lineup. They include HBO FAMILY and HBO HITS. The channels were turned on Tuesday, November 27, 2007. HBO FAMILY is a premier sister channel of HBO. The commercial-free, non-“R”-rated programming oﬀers blockbuster hits 24-hours-a-day, which the whole family can enjoy together. Shows include educational and original programs for preschoolers during morning hours, G and PG-rated shows during midafternoon, and PG-13 rated movies later in the day. HBO HITS provides hardcore movie fans an outlet dedicated to Hollywood blockbuster hits, 24-hours-a-day, commercial-free. It features all genres of hit box-oﬃce movies as well as Oscar/ Golden Globe winning and nominated ﬁlms. Cable TV in Korea is the only U.S. Army MWR owned and operated television program. This one-of-a-kind quality of life program oﬀers free basic service to residents living on-post on Army installations. Residents can also subscribe to a Premium Package that oﬀers a diversiﬁed channel line-up that includes movies, more sports, adventure and much more. There are locations in each Area for sign-up. Visit your local MWR Cable TV oﬃce or call DSN 738-CATV (2288).
DECEMBER 7, 2007
Troops help clean up local community
USAG Humphreys command teams, Soldiers work as one for common cause
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by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce USAG HUMPRHREYS — Despite low temperatures, more than 200 Soldiers, Family members and Civilians took to the streets of the Korean communities surrounding the USAG Humphreys as part of the annual community clean-up, Dec 1. The project is designed to continue fostering a positive relationship with Korean residents surrounding the military post. Volunteers from the Humphreys community were joined by some residents in the areas they patrolled as well. “The fact that this was a volunteer driven event makes it hard to estimate how many people will participate,” said Master Sgt. Scott Haymaker, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “The turn out was better than I expected,” Haymaker said. “I know it was due to the inﬂuence from leaders at all levels getting the word out.” Key leaders not only encouraged their units to participate, but led the way by volunteering themselves. The installation command team, Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim were joined by Col. William H. Morris, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander and 73 volunteers from his unit. The 4-58th Airﬁeld Operations Battalion command team, Lt. Col. Randall Brown and Sgt. Maj. Ronald Evans also participated with their Soldiers. “These events give each Soldier the opportunity to exemplify selﬂess service and meet the people that we are here to defend,”
Sgt. Maj. Ronald Evans, 4-58th Airﬁeld Operations Battalion (left) and his Soldiers pick up trash along the road leading to the CPX Gate as part of the annual community clean-up, Dec 1. Each year, volunteers from USAG Humphreys participate in this project with the local Korean community to continue fostering a positive relationship. (below) Rhonda Varney holds a trash bag open while her son, Michael, 6, deposits a used cup into it as part of the project. This event was a family affair for the Varneys. — U.S. Army Photos By Stacy A. Ouellette. said 1st Sgt. John Wray, Headquarters and Operations Company, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion. “Our actions, not our words will win the hearts and minds of our host nation,” Wray said. Volunteers from the Military Intelligence community here were given the Bonjeongri Village area outside the Quarry Gate to police. The unit brought one of their Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army to assist with translation if needed. The Korean National Police announced their presence resulting in residents coming out to assist, greet and provide hot beverages to the volunteers. “It’s a great opportunity to develop rapport and learn new things. Everything you do is an experience and our Soldiers gain the meaning of community relations,” said Sgt. 1st Class Solomon Varnado, Company A, 527th Military Intelligence. After completing the clean-up, volunteers were treated to a free barbeque sponsored by USAG Humphreys United Services Organization. For more information about future community relations projects, contact Peter Yu, USAG Humphreys community relations oﬃcer at 754-7652. look back over their service and give them a chance to contribute to the community as a member of Republic of Korea Army,” Lee continued. “I personally believe we as members of ROKA should always be ready to serve and help civilian society and this volunteer service perhaps best incorporates our objective as a serviceman of Korean people,” Lee said. As the commander of Area III Senior RSO, Lee gave certiﬁcates of appreciation, and he was glad to see how their help was being appreciated. “Seeing how our efforts are reaching our neighbors, we are actually planning on expanding the community service opportunity,” said Park. “In the future I hope we can pay more frequent visits to Ephatha with volunteers that are not just limited to KATUSA Soldiers who are about to ETS,” Park said. After giving cer tificates to the organizations, the award ceremony ended with hearty lunch buﬀet.
Senior ROKA staff visits disabled
by Cpl. Im Suk-chun USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce NAMSAN-RI — Senior Republic of Korea Army Staff Commander, Maj. Lee Seung-chan, Command Sgt. Maj. Park Sang-yeon and other staﬀ members recently visited the Ephatha General Welfare Center in order to participate in an award ceremony. In his opening remarks Kim Minsoo, president of the Ephatha Welfare Organization, said to live a beautiful and valuable life is a gift. Kim also said being able to give and share what you have with those who are not privileged is an honor. Guests and attendees including staﬀs from the Senior ROKA Support Oﬃce, listened to Kim’s words as he gave his speech on how Ephatha appreciates the support from all the participants.
Army Nurse Corps seeks Soldiers looking for change
Are you interested in becoming a health care provider? Do you know of any Soldiers who are interested in continuing their education? Do you want a free education while receiving full pay and beneﬁrs? Now there is a program in place for you or one of your Soldiers to take advantage of. The Interservice Physician Assisant Program, the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program, the Funded Nurse Education Program and other AMEDD training opportunities are open to officers, warrant oﬃces and enlisted Soldiers. Brieﬁngs will be conducted at diﬀerent times throughout December. The ﬁrst brieﬁng is scheduled for Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Commander’s Community Center, Bulilding 1243. For more information contact 1st Lt. Warrentina Berry at 011-9972-9268.
Senior RSO oﬃcials have been supplying steady and regular labor support to Ephatha for approximately eight years. And Senior RSO officials continue to send their Korean Augmentation to United States Army Soldiers to build reliable community relationships. KATUSA Soldiers are also serving in the community where their base is located. Lee also oﬀered his perspective on the volunteer service. He said that the staﬀ pays for monthly trips to Ephatha before KATUSA Soldiers complete their military service. “It is an opportunity for the Soldiers and our staﬀ to contribute to the welfare of the community and learn valuable lessons through community service,” Lee said. “Community service was initiated for the KATUSA Soldiers who are about to ETS,” he said. “We believed that it will allow Soldiers to
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News & Notes
USAG Humphreys Army Family Covenant Signing Ceremony Postponed At the request of Senior Army Leaders to allow for their participation, the Humphreys’ Army Family Covenant Signing Ceremony is postponed until further notice. An announcement with the new date and time will be released to the local community following notiﬁcation from higher headquarters. 557th Military Police Company Needs Your Help They patrol your roads, watch your walls and in December the 557th Military Police Company will ask you to participate in a survey. This survey will determine which platoon in the 557th provides the best “World-class Customer Service” to the USAG Humphreys community. Look for ballot boxes at locations around USAG Humphreys soon. Virtues Volunteers Needed at USO Korea The Virtues English Program allows active-duty service members to volunteer two Saturdays per month (second and fourthSaturday). Being a volunteer for the Virtues English classes will help to satisfy your Good Neighbor Program requirement. For more information, call Mi-Hwa and Minna at 724-7781. December, 3-D Prevention Month Many drivers convince themselves and friends that they are able to drive under the inﬂuence when in fact they are not. Talk to impaired drivers who think it’s acceptable to get behind the wheel after they’ve had enough to drink to feel “buzzed” -- don’t let them drive. Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated his commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. For more infromation about USAG Humprheys ASAP contact Prevention Coordinator, Camille Jackson at 7537361. Troops For Trash There willl be a six mile, four hour hike on the Buraksan Trail Saturday Dec. 8. This beautiful mountain hike is a great way to build American and Korean relationships. Troops and other participants pick up trash along the way. If you are interested in participating in this event meet at Osan Air Base, Main Gate, by the Burger Burn. Be there no later than 9:20 to sign up -- roll out is 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Jim Dunnet at 010-2360-8874 or e-mail [email protected]
Humphreys Child Developement Center Child and Youth Services, Child Development Center is currently looking for Program Assistants to ﬁll full-time, part-time, and ﬂex’s positions, which are willing to support the CYS program hours, 5:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. Salary ranges from $10 - $13.12 per hour based on education level (Child Development Associates, completion of the Army Youth Practicum, possession of AA degree or higher with major emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Go to http:// cpol.army.mil for the job. Please Send Us Stories and Photos To submit info for publishing in The Morning Calm Weekly, USAG Humphreys common pages, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598. Or e-mail [email protected]
HAES students create robots for project
by Diane Hobler USAG-H American Elementary School USAG HUMPRHEYS — Students in Dinah Tague’s third grade class enthusiastically designed and built robot models during their study of problem solving. First, students selected a problem they had or knew about. Then they set about designing a robot that would solve that problem. They used materials they could ﬁnd in their homes or at school to build a model of the robot. Finally, they shared their robots with other classes, describing the robot’s purpose and function. Some of the problems the robots solved were not enough time to play outside, too much homework, kids without friends, kids getting bullied, little sister’s coming in your room and the need
Third graders Tacy Altvater, Oleg Ivanchugov, Jack Mendenhall, Jose I. Davila (back row), Daniel Dalat (middle), Jiana Legaspi, Yamileth Humphrey and Josephine Dunning proudly display their robotic creations. — Photos By Diane Hobler.
Marie Miles’s problem is that she can’t get to school fast enough. In order to solve the problem, she designed a robot with a map in its head, wheels in its feet (so it can walk or roll), and water wings so it can swim.
for pet care. Oleg Ivanchugov said he enjoyed using his imagination to create a robot to do his chores and his homework for him. His robot has pencils and erasers integrated into the design to complete its tasks. Aubrey and John McMahan teamed up to create a robot superhero that would stick up for kids when they were being bullied. To demonstrate, they acted out a scenario for the students in which the robot intervened when a child’s lunch was being taken by a bully. Students enjoyed this project because it made them think about diﬃcult problems, come up with solutions. Justin Lawson said he really enjoyed working with his mom to build his robot. Stop by the HAES Library to see the robots on display. If you were to build a problem-solving robot, what would it do?
(above) Justin Lawson’s robot solves a problem every kid can relate to . . . his mom makes him clean his room. His robot has different buttons. Push one and it sweeps, push another and it makes the bed. Sounds great, doesn’t it? (left) Aubrey McMahan, Jack Mendenhall and John McMahan used Aubrey and John’s robot to deliver breakfast.
DECEMBER 7, 2007
AREA III Air Defenders pound it out during ‘Turkey Bowl’
35th ADA keeps holiday tradition alive and kickin’
by Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich 35th Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs Ofﬁce SUWON AIR BASE — Air Defenders from 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade battled it out on the football ﬁeld in the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl ﬂag football game. Senior enlisted Soldiers and officers from the 1st Battalion, 7th ADA, 1st Battalion, 44th ADA and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA Bde., carried on the Fort Bliss, Texas, tradition as they battled through the ﬂag football tournament in some of the coldest weather yet. The ﬁrst match between the 1-7th ADA “Panthers” and 1-44th ADA “Defenders” ended in a 12 to 7 victory for the Defenders, despite the athletic attributes of the Panther Soldiers. During the ﬁrst half, Maj. Thomas S. Broadenax scored the ﬁrst touchdown by catching the football on a short pass and running it in to the end zone. The 1-44th was unable to capture the extra point. Near the end of the ﬁrst half, the Panthers caught up with a touchdown from 1st Lt. Elijah Gilbert and took the lead with a score of 7-6 by making the extra point. Command Sgt. Major Luther Harris, 1-44th ADA sergeant major, caught an interception in the second half of the match and 1-44th managed to score another six points to bring an overall win for the Defenders 12-7, despite some late game eﬀorts from 1-7th. After the battalions’ match, 1-44th ADA played against the “Dragons”, the HHB team, in the championship game. Maj. James Clarke caught a deep pass for a touchdown, and
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Defenders’ 1st Lt. Joshua F. Yorgey charges past Panther’s defensive lineman, Capt. John Trahan during the second half of the ﬂag football game. The 35th keeps this tradition alive, which began in 1914. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Gretchen N.Goodrich. Col. James H. Dickinson, 35th ADA Bde. commander, caught the extra point to surge the Dragons to a 7-0 lead. Master Sgt. Michael B. Forrest managed an interception during the ﬁrst half followed by Chief Carroll Q. Houck III intercepting the ball during the second half. Despite the eﬀorts from the Defenders team, they never scored during the match, leaving the Dragons with a 7-0 win. Following the headquarters’ victory, all the players enjoyed a Texas-style barbecue. All the Dragons team members received trophies for winning and photos were taken of all the teams. The Turkey Bowl tournament has a long history that allegedly goes back to a series of polo games played at Fort Bliss while Gen. John Pershing was in command in January 1914. While the game has evolved with the times, changing to rugby and then to football, the intent has remained the same: to provide an event for leaders within a unit to get together and allow them to socialize and compete in a friendly game. The brigade continues that tradition here in Korea because it builds morale and camaraderie between the Soldiers in the brigade, said Capt. Arnold H. Lee, the brigade’s intelligence oﬃcer. Even though there was only one winner in the end, the event allowed the members from the two battalions, who are spread out over the entire peninsula, to get together and enjoy a familiar event from the states.
Community members get boat ride, tour of city
by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce USAG HUMPHREYS — Sixty-five members from the USAG Humphreys community embarked on a journey as part of the Pyeongtaek City cultural tour. This free tour was sponsored by the LABO Language Institute and is one of the many tours oﬀered through the community relations section of the USAG Humphreys Public Aﬀairs oﬃce. “This tour was a chance to see local culture and the countryside. You never know when you’ll see something truly amazing,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ray Burch, Company A, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about the history, future transformation plans and take a boat ride along Pyeongtaek Harbor. The 40-minute boat cruise was especially arranged by LABO for the group. In October 1986, the first carrier entered Pyeongtaek Harbor which is now referred to as the maiden entry by the port’s public relations center. Two months later, Pyeongtaek Port was opened as an international trade port. The port is in a key location with all major Korean cities being within an 80 kilometer radius from it. To date, carriers from Pyeongtaek Port travel to and from seventeen Southeast Asian ports, including ports in China and Japan. Shanghai’s port is 492 miles away from Pyeongtaek. One of the benefits of this port is customs, immigrations and quarantine oﬃces are located here. This allows smooth processing of imported and exported goods as well as passengers. As part of the expansion efforts, Pyeongtaek Port is dedicated to saving time and money by having more storage facilities on site for quicker loading and unloading
Capt. Adam Reynolds, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion and his son, Andrew, 3, have a blast playing with one of the interactive displays made of recycled materials at the last stop of the Pyeongtaek City free cultural tour.
Members from Humphreys community board a ship as part the Pyeongtaek City free cultural tour sponsored by LABO Language Institute. — U.S. Army Photos By Stacy A. Ouellette. of cargo. Rachel Burch, who accompanied her husband on the trip, enjoyed the agricultural The 14 meter depth is not aﬀected by center portion of the tour most. storms or tides, therefore making an ideal “I’m a gardener and have become so functioning port. interested in how they (Koreans) grow so After the cruise along the river, the much in such a small space,” she said. group was shown how to make a traditional The couple decided to attend this tour Korea drum and was given a smaller one after hearing about it through their unit’s as a souvenir. When the group ﬁnished a family readiness group newsletter. traditional Korean lunch of rice and wild For more information about free cultural vegetables known as be-bim-bop, it traveled tours, contact Chong Chong-sun, USAG to an agricultural center and the Mangi-sa Humphreys Public Aﬀairs Oﬃce at 754Temple. 6130.
DECEMBER 7, 2007
Daegu community members greet Santa Claus during Christmas tree lighting ceremonies
C. Martin explained the meanings of this holiday season full of colorful lights. “It is no mistake that Christmas comes just slightly after a dark, cold day of the year,” said Martin. “To dispel that darkness we have lights, candles, bright colors and sometimes people even cut down trees and drag them into their homes where they decorate them with all these festive colored lights. Something that happens when you see a light in that darkness, it brings a smile, a sense of wonder and awe and that’s what this season is all about.” “Thanks for all that you do and all that your families sacriﬁce for you to be here and do what you do, and do so well,” said USAG Daegu commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier during congratulatory remarks. Saulnier attended similar ceremonies on Camps Walker and Henry on Nov. 26 and 27. “As we go through this time of celebration, keep in your thoughts and prayers not only yourself, but also your comrades in Korea, your other friends, and the families who are deployed around diﬀerent locations around the world.” Saulnier said he needed some help from children to pull down the tree lighting switch. Three children were chosen to help Saulnier light the huge Christmas tree which stood in front of the CAC. “Three, two, one, Merry Christmas!” A group eﬀort from the Department of Public Works and the Camp Carroll Chapel made the tree lighting a smooth success. The group received another surprise when Santa arrived on a ﬁre truck with a big box of Christmas candies and an even bigger smile on his face. Everyone then headed inside the CAC to enjoy refreshments and music performances by the Carroll Chapel family. “This event is not only for celebrating Christmas,” said USAG Daegu Chapel Assistant, Cpl. Sohn Joo-yung. “It is our job to plan this event so that we share food, give presents and ultimately build a ﬁrm fellowship among the Camp Carroll community.” Cpl. Lee Sang-yoon, who had also prepared for the event as a chapel assistant, said, “This ceremony is about preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and rejoice that he came as our savior.” The holiday spirit is already all around but Soldiers, as well as Family members, should always bear ‘safety ﬁrst’ in mind. “As you go through this time of peace and joy, be safe,” said Saulnier, “and take care of each other. It’s a wonderful season. I’d hate to see it marred. So enjoy the season, enjoy that you’ll be on the peninsula. If you’re not taking leave to go somewhere else, we’ve got lots of things going on. Enjoy it, and Merry Christmas!”
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The Christmas tree decorated by Camp Carroll Chapel and the Department of Public Works shines after a Christmas tree lighting ceremony held Nov. 28. by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs USAG DAEGU — The spirit of Christmas was in the air as Soldiers and Families of the Camp Carroll community anxiously waited for darkness to fall in front of the Community Activity Center. The children, both American and Korean, as well as many Camp Carroll Family members gathered to wish for the happy beginning of a new Christmas season with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 28. The ceremony kicked off at 6 p.m. with a welcoming speech by Camp Carroll Installation Chaplain (Capt.) Min Byungkeun and an invocation from 501st Sustainment Brigade Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley. The late evening air was cold, but everyone was ﬁlled with joy and excitement that Christmas was right around the corner. USAG Daegu Staﬀ Chaplain (Maj.) Edward
Holiday spirit is in the air as Santa gives a hug to Col. Michael P. Saulnier, Commander, USAG Daegu.
Santa arrives with a huge box of Christmas candies which bring smiles to the faces of Camp Carroll Soldiers and Family members. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Jang Won-il
Soldiers from 501st teach English to local Korean students
Sgt. Natalie Nguyen, information systems specialist, 501st Sustainment Brigade, helps a Korean student spell “orange” during the Uljin English Camp Dec. 30-Nov. 1, held at many schools located in Uljin County. Soldiers and Family members are invited to these schools monthly to teach children English and help them practice their pronunciation skills with a native speaker, an opportunity they rarely get. U.S. Army Photos By Pfc. Dana R. Pugh
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News & Notes
JUMP Comic Martial Arts Performance A comic martial arts performance entitled JUMP will be performed at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at the Daegu Opera House. Korean American Partnership Association (KAPA) sponsors this so that the Team Daegu community including all Soldiers, DA Civilians and family members can enjoy it for free. Transportation will depart from Camp Walker’s Commissary parking lot at 6 p.m. Sign up no later that COB, Dec. 12. For information, call 19th ESC Public Affairs Ofﬁce at 768-7851. Cable TV Price Increase From Jan. 1, 2008, MWR Cable TV service will increase by $3 for the premium package and $1 for non-residential basic service. For more information on MWR Cable TV or to sign up for the premium package, call at DSN 738-2288. Health Promotion Classes There will be two classes related to health promotion. Smoking Cessation class will be conducted from 4 – 6 p.m., Dec. 11 at Camp Walker’s Optometry classroom, and an obstetrics (OB) class will be conducted from 1 – 4 p.m., Dec. 12 at the same location. For information, call at DSN 764-5592. Taegu Commissary Business Time Taegu Commissary will be open Dec. 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed for the observance of Christmas Day on Dec. 25 and New Years Day on Jan. 1, 2008. For information, call Taegu Commissary at DSN 764-4950. USA Girl Scouts Overseas Program If you are interested in registering your daughter in the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Program, in Daegu contact Ms. LaTondra Anderson at 011-9857-6638 or e-mail at [email protected]
, in Seoul Mrs. Shelly Matautia at 011-9883-6239 or e-mail at [email protected]
; and in Pyeongtaek and Osan Mrs. Caroline Schultz at 010-8694-4166 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
Children’s Christmas Party A children’s Christmas Party for the children of all Camp Carroll employees and Servicemembers will be held from 1 – 5 p.m., Dec. 15 at Camp Carroll Gym. The cost is $1 or 1,000 won per child and $2 or 2,000 won per adult. Tickets are available at MSC-K’s Directorate for Maintenance office, Bldg. #388, Room #232. Please, purchase the tickets no later than 4 p.m., Dec. 3. The Happy Valley Train will be provided from Bldg. 530 to the gym and driven by Santa’s Helpers. For information, call Ms. Hwang at 765-8470 or Ms. Kim at 765-8544. Christmas Dinner Party Henry’s Place holds a Christmas Dinner Party at 7 p.m., Dec. 21. Get tickets at the Henry’s Place ofﬁce. The cost is 30,000 won per person. It’s ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served and limited to the ﬁrst 100 people. NY steak with baked potato, vegetables, salad, dessert, and iced tea are provided for dinner with featured live entertainment with Korean singing stars Im Young-su and Ju jin. For information, call at 768-7300/7868. Military Christmas Dinner Army Community Service-Apple Blossom Cottage cordially invites you to a Military Christmas Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 21 at Camp Carroll’s Community Activity Center. Non command-sponsored military and single Soldiers are especially welcome. For information, call Kay Hildenbrand at 765-7049/8661 or 010-3220-9377.
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs
New EEO counselors get certiﬁed
workshops in timely and challenging issues which employees face every day. Students learned the fundamentals of discrimination, informal inquiry, protected groups, sexual harassment, EEO laws and legal considerations, burdens of proof, report writing and the rights and responsibilities of employees and management. They also learned to collect, analyze and prepare information pertinent to discrimination allegations. Hwang In-kwon, USAG Daegu plans specialist, was also certified as an EEO counselor. “My last assignment before retiring from the U.S. Army was equal opportunity advisor,” said Hwang. “So I was interested
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Enjoy Christmas Day – but do so safely
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs USAG DAEGU — The holiday season has arrived and many people have started preparing their Christmas tree for this festive season. However, on the average, 400 Christmas tree ﬁres occur every year. These ﬁres cause approximately 10 deaths, over 100 serious injuries and more than $15 million in damages. Even though ﬁres are declining every year due to awareness, fire-resistant artificial trees are highly recommended. Here are some helpful safety tips: If you get a real tree: – It should not lose its needles when tapped on the ground. – Cut 1” oﬀ the trunk then place it in water immediately to help the tree absorb water. – A six foot tree will use ona gallon of water every two days. – Check water level daily. - Keep the tree away from ﬂoor heaters, ﬁreplaces or other heat sources. – Use only Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-approved lights, and no more than three strands linked together. – Wash your hands after handling lights and decorations, due to the lead dust found on most imported decorations. – Use miniature lights which have coolburning bulbs. – Turn oﬀ the Christmas lights when you sleepor leave your home. – Never use real candles on or near an artiﬁcial or real tree. – Ensure tinsel or artiﬁcial icicles are made of material which doesn’t contain lead. – Lead-based materials are hazardous if eaten by children or pets. – Avoid decorations that tend to break easily or have sharp edges. – Keep tree trimmings that are small or have removable parts out of the reach of small children. These pieces may be swallowed. – Do not remove the tree from water for more than two minutes. – Dispose of the tree properly. – Never burn a tree in the ﬁreplace. “This time of year brings such joyous memories for most of us,” said Andrew M. Allen, chief of Fire Prevention and 9-1-1 Supervisor, United States Army Garrison Daegu. “but sadly, it all too often brings back memories of tragedy. During this holiday season, disaster can strike quickly and unmercifully. Fire prevention only takes a few minutes of your time. Never cooking without adult supervision eliminates the number one cause of fires in homes and dormitories. Make sure your electrical cords are in good repair and not overloaded. Keeping candles out of the reach of children and ensuring candles are extinguished before you leave the room,
USAG DAEGU — T h e Un i t e d States Army Garrison Daegu conducted the Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor training from Sept. 10 – 14. Students were certiﬁed by director of EEO Compliance and Complaints Review as oﬃcial EEO counselors Nov. 29 at the USAG Daegu Headquarters conference room from garrison commander, Michael P. Saulnier. 11 students submitted nomination packages and were selected to at this very demanding training event. Students came from as far as USAG Red Cloud. This course is essential for all federal EEO counselors. “Our prospective counselors acquire knowledge that will give them a glimpse into the EEO arena, understand EEO concepts, regulations, laws, and demonstrate a sincere desire to serve our customers and join the EEO family,” said Christine D. Alston, USAG Daegu Equal Employment Opportunity oﬃcer. The purpose of this training was to introduce students to EEO counseling and help EEO counselors develop techniques through lecture, discussion and interactive role plays, to succeed as an EEO counselor in the federal sector. Once certiﬁed, EEO counselors must receive 36hours of EEO refresher training. The purpose of this training is to keep the community of experienced EEO counselors updated on recent developments in EEO as well as to enhance counselors’ skills by providing
in the EEO counseling for DA Civilians. I learned a lot through this course and I’m satisﬁed with this class. I heard that there were no counselors for DA Civilians in Daegu. As an EEO counselor, I will do my best to solve employees’ issues.” “EEO counseling is the most important part of the counseling process,” said Alston. “Counselors attempt to resolve alleged discrimination issues in the workplace at the lowest possible level. When issues are resolved at the lowest level, our command saves energy, time and money in future litigations and attorney fees. People get back to work more quickly, morale within groups begins to heal and hopefully, we get back to serving the war ﬁghter.”
Michael P. Saulnier, USAG Daegu commander, presents a certiﬁcation for the Equal Employment Opportunity Counselors Course to USAG Daegu Plans Specialist Hwang In-kwon, Nov. 29. Through this course, eight people were certiﬁed as EEO counselors. — U.S. Army Photos By Samuel Hudson
will help ensure you have fond memories of your holiday season in Korea. The Fire Prevention Office is available any time to do site visits to ensure your holiday is safe.” Report ﬁres immediately to your local ﬁre department at 911 or 0505-764-5911. Your ﬁre department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week- even on Christmas.
This festive tree could be burned completely within one minute if the ﬁre occurs because of carelessness with electrical items.
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by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs
Hannarae preschoolers tour Camp Carroll sites
USAG DAEGU — Forty-four children and teachers from Hannarae Preschool in Waegwan toured United States Army Garrison Daegu’s Camp Carroll Nov. 28. What made this tour special was that the school, located on the other side of the Nakdong River, is for mentally and physically-challenged children. The group consisted of 26 children under the age of 11, and 18 teachers to assist them, all with beautiful hearts. The group arrived at the installation by a pre-arranged shuttle bus just before lunch. After a short introduction to the history of Camp Carroll and its role, the event began with a tour at the MSC-K Heavy Equipment Division. The children were fascinated when they saw real tanks sitting in front of their eyes. For most of them, it was their ﬁrst times seeing their toy tanks as real vehicles. “Today’s tour was especially valuable for our children because they got to see tanks which existed only on televisions and books,” said Lee Ji-hyun, one of the teachers who participated in the day’s events. “On the way back, the kids were so excited talking about the tanks they saw.” She continued, “We were extremely grateful for the fact that our children could experience such things.” Hannarae Preschool opened in March 2004 at Murim-Ri, located near the city of Waegwan. This special school was established to actively provide therapy education and care support so the students could adapt to society and successfully grow up to be a member of it. The school also aims to improve the community’s understanding of handicapped children in society. “Every month, our school participates in social adaptability training programs such as visiting public institutions, ﬁeld trips or participating in cultural activities,” said Choi Moon-young, a teacher at Hannarae Preschool who arranged the event. “We’ve planned this event because we were curious about the lives of Soldiers from two diﬀerent nations working together to protect our country, and to let our children get a chance to meet various people in our society.” After a windshield tour of the helipad, multi-purpose ﬁeld, lodge and the Crown Jewel Fitness Center on the bus, the group waved goodbye to Camp Carroll, concluding the short tour of the installation. “Our children, because they have physical or mental challenges, don’t get many opportunities to experience a lot of things other kids would do,” said Lee. “We were very touched when the military warmly welcomed us and told us that we were the most valuable guests of Camp
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Carroll. Although the kids might have not understood everything they saw today, the fact that they visited a camp and met the Soldiers holds great meaning.” “People would wonder, ‘Will these kids understand what I’m explaining to them?’ and that’s not wrong. Our children do not understand everything they see,” said Choi. “However, our children can feel the warm hearts and love given to them. Although the kids may not be able to express much, I believe the deep aﬀection shown by the Soldiers today did touch the hearts of these children, and I thank you.”
Children and teachers of Hannarae Preschool pose in front of an M1 Tank, which the kids had the most interest in, standing inside the MSC-K Heavy Equipment Division Shop during a tour of Camp Carroll Nov. 28. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-il
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Essential car care tips for winter conditions
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs USAG DAEGU — Winter is a season of hazards for drivers and their vehicles. There are so many dangers in the winter, and cars age rapidly in the harsh conditions. Good drivers or bad drivers can be recognized by how well they get through the winter season. The followings winter preparation and car management tips are provided: Snow tires During winter, there are so many commercials on TV about snow tires. Snow tires accomplish their role on snow-piled roads but not on frozen roads. They are essential if there is a tremendous snowfall or snow piling up for an extended period. Snow chains Essential for long-distance travelers. Though you may not be a long-distance traveler, snow chains are necessary when you encounter heavy snow. Diﬀerent cars have diﬀerent chain requirements. Drivers should verify what type of snow chains ﬁts their cars and tires before purchasing them. Anti-freeze Anti-freeze prevents your engine from freezing. Everyone should change the anti-freeze in their car every two years. In addition, drivers should check their antifreeze level right before the winter season and make sure it’s full. Windshield wiper ﬂuid
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USAG Daegu Transportation Motor Pool Vehicle Inspector Park Ung-sang checks anti-freeze with a tester to prevent the engine from freezing during the winter season. U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul Drivers should check the amount of wiper ﬂuid, since properly functioning wiper blades are necessary when the car in front of you throws muddy water onto your windshield. Inability to use your wipers due to lack of wiper ﬂuid can cause unsafe driving, leading to accidents. In the winter season, windshield wiper ﬂuid is required during winter more than any other season. Lastly, be sure to use winter windshield wiper fluid versus summer ﬂuid. The winter ﬂuid has a lower freezing temperature. Shovel Necessary for emergencies. A shovel helps you remove snow around your car or spread sand or soils of your car sets stuck in a frozen area. Defroster If windows or glasses are frosted, drivers
can easily remove frost with it. However, they should be cautious not to scratch their windows or mirrors. Winter car management Parking Selecting a suitable parking area is important because cars can be frozen in place at night. When you park, avoid windy areas and select a place where the car’s engine can face sunlight. Warming up Drivers should be careful in warming up the car, especially during the winter season. The engine can freeze at night, so it is bad to drive a car right after starting it. It is better to drive after warming up longer than usualusually 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the temperature. Washing The best time to wash your car is about 2 p.m. Of course, it should be a sunny day. After washing, water on the edges of car doors and wipers should be dried oﬀ. Checking tires You should check your tire pressure frequently during the winter. Checking tires after using chains is also important because chains can make scratches on the tires. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the correct amount of air in your tires. It is a common myth that lower tire pressure will give you better traction. In fact, you have less control of your car with improperly inﬂated tires. If you have any questions concerning winterizing your vehicle, contact the USAG Daegu Auto Craft Shop at 768-8164.
Community Chapels help fund clinic