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Vol. 41, Issue 48 Serving the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield communities (www.stewart.army.mil) December 13, 2007

Gates applauds
Soldiers’ success
Donna Miles as defense secretary, Gates noted vast
American Forces Press Service security improvements.
During a joint news conference with
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Defense Secretary Mufriji, Gates cited "recent months of
Robert M. Gates talked with Iraqi leaders dramatic change in the security situation
and U.S. commanders Dec. 5 to explore across the nation, a decline in violence to
ways to maintain momentum built in levels not seen since the Samarra mosque
recent months and continue to build on bombing nearly two years ago."
it. As Coalition and Iraqi operations have
Gates met with Iraqi President Jalal pushed terrorists out of much of southern
Talibani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and western Iraq, they've brought a sense
Defense Minister Abd al-Qadir al-Mufriji of normalcy and hope to areas that had
and U.S. commanders. On his sixth visit long gone without it, he told reporters.
See GATES Page 8A

Installation residents
to receive mock bills
Kaytrina Curtis Community Center, Dec. 5, upset and
Hunter Public Affairs confused about the new mock billing
process now conducted at Hunter and
Historically, living in on-post housing Fort Stewart.
meant that Families could use as much When the meeting adjourned, howev-
electricity and or gas that they wanted er, most in attendance departed with a
without financial accountability. better understanding of the basis and
However, that is about to change. methodology to be used to equitably
Many Hunter Army Airfield residents calculate utility bills for on-post resi-
were in attendance at the New Gannam dents.
See MOCK Page 8A

RCI employs WTU Soldiers


Lina Satele ment of the barracks on both installa-
Frontline Staff tions.
“The Residential Army Community
Fort Stewart, Ga. - The Fort Stewart and Initiative main propose is to provide
Hunter Army Airfield Department of Army Families with quality housing and
Public Works’ housing department has included in that initiative is the
Pat Young
been working with Soldiers from the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing pro-
The 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard marched in the 11th annual Christmas parade in
Warrior’s in Transition unit in the assess- gram,” said Chris Curry, RCI Director.
downtown Hinesville, Dec. 9 to the thunderous applaud of thousands of community
See RCI Page 8A members in attendance. See story on Page 8B.

WWII veterans attend annual


Pearl Harbor Day observance
Gail Aldridge public radio to the Congress of the United
Public Affairs Specialist States, December 8, 1941, when Roosevelt said,
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will
Three World War II veterans were among the live in infamy - the United States of America was
area veterans who met Saturday at the Georgia suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and
Army National Guard Armory in Hinesville for air forces of the Empire of Japan. As
the Annual Pearl Harbor Day Observance Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I
Ceremony. have directed that all measures be taken for our
This event, sponsored each year by the defense. No matter how long it may take us to
Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 46 in overcome this premeditated invasion, the
Hinesville featured guest speaker Col. John P. American people in their righteous might will
Collins, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity win through to absolute victory. With confi-
Commander. MEDDAC also provided a Color dence in our armed forces - with the unbound-
Guard, who posted and retired the colors for the ed determination of our people - we will gain
ceremony. Collins reflected on the events of the inevitable triumph - so help us God."
December 7, 1941. Garlon Penland, commander of DAV Chapter
He said history records the text of President 46, stated he was glad to have World War II vet-
Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech given over erans attend the memorial service.

See PEARL Page 2A

Toys-for-Tots drive needs you


Molly O’Hearon center and other designated Toys for Tots
DMWR Public Relations boxes throughout the installation.
All toys should be new, unwrapped toys. All
Saturday is the last day to donate to the Toys donations will be picked up and sorted by vol-
for Tots drive on Fort Stewart. The Toys for unteers on Saturday.
Sgt. 1st Class Marty Collins Tots Foundation provides disadvantaged chil- The presents will be taken to a warehouse
Pfc. Alex Catlett, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th dren with presents for Christmas. In 2006, the where they will be separated by gender and
Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, receives his Shoulder foundation delivered more than 19.2 million age, bagged, labeled, and then given to the
Sleeve Insignia for Former Wartime Service from Staff Sgt. Edwin toys to over 7.6 million children. battalions to distribute to the Families that
Morales, HHC, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., during a ceremony held at The toy drive provides gifts for children that have applied.
Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Dec. 5. See story on Page 2A. might not receive any thing else this holiday For more information about the toy drive,
season. Donations to the toy drive can be call Army Community Service at 767-
made at the Commissary, PX, library, welcome 5058/1297.

Discover
Experience Take advantage of Stewart-Hunter
the holiday free tax filing at treasure at Pot-
spirit, see Stewart-Hunter, See of-Gold cere-
Page 8B, 9B mony, See
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2A The Frontline
December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Marne 6 Sends
CG thanks Mayor Ratcliffe, Hinesville, Families
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch itary Families. Everything he the reins back home. He we feel most at home, and for our Dog Face
3rd Inf. Div. commanding general did revolved around helping insured all of our Soldiers’ Soldiers, Mayor Ratcliffe made Fort Stewart
our Families, and as a Families were taken care of, their home.
Although we are doing important work deployed division, there is no and I can never express how As we farewell Mayor Ratcliffe, we wel-
over here, we can focus on the fight because more important task. much the Division appreci- come Mayor Jim Thomas. Mayor Thomas is a
of many wonderfully supportive members of There is a lot I worry about ates his leadership. retired military officer, so he understands
the Hinesville Community, but I would like over here. Task Force Marne The 3rd Infantry Division that military Families are the Nation’s most
to focus on one man – Mayor Tom Ratcliffe. has 20,000 Soldiers and a bat- and its Soldiers are indebted precious resource. The 3rd Infantry Division
In my 30 years in the Army, I have never seen tlefield the size of the state of to Mayor Ratcliffe. More than looks forward to working as closely with
a community embrace its local military base West Virginia. When we got ever before, a lot of our Mayor Thomas as it did with Mayor Ratcliffe.
as much as Hinesville; and it that is largely over here, our Soldiers were Soldiers are choosing to retire Although the 3rd Infantry Division is cur-
due to the fact that Mayor Ratcliffe is a man suffering attacks by the hour. in Hinesville – they want to rently deployed in support of the Global War
of vision. He is truly a selfless servant, and In May alone, I attended 29 stay there, they want to keep on Terrorism for the third time, I don’t lose
has worked hard every day to meet the needs memorial services for our fall- their children in schools there, any sleep wondering if our Families are being
of the community, most especially the mili- en heroes. Security is much and they want to find jobs cared for because I know that Hinesville is
tary members of the community. better now, and just last week the Division there. All of that is a testament to Mayor watching out for them and taking care of
Mayor Ratcliffe worked tirelessly to make suffered no casualties and no fatalities. Ratcliffe’s hard work toward building a them as their own.
Hinesville not just a community, but a home; But I spent no time worrying about our stronger community. For those of us in the
and he dedicated himself to serving our mil- Families because I knew Mayor Ratcliffe had military, we tend to retire in the community Rock of the Marne!

Vanguard Company
holds patch ceremony
Pfc. Amanda McBride mation in front of the Brigade
4th BCT Public Affairs Headquarters and said the Vanguard
Soldiers are making history just by being
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, here.
Iraq – Soldiers from Headquarters and Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Torres, com-
Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade mand sergeant major, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf.
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Div., echoed James’ sentiment and told the
received their Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Soldiers to be proud of the patch they now
Former Wartime Service during a ceremo- wear and to wear it with pride.
ny held at FOB Kalsu, Dec. 5. “You earned your combat patch, so wear
The insignia, commonly known as the it proud like everybody else before you
combat patch, was presented to Vanguard did,” Torres said. “Do not ever think, no
Soldiers in a ceremony recognizing matter wherever you work or whatever sec-
Soldiers deployed to a combat zone. tion you work in, that you didn’t earn this
Col. Thomas James, commander, 4th combat patch.”
BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., told the Soldiers how This is the 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.’s second
special it was to be a part of the ceremony. tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
James made his way through the formation since its activation in 2004.
shaking hands and personally congratulat-
ing each Soldier.
“This is a special day for all of us,” James
said. “You and I wear on our right shoulder Pfc. Amanda McBride
a patch Audie Murphy wore, that Sgt. 1st Sgt. Dameon Dugar, assigned to HHC,
Class Paul Smith wore, and the thousands stands in formation during the patch cer-
and thousands of other Marne Warriors emony held Dec. 5. The Shoulder Sleeve
that served in World War I to the present Insignia for Former Wartime Service
have worn.” patch, know as the combat patch, is
After the ceremony, James gathered the given to deployed Soldiers in a combat
Soldiers in an impromptu horseshoe for- zone.

A moment in Marne History: Murray, Jr., Whitely awarded MoH


Sasha McBrayer Kaysersberg, France, on Dec. 16, out a truck. killed its two defenders. spearheaded an attack which
Fort Stewart Museum 1944, while leading a reinforced pla- By that time a mortar had been Hurling smoke and fragmenta- cracked the core of enemy resis-
toon into enemy territory. brought to his support. 1st Lt. tion grenades before him, he tance in a vital area.
In December 1944, two Soldiers Descending into a valley beneath Murray directed fire of this weapon, reached the next house and
were recognized with the nation’s hilltop positions held by our troops, causing further casualties and con- stormed inside, killing two and cap-
highest award, the Medal of Honor. he observed a force of 200 Germans fusion in the German ranks. turing 11 of the enemy.
The Marne Soldiers earned the pouring deadly mortar, bazooka, Calling on his patrol to follow, he He continued leading his platoon
honor in separate locations, 1st Lt. machinegun, and small arms fire then moved out toward his original in the extremely dangerous task of
Charles P. Murray, Jr, Company C, into an American battalion occupy- objective, possession of a bridge clearing hostile troops from strong
30th Infantry, near Kaysersberg, ing the crest of the ridge. and construction of a roadblock. points along the street until he
France, on Dec. 16; and 1st Lt. Eli The enemy's position in a sunken He captured 10 Germans in fox- reached a building held by fanatical
Whitely, Company L, 15th Infantry, road, though hidden from the ridge, holes. An eleventh, while pretend- Nazi troops.
in Sigolsheim, France, Dec. 27. was open to a flank attack by 1st Lt. ing to surrender, threw a grenade Although suffering from wounds
The citations can be read at the Murray's patrol but he hesitated to which knocked him to the ground, which had rendered his left arm
Fort Stewart Museum. commit so small a force to battle inflicting eight wounds. useless, he advanced on this strong-
with the superior and strongly dis- Though suffering and bleeding ly defended house, and after blast-
Murray, Jr. posed enemy. Crawling out ahead profusely, he refused to return to the ing out a wall with bazooka fire,
For commanding Co. C, 30th of his troops to a vantage point, he rear until he had chosen the spot for charged through a hail of bullets.
Infantry, displaying supreme called by radio for artillery fire. the block and had seen his men cor- Wedging his submachinegun
courage and heroic initiative near His shells bracketed the German rectly deployed. under his uninjured arm, he rushed
force, but when he was about to cor- By his single-handed attack on an into the house through the hole
rect the range his radio went dead. overwhelming force and by his torn by his rockets, killed five of the
He returned to his patrol, secured intrepid and heroic fighting, 1st Lt. enemy and forced the remaining 12
grenades and a rifle to launch them Murray stopped a counterattack, to surrender.
and went back to his self-appointed established an advance position As he emerged to continue his
outpost. against formidable odds, and pro- fearless attack, he was again hit and
His first shots disclosed his posi- vided an inspiring example for the critically wounded. In agony and
tion; the enemy directed heavy fire men of his command. with one eye pierced by a shell frag-
against him as he methodically fired ment, he shouted for his men to fol-
his missiles into the narrow defile. Whitely low him to the next house.
Again he returned to his patrol. While leading his platoon on Dec. He was determined to stay in the
With an automatic rifle and ammu- 27, 1944, in savage house-to-house fighting, and remained at the head
nition, he once more moved to his fighting through the fortress town of of his platoon until forcibly evacuat-
exposed position. Burst after burst Sigolsheim, France, he attacked a ed.
he fired into the enemy, killing 20, building through a street swept by By his disregard for personal safe-
wounding many others, and com- withering mortar and automatic ty, his aggressiveness while suffer-
pletely disorganizing its ranks, weapons fire. ing from severe wounds, his deter-
which began to withdraw. He was hit and severely wounded mined leadership and superb
1st Lt. Charles P. Murray, Jr., Co. He prevented the removal of in the arm and shoulder; but he courage, 1st Lt. Whiteley killed nine Photos courtesy of Fort Stewart Museum
C, 30th Inf three German mortars by knocking charged into the house alone and Germans, captured 23 more and 1st Lt. Eli Whitely, Co. L, 15th Inf

PEARL From Page 1A


"We are losing these veterans in large numbers every day," caliber machine gun from his ship after the initial bombing by ticipate in these days.".
Penland said. "Therefore, the saddest part is that we are losing the Japanese. White has attended many of the reunions and Also in attendence was Clinton Henry, U.S. Navy, who was
that part of the WWII history and records of their service sto- anniversaries at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Site. on a U.S. LST Ship during Pearl Harbor in 1941. He served in
ries. We need to make the effort to capture these veterans' sto- "In 1991, I attended the 50th Anniversary with more than WWII, then Korean War and the Vietnam War. The third WWII
ries." 3,000 surviving veterans, White said. "Again in 2001, I joined veteran in attending was Graydon Martin, U.S. Army, who also
Jack V. White, now resides in Long County but has vivid more than 600 veterans for the 60th anniversary gathering at served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a young
memories of Pearl Harbor, said he was a radio operator in the the site. Last years 65th Anniversary was cancelled due to the Soldier serving in WWII, but remembers the attacks on Pearl
Navy aboard the USS Conyngham (positioned behind the USS lack of attendees. You have to realize that WWII Veterans are in Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. He now resides in the Lake
Arizona) when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He operated a 50 their eighties and are limited in what they can attend and par- George area of Liberty County.
Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 3A

Family day
kicks off
188th Bde’s
training,
support
Maj. Valerie Meadows game), horseshoes, and bas-
188th Infantry Brigade, First Army Public Affairs ketball.
Outside, children played in
Over 500 Soldiers and Family members from across the the playground, on the inflat-
state of Georgia gathered at Fort Stewart for a weekend of able obstacle course and
fun, sports, classes, and remembrance, Dec. 1 and 2. slide, dipped their hands in
The 188th Infantry Brigade, a First Army training unit, wax to make colored hands,
pulled in its Soldiers from Fort Gillem, Ga. in the Atlanta ate funnel cakes, and rode the
area and Stewart in order to “create an environment that horses brought by one of the
inspires connections between the unit and our Families, to vendors. There was an arts
establish the foundation for an effective, vibrant, and and crafts tent where Families
needs-based Family readiness network,” said Col. George and Soldiers painted four-
Geczy, III, brigade commander. inch marble squares, each
He and his wife, Mindy Geczy, spearheaded the event, dedicated to a Stewart Soldier
planned by his battalion commanders and staff, under the killed in Iraq.
coordination of the brigade chaplain, Capt. David Clark. Once the sports competi- Maj. Valerie Meadows
“We want to get the Families together, find out what their tions were done, Command Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Mayfield scores a touchdown during the 188th Inf. Bde.
readiness requirements are, give them relevant information Sgt. Maj. Joseph Mayfield, Commander’s Connections Conference flag football tournament.
ranging from finance to upcoming missions, build relations brigade command sergeant
with the garrison, and most of all, have fun with our kids major, passed out certificates
and Families,” Clark explained. to the winners. Chaplain Jonathon Fisher held the raffle talion, Geczy passed the battalion guidon to Maj. Anna L.
The day started off with a 1.8 mile fun-run around James drawing for a $100 gift certificate. Willie Sibert was the win- Rego, the incoming LSB commander. Thompson will be
Brown Park in Hinesville, culminating at the Armed ner. Fisher also raffled off a handful of toys for the children. moving to an Army Reserve unit in Florida.
Services YMCA who provided their facilities, time, and On Sunday, Clark led a Sunrise Service at Cottrell Field. The 188th Brigade is leading the team of four First Army
effort to support the unit. Christina Anthony of the ASYM- Opened with a selection of songs by the Fort Stewart Youth brigades that are providing mobilization and deployment
CA organized vendors, games, inflatables, and rides for the Challenge Choir, the non-denominational service contin- training for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from
Soldiers and their Families. Canon Rooker of Richmond Hill ued with an inspirational reading from Charlotte Seabrook the Indiana National Guard for their deployment to Iraq.
won the Children’s Run. Kent Smith of the 2nd Battalion, of the 188th Brigade. Sgt. 1st Class Kent Smith read from They will be arriving at Stewart in January and will soon
349th Logistical Support, won the adult run. Hundreds of the Old Testament, and Fisher sang a medley of devotional deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Using the
others participated in the walk. songs. Theater Immersion concept of tough, realistic, stressful, 24-
After the run, the brigade moved over to the AS YMCA The Memorial Remembrance Ceremony followed the 7 training, the First Army team is going to conduct training
basketball gym for a briefing on the upcoming mission, or service. With a greeting by Jeff Fornshell, 3rd Infantry that simulates the actual conditions and missions they will
as Geczy put it, “What mommy or daddy is going to be Division, followed by a rendition of the Star Spangled face in theater as closely as possible.
doing here and why it is important enough that they have to Banner by Staff Sgt. Patricia Isaac, Geczy led the brigade in Other units in the First Army team include 4th Cavalry
be gone from home for the next three months.” the Soldier’s Creed. The guest speaker was the Honorable Brigade from Fort Knox, Ky.; the 158th Infantry Brigade
Standing on a wooden map of Stewart, each battalion Jack Kingston, congressman for Georgia District 1. from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; and the 205th Brigade who
commander explained what his unit’s mission was in terms After the ceremony, the Soldiers and Families of the is conducting the training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The
that the children could understand. Lt. Col. John Burnham, Brigade placed the memorial tiles they had made the day three brigades who will be at Stewart (188th, 158th, and 4th)
commander of 1st Battalion, 347th Combat Support, before beneath the tree dedicated to the fallen Soldier who will be running the ranges, classes, forward operating
Combat Service Support, related his unit’s maintenance they had selected to remember. bases, and all training and administrative support, as well
duties to the changing of tires and oil in parents’ cars. Some Soldiers had special requests, a friend or a Soldier as the liaison with the Stewart garrison.
Lt. Col. Terry Meyer spoke about his combat lifesavers, from their previous unit. The Soldiers and Families walked The 76th will be bringing approximately 3,000 Soldiers
the emergency medical response Soldiers. Combat life- along the Warrior’s Walk, taking time to read the names of here. The three training brigades will have approximately
savers have saved thousands of lives in Iraq with their train- the Soldiers who had given their lives for freedom. 1,000 Soldiers to train and support them. They include
ing, Meyer said. After the memorial, the brigade met at Club Stewart for a active Army, mobilized Reserves, part time Reserves, and
Soldiers and Family memebers then were briefed on Christmas buffet brunch. During the brunch, Geczy pro- active Guard and Reserve Soldiers.
finance, scams and fraud, Military One Source, teen moted seven Soldiers: Sgt. Dong Vue, Sgt. 1st Class Lester The vast majority of these Soldiers are experienced non-
Internet security, deployment stress, Tricare, parenting Leggette, Maj. Kermit Thomas, Maj. Pete Hu, Maj. Thomas commissioned officers and officers who have served at
issues and anger management. A separate room was set Hayes, and Lt. Col. James West. least one mobilization and deployment. Many are former
aside for the teenagers known as the Teen Café, with sever- Rounding out the weekend was a change of command 3rd Inf. Div. or 48th Inf. Div. Soldiers who deployed out of
al game sets, a popcorn machine, and videos. ceremony for the Logistical Support Battalion. After pro- Stewart themselves. They know training, they know the the-
After the classes, the Soldiers jumped right into the com- moting Col. Robert Thompson and recognizing his wife, ater, and are determined to give the 76th Soldiers the best
petitive sports to include flag football, Walley Ball (volley LaTonya Thompson for all of her volunteer work as the possible training to ensure their mission accomplishment
ball in a racquet ball court using the walls, a very fast paced Family Readiness Advisor for the brigade as well as her bat- and survival.

Above: A young artist paints a marble stone to place under the memorial tree for a fallen Soldier at Fort
Stewart’s Warrior’s Walk during the 188th Inf. Bde. Commander’s Connections Conference. (Photo by Maj.
Valerie Meadows)

Left: Congressman Jack Kingston and Col. George Geczy, III honor a fallen Soldier from Fort Stewart at
Warrior’s Walk, Dec. 2. (Photo by Debi Meadows)
The Frontline
4A December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Help serve the Army Family’s needs with ACHPP


Special to the Frontline Partnership Program. The goal of this program is to better encourage you to take a few minutes and share your
serve the needs of the total Army Family by enhancing thoughts.
Dear Soldiers, Family Members, DA Civilians, Retirees, Hinesville shopping, restaurants, recreational and enter- The Army is strong because our Army Team makes a dif-
DoD Contractors, tainment opportunities. ference in the community and to the Nation. Thank you for
At this time of the year, we are particularly reminded of As a member of the Fort Stewart military community you your continued support.
the importance of reaching out to others, both on the instal- may receive an email with a link attached to a survey about
lation and in our local communities. your perceptions, experiences, and interests in downtown
One of the ways the military community of Fort Stewart Hinesville. The results of this survey will help provide direc-
Colonel Todd A. Buchs
can impact the quality of life for all those who live and work tion as we continue with the development of this program.
on the installation is through the Army Community Heritage Your candid comments are truly appreciated. I want to Stewart – Hunter Garrison Commander

Avoid holiday fire hazards FORSCOM Cdr calls for safety


Installation safety office ing sources such as registers, radiators and tele- General Charles C. Campbell ian employee, our country and our fellow
vision sets. Army Forces Command citizens are defended against the forces
As the holidays draw near, decorative lighting Don’t block doors or windows, which might of fear, hatred, and oppression. My hope
and special effects become important compo- be used to escape in an emergency and never, The holiday season is a special time for is that you find encouragement and
nents of the festive season. Christmas trees, in put a tree near a fireplace. Use a tree-stand with us all to honor traditions, reflect on the strength in knowing how many people
particular, are a traditional part of the season. widespread legs for better balance and a large many advantages we enjoy as are inspired by your service, your dedica-
Although they are special, trees pose a defi- water reserve in which to immerse the tree butt. Americans, and renew our hope for a tion, your professionalism, your self-sac-
nite safety risk. If you’re using a natural tree this Check the water level every day and add more bright future. We in the Army Family rifice, and your courage.
year, reduce the risk of a tree fire by taking a few as required. have an opportunity to re-commit our- As you gather together with friends
precautions. Check your Christmas lights for defects. selves to the ideals our nation holds dear and Family during the coming days, I ask
Choose a freshly cut green tree, not one that Spread them out on a non-flammable surface - peace, freedom, and good will toward that you keep in your thoughts your fel-
has dried out through weeks of storage. If you before installing them. Make sure there are no mankind. Those meals are especially low Soldiers who cannot be with their
are buying one from a tree lot, tap the trunk on broken bulbs, all-electrical cords are free of cuts dear to us, as we fully understand their loved ones this year because they are
the ground; if several needles fall off, it’s too dry. or frays and the plugs are in good condition. Use cost doing their duty far from home. Take a
Needles that bend and are not easily pulled off only UL-listed lights, and no more than three Thanks to your willingness to serve moment to pause and take pride in them
indicate a fresh tree. strands linked together. Extension cords should voluntarily and shoulder the solemn and in the bond you share with them.
Consider a potted Christmas tree so you can never be placed under carpets or where they responsibility of public service, our land As you and your Family travel during
plant it in your yard once the holidays are over. could be a tripping hazard. Don’t leave the and way of life are protected and contin- this holiday period, remember to keep
Before setting it up, cut one to two inches diag- Christmas tree lights on if there is no one in the ue to set the example to those around the safety in your plans and prepare for
onally off the butt. The tree will draw water room. world who seek dignity, opportunity, and unforeseen emergencies. It is important
more easily from a fresh cut. Stand the tree in a If the tree begins to lose an excessive amount freedom from tyranny. Thanks to your that we bring every member back safely.
tub or bucket of water and keep the tree trunk of needles, remove it immediately. Never burn efforts as an American Soldier, as a sup- I wish you a safe/enjoyable holiday
immersed to prevent the tree from drying out. your tree in the fireplace. These safety tips will portive Family member, or as a DA civil- season and a happy, fulfilling new year.
Select a safe location for the tree, away from help prevent your holiday plans from going up
drapes and curtains and from drying and heat- in smoke!

Stewart congratulates DARE essay winner, Lauren Prox


Many of you are familiar with the is when people try to get me to do Stewart – Hunter CFC 2007
D.A.R.E. program that is taught in our things I know I shouldn’t do. I can get
Our Goal: $
3
area schools. One of the program require- into a violent situation by fighting and
ments is that each student writes an essay joining gangs. I believe that I should 00,000
in order to graduate. Essays are judged by find other things to do instead of join-
teachers, D.A.R.E. officers and Fort ing in on violence, so I catch butter-
Stewart Police Department personnel. One flies. 100%
overall winner is selected from each In life, I learned that sometimes
school and they are awarded a prize.
90%
there are so many decisions for me to STEWART-
The overall winners are Kayla Asher make. So I ask myself, what steps do 80%
from Brittin Elementary, Madison Fuller I take to make the right decisions? I 70% HUNTER HAS
from Diamond Elementary, and Lauren learned by using the DARE decision
Prox from Kessler Elementary. The follow- making model I can make the right 60% CONTRIBUTED
ing essay is written by Lauren Prox. decisions. The D stands for define. A
Check out the Dec. 20 issue of the
50% A TOTAL OF
Lauren Prox stands for assess. R stands for
Frontline to read Madison Fuller’s win- respond. E stands for evaluate. Define 40% $266,605.92
ning essay. Drugs affect different parts of the means think about what the problem
is. Assess means think about your
30%
body. The main parts that I learned FOR
Lauren Prox about are the brain, lungs, heart, and choices. Respond stands for pick a 20%
Kessler Elementary liver. In DARE, I learned the short choice. Evaluate means think about if 10% 89 PERCENT
term effect of drugs is mainly loss of you made a good or bad choice.
OF OUR GOAL
DARE is a great education program coordination. The long term effects I have learned so many things
that has taught me about the dangers are damage to some or all main organ about drugs and violence from AS OF DEC. 5.
of drugs and violence. In DARE, I parts. In addition, it is illegal to buy Sergeant Thompson and Sergeant
learned how to make decisions about drugs. Barron. They are great teachers. They
my own life. DARE stands for drug, Some people don’t know how to say taught me that I should never do
abuse, resistance, education. Lots of no to drugs. In DARE, I learned that drugs. Now, I choose to be drug free.
people use drugs to solve health prob- there are a lot of different ways to say
lems in their lives, but the way com- no to drugs. I can say no by screaming My Pledge
panies advertise drugs makes kids “NO!” Really loud. I can also practice I pledge allegiance to my life, to stay
want to try them. DARE teaches kids by saying no to myself in a mirror or drug free day and night. I will share
about the dangers of drugs because taking turns saying no with a friend. my knowledge of drugs and alcohol Its not to late to help
otherwise kids wouldn’t know about Violence is an act of aggression. with everyone I meet, because with
the dangers associated with using Violence can come from peer pres- drugs and alcohol your life cannot be Date extended until Dec. 14
drugs. sure. In DARE, I learned peer pressure complete.

Marne Voices
What do you want for Christmas?
Speak Out
“A Golden Retriever puppy.” “An MP4 player and a “I want my dad to be safe in
Nintendo DS Lite.” Iraq, and when my mom has the
Jade Turner baby, I want the baby to be
5th Grade, Kessler Elementary healthy.
Quentina Brown Jasmine Smith
6th Grade, Kessler Elementary 3rd Grade, Kessler Elementary

“A Nintendo DS.” “A Nintendo WII game system.” “I would like for my dad to not
deploy to Iraq.”

Courtney Green Briyanna Lyon Lisa De la Cruz


6th Grade, Kessler Elementary 4th Grade, Kessler Elementary 5th Grade, Kessler Elementary

3RD INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER MAJ. GEN. RICK LYNCH


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Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 5A

1/15th Infantry discovers


cache in haystack
Sgt. Natalie Rostek the entire pile of hay to discover two
3rd HBCT Public Affairs 75mm rockets, 17 grenades, 2 mor-
tars, 10 pounds of a stripped propel-
FORWARD OPERATING BASE lant, and one two-liter bottle of explo-
HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers from sive material.
Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th “Finding this cache is a message to
Infantry Regiment uncovered a extremists in this area. They are not
weapons cache Dec. 1 in Al Ja’ara safe and they can’t hide weapons. We
while delivering kerosene to local citi- will find them. This also severely dis-
zens. rupts extremist operations in Al
According to 1st Lt. Matt Barwick, Ja’ara,” Barwick said.
from Lanham, Md., fire support offi- Francois said he had an overwhelm-
cer for Co. B, Soldiers were delivering ing feeling come over him when, after
15,000 liters of kerosene to the village digging through the haystack, he
sheik. While conducting the transfer touched objects that were not sup-
they received information regarding posed to be there.
the location of a possible weapons “It’s a rush,” Francois said. “I felt like
cache. this is what we need to get more infor-
“We went to the location and there mation. This is what we need to put
was a stack of hay about six or seven these criminals away. We got ‘em! I felt
feet high,” he said. “Four Soldiers like we were doing the right thing.”
started digging.” Although excited about his find, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons
Barwick said Pfc. Mark Hayes, from Francois was humble.
Pvt. George Delgado, an infantryman with Company A, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment
Louisville, Ky., Pvt. Phillip Crum, from “It’s what we do,” he said. “We go
Combined Arms Battalion “Tuskers,” 3rd Infantry Division, keeps an eye out for anything sus-
Miami, Fla., Spc. Mishael Francois, out there and look for this stuff. If we
picious outside of St. George’s Church in southern Baghdad’s Doura region Dec. 1.
from Trinidad, Africa, and Pfc. Steven find it, we find it. If we don’t find it, we
Moya, from Redding, Pa., dug through go out there next time and try again.”

Hawr Rajab CLCs turn in explosives cache to new unit


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky The Concerned Local Citizens in a controlled detonation. combat tour. ence in the city and continue to
2nd BCT Public Affairs turned in a cache at Enduring Earlier this month, Soldiers of Capt. Greg Curry, Troop A com- build security sites to prevent
Checkpoint 20 in Hawr Rajab Nov. the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry mander, 6/8th Cav., said he hopes insurgents threatening the local
FORWARD OPERATING BASE 27 consisting of seven blasting Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat to continue the positive relation- population.
KALSU, Iraq – As a new unit transi- caps, 13 pressure plates, two fire Team, 3rd Infantry Division began ships set by the 1/40th Cav. Regt. The same day in Hawr Rajab,
tions in, Hawr Rajab Concerned extinguishers and 28 two-liter bot- replacing Paratroopers of the 1st and build on their hard work. seven Iraqis suspected of insurgent
Local Citizens continue to provide tles filled with homemade explo- Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, Curry, a Walnut Creek, Ohio, activities were detained during a
Coalition Forces with a helping sives. 4th BCT (Airborne), 25th Inf. Div., native, said his Soldiers are com- 6/8th Cav. Regt. operation.
hand in providing security for their An explosive ordnance disposal Fort Richardson, Alaska, who are mitted to the Hawr Rajab people The detainees were brought back
city. team safely destroyed the contents redeploying home after a 14-month and will maintain a 24-hour pres- to FOB Falcon for questioning.
6A The Frontline
December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

tainment (70’s, 80’, 90’s and current music) in Blowing Rock, N.C. from Jan. 25-27. The cost is $849 per person. The cost includes
MWR Briefs Cont. different rooms, and balloon drop at mid- cost is $200 per room plus ski lift and airfare, hotel, taxes, and some food.
New Year’s Eve Party at Rocky’s night. The event is 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Club equipment expenses. Payment options are available and a pay-
Stewart. The event will include a Southern The maximum occupancy for a room is ment of $150 is due by Feb. 1.
Come enjoy a champagne toast, party
cuisine dinner and breakfast option. The cost four. For more information, call 767-2841. Don’t miss out on this great trip. For
favors, entertainment in both rooms and bal-
is $15. For more information, call 368-2212. more information, call 767-2841.
loon drop at midnight. The party will be held
from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and there is no charge to New York City Trip slated
attend. Open to DoD cardholders only. For Additional New Year’s Festivites Join us for a grand time in the “Big Kids scavenge at Cypress Sam’s
more information call 767-8715 or 368-2212. Join in the fun at Cypress Sam’s and Marne Apple.” Children are invited to come search
Lanes New Year’s Eve with affordable Family The trip will include a Broadway show, through 6,000 colored balls to find the
New Year’s Eve at Club Stewart fun. For more information, call 767-4866. tours of the city, tour of the Statue of “special” balls and win prizes.
Liberty, Ground Zero and much more. The hunt will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.,
Come ring in the New Year with cham-
pagne (first 500 people), party favors, enter- Winterfest Trip slated The trip will take place from June 13-15, Jan 9. The cost is $2 per child. For more
Do you love to ski? Take a trip with us to but register now to reserve your space. The information, call 767-4273.

Free tax filing on Stewart-Hunter Support Boy Scouts’ holiday donation drive
Special to the Frontline eral income tax return; military identifica-
tion for yourself and spouse; receipts for
A dedicated and trained staff is ready to charitable contributions; social security card Special to the Fronltine taking in donations Dec. 15.
prepare and file your tax return starting Jan. or memo from Social Security If you wold like to donate but can’t
22 at no charge at the Marne Tax Center, Administration for members, spouse and The Boy Scouts of America, Troop make it that day, please contact
1067 Gulick Avenue, building 617 and the dependents; property tax receipts; home 454 are taking in donations of non
Hunter Legal Center at building 1211. mortgage interest statement; power of attor- Michelle Burkard, scoutmaster of
perishables, perishables, clothing,
Your tax return is filed electronically and if ney; student loan interest statement; divorce blankets, and toys. Troop 454, at 369-5589 or 230-2822.
a refund is due, you will receive it usually decree; proof of dependent care, and educa- They ask that all donations be in All donations will profit less fortu-
within seven to ten business days. tional expenses; interest income statement decent condition. The Troop will be nate military Families.
The service is available to all active duty (e.g., 1099); HUD 1 statement (if home pur-
Soldiers, their dependents and retirees and chased in IRA/TSP contribution statements
continues to April 15. The hours of opera- in 2007); dividend income statement (e.g.,
tion are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1099DIV); and statements reflecting capital
Important documents you need to bring gains/loss and educator expenses.
with you, if they apply, include: W2 for all For more information, call Hunter at 315-
wages received; previous year state and fed- 3675.
Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 7A

703rd BSB dons 3rd Inf. Div. combat patch


Capt. Constance Quinlan never diminish what you are doing,”
4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO Chadbourne said. “Everything you do impacts
the mission of the 4th Brigade Combat Team,
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, 3rd Infantry Division, the 3rd Infantry Division
Iraq- Soldiers of the 703rd Brigade Support and the United States Army.”
Battalion joined the honored ranks of Dog Chadbourne added that each Soldier
Face Soldiers Dec.2. The ceremony was held should take pride in joining the small group of
one day after the 4th Brigade Combat Team, American warriors throughout history who
3rd Infantry Division assumed control of the have stepped up and answer their nation’s call
Vanguard area of operation. in a time of need.
As a light drizzle heralded the onset of the After the ceremony, all the Soldiers will wear
rainy season, four companies of maintainers the 3rd Inf. Div. shoulder sleeve insignia as
gathered outside the Kalsu Aid Station to hold combat patches while deployed. Jeffries
separate combat patch ceremonies. The cere- explained that this gesture symbolizes
monies were presided over by Lt. Col John Soldiers’ pride in the unit with which they are
Chadbourne, commander, 703rd BSB, and currently serving in combat.
Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Harry Jeffries, command The 703rd BSB traces its combat roots to
sergeant major of the 703rd BSB. 1942, when the then 703rd Ordnance
Chadbourne expressed his pride for the bat- Maintenance Company supported the 3rd
Courtesy Photo talion, assuring the Army’s newest veterans Infantry Division in World War II. Its most
Lt. Col. John Chadbourne, commander, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, presents Capt. that the occasion was well-deserved. recent tour was in 2005, supporting the
Cecil Stinnie, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, with a 3rd Infantry “[This] may not feel like combat, but you Vanguard Brigade in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Division Combat Patch Dec. 2 at Forward Operating Base Kalsu. are under a constant threat, and you should III.

Nigerian native is patriotic American, urges to stay Army


Sgt. Jason Stadel away from their babies; the recruiter said it was. Awusah said I try and give them examples; I let them know the Army is the
2nd BCT Public Affairs that if the Army needed him, he would help. kindest community you’ll have,” he said. “I make sure they
“That’s just how he is; he really cares for people,” said Sgt. know that other organizations don’t have programs like AER
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – To call Staff 1st Class Robert Spears, Awusah’s squad leader. (Army Emergency Relief). I let them know that if you need
Sgt. Obinna Awusah a good Soldier would be an understate- Later that afternoon Awusah was in the recruiter’s office in help the Army is always there to help; most organizations
ment according to members of his company. His peers call Brandywine, Md. won’t do that.”
him a good Soldier who goes the extra mile to accomplish a “That was the fastest I’ve seen paperwork get done in the Spears said Awusah takes a positive approach to every-
mission and always places the needs of others before his own, Army,” Awusah said. “I would have gone to basic training that thing.
all with a smile on his face and large sense of patriotism in his night if I would have got my GT (general technician) exam “He’s always smiling and laughing,” Spears said. “The only
heart. done.” thing that upsets him is when leaders don’t take care of
Awusah, a native of Nigeria, immigrated to the United Sixteen years later Awusah, who came to the 26th BSB in Soldiers. Greed is not involved in his life. He’s caring and he
States in 1981 to enroll in college. Awusah didn’t have a hard Jan. 2007 and is currently on his second Operation Iraqi has concern for his fellow Soldiers.”
childhood growing up in the African nation, and said that Freedom deployment, is an advocate of what the United If a new Soldier arrives to the unit, Awusah will make the
because his parents were “well off,” they were able to send States and the Army can provide. Soldier feel welcome.
him and his brother to the U.S. for an education. “Sergeant Awusah is the kind of guy that brightens your “The best way to compliment them is to shake their hand
Awusah, a generator mechanic in Company B, 26th Brigade day no matter what is going on,” Lt. Col. Mark Weinerth, 26th and tell them they are good American Soldiers. You need to
Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry BSB commander, said. thank them for sacrificing their youthful age for their coun-
Division, earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics from Awusah attributes all of his gains in life to becoming an try,” Awusah said.
Wayne State University in Detroit. He settled into a civilian American citizen and to joining the Army. He encourages his When it comes to Soldiering skills Awusah also sets the bar
job in Maryland and became a supervisor at an electronics Soldiers to take advantage of the programs the Army offers high. At 44 years of age he can still run about 14 minutes in
company. However, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invasion such as taking college courses. the two-mile run during the Army physical fitness test.
of Kuwait in the summer of 1990 changed Awusah’s life. Awusah said the Army opens up more possibilities for “He’s a PT stud,” Spears said. “He definitely leads from the
In 1991, Awusah was watching the news in his Maryland Soldiers. He said the military allows a Soldier to choose many front. I knew right away that he was going to be a plus for the
home when he saw a woman crying during an interview career paths in the civilian world. company.”
because she had just been called back to the Army from the He is also an ally for any re-enlistment counselor. In four years Awusah will be eligible for retirement but his
inactive ready reserve. She was a new mom and being called When a Soldier is thinking about leaving the Army, Awusah squad leader doesn’t think Awusah will be ready to leave the
back to service to deploy. makes sure they have an outlook for the future. organization that in his words has given him so much.
Awusah recalled feeling so bad that he called a recruiter “I encourage them to re-enlist based on their plans. If they “He’ll probably stay in the Army until Uncle Sam puts him
and asked if the war was so bad that moms had to be taken have a good plan for leaving the Army then I encourage that. out,” Spears said.

Sgt. Jason Stadel


Staff Sgt. Obinna Awusah (sitting) discusses fixing a generator with one of his non-
commissioned officers, Sgt. Omar Lopez. Awusah has been a generator mechanic in the
Army for 16 years.
8A The Frontline
December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Family Engagement Kit puts Families, safety first


Special to the Frontline oversight, control and structure are beneficial No. 1 killer of Soldiers.
to achieve an accident-free environment. The Another potentially life-saving
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Army officials are USACRC’s collective challenge is to formulate tool included in the kit is the
empowering Family members to take an tools that target safety and risk management Motorcycle/ATV Agreement. This
active role in implementing safety practices to as a "way of life" for application when Soldiers tool encourages Families and their
protect their Families and loved ones return- are off duty. Soldiers to discuss the hazards and
ing home from deployments. “As leaders, we know that direct engage- safety measures associated with
The Army recognizes that Army Families are ment with our Soldiers makes a positive differ- riding motorcycles or all-terrain
a highly powerful group, capable of positively ence in their safety,” said Brig. Gen. Bill vehicles.
influencing how Soldiers and Family mem- Forrester, director of Army safety and com- These web-based tools are self-
bers think. The Army’s new Family manding general of the USACRC. “No one explanatory, self-supporting with
Engagement Kit raises Families’ awareness of knows Soldiers better than their Families and PowerPoint briefs containing asso-
the leading indicators in accidents while pass- there are few organizations better positioned ciated talking points.
ing along the “what” and “how” of best prac- than Families to influence Soldiers to make The Army’s goal is to put these
tices. Armed with these newly created tools, safer choices and take fewer risks.” tools into the hands and empower
Family members are afforded active involve- Forrester added that the USACRC believes it Army Family Team Building train-
ment in their Soldiers’ safety. is extremely difficult to look a spouse or child ers, Family Readiness Group lead-
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety in the eye and tell them you are not going to ers, brigade-level safety profes-
Center study of accident and associated statis- wear your helmet or a seat belt because you sionals, BOSS leaders, parents, and
tics, indicates when Soldiers return from a don't care enough to stay alive for them. individual Family members to
deployment or controlled environment, the “The Family Engagement Kit features tools keep our Army team safe, Forrester
rigors and oversight provided by leaders is that Family members can use to engage their added.
diminished. loved ones in best safety practices in order to Families are encouraged to
During fiscal 2007, 186 Soldiers died within help protect them,” said Forrester. “Many take embrace the Family Engagement
one year of returning from deployments. very little time or effort, and the payoff is Kit as another tool supporting one
Approximately 30 percent of the deaths huge.” common desire – safer Soldiers
occurred within the first 30 days of post- In all, the kit includes six tools for post- and Families.
deployment and 63 percent within the first six deployment best practices. One such tool is “Family involvement is essential, so I ask for Soldiers.”
months. Of the 186 fatalities, 145 involved pri- the Travel Risk Planning System, better known engagement with your loved one,” Forrester For more information about the Family
vately owned vehicles during off-duty hours. as TRiPS. The aim of TRiPS is to reduce the said. “With your help, we can better protect Engagement Kit, visit the USACRC Web site at
Army safety officials are convinced that risk of accidents when traveling by POV, the our Nation’s most precious assets – our https://crc.army.mil/familyengagement.

GATES From Page 1A

Gates noted several specific improvements, including In cases where Coalition Forces once faced one or two "And assuming that conditions remain as they are or con-
many refugees returning to Iraq, more international invest- dozen opponents at a time, they now typically face far tinue to improve, an additional four battalion combat teams
ment there, and 70,000 Iraqis "who have taken it upon fewer, he said. will withdraw from Iraq by late July," he said.
themselves to defend their neighborhoods." "So the nature of the threat has changed, even though the Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multi-
The secretary emphasized that, while weakened, terror- challenge remains," Gates said. national Force Iraq, is expected to make further recommen-
ists in Iraq haven't been beaten, and he cited a migration of Gates hailed progress being made in training and equip- dations to President George Bush in the February-March
terrorists to other parts of the country now experiencing an ping Iraq's security forces. He also lauded vigilance these timeframe regarding prospects for further troop reductions
up-tick in violence. Among them is the northern city of troops are demonstrating on the battlefield. "The Iraqi in the second half of the year.
Mosul, which he visited recently. Gates met with Multi- troops stand and fight," he said. Meanwhile, Gates urged Iraq's political leaders to take
national Division North and provincial reconstruction team Thomas shared Gates' assessment of the "real growth of advantage of the improved security environment to move
leaders there to learn about their efforts to stop al-Qaida the Iraqi security forces" and said the challenge now is to forward with other concerns, including reconciliation and
from establishing a new foothold there. continue their development to the point where they can legislation. He cited the Maliki government's recent signing
Army Col. Tony Thomas, Multi-national Division North's operate independently, without U.S. assistance. of the U.S.-Iraq Declaration of Principles for Friendship and
deputy commander, described successes and challenges in Gates said commanders in Mosul told him they're looking Cooperation agreement as a critical step that "sets the stage
his unit's area of responsibility, a vast seven-province region forward to the return of two Iraqi army battalions currently for future U.S.-Iraqi cooperation."
with a diverse population that makes it "a microcosm of deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge there to con- That document, signed Nov. 26, provides a framework for
Iraq." front terrorism. A U.S. battalion with the 1st Armored normalized relationships between the two countries. "More
That diversity has made the "awakening" among the local Division's Task Force Iron also has surged into Baghdad. than ever, I believe that the goal of a secure, stable and
population less dramatic than in Anbar, Thomas said. He At no time during the discussion did commanders democratic Iraq is within reach," Gates said.
called the restive Diyala province and the fact that al-Qaida request additional U.S. troops in the region, Gates said. "Much remains to be done," Gates acknowledged, but
operatives may be seeking refuge there among the biggest In fact, he reported progress in bringing down the overall emphasized the importance of pushing forward. "We need
concerns in the region. troop number in Iraq from its current 166,000. The first to be patient, but we also need to be absolutely resolved in
Gates said the commanders in Mosul told him they're units not to be replaced returned home in September, and our desire to see the nascent signs of hope across Iraq
"having a continuing challenge," but the threat they're now 1st Brigade Combat Team will begin redeploying this expand and flourish so all Iraqis will enjoy peace and pros-
facing appears to be far less sophisticated than in the past. month, he said. perity," he said.

MOCK From Page 1A

Residents arrived armed with questions four-bedroom home, and a Family of two that dollars saved through conservation director for the third party billing compa-
that ranged from the way deployments live in a home with the same type of floor will go into new home construction. ny, ista North America, said that the mock
affect billing to baseline settings for their plan, their baseline will be approximately Although many residents were unsure of billing program is mandated by the Office
bills. the same. how the billing will benefit them, Specialist of the Secretary of Defense, in a national
Homes in the New Gannam, New During the mock billing period residents Leroy Bartell, Company B, 603rd Aviation effort to conserve energy.
Savannah, and New Callaway housing receive a monthly statement that shows the Support Battallion, Combat Aviation Invoices over the $15 mark will be paid
areas on Hunter and Stewart’s Liberty consumption of the electricity and gas that Brigade, who has a Family of five, said he monthly by the resident to ista, said
Woods, Southern Oaks and Coastal Ridge was used or saved compared to their base- was paying $100-200 a month above his Sawaya. Any credits to residents over $15
areas are affected by the mock billing, line. Basic Allowance for Housing while renting will be refunded monthly by ista to the res-
which began June 2007. The mock or sam- The baseline is a billing structure that an apartment off post. “Then I also had to idents’ address.
ple billing period lasts for one year, with provides customers with an allowance of pay utilities,” he said. When it comes to Bartell said that living on post is a conve-
the first actual bill going out to residents energy at a lower rate. Servicemembers on mock billing Bartell said, “I’m planning to nient, safe and quality way of life. “All
June 2008. Hunter-Stewart are not individually make money.” around it’s a better community,” he said.
The baseline is established using two responsible for water or sewer cost. The Conversely, Janine Stidley, a Family “Yes, those who use more electricity are
methods. The first method is based on a process is set up to help residents track member and mother of four, believes the going to lose money, but those who use less
Department of Energy model. During the their personal usage over the period of one mock billing briefing was informative, yet electricity are going to make money.”
mock billing phase the actual usage and year. This time frame allows Families to feels there are still issues left to be dealt Residents who have questions regarding
baseline usage will be compared and ana- assess their usage and make adjustments with. “I think that my baseline should be mock billing can contact the Hunter GMH
lyzed and the baselines and analytical accordingly. higher than the same group that I am in, community center office at 459-2133, or
methods are validated, according to ista Some residents questioned the usage of because we have a Family of six, where as Stewart’s GMH community center office at
North America. The second baseline calcu- the money that will be saved by the Army my neighbor across the street has a Family 408-2460. The billing company ista North
lation is founded on the floor plans as well when the actual billing begins. Joel Jacobs, of two, living in the same size and type of America can be reached by calling 1-800-
as the size and type of home. For example, department project director for GMH mili- house,” she said. 569-3014 or by visiting their Web site
if a resident has a Family of six living in a tary housing on Hunter and Stewart, said Coleen Sawaya, military operations aeistaNorthAmerica.com.

RCI From Page 1A


Remember OPSEC Stewart and Hunter encompasses
close to 9000 barracks rooms. With just a
nance work or any other infrastructure
requirements needed,” Delzeith said.
for the Holidays hand full of personnel, the department
was in great need of assistance in the
The process has to be very extensive
because all the documentation is put
• When socializing at parties over the holiday’s don’t talk evaluation part of the program. into a database for the final UPH report
“shop” around those who don’t have a need to know, “We are starting to take over the UPH of the barracks. Soldiers that do work
and be wary of attempts to elicit information, even from program which includes the barracks,” with the RCI housing department are
friends and Family. said Doug Delzeith, Quality Assurance Soldiers who have illnesses or injuries
• Be alert to public work crews and other personnel Evaluator for RCI. “We are focusing on but are well within their physical limits
requesting access to your residence. Verify their identity coming up with a consolidated barracks to do the job.
before allowing entry to your home. management plan for the whole instal- “This gives us something to do and
lation. It is man-power extensive, so look forward to each day,” said Spec.
• Report suspicious activity to the police or local law we’ve asked the Warrior in Transition Johnathan Coats Bravo Company WTU
enforcement. unit to provide us with Soldiers who will Battalion.
help us assess the rooms in the bar- Each barracks room usually has two
racks.” of everything. From two beds, closet
The RCI department has been work- spaces, to drawers and night stands,
Family members of ing with these Soldiers since the start of
the program. So far, they’ve been
with a bathroom, sink area and refriger-
ator and microwave to share.
Deployed Soldiers through about five buildings on Fort
Stewart. Each building varies from 6-8
“We hope that when this whole pro-
ject is done, each Soldier will have their
Don’t wait until your Soldier returns to shower modules. One module consists of 12 own room and eventually we’ll get
him with hugs and kisses! barracks rooms. Soldiers have to go in there,” Delzieth said. “We couldn’t do Lina Satele
each room and report what the room this without the help of the WTU Spc. Jonathan Coats, Co. B,
Send a “Forward Shout” to let them know you miss them
now, to stay safe, and hurry home. Call the Command
needs to function as a living space. Soldiers and this also gives back to WTU, inspects a dresser while
Information Office at 767-3440 or 767-6604 to make an “They have to determine what needs Soldiers in that it tells us what is needed conducting an assesment on
appointment to come by and send your message. to be repaired or fixed. If the room needs to get fixed or replace, in return Soldiers one the barracks rooms on
furniture replaced, painting, mainte- will get a great place to live.” Fort Stewart, Dec. 6.
Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 9A

Tech supply Soldiers help maintain CAB’s aircraft


Pfc. Monica K. Smith actual aircraft within each battal- aircraft up and running again.”
3rd CAB Public Affairs ion. Because 2/3rd Avn. and 4/3rd
“We deal with the aircraft; with Avn. Regts. share the same type
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A rival- nuts, bolts, screws, washers, any- aircraft, the spirit of support is
ry between battalions has the thing that keeps the aircraft fly- stronger between them than with
potential to allow competition to ing,” said Sgt. Hendria Bailey, other units. However, each unit
get in the way of supporting and from Fayettville, N.C., and mem- does its part to ensure the
assisting one another. However, ber of Co. D, 2/3rd Avn. Regt. “If brigade’s overall mission is com-
between the tech supply sections we don’t have a part or we need pleted.
of the 2nd and 4th Battalions, 3rd something, we can ask around. “We go through the units who
Aviation Regiment, rivalry has We can ask (4/3rd Avn. Regt.) for have the same aircraft as us, but
given way to brotherhood. help with our Black Hawks. We all we’ll share with other battalions if
“We are all supporting the work together.” they don’t have a part either,”
Global War on Terrorism and our The tech supply sections are Sanders said. “For the Chinooks
missions determine the extent of needed as Soldiers conduct main- we’ll work with (603rd Aviation
our maintenance program,” said tenance on aircraft, come across Support Battalion) … and for nuts
Chief Warrant Officer Onwah problems and begin to trou- and bolts we can ask anyone and
Campbell, from Sunrise, Fla., tech bleshoot. The Soldiers then refer- they can ask us.”
supply officer, Company D, 4/3rd ence a manual to determine if a The work the tech supply pro-
Avn. Regt. “There is no single bat- part is in need of replacement. vides can be easily overlooked
talion that maintains all the nec- When a part needs to be replaced, because of its unpretentious role
essary repair parts to support the national stock number or the in aviation, said Campbell.
their various missions. We there- part number is brought to the However, the work performed by
fore find it necessary and very tech supply shop that checks their the tech supply section is invalu-
important to maintain constant system to see if they have that able.
communication with each other part in stock. Otherwise, they “If a part is not received by the
so that the mission will be accom- order the part or, in some cases, maintainer in an acceptable con-
plished as long as the assets are borrow from other units. dition then that part immediately
available in our brigade.” “If we have an (aircraft on the becomes non-mission worthy,”
While unit supply sections pro- ground), we’ll put that part on pri- Campbell said. “On the other
vide each unit’s office needs, and ority,” said Sgt. Deonte Sanders, hand, there are thousands of
the aviation life-support equip- from Flint, Mich., and member of parts that are on a helicopter that
ment section supplies and main- Co. D, 2/3rd Avn. Regt. “If we don’t were properly stored and issued,
Pfc. Monika K. Smith tains flight gear for the aircraft have it, we’ll check the units thus making the accomplishment
Sgt. Hendria Bailey, Co. D, 2/3 Avn., pulls parts for a Chinook Dec. 4 crews, the tech supply sections around us to see if they have it. We of tech supply as silent as the
at the CAB flight line, Baghdad. provide parts for maintaining the do what we have to do to get our night.”

Army air power boosts surge effectiveness in central Iraq


Sgt. Sara Moore combat operations; transported ground said. insurgents are being flushed out of the city
American Forces Press Service forces; provided medical evacuation ser- MND-C is responsible for securing the and into more remote areas, Ball said.
vices for Coalition Forces, Iraqi forces and southern belt in and around Baghdad, This makes the enemy easier to detect,
WASHINGTON - As ground forces in the Iraqi citizens; and conducted troop and which had been a safe haven for al Qaeda, but also presents a challenge because avia-
U.S. troop surge in Iraq make more cargo movement, Ball said. Sunni and Shiite insurgents, Ball noted, so tion units often have to pursue terrorists
progress against insurgents, Army aviation In addition, some of the brigade's five the aviation brigade has had plenty of into these areas without ground support,
assets back them up with crucial mobility, battalions have transported high-ranking opportunity to take the fight to the enemy. he said.
medical and combat support, an officer in officers and other dignitaries, including "Across the division's battle space, air "As we squeeze the enemy, he has less
charge of a deployed aviation brigade said Iraqi government officials, around the power is killing about 70 to 75 percent of place to hide, but the places that he's
today. country. the enemy," he said. going, there are less and less people, ... and
The combat aviation brigade of 3rd As far as kinetic -- or traditional combat - The ground surge in Baghdad has made it gets me further and further away from
Infantry Division has been deployed since - operations go, 3rd Inf. Div.'s aviation it much harder for insurgents to hide out in the ground forces, and it becomes more of
May in support of Multi-National Division brigade has been busy, Ball said. In six the local population, Ball noted, especially a 'disrupt operation,'" Ball said.
Center. The brigade's helicopters have months, the brigade has killed 250 insur- as citizens turn against violence. In MND- Heavy machine guns pose the largest
flown more than 65,000 hours in support of gents, wounded 100, destroyed 164 struc- C, 30,000 concerned local citizens have threat to helicopters in Iraq, Ball said.
many different missions, Col. Daniel Ball, tures insurgents were hiding in, destroyed stepped up to assist Coalition and Iraqi However, the brigade is fully equipped to
the brigade commander, told military ana- 95 insurgent vehicles, and destroyed 200 security forces, he said. counter any threats, and the number of
lysts in a conference call from Iraq. boats that insurgents were using as alter- This positive turn in Baghdad has creat- successful attacks against coalition heli-
The aviation brigade has conducted nate means of getting into Baghdad, he ed more work for aviation assets, because copters is low, he said.
10A The Frontline
December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Hero’s name lives on at firing range

Courtesy Photo
Lt. Col. Ken Peterson (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Hai Dang, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment commander and command sergeant major respectively, unveil a
new sign Nov. 21 to dedicate their firing range at Forward Operating Base Anaconda, north of Baghdad. The range was dedicated to Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, a former
3rd Infantry Division Soldier who earned the Medal of Honor from his heroics during Operation Iraqi Freedom I.

2nd BCT Soldiers help burned Iraqi girl


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky tissue around the wound,
2nd BCT Public Affairs and applied an antibiotic
cream to the injuries.
PATROL BASE MURRAY, Iraq – The day Despite the severity of the
after treating 307 local residents at a coor- burns, Lt. Col. Hee-Choon S.
dinated medical engagement in Al Lee, 1/30th Inf. Regt., battal-
Buaytha, U.S. Army medics were back on ion surgeon, said there was
the job again at Patrol Base Murray, treat- hope for the girl. Because
ing a 5-year-old girl for burns on her legs the burn did not completely
Dec. 4. wrap around her legs or
Dhuha Khalid Abed was playing with her occur near a joint, Lee, a
brother near a pot of water being heated on native of Larton, Va., said a
an electric heater when the accident recovery was possible.
occurred Dec. 1, said Khalid Abed, Dhuha’s "I've seen many children
father. The pot spilled onto Dhuha's legs, out there with burns," he
causing second- and third-degree burns to said. "There is quite a bit of
her thighs. hope for her."
Abed said he received aid from local Although she may receive
Soldiers on the ground, including creams scarring on the legs and
and dressings for the wounds. Seeing his potentially need skin grafts
daughter still in pain days later, he decided as she grows, Lee said with
to take her to PB Murray for additional proper care the injury can be
help. kept at bay. Lee said it was
Medics from the 1st Battalion, 30th satisfying knowing he was Courtesy Photo
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat able to do something for the
Capt. Keri Mullens (left), brigade surgeon, 2nd BCT, begins treatment on 5-year-old Dhuha Khalid
Team, 3rd Infantry Division, assessed the girl.
Abed's legs. Dhuha was brought to Patrol Base Murray by her father Khalid Abed (pictured on right)
injury and cleaned the wounds. Dhuha will still need addi-
Dec. 4 to receive treatment for second and third degree burns she suffered while playing with her
"Right now we are more worried about tional visits and follow-up
brother around a pot of boiling water.
secondary infections," said Sgt. Eric treatments, Ironsmith said.
Ironsmith, from Shreveport, La., 1/30th Inf. Lee provided Abed with a
Regt. aid station medic. note allowing him to bring his daughter ic being planned in his home in Arab the necessary personnel to staff the facility,
Because the burns removed the top layer back to PB Murray over the next few days Jabour are just as helpful and nice as the Lee said.
of skin from her thighs, Ironsmith said and instructions on how to care for the American doctors. In the meantime, Lee said he and his fel-
burns at home. To help the community, which currently low medics will continue to help local resi-
Dhuha is more susceptible to infections.
"It is good to know there is someone to lacks a clinic, American Soldiers are work- dents in need of assistance.
That crucial skin layer blocks potential dis-
take care of me and my family," Abed said ing with U.S. State Department embedded "I hope that the community realizes the
ease.
upon being released with his daughter, provincial reconstruction teams to con- American presence here is a good thing. We
To help reduce the chance of infections,
adding he hopes local doctors and the clin- struct a building for use as a clinic and get are here to help," Lee said.
medics scrubbed the skin, removed dead

2nd BCT helps Iraqi government build from the ground up


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky Yacoob Yousif Bekhaty. Both Adams and John Smith, team leader, ePRT, offered
2nd BCT Public Affairs “The security situation has improved to allow us to make advice to Bekhaty on how to proceed.
progress,” Adams told Bekhaty. “The time is right, with al- Smith said it is important to have Iraqis like Bekhaty work-
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Talks were Qaeda on the run.” ing for the people; someone who knows the district and how it
held at Forward Operating Base Falcon Dec. 2 to discuss future The brigade’s embedded provincial reconstruction team is works.
steps for both Coalition Forces leaders and local Iraqi leaders. working as a conduit in the community, enabling frequent dia- “The morale of the people is high now and they are waiting
Taking advantage of the lull in violence throughout Arab logue between local and national governments. to see what happens next,” Smith said. “If we don’t move
Jabour and Hawr Rajab, Col. James Adams, deputy comman- Once the government of Iraq and local governments begin quickly on some of these issues, we will miss a valuable oppor-
der, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, met with to work together efficiently, additional resources will be able to tunity.”
the newly-elected chairman for the Rashid District Council, flow into the area, increasing quality of life and the people’s The parties agreed to meet later in the week to begin circu-
faith in their government officials. lating the area and talking with local neighborhood councils to
Adams said projects like opening new prepare them to vote.
schools and creating an Iraqi police “Coalition Forces and reconstruction teams can’t do it
force are waiting until the GoI gets alone,” Adams said, adding that it is vital for the people to see
involved. their own government taking steps to move forward.
“The good news is the schools are They hope to have one representative per 1,000 citizens on
open, but we need the Ministry of the district councils and at least three representatives per area
Education to support us and we need to ensure citizens have a voice in their communities.
your help getting that to happen,” “People need to see there is a representative from their gov-
Adams said. “If you can ensure teach- ernment coming to see them,” Adams said. “If they do not see
ers are paid and more teachers are representatives from the government and action, the people
hired, we can fix the school.” will lose patience. We need to see progress.”
Bekhaty said he will work toward Bekhaty agreed to meet with brigade leaders again and tour
this end and said some positive steps the areas under their control together to see local improve-
have already been made, including ments and potential sites for future projects.
local council members receiving a Adams said he was pleased with the meeting and looks for-
paycheck from the central govern- ward to continued progress.
ment. Bekhaty also explained what he Likewise, Bekhaty expressed his gratitude to the brigade for
will need Coalition Forces to provide providing security and standing between the people and ter-
in order to get the GoI’s Ministry of rorists, and for helping bring back life to areas long oppressed.
Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky Interior to approve the construction of “We are all Iraqis; we are not working on a sectarian basis,”
Col. James Adams, deputy commander, 2nd BCT, points out ongoing events in a police headquarters in Arab Jabour he said. “What you are doing for the Iraqi people is good. We
his brigade’s area of responsibility to Rashid District Council chairman, Yacoob and support the upcoming police look forward to reaching out to the next generation and creat-
Yousif Bekhaty (left), 2nd BCT bi-lingual, and bi-cultural advisor Shaho Hussein. recruitment drive. ing bonds for the future between the U.S. and Iraq.”
Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 11A

Fort Stewart /Hunter Army Airfield Briefs


Join the Jingle Bell Jog p.m., Jan. 19 at Club Stewart. The event costs $15 in advance, • CYO presents the movie “The Nativity,” 1 p.m., Dec. 16
Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, children big and small $20 at the door. Free child care provided at the Child • Protestant Candlelight Service, 7 p.m., Dec. 24
are invited to the 2007 Jingle Bell Jog, Saturday at Club Stewart. Development Center for registered children. The event will • Christmas Day Mass, 11:45 a.m., Dec. 25
Runners depart at 9 a.m. followed by the walkers ten minutes have various contests at the dance. For more information, call
later. The cost is free and participants are encouraged to wear Jonna Reed at 271-4086, Maria Eggers at 432-0323, Glenda Hunter vehicle registration moved
red, green or their favorite Christmas themed costume. Hightower at 369-4136 or Sherry Puricelli at 492-4325. Effective Dec. 3, VRO relocated to Wilson Gate. Hours are 7
Recognition will be given to the first person wearing various a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
costumes. You can be Santa all in red with some form of white PWOC classes, meets slated
beard; a Christmas tree all in green with visible ornaments; a Classes are available for children, ages three and older,
reindeer in brown with antlers, or an elf with red and green including adult Bible study and RCIA classes, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
pointy-shoes, ears and similar apparel. Join the fun in support Sundays in the Religious Ed Building.
of the Soldiers. Call Pam Perez at 315-5440 for additional information.
Protestant Women of the Chapel meets every Wednesday, 9:30
Place a wreath for Warrior’s Walk to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Call Valarie Moore at 920- Stewart
Please help support our goal to place a wreath at every tree 8519. Come to Family Movie Night
along Warrior’s Walk during the holidays at noon, Saturday at It’s show time! Join GMH for a fun Family night with a
Warrior’s Walk. To sponsor a wreath, check out the Wreaths for Marne Shop hours extended good movie, popcorn and drinks 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 28 at the
Warriors Walk Web site at www. geocities.com/wreaths4warrior- The Shop of the Marne will be open extended hours this GMH leasing office. For your viewing pleasure
swalk. month to help you with your gift giving for the holiday season. “Transformers” will be our featured film. It has a rating of
New merchandise is arriving so stop by building 25 off PG-13.
Medical Transport available McNeely Road, behind the PX and check it out! For more infor-
If you need transportation for medical and dental appoint- mation, call the Shop at 767-9268. Join Neighborhood Huddles
ments from Tuttle Clinic to Fort Stewart call the Hunter TMP at Be an active part of your community by attending your
315-5865 or 320-5888. Call no later than 3 p.m. the day before Get a wake-up call huddle and sharing ideas, issues or concerns with GMH,
your appointment and provide your name, appointment time Need a pick-me-up in the morning? Stop by the communi- 10:30 to 11 a.m., Friday for Marne Homes, Dec. 17 for
and location, special requirements, number of passengers, ty center for free coffee and doughnuts to start your day off Marne Woods, and Dec. 20 for Bryan Village North. Due
including ages of children. right from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at The Southern Oaks to the cooler weather, all huddles will be held indoors at
Community Center. the Southern Oaks Community Center. Help make your
Bicycle recycling drive slated neighborhood a great place to live!
If you would like to donate a bike that has suffered from Hunter
neglect, gently used, or no longer desired – don’t take it to the
Child scholarships begins
Hunter
landfills! The Directorate of Public Works, environmental divi-
The Defense Commissary Agency’s 2008 scholarship for mil- Join Neighborhood Huddles
sion encourages you to help in the installation bicycle recy-
itary children is now accepting applications. The applications Be an active part of your community by attending your
cling drive ongoing now through Friday. Donated bikes will be
are available at the commissaries worldwide and at www.com- huddle and sharing ideas, issues or concerns with GMH,
recycled directly back into our community.
missaries.com or www.militaryscholar.org. The packets must 10:30 to 11 a.m., Dec. 18 at New Callaway. New Gannam’s
be turned in to a commissary by Feb. 20 and include an essay huddles will be in January.
Volunteers wanted for tax center (requirements outlined in application). The program is open to
Do you enjoy working with people? Do you possess a knack unmarried children under age 21 (23 if in school) of military
for working with numbers? If your answer to these questions is active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired personnel. For more
yes, then the Stewart-Hunter Legal Assistance Office/Marne visit www.commissaries.com.
Tax Center may have a challenging and rewarding opportunity
for you.
Come to movie afternoon
In preparation for the 2007 Tax Season, the Stewart-Hunter
tax centers are looking for interested volunteers to staff the Hunter middle and high school youth are invited to attend a
VITA tax centers at the installation. This opportunity can pro- movie the first Saturday of each month in the Post Theater
vide good training and experience for future jobs. For further (located by ACS) to enjoy a movie, popcorn and Kool-Aid.
information you may contact at ACS, 767-5058.
Hunter legal center closes
The Legal Center will close at 11 a.m., Friday for a JAG orga-
nization function.
Stewart
Jump into fun with ESC Sock Hop Hunter Chapel’s Christmas Service
The Fort Stewart Enlisted Spouses’ Club hosts a Sock Hop, 7 • Advent Reconciliation Service, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14

•Administrative Assistant, full- the Stewart-Hunter NAF vacancies. must. The positions start at $12 per tain NAF positions where condi-
time, $25,795 - $29,239 per annum, Instructions on how to apply are hour. For more information, call tions and duties meet all criteria of
closes Dec 12, 2007 on each announcement. the NAF division at 767-5051. Federal and state child labor laws.
•Child and Youth program assis- Additional NAF vacancy • NAF offers a Management
tant, $10.09-$12.36 per hour announcements currently posted Did you know? Trainee Program that is targeted to
•Recreation Aid, $5.85 - $7 per- on the CPOL Web site: • You don’t have to be a U.S. annually hire up to 20 recent col-
Looking for employment? Citizen to be employed by NAF. lege graduates who have bachelor’s
Opportunities for permanent hour
•Operations Assistant, $5.85-$8 Tax Assistants • Hiring preference for eligible degrees in certain MWR special-
employment are available in non- military spouses can be used mul-
per-hour The Fort Stewart and Hunter ties. Applications are accepted on a
appropriated funds - Morale, tiple times for employment in
•Cook, $8.70 per-hour Army Airfield tax centers have sev- continuing basis and will be used
Welfare, and Recreation jobs at “flexible” status positions.
•Hotel desk clerk, $7-$7.50 per- eral Temporary Hire positions for to fill Management Trainee
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army You do not lose eligibility until
hour Tax Assistance Coordinator and Tax Program vacancies as necessary.
Airfield. you are placed in a regular full or
•Cashier, $8 per-hour Preparer for the 2007 Income Tax Go to www.armymwr.biz and
•Custodial worker, $7.72 per- part-time position (NAF or click on Programs for more infor-
Season. Appropriated Funds).
Management jobs available hour These positions can be found
mation.
The following are positions with •Waiter (Trainee), $7.17 - $8.17 • There is a hiring preference in • Eligible employees who move
frequent vacancies. Applications online at USAJOBS.com or CPOL NAF for involuntarily separated between DOD NAF and APF posi-
Per-hour
are accepted on a continuous •Food Service Worker, $7.17 Per- Web site. Interested personnel military members and their eligible tions can “port” certain benefits
basis. hour should submit their application Family members. such as retirement, leave, etc.
•Child and Youth Services To search for these types of posi- electronically via the applicable • Current NAF employees who
Functional Technology Specialist, tions go to cpol.army.mil. click on website. have worked one continuous year
part-time, $25.35 - $32.96 per hour, Employment, click on Search for in a position without time limits Need resume help?
Fitness Center Assistants are eligible to be considered for Contact ACS employment readi-
closes Dec. 12 Jobs, at the bottom of the page
Experienced individuals needed Civil Service (GS/WG) jobs the ness at 767-1297. For further infor-
•Child and Youth Services under Search-Announcement type mation on employment opportu-
to independently carry out a phys- same as APF employees who trans-
Assistant Director, full-time, in SCNAFDW% then click on “Get ical fitness program at Stewart- fer to Army. nities contact the Civilian
$35,000-$37,000 per annum, closes Announcement” or hit the enter Hunter gymnasiums. Certification • Youth at least 16 years of age Personnel Advisory Center, job
Dec. 12 key. This will narrow your search to as a fitness or Personal Trainer is a can be employed year round in cer- information center at 767-5051.
12A The Frontline
December 13, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

College term dates announced Smith Army Education Center at 408-2430, or the Liberty The center is open seven days a week. It is closed on feder-
Enrollment is starting for the next college term. Please con- Campus at 408-3024. al holidays. The learning center is room 230, building 100.
tact the college directly for course schedules and enrollment The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. to
information. Central Texas College – The next term runs Jan. 7 Take CLEP and DANTES exams 9 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m.,
through March 1. For more information at Stewart, call 767- College Level Examination Program and DANTES Subject Sunday. The Hunter learning center is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:30
2070, 315-4090 at Hunter. Columbia College – The next term Standardized Tests are available on post. Call Columbia p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and noon to
is Jan. 14 to March 8. For more information at Stewart, call College at 877-3406 for more information and testing dates. 6 p.m., Sunday. Take advantage of a variety of study resources
767-5336 or 352-8635 at Hunter; Embry Riddle – The next The exams are free for military personnel and for non-military and Internet capability. For more information, call 315-6130.
term is Jan. 14 to March 8. For more information at Stewart, examinees, CLEP tests are $85 and DSSTs are $90.
call 767-3930, or 352-5252 at Hunter; Savannah Tech – the Troops-, Spouse-to-Teachers briefings slated
next term is Jan. 4 to March 6. For more information, call 408- Free English-as-a-second-language courses The Georgia Troops-to-Teachers Program provides federal
2430.; Webster University – The next term is Jan. 7 to March 6. Beginning courses are offered 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and funding to qualified servicemembers of up to $10,000 for
For more information, call 767-5357 at Stewart, or 354-0033 at Thursday. Intermediate courses are offered 8 a.m. to noon becoming public school teachers. Under the Spouse-to-
Hunter. Monday and Wednesday. ESL class registration begins at Teachers Program, eligible military spouses may be reim-
noon every Tuesday, at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army bursed for the cost of state required certification tests up to a
Vie for Purple Heart Scholarship opportunities Education Center, building 100, room 227. For more informa- total of $600. Future meetings are scheduled for Dec. 19 at the
Learn about scholarship opportunities for Purple Heart tion call 368-7322. Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center. For more infor-
recipients, visit www.purpleheart.org or scholarship@purple- mation, visit online at www.tttga.net and www.sttga.net or call
heart.org. 1-800-745-0709 or 767-8331.
Take GED and skills enrichment courses
Graduation Equivalency Diploma and adult education
Learn about available federal scholarships classes are offered in partnership with the Liberty County
Free college course offered
Learn about the Federal Employee Education and Adult Education Program at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Columbia College Spouse’s Opportunity Scholarship pro-
Assistance Fund Scholarship at www.feea.org/scholarships Army Education Center. The courses prepare you to take the vides a tuition waiver for an initial classroom course with
.html or call 1-303-933-7580. GED Exam or refresh your skills. The courses are free of Columbia College at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army
charge. You can select from one of a number of dates and Education Center for spouses of military personnel enrolled
Webster offers deployed reduced online tuition times, which are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday in their school. This is a value of $450, which is the cost of their
Soldiers enrolled in Webster’s graduate classes will receive a through Thursday; or 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday in three credit-hour classroom courses.
reduced rate, while deployed. Contact Marsha Sands at rooms 225 - 228. For more information, call 368-7322. To reg- The program is an incentive for eligible students to embark
sands@webster.edu, or 354-0033, DSN: 315-5906 for addition- ister for the classes, you must be present for both days of the on a degree program, while completing the financial aid
al information. process. Registration is first come, first serve. Active duty mil- process. Call 877-3406 at Stewart or 352-8635 at Hunter for
itary are registered upon request. Call 368-7322 for complete more information.

Apply for the Georgia HOPE grant details.


$4500 tuition available for Soldiers
The HOPE Grant is money given by the state of Georgia to All active duty members have $4500 per fiscal year for edu-
students with financial need to attend vocational/trade Green-to-Gold briefing slated
The Green-to-Gold briefings are held at the installation cation. This entitlement is separate from the Montgomery GI
schools. The grant covers certificate and diploma programs. Bill benefits available from the Veteran’s Administration.
Any Soldier or Family member of a Soldier who is stationed in education centers every month. On Stewart the briefings are
2 p.m., the first and third Thursday. The Hunter briefings are Details are available at 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, during a
Georgia may be eligible. If you are interested in attending a one-hour brief at the Education Center, room 223.
Georgia vocational or trade school, inquire with your school's 2 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
financial advisor or visit the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army
Education Center to speak with a counselor. Children’s scholarship handbook offered Savannah Tech offers child care
The Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook, “Getting Child care is available at the Airport Road Hinesville cam-
Uncle Sam to Pay for Your College Degree”, is available at pus. Contact Natasha Brown at 408-3024 ext 6026 for more
HOPE Grant - great opportunity for spouses details.
www.militaryhandbooks.com.
Educate while you wait! Get your certificate or diploma and
pursue your new career during this deployment. Certificates
for Web site technician, child care manager, and medical tran- Learning center provides computer resources CTC adds degree programs
scription are a few of the eligible programs offered by The Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center’s learning Two new associate degrees will be introduced: Information
Savannah Technical College. Classes are available in the Sgt. center has 55 computers with Internet access available. You Technology A.A.S and Legal Assistant/Paralegal A.A.S. Also,
1st Class Paul R. Smith Army Education Center and at the can use the center to complete your homework, research for courses leading to certificate for Information Center Specialist
Liberty Campus on Airport Road in Hinesville. For more your classes, access the Army’s basic skills automated pro- are being offered. Go to www.ctcd.edu for course descrip-
information, call Savannah Tech in the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. gram, “Lifetime Library” or just stop in to check your e-mail. tions. For more information, call 767-2070 or 315-4090.

Ask the Judge: Your tax filing options


Capt. Kurt Gurka returns at no cost, while those with AGI Families. During deployments, units such : Great, more paperwork. I don’t
Legal Assistance Office over $54,000 will have only one option for
no cost preparation.
as the 3rd Infantry Division may also main-
tain VITA sites in conjunction with Division
Q have to save these forms, do I?
Yes. Whether you file paper or electronic
: Judge, I am going to be getting a Headquarters. Currently there are plans returns, you should always receive a hard
Q large refund this year and need to
get my taxes done. I prefer not to do Q : What is my first option? for a VITA site at Division Headquarters in
Iraq. VITA sites utilize software prepared
copy of the return. At a minimum, you
should keep your last three years worth of
them myself. What are my options? Those with AGI less than $54,000 for the IRS that allows for the elec- tax returns. In fact, it is recommended that
Each year the IRS allows taxpayers to file may use Free File. Free File is a tronic filing of your return. you keep your tax returns for the last seven
their returns using traditional paper filing free federal income tax VITA sites can prepare years.
or electronic filing. Electronic filing preparation and elec- most returns, but not
includes returns prepared by commercial tronic filing program all. For instance, : Alright, I’ve kept my forms and they
software and providers, as well as returns
prepared through Volunteer Income Tax
for eligible taxpay-
ers, developed
those with signifi-
cant business or
Q look correct, but the IRS says I owe
them money. What can I do?
Assistance (VITA) Centers, like the Marne through a partner- rental income The IRS has established the Taxpayer
Tax Center. Most paper returns are self- ship between the may not be eli- Advocate Service as an independent orga-
prepared. Internal Revenue gible for assis- nization within the IRS to assist taxpayers
Service and the tance. having problems. You may be eligible for
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Q return?
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LLC, a group of
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enced a delay of more than 30 days to
er to do a cost/benefit analysis. The most software compa- preparing my resolve your tax issue, or have not received
significant cost of filing paper returns is the nies. You should own taxes, how a response or resolution to the problem by
additional processing time required. bear in mind three do I know which the date promised by the IRS. This service
However, paper returns offer one distinct things when using Free form(s) to use? Or, is offered free of charge and is entirely con-
advantage for those preparing their own File: if my taxes are filed fidential.
returns: you will gain a better understand- (1) Those using Free File electronically, is a form
ing of the tax code. Knowledge of the tax must enter the commercial soft- even used? : So what’s the bottom line concern-
code will enable you to reduce your tax
burden in future years, by giving you a bet-
ware provider’s Web site or software
through the IRS Web page.
Taxpayers will at a minimum file a
1040EZ, a 1040A, or a 1040 Return in order
Q ing tax preparation?
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ter understanding of the deductions and (2) There may be additional eligibility to receive a refund. You may also be their taxes prepared at no-cost through
credits available. Paying the correct requirements. required to file additional schedules and Free File or the use of their local VITA (Tax)
amount of tax is important, but under- (3) You are not required to purchase any forms. Generally speaking, if you are single center.
standing how to pay less in future years is additional services from the commercial or married filing jointly, have no depen- These no cost methods will cover most
even more so. provider when using Free File. dents, the only tax credit you are claiming active duty personnel and their Families.
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(sometimes) free services.
Be wary of these services, however, as
Electronic returns may be prepared The second option, which is available have income from self-employment or they frequently offer services you do not
either through commercial providers or regardless of your AGI amount, is the use of income received as an equity holder in a need or have hidden fees. Refund anticipa-
through preparation services such as VITA, VITA preparation sites. Large installations partnership, corporation, or as a beneficia- tion loans are a good example. They
which is coordinated by the IRS. Those such as Fort Stewart and Hunter Army ry of a trust or estate can typically file a appear to be a good deal, but they carry
who have adjusted gross income less than Airfield maintain VITA sites (more com- 1040A. All others must file a 1040. For excessive interest rates and there is always
$54,000 for Tax Year 2007 (this year) will monly called “Tax Centers”) for the use of those who need to amend previously filed the possibility that the refund won’t be as
have two options for filing their federal tax eligible military personnel and their returns, you should file a 1040X. much as anticipated.

Legal Notice Anyone having claims against or who is indebted to the estate of Spc. Melvin Lee Henley Jr., Co. B, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion,
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 31409, contact Capt. David Collins, Rear-Detachment, 3rd CAB, Hunter Army
Airfield, Ga. 31409, phone (912) 320-5251.
Rock of the Marne December 13, 2007 The Frontline 13A

AAFES opens new PX on FOB Hammer


Sgt. Natalie Rostek awaiting the opening of the new Post threshold. Managers and sales associates celebrated the grand opening of its first PX:
3rd HBCT Public Affairs Exchange at FOB Hammer. of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service two single-wide trailers setting end to end.
The doors were decorated with balloons lined the doors awaiting the final moment Soldiers would enter one end of the first
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAM- and streamers. A colorful cake and when the ribbon would be cut and the first trailer, make their way down the isle, and
MER, Iraq – Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy sparkling grape juice sat on a table next to patrons shopped in their store. pick up items on the way to the checkout
Brigade Combat team stood in line Dec. 1 the ribbon which was stretched across the AAFES of Baghdad General Manager counter at the opposite end.
Paula Gunderson spoke “A PX like this builds combat power,”
first, thanking everyone Grigsby said. “Soldiers can come off of a
who was involved in making mission and have some normalcy. They
the grand opening possible. can come here, get what they need and go
“We couldn’t have done back to their tents to rest and relax. Then
this without the help of Lt. they are ready for another combat patrol.
Col. Kelly Lawler, 1st Lt. Sledgehammer Soldiers deserve this. They
John Enfinger, the wonder- deserve the best for what they have done.”
ful AAFES staff, the After the ribbon was cut, Soldiers (20-at-
Expeditionary Red Horse a-time) piled into the now-open doors.
Squadron (Air Force engi- “I’m very excited about this new PX,”
neers), and everyone who said Spc. Josh Mims, from Cleveland, Ohio,
was involved in making this Battery A, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery.
PX possible,” she said. “The old PX trailer barely held anything. It
Third HBCT Commander was small. This place has a lot more sup-
Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., plies. If I need something, I’m pretty sure I
from Prince George’s can find it here.”
County, Md., said he was The new PX is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
amazed at how FOB seven days a week.
Hammer has changed since The 3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division,
the brigade first arrived to from Fort Benning, Ga., has been deployed
the FOB early March. in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V
April 13, FOB Hammer since March.

Sgt. Natalie Rostek


Third HBCT’s Commander Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., AAFES of
Baghdad general manager Paula Gunderson, Lt. Col. Kelly Lawler, com-
mander of the 203rd BSB, and 3rd HBCT Command Sgt. Maj. James M.
Pearson, cut the ribbon officially opening FOB Hammer’s new PX.

New well provides children drinking water


Spc. Ben Hutto water, which is extremely salty, into drink-
3rd HBCT Public Affairs ing water and also allow it to be used for
sanitation purposes.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAM- “I think the project will be received real-
MER, Iraq – The students of a girls’ school ly well by the people here,” said Sgt. 1st
in Nahrwan now have fresh water to enjoy Class Theodore Brock, the noncommis-
between lessons. sioned officer in charge of the 1/10th FA’s
A local contractor completed a well pro- civil-military operations section. “The
ject at the school, funded by the 3rd Heavy contractor put a lot of work into it, using
Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry local workers. He went all out to make sure
Division Dec. 6, 45 days after breaking everything was correct. We are planning to
ground on the project. do two similar projects at two other
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was schools in the area and we hope they go as
attended by Lt. Gen. Abud, the comman- well.”
der of the Baghdad Operations Center, The contractor told Brock that even
Maj. Gen. Abdul Kareem, the commander though the job is completed, he will con-
of the1st National Police Division, and sev- tinue to monitor the system to ensure that
eral leaders from the 3rd Inf. Div. it is working properly.
“This project will directly impact the Capt. Josh Beard, from Opelika, Ala., the
3,500 students who attend the three civil-military operations officer for the
schools at this site,” said 1st Lt. Chris 1/10th FA, explained that the Nahrwan city
Sweitzer, a team leader in the 489th Civil council brought this project to the 3rd
Affairs Battalion, currently attached to the HBCT’s attention.
1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery “We are starting to see the Narhwan
Regiment. “We have been trying to com- Nahia Government take on more projects
plete this project since this summer. The like this one,” Beard said. “We are seeing
improved security situation here finally projects develop that we do not initiate.
made this project reality. There was no The improved security here is the main
hesitation on the contractor’s part to come reason for that. The people here are con- Spc. Ben Hutto
here and work.” centrating on their quality of life rather Capt. Josh Beard, the civil-military operations officer for 1/10 FA, greets one of the work-
Filters will be used to convert the well than their security. It’s encouraging.” ers that helped set up the well and filtration system at a girls’ school in Narhwan Dec. 6.

Constant security helps Adhamiyah markets grow


Spc. Angel D. Martinez Not long ago there was a security issue concerning local for Troop A, 3/7 Cav. It is not just a boost of the economy of
113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment merchants. Local thugs and terrorists were taking advantage of Adhamiyah. The picture of people shopping in the streets will
small markets and extorting shop owners, collecting a “fee” in give residents a feeling of security, passing that feeling along to
BAGHDAD – Adhamiyah, a northeastern district of the Iraqi order for them to keep their businesses open, said Pizzino. others, said Hoover.
capital, was once a violent hotspot where residents were afraid In addition to the extortion, locals were afraid to go shop- The fact that abandoned houses are being reoccupied by
to go to the store. However, with the help of concerned citizens ping in the streets due to random attacks by terrorists. people who moved out of town because of the violence is a sign
and volunteers, Iraqis have once again begun to fill the market The security issue has been gradually improving thanks to a of life flourishing in Adhamiyah, said Pizzino.
streets. joint effort by the Iraqi army, the local Iraqi security volunteers Pizzino gives all the credit for the town’s success to its peo-
“When we first got here and rode around in the evenings it and the troopers from 3/7 Cav., who have been a constant ple. “If it keeps going the way it’s going now, it’ll be like it’s a
was like a ghost town,” said Sgt. 1st Class Steven Pizzino, pla- presence in the streets of Adhamiyah. totally different city,” said Pizzino. “Six months from now there
toon sergeant with Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry The improvement in security is starting the money flow in should be no violence, really what-so-ever. All the trash will be
Regiment. “Now, when we ride around, the streets are full of the neighborhoods, and that is going to give a fresh start to cleaned up, and the (electrical) power should be better than
people, hundreds of people.” local citizens, said 1st Lt. Zachary Hoover, the executive officer what it is now.”