February 6, 2009 • Volume 7, Issue 16
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
65th Medical Brigade launches new website Page 4
FED awards historic contract for USAG-H development project Page 2 Keith L. Ware Awards
Tanks roll out to ‘Crusader Freeze’
Eighth U.S. Army, IMCOM-K recognize outstanding public affairs professionals
8th Army KLW Winners:
Print Categories: News: First and Second place was Sgt. Leth Edgar, 2nd Infantry Division. Third place was Pfc. Oh, Sang Yoon, Eighth U.S. Army. Feature: First place was Sgt. Leith Edgar, 2ID. Second place was Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, 2ID. Third place was Sgt. Leith Edgar, 2ID. Commentary: First place was Mater Sgt. Donald Sparks, 2 ID. Sports: First place was Sgt. Leith Edgar, 2ID. Second place was Pfc. Oh, Sang Yoon, EUSA Single or Stand-alone Photograph: First and Second place was Staff Sgt. Sadie Bleistein, EUSA. Third place was Pfc. Oh, Sang Yoon, EUSA. Photojournalism: First place was Staff Sgt. Sadie Bleistein, EUSA. Art/Graphic in Support of a Publication: First place was Staff Sgt. Sadie Bleistein, EUSA Contribution by a Stringer: First place was Pfc. Lee, Eun Hong, 2 ID. Second and Third place was Cpl. Bo Park, 2ID. Web-based Publication: First place was the 2ID Homepage. Second place was the EUSA Homepage. Third place was the 19th ESC Homepage Broadcast Categories: Staff Sgt. Eleazar Craig, 2ID was the winner for Radio Spot Production, Radio News Report, Television Spot Production, Television News Report, and Television Feature Report. – See KLW, Page 18 –
M1A1 Abrams and Bradley Fighting Vehicles from Delta Co., 1-72 Armor Regiment roll out to their objective during ‘Crusader Freeze’ where Soldiers conducted battle tasks and drills on Jan. 12 at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex. The main focus of the training was to get Soldiers familiar with maneuvering with M1A1 Abrams and M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles in an urban environment while still completing the missions at hand. View photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Scott Kim By Sgt. Scott Kim 1st HBCT Public Affairs they are capable of operating in difficult circumstances and excelling,” said Capt. Joseph Harrison, company commander for Co. D. Soldiers weren't the only ones being tested as military equipment can react differently to the frigid conditions of a Korean winter. “Everything becomes harder when it gets cold,” said Harrison. Skills like the ones Soldiers have learned throughout the exercise are techniques they can use when they leave for different units. “I think it's more tools to put in the tool box,” said McDonald. “I think it's a great opportunity for Soldiers to learn more highintensive close combat that they might be experiencing downrange in Iraq or Afghanistan.” While there are some Soldiers and leaders who have experience in dealing with this type of training, for some this was a new experience. “Some of the Soldiers have learned something new, they've all adapted really well and we're building together as a team,” McDonald said. Many Soldiers received a lot more than just training as they've learned what it takes to work as a team in order to finish the job. “I learned that it takes a lot more work than you realize to get the job done and it takes a team, cooperation and communication to successfully complete a mission,” said Pfc. Anthony Anguis, a tanker for Co. D.
eing able to drive a tank through a town under fire is something few people get to experience. However, that's exactly what Soldiers from Co. D. 1-72 Armor Regiment were able to do as they conducted battle tasks and drills Jan. 12 at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex during the five day ‘Crusader Freeze’ exercise. The main focus of the training was to get Soldiers familiar with maneuvering with M1A1 Abrams and M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles in an urban environment while still completing the missions at hand. “Every company runs through different exercises going over their battle tasks and drills,” said 2nd Lt. Michael McDonald, Co. D. “We've been focusing on mount and maneuver operations in an urban environment along with our tactical road march.” Throughout the training Soldiers were exposed to harsh weather conditions, difficult terrain and sleep deprivation in order to prepare them for the rigors of war. “We created stressors on Soldiers that you can't recreate in a digital environment in order to make sure that
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FED Public Affairs The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District awarded the largest single contract in its 51-year history to SK Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. for the new land development, new and existing, utilities, and infrastructure for U.S. Army GarrisonHumphreys Jan. 16. This $479 million Design-Build contract was awarded for land development and utility systems in accordance with the Land Partnership Plan. Not only is this the largest single contract in the District’s history; this project serves as a strong commitment to the ROK-US Alliance, according to Col. Dave Turner, Commander of the Far East District. The contract requires construction work to include: hauling and placing compacted fill in approximately 480 acres in the land area adjacent to USAG-Humphreys designated as Parcel 2A; constructing roads and storm water drainage systems; installing utility collection/ distribution networks for water supply, sewer, electrical, natural gas and communications systems.
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Far East District awards largest contract in its history
Mr. S.K. Yoon CEO & Vice Chairman of SK E & C, signs the contract for land development at Parcel 2A, USAG Humphreys. (From Left to right: Colonel Jerry Duncan, Korea Relocation Programs Office, Mr. Yoon, Mr. Harry Kim, Contracting Officer and Mr. Mike Feighny, Chief Office of Counsel, standing in the background is Mr. Jinsoo Oh, Senior Manager Civil Business Development Team, SK E & C.) Visit the IMCOM-K Flickr page at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to view more photos. — FED courtesy photo
U.S. Forces Korea announces peanut butter cracker recall
Courtesy of USFK Public Affairs USFK Veterinary Food Inspectors and Defense Commissary Agency personnel have complied with the FDA Recall. Austin® and Keebler® branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers with the following UPC Codes are effected: Packaged as Keebler Cracker Packs 30100-47324 30100-47357 Packaged as Austin Cracker Packs 79783-40921 79783-40922 79783-48801 79783-48802 79783-25875 79783-25884 These recalled products were found in the Commissaries and its Central Distribution Centers. These items were immediately removed from commissary shelves to preclude any further issue/ sale. Consumers should check for these products at home and should dispose of or return the product immediately to the commissary from which it was purchased. Kellogg Company announced a precautionary hold on Austin and Keebler Branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers. FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA is one of several peanut paste suppliers that the company uses in its Austin® and Keebler® branded peanut butter sandwich crackers. Kellogg Company is taking precautionary measures including putting a hold on any inventory in its control, removing product from retail store shelves, and encouraging customers and consumers to hold and not eat these products until regulatory officials complete their investigation of PCA. Kellogg Company’s investigation has not indicated any concerns, nor has the Company received any consumer illness complaints about these products. Links for more information: http:// kelloggs.mediaroom.com and www.fda.gov/ oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html
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Brigadier Gen. John Uberti, Installation Management Command Korea Region Commanding General presents Slade Walters, IMCOM-K deputy public affairs officer, with the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal during a ceremony Jan. 29 at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Walters was recognized for his expertise in single-handedly establishing the official Eighth United States Army website in record time and at no cost to the government. His cutting edge programming and web design knowledge transformed it into a modern, user-friendly site that is now the global interface for the Army’s largest presence in the Republic of Korea. View this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea.— U.S. Army photo by Sue Silpasornprasit
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FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Ski Club hits slopes at Star Hill Ski
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Larceny of Government Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, removed Victim #1’s rucksack containing TA-50 items, which were secured and unattended in Victim #1’s locker. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. There were signs of forced entry. ECOL is unknown. This is a final report. AREA I: Damage to Government Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, sprayed graffiti on the tower #1145, Dragon Valley, which was unsecured and unattended. There were no signs of forced entry. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA II: Assault Consummated by Battery; Subject #1, Subject #2, Victim #1 and Victim #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical, when Subject #1 and Subject #2 struck Victim #1 and Victim #2’s facial area with closed fists at off post. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were apprehended by KNP and transported to the Yongsan Main KNP Station where they were charged by KNP under RCC ART #260 (Simple Assault). Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived rendering written sworn statements admitting to the offense. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were issued an Appendix L and an Order to Show Cause Memorandum. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released to their sponsors. This is a final report. AREA II: Traffic Accident without Injuries; Damage to Government Property; Failure to Judge Proper Clearance; Subject #1, operating a GOV, failed to judge proper clearance and struck a concrete bridge in Seoul. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of a dent to the top air vent. The bridge sustained a broken brick to the bottom of the bridge. Subject #1 reported to the Namdaemoon KNP Station where he was charged by KNP under KRTL ART #48 (Obligation for Safe Driving). Subject #1 was processed and released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2 and was issued an Appendix K. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report AREA III: Shoplifting; Subject #1 removed three video games from the shelf, concealed the games on his person and exited the PX without rendering proper payment. Subject #1 was detained and escorted to the AAFES Security Office. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP and transported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. The games were returned to AAFES. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. ECOL is $89.85. This is a final report.
Members of the Seoul American Elementary School Ski Club enjoy a day of ski lessons and fun at the Star Hill Ski resort located about an hour drive north-east of Seoul. The resort offers a variety of runs for beginner and advanced skiers as well as ski rental facilities, lessons, and inexpensive restaurants. The resort is located at Gyeonggi-do Namnyangju-si Hwado-eup Mukhyeon2-ri 548. For information, call Korea Travel Phone +82-31-1330 or the resort at +82-31-594-1211. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea for photos. — U.S. Army Photo by Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Snow Fest (Thru Feb. 8) The Snow Festival in the city of Taebaek, Gangwon-do Province, is a major winter event. Visitors can enjoy both the beautiful snow-capped landscape of Mt. Taebaeksan and take part in a number of hands-on programs. Starting on Jan. 26 with a snow street parade, the festival will feature a snow and ice carving exhibition as well as a variety of hands-on programs and performances. A major attraction is the world of beautiful snow sculptures created by top sculptors around the world as well as from Korea. In addition to this, there are a variety of events for the whole family and visitors of all ages, including magic shows, music concerts, making snowmen, snow sculpting and sledding. For transportation and admission information, visit www.tour2korea.com or the festival’s official website at festival.taebaek.go Jisan Forest Resort Jisan Forest Resort is located in Icheon city, Gyeonggi-do province, near the Incheon Airport. All slopes are available for snowboarders, and the moving staircases will help children and beginners move more easily. In addition, the 6-seat chair lift is equipped with a heating system. Although the slopes are not that big, this resort is loved by many people because of its convenient facilities and close proximity to Seoul. Jisan Resort does not suffer from overcrowding, and so visitors here can enjoy skiing without experiencing long waits at the lifts. Facilities at Jisan Resort are very reasonably priced. In terms of accommodation facilities, condos range from 85,000won to 195,000 won (condo prices differ by the weekend, the weekday and the season), and restaurants and supermarkets are also available. Jisan Resort also operates a free shuttle bus from Seoul. Also available are a Snow park for kids, playground for infants, ski shop, campsite, cycling course, basketball court, soccer field, putting course, and golf practice range. Visit www.jisanresort.co.kr or www.tour2korea.com Hot Springs Bugok Hot Springs, located at the foot of Mt. Deokamsan, Gyeongsangnam-do is one of the best hot springs in South Korea ‘Bugok’ was named according to the iron pot shape of the land. The temperature of the water is 78°c, and contains sulfur and more than 20 kinds of inorganic matters such as silicon, chlorine, calcium and iron. As a multi-complex resort, Bugok Hot Spring Tourist Special Complex covers various facilities other than the large spa, such as the grand performance hall, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, zoo, botanical garden, five tourist hotels, 23 accommodation and 21 shopping centers. It is a suitable place for short family trips where you can relax your tired body at the hot spring, and rest at the accommodation and recreation facilities in the complex. Visit www. seorakwaterpia.com or www.tour2korea.com for information Angel and the Woodcutter (Thru Feb. 22) A heartbreaking Korean theatre show with a powerful message, this performance tells the story of how Koreans believe that a long time ago, angels came down from the heavens to bathe. Cho-In Theatre takes the beloved tale of an angel who falls in love with a woodcutter, and in a striking new version sets it amidst a terrible war, where the angel must sacrifice everything for her family. Cho-In Theatre tells this story entirely without words, using puppets, exquisite choreography and traditional music, to give a unique insight into Korea’s rich history and culture. Performances are scheduled for: Tuesday-Fridays, 7.30 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. at Arreum Daun Theater, Daehangno, Seoul (Hyehwa subway station, exit 4, line 4). For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com Fire Festival (Jeju) On the Full Moon Day, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the year, the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is held in order to pray for a healthy year and good fortune. The three-day festival unfolds against the beautiful landscape of Jeju Island. The event begins with a torch relay, which moves across the length of the island. Citizens from Jeju’s sister cities in the United States, China, and Japan will also hold special performances, free of charge, to promote sister-city ties. This year, the American team will stage a cheerleader performance; the Chinese team a traditional martial arts performance; and the Japanese team a traditional dance. Don’t miss out on the evening events, which are the true highlight of the festival. The burning of the daljip (a small wooden house on top of a hill) is held in the evening before the opening day. Also, the National Opera Chorus of Korea will give an invitational performance with the beautiful natural landscape of Jeju Island in the background. There are also other attractions such as the laser show and fireworks show. Visit www.tour2korea.com Goseong Pollack, Sea Fest (Feb. 19-22) The Pollack Festival is held each February in to celebrate the local fish specialty of Goseong-gun in Gangwon-do Province to ensure a good haul and community. Visit www.tour2korea.com
Claims against the estate notices
Lt. Col. Frankenhauser, David passed away on Jan. 5, 2009. If this Soldier owes you money or possesses your belongings or you owe the Soldier money or possess his belongings, contact Capt. John M. Geffert at [email protected]
korea.army.mil as soon as possible. If anyone has a claim against the estate of Pfc. Maika, Henty, contact Capt. Daniel Cole at [email protected]
Source: www.korea.net, www.seoulselection.com, http://english.tour2korea.com, www.visitseoul.net — No endorsement implied.
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NCOIC/Chief Multimedia/Visual Information Support Center, Camp Henry, USAG-Daegu
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This Week’s Profile in Service:
2009: Year of the NCO
How He’s Making a Difference:
Staff Sgt. Sales is an active volunteer in his community with more than 600 hours of volunteer service. Sales is both the coach for the girls high school basketball team and the boys high school football team. His dedication was recently documented on an American Forces Network Korea feature promoting volunteering.
Why He Does it:
Staff Sgt. Robert Sales
“I get joy out of seeing a kid accomplish something they thought they couldn’t do,” he said.
Recognize an outstanding NCO in your unit today!
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65th Medical Brigade launches new website
65th Medical Brigade has developed a new website to provide easy access to Medical, Dental, Veterinary and TRICARE information. The Mission of 65th Medical Brigade is to provide patient friendly access to high quality healthcare. The website provides links to all military healthcare facilities and to 65th Medical Brigade Host Nation Partner Hospitals and Medical, Dental and Veterinary clinics. The website is designed to make it easy for patients to provide feedback on how well the 65th Medical Brigade accomplishing its mission. Colonel Clark 65th Medical Brigade commander encourages all to provide feedback through Interactive Customer Evaluation and mailed TRICARE patient satisfaction surveys. We also need feedback on individual staff who should be recognize for job well done and areas that need improvement are highly encouraged. There is also a link to 65th Medical Brigade job announcements.
Local senior receives appointment to U.S. Military Academy
High School Senior Yeeun Christine Youn has been nominated by U.S. Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana to attend the United States Military Academy, Class of 2013 and has received her appointment. Christine is the daughter of Byung-soo Youn and Keumhee Lee , and is currently attending the International Christian School, Uijongbu. Christine has an excellent record of service in high school as she is the current valedictorian, was the scholar athlete last year, and is the current president of the National Honor Society. Christine has lettered in volleyball, basketball, and soccer and was on the all-KAIAC team in each of the sports during the past season. “Christine is an excellent student and I know that she will be an outstanding cadet and officer,” commented Lt. Col. (Retired) Wayne A. Kirkbride, USMA Class of 1972. “Christine already exhibits all of the Army virtues and I know her future is a cloudless sky.”
6th Signal Center hosts annual Facility Control Office Conference
The 6th Signal Center will host its annual Facility Control Office Conference at Camp Walker Feb. 26-27. All Army, Air Force, Navy personnel to include civilians and Korean Nationals are invited to attend. Attendees must have at least a Secret Security Clearance verified by their security managers. Exceptions will be made for Korean Nationals. For more information, contact any one of the following: Craig Rowan, 764-3923 or [email protected]
Jonathan Brock, 764-3923 or [email protected]
Alejo Quinata, 764-3902 or [email protected]
DITSCAP to DIACAP Transition Training in February
Army Information Assurance professionals (Military, Civilians, and Contractors) throughout Korea are encouraged to attend this DITSCAP-to-DIACAP training scheduled for Feb. 9 – 13 at the Area IV DOIM training classroom located on Camp Walker. The Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process has replaced the previous standard, Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process. Attendance is limited to 15 students. There is no cost for attendance; however TYD/ Per Diem requirements must be funded by the student’s organization if required. POC is GS12 David Sewell, RCIO-Korea IA Branch, DSN (315) 723-2376, e-mail: [email protected]
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Tax preparer Pfc. James Rellinger (left) considers the tax options for Pfc. Michael Ream in the Area I Tax Center in Casey’s Maude Hall Jan. 27. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Area I Tax Center opens in Casey’s Maude Hall
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-CASEY — Soldiers, Civilians and dependents can now breathe a sigh of relief since the 2008 tax season and the Area I Tax Center has opened. Tax customers had booked up the morning schedule before the new center cut the ribbon Jan. 27. “Our telephones have been ringing off the hook,” said Capt. Jon Schoenwetter, Area I Tax Center officer in charge. “We will actually be seeing customers before we cut the ribbon at 9:15.” “We are not just opening a tax center today,” said Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander. “We are opening a rejuvenated tax center.” “We want to thank everyone involved at the Legal Center today, Lt. Col. Michael Lutton, Capt. Cynthia Marshall, and Capt. Jon Schoenwetter. Thank you for what you are about to embark. The professionalism and training you have put in place will go a long way in finding peace of mind for all who seek assistance here.” The Tax Center at Maude Hall has no reason to be surprised at their popularity. Last tax season they prepared more than 1,800 tax returns for a collected refund value of more than $1.5 million. They did all this without charging tax payers a dime. A good reason for getting a head start on taxes this year is, if a tax payer did not receive his stimulus check last year because he or she was ineligible, there is a rebate credit they can get on their tax return. “This fact has not been publicized,” Schoenwetter said. “If you filed last year but for some reason you were not eligible because you were a dependent, did not make enough money, or for some reason did not get a stimulus check last year, it is not too late. You can get it in the form of a rebate credit this year. This could be as much as $600 to someone who thought they missed it last year.” Tax Assistance Centers will open in USAG-Red Cloud’s Freeman Hall Feb. 10 and on Camp Stanley in building 2333 Feb. 11. “We will be open at Maude Hall five days a week,” Schoenwetter said. “We will be open at Red Cloud Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Camp Stanley on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.” Tax Center hours in Maude Hall are: Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 1 to 5 p.m. because of Sergeant’s time, Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last appointment will start one hour before closing. “We are taking Mondays as our weekend day so we can be open Saturdays to see more Soldiers,” Schoenwetter said. “We may extend Saturday hours to meet the needs of Soldiers, if it gets really busy.” When walking in the tax center one will recognize changes from last year. “This year we have completely refurnished the center,” Schoenwetter said. “Last year the room was open with no bay walls, this did not allow for the required privacy, given the nature of the private information being presented and discussed with tax preparers.” For this tax season the center is divided into more than six cubical bays and privacy is more secure, explained Schoenwetter. All customers should bring the following information: valid identification, copies of social security cards for all in the family and anyone being claimed as a dependent, copies of last year’s return, copies of power of attorney if you are filing jointly or for your absent spouse, a voided check or deposit slip, Form 8332 if claiming a noncustodial exemption for a child when divorced or
(From left) Capt. Jon Schoenwetter, Area I Tax Center officer in charge, James Richardson, USAG-Casey deputy garrison commander, Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, cut the ribbon officially opening the Area I Tax Center in Maude Hall on USAGCasey Jan. 27. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham separated, divorce decree if paying alimony or child support, Form 1098 for mortgage interest and points, HUD-1 Form for home purchases, tuition and fees statements and any information regarding expenses you wish to claim as itemized deductions. With 10 Soldiers, one Civilian volunteer and one military volunteer, all highly trained, those with complex taxes, which may require super-expert tax preparers, can be assured their tax needs will be filled. “We had an employee of the IRS come to Korea and train tax preparers throughout the peninsula,” Schoenwetter said. “Tax preparers have to test through various levels of certification to be able to process taxes.” Tax center preparers trained in three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced, which reflects the levels of complexity, and a special test for military and international taxes. They took more than 28 hours of classes to prepare for tax exams. Preparers this year must score 80 percent out of 100 to pass and they can take the test only twice. “Basically, our structure is like all else in the military. We follow the chain of command,” Schoenwetter said. “Complex taxes will start with our Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Sgt. Shawn Seymour or Spc. Keith Deeds, who worked in Fort Huachuca, AZ, tax center last year, so he is clearly more experienced. If the taxes are more complex they will be sent to me, and the buck stops at my desk.”
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News & Notes
Red Cloud/Casey Workforce Town Hall Meeting Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC commander, and Richard Davis, deputy commander, will ;hold a workforce town hall meeting Feb. 18 from 10-11 a.m. at the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center. For individuals unable to attend the town hall meeting at Casey, the event will be broadcast live in the Red Cloud Theater. For more information call: 732-8854. New! Mitchell’s Sunday Brunch Mitchell’s will offer Sunday Brunch beginning Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. No reservations are required. For more information call: 732-8189/8211. 2009 Eighth Army BATAAN Road March Registration for the 2009 BATAAN Road March will be from 7-8:15 a.m. Feb. 21 in the Carey Fitness Center USAG-Casey. Race will begin 8:45 a.m. The event is open to active duty military personnel assigned to the 8th Army with a DEROS no sooner than April 4 2009. For more information call: 725-5064. New Bus Schedule Begins Today Effective today, the bus schedules will change to enhance passenger’s convenience and reflect the actual ridership. Main changes are: 11:30 p.m. bus routes for Friday, Saturday and U.S. holidays are eleminated. Osan Express will run twice daily from 9 a.m. leaving Casey arriving Red Cloud 9:40 a.m. and Osan at noon, 11 a.m. Casey 11:40 a.m. Red Cloud, 2 p.m. at Osan. Leaves Osan 3:30 p.m. to Red Cloud 4:20 p.m. and Casey 5:10 p.m. Leaves Osan 6:30 p.m. to Red Cloud 7:20 p.m. and Casey 8:10 p.m. For more information call: 738-3380. Why Catholic Facilitator’s Training The Why Catholic Facilitator’s Training will be held in the Yongsan Religious Retreat Center Feb. 20-22. For more information call: 732-6016. Ash Wednesday Services Ash Wednesday Services will be held Feb. 25 11:45 a.m. Camp Hovey, 11:45 a.m. Camp Stanley, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. USAG-Red Cloud, 7 p.m. USAG-Casey. For more information call: 732-8854. Spouses Orientation Program Dates The Spouses Orientation Program schedule dates are Feb. 10 and 24 for USAGCasey, Feb. 17 at USAG-RC. Attendace is mandatory. For more information call: 732-7779. USAG-RC Physical Council Meeting The USAG-RC Physical Council meeting will take place in the Digital Conference Center USAG-Casey Mar. 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information call: 7306684. EEO/POSH Training Schedule EEO/POSH refresher training will be held in the FMWR classroom March 9 on USAG-Red Cloud and in the Digital Conference Center on USAG-Casey March 25. EEO/POSH intital training will be held in the FMWR classroom April 8 and the Digital Conference Center April 15 on USAGCasey. These courses are mandatory for all Dept. of the Army employees. For more information call: 732-6273.
Capt. Ben Hogan (right) and Capt. Joon Hong, administrative law division of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Judge Advocate General, discuss case files following Hogan’s ethics briefing at USAG-Red Cloud Jan. 21. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk
Ethics: Annual refresher training no longer applies to ‘all’
By Jack Loudermilk USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RED CLOUD — Annual ethics refresher training took place as usual at the USAG-Red Cloud Theater, Jan. 21, but aimed this time at educating only those individuals responsible for managing, approving, or overseeing financial actions. Training was conducted by Capt. Ben Hogan, administrative law division of the Judge Advocate General, and covered various ethical areas, ranging from misuse of government owned vehicles to issues involving ration control. “Most of what I cover in these briefings involves common sense,” said Hogan, “but some areas can be a little confusing. “ “My intent is to give everyone the facts and let them know if there is ever a doubt, they can come to JAG for an answer.” Hogan said anyone acting on advisement from his office will not get in trouble if the information turns out to be wrong. “Good use of government resources is the key part,” he said. “There’s no need for anyone to get in trouble for not knowing the facts. When the area becomes grey, they
should call us.” Hogan explained that everyone still has a problem with the rules on gift giving and the dollar amounts. “When you see someone leave Korea with a plaque,” he said, “that’s totally acceptable. However, if you take up a collection for a gift, you cannot force anyone to contribute. It must be voluntary.” Some of Hogan’s other key ethical issues were misuse of government vehicles, endorsing nonfederal entities and seeking outside employment that may conflict with official government duties.
Leadership addresses issues for Stanley residents during Town Hall
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CAMP STANLEY — Soldiers on Camp Stanley met with Area I leadership Jan. 21 to talk about their issues and brainstorm with the leadership to make life easier by making adjustments to services on post. Headlining the agenda was two weeks of bank closure. “Community Banks throughout Area I are being renovated,” said Richard Davis, USAG-RC deputy garrison commander. “We must close the bank here for two periods, Feb. 3 – 7 and Feb. 18 – 21. After the renovation the banks will provide a better atmosphere and a better facility for you.” The main floor of the Stanley gym will be closed for the Korea Land WarNet Training Conference from April 13 – 17. Road conditions will be red for the Lunar New Year Jan. 23 – 27. Jackson went on to say those who have experienced the Lunar New Year holiday in Korea should pass on information about the hazards of driving during the holidays. “If you do not have to drive, please do not drive,” Jackson said. “If you have to go somewhere, please use the bus transportation. There will be a lot of people on the road.” The advantage of changing leases between Soldiers and their landlords to read ‘payment in won,’ was discussed and explained. “Soldiers and Civilians living off the installation have noticed there has been a frequent flux in the value ratio between the wan and the dollar,” Davis said. “This can cause issues with leases, so the Housing office is working with individual Soldiers and landlords to convert leases termed in dollars to won. This makes it advantageous to Soldiers. If you have a lease that is in dollars and need to change it to wan, you need to contact the Housing Referral Office so they can contact your landlord and ask them if they will change it. As of today, we are batting 100 percent.” Rewriting the leases between Soldiers and landlords is a systematic approach because leases are legal documents, Davis explained. “In order for me to do a better job, I solicit your feedback,” said Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC garrison commander. “I welcome your suggestions on how we can make things better here on Stanley.” Many improvements have taken effect in Area I and on Camp Stanley since 2008. Command sponsorship, renovation of the Pear Blossom Cottage, and increased Off Post Housing Allowance were but only a few, Jackson explained.
Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson addresses more than 200 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members during the Town Hall given in the ballroom of Reggie’s Club on Camp Stanley Jan. 21. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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all, the tourney was a good experience for our young team and we grew from it” The Casey team was honored by sending three players to the All-Tournament team that included team captain Maimone, Dickenson and Laura Weymon. Maimone added, “It was a privilege to be able to play in the tournament hosted by Camp Foster’s FMWR. The competition hosted some outstanding basketball teams and it was a great opportunity for Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, women, and family members to showcase all of their hard earned basketball skills.” The men’s team finished third. They began the round robin play with a 54-48 victory over the “Kings”, followed by a narrow loss to the “Knights” by 4. They bounced back with a five-game win streak with monstrous victories of 20, 47, 40 and 19 points. Their streak ended with a loss to the “Bombsquad” in the quarterfinal and a loss to the eventual champs; the Yokota Air Force team. Even though the men’s team had many different line-ups they still seemed to get some great performances by several players who stood out during the course of the weekend. Leading scorer for the team was Spc. Corey Washington with a supporting cast of Lt. Tim Cox and Simeon Handy. Others chipping in were Spc. Barry Brock and Spc. Balou Faustin. All in all everyone played their role for the team. The team ended with an overall record of 6-3. The tournament also hosted a 3-point shoot-out, which witnessed Cox winning the event. Everyone was excited to return to Japan to improve on their performances and bring home more awards.
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Women finish 2 in Pacific-wide basketball tourney
By Randy Behr USAG-RC Director of Fitness and Aquatics OKINAWA, JAPAN — On the morning of Jan. 15, the Men’s and Women’s basketball team departed Korea for the Pacific-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Basketball Tournament. The competition was held in Camp Foster Field House, Okinawa, Japan from Jan 15 — 19. The tournament began with a single round robin to seed all the teams, followed by double elimination bracket play and the current National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. The women’s team finished the tournament with a second place trophy and an overall record of 3-4 and a 2-2 record in double elimination play with their only defeats coming by way of the eventual champs of the Yokota Air Force team. The team dropped the first game to rival Yongsan with a close battle and a score of 28-22. Leading scorer for the Warrior’s was Lt. Megan Maimone of 2ID PMO with a respectable 9 points. The women bounced back quickly with a defeat of Kadena led by Pvt. Sakeera McNeil and her 15 points and strong inside play, followed by Sgt. Brandie Dickenson of 70th BSB with 9 points. The ladies were able to get some revenge with a victory over Yongsan 39-34, again led by McNeil, Dickenson and Maimone with 13, 10 and 8 points. Yakota proved to be too much with their first win of 72-58 over the Warrior’s and in the championship game they did close the margin to a respectable 58-51. Women’s coach Sgt. Major Richards (“Rich”) of 210 Fires Brigade said, “All in
(From left) Cornelius Richards, team head coach, Shawna Davis, Sakeera McNeil, Brandi Dickinson, Nichole Rauscher, Laura Weymon, Featherinems Anderson, Megan Maimone, (front from left) Christi Francis, Kelly Izawacki, Latara Hudson, Tanesha Wallace, Antranette Dailey, Randy Behr, assistant coach. — Courtesy photo
Brandi Dickinson (second from left), Laura Weymon (second from right), Megan Maimone (right) are the USAG-Casey players that made the All Tournament Team which played in the Okinawa MLK Basketball Tournament. — Courtesy photo
Casey tops Red Cloud 50 - 41 in Warrior Country Men’s Senior Basketball Championship
The Casey men’s senior basketball team topped Red Cloud’s men’s senior by 9 to clench the Area I Warrior Country Men’s Senior Basketball Championship Jan. 29. There was to be a final playoff game Jan. 30 but Red Cloud forfeited to Casey due to mission commitment. “This is the only tournament for the 33 and over,” said Jim Williams, USAG-RC sports specialist. “We take any number of teams that want to participate within Area I, and have a tournament. Jan. 29 Casey won 50-41.” Men’s Senior Champions from Area I will play other Area champions at USAG-Humphreys Feb. 5, 6, 7, for the 8th Army Men’s Senior Championship, Williams said. The difference in this championship other than being for men ages 33 and over is they will be able to form an all-star team from both the Red Cloud garrison and the Casey garrison. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Free tax center opens on Yongsan
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By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Garrison staff attends installation management workshop
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON — A free tax filing program for active-duty and retired Servicemembers, Families and DoD Civilians is now available at the Yongsan Tax Center located inside the Moyer Community Activities Center. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 29, which ushered in the free service to the community, an eager crowd flowed into Room 113 to take advantage of the new facility. Sgt. Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez, United Nations Command, 8th U.S. Army Honor Guard, was the first customer of the day. “It feels good to already have it out of the way and now I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he said, “I came here last year, too.” Gonzales was one of 2,136 federal and 919 state filers serviced by the Yongsan Tax Center in 2008, which collectively generated more than $4 million and saved the clients more than $400,000 in tax preparation fees according to 8th U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate Col. M. Tia Johnson. “We look forward to similar results for this year,” Johnson said. “It’s always great to open any type of service that assists Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines here in Yongsan and the surrounding area.” The Yongsan Tax Center is supported by the community. Selected Servicemembers and Civilian volunteers received two weeks of training and became IRS certified to enable the program. Spc. Brandon Perry is one of the newly certified tax preparation assistants.
Spc. Brandon Perry (left) assists the Yongsan Tax Center’s first customer of the season, Sgt. Cuauhtemoc Gonzales, Jan. 29. The Yongsan Tax Center is located in the Moyer Community Activities Center, Room 113. View more garrison photos at www.flickr.com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photos by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson
“I’m walking into this with confidence to help others,” Perry said. “We’ve done a lot of practice tax returns and I’m sure everything will run smoothly. There are people here, just in case, to make sure everything will be alright.” Walk-ins are accepted during office hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and assistance is available by appointment only 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays. Services remain open during lunch hours. The officer in charge of the program,
legal assistance attorney Capt. Minna Oh encourages anyone with cases involving more than a standard W-2 form to make appointments. “Waits may be expected for the first two weeks of tax season and during the last week for filing in the beginning of April,” she said. Required documents for filing taxes include a W-2, which can be downloaded from MyPay and if applicable, a form 1099 and any other documents showing additional income or sent by the IRS.
Social security cards are mandatory for Civilians and Family members. Only Servicemembers may use a military identification card for social security number verification. If spouses are not present for joint filing, a power of attorney is required but all forms necessary will be provided. Some non DoD Civilians may be eligible for the free service if stated in the individual’s contract. For information related to tax services and appointments, contact 723-7887.
YONGSAN GARRISON — About 40 key staff members from U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan and the Installation Management Command-Korea Region attended a workshop Jan. 29 at the Yongsan Religious Retreat Center. City Manager Fred Meurer of Monterey, Calif. led the workshop by explaining how his city operates similarly to an Army garrison. “This is an opportunity to improve ourselves and to improve our community,” said Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses. “We need to learn together, come together, and have a free flow of information.” Monterey is home to two military organizations, the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Post Graduate School. Meurer, a retired Army colonel, is used to dealing with military officials. “Everything about my job requires innovation, partnerships and “reinventing how we do our business,” he told the gathering of staff directors, managers and analysts. “The purpose of my presentation is to give you ideas, skills and hopefully some inspiration.” Meurer encouraged the garrison staff to solicit customer feedback. “What you don’t measure, you can’t improve,” he said. The group listened intently to the presentation, and then participated in a brainstorming exercise to come up with ideas for education, infrastructure, strategic communication and energy issues. “I think everyone who attended had the opportunity to benefit from an outside organization that has similar functions,” said Dave Thomas, USAG-Yongsan Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security acting director. “We
City Manager Fred Meurer of Monterey, Calif. (left) addresses an installation management workshop Jan. 29 at the Yongsan Religious Retreat Center. View more garrison photos at www.flickr.com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by David McNally
got some new perspective on innovation and motivation to improve our abilities and think outside the box.” Moses said the workshop was a valuable experience. He told the group that USAG-Yongsan would conduct a strategic planning conference soon to discuss ideas and the way ahead. “We need to share information across the workforce,”
Moses said. “As we focus on these ideas, we will be in a better position to deliver on the Army Family Covenant.” The Army Family Covenant says, “We are committed to improving Family readiness by Standardizing and funding existing Family programs and services; Improving Soldier and Family housing; Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family Members.”
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News & Notes
Pedestrian Safety Exercise extreme caution when crossing roadways on and off post. Death and serious injury are consequences of not being aware of your surroundings at all times! Winter Temperatures Keep the heat on this winter! To keep the pipes from freezing, don’t turn the heat off during the cold weather. If you leave your quarters for an extended period of time turn the heat down, but not off. The thermostat should be set at no less than 55 degrees. Balloon and Flower Gram Delivery Let BOSS deliver your Valentine’s Day “Balloon and Flower Gram.” The service is available 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 13. The available delivery sites are on base at Yongsan Garrison, Camps Kim and Coiner, Hannam Village, the Religious Retreat Center and all Seoul American Schools. For information, call 723-3291. Valentine’s Day Dinner Special Commiskey’s Restaurant offers a Valentine’s Day dinner special 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Enjoy a 15 percent discount on the Blue Plate Dinner for ladies only. Also, there will be roses for all ladies. For information, call 736-3971. Valentine’s Day Special The Main Post Club is offering 15% off any Ala Carte dinner menu for ladies only 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. There will also be roses for all the ladies. For information, call 723-8785. President’s Day Bowling Tournament Check out Yongsan Lanes 12 p.m. Feb. 16 for a “9-8 Pin No Tap 4 Game Alibi Bowling Tournament” to celebrate President’s Day! For information, call 723-7830. SAHS Band Performance There will be a free Seoul American High School Band Performance 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Moyer Theatre, Building 2259. For information, call 723-3266. Dental Clinic Renovation Dental Clinic #3 through February for renovation. Patients will continue to receive the full spectrum of dental care at Dental Clinic #2, located near Gate #17. For information, call 736-5221 or 736-4779. Go Bowling Day Bowl three games and only pay for two games. Get one game free 4-9 p.m. Feb. 25. at Yongsan Lanes. For information, call 723-7830. Appreciation Night The Main Post Club is having Korean employee KATUSA/ROK Soldier appreciation night Feb. 26. There will be free snacks and T-shirts while supplies last. For information, call 723-5678. EEO Office Move The USAG-Yongsan Equal Opportunity Office has moved to Building 4305, Room 228. For information, call 738-5171. Veterinary Clinic Renovation The Veterinary Clinic is currently under renovation. The clinic will remain open and provide full service clinic vaccinations and sick call appointments only. No surgery appointments will be available at this time. For information, call 738-4257. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Community honors heroes at Super Bowl event
The community recognized 22 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan including Sgt. Seli Kall from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, Jan. 31 at the Commissary Super Bowl Heroes event. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun
Garrison sports fans celebrate Super Bowl XLIII
By Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Local football fans cheer on their favorite teams during a Super Bowl party Feb. 2 at the Main Post Club. — U.S. Army photos by Cho Song-no
YONGSAN GARRISON —Yongsan community members were more than accommodating to an early wakeup call Feb. 2 in order to watch the Super Bowl live, on a big screen at the Main Post Club during a party that kicked off at 5 a.m. The Super Bowl XLIII face-off between the Pittsburg Steelers and Arizona Cardinals was gripping for many viewers. “I think everyone will agree that in the last two minutes we all aged about two years,” said USAG-Yongsan Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch. “It couldn’t have been more exciting.” Wide-eyed fans cheered to the game that had all eyes glued in a room full of people hanging by the edges of their seats. At first it seemed as though the Steelers, who had capitalized on a series of Cardinals’
penalties, would take the trophy with ease. James Harrison, Steelers’ line backer set the Super Bowl record of 100-yard interception return to end the first half at 17-7. The crowd rocked out to Bruce Springsteen’s halftime performance and door prizes were given out that ranged from t-shirts to DVD players. When the third quarter started all eyes were back on the game. After the third quarter ended in favor of the Steelers 20-7 it seemed as if they had solidified their victory. In the final quarter, however, The Cardinals made an impressive comeback that put them ahead at 20-23 with under three minutes remaining. The lead was brief and the Cardinal’s near victory slipped away after the Steelers scored a last minute touchdown finishing the game at 27-23. “I have been a Steelers fan since 1992,” said Tech. Sgt. Craig Havelis, who attended the event with his colleague Tech. Sgt. Skeet
Huskey. “We were two of the very few Steelers fans in this room so it feels great to see them win the game,” Havelis said. Huskey agreed. “The Cardinals fans seemed to have been convinced that they would take the trophy with two minutes left. But we had faith in the Steelers. We knew all along that we would win.” The first forty entrants at the party were eligible to submit quarterly score predictions to win ipods provided by AAFES but the prizes didn’t stop there. The People to People Seoul Chapter and Korean Foreigners Friendship Culture Society sponsored party wasn’t officially over until the winner of a grand prize was announced. The lucky winner of a round trip to the United States was 19-year-old Paul Boatwright. “Today was a great day,” Boatwright said. “It’s exhilarating to win the grand prize, but more than that, the event was awesome. I hope to come here again next year.”
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USAG-Yongsan employees Jeff Mones (left) and Dave Thomas check out the offerings at the Incheon Fish Market Jan. 31. — U.S. Army photo by David McNally
Yongsan group tours Incheon
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Koreans faithfully reenact life in the royal Joseon period at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. — U.S. Army photo by David McNally
INCHEON — A group of 40 Garrison leaders and key managers and Family Members took a cultural tour of Incheon Jan. 31 in a quarterly team-building exercise. As part of the Garrison Good Neighbor Program, the Korea Foreigner Friendship and Cultural Society, a local civic organization, sponsored the tour. The bus trip visited the Memorial Hall for the Incheon Landing Operation and Freedom Park. At the park, a statue of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur looks over the Incheon Harbor where he commanded the successful landing during the Korean War. “Seeing the memorial reminds you of the sacrifices made during the Korean War,” said Jeff Mones, USAG-Yongsan lead management analyst. “Being Filipino-American, I know General MacArthur is a huge icon in my culture. I didn’t realize he made
such an impact on the Korean people as well.” The group visited “Chinatown” for shopping, walking and a big chinese lunch. Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall thanked the civic organization KFFCS for sponsoring the tour. “These are great opportunities to learn about our Korean Good Neighbors,” Hall said. “It’s good that we take time to work on team building, and at the same time appreciate the rich Korean culture.” The group also toured the famous Incheon Fish Market at the wharf area. Across the huge market, almost every possible kind of fresh seafood is available. The tour ended with a visit to the Korea Emigration Museum and a cultural dance performance before returning to Yongsan Garrison. The Garrison conducts team-building events quarterly.
Culture opportunity: Visit Gyeongbok Palace
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Yongsan Servicemembers receive Lunar New Year gifts from local civic group
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Jennifer Heatherly (center) gets a Certificate of Appreciation from Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall (right) and Deputy Commander Don Moses Jan. 15. — U.S. Army photo by Kwon Pae-hyuk
USAG-Yongsan Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Heatherly
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YONGSAN GARRISON — Jennifer Heatherly donates her time volunteering for the Hannam Village Library. She was also nominated for the USAG-Yongsan Volunteer of the Quarter for the 1st quarter. Where does she volunteer? Hannam Village Library How many hours a week? Heatherly averages three hours of volunteer work each week. What does she do? Mrs. Heatherly reads stories, sings songs and makes crafts for preschoolers. She also conducts other activities on special days like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. She teaches children how to
make crafts and how to play games. What impact does she have? She provides educational benefit for the Hannam Village community. She inspires literacy and spreads interest in books among the young kids in the community. Why does she volunteer? She loves young children and feels happy reading books to them. She is enthusiastic about exploring adventure with children. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Yongsan, call the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan volunteer coordinator at 738-7510
YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan Servicemembers received 1,000 gift boxes during a Jan. 22 Collier Field House community relations event. A Korean civic group, the “International We Love U Foundation” donated the gifts. About 150 U.S. and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Servicemembers were on hand at the ceremony to celebrate the Korean Lunar New Year. “Some of our members brought out the idea to visit the U.S. Army,” said Lee Seung-An, We Love U Foundation general manager. “They are out here defending a foreign country.” Volunteers handed out gifts to those who showed up, and packed the rest for delivery to various units. “I knew that we do Good Neighbor program for Korean children and others,” said Spc. Derek Coffman from 1st Signal Brigade. “But I never expected them to do stuff back for us.” USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall said the Good Neighbor program is an important part of what the Garrison does. “It builds a friendship between the two peoples, and strengthens the Korean American alliance,” he said.
Stoic guards and officials march to the palace gate with colorful robes and traditional flags flowing in the wind. Another day begins for the reenactors of Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul. The city is home to five Joseon Dynasty palaces. But, Gyeongbok Palace is the centerpiece of Korea’s royal heritage. The complex is a living legacy of 15th century Korea. Extensive renovations over the past decade restored the palace grounds to a once regal air. During most of the Japanese occupation, 1910-1945, a monolithic gray administration building stood within the palace gates blocking the view of the former home of kings. For decades after the Korean War, the government used the building as an administration building and even as the National Museum of Korea; however, it was always a painful reminder of the occupation. After the 1996 demolition of offending building, Koreans began to restore the palace complex. The palace was originally built in 1394, but much of it burned to the ground in a 1592 Japanese invasion. In 1911, the Japanese only left 10 buildings standing as construction began on the Japanese administration building. Today, there are 330 buildings on the palace grounds, including the National Folk Museum. Visitors are free to roam the complex. The ceremonies of opening and closing the palace gate and changing of the guard happen three times a day every day of the year, except Tuesdays, or in the event of rain. The Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Properties is the Republic of Korea office with oversight of not only buildings and relics, but of the how Koreans used pomp and circumstance to rule the land. The foundation reenacts historical ceremonies based on “careful and thorough historical investigations. From November to February, the palace is open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and closed on Tuesdays. The entrance fee is 3,000 won for adults and 1,500 won for children. To get to the palace, use the Seoul Subway System Line 3, and then take Exit 5 at Gyeongbokgung Station.
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Think Fire Safety
which the electrical circuitry is automatically shut off if the unit is tipped over. Power supply cords and plugs will be in good condition, and the supply circuit will be adequate for safe use. NFPA Standard 70, National Electric Code, is the minimum requirement for electrical wiring and equipment. Only authorized electricians will install, repair, and change electrical wiring, fittings, or attachments. Heaters must be located a minimum of 3 feet from combustible material. Clothing will not be placed over heaters at any time. For questions, call the USAG-Yongsan Fire Department at 738-7900.
olks, you need to know that safety is our top priority. With winter tempertures sinking to below freezing, you might be tempted to use an additional portable electric heater. But, I have to tell you all such devices require approval before use in government offices and on-base residences. The guidelines are outlined in AK Pamphlet 420-1, Paragraph 2-7 Fire Prevention and Protection Program. Bottom line: to use a portable electric heater anywhere on the installation, you must get approval in writing. Further, these heaters, when permitted, will be UL or FM listed, and will be of the type in
Hiking Korea: Exploring Dobong Mountain
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
For adventurers who want to explore the peninsula, look no further than the horizon. Koreans have a saying, “You will see a mountain in Korea no matter where you look.” Here on this mountain range north of Seoul, a trek up the trails is sort of a national pastime. A trip on the subway between Seoul and Uijeongbu, offers a view to one of the most prominent geographical features in the area. It’s called “Dobongsan.” The mountain’s solid rock face is a spectacular and unique sight. Bukhansan National Park oversees the many trails throughout the mountain range. For a challenging hike, many Koreans try the Dobongsan entrance. On weekends, if you arrive on Subway Line No. 1 or No. 7, you will notice hundreds of Korean hikers getting off at the same stop. It’s rather easy to identify them because they dress from head to toe in hiking garb. Backpacks, vests, hats, canteens, specialized hiking clothes, and even bells — nothing is too exotic for the Korean hiker. Follow the hikers across the street to the ticket booth at the park entrance. The entrance fee is less than a couple of thousand Korean won per hiker. Although the majority of signs in the park are written in Korean, you will not have any difficulty if you follow the crowds. Tip: The mountain is up! Good weather draws thousands to the park on Sundays during the summer. But a hardy number of folks make the trek in winter too. Park officials estimate more than 16,000 people take to the trails on a good day. Then, Bukhansan National Park swells almost to capacity. Yes, there are even traffic jams on mountain trails — but with people. During your trek to the park entrance
you will find a myriad of snack options: cucumbers, kim-bob, rice and boiled eggs. Many Koreans enter the park just to have a picnic near the entrance. They set up small day camps along the cool, mountain stream that runs along the main trail. Motivated hikers will find a challenge in the trail to the top. The path turns more austere the higher up you go. From wellworn rock stairs to dirt slopes, the trail gets more and more difficult. About two-hours into the ascent you come to an area with restroom facilities. From this point the peak is another 700 meters, and the trail is more physically taxing. A trip to the peak is accomplished at your own risk. An occasional rope is all the help you can expect. If you attempt to climb to the peak, it will test your rock-climbing abilities. The reward at the top is the view and a cool breeze in your face. The hike is hardy cardiovascular exercise. If you drink enough water, you should be soaked with sweat. Tip: Bring enough water and avoid dehydration. After a well-deserved rest, you begin your trip down the mountain. This requires extra caution and concentration. Your knees may be weak from the stress of the climb. Choosing which rock to step on becomes essential — your descent becomes a controlled fall. Koreans are proud of their country and what it offers. As you pass the hundreds of fellow hikers up and down the mountain, you will be greeted with smiles and salutations. Although you may see an occasional foreigner, not many choose to explore Korea in this way. Whether your hiking experience is Dobongsan, or any other mountain in Korea, a trip to the countryside can be a rewarding experience. Hiking can be an inexpensive way to get out and discover Korea, and get in some healthy exercise.
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By Marianne Campano 65th Medical Brigade Last week twenty three classes at Seoul American Elementary School learned more than science, English and arithmetic. They learned about the importance of hand washing and covering their cough to prevent disease and stay healthy. Public health nurses, DOD civilian nurses, Junior Officer Council nurses, school nurses and staff from Force Health Protection and Preventive Medicine all volunteered to make this learning event possible. Students were filled with questions and comments, and were especially engaged by a science experiment using a petrie dish to demonstrate how much bacteria they had on their hands before and after washing. The volunteers teaching were equally enthusiastic about the day, and were inquiring about more opportunities to teach this topic. For more information on respiratory
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Scouting Round-up for Korea Region
Boy Scouts of America Korea District, Far East Council
Feb. 6-8 National Camp School, Japan (Cub Scouts) Feb. 7 District Round Table, Yongsan Feb. 8 Scout Sunday (Cub and Boy Scouts) Feb. 11-12 National Camp School, Japan (Boy Scouts) Feb. 16 District Bowl-a-thon, Yongsan Lanes (Cub Scouts) Feb. 20-22 Klondike Derby, Camp Long (Boy Scouts) Main event Feb. 21, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nine events of Iditarod sled race, winter survival, first aid, “turkey shoot” with hatchet/knife throws, Crazy Horse Stew, etc. Camp fire with skits/songs that night. Awards on Feb. 22 8:30 - 10 a.m. District Boy Scout competitions. A Korea Scout Troop will also join us. Can accommodate media overnight in a building vs. sleeping in the cold outdoors with prior notice. For additional information visit the Korea District online at http://www.koerabsa.org Girl Scouts of America Cookie Sales: Every weekend from through Feb. 28 - Yongsan Main PX, Yongsan Commissary, South Post Shopette Jan. 31 Masquerade Ball, Underground, Main Post Club, 6-11 p.m. - billed as a 'Me and My Pal' dance - beautiful dresses, masks, dancing, and buffet. Feb. 16 USA Girl Scouts Overseas Adult Volunteers - Good Neighbor Program with Girl Scouts of Korea - training class for young university students who will become future Girl Scout leaders in their elementary schools. This is the second meeting. We had them in October for Outdoor I, II, III training. During this session we will be discussing non-traditional holidays on both the US and ROK side, making crafts suitable for elementary age Scouts and preparing a simple lunch at the GS Hut, B-4257, on South Post, Yongsan.
23 classes at Seoul American Elementary School learn importance of healthy habits
First Lt. Nikki Armstrong, 65th Medical Brigade, demonstrates the effectiveness of hand-washing on a student at Seoul American Elementary School. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S.
Army photo by Marianne Campano
disease prevention or on hand washing presentations, please contact health promotion coordinator, Marianne Campano, Force Health Protection and Preventive Medicine, Public Health Nursing 736-6693
AVOTEC: Army selected for educational pilot program
The Army has been selected by Congress to participate in an education pilot program designed to provide additional ways to expand education opportunities. Soldiers, officers and Wounded Warriors serving on active-duty, to include National Guard and Reserve Soldiers on extended active-duty, may acquire technical, vocational, or advanced training and retraining. This short-term pilot program is intended to provide training in high-demand career fields to help Soldiers find employment after they transition out of the Army. Army Education is working with technical and community colleges throughout the United States to build upon existing programs and develop new pilot re-training in career occupations, such as rehabilitation, nursing, medical technology, and other health care occupations. Although the Army Vocational/Technical website launched Jan. 15, Army Education Centers and Soldier Family Assistance Centers will begin assisting Soldiers with enrollment beginning Feb. 1.
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BDD Unit also briefs members on veterans benefits such as the VA Home Loan, the Post/911 GI Bill, Foreign Medical Program, health care and other topics that relate to VA entitlements. Please note, you don’t need to come to Yongsan to learn about your VA benefits. The Veteran Service Representatives who work at Yongsan travel to many installations in Korea monthly to conduct briefings. To find out when a member will be in your area, Army members just need to contact their ACAP center and Air Force members should contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center. We also visit Navy/USMC sites on a periodic basis. If any organization has a need for a special briefing they should contact the VA office at 738-5121 to make the arrangements. We will make presentations for Commander Calls or other special briefings. We also participate in Retiree Appreciation Day, Job Fair events, etc. subject to staff availability. Veteran: That’s one title that all who’ve served or will serve share in common. The VA staff is here to help veterans maximize the benefits they’ve earned. If not for the Veteran, there would be no Department of Veterans Affairs. “We’re here because you’re here!” For questions about entitlements or assistance in submitting a claim, please call 738-5121.
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‘We’re here because you’re here!’
Special to the Morning Calm When you joined the military you agreed to serve your country and in exchange the military agreed to pay you and provide you with some allowances. More importantly, the United States government agreed that if you met the terms of your agreed upon service then you would be awarded the status of “veteran” and all the rights and benefits that go with that title. Here in Korea, those Servicemembers departing the military have one of the best benefits available to all military members. The Department of Veteran Affairs has a Benefits Delivery at Discharge office located at USAG-Yongsan. This office has over the last seven years processed more than 2,700 applications for disability claims for Servicemembers assigned in Korea. The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for lunch (11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.) and national holidays in building 4037 just up the hill from the Dragon Hill Lodge. The office has a staff of six dedicated employees working to help resolve questions and process claims in a timely manner. This includes the primary duty of providing to those individuals departing active duty the information and assistance they need to complete an application for disability compensation. The
Veterans services available in Korea Yongsan Health Clinic moving
g Due to a $2.75 million dollar building renovation, the Yongsan Health Clinic will close its doors at noon on Friday, Feb. 13. g The Yongsan Health Clinic will re-open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at its new location: 121st Ccombat Support Hospital, Ground Floor g Sick Call by Appointment starts Wednesday, Feb. 18 The Appointment Line opens daily at 6 a.m. The YHC Appointment Line can be reached at 737-3331** Soldiers will receive a same day appointment for 7-11:20 a.m. **Note – this phone line will not be activated until Feb. 18.
February is American Heart Month
By Jean Dumoulin 65th Medical Brigade Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports in 2008 an estimated 770,000 Americans will have a heart attack and 430,000 will have a recurrent attack. Although the risk of developing coronary heart disease CHD increases with age, the processes that lead to the development of CHD develop over time and actually begin when you are young. Several factors commonly referred to as risk factors, affect a person’s chance of developing heart disease. These risk factors include tobacco use, an unhealthy diet and poor nutrition, age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gender, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, unhealthy weight or Body Mass Index and a family history of heart disease. The more risk factors you have puts you at an increased risk for developing heart disease. Some risk factors are controllable and some cannot be controlled for example, men – See HEART, Page 18 –
Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits Delivery at Discharge office at USAG-Yongsan: 738-5121
Feb. 6 - 12
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
Four Christmases (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Marley & Me (PG13) 7 p.m.
Day Earth Stood Still (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Marley & Me (PG) 1 p.m. Bedtime Stories (PG) 7 p.m. Delgo (PG) 3:30 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Delgo (PG) 6:30 p.m. Punshier: War Zone (R) 8:30 p.m. Bedtime Stories (PG) 3 p.m. Twilight (PG13) 7 p.m. Delgo (PG) 3:30 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13 ) 7:30 p.m.
Twilight (R) 7 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Role Models (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Role Models (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Twilight (PG13) 7 p.m.
Punisher: War Zone (R) 7 p.m.
Notorious (R) 7p.m.
Sex Drive (R) 7 p.m.
Bride Wars (NR) 7 p.m.
Bedtime Stories (PG) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Twilight (PG13) 6 p.m. Sex Drive (R) 8:30 p.m.
Transporter 3 (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Twilight (PG13) 6 p.m.
Bride Wars (PG13) 6 p.m. Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Bride Wars (PG13) 7 p.m. Day Earth Stood Still (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Quantum of Solace (PG13) 7 p.m. Saw V (R) 9 p.m. Taken (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG13) 6:30 p.m.
Marley & Me (PG) 1 p.m. Bride Wars (NR) 3:30 p.m. Transporter 3 (PG13) 9:30 p.m.
Marley & Me (PG) 1 / 3:30 p.m. Bride Wars (NR) 6 p.m. Transporter 3 (PG13) 8:30 p.m.
Yes Man (PG13) 7 p.m.
Yes Man (PG13) 7 p.m.
Seven Pounds (PG13) 7 p.m.
Seven Pounds (PG13) 7 p.m.
Four Christmases (PG13) 7 p.m.
Punisher: War Zone (R) 7 p.m.
Madagascar 2 (PG) 7 p.m.
Boy in Striped Pajamas (PG13) 7 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m.
Marley and Me (PG13) 7 p.m. Soul Men (R) 9 p.m. Taken (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Delgo (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Marley and Me (PG13) 7 p.m. Bedtime Stories (PG) 9 p.m. Taken (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Delgo (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Bedtime Stories (PG) 7 p.m.
Notorious (R) 9 p.m.
Twilight (PG13) 7 p.m.
Day Earth Stood Still (PG13) 7 p.m. Austraila (PG13) 6 p.m. Soul Men (R) 6 p.m.
Day Earth Stood Still (PG13) 7 p.m. Austraila (PG13) 6 p.m. Soul Men (R) 6 p.m.
Four Christmases (PG13) 7 p.m. Quantum of Solace (PG13) 6 p.m. Transporter 3 (R) 6 p.m.
Four Christmases (PG13) 7 p.m. Quantum of Solace (PG13) 6 p.m. Transporter 3 (R) 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Area II Worship Schedule
Memorial Chapel Worship Services are relocation Feb. 9-29. For more information, call Memorial Chapel at 7258182/4076 or the Religious Support Office, 738-3011.
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Wednesday Gospel Sunday Wednesday Thurday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1130 1100 1230 1800 1900 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Protestant Sunday School-Coffee House Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Bible Study-Coffee House Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Gospel Bible Study Stanley Chapel Gospel Practice Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
NOTE: Services will be held in the Super Gym until further notice.
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday Wednesday 1100 1100 1100 1300 1800 1900 1730 1900 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel (Bible Study) Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Suwaon Air Base Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Collective Sunday 0800 0930 0930 1100 1030 1100 Hospital Chapel (Liturgical) Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel (Korean) Hannam Chapel Hospital Chapel (Episcopal/Luthern) K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Multi Purpose Training Facility South Post Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
Contemporary Sunday 1000 Gospel 1200 Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday 0930 United Pentecostal (UPCI) Sunday 1500 KATUSA Thursday Episcopal Sunday Mass Sunday 1830 1000
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, [email protected]
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, [email protected]
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Orthodox Service 1st and 2nd Sundays Later Day Saints Sunday
1130 0900 1215 0930 1000 1400
Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel Old Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
0800 1130 1700 1205 1205 0900 1900 South Post Chapel Mass suspended for two Sundays South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
West Casey Chapel
Saturday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal: [email protected]
, 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Maj.) Fredrick Garcia: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Red Cloud Chaplain (Capt.) Mario Rosario: [email protected]
, USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Maj.) Edward Martin: [email protected]
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Warriors in Area I witness Superbowl XLIII
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Soldiers, Civilians and Family members take time out to watch the 43rd playing of the Superbowl in USAG-Casey’s Gateway Club Feb. 2. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-CASEY — Soldiers, Civilians and Family members celebrated a sports national pastime Feb. 2 when they took off their busy schedules to witness football’s greatest spectacle, the Supebowl. Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation in Area I made extra efforts to make sure all Soldiers and Family members would have the opportunity to take in the event by offering free breakfast, or brunch and watch the game in Community Activity Centers, clubs and in the field. “We loaded a wide-screen television in a truck early in the morning to take to Rodriguez Range,” said Randy Behr, USAGRC sports manager. “We want to make sure everyone can enjoy the game.” “We make the Superbowl a special event every year at the Gateway Club,” said Avelina Richardson, club manager. “We have a free breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. Also, many door prizes to give away, most from the Miller Brewing Co, and both Cardinals and Steelers team jerseys to raffle off. The team jerseys and the two NFL footballs signed by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were bought by the USAG-Casey CAC, with which we teamed together for this year’s event.” Because the Miller Co. was so generous with giving promotional prizes to the Gateway Club, Richardson decided to share the items with all the other clubs in Area I presenting the Superbowl. “All other prizes, more than a dozen different kinds, were given by FMWR marketing,” Richardson said.
(From left) Elena Blessig buys a door prize ticket from BOSS volunteers, Spc. Darren Stanhope, USAG-RC BOSS president, Pfc. Zachary Sparks and Pfc. Ashley Mehr during the Superbowl party at USAG-RC’s Mitchell’s Club Feb. 2. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk
Mathew Mosca stands with his NFL football signed by the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders he won during the Superbowl party in USAGCasey’s Gateway Club Feb. 2. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Cardenas, Alpha GSTB cheers at the final touchdown made by the Cardinals during the Superbowl party held in USAG-RC’s Mitchell’s Feb. 2. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk
Sgt. 1st Class Regenal McGrif, HHC 2ID cheers at the final touchdown made by the Steelers during the Superbowl party in USAGRC’s Mitchell’s Club Feb. 2. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk
Republic of Korea — U.S. Army Installation Guide
Online Resources for U.S. Army Garrisons (USAG) in Korea
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*This map is not for navigational purposes and should only be used for general reference.
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from Page 1 HEART
men are at a great risk of developing heart disease at a younger age then women. People who have a family history of heart disease are at an increased risk due to genetics and hereditary factors. As you age the risk for developing heart disease also increases. The good news is heart disease is preventable and you can lower your risk by making healthy lifestyle changes. There are several healthy lifestyle behaviors you can follow to reduce your risk for developing heart disease. The following are tips to reduce your risk and improve your heart health: g Don’t smoke, dip or chew, and if you do, stop g Maintain a healthy body weight and a healthy BMI: BMI less than 25 g Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol g Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes most days of the week g Manage stress – try deep breathing, relaxation techniques or exercise to reduce stress levels
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g Control blood pressure levels: less than 120/80 mmHg g Control diabetes: fasting glucose: less than 99 mg/dL g Control cholesterol levels g Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/ Dl g LDL (bad) cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL g HDL (good) cholesterol: 40 mg/dL or higher g Schedule regular visits with your doctor or healthcare provider and get preventive screenings.
IMCOM-Korea KLW Winners:
Print Categories: News: First place was Robert H. McElroy, USAG-Humphreys. Second and Third place was Ken Fidler, USAG-Yongsan. Feature: First place was Kenneth Hall, USAG-H. Second place was the USAGYongsan Public Affairs Office and David McNally, USAG-Y. Third place was Sgt. Im Jin-Min, USAG-Y. Commentary: First place was Susan Silpasornprasit, IMCOM-K. Second place was Cpl. Lee Min-hwi. Sports: First place was Cpl. Lee Min-hwi, USAG-Y. Second place was Ken Fidler, USAG-Y Single or Stand-alone photo: First place was Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich, USAG-H. Second place was Cpl. Choi Keun-woo, USAG-Y. Third place was Robert H. McElroy, USAG-H. Photojournalism: First place was Cpl. Choi Keun-woo, USAG-Y. Second and Third place was David McNally, USAG-Y. Art/Graphics in Support of a Publication: First and Second place was USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Office. Third place was Slade Walters, IMCOM-K. Stringer: First place was Joni Ramsey, USAG-H. Second place was Katy HusseySlonaker, USAG-Y. Contribution by a Stringer: First and Second place was Michel Mooney, USAG-H. Web-based Publication: First place was USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Office.
Upcoming Events in U.S. Forces Korea
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Rodriguez Range, DFAC, noon - 2 p.m. USAG-Casey, Carey Fitness Center, 7 p.m.
For additional information, visit www.Americanheart.org and http://cdc.gov or contact the local Health Promotion office:
Camp Bonifas, DFAC, noon -1:30 p.m. Camp Stanely, Reggie's, 4 - 5 p.m. USAG-Red Cloud, Fitness Center, 7 p.m.
Area I: Capt. Travers 753-6796 Area II: Ms.Campano736-6693 Area III: Ms. Dumoulin 753-7657 Area IV: Capt. Smith 753-8355
New Media Initiatives: First place was IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs Office. First Place Broadcast Categories: Radio Spot: Slade Walters, IMCOM-K TV Info Program: IMCOM-K PAO TV Spot: Slade Walters
Feb. 8 Feb. 9
USAG-Humphreys, Super Gym, 6 p.m. Lunch with Soldiers in DFAC, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Office Visits, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Camp Carroll, Gym, 7 p.m.
Civilian Broadcaster of the Year: Slade Walters TV Newsbreak: Slade Walters TV Graphics: Slade Walters First place winners from 8th Army and IMCOM-K will go on to compete at the Army level of Public Affairs competition.
Eagle's Dare Battalion ‘builds’ unit cohesion
By PV2 Audrey Hamilton Charlie Battery, 3-2 ADA BN On a typical Saturday night, the 3-2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion Soldiers on Suwon Air Base can usually be found at the Recreation Center, hanging out with friends in the barracks, or shopping in Songtan. That was not the case on Jan. 24, when 1st Lt. Derek Walsh, Charlie Battery Executive Officer, was seen conducting barracks checks. Apparently the new fallen snow had brought back childhood memories as he took a snow shovel from the CQ area and ventured outside to begin laying the foundations for a masterpiece. Within half an hour, other Soldiers from Charlie Battery joined in. Midafternoon the following Sunday, the Soldiers continued their project. Throughout the day, other C Battery Soldiers joined in - providing pizza for dinner, hot cappachinos from the cooks on night shift and of course, manpower. Hour after hour the igloo grew taller and onlookers from the other units of the 3-2 ADA BN began referring to it as “Fort Charlie.” That was until Lieutenant Walsh came up with the perfect name - “Doin it Bigloo.” After a Private Audrey Hamilton (BN BOSS President) posted the Charlie Battery Guidon at the igloo. Just then, Capt. Stephen Mercer and 1st Sgt. Jerry Woodley were approaching to gaze upon what some said was “Suwon's very own ice bar.” The Soldiers welcomed their commander and first sergeant to “Doin it Bigloo” and encouraged them to have a seat on the ice couches. Capt. Mercer chimed saying, “You know, I've seen a lot of things, but I have not seen anything on Suwon that makes me more proud than that Bigloo out there. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into that, and I'm proud of them.” Private Best claimed that although it was the first Non-BOSS sponsored event that she has taken part in, she was quite proud of what was accomplished. “BOSS is doing it big, except not as big as this ‘Doin it Bigloo.’” Now you see why Suwon was named Best Installation and is home to the Best Installation BOSS President in the Korea Region for 2009.
Feb. 10 Lunch with Soldiers in DFAC, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Camp Walker, Gym, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 USAG-Yongsan, Collier Field House, 7 p.m.
Yung Joc performance
Feb. 24 Chinhae Naval Base, Duffy’s, 7 p.m. Feb. 25 Osan Air Base, TBD Feb. 26 USAG-Humphreys, Tommy D’s, 8 p.m. Feb. 27 USAG-Casey, Reggie’s, 7 p.m.
Private 1st Class Kathiana Best steadies Spc. Nickolas Sprague as he prepares to recieve another “brick” from 1st Lt. Derek Walsh and Spc. William Mann. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by PV2 Audrey Hamilton, C 3-2 ADA BN combined total of about 14 hours of work, Lieutenant Walsh, with the help of Spc. Nickolas Sprague, Pfc. Jonathon Whelan, Spc. William Mann, Pfc. Kathiana Best, Spc. Skye Gibson, Spc. Jarrod Dutrow and
18th Medical Command renovation announcements
Dental Clinic renovation: As part of our ongoing efforts to improve dental care, the USAG-Yongsan, Dental Clinic #3 will undergo extensive renovation and will be closed through February. During this facility upgrade, patients will continue to receive the full spectrum of dental care at Dental Clinic #2, which is located adjacent to gate #17 (near Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital). Thank you for your understanding as we improve the facility to better serve you. Points of contact are Lt. Col. Chin Lin at 736-5221 or Col. John Marley at 736-4779. Veterinary Clinic renovation: As part of our ongoing efforts to improve veterinary care, the USAG-Yongsan, Veterinary Clinic is currently under extensive renovation. During this facility upgrade, the clinic will remain open and provide full service clinic vaccinations and sick call appointments only. No surgery appointments will be available at this time. Renovations are projected to be completed in February. Thank you for your understanding as we improve the facility to better serve you. Points of contact are Maj. Franklin or Sgt. 1st Class Maturey, who can be reached at 738-4257.
FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Year of the NCO
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
are not going to be able to talk to you and put their trust in you and know that you’ve ‘got their back.’ You always want to prepare your Soldiers to fill in your shoes, and if you’re not training them and giving them the best tools of leadership, then you’re not doing enough for them,” she said. Smalls said being approachable enables Soldiers in her unit to be more involved with how their missions progress. “Most of the time I ask my Soldiers what they think about the way we accomplish our tasks and give them the chance to develop ways to improve our mission readiness,” she said. Smalls says everyone should serve at least two years in the military to get a better understanding of the pride of America, and take the learning experiences the Army has to offer. “I think it’s important to understand what the short-term and long-term educational goals of our new Soldiers are,” said Smalls. “Because I’ve been in the Army awhile, I can tell new Soldiers what opportunities are available to them and encourage them to take as many courses as they can. The Army trains us to be Soldiers, but we must also take advantage of Army educational programs and Army training to not only run missions effectively, but also prepare ourselves for life after Army.” Smalls originally enlisted for two years, but early-career mentors inspired her to stay Army. “Sometimes I look back on the 14 years I’ve served and can’t believe I’ve made it this far,” she said. “My first company commander and first sergeant really motivated me to stay Army and it was because they truly cared
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‘Prepare your Soldiers to fill your shoes’
USAG-HUMPHREYS — Tens of thousands young men and women join the U.S. Army each year with the hopes of maximizing their professional potentials as Soldiers, capitalizing on the training and educational opportunities the Army has to offer. But there’s another part of a Soldiers’ total Army experience, found in their support of Army community activities. Sgt. 1st Class Leticia Smalls, a medic with Headquarters Service Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion was recently recognized as Active Duty Volunteer of the 1st Quarter for her efforts supporting youth programs at USAG-Humphreys. “Sgt. 1st Class Smalls has always found time in her busy military schedule to volunteer her time coaching youth sports teams,” said Carlos Ruiz, director of Youth Sports and Fitness at USAG-Humphreys. “In addition, she always finds time to help the youth center during cooking clubs and special events. She’s taught our youth life skills such as safety, health, self-discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork.” Smalls said she volunteers to support youth activities because her experience as a mother of two (and expecting her third child in March) gives her unique insights to mentor young children. Smalls relates her youth program successes to the training, experience, leadership and communication ability she has grown for many years in the NCO Corps developing Soldiers. “I believe that a critical part of being an NCO is being approachable,” said Smalls. “If you’re not approachable, your Soldiers
Sgt. 1st Class Leticia Smalls, HSC, 3rd MI Bn. displays her active-duty volunteer of the quarter award presented during a ceremony Jan. 23. — U.S. Army photo courtesy Alex Ruiz about their Soldiers and the morale of the company. They always told us if we needed anything we could call on them, and to me, having a command where the right hand knows what the left hand is doing – both showing young Soldiers how to excel – and Soldiers believe ‘I can do that, I can be where they are,’ you’ll have great morale.”
AAFES, BOSS bring new Burger King to Soldiers at MP Hill
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — “We go where you go!” The familiar catch-phrase seen on military installations around the world has established itself for the convenience of Soldiers who live in the barracks on MP Hill in the form of a new Burger King restaurant. The idea for the facility began as an initiative from the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program, and garnered support from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. The establishment operates out of a trailer, not unlike in appearance to the Army’s battlefield containerized kitchens, and like the CK, requires only four workers and one supervisor to run it. This latest effort by BOSS and AAFES to meet the needs of its military community opened Jan. 28 at the intersection of Garrison and Perimeter roads. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. AAFES General Manager Rick Fair said weekend service could be added if there is a demand. “It’s really exciting for me to be here at this time and watch everything build,” said Song, Song-in, AAFES food court manager, and the AAFES team for the work put into establishing the facility to offer an additional dining choice to Soldiers and Civilians living and working around the MP Hill area. “This is a great addition for MP Hill, and though the hours are only 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, if you’re using it, the AAFES general manger will extend it,” said Frodsham. “So, the more you eat and spend, the more hours you’ll have. If you want it open on weekends, all you have to do is tell him and they’ll give it a try as this is a business-based operation.” The Better Opportunity for Single Soldier program meets every week to develop solutions to improve quality of life for Soldiers here and the new Burger King restaurant at MP Hill is a result of one of those meetings. “This is a result of a BOSS initiated project,” said USAG-Humphreys Command Sergeant Major Jason K. Kim. “During one of our BOSS meetings, Soldiers asked about having a Burger King by MP Hill, and we worked with AAFES and now the idea has come to fruition. This is an enhancement to the quality of life for Soldiers who live and work at MP Hill.”
Soldiers and Civilians formally opened a new Burger King restaurant during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at MP Hill Jan. 28. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall Fair. “What a fantastic installation this is going to be and this is just one effort we’re putting out here to help everyone get along and if customers utilize this new facility, we’ll expand its service hours to meet community needs.” USAG-Humphreys Deputy Garrison Commander David Frodsham thanked Fair,
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News & Notes
Family Housing Town Hall Meeting The next USAG-Humphreys Family Housing Town Hall Meeting will be held Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Community Activity Center. Everyone is invited! Job Interview Preparation Class Army Community Service is offering a hands-on experience class with role-play interview activities as well as interview preparation techniques. The class will be held Feb. 10 at Bldg. 311 at 9 a.m. Newcomers Brief February’s Newcomers Brief and Spouses Orientation Seminar will be conducted together Feb. 10, starting 8 a.m. at the Super Gym. For mroe information, contact USAG-Humphreys Army Community Service at 753-8401. Aviation Birthday Ball The Morning Calm Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America will sponsor the Aviation Birthday Ball Friday, Apr. 17 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. Social begins at 5:15 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. The attire is mess dress, dress blues or Class A’s, or formal civilian dress. Tickets are $45 each. The event is open to all 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Servicemembers, Civilian employees, and Families. For more information, contact Capt. Laura McKenna at 753-5863. Homeschooling Spouses’ Get-Together The Homeschooling Spouses’ Get-Together for February will focus on the topic of “Loving our children unconditionally: is it possible?” Come for food, friendship, and encouragement from other homeschooling spouses. The get-together will be held Monday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bldg. 510 Apt. 108. For more information, contact Elisabeth Townley at 010-3144-0352 or e-mail [email protected]
This event is sponsored by USAG-Humphreys Chapel. EDIS Well Baby Clinic The Educational and Developmental Intervention Services is offering a clinic on raising your baby. Clinic is held every third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. by individual appointment only. To sign up, call EDIS at 738-4422. Stress Management Classes ACS offers weekly stress management classes Thursdays from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Bldg. 311. Sessions are designed to help individuals learn more effective ways for handling stress in everyday life. All ID Card holders are eligible for the course. Contact ACS at 753-8401 for more information. Change in Sick Call Hours 75th Medical Company Area Support, U.S. Army Health Clinic - USAG-Humphreys announces a change in sick call hours. Sick call hours are 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Fridays. There will be no sick call Thursdays. In the event of an emergency, dial 119 if living off post, 911 if living on post or call the After Hours Clinic at 0505-753-8111. New Humphreys Flickr Web site Want to get copies of photos of a community event? It’s easy now that USAG-Humphreys has its own Flickr photo-sharing webpage. To view or download your own high-resolution images of community events go to: www. flickr.com/usaghumphreys. USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Office will post images weekly. Call 754-8598 for more information. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG-Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Ken Hall at the USAGHumphreys Public Affairs Office at 754-8847 or [email protected]
Humphreys community bands together during snowstorm
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A utility worker with USAG-Humphreys buildings and grounds plows the sidewalks outside the Super Gym Jan. 27. About a dozen Korean workers volunteered to support the snow removal effort throughout the Lunar New Year weekend. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — Dozens of Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members, side-by-side with Korean Directorate of Public Works employees plowed and shoveled several days and nights after a heavy snowfall fell across Area III during Lunar New Year holiday weekend. As much as 10 inches of snow piled up, leaving thousands of USAG-Humphreys area residents stuck in their homes while all roads in the area quickly froze over as temperatures fell below 20 degrees. “Early Saturday morning, we got a call from the Humphreys operations desk, and they notified our safety office that we needed to assess the roads,” said Al Stilley, USAG-Humphreys safety specialist. “We drove around as part of our assessment of the conditions and after our test the road condition was quickly elevated to ‘red’ as the snow kept falling.” Though the Korean work force enjoyed time off for the Lunar New Year holiday, those who were still in the area answered calls for snow removal support from DPW to help the Humphreys community dig itself out for safe travel. “Prior to the weekend we met with our foreman from Buildings and Grounds, So, Chong Hwan, and Kim, Tong Su, our motor pool foreman to determine who would be available in the area in case of the need for snow removal response,” said Ron Tichota, USAG-Humphreys chief of operations and maintenance division, DPW. Tichota determined about half of the USAG-Humphreys assigned Korean equipment operators and half of the roads and grounds personnel were out of the area on holiday. “We called in additional building and grounds craftsmen to help with sand mixing, filling our sand spreaders and also placing sand from our staged sand boxes located throughout the garrison,” said Tichota. “It worked out great and we were able to keep the priorities on the airfield open and main thoroughfares on the garrison open if the Fire Department or Ambulance would have had to respond to an emergency. We were able to manage both airfield snow removal operations and garrison streets effectively.” “There were Koreans working day and night to make sure our Soldiers were able to do their missions,” said J. Michael Lineberger, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security director. “Korean workers were out at 7 pm during Lunar New Year’s Day helping to shovel and plow out the roads and sidewalks around Humphreys American School and the child day care center so buses, children and their parents would be able to drop off their kids to those locations on time the next day.” HAS Principal Joyce Diggs had just returned from emergency leave in the U.S. at the end of the snowfall and rallied DPW and HAS staff to help the school prepare its grounds for safe access. “I came in on Monday during Lunar New Year and with everyone being on holiday it could have put a big monkey wrench in everything but DPW still came out to clear the driveway so the buses could come in,” said Diggs. “I sent out an e-mail to the staff and told them that if anyone had a shovel, to bring it in – not to ask them to actually shovel snow – because I was going to get out there and shovel snow myself just to try and clear some of the high-traffic areas out to prevent slips and falls from ice.” Diggs said during the early morning hours before students came to class after the holiday weekend, volunteers helped shovel out pathways and spread dirt out to make walking safe. “We all helped out in our own way, and American and KATUSA Soldiers worked as many as 13 hours during the Monday holiday to help us get the area around the school ready for the opening bell Tuesday morning,” said Diggs. “We want our kids to be safe, and our colleagues to be safe and you could feel the community come together and we’re going to do what needs to be done because school needs to continue.”
ACS recognizes Soldiers, Civilians for outstanding volunteerism
By Pfc. Kim, Hyung-joon USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — Army Community Service honored five Volunteers of the Quarter Jan. 23. David W. Frodsham, USAG-Humphreys deputy to the garrison commander, presented the awards at a ceremony recognizing the selfless volunteerism of the five members held at the new Humphreys Family Readiness Center. Awardees by category are (from left to right): Clarence G. Johnson, retiree, Sgt. 1st Class Letitia M. Smalls, active-duty military, Dottie Rasmusson, civilian, and Dustin Sickels, youth. Awardee not pictured is KATUSA Volunteer of the Quarter Sgt. Shin, Hyung-sub. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim, Hyung-joon
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MPRC live-fire gunnery
By Sgt. M. Benjamin Gable 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — Apache pilots from 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade improved their marksmanship during a live-fire gunnery exercise at Area I’s multipurpose range complex recently. The goal of Apache pilots during aerial gunneries is to hit as many targets as possible. The crew achieving the highest score on the range is declared “Top Gun.” As the battle for target accuracy waged in the skies above the MPRC, another equally competitive battle was taking place on the ground between two teams of armament Soldiers from Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 2nd CAB. Twenty-seven Soldiers made up the armament platoon manning the forward arming and refueling point in two, 12-hour shifts during this training exercise. They provided the necessary resources the pilots needed to accomplish their mission as they battled for “Top Gun” status. During the exercise, FARP Soldiers competed to see which team could perform at a higher level, challenging themselves to see who could get their aircraft landed, loaded and launched the quickest, while keeping safety and competence in mind. “We want to perfect our craft also,” said Sgt. Kenneth Darmer, an AH-64D armament/electrical/avionics repairer with D. Co., 4th Bn, 2nd CAB serving with the FARP’s day team. “This exercise is a good opportunity for the ground guys to compete in our own rivalry.” While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Darmer honed his skills at a FARP, resupplying Apaches in an unpredictable environment. According
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Aviators, support teams battle for top efficiency
Sgt. Kenneth Darmer, an AH-64D armament/electrical/avionics repairer, with Delta Co., 4th Battalion, 2nd CAB, prepares an Apache aircraft for its next firing cycle during training at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, January 21. During the training event, Darmer and his team worked on the forward arming and refueling point, or FARP, and helped load the Apaches with munitions and fuel. Download this photo and find more photos from other events at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. M. Benjamin Gable to Darmer, competition in training helps Soldiers prepare for battle when deployed. Soldiers on the night shift team were optimistic their training would give them a performance edge during future daylight FARP operations. “Working in the dark is pretty difficult, even with our “chem-lights” and headlamps,” said Sgt. Daniel Ortegon, an AH-64D armament/electrical/avionics repairer with D. Co., 4th Bn, 2nd CAB. “But if you can do it in the dark, it really makes you faster for day-time missions.” According to Ortegon, the competition on the ground helped each Soldier become more adept at dealing with the conditions – whether it’s ice, wind or darkness – while ensuring their Apaches are ready for the next firing cycle. Even though neither team admits who was best, Ortegon said both teams just pushed hard to get the aircraft in the air. Live-fire gunnery training exercises like these provide U.S. forces on the ground and in the air the chance to train at a higher level and be better-prepared for deployment to a hostile environment.
One child’s act of kindness brings comfort to homeless animals
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — When Alison Donnelly asked her son Robert what he wanted for his ninth birthday, she wasn’t quite prepared for the response she received. Robert told her instead of getting toys and games – a boon to any child’s arsenal of fun – he wanted his parents to buy food and toys for the animals at the Osan Air Base Animal shelter. And they did just that. “We’ve talked about making donations and my husband and I suggested to Robert that maybe the Osan Animal shelter would be a good place to start,” said Alison. Robert agreed and decided his birthday would be the perfect occasion to make donations, and presents for him should instead be given to animals at the shelter. It also helped Robert solve a challenge he faced at home. “I have a lot of stuff in my room, and it would be easier to clean my room if I didn’t have so much around,” said Robert. “I’m glad we gave to the shelter, and I plan on doing it again next year.” The Donnelly’s bounty of support was a welcome gesture for the shelter. “We received great stuff from the Donnelly Family,” said Danni Armstrong, volunteer coordinator Osan Air Base shelter. “They donated dog and cat food, treats, towels, toys, feeding dishes, collars, leashes and food coupons.”
(from left to right) The Donnelly family, Alison, Matthew, Robert, Regan and Maj. Robert Donnelly, HHC 2nd CAB donates a bounty of pet supplies to the Osan Air Base animal shelter Jan. 30. Robert, who celebrated his ninth birthday last week asked instead of toys, his Family buy supplies to help the animals at the shelter. — U.S. Army photo by courtesy Danni Armstrong
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Korean civilian repays debt of gratitude to U.S Army with lifetime of dedicated service at USAG-Daegu
up after the Soldiers. In 1957, he performed kitchen patrol duty at Camp Henry as a Non-Appropriated Fund employee. In 1958, he was began working at Post Engineering (currently DPW). “When I work here, I always do my best,” Yu said. “The American Soldiers sacrificed themselves for my country, so when (I get a call) in the middle of the night, I don’t blame (anyone) and I just come to work. I’m here to make a better environment for the American Soldiers.” There are specific reasons why he got to be intimate with the American people. “Eight out of 10 US soldiers did not volunteer to come to Korea, but were conscripted during the early part of the Korean War,” explained Yu. “When I saw the American Soldiers get hurt during the war, I felt terribly sorry for them. While they couldn’t enjoy the comfort in their mother country, they came to a worse environment to help a people whom they had never met. I was so moved by their attitude and mind. There is a saying, ‘What is learned in the cradle is carried to the tomb.’ I’ve lived with the saying, keeping their sacrifices in my mind. I really respect the Americans who protected my country, and I’ve never been of anti-American. Seeing the American Soldiers hurt during the war, I cannot even imagine being against Americans.” He also praised the attitude of Americans during the war. “One Christmas holiday, the families of American Soldiers sent Christmas presents not only for their family members, but also for Korean refugees. Then those Soldiers brought the presents to an orphanage, pleasing the children. They shared what they had, and kept doing the charity again and again. That’s also another reason that I admire Americans.” Mr. Yu might retire from USAG-Daegu in nine months. “There are so many things that I want to talk about, especially the times with the U.S. Army. So I plan to write my own biography after I retire from this job. I’m sure that the biography will be very thick,” Yu said with a warm smile.
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USAG-Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Michael P. Saulnier celebrates Yu, Sam-hi’s lifetime service to the USAG-Daegu community for 50 years. Mr. Yu, currently working as an electrical engineer at USAG-Daegu’s Department of Public Works, has been in relationship with U.S Army since the year 1952. — U.S. Army photo by Kim, Keun-kyo By Kim, Moon-hee USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — “I’m deeply thankful to the United States, which helped my country, Korea, during the conflict,” says Yu Sam-hi, who has worked for the U.S. Army for 50 years. Mr. Yu is currently working as an electrical engineer at USAG- Daegu’s Department of Public Works. He endured hard times when he was young, but those challenges shaped his life. “It was a tragedy during the Korean War,” recalled Mr. Yu. “Most refugees used to wear a wheat sack instead of nice clothes. When the U.S. Army left expired emergency ration behind, refugees picked them up and took them for daily meals.” During these hard times, one American Soldier asked Yu to work as a wash-boy and shoe shine-boy for U.S. Soldiers. “It was June, 1950 when I started to work for the Americans at the A-yang Bridge beside Geum-ho River. That was the start of my relationship with the U.S. Army. I became so intimate with the Americans, working as a shoe shine-boy.” During a major construction project to build a huge runway in Daegu in 1952, Yu worked at K2 airbase as a house-boy to clean
65th Medical Brigade addresses ‘Matters of the Heart’
By Capt. Simeon G. Smith Army Public Health Nurse, 65th Medical Brigade CAMP HENRY — Throughout the month of February, American Heart Month, the 65th Medical Brigade will join the campaign to raise awareness of the risks of cardiovascular disease among Koreans and Americans. One in three Americans will die from cardiovascular disease, and it has quickly risen to become the number one killer of women, regardless of race. In Korea, 30,163 women died of the disease in 2007 alone (Korea National Statistical Office). What most people don’t realize is that cardiovascular disease strikes as early as your 30’s, and the risk increases with age. The good news is that it can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes and regular medical checkups. Many still believe cardiovascular disease to be prominently a man’s disease, yet it’s a significant problem among women and kills more women in the U.S. each year than all forms of cancer combined, including cervical and breast cancers. Here are some surprising facts from the American Heart Association: • One in four women in the U.S. die from cardiovascular disease each year. • Twenty-three percent of women who have a heart attack will die within a year. • Two thirds of the women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery. Heart attack warning signs include: • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. – See MATTERS OF THE HEART Page 26 –
The 65th Medical Brigade will join the campaign to raise awareness of the risks of cardiovascular disease in February.
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Lunar Full Moon Greeting Festival 2009 first Lunar Full Moon greeting festival (Cheong-wol Dae-bo-reum) will be held Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m at Shincheon Riverside, next to the Jungdong bridge. Bus leaves Camp Walker commissary parking lot, in front of HQs and Camp Henry at 2:30 p.m., and Camp Carroll Community Activity Center at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact SFC Canty Rodney at 768-9173 or Mr. Chong at 768-6907. 2009 DSA Tuition Scholarship Applications for five tuition-only scholarships totaling $10,000 are now available to qualifying Daegu Spouse Association members and their dependents. The application with applicable rules is available online at www.taeguspouses.org. Submission deadline is March 31, 2009. Contact Laurie Slade at [email protected]
or 010-8671-6061 for more information. Girl Scouts positions The U.S.A. Girl Scouts Daegu committee is seeking the following volunteer positions for 2008-09. Overseas committee Chairperson, Secretary, Treasure, Daisy, Brownie & Studio 2 B Leaders. Please call LaTondra Anderson at 053-210-6003 for more information. Gaming Day Learn a new game, test your gaming skills against your friends and family or share gaming tips and strategies! It will be held at Camp Walker library Feb. 7 at noon to 4 p.m. There will be chess and checkers competitions, beginner chess lessons, Wii Sports competition, family or friends board games and traditional Korean game ‘Yut-nori.’ It is free and open to everyone. For more information call Camp Walker library at 764-4318. Camp Carroll Worship Service Every Tuesday there will be an 11:40 a.m. worship service at the Camp Carroll Chapel. Everyone is invited. Lunch will be provided after the service. For more information, contact the Camp Carroll Chapel staff at 765-8343. Customer Management Services Let your voice be heard! Go to the USAG Daegu homepage at http://ima. korea.mil/areaIV/sites/local/default.asp and click on the Interactive Customer Evaluation logo to make a comment. We want to hear from you! For more information contact Robert Bridgewater at 768-6274. Apple Tree Gift Shop Come visit the apple tree gift shop. It is located next to the Evergreen Golf Club parking lot. Ask about group shopping dates, 60 days layaway Korean Furniture, Souvenirs, Celadon, Jewelry and much, much more! It opens on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Officers: you know them when you see them
By David W. Kuhns Sr. Fort Lewis’ Northwest Guardian It’s harder to list the qualities of a good noncommissioned officer than you might think. But everyone who has been in the Army can name NCOs they think are great. NCOs are the leaders who most directly affect our lives in uniform. Whether you are a commissioned officer looking back on a platoon sergeant, first sergeant or command sergeant major who served as a guide, right hand or confessor; or you are an NCO yourself, looking back at the sergeants who kicked you when you needed it, steered you when they could, taught you the right way to do it, and finally turned you loose to do it all yourself, Army careers are often shaped by the NCOs met along the way. I spent 24 years in uniform. But two NCOs stand out for the influence they had on my own development. They were as different as night and day in many ways, but shared the values of true professionals. Sergeant 1st Class Johnny Hughes was my first section chief. My initial assignment in the Army was at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in the fire direction and control section of the only artillery battery on the post. Hughes taught me to be a Soldier. He was a quiet, soft-spoken guy - about as far as you could get from the yelling, swearing, tobacco-chewing NCO the movies had taught me to expect. But, without all the bluster and noise, Sgt. 1st Class Hughes demanded and got the best out of every Soldier in the section. He knew everything we did - right and wrong - and praised or corrected, on the spot. And he could do anything. Whether it was showing us how to set a rabbit snare in the snowy woods with strands of commo’ wire, or a shortcut to computing meteorological corrections for the guns, Hughes did everything better, faster, smarter, easier than any of us thought was possible. If there was one lesson I took from him, it was that good NCOs have to be the absolute masters of everything their troops are asked to do. After I left the Artillery as a young sergeant, I was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters. There I met Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas B. Hayes, the division’s top
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NCO. His face will always come to mind when I think of great NCOs. Hayes was not a young man. But, on the wrong side of 50, he was still one of the toughest Soldiers in the division - ‘hard as woodpecker lips,’ as one of my friends would say. Command Sgt. Maj. Hayes ran with a different line unit every morning. He then spent the day visiting training, wandering through motor pools, stopping by mess halls ... He was everywhere. The general commanded the division, but there was no doubt who the face of the command team was. Hayes might not have met every Soldier in the 1st Cav., but I bet he came pretty close. Everyone knew who he was. There was nothing mild-mannered about Command Sgt. Maj. Hayes. I overheard him provide some pretty colorful “guidance” to individuals who failed to perform to the
standards the commanding general set. But I also saw him spend hours of his own time fixing problems for individual Soldiers when he learned their battalion command sergeants major had run into obstacles they couldn’t surmount. For all his gruff exterior and intimidating aura, Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Hayes taught me that the needs of every single Soldier are important to the performance of even the largest units. There are lots of other Johnny Hughes and Doug Hayes NCOs in uniform today. They are the ones who set the pace, enforce the standards, get the mission done and do everything to ensure no Soldier is left behind. It may be hard to list what makes them great - but we know them when we see them.
MATTERS OF THE HEART
• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness. “Chest discomfort is the most common symptom of heart attack with men and women,” says Dr. Jamalah Munir, a cardiologist at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. “But women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and jaw and back pain.” Some easy steps to lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke are: • Be physically active everyday and follow your doctor’s advice about the type of physical activity that’s right for you. • Eat less salt, sodium, cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats. • Eat more fiber, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. • Maintain a healthy weight. • If you smoke, select a quit date now. • Take medication as prescribed and ask your doctor about taking baby aspirin. • Have regular physical exams and screenings to determine your risk for heart disease and other conditions. • Know your cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose numbers. • Ask questions if you are unsure about your condition or taking medications. • Know your family history to determine if you are at increased risk for heart disease. • Take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
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In observance of American Heart Month, the Army Public Health Nurse will be in the community, to include the PX and Commissary, distributing educational materials to Soldiers, civilians and their dependents. If you treat your heart right with healthy dietary habits, periodic medical checkups and by following your doctor’s advice, your heart will take care of you. For more information visit these sites below for the references: • http://www.cdc.gov/ • http://www.goredforwomen.org/ • http://www.nhib.gov • http://www.wramc.gov • http://www.nso.go.kr/eng2006/emain/ index.html
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USAG-Daegu Spotlight The Area IV Tax Center Grand Opening
(From left) USAG-Daegu Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Abbott, USAG-Daegu Garrison Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Deputy Commander, Col. Jeffrey K. Ludwig and 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command SJA, Lt. Col. Juan A. Pyfrom conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Area IV tax center at Camp Henry, Feb. 3. The Area IV tax center opens every Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. For more information, call the Area IV tax center at 753-5680 — U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Park, Kyung-rock
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This week’s USAG-Daegu job profile:
How do you help USAG-Daegu to accomplish its mission? As a proud member of the Daegu Garrison and the DFMWR our mission is to manage and oversee all operational aspects of the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Program at Camp Carroll. Working in a team environment, we make sure to manage and deliver family, morale, welfare, recreation programs and services that will sustain and enhance the quality of life, and mission readiness for everyone assigned through the Daegu community. We are committed to serve and support the best Soldiers in the world by maintaining state of the art facilities, managing sport-fitness programs that fulfill the needs of our members. What qualities does your job require? It requires an individual with a positive energy, positive language, positive mindset and positive attitude. You need to love what you do in life and I love my job 110 percent. It requires you to serve and support without hesitation, understanding that the overall
a Soldier over 18 years ago in Kaiserslautern, West Germany doing the same things most of them are still doing today here at Carroll. I don’t think no other job gives you so much of that interaction, getting to know and sometimes becoming a friend for many of them and at times mentoring and/or serving as a counselor depending on the situation. My job gives me plenty of opportunities by being flexible. One day we are inside, and another day we are in the fields or running in the streets. The possibilities are endless and the reward is the satisfaction of touching the lives of many being in sports, fitness and or aquatics. We do our best and it shows in the happy faces of our customers which many of them come to you and assure you that the Job was really well done! That is when I love my job. That is what I work for the Soldiers, and all our customers 110% satisfaction every time all the time. What is the one thing that most people don’t know about your job? I would like to create awareness that in
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Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Director
general Army sports, fitness and aquatic programs are managed under the Department of the Army, FMWRC following baseline standards approved by a Board of Directors in Annual assessments that commenced in FY99. We sport directors also follow the guidelines set forth in 215-1 and other army publications to create balance in our daily operational decisions. Nonetheless much consideration is given to the wishes and needs of our customers as the bottom line is that “We’re here to support you”. Please understand the business we run here is the Army business and it needs to be once in balance and in perfect harmony following the structured guidelines. It is meant to serve positively to all the members we proudly serve around the Daegu Garrison and around the USFK. I am proud of what I do, how I do it and for whom I do it! I love being here in Korea and the greater family of the Daegu garrison best wishes in 2009. Let’s get moving Daegu!
Mr. Modesto C. Algarin USAG-Daegu Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Director
mission comes first before you engage into action and motion. You need to be alert and readily available when duty calls attention to details. What do you like most about your job? I love working with and for the Soldiers particularly in this part of town. It just makes feel “Deja-Vu” all over again back when I was
AREA IV Job Opportunities
APF US CITIZEN POSITIONS SWH809YV263157 Industrial Property Mgt Specialist KOEZ09235779 Safety and Occupational Health Mgr NAF US CITIZEN POSITION KRNAFEZ09-001-K4 Administrative assistant KN NAF POSITIONS(Open to KN & 3rd Country Family Members) SA-09-0241 Meat Cutter USO PAC 19 ITT Specialist
For more information, contact Employment Readiness Program Manager, Steven Wegley at 768-7951
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DCMA, Busan/Atusgi MSC-K Cp. Carroll CYS2 Cp. Walker Commissary, Cp. Walker Cp. Walker
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