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Volume 1, Issue 4

The The Siren


Siren
A publication of A publication
the Fort Lewisof the Fort Lewis Direc-
15 December 2006

torate of Emergency Directorate of Emergency


Services Services

Inside this issue:

Director’s Corner
A Firefighter’s 2
Thanksgiving
Welcome and 2
Farewells
DES Deputy 3
The Siren; for that privilege While most of the other
Tidbits
I say “thanks.” organizations on this post
contribute little to the in- Christmas Fire 4
Since my arrival to Fort
stallation on a daily basis, TF Safety Tips
Lewis and assumption of the
position of Command Ser- Protector is solely designed Flag Football 5
geant Major for the Task to provide excellent service
CPT Safety 5
Force in April of this year, I to every Soldier, civilian,
MAJ Slemp aims for the target family member and visitor to Upcoming Events 6
at the 2006 Turkey Shoot Com- have seen nothing but great
things come out of our or- Fort Lewis. We exist to pro- The Reason for 6
petition
ganization. That is totally vide unselfish and continuous the Season
due to the quality, dedica- 24-7-365 force protection—
Greetings DES Team! Poem 7
tion, and professionalism of a sometimes thankless and
Our Task Force Protector lonely job. No matter if you Team Building 7
our Soldiers, civilians, and
Commander, Col Miller, has are Firefighter, DA or Mili- Event
their families. For that I also
graciously allowed me to post say “thanks, and well done!” tary Police patrolman, a Employee Spot- 8
a few notes in this edition of lights
Employee Spot- 9
lights Continued
Holiday Cele- 10
bration Trivia
DES Director
Crane Retires Holiday Cele- 11
COL Katherine N. Miller bration Trivia
Mr. Bill Crane, Deputy Crane’s 40 years with the continued
DES Deputy and Managing Editor
Garrison Commander was military both as a soldier
Holiday Fire 12
Rickey L. Sanders honored on 6 December and as a civilian.
Safety Checklist
(253) 966-1394 at a retirement luncheon
held at the American
rickey.l.sanders1@us.army.mil Lake Club.
Writer and Publisher The Army Strong
PFC Amie J. McMillan Campaign music played
42nd MP BDE and DES PAO proudly in the background
as an excellent slideshow
(253) 966-0323 was shown to the audi-
amie.mcmillan@lewis.army.mil ence displaying Mr.
guard standing your post, or season because
one of the countless support as always some of
personnel who make their you will be stand-
duty easier—your contribu- ing your post so
tions matter and you can be that others can
proud of them. TF Protector enjoy their time
does more for Fort Lewis off during
than any other group on this Christmas and
post and you are at the heart New Year’s.
Welcomes and
of it.
PROTECTORS! Farewells
Be safe as you take time
Written by: CSM
to reflect on all that has Farewell to D.A. Police
Dahl
occurred this past year and Officer, Jeffrey Robertson
please make time for your as he fulfills his duty as an
loved ones during this holiday airman with his unit in Iraq.
Good luck to MSG Thorpe
as he joins the Asymmetric
Warfare Group on the East
Coast.
A Firefighter’s Thanksgiving DES would like to extend a
big welcome to the new Pro-
vost Marshal Sergeant Ma-
mings were very great ac-
jor, MSG Johnson as he steps
Thanksgiving is a time to Thanksgiving meal for the cording to my feedback from
up to replace MSG Thorpe.
give thanks to the many hard working firefighters, the personnel that stopped
treasures we have in life. DA Police and MPs on Fort by,” said Cpt. Dana Wallace. Farwell to CPT Mark
Unfortunately, some people Lewis who had to work on Reaves, our senior D.A. Police
are not able to celebrate Thanksgiving day. Supervisor as he makes his
with the ones they love be- way to become the Director
To all that helped prepare
cause of their jobs. of Emergency Services at
the food: The firefighters
Yakima Training Center.
Ltc. Valrica Dunmyer, would like to say thank you
Maj. Niave Knell, Ltc. Jef- and they appreciate your SSG Edwin Cramer MPI,
frey Bryan, Maj. Anna-Marie efforts and hard work that retired and is going to be a
Slemp and Kathi Picanco de- went into the feast you pre- GS-12 Detective in New Mex-
cided they would cook a pared. ico. Good luck!
D.A. Police Officer, Billy
Climer deployed with his unit
to help the border patrol at
the Mexican border.
Welcome, 1LT Ian Nunn to
the DES staff! He will be
replacing CPT Mott, our PM
operations officer.
Also, a big welcome to
SSG William Burger, desk
sergeant and Joseph Case,
D.A. Police as they begin
their jobs with the DES
staff.

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Deputy DES Tidbits

By Mr. Rick Sanders, sion, but having only 5 members, has a couple of recent events that show me
Deputy Director similar workload but all five of these that we're "getting there" in building
individuals ARE a team that works to- our DES "teamwork": On 22 November
wards a common goal. When one is done at Cowan Stadium there was a ladies
Howdy Team DES. It seems like I with his own workload, he seeks out a football game where the DES Team
just got done drafting an article for fellow team member to assist him on consisted of active duty female Sol-
The Siren and now here I am doing his work - working "together" instead diers/MP's/some support personnel/
another one - time sure flies by fast of as an individual. Command personnel/and our sole fe-
when you’re having fun. What I want to male firefighter (who was one of the
I don't think it takes a rocket sci-
talk about this time is something near stars by the way). The DES Team was
entist to figure out which of these two
& dear to my heart: Teamwork. One much older than their opponents - the
teams is the more productive team or
small word - but SO important to a opposing team had much younger &
which team has better morale - you
Directorate such as ours that has such faster ladies on their team - BUT the
guessed it - the smaller team that
a diverse work force (active duty Sol- DES experience & teamwork paid off
works together towards a common goal.
dier MP's; Firefighters; Fire Inspec- and our DES ladies trounced their op-
For the most part, I think it's true
tors; DA Police; DA Guards; Contract ponents soundly on the field of battle.
that many/most people who enter one
Guards; Admin Support Staff; etc.). A 2nd example of teamwork was evi-
of the emergency support services as a
During my 30+ years of active duty as denced this past Thursday
career field do so to become part of a
a Soldier and my 4 years as a Govern- (Thanksgiving) at Fire Station #1 when
team. As a Police Officer or Fire-
ment civilian, I have found that Team- certain DES ladies (Kathy Picanco,
fighter you MUST have the confidence
work will overcome a LOT of obstacles MAJ Slemp, & others) put on a Turkey
of knowing that your partner has "got
- in fact, I found that a small group of Day food-fest for our on duty Fire-
you covered" - but I think the same
individuals who work together towards fighters and MP's/Police Officers/
thing holds true for the Admin Sup-
a common goal (and who help each Guards. People giving up their own fam-
port personnel in DES. If no one has
other get there) WILL outperform a ily time to help other members of the
told you lately folks (this is addressed
much larger group who have their own team - now THAT is Teamwork.
to the support personnel), the DES as
personal agendas and don't work to-
an organization would NOT be as suc- I have been the Acting Deputy Di-
gether as a team. What do I mean by
cessful as we have been (and are) with- rector for DES for quite some time
this? Well, let me give you some exam-
out the superb work that you do on a now, and was just recently selected to
ples to explain what I mean.
daily basis. If DES is a tree, the sup- fill the permanent full time position.
A section has 9 members, each of port personnel are the roots that keep Let me say that I am proud to be COL
whom work on similar actions but have the tree upright, standing tall and Miller's (and your) Deputy and I pledge
their own personal workload. The growing. Just as the Police Officer/ my continued loyalty to all of you. I
"norm" for this team is that when one Firefighter knows that their partner WILL be your strongest supporter and
member is done/caught up on his own has got them covered, so should you. If cheerleader.
workload, that's it for the day - the you are falling behind in your workload, Lastly, as we approach the Holidays,
worker(s) don't seek out other work to hopefully you've got a fellow co-worker please take the time to be with your
complete, but instead go home or do in the office who asks if you need some family and friends and enjoy all that
something of a personal nature (read a help - and then proceeds to help you. the Holiday season has to offer. If you
book/go "hide out" so their supervisor If you are sick for a couple of days, are traveling during the holidays, BE
won't see them sitting around doing hopefully you've got a fellow co-worker SAFE and come back to work in good
nothing/play a video game/etc.). The who can/will handle your workload dur- spirits and energized for another great
members of this team are only inter- ing your absence. year. I wish you all the very best. As I
ested in their own workload & are not
This is the type of TEAM concept learned in Hawaii, “Aloha & Mele Kaliki-
interested in the overall team mission
we seek to achieve - and I'd like to maka”.
or in helping their co-workers.
think that all of you will help us get
Another section with a similar mis- there. And by the way, we've had a

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Christmas Fire Safety Tips: Setting Up and Decorating Your
Tree

The most joyous of times can also be deadly. Take the Christmas season. Christmas trees are
involved in approximately 400 fires annually, according to the National Fire Protection
Association, typically resulting in more than a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries and more than
$10 million in property loss and damage. Short-circuiting tree lights are cited as the leading
cause.
As the holidays approach, the Ft. Lewis Fire Prevention Office offers these safety tips for setting
up and decorating Christmas trees that will minimize the risk of fire and injuries.
• Set up the tree away from fireplaces, portable heaters, heater vents, and television sets.
Place it out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy wires to secure tall
trees to walls or ceiling; the wires will be almost invisible. Because heated rooms dry out
natural trees rapidly, keep the stand filled with water; check the water level daily. A six-foot
tree will absorb one gallon of water every two days.
• Use only lights tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters'
Laboratories. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or
bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Miniature lights are
preferred, for their cool-burning bulbs. Position bulbs so that they aren't in direct contact with
needles or ornaments.
• Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord (maximum of
200 miniature lights or 150 larger lights). Only one extension cord should be used per outlet.
• Be careful where you place electrical cords: Don't run electrical cords under rugs; walking
traffic can weaken the insulation and the wires can overheat, increasing the chances for fire
or electric shock. Be careful when placing cords behind or beneath furniture; pinched cords
can fray and short. Keep animals away from cords to avoid entanglement and chewing. Keep cords and lights
away from the tree's water supply.
• Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity
from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
• Turn off all lights before going to bed or leaving the house. The lights could short out and
start a fire.
• Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.
• Never use lighted candles on a tree (even an artificial tree) or near other evergreens.
Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked
down.
• Decorative lighted villages, Nativity scenes, electric trains, and other electrically powered
scenery and figures should be monitored like other decorative lights.

HAVE A HAPPY AND FIRE SAFE HOLIDAY FROM FT LEWIS FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Volume 1, Issue 4
HHC/DES VS 504th MP Battalion Women’s Flag Football

The chilly, winter wind filled the air However, this year, the trophy
on 22 November at Cowan Stadium proudly displays in the office of COL
where female soldiers and civilians gath- Miller where the 2006 champions work.
ered for a Brigade versus Battalion flag
football game.
The 504th MP Battalion scored the
first touchdown, but HHC and DES
stepped up to the plate and showed
them who was boss.
Final score...HHC/DES-21: 504th-8.
504th asked for a re-match, so look
forward to one next year. FLFD in the back showing support.

Captain Safety Section

By CPT Mark Reaves, - Always use the proper step stool or of candy canes. Your pet might knock
Operations Officer ladder to reach high places. over your tree in order to get a snack.
- Read labels before you use materials Do not place chemicals in your tree wa-
Christmas is coming up fast? Are you that come in jars, cans and spray cans ter. It may keep your tree alive longer
ready? but can be very harmful if your pet
- Never place lighted candles on a tree drinks the water. You can avoid this if
Indoor and Outdoor lighting: Only or near any flammable materials. you place a tight fitting tree skirt
use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor
- Avoid placing breakable tree orna- around the base of the tree.
lights only outdoors). Look for the UL
label. Check lights for broken or ments or ones with small, detachable Holiday plants might be nice for the
cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, parts on lower branches where small holidays but can be poisonous to your
or loose connections. Examine light children or pets can reach them. pets. Plants such as, poinsettias, amaryl-
strings each year, discard worn ones. - Do not hang popcorn chains and candy lis, mistletoe and holly can cause your
canes on the tree when small children pet to experience vomiting, diarrhea or
Also, use no more than three light
are present. They may think that other even more serious problems.
sets on any one extension cord. Exten-
sion cords should be placed against the tree ornaments are also edible. Ensure your pet has proper identifi-
wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do - Install a smoke detector or new bat- cation tags in case they get lost. This
not run cords under rugs. Never use teries in the one(s) you have and TEST will make it easier for authorities to
indoor extension cords outside. it. locate the missing animal.
Turn off all lights on trees and deco- Pet Safety: Let us not forget about If your pet becomes lost you can call
rations when you go to bed or leave the our four legged friends!! the Fort Lewis Military Police Desk at
house. 967-3107/3108/3109. If off the instal-
You should avoid using tensile as your
lation you can call Tacoma/Peirce County
Home Safety: Never leave small chil- pet may think it is a toy to play with and
Humane Society (253)383-2733 or
dren unsupervised near the tree. There may accidentally swallow or choke on the
Thurston County Humane Society at
are many small things that they can tiny strings. In addition, do not decorate
(360) 352-2510.
swallow or choke on. your tree with food items like popcorn

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Upcoming Events

• Now-20 December: Christmas at 17th at 2 p.m. at the Nelson Rec- Expo at the Tacoma Dome. Cost-
Meeker Mansion in Puyallup from 10 reation Center on 2nd Division Road. $12. Call (253) 572-3663 for more
a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $5 The price is $5 for adults and $3 information.
for adults; $4 for Seniors and Stu- for children under 12.
• 15 January: 2007 Martin Luther
dents; and $3 for children. For • 01-23 December: Agosy Christmas King, Jr. City Celebration at the
more information, please call (253) Ship Festival. Times and location Tacoma Dome from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
848-1770. vary. Please call (206) 623-1445 for Free admission and parking. Call
• Now-31 December: 11th Annual Fan- more information. (253) 572-3663 for more informa-
tasy Lights at Spanaway Park from tion.
• 23 December: Come out and meet
5:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $13 per jolly ole’ Santa Clause at the PX • 24-28 January: Washington’s
vehicle and $45 per bus. For more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t forget Sportsmen Show at the Puyallup
information, please call (253) 798- Fairgrounds. Cost– adults/$9; jun-
your cameras!
3330. iors/$5; children under 6 are free.
• 26 December-01 January: 11th An-
• Now-01 January: Zoolights nightly nual Model Train Festival at the • 4 February: Come out and meet New
at Point Defiance Zoo. For more Washington State History Museum York Best Selling Times thriller
information, please call (253) 591- author, Gayle Lynds who will be
5337. • 1 January: 4th Annual Midnight
autographing copies of her latest
Express 8k Benefit Challenge at
• 15-17 December: Fort Lewis pre- book “The Last Week” and “Beach
Fort Steilacoom Park. Call (253)
sents, “Scrooge the Musical”. Cast Read of the Week” at the PX from
284-3260 for more information.
members include soldiers and family 2-3 p.m.
members. 15th & 16th at 7 p.m. and • 13-14 January: Tacoma Wedding

The Reason for the Season

By CH (LTC) Bellinger, give what you do not have.” Before you When we give we make it possible for
Brigade Chaplain can give anything you must first receive. someone else to give. In this way the
What do you have that was not given to needs and prayers of others are an-
How do you celebrate this season? you? Even if you make something you swered. If we give a kind word, a caring
Do you make special plans? Are you must first have the ability, opportunity, ear, or meet some material need, we give
going to spend extra time with family and raw materials. It may be helpful to the opportunity for someone to give
and friends? How are you focusing on look at the very basics of life itself and thanks to God for what we are able to
your faith during this season? Do you acknowledge where it comes from. I give them. God gives us the freedom of
know the reason for all you do in this believe the ultimate source for all you choice. We can choose to participate in
season? have is God. the giving or we can cut ourselves off
from the cycle of giving. Either way we
However you celebrate this season it It is because God first gave to you only get to keep the responsibility for
is good to know the reason. Consider that you can give to God or others. God our choices.
the theme of giving. Many will make an did not give us life and all that goes with
extra effort to give gifts to special it to see how much we can keep for our- I thank God that we are blessed in
people in their lives. Some will give to a selves. In God’s wisdom the only thing this season. I pray that you will receive
person in need that they do not know we get to keep is the responsibility for the blessings that are the reason for
because they have compassion for them. what we do with all that is given to us. this season and look for ways to give to
Several will give more time into practic- In the end everything we have is given others. May we hear the wisdom in a
ing their religious beliefs. How can all to someone else to use. So ask yourself, prayer by Saint Francis, “…for it is in
this giving be possible? “What am I doing with all that God is the giving that we receive.”
giving me?”
This is a true statement, “You cannot

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Volume 1, Issue 4
The Night Before A Fire-Safe Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when ways free. glass,


all through the house, The lights that glowed brightly for Gave life to the tree; it really had class.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Betty and Tim, And would you believe it, right next to
mouse. Had been hung with precaution so none the tree,
When down through the chimney, all touched a limb. Was a suitable box for holding debris.
covered with soot, All wiring was new, not a break could be A place to throw wrappings of paper and
Came the “Spirit of Fire”, an ugly galoot. seen, string,
His eyes glowed like embers, his fea- And wet sand at its base, kept the tree From all the gifts that Santa might
tures were stern, nice and green. bring.
As he looked all around for something to The tree had been trimmed by a mother The ugly galoot was so mad he could
burn. insistent, “bust”,
What he saw made him grumble, his an- That the ornaments used must be fire- And he climbed up the chimney in utter
ger grew higher, resistant. disgust,
For there wasn’t a thing that would And the mother had known the things to For the folks in this home had paid close
start a good fire. avoid, attention,
No doors had been blocked by the high Like cotton, and paper, and plain cellu- To all the rules of good “FIRE PREVEN-
Christmas tree, loid. TION.”
It stood in the corner leaving passage- Rock wool, metal icicles, trinkets of

Team Building Event– Leschi Town

By CPT Michael Bosse,


Chief of Training and Plans Division

On 1 Sep 06, several battle-hardened


and grizzly police veterans from the
Training and Plans Division (TAPD) vis-
ited Leschi Town. The visit allowed the
instructors of TAPD to determine the
suitability of the training site for Law
Enforcement Certification, In-Service,
Field Training Program, and other law
enforcement training events. As a re-
sult of the visit, DA Police and DA
Guards can expect to spend some time
during their careers with the Fort Lewis
DES at the facility, engaging in dynamic,
hands-on and "real-life" type training.
The training these personnel will com-
plete at the facility will dramatically
increase Officer safety, enhance the
safety posture of the supported commu-
nity, and raise the morale of all involved.

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHTS

Jeremy Housley, Fort Lewis Firefighter

The “newbie”, as the Fort Lewis Fire to sacrifice many things for be prepared to learn and be
Department calls him, arrived here on the lives of others. For exam- able to rapidly and proficiently
27 November from the McChord Air ple, hours to days of your daily transition from one task to the
Force Base Fire Department. life. However, he says the next.
Jeremy Housley, Firefighter and hours are also a perk and he “I’m happy to be in the job
EMT is from Roseburg, Ore. likes it much more than a Mon- I am and I definitely made the
day through Friday gig.
Housley enjoys riding four wheelers, right choice,” Housely said.
A typical day for Housley
mountain bikes, street bikes, ATVs and begins with crew assignments, “There isn’t any other job I
working out. command expectations and really want to do or even see
He began working as a fire protec- equipment checks to ensure myself doing, other than being
tion flight crew member in the Air everything works properly. The a firefighter,” he added.
Force in 1996. In 2004, he joined the day continues with meetings, “ Jeremy is a highly quali-
Air Force Reserve as an E-6 and began training, a workout hour and of fied firefighter, he’s a hazard-
working as a civilian firefighter on course, any calls they may re- ous materials technician and incident
McChord Air Force Base. Now, Housley ceive. commander certified. He owns a home in
is part of the Fort Lewis DES team as According to Housely, the most im- the area and is excited about being part
he continues his career as a firefighter. portant skills to possess as a firefighter of a large federal fire department. Wel-
To be a firefighter means you have are to keep an open mind, be versatile, come Jeremy!” said Chief Dixon.

Dan Hodgson, D.A. Guard

Talented, hard working and great Hodgson signed on as an his wrists.


people skills—all highlights of Dan AKAL guard in November Hodgson said the tough-
Hodgson, D.A. Guard for Fort Lewis. 2001 and switched to become est part of his job is working
Devoted husband and loving father a D.A. Guard in 2004. outside and having to cope
of three daughters, Hodgson calls Lake- Through both his military with the constant weather
wood, Wash. home. and DES career, he has re- changes.
He enjoys building, repairing, cus- ceived an award on two occa- According to Hodgson,
tomizing and riding Harley Davidson sions for saving the life of the perk of his job is the
motorcycles, attending church and min- another human being. peacefulness.
istering to people. While in the Navy, Hodg- “It’s the least stressful job I’ve ever
Hodgson joined the Navy as an active son received the Navy Achievement
had—very, very relaxing,” he said.
sailor in 1994. In 2003, he enlisted to Medal, for fighting a fire and saving the
life of another. If you are interested in becoming a
the Army Reserves. He recently got out Guard, you might want to study and
of the military and is looking into joining While working as a Guard, Hodgson learn the Army, DOD and OPM regula-
the Navy Reserves. saved a man’s life in housing who had slit tions.

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHTS

1LT Ian Nunn, Assistant Operations Officer

Brand new to the DES staff, but do civilian and military per- ingly adds.
not let that fool you. 1LT Ian Nunn, As- sonnel and how they work Nunn had this advice to
sistant Operations Officer has a one of together as a team. offer anyone interested in
a kind personality. According to Nunn, the pursuing the same career.
Nunn, native of Des Moines, Iowa most enjoyable part of his You must be open to the
enjoys Fantasy Football, riding Harley job is interacting with fact there are people who
Davidson’s, revising SOPs and watching people from various back- work here who know more
the Chicago Bears play football. grounds. Also, the ability than you, regardless of
As a graduate of Marquette Univer- to still be able to interact rank or position and you
sity, he is a faithful follower of Mar- with soldiers. should seek their help if
quette basketball, even when they lose. A typical day for the young, assistant you have any questions.

Nunn began working on Fort Lewis in operations officer involves reviewing the In order to accomplish the required
December 2004 as a platoon leader with Blotter, attending the Blotter brief, tasks as an assistant operations officer,
the 170th Military Police Company. In reading and responding to e-mails, read- a person must be able to communicate
October 2006, he began his current ing and editing SOPs, while, at the same effectively with others, accept new
work as an assistant operations officer. time trying to learn about Provost Mar- ideas for improvement, be able to for-
shal Operations. mulate a plan and listen.
He said the toughest part of his job
is learning the relationship between “Also, supervising Lt. Ciota,” he jok- “Go Bears!” he added.

Beth Pettit, Administrative Officer

If you find yourself visiting her of- more than happy to continue have to do.
fice, be prepared for an eccentric, crea- for the benefit of the Sol- On a typical day, well ac-
tive, hard worker. diers. cording to Pettit, there is
Beth Pettit, Administrative Officer “The [Soldiers] are the never a “typical” day, she just
for DES, enjoys sewing, quilting, cross- only reason I do this job,” she rolls with the punches, handles
stitching and spending quality time with said. everything as it comes to her.
her family. “I don’t do this for the To include, travel orders, sus-
A devoted mother of three daugh- rewards, I do what I feel is pense's and meetings.
ters and grandmother of two grand- my piece to help them along,” “No matter what I plan, it
daughters, Pettit, native of Corvallis, she added. never goes that way,” she said.
Ore., began working on Fort Lewis in Pettit said the toughest part of her “Experience helped me along the way,
1999 as a Budget Technician for Re- job is trying to meet all the deadlines. but education always helps out.”
serve Officer Training Corps or ROTC.
The exciting portion of her job is the “I’m here and always willing to help
Pettit celebrated her 18th year of fact that she is helping the Soldiers by out if need be and if I don’t know, I’ll
government service in July 2006 and is taking away a job they might otherwise point you in the right direction.”

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is always celebrated on December 25th and is the observance of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, and he is worshiped throughout the world with prayer and
thanksgiving for life and love.

WORD BANK
Blessing Ornaments
Crèche Tinsel
Decoration Wreath
Enchanting Wassail
Jesus
Magnanimous
Magnificent
Mistletoe
Majestic
Myrrh
Nativity

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that recalls the victory of Judas Maccabeus when he and his followers re-
claimed and rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem. The word "Hanukkah" means "dedication". It lasts for 8
days and is marked by the lighting of candles in a menorah (a 9-branched candlestick) to commemorate the
miracle that allowed a one day's supply of oil to actually burn for 8 days.

WORD BANK
Chanukah Shofar
Decoration Synagogue
Dedication Zelebi
Dreidel
Gelt
Latkes
Loukoumades
Menorah
Miraculous
Pancakes
Pretzel

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1.
HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST
Checklist for Decorations
Make sure you can mark "yes' to all
of these

All decorations and displays are Packaging debris and other


Flameproof or fire retardant. combustible material is
confined to approved, covered
Decorations do not obstruct containers.
sprinkler systems or access to
fire extinguishers or fire alarm Materials that will burn are
pull stations. kept at least 36 inches from
any heat source.
Decorations do not intrude into
or block the minimum width of Are cut Christmas trees kept
exit ways. watered throughout the holiday
season. Do not let dry out.
Exit doors are kept unlocked when
the building is occupied. Cut trees, wreaths, and
garlands are removed as soon
Internally lit exit signs are as possible after the holiday
illuminated at all times when the observance.
building is occupied.
Occupant load limitations are
strictly observed in public
FORT LEWIS FIRE
assembly occupancies.
PREVENTION OFFICE

All electrical cords and lights 966-7154


carry the label of Underwriters
Laboratory. “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”
Electrical cords and lights are
carefully inspected before use
for cracks, areas of wear, or
electrical shorts.

Decorative lighting is turned


off when the premises are
unoccupied.

Only heavy-duty extension


cords are used for holiday
lighting, and they are not
overloaded.
Stairways and stairway
landings are free from storage
of any type.
*Candles are not authorized
except in approved places*

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