February 15, 2008 • Volume 6, Issue 17
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Experience ancient Korea in heart of modern Seoul Page 3
Yongsan ceremony honors fallen Soldier, hero, friend Page 9
Daegu hosts regional BOSS forum, fun Page 16
AFN–Korea hosts penn-wide contest
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Are you tired of seeing the same old AFN spots on your television? Do you ever wonder who comes up with these ideas? Did you ever want a chance to submit your own idea for a spot? American Forces Network Korea now gives its audience the opportunity to be a part of the television process and to submit their own spot ideas. The “Design Your AFN Spot” contest allows AFN viewers to come up with a story idea for a television spot. Contest rules and information can be found on the AFNK website at www.afnkorea.net. The contest runs from Feb. 18 through March 18. Enter for a chance to win a USO spa package for two at a South Korean resort. The contest is open to Department of Defense cardholders and their families assigned to the United States Forces Korea only. Participants do not have to produce videos or provide production materials for this contest. Participants are not required to write scripts. A brief summary for a spot idea is all that’s needed. Submission ideas must be submitted via the entry form provided on the AFNK website. Entry forms will be available on the ﬁrst day of the contest – Feb. 18. A selection committee assembled by AFNK will select winners based on originality, entertainment value, appropriateness of content and worldwide appeal. Entries may be humorous or of a serious nature. One winner will be selected and their spot idea will be put into production to be aired peninsula-wide and possibly DoD-wide. Spot topics include Fire Safety, Stress, Anti-terrorism and weight control. A complete list of approved topics can be viewed online by visiting the AFNK website at www.afnkorea.net.
Helos, Soldiers soar into action
See Page 21 for story, photos of joint exercise
Soldiers of 602nd ASB pull security for a DART team during a joint exercise with the Republic of Korea at a ROK training site. Blackhawks, Chinooks and Soldiers from varied aviation forces joined together to watch 602nd ASB demonstrate how their DART team would operate in a real-world situation. This demonstration also allowed the Soldiers who participated to test their abilities as a member of a DART team. — U.S. Army Photo By Capt. Brad Deloach
IMCOM-Korea revamps website to better serve community, newcomers
Region website transforms with streaming news, real-time updates
by Susan Silpasornprasit IMCOM-Korea Region Public Affairs Ofﬁce Installation Management Command-Korea Region recently upgraded its website featuring streaming, up-to-the-minute Army news from around Korea and the world. The portal oﬀers timely information for Soldiers, Army Civilians and Families stationed in Korea as well as a host of information for newcomers. IMCOM-K’s website gives users a single source for information spanning the spectrum of life in Korea. Visitors to the site can access the latest edition of The Morning Calm Weekly — the Army in Korea’s premiere command information newspaper, as well as a comphrehensive archive of past editions and photographs. Video clips and streaming news feeds add another dimension to local and national Army news coverage. The website further serves as an invaluable resource for those relocating to Korea. Links to IMCOM-Korea’s Welcome Guide allow users to download electronic copies information about living and serving in Korea prior to their arrival, making the site a perfect reference tool for both sponsors and newcomers alike. “Redesigning the IMCOM-Korea website is just another example of the Army’s commitment to transforming its installations across the Region” said Edward Johnson, the IMCOM-K public aﬀairs oﬃcer. “The site oﬀers our Soldiers, Families and Civilians a fast, user-friendly venue to get the information they need about living and serving in Korea.” Other featured links include information on schools, weather, local entertainment, employment opportunities, and more. IMCOM-K’s web site is gateway to Korea. Whether looking for lodging accommodations, weather updates or regional news, logging on to http://imcom.korea.army.mil enhances the quality of life for those serving in the “Land of the Morning Calm”.
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Bell Sends: Lunar New Year and President’s Day – Holiday Safety
In February, we will celebrate two holidays– usfk/index.html?/usfkcmd-msg/command-message. Lunar New Year (Seol-Nal) from 6-10 February htm. Obey our curfew policy (USFK Command Policy 2008 and United States President’s Day 16-19 Letter #7, General Order Regarding Oﬀ-Installation February 2008. During these holiday periods, the Curfew) and ensure you use the buddy system (USFK care and safety of our USFK Team–Soldiers, Sailors, Command Policy Letter #6, Buddy System) whenever Airmen, Marines, Civilian Employees, Contractors, oﬀ one of our USFK installations. As always, ﬁrst line and Family Members–is my main objective. leaders make the diﬀerence. It is the chain of commands As we prepare to enjoy these long weekend responsibility to empower and then hold ﬁrst line holidays, we must remain vigilant. The chain supervisors responsible and accountable for the conduct of command must be engaged to ensure our of their subordinates. Servicemembers understand that most acts of Our goal remains No Loss of Life at any time. By Gen. Burwell B. Bell indiscipline are associated with the abuse of alcohol. eliminating alcohol and conducting UtOTC, I am Commander The lifelong consequences of our actions are a result convinced that neither our Servicemembers nor their of decisions made today–and leaders must be fully engaged to ensure families will suﬀer a tragic accident or incident. our Servicemembers make the right decisions. To mitigate risks during this period, ﬁrst-line leaders must gain We go together! a verbal contract with their subordinates to act responsibly by conducting Under the Oak Tree Counseling (see USFK Command GEN B.B. Bell Policy Letter #2, Command Safety). View my additional safety leadership guidance at the USFK website http://www.usfk.mil/ Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK
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Frosty facts: Cold weather work, play
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly For many people, working or playing in cold weather can be a positive experience. You may feel invigorated by the bracing air and feel like doing your work with more physical energy than usual. When it comes to leisure, cold weather oﬀers many enjoyable activities whether it’s skiing, skating, snowmobiling or ice ﬁshing. Unfortunately, all the enjoyable aspects of working or playing out in cold weather can turn negative if you are not dressed warmly or dryly enough. Over exposure to cold and dampness can cause your body temperature to lower. This condition is called hypothermia. You may have it when you start to shiver and experience chills, or ﬁnd yourself unable to think or speak clearly. You may lose your coordination and quite possibly your consciousness. You could also get frostbite which is when your body tissue freezes. Frostbite happens most frequently to your extremities like your feet and toes, ﬁngers, face and nose. Symptoms include numbness and a white and waxy appearance to your skin. There are many things you can do to dress properly for the cold: Dress in layers so you can remove or put on clothing according to the temperature. Always wear a warm hat on your head–this is the part of the body that loses heat the fastest. There are also liners you can wear to keep your head warm under a hard hat or other kinds of protective head gear. Consider wearing a knitted face mask to deﬂect cold and wind chill. Wear waterproof, insulated boots with several layers of socks, preferably cotton ones under wool. They enable your feet to breathe. When your socks or boot liners become wet, remove and replace them. Always wear warm gloves or mitts. Some gloves have liners which, if wet, should be removed and replaced. In addition to dressing properly for cold conditions, it’s important to eat regularly when you are out in the cold, especially foods high in carbohydrates and fats. Your body requires an enormous number of calories to shiver and keep warm. Avoid alcohol, contrary to the popular image of the St. Bernard dog delivering brandy to warm a frozen victim. Try to keep moving while in the cold; don’t be still. This helps to keep your body temperature up and circulation moving. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, get to a shelter right away and seek medical help. When you work or play in the cold, it is a good idea to have a companion. What if you were to become injured or overexposed to the cold and couldn’t seek help yourself? Remember: working or playing in cold weather can be a positive experience if you dress warmly and use common sense about protecting yourself.
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“Go out, do and see as much as you can while you are here because this is a great country and Koreans are fantastic .” — Sgt. Andrew J. Whitlock
“Keep an open mind and enjoy the vast offerings this splendid country has to offer!” — Spc. Alun Thomas
“ “Be friends with KATUSAs. “Go out and travel around in Korea. Meet a lot of people, learn the They will take you different places and show you a lot of culture and history of Korean people. stuff that you never knew.” Especially make a visit to the DMZ.” — Cpl. Jordan A. Seago —Pvt. Jeannitte Hudgins
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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: Traffic Accident Without Injuries, Damage to Government Property, Inattentive Driving, Subject #1, operating a GOV, while pulling forward out of the parking lot adjacent to the USAG-Red Cloud theater, struck a concrete pole. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of a cracked and displaced right front headlight and bumper, and a bent right front fender. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA I: Damage to Personal Property, Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, damaged Victim #1 POV while Victim #1 was driving adjacent to Nokgyang Sports Arena, Uijeongbu. Damages to Victim #1’s vehicle consisted of a broken right window and scratches to the right side of the vehicle. Victim #1 rendered a written statement attesting to the incident. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA II: Purchase in Excess of Personal Needs, Subject #1 was observed purchasing three bottles of Listerine, two bottles of lotion, three bottles of baby lotion, four chap sticks, one exchange select Clarident, one Nature Made Vitamin C, one Ziploc container, one can of coffee, two bags of M&M’s, one bottle of liquid Maalox, three tubes of Colgate toothpaste, two Nestle crunch bars, one bag of jelly beans, four Listerine pocket packs, two packs of gum, one bag of chocolates, four bags of cough drops, one bottle of cod liver oil, two boxes of Tylenol, two bottles of Aspirin, one box of Finding Nemo multi-vitamins, one box of Tiger and Pooh multi-vitamins, two bottles of flaxseed oil, and six bottles of Centrum Silver. Subject #2, was observed purchasing two bottles of Listerine, two bottles of shampoo and conditioner, two tubes of toothpaste, one bottle of Maalox, three bottles of vitamins, two bottles of cod liver oil, one bottle of flaxseed oil, one bottle of soya leuthin, two bottles of Vitamin C, one package of Tylenol Extra Strength, three packages of dental floss, one bottle of lotion, nine packages of chap stick, and eight bags of potato chips. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where Subject #1 and Subject #1 were advised of their legal rights, which they invoked. Subject #3 rendered a written sworn statement admitting to purchasing three bottles of vitamins, three bars of chocolate, two bags of sunflower seeds, nine packs of candy and gum with the intent of selling the items. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3’s RCP were retained. All merchandise was released to Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3. Subject #2 and Subject #3 were further processed and released to their sponsors unit. Subject #1 was released on her own recognizance due to her sponsor being deployed. This is a final report. AREA III: Curfew Violation, At 0023 Hrs, 31 JAN 08, Subject #1 was observed by MP walking adjacent to the Olympia Club, Anjeongri Entertainment District. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where he was administered a PBT, with a result of 0.166% BAC. Subject #1 was not advised of his legal rights due to his suspected level of intoxication. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. At 1650 Hrs, 31 JAN 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. This is a final report. AREA III: Damage to Government Property, Failure to Perform PMCS, Subject dispatched a vehicle from the TMP and failed to conduct a PMCS on the vehicle. Subject drove the vehicle to USAG-Humphreys for a prisoner transport back to USAG-Casey. Subject attempted to turn in the vehicle to the USAG-Casey TMP where TMP noticed damages to the vehicle consisting of a cracked and dislodged left front turn signal cover, a dislodged right front head light and a scratched left and right front fender. Subject was escorted to the PMO where Subject rendered a written sworn statement denying the offenses. This is a final report
An actor dressed in period clothing demonstrates an important aspect of life in ancient Korea–making food. He uses a wooden mallet to pound a large pile of rice into a sticky paste used for making rice cakes. Hands-on demonstrations like this are part of the fun at the Korean Folk Village in Seoul. Young visitors can also grind corn meal using technology from Korea’s early days. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Namsangol Hanok Village (Seoul)
This traditional Korean village stands between the tall buildings of Seoul. The village has ﬁve restored traditional Korean houses including a pavilion, pond and time capsule, making it a perfect spot to take a walk. These houses were rebuilt after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty. The houses belong to various social ranks of the society from peasant to king. The furniture in the house is situated to help guests understand the daily life of the past. The clean traditional houses and used home equipment are a great photo opportunity. Stop at the traditional craftwork exhibit to buy small dishes and souvenirs. Visitors can also have traditional tea and refreshments. On the grounds, there are traditional games to try such as ‘neolttwigi’ (sea-saw jumping), ‘tuho’(arrow throwing) and ‘yunnori’ (traditional game of throwing wooden yut sticks). In addition, you may not want to miss traditional marriage ceremony. During the weekends, traditional marriages are shown at Bak Yeong Hyo’s Residence. The traditional marriage ceremony is an interesting event for both Koreans and foreigners and many gather to watch. During the winter season (November to February), there are not many wedding ceremonies. Hours for the ceremony are held around noon or 1 p.m. Visitors can take pictures with husband and wife wearing traditional wedding costumes. The village also has a time capsule in remembrance of Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary. Buried in 1994, it is anticipated to open four hundred years later. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com passengers on an hour-long trip into Korea’s winter wonderland. The train takes passengers through frosted hills and mountains such as Mt. Taebaeksan and Mt. Deogyusan, the two most famous places for enjoying white scenic views. Mt. Taebaeksan is renowned for its picturesque snow views and the winter fare tasted at Taebaek’s Chujeon station is enough to soothe a tired body and mind. At the mountain, visitors can enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride to the peak, where they can take in the mesmerizing sights. Trips are available through the end of February. For more information, visit www.tour2korea. com or www.korail.com.
Jeju Fire Festival (Feb.
Seeing mountains and ﬁelds covered in fresh snow untouched by human feet is a magical experience. And in this snowy season, many people in Korea take the train to enjoy the white scenic views of mountainous areas from the safety and warmth of a railway carriage. The ‘Fantastic Snow-Flower Train’ takes
Snow Rail (through Feb. 29)
On the Full Moon Day, the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is held in order to pray for a healthy year and good fortune. The three-day festival unfolds against the beautiful landscape of Jeju Island. The event begins with a torch relay, which moves across the length of the island. A variety of interactive programs and shows will add to the festivities. Citizens from Jeju’s sister cities in the United States, China, and Japan will also hold special performances, free of charge, to promote sister-city ties. This year, the American team will stage a cheerleader performance; the Chinese team a traditional martial arts performance; and the Japanese team a traditional dance. The evening activities are the true highlights of this event. The burning of the daljip (a small wooden house on top of a hill) is held in the evening before the opening day. The National Opera Chorus of Korea will give an invitational performance with the beautiful natural landscape of Jeju Island in the background. There are also other attractions such as the ‘spinning-can event’ (children spin blazing cans), the laser show, and the ﬁreworks show. The mountain appears to be ablaze with light during the celebration, oﬀering a dramatic scene. Visit www.tour2korea.com
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IMCOM-Korea announces annual Keith L. Ware awards for journalism
by Sue Silpasornprasit IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs Installation Management Command Korea Region’s public aﬀairs professionals were recognized in the region-level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware journalism competition Jan. 25 during the Public Aﬀairs Seminar at the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison. The ceremony acknowledges writing and photography achievements of IMCOM-K Army journalists from around Korea. Winners at the region-level will continue on to have their products judged in the Department of the Army competition. Jonathan Thatcher, the Reuters Bureau Chief Korea; Moon, Kwan of Yonhap; and Dave Crozier from the NCO Journal were all guest speakers at the event and judges for the regional competition – the other judges were Lisa Kelly of Arirang TV; Tim Flack, the Stars and Stripes Bureau Chief; Command Sgt. Maj. John Brenci, the AFN-Korea command sergeant major; and Dave Palmer from U.S. Forces Korea Public Aﬀairs Oﬃce, command Information. The IMCOM Korea winners are: Best News or News Feature: Bob McElroy, Area 3 Public Aﬀairs, for “USFK ROK oﬃcials conﬁrm alliance”. Second place was Kenneth E. Fidler, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan PAO, for “Smoke detector saves family,” and third place was Pfc. Im Jin-min, USAG Yongsan Public Aﬀairs, for “Smoke Out”.
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Best Feature Story: Furman N. Neely USAG-Humphreys PAO, for “USAG Humphreys pilot hopes to land in the winner’s circle”. Second place was Andre Butler, USAG-Humphreys PAO, for “Company C, 168th Med provides health care at USAG-Humphreys” and third was Park Hye-Ji, USAG-Daegu Public Aﬀairs, “Daegu falls into fever of colorful festival”. Best Sports Story: Pfc. Jang, Won-il, USAG Daegu Public Aﬀairs, for “Distinguished Soldier Athletes head to All-Army Softball Trials.” Second place was James Cunningham, Area I PAO, for “Army ﬂies high over Air Force 38-24,” and third was Neely with “Soldier-Athlete dedicated to coaching”. Best Story Series: Fidler wins with “Alcohol Awareness” series, with Cunningham in a close second for “SOFA training”. Best Stand Alone Photograph: Sgt. Kim, Sang Wook, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan PAO, for “Traditional Fan Dance”. Best Photography in Support of a Story: Fidler wins again with, “Bah Humbug”. Second place was Sgt. Kim, Sang Wook, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan PAO, with “Kimchi Cuisine” and Cunningham took third with “Made in America”. Fidler also won the Moss Holland award for outstanding civilian print journalist. “The Morning Calm” was also selected as the best Metro Newspaper.
Get in shape with small changes
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly One popular and common resolution is to lose weight. Here are some simple tips to help make a healthier New Year: • Focus on Health. The best approach is not to diet but to ﬁnd compromises in eating and exercise that you are willing to live with for the rest of your life. • Be Realistic. Often people expect to lose weight overnight. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen that way. You did not gain the weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it quickly. Set realistic goals. The best method for long-term weight loss is to lose 1-2 pounds per week. • Take Time to Eat. When you eat too fast, it is easy to overeat without realizing it. It takes 20 minutes for the message to get to your brain that you are satisﬁed. Since loads of calories can be consumed in less than 10 minutes, slow down the eating process. • Frontload the Calories. People who skip breakfast have metabolic rates that are 4 to 5 % below normal. Eat your calories earlier in the day. Eating a solid breakfast and lunch helps fuel your body for the most active part of your day. • Beware of Beverages. It is easy to consume a lot of calories from the ﬂuids that you drink. Changing to non-caloric beverages can significantly reduce total calorie intake. Regular sodas and fruit juices are tasty, but they are loaded with calories. Cutting out two regular sodas per day can save you 1/2 pound per week. • Get the Right Balance. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Either reduce your intake or increase your expenditure of calories by 500 per day to lose the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Strive to eat a diet that consists primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources (skim milk, low fat dairy products, and lean meats). • All Calories Count. Low fat does not necessarily mean low calorie. Many foods marketed as fat-free or low fat have almost as many calories as their regular-fat containing counterparts, and sometimes more. • Portion Size. Moderation is the key. For example, if you realize that you eat nine or more ounces of meat, or two or more servings of dessert each day, you need to cut down on portions. To cut down on portions, use a smaller plate and skip the second helping. • Move Your Body. All forms of physical activity help burn calories and elevate metabolism (like using the stairs, parking further form the front door, housework, walking the dog, etc.). Breaking old habits does not come easy. But the payoﬀ for living healthier and feeling better is worth the eﬀort. When you eat right and exercise regularly, you can lose weight, increase your energy, and perform better at work or in sports.
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Gloria Prince (left), education specialist, USAG-RC Alcohol and Drug Control Ofﬁce, explains to Soldiers the policy for blood alcohol limits during Alcohol Awareness Month. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Prince wins GEICO public service award
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG CASEY — Gloria Prince, education specialist for USAG-Red Cloud Army Substance Abuse Program, was selected Feb. 5 for the GEICO award for substance abuse prevention and treatment. Prince will receive $2,500 in cash and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for herself and spouse to attend a May 5 award ceremony. She will be given a commemorative plaque for her special achievements and contributions to the public good. “Words do not do justice to people like Prince,” said Wayne Johnson, director of USAG-RC Alcohol and Drug Control Oﬃce. “She lives out the ideals we associate with public service day in and day out, giving up weekends, working extra hours and traveling countless miles because she genuinely believes in what she is doing and knows in her giving, she and we are made richer.” Her commitment to the leadership and units we support at the garrison reflect the mottos “We go together” and “Ready to Fight Tonight”, Johnson said. “Prince does not limit her eﬀorts to reaching out to newcomers and younger Soldiers. For with established problems and those who succumb to the seemingly quick ﬁxes oﬀered by heavy drinking or misuse of drugs, she oﬀers a small group alcohol and drug abuse prevention training.” Prince is busy on a day-to-day basis providing training about the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse to many camps within a 150 mile radius and 88 permanent and tenant commands. “She was tasked to establish an eﬀective program to prevent and deter substance abuse,” Johnson said. “Her approach led to a holistic substance abuse deterrent and prevention programs scientiﬁcally tailored to meet the needs of the Soldiers and population in our area.” Prince established a policy setting limits on the blood alcohol levels for Soldiers. The action resulted in a signiﬁcant reduction over a short period of time. This led to Soldiers re-evaluating their values and the perception there were no other choices but to drink. “Making sure the units are training Soldiers with prevention of substance abuse knowledge keeps me busy,” Prince said. “I ensure their training is done.” Prince takes her Soldiers that extra step that can make the diﬀerence between just delivering a service and actually solving a problem, Johnson said. Her small weekend groups are intense personal encounters, which challenge Soldiers to take honest stock of whom they are and where they are going. These are the kind of encounters that have the capacity to change a person’s life. She has been the sharp tip of the spear at the community level, leading drunk and drugged driving prevention, alcohol abuse screening and National Alcohol and end of an honorable tour of duty instead of languishing in a military detention facility awaiting trial or lying in a medical facility awaiting treatment because of Prince’s remarkable energy, steadfast ethics and inspiring eﬀectiveness,” Johnson said. GEICO conducts the public service awards on a yearly basis. Since 1980, GEICO has given this special award to four categories of public service: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Fire Prevention and Safety, Physical Rehabilitation, and Traﬃc Safety and Accident Prevention. All career civil service employees are eligible, including employees of the Library of Congress, the General Accounting Office, and the Office of the Architect of the Capital, the Government Printing Oﬃce, and the Administrative Oﬃce of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Institution, the Botanic Garden, and the Oﬃce of Homeland Security. Each federal department, independent agency or oﬃce in the executive branch identiﬁes employees who have provided outstanding service to the public or otherwise contributed noteworthy achievements in the fields recognized by the GEICO Public Service Awards. The annual deadline is Dec. 31. For more information log on to: www. geico.com/information/geicoprograms/ federal/service-awards.
“Prince takes her Soldiers that extra step that can make the difference between just delivering a service and actually solving a problem.”
Wayne Johnson, director of USAG-RC Alcohol and Drug Control Oﬃce Drug Reduction and Special Observances committees, Johnson said. She has in a relatively short time become the face of substance abuse prevention all across her service area, and a subject matter expert sought out by public aﬀairs and network news organizations serving U.S. Soldiers in the Republic of Korea. For all of this she deserves selection for the GEICO award. “It is no exaggeration to say Soldiers have gone home to loving families at the
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News & Notes
1st Class Postage Rate Hike Mailing a letter will soon cost a penny more. The cost of a ﬁrst–class stamp will rise to 42 cents starting May 12, the U.S. Postal Service said Monday. USAG-RC Aerobics Class USAG-RC will have aerobics classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8p.m. in the USAG-RC Physical Fitness Center. For more information call: 732-6309/7757. Individuals with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans Committee Those wishing to join the Individuals with Disabilities and Disable Verterans Commitee should call 732-8854 to sign up. African American Scholarships Scholarships are available for African Americans. For scholarship information call: 732-6273 2nd Infantry Division/USAG-RC Black History Month Extravaganza The 2nd Infantry Division and USAG-RC Black History Month Extravaganza will be held today from 10-11:30 a.m. in the USAG-RC Theater. For more information call: 732-6856. USAG-RC Movie Night Movie night celebrating Black History Month will be held Feb. 28 from 5:30-10 p.m. in the USAG-RC Community Activity Center. For more informatin call: 732-6856. African Cultural Museum Tour The African Cultural Museum Tour will leave USAG-RC before 1 p.m. Feb. 22. For more information call: 732-6256. NCO Induction Ceremony The NCOs of USAG-RC and USAG-Casey invite you to attend the NCO induction ceremony formally entering our newest noncommissioned ofﬁcers into the NCO Corps. Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center. For more information call: 730-4197. The ROCKS, Inc. Morning Calm Chapter General meeting and Brigade Commanders Panel will take place tomorrow in the USAG-Casey Theater at 10 a.m. For more information call: 732-6933. MWR Cable TV MWR Cable TV needs no down payment or installation fee, features instant activation, also includes more than 50 channels and costs as little as $33 per month. Sign up for cable TV to start watching HBO, ESPN, MTV, and a lot more. For more information call: 738-2288. 2ID Tax Assistance Center Free Tax Preparation 2nd Infantry Division Tax Center will be preparing tax returns free of charge from Feb. 5 to June 15. For more information call: 730-3598. At Camp Casey go to Maude Hall, Room 241 Tues., Wed., Fri., from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., Thur. from 1 – 8 p.m., Sat. from 8 a.m. – noon. Army Community Services Volunteer Luncheon The Army Community Service Volunteer Luncheon will be held in the USAG-Casey Warrior’s Club April 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, call: 730-3143.
Red Cloud gives Prevention of Sexual Harassment training
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG RED CLOUD —Nonsupervisors gained extra knowledge of prevention of sexual harassment during training held Feb. 5 by the USAG-Red Cloud Equal Employment Opportunity oﬃce. The training began with an understanding of the principle of equal employment opportunity being one, which asserts all people should have the right to work and advance based on merit and ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, and without reprisal. The briefing had three objectives: to understand what constitutes sexual harassment, to identify the costs of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment, and to recognize and accept one’s role and responsibilities in regard to sexual harassment, said Rose Aguigui, director, USAG-RC Equal Employment Opportunity oﬃce. “Supervisors are held to a higher standard,” Aguigui said. “They have that responsibility.” Army policy says sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and it will not be tolerated. Managers, supervisors, and employees at all levels are responsible for creating and maintaining a workplace free of sexual harassment. “Sexual harassment destroys teamwork and negatively aﬀects organizational readiness,” Aguigui said. “Sexual harassment is when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or conduct of a sexual nature create a hostile work environment or interferes with an individual’s ability to perform his or her job.” Quid pro-quo or “this–for–that” types of advances of a sexual nature, which are made a term or condition of continued employment are also a form of sexual harassment, Aguigui said. Ingredients for a hostile work environment include: verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature, which are unwanted and unwelcomed and unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, and creates an intimidating, hostile, or oﬀensive working environment. “The harassment does not necessarily have to be sexual in nature,” Aguigui said. “Also, we consider actions that are threatening in nature, which cause a hostile work environment.” Sex discrimination is any practice or policy, which results in diﬀerential treatment of an individual because of his or her gender, Aguigui said. The exception to this is when the job calls for an occupational qualiﬁcation when gender is necessary for authenticity, or normal operation of the job. Most of these jobs have to do with transportation, security and law enforcement when females and males are required to perform duties requiring search of persons. Other benchmarks of sexual harassment
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Conference resolves local issues raised by families
by Margaret Banish-Donaldson USAG-RC Public Affairs to receive ﬁrst-run movies within two weeks of release. Only reason a ﬁrst-run movie is unavailable is there is not enough print for the distributors to provide to AAFES. First-run movies run a circuit in Korea and USAG-RC is normally one of the ﬁrst areas to receive the movies. Ration abuse: The double swipe system machines are installed everywhere in Warrior Country except for Camp Bonifas to help curb purchases in excess of personal needs. Bank: ATM usage fees: All ATMs on the peninsula charge a fee when using the network if the card is from the United States. A viable alternative to avoid the fees is for the Soldier to use Department of Defense Community Bank card or write a check at the PX. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Unauthorized gamblers in FMWR facilities: Only U.S. government, Department of Defense identiﬁcation card holders are authorized in the slot rooms. A 100 percent ID check of patrons has been established and the policy is printed in English and Hangul. Swimming pool hours at Stanley changes: Monday, Tuesday and Friday – hours are now from 5 – 8 a.m., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday – Closed; Saturday, Sunday and U.S. Holidays – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 – 10 p.m. During the hours of 3 to 4 p.m. the pool is closed to support lifeguards’
Rose Aguigui, director USAG-RC Equal Employment Opportunity Ofﬁce, gives Prevention of Sexual Harassment training on USAGRed Cloud Feb. 5.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham are sex role static, stereotypes, and sex role stereotypes. Sex role static is unthinking, undirected, everyday taken–for–granted remarks and actions based on gender stereotypes. The danger of stereotyping is instead of reacting naturally in a situation, the individual reacts or behaves according to the stereotype, Aguigui said. Sex role stereotypes include the misconceptions that men are traditionally thought to be aggressive, independent, and unemotional simply because they are men. Women are thought to be nonaggressive, dependent, and emotional simply because they are women. The EEO office is motivated by Code 29 of Federal Regulations 1614, Army Regulation 690-600, and Management Directive 110.All of this comes together in teamwork to support the commander of the installation, Aguigui said.
USAG RED CLOUD — The challenge to blend and bond was prevalent as members of the Army Family Steering committee met Jan. 28 to resolve issues from the Army Family Action Plan conference. Defense Commissary Agency: Kosher items: The commissaries in USAG-RC and Casey can order these items with a few days notice. Insufficient stocks of meats in the Casey commissary: Enough meats will be available for bulk purchases, parties, and holidays and after training events if enough notice is given to the commissary managers. Commissary hours at Casey for Soldiers who live at Hovey: Beginning Feb. 5 the Casey commissary is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays for a one month trial. Army and Air Force Exchange Service: Facilities closed almost 10 per cent of the week at Stanley: The Stanley PX has extended their hours of operation on weekends. Concession activities operate daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed Thursdays. Baby clothes unavailable at Casey PX: Within the next six to eights weeks infant and toddler clothing and accessories should be available. Movies in Yongsan vs. USAG-RC: AAFES contractual agreement with the movie distributors provides AAFES theaters
meal time. Franchise restaurants: A formal request through the region is being submitted. Soundproof music rooms: Directorate for Public Works and FMWR are exploring the possibility of housing a music room at RC and Casey. Inexistence of day care and preschool facilities: This is still a restricted area and is designated a noncommand sponsored family area for single and unaccompanied Soldiers. There is no funding programmed for child care programs in the garrison command. Directorate of Public Works: Garbage disposal: Most of the trash bins have been rebuilt at USAG-RC. Awaiting approval on the design projects for Casey and Stanley. During the summer months trash removal from the trash bins will be increased. Housing oﬃce: A housing oﬃce has been established at USAG-RC to help Soldiers find off base housing to meet current standards. Work order response time: DPW has hired a business operations supervisor engineer to develop better work order response system time. “When AFAP talks, people listen … and at high levels. I think this is one of the most exciting programs that the Army has to oﬀer its people,” said Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC garrison commander. “It’s the conscience of our Army. It, too, has a heart, and it beats for our Soldiers and their Families.”
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Red Cloud raises money for relief fund
Area I collects thousands of dollars in donations for oil spill recovery
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG RED CLOUD — More than $1,400 was collected from USAG-Red Cloud, Stanley and USAG-Casey Jan. 23 as part of the oil spill relief fund donation from the U.S Army, which was delivered to the Taean vice mayor. Maj. Carol Highsmith, USAG-RC staﬀ chaplain, said she was approached by Installation Management Command-Korea and asked if the USAG-RC chaplains would be interested in having a designated oﬀering for the oil spill disaster.
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“The chaplains gathered together and asked their congregations if they would support the relief program, which was met with enthusiastic support,” Highsmith said. “We collected the money Dec. 23 for the oil spill during our church oﬀering service.” Highsmith said the USAG-RC Chaplain collected $1,400 donated by the congregations, which was given to Chaplain (Lt. Col) James King, USAGYongsan installation chaplain, who hand carried two checks, from USAG-RC and USAG-Yongsan, totaling nearly $15,000 and presented them to Taean County Vice Mayor Suh Duk-chul.
Maj. Carol Highsmith (right), USAG-RC Chaplain, discusses USAG-RC’s contributions to the oil spill relief fund with Kwang Chun-Kil, USAG-RC community relations ofﬁcer.— U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
Warriors celebrate Super Bowl XLII at Gateway Club
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON —More than 300 Warriors gathered Feb. 4 in the Gateway Club to observe the 42nd playing of the Super Bowl. Prizes were given by major airlines, Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers, and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for drawings as well as the closest guess in scores made during the game. Jo h n K e e g a n o f He a d q u a r t e r s , Headquarters Company won a round trip airline ticket for guessing the closest ending score of the game. “I will probably use this ticket to go to Los Angeles in either May or June,” Keegan said. “I didn’t really use any special formula in guessing the closest score. I just got lucky.” Planning for the event took a lot of work and sponsorship, said Avelina Richardson, manager of the Gateway Club. “I have been planning this event for several months,” Richardson said. “I know having a free breakfast will add to our event being more attractive to the Soldiers and all who are looking for a place to watch the game. The grand prize from U.S. Airline Alliance of a round trip to the United States and back was coordinated by Frank Desilva at USAG-RC Family and MWR Marketing. Other smaller prizes given away during the game were contributed by the USAGCasey golf course, USAG-Casey bowling alley, and Casey Lodge Manager, Gordon Niederhauser, gave a free one-night stay in the Casey Lodge.” The Gateway Club gave away more than 100 smaller prizes including T-shirts and mugs, Richardson said. “We deﬁnitely plan to do this again next year,” Richardson said. “We are planning to do a Trivia Mania event this month; it will be a battalion event.”
Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, garrison commander USAG-Casey, presents John Keegan of Headquarters, Headquarters Company a round trip airline ticket for guessing the closest ending score of the game. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Warriors participate in ﬁrst battalion run Feb. 1
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs
Rams cheerleaders entertain at Casey
USAG CASEY — Soldiers from Headquarters, Headquarters, Company and Headquarters, Headquarters, Detachment, participated in an inaugural battalion run Feb.1 at USAG-Casey. The 4-mile run was led by Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, in frigid temperatures that reached the low teens. “On behalf of HHD I would like to welcome HHC to USAG-Casey for this ﬁrst battalion run,” Meisler said before the run commenced. The run, which began to the sounds of Survivor’s 1982 hard rock classic ‘Eye of the Tiger’ lasted almost 40 minutes, with both HHC and HHD running separately, and cadences delivered in English and Korean. “This was an outstanding eﬀort and I am proud of everyone,” Meisler said. “We made history this morning with this ﬁrst battalion run.” Meisler said he was proud of the job both companies do everyday, especially as they are the only garrison in the U.S. Army deployed as part of a defense mission. “On behalf of myself and Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, I would like to thank everyone for coming out today and giving it their all,” Meisler said. Meisler also thanked HHD Commander, Capt. Kimberly Nelson and 1st. Sgt. Ronnie Mitchell and HHC Commander Capt. Dennis Graves and 1st. Sgt. Denise Grant-Butler for their help in coordinating the run.
The St. Louis Rams cheerleaders perform part of their routine for the crowd at Hanson Field House, USAG-Casey, Jan.30. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
‘News of his death was a great shock to us all’
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Yongsan pays tribute to ofﬁcer
Former Garrison HHC commander dies from IED explosion in Iraq
by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — He was remembered as a dedicated family man, an outstanding officer, a compassionate commander, and a loving father and husband. The Yongsan community paid tribute Feb. 6 to Capt. Michael A. Norman, who died Jan. 31 of wounds suﬀered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. “I was thinking about his wife and his children and what a good man the world lost,” said Kimberly Nagy, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Ronald Nagy, worked with Norman. Norman, 36, was assigned to Yongsan from 2002 to 2007. He left in March after serving as commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. He was reassigned to a military transition team at Fort Riley, Kan., and subsequently deployed to Iraq. He was scheduled to return to Korea and join the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion. His wife and two children continued living in Hannam Village while he was deployed. Fo r m e r c o - w o rk e r s a n d f r i e n d s r e m e m b e r e d No r m a n d u r i n g t h e ceremony. “Captain Norman truly loved being a husband, a father, and serving his country in uniform,” said Gerald Casey, director of USAG-Yongsan’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Norman worked on Casey’s staﬀ. “He will be deeply missed by all of us who served with and knew him.” Norman joined the Army in 1992 as an infantryman and served at Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 2nd Infantry Division at USAG-Red Cloud in Korea. He attended the Defense Language
In this March 2007 photo, Capt. Michael A. Norman speaks as the outgoing company commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG-Yongsan. — U.S. Army ﬁle photo
Institute at the Presidio of Monterey in California to study Korean. He earned his commission in 2001 and came to Yongsan. “As Soldiers, we saw Captain Norman leading from the front,” said Sgt. 1st Class Terry Brown, noncommissioned officer in charge of the USAG-Yongsan chaplain section, during his remarks. “He was always there to support and encourage each Soldier and KATUSA. … He was there with a smile and an encouraging word. He was an outstanding oﬃcer, a genuine professional.” Sgt. Joung Gon Park choked up when he sang a solo hymn. “ … we lost a most wonderful officer and commander,” he said. Testament to Norman’s impact was the return of several KATUSAs, or Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army. About two dozen attended the memorial service. “News of his death was a great shock for all of us,” said former KATUSA Sgt. Joon Ji-jung. “We realized this would be the last time we could see or meet him as a Soldier. We came here to pay tribute to him for the last time and hope he is in a better place.”
Sgt. 1st Class Terry Brown weeps after presenting a tribute to Norman during the memorial service. — U.S. Army Photo By Kenneth Fidler
Several former Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army Soldiers line up to pay their respects to Norman. — U.S. Army Photo By Kenneth Fidler
(A funeral service for Norman was held Feb. 11 in Killeen, Texas. Col. Ron Stephens, fomer commander of USAG-Yongsan, who traveled from Arizona, presented the American ﬂag to Norman’s wife, June, along with Norman’s ﬁnal military decorations. Several Servicemembers
who worked with Norman at Yongsan traveled from diﬀerent states to attend the service. One of them, Master Sgt. Babette Camacho, wrote in an e-mail, “The funeral was very nice and the songs were beautiful. I do not think there was a dry eye in the church.”)
New U.S. Citizens
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Garrison ofﬁcials calling job fair successful event
October 2007, community members voiced their concerns at the Garrison Army Family Action Plan Conference. The Garrison held the job fair Jan. 22 to speed up the hiring process to bring on much-needed staff. Seventy-one people attended, and some applicants were hired within days of the job fair, Stark said. The normal hiring process can take weeks. Civilian personnel specialists and CYS managers and staﬀ reviewed applications and gave feedback to potential applicants on which positions they qualiﬁed for. “This really expedited the hiring process to get them on board much more quickly,” Chancellor said. “The new employees are wonderful, enthusiastic and competent.”
New U.S. citizens recite their oath during a naturalization ceremony Feb. 1 at the Community Services Building. Kenneth Sherman, Department of Homeland Security-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the ceremony. Air Force Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, deputy chief of staff of United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, was the guest speaker. For more on this story, go to http://yongsan.korea.army.mil. — U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook
YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan Garrison officials have called January’s Child and Youth Services Job Fair “a success.” Nine new employees work at the Child Development Center, which allowed the center to open more spaces for its hourly care program, said Dr. Roxanne Chancellor, Child and Youth Services coordinator. The CDC doubled the spaces for toddler hourly care to 10. It also opened up four spaces for infant hourly care. The availability of child care has been an issue because of staﬃng shortages at the Yongsan Child Development Center. In
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by John Wood Music and Theatre Branch YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan’s Area Community Theatre brings BeeLuther-Hatchee to the stage with three performances March 6-8. The show, by playwright by Thomas Gibbons, follows the story of Shelita Burns, an African-American editor who publishes “Bee-Luther-Hatchee,” the autobiography of Libby Price, a reclusive 72-year-old black woman. Burns has never met Price, and when the book wins an award, Burns delivers the award in person. To her shock, the actual author of the book is a white man, Sean Leonard. Burns and Leonard become embroiled in a conﬂict concerning the book. Leonard defends the work as a piece of embellished non-ﬁction, while Burns calls it “a hoax, a life appropriated, colonized.” The tooth-and-nail struggle that ensues ends in a frightening climax. Tynia Hopkins, of Osan American High School, plays Price. Michelle Outlaw and Anthony Gray are Burns and Leonard. Rounding out the cast are Cara Clark, David White, and Randy Knoose. Each show starts at the 7 p.m. in the Moyer Theatre in Building 2259. Tickets in advance are $3 and available at the music room in Room 216 in the Moyer Community Activities Center. For further details, call 723-5721. (Note: In an inter-area activity, BeeLuther-Hatchee will perform in the Warriors Club at Camp Casey March 1 in a dinner theater format. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
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News & Notes
Heart Disease Risk Checks February is American Heart Month, and health promotion ofﬁcials have scheduled free blood pressure and non-fasting cholesterol tests 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Yongsan Main Exchange and Feb. 26 at the K-16 Community Activities Center. For information, call 736-3029. Commiskey’s Children’s Special Commiskey’s restaurant offers a children’s special every Sunday in February. Children 10 years old and under can receive a free meal and drink from the children’s menu. For information, call 736-3971. Muslim Prayer Services An informational meeting for those interested in Muslim prayer services is 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Memorial Chapel. For information, call 738-3009. New Passport Fees, Forms The U.S. Embassy has established new fees for all personal passport applications. Adult ﬁrst passport: $100 Adult renewal: $75 Minor (16 and under): $85 Newborn packet: $150 New application forms are available at the Department of State Web site www.state. gov/m/a/dir/forms/passport. Forms are also available at the client legal service ofﬁce in Bldg. 4106, the Community Services Building. For information, call 738-8111. Seoul Transportation 101 Learn how to use Seoul’s public transportation at Seoul Secrets “Part One: Transportation 101” program at Army Community Services in Bldg. 4106. Participants will learn about Seoul’s subway and bus systems. For information, call 738-7505. West Point Founder’s Day Dinner The 2008 West Point Founder’s Day SitDown Dinner is 6 p.m. March 15 at the Dragon Hill Lodge Naija Ballroom. A Benny Havens social hour begins the event, which is $25 for dinner and dessert. For information, call 723-4678. USO Tour Highlights DMZ tours are scheduled for Feb. 16, 21, 26, 28 and 29. Bus departs at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $22 for military and $44 for others. Han River Dinner Cruise 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Cost is $60 for military and $64 for others. Dinner show: See a traditional Korean performance at Changdong Theater 6 p.m. Feb. 28. Cost is $42 for military and $47 for others. Korean Folk Village Tour: Bus departs at 8 a.m. Feb. 29. Cost is $31 for military and $34 for others. For more tour information, call 724-7003. Red Cross Classes The American Red Cross will hold the following training classes: Cardio-pulmonary/ﬁrst-aid 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Moyer Community Activities Center. American Red Cross babysitting class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m March 1 also at the Moyer. For information on these classes, call Vicky Porter at 738-3670. Lotte World Trip The K-16 Community Activities Center has planned a trip Feb. 23 to Lotte World indoor recretional complex and theme park. Cost is $10 for bus fare. The entrance fee is 25,000 Won, or about $26.50. For information, call 741-6473.
Community Theatre brings Bee-Luther-Hatchee to stage
(From left) Michelle Outlaw, Tynia Hopkins and Anthony Gray rehearse a scene from Bee-LutherHatchee. — Courtesy Photo By Jon Hewitt
and the play starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 723-6760.)
Tax refund anticipation loans: How much do they really cost?
by James C. Wherry Special to the Morning Calm Weekly YONGSAN GARRISON — Some private tax preparation firms offer “refund anticipation loans.” These are loans on expected tax refunds that permit Servicemembers to borrow money against their tax refunds. In exchange, they sign over a portion of their tax refunds to the tax return preparation company, or agree to repay the preparer with the refund the taxpayer receives. There are drawbacks to the refund anticipation loans. Not everyone qualiﬁes for them. If you have been denied a tax refund, or have had other problems with tax refunds in the past because of accrued, pastdue child support or past-due student loans, you may not qualify for the loans. There are also maximum limits that you can borrow, and amounts for Earned Income Credit may not qualify for the loan amount. Perhaps the biggest problem with these loans has been their cost. Every year, tax preparation services earn nearly $1 billion in fees from these loans. In a recent study, the Department of Defense concluded refund anticipation loans were “the second most prevalent high cost loan used by Servicemembers.” The study also concluded there were alternatives available to Servicemembers at little or no cost. Costs of tax preparation and refund anticipation loan fees vary between companies, but assume that you pay a private preparer $125 to prepare your taxes, and then you pay an additional $125 for the loan fee to receive $2,500 loan on your refund. That’s a 10 percent surcharge on the total amount of your refund. Worse yet, if you have your tax refund deposited to your bank account and it arrives in as few as eight days, then you have paid $250 to receive a loan of $2,500 for eight days. At an annualized rate of interest, you are paying hundreds of percent in interest for an unnecessary loan. In the past, private tax preparers have been sued for deceptive advertising and for charging interest rates above legal limits. As a result, Congress passed restrictions on interest that can be charged to service members. This year, the Department of Defense implemented rules that limit the total amount of interest that may be charged to military members and their dependents. The new rule places a 36 percent annual percentage rate of interest cap on a refund anticipation loan. The amount does not include the cost of tax preparation. This may mean that some tax services will no longer oﬀer these loans to Servicemembers. Incidentally, the regulations also place the same 36 percent annual rate of interest on pay day loans and vehicle title loans. If you choose to file with a private tax preparer and you receive a refund anticipation loan, make sure you know the interest rate you are paying to ensure that your preparer follows the law! If you think you are wrongfully charged an incorrect amount, consult your Legal Assistance oﬃce.
Tax center offers free service
It’s easy to avoid the refund anticipation loan temptation. Yongsan’s Tax Center offers free tax preparation to our community members. Its staff members are IRS-certiﬁed to prepare taxes for our community members under the Military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Tax Center offers free tax preparation. The returns can be signed and electronically ﬁled with the Internal Revenue Service that same day at no charge. In 2007, the center’s staﬀ processed nearly 3,000 returns and saved tax ﬁlers $270,000 in preparation fees. Those returns generated more than $4 million in refunds. The center is located in Room 113 of the Moyer Community Activities Center. Walk-in service is available or you can make an appointment. For information, call 723-8940. -James C. Wherry
Lady Falcons play Good Neighbor game
by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Seoul American High School Lady Falcons took on Sun-il Woman’s High School in a Good Neighbor Program basketball game Feb. 1. “The cultural and individual interactions between these students are quite amazing,” said Lee Kyoung-suk, event coordinator. “While American players get to understand hard training and regulations of the other team, Korean players also grasp the meaning of sportsmanship from (the Americans).” The Lady Falcons won 70-64. Alyssa Gray led Falcons scoring with 18 points. Huh Miji was Sun-il’s high scorer with 24 points. “I learned that there are diﬀerent rules in American basketball, which I believe caused us (to lose),” said Lee Hwa-yeon, a junior at Sun-il. “What impressed me the most, though, was their joyful attitude during the game. I really enjoyed it.” Sun-il coach Hwang Sin-chul said despite the unfamiliar rules, the American players’ abilities and strength “helped us get a valuable experience we can’t easily have in Korea.”
Falcon Avianca Manning tries to get around Sunil’s Park Yu-ri during the Feb. 1 Good Neighbor game. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
By Cpl. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
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COMMUNITY PROFILE • SGT. KIM HYUN-SUK
KATUSA earns high marks from IMCOM inspectors
Sgt. Kim Hyun-suk is the oldest son in his family, with two younger brothers, ages 22 and 16. When he completes his tenure as a KATUSA (Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army), he will return to Hanguk University in Seoul to complete his degree by 2010. Afterwards, he hopes to work in private industry in management. As the assistant platoon sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, he looks after 56 Soldiers. He’s worked at the USAG-Yongsan Directorate of Human Resources since July 2006, and he has been a “major impact player in ensuring the eﬃcient operation of the organization,” said Steven Carpenter, human resources director. Kim oversees the duty rosters for the community watch and coordinates with tenant units to ensure casualty and community watch duties are covered. During the recent Command Inspection Program, he was singled out for helping USAGYongsan earn a commendable rating for the organization’s publications accounts. “He is extremely conscientious and polite in the execution of his duties,” Carpenter said. “He leads by example and ensures that his Soldiers are well cared for.” Where do you call home? I was born in Gangneung, Gangwon, but was raised in Seoul for 24 years, and consider it my home. Did you ever live abroad? I have never lived abroad, but I have been to the state of Virginia to visit my grandparents. How long have you been a KATUSA? I enrolled as a KATUSA last May, and it’s been 21 months already. Why did you choose to be a KATUSA? I wanted to learn more, experience more, and interact more with people from a diﬀerent country. Simply put, I do not like anything ordinary or normal. Out of 600,000 Korean Soldiers nationwide, there are only 3,000 KATUSAs. I wanted to be part of the “minor” group. You were recognized by the headquarters inspection team with a Commendable rating for your publication management program. How do you feel about that? To say the truth, I was quite dumbfounded at ﬁrst when I learned the news. I just did my (job), and one day I am awarded for a job I had continued to do. But it did feel good. How did you learn your job? I learned from everybody working in the oﬃce. My supervisor (Mr. Carpenter) and Sonja Goodman (HR specialist) especially watched out for me a lot. Sometimes, I did have to dig through some regulations to set a rough outline for my work. Other times, I asked my predecessors for help. When you ﬁrst came to this job, how did you feel about it? It was my ﬁrst time I had ever worked in a professional environment, and it seemed like a huge load of responsibility in the beginning. It is not an easy job for a KATUSA to perform on his own. However, with some perseverance and endurance, it isn’t that demanding. Again, without my section oﬃcials and fellow
Soldiers, it would not have been possible. It must have been diﬃcult to learn how to manage publications. Was it? I thought publication management would be so at ﬁrst, too, but it only took a step-by-step regulation-reading and a lot of help from oﬃcials. I have become “computerized,” and it is not that diﬃcult any more. What do you like to do in your spare time? I love companionship with friends. Sometimes we play computer games or chat over both good and bad things. Music and reading are other hobbies I constantly enjoy. As the only KATUSA honored with the highest rating, what are your thoughts?
Sgt. Kim Hyun-suk Position: Administrative specialist, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorate of Human Resources Career: 21 months as a KATUSA, or Korean Augmentee Troop to the U.S. Army. Serves as assistant Platoon Sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG-Yongsan. Graduated Seoul High School in 2002. Attended Hanguk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, majoring in English Literature.
I consider it an honor to receive this award and I am very thankful. It is not easy to concentrate fully on our work. But if we work hard with a consciousness, I believe it is an opportunity anyone can achieve. Many KATUSAs try to display their abilities, and if they are properly helped and assisted, they, too, can have potential.
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SUPER BOWL FEVER: Fans react to the New York Giants game-turning touchdown during the Super Bowl party Feb. 4 at the Main Post Club. The party attracted nearly 300 people and feautred prizes and give-aways. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
CHEERLEADING CLINC: St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Megan B. leads about 30 Yongsan youth in a cheerleading clinic Feb. 1 at Collier Field House. The cheerleaders performed at military installations throughout Korea Jan. 30 through Feb. 4 as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, including a performance at Seoul American High School and at Super Bowl parties Feb. 4. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi For more on these stories, go to http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
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Tribute to a fallen Soldier
ast week, the Yongsan Garrison in. Most importantly, he had faith in what community lost a very close friend. he was doing for his country. His loss is a reminder to us all that Capt. Michael A. Norman died Jan. 31 of injuries sustained from an Improvised the freedoms many Americans take for granted are not Explosive Device without sacrifice. in Iraq. “His troops gravitated to Michael was doing Michael left his part as a Soldier, here in March him and thirsted for his a 2007 after serving brand of leadership. It was as a citizen, as he Patriot. He knew as commander was in harm’s way of Headquarters obvious to me he truly lived to protect the very and Headquarters by the Army values.” freedoms he lived Company, U.S. for. It’s the ultimate Army GarrisonYongsan. As I talked to people who knew sacriﬁce. He will never be forgotten. On Feb. 6, our community gathered at and worked with him and learned more about him, it was quite obvious he had a the South Post Chapel to remember him, monumental impact on the people whose including former KATUSA Soldiers who served under Michael’s command. It was lives he touched. He was a respected leader, husband and quite emotional to watch them each give father. His devotion to his family and his Michael one ﬁnal salute. Even though uniform is to be honored and emulated. they have since left the Army, when they He was a consummate professional, a heard of Michael’s death, they made it Soldier’s Soldier. His troops gravitated a point to return. That, to me, is such a to him and thirsted for his brand of great honor. Capt. Michael A. Norman died for his leadership. It was obvious to me he truly lived by the Army values. He led from his country, and he will always be remembered heart and stood up for what he believed as one of our own.
Fire safety prep: planning escape route
By John Derengowski Chief, Fire Prevention Division Fire can spread through your home or apartment at lightning speed. When the smoke alarm sounds, you may have only seconds or minutes to escape safely. That’s why it’s so important that families develop an escape plan and have an operational smoke detector in your place of residence. But it isn’t enough just to have a plan. You need to practice it regularly so that in the event of a ﬁre everyone knows exactly what to do. Did you know that only one out of four Americans have planned AND practiced their home escape plan? Learning about escape planning and what kids and families can do to escape safely in the event of a home ﬁre. Home ﬁres can be deadly, but by following these safety tips, you’ll be helping to make your family safer.
Escape Planning Checklist
• Have you drawn a ﬂoor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors? • Are escape routes clear and do doors and windows open easily? • Are smoke alarms installed in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home? • Are smoke alarms tested at monthly? • Has someone been assigned to help infants, young children, older adults or family members needing help in an emergency? • If windows or doors in your home have security bars, do the bars have quickrelease devices inside so that they can be opened in an emergency? • Have you picked an outside meeting place (i.e., neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped? • Is your street number easy to see from the road to help the ﬁre department ﬁnd your home? • Does everyone in the home know the ﬁre department’s emergency number? • Have you practiced your escape plan?
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From the Command Sergeant Major:
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Spring is the traditional start for motorcycle riding and, for many riders, Daytona Bike Week (Feb. 29 through March 9) marks the unoﬃcial beginning of the season. Numbers indicate motorcycle sales have steadily increased over the years, and riding is a popular activity or mode of transportation among our ranks. As engaged Leaders, we need to ensure Soldiers are aware of the tools/resources made available to them. The Chief of Staﬀ, Army, now requires the Six Point Program developed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center be used by all Army units. It is the minimum standard. This program requires command emphasis, discipline,
Some of these incidents indicate that fatigue, drinking and lack of engaged leadership among fellow NCOs were paramount in the Soldiers death. Department of Defense Instruction I 6055.4 and Army Regulation 385-10, Army Safety Program, Chapter 11, state that Soldiers operating a motorcycle must complete safety training. It has been my experience that Soldiers believe that these regulations only apply when they are riding on post, which is not true. The regulation states failure to wear personal protective equipment or comply with licensing or operator training requirements is against the regulation. Coupled with the Six Point Program, please remember to be diligent and continue to move “left of the boom,” not just in how important safety is. One example is gear. Six pieces of equipment are needed for safe riding: a helmet with shatterproof eye protection, full-length trousers, a longsleeved shirt or jacket, sturdy footgear that provides over-ankle coverage, full-ﬁngered gloves and a reﬂective vest. On the second day, he spent most of time outside practicing how to ride a motorcycle on a “loaner bike” provided by and for the course. Kim said he believes that two days of class will help people a lot in getting more used to motorcycles.
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Moving left of the boom on motorcycle accidents
composite risk management, standards and provides alternatives, as well as a commander’s assessment. The focus of the program is engaged leadership through positive assertion of proactive measures and standards. In ﬁscal 2007, there were 38 Soldiers killed in motorcycle accidents. Our data indicates that 65 percent of these motorcycle accidents involved Soldiers older than the age of 25. Of these mishaps, 60 percent involved Soldiers in the grade of E-5 or higher. What concerns me most about these numbers, aside from the horriﬁc loss of life, is these fatalities include our senior noncommissioned oﬃcer ranks. In some motorcycle crashes involving fatalities, the sequence of events leading up to the incident indicate these deaths were preventable. accident prevention measures, but in every way that involves the safety of Soldiers in our ranks. In closing, safety is inextricably tied to readiness. To move “left of the boom,” we must go beyond the lectures and instruction on risk management and ensure it is being practiced within our ranks. While risk management remains the basic process by which we can reduce accidents, remember engaged Leadership is the key to risk management. As an aid, I encourage you to work closely with your safety professionals and visit our Web site at https://crc.army. mil, which contains helpful tools regarding motorcycle safety. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also has some great tips available on its Web site, which can be found at http://msf-usa. org. Army Safe is Army Strong! “Even if you have a license, you, as a KATUSA, are not allowed to ride a motorcycle on post, which is kind of unfortunate,” Kim said. “However, I think it is well worth trying the class if you are interested in motorcycles, just to keep yourself safe oﬀ post.” The Basic Rider Course is open to anyone interested in motorcycles, Soldier or KATUSA. The class is mandatory for Soldiers who want to ride motorcycles on post. There is also an Experienced Rider course. For details, call 724-3040.
Motorcycle safety graduates ﬁrst ever KATUSA
by Pfc. Lee, Kyung Yul 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs Lots of Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army have an interest in motorcycles, but the 412th Engineer Command at Yongsan has the ﬁrst to attain a Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course License. Cpl. Kim, Jong Hun is the ﬁrst KATUSA to attend the course, fulﬁlling a lifelong interest in motorcycles. His NCOIC, Sgt. 1st Class Thurman Hogan, asked if Kim wanted to take the course. Kim said he decided to give it a try, but didn’t realize he was the ﬁrst KATUSA to ever take the class until after registration. The biggest secret though is Kim had never ridden a motorcycle in his life until he took the class. “I always thought that it would be fun to ride but never actually got a chance before,” Kim said. The ﬁrst day of Kim’s class emphasized
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AAFES ‘Green’ initiatives expected to pay off for military community
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly The Department of Defense’s oldest and largest retailer, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, is embarking on a variety of energy-saving initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment and strengthen the exchange beneﬁt military families have come to depend on. From vending machines to gas station canopies, AAFES is implementing “green” initiatives at exchange facilities on Army and Air Force installations across the globe. “AAFES is a global retailer with more than 3,100 facilities in some 30 countries,” said AAFES’ Energy Program Manager Ann Scott. “Considering the size and scope of our mission, it makes sense to evaluate every possible ‘green’ option available. Fortunately, new opportunities to save energy and increase earnings are growing every day.” More options are turning into reduced energy consumption in AAFES’ vending operations as 40 additional ENERGY STAR® beverage vending machine models became available in 2007. With older vending machines consuming some 192 kwh per month compared to 172.5 kwh for ENERGY STAR® versions, AAFES is focused on ensuring at least 10 percent or more of their 21,000 beverage machines are ENERGY STAR® compliant before the end of 2008. Successful expansion of ENERGY STAR® beverage vending machines from 1,664 currently in place at AAFES to 2,264 is projected to generate annual savings of more than $42,000 once the 10 percent target is met. “Drinks stay cold, less energy is used and AAFES is able to return the savings to the annual dividend this command annually provides to the military community,” said AAFES’ Commander Brig. Gen. Keith Thurgood. “It’s smart business decisions like this that will make it possible for AAFES to deliver even more in the coming decade than the $2.4 billion it provided the Armed Forces in the past 10 years.” From cool beverages to hot food, AAFES is also partnering with a number of namebrand franchises to reduce energy consumption in its fast food oﬀerings. Taco Bell, Burger King and Subway are just a few of AAFES’ name-brand partners that are leading the way in inventive “pollution solutions” such as adjustable HVAC systems that run based on need versus a constant rate, eco-friendly building designs, LED menu boards and concept signing, as well as energy eﬃcient refrigeration and heating methods. Historically, fast food facilities, main exchanges and shoppettes have accounted for the majority of energy consumption at AAFES. Shoppettes, essentially the military version of convenience stores, often have gas pumps that require constant lighting for drivers to be able to ﬁll up 24/7. The canopies that cover these pumps can easily consume 6,000 watts of electricity with standard lighting. Testing of a new generation of energy eﬃcient ﬁxtures has yielded savings of up 44 percent. Recognized as an ENERGY STAR® retailer, AAFES began an aggressive training program in August 2007 to help its main store associates better assist energy-conscious shoppers. An on-going ENERGY STAR® awareness campaign is now branching out beyond appliances and electronics as the AAFES stock assortment now features a 20 percent mix of Compact Fluorescent Lighting options that use less energy and have a longer-rated life than conventional light bulbs. CFL purchases at AAFES activities have grown steadily in the past two years, increasing from 8.2 percent of retail lighting sales in 2006 to 10 percent in 2007. Launched in February 2008, AAFES’ CFL light bulb awareness campaign is focused on the prominent display of CFL products and options. “The CFL initiative is consistent with the military’s goal to cut energy costs and protect the environment,” said AAFES’ Senior Vice President of Sales Maggie Burgess. “Compact ﬂorescent bulbs will go a long way in meeting these objectives as they use 75 percent less energy than standard lighting and last up to 10 times longer.” In addition to the merchandise inside the store, AAFES designers and architects from its Real Estate division and industry partners are pursing initiatives in energy and environmental design with the US Green Building Council LEED NC Retail pilot program that focuses on energy and water reduction eﬀorts to decrease operating costs and earth friendly materials to positively impact the environment and community. “We’re incorporating sustainability initiatives for long term improvements to the environment, energy consumption reduction and to protect earnings for the Army and Air Force MWR programs from energy cost increases,” said AAFES’ Senior Vice President of Real Estate Dan Metsala. “The Shopping Center new construction projects being developed for Ft. Polk, Randolph AFB, Ft. Belvoir and Ft. Bliss will set a new standard for us in energy eﬃciency as we go forward”. All four projects are seeking LEED Silver certiﬁcation. Construction of the ﬁrst two AAFES LEED retail pilot facilities are scheduled to begin at Ft. Polk and Randolph AFB later this year with grand openings anticipated around December 2009. “Cleaning up the environment begins at home. For AAFES facilities residing on Army and Air Force installations across the globe, ‘home’ is the military community,” said Thurgood. “As such, I’m excited about the steps AAFES is taking to make the ‘homes’ we share with military Families better places to live, work and, of course, shop thanks to reduced energy consumption, increased dividends and a better quality of life.”
ILE Instructors Wanted: Army Reserve majors and lieutenant colonels wanted to teach the Army Reserve Intermediate Level Education Course. Must be MEL 4 qualiﬁed, meet the Army height/weight standards, and be willing to join the 490th Multi Function training Brigade.
POC: Col. Davenport, 723-4394, [email protected]
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Sorority sponsors College Fair
The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are sponsoring their 1st annual College Fair Saturday, April 19 from noon – 4 p.m. at the Seoul American Elementary School cafeteria. Volunteers are needed to represent their college, university or service academy. If you are interested in participating, please call 010-3125-0466 or e-mail [email protected]
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
Enchanted (PG) 8:30 p.m. Meet the Spartans (PG13) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. I am Legend (PG13) 7 p.m. UNK Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 8 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 8:30 p.m. The Comeback (PG13) 6:30 p.m. August Rush (PG) 6:30 p.m.
The Mist (R) 8:30 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. UNK Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 8 p.m. Martian Child (PG) 6:30 p.m. August Rush (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Enchanted (PG) 8:30 p.m. Meet the Spartans (PG13) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. UNK Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 8 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 8 p.m. Martian Child (PG) 6:30 p.m. August Rush (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Cloverﬁeld (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 7 p.m. No Show Cloverﬁeld (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 7 p.m. I am Legend (PG13) 7 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 7 p.m. Golden Compass (PG13) 6 p.m. Dan In Real Life (PG13) 6 p.m.
Enchanted (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. No Show Alien vs. Predator (R) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. No Show Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Golden Compass (PG13) 6 p.m. Dan In Real Life (PG13) 6 p.m.
I am Legend (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show P.S. I Love You (PG13) 9 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. No Show Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. No Show Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Golden Compass (PG13) 6 p.m. Hitman (R) 6 p.m.
The Mist (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show P.S. I Love You (PG13) 9 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 7 p.m. UNK Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson’s War (R) 7 p.m. Golden Compass (PG13) 6 p.m. Hitman (R) 6 p.m.
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What will this year bring?
Navigate the New Year with God
by Chaplain (Maj.) John Sutton 602nd ASB, USAG Humphreys e have begun a new year. As we move into this New Year, I am sure some of us may be asking ourselves: what will this New Year bring? If you are like me, you may worry about what will happen in 2008. For instance, where will my next assignment be? What will my next assignment be like? The person I will work for, what will he or she be like? Will the family be happy there? Will I be deployed? What will this year bring? Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow, will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34 An unknown author wrote: There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of those days is Yesterday with all of its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All of the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever. The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all of its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born. This leaves only one day, Today. Any person can ﬁght the battle of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities, Yesterday and Tomorrow. It is then, we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad. It is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore Live, but one day at a time and may your day today, be blessed.
Area III Lent, Easter Services
The Holy Week Services are as follows:
Palm Sunday, March 16: Mass Protestant Liturgical Service Collective Protestant Service Gospel Service Contemporary Service Holy Week: Mass (Daily) Monday-Thursday
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0900 Freedom Chapel 0900 Zoeckler Station Chapel 1100 Freedom Chapel 1300 Freedom Chapel 1800 Freedom Chapel
1145 Freedom Chapel
Maundy-Thursday - Liturgical Protestant Communion Service 1900 Zoeckler Station Chapel Holy Thursday Good Friday Services 1900 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
1200, 1300 and 1800 Freedom Chapel Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross, Reading of the Passion and Holy Communion Good Friday Gathering (i.e. movie night and fellowship centered on the Passion of Christ movie) Feb. 21: 1900 - 2200 Freedom Chapel Holy Saturday--Vigil Mass of the Resurrection Easter Sunday, March 23: Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service 0630 CAC Special Speaker CH (LTC) Frank Jackson, 2ID Chaplain Ecumenical Easter Breakfast Easter Sunday Mass 0800 Tommy D’s 0900 Freedom Chapel 2000
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Lunar New Year warms winter chill in Area IV
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Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays for Koreans. To celebrate the new year in Korea, family members and relatives get together and share well-wishing remarks with one another. They eat rice cake soup called ‘Tteokgook’ and play many kinds of traditional games like spinning tops, Yootnori and ﬂying kites. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
Daegu hosts Korea Region BOSS Forum
USAG Daegu hosted the 18th annual Korea Region BOSS Forum from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers (BOSS) program improves the overall quality of life for Soldiers. For more photos and a story about the BOSS Forum, see page 25 and 26. — U.S. Army photos by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul and Sgt. Eboni Whitﬁeld
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Shelby Brown Tour comes to Korean peninsula
From the city that brought you Smokey, Marvin, and Gladys comes Motown sensation and recording artist Shelby Brown. Led by veteran saxophonist and songwriter Shelby Brown, he and his band cook up a delicious platter of cool jazz with a hearty helping of soul on the side. Catch the remaining shows today at Osan AB Challenger Club at 6:30 p.m. or Feb. 16 at Camp Casey Gateway Club at 7 p.m. 2008 Eighth Army Racquetball Championship The Eighth Army Racquetball Championship is scheduled to take place March 5–8 at the Camp Carroll Gym. Participants must qualify through their area command regional qualifying events. For more information, contact your local MWR Sports Ofﬁce or DSN 725-5064.
2008 Eighth Army Bataan Death March Qualiﬁer
The 8th annual Bataan Death March Qualiﬁer will take place at Camp Casey, Carey Fitness Center on Feb. 23. This is the qualifying event for the Eighth Army teams that will participate at The Bataan Memorial Marathon Road March at White Sands Missile Range. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race kicks off at 8:45 a.m. This event is open to active duty military personnel assigned to Eighth Army Installations. For more information, contact your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Ofﬁce or DSN 732-6927.
February 15, 2008
U.S., ROK aviation battalions team up during combined training exercise
by Capt. Brad Deloach 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs USAG HUMPHREYS — Soldiers from Bravo Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion braved the extreme cold, high winds and the language barrier to conduct a combined downed aircraft recovery demonstration with the 301st Republic of Korea Aviation Battalion. Nine Soldiers from Company B, led by 1st Lt. Brandon Spence, got the call that a ROK CH-47 Chinook had been downed when simulated small arms ﬁre struck a hydraulic line and a wiring harness. The downed aircraft recovery team jumped aboard a U.S. UH-60L Blackhawk and took off to repair the downed Chinook. Once on the scene, the team set up security around the Blackhawk. After the Blackhawk departed, the team went to work. They assessed the damage and began repairing the disabled aircraft. Twenty minutes later, the simulated damage had been repaired, the aircraft was ready to rejoin the ﬁght and the team was ready for extraction. This simulated downed aircraft was the culminating event of the combined demonstration. Maj. David Law, Company B commander, briefed members of the 301st ROK Avn. Battalion on his unit’s DART procedures. After the brief, leaders of the 301st ROK Aviation Battalion and the ROK 2nd Aviation Brigade were shown the new
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A Soldier from 602nd ASB pulls security while another monitors a UH-60 during combined training. — U.S. Army Photo By Capt. Brad Deloach battle damage and repair kits composed of 11 diﬀerent boxes that can be assembled together to ﬁx any aircraft that may go down in the U.S. Army inventory. Members of the ROK 70th Aviation Support Battalion also attended the brieﬁng. They were on hand to show their battalion downed aircraft recovery kits. This allowed for members of both armies to come together to show oﬀ their abilities, discuss their equipment and compare tactics and procedures with their ROK or U.S. counterparts. This is not the ﬁrst time that the 602nd ASB and the 301st ROK Aviation Battalion have come together to train and discuss maintenance and DART and BDAR operations. The 602nd ASB briefed ROK army commanders on aerial recovery operations in Fall ‘07. “This was a great training experience not only for us but for the ROK army, and helped the foundation for future training events and it helped to strengthen our relationships between our two battalions and the brigades,” Law said.
2-2 ‘Wild Card’ braves frigid weather for live-ﬁre
by Pfc. Edward Kulik 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs USAG HUMPHREYS — The day was cold as pilots and crew chiefs loaded into a Blackhawk with two M240’s set out for a mission only a few get the privilege to do. With the chill and frigid air blowing in their faces, the two gunners stationed on opposite sides of the aircraft were alert for their objectives. Weapons blazed as the Blackhawk flew through the sky and fired off live ammunition. Crashes and booms could be heard from the containment area not far away. The quarterly scheduled training event ran through the beginning of January and was carried out by 2nd Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade “Wild Card,” pushing Soldiers to perform the knowledge they have learned within the conﬁnes of an aircraft. Taking two Soldiers at a time, each is given the chance to ﬁre at staged targets. “The left side will ﬁre during the ﬁrst pass and the right side will ﬁre during the second pass on the way back to our landing site,” said Pfc. Ever Benavides, Company
B, 2-2 Aviation. Soldiers had the opportunity to attempt ﬁring twice, once during the day and once at night and are given approximately two hundred rounds to ﬁre at silhouettes and terrain features. “The only diﬀerence between the day and night training is that when night comes around the use of goggles are needed,” Benavides said. Although the exercise may seem simple, small factors such as variations within the training climate and wind speed can have an impact on the outcome of the training. “I think it is easier to do the training in the summer because you do not have the wind adding a chill factor like in the winter. Also, down on the ground you do not have a wind factor trying to push your weapon around,” Benavides said. Crew chiefs only get the chance to participate in this type of exercise twice a year. However, it stands as the third and ﬁnal part of the crew chiefs annual proﬁciency readiness test which includes class time and a written exam, proving persistence is key in accomplishing their goals and missions.
Army Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Green speaks with soldiers from 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on the importance of their mission on the Korean peninsula during his visit Jan. 31. Green also reenlisted nine soldiers, gave coins to 14 warﬁghters for various accomplishments and promoted Capt. James Tolbert, the brigade’s communication ofﬁcer, and Capt. Michele C. Torne, the brigade’s assistant training ofﬁcer, to their next grade. With the help of Col. James H. Dickinson, the brigade’s commander, Green awarded Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, with a “Good Order and Discipline” streamer for going 90 days without an alcoholic incident, curfew violation or reportable accidents. Green received a tour of the brigade’s operation center from Dickinson and Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Carr, the brigade command sergeant major, and left after thanking the Soldiers for their dedication to their country and their service. The tour was Green’s last trip on active duty; he retired Feb. 1 after 38 years of service. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs
Army Inspector General visits 35th ADA
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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 beneﬁts? Now there is a program in place for you or one of your Soldiers to take advantage of. The Interservice Physician Assistant 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. For more information contact 1st Lt. Warrentina Berry at 011-9972-9268. Virtues Volunteers Needed at USO Korea The Virtues English Program allows active-duty Servicemembers to volunteer two Saturdays per month (second and fourth Saturday). 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. Humphreys CDC Child and Youth Services, Child Development Center is currently looking for Program Assistants to ﬁll full-time, part-time, and ﬂex 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. The ‘Little Mermaid’ Audition An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the original adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid” Feb. 26 at the USAG-Humphreys CAC at 3 p.m. Approximately 50 roles are available; students ages Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also aid in rehearsals throughout the week. The Little Mermaid performance will be March 1, at 2 .p.m. and 7 p.m. at the USAG-H CAC . If interested in auditioning and for more information call Joon Auci at 753-8601/7619 or 8507. Walk-ins are also welcome. Free Bowling on Fridays Military in uniform can enjoy free bowling every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humphreys Strike Zone and Long Bowling Centers. The snack bars will be open for your convenience. Call 754-5722 for more information. Youth Piano Player Needed The Missoula Children’s Theater will be coming to USAG-H in late February. MWR is seeking a youth piano player for this musical. This will be a paid position. Please call 753-8601 for more information. Laser Tag Saturday Special On the last Saturday of each month enjoy Laser Tag for only $1 per game. Game cards will be honored at the rate of 2 games for 1 punch. 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]
Volcanic eruptions amaze 4th graders
USAG HUMPHREYS — USAG Humphreys American Elementary School fourth grade students are learning about what the earth’s surface is like and how volcanoes change the earth. As a part of their study curriculum in Earth Science, the students recently conducted an erupting volcano science experiment. The experiment gave the students a visual about what a volcanic eruption is like. HAES students constructed the volcanos with plastic bottles, dirt, water and red food coloring to make the water look more like lava. They created the explosion by adding baking soda and liquid dish soap to the water -- then adding vinegar.
HAES students blow top off Earth Science
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(left to right) Allen Mills, Faisaun Pharr and Robert Sherrod build a volcano for their Earth Science erupting volcano science experiment at Humphreys American Elementary School Jan. 31. — Photos By Angela Shoff
Editors Note: Information provided by Angela Shoﬀ, USAG Humphreys American Elementary School Fourth Grade teacher.
(left to right) Maliki Smalls, Krystal Brown, Alexis Mckee and SaeAh Chong, fourth graders at Humphreys American Elementary School, get the chance the to cause an explosion with their science project. (left) This lava spewing volcano was created by Maddie Gist, another fourth grader at HAES. The volcano is one of many created during the erupting volcano experiment.
USO celebration at Humphreys
The USAG-Humphreys USO celebrated its birthday during a cake cutting ceremony Feb. 1. Soldiers from all over Area III participated in the event: (front row left to right) Pfc. Knaggs Kyle, Battery B, 1st Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Sidney Johnson, USO coordinator, Pfc. Jordana Dominicelli, Battery B, 1-7 ADA and Spc. James McNair, 501st Signal Company (back row left to right) Naatjes Haeyoung and Yang SooJin, Humphreys USO, Pfc. Darrell Hansen and Spc. Aaron Banda, Battery B, 1-7 ADA. — U.S. Army Photo By Andre Butler
February 15, 2008
Wonju’s ‘Half Attack’ wins 8th Army intramural crown, RC’s ‘Old School’ takes Over 33 title at Humphreys
by Mike Mooney USAG-H Morale, Welfare and Recreations USAG HUMPHREYS — History was made in the Eighth Army Company-Level Intramural Basketball Championships here Feb. 2 as Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation (Attack) captured the ﬁrst team title won by a Wonju club, topping 18th MEDCOM of Yongsan, 68-41 in the ﬁnals. Meanwhile, USAG-Red Cloud captured the Over 33 Basketball crown, 80-73, over USAG-Yongsan. Neither Half Attack out of Camp Eagle nor Old School out of Red Cloud made it easy on themselves as both were forced into the “If ” games of the double elimination tournaments. “We have had Eighth Army Champions in individual sports,” said Wonju Sports Director Charles Rodgers, “but we’ve never been close to a team title. This has been a great year for Half Attack as it advanced to the Eighth Army Tournament in Flag Football. And we had a Wonju softball team qualify for Eighth Army a couple of years ago. But now we have a team that managed to win it all in basketball. Usually, we have trouble getting out of Area III.” DeAngeleo Boyd and Jamar Pitts led the way for Wonju, scoring 22 and 26 points respectively, with Soloman Buie adding 11. Half Attack had the game put away by half-time, leading 38-19 at the intermission. That was reminiscent of the ﬁrst time the two teams met in the Winner’s Bracket Finals – a game won by Wonju, 79-47. But it was nothing like the originally planned ﬁnals where 18th MEDCOM jumped into a 37-29 half-time lead and rolled to a 72-58 win, forcing the extra game. “We had the same thing happen to us in the opening round of the Area III Tournament (getting beaten badly) and came back through the Loser’s Bracket to win the top seed,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes, we didn’t play up to our ability, but when it came down to the nitty-gritty, we were there.” In addition to their Eighth Army team trophies, the 13 members of the team received Area III Championship jackets from the USAG-Humphreys Family and MWR program. The red, white and blue jackets are traditionally presented to Area III teams that win Eighth Army titles – a new experience for Camp Eagle. Meanwhile in the Over 33 Tournament, USAGRed Cloud had beaten Yongsan, 50-41, in the Winner’s Bracket Finals but couldn’t get anything going in the original championship and got buried, 70-47, forcing the tournament into the “If ” game. Mario Coursey scored 31 and Glenn Franklin added 21 in the ﬁnals, oﬀ-setting the 44 scored by Yongsan’s scoring machine, A.J. Haskins. Old School trailed 35-34 at half, but outscored Yongsan 46-38 in the ﬁnal 16 minutes to capture the title.
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Jamaine Carter, Wonju (23), launches a short jumper over the heads of three 18th MEDCOM, Yongsan, defenders in the 8th Army Company-level Championships, won by Headquarters, 1-2 Aviation. — U.S. Army Photo By Mike Mooney
SCORES 15 -- HHC, 1/2 Aviation 68, HHC, 18th MEDCOM 41 (Championship) 14 -- 18th MEDCOM 72, HHC, 1/2 Aviation 58 13 -- 18th MEDCOM 53, F-144 45 12 -- F-144 60, HHC, 1st Signal 50 11 -- HHC, 1/2 Aviation 79, 18th MEDCOM 47 10 -- HHC, 1st Signal 58, G Co, 302nd BSB 57 9 -- F-144 85, 25th Transportation 75 8 – HHC, 1/2 Aviation 71, F-11 65 7 – 18th MEDCOM 79, G Co, 302 BSB 60 6 -- HHC, 1st Signal 68, 61st Maintenance 56 5 -- 25th Transportation 63, 3rd MI 50 4 -- F-144 70, HHC, 1st Signal 68 3 -- HHC, 1/2 Aviation 73, 61st Maintenance 65 2 -- G Co, 302nd BSB 70, 25th Transportation 46 1 -- 18th MEDCOM 73, 3rd MI 57 OVER 33 CHAMPIONSHIP (USAG-RED CLOUD (Area I) FG FTM-A PF Jones 0 1-1 1 Franklin 8 4-6 2 Brown 0 0-0 2 Williams 1 0-1 3 Colen 3 2-4 3 Coursey 10 11-14 2 Adams 4 0-0 1 Evans 3 1-4 1 TOTALS 29 19-30 15 OVER 30 SCORES USAG-Red Cloud 80, USAG-Yongsan 73 (Championship) USAG-Yongsan 70, USAG-Red Cloud 47 USAG-Yongsan 54, USAG-Humphreys 49 USAG-Red Cloud 50, USAG-Yongsan 41 Points 1 21 0 2 9 31 9 7 80
Scores and Stats
HHC, 1/2 AVIATION, WONJU Strong Oaks Carter Buie Pitts Boyd Sparks TOTALS FG 0 2 0 5 8 10 1 26 FTM-A 0-0 0-0 2-2 1-1 6-6 2-4 0-0 11-13 PF 1 3 1 1 0 2 1 9 Points 0 4 2 11 26 22 3 68 Avery Jones Tally Charatain Williams Rose Barnett Honeyblue TOTALS FG 2 3 1 1 2 5 1 1 16 HHC, 18TH MEDCOM, YONGSAN FTM-A 0-0 2-2 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-1 6-7 PF 3 2 2 1 1 1 5 0 15 Points 4 8 4 2 4 13 4 2 41
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
USAG Daegu hosts its first Annual Korea Region BOSS Forum with style
the Soldiers and MWR advisors to have a good time but also increased their capability to enhance their own BOSS program in their areas. “This was one of the best Korea Region BOSS Forums that I have attended in Korea,” said Lattanzi. The 18th Annual Korea Region BOSS Forum Awards banquet capped oﬀ a week of training and competitions featuring guest speaker Maj. Gen. Michael A. Kuehr, deputy commanding general of the Eighth United States Army. Kuehr spoke to the Soldiers, expressing to them that the BOSS program is an important program and needs Soldiers who are willing to work hard and constantly create new ideas and activities that will improve the single Soldier’s life while they are stationed in Korea. Whitfield said, “I really enjoyed the banquet, and Maj. Gen. Kuehr conﬁrming that all the senior leaders across the Korean Peninsula support BOSS.” “The program can be as big as our imagination can take us as long as we are willing to work and stay dedicated to the program.” Gonzalez said, “Maj. Gen. Kuehr had me so motivated that I was writing down new ideas and who I need to work with in order to accomplish what I wanted to do for the program at Camp Casey.” The banquet was extremely well-attended, with over 140 participants and performances by the Keimyong University String Quartet, a traditional Korean fan dance show by Kyeungbuk Arts High School and an unexpected surprise visit by the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. Kuehr said one of the keys to success for the BOSS Program is continuity; continuity being the passing of your knowledge of the program to new Soldiers and new BOSS representatives. Maj. Gen. Kuehur, IMCOM Korea Region Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Al Aycock and IMCOM Korea Region Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Witt presented awards to the Soldiers and Area winners. Below is a list of all the winners from the Korea Region BOSS Forum: Outstanding BOSS Soldier of each USAG: USAG Red Cloud: Camp Casey – Pfc. Rayea Wiley USAG Yongsan: Spc. Carlos Gill USAG Humphreys: Pfc. Wendy Terry USAG Daegu: Sgt. Piedad Garcia Outstanding MWR Advisor: Mr. Glenn Groome, Camp Carroll Outstanding Military Advisor: Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Kim, USAG Humphreys Installation BOSS President of the Year: Spc. Christy Chatham, Camp Red Cloud. The Best Event, Best Installation, and Best Continuity Books were divided into two size groups, those installations with a Single Soldier population under 750 and those over 750. Best Event Competition First Place, under 750: Camp Henry/ Walker Runner up, under 750: Camp Stanley Fi r s t P l a c e , o v e r 7 5 0 : C a m p Humphreys Ru n n e r u p, ove r 7 5 0 : Yo n g s a n Garrison Best Installation Competition: First Place, under 750: Camp Henry/ Walker Runner up, under 750: Camp Stanley First Place, over 750: Camp Humphreys Runner up, over 750: Camp Red Cloud Runner up, over 750: Camp Casey Continuity: First Place, under 750: Camp Henry/ Walker Runner up, under 750: Camp Stanley First Place, over 750: Yongsan Garrison R u n n e r u p, ov e r 7 5 0 : C a m p Humphreys The 18th annual Korea Region BOSS Forum was not all work and no play. There were activities planned for all. “We wanted the Soldiers and MWR advisors to have some good times, but also have some fun and camaraderie,” said Keit. The first night in Daegu the BOSS Soldiers enjoyed an Old-school Night Social mixer. Whenever you gather Soldiers together they tend to stay congregated with their own units or garrisons, but the Oldschool social broke down those barriers and all the Soldiers came together and had a great time. “This was the ice breaker for the Soldiers with a wide variety of games, food and old school music (60’s-80’s), a kind of Southern Old School style get together,” said Whitﬁeld. Soldiers enjoyed playing video — See BOSS, Page 26 —
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USAG Daegu Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia A. Keit talks with group members who participated in the BOSS Forum. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul by Samuel G. Hudson USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — USAG Daegu recently hosted the 18th annual Korea Region BOSS Forum, the ﬁrst ever held in Daegu, from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1. The BOSS Forum rotates between the Areas in Korea and this year, Soldiers from across the peninsula had an opportunity to come down to Daegu and experience some BOSS hospitality. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is a U.S. Army program for single and unaccompanied Soldiers which address their quality of life by providing opportunities for recreation, leisure and community service. The BOSS program requires the commitment of its Soldiers who want to do the job and have the passion to make life for single Soldiers better and more productive. “We plan to change the way we do business in Korea by implementing a new process for running the BOSS counsel meetings, the facilitation process,” said IMCOM BOSS/Arts & Crafts Program Manager Robert Lattanzi. The facilitation process was taught by Sara Grigsby, owner and founder of Healthy Systems. The Facilitation Process enables groups of people to think more clearly, eﬃciently and systematically. The objective is to achieve both quality and speed within a deadline. Process facilitation is supportive, focused on results, reality-based, ﬂexible, visible and clear. “Grigsby made learning the new process very easy and exciting and I feel very conﬁdent that I will be able to implement this process very smoothly and improve the ﬂow and productivity of our meetings,” said Area One BOSS Coordinator, Camp Casey SSG Lucia Gonzalez. “The training that we are providing the BOSS personnel will show them how to conduct an eﬀective and eﬃcient BOSS meeting,” said USAG Daegu Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia A. Keit. All the garrisons were well-represented with about 20 personnel from each garrison, who were highly-motivated and driven about the forum,” said USAG Daegu BOSS Coordinator Sgt. Eboni M. Whitﬁeld. “The BOSS forum held in Daegu was an extremely well-executed event by USAG Daegu with a lot of behind the scenes work,” said Keit. “The planning for this event spanned over 6 months and was a lot of work, but well worth it,” said Whitﬁeld. In planning the activities for the forum the committee wanted activities that allowed
Musical ensemble from Keimyeong University performs music for celebrating the BOSS Forum.
Sarah Grigsby, Owner and Founder of Healthy Systems, teaches the facilitation process.
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Fee Free Bus Effective, Jan. 7, there is a “fee free” bus for US/Civilian personnel providing transportation to the 121st Combat Support Hospital in Yongsan. Passenger priorities will be US military or dependents with a medical appointment, US Civilian or dependents with a medical appointment, military or civilian on ofﬁcial business and lastly, space available for non-ofﬁcial travel personnel. The medical bus schedule is from Monday to Friday but will not operate on US holidays. For bus schedule and more information, call Al Roach at 7688755. Tax Center From Jan. 30 to June 13, free tax services are open to all military personnel and eligible DoD civilians and family members. Camp Henry Bldg. 1685, room 123: Mon 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Tue, Wed & Fri 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., & Thurs 1 – 3 p.m. Camp Carroll Bldg. T125: Mon – Wed & Fri 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & Thurs 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. For information, call Capt. Kimberly Aytes at DSN 768-7693. Praise, Fellowship, Study The Praise, Fellowship, Study was kicked off from Jan. 15. It continues Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Camp Walker Chapel. For information, call Robyn at 010-6696-8399. Emergency Placement Care Provider The USAG Daegu community is in need of EPC Providers, previously known as Foster Care families. Get more information on becoming certiﬁed by contacting the Family Advocacy EPC Program. For information, call Tiana Marratta at DSN 768-8090. AFSBn-NEA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony A ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the U.S. Army Field Support Battalion – North East Asia’s, new $15 million, 26,000 square-foot maintenance facility in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Melvin L. Brown, will be 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the AFSBn-NEA area on Camp Carroll. The ceremony is open to all DoD identiﬁcation card holders. For information, call Chris Hatch, AFSBn-NEA operations ofﬁcer, at DSN 765-1050. University of Maryland University College Financing your education is a major commitment, but at UMUC Asia you will discover a variety of federal ﬁnancial aid options, which include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study programs. Contact the Financial Aid ofﬁce at Yokota to ﬁnd out which programs are available to you: oﬁ[email protected]
. Term IV (Spring session 2) begins Mar. 31 at most sites and April 14 online. For information, call your UMUC Field representative at DSN 768-7857 for Camp Henry and 765-7728 for Camp Carroll.
Area IV tax center holds opening ceremony
by Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP HENRY –Tax payers in Area IV may rest easy with free tax service available to Soldiers, Family Members and Department of the Army Civilians in the Tax Center on Camp Henry, Jan. 30-June 13. The Area IV Tax Center has moved to a more centralized location in Bldg. 1685, Rm. 123 on Camp Henry, where the Finance Oﬃce is also located. “It provides trained tax clerks to help guide customers through the ﬁling process,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael E. Moore, tax center Non-Commissioned Officer in-charge, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Participating in the ceremony and showing their approval and support were United States Army Garrison Daegu Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier, USAG Daegu Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia A. Keit, and Lt. Col. Imogene Jamison, 19th ESC Staﬀ Judge Advocate. During the ceremony, Saulnier signed a proclamation opening this year’s Tax Center, which will be framed at the center for the year. In his remarks, Saulnier commended the Soldiers involved in making the Tax Center possible. The tax clerks were selected by their company commanders to go through the necessary courses and training to become tax clerks. “The tax center also has an NCOIC and a civilian tax specialist who went through the same training,” said Capt. Kimberly L. Aytes, chief of client services, 19th ESC Oﬃce of the Staﬀ Judge Advocate. “New Soldiers who haven’t done taxes before can be conﬁdent coming to us for help,” said Spc. Antonio M. Robinson, tax clerk, 19th ESC. “This is a place where Soldiers can come
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For celebrating the ofﬁcial opening ceremony of Area IV Tax center, (from left) USAG Daegu Command. Sgt. Maj. Patricia A. Keit, USAG Daegu commander. Col. Michael P. Saulnier, 19th ESC SJA, Capt. Kimberly L. Aytes and 19th ESC SJA, Lt. Col. Imogene Jamison cut a cake. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn and get their taxes done for free instead prepare their taxes and we will work hard to of searching and paying for a tax advisor get them a quality return,” said Moore. overseas,” said Moore. “Even if our help isn’t needed, we could “In an overseas tour it is important to still direct them to an online resource or provide these types of services, which would answer any questions they might have while not available anywhere else,” said Aytes. ﬁling their taxes,” said Aytes. “In the states, people can walk oﬀ post and “The tax center is made up of a great ﬁnd an H&R Block or a Jackson Hewitt group of Soldiers who worked hard during for help.” the tax course to learn as much as they can “If you are lost and don’t know where to to provide quality service to our customers,” start you can come to the tax center. We said Aaron Martin, tax specialist, Area IV. are here to serve and the customer is always “I feel very conﬁdent in their abilities and ﬁrst,” said Robinson. knowledge to provide great service and “We are here to assist all Soldiers to assistants to the tax payers of Area IV.”
and card games, dominoes, table tennis, bowling and food from the Hilltop Club. Bowling was a new activity that kept you constantly engaged socially, which made meeting new people and conversation very easy to achieve,” said Gonzalez. Staﬀ Sgt. Erick Franks said this event allowed Soldiers to relax outside of their normal realm sit back and enjoy themselves. The music put you in a relaxed mental state that allowed you to get to know the Soldiers from the other areas, said Franks. Spc. Aleshia A. Fenner said, “This mixer allowed me to establish new Battle Buddies not just in Korea, but lifetime Battle Buddies.” Another social activity opportunity was a trip to the Daegu Arts University for unique Korean experience. The original oﬀ camp activity was to be a trip to a theme park in Daegu but the committee made a ﬁnal decision to go the university instead. The committee made the decision for a trip to the university because Soldiers normally go to theme parks, but rarely does a Soldier get an opportunity to get a tour of a Korean university,” said Whitﬁeld. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to tour a Korean college campus and I especially enjoyed the handson own approach to the tour, not only reading about the history of pictures, and masks, but to also try to replicate those mask and painting ourselves was a great experience, said Pvt. Shanel Woods, HHSC 532 MI Battalion. Pfc. Kim Min-woo from 2nd Infantry Division Replacement Company WRC BOSS on Camp Stanley said, “The Daegu Art University tour was a great opportunity for BOSS staffs to experience Korean traditional culture so that they can plan and prepare a variety of BOSS programs in Korea. I realized that even though I’m a Korean, I didn’t know enough about my culture through this tour. I want to study more, and introduce my culture to foreign people.” “Both events that occurred after normal working hours were designed for Soldiers to have fun but also to show them ﬁrst hand how to plan, implement and execute their
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own after hours events for their Soldiers back in their areas,” said Keit. I can’t wait for the next BOSS Forum to see what new topics and activities are planned because it will be hard to beat USAG Daegu. I have learned a lot and had a blast while doing it,” said Gonzalez. For more information on BOSS events or how to become involved, contact or visit the Community Activities Centers or unit BOSS representatives on your installation. Additional information can also be obtained by calling POCs: USAG Red Cloud 732-6664; USAG Yongsan 7385254; USAG Humphreys 753-8825; USAG Daegu 764-4123 or Korea Region Program Manager at 725-6070.
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
New live ﬁre training keeps Soldiers on target
by Cpl. Suk Kyung-chul 19th ESC Public Affairs WARRIOR BASE – The modern battleﬁeld is very diﬀerent from what it used to be. Gone are the decisive battles between large armies, and in their place are small groups of insurgents with guerrilla tactics. This is why the 501st Special Troops Battalion added new training called “Civilians in the Battleﬁeld” to its regular Live Fire Exercise held from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1 at the Warrior Base Range. The training, composed of several scenarios ranging from peaceful picket protests to roadblock and ambush, was meant to provide Soldiers with experience in dealing with more modern contingency scenarios. “This is the ﬁrst time Soldiers are dealing with the rules of engagement. The reason we started doing this training is to give them experience with the resources we have. After this training, the Soldiers will have a better understanding of what to do in these situations.” said 501st STB Commander, Lt. Col James D. Gregory. The training was conducted with blank rounds to add a measure of realism to the scenario training while maintaining safety between the Soldiers and simulated “insurgents”. Each scene had observer/controllers to watch and give feedback about the training. “This training is good help for the Soldiers because they are learning the basic things they need to build up. This will get them ready for real combat situations that some of them will face when they deploy,” said Cpl. Frankie Mejias, 501st STB O/C. As the teams of Soldiers went through the Civilians in the Battleﬁeld station throughout the day, the participants had a wide variety of training provided by the actors. “The reason why we had the KSCs and KATUSA Soldiers as actors was to make it as realistic as possible. When American Soldiers hear the actors shout in Hangul, they feel uncomfortable. We want to make them feel uneasy so they can think on their feet,” said Gregory. The actors behind the training were composed of three Korean Service Corps members from the 37th KSC Company and four 501st STB KATUSA Soldiers. Dressed in civilian garments and armed with protest signs as well as machine guns depending on the scenario, they played a signiﬁcant part in the exercise. “I feel very proud taking part in such a large exercise with 501st STB. I hope my team’s eﬀort today was helpful to the Soldiers who can be deployed overseas to areas like Iraq and Afghanistan in the future. I also would like to especially thank the KATUSA Soldiers. They came up with many ideas and helped make the training program a very creative one,” said Pak Chan-kun, actor team leader, 37th KSC Company. (Above) A Soldier aims his riﬂe at simulated “terrorists” at the 501st Special Troops Brigade live ﬁre exercise. The civilians in the battleﬁeld training were conducted for the ﬁrst time, giving the Soldiers new experiences. (Below) Pfc. Han Shin-won, 501st Sustainment Brigade, tries to stop an simulated riot by civilians at the live ﬁre exercise. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Suk Kyung-chul
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Renovated workcenter motivates Soldiers on the job
by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – The life of a Soldier can be very stressful, especially if you have to go to work in an oﬃce that has more personnel than workstations, and the space to establish new workstations. This is no longer the case for Soldiers of the 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. 498th CSSB team members, joined by local ROK neighbors celebrated the completion of their new battalion headquarters building on Camp Carroll, Feb. 1. Numerous community leaders of Chilgok County and representatives from the ROK Army 72nd Maintenance Battalion attended the day’s ceremony to commemorate the event to include Col. Richard G. Hatch, deputy commanding oﬃcer of the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and Col. Mark C. Gardner, Commander of the 501st Sustainment Brigade for being fully supportive in getting funding to expand the battalion building. He also showed appreciation to the garrison for providing support regarding any issues which arose during the construction, and making sure that the project stayed on track. “Today’s ceremony serves both as a new beginning of our battalion headquarters and a reaﬃrmation of our relationship with the local community,” said 498th CSSB Commander Lt. Col. Charles R. Hamilton at a speech during the ceremony. “When this unit moved to Camp Carroll from Yongsan in October 2006, the unit found itself in a building that was designed for Battalion is a battalion that we train with to go to war,” explained Hamilton. Our Soldiers participate in Combative and Ranger training together with the ROK Soldiers and there are several more joint training exercises that will further strengthen and broaden the capabilities of the Alliance. These training exercises are designed with the expectation that they will strengthen the mission capabilities of the 498th CSSB and the ROK 72nd Maintenance Battalion in war ﬁghting,” said Hamilton. The 498th CSSB provides direct support maintenance, supply and linehaul transportation to forward deployed non-divisional units and reinforcing support to 2nd Infantry Division. The battalion, established in 1936 as HHD, 98th Quartermaster Battalion, moved to Camp Carroll in Oct. 2006 to provide support to Areas I, II and IV.
THE MORNING CALM
(From left) Local community representatives, 498th CSSB Command Sgt. Maj. Edward L. Johnson, 498th CSSB Commander Lt. Col. Charles R. Hamilton, 501st SBDE Commander Col. Mark C. Gardner, 501st SBDE Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton G. Hall and representatives of the ROK Army pose after a ribbon cutting ceremony. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Jang Won-il a company size unit not a battalion size. This shortage of space did not detur the troops; they stayed on target and executed the mission effectively and proficiently. The foundation of a good partnership is overcoming adversities and that is just what we did,” said Hamilton. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the group headed inside the renovated building for a brief tour, and then a cake cutting event with some refreshments. “I’d like to thank all the good neighbors we have and the great relationship we have from the Waegwan and Chilgok community,” said Hamilton. “From the day we arrived in Camp Carroll, the community has welcomed our unit.” “The completion of this much-needed and anticipated building expansion will deﬁnitely have an instantaneously positive and motivating effect on the ROK/US Alliance for the 498th” said Maj. Lance G. Curtis, executive oﬃcer of 498th CSSB. “Now the Soldiers have a working environment that’s a lot larger and they’re not on top of each other. I think that will make them more efficient because they will be proud to come to work in a nice environment,” said Hamilton. “Our ROKA counterpart, the 72nd Maintenance
498th CSSB Commander, Lt. Col. Charles R. Hamilton, and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward L. Johnson cut the cake celebrating the renovation of the battalion headquarters building.
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