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Seoul American High School football scores! Page 18
‘Angel’ runners aim to make wishes come true Page 7
Spot the Student!
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Best Warrior competitors ‘all winners’
Eighth United States Army Soldiers charge through challeges of worldwide competition
Spc. Eric Kocourek, a helicopter repair specialist, with the 2nd Infantry Division, drags a dummy from a simulated detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle during the M-4 range qualification portion of the 2008 Best Warrior Competition on Fort Lee, October 2. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Bleistein
Flu Vaccinations now available
18th MEDCOM announced the FluMIST influenza vaccinations/Flu shot is now available to active-duty military, civilian employees, contractors, adult family members, high-risk patients, pregnant women and children under 2 years old at 1st Replacement Company Medical Readiness Team located in the Yongsan Readiness Center (adults only), and Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (Immunization Clinic/Pediatric Clinic).
By T. Anthony Bell Fort Lee Public Affairs Office The 2008 Department of the Army NCO/ Soldier of the Year Competition began Sept. 28 at Fort Lee, Va., and will conclude this week. In Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed all over the world, U.S. Army Soldiers are employing skills that help deter potential threats and allow commanders to execute successful strategies on the battlefield. Those skills, and a select group of Soldiers
who have sought to perfect them, will take center stage during the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Best Warrior Competition. Twenty-four Soldiers - many who are veterans of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan - will represent 12 different commands from throughout the Army in the competition. They will engage in a week long battle that will test not only their skills in multiple training events, but their
wit, stamina and determination. “There are no losers in this competition; they're all winners,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony T. Aubain, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee command sergeant major and event coordinator. “These Soldiers are the best that we have in the military. It feels good to know that these guys and gals were the top performers in their units and that they were sent here to represent their units. “When we walk with them, it's like walking with heroes.” As in years past, the “heroes” have endured and earned titles at numerous lower-level competitions in order to compete at the DA level. They include a female Soldier, a Special Forces Green Beret and several airborne-qualified contestants. They are of different races and ethnicities, hail from small towns and big cities and represent a diverse range of Army military occupational specialties. Best Warrior is in its seventh year. Two years ago, the competition underwent a makeover to better reflect how the Army trained Soldiers to fight. What was more or less a board competition, one in which Soldiers donned dress uniforms and were questioned by a panel of senior Soldiers, has become something likened to an extensive training experience, one in which Soldiers are honored to compete despite the fact that there can be only two winners. This year's competition featured not only a barrage of panel questions, but a mixed martial arts-style tournament, range events that feature explosions, a cast of role-playing insurgents, the latest weaponry, helicopter evacuations and various other tasks Soldiers routinely practice - all strategically sequenced to create stress, a sense of urgency and a memorable training experience. “We're challenging them with what they may face in the future,” said Aubain. The most significant challenge may be the “Mystery Day”, an event designed to test Soldiers' ability to think on their feet. Visit the Eighth U.S. Army website for the latest news about the Best Warrior competition at http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil
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The Columbus Day holiday is set aside to remember the efforts Remind everyone of the new curfew requirements, to avoid political and contributions of the explorer Christopher Columbus. His gatherings, and to stay vigilant. Ensure they know they should always use “the buddy system” when going off post voyage symbolizes a major turning point and leave a “travel plan” with someone that in the history of civilization. This time is not traveling. off will give everyone time to relax and Our goal is no accidents, no serious enjoy the splendor of the autumn season injuries, and no loss of life over this holiday as we commemorate the discovery of the period. We can achieve this goal if every Americas. member of the USFK Team-Soldiers, Sailors, During this time of rest and relaxation, Airmen, Marines, Civilian Employees, we must not forget our obligation to take Contractors, and Family Members-makes care of our people. Leaders must ensure a commitment to safety. I am convinced that all personnel are aware of the hazards that we can mitigate the risks and save lives they are likel y to face during the holiday by applying the risk management process weekend. I expect first line leaders to engage proactively. Everyone must practice being a their personnel with “Under the Oak Tree good neighbor ad take personal responsibility Counseling” before they depart for the for their safety. I solicit your support, and weekend. As a minimum, they should address that of your chain of command, in making adverse consequences of alcohol abuse, this holiday free from needless accidents and unique hazards associated with driving in Gen. Walter L. Sharp incidents. Korea, the requirement to use seat belts, WALTER L. SHARP Commander We go together! hazards of drinking and driving, and using General, US Army caution in sports and recreational activities. Commander
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Lt. Gen. Stan McChyrstal, left, and Linda Uberti, right, pin on the new rank of Brig. Gen. John Uberti during a promotion ceremony held Oct. 3 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon. Uberti is the Commanding General of the Installation Management Command-Korea Region. McChyrstal is director of the Joint Staff. — U.S. Army photo by Stephen Oertwig IMCOM-K Public Affairs Brigadier Gen. John Uberti, Installation Management Command-Korea Region Commanding General, pinned on his star during a promotion ceremony Oct. 3 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon Washington, D.C. Uberti is currently serving as Commanding General of IMCOM-Korea, Headquartered at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea. Lieutenant Gen. Stan McChyrstal, director of the Joint Staff, and wife Linda Uberti, presented the esteemed brigadier general rank insignia to Uberti. Uberti was promoted to the rank of brigadier general today following his July 15 nomination. Prior to his current position at IMCOM-Korea, he served as commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sill, and most recently as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill. As the Commanding General of IMCOM-Korea, Uberti oversees providing the Army installation capabilities and services to support expeditionary operations in a time of persistent conflict, while ensuring a quality of life for Soldiers & Families commensurate with their service. To view his official biography, visit http://imcom. korea.army.mil. Photos available at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea
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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: Underage Drinking; Resisting Apprehension; Drunk and Disorderly; Subject #1 had a verbal altercation with a female employee at an off-post club and had been disrespectful towards CCP. MP tried to escort Subject #1 out of the club, but he began to flee the scene. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAGStanley PMO. Subject #1 was then transported to the USAG-Stanley TMC where he was treated and released for injuries consisting of lacerations to his head and arm which were sustained during the apprehension. Subject #1 was administered a command directed LBAT, with results pending. At 1300 Hrs, 31 AUG 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Stanley PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. This is a final report. AREA I: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Subject #2 struck Subject #1 in the face with a closed fist while attempting to grab Subject #1’s cellular phone from her possession at the barracks room. While continuing to struggle over the phone, Subject #1 bit Subject #2 on his hand trying to get him to release the phone. Subject #2 then retaliated by biting Subject #1 in the small of her back. While Subject #1 was attempting to leave Subject #2’s room, Subject #2 pushed Subject #1 in the back of her head. Subject #1 and Subject #2 sustained minor injuries, but declined medical attention. Subject #2 was apprehended by MP and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to pushing Subject #1 in the back of her head, but denied striking or biting her. Subject #2 was processed and released to his unit. At 1320 Hrs, 22 SEP 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO where she was advised of her legal rights, which she waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to biting Subject #2 on his hand. Subject #1 was processed and released to her unit. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA II: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer; Obstruction of Justice; Subject #1 and Victim #1 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Victim #1 attempted to strike Subject #1downtown. Subject #1 then struck Victim #1 in the facial area with a closed fist. Subject #1 and Victim #1 were apprehended by KNP and transported to the Gangnam KNP Station where Subject #1 rendered false information. Subject #1 was released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2 and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Subject #1 was further processed and released to his unit. Victim #1 sustained unknown injuries to his facial area and it is unknown if he sought medical attention. Victim #1 was further processed by KNP and released. This is a final report. AREA III: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Subject #1 pushed Subject #2. Subject #2 retaliated by slapping Subject #1 on both sides of her face with an open hand. Subject #1 then pushed Subject #2 again which caused Subject #2 to lose balance, at which time Subject #2 grabbed Subject #1 by her hair. Subject #1 and Subject #2 rendered written Korean statements admitting to the offense. Subject #1 sustained injuries consisting of contusions on the facial and torso. Subject #2 sustained injuries consisting of pain in her lower back. Subject #1 and Subject #2 declined medical attention. KNP was notified but declined jurisdiction. All parties were processed and released on their own recognizance. Investigation continues by MPI.
Drummers perform using traditional Korean precussion instruments during a recent festival. Seoul Forest’s large grass lawns offer a suitable place to foster cultural experiences like this. Most recently, the park hosted a Drum Festival featuring numerous traditional music and dance performances. An outdoor stage in this area is often used to host various public events and concerts year-round. You can take subway line 2 (green line) and get off at Ttukseom Station, go out exit number 8. After about a five-minute walk, you'll find yourself at Seoul Forest. Or, you can also get to Seoul Forest by walking or bicycling across the Hangang River pedestrian bridge. If you stroll along Jungnangcheon Stream connecting north Seoul, you'll find yourself at Seoul Forest at the end of the unique walking course. Seoul Forest is an ecological escape for city-dwellers. The area harbors deer, squirrels, mallards, mandarin ducks, and much more. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea for high-resolution photos of the Seoul Drum Festival in Seoul Forest. — U.S. Army photo by Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Hi Seoul Festival (Thru Oct. 25)
The Hi Seoul Festival has become a seasonal celebration to showcase the fall theme “A City of the Arts.” Following the successes of Spring’s “Gung” (Royal Palaces) and Summer’s Hangang River Festival the opening ceremony for “A City of the Arts” begins Oct. 3 and continues through the 25th. The 23-day festival takes place around Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza, in the streets around Daehangno, as well as several other locations around Seoul. The Fall festival showcases 72 different themes that were held at separate venues in the past. Around the Seoul Plaza and in theatres near Daehangno, “Hi Seoul Autumn Festival Information Centers” have been set up to provide information for tourists and visitors. Promotional packages containing posters and other souvenirs are also available. A variety of cultural and artistic events will be held throughout the 3 weeks. Visit www. hiseoulfest.org Perceval), Performing Women – Medea, Jocasta, Helen (Uzbekistan, Iran, India), and Double Vision (France, choreographed by Carolyn Carlson). There were many side events aside from the main performances including the works of Jerzy Grotowski’s, an Eric Boudet photography workshop, and a series of exclusive conversations with artists. For more information, please visit the festival’s official website. Tickets will be made available two hours prior to each showing at respective theaters. Visit www.spaf21.com total of 60,000 lanterns will burn for two weeks. Visit www.korea.net for more information
Hongdae Shopping District (Seoul)
Osan Air Power Day (Oct. 11-12)
Performing Arts Fest (Thru Oct. 19)
Osan Air Base will host Air Power Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 12. There will be a wide variety of Korean and American high-performance aerial demonstrations, unique ground performances, military equipment static displays, a children’s play area and a wide variety of food and souvenir booths. This year’s Air Power Day commemorates the 51st Fighter Wing 60th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Please visit www.osan.af.mil for more information.
The 2008 Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF 2008) will run through Oct. 19 at the Arko Arts Theater, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Sogang University Mary Hall, and Drama Center. This year will mark the 8th Seoul Performing Arts Festival, featuring the best Korean productions along with famous international productions bringing the total to 38 from 13 different countries under the banner of “Conflict and Harmony - SPAf is SPArk.” The Seoul Performing Arts Festival is receiving high acclaim as Korea’s largest performing arts festival. In 2007, programs included Death of a Salesman (Germany, directed by Luk
Lantern Festival (thru Oct. 12)
They say autumn is the best season to visit Korea. The sky is bluer, the air fresher and festivals even richer. The 2008 Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival is an event that will decorate the night sky with thousands of rainbow-colored lanterns. This year’s festival has the theme “Water, Fire, Light and Our Wishes” and will run through Oct. 12 on the banks of the Namgang River in Jinju, Gyeongsangnamdo (South Gyeongsang Province). Twenty-three thousand lanterns will be hung, containing people’s written wishes and 30,000 lanterns will be floated down the river. There will be an exhibition of some 200 traditional masks from 22 countries and another display of some 3,000 creative lanterns. Overall, a
Hongdae Shopping District features a large selection of fashionable goods and nightlife aimed at fashion-forward folks. Nearby Hongik University campus, a school famed for its fine arts and design programs, brings a youthful, creativitive vibe to the surrounding area. Many stores even feature apparel conceived by the students themselves. Hipsters can take advantage of trendy and original clothes at the endless series of vintage outlets, discount shops and stylish boutiques boasting items that are reasonably priced and very much en vogue. Hongdae remains a great place to spend the day soaking in the entertainment and taking advantage of the deals. The highest concentration of clothing stalls and vintage shops can be found flanked along the main passageway of Eo Ulmadang-gil, a short distance away from Hongik University subway station. Curious eyes will also find quite a nice selection of small boutiques dotting the many side streets in between cozy cafes and decorative, elegant restaurants. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
‘Sweet’ art exhibit (Seoul)
The world’s highest museum has opened at one of Seoul’s most well known landmarks, the Yeouido 63 Building. The 60th floor Sky Deck has been newly remodeled into the ‘63 Sky Art Museum’. In celebration for the museum’s grand opening, an exhibition will run until Nov. 30, featuring the ever-so- popular character, ‘Hello Kitty’. The exhibition will offer a variety of artworks under the banner ‘Seoul / Sky, Sweet, Secret, Soul’. visit www.tour2korea.com
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feces and urine. Other KHF cases likely occurred when dust entered the cab during tracked vehicle traffic. Evaluate activities for dust inhalation potential. Reduce speeds to minimize dust; spread water (5% bleach or Lysol solution to kill the virus) on hard surfaces before cleaning; and mop or wipe with a wet rag instead of sweeping. Medical personnel should ask about field activity two months prior to symptoms since the incubation period can be 40 days. Anyone who was in the field within two months who has fever, red or swollen eyes, facial flushing or swelling, backache, headache, belly or flank pain, nausea and vomiting should be considered a possible KHF case and should seek immediate medical attention. Contact Lt. Col. Jason Pike at jason. [email protected]
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‘Life in Korea’
The Korean Corporate Members of the Association of U.S. Army is sponsoring an essay contest. Essay must be based on the author’s personal experience in Korea. Experiences may be in either the work or social environment. The contest is open to all U.S. Servicemembers,KATUSAs and family members. Essay length must be 1,000 - 2, 000 words. Deadline for entry is Nov. 7. Format must be Word document, double spaced. Prize winners will be announced Dec. 5, with prizes awarded Dec. 12. A brief resume of the author must be enclosed including full name, phone number, unit and mailing address. For more information call 724-3178. E-mail your (MS Word file) essay to: [email protected]
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Recall of White Rabbit Candy because of possible health risk
White Rabbit Creamy Candy is being recalled due to a potential health risk. The White Rabbit Creamy Candy is sold in 8 or 16 oz packages. All other flavors of White Rabbit Candy, including Assorted (Chocolate, Coconut, and Coffee), Red Bean, Coffee, Corn, Lychee, Mango and Strawberry are sold in 7 oz. packages. All packaging has a logo of a white rabbit on the front with the words "White Rabbit". No illnesses associated with this product have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product was contaminated with Melamine. Consumers who have purchased White Rabbit Candy are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard it in their trash. The potential for milk and milk-based products used as an ingredient in products procured by DOD has been identified. At this time, products of concern produced and procured outside the United States appear to be at risk. For more information, visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov/oc/po/ firmrecalls/qfco09_08.html
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First responders train at Casey
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs C A S E Y G A R R I S O N — Mi l i t a r y police and members of the Directorate of Emergency Services participated in an exercise designed to train in antiterrorism and force protection techniques especially focused on Casey garrison Oct. 1. Roger McBryar, USAG-RC DES emergency services, operations specialist, and Capt. Megan Maimone of 2nd Infantry Division Provost Marshal’s Office, produced a scenario for the exercise born out of their collective experience and recent history of jihadists’ tactics. “Today’s exercise is a scenario focused to train our first responders,” McBryar said. “We will have two more exercises which will conclude Oct. 14. Capt. Maimone and I looked at the threats to Army garrisons around the world today and put together this exercise. It includes past experience the Army has with terrorism and focuses on how a terrorist may attack Casey garrison.” To include military police and the fire department in a first response, McBryar and Maimone developed a scenario, which would take place in more than one location. Role players entered both gates one and two at Casey garrison, the gates being approximately a quarter mile apart. At gate one, a Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, Cpl. Jeon, Joo Hwan, playing the role of a jihadist, walks through the gate with a simulated explosive device in his back pack, and a detonator in his pocket. While the scenario is playing out at gate
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one, two more role players, Staff Sgt. John Ogle and Sgt. Ronald Porter, also playing the part of jihadists, drive a van with a simulated explosive device onto the garrison through gate two. They park the van next to grand stands beside Casey garrison’s parade field during a simulated change of command ceremony. Their behavior sparks attention and the garrison MP desk begins getting calls describing the unusual characters; asking assistance to have them investigated and removed. A third part of the scene involves jamming phone lines at the garrison MP desk, McBryar said. “When the MPs close the gates, everyone will want to know why they can not get on post,” McBryar said. “This is not something the terrorists would do, but it simulates a real situation likely to happen when access to the garrison is unexpectedly interrupted.” Jamming the telephone lines also caused confusion and miscommunication making the scenario work as a real world experience, McBryar said. The ability of the role players to improvise, caused everyone to react, respond, control the situation, and added realism to the training. “Although everyone reacted excellently, communications among PMO, patrols, and the fire department, ensured a smooth response, despite jamming and confusion,” McBryar said. “This led to everyone coming to the scene with knowledge of the circumstances.” “Military police and the garrison fire department constantly train in first responders scenarios to be prepared for just such an
Sgt. Ronald Porter (laying down), First Responder role player, breaks out of locked MP vehicle and attempts to escape during First Responder exercises on USAG-Casey Oct. 1. Porter is recaputred and kept under close guard afterwards. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham emergency, the response was excellent. DES wants the community to know we train hard and work hard to ensure our first responders provide a safe environment for the community and can respond to situations successfully without placing anyone in danger.”
Red Cloud and 306th ROK Guard sign agreement
RED CLOUD GARRISON—Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC garrison commander and Col. Lee, Woon Hwa, 306th Guard Regiment, Republic of Korea, signed a Memorandum of Agreement Oct. 2 in the conference room of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security on Red Cloud. The two year agreement outlines mutual logistics support between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea. “We take pride indeed to welcome Col. Lee to join us at Red Cloud,” Jackson said. “We truly support Col. Lee and efforts the 306th Guard Regiment extent to defend our garrison. Signing this memorandum, and our mutual corporation, is a clear sign the partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea is strong. We are proud to share the same mission with the 306th, which is the mission to defend this great nation. I am happy to be the third generation of Jacksons to have that opportunity.” “We are honored to be here for this meaningful day,” Lee said. “If the armistice fails, the 306th Guard Regiment will defend this garrison.” After the signing, Jackson gave Lee his commander’s coin. “I want to say ‘thank you’ Col. Lee,” Jackson said as he put the coin in Lee’s hand. “I look forward to working with you.” — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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News & Notes
Absentee Voting Visitors to the FVAP web site at www.fvap. gov are now able to save their completed Online Federal Post Card Application and Online Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to their computer for future use, using an Adobe Acrobat Reader version of 7.0 or higher. The FVAP can be contacted from the United States at 1-800-438-8663 and from 67 countries using the specific international toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP web site at www.FVAP.gov, Victim Advocate Hot Line USAG-RC Victim Advocate Hot Line is 0119187-2001. Take a stand against domestic violence. Victim Advocate Coordinator USAG-Casey ACS, Building 2603. For more information call 730-3494. Anti-terrorism Exercise Korean employees and Korean contractors be advised only FPCON DELTA Access Pass holders will be permitted on USAGRC, USAG-Casey, Camp Stanley, and Camp Hovey, Oct. 16 due to Anti-terrorism Force Protection exercise. Non essential offices and services must be closed all day Oct. 16. For more information call: 7326107. Daily Mass at USAG-RC Join us for daily Mass 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. Mon-Fri in USAG-RC Warrior Chapel. For more information call 732-6404. NEO now online Participants in this year’s Courageous Channel noncombatant evacuation operation exercise can register on line. Log on to https://new.korea.army.mil. Off-Road RC Car Race Register at your local Community Activity Center for the Off Road RC Car Race. There are two divisions: Buggy Class and Monster Truck Class. Race will be held at K-16 Race Track Oct. 11 from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. For more information call: 7233730. Volunteer Luncheon 2nd Infantry Division/USAG RC Volunteer Luncheon and Recognition Ceremony will be held in the Warrior’s Club on USAGCasey Oct. 22. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call: 732-7314 3rd Annual Black and White Ball Camp Stanley Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers will host the 3rd Annual Black and White Ball in USAG-Casey Warrior’s Club Nov. 8. For more information call: 732-5293. USAG-RC Gas Station Hours USAG-RC gas station will be closed for lunch from 1:30-2:30 p.m. daily. For more information call: 732-7167 Anthony’s Pizza Eating Contest Anthony’s will hold its Pizza Eating Contest Oct. 17 11:30 a.m. in the USAG-Casey Food Court. Grand Prize is $50. For more information call: 732-6263. Become an Inspector General The 8th Army Inspector General has immediate openings for officers and NCOs. For more information call: 725-6739. For more news and notes and up to date information log on to: http://ima.korea. army.mil/area1/sites/local/
Sgt. Jamie Jackson, nutritionist, 18th Medical Command, holds up one pound of fat (left) and one pound of muscle (right) to demonstrate one pound of muscle takes up less space in the body than one pound of fat. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Casey Health Fair highlights health services
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs and emergency fact cards for emergency First Aid. We are always here and available, anyone can call us 24 hours a day at 730CASEY GARRISON—Health care and 3184.” other services available to Soldiers, Civilians Spc. Rachel Martin of the Troop Medical and Family members highlighted Casey Center on USAG-Casey had information garrison’s annual Health Fair Oct. 4 in the about how to detect breast cancer and how USAG-Casey post exchange parking lot. one could give themselves an examination A wide array of health services provided to detect lumps. booths with information such as blood “Breast cancer is important,” Martin said. pressure screening, Women, Infants, and “People should follow up on it and find out Children program, Obstetrics, Stress all they can to detect it early.” Management, Nutrition, Dental Health Kim, Kwang Sop of the USAG-RC safety Awareness, Health Promotion Guidance, office came to the Health Fair to promote Cholesterol Screening, Vision Screening, garrison safety issues. and Immunization Awareness were available “We are promoting vehicle safety, to all attending the including motorcycle fair. safety, job safety “We are in the midst of Domestic where we can give “I am a nutrition care specialist and away some ear plugs Violence and Abuse Prevention I go from camp and safety glasses Month. We are offering Soldiers, for those working to camp teaching Soldiers about in mechanical shops Civilians and Family members n u t r i t i o n ,” s a i d and in jobs requiring a chance to sign a pledge and Spc. Jamie Jackson safety gear,” Kim from 18th Medical said. “People should proudly wear one of our ‘Stop Command. “I have call 732-6087 should Domestic Violence’ pins as a several vials here to they need further show how much fat demonstration of their support for safety information.” is in different kinds “We teach people this month’s observance.” of foods. Some of about oral health,” these vials will show said Tasha Medlock you how much fat of 618 Dental, Dan Silvia, USAG-RC victim is in three ounces of USAG-Casey TMC. advocate and sexual assault beef and some show “We show people the fat in other types the effects of certain prevention coordinator of foods. I also have bad habits, such as two plastic models smokeless tobacco, representing one pound of fat and one smoking, and other habits that damage pound of muscle. These two samples show oral health.” muscle takes less space in the body than “We recommend people quit smoking fat.” and smokeless tobacco,” said Capt. Sheldon Libby Worman, assistant station manager Lu, 618th Dental. “We recommend people for the American Red Cross at USAG-Casey, always brush and floss after eating sugar said she is currently encouraging people to products and after every meal.” sign up to be volunteers for the ARC. Dan Silvia, USAG-RC victim advocate “We need volunteers to help anywhere and sexual assault prevention coordinator, in the area of USAG-RC garrisons and we brought information regarding domestic are hoping to attract people interested in violence. learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, “We are in the midst of Domestic better known as CPR,” Worman said. “We Violence and Abuse Prevention Month,” are giving away water bottles, preparedness Silvia said. “We are offering Soldiers, brochures, tissues, First Aid for children, Civilians and Family members a chance to sign a pledge and proudly wear one of our ‘Stop Domestic Violence’ pins as a demonstration of their support for this month’s observance.” Those pledging to wear the pins would get, in return, some tokens of thanks for supporting the program from the Victim’s Advocate Office, such as neck wallets, caps with the Army Community Service logos, and toys for children. Many health and prevention observances are being held during the month of October, said Cheri Okuda, USAG-RC suicide prevention coordinator. “We have a wide array of suicide prevention materials to give away today,” Okuda said. “These are to help educate and increase the awareness of our Soldiers about suicide prevention. We have a lot of givea-ways such as calling cards, business card holders, and suicide prevention pins.” “The alcohol and substance abuse booth is here to introduce alternative drinks to alcoholic drinks,” said Gloria Prince, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse Control Office prevention coordinator. “We are giving away brochures, tokens, and promotional items to promote our Red Ribbon Week for substance abuse prevention Oct. 20-25.”
Gloria Prince of USAG-RC Alcohol and Drug Control Office holds up a nonalcohol drink as an alternative to drinking alcohol. The ADCO booth was reminding everyone Red Ribbon week will begin Oct. 20-25. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Soldiers and Civilians begin their 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer runs to raise money supporting persons with special needs during the Angel of Wish Marathon held in Dongducheon city stadium Oct. 4. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Soldiers, Civilians, dependants run for Wish
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs DONGDUCHEON—More than 5,000 joggers and runners, including U.S. Soldiers, Civilians and dependants, came together in the Dongducheon stadium Oct. 4 for the third running of the Angel of Wish Marathon. The marathon is held to raise money for special needs children in the Republic of Korea. “Dongducheon City and Dongducheon Lions Club are sponsors of the Angel of Wish marathon this year,” said Kim, Hyong Nam of USAG-Casey Civil Military Operations office.” Participants pay an entrance fee and those monies are donated to organizations providing services to people with special needs. “Money raised from the marathon will fund operations in the Republic of Korea to benefit not only children but also all citizens having special needs,” Kim said. “We are here to support a special event,” said Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAGCasey garrison commander. “This event supports charities in the Republic of Korea and it serves to strengthen our alliance, not only with the ROK but also with the local residents and the Soldiers of USAGCasey.” “This is one of the great annual events we do to support the city of Dongducheon. It is a great way to show our continuing partnership with the ROK allies and locally here to show our strong bonds between the Soldiers of the Casey garrison and the citizens of the city of Dongducheon. It is a great way to fellowship with one another and, of course, a chance to participate in their culture as well.” “I came out to compete and continue to get in shape,” said Spc. Nicolas Gibson, C Company, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion. “It strengthens the morale of our company to come here for this. We are here to support people with special needs in the ROK.” “I came to raise money for the special needs children,” said Spc. James Dowd, also of 302nd BSB. “We found out about the Angel of Wish marathon last night and decided to come out today and support it.
We are running in both the 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer runs.” The Angel of Wish marathon was sponsored by the Korean broadcasting networks when it began in 2006. Since then, the city of Dongducheon picked up the sponsorship and raised public awareness, said Oh, Sea Chang, mayor of Dongducheon. Mayor Oh addressed spectators, declaring the event as one of few in the ROK providing for those with special needs, as he introduced other politicians from other areas who came together with the city of Dongducheon for the event. Two routes were cordoned off in the city; one for 5 kilometer runners and one for 10 kilometer runners.
Soldiers wrestle for titles in championship
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON— Warriors of all sizes and weights gathered in Casey garrison’s Hanson Field House Oct. 4 for the 2008 Warrior Country Wrestling Championship. Pfc. Ryan Wilson, C Company, 304 Signal Battalion, defeated Pfc. Jordan Tyrrell, D Company, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, for the championship in the 139 lb division. Spc. Patrick Rautert, A Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, defeated Pfc. Michael Weinbera, A CO, 302nd BSB, in the 152 lb division. In the 167 lb division, Pfc. Joshua Ashton, A CO, 302nd BSB, defeated Spc. Seth Bolden, 46th Transportation Company. Capturing top prize in the 187 lb division, Staff Sgt. Stacy Sparks, 604th Air Support Operations Battalion, defeated Pfc. David Ruth, A Battery, 1-15th Field Artillery. 1st Lt. Anthony Dunkin, 4-7 Cavalry, defeated Pfc. Robert Alsbrook, E CO, 1-72nd Armor, in the 213 lb division. The 275 lb and the 275 lb + division went uncontested. “I wrestled in high school and college,” said Spc. Patrick Rautert. “My combatants’ training was helpful to me in today’s match. The first time we got together in the ring, I was used to this style of wrestling and stayed defensive. The second time I went on the offensive.” “My strategy was to get in the ring and come up from the beginning, and try to hold on,” said Staff Sgt. Stacy Sparks, of 604th ASOS. “My wrestling training came from my wrestling coach in high school. I did a lot of free-style wrestling back home. I hope the sports directors here can work wrestling around the Army training schedule next time so more Soldiers can participate.” “All participants in today’s championship will be able to compete in the 8th Army Wrestling Championship to be held here in the Carey Fitness Center later this month,” said Jim Williams, sports specialist, USAGRed Cloud.
Staff Sgt. Stacy Sparks, of 604th ASOS, holds Pfc. David Ruth or A Battery, 1-15th Field Artillery down for the count during Warrior Country Wrestling Championship held in Hanson Field House on USAG-Casey. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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exercise. Hall said space on the Garrison is at a premium, but after reviewing usage, the command found the necessary space. “It’s all about the voice of the people,” Hall said to forum attendees. A third construction project that is underway now brings six new playgrounds to Itaewon Acres and Black Hawk Village, said Diane Foster, Yongsan Housing Office. The playgrounds should be finished before the end of the year under a contract awarded Sept. 2. “We are bringing in state-of-the-art playgrounds,” she said. “When the construction is done, you will have nice playgrounds.” In other news at the forum: MP courtesy checks Military police now conduct courtesy checks of homes on Yongsan Garrison and Hannam Village while occupants are on leave, on temporary duty or participating in field exercises. Housing residents need only complete a form at the MP station. Emergency Services Director Ricky Oxendine said MPs will make at least three checks a day, but will not check on pets. “This is something we do can to give back to the community,” Oxendine said. PX overflow parking open An overflow parking lot on the west side of the Main Exchange is now open. The two-level parking lot holds 109 parking spaces. This was part of a summer-long project to add about 250 additional spaces at high-traffic areas around Yongsan Garrison.
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Yongsan may get new family park
Dog exercise area also on design boards; playground work underway
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Yongsan residents may soon enjoy a new family park and an exercise area for dogs under new projects on the drawing boards in the coming months. USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall discussed details of these projects and updates to others during the Sept. 30 Community Information Forum. The new family park would be located on the grounds of the current driving range near Commiskey’s Restaurant on South Post. “The idea is to cut the Golf Driving Range in half and recover the remaining land for a family park,” Hall said. “We’re still very early in the planning stages.” The Garrison is soliciting ideas from community members on how the park should be designed. To submit a suggestion, visit the Garrison Web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil and use the Commander’s Hotline feature. “We plan to include picnic areas, benches and possibly a volleyball court,” said John Ghim, Public Works engineer. The plan also includes a trail path around the park perimeter and a concrete pad for possible ice skating during winter. Ghim said the recreation area will have a parking lot located near X Corps Blvd. Other new construction announced at the forum includes creating a dog exercise area. An old youth soccer field near the Pet Care Center on South Post will be renovated by December, Ghim said. During previous forums, Yongsan residents expressed a need for a fenced-in area where dogs could run free to
Public Works Engineer John Ghim explains the concept of the new family park to attendees at the monthly USAG-Yongsan Community Information Forum. USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall hosts the forum for key community leaders, family readiness groups and tenant unit leadership. It meets the last Tuesday of each month 9-11 a.m. in the Community Services Building. — U.S. Army photo by Kenneth Fidler
Halloween trick-or-treat Nov. 1 Halloween trick-or-treating is Saturday, Nov. 1, versus Friday, Oct. 31. The established hours are 6-8:30 p.m. When asked why Saturday and not the actual holiday, Hall said Yongsan has “many people who live outside” Seoul. Having trick-or-treat hours on Saturday will allow those Family members in Area I to come back to Yongsan without having to rush home from work.
Yongsan kicks off CFC season
Yongsan to observe domestic violence awareness month
By Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Garrison Family Advocacy Program has scheduled events and activities to increase that community awareness and to strengthen family relationships. “Domestic Violence Prevention Month is an essential part of prevention,” said Paula Moore, USAG-Yongsan Family Advocacy Program manager. “It enables us to spotlight a pervasive tragedy that is present in every community worldwide. Domestic violence affects not only our military families, but impacts mission readiness and effectiveness of Soldiers in the field. It is important that as a community we work to put an end to domestic violence.” Family Advocacy offers programs designed to promote healthy families and relationships, such as specialized seminars and play groups. This year, programs target the family dynamic, Moore said. “We are promoting family togetherness and healthy family rituals such as family game night, reading to your children, and the importance of family dinner,” she said. “It is amazing what spending 15 quality minutes with your child daily can do for their behavior, development and self.”
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With USAG-Yongsan Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch holding the ball, Commander Col. Dave Hall “kicks off” the 2008 Combined Federal CampaignOverseas fund drive Oct. 4, launches a “CFC football” to a team of unit coordinators during halftime at a Seoul American High School varsity football game. The CFC-O campaign is the federal government’s largest workplace charity drive. See your unit representative for information on how you can give. See related story on Page 12. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson
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By Sgt. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – More than 80 Soldiers visited Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 1 to enjoy a Korean Baseball Organization play-off game for a trip sponsored by the Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers program. “We received some requests from our BOSS representatives on the idea of going to see an actual professional baseball game,” said Staff Sgt. Machell White-Broderick, BOSS event coordinator. “We thought it was perfect; perfect because baseball is a popular game in the States, and also because it was time for us to do something off post for a change.” Soldiers cheered alongside Korean fans from their seats as they watched the Doosan Bears versus LG Twins game with the Bears leading by two points in the first inning. “I noticed there was a kind of cheer ‘conductor’ dressed in a uniform in front of the crowd with a whistle leading them in what appeared to be planned and practiced cheers during every moment of action in the game,” said Pfc. Jeremiah VanEllis, 41st Signal Battalion. “It was mind-blowing to
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News & Notes
Fall Festival Saturday The Fall Festival, the biggest community event of the year, is set for Saturday. Yongsan welcomes the entire U.S. Forces Korea military community, Korean good neighbors and top Korean entertainers. The day kicks off with a parade starting from the commissary at 10 a.m. The festival starts at noon on the road next to Collier Field House, with food booths, information stations, vendors, games and picnic tables lining the street. Throughout the day, there will be contests and performances at the main stage. Top Korean entertainers begin performances at 5 p.m. See a complete schedule on Page 30. Flu Shots, Med Screenings at Festival In conjunction with the Fall Festival, the 18th Medical Command will provide flu shots, blood pressure tests and other limited medical screenings for retirees and Servicemembers 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the festival grounds. Oktoberfest at Dragon Hill Lodge This is the last weekend to enjoy Oktoberfest Party at the Dragon Hill Lodge, 5-11 p.m. Friday and 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Ask about special group reservation for groups of 15 or more. Win a round-trip ticket to any destination in the continental U.S. For information, call Dragon Hill Lodge Guest Services at 738-2222, Ext. 24. Three Kingdoms Inn Closure The Three Kingdom’s Inn Dining Facility will close for renovations Oct. 31-Nov. 9. It will open for business Nov. 10. For information, call 738-7211. Hispanic Heritage Month Program The community is invited to the 8th U.S. Army National Hispanic Program, hosted by Special Troops Battalion-Korea. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Main Post Club. The Guest Speaker is Sgt. 1st Class Wilfredo Santiago of STB-K. For information, call 723-8822. Book Your Holiday Party Now Available dates for organization holiday parties are becoming limited at the Main Post Club and Commiskey’s Restaurant. The Main Post Club has rooms to accommodate 25 to 300 people. Commiskey’s has rooms to accommodate 25 to 100. You can also book a take-out party package or have a party catered to your office or onpost quarters. With a $250 minimum order, delivery is free. For information, call 7235678, 738-7922, or 738-7923. Smoking Cessation Classes Monthly smoking cessation clinics are available through 18th Medical Command Health Promotions. For information, call 736-6693/3029. 10K Road Race Join the community for a 10K Road Race starting at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Collier Field House For information, call 738-8608. 2nd Annual Dog Show Join the community at the 2nd annual Yongsan Dog Show 10 a.m.-1 p.m Oct. 25 at the Yongsan Commissary parking lot. Contest Categories: are: ugliest dog, lookalike, best tricks, best dressed and best of show. For information, call 738-5254. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Soldiers attend professional baseball game, experience Korean cheer at BOSS event
Korean and U.S. Soldiers follow a high-fly ball during the Oct. 1 Bears versus Twins game in anticipation to start up their home run cheer. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Im Jin-min
watch thousand of fans all responding in rhythm to his cheering command. We don’t have those in the States.” When a homerun brought the Twins to a three point lead the crowd roared. “While in the States it is the players that tend to be more aggressive. Korean games tend to be more fan-involved,” VanEllis said.
“On our way back home, my friends and I were already talking about going to the next baseball game. HHC, USAG-Yongsan 1st Sgt. Darrin Costello said, “It was a wonderful experience for me and for the Soldiers to have a taste of Korean professional baseball and to get together to just have a good time.”
Judith Fandrich spends her time at several organizations in the community. She has given an average of 15 hours a week with the American Forces Spouses Club, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Partners-In-Education Parent Representative and especially at the Army Community Service. What does she do? Fandrich is the Outreach Database Coordinator for Army Community Service under the program direction of Relocation Readiness Program Information and Referral Program. Her volunteer work consists of creating, editing and compiling the databases that includes at-risk populations of our community and compiling all survey information. She also assisted in vetting the telephone numbers
currently in the USAG-Yongsan Community Help Book. What impact does she have? Communications is the key to most program assistance for ACS. Without the compiled databases full of email addresses and telephone numbers, the relocation and outreach programs would not have been able to provide timely and direct information to the client. By ensuring the accuracy of the numbers in the telephone book, Fandrich has impacted and benefited the entire community by providing a single source for phone numbers. Why does she volunteer? She volunteers because she wants to be involved and make a difference in the community. She assists in communicating with at-risk community populations, helps ACS improve services and enables ACS to empower those persons who would not normally seek information to receive information.
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Yongsan, call the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan volunteer coordinator at 738-7510 or the American Red Cross at 738-3670.
Here’s a look at the month’s activities: nCouples classes: These two-hour seminars target couples who want to strengthen their relationships. The Five Love Languages: Learn the five languages that will help you express heartfelt commitment to your mate and enhance communication within your relationship 6-8 p.m., Oct. 14 in the Army Community Service Classroom 2. The Marriage Garden: Learn skills for building and maintaining communication with commitment for soon-to-be or newly married couples 6-8 p.m., Oct. 22, ACS Hannam Village classroom; 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29, Yongsan ACS Classroom 2. nPlay groups: Family Advocacy sponsors free weekly play groups for children 6 weeks to 4 years old. For complete details, call 7386810. Play Works: 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Hannam Village ACS Outreach Center. Wee Play: 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Yongsan’s School Age Services, Bldg 4211. K-16 Pee Wee Play: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays, K-Kottage, Bldg. T248.
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n Child find screenings: 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 20, K-16 K-Kottage; Oct. 21, 10-11:30 a.m., ACS Hannam Village Outreach Center; 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 22, SAS Bldg 4211. nBreast Feeding Support Group: Every second Tuesday of the month at Hannam Village Chapel, 10 a.m. nAnger Management for Children: Learn how to manage your anger without getting into trouble. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 21, SAS Bldg 4211. nTreasure Hunt: The Treasure Hunt will be held during the Fall Festival Saturday. Check-in is at the Family Advocacy booth. For information call 738-8861. nStress and Anger Management Class: 2-3:30 p.m., Oct. 15, ACS Classroom 2. nDomestic Abuse 5-K Run: 8 a.m., Oct. 18, Collier Field House. nDomestic Abuse Candlelight Vigil: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25, at the courtyard next to the USAG-Yongsan Fire Station.
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1 more weekend to enjoy ‘ein prosit der gemütlichkeit!’
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Dragon Hill Lodge hosted the first of two weekends for Oktoberfest celebrations Oct. 3-4 and will reconvene the fun Friday and Saturday. The opening celebration included German-style foods and musical performances by 8th U.S. Army Band. Rox a n n e Ho l l a n d , e ve n t coordinator and DHL sales and marketing director, announced to the attending crowed, “This is going to be like a real Oktoberfest right here in Korea!” German native Dave Hemmer, a teacher at Osan High School, acknowledged the authenticity of the celebration. “It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy something that comes close to what is back at home,” Hemmer said. “In fact, the Bavarian outfits, the Bavarian tents, the Bavarian flags … a lot of folks went through a lot of effort to make this as authentic as possible. We really appreciate it.” Of those most active in getting the crowd going were the band members, who taught kids and adults how to do the chicken dance and other traditional Oktoberfest dances. After each song, the band’s Staff Sgt. Jeff Kridakorn would yell from the stage, “Ein Prosit, ein prosit, der gemütlichkeit!” In English: “A toast, a toast, to happiness!” “It’s a lot of fun out here tonight,” he said. “It’s such a good time just getting to sing, dance and interact with the audience.” In addition to great food and merry making, arm wrestling, sausage eating and other contests added to the occasion. Winner of the sausage eating contest, Zane Miagany, 8, Seoul American Elementary School, said, “I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but then I realized I have a big appetite.” He added that he enjoyed himself at Oktoberfest and was pleased to take his prize, a certificate for free ice cream. Un Haugh, U.S. Forces Korea, was also happy to receive the grand prize she won in a drawing at the end of the night. It was a roundtrip plane ticket to anywhere in the continental United States. “I wasn’t expecting this,” Haugh said. “My husband Richard and I were planning on taking a trip to the states soon, so this will come in handy!” There is a drawing at the end of each night. The two remaining prizes are a trip for two to KyongJu or Sorak Mountains, or one roundtrip flight to anywhere in the continental United States. This weekend 8th U.S. Army Band will perform Friday only. “The band is incredible,” Holland said. “We’ll get the crowd up and dancing. Closing night is going to be fun.”
(Clockwise from top) Band member Spc. Chris Cason competes in the nail-in-wood competition. As kids compete to eat a sausage faster than the rest, one comes close to beating the competitor on his right, Zane Miagany. Couple Dave and Susan Hemmer do the chicken dance to win the final round of a dance-off competition. Un Mi Haugh, U.S. Forces Korea, shows her ecstatic first reaction to her winning the Oktoberfest grand prize of the night, a round-trip plane ticket to anywhere in the United States. — U.S. Army photos by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson
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he Combined Federal Campaign to 100 percent of our Soldiers and Civilian is about helping people! If you Employees. The CFC-O makes it easy to be generous. want to make a big difference with a small contribution to You can donate to the charitable organization this year’s Campaign, consider donating a of your choice through payroll deduction, one-time cash payments or by credit card. moderate amount for the CFC-O cause. If you want your Last weekend, we “kicked donation to come back to off” the CFC season during half-time at the MWR field “Our leadership the Yongsan community, annotate “FSYP” on your near the high school. in CFC-O will contribution slip. Last year, Event coordinator and $15,544 came back to the overall champion of this allow us to Garrison because of “FSYP”, year’s campaign, Sonja continue this critical to continuing the Goodman, has given her tradition and high quality of life our unwavering commitment to make this year’s CFC-O show the world community deserves. the best ever! USAG-Yongsan is one how much we Because of her creative, of the top Garrisons in the innovative thinking and your world because of people care.” generous contributions, like you. we are already leading the As third place winners in peninsula in donations. We want to keep the 2008 Army Communities of Excellence that momentum. competition, we are blazing the trail for Last year, Yongsan led the way in U.S. others to follow. Our leadership in CFC-O Forces Korea with more than $400,000 in will allow us to continue this tradition and donations, and our goal this year is to raise show the world how much we care. $450,000. Take pride in your community, To meet this goal, we need your help in give generously and see your CFC-O spreading the word. We’ll be reaching out representative today!
CFC: make a world of difference
Col. Dave Hall signs his Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas contribution form Oct. 1. Looking on are the CFC Community Area Project Officers, Sonja Goodman (left) and Kimberly Cornelius. The drive runs through Dec. 3. Contact your unit coordinator for more information. — U.S. Army photos by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson
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Customer Management Service wants to hear from you!
CMS to launch garrison feedback survey starting Oct. 20
Information Courtesy of IMCOM-Korea CMS Customer Management Service will launch its annual Customer Assessment Survey Oct. 20 to gain a better perspective on the quality of post services available to Army communities in Korea. CMS is Installation Management Command’s latest program used to highlight customer care. The program along with the upcoming survey allows leaders to collect customer feedback and use the data to evaluate and improve delivery of installation programs and services. The survey covers services provided by every agency in the garrison, from the ID card section and Family Housing, to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. The assessment is divided into two main categories, corporate and constituent, which are accessed from the same web link available through garrison websites starting Oct. 20. When a customer begins the survey, they will be asked to provide demographic data that will automatically direct them to the appropriate corporate or constituent assessment. This ensures family members or retirees, for example, will not be asked to rate services like the Central Issue Facility or the Ammunition Supply Point – two services used only by Soldiers. Data provided by unit commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants, senior civilians and senior staff will be captured in the corporate portion of the survey. They can rate the performance of the services and the importance of the service in relation to the accomplishment of their units’ missions. “This is a brilliant feedback service for Soldiers and their families across all installations,” said Larry Shields, the IMCOM Korea Region CMS coordinator. “All customers will be able to rate how well the services they receive match their expectations. We can use this feedback to improve services, which will improve readiness and retention.” From Oct. 20 to 31, all Soldiers, family members, retirees, veterans and DoD civilians can participate in the survey, where they will be asked to rate the performance and importance of services of interest to them These surveys represent an opportunity to provide a comprehensive review and report of the garrison services they use. Where the Interactive Customer Feedback system only captures individual customer satisfaction data from a single provider based on a single transaction, the assessments will capture a broader perspective. “This survey is incredibly important,” Shields said. “This is the first chance for everyone to provide input into a comprehensive assessment of garrison services. The more who take the survey, the better the data. There are thousands in the garrison communities who can make their voice heard.” The data will be returned to the installation in November, where it will be used to identify and document best practices in areas and develop plans for improvement in others.
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What is CMS?
Three distinct mechanisms are employed to provide a 360-degree view of the delivery and receipt of installation programs and services. Individual, Constituent Group, and Corporate feedback comprise the three tiers. Individual—The Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is the major component of individual feedback. It provides directed feedback of services received by individuals and promotes direct and rapid interaction between service providers and constituents. Other forms of individual feedback include functional surveys, IG Action Requests, and dial in or write-in inquiries. Constituent Groups- CMS encompasses the entire Army Team—The Constituents include: Soldiers (Active, ARNG, USAR), retirees, veterans, Department of the Army Civilians, and their family members. Each part of the team is unique in its relationship to The Army. CMS attempts to accommodate these differences and uses constituent group feedback to determine the perceptions of service delivery and level of customer satisfaction as it affects these designated groups. Issues that cannot be resolved at the community level are voted on by the Constituent Group Representatives and the mission command representatives and then sent to the Installation Commander. Issues that cannot be resolved at the installation/ community level are forwarded to the CSM Regional Coordinator who works with the proponents at the Region level to track trends and resolve issues. Corporate Feedback- Corporate Feedback is a semi-annual assessment system that provides direct feedback to IMCOM from mission commanders including Brigade and Battalion level Commanders, Command Sergeants Major/Sergeants Major, First Sergeants/ Master Sergeants, and senior staff members of organizations that are tenants on the installation and supported by an installation’s garrison.
USACRC launches Range & Weapons Safety Toolbox
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center has developed a Range & Weapons Safety Toolbox to help Commanders and Leaders prevent weapons handling accidents on military ranges. From fiscal 2000 through the first quarter of fiscal 2008, 62 Class A through C weapons-handling accidents occurred on military ranges. While many of these accidents resulted in relatively minor injuries with limited time lost from duty, 13 Soldiers were fatally injured and five Soldiers will live the remainder of their lives with a physical impairment or disability. The Range & Weapons Safety Toolbox is a collection of resources to help commanders and leaders establish and maintain an effective range safety program. The new site hosts reference materials, such as publications, training support packages and a variety of training aids, as well as links to other sites and tools like the Defense Ammunition Center Explosive Safety Toolbox and the Ground Risk Assessment Tool, which is designed to assist in identifying hazards and controls for various missions. The toolbox can be accessed through the USACRC website at https://crc.army.mil/rangeweaponssafety. Courtsey of Combat Readiness/Safety Center
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EUSA Band performs in two culture festivals
Eighth Army Public Affairs The Eighth U.S. Army rock band performed at the 2008 Chungju World Martial Arts Festival Saturday and the Gimjae International Horizon Festival Sunday. The 9-man band played many popular rock songs such as Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ and Maroon Five’s ‘This Love’ for enthusiastic crowds during their 40-minute performances. In Gimjae they had requests for encores. “We enjoy when we are on stage. We are having fun and it is a great feeling to get the crowd going. Best part of all is sharing our culture with them and learning about theirs. It is a big thing for both parties, bringing rock and roll to the locals!” said SGT Jordan Armstrong, front man of the EUSA band. Coordinated through the Eighth Army’s Good Neighbor Program, the goal of the concerts was to build friendship between Koreans and Americans through exposure to each other’s culture and customs.
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The EUSA rock band performs during 2008 Gimjae International Horizon Festival on Oct. 5 — Courtesy photo
IMCOM-Korea hosts Organization Day
Installation Management Command-Korea Region will hold its Organization Day Oct. 17 at Commiskey’s Club. Activities will include water balloon toss, horseshoes, table games, mini-golf and Texas hold’em. Cost is $11 for lunch and $3 for participation in Mini Golf. Children eat free. RSVP to your division required by 15 Oct.
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
Eagle Eye (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 8:30 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 7 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 6:30 / 8:30 p.m.
Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 8:30 p.m. Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G) 3 p.m. Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 7 p.m. Space Chimps (PG) 3:30 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 7:30 p.m.
Kung Fu Panda (PG) 1 p.m. Wanted (R) 7 p.m. Wall-E (G) 3:30 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 7 p.m.
X-Files (PG13) 7 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Hellboy II: Golden Army (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Mirrors (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 7 p.m.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 7 p.m.
X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 6 p.m. Siisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 7 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 8:30 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 6 Siisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 1 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 3:30 / 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Mirrors (R) 6 p.m.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 1 p.m. Pineapple Express (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 4 / 7 p.m.
Siisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 7 p.m.
Death Race (R) 7 p.m.
Death Race (R) 7 p.m.
Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.
Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m.
Pinapple Express (R 7 p.m.
Siisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 7 p.m.
Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 7 p.m. Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 (PG13) 9 p.m.
Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7 p.m. X-Files (PG13) 9 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 5 / 8 p.m. Space Chimps (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7 p.m.
Mama Mia! (PG13) 7 p.m.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.
Pineapple Express (R) 7 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Space Chimps (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Eagle Eye (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Space Chimps (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 6 p.m. Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 6 p.m.
Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 6 p.m. Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 6 p.m.
Step Brothers (PG13) 7 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 6 p.m. X-Files (PG13) 6 p.m.
Step Brothers (PG13) 7 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 6 p.m. X-Files (PG13) 6 p.m.
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Area II Worship Schedule
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1230 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday Wednesday
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday
Contemporary Sunday 1000 Gospel 1200 Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday 0930 United Pentecostal (UPCI) Sunday 1330 KATUSA Thursday Episcopal Sunday Mass Sunday 1830 1000
0800 0930 0930 1000 1030 1100
Memorial Chapel (Liturgical) Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Multi Purpose Training Facility South Post Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
1100 1100 1100 1300 1800 1900 1730 1900
Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel (Bible Study)
1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830
Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700 Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Suwaon Air Base Chapel
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, avi.weiss@korea. army.mil, 723-6707
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday
0800 1130 1700 1205 1205 0900 1900 South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, avi.weiss@korea. army.mil, 723-6707
1130 0900 1215 0930 1400 1830
Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Later Day Saints Sunday
Saturday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday
Hannam Chapel to host ‘Hallelujah Night’
Hannam Village Chapel will host “Hallelujah Night” as an alternative to Halloween at Hannam Village Ballfield Nov. 1 (Saturday) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All participants can enjoy food, games and prizes. All are welcome.
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal: [email protected]
, 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Maj.) Fredrick Garcia: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Red Cloud Chaplain (Capt.) Mario Rosario: [email protected]
, USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Maj.) Edward Martin: [email protected]
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Domestic Abuse Prevention Month
Remember the number from any DSN phone. 153 (or 0505-764-5997 from cell or commercial phone) is the new Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Hotline for all Army garrisons, staffed 24/7 to provide services such as emotional support, information and referral for actual or potential abuse, safety planning, and restricted reporting.
Be aware: October is...
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(Top Left) Ashley Hicks (left), winner of the Purple Ribbon contest to promote domestic abuse prevention awareness at USAG-Daegu, explains her artwork to Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Services Counselor, Yoo Young-hee during a Domestic Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation ceremony, Oct. 1 at Camp Henry's Army Community Service. Each Army garrison in Korea hosts similar events, highlighting the importance of preventing domestic abuse. (Far Left) Garrison Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier signed the proclamation, emphasizing the importance of domestic abuse prevention in the U.S. Army. — U.S. Army photos by Kim, Keun-kyo
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Right) U.S. Army Garrison-Casey held a Health Fair Oct. 4 with information booths offering guidance on topics like breast cancer awareness, domestic abuse prevention and overall healthly living tips. Garrisons around Korea offer similar events. USAG-Yongsan will host a Retiree Appreciation Day featuring helpful health information and services in conjunction with the post’s Oct. 11 Fall Festival. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers are ready to set sail on the BOSS Han River Casino Cruise on Saturday, October 18th. The Han River Cruise has become an annual BOSS event due to its extreme success and popularity amongst the BOSS soldiers. The cruise will provide the attendees with a buffet dinner and the opportunity to play casino-style games to include black jack, poker, chuck-a-luck, roulette and craps using BOSS chips. For those who do not want to play, the cruise will offer live music and magnificent scenery. Participation will be given BOSS chips when they come aboard the boat. At the end of the cruise, the Soldiers will get an opportunity to bid on prizes with the chips they have accumulated during the cruise and pick the best dressed in the Casino Royale Dress Contest. All games of chance for this event are played with game chips, which cannot be exchanged for cash but may be redeemed for prizes during the event. No cash or other form of money may be used during this event to play a game
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Far East District’s Book Drive for local school BOSS Han River Casino Cruise tickets on sale! of chance. FOCUS ON FITNESS Korea Region MWR broadens Good Neighbor Program Servicemembers wishing to attend the with Randy Behr
Han River Casino Cruise should contact their local Community Activities Center or BOSS representatives for registration information. Although the deadline is 14 Oct to purchase tickets, seating is limited so we recommend you purchase your tickets well in advance. Ticket is $30. No registration/payments will be accepted on the day of event. The cruise is just one of the many activities provided to single and unaccompanied service members by the BOSS program. The Korea Region BOSS is unique because geographic bachelors are also allowed to participate in events. Through the BOSS program, service members are afforded opportunities to improve their quality of life, interact with the local community and get out and experience some of the beautiful scenery, rich culture and long history that Korea offers. For more information, contact USAGRed Cloud 732-6664; USAG-Yongsan 738-5254; USAG-Humphreys 753-8825; USAG-Daegu 764-4123 or IMCOM-Korea BOSS 725-6070.
GNP Book Drive 33: Lt. Col. Michael Neaverth (Right), US Army Corps of Engineers Far East District Deputy Commander shows Hyoje Elementary School kids English books that FED donated as part of its Good Neighbor Program, September 30. Standing at the far left is the school’s principal, Han Sung-kak. — U.S. Army photo by Joe Campbell By Kim Chong-yun FED Public Affairs The US Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District conducted book drives and delivered English books to the Seoul Hyoje Elementary School located nearby the FED compound, September 30. This event is part of the FED Good Neighbor Program to reach out to the Korean community through cultural and educational exchanges promoting mutual understanding of one another. “It will be very helpful for me and my students to have many English books. I will be able to use them as teaching materials for my class,” said Kim Hae-wook, one of school’s English teachers. This book drive was the second outreach program between FED and the school since FED established its good neighbor relationship with the local community in June when FED invited 44 students to its organization day event. “I think it is great that my school is located very close to FED and I also hope to build up a very close relationship together,” Kim added. FED collected new and used books to be used to help teach English and donated nearly 200 books to the school. A lot of FED employees and the Second Hand Rose Thrift Store on Yongsan showed great interest in this good neighbor program by donating a wide variety of books. More books are expected to be collected and will be sorted and delivered to the school in the near future. “The Far East District and its employees are excited about any chance to engage with our close Korean neighbors. We are thankful to have the opportunity to be associated with this fine school, its faculty, and students; and any partnership and friendships we can establish can be beneficial for us all,” said Lt. Col. Michael Neaverth, the deputy commander of FED who visited the school to hand over books. Hyoje Elementary School is one of the oldest Korean elementary schools boasting its 113-year history. “It is very meaningful that FED established the Good Neighbor relationship with Hyoje because the school was used as a US Army base camp during the Korean War,” said Kim Bok-dong, Vice Chairman of Jongno District Council. “My school has a plan to make a new English classroom this year and FED’s book donation will help the kids’ English education,” said Han Sung-kak, the principal of the school. Han said having this good neighbor program with FED will be very inspiring to the school and the students to have more interest in English language and culture and will also help to better understand other through frequent contacts. “I want to thank all of our good neighbors at FED who donated books for my school.” Anyone wishing to donate elementary school level books (no magazines) for this good neighbor program may email the FED Public Affairs Office at fedpao@usace. army.mil.
Seoul American High School Falcons football player Trinadai Stansil (2) tries to move around a defender Oct. 4 during a Falcons' game against the Korean team, ADT CAPS. The Falcons won 45-27. SAHS plays its Homecoming Game Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Daegu American High School Warriors. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Keun-woo
2008 Warrior Country Wrestling Championship results
WOMEN'S DIV NO ENTRY 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 Fall 3-1 Fall Fall 3-1 3-1 3-1 Fall 4-0 (Injury) 3-1 Fall 3-1 Fall Fall Fall 3-1 Fall PFC. JORDAN TYRRELL PFC. JORDAN TYRRELL PFC. MICHAEL WEINBERA PFC. MICHAEL WEINBERA PFC. MATTHEW NEUBERT SPC. SETH BOLDEN PFC. MATTHEW NEUBERT PV2. ANTHONY STEWART PV2. ANTHONY STEWART SPC. SETH BOLDEN PFC. DAVID RUTH SFC. SAMSON VONGSY SFC. SAMSON VONGSY SSGT. STACY SPARKS PFC. DAVID RUTH SPC. NATHAN BURT PFC. STEVEN ADAMS PFC. STEVEN ADAMS PFC. ROBERT ALSBROOK SPC. NATHAN BURT PFC. ROBERT ALSBROOK MEN'S DIV 139 LBS (2) #1. Semi-Final PFC. RYAN WILSON #2. Championship PFC. RYAN WILSON 152 LBS (2) #1. Semi-Final SPC. PATRICK RAUTERT #2. Championship SPC. PATRICK RAUTERT 167 LBS (4) #1. Pre-Elimination #2. Pre-Elimination #3. Pre-Elimination #4. Quarter-Final #5. Semi-Final #6. Championship PV2. ANTHONY STEWART PFC. JOSHUA ASHTON SPC. SETH BOLDEN PFC. JOSHUA ASHTON SPC. SETH BOLDEN PFC. JOSHUA ASHTON
Ditch the workout, join the party
Zumba Fitness is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trent Gym (by the PX), upstairs Contact Shelton Coonfield, Fitness Instructor at 010-2041-7546 or via e-mail at [email protected]
187 LBS (3) #1. Pre-Elimination SSGT. STACY SPARKS #2. Quarter-Final SSGT. STACY SPARKS #3. Semi-Final PFC. DAVID RUTH #4. Championship PFC. DAVID RUTH #5. Championship (IF) SSGT. STACY SPARKS 213 LBS (4) #1. Pre-Elimination #2. Pre-Elimination #3. Pre-Elimination #4. Quarter-Final #5. Semi-Final #6. Championship PFC. ROBERT ALSBROOK 1LT. ANTHONY DUNKIN SPC. NATHAN BURT 1LT. ANTHONY DUNKIN PFC. ROBERT ALSBROOK 1LT. ANTHONY DUNKIN PFC. PHILLIP R. BATES 1LT. JAMES A. HOLLIS WOMEN'S - 0
275 LBS (1) Uncontested Winner 275+ LBS (1) Uncontested Winner TOTAL PARTICIPANTS: 17
MEN'S - 11
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602nd Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers Train with Claymore Mines at MPRC
By Spc. M. Benjamin Gable 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs USAG HUmpHreyS – Soldiers from 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently participated in Claymore anti-personnel mine training at the Multi-Purpose Range Complex. MPRC, also known as the Korea Training Center, is used by units based in Korea for live-fire training using both ground and air weaponry. MPRC boasts the ability to support any type of training exercise for 2nd Infantry Division units and their Soldiers. The training began with classroom instruction. The Army requires all of its Soldiers be able to properly deploy and emplace the M18A1 Claymore antipersonnel mine. This, along with the summer turnover of troops leaving Korea and fresh faces arriving, compelled the instructors to start with the basics. “We have a massive turnover of Soldiers in the summertime,” said Chief Warrant Officer Eric Brathwaite, a headquarters platoon leader with the 602nd ASB and Claymore training officer in charge. “This way, the new Soldiers have the advantage of actually being in the unit of action and gaining valuable experience.” During the classroom training, Soldiers learned the history of the Claymore and its use in previous conflicts. Soldiers also learned the three methods of deploying the mine--command detonation using the firing system; uncontrolled, or detonating by the enemy; and time delayed detonation, which uses a fuse igniter and a timer to set off the mine at a later time. Soldiers used the command detonation manner of employment during hands on training. After 20 minutes of classroom training,
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Black smoke rises through the air after Sgt. Adan Rivera, an aircraft electrician with 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, detonates a claymore mine during training at the Multi-Purpose Range Complex, Sept. 23. During the ten-day training event at MPRC, located about 20 miles northeast of Camp Casey, Soldiers learned how to employ and operate claymore mines and performed other warrior drills and tasks. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. M. Benjamin Gable the 602nd Soldiers moved to the training grounds to test their skills. The training area, located against the mountainside, consists of a detonation area, a firing position and a safety area for Soldiers wearing their Interceptor body armor and Kevlar helmets. Instructors reeled out a firing wire and checked the blasting cap that detonates the mine. After conducting safety checks, they counted down and detonated the M18A1 claymore mine. As the Soldiers looked on, they saw firsthand how to properly employ and detonate the weapon system. “It’s important we learn how to use the claymore mine,” said Pfc. Betty Martin, an automated logistical specialist with her first duty station here. “This is something we could be using in battle at any time.” Although training was the focal point of the exercise, safety was the implied task. “We are incorporating safety into a live-fire training event without decreasing training value,” said Chief Warrant Officer Monty Vizcaya, the Battalion Safety Officer. The training event concluded with no incidents on the range and all who participated learned how to safely employ a valuable tool which may come in use when they change duty stations and deploy to an area of conflict.
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Soldiers reenlist at Osan ceremony
OSAN AIr BASe – Sgt. Angelique Smith (left) and Pfc. Marco Davis (right), both with 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, pledge the Army a few more years of service during their reenlistment ceremony here Oct. 9. Maj. Shelia D. Jenkins, the brigade’s logistics officer, swore in the two soldiers. Smith made the commitment to serve an additional two years, based on the needs of the Army and Davis reenlisted for five more years and his choice of next duty assignment at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich
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News & Notes
Events at the Super Gym Opening Tour the new Super Gym and take part in our Community Information, Wellness and Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Take a tour of the facilities at the Super Gym and learn more about living a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Also, explore full and parttime employment opportunities with agencies ranging from AAFES to Child and Youth Services. 2008 AFAP coming soon! The 2008 Army Family Action Plan conference will be held between Oct. 15-17 at the new Super Gym. AFAP needs delegates, recorders, facilitators, issue support and administrative support. Contact AFAP Coordinator Denise Chappell at 753-3266 to volunteer at the AFAP or for additional information. Community Town Hall Meeting The next USAG Humphreys Community Town Hall Meeting is coming up on Tuesday, 21 October from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Community Activity Center. All Soldiers, Airmen, Retirees, Family Members and Civilians are welcome to participate. Please submit issues and comments to [email protected]
by Friday, 17 October. Child Care Recruitment Workshop We have 15 positions to fill (child caregivers, administrative, and professional). U.S., Korean, and all other nationalities are welcome. Where: Child Development Center When: Saturday, November 3, 1000-1400 For more information, call 753-8321 Office 2007 Training The AREA III DOIM is offering classes on MS Office 2007 for the AREA III community. The course, offered in English and Korean, will feature the Getting Started Tutorials, basic changes, and links to other training websites. The training will familiarize functional users with MS Office 2007. Where: Bldg 1272 DOIM Class Room When: Mon-Fri 1300-1500 POC: Will Murdock at 754-3608 or [email protected]
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you conduct monthly breast selfexams and yearly clinical breast exams. Contact your Health Care Provider or the Area III Health Promotion Coordinator, Jean Dumoulin, at DSN 753-7657 for more information. Homeschooling Mom’s Get-Together Sponsored by USAG Humphreys Chaplain’s Office every 2nd Monday of the Month 6:30 - 8 p.m. Family Housing (Humphreys) Bldg. 510, Apt. 108 Contact Elisabeth Townley at 010-31440352orviae-mailatelisabethtownley@yahoo. com for more info. Update from the Immunization Clinic Children younger than five years will need a well child doctor’s appointment to get their immunizations ordered. Children five years and older can get immunizations reviewed and updated by the immunization clinic without a doctor’s appointment. All children who need a PPD or Hepatitis A booster can check-in to the immunization clinic without a doctor’s appointment. For more info call 753-7658.
Garrison to conduct annual customer service assessments
By Jaynene Smith USAG Humphreys Customer Service Officer U S AG H U m p H r ey S – USAG Humphreys will conduct its first-annual Customer Service Assessment Oct. 20-31 to gather input from the community on the quality of services provided here. Customer Service Assessments are a core component of the new garrison Customer Management Services program. The purpose of the program is to ensure community members have a voice in the quality and quantity of installation services. The assessments measure the quality of Army services and provide the garrison leadership with an appraisal of garrison support from the customer’s perspective. The assessment identifies deficiencies and potential resource shortfalls and provides information to help improve service delivery. The Customer Service Assessment is a simple, web based survey that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete from your home or office. Enter your ratings using radio buttons and drop down menus. You can enter comments for each garrison service provider or organization. Note – The link to the survey is unavailable but will be published when available in the Morning Calm Weekly and on the Humphreys Command Channel. Another part of the assessment is the Corporate Assessment, directed at the garrison’s leadership. The Corporate Assessment will be sent out via e-mail to garrison leaders E-8 and above as well as civilian managers. What your Installation Customer Service Officer needs from you and what you can expect to see and do: • Complete assessments during survey window to determine importance and performance ratings for each directorate. • Identify areas that require improvement with specific comments on deficiencies and recommendations if rated less than satisfactory or not important. • Determine the top five mission critical functions for each directorate. The results of the survey will be shared with the community and garrison leadership at a date to be determined. For more information concerning Customer Management Services (CMS) or the Annual Customer Service Surveys please contact Ms. Jaynene Smith, Customer Management Services Office, DSN 7548060 or visit the USAG Humphreys CMS Website: http://humphreys.korea.army.mil/ v2.2/Community/CMS.asp. At USAG Humphreys, we place our community FIRST – Feedback, Issues, Resolution, Solutions, Today. We are dedicated to providing world-class delivery of Army standard services to our community and want to ensure that your voice is heard on issues that affect your quality of life.
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By Bob Frace Suwon Recreation Manager
Suwon Recreation Center names Top Gunn Winners
SUWON AIr BASe – The Suwon Recreation Center named its newest Top Gunn award winners recently. Throughout this quarter the Soldiers have continually participated in the Morale Welfare and Recreation tournaments here. Soldiers, Airmen and KATUSAs have competed in events such as Ping Pong, 8 ball 9 ball, Video Madden 09 and other events as part of the Top Gunn challenge. “This is part of our weekly recreation events,” said Ray Nichols Jr. the event coordinator. “Soldiers compete to see who will win the infamous Top Gunn trophy and all the bragging rights that come with it. Each receives points for each event they participate in and win.” This quarter’s winner is Sgt. Eugene Sieren, Echo Battery 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery. The second-place winner was Pfc. Zachery Johnson; third-place went to Pfc. Victor Taylor, also of E Battery 3-2 ADA.
The most-recent Suwon Air Base Top Gunn winners are shown here. From left are: Ray Nichols, Suwon Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan A. Pinkney, 3rd Battalion 2nd ADA command sergeant major, Pfc. Victor Taylor, PFC Zachery Johnson, Sgt. Eugene Sieren, Major John C. Mountcastle, executive officer 3-2 ADA and Bob Frace, Suwon Recreation Manager. — U.S. Army photo by Capt. Christopher Clemente
Exceptional Family Member Program registration key to a smooth transition
By Alexander Carter USAG Humphreys EFMP Coordinator USAG HUmpHreyS – The purpose of Exceptional Family Member Program is to work in concert with military and civilian agencies to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, multiagency approach for community support, housing, medical, educational, and personnel services to families with special needs. The EFMP has several objectives: • To assess, document, and code the special education and medical needs of eligible Family Members in all locations, and forward these coded needs to the military personnel agencies listed in Army Regulation 608-75, EFMP, paragraph 3–1 for consideration during the assignment process. • To consider the medical needs of the Exceptional Family Member (EFM) during the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) assignment process. To assign Soldiers to an area where the EFM’s medical and special education needs can be accommodated, provided there is a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade and specialty. • To provide a mechanism for Department of the Army civilians to inform the gaining medical activity and Department of Defense Dependents Schools of the arrival of dependent children with special education and medically related service needs. • To ensure that all eligible family members receive information and assistance needed to involve them with community support services to meet their needs. EFMP screening is required if you are requesting one of the following: OCONUSOCONUS moves, Foreign Service Tour Extension, AIP, Inter-Theaters Transfers, Command Sponsorships, addition to orders or to add new members to orders and to enroll in the local DoDDS school if your school-age Family Member is in Korea in a non-command sponsorship status. In order to complete EFMP registration you should have the following documents: sponsor completes DA Form 5888, Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet, blocks 1-7, S-1 or military personnel office authenticates DA Form 5888, block 8a-e and primary medical provider completes DA Form 5888, Part B 9-10 and the sponsor contacts Ralph Ford at 738-5000 or email: [email protected]
and scans DA Form 5888 and the DA Form 7246, EFMP Screening Questionnaire for medical processing. For additional information on EFMP and registration call 753-3271.
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Wewanttopublishyourstoriesandphotos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAGHumphreysCommandChannel. Pleasesendanyinformationandproducts totheU.S.ArmyGarrisonHumphreysPublic AffairsOfficeatrobert.h.mcelroy@korea. army.mil or call DSN 754-8598.
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Humphreys Spotlight: LaVita Vincent, Army Community Services
Reflections on seven years of service to Soldiers and Families
Throughout her time with U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Army Community Service LaVita Vincent helped Soldiers and Spouses prepare for life after the Army through personal counseling and her Employment Seminars. She’s shown here with Liz Henderson. — U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy By Bob McElroy USAG Humphreys Public Affairs Sheridan, Ark. native LaVita Vincent worked as the Employment Manager at Humphreys Army Community Service for about the last seven years. She recently departed for a position with USAG Daegu ACS as the Mobilization, Deployment and Volunteer coordinator. Vincent’s husband Phil, who worked at the Humphreys Safety Office recently began serving as the USAG Daegu Safety Manager. Q: First, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself? A: I’ve been here for almost seven years, I came aboard as a contractor and then they made it a GS. I’ve been here ever since in the same position. I’ve got to fill in as a relocation person…as a volunteer coordinator…fill in as the ACS director and all the time having fun as an employment manager. Q: What’s been the most rewarding position for you? A: The one I’m in now. The Employment Manager would definitely have to be my most rewarding because I’m very passionate about that. Helping Soldiers transition from the military to the civilian world; helping spouses to try to locate jobs here or back in the States. When a light bulb goes off in a class and I see that they understand how to do the resume or they understand how to get through an interview or a spouse gets a job that ‘s been looking for six months and she comes in and tells me, that’s very rewarding. Q: What from your own experience has made you good at that? A: I would have to say, pulling from my own life, the fact that my husband is a retiree. We’ve had the opportunity to travel around and we move every three years like a lot of spouses do, sometimes even more so; having diversity in jobs and places to live, cultures, having had that opportunity myself I think it’s easier to pass it on because you know how hard it is, you know the struggles that they have. I saw the struggles my husband had when he went through it. So, taking what he went through and what I went through, you marry it together you learn from that and listen to all the people in the organizations around you who have had vast experience and knowledge before you and you take that and bits from everybody and you use it. Q: Is there one lesson that you’ve learned or one thing that stands out in your experience; is it perseverance, sticking to what you want to do or what you know? A: I think the one thing that would stand out for most people in this would be a willingness to accept change, because change is inevitable. It’s going to come no matter where you are and accepting a challenge and being creative enough to get out of a box. Don’t think that everything is a cookie cutter because everybody and everything is different. If we can learn to express ourselves in different ways, learn how to get out of the box and be creative in a job, change it to a different one if you want to be a nurse you’ll be a health promotion coordinator. Instead of being an admin officer you’ll be a protocol officer. I think diversity and just being willing to accept change. Q: At the same time, you don’t want to compromise though, right? We all think we’re capable of doing a certain thing; have you ever been tempted to take a job to get your foot in the door? A: I think most people are, especially spouses because over here jobs are so far and few between. With the job market here…some people are to the position that they need to take a job whether it is what they really want or not. Other people are fortunate enough that they can wait for the job that they are passionate about. I would encourage anybody if you can do a job that you are passionate about that’s the one you’re going to love. If you can find something that you really care about and you’re passionate that’s where you’re going to be successful and the organization will be successful. But, sometimes you just have to settle for something as a stepping stone. Take what you get in that job and use it as a stepping stone to develop you for your next job. Q: In your employment seminars you say to try to learn a little bit from every experience, even the negative experiences. Say you do an interview, it may not go well but take a step back afterward and try to learn, ‘Okay, why didn’t it go well?’ So self analysis is the key. A: Absolutely. Every time when you write a resume, you have to look back at it…there’s an evaluation checklist for a resume…you look at it, ‘Did I do this? Did I use only two pages? Did I have enough white space? Did I use the right font?’ The same thing with the interview, ask yourself, ‘What question did I answer wrong? Where did I answer that I could have answered right?’ And, we have to do that in every job that we’re in because even the job I’m in now I have to ask myself Is there something I could have done in that class that would have made a difference, that would have made it better. How can I improve it? If we’re all doing that then we should steadily be improving and making things better for the next person. Q: Do you have a favorite memory or favorite experience from here? A: Oh God, there’s so many memories from here, I have lots, I have lots of memories from here. I would probably say the employment seminars. The employment seminars, to me, when those were started and they just kept evolving to where we went into having the interview sessions, having the fashion show and setting the fashion show to music, it just seems to keep growing and getting better. I think that is probably a really good memory as far as classes or events that I have done. As far as memories I say it’s going to be the staff. Being in this location for as long as I have you get an opportunity to meet and learn a lot from the staff and you get to take it with you. So I have a lot of good memories from the staff that’s here and a lot from the community because I’ve had a lot of support from the command on down. All of the departments, the organizations. Every time I’ve had an event or program that I’m doing and I’ve called on any of them I’ve never been told ‘No.’ So, I’m very fortunate that I’ve had their support 100 percent over the years and for that I’m truly grateful because they have helped this program a lot. Q: Is there any last thing you’d like to say to the community? A: I would just like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to, starting with the commander, to all of the division chiefs, the organizations, the ACS staff and, last but not least, the community, because without them and the support that they’ve given me this program would not be where it is today. I’m just very thankful for that opportunity to have been able to work here and to share in this community and the transition that Humphreys is going through. Also, going from this ACS to that (Daegu) ACS is still home and together it’s still ‘One Team One Fight’ and no matter if I’m here or I’m there I’m still fighting for ACS and what our mission and our goal is and that’s to serve the Soldiers and Families.
AREA IV Customer Management Services
OCTOBER 10, 2008
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a new, powerful voice for garrison customers
By Robert Bridgewater Plans, Analysis and Intergration Office CAMP HENRY – A new program is being implemented at USAG Daegu that will enable the community to give valuable feedback to service providers and improve the level of service they receive at the Garrison. The Customer Management Services program provides the Garrison with an integrated approach to customer service through a three-tiered process which includes the Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE), the Community FIRST Quarterly Resolution process and an Annual Customer Service Assessment. USAG Daegu’s new Customer Services Officer, Mr. Robert Bridgewater, recently attended an intense one-week CMS training course in Atlanta, Ga., in preparation for the program’s implementation this year. “The Customer Management Services program enables Soldiers, the civilian workforce, family members, veterans and retirees to evaluate how well the Garrison is providing services,” explained Bridgewater. “It is the ‘Voice of the Customer’, with which the customer determines how well each service provider is performing and how important those services actually are – because you’re only as good as your customer says you are.” According to Bridgewater, ICE provides customers feedback from service providers within 72 hours on issues they are concerned October, and the initial Community First focus group will meet in November. The final method utilized by CMS is the annual Customer Service Assessment, in which customers can rate the performance, importance and priority of the services the Garrison provides. “The annual assessment is a unique approach for Garrison Commanders to evaluate how well services are provided to the customer with a focus on Mission Commanders and constituent groups,” Bridgewater explained. The assessment provides a visual evaluation of survey results, allowing the Garrison Commander to see where every area of the Garrison stands in regard to performance and importance from the customer’s pointof-view. The first assessment is tentatively scheduled for this October. The three-tiered CMS program is a completely new approach to customer service, and communication is key to its effectiveness “I would ask everyone in the community to share their thoughts and opinions through CMS,” Bridgewater encouraged. “We’re taking the initial steps to implement the program right now, but we need everyone’s help. Use ICE. Participate in the focus groups and take the Customer Service Assessment in October. We will advertise these events. This system will make it easier than ever for your voice to be heard, and improve our community.”
USAG Daegu’s new Customer Services Officer, Robert Bridgewater, recently attended an intense one-week CMS training course in Atlanta, Ga., in preparation for the program’s implementation this year. – US Army Photo By Pvt. Park, Kyung-rock about, and focuses on the needs of the teenagers or retirees). He emphasized that individual, while the Community FIRST the focus groups are ‘the perfect way to Quarterly Resolution process involves actually hear the voice of the customer.’ quarterly focus groups where issues that cannot The expectation is that 2-3 focus be resolved through ICE can be formally groups will meet every quarter, so that all addressed, concentrating on the needs of groups can be heard throughout the year. the community through various constituent Bridgewater will start taking Community groups (such as Soldiers, family members, First input from constituent groups in
Team Daegu holds Winter Safety Day training
By Pfc. Brittany Loupe 19th ESC PAO CAMP WALKER – Across the Korean peninsula, the winter months are quickly approaching, increasing the risks to Soldiers and equipment as the temperatures start to drop. To lower the risk of accidents and injuries, Soldiers and civilians assigned to 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) filled Camp Henry’s theater to participate in a Winter Safety Day Campaign training event, Oct. 2. “Our commanding general (Brig. Gen. Xavier Lobeto) is a staunch advocate of the Team Daegu concept,” explained Charles ‘Safety Guy’ Ryan, 19th ESC Safety Manager, “so we invited other units here to Camp Henry to participate in the training, such as Combat Support Coordination Team #2 and elements of the 25th Transportation Battalion.” Ryan designed the morning’s classes with the 8th Army 2008 Winter Accident Prevention Plan in mind. The 19th ESC added a few classes that were essential to the local mission. Ryan and other guest speakers addressed the following hazards while emphasizing a few key tips in each area: United States Forces Korea Winter road conditions, cold weather injury prevention, fuel-based heater safety, winter driving safety, domestic abuse, sexual assault, carbon monoxide safety, home safety, alcohol and substance abuse, motorcycle safety, suicide prevention, Korean Hemorrhagic Fever and winter recreation. Some classes were added to the campaign because during the upcoming holidays, Soldiers will be going home on leave. “When Soldiers go home on leave, they are still our Soldiers,” said Ryan. “And while not many people ride motorcycles here, I still wanted to give the class as a refresher to look out for our Soldiers and civilians going home on leave.” The training used former accidents as lessons to help those attending the classes understand just how hazardous being stationed in Korea can be, with the target audience being Soldiers who have not experienced a winter season in Korea. The 19th ESC is taking all necessary actions to protect Soldiers, civilians, family members, equipment and facilities during the upcoming winter season. The commander’s intent is to be proactive in the approach by ensuring that all Soldiers are aware of the hazards associated with the winter season. The standard is zero recordable injuries or accidents during the winter season. The attempt to achieve this will be made through specific and focused training. Privates to colonels received training from subject matter experts such as the Area IV Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 19th ESC Safety Manager, 19th ESC surgeon cell and even the motor pool. Sgt. Richard Bryson, mechanic, 19th ESC, gave a life-saving class on fuel-based
Fire Inspector Sin, Ik-chu, USAG Daegu Fire and Emergency Services, shows Soldiers different types of fire extinguishers and explains how to use them as part of the Winter Safety Campaign hosted by the 19th ESC, Oct. 2. – U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Jae-won heater safety. During the class, Bryson gave safety practice that is required while using an example that hit home: two United States heaters: All space heaters must be approved Army Forces Command Soldiers, 19 and 22 through the Directorate of Public Works. To make sure those who attended the years old, did not properly use their heater in a tent, and died from carbon monoxide classes understood the risk that fire brings, the local fire department conducted poisoning. During the winter months, keeping your a class and gave a fire extinguisher room warm and cozy may make it to the top demonstration. of your list of priorities. Just as high on the – See WINTER SAFETY Page 27 – list of priorities should be the additional fire
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
“I am pleased to see attendees are showing great interest in their identities and it is great to see that Hispanics are proactive in taking on more leadership positions in various fields in our society,” said Clements. During the ceremony, a speech was given by Lt. Col. Willie Rios III, commander, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, who shared his personal background and life experiences as a Hispanic who was born and raised in the States. Rios was born and raised in Houston, Texas with two working parents and three siblings. He recalls the 1960s as the turning point regarding racial equality and equal opportunity for the advancement of minorities in the country. In addition, his parents emphasized the importance of finding his identity and success through the education. He deeply appreciates them for pushing him and encouraging him to strive and reach his goals. “I strongly believe that education is the starting point of success and that the doors of opportunity are still open,” said Rios. “The opportunity to succeed is practically handed to all of us, but the reality is we are missing out.” Rios said he admires Lt. Gen. Richard Cavazos, the first Hispanic to attain the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. He believes Cavazos is showing a great example to others and is inspired and encouraged by him and others. “With our heritage rooted deeply in values and our hope in the future of the nation, we will continue to strive towards excellence and I believe the future of Hispanic American culture is just as exciting as our past,” said Rios. Rios emphasized that the most important value is to serve others, and for everybody to do their part in order to make our society a better place to live regardless of race, ethnic background or religious preference.
Columbus Day Bowling Camp Walker’s Bowling Center will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, and will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Daegu Spouses Assoc. Bowling The DSA is bowling Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Walker’s Bowling Center. The cost is $5 per person. Not a member? No problem! You are welcome to attend one event without being a member. AUSA Golf Tournament Camp Walker’s Evergreen Golf Course hosts an AUSA Golf Tournament, Oct 18 - 19. An ‘AUSA Membership Drive’ will be held Oct 18 and a ‘Friendship Golf Tournament’ Oct 19. The green fee and participation fee is free for E-6 AUSA members and below, otherwise the participation fee for each day is $10 per individual and green fees are not included. Sign up at the Camp Walker Pro Shop (DSN 764-4628). For more information please contact Mr. De Los Santos at 765-7767 Seafood Night Oct, 24 from 5 - 9 p.m., Camp Walker’s Everygreen Club holds a Seafood Night event. Cost is $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 4 - 10 and kids 3 and under eat free. 2008 Haunted House Oct. 30 - 31, trick and treat yourself to a visit to Camp Walker’s Haunted House, Bldg. 300, 2nd floor. The spooky fun lasts from 6 - 9 p.m. The cost is $3 for ID card holders and $5 for non-ID card holders. For more information contact CPL Fenner at 010-2299-1819 or 764-4426. Social Work Care Manager Program, Post Deployment Lunch Group The event is open to all Soldiers who have deployed to OIF or OEF. It will be held at Camp Carroll’s ACS Conference Room at 12 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Nov. 4. It is for Soldiers to share their experiences of deployment in a supportive environment so that other Soldiers may benefit. Lunch will be provided. RSVP or for more information, contact Mr. Guffie or Ms. Nofzinger at 764-4998/5501. Daegu Girl Scouts seek volunteers for 2008-09 The U.S.A. Girl Scouts-Daegu Committee is seeking the following volunteer positions for 2008-09: Overseas Committee Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Daisy, Brownie & Studio 2B Leaders. For additional information, please call LaTondra Anderson at 053210-6003.
Lt. Col. Willie Rios III, Commander, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 32nd Infantry Division, shares his personal stories and vision as a Hispanic Sept. 24 during the Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration Ceremony – U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Jae-won By Pvt. Lee Jae-won 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP WALKER – To honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a Hispanic Heritage Commemoration Ceremony was held at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker, Sept. 24. Approximately 80 guests from Area IV attended to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spanishspeaking societies. Throughout the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy the video dance performance which featured Flamenco dancing and a PowerPoint presentation on Hispanic history, giving participants an opportunity to learn about the history of Hispanic society and its unique culture. The purpose of this day was to celebrate the heritage of a Hispanic society and to encourage Hispanics throughout our society. Each year, the United States government observes National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The observation was started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. In Hispanic society, Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries, which is why Sept. 15 was the day chosen to begin the observance. The theme for this year’s event was “Getting Involved: Our Family, Our Community, and Our Nation.” The event was organized by Master Sgt. Jerry Clements, Equal Opportunity, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the visual presentation on “Hispanic History” was performed by Sgt. 1st Class Angel Santiago, 551st Inland Cargo Transportation Company, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
USAG-Daegu HHC’s First Sergeant departs
CAMP HENRY – A Change of Responsibility ceremony was held Oct. 6 at the USAG-Daegu Headquarters in honor of USAG-Daegu Headquarters, Headquarters Company First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. Vance A. Lea. Lea will report to Fort Lewis, Wash., for duty as First Sergeant of the 593rd Special Troops Battalion.
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(Left) Lea passes the unit guidon to HHC Company Commander, Capt. Sylvia D. Johnson for the last time as the company’s First Sergeant. (Top) Lea addressed the assembled guests – U.S. Army photo by Kwon, Min-seok
OCTOBER 10, 2008
Soldiers, citizens enjoy Chilgok’s 47th Annual County Sports Festival
By Pvt. Lee Do-dam USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CHILGOK – U.S. Soldiers and Chilgok county citizens got together to enjoy a variety of sporting events and performances at the county’s largest annual event, the 47th Annual Chilgok County Sports Festival, Oct. 4.Chilgok County Governor, Bae, Sang-do extended the invitation to Soldiers as a good neighbor, in the spirit of friendship, providing U.S. Soldiers with a great opportunity to experience Korean culture. After the opening ceremony and Gov. Bae’s welcoming remarks, a Korean traditional percussion ensemble performance, or Pungmul-nol-yi and a Taekwondo demonstration by Keimyung University students followed. Chilgok county has a population of 120,000 people. Even though it is relatively smaller than other counties in the nation, many residents came out to support the event. Within the county are various towns, including Waegwan, where Camp Carroll is located. Each town formed their own team to compete among other towns. From relay runs to the tug-of-war, there were various competitions. U.S. Soldiers participated in the tug-of-war in the spirit of Korean/ American friendship, but unfortunately, lost to a stronger team of Chilgok residents.
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U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers give their best against a very strong Chilgok team during the tug-of-war event, Oct. 4. The Soldiers lost the competition to the citizens of Chilgok, but still enjoyed friendship, food and Korean culture – U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Do-dam Everyone involved had fun, and the event helped to strengthen the relationship between both nations. This year’s event was the 47th festival, but the first in which U.S. Soldiers were invited to participate. The idea to involve U.S. Soldiers in the event was the brainchild of USAG-Daegu’s Community Relations Officer, Chong, Yong-Kon. “I think this event will provide us [with another opportunity] to keep a stronger bond with one another,” said Chong. “American great idea.” “Because it is Fire Prevention Week, we decided to involve the fire department and also (take care of ) a semi-annual brief,” said Ichihara, HHC, 19th ESC. “It was helpful to have the demonstrations so that Soldiers paid attention. Soldier involvement… Soldiers and Korean citizens mingling at the event shows both groups’ true desire to get to know each other.” A wide variety of food booths gave – See Sports Festival Page
“We wanted to make sure that the Soldiers understood the importance of fire prevention,” said 1st Lt. Ernestine Saint Louis, executive officer, 19th ESC.
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“My Fire Marshall, Sgt. Jonathan Ichihara, suggested that we added the class to our curriculum after he officially took over the position a few weeks ago. It was a
is always a plus. Also, many Soldiers are not aware of how to use a fire extinguisher because of the different classifications of fires and fire extinguishers. The hands-on training is always the best way to learn anything.”
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participated in the meet. Star athletes from the Beijing Olympics and other world-class competitions gave highquality performances. Lauryn Williams, fourth place finisher in the women’s 100 meter sprints at Beijing, won the women’s 100 over Torri Edwards. Wilfred Bungei, Beijing Olympics gold medalist from Kenya, won the men’s 800 meter sprints. Tatyana Lebedeva, Beijing long jump silver medalist, won her event with a record jump of 6.65 meters. Athletes competed in a total of 16 games including 11 track events and 5 field events. Congratulations by famous Korean celebrities, a cheerleading performance and other events including school relay races lit up the atmosphere before the main athletic events and were well-organized. The climax of the event was definitely the appearance of Yelena Ishinbayeva, the women’s Olympic pole vault champion
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19th ESC Soldiers enjoy 2008 Colorful Daegu Pre-Championship meet
By Pvt. Jung Hee Yoon 19th ESC PAO The roaring sound shook the sky and the stadium was filled at the ‘Colorful Daegu Pre-Championship Meet 2008’, Sept. 25 at Daegu Stadium, as Korean Augmentation to the United States Army and U.S Soldiers from the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) traveled to the stadium to watch and enjoy the huge event. 200 participants from 32 countries and world record holder. Her efforts seemed relatively flat compared to her world record of 5.05 meters, and she called it a day with her winning attempt of 4.60 meters. Daegu Stadium is scheduled to host the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championship. The Daegu Pre-Championships meet is scheduled to be held annually from 2007 - 2010 as a rehearsal for the upcoming IAAF world championiship event.
Soldiers the chance to taste traditional Korean food while enjoying the games. They did not hesitate to try foods that were new to them. Just in case, Chilgok Country provided specially-made box lunches for the Soldiers if they didn’t like Korean food. It showed how each other care about one another. There was a special shuttle provided for
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Soldiers involved in the event. About 30 U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers came out to support the event, including USAG-Daegu Garrison Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier. Everyone seemed pleased and enjoyed the day. “I think it was great, I haven’t seen anything Korean outside the gate since I came here,” said Pfc. Elizabeth
Marie Ortiz. “It was a great experience. I talked to a lot of Koreans who are not in the Army today and it was fun. It is very different from American Culture. If I look around here I barely see obese Koreans. Food here is a lot healthier. The activities we did today were also very new to me.” KATUSA Soldiers also seemed satisfied with the event. “It was very meaningful today. It is usually hard for American
Soldiers to experience traditional Korean culture but today they were fully able to by trying food and activities,” said Pfc. Jung, Yeon-Min. “I feel pleased and wish that Americans now understand Koreans better. I hope we continue doing this kind of event so that more and more American Soldiers get to experience Korean culture,”
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