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July 31, 2009 • Volume 7, Issue 41
General Sharp visits the Marines of Mujuk
U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Salcido
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
By Lt. Cmdr. Pam Bou CNFK Public Affairs CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea – Thirtythree Marines, 56 Korean nationals and one Sailor welcomed Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, during his first visit to Camp Mujuk, 24 July. Gen. Walter Sharp, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, toured the camp, ate lunch at the dining facility and answered questions about operational transition, the military future on the Korean Peninsula and upcoming exercises. “It’s motivating to know what we accomplish here has an impact and catches the attention of GARRISONS
such a senior official,” said Lance Cpl. Thomas Dehart, Aviation Ordnance Technician. “Meeting Gen. Sharp and hearing the good things he had to say about the Marines in Korea has most definitely given me a motivational boost.” Camp Mujuk, on the eastern coast of Korea, was established in 1980 as a ROK Marine Corps ammunition depot that was often used as a billeting facility by III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan, to support repeated U.S. Marine Corps deployments to the ROK. On 1 January 2009, Camp Mujuk was established as a U.S. Marine Corps installation. The camp was designed to handle 2000 Marines. OVERVIEW
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“I appreciate the fact that he came and took the time to meet, greet, and talk with the Marines in such a remote location,” Gunnery Sgt. Francis Hurd, Camp Mujuk Senior Enlisted Advisor. “It really showed me he took an interest in all military service-members on the Korean peninsula.” Several bilateral training exercises are slated to occur annually in Pohang. Camp Mujuk works closely with the 1st ROK Marine Division and other ROK Marine Corps assets when training on expeditionary warfare. “It’s nice to know that a busy man such as Gen. Sharp was willing to take his time to meet
with us [Marines], and take a genuine interest in our needs, mission, and installation,” said Sgt. Logan Wayerski, Camp Mujuk Supply Chief. Camp Mujuk is one of the enduring military installations scheduled to remain as U.S. military forces move south of the Han River. Current base improvements include a new headquarters site, an aviation ordnance space and gymnasium. “Gen. Sharp showed a genuine concern for the quality of life and the well being of the Marines here in Korea,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Glover, Aviation Ordnance Ammunition Stock Record System Chief. FEATURE
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Armistice anniversary commemorated at Panmunjom
Ambassador Kathleen Stevens and General Walter Sharp led the U.S. delegation. — U. S. Army photo by Pvt. Casey Gall
By Walter T. Ham IV 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs
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JOINT SECURITY AREA, Panmunjom, Republic of Korea – Leaders from the nations that repelled communist aggression in South Korea commemorated the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice here at a ceremony July 27. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens; United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter L. Sharp; United Nations Command officials and Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission representatives. “This was a great way to commemorate the armistice,” said Lt. Col. John Rhodes, commander of the United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area. “It also gave us a chance the highlight the important work of the ROK-U.S. Alliance.” The ceremony was held in the NNSC Conference Room in a building that straddles the Military Demarcation Line, the de facto border. Following the ceremony, participants posed for pictures in front of the MDL. A few feet behind them and past a shoulderto-shoulder cordon of UNC Security Battalion Soldiers, a group of North Korean soldiers held their own photo session. The 1953 armistice brought the costly three-year conflict to a close but was never followed by a peace treaty. The Joint Security Area is the only place in 155-mile-long and 2 ½ mile-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone where military-level meetings are held between the United Nations Command and the North Korean People’s Army.
Several national and international media outlets covered the armistice ceremony, including Channel One News, an educational broadcast network that airs in middle and high schools across the U.S.
UNC Commander Gen. Walter Sharp speaks during the Commemoration of the 56th Anniversary of the Armistice Agreement. — U.S. Army photo by SSG. Nicholoas Salcido
Skilled Nursing Care vs. Long Term Care
By Jack Terwiel Military Retiree Assistance Office
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Skilled Nursing Care: Under TRICARE, a skilled nursing facility is a facility with the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing, skilled rehabilitation or other medically necessary healthcare services, including prescription medications. Skilled nursing care isn’t typically provided in a nursing home or a patient’s home. Long Term Care: Long term care includes support services for patients with a degenerative condition (Parkinson’s, stroke, etc.), a prolonged illness (cancer), or cognitive disorder (Alzheimer’s). A trained professional doesn’t have to provide long term care and it may be given in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, or in your home. (In Korea, at-home assistance is the only long-term care
provided for foreigners as part of the Korean National Health insurance.) TRICARE and Medicare don’t cover long term care — it’s your financial responsibility. So ask the facility whether you are getting skilled nursing care or long term care. You may buy long term care insurance through commercial companies. Most plans let you choose how much coverage you need and where you will use it. Another option is the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). Nearly 20 million people are eligible to apply for FLTCIP, including all active duty and National Guard members activated for more than 30 days, retired uniformed service members and members of the Selected Reserve. For more information, please call 1-800-582-3337 or visit http://www.opm.gov/INSURE/LTC. Source: http:// www.tricare.mil/factsheets/viewfactsheet.cfm?id=258
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. Area I: Drunk and Disorderly; Provoking Speech and Gestures; 2ID Alcohol Policy Letter; MP observed Subject #1threatening violence against other unidentified soldiers. MP then detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the PMO where he was administered with a Portable Breathalyzer Test, with a result of 0.348% BAC. Subject #1 was transported to the TMC where he was treated for intoxication and released back into MP Custody. Subject #1 was transported back to the PMO where he was processed and released to his unit with instructions to return to the PMO at a later time and date. At 1600 Hours, 25 JUL 09, Subject #1 reported to the PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. This is a final report. Area II: Shoplifting; Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were observed by security removing one lotion, four nail polishes, one liquid eye pen and one lip balm from a display shelf and concealing it on their persons. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 then attempted to exit the Main PX without rendering proper payment. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 where detained and escorted to the Loss Prevention Office. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were then transported to the PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived rendering written sworn statements admitting to the offense. Subject #1 and Subject #3’s Ration Control Plates were confiscated and they were issued Order to Show Cause memorandums. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were released to their sponsors. The items were retained and returned to AAFES. Estimated cost of loss is $62.72. This is a final report. Area III: Shoplifting; Subject #1, was observed removing a Nintendo DS and a video game and concealing them on Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 then exited the PX without rendering proper payment. Subject #1 was detained by the security guard, who requested Subject #1’s ID card, at which time Subject #1 rendered Subject #1’s ID card and ran away. Subject #1’s ID card was checked in DBIDS and Subject #1’s sponsor was contacted. At 1510 hrs, 23 JUL 09, Subject #1 reported to the PMO where Subject #1 was advised of Subject #1’s legal rights in the presence of Subject #1’s sponsor, which Subject #1 waived rendering a verbal statement admitting to the offense and also admitting to shoplifting another Nintendo DS on a previous occasion. One Nintendo DS and a video game were collected as evidence, but Subject #1 stated Subject #1 lost the other Nintendo DS. Subject #1 was processed and released to Subject #1’s sponsor. Estimated cost of loss is $279.85. This is a final report. Area IV: DUI of Alcohol; Prohibition of Operation While Intoxicated; Subject #1 was stopped by KNP on HWY #1. Subject #1 was administered a Portable Breathalyzer Test, with a result of 0.068% BAC. Subject #1 will be charged by KNP with Driving Under the Influence. Subject #1 was detained by MP and transported to the PMO, where he was processed and released. Investigation continues by KNP and Traffic Accident Investigators.
This golden Buddha is on the hillside overlooking the Hwaseong Fortress near Suwon. The fortress itself was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and the area provides many great vistas and hiking opportunities. — U.S. Army photo by Dave Palmer
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Damyang: A Garden without bamboo is like a day without sunshine Jeonju has bibimbap, Boryeong has its mud festival, and Damyang-gun in Jeollanam-do has bamboo. Bamboo may be universally associated with sword wielding ninjas, crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but Damyang, the northernmost point on the Korean Peninsula where bamboo grows in abundance, has cornered the market as far as Korea goes. There are plenty of attractions in Damyang, but the bamboo is inescapable and seems to pervade every aspect of life here. Not to be confused with the similar sounding Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do, Damyang is a beautifully green county, teeming with nature and history. A short hop from Gwangju, it is a place where the specters of scholars live on in the pavilions and gardens that bear their names. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ Biodiversity of Suncheonman Bay Suncheon is the ecological capital of Korea. It represents Korea on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and shares information on environmental conservation with the international community. Suncheonman Bay’s vast tidal flats and reed fields offer not only a beautiful landscape, but also incredible biodiversity. Other than the bay, Suncheon has many tourist attractions, including Seonamsa Temple, which is over 1000 years old, and Naganeupseong Folk Village, which has thatched roofs and dates back to the Joseon dynasty, but is still inhabited. Songgwangsa Temple, one of the Korea’s three major temples, is also located in Suncheon, as well as Suncheon Drama Film Set, where many popular TV dramas and films have been shot. Visit the Suncheon area to experience untouched beauty and get a taste of Korea’s history. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ A Leafy Retreat! Spending your summer vacation in a forest is a great plan. Korea’s forests are well known for their beautiful valleys and cool mountain streams. Visitors can cool off from the heat by dipping their feet in the refreshing stream, and by taking a refreshing walk through the forest. Also, it has been scientifically proven that Phytoncide, the organic compound derived from plants is good for relieving stress and for restoring energy. Many of the forests have been designated as Natural Recreation areas and so often contain sports facilities and charming log cabins, where visitors can stay the night right in the middle of the forest. If you want to get away from scorching summer heat, then VisitKorea recommends you pay a visit to a refreshing natural recreation forest. Visit english.visitkorea.or.kr Pohang International Fireworks Festival The Pohang Fire Light Festival held in Pohang’s Northern Beach is a summer festival which the theme this year is based on fire and light. Pohang is not only a sightseeing city where Homigot Beach is located, famous for its beautiful sunrise, but also an industrial city where Posco, the world famous steel-manufacturing company, is located. As the largest festival in Pohang which about three hundred thousand spectators visited in 2005, five large-sized barges will be set afloat on the sea 300~400 meters far from Pohang’s Northern Beach to light up Yeongil Bay by splendid fireworks from the barges. A multimedia show and a music concert are also planned. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto ‘Beautiful Kimchi’ Exhibition now at COEX Kimchi Museum A special exhibition on Kimchi runs until August 30 in the Kimchi Museum, which is located in the COEX Mall in Seoul. The exhibition sheds a new light on Korea’s traditional cuisine, Kimchi, turning it into a piece of art. Kimchi, Korea’s traditional preserved cabbage dish is becoming widely known for its healthy properties. This exhibition, however, takes a new approach to Kimchi. 3 Korean artists have immortalized the dish in 12 different works of art, which include paintings and installations. The museum also holds a hands-on activity program, where visitors can try making kimchi themselves. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ ‘Ballerina who Loves a B-Boy’ This show made its debut in November 2008 and is also aiming for international success. While the first production introduced audiences to the excitement and amazing feats of break-dancing, the sequel goes further by combining break-dancing with a compelling storyline. The performance will not merely showcase the dance skills of the performers, but will show the emotions of the characters through dance and music. Rather than just focusing on break-dancing, the second production contains many different kinds of modern dance and features high-energy group dance routines. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
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Protect yourself against Identity Theft
By 1st Signal Brigade IA Cell YONGSAN GARRISON – Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of a good name and credit record. Victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, housing, or cars, and even get arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. Practice these suggestions to manage the flow of your personal information: • Protect your records and personal information while on the job. • Don’t give co-workers and friends access to your personal information, credit cards and such. • Don’t throw away your mail with mailing address and bank information. • Don’t leave your Leave Request Form or travel orders on the seat of your unattended automobile. • Don’t give out your credit card info or SSN over the phone and especially not while in a public place. • Don’t answer strangers’ questions about your family whereabouts. • Don’t list your family members name, address, SSN on FaceBook, Twitter or similar Social web sites. • Do get your free annual credit report.
The 1st Signal Brigade is headquartered in Seoul on Yongsan Garrison. 1st Sig Bde provides strategic and tactical communications, and information management throughout the ROK.
Want to know more: http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
Post 9-11 GI Bill Education Benefits
By Edgar W. West, OIC VA Benefit Disability YONGSAN GARRISON – The effective date for the new education bill, August 1, 2009 has arrived. The Department of Defense has established and published the rules on transferability of benefits to dependents and the Veterans Administration has ramped up the central processing centers for education benefits to accept the influx of claims under this new education program. What do service members and veterans need to do first? It is recommended that you first visit the Veterans Administration website at www.gibill.va.gov. There are numerous links on the VA website which will allow you to make informed decisions regarding which program of education will best meet your education needs. There are comparison charts, scenarios, and Frequently Asked Questions which can assist you in your decision making processes. If your question is not answered on the website, there is a “Contact Us” module which will answer individual questions in 24 to 48 hours. You can also call the VA Benefit Disability at Discharge(BDD) unit on Yongsan South Post at DSN 738-4121. The Yongsan Education Center can also answer many of your education related questions at DSN 723-8098. The VA website will also link you to the Department of Defense (DoD) website https://www. dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/ for information on the transfer of benefits to your dependents. You must visit the DoD website and receive approval for transfer of benefits from DoD prior to having your dependents contact or submit a VA application. If your unit, organization, headquarters, etc. would like a Post 9-11, GI Education Bill briefing from VA personnel, please submit an e-mail request to [email protected]
, or call 738-5121. These requests will be honored subject to BDD staff availability and other BDD work load commitments. The VA BDD unit will travel to any military installation on the peninsula to brief not only Post 9-11 benefits, but all VA programs, Compensation, Insurance, Hospital care, Cemetery benefits, and widows programs, etc.
Fans gear up for Yongsan auto show
By Sgt. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Yongsan Garrison will host its fourth annual Auto and Motor Show for car and motorcycle enthusiasts at the Yongsan Commissary parking lot Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 11 a.m. Yongsan’s hottest cars and motorcycles will line up for display to determine the winners of the competition categories in this fourth annual event. “This year’s event will bring together some of the best tuned-cars and bikes on post, and we hope with more competitors and visitors than previous years,” said Eric Yim, director of U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Community Activity Centers. Some enthusiasts may even walk away with cash in hand. FMWR will hand out $200 prizes to the winners of five categories: overall best, best wheels and tires, best sound, best modified motor, and the worst hooptie.
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Firefighters hone life saving skills on Casey
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON — The Fire Department on Casey Garrison tested firefighters on their abilities to quickly extinguish a fire in the barracks, and find any and all victims who may be languishing in smoke and debris July 28 on the premises of the Warrior Exercise Billets. “What we are doing today is ensuring firefighters on Casey are proficient in what they do,” said Ken Garrison, Area I training chief training officer for firefighters and emergency responders. “We will identify any weaknesses we may have and hone their firefighting and life saving skills.” Before the exercise started Chief Leo Dumond, USAG-Casey fire chief, hid a lifesized mannequin weighing 150 pounds in the shower area of an empty billet. Dumond then called in a 911 distress call to start the firefighters in route to the WEB area. “I hope to get the first truck that arrives to hook up a hose to the fire hydrant across the street from the entrance to this area,” Dumond said, “then they will disconnect it and move in to put out this fire and rescue the mannequin.” Within seconds two trucks arrived and began preparing to enter the building and put out the fire. After putting on their equipment, they charged in both entrances of the building. “This training is a monthly requirement given in Army Regulations 420-1 Chapter 25,” Garrison said. “The deputy chiefs usually do it, but today Dumond and I are here to evaluate. Normally to the untrained eye this looks like the Keystone Cops. For the chief and I who have been doing these things for more than 20 years, we see things happen or not happen as they should. Everybody has a specific job they are to perform and they must practice doing it correctly.”
Ken Garrison (center) Area I training chief for firefighters and emergency responders, rates firefighters as they prepare to enter a burning building to rescue a languishing life sized mannequin and extinguish a simulated fire inside during a training exercise on USAG-Casey July 28. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Firefighters on USAG-Casey pull fire hoses into a simulated burning building while doing a training exercise to sharpen their skills extinguishing fires and saving lives of those unfortunate enough to be trapped in a burining building July 28. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
(left to right) Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, USAG-Casey commander, Pae, Tong Su, USAG-Casey community relations officer, Chun Heung Sik, deputy director, Particular Operation Area Division, city of Dongducheon, Ha Jae Bong, director, Particular Operation Area Division, and Oh Sea-Chang, Mayor of Dongducheon, discuss future operations while getting to know each other for the first time in the office of the Mayor of Dongducheon July 21. — Courtesy photo
Casey commander meets Dongducheon Mayor to get aquainted and discuss future plans in Casey - Hovey enclave
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News & Notes
Water Outage on Camp Red Cloud In order to improve the quality of water on USAG-Red Cloud it is necessary to turn off the water to all USAG-Red Cloud facilities and barracks from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Aug. 6 through 9. For more information call: 732-6002. Workforce Town Hall Meeting The next workforce town hall meeting will be held Sept.11. For information call: 732-6151. Directorate of Human Resources Closed for Organization Day The Directorate of Human Resources will be closed for Organization Day today (including ration control and ID/CAC) from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call: 732-9011. Flag Football and Soccer Program to Begin in Area I Flag football and Soccer Programs will begin in Area I Aug. 1. For information call: 732-6927. 10 K Gyeonggi Peace Marathon There will be a 10 kilometer Peace Marathon held in Gyeonggi provence Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. For information call: 011-9291-8296. Casey American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Course The American Red Cross on USAGCasey will hold an Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid Course Aug. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the ACS classroom building 2317 on USAG-Casey. Cost of the course is $40. For information call: 7303184/732-6160/ Applications for Funded Legal Education Program The Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. For information call: 732-8339. ISR-S and CLS Training The FY 09 Q3 ISR-S and CLS training will provide you with an understanding of the ISR-S and CLS processes and with hands-on experience in using the ISR-web system. For times and information call: 732-8127. Community Bank Closure All Community Banking Centers will be closed Aug. 15 for Korean Liberation Day. For more information call: 721-7792. Women’s Equality Day The Women’s Equality Day observance will be held Aug. 26 in the CG’s Mess at 11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. (R) Diane Foster. For information call: 732-6856. Warrior Country Invitational 7 K Mountain Bike Challenge The first Warrior Country Invitational 7k Mountain Bike Challenge will be held Aug. 8 at Carey Fitness Center on USAG-Casey. For information call: 732-6276/6927.
AAFES celebrates 114 years of service
By Isaiah Stuckey USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service celebrated its 114 years of service to the military community by giving away $10 gift cards, $10 prepaid telephone cards, 14 percent off coupons, and a number of other prizes July 24, in the USAG-Casey Post Exchange. “This is celebrating the 114 years of service AAFES has given to the military community, which started July 24, 1895,” said Ken Limtiaco, AAFES general manager, Korea Northern Exchange. “The War Department issued General Order No.46 directing post commanders to establish an exchange at every post, wherever practicable.” The events began with a cake cutting done by Lt. Col. Richard Fromn, USAGCasey commander and Han Ki-Sal, USAGCasey Post Exchange manager. During the event, spectators watched while lined up outside of the Post Exchange’s entrance hoping to be one of the first 114 customers, because the first 114 would receive free $10 gift certificates and telephone cards. Once the doors opened, the crowd started moving in taking the free cake prizes; including the 14 percent off coupons to anyone who entered within 114 minutes. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., face painting services brought delight to children of service members. But at noon, the event everyone was waiting for, the taco eating contest started. Soldiers (14 in all) stood at tables piled with 14 mini tacos each. The prize was a $50 AAFES gift card to the first person eating them all. Once the event began, Soldiers chewed down in a messy race to see who could finish eating all of the tacos first. In the end, Staff Sgt. Robert Hart, HHB 6-37
(Third from left) Staff Sgt. Robert Hart, HHB 6-37 Field Artillery, wins the taco eating contest in Casey Post Exchange during the 114th anniversary celebration in an outstanding 5:21, saying “I was just hungry,” July 25. — U.S. Army photo by Isaiah Stuckey
Field Artillery won the $50 gift card, and a full belly in 5 minutes, 21 seconds. AAFES continued to bring more excitement to the Soldiers and their Families by conducting more events. The sweepstakes brought a large sum of excitement to the customers. “I am very excited to have finally won something!” exclaimed Kat Haj, a female former Soldier who won a $50 gift card. Haj also won the Wheel of Fortune by answering the selected question correctly. In the Wheel of Fortune, contestants had to answer an AAFES related question correctly in order to spin the wheel and receive a prize. Every notch on the wheel was a prize, so anyone who succeeded in answering the question correctly would receive a small gift. This included gift cards ranging from $5-$20, prepaid telephone cards, coupons, and free fragrance testers.
15th KSC Company celebrates 59th anniversary in Uijeongbu
Changhon Lee (left) and Sangkil Kim (right), 15th KSC company, cook food on a barbecue grill for 59th KSC organization day, which took place at Darakwan camp, Uijeongbu July 24. More than 150 KSC members and guests enjoyed sports, lottery and food to celebrate its 59th anniversary. “Today is the 59th anniversary of our unit. It’s a very meaningful and pleasant day,” said Lee, Gun Tok, 15th KSC company commander. “We gather once a year for an organization day, and I know everyone has much to say regarding our past years.” The 15th KSC Company established July 26, 1950, is a paramilitary force, which provides combat support and combat service support to the U.S. Army stationed in Area I. Although they are called “company” Lee said, members of KSC Company are spread among various U.S. military organizations and units to give logistics and labor support. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc.. Kim, Tae Hoon
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American Red Cross gives baby-sitting class for children and Families on Casey
By Pfc. Jamal Walker USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — The American Red Cross offered Warrior Country Soldiers and community members a class about baby-sitting July 22-23 in the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team’s Family Readiness Center. The two-day class taught adults and children important lessons about what to expect while baby-sitting someone’s child and teaching them cardiopulmonary resuscitation and certifying them. The class began with an icebreaker, an activity used to motivate, help people relax, and get to know each other. The exercise began with a roll of toilet paper, which was passed around so the participants could take as much as they thought they would use in one day. At that point the participants were to rip off a single piece of toilet paper and with each piece of paper they were to tell the class something about themselves. After the icebreaker, Jana Fullmer, Warrior Country American Red Cross station manager, officially started the class. “All the other American Red Cross stations have
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been holding this class. When I was in Okinawa, Japan, we held classes for children. We at the American Red Cross, and the chain of command, want tour normalization, and want to offer this class for Family members and give them an opportunity to learn the skills to be good baby-sitters,” Fullmer said. Fullmer, who taught both days of the class, then asked the class to tell five good things about themselves, which would help them become a good baby-sitter. Crystal Roofe, a student taking the baby-sitting class, said the main reason she thinks she would be a good baby sitter is because she likes babies and takes baby-sitting seriously. The class began to learn the important elements, which make a good baby sitter. Fullmer provided the class with the acronym FIND (which means, identify, name, and decide) for the class to use as a guideline if they are confused. The class watched a video about what do to do in certain situations. One scenario in particular divided the class, where the class watched a baby sitter try to put an unruly child to bed. The child’s parents told the baby sitter he should go to bed at a certain time, but the
(From left) Kirsten Schlueter and Mariah Stuckey study the techniques and facts of how to become effective baby sitters and learn Cardiopulmonary Resusitation for immediate first aid during the American Red Cross baby-sitting course July 22-23. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jamal Walker child refused to listen to his baby sitter and demanded more time to play. While Roofe suggested the baby sitter should tell the child in a cheerful manner to go to bed because the next day is going to be a fun day for the child, Chris Schwartz, a student in the class, thought the child did not want to go to bed because he was not tired. He told the class maybe if the baby sitter would lie near the bed until the child went to the bed it would help. Fullmer added to her instructions by saying all suggestions could work, it only matters how the baby sitter wishes to deal with those situations. The American Red Cross will be teaching an Adult/ Child/Infant CPR and First Aid Course Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Army Community Services classroom on USAG-Casey. Cost of the course is $40.00. For more information or to sign up, call 730-3184 or 732-6160.
2009 Warrior Country Team Triathlon post fast times but no records
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON — Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports department held the annual team triathlon at Hanson Field House July 25 with more than 50 Soldiers vying in 3 man teams for trophies. The team record was set at 1:33:40 in 2003. The event featured a 500 meter freestyle swim, 30 kilometer bike and 10 kilometer run. Placing 1 was the team of Jason Kim (swim), Patrick Walsh (bike), and Pete Bauleke (run) with a combined time of 1:36:14. Putting a team together that could finish 1 took some searching for Walsh. “I first looked for a fast swimmer,” Walsh said after he and his team received the trophy from Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, USAG-Casey commander. “I might not have found the fastest runner, but last year we had a West Point cadet experience the event and cadets are usually in good shape, so this time I picked the fastest cadet I could find to round out the team.” Experiencing the triathlon held at USAG-Casey gives cadets a good taste of what lieutenants’ experience. “It gives them an idea of what is actually going on,” he said. Jason Kim finished the swimming part of the event more than 2 minutes ahead of the other teams, but is not a coached swimmer. “I don’t swim often,” Kim said. “The only experience I have swimming in competition is from swimming in the last two swim meets.” “He beat me on the last swimming event, so I knew he was going to be the fastest swimmer today,” Walsh said. Pete Bauleke started the event by warming up to the time he was to take the hand off from his biker teammate Walsh. “I took about a 10 minute warm-up before starting,” Bauleke said. “It was enough so not to shock my body with the sudden run.” Bauleke competed in triathlons in his first years at West Point, so he knew his abilities and knew how to turn in his best 10 kilometer time. “I competed in New York triathlons and national triathlons in Alabama every year,” he said. For the Mixed Division, the team of Alex Glade (swim), Paul Lashley (bike), and Daniel Pasche (run) placed 1 with a time of 1:42:27. For the Men’s Division placing 2 was the team of Brian Wadas (swim), Abraham White (bike), and James
Two team swimmers per lane begin swimming in the water as opposed to diving to start the first heat of the swimming leg of the 2009 Warrior Country Team Triathlon July 25. The team record was set in 2003 at 1:33:40. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Patrick Walsh finishes the bike heat of the 2009 Warrior Country Team Triathlon in lead position and handing off to Pete Bauleke to finish the run heat of the race for a total time of 1:36:14 only 3 minutes away from the record set in 2003 of 1:33:40. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham Daniel Pasche brings it home for the Mixed Division of the 2009 Warrior Country Team Triathlon finishing 1 with a total time of 1:42:27. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham DeBerm (run) with a time of 1:39:34. Finishing 3 was the team of Joshua Groen (swim), James Sheffield (bike), and Joshua Hudson (run) with a time of 1:41:19. Finishing 4 was the team of Chris Korpela (swim), Jason Hester (bike) and Richard Gash (run) with a time of 1:47:28. Finishing 5 with a time of 1:50:29 was the team of Corey McCue (swim), Kevin Pidcock (bike), and Lucas Mefferd (run). “I am glad to be out here today and happy FMWR put on such a great event,” Fromm said. “I think Area I FMWR is doing a great job, and I know we will continue to support the 2nd Infantry Division troops. As long as I am available, I will be at all the sports events FMWR puts on.”
Pete Bauleke crosses the finish line bringing home the trophy for 1 with an overall time of 1:36:14 during the 2009 Warrior Country Team Triathlon July 25. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
James DeBerm crosses the finish line bring home the trophy for 2 with an overall time of 1:39:34 during the 2009 Warrior Country Triathlon July 25. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
AREA II USFK commander visits K-16
JULY 31, 2009
By Sgt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp visited K-16 Air Base Wednesday, July 22, to speak with Soldiers, Installation Management Command officials, and Army Family Members. The general toured constructions sites, quarters and various facilities. The base is home to about 1,000 U.S. Soldiers and Servicemembers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment and other support units. As the only enduring installation under the Yongsan Relocation Plan, the base continues to receive major construction funds as a part of the garrison’s effort to support tour normalization. General Sharp visited the K-16 Air Base Multipurpose Field construction site adjacent to the gymnasium. United States Army Garrison-Yongsan added a new four-lane, indoor swimming pool in early 2009. The Installation Management Command is also investing nearly $3.2 million to enhance the sport complex into a multipurpose field equipped with various facilities such as a soccer field, softball field and a six-lane track and more. “K-16 is a place where we want to keep our troops here for the future in order to be able to help do the daily life support for Soldiers and Servicemembers that we will have remaining in Area I and at Yongsan, which will be a small number,” Gen. Sharp said. The general pointed out that to increase the quality of life for the American Servicemembers and their Families is one of his top priorities. “Making sure that our Servicemembers deserve the quality of life in Korea is among three top priorities of the command,” Sharp said. “We are working hard to have enough facilities we need in order to support their needs and to have their families here. It is our job to make sure that everyone can come to Korea two or three years of time with full command sponsorship.” The commander said that the command’s other two priorities are the readiness of the U.S. Army to the threats of North Korea and keeping the strong alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States. After his visit to the gymnasium, the commander toured the Community Activities Center, barracks that were flooded during the heavy monsoon rain in July, and nine-story apartment building that accommodates 144
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United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp (right) finds out about a new multipurpose sports field under construction at K-16 Air Base. The general spent time talking with officials and visiting with K-16 Soldiers and Family Members July 22. See additional photos from this event and more at flickr.com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lee Min-hwi
single and unaccompanied officers and senior NCOs. “We have worked this as a part of master plan of all the way across Korea. That was the main purpose of the visit today. I saw some good things, and I saw the others things that were not up to where we would like to have them in the future,” Gen. Sharp said. “We are working hard so that the supply is able to reach the demand for the local communities.” The commander also held a luncheon after the tour with about 40 U.S. Soldiers and Family Members gathered in the K-16 Dining Facility. The general answered questions about current issues such as expanding child-care coverage, improving the availability of the swimming pool for families and the construction of new commissary at K-16. Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Lewis and officials from the USAG-Yongsan Directorate of Public Works and other branches responded to local issues; However, Gen. Sharp promised to the participants that he will get back to each person with additional details shortly. Currently, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Installation Management Command are working on the design and contract for the construction of the K-16 Commissary with an expected completion date of October 2010. “K-16 Air Base is a small, yet very important location,” Sharp said. “It is going to be a tough, but interesting challenge to make sure to have right balance. This community will be of great importance in the future that can support the other U.S. installations as well.”
Korean general donates $8K to Yongsan community
By Dan Thompson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Retired Republic of Korea Army Maj. Gen. Kim Joon-bong recently donated $8,000 to USAG-Yongsan Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation as a sign of his appreciation for the Korean-U.S. alliance. Kim’s donation was accepted in a check presentation ceremony with U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp and USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. David Hall in front of the United Nations Command headquarters building July 21. Wishing to focus attention on the alliance rather than himself as the donor, Kim did not attend the ceremony. “I deeply thank U.S. Servicemembers who shed blood during the Korean War in order to secure peace and freedom over the Korean peninsula,” Kim said in a written statement provided by USFK Media Relations Officer Kim Yong-kyu. “I deeply admire their efforts dedicating themselves in the forefront of national security of the peninsula and hope Gen. Sharp will be able to use these funds to improve the quality of life of U.S. Servicemembers.” “This is but another example of the Good Neighbor Program at its best,” said USAGYongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall at the ceremony. “Major General Kim’s donation was from his own pocket, from his heart - his way of saying ‘thank you’ to the alliance, to America, to the Soldiers and Families who help make this partnership what it is. This community thanks you, Maj. Gen. Kim! The funds will be used to support the garrison’s FMWR program, which covers everything from single Soldier morale support to family childcare. General Kim Joon-bong graduated with the 12th class of the ROK Military Academy and formerly served as the ROK Army’s 39th Division commanding general, with the Policy and Planning Bureau, and with the ROK Army Headquarters. He also served as professor at Kwangun University in Seoul and is writing a book on the Korean War highlighting the sacrifices of the U.S. Servicemembers that will be published next year. Editor’s note: See related photo at tinyurl. com/lex6a2
Yongsan celebrates ACS birthday with fun run
More than 180 people attended the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Army Community Service 44th Birthday 5K Fun Run July 25 at Collier Field House. Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, and USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall ran alongside community members early in the morning before cutting the ACS birthday cake and thanking ACS for their dedication to the Army Family. “This is a just a great organization and a team that we have here,” Sharp said. “Let’s give the ACS staff a big round of applause for their outstanding service.” The cake cutting ceremony was complimented by an Eighth Army Band music performance. “ACS has always strived to improve the lives of service members,” said ACS Director Diane Foster. “I would like everyone to know that we will always be there for those that do not have anywhere else to turn to.” — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Keun-woo
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News & Notes
ACS Volunteer Orientation Welcome new ACS Volunteers! The class is noon-1 p.m. Aug. 4 in the ACS building classroom #1. This will complete your volunteer registration with ACS and learn more about our organization. For information, call 738-7510. Free or Reduced School Lunch Please apply for free or reduced lunch for the coming school year at the Community Services Building, Bldg. S4106, Rm. 113. Applications must be submitted every new school year. For information, call 738-4655. Servicemember Focus Group Community FIRST will be holding a Servicemembers Focus Group. Servicemembers will have an opportunity to identify issues with products and services in the Yongsan community. Your ideas will help to make Yongsan a Community of Excellence. Let your voice be heard. Seating is limited to 15 participants. The event will be 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at USAG-Yongsan, Bldg. 4305, Room 107. For information, call 738-5288. Intro to Korean Supervision Course The next class is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Area II CPAC classroom, Bldg. 4314, South Post. The course is designed for U.S. Military and Civilian supervisors who supervise Korean National employees. It is intended to familiarize military and civilian supervisors with their personnel management responsibilities, and the use of effective personnel procedures relating to the Korean workforce. For information, call 738-4331. Auto and Cycle Show The 5th Annual Yongsan Auto and Cycle show is scheduled for 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Yongsan Commissary Parking Lot. There are cash prizes and trophies. Korean professional racing models will be in the photo zone and there will be a rock band performance. For information, call 738-5042/5419. Summer Transition Specialist Hi! My name is Francine Imrie and I will be the Yongsan Garrison DoDDS schools transition specialist now to August 6. I will be located at Seoul American High School, Monday - Friday. I am looking forward to helping all new families make their move to Seoul as easy as possible! For information, call 738-8140. Reopening of Chosun Gift Shop American Forces Spouses Club Chosun Gift Shop will reopen 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 at Bldg. 4223. The gift shop is the place to shop for treasures carefully selected from all over Asia. It’s as close as you can get to obtaining items from many different Asian countries without going there yourself. Normal hours of operation are 10 a.m.3 p.m. Wed.-Sat. For information, call 738-5058. Family Readiness Support Assistant Training Calling all new FRSAs! This two day training 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11-12 is designed to meet your job’s training requirements. Please call by Aug. 7 to register or if you have questions. For information, call 738-3510. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Yongsan offers free matinee series to community teens
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — In the movie “Pleasantville,” everyone is living in a black and white world set in a ‘50s TV show. The town begins discovering color in their surroundings and for some, even on their skin. A woman’s husband discovers his wife has been hiding her color with makeup. He says they can fix it and make it go away. At that moment she cries out “I don’t want it to go away!” For a teenager, such films may have a huge impact – suggesting that happiness exists in being who you are rather than conforming to the more negative aspects of society. Using the power of film, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service are teaming up to use movies as a coming-of-age tool for teens. The free summer matinee series titled “Movies with a Message” will air at the Yongsan Movie Theater 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during August. The classic and contemporary movies will have themes about dealing with adversity, relationships, ambition and more. ASACS counselors will be standing by for group discussions to draw the full meaning and impact from each film. “ This is a good way to go about targeting life issues,” Yongsan ASACS Clinical Supervisor Andrea Donoghue
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Yongsan teens to hit the silver screen
Seoul American High School student Sean Conolly (right) and 41st Signal Battalion cameraman Pfc. Nathan Franco (left) set up a shot July 17 at the Dragon Hill Lodge. Conolly directed a series of public announcement shoots featuring more than eight Yongsan youths associated with the USAG-Yongsan Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service. The public announcements will be shown at the Yongsan Movie Theater before each matinee beginning in August to address issues like shoplifting, smoking, and alcohol consumption. — U.S. Army photo by Dan Thompson
said. “ We ran a similar program in the past and got extremely positive feedback about the different types of discussions.” Donoghue said most thought-provoking
exercises for teens are in the classroom, but in the summer months, “We thought we ought to go where the teens are.” For information, contact Donoghue at 738-4579.
Exchange students explore Yongsan
By Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 50 Korean and U.S. college students took a tour of Yongsan Garrison July 22. For most of them, it was their first visit to a military installation, and an eye-opening experience. “I never thought a place like this would exist,” said Min Sung-cho, a sophomore from Keimyung University. “It was amazing to find a little bit of America in the middle of Yongsan.” Students of both nations were participating in the second Korea-America Student Conference through which students discuss the relationship between the two countries and how to build a meaningful relationship. The trip to Yongsan was arranged to offer the students a first-hand look into the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance. Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall welcomed the students and gave a short briefing on the role of U.S. Soldiers in Korea and what the garrison is doing to strengthen the alliance. “The good neighbor program is a very important part of our operation here,” Hall said. “We are always looking for ways to strengthen our bond with the Korean community and so far I think everyone has done a great job in achieving that goal.” After the welcoming brief, the students took a tour around the garrison and were invited to a complimentary lunch reception at the
Korea-America Student Conference exchange students visit Yongsan Garrison July 21. More than 50 students from both the U.S. and Korea were given a first-hand look at the U.S.-ROK alliance in action. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Keun-woo
Dragon Hill Lodge where they were seated with garrison employees to answer their questions about what it is like living in Korea. Afterwards, students were challenged to show their marksmanship skills while shooting M16-A2 rifles at the high-tech Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, a simulator which simulates live firing. “Shooting the rifle was definitely the most interesting part of the tour,” Kim Ji-eun, a junior from Sookmyung Women’s University said. “But in terms of significance, the opportunity to better understand the nature of the U.S.-Korea alliance and to see in real life how that alliance has materialized, I think that was the most meaningful part of today’s visit.” The students stopped at the William F. Dean Heritage Center for a final tour where they got a chance to see photographs taken during the Korean War. “This is my first time in Korea,” Courtney McLachlan, a freshman at Mount Holyoke College, said. “I wasn’t expecting to see such a big military installation to be in place in the middle of a city. The trip here to Yongsan Garrison will definitely be something to remember.” The tour ended in the afternoon with students hopping onto a bus to return to their lodging at Korea University located in the northeastern part of Seoul.
AREA II What influences exchange rates
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Commentary by Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — If you received your paycheck in dollars you were probably in a state of elation just a few months ago when one U.S. dollar was worth nearly 1,600 Korean won. Suddenly everything from a cup of coffee to a bottle of vodka was on sale at bargain prices. Now, of course, Korean Soldiers like me are stuck with the more expensive end of the deal. Just a year ago, I remember paying 6,500 won for a six-inch sweet onion teriyaki combo set at Subway. But within a few months the same combo set was costing me over 11,000 won. I then opted for the dining facility to save some money. This may not seem like a big deal, though. After all, it’s only a Subway sandwich. But on a national level, like when importing oil, the effects of such high rates can be suffocating for the economy. So what factors affect important exchange rates? The simplest explanation is the law of supply and demand. If investors and banks want to hold more U.S. dollars, the price of the U.S. dollar will rise. If on the other hand they want other currencies such as Korean won, they will sell their dollars to buy won and the dollar will depreciate. For example, let’s say that the interest rate in Korea was set at ten percent a year. If the rate was at three percent in the United States investors will want to keep their money in Korean banks in order to profit from the higher interest rates. Investment will flow into Korea and the demand for the won will rise. In other words, if investment opportunities in a given country become more favorable, the currency value of that country will rise. The country’s trade balance - the amount of its exports and imports - will also affect the exchange rate. For example, when
Purchasing goods using Korean won is a fact of life for many USAG-Yongsan community members shopping off post. Many factors force the exchange rate between the won and U.S. dollar up and down, such as trade balances. — U.S. Army photo by Hwang Joon-hyun of imports. The higher demand for dollar rose relative to the demand for won, which led to the won’s depreciation. n Global events surrounding the recent subprime loan crisis was also a factor. American firms needed more cash in their bank accounts in order to remain solvent and so investors started selling their investments in Korea. Those investments, When Albert Einstein died and went to Heaven he became the head of the Human Resources department, responsible for assigning jobs to other souls that enter the afterlife. To the first soul that entered the gates of heaven he asked, “What’s your IQ?” “200,” answered the proud soul. “You’ll study the theory of relativity,” Einstein replied. The next soul had an IQ of 150. Einstein assigned him to predict the economy. The last soul admitted that his IQ was below 50. Einstein gave this one some thought. Then in a rather a dismissive tone he said, “You’ll predict currency rates.” The Community Bank Foreign Exchange Department notifies all relevant offices, including AAFES, of what the exchange rate will be tomorrow based on today’s rates. The rates on base are thus a day behind the market. As long as you stay on the base where the dollar is used, the currency rates will not affect you directly. When you do need to use won, however, you might consider exchanging your dollars to won at a bank or a local currency exchange. Even though most shops in Itaewon will accept dollars, it is likely that the rate will be unfavorable. Sometimes you may receive information through the news or hearsay that may suggest that exchange rates are about to rise or fall, but it would be a good idea to take a cautious approach before betting on a sudden shift to help you make a major purchase like a home or car. Even a distinguished economist like Summers admitted that in the foreign exchange market, prediction becomes meaningless. If you are the type that prefers long-term stability, it may be wiser to exchange your dollars piecemeal in accordance to your needs. This will help minimize the risk associated with currency rates. Editor’s note: Cpl. Choi is an economics major at a top liberal arts college in Massachusetts currently completing his Korean Army service as a KATUSA assigned to the USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Office.
“I remember paying 6,500 won for a six-inch sweet onion teryaki combo set at Subway. But within a few months the same combo set was costing me over 11,000 won.”
Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Journalist
Hyundai Motors exports cars to the United States, it will receive dollars. Hyundai will then exchange those dollars to won, which will effectively increase the demand for won and thus the value of the won relative to the dollar. If on the other hand, if Hyundai decides to import car parts from Detroit, it will need to purchase those parts in dollars. This will in turn raise the demand for dollars and other things being equal, the effect will be to raise the value of the dollar. The won had been relatively stable at about 1,000 won to the U.S. dollar until August 2008. In September, however, the fall of Lehman Brothers and fear of a global depression sent the world financial markets into a freefall. During that period, the Korean won depreciated rapidly and the exchange rate hung just below 1,600. which were denominated in won, were then exchanged to dollars. Again, the demand for dollars rose at the expense of won and the value of the latter dropped significantly.
How the rates are set on base
How it affects our lives
So why was the Korean won so cheap?
At least two factors contributed to such rapid deprecation.
n Korean export levels stayed the same, but the price of foreign imports rose. Oil prices simultaneously skyrocketed and Korea needed more dollars to purchase the same amount
There is a simple plan for timing Korean purchases for maximum value. Consider purchasing the won when it is cheap and sell or pay for Korean expenses when its value rises. In the case of the won, if you had exchanged $10,000 to won when it was 1,600 then exchanged that amount back to dollars recently when the exchange rate was at around 1,300 you would have added $2,307. There are financial management legends like George Soros who have made billions of dollars through currency bets. But for the most part trying to predict the currency rates is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton administration, used to tell the following joke whenever he encountered questions regarding his opinion on the future of the foreign exchange markets:
Is there a strategy for maximizing my purchasing power in Korea?
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The Way Ahead
C o m m u n i c a t i o n s : We m u s t s I begin my third and final year as your garrison commander, I communicate with one another. I expect want to again share my command two-way communication at every level, philosophy with you. It has not changed not only within the workforce but also significantly. As we move ahead, let this be respecting the feedback from our valued your focus and guide as you do the hard customers. I expect all managers at every work of supporting the Yongsan community level to respect your voice, your opinion, and your input. Since many of us are not - Here for You! Mission: To provide the U.S. Army bilingual, printed materials should be in Garrison Yongsan community with both Hangul and English. Communicating installation capabilities and services to within our ranks is paramount to what ensure continuity of operations in a time we do. The feedback we receive will of transition, and to provide a quality of life help us improve our processes, services, work environment for our Warriors, and leadership Fa m i l i e s , a n d effectiveness. Workforce Values: As I have commensurate always said, unethical with their service. behavior is simply V i s i o n : We non-negotiable. will continue to I expect all of our be the Assignment employees, military of Choice in and civilian, to abide Ko r e a ! We a r e by Army values. I a p ro f e s s i o n a l , Col. Dave Hall am committed to an people-focused USAG-Yongsan Commander environment that is organization that caring, supportive, sets the benchmark and of the highest of excellence in installation management and quality of ethical standard. Be assured that violators life programs for the entire Installation will be held accountable regardless of their Management Command. By being the best, position. If you know that someone is not we will continue to ensure the well-being of living up to these values, feel free to tell me directly. You can reach me by e-mail, our community through transition. My philosophy is something I have commander’s hotline or through my open developed over 25 years of service to door policy. Empowerment: Let there be no question our country. Many, if not all of you know it. It is predicated on several about it, you are empowered to make f u n d a m e n t a l b e l i e f s ; Te a m w o r k , informed, mature decisions. I expect all Communications, and the seven Army the leaders in this garrison to rely on the Values. It is about Empowering and workforce, to empower the work force, to Trusting employees to make the right make appropriate decisions commensurate decisions for the right reasons. It is not to your level of responsibility. With a philosophy that demands zero defects, empowerment, our potential is absolutely but instead one that expects honest boundless, period. Trust: With empowerment comes trust. I mistakes to learn and grow from. It is this command philosophy and years believe in my heart that people are good, and of seasoned installation management I know for a fact that the employees of this that determined this garrison’s mission, garrison are good, so why wouldn’t we trust vision, and values which will become our you to make informed decisions. We do. Here’s what to expect from me in my strategic cornerstone into the future. Teamwork: No one can do it alone. third year in command: In order for us to be successful, we must • 100 percent commitment to this great organization! work together! Teamwork is accomplished through creating a disciplined environment • I will continue to learn and grow to improve both myself and this that fosters workforce engagement, learning, garrison two-way communication, innovation and high performance. I demand that all • Balance. I work hard, but I equally enjoy time off with my family. I expect senior leaders and mangers/supervisors set you to do the same! the conditions that build and sustain high performing teams.
“I expect all of our employees, military and civilian, to abide by the Army values.”
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Humphreys’ Soldier Field to host Korea-wide Championships this weekend
By Mike Mooney Family & MWR Marketing Chief & Special Events Coordinator HUMPHREYS GARRISON — It was Yongsan’s weekend on the Field Turf of Soldier Field here this past weekend, as softballers from the Capital City swept the Company-Level Intramurals, Over 33 Men’s and the Women’s Eighth Army Softball Tournaments in straight sets. The Intramural Championship was won by SUSLAK, who defeated AFSOCK, also of Yongsan, 24-9 in the finals. And Area II (Yongsan) won the Women’s Tournament with an 11-0 whitewash of Area III (Humphreys). The only exciting game in the finals – and by far the most exciting game in the three tournaments – came in the Over-33 Finals where Area II nipped Area III, 24-23, in the slugfest finals. There was an eight-team field in the Intramural Championships, with the first and second place team in each Area qualifying. SUSLAK and AFSOCK were 1-2 in the Area II tournament and finished the same way at Eighth Army. The Over-33 and Women’s Tournaments featured one All-Star team each from IMCOM-K’s four Areas. SUSLAK defeated the 19th ESC from Daegu 13-6, the 35th ADA from Osan AB 22-13 and Bravo 4/5th ADA from Daegu 14-4 on the way to its championships. AFSOCK lost to Bravo 16-13 in the opening round and fought its way through the Loser’s Bracket into the Finals by beating A Co, 602nd ASB (No. 2 seed from Area III) 21-4, the 35th ADA 13-11 (No. 1 seed from Area III), Headquarters 1/72nd AR (No. 1 seed from Area I) 14-4 and then gained revenge over Bravo with a 10-8 victory to reach the finals. In the Women’s Tournament, Yongsan nipped Humphreys 2-1 in the opening round and knocked off Area IV 14-4 to advance to the Championship. Humphreys whipped Area I 13-3 and Area IV 20-5 to earn the rematch in the Finals. Yongsan pounded Humphreys 20-10 in the opening round of the Over 33 Tournament, and then ripped Area IV 16-3 to advance to the Finals. Humphreys beat Area I 18-3 and Area IV 18-8 to set up the Over 33 Championship, which was won by Yongsan with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Many of the same players will be at Soldier Field again this weekend as Humphreys hosts the Korea-wide Post-Level Men’s and Women’s Championships.
Yongsan sweeps Eighth Army Softball
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Yongsan’s Jennifer Simmons is safe at third pass in the Eighth Army Women’s Softball Tournament held at Soldier Field this past weekend. Simmons and Yongsan will be back at Humphreys this weekend for the Korea-Wide Post Level Championships Saturday and Sunday. Yongsan swept its way through this past weekend’s tournament, ripping Humphreys 11-0 in the finals. — U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney
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CertifiChecks deadline nears
By DeCA’s corporate communications
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FORT LEE – The July 31 deadline for Defense Commissary Agency customers to redeem CertifiCheck gift certificates is fast approaching. This deadline affects units, organizations and other customers with unredeemed CertifiChecks who do not qualify for an extension. On June 24, DeCA had announced an extension for authorized customers who were deployed or away on temporary duty from March 6 - July 31, 2009. These customers still have until July 31, 2010, to redeem gift certificates in a military commissary. To take advantage of the extension, customers who were deployed or on temporary duty for the entire period from March 6 to July 31, 2009, must complete a form and have it signed by a supervisor, certifying that the duty took place from March 6-July 31, 2009. The necessary form can be downloaded from the DeCA Web site, http://www.commissaries.com. It also will be available in store customer service areas and cash offices. The customer must present the signed form along with the gift certificate to a cashier at the point of purchase. Shortly after CertifiChecks Inc., ceased operations Feb. 26, DeCA announced that its customers could continue using their commissary gift checks in stores until July 31. Since then, certificates with a face value of about $732,705 have been accepted by DeCA commissaries through July 18. The Dayton, Ohio-based company formally filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April. Since 2002, more than $20 million in gift certificates have been purchased for authorized commissary customers, including more than $3.9 million in fiscal 2008.
‘Clip’ the excess from your grocery bill and add to the savings
By Millie Slamin DeCA public affairs specialist FORT LEE — Carmen Chapman saves more than 30 percent on her purchases every time she uses her commissary benefit, and just recently she learned she can save even more by downloading manufacturer’s coupons from the Defense Commissary Agency’s Web site: http://www.commissaries.com. “I didn’t know about being able to download coupons from DeCA’s Web site,” said Carmen, whose husband is an Army retiree and whose two sons are soldiers on active duty. “I’m going to have to tell my daughter-in-law about this! “I’ve been trying for years to get her to shop at the commissary, but I think after I tell her about being able to download coupons, she’ll change her mind.” Although most customers know they can redeem coupons at commissaries, not many are aware that in addition to downloading them from the DeCA Web site, they can also pick them up at the store entrance and checkout counter, collect them from displays on store aisles, and use coupons that are attached to products. Shuffling through her coupons, Chapman explained, “I have two sons who are deployed right now. One is in Iraq and the other one is in Germany. I like sending them the individual packets of cereal bars,” she continued, plucking the right coupons from the stack. “They really appreciate getting those.” The beauty of being a coupon clipper is that you can redeem coupons at all commissaries, whether it be in the states or overseas. And, the coupons can be clipped out of newspapers and magazines, downloaded from the Internet, or manufacturer’s coupons collected from store shelves.
A couple pauses at a product case at the commissary in Naples, to post coupons on shelves for customers who want them. — Photo courtesy of Sandy Annis
In addition to customers overseas being able to use these same coupons, there is another perk: “We will redeem coupons for our customers overseas up to six months after the coupon expiration date,” remarked DeCA’s Director and CEO Philip E Sakowitz Jr., during a discussion about coupons on the Navy’s radio talk show, Homefront, June 11. So remember to visit http://www. commissaries.com , click on “Links” and browse through the exciting offers and coupons before you take the trip that’s worth taking – to your local commissary. “The Commissary - It’s Worth the Trip!”
July 31 - August 6
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 6:30 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER (PG-13) 7 p.m.
TEARS OF THE SUN (R) 3 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG-13) 6 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 9 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 1 p.m. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER (PG-13) 7 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 / 9;30 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 6:30 p.m. TERMINATOR (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 3 p.m. TERMINATOR (PG-13) 7 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 / 9;30 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 7:30 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7:30 p.m.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 6:30 / 9:00 p.m.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 6:30 / 9:00 p.m.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 6:30 / 9:00 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 7 p.m.
TERMINATOR (PG-13) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 7 p.m.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 7 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 7 p.m.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 6 p.m. DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 8:30 p.m.
UP (PG) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 6 p.m.
TRANSFORMERS (PG-13) 6:30 / 9:30 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 1 / 4 / 8 p.m. TRANSFORMERS (PG-13) 8:30 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 1 / 6 p.m. TRANSFORMERS (PG-13) 3:30 / 8:30 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 7 p.m.
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (PG) 1 p.m. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (R) 7 p.m.
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (R) 7 p.m.
THE PROPOSAL (PG-13) 7 p.m.
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER (PG-13) 7 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 9 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 7 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 9:00 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. X-MEN ORIGINS (PG-13) 6 p.m. NEW IN TOWN (PG) 6 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 7 p.m.
SUNSHINE CLEANING (PG-13) 7 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
X MEN ORIGINS (PG-13) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 7 p.m.
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER (PG-13) 7 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 9 p.m. G-FORCE (PG) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER (PG-13) 7 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 7 / 9 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m. X-MEN ORIGINS (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. UP (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 7 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 7 p.m. FREEDOM WRITTERS (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. UP (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 7 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. WALL-E (G) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 7 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. THE WILD (G) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
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Area II Worship Schedule
1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, Casey Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Stanley Chapel 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday 0930 1030 1100 0800 0930 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Collective Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday
Area III Worship Schedule
1100 1100 1300 1700 1900 1930 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Traditional Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0900 0900 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday
Every 2nd Friday
For information, contact Corey Ringer at [email protected]
, or call 753-3909
Jewish Worship Service
Every Friday at 1900 - Camp Walker Chapel, Classroom #1
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday 1130 0900 1215 0930 Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday Mon/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. 1700 0800 1130 1205 1205 0900 1900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
West Casey Chapel
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.-P) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Gibbs: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Lt. Col) David Acuff: [email protected]
, 732-6169 USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Kwon Pyo: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Billy Graham: [email protected]
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501st MI Bde units link up, demonstrate capabilities
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hUmphREys gARRison — Units from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade linked up recently for a capability exercise at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys. Senior leaders from across USFK toured static displays of equipment and aircraft used to provide maximum counter-intelligence support to force protection and security assistance. See page 23 for story. — U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Shawn Cassatt
“It’s important that we have this capability training because it allows all the units to interact with each other and highlight best practices and procedures we use to accomplish our mission.” – Sgt. Jae Chi, Alpha Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion
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Fitness Training: Improve your push-up performance
Commentary by Randy Behr USAG-RC Director of Sports, Fitness and Aquatics RED CLOUD GARRISON — First, I want to explain how to accomplish a correct push-up for safety purposes and for maximum effort. Before, we start a push-up, it is wise to find a level surface to execute a push-up, because an uneven surface will create undue stress on one side of the body and ultimately lead to injury. First, lay on the ground stomach down, hands at chest level approximately shoulder width apart with your fingers spread wide. Avoid a spreading your hands too far apart, because this puts more pressure on the rotator cuff. If the push-up is performed correctly (with the ‘down’ position almost on the ground) the wide grip makes it more difficult. By staying fairly narrow, or at least shoulder-width, it puts the pressure on the chest and back, two major muscles which allow for greater force. Greater force equals greater repetitions. Now, extend your arms so your entire body is off the ground and your toes are firmly planted on the ground. Then, tighten up the entire body, especially the core and gluteus region. This will give you an advantage and allow you to accomplish a few more push-ups. That is why I always reinforce how important the core is (not just abdominals) Everything begins with the core, specifically with a muscle called the transverse abdominal, commonly referred to as the TA. Any movement the body makes originates here, whether you’re standing, running, jumping or simply pushing a broom. Remember this when you train. We are now ready to complete the downward portion. Moderately lower yourself almost all the way to the ground. In the ‘old days,’ a workout partner would put their fist on the ground under your chest. This is still a great technique, but the Army doesn’t require this. Remember to maintain a breathing pattern. Inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up. Before long your push-ups will show improvement along with your scores! See you in gym!
If your maximum is under 50 pushups, do 200 on training day. If your maximum is above 75, do 300 pushups on training day. — U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Robert Hyatt
6-52 Soldiers volunteer to teach English
Story and Photos by 2nd Lt. Paul Yoon 6-52 ADA Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Soldiers from 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion (Iron Horse) volunteered their personal time recently to teach English to children of airmen from the Republic of Korea Air Force 10th Fighter Wing. The English class was created specifically for the children of the 10th Fighter Wing troops between the grades 1st through 6th. The classes began with an orientation allowing 6-52 Soldiers to evaluate and place the children in appropriate classes. Following the orientation, 6-52 volunteers began to instruct two times a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class consisted of two 6-52 instructors: a U.S. Soldier and a KATUSA. These two Soldiers created a curriculum they taught to their students. However, this is not the only group of 10th Fighter Wing students they have been teaching. On Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-52 Soldiers also volunteered to spend time and facilitate English classes to pre-school students of 10th Fighter Wing. Although the students are much too young to put phrases together or construct elaborate sentences, they are able to build a close relationship with the Soldiers and “parrot” the words and sentences that the teachers put together for them. The teaching opportunity has provided 6-52 volunteers the chance to interact with young Korean students, enabling them to learn English and become culturally diverse as they are introduced to the American culture. One volunteer English instructor, Spc. Daniel Elliot of Headquarters and Headquarters Bn. 6-52 said the experience and skill set that he’s gained and learned by teaching English to Korean elementary students has been extremely rewarding and beneficial to his time here in Korea. “The role as a teacher gives me a closer relationship with the Korean community and people that I have come to work with,” he said. “I not only thank 6-52 for setting up this volunteer program, but I also thank 10th Fighter Wing, for giving us the opportunity to teach their children.” In a special expression of thanks, 6-52 Soldiers were invited to dine with the 10th Fighter Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Kim, Jung-sik July 22, for their dedicated volunteer service of teaching English to the children of 10th Fighter Wing ‘s troops. After a brief speech thanking the 6-52 volunteer English teachers, Soldiers were able to enjoy a Korean meal, which was specially prepared for them, and received gifts and coin from the commander.
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Apache Longbow crews wait as armament Soldiers from Delta Company (Hellhounds) 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade load hellfire anti-tank missiles to their aircraft at a forward arming and refueling point in preperation for a Hellfire exercise at Jik-Do Island, about 30 miles off the west coast of Republic of Korea July 22. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kelly Lowery
4-2 pilots, crews conduct Hellfire exercise at sea
missiles in simulated combat conditions as part of the Death Dealer battalion’s annual joint training exercise at Kunsan Air Base with the Republic of Korea Army, Navy and Air Force. The event is designed to reinforce the battalion’s ability to train and deploy within any area of operations. “This training exercise not only provides our Apache pilots a great opportunity to train on their aircraft and weapons system, but also a chance for joint operational training with the Air Force and Republic of Korea military,” said Maj. Scott Kruse, 4-2 executive officer. The Apache is a twin-engine attack helicopter that has the primary function to take out heavily armored ground targets. The Apache primary weapon for this is the hellfire missile. Each Apache can carry as many as 16 missiles at one time. There are two types of hellfire missiles – laser guided and fire control radar. Each missile system has the ability to fire over land and water with precision, and can be fired
By Sgt. 1st Class Krishna Gamble 2 CAB Public Affairs KUNSAN AIR BASE — Three, two, one … swoosh ... splash! That was the sound heard July 22 when Apache pilots from 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade launched hellfire missiles into the range at Jik-Do Island about 30 miles off the west coast of Republic of Korea. Twenty-four crews shot multiple hellfire
within seconds of each other. Three hundred Death Dealer Soldiers deployed to Kunsan via military aircraft and vehicles to support ground movement, communications, fuel and armament operations for this exercise. “The Apache helicopter is a great aviation platform, but it’s the Soldier who enables it to do what it is capable of doing,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Berry, 4-2 commander. The U.S. Army has more than 800 Apaches in service worldwide.
‘I’ll be there to challenge you to make sure you succeed’
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Adams, Senior Air Traffic Control Quality Assurance sergeant with 4-58 Airfield Operations Battalion has been on Army active duty for 19 years and is in no hurry to retire any time soon. After serving several overseas tours in places like Germany and Bosnia, Adams said he never forgets what it was like for him as a Soldier coming up in the ranks to noncommissioned officer. “It was never all fun and glory,” said Adams. “Early in my career, I had a tough time getting through the running part of the Army physical training test but I had a sergeant who told me after work every day to run, run, and run. He told me if I messed up on my PT test, I was going to hate life. I did the extra running, passed the PT test and he actually ran with me to see me through.” Like one of his many early career mentors, Adams motivates his Soldiers today in the same fashion. things are getting built up around here,” he said. “If you have a new private who’s married and can get assigned and command sponsored to a Family-oriented place like this for their first tour, that’s great for retention. It really shows that the garrison leadership is top-notch and has a genuine concern for Soldiers and their Families.” Adams said that it’s important for all Soldiers to never forget their roots and that NCOs should be fair and impartial when recommending rewards and punishment. “When you become an NCO, treat your Soldiers as you would want to be treated,” he said. “Always be that attentive ear and be that shoulder to lean on when your Soldiers come to you with issues because odd things will happen.” Adams will wrap up his second tour in Korea in 2010. After that, he said he would like to serve three more years in Germany before considering retirement. “Among the best things I’ll carry with me after the Army will be the camaraderie and the friends and places I’ve seen in my career that I’ll never forget. Those memories I’ll cherish forever,” he said.
Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Adams, 4-58 Airfield Operations Bn. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall “If you mess up a PT test one time, that’s OK but I’ll be there to challenge you after that to make sure you succeed.” Adams, now in his second tour of Korea, said he’s amazed at the transformation he’s seen at Humphreys Garrison. “I watched the MP Hill Gym and Super Gym built and it’s amazing how quickly
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News & Notes
Get Ready. . . . Customer Service Assessment survey is coming!!! It’s nearly time for the annual Customer Service Assessment survey to capture feedback on the services you receive here. Your voice can make a difference in changing the quality of life at Humphreys. The survey begins in late August and will close in mid-September. For information contact Sandra Peckins, Installation Customer Service Officer at 754-8060. New Ways to Get Your Workout! The Super Gym is opening more classes to entice your workout appetite. They are switching things up and adding variety so that you will never get bored with your workout routine. The following classes are now available: Sunrise Cardio, Mon., Wed. and Fri., 6 a.m.; Hip Hop Aerobics, Wed., 5 p.m.; Water Aerobics, Mon., Wed. and Fri., 11 a.m. and Tue., Thu., 6 a.m. Homeschooling Spouses Get Together The monthly Homeschooling Spouses Get Together will discuss the balancing act of juggling life and homeschooling at the same time. The event will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 at Family Housing Bldg. 510, Apt. 108. Contact Elisabeth Townley at [email protected]
or 010-31440352 for more information. Meet the Garrison Command Team Col. Joseph P. Moore and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim will be at the Humphreys Main PX lobby Monday, Aug. 3, eager to meet you and hear your comments and suggestions on how to make USAG-Humphreys the community you want to see and be involved with. Stop by, and share your thoughts and welcome our new garrison commander. This will be a monthly occurrence so watch for the next event. Women Infants and Children WIC is a program that offers nutrition education and supplemental foods to enhance quality and wellness for your Family. The WIC office is located inside the Family Readiness Center, Bldg 1127. Hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To find out if you qualify for WIC, call Christine Bain at DSN 753-6909 or e-mail [email protected]
Humphreys American School New student orientation will begin Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in the HAS cafeteria. Meet and greet your teacher 2-3 p.m., Aug. 28. Stop by and register your children today! Law Enforcement Day USAG-Humphreys Military Police will host Law Enforcement Day Saturday, August 15. Activities begin at Independence Park with a 5k run at 8:30 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m. There will be booths, contests and food. Humphreys Construction Update As Humphreys Garrison grows during the next several years construction projects will cause interruptions of electrical and water service as well as detours and delays on our roads. We ask your patience as we transform our post into the Installation of Choice on the Korean Peninsula.
2-2 conducts severe weather exercise at K-16
By 2nd Lt. Giles Hohn 2-2 ASLT Battalion CBRN Officer H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment conducted a severe weather exercise recently to prepare their aircraft, equipment, vehicles and K-16 Airbase for hypothetical Typhoon Sungmoon that was forecasted to strike the peninsula at 5 a.m. July 4. The exercise began with a 5 a.m. alert on July 2. The battalion initiated the alert roster and within the hours, Soldiers were folding rotor blades on 16 of the battalion’s 33 Blackhawk aircraft. Folding rotor blades enables the Soldiers to position more aircraft in the hangar to protect them from wind, hail and other extreme weather conditions associated with a Typhoon. In the event of a real-world typhoon, 2-2 Blackhawks would play a crucial role in relief efforts for Korean citizens, therefore it is very important that these helicopters remain mission capable after the Typhoon passes. The rehearsal was complete and all 16 birds were in the hangers by 3 p.m. 2-2 Soldiers also went through a process of flood area reconnaissance. Soldiers identified areas on the base that were at high risk for flooding, filled sandbags and placed them in strategic locations to minimize flood damage.
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Cut line — U.S. Army photo by Joni Ramsey
Soldiers from 2-2 repare a UH-60 rotary wing aircraft for hangar storage in the event of a Typhoon. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mark Whitford Capt. Tae Kim, the 2-2 assistant S-3 said nearly two feet of rain in a 36-hour the exercise was beneficial to the overall period that left some portions of the base readiness of the battalion. underwater. “This rehearsal provided the battalion This severe weather rehearsal not only accurate information on how long it would enhanced 2-2’s ability to prepare for severe take to protect aircraft from harsh weather weather, but the battalion learned how long conditions and it provided a detailed plan it would take to fold the rotor blades on their on what to do in the event of a flood on helicopters and store them in the hangar. K-16,” he said. Armed with this knowledge the battalion This exercise saw real-world application is more prepared to support rescue missions sooner than expected as K-16 experienced when they are called on to help.
Birthday celebration for 44 years of Army Community Service
(left to right) Joni Ramsey, Dawn Jones, Hannah Davis, Humphreys Garrison Deputy Commander David Frodsham and Pvt. Adrian Navarrette celebrate the Army Community Service’s 44th birthday with a cake cutting at ACS here July 24. — U.S. Army photo by Sarah Dobson By Lori Yerdon USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Army Community Service’s birthday came a day early as ACS employees, community members and Soldiers gathered to celebrate not only 44 years of ACS, but to also recognize volunteers for their service throughout Area III July 24. USAG-Humphreys ACS director Suzanne James said hosting the volunteer of the quarter ceremony in combination with the birthday celebration was poignant since ACS began with volunteers more than 40 years ago. “Without volunteers, ACS literally wouldn’t exist,” she said, “and so we want to honor volunteers today and also honor other volunteers (over the course of 44 years).” Four Humphreys’ community members received volunteer of the quarter recognition in their respective categories: Youth – Hannah Davis, Active Duty – Private Adrian Navarrette, Family Member – Joni Ramsey and Retiree – Dawn Jones. James said the Humphreys ACS has a robust volunteer program, maintaining a volunteer workforce of about 30 to 50 volunteers throughout the year. “We have pretty much a very flexible workforce and they are a force multiplier for ACS,” she said. To learn more about volunteer opportunities on USAG-Humphreys, contact Denise Chappell at 753 – 3266.
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July 31, 2009
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
501st enlisted troops demonstrate capabilities
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HUMPHREYS GARRISON — They’re out there ... listening, watching and tracking some of the most dangerous enemies to peace on Earth. For the past week, Soldiers from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade from throughout U.S. Forces Korea gathered at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys to highlight the Army’s technology during a capability exercise. Senior leaders from across the peninsula toured static displays of equipment and aircraft as junior enlisted MI Soldiers showcased imagery collection capabilities that help provide counter-intelligence support to force protection and security assistance to U.S. and allied forces. “It’s important that we have this capability training because it allows all the units to interact with each other and highlight best practices and procedures we use to accomplish our mission,” said Sgt. Jae Chi, Alpha Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion. Chi’s role during the CAPEX was to highlight the aerial reconnaissance capability of the DeHavilland-7 aircraft. Spc. James Sanborn, A Co. 3rd MI Battalion works inside a DeHavilland-7 and briefed tour goers about the aerial imagery equipment and missions he supports. “My favorite part of the mission is the camera work,” said Sanborn. “I enjoy the challenge and excitement of what we’ll see with each passing minute on mission. It’s important to have CAPEX events to exchange ideas so everyone knows what everyone else knows.” Participants in the CAPEX were given hands-on instruction on how to use human intelligence gathering and inter-agency identification biometric automated tool set tracking equipment. “You can connect to our national HUMIT database with our electronic recognition system,” said Pfc. Christopher
Soldiers from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade test an iris recognition system during a capabilities demonstration exercise at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys June 21.Download high resolution photos at www.flickr.com/photos/usaghumphreys/ — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Cassatt Lambert, Alpha Company 524 MI Bn. “I can take a picture of an iris, and once I enter it into the HUMIT tracking system, it will be instantly available for everyone (with proper clearance) who uses the database worldwide. Our technology also tracks facial features and fingerprints.” The electronic HUMIT system used to gather and track identities is compact and highly mobile. Lambert said the most important aspect of the system is in its ability to keep a current database of highvalue targets. “The HUMIT tracking system we use goes out on patrol and when we scan someone into the system – right on the spot – especially suspects we’re on the lookout for, and we’re able to quickly process them for questioning,” he said. Before Lambert began his tour in USFK, he served in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “We had a high-value target in Iraq that we were questioning but didn’t have enough convicting information about him to detain him for further investigation so we had to release him,” explained Lambert. “Not long after that, we found his fingerprints on pieces of an exploded Improvised Explosive Device. Once he’s found for questioning in the future, we’ll be able to match him up with the fingerprints in our database and turn him over to the Iraqi justice system for processing.” In the past, Soldiers from 501st have held CAPEX’s with Republic of Korea troops to demonstrate the Army’s latest information gathering techniques. “We have briefed ROK Soldiers before because they have just as much national security concerns as we do and we want to pass on information about equipment we use to further facilitate information exchange between our two nations,” said Lambert. “Since I’m someone who uses this technology on a daily basis I am able to talk about how it all works to everyone and it’s important that Soldiers know what we can do.” During the CAPEX, senior leaders were briefed by Spc. Alexander Esmeralda, Alpha Company, 3rd MI Battalion on aspects of the air reconnaissance support team real-time video imagery equipment and intelligence gathering mission. “Everyone is learning something from the CAPEX,” said Esmeralda. “It’s important to have this training so Soldiers can realize the threats that we have and how the U.S. and ROK forces can function together in the event of war. We work well in support of the ROK Army security mission and take care of everybody.”
A Soldier from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade reviews aerial imagery of Desiderio Army Airfield, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys during a capabilities demonstration exercise here July 21. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Cassatt
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New Earth Friendly Vehicles in Daegu Garrison
By Christopher E. Miller & Christopher J. Mead USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — Nobody wants to pollute our environment so the army in Korea purchased 12 electric vehicles to see how efficient they are and to show how the army can do in their part on saving the environment. The military is not here to pollute the environment but to help the environment. The Electric vehicles were purchased by the Garrison and the DOL about a year ago from the US. The prices for the vehicles were 13,000 dollars each. The vehicles didn’t arrive until about a month ago. Mostly used by the DPW and others such as Camps Walker, Henry, George, and Carroll. The Vehicle has all the capabilities as a normal vehicle would with the exception of a radio, doesn’t have a gear shifter, or can’t be put into park. The gear changes by two buttons reading forward, while the other reads reverse. To know what it feels like is just like riding in a golf cart. The vehicles are not permitted to go on the highways because the top speed it can reach night they have to charge the battery by plugging the car into the 110 outlet. “The army does not pay for the vehicles that you see running around base.” says Mr. Davis “All of the vehicles are bought by the Korean government.” “In a certain period the government will give money to the military to buy equipment. The catch is that they must buy Korean material. The Korean government wants the money to circulate in Korea.” The Military installations in area IV are not thinking about buying more electric vehicles. If they were to buy new vehicles in the future they would like to have hybrids. Hybrids in a very unique way, they use gas to start up the vehicle and when they drive through the city, but when they are in the highway they use the power of electricity. Hybrid cars would not have to be charged every day, because while using gas to power up your battery is charging up. The military is doing little things that can make a bigger impact on saving our ecosystem and help clean the environment. We can say the army is starting to go green. For more information contact please contact Davis at (0505) 768-6745.
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8 electric vehicles are introduced to Daegu Garrison. In the near future, Daegu Garrison will buy more environmental friendly vehicles such as these.— U.S. Army photo by Christopher Mead is 25 mph. Another problem is the battery in time will ware down so it will not get the mileage that it would get brand new. The cost of fuel in Korea is 2.70 a gallon which is a lot better than the prices of gas a year ago a whopping 5 dollars to the gallon. The difference between electric and fossil fuel vehicles is that the electric vehicle saves fuel, energy, and emissions put into the air. The idea makes the army look greener. The problem is that the battery can only run for 40 min. before it has to be charged. So every
Celebrating Army Community Service Birthday on July 24
By Lee, Jihye USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — Army Community Service in Camp Henry - From pioneer days to the Volunteer Army of the 1980s', the concept of humanitarian concern for the welfare of others exists as a foundation of the Army way of life. A volunteer spirit and the tradition of "caring for its own" are its characteristics. July 24 was ACS’ birthday. So people who is concerned with this birthday all gathered together at ACS which is located in Camp Henry. When people gathered, Col. Terry D. Hodges made a congratulation remarks to all the people, and had a cake cutting time with others. The Buffet was prepared with various foods and beverages. While having buffet, people had a time for refreshing – it was giving lottery tickets to the people who were chosen. Everyone had a great time at ACS, and they slowly got to understand ACS’ history and what they do for community during exhibition at the corner of the hall. Let’s see what ACS aims for, what kinds of things ACS do for Army Community. Firstly, ACS provides a flexible framework for the operation of a viable system of social services. Emerging needs can be met, and services no longer needed can be discarded, to ensure that each program is adapted to — See ACS B-DAY story Page 28 —
Friendly Soccer match strengthens Daegu community
By Cpl. Lee, Jae Won 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — With cool and breezy windy evening, Soldiers, families, and civilians from Area IV played a friendly soccer match against the Daegu Health College soccer team at Camp Walker Kelly Field, July 25. Daegu United Football Club, which led by Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto, commander, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, played against Daegu Health College to promote intimate friendship under the Good Neighbor Program and nearly 50 players participated to celebrate the friendship. The Good Neighbor Program provides Soldiers, KATUSAs, civilians and family members with many different opportunities to engage with our Korean host throughout the year. The 19th ESC GNP if run out of G-9 Community Relations office. “The team members are all part of the Daegu area soccer club. We have members from units all around Daegu area, including 19th ESC, 501st Sustainment Brigade, and 25th Transportation Battalion, to name a few,” said Maj. Crockett, Daegu Utd. FC team manager, 25th Trans. Bn. The game was fast paced despite the fact it was a scrimmage. In the first half, Daegu Health College opened up with a surprise goal minutes into the game, leading by one. However, by the end of second half, Daegu Utd. FC scored a goal and made 1 to 1 even game. “The whole idea is to foster the mutual understanding through the international language of soccer,” said team captain Lobeto, “This soccer event was first launched back in 2007, when I arrived and Daegu Utd. FC was first formed.” Professor Kim, Kyung Yong, Chief, International Relations Department, Daegu Health College, traces the friendship back in 2002 when various events were planned to seek cultural communication. “Since GNP started, we have been actively communicating with U.S. Army community through cooking classes, Korean classes, soccer games, and so on,” said Professor Kim, “we seek to accomplish “Let’s go together” motto through understanding cultural and ideological differences.”
Daegu Garrison Commander, Col. Terry D. Hodges has a cake cutting event with Daegu Community members during the ACS birthday event— U.S. Army photo by Lee, Jihye
Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto, Commanding General, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, is exchanging team pennant with Professor Kim, Kyung Yong, chief, International Exchange Center, Daegu Health College, during Good Neighbor’s Program friendly match, July 25. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Lee, Jae Won
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News & Notes
Camp Walker Fitness Center Basketball Court closed
19th ESC goes through New Horizon Day
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July 23 - Aug. 2 to install central air. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you want more information, call 764-4800. Don’t wait till the last day. Register for School Bus Transportation! New School Bus Passes are now ready for pick-up. Parents/Sponsors must come and pick-up New School Bus Passes. It is from Daegu Student Transportation Office, Bldg 3019 Room 321. Customer Service Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call us for more information at 768-7722 – We are here for you! Would you like a traditional Korean Meal with our wonderful Korean Hosts? WHO: Soldiers, DA Civilians, Family Members WHEN: You decide the date!!! WHERE: Residence of our Good Neighbor WHY: Promote ROKUS friendship and community For information, call 768-6684/7851. All SOFA military, civilian (APF/NAF), contractors and Family Members must be registered in the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System(ADPAAS). It takes about 10 minutes. Sponsors can register family members. When an exercise is called, each sponsor must go on-line to ADPAAS and let the Army know where you and your family are. For information, call 768-8968. Syncadd Systems, Inc will be conducting a space and manpower survey of buildings on Camps Henry, Walker, and Carroll until September 2009. They will be using a laser measuring device to record the dimensions of garrison facilities. They will also be photographing building exteriors, which has been approved by USAG Daegu. Please afford them access to the facilities to complete this project. For information, call 768-8760. If you want to meet other gamers in Korea, then you can just provide your Gamer tag or Online ID at your local USAG Daegu Gaming Corner. Sign up at your Community Activity Center Today! You will have a chance to organize and compete against other local teams. If you want to advertise any events or information for the Area IV community in the Morning Calm Weekly, please send an e-mail to Cpl. Park Kyungrock, [email protected]
or 768-8070 for Camp Walker, Henry and George and contact Cpl. Lee Dodam, [email protected]
for Camp Carroll.
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Sgt. 1st Class John Oyerbides, G-4, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, introduces Heat injury risk management to the Soldiers of the G-3/G-4 sections at the Conference room, Headquarter building, Camp Henry, July 23. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Jun Ho By Pvt. Lee, Jun Ho 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — Instead of their regular sergeant’s time training in the morning, Soldiers from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Headquarters and Headquarters company gathered in Henry theater at Camp Henry on July 23. The New Horizon day is a day-long training that reminds the Service members to be aware of possible emergency situations while in everyday’s work and how to handle those situations. The day’s schedule started with the comments from Capt. Cody L Zach, Commander, 19th ESC HHC. She introduced Sgt. 1st class Natasha N. Harper, 19th ESC DFAC, and Master Sgt. John W. Proctor, 19th ESC Chaplin as the company’s counselor. Zach emphasized on preventing suicide of Soldiers and KATUSAs, which has been a major problem recently. “Know that there are always people who care for you. Meanwhile, always pay close attention to your battle buddies.” Said Zach. Suggesting “the Veterans’ club”, Proctor proposed that the Servicemembers meet at the chapel every Wednesday, to have the opportunity to get to know each other and make their best friends. “A third of us have been in combat. All of you with the right arm patches are invited.” he said. “We will talk about everything. How you deal with the stress, your family, and work.” Proctor added. Afterwards, the company had time to watch a few video clips pertaining to the modern history of Korea, and the importance of ROK-U.S. alliance. The company was presented with the benefits and significance of the U.S. Forces stationed in Korea, including economical and diplomatic contributions to the Republic of Korea. Cpl. Jung, Hee Yun, Sr. KATUSA, 19th ESC, then made a briefing on KATUSA system. The basic trainings and regulations of KATUSAs were introduced to the Soldiers. After the lunch break, the company was separated into each sections for the smaller group activity which encouraged the Soldiers to participate and interact in the discussions of troubles Soldiers may face in their everyday work. The training of the G-3/G-4 sections was held in the conference room at the Headquarter building, Camp Henry, while being attended by many high-ranked officers. During the heat injury risk management training, the veterans did not hesitate to offer what they have learned in the fields. “You should always check your wet bulb globe temperature, to know both the temperature and the humidity. Disregarding the humidity of your workplace at this season might bring you trouble, for the temperature is not the only thing that matters.” Said Col. William I. Rush, G-3, 19th ESC. Sgt. 1st class John M. Oyerbides, G-3, 19th ESC, who was one of the instructors of G-3/G-4 training also insisted that we avoid back to back heat exposure, and NCOs make sure that Soldiers stay hydrated at all times. The afternoon training, which is conducted respectively in each section, demanded the Soldiers to think more and make their own ideas, as the interactions between them were the key to the training,. Participants were free to raise their hand during the presentation and speak what they had in mind. Different subjects from sexual assault awareness to the trafficking awareness were discussed lively throughout the training day.
“The Army can be your best opportunity”
By Pvt. Lee, Jun Ho 19th ESC Public Affairs Sgt. 1st class Derrick D. Hudson, S-1, Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, didn’t think of the Army as a career when he just joined. It was the Army way of life and his good friends that changed his whole plan of going home to college after completing his four years. His first assignment was to the Central Clearance Facility, Fort Meade, Maryland. As a fresh new comer with the challenging spirit for his life and job, he was taught how to be a Soldier by Sgt. Gregory Myers, his first Non-Commissioned Officer. “Sgt. Myers inspired me most. He taught me what it is to be a Soldier and what was expected of me each and every day.” said Hudson. The inspirations and examples given to him by Myers led Hudson to the successful completion of his first deployment as a platoon sergeant. “The day that I completed my mission as a postal platoon sergeant is the most memorable day in my career.” He is now an experienced Soldier with the title of Senior Human Resource Sergeant. But being selected for managing recruit in the Department of the Army was the most critical moment in his career. “It was the most demanding job I’ve ever done in the Army.” said Hudson. All the hard work and effort he had put in while on the job was rewarding for him. “Seeing a civilian become a Soldier is a great experience, especially if you have a part in it.” said Hudson. His most demanding times were actually the very crucial opportunity to become personnel in need and he did not miss it. Hudson advises young Soldiers to use the Army as a valuable tool. “The lessons you have learned while you are in the Army can guide you to future success and make you more marketable in the civilian sector.” said Hudson. He insisted that a job experience that is recognized worldwide, the lifelong friendships with positive influences and a
well-regulated way of life were all the assets you can gain from the Army. He said that whether you choose to stay longer or decide to be out, experience of serving in the Army will be a great benefit. “Through your career comes the growth within yourself, and the amount of time and effort you put into the Army will definitely have a lasting impact in life.” said Hudson. Since joining at 1989, the Army has been the best tool for Hudson that offered him a life of broad experience and chances to improve himself, along with the best friends he could have ever made. It was the Hardships he had while working in the Department of the Army that made who he is right now, by showing him and opportunity to ascend for himself.
CYS provides Teen Driver’s Education Program
By Christopher E. Miller & Christopher J. Mead USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Tired of taking taxis and waiting in the hot sun for buses? For many teens there’s a program that will change this. If you’re from the age 15 years 9 months to 19 and a CYS member you will be able to qualify for the Driver’s Education Training. Many young adults even above the age 16 cannot drive until the age 18 in Korea. Most of us understand that driving can be a dangerous thing that takes time and practice. This is what the program tries to demonstrate. It was recognized that every installation has had a driver’s education program. Yongsan, for the past 10 years has been supporting this program. Child Youth Services in Daegu requested to start the program. It was later agreed that once each teen paid the amount due, an instructor would come from Yongsan to tutor the teens. Many think that this class would be a waste of time and money. Imagine a male teen that has lived in Korea through all of high school and now is going to college. He would need a car to get from place to place. Taking the drivers test he passes and decides to take his new car for a spin. Not much experience on the road prior to obtaining his license. Also unfamiliar with this environment and other cars around him, toy could only imagine what might happen. If we were to take that same teen and place him in the driver’s education program during his high school years then we will have a different story. He now has a chance to know how the streets feel and what to do in certain situations. Now in college, has taken his driver’s education test, and driving on the streets makes it a lot less likely for him to get into an accident. “It estimated that about 42,000 in the United States die in a car related accident each year” says Mrs. Kolath “For the people that took driving classes there were no reported deaths.” About 30% of the deaths happen by teens not paying attention to the road. In the world about 1 million people die each year from car accidents. The class
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is going to teach you how to stay away from being that 1 in a million. Like Mrs. Kolath says “Safety First”. This program unfortunately is not year round, because it requires eight teens to sign up per session. Class will last approximately
6 weeks. The cost for this will be $500 dollars which includes classroom instruction, observation and drivers training. For more information please visit camp walker Child Youth Services building #257 or contact Mrs. Kolath (0505) 764-5822.
the requirements and resources of each local Army community. From the beginnings of ACS, thousands of Army wives have enhanced and improved the lives of fellow members of their Army community. From the initiation of the ACS program, and throughout its history, volunteers, primarily Army wives, have ensured the success and the support of the ACS program. Secondly, Army Community Service programs offer real-life solutions for soldiers and their families. ACS equips people with the skills and education they need to face the challenges of military life today and tomorrow. Think of ACS when deploying or relocating, needing information and referrals, needing financial assistance, employment services, or for crisis and family assistance. The following are some of the ACS programs that may exist at Army installations worldwide: Deployment and mobilization support, Relocation readiness, Financial Readiness, Family Advocacy Program, Exceptional Family Member Program, Installation Volunteer Program, Army Family Action Plan, Army Family
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Team Building and Employment Services. ACS facilitates a commander’s ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and responsive services that support the readiness of soldiers, civilian employees, and their families. In this way ACS do great things for the people around this area. For more information, visit www. armyonesource.com.
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AREA IV Job Opportunities
VACANCY Camps Henry, Walker , George Logistics Management Spec Supv IT Spec Supv Housing Spec Supv Human Resources Spec Human Resources Spec Supv Substance Abuse Spec Logistics Management Spec Social Worker Mechanical Engineer Camp Carroll Transportation Ops Mgr Camps Henry, Walker , George Marketing Assistant CYS Facility Director CYS Functional Tech Spec CYS Program Assoc Tech Lab GRADE LOCATION YA-2 YC-2 YC-2 YC-3 YA-2 YC-2 YA-2 GS-12 GS-11 GS-11
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Sus Cmd, AFSB-FE 19th ESC, CSSAMO USAG, DPW, Housing CHRA, Area IV CPAC CHRA,, Area IV CPAC USAG, DHR, A&DCO Sus Cmd 403rd Spt Bde DFMWR, ACS USAG, DPW USAG, DOL Trans Div
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DFMWR, Marketing Div DFMWR, CDC DFMWR, CYSS DFMWR, SAS DFMWR, Logistics Br SERCO SERCO
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NAF KN & 3RD COUNTRY FAMILY MEMBER POSITIONS SN-09-0252T Laborer, Semiskilled CONTRACTOR 30914 30817 Part-Time ACAP Counselor Victim Advocate Coordinator
For more information, contact Employment Readiness Program Manager, Steven Wegley at 768-7951
최대한 한글, 영어 두 언어 모두로 작성되 어야 할 것입니다. 언어의 장벽을 뛰어 넘 어 서로 소통을 하는 것은 성공적인 임무 완수를 위한 필요 조건중 하나입니다. 다 양한 의견을 수렴하여 우리의 서비스 질 을 향상 시킬수 있다면 용산 기지는 한층 더 발전된 모습을 보여줄 수 있을 것 입 니다. 가치 : 제가 누차 말씀 드린 바 있듯이 부도덕적 행위는 절대 용납될 수 없습니 다. 용산 기지에서 근무하는 분들 모두 육 군의 7대 가치에 어긋나는 행위를 해서는 안 될 것입니다. 7대 가치는 바로 충성심, 의무감, 존중, 희생 정신, 명예, 정직함, 용 기 입니다. 용산 기지의 리더들은 한결 같 이 친절하고 든든하며 무엇보다 남 부끄
사령관의 코너 - 미래를 향하여
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