Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
050726 Outlook Newspaper, 26 July 2005, United States Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy

050726 Outlook Newspaper, 26 July 2005, United States Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy

Ratings: (0)|Views: 197|Likes:
Published by US Army Africa
http://www.usaraf.army.mil

The Outlook is a community newspaper for Caserma Ederle and Camp Darby. The Outlook is published every Thursday by USAG Vicenza Public Affairs Office.

To learn more about the mission of U.S. Army Africa, visit our official website at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

View our latest news and information videos online at http://www.youtube.com/usarmyafrica

Browse our photos at http://www.flickr.com/usarmyafrica
http://www.usaraf.army.mil

The Outlook is a community newspaper for Caserma Ederle and Camp Darby. The Outlook is published every Thursday by USAG Vicenza Public Affairs Office.

To learn more about the mission of U.S. Army Africa, visit our official website at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

View our latest news and information videos online at http://www.youtube.com/usarmyafrica

Browse our photos at http://www.flickr.com/usarmyafrica

More info:

Published by: US Army Africa on Aug 09, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

08/09/2009

pdf

text

original

 
July 26, 2005
Story and photosBy Pfc. Jon Arguello
Task Force Bayonet Public Affairs
QALAT–With only a few months intheater, one company has battered anti-Coalition forces throughout southernAfghanistan in a series of historic battlesdemonstrating to the enemy they have onlytwo choices, fight and die – or reconcile.Task Force Rock’s Chosen Company has proved extremely effective in eradicating anyhopes anti-coalition forces have of disruptingAfghanistan’s central government. Any possibility of the insurgents regaining power has died along with several hundred enemycombatants on the battlefield as the ChosenFew make huge strides to eliminate all threatsto the young democracy’s stability.As equally intriguing as the huge lossesChosen has inflicted on the enemy in battleis the amount of humility with which paratroopers view their accomplishment.These Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 503rdInfantry (Airborne) consistently pass thecredit of their achievements onto each other as they explain why they are so successful,making it obvious how proficient each of theChosen Few are in their war fightingcapabilities.“It’s a testament to the aggressive spiritof the individual Soldier that we can find the
Determination, trust, humility is formula for battlefield success
enemy, fix the enemy and lay on them all thefirepower that coalition forces can provide,”said Chosen Company’s commander Capt.Dirk Ringgenberg, who masterfullymaneuvered his elements into two of thelargest victories since the Taliban wasremoved from power. “We get better everytime and the enemy gets dead every time.”Ringgenberg passes on much of the creditto his platoon leaders and non-commissionedofficers for their excellent reactions to theAfghan environment and tactics.“The platoons understand the terrain, howthe enemy can use it, and only bold actionwill force the enemy to fight,” saidRinggenberg. “We excellently adapted totake on this offensive role.”The victories, said Ringgenberg, are alsoshared by the battalion’s intelligence,operations and other support sections thatnot only paint a good picture of the situation before Chosen arrives at the scene but alsoallow the company to bring the fight to theenemy and sustain it once it begins.First Sgt. Scott Brzak creditedRinggenberg for his reaction time during theengagements.“He’s a very quick thinker,” Brzak said.“He was able to position people in keylocations using aircraft and control the fight.He has great battlefield awareness.”Brzak also emphasized how well everySoldier performed basic infantrytasks and how disciplined they wereunder fire.“Everybody did the basics,” hesaid. “We’re successful becauseeverybody was doing what theywere supposed to. They didawesome.”It was obvious that the firstsergeant was more than satisfied withhis paratroopers - he had a genuinerespect for their determination.“It was a tough situation outthere,” he said. “The heat was incredible, theSoldiers were under fire, and when we toldthem to maneuver, they just said, ‘roger, we’ll be there,’ and sure enough, they were.”Chosen’s commander and first sergeantweren’t the only Soldiers crediting the teamfor the success, the praise went in bothdirections as NCOs thanked their troops andthose troops in turn credited their leadershipfor having come away with such astoundingvictories after being in Afghanistan for such
Sgt. Josue Valle, a combat engineer attached to Chosen Company 2nd Battalion ,503rdInfantry (Airborne), fires on anti-coalition forces as an Afghan National Policeman spotstheir location.
a short time.“It’s good when you like your commander and first sergeant,” explained Pfc. JoshuaKlingman, one of Chosen’s combatengineers. “And it’s good when they trustyou enough to do an infantryman’s job.”Klingman, along with a team led by combatengineer squad leader, Staff Sgt. Jesus Nerio,were used as an infantry element during theJune 21 battle.
A Chosen Company element leaves the battlefield June 23 after another victory with awounded enemy combatant. This was the second large scale victory by Chosen company2-503rd Inf (Abn) in as many months. Below: Chosen Company headquarters calls in for close air support June 23 as they receive effective fire from enemy forces in the mountainbehind them. More than 75 enemy combatanst were confirmed killed.See Chosen Company on page 3Billy Blanks (in yellow) and his daughter, Shelli Blanks Cimarosti (left) take a class through warm up exercises prior to starting up a basic TaeBo class in the fitness center gym Wednesday. Blanks visited Caserma Ederle as part of IMA-Europe’s Summer Shout Out program. For moreon the class, see page 8. (Photo by Diana Bahr, Outlook editor)
 
2
THE
Outlook
July 26, 2005
This forum is to discuss issues that affectthe community.If you have an issue that you wish tosubmit, visit the 22nd Area Support GroupWeb site at
www.22asg.vicenza.army.mil 
andclick on the Community Action Council link.This link provides you the opportunity toreview issues that have been previouslysubmitted and responded to by postagencies. There is also a form available for you to submit any new issue you would likeaddressed. If you have questions, call 634-5222 or 0444-71-5222 from off post.The command encourages you to identifyyourself when submitting a CAC issue inorder to be able to answer your concerndirectly.Childcare is offered during the CAC at$2.50 per hour, per child for children ages 6weeks through kindergarten from 8:45-11:15a.m. Preregistration is required. Children will be cared for in the Child Development Center,Building 395. Children must be registered withChild and Youth Services CentralRegistration.Call 634-7219 or stop by their new locationin Davis Family Readiness Center.The next CAC is Wednesday at 9 a.m. inthe Ederle Theater.
 Issue:
 I have been hearing from manyother people that packages being sent downrange to loved ones are being opened and items removed. I realize that the packages may need tobe opened for customs purposes, but I amcurious to know what is being done to ensurethat items in packages are not being stolenand the packages are getting to the intended 
Community  Action Council 
Worship that pleases God 
By Sgt. Sara Wood
 American Forces Press Service
Compensation for the survivors of servicemembers who die in combat zones andinsurance coverage for servicemembers will both increase significantly this year, a military pay official said today.An increase in death gratuity benefits from$12,500 to $100,000 already has taken effect,and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurancemaximum coverage will increase to $400,000starting Sept. 1, said Air Force Col. VirginiaPenrod, director of military compensation.The increase in death benefits took effectMay 11 and is dated retroactively to Oct. 7,2001, Penrod said. This means that survivorsof servicemembers who died between Oct. 7,2001, and May 11, 2005, will receive theincreased benefits, as will survivors of servicemembers who die from May 11 on, shesaid.The increased benefits are for survivorsof servicemembers who die in combat zones,combat operations and combat-relatedsituations, she said. Combat-relatedsituations can include airborne duty, combattraining, demolition duty and trainingexercises, among other things, she said. A policy designating combat areas andsituations was given to the individual servicesin June, and each service is now reviewing
Death benefits, insurance increasefor servicemembers
cases. Payments already have begun, but the process of identifying and paying all eligiblesurvivors could take several months, shesaid.When the increase in SGLI coverage takeseffect Sept. 1, it also will be datedretroactively to Oct. 7, 2001, she said.Survivors of servicemembers who died in acombat zone, combat operations or combat-related situations between the October dateand Sept. 1 will receive $150,000 intransitional insurance, which will bring themto the $400,000 level, she said.In addition to the increased coverage,DoD will pay premiums of $150,000 for servicemembers involved in combatoperations or deployed to a combat zone,Penrod said.The increase of these two benefits cameabout as a result of a 2004 study evaluatingthe adequacy of death benefits for servicemembers, she said. The study foundthat benefits were adequate, but didn’trecognize the unique sacrifice made byservicemembers who die in combatsituations, she said.“There was concern that we weren’trecognizing direct sacrifice of life in serviceto our nation,” she said. “That’s how theincrease was made for those particular situations. “
The 22nd Area Support GroupChaplain’s Family Life Office, in partnership with deployed SETAF and 173d Airborne Brigade chaplains, iswriting a series of devotional articlesbased on the best-selling book, “A Purpose Driven Life,” by Pastor Rick Warren.The intent of these articles is to offer deployed Soldiers and their familymembers a devotional meditationwhich they can use for weeklydiscussion and to hopefully deepen their  spiritual connection during the separation.
Chaplain (Maj.) Leon G. Kircher
22nd ASG Family Life Chaplain
“Give me what you’ve got...” –GodOne of the most difficult elements inthe lives of people who believe in God isthe proper or “correct” way to worshipGod.I’ve heard it said over and over, “Youhave to do this during worship, if youdon’t then it’s not ‘true’ worship.”And then, of course, there is theother church down the block that saysyou have to do it their way, read thisversion of the Bible only, cut your hair acertain way, wear only “Sunday clothes”to church and if you don’t you’re branded a heretic and left to your owndevices.It’s all baloney!Pastor Warren hits the nail on thehead when he states that the kind of worship that pleases God has four characteristics.It is
Accurate
, based firmly on theScriptures and the teachings of theChurch.Secondly, it is
Authentic
; in other words, you mean what you say andworship God genuinely and sincerely,recognizing that many times the way youworship has more to do with your  personality and cultural upbringing rather than a “one size fits all” mentality. God justwants you to be yourself.Don’t try and be someone you’re not – God didn’t make you that way – we’re alldifferent on purpose.The third is that worship must be
Thoughtful
. It must engage your mind andsenses and at the same time be done fittinglyand in order. It must not be a thoughtlessseries of “vain repetitions.”Lastly, and one I will spend a little moretime on, is that worship must be
Practical
.We can worship God in many ways;through thanksgiving, praise, humility,repentance, offerings of money, prayer, andserving the needy.But real worship costs. It costs your self-centeredness. You cannot exalt God andyourself at the same time. The focus is notyou! It takes time and effort and is notalways convenient, comfortable or entertaining.Those of us in the west, particularly theUnited States, have made worship a show.People expect to be entertained or to receivewords of wisdom from the Bible as if it’s just another self-help book. If they aren’tsatisfied, they just go shopping for another Church that “really ministers to me.”That’s not sacrifice. That makes it allabout you. Worship involves loving Godwhen we don’t feel like it, when we’re tired,when we don’t feel like getting up to go toChurch and do anyway.Or, even if exhausted, you still go work at the shelter because you promised you’d be there.That’s true worship of God, andthat pleases God.Warren closes this chapter with somefine words: “The heart of the matter is amatter of the heart.”Make it a matter of 
 your 
heart this week!
recipient as a whole. And, if items are stolen, can we bereimbursed for those items, or are thererecommendations for safeguarding items sent in packages. It isn’t fair to the Soldier,or the sender for someone to take these items just because they want them.
Response from the 510th PostalDetachment:
When mailing a packagedownrange, there are certain considerationsto keep in mind.First, make sure it is properly packagedand wrapped. If a customer has any problemswith this, please come to the Post Office andwe will assist you.Secondly, it is standard procedure for thefinance clerks to ask all customers if theywant to insure the piece of mail they aresending. If the item is of high value, this isrecommended. Items mailed downrange dotravel MPS-which is a free service. However,in order to take advantage of the insuredservice, local-rate postage and the insuredfee is applied. This is a small price to pay toensure that you can possibly be reimbursedif anything happens to your mail on its wayto its destination.MPS correspondence is not U.S. mail andno claims will be honored by the U.S. PostalService. MPS mail is a privilege of beingstationed overseas. It allows you to sendmail from APO to APO within theater for free.According to the Unites States PostalService, MPS is not mail, it is personalcorrespondence.Like all mail MPS items are treated likemail and provide the same protection andsecurity against theft and depredation,service standards, search and seizure procedures, and customs requirements.However, no claims will be honored bythe MPS for the loss, miscarriage, or negligenttransmission of correspondence sent without postage.As for mail being received open and rifleddownrange: we at the Army Post Office havenot had any formal complaints of mail arrivingdownrange opened. Please note that it is theresponsibility of the recipient to fill out a PSForm 1510 with their APO downrange in order to initiate any inquiry into opened andmissing mail.Without proper documentation to supportthe fact that mail is being received opened,there is nothing that can be done.
 Issue:
Today my son shut the car door before I pulled my purse out. I called theMilitary Police desk and explained to them I had been locked out of the car. I was told that because there were nochildren or pets in the car it was not anemergency and they could not help me. I was on post at the time, and my cell  phone, all my phone numbers, wallet, toinclude military id, bankcards, etc., were inthe car. Essentially I was abandoned on post withmy two children, ages 3 and 5. What optionsdo I have in this situation? An Italian company cannot come on post,to my knowledge, and I had no way of contacting anyone. I did have a spare set of keys, but I live in Grisgnano, which is about a 15 minute drive depending on traffic.I couldn’t call my husband (I do knowmy cell number and my home phone) as he isin Afghanistan again. I couldn’t take a bus, as my money was inthe car, and even if I did, I wouldn’t beallowed back on post, as my identificationwas in the car.This is a situation I do not wish onanyone, nor do I wish to repeat, especiallywith the stress of a deployment and the added responsibility of two small children, I reallydidn’t need the pressure of trying to find myway home while my car was right in front of me.
Response from the Office of the ProvostMarshal:
The Military Police and FireDepartment are not trained to open lockedcar doors for people who have lockedthemselves out.If an emergency arises (small child lockedin the car on a very hot day), the MP/FD willrespond and attempt to gain entry utilizing a‘slim jim.’If the MP/FD is unsuccessful with the slim jim (only one officer has received basictraining with this tool), other more drasticmeasures are employed (e.g., breaking awindow). Again, this is in emergency typesituations.The incident outlined in this CAC issuedid not involve an emergency situation. Thecaller notified the MP desk of the situation(locked out of car) at approximately 6 p.m.She was told in non-emergency situationsthe MP/FD would not respond to attempt toopen the car. The MP Desk did ask if she hadanother set of keys or a friend to call. Shewasn’t abandoned. The caller notified her Rear Detachment and was in her car withinthe hour.There is alternative to calling the MP/FDor Rear Detachment. An Italian towingcompany can in fact come on post (signed inat gate) in the event an individual requires professional locksmith service. The company(Faccine Towing) is located in Longare andcan be reached at 0444-953-280. The chargefor this service is approximately 70 Euro.The Vicenza Dental Clinic will be receivingreserve dentists to help out until the newdentists arrive on post.If for some reason a family member cannotget an appointment and would like to go off- post for dental treatment, they will need togo to the Tricare Service Center (Room 160)in the Vicenza Health Clinic to get a statementof non-availability.Packets are available for clients to fill outfor reimbursement. Overseas reimbursement
Vicenza Dental clinic treatment information update 
is 100 percent for everything except prosthetics (I crowns, dentures).However, clients must be enrolled in theUnited Concordia Tricare Dental Program to be reimbursed.The Vicenza Dental Clinic has a list of localdental clinics that have been visited by thecommand.This list is located in the waiting room, or ask the front desk personnel at the dentalclinic and they will assist you.
 
July 26, 2005THE
 
Outlook
3
 
SETAF Commander 
Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya
22nd ASG Commander/Publisher 
Col. Donald G. Drummer 
Editor 
Diana Bahr The Outlook is an unofficialpublication authorized and providedby AR 360-1. All editorial contentof the
Outlook 
is prepared, edited,provided and approved by the 22ndArea Support Group PAO in Build-ing 34 on Caserma Ederle in Vice-nza, Italy. DSN 634-7000, FAX 634-7543, civilian telephone 0444-71-7000, fax 0444-717-543. E-mail:editor@setaf.army.milThe
Outlook 
is publishedweekly by the 22nd ASG Public Af-fairs Office, Unit 31401, Box 10,APO AE 09630. It is printed byCentro Stampa Editoriale SRL,Grisignano (VI) 0444-414-303.Editorial publication is an au-thorized section for members of theU.S. Army overseas. Contents of the
Outlook 
 
are not necessarilythe official views of, or endorsedby, the U.S. government, Depart-ment of Defense, Department of the Army, Installation ManagementAgency-Europe, 22nd Area SupportGroup or the U.S. Army SouthernEuropean Task Force.The editor reserves the right toedit all submissions for style, brev-ity and clarity.Circulation is 2,500.
Outlook
The
July 26, 2005 Vol. 38, Issue 29
By Donna Miles
 American Forces Press Service
Response to a survey about thenew National Security PersonnelSystem has been “enthusiastic,” sodefense officials have extended thesurvey period through July 27 socivil service employees get moreopportunity to participate.In addition, a recent switch to anew computer server will allow morerespondents to access the survey,log on and begin filling out thesurvey with little wait time, saidSharon Stewart, chief of humanresources for the program. Someinitial respondents complained thatthe online survey took too long toaccess before the server change,Stewart explained.The new National SecurityPersonnel System Factor Surveygives general schedule employeesthe chance to register their viewsabout several performance factorsidentified for inclusion in the new personnel system.Response has been “enormous,”Stewart said, and many civil service
New civilian personnel survey period extended 
employees have requested anextension of the survey period.Gordon England, acting deputysecretary of defense, emphasizedthe survey’s importance and urgedemployees to participate in a June29 memo.“We need your assistance toensure that these performancefactors are relevant and reflect work that you personally perform on your  job,” he wrote.Participation is voluntary, and allresponses are confidential. Stewartexplained the protections in placeto ensure that confidentiality:Employees access the surveythrough a secure system, and their  passwords are used only to controlaccess and provide data for statistical analysis.Login information is transmittedthrough the Internet using a secureencryption system. Direct access tothe database is limited to approvedusers only. And once the data iscollected, all password informationwill be destroyed.Stewart urged employees to participate in the survey, whichtakes 15 to 20 minutes to complete,and to report their experience withthe survey process through thesurvey Web site.“Your responses will make adifference, so please take thisopportunity to let us hear from youabout the relevance of performancefactors in your job,” shesaid.The survey is posted at
www. pfsurvey. net/nsps.
The survey period beganJuly 6 and was initiallyscheduled to continuethrough July 20. Officialssaid the one-week extension,through July 27, will givemore employees anopportunity to weigh intheir views.Views expressed in thesurvey will have long-termimplications, Abell said. The resultswill help program implementersdetermine what factors will be usedto evaluate employees’ job performance for the next 15 or 20years, he said.“It’s an opportunity for (employees) to have a voice in thesystem that they are going to beliving under and to make sure thatwe get it right,” said Mary Lacey, program executive officer for the NSPS. “And we want to get it right.We want to hear what employeeshave to say, and we want them to be a part of our design process.”Lacey said system designers are particularly interested in hearingfrom civil service employees whohave been part of DOD personneldemonstration programs.“They bring to the table realexperience in a system that has National Security PersonnelSystem-like features,” she said. “Sowe think their input will beincredibly valuable.”Meanwhile, progress continuesin putting the new personnel systemin place. The goal is to publish thefinal regulations in the FederalRegister by summer’s end, and to begin bringing the first employeesinto the system by the end of thefiscal year, Lacey said. However, sheadded, the implementation schedulewill be “event-driven.”Once in place, officials have said,the new personnel system isexpected to benefit the DefenseDepartment and its civilianemployees alike by doing away withoutdated, bureaucratic policies.One of the system’s key featuresis a pay-for-performance plan thatrewards and recognizes individual performance and contributions. Thenew system also will allowemployees to get more involved intheir individual career development, with broad pay bandsand occupational groupings givingthem more flexibility to shape their careers, Lacey said.The result, Abell said, will be aworkplace that’s “more productive(and more) efficient, with our jobsaligned with our mission, with anend result of the DoD being a better  place to work in.
Story and photoBy Chiara Mattirolo
Camp Darby Public Affairs Office
A new chapter in the history of Camp Darby began July 20 whenLt. Col. Stephen J. Sicinski assumedcommand of the installation from Lt.Col. Charles Leaming in a ceremonythat took place on the Camp DarbyChapel field.Sicinski, a native of Guaynabo,Puerto Rico, comes to Camp Darbyfrom the Coalition Forces LandComponent Command at FortMcPherson, Ga.Sicinski is a veteran of deployments to Camp Doha,Kuwait, and Baghdad, Iraq, wherehe worked as the chief of plans andwas the deputy of Civil Military
Sicinski takes commandof Camp Darby
Operations respectively.“When I got back from my [mostrecent] deployment, my boss calledme and asked me how would I feelabout Italy, and I thought, who inthe world can feel bad about Italy?My family and I were thrilled justthinking about this newassignment,” Sicinski said.Lt. Col Charles Leaming, theoutgoing commander, is retiringfrom military life.“As I go into retirement, I’m notleaving anything, I am merelyturning a page in the book of life,excited to see what’s on the next page,” said Leaming in his speechduring the ceremony. “ As I do so, Itake with me great memories of agreat place, of great people, and of great experience.
Lt. Col. Stephen J. Sicinski (right) receives the flag representing theunit colors from Col. Donald G. Drummer, 22nd Area Support Groupcommander in a ceremony held on Camp Darby July 20.Chosen Company from page 1
 Nerio explained how importanttrust is in his squad: “It’s beyondimportant. If you don’t have trust,you don’t have a squad. But it goes both ways, if the chain of commandinspires you, especially in this casefrom the privates to the teamleaders, your squad will doanything.”Another unit sharing the victorywas Task Force Storm whoseApache helicopters played a vitalrole in the June 21 battle as they provided close air support with their 30mm guns and 2.75" rockets insupport of the engaged paratroopers.“Close air support was our  biggest help out there,” saidChosen fire support officer 2nd Lt.Brad Mercier. “Besides killing andwounding enemy, they kept themhiding in rocks so our guys couldmove without getting shot up.”The combined efforts of theSoldiers of Chosen and those whosupport them have raised thestandard for all. It is clear everySoldier involved in the victoriesChosen Company has had on the battlefield deserves some credit andthat their performances have earnedthe respect and trust of their leadership and to camaraderie withinthe company that is rarely seen.
Soldiers trustin leadership,each otherhelps win wars
“We want to get it right. We want to hear what employees have to say, and we want themto be a part of our design process.”
–Mary Lacey NSPS Program Executive officer The American Red Crossat Caserma Ederle is indesperate need of volunteer translators. Red Crossvolunteer translators performa unique service to new parents in the Vicenzacommunity.The first step for any new parent in Italy is to register with the local municipalgovernment. Nothing elsecan happen until his hasoccurred – including gettingan American birth certificate,enrollment in DEERS, andgetting the baby’s passport.This must happen in the first10 days of birth.Most new American parents will need to take alonga translator. Even if one of the parents speaks Italian, a third party translator will need toverify that any documentswritten in English (marriagecertificate, passport, militaryID card) have been translatedaccurately.If you are bilingual andable to go to the Vicenza
commune
Monday throughFriday from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. with a parent every oncein a while, please contact theAmerican Red Cross at 634-7089, or stop by room 47 inthe Davis Family ReadinessCenter and sign up.
AmericanRed Crossseeksvolunteers

Activity (2)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->