November 2, 2007 • Volume 6, Issue 05
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
K-16 KATUSAs welcome families into their ‘homes’ Page 4
Fires Brigade hosts children’s Halloween bash Page 7
Local students ‘Shade Out Drugs’ at Humphreys Page 22
Web-based program speeds up Sgt., Staff Sgt. promotions
WASHINGTON, D.C — The Army recently announced the ﬁrst dramatic change to the enlisted promotions system for active duty Soldiers since the Vietnam era. The Army sees this web-based program, titled the “Soldier Self-Service DA Form 3355”, as a bridge to DIMHRS (Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System), and a way to empower Soldiers to directly impact on the management of their careers. “Trust and verify are key components of the system” said Sergeant Major Tom Gills, Chief of Enlisted Promotions at Human Resources Command. “This new program has numerous advantages over the current system, and the majority of those beneﬁts stem from three key features,” he added. “First, this system eliminates the need for Soldiers to accumulate 20 or more points before adding them to their ﬁle,” Gills said. The Army uses an 800 point system that allows Soldiers to distinguish themselves from their peers by accumulating points among performance categories such as physical ﬁtness, weapons ﬁring, civilian education, military education, and awards. “Under the current system, Soldiers must accumulate 20 points in one or more areas before they can add them to their ﬁles. With this new program, as soon as Soldiers earn points, they can add them to their ﬁle, making them immediately more competitive with their peers,” Gills said. The accumulation rule, a personnel workload management-based requirement for more than 34 years, has long irritated Soldiers and their families. This longneeded improvement translates into faster promotions. The second key improvement is also related to speed. Currently, when Soldiers update their ﬁles with new points, or are newly recommended for promotion, they must wait until the ﬁrst day of the second month before those points become eﬀective in the system, approximately two months. With the self-service application, Soldiers recommended for promotion or those adding points will have those points in the system the ﬁrst day of the following month, provided they add them in by the eighth day of the month. “We have to take a snapshot of the current points across the Army, while allowing time to forecast accurately how many Soldiers we need in a given MOS. According to the experts who developed the program, the — See Promotion page 4 —
Bomshel hits high note with local garrisons
Additional coverage: See Pages 18 and 28 for stories and photos
Fiddler Kristy O., of country duo Bomshel, takes to the stage during a lively performance at Yongsan Garrison Oct. 26. Bomshel performed at Army installations throught Korea in October, bringing their unique sound to fans all over the peninsula. — U.S. Army Photo By Cho Song-no
‘Soldiers in Arms’ band together as brothers
By Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr. USAG-Yongsan Family Life Chaplain For many soldiers who have been to Afghanistan or Iraq, serving in Korea can be a diﬃcult adjustment period of acclimation to a more stable environment. Thanks to a recently organized group, called Soldiers in Arms, veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom can meet together to process the challenges and diﬃculties that come with post-deployment in follow-on reassignments to Korea. Currently, there is one Soldiers in Arms group, comprised primarily of warrant and company grade oﬃcers, which meets each week on Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. And what’s said at the meeting stays at the meeting. Rank has no regard during this time. “We ‘check in’ rank at the door for the hour we’re here,” said Capt. Robert J. Heatherly, HHD company commander, 41st Signal Battalion. “We want troops to feel they can get things oﬀ their chests about the issues of war that many among us keep bottled up inside.” We can feel safe to say the things that really bother us due to our time spent on the battleﬁeld. Soldiers in Arms participants discuss a variety of topics ranging from battleﬁeld experiences to family integration issues, for example. Battlemind Training, as developed by the Army Medical Command is especially helpful in negotiating some of the transitions that need to take place when switching from war to peace time environments. This training is the brainchild of Col. (Dr.) Carl A. Castro, chief of military psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (see more at www.battlemind.org).One tenet of Battlemind Training focuses on promoting honest and open communication, which can bring about healing as part of the weekly meetings designed to help oﬀset the eﬀects of the “silent scream.” The “silent scream” is described by Chaplain (Capt.) Glenn A. Palmer, battalion chaplain for the 41st Signal Battalion, who has deployed to Iraq for two tours, as a mark of many who have come to Korea (while emotionally suﬀering alone) with little, insigniﬁcant or no help for themselves and their families as a result of war, for whatever reason. The strain of post deployment, said Palmer, has indelibly marked him with a profound sense of honor and deep desire to help Soldiers struggling in the trenches of ongoing battleﬁeld stress, even in a relatively peaceful environment. “I believe the Soldiers in Arms group weekly meetings have helped me tremendously in my transition since PCSing to Korea last fall,” he said. There are plans for similar Soldier in Arms groups to include junior enlisted, NCO and ﬁeld grade oﬃcers, open to all Servicemembers who have been deployed to war-time theaters. For information, call the Chaplain Family Life Center at 736-3018/3065.
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Army leaders sign covenant with Families
by Elizabeth M. Lorge Army News Service FORT KNOX, KY. — Senior leaders signed the Army Family Covenant today and pledged to support Soldiers’ Families while they defend the nation. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Chief of Staﬀ of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston signed the covenant in a ceremony at the Fort Knox Community Center. Gen. Casey said similar signings will occur at each Army installation, recognizing that while Soldiers may be the strength of the nation, their strength is in their Families. “The health of our all-volunteer force, our Soldier-volunteers, our Family-volunteers, depends on the health of the Family. The readiness of our all-volunteer force depends on the health of the Families,” said Mr. Geren. “I can assure you that your Army leadership understands the important contribution each and every one of you makes. We need to make sure we step up and provide the support Families need so the Army Family stays healthy and ready.” M r. G e re n n o t e d t h a t t h e A r m y, entering its seventh year of conflict in Afghanistan, is in its third longest war, and longest with an all-volunteer force, after the Revolution. This brings unique and unexpected stressors, he said. “It was immediately clear to us that the Families were the most stretched, and as a result, the most stressed, part of the force, and that what we were asking those families was a quantum diﬀerent than anything I expected we would ask,” Gen. Casey said. “It struck me that the best wasn’t good enough. We have not, until this point, treated Families as the readiness issue that they are,” he said last week when he announced the covenant during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting. Gen. Casey said the Army wants to provide Soldiers and their Families with a level of support commensurate with their level of service, and the covenant is in direct response to concerns from Army Families. They are concerned about funding and support for Family programs, physical and mental healthcare, housing, education and childcare and employment opportunities for spouses. While Gen. Casey admitted last week that in the past the Army could have supported Families better, he did point out that things have improved dramatically in his 59 years as an Army son, oﬃcer and father. The covenant represents a $1.4 billion commitment in 2008 to improve quality of life for Army Families. He said Army leadership is working to include a similar level in the budget for the next ﬁve years. In the last two to three years alone, the Army has privatized and improved almost 80,000 homes on 36 installations and opened 40 new childcare centers, with another 22 on the way. The Army also recently spent $50 million to hire new healthcare providers for Soldiers and their Families, and is working with lawmakers to help Army spouses gain priority for civil service jobs. There are also now Family Readiness Support Assistants at the battalion level. When you’re talking about what keeps Soldiers in the Army, said SMA Preston, one of the important factors is the quality of life, “not just for the Soldier, but for the Family. And it’s more than just a Soldier’s pay, it’s medical, dental, housing, barracks for the single Soldiers, youth services, education, it’s the things we provide for all the Families.” On hand to witness the signing were four Army Families: the Browns, the Lights, the Roberts and the Linders. The Army Family Covenant just conﬁrms what she already knew, said Kathryn Light. “Being an Army spouse, I was taken care of during two deployments to Iraq, almost back-to-back. I actually served as a Family Readiness Assistant with one of the programs .... I’m a proud Army spouse.” “It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders to know my Family was taken care of; sometimes I would joke to her that I had the easy part,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Light, with the Fort Knox Headquarters Company. He added that the care the Army gave his Family helped him decide to re-enlist.
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Spike’s rescue: Lost Corgi safe after 19 days
by Mariya Fogarasi Yongsan Garrison resident Spike, the Corgi (with one blue and one brown eye) who ran away Oct. 6, is safely home again with his family after 19 long days. An embassy spouse out for a morning walk with her Dachshund heard a single, solitary bark as she walked down the street which borders the Yongsan Family park and when her dog went over to the wall, she bent over and looked through the tiny ﬂood hole at the bottom of the wall. When she saw one brown and one blue eye staring back at her, she knew she was looking at Spike, and she was amazed. Ironically enough, she had called Spike’s owner, Jerri, just two days ago after hearing a false rumor that her dog had been found. The two women had not ever spoken, nor had they ever met. No, he had not been found, said Jerri, and so she assured her that she would keep her eyes and ears open for Spike, whose most recent wanted poster was dated Oct. 18 evidenced with recent sightings of the dog near the Dradon Hill Lodge, Eagle Grove and Burke Tower. She did not know the owner and did not ask her name, just told her that she would try to help. The sighting of Spike this morning was pure chance! She ran home, threw her dog into the garden and returned with a leash, gloves and a package of turkey. Slowly she kept feeding Spike bits of turkey through the hole so he wouldn’t run away, and she then called Jerri, whose cell nr. she kept in her dog fanny pack. Jerri couldn’t believe that Spike had been found and came over immediately! But there was one big problem….her dog was on the other side of the wall topped by barbed wire, and he was not on post anymore. The embassy spouse then told Jerri to keep talking to Spike, and she would drive around herself into the park and get Spike. After 15 minutes and some dense undergrowth, she was right next to Spike, hearing Jerri still talking soothingly to him. The gloves were not needed as Spike was completely docile; in fact it just seemed that he was ready to come home. He allowed a collar and leash to be put on and let himself be led to the car, and then driven through Gate 17. Spike was rescued and on his way home to the loving family who had missed him so much for 19 days! The reward was not accepted….the real reward was the miracle that Spike was found in good health and condition after such a long time.
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Word on the street: “What are steps people can take to conserve energy ?”
“Turn lights off when you are not using them, or when leaving rooms. Don’t plug too many things in.” — Pvt. Bryant Dove
“Unplug all the electronic gadgets before going out.” — Pfc. Jang Hwan Won
“Close windows that are unnecessarily open.” — Pak Chong-hui
“To conserve energy this winter in the ofﬁce, wear a sweater and keep the thermostat two or three degrees lower than normal.” — Kil, Kwang-chun
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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: Larceny of AAFES Property, Subject #1 was observed placing one Smirnoff Vodka bottle in his pants, three Dreyers Dibs ice cream and one box of poppers under his jacket and exiting the USAG-Casey Shoppette without rendering proper payment for items in his possession. Subject #1 was detained by AAFES Security until arrival of MP. Subject #1 was transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where he was administered a PBT with a result of 0.020% BAC. Subject #1 was released to his unit. At 1:03 p.m. Oct. 21, Subject #1 returned to the USAG-Casey PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. ECOL is $19.71. All property was returned to AAFES. This is a final report. AREA II: Failure to Wear PPE, Failure to ID, Larceny of Private Property, Subject #1 removed person(s) unknown’s bicycle, which was unsecured and unattended. Subject #1 was observed by Witness #1 riding the bicycle without wearing proper PPE. Subject #1 was instructed by MP to render his ID card, at which time he stated he did not have it in his possession. A search of Subject #1’s person revealed his ID card. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Witness #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. This is a final report. AREA II: Shoplifting, Subject #1 was observed, via CCTV, placing three DVDs, one T-shirt, one organizer, two manicure kits, one pedicure kit, one package of acrylic nails and one nail file in a back pack, and exiting the PX without rendering proper payment. Subject #1 was detained and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where Subject #1 was advised of Subject #1’s legal rights, in the presence of their sponsor, which Subject #1 waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Subject #1 was processed and released to their sponsor. Subject #1’s RCP was retained. The merchandise was returned to AAFES. This is a final report. AREA III: Traffic Accident without Injuries, Damage to Government Property, Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle, Subject #1, operating a GOV, failed to maintain control of his vehicle when the right front tire blew out. Subject #1’s vehicle then struck a concrete light pole on the perimeter road adjacent to Gate #6. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of dents, scratches to the entire right side of the vehicle, a cracked right front headlight and a broken right side mirror. Damages to the pole consisted of scratches to the pole and an electrical box of the pole being pushed over. Subject #1 rendered a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses and reported utilization of his seatbelt. Subject #1 was processed and released on his own recognizance. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA III: Larceny of Government Property, Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, removed Victim #1’s TA-50, which was unsecured and unattended. Person(s) unknown then fled the scene. Victim #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. ECOL is unknown. Due to the lack of investigative leads, this is a final report. AREA IV: Passing Counterfeit Instruments (U.S. Currency), Subject #1 passed a counterfeit $100 bank note while purchasing a $1000 money order. Investigation continues by CID.
N Seoul Tower is a highly-visible and colorful landmark on Seoul’s eveing skyline. The tower was opened to the public in 1980 and remodelled in 2005. It is more than an observation deck, offering cultural attractions, shopping, restaurants and photo opportunities. Eighteen prearranged, seasonal photo backdrops are available. Exhibitions and performances are also part of the fun. — U.S. Army Photo By David McNally
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Everland Fest (Through Nov. 5)
Autumn marks the beginning of Everland’s fall festival. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween fun at Everland, the land of festivals and adventures. The Halloween ghosts are inviting you to the “Happy Halloween” festival through Nov. 5. For the second edition of its kind at Everland, a 2.5 meter high jack-o’-lantern installment is set up at the entrance along with various holiday related items displayed at 23 diﬀerent locations around the entire park. Popular monsters and ghosts such as Dracula and Frankenstein await visitors. The highlight of this festival is the “Happy Halloween Party,” a parade featuring ﬂoats, six air shot carts, four sugar carts, and more. The parade is 400m long, and lasts for 30 minutes. The streets are ﬁlled with 58 performers, and thousands of Halloween sponge balls ﬂying into the air. Everland is open until 10 p.m. during the celebration. Visitors to the park are invited to dress in costume to celebrate the festivities. The ﬂoats feature pumpkin fairies, a pipe organ, Dracula’s castle, graveyards, and more. Also, magic shows and Halloween bands perform at the European Court everyday. includes a zoo and botanical garden among its top attractions. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
N Seoul Tower (Seoul)
Seoul Tower is as a major tourist attraction oﬀering panoramic views of Seoul. The tower atop Mt. Namsan was remodeled in 2005 with a magniﬁcent new look. The alphabet N holds the meaning of being new and a total construction investment of 15 billion won in the grand scale remodeling of N Seoul Tower. With the construction of the new lighting system, the appearance, color and pattern of the tower changes to suit each season or event. The ‘Flower of Seoul’ is a colorful addition to the city skyline and remains lit from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Reed of Light garden oﬀers an interesting photo opportunity when visiting the tower at night. The lobby features a Media Zone, Pavilion Experience Hall, exhibitions and performances. The N Grill is a Western-style restaurant that revolves 360 degrees every 48 minutes (reservations may be required), and the Sky Restroom oﬀers comforting and scenic views of Seoul. N Seoul Tower is not a mere observatory, but a cultural complex worth exploring. For information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Walking Namsan Mountain (Seoul)
Bird Fest (Nov. 11 - 25)
Where do the birds go when they migrate for winter? The Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival has the answer. The festival is an annual event during which visitors can view migratory birds up close in their natural setting. The Geumgang River provides the backdrop for this excursion, oﬀering splendid views of the shoreline and vast reed ﬁelds. The area’s ecological features make it a prime destination for many rare, migratory birds during the winter months. Events will include, indoor bird exhibits, bus tours, and access to the Bird Observation Station’s observation deck. Colorful bird characters will be making the rounds for photos ops with youngsters. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Cool autumn air and changing colors of the foliage make this an opportune time to walk Mt. Namsan. Namsan is one of the best locations from which to look down on the city as summer turns to fall. Access to the top of Namsan is possible by bus, foot or cable car. There are two weel, travelled walking routes to the peak. Refreshment stands mark the way along the beginniing of the path. The path oﬀers a little excursion from the bustling metropolis. along the way, hikers can try their hand at an archery range, or rest in the shade of the pine trees that have laid their roots in Namsan’s rocky soil. The walking route, intermittently composed of asphalt road, rough-hewn steps and just plain dirt, eventually spills out near the National Theater of Korea, virtually cut into the mountainside itself. At the sprawling plaza in front of the main hall, cultural events are held most Saturdays. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
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595th Maintenance Company opens its doors, arms for KATUSA Family Day at K-16 Air Base
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly The 595th Maintenance Co., 498th CSSB, 501st SBDE, 19th ESC recently celebrated their first Annual KATUSA Family Day. The turn out was an overall success with the “Ruﬀnecks” welcoming more than 25 Family members onto K-16 Air Base. All of the families experienced and understood ﬁrst-hand how instrumental and indispensable their loved ones are to the daily mission success of the 595th Maintenance Company and the U.S. Army. The festivities commenced with the families enjoying a traditional American meal at the K-16 Dining Facility. The Family members were very impressed with the nutritious quality of the food served at the dining facility on an
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everyday basis. Family Day tour highlights included getting “one on one” instructions on how to load, maintain, and successfully operate the M249 Machine Gun, learning about the operational capabilities of the M1078 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, and experiencing what it feels like to wear the Army’s issued interceptor body armor and ballistic helmet. Families also had the opportunity to visit the KATUSA living quarters. Sgt. Kim, Se Jin’s parents were especially pleased with their son’s living quarters and work areas. “It gave us a sight of relief to know that our son has a modern, furnished and up-to-date living area in which to lay his head down every night,” expressed Kim’s mother to the chain of command.
eighth is that pivotal day,” Gills said. Finally, because of the self-input capability provided to Soldiers for some of their administrative points, recomputation evaluations conducted across the Army at Human Resource Oﬃces every month will immediately become a thing of the past. This time-consuming requirement for Soldiers and managers across the Army is burdensome. With the elimination of Personnel Service Battalions across the Army in support of transformation, this workload reduction will be a welcome relief. “This is just one more example of how the Army is transforming into a more agile force, and improving processes using existing technology,” Gills said. While the Army continues to drive hard towards the DIMHRS solution, this program provides some of the DIMHRStype improvements now, and will help Soldiers by ensuring their records are accurate when we do make the DIMHRS transition in October 2008. Concerns about the new self-service system have been brought up, and largely
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relate to Soldiers putting in false data. “That concern is valid to a point, but appears somewhat overstated,” Gills said. “We actually have a fairly robust veriﬁcation process built into the system,” Gills said. “As I travelled the Army testing the system and talking to Soldiers, there were typically one or two dissenters in each audience who were concerned about cheating. I reminded them that we have an opportunity to do something really good for Soldiers and their families. Soldiers in the grade of Specialist and Sergeant may access this application at the Human Resources Command Enlisted Promotions website: https://www.hrc.army. mil/site/active/select/promo.htm. Non-promotable Specialists and Sergeants may access the program for viewing and update, but will not be able to aﬀect point changes to the Army data base until they have been recommended by their Commander and have appeared before a promotion board. Promotable Specialists and Sergeants may access and update their ﬁle now, which will aﬀect points beginning on Dec. 1.
Taking annual survey makes ‘cents’
The Annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-In Expenses Survey for Korea will begin Nov. 5 and continue through Dec. 7. Annually, the Per Diem Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee conduct a survey to collect utility and recurring maintenance expense data from Servicemembers who receive OHA. PDTATAC uses this data to compute OHA Utility and Recurring Maintenance Allowances, as well as, Move-In Expenses for Servicemembers worldwide. All Servicemembers in Korea who reside oﬀ-post and receive OHA should take the survey at https://www.perdiem. osd.mil/oha/survey/novoha.html or via the 175th Financial Management Center website at http://175fmc.korea. army.mil/. The link to the survey will not work until Nov. 5. A sample OHA Utility/MIHA Survey in PDF format is available on the 175th FMC website. OHA is a valuable entitlement for Servicemembers stationed overseas. The time and effort spent answering the questions enables the Department of Defense to set equitable OHA utility and MIHA rates. To complete the survey, respondents should review actual bills or records of their utility and maintenance expenses for the last twelve months. A monthly average for the utility and maintenance portion will be required. Respondents whose utilities are included in their rent are not required to report the actual monthly average of utility bills because a monthly ﬂat rate utility supplement is already included in their OHA. For the MIHA portion of the survey, respondents should identify expenses associated with making their residence livable. Examples of MIHA items to report are included in the survey briefings found on the 175th FMC website.
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Gerald Keener (center), USAG-Casey Bowling Center manager, proudly holds the 1st prize check for $1000, with Christopher Bradford (left), USAG-RC MWR business manager, and Kieth Elder (right) Headquarter Installation Management Command Morale Welfare and Recreation division chief, after winning the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America “Second National Bowling Week Innovative Promotion Contest Oct. 25.—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
USAG-Casey Bowling Center Manager Wins Industry Recognition
by Roger Wegner and Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON—Gerald Keener, manager of the USAG-Casey Bowling Center, was selected by the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America as their ﬁrst choice winner in the “Second National Bowling Week Innovative Promotion Contest.” According to Henry Lewczyk, vicepresident of marketing for the BPAA, their team of judges voted the Casey entry as their ﬁrst choice winner for the most successful, creative and well-executed promotion run during National Bowling Week, August 25-31. There were three other $1,000 prize winners and two $500 winners. Ideas submitted this year are included in the BPAA “How to” manual for 2008 National Bowling Week, and Keener will receive credit in the manual. Some of the initiatives run during National Bowling Week that cinched the award for the Casey Bowling Center were: • Generated 46 new league bowlers during NBW: half were new customers who had never visited the center. Estimates are these new bowlers will generate $11,500 in new revenue for the bowling center. • Operation Cinderella and Cinderfella promotion: each patron received free scratch-oﬀ prize tickets. Certain mystery rental shoes in diﬀerent sizes were hidden away. When bowlers attempted to rent the secret size shoes they won a pair of new resale shoes to keep plus free bowling and pizza for the night. • Promoted National Bowling Week with Keener’s appearances on AFN radio and television. • Operation Blue Eyes, Luck to be a Lady promotion: whenever that song was played on the juke box, the ﬁrst person arriving at the desk who announced “Luck to be a Lady” was given a pair of dice to toss. If they rolled a 7, they won a bowling ball, an 11 earned a free pizza, and others won a free combo meal. • Afternoon Delight promotion: three strikes in a row earned a surprise visit from the Cookie Monster with two chocolate chip cookies and a non-alcoholic beverage. (Keener dressed up in his “Luck to be a Lady” attire). • At the request of commanders in the ﬁeld, who had heard about the fun going on, Keener extended National Bowling Week until Sept. 4 so those Soldiers could take part. • From Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 they held a Texas Hold ‘Em Bowling Tournament with multiple prizes. Future events Keener plans will include a Halloween Voodoo Bowling Tournament. “It is not going to be during regular Halloween because we have trick-or-treating on that date,” Keener said. “The following Saturday and Sunday is the Voodoo Bowling Tournament. Everyone will get a voodoo doll. They can check the doll to win prizes automatically or, if they are having a bad game, they can hex their opponent and take ﬁve points away from their score.” The tournament will run two days. Contestants can buy one voodoo doll and participate both days. There is some of Keener’s famous showmanship involved as well. “I am going to be dressed as the Grim Reaper,” Keener said. “When a contestant gets knocked out of the tournament, I will go up and touch them as the angel of death
indicating they are out of the tournament, and they have lost.” Keener is known for his innovative event creations. In the past he has had events repeated because of their popularity. “Last year I had the Dungeon of Triumph,” Keener said. “Each lane had diﬀerent features, some had to throw eight pins or nine pins. On some lanes I made the bowlers throw from behind a curtain, which blinded them from looking at the pins. That caused a lot of zero counts.” Keener posts teasers to keep the customers coming back for more fun. “I posted a teaser for an event called the Zodiac Kings,” Keener said. “I am going to tie it in with the western and the Chinese horoscopes. I am a Pisces, born in the year of the rat, so I would bowl in a block of 12, each block represents a month, and we would have our own champion who would come out and face all the other zodiac signs for the championship.” Zodiac Kings Tournament will be scheduled for the Christmas holiday, Keener said.“I haven’t really guessed what I will do for New Year’s holiday yet, but I will think of something.”
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Army vs. Air Force Flag Football Game Warrior Country Sports will host the ﬁrst “Warrior Cup” Army vs. Air Force Flag Football game Nov.17 at 1 p.m. at Soldier Field USAG-Casey. For more information call: 730-4681. Kwang Sung Taxi Schedule Kwang Sung Taxi English speaking dispatch number for taxis weekdays 2 to 8 p.m. and weekends 2p.m. to midnight. Dispatch number: 031-841-6000. Free Korean Language Textbooks The University of Maryland is very interested in service members and other U.S. personnel in Korea learning to speak Korean. Each person who enrolls in the Korean 101 course at “Camp Stanley in Term II will receive a free text book. For active duty personnel, the Army will pay 100 percent of the tuition. For more information call: 732-7015. Gifts from the Home Front Gifts from the home front can be sent to deployed troops by logging on to www.aafes. org or callling: 877-770-4438. The gift certiﬁcates are sent to individual service members or distributed to any service member through the Air Force Aid Society, American Red Cross, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Fisher House, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Operation Home front, Operation Interdependence or the USO. “Gifts from the home front certiﬁcates can be redeemed at exchange facilities worldwide. Area I and 2ID Celebrate American Education Week Area I/2ID personnel join educators around the world in the celebration of American Education Week from Nov. 11 - 17. The focus is on strengthening our resolve to educate America’s Soldier students to meet the challenges of leadership today and tomorrow. For more information call: 732-7015. Army Family Covenant Signing The Army Family Covenant signing will take place in the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. Coming Events PBC Red Cloud The Pear Blossom Cottage Thanksgiving luncheon will be held Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. Cooking class will be held Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon. The Outreach luncheon will be held Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. The Christmas Party will be held Dec. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information call: 732-7168. Garrison Website For more news and information, the weather forecast, heat index information and even a community telephone book, visit the U.S. Army Garrison-Red Cloud website at http:// ima.korea.army.mil/area1/sites/local. USAG-RC Ration Control Ofﬁce Closure The Ration Control Ofﬁce will be closed Nov. 6 - 7 and will resume regular business hours Nov. 8. Ration Control has relocated to building S-225. For more information call: 732-6762. Courageous Channel in November Courageous Channel 07-02 will be held Nov. 15-18 in the USAG-RC gym. NEO wardens will be checking NEO checklist for veriﬁcation and signatures. For more information call: 732-9142/6377.
Gloria Prince (far right), education coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program prepares non-alcohol party drinks while Soldiers and civilians ﬁll out assessment forms during Red Ribbon Week at Mitchell’s Club on USAG-Red Cloud Oct. 24.—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Red Ribbon Week celebrated at Red Cloud
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON—Red Ribbon Week, a campaign primarily to discourage illegal drug use, was held Oct. 20-28 in USAG-RC and USAG-Casey. The campaign was sponsored by the Army Substance Abuse Program. “The bottom line is to stamp out drugs,” said Gloria Prince, education coordinator, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program. “Say n-o to drugs, know what they do to your mind and body as well as your family and the Soldiers you work with every day.” The ASAP program introduces brochures on the harmful eﬀects of all kinds of drug use, from illegal and prescription drugs, to over-the-counter drug abuse. Also, they discourage smoking. “Cigarettes are considered a drug. We are here to encourage people to stop smoking, stop drinking in excess, and stop doing illegal drugs,” Prince said. “The thing is, you want to stop and check yourself and educate yourself about what is happening.” Substance abuse covers many topics, some well known, and some not-so-well known. “Over the counter drugs are legal drugs,” Prince said. “We have cough syrups being consumed in excess by Soldiers who can’t drink, that is, those under 21 years of age. The excessive use of these drugs just to get high is the problem. We want to educate people to understand what is happening.” Prescription medication abuse is a hazard everyone should know about as well. “What they do is sell their prescription medication,” said Wayne Johnson, alcohol and drug control oﬃcer. “Someone will be issued a drug, like Percocet, and sell it to their friends. Although Percocet is a controlled substance, it is available by prescription as so many doses for whatever ails you.” There are penalties for reselling or redistributing prescription drugs, according to Johnson. “Both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and federal law prohibit the resale and redistribution of prescription drugs,” Johnson said. “It can lead to a court martial and it is considered a felony. If you look on a prescription bottle, you will ﬁnd a notice telling you resale or redistribution is illegal.” A disturbing trend in the abuse of overthe-counter drugs has surfaced and can be deadly, according to Johnson. “Over-the-counter drugs, such as those sold without prescription all have disclaimers on them,” Johnson said. “A lot of people do not look at those products as drugs because they are for body building or general well being, but any substance you put in your body to bring about a change is a drug.” The major over-the-counter medicine, which caused a lot of trouble, was Ephedrine, according to Johnson. “Ephedrine causes a lot of nasty things to happen,” Johnson said. “It can cause internal bleeding, but it was supposed to aid in weight loss. Most weight loss products sold over-the-counter contain caﬀeine. One such drug, Orange, had a notice on the back of the bottle that said it could possibly cause the user to fail a urine test. Some would think it would be a legal substance for getting high, but in reality it was only hype to sell the product.” One over-the-counter drug caused worrisome trends in drug abuse. “Cough medications that contain dextromethorphan (DMX) are legitimately used as a cough suppressant, although its eﬃcacy is questionable,” Johnson said. “It also is used as a drug of abuse in doses of 16 to 24 pills at a time.” It is reported that 51 boxes of 16 tablets are being sold weekly from the USAGCasey Post Exchange, according to Johnson. It is suspected that this large amount is due to persons using it as a substance of abuse, because the clinics have not seen a complimentary rise in coughs or respiratory complaints. Also, there have been four DMX overdoses in the past two months. “Eventually the Drug Enforcement Agency in the United States will probably pull DMX oﬀ the shelves,” Johnson said. “Because DMX is an easy to abuse substance, they were selling 110 boxes a week in Yongsan. People come here from the states with information on how to abuse this drug and that is why we are seeing this kind of abuse.” Another trend is the ubiquitous availability of exotic herbs from around the world being sold as substitutes for illegal
and controlled substances such as marijuana and cocaine. Some products are blends of exotic herbs once used in primitive rituals. One such product blends eight herbs such as Baybean, Blue Lotus, Dwarf Scullcap, Lion’s Tail and Siberian Motherwort. “We have not seen any of this yet in USAG-RC,” Johnson said. “It is available on the internet and most young people know it is, so it may be coming.” Under the UCMJ, Soldiers can get into trouble for using these products. “I think Soldiers can be prosecuted for using these products, but they are not illegal to buy,” Johnson said. “What the UCMJ covers is anything that contains hemp, but these products do not contain anything from the hemp plant.” There exists ample precedents in which Soldiers and other service members were punished under the UCMJ for abusing substances that are not illegal drugs, overthe-counter drugs, or prescription drugs, according to Maj. Joseph Masterson, 2nd Infantry Division SJA Deputy SJA. “Military chains of command do have the ability to take appropriate action if and when service members wrongfully use substances other than controlled substances to achieve intoxication, particularly when those wrongful uses are prejudicial to good order and discipline, service discrediting, or both,” Masterson said. “For example, a Soldier was convicted at a court-martial for repeatedly and wrongfully inhaling the contents of a can of ‘Dust Oﬀ.’ Likewise, a sailor was convicted at a court-martial after admitting to mixing, heating, and using a combination of cough syrup, ammonia, lighter ﬂuid, and lemon juice, and then ingesting it, after discovering the recipe on the Internet. The sailor also admitted he did so with the intent to ‘induce intoxication, excitement, and stupefaction of the central nervous system.” The reasons for substance abuse may not be complicated. “In general, we as a society are known as a feel good society,” Johnson said. “We do not like pain. We are used to things coming fast. We need to be more proactive in preventing drug abuse. So many times we wait for the incident to happen and then we react. We have to keep our guard up against substance abuse so that we can prevent it from happening.”
NOVEMBER 2, 2007
Children of Isaac House visit Casey
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs
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CASEY GARRISON—Members of the Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion/ 210th Fires Brigade hosted 77 children from Isaac House Orphanage Oct. 27 for Halloween ‘trick or treat’ at USAG-Casey’s United Services Organization and the Fires Brigade barracks. “Every year we invite the Isaac House Orphanage to a Halloween party,” said Maj. Joseph Buccino, commander of the HHB/210th Fires Brigade. “We have 22 members from the Family Readiness Group here to support the event.” A lot of preparation went into the event. Soldiers decorated their barracks in Halloween fashion and dressed up in Halloween costumes. “We have trick or treat as part of the activities today,” Buccino said. “As you can see, we have the barracks decorated for Halloween, and we have some folks in costume. Every door the children knock on has someone there to give them candy. We also have a soccer tournament next door to the USO and inside the USO we have face painting, plus we have Halloween story telling in both Korean and English for our Family Readiness Group family members.” Decorations and planning started at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and the Soldiers and family members continued preparing the barracks and the USO until the children from the Isaac House arrived at 3 p.m. “Plans have been in the making for more than a month,” Buccino said. “HHB/210th Fires Brigade was selected for this mission by the commanding general because he felt that was the best unit who could execute this mission.” The Fires Brigade has a long history with the Isaac House Orphanage. “We do the ‘Night of Isaac’ every year and
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we do a Christmas party and talent show,” Buccino said. “We do six events every year. The Fires Brigade has a 48 year old history with the Isaac House Orphanage.” The combined eﬀorts of the FRG, USO, and HHB/210th Fires Brigade set up the entire event including the decorations at the USO, according to Buccino. “They, the FRG, actually paid for all of this,” Buccino said. “There is a lot of money and time involved with making this event happen.” “The USO always supports us in doing these events,” said Chandani Buccino, wife of Maj. Buccino. “I went to Jim Allen, director of the USAG-Casey USO and asked him. He said he would come onboard and support us with whatever we needed.” The logistics of the event were arranged by the HHB/210th Fires Brigade command. “They did it all,” Chandani said, “Lt. Kim who speaks to the orphanage management made the arrangements with them, so they did it all.” More than one bus was used after the children arrived so the event could rotate between two sites. “We used three buses,” Chandani said. “We wanted the children to stay in three groups. One group was at the trick or treat in the barracks, another group at the USO for face painting and stories, and a third group outside playing soccer and other games.” The result is a profound one, according to Buccino. “I hope the children remember we represent the United States and we represent the organization wealth of these children,” Buccino said. “I hope they learn what the U.S. represents, what the Army represents and what the HHB represents, because that is the organization I command. I want to leave a lasting impression on the organization I command, and I hope the commanders who follow me will continue with the children of the Isaac House Orphanage.”
Children of Isaac House Orphanage get their faces painted by members of the HHB/210th Fires Brigade and the Fires Brigade Family Readiness Group during their Halloween visit to USAGCasey Oct. 27.—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Family members of the Fires Brigade FRG attended the visit by children of theIsaac House Orphanage Oct. 27. This child costumed as a kitten is having a happy Halloween.—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Children of Isaac House tour the Fires Brigade barracks on USAG-Casey where they meet gastly ghouls in the stairway decorated like a haunted house Oct. 27.—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Lt. Col. Donald Meisler (left), USAG-Casey garrison commander, signs a memorandum of agreement with Col. Kim, Jae Hoon (right), commander of the 75th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Oct. 25. The agreement pledges both parties to the defense of the USAG-Casey enclave. The purpose of the memorandum is to outline the basic agreement and understanding of responsibilities between the USAG-Casey and the Republic of Korea 75th Infantry Brigade for the defense of Casey enclave during periods of increased terrorist threat as acknowledged by the R.O.K. military authorities. The memorandum is valid for two years from the date of the signature of both commanders.—U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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OCTOBER 26, 2007
Yongsan “Good Neighbor” initiatives make friends
Korean English teachers visit SAHS, garrison
by Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The garrison hosted 55 Korean English teachers for their first visit to Yongsan’s Seoul American High School Oct 16. As part of the U.S. Forces Korea Good Neighbor Program, the visit gave Korean English teachers an opportunity to learn about the American school system. “This event was to promote friendship between the Korean community and the U.S. military,” said U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan Community Relations Oﬃcer An Chang-sin. “By inviting the people who teach young students, we can strengthen the relationship between two countries for the future.” Seoul American High School Principal Robert Sennett welcomed the teachers to SAHS and gave a brief orientation. Seoul American High School Korean Language teacher Yi Kyong then escorted the teachers around the school to diﬀerent classrooms and facilities. — See Teachers, Page 12 — Sgt. 1st Class Myra Watson (left) enjoys lunch with the Korean English teachers.
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Jenifer Peterson (right) discusses life on Yongsan Garrison with the Incheon teachers.
SAHS Korean language teacher Yi Kyong (left) gives a tour to 55 Korean English teachers Oct. 16 at the school. – Photos by Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon
Garrison staff members and 55 English teachers pose near Commiskey’s.
American MPs form strong bonds with Korean law enforcement
By Cpl. Kim Sang-wook USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — With bright sunlight on a calm, autumn afternoon, more than 20 Soldiers from the Joint Combined Provost Marshal participated in the 2007 Friendship Team-Building Field Day Oct. 15 at the Bupyeoung Korean Police Comprehensive Academy near Incheon. The small group of American Soldiers played various sports activities with more than 270 KPCA officers and employees during the 5-hour program. “This is part of the Good Neighbor Program,” said U.S. Forces Korea Police Liaison Oﬃcer Choe Ui-chun. In order to avoid bad weather during September and an escort mission in early December, the friendship event was rescheduled twice, Choe said. He also said this kind of event would build a more solid relationship between the two law enforcement organizations. “This kind of event not only builds a friendship with the Republic of Korea allies, but we are having fun also,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Briar. “I played soccer with Korean oﬃcers and I had fun, although I am not good.” Briar said other Soldiers are also having fun with activities. The tight relationship between the two forces started in 2005. This is the third such event. The event oﬀered ﬁeld day activities, language class and martial art classes in each location. “Numerous events were held between the — See MPs, Page 12 —
Top: Korea National Police Pfc. Han Kookwon (left) and Pfc. Cho Yoon-sung and 14th Military Police Detachment Pfc. Hugo Godoy sit together and watch the sports activities Oct. 15 at Bupyeoung Korean Police Comprehensive Academy near Incheon. Right: 14th Military Police Detachment Pfc. Richard Young (right) plays soccer with Korean Police members during the day-long event. – Photos by Cpl. Kim Sang-wook
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Bomshel The Country duo “Bomshel” will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. at Collier Field House. The doors open at 6 p.m. For information, visit http://www.bomshel. com. Reﬂective Vests Required A reﬂective vest is required on any military installation when biking, running or jogging any time of the day. Think Safety! Seoul USO Updates The USO needs Virtues Volunteers. The Virtues English Program allows active-duty servicemembers to volunteer two Saturdays per month (2nd and 4th Saturday). Being a volunteer for the Virtues English classes will help to satisfy your Good Neighbor Program requirement. For information, call 724-7781. Tours: Oct. 20 – 21 Gyeongju overnight tour; Oct. 27: Paintball & ATV Tour; Oct. 27 - 28: Mount Soreok. Discounted Concert Tickets: Megadeth, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28; Beyoncé, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 – 10; Underworld 6 p.m. Nov. 17; Linkin Park, 8 p.m. Nov. 30. You can pick up a copy of the USO monthly calendar at the Main Exchange, Commissary, Dragon Hill Lodge, and Town House. Also, you can view the monthly calendar at http://www.uso.org/korea. For information, call 724-7003. Combined Federal Campaign Contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign through Nov. 30. See your unit representative to contribute. For information, call 723-2781 or online visit their Web site, http://www.cfcoverseas.org. Preschool Availabilities Mustard Seed Christian Preschool has openings for 3- and 4-year-olds at the South Post Chapel. For information, call 738-8503. Marine Ball The 232nd U.S. Marine Corps Birthday will be 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sheradon Walker Hill Hotel. All ROK/U.S. servicemembers (active-duty and retired), civilian employees, family members and guests are welcome. The dress is formal. Tickets are $65. Reservations are required. For information, call 723-7228. Garrison Calendar Connect to the Garrison Calendar from the USFK Global by opening Calendar, select “Open a Shared Calendar,” type Yongsan, click OK, select Yongsan again and click OK. You can also view two Web versions of the community calendar from the Garrison Web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil For information, call 738-7354. Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar There will be a holiday craft fair and bazaar 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Seoul American High School Gymnasium. For information, call 736-5473 or send email to [email protected]
Children’s Playgroups Hannam Village Play Works meets 1011:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Hannam Village ACS Outreach Center and Yongsan Wee Play Playgroup meets 10– 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at School Age Services, Bldg. 4211. For information, call 738-5151.
USFK Commander welcomes educators
by Cpl. Kim Sang-wook USAG-Yongsan MWR YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 900 Department of Defense Schools and international school educators from throughout Korea gathered for the 2007 Educator’s Day at Seoul American High School’s Falcon Gymnasium. The annual conference is an event that gives teachers a rare opportunity to share knowledge, widen relations and experience curriculums, instruction and assessments with other school teachers in the region. Educator’s Day kicked off with a welcoming speech from U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. B.B. Bell and DoDDS oﬃcials. “We thank you for who you are and what you do,” General Bell said. “We celebrate your service at schools, sending graduates all over the world.” Bell noted teachers’ achievements in tutoring and mentoring students throughout generations. During the ceremony, oﬃcials recognized Seoul American Elementary School Teacher Aimee Guignon as the Teacher of the Year. “I want to say thank you to my SAES faculty members,” Guignon said. “Today is a great day with all teachers from schools all around from Korea to ﬁnd out what expertise others have and take to their classrooms.” Under the motto “Reaching and Teaching Children,” the teachers had a unique opportunity to attend demonstration sessions with other teachers throughout the day. Event organizers prepared more than 50
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USFK Commander Gen. B.B. Bell welcomes more than 900 educators to a Yongsan conference Oct. 19 at Seoul American High School Gymnasium. – Photos by Cpl. Kim Sang-wook
The annual conference gives educators an opportunity to share knowledge and widen relations.
Yongsan cast scratches ‘7-year itch’
by John Wood USAG-Yongsan MWR
classes with sessions about art and crafts, sports activities and other general subjects that are taught in schools. “This is a magnificent sight to have approximately 900 teachers talking and walking in our the hallways,” said DoDDS Korea Superintendent Charlie Toth. “This is a tremendous occasion for us. I hope that teachers can meet new people and renew
their old acquaintances with pleasure.” Toth recommended that the schoolteachers enjoy the rare opportunity to meet with each other during the conference. “I’m having a lot of fun,” said Korea International School Teacher Julie Lee. “It is good to meet so many teachers from diﬀerent schools and attend classes that other teachers conduct.”
Randy Koonse and Michelle Outlaw (she plays the Marilyn Monroe role called only The Girl). – Courtesy Photo
YONGSAN GARRISON — The Area Community Theatre, Music and Theatre Branch is currently in rehearsal for “The Seven Year Itch,” by George Axelrod. This romantic comedy was made famous by a ﬁlm starring Marilyn Monroe as “The Girl.” In the local production the girl is played by Michelle Outlaw and provides ample fuel for a middle aged man’s (Richard Sherman played by Randy Koonse) fantasies. In fact, all of the women in Richard’s life are subjects of his fantasies. Richard fantasizes that Miss Morris his stenographer, (played by Jena Goetz) throws herself at him in the oﬃce. He fantasizes that Natasha, a Russian United Nations delegate (Galina Duckworth) is disappointed that “all they did was swim” without bathing costumes, that Elaine (Leandra Sutton) has been after him for two years. He imagines that a suave and sophisticated romance writer, (Ken Duckworth) has his own romantic designs on his wife Helen Sherman, played by Elda White. Add to this already zany array of characters, a psychiatrist, Dr. Brubaker, played by Dave White with his own uxoricidal fantasies, and you have a Broadway comedy. Performances are: 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15, and 16 Nov. 17 is Reggie’s Special Night at the theatre, so the show will start at 6 p.m., giving the audience time to take their ticket to Reggie’s after the show for a 10-percent discount on any single sandwich or platter and nonalcoholic beverage. All performances are in the Moyer Theatre, Building 2259. Tickets are on sale in the Moyer Music Room 1-9 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday. The cost is $3 in advance with a reserved seat. Tickets purchased at the door are $5 and good for general seating. The Music and Theatre Branch and Area Community Theatre always welcomes volunteers in most facets of theatre production, acting, singing, dancing and technical areas lighting, sound, painting, make-up and carpentry.Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” will be 6 p.m. Nov. 12-13 at the Moyer Theatre.
OCTOBER 26, 2007
Drug-free campaign raises community awareness
by Cpl. Kim Sang-wook USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The Yongsan Employee Assistance Program staﬀ “deployed to the front lines” by setting up a drug and alcohol information booth Oct. 17 at the Main Exchange to meet face-toface with community members. The initiative is part of National DrugFree Work Week. E m p l o y e e A s s i s t a n c e Pr o g r a m Coordinator Vanessa Mitchell said she hopes to raise awareness by displaying information posters and handing out questionnaires to self-diagnose drug and alcohol usage. “The purpose of the drug-free work week is also to help employers know when their employees need help,” Mitchell said. “Education is the most important part of the program.” The event is sponsored by the Department of Labor and Army Substance Abuse Program. Mitchell said EAP covers civilian employees and Soldiers. “We provide training for employees, supervisors and managers on recognizing performance issues,” Mitchell said. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order mandating that all federal agencies be drug-free. According to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 75 percent of all adult illicit drug users are employed full or part time. Mitchell also highlighted drunk driving awareness. “Civilians on-post have the privilege of driving, but there are drivers still drinking and driving,” she said. If a community member is caught driving under the inﬂuence, their driver’s license will be revoked for one year and reported back to the states. The oﬀender must also attend additional classes. “It reinforces how important it is to understand that alcohol and drugs are not — See Drug-free, Page 12 —
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Employee Assistance Program Coordinator Vanessa Mitchell (right) informs Tara Hall (left) and Danielle Rodriguez about National Drug-free Work Week Oct. 17 at the Yongsan Main Exchange. – U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Kim Sang-wook
Yongsan observes National School Bus Safety Week
YONGSAN GARRISON — School safety oﬃcials spent a couple of hours Thursday at the Main Exchange lobby hoping to raise community awareness about National School Bus Safety Week. “We let people know some statistics and the basic rules,” said Yongsan Transportation Operations Specialist Ken Bakameyer. “Let’s get to school without any injuries. Bakameyer said they had “Barney the Bus” present to capture the attention of younger children. “Barney is a robotic bus that is a big hit with the kids,” he said. Bakameyer said he wants to remind drivers that school is in session, to stay alert for pedestrians in crosswalks and look out for children riding bicycles. National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety, according to the National Association for Pupil Transportation Web site. “It’s an excellent way for everyone - parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety,” according to the site.
Garrison tracks CFC contributions
YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison oﬃcials are tracking participation in the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. “By reporting back to the community, we hope to encourage even more participation,” said USAG-Yongsan Human Resources Director Steven Carpenter. As of Monday, 20 percent of USAG-Yongsan had been contacted with $67,607.85 donated. “We’re on target to exceed our expectations,” he said. “People can donate to a worthy charity and know their money is going to a good cause.” Carpenter said people can make Yongsan a better place by donating to Family Support and Youth Programs. “ All you have to do is choose “FSYP” on your pledge card,” he said.
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Fall and winter safety must be a priority
his week I want to talk about something that should always be a priority: Safety! U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan’s fall and winter safety training summarizes the seasonal hazards we face while serving in the Republic of Korea. Our “Fall and Winter Safety Guide” addresses preventive measures we must take to safeguard the well-being of our Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members. Additionally, familiarize yourself with 8th U.S. Army and U.S. Forces Korea Winter Safety Campaign Web site. You can access this information through links at the Garrison Web site (http://yongsan. korea.army.mil). The safety procedures and countermeasures set forth in the Garrison guide are organized by speciﬁc topic areas. Commanders and supervisors must familiarize themselves with this guide and have a thorough understanding of individual responsibilities. The PDF guide is available for download at the Garrison Web site. Commanders and supervisors will ensu re that these special training
requirements are accomplished for all USAG-Yongsan personnel: Winter Driving Cold Weather Injury Prevention Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention When necessary, training should be conducted in both English and Hangul to ensure all personnel fully understand the content of the training. I expect commanders and supervisors to brief their personnel on safety awareness before the onset of the fall and winter season. I would also hope as a community member you take the time to read through our guide to prepare yourself for what to expect this fall and winter. This is a critical time of the year to be thinking about safety. Our goal is to be accident-free. Let’s remember “people ﬁrst” and “safety always” as we have a safe and enjoyable fall and winter. If you have any questions, or need to get training resources, please contact USAGYongsan Safety Officer Russell Obey at 738-4643.
Most of the Korean teachers said they were impressed by the advanced school materials and facilities. “I was surprised to see so many energetic students at class,” said Korean English teacher Seo Ji-yeon. “Korean students are always stressed out, so not many of them enjoy class as the American students do.” Later, the teachers ate lunch at Commiskey’s Restaurant with some of the USAG-Yongsan staﬀ members.
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“I saw lots of smiles and laughter,” said Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses. “That’s a good sign for a good relationship between our two nations.” “This was a great opportunity for all of us to see what America is like,” said Incheon Educational Training Institute Team Manager Chong Yun-hui. “We enjoyed our time here.” The teachers concluded their visit with a bus tour of Yongsan Garrison.
two organizations,” Choe said. “The U.S. police provide language programs and invite the Koreans onpost for receptions and the KPCA gives us Tae Kwon Do programs.” Other KPCA officials expressed the positive impact of the Good Neighbor Program. “The relationship between KPCA and U.S. military police is very crucial,” said KPCA Principal Kim Suk-gi. “Our oﬃcers
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and workers are happy to invite the U.S. Soldiers.” After a short kickoﬀ ceremony, Soldiers were sorted into four groups of Korean Police teams and fought as one. “I think it was good to learn cultural diﬀerences overall,” said 14th Military Police Detachment Pfc. Hugo Godoy. “It was fun to play Korean ﬁeld games together as one team.”
good for the body,” said Danielle Rodriguez. “I am a teacher and we could start teaching about drug abuse at an early age.” Rodriguez said she will educate children to realize how bad substance abuse could aﬀect their lives. “You can also diagnose yourself at the
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Yongsan ASAP Web page,” Mitchell said. The ASAP Web page is located at http:// yongsan.korea.army.mil (look under “More Links). For information on the drug-free campaign, call 736-3295 or visit Building 5216 next to Collier Field House.
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November 2 - 8
Casey 730-7354 Henry 768-7724 Humphreys 753-7716 Hovey 730-5412 Kunsan 782-4987
Balls of Fury (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 9 p.m. Death Sentence (R) 7 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 8:30 p.m.
The Brothers Solomon (R) 6:30 We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 9 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 7 p.m. War (R) 8:30 p.m.
30 Days of Night (R) 6:30 p.m. We Own the Night (R) 7 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 9 p.m. Superbad (R) 7 p.m. Superbad (R) 8:30 p.m.
30 Days of Night (R) 7:30 p.m. Rescue Dawn (PG13) 7 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 9 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show
The Invasion (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Balls of Fury (PG13) 9 p.m. 30 Days of Night (R) 7 p.m. No Show
Superbad (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show The Brothers Solomon (R) 9 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show
Balls of Fury (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show The Brothers Solomon (R) 9 p.m. The Brothers Solomon (R) 7 p.m. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) 6 p.m.
The Kingdom — (Jaime Foxx, Jennifer Garner) A team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators set out to ﬁnd the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists .a local police ofﬁcer, but still ﬁnds itself target for the terrorists. Rated R (violence, language) 122 minutes
30 Days of Night — (Josh Hartnett, Melissa George) In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S, the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team. Rated R (violence, language) 128 minutes
Superbad — (Seth Rogen, Michael Cera)Two co-dependent high school guys want to hook up with girls before they graduate and go off to different colleges, but, after a calamitous night just trying to buy alcohol for a school party, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls. Rated R (crude/ sexual content, language, drinking, drug use, fantasy/comic violent image) 114 minutes
Dan in Real Life — (Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche) Advice columnist Dan Burns is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent. Rated PG-13 (innuendo) 98 minutes
Mr. Bean’s Holiday — (Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe) In his latest misadventure, Mr. Bean – the nearly wordless misfit who seems to be followed by a trail of pratfalls and hijinks – goes on holiday to the French Riviera and becomes ensnared in a European adventure of cinematic proportions. Tired of the dreary, wet London weather, Bean packs up his suitcase and camcorder to head to Cannes for some sun on the beach. But his trip doesn’t go as smoothly as he had hoped when the bumbling Bean falls face ﬁrst into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences, far-fetched enough to make his own avant-garde ﬁlm. Rated G 88 minutes
Long 721-3407 Osan 784-4930 Red Cloud 732-6620 Stanley 732-5565 Yongsan I Yongsan II Yongsan III 738-7389
The Kingdom (R) 6:45 p.m. The Kingdom (R) 7 p.m. 30 Days of NIght (R) 7 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 6 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (PG13) 6:30 p.m. The Simpsons (PG13) 6:30 p.m.
No Show The Kingdom (R) 7 p.m. The Brothers Solomon (R) 7p.m. The Brothers Solomon (R) 7p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 8 p.m. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) 6:30 p.m. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) 6:30 p.m.
Rush Hour 3 (PG13) 6:45 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 6 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 8 p.m. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) 6:30 p.m. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) 6:30 p.m.
Stardust (PG13) 6:45 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 7 p.m. Rush Hour 3 (PG13) 7 p.m. Superbad (R) 7 p.m. The Brother’s Solomon (R) 7 p.m. Who’s Your Caddy (PG13) 6 p.m. Superbad (R) 6 p.m.
No Show Resident Evil: Extinction (R) 7 p.m. Rescue Dawn (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show The Brother’s Solomon (R) 7 p.m. Who’s Your Caddy (PG13) 6 p.m. Superbad (R) 6 p.m.
No Show Resident Evil: Extinction (R) 7 p.m. No Show Dan In Real LIfe (PG13) 7p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. Daddy Day Camp (PG) 6 p.m. Rescue Dawn (PG13) 6 p.m.
No Show Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. Dan in Real Life (PG13) 7 p.m. Bourne Ultimatum (PG13) 7 p.m. Balls of Fury (PG13) 7 p.m. Daddy Day Camp (PG) 6 p.m. Rescue Dawn (PG13) 6 p.m.
NOVEMBER 2, 2007
by Chaplain (Col.) Sam Boone U.S. Forces Korea Command Chaplain
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Area II Worship Services
Protestant Services Collective Sunday 0800 Memorial Chapel (Communion) Sunday 0930 121 Hospital Chapel Sunday 0930 Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) Sunday 1000 South Post Chapel Sunday 1000 multi Purpose Trng Facility (Relying on Christ in Korea) Sunday 1030 K-16 Chapel Sunday 1100 Hannam Village Chapel Sunday 1100 Camp Stanley Chapel Sunday 1200 South Post Chapel (Gospel) KATUSA Thursday 1830 CRC Memorial Chapel KCFA 2nd Tues. 1145 Memorial Chapel 3rd Tues. 1145 Memorial Chapel Catholic Mass Sunday 0800 South Post Chapel Sunday 1130 Memorial Chapel Sunday 1700 Memorial Chapel Mon./Thrus./ Fri. 1205 Memorial Chapel Tues./Wed. 1205 121 Hospital Chapel 1st Sat. 0900 Memorial Chapel Jewish Friday 1900 South Post Chapel Distictive Faith Group Services: Episcopal Sunday 1000 Memorial Chapel United Pentecostal Sunday 1330 Memorial Chapel Later Day Saints & Church of Christ: Call 738-3011 for information USAG -Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt.Col.) James P. King (Staff Chaplain), [email protected]
, DSN 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose, [email protected]
, DSN 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr. (Family Life Chaplain), [email protected]
, DSN 736-3018
The witness of a wet wallet
Sam Houston was a “man’s man” long before the modern macho trend became fashionable. Like other rough men molded by the early American frontier, he knew how to ﬁght, gamble, drink, curse, and kill. He lived in a violent era when life, as we know it, was cheap. Those early Texans were not against God. If the women, children, and preachers wanted to believe in the Almighty, that was ﬁne with them. “Believers” were right handy to have around for burial prayers, weddings, and the like. Real men, however, were usually too busy for religion. But times change, and men (and women) mellow. After the Texans won their war for independence from Mexico, schools and churches sprang up everywhere! Society settled down and communities began to ﬂourish. As they grew older, those rough and adventurous men began taking more interest in spiritual matters. And so did General Houston. Houston’s wife, a very devout Baptist, prayed for many years that her beloved Sam would join the church. The Texas hero had long claimed to be a believer, but baptism and church membership were not easy disciplines for him to accept. Finally came the time when the senior statesman of the new republic surrendered. Vowing to “go all the way” with God, he met the preacher and congregation at the river for baptism. “General,” the minister said, “I suggest you take oﬀ that watch and chain. You’ll ruin it if you get it wet.” “Thank you, I will,” Houston said handing the piece to a friend. “And, General, perhaps you had better hand him your wallet, too.” “No, I believe not Pastor. I’m afraid it needs
baptizing too.” Even before his baptism, Sam Houston understood the concept of stewardship. I am not saying that God wants, “just our soul or just our silver.” He want’s all of us! How appropriate that the man who had held out so long from God should have his billfold baptized. A wet wallet became a witness to Sam Houston’s new dedication unto God. Now old Sam can speak to all of us, even today. Consider the reﬂective word’s of one man who said … “Every now and then the ‘ole devil whispers to me about my time, my talent, my tithe, and my life.’ ‘ Don’t you realize you can have a lot’s more ‘fun’ with that money. Why, if you stop and think about it … the church (or even your kids) ain’t gonna miss it!’ ‘Just think of what you could do with all that extra cash (or time, or talent, or even your life).” But then he said, “I come back to reality – I do it because God asks me to do it! He’s never let me down, and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that He’s blessed me as He has, because I’ve only given back to Him a portion of what He’s already given to me!” Those were powerful words that came from a man who only had a second grade education. He never was the chairman of the Elder or Deacon Boards. His only job in the church was as an usher. But he had a greater impact on this Chaplain’s life than all of the preachers who ever preached in that church! You have no need to make excuses about what you can or cannot do, in service to God! As I visit the many services of worship here in Korea, I am overwhelmed with the spirit of volunteerism that keeps our faith community moving. Chaplains and worship leaders come and go … but the folks just keep on “getting wet.” One family or Soldier PCS’s back to CONUS and another is needed to take their place … we have a place of service just for you.
Fire Prevention Week: Practice your escape plan
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON—Fire Prevention Week was held Oct. 7 through 13 with celebrations not only at USAGRed Cloud but in the Province of Kyonggi where they began a month of ﬁre prevention training Oct. 8. “Fire Prevention Week is a very exciting time for fire departments around the country,” said John Cook, USAG-Red Cloud ﬁre chief. “This year was exceptionally good for us and Kyonggi Province because we started our Fire Prevention programs almost simultaneously. Kyonggi Province began their Fire Prevention Month at Seoul Land.” The governor of Kyonggi Province, Kim, Mun Su, gave special emphasis to the relationship USAG-Red Cloud Fire Department and the Kyonggi Province Fire Departments share. “Governor Kim gave us special recognition during the ceremony,” Cook said. “He wants the relationship to continue.” The week-long celebration at USAG-Red Cloud featured ﬁre escape plans. “Our theme this year is ‘Practice Your Escape Plan,’” Cook said. “It is very important for everyone to have an escape plan in case of ﬁre.” The Fire Department suggests occupants of a home draw a ﬂoor plan, which is a map showing every room, every door, and every window. The family should sit down and talk about the two best ways to get out of each room. Pick a meeting place outside the home and tell everyone to go there as soon as they have escaped a ﬁre. “Just having a plan is not good enough,” Cook said. “The whole family should practice the plan together.” Everyone should go to the room where they sleep. A grownup should sound the smoke alarm. Everyone should then follow the escape plan, get out of the building, and go directly to the planned meeting place. The drill should be practiced at least twice every year. “If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, make sure to install them,” Cook said. “Make sure you can hear the sound of the smoke alarms when you are in any room. Also, make sure you know the ﬁre department’s telephone number.” T h e Ky o n g g i Fi re D e p a r t m e n t collaborated with the USAG-Red Cloud Fire Department in giving demonstrations of their ﬁre equipment and one very special exhibit. “They provided a ‘Home Escape Simulation Training’ truck,” Cook said. “The children and adults went through the truck to ﬁnd out what it is like to escape a ﬁre in the home.” Not only did the local ﬁre department share their trucks and equipment with everyone at Red Cloud, they also gave ﬁre prevention lectures in the Korean language for all the people who live oﬀ post and all the children at the exhibit. “We ran the fire prevention poster contest with the two local international schools,” Cook said. “We are having those posters judged at the Pear Blossom Cottage, and we are going to follow up with a trip to the schools to award special certiﬁcates.
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John Cook (left), ﬁre chief USAG-RC, and Kim, Mun Su, governor of the Kyonggi province, operate a ﬁre pump from a century ago at the Fire Prevention Festival held at Seoul Land Park in Seoul.—U.S. Army Photo By Kim, Chin Su.
Sparky, the USAG-RC Fire Department mascot, sings for the children during the Fire Prevention week ceremony held on USAG-RC.—U.S. Army Photo By Kim, Chin Su.
Sparky, the Dalmation mascot of USAG-RC Fire Department, gets frisky with Chief Cook during the demonstrations at Fire Safety Week held on USAG-RC Oct. 8.—U.S. Army Photo By Kim, Chin Su.
John Cook (middle) USAG-RC ﬁre chief, describes the equipment that the Fireﬁghters are wearing during Fire Prevention Week held on USAG-RC.—U.S. Army Photo By Kim, Chin Su.
OCTOBER 5, 2007
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Bomshel coming to an installation near you
Bomshel duo blogs about Fort Benning performance
Yes, chivalry does still exist. At least at the Fort Benning military base in Columbus, Ga. Chivalry, bravery, and integrity. Bomshel was honored to perform along with Montgomery Gentry for thousands of Soldiers after many weeks of extensive bootcamp style training. This was to be the ﬁrst day the Soldiers were allowed to refrain from endless pushups and encouraged to participate in the Bomshel Stomp! We were aware that prior to our arrival, the big question on many of their minds was....”Bomshel who?” Being a new country act, with such a Bomshel is currently performing at military installations name, we certainly hoped they throughout Korea. For performace schedule, see MWR weren’t eager for pin-up girls. Events sidebar. — Photo courtesy of MWR If the name wasn’t enough to perplex them, perhaps the rumble of our weeks of training, their lives had changed tour bus, sporting lightning bolts, Tequila forever. They were standing tall with more Roseand very high hair let them know that strength and pride than any of us can begin Bomshel, whoever they were, had arrived! to imagine. Many shared sentiments of Clouds ﬁlled the afternoon air and we were missing their loved ones. It was each of concerned that the show might be canceled them facing the reality that they may be as a result of rain, but kept our fingers deployed to unfamiliar, brutal territory. crossed. As it got closer to show time, we Some expressed concerns that with the war could hear the Soldiers as they walked in Iraq being so unpopular, they feared the toward the ﬁeld. Occasionally, we heard a nation would direct outrage onto them loud chant, “HOOAH” in a loud unison. personally. But these young men were proud to be serving their country and ready to do We hoped this was a good thing. From the moment we set foot onto the what would be asked of them. Regardless stage, the applause was overwhelming. It of any political stances, it is our hope that was apparent that these folks were ready to the one lesson Americans learned from leave their physical and emotional stresses Vietnam was to separate the war from the behind and were ready to celebrate music, warriors. And these Soldiers were training freedom they were ﬁghting so hard for. Then to be warriors. And gentlemen. They shook came the most wonderful moment of the our hands and thanked us wholeheartedly evening thus far. We began to perform our for being there to support them. You betcha current single The Power Of One, which we these big haired bomshels will support dedicated to the Soldiers. All of the sudden, them. We will continue to be there to bring it began to rain. The most beautiful rain music to their hearts as our small gesture of we had ever seen. It fell gracefully from the thanks for the enormous sacriﬁce they are sky and nobody ever considered running making for us. These men were handsome, for cover. Everyone was drenched but we ohhhh, were They handsome...courageous and...did I just sang louder and the Soldiers cheered as if they had been thirsty for weeks. (which say handsome? Living in a day and age where they very well might have been....) It was it is hard pressed to ﬁnd a man that will still somehow sacred, and symbolically uniﬁed open the car door for a lady, it was refreshing us all. It was a reminder that we are in this to hear, “Thank you so very much, ma’am.” together. We hoped that at that moment, Yes, chivalry does still exist. At least at the the Soldiers realized that we didn’t care Fort Benning military base. And to all of that our make-up was running down our the United States Soldiers, service men and faces and our once perfectly placed high women, we thank you. hair resembled that of sheep dogs after a bath. The show concluded and we set up a Performance schedule: booth where we would sign autographs and Catch the remaining shows of the dynamic countrymeet the Soldiers. The rain subsided, but duo “Bomshel”. Known for the hits songs “Bomshel the emotion of that magical moment was Stomp” and “Power of One”, the lively singers are replaced with the humbling opportunity of sure to please. looking into the eyes of these remarkable Oct. 26, Yongsan, Collier Field House, 7p.m. young men. It is impossible to express in Oct. 27, Cp. Casey, Hanson Field House, 7p.m. words all that we saw in their eyes. In the Oct. 28, Cp. Walker, Gym, 7p.m.
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Home for the holidays MWR has teamed up with U.S. Airline Alliance to give one winner a chance to make it home for the holidays. MWR organizes the program annually to show Soldiers and Civilians stationed in Korea their appreciation. The winner will be announced at the USAG Humphreys Spooky Hollow Oct. 31. You do not have to be present to win. For information call DSN 723-3730. Bomshel Concert All performances are open to ID card holders and are free of charge. For more information, contact your local MWR Entertainment Ofﬁce or DSN 723-3749. Schedule for performances in Korea: 7p.m.; Oct. 26 Yongsan Garrison, Collier Field House, 7p.m. ; Oct. 27 Camp Casey, Hanson Field House, 7p.m. ; Oct. 28 Camp Walker, Gym, 7p.m. $30,000 High School Scholarship High school students have the opportunity to compete in the annual audio essay competition and win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of other awards. Students compete by writing and then recording a three-to-ﬁve minute audio essay expressing their views of this year’s theme “My Role in Honoring America’s Veterans”. For more information, contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post # 8180 at [email protected]
Student Savings Bond Students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars in U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference. Students are invited to write a 300-400word essay on this year’s theme: “Why I am an American Patriot”. Deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. For more information, contact the local VFW Post # 8180 at [email protected]
Calling All Photographers Submissions for the All Army Digital Photography Contest mey be submitted through Nov. 30. The 2007 theme is Army Values. The contest is entirely web-based. To enter, ﬁll out the application (PhotoApp). Log onto https://artscrfts.fmwrc.army.mil to submit your entry. An AKO account is required to verify eligibiility. For more information, contact your local arts and crafts center or call DSN: 723-8510. Recruit the Recruiter Brieﬁng Schedule: Camp Casey – Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., Casey Theater; Camp Red Cloud – Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., Red Cloud Theater; Camp Humphreys – Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., Theater; K16 – Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., Community Activities Center; Yongsan – Nov. 6 at 1 p.m., 18th MEDCOM Hospital; Yongsan – Nov. 7 at 1 p.m., ACS Bldg. 4106 For more information, contact Sgt. First Class Gott at [email protected]
AAFES Disney Sweepstakes Now through Dec. 24, exchange shoppers can enter to win the “Disney Sweepstakes” at BX/PX locations worldwide. No purchase is necessary to enter and entrants do not have to be present to win. The only requirement to enter is a military identiﬁcation card authorizing contestants to shop at AAFES (see entry forms for complete details). The “Disney Sweepstakes” drawing will take place in February 2008.
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10 K Roadrace 72 participants ran Oct. 20. Intramural Soccer Tourney 8th Army 5 USAGY 0 Both teams will compete in the Eighth Army Tournament at Camp Carroll Upcoming Events: 5K Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at Collier Field House USAGY Intramural Flag Football Tournament Oct. 26-28 at Lombardo Field Preseason Men’s and Women’s Post Level Basketball Tourney 2-4 Nov. at Collier Field House USAGY Postseason Fall Softball Tourney Nov. 3-4 at the 4 Plex –USAG-RC– Tae Kwon Do Championships Blue/Below Heavyweight Semi-Final: Spc. Matthew Russell Black Middleweight Semi-Final: PV2 Yeo, Jin Ho Blue/Below: Lightweight Final: Spc. Kyle Jenschke Blue/Below Middleweight Final: Cpt. Arthur Rutnarak Blue/Below Super Heavyweight Final: PV2 Robert Gott Red/Brown Middleweight Final: Sgt. Zeus Inocencio Red/Brown Exhibition: SSgt. Caspar Savang Red/Brown Heavyweight Final: Sgt. 1st Class James Mathis Red/Brown Super Heavyweight Final: Baldemar Hernandez Black Lightweight Final: PV2 Lee, Sang Min Black Super Heavyweight Final: Pfc. Erik Strecker Blue/Below Heavyweight Final: Spc. Matthew Russell Black Middleweight Final: PV2 Yeo, Jin Ho Warrior Country Wrestling Champonship Class: 152 lbs 167 lbs 182 lbs 187 lbs 213 lbs 275 lbs Champ: Pfc. Ryan Padilla Spc. Roderick Walker SSgt. Jeffery Duncan 2 Lt. Anthony Dunkin Pfc. Christopher Reid 2 Lt. James Hollis
OCTOBER 26, 2007
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OCTOBER 26, 2007
AREA III Humphreys Transformation Continues: New $17 million barracks open on MP Hill
by Andre Butler USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Oﬃcials at USAG Humphreys held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new barracks on MP Hill Oct. 19. This new facility, which took two years to construct, is part of the transformation taking place at Humphreys and is worth $17 million. “We are very impressed with the facility and its design,” said Lt. Col. Mike Neaverth, U.S. Corps of Engineers Far East District, deputy commander. “This is all part of our dedication to upgrading our Soldier’s quality of life,” he said. “More importantly, it is a tribute to our collective resolve to the future to provide the best for all those Soldiers who are yet to come to Korea.” The building is one of many new projects that are scheduled to open this fall and winter at USAG Humphreys. The new structure provides Soldiers with a variety of elements that do not exist in the older facilities. “Today is especially great because we’re opening a new home for our Soldiers here on MP Hill -- what a home it is,” said Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr, USAG Humphreys commander. “As you go through it, after this ceremony, take time to look at the thoughtful touches that were added to make the lives of our Soldiers better,” he said. Dumoulin said the new facility oﬀers Soldiers a mud room where they can clean off their field gear after returning from training exercises. The barracks also have a lot more washers and dryers and a community kitchen on each ﬂoor. All rooms are fully furnished with beds, dressers, desks, microwaves and refrigerators. “It’s a really nice building,” said Spc. Charlotte Reyes, the Training NCO for 602nd Aviation Support Battalion and a resident of the new facility.” Everything is better here,” she said. “The rooms are bigger and we have more living space overall.” The distance in relation to Soldier’s living quarters and working areas was also a consideration when developing the USAG Humphreys Transformation Master Plan. The idea is to design facilities that are within walking distance from the Soldier’s jobs. “Right now, I live about 15 or 20 minutes from work -- depending on the bus schedule and traﬃc,” Reyes said. “But now my job is a 15 to 20 yard
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walk.” “This is an outstanding state of the art facility,” said 1st Sgt. Elvin Thompson, Company C, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion ﬁrst sergeant. “We are taking care of our Soldiers the way they should be,” he said. “They deserve it.” Thompson said, “if you give a Soldier a good place to eat and sleep their morale will go up.” “Mail is another important factor,” he said. “You want an outstanding facility to go with outstanding Soldiers,” Thompson said. Dumoulin agrees with the 602nd ﬁrst sergeant. “This is what ‘World-Class Customer Service’ is all about -- providing the best possible quality of life to all who live, work and play at [USAG Humphreys],” said Dumoulin.
Community Alert: Hot Water Outages
USAG Humphreys – There are hot water outages scheduled for residents in the 700 Area Buildings for October and November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 29, 2007 Zone I – 744, 755
As seen above, the new barracks are only feet away from 602nd Aviation Support Battalion. (right) Spc. Charlotte Reyes, Training NCO for Company A, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, pose for a photo in her new room on MP Hill at USAG Humphreys. The barracks have eight ﬂoors and 332 Soldier’s rooms and 464 total rooms. — U.S. Army Photos By Andre Butler.
Nov. 2, 2007 Zone II – 745, 746, 747, 748, 750, 751, 752 Nov. 8, 2007 Zone II – 746, 747, 752 Nov. 16, 2007 Zone III – 749, 756, 758, 759, 760
USAG Humphreys adds bollards as part of barrier’s plan
by Andre Butler USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Recently, members of the USAG-Humphreys force protection team spearheaded a $255,000 project to install 1000 bollards that would provide security and safety zones throughout post. The project is part of Humphreys’ barrier plan established to fulﬁll a Department of Defense requirement for certain areas to have standoﬀ distance from roads and parking areas. “Historically, the barrier plan would require the use of thousands of yellow and black jersey barriers to accomplish what is required by the DoD standard,” said Jeﬀery M. Thomas, USAG Security Division chief. “The main reason we chose this particular bollard is because of its protective capabilities,” said Jeﬀerson. However, the bollards aren’t the ﬁnal resolution for these safeguards. “These bollards are intended to be an interim measure of protecting the USAG Humphreys population,” said Edmond F. Teague, USAG Humphreys Force Protection coordinator. “As the installation transforms and we continue renovating the existing portions of USAG Humphreys, the bollards will be replaced with [natural landscaping] in the future.” Teague said. Teague also said this plays a very important role in making USAG Humphreys a safe and great place to work, live and play. “Installation Management Command Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, has stated that our number one priority on IMCOM installations is protecting the population,” said Teague. “USAG Humphreys takes that mission very seriously, and has the best antiterrorism program in IMCOM,” he said. “Having an eﬀective barrier plan allows us to meet Lt. Gen. Wilson’s intent as well as provide a safe environment for our community.” Teague continued, “this is all part of USAG Humphreys efforts to provide ‘World-Class Customer Service,’” the motto set forth by Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander.
Humphreys placed bollards as part of barrier plan. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Im, Suk-chun.
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News & Notes
USAG Humphreys Road Closure A section of Freedom Road will be closed from Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. through 5 a.m., Oct. 29, 2007. The section running from the curve prior to the quarry gate to the beginning of Perimeter Road will be shut down for repaving. There will be no vehicle trafﬁc access through quarry gate during this time. Pedestrians may still use quarry gate. Additional USAG Humphreys Road Closure A section of Perimeter Road will be closed from Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. through 5 a.m., Dec. 18, 2007.The section running from the curved intersection from Bldg. S-2055 to Bldg. S-1016 will be shut down for repaving. For more information contact Andre Penon at 753-6671. CDC Teacher Needed Child and Youth Services, Child Development Center is currently looking for a qualiﬁed teacher to teach brand new PreKindergarten class, ages 4-5. Hours will be from 8 a.m - 5 p.m with classroom hours being 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Salary is $13.12$15.69 per hour. Great beneﬁts package, including medical, dental, 401K and COLA. Qualiﬁcations: Possess and maintain one of the following: Child Development Associate, Army School Age Credential (Boys and Girls of Club America) or Army Practicum, Possess AA degree with major emphasis in childcare. Preferred: Possess BA/BS degree with a major emphasis on ECE, Elementary Education, Child Development, Home Economics or Special Education. Oktober, Fall Festival USAG Humphreys will hold Oktober and Fall Festival activities behind the USO. The event will be Oct. 27 starting at Noon. There will be food, games, a pumpkin patch, photos, face painitng and tons of fun for the children. USO wants you to come out and enjoy this year’s celebration. Virtues Volunteers needed at the USO Korea The Virtues English Program allows active-duty service members to volunteer two Saturdays per month (second and forth Saturday). Being a volunteer for the Virtues English classes will help to satisfy your Good Neighbor Program requirement. For more information, call Mi-Hwa and Minna at 724-7781 DSN. Industry Certiﬁcation Offered USAG Humphreys is the latest location available to administer required industry certiﬁcation. There are tests offered for IT, HR, and many other skills. The testing center is located at the Area III DOIM in Bldg. 1272, Room 112. The center will be available for testing M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule an exam call 754-3608. U.S. Army Reservists Wanted The 343rd Support Center, USAG Humphreys, is seeking Soldiers interested in continuing to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. Train one weekend a month and 14 days in the summer and continue to receive many of the beneﬁts of serving on active duty. Contact Richard Scott, 753-8634, [email protected]
for additional information. Please send us Stories and Photos To submit info for publishing in The Morning Calm Weekly, USAG Humphreys common pages, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598. Or e-mail [email protected]
HAES students celebrate history
Local school kids honor patriots
by Diane Hobler HAES Librarian HUMPHREYS GARRISON — If you visited Humphreys American Elementary School’s sixth grade class last week, you might have bumped into Muhammad Ali, observed President Thomas Jeﬀerson chatting with Rosa Parks or seen Mary Cassatt discussing art with Betsy Ross and Sir Isaac Newton. Have our sixth graders perfected a time machine? No. But they have transformed themselves into historical ﬁgures as part of a literature study focused on biographies and autobiographies. To prepare for their performances, each student selected and read a biography or autobiography of a famous person and wrote a report. Students also prepared costumes, brought props or created posters related to their person. Sixth grade teacher Buddy Leavitt was pleased with the variety of important individuals the students chose including politicians, authors, social activists, athletes, explorers, aviators, scientists, actors and inventors. Leavitt organized this project so that these historical figures became not just names and facts written in a book, but living, dynamic individuals the students could relate to and be inspired by. Although students were initially nervous about presenting to an audience, their big smiles afterwards revealed how much they enjoyed sharing their knowledge and talents
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(above) President and Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt (aka Alex Brink) explains his importance in American history. (upper right) Mia Hamm (aka Sydney Salter) explains how her many successes on the soccer ﬁeld have helped promote women’s sports and inspire girls and young women to aim for and achieve high goals. (below) Seamstress and Patriot Betsy Ross, Impressionist Artist Mary Cassatt, Inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright and Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart are some of America’s favorites. (from left to right in order of the above named individuals) Hope McMahan, Patricia Keglovitz, Thomas Bain, Matthew Collins and Nicole Mug- While waiting to give their presentations, two nano) pose for a photo before their presenta- important Native American women, Guide tions. — Photos By Diane Hobler. and Explorer Sacagawea (aka Kayla Pickett) and Jamestown Settlement’s friend and with the HAES community. Teachers, parents and students also enjoyed supporter, Pocahontas (aka Ella Labarrete) relaxed together. What an interesting converlearning from these presentations. sation they must have had. Keep up the great work sixth graders.
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Area III, USAG Humphreys sports shots
The Eighth United States Army Taekwondo Championship was held Oct. 13 at the Humphreys Gym. A total of 16 people participated. — U.S. Army Photo By Candace Godfrey.
The action was hot and heavy at the Humphreys Flag Football Championships Oct. 20-21, as eight teams fought for positions in Area III Tournament. — U.S. Army Photo By Mike Mooney. USAG Humphreys Commander Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr., takes the ball to the hoop during a U.S./ROK Friendship B-Ball Tournament Oct. 18.— U.S. Army Photo By Andre Butler.
NSPS to take affect November for non-bargaining unit
by Thomas J. Mulvihill USAG-H Civil Personnel Ofﬁce HUMPHREYS GARRISON —The majority of nonbargaining unit personnel will fall under the new National Security Personnel Systems starting Nov.11. However, there is some buzz about how the Performance Management Cycle works. The NSPS PMC has ﬁve phases. Take a look at the following phases to see how or if they will aﬀect you. Phase I -- Planning. This is when the employee and supervisor will identify performance expectations. The performance expectations are captured in job objectives. This phase also captures developmental needs. Phase II -- Monitoring. This phase will be ongoing and continues throughout the year. This is where faceto-face dialogue is needed between the supervisor and employee. Employee based issues are discussed. If necessary, performance deﬁciencies and necessary actions to correct them are discussed. Phase III -- Developing. This is where the employee’s development opportunities are discussed. This particular process will also help reinforce strengths and correct weaknesses. Phase IV -- Rating. This is where the supervisor makes an assessment of the employee’s performance as related to the job objectives. The recommendation following the assessment is then sent to a pay pool panel for consideration. Phase V – Rewarding. This is governed by the pay pool process. At the end of the pay pool process, the pay pool manager approves the ratings and payout and informs the supervisor of the ﬁnal decision. The supervisor then communicates and explains the decision to the employee. NSPS Conversations: NSPS requires that supervisors and employees participate in several performance conversations over the course of the rating cycle. A performance plan conversation is the starting point for continuing dialogue. It is the foundation upon which to build your work relationship and prevent surprises at the end of the rating cycle. The interim review conversation is to check the employee’s progress toward achieving his or her objectives. This is also the time for second line supervisors to monitor how the supervisors who report to them are doing with their supervisory responsibilities. The end of cycle review conversation will occur in October of each year following the conclusion of the previous rating cycle. The annual appraisal conversation will occur in November or December of each year following the conclusion of the pay pool process.
Pfc. Sean Gonka, an Apache mechanic with 1st Battalion 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade got his pitch and drove the ball deep during one of the Korean-American softball games at Soldier’s Field Oct. 13. — U.S. Army Photo By Bob McElroy.
Carlo Cagaoan, 51st Maintenance Co., 1/7th Air Defense Artillery, Suwon Air Base, strains with effort on his way to the Men’s 148-pound Class title in the Eighth Army Power Lifting Championships Oct. 6. — U.S. Army Photos By Mike Mooney. (right) Nathan Haag and Doo-Wan Ham of Wonju’s CSCT #1 intramural soccer team have a Suwon player boxed in action at Area III Soccer Championships Oct 21.
Maj. Gen. Michael Kuehr of Eighth United States Army discussed the upcoming changes to the civilian personnel system under the new National Security Personnel System during his September visit to United States Army Garrison Humphreys. The new system will take affect Nov. 11. The target audience for implementation is non-bargaining unit personnel. — U.S. Army Photo By Bob McElroy.
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Daegu American School students help make difference in ﬁght against drugs
Kiki opted to stay straight, working his way through college and earning a degree in criminal justice. Following stints in the Marines and the police force, Kiki joined the DEA in 1974 and asked to be transferred to Guadalajara, Mexico, the center of the traﬃcking empire. While investigating a multi-billion dollar drug scam, he conﬁscated thousand of pounds of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. He suspected the drug scam involved oﬃcers in the Mexican army, police and government. Kiki was a believer that one person can make a diﬀerence and he sacriﬁced his life to prevent drugs from entering the United States. It was the best way he knew how to stop drugs and to help people he cared about. His mother, concerned about dangers inherent in his job, tried to talk him out of it. “I can’t not do this,” he told her. “I’m only one person, but I want to make a diﬀerence.” In early 1985, the DEA sent Kiki to work undercover in Mexico. For weeks he lived among the drug cartel, gathering information and evidence. He was ready to wrap up his assignment when his identity was discovered. It was February 7, 1985,
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(From left) Beth Farr and Catherine Bernhardt, both Daegu American School seventh graders, thoughtfully draw pictures Oct. 18 in support of Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign to educate communities on the dangers of illegal drugs. U.S. Army Photo By Park Hye-ji by USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER –National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually Oct. 23-31, and is dedicated to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, who exposed drug dealers in Mexico, and to all of the people who have been wrongfully killed due to the violence of drugs. To honor Camarena’s memory, and to show that they would continue his ﬁght against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors wore red badges of satin. Parents who had come together in local coalitions to ﬁght the drug problem took Kiki as their model, embracing the belief that one person can make a diﬀerence, and adopting his symbol-the red ribbon--as their own. Students in Jacqueline Bishop’s art class at Daegu American School did their part to ﬁght against illegal drugs and educate the community by creating their own powerful messages on the dangers of drugs, which were then displayed at the commissary Oct. 19-26 for visitors to see. “We draw these pictures to show adults and other people that we’re saying we don’t want you to be on drugs, and if possible, we can stop their abusing drugs,” said seventh grade student Nathanial Descavage. “Putting them in the commissary, adults will see them more often and hopefully more people will see them and decide to stop. If you use drugs, the more you use them, the more you’re going to get addicted, and at one point, there’s no turning back. You’re just stuck on drugs and eventually it will destroy your body and kill you.” Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service Counselor Young, Hee Yoo directed and coordinated all aspects of the Red Ribbon Week campaign at USAG Daegu, according to USAG Daegu Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Jim Kaderabek. Growing up in a dirt-ﬂoored house in Mexico, Enrique (Kiki) Camarena wanted to make a diﬀerence. When he was little, he begged his mother for a toy gun. “I need a gun,” he said, “because I’m going to be a policeman when I grow up.” At nine, Kiki moved with his family to the United States to pick fruit. After excelling in high school, Kiki faced a critical turning point. His friends were headed for trouble, and he had to decide whether he wanted to follow them into a life of crime and drugs. The deeply engrained desire to make a diﬀerence won out, and
at 2 p.m. on a warm winter afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, when Camarena locked his badge and revolver in his desk drawer and left to meet his wife for lunch. He unsuspectingly crossed the street to his pickup truck. While unlocking the doors to his vehicle, he was grabbed by ﬁve men who shoved him into a beige Volkswagen. One month later, his body was discovered in a shallow grave. Kiki and his informant, Alfredo Zavala Avelar, were savagely and grotesquely murdered. Since then, millions of Americans have gotten involved in, and been touched by the Red Ribbon Campaign eﬀorts. No other single drug prevention movement has had such an impact on so many lives. When asked what she wanted people to think when they saw her drawing, seventh grade student Emily Smith replied, “I want them to stop and think about what they are doing, so next time they won’t do it anymore. That’s the whole purpose of doing this, is to make people actually think about it.” The students’ creations will also be on display at the Camp Walker PX from Oct. 26 – Nov. 2.
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Hispanic foods, culture entice luncheon audience
CAMP HENRY – Hispanic Americans have strengthened America and contributed to the spirit of America. National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sep. 15 – Oct. 15, was an opportunity to honor these contributions and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of the Hispanic-American community. As a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the United States Army Garrison Daegu Equal Opportunity Oﬃce sponsored a luncheon at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker Oct. 12.“Hispanic Americans have helped establish America as a place of freedom and opportunity,” said Master Sgt. John Gough, USAG Daegu EO Advisor, in his proclamation reading. “Their contributions have illustrated what is best about America. Their hard work, love of country, and deep commitment to faith and family have shaped the character of our country and helped preserve the values we all cherish. By sharing their vibrant culture and heritage, Hispanic-Americans have also enriched the American experience and helped deﬁne the unique fabric of our Nation.”After the proclamation reading, Sgt. 1st Class Jeniﬀer D. Maldonado read a poem entitled ‘Cuartos’, which means rooms in Spanish. The poem was a panoramic picture of life in a Panamanian neighborhood. Chaplain (Col.) Reinaldo Velez, IMCOM-Korea Staﬀ Chaplain, participated as a guest speaker. After the events were over, participants enjoyed Hispanic foods. Featured dishes included burritos, chicken en chilada, nachos, Spanish rice and Mexican corn. “Chicken en chilada was the best taste for me,” said Pvt. Lee Se-chan, USAG Daegu. “It was a new experience for me and if there is another opportunity to taste Hispanic foods, I want to try again.” Participants at the National Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon Oct. 12 at Camp Walker’s Evergreen Community Club, sampled Hispanic culture, mingled and ate Hispanic food .— U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
The Red Ribbon Week pictures drawn by Daegu American School students are displayed on the wall of Daegu’s Commissary on Camp Walker. U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
Mothers and their sons play Jang-gu (Korean traditional instruments) at a booth for traditional Korean amusements. U.S. Army Photos by Park Hye-ji by Park Hye-ji USAG Daegu Public Affairs
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News & Notes
American Red Cross American Red Cross holds health and safety classes teaching ﬁrst aid, adult, infant and child CPR for the workplace, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Red Cross ofﬁce (Bldg. T-1425 on Camp Henry). The cost is $35. For information and registration, call at 768-7993. A+ Class There will be an A+ Class Nov. 26 – 30 at the United States Army Garrison Daegu Information Center. This course is open to Army Personnel, DA and KGS Civilians working in the IT/IA ﬁeld. For information or registration, call Mr. Leo Kelley at 7645069. Halloween Costume Party Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Soldiers (BOSS) holds a Halloween Costume Party at 8 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Hilltop Club on Camp Walker. There will be several kinds of foods, a rafﬂe, door prizes and prizes for the best costume. For information, call Sgt. Eboni Whitﬁeld at 764-4426. Emergency Placement Care Provider The USAG Daegu community is in need of EPC Providers, previously known as Foster Care families. Get more information on becoming certified by contacting the Family Advocacy EPC Program. For information, call Tiana Marratta at 7688090. Courageous Channel 07-2 Courageous Channel 07-2 exercises registration and evacuation of DoD affiliated noncombatants. It is mandatory for all DoD affiliated noncombatants to participate. The processing times for Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker and Old Gym for Camp Carroll are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Nov. 16 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Nov. 17. Additionally, the time for Robinson Center on Chinhae Naval Base is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Nov. 15. For information, call Capt. Schab at 765-4969, Master Sgt. Lutte at 768-8333 or Master Sgt. Collins at 768-8794. Book Fair Daegu American School Parent Teacher Organization sponsors the Book Fair Nov. 5 – 9 at Daegu American School Library. The times are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Nov. 5 – 8 and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Nov. 9. For information, call Ms. Allen at 053-470-9531, Kelly Gemin at 010-8671-7042, or Crystal Park at 010-5846-0143. Maximum Speed Limit Reduction Effective Nov. 5, the maximum speed limit will change on designated roads at Camp Henry and Camp Walker during physical fitness training, which is normally conducted from 5:30 – 7:30 a.m., Monday – Friday, the maximum speed limit will be 25KPH. Signs are currently being posted to alert all drivers to the speed reduction. The speed reduction is being made in the interest of safety for the Soldiers who use the roadway to conduct daily fitness training. Drivers are reminded that the speed limit must be reduced further to 15KPH, when passing troop formations on the roadway. Violators will be stopped and cited by military police as necessary. For information, call Mr. Lowe at 764-4167.
Pvt. Lee Jung-joo, assigned to United States Army Garrison Daegu’s command group, aims at a simulated target on the screen at Camp Henry’s Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) building Oct. 19. USAG Daegu Soldiers regulary execute Engagement Skills Training (EST), which is pre-shoot training taken before their actual marksmanship test grade is recorded. U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
Suggestions which can save time, money, man-hours mean cash awards
by Gail RodriquezRoman USAG Daegu Plans, Analysis and Integration The Army Suggestion Program (https:// armysuggestions.army.mil) is an incentive program which encourages Soldiers and civilians within the Department of the Army to submit suggestions that if adopted, will result in increased eﬃciencies and reduced costs for the U. S. Army. Customers are required to have an Army Knowledge Online (AKO) to access the Web site. The new Web site also allows supervisors to nominate a suggestor for recognition as the top suggestor of the year in Soldier and DA civilian categories during the annual Secretary of the Army Awards ceremony. The purpose of the suggestion program is to seek ideas that improve work methods, materials, processes, equipment, logistics, utilities or tolls that will beneﬁt the Army. Suggestions that save the Army money are often eligible for a cash award. The more money saved, the larger the potential award. The suggestion must present a problem or situation, propose a solution and state the beneﬁt to the U. S. government. Ideas adopted by the Army can mean extra cash in your pocket. The ASP can pay soldiers and civilians up to $25,000 for ideas to improve business practices. An idea to recycle shipping materials netted a Korean national employee from Camp Carroll a $4,700 cash award in 2000. The proposal called for the 16th Medical Logistics Battalion shipping section to coordinate the pickup of boxes and palettes it uses to ship medical supplies to units throughout the peninsula. Prior to his suggestion, customers didn’t return the shipping materials. In 1999, the same year the idea was received, MEDLOG spent $462,273 to purchase new shipping materials. His proposal eliminated the need for the battalion to annually purchase shipping materials. The idea was adopted by the 8th Army, which granted a $4,200 award, then forwarded it to the U. S. Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, Va. The AMC Logistics Activity added an additional $500 to the award. There is no time limitation for the submission of ideas to the ASP. Eligibility is limited to Army community members, including Korean employees and others concerned with the welfare of the Army. Soldiers deployed around the globe with Internet access have the opportunity to submit their good ideas online. To submit your suggestion, go to the ASP Web site at https://armysuggestions.army.mil. We are interested in suggestions or ideas from Soldiers and civilians who “Live, Work, Serve and Train” at USAG-Daegu. The ASP is used to improve how the Army does business and reward people who contribute their creativity to making the Army better. Before you submit your ideas or suggestions please follow these ASP submission tips: Think creatively. Do you see operations that can be streamlined? Are jobs done unnecessarily? Is there a procedure you must follow that doesn’t make sense or is outdated? Are records or actions duplicated in two or more oﬃces? Just because a problem seems obvious doesn’t mean someone has submitted a suggestion about it. Try to think of two ways to improve the process or solve the problem, then submit the better idea. Clearly state the current practice, method, procedure, task, directive, or policy aﬀected and how the present practice is eﬃcient. Explain your idea with enough details and facts to fully explain the problem and your proposed solution. Be thorough and provide statistics or documentation. “Sell” your idea! Include a statement of known or estimated beneﬁts, such as dollars or time saved. The more you explain how your idea beneﬁts the Army, the better chance your idea has of being adopted. Attach samples, drawings, or other documents that will help explain the problem and your solution. This helps the evaluator to better understand your suggestion and to make his or her job easier. Attachments can make the diﬀerence between an adopted and non-adopted suggestion. For more information or to submit an idea, Army community members should contact their respective Army Suggestion Program Coordinators: Area I (732-8127); Area II (738-5284); Area III (754-0014); Area IV (768-7070).
- Children should go our during daylight hours only unless accompanied by an adult. - Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. - Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and ﬁelds. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don’t go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas. - Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless accompanied by an adult. - Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with them. - Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring it home to be examined by you. - Make sure your child carries a ﬂashlight, glow stick or has reﬂective tape on his or her costume to make them more visible to cars. - Let them know to stay together if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
USAG Daegu civilians train for emergencies
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER – Department of the Army, Emergency Essential and Mission Essential Civilians learned to survive under adverse conditions during annual survival training Oct. 22 at the Kelly Gym on Camp Walker and Oct. 23 at the Camp Carroll Gym. Emergency Essential Civilians are U.S. civilians, while Mission Essential Civilians are Korean civilians. “This training is to familiarize and train the EEC/MEC in the use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) equipment and basic first aid,” said Dean M. Wilson, USAG Daegu CBRNE Specialist. “Both EEC/ MEC are Civilians who agree to continue to work in the Republic of Korea to support the U.S. Army in the event of hostilities. The classes give Civilians knowledge they must have before they deploy, because they are considered already deployed in Korea.” O n e U . S . a n d f o u r K AT U S A Soldiers participated in this training as instructors and trained the Civilians with 10 subjects including ‘Protect yourself from Nuclear’, ‘Biological and Chemical (NBC) injury/contamination w i t h Mi s s i o n - Or i e n t e d Pro t e c t i ve Posture (MOPP)’, ‘Protect yourself from chemical, biological contamination using your Assigned Protective Mask (APM)’, ‘Decontamination yourself and individual equipment using chemical decontaminating kits’, ‘Maintain your APM’, ‘Detect chemical agents using M8 or M9 detector paper’, ‘Perform ﬁrst aid to prevent or control shock’, ‘Perform mouth to mouth resuscitation’, ‘React to nuclear hazard attack’, ‘React to chemical or biological hazard’ and ‘Evaluate a casualty.’ “This training is conducted to remind civilians of how prepare for and react to a CBRN emergency,” said instructor Cpl. Kim Hong-joong, USAG Daegu. “I’m trying to teach as eﬃciently as I can and I want to be helpful to them in case of any emergencies.” “It was a good time not only for the civilians, but also for me because the class reminded me of what I learned when I was in basic training,” said instructor Pfc. Ki Ho-keun, USAG Daegu. “I felt again that I’m a Soldier through this time.” “It was realistic combat survival training focused on the survival of the war ﬁghter,” said USAG Daegu Information Management Officer Matthew R. McLaughlin. “The instructors were very knowledgeable and professional.” Staff Sgt. Jerome Yearby, USAG Daegu, NBC NCOIC, instructs U.S. Civilians on the proper maintenance of their assigned protective masks Oct. 22 at Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym. The training was also conducted at Camp Carroll’s Gym Oct. 23. U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
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KATUSA teaches Korean language to Americans
by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – When it comes to learning a foreign language, there is no shortcut. Learning a new language, whether it is your second or your tenth, can be very tough, especially when that language comes from a totally diﬀerent culture from your own. Once learned however, one can truly open up to a culture and experience the very essence of that country. Cpl. Kim Joo-won, Camp Carroll Vehicle Registration Oﬃce, United States Army Garrison Daegu, has been helping Daegu enclave Soldiers and civilians to learn to speak the language of the country that they are living in. Kim began his fourth cycle of “Korean Class” at Camp Carroll Army Community Services, Sept. 12. Kim had been teaching his ﬁrst cycle students since April when he was a private who just got assigned to the unit. He did not get much support or participation then. “This cycle it’s diﬀerent,” said Kim. “ACS is putting in much support and there is more participation from the Soldiers as well.” The class has grown significantly in size. A total of 8 US Soldiers and civilians have signed up which is more than twice compared to the past cycles. Currently, the curricula changed from a 5 week long course teaching basic Korean skills, into conversational Korean course. “While living in Korea, I really want to have a chance to learn the local language,” said Corinne Vail, Daegu American School teacher. “So this class gives me the opportunity to connect to the local people. We are learning not only language, but we are asking lots of cultural questions.” The lecture was given in a very bright and friendly atmosphere. Kim had brought some hand-outs for the students who, after only two or three classes, were already able to read Hangul at a slow pace. Peggy Bangham, who is also a teacher at Daegu American School, mentioned the advantage of learning Hangul from a KATUSA Soldier. “He has working experience with the Americans. He knows the American system, so he can connect with us more easily as we learn to connect to his culture.” Rebecca Dotson, ESSL Camp Carroll Education Center counselor praised Kim’s teaching capability as a KATUSA Soldier. “The instructor is particularly wonderful because he is at a high comprehension level in English as a KATUSA. He was educated in the United States, and he can tell us all the answers to many questions because he understands us. I am delighted to have him as a teacher.” “Language is a mirror of society which reflects culture, history, thoughts, and values,” said Kim. “Learning Hangul will enable Soldiers and families to discover Korea and make their stay in this country a more meaningful one.” Korean Class takes place every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Camp Carroll’s ACS. For more information, contact Camp Carroll ACS, Roy Grant at 765-8993.
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Spc. Sun, Der Kwei, 501st Sustainment Brigade (right) concentrates during a lecture given by Cpl. Kim, Joo-won, Vehicle Registration Ofﬁce, USAG Daegu. Korean Class at Camp Carroll ACS is held every Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-il
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