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Falcons clinch Far East title
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Seoul American High School Falcons face off against the Kadena Panthers Saturday Nov. 8 at Yongsan Garrison. The Falcons won 22-21 to take the Far East Championship. See Page 9 for coverage of the game at USAG-Yongsan. To view or download this photo, visit www.flickr.com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Hwang Joon-hyun
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Sounders score big in youth soccer championship
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By Marianne Campano 65th Med Brigade General Sharp declares Thursday, Nov. 20, as the Great American Smokeout for US Forces Korea. This event, now in its 33rd year, is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The goal of the Smokeout is to encourage and inspire smokers to stop smoking for at least 24 hours or to support a smoker to be smokefree for that day. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, smoking accounts for an estimated 438,000 premature deaths, including 38,000 deaths among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand smoke. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related diseases. The World Health Organization reports that globally, tobacco kills 5.4 million people a year - an average of one person every six seconds. Across the peninsula, Service Members, family members and civilians are urged to quit smoking on Nov. 20 to help curb these alarming statistics. At Yongsan, tobacco prevention and cessation information and free nicotine gum will be available at the PX on the day of the Smokeout. Smokers will be recruited to sign a pledge to quit for at least 24 hours. Non-smoking volunteers will be recruited to “adopt a smoker” to
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provide support. To prevent smoking, the Junior Officers Council nurses are delivering Tar Wars, an anti-tobacco curriculum to all fifth graders at Seoul Elementary. The Health Science students at Seoul American High School are delivering the same curriculum to fifth graders in Osan. In addition, the high school students are creating posters and videos with the important anti-tobacco message to be used in future campaigns and to be shared with other students at Yongsan. On Nov. 19, public health nurses and the health promotion coordinator will be at the High School to provide information and to – See SMOKEOUT, Page 4 –
Soldiers at CRC Enclave welcome Command Sponsorship Program
By Master Sgt. Donald Sparks 2ID Public Affairs In an attempt to increase readiness and provide stabilization for Soldiers and their Family members, a change in the policy for command sponsorship has allowed greater opportunities for Soldiers to have accompanied tours. In the past, serving the Republic of Korea for many Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the Camp Red Cloud Enclave meant spending a tour unaccompanied or without command sponsorship. After Gen. Walter Sharp, U.S. Forces Korea commander, changed the policy requirements for command sponsorship in Area I, leaders from 2ID focused on developing a revised Command Sponsorship Program for the CRC Enclave. The program, designed for Soldiers assigned to Camps Red Cloud, Stanley and Jackson, allows an opportunity for Soldiers and their Family members to take advantage of living in Korea. “The whole intent is normalizing Korea,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Boyer, 2ID G-1. “With that (policy change) comes increased command sponsorship opportunities. This program allows those who are already here non-command sponsored to convert to command sponsored and gain some additional benefits and to have Soldiers already here to enroll in the CRC Enclave command sponsorship program.” He also added the program is also available for Soldiers pending assignment to 2ID in the CRC Enclave.Boyer, who advises the 2ID
The recently announced Command Sponsorship Program allows Soldiers assigned to Camps Red Cloud, Stanley and Jackson, to live with their Family members in Korea. View or download this photo at www. flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo courtesy of 2ID PAO commanding general on personnel management of Soldiers assigned to the division, sees the change in policy as a positive impact on mission readiness. “We need to ‘fight tonight’ and this program benefits readiness,” Boyer said. “The bottom line up front is the more continuity we have across our formations and for our warfighting functions for – See SPONSORSHIP, Page 4 –
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High Dollar to Won exchange rate causes COLA rates for Korea to drop
USFK Public Affairs The Per Diem Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee confirmed that the continued strengthening U.S. Dollar caused a 10 point decrease in COLA for Korea. The exchange rate over the last two weeks ranged from 1275 to 1375 won to the dollar, while the COLA pay system rate was set well below at 1180. Effective Nov. 1, PDTATAC reset the pay system rate to an equitable rate. The result was COLA being reduced to zero for all areas of Korea except Seoul. The Seoul COLA index dropped from 114 to 104. The good news for service members is the stronger dollar makes shopping off-post much more attractive, with prices off post more of a bargain compared to previous years. The U.S. dollar has strengthened against the won at a greater rate than other currencies this year. On Oct. 29, the dollar rose to a high of 1446 won at Community Bank compared to only 983 won at Community Bank nearly three months earlier on Aug.1. The Nov. 5 rate at Community Bank was 1248 – a 26% appreciation. COLA is an allowance designed to strengthen service members’ purchasing power by compensating them for the difference between the cost of living in Korea and the cost of living in CONUS. Several factors impact the COLA rate. These factors include the Korean Won exchange rate, shopping patterns of US service members, duty location, and accompanied status. The exchange rate is reviewed twice each month to ensure the COLA retains its intended level of purchasing power. When the won strengthens, it lessens the purchasing power of the dollar and could drive an increase in the COLA. In the same way, when the won weakens, it increases the purchasing power of the dollar and could drive a decrease in the COLA. The command understands that the COLA is a valuable financial entitlement, and the command will ensure service members receive every penny they are entitled to by regulation. For questions or for additional information regarding COLA, please contact the 175th Financial Management Center at DSN 725-3201, or check their website.
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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: Aggravated Assault; False Official Statement; Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subject #1 struck in the head with a glass beer bottle at an off-post club. Subject #2 sustained injuries consisting of a laceration to her forehead. Subject #2 was transported by ambulance to the TMC where she was treated and released. Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO where she was advised of her legal rights, which she waived denying the offense. Witness #1 and Witness #2 reported to the USAGCasey PMO where they rendered written sworn statements attesting to the incident. Further investigation revealed Subject #1 committed the offense of false official statement when she rendered a written sworn statement knowing it to be false. This is a final report. AREA II: Accidental Damage to Government Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, damaged Complainant #1’s GOV which was legally parked, secured and unattended. Damages to the GOV consisted of a broken windshield. Complainant #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Due to lack of investigative leads, this case will be closed in the files of USAG-Yongsan PMO as unfounded/ unsolved pending the receipt of any information which would warrant its reopening. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report AREA III: Wrongful Destruction of Government Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, punctured the right rear tire of a GOV, which was secured and unattended on post. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. ECOL is unknown. This is a final report. AREA III: Traffic accident without Injuries; Damage to Government Property; Fleeing the Scene of a Traffic Accident; Failure to Maintain Control; Subject #1, operating a GOV, failed to maintain control and struck a ditch at USAG-Humphreys. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of scratches to the right front bumper. Subject #1 was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. Subject #1 was processed and released on his own recognizance. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA IV: Traffic Accident without Injuries; Damage to Government Property; Fleeing the Scene of a Traffic Accident; Subject #1, operating a GOV with Witness #1 as a passenger, struck an unknown object at an unknown intersection in Daegu. Subject #1 then fled the scene. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of dents, scratches and paint transfer to the left side of vehicle. The unknown object sustained unknown damages. KNP was notified, but did not respond. Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Daegu PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. Witness #1 rendered a Korean National statement attesting to the incident. Subject #1 and Witness #1 were processed and released on their own recognizance. Subject #1 and Witness #1 reported utilization of their seatbelts. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report.
Enjoy Seoul’s riverside park
The parks along the Han River feature an extensive network of fitness equipment, basketball and tennis courts, refreshment venues and open space to enjoy the autumn weather. A paved path suitable for jogging, biking or inline skating follows the river’s edge, offering picturesque views of many of Seoul’s major landmarks. Visitors can also enjoy the river sites from the Han River Cruise, which offers picturesque night sights of the city. To view this photo, visit www.flickr.army.mil/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Kim Do Hwan
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría The show will be hosted by Jamsil Sports Complex’s Big Top Theatre through Dec. 31. For information, call Interpark 1544-1555 (press #2 for English) or visit www.tour2korea or www. cirquedusoleil.co.kr (Korean, English) and Overseas Promotion Special Pavilion to promote the 2014 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games bidding activities, the Winter Sports Product Pavilion, and Resort Promotion Pavilion. Organized by theme, the pavilions allow visitors better access to all related information at one site. In particular, participants will include ten ski resorts and related associations from the Hokkaido region of Japan. Kimchi Expo (Nov. 22-25) The annual Kimchi Expo aims to promote the Visit www.siwinter.com for additional information. outstanding qualities of kimchi throughout the world and raise its competitiveness through the Seoul 63 Sky Art, Aquarium and IMAX development of Korea’s kimchi and fermentation- The world’s highest museum has opened at one of related industry and higher quality standards. Seoul’s most well known landmarks, the Yeouido The event is held at Seoul’s COEX Mall. The 63 Building. The 60th floor Sky Deck has been festival is the first kimchi-related trade fair to newly remodeled into the ‘63 Sky Art Museum’. promote the scientific effects of kimchi and its In celebration for the museum’s grand opening, role in developing a healthy society. The Kimchi the Hello Kitty exhibit will run through 30 Nov. The Expo exhibits Korea’s traditional, functional, or exhibition will offer a variety of artworks under the newly-developed forms of kimchi as well as a banner ‘Seoul / Sky, Sweet, Secret, Soul’. Visitors variety of fermented foods, traditional seasonings, can also take in the beautiful views of the Hangang salted seafood, and other health foods. Visit www. River through the observatory’s large windows. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. - midnight. Tickets tour2korea.com can be purchased until 11 p.m. and are available at the museum ticket booth. For more information 2008 International Migratory Bird Festival The 5th International Migratory Bird Festival is visit www.63.co.kr videos of the exibit are available scheduled to run from Nov. 19-23, in the Gunsan-si online at www.youtube.com/koreaculture region. Visitors will have the pleasure of watching Baikal Teal flocks, the most representative Battle of Noryang reenactment migratory birds of Geumgang, fly through the The Chungmugong Noryang Haejeon Seungcheopje air. This is also a popular festival for families. Festival commemorates the historic victory of Highlights of the festival include the opening General Lee Sun-sin in the Battle of Noryang against ceremony, face painting, stage performances, Japanese invaders in 1592. The festival, which and a variety of sights to see and enjoy. Opening was previously held for three days around General ceremony is scheduled for 19 Nov. at11:00 a.m. Lee’s birthday of April 28th by the lunar calendar, To get there, take a train to Gunsan Station, is now held for three days around Nov. 19 by the then take a taxi for about 2 kilometers to the lunar calendar when General Lee died in the battle. Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory. For Chungmugong was his pen name. Held for the 8th additional information, please check the festival’s time in 2008, the festival is organized from Nov. 14-16 near Namhaedaegyo Bridge in Namhaehomepage. http://www.gsbird.co.kr/index.htm gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. Major events are the reenactment of the battle around Namhaedaegyo Seoul International Winter Sports Expo Scheduled for through Nov. 16, Seoul Convention Bridge with General Lee’s Geobukseon (Turtle and Exhibition Center (COEX). SIWINTER 2008 ship) and the Japanese waeseon vessels, the will feature a Gangwon-do Promotional Pavilion exhibit of Geobukseon, folk performances, singing contest, and student composition. There will also be celebratory performances, madanggeuk performance, and fireworks. For information, visit www.tour2korea.com or english.namhae.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) Yellowtail Fest (Thru Nov. 16) The Choenamdan Moseulpo Yellowtail Festival celebrates bangeo, or yellowtail, which boasts the best fish quality. This year, it will be held from Nov. 14-16 near Moseulpo Port in Seogwipo, Jeju-do. Major events include bangeo catching, bangeo fishing, bangeo traditional market, national gaetbawi fishing contest, inline skate festival, and visit to historical sites. There will also be a bangeo cooking exhibition and free sampling, as well as the ceremony of pungeoje to pray for a bountiful catch and vessel parade. Autumn getaway to Wonju Located in the Southwest of Gangwon-do Province, Wonju is within an easy, 2-hour drive from Seoul. Enthusiastic hikers are recommended to visit Mt. Chiaksan National Park. The mountain offers numerous tracks, ranging from 2.8 kilometers to 23.8 kilometers. In the fall, the mountain offers beautiful foliage. Along the hiking trail, one can also find historic Buddhist temples like Guryongsa and Sangwonsa that date back to the Silla Dynasty. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com Photography Museum Donggang Museum of Photography is housed in a building with one basement level and two ground levels. The museum has a permanent exhibition hall and two special exhibition halls and there is also an outdoor gallery and a lecture hall. Visitors will find photos highlighting the natural and cultural heritage of Yeongwol and about 800 photos taken by town residents. Another noteworthy addition is the exhibition of 130 classic cameras, a must for camera enthusiasts and aficionados. Visit www. dgphotomuseum.co.kr (Korean, English). The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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every skill level we need; then we’re better ready to fight.” Although leaders are strongly encouraging Soldiers to consider serving in Korea and take advantage of the command sponsorship program in the CRC Enclave, they also are educating Soldiers on the benefit limitations of the program such as housing, dependent education opportunities and medical care. Servicemembers will be counseled by leaders and sign a statement noting they understand the limitations in the CRC Enclave, per directive of Sharp’s Policy Letter #26, so they can make the right decision before enrolling in the program. For example, Family government housing and Department of Defense Schools are only available in USAG-Yongsan. “Command Sponsorship here at the CRC enclave requires me to counsel those Soldiers who desire command sponsorship here,” said Lt. Col. James Burns, commander, Division Special Troops Battalion. “There are some things that the Soldier needs to know before he or she decides to bring their Family over and I play a role to make sure the Soldier understands that.” Burns, who commands more than 800 Soldiers in the CRC Enclave, anticipates interest in the program to be very high, but also emphasizes that Soldiers know it is not a blanket policy. “There will be some families who decide Command Sponsorship at Camp Red Cloud Enclave is right for them and some may not,” Burns said. “Again I need to stress that when I talk to individual Soldiers who accept command sponsorship it will be based on their individual need, and I want them to clearly understand the limitations that come with command sponsorship regarding housing, medical care and education.” Both Boyer and Burns do agree that the
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program is a win-win for everybody involved – the Soldiers, Family members, the division and the local Korean communities. “You have a Soldier who is more relaxed because they have their family here with them – many of them who have returned from deployment,” Boyer said. “Also one of the key tenets of normalizing tours in Korea, which is the intent of the command sponsorship program, is that the more American Soldiers and Families that we get here to represent us in a positive good light, it strengthens our alliance with the Republic of Korea.” Burns touted the instant benefits the division will gain from the policy. “We get a Soldier who is going to stay here in the division for at least two years,” Burns said. “That is a big bonus to the division because we have constant turnover due to the one-year tour assignment. This will stabilize job experience which we badly need,” he said. 2ID leaders recognize the program is not perfect and there are still questions to be resolved to ensure Soldiers and Family members have the right resources and information available to make their final decision to request command sponsorship. The program has high command emphasis, and leaders at all levels are on board to assist Soldiers in making the right decision; but most importantly, according to Boyer, Soldiers have to talk candidly and honestly to their Family members. “People have to come into this with an open mind – don’t look at the limitations, but look at the opportunities,” Boyer said. “Seek those opportunities, those things that can benefit them and their Families. Look at some of the things the Army has put in place to mitigate some of the challenges.”
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encourage all students to sign a pledge to refrain from tobacco. All week, the middle school students are listening to the short term consequences and dangers of tobacco through announcements, and the antitobacco message is being emphasized again in the health science classes. Across the peninsula, smoking cessation classes are being offered that combine
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counseling, pharmacotherapy and or nicotine replacement. Points of contact for for these activities are: Capt. Travers, Area I: 730-6796; Ms. Marianne Campano, Area II: 736-6137; Ms. Dumoulin, Area III: 753-7657; and Capt. Smith, Area IV: 764-4819. With all the resources available, there has never been a better time to quit.
Korean-American Friendship Association to hold Thanksgiving performance in Yongsan
Korean-American Friendship Association announces special Thanksgiving performance in Yongsan at Seoul American High School, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature traditional dance and musical performances including fan dance and percussion demonstrations.
‘Troops Away’ offers Servicemembers Thanksgiving tour package to China
Troops Away is a program designed to benefit Servicemembers serving overseas by helping them maximize their rest and relaxation time. Tours Asia is now offering a choice of two package trips to China Nov. 27-30. Customers can choose from an all-inclusive trip to Beijing or Shanghai. For information on these 4-day tours call DSN 724-3301, 877-223-1901 or 010-6872-2260. E-mail: [email protected]
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Red Cloud firefighters put out a simulated gasoline fire in a buring bus and two cars during the combined city and military firefighting exercise held on Kyong Min University Oct. 22. Download these photos at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — Courtesy photo
Red Cloud firefighters train in city exercise
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs a smaller training event inviting the city firefighters to come on post and train with their ladder trucks. Red Cloud garrison does UIJEONGBU – Red Cloud firefighters not have ladder trucks and relies on the city trained with Uijeongbu city firefighters in for such capability. a Joint Annual Disaster Training Oct. 22 at More than 39 different agencies Kyong Min University. participated in the exercise, but only Red The exercise included putting out high- Cloud firefighters were from a U. S. Army rise apartment fires and car and bus fires. It garrison. is held every year to keep firefighters ready to “Republic of Korea army firefighters fight fires together, were there to train in said John Cook, putting out chemical “As responders, this practice fires,” Cook said. “St. Area I fire chief. “The point of is very valuable, when a large fire Mary’s Hospital staff, this exercise, for w i t h do c t o r s a n d happens, controlling the fire and ambulances, took part our firefighters, was to practice controlling all the firefighters and and university security using our foam forces also took part.” other emergency teams is the capabilities,” Cook The training began s a i d . “ Fo a m i s with a simulated most critical thing we will do.” used to extinguish chemical explosion John Cook, Area I fire chief gasoline and other in the Kyong Min petroleum type University science fires.” laboratory, Cook explained. Part of the Red Cloud garrison fire department is the training was to test the university fire drills only resource the city has to fight petroleum and evaluate their fire plans. Universities fires. The foam the firefighters use is the same have the same fire fighting equipment found type used by airports to fight petroleum fires in large hotels, Cook continued, and part and help disabled aircraft land without of the exercise was to train university staff landing gear, Cook explained. and students. “All Army fire departments have foam “As responders, this practice is very firefighting capability,” Cook said. “Most valuable,” Cook said. “When a large fire civilian fire departments do not have vehicles happens, controlling the fire and controlling designed to put out large petroleum fires.” all the firefighters and other emergency Army firefighters are generally trained to teams is the most critical thing we will fight fires in buildings and at airports. do.”“We always appreciate participating with the This exercise with the city is an annual city fire department, because I have a strong belief event, and Red Cloud garrison usually holds we work together better when we train together.”
Kyong Min University students participate in the joint training exercise Oct. 22 by participating in the simulated injuries used to train emergency personnel. Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea —Courtesy photo
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Victim Advocate Hot Line USAG-RC Victim Advocate Hot Line is 0119187-2001. Take a stand against domestic violence. Victim Advocate Coordinator USAG-Casey ACS, Building 2603. For more information call 730-3494. Daily Mass at USAG-RC Join us for daily Mass 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. Mon-Fri in USAG-RC Warrior Chapel. For more information call 732-6404. Mitchell’s Club Thanksgiving Special Mitchell’s Club will offer a Thanksgiving Special whole roasted turkey (16-20lb) whcih serves 8-12 with cranberry sauce, candied yams, country style dressing, giblet gravy, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and family size glazed ham (3-5lb) to go for $79.95. For more information call: 732-8189/8211. American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month The 2nd Infantry Division and USAG-Red Cloud will present National American Indian Heeritage Month Observince titled “Living in Many Worlds” Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in the USAG-RC Theater. For more information call: 730-4287. USAG-RC Gas Station Hours USAG-RC gas station will be closed for lunch from 1:30-2:30 p.m. daily. For more information call: 732-7167 USAG-Red Cloud and 2ID Celebrate American Education Week USAG-Red Cloud and 2ID will celebrate American Education Week Nov. 16 through 22. This year’s theme is “Army Education: Strong Soldiers, Families and Communities. For more information call: 732-7015. Spouses Orientation Program The Spouses Orientation Program scheduled dates for November are Nov. 25 at Casey. For more information on this program call: 732-5883. Delux Taxi Ariport Service A new taxi contract has began at USAGCasey, Camp Stanley, Camp Hovey and Red Cloud. Customers wishing transportation to the airport can call 1544-9080 and request a taxi be dispatched to their desired location. Customers can reserve taxis in advance for trips to the airport. The FTNH cabs will be larger vehicles, mostly mini vans, allowing for ample luggage space. Passengers can expect to pay 4,500 won for the first three kilometers and 1,220 won per kilometer thereafter plus road tolls. Traffic conditions may increase the fare, as 100 won is added for each 35 seconds the taxi is stopped or traveling less than 15 kilometers per hour. Become an Inspector General The 8th Army Inspector General has immediate openings for officers and NCOs. For more information call: 725-6739. American Education Week American Education Week is Nov. 16-22. Seminars will be held for USAG-RC and Camp Stanley Nov. 17 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Red Cloud Theater. Come and get your education related questions answered. For more information call: 732-7015. For more information about events and announcements in Area I log on to http://ima.korea.army.mil/area1/sites/local/. You will find information for all Area I installations on this site.
Sally Hall (left), Casey Community Activity Center manager, accepts honorary citizenship from Dongducheon Mayor Oh, Sea Chang (right) Nov. 3 in Dongducheon City Hall. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Casey civilian employee awarded honorary citizenship
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs DONGDUCHEON—Sally Hall, USAG-Casey Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Community Activity Center manager, was made an honorary citizen by Dongducheon city Mayor Oh, Sea Chang Oct. 3. Hall, once manager of the Casey United Services Organization, was cited for her extraordinary ability to create and maintain mutually beneficial programs between Soldiers and citizens here. “I learned I was to be given honorary citizenship the second week of October,” Hall said. “They gave me the honor because of the outreach programs I created benefiting both Soldiers and the community since 2003.” Hall created successful programs such as the USO Virtues Program, which allows Soldier volunteers to teach English to school age children. The English as a Second Language Program allows Soldier volunteers to teach English to adults. Other language programs bring school age children on post during the summer months so they can polish their English. They also experience American culture, see how Soldiers live, and how they support their country’s defense. Hall is also responsible for starting programs for orphanages and nursing homes. These programs allow Soldiers to volunteer in providing various kinds
of support, including maintaining their property and providing entertainment. “I initiated relationships between Army units, orphanages and nursing homes,” Hall said. “Lately we have initiated programs with the Korean Red Cross.” The inscription on the honorary citizenship plaque reads: In appreciation for the friendship Sally Hall has fostered between the city of Dongducheon and its citizens and the Soldiers of USAG-Casey. “I did not expect this recognition,” Hall said. “Dongducheon has been my home for the last nine years. None of these programs could have been successful without the work of the Soldiers and Civilians who volunteered.”
Camp Stanley holds first Fall Festival
For the first time here Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation held a Fall Festival. Soldiers chow down at the Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers Fear Factor booth which provided all kinds of wiggling and squirming things to eat in a contest. “Soldiers wanted something out of the ordinary to attract the crowd,” explained Crystal Hagen, Community Activity Center manager. “We partnered with Reggie’s Club, FMWR, and BOSS to finance and provide the activities for the festival.” Programs included something for everyone. A live rock band, inflatable playground toys for young children, pie eating contests and other activities. “We will keep the party going as long as Soldiers and Family members are having a good time,” Hagen said. “All the units here at Stanley came together to put this party together and they are having a great time.” — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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USO lauds Virtues Program volunteers at USAG-Casey
Graduates of the United Services Organization Virtues Program sing “We are the world” to conclude a graduation ceremony Oct. 31. The USO gave awards to 34 Soldiers who volunteered to teach English to city school children in Dongducheon. The program known as the USO Virtues Program began Oct. 28 and ended with the awards ceremony Oct. 31. Soldiers from the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Comanche Troop 4-7 Cavalry, and Headquarters Troop 4-7 Cavalry received awards for teaching 31 students. “Mayor Oh, Sea Chang is a big supporter of our Virtues program,” said Jim Allen, Casey USO director. “We teach virtues in English conversation in the classrooms of city elementary, middle, and high schools,” Allen said. “The commanders support our programs, if we did not have the commander’s support, we could not have the volunteers. We have more than 100 Soldiers volunteer during each Virtues term.” Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Children trick-or-treat in the Gateway at USAG-Casey
More than 300 children, parents and Family members gathered in the Gateway Club to trick-or-treat and play games for prizes Oct 31. “Halloween parties are an annual tradition here on Casey,” said Sally Hall, Community Activity Center manager. “What is great about this is we combined efforts and resources with the Casey Library and Casey Pear Blossom Cottage to hold a larger event than in the past.” The party began at 11 a.m. with a party for pre-school children, and then resumed after school hours for children ages 5 through 12. Games provided for the children were a doughnut eating contest; pass the pumpkin, candy hunt, and a music contest. After the games, children trick-or-treated at Headquarters, Headquarters Company barracks. “We were planning to do a Halloween party for the children when I heard the CAC was planning to do the same,” said Steve Toepper, Casey Library manager. “We got together and decided to make a full day of it for both the Library and the CAC.” The Library and the CAC pooled their budgets for the decorations and the food provided by the Gateway Club. Bettor Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers provided the work to put up the decorations and also dressed in costumes and provided help in keeping the party moving. Orphanage children and children from city schools were invited to attend the party, Toepper added. “The orphanage and city school children were about 48 in all,” Toepper said. “Not only did those children come to the party here in the club, we took them to the bowling alley earlier today. All of us here in Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation are working as a team to provide services and programs in support of the Army Family Covenant.” Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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The Seoul American High School Falcons win a hard-fought victory and now reign as the 2008 Far East Football champions.
Hundreds of Seoul American High School football fans watch the championship game Saturday at Yongsan. — U.S. Army photos by Pvt. Hwang Joon-hyun
SAHS Falcons win Far East Football Championship
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Above: Community members get fired up during the game at the MWR field adjacent to the high school. Left: In a “Heisman” moment SAHS player Steve Brown vigorously runs the ball down the field.
attended Saturday’s game – players and fans alike – for their fantastic display of sportsmanship,” Sennett said. YONGSAN GARRISON — The Seoul American “It truly was a day to remember, for as spectators we High School Falcons celebrated a big win over the Kadena don’t often get to witness our finest teams in these final Panthers Saturday to take the Department of Defense events. It surely reflected positively on our students, our Dependent School Class AA Championship title 22-21. school and our community.” Kadena was the reigning champion, Sennett went on to congratulate giving Seoul the “underdog” status. the school staff and key community Hundreds of Yongsan community members for the support. “It truly was a day members turned out at the Morale, “Congratulations to all for a to remember, for as Welfare and Recreation Field adjacent to great season and to the coaches: the high school to enthusiastically watch Julian Harden – Head Coach, Bill spectators we don’t the game. Ratcliff – Asst. Coach, Volunteers – often get to witness Seoul American’s “Most Valuable Player” Jessie Smith, Phillip Perez, Riddell Willie Brown returned an interception for Wilkins, and David Simpson,” our finest teams in a touchdown and also recovered a fumble he said. these final events.” to set up the game-winning TD. Fellow Individual Statistics senior Trinidai Stansel ran for two TDs. Rushing—Kadena, Brandon — Robert Sennett “This time, I expected it be a dogfight, Harris 15-75, Lamar Stevens SAHS Principal and it was everything I expected it to be,” 8-66, Vince Coronado 4-22, Falcon Coach Julian Harden said of the Stanley Schrock 4-13, Jordan Kadena Panthers in a Stars & Stripes interview. Ray 1-6, Thomas McDonald 2-4, Dillon Bush 1-0. Seoul “For those of us attending Saturday’s game, we were American, Trinadai Stansel 25-135, Steven Brown 8-29, treated to a wonderful weekend of fall football at its best,” Alex Rhinehart 9-26, T.J. Alexander 3-12, Joe McLean said SAHS Principal Robert Sennett. “The top 25 players 1-6, Johnnie Hickson 6-0, Brent Spencer 3-(minus-6). from their respective schools played under perfect weather, Passing—Kadena, Lamar Stevens 1-3-1-42, Stanley full stands and were treated to an inspiring game that held Schrock 0-1-0-0. Seoul American, Johnnie Hickson all engaged until the last cannon shot.” 3-3-0-31. Sennett said the game showed true school spirit. Receiving—Kadena, D.J. Douglass 1-42. Seoul “Congratulations also needs to be extended to all who American, Willie Brown 2-29, Brent Spencer 1-2.
Patricia Edmondson leads an enthusiastic cheer.
U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp presents trophies to each member of the SAHS Falcon football team.
Falcon football supporters cheer the team on to victory Saturday.
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News & Notes
Thanksgiving Story Hour Join fellow community members for Thanksgiving Story Hour 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Yongsan Library. There will be a turkey with trimmings and refreshments. For information, call 723-7380. Thanksgiving Performance The Korean-American Friendship Association and Korean Culture and Information Service will present a free Thanksgiving performance of traditional Korean music and dances 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Seoul American High School Auditorium. For information, call 723-7669. Community of Sharing USAG-Yongsan runs a program to provide holiday meals for qualified E-5 and below Military and GS-7 and below Civilian Employees. Meals are offered by Thanksgiving and Winter holidays. The application deadline is Nov. 14 for Thanksgiving. One application per family registers for both holidays. For information, call 738-7505. Education Week 5K Fun Run Support Education week by running in a 5K Fun Run 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Collier Field House. For information, call 7364588. Mt. Seorak National Park Tour There will be a Mount Seorak National Park tour Nov. 15. The bus will depart from Moyer Community Activities Center at 6 a.m. For information, call 723-3291. Gongju and Buyeo Culture Tour There will be a culture tour in Gong-ju and Buyeo Nov. 22. The bus departs from Moyer Community Activities Center at 9 a.m. For information, call 723-3291. Hot Springs Tour Join a Hot Springs Tour 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at Onyang, Choongchung Province. The transportation is $15 plus an entrance fee of 20,000 Korean Won for adults. The trip is sponsored by the K-16 Air Base Community Activity Center. For information, call 741-6473. EO Leaders Course 8th U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Course will be at 8 a.m. on Nov. 17 at the Camp Kim USO. Contact Your Brigade EO Advisor for details. For information, call 723-8822. 8th U.S. Army Band Auditions Any active duty Soldier stationed in Korea is eligible to audition. If selected, Soldiers will be assigned to the 8th U.S. Army Band for the duration of their tour of duty in Korea. There are specific requirements for the audition. For information, call 725-7135. English as a Second Language Army Community Service is offering English as a Second Language classes 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Community Services, bldg. 4106. The classes are designed to assist foreignborn dependents of U.S. Servicemembers looking to improve English language skills. For information, call 738-7505.
For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Army selects Yongsan as 2009 ACOE finalist
Judges use a set criteria to evaluate what processes are in place to better serve stakeholders and gain efficiencies. “The ACOE Team will conduct a one-week site visit for Gold, Silver and Bronze Award nominees,” Herring said. USAG-Yongsan will host an ACOE inspection team Nov. 17-21. “They will validate our ACOE submission, primarily looking for examples of the systems and processes that we h i g h l i g h t e d ,” s a i d Casey Ross, USAGYongsan Plans, Analysis and Integration chief. “They’ve already looked at our submission. This is a follow-up to look at Army officials are set to inspect USAG-Yongsan for the 2009 Comus in more detail.” “ T h i s s h o w s t h a t munities of Excellence competition. USAG-Yongsan hopes to build ACOE Third which brought the USAG-Yongsan is still on a 2008prize — Photo Place win, by David McNally community a $750,000 Illustration one of the top installations in the Army and we’re each. Three Bronze awardees will earn doing the right thing in providing the $250,000 each. the services our community needs,” The 2009 ACOE contest will also he said. offer cash prizes to three to six “most This is the second year in a row that improved” garrisons. Competition USAG-Yongsan has been a finalist. The in this category is between: USAGGarrison won $750,000 earlier this Picatinny Arsenal; USAG-Fort Gordon; year as the 2008 ACOE Third Place USAG-Fort Campbell; USAG-Fort Winner. McCoy; USAG-Bamberg; and USAG The 2009 contest will feature more Schinnen. winners. This contest will award $1 “Congratulations to all the nominees,” million the Gold. There will be two Herring said. (Editor’s note: see related story, Page 12) Silver awardees vying for $500,000
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YONGSAN GARRISON — Army officials announced top contenders in a competition to recognize excellence in installation management last month. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan is one of seven finalists in the 2009 Army Communities of Excellence competition. Army inspection teams are heading to seven garrisons in mid-November. The ACOE teams will be made up of individuals from garrisons throughout the Installation Management Command. They will interview key leaders, managers, customers and stakeholders, review documents and action plans. “We recently concluded the internal selection board,” wrote Col. Gregory Herring, IMCOM chief of staff in an e-mail announcement. “We are pleased to announce that we've selected the garrisons listed below as ACOE finalists.” Breaking with past competitions, the Army selected seven finalists instead of four. Three of the finalists are overseas garrisons in the Republic of Korea. n USAG-Yongsan n USAG-Daegu n USAG-Humphreys n USAG-Fort Meade n USAG-Fort Stewart n USAG-Fort Bragg n USAG-Fort Knox
Herring said the Army panel selecting the finalists consisted of five senior Baldridge examiners and judges from across private, non-profit and government organizations. Malcom Baldridge is the corporate gold standard for recognizing organizational excellence.
USFK Commander recognizes DoDDS-Korea employees
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — U.S. Forces Korea recognized educators Nov. 7 at the Dragon Hill Lodge Naija Ballroom. USFK Commander Gen. Walter L. Sharp presented awards to 65 Department of Defense Dependant Schools-Korea employees for their contributions to their communities. “DoDDS-K awards aren’t just for teachers,” said USFK Education Liaison Officer Cynthia Flagg. “Awardees range from custodians all the way to principals, counselors and teachers. They all have a part in the education of our children.” Gen. Sharp presented the awards, but not without first expressing the positive impact the employees make to ensuring U.S. government personnel can perform daily missions while their children are being cared for and educated. “We appreciate you serving in Korea to teach the children of those who serve our nation so far away,” he said. “You enable our Servicemembers to do the jobs that they signed up to do in defending America.” Sharp said Servicemembers know their children are getting a quality education while they are serving in Korea “because
–See DODDS-K, Page 12–
to the position of senior advisor and helped to connect with American and Foreign Spouses alike to form a strong Family team. Most notable has been her efforts on developing the FRG homepage for Soldiers and Families. She created a web site that is now the one-stop location for information on NEO, command sponsorship, activities, health and school information, links to the embassy and other useful Army sites. Where does she work? 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment Family Readiness Group, Seoul American Middle School PTO. Why does she volunteer? Her genuine care and concern for Soldiers and their Families and her campaigning for issues affecting the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment Families has made a drastic improvement in the morale and quality of life for the Soldiers and Families in the unit. What impact does she have? Her genuine care and concern for Soldiers and their Families and her campaigning for issues affecting the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment Families has made a drastic improvement in the morale and quality of life for the Soldiers and Families in the unit.
Anne Lewis Anne Lewis spends her time with one of the largest Family Readiness Groups in Korea. She is also the USAG-Yongsan Volunteer of the Quarter. What does she do? Anne Lewis is the senior advisor of one of the largest Family Readiness Groups in Korea. The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment at K-16 Air Base has nearly 100 Families spread between Yongsan and K-16 with over 225 Family members. She has spent this quarter restructuring the FRG from the ground up to develop company-level FRG programs to better serve this large population of Families. She brought a new energy and vigor
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Koreans study Yongsan architecture
By Pvt. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Seoul National University graduate student Jeong Yeong-jin studies architecture Nov. 6 during a tour of Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, Republic of Korea.— U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Hwang Joon-hyun
YONGSAN GARRISON — Seven graduate students and their professor from Seoul National University taking master’s degree in landscape architecture course toured Yongsan garrison Nov. 6. “We came for an academic purpose,” said Professor Jeong Wookju, who led the students. “Yongsan garrison will turn into a park in the future, and I wanted to give my students a chance to apply their knowledge to a real-world situation.” The group gathered at Commiskey’s, and then received a comprehensive tour of the garrison, focusing on the residential areas. “I looked forward to this rare opportunity to tour Yongsan garrison,” said Jeong Yeong-jin, a participating student. “I wanted to see how it differs from Seoul outside the walls,” he said, “as well as the landscape and installations. The garrison felt like an American suburb to me, with many characteristic features
that we would not find in Korea.” The tour included a stop at the Japanese Imperial prison site. “A lot of historical sites and buildings in Seoul were destroyed in the course of past conflicts including the Korean War,” Professor Jeong said. “I am glad to see an old compound such as this one intact.” Overall, the group expressed surprise at how well the landscape and structures were conserved and maintained in Yongsan garrison. “Many Koreans, especially the young adults, want to see what Yongsan garrison looks like,” said Yongsan garrison Community Relations Officer An Chang-sin, who organized the visit and led the tour. “I have always tried to invite Korean students to the garrison, for educational purposes and to build a good relationship with the local community.” “I will keep trying to make arrangements like this one happen,” An said. “It tells the young Koreans that Army is indeed a Good Neighbor.”
Garrison meets with Hannam Village residents for Town Hall
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
HANNAM VILLAGE — About 20 Hannam Village residents gathered at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 for a town hall meeting. Hannam Village is a leased housing area for junior enlisted Soldiers and officers located a couple of miles from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. “We have challenges at Yongsan because we are nonenduring,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. Most of USAGYongsan is scheduled to close in the future as U.S. Forces Korea relocates units to bases further south. “It’s a myth that we don’t need resources because we’re going away someday in the future. We’re working to maintain a quality of life commensurate with your level of service.” Hall said the Garrison is committed to increasing quality of life as part of the Army Family Covenant. Hall showed residents a slideshow about the Garrison. He said the Garrison staff faces constant challenges with aging infrastructure. “We are trying to make it so Hannam Village is not a ‘have-not,’” Hall said. “We have a plan to get the high-rises open again.” The plan is to renovate vacant highrise buildings. The Army pays rent on occupied quarters at the compound. The Korea National Housing Corporation is offering to renovate the buildings to make them habitable again. Currently two high-rise buildings have been vacant since 2006. “The plan is to decrease the number of apartments by making them bigger,” Hall said as he showed photos of the model renovations. USAG-Yongsan Housing Officer Carol Jones also announced the status of a project to construct a Hannam Village Community Center. The new facility will be located above the commissary. “This is something residents asked for,” Jones said. “We’re hoping to have the community center open by the end of the month.” Hannam Village resident Briana Tillman asked about the possibility of numbered parking spaces. “We’ll conduct a resident survey this week and evaluate the feedback,” Jones said. Tillman said she wanted to make a positive comment about the Hannam Village Commissary. “They are very responsive,” she said. “They’ll deliver groceries to your apartment for $3 and if you ask for something, they are very helpful.” The issue of bus schedules came up. Residents asked about changes to the Hannam Village-Yongsan Garrison shuttle bus service. “This is your schedule,” Hall said. “We want to know what your needs are. We will do what we can to adjust the schedule.” Residents also asked the 18th Medical Command Commander Col. Ron Smith about medical appointments. Smith announced a new automated call system that will help community members get appointments. “We hope to have the system in place soon,” Smith said. Garrison officials committed to another Hannam Village forum in February 2009. “We're trying to increase quality of life here,” Hall said. “If we’re not meeting the mark, you need to let us know.”
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Specialist Steven Morgan hosts a podcast Nov. 7 at a homegrown recording studio at Yongsan Garrison. — U.S. Army photo by David McNally
Garrison podcast ‘new, notable’
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON — Community members have a new way to get information about Yongsan happenings. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan launched an audio “podcast” in late August. So far, 10 weekly podcasts have been published to the Garrison web site and a popular commercial media host, Apple iTunes. In fact, iTunes selected the USAGYongsan Podcast as a “new and notable” audio podcast in their “Government and Organizations” and “Local” subcategory. “We’re telling the Army story at the Garrison level everywhere we can,” said Podcast host Steven Morgan. “We want to reach our audience in various ways. This is one way we can get the word out. It’s a convenient way to get local news and information on your MP3 player.” The 2-minute audio newscast is available as a streaming audio file at the Garrison web site (click the PODCASTS link in the left column of the main page). Listeners can also subscribe in iTunes. The Garrison also provides the weekly podcast to American Forces Network-Korea for use in their radio newscast. Each podcast covers the biggest events of the week, and includes interviews with local newsmakers. There are a lot of podcasts out there, and they’re all free. “The Army does a podcast,” he said. “But, from what I can tell, out of 179 garrisons in the Army, we’re the only garrison that produces a podcast.” Morgan works as a USAG-Yongsan public affairs specialist. His background in broadcasting and web design help him in his role as the Garrison Webmaster. Morgan was an Army broadcaster from 1988-2008. He has served as a radio show host, television news anchor, producer, writer, instructor and station commander. “Since arriving in Korea this past April, I wanted to make the Garrison web site a useful tool for community members,” Morgan said. “The web site is an ongoing project that continues to evolve,” Morgan said. The USAG-Yongsan Podcast is produced each Friday afternoon. For more subscription options to news feeds and the podcast visit the Garrison web site.
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USFK Commander Gen. Walter L. Sharp waits on stage to greet the next coming DoDDS-K award recipient during a recognition and reception ceremony Nov 7. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson
DoDDS is full of professionals, like those receiving awards today.” The ceremony also recognized those who
have served with DoDDS-K the longest. Twelve employees have served between 20-30 years.
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New University of Maryland University College scholarship fund will aid Servicemembers, spouses
$200,000 fund will buy textbooks for Servicemembers, help pay tuition for family members
Special to the Morning Calm A $200,000 fund will buy textbooks for Servicemembers, help pay tuition for family members. University of Maryland University College today announced a new scholarship fund earmarked to assist active-duty, enlisted Servicemembers and their families. The $200,000 fund will provide financial assistance to UMUC’s military students and their spouses in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as stateside. It will cover the cost of textbooks for enlisted, active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces, as well as tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to spouses of enlisted, active-duty Servicemembers. All awards will be needbased, renewable, and contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory academic standing. The initial endowment will be disbursed over four years, but the fund will remain open to additional contributions. “Given UMUC’s long history of service to members of the military and their families, we are especially proud to announce this new military scholarship fund,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of UMUC. “It promises to lessen the financial burden on our brave women and men in uniform—and their families—and bring them one step closer to earning a valuable UMUC degree that will open doors and broaden horizons for years to come,” she said. Currently, UMUC enrolls an estimated 60,000 military Servicemembers, dependents and veterans each year. Under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, the university is currently positioned to be among the first institutions to offer classes face-to-face to Servicemembers stationed on the ground in Iraq. For more information on this scholarship program, Servicemembers and their spouses stationed in Asia may contact Michael Kulyk at [email protected]
, the point of contact for the region.
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Admiral Mullen sends: Warrior Care Month
November 2008 is dedicated as Warrior Care Month by the Department of Defense. As we gather together – in the season of both thanks and giving – our nation pauses to recognize the sacrifices of today’s service men and women in uniform, along with their families. Many families still face significant challenges in coping with the wounds of war – both seen and unseen. More than 35,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen have been injured while serving in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. But we owe more than just gratitude to our wounded and fallen, their families, and those who stood beside them in combat. We must do everything within our power to ensure they receive the care and benefits they so richly deserve. These veterans have given one-hundred percent, and they deserve one-hundred percent back. And already, rising from America’s great sea of goodwill, thousands of volunteer organizations and individuals have stepped up to support our veterans and their families as they make the critical transition from the rigors of combat to the responsibilities of home. Our first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, placed this issue in a national perspective: “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war … shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by this country.” The Joint Chiefs and I salute our Wounded Warriors and their families, as well as the constellation of volunteers and support organizations who give so generously. Each selfless act underlines President Washington’s observation: Our treatment and appreciation of our veterans is a reflection of our readiness, and our worth, as a Nation.
About University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the second-largest university in Maryland, serving 90,000 students and offering 132 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC is the second-largest public university in the United States and one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC boasts a 60-year history of service to the military and currently enrolls an estimated 60,000 military Servicemembers, dependents and veterans each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 21 locations throughout Maryland and educational services at more than 120 locations overseas, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland, an agency of the State of Maryland.
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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
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Area II Worship Schedule
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Wednesday Gospel Sunday Wednesday Thurday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1130 1100 1230 1800 1900 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Protestant Sunday School-Coffee House Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Bible Study-Coffee House Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Gospel Bible Study Stanley Chapel Gospel Practice Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday Wednesday
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday
Contemporary Sunday 1000 Gospel 1200 Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday 0930 United Pentecostal (UPCI) Sunday 1330 KATUSA Thursday Episcopal Sunday Mass Sunday 1830 1000
0800 0930 0930 1000 1030 1100
Memorial Chapel (Liturgical) Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Multi Purpose Training Facility South Post Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
1100 1100 1100 1300 1800 1900 1730 1900
Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel (Bible Study)
1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830
Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700 Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Suwaon Air Base Chapel
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, [email protected]
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Orthodox Service 1st and 2nd Sundays Later Day Saints Sunday
0800 1130 1700 1205 1205 0900 1900 South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, [email protected]
1130 0900 1215 0930 1000 1400
Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel Old Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Saturday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information
West Casey Chapel
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) 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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Softball tourney hits home run for Toys for Tots
oftball teams came together for competition and charity during a softball tournament played on USAG-Yongsan Oct. 8. Most teams were from local units, with one Korean women’s softball team arriving from as far away as Busan to participate in the tournament. During the tournament, novelty T-shirts were available for purchase with proceeds going to Toys for Tots. The fundraiser was sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, which sponsors the Toys for Tots program.
Download these photos at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea (Left) Players and spectators could purchase novelty T-shirts during the softball tournament Oct. 8 to raise money for Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a program through which toys are given to needy children during the holidays.
— U.S. Army photos by Susan Silpasornprasit
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Yongsan Upcoming MWR events: FOCUS ON FITNESS Youth Services soccer players enjoy
Skating, hoops, cheers coming to Korea Region
Skate demo and clinic
FREE event! Win Free Prizes!!!
championship: Sharks, Flames take 1st, 2nd places
When: Saturday, Nov. 15 Prizes will be given for winners and participants! Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Yongsan Skate Park(Behind Commiskys) Schedule of Events Skate demo: 11 - 11:30 a.m. Skate clinic: 11:30 a.m. - noon (divided into beginners and advance groups by the instructors) Events & prizes for kids: noon -12:45 (Best Trick, Game of Skate, Tick tack race 15 minutes per game) Skate clinic Spring 2009 Sign up: 12:45 - 1 p.m., End of Demo and Clinic.
n Nov. 8, USAG-Yongsan participated in the IMCOM-Korea Youth Services Soccer Championship at USAG-Humpheys. The U-12 Sharks and Flames placed first and second respectively and represented the best Yongsan had during their fall season. The first match was at 10 a.m., with the Sharks facing USAG-Daegu. The match ended will a nil-nil draw requiring a penalty kick shoot out. After a tense round of shooting the Sharks won and moved into the championship match. Following the PK shoot out it was the Flames facing Osan Air Base at 11:30 a.m. It was a strong, tough match and the Flames gave it their all; however, they lost the match. The championship match started at 1 p.m. and was fast pace. David Neaverth,Sharks striker, scored three goals within two minutes in the first half. By half time the score was 4-1 Sharks and with a strong defensive line lead by Paul Leaze, Rocky Tomaszewski, Chloe Bequillard, and Renzo Norris Osan spent less than six minutes in the Sharks defensive third of the pitch. The second half started a little slow and Osan scored bringing the game closer 4-2. The Sharks settled down and with direction from the Keeper Craig Rivet the defensive line held strong limiting less than seven minutes in Sharks defensive third. As the team united Mathew Gosselin controlled the mid-field distributing through balls allowing three more goals against Osan providing USAG-Yongsan Sharks with their championship. The team played well, united, and worked together as one.
Mon, Dec. 1, at USAG-Yongsan Tue, Dec. 2, at USAG-Daegu Wed, Dec. 3, at Osan Air Base The Harlem Globetrotters are an American icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. You’ll know the Globetrotters are ready to put on their spectacular show when you hear the sweet whistling of that instantly recognizable tune, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” The Globetrotters exhibit a captivating assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and precise timing…and a sidesplitting array of comedy guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart.
Christmas with The Embers
Dec. 17-20 (Times and Locations TBD) Christmas with The Embers is a delightful and engaging experience that will leave you with that wistful warm and cozy Christmas feeling through theater and song. Superlative costume changes and theatrical props will keep you intrigued along with original presentations of your favorite Christmas classics and brand new Embers originals sure to set deep in your heart.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Dec. 25 - 31 The name itself brings to each of us images of an American icon. The Cheerleaders, the DOD and the USO have since teamed up an unprecedented 49 times to boost the morale of the men and women of our U.S. military at hundreds of bases and outposts around the world. The ladies have their meals in the mess halls and share in close conversations about the Cowboys, happenings in the States and loved ones at home. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan participated in the IMCOM-Korea Youth Services Soccer Championship at USAG-Humpheys Nov. 8. The U-12 Sharks and Flames placed first and second. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to view these photos.
U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Youth Soccer players display their championship medals. — Courtesy photo
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U.S., ROK troops link up in battlefield training
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS – About 100 American and Republic of Korea Soldiers worked side-by-side during Operation Iron Door, a two-day field training exercise here Nov. 5 and 6. T h e t r a i n i n g s c e n a r i o b e t we e n Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and ROK troops from 1st Battalion, 169th Infantry Regiment was designed to improve quick-reaction force tactics, medical mass-casualty operations, planning and coordination skills and provide troops from both units a look at how each force would operate together during real-world battlefield operations. “We train all the time and this exercise has enabled us to see how the ROK Army trains and also give them the chance to see how we train and this operation is an exhibition to see how the training has paid off,” said Pfc. Nicholas Vest, HHC 194th CSSB. A handful of specially-tasked 194th Soldiers played non-uniformed, enemy fighters armed with automatic weapons, loaded with dummy rounds. These guerrillastyle fighters waited for up to several hoursat-a-time under cover of tree-lined brush, moving around the defensive perimeter of the troops’ main base of operations before launching several attacks on U.S. and ROK forces on patrol throughout the event. During one of the enemy attacks early in the exercise, the 194th captured several enemy Soldiers; one prisoner managed to escape after being taken into custody by U.S. troops. One transportation specialist, who recently returned from a year-long tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom said she’s gained valuable insight of how troops from her new host nation work. “This is the first time I’ve been in this type of exercise in Korea,” said Staff Sgt.
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(from left to right) Soldiers from HHC 194th CSSB — Staff Sgt. Sandy Reed, Cpl. Kim, Hyung-joo, and Spc. Wanda Greenlee — hold position and watch for enemy attacks during Operation Iron Door, a field training exercise between U.S. and Korean Army troops here Nov. 5-6. Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall Sandy Reed, HHC 194th CSSB. “This training has helped us as Soldiers understand the skills we need to develop while learning how ROK forces operate with us as a joint, quick-reaction force.” The exercise included: tactical convoy operations, quick reaction force operations, nuclear, biological and chemical response, base defense, reacting to unexploded ordinance and civilians on the battlefield, night fire familiarization, and reacting to attacks from indirect fire, sniper fire and improvised explosive devices. “It was a good exercise, but we could have had a better one,” said Spc. Wanda Greenlee, HHC 194th CSSB. “We had enemy action at our location earlier today, lost a prisoner last night and we were told we would be having memorial service training at the end of the exercise.” For Greenlee and OIF Veterans in HHC 194th CSSB, the hardest part of the training came in the final hours when the battalion chaplain conducted a memorial service for one Soldier who “passed away” during the night from mock-enemy fire. Greenlee said that her military veteran grandfather told her when she enlisted in the Army to prepare for times like these, and to understand the difference between ‘practicing’ a memorial service and living it in real life. “I don’t think I ever really understood what this would be like until the ceremony,” said Greenlee. “We were all reflecting about different parts of the exercise, but when it came time for the ceremony to begin everything seemed really serious. It was like we were out in Iraq and I had really lost a really good battle buddy of mine whom I’d been serving with for the past year. “Throughout the ceremony I kept flashing back to when I had lost one of my best friends as a civilian, and it somehow made the memorial ‘training’ ceremony so real that I had tears falling down my face,” said Greenlee. As the exercise wound down, the commander of HHC 194th CSSB 1st Lt. Pierre A. Alcider offered his thoughts on the training. “I wanted to see how we would link up with ROK forces in case we had to, because if something happened tonight, I want to know we can fight together no matter what happens,” Alcider said. “I was very happy to see how all the Soldiers reacted during the medical evacuation phase of the training. When someone got hit, it really warmed my heart to know we can at least keep the wounded alive,” he said. Several HHC 194th CSSB Soldiers recently completed Combat Lifesaver Training and Alcider said Operation Iron Door was a perfect time to develop that training under simulated battlefield conditions. “I wanted to put my Combat Lifesaver Soldiers under stress, and see how they reacted because that’s all we may have during battlefield conditions until the wounded can be properly evacuated and treated at a hospital,” he said. For Alcider and most of the HHC 194th CSSB Soldiers, it was the first time training side-by-side with ROK troops. “Even though [they] are infantry and we are a combat sustainment support battalion, these guys have showed us what they can do and we put it all together,” said Alcider. “The best part of this exercise is that we completed the training safely, without any injuries.”
Soldiers from HHC 194th CSSB observe how ROK Army troops conduct battlefield operations training during Operation Iron Door at USAGHumphreys. View this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall
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News & Notes
National Shelter Appreciation Week Osan Animal Shelter is organizing a variety of events throughout the coming week to recognize National Shelter Appreciation Week. November 15 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Osan Elementary School Fall Bazaar Fund Raising Event November 16 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Korean Animal Protection Society Boeum Shelter Visit For more information contact 010-3554-5663 or email [email protected]
Great American Smokeout GASO Information Booths November 18 at Humphreys American School 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. November 19 at Camp Long Dining Facility 11 a.m.-1 p.m. November 20 at USAG-Humphreys: Super Gym 6 a.m.-8 a.m. AAFES PX Lobby 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Community Activity Center 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. “Go Cold Turkey” item ($1 off) at MacGregor’s Market on November 20 Tobacco cessation classes on November 26 and December 3 New Humphreys Flickr Website Want to get copies of photos of a community event? It’s easy now that U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys has its own Flickr photo-sharing webpage. To view or download your own highresolution images of community events go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usaghumphreys. USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Office will post images weekly so check back often. Call 754-8598 for additional information. Turkey Shoot-out Morale, Welfare, and Recreation is hosting a two-day softball event from November 15 until 16. There will be a four-game guarantee for all teams. The competition will be limited to 12 men’s teams and five women’s teams. Entry fee is $110 per team. For more information contact via e-mail: [email protected]
or call: DSN 753-8810/8801. Office 2007 Training The AREA III DOIM is offering classes on MS Office 2007. The course, offered in English and Korean, will feature the Getting Started Tutorials, basic changes, and links to other training websites. The training will familiarize functional users with MS Office 2007. Where: Bldg 1272 DOIM Class Room When: Mon-Fri 1300-1500 POC: Will Murdock at 754-3608 or [email protected]
Homeschooling Mom’s Get-Together Sponsored by USAG-Humphreys Chaplain’s Office every 2nd Monday of the Month 6:30 - 8 p.m. Family Housing (Humphreys) Bldg. 510, Apt. 108 Contact Elisabeth Townley at 0103144-0352 or via e-mail at [email protected]
yahoo.com for more info. Update from the Immunization Clinic Children younger than five years will need a well child doctor’s appointment to get their immunizations ordered. Children five years and older can get immunizations reviewed and updated by the immunization clinic without a doctor’s appointment. All children who need a PPD or Hepatitis A booster can check-in to the immunization clinic without a doctor’s appointment. For more info call 753-7658. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG-Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information and products to the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Public Affairs Office at [email protected]
korea.army.mil or call DSN 754-8598.
New Family Readiness Center opens
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs U S AG - H U M PH R EY S – Family members here got an early Christmas present when the garrison opened its first Family Readiness Center on Nov. 7. Led by USAG-Humphreys commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, a group of Family Members cut the ribbon and officially opened the newest facility to support the military community and families in Korea. “I’m very thrilled to be here today to open up this facility and now we have a place where Families can come as a sanctuary and our Family Readiness Groups also have a place where they can go to hold meetings,” said Dumoulin. The new center features computer work stations with internet access, a resource library with information about everything to do with the military lifestyle – including dealing with deployment separation and world-wide relocation challenges, said Dumoulin. Mailboxes in the FRC will help FRGs to keep track of programs and activities here and keep current on Family readiness information across the garrison. “It’s exciting to have a facility to enable our families to get the information they need on-the-spot and where we can have meetings in an actual place designed to support small group meetings, whereas we previously have been meeting in someone’s apartment,” said Tim Smith, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade Family Readiness Group representative. The upgrade of the former Child Development Center to a new FRC was necessary because of space limitations in the Humphreys Army Community Service building. The new FRC offers additional services and outreach programs to enhance the well-being, reliance and readiness of the entire Humphreys Army Family.
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USAG-Humphreys Commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, Command Sergeant Major Jason K. Kim and Family members of the USAG-Humphreys community cut the ribbon to officially open the Family Readiness Center at USAG-Humphreys Nov 7. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall “I think it’s a perfect place for Families who have growing children,” said Nicqolle Truitt, Army Community Service Outreach Program Coordinator. Truitt said the main purpose is to bring the families of USAGHumphreys into the new FRC so that they can get the services they need. “I’ll be going out into the community to see what spouses are looking for – both male and female, because I want to know what they need so we can support as much as we can because that’s the purpose of the Family Readiness Center,” she said. Truitt noted the new FRC is an extension of Army Community Services, located in Bldg. 311, but that it’s a more familyfriendly environment. “The Women, Infants, and Children’s program will also be available at the new FRC and will offer a little privacy,” said Dumoulin. “WIC program participants will also be able to get more information here on health issues and other programs they can take advantage of.” During the grand opening of the FRC, several spouses and Soldiers were waiting at the door to take advantage of the new facility. “I heard this facility was opening today and I thought I would come by and sign up for the Women Infant and Children’s Program,” said Pfc. Andrea Davis, 520th Maintenance Company. “I like the infant play area and I also plan on taking advantage of other programs that may be offered here.” The new USAG-Humphreys Family Readiness Center is located in Bldg. 1127, the former location of the Child Development Center and across the street from the new Bang Jeong Hwan Child Development Center.
AAFES Fall Bazaar comes to Suwon
By Bob Frace Suwon Air Base Recreation Manager SUWON AIR BASE – Army and Air Force Exchange Service vendors from all over Korea came to the Suwon Recreation center on Saturday and Sunday to provide the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery battalion an opportunity to beat the post office deadline mailing dates for Christmas. Vendors set up shop in the recreation center with sneakers, pocket books, computer equipment, leather jackets and even Korean mink blankets. The Soldiers came out and had a great opportunity to shop and buy items to send to their Families and friends before the cut off. Pak, Kye–hwan the Service Business Manager who put the vendors together stated simply “It was all about providing a service to the Soldiers.” Spc Jarious Maxwell and Pvt. Wesley Verceles both of Headquarters Headquarters Battery 3-2 ADA were the first customers to take advantage of the bazaar. Maxwell said he came out to look and see what they had, but winded up spending
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Pvt Wesley Verceles (left) and Spc Jarius Maxwell of Headquarters Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery were two of the Soldiers who enjoyed the AAFES Bazaar at Suwon Air Base this past weekend. — U.S. Army photo by Sol Un-yong some money on some great deals. This program was part of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Recreation Delivery System partnership with services that provide support the Soldiers. AAFES and MWR plan on future programs to support the Soldiers quality of life at Suwon.
AREA III Sounders capture Youth Soccer Crown
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son, David, about 14 minutes into the game, stand up and Humphreys captured its firstever Youth Soccer Championship, 1-0. Voelker was the offensive hero of both games, scoring a hat-trick-plus in the opener and the lone goal in the finals. But it was Sounders coach Mike Muller’s plan for a super-aggressive continual attack that called for keeping the Crew in its defensive zone and the ball at midfield for the full 60 minutes that made the difference. Osan was limited to three weak shots on goal in the entire game, and the three all came in a single burst when a long kick put the ball into the attack zone. All three attempts were rejected by the aggressive Sounders swarm play. The Sounders, meanwhile, kept pressing, pressing, pressing, with about 95 percent of the game played at mid-field or in their attacking zone. “It may sound like a cliché, but this was a team win,” Muller said. “We had practiced all week at Soldier Field (which is regulation size and larger than the fields the Sounders normally played on) and we stressed conditioning … run, run, run and run some more. We did a lot of sprints and a lot of suicides. But we were ready. All 15 of the kids were ready and put forth their best individual efforts of the year collectively.” The Championship was a reward for Muller, who has spent four years coaching Youth Soccer at Humphreys and had watched the previous script unfold three times in the past. “Yes, everyone expects both Yongsan teams to make the finals,” Mueller said. “But we had played the Lightning up there a couple of weeks ago and should have won. So we knew we could. Today we did. “And the same with Osan. We did beat them once and tie them once. But we could have won the two we lost, so we knew we could do it if we were ready. Today, we were ready.” And now the champs live here.
Wherever there was a ball, there were also a lot of white shirts as the Humphreys Sounders nipped the Osan Crew, 1-0, to win in the IMCOMKorea 13-15 year old Soccer Championship at Soldier Field Saturday. “Our theory was to attack, attack, attack ... even on defense,” said winning Coach Mike Mueller. Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney By Mike Mooney USAG-Humphreys MWR USAG-HUMPHREYS – A funny thing happened on the way to the IMCOM-Korea 13-15 year old Soccer Championships held here Saturday. “Everyone knows” that the IMCOM-K Youth Championships are held in a predetermined format. It has been that way year after year. Yongsan, because of its large number of players, sends two loaded teams to the tournament and the South Division – consisting of Daegu, Osan and Humphreys – sends two lambs to be sacrificed at the altar of Youth Soccer. But that isn’t how it worked out this year. Yongsan still won the 11-12 year old tournament easily, blasting the Osan Purple Flash, 8-1, for the title, and the Yongsan Flames topped the Daegu Indians, 4-0, for third place. But in the 13-15 year old tournament, the script writer got everything wrong. First it was the Humphreys Sounders defeating the short-handed Yongsan Lightning, 4-1, to advance to the Finals. Then it was the Osan Crew, defeating the also-shorthanded Yongsan Dragons, 5-1, and setting up the fourth meeting between the South Division teams – this time for all the marbles. “If we play like we played this morning (against the Yongsan Lightning), we can beat them,” said assistant Coach Dave Voelker before the final game. “We are 1-2-1 against them, but the two we lost were very close. We just have to play our game.” Voelker turned into a prophet. The Sounders played “their game” and made a looping 30-yard goal by Voelker’s
Retirees volunteer to serve Soldiers on Veterans Day
USAG-HUMPHREYS – While most people were relaxing and enjoying a day off on Veterans Day, six Humphreys Retirees volunteered to serve lunch to Soldiers in the Provider Grill here. Shown here sharing a laugh with Pfc. Zachary Taylor of 557th Military Police Company (right) are retired Soldiers Dave Duffie of the Directorate of Logistics (left), Charles Woods of the Humphreys Transition Center and Andetrie Pharr of the Directorate of Human Resources. Also show is Air Force retiree James C. Goodman, director of the Humphreys office of the American Red Cross. Not shown but also serving on Tuesday were Humphreys Lodging Program Manager Larry Gennaccaro and Kelvin Dent, of the Humphreys Official Mail Room. Both are also retired Soldiers. Download a high-resolution version of this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy
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Army sinks Navy, 20-0, 46-0
Navy squad proves no match for powerful Army team in annual game at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field
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Story by Ron Inman, photos by Kim, Keun-kyo USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Fleet Activities Chinhae’s Navy football squad came to USAG-Daegu with thoughts of revenge on their mind for last year’s defeat at the hands of the Army in the annual interservice contest, but their hopes were torpedoed in backto-back shutouts by gridiron Soldiers, 20-0 and 46-0. The Army’s aerial game was the Navy’s undoing in both contests. In the first game, a stingy Navy defense kept Army to just six points in the first half, but despite several sacks by the Navy, Army scored two more touchdowns for a total of three aerial deliveries into Navy’s end zone. The game ended by mercy rule in the second half. After a short break, both teams faced off again in the brisk November weather. Navy’s strong early defense pressured Army with more sacks, but Army passing put six touchdowns on the board, and the Navy running and passing game just couldn’t get through Army’s tough defense. Regardless of the score, both teams played in the spirit of interservice cooperation both on and off the field, as always. See you next year!
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By Pvt. Park, Kyung-rock USAG-Daegu Public Affairs USAG-DAEGU — Have you ever been lost in the street or not been able to take a cab just because you cannot speak Korean? Here’s the solution to your difficulties: a new Korean language program hosted by the Area IV ROKA Staff Office is ready to welcome all U.S. Army personnel in the USAG-Daegu area who want to learn the Korean language. Beginning in November, three USAGDaegu installations (Camp Henry, Camp Walker and Camp Carroll) will provide a Korean language program based on Korean language textbooks and taught by KATUSA Soldiers. “The U.S. and Korea, more specifically the U.S. Army and the ROK Army, have maintained a blood alliance for more than 50 years and this firm trust will only get stronger in the future,” AREA IV Republic Of Korea Army Commander, Lt. Col Song Soo-yong explained, when asked the purpose of the program. “In order to increase the level of understanding of each other, the Area IV ROKA Staff Office would like to present a more systematic and organized Korean language program.” The ROKA Staff Office plans threemonth courses, instructed by English/Korean bilingual KATUSA Soldiers. The instructors prepared for this program by learning the Korean language teaching method of the National Academy of Korean Language. Each class will have two sessions per week, and there will be no charge for this program, which is open to everyone who is willing to learn Korean. The ROKA Staff Office ensures that participants in the program will observe a certain degree of improvement in Korean language proficiency. The class offers not only classroom lectures but also opportunities for cultural tours, Korean movies, city tours, etc., to make the program more interesting. “As there is a saying that the language is
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News & Notes
Community Mayoral Elections Votes for housing area Mayors at Camps Walker & George are now being accepted, from residents only. Votes will be collected Nov. 23. Ballot boxes are located at Army Community Service, the Post Exchange, Commissary and Daegu American School. For additional information contact LaVita Vincent at [email protected]
Turkey Trot 8km Race The race will be held at Camp Carroll’s Sports and Fitness Center, Nov. 22. The race starts at 9 a.m. Register the day of the race from 8 - 8:30 a.m. All authorized ID card holders 18 years or older are eligible. For details, call 765-8287/8118 Bowling Bucks Earn New Year’s Bowling Bucks. Every time you bowl 3 games or buy a combo meal through Dec. 31, you can earn Bowling Bucks that can be used at the big New Year’s Eve party auction! Call Camp Walker’s Bowling Center at 7644334 for more information. It’s Time to GIFT WRAP with TSA! You can raise money for your FRG (Family Readiness Group) or other organization and provide holiday help to your community. Apply to gift wrap at the PX from Nov. 28 - Dec. 25. Applications are available at the Apple Tree, or contact Kelly Gemin at 010-8671-7042 / [email protected]
Application deadline is Nov. 15. USO Camp Walker Employment Opportunities Open positions include Center Manager, Duty Manager, ITT Specialist, Programs Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Janitor/Custodian. For assistance or more information, contact the ACS Employment Readiness Program Manager at 768-7951. Start-Smart Basketball Clinic Children ages 3-5 can participate in the Start-Smart Basketball Clinic, every Thursday from Jan. 1 - Feb. 28 at Camp Walker. The first session will be held from 1:15 - 2 p.m., the second session runs from 4:15 - 5 p.m. The cost is $25 per child. To register, visit Camp Walker’s CYS Central Registry Office (Bldg. 257) or call 764-5298/4859. Federal Employees Open Season Briefing The American Foreign Service Protective Association, sponsor of the Foreign Service Benefit Plan, will conduct a briefing at the Camp Henry Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. The Federal Employees Health Benefits program, dental and long-term care insurance will be explained. For more information, call 768-7947. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to download high-resolution versions of the photos featured in the USAG-Daegu section of the Morning Calm.
Area IV KATUSAs introduce Korean language to USAG-Daegu Soldiers with new classes
the best means to understand the culture and spirit of a country, it would be meaningful to U.S. Soldiers if they could learn Korean and attain a better grasp of the culture and spirit of Korea,” Song added. Through this program, the Area IV ROKA Staff Office aims to increase general interest in Korean language and enable U.S. Soldiers to live a more convenient - and enjoyable - life in Korea. “I think it will be a wonderful experience for a lot of American Soldiers to learn Korean language,” USAG-Daegu Sgt. 1st Class Michael E. Moore said. “It will help them when they go out, travel out and see Korea. The Korean language barrier is probably one of the biggest factors as to why Soldiers don’t travel out and see Korea and Korean culture. So I think the program will enhance Korean and U.S. Soldiers’ relationship.” For more information about this program, please check out the advertising posters below or contact AREA IV ROKA Support Group at 768-7074.
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New Military & Family Safety Corner: Winter Storms Life Consultants assist Servicemembers, families
By Kwon, Min-seok USAG Daegu Public Affairs USAG-DAEGU – As part of the military lifestyle, military families have to deal with stressful situations such as deployment, single parenting, financial stability, fluctuating family income and frequent relocations. In September, a powerful new ally deployed to the Korean peninsula to provide support to Servicemembers, civilians and their families serving in Korea – the Military Family Life Consultants program. Originally established in the U.S. in 2004, the MFLC program offers helpful consultation and education services to help deal with the rigors of military life. “This program is very accessible and offers a valuable service to the military community,” said United States Army Garrison-Daegu’s Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program Manager, Luticia Trimble-Smith. “The MFLCs help to bridge the gap between individuals and community resources such as mental health or chaplain services.” All MFLCs are licensed, clinical professional counselors with Masters or Ph.D. - level education, available to the community for short term, situational, problem-solving consultation and training to help them cope with normal reactions to the stressful events created by deployments, war and reintegration. The non-medical counseling services they provide to the community fall into three categories: life skills training (anger management, conflict resolution, communication, parenting, decision-making skills, relationship issues, etc.), adapting to the military lifestyle (deployment stress, reintegration issues, relocation adjustment, separation, grief and loss) and consultation for daily life issues (isolation, boredom, depression, stress and anxiety). MFLCs can be reached on or off post, from 8 a.m. - 8p.m., Monday through Friday. When child or domestic abuses occur, they must fulfill their duty by reporting to local authorities or providing crisis intervention if necessary. Otherwise, they are obligated not to keep records about their clients in order to secure their confidentiality and privacy. This anonymous program is free, placing a top priority on helping individuals, couples, families and groups by using flexible service delivery methods like outreach or on-demand services. To contact a Military & Family Life Consultant by cell phone, call 010-86935146. At Camp Henry, call DSN: 768-7112; at Camp Carroll, dial DSN: 765-8993. The hazards of winter storms are dramatic: wind-driven snow that makes it impossible to see, creates large drifts and lowers the wind chill. Blizzards and ice storms can knock down trees, utility poles and power lines. Even small amounts of ice are extremely hazardous to motorists and pedestrians. If you are stuck in a storm and are exposed to cold for an extended period, frostbite or hypothermia is possible and can be life-threatening. Advisories are issued when the public should be alerted to possible storms. A winter storm watch is issued when severe winter conditions are possible. A winter storm warning is issued when severe winter weather conditions are occurring or are expected to occur within a few hours.
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• ‘Winterize’ your car with fresh antifreeze and a strong battery. Use snow tires. • Keep a winter survival kit in your car. • During a storm, listen to AFN local radio or television for the latest weather reports and emergency information. • If you must be outside, wear plenty of layers of clothing. Don’t over-exert yourself. • Make sure you wear a hat, because the largest amount of body heat is lost through the top of the head. • If you get stranded in your car, stay with it until help arrives. Do not try to walk for help during a blizzard.
Contact USAG-Daegu’s Safety Office at 768-7233 for more information
ICE boxes to make Daegu debut
KSC Painter Kim, Chun-sil puts the finishing touches on ICE comment card boxes to be p o s t e d a t m o re than 20 locations throughout C a m p s H e n r y, Walker, George and Carroll in the coming weeks. — U.S. Army photo by Ron Inman
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They offered specific information about schools in the U.S., South Korea and online, focusing on the admissions process, expenses, scholarships and programs of study. Following the event, representatives answered questions by parents and students, who displayed obvious interest and passion for the topic. ‘Choose a College Night’ was a great opportunity for DAS students to get practical information before they move on to the next chapter of their lives as successful college students. The robust attendance at the first occurence of the event indicates “With the attendance of more than 70 parents and students, it is certain that ‘Choose a College Night’ will become an annual event!” Webb-Martin emphasized.
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‘Choose a College Night’ gives DAS senior students tips on selecting the right school
By Kwon, Min-seok USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP GEORGE– Daegu American School held its first ‘Choose a College Night’ for senior students, Nov. 5. The event provided a forum for information useful to prospective students and their parents, as a way to assist families in their selection of the right school that meets their needs for the future. 10th – 12th Grade Guidance Counselor Pamela E. Webb-Martin brought together five representatives from various schools and activities, including Seoul’s Yonsei University, the University of Dubuque, the United States Army’s recruiter in South Korea, Daegu’s Keimyung University and the University of Maryland to give DAS students useful tips on choosing a college.
10th – 12th Grade Guidance Counselor, Pamela E. Webb-Martin speaks with enthusiastic students and parents during the inaugural “Choose a College Night” event held at Daegu American School Nov. 5. — U.S. Army Photo Courtesy of Daegu American School
19th ESC,168th Medical Battalion troops have a blast with paintball training
By Pfc. Lee, Jae Won 19th ESC Public Affairs GUMI– Troops from 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 168th Medical Battalion joined together to experience and practice combat situational strategies and tactics through paintball training at a paintball training field, Nov. 7. The paintball training took the place of weekly Sergeant’s Time training and it was an intensive alternative training session in which Soldiers were given the opportunity to perform what they have learned and acquired through past weekly training sessions. Approximately 80 Soldiers were divided into red and yellow teams while 15 officers and non-commissioned officers monitored and conducted the training. Two teams competed against each other to capture their opponent’s flag, using the skills they had learned. Each Soldier fulfilled their role as a team member, with the goal of performing their mission effectively. Combat strategies were given to Soldiers by team leaders challenging them to accomplish the mission. Soldiers from 168th Med. Bn. played a medic role in the training, which deepened its depth and quality for all participants. The paintball training was divided into three sessions and practiced to improve Soldiers’ effectiveness in the mission. In each mission, Soldiers were given 50 paintballs and eliminated after being shot. Soldiers wore a protective vest covered with hard plates and a paintball helmet to prevent facial and head injury. “This is not just to have fun, but I feel like I am in the core of the combat situation,” said Pvt. Park, Jin-hyoung, Equal Opportunity, 19th ESC. “Paintball training gave me a few insights of how serious the war in Iraq is.” This was the first time paintball training was used, and the 19th ESC will discuss whether it will take place again in the future as a Sergeant’s time training session. “The paintball training was a high speed training, in which our squad was pushed to make decisions and execute in a very short time,” said Spc. Brittany Oneall, Supply, 19th ESC. “It was definitely challenging, but was worthwhile.”
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