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The Morning Calm Korea Weekly - Nov. 14, 2008

The Morning Calm Korea Weekly - Nov. 14, 2008

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

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

For more information about the U.S. Army in Korea, visit the U.S. Army Korea Media Center at http://imcom.korea.army.mil

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November 14, 2008 Volume 7, Issue 7 http://imcom.korea.army.mil Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
 
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SPONSORING A NEWCOMER?‘Welcome to Korea’ resources available online:http://imcom.korea.army.mil
Sounders scorebig in youth soccerchampionship
Page 23
Family CommandSponsorship comesto USAG-Red Cloud
Page 2
   N  o  e  n   d  o  r  s  e  m  e  n   t   i  m  p   l   i  e   d
Falcons clinch Far East title
See Page 9 for story, photos 
Seoul American High School Falcons face off against the Kadena Panthers Saturday Nov. 8 at Yongsan Garrison. The Falcons won 22-21 to take the Far East Championship. See Page 9 for coverage of the game at USAG-Yongsan. To view or download this photo, visit www.ickr.com/usag-yongsan. —
U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Hwang Joon-hyun
See Page 9 for story, photos 
 
The Morning Calm
Published by Installation ManagementCommand - KoreaCommanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. John UbertiPublic Affairs Ofcer/Editor: Edward N. JohnsonDeputy PAO: Slade WaltersSenior Editor: Susan SilpasornprasitUSAG-RED CLOUDCommander: Col. Larry A. JacksonPublic Affairs Ofcer: Margaret Banish-DonaldsonCI Ofcer: James F. CunninghamUSAG-YONGSANCommander: Col. David W. HallPublic Affairs Ofcer: David McNallyStaff Writers: Sgt. Im Jin-min, Cpl. Lee Min-hwi,Spc. Jason C. AdolphsonUSAG-HUMPHREYSCommander: Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr.Public Affairs Ofcer: Bob McElroyCI Ofcer: Lori YerdonWriter-Editor: Ken HallDesigner: Pfc. Kim, Hyung JoonUSAG-DAEGUCommander: Col. Michael P. Saulnier Public Affairs Ofcer: Ronald InmanStaff Writer: Pvt. Park, Kyung RockStaff Writer: Lee, DodamThis Army newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of TheMorning Calm Weekly are not necessarily ofcial views of,or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of De-fense, or Department of the Army. The editorial content of this weekly publication is the responsibility of the IMCOM-Korea, Public Affairs, APO AP 96205. Circulation: 9,500Printed by Oriental Press, a private rm in no way con-nected with the U.S. Government, under exclusive writtencontract with the Contracting Command-Korea. Thecivilian printer is responsible for commercial advertising.The appearance of advertising in this publication, includinginserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsementby the U.S. Army or Oriental Press of the products or ser-vices advertised. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or patronagewithout regard to race, religion, gender, national origin,age, marital status, physical handicap, political afliation,or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunitypolicy by an advertiser is conrmed, the printer shall refuseto print advertising from that source until the violation iscorrected.Oriental Press President: Charles ChongCommercial AdvertisingTelephone: 738-5005 or 723-4253Fax: (02) 790-5795E-mail: oppress@kornet.netMail address: PSC 450, Box 758, APO AP 96206-0758Location: Bldg. 1440, Yongsan, Main PostSUBMISSIONS OR COMMENTS:Phone: DSN 724-TMCW (8629)Fax: DSN 724-3356E-mail: MorningCalmWeekly @korea.army.mil
Submitting toThe Morning Calm WeeklySend Letters to the Editor, guest commentaries,story submissions and other items:MorningCalmWeekly@korea.army.mil.For all submitted items include a point of con-tact name and telephone number. All items aresubject to editing for content and to insure theyconform with DoD guidelines.IMCOM-K Public Affairsand the Morning Calm Weekly staff are locatedin Bldg. 1416, Yongsan Garrison Main Post.For information, call 724-3365.
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The Morning Calm
imcom.korea.army.milNEWS • PAGE 2
http://imcom.korea.army.mil
NEWS
THE MORNING CALM
USFK Public Affairs
Te Per Diem ravel and ransportation Allowance Committeeconrmed that the continued strengthening U.S. Dollar caused a10 point decrease in COLA or Korea. Te exchange rate over thelast two weeks ranged rom 1275 to 1375 won to the dollar, whilethe COLA pay system rate was set well below at 1180. Eective Nov. 1, PDAAC resetthe pay system rate to an equitable rate. Teresult was COLA being reduced to zero or allareas o Korea except Seoul. Te Seoul COLA index dropped rom 114 to 104.Te good news or service members isthe stronger dollar makes shopping o-postmuch more attractive, with prices o postmore o a bargain compared to previous years. Te U.S. dollar hasstrengthened against the won at a greater rate than other currenciesthis year. On Oct. 29, the dollar rose to a high o 1446 won atCommunity Bank compared to only 983 won at Community Bank nearly three months earlier on Aug.1. Te Nov. 5 rate at
High Dollar to Won exchange ratecauses COLA rates for Korea to drop
 
Community Bank was 1248 – a 26% appreciation.COLA is an allowance designed to strengthen service members’purchasing power by compensating them or the dierence betweenthe cost o living in Korea and the cost o living in CONUS. Severalactors impact the COLA rate. Tese actors include the Korean Won exchange rate, shopping patterns o US service members, duty location, and accompanied status.Te exchange rate is reviewed twice each month toensure the COLA retains its intended level o purchasingpower. When the won strengthens, it lessens the purchasingpower o the dollar and could drive an increase in theCOLA. In the same way, when the won weakens, itincreases the purchasing power o the dollar and coulddrive a decrease in the COLA.Te command understands that the COLA is a valuablenancial entitlement, and the command will ensure service membersreceive every penny they are entitled to by regulation. For questionsor or additional inormation regarding COLA, please contact the175th Financial Management Center at DSN 725-3201, or check their website.
Soldiers at CRC Enclave welcomeCommand Sponsorship Program
The recently announced Command Sponsorship Program allowsSoldiers assigned to Camps Red Cloud, Stanley and Jackson, to livewith their Family members in Korea. View or download this photo at www.ickr.com/imcomkorea.
U.S. Army photo courtesy of 2ID PAO
 – See SPONSORSHIP, Page 4 –By Master Sgt. Donald Sparks
2ID Public Affairs
In an attempt to increase readiness and provide stabilizationor Soldiers and their Family members, a change in the policy orcommand sponsorship has allowed greater opportunities or Soldiersto have accompanied tours.In the past, serving the Republic o Korea or many Soldiersassigned to the 2nd Inantry Division in the Camp Red CloudEnclave meant spending a tour unaccompanied or withoutcommand sponsorship. Ater Gen. Walter Sharp, U.S. Forces Korea commander,changed the policy requirements or command sponsorship in AreaI, leaders rom 2ID ocused on developing a revised CommandSponsorship Program or the CRC Enclave.Te program, designed or Soldiers assigned to Camps RedCloud, Stanley and Jackson, allows an opportunity or Soldiers andtheir Family members to take advantage o living in Korea.“Te whole intent is normalizing Korea,” said Lt. Col. Jerey Boyer, 2ID G-1. “With that (policy change) comes increasedcommand sponsorship opportunities. Tis program allows those who are already here non-command sponsored to convert tocommand sponsored and gain some additional benets and tohave Soldiers already here to enroll in the CRC Enclave commandsponsorship program.”He also added the program is also available or Soldiers pendingassignment to 2ID in the CRC Enclave.Boyer, who advises the 2IDcommanding general on personnel management o Soldiers assignedto the division, sees the change in policy as a positive impact onmission readiness.“We need to ‘ght tonight’ and this program benets readiness,”Boyer said. “Te bottom line up ront is the more continuity wehave across our ormations and or our warghting unctions or
By Marianne Campano
65th Med Brigade
General Sharp declares Tursday, Nov.20, as the Great American Smokeout or USForces Korea. Tis event, now in its 33rd year,is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.Te goal o the Smokeout is to encourage andinspire smokers to stop smoking or at least 24hours or to support a smoker to be smokereeor that day.obacco use remains the single largestpreventable cause o disease and prematuredeath in the United States. Each year,smoking accounts or an estimated 438,000premature deaths, including 38,000 deathsamong nonsmokers as a result o secondhandsmoke. Hal o all Americans who continueto smoke will die rom smoking-relateddiseases.he World Health Organizationreports that globally, tobacco kills 5.4million people a year - an average o oneperson every six seconds. Across the peninsula, Service Members,amily members and civilians are urged toquit smoking on Nov. 20 to help curb thesealarming statistics. At Yongsan, tobaccoprevention and cessation inormation andree nicotine gum will be available at thePX on the day o the Smokeout. Smokers will be recruited to sign a pledge to quit orat least 24 hours. Non-smoking volunteers will be recruited to “adopt a smoker” toprovide support.o prevent smoking, the Junior OfcersCouncil nurses are delivering ar Wars, ananti-tobacco curriculum to all th gradersat Seoul Elementary. Te Health Sciencestudents at Seoul American High Schoolare delivering the same curriculum to thgraders in Osan. In addition, the high schoolstudents are creating posters and videos with the important anti-tobacco messageto be used in uture campaigns and to beshared with other students at Yongsan.On Nov. 19, public health nurses and thehealth promotion coordinator will be at theHigh School to provide inormation and to
Great American Smokeout encourages smoke-free lifestyle
 – See SMOKEOUT, Page 4 –
 
NOVEMBER 14, 2008
NEWS • PAGE 3
http://imcom.korea.army.mil
The following entries were excerpted fromthe military police blotters. These entriesmay be incomplete and do not imply guiltor innocence.
 AREA I:
Aggravated Assault; False OfficialStatement; Subject #1 and Subject #2 wereinvolved in a verbal altercation which turnedphysical when Subject #1 struck in the headwith a glass beer bottle at an off-post club.Subject #2 sustained injuries consisting of alaceration to her forehead. Subject #2 wastransported by ambulance to the TMC whereshe was treated and released. Subject #1reported to the USAG-Casey PMO whereshe was advised of her legal rights, whichshe waived denying the offense. Witness#1 and Witness #2 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO where they rendered writtensworn statements attesting to the incident.Further investigation revealed Subject #1committed the offense of false official state-ment when she rendered a written swornstatement knowing it to be false. This is afinal report.
 AREA II:
Accidental Damage to GovernmentProperty; Person(s) unknown, by means un-known, damaged Complainant #1’s GOVwhich was legally parked, secured and un-attended. Damages to the GOV consistedof a broken windshield. Complainant #1rendered a written sworn statement attest-ing to the incident. Due to lack of investi-gative leads, this case will be closed in thefiles of USAG-Yongsan PMO as unfounded/unsolved pending the receipt of any infor-mation which would warrant its reopening.ECOD is unknown. This is a final report
 AREA III:
Wrongful Destruction of Gov-ernment Property; Person(s) unknown, bymeans unknown, punctured the right rear tire of a GOV, which was secured and un-attended on post. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with neg-ative results. ECOL is unknown. This is afinal report.
 AREA III:
Traffic accident without Injuries;Damage to Government Property; Fleeingthe Scene of a Traffic Accident; Failure toMaintain Control; Subject #1, operating aGOV, failed to maintain control and strucka ditch at USAG-Humphreys. Damages toSubject #1’s vehicle consisted of scratchesto the right front bumper. Subject #1 wasadvised of his legal rights, which he waivedrendering a written sworn statement ad-mitting to the offenses. Subject #1 wasprocessed and released on his own recog-nizance. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is afinal report.
 AREA IV:
Traffic Accident without Injuries;Damage to Government Property; Fleeingthe Scene of a Traffic Accident; Subject#1, operating a GOV with Witness #1 asa passenger, struck an unknown object atan unknown intersection in Daegu. Sub- ject #1 then fled the scene. Damages toSubject #1’s vehicle consisted of dents,scratches and paint transfer to the left sideof vehicle. The unknown object sustainedunknown damages. KNP was notified, butdid not respond. Subject #1 reported to theUSAG-Daegu PMO where he was advisedof his legal rights, which he waived render-ing a written sworn statement admitting tothe offenses. Witness #1 rendered a KoreanNational statement attesting to the incident.Subject #1 and Witness #1 were processedand released on their own recognizance.Subject #1 and Witness #1 reported utiliza-tion of their seatbelts. ECOD is unknown.This is a final report.
MP Blotter 
NEWS
Source: www.korea.net, www.seoulselection.com, http://english.tour2korea.com, www.visitseoul.net — No endorsement implied.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría
The show will be hosted by Jamsil SportsComplex’s Big Top Theatre through Dec. 31.For information, call Interpark 1544-1555 (press#2 for English) or visit www.tour2korea or www.cirquedusoleil.co.kr (Korean, English)
Kimchi Expo (Nov. 22-25)
The annual Kimchi Expo aims to promote theoutstanding qualities of kimchi throughout theworld and raise its competitiveness through thedevelopment of Korea’s kimchi and fermentation-related industry and higher quality standards.The event is held at Seoul’s COEX Mall. Thefestival is the rst kimchi-related trade fair topromote the scientic effects of kimchi and itsrole in developing a healthy society. The KimchiExpo exhibits Korea’s traditional, functional, or newly-developed forms of kimchi as well as avariety of fermented foods, traditional seasonings,salted seafood, and other health foods. Visit www.tour2korea.com
2008 International Migratory Bird Festival
The 5th International Migratory Bird Festival isscheduled to run from Nov. 19-23, in the Gunsan-siregion. Visitors will have the pleasure of watchingBaikal Teal flocks, the most representativemigratory birds of Geumgang, y through theair. This is also a popular festival for families.Highlights of the festival include the openingceremony, face painting, stage performances,and a variety of sights to see and enjoy. Openingceremony is scheduled for 19 Nov. at11:00 a.m.To get there, take a train to Gunsan Station,then take a taxi for about 2 kilometers to theGeumgang Migratory Bird Observatory. For additional information, please check the festival’shomepage. http://www.gsbird.co.kr/index.htm
Seoul International Winter Sports Expo
Scheduled for through Nov. 16, Seoul Conventionand Exhibition Center (COEX). SIWINTER 2008will feature a Gangwon-do Promotional Pavilionand Overseas Promotion Special Pavilion topromote the 2014 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games bidding activities, the Winter Sports ProductPavilion, and Resort Promotion Pavilion. Organizedby theme, the pavilions allow visitors better accessto all related information at one site. In particular,participants will include ten ski resorts and relatedassociations from the Hokkaido region of Japan.Visit www.siwinter.com for additional information.
Seoul 63 Sky Art, Aquarium and IMAX
The world’s highest museum has opened at one of Seoul’s most well known landmarks, the Yeouido63 Building. The 60th oor Sky Deck has beennewly remodeled into the ‘63 Sky Art Museum’.In celebration for the museum’s grand opening,the Hello Kitty exhibit will run through 30 Nov. Theexhibition will offer a variety of artworks under thebanner ‘Seoul / Sky, Sweet, Secret, Soul’. Visitorscan also take in the beautiful views of the HangangRiver through the observatory’s large windows. Theexhibition is open from 10 a.m. - midnight. Ticketscan be purchased until 11 p.m. and are availableat the museum ticket booth. For more informationvisit www.63.co.kr videos of the exibit are availableonline at www.youtube.com/koreaculture
Battle of Noryang reenactment
The Chungmugong Noryang Haejeon SeungcheopjeFestival commemorates the historic victory of General Lee Sun-sin in the Battle of Noryang againstJapanese invaders in 1592. The festival, whichwas previously held for three days around GeneralLee’s birthday of April 28th by the lunar calendar,is now held for three days around Nov. 19 by thelunar calendar when General Lee died in the battle.Chungmugong was his pen name. Held for the 8thtime in 2008, the festival is organized from Nov.14-16 near Namhaedaegyo Bridge in Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. Major events are thereenactment of the battle around NamhaedaegyoBridge with General Lee’s Geobukseon (Turtleship) and the Japanese waeseon vessels, theexhibit of Geobukseon, folk performances, singingcontest, and student composition. There willalso be celebratory performances, madanggeukperformance, and reworks. For information, visitwww.tour2korea.com or english.namhae.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yellowtail Fest (Thru Nov. 16)
The Choenamdan Moseulpo Yellowtail Festivalcelebrates bangeo, or yellowtail, which boaststhe best sh quality. This year, it will be held fromNov. 14-16 near Moseulpo Port in Seogwipo,Jeju-do. Major events include bangeo catching,bangeo shing, bangeo traditional market, nationalgaetbawi shing contest, inline skate festival, andvisit to historical sites. There will also be a bangeocooking exhibition and free sampling, as well as theceremony of pungeoje to pray for a bountiful catchand vessel parade.
 Autumn getaway to Wonju
Located in the Southwest of Gangwon-do Province,Wonju is within an easy, 2-hour drive from Seoul.Enthusiastic hikers are recommended to visit Mt.Chiaksan National Park. The mountain offersnumerous tracks, ranging from 2.8 kilometers to23.8 kilometers. In the fall, the mountain offersbeautiful foliage. Along the hiking trail, one can alsond historic Buddhist temples like Guryongsa andSangwonsa that date back to the Silla Dynasty. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Photography Museum
Donggang Museum of Photography is housed in abuilding with one basement level and two groundlevels. The museum has a permanent exhibitionhall and two special exhibition halls and there isalso an outdoor gallery and a lecture hall. Visitorswill nd photos highlighting the natural and culturalheritage of Yeongwol and about 800 photos takenby town residents. Another noteworthy addition isthe exhibition of 130 classic cameras, a must for camera enthusiasts and acionados. Visit www.dgphotomuseum.co.kr (Korean, English). Themuseum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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njoy Seoul’s riverside park
The parks along the Han River feature an extensive network of tness equipment, basketball and tennis courts, refreshment venues and openspace to enjoy the autumn weather. A paved path suitable for jogging, biking or inline skating follows the river’s edge, offering picturesque viewsof many of Seoul’s major landmarks. Visitors can also enjoy the river sites from the Han River Cruise, which offers picturesque night sights of thecity. To view this photo, visit www.ickr.army.mil/imcomkorea —
U.S. Army photo by Kim Do Hwan

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