February 22, 2008 • Volume 6, Issue 18
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Warriors grapple for victory during wrestling tourney Page 7
Yongsan, Osan ladies take to the court Page 10
Discover a treasure in the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop Page 16
Scouts light up lanes with cosmic bowling, smiles
by Edward Johnson IMCOM-K Public Affairs The Cub Scout motto is “Do your Best” and on Monday the Scouts of Pack 89 did exactly that during their annual Presidents Day Bowl-a-thon Blowout at Yongsan. Given that 11 of the 12 U.S. astronauts to walk on the moon were Scouts, it is no accident that Monday’s event was launched with a round of “Cosmic Bowling”. With the lights dimmed and glowing bowling balls in hand, more than 35 boys took to the lanes for some friendly competition and a chance to win one of many prizes. Graham Forrester, a three-year veteran of the Scouting program and a member of Webelos Den 5, scored an early victory with the morning’s first spare. According to Forrester being a member of Pack 89 is fun and great way to make new friends. “I would recommend Scouts for other boys in the community because it’s a great chance to meet people and participate in activities like this,” said Forrester. In addition to the many Cub Scouts, there were plenty of den leaders, parents, and siblings in attendance to cheer on the boys. “I like the Scouts because they teach patriotism and good values,” said Cynthia Forrester. “My son loves scouting, he’s very committed to it and Pack 89 does a great job of bringing the boys together and preparing them for the future.” According to the Joe Burger, Den 2 Leader and organizer of today’s annual event, the Cub Scouting program helps parents raise young boys and helps prepare them for the future. “There is more to life than just yourself and programs like this teach our boys good sportsmanship and show them how to be good citizens and contribute to the community and their neighborhoods,” said Burger. Robert Victorine, manager of the Yongsan Lanes bowling center, opened the doors early to help make this event possible. According to Victorine, the bowling center offers something for everyone. “Yongsan Lanes is really a great place for unit events, special parties and good family fun,” said Victorine. “We host birthday parties, activities for single Soldiers and even have ‘Cosmic Bowling’ programs like the one the Scouts are participating in today,” he added. Victorine encourages those interested in booking a special event at the center to call 723-7938 for more information.
More than 35 Cub Scouts from Pack 89 hit Yongsan Lanes for some life lessons in friendly competition and sportsmanship. Each year, local Cub Scouts participate in an annual Presidents Day Bowl-a-thon Blowout, featuring Cosmic Bowling and prizes. Yongsan Lanes hosts a variety of special events like this one. Those interested in booking an event should contact the bowling center. — US Army Photo by Edward Johnson
USAG Daegu wins top Army Environmental Quality, Team Award
by Ronald D. Inman USAG Daegu Public Affairs USAG DAEGU — United States Army Garrison Daegu, South Korea has the best environmental quality team in the U.S. Army, according to the results of the FY2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards. The selection as top environmental quality team follows USAG Daegu’s selection in FY2006 as first runner-up for overseas installation environmental quality. “I believe what put us over the top for this [award] was the significance of savings as a result of the emphasis EMS (Environmental Management System) brought to storage tank management and our solid waste and recycling efforts,” said USAG Daegu Chief, Environmental Division and Public Works Deputy Director Robert Chartier. “Also, our outstanding community involvement and outreach program, providing educational opportunities to the schools, Child and Youth Services and SchoolAge Services in the form or tours and in-class instructional events, displays and television and radio public service announcements.” The Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for
USAG Daegu Environmental’s Chief, Environmental Planning and Conservation Branch Mark Gettel (standing, right) teaches enthusiastic children about recycling at Camp Walker’s School Age Services facility Feb. 5. Community outreach programs such as this one were one of many programs conducted by the garrison which resulted in its selection as the U.S. Army’s top environmental team in FY2007. — U.S. Army Photo by Ronald D. Inman Environmental Quality, Team category focuses on significant and lasting contributions to an environmental management program and the management approach employed, mission enhancement through the identification of significant environmental challenges —See Environmental, Page 4—
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Key Resolve/Foal Eagle ’08 Safety Message
We are about to embark on the Key Resolve/ involving one of our Servicemembers and potentially Foal Eagle (KR/FE) Command Post Exercise, which involve Korean citizens to the detriment of our serves as our first major training holiday exercise Alliance. Do not let this happen in your unit! A of the year. Like our combined exercises in the single safety incident is one too many. Read my past, KR/FE will provide an excellent opportunity safety guidance in USFK Command Policy Letter to improve ROK/U.S. combat readiness and #2, Command Safety and in the USFK 2007-2008 joint/combined interoperability. With over 6,000 Winter Safety Campaign. To prevent alcohol related individual augmentees and entire units joining incidents, Component Commanders will ensure our combined staffs and formations, I expect participants observe USFK Command Policy Letter commanders and leaders at all levels to ensure #45, Alcohol Consumption during JCS-Directed and their safe integration into USFK. For those joining Gen. Burwell B. Bell other USFK Level Exercises. This policy letter has us from off-shore, completion of Theater Specific Commander punitive provisions and is extremely important to take Training is mandatory per USFK Reg 350-2. While abroad and adhere to. striving for maximum training benefit, commanders must ensure KR/FE ’08 is key to our readiness and effective deterrence. I am that safety, command discipline and common sense is a the front totally committed to achieving the training objectives of KR/FE in all situations. ’08, and I am equally insistent that we execute the training safely. The safety of personnel and safeguarding of equipment are vital Take pride in our mission, and let’s make sure every Servicemember to the success of our training efforts. Taking place in the winter makes it back to their home station safely. season, KR/FE presents higher risk for cold-weather and other adverse weather effects. Fatigue from strenuous battle rhythms, overconfidence, and alcohol abuse (any alcohol consumption is GEN B.B. Bell prohibited for exercise participants during the conduct of the Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK exercise) can lead to poor decisions that can result in an accident
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IMCOM Safety Update:
Poison Prevention Week reveals hidden household toxins
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly March 16-22 is designated Poison Prevention Week. It’s vital to be aware of the dangers associated with commonplace toxins. Poisonous substances come in different forms, including those that are solid, liquid, aerosol or even invisible. Solid poisons can be chunky and chewy like pills, plants and berries. Liquid poisons can be creamy, blobby or water-like. They can be any color. Some examples of liquid poisons are floor cleaners, antifreeze, mouthwash, paints. Aerosols include furniture polish and bug spray. These poisons can be in a spray or a bottle. The spray can get in eyes or lungs if it is inhaled. Invisible poisons can be found almost anywhere that something is burning or running. The most common invisible poison is carbon monoxide. American Association of Poison Control Centers nationwide received more than one million calls about poison exposures involving children five years old or younger. Potentially toxic household products involved with calls to the poison center were:Personal care products, including baby oil and mouthwash containing ethanol, cleaning substances including drain openers and oven cleaners, over-the-counter pain relievers – including cough and cold medicines, hydrocarbons such as lamp oil or furniture polish and adult-strength vitamins and supplements containing iron. A parent or caregiver can step away or get distracted for a moment. Children can get hold of a product and swallow it during the short time it takes to answer a phone call or doorbell. To help prevent accidents, keep prescription drugs in non-child-resistant pill boxes. Remember that child-resistant packaging doesn’t work if it’s not used properly. If you suspect swallowing or handling a potentially dangerous product – call the Poison Center Hotline. Your call will be answered by experts at your local poison center 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Wisconsin Poison Center’s website: www.wisconsinpoison. org has information focused on Children, Adults, Educators, and Health Care Professionals. Additionally, they offer a free “Home Packet” that consists includes Mr. Yuk brochure, plant list, Mr. Yuk stickers, and Poison Help magnet.
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“As a driver, I think that to keep a following distance from the car in front of you is the most important thing when you drive in Korea.” — Cpl. Moon Eun-chul
“Watch out for pedestrians. Also pay attention to road conditions at all times.” — Sgt. 1st Class Felica NewsomeDent
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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: Larceny of Government Property; Larceny of Private Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, removed Victim #1’s wallet, containing ID card, driver’s license, military star card, debit card, credit card, Pennsylvania driver’s license and weapon’s card, which was unsecured and unattended on the bleacher at BLDG #1715, Carey Gym. Victim #1’s ID card was flagged in BIDS. ECOL is unknown. This is a final report. AREA II: Damage to Private Property, Subject #1, by means unknown, damaged a chamber pot, mirror, bathroom door, telephone, electric fan and bed cover, which were unsecured and unattended in RM #106, #131-2, Itaewon-Dong. Damages to the property consisted of them being broken. Subject #1 was charged by KNP under ROK Criminal Code #366 (Destruction and Damage, Etc. of Property) and was released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2. Subject #1 was transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where MP detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person. Subject #1 was administered a PBT, with a result of 0.064% 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 2330 Hrs, 10 FEB 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived, rendering a written statement admitting to the offense. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA III: Military Assault on NCO; Drunk and Disorderly; Subject #1 struck Victim #1 in the face with a closed hand at BLDG #1292. Victim #1 sustained no visible injuries. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP and transported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where he refused a PBT. Subject #1 was then transported to the USAG-Humphreys UCC and was administered a command directed LBAT with results pending. Subject #1 was not advised of his legal rights due to his suspected level of intoxication. Subject #1 was further processed and was released to his unit. At 1500 Hrs, 09 FEB 08, Subject #1 returned to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where he was advised of his legal rights which he invoked. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA III: Drunk and Disorderly, Drunk in Public, Subject #1 was observed by MP being belligerent towards an off-post taxi driver. Subject #1 was transported by MP to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where MP observed Subject #1 staggering and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1. Subject #1 refused to identify his unit and used profanities towards personnel in the PMO. Subject #1 was not administered a PBT due to his refusal. Subject #1 was transported to the UCC where he was administered a command directed LBAT, with results pending. Subject #1 was not advised of his legal rights due to his suspected level of intoxication. Subject #1 was instructed to return to the USAG-Humphreys PMO at 1600 Hrs, 11 FEB 08. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. Investigation continues by MP. AREA IV: Assault Consummated by a Battery, Underage Drinking, Subject #1 and Victim #1 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subject #1 struck Victim #1 in the face with a closed hand at the bus stop adjacent to Gate #4. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Daegu PMO where MP detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person. Subject #1 was administered a PBT, with a result of 0.212% BAC. Further investigation revealed Subject #1 was under the legal age to consume alcohol. 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. Victim #1 sustained injuries consisting of a swollen right cheek and lip, but declined medical attention. At 1600 Hrs, 10 FEB 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Daegu PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. This is a final report.
A Yongsan Garrison family models uncommon masks crafted from common kitchen utensils during their visit to the Funique exhibit at the National War Museum of Korea in Seoul. The hands-on exhibit features quirky and creative gadgets to enjoy. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Apricot Blossom Fest. (March 8-16)
In spring, the white maehwa blossoms blanket 83 acres of land on Baegunsan Mountain near Maehwa Village, Daap-myeon, Gwangyang, Jeollanam-do. The apricot festival offers an outdoor concert surrounded by the sweet fragrance of apricot trees. A variety of programs await visitors, including a treasure hunt game in an apricot garden (register on-line) suitable for children or adults, a wedding ceremony and a spring dress fashion show. Other events include folk performances such as a samulnori (four percussion instruments) performance, a drum performance, and a dance performance based on taekwondo, a traditional Korean martial art. The sweet fragrance of apricot blossoms and the vast sprawling garden is quite a breathtaking scene. Taking a photo against the backdrop of apricot blossoms is a must. For more information, visit www.gwangyang.go.kr
International Marathon (March 16)
Beginning at Sejongro and Jamsil Main Stadium, Seoul, this international marathon event draws 30,000 participants and is held under heavy traffic control. The marathon course crosses through the heart of the city, starting from Sejongro, and passing by Cheonggyecheon Stream and Hangang River before ending at the Olympic Stadium in Jamsil. This is a unique opportunity to run a full-course marathon on the roads of Seoul under controlled traffic. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Jeju Fire Festival (Feb. 21-23)
National Museum (Seoul)
The National Museum of Korea holds a collection of approximately 150,000 works of art. The museum holds permanent collections of ancient artifacts, historical artifacts, works of art, donations, and Asia related cultural artifacts. Further, the museum also offers exhibition space to feature various cultural works, and an exhibition hall dedicated to children’s learning through exploration activities. The garden outside the museum offers an outdoor exhibition of stone pagodas and a variety of stone constructed relics from history. The National Museum of Korea offers more than national and international galleries. The museum functions as a cultural complex to hold events and activities related to relics collection and preservation, research and analysis, social training, publishing academic journals, international cultural exchange programs, concerts, and more. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
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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8th Army Soldiers welcome their new commander to the ROK
by 8th Army Public Affairs The former commanding general for the Multi-National Division, Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division assumed command of the 8th U.S. Army in a ceremony at Knight Field here Feb.14. Lt. General Joseph F. Fil Jr. will replace Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, who will be taking over as the deputy commanding general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Monroe, Va. Fil was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1976, and his first assignment was as a platoon leader in the 8th Infantry Division, Germany, in 1977, where he later worked as a company executive officer, battalion personnel officer and battalion supply officer. After a move to Fort Stewart, Ga. He served as the assistant operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor, 24th Infantry Division. Then, in 1984, Fil became the research and development officer at the School of Acquisition Management at Fort Lee, Va. In 1986, he served as the armor staff officer, Armored Family of Vehicles Task Force, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, D.C. In 1989, Fil became the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 35th Armor, 1st Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany, and was later appointed the executive officer. The next year, he became the logistics officer, and later the executive officer, for the 1st Armored Division’s 3rd Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. In 1992, Fil was given command of
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the 1st Bn., 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. The Portola Valley native returned to California with his next assignments as the Senior Armor Task Force and Senior Brigade Combat Team trainer in the Operations Group of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. He later became the deputy commander/chief of staff for Fort Irwin. In 1997, Fil returned to the 1st Cavalry Division as the 1st Brigade commander, and then returned to Germany in 1999 as the commander of the Operations Group for the U.S. Army Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. After time with NATO in Belgium, Fils became the commanding general of the National Training Center in 2002. Then from September 2004 to October 2005, he served as the commanding general, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, MultiNational Security Transition Command – Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to Iraq in November 2006 as the commanding general of the Multi-National Division, Baghdad. Fil is a distinguished military graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Anthropology. He also has a Master’s of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master’s of Science Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University. He has attended the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
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outreach, highlighting programs and activities that enhance environmental awareness. The award highlights the most outstanding program features and accomplishments achieved for FY06 and 07, above and beyond the status quo. Chartier, Mark Y. Gettel, Charles A. Harper, Yong Chin An, Kyong Ae Choe, Chom Tong Kim and Hak Kyun Kim comprised Daegu’s award-winning seven member team. U.S. Army Garrison Daegu is comprised of two major camps and nine remote sites spread across the southern third of the Korean Peninsula, serving a population of approximately 10,000 servicemembers, Department of the Army Civilians, family members, Korean National employees and invited contractors. “Because of the size of the organization we have, and the multiple areas we have to cover – everything from lead-based paint management, underground and above-ground storage tanks, drinking water quality, waste water and a number of others out there, we need to help each other out,” said Chartier of his environmental team. “We’re all fairly knowledgeable of each other’s areas, so that when one individual is
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out working and an emergency or question comes up, one of our other team members can answer that question.” According to USAG Daegu’s nomination package, “Host nation interest in the environmental impact of our activities runs high due to the proximity many of our camps within densely-populated cities, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity for the military community to demonstrate our willingness to operate with regard toward our impact on our host nation resources.” “Most of our installations here in USAG Daegu are within city limits,” Chartier emphasized. “Although we might not have the big natural footprint of wetlands and large tracks of forest and training lands, there are other considerations out there that we have to be careful of – our recycling efforts, our solid waste generation.” “We want to be able to take care of this land just as if it were our own, so that we leave the land as close to or better than the condition in which we received it from our host nation,” said Chartier. USAG Daegu will now go on as a nominee to compete with agencies in the Department of Defense-level environmental awards program.
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Gwendolyn McCarthy(left), USAG-Casey AER supervisor, listens while Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, explains the benefits and accomplishments of the AER campaign to volunteer representatives during the campaign kick-off Feb. 15 in USAG-Casey Theater. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG CASEY — The 2008 Army Emergency Relief Campaign began its journey Feb. 15 in the USAG-Casey Theater with classes for those Soldiers and Civilians working as representatives. After the classes were over, the kick off began with words from Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAG-Casey Garrison command sergeant major. “There were more than 170 instances when Soldiers needed help from AER,” Meisler said. “Soldiers, Family members, and orphans can seek help.” Twice Secretary of War Henry Lewis Stimson chartered AER in 1942. The American Red Cross financed it with $1.5 million in seed money. Royalties from Irving Berlin’s hit song of the time, “This is the Army,” continues to support AER to this day. It is staffed by Army officers and enlisted Soldiers and supported from the beginning by the now defunct War Department. “Each branch of the services has its own emergency relief program,” Meisler said. “AER does not only help in emergency situations, it offers scholarships as well. The AER program is our own taking care of our own.” The AER campaign collects most of its money from campaigns such as this one and accepts donations from private industry and private citizens, Meisler said. “This is a selfgenerated program; it is here for one reason, to support Soldiers and their Families.” AER supports Soldiers with grants, low interest or no interest loans, Meisler said. “Having been a commander, I have had to personally utilize AER to take care of Soldiers. It was the only way possible to take care of certain emergency situations. Without the AER program, those Soldiers and their families would have faced dire situations.” The most important thing about the AER program is it makes a difference in Soldiers and their families’ lives, Meisler said. “We have 7,600 Soldiers at Casey and Hovey,” Saeed said, “Soldiers ranked below E-6 may not afford the price of airfare to go on emergency leave and this is when AER can be of use. The only two resources a Soldier has in this case is the American Red Cross or AER.” AER is a non-profit private organization that exists solely to assist Soldiers and their family members having emergency situations, said Gwendolyn McCarthy, USAG-Casey AER supervisor. “Soldiers can go to the Maude Hall AER campaign coordinator’s office and see Charles Gibson, USAG-Casey’s 2008 AER coordinator if they need help with an emergency situation.” Those seeking help from AER can be active-duty Soldiers, single or married, and their Family members, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers and their Family members, Soldiers retired from active duty for longevity or physical disability, and their Family members, surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired. One may seek help for emergency financial needs for: food, rent or utilities, emergency transportation and vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical/dental expenses, or personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen, McCarthy said. AER can offer help in the form of an interest free loan, a grant (outright gift of funds) if repayment of a loan will cause undue hardship, or part loan and part grant. It is best to seek help first from their unit representative, McCarthy said. “Each unit has an AER representative who will help guide Soldiers who seek help with the process.” If there is no AER office nearby, then Soldiers may go to the American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. Those seeking help should bring: military ID Card, leave and earnings statement, leave or permanent change of station orders, substantiating documents (car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility
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bill, etc.). “If a spouse needs help when his/her spouse is away,” McCarthy said “they should bring a power of attorney, military ID card and substantiating documents. There is no dollar limit on AER assistance and one does not have to contribute to get assistance.” “All financial assistance provided by these organizations to Soldiers is funded by AER,” McCarthy said. “Soldiers wishing to contribute to AER should first see their unit representative and they will guide them through the process in filling out a DA Form 4908 to make their contributions.” AER collects funds from voluntary contributions from active and retired Soldiers and Army Civilians, repayment of AER interest-free loans, investment income and unsolicited contributions. AER conducts a fund-raising campaign every year to provide an opportunity for Soldiers to help their fellow Soldiers, create awareness and understanding of AER programs and benefits, and to retain tax exempt status by raising at least one-third of the funds through donations, McCarthy said. AER has helped more than three million Soldiers and Family members since 1942 with more than $1 billion. “Soldiers can help by reminding their fellow Soldiers about AER when they have financial emergencies, and support AER with a contribution and encourage other to contribute,” McCarthy said.
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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 more information call: 7326273 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. today. For more information call: 732-6256. 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 now to June 15. For more information call: 7303598. At Camp Casey go to Maude Hall room 241 Tues., Wed., Fri., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thur. from 1 to 8 p.m., Sat. from 8 a.m. to noon. Army Community Services Volunteer Luncheon The Army Community Services Volunteer Luncheon will be held in the USAG-Casey Warrior’s Club April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call: 730-3143. FAA Jobs for Ages 18-31 with High School Diploma Young adults between the ages of 18-31 can attend the Federal Aviation Association Air Traffic Controler School. A high school diploma is required and and credit is given for college on the exam. For more information call: 732-6273. Communication Skills for Leaders Course The Communication Skills for Leaders Course has been rescheduled from Feb. 21-22 to June 12-13 and will be held in the USAG-RC Education Center room 209, building S-58. For more information call: 732-9060. Basic Grammar and Usage Course The Basic Writing Grammar and Usage Course will be held on April 9-11 in the USAG-RC Education Center, room 209 building S-58. For further information call: 732-9060.
Red Cloud celebrates Black History Month
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG RED CLOUD — The USAGRed Cloud and Second Infantry Division celebrated Black History Month with an extravaganza highlighting Black culture at the RC Theater Feb.15. The program was dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Negro History Week, which would later become Black History Month. The extravaganza included musical tributes by the 2ID Show Band, a solo performance of ‘Lean on Me’ by Sgt. Ronald Porter, a spiritual dance by Pfc. Candice Webber, and a poem by Spc. Monique Sapp. “Today we honor and celebrate the memory of Dr.Woodson, responsible for founding Black History Month,” said Capt. Shavonne Hennessy. “The theme for today is the accomplishments of Dr. Woodson and the origins of multiculturalism and the accomplishments of African-Americans in our history.” Chaplain (Lt. Col) Charles Jackson delivered the invocation, followed by the singing of both the Korean and American National Anthems. In her speech, ‘Why We Celebrate,’ Capt. Tracy Roy said the extravaganza was being held to honor, remember and educate those on the significant achievements of Black Americans. “Black History Month is an annual program, which occurs every February, and is of national importance to every American,” Roy said. “We celebrate today to heighten the confidence and awareness of African-Americans to their cultural heritage.” 2nd Lt. Nicole Gonzalez paid tribute to Woodson, with a speech documenting Woodson’s life, including his early struggles with poverty, before rising to become a noted author and champion of Black history. Various service members participated in a portion of the program named ‘Who am I,’ which challenged audience members to guess the identity of prominent African Americans, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. David Satcher, George Washington Carver, Maya Angelou and Dr. Mae Jemison.
The USAG-Red Cloud Church of God in Christ performs a Journey through Song at the Black History Month Extravaganza, held Feb.15 at the Camp Red Cloud Theater. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
“I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting today’s program,” said Lt. Col. Wanda Chatman, 2nd ID EO, at the conclusion of the extravaganza. “I want everyone to take something away from this event and recognize some of the contributions of African American’s in our nation’s history.” Chatman said a variety of other events were being held in accordance with Black History Month, including movie nights at the USAGRC Community Activity Center and a trip to the African Cultural Museum in Seoul, which will take place today. “I enjoyed working with everyone who participated in this extravaganza, and I must pay special tribute to our dynamic narrator, Hennessy, who stepped in at short notice,” Chatman said. Jackson said that even in the most difficult circumstances, the will to overcome is greater than all. “The flame of freedom is something that can never be extinguished,” Jackson said. “This month we remember how ugly men and women can be to each other, but also how noble and visionary we can be when we celebrate truth and freedom.”
Army Career Alumni Program Express website to launch
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG CASEY —The Army Career and Alumni Program will launch its ACAP Express web site Feb. 29, said Becky Genge, USAG-Red Cloud ACAP manager. “ACAP Express is a web site, which makes the ACAP program more accessible by creating a portal that allows Soldiers to accomplish a wide range of tasks from home or office,” Genge said, “including: register for ACAP services such as enrollment in the ACAP Remote Services Program, schedule attendance a t ACAP sponsored events including: pre-separation briefings, Transition Assistance Program workshops, Veteran’s Administration benefits briefings, VA Disabled Transition Assistance Program briefings, and other employment assistance training events, as well as use the ACAP resume writer and cover letter writer.” ACAP Express was developed to make ACAP easily available to clients, Genge said. “Clients can go online and make appointments with our office without having to physically come to our center. Given the high up tempo of Soldiers lives in USAG-RC and USAG-Casey, this makes it easier for the clients to go online after work and register for these programs.” New programs are available online with the ACAP Express.“Clients can also enroll in our new Remote Services Program,” Genge said. “Clients further away from an ACAP center, 15 miles or more, can get information over the internet instead of coming to the ACAP center.” Clients should start their application process in ACAP no later than 90 days from their separation or retirement date.” Those eligible for ACAP services are active and reserve component military service members who are separating from the military, veterans, retirees, or civilian employees leaving the Department of Defense and their families.ACAP Express will be active at www.acapexpress.army.mil and will be available for direct access by eligible clients. Clients also may connect to the sevice from www.acap.army.mil.
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Warriors attend National Prayer Breakfast
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG CASEY — The National Prayer Breakfast was celebrated by USAG-CaseyHovey enclave with a program at the Warriors Club, Feb.13, highlighted by a speech from Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Boone, United States Forces Korea and 8th U.S. Army Command chaplain. The Prayer Breakfast also featured choral presentations from the Memorial Chapel Gospel Choir and the Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army, scripture readings, and a solo vocal performance by Chaplain (Maj.) Kenneth Williams, 1st Brigade and 2nd Infantry Division. “This National Prayer Breakfast is being hosted by Chaplain Williams of 1st Brigade,” said Sgt. Jeremy Berry, 1st Brigade chaplain’s assistant. “The breakfast is in recognition of the division and the units within.” Berry said the prayer breakfast is held by different divisions and posts on a quarterly basis and is not restricted to Korea, with the breakfasts taking place throughout the entire U.S. Army. “Today’s breakfast is in recognition of Chaplain Boone, today’s guest speaker, a colonel who has more than 30 years of Army
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experience,” Berry said. Following the welcome delivery from Williams, the Korean and U.S. National Anthems were sung before the invocation and blessing of the meal by Chaplain (Maj.) Dale Code, 210 Fires Brigade. “Today is a day for Soldiers and civilians from a variety of backgrounds to unite in prayer for each other, the community, our nations and the world,” Williams said in his welcoming speech. “We will celebrate our diversity and unity, and when we leave today we will be highly motivated and serve our respective nations with all the Army values.” Williams performed a solo version of the song ‘For Freedom,’ followed by scripture readings from the Buddhist bible, the Koran, Torah and New Testament. The eight members of the USAG-Casey enclave KATUSA choir performed ‘In the Garden,’ after which Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, introduced guest speaker Boone to those in attendance. “A few years ago I was stationed here and it is a privilege to be here again in Warrior Country,” Boone said. “The things I want to share with you this morning are how the seven Army values shaped me
Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Boone, Command Chaplain, 8th U.S Army, delivers his keynote speech at the USAG-Casey-Hovey Enclave National Prayer Breakfast at the Warrior’s Club, Feb.13. —U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas as a Soldier, which I have been for a year or two.” “The Army values have existed since day one, but they were not written down the way they are today on dog tags and cards, when I first joined the Army, Then, as now, they are more important than ever.” Boone was presented with an award from Meisler at the conclusion of his speech for his services to the Army. “Today was a special event and I would like to thank everyone involved in making it a huge success,” Meisler said.
March is National Nutrition Month:
by Margaret Banish-Donaldson USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG CASEY — March is National Nutrition Month – the perfect time to start making heart-healthy food choices. Look for the red and white heart-check mark in your commissary to select foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol with confidence. “A diet low in saturated fats helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels,” said Kenneth Cobb, 18th Medical Command health promotion coordinator. “Large deposits of cholesterol on the walls of the arteries can clog and block them, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Also, by maintaining a healthy diet, a person can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and some digestive disorders.” A healthy diet includes fibrous food, a good source of calcium, and foods low in sugar, salt and fat. By eating a range of foods the body can get all the nutrition it needs without the calories and fat. “Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol,” Cobb said. “Foods containing fiber are good sources of other essential nutrients. Depending on how they are prepared, these foods are typically also low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Fruits, vegetables, whole-grain and fortified foods, beans and legumes are good sources of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. “If a person is watching his or her weight,
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these foods will give a person vitamins, minerals and fiber with few calories, Cobb said. “They are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol. Everyone should be sure and include fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.” Deli trays filled with low-fat, low-sodium, meats and cheeses are good choices too, Cobb said. Even though deli selections are typically freshly sliced and wrapped for your convenience, most items do have nutrition labels on the package, so ask to see these when deciding what you want on the tray. Furthermore, low-glycemic foods such as carrots and apples are absorbed more slowly, making a person feel full longer and reducing cravings, which help with weight loss. “Fish is a great alternative to red meat,” Cobb said. “Fish is a healthy, lean-protein and contains a type of fat called omega-3, which is known to reduce heart attacks and deaths by reducing inflammation and blood clots. A study published in July 2006 said diets high in fatty fish might also reduce risks for a major cause of age-related vision loss and relieve joint tenderness for those suffering from arthritis. Nutritionists say the best way to get all the omega-3 you need is to obtain it the old fashioned way: Eat at least a couple of servings of fish a week. “It’s not that hard,” Cobb said, “to figure out what is healthy to eat. The hardest part is making up one’s mind, understanding this is something I am going to do for the rest of my life.”
Warriors smack down at Red Cloud
Brian Swanson,46th Trans, takes down Allen Hogan, B 70th BSB, on his way to a first round win at the Warrior Invitational Wrestling Tournament held at the USAG-RC Fitness Center, Feb 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Town House food court gets facelift
Upgrades include more seating, wireless internet and children’s party area
by Sgt. Kim Sang-wook USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Ongoing renovations at Yongsan’s main food court, the Town House, will result in more seating, better lighting and a place for children’s birthday parties. “The major purpose of the construction is to open up the Burger King and Popeye’s area with new floor tiles and adding more seats,” said Shawn Dorcy, general manager for Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Seoul area. “Although the future of Yongsan is unclear, we feel this renovation is needed to support the immediate needs of the community.” After the targeted March 22 completion date, Dorcy said the food court’s new image will include new lighting systems, a ceilingmounted fire suppression system, more display screens, wireless Internet, and battery charging devices for portable computers. In addition, $100,000 is earmarked for a new register system. The renovation will also create an area for children’s birthday parties. “We have received a lot of feedback that parents wanted a gathering place for birthday parties,” Dorcy said. “We are going to be able to not only create an atmosphere
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Workers renovate the west entrance to the Town House food court, to be finished by March 22. — U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook that we want after the project is complete, The food court takes in about 2,000 pretty crowded,” he said. “By adding 100 but also offer the menu to take care of the customers daily, said Son Chung-yun, Town more seats, there will be 525 seats available business.” House manager. “At lunch time, it gets for customers.”
Taean oil spill clean-up
Dancers perform a scene from the Ballerina who loves B-Boyz show during a performance for the USFK and U.S. embassy communities. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
400 experience Korean extreme-dance show
by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — It was a girl-meets-boy experience. Or more appropriately, “b-boy,” and the Yongsan community got to see this Korean cultural experience first-hand Feb. 15. About 400 community members were treated to an engaging clash of pop culture at the “Ballerina Who Loves B-Boyz,” a musical in which ballet meets breakdance. This was a special, complimentary performance under the USFK Good Neighbor Program provided solely for members of the U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. embassy communities. “It is my honor to provide this
Members of the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan transportation division help clean up Feb. 18 at the Taean oil-spill site about 95 miles southwest of Seoul. About 30 people from the division and the 9th Korean Service Corps volunteered. More than 3 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the waters off the Taean coastline in December when a crane barge collided with an anchored crude oil carrier and punctured its oil containers. Since, millions of volunteers across Korea have assisted with clean-up efforts. — Photo courtesy of Kelli Bright
opportunity to U.S. Servicemembers who are dedicated to peace on the Korean peninsula,” said Kang Chul-keun, the chairman of the Gorilla Crew, the entertainment company that sponsored the show. The Korean-Foreigners Friendship Cultural Society and the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation organized participation. “In the future, we hope to hold similar events,” said An Chang-sin, USAGYongsan’s community relations officer. “It’s possible to organize more participation like this downtown or perhaps to bring the show on Yongsan.” — See B-BOYZ, Page 12 —
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News & Notes
Thrift Shop Offers Scholarships The American Women’s Club Thrift Shop Association is now accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. The three categories offered are high school seniors, current college students and adults. Applications must be turned into the Thrift Shop by March 22 or postmarked no later than March 14. To be eligible to apply, you must be a valid ID cardholder, a U.S. citizen, a family member of U.S. Forces Korea military or DOD civilian, must have cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and must be in good standing within the community. Applications are available at the Thrift Shop on Yongsan South Post in Bldg. 4222, at the Army Community Services office, or at the Seoul American High School counselor’s office. For information, call commercial 795-7675. Volleyball Referee Clinic A clinic for potential volleyball referees is 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the 1st Replacement Center across from the Dragon Hill Lodge. For information, call Mark White at 7383127. 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. USO Tour Highlights n DMZ tours are scheduled for Feb. 26, 28 and 29. Bus departs at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $22 for military and $44 for others. n Dinner show: See a traditional Korean performance at Changdong Theater 6 p.m. Feb. 28. Cost is $42 for military and $47 for others. n 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: n Cardio-pulmonary/first-aid 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Moyer Community Activities Center. n American Red Cross baby-sitting 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. 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. Korean Language Class Learn to read basic Korean letters and learn Korean phrases during a Korean language class 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Army Community Services in Bldg. 4106. For information, call 738-7505. English as Second Language English as a Second Language classes for foreign-born family members are held 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Army Community Services in Bldg. 4106. For information, call 738-7505.
Symposium focuses on domestic violence awareness, education
by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — “Carol” survived domestic violence. Throughout 10 years of abuse, her thenhusband slapped, kicked and punched her. He intimidated and taunted her, made her believe it was her own fault he was abusing her. When she finally filed for divorce, he attacked her in her sleep with a hammer. It was a violent end to the marriage and the abuse. He was court-martialed, convicted for assault and went to jail. That was 11 years ago, and Carol, still an active-duty Soldier, shared her story with participants at Yongsan’s first Domestic Violence Symposium Feb. 7. “I have shared my testimony several times,” she told the audience. “These are tears of joy, freedom, because I am a survivor.” The symposium was designed to increase awareness of domestic violence and how to identify and prevent abuse and neglect in families. Yongsan’s Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. partnered with the U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan Family Advocacy Program to develop the program. “We want to people to leave with an understanding that it is our responsibility to take care of our communities,” said Capt. La’ Ketha Prioleau of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. “Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but we should still do our best to do what we can to help people and to protect them,” Prioleau said. “Knowledge is power. Our biggest challenge is knowing where to go when we need help.” The symposium featured speeches, a group participation exercise and the testimonials. Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr., USAGYonsan’s family life chaplain, gave an hourlong talk on recognizing abuse and how to help those suffering through it. He said abuse, many times, is passed down through the family.
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Pfc. Rae Roberts (left) and Command Sgt. Major Bonita Hunter, both with 41st Signal Battalion, make their group’s final draft of a proposed slogan to be used during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This group activity was part of the domestic violence symposium Feb. 7. — U.S. Army Photo By Kenneth Fidler “Just like the kid who is beat by his October’s Domestic Violence Awareness father ... many times, not always, that same month educational campaigns. “It’s given me insight as to what other individual will develop what is called a destructive mentality, or entitlement, and people think about domestic violence, as begin to beat their own children,” Mora well as the testimonials that I heard today,” said Sgt. 1st Class Wanda M. Brown, explained. He said it happens often, and the stress 1st Signal Brigade. “Domestic violence of dealing with the fall-out after reporting is unacceptable. It is something that you need to be aware of for yourself and your it is too much for many to handle. Mora said spouses may ignore or Soldiers.” For Carol, she regained her strength rationalize their partner’s behavior partly out of a need to maintain family decency through counseling and her faith, but it and fearing the “drastic consequences” and didn’t happen right away after the hammer “chaos of having their lives turned upside attack. “I did not seek help right away because down in order to experience peace, law and there was no help to be offered,” she order at the end of that process.” “There’s no bite to it until someone explained. “No one offered me any actually steps out and says there’s abuse counseling, any assistance.” Worse, she said she felt as if others happening,” he said. “People need to be encouraged to step forward, but if they are blamed her. “I constantly got: ‘Why am I paralyzed with fear, then the (abuse) cycle ruining his career?’ I constantly got: ‘What did you do?’” continues.” During an assignment to Fort Bragg, she After the testimonials – the crowd also heard from a man who was beaten by his said she and her children got help through a father when he was a child – participants victim advocate and received counseling “so formed small groups to discuss topics we could learn that we were not at fault.” “Abuse has no race, gender, rank structure; ranging from the prevention of domestic it does not discriminate,” she said. “Today I violence to where victims can find help. Family advocacy specialists led the pray that all of you will leave here with the discussions and guided each group to knowledge of how you can make a difference forming potential slogans to be used during to prevent domestic violence.”
Yongsan downs Osan, 73-48
Osan defenders try to grab the ball from Yongsan’s Sheila Soileau during post-vspost basketball action Feb. 9 at Collier Field House. Yongsan’s women’s team beat Osan 73-48 during Yongsan’s last home game of the season. Breena Harrell led Yongsan scoring with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Soileau contributed 14, and Coco Nunley added 10. — U.S. Army Photo By Kenneth Fidler
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Seoul American students deliver substance abuse prevention messages
by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — High school freshmen delivered their “just say no” message to middle-schoolers with some drama. Members of Seoul American High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club acted out skits Feb. 6 and 7 to show seventh- and eighthgraders the consequences of the two most common substances abused: smoking and drinking. Just as dramatic were the facts they delivered: • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of the death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people each year. • Three-quarters of young people who use tobacco daily continue to do so because they find it hard to quite. • 13-15-year-olds are at high risk to start drinking • Short-term consequences of alcohol use invites arguments and family problems, absences from school, and increases the
Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service is available to any U.S. government ID card holder student and their families. ASACS helps prevent teens from becoming involved with alcohol or other substance abuse through classroom education, workshops and special events. It also provides screening and individual, group and family counseling services. The USAG-Yongsan ASACS office has three counselors who can be reached at 738-3880 or 738-4579.
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chance of violent behavior or being a victim of violent behavior. “In high school, we’ve seen some people smoke and drink,” said Jean Kim, who’s been in the SADD club for two years. “From the mistakes they’ve made, we’ve put that into the skits.” One group developed a skit called “PC-Bong,” titled after the street name of a typical Internet café in Seoul. A group of boys visit a café. One of them finds a pack of cigarettes and starts lighting up. His friends try to stop him and he replies, “I can’t; I’m just so addicted.” The skit ends with the boy’s father catching him in the act. The second skit, called “Homecoming at the River,” focused on the effects of drinking when a group of students decide to meet near the Han River after homecoming. The scenes build up to the anticipated result: a couple of students get drunk and create a scene, “acting crazy,” as the narrator said. The next day at school, they were alienated. “We’re trying to show the consequences of when you drink, and it’s not always fun,” said SADD club member Katie McNeely. “You have to deal with what happens afterwards.” The SADD club is mentored by counselors with the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service for U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. Counselor Geri Fortner guided club
(Above left to right) Kimberly Parker, Katie McNeely, Norah Jansen and Dana Davenport act out a skit that shows the dangers of alcohol use. (Left) Joseph Park and Jean Kim share facts about the dangers of drinking and smoking. — U.S. Army Photos By Kenneth Fidler
members through weeks of preparation and research. National research has shown a decrease in smoking in adolescents, Fortner told the class. “What does that mean? If 30 percent of kids 12-17 smoke, then that means the other 70 percent do not smoke,” she explained.” “Everybody thinks that when they are drinking and smoking that everyone else is doing it,” Fortner continued. “The bottom line is not that many people drink and
smoke anymore. The percentage is actually pretty low.” Using the skits to deliver the antisubstance abuse message also uses peer relations to drive home the message. “As an adult, I can go talk to the kids, but their reaction is usually, “Oh, another person telling me not to do something,’” Fortner said. “If you take someone close to their age who can go and say, “Hey, look, it’s not a good idea to do that,’ then they are more likely to listen.”
Falcons sweep Korean-American conference finals
Boys, girls’ teams defend KAIAC titles
by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs almost took it away from them. The Falcons had already handed a 77-16 defeat to Korea International School and downed Yongsan International School of Seoul 81-35. The Falcons took a slim 18-15 lead at the end of the first period, but the Crusaders came back to take a halftime 33-25 lead. Each matched points in the third quarter, but the Crusaders still led 48-39. “The end of the third quarter was a hard moment for the team,” said Falcon Johnnie Hickson. “But I think that we had good rebounds and the players were in places where they had to be.” But the Falcons poured it on in the fourth. Led by Joe McLean’s 12 points, they shot for 25 points for the come-back win. “We missed some of the good chances right under the basket,” said Crusader coach J.P. Rader. “When the Falcons switched their defense system, it was a hard moment for us right in the third and fourth quarters.” Crusader Paul Black said, “The game was really intense. There were many opportunities to make 3-point shots, but we missed some of them.” For the game, Willie Brown led Falcon scoring with 19 points, and McLean contributed 14.
YONGSAN GARRISON — Seoul American High School boys and girls’ basketball teams successfully defended their Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference titles Feb. 16 during tournament action at Seoul Foreign School. The Lady Falcons easily moved through their matches on their way to handing sister school Taegu American High a 75-32 loss. During first-day play of the two-day tournament, the Lady Falcons beat Seoul International School 74-12 and Osan American High School 65-16. Seoul American took a commanding lead over Taegu’s Warriors, 32-4, at the first period and never looked back. In the second period, Taegu put in 11 to the Falcons’ 15, but couldn’t maintain the momentum. “We were very quick during the game and kept a good defense,” said Falcon Veronica Gaskey. “All of us made our team strong.” Falcons’ coach Charlotte Hicks said their speed outmatched the Warriors. “The girls
Seoul American Falcon Marcus Thompson goes up for the shot during the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference tournament action Feb. 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
hustled up and down on the court and it worked out pretty well. I see a definite growth in their teamwork rather than individuals leading the game.” Falcons Crystal Pryfor and Avianca
Manning each scored 12 points, with Manning hitting two 3-pointers. The Lady Falcons finished the season undefeated. The boys’ team was well on its way to an easy sweep, too, but Seoul Foreign School
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USAG-Yongsan wows inspectors
ince I arrived last July, I knew I was was a pleasure to listen to the inspectors part of an outstanding organization rave over some of our programs. I heard with people who take a great comments like “the best I’ve seen in the deal of pride in what they do for their Army” and the adjectives “phenomenal” community. and “super” to describe some of what The big news of the latter part of 2007 we do. One program, the Family and was USAG-Yongsan being selected as one Morale, Welfare and Recreation, touches of four installations e v e r y o n e’s l i v e s , worldwide to and the inspector “The results prove we have c o n c l u d e d , “ … compete as finalists in the Army an outstanding, professional as fine an MWR Communities program as I have workforce. I congratulate of Excellence ever seen.” everyone in USAG-Yongsan competition. Brig. Gen. Al This means that Aycock, IMCOMfor a job very well done!” U S A G - Yo n g s a n Korea Commander, excels at business told us, “You all and management practices to achieve have done a marvelous job. I commend excellence and delivers top-notch, quality- each and every one of you for the hard of-life programs to our community. work that you are absolutely doing each It was recently noted once again that and every day to take care of the Soldiers, we continue to deliver that high quality. Family Members, and Civilians here in Headquarters Installation Management Korea and to make sure that the ROK-US Command-Korea inspected the Garrison alliance remains strong.” in January, and the results were fantastic. This inspection showed us how well Inspectors looked at 12 major functional we take care of our customers and keeps areas and inspected 110 sub-functional us honest brokers of our motto, “Here areas. We received a Commendable For You!” The results prove we have an rating – the highest rating possible – in outstanding, professional workforce. I 58 areas. congratulate everyone in USAG-Yongsan During the inspection out-brief, it for a job very well done!
The performance combined high-energy dances and traditional ballet as well as one that united Korean traditional dance. Kim Hyun-moon, on of the main performers, said, “Searching for a way to bring up the hip-hop, a street culture, to the public, we decided to add the ballet into b-boys to create more fun and dynamics.” The story line plays out as a young ballerina and a b-boy meet at a record store. The ballerina dreams of having the freedom to express herself with ballet as b-boys do with their extreme-dance routines. “The idea to combine ballet and b-boys About 400 Yongsan community members watch the performance Feb. 15 of the Ballerina Who Loves B-Boyz. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
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was a very unique and a novel concept,” said one spectator, Maj. Tony Baczkiewicz of USFK headquarters. “They were very athletic, energetic and outstanding. It was a lot of fun.” The show has performances planned throughout Japan, Singapore and China and will go to New York’s Broadway April. Ballerina Who Loves B-Boyz will run in Korea for the next three years at the Myungdong Mesa Gorilla Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
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Receive economic stimulus package by filing
by Capt. Jason Moy Legal Office On Feb. 13, President Bush signed an economic stimulus package (HR 5140) giving individuals a rebate of $600, joint returns $1,200, and $300 for each qualifying child. All you need to do to receive your rebate check is file your 2007 taxes. Linda Stiff, Acting IRS Commissioner, stated, “If you are eligible for a payment, all you have to do is file a 2007 tax return and the IRS will do the rest.” The IRS will mail or directly deposit all rebates starting in May after the end of the tax season. If you chose direct deposit on your 2007 tax return the IRS will send the rebate check to that same account. Otherwise they will mail you a check. If your address changes before then file IRS Form 8822, Change of Address, and update your address with the post office. Form 8822 is available on the IRS website (www. irs.gov). To qualify you need 1) a valid Social Security Number, 2) earned income, social security benefits, or certain pension benefits, and 3) to not be claimed on someone else’s tax return. If you filed jointly, both individuals need to have a social security number to qualify. If you have an Individual or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN or ATIN), you are not eligible for the rebate. Additionally, other ineligible individuals include non-resident aliens and anyone filing a 1040NR, 1040PR or 1040SS. To qualify for the $300 per child rebate, you must 1) be eligible for the child tax credit and 2) have a valid social security number for each child. However, the rebate is phased out if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is above $75,000 for single or $150,000 for joint filers. The rebate will be reduced by 5% of the total dollar amount above the AGI limit. For example, a single taxpayer with no children who has an AGI over $87,000 will not receive a rebate check. Additionally, there are special rules for low income individuals. For more information see the IRS website (www.irs.gov). While you are waiting for your refund, beware of scams. The IRS has discovered several e-mail and phone call scams that are using the rebate to get personal identifying information from you and steal your identity. Never respond to phone calls or e-mails from anyone claiming to be the IRS. The only way you will receive the rebate is by filing a 2007 tax return. No additional forms or verification is required. If you believe you are due a rebate check and don’t receive one by Dec. 31 2008 go the IRS website (www.irs.gov) and click “Where’s my refund?” to find out where your rebate is. To file your taxes visit your local tax center. At USAG Humphreys we are located at building S-751 our phone number is 753-5680. While walk-ins are accepted it is better to call for an appointment. There are also tax centers located at Yongsan, Osan, Kunsan, Camp Henry and Camp Casey.
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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]
Early Developmental Screening available to families peninsula-wide
Courtesy of 18th MEDCOM Do you have concerns about how your child talks, sees, hears, understands, plays, behaves, moves, or learns? The Educational and Developmental Intervention Services will be conducting Early Developmental Screening for children ages birth - 3 years. Child Find is an event conducted by EDIS to identify, locate, and screen children birth to 3 years of age in the community. Child Find efforts are strengthen by collaborations with Child Development Centers and DoDDS. Parents have an opportunity to have their child participate in a developmental screening and learn about services available for eligible children with identified concerns or developmental delays. EDIS provides early intervention and special education services in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, family service coordination, special education, speech and language, and developmental pediatrician evaluations. The “Child Find” will be conducted in all Areas I - IV Dates, Time, Location, and Point of Contact are: Tuesday, March 11, noon – 2 p.m., Camp Red Cloud, Pear Blossom Cottage P.O.C. Natalia Lyons, 732-7168 or 738-4422 EDIS Tuesday, March 18, Time: 10 a.m. – noon, OSAN American Elementary School P.O.C. Angela Davis, 784-6912 or 738-4422 EDIS Tuesday, March 18, 1 – 3 p.m., OSAN Child Development Center P.O.C. Shalanda Velazquez, 784-4966 or 738-4422 EDIS Thursday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Taegu Child Development Center P.O.C. Maryvel Jones, 768-7707 or 738-4422 EDIS Tuesday, March 21, 9 – 11 a.m., Yongsan Child Development Center P.O.C. Claudette Mohn, 738-3407/4422 EDIS Tuesday, March 25, 9 – 11 a.m., Yongsan Child Development Center P.O.C. Claudette Mohn, 738-3407/4422 EDIS Tuesday, April 1, 10 – 11:30 a.m., ACS Playgroup – Hannam Village P.O.C. Margret Rice, 738-5151/4422 EDIS Wednesday, April 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m., ACS Playgroup – Yongsan SAS Building P.O.C. Margret Rice, 738-5151/4422 EDIS This service is free of charge. Sponsored by 18th MEDCOM, Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS). EDIS and Parents working together…make a roaring difference in the lives of children.
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
Walk Hard (R) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 9:30 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. Meet the Spartans (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 9:30 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 8 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Hitman (R) 6:30 p.m.
Walk Hard (R) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 8:30 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 9:30 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 9 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 9:30 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 8 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 8 p.m. Fred Claus (PG) 6:30 p.m.
National Treasure II (PG) 9 p.m. Cloverfield (PG13) 7 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 8:30 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 8:30 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 8 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 8 p.m. Fred Claus (PG) 6:30 p.m. Fred Claus (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Cloverfield (PG13) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 9:30 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 7 p.m. No Show P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 7 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. Alien vs. Predator (R) 6 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 6 p.m.
P.S. I Love You (PG) 7:30 p.m. No Show National Treasure II (PG) 9:30 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. No Show Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. Alien vs. Predator (R) 6 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 8 p.m.
Walk Hard (R) 7:30 p.m.. No Show Walk Hard (R) 9 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. No Show Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. No Show Jumper (PG13) 9 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. Alien vs. Predator (R) 6 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 6 p.m.
National Treasure II (PG) 7:30 p.m. No Show Walk Hard (R) 9 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 7 p.m. National Treasure II (PG) 6 p.m. One Missed Call (PG13) 7 p.m. Jumper (PG13) 7 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. P.S. I Love You (PG) 7 p.m. Rush Hour 3 (PG13) 6 p.m. Walk Hard (R) 6 p.m.
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Hope in the Midst of Challenges
by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Charles E. Jackson Deputy Command Chaplain, 8th U.S. Army
Area II Lent/Easter Worship Schedule
Catholic Ash Wednesday Stations of the Cross Lenten Penance Service Holy Thursday (Morning Prayer) Holy Thursday (The Lord’s Supper) Holy Thursday (Night Prayer) Good Friday (Morning Prayer) Good Friday (Traditional ) Good Friday (Passion of the Lord) Holy Saturday (Morning Prayer) Holy Saturday (Traditional Blessing of Baskets) Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil Mass) Welcome Reception (Newly Baptized Catholics) Easter Sunday Mass (No 1700 Mass)
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salm 46: 1 from the Message Bible says, “God is a safe place to hide. Ready to help when we need him.” Some biblical scholars believe David, the writer of this Psalm was reflecting on his own life and the challenges God helped him faced. He knew what it felt like to be devastated and overwhelmed by circumstances. He experienced praise and wrath of people. He was a hero who felt challenged when his popularity crumbled. Regardless of what David went through, he felt God was with him. I believe David relied upon three coping strategies that helped him with the struggles of life. They are faith, strength, and friendship. Faith is the first strategy. Robert Schuller, Senior Pastor of the televised “Hour of Power” said, “Tough times never last, tough people do.” Our faith in God does not guarantee trials will not come our way. We can handle trials with the confidence that no trial is too difficult that He and we can’t handle together. There are many examples in Scripture of people who went through hard times. Job faced tragedies that resulted in loss of family, property, and health. His faith was not shaken by tragedy but made stronger. Faith in God is not a promise that trials and tribulations will go away, but an assurance that they will not get the best of us. Strength is the second strategy. Those who put their trust in God do not totally depend upon their own strength. No matter what comes God is in control. There are times when trials seem like mountains, but we can depend on God to see us through. Isaiah 40:29 from the Message Bible says, “He energizes those who are tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.” God gives us renewed strength during difficult times. Jesus cried when his friend Lazarus died. The next morning Jesus’ tears turned into joy. There are times we too must deal with sorrow, pain, and grief. If we can hold out for a minute, an hour, a day, renewed strength will come. Friendship is the third strategy. We are never alone. Christ beams light through the darkness when the sun refuses to shine and clouds form a blanket around us. The sun is a reminder of God’s presence shining through no matter what situation we find ourselves in. Our faith, Christ’s strength, and friends stand ready to help us when we need them.
Mar. 22, 2000 Mar. 23, 0800 1130 Please direct all questions to Mr. Pagano, 725-5211 Protestant Easter Cantata Community Good Friday Service Mar. 21, Community Easter Sunrise Service Mar. 23, Easter Sunday Services Mar. 23, Mar. 16, 0800 1900 0600 0800 0930 0930 1000 1000 1030 1100 1200 1330 Feb. 6, 1700
Episcopal Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes/Holy Eucharist Palm Sunday – Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist Good Friday Liturgy Easter Holy Eucharist
Memorial Chapel (Collective) Onnuri Church Seobinggo Campus South Post Chapel (Collective) Memorial Chapel (Collective) Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) 121 Hospital Chapel (Collective) South Post Chapel (Collective) Multi-Plex (ROCK Service) K-16 Community Chapel (Collective) Hannam Village Chapel (Collective) South Post Chapel (Gospel) Memorial Chapel (UPCI) Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
Mar. 16, 1000 Mar. 21, 1700 Mar. 23 , 1000
For more information call USAG-Yongsan Religious Support Office, 738-3011
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Second Hand Rose
Volunteer-run shop benefits charities, community programs
by Sgt. Jung Jae-Hoon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — A brand new teddy bear is only $1. For another $1, pick up a pack of 10 VHS movies. Those brand new kids’ tennis shoes? $3. You can find both small and large household items at the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop located on South Post. Second Hand Rose is a nonprofit private organization. Volunteers from the American Women’s Club of Korea Thrift Shop Association, in conjunction with the U.S. military, operate this shop. It provides the U.S. military community the opportunity to donate or consign gently used goods, which are placed on sale in the shop. “There are some people who have too much to take back with them to the next station of posting, so they bring it to consign or donate to the Thrift Shop,” said Roseanne Rhoda, Thrift Shop treasurer. “Newcomers moving to Seoul come to the Second Hand Rose to shop for items at bargain prices.” Aside from offering great deals on merchandise, all the funds raised throughout the year are distributed to U.S. Forces Korea community programs and Korean charities. The association also has an established scholarship program for active-duty Servicemembers and their family members. In fiscal year 2007, the shop gave just under $200,000 in grants to USFK community services and Korean charities, including $33,000 in scholarships. In addition to this, an estimated $160,000 in goods and clothing was given directly to various charity groups. “The charities we donate to are throughout the peninsula of Korea,” said Dorothy Kirkwood, consignment manager. “Not only
are there many orphanages and church groups, but also homes for unwed mothers, shelters for homeless people and for AIDS/ HIV sufferers.” Customers seem satisfied with the bargains and the variety found in the shop, especially for items not found off-post. “I’ve moved a lot and learned it’s always tricky to get rid of one’s belongings and buy what you
need,” said shopper Marianne Beyer. “The Thrift Shop takes care of that problem, and puts it to use for a good cause.” Another customer, Lee Bliss, added, “You might find some parts that you need, like electronics, you can not purchase in Korea. Because most of the things that are sold here are things from the States so it is easier to find what we need at a very low price.”
THRIFT SHOP AT A GLANCE
HOURS 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays LOCATION Bldg. 4222 next to Multipurpose Training Facility, Yongsan South Post PHONE Commercial 02-795-7675 CONSIGNMENT AND DONATIONS Consignments are taken, by appointment only, from government ID card holders, and AWC members. Further details can be obtained from Consignment Manager. Donations are taken during normal business hours or can be dropped in a donation box located near the side entrance of the shop any time of day.
(Clockwise from top) Buyers can find small treasures at the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop. Customer Tris MacTaggart sorts through clothing. Rufina Manuel looks at jewelry. Thrift Shop volunteers tag donated items. A customer looks over an assortment of electronics items. — U.S. Army Photos By Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon
Catch a rising supernova
Story by AFE & IMCOM-K MWR Grammy recognized rock/rap duo Seminole County will bring their musical genius to stages in Korea with fiercely original performances. This acclaimed singer, rapper, songwriting tandem has created spontaneous combustion onstage since their launch and are standing at the crossroads of stardom. Catch them now before they become the next supernova. Tour will travel to six locations from Feb. 26 – March 2. Comprising of female singer/rapper Jj and guitarist/pure sound vocalist Byron J, Seminole County formed four years ago in a central Florida county where the band gets its name. The duo sound remarkably like Linkin Park crossed with Evanescence with a hint of Garbage’s Shirley Manson attitude. The mixture works well on their 10-track self titled album including songs such as ‘Playin’ Me’, ‘Better Than Me’, ‘Life In Me’, and ‘Let ‘Em Know’. Overall, it’s a promising release from a young band with potential to develop away from their obvious influences into something more unique and musically developed. The music production is highly polished and sounds great on loud speakers. Seminole County shows will be open to the military community and free of charge, courtesy of AFE & MWR. For more information, please contact the local MWR Entertainment Office or 723-3078.
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There were 8 teams involved with this tournament which started Friday Feb. 15: Game #: 1 25th Trans 48 2 Daegu U. 42 3 F-144 (Cp Carroll) 68 4 E. J King 44 Feb. 16: 5 Young-Shin 53 6 Over 33 41 7 F-144 52 8 E. J. King 51 9 25th Trans 43 10 Daegu U. 41 11 F-144 59 12 25 Trans 59 Feb . 17 13 E. J. King 59 14 F-144 66 1ST Place F-144 Young-Shin U. 46 188th MP Co 19 36th Sig Bn Over 33 22 41
Schedule of performances in Korea:
Tuesday, Feb. 26 Camp Bonifas Wednesday, Feb. 27 Kunsan AB Thursday, Feb. 28 Chinhae NB Friday, Feb. 29 Taegu AB Saturday, March 1 Osan AB Sunday, March 2 Red Cloud
Sanctuary Club 7 p.m. Loring Club 8 p.m. Duffy’s 7 p.m. Jake’s Place 7 p.m. Mustang Club 10 p.m. Mitchell’s 7 p.m.
36th Sig Bn 52 188 MP Co 23 25TH Trans 43 Daegu U. 32 Over 33 36 Young-Shin U. 24 E. J. King 44 Daegu U. 53 25TH Trans 53 E.J.King 56 Second Place E.J. King
Army Family Covenant brings new Child, Youth Services initiatives Child, Youth Services registration, re-registration now free of charge
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Thanks to the Army Family Covenant, Child and Youth Services registration and reregistration is now free. As of Feb. 1 CYS no longer charges a registration fee to eligible patrons. This amounts to an annual cost savings of $18 for a family with one child, $36 for a family with two children, and $40 to families with three or more children registered with CYS. The covenant represents a $1.4 billion commitment in 2008 to improve quality of life for Army Families. Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said the Army wants to provide Soldiers and their Families with a level of support commensurate with their level of service, and the covenant is in direct response to concerns from Army Families. They are concerned about funding and support for Family programs, physical and mental healthcare, housing, education and childcare, and employment opportunities for spouses. Of the forty-two covenant initiatives, twenty-three belong to CYS. Many of the initiatives involve free care or reduced fees to children of service members and civilians that are deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Free registration is the one initiative that applies to all eligible CYS patrons regardless of deployment status. Other initiatives include: upgrade of all Army CYS Youth Technology Labs; “Strong Beginnings” pre-kindergarten program beginning in Sep 08; Mini-tech labs for preschool and pre-k classes; Missoula Children’s Theater performances at USAGs Yongsan, Humphreys, and Daegu; and school books for CYS Homework Centers. For information on free services and reduced fees for families of deployed service members and civilians, contact your garrison CYS Central Enrollment Registry Office. They have a complete listing of services supported by the Army Family Covenant based on deployment status.
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 Chess Championship Come watch the battle of the minds at the annual MWR Chess Tournament. The event will take place at the Camp Walker CAC March 15 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact your local Community Activities Center or DSN 723-3346.
Spring Break Travel Specials The Commercial Travel Office, US Airline Alliance, is offering travel deals for military ID card holders. A China Fantasy 4-day tour of Beijing includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, group visa fee, local airport tax, English speaking guided tour, admission fees and meals. Travel arrangements may be coordinated for April 5-8, April 6-9, or April 9-12. Packages are also available to Bangkok/Pattaya for April 6-10, Hanoi/Halong Bay for Mar 20-24 or April 5-9, and Siem Reap/Angkor Wat for April 5-11. Log on to www.ustraveloffice.com for more information.
February 22, 2008
USAG Humphreys Chaplains Office arranges banquet for sweethearts
by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Office USAG HUMPHREYS — The USAG Humphreys Chaplain’s Office sponsored a “Sweetheart Banquet” for 32 couples, Feb. 16 at Tommy D’s. This event was designed to provide married Christian couples a chance to share experiences. Attendees represented all four congregations at Humphreys. “It’s only because of God’s love that we can do this and we should not take it for granted. Tonight there was no love taken for granted in this room. We celebrated the love of Jesus -- it’s only because of his love that we can love each other,” said Chaplain Klon K. Kitchen, USAG Humphreys and Area III chaplain. The evening was designed to be an informal one without assigned seating or a scheduled agenda. It was well organized, but not really structured, Kitchen said. “The main thing for me was the Christian fellowship,” Kitchen said. “People were able to get away from their children because the singles ministry provided child care. That’s a big deal because a lot of these couples haven’t been away from their children in a long time,” said Kitchen. The program, including child care was free for attendees. Volunteers from the USAG Humphreys Singles Ministry had activities with the children at Freedom Chapel. The informal setting allowed the groups time to talk and share stories about their marriages. Each couple brought a small gift to play two games, one to break the ice and another to teach a lesson. Kitchen offered a framed picture of himself as a gag gift with a $25 Post Exchange gift certificate hidden within to prove the point of “what you get sometimes isn’t always the true picture,” Kitchen said.
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Command Sgt. Maj. Franz J. Philippe, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade command sergeant major, and his wife, Emily, smile after winning a $25 gift certificate. Thirty-two couples celebrated Valentine’s Day 2008 at this Sweetheart’s Banquet. — U.S. Army Photo By Stacy A. Ouellette. “We don’t always understand or recognize the blessings God gives us. They come in strange, unique forms sometimes,” he said. 1st Lt. Ryan Abbott, Company B, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion and his wife, Abby, thought this event was the perfect opportunity to learn from more seasoned couples. “We’ve been married for a year and a half now and there’s a lot of love between us, but it’s nice to see how that love is going to grow,” said Ryan. The Abbotts have been married since July 2006 and are both Ft. Wayne, Ind. natives. Abby, works at the youth services center. The couple was rewarded with a $100 gift certificate for being the newlyweds at this event. Both wanted to attend to meet couples who have been married for decades and learn what has worked in their marriages. The setting gave us the opportunity and it was fun, Abby said. “We’ve been Christians basically our entire lives, but it’s a whole new thing when you get married,” Ryan said. “Seeing how other people act with each other, respond to one another and respect one another is good. It was good to see the sense of humor between the couples,” said Ryan. This is an annual event for the Humphreys Protestant congregation. Members of the chaplain council voted to open it community–wide. Kitchen’s said, Humphreys has a wonderful community and this event demonstrated it. The unification of the services and the fellowship surpassed his expectations, he said.
Community single’s ministry gives couples time alone
by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Office USAG HUMPHREYS — Twelve members of the USAG Humphreys Singles Ministry volunteered to provide child care for more than 20 children, Feb. 16. While these kids were enjoying games and activities at Freedom Chapel, their parents enjoyed a free Sweetheart Banquet sponsored by the USAG Humphreys Chaplain’s Office. “We’re always volunteering and looking for something to do for the community. This was a chance for people that come to this church and have the time off with their spouses and have a fun filled night,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Mitchell, 4-58th Airfield Operations Battalion. As a married father of three, Sgt. Jonathan Santiago, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, understands the importance for married couples to have time alone without the stress of children. “I came here to volunteer because I have three kids of my own. I gain the satisfaction of letting the couples have some time together,” said Santiago. The volunteers created three activity stations for the children: paper heart decorating, cookie decorating and a game room in the chapel’s annex. Prizes were also awarded for each event. “They interacted well with each other. Overall, the kids had a great time tonight,” said Mitchell. The USAG Humphreys Singles Ministry is dedicated to providing a fellowship for all single or unaccompanied Soldiers and Civilians here. The purpose is to offer a positive environment to meet new friends and take part in a variety of activities and volunteer projects. The singles ministry meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at Freedom Chapel at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Tiffani Hirst at 010-2350-2366.
Sgt. Jonathan Santiago, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, bottle feeds 10-month old Reagan Donnelly at Freedom Chapel. — U.S. Army Photo By Stacy A. Ouellette.
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News & Notes
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. The United Club’s Silent Auction Make it, Bake it, Sew it or Buy it The United Club’s Silent Auction otherwise known as Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Buy it will be held on March 6 at the Alaska Mining Company at 6:30 p.m. If you want to support this event drop off your items, baskets or goods at the Painted Door Thrift Shop March 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you are unable to drop off your items during that time, please e-mail: avalanchekat@yahoo. com or [email protected]
. All the proceeds raised during the auction will be given back to the USAG Humphreys Community. 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. 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]
USAG Humphreys environmental chief wins runner-up as 2007 environmental award winners are announced
by Andre Butler USAG-H Public Affairs Office USAG HUMPHREYS — David W. Johnson, Ph.D., United States Army Garrison Humphreys Environmental Division chief, was named first runnerup for the 2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for the environmental quality team and individual category Jan. 29. The official list of award winners was released last week. “This award is not for me only,” said Johnson. “It’s a team effort and I’m being recognized because of the efforts of my staff.” Johnson supervises USAG Humphreys Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division. The Division’s primary mission focuses on environmental planning and compliance as USAG Humphreys continues to expand by approximately 500 percent from its current population. The installation has a population of approximately 10,000 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, Korean Nationals, invited contractors and Family Members on 1,200 acres. Expansion of the Garrison is underway with end-state totals in both population and acreage estimated at 44,000 personnel and 3,540 acres, respectively. As part of global repositioning efforts, the U.S. military plans to move the U.S. Forces Korea headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army and the 2nd Infantry Division from the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul to the province of Pyeongtaek. Johnson’s environmental program was the first to offer Environmental Compliance Officer training on a monthly basis in the Republic of Korea. These classes are taught in English as well as offered in Hanguel for Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army
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David W. Johnson, Ph.D., USAG Humphreys Environmental Division chief, was named first runner-up for the 2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award Jan. 29. The offical list of award winners was release last week. – U.S. Army Photo By Andre Butler and Korean National employees. Other units from various locations in the ROK frequently send their personnel to USAG Humphreys for this training. The environmental division for Humphreys has established a curb-side hazardous waste pick-up point under Johnson’s tenure. “What this means is that we’ve cut the man hours it takes our units to manage environmental waste,” said Michael D. Stephenson, the Environmental Compliance Branch chief for USAG Humphreys. “The total number of hours has been scaled back from 16 hours to one hour a week,” Stephenson said. “The only thing that we don’t handle for our units now is actually collecting the waste material that’s dropped off at the pick-up points.” “We even draft up the necessary paperwork involved with this process,” he said. Johnson’s crew started a wildlife study of the Korean Water Deer. He’s developed a culture resources management plan and a new air emission’s test for boiler plants at Humphreys. These tests will ensure clean-air is the only air pumped into the environment – at least at Humphreys’ boiler plants. “Everything… from the award to our efforts in making sure we live in a healthy environment… means we are taking the correct measures to protect one of our greatest assets -- our environment,” Johnson said.
Elementary students use marbles in gravity study
by Diane Hobler USAG-HAES Teacher USAG HUMPHREYS — United States Army Garrison Humphreys American Elementary School first and second graders built marble tracks as part of their study of gravity, friction and motion. Dea Gist, a HAES teacher, students worked in teams with reusable household items to build a track that a marble could roll through. Students had been reading about and studying the physics of motion. They used what they had learned to create and modify their tracks. On their first attempt at building a track, many students found their marbles did not make it all the way through. Using their problem solving skills, groups re-examined their tracks. Some discovered their track was too long and the initial angle wasn’t steep enough to let the force of gravity pull the marble through the track.
Oz Lord and Brianna Miles observe while Allison Pickett adjusts a portion at the beginning of their track. The steep initial angle of their track helps their marble move through the track. – Photo By Dea Gist. Others found they needed to alter their materials to reduce the friction which was slowing their marbles down. Still others discovered their construction methods were impeding their marble’s motion. After having the opportunity to rethink and reconstruct their tracks, all groups successfully reached their goal. Great job young scientists.
February 22, 2008
35th ADA Soldiers complete Level II combatives class
by Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich 35th Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs
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Pvts. Kyle J. Purvis and Patricia Nicholas, 35th ADA, sharpen several skills learned during the 10 day level two combatives certification course. The class covered various techniques from hip throws, hooks, ankle locks and sparring. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich.
ACS to host employment seminar
by Levita Vincent USAG-H Army Community Services USAG HUMPHREYS — The USAG Humphreys Army Community Services will host its bi-annual employment and volunteer seminar March 7. This year’s theme will be “Winning the Game- Getting the JOB.” The seminar is structured to give people information and advice concerning career planning. It will cover résumé writing, the formation of a good cover letter, and how to use the Resumix system for government jobs. Those present will also have the opportunity to refine their interview techniques. Attendees can practice to improve job related skills as well as learn how to network and negotiate their salary. A fashion show will be held at the end of the event to help you understand the importance of the “First Impression.” Information tables will be on display for
were taught to an audience, and it’s not that easy because you have to dumb it down and realize who you are talking too.” OSAN AIR BASE — For two weeks, Now that Long has finished the course, seven Soldiers from Headquarters and he and the others will have to be able teach Headquarters Battery and 1st Battalion Soldiers who have no knowledge on the 7th Air Defense Artillery, 35th ADA subject. “As an instructor, we need patience Brigade, trained and completed the level so our students can learn and they won’t two combatives class. hurt themselves,” said Pvt. Kyle J. Purvis, an The 10-day class covered various intelligence analysis with 35th ADA Bde. techniques from hip throws, hooks, ankle Along with learning how to be instructors, locks and sparring to lectures on the history the Soldiers of the 35th were able to learn of martial arts. more because of the small class size. Attendees also received a class on how to “My favorite part as a whole was the class run combatives tournaments. being small,” Long said. What separates this class from other “We got a lot of one-on-one time with programs is that it explains the history the instructors,” said Long. and intentions behind A lot of Soldiers t h e b a s i c m o v e s , “It’s hard for some because they who have completed said Master Sgt. the level one Xavier Whitehead, have to overcome the anxiety from certification don’t the brigade’s leading level one. They are usually afraid c o n t i n u e o n f o r combatives instructor. several reasons. because it’s so challenging.” “We watch a lot of Some only attend videos and do a lot of the level one course hands-on practicing,” for promotion said Sgt. Jared W. Master Sgt. Xavier Whitehead, 35th points, leaving a Hinsley, a combatives ADA Lead Combatives instructor few who actually instructor with HHB, want to advance 35th ADA Bde. their combatives Level one class techniques for the covers close distance techniques, how to real reasons: to promote the class and do gain dominant body positions and other better, said Whitehead. basics, Hinsley said. Level two covers more “It’s hard for some because they have to advanced ground skills and ensures students overcome the anxiety from level one. They can not only perform those skills, but also are usually afraid because it’s so challenging,” teach them. “The main difference is the Whitehead said. number of techniques the students learn and Long was one of the few Soldiers who the level of responsibility,” said Whitehead. didn’t like combatives at first. However, After completing level two, the Soldiers after realizing the importance of hand-tohold the responsibility of teaching platoons hand combat skills, he signed up for and or entire companies. They also become the completed the level two certification. Now, combatives advisor to their commanders, he is certified to instruct Soldiers and wants Whitehead said. After getting through the to advance the knowledge of the program program, students must complete a final by taking back what he learned to his unit, exam before receiving their graduation said Long. “I just want to get more people certificate. Each Soldier is expected to know into the program,” said Purvis. All seven how to conduct a composite risk assessment, air defenders who completed the course understand the history of modern Army will have a chance to attend the level three combatives and perform various combative certification course in March at Camp techniques on top of knowing how to teach. Casey. Instructors from Fort Benning, “The hardest thing for me was the final Ga., the home of Army combatives, will exam,” said Spc. Jeremy D. Long, a chemical be teaching the course. Classes are every specialist with Delta Battery, 1-7 ADA. Tuesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in “We had to explain the techniques we Bldg. 892.
participants to visit and gather information to help make career choices. The seminar will provide details about volunteer opportunities. If you have been in Korea for some time and are having a difficult time finding a job, volunteering may be an option. Through volunteering, you will be able to start networking with employees of that department, enhance your job skills for that field and be more marketable once a position opens. Su p e r v i s o r s c a n g i ve l e t t e r s o f recommendation because of volunteer efforts -- allowing you to be more marketable for future positions. This event is open to everyone, but you must pre-register by March 4. To register, you may either stop by the ACS office or call 753/690-8401. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided and there will also be door prizes.
Streetball at Wonju
Wonju Basketball Federation and the Munhwa Broadcasting Company recently hosted a street basketball game at the Wonju Kukmin Sports Center. Camp Eagle defeated Camp Long 48 to 24. This is part of Wonju’s Good Neighbor Program. The program provides the opportunity for United States Army Soldiers to participate in Korean area sports with local citizens. — Photo By Chang, Sang-hyun
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
USAG Daegu celebrates African American/Black History Month
and inventions made by African Americans during these years were lost and not recorded in American history books.” Black History Month was established in 1976 by the Afro-Americans for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. The month-long celebration was an expansion of Negro History Week, which was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, director of what was then known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History organization. The celebration may have had its origins in the separate efforts of Mary Church Terrell, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the African American collegiate fraternity Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. The pioneers of what is called new African American/Black History had begun the practice of honoring Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14, the date he used to mark his birth. Woodson, a member of Omega Psi Phi, helped establish a “Negro Achievement Week” in 1924. Woodson was a friend of Mary Church Terrell and worked with her and the National Council of Colored Women to preserve Douglass’ home and personal papers. While Terrell’s celebration of Douglass was a local event and the Omega Psi Phi Achievement Week was part of their community outreach, Woodson broadened the scope of the celebration in three significant ways. First, he conceived the event as a national celebration, sending out a circular to groups across the United States. Secondly, he sought to appeal to both whites and blacks and to improve race relations. For this reason, he chose President Lincoln’s birthday as well as Douglass’. Finally,
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Compiled by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — United States Army Garrison Daegu celebrates African American/Black History Month Feb. 22 at Camp Walker’s Evergreen Community Club. “African American/Black History Month observance programs are important just as the other U.S. Congress-mandated months of observance,” said USAG Daegu Equal Opportunity Advisor, Master Sgt. John Gough. “The history of African Americans dates back to the 1700s according to the historical documentation on slavery. Africans and people of African descent were organized under a system of bound labor known as indentured servitude until 1865, and some years later. Contributions
Woodson viewed Negro History Week as an extension of ASNLH’s effort to demonstrate to the world that Africans and people of African descent had significantly contributed to the advance of history. Each year, ASNLH would select a national theme and provide scholarly and popular materials to focus the nation’s study of Negro history. As such, Negro History Week was conceived as a means of undermining the foundation of the idea of black inferiority through popular information grounded in scholarship. This year’s theme for Black History Month is ‘African Americans: The struggles, The Art, The Music.’ For more information about African American/Black History Month and events, contact Master Sgt. John Gough at DSN 768-8972.
Postal News You Can Use
Remember, it is your responsibility to in-process/out-process your unit mail room. If you do not, your mail will be delayed and could be returned to sender. Do not use a foreign location in your address, i.e., Seoul, Korea. If you do, the mail will be routed through the international mail system and will be delayed. Contact your local post office for further information.
Take the Black History Month Quiz!
Compiled by Samuel G. Hudson USAG Daegu Public Affairs 1. Who is the composer of the AfroAmerican Symphony? 2. Who was the black trumpeter for King Henry VIII? 3. Who is the king of Ragtime? 4. Who is the blind slave and also known as a musical genius? 5. Who was the best black fencer in France? 6. Who was Britain’s first black voter? 7. Who was the Classical guitarist who helped the Underground Railroad? 8. Who is the black composer and pianist born in Canada? 9. Who is the Haitian pianist nicknamed “A Black Chopin”? 10. Her work “Troubled Water” is based on a spirituality. Who is she? 11. His Cotton Club Orchestra was on national radio, but only white people could attend its shows. Who is he? 12. He was the composer of the Negro Folk Symphony? 13. Who was the first African American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music? 14. He conducts a diverse orchestra, The Chicago Sinfonietta. Who is he? 15. Who is the South African composer of ‘My Country’? 16. She was the first African American woman whose symphony was performed by a major orchestra. Who is she? 17. Who is the composer of ‘Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed’? 18. He is considered to be the father of Modern Nigerian Art Music. Who is he? 19. This person is the co-founder of the New World Symphony. Who is this person? 20. The Moscow State Radio Orchestra performed his ‘Of New Horizons’ in 1958. Name this person. 21. He is the winner of the 1952 BMI competition for student composers. Who is he? 22. This Nigerian formulated the theory of African Pianism? 23. What Haitian wrote ‘Legende Creole’? 24. Name the black violin soloist who performed with the New York Philharmonic, 1875-1876. 25. His opera ‘Blake’ was excerpted by the New York City Opera Company. 6. Ignatius Sancho 7. Justin Holland 8. R. Nathaniel Dett 9. Ludovic Lamothe 10. Margaret A. Bonds 11. Edward K. “Duke” Ellington 12. William Levi Dawson 13. George Theophilus Walker 14. Paul Freeman 15. Michael Mosoeu Moerane 16. Florence B. Price 17. Adolphus C. Hailstork 18. Fela Sowande 19. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson 20. Ulysses S. Kay 21. Hale Smith 22. Akin Euba 23. Justin Elie 24. Jose Silvestre White 25. H. Leslie Adams
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. William Grant Still John Blanke Scott Joplin Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges
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News & Notes
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 768-8755. 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. The Little Mermaid Child & Youth Services (CYS) and the Missoula Children’s Theater present “The Little Mermaid”, 5:30 p.m., Mar. 8 at the Camp Walker’s Evergreen Community Club. A new version of the age-old tale, lots of music, plot surprises and humor waits for the audiences. The show will be held in conjunction with the CYS/Boys and Girls Clubs of America national photography exhibit. For information, call DSN 764-5297/5298. 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 held at 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: [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.
Second FCC home now available on Camp George
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP GEORGE – USAG Daegu’s opened its second Family Child Care (FCC) home at Camp George on Jan. 17. Ms. Sabrina Tacey, the newly approved FCC provider, opened her house to make a difference in the lives of children by providing high quality and affordable child care. USAG Daegu has the only two FCC homes in all of Korea for military and DoD personnel. A FCC home must be located on a military installation and approved by the Director of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation to provide child care services to military and civilian families. The FCC program provides those who qualify with the opportunity to set their own hours, as well as provide quality inhome child care. The care offered by USAG Daegu’s licensed FCC providers is based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. Providers offer a nurturing home environment that supports each child’s development in a family setting. The homes offer life experiences where children learn through play and active hands-on involvement with a caring professional guiding their daily activities. CDC/FCC Director, Maryvel Q. Jones expects that the new FCC home on Camp George will be helpful to Camp George residents. “I’m sure that the new FCC home will help the families who need care for their children outside of the normal CDC hours for exercise or weekends, also,” said Jones. “Now, Camp George’s residents don’t have to go Camp Walker for child care. We can now provide ‘Quality Care’ for children in a home environment on Camp George.” To be a FCC provider, the applicant must be over 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to speak, read, and write English, have good mental and physical health, pass a comprehensive background check, complete an orientation program prior to licensing and fulfill ongoing training requirements. “Anyone who wants to be a FCC provider can be a FCC provider,” said CYS Coordinator, Jeannie M. Pai. “This program is providing spouses with an opportunity to have their own business.” Care options for families include full time, part time, hourly/drop-in, before and after school, weekend, overnight, and shift worker. The FCC also features special programs like Extended Home Hours and the FCC Subsidy Program. Extended Home Hours offers extended child care arrangements for situations such as working late, working on the weekends, military exercises, temporary shift change and during deployments. There is a need for providers who are willing to take care of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children and providers to be available during evenings. The FCC Subsidy Program offers full time care in a licensed FCC home at the same fees as the CDC/SAS. Fees are determined by total family income. For more information on the program, to get a copy of the current listings of licensed providers or to obtain a license, visit the CDC Office at Bldg. 3210 or call DSN 768-7707.
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84th Ordnance Company welcomes new commander
by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL — The 84th Ordnance Company recently greeted a new leader when Capt. Thomas C. Smith assumed command from Capt. Benjamin J. Steichen in a change of command ceremony held in the Crown Jewel Fitness Center on Camp Carroll, Feb. 15. Steichen, who led the unit for over a year since he assumed command in Dec. 2006, passed the colors to Commander, 6th Ordnance Battalion, Lt. Col. Eric D. Marratta, who then passed the colors to Smith. Smith then passed the colors to 84th Ordnance Company 1st Sgt. Andrea S. Deardorf, symbolizing the complete transfer of command. Smith’s, previous assignments include: Maintenance Officer of 498th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, Commander of the 565th Quartermaster Company Fort Hood, Texas while deployed to Iraq, and Senior Company Commander Advisor to the 5th Motorized Transportation Regiment of Iraq. Smith expressed his appreciation to fellow Soldiers of the 6th Ordnance Battalion and 498th CSSB for their support in making the transition a seamless one. He also bid Steichen good luck and great success in his future endeavors. “I am grateful to be given a chance to lead this company, especially during this time in our nation’s history,” said Smith during his speech. “With your continuous support and dedication to mission success, we will take the unit to the next level. I look forward to the challenges and successes we will share together.” Steichen, plans to leave active duty to pursue his personal goals. “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times,” he said. “By that, I mean this was the hardest job I had in the Army, but it also was the most rewarding. There were more good times than bad times, however, and there are many people for me to thank.”
Capt. Thomas C. Smith, incoming commander of 84th Ordnance Company, passes the unit guidon to 1st Sgt. Andrea S. Deardorf during the Change of Command ceremony held at the Crown Jewel Fitness Center Camp Carroll, Feb. 15. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Jang Won-il “The time we had with Capt. Steichen was great,” said Deardorf. “Since our organization is small, we have difficulties that other big units don’t and it’s challenging. We have been very busy but through it all he took care of us well.” As the company’s first sergeant Deardorf will have a lot to take care of in order for the new commander to settle in. “The burden will be heavier on some days than others, but together we will handle it,” Smith said to Deardorf. “Everyone in the unit, including Soldiers, KNs, KSCs and DACs must work together as a single unit to get our mission done, it’s quite complex,” said Deardorf. Soldiers of the 84th look forward to the brand new atmosphere that the new commander will bring. “I heard that he had been a very hard-working captain in the 498th,” said Pfc. Kim Min-wook, 84th Ord. Co. CBRN specialist. “I hope he provides some new energy for the Soldiers and KATUSAs in this company.” “Without them and their support I would not have had a successful command,” said Steichen of the 84th Ord. Co. “I relied on them heavily and they never let me down. I know they will support Captain Smith just the same as I bid farewell to you this last time as the commander.” “We will develop, maintain, and train standard so that we will be ready to fight tonight,” said Smith as he thanked the 84th Ord. Co. team for the warm welcome he received.
Participants at the Change of Command Ceremony, including incoming and outgoing commanders, salute when the national anthem is played.
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Daegu youth practice ‘sense of belonging’
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — 18 members gathered at Camp Walker’s Youth Center after school on Feb. 15 to participate in the “We Care” community service program, beautifying and clearing areas around the Youth Center and planting azalea trees for the upcoming spring season. Youth Service Program Assistant, Yu Chong-ho planned and conducted the program with the kids. “This is not just for beautifying this area,” said Yu, “but to improve our members’ achievement, leadership and cooperation. It is a part of our leadership program. All of the programs are driven by youth, not by the staff.” All youth programs are conducted by volunteers. Nobody is forced to participate in the programs, but by members’ own
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(Above) DAS tenth grader, Shane Yingling (left) and DAS seventh grader, Andre Encarnacion plant an azalea tree together. Yingling participated in this program as a leader. (Left) DAS eighth grader, Alexis Parker picks up some trash around the Youth Center to clean the area. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul choice, they volunteer. The all-volunteer youth programs include leadership, sports and prevention programs, among others. The leadership program features a community service project, which includes a local orphanage visit and club beatification. “The reason we feature this project is to let youth know what they can do for the community where they are living and their parents are working,” said Youth Center Director, Donghee Kelley. “I believe that youth recognize that they are useful through this program and they improved their leadership through the preparatory meeting. In the upcoming spring season, members will beautify the building interior with the flowers they planted today.” One of youth members, Shane Yingling, volunteered to lead the program. “As a leader, I got people together and showed them what we’re going to do for our community and for this program,” said Yingling. “This program helped us learn how to keep our community safe, healthy and clean.” The Youth Center always plans several programs for youth and they are open for anybody who volunteers for a variety of experiences. For more information call the Youth Center at DSN 764-5720
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Daegu bids farewell to Camp Carroll Community Relations Officer
by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – Maintaining firm and friendly community relations with host nations is one of the most critical missions of U.S. Forces all around the world. At Camp Carroll, Installation Community Relations Officer Pak To-Yong served for more than 21 years as an agent between the U.S. and the local Korean community to foster that relationship. Now, he is moving on to another chapter of his life. As of Feb. 18, he began his new career as Community Relations Officer at Osan Air Base, supporting Lt. Gen. Stephan G. Wood and the Seventh Air Force (Air Forces Korea) team. Before his departure, Morning Calm Weekly Staff members sat down with him to gather his valuable insight into community relations. Tell us about your job at the garrison. “My main duties in the garrison were to advise the commander on matters related to community relations activities; to organize activities; and maintain positive relationships with local government officials, community/non-govermental organization leaders and news media.” You worked in Busan as a CRO before arriving to Camp Carroll. What were some differences working here compared to Busan? “Compared to Busan, the second largest city in Korea, Waegwan is a small community 21 years. What was your most significant success regarding Korean American relations? “I would like to mention two big events that I was responsible for and completed successfully. The first one is the Annual Busan Good Neighbor Award Reception. The event was organized to honor and recognize Korean citizens and organizations for their outstanding efforts to promote friendships and strengthen the alliance between the ROK and the US. Many local community leaders and members from various fields participated in the event. The other one is the Korean American Friendship Night hosted by the Korean War Veterans Association which was held in July 2007. Even though I was a guest, I was involved in and supported parts of the event such as invitations, the script, MCs, the guest list, translation of the host and guests’ remarks, etc. It was a great success. Guests from both the ROK and the U.S. were happy and I was proud of it.” Pak concluded, “I feel proud to have served as an ambassador for both the U.S. Army at Camp Carroll and the local Chilgok/Waegwan community. I will keep doing my utmost to foster friendship and enhance understanding between the two different cultures. Finally I would like to sincerely thank every one of you for your support during my stay in Busan, and Waegwan.” USAG Daegu bids farewell and wishes the best of luck to Mr. Pak in his future endeavors.
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Pak To-yong, Camp Carroll Community Relations Officer, recently departed USAG Daegu for duties as Osan Air Force Base CRO. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-il which allowed me to cover a much larger area of community relations between Korea and the U.S. The Waegwan citizens have a pro-American sentiment so it was easy for me to perform duties as a CRO.” As you perform your duties as a CRO, what are some hardships you face? “Whenever there is a misunderstanding between the two sides due to cultural differences. One of the most important duties as someone who knows the cultures and understands the role of USFK is to dispel that misunderstanding and maintain a firm relationship between the two.” What would you suggest to the garrison as to how to improve the relationship with the local community? “In a word, learning and understanding the cultural differences by having positive Korean-American friendship activities, and actively participating in those activities. Some good examples of such activities would be English camps for local students, Korean American friendship events such as the ROK-US Friendship Night Dinner hosted by the Korean War Veteran’s Association, spring/fall community clean-up activities and coordinating/participating in any activities that bring and foster a solid alliance between the U.S. and Korea.” You’ve worked with the Army for over