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“We Are The Army’s Home” IMCOM Weekly News Briefing
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Table of Contents

IMCOM World Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 40 ...........................................................................3
Germans nix latest Grafenwöhr housing plan ......................................................................6
Allen West, one of two black Republicans just elected to House, goes against grain.........7

Soldier and Family Readiness

Gen. Chiarelli discusses dwell time with AUSA chapter ....................................................8
Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility gets much needed improvements ...........................10

Soldier and Family Well Being

Troop Divorce Rates Level in 2010 ...................................................................................12
Killeen ISD prepared to adjust to possible state funding cutback .....................................14

Leader and Workforce Development

House sends telework bill to Obama .................................................................................17
Education center works through shortfalls: Programs continue despite budget cuts.........19

Installations, Environment and Readiness

Groundbreaking for $534 million center set for Dec. 6 .....................................................21
Self-sufficiency with energy one of fort’s ‘green’ goals ...................................................24

Safety: Don't be 'that guy ...................................................................................................27
Garrison stands down for safety awareness .......................................................................29

Public Affairs Overview

Command Information .......................................................................................................31
Community Relations/Outreach.........................................................................................34
Media Relations .................................................................................................................36
Other Items of Signficance ................................................................................................38

November 24, 2010 Vol. 4 No. 40

Hot topics LTG Rick Lynch's 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday Message

Thanksgiving is a time for Americans to reflect on our beginning as a
nation, and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.
Thanksgiving also marks the beginning
of the winter holiday season and
provides an opportunity for Soldiers,
Civilians, and Family members to focus
on what's important and their resiliency.
Fort Rucker: Native Americans, Fort Rucker Do not become complacent toward the
Soldiers honor each other, history Article
hazards surrounding us over the
Fort Bragg: Community warned about the holidays. Excessive alcohol
dangers of Spice Article consumption, road conditions, fall sports
activities, domestic violence, unattended
Army wife Gomez wins Operation Rising
cooking, high risk driving, and suicidal
Star military singing contest Article
behavior continue to be areas of
Picatinny Arsenal: Tour-stop at Picatinny concern. For the sake of your Families,
aims for closer collaboration between your battle buddy and yourselves, take
Soldiers, engineers Article the time to plan responsibly and enjoy this holiday season safely.

The minute you step into a vehicle, there is potential for you to
become a statistic if you don't remain aware of your surroundings and
use a great deal of common sense. Use the Travel Risk Planning
System (TRiPs) to
identify traveling risks and reduce the chance of an accident while
traveling over the holidays. Be mindful of those for whom this season
Fort Benning: Veterans counseling center can be stressful and offer appropriate assistance.
moves into new $300K facility Article Information on safety topics are available in the IMCOM Fall Winter
Safety Brochure at and
Natick Soldiers System Center: Senator
Brown visits Article the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website

Fort Wainwright: "Rockfest" rocks out As Sarah and I enjoy this special time with our family, we encourage
hangar Article you to reflect on the blessings of the past year, remember our
comrades deployed far from home, and enjoy well-deserved time with
Redstone Arsenal: Local Resident Sends
Greetings To Troops Overseas Article family and friends. By all means, have fun but use sound judgment.

You are a cherished member of an elite fraternity; your country and

your Army are counting on your safe return.

Take care, and thanks for all you do.

Army aims to better track injured Soldiers

Fort Carson: First amputee completes

Carson WLC Article
Family Matters Food service Soldiers prepare for Thanksgiving meal
USAG Heidelberg: Support group mentors HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Customary orange, red, brown and yellow
moms of young children Article crepe streamers hang from the ceiling of the Patton Barracks dining
facility in Heidelberg as patrons enjoy a
Redstone Arsenal: Angel Tree Delivers
Chance To Give Back Article little casual conversation or steal a
glance or two at a nearby television
screen in between bites. The streamers
are the only telltale signs of the
transformation that will take place here
this time next week. Staff Sgt. Willie
Wilkins, assistant dining facility
manager, and his Soldiers are in the
final stages of planning for this year's
Fort Jackson: School events honor Native
Thanksgiving meal. The facility expects
Americans Article
to feed between 400-500 Soldiers,
Fort Belvoir: USO brings family night to civilians and families. To pull off the feat, Wilkins and his crew will
Belvoir with movie premier Article need at least six turkeys, 20 pies, 300 cookies, 67 pounds of sweet
potatoes, 24 pounds of macaroni noodles and a galore of other tasty
Fort Hood: "Wranglers" help students with holiday goodies and side dishes. Planning for the annual meal began
math fun Article
earlier this year, as the staff reviewed the menu from last year, created
Fort Carson: Families 'walk to Iraq' Article a "wish list" and placed orders for the items they wanted to serve this
Thanksgiving. Selections on the menu this year will be turkey, prime
rib, ham, Cornish hens, collard greens, dressing, macaroni and
cheese, sweet potatoes and apple and pecan and pumpkin pies and
more. Article

Baltimore Mayor welcomes BRAC couple at housewarming

BALTIMORE, MD -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
personally welcomed newcomers to Maryland and the city of Baltimore
Fort Stewart: Baby loved disco Article
during a Base Realignment
Fort Rucker: Son receives father's Purple and Closure Housewarming
Heart at Fort Rucker Article Event sponsored by Live
Baltimore Nov. 12 at the home
Fort Bragg: Military Family life consultants
provide the needed support before, during,
of two of the city's newest
after deployment Article residents. John and Stephanie
White, both employees of the
Fort Jackson: Post schools take aim at U.S. Army Communications-
bullies Article Electronics Command who
Schofield Barracks: 'SpouseBUZZ Live' relocated here with the
brings laughter to Nehelani Article command as a result of implementation of 2005 BRAC law, opened
their home to neighbors, city officials and local organizations for an
hour that Friday evening. The couple relocated to the area from Fort
Force protection news
Monmouth, N.J., and chose to live in the heart of Baltimore City in
Characteristics of Suspicious
Upper Fells Point. "I get excited when I meet a new city resident. But
Packages or Mail
today's event is special because you [John and Stephanie White] are
■ Handwritten labels, foreign handwriting or putting the face on BRAC," said Rawlings-Blake during her welcome
poorly typed addresses address. Since BRAC 2005 legislation was passed, the city has taken
a particular interest in raising the awareness of what Baltimore has to
■ Unusual odor. (The deliberate or sustained
smelling of a piece of mail to determine the offer. Live Baltimore has remained focused on having a presence at
existence of an unusual odor is not advised; Fort Monmouth to answer questions about the Baltimore area and
this could expose you to chemical or biological encourage newcomers to consider Baltimore City as their new home.
agents.) Live Baltimore has conducted six bus trips to Baltimore area
■ Unusual or unbalanced weight, either
neighborhoods, including the Inaugural Green Light Tour which had
heaviness or lightness six busloads of New Jersey participants, according to Steven Gondol,
Live Baltimore BRAC relocation manager. Article
… be aware

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Safety news


The IMCOM Relocation Web site is your source for the news and
information you need to stay abreast of the ongoing transition to San
Antonio. The move has been steadily progressing for a year, but
starting now, the pace will pick up considerably. We all need to get
Fort Wainwright: Keeping pets out of informed and plan for the very near future. The Web site is there to
harm's way this winter Article
help. Whether you're relocating or not, the time has come for some
Risk factors focus of 'Tell a Friend' breast informed decisions regarding BRAC and your future.
cancer awareness luncheon Article
The IMCOM G1 has established the IMCOM G1 BRAC Assistance
Fort Hood: A new take on personal Office to specifically assist BRAC-impacted employees in
weapons safety Article
understanding and using available career assistance tools. This office
Detroit Arsenal: Garrison stands down for is partnering with multiple organizations to bring training to the IMCOM
safety awareness Article workforce. The goal is to assist you with your individual needs as you
transition. These programs and resources will soon be featured
Environmental news prominently on the Relocation Web site.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall : Base
stays green, shreds at annual America Employees may contact the "IMCOM BRAC Placement Assistance"
Recycles Day Article email box if they have questions, recommendations or desire career
assistance as IMCOM transitions to San Antonio. Just look it up in the
Global Address List.

Spouses of IMCOM employees relocating to Ft. Sam Houston may

contact the "IMCOM Spouse Relocation" email box to request career
assistance as they transition with their sponsor.

Fort Bragg: National Public Lands Day The DoD BRAC Web site
event dedicated to fallen Fort Bragg Soldier ( provides employees,
Article managers, supervisors, and human resources specialists the latest
Fort Bliss: Joint ventures aim at
information on BRAC, and the variety of transition assistance
environmental sustainability Article programs offered by the Department of Defense and other Federal
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall: Tree
surveys benefit base, neighboring The Department of Defense BRAC Transition "Other Websites"
communities Article
( )also provides
USAG Schweinfurt: Schweinfurt plays host access to a number of electronic tools including the BRAC Coach, and
to Europe-wide training exercise Article Career One Stop.

Installation paper To get to the Relocation page, just go to the IMCOM Web site,
of the week and click the Alamo in the upper right
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Stars and Stripes

November 22, 2010

Germans nix latest Grafenwöhr housing plan

By Seth Robson and Marcus Kloeckner

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Plans to build 100 homes for U.S. soldiers and their families near
Grafenwöhr Training Area have been scrapped after hundreds of Germans signed a petition
against the project.

Hundreds of new off-post homes are needed near Grafenwöhr so that the Army can move
forward with plans to consolidate the 172nd Infantry Brigade there. Some 750 soldiers, along
with about 1,120 family members, were scheduled to move from Schweinfurt, Germany, to
Grafenwöhr last summer, but the move was delayed after work fell through on a 300-unit off-
post military community.

Now plans for a smaller 100-home project in the town of Hütten also have fallen through,
according to Grafenwöhr Mayor Helmuth Wächter.

Some 250 Hütten residents signed a petition against the 100-home proposal. Then, at a recent
town meeting, the project was shot down by a 22-4 vote. The local residents who oppose the
construction see the area as the only place where new homes could be built for Germans living in
the town, and they prefer to save the land for their own housing projects, Wächter said.

As a result of the vote, local officials will attempt to resurrect the 300-unit military housing
project, known as Hütten-am-See, Wächter said. An investor — whom Wächter declined to
name — has proposed a smaller version of Hütten-am-See that would combine 74 new double
homes with a solar-powered generation facility.

“The solar facility will help the new investor to finance the project,” he said.

However, the 74 double houses will not be enough to accommodate all of the 172nd soldiers that
the Army wants to bring to the area. About 100 more houses need to be built, he said.

U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr public affairs officer Nick D’Amario said U.S. Forces are not
involved in negotiations on any projects regarding leased housing in the Hütten area.

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Washington Post
November 24, 2010

Allen West, one of two black Republicans just elected to House,

goes against grain
By Krissah Thompson

Allen West, a 22-year Army veteran, is preparing for Washington a bit like he would for a
battlefield. His "high and tight" hairstyle will be one of the only buzz cuts in Congress. He plans
to carry a camouflage bag, not a briefcase.

And on a recent morning, while others in the Republican Party's large incoming freshman class
jockeyed for office space, he declared himself largely indifferent.

"I've lived in tents," said West, who in January will become the first black Republican to
represent Florida since 1876.

Since its last black lawmaker retired from the House in 2003, the GOP has been eager to elect
high-profile African Americans. The party's desire to demonstrate inclusiveness has been
especially pressing since the election of Barack Obama and the rise of the predominantly white
tea party movement.

West is one of two black Republicans elected to the House this year. The other, Tim Scott, a
longtime politician in South Carolina, was quickly drafted into the GOP leadership as a
representative of the freshman class.

West brings to the party a strong personality and, with repeat appearances on Fox News and a
spot this past Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," a profile that many incoming members of
Congress would covet. But he's also an unpredictable force, inclined to be an outsider - even
within the GOP.

In an interview, he said he doesn't admire anyone in Washington.

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Killeen Daily Herald

Nov. 18 2010

Gen. Chiarelli discusses dwell time with AUSA chapter

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Photo Credit: Herald/CATRINA RAWSON

Gen. Peter Chiarelli speaks during the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army
general membership meeting Thursday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

One year ago, the Army's vice chief of staff visited the local Association of the U.S. Army
chapter and delivered news regarding troop levels at Fort Hood and efforts to deal with issues
plaguing the force.

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, a former 1st Cavalry Division commander, came back Thursday during the
Central Texas-Fort Hood chapter's first general membership meeting of the 2010-2011 year, this
time to discuss remaining Base Realignment and Closure and post-traumatic stress disorder and
suicide issues.

As the deadline for 2005 Base Realignment and Closure nears, a few changes remain at Fort
Hood. The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment still must convert to a Stryker brigade, which will
begin when its troopers return from Iraq. The regiment deployed to Iraq for an advise-and-assist
mission in September.

Chiarelli said Thursday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center that the change will add
about 440 soldiers to the regiment. Fort Hood will also see the conversion of a battlefield
surveillance brigade, which will add about 300 soldiers to the assigned strength, he added.

That puts the 2013 soldier population of Fort Hood at about 47,000, Chiarelli said. There is a
possibility that number could slightly increase as the Army continues to adjust its force and units
are modernized.

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The general also emphasized the importance of increasing dwell time — or time at homestations
between deployments — for soldiers. The ultimate goal is for soldiers who spend one year
deployed to get three years at home before another combat tour. For Reserve Component
soldiers, the goal ratio is four to five years of dwell time for every year deployed, Chiarelli said.

Soldiers need time at home to rest and recover, he said, and that is the answer to solving
problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Problems
with those issues result from people not having time at home, he added.

Chiarelli cited the 2010 Health Promotion Risk Reduction Suicide Prevention Report, 300 pages
of data made public in August that examines soldier suicides, causes and recommendations and
conclusions about dealing with the issue. He said it addressed some of the broader challenges
facing the Army after a decade of war.

In what Chiarelli called the "tough report," officials admit there are gaps in how they identify and
address at-risk soldiers.

There are higher incidents of soldiers engaging in at-risk behavior that leads to increased repeat
criminal offenses; illegal and prescription drug abuse; and violent crimes like homicide, sexual
assault and suicide.

At-risk behavior is often the biggest indicator that soldiers will try or succeed in ending their
own lives, the report read.

Chiarelli also addressed part of the report that concluded that when units aren't deployed, there is
a "lost art" of leadership in garrison. Many officers and noncommissioned officers only know a
wartime Army and don't know how to properly lead troops at home.

It's a "redeploy-and-release" mentality, Chiarelli said. The threat to soldiers who are deployed is
on-duty, while the threat to soldiers who are at home is off-duty, he added.

There is a significant lack of leadership involved in the garrison environment, he said, and
"we've got to get a handle on this."

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November 18, 2010

Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility gets much needed

By Jim Hughes, Command Information Officer

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- There may be a small amount of pain for community members wanting
to use the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility this year, but as renovations at the facility
continue there will be a huge amount of gain next year.

The facility is undergoing millions of dollars in renovations, equating to a complete overhaul of

the entire facility, said Lori Ciranni, manager of sports, fitness and aquatics for Fort Rucker's
Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The renovations have been going on for just over a year now and the 34-year-old building was in
dire need of the fix-up, Ciranni said.

"If we didn't get the renovations, we were going to have to level it and start over - especially the
locker room area and the pool," she said. "It was so rusty and nasty from all of the use and
humidity, the renovations just had to happen or we'd have to close it down."

While most of the facility is closed right now due to the ongoing work, the gains include a new
pool, new locker rooms, air conditioning and heating in the gymnasium, more space for fitness
equipment and free weights, new racquetball courts and an in-house hourly childcare facility run
by the Child Development Center to take care of little ones while parents work out, Ciranni said.

"That's a new feature and it's going to be huge," she said. "It'd been tried before, but wasn't
widely used because it wasn't on site - being on site will make a huge difference."

Ciranni estimates that the whole project will be complete next spring or summer - originally it
was due to be complete in April 2011.

"It's an old building, and you just never know when they pick up a stone or piece of cement what
they'll find under it," she said. "Some of the work takes longer than expected because of what
they find. We're still shooting for April, though."

For now, the only parts of the facility people without hardhats can use are the fitness area and
lobby restrooms, she said. Workouts in the fitness area are close quarters due to the free weights
recently being moved back into the fitness area from the gymnasium.

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"Having the free weights in the gym was a temporary measure to create more room in the fitness
area," she said. "But since they've started work in the gym, we had to move the weights back, so
it's a little more cramped."

The other issue created by the renovations is the loss of racquetball on post.

"Racquetball is a huge issue with our customers," Ciranni said. "The courts are done, and they're
beautiful and ready to go, but the problem is people can't access the courts because of all the
work going on around them. It's a safety issue - it's simply not safe for people to get to the courts
right now."

She said the staff and construction contractors are working to create a workaround for access to
the courts.

And there's hope, because the facility staff is experienced at making workarounds, she said.

"We have shower and locker room trailers to make up for the loss of the locker rooms-people
using the track can use those, too, and we made adjustments to allow for continuing with
basketball and volleyball seasons," she said. "And, of course, we have the Fortenberry-Colton
Physical Fitness Center people can use.

"The people who've been here a while know how much these renovations were needed," Ciranni
said. "And to new people, I'd just say use the Fortenberry-Colton facility-there's absolutely no
construction going on there.

"Keep your chin up and realize that you are going to be wowed once these renovations are
complete," she added. "It's going to be beautiful - people will feel invigorated when they walk in,
and I'm certain Soldiers and all of our patrons are going to feel great about working out here."

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November 18, 2010

Troop Divorce Rates Level in 2010

by Amy Bushatz

Newly released Pentagon statistics show that the overall military divorce rate leveled off in 2010
after a consistent increase over the previous five years.

Officials suggest the stall is evidence that programs designed to aid military marriages are
starting to work despite almost a decade of war and stress on families.

"All military services have a variety of programs focused on strengthening and ... enriching
family bonds among couples," Maj. Monica Bland, a DoD spokesperson, said in a statement.
"We believe these programs are instrumental in mitigating the stresses deployment places on

Since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, the divorce rate has increased from 2.6 percent
in 2001 to 3.6 percent in 2009. According to DoD the rate remained at 3.6 percent in 2010.

Some military family researchers and advocates say the Pentagon shouldn't get too excited -- yet.
Despite the seemingly good news, they fear the divorce rate plateau is temporary.

"I would not say that this is a downward trend -- it looks to me like stability," said Benjamin
Karney, a professor at UCLA who has conducted extensive marriage studies with the RAND
Corporation for DoD. "This doesn't say it's stopped moving. When you see gradual decreases
year to year, yes that's a trend. But a stop for one year? We can't say that's a trend."

Stephanie Himel-Nelson, a spokesperson for the military support organization Blue Star
Families, agreed. "I'd want to see a couple of years of this and see them go back down," she
said. "We're hopeful that this is a sign that all of the focus that the Department of Defense has
put into military families and reintegration is starting to pay off."

In recent years, the climbing military divorce rate has been a call to action for officials to focus
their efforts and spending on services aimed at reducing the stress caused by frequent
deployments. The Army, the largest of the services, plans to pour about $9 billion into its "Army
Family Covenant" program in 2011, Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff, said recently.

The program covers services such as family mental health care, free childcare during deployment
and on post housing improvements. Each service also has its own marriage support programs,
largely run out of chaplains' offices.

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The active-duty Army, which spends the most on its programs, plans to devote more than $700
million in fiscal 2011 to Strong Bonds, a free retreat that takes participants to a nice resort and
provides childcare while teaching relationship skills. The Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force
host similar events.

Family Support: The services by the numbers

A recent study out the University of Denver showed that couples who attend the Strong Bonds
retreat suffer 33 percent fewer divorces than those who do not. But a deeper dive into the divorce
figures reveals negative trends as well.

Despite the overall rate remaining stable, subgroups did see small increases similar to those in
years past. For example, the divorce rate for enlisted males increased slightly among Marines
and Airmen while remaining constant for Sailors and Soldiers.

Divorce rates among enlisted female servicemembers also increased in every service except the
Navy, where they remained unchanged at 7.8 percent -- still more than double that of their male
counterparts. In the Army, the female enlisted divorce rate is three times that of enlisted males.

Karney said the rate among females may be higher because intervention programs are missing
the target. His 2007 RAND study, "Families Under Stress," was commissioned by DoD to
explore the military divorce rate.

"No matter where you go, women are at greater risk in the military," he said. "It's possible that
the support services in the military are aimed more precisely at the female civilian partners of
male servicemembers."

The divorce rates released by the Pentagon do not include data on Reserve and National Guard
members or on servicemembers who divorced after leaving the military. The civilian divorce rate
in the US for the 2009 calendar year was 3.4 percent, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.

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Killeen Daily Herald

November 20, 2010

Killeen ISD prepared to adjust to possible state funding cutback

Killeen school officials may soon face some difficult decisions on cutting the district's budget.

Administrators were informed recently by state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock that Killeen
Independent School District could receive 6 percent less in state funding for the 2011-12 school
year, as a result of a state budget shortfall.

In the coming weeks, Aycock, a member of the House Public Education Committee and the
Appropriations Committee, will meet with local school superintendents to discuss a potential 6
percent reduction in funding for the state's public school districts next year. The Legislature is
expected to consider the cutbacks when it convenes in January.

For KISD, which received more than $210.7 million in state money for the current school year, a
6 percent cut would equate to $12.6 million — not a small chunk of change for any district.

Figures on KISD's website show that the district's total revenue for the current school year is
about $338.4 million. Consequently, the state's funding represents about 62 percent of the
district's annual revenue. Cutting the state's total by 6 percent would mean almost a 4 percent hit
to the district's overall revenue figure.

It sounds dire, but KISD officials have been down this road before.

In December 2008, the district announced it would slash its budget by $5 million because of a
projected enrollment decline of more than 1,200 students. Surprisingly, however, the student
body increased by 850 students the following school year, putting projections back in the black.

KISD's finances looked even better this August, when the school board adopted the district's
2010-11 budget. With a growing student enrollment and state funding formula based on
enrollment, revenues were projected to outpace spending by about $20 million. As a result,
trustees adopted a general fund budget with a surplus of close to $17 million — money the
district transferred to the capital improvement and capital project funds.

Continued strong enrollment will undoubtedly keep the district's revenues in the black, but major
capital improvement projects in the Strategic Facilities Plan — such as the construction of a new
elementary on Bunny Trail and the district's Career Academy — likely will require more of the
district's reserve funds if state money is reduced.

Of course, the district's future financial obligations aren't limited to construction projects.

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As enrollment continues to swell past 40,000 students on the district's 50 campuses, KISD must
hire more teachers, aides and support staff to accommodate the student population and meet the
state's mandatory student-to-teacher ratios.

According to information from the district, more than $265 million of the district's expenditures
are dedicated to payroll, and almost 64 percent of its operating budget is spent on instruction.

Needless to say, a potential 6 percent reduction in state funding would be felt across all areas of
the district budget.

And looking at all budget areas may be the fairest way to trim district expenditures. When KISD
was looking at a potential $5 million shortfall two years ago, Superintendent Robert Muller
asked department heads and principals across the district to offer their suggestions for cutting

If reductions in state funding force the district to look at cutting expenses, getting input from
those affected most would seem to be the best approach. In fact, Muller said the previous
recommendations are still on file.

However, it may not come to that.

Talk of cutbacks is still very preliminary. Any proposed funding reductions at the committee
level must be approved by the full House and signed into law by the governor.

Still, Muller said the district is prepared to adjust if necessary,

First, the district is in sound financial shape and has a positive fund balance.

In addition, KISD's tax rate of $1.14 per $100 property valuation is the lowest among the Waco,
Temple, Belton and Copperas Cove school districts. Yet, as it stands, the state-mandated tax cap
of $1.04 for maintenance and operation is just a cent over the district's M&O rate, limiting
KISD's ability to raise money via a tax hike.

The larger question facing KISD may be that of federal Impact Aid, which accounts for another
$65.8 million in the current budget — more than 19 percent of overall revenues.

Impact Aid is vital to military communities, which receive the aid to compensate for the
untaxable property on federal installations, such as Fort Hood. But as the Congress looks for
ways to trim its own budget, Impact Aid is a likely target, as it has been in the past.

The impending departure of U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, who has fought consistently to
maintain Impact Aid funding levels, makes that possibility even more worrisome.

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If Impact Aid were to be significantly reduced, the district could potentially face a financial
crisis, as would school districts in other military communities.

For now, district administrators can only speculate as to what school finance will look like over
the next few years— too many questions remain.

But how those questions are answered could have a significant impact on our community — and
its children.

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Government Executive
November 18, 2010

House sends telework bill to Obama

By Amelia Gruber

The House on Thursday sent President Obama a bill to boost telework at federal agencies, over
objections by Republicans who said the measure would grant civil servants another costly fringe
benefit and add layers of bureaucracy at a time when Americans want a smaller government.

Members voted 254-152 to pass the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722), which
requires agencies to determine which employees are eligible to work outside the office, to
establish policies allowing them to do so and to inform them of the option. The measure also
requires agencies to designate an official to oversee their telework program and to incorporate
the alternative work arrangement in continuity of operations planning for natural disasters and
other emergencies.

During debate on the House floor, the bill's sponsors touted it as a common-sense measure that
will save money down the road by reducing agencies' overhead costs, cutting energy
consumption and improving productivity. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that
implementing the bill will cost about $30 million over five years. But Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-
Mass., said the long-term savings will provide an "excellent return" on this initial investment. He
noted private sector companies such as IBM have saved as much as $56 million annually in
reduced office space by allowing employees to telework.

Supporters also emphasized telework is instrumental in keeping government running during

emergencies and natural disasters such as the snowstorms that crippled Washington last winter.

"Passage of this telework bill is critical to ensuring that the essential services provided to
Americans are not interrupted during times of emergencies, or extremely adverse weather
conditions," Sue Webster, national president of Federally Employed Women, said in a statement
praising lawmakers for sending the legislation to Obama. "We ... ask that the president sign it as
soon as possible."

But some Republicans said the bill's potential price tag is too high, given the current economic
climate and Congress' mandate -- driven home by the Nov. 2 midterm election results -- to
decrease spending and cut government. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., argued federal employees
already are teleworking and don't need extra help. With unemployment topping 9 percent, it is a
"travesty" that Democrats are "pushing this initiative to make it easier for federal employees --
who already have it much easier than the rest of the country -- to avoid the office," she said.

Republicans also expressed anger that the Senate had stripped out some of the oversight
provisions built into the version of the bill the House passed in July. The final bill no longer

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requires agencies to certify that their telework programs will save money, for instance, though
backers noted it does ask the Government Accountability Office and Office of Personnel
Management to evaluate telework progress periodically.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee, pledged to work during the next Congress to reinstate some of the safeguards the
House approved in the July version. He noted he supports telework to make government more
efficient but believes the bill in its current form creates bureaucracy without protections against
abuse. Issa is likely to chair the oversight committee when Republicans take control of the House
in January.

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Fort Jackson Leader

November 23, 2010

Education center works through shortfalls: Programs continue

despite budget cuts
By CHRIS RASMUSSEN, Fort Jackson Leader

Instructor Lynette Leventis conducts a Basic Skills Education Program class Thursday at the Fort Jackson
Army Continuing Education Services Center. Despite funding issues, the center still offers a variety of

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Despite budget shortfalls and a shrinking staff, those who operate
Army Continuing Education Services are continuing to meet the needs of Soldiers and family

Half of the center's already thin staff were cut earlier this year leaving them with one full-time
and three part-time contractors. Those positions include instructors, counselors and a test
examiner. The center also has one Army civilian employee.

"We are now literally operating on a skeleton crew, but IMCOM is working diligently to bring us
back up," said Mary Armstead, acting Education Services Officer. "We adapt and adjust because
our goal is to serve Soldiers. We are staying busy trying to accommodate everyone."

ACES programs at all IMCOM garrisons have been affected due to funding deficits for ACES
contract employees.

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"We have been able to move things around so we can accommodate everyone," Armstead said.
"Overall it has worked well. But it has been a high-tempo environment. We meet weekly to
discuss where we are and what holes are in the program."

The ACES learning center offers a variety of educational courses Soldiers can use for self-
improvement. Through the Basic Skills Education Program, which emphasizes math and
English, Soldiers can improve job performance, GT scores, as well as retention and reenlistment

Soldiers can also prepare for schools such as Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic
Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course and the
Sergeants Major Academy.

Soldiers and family members can also earn a college degree, license or professional certificate at
the learning center.

While no education programs have been cut, the center has had to limit its offerings and has
temporarily stopped its testing services for Soldiers who are taking online college courses and
need help with testing.

"We haven't had to cut any programs, just curtail some of them," Armstead said. "Everybody
here wears a variety of hats so we can stay afloat. Some Soldiers get frustrated, but for the most
part, they understand we are trying to help them."

Unit briefings on the resources and opportunities available at ACES have been cut back, as well.
In-processing and drill sergeant briefings, however, will continue.
Counseling services have also felt the impact and staff is encouraging students to call for
assistance instead of coming to the center for an appointment.

"We have had to not see Soldiers face-to-face but take care of them over the phone," education
counselor Sally Maybin said. "We enjoyed our Soldiers being able to walk in and see a
counselor, but we can handle it over the phone."

Tuition assistance for Soldiers and spouses is not affected by the funding shortfall.

As IMCOM works out the funding issue, garrison is looking at ways to help ACES continue its

"The installation is looking at ways to help augment personnel," Armstead said. "They are very
aware of what we are going through and they are working at helping us."

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Fort Hood Sentinel

November 18, 2010

Groundbreaking for $534 million center here set for Dec. 6

By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

An aerial view shows the new 947,000-square-foot Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center that will be built on
Fort Hood beginning in spring of 2011. The new facility is nearly 60 percent larger than the current Vietnam-
war era hospital and will include a six-story hospital, three outpatient clinic buildings and three parking
garages. Courtesy graphic

Groundbreaking for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s new hospital is scheduled for
Dec. 6, signaling the start of a $534 million project that will consolidate services and enhance
access to medical care for thousands of Fort Hood Soldiers, family members and retirees.

Construction of the 947,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin in April just south of the
current medical center on the site of the old Fort Hood stadium. It is expected to be open for
patients in late summer 2015.

“We’re excited to see the project begin as it brings us one step closer to providing increased
access to care and more health care services in line with the 21st century warfighter,” Col. (Dr.)
Steven Braverman, CRDAMC commander, said.

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The original Darnall hospital opened in 1965 to serve 17,000 Soldiers, with an addition in 1984
added to serve 39,000 troops. Today, the hospital serves roughly 45,000 Soldiers, as well as
nearly 125,000 family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius.

At 600,000 square feet, the current facility is undersized for the amount of services it provides,
Braverman said. Each day Darnall averages 4,622 outpatient encounters, 202 emergency room
visits, 26 surgeries, 26 admissions, seven births and 4,500 prescriptions filled.

The new medical center will be nearly 60 percent larger than the current facility and will include
a six-story hospital, three outpatient clinic buildings and three parking garages.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with the architects and designers from Balfour
Beatty/McCarthy-HKS/Wingler and Sharp to create a modern campus that is both capable of
meeting today’s health care needs and is a comfortable place for patients to receive medical
care,” Lt. Col. Michael C. Williams, project manager, U.S. Army Health Facility Planning
Agency, said.

As patients enter the new facility, they will be welcomed by bright, natural light that engulfs the
lobby through two-and-a-half story windowpanes. The natural light continues along a central
concourse that makes navigating the hospital much simpler than the current design.

“In a facility this size, people can get lost very easily,” Williams said. “This hospital is organized
very simply with multiple entrances and a clear, circulation pattern.”

On one side of the concourse, patients will check in through the designated reception areas, and
on the opposite side, waiting areas overlook a courtyard and outdoor gardens. The natural
concept continues throughout the medical center all the way to the upper levels.

From the third, fourth and fifth floors, patients have a view of rooftop gardens, bringing nature
up to the patient level.

An important feature of the new hospital is the approximately 100,000 square feet dedicated for
behavioral health services, Braverman said, which will enable the hospital to provide additional
mental and physical care for Soldiers suffering from visible and invisible wounds of war.

This area on the third floor will include an outpatient component, a Resilience and Restoration
Center, Department of Social Work and Hospital and Administrative Psychiatry. It will be
connected through the concourse to the inpatient component of the psychiatric unit, which will
also feature an exterior basketball court.

Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, military hospitals have seen an increase in the
number of Soldiers needing treatment for physical injuries, traumatic brain injury and post-

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traumatic stress. More than 4,200 wounded and ill Soldiers evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan
have been treated at Darnall.

“Right now our behavioral health services are spread out amongst many locations. The new
hospital will allow us to centralize services to make getting care easier and more convenient for
our patients,” Braverman said. “Numerous Soldiers deploy from Fort Hood, and we want to
ensure we can handle the medical needs of each and every one of them and their family

The fourth floor of the new medical center will be devoted to women’s services. It will include
nine labor-delivery-recovery rooms, two C-section units, a 12-bed neo-natal intensive care unit
and a 28-bed mother-baby unit.

Up one level, the pediatric unit will have 10 beds and the medical-surgery unit is designed to
accommodate 30 beds.

Darnall will continue to provide additional services throughout the facility, such as emergency
medicine, physical therapy, family medicine and internal medicine.

Departmental staff are currently reviewing the design plans and offering feedback to the Health
Facility Planning Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the current layout
accommodates provider and patient needs.

“This facility was designed with flexibility in mind,” Williams said. “As health care needs
change, so can Darnall. The design allows flexibility to accommodate the changing needs of
clinics and departments and, in the future, there is room for lateral growth and an additional bed
tower, if needed.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $534 million contract to Balfour Beatty |
McCarthy Joint Venture of Dallas, in September. The project is funded by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the new medical center site. The
event is open to the public, and visitors should enter Fort Hood using the Santa Fe gate. Parking
is available at 65th Street and Railhead Drive.

(Editor’s Note: Christie Vanover, CRDAMC Public Affairs, contributed to this article.)

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Sierra Vista Herald

November 22, 2010

Self-sufficiency with energy one of fort’s ‘green’ goals

By Bill Heiss

FORT HUACHUCA — Financially speaking, the Army’s logistical tail is too long, limiting its
biting power, an assistant secretary of the Army said.

Funding logistics, while critical, has meant the Army has to find ways to reduce the tail’s costs,
putting funds into the service’s ability to chew up enemies, said Katherine Hammack, the
assistant secretary of the Army for installations and

She made her comments Friday, after spending a day on the post, where the tour included a
helicopter flight to get an airborne view of the installation and a ground ride to see how the fort
is addressing issues such as reducing energy costs.

Saying her emphasis is on energy, water and waste reduction, Hammack said when it comes to
energy alone, the Army spends more than $1 billion a year in utility costs.

“Anything we can do to be more energy efficient, to reduce energy costs is important … but it’s
an ongoing challenge,” she said.

The goal of the Army’s push is to see installations not be energy users, but producers who could
either sell excess energy or make enough for an installation to be self-sufficient, Hammack said.

When it comes to the post, she said the ability for it to be net zero in electricity is probable and
the installation is far ahead when it comes to water conservation.

As for waste reduction, it is an issue the Army has to become more involved with, Hammack
said, noting it is wasteful “to dig holes in the ground to dispose of waste.”

Building plants that produce electricity by using waste in a clean manner are possible, she added.
While the Army’s color is green, becoming environmentally green will show America that the
service is serious about saving taxpayer funds, better stewards of nature, she said.

As he watched Friday’s Turkey Bowl on the fort, Maj. Gen. John Custer said he met with
Hammack earlier in the day, discussing post leaders’ visions. Speaking at the annual game
between two brigades — one representing the Military Intelligence Corps and the other the
Signal Corps — Custer said he sees in Hammack a person who is not just interested in the job

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but an individual with years of knowledge and work needed for the net zero concepts in energy,
water and waste reductions.

The commander of the Intelligence Center of Excellence said in less than a half year in her
position, Hammack has been impressive. Her tour took her to areas where she saw future
planned projects, including a 32-story wind turbine which will generate 1 megawatt of power in
a region where winds are prevalent on the post, which could lead to more turbines.

The general said the fort’s 320 days of sunshine a year are a source of solar power many Army
installations do not have.

There are plans for a 20 megawatt solar farm on post between the Main and East gates, Custer
said, adding that on an average day the fort uses about 30 megawatts of electricity and with the 1
megawatt from wind power, the fort will eventually produce 21 megawatts. If more solar or wind
generation capabilities are added “we’ll be self-sufficient and maybe could sell some of the
power we produce on the post.”

Hammack said she knows the solar capability of Arizona, having lived in Scottsdale until she
was tapped for her Army position.

She agreed the fort is one of the installations where solar energy can be used to generate
electricity, but there are other natural resources which can provide a clean energy source, such as
geothermal, using the natural heated water within the earth as an electrical generator, as is being
done in parts of the United States and other countries.

The Army is looking at broad areas of energy generation, knowing not every installation is equal
in capabilities, such as the fort having potential solar or wind programs. When it comes to solar,
which Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who represents Arizona’s Congressional
District 8, including all of Cochise County, has been pushing, Hammack said there are a number
of foreward-looking people who understand the need for ideas to reduce the costs to the

When it comes to being energy smart, Hammack said by eliminating dependency on oil to
generate power, or other fossil fuels, America’s security is enhanced.

During the tour, she was briefed about how new construction on the post involves building smart
structures, those which go to sleep when they are not in use and wake up when they are needed,
greatly reduces energy costs.

One thing she saw was how saved energy could be transferred from one function, such as air
conditioning, to operating ice-making machines or to cool water in dining facilities.

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There is no single silver bullet, Hammack said, noting her job is to look across the various
geographic differences involving installations and determine what projects can lead to net zero

Although it is almost a cliché, her message is she wants people “to think outside the box,” not
just how it is done today, but how it can be done better tomorrow.

A number of installations will be chosen as test areas to determine how different forts can
achieve net zero operations in energy, water and waste reductions, as Hammack said, “to reduce
the logistical tail and put more funds into teeth.”

As he watched the Turkey Bowl, Custer said he believes Fort Huachuca has been more than
innovative in saving energy and has not only plans, but thinkers on the post who can help the
Army achieve a major portion of its net zero programs. But during an interview with the
Herald/Review, Hammack was noncommittal, saying she is just at the front end of gathering
information to present to others in the decision-making process.

Saving energy costs has to be pursued and it was highlighted in an October speech to garrison
commanders, where Hammack said, “Let there be no confession that while our Army must use
energy efficiently, our commanders must never be deprived of the energy they require to
effectively execute operations to fight and win our nation’s wars.”

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November 23, 2010

Safety: Don't be 'that guy'

By Chris Rasmussen

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Everyone has seen "that guy." The one who talks too loudly after
drinking one too many beers or spills his drink on the person sitting next to him.

As the holiday season approaches, Fort Jackson leaders are stressing that Soldiers, civilians and
family members make sure they are not "that guy."

Each year, Soldiers and Army civilians are bombarded with the "Loaded 45" campaign in an
attempt to prevent deadly traffic accidents caused by drinking and driving and other unsafe
driving habits.

"'Loaded 45' stands for the 45 days from Thanksgiving to New Years," said Sean O'Brian, the
installation's safety director. "In that time frame, there is increased travel on the part of (Basic
Combat Training) Soldiers and permanent party, and when you throw in parties where alcohol
might be served, we all know what can happen. Drinking and driving frequently equals death."

This year the installation is stressing the "That Guy" message, which is a humorous multi-media
campaign that uses online and offline communication with the goal of reducing excessive
drinking among young service members.

"We are focusing on a vastly different approach than normal," O'Brian said. "We are focusing on
binge drinking and the younger audience. The "That Guy" campaign uses humor to deliver a
serious message for young Soldiers to reject binge drinking because it takes away from the
things they care about such as family, friends, money and reputation."

The binge drinking rate among 18 to 25-year-old active duty personnel in 2005 was 56-percent, a
54-percent increase from 2002, according to DoD surveys. Visit for more
While Soldiers and civilians depart the installation for block leave, law enforcement officials on
post will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement.

"We are going to continue to enforce the traffic laws and regulations on Fort Jackson," said Col.
Ronald Taylor, provost marshal. "We are also going to do random government and POV vehicle
inspections and have safety checkpoints throughout the holiday season."

DES will also place a mangled vehicle and motorcycle on display along Strom Thurmond
Boulevard to remind passer-bys that drinking and driving kills.
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"If you drink, don't drive," Taylor said. "If you are on this installation and need assistance, call
the MP desk and we will help you get where you need to go. If it is off-post we will arrange a
Those who drink at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities on post who think they
have had too much to drink can also get a free ride home.

The consequences of drinking and driving are real. On Thursday, a Soldier who was assigned to
Fort Jackson, pleaded guilty in circuit court to driving drunk and killing two college students last
year. Jabari Harding, a former staff sergeant, was leaving a bar in the Vista when he collided
with the student's car.

Soldiers who travel outside a 100-mile radius of Fort Jackson must complete the Travel Risk
Planning System before departing. The program allows Soldiers and Army civilians to complete
a POV risk assessment about their trip. TRiPS can be accessed through the U.S. Army Combat
Readiness/Safety Center website at

BCT and Advanced Individual Training Soldiers must also sign a POV safety contract with their
platoon or drill sergeant before departing for block leave. In addition, leaders are mandated to
make sure no Soldier or civilian employee leaves for the holiday period without a safety
awareness briefing.
O'Brian offered some simple tips to keep Soldiers and civilians safe this holiday season.

"Wear your seatbelt. Drive well rested. Don't drive distracted with cell phones or other electronic
devices. And drive defensively," he said.

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November 22, 2010

Garrison stands down for safety awareness

By Steven D. Ball

Fred Hartz from the installation safety office briefs U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal members during the
town hall on the garrison safety stand down day.

The U.S. Army Garrison - Detroit Arsenal conducted a safety stand down day Nov. 17 to
increase employee's awareness of the importance of safety both on the job and at home.
"The goal of our safety stand down day was to increase safety awareness in order to reduce the
accidents or incidents that cause injury, illness, and damage to property both in the work place
and at home," said Denise Blakely, garrison safety officer. "It was conducted in conjunction with
the Installation Management Command campaign that required all garrisons to conduct safety
stand downs before Thanksgiving."

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Activities for the day began with an all-garrison town hall during which safety officers and
garrison leadership briefed attendees about recent accident trends at the garrison and throughout
IMCOM. They also talked about the importance of having a safety mindset and using an internal
risk assessment whenever planning activities.

The main objectives for the day were to:

• Assess work area for hazards and abate identified hazards
• Assess jobs, tasks, and duties for hazards
• Evaluate current standard operating procedures to identify any hazardous processes that can be
• Inspect equipment for hazards
• Inspect personal protective equipment
• Conduct safety awareness training

Safety officials also designated specific times for activities to make it easier for people to

"It is easier for people to stay on track and to stay engaged if you break the day's events into
specific activities," said Blakely. "We didn't want people to go back to the places of work and get
wrapped up in work. We wanted to give them a specific schedule in order to keep them in a
safety mindset throughout the day."

Inspecting work areas and safety equipment were key activities to the day's events and the
installation firefighters took the message to heart when they returned to the station following the
town hall.

"Sometimes our safety checks become routine," said Mike Ball, fire captain at the Detroit
Arsenal. "Once we left the town hall, I had my guys get their equipment out and do a thorough
check of all their gear. Fortunately we didn't find any discrepancies but it's always good to take a
second look when it comes to safety."

Alan Parks, deputy garrison manager, spent the majority of the day walking through work areas
and talking to people about the importance of safety and listening to their safety concerns.
"Today was very successful in that it brought safety to the forefront of every garrison members
mind for an entire day," said Parks. "The true measure of today's success will be if people keep
safety in the forefront throughout the holiday season and continue to apply the safety principles
they learned today at work, at home and in everything they do."

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IMCOM PUBLIC AFFAIRS Activity Report, 11-24 November 2010



Fort Bragg


recognition for its efforts to preserve and protect its natural resources, the Fort Bragg Arbor
Board received the 2010 North Carolina Urban Forestry Award for Outstanding Tree Board or
Urban Forestry Committee. The Urban Forestry Award is an achievement that reflects the Fort
Bragg Arbor Board’s dedication to the sustainability of the post and its mission. (Paraglide,
11/4/2010) go to: 11/4/2010 edition, Section A: main,
Page: A-4

ARMY WELLNESS CENTER GRAND OPENING: Fort Bragg hosted the grand opening
ceremony for the Army Wellness Center. The AWC offers programs for tobacco cessation,
weight management, self-care, weight loss surgery, nutrition, and fitness testing. (Paraglide,
11/18/2010) go to: 11/18/2010 edition, Section A: main,
Page: A-3

AMERICAN BALD EAGLE HEALED, RELEASED: A Fort Bragg rehabilitated American bald
eagle was released at Mott Lake. Bald eagles have been observed hunting in the lake area. The
eagle was rehabilitated by the Carolina Raptor Center. (Paraglide, 11/11/2010) go to: 11/11/2010 edition, Section A: main, Page: A-1

GROUND BREAKING FOR TWO PLAYGROUNDS: On November 9, representatives from

Fort Bragg, the USO of North Carolina, Lowe’s and Picerne Military Housing hosted a
groundbreaking ceremony for two playgrounds in the Corregidor Courts/Bougainville
neighborhoods. (Paraglide, 11/11/2010) go to: 11/11/2010
edition, Section A: main, Page: A-1

Fort Stewart


Hospital held a ceremony to honor those who, two months ago, prevented a hostage situation
from escalating into a disastrous tragedy. (The Frontline, 11 NOV) go to:

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U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii


Veterans Day message with heavy emphasis on holiday safety. (Hawaii Army Weekly, 10 NOV)
go to:

TOBACCO CESSATION: Garrison article outlines resources and services readily available to
help service and family members, as well as DA civilians to quit smoking. Also, discusses the
Great American Smokeout aims. (Hawaii Army, 10 NOV) go to:


TASKS: Article highlighted the contributions of Native American Indians serving in the Army.
(Hawaii Army Weekly, 10 NOV) go to:

ARMY’S WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS FILL NICHE: Story highlighted the critical role of
Army wildland firefighters stationed in Hawaii, and their efforts to protect, preserve and assure
the safety of Army and civilian residents, their property, endangered species and forests. (Hawaii
Army Weekly, NOV 12) go to:

ARMY SUPPORTS FAMILIES, WARRIORS: OCPA news release on Warrior Care Month.
(Hawaii Army Weekly, 10 NOV) go to:


retired 1SG Tracy Ross, who will represent U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii in the semifinals of the
2010 “Operation Rising Star” Hawaii singing competition. (Hawaii Army Weekly, 10 NOV) go

SOLOMON CELEBRATES “TREE CITY”: Story commemorated Schofield Barracks

designation as a ‘Tree City-USA”. More than 100 students from Solomon Elementary School
and Island Palm community’s representatives joined Garrison Commander, COL Douglas
Mulbury in planting more trees. (Hawaii Army Weekly, 10 NOV) go to:

ID CARD APPOINTMENT SYSTEM GOES ONLINE: Article publicized the start of a

computer-based program to make appointments for ID card services. (Hawaii Army Weekly, 10
NOV) go to:

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U.S. Army Garrison-Japan.

JROTC cadets participated in their annual FTX from 1-5 NOV. Water safety and survival
training instruction provided under the supervision of FMWR sports, fitness and aquatics
instructors. (Torii, 18 NOV) go to:

TORII FALL TRIATHLON: Article covering the Torii Station Fall Triathlon in Okinawa, held
on Nov. 7. More than 130 participants completed a 1 K swim, 30 K bike ride and a 5K run.
(Torii, 18 NOV) go to:

Camp Zama volunteers who assisted the Red Cross in sorting over 5,000 holiday greeting cards
created by school children for our Soldiers. (Torii, 18 NOV) go to:

Fort Wainwright.

PREDEPLOYMENT SERIES: Second in a series of articles on predeployment preparation,

examining one battalion’s detailed plan to ensure strong Families meet the deployment challenge
with confidence. (Alaska Post, 12 NOV) go to:

SAVE-A-LIFE TOUR: An alcohol awareness program designed to educate on the dangers and
consequences associated with drinking and driving was advertised. (Alaska Post, 12 NOV) go to:

MASTER RESILIENCY TRAINERS: A descriptive article about the new Master Resiliency
Trainer course as an essential part of Soldier readiness, with comments from graduates assigned
at Fort Wainwright. (Alaska Post, 12 NOV) go to:


indigenous people of our country and their culture, specifically the history and significance of
Alaska’s native tribes, publicizing Ft. Wainwright’s observances and resources to contact for
more information. (Alaska Post, 12 NOV) go to:

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Adelphi Laboratory Center


ALC hosted the President/CEO Nov. 17 to discuss ALC joining the chamber and possible
partnership opportunities.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

THANKSGIVING CRUISE: JBM-HH is working with the JBM-HH Headquarters Battalion, the
3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, and Henderson Hall Sergeant Majors to identify service
members to attend the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Cruise hosted by the Washington
Waterfront Association, onboard the Entertainment Cruises of Washington’s Odyssey cruise
ship, on 23 NOV. This is an annual event to which single service members from all the services
throughout the National Capital Region are invited along with Wounded Warriors from Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, Warriors in Transition from Forts Belvoir and Meade, and veterans
from the Armed Forces retirement home in Washington D.C. as a “thank you” for their service.
Coordination includes arranging for bus transportation for JBM-HH personnel from Fort Myer to
the Washington marina for the cruise and back to the installation afterwards.


Fort Carson

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Fort Carson Soldiers will help serve meals at the 25
November Salvation Army Dinner in Colorado Springs.

Fort Leavenworth.

CULTURAL AWARENESS: Fort Leavenworth Garrison Public Affairs hosted the Nov. 18
Fort Leavenworth Native American Cultural Celebration.

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Fort Greely

LOCAL GROUP TO MEET NEWCOMERS: Joyce McCombs, Director, Delta Junction

Community Library, and Ms. Cheryl Henkins, on behalf of Delta Junction Partners for Progress
were guest presenters at the Ft. Greely Newcomer’s Brief on 18 NOV.

BIBLES DONATED: Bibles of America donated 250 Bibles to Ft. Greely

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

VETERANS DAY: Wahiawa Lions Veterans Day Parade, Wahiawa, HI, and the Kilauea
Military Camp Veterans Day Ceremony, Volcanoes National Park, HI, were both held Nov. 11.

LOCAL GROUP SUPPORTS VETERANS DAY: WMCAC is a community group established

with the goal of building a lasting relationship centered on poise and respect between the military
and the Waianae community. WMCAC hosted a Veterans Day parade and hoolaulea (block
party), Nov. 6. Positive community relations engagement.

AVIATION TRAINING RESUMPTION: USAG-HI PAO is coordinating with 25th Infantry’s

Combat Aviation Brigade regarding the CAB’s redeployment and the resumption of aviation
training. USAG-HI PAO and CAB PAO will prepare community educational materials on
importance of training and flying neighborly to proactively address potential noise complaints.

U.S. Army Garrison-Japan

OKINAWA SPECIAL OLYMPICS: More than 300 Soldiers and Army Family member
volunteers at Torii Station, Okinawa turn out to support more than 800 family and local athletes
at the Okinawa Special Olympics held at Kadena Air Force Base on Nov. 6. USAG-Japan
PA/Host Nation Relations Office helped coordinate the event, escorted local government
officials and participants. (Story ran in Torii, 18 NOV)

CULTURAL ORIENTATIONS: Japan-American (JA) Society and Japan-America Army

Friendship Association (JAAFA) Autumn Outing 2011 was held Nov. 7. Nineteen families from
Camp Zama participated in the event to study Ed-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. The
Japan-America Army Friendship Association also hosted an Autumn Social Outing 2011 on
Nov.12. The 14 participants visited Odawara Castle and the Hakone Checkpoint. The USAG-
Japan PA/Host Nation Relations Office regularly coordinates these events by providing the
participants opportunities to enhance understanding of American and Japanese cultures and

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Fort Wainwright

VETERANS DAY SUPPORT: USAG-Ft. Wainwright coordinated two Soldiers for joint color
guard, 9th Army “Arctic Warrior” Band and speaker, LTC Werthman, Cdr, 16th Combat Aviation
Brigade. Fairbanks event attended by CoDel reps, mayors and city leaders.


Fort Monmouth

CARRIER PIGEONS: Tim Howard of National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed Mindy
Rosewitz, Communications-Electronics Museum Curator at Fort Monmouth on 15 November on
the historic use of carrier pigeons to convey messages in combat and their use and training by the
Signal Corps. A radio feature story is expected to run on NPR as a feature segment sometime
during March. The NPR correspondent will let Fort Monmouth Public Affairs know when it will
run as it gets closer to air date and will provide an electronic copy


Rush Holt and Frank Pallone Jr., both D-N.J. are arguing that the two facilities are needed to
serve the area's population of military retirees and veterans, as well as active-duty, National
Guard and military reservists and Navy and Coast Guard personnel. In an Aug. 17 letter to
Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Holt and Pallone noted that usage of the commissary in
general has increased over the past few years. AAFES spokesperson is quoted in news articles:
"The Department of Defense rarely authorizes continued operations when an installation closes
and then, only when there is a significant active-duty population assigned to the area that would
otherwise not be supported," said Army and Air Force Exchange Service spokesman Judd


Fort Buchanan


Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) has told the local media that “military
authorities at Fort Buchanan will have to be responsible for the monetary cost of the rupture of a
water distribution line which has left much of the metropolitan area without water.” Much of the

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area has been without water for several days. Fort Buchanan is currently conducting an
investigation to determine if any actions on the installation contributed to the water outage.
Situation has resulted in adverse publicity which is expected to continue.

Fort Gordon

CASUALITY ASSISTANCE FEATURED: The Augusta Chronicle published a front-page story

on Veterans Day about Fort Gordon’s Casualty Assistance Program. The story detailed the
support provided for Families following the loss of a service member. Go to:

Fort McPherson.

personnel from Fort McPherson, gathered to discuss ways to improve the lives of military
children. The meeting was held in Atlanta at the World Congress Center for Atlanta Public
Engagement. (Sentinel, 12 NOV) go to:


Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF COURTS-MARTIAL: National media continue to cover the PFC

Holmes and SGT Jones Article 32 hearings (5-2 SBCT murder charges).


U.S. Army Garrison-Japan.

OPEN EVENT: Jiji Press contacted USAG-Japan PA/HNR Office on 12 NOV to confirm a
statement regarding an open event “Sagamihara Festa”, scheduled for 20-21 NOV at Sagami

CAMP ZAMA UPDATE: On 10 NOV, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Yomiuri and Asahi Shimbun
published articles regarding Sagamihara City Mayor Toshio Kayama’s requests to the Ministry

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of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Forces Japan, on the solutions to the
Camp Zama golf course issue and the date when parcels of Sagami Depot will be returned to
Japanese control. On 11 NOV, Yomiuri, Asahi, Tokyo and Kanagawa Shimbun reported that the
Zama City committee to promote the return of U.S. bases submitted a request to Zama City
Mayor Mikio Endo to consider the plans for the utilization of Camp Zama lands, once Camp
Zama is returned to Japanese control. The plan includes a recommendation that the site be used
for a hospital, a park and JGSDF’s quarters.


reported on the bilateral exercise conducted at Torii Station. The scenario outlined emergency
actions in the event a U.S. military aircraft crashes in a local village.



FIRE: Families impacted were updated at 16 NOV garrison town hall, which was covered by
Stripes. AFN produced a 2- minute spot, talking about family assistance center standup and
operations, to further communicate positive actions from IMCOM. Expect follow-on coverage
will include lengths to which garrison will go to help recover salvageable items.


ITALY MAIL IMPACTS/DELAYS: Human Resources Command assumed the lead role in
communicating why Italy - and not other locations – is impacted by recent international
restrictions on mail cargo. Approved news release was provided to Vicenza to assist in ongoing
local communications with customers concerning likely delays.



U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE: USAG-HI PAO played a major role in the garrison ‘Active
Shooter’ exercise held at the main Post Exchange.

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potential responses to query related to legacy depleted uranium on Hawaii training ranges, and
the Army’s license application with the NRC.

SURVEY: PAO, in partnership with PAIO, launched its biannual survey to review usefulness
and improvements to the Hawaii Army Weekly newspaper on the Garrison website, on-post
TV2, and USAG-HI’s social networks at Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo, and YouTube.

HAWAII PAO COORDINATING COUNCIL: Meeting provides awareness for 15 PAOs in

Army Hawaii of multi-command battle rhythms and PA guidance.