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Volume 4, Issue 47

P UBLISHED F OR T HOSE S ERVING

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Sept. 22, 2006

Yoga classes draw crowd at Collier Field House
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Area IV runs off with 8th Army titles
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Sailors, Marines remember Incheon landing
By JO1 Lisa Wassilieff
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

INCHEON — The cloudy sky overhead set a somber tone the morning of Sept. 15. Against this gray background, Republic of Korea and U.S. servicemembers gathered to pay tribute to their predecessors who fought side by side 56 years ago, in what was to be the turning point in the Korea War. The event was the Incheon Amphibious Landing Operations Commemoration ceremonies that took place within the city, at Incheon Port, Freedom Park and the Incheon Landing Memorial. Incheon City Mayor Ahn Sang Soo, presided over the ceremonies. The guest speakers included Lt. Gen. Lee Sang Ro, commandant, ROK

Marine Corps, and Maj. Gen. Duane Thiessen, commander, U.S. Marine Forces Korea. Thiessen was honored to be part of the morning’s events. “I would like to extend a special thanks to the city of Incheon, the Republic of Korea Navy and Marines, and the many veterans and community organizations who have worked hard to honor the memory of this historically significant event. It is right that we should always remember,” Thiessen said. Other distinguished guests who attended the event included Rear Adm. James Wisecup, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Incheon city officials and Korean War veterans — including 188 American veterans

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Maj. Gen. Duane Thiessen, commander, U.S. Marine Forces Korea, helps place a wreath before the commencement of a wreath during Sept. 15 ceremonies commemorating the Incheon Landing.

Final Army leadership class More international forces marks end of era for civilian ed headed to Afghanistan
By David McNally
Area II Public Affairs

By Sgt. Sara Wood
American Forces Press Service

YONGSAN GARRISON — The Balloon Factory has finally gone out of business for good. The fictitious company was a mainstay for Leadership Education and Development classes across the Army since 1988. However, with the Army set to move to a new Civilian Education System, the legendary factory and its lessons are now history. Twenty students met Sept. 11-15 at the U.S. Embassy Association Center on Yongsan Garrison for what was to become the final LEAD class in Korea and the Army. The class brought together a diverse group of Area I, II and IV U.S. employees, one Korean employee and even two active-duty Soldiers. The five-day LEAD course targeted new military and civilian supervisors of civilian employees. “The purpose of LEAD training is to provide supervisors with the skills to motivate and influence employees,” said Course Facilitator Yi Chi-yong. The students used scenarios and role playing as workers in a balloon factory to assess leadership skills and team

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Leadership Eduation and Development class members Gordon Imrie (left), Gail Rodriquez-Roman and David Ciesinski work on a project Sept. 12 at Yongsan Garrison. This was the last LEAD class. effectiveness. “Everything you learn in this class will

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WASHINGTON – Several NATO countries have agreed to send additional forces to Afghanistan to fill the troop requirement agreed upon a year and a half ago, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said Wednesday. A conference in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this month with the chiefs of defense from all 26 allied nations yielded no offers of additional support for NATO forces in Afghanistan, but extended negotiations after the conference resulted in definite offers from four countries, U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones said at a Pentagon news conference. These offers, along with several other tentative offers, will bring the NATO troop level in Afghanistan close to 100 percent of what was agreed upon in the alliance’s military plan for Afghanistan, he said. The force is now manned at about 85 percent. “What we were looking for was the forces that would give depth and robustness to (the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force) and give him more maneuverability throughout the country,” Jones said. Romania is deploying a battalion, which will arrive in Afghanistan in October and be fully operational by the middle of October, Jones said. In addition, Poland has announced the deployment of a maneuver battalion and special operations forces beginning in January. The United Kingdom and Canada are augmenting their forces in Afghanistan, and NATO is incorporating more Afghan battalions into operations, Jones said.

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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply the guilt or innocence of any person.

Sept. 22, 2006

Commentary Solving the puzzle of proper gift giving
By Walter Folger
Administrative Law Division, SJA

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Area 1 Underage Drinking, Curfew Violation, Failure to Identify, Drunk and Disorderly, Flight from Apprehension, Resisting Apprehension — Subject 1 was observed in the You & Me Club during the hours of curfew. When Subject 1 was asked for his/her ID card, he/ she refused to produce it and fled from the scene. Subject 1 was apprehended and transported to the Camp Casey Provost Marshal Office. Subject 1 refused to conduct a series of Field Sobriety Tests and Portable Breathalyzer Test, was processed and released to his/her unit. At 2:49 p.m., Sept. 16, Subject 1 reported to the PMO where he/she was advised of his/her legal rights, which he/she invoked. Area 2 Obstructing or Secreting Mail — Subject 1, the unit mail clerk, committed the offense of Obstructing or Secreting Mail when she knowingly and improperly stored mail in a storage closet. This is a final report. Area 3 Curfew Violation, Underage Drinking — Subject 1 was observed at the UN Club, Songtan Entertainment District, during the hours of curfew. Security Forces detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject 1 and a check of Subject 1’s ID card disclosed that he/she was under the legal age to consume alcohol. Subject 1 was apprehended and transported to the town patrol office where he/she was administered a PBT with a result of 0.057 percent BAC. Subject 1 was advised of his/ her legal rights, which he/she waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the incident. Subject 1 was released to his/her unit. This is a final report.

With the holiday season here, so is the season of gift giving. The Standards of Ethical Conduct and the Joint Ethics Regulation have rules that govern gifts between federal employees. Here in Korea, there are certain additional restrictions involved with giving gifts to people who are neither service members nor rationcard holders because of the Status of Forces Agreement. Gifts among federal employees As a general rule, employees may not give or solicit contributions for gifts to someone superior in their chain-of-command. The rationale behind this rule is that subordinates should not feel pressured to buy gifts for their superiors. Also, subordinates should not curry favor from their superiors (or give that appearance) by giving them gifts. Employees also may not accept gifts from employees who receive less pay, unless there is no official subordinate superior relationship and there is a personal relationship justifying the gift. There are a few exceptions to these rules. On an occasional basis, gifts may be given when they are $10 or less per occasion (e.g. a birthday gift, Christmas present, or a souvenir gift upon return from a vacation). The gift cannot be cash. Gifts that also fall into the exception category are refreshments shared in the office; personal hospitality at an employee’s home; and customary gifts given in connection with the receipt of hospitality (like flowers or a bottle of wine to someone who has you over for dinner). There are occasions when someone can give a gift of more than $10. On special, infrequent occasions, subordinates may give a gift to a superior “appropriate to the occasion.” An example of a gift appropriate to the occasion is giving baby clothes to celebrate the birth of a child. Examples of infrequently occurring occasions of personal significance are marriage, illness, or birth of a child. A

promotion is not considered an infrequently occurring occasion under the rule unless the employee is also being transferred out of the chain of command. Christmas is not an infrequent occasion – it happens the same day each year. Other occasions where gifts over $10 are allowed are those that terminate the official subordinate superior relationship, such as retirement, resignation or transfer. Regardless, the value of the gift should not exceed $300 from a donating group. An employee may not contribute money to more than one donating group. If he or she does, the different groups become one donating group and the $300 applies. Voluntary contributions of a nominal amount may be solicited only for the occasional sharing of food and refreshments in the office and the gift for a special, infrequent occasion. The Department of Defense rule is that a nominal amount is defined as $10 or less. While more than $10 may not be solicited, an individual may offer to contribute more. Duty-Free Goods as Gifts Here in Korea, you have to be especially careful when giving dutyfree goods as gifts to persons not entitled to purchase such items. U.S. Forces Korea Regulations 60-1 and 643-2 provide regulatory guidance for gifts to individuals who do not have ration control privileges. Under the ROK-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, SOFA personnel (activeduty military, U.S. citizen Department of Defense and NonAppropriated Funds employees, U.S. citizens working for other U.S. government agencies in Korea, and U.S. citizens working for USFK support agencies such as the Red Cross, invited DoD contractors) have ration control privileges. Personnel in these categories and their accompanying family members are generally authorized to buy personal property, including food, alcohol, and cigarettes, duty free from on-post outlets such as the PX and Commissary. Others, including ROK nationals and ROK

organizations are not entitled to dutyfree privileges. As a general rule, you may give a bona fide gift of duty-free items not exceeding $50 to persons who do not have ration control privileges. Items that are resold are not gifts and do not qualify under this exception, even if they are under $50. In addition, certain items are classified as prohibited items and may not be given as gifts, regardless of value: Alcoholic beverages of any type that are purchased from a nonappropriated fund outlet may not be given as gifts. This includes liquor, beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages whether purchased from an exchange, shoppette, club, or Class Six facility. No commissary items of any kind, regardless of value, may be given as gifts. For example, you may not give a package of ground beef or a box of rice as a gift, even though these items are below $50. Subsistence items that are purchased from any outlet operating on a USFK installation are also considered prohibited items that may not be given as gifts. Subsistence items include food and drink items such as meats, dairy products, soft drinks, breads and cereal, vegetables, or grain products. For example, you may not give a pound of bacon or loaf of bread purchased at an AAFES shoppette as a gift. Cigarettes and firearms are also prohibited items which may not be given as gifts. An item is not considered prohibited if served as a prepared food or beverage. For example, if you cook a steak dinner at your home for a Korean guest, you are allowed to serve the steak to your guest even though it was purchased at the Commissary. Similarly, you may open a bottle of wine purchased at an AAFES outlet and serve your guest a glass to enjoy along with the steak dinner. Single cigarettes may also be

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U.S. servicemembers tour Gyeongju City
Yongsan Commissary Family Day The Yongsan Commissary has numerous promotional activities planned for “Family Day”- A Day to Have Dinner with Your Children. With a variety of activities, including face painting, apple bobbing contest, basketball toss contest and free hot dogs during lunch hours, and free cake and coffee, The Saturday event seeks to benefit the entire community and customers. Family Day will also feature giveaways such as Commissary Gift Certificates, Family Package Steaks and product demonstrations. Everyone is invited to join in the savings and fun. Hard Copy LESs Stop in October Effective Oct. 1, the Yongsan Finance Office will no longer distribute hard copies of individual Leave and Earnings Statement. Soldiers will have to access their LES and Mid Month Net Pay Advice via a personal MyPay account. With MyPay Soldiers can access their LES, start allotments, make changes to their Thirft Savings Plan, view paid travel vouchers and much more. For information on how to access an LES via MyPay, call or visit the Yongsan Finance Office in Bldg 2254 or visit the office Web site at http:// 175fincom.korea.army.mil/176th/ index.html for the MyPay link. AFN-K Live Broadcast American Forces Network - Korea will “go live” Sept. Wednesday, with a live broadcast of the nightly news. Though normally taped in advance, the nightly news will be broadcast live to allow AFN-K personnel to practice their wartime mission. The live broadcast will begin at 6:45 p.m. Holiday Greeting Videos The Army and Air Force Hometown News Service video team will be visiting Korea Saturday through Sept. 27, filming Holiday Greetings Videos that will be broadcast over CONUS television stations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Greetings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Military personnel must be in uniform. Defense Department civilians are also welcome to record greetings. The video team will be at Kunsan Air Base, today; Camp Casey, Monday; and Seoul, Tuesday. For information on specific times and locations of the event, call the area public affairs office. Civil Gathering Near Yongsan Sunday A large civil gathering is expected Sunday in the Ministry of National Defense and Yongsan Garrison areas. Some gates may be closed to vehicular traffic. U.S. Force Korea personnel should exercise caution and to avoid these gatherings.
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By JO1 Lisa Wassilieff
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL — Hearing the chants of a Buddhist monk and stepping inside a temple that has existed centuries ago, is the opportunity that 120 U.S. servicemembers stationed in the Republic of Korea had during a recent three-day tour of Gyeongju City. This city is considered the treasure house of Korean culture and its history dates back, the Silla dynasty that existed thousands of years ago in 57 B.C. The tour, which took place Sept. 12-14, was hosted by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs in honor of U.S. servicemembers’ outstanding service and contribution to Korean peace and stability. The money to fund this event came from the ROK taxpayers. The tour included transportation, meal and hotel accommodations in Gyeongju and English-speaking tour guides. The event included sightseeing tours of the city itself, Sokguram Grotto, Bulguk Temple, Hyundai

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A tour guide shows U.S. servicemembers who attended the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs three-day tour of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea (ROK), a piece of traditional garb worn by a Korean child as a punishment for wetting the bed. This discussion occurred during a tour of a traditional Korean Folk village in Yong In City, ROK, Sept. 14. Kevin Watson, a Sailor attached to Motors, Hyundai Heavy Industry Corporation and Korean Folk Village in Commander Naval Forces Korea, felt Yong In City. See Gyeongju, Page 4 Operations Specialist 1st Class

New ID card coming for DoD employees
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON -- New identification cards to be issued to Defense Department employees beginning next month will help standardize workforce identification and security access systems across the government, a senior Defense Department official said here Sept. 15. The new common access card eventually will be issued to all federal employees and is part of a standardized, secure credentialing system that was mandated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mary Dixon, deputy director of the Defense Manpower Data Center in Arlington, Va., said Sept. 15 during a joint interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Starting Oct. 27, the new “super CAC” ID cards will be issued to employees over the next three years as the old cards reach their expiration dates, she said. The new cards interface with a secure, encrypted credentialing database and are interoperable for personal identification as well as access to federal buildings and facilities, she said. However, each facility will still determine who is authorized access, Dixon pointed out. Information embedded on the cards is quickly referenced and compared to centrally stored personnel security clearance data, she said.

“It is an effort to try to improve the security in the federal government,” Dixon explained. The new cards also help employees secure their computer networks, she said, as well as providing improved security for federal buildings, military installations and campuses. “So, I can use this card, not just in the Department of Defense, but it can be read in other agencies,” Dixon said. “If they choose to give me access, they can then read my card,” she said. The new card features the user’s photograph, like other cards now in circulation, Dixon said. But its computer chip also will contain two encrypted fingerprints, as well as a unique personal identification number. The new card can be read, either by swiping it or by waving it near a special card reader, she said. Issuance of the new card has the potential of reducing the number of agency security badges, Dixon said, because federal agencies will refer to a standardized credentialing system. However, agency security administrators still have the authority to approve or deny access. “The card, on its own, does not entitle you to any access to anything,” Dixon explained. “It is an authentication token.” “Every time you use the card, it is authenticated,

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Dig In!
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One, Detail Chinhae assist Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae in controlling flooding during Typhoon Ewiniar that hit the area July 10, dumping more than 12 inches of rain in a very short period of time. The Seabees quickly assessed the situation and began to divert water by filling and placing sand bags throughout the base preventing any damage to the facilities.

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renaming “Department of the Army Civilians” to “members of the Army Civilian Corps;” supporting reaffirmation of the oath of office for Army civilians; adopting a new Army Civilian Creed; implementing a strategic communications campaign plan for the civilian corps; publishing an Army Civilian Handbook; and committing to protection of civilian leadership development resources. “I believe the Army will adapt new management philosophies,” said Area II Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Training Officer Song Un-kyong. Even as the training is set to undergo major changes, Song said LEAD classes have been successful based on input from course graduates. “Communication is important to accomplish a task or mission,” said class member Gail Rodriquez-Roman. “Each of us had something to say – different opinions and ideas – it’s a tool that every leader needs to solve problems and counseling his or her employees.” “I know for me, with the information I have now, when I am faced with a problem, I will evaluate what I have learned here,” said class member Mark Stevens. Starting next month, Army civilian personnel officials will offer pilot programs to replace the older management courses. For information on the new Civilian Education System, visit http://cpol.army.mil/library/ permiss/75.html.

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come back over and over again,” Yi told the students. “The class is more individualized than other Army training I’ve attended,” said class member Maj. Sean Anderson. “I deal with many U.S. and Korean employees at work, and this training will be helpful.” Besides the end of LEAD training, Army officials also ended the “Organizational Leadership for Executives” course. In Korea, OLE was a two-week learning session conducted in Busan. In January 2003, Army planners gave a series of recommendations for 21st century leader development and training in a landmark study. As a result of the study, the Army developed a new Civilian Education System. “The CES will provide progressive and sequential leader development,” according to an Army Web site touting the changes. The study concluded that “growing civilian leaders has fallen gravely short of the Army plan.” In all, panelists made 27 recommendations for the civilian workforce to include more accountability, lifelong learning, developing interpersonal skills and better civilian integration into Army Culture. The move to make lifelong learning the standard, will “revamp career management with gates for progression,” officials said. The panel also recommended

Gyeongju
the tour was a good experience for him and that events like these are imperative to have. “I enjoyed everything; the food, temples and the Hyundai Motor Company,” Watson said. “These events taking place are important so all servicemembers can understand why things are done a certain way here. This trip allowed me personally to learn a lot more about the different religions and marriage customs Koreans believe in.” To finish the tour off, there was an appreciation ceremony and dinner held at the 63 Building, International Conference Hall in Seoul. The dinner was a grand finale to this three-day cultural experience. It was held to once again remind the servicemembers just how much their outstanding service and devotion to duty is appreciated in the ROK. During the dinner, Watson and three other servicemembers, one each from Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, received a memento from the

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Honorable Park Yu Chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Following that presentation, Gen. B.B. Bell, commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea, reciprocated the kindness of the MPVA by presenting a bronze eagle statuette to Park. Bell also presented certificates of appreciated to Park’s staff showing gratitude for the many goodwill programs sponsored by the MPVA that boost the morale of U.S. servicemembers. In summary, the tour was an experience that allowed Sailors and other servicemembers stationed here to see all the beauty and culture that Korea has to offer. Watson and the other servicemembers from the tour are looking forward to more opportunities to experience Korean culture. “I would love to attend another tour like this in the future to learn more of the Korean culture and heritage,” said Watson.

ID
meaning somebody checks to make sure that that card is a ‘good’ card issued in the Department of Defense to you, and that it is still valid,” Dixon said. As always, employees who believe their government-issued ID card has

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been lost or stolen are required to notify security administrators, Dixon said, who then deactivate the card. This ensures that cards reported stolen or missing can’t be used in DoD, she said.

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Health Fair highlights care for families, retirees
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

CAMP CASEY— Visitors to the Area I health fair at Camp Casey Saturday found much information about what health care and facilities are open to them. There was good news for Soldiers, their families and retirees. “When I first got here two months ago, we were giving medical care to many Soldiers; however, their family members and retirees were seen on a space-available basis,” said Lt. Col. Yong Cha, officer-in-charge of the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Camp Casey. “Area I has changed. There are now more family members here. Our Noncombatant Evacuation Operation numbers show about 2,000.” Cha saw there were many who received no health care, so he decided to do something about it. “The best way we can seek out the family members who are looking for care is to do a health fair,” Cha said. “We can advertise we are doing this for the whole community and not just for Soldiers, but we always take Soldiers first.” Many patients Cha has seen in the

JIM CUNNINGHAM

Many visitors to the Health Fair Sept. 16 found out about their blood pressure and cholesterol levels and learned that health care at the Troop Medical Clinic is for everyone. past two months have had no health care for several years. “I saw a retiree who didn’t get any medical care for three or four years that came to the emergency room for hypertension, heart failure and angina,” Cha said. “I want to make sure I get information to everyone out there that needs medical care, especially the retiree population and pediatrics.” There have been several additions to the Troop Medical Center that Cha wants to trumpet to the area. “Now we have a full-time pediatrician,” Cha said. “I’m a family practice doctor. In addition, we have an obstetrics and gynecologist nurse practitioner coming in on Wednesdays. Now families do not have to go all the way down to 121st

General Hospital in Yongsan or to a hospital we have a memorandum of understanding with in Area II. Those who came to Camp Casey for the health fair found much to learn. There were 20 different displays available at the health fair. “We have about 20 different health care professionals, nutritionists, optometrists, medical providers, including pediatricians and family practice doctors, and we have the Women’s, Infant’s and Children’s care program so that they can get information on basic nutrition. The costs vary by income, from E-5 and below,” Cha said. Those who become sick can make an appointment or walk into any Area I TMC. “We have two sides, urgent and primary care. The urgent care center is open 24 hours, seven days a week; we are always open to everybody. If someone really needs to see a doctor they can just walk in to the clinic on the primary side. We offer our best always,” Cha said. E-mail [email protected]

Area I joins National Kid’s Day celebration
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

CAMP CASEY—More than 260 children and their parents participated in the National Kid’s Day celebration Saturday on Camp Casey. “Army Community Services sponsored the event and brought the inflated Castle, Monster Truck and bouncing tunnel for the kids to play in,” said Charles Lyons, social service representative for ACS. “We have hopscotch, cup race, sack race, the threelegged race, the potato sack race, the ball toss, the parachute, the tunnel race and hula hoops for kids to participate in.” Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Soldiers brought a large number of Soldiers to the event, with a lot of gifts and surprises for the children. Furthermore, the Camp Casey Commissary donated food and cake and gave away a shopping spree. The annual event changed dates this year, and will continue to be held every Saturday, Lyons explained. “Since the military has been going along with the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of America and 4-H Clubs for the last seven years, we would have the celebration Aug. 15,” Lyons said. “These organizations have since separated, and now we celebrate National Kid’s Day Sept. 16 and will continue to do so. We have this event to appreciate every child in the community and in our lives, because we don’t appreciate them enough.”
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Parents and children enjoy playing with a real parachute Sept. 16 during National Kid’s Day.

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MWR Hosts Recording Artist Anthony Hamilton MWR will bring recording artist Anthony Hamilton to Camp Casey’s Hanson Fieldhouse tomorrow night at 8 p.m. , CRC Physical Fitness Center Sept. 26. For more information call John Antes: 732-6766. U.S. Air Force Birthday Happy 59th birthday to the Air Force Sept. 18. BOSS Events in Area I Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers is sponsoring a Paintball Invitational competition at Casey Paintball Range Sept. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a barbecue with prizes for first, second, third place and plaques will be given to winners. A DJ/Freestyle competition will be held at the Gateway Club on Camp Casey Sept.30. The winner will get a chance to be a DJ at the Gateway Club. There will be a Volksmarch/Oktoberfest festival at Camp Stanley PX parking lot Oct. 6. There will be a barbecue and giveaways with music and blowup events. For more information: 010-64402147.
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Record Your Holiday Greetings Holiday Greetings will be recording your holiday messages for loved ones back home at the Main Exchange at Camp Casey from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Hispanic Heritage Month Activities Sept. 23 the Camp Stanley Community will be hosting their Hispanic Heritage Month event. The event is being sponsored by the USO and all tenet units. Events begin at Noon and will end at 4 p.m. The theme of the event is “Hispanic American: Our rich culture contributing to America’s future.” GEICO Seeks Nominations for Public Service Awards The Government Employe Insurance Company is seeking nominations for the 2006 GEICO Public Service Awards. Nominees will be judged principally on the impact of their work or non-work related contributions in the following areas: substance abuse prevention and treatment, fire prevention and safety, physical rehabilitation, traffic safety and accident prevention. Nominations will be forwarded through command channels to the Executive Secretary, Army Incentive Awards Board, ATTN: DAPE-CPS-ES, Room 2C453, 300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0300, no later than Oct. 13. Points of contact are Marvol Edmonds, 703-695-5698 and Joann Holmes, 703-695-5692. Texas Hold’em Tournament The Texas Hold’em Tournament will be held at CRC in Mitchell’s Club, Sept. 23 and 24. Elimination Rounds start at 11 a.m. Registration is limited to the first 320 players. Call 730-9187 to sign up or sign up on-line at www.warriormwr.com. Commissary Closings All Area I Commissaries will be closed for Chu Sok Korean national holiday Oct. 6.

Motorcycle safety: not an act but a habit
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

A student practices safe driving procedures during the two-day basic motorcycle riding course held Sept. 6-7 at Yongsan Garison. The course covered defensive driving skills, proper riding attire and adjusting to Korean traffic.

SEOUL —This is part two of a two-part series about motorcycle safety. Aggressive motorcycle riders put themselves at greater risk. That was the message presented Sept. 6-7 during a motorcycle safety course held at Yongsan Garrison. “Never think you can be aggressive on a motorcycle,” said Joseph Lee, Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety instructor for Area II Support Activity and instructor for the course. “Every other vehicle is bigger and can hurt you. Even the smallest car can hurt a motorcyclist. Every motorcycle rider must be alert, aware and drive defensively.” The reasons motorcycle accidents are escalating are many, explained Lee. “Motorcycle accidents are escalating everywhere because there are more and more people deciding to ride motorcycles, not just to have better gas mileage, but for recreation,” Lee said. “There are fewer motorcycles in Korea than in the U.S. We have fewer motorcycle accidents than in other parts of the world, but they are escalating here too.” Many motorcycle accidents are not the rider’s fault, Lee said. “The rider can be aware of the situations and have very good skills, but still get hit by a car or truck,” Lee said. “Everything is unpredictable in Korea; if it were predictable we would not have any accidents of any kind.” The ubiquitous scooter and moped riders one sees in Korea darting in and out of traffic makes the risks of driving more hazardous, explained Lee. “How many scooter riders and moped riders that drive so dangerously die in a year, I do not know,” Lee said. “However, I do know they are very dangerous. Their maneuvering while they are riding a scooter is really unorganized. They have no safety gear and they take many high risks. Even when they wear a helmet, it is not a real helmet; they may wear a construction helmet or something other than an approved motorcycle helmet.” During the course Lee imparted many safety rules a

safe rider should never forget. “All these rules are worth remembering, because when it comes to riding motorcycles on the streets of Korea. The more you know, the better it gets,” Lee said. The motorcycle rider must assume he is invisible, because to a lot of drivers, they are, Lee explained. “Never make a move based on the assumption that another driver sees you, even if you have just made eye contact. Bikes don’t always register in the four-wheel driver’s mind,” Lee said. Areas of emphasis, said Lee, include: Always dress in proper riding gear. That trip to the market may only be five minutes but nobody plans to eat pavement. Proper safety gear means 100 degree heat is no excuse for a T-shirt and shorts. Always turn your head and look before changing directions, Lee explained. “Never change direction without turning your head to make sure the coast really is clear.” Left turning cars remain a leading killer of motorcyclists. “Don’t assume someone will wait for you to dart through the intersection. They’re trying to beat the light, too,” Lee said. Always beware of cars running traffic lights. “The first few seconds after a signal light changes are the most perilous. Look both ways before barging into an intersection,” Lee said. Learn to use both brakes. “The front does most of your stopping, but a little rear brake on corner entry can calm a shaky chassis, so always use both brakes,” Lee said. Look where you want to go. “Use the miracle of target fixation to your advantage. The motorcycle goes where you look, so focus on where you are going at all times,” Lee said. Riding in all four seasons is different for motorcyclists, Lee explains. “I ride in all four seasons,” Lee said. “The summer is too hot. Sometimes, I will wait to ride later when it is cooler.” When it rains, motorcycle riders should be even more careful. When the road is wet, it is slippery. A large percentage of motorcycle accidents happen when the road is wet. Lee rides

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in the winter, but he will not attempt to ride on icy roads. Because a lot of people do not obey the speed limit laws in Korea, there are a lot of speed bumps, Lee explained. “A lot of people don’t obey the safety rules for driving, such as the speed limits near schools. Speed bumps slow some of these speeders down, but not all.” New riders have many challenges facing them when they decide to buy a motorcycle. The type and size of motorcycle to choose is among the challenges, Lee explains. “You have to consider the size of the engine, weight, and height of the motorcycle,” Lee said. “You must be able to touch both feet squarely on the ground while sitting on the motorcycle. You must know what you are doing in riding a motorcycle; you must choose one that you can handle. If you choose the wrong one, you will pay by hurting yourself and damaging the motorcycle.” The heavier the bike, the easier it is to control. There are different models but in Lee’s experience, the heavier bikes are more stable. “After selecting the correct bike a rider should start with a course such as the one taught by Lee,” said Brian Tarrance, Area I safety director. “Learning basic skills from the start and being aware of the risks are important when gaining experience. Practicing with a class of riders and an experienced instructor keeps new riders from taking unnecessary risks and getting hurt.” When riding on an unfamiliar road, riders must search for obstacles constantly, more so than when riding on a familiar road, Lee said. Even familiar roads will change and riders will find new obstacles to avoid. An experienced rider will not attempt to brake and slow down before hitting an object; he/she will swerve around the object instead. Sometimes when a person runs over an object like a pothole or manhole cover that is sunken into the road, he will lose control, so it is best to learn how to swerve around those objects. “We must be defensive in executing our skills in riding. We have to always keep our eyes open to search for potential dangers,” Lee said. E-mail [email protected]

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Joseph Lee, Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety instructor for Area II Support Activity supervises the pre-ride safety check of the motorcycles and the proper way to start the bike before riding during the class Sept 6 and 7.

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VFW marks National POW/MIA Day at Red Cloud
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

Jay Kelker,(center) commander of VFW Post 10215, presides over the ceremony to commemorate National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Day Sept. 15. (Left to right) Spc. Davonne Forghuele, 168th Medical Battalion; Sgt. 1st Class Randell Baley Sr., vice commander, VFW Post 10215; Kelker; Sgt. Adam Treen, Headquarters Company Special Troops Batalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Division Engineers; and Jim Luther, post quartermaster VFW Post 10215, assist in the ceremony.

Haunted Mansion promises scary fun
By Jim Cunningham
Area I Public Affairs

Come to the haunted house during Halloween to see what this zombie ghoul is up to.

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CAMP RED CLOUD — President George W. Bush set forth a proclamation designating Sept. 15 to be National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10215 Commander Jay Kelker donated an official POW/MIA flag to be flown for the ceremony at Camp Red Cloud’s POW/MIA memorial site. “As a nation, we look to our service men and women as examples of courage and sacrifice,” Kelker said. “When our country and the world have needed brave Americans to advance the cause of freedom, our men and women in uniform have proudly stepped forward and selflessly endured hardships to defend liberty. We are grateful to all who have served, and on National

POW/MIA Recognition Day, we give special honor to the extraordinary patriots who have been prisoners of war and to those who are still missing in action. We take inspiration from their valor and loyalty and will not rest until we have accounted for them all.” After raising the POW/MIA flag, there was a moment of silence and prayer. “Today there are 88,000 Americans listed as missing and unaccounted-for from our nation’s wars going back to the beginning of World War II,” Kelker said. World War II ended 61 years ago. For America, it lasted less than four years, but it claimed more than 400,000 American lives, saw more than 130,000 Americans taken as prisoners of war. E-mail [email protected]

CAMP CASEY—When Halloween comes this year, there will be many ghosts and goblins hanging around the old Second to None Club. “John Antes of Morale, Welfare and Recreation wanted to do something special for Halloween -- a Haunted Insane Mansion or something like that -- so I sat down with him and worked out all the details for a haunted house,” said Pvt. 1st Class James Fensterer of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Area I Support Activity. The Haunted Insane Mansion will have many features. “We will have people playing ghouls and goblins; we will have people playing zombies that are completely mad; we will have mad doctors from the Troop Medical Center. People from different companies have volunteered to play the parts,” Fensterer said. The Haunted Insane House will be in Camp Casey’s old Second to None Club, Oct. 27-29 from 6 to 10 p.m. For information call: 732-6819.

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Area II CSM tapped for duty at higher headquarters CSM headquarters
By Steve Davis
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — Area II Support Activity Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin N. Witt was selected Sept. 12 to be the Installation Management Agency – Korea Region Office command sergeant major. An assumption of responsibility ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 2, at the Multipurpose Training Facility here. Witt replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Gill, who departed Sept. 14 to become command sergeant major for the Installation Management Agency’s Southeast Region. In addition to more than six years of installation management experience, Witt takes some valuable lessons from Area II to his new position helping oversee garrison support services peninsula-wide in an organization comprised primarily of civilian employees. “Whether civilian or military, our mission remains the same: to support the warfighter, enhance garrison infrastructure and services, and improve the overall quality of life on our installations,” Witt said. He said an important role at Area II Support Activity was communicating with command sergeants major and first sergeants at all levels in order to support Soldiers, DoD civilians and contractors, Korean employees and family members. “That will also be one of my primary roles as IMAKorea Region command sergeant major,” said Witt, “but I get to expand it to an entire peninsula.” Witt said he is particularly proud of the progress Area II made in improving the standard of living for Soldiers and in beautifying the community. “We made a lot of progress upgrading barracks and family quarters, and improving the overall

Command Sgt. Maj Kevin N. Witt assumes the role of Installation Management Agency – Korea Region Office senior noncommissioned officer. appearance of Yongsan Garrison,” Witt said. who has also served as post command sergeant major He also helped improve Life Support Areas for at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Soldiers deploying to training exercises here and at Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens said Witt K-16 Air Base south of Seoul. will be an asset for the IMA-Korea Region Office. Witt, who was command sergeant major at the “Command Sgt. Maj. Witt has looked out for 593rd Corps Support Group at Fort Lewis, Wash., Soldiers and helped Area II maintain an outstanding before coming to Korea in August 2004, said he’s level of service and support,” Stephens said. “We are looking forward to helping other IMA-Korea Region fortunate that he’ll still be nearby at IMA-KORO areas solve problems. headquarters.” “I’ve walked in their shoes and may be able to lend E-mail [email protected] a hand. I am really looking forward to it,” said Witt,

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Korea Region Director visits Area II
Soldier support focus is main agenda item
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Area II Public Affairs

Chapel provides preschool class
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Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The Area II Support Activity hosted a tour Sept. 12 for the Installation Management Agency- Korea Region Office director. Col. Al Aycock, who assumed regional director duties Aug. 4, oversees installation support for 59 U.S. military installations and sites in the Republic of Korea, including 13 in Area II. Escorted by Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Witt and Deputy Garrison Commander Tillman D. Moses, Aycock visited a variety of support facilities during a windshield tour of the Yongsan Garrison area. He was briefed thoroughly on operations at the 1st Replacement Company, the Community Service Building, Child and Youth Services, the Child Development Center, and Hannam Village, among others. During the windshield tour, Aycock learned about main and south posts facilities and also

Col. Al Aycock receives a briefing about in- and out-processing from Area II Commander Col. Ron Stephens Sept. 12 at the 1st Replacement Company. visited Camp Coiner and Camp Kim. Then he spent about 90 minutes Aycock also met with the Area II listening. He also gave them some advice Support Activity command group and on staying focused on the mission. directors during a roundtable luncheon “Our mission is to support Soldiers,” and discussed a wide range of issues. said Aycock. “As long as we remember “Tell me what’s going right for you that, we’ll be able to resolve any issue and what isn’t,” Aycock told the and get the job done,” he said. directors. “Let me know what I can do E-mail [email protected] to help you.”

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YONGSAN GARRISON — One of the biggest days for parents might be their child’s first day in elementary school. Parents feel the need for their children to receive help to prepare for the big moment. Mustard Seed Christian Preschool fulfills this need with classes for the up and coming youngster in Area II. The South Post Chapel program provides three hours of various activities for 3- and 4-year-old children Monday - Friday. “The preschool has been a very effective program,” said Mustard Seed Christian Preschool Director Rolanda Flood-Lewis. “A lot of the kids learn scripture, do prayers and read Bible stories.” Flood-Lewis said the program covers a variety of subjects. “We also have enrichment

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Collier Field House offers free yoga class
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Radio Town Hall The Area II Command Group will conduct a Radio Town Hall 11 a.m. noon Monday. Tune in to Eagle FM 102.7 to hear about issues affecting the community. Questions can be phoned into 738-3484 during the broadcast or emailed in advance to [email protected] For information, call 738-7454. NEO Volunteers Sought Applications for volunteers to participate in the evacuation portion of the upcoming Courageous Channel NEO exercise will be accepted through Oct. 5. The trip is Oct. 26-29. Those selected must attend two briefings. Applications are available from your unit NEO warden. For information, call 738-5013. Hannam Village Festival The Hannam Village Community Festival will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Hannam Village Baseball Park. There will be free T-Shirts for the first 300 people. For information, call 723-6721. Fall Festival Floats Wanted Enter the Yongsan Fall Festival Parade and win $200 in six categories: Best Vehicle; Best Marching Unit; Most Humorous Float; Best Children’s Group; Best Musical; and Best Military Unit. For information, call Eric Yim at 741-6473 or 010-5822-6597. Holiday Greetings Video Send a holiday greeting video to folks back home in the United States 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Dragon Hill Lodge Courtyard. Military units, families, individual Soldiers, DoD civilians, retirees and contractors welcome. Call 738-7354 for information. Commissary Family Day The Yongsan Commissary will host Family Day activities Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. There will be face painting, an apple bobbing contest, a basketball toss contest, free hot dogs during lunch hours, free cake and coffee, many giveaways such as Commissary Gift Certificates, family package steaks and product demonstrations. Join in for greater savings and lots of fun. AFAP Issues The Area II AFAP Conference will be held Oct. 18-20. AFAP is a program that provides an opportunity for all members of the Army Family to inform Leadership of issues in the community. To get involved, call Reta Mills at 738-3627. Anthony Hamilton to Perform Grammy Award Nominee Anthony Hamilton will perform 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Collier Field House. For information, call 738-4058. Area II Web site For more community notes, news and information, visit the Area II Web site at http://area2.korea.army.mil.

YONGSAN GARRISON — Area II community members were twisting and bending their bodies Sept. 12 at a yoga class at Collier Field House. Yoga, which means union in Sanskrit, is a family of ancient spiritual practices and a school of spiritual thought that originated in India. Of the various types of meditation and yoga, hatha yoga is considered the most physical. These days, however, physical yoga is gaining popularity as a regimen of fitness exercises that are healthy for the body and also the mind. “Yoga is a great exercise that grows not only flexibility, but also strength,” said Seoul American Middle School teacher Kristen Stone. “It’s a great stress reliever and a great way to meet people. Some people find spirituality. I like it because it’s a great way to balance my body.” There are 20 people in each class and, surprisingly to some, more than a few men. Ken Duckworth, a U.S. Embassy officer, said he used to run and lift weights, but switched to yoga because it’s more gentle. “I’m more relaxed now and my shoulder pain has gotten a lot better,” said Duckworth. There are lots of different yoga

Seoul American Middle School teacher Kristen Stone demonstrates yoga in front of a Sept. 12 class at Collier Field House. moves to learn, so instructors alternate classes. Heidi Haugen teaches CorePower Yoga. “Core-Power Yoga is a pretty intense workout,” said Heidi Haugen, youth development specialist for the Installation Management Agency-Korea Region Office. “It’s a mind, body workout and we train focus, concentration and breath.” Haugen said the number of men coming to yoga class is increasing.

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On the weekends there are more men students than women, she said. Morale, Welfare and Recreations offers the free yoga class at Collier Field House 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is also offered 6–7:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Hannam Village gym. For information, call 738-8608. E-mail [email protected]

Area II celebrate Kids Day
Annual event offers different activities to amuse children
By Pfc. Jung Jae-hoon
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — Area II Morale, Welfare and Recreation celebrated Kids Day at the Seoul American Elementary School Saturday. Kids Day was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a 124-yearold national children’s crisis charity, to encourage adults to spend more meaningful time with children. Soon it became an annual event on the national calendar to honor and celebrate the inherent value and worth of children. “I volunteered for Kids Day because I think it’s important to show children that we care for them,” said Staff Sgt. Stancey Mitchell. “The children are the future of the country, so it is important to let them feel safe and loved, and to enjoy the freedom to be a child.” Event organizers started the day by giving free T-shirts to the first 200 youth who attended. Volunteers sold cookies, cotton candy and other snacks around the school, so parents could enjoy food together with the children. Also, there were inflatable games for the children to play on and to climb like rock climbers do. “It was very well organized and well planned,” said parent Capt. Christopher Vogel. “There were a lot of activities for the children to participate in; they had fun.” Later there was a dance class and a magic show in the front of the SAES gymnasium. “It was wonderful; the kids had a wonderful time,” said parent Lawson Hughes. “Everyone at the fair was great; it has been a wonderful day.” More than 600 children and parents attended the event. “It was the joint effort of all the members of MWR,” said Area II MWR Director Paul Robinson. “We had

Cameron Vogel climbs up an inflatable wall during the Kids Day celebration Saturday at the Seoul American Middle school.

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Celebration participants wait in line for their cotton candy. refreshments, games and music to let parents and the children enjoy themselves and have fun.” E-mail [email protected]

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By Pfc. Jung Jae-hoon
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The 2006 Yongsan Pet Show brought together mostly dogs, a few cats and many proud owners Sept. 9 outside the Four Seasons shopping complex. Despite light rain, pet enthusiasts turned out to show off their four-legged companions. The show got under way at 10 a.m. with Northern Exchange General Manager Betty O’Brien judging pets in all kinds of categories. With a $25 Army and Air Force Exchange Service Gift card and 16-quart cooler waiting for the lucky winners, tension was in the air. In the end, the judging was close: Owner looks like pet: Ethan Bean Most colorfully dressed up pet: Caroline Childress Best trick: Webster Lansdell Exchange officials also conducted a drawing for prizes. Three participants won a value pet supply bucket worth $50, $30 and $20. “They were very thankful for this kind of event,” said Four Seasons Manager Han Ki-sol. “It was a great time for us to generate customer interest and give good impressions.” Han said the show helped Four Seasons sales for pet supplies. “We sold 417 items for $1,536,” he said. “On an average day we sell 180 to 230 items for $800 to $1000. E-mail [email protected]

Top: A pet show participant entertains the crowd with his dog Sept. 9 outside the Four Season shopping complex. Left: With the help of a little friend, Caroline Childress claimed the prize for Most colorfully dressed up pet.

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YONGSAN GARRISON — The Yongsan Library will celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. It is an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 100-402 Aug. 17, 1988. “Area II libraries are conducting a contest,” said Area II Library Director Kim Im-soon. “We have a short quiz with three educational questions about Hispanic heritage, and we will draw [from participants who answered correctly] to pick a winner.” The drawing will be held at 4 p.m., Oct. 10 at the Yongsan Library. “I think Hispanics have contributed a lot to American culture and society,” Kim said “Also many Hispanic Soldiers died during World War I, II and the Korean War, so we are celebrating to show our appreciation

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Event to offer various prizes for community
By Pvt. Kim Sang-wook
Area II Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON— For the upcoming National Family Day, the Defense Commissary Agency will support the Area II community by opening fun and unique promotional events Saturday at the Yongsan Commissary. The commissary has planned various fun activities such as free face painting, apple-bobbing contest, basketball-toss contest and other surprise events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Family Day. According to research by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

“The commissary is promoting Family Day to encourage Americans, to make family dinners a regular feature of their daily routine,” said the Yongsan Commissary Director Michael Mertz. “We’re here to support the community and enhance family health.” Since the creation of Family Day in 2001, this is the first time the Yongsan Commissary has volunteered a Family Day promotion party. “There will be lots of events and free cake, coffee and hot dogs “standing by” for the customers,” Mertz said. “Contests will be open for customers to win prizes, such as commissary gift certificates and free coupons.” “We hope to have lots of people come for the Family Day party,” Mertz said. “We’ll have some surprise events to astonish our customers.” For information, call 736-3301. E-mail [email protected]

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classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 4-year-old children,” she said. “The kids learn Spanish, Korean and do science activities.” Parents can sign up their children by visiting the South Post Chapel and filling out registration forms. A child must be at least three years old before Oct. 31.

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“The school has eight classes and 16 children in each,” Flood-Lewis said. “We are always accepting applications until the program is filled.” The preschool is in session until May. For information, call 738-8503. E-mail [email protected]

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Area II Library Director Kim Im-soon shows Hispanic-related books and CDs Tuesday at the Yongsan Library. The observation ends Oct. 10. to them.” Kim also said she hopes community members will use this chance to bring their library card and visit the library to enjoy some books, CDs and also enter the contest and win a $20 prize. E-mail [email protected]

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offered as a courtesy to guests. You may also give welfare gifts. Welfare gifts include gifts of new or used clothing, prepared food, beverages, or other relief items donated by USFK personnel or organizations, which will enhance the welfare of individuals or institutions (e.g., orphanages, schools, churches, hospitals) cared for by service, charitable, or relief organizations. However, even with welfare gifts, certain rules apply: Welfare gifts worth more than $50 per unit in value must be reported to the Korean government. USFK must approve the gift in advance (before it’s given). To have the gift approved, contact the 8th MP Bde., SOFA Support Division Ration Control Office. Generally, USFK regulation 643-2 prohibits giving food and commissary items as a gift. However, if someone wants to give food, they will need to obtain a specific exception to policy from the SOFA Support Division. Chuseok Gifts Chuseok is an annual Korean holiday that features the exchange of gifts. The holiday prompts numerous questions on the ability to give and receive Chuseok gifts. The same rules as outlined above apply to gifts given in connection with Chuseok. There is

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one very limited exception which allows USFK personnel to request approval to give alcohol as a gift to their ROK counterparts, normally on Korean holidays, such as Chuseok and Lunar New Year. Only general and flag officers are authorized to grant approval to USFK personnel to purchase duty-free alcohol, with personal funds, to give as a gift to ROK counterparts. The general or flag officer may delegate this authority to an O-6 level chief of staff and assistant deputy chief of staff. Assuming you have obtained approval from a general or flag officer to make a gift of alcohol, then there are still other restrictions to observe. The value of each gift of alcohol must not exceed $35. In addition, gifts of alcohol are limited to one bottle per year per recipient per donor. So, if an official presents a bottle of alcohol to a ROK counterpart on Lunar New Year, that official may not give that same person a gift of alcohol for other occasions in the same calendar year. Other than this limited exception, the normal rules for gift-giving also apply during Chuseok and Lunar New Year. For example, you may not make a gift of beef or oxtail purchased from the commissary, even though it is Chuseok. For information about gift giving, contact the local legal office.

YONGSAN GARRISON — The 18th Medical Command will host an animal adoption fair and pet blessing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Yongsan South Post Chapel. “We in the 18th Medical Command, as a contribution to the local Area II community, desire to offer an opportunity for adoption of pets, as well as a blessing prayer for pets who are living or deceased,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer, 18th MEDCOM deputy chaplain. “Educational materials will be distributed along with an opportunity to consider adopting a pet for your family.” Prospective pets will be available for adoption in the courtyard in front of the chapel. “The challenge is always to do everything that we can to place the right pet with the right family. Thus, ensuring a successful and lasting human-animal bond,” said Capt. Nicholas Cabano, Yongsan Veterinary Treatment Facility chief of clinical operations. Animals are examined by members of the veterinary clinic prior to being put up for adoption. Beyond a clean bill of health, family members may also wish to address the spiritual aspects of their pet’s wellbeing.

The animal blessing is part of an annual event held in memory of the anniversary of the death of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. “Most people recognize animals as spiritual friends,” Spencer said. “I believe our animals are another glimpse of the richness of God’s creations.” Attendees should ensure their pets remain in a cage or on a leash during the blessing ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. Blessings will also be performed throughout the afternoon. Not only will the event honor the animals in attendance, it will provide a chance for families to pay tribute to past pets. “There will be an opportunity to memorialize pets who have been a part of our families and are now deceased,” Spencer said. “Family members who wish to memorialize their pets are welcome to bring a picture of their pet and attach it to the bereavement memorial on display. “I am always impressed with how animals demonstrate unconditional love for family members. Animals teach us a lot about compassion,” Spencer said. The upcoming adoption fair may be an opportunityfor the Area II community to show its compassion — to be a blessing and to welcome a blessing into their homes and their hearts.

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Idiocracy — (Luke Wilson, Maya Rudoph) Private Joe Bowers, the definition of “average American,” is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program, set 1,000 years in the future. When he awakes, he discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

Ex-Girlfriend My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman) Everyone’s had a painful parting of the ways with a romantic partner. We pick up the pieces and move on. But for one New York guy, it’s not going to be so easy. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, he discovers his ex is actually the reluctant superhero, G-Girl. A scorned woman, she unleashes her super powers to humiliate and torment him.

Lady in the Water — (Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard) Cleveland Heep, a modest building manager, rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is actually a narf—a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. Cleveland and his fellow tenants start to realize that they are also characters in this bedtime story.

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PG-13

Mission Impossible III
PG-13

Lady in the Water PG-13 Monster House
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Waist Deep R John Tucker Must Die PG 13 United 93 R The Omen R

The Last Kiss
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John Tucker Must Die PG 13 United 93 R The Omen R

Nacho Libre PG The Shaggy Dog PG

Nacho Libre PG The Shaggy Dog PG

Monster House
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The Shaggy Dog PG

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We must forgive as freely as we seek forgiveness
By Chaplain (Capt.) Byung K. Min
HHC, Area IV Support Activity

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In the Bible, one day Peter, who is one of Jesus’ disciples, brought up quite an interesting issue. He asked Jesus, “Sir, how many times do I have to forgive my brother, up to seven times?” He might have expected an answer like, “Hey, Peter, you are the man. You want to forgive your brother even seven times? That is more than outstanding.” But Jesus did not answer like that. Rather, he said “Forgive your brother even up to seventy times seven. If I was there at that time, I would like to ask Peter these questions. “Hey, how about you? Do you think you forgive others more often, or that you need to be forgiven by others more often? And, what do you think? Do you have to forgive your brother more than you need to be forgiven by your brother?”

What about us? I don’t think I am better than Peter, either. Human beings are very self-centered beings. When I listen to my Soldiers or couples in counseling sessions, I find that husbands talk about things to their advantage. Also, the wives talk about things to their advantage. No one wants to talk about their own mistakes. No one is willing to talk about what they did wrong. But before we forgive or judge someone else, we have to look through ourselves first. Now, we need to think about who needs forgiveness. I am telling you that you and I need forgiveness. Each and every person needs forgiveness. You need to be forgiven. And you have to forgive your brother. Let me ask you a question. If you have brothers or sisters, they will sin against you. How many times are you going to forgive them? My second

question is, how many times do you want to be forgiven? Third question, how many times will you need forgiveness in your life? I know forgiving someone who sins against you is not easy, but if you forgive, if you use such a powerful tool in your life, your life will be full of joy, mercy and love. Brothers and sisters, forgiveness is a very powerful life-giving tool. Use and practice this tool in your life. Be an expert with this tool. This tool is made in heaven. The label on this tool says “Lifetime guarantee.” The label on the price tag says, “Free to anyone.” The label on the warning tag says, “Use this tool as much or as often as needed to prevent rust in your life.” I believe everyone needs this tool. I want you to buy this tool. Practice and use this tool in your life. Your life will be full of grace, mercy and love.

Area IV Worship Services
Protestant
Collective Sunday 10 a.m. Camp Carroll Korean Korean 10:30 a.m. Camp Henry 10:30 a.m. Camp Walker 12:45 p.m. Camp Walker 1 p.m. Church of Christ Collective Friday 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Mass Mass 7 p.m. Tuesday 7 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Carroll Area IV Chaplains
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joseph F. Hannon [email protected] or 768-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Byong Min [email protected] or 765-8991

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Camp Walker

Praise & Worship Sunday 6:30 p.m. Camp Walker

Catholic
Sunday 9 a.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Camp Walker Camp Walker 11:45 a.m. Camp Carroll

For additional information, contact the Area IV Chaplain’s Office at 764-5455.

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Incheon
and their families who participated in operations in the history of amphibious the Revisit to Korea Program, warfare. But it was a great deal more sponsored by the Korean Veterans than that. This daring and ingenious Association. operation saved the fledgling Republic The ceremonies began with South of Korea from utter destruction, freed Korean dignitaries and U.S. military its citizens from the tyranny of o f f i c i a l s l e d b y T h i e s s e n a n d communist occupation and created a Wisecup, boarding a South Korean spirit of victory and confidence,” said Navy vessel and laying wreaths in Thiessen. the ocean. This was done in The event concluded with a photo r e m e m b r a n c e o f t h e B a t t l e o f session, performance by the ROK Incheon that took place Sept. 15, Marine Corps Band and Honor Guard 1950. Then, the group paid their and a luncheon host by the Incheon respects to the war veterans at Gen. mayor. D o u g l a s M a c A r t h u r ’s s t a t u e i n For Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Freedom Park. Michael Reinke, a Sailor attached to Following that, there was a CNFK, attending the ceremony was ceremony at the Incheon Memorial. an experience he will never forget. The public was invited to attend this “It was a privilege to share the portion of the ceremonies. Hundreds experience with the ROK Marines that traveled from all directly fought and parts of the “This daring and ingenious were responsible for United States to operation saves the fledgling their country’s attend. Thiessen Republic of Korea from utter survival, and an said a few words destruction, freed its citizens from honor to sit amongst during this the tyranny of communist the American portion of the occupation and created a spirit of veterans who c e r e m o n i e s , victory and confidence.” answered the call to discussing why serve and assist the — Maj. Gen. Duane Thiessen, this military Republic of Korea in commander, U.S. Marine Forces Korea operation was so its hour of need,” memorable. Sang-wook said Reinke. “It was clearly evident By Pvt. Kim “The landing at Incheon was one from the ceremony that through their Area II Public Affairs of the most significant and successful selfless sacrifice a timeless bond was

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LT. J.G. JESSICA GANDY

Rear Adm. James Wisecup, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (center), and others bow their heads in silence during a wreath laying ceremony at Gen. MacArthur Statue in Freedom Park in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The ceremony was part of the 56th Incheon Amphibious Operations Members sport a unique safety vest with their logo. Landing Commemoration Ceremonies that took place on Sept .15. created between the peoples of the United States and the ROK.” CNFK is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea. CNFK provides leadership and expertise in naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command, and Commander, United States Forces Korea. CNFK also serves as liaison to the Republic of Korea Navy, the Combined Forces Commander staff in armistice and in wartime to the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka.

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Han River Casino Cruise
By IMA-Korea MWR
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

Sept. 22, 2006

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High rollers hit high seas with BOSS

Area II Pool League The Area II Pool League is seeking new members. The group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Main Post Club, Harvey’s Lounge and the Navy Club -- all on Yongsan Garrison. Membership is open to ID cardholders, family members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians or contractors and individuals sponsored by ID cardholders. For more information, call Brent Abare at 723-3691. Home for the Holidays Be sure to enter the Home for the Holidays drawing sponsored by MWR and US Airline Alliance. Those interested may fill out an entry form to enter to win a round-trip ticket to the United States. Forms may be found in the local MWR facility, newspaper, or on the MWR Web site. Deadline to enter is Oct. 12. Call 7233730 for information. Battle of the Runway The first Battle of the Runway Fashion Show will be held at The Underground, Yongsan Garrison, Oct. 8. The event will be 7-11:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For ticket information in area I or II, call 010-75701964 or 010-2308-2724. In area III or IV, call 010-6307-7527 or 010-5584-5722. Charlie Daniels Band to Perform for Troops The Charlie Daniels Band, will perform five shows on Army installations in Korea. All shows are free of charge courtesy of Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Call the local MWR or 7233346 for information. The schedule for shows is as follows: Oct 18, 7 p.m., Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Camp Casey’s Carey Gym Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Camp Humphreys’ CAC Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Yongsan Garrison’s Collier Field House Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Camp Red Cloud’s Gym RecTrac Registration Incentive Extended Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has extended the deadline to register in the Unit Registration Program. Units achieving 100 percent registration in the RecTrac system will earn money for the unit fund, courtesy of MWR. Deadline has been extended until Sept. 30. A unit must achieve the objective of 100 percent registration in order to qualify for the unit fund incentive. Minimum is $150 for units with 100 or less soldiers and $1.50 per Soldier for units with 100 or more Soldiers. The incentive program is applicable to all U.S. military units assigned to and residing on an Army military installation and are already receiving Army MWR Unit Funds, and Army Units on Air Force installations at Suweon and Gwangju. Call 723-8510 for information.

Soldiers were “cashing in” at this year’s Han River Casino Cruise hosted by Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Soldiers Sept. 9. Though billed as a casino cruise, the event offered a wide variety of attractions, including live entertainment, dinner, dancing and prizes for all those high rollers in attendance. BOSS’S Casino Cruise was designed for Soldiers to enjoy themselves. Yes there was gambling, but no money was involved. Having free chips was part of the fun. After some old time tunes by the 8th U.S. Army Dixie Land Band, Robert Lattanzi officially addressed the crowd, welcoming the audience and introducing those involved. Forty-five volunteers from BOSS, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and other organizations were recognized and thanked for making the event possible. The formalities complete, party goers enjoyed dinner then were free to choose the entertainment of their choice. “We have six different casino games taking place” said Lattanzi. Texas Hold’em, poker, roulette and blackjack were among the games offered. Sgt. Shiron Polk The 8th U.S. Army Dixie Land Band sets the mood for an evening of “riverboat gambling.” said that she was

The dealer waits patiently as players consider their next moves during BOSS’s Casino Cruise Sept. 9. having a blast. “I’m thinking the Texas Hold’em is pretty hot. I don’t know how to play exactly, but I’m learning.” Though no one took home their winnings from the gaming tables, Soldiers had the opportunity to cash in their chips for prizes at the auction. Several Soldiers also hit it big after the games, as a number of door prizes, including DVD players, cookware and video games, were given. Spc. Justin Crossno said he really enjoyed himself. “I’m just looking to have some fun,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I win or lose. You know the money’s not real.” Spc. Charles Wayne Frost was more brief in his review of the evening, but seemed to capture the feeling of many in attendance when he said “It’s awesome.”

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RAKENDRA MOORE

Area II Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Experience a blend of Korean and American culture at eighth annual Hannam Village Community Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The colorful event, held on the Hannam Village sports field, is open to the entire Area II and Yongsan Garrison community, including military personnel, DoD civilians, family members and their invited guests. “The festival is always exciting,” said Hannam Village ACS Outreach Coordinator Yves Guillaume. Tightrope walking, see-saw games, martial arts demonstrations, kite making and reenactments of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony complete with American participants are on the schedule. “We will also have kimchi, rice cake and tea tasting, along with Buddhist arts and crafts demonstrations,” Guillaume said. Other Korean foods will also be available. American food vendors, including Starbucks and Outback Steak House, will have booths. Guillaume said the 2nd Infantry Division Rock Band and a Korean band will play. The festival is a cooperative effort of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Korea National Management Maintenance

Hannam Village festival open to all Hamilton bringing R&B
Corporation, and the Korea National Housing Corporation. Other events are also scheduled on Yongsan Garrison this weekend in conjunction with National Family Day. The Yongsan Commissary is hosting family events 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, including a basketball toss, free hamburgers, commissary specials, bobbing for apples and face painting. There will also be a Students Against Destructive Decisions membership drive. The Yongsan Family Fun Park will offer discounts and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will provide free refreshments to moviegoers Monday. The Dragon Hill Lodge will offer National Family Day discounts at their restaurants. The DHL will also be awarding a free room stay for four people, four passes to Lotte World Amusement Park and four passes to the stage show, “Lion King.” Commiskey’s will offer 15 percent off everything except steaks and lobster. But, to receive the discount, the customer must have a U.S. identification card and be under the Status of Forces Agreement. The Commiskey’s special will be valid Monday and Tuesday. For information on the event, contact the local MWR Entertainment Office or call 7233749.

to troops in Korea
By Korea Region MWR
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

R&B singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton will perform five shows at Army installations in Korea today through Wednesday. Hamilton gained recognition with the release of his 2003 album “Comin’ From Where I’m From,” for which he garnered three Grammy nominations. The schedule of performances for Hamilton is: Today, 7 p.m., Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym Saturday, 8 p.m., Camp Casey’s Hanson Field House Sunday, 7 p.m., Camp Humphreys Community Acitivity Center Tuesday, 8 p.m., Camp Stanley Gym Wednesday, 7 p.m., Yongsan Garrison’s Collier Field House.

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FTX 602nd ASB sharpens skills during FTX
through our aircraft maintenance. “The Soldiers make our success what it is,” said Fawcett. “The leaders enable that success by leading our Soldiers, and they in turn provide the best support that this brigade has to offer.” Fawcett explained that the 602nd’s mission is to provide logistical support to the combat aviation brigade. “We do aviation maintenance fuel, supply, and transportation and communication to the 2nd Combat Avn. Bde.,” he said. The 602nd is undergoing transformation along with the rest of Army aviation on the Korean peninsula,” Fawcett explained. “Even though we don’t have all of our capabilities yet, or all our equipment and people, we still are capable of supporting the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade because of the great job our Soldiers do.” Fawcett credits coordination outside of the 602nd through the 194th Maintenance Battalion and other support battalions in Korea with helping to get the mission done. “We all work together to support each other and to make the mission happen,” he said.

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Maj. Ronnie Williamson, support operations officer, fires a M2 .50-caliber machine gun as Capt. Matthew Reynolds, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, feeds rounds into the weapon. Both officers are with the 602nd Combat Aviation Battalion and were participating in officer development training. By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – The 602nd Aviation Support Battalion is currently undergoing a field training exercise at Training Area Tom. “We’ve been out here since Sept. 14 and we’ll be here through Saturday,” said Lt. Col. Gregory J. Fawcett, 602nd commander. “This exercise is to improve Soldier skills, and collective and common tasks, both at the company level and battalion level, in order to improve our mission essential task list. “Our primary METL is to conduct a security operation,” Fawcett added. As part of their field training, officers underwent officer professional development training on an M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Each officer took turns feeding rounds into the weapons or firing it.

Junior enlisted Soldiers got a unique opportunity to step into the boots of their senior sergeants. “My platoon sergeant has placed E4 and below in E-6 and E-7 positions and is using this as an opportunity to teach us leadership skills,” said Spc. David Acklam, Company B, 602nd CAB. “We’re experiencing the workload that noncommissioned officers go through.” “This is the best support battalion in the United States Army,” said Maj. Eric Morrison, 602nd executive officer. “It’s the best because of our Soldiers.” Fawcett agreed. “Our Soldiers do a great job,” he said. “They are a key element to the success of the brigade. Our aviation maintenance company is the biggest in the battalion. We do hundreds of work orders a month. The 2nd Combat Avn. Bde. has probably got the highest operational

readiness rate in the Army and our Soldiers contribute to its success

(from left) Spc. David Acklam and Pvt. Carter Coom, both with Company B, 602nd Combat Aviation Brigade, stand with Lt. Col. Gregory J. Fawcett, 602nd commander, outside a bunker at Training Area Tom.

Humphreys undergoes successful Higher Headquarters Antiterrorism Assessment
By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – A higher headquarters antiterrorism assessment team from the Installation Management Agency in Washington completed a thorough assessment of Camp Humphreys’ overall security program here, Sept. 15. “It’s very important for the headquarters of the Installation Management Agency to

have an overview of our overall ability to provide security for our customers here on post,” said Ed Teague, Area III security officer. “It’s important for us too because we also gained a view from the outside on how we are doing on our ability to provide a secure environment for the folks on the installation.” Camp Humphreys did well on the inspection. “The overall assessment from the team is that Camp Humphreys is on the

leading edge of providing a secure environment for those folks here on post,” said Teague. Teague doesn’t believe that his safety office should take all of the credit for a successful inspection. “I think that it’s important to realize that security for the installation is done by an entire team concept,” He said. “Everybody here on post is involved in the process of keeping the post secure.

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Humphreys Bulldogs take rugby championship
BOSS Bungee Jump Trips Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Soldier bungee jump trips are set for Oct. 4. Cost is $60. Price includes transportation, lunch and two events (bungee jump, extreme sky coaster or slingshot ride). See your BOSS representative or call 753-8825/ 8828/6236 for information. Sign up at the Humphreys CAC Hispanic Heritage Committee Seeks Volunteers The Osan Hispanic Heritage Committee is seeking volunteers. Meetings are every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 949 (right next to the BX), Rm. 229 at Osan AB. Come and help plan this year’s activities and events for the observance month (today - Oct. 15). Call 784-8285 or 784-4662 for information. Exceptional Family Member Program Planning on consecutive OCONUS tours? Applying for Command Sponsorship? Are you Command Sponsored and plan to extend? Applying for the Assignment Incentive Plan and want to bring your family to Korea? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then an overseas screening must be completed on all family members. Contact the Area III EFMP coordinator at 753-8327. University of Pheonix Registration ongoing Earn a Masters Degree. Traditional onsite classes are available at Osan Air Base. New term for on-site classes begins Tuesday. Registration is currently taking place. Master of Management and Master of Management-Human Resources Management classes are held on base at Osan and meet one night a week. All courses are also available online. Master of Arts in Education programs available online. Online class schedules vary. For information, please call 7845664 or send via e-mail to [email protected] Register to Vote Election Day is Nov. 7. Servicemembers, their family members residing abroad and Department of Defense civilians overseas can register to vote and request an absentee ballot by filling out a Federal Post Card Application (Standard Form 76). Go to www.fvap.gov to access the FPCA and other information about voting overseas or see your unit voting assistance officer. Writer-Editor Volunteer Opportunity The Area III Public Affairs Office is looking for a volunteer to help with our section of The Morning Calm Weekly. Writing experience is preferred, along with some experience with desktop publishing. Digital photography skills are helpful but training is available. For information, call 754-8857.

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Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – The Humphreys Bulldogs rugby team trounced Camp Red Cloud 67-10 at Soldier’s Field Saturday to take the 8th U.S. Army Rugby Championship. “The Bulldogs were a much more experienced team,” said Spc. Larry Faus, Company A, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion, captain and coach of the Bulldogs. “We’ve been practicing twice a week since February,” said Faus. “I think the final score showed that we had been practicing as a team for quite a bit now. “Red Cloud put their team together on short notice,” said Faus. “We were even a little worried that we wouldn’t have a game.” Faus credits CRC’s squad for their team spirit. “They did their best to bring together a team,” he said. “Kudos to them for giving us a game.” Faus gave high praise to his team. “Our players did a fantastic job,” he said. “I think that they showed their dedication by just how well they played together. Pfc. Epeli Ratoto, the team’s fly half gets Faus’s special recognition. “Our hats are definitely off to him,” said Faus. “He was the one kicking all of the penalties and the extra points for us.” Faus explained that in rugby there are two sets of positions; the forward and the back position. The fly half is the commander of the back. “He’s the one who

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(from left) Humphreys Bulldogs’ “Bash Brothers” Spc. Ryan Cox, 501st Military Intelligence Battalion and Pfc. Lance Holeman, 4-2 Aviation Regiment, take down Camp Red Cloud player Spc. Jason Roberts, 2nd Infantry Division. The Bulldogs beat Camp Red Cloud 67-10. sets up the plays for the back,” said Faus. The Seoul Sisters, a civilian women’s rugby team from Seoul, came out and played a game afterwards and Faus credits them for increasing awareness of women’s rugby. “They are divided into two sister teams; The Renegades and the Handboks,” said Faus. “They tied 5-5.” “We have a couple of females who play on our team,” he added. “They share time between the Camp Humphreys team and the Seoul women’s team. “We’re trying to get a women’s team together on post,” said Faus. “If anyone is interested in playing rugby, our practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., at Soldier’s Park.” For more information about joining the team, call Faus at 010-2211-2665 or inquire by e-mail at whitepointer4811 @yahoo.com

Holiday greetings filmed at Humphreys
(from left) Maj. Robert Donnelly, 4-2 Aviation Regiment, his son Robert Jr., wife Allison and son Mathew, record their holiday greetings Saturday at the PX. The Hometown News Team visits Korea annually and records video greetings that are aired on local statesideTV stations.
COURTESY PHOTO

HAES observes In-Service Training Day
“We will be visited in the spring by the North Central Accreditation Committee to look at how well HAES is accomplishing the goals that were set forth,” said Joan Islas, Humphreys Elementary School principal. Islas explained that HAES’ goals are for all students to demonstrate increased problem-solving abilities as applied to all curricular areas, and that all students will demonstrate improvement in reading comprehension across the curriculum. Islas invites anyone who would like to get more involved in this process to contact her office at 7538894/6313. “We need parent and community participation and involvement,” she said.

Chad Jimison, Sarah Milner and Aubrey Milner discuss ways to improve student reading at a teacher in-service held Sept. 15. By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

COURTESY PHOTO

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Humphreys American Elementary School released students early Sept.

15 while the school held an In-Service Training Day. Teachers and parents worked sideby-side, learning about the school’s improvement goals and interventions.

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Sept. 22, 2006

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Another milestone in the Camp Humphreys Master Plan was reached Monday with the opening of the new eight-story phase II family housing tower. According to Joan Bradford, Area III housing director, the 48-unit complex will cause about half of the 115 command-sponsored, off-post families to be moved onto post. About a third of those families moving from off post will move into the new tower, Bradford said. Some families that have been living in the older adjacent family housing tower but who needed more room will move into larger apartments in the new building. That will free space in the older tower for some of those moving from off post. Bradford explained that the remainder of the apartments in the new tower will be occupied by families that have been housed temporarily on post in the Camp

Humphreys Army Lodge, as well as some families of servicemembers who will eventually be assigned to duty at the post. Also completed was a new two-story underground parking garage with space for 220 cars. Speaking at the opening, Col. Janis Dombi, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, said that the tower wasn’t just a beautiful brick building but also a big improvement for family life and a symbol of the Republic of Korea and U.S. alliance. “This building is not about families coming from Seoul,” she said, “It’s about families who are already here.” Dombi then complimented Pumyang for their more than 11,000 accident-free man-days. The Pumyang Construction Company Ltd. of Seoul built the new tower and parking garage and is building a third housing tower, under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The new eight-story family housing tower stands ready for occupancy on Camp Humphreys. It will soon house 48 families.

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Area III observes POW/MIA Recognition Day
By F. Neil Neeley
Area III Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS – Members of the community gathered on Beacon Hill Sept. 15, to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day and to remember those who sacrificed so much and to account for those who did not return. Guest speaker Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., Area III Support Activity reminded the audience that over 80 thousand Americans are still missing in action from

conflicts dating as far back as WWII. “Today our nation pauses ... to reflect the heroism of tens of thousands of Americans who endured the hardships of enemy confinement and those whose fate in time of war remains unknown,” he said. “We know that this nation will not forget it’s obligation to the POWs and those who are still missing in action.” Patriotic speeches and ceremonies will commemorate this day,” said Taliento, “But for some, especially the families of our missing, the war is never

over. Their loved ones are still unaccounted for.” Taliento urged those present to always remember those who are still missing and to reaffirm their commitment to the fullest possible accounting of every warrior who has defended the freedom that we enjoy today. “You are all their heroes because you have not forgotten,” said Taliento. “So we join together today in a ceremony to reaffirm a sacred creed never to forget these brave warriors.”

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(clockwise from top left) Retired Command Sergeant Major Bill Spearman takes his hat off to the National Anthem. Bill Haney, VFW House Rules Committee chairman, displays the POW/MIA flag. Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr. delivers his speech. Soldiers salute the American and Korean flags. An empty table is set for the POW/MIAs.

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Ed Center to showcase GoArmyEd at open house
By Steven Hoover
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – To help Soldiers better understand what services the education center here can provide, the staff, along with local college representatives, will host an open house 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday. The primary focus will be helping Soldiers navigate the GoArmyEd Web site, the virtual gateway that was established earlier this year to facilitate tuition assistance requests online anytime for classroom, distance learning and online college courses. However, since the new “paperless” registration process can sometimes be challenging for those who previously had one of the university staff helping them to complete the enrollment forms, that’s where this open house can offer assistance. Representatives from the University of Phoenix, University of Maryland and Central Texas College will be on hand to answer general education questions about college degree programs, the Serviceman’s Opportunity College, credit transfers, tuition assistance for spouses and other topics. “Whether they are a new student, or a returning one, they probably have questions,” said Larry Kurzer, University of Phoenix program coordinator. “When Soldiers have $4,500 available each year in Tuition Assistance, they’ll want the best advice in how to spend those dollars. With that benefit, how can you afford not to go to college?” Unlike before, in order for Soldiers to obtain tuition assistance for classes, they must be registered on the GoArmyEd portal.

Soldiers who were not previously enrolled in eArmyU, or who did not receive an invitation through their Army Knowledge Online account, may enroll by choosing the “New Users” tab from the public view of the portal. From this tab, Soldiers will be guided through the processes necessary to obtain a login and establish their GoArmyEd account. However, obtaining a login/password does not obligate the Soldiers to take any college courses. With the new process, available schools submit course schedules, invoices and grades electronically. A central team reconciles, certifies and then cuts final checks. “We realize that getting set up in the GoArmyEd system can be daunting for some, especially those who were used to doing everything manually before,” said Matthew Ormita, University of Maryland program coordinator. “Whether you’re going to be taking classes with one of our local schools or online with another, we want to make sure the Soldier understands how to access everything that is available.” The Education Center is located in Bldg. 1840, next to the Camp Henry Theater. For information about the open house, call 768-7247.

GoArmyEd Specifics
GoArmyEd enables Soldiers to view information in their student record anytime and anywhere. Soldiers can access GoArmyEd to: Request tuition assistance and register for college classes 24 hours-a-day, seven day-a-week (including onpost, off-post, distance learning and eArmyU classes); Research and select schools and degree plans, research class costs, and admission requirements; Access online advising tools that help them select college classes that advance them toward their degree; Complete an electronic Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding each term and return a signed, hardcopy TA SOU to an Army education counselor annually; Cancel TA requests if they want to drop a class before the class starts. GoArmyEd automatically restores their annual TA ceiling when they cancel a TA request; Withdraw from classes that have already started. This may result in recoupment for TA. (GoArmyEd automatically restores the refundable portion of a Soldier’s annual TA ceiling when they withdraw from a class and recoupment actions are taken for the nonrefundable portion.); Access an electronic version of their student record; View class grades that their school has posted directly to their student record; And, call or submit cases to the helpdesk at any time. For information, go to www.earmyu.com or www.goarmyed.com. Both addresses lead you to the same site.

Rolling In Remembrance

Walker host to 8th Army Tennis
By Galen Putnam
Area IV Public Affairs

GALEN PUTNAM

Motorcyclists park their bikes as fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars members and other spectators look on at the Evergreen Community Club Friday. The mini “Rolling Thunder” ride from Camp Henry to Camp Walker preceded the National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony held at the ECC. The ceremony and ride, honoring prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, was sponsored by Daegu VFW Post 10033.

CAMP HENRY – Despite threatening weather, the 8th U.S. Army Tennis Tournament held at Camp Walker Sept. 13 – 15 was nearly a washout not because of rain, but low turnout as two of the four champions won by default when they were the only contestants in their division to show up. In the other two divisions, however, competition was fierce. In the Men’s Junior Division Lee Soo-mo from Area III topped Chung Jae from Area II in three sets to take the championship. The duo battled three times during the tournament, resulting in two three-set matches and a tiebreaker match. In the Men’s Open Division Arnaldo Albornoz, representing Area III, bested Kim Jung-kyoon from Area IV, 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match to take top honors. Albornoz, who breezed through the tournament undefeated, had previously knocked Kim into the losers bracket 6-1, 6-0. Kim Won-dae and Trish Crispini took the Men’s Senior and Women’s Division, respectively. Each was uncontested.

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Officer’s Christian Barbecue Social An Officer’s Christian Fellowship KickOff Barbecue Social will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Quarters 107A on Camp Walker. OCF is a lay ministry built around small group fellowship among active-duty and retired officers and their families, focusing on Christian fellowship, prayer and Bible study. For information, call Mark Gardner at 7643222. Club Beyond Teen KickOff Event Club Beyond will hold a teen kickoff event 4 – 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Soldier Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall on Camp Walker. All high school teens in Area IV are invited to attend. Club Beyond is an ecumenical youth ministry for high school teens. For information, call Latisha McCoy at 010-5810-2071. Chuseok Celebration Luncheon The Daegu HanGook Spouses’ Association is hosting a Chuseok Celebration Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Soldier Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall on Camp Walker. The event will feature a traditional Korean lunch (provided first-come, first-served), traditional games and a hanbok fashion show. The luncheon is free of charge and open to all U.S. ID cardholders – U.S. Soldiers are particularly encouraged to attend. For information, call Grace Plumley at 010-9381-3248, or Vicki Kingston at 011-826-1061. Anthony’s Pizza Hours Changing Effective Oct. 1, Camp Henry Anthony’s Pizza will changeits operating hours to: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. The facility will be closed Sundays. For information, call Yi Hye-kyong, manager, at 768-8670. Bodybuilding Competition Set The 2006 Mr. and Ms. Supernatural Bodybuilding Championship will be held at the Camp Carroll Sports and Fitness Center Saturday. The event is open to all Soldiers, KATUSAs, Department of Defense civilian employees, and family members. All competitors must check-in no later than 10 a.m. for weigh-in. There will be a contestants’ briefing at 11 a.m., with pre-judging beginning at noon. The competition starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call Carlos Algarin at 765-8118. Bookkeeper Position The Apple Tree Gift Shop is seeking a part-time bookkeeper. Applications are available at the Apple Tree Gift Shop and will be accepted through Saturday. For information, call Tami LeJeune at 0103142-2749.

Sept. 22, 2006

Carroll hosts cross country championships
By Galen Putnam
Area IV Public Affairs

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CAMP HENRY – Camp Carroll conducted the first-ever 8th U.S. Army Cross Country Championships Saturday with a small but spirited field dominated by runners older than 40. Speaking of domination – every runner was from Area IV. Competition categories included Men’s and Women’s Open (age 3039), and Senior’s (age 40-49). In addition, there was also a Men’s Master’s division (age 50 and older). Men ran a 12-kilometer course, women took on an 8-kilometer route. Taking first place overall among men as well as first place in the Men’s Senior’s Division was Stephen Redmon, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Camp Henry, who finished in 50 minutes, 20 seconds. Taking second overall and first place in the Men’s Masters Division was Patrick Noble, 19th ESC, Camp Henry, who finished in 53:49. Rounding out the top men’s senior’s finishers were Kwon Songki, Camp Carroll Community Activities Center, 57:42, who took second place in the division and third overall and Eduardo Colon, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, Camp Carroll, 58:50, who took third place in the division and fourth overall. Coming in fourth in the division and fifth overall was Lucas Hinerman, 19th ESC OSJA, with a time of

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Patrick Noble, 19th ESC, Camp Henry, who finished in 53 minutes, 49 seconds, took second place overall and first place in the Men’s Masters Division. 1:04.57. First place in the Men’s Open Division went to Kim Chi-hyong, Materiel Support Center – Korea, Camp Carroll, who ran unopposed with a time of 1:06.41. Rounding out the men’s masters top finishers were Chuck Harper, Camp Carroll Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, 1:04.57; and Jasper Sims, 36th Signal Battalion, Camp Walker, 1:12.52, who finished in second and third place,

Amelia Carter, HHC, 19th ESC, Camp Walker, came in first overall and first in the Women’s Open Division with a time of 39 minutes, 44 seconds. respectively. Harper came in sixth overall and Sims placed eighth. In the women’s divisions Amelia Carter, HHC, 19th ESC, Camp Walker, came in first overall and also took first in the Open Division with a time of 39:44. Coming in second overall and first in the Seniors Division was Chong Sims, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 36th Sig. Bn., Camp Walker, 52:52. Both women ran unopposed in their divisions.

Hispanic Heritage Jalapenos

LAUREL BAEK

Contestants cram down hot ones during the jalapeno pepper-eating contest at the Daegu Enclave Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta Sept. 13 at the Hilltop Club on Camp Walker. The fiesta served as the kickoff for a busy month of events commemorating Hispanic heritage. Events include special dinners, bowling and movie nights, as well as a fun run and more. The month’s keynote event will be the Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration Ceremony 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 11, at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker. The event will feature guest speaker Leandro Arellano, Mexican Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. For information about Hispanic Heritage Month events, call Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morrison at 768-8542, or, 010-8671-4788.

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Block Party Boogie

Military Idol

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Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Soldiers members perform an impromptu dance at the Camp Walker Main Exchange parking lot Saturday during the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Block Party and Boys and Girls Clubs of America Day for Kids. Block party features included: A Main Exchange End of Summer Sale; games and activities for children; a B&GCA Day for Kids cake cutting, a Taegu Commissary Case Lot Sale and more. BOSS members were on hand to operate a food and beverage booth throughout the day.

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Sgt. Lennard Chattic, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 36th Signal Battalion, cranks out “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men during the Daegu Enclave Military Idol Competition Saturday at the Hilltop Club on Camp Walker. Chattic, who took first place, earned the opportunity to participate in the next round of competition. Second place went to Staff Sgt. Fikisha Maree, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Area IV Support Activity. Taking third place was Spc. Stevie Sims, Detachment C, 516th Personnel Support Battalion.

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NEWS & NOTES
Essay Contest Set An essay contest, sponsored by the Korean Corporate Members of the Association of the U.S. Army, about “Life In Korea,” could net the winner a grand prize of one million won. The essay must be based on the author’s personal experiences in Korea and must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, typed double-spaced in MS Word. The contest is open to all U.S. servicemembers, their family members and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers. Entry deadline is Oct. 31, with winners to be announced Nov. 24 and awards to be presented Dec. 8. A brief resume, with full name, phone number, unit and mailing address of the author must be included with the essay. For information, call Anthony Cuccia at 724-3178. Essays may be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to: The Korea Chapter of AUSA, Attention: Anthony Cuccia, PSC 450, Box 389, APO AP 96206-0389. Free Martial Arts Classes Offered Free Kendo and Sippalgi Stick Fighting Classes will be held 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker. For information, call Neil Fleisher at 764-4800/4225.

Arthur and Malpun Sharp examine their son Daniel’s student journal as other parents browse and students play during a visit to Jennifer Sharp’s second grade classroom at Taegu American School during the school’s open house Sept. 7. The event was held in conjunction with the Area IV Community Open House that was held in the school gym. Parents toured school facilities and their children’s classrooms, meeting with teachers and administrators while all visitors had the opportunity to learn more about Area IV organizations such as Army Community Service, Girl Scouts, the Taegu Spouses Association, and many others. About 400 parents and community members attended the joint event.

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Korean Language

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Learn Korean Easily

Week The Phrase of the Week :

“ How much is the greens fee?”

Golpu kosu sayongnyoga olmamnikka?
greens fee how much is

Vocabulary
10 o’clock

‘yolshee’

11 o’clock

‘yolhanshee’

12 o’clock

‘yoldushee’

Week Situation of the Week : Golf
Do I have to hire a caddy?
Kaedirul ssoya hamnikka?

Can I rent golf clubs?
Kolpuchaerul bilil su issumnikka?

Is it a difficult course?
Kosuga oryopsumnikka?

What’s par?
Gijun tasuga olmamnikka?

Do you play golf?
Golpu chishimnikka?

:
Golpurul odiso chishimnikka?

Where do you play golf?

Collier Field House offers a free yoga class

Week Korean Expression of the Week Meoriga pabburi doedorok

Until your hair turns into leek roots

Till death do you part. A stock phrase cited by a wedding officiator.

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