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JUNE 24, 2011

JUNE 24, 2011 Volume 9, Issue 35

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

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Staff Sgt. Michael Braddock, from 8th Army Trial Defense Services, is welcomed along with other Soldiers to the Sae Eden Church June 17 by church members during a U.S.-Korea Friendship Society event aimed at honoring American and Korean Veterans of the Korean War. Upon entry of Soldiers, Korean children welcomed them by waiving U.S. and Korean flags and singing songs. The event was also meant to promote intercultural friendship. See story on Page 2. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Kyung-min

Officials seek input to update MWR services

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON Defense Department officials intend to use input gained from customer satisfaction surveys to bolster Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and meet the up-to-date needs of service members and their families, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy said Monday. Officials are electronically sending 600,000 surveys to military installations worldwide, Robert L. Gordon III said. The survey is the first of its kind to collect input from all components of the U.S. military, including National Guardsmen and reservists, he added. The survey includes 135 questions that address a range of offerings from fitness centers to libraries, and automotive services to leisure activities. Officials hope to have survey data returned in about three weeks, Gordon said. If [service members] can turn it around quickly, we can soon understand how were doing and see how we can get better, he said. Sent randomly, the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, he added, and the answers are kept confidential and anonymous. We want to get a sense of exactly what our service members and their families are using [at MWR] so we can tailor it to our multigenerational force, Gordon said. Recognizing the differences in multigenerational needs is essential to members of the armed forces, he noted.

The younger service members might use different types of equipment in our fitness centers [than older troops], and library services is another area where our millennial generation ages 18 to 29 is more likely to use online service, while others use books, he said. The MWR survey does not include data from family members since valid contact information was not available for them. Because of this, Gordon em-


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NEWS No Agent Orange found in water

By Walter T. Ham IV 8th Army Public Affairs


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ing process at pulp and paper mills and chlorination by waste and drinking waYONGSAN GARRISON ter treatment plants. No traces of Agent Orange Exhaust from gas and were found during water samdiesel engines and emispling tests on the wells in the sions from forest fires, mucommunity adjacent to Camp nicipal solid waste and inCarroll, the Joint Investigadustrial incinerators may tion Team announced June 16. also produce dioxins. Pokyong National UniverThe Joint Investigation sity Chief Professor Doctor Team is investigating the Gon Ok and U.S. Forces Korea area identified by the U.S. Engineer Col. Joseph F. Birchveterans as the burial site. meier announced the test reIn that area, the team is sults at a press conference in using ground penetrating the Chilgok County Auditoradar, electrical resistivity rium. Doctor Gon Ok (left) speaks to National Assembly members on and magnetometers. Doctor Ok, the lead South Camp Carroll June 9. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Kyung-min Ground penetrating Korean investigator, held a radar, electrical resistivity town hall meeting there later in the day to discuss the water and magnetometers are used for environmental, archaeosampling tests with local officials and residents. logical and engineering exploration. The joint investigation began in May following a report To date, no evidence of Agent Orange has been discovon KPHO TV in Phoenix where U.S. veterans claimed they ered on Camp Carroll or in the surrounding community. buried Agent Orange on Camp Carroll in 1978. During several visits to Camp Carroll, Eighth Army ComAgent Orange was used as a tactical herbicide in Viet- manding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, who is leading nam, Laos and Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s to control the Camp Carroll Task Force, has met with national and lovegetation and reduce areas of enemy concealment. cal government officials and local residents to discuss the Agent Orange was later discovered to be contaminated investigation. with a highly toxic dioxin compound known to cause cancer I promise that I will do everything necessary to deterand birth defects. mine the truth, said Johnson. My focus is to ensure there Dioxins are created as a byproduct of certain processes, is no risk to the health of the people on Camp Carroll or off such as the manufacturing of certain chemicals, the bleach- Camp Carroll. And if there is, Ill fix it. x

U.S.-Korea Friendship Society honors Korean War Vets

By Pfc. Lee Kyung-min 8th Army Public Affairs
YONGIN, Korea The U.S.-Korea Friendship Society hosted a festival to thank veterans of the Korean War, and honor U.S. troops and their families here at Sae Eden Church June 17. About 120 American and Korean veterans, their families and U.S. Army personnel attended the event. A number of leaders and military officials were present, to include: 8th Army Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy, Senior Pastor of Sae Eden Church So Kang-suk, Former Vice Chairman of National Assembly of Korea and present Assembly man Lee Sang-deuk, Assembly man Lee Choon-sik, Governor of Gyoungki Province Kim Moon-soo and Mayor of Yong In Kim Hak-kyu. The purpose of the event was to commemorate veterans and promote U.S.-Korea friendship. Upon their arrival at the church, American veterans and Soldiers were welcomed by children dressed in traditional Korean Hanboks waving American and Korean flags. The reception was followed by a special banquet. During the banquet, a special Korean dinner was served by the church and Korean traditional dancers and singers performed for the participants. After the dinner, a ceremony was conducted in the church. At the beginning of the ceremony, Korean War veterans walked down the aisle behind the American and Korean flags and

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Eighth Army Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy speaks at the U.S. Korea Friendship Society festival June 17 in Yongin, Korea. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Kyung-min

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were welcomed by the orchestra, choir, trumpet fanfare and the clapping of the church members. During the ceremony, the choir sang hymns and the pastors prayed for the veterans and the friendship between two nations. The Senior Pastor So Kang-suk talked about an enduring friendship forged on the battlefield. During the ceremony, Conboy and Assembly man Lee Choon-sik delivered presidential messages from each country. From President Barack Obama the statement read was, On this occasion, we honor those who rallied to her defense in the Korean War and we remember the extraordinary sacrifices made by members of Americas Armed Forces during that tumultuous time. Our nation also thanks all those who support our veterans and their families. Another statement, from Republic of Korea President Lee Myoung-bak read, The great commitment and courageous sacrifice of the American veterans was at the foundation of ROKs development and prosperity. I express my deep appreciation to all Korean War veterans and their families. Thank you messages were also given by other prominent leaders, including Reverend So Kang-suk, Assembly member Lee Sang-deuk, and Governor Kim Moon-soo. Reverend So said, Im sure that this veterans invitation ceremony will be the stepping-stones of love and peace that will further strengthen the friendship between Korea and America. x

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Police Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. USAG Red Cloud Assault Consummated by Battery: A Subject and Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the Subject struck the Victim in the face with a closed fist at a private location. The Victim sustained injuries consisting of minor swelling to his left cheek. The Subject was apprehended and transported by Korean National Police and released into military police custody. The Subject was transported to the provost marshals office where he was administered a Portable Breath Test, with a result of .123 percent Blood Alcohol Content. Due to his level of intoxication, he was released to his unit with instructions to return to the PMO at a later time. Investigation continues by KNP. USAG Yongsan Larceny of Exchange Property: A Subject was observed via security camera, entering the fitting room of the Main Post Exchange with a black Nike shirt and exiting without it. She then exited the Exchange without rendering payment. The Subject was detained and transported to the Loss Prevention Office. Upon arrival of military police, she was apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office, where she denied the offense. The stolen property was returned to the Exchange. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. USAG Humphreys Disrespect towards a NCO and Simple Assault: A Subject and an unknown Soldier were involved in a verbal altercation at a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event. Military police observed the incident and separated the two individuals. The Subject then began to physically threaten the MPs. The Subject was then apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office. Investigation continues. USAG Daegu Assault, Battery, Underage Drinking: Subjects 1 and 2 and Victims 1 and 2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical, when Subject 1 struck Victim 1 and 2 with open and closed fists. Subject 1 and 2 were detained by Korean National Police and were released into military police custody. MPs detected the odor of alcohol emitting from their persons. A check of Subject 2s ID card revealed he was under the legal age to consume alcoholic. Investigation continues by KNP and MPI with KNP being the lead investigative agency.

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The Floating Island that is currently being built at Banpo Hangang Park was opened to the public in phases, starting with the opening of public observation spaces on May 21. Built under the concept of "Flowers of the Hangang", the Floating Island consists of three sub-islands, each built with the latest in information technology. The Floating Island will be the world's largest floating artificial island and will boast the world's first convention facility built over water once it is completed in September. It will also be equipped with performance and exhibition facilities, restaurants and cafes. The largest sub-island will feature a three-story multi-purpose cultural complex that will be used to host international conferences and exhibitions. It will feature a 700-seat convention hall, restaurants and cafes. The second largest sub-island (the building in this photo) will feature a three-story facility that can hold over 1,700 people and will be dedicated to youth culture, art and festivals. It will also feature LED illuminations and a water garden, adding to the Hangangs aesthetic scenery. The smallest sub-island will feature a two-story aquatic leisure sport facility. To get there take subway line 3, 7 or 9 to Express Bus Terminal Station, go out exit 8-1 and walk for about 15 minutes. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jeong Yee-taek

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Times Square Times Square is one of the biggest multipurpose shopping malls in Korea. It consists of shopping spaces, such as Shinsegae Department Store and EMart, cultural spaces, such as the CGV cinema and Kyobo Book Center, and even overnight accommodation at the Marriott Hotel. The ceiling of the main mall is constructed from large panes of glass to allow people to see the blue sky outside while they enjoy shopping inside. With diverse brand-name goods, resting areas and a central location, people of all ages can enjoy an urban lifestyle in Times Square. Times Square houses the Marriott Hotel, two office buildings, Shinsegae Department Store, CGV Multiplex, EMart, Kyobo Book Center, and Amoris, as well as Spanish fashion brands ZARA and Mango. It is a new Urban Entertainment and Lifestyle Center, linking shopping, business, culture and leisure spaces into one. A luxury products section in Shinsegae Department Store has 20 shops with high-end luxury goods. A huge bookstore, Kyobo Book Center, and the CGV Multiplex with a total of 2,788 seats are also found here. Amoris, a banquet and wedding hall designed by Gensler, a world leading architectural firm, has been described as one of the most elegant halls in Korea. In addition, a childrens play center, I like dalki, is located here. Times Square also has cultural spaces where people can enjoy various events. M PUB PROJECT offers live performances while people enjoy a beer. There is also an arts hall for pop concerts, and a free pop concert is held every weekend in the atrium on the first floor. The first floor main atrium of Times Square is a huge community space of 1,485 square meters that is open up to the rooftop. The large glass ceiling lets the sky show through and gives people a sense of openness, unlike the closed interiors of other shopping malls. At the same time it maximizes convenience of access to the mall for its customers. With natural sunlight entering through the glass ceiling, there is always a pleasant atmosphere for people to enjoy. Furthermore, Well-made Serenade is held every weekend free of charge at an arena in the atrium, putting into practice the concept of Culturenomics, a philosophy which distinguishes Times Square from rival shopping malls. On the fifth floor of Times Square is the rooftop garden that covers an area of 14,900 square meters, 17 percent of the total area. It is a refreshing open space with huge green lawns and sitting areas providing shoppers with pleasant places to rest. These days, the rooftop garden has recently become a popular place in Yeongdeungpo for couples out on a romantic date, where they can enjoy shopping at the same time. For more information visit http:// (English) or call 02)2638-2000. The Address of Times Square is 442 Yeongdeungpodong 4(sa)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. To get there, take the subway, Line 1 to Yeongdeungpo Station. Walk 10 minutes from Exit 4.x

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Safety habits work off duty too

By Col. Kathleen A. Gavle Daegu Garrison Commander
GARRISON DAEGU Summer finally arrived this week, and with it, rising temperatures, air conditioning turn on (finally!), and school graduation soon to be followed by PCS season, summer vacations and some wellearned time off to spend with Family and friends. As you take 5 this summer, I want to remind you that just because you are relaxing away from work doesnt mean you can forget the good safety habits you learned from the Army. Before any military task, no matter how seemingly simple or complicated, we employ Composite Risk Management (CRM) techniques to minimize risk and make every mission as safe as it can be. Theres no reason why you cant employ these same techniques to your off-duty recreation missions to ensure that you, your Family and friends can enjoy your summer vacation safely. How does CRM work? It works with a simple five-step process that lets you step back in your planning to ensure what you are about to do will be done safely. And its a process that applies just as easily to a Soldier and her Family heading out on a boating trip as it does to a DPW electrician working on power lines. Step one: Indentify the hazards. What could go wrong? On a car trip, could you run out of gas or have a flat tire? Take a critical look at what you will be doing and think of what might cause a problem. Step two: Assess the hazards. Which potential problems are more likely to occur and which ones pose the greatest risk if they come about? You might not worry too much about gas if you are traveling on main roads, but what if your engine oil is low or tire pressure too high or low? Will it rain or snow on the day in question, and how would that affect your plans? Step three: Develop controls and make decisions. You know what the potential problems are and what effect those problems would have. Now its time to figure out what you can do to

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lessen the chance that they will happen. Check oil and tire pressure and make sure the spare tire is filled. Decisions could include things like changing routes to avoid bad weather or delaying a trip until the car is fixed. Step four: Implement controls. You figured out what you can do to lessen the risk, now do it! Step five: Supervise and evaluate. Make sure you and everyone involved follow the plan and after youre done, look back and see if you got it right, or what you might have missed so you can plan for the next time. Finally, a reminder of a few safety non-negotiables: Do wear seat belts theyre not optional! Dont wear headphones while running on post unless youre on the track. Dont use a cell phone or text while driving unless you have a hands-free device. Safety links all the Lines of Effort in the IMCOM Community Campaign Plan and rightly so. The well-being of the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of our community is my top priority here in the Garrison and it should be yours, too. At the end of the day, I want everyone in the USAG Daegu and Southeastern Hub community to work and play hard, enjoy your summer, and do so safely so we can all pick it up and start again tomorrow. x
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phasized that service members should keep their families in mind when filling out the survey. Dont just think about yourself, he said, Think about your families. Its important because we want to make sure your families have access to the very best services that we can provide them. Gordon noted the need for survey data. In our last survey, we were able

to pinpoint that our fitness centers were an area of concern for our service members and families, so we focused on that in terms of improvement across the force, and we intend to do the same with this survey. If you get it, please fill it out quickly, and know that your opinion counts and will make MWR better for you and your family members, he added. Quality of life is important to us. x

JUNE 24, 2011

Students look ahead to future

By Sgt. 1st Class Michael Garrett 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY - The life of an elementary school teacher is exemplified by months of late nights and hard work. Between the long, and sometimes confusing, days in the classroom, and the loud and chaotic intermission of lunch-time, the teaching-experience can be a difficult, albeit rewarding one. But with the end of the school year and the onset of summer, teachers finally have a little time to themselves . . . oh, and the children couldnt be more excited either. June 16 was the last day of the of school for Casey Elementary. The staff, and students alike, were so close to that first day of summer vacation they could already feel the beachs sand between their toes. The first of its kind in Area I, when school started last fall, the staff expected about 250 students. More than 360 students showed up, and that number swelled to almost 400 before the end of the year. We had far exceeded what the Department of Defense Schools had anticipated for enrollment, said Sue McCamley, the music and band teacher at Casey Elementary. When the school year first started we didnt have enough books or instruments for the children. McCamley said other schools on the peninsula donated items to ensure each student got what he needed. But the increased number of students meant more to the teachers than just being short on supplies. We knew on opening day, that as wonderful as the new building was, we had already outgrown it, said Monica Hoagland, the school librarian. So many Families wanted to come here, that we knew we were going to



Students from Althea Browns kindergarten class out of school the last day of school June 16. Before they left, Brown told the students they would be 1st graders as soon as they passed through the doors. This is the first year for school in Area I. In previous years students were bused to Seoul to attend school. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Garrett
experience growth even in the first year. It meant Families were able to come here and stay together, and it was just wonderful to be a part of that excitement. Even with all of the challenges of opening a new school, the teachers stayed focused on what was important. Our principals motto is developing leaders, one student at a time, said Hoagland, who taught in Korea for 17 years. We knew from the very first day that this was a wonderful opportunity, and we were going to make every student a leader and they would learn those skills throughout the entire school year. One of the ways the school fostered those skills was by allowing the students to make decisions. The students were able to pick the schools mascot, motto and colors through a popular vote, said Hoagland. Just starting all of these school traditions was a wonderful opportunity, said Hoagland. To be on the ground floor of students truly having a voice and affect things was exciting. And I think the students were very proud to have the opportunity to make those decisions. The students were not the only ones to learn something during the school year. McCamley said she has been an educator for 29 years, but this was her first year with a classroom full of military students. Flexibility is something I had to develop during the year, said McCamley. Being able to adapt to when students are leaving at different times during the year is hard, because I miss them. Its almost like a little part of your Family leaves. But in the end, they all leave. Then each new year brings a new batch of students with their own personalities, expectations and experiences. The 2012 school year will start much like the last one did, Camp Casey will open another new school building. The new building will allow the students to have more classrooms, science labs and may even have room for additional after-school activities. When completed the new building could mean the school will be able to hold as many as 500 students. All they have to do now is wait to see how many show up on the first day. x

By Sgt. Jin Choi

BOSS determines future plans

of the Year Award for a small-size installation. Thirty BOSS representatives from installations throughout Warrior Country and advisors from Army Community Service and the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation talked about the current state of the BOSS program and its future. The representatives who attended the meeting will go back to their units and camps with a lot more knowledge and understanding of what is available to them and their battle buddies, said Jay Underwood, Area I BOSS program manager. While BOSS leaders in Warrior Country have already earned a reputation across the Army for their programs, they continue to look for ways to improve their programs and the quarterly meeting provides that opportunity. This BOSS quarterly meeting is always productive, said Pfc. Perez

Spc. Jacob Kobetic, 210th Fires Bde. and Camp Casey/Hovey Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers president, enjoys bowling with fellow Warrior Country BOSS representatives during their quarterly meeting at Camp Red Cloud Lanes, June 13. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jin Choi

CAMP RED CLOUD Fresh off receiving three major Department of the Army Better Opportunities for Single (and unaccompanied) Soldiers awards on a national stage, Warrior Country BOSS representatives gathered for their quarterly meeting at the Community Activity Center here, June 13, to gear up for another big year. The Camp Casey/Camp Hovey BOSS program took the first place overall award for a medium-size installation and the Camp Red Cloud BOSS program did the same for a small-size installation at the 2011 IMCOM Installation Management Symposium/Department of the Army BOSS Forum in San Antonio, Texas, April 21. Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed received the Julius Gates Senior Military Advisor of the Year Award and Spc. Nikeera Chandler from Camp Red Cloud received the BOSS President

Valentin, Camp Casey BOSS president who was received the overall program award in San Antonio. I love the fact that we had the opportunity to discuss how to make the BOSS program better and more interesting that Soldiers want to come and participate, but we also got to speak passionately about upcoming events. Those events include the annual Beach Blast at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, June 17-19, the X-Box Black Ops tournament, June 25 at Camp Red Cloud, and a paintball tournament at Camp Casey, July 2. But its the quarterly gatherings that Underwood unify the BOSS representatives and help to energize the program. This meeting will give us more momentum for better BOSS programs, Chandler said. This is going to help us turn the corner to excellence and get the full team behind us. x



By Capt. Briana McGarry 2nd Infantry Division Client Legal Services
CAMP RED CLOUD - The 2nd Infantry Division operated its Tax Assistance Program from January through June this year with three different Tax Centers, located at camps Casey, Red Cloud, and Stanley. Special duty Soldiers were trained by a representative of the Internal Revenue Service to prepare tax returns for Soldiers, dependents, retirees, and qualified employees stationed in Warrior Country. Fifteen Soldiers and two civilian volunteers worked in the three Tax Centers, hammering away at numbers and computing credits, deductions, and adjustments so the 2nd Infantry Division community could have their income taxes prepared for free. We saved the 2nd ID community more than $316,000 in tax preparation fees this year, said Sgt. Robert Morrow, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 2nd Infantry Division Tax Centers. Thats more than $100 per tax return that Soldiers would have had to pay to a private tax preparation service in the United States. But that price is pocket change when you look at the amount of money the 2nd Infantry Division Tax Centers helped Soldiers collect in tax refunds this year. The three Tax Centers broke a record $5 million mark, helping Soldiers receive more than $5,007,000 in federal and state tax refunds. That figure trumps refunds from last years Tax Centers, which generated $3,369,000 in tax refunds.


News & Notes

Maude Hall Hours Customer service hours at Maude Hall, bldg. 2440, Camp Casey, will change to 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective June 27. Customer service points will continue to be open throughout the lunch hour. U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud had extended the hours March 15 until 6 p.m. as a trial to determine if there was a demand for extended hours after 5 p.m. Basketball Court Closed The Hanson Fitness Center basketball court will be closed until Aug. 25 to replace the court. Other areas of the facility will remain open for use. For more information, call 732-6276. Korean Concert The Gyeonggi Province Governors Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m., June 24 at Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center. Prior to the concert at 6 p.m., attendees will have an opportunity to experience Korean culture by trying on traditional clothing and pounding rice cake. The concert includes the 2nd Infantry Division Band, Korean contemporary/classic rock and electronic string bands, a hiphop performance and a Korean traditional dance troupe. For more information, call 732-6210. Sesame Street Show The USO is bringing an all new Sesame Street show to Camp Casey at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., June 27 in the Carey Fitness Center. Admission is free. The new show billed as The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will introduce Katie, a military kid on Sesame Street who is moving to a new place. She will be joined by the rest of the Muppets. Fitness Center Closing The Camp Castle Fitness Center will close indefinitely June 30. Independence Day Celebration Warrior Country will hold an Independence Day Celebration and parade from 4-9:30 p.m., July 1 at Camp Caseys Golf Course Club. The Warrior Country Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Parade will begin at the community activity center at 4 p.m. and end at the golf course club about 5 p.m. Some of the entertainment and activities through the evening include a live band, 2nd Infantry Division taekwondo team and Hanyang University cheerleaders, a mariachi band, Nanta drum exhibition, a Republic of Korea Army drill team. It also includes a variety of carnival games, childrens entertainment, food booths and more. The celebration culminates with the 2nd Inf. Div. band concert at 7 p.m., salute to the nation at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks grand finale at 9 p.m.

Tax centers break record $5 million mark

Sgt. Jinhee Kim, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Camp Red Cloud Tax Center, said she found the role rewarding at the tax center. I most enjoyed when people got their big money back and truly appreciated the Tax Center for doing everything for free, she said. Spc. Brad Barlow of the Camp Casey Tax Center had some advice for taxpayers to help them prepare for next year. Receipts should be kept for

anything at all work-related, to include any college classes and the expenses that come along with them, Barlow said. If you get married to a foreign national during the year, your spouse should apply for either an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or a Social Security Number. Doing this will speed up the return process, and if you are owed money by the IRS or state, it will increase the speed in which you receive your refund. x

Casey Main DFAC patrons celebrate Army Birthday

CAMP CASEY Sgt. 1st Class Natasha Hall, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, and Casey Main Dining Facility noncommissioned officer in charge, serves cake to Spc. Abraham Huerta, 176th Financial Company, during the 236th Army Birthday Celebration at the dining facility, June 14. Soldiers gathered for an Army birthday lunch of steak and lobster. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mardicio Barrot

JUNE 24, 2011



Marco Chica from the 4th Chemical Company at Camp Hovey surges ahead of the competition during the 50-meter butterfly during the Warrior Country Swimming Championship at Camp Caseys Hanson Field House pool, June 17. Chica had the second best overall performance with four gold medals on the day. Courtesy photo by Jeffrey Rivers

Newcomer dominates swimming

By Kevin Jackson
CAMP CASEY A new competitor from Company B, 304th Signal Battalion at Camp Stanley turned in the best overall performance, making quite a splash with five gold medals among six top finishes at the Warrior Country Swimming Championship at the Hanson Field House pool here, June 17. Nathaniel Nicholas, competing in the mens junior (32 years and under) division, claimed gold in the 50-meter freestyle and 200 individual medley, and silver in the 100 breaststroke. He also claimed gold in the mens division 200 freestyle relay with teammates William Broming, DFSC, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, Jason Stauffer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-15th FA and Francisco Ramos, DFSC, 6-37th FA, and silver in the 200 medley relay with the same team. Competition in the mens junior division was particularly close with three swimmers vying for the best overall performance. Marco Chica from the 4th Chemical Company at Camp Hovey turned in the second best overall performance on the day with four gold medals. He won the 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 butterfly and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team with Kim Jongchan, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Lee Jeong-woo from Co. B, 2-9th Inf., and Matthew King, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. Lee who handily dominated the Warrior Country Indoor Swimming Championship at Camp Red Cloud, March 19, winning six gold medals and one silver, turned in another strong performance. The Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier swam to gold in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events, and as a member of the 200 medley relay team. He also earned silver in the 50 butterfly finishing in 33.94 seconds, less than one second behind Chica. The mens senior (33 years and above) division was dominated by Ryan Kwok, a surgeon assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team at Camp Hovey. He swam to gold in the 50 and 100 backstroke, and 50 butterfly. Isaira Hutchinson, spouse of Maj.

Dallas Hutchinson, 2nd Infantry Division Information Engagement (G7), was the top woman competitor on the day. She won gold in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle events, and silver in the 100 freestyle finishing five seconds behind Susanna Hans, Company E, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Missile Defense Regiment. Hans took silver in the events won by Hutchinson. The 19 swimmers participated in 12 events: the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 and 100 butterfly, and 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay events. None of the swimmers broke existing swimming championship records. The 8th Army Swimming Championship will be held at Camp Humphreys, July 9. x

Iron Horse troops spike way to volleyball title

CAMP CASEY Left, a player from Company F, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, serves during the Warrior Country Invitational Sand Volleyball Tournament final against Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Casey, June 16. The 302nd BSB Iron Horse won the tournament final in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-17. Above, an HHB, 6-37th FA player sets the ball as an Iron Horse player waits to respond. Courtesy photos by Jeffrey Rivers




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Boy Scouts retire National Flags respectfully

By Pvt. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - Boy Scout Troop 80 of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan along with Troop 82, who joined as guests, held a flag retirement ceremony on the U.S. Embassy T-ball Field June 14 to commemorate both Flag Day and the Army Birthday. Troop 80 Scoutmaster Col. Ronald Dykstra explained how Flag Day commemorates the date that the star spangled banner was adopted. June 14 is Flag Day and it was June 14, 1777 when the Continental Congress passed a resolution that we needed to have a flag separating the state from the British. Two years prior to this occurrence was the birth of the American Continental Army. Assistant Scoutmaster Col. Dutch Bialke stated that the Boy Scouts hold a flag retirement ceremony every now and then, but not necessarily on June 14. The Boy Scouts do this on an infrequent basis. We will collect flags from Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legions, different Military installations, different people that might have a private flag that they fly outside of their house and when these flags become non-serviceable, we will collect them, show them the proper dignity and respect, and collectively retire those flags together, said Bialke. Attending the ceremony were the troop instructors, troop members, and parents of the troops. Preparations were eagerly made by all participants as the troops set up the fire and the parents laid out the refreshments to be served after the ceremony. As the ceremony proceeded, the Boy Scout troops lined up by the flags in preparation for retirement. Bialke explained the significance of the ceremony by instructing the troops prior to the retirement. Today not only are we holding this retirement ceremony in honor of Flag Day, but more in honor of the people who served our country and fought for that flag. To make the country, defend the country, sustain the country - not only veterans but also citizens, public servants, and anybody that has American ideals, American values, and believes in the country of America. See FLAG CEREMONY, Page 12

Troop 80, wearing red ribbons, and Troop 82, wearing blue ribbons, present arms to the retired flags during the Boy Scout Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Embassy T-ball Field June 14. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel

Assistant Scoutmaster, Col. Dutch Bialke retires a United States Flag during the Boy Scout Flag Retreat Ceremony. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel

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Troop 80 Scoutmaster Col. Ronald Dykstra and Patrick Han of Troop 82 retire a United States Flag during a Flag Retirement Ceremony - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel


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8th Army PT Routes Starting June 20, 8th Army PT Routes go into effect from 6:307:30 a.m. each duty day. All of Camp Coiner, 8th Army Drive and 10th Corps Blvd (westbound from 8th Army Drive to Williams Avenue) will be closed to vehicular traffic. Commuters will still be able to drive east on 10th Corps Blvd. towards the commissary gate (new gate #6, old gate #52). Road closures are not in effect on holidays or military training holidays. Due to the new 8th Army PT Routes, post shuttle schedules will change starting June 20. Post shuttles will not run from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Hannam and K-16 shuttle schedules remain the same, but will not stop at Yongsan from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Breakfast DFAC shuttle starts at 7:30 a.m. from Moyer Rec and Building #5491. Incheon Airport shuttle will run as scheduled, but will only stop at Incheon Airport stop #8 (instead of stops #5 and #11) to prevent people from taking the wrong luggage by mistake. For more information, call 723-8525. Registration for bicycles From May 27-July 4, the USAG Yongsan PMO is requiring all personnel to register their bicycles. Registration for bicycles can be conducted at Camp Kim, Hannam Village MP substation and at the 4th of July Fair. All bicycles must be registered by July 4. Bikes that are not registered will be tagged as abandoned and picked up from July 5-8. For more information, call the Military Police Provost Marshal office at 724-6695 or Vehicle Registration at 724-4811. CYSS Renovations CDC: April-June, playground turf (except Kindergarten area) will be replaced. Some minor repairs to window screens, door guards and door knobs. MST: April-June, middle school section will undergo repairs to become ADA handicap compliant. All facilities will undergo some upgrades to restrooms to become ADA handicap compliant. Parking may be limited in the SAC/MST back parking lot while DPW crews install one handicap space. CYSS Job Opportunity The CDC is actively recruiting for Lead Child and Youth Program Assistants (CYPA). This position requires a minimum of 12 hours of relevant education, a Child Development Associate, or AA in ECE. Starting pay is $15 an hour (negotiable). For more information, call 738-2311. CYSS benefits include tuition assistance and employee discounts of up to 50%. Local or worldwide applicants are welcome.
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Preparing for monsoons and typhoons

By Jane Lee
YONGSAN GARRISON - Monsoon season is upon us again. It officially started on June 1 and lasts through Sept. 30. Monsoons are strong seasonal winds that bring torrential rainfall during the summer. In fact, monsoons account for more than 50 percent of Koreas total yearly precipitation. In Korea, it is possible to have more than 20 inches of rain fall in a 24-hour period, said U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Directorate of Plans, Transportation, Mobilization, and Security plans and operations officer Keith Pruitt. Yongsan experienced the true might of Mother Natures fury last September. At approximately 1 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2010, torrential downpours on a scale not seen in Seoul since record keeping began in 1907 started lashing the post. By 6 p.m., almost 10 inches of rain had turned the Moyer Recreation Center area into a lake and much of 8th Army Drive into a rushing urban river. The danger of so much water falling in such a short time is flooding. High



This image displays the entire parking lot between the Moyer Recreation Center and the finance building at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, with the Korean War Memorial Museum showing in the background after torrential rains Sept. 21, 2010. Multiple vehicles are shown submerged in flood water. Several buildings, including the newly refurbished bowling alley also took on significant amounts of water. - U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Opal Vaughn
winds that often accompany such destructive weather exacerbate the potential for disaster. Because the root systems of trees on post are not very deep, when the ground gets saturated, and the wind comes through, trees get uprooted toppling onto power lines or housing units added Pruitt. Most of the rain will come in July and August, warned Pruitt. But Id encourage community members to always be wary of the possibility of a flood. Yongsan Garrison conducted a major spring cleanup May 16-20 to mitigate potential damage from destructive weather. Soldiers picked up trash to prevent debris from clogging the drainage systems. We will be on Flood Condition 1 from June on, Pruitt said. Flood Condition 1 basically means that the garrison has conducted all the necessary risk assessment, prepositioned sand bags and alerted units to take precaution. If the situation warrants, the garrison may go to FLOODCON 2 or FLOODCON 3. If this happens, certain See MONSOON PREP, Page 12

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Yongsan invites Korean youths for soccer

By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun
YONGSAN GARRISON - KoreanAmerican Youth Friendship Soccer Tournament was held at Seoul American High School Sims Field, hosted by the Yongsan Football Club with assistance from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan staff June 11. This event was the second of its kind built on the success of the tournament in 2009. Centered on Good Neighbor involvement, Korean-American Youth Friendship Soccer Tournament is geared towards establishing and strengthening friendships through youth sports team building. This year, about 100 Korean youth and teachers from Bangbae Middle School, Daechi Elementary School, Dangook Middle School and organization support staff of planners, photographers and translators along with a team of Yongsan youth and their parents participated in the event. With plenty of warm weather, four teams had nine games throughout the day; culminating with the final between Yongsan Football Club and Dangook Middle School. They had such a close game they had to determine the winner by a penalty shootout. Goalkeepers from both teams made super saves but Yongsan Football Club finally clinched the victory. After all the games were finished, USAG Yongsan Deputy Commander Henry Stuart presented trophies to all the teams and certificates of appreciation to coaches, school representatives, sponsors and volunteers. I think this soccer tournament was a good experience for me. I played my favorite sports soccer and also made some American friends, said Dangook Middle School goalkeeper Shim Hyunbo. But Im a little bit disappointed about the result. We could have won the final if our players worked harder. Captain of Yongsan Football Club See SOCCER TOURNEY, Page 12

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Members of Yongsan Football Club and Dangook Middle School compete for the ball during the final of the Korean-American Youth Friendship Soccer Tournament at SAHS Sims Field, June 11. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hong Moo-sun

JUNE 24, 2011

Summer Weather Preparation


Yongsan Family have great time in New Zealand

By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun

Summer in Korea always includes monsoons and typhoons. Do you have any special preparation for the typical summer weather? Find out what more than 7,600 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook. com/youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)

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Keep a spare umbrella in the office and the car, and a towel in case you forget to return them.

Melanie Boling-Barrow, Mia and Penelope Barrow pose for photo on Kaikoura South Bay, New Zealand May 31. They spent the beginning of the summer in chilly New Zealand, where it is actually winter. Courtesy photo by Melanie Boling-Barrow See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper. Your Yongsasn PAO team

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Teen leads tree-planting project

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YONGSAN GARRISON - Alexander Bialke, a freshman at Seoul American High School led adult and youth volunteers June 11 in planting 20 Zelkova trees around the Yongsan Garrison Dog Park for his Eagle Scout Project. Bialke designed his project to replace some of the trees lost during the typhoon that hit Yongsan in September 2010. Because of that typhoon, Yongsan lost nearly 3,000 trees. Approximately 30 volunteers planted the trees about three feet from the outside of the fence that surrounds the Dog Park. Bialke is a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 80, Korea District, Far East Council, Boy Scouts of America, and this tree planting project, he said, was the last requirement necessary for him to attain the rank of Eagle, the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouts. In his own words, he said the Eagle Scout project requirement is: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. For help on this project, Bialke contacted Charles Markham, Director of Public Works and Lowell Travis, Energy Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Bialke said they agreed to fund and cover the cost of the trees, as well as the bracing materials for the newly planted trees. Garrison officials ensured that they obtained the best value from local greenery shops. This tree planting will be great for both soil stabilization and for aesthetic value, said Bialke. The trees will provide a living environment for birds and other animals. The Zelkova trees will provide shading to our Garrison and will save the Garrison thousands of dollars in energy avoidance costs. The roots of the many trees hold the soil together and effec-

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Col. Bradford Larson, Staff Judge Advocate-International Law Division Chief and his daughter Maya along with Alexander Bialke, Freshman at Seoul American High School, plant 20 Zelkova trees at the Yongsan Dog Park as part of Bialkes Eagle Scout Project June 11. - Courtesy photo by Kate Bialke
tively stop erosion. Trees also act as wind breakers which stop wind from eroding the soil. This project will help Yongsan look more like it was before the typhoon hit, Bialke added. Zelkova trees are native to Japan, Taiwan and southern Korea. They can grow up to 50-60 feet tall See TREE PLANTING, Page 12


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Bialke also highlighted the difference between burning and retiring the flag, teaching the troops how to show proper respect to the country, flag, and its citizens. Among the twenty flags retired were two American flags and two Korean flags that were flown in Panmunjom. Panmunjom is the Truce Village that lies in the center of the Demilitarized Zone between South Korea and North Korea, separating the two nations. During the ceremony, troop members ensured that these flags which were no longer serviceable after many years of use, were properly retired. The overall

mood of the ceremony was one of respect while maintaining high spirits, as was captured in a statement offered by a troop member during the ceremony, old flags never die - they just get fired up. Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs, said USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive. x
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destructive weather mitigation procedure may be activated. During FLOODCON 3, a condition in which the drainage system starts to back up, community members may be evacuated to safer areas. Installation and community activities may be limited or stopped, roads may be closed and military and civilian work stoppages could be expected. To protect against loss of life, equipment, or property, the key is always be prepared: Before a flood: Keep alert for signs of heavy rain Know where high ground is and how you will get there quickly Plan an evacuation route Have emergency supplies (batteries, portable radio, food and water) Do not park next to streams or at the base of a hill: Mud slides down hill If in a residence fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean water Move valuable household possessions to upper floors if possible If living off base know where the evacuation assembly area is on the closest U.S. Military Installation During a flood:

If outside move to high ground immediately Dont cross flooded streams If your vehicle stalls during a stream crossing then abandon it and move to higher ground Listen to weather bulletins on AFN Korea radio If in a residence turn off electricity and gas Assemble emergency supplies, clothing and critical documents If instructed to evacuate do so quickly to high ground and if possible, to the closest U.S. Military Installation During evacuation: Avoid already flooded and high velocity water flow areas. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream on foot if water is above your knees Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas as the roadbed may have washed out underneath you Avoid heavy floating objects like cars, boxes or other debris. Like an iceberg most of it will be under water and will injure you if it hits you For more information about monsoons in Korea, call the USAG Yongsan DPTMS at 738-7300.x
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Shin Ho-kyong, Seoul American Middle School eighth-grader, said it was fun to compete against Korean friends. I think our team didnt play as well as we usually do, but Im happy with the fact that we won the tournament, Shin said. I havent played soccer with Korean friends for so long time and today was such a meaningful day because I had a chance to meet and play soccer

with them. Garrison Yongsan values relationships with outside organizations to help us improve our quality of life, said USAG Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber. Deepening our nongovernmental organization relationships is just one way we are supporting the Installation Management Command Campaign Plan. x
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with a very wide and majestic canopy. They require 25-35 feet spacing between trees. I believe that it is best to plant the trees in mid-June, so that they can develop a solid root structure over the summer and take advantage of the monsoonal rains. This will

give the newly-planted trees the best chance to survive the winter, said Bialke. These trees will be an enduring legacy of U.S. Forces in Korea, outlasting any one persons duration on Yongsan. They will provide shade and beauty for many Yongsan residents in future years.x

JUNE 24, 2011

Dietary fads can be harmful under some conditions

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON New high-intensity workout regimes promise to build strength and endurance. Ads tout dietary supplements as formula for getting stronger, smarter and even less-stressed-out. How-to books presents a sure-fire way to bounce back from physical or emotional setbacks. With the wealth of ever-changing and often-conflicting information on the Internet and on the street, what are warfighters to believe about the best way to improve their performance, particularly in combat? Getting to the bottom of that, and putting word out to the troops whose lives and missions depend on their ability to perform in demanding and often extreme conditions, is the mission of the Defense Departments Human Performance Resource Center, Dr. Stephen Frost, the centers director, told American Forces Press Service. DoD stood up the center in September 2009 under the auspices of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to gather and develop solid science for warfighters, their leaders and their health care providers. Part research arm, part information clearinghouse and education center, the center provides a single DOD focal point for human performance optimization, encouraging better coordination, collaboration and communication among the services and with other government agencies, Frost explained. The staff seeks out scientifically



Sgt. Ryan Kennedy and Spc. Douglas Petty pull security duty in Khost province, Afghanistan, June 15. The Defense Departments Human Resource Performance Center is exploring ways to maximize warfighters performance, make them less susceptible to illness and injury and more physically and emotionally resilient. Courtesy photo
proven data to post on its website and answers warfighters questions submitted through an online link. When it identifies an information gap, it reaches out to experts within the military and civilian professional communities to research the issue or evaluate research already conducted. To date, the center has issued a White Paper on the pros and cons of a high-intensity physical training program popular with many military members. Its findings, in a nutshell: It may be great if youre already fit, but could be too physically demanding if youre not. The staff also evaluated the prudence of taking specific dietary supplements in extreme temperatures or altitudes after some deployed service members experienced liver and kidney problems, Frost said. The results, posted on the centers website, showed that high-protein supplements such as creatine can be extremely dangerous, especially when users arent properly hydrated, he reported. One of our missions is to provide the warfighter information that is evidence-based [and] scientific so that they can make decisions about things

like dietary supplements in a better way than just Googling on the Internet and getting commercialized information, Frost said. The center plans to look into possible ways to mitigate problems associated with the sickle cell trait. Another project on the centers radar screen, to be conducted with NASA and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, will look into the issue of sleep, particularly sleep deprivation. Thats a big problem through the services, Frost said. We know that missions sometimes require warfighters to remain vigilant for long periods of time. So the big question is: How much sleep do you really need? And are there ways of enhancing your ability if you dont have enough sleep? Are there ways of catching up on your sleep? There are a lot of questions around sleep that apply around the services, and NASA is interested, too. To read the full version of this story, go to the URL below or scan the code with your mobile device. x

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Bicyclist traverses Korea for peace Leaders aim to

By Staff Sgt. Christina J. Turnipseed, Eighth Army Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON At first, Saurab Dahal, a native of Nepal, had trouble traveling across South Korea from Inchon to Seoul on his bicycle as it is unlawful for bicycles to travel on the expressways of South Korea. However, according to Dahal, he explained to South Korean officials that he was riding his bicycle across the world to gain worldwide awareness of education, a clean environment and peace. This is my 35 country, said Dahal about South Korea while visiting Youngsan Garrison in the course of his travels. Dahal has already biked across 34 other countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and China. Dahal said he realized at a young age that peace, education and a clean environment were not ready available to him and may other people in his country. So at age 13, Dahal decided to do something about it. I started riding my bicycle around the world on Feb. 28, 2002, in Nepal when I was 13 and a half, said the now 23-year-old Dahal. According to Dahal, he believes the environment would be cleaner if more people road bicycles instead of motorized vehicles. Dahal also says that in 2002, he and the other citizens of Nepal suffered from political unrest and the fact that a child could only go to school if his family could afford to pay for school. Dahal says he plans to continue spreading awareness of issues like peace and free education by riding his bicycle across more than 200 countries by the year 2020. Korea is very good, said Dahal of his experiences in South Korea. Dahal has received help from some of his Nepalese countrymen living in South Korea, an American Soldier stationed on Yongsan Garrison and even Korean citizens who have heard about his cause. People residing in South Korea have given Dahal, food, money to survive, a place to clean his clothes and safe place to sleep during the nights. Dahal also said Korean journalists have helped him spread awareness for his causes by providing media coverage. Bimala Sherestha, who owns a Nepali and Indian Restaurant in South Korea, reached out to help her countryman. This is where Chief Warrant Officer John A. Rusinko of the U.S. Army met Dahal as he is friends with Sherestha. I understand the message of education, said



protect FMRW programs from budget cuts

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the service chiefs to fence two areas in the budget options the military is contemplating: training and family programs. I dont want any money taken out of those, he told the Senate Appropriations Committee June 15. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the nation has an obligation to take care of those service members wounded physically and mentally in the wars. Gates has moved money for wounded warriors from the supplemental requests and overseas contingency funds. All of that money has been shifted into the base budget knowing that we will deal with this problem for many, many years to come, he said. So for our part, in addition to [Veterans Affairs], we have tried to make sure that the funds for these programs have been protected and will be protected in the future. Mullen said the country is just now starting to understand the costs of the wars. He used Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., as an example, saying that many of the service members at that base have deployed some multiple times. Many of those units have had only a year between deployments up to now, he said. Now, theyre going to have two, and I think theyve been compartmentalizing challenges, and theyre going to start unpacking that. And its going to be pretty tough now that were back home. The military health system and the Veterans Affairs Department need to get at traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress now, the admiral said. The more quickly we get at the problem, the less likely the damage or the damage is reduced significantly, and yet theres still a great deal on the TBI side that we dont understand, he said. Mullen said the relationship between DOD, VA and the civilian communities must get stronger to take care of these men and women. He called on the senators to protect the money to care for wounded service members. When we get into budget crunches like this, this incredible amount of money that we put into family programs, into medical research, its some of the first money that budget types like to take out historically, he said. We like airplanes before we would keep our family programs intact, and thats something of the secretary of defense and I have talked about. Unless we watch that very carefully, it will not be there when we need it. The money and the care must be sustained, Mullen said. x

Saurab Dahal, a 23-year-old Nepali who is riding his bicycle around the world to promote peace, is seen with Chief Warrant Officer John. A. Rusinko in front of the Eighth Army Headquarters on Yongsan Garrison. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christina J. Turnipseed,
Rusinko. I have a lot of Nepalese friends and its just one of those situations where he [Dahal] is cycling around the world with a message. Rusinko said he visited Nepal and made quite a few Nepalese friends. Its a good cause, he said. Its not often you get young people out riding for a worthy cause who are willing to sacrifice. Dahal plans to write a book called The World is Two Wheels when his world bicycle tour is over. He can also be contacted and his travels tracked on Facebook. Dahal spoke excitedly about the kindness he has experienced in South Korea. When he was told he could not ride his bicycle on the expressway, he explained to South Korean officials why he was riding his bike across Korea. He was then given a police escorts to travel from Inchon to Seoul. x

It pays to be Green at Pacific Region Exchanges

By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Cupp Army and Air Force Exchange Service Pacific Region
CAMP FOSTER, Japan The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military shoppers who are doing their part for the environment through its new Use a Bag, Save the Planet initiative. Instead of using traditional plastic bags, Exchange retail facilities throughout the Pacific, to include those in Korea, are encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. Beyond helping the environment, shoppers that Use a Bag, Save the Planet will get five cents back for every reusable bag used. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service desires to be an environmentally responsible retailer and a green place to shop, said Col. Mark K. White, commander for the Exchanges Pacific Region. By rewarding the use of environmentally-friendly bags we hope to begin changing behaviors today to put us on a path for a cleaner tomorrow. The five cent credit applies only to shoppers who bring in and use reusable shopping bags (plastic bags do not apply) at Exchange main stores and all other Exchange retail facilities. As such, Exchange customers who simply decline a plastic bag, but do not utilize a reusable bag, will not qualify for the five cent credit. For more information, visit x

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Area II Worship Schedule
Worship Services
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, 12:30 p.m. Camp Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel KATUSA Tuesday 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel


Area I Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Casey Stanley Chapel COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday Sunday

Area III Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Spanish Church of Christ ChapelNext 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel

Area IV Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday Catholic Services Mass Sunday 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker

Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. M, W, T, F 11:45 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (youth) KATUSA Tuesday 6 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

9 a.m. 11:45 a.m.

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

9 a.m. 12 p.m. 9:30 a.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel

Catholic Services Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday M, W, T, F 1st Sat. Jewish Friday 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel

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Latter-day Saints Worship Sunday 4 p.m.

Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact

USAG Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey D. Hawkins:, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis:, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun:, 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Flores:, 754-7042 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee:, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski:, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Milton Johnson:, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones:, 765-8991




Katie having a kicking good time. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Rosita throws her hands in the air end encourages others to do the same. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Humphreys welcomes Sesame Street Live

By W. Wayne Marlow
CAMP HUMPHREYS The characters from Sesame Street Live were met with an enthusiastic reception during two shows June 16 at the Coummunity Activity Center. Delighting audience members with song, dance, and encouragment were such favorites as Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Grover, and Rosita. Also, a Katie skit focused on what its like to be a military child and how to cope with frequent moves and make new friends. x

Rosita meets her new-found friends in the appeciative audience. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

The mother-daughter tandem of Astraea and Lesa Craig take in the fun. Hundreds of children and parents attended one of two shows June 16 at the Community Activity Center. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Elmo gets things rolling by breaking into song (left), then is joined by his furry buddies for another number. U.S. Army photos by W. Wayne Marlow

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2nd CAB drills on combat patrol

Warhorse Battalion builds on lessons from deployments
By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPHREYS The 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, also known as the Warhorse Battalion, conducted Combat Patrol Qualifications here May 23 through May 27, culminating two years of field training exercises and weapons qualifications. Combat Patrol Qualifications are part of the vision of 2nd Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver Brig. Gen. Charles L. Taylor, to help prepare all Soldiers in the division to be more tactically motivated using lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, said Lt. Col. Julius A. Rigole Jr., commander for the 602nd ASB. The initiative is also integral to our success here on the Korean peninsula because for Soldiers to be ready to Fight Tonight, they must be combat ready, added Rigole. Rigole said preparing Soldiers to be combat ready means providing them with the right tools to avoid serious injury or loss of life. We have to make sure we provide our Soldiers with the right equipment, vehicles and an aggressive training regimen to get the Soldiers the right skills so they are ready to survive, Rigole said. Overall the point we want to drive home to our younger Soldiers is that at any time North Korea could come across that line and our Soldiers combat preparedness will determine whether they live or die. Rigole also realizes that it is up to the leaders here to prepare the Soldiers because Korea is home to many first-term Soldiers. As leaders we need to realize that Korea is the first duty station for many Soldiers that come to 2nd CAB and a lot of them arent really sure what to expect, said Rigole. So getting them right off the plane and out here in the field helps to introduce them to the Talon Brigades full spectrum training

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Staff Sgt. Scott Lambert of the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade helps conduct a vehicle recovery during a combat patrol exercise on Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle
regimen. To bring the training full circle, Rigole ended the exercise with a full scale air and ground integrated combat patrol demonstration for the 2nd Infantry Division commander, Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, that included suppression of enemy fire from an AH-64 Apache from the 4th Attack Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment and medical evacuation support from the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment. The combat patrol demonstration began when an improvised explosive device was detonated on the combat patrol convoy, said Capt. David Gerdes, 602nd ASB and the officer in charge of the exercise. Following the dummy improvised explosive device explosion, we had Soldiers disguised as insurgents attack the convoy from bunkers, similar to those used in World War II, dug into the Korean hillside and the Soldiers had to dismount and provide protective cover while command and control called in the Apaches. Following the attack, some of the Soldiers had to assess the injured and take them to an aid station to be treated, while others moved on to a mock chemical attack, added Gerdes. Soldiers in need of a medical evacuation where then loaded on to a UH60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter that circled around USAG Humphreys and then dropped them back off at the same spot, mimicking their final medical destination. Overall the combat patrol demonstration went extremely well. Even in the midst of battle, Soldiers were consistently checking on their injured battle buddies to see if they could provide help. The combat patrol demonstration marked the final exercise as the 602nd ASB commander for Rigole, affording him a chance to watch all of the pieces he has put together over the last two years come into place. I couldnt be more proud of watching the battalion grow from the time that I got here, said an emotionally charged Rigole. The difference is like night and day, and I attribute it to the mentality of the Soldiers and how they approach events like this and work together as a team. I feel like they are finally starting to get that there is a method to the madness, and this is something that they will be able to sustain throughout their careers in the Army. x

A team of Soldiers from the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade rush to load a notional casualty to a UH-60 Blackhawk during a combat patrol qualification on Camp Humphreys. The qualification culminated two years of field training for the unit. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle




News & Notes

Triathlon Set A triathlon is set for June 25 at 8 a.m., starting at Splish & Splash. Registration is at 7 a.m., although pre-registration can be done by calling 753-8031 or 031-690-8031. The event comprises a 400-meter swim, a five-kilometer run, and a 20-kilometer bicycle route. Ziplining Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is sponsoring a Ziplining trip on June 25. Cost is $50, which includes transportation. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from the Community Activity Center. To sign up, call 753-8825. Adventure Trip Several adventure sports will be featured June 25 in a trip sponsored by Outdoor Recreation. Offered will be survival paintball, whitewater rafting, and an all-terrain vehicle drive. Cost is $60 for adults and $45 for children. The fee includes lunch and transportation. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Yard Sale Slated A yard sale is scheduled for June 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Commissary parking lot. Spots are $10. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 753-3013. Summer Reading Program The Summer Reading Program at the library for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th has begun and continues through July 29. The group meets Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, call 010-9014-5275. Summer Day Camp The Adventure Summer Day Camp program for children entering grades 2nd through 6th begins June 27. For more information, call 753-3413 or 753-5873. ACS Closure All Army Community Service facilities will be closed July 1 from noon to 5 p.m. This includes Building 2200 on Suwon Air Base, and Buildings 311 and 1127 on Camp Humphreys. Snack Bar Price Increase Prices for items at the KATUSA snack bars will increase by 10 percent staring July 1. The snack bars feature beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, bulgogi, soup, and more. EFMP Luau An Exceptional Family Member Program awareness luau is scheduled for July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ACS. In case of inclement weather, the luau will move to the youth gym. Bowling Nights The Strike Zone if offering 25 games for $25 through August 31. Also, anyone who purchases this card will be entered into a drawing for two round-trip tickets anywhere in Asia. For more information, call 754-5636.

Beaches, Bikes, and Baseballs

Above, rock climbing was one of the many activities offered at the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Beach Blast on June 18. Below-left, Beach Blast attendees give it their all in the tug-of-war competition. U.S. Army photos by William Cottrell

A close play at third base during a baseball game between a United States Army Garrison Humphreys youth all-star team and a Choenon school squad. U.S. Army photos by Mike Mooney

Left, United States Army Garrison Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore throws out the first pitch in Hanwha Eagles game on June 18. U.S. Army photos by Mike Mooney Right, a Cub Scout gets ready for the bicycle rodeo during Family Safety Day June 20. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han, Jae-ho

6-52 sharpens skills in STX

Challenging, realistic training pays off for Air Defense unit
By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillery
WARRIOR BASE The brisk morning air is thick with moisture and excitement. All around, one can hear only the chirping of birds interrupted by the occasional crackle of dry leaves, as silhouette after silhouette traverses through the dense vegetation. One by one, the silhouettes gradually turn into the shape of person and then the outline of full battle gear and the distinctive Dragon Brigade unit patch can be discerned as the figures tactically approached their objective. And within that objective is a seemingly dilapidated infrastructure that could be harboring an enemy weapon cache. Almost immediately, the leaders begin directing their Soldiers to peel off and clear the building. And on a count of three, the team storms in. Burst of small-arm fires echo sharply through the forest, followed by an eerie silence. All cleared, a Soldier yells, as drops of sweat pour down from his chin to his weapon. The squad leader then instructs his Soldiers to form a perimeter defense around the objective. And now, they wait anxiously for the enemy to appear in their crosshairs. The Soldiers, all assigned to Headquarters and

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Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery negotiate an obstacle during the combat life saver lane of a squad tactic exercise at Warrior Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu
a mounted operation with an Improvised Explosive Device attack en route, a dismounted recon mission with a surprise encounter of a Chemical Biological Radionlogical and Nuclear contaminated area, and a combat life saver lane that required Soldiers to stick an IV in their comrade. In the recon lane ... the Soldiers must don their MOPP IV gear under the prescribed time limit while traveling miles and miles to accomplish their sion, not to mention remaining tactical the entire way, Dickerson said. Staff Sgt. Sam Howard who was also one of the squad leaders participating in the training, said the training was very realistic and really taught his Soldiers the core of surviving on the battlefield. The motor pool noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery is a combat veteran who has served multiple tours overseas, and he brought put this newfound knowledge to use for the battalion during the exercise. And the Soldiers were able to benefit from the lessons and apply them. It was great training, said Pfc. David Rogers of B Battery. I got to see how myself and my team function under pressure during the lanes. Major Frederick Ramirez, the 6-52 ADA Battalion Operations Officer in Charge, added that due to the technically demanding nature of the air defense artillery branch, the majority of an air defense Soldiers training is focused on achieving proficiency of branch-specific tasks. According to Ramirez, who has recently returned from Afghanistan after serving a Military Transition Team (MTT) mission, training helps keep the unit keep a tight focus. It is crucial that whenever the unit gets the opportunity to train on basic warrior tasks and drill and other non-air defense oriented tasks, we must make the most out of it. Dickerson and Howard both believed the Soldiers benefitted tremendously from the training. Just look at their sweaty faces after they have successfully accomplished their missions, you know it was an experience they will never forget, Dickerson said with a laugh. Ramirez concluded, The situation training exercise and the scenarios our Soldiers experienced during the STX lanes were more in line with what the Soldiers will likely see in the full spectrum operation and not what they are accustomed to in the air defense realm so it was definitely a training event with positive and measureable outcomes. x

Headquarters Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, are on a mission this morning to secure and set up a perimeter at a remote and unfamiliar location, as part of the battalions situation training exercise (STX). In a few minutes, the Soldiers will be tested on their skill to not only repel an enemy attack but also on their ability to remain composed while exercising effective command and control. In addition, the evaluators are also testing the Soldiers ability to conduct basic warrior tasks such as conducting crew-served weapon function check and depict an accurate range card. But the most grueling challenge lies in the leader and Soldiers ability to adapt and think on their feet under an everchanging hostile environment. The missions will never unfold in a linear fashion because we designed the lanes to challenge not only the physical, but also the mental limit of the participants, said Staff Sgt. Derek Dickerson, the STX noncommissioned officer in charge. Its a realistic simulation of what these troops will likely encounter under a combat environment. When your body is pushed to the limit, only your motivation and intestinal fortitude can take you to the next level and that is what we want to teach to the young Soldiers There were a total of Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery treat a notional wound dur- five lanes during the ing the squad tactic exercise at Warrior Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu STX training, to include




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Story and photo by Im Hae-na USAG Daegu Public Affairs

Taking care of Government property is everybodys business



DAEGU GARRISON Have you ever considered where your office computer and other office equipment goes after theyve reached the end of their life cycle? Miraculously, that equipment doesnt just disappear. There is a process involved in their proper disposition. Overseeing that process is a distinct challenge that goes to in this case, the USAG Daegu Logistics Directorate. Working quietly behind the scenes to ensure the mission is met is John L. Weal, Chief, Asset Management Branch. As the property book officer, Weal is responsible for more than 40 million dollars worth of U.S. property across the Southeast Hub. Knowing where that property is, and who is accountable keeps the property book office understandably busy. It is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Said Weal, The property book office handles two types of property installation and administrative. We have what we refer to as a Table of Distribution Allowances (TDA) which is mission property like a TMP vehicle or a DPW crane. When we speak of installation property, were basically talking about items or equipment that you would need to operate administratively. The proper book officer added, A good way of explaining this is by simply remembering that Department of the Army equipment is Army property that exists based on the particular mission an installation has. So, what exactly is involved in this process of obtaining or disposing of various government equipment? Market research should be done before any purchase is made. That is, an organization takes into consideration what they are allocated, and it does a price comparison within that allocation. In the matter of Armyrelated items, PBO will go and take a look. A key consideration with price comparison is that we want to

John L. Weal, Asset Management Branch, USAG Daegu reviews hand receipts for property that is located in facilities across USAG Daegu and Southeast Hub.
make certain we are getting the best equipment for the least amount of money, he said. Back to the matter of the life cycle of government equipment. Weal reiterated that all equipment has a life cycle. He said, The property book office forecasts when it can offer or replace new items based on the life cycle. There are actually two reasons behind when we replace or get rid of property. Those being, the mission has expired or the equipment is defective. In the case of the latter, we will conduct a technical inspection and began the process for proper disposal. When we remove any product or equipment from a location, we have what we call a fair-wear, and tear process. We do a technical inspection of that equipment then take it back to the warehouse for processing. We are in essence turning it back in to the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office, often referred to as the DRMO. DRMO processes the equipment or items for either resale or demilitarization. Referring to this as the marketing portion of the process, the property book officer pointed out that through the DRMO system Korean veterans have an opportunity to buy goods or equipment such as cars and so on. He added that the reutilization portion of the process refers to what repaired is repaired and put back into the system. Wrapping up the interview, Weal wanted to emphasize the importance of taking care of property. He said, Respect the property that has been given to us by the American people in order for us to be able to do a specific job. Most people dont understand that this is American tax money. Lets not show a lack of respect in how we manage or care for property. We have a system in place that explains how we are to handle and or care for the property. We should do everything we can to ensure we take care of and be responsible of the equipment we are given to help accomplish our various missions. Its everybodys business. x

Traveling the World & Fire Safety: Organize your plans accordingly
By Andrew Allen USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief
DAEGU GARRISON Taking a vacation is similar to deploying, but instead of your unit, you go with your spouse, the children and maybe pets with attitude. Just like deployment planning, you need to sit down in advance and write a checklist of to-dos that will make your vacation go smoothly and reduce unpleasant things that can take away from the fun. Military personnel first organize your plans and complete the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS), found at Your diligent planning tells you when youll depart, where youll stay en route and at your destination and how far you plan to travel daily if more than one day on the road is required. But first, start with your home. Secure it for while your away; alert neighbors to keep an eye out, stopping newspaper and mail deliver while youre absent or have a trusted person collect it for you. Leave on a low-wattage light inside. If youll be traveling with children, youll need to make room in your back seat for appropriate child safety and/ or booster seats. If you are flying, you may need to take that seat along too, especially if you will be driving at the other end of the flight! Guidelines for proper child safety and booster seat use can be found at under Which seat is right for my child? Remember; NEVER leave children unattended in parked vehicles! When you arrive at your destination, what then? Are you staying at a friends place, a hotel, or are you just going to party all night long at a club; all are options with inherent risks to you and your safety. A friends place is a good option, but does the place have working smoke detectors? Do you know the fire escape plan and where to meet up? If your friend does not have any of these, be a true friend and help get them squared away so you both can survive a fire! Hotels offer a break from the normal routine; though sometimes we worry a stay may break our bank! Dont go cheap, spring for a hotel that has your safety first and foremost in mind! Fire Sprinkler systems are like taking a firefighter and having them watch over you 24/7 in the hotel; sprinkler systems are that good! Here are some additional tips: 1. Make sure you look at the escape plan on the back of your room door, and then go check out the escape route. This is good for a fire or a terrorist event! Make sure you know 2 ways out Not via an elevator! 2. Count the doors from yours to the exit door so you can find it when crawling under the smoke to escape. 3. A room between the second and sixth floor is the best. To easy for criminals to get in on the first f loor and fire

Traveling abroad while stationed in Korea should be one of the most memorable experiences ever. However, knowing where you are and being familiar with your surroundings should always be a part of your plans. Make fire safety awareness a part of your getaway package. U.S. Army photo by Mary Grimes

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Graduation at D AHS


News & Notes

Fire Hydrant Testing From June 20 to July 1, the Fire Dept. will be testing fire hydrant flow rates in the Walker, Henry, and George areas. During the testing, sediments that have collected in the water lines are often disturbed causing bath, toilet or tap water to appear brownish in color. This discolored water has the potential to discolor white clothing. Residents are cautioned to reframe from washing clothing during this period or check the appearance of the water prior to washing clothing. As always, please do not park in front of any fire hydrant. Parking is prohibited within 20 feet of any fire hydrant. Financial Counseling Services Financial counseling for Soldiers and family members with emphasis on managing personal finances and tracking spending habits. Development of a personal financial plan, retirement plan, and college saving plan. Call the ACS financial readiness program office, 768-8127 or 768-7112. Texas Holdem Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Carroll Hideaway Club. Weekly prizes for the top 3 players. $20 per person. Free meal for players. Points awarded for every 8 weeks of play toward the final game and a $1,000 prize. Calll 765-8574 for more information. Kids Club Register your child for our Jr. Membership Program. Program benefits include quarterly appreciation nights, $5 gift coupon for thier birthday and other great events. Open to kids ages 5-12. For more information, call the Evergreen Community Club, 764-4060. Camp Carroll Paintball Range Now open on Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per person and it includes first 500 pellets. No reservations or teams required. Eye Protection, Long Sleeves, Long pants, Sneakers or Boots covering ankles are required. For more information call 765-8325/7062 or 7647484. China Beijing Tour Visit the Great Wall, Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Heaven Temple and enjoy a silk Street Market Shopping Tour as well. From July 2 to July 5. $740 for an Adult (2 people p/ room) ($610-child under 12). $300-Infant under 24 months. $840-Adult Single Occupancy room. For more information call 764-4124. Camp Walker AAFES Extended Operating Hours. 4th of July 2011 (1 day). Camp Walker Main PX 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Food Court 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Filling Station 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Burger King 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call 764-5171/5188

(From left to right) Anya Proctor, Jarett Waters and Desiree Johnson proudly hold up their diplomas for their supporters in the audience. The students were among the proud seniors to participate in the June 10, 2011 graduation ceremony at Kelly Gym on Camp Walker. U.S. Army photo by Mokihana Laysa

Camp Walker DeCA commissary goes to the dogs

Story and photo by Cpl. Kim Min-jae
DAEGU GARRISON BOSS hosted a dog show that by all accounts, was a howling success. The furry colorful event was held in the parking lot of the Camp Walker Commissary where Fido, lead by his trusty and very proud owner, prepared to paw his way to 1st place. What the event didnt have in numbers, it had in spirit as the six participants lined up beside their masters anxiously waitingor not, for their next command. The event showcased a variety tricks and commands for the canines. Commenting on the reason for the event, BOSS Coordinator, Cpl. Kathleen M. Babiarz said, Dogs are family members too. So, the Commissary wanted to show off another aspect of the Army Family.

Winners enjoy their victory as well as their prize in front of the Commissary in Camp Walker.
Jo-Jo was the big winner at the event, taking home enough Purina Chow to crunch and munch on for the better part of the remaining year. On a side note, Purina Brand was also prominently displayed to show the pet owners what the Camp Walker Commissary has to offer. x

Teach by example: Be parents who measure up to their roles

By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Milton Johnson USAG Daegu Garrison Chaplain
DAEGU GARRISON Many a young person finally left home because he had enough religion shoved down his throat in a home where the lives of his parents did not measure up to their profession. No father ever gets away with dropping his children at church school while he goes home to mow the lawn or wash the car. Of course it can be done. The children will allow themselves to be dropped, and they will go in and sit throughout the classes, but they will wait patiently for the day when they can make their own decisions. Then they too, will choose to skip church school and worship and do really something profitable like mow grass or washing cars, or they may just go to the dogs. Then there is the other sort of Christian parent who would never miss any of the services of the church, but the children know that living with the parents is like rooming with the devil. Anybody can keep up a pious front in public, but no one has enough patience

to maintain the fraud 24 hours a day at home. If it isnt real, it will show up under the tensions of family life. Children who are reared in an atmosphere of hypocrisy soon catch on, and as surely as they come of age, they will want to leave that kind of home. When they do, they will also say goodbye to its church and its God. It is better for us to live much and teach little, than to teach much and live

little. It is better still to live much and teach much. There may still be problems, but at least we have eliminated one of them. We know that the light of our lives should be kept shining before the world. Perhaps it is more important that we keep it shining before our children. The Apostle Paul wanted the Phillipians to live Godly lives - he said to them: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. (Phil 2:15) Could that verse be paraphrased and modernized? That we may be blameless and live clean and innocent lives as children of God in front of our families. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: In doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity, sincerity. (Titus 2:7) Sometimes our children turn out well in spite of the fact that we do not live for God at home, but surely they have a much better chance if they see demonstrated at home what their parents preach at church. Teach they by example. x

JUNE 24, 2011

By Lee Seung-bin USAG Daegu Public Affairs

Promising junior golfer is part of the USAG Daegu family

showed up. Then we moved to Korea. And for a little bit, I wasnt sure if I wanted to still play golf or not so, I had like a three month break not playing golf at all, not touching the clubs at all and then I started playing again. In the U.S., they have golf teams in high schools but here, we dont have golf teams. So it is really hard to get recognized for college. Q: Would you tell me briefly what you have accomplished? A: I won first place at Bayonet at Puppy Creek Golf Club when I was eight years old. I have won first, second and third place and various Fayetteville metro junior golf tournaments. I have won about ten other tournaments that I cannot recall. The last tournament that I won before I came to Korea was when I was 11 years old. I won first place at Quail Ridge Golf Club. I have won a couple of long drive competitions. Most of these were when I was competing with adults. I also have many accomplishments in Tae Kwon Do, and I have competed at the national level. Q: How often do you practice playing golf? A: Sometimes if I have time to play golf after school, I hit the ball at 5 p.m. Generally every weekend I play golf for four hour with my father. Now with summer vacation here, I will probably be at the golf course playing and practicing every day. Q: In what way has your father inspired you? A: My father spent 30 years in the Army and retired as an E-9, Command Sgt. Maj. It makes me really proud. I love



DAEGU GARRISON Theres a lot of speculation that he is to junior golf what Tiger Woods is to mens golf. Paul Jackson Jr., a sophomore at Daegu American School recently experienced the glory of winning the 8th Annual Mustang Cup Golf Tournament, the event put the spotlight on the 16 year old who by all accounts could very well become the newest on a short list of rising stars in the world of golf. As if thats not enough, he also holds a platoon leadership position in JROTC. I had a chance to speak with Jackson, and his father Paul Jackson Sr. during a round of golf at the Camp Walker Golf Course. Q: What motivated you to start playing golf? A: I started when I was eight years old. My father had just come back from Korea and he retired in Fayetteville, at Ft. Bragg. One day he came home and said, Hey junior, do you want to go to the driving range and play golf? I said, Sure. So, we started playing golf together. We started going to play more often, and then my father decided to get a teacher for me. I got some lessons from my first teacher, Mr. Birdel Sturgens he was a really nice guy and we became really good friends. I started competing in around 50 tournaments. In the U.S. there are a lot of good players so I didnt win a lot maybe I won one or two. Then I won by competing against with other. Other times I just won because nobody

The 8th Annual Mustang Cup Golf Tournament was held in during 1st place winner ceremony June 4 at Osan Airbase. From left to right are Joseph Schartz, Paul Jackson Jr, Paul Jackson and Chairman of the friend of the Mustang Association. Courtesy photo
the feeling I get when we park in the Command Sgt. Maj. spot outside of the PX and Commissary. It is inspires me to become like him. Therefore I want to make my dad proud. Also, sometimes he motivates me. For example he doesnt really push me to do something. If I dont want to do something he will give me the best options why he is suggesting me to do it. Q: What kind of feeling do you get from playing golf? A: Playing golf is mannerable sports. When I play golf, it makes me feel mature. Because I am usually playing with adults, so I have to be a very mannerable and respect them a lot. I normally learn how to respect people those are one thing that I really like playing golf. Q: What is the primary consideration when practicing or playing golf? A: I always try to concentrate on the upcoming shots. If I had a bad shot, I try not to think about too much what I was just hit. But its really hard because its very frustrating special like when you cant do what you want to do all over the place. So I just try to focus on the next shot. Q: What is the most difficult part of playing golf? A: Making sure your keep your temper down not getting angry. If I had a bad shot like something is not working the happen last hole. I walked up to my ball and check out the situation look out how far I am and decide the club I will hit. I set it back from the ball and couple of deep breaths and then just think about shot Im about to hit. Dont even worry about how I got there. Just focus on the shot and swing away. Q: What golf player role models do you have? A: Tiger Woods. The way he was in the golf course thats how I want to be. He goes for the shot every time and he is not a conservative player. He has confidence and everything he does is really good. He is a great golf player. Q: Most golf players dream of playing in the PGA What about you? A: Right now, I want to go college and earn a golf scholarship. If I have comprehensive skills to get into the PGA, one day I would definitely love to play golf in the PGA - especially along side one of the top players right now. Definitely, I would really love to. Q: What made you join JROTC? A: My father. I like the military a lot. It requires a lot of obedience, discipline and its a good all around structure. I can learn so many things through JROTC. Q: How do you balance golf and JROTC? A: Ordinarily they dont conflict with each other. But I am on the color guard for DAS and sometimes I dont have time to practice golf. If I know that I am not going to have time for it, I just focus on the color guard and make sure I do everything correctly. Get that down before I worry about something else. Q: What has been your greatest JROTC achievement? A: Last year I was the cadet of the quarter for the second quarter. Also, I want to WLC - a training camp. That was very fun. Q: Do you plan to follow in your fathers footsteps? A: Yes. If golf doesnt work out, like I said and college, I will choose the military path. Right now I want to become a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. At first the discussion was back and forth with my parents about whether I would go in the Air Force or the Army. Its the Army for sure. My father was a Sergeant Major in the Army. So, I want to become the first General in my family. Q: What do you plan to go to university? A: I want to go to West Point, U.S. Military Academy. If I cant go, probably I will go to a college in Texas. I want to get there and get the golf scholarships definitely. Q: Whats your life motto? A: Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until the good gets better and the better becomes best. I always remember that one. Q: What are your future goals? A: I want to win the club championship for the Evergreen. I want to become their next champion. x

Paul Jackson Jr. practices his swing on the Camp Walker golf course. The DAS teen has great aspirations for a future with the PGA. U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin




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department ladders have a harder time reaching you if needed as you go higher up. If you are on a side of the hotel where a fire truck cannot get to, you may want to stay between the second a third floor; our ground ladders cannot reach higher than the third floor in most cases. 4. Keep a flashlight and the room key next to your bed. Also keep valuables, passports, etc, in a bag you can grab as you make your escape with the key and flashlight. Staying up all night at a club can be fun, but as the night goes on you become tired and your reactions to events become brutally impaired from fatigue, alcohol and loud music! Club fires are one of the most dangerous types of fires in the world! Here are some tips for surviving a night out at a club: 1. Does the building/club look safe? Do you feel safe? If not, find a better place! 2. Look for the exits as you come in and constantly scan those exits as the night goes on. Make sure you can get to those exits, even in the dark! 3. React immediately at the first sign of smoke, fire or a fight; head for the closest exit! This may not be the exit you came in, so pay attention! In some countries an alternate exit may be down a ladder and climbing over a wall! 4. Not the driver Still need to keep your wits about you, so alternate with non alcoholic drinks. Youre a better dancer and conversationalist with little to no alcohol in your system, and your chance of surviving a fire or other emergency are a lot better. 5. Get out and stay out. Make sure you get well out of the way so others can escape

A beautiful or intriguing setting can be captivating. A key consideration is not to become so caught up in the fun of it all that your traveling experience overlooks the element of safety. U.S. Army photo by Mary Grimes
and emergency response personnel can get in. Need convincing; watch the video from the Rhode Island, Station Club fire. One hundred people died because of slow reactions to the fire (even when it was blazingly obvious) and then people not clearing the area jammed up those still trying to get out. Other issues such as knowing alternate exits could have saved others. Dont be a victim! Supervisors, please make sure your personnel and family members are properly informed before going on holiday travel to foreign countries. We never know when a disaster may hit such as the 2011 earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan. Force protection briefings when traveling to foreign countries are vital to your safety; ensure you get a country brief for your destination before you go. Also make sure your chain of command and your loved ones have an accurate telephone number to contact you in case of an emergency. Make sure you have telephone and e-mail addresses so you can get word back that you are alright. Be prepared! One last bit. While on vacation, enjoying the sun shine and time away from work, pay attention to the news in the country you are in. A major incident on the news may be a Thank God I wasnt at that club last night moment for you; to those back here, it could be a different story! Dont let your unit and family members worry needlessly; make contact and keep them informed. x

Shop, Save and thrive

COMMISSARY BENEFITS are part of the Army

Family Covenants commitment to provide a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and Families can thrive.

Through the Bringing the Benefit to You campaign, Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families have shopped on-site at more than 100 remote locations and purchased $14 million worth of commissary products. An average of 30% SAVINGS OR MORE on purchases compared to commercial prices. Within the next three years, more than $200 million will be spent on building new commissaries and enhancing existing commissaries to better serve customers.


to learn more about the Army Family Covenant.




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