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Volume 5, Issue 18

15th KSC Company wins award
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Feb. 23, 2007

Area Cub Scouts tour broadcast station
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Gen. Bell talks to Taegu students

See story and additional photos on page 25.

Force increase necessary for war on terror, terror, leaders say
By Sara Wood
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON- The endstrength increases in the Army and Marine Corps will help reduce strain on the forces and position them for the long war against terrorism, the leaders of the two services said in congressional testimony last Thursday.

The extra 65,000 Soldiers and 27,000 Marines, due to be added by 2012, will increase time at home for units between deployments and will prepare the forces for missions in areas besides Iraq and Afghanistan, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, and Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, told

the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I think that the Army is too small for the century that we’re in,” Schoomaker said. “I believe the plan we have is the proper plan and proper slope to do it. And so my advice would be that we complete the plan and we sustain this force. It’s my opinion the nation can afford it, and it’s necessary in this century.” Advocating for the increase in the Marine Corps, Conway said, “I believe we’re a nation at war. I think that Afghanistan and Iraq represent the first battles of this long war. And I think, like in any war, you don’t know

what’s on the horizon; you don’t know what is going to follow. “So if asked for my military advice on whether or not we should look at off-ramping or stopping something short of 202,000 Marines at this point,” he continued, “I would recommend we not do that until such time as we think that this war against Islamic extremists is over.” The Army is set to grow at 7,000 Soldiers per year, and the Marines at 5,000 per year. Schoomaker and Conway said this rate of growth will

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MP Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply the guilt or innocence of any person. Area 1 Wrongful Use of Prescription Medication, Investigation established probable cause to believe Subject 1 committed the offense of Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance when he utilized a fellow Soldier’s prescription medication and tested positive for amphetamines during a unit administered urinalysis test. On Feb. 13, Subject 1 was interviewed under rights advisement and admitted to utilizing an unknown Soldier’s prescription. This is a final report. Area 2 Assault Consummated by a Battery, D/V, Subject 1 and Victim 1 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical, when Subject 1 struck Victim 1 numerous times in the facial area with an open hand. Victim 1 declined medical attention and left the scene before MP arrived. Subject 1 was apprehended and transported to Yongsan PMO where he was administered a series of FSTs, which he failed. Subject 1 was not advised of his legal rights due to his suspected level of intoxication. Subject 1 was processed and released to his supervisor. Victim 1 reported to the Yongsan PMO and rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident, at which time she incriminated herself by stating that she struck Subject 1 first. Victim 1 was then advised of her legal rights, which she waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. Victim 1 was processed and released on her own recognizance. Victim 1 sustained no visible injuries. Subject #1 was processed and released on his own recognizance. SWS was notified. This is a final report. Area 3 Larceny of Private Funds, Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, removed funds from Victim 1’s debit card account. Victim 1’s debit card was secured and attended. ECOL is $532.00. The investigation continues by MPI. Area 4 Underage Drinking, while conducting ID checks at Gate 4, MP detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject 1’s person. Further investigation revealed that Subject 1 was under the legal age to consume alcohol. Subject 1 was administered a series of FSTs, which he failed. Subject 1 was apprehended and transported to the Camp Carroll PMO where he was administered a PBT with a result of 0.059 percent BAC and released to his unit. This is a final report.

persons with lung United States Forces Korea and the Korean diseases (such as Meteorological asthma), heart disease or diabetes Administration have Special to The Morning Calm Weekly • Keep windows revised their warnings and doors closed concerning increase in • Remove contact lenses and wear glasses Yellow dust coming from the Gobi Desert in • Brush your teeth and wash your hands, face China. The following information about yellow dust was extracted from a handout and eyes with warm water upon returning indoors provided by USFK to prepare you for this • Drink plenty of water to keep your tears health risk: flowing well o What is it? Inhalable particles • Use air filters to keep air clear, and humidifier that originate from dry, desert regions of to increase indoor humidity level China and Mongolia. • Wash fruits and vegetables exposed to Yellow o What does it do? In sufficient concentration, fine particles can obscure Sand before consumption • Wash hands carefully before handling food visibility, irritate soft tissues in the eyes, • Don’t burn candles and don’t smoke indoors nose, mouth, and throat, and cause or exacerbate respiratory and cardiovascular After the Yellow Sand/dust storm has cleared: problems. • Air out room/house o When does it happen? Yellow • Wash objects exposed to dust before using Sand events usually occur during the spring them – do this carefully to keep from stirring up (March, April and May). Since 1999, the dust Yellow Sand events have also occurred Check the current Yellow Sand concentration at during winter months. your location at o What can I do? index.html, click on Yellow Sand, or http:// During the Yellow Sand/dust storm: • Avoid outdoor activities, especially default.asp. For more information, contact 18TH the elderly, young children, and MEDCOM at 736-3025/3033.

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FDA warns against eating peanut butter
Product may be contaminated with Salmonella
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid

of the jar that begins with the number “2111.” Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected. If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it. Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems,

Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause lifethreatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities. FDA’s warning is based on a justcompleted epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and

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USFK commander puts university area off-limits The commander of United States Forces Korea has designated the Hongdae/Hongik University area in Seoul off-limits to all USFK service members, civilian employees, contractor employees and their family members between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily for reasons of force protection. The Hongdae/Hongik University area is located about two miles west of Yongsan Main Post, immediately southwest of the Sinchon subway station and rotary and includes the Hongdae bar district. This order does not apply to KATUSA Soldiers or Korean employees. For more details and maps go to the force protection page on DoD Cilvilian Volunteers needed for Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq The Department of Defense needs DoD civilian volunteers to serve with the Department of State’s Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Iraq. The PRTs are operated under the authority of the Department of State, to promote security and economic development in Iraq, and to assist the Iraqi people in rebuilding and administering their country. A Foreign Service Officer leads the PRTs, which will comprise of military members, Foreign Service officers, DoD civilians, other Federal civilians, and contractors. The period of service is 9-12 months, although shorter periods of service may be considered. For appilcations go and additional information go to http:// Army jobs can be found at the Army link on that site. Announments will close Feb. 26. Culinary Arts Award Ceremony The Team Korea Culinary Arts Award Ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at the Dragon Hill Lodge. It will take place on the Mezzanine Balcony from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The team will represent Korea at Fort Lee, Va., later this year. Brig. Gen. Al Aycock will host the event. Korean National Employee’s Leave and Earnings statement to be discontinued Starting the pay period, March 2007, printing and mailing hard copies of Korean National employee Leave and Earnings Statements will be discontinued. LESs have been available to all since March 2003. Korean National employees can view and print LESs by accessing the KN Pay LES System (KNLESS) at the 175th Financial Management Center website -- KNLESS maintains all KN employees’ LESs from March 2003 to present. This change will enhance employee’s customer service efficiency. For additional information, contact Kim, Pyong-Chin at 725-3623. Email Kim at [email protected].

Soldiers train for IED and other situations they may encounter in Iraq on convoys and maneuvers. In

Training aids make Army warrior tasks training more realistic
By Rob Martinez
TRADOC News Service

the most recent training, an extra training aid was introduced to create a realistic setting for the Soldiers.


FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — Cadre of Company B, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion completed the evaluation part of two weeks of training, Saturday. The cadre had trained during hours outside of teaching classes. “We’ve organized the permanent party FTX so Soldiers go through different battle drills ... making sure our permanent party stays current with TRADOC tasks that

are essential for going out on convoys and maneuvers, because they are directly training the students and for when the cadre leave here ... and go back to line units,” said Executive Officer 1st Lt. Matt Foster. Special to this and subsequent exercises are the realistic training aids. The unit employed actual IED simulators and paintball guns which are replicas of M-4s, M-16s, and AK-47s. “The training aids are a lot better than when I was going thorough basic and AIT,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Case, U.S. Army Intelligence Center. “We have IED simulators which are not just something we have to point at saying, ‘This is what it looks like.’” “Soldiers actually get the loud explosion right by their vehicle.” The training aids add realism because Soldiers can actually see the marks made by the exploded IED or where the paintballs hit. “It’s much better than the MILES (A laser system used to detect hits) gear,” said Pvt. Allen Wrozek, Company B, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, who helped maintain the paintball guns during the exercise. “You actually feel this stuff, not just hear an annoying beep,” he said. “They actually jam up if you don’t use them right, so they’re more realistic.”

Peninsula-wide Tax Peninsula-wide Tax Centers open for 2007 season
Area I OIC: Capt. Stacy Cohen Camp Casey at Maude Hall, Bldg 2440, Suite 241 Phone: 730-3598 Open: Feb. 1 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. 5p.m.; Thursday 1 - 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays and training holidays Camp Red Cloud mobile tax center Location: Freeman Hall Opens: March 1 Tuesdays only 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Camp Stanley mobile tax center Location: Bldg 2305 Opens: March 1 Wednesdays only 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Area II OIC: Capt. Denise O’Connell Yongsan Main Post at Moyer Community Activities Center (bus terminal), room 113 Phone: 725-1040 Open: Jan. 31 – May 10 (opens at 4 p.m. after ceremony) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday from 1- 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Closed Sundays and holidays and training holidays Area III OIC: Capt. Brian Tomasovic Camp Humphreys at Bldg S-262 (across from CAC, next to Red Cross) Phone: 753-3905/3904 Open: Jan. 25 – May 20 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday by appointment only; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Sundays, holidays and training holidays Area IV OIC: Capt. Eric Christeson Camp Henry at Bldg 1805 (building shared with CPAC and the Legal Assistance Office) Phone: 768-6680 Open: Jan. 31 - June 15 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 1 - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Closed Sundays, holidays and training holidays Camp Carroll at Bldg T-125 Phone: 765-7136 Open: Jan. 31 – June 15 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 1 - 4:30 p.m.; Closed Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and training holidays Osan Air Base POC:Tech Sgt. Boyce Bldg 788, Rm 26 Call 784-8935 for more information Kunsan Air Base Bldg 755, 3rd Floor Appointment only Call 782-1250

be sustainable without additional incentives to serve or a diminished quality of recruits. Last year was the best recruiting year in nine years for the Army’s active force and 13 years for the reserve force, Schoomaker said. The Army also has exceeded goals this year and is on track to continue to do so, he said. The Marine Corps will add additional recruiters to meet the growth goal and also will appeal to Marines who are now serving and those who have just separated from service, Conway said. While the troop increase will be helpful in the long term, both leaders expressed concern about the readiness of non-deployed forces. The Army started the war on terror with a $56 billion deficit in equipment, Schoomaker said. In the five years since, the Army has been expanding and transforming, and ongoing operations have accelerated the depreciation and loss of equipment. As a result, the Army has had to move equipment from units in the United States to those deploying to ensure the forward forces are fully equipped, he said. The units operating in Iraq and Afghanistan are fully trained, equipped and led, Schoomaker emphasized, but something must be done to make up for the lack in non-deployed forces. “We can’t do it by keeping shooting behind the ducks,” he said. “We have

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to get ahead of the program, and that means adequate funding in a timely fashion to get ahead of where we have to go.” Conway said that the equipment status of non-deployed Marine forces is generally good, but training is a concern. Marine units often have short times at home between deployments, so they spend their time focused on training for Iraq instead of training on alternate tasks, such as amphibious operations, mountain and combined arms live-fire maneuvers, he said. “These additional Marines will allow us the additional dwell time needed to train at home station and sharpen those skills that could be required of us in the next contingency, thereby reducing future operational and strategic risks,” Conway said. The leaders also talked about the upcoming surge of 21,500 additional troops into Baghdad and Anbar province in Iraq. Schoomaker said that the five Army brigades being sent to Baghdad are “only the tip of the iceberg,” as combat support units will be needed for those forces. In addition, an additional brigade is going into Afghanistan, and the number of embedded trainers is being increased. Conway indicated the Marines would not need any additional forces beyond what has been announced, because they rely on the Army for theater-level logistics.


Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter. This report was provided to FDA on Feb. 13. The outbreak appears to be ongoing and the first consumer may have become ill in August 2006. The cause of foodborne illnesses can be difficult to identify. As a result of extensive epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness. Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination. ConAgra is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter

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beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed. The company also is destroying all affected products in their possession. The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated. ConAgra will advise consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession. To assist in this endeavor, FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra’s processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee. FDA will provide regular updates as more information becomes available. Consumers who have questions should logon to the USFK Website.

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15th KSC Company awarded for safety
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

Yi, Kun-tok, commander 15th KSC Company, holds the company colors while employees attach the safety award ribbon. The 15th KSC earned the award by staying accident free during 2006.

CAMP STANLEY—The 15th Korean Service Corps earned the 2006 streamer for safety for their unit colors Feb. 8. “This award is from the U.S. Army and is presented to the 15th KSC Field Section, U.S. Army Garrison-Uijeongbu, for outstanding achievement in prevention of accidents from Oct. 1, 2005 to Sept. 30, 2006,” said Col. Forrest Newton, garrison commander, USAG-Uijeongbu. “This is absolutely an outstanding achievement.” The 15th KSC Co., supports the goals and the initiatives of the U.S. Army and the Korean Service Corps in making safety one of their foremost priorities in preventing and reducing accidents, Newton said. “I believe only a well-organized and highly specialized company can become a strong force to accomplish our peacetime and wartime missions,” said Yi Kun-tok, commander, 15th KSC Company, when taking charge in February last year. “I will focus on safety management, and I will endeavor to minimize the potentialities on

safety hazards along with you. And, I will The company moved from Camp Red conduct all Cloud to Camp Stanley company “This award is from the Sept. 30, 2005 as part training in U.S. Army and presented of the 2nd Infantry accordance with to the 15th KSC Field D i v i s i o n U.S. Army transformation. Section, U.S. Army training principles The KSC, a Garrison-Uijeongbu, for paramilitary labor and standards.” “We have had outstanding achievement force of 153 no accidents in prevention of accidents employees at USAGduring the past Uijeongbu, supports from Oct. 1, 2005 to Sept. both the U.S. Forces year,” Yi said. 30, 2006.” “That is the Korea and 8th U.S. Col. Forrest Newton, USAG- Army during armistice reason we received the and wartime commander. Uijeongbu, commander. safety award operations. today.” At present, the The reason roles of the company 15th KSC Company is so safe has to do are designed to parallel the wartime mission with a ‘safety first’ attitude as his command as closely as possible, and to provide an goes about their ever day business. experience base for expansion if a shooting “We have many jobs here, everything war resumes. from barracks renovations to preparing In March 1954, the 15th KSC Company equipment for rail movement, sling-loading was formed in Uijeongbu with 350 helicopters, even mortuary affairs,” Yi personnel to support the Special Troops explained. “A ‘safety first’ attitude is Unit, Headquarters, and 1 Corps Group at mandatory to do the job right.” Camp Red Cloud. The 15th KSC combined

with the 20th KSC in July 1971; in September 1992, the 15th KSC Co., began to support the U.S. Army garrison. “Across the peninsula, the 15th KSC Company is composed of Korean National indirect-hire civilians who perform combat service support duties,” Yi said. “The KSC supports the activities of the 2nd ID, 19th Theater Support Command, 18th Medical Command and the Defense Commissary Agency.” The 15th also provides an 8th U.S. Army mobile labor force,” Yi added.

Col. Forrest Newton,USAG-Uijeongbu commander, reads safety award citation during the presentation Feb. 8.


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Substance Abuse Intervention Course There will be a substance abuse intervention class held at the Camp Red Cloud Education Center room 209, bldg. number S-58, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information call: 7329060. Casey Beauty Shop Renovation The Camp Casey Beauty Shop is scheduled for a facility upgrade to improve the current facility from March 12 through 14. For more information call: 732-6263. Promotion Points for AFTB Class A total of four promotion points can be awarded for 40 accumulative hours of course instruction and training. For more information call: 221-3958. Black History Month Celebration Black History Month Extravaganza and Tribute to Harriet Tubman will be held at CRC Community Activity Center Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Camp Casey Community Activity Center tomorrow at 5 p.m. For more information call: 7329187. Mardi Gras Celebration Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Come to Camp Casey for a Mardi Gras celebration in the Digital Conference Center March 10 at 3 p.m. For more information call: 732-9187. Customer Service Excellence Course The customer service excellence course will be offered March 8 through 9 at CRC Education Center room 207. Each applicant needs to get in to the CHRTAS to register for the course. For more information call: 732-9060. 2007 Federal Asian/Pacific American Council Meritorious Service Award FPAC is soliciting nominations for the 2007 Meritorious Service Award for Military Personnel. For more information call: 703-696-5444. Voting Slogan Contest The 2008 primary and general elections need a slogan to inspire interest and participation. Submit your entries today. For more information call: 7237514. Texas Hold’em Tournament A Texas Hold’em tournament will be held tomorrow and Sunday at Casey Warrior’s Club. For more Information call: 732-9187. AAFES and DECA Meeting There will be a AAFES and DECA meeting today in the Digital Conference Center. For more information call: 7304466.


Alternating broadcasters take calls and ask questions of representatives from all aspects of garrison life during the radio town hall meeting Feb. 14.

Casey holds town hall in media center
“Since the Better Opportunities for Area I Public Affairs Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers CAMP CASEY—A successful forum at Casey, we have opened up an town hall meeting at Camp Casey means Arts and Craft center,” Hodges said. “We getting information out to as many also have improved our services at Soldiers as possible. Doing so took the Maude Hall. Its tax time, so now a form of a radio call-in show broadcast Soldier can go to Maude Hall and get his from the new Electronic Media Center or her taxes prepared.” on Camp Casey Feb. 14. Hodges went on to explain other Representatives from all aspects of changes that have taken place. There is garrison life were a new automatic present to answer “If you are concerned teller machine near questions from the Fires Brigade about the PX and the and a new Army Soldiers who called in during the show. commissary we will have and Air Force “There are a chance to discuss the Exchange Service many new results facility at issues during the PX and Rodriguez Range. since the last town hall meeting,” said Callers had a commissary meeting.” Lt. Col. Terry wide range of “This will be an questions as the Hodges, Camp opportunity to improve town Casey garrison hall commander. progressed. The and enhance our services “There is a new bus first one was ‘Will at Camp Casey.” route from Camp Camp Casey close Casey to Camp Terry Lt. Col. Terry Hodges, USAG- and will Soldiers at Stanley. From the Casey move to commander. Camp Casy commander. Directorate of C a m p Public Works, Humphreys.’ renovations of “One thing Camp Casey and Camp Hovey chapels about being a garrison commander is I are completed; if you go to the chapels don’t have to make that decision,” now you will see a tremendous place to Hodges said. “Our job is to provide the worship, and we plan on continuing to best base operations services that we improve.” can.” The DPW is renovating and Questions to the Red Cross were improving more than 16 buildings in the about where and when parents could Casey enclave, Hodges explained. There take classes in cardio pulmonary will be more Strike Team action to resuscitation. CPR classes will be held improve things as Soldiers see them and March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the make them known to the command. Camp Casey Red Cross Center.
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The media center will hold a special AAFES and commissary council meeting Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. “If you are concerned about the PX and the commissary anyone can have a chance to discuss the issues during that meeting,” Hodges said. “This will be an opportunity to improve and enhance many of our services at Camp Casey.” Announcements about the Mardi Gras and Easter celebrations highlighted the middle of the hour during the town hall. “At 3 p.m. March 10 is Mardi Gras,” Hodges said. “We will have Mardi Gras at this site with beads and all that Mardi Gras celebration is supposed to be. In April, we are going to have an Easter extravaganza. “We will have events from the theater all the way to the Warrior Club April 8. April 26 we will have an open house here in the media center. All the services including the PX and commissary will have exhibits at the open house. I expect everyone to attend.”

Maj. Andrew Powell, FNP OIC, Primary Care Area, answers questions about the dental program during town hall meeting.

Area I USO holds foreign spouses meeting
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By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

Feb. 23, 2007



CAMP CASEY — The most important meetings held in Area I are the foreign spouses meetings held at the Camp Casey USO. The latest meeting was held Feb. 7 imparting information from Lt. Col. Terry Hodges, garrison commander, Camp Casey, and Faith Barnes and Gwendolyn McCarthy of Army Community Services. The Pear Blossom Cottage remodeling at Camp Casey should start in March or April, according to Hodges. “Our next objective is to fix the playgrounds and other things,” Hodges said. “Also, I have asked the Army andAir Force Exchange Service and Directorate of Public Works to look at the washing machines at Camp Hovey and add additional machines.” Hodges also asked all spouses to attend an AAFES and commissary committee meeting Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. “I know some of you have made comments about: ‘I put an order in to the commissary for meat and it came back saying the item was not available,’ when you go in the commissary you find it on the shelf. One thing we are going to do is have the commissary manager in Yongsan come up here to answer your questions,” Hodges said. “If you have issues with the Post Exchange or the commissary, you can bring them up to the managers.” Listing dependents on the DBIDS system is a very important message to all the spouses. “We have just completed a Department of Defense IG inspection on noncombatant evacuation operations,” Hodges said. “Many of you know folks that should be involved in the NEO exercises. In April or

May we will do another Courageous Channel exercise. I ask all of you to help us find those personnel who have not come on line and registered for NEO. We need to get everyone registered so we can account for everyone if we need to evacuate.” Hodges stressed how important it is to register children in the DBIDS system. “If they are 10 years old or younger, they must be in the DBIDS system,” Hodges said. “We have designed Maude Hall to be as user friendly as possible. You need to go there and register your children in the DBIDS system. I need your help to make sure your NEO packet is up-todate.” The New Spouses Orientation meetings are very important for spouses new to Area I, according Barnes. Anyone can attend the orientation “The New Spouses Orientation is not just for new spouses,” Barnes said. “Everyone can attend the orientation. That way everyone gets more information in addition to the information you get here at the USO.” Those attending the orientation are briefed by all the Army agencies on post, Barnes explained. The meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at Camp Casey, and at Camp Red Cloud the third Wednesday of the month. Before a Soldier gets married he or she should plan to fill out the initial packet for the I-130 visa application for his or her new spouse, Barnes explained. Soldiers should make an appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service immediately to ensure their packet will be processed in time for his or her new spouse


Lt. Col. Terry Hodges, commander, Camp Casey, makes announcements and answers questions during the USO foreign spouses meeting at Camp Casey.

to obtain a visa. “Don’t wait until your husband tells you he is leaving in three months,” Barnes said. “Don’t wait that long because it can take longer for the packet to be processed.” Financial readiness also is important to everyone, according McCarthy. “Everyone should have a financial short term, intermediate term and long term plan,” McCarthy said. “Short term plans are for a year to two years, intermediate plans are two to five years, and long term plans are five years or longer.” Committing these plans to paper is very important, McCarthy said. When you forget something in your plan, you can always go to the paper and refresh your memory. “For example, when you get married, on your short term plan should be to get your visa as soon as possible,” McCarthy said. “Furthermore, the cost of the visa should be included in your short term plan.” Pregnant spouses should have the birth of their child included on their short-term plan, McCarthy said.

“If you are pregnant, how much money will you need to look after your baby?” McCarthy asked. “Most of you, if you are here after 2005, are on the Standard Care plan. What this means to you is that TriCare will pay 80 percent of your medical cost. You will have to pay 20 percent. Here is the kicker. In Yongsan, 121 Hospital does not have the facilities to deliver all the babies being born in the Area. If you are referred to a host nation hospital, they will not discharge you or the baby until the cost is paid. Another cost in your plan would be the cost of delivery for your baby.You should have anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 in your short term financial plan.” An example of intermediate financial plan items is the trip spouses would take to go to the United States, McCarthy said. In the U.S., the culture lives on credit. Spouses should plan to build a credit rating as soon as possible. “It will be your responsibility to take care of your credit,” McCarthy said. “Your husband cannot do it for you.” 8 Feb. 23, 2007

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AAFES answers taxi service questions
By David McNally
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — Many Area II community members count on Arirang World Cup Taxi for transportation needs. The company has a contract with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to provide taxi service to Area II. At a Feb. 9 Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers, or BOSS, meeting, Soldiers communicated their concerns about taxi service. Many Soldiers felt AAFES taxi fares need to be addressed. “Pricing is generally what most people don’t understand,” said AAFES Area II General Manager Ron Daugherty. “Customers need to know how the fares are calculated and where to comment if they have a concern.” The cost of an AAFES taxi ride is calculated on distance and the amount of time it takes to reach a destination. “Because of the time delay in heavy traffic, fares could be higher during peak hours,” Daugherty said. The initial charge to take an AAFES taxi is $2.30. After the initial charge, the remainder of the ride is calculated by distance and time in 30-cents-per-unit increments. There is an additional 20 percent latenight premium on taxi rides taken between midnight and 4 a.m. Daugherty said the night differential charge is a

A customer escapes the rain with a ride in an Army and Air Force Exchange Service taxi at the Dragon Hill Lodge taxi stand. being requested by the customer.” taxi industry standard throughout Korea. Daugherty said another common question is the Another concern BOSS members addressed is “ride-along policy.” the change being offered by taxi drivers. “Let’s say two customers get in a taxi at point A “Taxi drivers should always be ready to give exact change,” Daugherty said. “Many customers do not and when they arrive at point B, customer one gets ask for the change back and that’s all right, but all out of the cab. Then the second customer travels to drivers should be ready to make change without it See Taxi Page 12 axi,


Yongsan Reggie’s wins most improved award AER campaign
By David McNally
Area II Public Affairs

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By Tamara Sternberg
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command announced awards for branded Army restaurants worldwide. Among 11 winning facilities, officials selected Reggie’s at the Yongsan Main Post Club as “most improved.” Area II MWR Business Manager Dan Melton feels they won the award because they turned the restaurant into a profitable operation. “Walter Cade and I took Reggie’s from a $50,000 loss to putting it in the black,” Melton said. “We have improved customer service by 100 percent and set the standards for what people want and accept.” Main Post Club Manager Walter Cade helped to implement new buffet and catering menus. “Walter is a ‘people person’ and has turned the attitudes of the employees around,” Melton said. “We have also hired some new employees with good customer service skills. The bottom line is, we give the customer what they want.” Melton said the staff works together and knows what it takes to make Reggie’s a well-oiled machine. “The staff is always there to serve

Main Post Club Food and Beverage Manager Mark McIntosh and a staff member prepare meals at Reggie’s. and be of any assistance they can,” Reggie’s is a place that people want Melton said. “All I can say is, they are to come to and people talk about.” an outstanding bunch of employees and Area II MWR Director Paul I love them and thank them all for what Robinson had nothing but praise for they do.” Melton and Cade. One year ago Reggie’s was coming “They were the two that turned that out of two and a half year long place around,” he said. renovation and trying to change their The new conference center, new image again. menus and the Reggie’s Express “This gave us the chance to do what Snack Bar being open until midnight our customers wanted and make many on Friday and Saturday and from 6 changes to give back to the a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday See Award Page 12 ward, community,” Melton said. “Today,


YONGSAN GARRISON — The 2007 Army Emergency Relief campaign begins March 1 with the goal of reaching out to every servicemember. On Yongsan, the AER office is located in the Army Community Services building, on the second floor, room 211, which is small, comfortable, and, most importantly, private. “We get people all across the spectrum coming through here, enlisted, officers, everyone,” said Army Emergency Relief Section Officer Allison Blake, gesturing to the door, “You’ll notice that except for my sign-in sheet, no one’s name appears anywhere in this office.” Blake said there is an important element of confidentiality with this sort of work. Most people in Area II come to AER looking for emergency funds for travel because of illness or death in the family. Blake said taking emergency leave from

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Visitor Center Open The Camp Coiner Gate 20 Visitor Center renovation is complete. The center is now open. Army Emergency Relief The 2007 Army Emergency Relief campaign begins March 1. AER is a private nonprofit organization with zero funding from the government. The key to a successful fund-raising campaign is the unit keyperson. The Area II goal for this year’s campaign is 100 percent contact of eligible contributors. There will be key person training at the Army Community Service classroom, Bldg. 4106 on Yongsan South Post. For information, call 723-4197. Coaches Needed Area II is looking for coaches to coach the Yongsan Men and Women Post Level Softball Teams for the 2007 season. Interested personnel should submit their resume to the Area II Sports Office no later than March 15. This programs runs from April 1 through Aug. 31 2007. For information, call 738-8608. Theater Auditions The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to town. There will be open auditions for students Kindergarten through 12th grade 3 p.m. March 5 at the Seoul American Elementary School Gymnasium. The play will be Rumpelstiltskin with two performances 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 10 at the Seoul American High School Auditorium. The play will be free to the public. For information, call 738-5556. Library Events February is Black History Heritage Month see Yongsan Library’s book display and bibliography. The library will present a “Meet the Artist” session with Gia Son 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at the meeting room. There will be refreshments. AFCEA Luncheon Seoul Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association invites you to attend their next luncheon to honor past board members and induct newly elected board members 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on today, at the Hartell House. Open to current, potential, and non-members. Buffet is $15 (includes drink, buffet and gratuity) For information, call 723-6191. Faithlift 2007 An Interdenominational Christian Women’s Weekend will be held March 2-3 at South Post Chapel and Dragon Hill Lodge. Register by Feb. 16 at chapel services. For information, call 010-7114-0593. Area II Web Site For more community notes, news and information, visit the Area II Web site at

Cub Scouts tour AFN Korea
By Sgt. Lee Yang-won
Area II Public Affairs

Area II Cub Scouts take a look “behind-the-scenes” of a news production session Feb.13 at American Forces Network-Korea television studios.


YONGSAN GARRISON — A local den of six Cub Scouts discovered the broadcasting world Feb. 13 at the American Forces Network-Korea during a field trip. The tour was part of the cub scouts’ “Go see it” program, which is a required task for members to complete. The parents arranged the visit for the children. “It’s something children never get to see often and we figured since the place is so close, it’s an opportunity for them to see how a TV station runs,” said Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “AFN did a really good job for us.” Stephens is the father of a proud Cub Scout. The tour offered a short video clip introducing what AFN does, visits to television studios, and the Eagle FM studio.

“It was a great tour,” said Cub Scouts parent Trinidad Catelo. “The kids were really interested in how an actual broadcast was recorded and what the studio looked like.” “I think what’s great about AFN is that it relates itself to the kids because kids are all silenced by television,” said Network Production Noncommissioned Officer-in-charge Sgt. 1st Class Heatherann Bozeman. “It was a successful tour. These kinds of visits are positive because the community members get to understand the missions of a unit better.” She said she was inspired how the parents were involved with the children during the activity. “It was quite beautiful to see really busy men dedicate their time for their sons,” she said. “It was really fun,” said 6-year-old Cub Scout Antonio Catelo.

Buccaneers cheerleaders come to Yongsan
By Pfc. Jung Jae-hoon
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders excited Area II community members with huge smiles, Feb. 13 at the Main Exchange. The cheerleaders visited Yongsan Garrison from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday for a brief autograph session at the Main Exchange. “We are here to visit the troops and show our appreciation,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Aimee Perkins. “We’re trying to give them a little piece of back home in the states.” P .J J The cheerleaders talked and took A Yongsan Soldier meets with members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders squad pictures with a long line of U.S. Feb. 13 at the Main Exchange during an autograph and photo session. Servicemembers and civilians who hands, to enjoy time with the famous Soldiers,” said 106th Medical came for autographs. Detachment Pvt. John Blankenship “We are all excited to be here, women. “I’m not a big fan of the Buccaneers “Everyone were excited to see them.” everyone is so warm and welcoming,” The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the cheerleaders were beautiful so I thought I should get their autographs,” cheerleaders left with a promise to cheerleader Tomoko Kojima. “We want to lift up the sprits and show how said United Nation Command Security come back soon. “Thank you for your service and much we appreciate them for what Battalion – Joint Security Area Spc. your dedication,” Perkins said. “It was Lee Vampola. they are doing.” “I think these kinds of events are a an honor to be a part of what the Fans gathered in front of the good boost-up for the morale of the Soldiers do.” cheerleaders with cameras in their

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Quiz checks African American History knowledge
By Pfc. Kim Sang-wook
Area II Public Affairs

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YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 50 Area II servicemembers got a chance to learn about African American history by participating in a trivia quiz Feb. 16 at the Yongsan Main Exchange. The Area II Equal Opportunity Office hosted the lunch time event to promote African American Black History Month. “This is one of the many activities that we’re doing to promote the month of February as African American History Month,” said Area II Equal Opportunity Advisor Sgt. 1st Class Myra Watson. “This is a trivia contest to identify famous African Americans that some people might not be aware of.” Watson posted 16 pictures of African Americans on a board with biographies and names. Participants who got more than twelve correct answers received an Army and Air Force Exchange Service 20-percent discount coupon. “The questions were good, but I wasn’t up-todate on my I really enjoyed the test, African American but I don’t know a lot h i s t o r y, ” about African said 121st Combat American History Support —Sgt. April Young Hospital Sgt. Natasha Williams. “I got 11 out of 16 which is OK, but I think I should have known all sixteen.” Williams said she enjoyed the opportunity to review African American History. She did not get a 20 percent discount, but she did receive a free phone

Sgt. Natasha Williams answers quiz questions on African American History Feb. 16 at the Main Exchange lobby. card for participating. Eventually Watson distributed 17 coupons to Williams’ coworker Sgt. April Young also took the qualified winners. challenge. “The purpose is not only to test an individual’s “I really enjoyed the test, but I don’t know a lot African-American history knowledge but also about African American History,” she said. “I should educate them as well,” Watson said. “The feedback know.” we received was excellent. Everyone enjoyed it.”



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point C, Daugherty said. “The second customer is responsible for the point A to B fare. The taxi meter does not restart.” It is up to the two customers to decide what each should pay, he said. There are five taxi stand locations on Yongsan Garrison, The taxi service dispatcher video cameras at the Main Exchange and Commissary taxi stands to see where there are lines. “We’re trying to use technology to provide better service,” Daugherty said. “We should have cameras installed at the Dragon Hill Lodge, 121st Combat Support Hospital and Moyer Bus Terminal taxi stands before the end of next month.” Area II Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster also stressed the responsibilities and conduct of customers. Our servicemembers need to maintain high levels of professionalism both on and off duty,” Foster said. “There should be no question about the use of seat belts or about the smoking policy in these vehicles.” Foster said courtesy and professionalism go hand-in-hand both in and out of uniform. During July 2006 training sessions, 154 AAFES taxi drivers attended a refresher safety workshop. Area II Provost Marshal Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge Master Sgt. Greg Dickerson said at the time that the

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three top concerns were speeding, seat belts and cell phone use. “Their licenses are subject to suspension for violating traffic and safety regulations,” Dickerson said. “There was a decline in the number of safety violations after the training,” Daugherty said. “We’ll continue that training on an annual or as-needed basis.” Exchange officials want to know about violations. “Drivers should adhere to traffic laws and regulations,” Daugherty said. “Drivers should not be smoking in the cars or stopping to get gasoline while carrying passengers.” “The biggest problem is getting customers to report problems through the correct channels so that action is taken,” said Yongsan BOSS Vice President Spc. Joshua Present. “Not reporting incidents hurts you and your fellow Soldiers.” To report a driver, customers should take down the taxi number, date and time of the violation and information about the violation. “We’re here to provide this service to the community. We realize how important it is and we want to offer our very best,” Daugherty said. “Customers can call the taxi managers, at 738-5119, or give me a call at 7387402.” Customers can also leave feedback online with the Interactive Customer Evaluation system at

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are all improvements to Reggie’s. “We offer the all you can eat crab night for only $22.95,” Melton said. “This will be going up as crab has just gone out of season, but we are trying to keep our price down as best we can. We are still the cheapest in Korea.” Melton and Cade plan on getting bigger and better. “We plan on winning the big award next year, not only for the most improved Reggie’s again, but the

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‘James A. Carroll Award’ for the best club,” Melton said. Cade will travel to the 2007 International Military Community Executives Association Conference in May to receive the award. The conference is held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago. Restaurants are rated on financial and operational performance against other similar units within the brand.

Korea almost always involves an international flight, which can be expensive and is often more than a Soldier has set aside. AER assists Army active-duty personnel, as well as retirees, reservists, widows, and military orphans with emergency financial needs. AER relief can also be obtained for a myriad of other needs, including funeral expenses, medical/dental expenses, personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen, food, rent and utilities. It cannot be used for nonessentials, legal expenses, fines, consolidation of debt, home purchases, or credit card bills to name a few.

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Allison Blake wants the Area II community to know that AER is there to help wherever it can. “If people call me, I can tell them over the telephone what paperwork to bring in so when they come to see me, if the paperwork checks out and there is no outstanding AER balance for them, the loan can be processed immediately,” she said. The AER campaign will raise the funds necessary to operate the program. People can donate through their unit key person. The campaign will run March 1-May 15. For information, contact Allison Blake at 738-4655, or go online at http:/ /

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We Are Marshall (PG) 8:30 p.m. Jet Li’s Fearlee (PG13) 7 p.m. Norbit (R) 9 p.m. Deja Vu (PG13) 7 p.m. Catch And Release (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

Children Of Men (R) 8:30 p.m. The Messengers (PG13) 7 p.m. Norbit (R) 9 p.m. Norbit (R) 7 p.m. Catch And Release (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

We Are Marshall (PG) 8:30 p.m. The Messengers (PG13) 7 p.m. Norbit (R) 9 p.m.
Pursuit of Happyness

Norbit (R) 7:30 p.m.
Pursuit of Happyness

Pursuit of Happyness

(PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Children Of Men (R) 9 p.m. Norbit (R) 7 p.m. No Show

Children Of Men (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Casino Royale (PG13) 9:30 p.m.
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(PG13) 7 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 9 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 7 p.m. No Show

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Apocalypto — From Academy Award winning filmmaker Mel Gibson comes ‘Apocalypto’: a heart stopping mythic actionadventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by .a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

The Good Shepherd — The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man’s life in The Good Shepherd, an espionage drama starring Academy Award® winners Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro and directed by Robert De Niro. Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) understands the value of secrecy— discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders. Wilson’s acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, and he is soon recruited to work for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA) during WWII.

Norbit — A meek and lovable milquetoast married to an overbearing, overweight tyrant finds his life turned upside down when he meets the woman of his dreams in this romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Eddie Griffin. His entire life, Norbit (Murphy) has been picked on and put down, and after being bullied into marrying the most obnoxious woman in town (also Murphy) it appears as if that’s the way things will remain until the day he dies. Upon meeting the one woman who seems to accept him for who he is, Norbit is instilled with a newfound sense of hope for the future. In order to find true happiness, however, Norbit will first have to gather the courage to stand up to his monstrous spouse once and for all.

We Are Marshall — In November 1970, a plane carrying almost the entire Marshall University football team, its staff and fans crashed, killing 75 people in all and devastating the small town of Huntington, West Virginia. We are Marshall, directed by McG tells the tragic true story of how the university and the citizens of Huntington rebuilt the football program and dealt with the loss of so many of their own. The university’s president, Donald Dedmon, earnestly portrayed by David Strathairn, hires the only willing coach to take on such a daunting task, Jack Lengyl (Matthew McConaughey). With the help of the lone Marshall football coach Red Dawson (Matthew Fox) and the three remaining players who weren’t on the plane, Coach Lengyl sets out to restructure Marshall’s team, and spirit.

The Pursuit Of Happyness — In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother (Thandie Newton) of his five-yearold son Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows. He lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, and although there is no salary, he accepts, hopeful he will end the program with a job and a promising future.

Freedom Writers (PG13) 6:45 p.m.
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Eragon (PG) 6:45 p.m.
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(PG13) 9:30 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 9 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 7 p.m.
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Turistas (R) 6:45 p.m. Apocalypto (R) 7 p.m.
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No Show Apocalypto (R) 7 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 7 p.m. No Show Children Of Men (R) 7 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 6 p.m. Casino Royale (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show Freedom Writers (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show Children Of Men (R) 9 p.m.
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(PG) 8:30 p.m. The Grudge 2 (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

(PG) 8 p.m. Flicka (PG) 9:30 p.m.

(PG) 8 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 6:30 p.m. Flicka (PG) 6:30 p.m.

(R) 7 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 7 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 7 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 6 p.m. Casino Royale (PG13) 6 p.m.

(PG13) 7 p.m. Apocalypto (R) 6 p.m. Children Of Men (R) 6 p.m.

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By all means, we all need patience
By Chaplain (Maj.) Lee Rodgers
Religious Retreat Center Director


William Pitt, Prime Minister of England, was asked long ago, “What is the first qualification for being Prime Minister of England?” He answered, “Patience.” He was asked, “What is the second qualification for being Prime Minister of England? He said, “Patience.” He was asked, “What is the third qualification was for being Prime Minister of England?” William Pitt said, “By all means, patience.” What do schoolchildren playing on the playground need? What do teachers need? What do parents need? What do service members need? What do friends need? What does the average person need today? By all means, we all need patience.

Everyone has certainly heard of the patience of Job. Job is depicted in the book of Job and the book of James as a model of patience. James 5:10 states, “My brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed, we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the patience of Job and seen what the Lord finally brought about.” Everyone knows Job lost almost everything he had. Yet, Job never quit. His faith was in a faithful God who did not change whether in good times or bad. Eventually, the Lord restored Job after his great test. In fact, Job 42:12 states, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” Now, Job was patient waiting upon the Lord to reveal Himself to him. Job endured. Job

expressed his problem to God for sure. His friends thought they understood God completely. His friends were not very much help. In the middle of his trial of faith, Job patiently waited upon the Lord. Like Job, we should be patient with the Lord. He is always on time. The Lord’s clock and our clock do not always tick the same. In His time, the Lord rewarded Job greatly for his endurance. Let us patiently wait upon the Lord. Where else do we need patience? Certainly, we need patience with others. Everyone is different from everyone else. No two people are exactly alike. Let us be patient with people. Does God love others as much as he loves us? Obviously, yes He does. Let us be patient with others.

Area II Worship Services
CatholicMass Sunday 8 a.m. 11:30a.m. Tues./Wed. 12:05p.m. Mon./Thur. 12:05p.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Friday 6 p.m. Sunday Sunday Sunday South Post Chapel MemorialChapel 121HospitalChapel MemorialChapel MemorialChapel South Post Chapel 9:30a.m. HannamVillageChapel (Korean) 10 a.m. South Post Chapel 10 a.m. Multipurpose Training Facility (R.O.C.K.) 10:30a.m. K-16 Community Chapel 11 a.m. HannamVillageChapel Noon South Post Chapel (Gospel) Thursday 6:30 p.m. MemorialChapel 2ndTues. 11:45a.m. MemorialChapel 3rd Tues. 11:45a.m. MemorialChapel Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - For information , call 738-3011

Area II Chaplains
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James King [email protected] or 738-3011 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr. [email protected] 725-3018 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph DuBose [email protected]

Jewish Protestant Services Episcopal United Pentecostal Collective Protestant

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Megan Thompson, 14, daughter of Master Sgt. Patrick Thompson, 501st Special Troops Battalion, Camp Carroll, and her instructor pick up speed as they prepare to fling themselves off a 3,000 foot high Gan Wahl Jae take-off point near Eonyang, about 50 miles south of Daegu. The ride was Thompson’s first paragliding flight. There are a number of paragliding clubs throughout the Republic of Korea. One club, the Ulsan Para Club has an international flair with members including Soldiers, civilian employees and family members from Camps Walker and George, as well as Korean, Greek and Russian flyers. Check with your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation office to locate a paragliding club near you. For information on the Ulsan Para Club, visit their Web site at:

Nothing to do? Nonsense! Try paragliding

Away she goes – Megan Thompson drifts towards Eonyang (seen in the distance) on her first tandem flight.

Paul Schwartz, functional technology specialist with Area IV Support Activity Morale, Welfare and Recreation Child and Youth Services, comes in for a landing.

Allen Schwartz, 11, already an experienced solo pilot with more than 25 flights, including a venture of 90 minutes that covered more than 30 kilometers, lugs his 65 pound sail and harness to the 3,000 foot high Gan Wahl Jae take-off point.

What Bushes? Master Sgt. Patrick Thompson, an experienced Airborne jumpmaster accustomed to rough landings, lands in a thicket just off the landing zone.

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HALO Tournament Korea Region MWR will host the 2007 “Halo 3” Team Tournament Feb.24, at the K-16 Community Activities Center. Registration will begin at noon followed by a tournament briefing at 12:30 p.m. The competition will commence at 1 p.m. and continue until completed. An awards ceremony will conclude the event. Tour tournament will be based on team competition. All players will play the same game, “Halo 3.” The team with the highest combined score, during the competitive phases of the tournament, will be determined the winner. Please contact your local MWR CAC or DSN 723-8510 for more information. Bataan Memorial Qualifier The 13.1 mile road march will take place Feb. 24 at Camp Casey’s Carey Fitness Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the course briefing. The race begins at 8:15 a.m. requirements include battle dress uniform, minimum 35 lbs. in rucksack and a full canteen or Camelback. Hi-tech boots are authorized, and no LBEs or helmets are required. The winning team will advance and represent 8th U.S. Army at the Bataan Memorial Road March, March 25. For more information contact your local MWR sports office or Henri Leborgne at 732-6276. Winter Games

Warfighters answer winter challenge
By Sgt. Nikelcia Marcelin
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

Korea Region snowboarding competitors pose for a photo before hitting the slopes during last weeks holiday break. BOSS hosted the event that gave indivdiuals some relaxation time away from their assigned duty location.


Almost 100 single and unaccompanied Soldiers participated in the BOSS Winter Games Extravaganza over the Feb 18-20 holiday break. IMCOM Korea Region BOSS hosted the spectacular The “Winter Games” is just one of bargain getaway. Each Area sent the many activities provided to single participants whom all met up at the and unaccompanied service members luxurious Yongpyong Ski Resort on by the BOSS program. The program Korea’s East coast, about 200 is unique here in Korea because kilometers from Seoul. geographic bachelors are also The 3-day/2-night trip included allowed to participate in events. lodging, two lift tickets, equipment Through the BOSS program, service members are afforded opportunities rentals, competitions and an awards to improve their quality of life. dinner for the bargain basement For more information on upcoming price of $99. The concept was events contact your Community developed to increase esprit-deActivities Center. corps and morale amongst single and unaccompanied Soldiers during the long holiday weekend. Upon arrival, a quick “Under The Oak Tree Counseling” session was conducted to ensure safety remained a priority and Soldiers were reminded of their status of A Korea Region Winter Games snowboarder is to ambassadors of begin the race at the event held over the holdiays. Korea.

L to R, Sgt. Carolyn Lentine took first place in the snowboarding event while Spc. Jessica Via came in second. The competition started Feb.18.

Then the games began. Participants grabbed their ski or snowboard rentals and lift ticket on the way to hit the slopes. With President’s Day coinciding with Lunar New Year, the slopes were sparsely populated allowing BOSS to kick up the stunts a notch. The second day officially started the first annual BOSS Winter Games. Downhill Skiing (Women’s), Downhill Skiing (Men’s), Snowboarding (Women’s), and Snowboarding (Men’s) were among the competitions.

Approximately 28 competitors signed up – with most admitting this had been there first time skiing/ snowboarding. The night was concluded with a banquet and awards ceremony. The food was spectacular and their was plenty to choose from. MWR and BOSS acknowledged some key players for their support. Winning competitors were honored for their superior skills. Korea Region BOSS gave a special thanks to the Area II for cohosting the event.

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New security checkpoint opens at Humphrey’s CPX gate
By F. Neil Neeley
USAG Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Privately owned vehicle operators should find entering and departing Camp Humphreys via CPX gate a good deal easier now thanks to the addition of a new commercial-vehicle lane. The new lane opened on Feb. 16 and is designed to divert commercial vehicles away from all other traffic at the gate. The new lane features a separate inspection lane for incoming commercial traffic from the CPX gate and a separate commercial-vehicle exit on-post. The commercial-vehicle exit is located opposite the fuel point on Desiderio Army Airfield. The project had the additional benefit of saving the government a great deal of money. “All the materials that we used to construct the gate were in-house materials,” said Jeffery Thomas US Army Garrison Humphreys installation security officer. “DPW Buildings and Grounds did all of the construction work and utilities. The Information Management Office installed the phone, computer and ADSL lines.” Thomas explained that the high number of commercial vehicles using CPX gate had been overwhelming the existing facilities there. “On a busy day we had as many as 600 commercial vehicles pass through,” said Thomas. “At times, there might have been as many as 50 vehicles parked near

Yi Jin-young, (left) a contract security guard with Joeun Systems issues installation passes to civilian construction contractors at the new installation pass office at the Humphreys CPX gate. the gate while their drivers got their installation passes. We just didn’t have the space to safely process that many commercial vehicles along with passenger traffic.” Thomas credits the Directorate of Public Works for doing all of the hard work creating something that works efficiently, easily and safely. “I just coordinated everything but DPW did all of the work. They did a really great job.”


In addition to the new gate facilities, a new layer of security was established with the recent addition of trained and armed vehicle inspection guards. Now, each vehicle entering the post is thoroughly examined for potential threats to security before being authorized to enter. The bottom line for those who live and work at Camp Humphreys is smoother and safer entry at the CPX gate.

35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Hosts Annual ADA Ball
By 1st Lt. David C. Marlow
35th ADA Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE – Air Defenders across the Peninsula, both ROK and US, were treated to a lively evening Feb. 10, at the Air Defense Artillery Ball, hosted by 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. The St. Barbara’s Day Ball was not only a celebration of the Air Defense Artillery Branch as a whole; it was also an opportunity to honor and to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to air defense by inducting them in to the Honorable Order of St. Barbara and the Honorable order of Molly Pitcher. Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, commanding general 8th U.S. Army, was the guest speaker at the Ball. Valcourt commended the Soldiers of 35th ADA and their ROK counter-parts for the sense of sacrifice and purposefulness that air defenders bring to the fight in Korea. “Your 24/7 readiness and vigilance give the alliance ‘POMG… Peace Of Mind Guaranteed.’

While others are able to sleep at night the U.S. and ROK Air Defense Soldiers alertly serve always ready to clear the skies.” In addition to honoring Air Defenders by inducting them into the Honorable Order of St. Barbara, spouses were recognized for making outstanding contributions to the branch by being inducted into the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher. Molly Pitcher was a generic name applied to women who supported men on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War. Today, the award is presented to women who have voluntarily made great contributions to air defense and to the army. The award not only honors the individual spouses but also recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of the loved ones of all service members. “These fine ladies represent all of the spouses who have made great contributions to the Air Defense Artillery Branch over the years,” said COL John Rossi, Commander of 35th

ADA Brigade. “It is the love and support from our better halves that gives us the strength to serve.” Karen Reynes, wife of Brigadier General Joe Reynes, commanding general of the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base was one of the spouses who received the Molly Pitcher Award

during the evening and was thanked by Valcourt for her support of 35th ADA BDE. “Joe and Karen, I want to personally thank you for your support of 35th and their fine Soldiers. You don’t treat them any differently than your own airmen and women….I cannot ask more than that.”

Sergeants Ashley Baker and Steven Schmude find themselves in the punch line with Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, Commanding General, Eighth US Army.

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SPOUSE O R I E N TAT I O N SEMINAR SET, NOW M A N D A N T O RY The SOS is scheduled for Feb.26 & 27 at the Community Activity Center, 8 a.m. It is mandatory for spouses to attend prior to receiving a permanent ration control card. Register thru sponsors’ unit, FRG assistance or directly to ACS. Info. 753-8401. IG POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN AREAS II/III The United States Forces Korea and Eighth Army Inspector General’s Office is looking for Officers and NCOs who desire to become Inspector Generals in Areas II and III. You should be in the rank of Maj. (Branch immaterial) and Sgt. 1st class (MOS 42A/42L and 92Y) to serve as Inspectors General. There is also an opening for an Inspector General position in the rank of Capt. (Career Course graduate and successful Companylevel command) at Camp Humphreys. Info call Ltc. Eady at 725-6739. TAX ASSISTANCE CENTER NOW OPEN Offering tax assistance, tax preparation, and free e-filing. The Tax Center is located at Camp Humphreys Bldg. S-262, co-located with the Red Cross. Hours are Mon., Tue., Wed. and Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thur., by Appointment Only, and Sat., 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Call 753-3905 for an appointment and to ensure that you are bringing the required documentation, including W-2s. A mobile tax center will make Wednesday visits to Camps Long and Eagle, appointments required. Wednesday visits to

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Students were exposed to some of the unique culture of AfricanAmerican people. The fun, handson activities keep the students engaged while at the same time, they are learning. One of the more popular stations chapter members set up was hair braiding. No matter how short a student’s hair was volunteers were able to braid their hair and add beads and ribbons to the braid. African American literature was highlighted in a cozy, carpeted reading corner of the YS gym, complete with reading lamp and rocking chair. Students listened to stories and read stories themselves. Also featured were the traditional games, basketball and jumping rope and a look at African Americans who had achieved significant goals in their lives.


Sixth grader Emma Taliento gets her hair braided by Sgt Amanda Milstead, (L), HSC 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion and Tiletha Moore, (R). By Nancy Turner
HAES Information Specialist

CAMP HUMPHREYS – The Betty L. Simmons Chapter 166, Order of the Eastern Star hosted its third-annual African-American

Crafts Fair for Humphreys American Elementary School students on February 20 in the Youth Services gym. Th e f a i r h a s p r o v e n t o b e a popular event among students in the last few years.

MP Hill, then and now

Building the future while maintaining the past
By Bob Frace
Special to USAG Humphreys PAO

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and Eagle, required.

CYS JOBS AVA I L A B L E A variety of positions remain open at both the Youth Center and Child Development Center. U.S. Citizenship and background check required. Call YS at 753-8507 or contact CPOC for further details. YOUTH SPORTS SEEKS COACHES Coaches needed for the upcoming T-ball and baseball season. Applicants must undergo a background check and attend Certification Training. Contact YS Lisa Hogue at 753-5051. CORRECTION In a photo caption on Page 23 of the Feb. 16 edition of the Morning Calm Weekly we incorrectly identified Camp Humphreys Fire Chief Anthony J Marra as Dominic Parra. We regret the error.

In the early 1950s as air and ground forces landed on the Korean peninsula with the mission of turning back the North Korean attack, United States forces began to build installations to support their missions. One such installation was called K-6. Today it is known as Camp Humphreys; soon it will be named United States Army Garrison Humphreys. With the need for support, housing and maintenance facilities, the area around Military Police hill, or MP Hill as it is now known by the residents of the installation, was quickly developed. The Quonset huts that still stand today were built in this area in 1950 and provided shelter for the original Air Force units and engineers as they designed and built the runway. As the war ended and many units were repositioned, the community of Camp Humphreys began to take hold. New land was acquired and

many facilities were built to support the infrastructure. The downtown or Sentry village as it is also known continued to grow with newer Quonset huts springing up. But, as you know, that has all changed too. For many years MP Hill was in much need of a facelift. In the early 1970s a new structure was built—the Eighth United States Army Confinement Facility. It replaced the old one which was located north of Kimpo Airport in Seoul. Built to support over one hundred inmates, this facility has gone under many changes over the years. In the late 1970s the Military Police units began to move into many of the old Quonset Huts. They lived there until the mid 1990s at which time a new barracks and headquarters facility was built to support them. The area also supported our MP K-9 forces. Then, in 2002, airmen of the 607th Weather Squadron (U.S. Air Force) along with Soldiers of the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion moved into state-of-the art barracks which held up to 200 soldiers or airmen in 2 plus 2 facilities. The area started to take shape, but

that was not the end. AAFES built a much needed shoppette to support the troops, while plans were on the books to build a new gym, new billets and a new dining facility; all of these are now under construction. To prepare for the new construction projects much of the area was leveled and facilities such as Butler city, metal buildings which housed many units rotating in and out for exercises were removed. MP Hill has seen many changes in the past 40 years, but not like the ones that are going on now. USAG Humphreys is truly the best installation in Korea, but don’t take my word just ask anyone who lives and works here. They will tell you the rest of the story. Continue to stay tune as we build the future while remembering our past. Bob Frace is a retired command sergeant major. His final Army assignment was as the Camp Humphreys and Area III Command Sergeant Major. He now works at Army Community Services as a Volunteer Coordinator.

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Global Leadership English Ski Camp a great success
Korean high school kids and see them using their English skills. I wish there was more time for us to interact with the students, but it was really a lot of fun.” Wright’s wife Jennie echoed his comments, noting, “We need more time for cultural exchange and activities.” The Wright’s daughter Megan enjoyed the camp so much last year that she participated in this year’s camp and promised to bring some of her friends to next year’s. Yi, Mi-so, a student at Shin Han High School was also new to skiing but enjoyed the weekend. “This is my first ski camp and it was enjoyable. I like to try the ski board if I can come next year. I’d like to propose that we leave the school earlier and stay longer in the afternoon for more time to enjoy with skiing,” she said. Yi also said the camp provided her with a good opportunity to practice her English. “This English Camp was a great help for me to practice my English skills and promote confidence in speaking English.” Another Soldier who skied, Staff Sgt. Jason R. Fanugao, Headquarters and Operations Company, 527th military Intelligence Battalion said he wished for more time to ski. “Overall, I’d rather call eight points out of ten for the camp. I’d like to come next year, but I wish we could leave earlier from Camp Humphreys so that we can have more time for skiing. Pfc. Melvin White, also of 527th MI Battalion came down from the DMZ for the trip said he too enjoyed the trip and planned to go on it next year if he could. Some people shouted in the bus on the way back home, “We are so tired. That means we had enjoyed it very much.” Most participants commented that they needed more time for skiing and to interact with Korean people.

Chief Warrant Officer James P Wright, D Company, 4th Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Regiment, Camp Eagle, and his son, . Collin, enjoy skiing at Dragon Valley Ski Resort in Gangwon Province. By Peter Yu
USAG Humphreys Public Affairs


CAMP HUMPHREYS — 20 U.S. Soldiers, civilians and family members joined about 70 Shin Han High School People-to-People club members, PTP Pyeongtaek Chapter members, teachers and their family members at the annual Global Leadership English Ski Camp co-hosted by the school and Camp Humphreys in late January at Yongpyeong (Dragon Valley) Ski Resort in Gangwon Province. At night on the first day, there was a skit for singing at a conference room for about two hours.

Before the group departed from Camp Humphreys, Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., U. S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander wished the group well and reminded it to be safe and enjoy the weekend. One of the skiers, Chief Warrant Officer James P. Wright, D Company, 4th Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Regiment, Camp Eagle, brought his family to the event. Wright, who is new to skiing, offered his thoughts on the trip. “I really enjoyed the ski camp at Dragon Valley. It was my first time skiing, so it was a bit challenging, but I had a lot of fun. It was very nice to interact with

People to People International (PTPI) Wonju Chapter is established People Wonju
By Chang, Sang Hyon
Camp Long Community Relations Officer

CAMP LONG—Maj. Bruce L. Townley, installation commander of Camps Long and Eagle and 17 Soldiers joined their Korean neighbors in the establishment ceremony for the Wonju Chapter of People to People International on February 8 at the Wonju Amor Convention Hall. The Wonju Chapter is the 23rd in Korea. Its 21 members come from business, government and professional occupations. The Chuncheon PTP chapter sponsored the establishment ceremony. Approximately 80 people from the community, dignitaries, USFK service members, and other PTP chapter members attended the ceremony to celebrate the establishment of the Wonju Chapter. Hwang, Mu Young, Vice-Chairman of Headquarters, PTPI Korea presented the Certificate of membership and PTP pin to Yi, Mun Hwan, president of Wonju Chapter, and his members during the ceremony. Townley was the featured speaker and offered congratulations to the new chapter and its president. “On behalf of Brig. Gen. Al Aycock,

director of the Korea Region Installation Management Command, Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., commander of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and all Soldiers and airmen of Camps Long and Eagle, I congratulate you on the Wonju PTP Chapter’s establishment,” Townley said. Townley said he was excited about the new chapter and the opportunity it provides for establishing strong friendships between Soldiers and chapter members. At the conclusion of his remarks Townley received a large round of applause from the Korean attendees because he delivered his entire speech in Hangulmal (Korean language). In his inaugural remarks new Wonju chapter president Yi thanked Camps Long and Eagle for their support in establishing the new chapter. “I am so happy to establish PTP chapter in Wonju and I would like to express my special thanks to Camps Long and Eagle for supporting us while we prepared to establish the Wonju Chapter,” Yi said. “I will do my best to enhance the relations between the local community and USFK. I hope we will be helpful in supporting morale and welfare of Soldiers and family members of Camps Long and Eagle.”

There were other special guests who attended the ceremony—the individuals responsible for founding PTPI Korea in 1972. Park, Kyoung Won, former governor of Kangwon Province and a Maj. Gen. ROKA (retired), Kim, Soon Jong, PTPI Headquarters Board of Trustees and John A. Nowell, IMCOM Korea Public Affairs Officer. Wonju PTP presented them flowers to honor their more than 35 years of service. PTP International is dedicated to enhancing international understanding

and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures. Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the organization in 1956 and it has grown to 235 chapters in 46 countries worldwide. Eisenhower’s granddaughter Mary Jean Eisenhower is the current chairman of PTPI World Headquarters.


Three of the founders of People to People International in Korea were honored at the establishment of the new Wonju chapter. They are: (from left) John A. Nowell, IMCOM Korea Public Affairs Officer, Park, Kyoung Won, former governor and Maj. Gen. ROKA (retired) Kim, Soon Jong, Board of Trustees, PTPI Korea HQs.


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General Bell praises programs, progress
By Kevin Jackson
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – Stop, look and listen with keen interest. That’s precisely what Gen. B. B. Bell, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea commander did during a visit to the Daegu base cluster Feb. 13. After taking command of UNC/ CFC/USFK one year ago Gen. Bell paid an initial visit to Daegu May 31. The recent trip was a follow-up to evaluate the progress made on issues that were identified previously and to meet new people who have arrived in the community. The combatant commander was accompanied to Daegu by his wife, Katie; Diane Valcourt, spouse of Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, commanding general of the Eighth U.S. Army; Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, director of the Installation Management Command, Korea Region; and Pat Wheeler, spouse of Command Sgt. Maj. Barry C. Wheeler, command sergeant major of UNC/CFC/USFK/EUSA. Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., Area IV Support Activity commander, was the escort for the 12-member group that accompanied Gen. Bell. Gen. Bell’s first order of business upon arrival was to meet with Brig. Gen. (P) Raymond Mason, commanding general of the 19th Sustainment Command


Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., Area IV Support Activity commander (left), explains a frontpage photograph from the Oct. 14, 2006 issue of Stars and Stripes to Gen. B. B. Bell, UNC/CFC/USFK commander, during a visit to Army Community Services at Camp Henry. The picture is an image of Dumoulin participating in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, which symbolized the pain suffered by victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

(Expeditionary). Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Aycock and the rest of the group visited the newcomers’ orientation at Henry’s Place. Brig. Gen. Aycock told the group of 40 Soldiers and civilians gathered that “You have just entered into the most memorable experience you will ever have,” referring to their current tour of duty in the Republic of Korea. He told them about the community visit and ongoing efforts to “normalize” tours in the ROK by increasing command sponsorship. The general, who oversees management of U.S.

Army installations in Korea, talked briefly about several major concerns, including the threat posed by third country nationals, off-limits locations, prostitution and human trafficking, and black marketing. Brig. Gen. Aycock also urged Soldiers to get involved with the Better Opportunities for Single (and unaccompanied) Soldiers program, use their chain of command and the webbased Interactive Customer Evaluation ( to raise their concerns, and to be good neighbors. “One of the points that I want to

make with you is that you are an ambassador,” he said. “You’re not just a sergeant, you’re not just a corporal, you’re not just a private, you’re not just a specialist; you are quite literally an ambassador for the United States when you step outside the gates.” The traveling party regrouped and proceeded to Taegu American School, where Gen. Bell talked to 27 students for about 45 minutes. Following a question and answer period, the group had lunch with spouses from unit family readiness groups and the Hankuk Spouses Association at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker. About 30 minutes into the lunch Gen. Bell talked to the guests about numerous issues, including command sponsorship and medical care, before fielding their questions. He also met with Soldiers from the Area IV BOSS Council following lunch and learned first hand about their 2007 INCOM – Korea BOSS Forum awards for Best Installation and Best Event. The commander also squeezed a few minutes into the hectic five-hour visit to talk to the AFN-K Daegu Detachment about the visit saying “…we’re meeting new people and they have some new issues. Just today from both school young adults and from some of the spouses, we’ve picked up some great new issues and we’re going

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Cheer Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Veronica Serna (center) and Monica Littlejohn, autograph posters for Taegu American School junior varsity cheerleader Penelope Suarez and others following a “mini-performance” at the school Feb. 13. While in Daegu the pro cheerleaders also had lunch with Soldiers at the Mountain View Inn Dining Facility on Camp Walker and held a full performance for Airmen and Soldiers at Jake’s Place on K-2 Air Base near the Daegu International Airport.

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Lunar New Year Celebration Lunar New Year Celebration organized and sponsored by the Hangook Spouses Association will be held 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Camp Walker Soldier’s Fellowship Hall. There will be traditional Korean food and games. A hanbok Contest will also be held, so wear your hanbok if you have one. The event is open to U.S. Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and family members. For information, call Grace Plumley at 010-9381-3248. Town Hall Meeting A Town Hall Meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Soldier Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall on Camp Walker. Discussion topics include pandemic influenza and the first ever certified family child care home provider in Daegu. This is the forum to ask questions of Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., the Area IV Support Activity commander, and community service providers. For information, call Kevin Jackson, public affairs officer, at 768-8072. Taegu American Math & Lit. Night and PTO Meeting There will be a Parent Teacher Organization meeting in conjunction with the Taegu American School Math and Literature Night 6 p.m. Wednesday at TAS Room #A117. For information, call Dr. Marguerite Green at 768-9501. Parent & Community Volunteers Needed Parent and community volunteers are needed for “Read Across America” scheduled for 5 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Taegu American School. A variety of activities including a reading contest, cake baking, skits, face painting and making green eggs and ham in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday are planned. For information, call Dr. Marguerite Green at 768-9501. 2007 Daegu Indoor Soccer Program Daegu Intramural Indoor Soccer competition will be held Mar. 24 – Apr. 1 at Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker. The entry deadline is Mar. 19 and the pre-meeting for team representatives is Mar. 21 at Kelly Gym. For information, call Kim Chonghwan or Neil Fleisher at 764-4225/4800. Area IV Military Retiree Council Meeting The Area IV Military Retiree Council will meet 11 a.m. Mar. 10 at the Hilltop Club on Camp Walker. All Area IV military retirees and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The key speaker will be Jack Terwiel, Korea retirement services officer. Free food and refreshments will be served. For information, call Will Plumley at 7688969.

Area IV Area IV receives environmental kudos
By Galen Putnam
Area IV Public Affairs

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CAMP HENRY – As guests in the Republic of Korea, environmental stewardship has long been a top priority of the Area IV Support Activity. Now, the organization’s ongoing efforts to help preserve the Korean environment have earned significant Department of the Army-level accolades. The Area IV Support Activity has been named first runner-up in the Fiscal Year 2006 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards in the Overseas Installation Environmental Quality category. The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence for the development, management and transferability of environmental programs that increase environmental quality, enhance the mission and help make the Army sustainable. Local officials lauded the Area IV Support Activity for its accomplishment. “I would like to congratulate the Area IV installations, including the Daegu community, as this is a very meaningful event,” said Pak Jae-hong, chief of the Nam-gu (Southern District) District Environmental Office Recycling Section. “This occasion brings out the importance of the environment and solving environmental concerns together.” Senior United States Forces Korea officials were pleased as well. “This is a magnificent achievement,” said Gen. B.B. Bell, USFK commanding general, during a visit to Daegu Feb. 13. “Obviously across the U.S. military one of our goals is to be good stewards of the land. We want to serve and train and exercise on the land and not degrade it. … So for an organization to come in with a runner-up in a world-wide competition, it tells me they have enlightened leadership here, that


Taegu American School students, led by Chuck Harper, Camp Carroll’s environmental coordinator, visit the installation’s Water Treatment Plant Laboratory April 19, 2006 during an Earth Day tour of the installation’s “land farm,” sewage treatment plant, water treatment plant and Hazardous Materials and Antifreeze Recycling Point.

they’ve got great management of the program, and importantly all the service members and families who live here want this community to demonstrate to the Daegu citizens, to our Korean hosts, that they’re good stewards of the land and that we can live here with them as good neighbors.” The award for Overseas Installation Environmental Quality is offered every two years. “We are very proud of our Environmental Shop and the Public Works Department. They put an awful lot of hard work and professionalism into what they do,” said William E. Christman, Area IV Support Activity deputy to the garrison commander. “We understand our responsibility to be good stewards of the Korean environment, especially of the property provided to us by the Korean citizens. This award highlights just how seriously we take those responsibilities.” The Area IV Support Activity submission packet included a summary highlighting 37 individual initiatives in the areas of environmental management, community involvement and outreach, and mission accomplishment. “Of course we are honored to be recognized at such a high level, but


HAZMAT Team members decontaminate themselves Sept. 22, 2006 at Victory Field on Camp Henry after demonstrating their capabilities to members of the Environmental Compliance Officer Course.

being good stewards of the Korean environment and mitigating risks is commonplace for us. That is what we live by every day,” said Robert Chartier, chief, Environmental Division. “One of my employees asked what we did special to receive this recognition and I told him, it wasn’t so much what we did special, but rather all of the things we do on a daily basis. We try to go above and beyond expectations every day.” In addition to their routine operations, the Area IV Environmental Office has undertaken many special initiatives over the past year including removing underground fuel tanks and replacing them with new, above ground models; upgrading underground pipelines; conducting surveys to determine possible impact on endangered species; and working on a plan to convert from diesel fuel to natural gas at Camp Carroll, just to name a few. Recycling is also highly emphasized in Area IV. “Within three weeks of the local government informing us that we would have to separate food items from other waste, we had containers set up throughout Area IV. That gave us the impetuous to put additional emphasis on our recycling public awareness, outreach and education as a whole,” Chartier said. “That has helped foster a closer relationship with our Korean neighbors. We work closely with the Nam-gu (South District) Environmental Office to ensure the highest environmental standards are met at all times.” One of the unique aspects of being stationed overseas is working in conjunction with local officials to achieve common environmental goals. “Environmental issues have specific characteristics that cannot be simply solved by the efforts of a single person or organization so it absolutely needs team-work to solve the concerns,” said Pak Jong-Mun, director of the Nam Gu

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Multi-purpose fields Goodies To Go

Anti-terrorism exercise set for Daegu Garrison
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Protestant Women of the Chapel member Sandy Hamstra hands a piece of fruit and a package of goodies containing home baked cookies and candy to Spc. Nadine Higgins, 348th Quartermaster Company, Feb. 14 at the Camp Carroll Food Court. In recognition of Valentines Day, PWOC members passed out about 335 packages of treats to Soldiers at Camps Carroll and Walker including about 170 packages at Camp Carroll.

CAMP HENRY – The Area IV Support Activity will conduct an anti-terrorism exercise in the Daegu enclave March 2. The exercise is designed to train installation staff and selected mission organizations in crisis and consequence management techniques required to respond to a terrorist threat and the employment of a weapon of mass destruction within the Daegu Base Cluster. The exercise entails several events and stressors within an overall scenario that require a command response to contain and neutralize the simulated installation disaster. “Our focus is to train personnel involved in terrorist response actions, primarily members of the Area IV Installation Crisis Management Team and our critically important medical, fire department, and military police first responders, said Wilfred Plumley, Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for Area IV Support Activity. “This training event will also test our coordination and use of scarce resources necessary to address a terrorism incident.” The exercise will involve various simulations on a select installation, which will cause the Area IV Support Activity and mission units to take appropriate actions. Depending upon the force protection condition (FPCON) level responses, some people may be delayed or temporarily inconvenienced getting on or off post during parts of the exercise. Every attempt will be made to minimize the impact of the exercise on normal installation routine.

to work on those back at Yongsan to make life better for this community down here.” Perhaps the highlight of the visit was a stop at Lt. Col. Sidney and Arlanda Thomas’ quarters on Camp Walker. Earlier in the day, Arlanda became the first ever certified Family Child Care home provider in Daegu. Limited child care options were identified as a shortcoming during his initial visit. “This is a great accomplishment and I am really appreciative of what you are doing,” the general told Arlanda during the home visit. “I hope other spouses down here will take advantage of this and consider getting into this line of work. It is a way for spouse employment.” As Katie Bell began to offer her appreciation, her husband pulled a child’s ram hat off the mantle above the fireplace and tried it on causing the entire group to erupt in laughter. “This is one of those jobs that is the most important thing in the whole wide world because it’s dealing with our kids,” added Diane Valcourt. “To have a certified person to do this is wonderful.”

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As the group began to depart, Arlanda asked the general to be the first to sign her register. He eagerly agreed, and along also wrote, “Great service. Terrific ram.” Before departing to Camp Henry for the group’s last stop, the group visited School Age Services, where they were given a quick tour of the facility by SAS Director Carmen Ortiz. It was also pointed out that SAS received its four-year accreditation on Sept. 20. The tour finished at Army Community Service. During the previous visit, Gen. Bell expressed concern about sexual predators preying on newly arriving female Soldiers and reiterated his policy of zero tolerance. His recent visit included discussions about family advocacy and victim response programs. During the previous visit, ACS was in the process of creating two civil service positions. The intent was for information and referral services to be delegated to the administrative assistant, one of the new positions. As a result of Gen. Bell’s visit and his

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contention that information and referral required a dedicated employee, ACS received a third position to fulfill those responsibilities. J. J. Stewart, ACS director at Camp Henry, said the “number one priority on CLS (common levels of support) for ACS is community information.” “The visit was a fantastic opportunity for some members of our community to meet Gen .Bell and to share some of their concerns with him,” said Dumoulin. “It also permitted us to show him the progress we’ve made on some important issues since he was last here and to visit with the very first certified Family Child Care home provider in Daegu. The visit was exceptionally well received, and I’m proud of everyone who represented our community so well.” Issues identified during the recent visit will be posted on the USFK website and can be seen at From the homepage, select the “Community Visits” link on the left and then “Area IV.” Updates on issues from May 31 are still being updated and can also be tracked by viewers.
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District Environmental Office. “The Area IV installation folks are making efforts to closely coordinate with the local community and people to be an ‘environmental community.’” Area IV Support activity Environmental Office highlights for Fiscal Year 2006 include: Environmental Management Successfully implemented a riskbased Environmental Management System by selecting a manageable number of significant aspects that most impacted the environment, the mission and human health Recovered 30 above-ground storage tanks from closing installations saving an estimated $400K Area IV Recycling program recommended by the IMCOM Korea Region Deputy Director to be emulated in other Areas Mission Enhancement Developed an Environmental Compliance Officer Course used in three of the four IMCOM Korea Region Areas Implemented a lead acid battery recovery effort with the Maintenance Support Center –

Korea resulted in $410,000 in cost avoidance Implemented a used antifreeze recycling program produced two year $43,700 cost avoidance Sponsored week long Environmental Awareness events celebrating Earth Day with the themes of Recycling in 2005 and Water Quality in 2006.

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Week The Phrase of the Week :

“How old are you?”
Naiga ottoke doeshimnikka?
old how are you






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What do you do?
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I’m an architect.
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