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8th Army takes to basketball court at USAG-Humphreys Page 16
Daegu community celebrates full moon festival fun Page 26
‘Ultimate Fighters’ take to the mat in Warrior Country
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Ultimate Fighting Championship members, Krzysztof Soszynski (standing) and Mike Whitehead (front) demonstrate their fighting skills to Soldiers at USAG-Red Cloud Feb. 7. To download high resolution photos from this event or other events featured in the Morning Calm, visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photos by Jim Cunningham
Yongsan Health Clinic moving
In preparation for a $2.75 million dollar building renovation, the Yongsan Health Clinic will temporarily close its doors at noon on Friday, Feb. 13. The Yongsan Health Clinic will re-open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at its new location: 121st Combat Support Hospital, Ground Floor Sick Call by Appointment starts Wednesday, Feb. 18 The Appointment Line opens daily at 6 a.m. The YHC Appointment Line can be reached at 737-3331 (*Note – this phone line will not be activated until Feb. 18.)
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Soldiers, Families, senior leaders improve Army quality of life
Col. Jimmie Keenan, Chief of Staff, Army Medical Action Plan, Army Medical Department, Office of the Surgeon General, listens as Captain Fayette Frahm, former company commander of a hospital in Iraq, speaks about areas of concern for warriors in transition. Visit the IMCOM Flickr page at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to view or download more photos from this event or from other Morning Calm news stories. Story and photos by Rob McIlvaine FMWRC Public Affairs Arriving from garrisons as far away as Korea, 117 delegates came together last week to discuss issues, listen to subject matter experts provide background information on new and old issues, and ultimately make the Army a better place for Families to call home through a process called the Army Family Action Plan. The U.S. Army has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of AFAP since Aug. 15. On that date in 1983, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General John A. Wickham, wrote a ground-breaking white paper titled “The Army Family” which identified the need for the Army to increase support to its Families. Gen. Wickham and his staff asserted that a healthy Family environment allows Soldiers to concentrate more fully on their mission. In 1983, the Army was transforming from an organization of conscripted and short-term enlistees comprised of mostly unmarried military members (with a 10 percent re-enlistment rate) to an all-volunteer, professional force consisting of more than 50 percent married personnel. “We’ve come a long way from a time when the Army said, ‘If you’re married, you can’t join. If you get married while in the Army, you can’t re-enlist’,” said Secretary of the Army Pete Geren to the AFAP delegates made up of Soldiers, Family members, wounded warriors, retirees and delegates representing Army Families. "The all-volunteer force required us to think very differently about many aspects of the Army and certainly Family support,” Geren said. At the first AFAP symposium, the attendees identified 65 issues. Over the past 25 years, AFAP has dealt with a total of 633 issues. The work groups deliberated on issues last week under the headings of Benefits and Entitlements, Facilities and Housing, Employment, Force Support, Family Support, and Medical and Dental. The Family Support, Medical and Dental work groups were divided into two work groups each because of the volume of issues they were discussing. Over 90 percent of AFAP issues are resolved at the local level, with more than 61 percent of the active issues impacting all sister services. Since 1983, AFAP has resulted in 107 changes to national legislation, 154 revised Department of Defense or Army regulations and policies, and 173 improvements to programs and services. Currently, according to Tricia Brooks, the HQDA AFAP Issue Manager, there are 435 issues completed, with 118 unattainable, 75 still active, and five issues combined. “Leaders trust and support AFAP because the members provide real-time information that enables commanders to respond more rapidly to resolve problems, implement good ideas and guide policy formation,” said Brooks. “The average length to resolve an issue is three years,” Brooks said. “Last week, – See AFAP, Page 18 –
Top 5 AFAP Issues
Courtesy of Rob McIlvaine FMWRC Public Affairs Delgates from around the world winnowed down hundreds of suggestions at the 2009 Army Family Action Plan conference to recommend senior leaders address 16 new issues. Of those sixteen, five were chosen as the most important, and the General Office Steering Committee will begin addressing them during their next meeting. The top five issues are:
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Bereavement Permissive Temporary Duty (TDY)
A military leave category for bereavement does not exist. Multiple permissive TDY categories exist but none authorizes non-chargeable bereavement leave. Soldiers take chargeable leave or a pass in the event of the death of an immediate Family member. Responsibilities associated with the death of a Family member may require more time than accrued leave or a pass. Insufficient time for grieving the loss of a Family member and administering responsibilities impacts the Soldier/Family’s ability to mourn and recover from a traumatic loss. The recommendation sent forward to Army leadership was to establish a permissive TDY categor y for bereavement.
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Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army, speaks with members of the Army Teen Panel, representing the future the Army, who brought their concerns for Army youth world-wide, infectious enthusiasm and considerable experience and creativity to the five – day long AFAP conference. — Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea to download or view photos from this event
Official Photograph Requirements for Soldiers
Official photographs are not required for all Soldiers. The Army only requires an official DA photograph at certain grade levels. In the event of a soldier’s death, there is no official – See TOP 5, Page 18 –
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Larceny of Private Property; Investigation revealed Subject #1 entered Victim #1’s room and removed his pool stick which was unsecured and attended, and sold the pool stick at a local pawn shop. Subject #1also removed Victim #2’s camera from his room, which was unsecured and attended, and sold it at another local pawn shop. Further investigation revealed Subject #1 also removed Victim #3’s ACU backpack, which was unsecured and unattended from the motor pool and sold it at a local pawn shop. Victim #1, Victim #2 and Victim #3 rendered written sworn statements attesting to the incident. Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. Investigation continues. AREA I: Curfew Violation; Resisting Apprehension; At 0015 Hrs, 05 FEB 09, Subject #1 was observed by Security Guard attempting to enter the walk through the gate. While Security Guard was waiting for Military Police, Subject #1 grabbed his ID card from the Security Guard and fled the scene. At 1300 Hrs, 05 FEB 09, Subject #1 was observed by Security Guard attempting to enter the Tokkori Gate. Subject #1 was apprehended by Military Police and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit. This is a final report. AREA II: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Subject #1 was stopped at a KNP checkpoint and was administered a Portable Breathalyzer Test, with a result of 0.159% BAC. Subject #1 was apprehended by KNP and transported to the Yongsan Main KNP Station where he was charged by KNP for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Subject #1 was released into Military Police custody and was transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where he was issued an Order to Show Cause Memorandum and an Appendix K. Subject #1’s USFK drivers license was retained. Subject #1reported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. This is a final report. AREA II: Traffic Accident Resulting in Personal Injury and Damage to Private Property; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Subject #1, while attempting to park his vehicle, failed to judge proper clearance and struck Victim #1. Victim #1 sustained foot and hip pain and stated he would seek medical treatment at a later time. Subject #1’s vehicle sustained no visible damages. Subject #1 and Victim #1 reported to the Yongsan Main KNP Station where KNP detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 was administered a Portable Breathalyzer Test, with a result of 0.143% BAC. Subject #1 was charged by KNP for Obligation for Safe Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Victim #1 verbally attested to the incident. Subject #1 was processed and released into Military Police custody. Subject #1 was transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where his driving privileges were suspended. Subject #1 was issued an Appendix L and his passport and drivers license were retained. Subject #1 was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Subject #1 was processed and released to his supervisor. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. This is a final report.
Changdeokgun Palace was constructed in 1405, the fifth year of King Taejong (r.1400-1418), the third Joseon Gyeongbokgung Palace was to the west and Changdeokgung Palace to the east. Full restoration work began on the palace in 1991 and is still underway. Despite all of the damage done to the palace in the years past, Changdeokgung is relatively well preserved and is representative of Korean palace architecture. The garden of Changdeokgung is an extravagant sight with the palace architecture designed in harmony with the landscape. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea for photos. — U.S. Army Photo by Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Jisan Forest Resort Jisan Forest Resort is located in Icheon city, Gyeonggi-do province, near the Incheon Airport. All slopes are available for snowboarders, and the moving staircases will help children and beginners move more easily. In addition, the 6-seat chair lift is equipped with a heating system. Although the slopes are not that big, this resort is loved by many people because of its convenient facilities and close proximity to Seoul. Jisan Resort does not suffer from overcrowding, and so visitors here can enjoy skiing without experiencing long waits at the lifts. Facilities at Jisan Resort are very reasonably priced. In terms of accommodation facilities, condos range from 85,000won to 195,000 won (condo prices differ by the weekend, the weekday and the season), and restaurants and supermarkets are also available. Jisan Resort also operates a free shuttle bus from Seoul. Also available are a Snow park for kids, playground for infants, ski shop, campsite, cycling course, basketball court, soccer field, putting course, and golf practice range. Visit www.jisanresort. co.kr or www.tour2korea.com Hot Springs Bugok Hot Springs, located at the foot of Mt. Deokamsan, Gyeongsangnam-do is one of the best hot springs in South Korea ‘Bugok’ was named according to the iron pot shape of the land. The temperature of the water is 78°c, and contains sulfur and more than 20 kinds of inorganic matters such as silicon, chlorine, calcium and iron. As a multi-complex resort, Bugok Hot Spring Tourist Special Complex covers various facilities other than the large spa, such as the grand performance hall, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, zoo, botanical garden, five tourist hotels, 23 accommodation and 21 shopping centers. It is a suitable place for short family trips where you can relax your tired body at the hot spring, and rest at the accommodation and recreation facilities in the complex. Visit www. seorakwaterpia.com or www.tour2korea.com for more information. Angel and the Woodcutter (Thru Feb. 22) A heartbreaking Korean theatre show with a powerful message, this performance tells the story of how Koreans believe that a long time ago, angels came down from the heavens to bathe. Cho-In Theatre takes the beloved tale of an angel who falls in love with a woodcutter, and in a striking new version sets it amidst a terrible war, where the angel must sacrifice everything for her family. Cho-In Theatre tells this story entirely without words, using puppets, exquisite choreography and traditional music, to give a unique insight into Korea’s rich history and culture. Performances are scheduled for: Tuesday-Fridays, 7.30 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. at Arreum Daun Theater, Daehangno, Seoul (Hyehwa subway station, exit 4, line 4). For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com Goseong Pollack, Sea Fest (Feb. 19-22) The Pollack Festival is held each February in to celebrate the local fish specialty of Goseong-gun in Gangwon-do Province to ensure a good haul and community. Visit www.tour2korea.com Ice Skating (Around Seoul) Ice-skating is a special winter activity. Lotte World’s indoor facilities offer year round ice skating fun, but to ice skate in true classic style, head to one of these outdoors facilities and enjoy great views, great music and great fun. Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Jung-gu, Seoul, Outside rink, located in front of the Seoul City Hall; Walkerhill Ice Skating Rink, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul; Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink, Songpa-gu, Seoul; Grand Hyatt Ice Skating Rink, Yongsan, Seoul; World Cup Park Ice Skating Rink, Songpa-gu, Seoul, outdoor ice skating rink and snow sledding field; Lotte World Indoor Ice Skating Rink, Songpa-gu, Seoul, located inside the Lotte World Theme Park; Bundang Olympic Ice Skating Rink, Seongnam city, Gyeonggi Province; Korea University Ice Skating Rink, Seongbuk, Seoul, Indoor international ice skating rink located inside the university. Visit www.tour2korea for more information on these venues. Snow Sledding Many sledding facilities have separate slopes for children and adults, some have tube sleds for children and extra-large sized sleds for two or more people, as well as the traditional plastic sleds. Korean Children’s Center Snow Sledding Field, Gwangjin, Seoul, Includes other entertainment facilities, exhibitions, and convenience facilities; Korean Folk Village Snow Sledding Field, Yongin city, Gyeonggi province, enjoy snow sledding and learn about Korean traditional culture at the Korean Folk Village; Seoul Land Snow, Gwacheon city, Gyeonggi; Everland Snow Buster, Yongin city, Gyeonggi province; Taereung Snow Sledding Field, Nowon, Seoul; Yongin Hanwha Snow Sledding Field, Yongin City, Gyeonggi province, located inside the ski resort; Yangpyeong Hanwha Snow Sledding Field, Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi province, located inside the Yangpyeong Resort, skiing also available. Visit www.tour2korea.com for detailed information on these venues.
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Name: Staff Sgt. Boydston, Daniel Organization: HHC, USAG-RC Job Description: Chaplain Assistant
NCOIC for the Area I Chaplain’s office. NCOIC of the Red Cloud Chapel. Fund Manager for USAG-Red Cloud Area I Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund.
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This Week’s Profile in Service:
2009: Year of the NCO
Staff Sgt. Daniel Boydston
Time In Service: 19 years, 7 months
Recent Accomplishments: Reorganized and corrected the deficiencies within the Chapel Tithes and Offering Funds for USAG-Red Cloud Area I Garrison Chaplain’s Office. By doing this, Staff Sgt. Boydston saved the Chapel several thousand dollars which resulted in the Chapel to do charity work with the orphanage that USAG-Red Cloud is involved with. Staff Sgt. Boydston personally mentored one KATUSA, and one U.S. Army Soldier preparing them for competing and winning the Area 1 KATUSA and Soldier of the Quarter Boards for two consecutive quarters. SSG Boydston mentored one U.S. Soldier preparing him for Sergeant Promotion Board. SSG Boydston served as an Area I Garrison NEO Warden consisting of 13 families; total 36 family members. Through numerous hours of screening personnel records, SSG Boydston established a zero deficient record system of all NEO personnel under his care. SSG Boydston’s leadership motto is, “A good NCO is one who makes all necessary sacrifices for the accomplishment of the mission of taking care of all soldiers, not just the ones under his or her direct supervision.” He did this by mentoring the soldiers that won the boards and passed the Sergeant Promotion Board on his time totally over 60 hours.
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Career opportunities solicited by 411th Contracting Support Brigade/U.S. Army Contracting Command Korea
If you are interested in providing Admin Support Services as an independent contractor for Assistant Chief of Staff (ACofS) CJ5, please contact Maj. Carter at (DSN) 724-8624 or Jenny Suh at (DSN) 724-3156/3334.
AVOTEC: Army selected for educational pilot program
The Army has been selected by Congress to participate in an education pilot program designed to provide additional ways to expand education opportunities. Soldiers, officers and Wounded Warriors serving on active-duty, to include National Guard and Reserve Soldiers on extended active-duty, may acquire technical, vocational, or advanced training and re-training. This short-term pilot program is intended to provide training in high-demand career fields to help Soldiers find employment after they transition out of the Army. Army Education is working with technical and community colleges throughout the United States to build upon existing programs and develop new pilot re-training in career occupations, such as rehabilitation, nursing, medical technology, and other health care occupations. The Army Vocational/Technical website launched Jan. 15 and Army Education Centers and Soldier Family Assistance Centers is now assisting Soldiers with enrollment.
IT/IA Project Management Training to be held
Army Information Assurance professionals (Military, Civilians, and Contractors) throughout Korea are encouraged to attend this IT/IA Project Management training scheduled for Feb. 23 – 27 at the Area III DOIM training classroom located on USAG-Humphreys. The Department of Defense requires Information Technology and Information Assurance professionals who manage projects to have an in-depth knowledge of project management skills and abilities. Attendance is limited to 15 students. There is no cost for attendance; however TYD/Per Diem requirements must be funded by the student’s organization if required. Please submit a completed SF 182 no later than Feb. 19 via e-mail to RCIOK-InformationAssurance@korea.army.mil. Students selected for attendance will be notified via e-mail no later than Feb. 20. Point of contact is GS12 David Sewell, RCIO-Korea IA Branch, DSN (315) 7232376, e-mail: email@example.com.
6th Signal Center hosts annual Facility Control Office Conference
The 6th Signal Center will host its annual Facility Control Office Conference at Camp Walker Feb. 26-27. All Army, Air Force, Navy personnel to include civilians and Korean Nationals are invited to attend. Attendees must have at least a Secret Security Clearance verified by their security managers. Exceptions will be made for Korean Nationals. For more information, contact any one of the following: Craig Rowan, 764-3923 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Brock, 764-3923 or email@example.com Alejo Quinata, 764-3902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cpl. Joseph Lee of the 55th Military Police Battalion on USAG-Casey, participates in Military Police vehicle driver’s training while Sgt. Kenneth Peterson, of the same Battalion directs using hand signals as Staff Sgt. Iakopo Samuelu instructs course participants during driver’s training held in the parking lot next to the 55th MP Battalion barracks. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
New driver’s training for MPs begins on Casey
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG- CASEY — More than 40 members of the 55th Military Police Battalion began three days of training aimed at teaching and improving their driving skills for police work Feb. 3 – 5. The course includes two days of classroom training and one day training in both daylight driving and night driving. The night driving skills included a focus on backing up, ground guiding, and identifying blind spots. The practical driving instruction included weaving courses and close parking and maneuvering skills. “We set the obstacle cones closer together for the weaving course because in Korea the streets and roads are narrower and require more skill to maneuver,” said Staff Sgt. Iakopo Samuelu, 55th MP Company Provost Marshall’s Office investigator and driving instructor. “Most of the time we train in an area where we can practice high speed driving skills honed for chasing suspects of crimes.” The training is in addition to training already in place for Soldiers who become Military Police at USAG-Casey. “When a platoon rotates to go on the road and do training, they will get three days of driver’s training prior to assuming road duties,” said Lt. Col. Hans Hunt, USAG-Casey Provost Marshall. “These MPs are getting ready to go on the road for the next six months doing law and order duties. When the next platoon comes on the road they will get the same training.” Instead of offering a standard ‘in house’ military police training course, Hunt brought in outside agencies from the USAGRed Cloud Safety Office and 2nd Infantry Division Safety Office to come in and train the MPs. “We are using the 94th MP Battalion training personnel and Provost Marshal Traffic and Operations section to come in and brief and explain the importance of drivers training, and the importance of maintaining control of your vehicle in all weather conditions,” Hunt said. Driving in Korea makes special demands on drivers. This special training includes learning to maneuver a military police vehicle in those circumstances. “Because we are required to travel off the installation, especially down American Alley in Bosandong, and we have to travel to Camp Stanley and USAG-Red Cloud and all throughout Area I, we want to make sure we are covering down on all conditions,” Hunt said. “We want to give them the most comprehensive training we can before they
go on the road.” The first two students to take the practical driving course were Sgt. Kenneth Peterson of 31 Bravo MPs and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army soldier, Cpl. Joseph Lee. “We train with rubber cones, but when we are out in the village patrolling, the spaces between the cars and the buildings are so tight it requires good training,” Peterson said. “Ground guiding is very important and that is where a lot of mishaps happen. You have to communicate with your driver and he must understand the signals you give him.” “I am taking this training so I can become a safer driver while working,” Lee said. “This training definitely gives us more confidence while driving and it enhances our abilities while driving at night. We have learned a lot about manuvering as well.”
Soldiers of HHC qualify at North Star Range
Pvt. Jung, Hyun Sik of Headquarter, Headquarters Company, zeros his M-16 rifle on North Star Range Feb. 4. Two dozen Soldiers participated in the qualifications for M-16 this month due to cancellations because of snow. Before qualifying, Soldiers had to make sure the aiming sights were zeroed in correctly. All but one qualified. Those who did not qualify this month will have another chance in March. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim Tae Hoon
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News & Notes
New! Mitchell’s Sunday Brunch Mitchell’s will offer Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. No reservations are required. For more information call: 732-8189/8211. 2009 Eighth Army BATAAN Road March Registration for the 2009 BATAAN Road March will be from 7-8:15 a.m. Feb. 21 in the Carey Fitness Center USAG-Casey. Race will begin 8:45 a.m. The event is open to active duty military personnel assigned to the 8th Army with a DEROS no sooner than April 4 2009. For more information call:725-5064. New Osan Bus Schedule The bus schedule changed to enhance passenger’s convenience and reflect the actual ridership. Main changes are: 11:30 p.m. bus routes for Friday, Saturday and U.S. holidays are eleminated. Osan Express will run twice daily from 9 a.m. leaving Casey arriving Red Cloud 9:40 a.m. and Osan at noon, 11 a.m. Casey 11:40 a.m. Red Cloud, 2 p.m. at Osan. Leaves Osan 3:30 p.m. to Red Cloud 4:20 p.m. and Casey 5:10 p.m. Leaves Osan 6:30 p.m. to Red Cloud 7:20 p.m. and Casey 8:10 p.m. For more information call: 738-3380. Why Catholic Facilitator’s Training The Why Catholic Facilitator’s Training will be held in the Yongsan Religious Retreat Center Feb. 20-22. For more information call: 732-6016. Ash Wednesday Services Ash Wednesday Services will be held Feb. 25 11:45 a.m. Camp Hovey, 11:45 a.m. Camp Stanley, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. USAG-Red Cloud, 7 p.m. USAG-Casey. For more information call: 732-8854. Spouses Orientation Program Dates The Spouses Orientation Program schedule dates are Feb. 24 for USAG-Casey, Feb. 17 at USAG-RC. Attendace is mandatory. For more information call: 732-7779. USAG-RC Physical Council Meeting The USAG-RC Physical Council meeting will take place in the Digital Conference Center USAG-Casey Mar. 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information call: 7306684. EEO/POSH Training Schedule EEO/POSH refresher training will be held in the FMWR classroom March 9 on USAG-Red Cloud and in the Digital Conference Center on USAG-Casey March 25. These courses are mandatory for all Dept. of the Army employees. For more information call: 732-6273. Army Career and Alumni Program Events The ACAP program will offer a retirement briefing Feb.19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ACAP classroom on Camp Mobile. For more information call: 730-4033. Mardi Gras 2009 Mardi Gras 2009 will be held in USAGCasey’s Gateway Park Feb. 21 beginning at noon. It will feature many events including: Cajun cook-off at the Gateway Club, Mardi Gras Parade on USASG-Casey Main Blvd. at 3 p.m.., Children’s Ragging Cajun Carnival with children’s games, face painting and a magic show. Evening events for adults begin at 6. p.m. For more information call: 732-7292.
Workshop teaches leadership to think outside the box
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RED CLOUD — The Civilian leadership on USAG-RC was treated to an unusual workshop Jan. 30 in Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s Club from Fred Meurer, Monterey, Calif. city manager. The unique challenges he faced while manager found him well prepared because of the challenges he faced as a garrison commander during his tenure with the Army. His experience includes being a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer, executive officer for the 8th Army engineers, Fort Ord Director of Engineering and Housing, a City Public Works director and city manager. The biggest share of his message was community collaboration and creative examination of the possible. “My whole purpose in life, as the city manager in Monterey, is to beat the status quo,” Meurer said. “I absolutely refuse to let the status quo beat me. I encourage you to take on the same attitude.” Meurer pointed out Red Cloud has similar commonality of interests as he did as city manager. For city managers objectives, especially since he needed to keep the Army fort in town, were to serve their citizens (which also included military members), be cost effective and keep their base open. The installation commander objectives are to serve Soldiers and Families, be cost effective and to accomplish operational missions. He also pointed out the differences city managers have in comparison with garrison commanders; namely, time horizons, public process, public theater, one boss versus five, seven, or more, regionalization and levels of oversight. A major resource for solving situations faced by both the garrison commander and city managers is to revise their thinking about joint endeavors with only other
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Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson (left) gives Fred Meurer his Commander’s Coin before the seminar began Jan. 30 in Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s Club. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham Department of Defense entities to include the community where they exist. When cutting budgets and money gets tight, Meurer relies on his Public Affairs personnel and their ability to get the word out to the workplace, which is vital to understanding the process. “My public affairs and community outreach person is with me continually,” Meurer said. “Every discussion I have, with my staff, or with the public, my PAO is with me to make sure the public understands what I have to say and making sure they are there to help the staff understand how to say what they need to say.” How to get feedback from customers and those affected by actions taken on services is vital, Meurer explained. For him, attaching customer surveys to each work order returned comments at a optimized rate of 15 percent. “The bottom line is: What you do not measure, you simply cannot improve,” Meurer said. The lessons learned are: be creative and collaborative, manage facilities as assets, not liabilities, allow local standards to prevail, ask what is to be done, not how. “Each party must recognize and satisfy the needs of the other,” Meurer said. “Do not move your risk to your partner, and respect each other’s situation.” The session closed with practical exercises using ideas learned from the seminar.
Aquatic PT program open for all in Area I
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RED CLOUD — Soldiers and Civilians now have a new choice for physical training and exercise regimens since Aqua PT has begun. The new program allows trainees to gain a more thorough exercise in a shorter amount of time than running or jogging would allow, explains Paul Henevich, USAG-RC aquatics specialist. “This type of exercise concentrates on the entire body, not just the legs or arms,” Henevich said. “The normal physical training Soldiers get gives their joints a lot of pounding. Aqua PT eliminates that type of injury.” Aqua PT was originally developed by the 1992 Olympic Training Committee. Henevich explained he drew from his experience with that committee in formulating the regimen offered by Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports as well as taking expert advice from 121 Hospital in Yongsan. The technique of Aqua PT brings along many benefits in contrast to the physical – See AQUATIC, Page 7 –
Soldiers work through Aqua PT drills as Paul Henevich, USAG-RC aquatics specialist calls out the pace. Aqua PT is not new to Area I, Henevich has offered it several times in the past eight years. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
FEBRUARY 13, 2009
UFC athletes teach Red Cloud Warriors new moves
Television fight stars give troops clinic in ultimate skills technique
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RED CLOUD — Soldiers were treated to learning new fighting skills from the best in the fight entertainment business Feb. 7 in the Red Cloud Physical Fitness Center. Members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship: Jorge Rivera, Krzysztof Soszynski and Mike Whitehead, instructed more than a dozen Soldiers how to use their unique fighting skills during a two-hour hands on session. “We are here to support the troops and give a little back because they do so much for us,” Whitehead said. “This is just a little token of our appreciation. We flew out to Korea and we have been going to all the different camps on the peninsula to put on little seminars, and to teach the troops a little of what we do. We hope to give them a morale booster and hang out with them for a while. I am glad they got out here and rolled around on the mats with us, and I hope they learned a thing or two.” And learn a thing or two they did said Pvt. Johnathon Fortier. I learned more techniques and more drills tonight. I know this will add to my combative skills. It is also good for our morale, being away from our families and all. This is good support; we need more morale boosters. “These fighters are the best,” said Sgt. Park, Sung Man. “They taught us a lot of good moves for our combat skills. I had a great time!” The UFC is based in the United States and is currently recognized as the largest mixed martial arts organization. It began as a single-event tournament to find the world’s best fighters without regard to their style. It began with a limited number of rules, but promoters advertised it as ‘no holds barred’ and contests were often violent and brutal. Early fights were more spectacle than sport until the organization adopted better rules and became sanctioned by state athletic commissions and marketed itself as a legitimate sporting event. They dropped the ‘no holds barred’ banner and advertise now as mixed martial arts.
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Ultimate fighter Mike Whitehead (left) gives instructions to Pvt. Johnathon Fortier (right) and Sgt. Park, Sung Man (bottom) on how to use Ultimate Fight techniques during a two hour clinic held in Red Cloud’s Physical Fitness Center Feb. 7. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Ultimate Fighters Krzysztof Soszynski (top) and Mike Whitehead (bottom) give troops demonstrations of ultimate fight techniques during a two hour clinic in the Red Cloud Fitness Center Feb. 7. To view these photos and more from the Morning Calm online, visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
training regimens Soldiers are already doing, Henevich said. “Aqua PT is a low to no impact workout,” Henevich said. “The Soldier gets the benefit of not having the pounding on the legs or knees, with no shin splints or lower back problems. It is a way of getting relief from pounding the pavement every day. It also targets the endurance of the athlete. Within two weeks the participant should see a difference in their run. They should feel more refreshed after a two- mile run than they normally do.” The more you push into the water, the harder the water pushes back, Henevich said. It definitely is a workout where the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
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There are parts of Aqua PT illustrated in the Army physical fitness manual, but it is not generally put into action by noncommissioned officers because most have not been trained with it. This situation may be because the Soldiers day is a very crowded workday and PT time does not always allow for the extra time it would take to get ready for Aqua PT. “Everything we do is on the clock,” Henevich said. “We allow minutes for rest and we have set times for the different Aqua aerobic exercises.” Henevich had many Soldiers ask how to exercise using Aqua techniques, so he developed a program with a specific regimen athletes could follow to enhance their physical fitness training.
One does not have to be a swimmer to participate in Aqua PT, Henevich said. Non swimmers are sometimes afraid to come to the Aqua PT workout because they do not know it does not involve swimming. “I came to Aqua PT to try something different from our daily workout,” said Sgt. 1st Class Corye Carrington. “My PT score is pretty good, so I really do not have to do this to improve; I just wanted to do something different in sports for enjoyment. This is more of a cardio-vascular type of workout, so I know it will improve my running and other workout activities. We should be doing this for morning PT more than once a week.” “I came to enhance my normal PT routine,” said Staff Sgt. Jose Cabrera. “I do
PT twice every day. I am always looking for more ideas to push my workout. I heard about Aqua PT and came out to try it. It is definitely worth the effort. This is a lot better than regular PT because it allows you to do more without damaging your joints.” “I heard this was a very good workout and good conditioning, so I came out for it,” said Capt. David Cornelius. “This will improve every Soldier’s PT skills and I highly recommend it.” Aqua PT sessions begin at the USAG-RC heated swimming pool at 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Aqua PT will start at the USAG-Casey Hanson Field House on Tuesday and Thursday this summer. For more information call the USAG-RC Swimming Pool: 732-6553.
Yongsan Fire Station tests new ways to save lives
By Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — T h e Yongsan Fire Station trained on a new set of equipment for responding to vehicle accidents then tested their life-saving capabilities during an exercise Feb. 3. The $650,000 acquisition comprised of advanced stabilizers for preventing crashed vehicles from moving and possibly causing more injuries, and a hydraulic rescue tool used for vehicle extrication nicknamed ‘Jaws of Life.’ “It gives us the capability to quickly open the vehicle up and take the vehicle off from around the person, versus taking the person off the vehicle, which is sometimes way easier,” said Harold Persons, assistant chief. “That greatly enhances our ability to save a person’s life, without actually causing further injuries.” Rescuers can use the Jaws for just about any situation from vehicle accidents to airplane or helicopter crashes. Different modules or attachments, such as the cutter, the spreader or the ram are available and that gives the unit more flexibility. Firefighters had familiarization training in the morning then ran an exercise using a disposable vehicle to get hands-on experience with the new tools. The firefighters first practiced using the stabilizers on a vehicle lying on its side then simulated a rescue operation by cracking open the car using the new Jaws. “We had old electronic tools for similar purposes, but the new hydraulic ones are far more powerful and easy to use,” said Yongsan firefighter Sok Jung-hoon. “These will really help us in our operations.” Yongsan Fire Chief Alex Temporado said the key feature of the new equipment is versatility. “We can respond to wider range of situations,” he said, “and improve effectiveness at saving lives.”
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Above: A Yongsan firefighter practices opening a wrecked vehicle with the new hydraulic ‘Jaws of Life’ during an exercise Feb. 3. Left: Firefighters learn the fundamentals of the new equipment before putting it to the test. — U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun
“That greatly enhances our ability to save a person’s life, without actually causing further injuries.”
Harold Persons USAG-Yongsan Assistant Fire Chief
Faces of Strength: Sgt. Jamin Bassette
By Sgt. Brandon Moreno Eighth U.S. Army Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The phrase “age is nothing more than a number” could quite possibly be used as a catch-phrase for 20-year-old Sgt. Jamin Bassette, the training room noncommissioned officer for the United Nations Command Honor Guard. He h a s s e r v e d j u s t o v e r t h r e e years in the military and earned two Army Commendation Medals and six Army Achievement Medals. He also accomplished induction into the legendary Sgt. Audie Murphy Club. Bassette started out as a mechanic, but not too long after working this job he decided it was time for a change and became an infantryman. It was his switch from working in the motor pool to practically living in the field that eventually brought him to the NCOs who would enable him to be the leader he’s become today. “Before I came to Korea I was stationed at the National Training Center in California,” he said. “When I would screw up, my NCOs would have me study an
Army Regulation and write a report on it instead conducting some form of physical training. I believe this corrective training is what really prepared me in the future for the boards I would attend.” Although it was punishment and might be considered unconventional by some, it eventually contributed to his induction into the storied Sgt. Audie Murphy Club. What this corrective training also contributed to was Bassette's two consecutive wins at the NCO of the Quarter board. “Beyond just knowing the text book answers, it was also my leaders and my own personal experiences in the Army that enabled me,” Bassette said. “The Sgt. Audie Murphy board was no joke. I remember they asked me questions like, ‘How would you react if one of your Soldiers pulled a knife on another Soldier?’ They really wanted to see if you had the kind of leadership skills you can't learn from reading a regulation." After talking about his own experiences, he took some time to reflect on his own personal beliefs pertaining to leadership and gave future leaders a word or two of advice. “If you have great NCOs learn everything
you can from them, they are what make and break you in this Army,” he said. “The Army makes a big deal about the NCO Education System and professional development schools, and don't get me wrong they're great, but that's not what makes a leader." Bassette said he thinks what makes a
leader is apprenticeship. "I truly believe you have to start as a junior Soldier in order to become a leader," he said. "As a junior Soldier, learn as much as you can from your NCOs. In the end they will only help you to develop as a Soldier and a leader." These ideas and leadership skills are reflected in his Soldiers. One Soldier in particular is following is his footsteps. “One of my Soldiers, Pfc. Shawn Coleman, was recently named the Soldier of the Quarter,” Bassette said. “When he went to the board, I remember he was asked to describe subjects like the chain of command in his words and his responses were what we would call infantry answers. Although the board members thought some of the answers were funny, they knew they came from a place of true understanding and confidence." In the future, Bassette will take his knowledge and skills and put them to the test when he competes in the 8th U.S. Army NCO of the year competition. If all go goes well, he will continue on to the Department of the Army Level to compete for the title of NCO of the Year.
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News & Notes
Need Information? New in Korea? Feeling Lost? Have questions that need answers? Army Community Service wants to help. Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. stop by the Dragon Hill Lodge Market Square to meet the ACS Outreach representatives to get your questions answered and learn about what is happening in the Yongsan community. For information, call 738-7123. SAHS Band Performance There will be a free, Seoul American High School Band Performance 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Moyer Theatre, Building 2259. For information, call 723-3266. FRG Meeting A Family Readiness Group meeting is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24 at Balboni Theatre. Learn about NEO and how to fill out your packet! Listen to a short briefing about Suicide Prevention and hear from our Special Troops Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Colyer. Families from all services are welcome. For information, call 02-6355-4143. Appreciation Night The Main Post Club is having Korean employee KATUSA/ROK Soldier Appreciation Night Feb. 26. There will be free snacks and T-shirts while supplies last. For information, call 723-5678. Karaoke Night Enjoy Karaoke Night at the Uptown Lounge in Main Post Club 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Participants can win $25 cash! For information, call 723-5678. Free Movies Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation wants you to know that a visit to the cinema is on them. Just show your ID card at the USAG-Yongsan Movie Theater to get in for free. Enjoy your benefits from FMWR. For information, call 738-5254. Veterinary Clinic Renovation The Veterinary Clinic is currently under extensive renovation. During this facility upgrade, the clinic will remain open and provide full service clinic vaccinations and sick call appointments only. No surgery appointments will be available at this time. Renovations are projected to be completed by February 2009. For information, call 738-4257. Fun With Clay Join “Fun with Clay” at K-16 Air Base Arts and Crafts Center 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. There is a $3 fee for materials. For information, call 741-6923. Interactive Customer Evaluation ICE allows DoD customers to rate products and services provided by DoD offices and facilities worldwide. Your comment card ratings are used to improve the products and services available to you. The ICE website is at http://ice.disa.mil Request Publicity If you are an authorized private organization, military unit or agency, we can publicize your event. Go to the Garrison Web site to fill out a request form at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil/publicity. asp. We’re here for you! Yongsan community members can find answers and help at during the tax season at Moyer Community Activities Center, Room 113.
Preparing for the 2008 Tax Season
By Capt. Minna M. Oh Yongsan Tax Center YONGSAN GARRISON — Thanks to all the tax documents arriving in the mail, you’ve probably realized that tax season has arrived. Although the filing deadline is months away, now is the time to start gathering the documents and information you need to prepare your tax returns. Fortunately, the YTC is here to help. Helpful Hints: Verify the name and number on your Social Security card. 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 returnsand therefore delayed refunds. This is a particular problem for taxpayers who have recently married or divorced. Inform the Social Security Administration of any name changes by completing the SS-5 application, which is available at the Social Security Administration website. If you wish to have your tax return prepared at the Yongsan Tax Center, you must bring Social Security cards for yourself, your spouse and your dependent family members. If you are married filing separately, you need to communicate with your spouse and verify the name and number on your spouse’s Social Security card. The conversation may be uncomfortable, but it will save you from a rejected return or a second trip to the YTC. Servicemembers are the only taxpayers who may provide their military identification instead of their Social Security card. ALL others must provide a Social Security card. Gather your tax documents. Most of your
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tax documents should be available as of the date of this article. For those of you who are new to filing tax returns, the documents you most likely need are IRS Forms W-2 and 1099. Your W-2 indicates how much income you made 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. If you are able to access your account online, you may be able to obtain your 1099s online as well. Know the amount of your 2008 economic stimulus payment. This is a NEW requirement from the Internal Revenue Service. You must know the amount of the economic stimulus payment you received last year. If you do not know the amount, you can find it online, or call 1-866-2342942. You will need to provide your filing status, SSN, and number of exemptions. Find a way for both you and your spouse to sign your tax return. If you and your spouse wish to file jointly but cannot both be present during the preparation of your tax return, 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. Another option you have is to sign both your name and your spouse's name using a power of attorney. To sign both your names you can use IRS Form 2848 or request a special power of attorney from the Client Legal Services Division, located in Community Services Building (B-4106), Room 229, South Post, U.S. Army Garrison - Yongsan. Locate your bank routing and account numbers. If you expect a refund and wish
to have your refund deposited directly into your bank account, bring a voided check with your bank’s routing and account numbers. You can also find this information online at MyPay. 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 the exemption and credits, you must have written evidence of your entitlement. Provide your divorce decree or separation agreement, or ask the custodial parent to grant you the entitlement by signing IRS Form 8332 and sending it to you. The YTC is open through April 24. The YTC is open for either appointments or walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from noon-4 p.m. on Thursdays. The YTC is also open on an appointment basis on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The YTC is closed Sundays, U.S. federal holidays and training holidays. The services of the YTC are available to active duty military members and their qualifying dependents, all Department of Defense Civilian Employees and their qualifying dependents, retired military members and their qualifying dependents; mobilized reserve component service members; and DOD contractors with a valid Letter of Accreditation or a contract that expressly entitles them to tax preparation services. For more information, call 723-7887 or stop by tax center at the Moyer Community Activities Center, Room 113.
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Hannam Village residents meet with garrison officials to discuss concerns during a town hall meeting Feb 3. — U.S. Army photo by Steven Morgan
Garrison leaders meet with Hannam residents
By Steven Morgan USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON —About 30 Hannam Village residents gathered at the new community room 6 p.m. Feb. 3 for a town hall meeting. The leased housing area, located a couple miles from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, is a government family housing area for junior enlisted and officers. “We wanted to meet so that we could address concerns residents have about the renovation project or anything else,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. “Your feedback is extremely important to us.” T h e K o r e a Na t i o n a l H o u s i n g Corporation is investing millions of dollars into a project to completely renovate the Hannam Village Towers. One concern residents brought up was about safety around the construction areas. “The contractor has set up fences and barriers to keep people out of harm's way, but your part in this is to keep a closer watch on your children,” Hall said. “We do not want any accidents.” The meeting lasted less than an hour, but many other topics were discussed such as the commissary operating hours, turning fire alarms off more quickly and the possibility of a new shuttle bus stop. “Remember, you have a voice. If some of these issues are not resolved or if you have other issues, just go the Web site,” Hall said. “Click on the Commander’s Hotline button, fill out the form and send it in. You'll get an immediate response, but most importantly, we will work your issue.” Hall said as part of the Army Family Covenant, “ We are committed to providing our Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.”
Garrison meets with local business leaders
By Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs SEOUL — Garrison officials met with Itaewon Bar Owner’s Association representatives Feb. 5 to pledge stronger cooperation. Members of the association are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for their clientele, said Garrison Community Relations Officer An Chang-sin. “This includes zero tolerance for prostitution, underage drinking, and illegal drugs,” he said. “The Association has pledged to report such behavior to the appropriate garrison officials.” Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall and members of his staff discussed details of the effort before signing a formal memorandum of agreement. Recently changes in curfew hours for U.S. Forces Korea personnel have resulted in increased vigilance by U.S. military police. Yongsan officials agreed that vigilance is the key and
Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall (right) and Itaewon Bar Owner’s Association President Yoo Won-soon sign a memorandum of understanding Feb. 5. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Keun-woo
emphasized that this must be a group effort. “We understand your concerns, and our MPs will do all they can within their means to encourage a safer environment,” Hall said. “The responsibility must be shared.” The association offered to make site visits to determine which establishments are legal and safe for Soldiers to visit. The agreement was signed by Hall and Itaewon Bar Owner's Association President Yoo Won-soon. “Today is a great day,” Hall said. “This sort of active cooperation between the garrison and local representatives is emblematic of the strong Korean-American alliance.” “It is fortunate that we have a chance to share our concerns and cooperate with garrison officials,” Yoo said. “Not only is this good for our businesses, but on a grander scope of things, it’s crucial to friendships between Americans and Koreans. I believe it is the responsibility of us all to be good neighbors.”
Suzy Purcell spends much of her time volunteering for the Seoul American Middle School. She was also nominated for the USAG-Yongsan Volunteer of the Quarter for the 1st quarter. Where does this volunteer work? Suzy works at Seoul American Middle School What does she do? She is the PTO President and a parent volunteer in other capacities. She organized the “Dawg House” which provides hot, healthy snacks during the daily Nutrition Break How many hours per week? She works eight or more hours per week. What impact does she have? Soul American Middle School is a leader in academic and extracurricular programs in the Pacific Area. The PTO is the primary reason why many achievements are made possible and Suzy is the PTO. She has a great sense of humor and is fun to be with either working or just chatting. If someone else drops a ball, Suzy is always there to pick it up and make sure PTO projects and initiatives go forward in order to support the students. Why does she volunteer? Suzy is a very intelligent, well educated, energetic person who obviously wants to make a contribution - otherwise the energy
and attention to detail she provides to the school would not be possible. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Yongsan, call the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan volunteer coordinator at 7387510 or the American Red Cross at 738-3670.
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oncommissioned officers are the backbone of the United States Army. The contributions of our NCOs are worthy of recognition. That’s why the Army declared 2009 the “Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.” You don’t have to go far to see the heroes we have working right here at USAG-Yongsan. One such NCO is featured this week as a “Faces of Strength” in the Morning Calm newspaper and garrison website. He is 20-year-old Sgt. Jamin Bassette, from the United Nations Command Honor Guard right here on Yongsan. Sergeant Bassette has been in the Army for just over three years. He has earned two Army Commendation Medals and six Army Achievement Medals. He was also recently inducted into the Army’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. Read more about Sgt. Bassette and learn about the leadership traits of successful NCOs. I also encourage you to take a moment and visit the Army’s web site honoring NCOs. There, you’ll find out how NCOs have been celebrated for “decorated service in military events ranging from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, to charges on Omaha Beach and battles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, to current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Year of the NCO
At t h e 2 0 0 8 A s s o c i a t i o n o f t h e United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Secretary of the A r m y Pe t e Ge re n a n n o u n c e d t h a t 2 0 0 9 w o u l d b e t h e “ Ye a r Of T h e Noncommissioned Officer.” “At the front of every Army mission in the United States or overseas, you’ll find a noncommissioned officer,” he said. “They know their mission, they know their equipment, but most importantly, they know their Soldiers.” Our NCO Corps is second to none. They lead by example and accomplish tough missions. It is fitting for us as a community to honor our NCOs for all their hard work and dedication to duty. At Yo n g s a n , we w i l l h o n o r o u r NCO Corps with a special 5K fun run Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Collier Field House. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the run will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Seoul USO has graciously agreed to sponsor the event. There will be special T-shirts with the Year of the NCO logo for people who finish the run. Please come out and join the fun. We expect to have quite a crowd. The NCO Corps is a national treasure. Join me in honoring our Soldiers who have stepped up to the plate and decided to lead. Hooah!
Year of the NCO: Featuring Sgt. Jamin Bassette
Sergeant Jamin Bassette, (left) United Nations Command Honor Guard, speaks with a fellow Soldier. To learn more about Bassettt, read “Faces of strenght” on page 9 or visit the garrison website at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil — U.S. Army photos by Sgt.
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Army News For commanders who are launching sexual harassment and assault prevention programs at the battalion level, help is on the way. The Army’s newly restructured Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Office began distributing “I. A.M. Strong” (Intervene, Act, Motivate) sexual assault prevention information kits to all Army commanders in February. The intent of the “I. A.M. Strong” kits is to provide commanders materials that promote Soldier awareness of the “I. A.M. Strong” campaign, and that promote the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The kits contain a Commander’s Guide, Leader’s How-To Guide, brochures and wallet cards for each Soldier, a DVD, poster series, and banners. The DVD portrays real victims and real accounts of sexual assault from female Soldiers. “Personal involvement of all leaders and soldiers is necessary for successful prevention efforts,” said Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins III, the Army G-1’s Director of Human Resources Policy. “All leaders, military and Army Civilian, must maintain an environment that rejects sexual assault and attitudes and behaviors that promote such acts.” Hawkins says the “I. A.M Strong” kits give leaders and Soldiers the tools they need to ensure each individual understands their role in combating this crime.
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Scouting Round-up for Korea Region
Boy Scouts of America Korea District, Far East Council
Boy Scouts of America Feb. 16 District Bowl-a-thon, Yongsan Lanes (Cub Scouts) Feb. 20-22 Klondike Derby, Camp Long (Boy Scouts) Main event Feb. 21, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nine events of Iditarod sled race, winter survival, first aid, “turkey shoot” with hatchet/knife throws, Crazy Horse Stew, etc. Camp fire with skits/songs that night. Awards Feb. 22 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. District Boy Scout competitions. For additional information visit the Korea District online at http://www.koreabsa.org or http://www.youtube.com/koreabsa Girl Scouts of America Cookie Sales: Every weekend from through Feb. 28 - Yongsan Main PX, Yongsan Commissary, South Post Shopette Feb. 16 USA Girl Scouts Overseas Adult Volunteers - Good Neighbor Program with Girl Scouts of Korea - training class for young university students who will become future Girl Scout leaders in their elementary schools. This is the second meeting. We had them in October for Outdoor I, II, III training. During this session we will be discussing non-traditional holidays on both the US and ROK side, making crafts suitable for elementary age Scouts and preparing a simple lunch at the GS Hut, B-4257, on South Post, Yongsan. Send us your Scouting events schedule! Are you a Scouting leader? If yes, tell us what your are doing and we will run it in the paper. Send your submissions to email@example.com
Battalions set to receive sexual assault prevention information kits
After the initial distribution of kits is completed, commanders will be able to order replacement kit items through an on-demand replenishment website. Battalion-level sexual harassment and assault prevention programs are part of an Army-wide effort over the next five years to change Army culture to encourage reporting of incidents and stamp out sexual assault within its ranks. In 2007, the number of sexual assaults in the Army was twice that of its sister services. The program intends to ensure a cultural about-face: to transform Army climate and become the model for the nation in prevention of sexual harassment and assault. The Secretary of the Army approved the reorganization of the Department of the Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, now called the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Division, which has assumed the Prevention of Sexual Harassment missions formerly run by Army Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity offices to prevent duplication of efforts and resources. “We’re on the offensive to stop the crime of sexual assault before it even happens,” said Nathan F. Evans, Army Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention program and policy analyst. More information on the Army’s sexual harassment and assault response and prevention program may be found visiting www.preventsexualassault.army.mil.
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presented after dinner to the KSC members and U.S Soldiers to honor and acknowledge outstanding individual performances. “As we know certain things go together; bulgogi and rice, chicken and beer, burgers and fries, and Republic of Korea and United States. Katchi Kapshida” said Parker. The KSC has a rich and proud history that began in 1950. During the war, the KSC played a vital role in providing combat service support to United Nations and Republic of Korea forces. Today, the members of KSC contribute to military readiness by performing combat support and combat service support functions for the U.S. Army. In addition to their armistice missions, individual KSCs train to be ready for mobilization and war.
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Eighth Army hosts Annual Korean Service Corps Dinner
Pvt. 1st Class Kim Kuan Min 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs The ceremony began with the command Chaplain’s prayer followed by a toast dedicated to honor and acknowledge both the U.S. Soldiers and KSC members for their outstanding performances during a ceremony Jan. 30. Lt. Col. Charles N. Parker Jr., battalion commander of the United States Army Korean Service Corps, gave a speech where he emphasized the work of the KSC members and the sacrifices they made to strengthen the U.S. Army and Republic of South Korea Army Alliance. Following his remarks, dinner was served while the 8th U.S. Band gave a performance. Awards were
Military postal news you can use...
Misuse of Military Postal Service privileges
Special to the Morning Calm The most common occurrence of misuse of Military Postal Service privileges by individuals is using the MPS for business or commercial purposes or for serving as intermediaries (mailing and receiving items) for persons or organizations not authorized MPS privileges. The scenarios just described are considered by the Department of Defense as misuse of MPS privileges and can result in limiting, suspending, or revocation of MPS privileges. Typically, this type of misuse is committed by individuals operating a home business and unaware of the prohibition in full detail. Approval for operating a home enterprise on a DoD installation is the installation commander however, using the MPS to support that home enterprise in any way is prohibited by the Department of Defense. The DoD pays over $24 million annually in mail transportation costs to move mail for DoD personnel and their families stationed overseas. Using the MPS to advertise a home business, sell merchandise, or conduct business for commercial purposes is prohibited. The resale prohibition applies whether sale is to authorized MPS users or not, and regardless of the beneficiary of the proceeds, i.e. charitable organizations or non-appropriated fund activities. Postmasters who suspect misuse or abuse of the MPS privileges will notify the suspected customer and warn them in writing that they are violating DoD policy and further abuse of the MPS could result in withdrawal of MPS privileges. Subsequent suspected misuse or abuse of MPS will be referred to unit and garrison leadership. To find out additional details on operating a home business contact your local garrison command. For further questions and guidance concerning misuse of the MPS or any other postal related questions please contact the postal officer of your local post office or the 8th Army Postal Operations Division at DSN 724-3003. PHILLIP M. WEAVER Dir, Postal Operations Division EUSA ACofS G1-POD
Be vigilant: Work-At-Home scams
Courtesy of USFK Public Affairs Consumers need to be vigilant when seeking employment online. The IC3 continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to work-at-home scams. Victims are often hired to “process payments,” “transfer funds,” or “reship products.” These job scams involve the victims receiving and cashing fraudulent checks, transferring illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receiving stolen merchandise and shipping it to the criminals. Other victims sign up to be a “mystery shopper,” receiving fraudulent checks with instructions to cash the checks and wire the funds to “test” a company’s services. Victims are told they will be compensated with a portion of the merchandise or funds. Work-at-home schemes attract otherwise innocent individuals, causing them to become part of criminal schemes without realizing they are engaging in illegal behavior. Job scams often provide criminals the opportunity to commit identity theft when victims provide their personal information, sometimes even bank account information, to their potential “employer.” The criminal/ employer can then use the victim’s information to open credit cards, post on-line auctions, register websites, etc., in the victim’s name to commit additional crimes. If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint by visiting www.ic3.gov.
Feb. 13 - 19
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
Taken (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 8:30 p.m. Cadillac Records (R) 7 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 6:30 p.m. Taken (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 1 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 3:30 p.m. Taken (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 7 p.m.
Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 6:30 p.m. Cadillac Records (R) 8:30 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 1 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m. Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 3:30 p.m. Taken (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. Taken (PG13) 7p.m.
Taken (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
Yes Man (PG13 ) 7:30 p.m.
Soul Men (R) 7 p.m.
Taken (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Bedtime Stories (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 7 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 7 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 7 p.m.
Gran Torino (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Gran Torino (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Bride Wars (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 6 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.
Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 1 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 3:30 / 9:30 p.m.
Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 3:30 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 3:30 p.m. Notorious (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Seven Pounds (PG13) 7 p.m.
Soul Men (R) 7 p.m.
Soul Men (R) 7 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m. Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 9 p.m. Delgo (PG) 9 p.m. Saw V (R) 7 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Transporter 3 (R) 6:30 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 7 p.m.
Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 7 p.m.
Transporter 3 (PG13) 7 p.m.
Saw V (R) 7 p.m.
Taken (PG13) 7 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m. Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 9 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Madagascar 2 (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m. Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 9 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Madagascar 2 (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Transporter 3 (PG13) 7 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.
Tale of Desperaeux (PG ) 7 p.m.
Tale of Desperaeux (PG) 3 / 5:30 p.m. Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 4 / 7 p.m. Four Christmases (PG13) 4 / 7 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 3 / 5:30 p.m. Day the Earth Stood Still (PG13) 4 / 7 p.m. Four Christmases (PG13) 4 / 7 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 7 / 9 p.m. Role Models (R) 7 p.m. Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 6 p.m.
Cadillac Records (R) 7 / 9 p.m. Role Models (R) 7 p.m. Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
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Area II Worship Schedule
Memorial Chapel Worship Services are relocating through Feb. 29. For more information, call Memorial Chapel at 725-8182/4076 or the Religious Support Office, 738-3011.
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Wednesday Gospel Sunday Wednesday Thurday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1130 1100 1230 1800 1900 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Protestant Sunday School-Coffee House Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Bible Study-Coffee House Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Gospel Bible Study Stanley Chapel Gospel Practice Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
NOTE: Services will be held in the Super Gym until further notice.
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday Wednesday 1100 1100 1100 1300 1800 1900 1730 1900 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel (Bible Study) Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Suwaon Air Base Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Collective Sunday 0800 0930 0930 1100 1030 1100 Hospital Chapel (Liturgical) Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel (Korean) Hannam Chapel Hospital Chapel (Episcopal/Luthern) K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Multi Purpose Training Facility South Post Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
Contemporary Sunday 1000 Gospel 1200 Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday 0930 United Pentecostal (UPCI) Sunday 1500 KATUSA Thursday Episcopal Sunday Mass Sunday 1830 1000
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, avi.weiss@korea. army.mil, 723-6707
For information, contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, avi.weiss@korea. army.mil, 723-6707
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Orthodox Service 1st and 2nd Sundays Later Day Saints Sunday
1130 0900 1215 0930 1000 1400
Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel Old Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
0800 1130 1700 1205 1205 0900 1900 South Post Chapel Mass suspended for two Sundays South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
West Casey Chapel
Saturday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: firstname.lastname@example.org, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose: email@example.com, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: email@example.com, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal: firstname.lastname@example.org , 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: Anthony.email@example.com, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Maj.) Fredrick Garcia: email@example.com, 732-6169 Red Cloud Chaplain (Capt.) Mario Rosario: Mario.firstname.lastname@example.org, USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley: Eddie.email@example.com, 764-5455 Chaplain (Maj.) Edward Martin: Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-8004
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EUSA basketball championships
men’s Division Camp Eagle, 73 USAG-Daegu, 70 Women’s Division USAG-Yongsan, 44 USAG-Daegu, 39
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USAG-hUmphREyS — Listed are the championship game results for the 2009 Eighth U.S. Army Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship held at USAGHumphreys Feb. 5-7. Download the photos from www.flickr.com/imcomkorea.
men’s Division (Over 33) USAG-Red Cloud, 55 USAG-Yongsan, 47 — U.S. Army photos by Mike Mooney and Ken Hall
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NEWS Magazine wants Soldiers’ photos
to the right, leading a reader to open the magazine. She said that photos that don’t make the cover but are still good, dynamic images will run in one or two photo features this summer. According to McLeroy, "Soldiers" has already received an image that will probably be used on the May cover. It's a studio shot that fits with memorial stories often run in that month's issue, focusing on Memorial Day. But that doesn't mean the search for a great cover photo is over. This is a contest with more than one winner. McLeroy said she'd really like multiple outstanding photos she can use for several issues during the summer. Participants should include both their contact information and their supervisors' names and contact information with their submissions. Winners will receive a copy of the magazine and McLeroy said she would send letters of appreciation to their supervisors. The television show “Army Wives,” also plans to use issues of the magazine as set dressing through August, so McLeroy said cover winners could find their images on TV. To submit, send images to email@example.com.
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Army News f Soldiers have a good photograph, “Soldiers Magazine,” the Army’s official magazine, wants to see it. The magazine has launched its first “Of Soldiers, By Soldiers” cover photo contest, running through April 21. “We really want to highlight Soldiers and their abilities in the magazine,” said Editor Carrie McLeroy. She added that Soldiers should be both behind the camera and in the shots. They can be from both the active and reserve components, as well as veterans, but they don't have to be professional Army photographers. Each Soldier is limited to one submission. The photos can be of anything: Soldiers in the field, downrange, training, garrison life, even off-duty or studio shots. Any photos taken in theater or of sensitive training must be cleared by Soldiers’ commands prior to submission. All photos must be in focus and at least five by seven inches at 300 dots per inch. If Soldiers would like their photos to be considered for the cover, McLeroy said they should submit vertical, right-facing photos. That means the action in the photo should aim to the right or the person should be looking
week, eight workshops discussed 64 new issues and two were picked at each workshop after deliberation. This means 16 new issues will enter into the Department of Army AFAP process and will be assigned to members of Army staff, who will develop an Action Plan and ultimately resolve the issue.” “The top five are just a sub-section of the 16 that were brought into the AFAP by delegate prioritization,” said Brooks. “They are just like the other 11 entered into AFAP, the only difference is that the top five will be on the June 2009 AFAP GOSC (General Officer Steering Committee) agenda to identify the actions and plans to resolve them.” The General Officer Steering Committee took 23 of the 75 of the active issues (GOSC meets two times a year with twntyfive of the issues reviewed each time) to decide the status for each issue: Completed, Unattainable, or Active. Attendees at the meeting included senior officials from the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and representatives from Army
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Staff and Army commands. The GOSC closed nine (seven were completed and two were unattainable) and concurred with entering two OCONUS issues into the AFAP. Following the conclusion of the conference, the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff will post a summary of the meeting at Army OneSource, on the AFAP page. At the conference opening session, Geren thanked the delegates for “… bringing these issues up as you have over the last 25 years (and) making sure your voices are heard. I thank you for making the greatest contribution to the cause of freedom. Our nation owes you a great debt,” Geren said. "The Army of today doesn't look like the Army of 1973 in so many ways. You have helped to make the Army work for Families.” If you’d like to get involved in improving the quality of life for Soldiers and Families, contact your local Family Programs or Army Community Service office to learn how to participate in AFAP.
photograph available to the media that provides a professional head and shoulder view of the Soldier with individual achievements. Personal photos have been used in the media to identify Soldiers, and inappropriate or grainy photos do not accurately reflect the professionalism of the Army or the Soldier. Having an official photograph on file for all Soldiers would ensure Soldiers are portrayed in a dignified and respectful manner. The recommendation sent to Army leadership is to mandate a professionalquality official or semi-official head and shoulder photograph for all Soldiers.
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impacts Soldier medical readiness and the health of Family members and retirees. The recommendations to Army leadership were to expedite staffing of military, civilian, and contracted medical providers to support prioritized needs as identified by the MTF Commander, and to implement new strategies for recruiting and retaining medical providers for MTFs.
Availability of Standardized Respite Care for Wounded Warrior Caregivers
Standardized respite care is not available to all Wounded Warrior caregivers. The lack of availability exists due to inconsistencies in areas such as: information, reimbursement, policy, personnel, and location. Caregivers of Wounded Warriors commonly suffer burn-out and compassion fatigue. A Soldier’s ability to sustain activities of daily living is directly associated with the well-being of the caregiver. The lack of availability of standardized respite care for these caregivers jeopardizes the caregiver’s stability and negatively affects the recovery of his/her Soldier. AFAP delegates forwarded a recommendation to Army leadership to provide uniform availability of standardized respite care to all caregivers of Wounded Warriors. The Army staff will identify the actions/plans necessary to determine how these issues are resolved, and ensure those actions take place if it can. AFAP issues require an average of three years to resolve. Many require policy changes at the Department of the Army or Department of Defense level, and some issues require legislative changes in order to come to a resolution. The GOSC meets two times a year to review the progress and status of current AFAP issues.
Secure Accessible Storage for Soldiers in Barracks
A significant number of Soldiers residing in barracks lack sufficient secure, accessible storage for their Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment and personal items. The quantity and size of required issue items has increased dramatically due to personal safety items issued for deployments. Though newly constructed billets include accessible storage areas, the vast majority of existing barracks still lack this essential capability. Lack of sufficient secure accessible storage outside the Soldiers’ authorized living space negatively affects their quality of life by forcing them to live in overcrowded conditions. The AFAP delegates recommended to Army leadership that the garrisons provide secure, accessible storage space for Soldiers’ OCIE in a location separate from living space.
Sung Nam Golf Club maintenance
Sung Nam Golf Club will replace elements of the heating unit. During this time period the current heating system will be shut down. Except for in the pro shop and administration offices, the building will be unheated. The following areas will be shut down through Feb. 22 (scheduled completion date): Men’s and Ladies locker rooms and showers. Please retrieve needed items from your lockers; Clubhouse toilets will be shut off. Please use the facilities at the #1 Snack Bar; Restaurant and Bar will be closed. #1 Snack Bar will open for Breakfast and Lunch. The Snack Bar and Pro Shop will remain open. Please check in as normal in the Pro Shop. Please plan to change before arriving to play golf, as there will not be any access to the locker rooms at this time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Shortages of Medical Providers in Military Treatment Facilities
Demand for healthcare exceeds provider availability in MTFs. The Army’s projected growth will increase this demand. Statutes limit salaries, incentives, and contracts, limiting the effective recruiting and retention of medical providers. The lack of providers affects timeliness of medical services, and
MWR Yung Joc performances
Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Chinhae Naval Base, Duffy’s, 7 p.m. Osan Air Base, TBD
Feb. 26 Feb. 27
USAG-Humphreys, Tommy D’s, 8 p.m. USAG-Casey, Reggie’s, 7 p.m.
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Year of the NCO
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
back of the crowd that didn’t say anything, but when she became a Noncommissioned Officer, there was no way she could be like that anymore. “You have got to be out there in the action, and be able to tell your Soldiers what they’re doing,” she said. Session got her chance early in her Army career to overcome her fear of speaking in front of groups of people at a place and time provided daily as part of the Army’s regular duty day. “My platoon sergeant would put me in front of the platoon every day, early in the morning during physical training to help me get over my speaking issue, and it took me about a month to work it out,” she said. Session says her biggest challenge while serving in the Noncommissioned Officer ranks is adjusting to the routines of each new duty location and environment. “I came here from Fort Hood, and the operational tempo is different here and I’ve had to make some adjustments to make sure I was in pace with the mission at USAGHumphreys,” she said. “The tempo is fast here and we’re always on the move and as an NCO, you should think four or five steps ahead.” Through her Family, Session had the support and encouragement to inspire her to enlist in the Army. Now approaching the end of her first decade of Army service, there are days when Session – like many Soldiers – still have a tough time waking up after long mission hours the night before. But Session has a remedy for the tough times, not back home in Virginia, but right here in Korea. “There are times when I don’t know how I’ll get up in the morning, but when
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‘You should think four or five steps ahead’
USAG-HUMPHREYS — “Be all you can be in the Army.” It’s one of many U.S. Army Recruiting Command campaign messages that have caught the attention of the American television viewing audience for decades. For thousands of American Families, it’s been the calling of generations to serve. Planning ahead is something Staff Sgt. Lakisha Session, an ammunition specialist with the 52nd Ordnance Company, got an early start at in what has been a way of life for her Family for generations. “I was in Junior ROTC in high school, and would wear the green uniform once a week and my dad and my uncle always told me I would be a great Soldier,” said Session. “There is a heavy military population in the area of Virginia that I am from, and joining the Army after high school just felt right to me.” That was eight years ago, and Session has taken on every challenge the Army has given her to maximize her potentials. But one obstacle Session faced early in her career is as an aspect the Army is famous for bringing out the best in its Soldiers. “It wasn’t the physical, tactical, or technical parts of my Army training that worried me during my early years in the Army,” she said. “For me, it was learning how to get up and stand and talk in front of people. If you told Soldiers that know me today that I had a tough time getting up and talking in front of people, they wouldn’t believe it.” Session said she used to be a person in the
Staff Sgt. Lakisha Session, 52nd Ordnance Co. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall my son looks at me, and says ‘you’re the greatest, mom – you’re in the Army,’ I believe anything is possible, and it’s important for other single-mothers like me who may be new to the Army to not be afraid of the challenges we face as Soldiers because we train through the adjustment periods and achieve our potentials in time.”
Top Soldier culinarians recognized for themes, displays
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — Soldiers throughout Korea regularly challenge themselves to provide the best dining experience for thousands of troops living thousands of miles from home. Recently, USAG-Humphreys held competitions to decide the best dining facility theme, and best culinary arts display for Thanksgiving Day, 2008, and Culinarian of the 1st Quarter, 2009. USAG-Humphreys commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr. presented category winners awards during a ceremony here Monday. The results of the Best DFAC Theme and Best Culinary Arts Display are: • Large Category Serving Headcount 500 or more: Best Theme and Originality, 194th CSSB DFAC Best Culinary Arts Display/Garnishment, 3-2nd ADA Bn. DFAC • Medium Category Serving Headcount 351 or more: Best Theme and Originality, 2nd CAB
Soldier culinarians were recognized for their excellent performance results during an award ceremony at USAG-Humphreys Feb. 9. BOSS program members were selected as judges for the competition, scoring each category on a point system. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall DFAC Best Culinary Arts Display/Garnishment, 501st MI Bde. DFAC • Small Category Serving Headcount 350 or less: Best Theme and Originality, Camp Long DFAC and 249th MP Det. DFAC (Tie) Best Culinary Arts Display/Garnishment, 1-2 AVN Bn. DFAC The results of the Culinarian of the Quarter Board, 1st Quarter 2009 are: • Specialist (P) through Staff Sergeant Category: First place - Staff Sgt. John Yi, HHB, 3-2nd ADA Bn. Second place - Spc. Edward Benton, HQ Service Co., 532nd MI Bn. • Pr i v a t e t h r o u g h S p e c i a l i s t Category: First place - Spc. Jeremy Bringier, HHB, 3-2 ADA Bn. Second place - Pfc. Gina Amghini, 602nd ASB.
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News & Notes
Tobacco Cessation Program Area III Health Promotion is offering monthly tobacco cessation classes Wednesdays from 10 until 11:30 a.m. This program is free to participants. To register contact Jean Dumoulin at 753-7657 or firstname.lastname@example.org. February is American Heart Month Humphreys American School Parent Teacher Student Organization, USAG-Humphreys School Liaison Services and the 65th Medical Brigade Area III Health Promotions are hosting the following activities for heart health awareness: Feb. 13: Move 4 Heart activities at HAS 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 18: Heart health awareness class middle teen program at YS 4:30 - 5 p.m. Feb. 19: Free blood pressure and non-fasting cholesterol tests and screening for heart disease risk factors at Humphreys Commissary 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 28: Walk 1 Mile for Heart Health at the Super Gym begins at 9 a.m. Registration begins 8 a.m. Wear red for heart health awareness. Aviation Birthday Ball The Morning Calm Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America will sponsor the Aviation Birthday Ball Friday, Apr. 17 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. Social begins at 5:15 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. The attire is mess dress, dress blues or Class A’s, or formal civilian dress. Tickets are $45 each. The event is open to all 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Servicemembers, Civilian employees, and Families. For more information, contact Capt. Laura McKenna at 753-5863. EDIS Well Baby Clinic The Educational and Developmental Intervention Services is offering a clinic on raising your baby. Clinic is held every third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. by individual appointment only. To sign up, call EDIS at 738-4422. Stress Management Classes ACS offers weekly stress management classes Thursdays from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Bldg. 311. Sessions are designed to help individuals learn more effective ways for handling stress in everyday life. All ID Card holders are eligible for the course. Contact ACS at 753-8401 for more information. Change in Sick Call Hours 75th Medical Company Area Support, U.S. Army Health Clinic - USAG-Humphreys announces a change in sick call hours. Sick call hours are 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Fridays. There will be no sick call Thursdays. In the event of an emergency, dial 119 if living off post, 911 if living on post or call the After Hours Clinic at 0505-753-8111. New Humphreys Flickr Website Want to get copies of photos of a community event? It’s easy now that USAG-Humphreys has its own Flickr photo-sharing webpage. To view or download your own high-resolution images of community events go to: www.flickr.com/usaghumphreys USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Office will post images weekly. Call 754-8598 for more information. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG-Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Ken Hall at the USAGHumphreys Public Affairs Office at 754-8847 or email@example.com.
Egress system training begins at Humphreys
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG-HUMPHREYS — A critical training system developed by U.S. Army Forces Command to help save the lives of Soldiers in the event of vehicle rollovers is now available at USAG-Humphreys. Training to certify instructors on the Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (M114) Egress Assistance Trainer, known as the “HEAT” system began here Feb. 6. HEAT teaches Soldiers how to escape a vehicle from a variety of rotated positions. “Our objective is to get Soldiers upside down to create muscle memory because we want them to know what it’s like to be upside down,” said Bob Methany, facility manager, USAG-Humphreys Water Survival Training Center. “We want them to experience disorientation, with all their weight being on their shoulders. We do this from a variety of positions where Soldiers will be able to be trained on how to properly support themselves while unbuckling a support harness to free themselves in the event of a rollover.” Safety training from Army systems like the HEAT provides Soldiers the opportunity and experience to improve their chances of survival, and the training starts at the
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Bob Methany, facilities manager, USAG-Humphreys Water Survival Training Center operates the controls of the HMMWV egress assistance trainer system during instructor training here, Feb. 6. Download this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall unit level. “What we do here is teach unit instructors so that they can teach their Soldiers,” said Methany. “What we’ll have is Soldiers ranked sergeant and above sent to us from each unit and they will be trained in our instructor-operator course. They will be the ones who actually operate the equipment, and we’ll be here as advisors at all times.” The HEAT system training course lasts one day, beginning with a two-hour class in the morning, moving into a hands-on exercise during the afternoon. “We can train up to 20 instructors every day,” said Methany. “I think no more than 10 to 12 students should be trained by their NCO instructors as I like to do one-on-one, hands-on mentoring because I want to make sure they all got the training right. I test and challenge each instructor under fire because I want them to show me the training has been effective.” The HEAT system features three levels of training – basic, intermediate and advanced. Some of the advance training features simulations such as adverse weather and low-light conditions, and one or more doors being jammed shut, challenging Soldiers to find other ways of escape. “This system is full of opportunities and there’s a lot of ways we can train and challenge Soldiers to quickly and safely escape from vehicles that have rolled over during patrols or even during combat,” said Methany. “We need to get our Soldiers trained on not only what to do in a rollover situation, but also how to be creative on how to get out of a vehicle when underwater.”
Pak, Song Sun, a HEAT training specialist at the USAG-Humphreys Water Survival Training Center describes the controls of the HMMWV egress assistance trainer system during instructor training here, Feb. 6. — U.S. Army photo by Terri Donald
Humphreys American School students accepting donations for Iraqis
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs USAG -HUMPHREYS — The Humphreys American School student council began a community service project recently to benefit the citizens of Iraq. Inspired by a humanitarian request for help from a U.S. Army civil affairs unit currently serving at Camp Liberty, Iraq, HAS student council members have collected more than 100 pounds of supplies from collection points within the school’s elementary and middle school campuses during the first two weeks of the month-long donation collection effort. “The civil affairs team at Camp Liberty is trying to help the Iraqi population with critically needed items, mostly the things that children need,” said Jim Shulson, HAS student council advisor. “There are six main categories of supplies they’ve asked for; medical supplies, dental supplies, toiletries, clothing essentials, toys, and school supplies.” Maj. Berton Newbill, an advisor to 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team said he saw this drive as another way to help the Iraqi Army overcome a challenge and continue to help its people in the fight against terrorism. “The donation idea began with Maj. Jim Mullin, who works with me in support of the Iraqi Army civil affairs mission here,” said Newbill. “We sent an e-mail to friends and colleagues around the globe to help out and the response has been great. I was never really in a position to do something like this before so I took advantage of this opportunity to give something back to those who really need a little help in starting their lives over again.” Shulson said there has been exceptional leadership from HAS eighth grade student council president Matthew Horton, and seventh grade student council representative Jasmine Patterson to encourage students to round up donations but the younger HAS students and their Families have also made a strong show of support. “There’s been a competition between the elementary school and the middle school to see how much can be collected, and the baskets in the elementary school have already been filled and refilled, and we’re doing great,” he said. “The PX has been a great place to buy stuff off the dollar rack and students have been taking advantage of that.” Friday, Feb. 20 is the final day HAS will accept donations. If you want to support the HAS student council’s community service project and make donations to the citizens of Iraq, you can drop off new or used items in good condition to the donation basket located in the HAS front office.
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By Mike Mooney USAG-Humphreys MWR
Half Attack repeats as Eighth Army Basketball Champs
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USAG-HUMPHREYS — Soldiers from across the peninsula battled for the Eighth U.S. Army intramural team basketball championships at the USAG-Humphreys Super Gym Feb. 5-7. Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade “Half Attack” from Camp Eagle has done something Eighth Army Sports Director Tom Higgins thinks may be a first in capturing the EUSA intramural basketball championship title – a second consecutive crown for the Half Attack Soldiers. “As far as I can remember, the Special United States Liaison Advisor, Korea team and 121st Evacuation Hospital team both won back-to-back Eighth Army Softball titles in the 80’s and 90’s,” Higgins said. “But I can’t remember anyone winning two consecutive basketball titles. And to think – it’s from Camp Eagle, one of the smallest installations in Korea.” Half Attack held on to defeat the 188th Military Police Company from Camp Walker in Daegu, 73-70, to capture the Eighth Army crown at the Super Gym here Saturday. Last year, it was Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Half Attack, winning the crown. The championship win is especially sweet for Half Attack - the entire unit is scheduled to leave for Fort Carson next month for an eventual deployment to either Afghanistan or Iraq. “We talked about that,” said team captain Sgt. 1st Class Linden McDow. “We talked about the fact we had a chance to do something that’s just about impossible to accomplish and the fact that most of the guys might not be playing basketball at this time next year. There aren’t any Super Gyms in Afghanistan or Iraq. We felt we owed it to ourselves and all of Half Attack to take advantage of this opportunity.” Winning seemed inevitable Saturday, as Half Attack rolled to a 49-24 lead in the first half but they were out-scored by the MPs 46-24 during the second period. “I never had any doubt,” said Wonju
Ralph Kennedy (24) of the 188th MP Co. fights off a swarming defense as he attacks Wonju in the Company-level finals of the Eighth Army Basketball Tournament. Kennedy scored 14 points but the MPs fell in the finals. — U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney Sports Director Charlie Rodgers. “That’s just the way things have been during this great two years of success Half Attack Soldiers have enjoyed.” “Last year, Headquarters Company had to fight its way back through the loser’s bracket to win the Eighth Army Basketball title,” said Rogers. “Then in flag football, this same bunch of guys from Echo Company had to come back to win the Area III title and qualify for Eighth Army. We have never done it the easy way, but we seem to have always done it.” Rodgers said he will personally miss the Soldiers of Half Attack. “It was a great run, and they really made their mark,” he said. “For many years, Wonju was the doormat of Area III. It was always two-and-out in Area III tournaments.” Rodgers said a lot of Half Attack’s success has been because of unwavering support from its commander, Lt. Col. Cory Mendenhall, and 2nd CAB Command Sergeant Major Richard Santos (former Half Attack command sergeant major). McDow said there’s always a certain amount of jealousy among some people when it comes to spending time playing unit sports. “Both the colonel and the sergeant major recognized success on the football field and the basketball court as a way to build unit pride and esprit de corps,” he said. “They gave us all the support we could ask for.” Half Attack had four players score in double figures in the championship game, led by 15 points from Pfc. Charles Dearman. Spc. Quinten Clinton added 12, with Sgt. Torre Oats and Spc. Chris Williams adding 11 each. McDow and Spc. James Walker added eight each. The MPs got 17 from Spc. Joe Henley – 12 in the second period. Spc. Ralph Kennedy added 14, Sgt. Jesse Green 13 and Staff Sgt. Randy Peterson put up 10 points. Oats is the only Half Attack player during this tournament who also played on last year’s championship squad. “That makes winning two-in-a-row even more amazing,” Higgins said. “In Yongsan and Daegu, you have the chance to build a team since so many of the Soldiers are command sponsored and serving two-year or longer tours. At Camp Eagle, you’re talking about non-command sponsored Soldiers serving a one-year tour. They had to build a new team from scratch.”
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
Lady Dawgs drop two during EUSA action
win 44-39. “It’s amazing how much dedication our team has,” said Lady Rebels coach Maj. Tony Reed. “We have Soldiers who are married with dependants and it’s tough for them but we always find time to practice – before the games and after the games.” Throughout the tournament, motivation and morale from the sidelines continued. “We can’t always play in the games,” said Lady Rebels player Sgt. Annushka Algee. “Someone has to cheer the team on.” While the Crown Jewels’ defense prevented the Lady Dawgs from reaching the tournament’s championship game, they could not hold back the Lady Rebels’ fastbreak scoring efforts to win the women’s team championship. “We were prepared to play our best but Yongsan played a better game,” said Crown Jewels coach Staff Sgt. Hazel Pendergraph. “We’ll play better in the future.”
USAG-HUMPHREYS — The USAGHumphreys Lady Dawgs basketball team had high hopes entering the Eighth U.S. Army-level tournament at the Super Gym Feb. 6. Dropping back-to-back games to USAGYongsan’s Lady Rebels, 49-30 and Camp Carroll’s Crown Jewels 59-39, the Lady Dawgs championship hopes diminished during the three-day event. “All teams have made adjustments and picked up new players during the season, and the level of playing has improved by everyone,” said Lady Dawgs coach Donny Elvoid. “We had a tough time this week with three of our starters sidelined from injuries, and had to make adjustments.” In Saturday’s championship game, the Lady Rebels held off Crown Jewels for the
USAG-Humphreys Lady Dawgs player Thomascina Shepard (22) pulls down a rebound from Camp Carroll Crown Jewels player Kadina Baldwin (15) during EUSA tournament action at the Super Gym Feb. 6. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall
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U.S., KATUSA Soldiers join Daegu citizens, make wishes under 2009’s first full moon
The First Lunar Full Moon greeting festival was held at Shinecheon Riverside, next to the Jungdong Bridge from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 9. First full moon day is also known as ‘Jongwol Daeborum’ in Korean. Jongwol Daeborum is one of the Korean holidays and people perform various activities traditionally such as kite flying, making wishes under moon and burning the fields. Soldiers and KATUSA soldiers from HHC, USAG-Daegu and 563 Med log. also participated to celebrate the festival with Daegu citizens. U.S. Soldiers got to try several Korean traditional games like Jegi-chagi (Korean hockey sack) and Yut (Korean board game.) It was meaningful for both local citizens and Soldiers as they exchanged their cultures which helped them to understand one another better during the event. (Counter-clockwise from top left) USAG-Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Michael P. Saulnier performed ‘gosa’, a Korean traditional ritual ceremony to wish a good fortune for new year. U.S Soldiers, KATUSAs and Daegu citizens watched a burning the ‘moon house’ and fireworks during the festival. The first Lunar full moon rose over Shincheon Riverside, Daegu during ‘2009 first Lunar Full Moon greeting Festival’ held by Namgu District, Feb. 9. HHC, USAG-Daegu Sgt. 1st Class, Michael A. Brown (left) threw Yut sticks during ‘Yut’, a Korean traditional board game during the festival. HHC, USAGDaegu Sgt. Curtis L. Radoff played a Korean shuttlecock game called ‘Jegi’ during the event. To view these photos online, visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — Photos by Nam-gu District Public Relations Officer, Jung, Gwan-sik
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By Kim, Moon-hee USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — Daegu American School environmental science students toured Camp Henry’s water plant Feb. 5, and now have a better understanding of how and why the water they use is safe. “Back in the old days, people used to die young, getting diseases really easily. People were getting sick from the drinking water. Look around the world and poor countries. People die from drinking water,” said Chief, Planning & Conservation Branch, DPW Environmental Division, Mark Gettel. The purpose of the field trip was to show students firsthand the processes water goes through to make it safe for their use. They learn about the process in school, but Gettel said he believes that to see it in real life meant a lot to the students. He began the tour by discussing the importance of the environment in our daily lives – and potentially, jobs for students of environmental science. “The environmental field is an important field,” Gettel emphasized. “Everybody needs drinking water. Every community has drinking water plant operators, or waste water treatment plant operators. So this is… science coming back to you. This is what you’re studying science and math for.” According to Gettel, the water (used at USAG-Daegu) originally comes from Daegu City. “The water is pulled from the river. Chlorine is added to the water to kill any types of bacteria that can cause illness. We take the water, and we run it through filters again and add more chlorine to it. So it gets treated two times. Chlorine is not bad, it’s organic particles.” Students were also curious about Camp Henry’s large, red and white water tower. “This treatment plant serves Camp Henry
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Camp Carroll Bowling Events In February Camp Carroll Bowing Center holds several events for everyone who loves to bowl. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament will be held at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per couple. Flowers for the lades and steak & shrimp are $15.95. Additionally Presidents Day, Feb. 16, is $1 bowling and $1 shoe rental all day. Feb. 28 is 9-pin tournament at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information call 7654470. 2009 DSA Tuition Scholarship Applications for five tuition-only scholarships totaling $10,000 are now available to qualifying Daegu Spouse Association members and their dependents. The application with applicable rules is available online at www.taeguspouses.org. Submission deadline is March 31, 2009. Contact Laurie Slade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 010-8671-6061 for more information. Dinner at Napoli Looking for great homemade Italian food? Then dinner at Napoli is the event for you. It is on Wednesday, Feb 18 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come and meet new friends at DSA restaurant social event. RSVP with Lara at email@example.com. Mardi Gras Come and celebrate Mardi Gras at Hiltop Club, Feb. 20 and at Hideway Club, Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. There will be food, special drinks, games and door prizes. Do not miss the prize for best costume! For more information call 764-4985 or 765-8574. Camp Carroll Worship Service Every Tuesday there will be an 11:40 a.m. worship service at the Camp Carroll Chapel. Everyone is invited. Lunch will be provided after the service. For more information, contact the Camp Carroll Chapel staff at 765-8343. DAS Leadership Conference Daegu American School holds third annual leadership conference Feb 27-28 from Friday 5 p.m. until Saturday 7 p.m. It is at DAS annex building. The conference is for DAS students interested in leadership training and community members willing to train the students. If interested contact Thelberstine Buford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apple Tree Gift Shop Come visit the apple tree gift shop. It is located next to the Evergreen Golf Club parking lot. Ask about group shopping dates, 60 days layaway Korean Furniture, Souvenirs, Celadon, Jewelry and much, much more! It opens on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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Daegu American School Environmental Science students tour Camp Henry’s water plant
DPW Environmental demonstrates how water flows safely at USAG-Daegu
DAS Environmental Science student, Craig Rosalie (left) listens as a chief of P&C Branch, DPW Environmental Division, Mark Guttel discusses water plant operations during a recent field trip, Feb. 5. — U.S. Army photo by Kim, Moon-hee and Camp George,” explained Gettel during the tour. “So all your water you drink out of the faucet, or take a shower with on (Camps) Henry and George comes from here. The water tower can hold about 200,000 gallons of water up there. The reason why the water is stored high up there is that we don’t need to pump the water to individual places since water goes down, giving enough pressure.” Students asked about recent issues with Daegu City’s water supply. “We test the water a couple of times a month,” Gettel said. “We look for bacteria in the drinking water. If (bacteria is found), we immediately notify the community to either boil their water to kill the bacteria, or to not drink the water. There was a draught going on, so chemicals in the river became more concentrated. The chemical is called Dioxane. It sounds similar to Dioxin, (a carcinogen) but it’s a different chemical.” Dioxane is commonly found in cosmetic products such as lipstick and shampoo. At the conclusion of the tour, students had increased their knowledge in an area of environmental science that affects each of them and their families, every day. “I feel good because now I know where my water comes from,” said R.J. Venavente. Nik Dunsmore added that he enjoyed the tour, and learning about the effects of different chemicals.
Camp Carroll Civilian employee gives hope to Waegwan local students for better lives
Camp Carroll Consolidated Mailroom Postal Supervisor/Official Mail Manager Floyd Burwick Jr. (left) delivers his donation to Waegwan local students Kim, So-hee (middle) and Kim, Hye-bin(right), Feb. 5 — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee, Dodam By Pfc. Lee, Dodam USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL — USAG Daegu, Camp Carroll Consolidated Mailroom Postal Supervisor/Official Mail Manager Floyd Burwick Jr. demonstrate his spirit of giving to two local students from Waegwan Joong-ang elementary school Feb. 5. Burwick donated 700,000 won per student. The money will cover for each student’s school lunch and supplies. The names of student recipients are: - Kim, So-hee, 12-year-old girl in the sixth grade. Her parents got divorced in her early age but there has not been any contact
from them. Since the divorce, Kim has been raised under her grandmother’s care. Her grandmother works at a factory making a low wage. - Kim, Hye-bin, 11-year-olld girl in the fifth grade. She lost her parent by a car accident in her early age. Since then she has been raised by her grandmother. The donation was in honor of Burwick’s mother, Rose Nell Burwick, who passed away in Dec. 2008 at the age of 91. She had 11 children and spent a great deal of time caring of them while working full time as a cook/cafeteria manager at the elementary school. “God blessed my mother and us by letting her live a long life after retirement, for this I will always be thankful. God has really blessed me and my family; my mom loved children and we also love them, so as a way of honoring my mother, and to show thanks to God, I would like to help some child in some small way. I need nothing other than to know that what I donate will be used for school lunches or school supplies for a child in need,” said Burwick.
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USAG-Daegu biologist monitors wetland at Camp Carroll on World Wetlands Day
USAG-Daegu Natural Resources Program Manager, John Thomas Kunneke, measures the seasonal high water level at pre-selected survey points placed at the wetland edge of the Camp Carroll wetland project site, Feb. 2. The survey points are stakes located at key positions along the extent of the wetland in order to monitor the hydrologic cycle of the wetland and establish elevation points for wetland restoration objectives. He currently coordinates initial wetland restoration phases with the contractor, Beautiful Environmental Construction Co., Ltd. (BEC), which will commence initial groundwork activities onsite in mid-February. Mr. Kunneke has also conducted ongoing seasonal wildlife observations, stream assessments, and vegetation sampling along the wetland system corridor. To view this photo online, visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea. — U.S. Army photo by Kwon, Min-seok
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This week’s USAG-Daegu job profile:
How do you help USAG-Daegu to accomplish its mission? I am working as an intern for USAGDaegu Public Affairs Office. My basic and important job is to cover a variety of events that take place in USAG-Daegu and notify the Daegu community of useful information by writing follow-up stories for the newspaper, Morning Calm Weekly. I operate and manage the Command Channel, aiming at helping get out official command information and many enjoyable advertisements of upcoming events for the community people serving in the garrison.
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Public Affairs Intern reporter
Daegu that has a mission to defend my hometown, Daegu, by informing the Army community of public affairs, all of which are very influential to the community. It really makes me have a more positive, professional and public-spirited attitude. What is one thing about your job that most people don’t know? Many people might consider ‘newspaper’ as just one of numerous regular printed media issues, which is supposed to come out every week. But I think it is a constant challenge that comes out on a daily and weekly basis.
Mr. Kwon, Min-seok USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Office Intern reporter
What qualities does your job require? In order to successfully conduct the job as a newspaper reporter, ‘linguistic proficiency’ in four aspects of language- speaking, listening, reading and writing- is a must. No matter what events you cover you need to have the ability to deal with them on a case-by-case basis. As a member of an official media organization, it is also important to treat all the community people in a prudent and respectful manner. What do you like most about your job? I like most the fact with my position that I am able to contribute to USAG-
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