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FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Volume 10, Issue 16
Area I Soldiers makes friends at youth home Page 6
Corrections Soldier takes second place Page 22
Things go better with hot chocolate Page 26
Having a ‘Super’ good time
Fans at Camp Casey’s Gateway Club react to a key play during Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Besides the crowd at the Gateway, the game also drew football fans to Mitchell’s Club on Camp Red Cloud and the Iron Triangle Club on Camp Hovey. Along with the game itself, it was a day for many of free breakfast and snacks, and prize drawings. For coverage of Super Bowl events, see pages 5, 9, and 22. — U.S. Army photo by Franklin Fisher
USFK News USAG Red Cloud USAG Casey USAG Yongsan USAG Humphreys USAG Daegu P02 P05 P05 P09 P21 P25
Sights & Sounds P03 Command Perspective P04 Photo Feature Page P16
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THE MORNING CALM
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Sang, Tok-han is recognized for his government service career that spanned more than half a century. — Courtesy photo
Government worker retires after 54 years
By Maj. Ronald Peterson DLA Energy Pacific CAMP WALKER — On Jan. 31, Sang, Tok-han culminated a long and distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. During that time, Han has been involved in the evolution of Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants transportation, going from distribution by 55-gallon drums to movement by pipelines, rail tank cars and tank trucks. Sang’s commander, Lt. Col. Chris Brookie, praised his efforts. “Han is the epitome of dedication and selfless service by maintaining an unblemished record that will likely never be broken,” Brookie said. “He has not taken a single day of sick leave in more than 54 years of service. He has certainly lived up to our motto of ‘You gotta be tough to be POL.’ He will always be our hero and will forever remain cemented in the history of DLA Energy Korea.” He was DLA Energy Korea’s lead transportation specialist and was the principle advisor and assistant to the commander in all matters pertaining to transportation and traffic management. He provided technical guidance and direction over all phases of the POL transportation function in the Republic of Korea. His first experience with bulk fuel was prior to his entry into U.S. Government work. During the Korean War, he lived near a massive U.S. bulk fuel storage area that was shelled by the North Koreans in 1953. The 12 to 16 million gallons of fuel “burned like the sun for eight days,” Sang said. After the fire burned out, the U.S. government gave the burnt, twisted drums to local Koreans to replace their thatched roofs. The Army also gave him his first orange and banana two years earlier. These acts of kindness convinced him to join the U.S. government fuel team. Sang began his fuel career in 1957 at the Incheon Fuel Depot, where he worked 16 hours a day loading drums of fuel by hand onto boxcars headed to the Demilitarized Zone. After these long backbreaking days, he still had the energy to go to school at night, earning his high school diploma and his college degree. “God gives us 24 hours,” he said. “Use it dutifully and keep busy.” The Army quickly realized his potential and promoted Sang to coordinate fuel distribution by truck and rail from the U.S. Army
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POL Depot at Incheon to the air bases and Army camps throughout the Republic of Korea. In 1970, he moved to Daegu to join the Petroleum Distribution System Korea team, which operated the newly constructed Trans-Korean Pipeline, running from the Pohang terminal in the southeast to Uijeongbu. U.S. Forces Korea transferred responsibility and ownership of the Trans-Korean Pipeline to the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Defense in 1992, coinciding with the establishment of a DLA Fuels Organization in Korea. Sang joined the new organization and has been with it almost 20 years. His current supervisor, T.J. Welin, said, “I’ve known and worked with Sang for 32 years. He is a true professional and patriot and his knowledge and expertise of the fuels transportation network is simply unparalleled.” x
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NEWS • PAGE 3
The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. Area I PlayStation Pilfered. The victim placed his PlayStation Portable in his bag and left the bag in his office at an undisclosed location on post. The victim returned to his office, retrieved his bag and returned to his residence. Upon arrival, the victim discovered the PSP was missing. Two suspects were interviewed with negative results. Due to the lack of investigative leads, this case is closed pending the receipt of additional information. Estimated cost of loss is $225. Area II Snacks Stolen. The Subject was observed via closed circuit television removing candy and a soft drink from a shelf, concealing them on their person and then exiting the Exchange without rendering proper payment. Further investigation revealed that the Loss Prevention Office attempted to make contact with the Subject, but the Subject fled the scene. The Subject’s sponsor was contacted and advised to transport the Subject to the Yongsan Provost Marshal’s Office, where the Subject was advised of their legal rights, which they waived, verbally admitting to the offense but refusing to render a written sworn statement. Authorities confiscated the Subject’s ration control plate. Area III Larceny of government funds, fraud. An investigation revealed the Subject received Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) which they were not entitled to. The investigation established probable cause to believe the Subject committed the offenses of fraud, false official statement and larceny of government funds when they submitted documentation to request BAH for a location where their dependents did not reside, and that the Subject received BAH at a rate for a location which they were not entitled to. Estimated loss is $12,108. Area IV Non-injury accident. The Subject, while operating a government vehicle, attempted to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle, however, kept sliding on ice and struck a pole in front of the gate shack. BDOC personnel contacted the fire department to get dirt or salt put down at the intersection. Damage to the subject’s vehicle consisted of cracks to the front bumper, dented hood, dented left fender, deployed airbag and the broken left headlight.
This device is the oldest and largest water-clock in the world, made in 1536. It was used to keep the standard time of the Joseon Dynasty. These are the only remains of the whole, which was an intricate and complex time-telling device using numerous bowls and cylindrical containers. A stick in the containers, marked with time gradations, moved a leverage-principle apparatus, causing medal beads attached to the apparatus to strike bells, drums and gongs. It is Korea's National treasure No. 229, now located at Deoksu Palace in Seoul. — U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke
Waterclock: a flowing time piece
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off–post events and activities
Namsangol Hanok Village Namsangol Hanok Village is a collection of five hanoks (traditional Korean houses) from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), recovered from different parts of the city and relocated to the northern foot of Namsan. The interiors of each of these five houses reflect owners from different walks of life, from the middle class to the yangban (who were mainly high government officials, noblemen and aristocrats). At Namsangol Hanok Village, visitors can see the hanoks of important figures from the Joseon era including the house of Queen Yun’s parents, who was the Queen Consort to King Sunjong, the 27th king of the Joseon Dynasty; the jaesil (study) of Yun Taekyeong, King Sunjong’s father-inlaw; the house of Park Yeonghyo, the son-in-law of King Cheoljong, the 25th king; the house of Lee Seungeop, who was in charge of constructing Gyeongbokgung (Palace) and the house of Kim Chunyeong, a military official of the Joseon Dynasty. At the Hanok Village, international visitors can participate in traditional Korean activities such as archery and enjoy traditional Korean performances as well. Anyone who is curious about Korean wedding culture can visit the village on the weekend when the wedding ceremony reenactments take place. In addition, the taekwondo experience program for foreigners is held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday every week at Namsangol Hanok Village. Foreigners wishing to experience taekwondo rather than simply watch can participate in taekwondo practice sessions by making a reservation via the website www.taekwonseoul.org or e-mail email@example.com. To get there take subway Line 3 or 4 to Chung Mu-ro station Exit 3 walk 10 minutes. For more information call 02-22644412. Traditional Handicraft Exhibition The exhibition hall of traditional handicraft is a place where you will learn and understand the taste and beauty of Korean traditional handicraft as well as Korean daily life culture. The place is already popular among Koreans and foreign travelers. Korean traditional handicraft has a magnificent root in its long history. Ancestors of present-day Koreans have been creating handicrafts that are suitable for daily life of Koreans. On the other hand, they accepted foreign culture and its influence in order to create a unique culture. The categories of traditional handicraft are: Industrial art, metal craft, wooden craft, ornament craft, bijou or jewel craft, leather craft, and instrument craft. To get there take subway Line 3 or 4 to Chung Mu-ro station Exit 3 walk 10 minutes. For more information call 02)2264-4412 Jamsugyo Fountain Tunnel Viewing the Rainbow Fountain from the Jamsugyo, the lower level of the Banpodaegyo, gives the sensation of being inside a waterfall. To improve visitor access, the once four-lane road was reduced to two lanes for cars, leaving space to create a cycling lane and pedestrian walkway. The bridge also features seven viewing decks. The Rainbow Fountain operates from April to October, with 20-minute shows five times daily from Monday to Thursday, six times on Fridays and seven times on the weekend. In addition, Banpo Hangang Park hosts the Moonlight Square Cultural Weekend every Saturday at 6 p.m. from May to October. The event features a variety of musical styles including classical music with commentary, opera, jazz, brass bands and orchestras. To get there take Subway Jungang Line to Seobinggo Station Exit 2. Walk 10 minutes, or Line 3 Express Bus Terminal Station Exit 6. Walk 15 minutes.
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FEBRUARY 10, 2012
USAG RED CLOUD
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Some 500 Soldiers and others from Warrior Country found seats at the Gateway Club on Camp Casey Feb. 6 to watch the live telecast of the Super Bowl XLVI battle between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Free breakfast and snacks were served and prize drawings were held. The game was also telecast at Camp Red Cloud and Camp Hovey. The Giants took it, 21-17. — U.S. Army photo by Franklin Fisher
Area I thrills to Super bowl XLVI
By Franklin Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMP CASEY – That supreme football event known as the Super Bowl came around once again on a Monday and Warrior Country got into its civvies, poured itself a beverage of choice, sat back and went red-whiteand-blue football crazy. Hundreds trooped into clubs at Area I installations Feb. 6 to watch the live telecast of Super Bowl XLVI in which the New York Giants and New England Patriots faced off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The Giants took it, 21 – 17. And we do mean crazy, as, for example, in the turnout by an entire unit, one that proudly calls itself Crazy Two-Nine, which, being interpreted, is Company C, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The company, a tank unit, showed up en masse at Camp Casey’s Gateway Club in hopes of winning a $300 cash prize for best unit attendance at the Super Bowl event. There was free breakfast, free snacks, and prize drawings. They won the $300. On Camp Red Cloud, about 140 watched the game at Mitchell’s Club, which also offered free breakfast and prize drawings. At Camp Hovey’s bowling center a small group also sat down to free breakfast. Pfc. Joshua Schuller, 21, a tank driver from Indiana, Pa., was one of the Crazy 2-9 Soldiers who hooked up with his battle buddies and watched the game over a tall plastic pitcher of Miller Lite. “For me, I would say it’s a good time for camaraderie,” Schuller said. “Like, it’s a good time for all of us to get together and break some bread and have some time to spend to just relax and be together.” Pfc. Kyle Harring, 20, of Boston, is a tank loader in Crazy 2-9. He and Schuller were up around 5:15, took a shower and sat down to breakfast before the game. Harring had sausage, bacon, French toast, hash brown potatoes, coffee, then orange juice. “It’s going around post that this is the place to be on Super Bowl Monday,” said Harring. “And also, it’s a company thing. We all decided to go down here. We wanted to raise money for the company. It’s $300 dollars or something. And we could really use the company funds and everyone was behind it, so it’s all good. Renee Tucker is director of Human Resources for the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I, but she remembers from her days as a Soldier in Bosnia how much it meant to be able to see the Super Bowl far from home. “In the states they get to watch the Sunday football,” said Tucker, “but when you’re overseas it means the world because you bring that oncea-year event overseas, and it’s just that little piece of home and that camaraderie that brings the people out.” Harring had heard that a Super Bowl Monday in the military was a good time. “I know from people in my company that were here last year, that place is crowded,” Harring said of the Gateway, “ it was loud, it was fun, free food and all that stuff, so, it’s a win-win situation ‘cause you’re raisin’ money, you’re havin’ fun, you’re watchin’ the game – all that good stuff.” x
Hundreds turn out for telecast of Giants-Patriots game, free food, prize drawings
At Mitchell’s Club on Camp Red Cloud Feb. 6, Spc. Tony Barnes of the 2nd Infantry Division, a New England Patriots fan, breaks into a run after seeing the Patriots score during Super Bowl XLVI. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang
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USAG RED CLOUD
By Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang email@example.com
CAMP RED CLOUD – An Army unit in Area I that recently started a goodwill relationship with a local youth home took things another step Feb. 3 when it hosted the youngsters for a high-energy afternoon of bowling at Camp Hovey. The unit, Army Field Support Battalion-Korea, began a friendly relationship with the My Home Orphanage in Dongducheon just months ago. The battalion is a logistics unit headquartered at Camp Mobile. The home’s 30 youngsters range in age from nine to 19. Some are orphans but others entered the home because of one or more domestic problems – abandonment, physical abuse, parental alcoholism and economic instability, among others, said its director, Hwang Nho-hak. “We were searching for ‘how do we go out to the community and make a positive difference?’” said the battalion’s deputy commander, Robert Valencia. Their first big event in the relationship was a Christmas party in which the battalion gave the kids lots of presents and donated money for much-needed fuel oil. The party was a big success and the unit decided to follow it up with the bowling visit, Valencia said. The youngsters arrived by bus on a cold, sunny afternoon at Hovey, where hard snow crunched underfoot. As they filed into the bowling alley they were greeted at the door by Lt. Col. Benny Starks, the AFSBnK’s commanding officer, and Master Sgt. Petra Casarez, its senior enlisted advisor. Once indoors, Michael King, a logistics managements specialist with the battalion, welcomed them with a smile. Because there weren’t enough size -small bowling shoes to go around, King had them remove their shoes so they could bowl in their socks. The youngsters were all over it. Within moments the bowling alley echoed with young laughter, and soon after that, with the rumble of bowling balls and the hollow knock and clatter of tumbling pins. Almost immediately one girl got a strike and threw her arms up in jubilation.
THE MORNING CALM
News & Notes
Road Conditions Did you know … that when road conditions are BLACK, all U.S. government vehicles are prohibited from any movement? Only commanders O-6 and above may authorize the use of emergency vehicles and then only after the appropriate risk assessment and mitigation actions are taken. No waivers will be authorized. Senior Army leaders will not permit anyone to drive in road conditions that could potentially put drivers and their passengers in danger. Basketball Courts Closed Basketball courts at Camp Casey’s Carey Fitness Center and the Camp Red Cloud Fitness Center will be closed Feb. 10 from 5 a.m. - 2 p.m. and from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., respectively. Weight rooms in both will remain open throughout the day. Valentines Dance A middle school Valentine’s Day dance will be held at Camp Casey’s Warrior’s Club from 6 – 9 p.m., Feb. 10. The event is co-sponsored by the Casey Elementary School Student Council, Queen of the South Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Stars, Oklahoma Jurisdiction and the I.H. Clayborn Military Lodge #71, Oklahoma Jurisdiction. For more information, call 730-4494. Red Cloud Tax Office The 2nd Infantry Division tax office will open Feb. 13 at Camp Red Cloud, in Freeman Hall, room 119. Hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon, and from 1 – 5 p.m. Because of limited office space, taxes will be prepared by appointment only. Same-day appointments may be available. For an appointment or more information, call 730-2568. Black History Month An African American/Black History Month Program event will feature Sgt. Maj. Rhonda Stafford as guest speaker on the topic “Black Women In American Culture and History,” Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Kilbourne Dining Facility on Camp Red Cloud. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Thurman at 732-6856 or 0109155-4651. Bank Closed The Community Bank at Camp Red Cloud will be closed all day Feb. 16 for staff training, in preparation for the launch of a new teller system. For more information, call 732-7732. Claims Against Estate Anyone with a claim against the estate of Spc. Christopher L. Foster, who died of an illness Jan. 15, should contact 1st Lt. Tyler Parsons at 010-3975-7821.
Army befriends youth home
AFSBn-K hosts day of hamburgers, bowling at Camp Hovey
At the Camp Hovey bowling center Feb. 3, Lt. Col. Benny Starks cuts a cake with the help of Kim Yoo-sung, nine. Starks is commanding officer of Army Field Support BattalionKorea at Camp Mobile. The unit hosted 30 youngsters from a local youth home for a day of hamburgers and bowling. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang
There was plenty of that the whole time – shouts of excitement, arms waving, laughter, happy chatting and joking among the youngsters themselves. Later, the kids sat down to hamburgers with lettuce and tomato, French fries and soda, but the bowling never stopped. “These American foods are amazing and the bowling is fun,” said one of the youngsters, Kim Bo-young, 15. “I would love to come here again and go bowling.” As the visit neared its 3:30 p.m. close, the group gathered round a big cake baked for the occasion. Before cutting the cake, Starks had the youngest of the visitors join him in cutting it, first explaining to the group the military’s practice of having formal cake cuttings performed by two people, the most senior and most junior of those present. The battalion plans to hold quarterly events with the youth home, Starks said. “We’d like to make it an extended relationship,” Starks said of the home, “make them part of the AFSBn-Korea family.” King could tell the kids had fun. “I believe they had fun, especially bowling in socks,” said bowling alley manager Reme DeJesus. “You could tell from the kids’ faces.“ x
Base defense exercise set to run Feb. 15-16
CAMP RED CLOUD – U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and the 2nd Infantry Division will conduct a base defense exercise on Camps Casey, Hovey, Red Cloud and Stanley Feb. 1516. The installations will go to Force Protection Condition CHARLIE midafternoon Feb. 15. Those already on base but without CHARLIE access may remain until their regularly scheduled employment or business ends. Once CHARLIE is declared, only those with CHARLIE access privileges can enter the installations. On Feb. 16 the posts will shift to DELTA and only Soldiers, U.S. employees and family members will be granted access to base that day, along with Korean employees with DELTA access privileges. Korean employees without DELTA privileges will be denied entrance to the posts and must take leave. All vehicles and people entering will be searched, and movement around post will be very restricted that day. Casey Elementary School will remain open.
Most Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Exchange facilities will be closed Feb. 16; commissaries at Casey, Red Cloud and Stanley will be open. For a complete list, visit http://redcloud.korea.army.mil/ Commissary/Downloads. Family members should avoid visiting the installations Feb. 16 except for school, medical appointments or other important business. There will no AAFES taxi service Feb. 16. Bus services throughout Area I will remain fully operational Feb. 16, but delays should be anticipated. x
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USAG RED CLOUD
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In Dongducheon Feb. 1, Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division deliver charcoal briquettes that local residents use for heating their homes when they can’t afford gas or diesel fuel. The Soldiers, from the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and 210th Fires Brigade, raised the money needed to give to 10 households a bag of rice and 200 briquettes, enough for the rest of the winter, which has seen frigid temperatures. In addition, another 50 local households received rice. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kenneth G. Pawlak
Soldiers deliver charcoal heating cylinders, bags of rice to Dongducheon residents
By Staff Sgt. Kenneth Pawlak 1BCT Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY – Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division have teamed up to help local Korean families who’ve had a tough time keeping warm in the freezing weather. They got up money to buy charcoal cylinders that Koreans use when they can’t afford to heat their homes with gas or diesel fuel, and delivered them to families in Dongducheon Feb. 1. The Soldiers were from the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and 210th Fires Brigade. “Soldiers passed the hat around and raised over 4 million won to purchase 2,000 charcoal briquettes and 60 bags of rice,” said Maj. Scott Engrav, 1st BCT’s civil affairs officer. It typically takes about two briquettes to heat a home for a day. So the families will have enough charcoal to heat their homes for the rest of this winter and into next year, he said. This wasn’t the first time Soldiers have helped distribute charcoal to local residents, said Engrave. But this is the first year Soldiers have raised the money to pay for the charcoal briquettes, he said. “Literally thousands of Soldiers have pitched in to help the community,” said Engrav. “The largest bill I saw in the collection was a $20 bill,” he said. About 30 U.S. Soldiers and KATUSAs – Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army – along with 20 volunteers from the Dongducheon Volunteer Center – delivered to each of 10 households 200 briquettes and a 45-pound bag of rice. The families were in the city’s Tokeri section. In addition, another 50 households received a bag of rice. “It was great to meet people in the surrounding community and have the opportunity to help out our Korean neighbors in a time of need,” said Pvt. Austin Rodes. Rodes is an infantryman assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. The division has kept up a friendship with the citizens of Dongducheon for more than 60 years. The recent help with charcoal and rice was just the latest act of goodwill in that longstanding relationship. “Even though 2ID Soldiers serve their country in South Korea, they also serve the Dongducheon community,” said Lee Pok-hee, director of the Dongducheon Volunteer Center. “They are our neighbors,” Lee said of the Soldiers, “and Dongducheon really appreciates their support.” The division’s Soldiers gave the recent aid with fuel and rice as part of their units’ participation in the Good Neighbor Program, established in 2003 by U.S. Forces Korea. The program directs that U.S. military units Korea-wide maintain robust efforts to foster good relations with the South Korean public. x
2ID troops help locals fight the cold
Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division joined with community volunteers Feb. 1 to deliver charcoal briquettes to 10 families in Dongducheon who need them for heating their homes during this frigid winter. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kenneth G. Pawlak
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
USAG YONGSAN Yongsan hosts first ever Community Update Brief
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By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding firstname.lastname@example.org
YONGSAN GARRISON - To help bring attention to the various directorates and programs within the Yongsan Community, the Yongsan Garrison command held the first ever Community Update Brief inside the South Post Chapel Feb. 3. The brief, which allowed 30 different agencies and directorates a chance to preview their upcoming events, was also streamed live on Yongsan’s facebook page for members of the Community who couldn’t make it out to the briefing. Due to time, questions for the different agencies had to wait until after the event ended, where they could be asked on a personal basis. The brief opened with Gen. James Thurman, the United States Forces Korea Commanding General, speaking about communicating with the Community to hear their concerns and ideas. He said that it was important to talk to people as a member of the command. “I want to make sure that we as leaders understand what is taking place over here,” Thurman said. Col. William Huber, the Yongsan Garrison commander, was then invited to speak at the podium, where he spoke about the new fiscal reality facing Yongsan as well as the rest of the United States — See COMMUNITY BRIEF, Page 12 —
Gen. James Thurman, the Commanding General of United States Forces Korea, addresses the Community gathered at the South Post Chapel to open up the Community Update Brief Feb. 3. The brief, which presented 30 different agencies from around post to the Community, was aimed at helping spread information about the multiple activities and services on Yongsan Garrison. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
Directors from the various sections and parts of the Community each introduced themselves and presented the projects, focuses, and changes that would take place in the year 2012 within their respective sections of the garrison.; U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. William Huber and Community members listened attentively as directors briefed the new changes that would come with the year 2012. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
R&R brings the Super Bowl to Yongsan Community
By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding email@example.com
YONGSAN GARRISON - Members of the Yongsan Community woke up early to head over to the R&R Bar and Grill and take part in their Super Bowl Party and free breakfast held before the game Feb. 6. The Super Bowl, which kicked off at 8 a.m., drew hundreds of members of the Yongsan Community to the R&R Bar and Grill to support the New England Patriots or the New York Giants in the largest game in the NFL season and one of the largest sporting events in America. The R&R was ready with a hot breakfast while supplies lasted, and enough snacks and fountain drinks to go around. Spc. Craig Dixson, from AFN Korea, acted as the emcee for the event, taking time to recognize People to People International and Drash, a military supply manufacturer. Before the game began, Dixson called volunteers up to the stage to participate in a dance contest for prizes and tossed out free merchandise to the crowd. USAG Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber also took time to present awards to the representatives of People to People International and Drash for supporting the event. The game began with a first quarter touchdown by the Giants, forcing the Patriots to press the offensive and gain a small lead on their opponents. Though they held onto their lead into the 4th quarter, an upset touchdown put the Giants four points ahead with a minute left in the game. One tight defense later, and the Giants walked away with their second Super Bowl victory against the Patriots, 21-17. After the game, Dixson began to raffle off prizes courtesy of the event — See SUPERBOWL, Page 12 —
New England Patriots and New York Giants fans watch Super Bowl XLVI together at the R&R Bar and Grill Feb. 6. Before the game, the R&R provided a free breakfast, and merchandise was passed out to the crowds who had gathered since the doors opened two hours before the game. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
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News & Notes
NEW AREA II Gate Hours On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, we implemented a few changes to the current gate hours of operation. Here are the three gates adjusting hours next week: Gate #3 (MARFOR-K Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Gate #4 (PX Gas Station Gate): 0600-2400 (7 Days a Week) Gate #19 (Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Check out facebook.com/ youryongsan or yongsan.korea. army.mil for the complete list of gate hours effective Jan. 16.
One thing for certain at the Yongsan Tax Center
By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding Jamie Byun, Tax Paralegal firstname.lastname@example.org
YONGSAN GARRISON - To help Soldiers prepare for the upcoming tax season, the Yongsan Tax Center officially opened its doors to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Moyer Community Activities Center Jan. 31. The Yongsan Tax Center, held by the 8th Army Staff Judge Advocate, provides free service to the Yongsan Community, including Civilians and Family members to help file their taxes and send in their returns. The staff of the Yongsan Tax Center is also trained in the United States Tax Code, making the process easier and less risky. The Yongsan Tax Center opened with a speech from Col. William Huber, the Yongsan Garrison Commander, about the success of last year’s tax center and the importance the facility serves to the Community. He made sure to mention that last year’s tax center had brought in over $5 million in returns to the Community. With that, Huber, Capt. Dana Neumann, the Yongsan Tax Center commander, and Col. Jeff McKitrick, the Staff Judge Advocate for United States Forces Korea, cut the ribbon to the Yongsan Tax Center, signifying the start of the tax season for Yongsan Garrison. Although April 15 is the standard deadline, due to the Garrison’s overseas location there is a two-month grace period for filing, extending the date to June 15. “This tax center is a critical service and asset to the Community,” Huber said. “A lot of people are going to come in here, and it is a stressful time for people.” McKitrick, who is overseeing his second tax center on Yongsan, said it is a large commitment for the Community and the command to set up the tax center, but that it pays out in the end. “What we end up doing is, when you think about the tax preparation service, it relieves the Servicemember, Family member, or retiree from having to buy tax software or going to another tax preparer and paying them money,” McKitrick said. “So not only do we get the returns, but we have a significant amount of money we save the Servicemember for tax preparation services.” The Yongsan Tax Center will be open for appointments from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1-7 p.m. on Thursdays, through June 1. Please check the 8th Army Client Legal Services website (http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/sja/ClientLegalSvc) and USAG Yongsan Facebook page for any changes in operating times. Taxpayers who wish to have a 1040EZ prepared need not make an appointment. They can simply drop off applicable W-2s and they will receive a call when their return is completed. The services are available to all active duty Military, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, retired Military, reserve component Servicemembers on more than 29 days of active duty, and qualifying dependents of these personnel. Services are not available to DoD contractors per Army Regulation. In the meantime, as you are preparing for you appointment, please keep in mind the following tips: 1. Verify the name and number on your Social Security cards. Be sure that the name on your Social Security card matches the name you will use on your tax return. A mismatched name and Social Security Number is the most common reason for rejected tax returns and therefore delayed refunds. This can be a problem for taxpayers who have recently married or divorced. If you did not submit an application for a name change with the Social Security Administration (SSA), your name has not been officially changed by SSA. You can do this by completing the SS-5 application, which is available at http://www.ssa.gov, and you must submit a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree. If you wish to have your tax return prepared by the YTC, you MUST bring Social Security cards for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Service members are the only taxpayers who may provide their military identification instead of their Social Security card. 2. Gather your tax documents. Most of your tax documents should already be available. For those of you who are new to filing tax returns, the documents you most likely need are IRS Forms W-2,
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1099, and 1098. Your W-2 is your annual income state ment from your employer. If you receive military income, you can access your W-2 on the MyPay website. You may also have a Form 1099 if you received unearned income, such as interest from a savings account or student loan payments. Form 1098 details the amount of interest and mortgage-related expenses paid on a mortgage during the tax year, which can be used as deductions on a tax return. These forms are sent to you by your financial institution. 3. Get a special power of attorney or IRS Form 2848, if either you or your spouse cannot both be present to sign your tax return at the YTC. If you and your spouse wish to file jointly but cannot both be present during the preparation of your tax return at the YTC, you have a few options for signing the return. One option is to sign a paper return, send it to your spouse, and have your spouse sign and mail the return to the IRS. Keep in mind, however, that returns may get lost or delayed in the mail. Another option you have is to sign both your name and your spouse’s name using a special power of attorney or IRS Form 2848. You can obtain a special power of attorney at the Client Legal Services Office, located on the second floor of the ACS Building. 4. Find out your bank routing and account numbers. If you are expecting a refund and wish to have your refund deposited directly into your bank account, or if you will have a balance due and wish to make a direct debit, bring your bank’s routing and account numbers with you to the YTC. Service members can find this information online at MyPay. Your routing and account numbers are also usually located on your personal checks and deposit slips. 5. Confirm whether you can claim the dependency exemption for your child. Divorce and separation have tax consequences, particularly when children are involved. The IRS assumes that the taxpayer with primary physical custody of the child is entitled to claim the dependency exemption and any available child tax credits. If you are the noncustodial parent and wish to claim an exemption and/or credits for your children, you must have written evidence of your entitlement (e.g. exemption clause in a marital separation agreement, IRS Form 8332, or similar signed statement to release a claim to the exemption). For more information, call DSN 723-5519 or stop by the Yongsan Tax Center, located in room 113 of the Moyer Community Activities Center, Main Post, USAG Yongsan.x
New Stop Sign exit lane Gate 1 Planning on driving out Gate 1 (Dragon Hill Lodge)? Remember to STOP at the pedestrian crosswalk. You asked, we answered. DPW installed a new stop sign at the crosswalk as you exit 8th Army Drive for Gate 1. This was brought up as a quality of life issue at the AFAP Conference. Remember to obey all traffic speeds and watch out for pedestrians.
TobaccoCessation Support All Area II smokers: need help quitting? Just show up to the Area II Tobacco Cessation Support meetings in building 5447 conference room (Occupational Health Office by the Yongsan Commissary) every Wednesday from 10 a.m. -noon. All USFK employees and their Families are welcome. For more information, call 736-6693/ 6355. Learn more about your health at: http:// www.korea.amedd.army.mil/ healthpromotion/index.html.
U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Retiree Council Yongsan Retiree Council meets on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Command Conference Room of the USAG Yongsan Headquarters building #4305. Open to all retirees, retiree spouse, and retiree widows.
8th U.S. Army Retiree Council EUSA Retiree Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month from7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Townhouse Glass Room. Open to all retirees, retiree spouse, and retiree widows.
For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG Yongsan Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/youryongsan
Col. William Huber, the Yongsan Garrison Commander, left, stands with Capt. Dana Neumann and Col. Jeff McKitrick, from the United States Forces Korea Staff Judge Advocate, during the opening of the 2012 Yongsan Tax Center inside Moyer Community Activities Center Jan. 31. The Yongsan Tax Center was responsible in returning over $5 Million to the members of the Community last year.- U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
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Unforgettable Valentine’s Day
By Cpl. Choi Sung-il email@example.com
What was the worst Valentine’s date you’ve ever had? Find out what more than 9800 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/youryongsan!
Fun at Children’s Grand Park
Have you been to Children’s Grand Park? We had so much fun and didn’t even see it all Jan. 16. — Courtesy photo by JoLinda Flemister See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and we’ll see you in the paper. — Your Yongsan PAO team
The ones that didn’t happen... ALL of them... my boyfriend didn’t celebrate that day - no flowers, no cards, no dinner.
Expired chocolate, and dead roses with a blank card.
Went on a second date with a guy. It did not go as well as the first. It was so awkward, he pointed it out at dinner, which did not help to break the ice that had formed since our first date - not sure what happened, but any hint of chemistry that was there on the first date was gone. After the uncomfortably quiet walk back to his car, he began to back out of the parking space and ripped off his passenger-side mirror on one of the parking garage pillars. It was literally dangling from the wires and as he stood outside the car gawking at it, dumbfounded, it took everything I had not to start laughing, run from the car, and catch a cab. I guess it was a worse date for him than for me, as I left with a belly full of paella and a great story to tell.
Whenever I am away from my girls!
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Black History Month Story Hour
YONGSAN GARRISON – To celebrate Black History Month, the Yongsan library invited children from the Community to enjoy various activities highlighting the observance, Feb. 7. Children eagerly listened as numerous stories about African Americans were read during story-telling time. Children were also given the opportunity to draw and create crafts that depicted famous African Americans.— U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
Armed Forces. He still sounded hopeful as he told the crowd that they would continue to keep or improve the quality of life on Yongsan. He then talked about the change of the gate guards and the efforts put into place to sustain service to the Community. After Huber, the speaker for each organization, from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to the Department of Defense Education Activity, was given a cer-
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tain amount of time to present their slides to the Community. As the brief ended, the directorates stayed behind to help answer questions from members of the Community, hoping to spread the message and get the word out to the Soldiers and Families of Yongsan. Yongsan plans to hold the Community Update Briefs monthly. The next one is scheduled for March 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the South Post Chapel. x
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sponsors, giving away gifts like a 3D television, an iPad and a round-trip ticket to anywhere in Asia. Dixson then handed away the rest of the merchandise, throwing passes to the fans in the back of the R&R as well as the front row. Jeff Jackson, the vice president for business development for Drash, said that the company has sponsored Super Bowl parties within the Republic
of Korea for the past four years, between Yongsan, Osan Air Base and Camp Red Cloud. He said that they love to give back to the Community, as many of their employees are former Military. “It’s not about the recognition, it’s about giving back,” Jackson said. “Even if we weren’t given anything it would be a great event for us.” x
Scouts lend hand to Jacob’s House
By Mary Kim firstname.lastname@example.org PYEONGTAEK — First-hand experience is often the best way to learn about life. With that in mind, boys from Cub Scout Pack 86 and Boy Scout Troop 88 recently pitched in to help out around Jacob’s House, a local orphanage for children in need. The Scouts also collected donations for the orphanage, including an assortment of diapers, 240 pounds of rice and other food items. Jacob’s House was built in 1985. Children at the home range in age from newborn to three years old. The orphanage is currently home to 41 boys and girls. Between taking care of the children’s needs and upkeep of the facility, Jacob’s House is in continual need of volunteers, and that’s where the Scouts came in. After delivering their donations, the boys spent the morning cleaning the orphanage’s first floor common areas, including an indoor playground and library. The younger boys focused their efforts on organizing children’s books and mopping the floors, while the older Scouts took turns vacuuming the floors and cleaning the windows. USAG Humphreys’ Chief of Community Relations, Pom, Tongyu, helped organize the event and served as the day’s escort and translator. “The work they did was a big help to the orphanage,” said Yu. “You could see the Scouts were
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f I have a chance to do this again, I will take it.’ - Chris Lycan Boy Scout Troop 88
anxious to work and took pride in their volunteer service.” Their efforts continue a long tradition of cooperation between Americans and Jacob’s House. “It was great experience for me and my companions. If I have a chance to do this again, I will take it and will recommend it to others,” said Chris Lycan, a Boy Scout with Troop 88 in Yongsan. Ko, Eun-ju, Jacob’s House director, talked about how much the Scouts’ efforts meant. “The Jacob’s House workers and children really appreciate their help,” Ko said. “Although they are still young, they are mature and have a strong sense of responsibility and care about contributing to the community. If they maintain this, they will be fine young men and contributors to society.” Units or individuals interested in helping the Jacob’s House should call 031-658-5166 or 031-652-2311. x Chris Lycan, a Boy Scout with Yongsan’s Troop 88, delivers donations of rice to the Jacob’s House orphanage in Pyeongtaek. — U.S. Army photo by Edward Johnson
Orientation eases move to Korea
By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho email@example.com
CAMP HUMPHREYS — Newcomers orientation is a weekly event held every Tuesday for Soldiers and families new to Korea and Camp Humphreys. By attending this event, newcomers can expect to obtain a variety of useful information related to the garrison and Korea in general. “We provide tips to newcomers so that they can be successful during their time in Korea,” said Toney Price, the relocation program specialist. This weekly event gives newcomers opportunities to learn about things such as, public transportation, medical services, schools and other useful information so that they can make a successful transition into the community.” During the session, subject matter experts talk about services their agencies offer to Soldiers, family members, and civilians. The briefs cover an eclectic mix of topics, such as: fire safety, the Women Infants and Children program, military and family life, health, education, arts and crafts, the USO, the Army
Jim Dunnet discusses ideas with a newcomer during an orientation at the Super Gym. Orientations are held every Tuesday and are designed to answer any questions and allow for a smooth transition. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho
Substance Abuse Program, command sponsorship, Army Community Service, the Boy Scouts, banking, and youth services. “Attending one of our newcomer briefings is the best way for Soldiers, family members and civilians to get a first-hand look at what our community has to offer during their tour in Korea,” said Col. Joseph P. Moore, Humphreys garrison commander. “It’s also a great place to ask questions of our experienced and knowledgeable staff. But it’s really just the beginning. I encourage everyone to get involved in our community and discover all that a tour of duty at Camp Humphreys has to offer. “I also want those living here to know that we will listen to their concerns, questions and ideas. If someone doesn’t get the answers they’re looking for in this forum, I encourage them to attend one of the many Town Hall meetings hosted throughout the year or link up with us online via the garrison’s Facebook fan page,” he added. Orientations are Tuesdays at the Super Gym at 8:30 a.m. On training holidays, the briefing is on Wednesday. x
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AK Plaza run A training run to AK Plaza is planned for Feb. 11. Runners will leave Camp Humphreys at the Walk-Through Gate at 8 a.m. The running distance is approximately five miles using back roads, rice paddy roads and a paved riverside trail. Bring won for breakfast and return bus fare (1,100 won). The run back is optional. This is not a race. For more information, call Health Promotion at 753-3253. Ski trip set Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. is the deadline to sign-up for Outdoor Recreation’s trip to Jisan Forest Ski Resort on Feb. 18. The package costs $70 for adults and $60 for children. This includes transportation, tickets and equipment. For more information, call 753-3103. Valentine’s celebration The Painted Door Thrift Shop is having a Valentine’s celebration. It will be serving Valentine-themed refreshments Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until they run out. The Painted Door is located on the 1st floor of Bldg. 360. USO Valentine’s Grams USO will deliver Valentine’s Grams, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 14. On Feb. 10 and 13, persons can stop at a table in the Main Exchange lobby, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., to design and write your personal Valentine’s Gram. For more information, call 753-6281. Sweetheart Dinner The Alaska Mining Company will host a Sweetheart Dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $49.95 for two. Reservations can be made at 7543101 or 031-619-3101. Food handlers course On Feb. 15, the 5th Medical Detachment will conduct a Food handlers course from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Feb. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Super Gym, Room B. This course is for U.S. military food service personnel only. This is an annual training requirement. For more information, call 753-6971. Black History Month The USAG Humphreys and 2nd CAB African-American Black History Month Observance, hosted by HHC, 3/2 GSAB, is Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Post Theater. The theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Post Office closure The Post Office will be open Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and open normal hours on Feb. 18, but will be closed Feb. 20. Talent show set The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club will host a talent show Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Tommy D’s. This event is open to all DoD ID cardholders, KATUSAs and family members. There is no entrance fee. First place receives a $100 Exchange gift certificate, with second place getting $50 and third place, $25. The event is designed to showcase Area III’s talent. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Liela Moser at liela. firstname.lastname@example.org or 0104102-1730.
William and Brandie Smithe, both of the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, watch the Super Bowl in appropriate attire at the Alaska Mining Company. — U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow
Food and football:
Patrons enjoy winning combination
By W. Wayne Marlow email@example.com
CAMP HUMPHREYS — Patrons had plenty of munchies and drinks to go with their football, thanks to several Super Bowl specials at on-post establishments. While the New York Giants and New England Patriots exchanged leads, Soldiers, family members, and civilians had pancakes at the USO, steak at the Alaska Mining Company, a breakfast buffet at Veterans of Foreign War Post 10223, and barbecued ribs and noodles at Tommy D’s. The specials began well before the game started and continued even after the game was over. Besides pancakes, those in attendance at the USO were treated to another Super Bowl highlight, the commercials, thanks to a computer hooked up to an NFL feed. Alaska Mining Company featured mostly breakfast items, such as waffles, sausage, and toast, while Tommy D’s started serving later and had ribs, noodles, rice, soup, and salad. x
Patrons take in both the game and the food as the Super Bowl plays on five televisions at the Alaska Mining Company. — U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow
Corrections Soldier second in competition
By Maj. Wendy Tokach USACA
PHOENIX — A Camp Humphreys Soldier took second in the Army Corrrections Command Soldier of the Year competition. Private First Class Christopher R. Brunelle was runner-up after competing in a variety of contests with other Soldiers Jan. 19-21. Soldiers and NCOs from across the Army Corrections Command gathered in Phoenix for the competition. The competitors were from Korea, Germany, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and GITMO. They participated in six events: Warrior Tasks; Engagement Skills Trainer for weapons qualification and moving targets; an obstacle course; a written test; a modified Army Physical Fitness Test; and a board. Brunelle scored especially well on the modified AFPT and the obstacle course. “That was the toughest obstacle course I’ve ever seen, and I consider myself in excellent shape but that course put a hurt on me,” Brunelle said. “I feel my performance on the board and the written test were also strong but there is always room for improvement and I need to keep on studying and working on my confidence when facing a board of senior noncommissioned officers.” Despite being selected as the runner-up, Brunelle is still preparing himself for the chance that he could be called upon to represent ACC for the National Capital Region Soldier of the Year Board held in Washington, D.C., in March. Brunelle also plans to attend Soldier of the Month and Quarter boards. “I feel that continuing to prepare myself and compete in boards is going to help me once it comes time for me to participate in promotion boards,” Brunelle said. “I’ve learned so much in the past week. It’s really opened my eyes to a higher level of competition. Each one of the battalions and facilities in Army Corrections Command sent their best Soldiers to compete, and having to go toe to toe with them was a whole new level of competition for me.” x
Private First Class Christopher Brunelle low crawls under wire during on an obstacle course, one of the challenges in the Army Corrections Command Soldier of the Year competition. — Courtesy photo
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Question of the Week
What advice would you give to someone PCSing to Korea?
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“Take a really good camera, the things you are going to see will last a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to get out into the local areas. Try the food and purchase the artwork and antiques. See Chejudo and the temples.”
Noncommissioned officers of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade are inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony at the Camp Humphreys post theatre. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle
2nd CAB welcomes newest NCOs
By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade
CAMP HUMPHREYS— A year ago the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade senior enlisted Soldier, Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford Cain, initiated the practice of conducting Noncommissioned Officer Corps induction ceremonies for newly promoted NCOs in the brigade. In the most recent ceremony at the Camp Humphreys Theater, 20 recently promoted sergeants from 2nd CAB took the stage, beginning their journey down the Army’s path of leadership. During the ceremony, the 2nd Infantry Division’s senior enlisted Soldier, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer, spoke to the young NCOs about the importance of the team concept and the benefits of hard work.
“There is a lot to see and do if you get off post and travel. Get yourself a T-Money card so you can scan on the bus and subway without a problem. Also, if you would like to bring your family over here, start an outof-country CSP request at your current station.”
“The NCO is the backbone of the Army and the mission simply can’t happen without their hard work and loyalty to the unit and their Soldiers,” Eyer said. For Cain, the ceremony has a special meaning and he hopes the young leaders were able to appreciate the experience. “When I welcome a newly promoted Soldier into the NCO Corps, it sends chills down my spine and the hair on the back of my neck stands up,” Cain said. “I’ll never get used to it because I remember 24 years ago when I was inducted into the NCO Corps. These Soldiers should always remember this day because the transition to the NCO Corps is really special. As they make their journey towards leadership they should always remember the two most basic responsibilities as a Soldier. You must always accomplish your mission while looking out for the welfare of your Soldiers.” x
“Learn to read the writing as soon as possible. If you’re motivated you can pick it up in an hour or two. It makes life on the ROK much, much easier. You don’t have to understand all that you’re reading, but you’d be amazed at how much is just the hangul-ized version of the English anyhow.“
Job well done
“Get out of the barracks, learn the language, enjoy the food, get out of the GI towns and head to a small ville out in the country and meet some really nice and friendly people.”
CAMP HUMPHREYS — Colonel Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander, pins the Superior Service Medal on Christopher Fletcher, Camp Humphreys deputy fire chief. Fletcher was honored for being part of the department when it received the 2010 Department of Defense mid-sized fire department of the year. Fire Chief Matthew Spreitzer and Assistant Fire Chief Dathan Black also presented with the medal. In all, over 75 Soldiers and family members were recognized during the All Hands ceremony, held at the post theatre. — U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow
“Bring your taste buds and get out to see the many activities. Also stop by Army Community Service. You can even contact the relocation section and the outreach specialist before your arrival.”
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498th CSSB conducts Sling Load training
Story and photos by Sgt Danielle Ferrer firstname.lastname@example.org
DAEGU GARRISON — The frigid temperatures did not prevent 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Soldiers from conducting hands-on slingload training at Camp Carroll Feb. 3. The final phase of the training gave Soldiers an opportunity to attach a humvee to the bottom of a UH-60 helicopter. “This type of training isn’t easy to conduct,” said Sgt. Willie Samuel, a cargo movement specialist for the 498th CSSB. “Besides the cost of making it possible, there is also the fact that this will be the first training of its kind for many of the new Soldiers,” The Soldiers were divided up into teams and each team took turns practicing slingload operations. “This was the first time they ever prepped the load, rigged the load and were able to sling the load. It can be a very scary thing for new Soldiers,” Samuel said. Senior leaders looked on as Soldiers went through each phase and used their experiences to make sure the training went on without incident. “I’m air assault qualified, so I was able to help rig and inspect loads for the sling load operation,” Samuel said. “I wanted to make sure they were doing everything in the safest way possible.” According to Samuel, it is very important that the Soldiers of the 498th CSSB to have the proper knowledge of what it takes to transport equipment in this manner.
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The 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Soldiers from conducted hands-on sling-load training at Camp Carroll, Feb. 3. The final phase of the training gave Soldiers an opportunity to attach a hum-vee to the bottom of a UH-60 helicopter.
“As part of a combat sustainment support battalion, it is our job to move equipment and supplies,” said Samuel. “Having the Soldiers rig a humvee to the bottom of a UH-60 is as close to reality as they are ever going to get.” Prior to the actual run-through, Soldiers were given one more final safety brief on how the operation would take place. “Safety is the most important aspect of this training, because if one person misses a step while out there, then someone could get seriously hurt or electrocuted from the helicopter’s static discharge.” Samuel said. Despite the harsh weather, all the objectives were met without incident or injury. “Even though the temperature was less than ideal, the training was worth it,” Samuels said. x
2-1 ADA BN conducts Patriot Missile training
Story by 1st Lt. Edward Willis, 2-1 ADA BN email@example.com
DAEGU GARRISON — Soldiers from 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, seeking to advance their safety and efficiency levels, participated in a certification program which taught basic and advanced care and use of Patriot interceptor missiles. All Patriot launching station maintainer/operators and their supervisors received two days of training from the Defense Ammunition Center on the proper handling, storage, and transportation of Patriot missiles. 2-1 ADA BN conducted a Patriot Missile Operation course Jan. 24 and 25, to increase Soldiers’ knowledge on how to properly handle, store and transport Patriot Missiles. “As one of only two Patriot Missile Units on the Korean Peninsula we provide Gen. Thurman [commander of U.S. Forces Korea] the capability of intercepting and destroying the robust SCUD arsenal of North Korea,” said Maj. Joshua Fishman, 2-1 ADA BN operations officer. The course is the first of its kind and was developed by 2-1 ADA BN. Patriot units in Korea are the only garrison Patriot units which inspect, store and move live missiles. Ready to respond to the North Korean threat, war fighting proficiency is top priority for the 2-1 ADA BN, and moving missiles safely plays a major factor. “We cannot afford to lose a single Patriot Interceptor due to mishandling or accident during missile movement
Soldiers from C BTRY, 2-1 ADA BN demonstrate proper Patriot missile reload procedures with a forklift as part of Patriot Missile Movement Officer Certification Program held at Cp. Carroll on 25 January. — U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Foss Davis
procedures,” Fishman said. The culmination of the course included hands-on daily and monthly preventative maintenance checks and services of launchers, missile canisters and forklifts. The course concluded with a forklift missile reload, with all students, missile movement supervisors and 35th ADA Brigade evaluators on hand to observe. “The event was a great visual aid on how to properly conduct a PAC-3 forklift missile reload,” said Pvt. Jarrin Lacky of Charlie Battery, 2-1 ADA BN and crew member one of the reload team. W i t h t h e co n s t a n t o ve r t u r n of Soldiers leaving and joining the battalion, training and refresher courses are essential to ensure 2-1 ADA BN is ready to fight tonight. Staff Sgt. Christopher Taylor, the safety and overall supervisor for the reload crew sums up the training opportunity, “For brand new Soldiers coming to Korea it’s a great way to get hands on with the equipment and learn their jobs.”x
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CYS Services New Family Child Care Home Opens CYSS is proud to welcome Amanda Dwyer as our new FCC provider. Her home is located on Camp George. All FCC providers go through extensive training, background checks and home inspections. Please call 764-4835 for more imformation about this program and to find out how you can become an FCC provider. We are particulary looking for providers who want to open up their homes for evening and weekend care. Gate Hours Back to Normal We are pleased to report that all Area IV gates have returned to normal hours of operation; Soldiers are still manning several of the gates as we transition to the new contract for security guards.
ROK 50th Infantry Sig. Bn. visited by 293rd Sig. Company
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Auto Skills Be wise, winterize! Do it Yourself The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Camp Henry, 768-8164
Free Credit Score and Analysis Check your free FICO ® credit scores and the educational information and tools in the FICO Sstandard product availabe free of charge to eligible active duty service members and their spouses. Contact your installation Army Community Services office to call ahead for an appointment: Camp Carroll 765-7900 Camp Henry 768-7112
ROK and U.S. Soldiers take turns filling up on hot chocolate as they brave the cold weather. — U.S. Army photo by ROKA Command Sgt. Maj. Kyung Suk-lee, 6th Ordinance Battalion. Story by Capt. Joseph Agius the freezing cold Korean winter Cable Company and Lt. Col. Jin environment. They deploy to the Gun-ho, Commander of the ROK firstname.lastname@example.org field, set up communications to 50th Infantry Signal Battalion. In DAEGU GARRISON — Leaders support the warfighter, and then total, more than 100 ROK Soldiers from the 293rd Signal Company, conduct battle drills alongside their enjoyed a brief but welcome sweet Camp Carroll, dropped in on their infantry counterparts in the harshest treat with the 293rd before heading Republic of Korea Army Signal of conditions. back on the evening’s patrol. Corps neighbors from the ROK 50th “Seeing their training gives us To show support for their fellow Infantry Signal Battalion to connect, signal Soldiers in the ROK Army, an appreciation for the strength Feb. 1. Soldiers from the 293rd Signal and endurance of our Korean Not via satellite radios or via Company, 36th Signal Battalion counterparts, especially when you computers linked by fiber optic visited the ROK winter training and consider temperatures of -13°C or networks, but over hot chocolate! shared cookies and hot chocolate 9°F,” said 1st Lt. Sergey Petrosyants, Each year, the Republic of with their ROK counterparts. The executive officer of the 293rd Signal Korea Soldiers conduct winter 293rd was warmly greeted by ROKA Company. “It was great to be able survival training exercises to test Capt. Woo Tae-hui, Commander to support our fellow signalers in their deployable capabilities in (Yu Son Jung De) Outside Plant this manner.” x
Mandatory Personal Financial Management Training Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Camp Henry Army Community Services (ACS) Classroom, family members are welcome on a space available basis. This course is comprised of eight sessions mandated by Department of the Army for First Term Soldiers. This class teaches how to develop a personal budget/spending plan; recognize signs of financial trouble and where to get assistance; the importance of credit and how to establish a savings account, emergency savings and long term savings; how to make the consumer decisions; how to plan for large and small purchases; and how to plan insurance needs on life, auto, personal property, and home. Call 768-7112 for further information.
In all fire related cases call 911 - now and quickly without delay
for any fire or emergency, even if you have extinguished the fire. The fire may appear to be out, but all too often it is not. There can be “hang fires” as materials smolder within walls and pipe chases and this can lead to a reflash as fire can reignite minutes or even hours later. Calling 9-1-1 must always be your first step. Get first responders moving in your direction quickly. After calling for help, and IF you can safely combat the fire, and you have been trained, you can go ahead and use a fire extinguisher. When using a fire extinguisher, remember that if you have to pass through the smoke to get at the fire, you are placing your life in serious jeopardy. Why? Very simply, smoke is made up of a combination of gases and particles of hundreds of different chemical combinations, all of which can cause bodily harm or death. Gases can prevent your lungs from getting the oxygen your body needs to function, while chemicals in the fire can have other harmful consequences, short term and long term.
Story and Photo by Andrew M. Allen email@example.com DAEGU GARRISON — Call 9-1-1
President’s day holiday ski trip Location & Fees: TBA Fee includes 3 days rental equipment, 2 nights lodging at acondominium resort and transportation. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Bus: Departs from the Cp Carroll CAC at 0800 and Cp Walker Commissary at 0900. Registration deadline: Feb 14
These firefighters are well protected from heat, smoke, and poisonous gases with PPE that costs over $5,000 per firefighter. What is protecting you in a fire situation?
Think about a simple trashcan fire; there could be hundreds of different chemicals in various amounts in that container, such as different types of plastics, paints, papers and inks. In a fire they are all heated up and released, mixing with the air and inhaled into your lungs. Know how to call first responders and ensure everyone in the unit and at home know how to make that call
as well. Calling 9-1-1 (or 0505-7645911 from a cell phone) will never land you in trouble unless you make a prank call. Not sure it is an emergency – call. Don’t want to bother someone with this little problem – call, we are here to help solve your problem; if we determine it is not really an emergency, we will direct you to the
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A sweet exchange at SeomunTraditional Market
By Pfc. Bang Bong-joo firstname.lastname@example.org What is your favorite genre (or style) of book? Are you a Sci-fi fan? Love autobiographies? Detective stories or history books? And don’t forget to tell us why!
Colleen Pigg Richmond
I love murder mysteries. Ellery Queen is my favorite because I can not figure them out until the very end.
The cold weather doesn’t stop this vendor from selling her wares. A familiar site around Daegu’s Seomun Traditional Market, vendors are a plenty –selling an array of items. As far as the eye can see tourists and shoppers can find clothing, electronics, toys, food, household items, as well as things you hadn’t thought of. All at an affordable price. The market is a must see for visitors to Daegu. — Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes
2011-12 Army in Korea Basketball Championship
19th century Brit lit is my favorite because it has drama, wonderful characters you can cuddle up to, and there’s so much depth . . .
American History books.. I Like to read what REALLY happened as our country was forming and evolving. When I find some areas in history that my own family was part of . History and family tree books ,work together well. My family was fighting the French and Indian War to the War of 1812, Civil War and Revolutionary Wars. They lived and died in areas that they helped form as townships,and fought in the MILITARY and bled and died for the Country that we have today. History books would be my favorite.
Nikki Kimilat Summers
I love fictional history book by Philippa Gregory. ♥ So twisted and scandalous!:).
(Top) 25th Transportation Company runner-ups in the 2011-12 Army in Korea basketball Championship held on Camp Humpreys. (Left) USAG-Daegu’s Lady Assasins women’s team show themselves to be a winning team placing as runner-ups during the championship. — U.S. Army Photos
Danielle Lyn Aiken
Hm. I may get some flack for this but I’m a big historical romance fan. Anything set way back when in England/Ireland/Scotland is good for me. =]
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from sources of danger (fire, smoke, gas, etc.). Call from a neighbor’s house or a cell phone (0505-7645911). 2.Stay calm: Speak clearly and slowly, to make sure you get the help you need. 3. Answer all questions: Give any information that the emergency dispatch asks for. If you have a cellular phone, be certain to give your exact location and call-back
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number. 4.Listen for instructions: Do exactly as the dispatcher says. 5.Stay on the line: Do not hang up until you are told to do so. Make the call! x
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right people. How to make a 9-1-1 or emergency call: 1.Call from a safe place: Get away
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