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DECEMBER 2, 2011

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DECEMBER 2, 2011

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 9


Sensational Soldier Show Page 5

Park opens at Humphreys Super Gym Page 21

Holiday mail begins to ship out Page 25

Fox Sports salutes troops

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding YONGSAN GARRISON After Thanksgiving Dinner was served and the sun went down, Yongsan Garrison got ready for some football with the Fox Sports Broadcast Team, Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighting competitor Benson Henderson and NASCAR on Fox announcer Jeff Hammond at the R & R Bar and Grill Nov. 24. Though the event was set to start at 11:30 p.m., the crowd was inside with their guests well before. When the time came, Jay Glazer of the Fox Sports team started the event with a taped introduction, showing the viewers back home the places they had been. The Fox Sports team visited Camp Carrol, Camp Bonifas and Panmunjom before making their stop in Yongsan. The cameras then turned to Lt. Gen. John Johnson, 8th Army Commanding General, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, the 8th Army senior enlisted Soldier, for a brief speech and picks for the game. Johnson put his chances on the Detroit Lions, while Harris sided with the Green Bay Packers. Glazer then gave a football autographed by Fox Sports team members to Johnson. The Fox Sports team regularly makes overseas trips during the holidays, having been to Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar in recent years. During the interview, Glazer said that their trip to the Demilitarized Zone reminded him of what the Soldiers in South Korea face on a daily basis. Harris replied, letting him know that the Soldiers were ready to fight tonight, if needed. Glazer then turned it over to Henderson and Hammond for the injury reports. Both of the guests brought up volunteers from the crowd to answer questions about the players and their status in both the upcoming game and the season ahead. After the injury reports, and a chance for Johnson to meet with the Yongsan Warriors football team, the crowd in the R & R was treated to the finished product, including the footage shot inside the establishment. Hammond and Henderson signed autographs and talked with the people in the crowd during the game. x

The Yongsan Warriors football team and Jay Glazer during the Fox Sports visit with the troops at the R & R Bar and Grill on Yongsan Garrison Nov. 24. The crew held a live broadcast for the Soldiers on Yongsan in support of the troops during the Thanksgiving Football pregame. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

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NEWS Act helps job-seeking vets

By Debra Caruso DJC Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. Veterans are returning home to an abysmal economy and a tough job market. After World War II, employers used to snap up veterans because of their tremendous skills sets gained in the service - whether that be technical, leadership, or other job specific aptitudes, said Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert on veteran mental health. But now, veterans are facing higher unemployment rates than civilians as employers may be concerned about veterans struggle with the mental and physical health aftereffects of military service, she said. Matthieu said that these employment concerns have many veterans taking time to retool their skills sets and critically examine the type of work they want to do in their post military life. For some veterans, this means going back to school to be trained in a new area, finding the civilian equivalent to what they did in the military, and for others, it means volunteering to build networking opportunities and to engage in meaningful activities in their home communities, she said. Research conducted by the Brown Schools Center for Social Development ( News/Pages/title.aspx) shows that when given the opportunity to serve again, that veterans thrive in volunteering in their communities, build networking opportunities for their future, further their education and transfer their military skills to civilian employment. Passage of the Hire Heroes Act is all about changing perceptions and is actively changing the job outlook for veterans, Matthieu said. The new law builds upon the strengths of our veterans as they re-enter the civilian workforce by providing increased education and training opportunities as well as tax credits for the private sector, enhanced access to federal employment, and other programs to aid the transition from the military to the civilian sector, she continued. Matthieu said that there are a host of new tools that are making the career transition easier for veterans, including the Veterans Job Bank, Veteran Gold Card, My Next Move for Veterans, Hiring our Heroes, Milicruit, and Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Other tools include: * Veterans Job Bank: This easy to use tool hosted by the National Resource Directory helps veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them based on the veterans own search criteria. It already searches over more than 500,000 job postings and is growing with postings specifically tagged for veterans by the employers wanting to hire them. Access the job


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bank here: * Veteran Gold Card: Post-9/11 veterans can download this card, which entitles them to enhanced services, including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling, at the roughly 3,000 OneStop Career Centers located across the country. Download the card here: * My Next Move for Veterans: This new online resource from the Department of Labor allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified. The site will also include information about salaries, apprenticeships and other related education and training programs found at * Hiring Our Heroes: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring 100 hiring fairs for veterans and military spouses by March 2012. Additional partnerships and programs focus on wounded warriors, post-9/11 student veterans, women veterans, and military spouses at * Milicruit: This virtual recruitment center allows service members, veterans, and military spouses the opportunity to meet and interact with military friendly employers in real time, and for from anywhere they are located with an Internet connection found at x

Yongsan changing hours at some gates

By Mark Abueg USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan recently unveiled an operating plan reducing hours for a number of gates within the Yongsan installation beginning Jan. 16, 2012. The eight Access Control Points (ACP) that will operate on reduced hours include Gate 3 (MARFORK), Gate 4 (CPAC), Gate 5 (Gas Station), Gate 14 (Hospital), Gate 16 (MP Station), Gate 18 (Coiner Walk Thru), Gate 19 (Coiner Visitors Center), and Gate 21 (Friendship House). The Hannam Village Back Gate will be closed. The decision to reduce the gate hours and close the Hannam Village Back Gate was driven by a 3-month study, said Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The data we gathered through the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) showed that the amount of activity through each of the gates was significantly less after duty-hours and during the weekends. Huber pointed out that four of the gates have the Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gates (ESPG) in place. The ESPGs provide 24-hour access to the installation without the need of a guard to be physically stationed at a particular gate, he said. The assessment also indicated that the new ACP operating hours enhances force protection measures. This plan we have in place allows us to operate more efficiently within Yongsan, Huber said. While this may cause an inconvenience to some of our community members, who may have to find alternate access to the installation, I do hope they see the overall benefit to our commuter-based and vehicle-restricted community. The estimated total cost in savings to the government will be nearly $1.5 million per year, according to Huber. x See Yongsan Gate Hours Chart on Page 11

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Unit kicks off winter safety campaign

By Maj. Connie Glaze 304th Expeditionary Signal Bde.
CAMP STANLEY The 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, kicked off its winter safety campaign, targeting foreseeable risks in order to ensure more than 500 Soldiers and Korean Augmentations To United States Army were trained and educated how to recognize and mitigate winter safety hazards. The training involved both cold weather and winter safety driving training. The day began with a battalion run led by the commander, Lt. Col. Mark S. Parker. As a tactical signal battalion, the 304th ESB will spend a good portion of the winter outdoors, and will need to be aware of the hazards of the Korean winter, he said. NCOs from all four companies conducted classes on proper vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting of vehicles, putting on snow chains, and the proper set up and use of stoves. Staff Sgt. Kyle Luedke gave classes about cold weather training that focused on situational awareness, effects and signs of cold weather injuries, how to treat cold weather injuries, winter buddy systems, proper wear and use of winter clothing and equipment, and Korean Hemorrhagic Fever and yellow dust. The battalions goal this year, Parker said, is to educate Soldiers ahead of the winter season to eliminate potential injuries while still accomplishing our tactical mission. x

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Police Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. Area I Larceny of AAFES Property. The subject was observed on closed circuit television removing a set of headphones in the power zone section of the Post Exchange. The subject proceeded to select two other items of merchandise for which he rendered payment, but exited the building without rendering payment for the headphones. The subject was detained and escorted by AAFES Loss Prevention to the managers office. The subject was transported to the Provost Marshal Office, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Estimated cost of loss is $12.95. Area II Failure to obey order or regulation (curfew violation, resisting apprehension). The subject was observed in Helios Bar, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul during the hours of curfew. After becoming aware of Military Police entering the establishment, the subject went to the restroom and fled the scene using a service road. The subject was pursued on foot and apprehended. He was transported to the PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. Area III Driving Under the Influence. The subject while operating a POV, struck the side view mirror of a passing taxi adjacent to Rainbow Town Apartments, Pyeongtaek. Korea National Police administered blood alcohol test, with a result of 0.107 percent . The subject was transported to the Pyeongtaek KNP Station where he was processed and released into MP custody.The subject was transported to the PMO for further processing but due to his level of intoxication was released to his sponsor with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. Later, the subject rendered a written sworn statement denying the offense. Area IV Larceny of AAFES Property. The subject was observed removing socks from the shelf and carrying them to a dressing room at an AAFES facility. She was observed placing one pair of socks on her feet then placing the socks she had worn into the store over the top of them. The subject exited without rendering payment. She was apprehended and transported to the PMO where she was advised of her legal rights, which she invoked.

Changing of the Guard

A re-enactor dressed in traditional Korean military garb stands his post during a changing of the guard ceremony at Hwaseong Fortress in the city of Suwon. Visitors to the site can hike along the fortress wall, tour the palace, make traditional Korean handcrafts and observe weekend re-enactments. Event schedules are available online at Visit the Morning Calms online image archive on Flickr at to download this or other photos of Hwaseong Fortress. U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Namsangol Hanok Village The Pil-Dong area is where the Namsangol Hanok Village is found at the northern foot of Namsan. During the Joseon period (1392-1910), the area was popular summer resort destination because of its water streams and Cheonu-Gak Pavilion. It was originally called Cheonghak-dong because it was a sighting spot for blue cranes. Cheonghak-dong was one of the five most beautiful places in Seoul along with Samcheongdong, Inwang-dong, Ssangye-dong, Baekwoon-dong, due to its beautiful view. A traditional garden was created, complete with flowing river, pavilion, and trees in order to provide traditional sentiment to the people. There are five traditional Korean houses on 7,934 square-meters of land, including the house of Park Young Hyo, who was one of the owners of the eight largest mansions in Seoul and houses of commoners as well. Arranged furniture that is wellmatched with the sizes of these Korean houses and the social status of their owners represent the lives of Korean ancestors. Visitors will find traditional pieces and crafts of artists who are designated by the government as Intangible cultural assets in exhibition hall. To get there by subway take Line 3 to Chungmuro Station and its only five minutes walk from Exit 3 or 4. Hours of Operation April ~ October, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November ~ March, 9 a.m to 10 p.m. Closed every Tuesday (If Tuesday happens to be a bank holiday, it is closed the next day.) Address - 84-1, Pildong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) Jongmyo is a Dwelling Place of the Spirits of Joseon Era Kings. The first king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye) built Jongmyo in 1394 when Seoul was known as Hanyang. At this royal ancestral shrine, the spirit tablets of Koreas past kings and queens are enshrined, and memorial rites are performed. Although two of the buildings were destroyed by Japanese invaders in 1592, the tablets were hidden and kept safe and returned to Jongmyo in 1608. Jongmyo was built with much influence from the Chinese. The structures at Jongmyo are simple, long houses built using timbers. Theyre impressive yet have a solemn quality to them in order to match the atmosphere when ancestral rites were performed on the grounds. Many shrines similar to Jongmyo existed throughout Korea in the Three Kingdoms Period, but only ones from the Joseon era remain today. Furthermore, while there are many shrines that exist throughout the world, Jongmyo is unique in that it is still in existence after 600 years, considering how many structures were destroyed during Japanese occupation and during the Korean War. Jongmyo Jerye was designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 56 by Korea on May. 3, 1975, and World Cultural Heritage No. 738 by Unesco on Dec. 9, 1995. At this shrine, the ancestral tablets of Joseon-era kings have been enshrined in Jeongjeon (49 tablets in 19 rooms) and Yeongnyeongjeon (34 tablets in 16 rooms). Hours of Operation Open Wednesday to Monday *March~October 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on weekends) * November~February 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No admission 1 hour prior to closing Admission Adult W1,000/Child W500 Closed every Tuesday Address - 1 Seoul Jongno-gu Hunjeong-dong




Counting our blessings as we look back on 2011

By Col. Hank Dodge Garrison Red Cloud Commander
CAMP RED CLOUD Its hard to believe that another year has come and gone, yet as I reflect back on the past year, it is nothing short of amazing! The sheer volume of how much weve accomplished to make Warrior Country a Family-friendly community is truly exceptional. Beginning in February we opened a series of renovated (or new) facilities at Camp Casey all for the sole purpose of taking care of our Families. We got the ball rolling with the opening of our Army Community Service (ACS) in a greatly enlarged and renovated building that has enabled all of our ACS programs to be consolidated and housed under one roof for customer convenience. The great news continued for ACS and our community in May when the ACS attained its accreditation. Not only was it accredited, the evaluators from the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command said it was one of the finest programs they had ever evaluated, which led to accreditation with commendation for Linda Hough, our ACS Director, and her staff. Within three months, a new Youth Center, Child Development Center, and Child, Youth and School Services program building also opened in the downtown area of Camp Casey adjacent to the Casey Elementary School. Our new auto skills center, which has become immensely popular and is the only approved inspection station for automobiles in Warrior Country, came online shortly thereafter. Our brand new Splish n Splash for toddlers and water slide for adolescents and adults opened with the renovated outdoor pool at the Hanson Field House just in time for the Labor Day weekend. Its truly a first-class facility! That joy was somewhat short-lived when monsoon rain pounded Dongducheon, dumping more than 24 inches of precipitation on Camp Casey and the surrounding community from July 24-26. The ensuing landslides and flooding caused more than $18 million in damage on post and turned our sparkling new facility into a gigantic mud pit! Thanks to the collective efforts of my staff, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers, and employees from other garrisons around the peninsula, we had the installation back on its feet within two weeks and the pool operational within seven days. We still have a few minor repairs outstanding, but the recovery effort was phenomenal and a total success from all angles! In September, we opened the sec-

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ond wing of our Casey Elementary School in a newly renovated former four-story barracks, thereby increasing the schools capacity to 500 kindergarten through 8th grade students. To provide for children, youth and Soldiers at Camp Red Cloud we renovated the former Community Activity Center and reopened it as a combined Child, Youth and School Services/ Youth Center and a Community Activity Center, which is home to our award-winning Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (B.O.S.S.) program. In July, we completed a $1.5 million renovation to the Camp Stanley Fitness Center, which was built in 1987, giving it a complete facelift, new basketball court, and exercise equipment. Not only have we built or renovated facilities for our Families, we have also taken care of the needs of our Soldiers. We proved this at the IMCOM Symposium in April when our B.O.S.S. program captured top honors for the best small installation award at Camp Red Cloud, best medium installation award for Camp Casey/Hovey and the best B.O.S.S. advisor award won by o Command Sgt. Major Nidal Saeed. To continue our success, we currently have a series of improvement projects in the works. Those projects include major renovations to our three indoor pools at Camp Stanley, Camp Hovey and CRC, all of which should be complete next spring. Were also renovating Maude Hall one of the first customer-service points that newly arriving Soldiers visit at Camp Casey and the West Casey Chapel, which was built in 1965 and has since received only minor repairs. At this festive time of year, its time for us to reflect on our many blessings as we spend time with our Families and friends. While some are blessed to have their Families here, others will find themselves far away from loved ones! Lets look out for each other and make this a joyous time of year for one and all. Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season! x

DEC 2, 2011



Members of the Armys 2011 Soldier Show during one of the many musical high points of their Nov. 23 performance at Camp Casey. U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes

Thats Entertainment
Soldier-performers bring Warrior Country audience to its feet
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP CASEY The Armys 2011 Soldier Show took the strobe-lit stage at Camp Casey last week for a fastpaced 90 minutes of song and dance that brought a cheering Warrior Country audience to its feet. The Nov. 23 performance an ever-blazing spectacle of stage lights bursting in showers of red and yellow, blue and green came at the Carey Physical Fitness Center as the Soldier Shows final stop on a tour of U.S. Army installations Korea-wide. The high-energy concert featured an all-Soldier cast that boomed, crooned, strummed and strutted its way through a rapid-fire series of short musical sets. They offered up a welltuned fusion of country and western on the one hand and rhythm and blues on the other. It was Memphis meets Motown meets MTV with hints of hip-hop and accents of the Broadway musical stage. And the shows high-octane, pumped-up pace kept the audience of 1,700 Soldiers and family members applauding, whistling, cheering and at times calling out their approval. It was pretty good variety, they transitioned nicely, said Sgt. David Staples, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was glad the Army had put the Soldier Show on the road, bringing something positive for soldiers. As one set drew to its close and its performers made their exit, yet a new group would stride onstage; as quickly as the sets changed, so did the lighting, which was now bright and glaring, now darkish and subdued, according to the mood of each piece. And there was something for nearly everyone in todays diverse U.S. military audience. There were numbers that pulsed to an R&B beat but whose music and cowboy costumes had the unmistakable twang and lilt of Country. And, in a different but no less energetic vein, there was a Cotton Club evocation of Harlem in its musical and cultural heyday. Pfc. Joseph Pitre of the 2nd Infantry Division isnt a big pop or rap fan but loved the shows country and western material, he said. The country music and playing the fiddle and Charlie Daniels band and drum set, that stuff is all real exciting, real fun to me, he said. Maj. Douglas Chaney of Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was there with his wife and three children. Wife wanted to come see an MWRsponsored Soldier Show so we decided to get the kids suited up and head out to Casey, he said. I thought the show was really, really great, said his daughter Tiffany, 12. Their singing was very, very good. She especially liked a Lady Gaga number. The show was a hit with her mother, Tracy, too. It was great family entertainment three children, bringing them out tonight, to see the different aspects military and families getting together. Near the close, the cast reassembled in Class A uniforms and performed several numbers, including Red, White and Blue. x

Above, an arresting moment during one of the shows many dance numbers. Below, heartfelt singing was characteristc of the shows Soldier-performers. U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes

One of the many numbers in a country-and-western theme during the 2011 Soldier Show. U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes




News & Notes

Flu shots Flu shots are available for all GS employees and dependents, both adults and children, at the Camp Casey and Camp Red cloud medical clinics. Dependents in the Camp Stanley area may receive their flu immunization either at Camp Casey or Camp Red Cloud. At Camp Casey, immunizations are given Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. At Camp Red Cloud, they are given for those older than 36 months, Monday through Friday from 1 3:30 p.m. Children under 36 months may receive the immunization Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 730-4336. Tree Lightings Christmas tree lighting ceremonies are scheduled for several Area I installations. Each ceremony is to feature refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus with treats for the children, and Christmas music by the 2nd Infantry Division Band. At Camp Red Cloud, the ceremony is to be held Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in front of Freeman Hall; at Camp Casey, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza; and at Camp Stanley, Dec. 7 at 5:05 p.m. in front of the Camp Stanley Chapel. For more information, call 732-7248. Community Town Hall Meeting There will be a community town hall meeting at 1 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Camp Red Cloud Theater. Community service providers from the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and tenant organizations will be there to provide an array of updates on their programs and services. If you cannot attend, tune in and watch the live broadcast on the USAG Red Cloud Facebook page. First Aid/CPR Class The American Red Cross is offering a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adults, children and infants) class from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 7 in bldg. 110 on Camp Red Cloud. The class will help people learn how to confidently assist with a medical emergency. The deadline to register is one day prior to the class. The cost is $40 and is payable with cash, check or credit/debit card, and must be paid at the time of registration. Participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be in their third trimester of pregnancy. For more information, call 730-3184. Water Outage A water outage at Camp Casey is scheduled for Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The outage is to allow relocation of water lines. For more information, call 730-3741.

At Camp Caseys Family Readiness Center in July 2010, a workshop provided Area I community members with information on international marriage and immigration.Those thinking of an international marriage should first be sure they follow the rules spelled out in U.S. Forces Korea Regulation 600-240. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Jin

Thinking of international marriage?

Follow the USFKs marriage regulation before going down the aisle
By Cpt. Daniel Choi Administrative Law Attorney, USFK/Eighth U.S. Army
previous version which held that servicemembers only needed to abide by the international marriage regulation if their marriage would take place in Korea. The main point you should remember here is: START EARLY. Many servicemembers believe they have all the time in the world when navigating through the maze that is USFK Regulation 600-240. However, they dont realize that certain steps in the regulation take longer than others, such as the medical process. Another important takeaway is to always keep your chain-of-command informed. Because lets face it, theres no way youre getting married without your unit commander knowing. So let it be known often and early that youre going through this regulation and you need all the help you can get. However, thats not to say that completing the different steps in USFK Reg 600-240 is so cumbersome it cant be completed. Because with a little determination and forward planning, youll get through it and wonder, Whats the big deal? USFK Regulation 600-240 contains some steps that can be completed quickly (such as the initial meeting with your battalion/squadron or equivalent-level commander; counseling session with the chaplain). Other steps require a little more leg work (obtaining a medical examination for you, as well as your intended spouse; obtaining a background check on your intended). Due to the somewhat complex nature of completing the various steps in USFK Regulation 600-240, its a good idea actually, its imperative that you visit http://8tharmy.korea. Publication_Records_Reg_USFK.htm, where youll find a link to the above regulation. There youll find all the information you need to get married in Korea, as well as some important measures thatll come into play after the marriage takes place. Be sure you start the visa process concurrently with the marriage process, to ensure that your spouse has enough time to obtain the relevant visa. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul has a number of great resources related to marrying in Korea and immigration. They can be found at http://seoul. html. For more information or assistance regarding international marriage, stop by your local legal assistance office. The required forms and instructions can be found online at http://8tharmy. LegalServices/LegalServices. htm#Marriage%20Services. One more very important thing to remember: violations of this policy can be punished under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Failure to Obey Order or Regulation), or by other administrative or adverse action. So do the smart thing, keep your chain-of-command informed, and start early. Youll be glad you did. Congratulations! x So Youre Getting Married Youve bought the perfect ring. Youve planned the perfect proposal. Youve even booked tickets to Bali for the honeymoon. Now all you have to worry about is if he or she will say Yes. Hold on Soldier, not so fast. If youre stationed in Korea and planning to marry a non-US citizen, theres one more thing you have to do before taking the biggest step of your life and walking down that aisle. All U.S. personnel within U.S. Forces Korea must comply with USFK Regulation 600-240, International Marriages of USFK Personnel, 17 July 2011. The purpose of the international marriage regulation is to: Preclude void marriages Reduce the number of military dependents ineligible for immigration Ensure that Soldiers desiring to enter into an international marriage are fully informed of and follow the regulatory procedures necessary to ensure that the marriage will be valid, and that the intended spouse and other dependent(s) will be eligible to accompany the Soldier upon permanent change of station (PCS). As this regulation has been recently updated, its important to know and understand all the changes that may apply to you. One important change is that this regulation now applies regardless of where the marriage will actually take place, as opposed to the

DEC 2, 2011



Overseas commissaries, including this one at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, will stop selling magazines, starting in January. Photo courtesy of Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries to halt overseas magazine sales

By Leslie Brown DeCA public affairs officer for Europe Area
FORT LEE, Va Defense Commissary Agency officials have announced the end of magazine sales in their overseas stores beginning January 2012. This affects all commissaries in South Korea and elsewhere in the Pacific Japan, Okinawa, Guam as well as in Europe and Puerto Rico. DeCA will continue to sell the Stars & Stripes newspaper since its editions are printed in-theater. Commissaries in Alaska and Hawaii are not affected by this sales change. Magazines will also continue to be available in military exchanges and bookstores located near most overseas commissaries. With the rising costs in transportation and declining sales, the decision was made to end the sale of magazines in our stores in Europe and the Pacific, said Chris Burns, director of sales. We have to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayerprovided resources, and this is one way we can do that. Before deciding to cease magazine sales overseas, DeCA officials had tried other options such as deleting slowselling titles and reducing the volume of magazines shipped to overseas stores. However, the negative sales trend didnt change. The decision to eliminate magazine sales overseas was not an easy one, but a decision that had to be made in our fiscally constrained environment, Burns said. The contract for selling magazines in the overseas stores ends in fiscal 2012, so this is the proper time to make this change. By eliminating the logistical costs of airlifting magazines to overseas distribution centers, were able to keep other important products flowing to our store shelves, Burns said. About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. For current savings figures for various groups single member up to a family of seven visit http:// A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. Stay Connected to your Commissary Benefit COMMISSARIES.COM: Visit www. to learn more about the Defense Commissary Agency: check out the latest news, find a store near you, see whats on sale, create a shopping list, learn of food and product recalls, scan employment opportunities, read frequently asked questions, submit a customer comment form online through DeCAs Your Action Line and more. COMMISSARY CONNECTION: To stay connected with the latest news about your most valued benefit, Hot Links to additional savings, shopping sprees, contests, commissary promotions, events and more, go to cfm and subscribe to the Commissary Connection newsletter. x

Spouses red hot for soccer

This is a Photo of my friends and I! Were the Red Hots, first spouses soccer team to win the spouses soccer tournament here in korea!! Photo courtesy of Yaya Brawer Comb

DECEMBER 2, 2011

Profiles in patiotism: Keun Park

By Jane Lee
YONGSAN GARRISON - Fighting communism. Serving five times as an Ambassador for the Republic of Korea, Keun Park summed up the very reason for dedicating his life to diplomacy, with those two simple words. Park said it was fate for him to become a diplomat in a career that spanned the emerging democracys first five presidencies. In my dorm there were North Korean students who escaped from Soviet occupation and the communists who came down, fled to South Korea and entered prep school at Seoul National University, he said. They were upstairs. One night I heard a beer bottle cracking and shattering while we were sleeping. We were scared. In the morning, we ran up and saw. I could not recognize them. Their faces were so swollen they could not open their eyes. They were so disfigured, you could not distinguish one from the other. Shocked by the violence, Park spurned law school or politics in lieu of trying to find an answer to communism. Because of my experience with Japanese rule I had suffered enough from oppression and dictatorship, he said. Fate brought me to every important event, every confrontation with communism. The threat to Korea was not from North Korea alone. The Soviet Union shot down a civilian airliner - Korean Air flight 007. Beyond that, the Soviet Union, their goal was world domination and Korea was one of their stepping stones or obstacles to achieving that because of our geopolitical location. Throughout his 30 years of government service, Park remained a steadfast champion of the ROK-US Alliance; even amidst deep, divisive anti-American sentiment following the accidental killing of two young school girls during a U.S. Military training exercise and the mad cow beef scare. The very fact that the United States symbolizes freedom this immutable human historical value - is why it is the strongest country in the world today, he said. And because of freedom, it is the most innovative, technologically advanced, morally, materially and politically superior country. And allying with that country is a miracle. Park credits Syngman Rhee, Koreas first president, for having the vision to accomplish the impossible. Overcoming the overbearing communist-friendly zeitgeist during the founding of the republic, Rhee made sure the United States and South Korea were tied together through a formal alliance. I think God blessed us. That is why Korea is ahead of all other developing countries today - because we were founded on democracy, capitalism and non-communist ideologies. Regarding anti-American demonstrators today: We can put them in jail, put them down, oppress them but thats not strength, thats weakness. Its a freedom we have to value. When I was young, I believed in freedom, democracy and individualism. I think if you believe in these values, you remain eternally young. I want young people to hold onto these values. x



Ambassador Keun Park has lived through South Koreas occupation by Japan, liberation by the United States, rise from the devastation of the Korean War to become the economic and technological powerhouse it is today. - U.S. Army photo by Jane Lee

Innovative Restorative PT for Soldiers on profile

By Morning Calm Staff
YONGSAN GARRISON - Two Soldiers on Camp Humphreys have developed a program for use by Soldiers on profile. Sgt. 1st Class Darin Elkins and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Murphy, physical therapy technicians with the 65th Medical Brigade, have identified several exercises and created routines that enable just about every Soldier who has a physical limitation to perform Restorative Physical Readiness Training (RPRT). Elkins had observed several profiled Soldiers who were unable to perform many of the exercises due to the way the profiles were written. Starting in June, Elkins started pulling those Soldiers aside and talking with them and identifying what they could do within the limitations of their profiles and then initiated a regular Restorative Physical Readiness Training Program. Since then, he and Murphy have been working to grow the Restorative Physical Readiness Training to the entire brigade, with a goal of implementing the Restorative Physical Readiness Training Program Armywide. As physical therapy technicians, we are familiar with modifications to movements to maximize the use of extremities and core stability. Thus, it was natural to recognize these exercises as rehabilitative exercises, Elkins said. The Restorative Physical Readiness Training addresses acute injuries by addressing the three phases of healing: Inflammatory, proliferation, and remodeling. Since the phases of healing are addressed at the onset of the program, Elkins and Murphy can make a good assessment of the profile and modify some of the basic movements to help with healing and get all Soldiers moving in the direction of physical readiness. The focus of the 65th Medical Brigade Restorative Physical Readiness Training is to address acute inflammation, increase range of motion, build strength, increase cardiovascular endurance,

Sgt. 1st Class Darin Elkins and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Murphy have collaborated to build a program that is based around the whole Soldier! TC 3-22.20 is the foundation of the program, but the concept is rehab driven. - U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darin Elkins
and prevent further injuries. All of this is being achieved without having to run in ability groups from one point to another or to count repetitions of a specific exercise. We are able to conduct aggressive interval training within the limits of the Soldiers pain tolerance by focusing on proper body mechanics, Elkins said. The idea is to allow the Soldiers to see how the exercise should be performed nd then make modifications from that exercise to achieve a good rehabilitative and therapeutic workout. The plan is to open this Restorative Physical Readiness Training Program to as many Soldiers that can attend. Right now, we are focused on Yongsan, due to the limitation on qualified Restorative PRT instructors, but I envision a Train the Trainer Program and then we will set our sites on going Armywide, Elkins said. Restorative Physical Readiness Training sessions will be conducted on Field Number 5 from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Any questions can be e-mailed to Murphy at x


By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - As the holiday season swings in, families rely on the mail system more than ever to ensure their gifts make it to and from the Republic of Korea. With this comes the worry over the care of the package, and the ever-present fear of theft or destruction while in transit. To alleviate these concerns, and to demonstrate the security of the postal system employed by United States Forces Korea, the Aerial Mail Terminal (AMT) staff took members of the Yongsan Garrison on a tour through the facility at Incheon International Airport to get a firsthand look at how the mail works. Before the mail even arrives in the Republic of Korea, the United States Postal Service headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif., inspects and leads each package through a customs inspection. X-ray scanning, ion detection and visual checks are made before the mail flies, to ensure security and safety during the process. As the mail is loaded


News & Notes

Tobacco Cessation Support All Area II smokers: need help quitting? Just show up to the Area II Tobacco Cessation Support meetings in building 5447 conference room (Occupational Health Office by the Yongsan Commissary) every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon. All USFK employees and their Families are welcome. For more information, call 736-6693/ 6355. Learn more about your health at: http:// healthpromotion/index.html.

Aerial Mail Terminal ensures safety for Army Postage

8th U.S. Army Retiree Council EUSA Retiree Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Townhouse Glass Room. Open to all retirees, retiree spouse, and retiree widows.

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Retiree Council Yongsan Retiree Council meets on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Command Conference Room of the USAG Yongsan Headquarters building #4305. Open to all retirees, retiree spouse, and retiree widows.

Tim Haliburton, the chief of the Aerial Mail Terminal, inspects a package inbound to a Soldier in South Korea during an average day for the AMT. Thousands of pieces of mail come through each day, each one checked by a team of South Korean customs officials, Soldiers, airmen and U.S. civilian contractors. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
onto the plane, each piece is placed onto a data sheet to be kept on file and transferred over with the mail. Once the mail reaches Incheon, the process is repeated again by Korean customs and U.S. contractors, who put the packages through the same inspections. By using the sheets filled out in the US, they can check to make sure the mail hasnt been tampered with during the flight. After the mail is inspected, it moves along the conveyor belt towards a moving truck, with separators moving the parcels onto different trucks for different posts. All of the mail received comes through the terminal, from Camp Casey in Area I to Camp Carrol in Area IV. Once on the trucks, the truck is sealed with a numbered band, and the data sheet is filled out with the See MAIL SYSTEM, Page 12

Get more info in Digits:

Scan this code, or go to com/usag-yongsan for more.

Women of God Empowerment Conference 2011 Who: All women 18 yrs and up When: 16-18 December 2011 Where: South Post Chapel Mission: To enable every woman to discover and fulfill their purpose in Christ through informational workshops and the spoken word of God that usher them to a place of emotional, social, and spiritual stability and productivity. An exhilarating weekend that will empower every women mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Americas sweethearts, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, will be performing for USAG Yongsan on Sunday December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Collier Community Fitness Center. For more information, call 723-3291.

For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG Yongsan Facebook page at

DECEMBER 2, 2011



Best purchase for Black Friday

By Sgt. Hong Moo-sun
What was your best purchase for Black Friday this Thanksgiving? Find out what more than 8,700 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at! (Comments are kept in their original form)

Yongsan family have fun at Lotte World

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My best purchase would be my choice not to get out in the madness!

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I got my husband a new Xbox 360 for $99. You cant beat it!

By Monte Hargrave

Give the Gift of a Lifetime

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HP wireless printer for $40!

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YONGSAN GARRISON - The initial article in this series dealt with giving up tobacco and increasing your ability to spend more time, more quality time, with those you love and those you care about. It was just as much a personal journey as an informational one. For those who missed it: http://morningcalm. This perspective of Giving the Gift of a Lifetime is much different; it is about doing something for yourself setting yourself up for success, improving your status as a person, as a Soldier or Team member, as an important contributor to society and most importantly, so you can continue to have a fun life. Lets look at these three major points and reflect. Setting yourself up for success started a while back no matter who is reading this article. For most, it was when we started kindergarten or grade school. We started on a path that taught us we have to work

for good grades, work for the titles we earn (Sports, Extra-curricular Clubs, Hobbies, Scouts, etc.) and it only got more challenging, for most of us, the farther along we went. Bottom line, we had to earn all those things that got us to the next level and learn to adapt to the way ahead in meeting expectations of the activities in which we participated. After a long and successful academic career; completing high school, college or vocational training; we all have our entire future in front of us. For most, we got school, a military career, a few deployments, raising the kids, and many other challenges, you name it, we have been through a lot. Life is full of adventure and I hope you share my view that the best days are ahead of us, not behind us. I am sure most of you look forward to actually retiring from the workforce, enjoying grandkids and doing what you want, when you want. To get to the point of not having to worry about our future is different for each of us. Some are content with a small place in a simple town with not much See TOBACCO, Page 12

My best purchase was breakfast out with my husband. I have no use for the rudeness of holiday shoppers.

New Gate Hours of Operation

Gate # Gate 3 (MARFOR-K) Gate 4 (CPAC) Gate 5 (Gas Station) Gate 14 (Hospital) Gate 16 (MP Station) Gate 18 (Coiner Walk Thru) Gate 19 (Coiner Visitors Center) Gate 21 (Friendship House) Hannam Back Gate

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Current Hours 0500-2400 (7 Days) 0600-2100 (Mon-Fri) 0600-2400 (7 Days) 0600-2400 (7 Days) 0500-2400 (7 Days) 0600-0800 & 1600-1800 (Mon-Sat) 1100-1300 (Mon-Fri) 24/7 0500-2400 (7 Days) 0500-2100 (7 Days)

My best purchase was lunch for the family at Johnny Rockets at Premium Outlets - Korea in Paju and walking around the outlet mall and pretending we were in the USA all day but not spending any money.

New Hours 0500-2100 (7 Days) 0500-2100 (Mon-Fri) 0500-2400 (7 Days) 0500-2100 (Mon-Fri) (Closed Sat-Sun) 0500-2100 (Mon-Fri) (Closed Sat-Sun) 0600-0800, 1100-1300, 1600-1800 (Mon-Fri) 0500-2100 (Mon-Fri) (Closed Sat-Sun) 0500-2100 (Mon-Fri) Closed

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*ESPG (Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gate) (Gates are 24/7, but entrant MUST be registered in DBIDS to access)


parked in areas where they disturb traffic, block access routes and even hinder emergency services from performing their duties. Congested roads and more difficulties for emergency vehicles have been the result. Parking lots are also seeing too many vehicles to handle, making shopping during the Holiday season an even more stressful time for Families. To help alleviate the problems on post, the USAG Yongsan leadership suggests using public transportation, such as the on-post shuttle or taxi, to get from place to place without having to worry about a parking spot or face a ticket for parking illegally. Ricky Oxendine, the Director of Emergency Services on Yongsan Garrison, pointed out that spending $3 on cab fare was far cheaper than paying for a parking ticket that could have been avoided. x
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Parking gets tight, MPs on the lookout

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - With over 19,000 registered vehicles in Area II and approximately 8,000 legal parking spots, incidences of parking violations are on the rise throughout the installation of Yongsan Garrison. The Directorate of Emergency Services and the Military Police on post are no strangers to the traffic situation. Though they may not be noticed, parking violations have been on the rise as more Families bring or purchase personal vehicles. Though the first violation is usually met with a warning, further violations can cost money, or if ignored enough, the revoking of the drivers privilege to drive in South Korea. The limited parking situation on the installation has led to cars being

number of the band and the time it was sealed to help prevent tampering. Tim Haliburton, the AMT chief, said that it is a good feeling to help keep the mail moving, from the loved ones back in the states to the Soldiers and Families in Korea. When it is time for the trucks to roll, the mail is then taken to a central mail facility on each post, where the mail clerks unseal the truck and separate it to the various units they serve. From here, the unit mail representatives then pick up the mail and take it back to the mail rooms, delivering it to the customer. Registered mail, or mail sent by the Army for official use, undergoes even more stringent checks, including having a vault to secure the mail and a se-

curity force to ensure that tampering cannot happen to the mail once the airplane touches ground. Air Force and Army personnel then make sure that the registered mail follows strict rules to get from the terminal to the post, and a Servicemember must always be with the mail, or the AMT will not release it. When its time for the mail to head back home, the same process happens in reverse, with trucks bringing in parcels for customs before loading them on an early morning flight back to the U.S. For the holidays, the AMT staff reminded their visitors to ship items early to make sure it had time to go through the process and make it back home in time for the family to enjoy. x
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more than a few friends and family around and for others it is a big mansion on the hill yakking it up with the elite, for the rest of us it probably is somewhere in between. We often have grand visions of how nice this will be. We often fail to take a reality check and actually plan on how to get there; thinking it will eventually happen. The term success is different to each of us, we have to define it to understand if we have or will achieve success. In setting ourselves up for success, we need to set goals in life, develop a plan then put factors in motion for a better, healthier and more prosperous future. All the above in this article is to have you contemplate all you have done and all you have to look forward to and remind yourself dont dash your goals in life by participating in self-destructive

behavior(s). As a Solider, a professional, a leader, a parent or a friend, we cannot set others up for failure and expect to become successful. With this in mind, we should ensure we dont discount our own future and jeopardize the goals we work a lifetime to achieve. Participating in self-destructive behavior like using tobacco, excessive amounts of alcohol, illicit drugs; or contemplating suicide or not speaking up for those who are most at-risk to hurt themselves or others cut short the lives and quality of life of all those around us. Do something positive for yourself, your family & friends, your community, your Army and your country partner with Command Sgt. Maj. Justis and Give the Gift of a Lifetime YOU!!! x

DECEMBER 2, 2011

By Col. Thomas Honadel 106th Medical Detachment
YONGSAN GARRISON The 106th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support Detachment) will commemorate 60 Years of Service in the Republic of Korea during a ceremony Dec. 8 at the detachments clinic here. As one of the longest continually active Veterinary Detachments in the Army, the 106th has provided veterinary support across the Korean Peninsula since arriving at Yongdongpo on March 21, 1951. The 106th Medical Detachment (VSSD) is the only Veterinary Detachment in the world that conducts a garrison support mission while simultaneously training to conduct its primary mission to support 8th Armys transition to hostilities if conflict occurs on the Korean Peninsula. The unit ensures food protection for the Army, Navy, and Marines, inspecting food for intentional and unintentional contamination and provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for military working dogs for all branches of service throughout the Korean Peninsula. It also provides medical services on a space available basis for privately owned pets. The unit has treatment facilities on Camp Red Cloud, USAG Yongsan,


106th Medical to celebrate 60 years of service in Korea

Camp Humphreys, Osan Air Base, and USAG Daegus Camp Walker. As a subordinate detachment under the 65th Medical Brigade, the 106th consists of a Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Team, a Food Procurement and Laboratory Team, five Veterinary Service Support Teams, and a Headquarters. The unit has recently undergone a directed reorganization and during the 60-year commemoration, several teams will set up their equipment and use the equipment to practice support to war time operations. The public is invited to tour the units field operations on Yongsan Dec. 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of the AAFES gas station During this exercise, unit Soldiers will be performing routine surgeries, animal dental cleanings, and food laboratory testing to test their operational capabilities and provide support to USAG Yongsan. There will be veterinarians, animal care specialists, and food inspection specialists available to answer questions about the units mission. The units Soldiers are looking forward to showing everyone how the 106th Medial Detachment helps protect the food for service members and their Families and provides comprehensive medical care to military working dogs. x

Jordan Cherry poses with parents after earning a scholarship from the 2011 Scholarships for Military Children Program during a ceremony earlier this year at the Fort Lee, Va., commissary. U.S. Army photo by Rick Brink

Applications now being accepted for scholarships

By Tammy Reed Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, VA. Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Program are now available at commissaries worldwide and as online at or www. Jordan Cherry, a 2011 Scholarships for Military Children recipient, said receiving extra money for college lightened her financial load. This scholarship definitely decreases the financial burden of school, which we all know is a big benefit, she said. Awards will be based on funds available, but the program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. Every dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships. No taxpayer dollars are expended on the scholarship program. If there are no eligible applicants from a particular commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are used to award an additional scholarship at another store. The scholarship program was created to recognize military families contributions to the readiness of U.S. armed forces and the commissarys role in the military community. Since the program began in 2000, it has awarded more than $9.3 million in scholarships to 6,069 military children from 62,000-plus applicants. While these numbers are impressive, whats even more impressive is what past scholarship recipients are doing with their education, said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. Many recipients have entered a wide range of career fields such as teaching, business, law and military service to name just a few. Many others have earned advanced degrees. They are making their way in this world, and they are making a difference. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, no older than 21 or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Applicants must submit an essay at Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012. The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their Families. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarshipmanagement services organization, evaluates applications and awards these scholarships. If students have questions about applying, they can email them to x

Sponsorship made easier

By James Grenier Eighth Army G1
YONGSAN GARRISON Korea is a wonderful place for service members and their Families to experience a culture that is unlike the West. Command Sponsorship (CS) can be requested up to 180 days prior to arriving in Korea, anytime while serving in Korea, or before a service member receives their next PCS assignment. Every member of the command is vital to the mission and we would like to sponsor all service members and their families to Korea, but due to the limited infrastructure that exists here, CS positions are limited. Recently, we reevaluated the Command Sponsorship Program (CSP) and implemented a more accessible and viable program. Weve shortened the time it takes to process command sponsorship. The Soldier Management System (SMS) which was tracking CSP went off line for website maintenance. Due to the SMS outage, we have created a new SharePoint website system that CSP managers can track a Soldiers request. We believe this new system will help managers and commanders expedite the application process. Another change we are excited about is the establishment of a new one-stop website, which has everything that you need to find out about CS and how to apply. It can be found by logging into the USFK home page or the 8th Army Home page. From either home page, click on the Command Sponsorship link: cspinformation.asp. This website contains the most current USFK Regulation 614-1 and 8th Army Procedural Guidance to cover the CSP in Korea. It is also the place to go and locate all the necessary forms required to apply for CSP, the steps needed to process the documents and points of contacts at the unit level to help service members with their CS request. For all CSP request: these are the unit POCs contact information: 2ID, 723-6863; 19ESC, 768-7388; 1 SIG, 723-4807; 35 ADA, 783-5580; 501 MI, 723-4340; 65th MED, 736-5701; AFKN, 724-7900; AMC, 768-8743; 411 CSB, 724-3377; CID, 723-4568; FED, 721-7117; DISA, 723-2763; IMCOM-P, 738-3127; SOCKOR, 723-5039; STB-K, 723-5884; USFK, 723-3482; 3 BCD, 784-8332; DLA, 7688735; DIA, 738-4153; JUSMAG, 7256609; 4-58, 753-8743 To apply for CS, see your S-1 representative and visit the CSP link above to retrieve the required documents and have the S-1 or your CSP manager listed above submit all completed documents to mil. Make sure to ask for a confirmation that they have received the request. If the service member has not received a response after submitting the request within 30 days, contact the gaining unit POC. Service members with command sponsorship moving from one area to another area in Korea, must ensure that they receive a CS approval through MPD before moving, only after the approval from MPD the service member will be transferred to that new CS number. x




DECEMBER 2, 2011

Area II Worship Schedule
Worship Services
Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 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 Brian Allgood Hospital


Area I Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Korean Protestant Thursday Collective Protestant Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Sunday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Fam Life Cntr Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel Memorial Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel

Area III Worship Schedule

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

Area IV Worship Schedule

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

9:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel 12:30 p.m. Stanley Chapel 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel

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.

Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

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

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

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 Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel

9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel Memorial 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.

Stone 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.) John Chun: 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Frailey 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.) James Drake:, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones:, 765-8991




September 3, 2010



USAG Daegu community members proudly display their enthusiasm at this years Korean Culture Cooking Class. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo

Korean Cooking Class 2011

Taking advantage of their tour in the Land of the Morning Calm, Soldiers and Family members from throughout USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub participated in a free Korean Cooking Class, Oct. 29 at Daegus Gyeongbuk English Village. Sponsored by Yeungjin College, the Saturday event allowed nearly 30 individuals a chance to try their hand at making traditional Korean dishes that ranged from jabchae, (Korean noodles) to gimbap (vegetables and rice rolled in seaweed). The cooking class was a Good Neighbor project that supports USAG Daegu efforts to embrace an exchange of cultural and quality of life activities for Soldiers and Family members, as well as their Korean counterparts.

Cooking class participants keep a watchful eye on their Korean instructor as she demonstrates how to measure ingredients. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo

USAG Daegu Family members review instructions as they prepare to make their special Korean dish. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo




DECEMBER 2, 2011




DECEMBER 2, 2011



Humphreys Super Park opens

Variety of slides are among the amusements
By Steven Hoover USAG Humphreys Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPRHEYS A childrens play area, which has been dubbed Super Park, and features equipment that allows children of all abilities to use the play place, was officially opened here Nov. 30. Due to inclement weather, the ceremony was moved into the Super Gym, where about 40 children from the Child Development Centers Strong Beginnings classes recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang God Bless America, before participating in the ribbon cutting. The inclusive design of the equipment makes it easier for all children to use the equipment and, according to officials, was the primary reason

Children from the Camp Humphreys Child Development Center help (from left) Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer L. Gray, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier, Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander for support, Suzanne James, Army Community Services director, Col. Joseph P. Moore, USAG Humphreys garrison commander, and Don Claycomb, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director, cut the ribbon at the Super Gym. U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

his new park is a significant quality of life improvement at Camp Humphreys.

- Dennis Polaski DPW Director
the contract was awarded to Playworld Systems. This company has built similar playgrounds at Fort Gordon, Ga., Fort Sill, Okla., Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Yokota Air Base, Japan. The park, which was built, essentially, with money the garrison was awarded during the 2009 Army Communities of Excellence program, is located adjacent to the Super Gym parking garage and cost roughly $493,000. ACOE is a program for the total Army which focuses on improvements in the environment, in services and facilities, improving working and living conditions, renewing pride and developing a sense of accomplishment in every member of the community. The U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Directorate of Public Works Master Planning Division created the Super Park concept in conjunction with the Directorate of Family, Morale, and Welfare. It was extremely challenging to find a location not affected by the ongoing transformation, said Dennis Polaski, director of DPW. This oppor-

tunity became available when it was determined that a future satellite post office, originally sited in the location, would not fit and had to be relocated. With more than 85 percent of the garrison families residing off-post, this new park is a significant quality of life improvement at Camp Humphreys. Polaski credits Suzanne James, director of the Camp Humphrey Army Community Services, with being responsible for bringing this vision and concept to reality. The playground equipment is divided into play areas for ages 2-5 and then ages 5-12. Among other things, it provides accessible routes into, around and within the play space, makes all ground-level activities accessible and is intended to create an identical or equivalent play experience for every child. Also included are two pavilions, playground equipment, picnic tables and benches. In the spring, grills will be added. The pavilions can be reserved and rented through FMWRs Outdoor Recreation, located in Bldg. S-1044, which is behind the Super Gym parking garage, telephone 753-3013. x

Commander likes what he sees of 35th ADA

By Capt. Casey Harrell 35th Air Defense Artillery
OSAN AIR BASE Since Col. Eric Sanchez has taken command of one of the Armys most spread out units on the Korean Peninsula, the 35th Air Defense Brigade, he has had the chance to travel from Osan Air Base, Kwang Ju in the south, and Camp Casey in the north. In more than six months in command he has seen firsthand what his Soldiers are bringing to the units mission in conducting joint air and missile defense operations and he is more than satisfied with their dedication. I have been impressed with their abilities to understand the importance of our mission here in Korea, he said. Like we continue to tell our Soldiers: The 35th ADA is the only air defense brigade on the peninsula, so our leadership is looking for our brigade to execute the mission on any given notice. Sanchez said dedication to the mission comes from one of the most important principles in his command philosophy. The base of the whole thing comes from teamwork, because every aspect to me centers around building constructive team members. In the process the members have to believe in the mission and their leadership. He also cited the importance of standards and discipline, calling them some of the other keys to ours successes, gauging from what I have seen within the brigade, and it is our goal to continue to do the most fundamental things required to maintain the excellent measures taken. To all the Soldiers and Family members, I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work and lets enjoy the holidays and return safely to our teams ready to continue Ready in Defense! x

Col. Eric Sanchez, 35th ADA comamander


By Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril 602nd Aviation Support Bn.
PANMUNJOM The 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, also known as the Warhorse Battalion, conducted combat patrol qualification here. During the 14-day exercise Soldiers from 602nd trained alongside Soldiers from E Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd CAB, on a variety of essential tasks related to conducting convoy operations, including reacting to and identifying improvised explosive devices, reacting to contact, convoy troop leading procedures, individual battle drills and securing and cordoning an area.

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Library Entrance Renovation The Camp Humphreys Library will undergo a minor renovation to replace the front doors starting Dec. 5. The library will remain open while the work is being performed. Entry into, and departure out of, the library will be through an exit door at the end of the building. Signs will be posted outside the facility to direct patrons to the appropriate door. A wall will be erected inside to reduce noise and keep the weather out. Tree Lighting The Community Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Dec. 5 in Transformation Park, starting at 5:30 p.m. A Welcome the Holidays Social will be held in the Community Activity Center following the tree lighting. Anyone interested in preparing Christmas cookies for the social should contact First Aid Course The American Red Cross will offer a CPR standard First Aid course Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. To register and pay for course, stop by Bldg. 752. For more information, call 753-7172. Free Santa Photos FMWR Marketing will be taking free pictures at the annual Breakfast with Santa Claus, at Alaska Mining Company Dec. 10-11 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Photos will be posted on where they can be copied, saved, printed or e-mailed to be printed for holiday cards. Child Find Screenings Child Find monthly screenings for children ages 3-5 will be held at Dec. 14 at Humphreys American School. Child Find is an outreach program that seeks to identify children who may have developmental or educational disabilities. To request a screening, contact Humphreys American School, at 753-6003.e-mail BOSS Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is taking a trip Dec. 17 to Jisan for skiing and snowboarding. The cost is $60, which includes admission, transportation and equipment. Sign-up deadline is Dec. 15. The trip departs at 8 a.m. For more information, call 753-8970. Toy Drive The 4-2 (Attack) Regiment Good Neighbor Program is conducting a holiday Pamper and Toy Drive in support of Jacobs Orphanage. through Dec. 20. Items can be dropped off at the 4-2 Headquarters (Bldg. 579), the 4-2 Motor Pool (Bldg. 841) or the hangar (Bldg. 1860). For more information, call 010-9208-3597 or 0108023-7392.

602nd trains to maintain


A Soldier from the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade carries a notional casualty to safety while reacting to contact during the battalions Combat Patrol Qualification course. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Peter Adams

We put our Soldiers out on a convoy live-fire, testing them on all of the individual crew level tasks they would encounter if they were to go out and conduct actual combat patrols, said Maj. Robert T. Hoffman, executive officer of 602nd and officer in charge of the exercise. The training focused on scenarios Soldiers might face on combat patrols. They trained on simulators first, then went through notional patrols. Simulators included the Humvee Egress Trainer Assessment and the Virtual Battlespace Two. The virtual classroom experience leading up to the live-fire portion provided the Soldiers the necessary knowledge to succeed during the qualification. Our training was based on a crawlwalk-run method, starting with the crawl phase during the electronic simulator, better preparing the Soldiers for scenarios they would face during the qualification phase, Hoffman said. During the two week training and qualification event, the battalion also held an M-16, M-240 crew served weapon and M-249 squad automatic weapons range to ensure Soldiers were qualified prior to taking on the CPQ lanes. The benefit was apparent during the qualifications. I think our Soldiers did a great job, and to see the leadership come out of them during the live-fire scenarios, was great, said 1st Lt. LeRae Brown, the fuel and water platoon leader and convoy commander during the CPQs. The Soldiers performed admirably and worked together as a team, Hoffman added. You could see the light bulb come on during training and how they understood the importance of all the training they received. x

35th ADA holds prayer luncheon

By Staff Sgt. Gerald McMann 35th Air Defense Artillery
OSAN AIR BASE Soldiers of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade had their annual Thanksgiving Prayer Luncheon at the Osan Officers Club. Soldiers from around the Brigade gathered so that they could participate in group worship and fine dining. The event had the support of Chaplain (Col.) Terry W. Austin, the Eighth Army command chaplain, 35th ADA Brigade Chaplains, and the 51st Fighter Wing chaplains. The event went great, no one could ask for a better turn-out than we received today, said Spc. Henrique Magalhaes, the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery chaplains assistant. There were smiles and laughter at all the tables, as everyone ate something from the exquisite menu of gourmet chicken or roast beef. Some of the best food Ive had in long time, said Pfc. Christopher Hines, a 35th ADA brigade Soldier. Plus its fun to be able to get together with old friends and all relate on common grounds. To top things off there was a special treat after lunch as Sgt. John T. Gifford,a cook with the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, played Amazing Grace and other Christian songs on the bagpipes. This is amazing, said Pfc. Isaac Castleberry, a 35th ADA Brigade Soldier, as Gifford captivated the banquet hall with a performance that left everyone appreciative. These are the important things in life, said Gifford later. Everyone being able to get together in worship and celebrate the things we hold near and dear to our hearts and souls. It really reminds you that we are all in this together and in each other it is easy to find happiness. x

Sergeant John Gifford plays hymns on the bagpipes during a 35th Air Defense Artillery prayer luncheon. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Isaac Castleberry

DECEMBER 2, 2011



Past Presents
What is your most memorable holiday gift?

Question of the Week:

Amanda Gonzalez
My husband, when he back came home on Dec. 24 from deployment.

Leanne Collins Buckley

My parents wrapping my rainbow bright doll up in my brothers color wrapping paper! They had already convinced us that Santa had a special type of wrapping paper for each of us.. Somehow rainbow bright got wrapped in my brothers color.

8th Army leaders visit Suwon

Andrea Linford-Vegvari
My mom was a single mom and didnt have much money. One year she surprised my brother and I both with stereos. I was 13. 24 years later I still do not know how she did it. I will always remember how we felt when we opened those presents and the pride on her face. It wasnt the stereo that was special it was that she did the impossible just for us.

Another serving is dished out during the Chili Cookoff on Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA

SUWON AIR BASE The holidays can be a time of homesickness for Soldiers, but the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery found a way to turn it into a morale booster with a delicious Thanksgiving meal, complete with all the trimmings. The event was capped by a visit from the Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson and his sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris. The Iron Horse Dining Facility Soldiers decorated the DFAC in festive streamers, and included a display of ice sculptures, a serving line with the unit leadership dressed in their Army Service Uniforms, and the best in American Thanksgiving cuisine. Johnson said, This is a great facility and it is one of my favorite times of year to visit the troops. Flying into Suwon on his UH-60 helicopter, Johnson was received by 35th ADA Brigade Commander Col. Eric Sanchez and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins, as well as the 6-52 command team, Lt. Col. William Darne and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy W. Hockenberry. The Eighth Army commander took the time to admire the ice sculptures and the holiday was also time for a visit from the Suwon Airbase Commander, Republic of Korea Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeon Kwoncheon. Visiting with his staff, and enjoying some American Thanksgiving food, he expressed warm wishes for a successful holiday season and a continuation of the friendship between the American and Korean forces on Suwon. x

Shirley Butts
When I was a single mom of three boys and couldnt afford to give my boys Christmas presents that year. The members of my church at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. chipped in and made Christmas great for the boys as well as me. Because of their giving and loving spirit I am a better person and I try to help those that I can. I am forever grateful.

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Bunning briefs Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, Eighth Army commander, during a Thanksgiving visit to Suwon Air Base. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald McMann

DECEMBER 2, 2011

added. A big challenge is helping our customers better understand the importance of preparing their boxes properly. Insuring their mail is also something that is very important to the mailing or shipping process. Should a package be damaged somewhere along the line, the customer who opted to insure his package can take the damaged packaged, along with the insurance form; bring both in so that they can be compensated for those damages. Customer satisfaction is a thought that is always on the mind of the postal employees, and its always a challenge. Said Williams, Sometimes dealing with so many different customers can be quite a challenge for the postal employee because should anything go wrong, he has to try and be understanding of the customers frustration. The customer can be anxious because a package hasnt reached its destination, or their mail is lost. In some cases the post office employee receives the blame. Thanks to technology, the customer can actually go online and track where his mail is. Regardless of the situation, however, the postal employee is committed to providing the customer with the best possible service. While quality service is a yearlong commitment for the post office, special care is given during the holiday season to help keep that commitment alive. To help the mailing process along, the post office


Holiday mail a seasonal challenge for postal officials

Story and photo by Lee Sae-mi
DAEGU GARRISON Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. While not the official creed or motto for the U.S. Post Office, the words have long been used to point out the commitment by the letter and parcel carriers who work against the toughest odds to ensure your mail reaches its destination intact and on time. For the staff at the U.S. Post Offices on Camp Walker and Camp Carroll, that commitment is still very much alive and well. Gearing up for the holiday mail traffic, the post offices are hard at work doing what it can to make this another holiday season that successfully meets the customers expectations. According to Area IV Postmaster, Gregory Williams, there is something that all authorized users of the postal facility can do to help achieve that success. To ensure mail reaches its desired destination, customers can help by correctly filling out the address label on their packages. Thats something that only the customer can do, and not doing so simply slows down the delivery process. Every effort is made to assist customers with any mailing questions or concerns they might have, he

While quality service is a year-long commitment for the post office, special care is given during the holiday season to help keep that commitment alive. has extended its hours of operation for the Christmas season. We also have in place something that will hopefully cut down having to stand in long lines. If customers have more than five packages, they can call to the post office the day before and the post office can open 30 minutes prior to its actual opening time, to assist these individuals, stated Williams. Mail early, pack it right, and insure it. Getting the mail on time is the biggest challenge for customers during this time of the year. The earlier customers come to the post office, the faster their loved ones will be able to get their packages and their mail. x

Cigarette smoking, a habit that can be costly

Story and photo by Bang Bong-joo
DAEGU GARRISON People are often addicted to many things including things that can be harmful to their health. The ability to quit or give up that addiction, often conflicts with their preferred choice of lifestyle. The Great American Smokeout, held Nov. 17, was just one way U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, the Camp Walker Commissary, along with representatives from the Wood Medical Clinic, could show their supporting efforts in helping combat the threat smoking has on the future and lives of those who find it hard to simply kick the habit. Dubbed Lick the Habit, the Great American Smokeout event gave participants a chance to take part in a candy sucker giveaway that included a host of pens and stress balls. To make the event a worthwhile challenge, any smoker who was able to quit smoking for a day, was afforded an opportunity to walk away with a cash prize of $25 and a Cold Turkey gift certificate. According to Richard Stock, Health Promotion Coordinator Area IV, the event was meant to spotlight the serious dangers associated with tobacco use, as well as the difficult challenges behind trying to quit. The cigarette is the perfect drug delivery device because tobacco includes about 4,000 chemicals, he said. There are an estimated 43

A cigarette is the perfect drug delivery device with its 4000 chemicals and 43 cancer-causing substances.
cancer-causing substances nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide, which are devastating to ones health. Stock shared that the Center for Disease Control views smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and that 1 out of every 5 deaths, can be attributed to tobacco use. More than alcohol, tobacco use kills more people yearly than does cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire and AIDS combined. Additionally, although you may not be a smoker, you need to be concerned about Second hand Smoke. Describing a passive smoker, Stock explained, A passive smoker is considered to be one who does not smoke, but might have lived with a smoker for five years or more. So, as you can see, that smoke is dangerous to others especially children dangerous The Health Promotion Coordinator went on to say, One out of every 8 people dies from lung cancer because of exposure to environments that produce second hand smoke. A tough fact to fathom is that a person who takes a puff from a cigarette, is likely to become addicted. That one occasion, could lead to addiction. With another successful attempt at involving the USAG Daegu community in the annual Great American Smokeout, Stock said, For those who want to kick the habit, I would encourage them to attend one of our weekly tobacco cessation classes held every Wednesday at the Wood Medical Clinic from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes will start again in Jan. 2012. Kicking the habit is a good way to start off the new year. x


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CYS Services New Family Child Care Home Opens CYSS is proud to welcome Amanda Dwyer as our new FCC provider. Her home is located on Camp George. All FCC providers go through extensive training, background checks and home inspections. Please call 764-4835 for more imformation about this program and to find out how you can become an FCC provider. We are particulary looking for providers who want to open up their homes for evening and weekend care. Gate Hour and Closure Notice While the new contract for security gurads gets settled, the following USAG Daegu gates will have modified hours: Camp Henry Gate 1: CLOSED Camp Walker Gate 6: Open only 5 - 10 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. Camp Carroll: Gate 4 PEDESTRIAN ONLY no vehicles. Please note this is just temporary while Soldiers from tenant units augment the gate forces. 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. National Fine Arts Exhibit & Reception this year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A beautiful display of Art Work done by the kids of USAG Daegu and the Southeast hub. December 6, 5 - 8 p.m. Evergreen Club. Appetizers will be served. Camp Henry Auto Skills Do it Yourself! Be Wise, Winterize! The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Call 768 - 8164 for further information. Tax Planning Basics The goal of tax planning is to arrange your financial affairs so as to minimize your taxes. There are three basic ways to reduce your taxes: reduce your income, increase your deductions and take advantage of tax credits. Each basic method might have several variations. December 20th 13:30.m. - 1600 p.m. Camp Carroll ACS Classroom Parents Night Out Registration starts Dec. 1. Your child must be a registered Child Youth & School Services member. No cost to families! Dec 16, 6:15 - 10:15 p.m. at the Camp Walker Child Development Center. 764-4834, 764-5298

Sniffles and sneezes no match for flu shot recipients

Story and photo by Park, Min-Jin
DAEGU GARRISON Its no surprise that coughs and colds are common this time of the year. So, when word went out that its time for flu shots, officials at Camp Walkers Wood Medical Clinic, and Daegu American School, Camp George joined forces wasting no time preparing the little ones for their vaccine. According to Songhui Martin, Daegu American School Nurse, When it comes to children the flu can be more dangerous than the common cold. Each year, seasonal f lu places a great burden on the health and well-being of children and families. Severe inf luenza complications are most common in children younger than two years old. While f lu seasons can vary in severity, a reality is that some children will die from flu each year. Martin further added, Children with chronic health problems like asthma and diabetes are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age, and children of any age with a long-



DECEMBER 2, 2011

Ageless History


Whats the hold up?

By Pvt. Bang Bong-joo As the year comes to a close, we want to know (and be honest!): What is the one thing youve procrastinated about doing that you know you should do and if done would make life a lot easier or better?

Mary Ambrose Smith

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It may look like hes getting a nose job, but this Daegu Middle School student is actually receiving a flu vaccine as Song Hui Martin, school nurse, (center) helps hold him steady. term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications if they get the flu. School principal, Laurel Eisinger, explained why the vaccine is so important. We held this event because it is important that we take care of the whole childnot just how well the child does in school, but how he or she does in the home. So by supporting this effort, it is a good way to build a partnership that benefits the family. x

Losing weight and becoming healthier as well.

Colleen Pigg Richmond

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A common site around the Korean peninsula, this oriental rooftop speaks to the seemingly ageless history of South Korea. Traditional homes and dwellings can often be spotted standing proudly beside more modern highrise structures. Courtesy photo by Mary. B. Grimes

What is your candle safety IQ?

Story by Andrew M Allen, Deputy Fire Chief What is the leading cause of accidental fires? If you said cooking, youre right. Its a leading cause of fires in the Army and across the US and Korea. The number two cause of preventable fires? This might surprise you; unattended candles! Annually, an estimated 23,600 fires in residences are caused by candles and result in 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss. Candles may look nice and smell good, but theyre a growing fire threat in our community. On military installations candles have become such a hazard that they are now banned from use in offices, workspaces, dormitories and lodging. For all other locations, knowing the facts about candles is a key to fire safety. Some interesting facts from the National Fire Data Center: 1. Women are more likely to be injured or killed in home fires caused by candles. 2. December has the highest rate of candle-ignited home fires. 3. Over one-third of home fires, started by candles, the fire began in a bedroom. Another 15% start in of all places, the bathroom! 4. Over half of all candle related fires were started because the candle was placed too close to combustible materials (curtains, lamp shades, boxes, wall decorations, etc.). Pop Quiz! What is your candle safety IQ? Take this test and see how many questions you can answer correctly. Good luck! 1. Candles should be kept ____________ away from things that can burn: a. A couple of inches b. One Foot c. Two Feet d.Three Feet 2. It is okay to burn candles around kids and pets. a. True b. False

Documenting history for DoD only one function of the VISC

Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin Google and Flickr may seem like the hottest search resources on earth, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu and the Southeast Hub can claim bragging rights to an equally useful and reliable source. It is the Visual Information Support Center (VISC) on Camp Henr y. A tiny agenc y, VISC has a huge mission. From documenting historical events, to missions encompassing high profile visits, serious crime/death scene investigation photography to Changes of Command and all official ceremonies. According to Sgt. 1st. Class Tashoya Holmes, VI Installation Manager and Supervisor of the VISC, We support tenant Units of Area IV. The VISCs mission is to provide audio support, video/ photo documentation of historical activities as well as official events; such as VIP /DV visits, Change of Command ceremonies, support to CID/MPI for major accidents/ incidents forensics photography for autopsies and field training/ live fire/ documentation events. We support them all. Theres another aspect of support that the VISC that is also worth noting. The essence of what we do is report and capture history in the Army,: Holmes said. We record and photograph then caption and archive the media next process is to, package it either for e-mail or for official mail to be sent to the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center (DIMOC) with a special identifier for use through history and to give higher ups at top level visibility on activities on the

Starting my healthy lifestyle. I need to stop putting it off and get to the gym at least 3 times a week if not more.

Mary Koniarz
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3. During a power outage it is important to have: a. Candles and Matches ready to go b. Flashlights and Batteries c. A deck of cards and board games d. A combination of Candles and Flashlights 4. It is alright to leave the room while a candle is burning if you will be right back. a. True b. False 5. When should candles be extinguished? a. When they burn down to two inches of their holder or any decorative material b. When they burn down to one inch of their holder or any decorative material c. When they burn down to 1/2 inch of their holder or any decorative material d. It is okay to let candles burn out themselves 6. Candle holders should be ________________. a. Pretty b. Able to tip over easily c. Filled with dried flowers d. Made of material that cant burn and is big enough to catch wax 7. Almost half of home fires started by candles begin in ____________________. a. The Kitchen b . T h e Bedroom c. The Living room d. The Attic 8. Kids and teenagers shouldnt be allowed to burn candles in their bedrooms. a. True b. False 9. It is okay to put lit candles in windows or near doorways if there is only an occasional draft. a. True b. False 10. The best way to extinguish a candle is to: a. Blow on it b. Pinch the flame with your fingers c. Use a long-handled candlesnuffer d. Pour water on it Answers: 1-B, 2-False, 3-B, 4-False, 5-A, 6-D, 7-B, 8-True, 9-False, 10-C.

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Doing last years taxes... Yep 2010 is still not done!

Danielle Lyn Aiken

USAG Daegu VISC team members are, left to right, VI Installation Manager and Supervisor Sgt. 1st. Class Tashoya Holmes; Cho, Pong-sung, photographer; Yi, Hae-to, illustrator; Kim, Song-hwan, videographer; and Pfc. Richard DeWitt, videographer and photographer. Facebook Fan

Korean Peninsula. From there, the material could be used in school books or pulled up for use on the history channel after Public Affairs pentagon level releases the imagery. Accomplishing the VISC mission is no easy feat. Its work that requires dedication, attention to detail, and of course, imagination. Colorful unit posters and symbols are just two of the many things the VISC has to its credit. An illustrator with the Camp Henry Graphics Department, Mr. Yi, Hae-To displayed great pride in his work as a he shared what his duties are. Much of my work consists of designing logos for each of the 19th ESC organizations, he said. In addition to those duties, I also use computer graphics to support special events. There are some instances where I complete my tasks by hand. So, thats why I believe creative thinking and originality are the two necessary things an individual should have if they work for VISC.

The duties performed by the VISC are anything but routine. Another aspect of the VISC mission is to stay current with our training, said Holmes. VISC videographers and photographers record all scenes for the documentation of criminal incidents or serious vehicle/aircraft accidents for evidencesort of like what you can see on television shows like CSI. In order to perform our duties at a supervisor standard, we regularly participate in training with our military police investigators. We do want to remind our customers that VISC also provides DA/Command, passport, and identification photos. Additionally, customers can request to borrow equipment to be used for Audio projects or presentations as well as graphic consultation for unit training, insignia and logos. We want to provide the best possible service to our customer. Thats our commitment to the Soldiers, and the USAG Daegu community. x

Getting the nursery set up. Our little girl is due in a few more weeks and our house is still not ready for her to get here.

Michelle Van Vucht Davis

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Making a decission where to go next.... What part of the world will be our next destination?

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Unpacking boxes from when we first got here.. almost 2 years ago : (


Area IV Soldiers participate in a Drill and Ceremony Competition

Story and photo by Lim Sung-Jun 19th ESC Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON The Area IV Republic of Korea Army Support Group hosted a Korean Augmentation To the United States Army drill and ceremony competition at Victory Field on Camp Henry Nov. 16. KATUSA soldiers from 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, United States Army Garrison Daegu, 188th Military Police Battalion, 36th Signal Battalion and Material Support Command-Korea participated as individual squads in the competition. Although all the teams did their best, MSC-K outperformed all other competitors and won. The contest was held separately in Daegu and Waegwan area. The judges chose the best unit after evaluating the total result score. The scores were evaluated based on how accurate and synchronized teams execute marching commands. Maj. Noh Kong-chool, 19th ESC ROK support off ice, said that drill and ceremony is a basic and fundamental task for Soldiers and this has been a great demonstration of how disciplined they are. He added that when Soldiers participate in these kinds of ceremonies, it helps them to be alert and reminds them of what



KATUSA Soldiers who participate in the Area IV drill and ceremony competition listen to Command Sgt. Maj. Min Jae-ki, Area IV Republic of Korea Support Group, explain the objectives of the competition at Victory Field on Camp Henry, Nov. 16. qualities a good Soldier must have. There were three sections which were judged. The first section focused on stationary commands such as standing at attention and parade rest. The judges looked for whether the angle of feet was 45 degree at the position of attention as well as whether the shape of hand formed 90 degree axis at the parade rest position. The next part of the competition evaluated a correct form of salute and military courtesy when shaking hands with higher ranking person. The judges scored each member of the unit, while correcting bad postures. According to Noh, the two most important things in the drill and ceremony are the position of attention and the salute; these two motions can best show loyalty toward a person who is in a position of authority. The last section was for complementary elements in the drill and ceremony, evaluating whether soldiers were wearing t h e i r u n i f o r m s c o r r e c t l y. It required Soldiers to properly wear green socks and patrol caps in compliance with Army regulations. The judges also demanded Soldiers to show their dog tags and suicide prevention cards as well. It was very difficult for a team to move as one, maintaining the right form of drill and ceremony s i m u l t a n e o u s l y, s a i d S g t . Park Chan-moo, 19th ESC G-4 engineering office administrative c l e r k . H o w e v e r, d r i l l a n d ceremony promoted our sense of community through movement as a whole, which is an essential part in military life. After doing all of this, the KATUSA Soldiers took a written test. They answered questions regarding drill and ceremony. I have forgotten a huge part of drill and ceremony after I graduated the basic training, said Pfc. Nam Hyun-wook, 19th ESC G-1 awards clerk. It was a great opportunity for me to remind myself of drill and ceremony and practice it again. x


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