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The Morning Calm Korea Weekly is a U.S. Army Command Information newspaper primarily targeted to the U.S. military community serving, working and living at U.S. Army Installations in the Republic of Korea. The Morning Calm is published by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Korea Region Public Affairs Office.For more information about the U.S. Army in Korea, visit the U.S. Army Korea Media Center at




October 3, 2008 • Volume 6, Issue 49

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea


Flu Seaon is about to strike: Be prepared Page 27

‘Thank you!’ EEO offices hold appreciation events Page 16

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Yongsan youth show true colors, support school spirit activities

Students from Seoul American Middle School form a massive American flag as part of a school-wide school spirit activity Oct. 1. — U.S. Army photo by Slade Walters

Welcome home: United States Forces Korea announces new command sponsorship policy for Camp Red Cloud Enclave
USFK Public Affairs United States Forces Korea announced a new policy on command sponsorship today for the Camp Red Cloud Enclave expanding command sponsorship opportunities and benefits for service members with families living in that area. “This policy change, which offers command sponsorship benefits in an area where they were not previously available, is part of our overall tour normalization initiative which will change the tour structure for U.S. service members in Korea,” said General Walter Sharp, USFK commander. “Our goal is to as rapidly as feasible reach the point when most U.S. service members can bring their families to Korea and stay here for normal three year tours.” The Camp Red Cloud enclave includes Camp Red Cloud, Camp Stanley, and Camp Jackson. In order to take advantage of the new policy, service members must be assigned to a unit located at one of these three installations and cannot be detached for duty to another location within Area 1. Previously, family members of commandsponsored service members assigned to this area could only live at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan where they were geographically separated from their service members. They now have the option of living in the Camp Red Cloud Enclave area with their service members. Service members who currently have family members living in this area will have the ability to seek command sponsorship and the benefits that come with it. However, some services and benefits are limited in the Camp Red Cloud enclave. “Service members will be counseled on all available options so they can make the best decisions for their families,” said Colonel Pete Ellis, USFK assistant chief of staff for personnel. “Services are limited in the Camp Red Cloud enclave. For example, family government housing and Department of Defense schools are only available at USAG Yongsan. Medical services are also limited. –See SPONSORSHIP POLICY, Page 14–

Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members enjoy festival food, shows and live bands during one of many regularly-scheduled events sponsored by USAG-Red Cloud Family Morale Welfare and Recreation. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alun Thomas

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Courageous Channel 08-02 set for Oct. 1- 24
NEO exercise to have virtual flavor
By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee USFK Public Affairs Participants in this year’s Courageous Channel 08-02 noncombatant evacuation operation exercise can register from the comfort of their own living room starting Oct. 1. Family members can register from any computer with “Dot Mil” access. The online registration site is at mil. After registering, family members should print off the forms and place them in their NEO packets. “This fall’s focus is to validate 100% NEO packets, conduct an on-line registration process Oct. 1-24 and train NEO wardens,” said Col. Bradley Booth, Eighth U.S. Army Chief of Operations. “Courageous Channel this fall does not include setting up emergency evacuation centers.” Participation is mandatory for all family members, nonessential DOD civilians and contractors. Participants will not have to go through a processing line for this fall’s exercise and only need to register and ensure their NEO packets are up-to-date and ready for inspection by their unit’s NEO representative. “Online registration for a possible NEO is a convenient, secure and efficient way for DOD affiliated and Command Sponsored Civilians to confirm and or provide the required information for their NEO Packets,” said Colonel Booth. The U.S. Forces Korea exercise is conducted semi-annually, normally in the fall and spring, and is designed to train NEO assembly and evacuation control center procedures for the processing of DoD noncombatants. “NEO exercises are important for our DOD civilians in order to ensure they are prepared and familiar with the process in the case of an emergency,” said Colonel Booth. “Courageous Channel is also an opportunity for USFK and EUSA to revalidate the NEO plan, train NEO wardens, and improve the overall NEO process.” NEO exercises are an integral part of the mission at Korea, said Colonel Booth. “Ensuring our families and DOD affiliated civilians are prepared for contingencies are a critical part of our mission,” said Colonel Booth. “This increased readiness is accomplished with their participation in bi-annual Courageous Channel Exercises.” Contact your unit’s NEO representative for more information.



DSN 153…

Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Hotline
Yvonne Kearns IMCOM Korea Family Advocacy Program Manager Remember the number 153 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. Services are for a current or former spouse; a person with whom the abuser shares a child in common; or a current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile (at least 30 days). The victim advocate, as part of the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, provides information to help make informed decisions. “Domestic Violence: The Facts” – A Handbook to STOP violence provides the following list of behaviors typically demonstrated by abusive people. If any of these behaviors are a regular part of your relationship with your partner, you may be a victim of domestic violence. The more behaviors that apply, the more dangerous the situation. didn’t happen; shifting responsibility for abusive behavior; saying you caused it.

Econommic Control: Interfering with your work or not letting you work; refusing to give you money or taking your money; taking your car keys or otherwise preventing you from using the car; threatening to report you to social service agencies. Self-destructive Behavior: Abusing alcohol or drugs; threatening suicide or other forms of self harm; deliberately saying or doing things that will have negative consequences (e.g. telling off the boss). Isolation: Preventing or making it difficult for you to see friends or relatives; monitoring your phone calls; telling you where you can and cannot go. Harrassment: Making uninvited visits or calls; following you, checking up on you; embarrassing you in public; refusing to leave when asked. Intimidation: Making angry or threatening gestures; use of physical size to intimidate you; standing in doorway during arguments; outshouting you; driving recklessly. Destruction: Destroying your possessions; punching walls, throwing and/or breaking things.

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Destructive Criticism/Verbal Abuse: Name calling; mocking; accusing; blaming; yelling; swearing; making humiliating remarks or gestures. Pressure Tactics: Rushing you to make decisions through “guilt tripping and other forms of intimidation; sulking; threatening to withhold money: manipulating the children. Abusing Authority: Always claiming to be right, telling you what to do; making big decisions; using “logic”. Disrespect: Interrupting: changing topics; not listening or responding; twisting your words; putting you down in front of other people; saying bad things about your friends and family.

Threats: Making and/or carrying out threats to hurt you or

Sexual Violence: Degrading treatment based on your sex or sexual orientation; using force, threats or coercion to obtain sex or perform sexual acts. Physical Violence: Being violent to you, your children, household pets or others; slapping: punching; grabbing; kicking; biting; stabbing; etc. Weapons: Use of weapons, keeping weapons around which frighten you; threatening or attempting to kill you or those you love.
Abusive relationships do not get better on their own. The truth is that generally domestic violence gets worse with time, with incidents intensifying in severity. Don’t wait, call DSN 153 or 0505-764-5997 from cell or commercial phone. If you are in immediate danger, call the military police.

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you; being overly jealous.

Abusing Trust: Lying: Withholding information; cheating on

Breaking Prommises: Not following through on agreements; not taking a fair share of responsibility; refusing to help with children or housework. Emotional Witholding: Not expressing feelings; not giving support, attention or compliments; not respecting feelings, rights or opinions. Minimizing, Denying or Blaming: Making light of behavior and not taking your concerns about it seriously; saying the abuse

OCTOBER 3, 2008

Enjoy a temple stay


MP Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Simple Assault; Subject #1 and Victim #1 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Subject #1 threw Victim #1 to the ground, causing Victim #1 to strike his head on a bed post. Victim #1 sustained injuries consisting of a minor laceration on the right portion of his forehead and was transported to the TMC, where he was treated and released. Subject #1 reported no visible injuries. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP and transported to the USAG-Red Cloud PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA I: Shoplifting; Subject #1 was observed by AAFES Security via CCTV, holding a Windows Vista program in his hand. AAFES Security stated he never observed Subject #1 pay for the item or place the program back on the shelf. A search of the area and a sales audit was conducted by AAFES Security, which met with negative results. Subject #1 reported to USAG-Casey PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. MP conducted a search of Subject #1’s barracks room and found the item. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. The item was returned to AAFES. ECOL is $318.95. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA II: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were involved in a verbal altercation, which turned physical when Subject #2 and Subject #1 struck Subject #3 in the facial area with a closed hand and kicked him several times at a subway station. Subject #3 then struck Subject #2 and Subject #1 in the facial area with a closed hand. Subject #2 and Subject #1 was apprehended by KNP, Subject #2 and Subject #1 were charged by KNP under Law ART #257-1 (Assualt). Subject #2 and Subject #1 were processed and released to MP custody on a CJ Form 2. Subject #2 and Subject #1 were transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where they were not advised of their legal rights due to their suspected level of intoxication. Subject #1 sustained injuries consisting of a broken hand and bruises along his arms. Subject #2 sustained injuries consisting of abrasions and swelling as well as scratches on his head and arms. Subject #3’s injuries are unknown. Investigation continues by KNP and MPI with KNP as the lead investigative agency. AREA II: Shoplifting; Subject #1 was observed by AAFES Security, via CCTV, removing two panty sets and four boxes of make up at the protected location. Subject #1 then exited the protected location without rendering the proper payment. Subject #1 was detained and escorted to the Loss Prevention Office. Upon arrival of MP, Subject #1 was transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where Subject #1 was advised of Subject #1’s legal rights in the presence of Subject #1’s sponsor, which Subject #1 waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Subject #1’s RCP was retained. Subject #1 was further processed and released to Subject #1’s sponsor. The merchandise was retained, evaluated as evidence and returned to AAFES. ECOL is $66.28. This is a final report. AREA IV: Curfew Violation; At 0320 Hrs, 21 SEP 08, Subject #1 was observed by MP after Curfew at a club in Waegwan. MP detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP and transported to the USAG-Daegu (Carroll) PMO where he was administered a PBT, with a result of 0.024% BAC. Due to Subject #1’s level of intoxication, he was not advised of his legal rights. At 1700 Hrs, 21 SEP 08, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Daegu PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. This is a final report.

The Jogye-sa temple in the Insadong section of downtown Seoul is one of many temples in Korea that hosts temple stays for visitors. On the temple grounds is an information center for foreigners offering details on the temple stay program, temple guides and brochures, and information on Buddhism. (Inset): Participants can create lotus lanterns. Visit — U.S. Army photos by Slade Walters

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Mask Fest (Thru Oct. 5)
The 2008 Andong International Mask Dance Festival will be held in the downtown district, mask dance performance site, and Hahoe Village in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Troupes from 15 overseas countries are expected to stage high-level performances, and 13 talchum (mask dance) troupes will add to the fun and diversity of mask dances. The Andong Folk Festival, which is organized at the same time as the Andong Mask Dance Festival every year, will be held for the 38th time this year. Approximately 30 folk events will be held. For more information on these events, visit www. or martial arts competition, martial arts demonstrations, world folk art market and local specialty market, and face painting. Take a bus bound for Chungju at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Travel time: 1 hour, 30 minutes / Fare 8,500 won / Bus runs every 30 minutes). Get off at Chungju Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Gageum, then get off at Tanguem. by Luk 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.

Hi Seoul Festival (Thru Oct. 25)

Traditional Korean Performances (Thru Oct. 5)

During the Joseon Dynasty (A.D. 1392-A.D. 1910), Anseong had been the center of entertainment in Korea. Since 2001, the festival has been held to celebrate and further develop the traditional culture of Namsadang and the art of Baudeogi. In 2008, it will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 at the Anseong Gangbyeon Park. The Namsadang jultagi (tightrope walk), pungmull nori (folk music), salpan (tumbling), talloreum (mask dance), deolmi (puppet show), and beona nori (plate spinning) will be featured, along with hands-on programs. visit www. or

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

Osan Air Power Day (Oct. 11-12)

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 highperformance 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 for more information.

Lantern Festival (thru Oct. 12)

Seoul Performing Arts Fest (Thru Oct. 19)

Martial Arts Festival (Thru Oct. 8)

Held under the theme ‘Five thousand Years of Spirit and Martial Arts,’ the Chungju World Martial Arts Festival is a martial arts competition drawing participants coming from all around the world. Visitors can see martial arts demonstrations of different countries and learn traditional Korean martial arts. The festival is held in Tangeumdae UN Peace Park in Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do. Major events include the world folk performance, national

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

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, Gyeongsangnam-do (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 total of 60,000 lanterns will burn for two weeks. Visit for more information

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Seoul American Middle School students photo is the biggest school-wide spirit event and faculty celebrated the new school year, of the year. This year, SAMS welcomed approximately standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the 600 students into football field to form a giant American flag “The kids did a marvelous job,” its classrooms. As command sponsorship formation Oct. 1. Darrell Mood, i n c re a s e s , s o t o o The activity was does the number of designed to promote SAMS principal students attending school spirit, Seoul American allowing students to show their colors by wearing red, white Schools and DoDDS-Korea schools or blue. SAMS principal Darrell Mood throughout the peninsula. Fortunately, DoDDS-K faculty members said he was impressed with the Bulldogs’ enthusiasm. “The kids did a marvelous job,” are experts at helping students transition. he said. “To see this kind of cooperation School spirit events like this help build a and teamwork, even in Middle School, sense of teamwork for the students of the says a lot.” Mood said the flag formation 2008-2009 school year.

The Bulldog team wore red, white or blue clothing to form a giant flag on the football field Oct. 1 on USAG-Yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Slade Walters

Strengthening U.S. dollar causes rapid decrease in COLA rates for Korea
U.S. Force Korea Public Affairs dollar makes shopping off-post more attractive, with prices that now appear The Per Diem Travel and Transportation as relative bargains compared to those of Allowance Committee confirmed that an previous years. Several factors impact our COLA rate. 8-10 point decrease in COLA, for Korea, was caused by the strengthening U.S. These factors include the Korean won dollar. The U.S. dollar has strengthened exchange rate, shopping patterns of goods against the won at a greater rate then other and services, duty location, and accompanied status. currencies. This is The exchange due to a combination The stronger dollar makes rate is reviewed twice of weaknesses in the shopping off-post more attrac- each month to ensure Korean economy, directly influencing tive, with prices that now appear that COLA retains its intended level of the won, and due to the global as relative bargains compared to purchasing power. When the won strengthening of those of previous years. strengthens, it lessens the U. S. dollar. the purchasing power P D TATAC r a t e s used for COLA from 1-15 September 2008 of the dollar and could drive an increase in was set at 976.01 won = 1 U. S. dollar while COLA. Correspondingly, when the won the rate for 16-30 September 2008 was set weakens, it increases the purchasing power of the dollar and could drive a decrease in at 1,121.72 won = 1 U. S. dollar. Effective Sept. 16, USAG-Daegu, COLA. The command understands that COLA USAG-Humphreys, Osan Air Base, Chinhae Naval Base and USAG-Casey experienced improves the quality of life for our Service an 8-point decrease in the amount of members and their families. As a valuable COLA received as a result of the dollar/won financial entitlement to all Service members, exchange rate fluctuation. The COLA rates the command will ensure you receive every for Seoul decreased by 10 points as a result penny you are legally and ethically entitled to. If you have questions regarding your of currency fluctuations. COLA is an allowance designed to COLA or if you are seeking additional strengthen our Servicemembers’ purchasing information, please contact the 175th power by compensating them for difference Financial Management Center at DSN 725between the cost of living in Korea and the 3201, or check their website at the following cost of living in CONUS. The stronger URL:


OCTOBER 3, 2008



Wayne Johnson (left), ADCO controll officer and Army Substance Abuse Program director, stands with Cheri Okuda (right), suicide prevention coordinator next to the three meter long balloons advertising the Suicide Prevention Week Program held in the Red Cloud enclave Sept. 22 - 26. This balloon was installed at the front gate on USAG-RC. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Red Cloud enclave learns suicide awareness
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs the person contemplating suicide to help, which can save a life, Garcia said. The Red Cloud enclave has specially RED CLOUD GARRISON—The trained Soldiers to spot suicidal Soldiers Alcohol and Drug Control Office, along within every unit. with the Red Cloud enclave Chaplain’s “We have Unit Prevention Leaders in Office, and Family Morale, Welfare, and every unit to do substance abuse education Recreation, held Suicide Awareness and and we train them in suicide prevention as Prevention Week in all the enclave garrisons well,” Johnson said. “These leaders will help from Sept. 22-26. Activities included suicide us get the word out about our programs for prevention and awareness briefings given by suicide prevention.” the garrison Chaplain’s Office in the Pear “We have multiple portals to care Blossom Cottages throughout through chaplains, primary the enclave, and viewings of “The reason we are doing this prevention week is to do care, behavioral health, and “The Bridge,” a documentary leadership,” Richie said. “We about suicide with discussions anything we can to prevent a suicide, and if it means also need to make sure Family about how to recognize the signs members know who to call if saving one life, it is worth it.” of suicidal persons and what to they are worried about their do when confronted with suicide Chaplain (Maj.) Wayne Garcia, Soldier. We need to involve the situations. USAG-Red Cloud garrison chaplain whole Family and the whole “Suicide prevention is an community in this effort.” issue that has been ongoing in “The reason for the Pear the Army for years,” said Chaplain (Maj.) determine it’s worthiness for the Army’s Blossom Cottage briefings in suicide Wayne Garcia, Red Cloud garrison chaplain. suicide prevention message. prevention is to reach Family members “The reason we are doing this prevention “We were searching for a movie or and Spouses,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Mario week is to do anything we can to prevent a documentary which would help bring Rosario, USAG-RC chaplain. “Suicide is suicide, and if it means saving one life, it is the message home … the impact suicide not just a reality in the Army; it is a reality worth it. The more training we provide, the has on Family members, loved ones, even in all of society. The movie ‘The Bridge’ and better we are at helping troubled Soldiers fellow Soldiers and Department of the discussion afterwards with suicide awareness with suicide prevention.” Army Civilians.” said Garcia. “We also experts is open to all Soldiers, Civilians, and Col. Elspeth Richie, the Army’s top want to emphasize the importance of Family members.” psychiatrist, responded to questions about getting involved in a person’s life that may Suicidal persons are not necessarily the Army’s rising suicide rate at a Pentagon be struggling financially or may be having mentally ill, Garcia said. Every single one media round table. The Army is responding relationship problems and contemplating of us has a threshold. At some point in our to rising suicide rates with more training suicide.” lives, situations can become overwhelming. programs for Soldiers, leaders and Families, “The Bridge is a profound movie,” Garcia Many people have had fleeting thoughts of and is encouraging battle buddies to watch said. “It is a documentary of actual people taking their lives, but that does not mean out for each other, Richie said. jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and they are mentally ill. It means they have “How Suicide Prevention Week came taking their lives. It shows family members come to a point where they feel like suicide together was, the Army Community talking about those particular lives and what is the answer for them because there is no Substance Abuse Program said we would they were going through.” hope and they are worthless. do a suicide prevention week,” said Wayne One can do much in the way of preventing “Army statistics are pointing to failed Johnson, USAG-RC alcohol, and drug a suicide by being a good listener and leading relationships being the primary issue control officer. “We got a call shortly afterwards from Maj. Gen. John A. McDonald, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and commanding general Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command, encouraging everyone to get onboard and make it happen. FMWR was tasked locally to help with the events.” Screening of the film “The Bridge” took some research and close examination to causing persons to take their life,” Garcia said. “Whether it is a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship or a marriage, it can be a parent/ son or a parent/daughter relationship. Relationships are the primary cause of suicides in the Army since I have been in the Army.” There are a number of causes, such as stress, alcohol related or work related, that are a close number two cause of suicide, Johnson said. “Studies show 60 percent of all suicides are alcohol related,” Johnson said. “Drugs, finances, being put out on UCMJ charges, supervisory problems, all of these causes are stress related.” People are more likely to do something drastic being under the stress of a bad relationship and under the influence of alcohol or drugs than in any other situation, Garcia said. “The one thing we have in the Army is more resources at our disposal to educate ourselves about suicide prevention,” Garcia said. “We intentionally conduct suicide prevention training. We have mental health officers, chaplains, ADCO personnel, counselors, and social workers who are there to help Soldiers, Civilians and Family members at no cost.” Resources available to help leaders respond to Soldiers who may be at risk for suicide are unit chaplains or mental health providers. Log on to: AKO: https://, USACHPPM: http://chppm-www.apgea., and Army G1: mil/hr/suicide.asp. For more information, call 1-800-222-9698.Effective suicide prevention requires everyone in the unit to be aware of the risk factors for suicide and know how to respond, Garcia said.




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, 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 Off-Road RC Car Race Register at your local Community Activity Center no later than Oct. 6 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: 723-3730. 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 Korean Cultural Festivals Uijeongbu will hold it’s Citizen’s Day ceremony Oct. 10 at the Green Field Stage in front of the GPO building. Festivities begin 6 p.m. The Dongducheon Cultural Festival will be held Oct. 6. For more information call: 732-7078. 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.

Fisher McKenna, a contract employee from IMCOM Headquarters, provides log-in assistance to Ron Knowles, PAIO director, during Enterprise Performance Management training here Sept. 23, 2008. Ray Myers (right) of DES, was one of approximately 15 others attending the one-day training. — U.S. Army photo by Jack Loudermilk

New software to save time, money
By Jack Loudermilk USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RED CLOUD — A select group of local U.S. Government employees recently received their first exposure to a new software system expected to save countless man-hours by out-putting multiple required reports from a single gateway. Approximately 15 representatives reported to the Directorate of Information Management’s classroom Sept. 23 for training in Enterprise Performance Management, a program that fuses strategy and process with an automated tool to deliver accurate, multifaceted views of the enterprise, said Jessica Hartman, a contracted developer/instructor from IMCOM Headquarters. In layman’s terms, EPM identifies ways to streamline data collection, analysis, and reporting processes to enhance input in strategic planning and performance standards, measurement, reporting and improvement activities. “The EPM Strategy determines missionaligned measures that allow you to make informed decisions to maximize resources and capitalize operational efficiencies across the enterprise,” said Hartman. “The EPM Process clearly defines the collection, reporting, and analysis of data to provide a consistent and standard foundation for improved decision making.” Fisher McKenna, also a contract employee from IMCOM, further explained the EPM tool automates the collection of performance information provides summary views tailored to your perspective for effective monitoring of performance results. EPM development for IMCOM began in 2007 to leverage industry best practices to develop a conceptual framework tailored to IMCOM’s needs, Hartman said. “The idea is to utilize and enhance current capabilities to provide a robust and sustainable EPM approach capable of achieving IMCOM’s long-term strategic goals.” The new program is expected to be in limited operation late this year, possibly

December, McKenna said. “We’re training initial, future users who, in turn, should train fellow co-workers involved with tracking performance measures and compiling various reports. We expect the program to become more widely used sometime in 2009 as we work out more functions and IMCOM acquires more licenses.” Current training is limited due to the number of available software licenses. Users are also being categorized as “Read Only” (views scorecards and reports, creates personalized metric watch list, customizes scorecard views); “Standard User” (holds all read only user capabilities and manually inputs/edits data and adds/edits comments, actions and projects); “Power User” (holds all standard user capabilities and generates ad-hoc reports and adds/edits metrics); and “Administrator” (holds all power user capabilities and controls system access, manages assignment of user rights, manages data update cycles and adds/deletes metric types and scorecards).

Environmental Control Committee assesses compliance programs
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON—The USAG-RC Environmental Quality Control Committee met in the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center Sept. 22 to assess environmental compliance programs and projects for the coming Environmental Performance Assessment System review to take place in March of next year. “This EPAS is a system we use to identify the strengths and weaknesses and identify our funding requirements to do an external inspection every three years and to do an internal inspection every year,” said Donald Needham, USAG-RC director of public works. “We are currently in the July-September time frame and we have done an initial staff assistance visit. We have just completed on set of training for the environmental officer and we plan to have another set of training in October and April of next year.” There were three units in the Red Cloud enclave with 14 environmental issues to be resolved. The non-resolved items ranged from not having environmental awareness training to not placing drip pans under leaking vehicles. All issues except for three have been completed, Needham said. “We are down to about three major areas which should be corrected,” Needham said. “I expect all issues to be green across the board by the next meeting. We are going to dig further into the environmental situation with a new check list extending not with 14 items, but with 49 items.” “We are very happy with the people, if we can give them a check list of environmental concerns to go out and fix, they will always fix it on time,” Needham said.

Don Needham, director USAG-RC DPW, explains the progress of environmental corrective measures to garrison directorates Sept. 22 in the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham

OCTOBER 3, 2008

Operation Rising Star holds its final audition at USAG-Casey
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON—Pvt. Star Exum of Headquarters, Headquarters Company 304th Signal Battalion was chosen first prize of USAG-RC Operation Rising Star during final auditions held in the USAGCasey Gateway Club Sept. 27. Second prize was given to Sgt. 1st. Class Brad Turner of 46th Transportation Company. Third prize and unit spirit award went to Pvt. Brian Wachendorf of 70th Brigade Support Battalion. “This is one of the most successful of the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Army wide events,” said Chris Bradford, USAG-RC FMWR business manager. “We produce different events every year, such as promotions programs, and Operation Rising Star has proven to be one of the most popular ones.” Qualifying rounds for the contestants began on Labor Day weekend, and the semifinal round was held Sept. 20, Bradford said. “The contestant placing first tonight will win $500 locally,” Bradford said. “The lucky singer tonight will represent our area during the all Army auditions. We will take the video tape of the winner’s performance tonight, include another video of the winner singing without accompaniment, and we will send those videos to the panel of judges in the United States were they will judge all the garrison entries and narrow the competitors to 12.” Experts in entertainment will judge the videos from all the garrisons at FMWR headquarters in Washington D.C., Bradford said. “People who produce the Soldier Show and other Army entertainment specialists will review the videos like they did last year,” Bradford said. “Last year we finished third overall.” Supporters of their contestant from each unit can vote online daily. “You can vote only once per computer per day; those getting the most votes from



their units and family and friends back home will have the best chance to win,” Bradford said. “By the time a competitor gets to the top 12 he or she has to be very talented.” The judges for the finals were Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender, Command Sgt. Maj. USAG-RC, Sally Hall, USAG-Casey Community Activity Center manager, and James Davis of the 2ID band. Second place Sgt. 1st. Class Brad Turner has been singing since his adolescent years and polishes his technique in karaoke. “I listen to a wide range of music and sing the songs over many times,” Turner said. “I am always competing in karaoke contests; I am addicted to karaoke.” Turner polishes his tunes and gives them his own interpretation when he is competing in contests such as Operation Rising Star. “When I sing the songs I know best, I put my own interpretation in and make them my own,” Turner said. “Winners will go to Washington D.C. and perform on the Pentagon Channel and supporters will be given to chance to support their candidate by computer,” Bradford said. “The details of the finals have not been announced yet.”

Pfc. Star Exum auditions for the Operation Rising Star finals Sept. 27 in the Gateway Club on USAG-Casey. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham

Damas de Jalisco, a 11 instrument mariachi band from San Antonio Tx. performs for Warriors Sept. 25 in Mitchell’s Club on USAG-RC. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham

Hispanic Heritage month features Mariachi Band
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON—Soldiers, Civilians and Family members were entertained by San Antonio’s all-female Damas de Jalisco mariachi band Sept. 25 at Mitchell’s Club here. The band included five violinists, two trumpeters, guitarist, bass guitarist, and a vihuela player. The event was produced by USAG-RC’s Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation and presented during this area’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration organized by 2nd Infantry Division Equal Opportunity Office. Maj. Shane Cuellar began the program with a rendering of his experiences growing up in Texas. The band performed many of the standard mariachi tunes, as well as a medley of Texas-country standards, including “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” a folk song (author about a lost love, or about why a lover is unknown) dating from 1836 and the Battle leaving, or even glad to return.” The band met a talent scout for Armed of San Jancito; “San Antonio Rose,” written Services Entertainment in San Antonio a by the late Bob Wills; and the ever popular country standard “Orange Blossom Special,” few months back but did not expect to be a well known fiddle show-piece written contracted to come to Korea. “Two men met by Ervin Rouse and us while performing Chubby Wise in in a restaurant and 1939. “We came to entertain the Soldiers asked if we knew Later in the program, band because they do so much for us,” the song “Tigeres del Norte,” Marin members walked Sonia Marin, said. “I said we did among the audience and he then invited singing to Soldiers bandleader and manager us to come to Korea and Family members and perform for the p e r s o n a l l y, a s troops.” mariachi performers Most of the members of the band have often do. “Our music is a very personal kind of relatives in the Army who are deployed in music,” said Sonia Marin, bandleader and different regions, Marin said. “We came to entertain the Soldiers manager. “Mariachi music’s lyrics are often because they do so much for us,” Marin said. “We perform at Casey next and two more performances down south of here. We will perform five shows in all.” The band acquired its’ name from mariachi performers that coached them, Marin said. The name means Ladies of Jalisco. Jalisco is a state in Mexico where the capital city is Guadalajara. It is generally regarded as the place where mariachi music developed. The peculiar instrument that gives mariachi music its famous sound is the Spanish vihuela. The vihuela was developed in the early 15th century in Spain and was the precursor to the violin and guitar. “This may be the first time the vihuela is heard in Korea,” Marin said. “Mariachi music is regarded as a symbol of the Mexican Revolution and a symbol of Mexican pride.”

OCTOBER 3 , 2008

By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Garrison officials created an easier way for newcomers to identify on-post locations by replacing numbered entry control points with actual names. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall referred to this as “a common sense approach.” He said the previous naming system “made little sense” because the numeric code did not run in sequence, making it difficult for people to follow gate locations. As with hundreds of families who are new arrivals to Yongsan, when the Hall family got here last year, they had “no


Numbers out, names in for Yongsan gates
Gate naming convention based on well-known landmarks, facilities
idea” what the naming convention of the gates meant, such as Gate 52, Gate 12 or Gate 10. Hall said he turned to the community to determine the most practical approach for name changes. “We began an initiative to solicit recommendations from the community for a new naming convention,” Hall said. Director of Emergency Services Ricky Oxendine said it was better to associate a gate with the name of a well-known landmark. “For example, Gate 52 will now be Commissary Gate and Gate 19 will be the Hospital Gate,” he said. The new names were approved and are now posted on new signs at all USAGYongsan installation gates.

Yongsan Main Post Gate 1 – MP Station Gate Gate 2 – Camp Coiner Hill Gate Gate 3 – Friendship House Gate Gate 5 – Main Post Club Gate Gate 7 – MARFOR Gate Yongsan South Post Gate 8 – CPAC Gate Gate 10 – Dragon Hill Lodge Gate Gate 12 – PX Gas Station Gate Gate 17 – South Post Visitor Gate Gate 19 – Hospital Gate Gate 37 – Blackhawk Village Gate Gate 52 – Commissary Gate Camp Coiner Gate 8B – Camp Coiner Walk-Thru Gate Gate 20 – Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate Camp Kim Gate 23 – Camp Kim Gate Camp Tango Gate 1 – Camp Tango Main Gate Gate 2 – Camp Tango Back Gate Gates 7 and 7A – Tango Expressway In Gate Gate 10A – Camp Tango Expressway Out Gate Gate 10 – Camp Tango Range Gate Every gate at all U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan installations now have new names, moving from a numbering system to a naming convention. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson Camp Market Gate 1 – Market Walk-Thru Gate Gate 2 – Market Main Gate Gate 12 – AAFES Truck Gate District Engineer (FED Compound) Gate 1 – FED Main Gate Gate 2 – FED Back Gate K-16 Air Base Gate 1 – K-16 Gate Transportation Motor Pool Gate 29 – TMP Gate Soebinggo Compound Gate 60 – Soebinggo Gate Hannam Village Gate 1 – Hannam Village Main Gate Gate 2 – Hannam Village Back Gate Religious Retreat Center Gate 1 – RRC Gate Yongin Gate 1 – Yongin Gate Incheon Airport JMMT Gate 1 – Incheon Main Gate Gate 3 – TARMAC Gate Kang Wha Do Gate 1 – Kang Wha Do Gate

Community job fair attracts record crowd
By Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YO N G S A N G A R R I S O N – U . S . Army Garrison-Yongsan held its second community job fair this year Sept. 26, attracting nearly 600 job-seekers, twice that of the first one in May. “People are getting jobs,” said Mercedes Jamieson, Army Community Services Employment Readiness Program manager at the site. “And that’s what we’re all about.” More than 25 organizations representing government contractors and U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan agencies set up booths and displays and spoke with family members and transitioning Servicemembers and took resumes. One Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Wright, Special Operations Command-Korea, is

“The military is so diverse, you can pick up on anything, and that’s what companies like about us.”
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Wright, Job fair visitor
getting ready to retire, and this was the first job fair he’s attended as he gets ready to transition to the civilian workforce. “I’m getting a good idea to tailor my experience to,” said Wright, who’s looking for work in information technology. “It’s very beneficial to see what the companies have ... versus looking in the newspaper or just going through the Web.” He said coming to the fair and talking to company representatives also gave him an idea of how his military experience translates to the “civilian” world. “The military is so diverse, you can pick up on anything, and that’s what companies like about us,” Wright said. “We are well organized, too, with our standard operating procedures.” Jamieson said her program, the Employment Readiness Program, can help anyone with employment assistance. The program can help Servicemembers, civilians and family members with job search training. It also conducts seminars

on related topics such as resume writing and interviewing skills. The first job fair held May 30 took in about 300 visitors. She said one company received about 265 resumes. “The companies were very pleased with the people they met,” Jamieson said. “They met many good candidates with a lot of skills. The companies want to come back to the next one.” Jamieson added she received dozens of e-mails Monday from companies and visitors thanking her for organizing the fair. “Many were asking when the next one will be,” Jamieson said. The Garrison plans to work closely with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center to advertise local job opportunities through an aggressive new campaign, according to CPAC officials.


News & Notes
NEO Registration Now On-line Registration for the Oct. 1-24 Courageous Channel noncombatant evacuation operations exercise can be completed online. Registration of all family members, nonessential DOD civilians and contractors is mandatory. Participants only need to register and ensure their NEO packets are up-to-date for this exercise. Contact your unit NEO warden for details. South Post Power Outage A major power outage to all buildings and housing areas on South Post 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4. The outage will allow for electrical upgrades to the power grid. Hispanic Heritage Month Program The community is invited to the 8th U.S. Army National Hispanic Program, hosted by Special Troops Batallion-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. Impact of DIMHRS on Soldier Pay The 176th Finance Company will provide briefings today and Tuesday on the financial and Soldier pay implications of the Army transition to the Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System. Topics will cover the transition from a pay perspective and what commanders can do to set their units up for success. These briefings are for all company commanders and first sergeants and battlation commanders and command sergeants major. The briefing schedule is: nAt Yongsan: Today and Oct. 7 starting at 9 a.m. at the Yongsan Multipurpose Training Facility nAt K-16 Air Base: Today starting at 9 a.m. at the Community Activities Center Oktoberfest at Dragon Hill Lodge nThe Point 3K Volksmarch: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; registration starts at 9:30 a.m. nDHL Oktobertfest Party: Oct. 4 and 11 5-11 p.m. and Oct. 10 6-11 p.m. on the upper parking garage. Ask about special group reservation for groups of 15 or more. Win one of two round -trip tickets to any destination in the continental U.S. nDHL Oktobertfest Yard Sale: Oct. 4 starting at 11 a.m. on the upper parking garage. Sign up now to reserve a table. For information, call Dragon Hill Lodge Guest Services at 738-2222, Ext. 24. No Left Turns Into Camp Kim, MP Gate USAG-Yongsan officials caution all drivers: Left turns into Camp Kim and MP Gate are prohibited. Korean traffic law forbids entering or crossing bus lanes marked with blue lines and red pavement. Several traffic accidents have occurred since July, causing injuries and property damage. Teen Parenting Workshop The final session of a five-week teen parenting workshop is noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service office. The topic, “Navigating Your Way Through Transition,” will focus on helping parents build coping skills in their teens during and after a military deployment. Juice, coffee and snacks will be provided. For information, call 723-3041. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at

‘Prevent Home Fires’ theme for fire prevention observance
By Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Fire Prevention Week 2008 begins and ends at home. That’s the message Yongsan fire prevention experts want to get out to the community. “Prevent Home Fires” is the official national theme for this year’s weeklong observance, which runs Oct. 5-12. The Yongsan Fire Department has scheduled activities to help educate community members that the leading causes of home fires – cooking, smoking and heating – are the easiest to prevent. “Fire prevention starts at home, so we want to reinforce that message,” said Yongsan Fire Chief Alex Temporado. “Fortunately at Yongsan, we have had few home fires, but the ones we have had were mainly from cooking.” The week is a good time to go through some simple fire prevention reminders, said John Derengowski, fire department chief of technical services. “Have you tested your smoke detector? Do you leave the stove on when you leave the kitchen? Do you have fire extinguishers within easy reach? Do you have an evacuation plan? These are things that we want to remind the community about,” Derengowski said. In addition, fire prevention poster contests are underway at the elementary HOME PREVENTION CHECKLIST Smoke detectors work Electrical cords are in good condition and are used safely Clothes dryer has clean vent and filter Appliances and lights are plugged into separate electrical outlets and middle schools. The deadline to turn them in is Oct. 6, with judging taking place later in the week. The top three winners will earn Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift cards. Derengowski said the big community event of the week is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Yongsan Fire Department, complete with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, compliments of United Service Organizations. Garrison firefighters will join forces with their Korean counterparts from the Yongsan District Fire Department to set up displays and events. Children and adults can try their hand at an escape chamber. Firefighters will also give classes on using a fire extinguisher and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Later that day, firefighters will put on a kitchen fire safety demonstration at Hannam Village from 1:30-3 p.m. The Fire Department will also open their



doors to school children during the week for tours and various fire prevention education events, Derengowski said, such as how to properly escape from a smoke-filled room. Children will also get the chance to talk to Pluggie, a talking fire hydrant robot that helps firefighters deliver prevention messages. “He’s a robot. He turns around, his eyes blink and he talks to the kids to help emphasize fire prevention techniques. The kids love him,” Derengowksi said. “We use him to help go through some of the more important things to remember, like memorizing the emergency fire reporting number.” Fire Prevention Week is the oldest public health and safety observance on record, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The week always includes Oct. 9, the day of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The fire killed more than 200 people and destroyed nearly 4 square miles of the city. Fire Prevention Week activities also include: nAll week: Fire trucks and Sparky mascot will visit schools n Oct. 6-9: Main fire station tours, briefings and artificial smoke evacuation training; school assemblies and Child and Youth Service fire evacuation drills nOct. 10: Korean National 119 Center K-9 search and rescue dog demonstration, 10 a.m.

Pro bowler encourages Yongsan youth
By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – 2007 U.S. Master’s Champion Sean Rash shared his title-winning bowling tips with Yongsan youth during a special bowling clinic at Yongsan Lanes Sept. 27. “Not many children have an opportunity to stand close to a professional bowler and learn bowling skills,” said Jennifer Pilolo, director of Yongsan’s Youth Bowling League. “It is such a good experience for our kids to interact with a professional bowler.” Yongsan Lanes manager Robert Victorine invited Rash, a fourtime Team USA member, here to kick-off the start of the youth bowling league with a bowling clinic. He spent most of the day with about 30 young bowlers. “I explained to them what I do for a living, encouraged them to make sure that they have fun and stay in school, and explained to them how much you can actually get out of this sport by going school and getting scholarship money,” said Rash, who was in Seoul to participate in an international tournament. “Traveling around the world, enjoying something that you love to do … these are some of the best things you could enjoy when you become a professional bowler.” Rachael Barisich, a seventh grader at Seoul American Middle School and the winner of the 2003 Pepsi Bowling Tournament, has been in the youth bowling league here for seven years. She was thrilled at the chance to talk to Rash and play a game with him. “It really helped and was a lot of fun,” Barisich said. “He explained that how hard to throw a ball depends on the person and the bowling ball the person is using. I felt more confident than any other tournament I had before. My wish is¬¬ t¬¬¬o become a professional bowler. I wish that I would be able to get a scholarship through bowling as Sean did.” Jenipher said the children enjoyed the clinic. “He was very involved and interactive with the kids,” she said. “They also had opportunities to do some trick shots with him, and it was a good experience for them.” Rash said bowling is a good sport because it can be played yearround. “It was great to see almost 30 kids come out here and bowl … just having fun,” he said.

Pro bowler Sean Rash and seventh-grader Rachael Barisich look at the scoreboard after a short match during the youth bowling league kick-off clinic Sept. 27. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Min-hwi

OCTOBER 3 , 2008

Hot cars, bikes on display at Yongsan show
By Pfc. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – The 2008 Yongsan Auto and Motorcycle Show had a strong turnout Sept. 27 as participants brought more than 30 motorcycles and 15 cars to showcase and possibly win one of five car categories and six motorcycle categories. The venue consisted of motorcycles by popular manufacturers such as Harley Davidson, Yamaha and Kawasaki alongside high end Corvettes, Mercedes and more. “This is the fourth annual auto show here sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation center,” said Mario Farrulla, director of USAG-Yongsan Community Actitivity Center. “We have excellent participation.” The show featured vendors selling motorcycle equipment and experts offering free tire check-ups. For many, this was their first show, and some participants have anticipated it for some time. “This is my first auto show in Korea,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edgard Quinones, 8th U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy. “They were supposed to have the auto show in June, but it got cancelled. I’ve been really looking forward to this event.” Quinones compared the auto show to shows he said he’s attended in the U.S. “Compared to other auto shows that I’ve



Robert Lau Jr. shows off his classic Corvette at the fourth annual Yongsan Auto Show Sept. 27. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Keun-woo

been to, the show here has more versatility in terms of the years and types of cars. This is great!” “I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 16,” said Michael Cronin, who brought his 2003 Suzuki GSXR 1000. “The auto show today was great, but it would’ve been better if they had people doing stunts with the motorcycles.” The winner of each car category won $200.

CAR CATEGORIES Best Overall – Billy D. Epperson Best Wheels – Paul Hutchinson Best Engine Compartment – Clay Allison Best Sound – Ricardo J. Rodriquez Best Hooptie – John Smith MOTORCYCLE CATEGORIES Sports Bikes 1st place: Kevin Stansel 2nd place: Kyle Hollingsworth Cruiser Bikes 1st place: Jesse Stanley 2nd place: Sam Berry Small Bikes 1st place: Kevin Perondi 2nd place: Rusty Berry Best in Show – Scott Hartigan Most Popular – Alfredo Soto The Ugliest – Chad Fross


Award winning cook strives for quality in the kitchen
By Pfc. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Sgt. Moonhee Seo loves cooking. Not just because it’s her job; it’s her passion. And it’s an award-winning one. She has won awards in culinary competitions in Korea and the U.S. “She is the NCO that everyone wants to be,” said coworker Sgt. Richard Baker. Seo has worked in Camp Coiner Dining Facility since 2006. Before, she was a cook, with pastry being her forte. Now, she devotes most of her time to inspecting the lines, making sure food served to Soldiers meets standards and overseeing the rations room where food is stored. During U.S-Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army Soldier Week in April, she earned an Army Achievement Award for outstanding volunteer work. She volunteered to cook traditional American food, and it sold out in just over an hour. “I wasn’t expecting the award,” she said. “But for them to recognize me in this way, I feel greatly appreciated.” How did your career as a cook in the Army get started? I started off as a cook at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2003 when I joined the Army. My career as a cook was briefly interrupted in 2004, when I was deployed to Iraq for a year where I worked in a medical supply office. In 2006, I came back to Korea, and ever since I’ve been here in Camp Coiner. Korea has given me many opportunities that were previously unavailable to me. At Fort Bragg, I was just another private. It was hard to distinguish yourself in such a large group. Here, the community is a lot smaller and I’ve had chances to seek activities outside of Yongsan Garrison, like culinary competitions. What is a typical day like for you? As a shift leader, I have to make sure that they are making the food according to the recipe card and regulations. If you don’t work with the right ingredients, the end-product may not be so good. We try to provide as much quality food as we can. For us, this may be our everyday job, but for the Soldiers, meal time is time for a break. I want them to feel as comfortable. I want them to enjoy their breaks as much as possible. Tell us more about the culinary competitions. Every year, Fort Lee, Va., sponsors a two-week culinary competition. In 2006, I was selected to be part of a 13person team from Korea. I won a gold medal in pastries. Earlier this year in April, I participated in an international culinary competition at the COEX Mall, a western-style mall in Seoul. Our team, which was made up of three cooks and a team captain, won a gold medal for our five-course meal. We also won a silver medal in the buffet rounds. I can’t participate in the competitions this year due to scheduling issues but I hope to compete again sometime in the future. I’d like to let my Soldiers know that there are plenty of opportunities to become certified cooks while in the military. You just have to seek out the relevant information. You have a chance to develop yourself here: Take it. Did you always want to become a cook? Yes, I liked to cook, but I never really envisioned myself as being a cook. But as my career progressed, I realized that I might actually enjoy pursuing this profession. When I see Soldiers receive their plates and I see them content with the food… that makes me feel good and special. It’s not like other jobs where the outcomes aren’t always immediately obvious. In the kitchen, you see the results right away with the customers. I like that. Do you think about life outside of the Army? Sometimes. Before the international competition, all of the contestants got training at the Intercontinental Hotel. I wanted to learn more, and asked the head chef if I could help them. So I put extra hours to help their pastry team. I enjoyed it, but as a military person, it’s hard to have a side job, so I couldn’t pursue it. But maybe in the far future I’ll start a little corner pastry shop in Canada. The aroma of good coffee and sweet donuts… that would be a good morning to wake up to. When do you feel best working in the kitchen? Everyday. When I see customers smile when they receive their food … that’s why I like pastries so much. When people see sweets, it’s easy to see that people are happy. That’s what makes everything worth it for me.

Sgt. Seo Moon-hee works at the Camp Coiner Dining Facility, where she spends most of her time inspecting lines. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Keun-woo





Fall Festival ‘biggest event of year’
can get free health and dental screenings and flue shots. We’ll also have information booths on retiree benefits at the festival grounds. Then, starting at 4 p.m., we’ll have the retiree “cookout” at Harvey’s Lounge adjacent to the Dragon Hill Lodge, where we’ll recognize our retirees for their commitment to our country. If you think we will stop before sunset, you are wrong! At 7 p.m., the 8th U.S. Army Rock Band will give a free concert, and at 8 p.m. fireworks will commence on Balboni Field. The Fall Festival is a chance to celebrate the end of summer and enjoy the last bit of good weather before winter sets in. It’s also a day to recognize the contributions of our retired Servicemembers. Finally, the festival and parade happen to coincide with a federal holiday: Columbus Day. As with all three-day weekends and training holidays, I want to stress safety and responsibility. Please pass the word about our events. Come out and spend the day and evening with your fellow community members, and feel free you invite your Good Neighbor or Korean Friend. Together, we can share a bountiful and safe holiday weekend!

ake your plans now. The biggest event of the year is coming to Yongsan. Thousands of community members will gather to celebrate the Yongsan Fall Festival next weekend! Family fun, festivities and fireworks, so don’t miss it! It all starts 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, with a community “parade” from the Yongsan Commissary to the T-intersection near the Fire Station. We’ll have Korean and American organizations marching, tossing out candy for kids, marching bands, costumes, and an assortment of entertainment. The parade contestants will be judged under various categories and prizes will be awarded. Following the parade, the “festival” will commence on Williams Avenue next to Collier Field House, which will be blocked off for the entire day. We’ll have grilled food, ice cream, information booths, inflatable castles and rappelling walls on the soccer field, face painting, health evaluations, a stage with live bands, contests and entertainment throughout the day, to include a free concert with famous Korean entertainers. The annual Yongsan Retirement Appreciation Day is being conducted in conjunction with the Fall Festival. Retirees

Yongsan’s Rising Star


Spc. Della Thompson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG-Yongsan, sings for the crowd at the finals of the USAG-Yongsan Rising Star competition Sept. 25 at the Main Post Club. She won the Yongsan Rising Star title and will now compete in live finals on the Pentagon Channel in November. Operation Rising Star is modeled after the popular television show American Idol. For the complete story, go to http://yongsan. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Im Jin-min

OCTOBER 3, 2008



Department of Defense finalizes NSPS regulations
Army News The Department of Defense and the Office of Personnel Management jointly issued the final enabling regulations for the National Security Personnel System, one of DoD’s human resources management systems. NSPS was originally authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 and amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. The proposed regulations were initially published in the Federal Registeron May 22, 2008, for a 30-day public comment period. The department and OPM received 526 public comments. Nine of the 10 unions having national consultation rights with the department also provided comments. DoD and OPM carefully considered all comments and suggestions. The final regulations incorporate some of the changes and recommendations received and reflect the department’s commitment to ensuring fairness and transparency in the performance management system, a key concern of commenters. A comprehensive overview of the comments and the department’s response is included in the supplementary information published with the final regulations. While the final regulations incorporate significant changes, the core features of the personnel system remain intact. The final regulations govern how classification, compensation, and performance management flexibilities will be accomplished. NSPS retains the existing values of the civil service, including merit system principles and veterans’ preference, and allows employees to be paid and rewarded based on performance, contributions to mission accomplishment, and market considerations. The NSPS regulations have undergone significant change since they were first introduced. Most of these changes were motivated by one of three factors: changes mandated in law, changes derived from lessons learned and best practices, and changes driven by public and union comments. Changes brought about by National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 are listed below: NSPS will follow existing government-wide rules for: g Labor-management relations g Disciplinary and adverse actions and employee appeals of adverse actions g Staffing and employment g Workforce shaping (reduction in force, furlough, and transfer of function) Excludes Federal Wage System (blue collar) employees from coverage under NSPS. Mandates that all employees with a performance rating above “unacceptable” (rating of 1 on a scale of 1-5)) or who do not have a current performance rating receive no less than sixty percent of the annual government-wide General Schedule pay increase. In accordance with the statute, the balance will be allocated to pay pools for the purpose of increasing rates of pay based on performance at the valued performer (rating of 3) and higher levels.
g Requires that all NSPS employees with a performance rating above “unacceptable” or who do not have a current performance rating receive locality pay in the same manner and extent as General Schedule employees. g Adjustments and clarifications made to lend consistency based on lessons learned and best practices: g Allow for NSPS coverage of employees appointed for less than 90 days Provide a conversion/movement out process for employees moving to GS positions, to ensure consistent pay setting practices for NSPS employees g Allow employees to request reconsideration of an individual job objective rating, in addition to the ability to request reconsideration of the overall final rating of record g Grandfathers GS pay retention timeframes for employees covered by GS grade or pay retention rules at the time of their conversion to NSPS Additional substantive changes made following publication of the proposed rules in the Federal Register: g Revised definition of “rate of pay” to ensure consistency and conformity regarding pay issues. g Require organizations to share aggregate pay pool results g Extend accelerated compensation for developmental positions to positions assigned to the Student Career Experience Program in the student pay schedule g Extend within-grade increase “buy-in” provision to Federal Wage System employees who move into NSPS.

DoD will continue to use NSPS flexibilities to build and sustain a high-performing workforce. There are currently approximately 183,000 DoD employees under NSPS. The next DoD organizations will convert into NSPS in the late 2008 - early 2009 timeframe, bringing the total number of employees under the system to approximately 200,000. The final regulations can be found at

This might not be a concern for some families who are comfortable living in a nearby apartment or having their kids attend one of the surrounding international schools. However, other family members might prefer to stay at USAG Yongsan due to the greater support infrastructure there. The point of the counseling is to ensure service members understand service limitations and can make the best decision for their family and situation.” The new policy is part of the command’s tour normalization initiative to increase command sponsorship opportunities in Korea. The command’s tour normalization goal is the great majority of U.S. service members assigned to Korea who have families will be stationed here with their families, compared to today’s figures. Currently about 55% of all service members have dependants. About 28% of these service members with families have their families in Korea and only about

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14% of these are currently being command sponsored. “Tour normalization is a win-win situation for everyone,” said General Sharp. “It improves readiness by keeping our trained forces in place for longer periods of time, improving continuity, stability, and the retention of regional institutional and cultural knowledge. “ “It improves the quality of life of our service members and their families who no longer must be separated from each other for extended periods of time or have to pay significant out of pocket expenses due to the unavailability of command sponsorship. It also strengthens the alliance by encouraging more meaningful interaction between American families and Korean citizens,” General Sharp continued. “Finally, it demonstrates a strong and visible commitment by the U.S. to the ROK, signaling we will remain here as long as we are welcomed and wanted.”


Campers have fun with English

Jewish High Holy Day Schedule — Yongsan
September–October 2008/Tishrei 5769 Yom Kippur — Religious Retreat Center, Seoul Wed., Oct. 8 1600 Retreat Sign-in begins 1740 Candlelighting in Chapel Conference Room 1745 25-hour Fast begins with Kol Nidrei Thurs., Oct. 9 0930 Morning Service 1545 Yizkor Memorial Service 1615 Afternoon and Neilah Services 1843 Yom Kippur Fast ends with Shofar Blowing 1850 Evening Service and Havdalah 1900 Break-The-Fast Meal 2000 Retreat concludes
For more information about these services, or any other Jewish concerns, please contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi S. Weiss by e-mail at: [email protected] (DSN) 723-6707 (Civ.) 02-7913-6707 (Cell) 010-3100-3329

The third English Camp for the Young Nak Children’s Home sponsored by the Dragon Hill Chapter of the Non Commissioned Officers Association-Korea, kicked off on Friday, Sept. 26. Twentythree children arrived at the Friendship House on USAG-Yongsan to participate. The program consisted of NCOA members and volunteers from Special Troops Bn-K, J-2, Contractors from BAH and Members of ROK CFC Headquarters Company with 23 elementary aged students from the Young Nak Children’s Home. The whole purpose of the program is to teach children to have fun with the English language and do that by interaction with their English speaking neighbors. This English Camp marks a level of friendship and cooperation between US Forces Korea and our Host nation allies working together to support the Good Neighbor Program. NCOA had quite a bit of help with this program. The ROK CFC Headquarters Company made the coordination to utilize the Friendship House near Yongsan’s Gate 3 and also provided both lunch and dinner meals. This is not to mention the 15 ROK soldiers who scripted the majority of the program. They worked hand in hand with about 18 U.S. NCOA members and volunteers. Also contributing were five members of the Young Nak teaching staff who co-planned the event and provided all the decorations. — Courtesy photo

Oct. 3-9

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

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 6:30 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 7 p.m.

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 6:30 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. Night at the Museum (PG) 1 p.m. Babylon A.D. (PG13) 7 p.m. Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G) 3:30 p.m. Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 7 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 6:30 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. College Road Trip (G) 3 p.m. Babylon A.D. (PG13) 7 p.m. Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G) 3:30 p.m. Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

No Show

Swing Vote (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

No Show

Baby Mama (PG13) 7 p.m.

No Show

No Show

No Show

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

Pineapple Express (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

Pineapple Express (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG13) 7 p.m.

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7 p.m.

No Show

Step Brothers (R 7 p.m.

No Show

Eagle Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG13) 6 / 8 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 6 p.m. The Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Star Wars: Clone Wars (G) 1 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 3:30 / 6 / 9 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.

No Show

No Show

No Show

X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 6 p.m.

Eagle Eye (PG13) 7 / 9:30 p.m.

Star Wars: Clone Wars (G) 1 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 3:30 / 6 / 9 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m.

Love Guru (PG13) 7 p.m.

Love Guru (PG13) 7 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 9 p.m. Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 9 p.m.

The Dark Knight (PG13) 7 p.m.

Step Brothers (R 7 p.m.

Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m.

X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 7 p.m.

No Show

Lakeview Terrace (PG13) 7 p.m.

Wall-E (G) 7 p.m. Hancock (PG13) 9 p.m. Eagle Eye (PG13) 5 / 8 p.m. Space Chimps (G) 6:30 p.m.

Mama Mia! (PG13) 7 p.m.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG13) 7 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m. The Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 6 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show

Eagle Eye (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.

Space Chimps (G) 7 p.m.

Eagle Eye (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Space Chimps (G) 6:30 p.m.

Eagle Eye (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Space Chimps (G) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.

Swing Vote (PG13) 7 p.m. The Mummy: Dragon Emperor (PG13) 6 p.m. Mama Mia! (PG13) 6 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 6 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 6 p.m.

Step Brothers (R) 7 p.m. X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG13) 6 p.m. Swing Vote (PG13) 6 p.m.

OCTOBER 3, 2008

Area II Worship Schedule
Protestant Services
Collective Sunday


Area I Worship Schedule
Protestant Services
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 1100 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
Protestant Services
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday Wednesday

Area IV Worship Schedule
Protestant Services
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

Catholic Services
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker

Catholic Services
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., 723-6707

Catholic Mass
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

Catholic Services
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., 723-6707

1300 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

The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: for helpful links and information


Jewish Services

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], 765-8004




Equal Employment Opportunity recognizes dedicated volunteers


arrison EEO offices have a cadre of collateral duty employees. They serve as EEO Counselors, Mediators, and Special Emphasis Committee members and Managers who provide services to the EEO offices. The services include EEO counseling, mediation, training, and working on various committees. This is another IMCOM-Korea EEO initiative implemented to thank and recognize their work. Collateral duty employees assist EEO in meeting their mission. Without them, it would be difficult to meet all requirements. It is important to recognize them and all they do for EEO since this is in addition to their regular duties. Garrison EEO Offices held recognition ceremonies. Awardees were presented Certificates of Appreciation and in some instances the Commanders Coin of Excellence. EEO plans to continue the recognition ceremony annually.

USAG-HUmpHREyS–SEP committee members and EEO Couselors were honored for their service, receiving certificates of appreciation from USAG-H-Col. Colonel John E. Dumoulin Jr., USAG-H garrison commander during a ceremony Sept. 26. — U.S. Army photo

USAG-RED CloUD– Volunteer EEO Couselors and SEP Committee members at USAG-Red Cloud were recognized for the collateral duty service, recieving letters and certificates of appreciation presented by USAG-Red Cloud Garrison Commander Col. Larry “Pepper” Jackson and IMCOM-K Region EEO Director Barbara Quillin (pictured second from the right) during a Sept. 16 ceremony. — U.S. Army photo

USAG-DAEGU- (Right) An attendee at Daegu’s EEO awards ceremony, Sept. 4, examines a poster for clues as part of a scavenger hunt. (Below) SEP commitee members and EEO Counselors at Daegu were recognied during a Sept. 4 appreciation ceremony hosted by Col. Michael P. Saulnier, USAGDaegu garrison commander. — U.S. Army photos by Kim, Keun-kyo

USAG-yonGSAn–Gwen Smalls, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs Officer, receives a certificate of appreciation from USAGYongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall Sept. 18. — U.S. Army photo by Kwon, Hyok-pae

Yongsan holds EEO ceremony
By Kenneth Fidler USAG-Y Public Affairs U.S. Army Garrisons in Korea last month recognized the contributions of collateral duty equal employment opportunity counselors, mediators and special emphasis program managers and committee members. At special awards ceremonies and luncheons, garrison leaders thank them for their important roles in the Korea Region EEO program. “You are very important to us, our most valuable asset,” said Barbara Quillin, EEO director for Installation Management Command-Korea at the USAG-Yongsan recognition luncheon. “Collateral duty EEOs are priceless to us.” Quillin said even though EEO is a commander’s program managed by supervisors, “it’s up to everyone to make sure that we have a safe, harassment-free workplace.” For one collateral duty counselor, the chance to make a difference drew her to the program. “Aside from helping someone possibly solve an issue, it really feels good when an issue is solved at the lowest level and everyone is satisfied,” said Gwen Smalls, the 1st Signal Brigade public affairs officer. She has been an EEO counselor since 2006 and is the Black Employment Program manager for USAG-Yongsan since April.


Make a movie – save a life
By Terri Helus Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center networking site and send a link to USACRC to submit their video for consideration. Videos should effectively convey ways to safely conduct off-duty activities and a humorous slant is encouraged. “So much of what we accomplish in safety is considered boring by most,” said USACRC Command Sergeant Major, Tod Glidewell. “Today’s Soldier is tech savvy and digital communication literate. Peer to Peer allows Soldiers to use their creativity to communicate safety information they way they want to hear it.” Peer to Peer puts safety into the hands of Soldiers and provides a venue to share tips, lessons learned and best practices. Most



MWR to host FOCUS ON FITNESS off-road with Randy Behr Peer to Peer competition seeks video submissions RC car race
With the launch of the Peer to Peer Video Competition, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center hopes to harness the power of peer influence to help prevent accidents and save lives. The competition tagline, “Make a movie – save a life”, challenges Soldiers to personalize safety messaging by creating short videos which promote off-duty safety awareness. The goal is to have Soldiers create safety messages that speak directly to their peers. Entrants post their video on any social Soldiers have a favorite “There I was” story and the video medium will allow them to share the benefit of their experience with an Army-wide audience. “The battle buddy mindset has kept many a Soldier from harm,” said Dr. Patricia Le Duc, director, Human Factors Task Force. “This competition capitalizes on the power of peer influence, and extends its reach exponentially through the Web.” The contest runs through March 31, 2009, and is open to all military ID card holders. Visit the Peer to Peer Video Competition webpage for promotional materials, official rules and a sample peer safety video. YONGSAN, REpublic Of KOREA – All community members authorized to use Army MWR programs, ages 16 and above, are invited to participating in the 2 Division, Buggy Class and Monster Truck Class, Off-Road RC Car Race Saturday, Oct. 11 at K-16 Race Track from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contestants must register at their local Community Activity Center no later than Monday, Oct. 6. Fee is $10 and due at time of registration. Refreshments will be provided. Gift Certificates awarded to each class: 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $100 and 3rd Place $50. For additional information, please call DSN 741-6923.

Warrior Country Bowling Championship
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Satellite outages from Fall Equinox
Subscribers to MWR CATV (Cable TV) will experience periodic outages of services from October 1-15 ranging from 5-20 minutes in duration on select channels throughout the day. These outages are caused by a semi-annual alignment of the sun directly behind the satellite in relation to the earth station and affect all satellitebased communications. At no time should subscribers experience a total loss of all MWR CATV service. For additional information, please call DSN 738-CATV (2288).


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Sung Nam Golf Club to hold product demonstration day
Sung Nam Golf Club will host a product demonstration day at the driving range Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can test the latest golf club products from the following USA vendors: Mizuno Golf, MacGregor Golf and Nickent Golf Company. The products, associated company representatives and PGA of America golf professionals will be on hand to advise and assist. All SOFA members are welcome.

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OCTOBER 3, 2008

By Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs

4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Arrives in Korea



GIMHAE AIR BASE, KoREA – Despite a grueling 14-hour flight, more than 200 air defense Soldiers stepped out of a commercial jet and onto Korean soil Sept. 24, trained and prepared to execute their mission over the next year. The Soldiers, from 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, were the first of the unit to arrive from Fort Hood, Texas, as part of a battalion relief-in-place rotation here. Minutes after landing, the Soldiers headed to Camp Carroll where they updated medical and personnel files, picked up their room keys, in-processed finance and had the opportunity to talk with legal personnel on any issues they might encounter over the year ahead. During the year-long deployment, the battalion will fall under the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade based at Osan Air Base and will replace the previous battalion, 1st Battalion 44th ADA, by assuming the mission of providing air missile defense coverage across the southern part of the peninsula. “Korea is a great place to be and a great place to serve,” stated Col. James H. Dickinson, the commander of the 35th ADA Bde, during his welcoming speech to the troops. “The mission you’re here for is one of the most important missions in United States Forces Korea.” The battalion’s training and mission will differ from that in the states in that all the missiles here are ready to fire.

Air Defenders with 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, are greeted by Col. James H. Dickinson, 35th ADA Bde commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Carr, 35th ADA Bde command sergeant major, minutes after landing. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich “My hope is that all the crews come back receive in the states.” than they found it. from their tour in Korea highly proficient Arnold added that it’s the unit’s goal to More air defenders from 4-5 will arrive and trained,” said Alpha Battery 1st Sgt. ensure that when they leave the country over the next few months and the official Michael Arnold. “All the Soldiers will be next year, they will have completed their transfer of authority ceremony will be held getting realistic training here that they didn’t mission and left the tactical site and better in late October.

By Bob McElroy USAG Humphreys Public Affairs

A cut of the ribbon and the new Humphreys Lodge extension opens

USAG HUMPHREYS – The new Humphreys Lodge extension opened for business following a Wednesday-morning ribbon-cutting ceremony here. Using an oversized pair of scissors, James M. Joyner, deputy director Installation Management Command-Korea, Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. commander U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim, USAG Humphreys command sergeant major, Soldiers, Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials and lodge employees cut the red, white and blue ribbons stretched across the main entrance, signifying the official opening. During his remarks Dumoulin praised the Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its careful stewardship of the multimillion-dollar project. Dumoulin said that the new extension and the improvements to the original lodge gives the Soldiers, Families and Civilians who live and work here a state of the art place in which to stay when they arrive and depart Korea. Construction of the new extension began in March 2006 and cost approximately $13.3 million. Yojin Construction and Engineering Co., Ltd. completed the work under contract with the Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The five-story extension increases the number of rooms from 71 in the original lodge to 156 and also provides amenities not

The new Humphreys Lodge extension officially opened here Wednesday morning. Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. and Command Sgt. Major Jason K. Kim (center) Soldiers, lodge employees and other officials used an oversized pair of scissors to cut the ribbon. — U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy in their laptop computer and go online. available before such as conference rooms, a cable TV and two DVD players. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony business center and a breakfast area. The conference room in the new wing The new extension has 40 suites and will hold approximately 20 people and is Jake Sparks, Lodging Program Manager for IMCOM-Korea, led guests on a tour of the 45 extended-stay rooms. Suites come with strictly for customer use. kitchenette, table and chairs, queen bed, a The business center features six computers new facility. A reception followed the tour. Editor’s note—Some material from an sofa with pull-out bed, high-speed internet that link to Army Knowledge Online and six connection, two televisions with 57-channel open work stations where patrons can plug earlier article was used in this story.


News & Notes
2008 AFAP coming soon! The 2008 Army Family Action Plan conference will be held between 15-17 Oct. 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. Annual Customer Service Assessments USAG Humphreys will conduct its First Annual Customer Service Assessment between 2031 October. For more information concerning Customer Management Services or the Annual Customer Service Surveys please contact Ms. Jaynene Smith, Customer Management Services Office, DSN 754-8060 or visit the USAG Humphreys CMS Website at http:// CMS.asp. 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 POC: LaVita Vincent at 753-8321 Post Gym CLOSED The Post Gym, Bldg. B-111 is closed as we prepare to move equipment into the Super Gym. The Super Gym has a tentative opening date of 10 October. Please address all sports and gym questions to the MP Hill Gym, 7535971. Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide you with a bigger and better facility. Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breat Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you conduct monthly self-breast exams 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 010-31440352 or via e-mail at elisabethtownley@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. The immunization clinic may recommend a doctor’s appointment if the child will need to be placed on an extensive immunization catch-up schedule. All children who need a PPD or Hepatitis A booster can check-in to the immunization clinic without a doctor’s appointment. For more information, call 753-7658. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information to the USAG Humphreys Public Affairs Office at robert. [email protected] or 754-8598.

Suwon Recreation helps Soldiers land the big one



Pvt. 1st Class Ronald Wiese

Pvt. 1st Class Dayne VanArnsdale

SUWoN AIR BASE – More than 15 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery enjoyed the first-ever fishing event here last weekend. Hong, Song-hun, a Suwon recreational specialist, planned and organized the event as an opportunity for Soldiers to catch fish at the lakes on the air base. Suwon Air Base has several small lakes and a river running through it which offer Soldiers opportunities for fishing. According to Hong, the event provided Soldiers with an opportunity to unwind. “The Soldiers came and enjoyed the opportunity to fish and relax during the weekend event,” Hong said. Two Soldiers from Headquarters Headquarters Battery, 3-2 were the only participants who caught fish. Pvt. First Class Ronald Wiese and Private First Class Dayne VanArnsdale both reeled in catfish. Suwon Recreation Center has scheduled a fishing derby on Oct. 12. Recreation center officials hope that more fishermen will make the trip to Suwon to participate and for the opportunity to land a big fish.

Garrison kicks off 2008 Combined Federal Campaign

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USAG HUMPHREYS – Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander officially kicked off the garrison’s 2008 Combined Federal Campaign during a brief ceremony at the Main Exchange Wednesday afternoon. Dumoulin charged all CFC representatives to contact 100 percent of the people in their organizations and recommended that everyone give as much as possible to help the less fortunate. He noted that last year the garrison raised more than $200,000 in CFC donations, $7,000 of which went directly into Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. “Last year’s CFC set the bar,” Dumoulin said, “I’d like us to do even better this year.” He is show here (center) with deputy garrison commander David W. Frodsham (left), garrison command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim, Kevin Nazario from AAFES New Car Sales, Humphreys CFC coordinator Brenda Reta and David Satterfield, Humphreys Directorate of Human Resources. Humphreys American Red Cross director Clarence Goodman is in the rear. — U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy

OCTOBER 3, 2008



State-of-the-art Super Gym scheduled to open on Oct. 10
By Bob McElroy USAG Humphreys Public Affairs USAG HUMPHREYS – Soldiers, Family Members, Civilians and Retirees here will soon have the best fitness facility in the Army in which to work out, gather and have fun. The new $18.9 million community fitness center or Super Gym officially opens Oct. 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by garrison commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. The new gym provides a wealth of features in a spacious, elegant setting--woodpanel and marble walls line a central lobby that’s furnished with tables, comfortable chairs and sofas. Some of the features in the new gym include: • A 25-meter lap pool with overhead observation area and large windows that flood area the natural sunlight. There’s also a hot tub next to the lap pool. • A large central basketball court that can accommodate three separate sporting events at once by use of drop-down curtains. • A large climbing wall • A 200-meter rubberized running and walking track above the basketball court. • Weight, combatives and aerobics rooms. The weight rooms will have a combination of weight machines and free weights. • Stair step machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bicycles. • An outdoor volleyball court with a synthetic surface. • Spacious male and female locker rooms

The new community fitness center or Super Gym will officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 10. The gym features everything from an indoor lap pool to weight-training and exercise rooms, sauna, meeting rooms and a juice bar. — U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy and showers. to the main gym by a covered skywalk. with its own projector. • Sauna According to Jim Howell, acting director With the opening of the Super Gym and • Meeting rooms that can accommodate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, future the opening of the MP Hill gym in February, large audiences and smaller groups. plans call for a juice and snack bar in the Humphreys Garrison now has two state-of• A television room main lobby. Howell said the juice bar will the art gyms. • Outdoor picnic pavilions at ground serve fruit juices and water as well as healthy A third gym, at Zoekler Station, level outside of the natatorium and on the snacks for patrons. which is nearly identical to the MP Hill second floor front of the building. Howell said that the large meeting room gym, is tentatively scheduled to open in • A four-level parking garage connected can be divided into two smaller rooms, each November.

Humphreys Safety Office all geared up for safety in fall, winter
By Lori Yerdon USAG Humphreys Public Affairs USAG HUMPHREYS – As the weather cools and the days become shorter, the USAG Humphreys Safety office is geared up for the fall and winter seasons and wants to ensure Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members are prepared too. “We take a proactive approach to safety rather than a reactive one in everything we do,” said Randy Turnage, USAG Humphreys safety manager. “Our Winter Safety campaign is designed to reach everyone, at every level and ensure the tools are available, allowing individuals to arm themselves against having an accident or mishap.” This year’s Winter Safety Campaign provides information on cold weather injury prevention, safe driving, home safety, recreational or winter sports safety and more. In the past, says Al Stilley, the winter safety manager, Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians would gather in a central location for mass safety briefs, not so this year. “A unique aspect of this year’s campaign is that the information is available in exportable packets through our Web site,” said Stilley. “A supervisor or leader can educate their folks when it’s convenient for them because the information is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” While Soldiers are exposed to hazards on a daily basis by nature of their occupation,

Situational awareness and prior planning may protect against accidents and mishaps, especially during the fall and winter seasons. Wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment and obeying the rules of the road while participating in activities just might save a life. — U.S. Army photo by Lori Yerdon Family Members are also at risk for accidents we provide, hopefully we’ll continue to raise “When it comes to safety, everyone needs and injuries. A goal of the USAG Humphreys awareness throughout the community.” to remember to ask the questions because Garrison safety office is to reinforce good USAG Humphreys has not experienced the ones that don’t get asked may come back safety habits at home and empower Family an accidental fatality or winter injury to haunt you.” Members to use good judgment when it involving a Soldier, Civilian, Family Member comes to safety. or Korean National in three years; Turnage The comprehensive campaign information “For those new to Korea, it may be attributes this feat to highly engaged is available on the USAG Humphreys Website the first time they’re exposed to inclement leaders. at weather,” said Turnage. “Education is “From the top, leaders are actively taking StaffOffices/ISO.asp. For additional safety definitely key and with the preventative ownership in not only their own safety, but information, contact the USAG Humphreys measures, lessons learned and best practices the safety of their Soldiers,” said Turnage. Garrison Safety office at 754-6000.

OCTOBER 3, 2008



National Fire Prevention Week
USAG-Daegu Fire & Emergency Services urges families to ‘Prevent Home Fires’
By Lloyd Fox USAG-Daegu Fire Chief CAMP HENRY – Fire prevention has been of significant importance to human society as it causes enormous damage, especially during the fall season when it is dry. To inform the public of the importance of fire prevention and teach how to practice it, National Fire Prevention Week will be observed from Oct. 5 - 11. The history of National Fire Prevention Week has it roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. This tragic conflagration killed some 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. The origin of the fire has generated speculation with the fact and fiction becoming blurred over the years. One popular legend has it that Mrs. O’Leary was milking her cow when the animal kicked over a lamp, setting the O’Leary barn on fire and starting the spectacular blaze. However the massive fire began, it swiftly took its toll, burning more than 2000 acres in 27 hours. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week, October 4 - 10, 1925. The National Fire Prevention Association continues to make National Fire Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation and efforts of tens of thousands of fire and safety professionals, emergency volunteers and other individuals working to reduce the risk of fire and the toll it takes on our society. This year’s theme is ‘Prevent Home Fires.’ USAG Daegu Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with our Daegu community this year to promote this theme during Fire Prevention Week and throughout the year. This year’s campaign focuses on preventing all of the leading causes of home fires: cooking, heating and electrical equipment and smoking materials. Additionally, fire safety educators will teach local schoolchildren and residents how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs. Unattended cooking and improper heating are the leading causes of home fires in the United States and in Korea. Reviewing the following information and taking action can help you ‘Prevent Home Fires’ during Fire Prevention Week and year-round. USAG-Daegu’s F&ES has the following programs planned for this year’s Fire Prevention Week: On Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., they will host an Open House at the main fire station on Camp Walker. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids out to see the trucks, equipment displays and visit the fire station. Kids who bring completed Home Evacuation Plans will receive free hamburgers, courtesy of F&ES. Go to FPW08EscapeGrid.pdf to print out a copy of a home fire safety plan to develop with your kids. Evacuation plans and color crayons will be available for all children who show up. F&ES is hosting a drawing/coloring competition for kindergarten through third grade students at Daegu American School based on this year’s theme. First, second and third place winners will be selected for each grade, with the winners receiving AAFES gift certificates for their efforts. Winners will be selected on Friday, Oct. 10, and their drawings will be posted in the fire station. USAG-Daegu fire inspectors will conduct fire evacuation drills at most public assembly building such as Burger King, the Hill Top Club, Post Exchange and the Daegu American School during the week. Station-2 firefighters will provide a ladder truck demonstration to kindergarten through sixth grade students at Daegu American School followed by fire safety briefings by our fire inspectors. Displays and demonstrations will be available Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. Firefighters at Camps Walker and Henry will conduct public service Military Family Housing fire inspections for those who wish to have their quarters inspected. Housing occupants need only to call the fire department at 764-4120 to schedule a walk-through fire inspection. Firefighters will check your quarters for properly operating smoke detectors, replace dead backup batteries and give the quarters a professional fire safety inspection. For additional information, contact USAG Daegu Fire Chief, Lloyd Fox at DSN 764-5901, or by e-mail at

Oct 5 - 11, USAG-Daegu Fire & Emergency Services will conduct a variety of events, including fire evacuation drills, drawing and coloring competitions, ladder truck demonstrations and public service Military Family Housing fire inspections. — U.S. Army file photo

How to make a fire escape plan for your family
by Kim Keun-kyo, By Andrew Allen Kwon Min-seok USAG Daegu Prevention, USAG-Daegu FirePublic Affairs National Fire Protection Association When a smoke alarm sounds, we all know what to do, right? Find the nearest escape route, get out and stay out, call 9-1-1 or 0505-764-5911! However, if that exit is blocked, the best escape plan in the world will not help you and your family get out. Blocked doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a fire. Any emergency can affect one’s ability to think clearly, but during a fire, smoke and heat can literally inhibit your ability to react. Add a blocked escape route and your chances of escaping a fire may decrease even more. Not only can blocked windows and doors hinder you and your family’s escape, but they can also keep firefighters from rescuing you. While blocked escape routes may be unintentional, such as by large furniture or a pile of toys, others, like security bars, serve a purpose. Increased fire risk, combined with blocked windows and doors, is most dangerous for young children, older adults and people with disabilities, for whom escape might be more difficult, even under ordinary circumstances. For those of us who live in high-rise apartments, remember to close doors behind you as you go. If fire blocks your escape routes, seal yourself into a room with a window furthest from the fire. Call the fire department and let them know exactly where you are; do not panic! Stay calm, signal the firefighters below and wait for then to come to you. Whether your home has security bars or other items blocking escape routes, the following tips can help you to increase your chances of escaping your home should a fire occur: • Most Korean-made security bars do not have emergency release devices. Make sure you are familiar on how to get out of every door and window in your home. • Padlocks can be a barrier to safety anywhere. In the event of a home fire,

you’ll need access to every escape route. Remove padlocks so the door or window can be used as an escape route. • When arranging furniture and other items, make sure you’re not blocking doors or windows with televisions, heavy dressers, tables, couches or even potted plants. Every room needs two ways out. • Never nail or paint windows shut; this is very common in Korea. Opening them could be crucial in the event of a home fire. • A pile of toys or other items in front of a doorway can block your escape route and could be a threat to the safety.

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By Sgt. 1st Class Christine Thompson 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – Leaders from Area IV gathered together at the Camp Carroll Community Activities Center Sept. 30 to learn the ins and outs of running a Family Readiness Group. The goal of the workshop was to ensure commanders, Family Readiness Leaders and Family Readiness Support Assistants all know their role in taking care of the Army family. “The purpose of the training is to get commanders trained up so they can push vital FRG information to their Soldiers and their families,” said Karletta Epps, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion FRSA. “It is part of the Army Family Covenant that we take care of our family members.” Taking care of family members is something that the Army takes seriously, throughout all phases of a Soldier’s career, and Family Readiness Groups play a central role in that mission. “FRGs are important because today we have Soldiers who go through multiple deployments with very little time in between,” said Epps. “Here in Korea, many of our Soldiers are sent here just off of a deployment.” Ensuring Soldiers and their family members receive the assistance they need when coping with the ever-changing military


& Notes

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 Cp Carroll Fitness Center Annual Maintenance The Camp Carroll Fitness Center courts, to include the main floor (basketball & volleyball courts), racquetball courts and the aerobics room will be off limits while annual maintenance is conducted through Oct. 9. Sauna, shower, cardio and weight room areas will remain open. 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 more information, please call LaTondra Anderson at 053-210-6003. 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 7644998/5501. 10th Invitation to Korean Culture 2008 The theme of this event, hosted by the International Affairs & Trade Division, is ‘Korea Buddism culture in Golgulsa Temple’, visiting Golgulsa temple in Gyeoungju city. The tour takes place Oct. 18 - 19, and is free to all foreigners. The deadline for application is Oct. 6. For more information on this program, please contact the International Affairs & Trade Division at 803-3265. 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.
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498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion hosts Commander’s Family Readiness Group workshop

Lt. Col. Douglas J. Bell, Defense Distribution Depot Korea commander, takes part in a deployment cycle readiness exercise during the Commander’s Family Readiness Group Training Workshop at the Camp Carroll Community Activities Center Sept. 30. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christine S. Thompson environment is a key role of the FRGs. “We have to make sure we take care of the families here in Korea,” said Epps. “Just moving to a new duty station comes with a lot of stress; add to that the move to a foreign country and dealing with post-deployment issues, [and] many need to know there is someone out there looking out for them.” The benefits of the FRG are often viewed from the families’ perspective, but the effects of the work done by this group can be felt by everyone. “It works equally for both the families and the command,” said Epps. “I think leaders benefit by knowing their unit’s family members are being taken care of, giving them the time they need to focus on the mission.”

19th Sustainment Command, 551st Inland Cargo Transportation Company host English Camp in Uljin
By Pvt. Lee Jae-won 19th ESC Public Affairs ULJIN – 25 Soldiers and officials from the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 551st Inland Cargo Transportation Company volunteered to teach English as a second language in a program devised by the 19th ESC and Uljin County Office in October 2006. 160 students from six different elementary and middle schools participated in this biweekly English camp, Sept. 25 - 26. Each month Soldiers from the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club volunteer to assist teachers during English classes in Uljin elementary, middle and high schools. This time Col. Jeffery Ludwig, DCO, 19th ESC, and Mr. No, Won-Hyun, G-9 Community Relations Officer, 19th ESC, participated in the program and their visit coincided with the Uljin Mushroom Festival. Unlike their previous visits, Soldiers and officials were able to culturally and socially interact with people in Uljin. – See ENGLISH CAMP Page 28 –

New Company Commander for HHC, USAG-Daegu

(From left) Outgoing USAG Daegu HHC Commander, Capt. W. Nicole Boutte, USAG Daegu Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier and incoming USAG Daegu HHC Commander, Capt. Sylvia D. Johnson render salutes during HHC’s Change of Command Ceremony at USAG-Daegu Headquarters, Sept. 26. – U.S. Army photo by Cho, Pong-sung

OCTOBER 3, 2008

By Jerry Harben U.S Army Medical Command

Vaccinations important as flu season approaches
these people vaccinated by Dec. 31. Vaccinations also are mandatory for civilian health-care personnel who provide direct patient care in DoD medical treatment facilities, and for emergency-essential DoD civilian personnel. The vaccine is available by injection or intranasal spray. “Influenza viruses change from year to year. Protection that develops after a person is infected or is immunized against the circulating viruses of one season does not provide adequate cross-protection when a new influenza strain develops,” Garman said. When the vaccine is well matched to the circulating virus strain, immunization of healthy adults has been 70 to 90 percent effective in preventing influenza illness. “We stress that influenza vaccination should continue until the supply is exhausted or until the expiration date is reached for the vaccine. The highest incidence of disease is usually in February, but influenza can be contracted year round,” Garman said. More information about influenza and influenza vaccinations is available on the Internet from the Military Vaccine Agency at and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Influenza is spread through aerosolized respiratory droplets during close contact with an infected person or animal, or through contact with a contaminated object. In addition to vaccination, experts recommend frequent handwashing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Also, people who are sick should avoid others if possible, wash hands often and cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to prevent the virus from spreading. Most people who receive influenza vaccine experience no serious problems. Side effects of the injectable vaccine such as soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, fever, weakness, headache or muscle aches may last one or two days. More serious problems such as severe allergic reactions are rare. Side effects of the intranasal vaccine can include runny nose, headache, fever, cough and sore throat. People in a few categories, such as children less than 6 months old, those with sensitivity to eggs or egg products, or those with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, should not receive the influenza vaccine. While providing flu vaccinations, healthcare providers should screen immunization records to see if patients need other vaccines



A quick stick in the arm or a spray in the nose or a week of headaches, coughing, sneezing, chicken soup and misery, while your unit works shorthanded. Not that hard a choice to make. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can have serious, even fatal, effects. It threatens military readiness, with the potential to put many service members on sick call instead of on duty. Therefore, all military members are required to be vaccinated against the flu each year. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated an average of 36,000 Americans died annually in the 1990s due to influenza-related complications. Each year 5 to 20 percent of the United States population gets the flu, resulting in about 200,000 people being hospitalized. Vaccination is your best protection against influenza infection,” said Army Lt. Col. Patrick M. Garman, deputy director for scientific affairs at the Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency. “DoD will offer its beneficiaries influenza vaccinations during the flu season in accordance with national guidelines. Certain groups take priority, such as active duty or individuals with chronic diseases like diabetes, and after these groups are adequately taken care of the vaccine will be available to any beneficiary who wishes to be vaccinated,” Garman added. Flu immunizations are mandatory for all active duty, National Guard and reserve personnel. The Department of Defense has established a goal of having 90 percent of

or boosters as well. Military commanders are responsible for ensuring immunization data is entered into electronic immunization tracking systems. On Saturday, Oct 25 there will be an open house for the community to receive their flu vaccines at Camp Walker’s Wood Medical Clinic, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all civilian employees, DoD personnel, beneficiaries and family members. Please do not forget to bring your ID card and shot record. Take the time to get your flu vaccination this year. It’s easier than ever, and you don’t even have to get a needle anymore. Or don’t - and be prepared for that week of misery. For more information, contact Capt. Fernado M. Mendez at DSN 764-5480.

An open house for flu vaccinations will be held at Camp Walker’s Wood Medical Clinic on Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. - no appointment necessary. — U.S. Army file photo




USAG-Daegu holds Proclamation Ceremony as part of Domestic Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Memorandum Of Agreement strengthens ROK-US combined efforts during emergency operations

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. Garrison Commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier signed the proclamation, emphasizing the importance of domestic abuse prevention in the U.S. Army. – U.S. Army photo by Kim, Keun-kyo

Commander of United States Army Garrison Daegu Col. Michael P. Saulnier (left) and commander of Ammunition Depot #2 Col. Park Ki-syup sign for a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) at the Camp Henry’s conference room Sept. 25. The agreement details mutual understanding and cooperation between the two commands in order to protect U.S. installations and facilities in case of emergencies like terrorism or enemy threats by strengthening ROK-U.S. combined operations. – U.S. Army photo by Kwon, Min-suk with Uljin County Mayor , Yong-Soo Kim. After Brig. Gen. Mason’s visit to Uljin, Team 19 began to send Soldiers to the county in order to teach English and to culturally interact with local students and the community. Additionally, last August, Brig. Gen. Mason invited 29 Uljin students to Hawaii, where Mason is currently stationed, and guided the group on a tour of Hawaii, deepening their friendship. Since the first camp, ‘Fun English Camp’ has been gaining momentum and success, because Uljin county is a rural area where it is known as a longtime fishing and agrarian village, leaving the town relatively isolated when compared to other suburban counties. As a result, students in Uljin were not able to obtain sufficient educational opportunities and resources. Acknowledging the reality and the background, Team 19’s support has proven helpful to Uljin County.

During ‘Fun English Camp’, instructors form groups of four and visit six designated schools, teaching for two consecutive days as students learn English through puzzle games, guessing games and group games. “It is a great opportunity for students in the Uljin area, but it is also a gifted opportunity for us to teach them as well,” said Staff Sgt. Jacinta Bonner, Support

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Operations, 19th ESC. “I am glad because this is a good way to give back to the community.” The friendship between the 19th ESC and Uljin county traces back to Oct., 2006, when Brig. Gen. Raymond Mason, former commanding general of the 19th ESC, was invited to the ‘2005 Uljin Organic Food Expo’ and agreed to form a brotherhood




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