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Bell takes over as UNC/ CFC/USFK commander
U.S. Forces Korea Public Affairs Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

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YONGSAN GARRISON — Gen. B. B. Bell assumed command of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea in a ceremony held at Collier Field House Feb. 3, 2006. The ceremony was co-hosted by Republic of Korea Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-Ung and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bell assumed command of UNC/CFC/USFK from Gen. Leon J. LaPorte who had served as the commander since May 2002. In his last official remarks as UNC/CFC/USFK commander, LaPorte thanked several people by name, singling out the many officers, sergeants major, Korean citizens and officials who assisted him during his time on the peninsula. He also addressed the servicemembers that comprised the three organization that he led. “To the Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, civilians, contractors and family members of United States Force Korea; you leave your homes and families to serve here in the Republic of Korea.Thank you for your selfless sacrifice.” “It has been an absolute honor to have served as your commander. I was fortunate to be associated with three great organizations – the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea. It is a complex command, and has been the most rewarding of my career. I am proud to say that I serve with the finest servicemembers in the world.“Our military alliance stands as the strongest in the world. Our combined forces have developed complimentary capabilities, allowing us to take full advantage of each nation’s strength. We are the most interoperable, joint force anywhere and as a result, we are a formidable deterrent force. “A ROK/U.S. Partnership is not only necessary to our mutual interests, it is required. Fifty years ago the ROK/U.S. Alliance was worth fighting for. Today it is worth fighting for. And 50 years from now, it will still be worth fighting for.” He went on to say that as he departs, he is confident that the command is passing into capable hands. “I have great respect for Gen. Bell and I am confident in his abilities and leadership. No one is more committed, more ready to take on the responsibility of this command. I ask you to give Gen. Bell the support you have given me.” Bell previously served as commanding general, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army commander, Allied Land Component Command Heidelberg, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and commanding general, United States Army, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. When Bell came to the podium as commander of the UNC, CFC and USFK, he spoke of the honor he felt at this latest assignment.“It is a great privilege for me to stand here today, and address you as members of what is and will continue to be the strongest and most successful alliance in the world,” he said. Together, Korean and American servicemembers, along with those from our United Nations Command sending states,ensure the peace and stability critical to defending the vibrant democracy, rich culture and international economic power that is today the dynamic Republic of Korea.”

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Participants in the 2006 Eighth U. S. Army Bataan Memorial Death March Qualifier,make their way over the 13.1-mile course Feb. 18, 2006. The march began at Camp Casey’s Hanson Field House, with a total of 164 Soldiers from military installations throughout Korea participating.

North Korea’s nuclear claims draw D.C., reactions from D.C., USFK
Korea Region Public Affairs Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

YONGSAN GARRISON — North Korea reportedly conducted an underground nuclear explosion Oct. 2006, but U.S. officials had yet to confirm the nature of the event. “They have sold many missiles and aspects of missiles to a number of countries,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. “The U.S. government and the president have put forward what we call the Proliferation Security Initiative that enjoys the support of many nations around the world.” While Whitman discussed what the U.S. government might do in response to this latest provocation by North Korea, U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. B.B. Bell said the “seismic event” would have no impact on U.S. military forces stationed on the peninsula. In a “Bell Sends” dispatch to the military community, Bell said despite the North’s

nuclear claims, USFK forces are “executing daily operations and maintaining our readiness at appropriate levels. At this time, there is no reason to change this approach. “The ‘seismic event’ observed last Monday may or may not have been a nuclear test,” Bell continued. “Scientists and analysts are studying the available data in an attempt to arrive at a definitive conclusion.” Though Bell did acknowledge the seriousness of North Korea’s actions, he said he saw no reason for alarm based solely on these reports. “While this test is a significant development, there is no cause for alarm within the command. U.S. Forces Korea continuously evaluates our area of operations for threats to the safety and security of our force, our servicemembers and our families,” the general said. “Our alliance, Combined Forces Command and

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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply the guilt or innocence of any person.

Dr. Martin Luther B King Jr., Safety Message
On Jan.15, our nation will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our nation’s most influential civil rights leader. Dr. King dedicated his life to obtaining equality for all Americans. During this holiday we join with our fellow Americans in celebrating his sacrifice, achievements, and vision. In recognition of Dr. King, USFK will execute a fourGen. B.B. Bell U.S. Forces Korea commander day holiday, Jan. 13 - 16. While we celebrate the life of this great American, I am concerned that the four-day holiday honoring him could result in the death of a U.S. servicemember. This would be a tragedy. My #1 concern is the safety and welfare of our USFK Team. I want everyone to enjoy the holiday. In pursuit of this, it is imperative for commanders and leaders to remember that we are responsible and accountable for the safety and welfare of our personnel. Holiday activities combined with dangerously cold and freezing temperatures increase risk during this time of the year. Excessive consumption of alcohol, domestic violence, home and apartment fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and changing weather all combine to make this time particularly hazardous. To ensure our personnel return to their duties safely, commanders and leaders must ensure that their first-line leaders obtain a verbal behavior contract with their subordinates by conducting Under the Oak Tree Counseling as outlined in “USFK Command Policy Letter # 2, Command Safety. Our goal is No Loss of Life. We can achieve this goal with the intervention of the chain of command and the leadership of first line supervisors. Through the proactive application of the composite risk management process we can eliminate risks that could take a life needlessly. As we celebrate the life of Dr. King, let’s all ensure that we stay safe, take care of each other, and come back to duty ready to fight tonight.

Area 1 Larceny of Non Appropriated Funds, Housebreaking, Investigation revealed person(s) unknown entered through a side door of the Iron Triangle Club. Person(s) unknown then gained entry into the manager’s office and stole two safes containing approximately $18,000. There were no signs of forced entry. Investigation continues by CID. Area 2 Assault Consummated by a Battery, Assault on Military Police Officer, Subject 1 was involved in a physical altercation with an unknown female, when Subject 1 struck Victim 1 in the face once with a closed hand while Victim 1 was attempting to defuse the altercation. Subject 1 was subdued by Victim 1, placed in hand irons and transported to the Yongsan PMO where she was administered a series of FSTs, which she failed. The Investigation continues by MPI. Area 3 Assault Consummated by a Battery, Aggravated Assault, Person(s) unknown, Victim 1 and Victim 2 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Victim 2 was struck in the face by person(s) unknown with a closed hand rendering him unconscious and Victim 1 was struck in the face by person(s) unknown with a closed hand. Victim 1 then fell to the ground and was kicked numerous times in the face, head and arms. Victim 1 was transported to the UCC and medevac to 121st CSH where he was treated and released for injuries consisting of a laceration to the back of the head, a laceration above the right eye, and contusions to the face, head and wrist. KNP was notified and declined jurisdiction. Investigation continues by MPI. Area 4 Assault on Law Enforcement Official, Drunk and Disorderly, Failure to Obey a General Order, Subject 1 was in a verbal altercation with an unknown person and being disorderly at the Carnegie Club. Victim 1 directed Subject 1 to return to post and escorted Subject 1 to Gate 4. Instead of proceeding through the gate onto the post, Subject 1 stopped, shouted at Victim 1 that he was waiting for his friends, and shoved Victim 1 with both hands. Subject 1 was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Subject 1 was released to his unit. This is a final report. Area 5 Simple Assault, Subject 1 threw two coins at Victim 1 when Victim 1 asked for her change after paying for a taxi fare. Subject 1 was transported by his manager to the SFCC where he declined to make a written statement. Victim 1 rendered a written statement attesting to the incident.

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How’s your personnel hygiene?
By Maj. Robin McKinley
8th Mission Support Squadron

Air Force Squadron Cmdr. sends... ...records advice
You take care of your personal hygiene because you’ve been taught to do so and it has become second nature to you. Think of your career in this same vein and ingrain these same kinds of habits into what I like to call “personnel hygiene.” “Personnel hygiene” is ensuring your military personnel record (both hard copy and electronic) is accurate and up to date. We’ve all been told that no one cares about your career more than you do and you should always ensure your personnel information is up to date and accurate. In the past, it was your commander’s support staff or MPF who ensured your record was up to date. You were notified when you had to make a decision, take an action or received a change to your record. It consists of decorations updates,

KUNSAN AIR BASE — What a great time of year. The new year brings a renewed hope for continued health, improved wealth, increased happiness and, of course, the opportunity to make personal resolutions. I’m told some of us actually do fulfill our resolutions and make our lives change for the better. I can’t say I’m one of those people, but each year I make a valiant effort. This year, I challenge you to make one more resolution; a career impacting resolution - to understand and take care of your own “personnel hygiene.” No, I didn’t say personal hygiene! But it’s not a bad way to think about it. Hopefully, you wake each day and take a shower, brush your hair and teeth, put on deodorant, don a clean uniform and head out to your job.

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Estate Claim If anyone has a claim against the estate of PV2 Tristen L. Buttrey, call 1st Lt. Dickhart at DSN 721-2352. OHA Survey extended The Annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utility Survey is extended for Korea through today. Servicemembers in Korea who reside in privately leased quarters overseas and receive OHA can reach the site via the PDTATAC home page at https:// www.perdiem.osd.mil/oha/ SURVEY/NOVOHA.HTML or the 175th FMC site, http:// 175fincom.korea.army.mil. ROCKS calls for members ROCKS, Inc. Morning Calm Chapter, Seoul, Korea invites all officers interested in making a difference in officer mentorship and their community to attend a meeting today at 5 p.m. at DHL/Whispers. AAFES announces product recalls The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announces a recall on two products sold in exchange stores worldwide. Seasonal Specialties Four Foot Clear Lighted Tannenbaum Pine Christmas Tree. The tree poses a potential fire safety hazard to customers and their property. The tree is four foot tall, contains 150 clear lights, green branches and has a plastic pot for the base. The tree was manufactured in China and sold at AAFES facilities from October to December. Consumers should unplug the tree immediately and return to AAFES for a full refund of the purchase price. Wrist Straps used with controllers for the Wii Video Game System. If consumers swing the hand-held “Wii Remote” game controllers using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the controller to strike bystanders or objects.Consumers should stop using the old wrist strap and contact the firm for a replacement wrist strap. For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at (800) 859-451 TMCW Submissions Have an item for The Morning Calm Weekly? Send stories and photographic submissions to [email protected] For information, call 738-3355. Submissions may also be mailed to our offices at: The Morning Calm Weekly c/o IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs Unit #15742 APO AP 96205-5742 Deadline for submission is close of business the Friday prior to the publication date. All submissions are subject to editing.

News USFK addresses 2006 Avian Influenza outbreak
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The Republic of Korea reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza, also known as “Bird Flu,” on the Korean peninsula in Dec. 2006. The H5N1 Avian Influenza outbreak occurred in chickens located at Iksan City and Hwangdeungmyun (3km from Iksan) in the Jeollabuk-do Province in Area IV, approximately 16 miles east of the Kunsan Air Base. Avian Influenza viruses infect wild birds and poultry. The H5N1 virus strain often causes only mild illness in birds, but the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus strains have caused a high mortality in bird populations throughout Asia. This highly pathogenic H5N1 virus remains primarily a disease of birds, with only infrequent human cases reported. However, when a human does contract the virus, it can cause significant illness and even death.There is no current evidence of efficient human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus, and it is unknown when or if the current circulating virus will become capable of efficient humanto-human transmission. As a result of the recent H5N1 Avian Influenza outbreak in chickens on the Korean peninsula,

Korean veterinary and public health officials have enacted comprehensive, layered levels of containment around the infected poultry farms. Korean government officials have also implemented a country-wide H5N1 virus surveillance program in order to quickly detect the “Bird Flu.” The Korean surveillance program has also detected cases of low pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza at Yangpyeung, Pyongtaek and Seosan — all in Area III. These H5N1 viruses have caused only mild, temporary illness in birds and are reportedly not contagious or dangerous to humans. This recent outbreak of the H5N1 Avian Influenza at Korean chicken farms poses no immediate risk to U.S. Forces Korea personnel. However, it is noteworthy to mention, some risks may exist from eating uncooked or undercooked poultry or poultry products on the economy. U.S. Commissaries do not currently stock and carry fresh Korean poultry. So far, cases of human Avian Influenza infections are the result of direct contact with infected poultry or with surfaces contaminated with their feces. USFK and 18th MEDCOM continue to monitor the situation and are coordinating and collaborating with Korean Public Health officials.

Monsoon memories
Korean Service Corps and Department of Public Works employees work to fix a Camp Eagle perimeter fence damaged by flooding in July 2006. Heavy rain packed a punch for most of the Korean peninsula last summer, dropping more than 12 inches of rain in many areas and causing severe flooding.
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Army activates IMCOM to improve Soldier support
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Army activated the Installation Management Command Oct. 24, 2006 to consolidate and strengthen installation support services to Soldiers and their families through the full authority of command. In Korea, the change redesignated the Installation Management Agency - Korea Region to IMCOM-Korea. Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson assumed the IMCOM command at a Pentagon ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. James Campbell, director of the Army Staff.

The new command places the former Installation Management Agency, the former Community and Family Support Center and the Former Army Environmental Center under a single command as a direct reporting unit. “Today we take the next step in the evolution of Army installation management … in order to create a more efficient, effective and agile organization to ensure the best Army in the world is supported by the best installations in the world,” Wilson said.

In keynote remarks, Campbell drew a parallel between the IMCOM and the new Army advertising slogan, “Army Strong.” He defined “strong” as the ability to stand up for oneself, while “Army Strong” is the ability to stand up for everyone else. “In my mind, the Installation Management Command shows that it is Army Strong each and every day,” Campbell said, “with the strength to make an installation a community; a set of quarters a home; and complete strangers, friends.

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against the Republic of Korea. “The bottom line is that this seismic event in and of itself will not cause us to change the way we do business. Our alliance is strong and our commitment to peace, stability and security on the Korean Peninsula is resolute,” Bell said.

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the U.S. Forces Korea are prepared to protect our forces and the Republic of Korea should that ever be necessary. “This test does not alter our ability to effectively deter. Be assured that the alliance has the forces necessary to deter aggression and, should deterrence fail, decisively defeat any North Korea attack

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applications for separation, retirement, retraining, career job reservation, assignment dream sheets and many others. Many of these actions had to be done by the Military Personnel Flight or and, in many cases, in concert with you. In the future, it will fall upon you to do this for yourself. You must proactively review your record via the Virtual MPF, or vMPF, and take full advantage of the Air Force Contact Center and Web applications to complete personnel actions. In addition, the following programs will fall to Airmen over the next year or so: citizenship, separations and assignments. Soon after, evaluations, promotions, reenlistments and awards and decorations will all be accomplished directly via the AF Contact Center or Web applications. As you know, our Air Force is reducing in size, especially in the support career fields. Program Budget Directive, or “PBD” 720 chops nearly 40,000 manpower billets and eventually Airmen from the ranks of our Air Force. The Personnel career field itself will lose nearly 20 percent. This reflects approximately 15 percent of our officer and enlisted Airmen. This means there will be fewer personnel in the MPF and CSS available to assist you and you will have to assume greater responsibility

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for your own personnel needs. I know what you’re thinking. Not only do you have to do your day-to-day job but now you must also take care of your own personnel actions as well. Although the personnel professionals within the MPF and the CSS stand ready to advise you and help you navigate these new processes, you’re absolutely right; the final burden will fall squarely on your shoulders. But is it really any different from what you do in your personal life? Do you not bank on line or at least balance your checkbook using account information readily available on line? Like many of us, do you make your car payment directly from your bank account? Don’t you update your driver’s license on line? After all, who wants to wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles for hours when you can do it in the comfort of your own home in minutes? The manpower and personnel community is asking you to do the same for your personnel business. I ask you to open your mind to this “new” way of doing business and embrace it for all its worth. I’m confident you’ll find it convenient and more accessible than how we provided service in the past. The Air Force is transforming at break-neck speeds. You’ll only hurt yourself if you refuse to get engaged in your “personnel hygiene.”

recalling milestones of 2006

Staff Sgt. Stephanie McCoy, right, was the first female in the 2ID Color Guard team at camp Red Cloud in 2006.
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Gen. B.B. Bell visits Area I
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson and Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

CAMP RED CLOUD (July 21, 2006)—The United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea commander, Gen. B. B. Bell, visited Camps Red Cloud and Stanley July 10 to acquaint himself with the Uijeongbu enclave in Area I. During his visit, Bell toured the CRC Morale, Welfare and Recreation Army Community Services and Pear Blossom Cottage, and talked to representatives from the Red Cross, USO, Education and Soldiers from Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers. In the afternoon, he visited the Camp Stanley Warrior Readiness Center. Soldiers and civilians were able to answer the general’s questions and discuss their job duties and the great partnership Area I has with the 2nd Infantry Division. Bell asked about the growing concern in the United States parents have about children playing poker online with their parent’s money…how does this concern and the negative connotations of gambling bleed-over into the World Series of Poker Area I recently held? “We host these events purely as entertainment, highlighting poker as a sport with prizes for winners, as opposed to cash,” said Christopher Bradford, chief, MWR business operations division. “There is a small maintenance fee to enter for food and nonalcoholic beverages, and to subsidize the cost for prizes. Since this event is a ‘live’ tournament, we are able to check identification cards to ensure participants are authorized to play (over 18 and valid ID card holders). The Soldiers really enjoy the live action and competition involved.” Denise James, MWR director, next explained how Soldiers in Area I also enjoy sports. “We are going to open up a skate park soon as well as begin go cart racing,” she said. “Moreover, Soldiers like to compete

against each other from one installation to another so we plan on having video award games because the Soldiers have told us Madden football is huge, and that’s what they want.” In addition, five Soldiers from the 2/9th Infantry Battalion was on hand to discuss their role in the Good Neighbor Program. Last year their battalion donated 7,000 hours volunteering with orphans and teaching English to Korean students, and won the Volunteer Unit of the Year award. Bell then held discussions with some of the ACS staff about the computerized central tracking system we have on noncommand sponsored families in Area I, immigration issues, family advocacy program, sexual assault reporting, mobile outreach, employment and financial readiness and family services information. When Bell arrived at Camp Stanley he related a story in his background about a group of sergeants at Fort Hood that were not necessarily the best sergeants in the world, as he found out later, but they were in charge of a similar system for inprocessing and outprocessing Soldiers as the WRC. In the story, he finds out that these particular sergeants were guiding and selling naive young female Soldiers to someone for favors. He then directed his question to Sgt. 1st Class Wade Fridley, movement control NCOIC, WRC, Special Troops Battalion, and asked how he could be sure Fridley was not one of those. “We are screened for this job, interviewed, we go through a process where we actually have to conduct training, at which point they have to receive a ‘go’ and the 1st sergeant and the company commander also have to make sure we are qualified and we do checks on the selected training officers,” Fridley said. “You officers that run the WRC beware that if I ever pick up on any abuse of Soldiers coming through here it will all be over,” Bell said. “This should be a place, particularly for a young female Soldier to

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Gen. B.B. Bell talks to troops outside the WRC at Camp Stanley during his visit to Area I Jul 10. celebrate her service to her country because of the reception she receives.” Bell proceeded inside the WRC to receive a briefing on the instruction given to troops when they matriculate through the WRC. “This is such a vital part of the first impression a Soldier gets when coming to the 2ID,” Bell said. “This is the example for all such in-processing centers here in Korea.”

Attack battalion cuts ribbon to new FRG
By Capt. John Hewitt
38th Field Artillery

CAMP CASEY (September 15, 2006)—On an unseasonably cool evening Sept. 6 the 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery, Attack Battalion, unveiled their newest edition, a resource center, to Warrior Country. “What started as a janitor’s closet now provides many options and informs many more people,” said Sgt. Gregory Scarborough, Battalion FRG Noncombatant Evacuation Operations and FRG liaison. The new resource center was opened in front of family, friends, and agencies of the Area I and Camp Casey community. The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was done by Donna Coggin, wife of 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin. Angela Bean, Family Readiness Group leader, Michelle Rouen, Lacy Marberry, and Staff Sgt. Puente Rodrigues, FRG liaison, all important members of the battalion’s FRG staff. Families and friends were treated to an

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Lt. Col. Keith Bean, commander of the 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery delivers the opening message before the ribbon cutting for the new FRG resource center Sept. 6. From left to right are: Bessie Wilburn, Angela Bean, Michelle Rouen and Staff Sgt. Puente Rodriguez. assortment of finger foods donated by the Dragon Hill Lodge and confections by Marberry and Rouen, baked at the Camp Casey Pear Blossom Cottage. “The resource center is a culmination of mission and family,” Bean said. “We are committed to augmenting and improving Soldier and family readiness.” We are here to strengthen families and ensure they are self-reliant and sufficient, if and when the time comes, added Angela Bean. After the ribbon cutting, the official parties moved through the resource room,

and were introduced to the in-processing procedures. Coggin and Brig. Gen. John Johnson, assistant division commander for maneuver, in-processed as a new family would and were treated to a FRG summation by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Butler, battalion communication chief. The theme of the evening was “deployment well-being in war and peace.” Agencies from Camp Casey, United Services Organization, and ACS provided informational briefs and set up kiosks and tables with pamphlets and brochures. The briefs introduced new and seasoned families to the general procedures of deployments; various support agencies and the importance of readiness. The battalion deployed to the field for two weeks. “At the end of it all the battalion successfully trained from the front and supported the families from the rear,” said Sgt. 1st. Class Bryan Matthews, noncommissioned officer in charge. “Families and spouses can in-process the facility; update personal information and receive newsletters from battery and battalion commanders,” Bean said.

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AFTB Instructor Course Army Community Service Army Family Team Building Instructor Course will be held Jan. 16-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage, Building S-16. For more information call 732-7314. AFTB Level I Class Army Community Service Army Family Team Building Level I Class will be held Jan. 22-23 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Casey Education Center, Room 3. For more information call: 732-7314. Mitchell’s Club Closing Mitchell’s Club will be closed all day Jan. 22. For more information call: 732-8189. Bus For IMCOM New Year’s Reception The bus to IMCOM’s New Year’s reception will depart the commander’s parking lot (across from the CG’s Mess) next to building 613 at 5 p.m. Jan. 12. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.. Bus will depart for Camp Red Cloud at 9:30 p.m. For more information call: 732-8854. Free Child Care Service Free child care service is now offered at the Camp Red Cloud Coffee House, next to the Community Bank, during church services every Sunday. Dragon Valley Ski Tour Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Dragon Valley Ski Tour will depart Camp Hovey Hobson Community Activities Center at 6 a.m. Jan. 13. The tour will depart Camp Casey’s Carey Fitness Center at 6:15 a.m., CAC at 6:20 a.m., Camp Red Cloud CAC at 7 a.m., and Camp Stanley CAC at 7:30 a.m. For more information call your local CAC. Los Palominos Los Palominos band will appear Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Camp Casey Hanson Field House. For more information call: 732-6766. Star Wars Movie Marathon The Star Wars Movie Marathon will be held at the Camp Casey CAC Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. For more Information call: 732-6766. Pool Tournament The Camp Red Cloud Pool Tournament will be held in the CRC CAC at 1 p.m. Jan. 14. For more information call: 7326896. Martin Luther King Celebration CRC A Martin Luther King Celebration featuring guest speaker Col. Kevin Hawkins will be held in the Camp Red Cloud Theater 10 a.m. today. For more information call: 732-6856 Martin Luther King Film Collection The Martin Luther King Film collection will be shown at the Camp Hovey CAC at 6 p.m. Jan. 15. For more information call: 732-6896. Madden NFL Tournament The Madden NFL Tournament will be held in the Camp Casey CAC Jan. 20 at Noon. For more information call: 732-6766.
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The starting gun fired and disabled athletes, 200 Soldiers with 1000 citizens of Dongducheon, ran to support the disabled athletes in the Angel of Wish marathon August 27, 2006 sponsored by television stations and the city of Dongducheon.

Soldiers run for Angel of Wish
By Jim Cunningham
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DONGDUCHEON (September 1, 2006)—Overcast skies and occasional sprinkles could not dampen the enthusiasm for the first Angel of Wish marathon for disabled athletes held at the park in New Town Dongducheon at 3 p.m. Aug. 27. “We have more than 200 Soldiers running today in support of the first Angel of Wish marathon,” said Brig. Gen. John Johnson, 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander for maneuver. The 2ID band played and the people of Dongducheon gathered to the familiar ragtime tune When the Saints Go Marching In, John Philip Sousa’s marches Stars and Stripes Forever, and Semper Fidelis. “This is the first time for the city of Dongducheon to sponsor this event,” said Pae, Tong su, community relations officer for Camp Casey. “The disabled athletes that qualify for this event will participate in the larger event that will be sponsored by the city of Osan in October. This event is also sponsored

by the Korean broadcasting company in Dongducheon.” The crowd gathered in the afternoon and stayed throughout the rest of the day celebrating the event by looking at the many exhibits set up around the New Town community center celebrating some of Korea’s best disabled athletes. “This serves as a booster to strengthen our relationship between Korea and the United States,” said Lt. Col. Terry Hodges, commander of Camp Casey garrison. “Our Soldiers will run 3.2 kilometers with the actual participants who will run to Uijeongbu, but the Soldiers will turn and run back to the starting point at Songnae Elementary School, all other participants will run to Uijeongbu,” Pae said. “They will run rain or shine all the way to Uijeongbu; there are about 1000 runners in all.” “This is a tremendous event, especially when you see 200 U.S. Soldiers running with the disabled participants for the Angel of Wish marathon,” Hodges said. E-mail [email protected]

The 2ID band played show tunes, some early jazz arrangements as well as some John Philip Sousa favorites while the crowd looked on before the Angel of Wish marathon started..

Voice in Area I heard in Pentagon
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Hee Jung Sackett addresses Soldiers and dependents at Camp Casey AFAP meeting September 13, 2006.

CAMP CASEY (September 1, 2006)—The smallest voice in Area I can carry all the way to the Pentagon. The Army Family Action Plan process makes that possible. The 2nd Infantry Division and Area I annual AFAP conference this year, scheduled for Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Casey Education Center, and out brief to commanders held Nov. 29 at Camp Casey Warrior’s Club. “The conference gives the community an opportunity to voice their issues and concerns,” said Hee Jung Sackett from Army Community Services. “AFAP has resulted in legislative changes, policy and regulatory changes, and improvements to programs and services at the installation

level, the major command level and at the Department of the Army.” The conference will include volunteer representatives from active duty military, family members, retired military, and Department of the Army civilians. “Volunteers are wanted to serve as facilitators, recorders, issue supporters and transcribers,” Sackett said. “Delegates can ask to participate in the following four work groups: force support and entitlements, medical and dental, relocation, housing and transportation, and family and community services. “It’s just a great way to have an active, positive role in the community, and to make the Army a better place for those that come after them,” Sackett said. E-mail [email protected]

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Area I 7 Rucksack Challenge: 8 miles in 58 minutes
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Second Lt. HHC 1/72nd Artillery Michael Woudenberg crosses the finish line in 58 minutes and 12 seconds.

CAMP CASEY (September 1, 2006)—In Greek and Roman mythology, the sun god Apollo gave his brother Mercury a staff and winged shoes so that he could be the quick messenger of the mythical gods. The staff presented to Mercury was not a 35-pound rucksack, and even Mercury would have struggled to make 8 miles in 58 minutes. More than 80 Soldiers entered the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Rucksack 8 mile Challenge Nov. 11 at Camp Casey. The first place time was astonishing. Michael Woudenberg, 2nd Lt., Headquarters, Headquarters Company 1/72nd Artillery of Camp Casey ran the 8 miles in 58 minutes and 12 seconds. “The Rucksack Challenge came about early last year,” said Jim Williams, MWR sports director at Carey Fitness Center, Camp Casey. “The command wanted a fitness type run or military event to take place sometime about six months after the relay run. It is to keep those Soldiers in shape that are really serious about preparing for the marathon.” The first Rucksack Challenge registered only 18 Soldiers. This event attracted more than 80 Soldiers. The Soldiers ran 8 miles. They began at Casey’s Carey Fitness Center and ran through Camp Hovey all the way to the Tokori gate and back through the

ranges. It is not an easy course to run. “We have some steep hills in the course, and they will have to run with a 35 pound rucksack on their back,” Williams said. “Unlike the baton relay race, they can wear physical training shoes and PT uniforms; they do not have to wear BDUs. The only thing we mandate is the 35 pound rucksack and some water.” There are no follow up events to the Rucksack Challenge. It is a single event. “We only do this event and the baton relay,” Williams said. The awards are extensive. First through fifth places for both men and women, receive awards. First through second place for teams, receive awards, which include plaques and trophies. First place in the women’s division was Valerie Bartonico, 2nd Lt. CCO 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, with a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes and 59 seconds. Second place in the women’s division was Bianca Ellis, Capt. CCO, 302nd BSB, with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 50 seconds. First place in the team event was Headquarters, Headquarters Company 1/72nd Artillery with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 2 seconds. E-mail [email protected]

Charlie Daniels: I have the greatest admiration for people in uniform
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CAMP RED CLOUD (October 27, 2006)—The devil may have gone down to Georgia but Charlie Daniels and his sextet came to CRC Oct. 22 to entertain Soldiers. Daniels has been entertaining troops for a long time. “The first out of country show I did for American troops was in Greenland in about 1964 or 1965,” said Charlie Daniels, leading country music virtuoso of violin and guitar and leader of the band. “I have been doing this for a long time.” Daniels has a very good reason for entertaining the troops. “I can’t carry a gun,” Daniels said. “I can carry a fiddle and a guitar.” His admiration for the American Soldier has deep roots. “I come from a time during World War II, that is where my brand of patriotism comes from,” Daniels said. “I have the greatest admiration for the people in uniform. I think they are the greatest bunch of people in the world.” “What is so wrong with American youth that get in trouble day-in and dayout is so right with the military. They are healthy; they are drug free; they are responsible, and they respond to authority, they are just great. Especially now with the all volunteer military you get people who want to be here and that makes a lot of difference. The more time I spend with our troops, the more admiration I have for them. I know for a fact that without our military there would be no America.” “We would not last 50 days without our military,” Daniels said. “All we have got standing between us, without the

help of God, and of course, we always have to have that, and death by terrorist is these people in uniform. I’m very promilitary.” Daniels plays for military men and women both in and out of the U.S. “It doesn’t matter if it is Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea or troops in the states, we are proud to entertain them anywhere they are,” Daniels said. Daniels has criteria for when he plays, and when he will stop playing music all together. “When it stops being fun is when I will stop playing,” Daniels said. “I just love playing. I get excited every time I pick up an instrument.” Like many bands led by today’s virtuoso instrumentalists, the Charlie Daniels band is very eclectic. “If you like rap you won’t hear any tonight,” Daniels said. “Some have told me that I produced the first rap song with The Devil Went Down to Georgia. We do not just play one type of music. We play many different kinds of music. As to the older songs that we did, they have always been representative of where the band happens to be at a specific time; that is, where we are musically. I think this is the best band I have ever had.” Daniels is doing duets with Bonnie Bramblet, Brenda Lee, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs. Recently, he did a recording with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Double Trouble. Daniels has not always fronted bands with the fiddle. “When I first started playing in a bluegrass band, I played fiddle, but I put it aside when I started playing with Carl Perkins,” Daniels said. “When I

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Charlie Daniels played both fiddle and guitar during the concert at CRC Oct. 22. Daniels, known as a violin virtuoso, is equally proficient with guitar and mandolin. Daniels is self-taught. started this band I tried to fit the fiddle in with this music. It worked well, so it has been an intricate part of my style since then.” Daniels is a completely self-taught musician. His technique of playing the fiddle and the guitar is unique. “The guitar and violin are two different instruments,” Daniels said. “I played guitar to start with and then I started playing mandolin. The fingerboard on the mandolin and the violin are the same. The mandolin is picked and the violin is bowed.” Daniels and his sextet are at home with every style of music. The sets featured rock, jazz, country and gospel. The most impressive instrumentals contrasted the four string players (i.e. lead guitar, rhythm guitar, Daniels on guitar and fiddle, and bass guitar) in BeBop tunes reminiscent of Woody Hermann’s Four Brothers or perhaps Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Those exciting moments topped off with a trap set drum solo that would make Buddy Rich proud. Every set followed another new set, especially when Daniels featured his most requested tunes, some written more than 30 years ago. It was fitting that the audience with refrains of Happy Birthday serenaded the band; Charlie Daniels birthday is Oct. 28. The devil got more than he bargained for by the end of the evening when the band played The Devil Went Down to Georgia, but as always, Charlie Daniels plays him off the stage. E-mail [email protected]

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Area II Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — For the Area II community, last year was marked by accomplishments and progress, as well as challenges. From new quality of life initiatives like a brand-new artificial turf soccer field to a fire that injured Korean employees and destroyed several Yongsan buildings, 2006 proved to be a surprising year. What follows is a look back at the stories that made it an interesting year as well.

“It keeps the dream alive,” said Tressa Williams, Delta Sigma Theta regional director, who traveled to Korea to be a special guest in the vigil. “It shows our children that our need to continue fighting for freedom worldwide is as true today as it was in King’s time, and it brings the community together.” The march ended at the SAHS auditorium, where people played musical selections and recited poems. Organizers served cake and encouraged everyone to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 16, a day on, not a day off. This year’s event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Collier Field House.

about five hours, although hot spots were still being extinguished throughout the day. Stephens thanked the Korean fire departments that responded under a mutual assistance agreement with the Area II Support Activity Fire Department. Area II Fire Chief Alex Temporado said the fire is the largest in memory at Yongsan Garrison.

get shot,” she said, “or that I’d end up as a POW.” She spoke about her ordeal. “The capture was not pretty. It was harsh, but I’m still here,” she said. “It could have been so much worse and I thank God every day that it wasn’t.” Johnson said she was not tortured or abused during her captivity. “I was fed and given medical care, which was much more than I ever expected,” she said. “There was kindness there, and I thank God every day for the guards that showed me kindness.” However, Johnson said nothing was as sweet as the day of her rescue.

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Former prisoner-of-war Shoshana Johnson visits Yongsan March 28..

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Area II marchers honor Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 at Yongsan Garrison.

Former Iraq POW speaks to crowds
March 28, 2006 Some had seen her face on television during the early days of the war in Iraq as the first female prisoner-of-war. Others had heard the stories of the dramatic rescue. Whatever the reason, the connection was strong enough to bring more than 400 community members to hear her speak. Shoshana Johnson traveled from the United States to Yongsan to speak about her life and experiences at the Area II Women’s History Month commemoration March 28 at Yongsan Garrison. Johnson was in a convoy that was ambushed March 23, 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was wounded, with injuries to both legs. Her April 13, 2003 rescue made headlines around the world. Johnson was also the first African-American woman in U.S. history to become a POW. Johnson told the audience about her life, and what inspired her to join the Army. “It never occurred to me that I would
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Hundreds march in MLK Day event
Jan. 15, 2006 With hundreds of candles, Area II community members let the “dream shine” Jan. 15 during a Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight vigil. On the trek, marchers of all ages and colors showed support of equality around the world with hymns, spirit and honor. “This vigil has been a fitting tribute to the most widely known leader of the civil rights movement,” said Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “By lighting a candle of freedom in a dark land, Dr. King illuminated the hearts and souls of millions of people worldwide. By your march and vigil this evening, you have affirmed that his dream of progress toward freedom still lives on.” The event has been organized every year for the past 20 years by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority organization.

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Yongsan community members enjoy the Community Fun Fair.

Area II firefighter battle a March 16 fire near Yongsan Gate 1.

Community Fun Fair
April 15, 2006 The 2006 Area II Community Fun Fair welcomed more than 500 Soldiers, civilians, families and Korean neighbors to the Child Development Center parking lot April 15. “The Community Fun Fair is an annual celebration of the month of the military child,” said Child Youth Services School Liaison Officer Eskeletha Dorsey. “It shows honor to the youth who make the transitions with family in the military or serve the military community.” This year’s Community Fun Fair was designed to give children in the military more chances to spend time with their parents and get to know more about the

Fire strikes Yongsan
March 16, 2006 Three Korean Service Corps employees were seriously injured March 16 in an early morning fire that destroyed several Yongsan Garrison buildings. The men were treated for burns at a local Korean hospital. The blaze destroyed one Korean Service Corps building and two adjacent Directorate of Public Works buildings that housed offices and workshops. The Area II Support Activity Fire Department responded to the fire around 1:55 a.m. Korean firefighters from nine Seoul districts also responded with 63 fire trucks and more than 130 personnel. The fire was contained within

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surrounding community. The Tae Kwon Do demonstration team started the event with the program to highlight their mastery of Korean martial arts. Following the demonstration, a group of children in colorful costumes presented jazz and ballet dancing. A large number of parents gathered around the children to get some photos of their performances and both drew a big round of applause. Soldiers, civilians and families lined up to join a banana toss, football toss, basketball toss, limbo competition and face painting. Various types of pets at the vet clinic booth stimulated many children’s curiosity and some organizations offered participants a free photo opportunity with a clown and dog characters. More than 10 organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the 121st General Hospital Health Promotion office set up tables and provided information about their programs throughout the event. American Community Services volunteers gave parents a chance to better understand their children by means of a questionnaire. The USO, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11016 sponsored giveaways, including balloons, 100 free T-shirts, toys, dolls, gift certificates and kid’s bicycles. Many children said they had fun and wanted to have another Community Fun Fair.

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Visitor Center Closure The Gate 20 Visitor Center will close through Feb. 16 for renovations. Visitors should sign in at Gate 5, 10, or 17. Gate 20 will still be open for SOFA vehicles and pedestrians. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Troop Command will conduct a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration with poetry, a recital, Guest Speaker Maj. Gen. John Morgan III, a cake cutting and a prize drawing 2 p.m. Friday at the Multipurpose Training Facility. For information, call 723-7743. There will be a candlelight vigil march from Collier Field House to South Post Chapel followed by a birthday celebration 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call 738-5950. Gas Station Hours Yongsan Gas Station hours are: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A renovation and new pumps should be installed by mid-February. Volunteer Ceremony Area II Army Community Service will host the Volunteer recognition ceremony 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Services Building. For information, call 738-7510. New Operating Hours The following Army and Air Force Exchange facilities have new operating hours: Hannam Village Food Court 12 - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday Closed Sunday Hannam Village P.X. Closed Monday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 12 - 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m .- 8 p.m. Sunday Yongsan Car Care Center 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Closed Thursday and Sunday. Soccer Players Needed The 8th Army Soccer Team is looking for 25 U.S. Soldiers for a Good Neighbor Program “All-Stars” soccer team. The team will play exhibition games against Republic of Korea counterparts (mil-to-mil), Korean National Police units and other Korean teams to promote the Good Neighbor Program. For information, call 7234841. SOFA License Plates SOFA license plate charges are now: Regular license plates $8 Motorcycles $3 Temporary plates $4.75 Area II Web Site For more community notes, news and information, visit the Area II Web site at http://area2.korea.army.mil.

Col. Ron Stephen and Republic of Korea commander Col. Lee Yong-il gave opening remarks to promote mutual understanding between KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers. “The KATUSA Soldiers teach us about their culture,” Stephens said. “We teach them about ours. Our cultural exchange is a key ingredient to our success.” Following the ceremony, top Korean pop-singers performed for the crowds show at Collier Field House. Thursday, a cultural festival introduced traditional costumes, food, and games to the Soldiers and community members. Soldiers got a taste of different kimchi, Korean rice cakes, tea, sweets and also played traditional games. “I had a great time with U.S. Soldiers during the friendship week,” said Kim Tae-young, 8th Military Police Brigade. “Now, I think we have a better understanding of each other’s culture.”

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An Area II family processes through the May 18-21 Courageous Channel exercise.

Area II tests noncombatant evacutation operations
May 18-21 Area II community members participated in Courageous Channel 2006-1, a semi-annual noncombatant evacuation operations exercise, May 1821 at Collier Field House. The exercise tested the command's NEO plans and procedures for a shortnotice evacuation from the Republic of Korea. Courageous Channel is a regularly scheduled exercise and is unrelated to any current or specific event. The exercise was mandatory for all Department of Defense-affiliated noncombatants, to include nonemergency essential U.S. Government employees.

Dragon Hill Lodge celebrates 16th anniversary
May 13, 2006 The Dragon Hill Lodge, an Armed Forces Recreation Center operated by the US Army, celebrated its 16th anniversary May 13 with the U.S. military community it serves in Korea. “The Army leadership had a vision about 20 years ago to invest 85 million non-appropriated dollars to improve the life of U.S. Forces Korea community,” said DHL General Manager Jim Thomas. “It’s significant because the money was generated from Soldiers and not from taxpayer dollars.” The party, he said, was a significant event commemorating what Dragon Hill Lodge is all about. Second Infantry Division Soldiers displayed an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle near the hotel. Community members observed and handled the fighting machines with some help from 2ID tankers. The DHL gave prizes, including a round trip ticket to theUnited States and mountain bikes, to community members. “The most important thing for us is to show the Soldiers that we care about them,” Thomas said. “To treat them like kings during their stay is just showing how much you appreciate what they do everyday in the defense of our country.” Eighth U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt gave congratulatory remarks to kick off the block party May 12 at the Oasis Courtyard. “The Dragon Hill Lodge has become well known of a landmark, happy birthday sweet sixteen,” Valcourt said. “This is the center of the U.S. servicemembers and civilians who come to Korea.” The place has always been customerfocused, he said, serving those who serve. Different DHL restaurants served free food after the remarks.

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U.S. and Korean Soldiers become friends during a week of special activities.

Friendship Week builds bridges
April 24-28, 2006 Area II hosted its 30th KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week April 24-28 to strengthen the Korea-U.S. alliance and celebrate its accomplishments. More than ten Army organizations participated in the festival by competing in sporting events and to experience different aspects of Korean culture. Monday, the friendship week started with field trips for each Area II unit. Destinations included amusement parks, mountains, a traditional folk village and the Korean War Memorial Museum. Tuesday, eight Area II units of Area II each showed off their expertise at a talent show in front of more than 500 community members at Balboni Theater. The performances featured songs, dances, drama and a traditional percussion show. Area II leaders officially kicked off the week with a Lombardo Field

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Area II kids celebrate Independence Day.

Area II July 4th brings celebrations, music
July 4, 2006 Area II community members turned out by the hundreds to celebrate the Fourth of July with a block party. By noon, the stage was set, booths and picnic tables lined the blocked off street next to Collier Field House, and a break in the clouds mean the Morale, Welfare and Recreation workers would be able to conduct their much-planned for celebration. Food booths from the Main Post Club, Army and Air Force Exchange, Starbucks, and an off-post Indian restaurant kept the public well-few and happy, which children enjoyed inflatable games on the soccer field. Children and adults competed in a limbo contest. In the first contest, Matt Meadows, 9, walked away with the first

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place prize – a DVD player. In a later contest, Dana Davenport, 12, beat out all the adult contenders and won the same prize. Area II MWR had 35 employees and volunteers from Sports and Recreation divisions and Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers on hand for the day-long carnival. Pfc. Michael Kelly, a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th U.S. Army, volunteered to help out on the soccer field with the inflatable games. “There’s a good turnout,” Kelly said. “It’s for the kids to have fun. As long as they are having fun, I’m having fun.” The U.S.A. Airline Alliance gave away two free airline tickets valued at $1500 each at a 6 p.m. drawing. The lucky winner was 18th Medical Command Command Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Alcantara. The carnival ended just before 8 p.m. with a 8th U.S. Army Band performance and a mini-pyrotechnics show. The timing was delayed because of technical difficulties, but after the “Stars and Stripes Forever” finale, sparklers lit the stage and minifireworks went at least 100 feet into the air. Children danced as shredded paper filled the air like snow. Most of the 700 community members moved into Collier Field House for the big event of the day: a free Pam Tillis concert.

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emphasize families. Frequent family dinners can prevent children from getting involved with drug abuse, and lower stress. Research by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse shows the positive effect of frequent family dinners. The commissary set up a booth to advertise and persuade families to dine together more often.
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Community members enjoy games to celebrate Family Day Sept. 23.

Area II celebrates Family Day
September 23, 2006 More than 100 people from the Area II community enjoyed the Family Day celebration party Sept. 23 at the Yongsan Commissary parking lot. The commissary hosted the Family Day party with contests, like basketball toss, apple bobbing and other fun activities. Winners walked away with gift certificates. The commissary offered free food for community members during the event. “It was our first Family Day party for the community members,” said the Yongsan Commissary Deputy Director Myong Brown. “We planned lots of events to give community members, premier quality of life and encourage families to have dinner with their children.” Family Day is an annual event held on the fourth Monday in September, to

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The Sept. 23 Hannam Village Festival gave residents a taste of Korean culture.

Hannam Village honors autumn, Korean culture
Sept. 23, 2006 Blue sunny skies turned the 2006 Hannam Village Festival into the place to be for hundreds of Area II community members Saturday. The event drew

nearly 1,000 people anxious to celebrate autumn and relax for a day. The Hannam Village sports field became sort of a market square with food booths, pottery demonstrations, children's activities and Korean cultural exhibitions. People could shop for Buddhist arts, try traditional Korean food and line up for face painting. “I enjoyed it,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Metzger. “It was very well done, and a good idea.” Metzger and his wife Rebecca saw a flyer earlier in the week about volunteering to participate in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. “The whole object was to learn about Korean culture,” he said. “So, we decided to not only renew our wedding vows from 2000, but to learn about the culture.” Under a canopy on the ball field, Koreans dressed the Metzgers in traditional Korean wedding outfits complete with make-up (for Rebecca). As the Koreans walked the Metzgers through the ceremony, a translator explained to the crowds the meaning behind each step. Metzger said there was a lot of symbolism to the ceremony. At another booth, children lined up to dump military police volunteers in a dunk tank. The idea was to raise awareness for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. For entertainment, a Korean troupe of ‘Salmunori’ performers played.

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American volunteer Ann Stephens. “I think they had a few laughs watching us.” As the American women worked in rubber gloves and plastic vests, a Korean woman with a big smile darted around them sticking fresh kimchi in their mouths. Koreans carried load after load of cabbage and ingredients to the tables. The volunteers spread out the cabbages, then smothered them with hot peppers, salt, garlic and radishes. “Having the culture experience and actually helping in the community is what I enjoyed the most,” said American volunteer Stephanie Cobb. “It was very enlightening to see the experience and to learn the technique of kimchi making.” The small American contingent received many looks when they arrived. “They immediately jumped to the occasion and wanted to educate us with the technique and the language,” Cobb said. “It was a very warm welcome.” An said kimchi is a very important part of the Korean diet. “If you have rice and kimchi, you feel like you can get by,” An said.

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Charlie Daniels throws guitar picks to the Yongsan audience Oct. 21.

Charlie Daniels plays Yongsan Garrison
Oct. 21, 2006 The Charlie Daniels Band performed concerts at many U.S. military installations in Japan and the Republic of Korea on this tour. The Oct. 21 concert drew hundreds of service members, civilians, and family members. Because there were more families, many kids attended the concert. Daniels mentioned the number of children in the audience and sang a song dedicated to them. Throughout the night he threw guitar picks out to the kids sitting on the floor in front of the stage. He even threw our one of his fiddle bows at the beginning of the concert to one of the kids. Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the concert.

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American volunteer Wendy Mora with“fruits” of her labor during a Nov. 22 event in Seoul.

Army flag football players trounce the Navy in the local game Dec. 2.

Good Neighbor Program helps needy
Nov. 22, 2006 The strong spicy odor of Korean kimchi could be smelled from blocks around. More than 1,500 volunteers joined forces to turn an abandoned school courtyard into the biggest kimchi kitchen on the peninsula Nov. 21-23. “Kimchi is the Korean people’s favorite dish,” said Area II Community Relations Officer An Chang-sin. “This festival resulted in more than 33,000 heads of kimchi cabbage for needy people in Seoul.” Among the kimchi makers, six American spouses from nearby Yongsan Garrison sat at a table side-by-side with Koreans. English-speaking Korean volunteer Song Sang-eun showed the Americans how to put the ingredients together. “I think the Koreans were glad to see American’s making kimchi,” said

Army beats Navy in Yongsan Game
Dec. 2, 2006 Hundreds of determined fans braved subfreezing temperatures Saturday, Dec. 2 to watch the 2006 Army-Navy Flag Football Championship at Falcon Field. Army beat Navy 28-0 to take home the Commander’s Cup for the fifth year in a row. Army has now won the cup nine times in 11 years. “We kept things simple,” said Army Head Coach Don Riggins. “We agreed that we would go with the team that was hot during the flag football championships.” Officials presented a trophy to the Army coaches and Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “The cup will stay at the Collier Field House in the trophy case until next year,” said Area II Sports Director Bennie Jackson. (Editor’s Note: Tamara Sternberg compiled the year-in-review reports)

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Military healthcare making advances
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WASHINGTON – The military has made tremendous advances in healthcare in the last decade and specifically since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the top Defense Department official for health care said here yesterday. Body armor, eyewear, new surgical techniques and improved medical data collection in this conflict have all contributed to the lowest “killed-in-action” rate in history, Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said in a roundtable discussion with retired military analysts. The killed-in-action rate for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom is 12.5 percent, vs. 18.6 percent for the first Gulf War and Vietnam, and 25.3 percent for World War II, he said. The killed-in-action percentage measures the number of service members killed out of the number wounded. “Basic stuff is making a difference. Obviously, it doesn’t save every injury, but it mitigates a lot of the injuries,” Winkenwerder said. As of Dec. 2, 23,119 service members had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. Of those, 55 percent returned to duty within 72 hours, he pointed out. “People miss that, and I think it’s an important thing,” he said. Winkenwerder pointed out some other surprising statistics: of the 37,058 service members medically evacuated from the U.S. Central Command area of operations as of Dec. 4, 59 percent have been for disease and 21 percent for non-battle injuries; also, as of Nov. 1, the war on terror has produced 760 amputees, of which 500 lost a limb, hand or foot, and

260 lost fingers or toes only. A major issue in this conflict has been post traumatic stress disorder, Winkenwerder noted. The best statistics on PTSD come from an Army study done on Soldiers and Marines returning from their first or second rotations in Iraq or Afghanistan, in which the rate of service members who screened positive for PTSD on a questionnaire was 12 percent, he said. He noted, however, that the pre-deployment rate of PTSD was about 7 or 8 percent. To provide better mental healthcare for service members, the military now does a pre-deployment screening, a post-deployment screening, and a followup screening three to six months after troops return, Winkenwerder said. This follow-up assessment is important, because many troops don’t report problems right after a deployment, but these problems surface later, he said. These extra assessments give military officials more data to work with when analyzing mental health trends and developing new programs to help service members, Winkenwerder said. “It’s a real profile of what’s going on with our people that we did not used to have, and it’s allowed us to develop new programs to reach out where the need is,” he said. “I think they’re making a difference; we’ve gotten very good feedback.” Another area that has seen notable progress is amputee rehabilitation, Winkenwerder said. Of the total number of amputees, 25 percent have been returned to duty. “The spirit there is unbelievable,” he said. More improvements are on the way for military health care, as the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is built in Bethesda, Md., Winkenwerder

said. The building will be next to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and across the street from the National Institute of Health, creating a collaborative environment that will lead to new and better healthcare for troops, he said.

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Pfc. Chris L. Llewellyn, a medic from the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, prepares Spc. Clint A. Zeller for an IV during training at Forward Operating Base Loyalty, Iraq

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Let’s Go To Prison (R) 8:30 p.m. Saw III (R) 7 p.m.
Night At The Museum

Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 8:30 p.m. We Are Marshall (PG) 7 p.m. A Good Year (PG13) 9 p.m.
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Let’s Go To Prison (R) 8:30 p.m. Eragon (PG) 7 p.m. A Good Year (PG13) 9 p.m. Eragon (PG) 7 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 8:30 p.m.

Night At The Museum

(PG) 7:30 p.m. A Good Year (PG13) 7 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Eragon (PG) 7 p.m. No Show

Eragon (PG) 7:30 p.m. No Show . Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m.
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Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Casino Royale (PG13) 9:30 p.m. A Good Year (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show

Saw III (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Casino Royale (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Casino Royale (PG13) 7 p.m. Casino Royale (PG13) 8 p.m.

(PG) 7:30 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 7 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 9:30 p.m.

(PG) 7:30 p.m. Borat (R) 9:30 p.m.

(PG) 7:30 p.m. No Show

Stranger Than Fiction — One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold's carefully controlled life is turned upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the voice declares that Harold Crick is facing imminent death, he realizes he must find out who is writing his story and persuade her to change the ending. The voice in Harold's head turns out to be the once celebrated, but now nearly forgotten, novelist Karen "Kay" Eiffel (Emma Thompson), who is struggling to find an ending for what might be her best book. Her only remaining challenge is to figure out a way to kill her main character, but little does she know that Harold Crick is alive and well and inexplicably aware of her words and her plans for him. .

Saw III — In 2004, a low-budget horror film about a man who put people with moral failings into grisly, murderous situations became a huge hit. In 2005, the sequel scored again, upping the body count and the terror. In 2006, the franchise continued, with plenty of gore as well as an emotional story line that delved into the psychological makeup of the main characters. As SAW II concluded, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) was dying. But that doesn't mean his penchant for playing games of torture and violence is ending. In SAW III, the murders start occurring again, and Kerry (Dina Meyer) is back on the case, although she thinks this time it might be the work of a copycat.

Let’s Go To Prison — Based upon a non fiction book about how to stay out of jail (and/or survive it once you know you're headed upriver), Let's Go To Prison is an uncompromising, noholdsbarred revenge comedy helmed by Bob Odenkirk, the director who brought sketchcomedy fans Mr. Show With Bob and David. And he's about to give us everything that's been missing from the typical prison movie in his fresh, probing look at our penal system. Felon John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard, Punk'd, Employee of the Month, Without a Paddle) has figured out the best way to get revenge on the now-dead judge who sent him to jail: "help" the official's obnoxious son, Nelson Biederman the IVth (Will Arnett, Arrested Development, RV, Blades of Glory), try to survive the clink. John strikes gold when Nelson is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to the same penitentiary he used to call home.

Flags Of Our Fathers — It is the most memorable photograph of World War II, among the greatest pictures ever taken. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for photography and one of the mostreproduced images in the history of photography, the picture has inspired postage stamps, posters, the covers of countless magazines and newspapers, and even the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia."Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima," a picture taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on Feb. 23, 1945 depicts five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. The image served as a counterpoint for one of the most vicious battles of the war: the fight to take Iwo Jima, a desolate island of black sand barely eight square miles that would prove a tipping point in the Pacific campaign.

Eragon — Based on the first novel in Christopher Paolini’s popular Inheritence trilogy, Eragon is a fantastical adventure in a vein similar to that of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia. A classic story of a quest driven by destiny and set in a land where elves, magicians, and humans live side by side, the battle between good and evil, innocence and cynicism, is taken up once again. John Malkovitch camps it up as the evil King Galbatorix, a former guardian of peace who long ago went over to the dark side. He now rules over a land from which dragons have all but disappeared, until humble farm boy Eragon (newcomer Edward Speelers) happens upon a mysterious blue object that turns out to be a dragon egg.

The Holiday (PG13) 6:45 p.m.
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No Show Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Flags Of OurFathers (R) 7 p.m. No Show Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Man Of The Year (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show The Holiday (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show School For Scoundrels (PG13) 9 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Man Of The Year (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show The Holiday (PG13) 7 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Deja Vu (PG13) 7 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Man Of The Year (PG13) 6 p.m.

(PG13) 6:45 p.m. Eragon (PG) 9 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 7 p.m. Flushed Away (PG) 8:30 p.m. Borat (R) 9:30 p.m. Saw III (R) 9:30 p.m.

(PG13) 6:45 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Let’s Go To Prison (R) 9 p.m. Happy Feet (PG) 8 p.m. The Grudge 2 (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Flicka (PG) 9:30 p.m.

(PG13) 6:45 p.m.
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(PG13) 8 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) 9 p.m. The Grudge 2 (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Flicka (PG) 6:30 p.m.

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The Greatest Reversal of All Time
CH (LTC) Joseph F. Hannon,
Area IV Staff Chaplain

y parents’ generation witnessed an astounding real life reversal set in the midst of the grinding poverty of the Great Depression. In July of 1938, Douglas Corrigan, one year after the solo flight of Lucky Lindy from Long Island to Paris, posted a flight plan for his single engine plane from Idewild Field, far out in the potato farms of Long Island, to Shannon, Ireland. His plan was rejected by the Aviation Authority. So, he filed a second flight plan from Idewild Field (now JFK International) to San Francisco. It was accepted. At dawn on July 17, 1938, he used the whole length of the runway to lift off slowly into the west but once airborne made a 180-degree turn. Twentythree hours and thirteen minutes later he landed in Shannon, Ireland. The international media immediately named him “Wrong Way Corrigan” and he became an instant celebrity in the U.S. The Aviation Authority in the U.S. revoked his flying

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license and the Irish authorities dismantled his plane. He came home on a passenger ship and was hosted by New York City which featured a ticker tape parade attended by over a 1,000,000 people as it moved along Broadway; cutting diagonally through the borough of Manhattan! Wrong Way Corrigan’s reversal caused delight and called for hope in the hearts and minds of millions of U.S. citizens who battled the grinding poverty of the Depression era. However, I think the greatest reversal of all time – one that continues to challenge all generations spiritually and mentally – is described in the middle of Matthew’s chapter 16. Here, Simon, the leader of the apostles is able by the revealing power of the Father to correctly name Jesus as both Messiah and Son of the living God. For this, he is most highly commended by the Master. Then Jesus immediately predicts his coming passion, death, and resurrection. Simon, who has just been renamed Peter (the Rock) just cannot accept Jesus’ prediction. So Peter reverses what Jesus has said and says in effect, ‘No, it can’t happen. Messiahs

don’t get outsmarted.... they don’t get boxed in.... they have power and they use it to destroy their enemies!!’ The Master severely rebukes Peter and then offers his own reversal, the Greatest Reversal of all time: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it!!” Matt 16: 24b-25. Generations have been severely challenged by this great reversal... this invitation to pick up the cross and follow the Master. Our human mind seems to scream out that I should avoid the cross. However, I must grant, that the holy people of all religions seem to have been able to do just that – to pick up a very heavy cross, even to the point of laying down their lives in service for others. And yet, in my heart of hearts, I know that I’m not in that league, not even close. But the Gospel invitation is still there. It doesn’t go away, “If you wish to be my follower....” Therefore, I pledge to lift what I can bear and to do this day by day!

Area IV Worship Services
Protestant
Collective Sunday 10 a.m. Camp Carroll Korean Korean 10:30 a.m. Camp Henry 10:30 a.m. Camp Walker 12:45 p.m. Camp Walker 1 p.m. Church of Christ Collective Friday 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Mass Mass 7 p.m. Tuesday 7 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Carroll Area IV Chaplains
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joseph F. Hannon [email protected] or 768-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Byong Min [email protected] or 765-8991

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Camp Walker

Praise & Worship Sunday 6:30 p.m. Camp Walker

Catholic
Sunday 9 a.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Camp Walker Camp Walker 11:45 a.m. Camp Carroll

For additional information, contact the Area IV Chaplain’s Office at 764-5455.

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Daegu enclave community members chant slogans as they participate in the “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” march last year at Camp Henry. Several male marchers wore high heels to symbolize the pain suffered by victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The event is one of many scheduled through Area IV in conjunction with Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
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Rebecca Metzger (right) prepares to participate in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony during the 2006 Hannam Village Festival. The event drew nearly 1,000 people to celebrate autumn.

Revisit events of the past year through...

Images of 2006
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A youngster flys a kite during the 20th annual kite flying festival Feb. 25, 2006 near Camp Humphreys.

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Area II Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier Pfc. Lee In-ho takes aim during an Oct. 12, 2006 training mission at Rodriguez Range. Fifty-five Area II Soldiers attended the adrenaline-laced training at Rodriguez Range. The Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility is a realistic training environment that is designed to bring Soldiers face-to-face with city warfare.

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Los Palominos to perform throughout peninsula
By Rakendra Moore
IMCOM Public Affairs

Texas Hold’em The Main Post Club hosts Texas Hold’em events in January. Mondays and Wednesdays feature No LimitTexas Hold ‘em at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.. There is a $15 maintenance fee. There will be a tournament Jan. 6 and 7 at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. There is a $50 fee to play in the tournament. Donnie McClurkin Concert grammy-winning artist Donnie McClurkin is scheduled to perform at Collier Field House 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission is free. Library Contest The Yongsan Library is holding a “I Have a Dream” contest through Jan. 23. Win AAFES gift cards: First Place is $20, Second Place is $10. The drawing will be held Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. in the library. Monthly Language Classes Army Community Services offers monthly Korean and English classes. In addition to level I & II classes in both languages, Basic English Conversation and Basic English Grammar are offered. For information or to register, call 7387505/723-6810. Crab Leg Night Yongsan Garrison’s Main Post Club offers all you can eat crab legs 5-9 p.m. every Saturday. Cost is $22.95 per person, and includes french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, salad bar, soup and chili.

The sound of Spanish music will be in the air! Los Palominos, a musical group of four brothers, will perform here for the U.S. troops and their families throughout the Korean peninsula Jan. 12-18. They will perform at Osan AB on Jan. 12; Yongsan Garrison Jan.13; Camp Humphreys Jan. 14; Chinhae NS Jan.17; and Camp Walker Jan. 18. Los Palominos’ performances here for the U.S. Forces Korea is a joint effort between Morale, Welfare and Recreation; AFFES ; and the USO. This platinum and gold award-winning group released such songs as “Me Vuelvo Loco” (I Go Crazy) and “Dame Tu Amor.” Their most notable achievement was in 1999 and 2000 when they won a Grammy Award. In 2006, Los Palominos released a CD/DVD package composed of their most popular hits entitled, “Evoluciones

(Evolutions). This CD/DVD ensemble includes two new songs “Dame Tu Amor” (Give Me Your Love) and “La Misma” (The Same). In addition, the DVD is narrated by the Arreola brothers themselves. Los Palominos started their music career in 1986, under the direction of their father. They continued to grow artistically and professionally as opportunities presented themselves. The brothers have performed for huge audiences. Entertaining thousands, the group was formally known as Los Tremendos Pequenos, and now, they are affectionately known as Los Palominos. The group said they really appreciate all the love and support they receive from their fans. “Over the years we have had our loyal fans, but we seem to win over new and younger fans all the time,” said Johnny Arreola in a previous interview. To see Los Palominos perform, contact the local MWR office for more information. The performance is free and sure to be good entertainment for all.

Soldier Show seeks musicians for 2007 tour
By Tim Hipps
Courtesy of Army News

Decoder price reduction The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange Service Command will reduce monthly rental price for AFRTS decoders from $25 to $13 effective today. Contact AAFES store for information.

Area II Pool League The Area II Pool League is seeking new members. The group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Main Post Club, Harvey’s Lounge and the Navy Club -- all on Yongsan Garrison. Membership is open to ID cardholders, family members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians or contractors and individuals sponsored by ID cardholders. For more information, call Brent Abare at 723-3691.

recording of a solo performance, which can be supplemented with a recording of an ensemble or band. Singing ability is desired but not required, and additional ALEXANDRIA, Va., -- The U.S. Army Soldier Show seeks talents will be evaluated in conjunction with proficiency on musicians for its 2007 tour. the primary instrument, including singing, playing of multiple Soldiers who play the guitar, bass, keyboard or drums have instruments and dancing. until Jan. 18 to apply for an audition. Those selected to be cast The Army Entertainment Division’s panel of judges will in the show must be released by select Soldier-musicians for live their commander for a six-month auditions based on the videos and tour of entertaining troops and their application packets. families. Application packets mailed from a “A live rhythm section is going U.S. Post Office mailbox or facility to bring a different kind of energy should be sent to: United States Army and really change the feel of the Soldier Show, Attn: 2006 Selection show,” said Soldier Show Director Committee, P.O. Box 439, Fort Belvoir, Victor Hurtado. “When you have a VA 22060. Via other carriers: United live person behind one more States Army Soldier Show, Attn: 2006 element of the show, it’s going to Selection Committee, 6091 Sharon give it that much more energy. Lane, Bldg. 1434, Fort Belvoir, VA T H When the vocalists know they have 22060. these musicians putting that power Spc. Benjamin Piel of Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., The Soldier Show has always been a behind them, they’re going to come sings lead vocals on Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” mix of song, dance and theatre, and while Spc. Elisabeth Graham of Fort Jackson, S.C., Hurtado has often taken advantage of out swinging. “We want to rock,” Hurtado plays the violin and Spc. Adel Nammour of Yongsan, vocalists who double as musicians. Spc. continued. “We want to have that Korea, and 1st Lt. Sonya Moore of the California Elisabeth Graham of Fort Jackson, S.C., energy, and I think this will do it.” Army National Guard provide backup vocals during played the violin last year during several Application packets must the 2006 U.S. Army Soldier Show. songs, including “The Devil Goes include: Down To Georgia” by The Charlie • A copy of enlisted records brief or officer records brief; Daniels Band and “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. • A copy of the most recent noncommissioned officer The 2006 show also featured the trombone of multievaluation; talented Staff Sgt. Samuel Hesch, an Army National • A copy of the most recent Army Physical Fitness Training, Guardsman from Pearl City, Hawaii. A year earlier, Spc. including height and weight; David Linson II brought his saxophone from Camp Carroll, • Most recent Department of Army photo; Korea, to the Soldier Show. • A resume of relevant experience with a phone number and Now Hurtado is looking to add more talented musicians, e-mail address; preferably a few who can double as dancers or vocalists. • An audition video; and “We just want more of a concert feel for the show,” he • A commander’s letter of intent to release. said. “We want to come out of the box and move onto a Applicants’ military occupational specialty does not need to little bit of a different paradigm - to more of a concert-feel be musician, but applicants must be proficient in reading basic of the production. It really is about the mix of the talent.” lead sheets or chord charts. Audition videos must include a For more details, contact Hurtado at [email protected]
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New leaders, unit reflaggings, inactivations mark 2006
from the Civil War to World War II. The 3-6- CAB changed command the same day as the reflagging as Lt. Col. Bernard B. Banks relinquished command and Lt. Col. Lonnie G. Hibbard assumed command. On Nov. 6 the 2nd Battalion 52nd Aviation Regiment transformed into the 3rd Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The Silent Warriors of the 527th Military Intelligence Battalion said farewell to Lt. Col. Jerald L. Phifer and welcomed new commander Lt. Col. John N. McCarthy on June 2. Another historic unit that changed command was the 194th Combat Services Support Battalion; Lt. Col. Steven M. Elkins relinquished command and Lt. Col. E.W. Lilliewood Jr. assumed command on July 28. Originally activated on Oct. 18, 1927 as the 8th Motor Repair Battalion, the 194th was reflagged several times throughout its history. It has been in Korea since May 1970. June 23 marked another change of command in Area III; Maj. Thomas L. Arrington relinquished command of U.S. Army Garrison Long and Eagle and Maj. Bruce L. Townley assumed command during a ceremony at the Camp Long multipurpose facility. One of the signal events of Arrington’s two-year command was the restationing of the 1st Battalion (Attack) 2nd Aviation Regiment from Camp Page in Chunchon to Camp Eagle. Area III KATUSA Soldiers welcomed a new command sergeant major as Command Sgt. Maj. Kim Sam-moon assumed responsibility during a ceremony on Jan. 18. Kim came to Camp Humphreys from 8th Army where he served as Republic of Korea Army sergeant major. He replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Kong Hyung-kwon. The last unit to inactivate was the 23rd Area Support Group. On June 15 the unit cased its colors and ended 40 years of service. The units’ functions and support responsibilities were assumed by the new 501st Sustainment Brigade, a subordinate unit of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

F. NEIL NEELEY

Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim speaks at his change of responsibility ceremony June 16. By Bob McElroy and F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – New construction was not the only change to the face of Area III in 2006 as several units changed command, welcomed new command sergeants major, reflagged or inactivated. The 6th CAB earlier changed to the Multi-functional Aviation Brigade to the 2nd CAB. At Camp Humphreys the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade said good-bye to Col. Peter W. Foreman and welcomed new commander Col. William H. Morris on June 23. Foreman had the distinction of being the last commander of the 6th Cavalry Brigade and the first commander of the 2nd CAB following its activation. The 2nd CAB also reflagged two of its battalions. On June 23 the 3rd Squadron 6th Cavalry Brigade cased its colors and unfurled the colors of 4th Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The reflagging marked the end of an historic unit that fought in campaigns

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(above) Lt. Col. Scott Kubica, commander, 2-52 Aviation, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade holds the unit colors as Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald D Andrews prepares the flag for casing the 2-52 General Support Aviation Battalion colors at the unit reflagging ceremony held Nov. 6 at Camp Humphreys. Col. William H Morris, commander, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, looks on

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3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Archie Davis cases the 3-6 colors. The 3-6 was deactivated and immediately re-flagged as the 4th Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in a ceremony held on Tiger Ramp June 15.

Candidates for spurs march around the Camp Humphreys perimeter on the unit’s last spur ride held just eight days before 3-6 was reflagged.

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Change marks 2006 at Camp Humphreys

A ceremony held Nov. 9 at Camp Humphreys’ Zoeckler Station marked a milestone in Camp Humphreys transformation when officials from Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 501st Military Intelligence Brigade; U.S. Army Area III Support Activity; and, Shinil Engineering Company, cut a ribbon to officially open the largest barracks complex and the first barracks and dining facility complex in Korea. By Bob McElroy and F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – As 2005 faded into history Camp Humphreys and Area III took a breather for the holidays and then the Transformation continued apace when the New Year began. The new construction, infrastructure improvements and quality of life enhancements that dominated and sometimes interrupted life here in 2005 continued and gave the community sparkling new facilities which hinted at the flagship installation Camp Humphreys is fast becoming. The changes are evident just inside the main gate where two verdant-new ball fields beckon the youth teams which will play on them. Next door the new water park opened complete with water slides, swimming pools and locker room facilities. The Alaska Mining Company completed renovations and opened to the public, providing a new menu and comfortable venue for entertaining or a quiet meal. Military Intelligence Soldiers are now living better thanks to the new barracks and dining facility that opened in November at Zoekler Station. Continue on Perimeter Road to the new Post Headquarters with its state-

of-the art Operations Center. When it opened in June it brought most of the post’s leadership together in one building where before it had been scattered about in several Quonset Huts. Across the airfield from the post headquarters new buildings rose on MP Hill—a fitness center as well as new Soldier living quarters. Nearby a new Charley’s Steakery and AAFES Shoppette opened to support Soldiers, civilians and family members. The new Phase II family housing units complete with underground parking and a nearby shoppette opened up not far from the Humphreys downtown area in September. In a direct reflection of the growing family population here the Humphreys American Elementary School dedicated and then opened a new annex in August. A new Child Development Center with space for 50 children also opened providing a safe and friendly place for the post’s youth to stay while their parents worked. Down the road from family housing Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened a new shop across from the post commissary. The shop offers a wide assortment of donuts for those with a sweet tooth plus an assortment of coffees for who want another taste of

America while stationed overseas. The Humphreys Lodge joined the wave of change as ground was broken and construction began on a new $12.5 million five-story addition which will feature 85 rooms. 45 of the rooms will be for extended-stays and feature kitchenettes with microwaves, sinks and refrigerators. The remaining 40 rooms will be two-bedroom suites with large kitchenettes. The last remnant of the 23rd Area Support Group disappeared when the

deactivated unit’s former headquarters was demolished and the land cleared for future construction. Construction continued on a new outer wall which replaces the chain link fence with a red-brick wall topped with Korean tiles. In other locations on the perimeter stylized concrete block walls replaced the fences. Finally, new sidewalks around gave the post a more pedestrian-friendly way to get around and provided a safer environment for runners and walkers.

Lyn O’Dell 9left) hands fresh doughnuts to Pfc. Scott Blair, a military policeman from the 249th MP Detachment. Blair was the first Soldier in the cue Nov. 21 when Crispy Crème officially opened on Humphreys.

Hunter Hays, Alex Hayes and Alan Feistner take the first plunge into the Splish ‘n Splash 50 meter pool following the opening of the pool and diving well areas of the water park at Camp Humphreys August 1. Back row: Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., US Army Area III commander and Shim Sung-hoon, lifeguard, look on.

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The new 8-story family housing tower on Camp Humphreys. It will house 48 new familes.

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Volunteers, communities become Area III “Good Neighbors”
People working together

PHOTOS BY PETER YU

Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Granneman, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Transportation Motor Pool, US Army Area III Support Activity, talks to students at their level during the Paengsung English camp held July 31 to August 11 at the Paengsung County offices.

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Gyeonggi Province staged the second annual friendship concert May 25 at Camp Humphreys as the highlight of KATUSA – US Soldier Friendship Week.Seohoo, host, Park Hye-kyung performer and Kim Hyun-chue, host talks to the crowd.

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Beth Degand traces an image projected onto the wall by an overhead projector for use on the classroom bulletin board. Degand, who volunteers at Humphreys American Elementary School, is Civilian/Family Member Volunteer of the Quarter for the second quarter of Fy 2006. Everyone wanted to volunteer to be a part of the Anjung-ri clean up in June.

About 300 Area III Soldiers volunteered to joined with their on and off base civilian counterparts in October to clean up Anjung-ri. They picked up litter, trash and debris in the community and, at Nongsung Fortress, they shared a combination Korean/American cookout.

A Soldier from 1st Battalion 2nd Aviation Regiment looks on as 4-year old Alexander Blum and Lim, Kwang-Su, 4th grader at Sung-Nam Elementary School in Heongsung, plant a tree during the April 6 Arbor Day event held at the school Area III Public Affairs CAMP HUMPHREYS – Soldiers, KATUSA’s, civilians (family members and employees) and Korean citizens, official and unofficial, all are responsible for making the past year a success. The Area III volunteer program gave those interested the opportunity to devote hundreds of hours to the service of their community. Volunteers worked at the clinic, the Red Cross, chapel, youth center – providing services that might not have otherwise been available. Provincial and local government officials worked to provide Soldiers, family members and civilians the opportunity to explore their greater community. Units undertook projects that took Americans to orphanages and schools, teaching English and helping those in need of assistance. In May, KATUSA’s took the lead and sponsored KATUSA Friendship week, a P F. N N three day event with cultural Soldiers from the 2-52nd General demonstrations and displays, sport and Support Aviation Battalion paid their a concert, sponsored by the provential second visit of the year to the Seong government, that introduced Americans Yook orphanage March 21.Spc. Major to some of the best known entertainers Wilburn, HHC 2-52 gives 6 year old Kim, in Korea. Wan-sung a lift in the air.
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Army bids adieu to Camp Hialeah
By Kevin Jackson
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HIALEAH — As a recording of “Retreat” and “To the Colors” briskly pierced the thick humid air on the vacant installation, United States and Republic of Korea flags were lowered for the last time in front of the quaint post headquarters building here Aug. 10, 2006. About 150 Korean and American dignitaries from Busan Metropolitan City and the U.S. Army throughout Area IV attended the closure ceremony that ended the camp’s nearly 61 years of history with the U.S. Army in the ROK’s second largest city. The simple but poignant ceremony included the presentation of the Korean colors that flew over the installation to Busan Metropolitan City Mayor Hur Namsik and Yi Tong-ki, who as the senior local national employee spent the past 39 years working here. American flags were presented to representatives for the mayor of Hialeah, Fla., and George Clinger, the senior Department of the Army Civilian with 40 years of service, including the past 12 years at Camp Hialeah before his departure in July, 2006. The installation’s storied history was

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Sgt. Maj. David Martinez from the U.S. Army Materiel Support Center-Korea cases the Area IV Support Activity colors while Lt. Col. Roger R. Dansereau, Camp Hialeah Garrison and Pusan Storage Facility commander holds the staff during the Camp Hialeah closing ceremony. read and followed by the announcement that “Camp Hialeah is hereby closed.” Finally, the ritualistic casing of the Area IV Support Activity colors symbolized its retirement as an organization in the Busan enclave. U.S. Forces Korea announced June 1, 2005, that Camp Hialeah would close – paving the way for the further streamlining of U.S. Forces and the return of valuable real estate to the ROK as part of the amended Land Partnership Plan. The closure resulted in the return of 133 acres of land. Lt. Col. Roger R. Danseareau, the Camp Hialeah Garrison commander who arrived for duty here in June 2005, was charged with the task of closing the

installation that many Soldiers considered the best duty assignment in the ROK. “As the last garrison commander of Camp Hialeah, it is my hope that we have represented our country well and though we leave this camp, the legacy we leave behind is one of goodwill and friendship,” he said. Mayor Hur Nam-sik paid homage to the fallen Soldiers of the Korean War and subsequent U.S. service members for their commitment and dedication to preserving peace and security on the peninsula. He also acknowledged the nation’s remarkable growth during the past 50 years and praised U.S. service members for their goodwill toward the citizens of Busan. Camp Hialeah was home to thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines throughout its history. Among the last units to leave the installation were the 72nd Ordnance Company and 6th Korean Service Corps Company, which were reassigned on the peninsula; and the 552nd Military Police Company, 4th Quartermaster Detachment (Airborne) and the 61st Chemical Company relocated to Hawaii, Alaska and Fort Lewis, Wash., respectively.

Pusan American School closes doors for good
By Kevin Jackson
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HIALEAH – A 46-year era of Department of Defense Dependent Schools education at this cozy southernmost U.S. Army installation in the Republic of Korea symbolically ended with the extinction of two candles at 2:43 p.m. June 2, 2006 in the Pusan American School gym by the eldest and newest graduates of the school. An elementary school opened at Camp Hialeah in 1960, the first on any U.S. Army installation in the ROK. DoDDS added a high school in 1967, replacing old Quonset huts with the existing facility in 1983. PAS Principal Keith Henson opened the ceremony by acknowledging the community as a close-knit family. He praised his staff for its motivation and

dedication in the wake of the impending closure, before turning his attention to the students. His praise of the students was followed by a thunderous applause that resonated off the walls of the warm and dimly lit gymnasium. Henson continued by lamenting the significance of education and his feelings about the occasion. “PAS is closing, but it is not dying,” he said. “Every one of us will take what is great about our experience with us. We’ll plant the seeds of our lives here (but) wherever we go (we will) keep the spirit of Pusan American School alive.” The closure of Camp Hialeah prevented junior Kristina Sagstetter from becoming only the tenth known student to complete kindergarten through 12th grade

at PAS, her classmates had a surprise up their sleeves. She was called in front of the audience and draped in a cap and gown of blue and gold, the colors of the PAS Panthers, as Henson enthusiastically pronounced her an honorary graduate. Finally, the PAS JROTC, which posted the colors for the ceremony, performed a saber salute and retired the colors. Senior Jeni Smith and Karl “K.C.” Cain, a member of the class of 1971, blew out the candles symbolizing the closure of the school and the ceremony. Cain flew in from San Diego, where he works for the U.S. Navy, to participate in the ceremony. It was his first time back to Korea. He was the eldest PAS alum to attend and was accompanied by his sister, Mary Ann Cain, who graduated the year after him.

Camp Hialeah conducts its final ROK/U.S. Alliance Week
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HIALEAH – Officials here joined with their Korean counterparts to conduct a final Republic of Korea/U.S. Alliance Week, April 24 – 28, 2006 with the impending closure of Camp Hialeah on the horizon. This event, much like the KATUSA – U.S. Soldier Friendship Week events held at Camps Carroll and Walker, was a weeklong series of traditional events recognizing the bond between Korean and U.S. Soldiers.

U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers joined Soldiers from the Republic of Korea’s 53rd Infantry Division, members of the Korean National Police and the Korean Friendship League, for unit activities such as cultural sightseeing tours and events, including a tug-of-war competition and talent show. “This is an excellent time to say thanks to the ROK military, Korean National Police and the Busan Chapter of the Korea Friendship League,” said Victor Reese, executive assistant for base operations, Area IV Support Activity –

Hialeah. “But most importantly, we wish to thank the people of Busan for allowing U.S. Forces Korea and Camp Hialeah to operate and live here peacefully for six decades.” “This program symbolizes the mutual friendship and support between our two great nations,” said Lt. Col. Roger R. Dansereau, Pusan Storage Facility and Camp Hialeah installation commander. “This is an enormous opportunity for us to jointly participate in Korean cultural exchanges that will certainly help foster cohesion, camaraderie and promoting

the alliance between our two people.” After the opening ceremony, members of the 53rd Infantry Division Marching Band performed songs in both Korean and English. This was followed by a Taekwondo demonstration by the 53rd ID Task Force Martial Arts Team. During some portions of the demonstration, members of the other participating groups were asked to join. Later in the week, the participants visited the 53rd ID installation, the Korean Maritime University and Taejongdae Park.

Area IV Camp Carroll Army Lodge opens amid fanfare
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CAMP CARROLL – A grand opening ceremony for the newest “jewel” here, the Camp Carroll Army Lodge, was held Nov. 15, 2006 in front of the lodge. The five-floor, 43,700-square-foot lodge features 42 standard rooms and eight extended stay suites. Many of the 200-square-foot standard rooms are adjoined by interior doors, creating the ability to have double rooms. Suites offer 450 feet of living space. All rooms feature amenities such as televisions, highspeed Internet connections, DVD players, microwave ovens, refrigerators and more. “The lodge is likely the first facility on this installation that travelers will see, as well as possibly the last before they depart the installation and the Republic of Korea,” said keynote speaker, Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., Area IV Support Activity commander. “It will leave all travelers with a long-lasting, very positive impression of Camp Carroll, the jewel of Area IV. It also sets the stage for success – for our Soldiers, civilian employees and their family members – and for our mission partner units here. “I am extremely pleased that the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command recognized the need for this fabulous new lodge,” he added. “It is an outstanding well-being project and another reason why Camp Carroll and, indeed all of Area IV, is the best place to live, work, serve, train and play in the ROK.”

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The new five-floor, 43,700-square-foot Camp Carroll Army Lodge features 42 standard rooms and eight extended stay suites. “This day was long in coming,” added guest speaker, Sheryl Cleland, operations chief for Army Lodging, F&MWRC, “but through the joint effort … we have a facility that truly meets the needs of the Soldiers and their families.” She went on to say that “it is the Army lodging staff and facilities that form the first impression a traveler has of an Army garrison. This is an important responsibility and with our nation at war, quality of life is more important than ever. With the reward of offering improved quality of life for so many Soldiers,

civilians and their families, there can be no doubt that Army Lodging is an integral component of Soldier wellbeing, and a primary contributor to readiness and retention. “In this period of high operational tempo and deployments,” she added, “Soldiers are entitled to the same quality of life that is afforded the society they are pledged to defend. We pride ourselves in the military on being a great and strong community. These are the things that help contribute to that sense of belonging.” After a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, those in attendance were invited inside for an awards presentation and to tour the facility. The new lodge will allow a greater number of travelers to stay on post rather than having to seek lodging in the local community. When travelers stay in an on-post Army lodge, temporary duty funds and personal travel dollars remain within the Army system rather than going to off post establishments. Lodgers are also more likely to frequent Morale, Welfare and Recreation and culinary facilities, providing additional support to those operations. Before deciding to build the $10.5 million lodge, the Army undertook an extensive two-year evaluation process to determine the necessity for and viability of a new lodge here. After studying issues such as the number of hotels in the local area, troop strength and number of family members, available on-post lodging and other factors, the go-ahead was granted for the project.

Entertainment upgrades in the works at Camp Carroll
Improvements will add luster to Area’s ‘Crown Jewel’
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP CARROLL – Groundbreaking for a $10.1 million project including a new bowling center, casual dining facility, swimming pool and multi-purpose field upgrade, were held here May 4, 2006. Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, various Area IV Support Activity organizations and construction contractor Samkye Construction Company, Ltd., cut the ribbon and dug the first ceremonial shovel of earth. “This is significant,” said Col. Donald J. Hendrix, Area IV Support Activity commander. “When you look around at the changes at Camp Carroll you can

Exterior get a feel for it … great things continue to happen at Camp Carroll.” The new bowling center will have 12 lanes, as compared to four lanes at the current facility, two game rooms and a casual dining facility with both indoor and outdoor seating. Total cost for the bowling center project is $5.2 million. The renovation of Storey Field into a multi-purpose venue, costing about $2.7 million, will add a synthetic turf system featuring a baseball and softball field, dugouts and a combination football/ soccer field.

Dining The new pool will include six 25meter lanes, a bathhouse, slide and a sand volleyball court. The pools’ depth will range from 3.5 to 12 feet. The cost for this part of the project is $2.2 million. “This project is one more tangible step in the transformation of Camp Carroll into an assignment of choice in Korea and Army-wide,” said Lt. Col. John F. Loefstedt, deputy commander, USACEFED. “The Far East District is committed to working with Samkye Construction, the installation and the Area IV staff, and our MWR customer

Bowling to deliver the Soldiers of Camp Carroll the quality project they deserve.” He went on to say that when viewed in conjunction with the soon to be completed lodge, completed Crown Jewel Fitness Center, numerous barracks upgrade projects either completed or on-going, it results in a Camp Carroll where Soldiers can work, live and recreate in some of the finest facilities the Army has to offer. The entire project, funded by NonAppropriated Fund dollars, is expected to be completed this year.

TAS expansion bringing new look to campus
Area IV Public Affairs CAMP GEORGE – With the commitment to “our children being the future of our nation,” Taegu American School and Department of Defense Dependent School officials, along with those from Area IV Support Activity and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, broke ground April 25, 2006 on a $6.4 million expansion project. This project, scheduled for an August 2007 completion, will result in more classroom space, a larger gymnasium and new quarters for the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. The new two-story building, being constructed on the school’s former athletic field, will measure 26,200 square feet. It will house classrooms, computer rooms, music classrooms and music practice rooms. One section of the building will be devoted to the JROTC program. Offices for faculty and cadet cadre, an armory housing drill weapons and related items and a simulated firing range are among the planned features. The existing gymnasium will be expanded by 2,900 square feet. That space will house a weight-training room, multipurpose room and storage room.

Artist’s rendition of the two-story, 26,200 square foot building being constructed on the school’s former athletic field.

Area IV 27 TAS cheerleaders Far East champions yet again
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Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – In what is shaping up to be something of a dynasty, the Taegu American School Cheerleading Team captured its third consecutive first place finish in the small school division of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools Far East Cheerleading Competition Nov. 10, 2006 at Camp Zama, Japan. The victory marks the school’s fourth Far East Cheerleading Competition championship in the past five years. The Warriors have also captured the past four Korean American Interscholastic Activities Conference championships.

In addition to taking top honors, the team also received the Herkie Team Award which is awarded to squads that exemplify the qualities such as leadership, values, and teamwork upon which National Cheerleaders Association was founded. The award is named after NCA founder Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer, who formed the organization in 1948. “We have some very strong, determined young ladies who know what they are doing,” said first-year TAS coach Angela Griego who, coincidentally, took Pusan American School to a second place finish behind TAS at the KAIAC Championships in February, 2006.

The five-day event, held Nov. 6 – 10, consisted of a three-day clinic where teams learned new dances, cheers and chants, a day of devising a two-minute routine consisting exclusively of material learned at the clinic and a day of competition. The Warriors received the NCA “Spirit Stick” four times while in Japan. The Spirit Stick is presented each day to the squad showing the most sincere spirit and enthusiasm, attitude during classes, promptness, cooperation, relationship with other squads, leadership, and more. Half of Taegu’s 10 tournament team members are in their first year

with the squad. In addition, the team won two awards for technical excellence in motions and jumps and a “Stunt Smart” Award which is given for displaying excellence in skills spotting and stunt technique. Individually, senior Co-Captain Amy Hildebrand and freshman Kimberly Compton received “All-American Cheerleader” honors. Nine of the squad’s 10 members were nominated for the honor. The victory sealed a bid for the team to advance to national-level competition. The school has the option regarding which upper-tier competition it chooses to enter.

Taegu American School crowned Far East basketball champs
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP WALKER – “I told them to play each game of this tournament as if they were playing their last,” said Michelle Chandler, Taegu American School’s girls’ varsity coach and athletic director. The team took her words to heart and finished the Far East High School Girls Class A Tournament as champions for the first time in school history, defeating last years’ runner-up Faith Academy, 38-28, behind a stellar performance by Lynette Grant Feb. 24, 2006 at Kelly Fitness Center here. Grant, a senior, scored eight of her 17 points in the final quarter, helping the Lady Warriors to rally from a

25-16 third quarter deficit. Her effort also helped earn her the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. “When that girl steps up, you can’t stop her,” Chandler said. Faith Academy coach, Dan Beaver, seemed almost prophetic when he said early in the tournament that “the home team has reached center court more times than not. If you follow the percentages and know who the Lady Warriors have coming back, TAS will be our biggest competition.” Going into the final, Faith would need two wins in the double-elimination playoffs to win the title. But, for the second straight game, Grant dominated when she had to.

The first time these two teams met, Faith held a 37-31 lead with 4:25 remaining. After a Taegu time out, Grant and Sarah Scott scored buckets, cutting the lead to two. With 1:29 remaining, Nina Forrest tied the game for Taegu. Then Grant, driving the length of the court, gave the Lady Warriors the lead at 39-37. Faith’s Charis Jones later tied the game, sending it into overtime. While Scott, a freshman, hit two free throws, Grant scored four of her 23 points in the overtime period to help TAS escape with a 45-43 victory. Editors note: Grant was killed in a car accident Sept. 22 in Alabama while at college. A memorial service was held in her honor Sept. 27 at the TAS gymnasium.

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Area IV Public Affairs CAMP WALKER – Outgoing 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Commander, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. McHale, passed the unit colors to incoming 19th ESC Commander, Brig. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, as hundreds of Soldiers, visiting dignitaries, civilians and family members looked on during a change of command ceremony Oct. 25, 2006 at Kelly Field here. Mason came to the 19th ESC from Army Materiel Command (Theater), Southwest Asia and Operational Sustainment Coalition Forces Land

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Component Command in Kuwait where he served as the commanding general and director of combined logistics respectively. In addition to his experience with both Army and combined/joint logistics, Mason is no stranger to Korea, having once served as the Support Operations officer for the 702nd Main Support Battalion at Camp Casey. McHale departed for the Pentagon, in Washington D.C., where he is now the director of the Center of Logistics Readiness. The Area IV Support Activity welcomed a new leader as Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. assumed command from Col. Donald J. Hendrix in a change of command ceremony July 27, 2006 at Kelly Fitness Center here. Dumoulin is arriving from Arlington, Va., after serving as the chief of the Training and Mission Support Branch, Installation Management Agency Operations Division. “First, let me say it’s great to be back in Korea. Previously, in the early 1990’s, I served in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp LaGuardia in Uijeongbu as a Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment. I know many changes have occurred in Korea since then, but my family, who will join me in August, and I look forward to the assignment and challenges here in Area IV as we strive to take care of Soldiers, their families, and the employees of Area IV who support us,” he said. Henrdrix is retired from the Army to start a new chapter of his life with his family in California. Editors Note: Both Sgt. Jimmy Norris, 19th ESC Public Affairs, and Cpl. Cha Hyun-joon, Area IV Public Affairs. contributed to this report.

USFK honors Kim Duk-hyung as ‘lifetime’ Good Neighbor
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – A Korean resident of Namhae was honored by Gen. B. B. Bell, commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/ United States Forces Korea, at the 2006 Annual USFK Good Neighbor Awards Ceremony July 24, 2006, at Dragon Hill Lodge. Receiving a special Lifetime Achievement Award was Kim Duk-hyung, director of the War Memorial Activities Association, Namhae. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions to promote friendship and strengthen the alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States. For 61 years, Kim Duk-hyung has personally kept alive the memory of 11 U.S. Army Air Corps

crewmembers who died in a fiery crash near the summit of Mangwoon Mountain, located on Namhae Island, about 75 miles west of Camp Hialeah in Busan. Their B-24 Bomber, “Lady Luck II,” was shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire on Aug. 7, 1945. Kim After World War II, Kim began annual memorial services at the site to honor those Americans who perished in the crash. In 1948, he founded the War Memorial Activities Association. He also resolved to build a monument, which was finished in 1956. The 2006 ceremony was the last to be hosted by

Kim who said that “it is time for the younger generation to accept the role as host.” The Namhae Rotary Club (which Kim founded) will continue to host the ceremony into the future. The crash shook the island and awoke the then 31year-old Kim Duk-hyung from his sleep. The next day, Kim and a group of island residents were ordered to accompany the Japanese Military Police to the crash site. Kim watched as Japanese soldiers gathered up items from the plane that they considered useful, leaving the bodies of the dead airmen. Later, he returned, dug shallow graves and formed crosses from pine branches. When the Japanese discovered the burial, Kim was tortured and imprisoned. Once American forces arrived on Namhae, Kim gave them the dead crews’ dog tags and helped recover the bodies.

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Korean Language

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Week The Phrase of the Week :

“I’d like a single room.”

Ee rinnyong bang hana butakamnida.
single Vocabulary room a I’d like

weather

‘nalssi’

rain

‘bee’

snow

‘noon’

Week Situation of the Week : At the hotel
I’ll be staying just tonight.
Onul bamman momulkomnida.

Hotle ane shikdangi issumnikka?

Is there a restaurant in the hotel? Who is it?

Nugushimnikka?

Just a minute.
Jamkkanman gidariseyo.

Come in.

:

Durooseyo.

I’d like room service please.

Illegal Uturns prove dangerous

Rum sobisu jom butakamnida.

Week Korean Expression of the Week

No. 18 (one’s favorite
Sippalbeon
song)

A song which one can sing the best

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