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JUNE 3, 2011 JULY 29, 2011 • Volume 9, Issue 40 Published for those serving in

JUNE 3, 2011

JUNE 3, 2011 JULY 29, 2011 • Volume 9, Issue 40 Published for those serving in

JULY 29, 2011 • Volume 9, Issue 40

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Alliance sharpens aviation edge

alliance and improve the war-fighting fications and independent operations,” Leading up to the exercise, 4-2nd 2nd
alliance and improve the war-fighting
fications and independent operations,”
Leading up to the exercise, 4-2nd
2nd Combat Aviation Brigade
— See AVIATION, Page 14 —
ferent systems and protocols.”
By Cpl. Tim Oberle
Warrant officer Han Gyu-min, cobra pi-
lot from the ROK 107th Aviation Attack
Battalion, prepares an AH-1 Cobra for a
combined exercise with the 4th Attack
Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment July 19
at the Rodrigeuz Live Fire Complex near
Pocheon, South Korea. — U.S. Army photo
by Cpl. Tim Oberle
exercise July 19 with the Republic of Ko-
rea 107th Aviation Attack Battalion near
Pocheon here.
The exercise was part of the 4-2nd
Aviation adherence to guidance from
8th Army to conduct combined training
with the ROK military to strengthen the
added Rowell.
For Rowell, conducting combined
operations has helped to identify areas
where his battalion can improve when
working with ROK Army units.
have to create new ones. We just have to
synchronize our already existing opera-
tions. Synchronization is the key when
dealing with language barriers and dif-
PLEX, Korea — The 4th Attack Battal-
ion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Com-
bat Aviation Brigade participated in an
“We find that we have many simi-
larities and we only need to refine our
techniques,” said Rowell. “We don’t
like this one helps our battalion work
towards that next level in addition to
our regularly scheduled gunnery quali-
4-2nd Aviation.
“Conducting combined operations
capabilities of our two militaries, said
Lt. Col. Thomas Rowell, commander of

Army’s top energy advisor visits Korea’s installations

By Russell Wicke

HUMPHREYS GARRISON – The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Envi- ronment made an appearance in Korea this week to

get a better idea on how garrisons here can reduce the amount of energy used and increase operating


The Honorable Katherine Hammack visited Garrisons Yongsan, Daegu, Red Cloud and Camp

Carroll, but spent a significant amount of time at Camp Humphreys, the Army’s only 21st century garrison. Her main message: “Energy efficiency is

mission critical.”

“The purpose of my visit is to better understand the Yongsan Relocation Plan and [get an idea of]

the growth opportunities here,” she said Tuesday. “Certainly one of the things we’re focused on is re - ducing our footprint in Korea and moving out of

some of the high-cost areas in Seoul.” Hammack

mentioned the relocation to Humphreys is a sig-

nificant advance in the effort to reduce the Army’s

footprint in Korea because it groups soldiers and

like missions together. The result of this would be an increase in efficiencies she said, because servic- es can be isolated to fewer areas. Camp Humphreys is perhaps one of the leading

bases in what Hammack calls “going green.” She

mentioned going green involves three areas: en- ergy, water and waste. The idea is that if the Army

reduces the first two, the third will subsequently be

reduced as well.

— See ENERGY, Page 14 —

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Defense News
USAG Red Cloud
USAG Casey
USAG Yongsan
USAG Humphreys
USAG Daegu
Sights & Sounds
Cultures merge at K-16, Page 11
Command Perspective P04
See Page 2
The Delights of Daegu, Page 16
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ROK, U.S. officials enhance helo ops

By Pfc. Park Young-ho

8th Army Public Affairs

ICHON, Korea — A memorandum of agree - ment between the Repub - lic of Korea Army Aviation Operations Command and U.S. Forces Korea was signed here July 22 to enhance air- space management for rota- ry wing operations in South Korea. The agreement was signed by Maj. Gen. John A. MacDonald, United Na - tions Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea Assistant Chief

of Staff (CJ3) and ROK

NEWS • PAGE 2 NEWS THE MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Published by Installation Management

Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald (right), U.S. Forces Korea As- sistant Chief of Staff and ROK Army Maj. Gen. Bae Myeong- heon, commander of the ROK Army Aviation Operations Com- mand show an aviation agreement in writing that will enhance air operations. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Park Young-ho

tem personnel had to ensure proper sequencing and separation.

To mitigate risk and simplify flight

operations, USFK and AAOC repre - sentatives developed a combined air- space picture system. The CAP system consists of a combined map and route structure, common communication frequen-

cies, common flight coor-

dination centers, a Flight Information Publications

verification program and

updates to UNC/CFC/USFK publications as required. Bae and Macdonald have

worked together on this agreement since they were colonels. The two leaders called

the agreement a significant

milestone. “This is more than eating lunch and having a conver- sation to show how strong the alliance is,” said Mac- donald. “I have to thank my friend for his great leader- ship in getting us to this

Army Maj. Gen. Bae My- eong-heon, commander of the ROK Army Aviation Operations Command. In the past ROK and U.S. rotary wing aviation assets operated on two separate route structures with differ- ent reporting points, air traffic con- trol frequencies and flight following procedures. As a result, air traffic sys -

point.” “I think it is very mean- ingful to sign this MOA with you, great leaders today,” said Bae. “This system could contribute to strengthen the performance of Re - public of Korea Army Aviation Op - erations Command and also enhance the [U.S.-Korea] alliance by integrat- ing systems.” x

Obama certifies military ready for ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

By Jim Garamone

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Based on recommendations from military leaders, President Barack Obama has certified to

Congress that the U.S. armed forces are prepared for repeal

of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

There is a 60-day waiting period before the repeal goes

into effect, so the law will officially come off the books Sept.

20. After that date, gay service members can be open about their sexual orientation.

The president signed the certification and delivered it to Congress July 22. Congress passed the repeal law in December. The legis - lation gave the military time to prepare the force and said repeal would happen only after the president, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certi-

fied the force as ready for repeal.

The Defense Department chartered a repeal implemen-

tation team to coordinate the necessary changes to policy and regulations, and to provide education and training to service members. The team worked to ensure the smooth- est possible transition for the U.S. military to accommodate and implement this change, Defense Secretary Leon E. Pa- netta said. The services put together training courses for the force and more than 1.9 million service members have now re -

ceived that training. DOD and service officials also looked

at regulatory and legal changes that repeal entailed.

“I am comfortable that we have used the findings of the

Comprehensive Review Working Group to mitigate areas of

concern, and that we have developed the policy and regu- lations necessary for implementation — consistent with

standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention,” Navy Adm. Mike

Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a writ- ten statement.

Certification is not the end of the road. The department,

the services and the combatant commands must work “to train the remainder of the joint force, to monitor our per- formance as we do so, and to adjust policy where and when

needed,” Mullen said. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law went into effect in 1993. It

allowed gay and lesbian personnel to serve in the military as long as they were not open about their sexual orientation.

On Feb. 2, 2010, Mullen testified to that Senate Armed

Services Committee that he believed it was time to repeal the law. Mullen said he believes soldiers, sailors, airmen and Ma- rines can handle the changes.

“My confidence in our ability to accomplish this work

rests primarily on the fact that our people are capable, well-

led and thoroughly professional,” he said in his written statement July 22. x

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President Barack Obama signs the certification stating that the statutory requirements for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have been met, in the Oval Office, July 22, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the

President and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. — White House Photo by Pete Souza

JUNE 3, 2011



Police Blotter

The following entries were ex- cerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence.

USAG Red Cloud Assault: Investigation re - vealed the Subject entered the Victim’s taxi headed for the in-

stallation. He and the Victim were involved in a verbal alterca- tion when the Victim requested

the Subject to pay 35,000 Won

for the taxi fee upfront, which the Subject refused. The Victim pulled over at which time the Subject exited, walked around to the driver side door and struck the Victim in his right eye with

a closed fist. Upon arrival of Ko - rean National Police, the Subject was apprehended and transport- ed to the KNP Station. He was processed and released into mili- tary police custody. Disrespect to NCO and Offi- cer: The Subject took off his shirt

at an off post night club. Upon ar- rival of military police, the Sub- ject was advised to put his shirt back on. The Subject became belligerent and disrespectful and made several racial comments towards the MPs He was appre - hended and transported to the

provost marshal’s office where

he was administered a Portable Breath Test, with a result of .209 percent blood alcohol content. He was processed and released to his unit.

USAG Humphreys

Assault Consummated by Battery: The Subject and Vic- tim 1 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physi- cal when the Subject grabbed Victim 1 by the neck and struck him in the rib cage with closed

fist. The Subject then pulled Vic- tim 2’s hair and forced her to the

ground. The Subject sustained injuries consisting of scratches to his face and arms, and a head injury and was transported to the hospital. The Subject was trans - ported to the USAG-Humphreys

provost marshal’s office where he

was processed and released.

USAG Daegu

Aggravated Assault: The Sub- ject and Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the Subject struck

the Victim in the right side of the face several times with closed

fist. The Victim was initially

transported to the Troop Medi- cal Clinic, where he was treated

for injuries to his forehead, right ear and right side of the face

and then transported to an off

post hospital for further treat- ment with results pending. The

Subject was transported to the

provost marshal’s office where

he was administered a Portable Breath Test, with a result of .11 percent blood alcohol content. Due to his level of intoxication, he was processed and released to his unit.

Independence Gate The Independence Gate (Dongnimmun) was a memorial stone gate built after Gabo Reform (1894-1896)

Independence Gate

The Independence Gate (Dongnimmun) was a memorial stone gate built after Gabo Reform (1894-1896) by the Indepen- dence Club to pledge their determination for independence. Gabo Reform aimed for internal and systematic reform of the Joseon Government. However, the reform movement was not successful due to the intervention of foreign powers and conse- quently, a national independence also failed. Koreans then erected the Independence Gate on the site of the Yeongeunmun, where Chinese envoys were received, as a symbol of their continued determination to achieve national independence and freedom without any outside interference. Made of granite, standing 14.28 meters high and 11.48 meters wide, the Indepen- dence Gate has a rainbow-shaped gate at its center. A pair of Korean national flags is also carved on both sides of the letters “Dongnimmun”, written in both Korean and Chinese. To get there, take a subway Line 3 to Dongnimmun station and take an exit 4 or 5.— U.S Army photo by Cpl.Hwang Sung-Il.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off–post events and activities

Beautiful Tea Museum

The Beautiful Tea Museum show- cases more than 110 types of tea and tea related items from all over the world. Visitors can also experience a tea drinking ceremony with various herbal teas ranging from green tea,

blue tea, black tea, flower tea and more in a traditional and calm atmo - sphere. Here visitors not only have the privilege of appreciating a wide range of tea culture, they can also directly purchase tea and tea-related items at the tea shop. The Beautiful Tea Museum build- ing is a traditional Korean house (ha-

nok). There is also a tea shop where

visitors can directly purchase their choice of aromatic pleasure, as well as a diversity of high quality tea sets and pottery ware made by artisans.

Purchasable teas include Assam tea (a type of black tea from India), Saejak tea (green tea), Lotus tea, and brown

tea from Korea, China, Japan, Sri Lan- ka, India, Europe and more. Just near the tea shop is the gallery,

a showroom featuring a selection of

the finest teas from around the world

including Puer tea from China, Leesan tea collected at 1,900 meters above sea level in Taiwan, and the English tea

called “a beauty from the East” which was once the Queen’s favorite.

Next to the gallery is a display case featuring a range of tea sets from Ko - rea, Tibet, China and other countries

around the world, each reflecting the

tea culture and history of the country it came from. The museum regularly invites artists to hold exhibitions at the gallery, allowing visitors to appre - ciate tea-related art exhibits. There is also a tea cafe for visitors who want to take a break from look- ing at tea and actually have a nice cup

of tea. Various snacks including tteok (Korean rice cake) and cakes are avail- able to snack on as well. Fruit smooth- ies are available as well for those who prefer cold beverages. Tea is classified based on the tech- niques with which it is produced and processed. There are six types of tea

available at the Beautiful Tea Mu-

seum: green tea (unwilted and unfer- mented), blue tea (semi-fermented tea including Oolong tea), brown tea (post-fermented tea including Puer tea), black tea (wilted and fully fer- mented), herb tea and flower tea. In

oriental medicine, green tea is said to

cool the body, while Korean brown tea heats it up. Korean women prefer to drink brown tea for its beneficial ef-

fects, as well as for its mild taste and fragrance. The cafeteria provides hot water in a kettle for each table, let-

ting visitors refill and enjoy their tea

as much as they want. This place pro -

vides an opportunity to explore all

kinds of teas from different countries

at once. For more information, visit a web -

site, (Korean), or call (02) 735-6678.

To get there, take a subway line 1

to Jonggak station. Take Exit 3, walk 10 minutes, or take a Line 5 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station. Exit 5 and walk 5 minutes. x

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JULY 29, 2011 USAG RED CLOUD USAG-RC • PAGE 5 New elliptical machines are lined

New elliptical machines are lined up at the renovated Camp Stanley Fitness Center, which reopened July 16. — Courtesy photo by U.S. Army Garrison DFMWR

Stanley gym gets major facelift

By Spc. Mardicio Barrot

USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs

CAMP STANLEY – Soldiers stationed in this off-the-beaten path installation in Uijeongbu now have a newly renovated fitness center to use for sports and fitness activities. The more than $1.5 million renovation was only the second since the fitness center was built in 1987. The last was in 2000, although it was less extensive. The renovation began Feb. 15 and was completed July 15 – nearly one month ahead of schedule. It opened for use July 16. “The overall new appearance of the gym shows that it was well worth it,” said Larry Butler, Camp Red Cloud enclave sports director, who is also responsible for Camp Stanley. Though the locker rooms were left unchanged, the basketball court, bleachers, basketball backboards, scoreboards, sauna and racquetball flooring, wall and glass front were all replaced. A new air conditioning system and flooring was installed throughout the entire facility, including new ceilings, lighting and rubber flooring in the weight, circuit training and cardiovascular fitness rooms. “I know the Soldiers love the new gym,” Butler said about the comments he has heard from patrons. “The day we opened, I walked in the gym at 10 a.m. and saw 20 or more people

already in there having fun and getting a good work out. You could just tell by the look on their faces that they were excited about what they saw.” Randy Behr, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Area I sports and athletic director, agreed with the assessment. “The Soldiers and Families that come to the gym will definitely enjoy the new updates that have been put in,” he said. “It’s like going into a brand new facility.” Butler said his favorite improvement is the basketball court. “The basketball area is just beautiful,” he said. “The floor and the bleachers are really nice. If you’re a basketball player, you’ll love it.” Some behind the scenes improvements were also made to improve safety and the appearance, including a new roof and siding. “They also redid all of the hidden stuff that needed to be done due to the fact that this structure is over 24 years old,” Butler said. “We just encourage our Warrior Country customers to come out here to the Stanley gym and enjoy the new facility while getting a great workout,” Butler said. The newly improved Camp Stanley Gym is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during weekends and holidays. For more information, call 732-5460. x

JULY 29, 2011 USAG RED CLOUD USAG-RC • PAGE 5 New elliptical machines are lined

Pfc. Walle works out at a seated chest press machine in the Camp Stanley Fitness Center which reopened after a five-month renovation. — Courtesy photo by DFMWR

JULY 29, 2011 USAG RED CLOUD USAG-RC • PAGE 5 New elliptical machines are lined

The basketball court, bleachers, backboards and scoreboards were just one part of the more than $1.5 million renovation. — Courtesy photo by U.S. Army Garrison DFMWR




News & Notes

Missing Recycling Bins

Area I has begun recycling clean office paper and magazines by placing large white plastic containers with a recycling logo next to select trash bins on post. Bins placed near buildings 1743 and 2440 on Camp Casey have disappeared. If you know the whereabouts of these bins please return them. They are government property and should not be moved. While we commend your effort to recycle, do not move the containers or deposit waste, food scraps, dirty paper or newspapers in them.

Customer Appreciation Night

Camp Red Cloud Lanes will

hold its customer appreciation night with free buffet-style snacks from 6:30-7 p.m., July 29.

USO Hours Extended

The Camp Casey USO will extend its hours of operation to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, beginning Aug. 1. From this date, the new hours of operation will be Monday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To register, call 730- 4466 or 010-3876-6865.

Mitchell’s Club Closed

Mitchell’s Club on Camp Red Cloud will be closed all day Aug. 1-3 to host a 2nd Infantry Division conference. It will reopen to the community at 11 a.m., Aug. 4.

CIF Closed

The Central Issue Facility on Camp Stanley and the Camp Casey satellite facility will be closed Aug. 1-5 for a 100 percent inventory. It will reopen Aug. 8. For more information, call 732-5552.

Community Bank Closed

Community Banks on Area I installations will be closed Aug. 6, in lieu of military pay day Aug. 1.

Soccer Team Tryout

Tryouts for the Camp Casey post soccer team will be held at TIME, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 31 at Schoonover Bowl. U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers and Defense Department civilians are eligible to tryout. For more information, call 730-3337 or 730-3220.

West Casey Chapel Services

Beginning Aug. 5 there will be a change to worship times in the West Casey Chapel. The Protestant service will be at 9:30 a.m. and Catholic Mass will be at 11:30 a.m.

Lodge Furniture Sale

Camp Casey and Camp Red Cloud lodges will have a non- appropriated funds used furniture sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 6 in the Camp Casey Lodge. Items are sold as is and all sales are final. All items must removed the same day and a delivery service is not available through the lodge. For

more information, call 730-4854.

Children go ‘wild’ at Vacation Bible School

By Sgt. Jin Choi

CAMP CASEY – Kids in Warrior Country discovered that God loves them during the first ever Vacation Bible School at West Casey Chapel here from July 18-22. “We never had any opportunity before,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Kang, 4th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and West Casey Chapel Collective Protestant service senior pastor. “I’m so excited to have the first bible school here in Warrior Country. This event is the result of more than 20 hard working volunteers dedicating four weeks of work preparing for this event.” The VBS theme – “Panda Mania” – gives kids an opportunity to explore a bamboo forest full of fun-loving Pandas and learn that they are God’s most precious creation. “The Panda theme is a curriculum offered by group, a Christian education vendor,” Kang said. “I believe this will benefit children to know God and interact with new friends.” Children ages from 6 to 11 began the day by waving their arms and singing “He’s wild! He’s wild! God is wild about us! Wild about us!” After their daily opening song, students broke into smaller groups and visited a series of activity stations – a Bible adventure station where they explored a scripture, a craft station to make their own art, an outdoors game station and a movie station where the video “How God is involved with them in their daily life” was shown. Specific points from the children’s Bible studies were carefully integrated


Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Woodside, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion told a bible story from the book of the Luke to a group of children during Vacation Bible School at West Casey Chapel July 21. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jin Choi

into each station to reinforce the scriptures. The VBS has been well- received by parents. “This is my Chapel since my we’ve been here in August 2009,” said Melanie Clement, a volunteer for the VBS and spouse of Spc. Roy Clement, Company A, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, who brought her 7-year-old daughter, Zoey, and 5-year-old son, Zackery. “My kids have learnt a lot through this Bible school like socializing and the memory verse learning about the bible. It’s much more fun when there are more kids. The chapel can provide religious education that is suitable to kids.” Zoey and Zackery agreed with their mother and said they made new

friends. There is also a daily snack time and an end of the day wrap up where the entire group joins together. While kids and volunteers danced and sang songs, Kang cried out, “God made you!” and the children replied, “Thank you, God!” The VBS was organized and run by the Area I Religious Services Office and was financed with $3,000 from the chapel tithes and offering fund. Children who participated received a T-shirt commemorating Panda Mania and a music CD with tunes from their experience. Although vacation bible school is held only once a year, the Area I RSO provides other activities throughout the year, such as children’s church, church picnic and bell choir. x


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Jinkwan Temple Seoul exudes serenity Left to right, Angel Moreno, two monks, Maya Lee, Ahn Koong,
Jinkwan Temple Seoul exudes serenity
Left to right, Angel Moreno, two monks, Maya Lee, Ahn Koong, Jeremy Seo, Fethma Minor and guide visited
Jinkwan Temple in Seoul, following the Lotus Lantern Festival, which was held May 2011. For the past two
years I’ve attended the festival as a foreign monitor. The Jinkwan Temple is located near Bukhan Mountain in
Eunpyeong-gu, Jinkwan-ro, Seoul. — Courtesy photo by Ashley Miller
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Troopers bring joy to special children

By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn

1HBCT Public Affairs Office

DONGDUCHEON –Twenty-four U.S. Soldiers and

KATUSAs with 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st

Heavy Brigade Combat Team, spent July 22 participating

in educational activities with special needs children at

the Sun Rising Nursery in Dongducheon.

For three years, Soldiers assigned to 4-7th CAV have

sponsored the nursery as their way to support the local

community and the 1HBCT Community Relations Program.

Choi Kuni-sook, the director at the Sun Rising

Nursery, says she appreciates the Soldiers help.

“The ratio between children and teacher is three to

one,” Choi said. “With the Soldiers here we can do more

activities and make the day more joyful and enjoyable

for the children.”

Throughout the morning, the Soldiers became

acquainted with the nursery staff and the children.

They participated in the children’s daily activities and

exercises including a sing-a-long, jumping on a small

trampoline, swinging on special swings and snack

time. In the afternoon they all headed out for a swim.

“Most of the children do not move at all, they

cannot play (on their own),” said Choi. “When they

do the exercises, it gives them stimulation and helps

with blood circulation.”

Although the main focus for the day was the

children, the Soldiers also benefited from their

experience with the special needs children.

“I think it is very beneficial to the Soldiers

emotional and spiritual fitness when they help

others,” explained Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Kang,

4-7th CAV and pastor at the West Casey Chapel.

“They will appreciate life and see all the blessings

and abundant lifestyle we have as U.S Soldiers.”

“I had no idea what to expect when I got here,

but it turned out that I really enjoyed it,” said Cpl.

Marshall Brooks, a Bradley gunner with 4-7th CAV.

“It is definitely something I will do again.”

Spending more time with the children is

something Brooks will be able to do since supporting

the nursery is an ongoing project for 4-7th CAV.

“We come over here (to the nursery) every Friday,”

said Kang. “We send at least three U.S Soldiers and

three KATUSAs to help them.”

Pvt. Anthony Mudler from 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, helps staff
Pvt. Anthony Mudler from 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, helps staff members
at the Sun Rising Nursery in Dongducheon with snack time July 22, — U.S.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn

JULY 29, 2011



JULY 29, 2011 USAG YONGSAN USAG-Y • PAGE 9 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen poses for a picture with the 2011 Military Times Servicemembers of the Year including 1st Sgt. Monekia Denkins (center, right) - Courtesy photo

2011 Military Times Servicemembers of the Year

By Paulette Ruffin

Gannett Government Media Corp

YONGSAN GARRISON - 1st Sgt. Monekia Y. Denkins, a two-time combat veteran and currently First Sergeant of the 201st Signal Company, was hon-

ored as the 2011 Military Times Solider of the Year

during a ceremony hosted by Virginia Congressman

Frank Wolf at the Cannon House Office Building in

Washington, D.C. July 21. Denkins is responsible for 133 Soldiers and Army

civilians. In this role she ensures the readiness and maintenance of automations and tactical equip- ment, as well as manages property valued at over $12.1 million. Along with Denkin’s other respon-

sibilities—advising the Commanding Officer and

supervising all company training, personnel admin-

istration, supply and maintenance—she also serves

as Soldier Quality of Life Non-Commissioned Offi- cer in Charge, Weight Control NCCOIC, Company Physical Trainer, Safety Manager, Key Control NCO- IC and Physical Security NCOIC. Denkins was one of five distinguished honorees,

one from each branch of the United States Armed Forces, recognized by Gannett Government Media

Corp. “For the past 11 years, it has been our privi- lege to honor remarkable members of our armed forces who epitomize the ‘everyday heroes’ serv- ing our country,” said GGMC President and Chief

Executive Officer Elaine G. Howard. “This year’s

five outstanding honorees truly embody the finest

qualities of honor, community service, professional

performance and dedication representative of the servicemen and women serving our country. We are pleased to recognize them and commend them for

their extraordinary efforts.”

These awards are unique and particularly mean- ingful because the winners were selected from peer

nominations by the readership of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

Military Times, a subsidiary of GGMC, asked its

readership—Servicemembers themselves—to rec- ognize those among them who made special con- tributions and who perform dedicated, outstanding service everyday, on every level, often without fan-

fare or broad recognition. In peacetime or times of

conflict, this year’s winners embody the true spirit

of our armed forces: service, loyalty and devotion to

their communities. They are the ‘everyday heroes’

who consistently make a difference in the lives of


During the Capitol Hill ceremony to honor the

winners, General Martin E. Dempsey (USA), Gen-

eral Norton A. Schwartz (USAF), Admiral Robert

J. Papp, Jr. (USCG), Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert

(USN) and General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., (USMC)

each presented a winner with their award. The Hon-

orable Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of De -

fense for Personnel and Readiness, was the keynote

speaker; Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME) provided

closing remarks; Major General Andrew B. Davis

USMC (Ret.) served as the master of ceremonies.

In expressing her appreciation to the honorary

co-hosts of this ceremony, Elaine Howard said, “For

the past eleven years we have been most fortunate

to have the encouragement and support of Senator

Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Senator John McCain (R-

AZ). We also thank the distinguished Members of

Congress who have supported our program as mem-

bers of the Honorary Committee each year.”

For additional information about the honorees,

the honorable mentions, and the notable winners,

please visit


“To me, making a difference is to challenge as -

sumed constraints effecting positive change and en-

abling people to have vision of their potential,” said

JULY 29, 2011 USAG YONGSAN USAG-Y • PAGE 9 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of


The 201st Signal Company is the largest Network

Enterprise Center within the United States Forces-

Korea and serves the US Army Garrison Yongsan,

providing IT support to more than 8,000 customers.

Understanding the importance of environment

on morale, Denkins secured more than $2.1 million

for the restoration of inferior barracks and offices

that were neglected for 18 years, including all new

furniture and the replacement of 20 year-old carpet

with tile flooring.

Making it her personal mission to ensure that no

task, mission or soldier ever fails, Denkins devel-

oped and implemented the Soldier Civilian Men-

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News & Notes


8th Army PT Routes

On June 20, 8th Army PT Routes

went into effect from 6:30-7:30

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


Due to the new 8th Army PT

Routes, post shuttle schedules

changed 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.

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


USAG Yongsan Library closure

USAG Yongsan Libraries will

be closed on Monday August

  • 15 in observance of the Korean

National Holiday. For more

information, call 725-7222.

Youth Physical Fair

The Brian Allgood Army

Community Hospital will hold

the Area II Youth Physical Fair

on Thursday August 18 from 8

a.m.-3 p.m. for Seoul American

Elementary and Pre-school

students and Saturday August

  • 20 from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

for Seoul American High and

Middle School students. Please

bring your ID cards and shot

records. Dress your children

in t-shirts, shorts and tennis

shoes or other closed-toe shoes.

First come, first serve. For more

information, call Ms. Myers at


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Free online tutoring, resources available

By Pvt. Han Samuel


Army values the education of its Ser-

vicemembers as well as that of their

Families. One valuable resource that

it provides to aid the educational

pursuits of its members is an on -

line tutoring program that is offered

twenty four hours a day, seven days a

week, all year round.

“It’s a live homework help and skill

building resource. Students work

with professional tutors – they can

use chat, interaction, white board,

and even file sharing, where you can

upload your file, and one of the pro -

fessionals will look at what you’ve

written and make suggestions,” ex-

plained Eskeletha Dorsey, School

Liaison Officer of Child Youth and

School services.

What makes this program great,

however, is that it is offered free of

charge to Servicemembers and their


“The Department of Defense has

paid for active duty Servicemembers,

Upon completing the application,

students are free to select from a va -

riety of educational resources rang -

ing in level from first grade to high

school education, college education

all the way up to adult and career

education. The website also provides

numerous resources including work-

sheets, lesson plans, videos, study

guides, and resources to help pre -

pare students for standardized tests

and careers.

Another helpful component is the

ProofPoint Writing Center, which al -

lows professionals to proofread es -

says and papers posted by students.

A good feature about ProofPoint is

that rather than simply correcting

the work, professionals will give sug -

gestions in real time, which helps

students improve their writing abil -


Although there is a time limit to

how long these sessions are, fortu -

nately, the program offers the option

to email, print, or replay sessions. In

addition, members can simply log

back in and continue with a new ses -


Quick Tips

  • ‹ One-on-one tutoring and

proofreading with professionals

online in real time!

  • ‹ Services available 24/7 all

year long!

  • ‹ Free of charge for Service

Members and Families!

  • ‹ Variety of Subjects includ-

ing Math, English, Science, So -

cial Stud ies, GED prep,

Back to School, Job Search, In-

terview, Resume, and Standard-

ized Test Prep!

  • ‹ Selection between Student

Center, College Center, Adult

Education Center, Career Cen-

ter, and ProofPoint Writing


  • ‹ Comprehensive Resource

Library containing Lesson

Plans, Worksheets, and Videos!

  • ‹ Replay, Email, and Print

sessions and scripts for use in

the future!

we’re talking Army, Marine, Navy

and Air Force as well as active duty

and deployed Family members and

children,” said Dorsey.

Application to the program is sim -

ple and requires only a few steps. The

first step is getting onto the website


and selecting between Army, Marine,

Navy, or Air Force. The next step is

typing in the Yongsan Army Code,

which is YON927. The final step is

filling in some personal registration


Dorsey suggested that this pro -

gram is not intended for any specific

age group, and that it can be helpful

to anybody currently furthering their


In addition, Dorsey encouraged

Families to use the program during

summer in order to boost their chil -

dren’s academic abilities during a

time when children are not busy with

school work.

For more information, contact

School Liaison Officer Eskeletha

Dorsey at 738-5556. x

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Consider these tips to preventing, treating mold

By Jane Lee


breaking rainy season finally came to

an end on Sunday July 17. But as swel-

tering temperatures grip the nation

with readings topping 80-90 degrees

fahrenheit, watch out for another en-

vironmental hazard! Because wher-

ever there is moisture and heat, there

is the danger of mold.

And we saw plenty of moisture this

monsoon season: It rained every day in

Seoul for 11 consecutive days, from July

7 to July 17. That’s the longest period

of straight rain ever recorded in either

the month of June or July since 1961.

Total rainfall from June 22 to July 16

was 29.5 inches in the central region,

3.25 times the 30-year average. The re -

cord rainfall is attributable to the fact

that the North Pacific high pressure

system which developed earlier than

previous years, collided with a strong

anticyclone hovering over China. The

Korean Meteorological Administra-

tion forecasts that the weather will be

humid as temperatures soar while the

air is still moist from all the rains.


Mold damage inside a bedroom closet. Water condensed from the air onto the gypsum

board. - Courtesy photo by Environmental protection Agency

Molds are fungi that thrive on

moisture. “They can grow anywhere…

as long as there is humidity and food…

mold can grow anywhere,” warns Area

II Industrial Hygienist William Din-

gui. “They can be any shape, size, or

color ...

black, white, gray, green… the

color doesn’t indicate what type of

mold it is, or how dangerous it is.”

The best way to prevent this pos -

sible health hazard is to control any

kind of water pooling or condensation.

“Whether that means fixing a leak, or

ventilating better… without moisture,

mold can’t grow!” Dingui says. He also

recommends using dehumidifiers to

keep relative humidity below 60%;

and ideally between 30-50%.

It’s impossible to eliminate mold

altogether. There are over 200,000

types of mold that occur naturally ev-

erywhere. Mold is spread by spores in-

doors and outdoors.

If you do find mold on hard surfac-

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JULY 29, 2011



Tips to stay cool in summer By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun Monsoon has retreated and sweltering
Tips to stay
cool in summer
By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun
Monsoon has retreated and sweltering heat
has set in. Share your secrets and safety tips
to stay fit, healthy and keep cool in this sum-
mer. Find out what more than 7,900 Yongsan
community members are talking about by
becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at! (Comments are
kept in their original form)
Suh dae woon
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Take a shower before your sleep, no caffeine before
sleep, consuming enough vitamins and fruits, don’t
stay every moment with the air conditioner etc,, let’s
spend this summer safely!
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Outdoor: umbrella, hats, sunglass and sleeveless
tops/dress. If there is a breeze I crack the car win-
dow open a little and my sunroof. Indoor: aircondi-
tioning, Crazy Abs exerciser and aerobics at Collier.
Yun Ho Song
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hard work, and relax your life and plan the vacation
I usally think what to do with my family in this sum-
mer. that would be my power in this summer
Hyun-gon Cho
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In a hot day, don’t just stay inside with air condition -
er on. Once you exercise and sweat really hard and
take a shower.Then you don’t feel not that hard.But
you should be always aware of dehydration.
Yongsan Kids on ferry to Northwest Reynolds kids on the ferry to Seongmodo Island at the
Yongsan Kids on ferry to Northwest
Reynolds kids on the ferry
to Seongmodo Island at the
end of June. Seongmodo Is-
land is such a fun place to
explore, especially the Bud-
dhist temple (Bomunsa).
The climb up to Bomunsa
temple is fairly steep but
short and there is a lot to
see and the views are amaz-
ing! We stopped to play at
the beach on the way home.
Wonderful outing. — Courte-
sy photo by AmyLyn Woolley
yourself in the Morn-
come a USAG Yongsan
page with a quick descrip-
when, where and why and
we’ll see you
in the paper.

Strengthening Ties at K-16

By Pvt. Han Samuel

YONGSAN GARRISON - On July 15, the annual

K-16 Summer Fest was held despite the rain, as Ser-

vicemembers and local community members gath-

ered to enjoy an outdoor grill, different booths, and

various performances. Although not a traditional

holiday, K-16 Summer Fest is a day set aside each year

to allow the community and Servicemembers to relax

and build relationships with the local populace.

“It’s an annual festival that we have here at K-16 so

that we can share cultural ties, build stronger bonds

with the local community and give some time for the

Servicemembers and everyone assigned to K-16 to en-

joy a little bit of summer and have some time to have

fun,” explained Capt. Severo Palacios, commander of

Echo Company, 2-2 Assault Battalion.

Although the weather was not ideal for the occa-

sion, many still showed up to participate in the day’s


“It’s raining but it doesn’t seem to have hampered

the entertainment,” observed Chief Warrant Officer

John Coreil of Alpha Company, 2-2 Assault Battalion.

Enjoying the entertainment of the day were K-16

U.S. and R.O.K. Soldiers, as well as community mem-

bers from both inside and outside K-16. The day was

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Dancers from the Saegokdong Cultural Center perform ‘Hwa Kwan Mu,’ a Korean traditional dance during the 2011 K-16 Summer Fest by the K-16 Gym, July 15.- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel

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from Page 9 MILITARY
from Page 9

torship Program. The program is de -

signed to train inbound soldiers on

telecommunications topics, leading

to 21 soldiers earning commercial IT

certificates. These efforts led to the

unit’s “No Concern” rating from the

Cyber Command Readiness Inspec -

tion and yielded a flawless physical

security inspection.

Denkins not only ensures the tech-

nical training of her unit, but also sees

to it that her soldiers are fit and ready.

Individual soldier skills achieved a

record 100% rating throughout 2010

and her company was awarded the

Army Physical Fitness Test Stream -

er and the Army Safety Excellence


Denkins re-energized the compa -

ny Family Readiness Group (FRG), by

incorporating the civilian team mem -

bers and tripling family attendance at

events, which resulted in the group’s

recognition as the best in the battal-

ion during the 2010 1st Signal Brigade

Inspection of the 41st Signal Battal-


Seeking to promote a positive im -

age of the United States in a foreign

country, Denkins supports the Bat-

talion Chaplain’s Good Neighbor

Program initiative of sponsoring a

local Korean orphanage that includes

monthly visits, hosting holiday par-

ties and providing gifts and assistance

to the Abandoned Korean Children

organization. She has inspired her

staff to volunteer 586 service hours

in communities across Yongsan Gar-


Realizing that there were signifi-

cant cultural and technical barri-

ers between the soldier, civilian and

Korean National workforce, Denkins

led off-site, team-building projects,

local-culture trips and morale events

to bridge the culture gap between the

two groups. These activities include

a visit to the Yongin Korean Folk Vil-

lage, a hike up Namsan Mountain and

the unit’s Soldier Appreciation Week,

culminating with Civilian and Mili-

tary awards at a Department Army/

Korean Civilian luncheon.

A two-time combat veteran, Den-

kins also battles Type 1 Diabetes

and the challenges that face a sin-

gle mother of a 17 year-old son. She

works hard to be a good role model,

and those efforts have paid off—her

son Marquel is on the Seoul Ameri-

can High School’s National Honor

Society and is an active member of his

school’s JROTC.

“It has been my greatest privilege

and honor to serve alongside 1st Sgt.

Monekia Y. Denkins,” said her super-

visor. “She is the Non-Commissioned

Officer that every Officer hopes of

having by their side.” x


from Page 11

packed with entertaining perfor-

mances with over a dozen different

events scheduled from 11:30 a.m. -

5:30 p.m.

“We’ve got so many things here

- we’ve got Muay Thai, traditional

Korean dances, a rock band, a phil-

harmonic orchestra. It’s a large spec -

trum of entertainment so I think it

brought a larger crowd than we ex-

pected,” said Palacios.

Aside from being entertaining,

many of the performances also gave

a glimpse of Korean culture, intro -

ducing US Servicemembers to things

such as Korean music, traditional

clothes, and Taekwondo, a tradition -

al form of martial arts.

Both the U.S. and R.O.K. partici-

pants seemed eager to strengthen

ties through sharing each other’s

to each other,” stated Kim, Ok-hee,

a Korean National living near K-16

who had participated in last year’s

Summer Fest as well.

“It’s good to see some of the cul-

tural activities on the stage, because

it exposes the Servicemembers to

Korean heritage,” Coreil said.

Like the Summer Fest, many ac -

tivities are held throughout the year

in an effort to strengthen the bond

between the U.S. and South Korea; as

well as to provide an opportunity for

community members and soldiers to

relax and enjoy the company of fam -

ily and friends.

“Garrison Yongsan values rela -

tionships with outside organiza -

tions to help us improve our quality

of life,” said Garrison Commander

Col. William Huber. “Deepening our




re -

“It’s good to get together. We can

lationships is just one way we are

let the U.S. know more about Ko -

supporting the Installation

Manage -

rean culture, since we live real close

ment Command Campaign Plan.” x

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es such as glass, metal, or bathroom

tiles, Dingui recommends cleaning it

off with a mild detergent or bleach.

But he warns, “If you find mold on

drywall, clothing, luggage, or other

porous surfaces, that may need to be

discarded because there is no way to

get rid of the mold.”

Mold exacerbates allergies. Din -

gui warns “anyone with compro -

mised immune systems should avoid

exposure to mold, particularly peo -

ple who have asthma.” Exposure can

cause flu-like symptoms such as eye,

nose, or throat irritation.

Dingui says his office fields about

100 calls per year to check indoor air

quality due to suspected mold; and

that the calls peak during the hot

and humid summer months of June,

July, and August. “There is a lot of

mold on the army base, because we

have a lot of old buildings. Usually

they have water leaks in the piping.”

He adds mold forces the closure of

four to five housing units for clean-

up each year.

Dingui cannot stress enough “the

main thing to do is eliminate mois -

ture. If you have a water leak, fix it,

and then take care of the mold. If

you eliminate the mold, but you

don’t eliminate the moisture, mold

will just grow back.”

For more information about mold

prevention and clean-up, contact the

18th Medical Command, Industrial

Hygiene Service at 736-3025.x


JULY 29, 2011



Panetta replaces Gates, takes formal oath

Secretary of Defense:

military faces ‘time of historic challenge’

By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Leon E. Panetta

took the oath of office as the nation’s

23rd secretary of defense in a Pentagon

ceremony July 22.

Vice President Joe Biden adminis -

tered the oath in a formal ceremony

three weeks after Panetta officially

took office in a private July 1 ceremony.

The vice president said Panetta

“served President Clinton admirably

in a moment of budget crisis” and

brought the CIA back from a point of

low morale and public perception, cul-

minating with the agency’s role in the

killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin

Laden in May. “You not only restored

morale, but reminded the American

people of the incredible job these folks

do,” Biden said. “In every one those en-

deavors, I can say, you left the institu-

tion you worked with in better shape.”

Panetta vowed to continue working

with Congress to strengthen the De -

fense Department’s mission. “I want to

first begin by thanking the president

for placing his trust and his confidence

in me,” Panetta said. “I am truly hum-

bled by the responsibility and the op -

portunity that has been given to me at

this great moment in time.”

JULY 29, 2011 NEWS IMCOM-K • PAGE 13 Panetta replaces Gates, takes formal oath Secretary

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, accompanied by his wife Sylvia, during a formal ceremony at the Pentagon, July 22. The former CIA director took over as the 23rd secretary of defense after a pri- vate swearing-in ceremony, July 1. — DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

He also expressed his confidence in

the U.S. military.

“I believe there is no better guaran-

tor of our security, and ultimately, our

freedom, than the strength of Amer-

ica’s armed forces,” he said. “This is a

time of historic challenge — for this

department, and for our country. And

change will only accelerate the chal-

lenges we face.”

Panetta spoke of the Sept. 11, 2001,

terrorist attack on the Pentagon,

which occurred just a few hundred

yards from the ceremony.

“That day, the nation suddenly un-

derstood that we had to confront a

new and uncertain period of conflict,”

he said. “Unlike the Cold War, we now

face a multitude of security challenges

[and] dangers that are spread across

the globe.

“These threats are daunting, to be

sure,” he continued. “But these past

few years have also shown the world

that America, with our strong intelli-

gence and military capabilities, is up to

that challenge. We will not back down

when our homeland is threatened. We

will do whatever it takes to defend this


Panetta saved his strongest words

of resolve for enemies of the United

States and its interests.

“No one attacks the United States of

America and gets away with it,” he said.

“We have been relentless in the efforts

to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qa-

ida and al-Qaida’s extremist affiliates.


I believe that we are within reach

of achieving a strategic defeat of al-

Qaida. But to do that we have to con-

tinue to put pressure on them where

ever they are. And if we continue that

commitment, then ultimately, we will


Panetta reaffirmed his commitment

to taking care of service members and

their families, calling it his most im-

portant responsibility.

“Like my good friend and prede -

cessor, Bob Gates, I will be a tireless

advocate for [service members] and

their families,” he said. “We owe it to

them to make sure that they have what

they need to accomplish their mission,

but to also support their families back


Mindful of the challenges ahead,

Panetta thanked the military for its

service to the nation.

“Thank you for your support,” he

said. “May God bless the men and

women who are out there serving us,

but most importantly, may God bless

the United States of America.” x

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JULY 29, 2011 NEWS IMCOM-K • PAGE 13 Panetta replaces Gates, takes formal oath Secretary




Clinton invites North Korean Official to U.S. for talks

By Donna Miles

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Two weeks af-

ter the chairman of the Joint Chiefs

of Staff called for strong multilateral

deterrence against a continuing North

Korean threat, Secretary of State Hill-

ary Rodham Clinton announced Mon-

day that the United States has invited

a top North Korean diplomat to New

York for talks aimed at restarting the

stalled Six-Party Talks.

“Following the first round of denu-

clearization talks between the nuclear

negotiators of the Republic of Korea

and North Korea, the United States

has invited North Korean Vice Min-

ister Kim Kae-gwan to New York later

this week,” Clinton said.

Kim will meet with an interagency

team of U.S. officials for discussions

on the next steps necessary to re -

sume denuclearization negotiations

through the talks.

“This will be an exploratory meet-

ing to determine if North Korea is pre -

pared to affirm its obligations under

international and Six-Party Talk com-

mitments, as well as take concrete and

irreversible steps toward denuclear-

ization,” she said.

Clinton emphasized that the Unit-

ed States does “not intend to reward

the North just for returning to the

table” or “give them anything new for

actions they have already agreed to


The United States has “no appetite

for pursuing protracted negotiations

after what she termed “a very produc-

tive” trilateral meeting with South

Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-

hwan and Japanese Foreign Minister

Takeaki Matsumoto.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm.

Mike Mullen, speaking to reporters

during a mid-July visit to the South

Korean capital of Seoul, stressed the

importance of multilateral coopera-

tion in deterring North Korean provo -

cations against its southern neighbor

and prodding it to return to the Six-

Party Talks.

The United States and its South

Korean counterparts are working with

a “sense of urgency” on plans to deter

more provocations such as the sink-

“The threat remains real,” Mullen

said during the July 14 roundtable.

“North Korea shows no sign of relent-

ing in pursuit of its nuclear capabili-

ties, and I am not convinced that they

will not provoke again. The only thing

that is predictable about North Korea

is their unpredictability.”

Mullen, underscoring the strength

of the South Korean-U.S. alliance,

warned that future attacks won’t be

tolerated and that North Korea should

expect “a very strong response” should

one occur.

The chairman called for strong,

multilateral cooperation to deter

North Korean aggression.

“I believe a measured, multilateral

[with North Korea] that will lead us

ing of the South Korean navy ship

approach is needed, not just now, but

right back to where we have already

Cheonan in March 2010 and the artil-

for a long time into the future,” he

been,” she added.

lery strike on Yeonpyeong Island in

said. “We all stand to gain from a sta-

Clinton delivered her statement

November, Mullen said.

ble peninsula.” x

Aviation battalions hold live fire exercise

AVIATION from Page 1
from Page 1

Aviation trained with the ROK 107th Aviation for

three weeks to ensure that synchronization between

the two units went smoothly, said Maj. Jason Cook,

the 4-2nd Aviation battalion operations officer.

“We began training with the ROK 107th Aviation

on the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer

leading up to the exercise and then went into to sev-

eral briefings before actually coming out here to the

range,” Cook added. “Once we got here to the range,

we ran through a couple of dry runs to make sure the

ROK pilots were comfortable with the running and

diving pattern.”

Once the dry runs were over and all of the heli-

copters headed out to the range for the live-fire por-

tion, it was clear that all of their preparations had

eased any cultural or systems barriers between the

two units.

During the actual live fire potion, two U.S. AH-

64 Apaches and two ROK AH-1 Cobras moved onto

the range in a tactical formation and the Cobras

fired 20mm cannons and 2.75-inch rockets and the

Apaches fired 30mm cannons, simulated Hellfire

missiles and 2.75-inch rockets at targets strategically

placed on the hillside, said Chief Warrant Officer 4

Craig Yerdon, 4-2nd Aviation.

When the smoke cleared and the light started to

dwindle, both units were content with how the day

panned out.

“Overall the event went extremely well,” said

Capt. James Langford, an Apache pilot and officer in

charge of the mission. “We have been training ex-

tremely hard with the ROK pilots and I think it really

paid off.”

The commander of the 2nd CAB and ROK 107th

Aviation echoed the same sentiment and expressed

their willingness to work together again in the future.

“It is very encouraging to see the ROK Cobras in-

tegrated into a combined arms live fire with the U.S.

Apaches from 2nd CAB,” said Col. James T. Barker,

commander of the 2nd CAB.

“It is this kind of cooperation and multinational

training that will lead to our success and mission ac-

complishment if we ever have to work together on a

real-world operation. It also helps us to further the

alliance by building friendships in addition to our

training relationship.”

“I hope that we continue to conduct more exer-

cises like this in the future,” said Lt. Col. Kim Tae-

jin, commander of the ROK 107th Aviation. “We are

all aviation personnel out here and any time we get

to learn a new skill-set or expand our capabilities it

proves to be beneficial.” x

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Government

Accountability Office, known as GAO, is in-

vestigating fraud and abuse in the Federal Em-

ployees’ Compensation

Act program. Specifically, GAO is looking

for information on cases in

which federal employees are currently abus -

ing workers compensation benefits.

For example, fraud schemes might include

a beneficiary working a second job, overstating

their workers’ compensation injury, or collect-

ing benefits for a deceased individual. Anyone

with information regarding fraud or abuse of

the FECA program by federal employees is

encouraged to contact GAO at workerscomp - All information about indi-

viduals who make contact will be kept confi-


For media inquiries about this announce -

ment, contact Chuck Young, Managing Direc-

tor of Public Affairs, at 202-512-4800. x

IMCOM-K • PAGE 14 NEWS THE MORNING CALM Clinton invites North Korean Official to U.S.

Just before going on an aerial tour of Camp Humphreys, Col. Joseph P. Moore, garrison commander, explains to the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment, the route they are going to fly, during her visit here July 26. — U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

ENERGY from Page 1
from Page 1

“The opportunity here is that every

building is built to an energy-efficient,

water-efficient design with a look toward

how much waste we generate,” she said.

“If we can reduce the amount of waste

we generate we don’t have to put waste

into landfills, so recycling must certainly

be a big part of it.” Addressing the cost

involved in relocating to Humphreys,

Hammack mentioned that in many cas -

es energy efficiency doesn’t necessarily

mean increased cost. Better windows and

insulation would decrease the use of air

conditioning, she said. And putting win-

dows in the right places eliminates the

need to use indoor lighting during the

day. In some cases, she said, construction

costs are decreased in this way as well,

and that is the goal with construction at

Humphreys. Hammack said her visit to

Korea was necessary because an up-close

and personal experience in Korea would

enable her to better represent the mission

and goals of the Army in Korea to Con-

gress. She perceived from talking to Sol-

diers here that bringing families to Korea

is a high priority for them. Therefore, the

consolidation involved in the relocation

plan would not only reduce the energy

footprint in Korea but also get Soldiers

here closer to the reality of bringing their

families. x

IMCOM-K • PAGE 14 NEWS THE MORNING CALM Clinton invites North Korean Official to U.S.

JULY 29, 2011



Area I Worship Schedule

Area II Worship Schedule

Area III Worship Schedule

Area IV Worship Schedule

Worship Services

Worship Services





8 a.m.

Memorial Chapel


10 a.m.

Stone Chapel



9:30 a.m.

Brian Allgood Hospital


10 a.m.

Stanley Chapel

Contemporary Sunday

9:30 a.m.

South Post Chapel


10 a.m.

West Casey Chapel



10:30 a.m.

K-16 Chapel


11 a.m.

Warrior Chapel


11 a.m.

Hannam Village Chapel


11 a.m.

Crusader Chapel




11 a.m.

Hovey Chapel



11 a.m.

South Post Chapel




12:30 p.m.

South Post Chapel




11 a.m.

Memorial Chapel,

Mision Pentecostal Hispana



12:30 p.m.



2:30 p.m.

South Post Chapel

Stanley Chapel


United Pentecostal





1:30 p.m.

Memorial Chapel


12:30 p.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel




6:30 p.m.

Memorial Chapel




7 p.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel

Seventh-Day Adventist



6 p.m.

Stone Chapel



9:30 a.m.

Brian Allgood Hospital




10 a.m.

Memorial Chapel

Catholic Services/Mass



9 a.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel

Catholic Services


12 p.m.

West Casey Chapel


Catholic Mass


5 p.m.

Memorial Chapel


8 a.m.

South Post Chapel

Latter-day Saints Worship


11:30 a.m.

Memorial Chapel


4 p.m.

West Casey Chapel

M, W, T, F

11:45 a.m.

Memorial Chapel


1st Sat.

9 a.m.

Memorial Chapel



7 p.m.

South Post Chapel

Worship Services

Worship Services

Collective Protestant

Collective Protestant


11 a.m.

Freedom Chapel


10 a.m.

Camp Carroll


1 p.m.

3 p.m.

Freedom Chapel

Freedom Chapel

Church of Christ

10:30 a.m.

5 p.m.

Camp Walker

Camp Walker



12:15 p.m.

Camp Walker

Church of Christ

5 p.m.

Freedom Chapel




5 p.m.

Freedom Chapel


7 p.m.

Camp Carroll



7 p.m.

Camp Walker


Catholic Mass Sunday M, W, T, F Saturday

9 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Freedom Chapel

Freedom Chapel

Freedom Chapel



7 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Camp Carroll

Camp Walker


9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (youth)

Freedom Chapel

Catholic Services




6 p.m.

Freedom Chapel


9 a.m.

Camp Walker


11:45 a.m.

Camp Carroll

Korean-American Service



7 p.m.

Freedom Chapel

The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total

religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war.

Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: for helpful links and information

The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the

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

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

JULY 29, 2011 CHAPLAIN IMCOM-K • PAGE 15 Area I Worship Schedule Area II Worship
JULY 29, 2011 CHAPLAIN IMCOM-K • PAGE 15 Area I Worship Schedule Area II Worship FEATURE



Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Story and photos by Lee Seung-bin and Im Hae-na

USAG Daegu Public Affairs


is the ‘Visit Daegu Year’. Daegu is a

metropolitan city in Gyeongsangbuk-

do Province (southeastern part of

Korea) close to the cities of Gyeongju

and Andong. Nestled into a valley

with mountains on practically every

side, Daegu is notorious for its hot

summer weather.

Daegu has the image of being a clean

and environmentally-friendly city. With

the exception of beaches, the city offers

practically everything you could ever

want in a Korean travel destination—

mountains, temples, historical sites,

and a beautiful natural landscape. Also,

there are a variety of foods as befitting the

slogan ‘Colorful Daegu’. Visitors will not

be disappointed by the Daegu cuisine.

It is spicier and more daring than any

other region, but the taste leaves you with

unforgettable memories. Daegu offers so

many attractions that it cannot be defined

by one color or flavor. So if you’re looking

for a smorgasbord of sightseeing, head

to Daegu for a rainbow of diversity. Don’t

forget, during the 2011 ‘Visit Daegu Year,’

the IAAF World Championships will be

held at the Daegu Stadium from August

27 to September 4, 2011. x IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Shincheon tteokbokki: If you want to experience a really spicy Korean dish,

Shincheon tteokbokki would be a great choice. Shincheon tteokbokki is tasty in itself, of course, but if you enjoy it with

fried dumpling or fish cake, the taste will

be doubled. IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Jjimgalbi: Jjmgarbi is short ribs cooked with a soy sauce seasoning and assorted vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms and radish. The place where you can enjoy hot and spicy food is certainly on Jjimgalbi Street in Dongin-dong. IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Grilled chicken gizzards: Grilled chicken gizzards are a popular food throughout in Daegu. Grilled chicken gizzards are sold as street food in the Pyeong-hwa tradition market in Shinam- dong, and at a price you can afford. IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Napjak Mandu (Flat dumplings):

This dumpling is different from the usual Korean dumpling, which usually has a spherical or hemispherical shape and is stuffed with various fillings. Instead,

the shape of this dumpling is round and

flat like leaves. These special dumplings

are regarded as one of the favorite local specialties in Daegu. IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Grilled Gopchang & Makchang:

Gopchang and makchang is pork grilled on charcoal briquettes to bring out the

meat’s chewy texture and nutty flavor. If

you are ready to challenge a new kind of food, head to Anjirang gobchang Street right now. Grilled pork in a special sauce and vegetables will be good dinner choice for you and your family or friends. IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 Welcome to Colorful Daegu! Help yourself to some tasty local dishes

Yakiudon(Fried Noodle): Yakiudon might be somewhat unfamiliar to you. This food is originated in Daegu, and you can experience it only in Daegu. Yakiudon is a hot specially fried noodle cooked with vegetables and sea food. It can be slightly spicy, but

poses no threat to your tongue, but it will certainly fill your appetite.

September 3, 2010



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JULY 29, 2011



Rain can’t stop Summer Festival

By Cpl. Tim Oberle

2nd CAB Public Affairs

K-16 AIR BASE — With monsoon

season in full swing and Mother Na-

ture firing on all cylinders with no end

in sight, the conditions looked pretty

gloomy for the annual outdoor Sum-

mer Festival.

But for 1st Lt. Patrick Dunphy, the

officer in charge of the festival and A

Soldier assigned to 2nd Assault Bat-

talion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd

Combat Aviation Brigade, retreat was

no option.

The entire festival setup was reor-

ganized the morning before the event.

After careful consideration of the festi-

val grounds and the monsoon’s effect

on them, Soldiers decided they would

carry out the mission, rain or shine.

“Rather than move inside, we

moved the stage onto one of the bar-

becue pavilions and set up a series

of tents for the audience to enjoy the

show,” Dunphy said. “With help from

the K-16 Directorate of Public Works

and the good folks at the Family Mo -

rale, Welfare and Recreation, we were

able to accomplish a comfortable view-

ing experience, even in weather that

was not ideal.”

As if the weather wasn’t enough,

Dunphy had limited time to prepare

for the event and only one day to im-

plement the weather-related changes.

“The intent behind the festival was

Dunphy said.

Throughout the day-long festival,

there was a diverse array of perfor-

mances by numerous local groups

from around the base. To start the

Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra

took the stage, followed by three dif-

ferent performances from the Saegok-

dong Cultural Center, including a belly

dance team, a percussion performance

called the “Samul nori” and a tradi-

tional dance called the “Hwa Kwan


The rest of the day’s performers

included a dance team from a Korean

Hooters restaurant, and a Muay Thai

demonstration from former women’s

champ Belinda Carlisle. The most

popular event of the day was a b-boy

performance by the group Bobby and


“I even saw one of the noncommis -

sioned officers from Delta company

break dancing on stage with the b-

boys, which was surprising,” Dunphy

said. “The whole performance was ex-

citing and a lot of fun.”

While most people enjoyed the b-

boy show, the rest of the day’s events

were equally amazing and ironically

synched quite well with the torrential

rains in the background.

“I personally liked the philharmonic

orchestra the most,” said Capt. Severo

Palacios, the commander of E Compa-

ny, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regi-

ment, “It was awesome to watch the

JULY 29, 2011 USAG HUMPHREYS USAG-H • PAGE 21 Rain can’t stop Summer Festival By

to provide K-16 Air Base with a safe, fun

and entertaining event that is inclusive

of all units and the surrounding com-

munity, and I think with the limited

time and the deplorable weather we

were able to do that,” Dunphy said.

In addition to packing the small

area with dozens of carnival games and

food vendors, Dunphy invited Korean

performance groups to highlight the

schedule of events on the main stage.

“We invited more than a 100 foreign

nationals to participate in the Summer

Festival including many of our Good

Neighbors to enjoy the festivities as a

show of appreciation for all of the sup -

port they give us throughout the year,”

JULY 29, 2011 USAG HUMPHREYS USAG-H • PAGE 21 Rain can’t stop Summer Festival By

A traditional belly dancer from the Seo- cho Cultural Center performs at the K-16 Air Base Summer Festival. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

rain come down at the same time the

music was being played and it set the

tone for the rest of the day. It also let

other Soldiers see the diversity of the

host nation in the local area of K-16.”

All in all, it made for a successful


“Despite the weather, we managed

to have a multicultural, entertaining

event that all of the K-16 community

was able to enjoy,” Dunphy said. “We

look forward to many more festivals in

the future.” x

Above, a dance team from the Saegokdong Cultural Center in Seoul performs a tra- ditional Korean ceremony called the Hwa Gwan Mu or “Flower Crown Dance” at K-16 Air Base. The dance is believed to have originated from a type of dance performed by court dancers in banquets for the royal family and foreign envoys.

Below, Pvt. Maggie Dee, an orderly clerk from Headquarters and Headquarters Com- pany, 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, paints U.S. and Republic of Korea flags on Yi, Kyu Un, the K-16 Air Base Arts and Crafts Center manager, at K-16 Air Base during the annual Summer Festival. Dee, who did face painting for free throughout the day took second place during the 2011 Arts and Crafts contest. U.S. Army photos by Cpl. Tim Oberle

JULY 29, 2011 USAG HUMPHREYS USAG-H • PAGE 21 Rain can’t stop Summer Festival By




News & Notes

School Physical Fair

The Humphreys Health Clinic

will host a school physical fair by

appointment only from 8 a.m. to

3 p.m. on July 30 To make an ap-

pointment, call 737-2273. There

will also be a mini health promo -

tions fair.

Command Team at Exchange

The monthly Meet the Com-

mand Team visit will be from

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 in the

Exchange food court lobby.

Resume Class

The Army Community Service

Employment Readiness Pro -

gram, located in Bldg. 1127, will

host a Creating a Winning Re -

sume class at 9 a.m. on Aug. 2.

For more information, call 753-


Health Promotion Meeting

The quarterly Health Promotion,

Risk Reduction, and Suicide Pre -

vention Council meeting will be

held immediately following the

Commanders Update Brief Aug.

2 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Super


Art Museum Trip

The Better Opportunities for

Single Soldiers (BOSS) program

is sponsoring a trip to the Trick

Art Museum in Ilsan on Aug. 6.

The cost is $25. For more infor-

mation, call 753-8825.

Hawaiian Night at Water Park

BOSS is hosting a Hot Hawaiian

Nights event at the Splish and

Splash Water Park Aug. 12 from 8

p.m. to midnight. The cost is $20.

For more information, call 753-

8825 or 753-8970.

Great Wall Trip

A tour of the Great Wall of China

is set for Aug. 19-22. For more

information, visit the Out-of-

Country Leisure Travel on the

second floor of One-Stop or call


$1 Bowling All Summer

The Strike Zone Bowling Center

is offering $1 open bowling this

summer. Patrons can bowl 25

games for $25 through Aug. 31.

Anyone who purchases this card

will be entered into a drawing for

two free round-trip airline tickets

to anywhere in Asia. For more in-

formation, call 754-5636.

Volunteers Sought

The Camp Humphreys Girl

Scouts are seeking adult volun-

teers for the coming year. If in-

terested, send an e-mail to hum-

Airport Shuttle

A shuttle bus departs daily from

the Community Activity Cen-

ter to Incheon Airport. The bus

leaves at 6 a.m. Prices are $20 for

adults, $10 for 12 and younger. For

persons travelling on official or-

ders, the price is $35. This is a re -

fundable expense to be claimed

on a travel voucher. For more in-

formation, call 753-8825.

6-52 unit wins maintenance award

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent

6th Battalion, 52nd ADA


Maintenance Company, 6th Battalion,

52d Air Defense Artillery, has won the

8th United States Army Supply Excel-

lence Award for Fiscal Year 2012.

Under the leadership of the Staff

Sgt. Ray Luster, the unit’s supply room

noncommissioned officer in charge,

the maintenance company has de -

veloped the best supply and property

procedures on the Peninsula and will

be representing 8th Army to compete

in the Department of the Army inspec-

tions early next year.

Luster has been in the Army for 10

years and has been serving in his cur-

rent position since March of 2010. He

ing Spc. Emily Burke, Pvt. Kaitlynn

Nopp, and KATUSA Pfc. Kyoung Kim.

“The inspection covered every-

thing from hand receipts to clothing

records,” Luster said. “They inspectors

observed our daily operations as well

as digging into the paperwork and go -

ing through our records.”

Maintaining the property books of

a maintenance company supporting

an air defense artillery battalion is es -

pecially challenging because the prop -

erty books are kept in two sets, one

covering the basic maintenance com-

pany property, and another for the Iron

Horse Battalion’s Operational Readi-

ness Float, a group of PATRIOT equip -

ment held in readiness for replacement

and deep maintenance purposes. The

total property value of the company is

The process began with a look from

the 35th Air Defense Artillery brigade

command inspection team in Febru-

ary, and the commendable rating F

Company earned led to the nomina-

tion for the Eighth Army competition.

Eighth Army G4 representatives,

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rosaline Rick-

etts and Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Lewis,

conducted the inspection on June 16,

and F Company beat out supply rooms

from across the peninsula.

The pride that Foxtrot personnel

feel from their achievement is shared

among other Soldiers in the battalion.

“Our property book is a key con-

cern,” said the 2nd Lt. Susan Mejia,

Fox Company executive officer. “It is

a good feeling for leadership to know

that such a critical area is in the care

credits the award to the hard work and in excess of $64 million, but Luster’s of
credits the award to the hard work and
in excess of $64 million, but Luster’s
of capable and competent NCOs and
long hours put in by his staff, includ-
Soldiers have a handle on it.

Staff Sgt. Ray Luster goes over supply procedures with Spc. Emily Burke and Pvt. Kaitlyn Knopp, while KATUSA Pfc. Kyoung Kim prepares for the Chief of Staff inspection. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

Revitilization Day set for Aug. 3

By Mike Mooney

USAG Humphreys FMWR


familiar faces will be missing from be -

hind counters and in offices through-

out Family and Morale Welfare and

Recreation on Aug. 3.

Instead of their normal place of

duty, they will be at the Super Gym to

participate in the first Area III Family

and MWR Revitalization Day.

“The Army and Camp Humphreys

are both in the midst of fast-moving

change,” said FMWR Director Don

Claycomb. “It is very important for the

entire Family and MWR program to

not only embrace the changes but be

ready to meet them head on.”

Revitalization Day will include em-

ployees from all spectrums of FMWR,

such as Army Community Service,

Youth Services, Recreation, Business

Operations, Marketing, Special Events

and Finance.

But on Revitalization Day, the ma-

jority of the participants will not be

working in the area where they are nor-

mally employed.

“The scope of FMWR is so wide that

many of our employees have no idea

what the others do,” Claycomb said.

“They are very good at their ACS job,

but they have no idea of what is hap -

pening in the clubs or the gymnasi-


“Because they have proven to be

good employees, I feel they are har-

boring great ideas that could make a

positive impact on operations in an-

other sector of FMWR. If nothing else,

they’re customers. And our collective

job is to take care of customers.”

Like any other organization, FMWR

has paradigms, Claycomb added.

“Certain things have always been

done a certain way so that’s the way we

continue to do them,” he said. “But we

need to change those paradigms now

and in the future. Many of our employ-

ees came to work for the Army when

Families were an afterthought rather

than a priority. We built beautiful fa-

cilities for a specific market segment

and those facilities are underused

because the makeup of the Army has


Business Operations Division Chief

Mike Ross, whose job is taking care of

the clubs and bowling, said he is “look-

ing forward” to Revitalization Day.

“I’m not sure what to expect,” Ross

said. “But getting the best people in

FMWR together for a day of collective

brain storming can’t do anything but

help us do a better job in all areas. I

know I have some ideas to share con-

cerning programs other than business,

and I’m sure that’s the case throughout


Revitalization Day will start with a

team building program before break-

ing into program review sessions. The

afternoon will be spent developing

some of the ideas that come out of the

morning session.

“What do I hope to get out of Re -

vitalization Day? Several things,” Clay-

comb said. “First I hope to generate

new, wide-ranging enthusiasm for all

FMWR programs and activities from

all of our employees. Secondly, I’m

hoping to come out of Revitalization

Day with some new ideas, goals, pro -

grams and activities. This first Revital-

ization Day will not be the end-all. This

is just the start of our collective FMWR

commitment to the Camp Humphreys

Community to make things better

both now and in the future.”


JULY 29, 2011



Area III Softball Championships Facebook’s Question of the Week: Ch-ch-ch-changes What is the biggest change in
Area III Softball Championships
Question of the Week:
What is the biggest change in the Army in
your time as a Soldier or Family member?
Sandy Harker
Facebook Fan
“Babysitting and playing mommy to Soldiers. We
need to stop holding lower enlisted Soldiers’ hands.
They need to grow up and act like adults/Soldiers.”
Ronni Faith
Facebook Fan
“The support from other Family members. I am a
spouse and a Family Readiness Group Leader. I have
noticed a lot of spouses and Soldiers don’t get in-
CAMP HUMPHREYS — A player from 3rd/2nd GSAB slides past Dathan Black of 4th Attack Battalion, 2nd Com-
bat Aviation Brigade in the Area III softball championship on July 24. — U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney
volved with the FRG and don’t knowing anything about
it and don’t try to find what is out there for the spous-
es to do, such as taking Army Familly Team Building
classes or even what is offered at Army Community
Service. When my husband went back to active duty I
didn’t stay home and wait and cry and whine for him.
I went out and learned all that I can, and from what I
have noticed, a lot don’t do that.”
35th commander visits
ADA Soldiers at Suwon
Ashley Ritter
By Capt. Austin Liu
with the managers of Suwon Community Activity
6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
Center and Army Community Service, and held a
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question and answer session with the battery com-
SUWON AIR BASE — Private First Class Teni-
mand teams.
sha Graves is a bit nervous, but still confident. There
Topics of discussion included training issue spe -
is no doubt in her mind that she knows her job like
cific to the Korean theater of operation as well as
the back of her hand. And now she just needs to stay
the future of the air defense branch.
calm and focus on the brief that she is about to give.
“The lack of discipline and respect from younger Sol-
Sanchez is no stranger to the Republic of Korea,
The young Soldier, assigned to Fox Maintenance
diers is just sad, and NCOs don’t seem to counsel their
or Suwon Air Base, for that matter. He served as
Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery,