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SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 Volume 9, Issue 46

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

By W. Wayne Marlow

Massive construction begins for schools on Humphreys project worth $8.5 million
pletion by July 2013. The three-story schools and adjacent athletic fields will accommodate 1,700 students. The elementary school will hold 850 students and the high school will hold 950. The elementary school will hold kindergarten through fifth-grade classes and the high school will hold sixth through 12th grades until a new middle school opens the following year. More projects will follow, as Humphreys becomes the premier U.S. military installation in Korea. The construction is being funded by

PYONGTAEK - U.S. and Korean leaders participated in an historic groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for an elementary and high school here Sept. 2. The campus sites, 700 meters from Camp Humphreys, are scheduled for com-

South Korea as a way of showing its commitment to continuing the base relocation of U.S. forces in Korea. Having Soldiers and Families in a central location will make force protection and noncombatant evacuations easier, while also reducing infrastructure costs. This also means the U.S. will not have to conduct recapitalization of pre-World War II buildings in Seoul. In addition, the new schools will allow for an expanded command sponsorship program. Lack of classroom space has forced the military

See SCHOOLS, Page 21

Balloons are released at the site of a new construction project for a new Defense Department high school and elementary school located near Camp Humphreys during a ground-breaking ceremony Sept. 2. Inset, U.S. and Korean leaders officiall break ground as part of the ceremony U.S. Army photo by Steve Hoover

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Sharp lauds peace, stability efforts

By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. The former commander of U.S. forces in Korea lauded those who contributed toward U.S. and South Korea efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula during his retirement ceremony here Sept. 2. For the last three years I have been honored to be the commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, said Army Gen. Walter L. Skip Sharp. Sharp, who retired after 37 years of service, provided his thoughts on the U.S.-South Korea alliance, after relinquishing command July 14. It has been an honor to help lead the strongest alliance in the world -the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance, he said. I know we all hope for the day that North Korea will change its policies and become a responsible nation of the international community. Sharp said he looks forward to the day when North Korea has rid itself of nuclear ambitions, stop threats and attacks on the Republic of Korea and the world, and has provided its people with the freedoms they rightly deserve. But until that day comes Sharp is confident the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance is ready to defeat any future North Korean attacks. The former commander also thanked his South Korean counterparts for their support and leadership during his tenure. To our great Korean friends and those I served under and with in Korea, thank you for all that youre doing to protect Korea, he said. It is because of your leadership the Republic of Korea military is so strong, prepared to face any North Korean threat, and is globally deployed today. Sharp also addressed those serving



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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martine E. Dempsey and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen congratulate U.S. Army Gen. Walter L. (Skip) Sharp after his retirement ceremony at Summerall Field, Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 1. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
in the Defense Department for their commitment to making the alliance successful. I would also like to thank the Department of Defense civilians, military and families serving in this very important part of the world, he said. It is because of your commitment, and those in Washington that focus on northeast Asia, the Republic of Korea is free and prosperous today. Sharp, who was born while his father served in the Korean War in 1952, thanked all those who fought and sacrificed for both the United States and the people of South Korea. To all the Korean War veterans that are here today and to all who fought to keep Korea free -- thanks for all that you did 60 years ago, he said. Your sacrifice and that of those who did not return will never be forgotten. Sharp expressed gratitude for his time leading U.S. forces in Korea and said he looks forward to continuing his work. For Joann and I, there was no better way to end our military career than to do so serving in Korea as the commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, he said. And I do pledge to continue to work to strengthen this great alliance, Sharp continued, and hope that we will be able to return to the Land of the Returning Calm many times in the future. x

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DOD watchful as 9/11 Anniversary approaches

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON Defense Department officials are keenly aware that terrorist attacks are possible as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a department spokesman told Pentagon reporters Sept. 2. Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan also told reporters that DODs threat assessment is in line with that of the Department of Homeland Security. He quoted a statement by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, released today: There is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qaida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. From the DOD perspective, Lapan said, We will obviously be ... watching closely [and maintaining] increased vigilance. We may take additional security steps based on information. There is always a risk of aspirational terrorist attacks against the United States from al-Qaida and other groups, he noted. After the raid on the bin Laden compound, we turned up information that suggested that attacks around the anniversary of 9/11 is something they were pursuing, Lapan said. That information was very general, however, and no specific attack plans have come to light, the colonel added. Lapan noted that officials at U.S. military installations may increase force protection measures based on information they review regularly. Napolitanos statement continued: Homeland security is a shared responsibility, and everyone plays an important role in helping to keep our communities safe and secure. We remind our federal, state, local partners and the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities. x

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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 Domestic Violence Involving Choking: The Subject and Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the Subject struck the Victim in the back of the head while she was holding their newborn child, pushed her to the ground, and then began choking her using his right hand and forearm. In self defense, the Victim scratched the Subject multiple times on his back, sides and neck area until he let go of her. The Victim then attempted to get up but the Subject pushed her to the bed and choked her again. The Subject slapped and spat in the Victims face several times. The Victim then departed for provost marshals office but did not have her ID. The Subject also took the Victims cellular phone to prevent her from contacting military police. The Victim made contact with town patrol MP. The incident occurred in the presence of the couples two children but neither child was injured during the altercation. The Subject was administered a portable breath test with a result of .223 percent blood alcohol content. He was apprehended and transported to PMO. Larceny of AAFES funds: The Subject was observed via security camera removing an XBOX 360 game from the shelf, and then opening the items packaging in the sporting goods department. He then discarded the plastic wrapping from the item and concealed it in his pocket. He exited the Main Exchange without rendering payment. He was detained and escorted to the managers office awaiting military police. The Subject was apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office. USAG Humphreys Driving Under the Influence: The Subject was observed while driving under the influence when he approached a Korean National Police check. He was administered a portable breathalyzer test, with a result higher than the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. The Subject was transported to the KNP station where he was processed and released into military police custody, transported to the provost marshals office and released to his unit commander. Investigation continues by KNP. USAG Daegu Larceny of Private Property: Unknown subject(s), removed the Victims Playstation 3 and laptop which were left unsecured and unattended in his barracks room. A search met with negative results.

Located on the former site of Seoul National University, Marronnier Park was opened in 1975 to meet the cultural needs of Seoulites. Marronnier Park is named after a horse chestnut tree (Marronnier) originating from the Mediterranean, and is forested by these beautiful trees. It comprises beautiful fountains, a spacious childrens playground and an open-air stage that resounds with the passion and zest of youth in a diverse range of festivals, concerts, performances and dance, as well as unique exhibitions and art installations by young artists. Marronnier Park is open to anyone who wants to participate in festivals and cultural events all year round. To get there, take a subway Line 4 to Hyehwa station and take an exit 2 and walk for about 2 minutes. U.S Army photo by Cpl.Hwang Sung-Il.

Marronnier Park

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Myungdong M Plaza A premium shopping complex, Myeong-dong M Plaza is one of the most prominent features in Myeongdong fashion, and its glazed exterior is quite impressive. M Plaza is attracting attention as a place where different classes or age groups can enjoy shopping at a variety of stores. In addition to the shopping mall, the same building is also home to Haechi Hall, a purpose-built performance venue for musicals and concerts, and Seoul Culture & Tourism Center, which offers varied tour information on Seoul. At M Plaza, many internatoinally famous brands are located such as ZARA, Forever 21, Kosney, and Starbucks providing wide variety of places for shopping and eatery for different age groups. Morever, Haechi Hall, a purposebuilt performance venue for musicals and concerts, is situated on the fifth floor of M Plaza, offering a cultural interlude as well as a pleasurable shopping experience. This ethos of blending style with culture runs through the heart of Myeong-dong. On the same floor as Haechi Hall, Seoul Culture & Tourism Center provides diverse Seoul tour information. Myeong-dong is famous as Koreas largest shopping district. There are a large number of beauty shops as well as fashion brand stores, and stalls lining the street as well. Major shopping malls like Migliore are also situated in the area, offering an enjoyable shopping experience. To get there, take a subway to Myeong-dong Station (Line 4) and walk 3 minutes from Exit 6, or to Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Line 2) and walk 15 minutes from Exit 6. x

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9/11 Generation worth of honor

By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us and it is a time to honor the victims and their families of the attacks. We must also express our appreciation to our Servicemembers, Families and Civilians the 9/11 Generation who have been at war for 10 challenging years. Just as earlier generations of Americans overcame great tests and turmoil, the 9/11 Generation has risen to the challenges of our time, ensuring that we will emerge even stronger. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and their Families, along with our DOD Civilians and Contractors, have served with honor, kept us safe, and earned the eternal gratitude of us all. As a nation, we will move forward with the same strength, unity and resilience that our Servicemembers and their Families display every day. Over the past decade, more than two million of our troops have served in the war zones, deploying more than 2.5 million times. We have started to bring our forces home from Afghanistan and are working security responsibility transitions towards a full Afghan lead in 2014. At the same time, we ended our combat mission in Iraq, removed more than 100,000 troops, and are responsibly

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ending that war. I also want to take this opportunity to thank our Good Neighbors, our Korean partners, and their citizens, who have joined the worldwide effort to combat violent extremism. We honor and celebrate the resilience of our host country Korean citizens, families, and communities across the peninsula. We must always remain resilient, continue to strengthen the commitment, and have courage to move forward. x




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Labor Day fest a big draw at Casey

ceremony in which the 2nd Infantry Division marked the 60th anniversary of Casey with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. The festival closed to the boom of fireworks. Its all about fun, said Brent Abate, deputy garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey. The body-building contest held the attention of standing-roomonly crowds for hours, officials said. Eighteen bodybuilders competed, 11 males, seven females, they said. The Rising Star singing contest had spectators on the edge of their bleacher seats as they rooted for their favorite contestants. And toward the end, one group was so pumped with enthusiasm that they all but stormed the stage. The festival brought out U.S. troops and their families including not a few young soldiers in high-and-tight, fit-to-fight haircuts pushing babies in strollers. Among Korean visitors were dozens of high school students as well as parents with small children. The event had two main aims, Abare said. First, its to give U.S. troops and families stationed here a little taste of home, he said. Second, said Abare, it was meant to foster continued goodwill with the local community. And throughout the event, people

Kids share laughs and thrills during the Sept. 2 Labor Day festival at Camp Casey, which drew more than 5,000 people from Area I and the local Korean community U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Jae Gwang

CAMP CASEY The big end-ofsummer Labor Day festival at Camp Casey last week drew the biggest crowd for such an event in recent memory, officials said Wednesday. The 2011 Labor Day Festival ran from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 and officials estimated that at least 5,000 turned out, said Chris Bradford, director of the U.S. Army Garrison Red Clouds Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation division. It was packed all day, said Bradford. We exceeded expectations and had the largest crowd for this type of event in recent memory. Planners had aimed at helping the Area I community close out the summer with hours of fun for soldiers and their families as well as for residents of the Korean community. Their plan worked. I love this party, its awesome, said Skylar Moore, 11, one of the many youngsters there from the Area I military community. It featured a broad mix of amusements geared especially to the growing number of families in Area I, as well as a body-building contest and a much-anticipated Operation Rising Star singing contest. Both were big draws. The day also saw an opening

Above, food was a big part of the 2011 Labor Day fest Sept. 2 at Camp Casey U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Pawlak.
ate, and ate again. They lined up at food concessions for the same things they might have eaten back home at a county fair, carnival or backyard cookout: hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, cold soft drinks, lots else. I heard from my friends that its really a different place than other places around the Uijeongbu area, said Suh Hye-min, 18, a student at Dongducheon Foreign Language High School, explaining why she and some of her fellow-students had been eager to attend. The on-post pizza was a point of curiosity, she said, because friends whod visited Casey before told her it was different from pizza sold off-post. They said it was like Americanstyle, said Suh. So it was curious for me. One of those friends was Cyrillandrea Rellosa, 14, also of Dongducheon. I wish theres a Labor Day every day, said Rellosa, so we can have this party every day, where you can meet new friends. x



By Sgt. Kenneth Pawlak 1BCT Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY The 2nd Infantry Division marked the 60th anniversary of Camp Casey with a ceremony Sept. 2 that celebrated the enduring relationship between the division and the citizens of Dongducheon. The ceremony was held at the start of a 2011 Labor Day Festival at Casey, an event that drew at least 5,000 servicemembers and their families as well as members of the local Korean community. O f f i c i a l s dedicated a plaque commemorating the 60th anniversary, at the Warrior statue near Caseys Gate 1. Brig. Gen. Charles L. Taylor, 2ID assistant division commander, maneuver, said the day celebrated 60 years of partnership between the Republic of Korea and the United States. The plaque, Taylor said, represents the strong alliance and reaffirms the commitment that has been shared for over 60 years. The strength and bond is represented by the clasped hands, he said. A stainless steel frame to withstand the test of time and any challenge faced in the future. Flags of 21 countries complete the bond shared


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Bambino Soccer Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports is kicking off bambino soccer for children ages 3-5 at Camp Casey and Camp Red Cloud. Bambino soccer is an entry-level instructional activity in which parents are expected to actively participate and teach the children. The cost is $30 and each child is expected to bring sneakers and water. Play at the Casey Elementary School Soccer Field will be at 9 a.m., every Saturday from Sept. 10-Oct. 22. Play at the Camp Red Cloud Field will be at 5 p.m., every Thursday from Sept. 15-Oct. 20. For more information, call 730-3114. Hanbok Photo Opportunity Looking to get a unique photograph of yourself while in Korea. Visit the community activity center at Camp Casey between 27 p.m., Sept. 10 to be photographed in a Korean hanbok of your choice. Call ahead to check size availability and to make reservations, especially for children ages 2-10. The cost is $5. Dont forget to bring you camera. For more information, call 7304601. Banks Closed All Community Banks on Area I installations will be closed for the Korean holiday, Chuseok, Sept. 12-13. International Humanitarian Law Class The American Red Cross will hold an international humanitarian law class from 8 a.m. noon, Sept. 19 in the Army Community Service Warrior Classroom, bldg. 2451, at Camp Casey. The class is free and the deadline to register is Sept. 15. To register and for more information, call 730-3184 or send an e-mail to enyearte@usa. Flag Football Registration Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports will hold flag football registration for children in grades 6-8 through Sept. 15. The cost is $40. Sign up in any CYSS office, bldg. 2475 at Camp Casey or bldg. 3 at Camp Red Cloud. For more information, call Parent Central at 730-3628 or Youth Sports at 730-3114. Shelter Operations Class The American Red Cross will hold a shelter operations class from 1 5 p.m., Sept. 19 in the Army Community Service Warrior Classroom, bldg. 2451, at Camp Casey. The class is free and the deadline to register is Sept. 15. Space is limited so sign up early. To register and for more information, call 730-3184 or send an e-mail to enyearte@usa.

Celebrating 60 years of partnership

in peace and prosperity based on readiness and friendship, he said. Through our commitment to one another, we have learned to share and enjoy each others diversity. The city of Dongducheon also held an appreciation event for soldiers September 3rd. The 7th Annual Korean American Friendship Festival also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the ROK/U.S. Alliance. During the festival, local citizens provided food for the soldiers and family members, buried a time capsule, performed traditional Korean music, and 2ID soldiers joined Korean elementary school students in a martial arts demonstration of taekwondo. The time capsule was filled with 143 items donated by 2ID and the city of Dongducheon. Its to be opened on the 100th anniversary of the ROK/U.S. alliance. When you leave Dongducheon, may you take good memories with you, said Oh, Sea Chang, Mayor of Dongducheon. Dongducheon city and U.S. Soldiers have maintained good relationships for 60 years, said Oh, and will continue that relationship. x

by all nations that participated in the Korean War, Taylor said. We continue today as brothers

Plaque unveiled at Caseys 60th anniversary

At Camp Casey Sept. 2, U.S. and South Korean officials unveil a plaque in tribute to the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance. From left to right, Brig. Gen. Charles L. Taylor, assistant division commander, maneuver, 2nd Infantry Division; Col. Hank Dodge, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I; Maj.Gen Michael S. Tucker, commander, 2nd Infantry Division; Oh, Sea Chang, Mayor of Dongducheon; Republic of Korea Maj. Gen. Hyung, Sung Woo, commander, 26th Mechaniczed Infantry Division; Col. Steven G. Finley, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey; and Col. Ross Davidson, commander, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Pawlak




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I think it is great, especially since they were able to hire more teachers. I am hoping the smaller classroom sizes will make it easier for the one on one needed for the children and their teachers. I am excited to see how this school year goes.

This is my husband, Devin Monaco and I, Luci Monaco at Dobongsan Mountain in March 2011. As we were hiking, we saw this guy dressed up in a costume and thought it would be fun to take a picture with him! It was our first time hiking and we plan on visiting Dobongsan Mountain again before we leave Korea. See your photo in the Morning Calm! Become a USAG Red Cloud Facebook Fan. Post your travel photos to our page with a short description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper.

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Rising Star singers take the stage at Casey

It is good for the little ones, but the teenagers have it pretty horrible.

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I have two boys who just started at the sparkling new Casey Middle School. They were soooo excited to see the new building. I was raised in an inner city school system where the paint was peeling and the ceiling was falling in; to be able give my kids the opportunity to go to a school where every single book in the library, every desk in the classroom and every tile on the floor is new - it makes me feel great about my decision to serve. Plus, they have Smart-boards in every classroom! Thats just cool.

Pfc. Rachel Heideman, right, took first place and a $500 prize in the Operation Rising Star singing competition at Camp Casey Sept. 2. Heideman competed against nine other performers. In upper left, Lt. Col. Steven G. Finley, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, acknowledges her as first place winner. Below left, military spouse Jane Okabayashi was among the nights contestants. Heideman now gets to audition for Rising Stars next round, at Fort Belvoir, Va. U.S. Army photos by Pvt. Lee Jae Gwang




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Sotto Gamba Band performs for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan and community members under a scorching sun during RockFest at the R & R Bar and Grills parking lot Sep. 3. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

RockFest entertains Yongsan with music, food and fun

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - R & R Bar and Grill hosted the first ever RockFest on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Saturday, Sep. 3. The event was open from noon to 10 p.m. Servicemembers, Families as well as off-base community members showed up to enjoy live music, grilled food and fantastic weather. Six bands playing original and cover songs were invited to perform for the festival including Bad Moon, Los Diablos Blancos, Sotto Gamba Band, La Luna, Over the Hill and Far Away, and the Lance ReeganDiehl band. In addition, performances by violinist Lee Seung Eun and White Lies Burlesque Revue were also shown in between band performances. Many in the audience were familiar with the bands and their songs. For the community members who didnt know the bands, however, the day still presented an opportunity to have a good time. David Lee, a contractor for Motorola who had come to the festival with his wife and daughters commented, We wanted to come out since it was a beautiful day and enjoy just being outside, listening to some music and having some good food. In addition to being a great event for the community, Stephen Revere, the master of ceremonies for the day noted, This is, I think, one of the best opportunities for these bands. Revere stated that for the bands, which previously would have played mainly in bars to a more limited audience size, exposure to a much larger potential fan base was phenomenal. Due to the fact that the event would be well received by both community members and the bands, Revere predicted that it would most likely become very popular in the future. As for musical quality, Robert William Gardner III, See ROCKFEST, Page 12

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(From left) The audience grasp at a free RockFest t-shirt thrown at them by the Master of Ceremonies; The saxophone player in the Sotto Gamba Band blasts out a solo. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel


By Pfc. Choi Sung-il
YONGSAN GARRISON - To mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall when clear blue skies and cool breezes ward off the heat, the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea celebrated its Labor Day Picnic 2011 at Misari Motorboat Racing Park, in Gyeonggi-do on Sept. 3. AMCHAM is a nonprofit corporation which encourages the development of trade and commerce between Korea and the U.S. Thousands of its members and companies operating in Korea share their knowledge and represent the opinions of the U.S. business community to Korean companies as well as the Korean government. More than 700 guests attended the picnic, an annual event geared towards providing leisure and fun for the entire family. With numerous U.S. and Korean sponsors representing various products and running different surprises, the visitors were busy experiencing all the freebies. The prizes in-


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8th Army PT Times & Hours On August 23, 8th Armyadjusted its Physical Training Running Route times to 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than originally reported. The time change allows the influx of expected traffic due to the new school year more time to navigate on post. This will still provide Soldiers time to carry out effective training. The route remains unchanged, with Camp Coiner and 8th Army Blvd. closed to traffic, and one-way traffic east towards the Commissary gate on 10th Corps Blvd. As before, routes will not be closed on weekends or holidays. The Child Development Center and School Age Center are also adjusting opening hours. The CDC and SAC will open their doors at 5:15 a.m. to allow Soldiers and their families enough time to safely drop off their children and get to PT. The On-Post Shuttle and DFAC Shuttle Bus services will start at 7 a.m. to reflect the new time change. USAG Yongsan Fitness Clubs Have an interest in a certain activity? Looking for others who may share that same interest? Then join in on the USAG Yongsan Fitness Clubs that are newly forming. Send an email to the USAG Yongsan Fitness Coordinator with your contact information and activities of interest. For more information, call USAG Yongsan Fitness Coordinator @ 736-3340. Yongsan Driving Range Hours of Operation: Sun-Thu 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri and Sat 6 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 7363483. Fitness Centers Renovation Trent Fitness Center will be closed September 19 - October 10 for renovations and modifications to be made to the facility. At which time, please use Collier Fitness Center. Group Exercise Classes will be held at Collier Fitness Center during the renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, we are making necessary repairs and modifications to enhance programs and fitness to the entire community. For more information, call 736-3340.

Refreshing picnic with U.S. and Korea corporations

Pat Gaines (right), Chairman of AMCHAM and the president of Boeing Korea invite U.S. Army and their Families to AMCHAM Labor Day Picnic held at Misari Motorboat Racing Park to appreciate their service in Korea Sept 3. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il
cluded buffets, beverages, cosmetics, games and events. As the picnic began at 11 a.m., kids and parents rushed to the booths to enjoy all the games, entertainment shows and food. Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea delivered congratulatory remarks. Its great to join you for one of my favorite events every year wherever I am and thats celebrating American Labor Day. This picnic symbolizes what President Obama says about the U.S.-Korea relationship. He said the U.S.-Korea relationship is stronger than it has ever been and I see it in the people today and the time were spending today. This was the last AMCHAM picnic for Stephens who is an Honorary Chairwoman, as she goes back to Washington in September. However, she said she looks forward to staying in touch because we have a Free Trade Agreement to ratify and implement and she hopes to see more American and Korean businesses creating jobs. The picnic had an extra special meaning this year because AMCHAM invited U.S. Soldiers and their Families stationed in Korea to appreciate their service to foster a safe environment to See PICNIC, Page 12

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YONGSAN GARRISON - At seven thirty the morning of Aug. 29, the walkways and lots surrounding Seoul American Elementary School once again came to life as children and parents flocked to school after the end of summer vacation. With 1,090 children coming back to school, the classrooms and buildings were quickly packed with friends bragging about new school supplies, parents wishing their children a good day and teachers ushering their students to their proper classrooms. Friday Aug. 26 was the Meet and Greet, where students and teachers got to briefly chat at SAES prior to the start of the school year and spend some time to get to know each other. Three days later, the first day of school, as teachers got ready to teach the students they had met at Meet and Greet, they seemed ready to get started.

I am pretty excited, and I think Im ready to start teaching, said Michael Perez, a Music Teacher at SAES. The kids Ive met have been great. The parents and of course the faculty and administration have all been really really good. I feel very welcomed here and I feel like I can be successful and I am going to have some successful kids so Im pretty happy. SAES Principal Dr. Catherine Yurica announced, Its going to be a terrific day! This is the beginning of a wonderful journey for our children for the year to See SCHOOL, Page 12

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Two students walk from a bus to their classroom at Seoul American Elementary School Aug 31. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel


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the bass player and backup singer for Sotto Gamba Band, claimed that the expat groups were getting much better. Gardner, who had played in various bands in Korea for the past twelve years stated, Music is really good now in Korea. You dont have to bring really high priced bands from overseas to enjoy music. Enjoy it while its around. Its cheap and its a good afternoon. In order to make for a successful event, many organizations worked cooperatively including Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Music and Theater, and the Good Neigh-

bor Program. Sponsoring the whole event, however, was the Korean Foreigners Friendship Cultural Society. As a sign of appreciation Garrison Commander Col. William P. Huber presented a certificate and gifts to Mr. Ben Hur, the President of KFFCS. In conjunction with the RockFest, the opening of the R & R Bar and Grill, formerly known as the Main Post Club, was also celebrated with a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. The lounge area was also open to the public throughout the day, with flat screen televisions installed to show the festival indoors on the screen. x
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successfully run their businesses. I think everyone in the American business community wants to thank U.S. Servicemembers for what they do every day. Their presence here helping this peninsula remain secure is all they need to do to help us out, said Pat Gaines, Chairman of AMCHAM and the president of Boeing Korea. From now on, we will invite them every year. Were trying to bring the American business community and the U.S. Military closer together to one community, said Gaines.

After filling their bellies with a variety of food and dessert, kids had a great time cooling off in water slides and touring the main zoo. Entertainment such as face painting, rolling dice, shooting darts for prizes also attracted their attention. Its really nice and a great event. I love that its kids-oriented. They are having a great time and they are all worn out, said Laura Keilikciski. For more information, visit www. x
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come. Our teachers are well prepared, weve got classrooms that are ready and the campus is ready to receive our students. One thing that SAES would focus on this year would be a further shift towards emphasizing Science Technology Engineering and Math in school. Yurica claimed that research supported a need for a stronger focus on STEM in order to prepare children for the 21st century. In order to address this need, SAES incorporated a robotics class, after-school computer clubs as well as math courses centered on developing problem solving skills. This shift adheres to the schools vision statement, which is Students Achieving Everyday Successfully. This is because, in order for children to achieve and succeed every day, children must be equipped with the proper skills to do so in todays society.

Yurica claimed that another area of emphasis for SAES in accordance with this vision statement was making SAES a warm, safe and nurturing environment. This would be primarily done through warm relationships between staff, parents and children. We just remind them that in a nurturing atmosphere, they learn best. These are elementary kids so its especially important for them, but its also important for everybody. For our own elementary students we want parents to feel that when they drop off their children they are safe and secure in their classroom, stated Yurica. As children filed into each of their respective classrooms, the commotion surrounding the school building died down and the sound of instructors teaching their students could be heard, signaling the start of the fall semester. x


Panetta discusses nations worst terror attack

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
NEW YORK Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta toured the National September 11 Memorial and Museum site here Tuesday. This Sunday, the nation marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the history of the United States, the secretary told reporters. We will honor those who died at the Pentagon, 184 of them, but I thought it was also appropriate to come here and honor those, nearly 3,000, who died here in New York City. Panetta is the first cabinet officer to visit the site. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed the secretary to the site and accompanied him during his visit. Lower Manhattans ground zero is still a construction zone, with hardhatted workers, cranes and heavy equipment all busy on new buildings near the former site of the two towers. The area where the towers stood, however, will open as part of the memorial to the public this Sept. 11, -- the tenth anniversary of the attacks that killed 2,996 people after terrorist hijackers crashed four passenger jets: one into each of the towers, one into the Pentagon, and one into a field near Shanksville, Pa., short of its likely Washington, D.C., target. The 8-acre memorial centers on the sites of the former towers, now transformed to square granite-reflecting pools, are each about an acre in size.



Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits the 9-11 Memorial site located at Ground Zero with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sept. 6. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob Bailey
Each pool is fed by 430-foot waterfalls that descend from ground level, and the pools drain into what the memorial staff describe as a center void at the bottom of each. The theme the pools represent is reflecting absence, according to memorial officials. The waterfalls are edged with bronze ledges about waist-high, inscribed with the names of all the victims who died in the 2001 attacks, as well as the six people killed during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The terrorist attacks of a decade ago brought the nation together in a commitment that such horror will never happen again, Panetta said. As tragic as 9/11 was, we have drawn tremendous inspiration [from it], he said, adding that those who attacked the United States in an attempt to weaken the country actually made it stronger. The day of the attacks, Panetta said, he was on Capitol Hill briefing members of Congress on ocean issues. After remaining in Washington for a few days, he rented a car and drove across the country to his home in California. It ... was an interesting drive, Pa-

netta said. It gave me a chance to see how the rest of the country came together after 9/11. Driving through the Midwest, he saw God bless America signs. It just told you a lot about what this countrys made of, he said. Contrasting ground zero today with the devastation he viewed shortly after the attacks, Panetta said, shows the resilience of the country and the city. I think this is going to be a special place, he said of New York Citys 9/11 memorial and museum, for people to ... come to and remind themselves not only of the sacrifice that was made, but also the great strength the American people have in coming back. During his visit to ground zero, Panetta also toured the Memorial Museum, which is scheduled to open next year on Sept. 11. Seven of the museums 10 stories are underground, and part of the above-ground structure will display structural components recovered after the towers fell. Sarah Lippman, a member of the memorial staff, told reporters the site will also feature 400 swamp white oak trees, more than 200 of which already are in place. The leaves of swamp white oaks typically start changing color around the time of the anniversary, she said, and the trees are expected to grow from their current height of about 25 feet to an eventual 60 feet. Also on the site is the survivor tree, a pear tree found alive at the site after the attacks and nursed back to health at a nearby nursery, Lippman said. x


Defense Finance and Accounting

Retiree pay dates to change for military

Attention parents:
By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON A new Defense Department school policy underscores the importance of student attendance, while also considering military families unique needs, the acting director of the Department of Defense Education Activity said. The policy, which went into effect Sept. 1, requires students attending DOD schools to be in attendance for 180 instructional days per academic year, barring illness and emergency situations. Most schools typically have 181-183 days scheduled per school year. The policy also takes into account military parents requests for excused absences related to a military lifestyle, including those related to deployments and moves. We want to tighten up on discretionary leaves and absences, Marilee Fitzgerald told American Forces Press Service. We understand children will leave early when moving, and understand that a parent will be deployed and children will want to spend time with parents pre-or postdeployment. But, by and large, kids need to be in school, she said. Key components of the policy include: Students who are absent will be expected to complete an educational plan consistent with regularly planned school work; Increased communication with parents about the effect of absences on student performance; Referral of students with five days of absences to a student support team, and referral of students with seven days of absences to the local command for intervention and support; and Daily record-keeping, review and analysis of attendance. The policy emphasizes the importance of attendance for students of all ages, from kindergarten on up, Fitzgerald said. Children arent just playing in kindergarten, she noted, theyre learning. In fact, missing just 5 percent of kindergarten about nine days can be an indicator that a child will fall behind by the fifth grade, according to the education activitys website. This points to the important link between classroom attendance and academic success, Fitzgerald said. Establishing good attendance habits in school makes you a more productive citizen, she said. You are informed and disciplined characteristics and traits you need for lifelong success. While mandatory school atten-



Defense Department establishes school attendance policy

dance always has been addressed in the education activitys local, district and area policies, a single, comprehensive policy was needed to bring all DOD schools on the same page, education activity officials explained. The policy also mirrors attendance standards in stateside school districts, officials said, which can help ease transitions from DOD to public schools. While school officials will work to enforce the policy, Fitzgerald noted, theyll also rely on parents to ensure the policys success. For example, when moving, parents should enroll their children into the new school as early as possible to minimize absences. Officials work hard to ensure students attending DOD schools have state-of-the-art equipment at their fingertips, Fitzgerald said, but all of our resources whether its curriculum-related, ensuring the best teachers are in front of our kids, or making sure the technology is there is for naught if children arent coming to school. For more information on the attendance policy, including a list of excused absences, people can visit the back-to-school section of the education activitys website at www. x

CLEVELAND Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service changes its pay schedule to comply with the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. The 2011 NDAA requires military retiree pay to be processed on the first day of the month. When that day falls on a weekend or national holiday, the pay date is moved to the previous business day. This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3 will be issued on Sept. 30 and payments normally scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, will be issued on Dec. 30. For the calendar year 2011, this means military retirees will receive 13 rather than the normal 12 payments. The 13th payday on Dec. 30 falls within the 2011 tax year, which could affect the tax liability of some retirees and those who receive portions of their retired pay. Customers should speak with a tax advisor, the Internal Revenue Service or their state tax authority to determine if their tax withholding will satisfy federal and state income taxes when they file returns next year. DFAS cannot provide tax advice. For tax year 2012 and beyond, retirees will receive their normal 12 payments. This change affects regular retired pay, Concurrent retirement and disability pay and combat related special compensation. The new rule also applies to retiree allotments, garnishments and court-ordered former spouse and child support payments. It does not affect annuity payments. If retirees need to make changes to their federal or state tax withholding, the quickest and most secure way to do so is through myPay. Available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, myPay enables eligible users around the world to make routine changes to their pay information, including tax withholding, that become effective within days. Customers who cannot access myPay can change federal withholding amounts by completing a new IRS Form W-4 or W-4P, or change state withholding amounts using a DD 2866. These forms can be found on the DFAS web site,, and should be mailed or faxed to the below address once completed: Defense Finance and Accounting Service U.S. Military Retired Pay P.O. Box 7130 London, KY 40742-7130 Fax: 800-469-6559 It may take up to 30 days for changes to be made when mailing in a paper form. x

By Donna Miles

Job initiatives focus on Vets, Family Members

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama called on Congress to move quickly on an initiative to offer tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans, including those with disabilities. Speaking Aug. 30 at the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis, the president emphasized the nations responsibility to care for its veterans. To get this done, Ive proposed a Returning Heroes Tax Credit for companies that hire unemployed veterans and a Wounded Warrior Tax Credit for companies that hire unemployed veterans with a disability, Obama told the assembly. When Congress returns from recess, this needs to be at the top of the agenda. Obama said he has directed the federal government to hire more veterans. During the past year and a half, that directive has resulted in more than 100,000 veteran hires. And, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced today that it has published final regulations to give military spouses of deceased and 100-percent disabled veterans as much time as they need to apply for a federal job under the military spouse hiring authority. But in this tough economy, far too many of our veterans are still unemployed, the president said yesterday. Thats why Ive proposed a comprehensive initiative to make sure were tapping the incredible talents of our veterans. The two-part initiative is designed to help the newest veterans find and get private-sector jobs, while providing tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans, including those with disabilities, the president explained. Obama said he has directed the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs to create a reverse boot camp to help the newest veterans prepare for civilian jobs and translate their military skills into industryaccepted licenses and credentials. He also called on every state to pass laws making it easier for veterans to get the credentials, and jobs for which they qualify. The second part of the initiative calls on the private

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sector to do its part. Ive challenged companies across America to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses, Obama said. This, he noted, builds on commitments many companies have made as part of the Joining Forces campaign being led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Saluting the 5 million Americans who have served in uniform since 9/11 as a generation of innovators who have changed the way America fights and wins its wars, President Barack Obama said yesterday that veterans also are the very people the nation needs to jump-start its economy. After a decade of war, its time to focus on nation building here at home, the president said. And our veterans, especially our 9/11-Generation veterans, have the skills and the dedication to help lead the way. We need these veterans working and contributing and creating the new jobs and industries that will keep America competitive in the 21st century, he said. Obama cited funding for the post-9/11 GI Bill that is now helping more than 500,000 veterans and family members go to college, get their degrees and play their part in moving America forward. The program will expand this fall to include vocational training and apprenticeships so veterans can develop the skills to succeed in todays economy, he said. Meanwhile, OPMs new rule, published today, gives specified military spouses more opportunity to get government jobs. Previously, certain military spouses and widows or widowers could be appointed non-competitively to a federal job within a limited two-year timeframe after their spouse died or became totally disabled, OPM officials explained. However, many spouses were not prepared to enter the workforce within that timeframe, they said. Some were still grieving or were enrolled in educational or training programs or caring for children or their disabled spouse. The final regulations recognize that two years may not be enough time for these spouses to seek and obtain a federal job. x


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

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Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday

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

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 Freedom Chapel

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 Korean-American Service Wednesday 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel



Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

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

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

9 a.m. 12 p.m.

CRC Warrior 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

The Command Chaplains 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

Latter-day Saints Worship Sunday 4 p.m.

West Casey Chapel

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.) Michael Frailey 754-7274 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




Historic Jeonju
Visit reveals Joseon legacy of culture, architecture
By Kevin Jackson kevin.b.jackson1@korea.
JEONJU While its not possible to travel back in time, a visit to this city just a three-hour drive south of Seoul offers a revealing and fascinating virtual trip into the cradle of the Joseon Dynasty. Jeonju is not only the symbolic birthplace of Joseon (1392-1910) and capital of North Jeolla Province, its also home to Jeonju Hanok Village a community of more than 700 quaint traditional Korean homes that resemble a sea of curved black-tile roofs. Many of the homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s from soil, timber and rock, and are very well preserved. Jeondong Cathedral another picturesque site combines Romanesque and Byzantine elements, and is even more striking inside. Construction was initiated in 1908 by French priest Xavier Baudounet to honor Catholic martyrs who were persecuted in 1791 and 1801. Just across the street is Gyeonggijeon Shrine where the portrait of King Taejo aka Yi Seong-gye the founder of the Joseon Dynasty is enshrined. The small complex built in 1410 consists of several structures that house a historical archive and portraits of the six kings of Joseon. One block away on the opposite side of the cathedral is Pungnammun the south gate which was first built in 1398 and is the only one of the four entrances to the city still standing. Its particularly breathtaking in the evening when its lit up. For a panoramic view of the village, take a two-minute hike up several flights of steps to Omokdae a pavilion overlooking the village. It was on these grounds after repelling Japanese marauders that Yi allegedly read a poem declaring his intent to found the Great Kingdom of Joseon. No visit here would be complete without a stop at the Jeonju Hyanggyo, a Joseon-era educational institution comparable to a middle or high school today. The academy, which consists of several well-preserved structures, was originally built near Gyeonggijeon. It was relocated to its current site in 1441 because it was believed that King Taejos spirit could not rest peacefully with the students reading aloud at the nearby academy. And if you want to say that you experienced Joseon life, try your hand at making bibimbap the citys signature dish traditional paper crafts called hanji, calligraphy and traditional liquor or even playing a traditional musical instrument. Jeonju is a special place and well worth a leisurely weekend or even longer visit. Stop by the Hanok Village Tourist Information Office or call them at (063) 282-1330 for English-speaking assistance.

A hostess at a local teahouse serves a cup of brewed tea.

Korean Catholics try to visit Jeondong Cathedral annually.

The entrance to Jeonju Hanok Village.

Experiential weaving at Gyeonggijeon Shrine.

Omokdae Pavillion atop a hill overlooking the village.

Photos by Kevin Jackson

OCTOBER 29, 2010












Ground broken for new schools





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Program helps 6-52 female Soldiers

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
SUWON AIR BASE The 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Female Mentorship Program broke new ground as the female Soldiers shared the time dedicated to professional development with their Korean counterparts in the Republic of Korea Air Force. The Program manager, Staff Sgt. Syreea Hughes, who also serves as the Iron Horse retention NCO, said, The purpose of this program is professional development of junior females. About 50 female Soldiers, including 20 from the ROKAF, participated in the professional development session on Suwon Air Base. The day began

Colonel Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, USAGH command sergeant major and Joyce Diggs, Humphreys American School principal, break ground on the new Humphreys Elementary School and high school on Sept. 2. The groundbreaking is a key step in the Yongsan Relocation Plan, which will have 28,500 Soldiers living in Pyongtaek and Daegu. U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

to use a priority system for command sponsorships. Retired Lt. Gen. Kim, Kie-soo, chief director of the Multinational Division United States Forces Korea Base relocation office, said the ceremony marks the beginning of a key new phase in U.S.-Korea relations. As we cut the ribbon for this construction project, future construction works for the relocation effort will also pick up speed, he said. While domestic contractors provide excellence in construction, we will continue to coordinate with the U.S. in order to complete the relocation program according to the planned timeline. General James Thurman, United States Forces Korea commander, agreed that a crucial point has been reached. This is a big day and a big milestone that shows the commitment and strength of the ROK-U.S. alliance, he said during a reception that followed the groundbreaking. This shows commitment to all of USFK and shows commitment to our future and to the children and Families who come to live in this wonderful country. Also in attendance were: Col. Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer L. Gray, USAGH command sergeant major; Lim Gwan-bin, Korean deputy minister of National Defense Policy; Kim, Kwan-jin, Korean Minister of National Defense; Hong, Yun-sik, prime ministers office for National Administrative Affairs; Ye, Chang-geun, vice governor of gyeonggi-dio; Kim, Seon-gi, Pyongtaek mayor, and Lee, Ji-song, Korea Land and Housing Chief Executive Officer. x

he purpose of this program is professional development of junior females.

- Staff Sgt. Syreea Hughes 6-52 Female Membership Program
with lunch served at the Suwon Dining Facility. The Soldiers had the opportunity to hear from the senior female in the Battalion, Maj. Cecilia Shaw, on the importance of maintaining a successful Army career. A friendly game of soccer followed. The teams were mixed between the two allied forces, allowing a true spirit of friendship and cooperation to reach across the cultural divide. Hughes said the reason for the days activities were team building, community service, and building a good relationship with the Koreans with whom we share a home. Following the soccer game, a gift was presented to the senior ROKAF female, Capt. Yoo, Jae-eun. When I saw how effective the program was, I think we need to do something similar in the Korean forces, Yoo said. The US Army has a very good program here. Hughes, planning a PCS move to the U.S., bid farewell to her fellow female Soldiers at a ceremony, where Shaw presented the outgoing NCO with a gift expressing the Battalions appreciation. The Iron Horse female mentorship program is designed to be run by female Soldiers according to what they feel they need. The topics of discussion and the activities are picked by senior noncommissioned officers and the Battalion supports the program with resources and coordination. x

The 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery has started a female mentorship program that includes professional development sessions and activities such soccer. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent




News & Notes

Rock On The Lawn Scheduled The Camp Humphreys USO will present Rock on the Lawn, a free concert Sept. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Freedom Field. For more information, call 753-6281. Womens Tennis Week FMWR Sport and Fitness will sponsor All-Womens Tennis Week Sept. 12-17. For more information, call 010-9375-8964 or 753-8286. Community Bank Closure Community Bank will be closed through Sept. 13 for Chuseok. For more information, call 753-6209. Creative Dance Registration Registration is now open for a creative dance class for ages 2 to 11. To register, stop by Parent Central in the Child Development Center. For more information, call 010-9483-2559 or e-mail Interviewing Class The Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program will host an interview class Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Family Readiness Center in Building 1127. For more information, call 753-8321. Case Lot Sale The Camp Humphreys Commissary will hold a mix-and-match case lot sale Sept. 16-18. Day For Children Child, Youth and School Services is sponsoring a Boys and Girls Club of America Day for Kids at Zoeckler Field Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is looking for volunteers to help. For more information, contact Patrina Tremel at 753-8274. Friendship Festival The 2011 Korea-America Friendship Festival and third Annual KoAm Bike Fest is set for Sept. 17-18 from 2 to 10 p.m. each day in the Anjeong-ri Shopping Area. Remote Controlled Car Race Outdoor Rec is hosting a remote controlled car race Sept. 17 from noon to 5 p.m. at the ODR Track. Drivers will compete for prizes. Cost is $20 for the first car and $5 for a second vehicle. The cost includes lunch. For more information, call 753-3013. Everland Trip Outdoor Rec is hosting an Everland trip Sept. 18, departing at 8 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 12 Cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children. For more information, call 753-3013. Resume Class The ACS Employment Readiness Program will host a Federal Resume class Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. in the Family Readiness Center in Building 1127. For more information, call 753-8321.

Soldiers and Family members on Camp Humphreys will have the chance to record holiday greetings when the Hometown News Service drops by the Community Activity Center Sept. 25-26 U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

Holiday greetings team to visit

Soliders and Families can record messages at CAC on Sept. 25-26
By Steven Hoover
CAMP HUMPHREYS The Joint Hometown News Service Holiday Greetings team will be here Sept. 25-26, in the Community Activity Center, recording those who would like to send a holiday message to loved ones in the United States. The team will record holiday greetings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, but it is customary for them to stay until the last person has recorded their greeting. Servicemembers, civilian employees from all branches of service, and Family members are eligible to participate. When the team sets up, here are a few guidelines to follow to ensure Family and friends back home see the personal greeting on local television and hear it on local radio stations: Servicemembers must be in uniform. Work uniform is fine. Family members should accompany their sponsor, unless the sponsor is deployed. And, of course, dont forget the props: Santas hats, pets, banners and Christmas attire. Make sure to bring an address book complete with Family members names, city, state and phone number. No street address is needed, but station managers need phone contact info to let Families know when the greeting will air. In front of the camera, there arent a lot of rules, but here are some tips to make the experience go smoothly: relax, relax and relax. Although youll be seen by a millions, when youre taping its just you and the camera. Try to be cheerful and in the holiday spirit. It doesnt show well on camera if your teenage daughter looks like shed rather be at the mall than wishing Grandma happy holidays. Try to keep hand gestures to a minimum. When youre giving your greetings, dont say Happy Thanksgiving. Most of these greetings will air from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Day and could quickly become obsolete if the specific holiday mentioned has come and gone when your greeting airs. You dont need a teleprompter or a script, but try writing down your main points on an index card. Sometimes nerves can cause a bout of forgetfulness, so jot down Family members names and the points you want to get across. If you have family in more than one area, you can do several greetings. Youve got 15 to 20 seconds per greeting, more than enough time to get in your holiday wishes to those closest to you. For more information about this program, call 754-6132. x

Knowledge can help prevent suicide

By Carolyn McPherson-Dewey ASAP manager
CAMP HUMPHREYS September is Suicide Prevention Month and in conjunction with this, the Army Substance Abuse Program will have an information table in the Exchange lobby on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with information and giveaways available. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide help is available by calling the on-call duty chaplain at 0109496-7445 or you may call the following suicide crisis numbers: the Suicide Prevention Hotline (737-4673) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (94-800-273-8255). Suicide Prevention Month is a time to raise awareness regarding this public health problem that leaves friends, families, and communities devastated. The devastation is far reaching and long lasting, as friends and families often blame themselves for not recognizing signs and intervening. Those left behind are often plagued by guilt, anger, and regret. The resounding question of those left behind is why? People commit suicide for a variety of reasons, often to relieve extreme emotional pain brought on by prolonged difficulties in life, depression, abuse, extreme stress, and a myriad of reason that seem to be insurmountable. But suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death for all ages and more than 34,000 suicides occurred during that year. Although the reasons individuals contemplate suicide are complex, the goal of suicide prevention is simple to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. For more information on suicide prevention call ASAP at 753-7367. x


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Question of the Week:

What piece of advice would you give someone just arriving on Camp Humphreys?

Michele Andrus
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Get up and get involved! There is so much to do around here and there are amazing opportunities that you will never again have. Go to the ACS building for any and all questions. If you can not get an answer there they will at least point you in the right direction. You have to get out or go crazy! If you can get involved then your time in country will fly by!

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CAMP HUMPHREYS Balloons rise to the air after being released to celebrate the groundbreaking on the Camp Humphreys Elementary School and High School. Become our friend on Facebook to keep up with Humphreys happenings, including free trips to various Korean locales. U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

Get OFF THE INSTALLATION! See the ville! See the town! SEE THE COUNTRY! Just be back by formation.

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6-52 holds Victory Day

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
SUWON AIR BASE The 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillerys Iron Horse Battalion hosted a day-long sports event to celebrate the conclusion of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise. Over 600 participants, including guests from the Korean Special Weapons and Tactics Group, the 510th Air Defense Artillery, and the ROKAF 10th Fighter Wing, took part in the sports and activities. The day concluded with an awards ceremony for the pool tournament, basketball, tennis, soccer, jokgu, and tug of war contests. Jok-gu is a Korean sport often compared to tennis with a soccer ball. This was a great day, said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Sibley, of A Battery. I wish we had volleyball, too. The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program also hosted a cultural exchange event between Korean and American Soldiers. Specialist Kevin Gonzales, the battalion BOSS representative, was pleased with the day. Its great to see everyone out here having fun, he said. The MWR program hosted a performance by the band Absolute, and Brigade Commander, Col. Eric Sanchez, was guest of honor The Iron Horse Battalion has a tradition of hosting organizational days immediately following peninsula-wide exercises. The events focus on developing esprit de corps and strengthening the personal relationships between the battalion and its Korean partners in Area III. x

Have an open mind! You arent in the United States anymore, be prepared to experience an entirely new culture!

Kelly Bailey Lowery

20 bus is your friend.

Candace Roitt
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Dont go by what you hear... Expect things to be that way but dont get upset if they dont... we came on a lot of false ideas and it made the first few months here miserable.. we finally let go and have been enjoying ourselves... also... learn to play charades... we know next to nothing in Korean but charades works well.

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Carry your umbrella everywhere you go.

Participants in the tug-or-war event give it their all during a Victory Day celebration on Suwon Air Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent





501st SBDE holds combined combat training with Korean infantry

Story and photo by Sgt. Danielle Ferrer 501st Sustainment Brigade
DAEGU GARRISON Soldiers working in maintenance jobs rarely find themselves dogging bullets in urban areas. For Soldiers of the 595th Maintenance Company, an annual training exercise changed the working conditions. The 595th Maintenance Company, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade recently conducted combined training with infantrymen of South Koreas 4th Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment near Busan as part of an annual exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian. My first sergeant and I feel very ecstatic and satisfied that we could make this happen, said Capt. Edwin Juleus, the 595th Maintenance Company commander. This (training) is unparalled and a very unique opportunity. The weeklong training began on the road. The 595th Maint. Co. conducted convoy operations training while the Korean army provided scenario-based problems for U.S. Soldiers to solve. The Koreans also provided a quick reaction force for the Soldiers operating the convoy. The 595th Maintenance Company also conducted training at Busans Pier 8 on decontamination of personnel from a chemical attack, which was described by 2nd Lt. Christopher Landrum, the executive officer of the 595th Maint. Co., as an excellent operation. He further explained that combined training is not an everyday occurrence. We also had the opportunity to conduct various survivability trainings: (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) assault training, (and) smallunit tactics, techniques, and procedures with the ROK Army as well as physical training, said Landrum. The MOUT training was conducted in a mock city near 4/126th Inf. Regt.s base. The Soldiers used paint-filled rounds to enhance the realism of urban combat. Landrum said the Soldiers of the 126th Inf. Regt. were so impressed with



Soldiers of the 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade, bound forward from their firing position during training with South Koreas 4th Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment near Busan, South Korea Aug. 19, 2011. The units trained together during Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2011.
the new physical readiness training regimen used by the U.S. Army that they are considering adopting the program. The combined physical training conducted by the units consisted of a short morale run and various callisthenic exercises. At the end of the training session, the U.S. and Korean Soldiers exchanged respective duty headgear. I actually got a privates hat, which (has a rank on it that) sort of looks like a sideways lieutenant (rank in the American army), Landrum said, followed by a laugh. It was a good opportunity for us to culturally exchange our hats with our ROK counterparts. Were leaving a little bit of us behind and taking a little bit of them with us, its a symbol of us working together and training together. Its been an absolute pleasure working with the ROK Army. Theyve been very accommodating in their willingness to work with us. We really do go together. x

Incoming HHC Commander, USAG Daegu, Capt. Brandon J. Wilkins (left) stands shoulder to shoulder with outgoing HHC Commander Capt. (P) Damon L. Augustine (far right) and Commander USAG Daegu, Col. Kathleen A. Gavle during a Change of Command ceremony held Sept. 7 on Camp Henry U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jang Bong-seok.

HHC holds Change of Command


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Daegu High School celebrates the opening of its new facility



CYS Services We will be offering twice monthly (most months) classes designed for families to spend time together learning something new and fun. Activities will be for registered members only-will take place at the School Age Center (Walker bldg # 257) Parents MUST attend and participate. Parents can call Parent Central Services at 764-5298 or stop into sign up prior to class. Must be signed up to attend. All ages are welcome. 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. 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. Walker Vet Clinic The Camp Walker vet clinic stray facility is currently accepting donations of : pet toys, bath towels, pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies and pet treats. For more information, call 764-4858 New Speed Limit In order to keep the area safe for the students and staff near Daegu High School on Camp Walker, the speed limit on Rhode Island St. will remain at 25 KPH. Please observe the new speed limit, as MP patrols will be out in force observing you - both on Camp Walker and Camp George - as the new school year begins. Lets all keep it in low gear and make their job boring - and keep our children safe. Korean Language Class Registration for Beginner Korean Language Class starts today at Cp Henry ACS. Please come by the ACS Bldg and register for class! Class will officially start on Tuesday, 20 September from 1200-1300.

Go to for more pictures. Daegu High School officials and community members celebrated the schools opening on Camp Walker in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 7 in its multi-purpose room. Among those attending the grand event were from left to right, Commander, USAG Daegu, COL. Kathleen Gavle, Mr. Brad Gavle, and CSM Gabriel Arnold, USAG Daegu. Guests observed a performance by our host-nations Korean Farmers Drumming group. U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin

U.S. Soldiers and KSC members reunite unexpectedly

Story and photos by Maj. Carol McClelland CJTF-E Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON Moong Chi Ja means two joined as one. Its the motto of a specialized unit whose past will one day become its future. The 23rd Chemical Battalion, whose mission is to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive threats, is currently based at Fort Lewis, Wash. and has been since 2005. But before then, the battalion was assigned to Korea. And thats where its leadership met members of the Korean Service Corps that still serve there today. About a dozen of those KSCs unexpectedly reunited with Soldiers they served with years ago. Brig. Gen. Leslie Smith, Col. William King and Sgt. Maj. Merika Barnes all now assigned to the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, are three of the Soldiers that reminisced. Theyre currently deployed to Camp Carroll, near Daegu, participating in a large combined joint exercise staged throughout Korea called Ulchi Freedom Guardian. The first day I got here I went to the gym and saw Mr. O. We recognized each other immediately, said Smith, who was the battalion operations officer and executive officer between 1997 and 1999. He worked in the unit when it stood up four companies with the primary mission to man, train and equip both U.S. and KATUSA soldiers--Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army. The unique thing was the unit was made up of half U.S. and half KATUSA soldiers, Smith said, the Combined Task Force for Elimination commander for

Mr. Hyong Uk Cho and Brig. Gen. Leslie Smith meet at lunchtime to reminisce. Mr. Cho and Brig. Gen. Smith worked in the same battalion in the late 1990s that now falls under the headquarters Smith commands.
UFG-11. Wed build units, train them at Camp Carroll, then move the units to other camps. The KSCs were an integral part of the unit. They were dedicated and focused on accomplishing the mission, and being good teammates to their U.S. counterparts, he added. The dedicated KSC that Smith met his first day in country was Mr. Pong Ku O. Back then Mr. O was the commanders driver. Now, hes the KSC Mobile Labor Force Team Leader who works with U.S. Army units to support their requirements during exercises at Camp Carroll. Its been a long time. I was happy to see the commander as a general now, O said of Smith. Mr. O, 58, has worked at Camp Carroll for 31 years in the KSC. He likes to reminisce and does so on occasion with his colleague, Young Hon Kim. Mr. O

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Tour in Korea
USAG Daegu community, we want to know: What have you enjoyed the most about your tour in Korea?

USAG Daegu joins the Nation in remembering September 11, 2001

Rosy Martinez
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Ive enjoyed everything about Korea, the people, the food, the culture. Its great being here and I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to live here and travel all over Korea. Absolutely beautiful!!!

Rose Flores Reither

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Heading to Daegu in about a month cant wait to read what everyone has to say :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the suicide attacks by terrorists on the United States. In the course of your day, please take a moment to reflect on the strength and the hope made possible through this tragic event, so that not a single life lost is ever forgotten. Courtesy photo by Mary Grimes See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Daegu Facebook Fan. Just post your photos to our page with a quick description covering the five Ws: who, what, when, where and why, and well see you in the paper. Your USAG Daegu PAO team

Donna Benjamin
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I love the feeling of family that we create here. The local Koreans are so kind and giving to us. I love that every day is an adventure. I love the food, the culture, the opportunities to learn and travel. I love our kids that we have at DAS. Theyre good kids who are also good human beings. I think we are the luckiest people in the world to live over here.

Marleen Rosalie
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Ive enjoyed the safe environment that has allowed my children to have the freedom that they would not have been able to have in the states.

Angela Samosorn
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How the Koreans treat our daughter when they see her. It is amazing to watch total strangers become so excited about a little kid, and its not unsafe! The cultural experience for our daughter has been due to the kindness of strangers and the safety of the community.




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spreads out photographs and certificates of appreciation from 1999 and 2004, in pristine condition, still in their green, Army award binders. Framed photos and certificates from his time with the 23rd line the walls of his office and his Order of the Dragon induction certificate from the Armys Chemical Corps is proudly displayed. Mr. Kim, now a logistics management specialist in the KSC, worked in personnel in the 23rd Chemical Battalion for seven years, then as a nuclear, biological, chemical trainer for eight years. He remembers the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) Soldiers and when the 23rd left Camp Carroll. It was unhappy for us because we had worked there almost 15 years. We had to find other jobs, Mr. Kim said. He said some KSCs went elsewhere in Korea but most stayed at Camp Carroll, explaining that the Korean culture is to stay close to home. C o l . W i l l i a m K i n g, n ow t h e operations lead for the 20th, remembers the exact day the unit closed down in Korea. It was Dec. 18, 2004 and he was the battalion commander leading the move to Ft. Lewis. They made us successful, King said of the KSAs. He was pleased to learn of all the successes the KSAs who worked as mechanics, drivers, supply, builders etc. in the unit, have had since. It was a renewing of friendship of old comrades, he said. When Mr. Kim heard from Mr. O that Soldiers from their former unit were back at the camp participating in the exercise, he quickly sent out an e-mail to the 20 KSC members still at Camp Carroll to

(From left) Pong Ku O and Young Hon Kim, both with the Korean Service Corps, sit down in Os office to look at photos and share memories of their work with U.S. Soldiers in the 23rd Chemical Battalion, now based in Ft. Lewis, Wash. but returning to Korea.
attend an impromptu dinner. About 11 were able to attend. It was really good, especially for the history of our group. Everyone wanted to talk at the same time, Kim said. Sgt. Maj. Merika Barnes didnt attend the dinner but she too ran into Mr. O working out on the gym treadmill. He remembered me right away and said, You were our first sergeant. He asked me if I was still a first sergeant and I said, No, Im a sergeant major. Then he gave me a big high-five, Barnes said. Sgt. Maj. Barnes has fond memories of Mr. O and the other KSCs she worked with daily while in the 23rd. And Mr. O said he stays in contact via email with some of the American Soldiers hes worked with through the years. The 23rd is scheduled to come back to Korea from Ft. Lewis in the not too distant future, which makes the KSCs happy. They hope to be invited to the ceremony when the unit returns. Korea is one of the U.S. governments highest priorities and the return of the unit to Korea is proof of that, Brig. Gen. Smith said. Until the unit can exercise its Moong Chi Ja motto again and new memories are made of the 23rd Chemical Battalion in Korea, Mr. O, Mr. Kim and the other KSCs and American Soldiers keep their memories of their time together. Im happy anytime someone wants to talk about the 23rd, Mr. O said. I have good memories of the battalion commanders and the Soldiers. And memories are forever. x

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