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Hannam Village tests reveal safe water
By David McNally
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

HANNAM VILLAGE - Senior leaders from the Installation Management Command-Korea and U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to inform community members on the latest news about tap water at Hannam Village and the Far East District Compound in Seoul. Both installations experienced a raised level of mercury in the water based on test results released May 4. However, two subsequent water tests proved that the initial test was an anomaly, officials said. “We’ve come out today to begin the process on instilling confidence in the water supply,” said USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “What we intend to do is continue to take samples, once a week for the next month.” “If all those results come back without mercury, we will then test once a month,” said Stephens. Stephens said if the testing indicates results above the standard, the command will take other actions. “What we’ve done is take several samples,” he said. “Seoul City Water has taken a sample to test for mercury.” “We’ve also sent off to LabFrontier, which is an independent lab here in Korea,” Stephens added. Both organizations, the Seoul city government and the commercial laboratory, released test results this week that show water samples taken May 4 and May 7 at the Hannam Village housing area and the Far East District Compound are well within U.S. Environmental Protection

Installation Management Command-Korea Region Director Brig. Gen. Al Aycock (left), U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Ron Stephens and 7-year-old Andrew Stephens toast the news of safe water at Hannam Village and the Far East District Compound at a Hannam Village Apartment Wednesday.


Agency standards. Additional sets of water samples have been sent to the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in Japan. “What I’ve done to show you how confident I am in the water is bring my son, and I intend to let my son, as well as myself drink the water,”

Stephens said. Installation Management Command-Korea Region Director Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, along with Stephens and his 7-year-old son Andrew filled glasses with tap water in a Hannam Village apartment, gave a toast and drank the water in front of an AFN News television crew and a

Pacific Stars & Stripes reporter. “It’s very important to us that the residents of Hannam Village know that the Yongsan Garrison will take care of them,” Aycock said. “We will do all the extra measures that the Hannam Village residents feel that we need to do in order to reinstill confidence in their drinking water.”

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Area III Assault Consummated by Battery, Underage Drinking, Assault, Subject 1, Subject 2 and Subject 3 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subject 3 attempted to hit Subject 1. Subject 2 grabbed Subject 3 by locking Subject 2’s arms around Subject 3’s neck to choke Subject 3. Subject 1 was observed with an alcoholic beverage in Subject 1’s hand and a check of Subject 1’s ID card revealed Subject 1 was under the legal age to consume alcohol. Subject 1, Subject 2 and Subject 3 were apprehended. The subjects were processed and released to their units. Subject 3 sustained injuries consisting of a minor cut to Subject 3’s bottom lip but declined medical treatment. Subject 2 and Subject 1 sustained no injuries. The investigation continues by MPI. Area IV Weapon Violations, Subject 1, and Subject 2, were observed by Witness 1 at Building S252 with air-soft guns. Subject 1 and Subject 2 were apprehended and transported to the Camp Walker PMO where Subject 1 and Subject 2 were advised of their legal rights, in the presence of Subject 1’s and Subject 2’s sponsor. Subject 1 and Subject 2 were processed and released to their sponsors. This is a final report.

Casey visits Korea
Spc. Brandon Moreno
8th Army Public Affairs

This past weekend, an Army -Ensure that you are clearly visible during Soldier was struck and killed by a the night. Always wear lightly colored clothes motor vehicle. or reflective clothing. When the death occurred, the -Do not walk in the road, but on the Soldier was walking alone at night sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk well along a road and had no battle buddy off the road, facing the oncoming traffic. covering his flanks. This troubles me -Avoid walking along roads at all times if as it represents a very serious problem you have consumed any alcohol. Alcohol and — one that demands immediate drugs impair your ability to walk safely, just as commander and leader attention. This they do a person’s ability to drive. accident is still under investigation; Gen. B.B. Bell -When crossing a road where there is a however, we know that fatal pedestrian bridge or crosswalk, use the pedestrian accidents often occur where darkness and pedestrian bridge or crosswalk, even if it means alcohol use are factors. Although alcohol use has not walking further. been determined as a factor in this accident due to -Never run across a road without looking both the ongoing investigation, it is important that leaders ways, and check that there is no traffic before enforce responsible alcohol consumption, safe crossing a road. pedestrian practices, and the importance of the buddy -Never assume that you have been seen—many system for all our servicemembers. distractions can take the attention of the motorist. Be Although the consumption of alcohol — within wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don’t count limits — is legal, the diminished situational awareness on them paying attention. and reduced functional coordination associated with -Never leave children unaccompanied next to a alcohol consumption make us vulnerable to making road. deadly mistakes. The bottom line is that alcohol kills! -When crossing a road, do not walk halfway across We all have the responsibility to ensure that our — remain beside the road until both lanes are clear. consumption does not affect our well-being or the Leaders — enforce the buddy system! All well-being of anyone else. This is what taking care servicemembers, civilians, and family members must of each other is about. See USFK Policy Letter 6, be involved in accident prevention. Buddy System. Team work counts! I call on everyone to maintain vigilance during this The act of walking along or crossing streets can summer season and abide by our USFK Summer be dangerous anywhere, even under the best Safety Campaign. circumstances. However, special attention is required We go together! by pedestrians when negotiating the roads of the Republic of Korea. Pedestrians should focus on the following safety points: GEN B.B. Bell -Always have your buddy with you. Watch out for Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK and take care of each other.

YONGSAN –Gen. George Casey, the newest Chief of Staff of the United States Army, recently visited the Korean peninsula during a 60 day tour. Casey came to Korea with the goal to improve the way the Army operates for all Soldiers, Families and Department of the Army civilians – with an eye on the alliance and maintaining the stability in the Korean region. For more than half a century, the U.S. and Republic of Korea have stood shoulder-to-

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Director/Publisher Public Affairs Officer Editor Staff Writer Brig. Gen. Al Aycock Ed Johnson Andre Butler Sue Silpasornprasit

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Col. Forrest R. Newton Margaret Banish-Donaldson James F. Cunningham

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Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr. Bob McElroy F. Neil Neeley

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IMCOM Public Affairs and The Morning Calm Weekly The IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs Officer, Command Information Officer and The Morning Calm Weekly staff have moved to Bldg 1416, Yongsan. The new office is located on the 2nd floor. The telephone numbers have also changed. To contact the Public Affairs Officer call 724-3366, to contact the Command Information Officer call 724 3365. The Morning Calm Weekly Editor can be reached at 724-TMCW (8629). USFK J6 Conference The USFK J6 will host an Information Assurance Conference May 15-17. This years theme is “Strengthening IA Agility for the Joint War Fighter.” The conference will be held at the Embassy Club on Yongsan South Post. For more information call 725-8213. Cancer Awareness Event A Cancer Awareness Event is scheduled for May 15 at Camp Casey food court from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and May 19 at the Main Post Exchange, at Yongsan. Company B, 168th Medical Battalion will have an educationl booth with pamphlets and brochures that have educational information on Testicular, Cervical and Breast Cancer. There will be medical staff available for questions and concerns regarding cancer. For more information about Casey’s event contact Capt. Dasiy Wilson at 730-6796, and contact Spc. Shannon Locklear at 725-7270 for information concerning Yongsan. Courageous Channel Exercise The Courageous Channel 07-1 NEO Excercise will be conducted May 1720. Noncombatants are asked to report to the Collier Field House for processing May 18-19. The center will be open around the clock during this period. One of the new capabilities introduced during this excercise will be the ability to pre-register on-line. In order to meet Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt guidance to increase participation of family members during CC-07-1, there will be a few added incentives: 1. Free dental cleanings for retirees who participate in CC 07-1. The cleanings will not be conducted during the exercise. When the retiree finishes registering their name and contact information will be provided to the Dental clinic. 2. SOFA Stamp- The immigration office open and available May 18 to provide this service. The required information for the SOFA stamp is: - Letter of verification of assignment (not older than 90 days). - Copy of sponsor and dependent ID cards (front and back). - Complete application form. - Copy of PCS orders. 3. The vet clinic will be on site to microchip pets. This required service is available for a minimal fee.

The United States Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., his wife Shiela and the Rupubic of Korean Army Chief of Staff Gen. Park, Hung Ryul, watch serveral Korean cultural performances during a dinner in his honor at the Retired Officers’ Club.



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“As equal partners in a strong

shoulder as friends, partners and allies to deter aggression and preserve the stability of Northeast Asia and we will continue to honor that commitment as long as we are welcome, Casey said. Like a new road the alliance might have made life easier for a person to travel through, but with time there are still bumps to get around and smooth out. “The presence of U.S. troops in Korea has promoted stability, prosperity and continued economic growth for all the nations in the region and America,” Casey said. “There are obvious problems that arise from having a substantial military presence in one of the most heavily populated countries in the world,” Casey said.

governments are achieving success in a number of projects aimed at streamlining the U.S. military presence and minimizing the risks associated with living and working in such c o n g e s t e d circumstances.” In conjunction with Casey’s belief of the U.S. sustaining stability for the Korean peninsula, he also addressed the issue of making life more stable for P .D A the Soldiers serving Casey fields questions from a civilian employee during his Leader Forum at 8th United States Army Headquarters. here.

“Some changes have already occurred. The Assignment Incentive Pay program was updated, allowing for stability,” Casey said. “Recently, the USFK Commander spoke to congress to actually normalize tours here and create more commandsponsored billets,” he added. By normalizing those tours, Soldiers will receive the type of training that is unique to serving in Korea. “You are firmly grounded and trained in the way ahead for the Army. You already work and train in a joint and combined environment, and you have first hand knowledge of working with coalition forces. No one else has the level of experience that you gain from working side-by-side with Korean Augmentees to the United States Army.” “Your experiences are very valuable and relevant to the Army,” Casey said. “The Army continues to train Soldiers in a manner to which they will be combat ready in any situation,” Casey said. “It is crucial to the well being of the Army that we operate in this manner.”


SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post Events and Activities
Korea House Folk Performances
Event includes various folk performances including a royal court dance, a traditional masked dance, a Korean narrative vocal performance and much more. Dinner can be enjoyed before the performance.

Lotus Lantern Festival, May 18-20

Held to commemorate the birth of Buddha, this all-day event is an important annual festival in Seoul. You can experience how to make lanterns free of charge; print or engrave traditional Korean patterns; enjoy face painting (pictures such as a lotus and fish are painted on your face. You can also dress up in traditional The dinner starts daily at 5:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.. Over 30 attire and have your photo taken. Many more new and exciting kinds of traditional Korean foods will be served. The Korea experiences are awaiting you, and most are free. The event is House is located at 80-2 Pil-dong 2 ga, Jung-gu, Seoul. Call located at the Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul. For more information 82-2-2266-9101~3 for more details. call +82-2-1330 (English/Korean)

Wild Tea Cultural Festival, May 17-20
The Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival celebrates a timehonored, Korean tea tradition. The festival is a good place to learn experience first-hand the wonders of Korean green tea and the culture that surrounds it. Participants will even be able to visit a farmhouses and pick tea themselves. Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do is about four hours away by bus from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal. For more information, call +82-55-880-2375 (Korean)

International Friends Day, May 19
This walking event will be held on May 19. It will begin at 9.00 a.m. at Cheonggye Plaza, the starting point of the restored stream, and finish near O-gan-su-gyo in central Seoul - one of the 22 bridges that span the stream. Participants will then return to Cheonggye Plaza. It will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the walk. Local residents and USFK members are all invited to enjoy this opportunity to walk along the stream in both directions – a total distance of 5.4km. For USFK members to participate with no entry fee you must email your name, number of participants, and T-Shirt size to [email protected] Source:

Free Pop Concert (WWI 2007), May 19-20
Pop singers Lee Hyo-lee and Ivy are set face off on-stage at an unusual event. The two will perform at a show called the 2007 World Wide Invitational (WWI 2007) which will be held at the gymnastics arena in Olympic Park in Bangi-dong, Seoul. WWI 2007 is a free event for video gamers and video game fans. For information about tickets, visit

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Shelia Casey talks with a nurse at the Woman’s Infant Care Unit while Maj. Carmen Stella, head nurse looks on.


Casey visits 121st
By Spc. Fay Conroy
8th Army Public Affairs

Shelia Casey, the wife of the newly appointed chief of staff, Gen. George Casey Jr., recently toured the facilities at 121st Combat Support Hospital to see what kind of care Soldiers and their families are receiving. Gen. Casey visited Korea for three days to tour the Peninsula with his wife, as part of a “fact finding” mission on the needs of the Army. “My husband and I are taking the first 60 days since he has taken Chief of Staff to travel around the world to visit Army posts and Soldier’s familiesto try to get a pulse on what they’re feeling and what they need and what they would like us to do in Washington to make their lives easier,” explained Casey.

At 121 st CSH, she visited the Intensive Care Unit, Multi-care Inpatient Unit, Department of Nursing, Radiology, the Nurse’s Station and the Women’s Infant Care Unit. In each station she spoke with staff and had several members of the officer’s wives club and Army Family Team Building accompany her. She also visited new mothers in the Patient Recovery rooms and stopped to ask questions about their newborns. The visit seemed to have left a good impression on Mrs. Casey. “It’s a beautiful facility,” she said. “I am absolutely dumbfounded by the newness and the amount of things that are available.” “This is a beautiful facility with lots to offer and our families are deserving of it.”

This change applies to families of children attending DoDEA schools overseas in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Azores, Turkey, Korea, Japan, and Okinawa. It does not include families of children attending DoDEA schools in Puerto Rico or Guam who fall under their State Department of Education programs. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange Service Command, and Marine Corps Community Services are designated School Food Authorities for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools overseas. AAFES is the largest SFA, providing United States Department of Agriculture approved school meals to students located on Army and Air

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Force Installations in nine countries throughout Europe and the Pacific. NEXCOM and the Marine Corps Community Services also operate similar programs overseas. The school lunch program is designed to meet federal requirements for nutritionally balanced meals and to offer free or reduced price lunch and breakfast (where available) to eligible children. Families can apply for eligibility to participate in the free and reduced price school lunch program by completing an application available at their installation. Installation commanders operate and maintain the program by providing instructions on how to apply for the program; determining eligibility of applicants and maintaining and updating a list of students enrolled in the program.

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Red carpet put out for Army chief of staff wife’s visit
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson
USAG-RC Public Affaiars


Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey’s wife, Sheila, talks with spouses from the 2nd Infantry Division and Area I on family readiness, health care, Army community services and entitlement issues.

USAG-RED CLOUD — Day and night they arrive — four-star generals, ambassadors, congressional leaders and now Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey’s wife Sheila. Whether they stop for a formal visit or are here en route to another location, the 2nd Infantry Division and USAG-Red Cloud team is there to greet them with a salute and a smile. General officer wives, command and noncommand spouses and representatives from Human Resources, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Pear Blossom Cottages met with Sheila Casey May 1 to discuss family readiness, health care, Army community services and entitlement issues. “A vast majority of the spouses and their families are command sponsored living in Yongsan, Korea” said Donna Coggin, wife of Maj. Gen. James Coggin, 2nd Infantry Division commander. “However, in USAG-Casey we have a 5 to 1 ratio of noncommand sponsored family’s from15 different nationalities.” Language and culture play an important part, which is a reason the family readiness groups are so active. Out of 30 spouses in one FRG, 20 are foreign born. “We have been here almost two years,” said Betty Lynn Snelling, spouse from Heavy Brigade Combat Team at USAG-Casey. “It is a challenge for the spouses to just come to a FRG meeting with a child, baby and stroller walking on the street because of no sidewalk or even riding a bus to get there. It was an eye opening experience for me.” Another limitation in USAG-Casey is medical and dental treatment. “There has been a huge improvement in medical care at the troop medical clinic, unless you are having

contractions on a Saturday,” said Cary Perry, spouse from 1-72 Armor. “No one is at the TMC on weekends so you have to go to a Korean hospital. Four hours later I saw a doctor. The nurses don’t speak English, but at least the doctors can talk to you. However, before you leave the hospital you have to pay, and there is security at the door.” “From what I am hearing today, resources are needed to take care and reach out to these families,” Casey said. “Also, an increase is needed for medical specialists to support families.” One more avenue available for families unfamiliar with the culture in USAG-Red Cloud and Casey are the Pear Blossom Cottages. The family support groups are run by ACS in the PBC. Since 2003 facilities have pared down to three ACS centers and three PBCs due to camp closures. “From the noncombatant evacuation exercises in the last three years there has been an increase from 700 to 1,600 family members,” said Linda Rieth, HR director. “Housing is funded for command sponsored, but not noncommand sponsored families in Area I.” Sexual assault prevention and response program was added to the family advocacy program in March 2005. Also, new parent support program prevention and education responsibility was added to the family advocacy program in October 2006. “Lastly, not everyone gets overseas housing allowances or separate rations,” Coggin said. “And, if someone wants to home school their child they get $2,000 annually, except for Area I. They do not qualify per policy. It’s another deterrent to discourage people from going to Warrior Country.” Education is an issue I will discuss with my husband, George, Casey said. Families should not have to pay out of pocket. Spouses particularly need support when they are living overseas in a foreign country.

Alcohol Screening Month celebrated at Casey
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG CASEY—Area I celebrated National Alcohol Screening Month at Camp Casey’s Food Court April 18 with Alcohol Screening Day by screening volunteers that would stop by their booth. The screens are questionnaires that cause people to think about how much alcohol they consume. “Today is an open day,” said Gloria Prince, education specialist and employee assistance program coordinator for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program at Camp Casey. “The surveys here are to catch the Soldiers and the personnel coming through to let them know that we are here and where we are located here at Camp Casey and at Camp Stanley. The screening is a promotion to let the folks know we are here to assist them and service the public.” Among the many problems identified worldwide is alcoholism, according to Prince. “There is a real need for alcohol screening,” Prince said. “We are trying to let folks know that they do not have

to drink to have a nice time. If one decides to drink, they should decide to drink responsibly. If one is not of legal age, then one should not drink. The main points are to control, drink in moderation, and be responsible. We are trying to get that point across nationwide.” Alcohol Screening Month is an Army wide program to convince Soldiers and employees to drink responsibly as well as to give those that drink some tools and knowledge they need to know to stay within the legal limits of blood alcohol level of .10. “The Army feels that there is a need for this kind of awareness,” Prince said. “There was so much alcohol being consumed by everyone creating problems. We used to be able to have two drinks at lunch. When people started abusing that limit, the Army had to change that. This is one of the ways the Army decided to take control of the problem.” The Army hopes to promote responsible drinking and awareness of problems with alcohol by promotions such as Alcohol Screening Month.

“We are looking at making sure that people become aware of the health risks involved with alcohol and the accidents that are caused because someone consumed too much alcohol,” Prince said. “We have issues out there that are being caused by irresponsible people drinking too much alcohol. If alcohol is causing problems, then alcohol is the problem.” When taking the screening questionnaire, it makes one think about how often and how much one drinks. The ASAP office also gives persons that take the screening a card that shows how much alcohol one can drink at one sitting before coming to the blood alcohol limit of .10 set by the Army. “We can give you a blood alcohol content chart on a wallet size card that will tell you how much you can drink before becoming inebriated,” Prince said. “It will show different people according to their weight, how many drinks they can consume before reaching the blood alcohol level of .10.” “All should know their limit before going down range and drinking. If you drink then drink responsibly.”


Sgt. 1st Class Michael Sellars gives Soldiers a sample of his nonalcohol brew April 18.


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New Speed Limit Posted at Casey The new speed limit in effect from Schoonover Bowl and surrounding areas from Building 453, 450 to building 478B near the stop signs next to Story Barracks. The new speed limit in these areas is 8 KPH/ 5 MPH. Speed limit in the Casey/ Hovey gap is 32 KPH/20 MPH. Postal Rates Are Increasing Effective May 14 the cost of a first class stamp will be $0.41. Buy your $0.02 stamps early to make up the difference for any $0.39 stamps still in your possession. Call the Post Office for further information. Building Manager Classes at USAG-RC Classes for building manager will be held May 17 instead of May 10. For more information call: 732-7476 Military Family Appreciation Day Military Family Appreciation Day will be held tomorrow at Camp Casey commissary Parking Lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area I Central Issue Facility Closing The Area I Central Issue Facility will be closed for all business matters from May 18 to 21 to conduct a 100 per cent inventory. The CIF will open for business at 8 a.m. on May 22. Emergencies during this closure will be handled on a case by case basis. For more information call: 730-6953 or 010-9971-1980. 2nd Infantry Division Newcomer Orientation The 2ID Newcomer Orientation will be held on USAG-Red Cloud May 15 and USAG-Casey May 22. For times and questions call: 732-5883. Florida Presidential Primary Florida’s Presidential Primary will be held Jan. 29, 2008. For more information call: 732-8854. Courageous Channel Noncombatant evacuation exercise courageous channel is scheduled for May 17th. Call 732-6524 for more information. ACS Baby Shower Army Community Services will hold a Baby Shower tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call: 730-3143. Education Extravaganza at CRC The Camp Red Cloud Education Center will hold their Education Extravaganza today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call: 7327015. Motorcycle Training Classes at Camp Mobile Motorcycle safety training is now available for redeploying 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers who plan to purchase a motorcycle upon their return to CONUS. The class will accommodate up to eight Soldiers. For more information call: 724-5443.

138th F ield Ar tiller y tests NEO r eadiness
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-CASEY—The 138th Field Artillery conducted Non-combatant Evacuation Operation readiness for the dependants of Soldiers stationed at Camp Casey April 18. “Prior to the Courageous Channel which is coming up May 17 through 20, we are making sure all the sponsor’s gas masks of the dependants are working and checking to see if their bags are packed, and all their paper work is in order prior to the exercise,” said Staff Sgt. Roberto Rodriguez, 138th Field Artillery. “We are using the Pabst 41 test which tests to see if the gas masks are working properly and is fitted properly.” The inspection is not just gas mask testing, according to Rodriguez. “They are required to have ‘go to war bags,’ so to speak, it consists of three days food and water, clothing, batteries, flashlight, first aid kit, medication if they need it, and other essentials to get out of the country,” Rodriguez said. “We expect 100 percent compliance for the battalion.” The inspection was planned March 26 to be held April 18. That gave family members and sponsors time to make sure all their paperwork and ‘go to war bags’ were compliant to instructions in participating in the NEO exercise. “Me being the battalion representative for the NEO exercise, it is my job to insure the NEO wardens are doing their job in taking care of the families,” Rodriguez said. “We do this check the same as we would do it for any Soldier. We are here in a foreign country and we still don’t know what North Korea has to confront us with, so we have to ensure that our spouses as well as the Soldiers are prepared and mission capable.” Soldiers and their dependents should have their bags packed at all times to be ready for evacuation if a shooting war starts, according to Rodriguez. “Just like Soldiers have their ‘go to war’ bags packed, all dependants should have their bags packed as well,” Rodriguez


Sgt. Stephen Mitchell operates the technology that makes sure gas masks are operating properly. said. “The contents of the bags are extra things they keep on hand to be ready.” If an alarm does go off, the NEO wardens will contact the dependants where we will get them to the evacuation control center at Hanson Field House on Camp Casey. From there they will be in-processed and given an armband with a bar code on it to wear during the evacuation. They will process through different stations to check if their paper work is correct. From that point, they will be shipped out by helicopter, buses or train on their way out of the country. “By the end of the day today we will have 100 percent of the battalion checked and ready,” Rodriguez said. The 138th Field Artillery has seven volunteers at present time to go on the NEO exercise to be held May 17-20. All battalions should do similar checks to make ready for the exercise.

ICW stages ‘smack down’ at Casey
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-CASEY – Larger than life characters filled the air at Hanson Field House April 22 with raw wrestling excitement. The only thing missing was cigar smoke to the ceiling. Wrestlers in costumes mouthing cheap banter riddled the wrestling fans as Lil Nate challenged Goodman. The talk was cheap but the action was hard and fast when the two wrestlers grabbed meat. Goodman proved no match in the end but provided much entertainment. A bus load of wrestling fans came from as far as Camp Casey and Camp Stanley for the two hour exhibition of professional wrestling at the gym. Helen Niederhauser would not miss the action for anything. “I have been coming to wrestling matches for almost 20 years,” Niederhauser said. “I especially wanted to get the signed photos of the wrestlers for my grandson,” she said. The night was not finished with

Doink the Clown puts the ‘smackdown’ on Black Sabbath in Hanson Fitness Center. cheap insults and nonstop action. Lady wrestlers are only different in gender when it comes to action. “The girls entertain the troops a lot, they appreciate the extra attention,” Niederhauser said. Then it was Lexie versus Erica. The two women exchanged insults, which made Lexie look more evil than a scalded rattlesnake, but Erica put the smack down on her in a hurry. Both wrestlers had throws and holds one can only witness at ICW wrestling or a west Texas honky tonk. The only thing they didn’t break was the smell of sweat. They did not spare the Soldier

either as both Karma and Morgan found a way to entertain the Soldiers while taunting each other. After climbing back in the ring and throwing each other out of the ring several times, they decided to end the bout with Erica holding Lexie down for the count. Nice action and no broken glass or chairs, which is why ICW wrestling is good entertainment. The third match was one of real emotion, Doink the Clown versus Black Sabbath. Doink proved to be the wily opponent by playing on the crowds’ sense of humor and making the fans spread some space so he could toss Black Sabbath out of the ring, but it was all a joke, the fans had a good laugh when Black Sabbath tossed Doink out of the ring. It did not take long for Doink to put the smack down on Black Sabbath, but Doink got the laughs with his funny moves in avoiding Black Sabbath. At exactly the right time Doink gets Black Sabbath down for the count.

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Soldiers from the ROK Army’s 701st Special Regiment martial arts team leap through hoops of fire as part of a Taekwondo demonstration during the KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week opening ceremony May 3 at Camp Casey’s Schoonover Bowl.

KATUSA/U.S. Soldier friendship week brings tr oops together
By Spc. Beth Lake
2ID Public Affairs

USAG-CASEY—Fifty years ago during the Korean War, two Soldiers stood in the Pusan perimeter. One turned to the other and said, “Let’s go together.” That’s how it all got started, said Maj. Gen. James Coggin, 2nd Infantry Division commander, as he opened the championship ceremony May 3 for the 2nd Infantry Division KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week. The 2007 2ID KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week, which took place April 30-May 3, enabled Korean and U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to forge new friendships as they played sports at their battalions before coming to Camp Casey for the championship games. A variety of sports were played

throughout the week such as Jok-ku, a form of foot volleyball; soccer; and Ssireum wrestling, in which participants wear a belt and wrestle against their opponent in a sand ring. “This has been a fun week”, said Spc. Joseph Vargas, Co. A, Division Special Troops Battalion. “Sports are good because they bring people together. This week has gotten people together more than working with KATUSAs in the office.” Pvt. Nicholas Connery, 6th Battalion, 37th FieldArtillery, agreed.As a new Soldier to Korea, KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week gave him a taste of Korean culture and helped him get to know others in his unit better. “In the field you are at close ranks with KATUSAs all the time and are getting along there,” Connery said. “Then you come to a

week like this and play sports and wrestling; it’s great. I feel like I made new friends.” Overall, Connery’s favorite part of the week was the way the teams were arranged. “I like the fact that on every team you have so many American and KATUSA Soldiers,” he said. “It shows that everyone is working together and cooperating on everything.” Many Soldiers planned to continue the friendships that were made. Cpl. Choi, Yong Suk, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 304th Signal Brigade, said he hopes to meet at the softball field to play soccer with the Soldiers he has gotten to know. Choi participated in soccer, Kimajun and tug-of-war. “It was quite good because we made

the soccer team with a lot of Soldiers I didn’t know,” Choi said. “After the event, we knew many more KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers. It was a nice chance to make a friendship. All the Soldiers this week, U.S. and KATUSA, were like one. It was Kachi Kapshida.” As Coggin closed his speech during the opening ceremony, he emphasized the importance of the U.S. Soldier and KATUSA relationship and congratulated his Soldiers. “The Koreans and Americans on this peninsula have a relationship that has been forged in combat,” Coggin said. “It’s a friendship, it’s a coalition, and it’s a true partnership for peace. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers alike, you are the division and as always, you’re second to none.”

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New test results show no mercury
By David McNally
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

Hannam Village and Far East District Compound tap water is now within safety standards according to two test results.


Officials: tap water is top concern
By David McNally
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison officials announced the discovery of raised mercury levels in the water supply May 4 for both Hannam Village and the Far East District Engineer Compound in Seoul. Officials quickly recommended water users at those two locations not use tap water for drinking or cooking immediately until further testing was conducted. However, subsequent testing from two independent sources confirmed Tuesday that the water had returned to safe levels (Editor’s note: See “Test Results”). May 4 at 3:50 p.m., the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine contacted Garrison officials to report that test results showed an increased mercury level.

Garrison Public Works Director Michael Chung said the tolerance level for mercury is .002 parts per million, also known as .002 milligrams per liter. “Hannam Village had .0024 parts per million,” Chung said. “This was just barely over the threshold for potability.” The report stated that there were .0092 parts per million of mercury for the FED Compound, or about three times the acceptable level. “These samples were taken on April 6, they were perserved and sent to the lab in Japan April 28,” Chung said. “This test complied with our annual requirement to test for mercury.” Chung said his staff sends samples from all USAG-Yongsan installations to the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine at Sagami, Japan.

YONGSAN GARRISON — New test results released late Tuesday show water samples taken May 4 at the Hannam Village housing area and the Far East District Compound are safe. “We are pleased to hear that the results from the April water samples were an anomaly,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “However, we will test weekly until we feel comfortable that there’s no problem.” Army health officials contacted the garrison May 4 to advise them of raised mercury levels at Hannam Village and the FED Compound. The city of Seoul supplies tap water to both those locations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the safe level of mercury at .002 milligrams per liter, which is the same as .002 parts per million. The Korean standard is even more stringent with .001 milligrams per liter. Korean officials test monthly for heavy metals in the water supply. They have never reported a problem with mercury in the water. “We have been in constant communication with the Seoul officials responsible for water,” said Garrison Public Works Director Michael Chung. “They were surprised to hear about our test results because they test to the same Environmental Protection Agency standards.” Garrison officials rushed additional water samples from Hannam Village and FED Compound to a certified commercial lab in Suwon Friday night. The facility, LabFrontier, provided official test results Wednesday stating that water samples

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Garrison officials meet with Hannam Village residents
By David McNally
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON – About 100 concerned Hannam Village residents met Sunday at the installation chapel for a special town hall meeting with the garrison command team to discuss the current water situation. “We've positioned several 1,000gallon potable water trucks here for your use,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “This water will be available to you as long as necessary.” Stephens laid out the facts for residents. “We immediately sent additional water samples to a certified lab in Suwon,” he said. (Editor’s note:

Hannam Village residents ask questions Sunday during a special town hall meeting. see “Test Results”). When the commander opened the floor to questions, residents


responded. They wanted to know how often there is testing for mercury. Stephens explained that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing for contaminates like mercury once a year. 18th Medical Command Senior Environmental Science Officer Col. Martha Sanders said these are routine tests because mercury contamination is rare. One resident, the father of a fourday old baby, asked how the garrison would work to restore the community’s trust in the water supply. Stephens gave his word to the community that the garrison would work to install some sort of filtration

FED workers take issue in stride
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Workers at the U.S. Army Far East District Compound in Seoul took the findings of raised mercury levels in tap water in stride. “Most people here weren't drinking the water anyway,” said FED spokesman Joe Campbell. “This is just a small imposition.” Campbell said they determined last year that the FED Compound water wasn't potable, but for other reasons. “It had nothing to do with mercury, we didn't have an adequate filtration system,” Campbell said. “I only had a couple of inquiries about the current situation.”

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NEO Exercise News Thursday through May 20, U.S. Forces Korea will conduct a semiannual training exercise to practice noncombatant evacuation operations. All noncombatants are required to participate. See your unit NEO representative for information. The exercise will be conducted at Collier Field House. The Yongsan Garrison soccer field at Collier Field House will close from 3 a.m. Monday to 11 p.m. May 19. Williams Ave. will also close 12 a.m. Monday through 11 p.m. May 19 in preparation for the upcoming noncombatant evacuation operation exercise. During the exercise, the 618th Dental Company will provide dental exams and cleanings for retirees and their eligible family members who have completed the NEO exercise. Appointments can be made for the same day appointment or a voucher will be provided for a future appointment, the appointments will be made at the NEO site. For information, call 736-4779. During the May 17-20 Noncombatant Evacuation Operation exercise, technicians will be available to implant microchips in pets. For information, call 737-6890. USAG-Yongsan Web Site For more news and information, visit the Yongsan Garrison Web site at

By Cpl. Kim Sang-wook
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

April shower offers presents and information

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YONGSAN GARRISON — Army Community Service offered a special April shower for baby expecting families April 21 at the Community Service building to give presents and inform how to take care of babies. Moms and Dads attended to learn about issues like shaking baby syndrome and basic child caring information. “We’re having a baby shower today because we are oversea from home and lots of us don’t have families right around us,” said Family Advocacy Prevention Specialist Margaret Rice. “This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate with our newly expectant parents.” Rice, the coordinator of the event, said the baby shower event was an effort of “Month of the Military Child,” and “Child Abuse Prevention Month.” “We created games for moms and dads to play so they can win prizes,” Rice said. By giving out childcare necessities, organizations such as Pi Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American Forces’ Spouses’ Club and Association of the United States Armyof the gave a sponsorship for the event.


Sylvia Eckman gives information about infant CPR April 21 at the Community Service Building. During the event, 18th Medical “Something can possibly happen to the Command Health Promotion Coor- baby and we learned a lot during the dinator Ken Cobb gave a presentation class.” Erwin, four-months pregnant, said about the “Shaking Baby Syndrome.” “Most of the symptoms by shaking she learned how to deal with a baby stems from brain damage,” unpredictable problems while caring Cobb said. “When you shake a child, her expecting child. “How to do cardiopulmonary the brain will bounce against the skull resuscitation for a baby was very and cause big problems.” Cobb said shaking a baby can cause informative,” said Darrin Erwin, critical damage to babies. He added husband of Lisa Erwin. “We tried symptoms like lethargic behaviors and some baby food and we won a gift.” “I am thrilled and excited about the convulsions is a sign of the “shaking good turnout today,” Rice said. baby syndrome.” More than 50 people gathered for “I think it is really neat to offer a class like this,” said Lisa Erwin. the event.

Community honors volunteers
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs


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YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 50 community members and Area II leaders gathered to show appreciation for the community service volunteers at South Post Chapel April 19. “Some volunteer for the benefit of others, some volunteer with a sense of duty, some do it as a religious conviction- Some do it to gain experience for future career”, said Senior Enlisted Guest Speaker Joe Terry. “What matters the most is that you ‘choose’ to volunteer.” Embassy staff member George Novinger, who gained the Presidential Award, urged community members to use their talents and passions for others. “Get involved,” Novinger said. The Youth Volunteer of the Year Award went to volunteer Keisha Clark. South Post Chapel volunteer Hwacha Killebrew, who had received the Adult Volunteer of the Quarter Award January, won the Volunteer of the Year Award. “I have two kids in college but still love playing with the youngsters. I am very thankful there is something I can do to help despite my limits.” said Killebrew. “Don’t be afraid to help.” Andre Butler, who donated more than 450 hours as the editor of The Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper, won the adult volunteer of the quarter award. “Quite frankly, I couldn’t have published the newspaper without his generous support,” said former Installation Management Command-Korea Public Affairs Officer John Nowell.

Embasy staff member and volunteer George Novinger encourages other community members to get involved and become a volunteer. Mica York took the honors as youth volunteer of the quarter. York worked as a volunteer for Yongsan Child and Youth Services. General Valcourt praised the volunteers for giving their precious time for the needs of the community. “You can write a check for how much you want to give, the curfew goes away and you don’t see them anymore. What you have standing behind you though are people who don’t give once; they give repetitively and most importantly they write checks on the checkbook for which they do not know the bounds of.”


The FED Compound is only for workers, there is no housing. About 350 U.S. and Korean employees and a small number of Soldiers work at the installation. “The people here are pretty resilient,” Campbell said. Campbell said most FED Compound employees were coping by eating offpost and drinking bottled water.” Army and Air Force Exchange Service General Manager Ron Daugherty said the AAFES Snack Bar was closed during the drinking restrictions. However, when news of the new test results came out, the facility was cleared to reopen. “We sent our mobile unit to the FED Compound to cover lunch,” he said. Another on-post facility that was affected by the water restriction is the East Gate Club. East Gate is a small Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility. Officials moved ice and water from Yongsan Garrison and reopened East Gate Tuesday. The Korean Employee Snack Bar, commonly known as the “KATUSA Snack Bar,” however, remained closed during the additional testing phase.

Yongsan Wrestlers entertain Yongsan
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

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YONGSAN GARRISON — Wrestlers invaded Collier Field House for a battle of drama and comedy April 26 with more than 400 spectators crowding around to cheer them on. “Community members enjoy wrestling performances each year from the International Championship Wrestling,” said Garrison Morale, Welfare and Recreation director Paul Robinson. “Yongsan Garrison was the next stopover on their Pacific region tour.” The first champion to do battle, “Lil Nate” ran in with waves and flaunting gestures. Fans soon caught on and rooted. Encouraged, the superstar delivered a “fatal” blow and stunned his adversary Peter Goodman. The excitment climbed as warrior after warrior tested their stunts. Woos and boos shook the arena. “If you’ve noticed there is always the bad guy and the good guy and everyone would cheer for the good guythat made the overall theme,” Robinson said. “Everybody loves a clash between the two.” “I had never thought much about pro-wrestling up until now”, said spectator Pvt. Seo Dong-hoon. “It was like watching a superhero movie but

Wrestlers Lexie Fyfe (left) and Liv Tyler (right) entertain Yongsan Garrison community members April 26 at Collier Field House with pro-wrestling.

About 400 Yongsan residents cheer the wrestlers during the event. Wrestlers please the crowd with antics and competition. with a lot of people you could share calm them down,” Robinson said. Entertainment Director Shirley laughs with.” While most of the MWR community Commander. Children gathered around the safety programs are for the adults, wrestling Commander coordinated the rail to enjoy the show closer. “Doink” games are something that the kids event. the clown came out to throw mustard adore, Robinson said. “The wrestlers seemed to enjoy and ketchup at the other wrestlers. Having so many kids made the them as well, seeing how crazy they “The kids got so excited we had to evening so much fun,” said get when they perform,” she said.



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from Hannam Village and the FED Compound are well within acceptable limits. Those tests results are posted at “The results indicated that the water is within appropriate tolerances below the mercury content limit,” Chung said. “We expect the official results tomorrow.” Stephens said based on the results, Hannam Village residents and FED Compound workers can feel safe drinking or cooking with tap water again. However, to ensure Hannam Village residents regain confidence, Stephens said potable water trucks would continue to be available until the garrison validates the latest results. Army and Air Force Exchange Service eateries at both locations resumed normal operations Wed-

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nesday, officials said. Korean municipal water officials took independent samples at both locations Monday. “Seoul is working quickly to get the test results,” said Garrison Supervisory Engineer John Ghim. Garrison officials are also waiting to hear again from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine at Sagami, Japan. “The facility in Japan received our additional samples Tuesday,” Ghim said. “We expect to hear those official results no later than Thursday.” “The bottom line is, based on the test results we received, the drinking water is safe at Hannam Village and the FED Compound,” Stephens said. “That is good news. The safety and security of our forces is my top priority.”

The 18th Medical Command’s 5th Preventive Medicine Unit also does random checks to compliment this testing. “At locations where Seoul city officials treat the water, the FED Compound and Hannam Village, USAG-Yongsan sends samples monthly to Sagami,” Chung said. “Seoul’s testing is more stringent and they have never reported this problem.” “We immediately took additional water samples and our people drove them to a certified commercial lab in Suwon Friday night,” said Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses. Officials immediately positioned three 1,000-gallon water tankers at Hannam Village to provide potable water. “The MWR club at the FED Compound, as well as AAFES eateries at both locations, have reopened now that additional testing has indicated that the water is safe,”

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Moses said. During the tap water drinking ban, officials stressed that the water was acceptable for washing, showering and for flushing toilets. There are no issues with water at Yongsan Garrison, Camp Market, K16 Air Base, the Religious Retreat Center or any other USAG-Yongsan in-stallations, officials said. Within two hours of notification May 4, Garrison employees rushed to put flyers on Hannam Village doors, AFN ran the information on radio and television and community members were advised to visit for current information. Sunday, garrison officials met with Hannam Village residents in a special town hall meeting (Editor’s note: See “Hannam Village” Page 9). “My intent was to inform the community of potential health concerns,” said Garrison Commander Col. Ron Stephens. “Our first concern is always for the safety of our community members.”

system. “One will have to be designed and built,” he said. “But, we will work as fast as humanly possible. But, it’s not magic and it will not happen overnight.” Residents said they appreciated the fast notification, but had many questions about mercury health effects, what they should or shouldn’t do with the water and how long they will have to live without potable water. “Our guidance is a precaution,” Sanders said. “We understand your frustration,” USAG-Yongsan Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster told the residents. “I am a mother too. We are not happy about the situation, but we cannot run from this.” Residents wanted medical

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officials to annotate the mercury exposure in their medical records. “Is there a test to screen for this?” asked one resident. Sanders explained how inorganic mercury is not testable at the levels that Hannam Village residents may have been exposed to. She also said residents could ask their health care provider to annotate the mercury exposure in their health records. “You would have to be exposed to mecury levels hundreds of times higher to see any effects,” she said. “The standards are based on longterm exposure.” Stephens assured the community that the garrison would continue to work this issue. “We are concerned and doing everything we can,” he said.

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Law Day 2007: empowering youth, assuring democracy
By Capt. Cesar B. Casal
Client Legal Services

This year’s Law Day theme is “Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.” According to the American Bar Association, this statement reflects two ideas: • First, America’s youth is America’s future, and we, as adults, should address the issues that impact them; • Secondly, young Americans need to understand their rights and responsibilities to become effective participants in our civic society. This article will focus on the latter idea. Being young does not necessarily mean being powerless, although sometimes it may feel that way. The following are some suggestions that will empower our Young Americans now and in the future. 1. Be Aware The first step in becoming an active participant in anything is to gain awareness. The more you know about a process or system, the better you will be at judging its strengths, as well as its weaknesses. In turn, your ability to effect change will increase. For example, saying “I want to help the environment” is a nice sentiment, but no one will really pay attention because, lets face it, who doesn’t want to help the environment? On the other hand, if you say that you are concerned about the clear cutting of rain forests in Brazil and its possible effect on the resident wildlife, you will have a more targeted (and interested) audience and more focused leads for further action. How do you increase your awareness? First, pay attention to current events. Read front page articles on the internet or in newspapers about the issues that

you are interested in. For a quick explanation on almost any topic, visit an online encyclopedia such as Wikipedia ( Visit websites of various organizations that are involved with your cause. A simple web search will give you the names of organizations you may be interested in. You can also visit your school librarian, and he or she can suggest good books that cover your area of interest. 2. Talk to your parents Your parents are a fantastic source of information. An added benefit is that the issues that you believe affect you probably directly affect them as well. Here is a list of issues that you may want to discuss with your parents: • Talk to them about who they voted for in the last Presidential or Congressional election. Ask them why they voted for that candidate instead of the other one. If your parents don’t vote, ask them why. • Ask them about the one or two issues that they are most concerned with. For most military families, the big issue will likely be the war on terror and its effect on both the nation and your family. Other issues will probably involve the economy and other current events. • Ask your parents about currents events occurring here or in the United States. Your parents will likely have something to say about these events. Once you find their point of view, you can decide whether or not you agree with them. 3. Get involved-Pick a Cause! Now that you have become aware of what is going on in the world, it is time to choose a cause and get involved. A good cause to choose would be one that affects you, one that you feel strongly about, and one you feel is righteous or important. Ultimately, it is not

what cause you choose that is important. But, what you do for that cause is. 4. Write your representative or senator Even though you may be too young to vote, your Senator and Congressman represent your voice in Congress. They have a hand in creating the laws that the rest of America must follow. If you tell them about your cause and get them to believe in it as you do, you may be able to affect the laws that Congress creates. Do you think that your Representative or Senator does not care about what you say? Consider this: on average, U.S. Senators serve in office for 12.82 years, while representatives serve for 10. Even though you may not be of voting age yet, chances are good that your current senator or representative will still be in office and will seek re-election when you can vote. So, write your Senator or Representative about your chosen issue. You will probably receive a response, and you will find out where your Senator or Representative stands. All you need to find your Senator is to visit and perform a state search. This will likely be the last state you lived in before you left the U.S. To find your Representative, visit writerep and enter your state and zip code. We live in an age of instant information and instant communication. Due to the current state of technology, being young no longer means being powerless. If you dedicate yourself to a cause that is important to you, you will at least raise awareness and visibility for that cause. You may even cause the U.S. Government to take notice and make changes. As an American youth, you can participate in and contribute to our Democracy. It is up to you to decide when and how.

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May 11, 2007

By Chaplain (Col.) Samuel J. T. Boone
USFK and 8th Army Command Chaplain


So you are not perfect. But no one else is either. Not even the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the monument to British publishing prestige. Those good people pride themselves on high standards of publishing perfection. Yet, about 15 years ago an expert seeking errors in a volume, picked at random, found over six-hundred glaring examples of outdated or discredited facts. Some say the perfect book will never be produced on this earth. It has been tried many times without success because, one way or another, errors inevitably appear. Years ago the esteemed University Press in Glasgow, Scotland, chose to reprint a certain classical work in their attempt at this elusive goal of perfection. They employed six professional proof-readers to check every word of every page.

Then they checked again and again. The professionals were satisfied. Next they turned to amateurs. Galley proofs of each page were displayed in a university hall for two weeks. A handsome reward was offered to anyone who could find any errors. Only after the reward went begging were the publishers convinced they had the perfect book! Every previous error had been corrected for certain. Well, almost every error! The first day the book rolled off the printing presses, someone found a mistake on the first line of the first page! Mistakes … errors … misjudgments … Thank the good Lord for erasers, correction fluid and spell check! But sometimes even our spell check misses that word that can be spelled more than one way … or is correct even when we use another word or part of a word. I recently attended training when the word “Army” was intended but the word “Arm” was used … but spell check passed it by! I give thanks that we have a Creator that gives us a second chance! God does not demand perfection

here on earth. God forgives our sins when we humbly repent and confess our mistakes, mispronunciations, and misspellings. God repairs and restores broken relationships between Creator and created. God allows that perfection for imperfect creatures of dust is unexpected and impossible. Therefore, in His divine scheme of redemption, He stands ready with the eraser of grace to blot out our failures. He repairs and restores broken relationships among his fallen people who have difficulty walking correctly when weighted down by feet of clay. But He’s still working on me, bringing me closer and closer to perfection that awaits me in His eternal presence. Pobody’s nerfect! But one day we shall be! I invite you to join one of the many worshiping bodies of the USFK Community of Faith this weekend … as the bumper sticker says: “I ain’t perfect … just forgiven!”

Area II Worship Services
Catholic Mass 8 a.m. South Post Chapel 11:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel 5 p.m. Memorial Chapel Tues/Wed 12:05 p.m. 121 Hospital Chapel Mon/Thur/Fri1 12:05 p.m. Memorial Chapel 1st Sat 9a.m. Memorial Chapel 7 p.m. South Post Chapel Sunday Distinctive Faith Group Services (continued) Protestant Sunday 9:30 a.m. Hannam Vill. Chpl (Korean) 10 a.m. South Post Chapel 10 a.m. Multipurpose Training Facility (R.O.C.K.) 10:30 a.m. K-16 Chapel 11 a.m. Hannam Village Chapel Noon South Post Chapel (Gospel) KATUSA Thursday 6:30 p.m. Memorial Chapel KCFA 2nd Tues. 11:45 a.m. Memorial Chapel 3rd Tues. 11:45 a.m. Memorial Chapel Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Church of Christ Information: Call 738-3011 Area II Chaplains Chaplain (LTC) James P. King (Area II Staff Chaplain) [email protected] or DSN 738-3009 Chaplain (MAJ) Adolph G. DuBose (Deputy Area II CH) [email protected] or DSN 738-4043 Chaplain (MAJ) Leo Mora Jr. (Family Life Chaplain) [email protected] or DSN 736-3018

Jewish Friday

Distinctive Faith Group Services Episcopal Sunday 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel United Pent. Sunday 1:30 p.m. Memorial Chapel Protestant Sunday 8 a.m. Memorial Chapel (Weekly Communion) 9:30 a.m. 121 Hospital Chapel


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Soldiers from 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery use all their strength during the final tug-of-war match May 3 on Camp Casey.


Korean and American Soldiers wrestle Korean-style during KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week at Yongsan.


KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week builds stronger alliance
By Cpl. Jung Jae-hoon
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs


Cpl. Bae Tae-woong (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Division makes a fast-break on Sgt. Nam Ki-ho, Area I ROKA staff, during an April 30 game.

YONGSAN GARRISON — The 31st Annual KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week in the Seoul area brought troops together in a series of events to build a closer alliance April 23-26. Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army, also known as “KATUSA” is a program that has been in existence since the Korean War. Korean Soldiers with Englishlanguage skills work alongside American Soldiers. At Yongsan Garrison, more than 10 Army units and organizations participated in various sporting events, entertainment venues and opportunities to learn more about Korean culture. April 23, each unit conducted its own events, like going to an amusement park or having a barbecue party. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Ron Stephens formally launched the friendship week with a Lombardo Field opening ceremony April 24. Eighth U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt said the event should build relationships between KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers. “The purpose of this week is to develop friendships,” Valcourt said. “Friendship means you enjoy each others’ company and you look out for each other.” Following the ceremony, Soldiers competed in various sporting events such as soccer, flag football, tug of war, Korean traditional wrestling, or "Ssirum" and relay races. More events followed April 25, including a cultural festival introducing traditional Korean

costumes, food and folk plays. “I liked the Korean traditional games,” said Spc. Christopher Garrard 8th U.S. Army Motor pool. “They are some what similar with our games but different. It’s interesting.” Soldiers got a taste of different kinds of Korean cuisine like kimchi, rice cakes, tea and sweets. In the evening, top Korean pop-singers performed for the crowds at Collier Field House. “It was so amazing to see the famous stars up close,” said Republic of Korea Army Support Group Cpl. Oh Jun-kul. “I think both American and Korean Soldiers enjoyed this.” On the final day of the week, units participated in sporting events to select the champions. The 1st Signal Brigade won the overall competition and took the first place. After the finals, Korean and American Soldiers each showed off their skills at a talent show in front of more than 500 community members at the Lombardo Field. The performances featured singing and dancing. The 164th Air Traffic Services Group team from K-16 Air Base earned first place with their duet of a Korean and American Soldier singing a popular Korean song. But, Soldiers from the 121st Combat Support Hospital earned the most laughs with a cross-dressing skit. “This was my first experience in the friendship week and I thought it was great,” said USAG-Yongsan Kim Wan-jin. “I made a lot of American friends and I think the U.S. Soldiers should feel a lot closer to Korea than before.” For more stories from other areas in U.S. Forces Korea, see Page 7 and Page 25.

(Above) Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAGYongsan Soldiers pull hard at the tug-of-war competition. (Right) Pfc. Shin Sung-hyun, 19th Sustainment Command softball team, hits the ball during a KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friendship Week Softball game at Camp Walker. Korean pop star Kim Hye-yeon entertains Yongsan Garrison Soldiers at Collier Field House April 25.




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— AREA I —
2007 8th Army Full Marathon Results (April 28)
Women’s Division: Open: 1) 1LT Shavonne H. Holden, 210th Fires BDE, 2) LT Seneca R. Stephens, DELTA 21; Sub-Masters: 1) SPC Vicki B. Cody, 16th MEDLOG; Masters: 1) SSG Jennifer Adams, 41st SIG BN Men’s Division: Open: 1) PV2 Joshua Brown, 293 rd SIG CO, 2) 1LT Daniel Copeland, B BTRY, 1-38th FA, 3) SPC Sebastian Anderson 16 th MEDLOG; Sub-Masters: 1) CPT Brian Tomasovic, HHC, 2 nd CAB, 2) MAJ Buck Rogers, A, 121st GEN HOP; Masters: 1) Jeffrey Furner, SAES, 2) SSG Edward Broadnax, D BTRY, 2/1 st ADA, 3)SFC Dage Andrade, D BTRY, 2/1 st ADA; Seniors: 1) Mr. Roger Kacmarski, SAMS, 2) MAJ Glen A. Graham, USFK CJ3

MWR BOS S programs in Korea recognized as ‘Best Of ’ at DA BOS S conference
By Staff Sgt. Jared Hamilton
IMCOM-Korea BOSS Coordinator

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2007 Warrior Country Co-ed and Women’s Volleyball Championships ( April 28)
Co-ed Championship: Camp Casey defeated Camp Red Cloud 2-1 (25-22, 25-27,15-6). Women’s Championship: Camp Casey defeated Camp Red Cloud 2-1 (19-25, 2522, 15-0)

Preseason Men’s & Women’s Post-Level Softball Tournament
Yongsan Men (18), Camp Casey (17) Daegu Women (11), Gyeongbuk (9)

USAG-Yongsan Intramural Men’s Volleyball Tournament (May 4-6)
FED over AFELM 25 to12 and 25 to 16, both teams will compete in the 8th U.S. Army Volleyball Championship at Camp Humphreys, May 10-12.



Company-Level Volleyball Championship (May 6)
1st place: 18th MEDCOM (Humphreys) 2nd place: HHB 1/43rd ADA (Suwon) Winning teams will represent Area III in the 8th Army Volleyball Championship, May 10-12, Camp Humphreys.

Men’s Preseason Intramural Softball Tournament Results (May 2-4)
May 2, Scores 19th ESC (10), 36th Sig Bn (0) 501st STB (15), 188th MP Co (0) 19th ESC (19), TCF (1) 501st STB (17), K-2 AB (4) May 3, Scores K-2 AB (15), 36th Sig Bn (0) 188th MP Co (10), TCF (8) 501st STB (12), 19th ESC (11) 188th MP Co (20), K-2 AB (16) May 4, Scores 19th ESC (13), 188th MP Co (1) Championship Game 501st STB (17), 19th ESC (6)

The Korea Region BOSS Team was invited to attend this year’s DA BOSS Forum at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia. The premier event brought together BOSS representatives from all over the globe to share ideas and knowledge. BOSS Soldiers left the event energized and ready to jump start Spring events back in Korea. A total of 38 members represented the 11 BOSS Councils in Korea Region. The impressive showing was noted not only in personnel but also through numerous awards. Best Installation for Extra Small Installation – 1st Place went to Camps Walker and Henry and was accepted by Sgt. Eddie Carr, Spc.(P) Erica Stagg, Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia Keit, and Luis Rios. Best Installation Medium – 2nd Place went to Camp Red Cloud and was accepted by Spc. Isaac Patris, Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Holder and Yong-Ae Black. Volunteer work at installations was also recognized through the President’s Volunteer Service Award – Bronze presented to K-16 and President’s Volunteer Service Award – Gold awarded to Yongsan Garrison. The Gold award is the highest award given to installations that netted over 1000 volunteer hours in one year - a true accomplishment.

With the theme “BOSS Strong”, BOSS Presidents, Senior Military Advisors, and MWR Supervisors met to share ideas on building an even better BOSS program for future Soldiers. A new Army Regulation encompassing BOSS program guidance was one of the most esteemed accomplishments of the event. Currently in the draft phase, the AR will supersede the current DA Circular. Its primary focus will be in changing the way in which BOSS is run and making it a truly legitimate organization. The new DA Regulation will allow a better understanding of the functions of BOSS as they relate to the Chain of Command, through the BOSS Representatives on down to the soldier. In essence, it will allow BOSS to fully cater to the needs of the soldier in a more organized, efficient manner. Soldiers will get the most out of BOSS, and that it truly is a “Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers”. Don’t think of it as “just another regulation”. This new regulation will give a kick-in-the-pants to the already rock steady BOSS program in Korea. Not only was the Forum designed to let BOSS personnel learn from each other, but it was also a time to get to know each other as well. Events were planned with fun in mind. Forum participant’s toured the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. and got to see David Pearson “The Ginger

Wizard” in action. The exciting billiard celebrity holds the world record for speed pool, clearing 10 tables in 8:57. Soldiers witnessed him break his record at this year’s DA BOSS Forum coming in just a hair under his previous world record. For a conclusion, Soldiers participated in a dinner banquet and awards ceremony decked out in their military best. Lt. Gen. James Campbell, BG Belinda Pinckney, and Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Preston were among the distinguished guests and speakers. Preston also led a motivational 2 mile fun. BOSS Representatives enthusiastically returned home ready to implement some new and great ideas on installations in Korea. Single soldiers as well as unaccompanied soldiers should seek out their unit BOSS Representatives and ask to participate in the upcoming events. Expect to see some new events coming your way. Fore more information on BOSS events or how to become involved, contact or visit the Community Activities Centers or unit BOSS representatives on your installation. Information can also be obtained by calling POC’s : USAG-Red Cloud – 732-66664; USAG-Yongsan – 7385254; USAG-Humphreys – 753-8825; USAG-Daegu – 764-4123 or Korea Region Program manager at 7256070.

Daegu Area 10-Miler Race (May 5)
Men’s Open: 1) Chad Carvalho, 36th Sig Bn, 1:05:11; 2) Thomas Garza, D Btry, 2/1 ADA, 1:07:21; 3) Roberto Enriquez, D Btry, 2/1 ADA, 1:11:24 Men’s Senior: 1) Jason Humble, Busan, 58:52; 2) Michael Wells, D Btry, 2/1 ADA, 1:18:23; 3) Kendall Robinson, A Btry, 2/1 ADA, 1:23:40 Men’s Master: 1) Robert Nott, USAG-Daegu, 1:01:50; 2) John Smith, Boston (U.S. Army retiree), 1:05:53; 3) Patrick Noble, 19th ESC, 1:05:54

BOSS Soldiers and Civilians watch as billiards legend David “The Ginger Wizard” Pearson wows the crowd with his trick pool shots during the event held in Washington.


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Garrison Humphreys hosts KUSFW
By Pfc. Im, Suk-chun

USAG HUMPHREYS – Hundreds of U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers took a break from their normal routine last week and came together in the spirit of friendship during the annual KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week here. Commonly known as KATUSA Week, the event featured spirited sporting competitions, cultural and talent shows and opportunities to develop new friends and reinforce existing friendships. Korea-U.S. Friendship Week is an annual event, first initiated to foster successful friendship with the host country and to help U.S. Soldiers better understand the culture and people of Republic of Korea. 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander Col. William H. Morris officially opened the event and offered congratulatory remarks to all of the Soldiers participating. KUSFW kicked off with a Tae kwon do demonstration and a performance by a traditional farm music team from Pyongtaek City. Other sporting competitions

followed and included: soccer, tug of war, a softball game pitting senior noncommissioned officers versus senior commissioned officers, swimming, basketball, bowling, PuttPutt Golf and Korean Wrestling. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers had great time and used their time together to develop team work and team spirit within their unit and individually. Although there was a large number of KATUSA Soldiers participating in the event many worked during the day and were unable to participate in all of the events. Thanks to the senior Republic of Korea Army staff, the KATUSA Soldiers who were busy during the day were released to listen to the evening concerts Tuesday through Thursday. Musicians from Headquarters, Headquarters Company USAG Humphreys, bands from Pyongtaek University, Ehwa Woman’s University and Mad Fret performed at the Community Activities Center or in the post theater. Thursday was a special day when families were invited to visit and witness the events. There was also a


Trey Liliywood (right) lands a high flying kick to a board held by Sgt. Roy Henderson, HHC, USAG Humphreys. The Taekwando demonstration was part of the opening ceremony.

Friendship luncheon complete with American and Korean food for all who attended. On the last day of the week, KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers convened

at Independence Park for awards and the closing ceremony, where each unit was recognized for their outstanding performance in different sports competition.

35th ADA celebrates KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week
By Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich
35th ADA HHB

OSAN AIR BASE – As part of the 31st annual KATUSA-US Soldier Friendship Week, soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery stationed here, spent the past week with their KATUSA soldier brothers participating in various activities to learn more about each other and strengthen the bond between the two countries. The week started off with a jolt as the battery completed a three-mile “Friendship Run” around the base here. Soldiers were decked out in the annual KATUSA Friendship T-shirts and ball caps as well as the Battery Tshirts as they ran around together, not allowing anyone to fall out. Following the run, events were held throughout the week like putt-putt golf, soccer and basketball games, tug-ofwar and trips to see Korean culture and taste traditional food. Teams for the sporting events were formed of both KATUSA and US Soldiers in order to blend the two cultures together. “The sports games build teammship,” said Pvt. Summer S. Herald, an air defense tactical

operations center operator with HHB 35th ADA. Because the two cultures don’t get a chance to blend during the average work week, events like these allow Soldiers from both groups to come together and learn from each other. “It’s good so that both culture get to know each other, other than in the office or in the PT environment,” said Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Alicea, the tasking noncommissioned officer for 35th ADA. One of the trips featured a tour of a Korean folk village where participants viewed an acrobatic show, ate Korean food, watched a traditional wedding ceremony and learned how to play traditional Korean games. “The village is a great way to understand Korean history and traditionalism,” said Pvt. Yoo, Seung Han, a KATUSA soldier with HHB 35th ADA. Other trips included a tour of Seoul that featured the Seoul Tower, a war museum and a walk through a traditional palace and a chance to visit the Ceramic Festival Tour in I Cheon City. “When you do these events, you get closer on a one-to-one basis,” said Alicea.

The fun didn’t stop at the tours and trips, however. The opening ceremony at Camp Humphreys featured a Taekwon-do performance and an acrobatic percussion group that impressed many of the viewers. “It was full of rhythm and culture and it was the first time I’ve seen a Korean culture performance since I’ve been here…I was impressed,” said Spc. Jeff N. Guymon, a signal support systems specialist with HHB 35th ADA. Even though none of the teams from

HHB 35th ADA came home with a trophy from the sporting events, many came home with memories of teamwork and a newfound understanding of their co-workers. “It’s a good opportunity for both Korean and Americans, not just military, but both countries to strengthen the bond between the two,” said Pfc. Lee, Jin Soo, an information management KATUSA soldier with HHB 35th ADA. “It’s a good chance to see different cultures and learn good things.”

A group of US soldiers and KATUSA soldiers pull together in the tug-of-war match; despite their efforts, the team lost both matches.



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Yoga Classes Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. aerobics and cardio classes are also available Mon. - Thurs. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes meet in the aerobics room at the CAC. Classes for all skill levels. Info call 753-8807. Teen Jobs at CYS Job openings for teens, 16 years or older for youth sports baseball officials and scorers. No prior knowledge or training needed. CYS will train. You become a member of the Sports Club and receive paid training as well as have your association dues paid. Games are scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. CYS Adult Jobs Youth Sports has positions for sports officials and scorers to help with all Youth Sports games. You must be able to work some Friday evenings and Saturday mornings/ afternoons. Contact Lisa Hogue, Youth Sports Director [email protected] 7535051. Audie Murphy Club The Camp Humphreys Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is looking for SAMC members who want to become active while assigned to Korea. SGT Morales members who are interested in becoming SAMC members are also encouraged to attend. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. Contact Sgt. 1st Class FC LawsonHurt at 010-2259-3026 or Sgt. 1st Class Miles at 010-3148-3450. Computer Classes for Spouses ACS has an ongoing eight-week computer basics class for spouses. Classes are Monday and Wednesday in the the ACS resource room. First one is geared to Philippines spouses; the next will be for Russian and English spouses and another for Korean spouses taught by CPAC. Graduates will receive a certification of completion. Pre-registration required. Call 753-8401, limit to five. University of Phoenix Registration Now underway for the MBA 500 Class, Foundations of ProblemBased Learning. Classes will start On-Site at Osan Air Base June 13 Register early to reserve your class slot. DEADLINE to register is June 6. Info contact Jerry Kellogg ([email protected]) at DSN 753-8920, or drop by the Education Center, Building S-300.

HAES celebrates Cinco de Mayo
By Jared Collins
HAES 2nd grade Spanish Immersion teacher

HAES Spanish Immersion teacher Jared Collins (rear)stands with his second grade students during their recent celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

USAG HUMPHREYS Parents, family members, and students in Mr. Collins’ second grade Spanish Immersion class celebrated “Cinco de Mayo” May 4 with a great “fiesta” of music, food, and fun. Students sang different songs and danced to music that celebrates the May 5th battle won against overwhelming odds by the Mexicans over the French Students have been learning different “Cinco de Mayo” songs and dances, which culminated in a performance for parents and family members. Students and parents enjoyed a wonderful “fiesta” of Mexican foods and deserts including making homemade “chips” with salsa. They not only had a great time, but also learned the holiday’s history and took part in some of the different traditions of how it is celebrated. Next year all students attending Humphreys American Elementary School in Kindergarten, first grade, and possibly second grade will be part of the new Foreign Language in the Elementary School Spanish (FLES) program where learning Spanish will be a part of the core curriculum.

New gate installed near airfield
By Bob McElroy

USAG HUMPHREYS—Camp Humphreys Soldiers, Civilians and family members should see considerably less construction vehicle traffic here starting Monday when the new Wonjungri construction gate opens. The gate, which is across from the northwest portion of Desiderio Army Airfield, is strictly for use by construction vehicles driving to and from work sites at Zoekler Station and MP Hill, according to Jeffery Thomas, Chief of Physical Security Division in the Directorate of Emergency Services. “The purpose of the gate is to take the construction traffic away

from the populated areas of Camp Humphreys,” Thomas said. Construction vehicles have been using the CPX commercial gate which led them to drive through the busiest parts of the installation to get to construction sites on MP Hill and Zoekler Station. The new gate will employ the same contract security guards and feature the same security measures as the other gates on post, Thomas said. Thomas said that all of the work to build the gate, the access road to it and the guard house was done in house by the Directorate of Public Works. With the opening of the new construction gate, the running route around the north end of the airfield has changed, Thomas added. Unit

runs will now follow a course that takes them around the southeast side of the airfield ramp. Thomas said that warning signs have been posted at the beginning and end of the new PT route. Individual runners can still run around the airfield perimeter on Freedom Road but Thomas cautioned them to be mindful of the construction vehicles using the same route. The USAG Humphreys Directorate of Plans, Training and Mobilization and Security can provide additional information on the PT route. The new gate will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Wonju commander an officer, a gentleman and…a clown?
By F. Neil Neeley

U SAG HUMPHREYS—If you were walking around Wonju Enclave you might hear “Hey buddy! I hear that your commander is a real clown!” “Yeah, you’re right,” might be the reply but neither Soldier could be found guilty of contempt or disrespect. That’s because their commander, Maj. Bruce L. Townley, is not only a professional clown, he might be the only graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Clown College in the United States Army. Townley has been clowning around since his enlisted days in the Navy. “I reported onboard my first ship, the battleship USS New Jersey in 1987,” Townley said. “At my indoctrination briefing a chaplain’s assistant came in and talked about a clown troupe that they had. “I thought that sounded kind of neat, so I joined them.” Townley said that the chaplain’s clown troupe averaged about eight members and didn’t have a religious message attached. “It was only about entertainment and was just a good neighbor relations project,” he said. Within a year of joining the troupe Townley became the director and started organizing the troupe’s events. “We visited hospitals, orphanages and convalescent homes in every port that we went into,” Townley said. “And sometimes we performed in

Wonju Enclave Commander Maj. Bruce L. Townly dressed in his clown suit.

parades. They were all volunteer events. After three years of clowning for the Navy, Townley decided to turn pro. When his Navy enlistment was up in June of 1990, he decided to join the circus. The week before he got out of the Navy Townley went to Alameda County, Calif. where the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was performing. “I auditioned with the clowns that were touring with them for a chance at one of 32 places in the 1990 class of the Ringling Brother’s Clown College,” he said. Townley explained that everywhere the circus performed they auditioned clowns for a place in the once-a-year class. That was the last audition for the 1990 class and, although Townley didn’t know it, all 32 places for that year’s class were already been taken. “But they took my audition tape and packet and put it in for a chance at the 1991 class,” he said. The next stop for the circus was Long Beach, Calif. and Townley wasn’t taking any chances. “I waited a week after I got off active duty and made the first audition there for the 1991 class,” he said. “So I actually had two auditions for the 1991 class.” Townley wasn’t to learn of the circus’s decision for another year. He went back home to Jefferson City, Mo. and managed the family farm until the next semester of college began and he could enroll. That was in January of 1991. “Sometime in the summer of 1991 I got a call telling me that I had been selected. “I don’t know why they accepted me out of all of the thousands of other people that auditioned,” Townley said. “They base their selection on raw talent, but it might have helped my chances that I auditioned twice. Perhaps it showed my enthusiasm.” Other than airfare and some personal expenses, the eight week class in Venice, Fla. was free. “The circus picked up most of the tab for the school,” Townley said. “The circus even provided a free customdesigned clown outfit completed with oversized clown’s shoes. “They did that because they were training potential circus clowns to perform in their shows.” Part of my contract with them was that if I were selected to join the circus,

then I had a one-year commitment to travel with them. That promise was the payment for my training and the free costume. Townley flew to Venice that fall to join his class mates. “Our normal day included physical warm-ups and acrobatics,” Townley said. “We had classes in makeup, unicycle, pantomime, improvisation, gag development, character development, costume design, and we would write our own skits. We did many of the gags that they had done in the circus in the past years. “It was a stressful school in that we worked hard from eight in the morning until ten at night six days a week,” Townley said. “We also came in on Sunday afternoons and worked on our skits. It was very active but we had fun. Anytime we had a break we were playing games or juggling, unicycling or walking on stilts.” Townley and his class performed a free show for a live audience on Saturday evenings. “That way, we could see what worked and what didn’t,” he said. At the end of school Townley’s class had a professional performance for the vice president for entertainment and other officials with Ringling Brothers. “They accepted 11 to tour with the circus,” Townley said. “The others were sent home.” Ringling Brothers did not select Townley but he wasn’t disappointed. “I had already planned my life,” he said. “I was attending college in Missouri and wanted to graduate.” Townley explained that touring with the circus is like going to the field every day and would have really disrupted his life. “I had already been away from home with the Navy for four years so I was ready to settle down a little bit and not be on the road.” Being a graduate of The Ringling School proved to be an enormous boost to Townley’s clown business back in Missouri. “Being able to advertise as a Ringling Brothers clown was huge to me,” he said, “because the credibility behind it is enormous.” Townley credits clowning for paying his own and his wife’s way through college. The media picked me up heavily when I first got back to Jefferson City. I didn’t need to advertise, it was all word of mouth. “I was doing kids’ birthday parties, conventions, fall festivals, county fairs,

Maj. Townley loves to juggle. “I’ll even juggle Bread,” he said. the Rotary Club, churches, you name it,’ he said. “Anyone that needed entertainment I did it. I’d do two or three shows a day. My weekends were packed. I’d go to school during the week and do shows in the evening and shows during the day even.” Townley joined Army ROTC in college as was commissioned when he graduated in December of 1995. For a time he balanced the two careers; clowning and the military, “But the Army won out because it kept me more involved,” he said. “I knew from the beginning when I enlisted in the Navy in 1986 that I was going to be a lifer. I couldn’t pass up that 20 year retirement.” “I have about five more years of active time before I retire. After retirement, I plan on starting my own entertainment business,” he said. Townley has a large family; five kids and is in the process of adopting more. “I’m working on my own clown troupe,” he said. “I want to start my own family business and involve my children,” Townley still does the magic and the juggling but he doesn’t put on the makeup as often because it takes so much time and effort. “I love to juggle,” he said. I’ll juggle bread if I have to. Whatever ’s available, I’ll pick up and juggle.” How do Townley’s peers see him as an officer and a clown? “I guess that there are mixed emotions,” he said. “I’m about accomplishing the mission, so I hope that no one thinks that I’m not taking my job seriously. I do have a different take than a lot of officers in the way that I approach things. Is it right or wrong? I don’t know.”


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Soldier games strengthen friendships, boost morale
By Pvt. Dana R. Pugh
19th ESC Public Affairs

CAMP WALKER - American and KATUSA Soldiers from across Area IV participated in the 11th Annual KATUSA - U.S. Soldier Friendship Week April 23-27 at Camps Carroll and Walker. The week-long event is held annually to celebrate the unique friendship U.S. and KATUSA (Korean Augmented to the United States Army) Soldiers and to improve morale and unit cohesion. Throughout the week, Soldiers formed integrated U.S. and KATUSA sports teams and competed in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, tug of war, Korean wrestling called ssireum, and flag relay race tournaments against other units from Daegu. The 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) placed first in the softball tournament and second in soccer, volleyball and flag relay events, and third in ssireum. “Usually, there isn’t much time to play sports with American Soldiers, and I don’t have any U.S. Soldiers in my section,” said Cpl. Lee Hee-sub, a secondtime participant in the KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friendship Week from the Senior ROKA Staff Office. “I can make friends playing these sports and games.”

USAG-Daegu Soldiers tug the rope during a tug of war match. The team took second place to the 188 Military Police Company The opening ceremony was held April 23 at Kelly Field, followed by performances by ROK Air Force Logistics Command Band, a Haedong Gumdo Martial Arts Demonstration and a traditional Korean farm dance and fan dancing demonstration




by local performers. Soldiers also went on a day trip to Woobang Tower, a local amusement park, and participated in a talent show at the Henry Theater. “I think it’s a great social event,” said Pfc. Derric L. Rice, mechanic, 19th ESC. “It’s having a fun day where everyone just goes out and enjoys the brotherhood and relationship with fellow Soldiers without having to be stressed out. It’s a great time to unwind and just have fun with your unit.” Many of the participants said that the event allowed them to spend time with their Korean counterparts outside of the work environment. “KATUSA Friendship Week is important because it builds morale, good friendship and the brotherhood between KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers,” said Lee, “It helps a lot get more teamwork in the unit.”




Right: USAG-Daegu Soldiers compete in the jump rope contest April 23 at Camp Carroll. The team took second place to the 501st Sustainment Brigade.

2007 KATUSA - U.S. Soldier Friendship Week Results
Camp Carroll
5K Relay Run – 1) E Btry., 2-1 Air Defense Artillery; 2) 293rd Signal Co. Basketball – 1) 501st Sustainment Bde.; 2) E Btry., 2-1 ADA Jump rope – 1) 501st STB.; 2) U.S. Army GarrisonDaegu Kick-Volleyball – 1) 6th Ordnance Bn.; 2) 16th Medical Logistics Bn. Korean Wrestling (Ssireum) – 1) 293rd Signal Co.; 2) 498th Combat Sustainment Support Bn. Soccer – 1) 16th Medical Logistics Bn.; 2) HHB, 2-1 ADA Talent Show – 1) USAG- Daegu; 2) 501st STB Volleyball – 1) 293rd Signal Co.; 2) 498th CSSB

Camp Walker
Basketball – 1) USAG-Daegu; 2) 36th Signal Bn.; 3) 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Korean Wrestling (Ssireum) – 1) 188th Military Police Co.; 2) USAG-Daegu; 3) 19th ESC Flag Relay Events – 1) 36th Signal Bn.; 2) 19th ESC; 3) 665th Movement Control Team Soccer – 1) 36th Signal Bn.; 2) 19th ESC Softball – 1) 19th ESC; 2) 188th Military Police Co. Talent Show – 1) USAG-Daegu; 2) 36th Signal Bn. Tug of War – 1) 188th Military Police Co.; 2) USAGDaegu; 3) 36th Signal Bn. Volleyball – 1) 36th Signal Bn.; 2) 19th ESC; 3) 188th Military Police Co.


Cpl. Lee Hee-sub (right), 19th ESC Senior ROKA Staff Office KATUSA, competes in ssireum, a Korean form of wrestling, during KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friendship Week April 23-27 at Camp Walker.

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Area IV Students overcome cultural barriers
By Pfc. Na Kyung-Chul
USAG-Daegu Public Affairs

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Armed Forces Day Celebration The U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu will host the 6th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Camp Walker’s H-805 heliport. The celebration includes a variety of aircraft, tactical vehicles and equipment static displays, entertainment and food. It will conclude with a concert by the Filipino band “Love & Kisses” at 6 p.m. For more information, call USAG-Daegu at 768-6907 or 764-4345. TAS Indoor Garage Sale Back by popular demand, the Taegu American School will hold its AVID Indoor Garage Sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in its gymnasium on Camp Walker. Sellers may purchase a booth for $10. Everyone from the community is welcomed to sell and buy items. For more information, contact Ms. Buford at 010-8671-6926 or Mrs. Colon at 010-3142-7292. Paintball Championship The Paintball Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Humphreys Paintball Facility. Registration time is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday and the games will begin at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to all Army Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) patrons throughout the peninsula. For information, call the U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu MWR at 764-4123 or Korea Region MWR at 725-6070. AAFES/DeCA Advisory Council The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Defense Commissary Agency in Area IV will hold its quarterly advisory council meeting Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Soldier Memorial Chapel Annex, Bldg. S-260, on Camp Walker. Everyone from the community is invited to attend. For more information, contact AAFES at 764-5188 or DeCA at 764-5310. Jeju Island Trip Camp Henry and Walker BOSS presents Jeju Island Trip from May 26 to 28. The fee is $280 per person and 50% of it will be paid due upon registration. Deadline to register is May 3. The tour includes airfare, 2 nights of lodging, local transportation, and breakfast. Single and unaccompanied soldiers have priority until April 21. After April 21 spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call the Community Activity Center at 764-4440/4123.

CAMP WALKER – Time can make a world of difference and that’s what 20 middle school students from Nam-gu District learned after spending part of the past month with Soldiers from the U.S. Army here. The first month-long English language and American culture program, called the “Global Apsan English Camp” by Nam-gu District, for Hyupsung Middle School and Kyongil Girls’ Middle School students closed with a graduation ceremony April 25. The program began with an opening ceremony at the Nam-gu District Office for students, their parents and the Soldiers who served as instructors. Through a series of P B P . N K -C speeches given by Nam-gu Mayor Jo Ah-ra, a ninth grader from Kyongil Girls’ Middle School, and Spc. Monica Garcia, USAGLim Byung-heon and U.S. Army Daegu, greet each other on the first day of class April 4 in the Community Activities Center. Garrison – Daegu Commander Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., and others, it greasy for us,” said Yoon Su-bin, a 9th myself, I could have had a great tasting was apparent that everyone had big grader from Kyongil Girls’ Middle hamburger.” School. “But it’s not bad because it expectation for the new program. Week three gave the students a Following the opening ceremony at was new experience for me.” glimpse into Army life at Camps Perhaps the most interesting week Henry and Walker. They toured a the Nam-gu, the first weekly threehour class began at the Community for students was the second week. Not headquarter building, Soldiers’ Activities Center here with the only did they spend time conversing in barracks, mailroom, commissary, post students introducing themselves to English and learning cultural exchange and Youth Center. The tour their new classmates and instructors. differences, they also went to the also included dinner in the dining facility The class was led by Staff Sgt. Camp Walker Bowling Center. at Camp Henry with U.S. and “I did it for the first time, but I enjoyed KATUSA Soldiers. Fikisha Maree, Spc. Monica Garcia, Pfc. Park Tae-won and Pfc. Na myself” said Kim Soo-hyang, a 9th By the fourth and final week of the Kyung-chul, all from USAG-Daegu. grader from Kyongil Girls’ Middle School. program, the psychological barriers that As is typical for young Koreans “I realized that bowling is an interesting previously existed in the students’ minds who meet Americans or any sport I had ever experienced.” had visibly disappeared and they were And if bowling wasn’t new, dinner readily conversing in English without foreigners for the first time, the students were shy and were reluctant that evening proved to be another nervousness with their instructors. A to speak any English. However, as cultural experience. The students were barbecue party at the Community time went by, they began to speak served “incomplete” hamburgers Activities Center gave them time to English while reading from “Ugly without the sauce that is automatically relax with their instructors and to cook Koreans, Ugly Americans”, a non- added to them by restaurants in Korea. their own hamburgers, and even add the judgmental book written by Min Seemingly none of the students condiments of their choice. Byoung-chul that explains Korean realized, and nobody told them, that The first “Global Apsan English Camp” burgers are sold in the United States finished with a graduation ceremony that and American cultural differences. Students experienced a cultural without the condiments and are added included the students’ giving oral difference on the first day when they by the patrons. presentations about their experiences, after “The hamburger was too dry to eat,” which Lim and Dumoulin presented had dinner at Taco Bell. The Mexican food didn’t satisfy the students, who said Kwon Ki-hye, a 9th grader from certificates to each of them. Flowers and are accustomed to spicy Korean food. Kyongil Girls’ Middle School. “If I had letters were presented to the instructors “The food from Taco Bell was too known that I had to add the sauce by the students. “They are always nice to us and smile,” said Lee Hyun-jong, a 9th grader from Hyupsung Middle School. “When we don’t know how to do something, they explained it kindly. At first, I was a little scared because they were in Soldier uniforms, but now I like them and their uniforms. I will miss my teachers.” The English camp was a collaborative effort between the USAG-Daegu, which organized the program, and Nam-gu District, which selected students. The program will continue monthly, except March and August, for new students from other middle and high schools from the Sgt. Derrick Chambers, USAG-Daegu, working at the mailroom, explains his job to the students. community surrounding the U.S. Army installations in Daegu. Students visited the Camp Henry consolidated mailroom as part of an installations’ tour.

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2-1 ADA hails batteries rotating to Fort Hood
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – The 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment bid farewell to 130 Soldiers from two of its batteries during a ceremony April 30 at Camp Carroll. The Alpha Battery “Eagles” and the Charlie Battery “Cold Steel” are rotating back to the United States to a new home at Fort Hood, Texas, where they will be joined by the rest of the battalion later this year. The batteries deployed to the Republic of Korea at Gwangju Air Base from Fort Bliss, Texas, in May 2006 and June 2006, respectively, and then relocated with the battalion to Camp Carroll in December. Two batteries from the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, also a 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade unit, will arrive from Suwon Air Base to replace the batteries. As part of the farewell ceremony, Lt. Col. Marcus Black, 2-1 ADA commander, affixed the prestigious Gunnery Table XII streamer to the Charlie Battery guidon, which is the capstone of the Patriot brigade gunnery program. To attain the award, the battery was evaluated for its ability to march order, emplace, and initialize the Patriot weapons systems, conduct air defense operations


Lt. Col. Marcus Black (second from left), 2-1 ADA commander, affixes the prestigious Gunnery Table XII Streamer to the Charlie Battery guidon held by Pfc. Jeremy Eckerode under watch of Command Sgt. Maj. Louis J. Telly (left) during a departure ceremony at Camp Carroll April 30. Capt. Roger Delahunt (third from right), Charlie Battery commander, and 1st Sgt. Jonathan Cruz (second from right), Charlie Battery, also watch the streamer being affixed.

and execute mission reload, demonstrate proficiency on all tasks applicable to each crew member position, and do it all under the cover of darkness in Mission Oriented Protective Posture IV. MOPP-IV consists of a chemical protective overgarment, hood, gloves, boots and mask. “It’s pretty much what a battery commander strives for since his first

day in command because there is so much training involved to get to that level,” said Maj. Douglas Reynolds, 21 ADA executive officer. The 2-1 ADA Bn. has a long and storied history. Formed during the War of 1812 and originally designated as Ichabod B. Crane’s company in the 3rd Regiment of Artillery, the unit

participated in a variety of conflicts throughout the early history of the United States. During the American Civil War, the company participated in the first battle of the war at Fort Sumter, S.C., and went on to participate in 24 campaigns. The artillery company was present at General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Va., thus participating in the last event of the Civil War, as well. Throughout the 20th century, the battalion went through a series of redesignations as it fought in World Wars I and II, and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Throughout this period the battalion’s capabilities changed and evolved from tube artillery, to the Nike Hercules missile system, to the Hawk missile system, and now the Patriot missile system of today. In June 2001 the battalion completed its first rotation to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch. In Oct. 2002, it deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning to Fort Bliss in May 2003. One year later, the unit received orders to deploy to the Korean Theater of Operations. The battalion established operations at Gwangju Air Base, culminating in mission assumption Dec. 6, 2004.

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501st STB combat medics seek top badge challenge
By Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn
501st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

CAMP CARROLL – One of the hardest badges to earn in the Army is being sought after by Soldiers from the 501st Special Troops Battalion in Camp Carroll. Ten combat medics from 501st STB have been training for months leading up to the final evaluation and testing in May at Warrior Base, to earn the Expert Field Medic Badge. “The reason why it is the hardest badge to earn is because of the low pass-rate of eight percent,” said Master Sgt. Steven T. Craig, senior medical non-commissioned officer, 501st STB. The ten participating Soldiers have been training exclusively from the unit to obtain optimal training before the testing, said Craig. “We are exempt from anything the brigade or battalion does, because this is our main mission right now,” said Sgt. Gregory B. Stovall Jr, combat medic, 501st STB. “As a medic, this is the ultimate goal because there is no higher badge then the EFMB,” said Sgt. Marvin L. Cole, combat medic, 501st STB, “It’s the hardest badge to get.” “The testing is pretty intense and it

Combat medics for 501st STB were instructors as part of their training for the EFMB. Sgt. Gregory B. Stovall Jr, combat medic, 501st STB, instructs Spc. Kristen Vizzard, chaplain assistant, 501st STB (right to left), during CLS Certification Class in Camp Carroll.


has changed dramatically over the years. This year is the first time they are testing these new standards we’ve been training on the past couple months,” said Craig. The Soldiers are tested in Tactical

Combat Casualty Care, Medical and Casualty Evacuation, communications, day and night land navigation, given a written test and must complete a 12mile foot march, said Sgt. Christopher J. Howard, combat medic, 501st STB.

“The combat testing lane is what is new this year. Instead of testing each task separately, it combines all the procedures tested for treating a wounded Soldier into one lane,” said Craig, “and this has to be done while moving in a tactical situation under enemy fire.” The medics training for EFMB are instructors during the pilot combat lifesaver certification for 501st STB, which included similar lane testing the Soldiers experience at Warrior Base, said Howard. “The training has been good because a lot of us are straight out of Advanced Individual Training, which is the only training we’ve got so far. This will be beneficial to us even after EFMB training,” Pfc. Christopher Galley, combat medic, 501st STB. Craig said the Soldiers have practiced over and over to prepare them to be sure of themselves and know exactly what they’re supposed to do during the testing. “I am confident my Soldiers will do well and if they don’t, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about being challenged and challenging themselves and getting that training, which will benefit them as a combat medic,” said Craig.


May 11, 2007

Korean Language

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Learn Korean Easily

Week The Phrase of the Week :

“Is there a restaurant nearby?”

Ee kunchoe umsikjjeom issumnikka?

a restaurant

is there




per person


Week Situation of the Week : Restaurant
Is a table available?
Teibul issumnikka?

How long do we have to wait?
Olmana kidaryoya doemnikka?

Could you set us now?
Eeje anjado doemnikka?

I’d like to have ‘bulgogi’.

This story is about:

Bulgogiro juseyo.

I’ll have this.
Eegollo butakhamnida.

KATUSA-U.S. Friendship week builds bridges to a strong alliance

How much is it per person?
Eelinbune olmana hamnikka?

Week Korean Expression of the Week

Close partners share the same destiny.

Ipsuli opsumyon iga sirida

If you lose your lips, your teeth get cold

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