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Students, Soldiers celebrate Teacher’s Day
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Students from Itaewon 2 Dong English class presented carnations to US Soldiers and KATUSAs as a celebration of Teacher's Day. Currently 175 US Soldiers and 345 KATUSAs are involved in 81 volunteer English Education classes in Uijeongbu, Dongducheon, Yongsan, Pyeongtaek and Daegu, teaching 3,488 students. Ten of the classes are aimed at 288 children from low-income families. View this photo and more from this week’s Morning Calm online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — Courtesy photo
234th Army Birthday Ball scheduled for June 12
Celebrate America’s Army, the Strength of the Nation, and our 234 years of service by attending the 2009 U.S. Army Birthday Ball June 12, in the Seoul Grand Hyatt Ballroom. The U.S. Army Birthday Ball is designed to honor the service and sacrifices of our GARRISONS
USAG-Red Cloud USAG-Casey USAG-Yongsan USAG-Humphreys USAG-Daegu P05 P05 P09 P21 P25
Soldiers, Families, Veterans, Retirees and Army Civilians and to reflect on the proud history and heritage of our Nation. This year’s event will pay special tribute to our Noncommissioned Officers, the backbone of our Army. With more than 200 years of service, OVERVIEW
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the U.S. Army's Noncommissioned Officer Corps has distinguished itself as the world's most accomplished group of military professionals. U.S. Army NCOs have been heralded for their acts of courage and dedication to mission accomplishment In recognition of their service, the
Secretary of the Army established 2009 as Year of the NCO. We invite you to join the celebration of one of America’s greatest assets, the NCO Corps, at the 234th U.S. Army Birthday Ball. Tickets are $55 each and are now available at local MSCs. FEATURE
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Avery Weigle of Boy Scout Troop 80, accepts his Eagle Scout Award along with his parents during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held May 12 at Hartell House on Yongsan Garrison. For his Eagle Award Project, Weigle organized volunteers to paint the Stork’s Nest facility on Yongsan -- a lodging facility near the post hospital frequently used by expectant military families. Guest speakers at the ceremony included Col. Kip McCormick, Col. Dave Turner, Sgt. Maj. Micael Passmore and Scoutmaster Wayne Clark. — U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson
U.S. Army EOD teams compete for top honors on Korean peninsula
By Walter T. Ham IV 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, – Tackling a series of challenging training scenarios May 16 - 19, Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams competed for the title of top U.S. Army EOD team on the Korean peninsula. The winning EOD team was Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Allard and Spc. Ian Steele. The second place team was Sgt. Dustin Shanahan and Pfc. Jordan Krogmann. The third place team was Staff Sgt. Christopher Krupp and Pfc. Matthew Stonesifer. According to Capt. Scott Mignot, commander of the 718th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), the competition gave the Army EOD teams a chance to hone their life-saving skills. “We have a continuous mission here,” said Mignot, a State College, Penn., native. “We train all the time and this [competition] is the pinnacle of that training.” On today’s asymmetric battlefield where few foes are willing to directly cross sabers with the U.S. military, the improvised explosive device is the weapon of choice. Mignot said Army EOD technicians defeat these deadly devices during daily missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. To prepare for this asymmetric threat that can imperil lives and impede missions, the technicians practiced locating and destroying IEDs in the range’s mock urban village. The teams also practiced rendering safe conventional ordnance. Sgt. Maj. Mark W. Grubbs, who has served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, said the competition included 10 scenarios, a physical fitness test and a written test. The 26-year Army veteran called the scenarios “straight forward problems.” “They have to figure how they are going to attack this thing and defeat it,” Grubbs said. Mignot said Army EOD technicians on the Korean peninsula remain ready to respond to any call, from destroying unexploded ordnance from the Korean War to defeating the most sophisticated IEDs on today’s battlefields. “Korea presents some unique challenges and capabilities that we strive to capitalize on,” Mignot said.
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Pfc. Jordan Krogmann from the 718th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) works through a scenario during the 2009 EOD of the Year competition at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex May 18. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim, Jun Sub
Being legal and staying legal in Korea
By Jack Terwiel Military Retiree Assistance Office
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A retiree not covered by the Status of Forces Agreement is a guest in Korea. The retiree is here because he voluntarily elected to come to Korea or remain in Korea after finishing active duty service or post-service employment under the SOFA. Except for active-duty members, a passport is mandatory for any U.S. citizen traveling or, in our case, living outside the United States. Last November, Korea changed the rule for visitors, extending visa-free entry from 30 days to 90 days. That means a person with a U.S. passport can enter Korea without a visa and remain for up to 90 days, after which the visitor must leave. Failing to leave will result in a fine that increases for each day that the visitor remains illegally. Retirees who elect to live in Korea as a Resident Alien must have an F-series visa, the type depending
on your sponsor. Sponsor? Yes, you must be sponsored by a Korean and normally this means your Korean spouse. That person assumes responsibility for your presence in Korea. Your obligation is to renew the visa before it expires, and to renew the passport before it expires. Some retirees have decided they know better and don’t need to follow these rules. The problems arise when the retiree is forced to leave Korea, either due to illness or death. In both cases, the illegal retiree’s status must be repaired, and that means settling with the Korean government by paying the fine for overstaying, and working with the American Embassy to obtain a passport (for a living retiree). In the event of retiree death while illegal, the family members, either in Korea or in the U.S., must settle hospital bills and any other expenses before the body is released.
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: AWOL; Subject #1 failed to report at Subject #1’s designated time and place of duty. Subject #1 was placed on AWOL status by the unit commander at 2400 hrs, 23 APR 09; however, it was not reported to MP’s until 2345 hrs, 09 MAY 09. A bolo was issued for Subject #1 apprehension. Investigation continues by MP. AREA I: L/G; L/P; L/PF; Unknown Person(s), by means unknown, entered a second floor storage room and removed Victim #1’s duffel bag and backpack which were unsecured and unattended. Victim #1’s stated that Victim #1’s duffel bag and backpack contained Victim #1’s ID card, ATM card, $40, sunglasses and Nike boots. Victim #1 was issued an EAPB FM 3 and Victim #1’s ID card was flagged in DBIDS. There are no reports of any unauthorized transactions made to Victim #1’s ATM card. Victim #1’s rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. ECOL is $329. This is a final report. AREA II: L/GF; Investigation revealed that Subject #1 was receiving BAH and FSA entitlements monthly for a stateside location, when records reflected Subject #1’s dependant family members have resided with Subject #1 in South Korea since JUN 08. On 30 APR 09, Subject #1 was advised of his legal rights, which Subject #1 invoked. ECOL is $30,195.04. Investigation continues by CID. AREA II: L/AAFES; unknown person(s), by unknown means(s), pumped gasoline into Subject #1’s vehicle and drove off without rendering proper payment. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. ECOL is $16.30. Due to the lack of investigative leads, this is a final report. AREA III: Assault; C/V; At 0420 Hrs, 09 MAY 09, Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical at an off-post location. All parties reported to the Wonju KNP Station, where they were charged by KNP under RCL ART #3-1 (Assault). Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were transported to the USAG-Long PMO, where they were processed and released to their unit with instructions to report to the USAG-Long PMO at a later time. On 10 MAY 09, Subject #1 and Subject #2 reported to the USAG-Long PMO, where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived rendering written sworn statements admitting to the offenses. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released to their unit. Investigation continues by KNP. AREA III: T/A/WO; Subject #1, operating a GOV, struck a center barrier on Highway #50 between exits #20 and #24, Wonju. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of disabling damages to the front driver’s side. Damages to the barrier consisted of scratches and paint transfer. KNP was notified and declined jurisdiction. Subject #1 was released and transported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO, where Subject #1 was processed and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO, where Subject #1 was processed and released. Subject #1 reported utilization of Subject #1’s seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report.
Jeju Island is a popular vacation spot for local Koreans and foreigners. Package tours are available through the Dragon Hill Lodge Travel Office. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to view this photo online. Visit www.tour2korea.com for info on Jeju. — U.S. Army photo by Dave Palmer
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Sand Fest (May 29-June 6) This festival takes place at Busan’s beautiful Haeundae Beach, where everyone wishes to go for their summer holidays. The festival’s program is full of events inspired by the beach’s beautiful white sand. A highlight is a hot sand bath, where visitors are buried from head to toe in sand, which is beneficial for health and beauty. Other events include a beach volleyball competition, an exhibition of different types of sand from around the world, and a marathon race. The festival continues into the night with spectacular fireworks displays, concerts, and other entertainment events. In addition, popular tourist destinations such as the Jagalchi Market, Gwangalli, and Taejongdae are all located nearby, another great attraction is Busan’s extremely fresh raw fish offered at incredibly low prices. Visit www.tour2korea.com or sandfestival. haeundae.go.kr Royal Azalea Fest (June 5-7) Royal azalea’s are one of Korea’s most well-loved flowers and in springtime they bloom throughout the country. They are thought to be at their most beautiful on the slopes of the 1567m high Mt Taebaeksan, and a festival is held here in June when the flowers are at their most beautiful. During this time some of the mountain’s most picturesque locations, such as the Cheonjedan altar and Janggunbong and Busoebong peaks are strewn with the bright pink flowers, making for a beautiful view. Visit www.tour2korea.com for more information. Dino Expo 2009 (March 27-June 6) The ‘Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2009’ is the only dinosaur festival in Korea. It’s located in the Goseong region in Gyeongnam province, which 100 million years ago was inhabited by dinosaurs. A wide range of interactive programs and activities have been prepared so visitors can really get a taste of what life was like when dinosaurs ruled the world. At the World Fossil Mineral Experience Hall, there are plenty of fun-filled educational programs for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can become archeologists and touch and feel the different stone and rock formations that make up the earth, learn how to observe the different fossil layers, and even participate in fossil excavations. At the Theme Hall, visitors will be able to watch a 4D movie of dinosaurs in Goseong during the Cretaceous period, which is one of the expo’s most popular attractions. Visitors will also be able to enjoy parades and musical performances, dinosaur themed performances, and laser shows. Visit www.tour2korea. com or www.dino-expo.com Korean Folk Village The Korean Folk Village near Seoul, it remains one of the best-known of Korea’s folk villages, although those in the countryside tend to be more authentic. The Folk Village is home to Korean heritage and many features of Korean culture have been collected and preserved for future generations. Performances of Farmers’ Music and Dance and Tightrope Acrobatics are performed in the performing arena twice a day. During spring, summer, autumn, and on weekends and holidays, traditional customs and ceremonies for coming-of-age, marriage, funeral, ancestor memorial, and other ceremonies are recreated. Check the schedule of the day’s events near the main entrance. Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience an authentic atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty and traditional arts on display. Watch master craftsmen create beautiful designs in brass, embroidery, iron, and clay. For information, call (031) 286-2106-8 or visit www.tour2korea.com. Summer hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Amazing “Bubble World Show’ Korea has just opened the world’s second exclusive “bubble show” theatre. Fan Yang’s Bubble World show opened in Myungbo Art Hall in Euljiro3 3-ga, following in the footstep of the hugely successful “bubble show” theatre in New York. Canadian artist, Fan Yang, gained world fame for his White Bubble Show, which captivated audiences when it played in Korea. “Bubble World Show” is his latest creation. To get there from exit 8 of Euljiro3-ga Station (subway lines 2 and 3), walk straight for about 5 minutes and the Myungbo Art Hall is on your left. Visit www.tour2korea.com “Egypt, the Great Civilization” Exhibition The Special Exhibition Gallery of the National Museum of Korea, Seoul presents artifacts from the civilization of Ancient Egypt which stretched from 3200BC to 300BC. Now, the National Museum of Korea is resurrecting this great civilization, and taking visitors back to the world of the pyramids, mummies, and hieroglyphs. Visitors can discover the real lives of Ancient Egyptians through the extensive display of genuine artifacts and relics. There will be a special pavilion with holograms and a three-dimensional viewing room for life in the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Visitors will also find comprehensive information and images on the touchscreen computer kiosks located throughout the exhibition. Visit www.tour2korea.com
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“Soldiers and Family members assigned to 26 Army installations travel more than 100 miles to obtain required CIS services. This and other factors can lead to emotional hardship, additional costs, distraction from mission, and possible deportation of Family members,” Donley said. To alleviate this problem, CIS would like to bring immigration services, such as biometrics collection, informational appointments, adjustment of status and / or naturalization interviews, and naturalization oath ceremonies to the service members on a regular basis at their military installations. CIS is committed to reaching as many service members and their families before deployment or relocation overseas where service members are increasingly challenged in seeking and receiving immigration services. According to former CIS Director Emilio T. Gonzalez thousands of immigrant Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have made extraordinary sacrifices for America. “At CIS, we are committed to exhausting every effort to ensure a convenient, quick and secure application process for immigrant service members. These brave men and women, and their families, deserve this service, and we are proud to assist,” Gonzalez said. By June 2008, CIS Field Office Directors, during Phase One of this program, began contacting officials at installations within each branch of the military and presented “Immigration 101 Seminars” to service members and Families. These seminars, which are ongoing, focus on immigration information important to service members and their Families, such as the military help line, address changes, capture of biometrics, military naturalization, and naturalization of eligible spouses of military members. Phase Two of this military outreach program requires FODs to coordinate with either Regional Point of Contact (POC)s or Headquarters field operations naturalization branch POCs to ensure the availability of necessary resources. “To assist at each of the Army’s installations around the world, a relocation liaison is available to help Families coordinate with the Human Resources Command and legal office personnel,” Donley said. ACS Relocation Liaisons to CIS at installations perform a number of valuable services such as multicultural outreach programs, English as a Second Language classes, and classes on the citizenship and residency application process. USCIS developed a web page, http:// www.uscis.gov/military that contains information and links to services specifically for the military and their Families.
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U.S. Immigration reaches out to Soldiers, spouses
Non-citizens have served in the U.S. Army since the American Revolution. In fact, almost half of Army enlistees in the 1840s were immigrants, and between 1862 and 2000, more than 660,000 military veterans became citizens through naturalization. Today, about 35,000 non-citizens serve in the military and about 8,000 enlist every year. According to Leslie Lord at U.S. Army Human Resources Command, many have used military service as a stepping stone to citizenship. “It is also true that some Soldiers have one or more Family members, especially a spouse, who is not a U.S. citizen,” Lord said. The Army Family Action Plan created Issue Paper #515 in response to Family members encountering problems with the citizenship and residency application process. “In 2003, AFAP raised this issue to persuade the Army Community Service centers to do for Families with immigration issues what the Staff Personnel Offices, Military Personnel Divisions and Military Personnel Offices have been doing to assist Soldiers with applications for citizenship since 2000, when the Soldier Citizenship Application Program got started,” Lord said. In this issue, AFAP recommended installations designate and train a liaison to assist Family members in the CIS process, and coordinate with CIS for approval of Department of Defense (DoD)-administered fingerprinting and physical exams. “Immigration laws and the procedures for applying for citizenship and lawful permanent resident status (often called green cards) are complex. Although Soldiers themselves need apply only for citizenship, Family members are frequently new immigrants to this country who need to apply for green cards,” Lord said. Fingerprints are required as part of the application process for citizenship and LPR status. Although CIS often uses fingerprints taken at enlistment for Soldiers who are applying for citizenship, technical problems may require Soldiers travel to a CIS fingerprint facility to accomplish this. For all Family members applying for citizenship or green cards, CIS will not accept DoD fingerprints; so, they must travel to a CIS fingerprint facility to have their fingerprints taken. Bettye Donley, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, who is the Action Officer working Issue #515 for AFAP says this hardship is considerable for Families with children.
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Boy Scouts of America conducts drive for used eyeglasses
Boy Scouts of America, Far East Council, Korea District, Troop 80 conducts a drive for used eyeglasses on Yongsan Garrison, until the end of May. The collected eyeglasses will be donated to help provide better eye sights for the underprivileged people in developing countries. Any eyeglasses, including far vision, near vision, reading, or sunglasses, will be accepted. There are 20 collecting boxes located throughout South and Main Posts, including Seoul American Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (Front Lobby, Yongsan Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care Clinic, and Emergency Room), Optometry Clinic in Main Post, 1st Replacement Center, Preventive Medicine Building, Main PX, Commissary, Collier Field House, Yongsan Library, Gallery Optic Shop, DHL Optic Shop, Thrift Shop, and Army Community Service. The point of contact for the drive is Paul Shin, Life Scout, at [email protected]
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Yi, Kyu Hap, an automotive mechanic working at USAG-Red Cloud Transportation Motor Pool, inspects the drive train and suspension of a DPW van. — U.S. Army photo by Han, Il Hyun
Army selects Red Cloud DOL for top maintenance award
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — The third week of April was a benchmark for USAG-Red Cloud’s Directorate of Logistics. That is when the Department of the Army Chief of Staff announced they had awarded Red Cloud DOL the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence. “This award is given to the best large maintenance facility in all of the Army’s Installation Management Command around the world,” said Lou Scott, USAG-RC DOL director. “We were selected in the semifinal round with Fort Bragg, N.C. and Fort Hood, Texas. Here we are, little USAG-Red Cloud competing with the largest Army installations in the world.” Awards are given in three categories: large, medium and small, Scott explained. Inspectors from the Secretary of the Army came to visit Red Cloud’s DOL maintenance shops to see for themselves if the shops really were as described in their entry packet, which was submitted much earlier. “They had already inspected Forts Hood and Bragg before they came here,” Scott said. “We had no idea we were competing with those forts, but we did know we were competing with the largest in the world.” Because of the competition with the largest installations in the world, it is very remarkable Red Cloud could be selected as the best in the world, Scott explained. “That is why this is such an accomplishment,” Scott said. “Because when you look at it, Bragg is notorious for winning the AAME year after year.” Another remarkable fact is this is the first time USAG-Red Cloud has competed for the AAME. “This is a big deal for us,” Scott said. “When you look at our facilities, we don’t have the best looking facilities or new facilities simply because we don’t have new construction money. What we do have is good processes in place, and the proof is in the Command Inspection Program we had in February this year. We were awarded with 19 commendable service awards for 23 logistics functions.” “This was a team effort,” said Han, Il Hyun, USAG-RC DOL chief of maintenance. “Everybody contributed to make this happen.” Entering to compete for the AAME is a process beginning long before the actual judging of facilities, Han explained. First, he had to put together a portfolio or unit profile packet. “The process begins with the submission of this profile,” Han said. “It is submitted first to IMCOM-Korea, then it goes to IMCOM Headquarters and from there it goes to the Chief of Staff of the Army in Washington, D.C.” The packet contains a description of how the unit operates and is mandated by Army Regulation 750-1. “This is an annual competition hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Army to select the best maintenance operation in the U.S. Army,” Han said. “When inspectors showed up to examine Red Cloud’s maintenance operations, they examined everything having to do with a maintenance facility, including supply operations, which include providing repair parts not only for vehicle repair services, but for generator repair, heavy earth moving equipment repair, and large vehicle repair such as busses.” Red Cloud’s DOL maintenance facility also services heavy equipment the Directorate of Public Works uses: road graders and bull dozers, and other construction equipment. “What makes us special is we are really what and who we say we are,” said Kaye Cabbagestalk, USAG-RC DOL chief of plans and operations. “The track record leading to the award is impeccable. All the commendable awards given to our team were included in our packet. It was a combination of all our efforts given by our superior maintenance team, their team spirit and pride that won the award.”
DOL automotive mechanics change wheels on DPW bobtail trucks during routine maintenance intervals in the USAG-Red Cloud Transportation Motor Pool. — U.S. Army photo by Han, Il Hyun
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American Red Cross Community and First Aid Classes American Red Cross, Area I, will hold Community Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid classes May 30 and June 6 at USAG-Red Cloud. The classes will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fee is $40. To sign up or for more information call: 730-3184 or 732-6160. Ethics Training Schedule Ethics training will be held June 17 at 2 p.m. in the USAG-Casey Theater. For more information call: 732-9103. Red Cloud Summer Trek 2009 Day Camp Program The Summer Trek 2009 Day Camp Program consists of nine one-week sessions from June 15 through August 14 for children first through fifth grade. The program is sponsored by the USAG-Red Cloud Community Activity Center in cooperation with the University of Northern Iowa Camp Adventure Team Counselors. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call: 732-9246. USAG-Casey Summer Trek 2009 Day Camp Program The Summer Trek 2009 Day Camp Program for USAG-Casey will be held June 15 through Aug. 14. Nine one-week sessions for children first through fifth grade may attend. The program is sponsored by the USAG-Casey Community Activity Center in cooperation with the University of Northern Iowa Camp Adventure Team Counselors. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call: 730-4601. Red Cloud Bowling Center Lane Resurfacing Red Cloud Bowling Center will be resurfacing the lanes from May 30 to June 4. Bowling lanes will be closed during this period. Snack Bar and game rooms will be open. For more information call: 732-6930. Community Bank Holiday Schedule Community Bank will be closed June 6 and 20. The bank will be open June 1 and 15 for military payday. For more information call: 721-7792. Bowlers Wanted for Summer League Red Cloud Summer Bowling League is looking for bowlers for Friday nights at Red Cloud Lanes. First meeting to be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the bowling center. For more information call: 732-6930. Red Cloud Starbucks New Hours Starbucks on Red Cloud will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning June 1. For more information call: 732-6307/6263. Volunteers Wanted for Volunteer Corps We are looking for volunteers to assist with daily operations of the USAG-RC Army Volunteer Corps Program. For information call: 730-3032. 70th BSB “Texas” Bluebonnet Ball 70th BSB will hold a “Texas” Bluebonnet Ball today in the Carey Fitness Center. For more information call: 730-3907. 2009 WC Track and Field Championship The Warrior Country Track and Field Championship will be held May 30. Registration will begin 8 - 9 a.m. For more information call: 732-6276/6927.
USAG-RC commander celebrates partnership with Uijeongbu Police
Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-Red Cloud commander, presents cufflinks and tie clasps to Senior Superintendent Yoon, Dong-gil, chief of Uijeongbu Police and his staff at the Korean National Police appreciation dinner held April 29 in the garrison courtyard. The KNP functions include law enforcement, criminal investigation, and public safety. Jackson thanked the KNP for their participation in riot control, countering student demonstrations, and other public disorders that would occur at USAG-Red Cloud. — U.S. Army photo by Margaret Banish-Donaldson
Soldiers, Civilians and Family members attend 2nd Infantry Division Prayer Breakfast
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs needed them,” Kerr said. “I had the privilege of burying the oldest living Buffalo Soldier. A veteran of World War I, and World War RED CLOUD GARRISON — Soldiers; II; he joined the Army in 1917.” Civilians and Family members crowded “After being inside the national capital Mitchell’s Club early morning May 7 for and fighting that traffic there, I had to get the annual 2nd Infantry Division Prayer away,” Kerr said. “So, they sent me to Seoul, Breakfast for the 58th annual observance Korea.” of the National Day of Prayer. The event “House Resolution 397 was introduced was sponsored by the 2ID Chaplain’s Fund on the floor of the House of Representatives and featured Chaplain (Col.) Kenneth May 4,” Kerr said. Kerr, Eighth United States Army command “It has to do with recognizing our chaplain. rich, spiritual and religious heritage in “For every Soldier gathered in this room the founding and subsequent history of and every Soldier our nation. The first in the 2nd Infantry “May I remind you this morning we act of America’s first Division, we owe a have a great God, put your trust in Congress in 1774 debt of gratitude,” was to ask a minister Him. Remember, God is still Kerr said. “You are to open with prayer the men and women and to lead the in control.” of freedom’s frontier. Congress in reading Chaplain (Col.) Kenneth Kerr, 8th four chapters from You today stand in a legacy that truly is the word of God. U.S. Army command chaplain second to none.” In 1776 congress Kerr went on to approved the explain for the last 60 years the Eighth Army Declaration of Independence, which had has stood on the Korean peninsula to defend four direct religious acknowledgements freedom and liberty from a communist referring to God as the creator, as the law dictator in North Korea who wants to take giver, as the judge and as the protector.” freedom away from God loving, freedom “Our great nation was founded by enjoying people. people who believed the necessity and “I was inside the national capital beltway the importance of divine intervention in for two consecutive tours,” Kerr said. “I was making a great nation,” Kerr said. “The 38 at Walter Reed Medical Center and then I parallel and the Demilitarized Zone stand was at Arlington National Cemetery. While as testimony to what you and those who I was at Walter Reed we experienced 9/11. have served in this division before you have I saw many of the wounded from the first accomplished.” wave of global war on terrorism.” “May I remind you this morning we At Arlington National Cemetery, Kerr have a great God,” he continued. “Put your buried many veterans of World War II and trust in Him. When all else seems to be the Korean War. crumbling around you, remember, God is “They served their country when we still in control.”
Chaplain (Col.) Ken Kerr gives the message as guest speaker for the 2nd Infantry Division’s National Day of Prayer Prayer Breakfast May 7 in Mitchell’s Club on USAG-Red Cloud. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Military Spouse Appreciation Day feted in USAG-Casey’s Pear Blossom Cottage
More than 30 spouses and Family members gather in USAG-Casey’s Pear Blossom Cottage to celebrate Military Spouse’s Month and try different cuisines May 7. “Some of the featured dishes were Pesto Pasta, porkchops with cream of mushroom, sopas (Mexican) Orchatas, chicken adobo, lumpia and cabbage roll (Golabki),” said Tess Compton, PBC manager. The many dishes provided were cooked by Military Spouses and served to Soldiers and their spouses and dependents. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage honors Military Spouses
Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender, USAG-RC Command Sgt. Maj., addresses Spouses and dependents in the USAG-Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage May 8 during the Military Spouse Appreciation Month Luncheon. “I think sometimes we take military spouses for granted and we assume they will be there for us,” Lavender said. “When we refer to our spouses as our better half, we mean it takes two halves to make a whole. You spouses are the whole part that makes the Army today, and I want to thank each and ever one of you for what you do. On behalf of Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC commander, I want to say, you are our future and our dreams. Future meaning 30 minutes from now, an hour from now, next month or next year. That is the future. Dreams are where we want to go together. You are the dreams of the future of what this PBC is going to be like in the near and far future. You are truly the ones that make things happen.” Additional photos from this event are available online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Army embraces social media at conference
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs ARLINGTON, Va. —More than 500 military and civilian public affairs operators from across the Army met May 4-6 for the 2009 Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium. The goal of the forum was “operationalizing informational engagement.” Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Curley took to the stage May 5 to offer his take on the future of media. “We have analyzed the trend and trajectory of media consumers,” he said. “Increasingly, the under 30 crowd is turning to social networks for news and information. We don’t see people going back to newspapers.” Social networking is the driving force behind major changes in modern communications. At its core, the phenomenon means more and more people will gather information from alternative sources, such as Internet sites like Facebook and Twitter. Social media was a consistent theme throughout the conference. Army Public Affairs Chief Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner opened the three-day symposium by encouraging attendees to take advantage of the event. “Equally important is the opportunity to exchange information and ideas with your fellow professionals on current media trends, social media and information engagement,” Bergner told his public affairs operators. “Our goal is that you come away better prepared to renew your public affairs efforts on behalf of the greatest Soldiers, Army Civilians and Families in world.” Bergner created a Social Media Division from the ground up within the Office of the Chief of Staff for Public Affairs. “The first step was to establish a presence,” he said. “Our next step is to continue also explained the importance of the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer initiatives. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. addressed the symposium on his priorities on information engagement May 5. Panel discussions brought media experts together to discuss future trends as well. Later, winners of the Army-level community relations awards lined up for a presentation ceremony with Public Affairs Chief Maj. Gen. Bergner. The Army inducted three public affairs legends into the Public Affairs Hall of Fame. Congressman Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee chairman, addressed the banquet Tuesday night to recognize the achievements of the Army’s top communicators. Before closing the three-day session, public affairs operators attended break-out sessions on a variety of topics, such as gauging success in social media engagement. “The annual conference is an opportunity for all Army communicators to get direction from the Office of the Chief of Staff for Public Affairs, and to network with other professionals,” said attendee Steve Morgan, a U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan public affairs specialist. “It was very energizing to see the way ahead.” Morgan said USAG-Yongsan is fully engaged in social networking with a presence on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. “Instead of always going to the garrison web site for information about what’s happening in the community, people can integrate the information with their social media,” he said. “For example, we may send out a ‘tweet’ on Twitter of a community event reminder, or post that to the garrison Facebook page. If you’re a fan, that information will be included with other updates about what your friends are doing.” Garrison social media websites can be found at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil.
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren speaks to military and civilian public affairs operators from across the Army May 4 during the 2009 Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium in Arlington, Va. — U.S. Army photo by David McNally
creating compelling content.” Army Secretary Pete Geren also gave social-media focused remarks May 4 followed by a question and answer session. “Strategic communication is vital to military success,” he said. “We must recognize that the means of communication change, literally by the minute, and you can never become complacent.” Secretary Geren said the work Army public affairs professionals do in this new arena is “critically important to the success of our Army.” Questions came from the audience about the road ahead for social media. “ We h a v e t r i e d t o o p e n u p t h e availability of social media, recognizing that we have some constraints with operational security and good order and discipline,” Geren said. The secretary said developing guidelines that take security into consideration is vital. “It’s a matter of determining acceptable risk,” he said. The Secretary also presented awards to the Army’s top military and civilian print and broadcast journalists and rising stars. Later, Army Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6 Mike Krieger discussed “managing the polarity between information assurance and information engagement.” Krieger said wants to work together with public affairs officials to help meet the Army goal of using social media to communicate. Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston spoke to the group May 5. He described his Jan. 29 meeting with President Barack Obama, and shared his thoughts on major Army imperatives. The sergeant major
Courageous Channel exercise confirms readiness
By Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan community members participated in the Courageous Channel, a semi-annual noncombatant evacuation operations exercise held May 14-16 in Collier Field House. Courageous Channel is a regularly scheduled exercise, unrelated to any current events. Noncombatant Evacuation Operations is a set of procedures designed to respond to risks such as war, political or civil instability or natural disaster. Each unit has a NEO warden responsible for notifying the subjects of evacuation. “This exercise is designed to test the ability of the command to evacuate noncombatants in case of a crisis,” said Maj. Paul Sigler, assistant officer in charge of USAGYongsan Evacuation Control Center. “This includes everyone who is here and works in USFK, such as military families and contractors.” Participation in Courageous Channel is mandatory for all Department of Defense family members and nonemergency essential DoD employees. However, any U.S. civilians with base access are encouraged to participate in order to ensure that they and their family are prepared in case of an emergency. “Since the last exercise, we’ve added stations where NEO wardens can actually track their people,” Sigler said. “Now, if we’re missing somebody, the NEO wardens can call them up and bring them in. That’s really important for accountability.”
Seoul American Middle School students explore the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone during an April 2008 research trip. — Photo by Rachael Geesa
SAHS Middle School students tour DMZ
By Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Seoul American Middle School students encountered Korean War history first hand when visiting the Joint Security Area and the Demilitarized Zone on a study trip April 30. A total of 167 students in 7th grade and 10 faculty members toured the JSA, followed by a visit to the Third Tunnel and Dora Observatory. “The idea originally came up in an Army Family Action Program meeting with the Garrison command,” said Ann Knudsvig, a SAMS teacher who participated
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Community member Lee Kyung-eun and her son receive NEO registration assistance from 8th Army support staff. NEO exercises are mandatory for all noncombatants stationed in Korea. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun That is why everyone had to register, he said. “We want to make sure everyone gets out, and nobody gets left behind.” Sigler encouraged participants to contact their NEO wardens, whom he called “the key links in the chain,” to make the process easier. “They can have their NEO warden check their packets prior to coming in,” he said. “This is a great process to find out if they’re ready, but it can be frustrating to come down here and then find out they’re missing things.” Find more information on NEO and Courageous Channel at the 8th U.S. Army NEO website.
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News & Notes
Cancellation Notice The Community Information Forum that was scheduled for May 26 has been cancelled due to the Memorial Day holiday. The next Community Information Forum will be 9 a.m. June 30 at the Army Community Service building, Room 118. A3 Visa and Sofa Stamp Service Stop by ACS, Building S4106, Room 115 2-5 p.m. May 26 or June 2 to make an appointment with Korean Immigration on-site or receive information on how to visit Korean Immigration in person. Service is offered by appointment only. For information, call 738-7505. Newcomer Outreach Drop by the Dragon Hill Lodge “Market Square” and start your tour in USAGYongsan on the right foot. ACS representatives will be there 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. May 27 to answer any and all questions on your new community. For information, call 738-7505. Soldiers Focus Group The intent of the focus group is to identify and discuss service support programs on the installation that affect their every day life. Soldiers are needed to participate in a focus group and are encouraged to contact the USAG-Yongsan Customer Service Office. The focus group is 8 a.m. – noon May 29, building 4106, Room 118. For information, call 738-5288. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month The 65th Medical Brigade is hosting the Area II, 8th U.S. Army, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Observance Festival 1-6 p.m. May 30 at Collier Field House, Field No. 12 and the adjacent parking lot. The festival will feature cultural tents, foods and entertainment and games for children. For information, call 737-3110. Used Eyeglasses Drive Boy Scouts of America, Troop 80, is collecting used eyeglasses until May 31 throughout South and Main Posts (e.g. Commissary, PX, Hospital, Library, Collier Field, Optic Shops, etc.). Any eyeglasses, including far vision, near vision, reading or sunglasses will be accepted. Eyeglasses will be donated to developing countries. Small Pox Study The 65th Medical Brigade in conjunction with Military Vaccinations and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases are making the Small Pox vaccination safer and simpler through research. Volunteers that have not had a small pox vaccination will receive benefits for contributing to the study. For information, call 736-3025. Red Cross Summer Youth Program It’s summer again and Red Cross is looking for volunteers, ages 12-17, now through June 17 to help in the exciting programs planned for this summer. Activities include fund raisers, helping at the hospital, training, leadership opportunities and more. Volunteer, change a life. Get an applications packet at the Moyer CAC, second floor. For information, call DSN 738-3670. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Remembering Seoul’s hidden American heroes
The only flower adorning the grave of one World War II and Korean War veteran’s tombstone is a single yellow dandelion punctuating the green monotony of tall grass ...
section H are obscured by tall grass. Indeed, the only flower adorning the grave of one World War II and Korean War veteran’s tombstone is a single yellow dandelion punctuating the green monotony of tall grass like the sharp burst of an occasional car horn in Seoul’s creeping traffic. So why are they buried there? While some American Servicemembers appear to be buried at the cemetery along with their Korean spouses, other tombstones offer few clues as to why their remains were not repatriated to the United States. Especially mysterious are the graves of at least three Servicemembers who were killed in action while serving in Vietnam. One of those Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Bobbie Wooten, was assigned to an artillery battery and killed in action June 15, 1969. Wooten and his comrades’ graves are barely distinguishable through the tall grass in stark contrast to the flawless resting places at Arlington National Cemetery. When asked if Americans in the Yongsan community could do anything to help honor the Soldiers of Seoul’s Missionary Cemetery, Jung says he is open to suggestions. “We are normally dealing with inquiries about famous American missionaries, but anyone interested may bring flowers or place a flag on a grave, if they wish.” It a p p e a r s Ju n g c o u l d u s e t h e assistance. The nondenominational 100th Anniversary Memorial Church, which gained custody of the site in 2005, is admittedly more focused on
By Dan Thompson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — A s Memorial Day approaches, veterans c e m e t e r i e s f ro m Om a h a Be a c h i n Normandy, France to Arlington, Va., will fill with visitors remembering Soldiers who served and sometimes gave their lives fighting for freedom. However, half the globe away from those pristine lawns with neatly placed, almost glimmering marble headstones is a small plot of land near the banks of Seoul’s Han River. It is the final resting place for many American Servicemembers. The Seoul Missionary Cemetery, more widely known as the Seoul Foreigners Cemetery, may seem like an unlikely place to find graves belonging to American veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, yet more than 20 Servicemembers rest in eternal slumber amidst the low hum of Seoul’s busy traffic and cawing magpies. One is left to wonder if the graves have been forgotten. “We try our best to care for all of the graves,” says cemetery manager Jung Yongsub. “Sometimes we get visitors to the American Soldiers’ graves, but mostly people come to see the American missionaries buried here.” While the ornate graves of prominent American missionaries command the small cemetery’s hilltop, the tombstones of American Soldiers mostly resting in
The Seoul Missionary Cemetery is the final resting place for over 20 Servicemembers, many of whom served in combat. Staff Sgt. Bobbie Gene Wooten, killed in action in Vietnam in 1969, rests among the tall grass as Memorial Day approaches. — U.S. Army photo by Dan Thompson
the historical significance of Christian missionaries in Korea than memorializing American Soldiers, some of whom perished in the Korean War. “The situation offers an opportunity for American civic organizations and individuals in Seoul to fill the void and care for the graves – especially as Memorial Day approaches,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. Those interested in visiting the Seoul Missionary Cemetery will find the small island of solitude full of ornate American missionary tombs, some of which show battle scars from the Korean War. Other noteworthy eternal guests include American Civil War veteran Brig. Gen. Charles W. Legendre and Ginchi Paddock. Several still-born or very young children of American families in Seoul also have their final resting place there. Visitors interested in paying their respects to the hidden U.S. heroes of the Seoul Missionary Cemetery may visit Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cemetery is located about 200 meters from the Hapjeong subway station (line two). Brown signs in English lead visitors in towards the cemeter y and subway station maps clearly indicate its location. “Anyone interested in visiting the cemetery is welcome,” Jung says. For more information, he may be reached directly by calling 02-332-4155 or 011-218-7542.
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Edwin McCain rocks Yongsan
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Edwin McCain performed a concert outside Main Post Club May 14 not as a Top 40 star with well-known hits like “I’ll be,” but as a guy having fun on stage with his band while bringing entertainment to troops. “I just like getting up there and playing with my friends,” McCain said before the show. “We aren’t needy performers, so what the crowd gets out of today’s performance is entirely up to them.” Hundreds of Yongsan community members clapped, waved their hands in the air, sang along with his songs and laughed at McCain’s jokes between performances. “This has been absolutely awesome,” Air Force Maj. Michael Yi said after the show. “My wife and I have some of his songs at home and the live performance sounded better than his CDs.” While some artists use military concerts to enhance their own image, McCain said he wasn’t going to tout his patriotism for entertainment purposes. However, he has laid down tracks that relate to men and women in uniform, such as “Take me,” which has military metaphors; and “A prayer to St. Peter,” put together from a prayer written for Soldiers during World War II. “The ‘Prayer to St. Peter’ song is a touchy thing because it’s about Soldiers who have given their lives,” McCain said. “I’ve received letters from Soldiers about
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“He’s so down to earth that he brings stardom down to our level.”
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the song and played it at funerals, but you don’t want to take credit for that; you just want to be part of that consciousness that allows us to be there for somebody.” McCain said he likes to keep things light and simple. “Sometimes it’s better to be funny than good,” McCain said. “Last night I had a conversation with a girl who was a medic in Iraq and she said specifically – ‘Thank you for not playing the ‘Prayer to St. Peter’ song, because I don’t think I could have held it together. I was in Iraq for too long and I’m just glad I got to come here and be happy.’” The musician widely known for his 1998 hit release “I’ll be” – voted “Best Wedding Song” by more than a million viewers on the Dr. Phil Show in 2005 – said he has military ties in his personal life. “My uncle was a weapons systems operator in Vietnam, my father was in the Air Force and a very good friend of mine is in the Marine Corps and has done two tours in Fallujah [Iraq],” McCain said. “Musically, we perform the same with mainstream audiences, but internally, I feel
Top 40 artist Edwin McCain entertains military families during his May 14 visit to Yongsan Garrison. Best known for his hit single “I’ll be,” McCain has toured bases in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson like we’re part of something here and the band has come to do its part in supporting the troops.” Following the show, McCain became better acquainted with the audience by sticking around to sign free CDs and posing for photos with community members. “It’s great to actually meet a star because a lot do the show and then take off,” Yi said. “He’s more personable and so down to earth that he brings stardom down to our level. My wife and I have been fans ever since his first album.” The Navy MWR-sponsored tour marks the second consecutive year McCain has brought his live performance to troops. His trips have included parts of Europe, Africa, Bahrain, Japan, Korea and more. “After going to places like Germany where you’re performing for children and spouses dealing with an 85 percent deployment rate, my wife and I realize a month-long tour is nothing compared to the year or more troops spend away from their families,” McCain said. When it comes to entertaining the troops, McCain says he’s always willing to report for duty. “Strap me down in a Black Hawk or Humvee and I’ll go anywhere they want to take me.”
Korean-American exercise focuses on fire safety
By Sgt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Fire and hazardous materials incidents may strike at any moment, whether on or off post. When a fire threatens the Yongsan Community, a wellcoordinated Korean-American response is vital to saving lives and property. Chief of Seoul’s Jung-bu Fire Station Kim Sung-soo knows how important coordination between Korean and American firefighters can be. A fire broke out March 11 in a four-story building in Seoul threatening the safety of a nearby market and its customers. “It was a small clothing warehouse that was stacked full of highly combustible materials. I couldn’t see the sky because of thick black smoke,” Kim said. That was only the beginning of Kim’s problems that day. Burning factory debris had breached the adjacent Far East District Compound perimeter, a small U.S. Army facility near Dongdaemoon Market. The fire may have potentially spread to some U.S. Army facilities. “They quickly implemented the Mutual Aid Agreement and entered the installation to put out the fire,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Fire Chief Alex Temporado. “They kept the FED Compound safe and did a really great job.” After the incident, Kim received a certificate of appreciation from 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr. for heroic action in extinguishing the warehouse fire and preventing damage to U.S. Government property. “Under the Mutual Aid Agreement between USAGYongsan and Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Department, both fire departments can support each other in the event of a major fire or emergency requiring
fire services,” Temporado s a i d . “ K i m’s c o u r a g e o u s action was possible because of this great partnership.” The two fire departments came together again May 13 to conduct a joint exercise in the FED Compound based on an AAFES snack bar fire scenario. “Because FED Compound is located off the main USAGYongsan installation, we have to make sure that fire fighting resources arrive there within the required amount of time,” Temporado said. The scenario involved two simulated victims caught in the snack bar where artificial smoke Yongsan Garrison firefighters joined forces with their Korean counterparts May 13 in a joint fire filled the whole building. The fighting exercise. Garrison and city of Seoul joint exercises ensure mutual aid assistance is manager of the snack bar made available during emergencies on and off post. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lee Min-hwi a simulated emergency call to the fire station which triggered the exercise. accessibility in case of fire for quick response,” Kim said. “It was a good chance to actually perform what I learned “This training also familiarized us with streets, facilities and in fire safety training,” said Kim Hyung-sik, the manager other conditions within the installation.” of the snack bar. Kim said he would like to conduct joint exercises often “All the fire fighting resources and crews started arriving to strengthen the Korean-American partnership. immediately and initiated victim removal, search and fire “The benefits of this training are tremendous,” suppression,” Temporado added. “They also established a Temporado said. “I cannot think of any other U.S. Army command post and communicated with our crews through bases that have such a partnership.” a mutual aid radio channel. We met all of our objectives Temporado conducts ongoing fire safety campaigns in and it was very successful.” Yongsan Garrison. He encourages anyone interested in fire “One of the main objectives was to improve installation safety training to call him at 738-5200.
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Memorial Day Weekend
in unauthorized areas, do not dive into unknown bodies of water, and do not rush into cold water. These are all dangerous acts that can result in serious injury or drowning. Use the buddy system. Boating Safety: Many of our Soldiers, civilian employees, and their families will be enjoying the holiday on leave. While there, and participating in boating activities, ensure that you are familiar with the area and the watercraft that you are operating, and wear a life preserver when operating any type of watercraft. Be courteous and respectful of the rights of others on the water and on the shore. Vehicle Safety: Do not drive after becoming fatigued. Remember to limit your time behind the wheel and take adequate rest periods. Obey traffic speed limits both on-and off-post. Use seat belts and approved child safety seats for children under the age of four. Drive defensively and be alert for the unexpected on Korean roadways. If you drive, do not drink. If you drink, do not drive. Remember, accidents do not take a holiday. Join me in having a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend, as we honor the ultimate sacrifice made by those in the defense of nation.
emorial Day weekend, May 2326, will be a busy and enjoyable time for those of us at U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. We have a lot of events planned to make this a great holiday. We’re expecting a lot of visitors to the community starting May 22 as USAGYongsan hosts the 19th Annual Pacific-wide Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. We’ll have about 600 players from across the Pacific playing softball 24-hours a day through May 25 at the Lombardo Field Softball Complex. Come out and enjoy the games! The USAG-Yongsan Memorial Day Block Party will be Saturday, May 23, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Club parking lot. Look for all kinds of family fun, games, prizes and even a flea market. We’ll also have some great musical performances. You can also put your running shoes on and enter our Memorial Day Fun Run 9:30 a.m. May 25, at Collier Field House. In our enthusiasm, we need to remember that the festivities, travel and recreation activities that we engage in can lead to accidents, if we fail to exercise good judgment. To make this a safe holiday for the entire command, be aware of these timely safety concerns: Water Safety: Do not swim alone or
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in the trip. “There was feedback which came through the Garrison that, at some point in a child’s life here in Yongsan, they should go up to the DMZ on a study trip.” Prior to the study trip, students completed a preparatory assignment where they answered 15 questions about the DMZ and the Korean War based on their own research. “It was fun to research, and I found a lot of cool stuff about it,” said Chalion Belchie, a student in the 7th grade who has not been to the DMZ before. “It was nice to know the facts before the trip. I learned more.” The Joint Security Area, established in 1953, is used as a meeting place for diplomatic engagements by the two Koreas. It has been the site of more than 750 violent acts since its establishment. The Military Armistice Commission conference room stands on the border where the armistice to bring a ceasefire in the Korean War was signed. The Third Tunnel, discovered in 1978, is one of three tunnels dug by North Korea to gain access to South Korean territory. “I think a lot of kids had a misconception about the DMZ,” Knudsvig said. “First of
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all, they thought all this time the Korean War was over.” The trip was designed to help the students understand U.S. Forces Korea’s mission and the fact that Korea is still a war zone. “Our intention was that kids would get an appreciation for what the Soldiers do, as well as all the people who work for the United Nations,” she said. “Why are we here? Why do we sacrifice so much all the time, sometimes be separated from our families? What is the purpose of all that?” Knudsvig said she hoped the students learned why their parents were here. “It’s all in support of trying to keep the peace so that the fighting doesn’t begin again,” she said. Michael Larsen, another student in 7th grade, said it was a special reminder to him that the war is not over yet. “I think it’s sad because we’re right next to each other but still at war,” he said. “The fact that there were guards standing there watching over us was a creepy reminder to me.” USO offers tours to the DMZ. For more information, call 724-7781, or visit the USO website at http://affiliates. uso.org/korea/.
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Master of Arts in Education: Isabelle Dominique Ross Jennifer J. Elder Brenda Liz Fleming Kathleen McCoy Joseohine C. Panciera Jeffrey Allen Ryals Brian D. Thompson Master of Business Administration: Lindsey Amber Chen Celestine Marie Stella Clark Shaun Dryden Laurie Ma’amu Fruean Marta Hiraldo Lisa Janeen Hogue John S. Kim Kenneth Kitahara Chungnam Y. Lucia James Edward Maddox, Jr. Mee Young Park Sandra M. Peckins Margaret Peterson Eden Shin Craig M. Smith Daisy A. Watson Wendellar Johnson Master of Information Systems: Kevin Walter King Master of Management: Desiree S. Dirige Terri Catherine Hoover Anna Pantano-Cotman Master of Science in Psychology: Kristine Marie Benson Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership: Carolann Kotlowski
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Commencement ceremony recognizes 35 students
Thirty-five students participated in the University of Phoenix Asia/Pacific commencement ceremony held at the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison, May 16. Command Sergeant Major Ralph J. Rusch, the United States Army GarrisonYongsan Command Sergeant Major was the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. The commencement ceremony was the second of four ceremonies the University of Phoenix holds each year in the Asia/ Pacific region. The first ceremony was held May 9 on Guam, the third will be May 23 at Yokota Air Base in mainland Japan and the final ceremony will be May 30 at Camp Butler on Okinawa, Japan. According to UOPX-Asia/Pacific, over 125 candidates will be participating in the commencement ceremonies this year. Graduation ceremonies are held annually and are open to all Axia and University of Phoenix students who attend on-line and on-ground. The following is a list of the 2009 candidates for graduation from University of Phoenix in Korea: Associate of Arts: Yeon W. Gawarecki Bachelor of Science: Cassandra L. Kaehn Wollenczy Gentillon Shontel Lavt Wright Margo Michell Riddle-Davis
And they’re off!
The Korea District Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby Race 2009 was held on Yongsan Garrison. Daniel Jones from Deagu Pack 81 took top honors with his car dubbed “The Killer Crab” and Jackson Hill from Humphreys Pack 203 took 2nd place in the overall championship and 2nd place for the Challenge Race. View more photos at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson
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kidney disease, and blindness. High blood pressure is very common. About 65 million American adults — nearly one third have high blood pressure. It is more common in African Americans, who may get it earlier in life and more often than whites. Many Americans tend to develop high blood pressure as they get older, but this is not a part of healthy aging. Other risk factors for hypertension are: being overweight, having a family history of high blood pressure, and prehypertension (120–139/ 80–89 mmHg. The good news is that you can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action. These include increasing physical activity (walking 30 minutes per day can help), losing weight if overweight (losing 10 lbs can help), following a healthy eating plan, that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods, choosing and preparing foods with less salt and sodium, and if you drink alcoholic beverages, drinking in moderation. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your blood pressure controlled, there are many blood pressure medications to help you. For more information, contact Force Health Protection and Preventive Medicine, Army Public Health Nursing, Area I: 7306796; Area II: 736-6693; Area III: 7538355; Area IV: 764-4819. Angela Bean Sally Yoshida Homeroom Parent Mention the word “hospital” to children, and instantly they think of shots! For two 1st grade classes from Seoul American Elementary, a visit to the Brian Allgood Memorial Hospital during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, turned out to be an exciting, hands-on learning experience. Hospital Commander, Col. Ron Smith, along with many staff members greeted students on arrival. Students eagerly presented handmade “Thank You 4 Nurses” and “Get Well” cards to honor nurses, medical professionals, and patients in the community. Students learned quickly that this tour would not be a routine hospital visit. They got a backstage look at how nurses serve health care needs by touring different departments, to include: physical therapy, casting room, emergency room, radiology, and surgery. Students actively participated by doing real physical therapy movements, watching a hand cast get put on and cut off, listening for a heartbeat, seeing the inside of an ambulance, to donning surgical scrubs and examining the inside of an operating room. Sally Yoshida, 1st grade teacher commented, “This is a great way for the kids to learn and to see what nurses really do at the hospital.” This year’s theme is “Nurses: Building a Healthy America.” National Nurses
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What exactly do those blood 1st grade students recognize pressure numbers mean? National Nurses Week
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and a perfect time to understand the meaning behind blood pressure numbers, risk factors for high blood pressure and lifestyle changes that can help prevent and control blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mmHg systolic and less than 80 mmHg diastolic, expressed as 120 over 80 (120/80). A blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high, and when it stays elevated over time it is called high blood pressure or hypertension. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/89 then you have prehypertension. This means that you don’t have high blood pressure now, but you are likely to develop it. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to hardening of the arteries. It is a major risk factor for heart disease and the most important risk factor for stroke. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure,
Christopher Miles practices physical therapy on the new Wii ski course. Fellow classmates watch and wait their turn. View photos from this event online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — Photo courtesy of Angela Bean Week begins on May 6 for National “RN” Recognition Day and ends on May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
May 22 - 28
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
Star Trek (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Duplicity (PG13) 6:30 p.m. X-Men Origins (PG13) 7 p.m.
Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 6:30 p.m. Star Trek (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 1 p.m. X-Men Origins (PG13) 7 p.m. Star Trek (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Last House on the Left (R) 8:30 p.m. I Love You Man (R) 6:30 p.m. Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 3 p.m.
Star Trek (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
Madea Goes to Jail (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7 p.m.
Star Trek (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Star Trek (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 9 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Madea Goes to Jail (PG13) 7 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7 p.m.
Star Trek (PG13) 7 p.m.
Madea Goes to Jail (PG13) 7 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 7 p.m.
Watchmen (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Duplicity (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Duplicity (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 6 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 7 / 9:30 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 3:30 / 7 / 9:30 p.m. Coraline (PG) 1 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 1 / 3:30 / 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 3 / 6 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 7 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 7 p.m.
17 Again (PG13) 7 p.m.
X-Men Origins (PG13) 7 p.m. Last House on the Left (R) 9 p.m. Angels and Demons (PG13) 7 p.m. Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG13) 9 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7 p.m.
Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 7 p.m.
Coraline (PG) 7 p.m.
Duplicity (R) 7 p.m.
Star Trek (PG13) 7 p.m.
X-Men Origins (PG13) 7 p.m.
X-Men Origins (PG13) 7 p.m.
Watchmen (R) 7 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 6:30 p.m.
Watchmen (R) 7 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Bolt (PG) 6 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Coraline (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Angels and Demons (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Coraline (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 4 / 7 p.m. Duplicity (PG13) 3 / 6 p.m.
Last House on the Left (R) 4 / 7 p.m. Duplicity (PG13) 3 / 6 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7 p.m. Last House on the Left (R) 6 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7 p.m. Last House on the Left (R) 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
MAY 22, 2009
Area II Worship Schedule
1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, Casey Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Stanley Chapel 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 1130 0900 1215 0930 1400 1830 CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel West Casey Chapel Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday 0930 1030 1100 0800 0930 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Collective Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday
Area III Worship Schedule
1100 1100 1100 1300 1700 1900 1930 Super Gym Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Super Gym Super Gym Super Gym Super Gym
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Traditional Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Super Gym Camp Eagle Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday
Every 2nd Friday
Jewish Worship Service
For information, contact Corey Ringer at [email protected]
, or call 753-3909
Every Friday at 1900 - Camp Walker Chapel, Classroom #1
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday
Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday 1700 0800 1130 1205 1205 0900 1900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
Later Day Saints
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal: [email protected]
, 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Maj.) Fredrick Garcia: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Red Cloud Chaplain (Capt.) Mario Rosario: [email protected]
, USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Maj.) Edward Martin: [email protected]
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World Ceramic Biennale opens with earth and fire
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A Korean traditional sword dance group were the first to greet spectators to the 2009 World Ceramic Biennale Korea held in Icheon’s World Ceramic Center. This group gave a traditional sword dance to open the festivities. Staff from USAG-Red Cloud attended the ceremony at the invitation of the Governor of Gyeonggi Province. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs ICHEON, SOUTH KOREA — The 2009 World Ceramic Biennale Korea opened with much pomp and circumstance here featuring top acts in Korean modern dance and music. USAG-RC directors and staff attend the opening at the invitation of the Gyeonggi Province governor. The occasion was to open the show of world class ceramic art selected from around the world and displayed in the Gyeonggi Province World Ceramic Center. Fireworks put the bang in the ending of the opening ceremony which was heralded with a speech from Janet Mansfield, International Academy of Ceramics president. “We know much about the world through the ceramic art left us by our ancient ancestors,” Mansfield said. “And now we salute and commemorate the art of our contemporaries as we begin a new celebration of art though earth and fire.” Many local politicians gave similar speeches before the doors were opened to the public. The World Ceramic Biennale Korea is not only a celebration of high ceramic art, but also a competition, drawing more than 1,700 of the world’s leading sculptors in clay to provide their best samples. “This competition projects the currents of world contemporary ceramic art,” Mansfield said. “It will allow you to see the latest trends in ceramics, both as art and functional art, and witness progressive experiments of the ceramic avant-garde.” Artists were selected by a preliminary judging of 3,196 works by 1,726 artists from 70 countries. Of those selected, only 179 works were exhibited. Artist winning prizes totaled more than 25 in the final screening. “The works presented here are the products of varied cultures of countries all over the world,” Mansfield said.
USAG-Red Cloud directors, staff and their Family members witness the grand opening of the 2009 World Ceramic Biennale, which included top performers in modern dance, mime, and traditional Korean dance and music at the invitation of Gyeonggi Province governor. View photos from this event at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
This sculpture by a prominent French artist was given display with other French artist exhibited in the World Ceramic Center in Icheon during the 2009 World Cermanic Biennale Korea. More than 170 works were chosen among 1,700 works from artists around the world. USAG-RC directors and staff attended the ceremony and showing at the invitation of the Gyeonggi Province governor. Additional photos from this event are available online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
This art in clay was awarded the Gold Prize by the Biennale jury for 2009. It is titled Remembrance. The artist is Seo Byungho of Korea. This piece was given exhibit area in the World Ceramic Center in Icheon for the 2009 World Ceramic Biennale Korea opening. USAG-RC directors and staff were invited to attend by the governor of Gyeonggi Province. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
This Korean traditional drummer performed for the grand opening of the 2009 World Ceramic Biennale Korea. USAG-Red Cloud directors and staff were invited to attend by the governor of Gyeonggi Province. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Manchus lead NEO exercise at Humphreys
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GaRRiSoN — The latest version of Courageous Channel, a semiannual noncombatant evacuation operations training exercise, drew Humphreys Garrison personnel through a scaled- down version of an actual evacuation center at the Old Post Gym here, May 14-16. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchus), setup and ran the exercise. “The training value of last week was outstanding,” said Lt. Col. Milford Beagle, commander, 2-9 Infantry Regiment. “We had almost double the throughput of participants than we originally projected. In some cases this was good because we were able to train and rehearse a larger portion of the local Humphreys Garrison community. Beagle said the process also included participants who may have not been registered as non-combatant evacuees. “Either way, I consider it good because we reached so many non-combatant evacuees in Area III,” he said. The Manchus set up four initial briefing stations in tents where participants would check in and receive an overview of the NEO process from noncommissioned officers assigned to the NEO unit. After the two-minute brief, participants visited a pet station that would be manned by a veterinarian in an actual NEO. Here, the veterinary team would secure pets weighing more than 25 pounds in pet carriers. Pet owners would provide a tenday supply of food and water to accompany the pets. “I was really impressed with the process and everyone there was really nice,” said
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Pfc. Damon Magnus, 2nd Bn., 9th Infantry Reg., demonstrates how to wear a family force protection gas mask during NEO training here May 15. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall Army spouse Joni Ramsey. “All the personnel were very professional and the process was quick and we received new information that we had not received at previous NEO training exercises.” After an overview of weight requirements of NEO bags at the luggage station, NEO participants checked in with their NEO Warden. The NEO Wardens are responsible for ensuring the Soldiers, Civilians and Family members assigned to them have a complete NEO Kit. For more information about NEO Kits, visit humphreys.korea. army.mil/v2.2/Community/NEO.asp NEO training enables wardens face-toface opportunity to review their assignees NEO Kits for completeness and also testrun new ideas. “One of the best practices we discovered was the use of VIP processing; this made processing easier for expectant mothers, key leaders, mission essential personnel and the elderly,” said Beagle. “The use of NEO Wardens as the first station for participants to visit was a unique aspect of the Humphreys Emergency Control Center that helped tremendously.” Beagle said that having a friendly and familiar face from the unit at the first station makes a tremendous difference and facilitates processing. Army spouse Sarah Dobson had never attended NEO training and went through the process solo as her children were in school and her husband was away on a training mission. “This was my first time in NEO and I attended by myself,” said Dobson. “I was very impressed with the security and professionalism as I went through the first tent which was a briefing of what was expected as you went through the different stations. At my warden’s station, a sergeant was able to tell me what I was missing in my
NEO Kit and gave me a checklist of things that I needed to get. As I moved on to the other stations, I was very happy with the service and information available. If I had a question everyone seemed to be able to answer it or could tell me how to find the information at another station.” Among NEO stations in this event were: Family Force Protection, Gas Mask Training, Army Community Services, Red Cross and Legal. Participation in Courageous Channel is not mandatory but is highly encouraged for all Family members of service members, Department of Defense Civilians and nonemergency essential DoD Civilians. As the exercise wrapped up Beagle offered his thoughts on it. “I received feedback that this exercise was a much better exercise than those in the past,” said Beagle. “We received a 96 percent excellent or satisfactory rating on all of the exit surveys, based on encounters with personnel that had been through several NEO exercises. “The key to this success was our great working relationship with J. Michael Lineberger, Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Mark Cox, Chief, Plans and Operations, and Doug Fraser, Plans and Operations,” he said. “We began coordinating and conducting recons as early as Jan 09. This paid huge dividends towards cooperation, mutual understanding and team building.” In the event of war, political or civil instability or natural disaster the U.S. Embassy leads the NEO with assistance from the Department of Defense. Noncombatant U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are evacuated to a designated safe haven or repatriation site.
Commentary by Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
Dietary supplements are no substitute for exercise and proper nutrition
health problems range from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes – an indicator of potential liver injury – to liver damage requiring liver transplants. There has been one death due to liver failure. Other health problems reported to FDA include: seizures, cardiovascular disorders and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure. The FDA said that liver injury, although rare, was reported by patients at the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle (six per day). Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, lightcolored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching and loss of appetite. In response to these concerns, Iovate agreed to recall Hydroxycut products from the market. In spite of my weight loss success during 2009 this is really bad news: even though I’ve consumed four capsules per day, two fewer than the recommended dosage of six, I still knocked down 415 of these little fat burning liquid capsules since Jan. 1. Should Hydroxycut product users like me – and you – be concerned if we have not exhibited any of the symptoms the FDA cites? According to Lt. Col. Bart J. Meyers, USAG-Humphreys Health Clinic officer in charge, use of Hydroxycut products has the potential to add to other types of liver damage users may not be aware of. “Alcohol in excessive amounts over prolonged periods of time can cause permanent liver damage,” said Meyers. “Tylenol used excessively can damage the liver. Anabolic steroids are well-known to cause liver damage over prolonged periods of time. Bodybuilders taking Hydroxycut products and anabolic steroids could exacerbate the damage.” Meyers said that use of multiple substances that can cause minor liver cell damage when combined could enhance liver damage. “Many prescription medications can cause elevated liver enzymes to include the drugs used to lower cholesterol,” he said. “If you are not exhibiting any of the signs the FDA has listed (which are late or advanced signs) it does not mean your liver is not sustaining some damage. The good thing about the liver is a majority of the time it regenerates itself once the insult is removed,” said Meyers. What if we have experienced any of the symptoms during use of the Hydroxycut product line – where can we go to get tested for what may be damage to the liver or other internal organs? “If a person has been on Hydroxycut for an extended period of time or used Hydroxycut in combination with alcohol they should make an appointment to be evaluated,” said Capt. Michelle Ambersley, Humphreys Medical Clinic Public Health nurse. “Keep in mind the Soldiers and Family members assigned to 2 CAB must contact their unit medic for an appointment. Everyone else can call 737-CARE for an appointment at the HMC.” Army and Air Force Exchange Service carried Hydroxycut products and reacted quickly to FDA’s warning. “We removed all Hydroxycut products from our shelves beginning May 1,” said Rick Fair, USAGHumphreys AAFES General Manager. For those times we’ve bought and tried dietary products like Hydroxycut – it might be a good time to get back to basics: eat healthier, knock out more exercise and toss out any notion that hyped-up, magic diet pills will solve problems we may have due to our own poor lifestyle choices.
HUMPHREYS GaRRiSoN — People interested in losing weight resort to any number of methods to strip off unwanted pounds: exercise, diet, surgery, and often, dietary supplements. One of the more popular supplements for the last several years has been Hydroxycut Hardcore diet capsules, manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences, Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, Canada and distributed through Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A., Inc., of Blasdell, NY. Hydroxycut Hardcore diet capsules have helped millions lose weight and reshape their bodies. I know, I was one of those who used Hydroxycut. It helped me to shed 40 pounds of unwanted weight over the last five months. That’s the good news. Now for the bad news. On May 1 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers to stop using Hydroxycut products immediately, according to the FDA web site, www.fda.gov. The FDA said it has received 23 reports of serious health problems associated with use of Hydroxycut products. These
MAY 22, 2009
Area III Soldiers participate in NCO Induction Ceremony
newly-promoted Soldiers joining the ranks of the professional noncommissioned officer corps and emphasizes and builds on the pride NCO’s share as members of an elite corps. The ceremony also serves as a way to honor the memory of men and women of the NCO Corps who have served with pride and distinction. “The NCO Induction ceremony is important because it reinforces how important it is for NCOs to be recognized during the Year of the NCO,” said Sgt. Jillian Waddy, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 194th CSSB. “I had never seen a ceremony like this before and being in it was very powerful.” Her husband, Sgt. Kory Waddy, 348th Quartermaster Company also participated in the ceremony. “It was good to see this ceremony done on such a large scale and the professionalism of everyone who participated,” said Kory. “Our Command Sergeants Major and our senior noncommissioned officers planned and executed a great ceremony. It’s important to have these ceremonies not just during the year of the NCO but all the time. New Soldiers should attend these events to aspire to become NCOs and motivate them to live the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer and to the high standard the corps will demand of them. Kory said the event was even more special because he could enjoy it with his wife and fellow NCO. “Some of the things you experience as Soldiers are better simply because you have the one person in your life you love most right there next to you.”
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Soldiers from throughout Area III listen while Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Goldsmith, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, reflects on what it was like for him to prepare for his first promotion board to sergeant. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kelly Lowery By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — “Today is an awesome day to be a Soldier in the Year of the noncommissioned officer.” This was the message Command Sgt. Maj. Nichelle S. Fails, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion gave to 45 newly-promoted sergeants during an Area III NCO Induction Ceremony at the Post Theater here, May 14. About 200 Soldiers attended the event, which began with a saxophone jazz music performance by Pvt. Jessica Waters, 520th Maintenance Co., 194th CSSB. After the theater doors were closed, Sgt. 1st Class William Rimka, 46th Transportation Company, 194th CSSB played a saxophone rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The ceremony’s guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Goldsmith, 70th Brigade Support Battalion said NCOs bring something to the fight every day that all Soldiers on and off the battlefield are aware of: outstanding leadership. “The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer showcases our past and future accomplishments, but also highlights our daily mission,” he said. Goldsmith talked about his experience as a junior enlisted Soldier more than 20 years ago and how his first squad leader guided him to pass his promotion board to sergeant. “That experience affected how I’ve interacted with Soldiers along the way and, first and foremost, we are Soldiers as well as leaders,” he said. “We are noncommissioned officers and we must lead by example.” A l o n g w i t h s a xo p h o n e m u s i c a l performances, the ceremony also featured a reciting of the Soldier’s Request by three Soldiers equipped in full combat uniform issue, the Charge of the NCO, led by Fails, Rites of Passage candle lighting by three Soldiers who are members of the Audie Murphy Club and the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer recited by all. “I thought it was a great rite of passage,” said Sgt. Jordan Hawkins, A Company, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion. “For me, the induction ceremony symbolized how important it is to showcase the transition from junior enlisted Soldier to the NCO corps.” According to the publication “The Army’s NCO Induction Ceremony: An unofficial guide,” by Sgt. Maj. Daniel Elder, the induction ceremony is a celebration of
Humphreys opens new fire station at MP Hill
A new fire station at MP Hill opened Monday, May 18. The facility, which was developed through U.S. Army Contracting Command Korea took four months to complete and came in at a cost of $692,000. “The construction was a success and was finished on-time,” said Anthony Marra, Chief, Fire and Emergency Services. Two full-time Korean firefighters will live in the building year-round, providing 24-7 response capability to respond to fires but specifically for buildings five floors or higher, up to eight floors, which benefits the entire installation, he said. Along with a live-in dormitory, the station crew has a workout room. A new 100’ tower ladder truck and state-of-the-art HazMat truck provide the new Fire Station’s service capabilities. The cost for both trucks is about $2 million. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall
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News & Notes
HAS Honor Choir Performance The Humphreys American School Honor Choir presents “Rock and Roll Forever” at the HAS cafeteria, 6 p.m., May 22. Contact Ms. Shoff at 010-2343-4744 for more information. Air Conditioning Policy The Directorate of Public Works will turn on the USAG-Humphreys Air Conditioning system when four of five consecutive days have an effective temperature of 85 F or higher, in accordance with Eighth U.S. Army Regulation 700-1. If your facility has an exception to the policy to have the system turned on earlier, send your memorandum with justification through the DPW to the Installation Commander. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month The Area III Equal Opportunity Office and USO present the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival to be held at Transformation Park, 5-8 p.m., May 29. Bring your entire company, section and family to this wonderful free event. There will be food, face painting, prizes, and live music for everyone to enjoy. For more information, call 753-8078. Community Yard Sale Your trash may be another person’s treasure, so gather all those items that you would like to sell for the Community Yard Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 30 at the Commissary parking lot. Pay $5 per spot and a table if you have PCS orders (60-day window). For more information contact Natalie Boutte at 753-3013. Road Closure Perimeter Road from T-997 through Bldg. S1280 will be closed 7 a.m.-5 p.m., May 23-24 for removal work on existing asphalt pavement. Alternate routes for traffic detours with signage will be posted. Alternate parking areas have also been identified. For more information contact Mr. Birgado at 753-6910. Homeschooling Family Get Together Homeschooling families are invited to a get together 6 p.m., June 8 at the barbeque gazebo in Family Housing. Bring your family and some food to celebrate the end of the school year. For more information contact Elisabeth Townley at 010-3144-0352 or [email protected]
com. This event is sponsored by the USAGHumphreys Chapel. Humphreys Construction Update As Humphreys Garrison grows during the next several years construction projects will cause interruptions of electrical and water service as well as detours and delays on our roads. We ask your patience as we transform our post into the Installation of Choice on the Korean Peninsula. We will provide weekly updates and construction news to keep the community informed. • Freedom Road water line replacement is continuing. Please watch for construction equipment in roadways and signal man directing traffic. • The Freedom Road walking and bike path is being replaced. This work will take approximately 90 days. • Pavement resurfacing and relocation of end lights and airfield fire hydrant systems are all under way. Estimated date of completion is May 28. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG-Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Ken Hall at the USAGHumphreys Public Affairs Office at 754-8847 or [email protected]
AFTB: Changing Lives, One Class at a Time
certified instructors ready to give back to the community. As the population at Humphreys grows, the AFTB program is looking for ways to meet the needs of the community. “We plan to offer bilingual classes to Korean family members in the near future,” says Master Trainer Won Sil-oh. Also on the calendar are concept blocks for parents, FRG members and community leaders. “AFTB is designed to offer valuable information for everyone in terms of where they might be in their military life – just starting out or with many years in service,” said Army Community Service director, Suzanne James. “I love that through the group discussions that all the classes offer, we learn so much from our classmates’ experiences – it’s real life and very meaningful.” Suzanne Pitchford, took Levels I, II and III and decided she wanted to be an instructor. “AFTB was a life-line when I first got to Korea. I was new to the military way of thinking and it gave me confidence in some of the day-to-day jargon. I got to know other spouses and hear their experiences. I will continue to take AFTB classes because I learn something new each time I attend,” she said. So who should take these classes? “Everybody,” says new instructor, Kristen Proffitt. “Even my husband, who is a Soldier, could benefit from these courses.” AFTB will offer two Level I trainings next month: June 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also attend Spouse Boot Camp on June 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Level II training on June 30 and July 1, 9 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. To register, please contact ACS at 753-8401 or e-mail Joni Ramsey at joni. [email protected]
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Five students graduated from the Army Family Team Building Instructor Training on May 13. (From left to right) David Hartsfield, Master Trainer, Kristen Proffitt, Suzanne Pitchford, Joni Ramsey, Volunteer Program Manager, Amber Lynn, Dawn Jones, Patrizia Trammell and Suzanne James, ACS Director. — U.S. Army photo courtesy of Joni Ramsey By Joni Ramsey USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Anyone affiliated with the Army, whether a Soldier, Family Member, Civilian or government contractor, could tell you that life in the military is nowhere near a normal life. Aside from the constant changes in duty station, the military has its own set of norms and customs. It has its own rules. It even has its own language. It is for these reasons that the volunteerled organization, Army Family Team Building, is a mainstay at Army installations throughout the world. AFTB is a set of classes divided into three levels. Level I, often considered Army 101, is geared toward people who are new to the Army. Level II consists of personal development classes that can be applied to Army and civilian life; Level III trains students to be effective leaders. Last week, the Humphreys AFTB program held its first evening class; an Instructor Training course from which five students graduated. The students learned how to plan, teach and manage AFTB modules and concluded the course by presenting a portion of a class for evaluation. On graduation night, USAG-Humphreys AFTB welcomed Dawn Jones, Amber Lynn, Suzanne Pitchford, Kristen Proffitt, and Patrizia Trammell to the family of
Summer Safety in Humphreys Community is everyone’s responsibility
By Lori Yerdon USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the critical days when accidents and mishaps pose a greater risk to Soldiers and their Families and the USAG-Humphreys installation safety office wants to remind community members to have fun this summer – safely. “Our spring and summer safety program encompasses a wide range of topics with emphasis on heat injury prevention in the Republic of Korea,” said Myung Chae, safety and occupational health specialist for USAG-Humphreys. “We want to make sure community members have the tools they need to have a fun and safe summer.” According to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, the Army experiences an increase in accidental fatalities during the summer months. The majority of these accidents occur off duty—most often during outdoor activities. The USACR/Safety Center reports the Army logged four fatal and eight non-fatal off-duty accidents from May 23 – 26, 2008. Two Soldiers were killed in motorcycle
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accidents, one Soldier was killed while operating an ATV in a state park and one Soldier was killed while attempting to rescue distressed swimmers in the Florida Gulf. Five of the accidents involved motorcycles, one involved a bicycle, one accident involved an ATV and the final accident involved broken glass at the Soldier’s quarters. “In summer, individuals and Families typically participate in more outdoor activities thus increasing their exposure to the elements such as hot weather, monsoons or typhoons,” said Chae.
The Humphreys’ installation safety office remains dedicated in its commitment to provide information and tools to Soldiers, civilians and Family members in efforts to keep everyone safe. The summer safety campaign information is available on the USAG-Humphreys’ Web site at humphreys.korea.army.mil. For additional safety information, contact the USAG-Humphreys Garrison safety office at 754-6000. Editors note: Some of the information in this article was used in a previous article.
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By Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs
35th ADA names Soldier, NCO and KATUSA of the Year
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HUMPHREYS GARRISON — While some say that winning isn’t everything, for the 12 competitors of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s Soldier, Noncommissioned Officer and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army of the year competition, winning meant everything. The brigade honored the winners of this year’s intense three-day competition during a brief dinner ceremony at Osan Air Base, May 7. Staff Sgt. Rebecca Moreau of Charlie Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th ADA, took home the brigade NCO of the year title while Spc. James Holmes, also with Charlie Battery, 4-5 ADA, won Soldier of the Year. Pfc. Park, Hyo-shin, of the same unit, won the KATUSA of the Year honors. During the three-day event, the air defenders competed in rigorous events, testing their military skills and knowledge, physical fitness and overall agility to walk away as the best warrior for their division. Despite aching muscles and fatigue, only three war fighters walked away with the bragging rights for the year ahead. The air defenders started the competition with an early-morning physical fitness test followed by several warrior tasks including: a timed Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear exchange, evaluating a casualty, reporting intelligence information, calling in a medical evacuation request over a tactical radio and disassembling and reassembling an Mk 19 grenade launcher, an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun and an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. Despite a busy morning, the competitors had to finish the first day of challenges by locating five of seven points on the land navigation course.
Sgt. Dillon Wells of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade plots his points before heading out on the land navigation course during the 35th ADA Soldier, NCO and KATUSA of the year competition. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich Competitors tested their physical stamina again on day two by trekking a nine-mile road march with 35lbs on their back. Despite exhaustion, the warfighters finished the day with weapons qualification range fire and a night land navigation course. The air defenders wrapped up the competition with a combatives tournament and a board appearance that tested their knowledge of military information. Following the board, a barbeque was held in their honor. Even though only three walked away as winners, everyone who participated took with them a sense of accomplishment. “For one thing, participating in these events distinguishes the competitors from their peers,” said 3rd Battalion 2nd ADA Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan A. Pinkney. “This competition recognizes the best of the best from within the brigade.” As the best of the best of the competition, the winners remained humble about their hard-earned accomplishment. “It’s knowing that out of an entire brigade of outstanding Soldiers that you are the best,” said Holmes. “It’s a real honor.” “It’s a pride thing (to win) not only for myself but for my family too, in knowing that you’re the top NCO,” said Moreau. As the champions of the challenge, the winners will represent 35th ADA Brigade at the 8th Army competition in June.
By Capt. Randy Johnson USAG-Humphreys Legal Center
Leaving Korea? Make sure you dispose of your vehicle properly!
you wait. 2. Also, don’t expect to get a Special Power of Attorney that allows someone to dispose of your vehicle for you. According to USFK Regulation 190-1, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, dated April 27, 2005, in order to qualify to use a special power of attorney to sell or otherwise dispose of your vehicle, you must fit into one of the following categories: -Emergency leave when the member will not be returning to the ROK; -Short notice PCS assignments where the notification is 90 days or less; -Humanitarian assignments where the notification is 90 days or less; -The member has been court-martialed and will enter confinement; -The member has been medically evacuated CONUS and will not return to the ROK. All of these categories require that the unit commander or supervisor of the departing member provide a memorandum explaining that one of the circumstances above applies. The member should bring that memorandum to the Legal Office to obtain a special power of attorney. The person who receives the special power of attorney has ten days to register the vehicle in his or her name. Until this is done, the original owner remains liable for the disposal of the vehicle. 3. If you are transferring ownership of your POV to another SOFA member, make sure he or she is eligible to own a POV in Korea. Not everyone is allowed to possess a POV here. USFK Regulation 190-1 states that in order to own a POV while stationed in Korea, you must meet one of the following criteria: -Command Sponsored (regardless of grade); -Joint Domiciled Status with POV authorization on your orders; -Military in pay grade E-7 or above; -Civilian pay grade GS-5 or above or an invited contractor; -U.S. citizen or third country national with SOFA privileges; -USFK personnel authorized to ship a POV at government expense; -Have an approved exception to policy signed by the Area Commander. Even if you are authorized to use a special power of attorney to sell or dispose of your vehicle, the person who you are giving the special power of attorney to must be authorized to own a vehicle here. If the person already owns a vehicle, he or she will need a signed exception to policy to have a second vehicle, even if the possession is only temporary. 4. Remember that disposing of your vehicle is your responsibility, according to USFK Regulation 190-1. Even if you can use a special power of attorney to get someone to dispose of your vehicle, until they deregister it and register the POV in their name, you are still responsible for the POV. If the person you gave a special POA fails to dispose of the vehicle properly, you can be charged under the UCMJ and billed for what is costs the government to dispose of the vehicle. Owning a POV in the ROK is a privilege. That privilege comes with responsibilities like obeying the traffic laws, making sure you have proper insurance and disposing of the vehicle properly when it’s time for you to leave the country. If you have any questions about disposing of your POV, you should contact your local PMO. If you have questions about getting a special power of attorney to dispose of your POV or about USFK 190-1, you should contact your local legal assistance office.
HUMPHREYS GARRISON — The Spring and early summer months are a time where large numbers of personnel make a permanent change of station into and out of the Republic of Korea. If you are covered under the Status of Forces Agreement and have a personallyowned vehicle, you need to ensure that you are making arrangements to ship or dispose of your vehicle before you depart the country. If you don’t make the proper arrangements to dispose of your POV, U.S. Forces Korea will be stuck with the burden of doing it for you and that will cost you. Here are some tips to help you with the transition process: 1. Plan Ahead. There is one certainty about your time in Korea: you are going to leave eventually. Just like clearing central issuing facility and finance, disposing of your vehicle is part of the process of clearing your installation. You should be thinking about whether you are going to sell or junk your vehicle several months before you PCS. As you will see, under USFK regulations, this becomes more difficult to do the longer
MAY 22, 2009
USAG-Daegu: An Army Community of Excellence
By Pfc. Park, Kyung-rock USAG-Daegu Public Affairs DAEGU GARRISON — The hard work of Soldiers, Civilians and Family members at Daegu Garrison has been recognized with the award for Army Communities of Excellence. The ACOE awards were presented to Daegu Garrison and eight other active-duty installations, May 5, in a ceremony at the Pentagon. At the ceremony, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli and Installation Management Command Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson presented the Army Communities of Excellence Bronze award to Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Michael P. Saulnier. The ACOE award honors the top Army, National Guard, and Reserve installations that have achieved levels of excellence in building a high quality environment, outstanding facilities and superior services based on standards set annually by the National Malcolm Baldridge Quality Program Criteria for Performance Excellence, published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Following the ACOE team’s week-long site visit to Daegu Garrison last October and November, it was determined as a Bronze-winning garrison.
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Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Michael P. Saulnier (second from left), Daegu Garrison PAIO Lead Management and Program Analyst, Ken Edland and Daegu Garrison DES, So Kwon Bong are awarded the Army Communities of Excellence Bronze award from Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli (far left) and IMCOM Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson at the ACOE 2009 ceremony at the Pentagon, May 5. — U.S. Army courtesy photo Daegu Garrison maintains the vision to ‘Be the Community of Choice’ wholeheartedly. With a workforce of approximately 1,500 personnel, Daegu Garrison supports a population of 10,815 U.S. Military, Army Civilian employees, contractors, Korean national employees, KATUSA and Family members. “Our focus and drive to align with the principles of Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence has refined and solidified our effective processes,” said Daegu Garrison Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Lead Management and program analyst, Ken Edland. “Our previous Organizational Self Assessment results
revealed significant improvements in all categories. Although our accomplishments are extensive, we drive to build processes that do more than produce one-time results. With the Baldrige criteria for performance excellence as our framework, we celebrate the predictability of recurring success based on established processes.” Edland added. ACOE’s Bronze award includes a cash award of $250,000, a trophy and a flag. Every ACOE winner is required to use the award money on specific types of projects. Daegu Garrison is putting together ideas on how to use the award money that benefits Daegu community as a whole. Currently, Daegu Garrison is preparing for ACOE 2010 competition and looks forward to becoming a better Army community. “Daegu Garrison just began its new cycle to become a better community with the Organizational Self Assessment, asking Garrison members to participate in the survey,” said Daegu Garrison PAIO Director, Timothy Maroney. “Throughout the process of ACOE competition, we refine our goals, objectives and action plans and eventually it allows the Garrison to succeed and perform the standards that are expected from the community and Installation Management Command,” Maroney added.
12-hour relay event promotes cancer awareness
By Pfc. Park, Kyung-rock USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — 65th Medical Brigade hosted a 12-hour long relay event for cancer awareness at the Camp Walker’s Kelly Field from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. May 15. For this Cancer Awareness Relay Event, more than 300 community members formed relay teams to run or walk for 12 hours at Camp Walker Kelly Field as a means of promoting cancer awareness across the peninsula. Teams included military, civilian and private organizations, directorates, families and individuals who formed miscellaneous member teams. Community members gathered at Kelly field for the 6 p.m. opening ceremony where 19th ESC Commanding General Brig. Gen Xavier P. Lobeto was on hand to give opening comments. Lobeto stressed the importance of cancer awareness and the impact of cancer on people and health care across the globe. Lobeto was followed by 65th Medical Brigade health promotion coordinator, Marianne Campano, Camp Henry ACS Financial Management advisor and twotime cancer survivor, Jeannie Relaford and Daegu American School teacher and also cancer survivor, Thelberstine Buford. After opening ceremony, Lobeto completed the opening lap with a group of cancer survivors after which the first leg of the relay began. Luminary bags with the names of those affected by cancer were decorated by community members and placed around the track to light the way. The luminary bags were given out prior to the event to honor and remember cancer victims and their families. Though only one relay team member was required to be on the track at one time, dozens of people joined their friends and teammates to walk together, some kept their friends company into the wee hours of the morning even though their laps didn’t count toward the team totals. Several military organizations walked and ran with their company guideon for the entire 12 hours. Even people who were not associated with a team came to the track to walk laps on their own to show their support for the cause. While some teams traded out members by arriving at scheduled intervals, others remained together on site by pitching tents and setting up cots under the pavilion, bundling up in sleeping bags as the temperature dropped. Some played cards and games while others chatted, played guitar, and chased one another around the track with water guns. Boy Scouts from Troop 81 filled hundreds of bags with sand and tea candles while Daegu Garrison Girl Scouts and nearly 100 Girl Scouts form the local Korean community distributed them around the track. Daegu American School alone brought 36 relay members plus friends and family members of all ages. They created their own banner and T-shirts in support of the event and won the ‘Spirit Award’ for their enthusiasm. The Dynamic, Energetic, Spo Group or ‘DE.S.G. Spodians’ from 19th ESC Support Operations donned pink bunny ears , cowboy hats, feathered boas and pink heart headgear and set up camp at the edge of the pavilion so they could cheer their teammates on around the clock. They won the “Most Colorful” award hands down for their expressive costumes and tremendous esprit de corp. 188th MP, Pvt. Derek Lawson was one of the team captains and he went around the track, collecting signatures on his CARE shirt to send to his sister, who is in the states battling leukemia. “The day I found about my sister’s leukemia was the day I found about this event. And then, I wanted to form a team to support my sister,” said Lawson. “I got a lot of people to sign up on t-shirt so that I can send it back home to my sister. Cancer is really hard to get through, but it needs a lot of support. It’s more of a mental thing than anything,” Lawson added. Throughout the walk, people could be seen picking up and even photographing the bags that represented the person special to them. Others paused to look at the bags as they passed by. On several occasions, they ran in the rain, but all remained. Other supporters included BOSS who sold beverages, the FRGs who grilled up burgers and dogs for several hours into the event, the DFACs who showed up with beverages Friday night and fresh fruit Saturday morning to energize the crowd, and numerous Soldiers and supporters who stepped up to pick up trash, keep the candles burning, man the lap/registration table, and coordinate the music. The winning team with the most laps was the 188th Military Police and second place was 19th HHC. The C.A.R.E teams completed a total of 8,086 laps in support of the cause over a 12-hour period. An estimated 1,500 laps more were completed by independent walkers and runners not associated with teams, and by teammates who walked to keep other team members company on the track. “I want to thank you for those who organized and participated this. It means a lot. 12 hours run, it really means a lot to people who have cancer. People with cancer will know that there are a lot of people out there who are trying to help and support. “ Lawson said.
(TOP) 19th ESC SPO, Maj. Marta Hiraldo walks on the track as a member of ‘DE.S.G. Spodians’ team during the C.A.R.E event. Girl Scout members from the local school walk together to support C.A.R.E. — U.S. Army photos by Lauren Baek
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News & Notes
Change of Command Ceremony The Army Material Command, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade would like to announce the ‘403rd Army Field Support Brigade’ Change of Command Ceremony. The location is at Camp Walker Kelly Field (Kelly Gym: Inclement Weather) on 22 July , at 10 in the morning. Outgoing Commander will be Col. Andre Q. Fletcher, Incoming Commander will be Col. Barry Diehl. For more information, call 768-7630. Army Birthday Ball The 234th Army Birthday Ball will be held at Grand Ball Room, Exco InterBurgo Hotel, 6 p.m., June 6. This year’s theme is ‘the year of the NCO’. Sirloin steak cooked in red wine and chicken breast cooked in white wine will be served. A vegetarian meal is available on request. The price is 45,000 won (no dollars). For purchasing tickets, contact Master Sgt. Cook, 19th ESC at 768-7117. Taxi Fare Increase Taxi fare increase in Camp Carroll (Effective 18 May 2009). Its previous fare was 1,800 won (within 2Km) plus 100 won for every 170 meters driven or 41 seconds. But new fare system now started on 18 May is 2,200 won (within 2Km) plus 100 won for every 145 meters driven from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. 20% extra night fare is added to that. For more information regarding this change, call Mr. Choe , Camp Carroll TMP at 765-7716 or Mr. Davis, Transportation Officer at 768-8755. Camp Carroll Worship Service Every Tuesday there will be an 11:40 a.m. worship service at the Camp Carroll Chapel. Everyone is invited. Lunch will be provided after the service. For more information, contact the Camp Carroll Chapel staff at 765-8343. Jewish Religious Services Every Friday evening at 7 p.m. Jewish religious service will be held at the Camp Walker Chapel, Bldg. S260 classroom #1. The service will be followed by an Oneg (fellowship) with refreshments. For information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Herve Abrams at 7657737 or 010-8687-7706. We Want Your Stories If you want to advertise any events or information for the Area IV community in the Morning Calm Weekly or Command Channel, please send an e-mail to [email protected]
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Daegu hosts 8th Army Volleyball Championship
Crown Jewel Fitness Center Staff CAMP CARROLL — The Company Level, Women’s and Co-ed 8th Army 2009 Volleyball Championships were held on May, 15-17 at the Camp Carroll Sports and Fitness Center, Daegu Garrison. In the Company Level division the team title was capture by Daegu Area representatives 36th Signal Company who defeated last year’s defending champion 527th MI (2-1) in the Championship Game. The Soldier-athletes who participated in these years edition of the 8th Army Volleyball Championships were very proud of their accomplishments and the time spent in the Daegu Garrison particularly here at the Camp Carroll sports facilities. There was nothing more than 8th Army Yearly Volleyball Banquet with plenty of exquisite and fine plays all served by skilful and passionate Soldier/athletes defending the pride of their respective units and areas playing the game they love. In the women’s division it was like a day in the park for the Lady Running Rebel’s of Yongsan Garrison. Their 1-2-3 punch combination put sleep the Competition. Unfortunately, it was the brave women of the Daegu Area on the losing end. They played their hearts out but from the beginning it was all Yongsan Garrison showing their athleticism, coordination and combination of basic skill’s which they displayed through the tournament defeating each opponent game in game out. They sweep the competition without losing a set during the entire tournament. In the Co-ed division it was area I who displayed total courage and never quit attitude falling in the final game (2-1) to
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Warrior Country Area I wins the Co-ed division Championship to the Daegu Area by 2-1. View this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Modesto C. Algarin their nemesis and rival’s of the Daegu Area (2-1) and causing the infamous If Needed Game which they hold to their hearts and defended bravely and gallantly by defeating this time the Daegu Area and confirming their stature as 8th Army Champions in the Co-ed Division. Congratulations to the Warrior Country Men and Women of Area I for playing their hearts out and to come back to claim their well deserved Championship Victory. “I’ve seen teams that take months to actually get it together in college,” said Camp Carroll Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Director, and Co-Tournament Director, Modesto C. Algarin. “For military teams to get together like this in two and a half days and play so amazingly and run the offense/defense so effectively, they we’re playing way faster than I ever thought they would.” In all everyone gave their best effort losing or winning isn’t as important as the lessons learned during these two days and a half of intensive 101 volleyball in which it’s participants came together as one making it one of the best 8th Army Volleyball Championships in recent years. The Daegu Garrison FMWR, its community recreation division and the Camp Carroll Sports and Fitness staffs sincerely appreciates all the support received by each of the Area and Garrisons. Thanks to the players from each participating teams who not only provided their efforts in the playing field but their great attitude and cooperation through the tournament. It makes us all proud to be in the positions that we are to support and serve the best Soldier’s in the World.
Daegu MWR holds10-Miler, more races to come
By Modesto C. Algarin Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Director Is it a bird, a plane, maybe even a black hawk? No, it’s Rob Nott, who is perhaps the fastest guy in the Daegu Area based on the results of the 10-mile race held at Camp Carroll May 9. If you think prime time running comes before your 40s please come sign up in one of the local MWR sponsored races and take a shot (if you dare) trying to beat Mr. Nott. He won’t mind a bit; in fact, a little competition will probably just make him run a little faster. My theory is that the more competition he gets the better he will perform. Now let’s not count out other experienced runners like retired Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Noble when the man takes to the pavement he just gets down like a man on a mission. It is definitely the sneaker print to follow for the younger generations out there. If you want to learn how to run the right way with passion, commitment, dedication and for the love of the game (running) just get out there to meet and run with this League of Gentleman: Robert Nott, Patrick Noble and perhaps others who I may have skipped. They are fun and definitely will give a good hustle for your buck. Registration is always free of charge. The only requirement to run our races is a desire to come and run. Leave the rest up to the Sports Folks both at Camps Walker and Carroll. We have plenty of races on schedule for your enjoyment with free t-shirts, refreshments, and other goodies. Why not run the next race? What are you waiting for? Check your local sports facility activities bulletin board, the outlook magazine, AFN and other media sources for more information on races and other related sports programming “We are here to support you!” Below are the result of the race held. • Men’s Open 29 & under 1st place: Francisco Perez (1:13:39), 2nd place: Jonathan Burton (1:18:47). • Men’s Senior 30-39 1st place: Thomas Marnoch (1:02:20), 2nd place: Maurice Conner (1:10:44), 3rd place: Matthew Coffman (1:21:36). • Men’s master 40-49 1st place: Robert Nott (0:59:30), 2nd place: Gary Gurak (1:21:25), 3rd place: Kwon, Sung Ki (1:22:00). • Women’s Open 1st place: Kim, Alice (1:18:52), 2nd place: Mitchell Sydonie E. (1:29:14).
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Winners of each category of the ten mile race held at Camp Carroll May 9 pose after the award ceremony. Check your local sports facility activities to sign up for such upcoming sports events. View this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Modesto C. Algarin
188th MP company hosts Family Day Lifeguard Instructors complete training
188th MP Company Public Affairs During Community Family Day at Camp Walker, the 188th Military Police Company reached out to its Daegu community family by inviting the children and staff of the Daesung Orphanage to enjoy the festivities. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers volunteered their time to come out and give the children and staff of the Daesung Orphanage a memorable day that involved giving them a personal tour of some of the 188th’s facilities as well as taking them to Kelly Field so that they could enjoy all of the different events that were set up for Community Day. The event started at 11 a.m. when the children and staff of the orphanage were treated to brunch at the Daegu Mountain Inn, where Captain Matt D. Wagner, Company Commander of the 188th, welcomed everyone to the event. The children were treated to both American and Korean food as they interacted with each other and the Soldiers of the 188th. After brunch everyone was taken to the 188th’s motor pool where the children were paired up with a U.S. Soldier and a KATUSA and were shown and allowed to interact with the different pieces of equipment there. While climbing through one the HMMWV’s one child enthusiastically stated that he wanted to join the military. Once Community Day began the children were given the chance to enjoy all of the games and demonstrations that were set up at Kelly Field. Going through the SRT display they had the chance to play with the different pieces of equipment as well as climb through the Bear, which is one of SRT’s tactical vehicles. The most fun that the By Pfc. Lee, Dodam USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Summer time is coming and pools will open at garrisons throughout Korea around the Memorial Day holiday. To prepare for the season, the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training Course was held at Camp Carroll’s indoor pool May 4 - 8. It is always important to have someone who can control probable accidents and address safety issues at the pool side. The course was taught with 10 individuals coming from Chinhae, Camp Carroll, Camp Walker and others. The lifeguard instructor training course teaches certified lifeguard candidates the skills necessary to instruct eligible candidates the skills necessary to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies, including professional rescuer CPR. American Red Cross senior station manager Douglas S. Timpson was an instructor for this week-long course. He has been an instructor trainer in life guard and water safety for almost 15 years. It was his first time teaching in the Daegu area, despite doing a lot of training around the peninsula. The main challenge they have right now is the limited number of certified instructors to teach the candidates. Since he is the only person who can instruct the course at this point, he has been very busy visiting a variety of places to conduct water safety and lifeguard training courses including Yongsan Garrison, Osan Air Base, Kunsan Air Base, Humphreys Garrison and others every week. Right now, the American Red Cross here is developing other instructor trainers so that others can continue teaching.
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Sgt. Lee, Je Han, 188th MP Senior KATUSA leads the children to the motorpool during the family day — U.S. Army photo by 188th MP Company Public Affairs children had though seemed to be the time when they went though the different game stations trying to win different prizes. U.S. Soldiers and KATUSA Soldiers were all over the place running after their charges as they maneuvered their way around the field eating, laughing and playing with the different prizes they won throughout the event. At the end everyone was happy with the way the day went, but sad that it had to come to an end. Instrumental in setting this day up for the children of the Daesung Orphanage was the 188th’s ROKA SGM, Jae, Ki Min, and the 188th’s Senior KATUSA, SGT Lee, Je Han, who have also set up times each month for the U.S. Soldiers and KATUSA’s to visit the Daesung Orphanage to help in its maintenance and play with the children. These events are vital in strengthening the U.S./Korea bond. These events show that the U.S. military community in Korea extends past the gates of the posts and into the Korean community itself.
“When Memorial Day comes the swimming pools will open. They should not have only trained staff but enough staff to make sure they run the program safely. It’s important to have trained staff because they know what they are supposed to do with knowledge and tools,” said Timpson. This lifeguard training course requires 26 hours of training total. Additionally, it requires the pre-requisite course, ‘Fundamentals of Lifeguard Training’ which is another four hours making it 30 hours in total. Candidates in class, once they complete the training, will go out and apply those skills to help others as while as teach their students. In order to really learn how to teach life guard curriculum as an instructor, they do serious practice teaching. They teach other candidates and everybody plays a role as students. Since every student teaches differently, it is a good chance to learn different teaching techniques from one another. “I have taught around 7,000 candidates and interestingly everyone was different,” added Timpson. The class was both practical and educational. They covered text materials to get concepts and have a chance to apply learned skills with the help of watching videos. “I think it is a good opportunity to learn from this great program. I will go back to Chinhae and apply what I’ve learned about water safety at the Navy base,” said Gaberiel Harley, MA1, security department, Chinhae. “The reason why I like this program is because it’s very practical which is very useful information for me since I am going to teach my students at a new school I am moving to next year,” said Daejeon Christian International School teacher Callie Brietes.
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Camp Carroll Taxi fare increase effective May 18
Chilgok County will increase taxi fare effective May 13. It is a mandate for all taxi services within Chilgok Gun areas including Camp Carroll. Camp Carroll taxi fare will be increased effective May 18 as follows:
04:00 – 24:00
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CURRENT FARE SYSTEM
1,800 Won (within 2Km) Plus 100 won for every 170 meters driven or 41 seconds. Apply 20% extra night fare.
NEW FARE SYSTEM
2,200 Won (within 2Km) Plus 100 won for every 145 meters driven or 35 seconds. Apply 20% extra night fare.
24:00 – 04:00
For more information regarding this change, call Mr. Choe , Camp Carroll TMP at 765-7716 or Mr. Davis, Transportation Officer at 768-8755
AREA IV Job Opportunities
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER APF US CITIZEN POSITIONS KOEZ08815156R2 KOEZ09480731 MD-DHL-09-1049 KOEZ09422211R KOEZ09479175 KOEZ09480629 NAF US CITIZEN POSITION KRNAFEZ09-002-K4-R ARMP-09-02 CONTRACT PAC 16 PAC 20 N/A N/A VACANCY Camps Henry, Walker , George Architect Human Resources Technician Counseling Psychologist (ASAP), Social Worker (ASAP) Civilian Personnel Liaison Clinical Nurse (Triage) Camp Carroll Interdisciplinary; Civil Engineer, General Engineer Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer Recreation Assistant Cash Collector Administrative Assistant Duty Manager On-Call HR Specialist ACAP Counselor P/T – F/T GRADE GS-12 YB-1 GS-11 YA-2 GS-10 DPW NF-2 NF-3 N/A N/A N/A N/A LOCATION DPW, USAG-Daegu CHRA, Korea Region MEDDAC-K, ASAP 19th ESC 168th Med Bn USAG-Daegu DFMWR, CRD, CAC Army Rec Mach Prog USO USO SERCO, MPD SERCO, ACAP CLOSE DATE May 24 May 26 May 27 May 27 May 29 June 7 June 2 Until Filled Until Filled Until Filled Until Filled Until Filled
For more information, contact Employment Readiness Program Manager, Steven Wegley at 768-7951
MAY 22, 2009