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FRONTLINE
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Aerobic-thon
makes an impact,
see Page 1C

January 18, 2007

Take time out Soldiers


Task Force for lunch with the remember Dr.
2-7 Inf. cases
its colors,
3rd Inf. Div. Spiritual Martin Luther
Luncheon Friday, King Jr.,
see Page 3A
see Page 1B
see Page 7A

Raiders lead the way


Photos by Jimmy McSalters
1st BCT Soldiers load buses en route to Hunter Jan. 13 as the unit deploys to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. See additional photos on Page 3A.

1st BCT heads back to Iraq


Spc. Ricardo Branch tions for the brigade’s because being over there
1st BCT Public Affairs arrival in Kuwait.” before, I understand the
He said the forward intentions, and what our
With the redeployment movement of the advance goals are,” said Spc. Eric
to Iraq on the horizon for party has a two-part mis- Wade, Headquarters and
the 1st Brigade Combat sion they will be perform- Headquarters Company,
Team, some Soldiers said ing for the brigade. 1st BCT. “I’ve also trained a
their goodbyes early and “Our first mission is to lot for this deployment so
boarded a commercial air- conduct the reception, I’m better prepared this
liner bound for Kuwait staging, and onward move- time around.
from Hunter Army Airfield ment in Kuwait,” he said. Despite leaving their
Jan. 3. “We’ll be receiving the loved ones behind, the
The Soldiers, a small brigade’s equipment and Soldiers from the advance
contingent from six battal- Soldiers and preparing party recognize the impor-
ions of 1st BCT, are part of them for operations in tance of this operation.
the initial group sent to Iraq.” “All of us here are sad to
help pave the way by “Secondly, we’ll be con- leave our families but we
ensuring that overall com- ducting those combat are determined to do this
munications are in place counter insurgency opera- mission,” he said. “We have
prior to the brigade’s tions in the brigade’s area been preparing for this
arrival for theater opera- of operation when we deployment for many
tions. arrive in (Iraq),” Winton months and we’ve known
“These Soldiers leaving said. for the last two months
here today are part of the For some of the Soldiers that we’ll be going, so we’ve
advance party,” said Lt. leaving for Iraq, it’s a sec- worked very hard to be
Col. Douglas Winton, 1st ond rotation, which makes ready for this day.”
BCT executive officer. this deployment more The advanced party were
“They are deploying early bearable than the last. followed by the main group Soldiers seem to disappear in a mountain of camouflage bags Jan. 13 while loading gear
to set the winning condi- “I’m more confident now earlier this week. for 1st BCT’sdeployment to Iraq.

1/3 Avn. helicopters get new sensors


Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills While the pilot controls the night vision
Avn. Bde. PAO sensor, or PNVS, the co-pilot can control
the M-TADS.
Attack helicopters of the 3rd Infantry The assembly also consists of a “day side”
Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade can said DeGolyer, with a video camera, laser
now see better at night, making them safer designation for the Hellfire missiles and a
to fly. range finder.
The helicopters — AH-64 Longbows with The entire assembly, working together,
1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment — helps the pilot and copilot acquire targets
have been fitted with the modernized tar- on the battlefield, and having the M-TADS
get acquisition designation sight. 1/3 Avn. makes it all that much easier, said
is the second unit in the Army to field the DeGolyer.
new equipment. The new equipment is part of a larger
The M-TADS main contribution is the update to 1/3 Avn.’s Longbows, said Chief
introduction of a Generation II forward Warrant Officer Jonathan Craig, 1/3 Avn.
looking infrared radar, said Chief Warrant production control officer.
Officer Troy DeGolyer, battalion standard- Along with the M-TADS, the helicopters
ization instructor pilot, 1/3 Avn. have been fitted with modernized signal
The new FLIR can see more detail at a processing units, which can detect vibra-
farther distance, helping in target acquisi- tion, helping in maintenance, and the con-
tion and allowing pilots to see obstacles tinuous missile warning system, which is a
such as power lines and trees. more effective self-defense system, and the
“It’s a modification that was due 20 years blue force tracker, which helps the pilots
ago,” DeGolyer said. “Everybody wants it.” “see” friendly forces on the battlefield.
The M-TADS is paired with the pilot All of the new systems were put on as
night vision sensor on the nose of the
Apache. See M-TADS Page 3A
2A The Frontline
January 18, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Marne 6 Sends
Remember the life and work of Dr. King
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch service that makes each everything that we do — We serve our families. I feel that God
3rd Inf. Div. commanding general greater than they were our behavior, and our spir- blesses us each with family and friends
before. it. and my service to my family is uninhib-
The life and work of the Reverend Dr. From this day forward In our deployments we ited by vice. We are stewards and I give
Martin Luther King has been a great ,each is given peers to encounter peoples from my all to them and I find my service to
example for people of all races. His life serve with, leaders to serve other countries and cul- those I love to be spiritually rewarding.
is celebrated this month and it is right under, and junior Soldiers tures. To these we offer a Dr. King spoke of equality and I am so
that we reflect on his life and what it to lead. In each case, we shining example of all the grateful for his work.
means to each of us today. must strive to live accord- goodness our nation rep- Today people of all color climb to the
He was a great leader, communicator ing to the values that our resents. In each case we highest levels of government, business,
and visionary who embodied the great- Army represents: Loyalty, achieve greatness by treat- education, athletics, and military ser-
est values a leader can possess. He gave Duty, Respect, Selfless ing others with dignity and vice. Diversity has made us a stronger
us numerous examples to follow. Service, Honor, Integrity, respect. nation and Army.
In our daily walk, we should each and Personal Courage. Dr. King spoke of ser- Each man and woman should have
strive to attain the high ideals that he This is where we set an vice. the opportunity to succeed and we
stood for. example for each other, indeed for our As Soldiers we are all servants. It is ought to treat others the way that we
Dr. King spoke of greatness. entire nation. the noblest of acts. would ourselves want to be treated.
Each person is born in this world with In our new communities of We serve our Army as so many mil- Let us all remember the life and work
an opportunity to be great. Greatness Hinesville, Savannah, or Columbus, we lions have for over two centuries. The of Dr. Martin Luther King in our daily
does not come from the wealth that you associate with fellow Americans who Army is the oldest of our nation's armed walk. He was with us but for a brief time
accumulate. Rather, it is about the lives host our great Army Installations. They forces. In times of peace we have served in human history but his greatness, his
that you touch. love us, yes. But they also look to us as as guardians of freedom. Through the service, and his love for others is worthy
Soldiers begin a new life when they continuous examples of greatness. We tumult of war, as now, Soldiers and their of emulation.
volunteer. This is the first act of selfless owe it to our neighbors to be great in families sacrifice for her. ROCK OF THE MARNE!

DoD announces force adjustments


Bush’s announcement 2nd, 3rd BCTs to join Division, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., will
deploy in April.
The Marine Corps will extend two rein-
1st BCT in Iraq
of Iraq troop increase to force Iraqi stability
forced infantry battalions for approximately
60 days.
Additionally, the 15th Marine Expeditionary

to affect 3rd Inf. Div.


Unit (Special Operations Capable) will remain
Special to the Frontline
in Iraq for approximately 45 additional days.
Other combat-support and combat-ser-
As a result of the President's Iraq strategy
vice-support units may also be deployed as
review, the Department of Defense
Special to the Frontline The leadership of the division, the necessary once new requirements are
announced Jan. 10 an increase of 20,000 U.S.
family readiness groups, and the other assessed.
military forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The additional forces will help Iraqis clear
President Bush’s announcement Jan. support systems on Fort Stewart, Specific decisions made by the Secretary of and secure neighborhoods while protecting
10 to increase troops in Iraq by more Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Benning Defense include: the local population.
than 20,000 will affect 3rd Infantry are in place and ready to support the The 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, These actions will build the capacity avail-
Division Soldiers in the 2nd and 3rd Soldiers and families of the 3rd Inf. Div. based at Fort Benning, will deploy in March; able to commanders to 20 brigade or regimen-
Brigade Combat Teams. Lynch is fully confident in the leaders and the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Inf. Div., based at Fort tal combat teams to assist in achieving stabili-
The division’s 1st Brigade Combat and family readiness groups. Stewart, will deploy in May. ty and security and accelerate Iraqi Security
Team is already deploying and by the The Army’s force generation model, The 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Force development.
end of the month, the 4,000-strong ele- the timeline that determines the train- based at Fort Bragg, N.C., and currently Finally, the USS Stennis Carrier Strike Group
ment will be in Iraq. ing, equipping, and manning of every assigned as the call forward force in Kuwait, and the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense
The announcement to increase Army unit, supports the announce- will move into Iraq and assume a security mis- Regiment will deploy to the region to bolster
troops in Iraq and the impact on the ment. The training cycle of the 3rd Inf. sion there. security.
Marne Division should come as no sur- Div. is in synch to support the The 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, These deployments reflect the continued
prise, said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, com- announcement. Minnesota Army National Guard, will be commitment of the United States to the secu-
mander of the division. “We will not rush to failure,” Lynch extended in its current mission for up to 125 rity of the Iraqi people.
“Almost as soon as I took command said. “As units emerge from their mis- days and will redeploy not later than August In consultation with the Iraqi government,
of this magnificent division I said that sion rehearsal exercises they will be 2007. commanders will continue to assess the situa-
we would deploy again,” Lynch said. “I fully trained and certified to deploy. The 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, tion and make recommendations about the
foresaw that as late as the fall of 2007 When we climb aboard aircraft in the based at Fort Riley, Kan., will deploy in appropriate force levels that best support the
this entire division could be deployed to coming months, we will be fully pre- February. Iraqi government.
Iraq.” pared.” Three other Army combat brigades will The department recognizes the continued
deploy as follows: sacrifices of these units and their family mem-
The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry bers.

A moment in history . . .
Line in the sand: remembering the Gulf War deadline
Sasha McBrayer Jan. 12, 1991 — Congress grants
Fort Stewart Museum President Bush authority to use the
military.
This week in Marne history — or Jan. 15, 1991 — The deadline pass-
more specifically, Jan. 15, 1991 — is es.
remembered as the deadline for Iraq Jan. 16, 1991 — U.S. and coalition
to withdraw from Kuwait during the forces begin attack.
Desert Shield and Desert Storm con- Feb. 24, 1991 — An all-out ground
flict. attack ensues.
The President was George Bush Sr. Feb. 28, 1991 — After 100 hours, the
The world's eye turned to focus ground attack is halted as Iraq agrees
sharply upon two countries in the to a temporary cease fire.
Middle East as Iraqi troops crossed March 3, 1991 — Iraq accepts the
the border into Kuwait. A coalition conditions for a permanent cease fire.
force made up of 30 countries, led by For the 3rd Infantry Division, "100
the United States, and mandated by Days, 100 Hours" became a fitting tes-
the United Nations, sought the libera- tament to the 3rd "Phantom
tion of Kuwait, a small desert monar- Brigade's" participation in the Gulf
chy whose name translates to War.
"fortress built near water." On Feb. 24, 1991, at 4 p.m. (Saudi
To look back, the time line from ini- Arabia time), the brigade led the strike
tial invasion to the permanent cease against the Republican Guard for the
fire seems a marvel. 1st Armored Division and VII Corps.
Aug. 2, 1990 — Iraq invades Kuwait The ground campaign lasted four days
and the United Nations Security as the Phantom Brigade destroyed 105
Council condemns the invasion. enemy tanks, 70 enemy armored per-
President Bush bans trade with Iraq. sonnel carriers, 64 enemy trucks and
Aug. 6, 1990 — The UN authorizes four enemy artillery pieces.
economic sanctions against Iraq. More than 800 Iraqis chose to sur-
Aug. 7, 1990 — Operation Desert render. Such were the consequences
Shield begins. for ignoring the Jan. 15 deadline.
Nov. 8, 1990 — Bush announces Spc. Clarence Allen Cash, a Bradley
additional deployments and more driver with 4th Battalion, 66th Armor,
than 400,000 troops are slated to serve was the only Marne Soldier to die
in the Gulf. while serving his country in Operation
Nov. 29, 1990 — UN Security Desert Storm. He died on Feb. 27,
Council resolution 678 authorizes the 1991, only one day before the ground
use of “all necessary means” to get war concluded. A memorial service
Iraqi forces out of Kuwait if they do was held to honor Cash on March 2,
not leave by Jan. 15, 1991. 1991 in theater.
Rock of the Marne January 18, 2007 The Frontline 3A

Photos by Spc. Ricardo Branch


Above: Soldiers head across the tarmac at Hunter Army Airfield to board the plane
for Iraq Jan. 3.
Left: Savannah port authorities drive a 1st Brigade Combat Team Bradley fighting
vehicle onto a transportation ship during the 1st BCT ship load operations Dec. 16
at the Savannah port.

Ta s k F o r c e 2 - 7 p r e p a r e s f o r I r a q

Photos by Spc. Ricardo Branch


Above: Task Force 2-7 Infantry was on hand for the casing of the unit colors Jan. 9 in preparation for deployment to Iraq.
Left: Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Samuel Coston and Lt. Col. Douglas Crissman, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry com-
mander, case their unit’s colors Jan. 9 in a ceremony held at Marne Garden in preparation for Task Force 2-7 Infantry’s
deployment .

M-TADS From Page 1A


part of a three-week process during the from the 1st Cavalry Division to use for become qualified on the system, DeGolyer experience in Iraq, the DES had to create a
reset and preset phase after the unit’s training. All but one of those aircraft will be said. more general type of training for units that
recent redeployment from Iraq, Craig said. returning to Fort Hood, 1st Cav.’s home. When they came back to Hunter Army may not go to Iraq. “The DES didn’t want to
After redeployment, the aircraft are While the M-TADS is an improvement on Airfield, he noted, the challenge was then tie (units’) hands to terrain flight maneu-
inspected, updated and sent back to the existing technology, the pilots still needed to create a training program for the battal- vers,” he said.
line during the reset and preset. to learn how to use it. ion’s pilots since none existed before then. Beyond the training and the new tech-
Even as the equipment was installed, Instructor pilots from the battalion trav- “I came out with my own maneuvers nology, the reality of the M-TADS and the
and the aircraft were out of commission for eled to Yuma, Ariz., to go through an acad- based on (training) we did with (night other upgrades is that it will help pilots and
the updates, the unit still had to get ready emics program. They also flew with exper- vision goggles) and we did that for qualifi- maintenance officers in the field, DeGolyer
for future deployments, DeGolyer said. imental test pilots to familiarize them- cation,” DeGolyer said. The Army’s said, and with the Generation II FLIR’s aid
“The command struggle is to try to get selves with the new systems. Directorate of Evaluations and Standards in seeing objects at night, the bottom line is
complete training and still get the modifi- “We flew about two hours during the day then came out with a version of the training that 1-3 Avn.’s attack helicopters are now
cations done,” DeGolyer said. to get familiar with M-TADS,” DeGolyer that was actually less stringent, he said. safer to fly. “It’s going to save pilots’ lives in
With that in mind, Craig said, the battal- said. The pilots then went through target Whereas his training was filled with ter- my opinion,” DeGolyer said, “flying at night
ion was loaned four additional aircraft tracking exercises, both day and night, to rain flight maneuvers based on the unit’s and in adverse flying conditions.”
4A The Frontline
January 18, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Families get more benefits Army Survivors Eligible


WASHINGTON, DC— Family members of fallen loss. No amount of money can compensate these fam- for Enhanced Benefits
Soldiers may be eligible for additional enhanced ben- ilies for the loss of their loved one,” said Lt. Col. Robert
efits from the U.S. Army. Deckard, who leads the Army Families First Casualty
The President signed the National Defense Call Center under the Army Casualty and Mortuary How Do I Apply? Families First Casualty Call Center
Authorization Act 2006 increasing the Death Gratuity Affairs Operations Center. “This is an entitlement that Finance Liaison Office
to a total of $100,000 for all deaths retroactive to Oct. 7, our extended family members are due.”
There are several ways to apply for the The Army’s Families First Casualty Call Center Finance Liaison
2001 through Jan. 5, 2006. This legislation also pro- Army Families First Casualty Call Center is current- enhanced Death Gratuity (DG) and/or Office assists family members who have lost loved ones with
vides an additional enhanced death benefit in the ly contacting family members to notify them of the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance obtaining retroactive Death Gratuity (DG) and Servicemembers
(SGLI) Benefit Group Life Insurance (SGLI) payments.
amount of $150,000 for any active-duty deaths occur- enhanced death benefits. However, eligible beneficia-
ring between Oct. 7, 2001 and Aug. 31, 2005. ries may contact the Center to obtain the proper forms - Connect to the Army Families First The President signed the National Defense Authorization Act 2006
and to receive assistance with completing and submit- Casualty Call Center Web Site: (NDAA) which increased the amount of death benefits paid to
“Family members of fallen Soldiers make great sac- http://www.armyfamiliesfirst.army.mil beneficiaries of all deceased active duty service members:
rifices on a daily basis and have suffered the ultimate ting their claim to the Defense Finance Accounting
Service. - Click on the link for the Finance • DG benefits increased from $12,000 to $100,000 effective
Liaison Department January 6, 2006
- Select and download applicable • SGLI benefits increased from $250,000 to $400,000 effective
September 1, 2005
Army Families First Casualty Call Center forms:
• DD Form 397 & Instructions
• SF 1199a & Instructions
The Army’s Families First Casualty Call Center is a and parents, as well as extended family members of
Who Is Eligible?
- Follow the instructions to complete
one-stop resolution center established to assist sur- fallen Soldiers. the appropriate form(s)

viving family members of deceased Army Soldiers - Forms may be submitted via fax, You may be eligible to receive additional payments if you meet the
email or US mail: following criteria:
with questions regarding benefits, outreach, advocacy How can the Families First Casualty Call Center be
and support. Our mission is to provide long-term reached? • Fax: (703) 325-2074 •You suffered a loss between the dates of
• Email: ffccc@conus.army.mil October 7, 2001 thru January 5, 2006 and received the DG
support and advocacy, and offer comprehensive solu- Benefit
The FFCCC team is available 24 hours a day, seven • Mail: CDR AHRC-Alexandria
tions to the families of fallen Soldiers by partnering
days a week. For more information, call (866) 272- ATTN: AHRC-PED •You suffered a loss between the dates of
with private and public organizations, in addition to
5841, fax: (703) 325-2074, visit ww.ArmyFamilies 200 Stovall Street October 7, 2001 thru August 31, 2005 and received SGLI
various outreach groups. Alexandria, VA 22332
First.army.mil or Email: FFCCC@cous.army.mil.
Who is eligible to use the Families First sevices?
Mail: Army Human Resources Command For further information on eligibility or questions regarding retroactive
Family members of deceased Soldiers are eligible to ATTN: AHRC-PEC (FFCCC) enhanced death benefits, you may contact one of our Support Coordinators
obtain assistance, support, and referral information. 200 Stovall Street via the Army Families First Casualty
FFCCC will provide assistance to spouses, children Alexandria, VA 22332 Call Center toll-free number at: (866) 272-5841.

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Marne Voices As you or your loved one leaves for deployment,


Speak Out what do you want to say to them?
“To my daughters, be good for ”Take care and keep your “I want to say ‘I love you’ to
your mother and do what you heads up. This is just a walk in my wife, son, daughter, parents
are told. To my wife, I love you.” the park for me.” and parents-in-law.”

Staff. Sgt. Matthew Graham Staff Sgt. Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Cruz Spc. Scott Bashor
FSC, 3-69 Armor FSC, 3-69 Armor Co. F, 3rd BSB

“Hold your head up and know “To my fiancee, I love you with “To my fiancee, I love you and
that God will bring you back all my heart. I will miss you and I’m doing this for both of us.
safe. The same God who is I’m going to marry you when I I’m looking forward to us get-
here is in Iraq also.” get back.” ting married when I get back.”

Brenda Watkins Spc. Eddie Huff Spc. Jason Williams


Family member Co. F, 3-69 Armor FSC, 3-69 Armor

3RD INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER MAJ. GEN. RICK LYNCH


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Rock of the Marne January 18, 2007 The Frontline 5A

Aviation Soldiers
get ready for NTC
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills which they certified 27 crews, and
Avn. Bde. PAO deploying to Fort Benning to sup-
port 3rd BCT for Hammer Focus.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd The unit did all this while trans-
Aviation Attack Helicopter forming with the rest of the brigade
Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, into a fully modularized combat
shipped out to the National Training aviation brigade, said Marnon.
Center in California late last week. “The biggest tribute is we didn’t
The unit will be supporting the really know what our limits were but
3rd Inf. Div.’s 3rd Brigade Combat the Soldiers really came through,”
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills
Team during its training at the cen- Marnon said.
ter from mid-January to mid- The aircraft and equipment were Spc. Michael Bird, Co. D, 1-3 Avn., pushes an Apache across the flight line in preparation for loading onto
February. The attack helicopter bat- loaded onto chartered cargo flights a cargo aircraft heading to the National Training Center in California.
talion trained with 3rd BCT at Fort and flown to California rather than
Benning in 2006. flying themselves there. cargo aircraft three to four at a time, During the rotation, said ment),” said Craig. “It was used in a
The National Training Center is a “It’s really hard to get strat air for the Apache helicopters were disas- Marnon, 1/3 Avn. will focus on limited way during the Fort Benning
scenario-based training center this type of rotation,” said Chief sembled enough to make sure they working with other aviation assets (exercise), but NTC has the wide
where units can tailor training to Warrant Officer Lorena Peck, fit. available to the units on the open spaces the system was
their specific needs. Located in the Combat Aviation Brigade mobility “It’s called a tactical load,” said ground. designed for.”
California desert, the center is a officer. Between units being flown Peck, “with the stabilator and rotors ”Our goal is to integrate with At the lowest level, though, the
prime opportunity to work in an to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the reg- taken off.” The stabilator on the Shadow (unmanned aerial vehi- training at NTC will most benefit the
environment much like Iraq or ular rotation of units to other parts Apache helicopter is the wing-like cles),” he said, “and to maximize Soldiers who haven’t deployed to a
Afghanistan. of the world, it’s hard to get space on structure attached to the tail-end. how we fight with UAVs.” combat zone, said Chief Warrant
The time leading up to this train- flights like these, she said. Any other equipment is then loaded While at the training center, 1/3 Officer Santa Mediavilla, 1/3 Avn.
ing has been a challenge for the bat- The use of “strategic air” rather and the aircraft are flown to will also have a chance to use the unit mobility officer.
talion said Lt. Col. Paul Marnon, 1/3 than “self-deploying” was an California. upgraded equipment installed on “For the guys who’ve never been
Avn. commander. immeasurable help, said Marnon. Once the aircraft arrive at an air- the Apaches during the preset deployed it gives them an idea of
“The most significant thing is Each hour the helicopters fly costs field at the former George Air Force process, said Chief Warrant Officer what to expect,” she said. For those
since our return (from Iraq in money, mostly due to fuel and Base in California they are put Jonathan Craig, 1/3 Avn. mainte- who have already deployed, said
January 2006) we’ve done reset and maintenance, and Marnon said that together, checked out by quality nance officer. Several new equip- Mediavilla, it’s a good refresher. “It
then immediately went into preset,” if the 3rd Inf. Div. hadn’t set up the control inspectors, test flown and ment sets were installed including gives the unit an opportunity to find
Marnon said. Reset and preset are flights carrying the attack heli- then, when enough crews arrive the modernized target acquisition out what needs to be fixed (opera-
the processes of resetting the rede- copters, the price would have been from Hunter Army Airfield, they are designation sight, which integrates a tionally).”
ployed aircraft to fighting condition in helicopter flight hours that the flown to the training center. new generation of forward-looking The sense of realism NTC pro-
and then installing new equipment. unit could not afford. “We saved The time between landing at infrared radar system into the vides can only help the unit and
While the aircraft were being about one thousand hours going George AFB to ending the test flight Apache’s target acquisition process. Soldiers get into a go-to-war mind-
worked on, the unit was also going strat air,” said Marnon. is only a matter of hours, said “NTC will be our first exposure to set, said Mediavilla. “30 days in NTC
through aerial gunnery, during Before being loaded onto the Marnon. (using M-TADS in a field environ- is not like 30 days in garrison.”

New year welcomes first new NCO in Iraq for 385th MPs
1st Lt. Megan Maimone 1. Pa., and is currently serving as a Logan and Renee.
HHD, 385th MP commander Hoyme was promoted to driver in the 385th’s Headquarters The 385th MP Bn. looks for-
sergeant in Bagram, Afghanistan, and Headquarters Detachment ward to watching Hoyme excel on
The shimmering ball in Times while fellow officers, NCOs and military police security detail and off the battlefield.
Square dropped to signify the Soldiers of the 385th Military while supporting Operation
new year as the rank of specialist Police Battalion lauded him for Enduring Freedom VII. Hoyme is Staff Sgt. Marshall Preston
dropped for Sgt. Ryan E. Hoyme, this accomplishment. supported by his wife, Patricia, Sgt. Ryan E. Hoyme was the first
who entered the NCO Corps Jan. Hoyme is originally from Dover, and their children Allen, Davin, Soldier promoted in Iraq.
6A The Frontline
January 18, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Justice Served
Military Justice tion to E-1, forfeiture of $297 for one month
(suspended), 14 days extra duty.
Pvt. Michael M. Harton, 703rd Brigade
Support Battalion, found guilty at general Private from 26th Brigade Support
court-martial; conspiracy, two counts of Battalion, received an Article 15; wrongful
wrongful use of a controlled substance, use of marijuana; reduction to E-1, forfei-
robbery; four years confinement, dishonor- ture of $636 for two months, 45 days
able discharge. restriction/extra duty.

Pvt. Nathaniel Bell, 3rd Battalion, 7th Private from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
Infantry Regiment, found guilty at special Regiment, received an Article 15; AWOL;
court-martial; two counts of Absent with- reduction to E-1, forfeiture of $636 for two
out leave; 58 days confinement, bad con- months, 45 days restriction/extra duty.
duct discharge.
Private from 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Female, 22 years old, sentenced to pay eluding police, and wrongful possession of
Regiment, received an Article 15; larceny $450 fine for driving on Hunter without marijuana. Failure of any of these individu-
Specialist from 703rd BSB, received an insurance and with a suspended license.
Article 15; wrongful use of a controlled sub- and wrongful appropriation of private als to comply subjects them to arrest, deten-
stance; reduction to E-1, forfeiture of $636 property; reduction to E-1, forfeiture of Male, 26 years old, sentenced to pay $250 tion and federal prosecution.
for two months (suspended), 45 days $297 for two months, seven days restric- fine for driving a vehicle which wasn't regis-
restriction/extra duty. tion/extra duty. tered properly with the Division of Motor
Vehicles.
Specialist from 703rd BSB, received an Magistrate Court LEGAL NOTICE
Article 15; failing to provide financial sup- Male, 34 years old, sentenced to 16 days
port to dependants, four counts of failing Male, 38 years old, sentenced to time confinement for driving under the influence, Anyone having claims against
to report to duty, making false official state- served (20 days) for probation violation. His driving with a suspended license, disorderly
ments; reduction to E-3, forfeiture of $394 underlying charge was possession of drugs conduct and criminal trespass. or who is indebted to the
for one month, 14 days restriction. on Hunter Army Airfield. estate of Staff Sgt. John L.
Adverse Admin Actions Hartman, B Btry., 1/9 FA, Ft.
Private from 703rd BSB, received an Male, 23 years old, sentenced to pay $500
Article 15; failing to follow a lawful order, fine for driving on Hunter with a suspended The Garrison Commander, Fort Stewart
Stewart, GA 31314, contact 1st
five counts of failing to report to duty; for- license. and Hunter, barred 13 individuals from the Lt. Jonathan Kirkland, 1/9 FA,
feiture of $297 for one month, 14 days
restriction/extra duty. Female, 19 years old, sentenced to pay
installation for the following offenses: Ft. Stewart, GA 31314, phone:
$500 fine and serve 12 months on probation obstruction of justice, theft by shoplifting, 767-7503.
Private from 703rd BSB, received an for driving on Hunter with a suspended theft of public property, criminal trespass,
Article 15; failing to report to duty; reduc- license. assault consummated by a battery, DUI,
Rock of the Marne January 18, 2007 The Frontline 7A

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield


Stars and Stripes Valentines The guest speaker is Forces Command Owens at 448-2296. Ball at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel.
Stars and Stripes is now hosting free chaplain, Chap. (Col.) Sonny Moore. A sug- Contact the CAB personnel officer for more
Valentine's Day messages at Stripes.com until gested donation is $5 at the door. See your Traffic Notification information at 315-3755.
Jan. 30. The messages, which can include a unit chaplain for tickets. Seating is limited and Motorists are encouraged to use caution
photo, will be printed in the paper, in the tickets are required. while driving on Fort Stewart, specifically
European, Pacific and Middle East editions Georgia Highways 119 and 144. Civilians Authorized to DFACs
and they may also be on the Stripes.com web- CG Golf Scramble Due to increased training through Feb. 12, Department of Defense and Department of
site on Feb. 14, depending on the number of The Commanding General’s Golf Scramble motorists are urged to use extra caution and the Army civilians and contractor employees
messages received. This is done free of charge date has changed to Tuesday. Show time is 8:45 be aware of possible vehicle and Soldier road are now authorized to eat in Fort Stewart and
as an annual service to our deployed troops. a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Prize presen- crossings. Hunter Army Airfield installation dining facili-
tation is upon completion of the event, around ties while in a duty status. Civilians are not per-
ID Card Section Closure 1 p.m.. The entry fee is $30 for non-members Mental health services focus group mitted to bring family members or guests.
and $25 for members. Early registration is rec- Active-duty military and spouses now have Lunch and dinner are $3.65 each and breakfast
The identification card sections at Fort
ommended. For more information, call 767- the opportunity to participate in a mental is $2. The dining facility operating hours are
Stewart (Soldier Service Center and Mower
2370. health services focus group. We want to know 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. to 1
Processing Center) plus the ID Card Section at
what you think about the various mental
Hunter Army Airfield will close March 26-27 p.m. for lunch and 5-6:30 p.m. for dinner.
Free Swimming Lessons For Soldiers health services available on your installation!
for a system upgrade. For more information,
Sign up now for swimming lessons at Discussion groups meet on Fort Stewart: Jan.
call 767-4909.
Newman Pool on Mondays and Thursdays. 24 and 25, noon to 1 p.m.; Hunter Army Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
Only four Soldiers allowed per class. For more Airfield: Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. For more infor- Fort Stewart will hold an Dr. Martin Luther
Volunteers Needed for Tax Center
information or to register, call 767-3034. mation, to include location, please e-mail King, Jr. Observance Program 1:30 to 2:30
In preparation for the 2006 Tax Season, the
sara.bentley@bearingpoint.com or call Sara p.m. Jan. 24 at Club Stewart. The guest speak-
Tax Centers are looking for volunteers to staff
Vehicle Registration Office has Moved Bentley at 703-747-3599 or 412-848-6323. er is Colonel Barrye L. Price, Commander of
the VITA Tax Centers at Fort Stewart/HAAF.
The Vehicle Registration Office has moved Eastern Sector, United States Military
This opportunity can provide good training
to Room 2064A, Bldg. 253 on Pony Soldier Entrance Processing Command. The event is
and experience for future jobs. For more infor-
Road.
Hunter Briefs an opportunity to recognize the contribu-
mation, call 767-1055.
CAB Falcon Week tions and achievements of Dr. King to the
‘ PWOC Meets Wednesdays in 2007 Falcon Week is coming in March. The American culture and to increase cultural
Stewart Briefs Protestant Women of the Chapel meetings Combat Aviation Brigade will hold a three-day awareness, mutual respect, and understand-
will be moving to Wednesdays in January. The Falcon Week, starting March 13. The festivities ing. This event is open to the public.
Spiritual Luncheon group meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Vale will include a triathlon, softball, bowling and Requests for additional information can be
The 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart Chapel. Spring semester will begin with fel- basketball tournaments, and a golf scramble directed to Master Sergeant Silvia Marchan,
Unit Ministry Team will hold a Spiritual Fitness lowship and celebration and all new Bible during the first two days. The event will culmi- U. S. Army Garrison Command, Equal
Luncheon Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Club Stewart. studies. For more information, call Tammy nate March 15 at 6 p.m. with the CAB's Spring Opportunity Advisor, 767-8432.

Hunter Stewart
Movie Trivia Pen Pal Club
Are you a movie buff? If so, test out your knowledge with GMH and join us Join us 4-5 New members are welcome to come and make a friend for life! Write and receive letters
p.m., today, at the New Savannah/New Callaway Community Center for some movie fun! from other kids from all over the country! The club’s next meeting is 3-4 p.m. Monday at
Southern Oaks Community Center.
Scavenger Hunt Movie Trivia
Everyone likes a good treasure hunt! Find all of the clues and win a prize 4-5 p.m. Tuesday Are you a movie buff? If so, come test out your knowledge with GMH 4-5 p.m., Jan. 29 and
at New Savannah/New Callaway Community Center. join us for some movie fun at Southern Oaks Community Center. Prizes will be awarded.
Pen Pal Club ‘Simon Says’ Competition
Come and make a friend for life! Write and receive letters from other kids from all over the Simon says join GMH for some fun playing a favorite classic childhood game! The event
country! Join us 4-5 p.m., Jan. 25 at New Savannah/New Callaway Community Center. is 3-4 p.m., Jan. 31 at Southern Oaks Community Center. Prizes will be awarded to the last
For more information, please contact your Lifeworks Coordinator, Amber Humphries, at ones standing. For for more information, please feel free to contact your Lifeworks
912-269-3734. Coordinator, Amber Humphries, at 912-210-3250.
8A The Frontline
January 18, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Civilian employee news, Job announcement


Tax assistant Coordinator,
jobs, hope for the new year Income tax preparation clerk
Location: Fort Stewart and Hunter
Army Airfield Installation Legal Offices
New Year's message ple. We play a critical role in supporting our fighting men
and women in their defense of freedom. Your dedication and

Melinda McMillon Darby


sacrifices to this end are sincerely appreciated and recog-
nized by your leadership.
Opening date: now
Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel Please pause and remember in your thoughts and prayers
the Soldiers who are in harm’s way and who have spent this Closing date: Tuesday
Dear Friends and Colleagues: past joyous season away from their families.
As we enter the New Year, let us all take a moment to We only exist to serve these Soldiers and provide the kind
reflect on our many outstanding accomplishments in 2006 of support necessary to further our efforts for peace around
the globe. Next year will be challenging but also rewarding as
How to apply
and enjoy the beginning of a great 2007.
May we also remember the memory of our 38th president, we continue to make progress in the support of this vital 1 - Go to http://cpol.army.mil
Gerald R. Ford, our former commander in chief and his fam- mission. 2 - Employment
ily in this time of mourning. Let us give thanks for the many I am truly awed by the contributions each of you makes 3 - Create/send Resume in RESUMIX system
blessings that we experience each day and for the freedom every day of the year to the mission of the G-1 and the Army. 4 - self-nominate
we enjoy as Americans. I am so proud of each and every one I am especially privileged and proud to serve as your
of you and your service to the greatest Army in the world. As Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel. You are the greatest Contact Jackie Johnson-Brunson
Civilian Soldiers, we too serve the dignified cause of pro- team in the world! I wish you a safe, healthy, blessed and
wonderful 2007!
at 767-8671 for more information
tecting freedom and preserving rights for the American peo-
Rock of the Marne January 18, 2007 The Frontline 9A

DeCA rings up increased savings for military families


Bonnie Powell Department of Agriculture figures for retail based on an annual price comparison study,
DeCa grocery food purchases consumed at home, a which compares commissary prices on
family of four shopping at the commissary on approximately 30,000 items with those of local
FORT LEE, Va. — Commissary customers a regular basis can now save $2,957 annually supermarkets, major grocery store chains and
are ringing in the New Year with record-break- on groceries. The figure formerly used was supercenters. The study also takes into
ing savings. As a result they should be “resolv- $2,700. account state taxes and the 5 percent commis-
ing” to shop their local commissary more “Considering the rising cost of food, our sary surcharge, which goes to renovate com-
often. buyers and the manufacturers and vendors missaries and build new ones.
“I’m proud to announce that average cus- that sell groceries in the commissary system Figures for fresh meat and produce, as well
tomer savings for a family of four have risen to have done a great job in maintaining out- as data for locations outside the contiguous
nearly $3,000 annually,” said Defense standing customer savings over commercial United States, are obtained through random
Commissary Agency director and CEO Patrick grocery stores,” said Nixon. “It all adds up to sampling. Weighting techniques take into
Nixon. “As an agency, we always deliver the savings that can be used by military families to account such factors as cost of living in a vari-
message that our savings are an ‘average of 30 meet the rising costs of college, vacations, new ety of areas and regions, as well as customer valued benefits,” said Nixon. “When you take
percent or more’ worldwide, but savings have cars — or even gas for their cars.” buying habits. customer savings into account, commissaries
actually been holding steady at about 32 per- Under the latest calculations, couples can The commissary benefit also offers an effi- deliver more than two dollars in benefit to mil-
cent for several years now.” save $1,885, and singles can save $1,029 by cient return on investment for the American itary customers for every tax dollar expended
DeCA has not revised its savings messages shopping regularly at their commissary. taxpayer. “The commissary benefit has always to support the system, and we’re extremely
for over a year, but using current United States DeCA’s average savings calculations are been recognized as one of the military’s most proud of that accomplishment.”

Hunter landscaping gets jump start on spring


Nancy Gould them around the Sports Complex on Duncan Road.
Hunter Public Affairs The firetruck throughly sprayed the seedlings until the
next watering in January. Trees were also planted along
The Hunter Fire Department began the first of several Wilson Blvd., which watered the same day.
Photos by Nancy Gould monthly tree waterings at Hunter Army Airfield Dec. 12. The Hunter Fire Department staff supports community
Above and below: Hunter firefighters water trees around Staff from the Savannah Tree Foundation, along with events as time allows, in addition to their regular firefight-
post Dec. 12 as part of a monthly effort. volunteers, planted 150 live oak seedlings Nov. 4, most of ing duties.