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JANUARY 13, 2012

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JANUARY 13, 2012

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 13


Soldiers receive citizenship Page 5

HAS students take on the world in geography bee Page 21

Being overseas no barrier to voting Page 26

Firefighters train to keep us safe

By Mary Grimes CAMP WALKER Any time fire prevention fails, whether at home or in the work place, the call goes out. That call makes its way through an automatic fire alarm system or a call to 911. At near lightening speed firefighters are on the scene to stop fires and save lives. To do this, they train the same way they work. Camp Walker residents may have seen firefighters in action this week, not in an emergency status, but in a training mode, just across the street from the base chapel. Busting open doors, pulling down ceilings, breaking through walls, punching through rooftops, and breaking windows are skills every firefighter must possess. As if that challenge isnt demanding enough, they wear protective gear, and a self-contained breathing apparatus in the dark and deal with thick smoke and temperatures beyond anything an oven can reach. According to Andrew M. Allen, deputy fire chief, USAG Daegu, DES, F&ES, the live training opportunity was welcomed. Like the Soldier who gets to hone his skills during a live fire exercise, this training for the firefighters allowed them a wonderful opportunity to get their hands dirty while focusing on their specific skill sets, he said. The deputy fire chief further explained how important this training was. Among the required skills, breaking through a reinforced concrete wall is not something we can train on regularly, he said. Yet, in a building collapse, we would have to do this to get victims out. So, during the course of the training, the firefighters busted through some walls. We have to be able to break into a weak point and leave the structural integrity intact so that the entire

Firefighters with United States Army Garrison-Daegu Department of Emergency Services chop their way through a roof during training on Camp Walker. U.S. Army photo by Jeong, Hyuk Soo wall does not collapse, not an easy task. Pulling a ceiling down is another skill that if not done right can spell disaster. This would not be bad if it was only lightweight tiles, but it rarely is. Light fixtures, insulation, ductwork, and anything else up there, can crash down in the blink of an eye, injuring a firefighter, he added. Pointing out other opportunities the training afforded, Allen said, The crews also practiced putting holes in the roof. We call it ventilation. This is a skill that is needed fast on any working fire, so firefighters can get into a building and rescue victims. Without ventilation the building holds in fire, heat and smoke. Firefighters do love to train, and this sort of training is very valuable to us, Allen added. However, we firefighters ask you to prevent fires from starting, so we do not have to come to your home or office. Fires cost a lot of money and lives are forever changed or destroyed. x

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No evidence of Agent Orange at Carroll

By Walter T. Ham IV Eighth Army Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON The Republic of Korea-United States Joint Investigation Team announced that it discovered no evidence of Agent Orange during its probe into claims that the toxic defoliant was buried on Camp Carroll. Led by Pokyong National University Chief Professor, Gon Ok, and U.S. Forces Korea engineer, Col. Joseph F. Birchmeier, the team concluded its eight-month investigation Dec. 29. The investigation began in May 2011 following a report on KPHO TV, in Phoenix, where U.S. veterans claimed they buried Agent Orange on Camp Carroll in 1978. Birchmeier said the bilateral investigation found no evidence that Agent Orange was buried on Camp Carroll and discovered no risk to public health on the U.S. Army post. I want you to know that we have found no definitive evidence that Agent Orange was buried or stored at Camp Carroll, said Birchmeier, the lead U.S. investigator. During the investigation, the team interviewed 172 former Korean civilian employees and United States Soldiers, and worked with 32 different government agencies. A document review revealed that all 380 barrels of Agent Orange brought into South Korea in 1968 were used by the ROK Army to reduce areas for enemy concealment inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone that same year. The team also conducted an exhaustive geophysical survey with ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and magnetometers of the area where the Agent Orange was allegedly buried. Based on the results of the geophysical survey, water and soil samples were taken to check for the compounds of Agent Orange and its specific dioxin

Lead South Korean investigator, Dr. Gon Ok (left), and lead U.S. investigator, Col. Joseph F. Birchmeier, listen to a question during a press conference at the Chilgok County Office. U.S. Army photo by Walter T. Ham IV

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byproducts. All samples were tested by South Korean and U.S. scientists. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District verified the U.S. analytical results and Seoul National University, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Pukyong University, analyzed the samples. The investigation was conducted in consultation with the Status of Forces Agreement Environmental Subcommittee and future environmental issues will be handled by the subcommittee. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our people and our Korean neighbors in the surrounding communities, said Eighth Army Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy. This joint investigation was thorough, scientific and complete and Im happy to report that there is no evidence that Agent Orange was buried on the post. x

Food safety will help to protect pets

By Lt. Col. Douglas Owens 106th Medical Detachment
YONGSAN GARRISON Pets are an extension of the family, so keep in mind food safety risks for our animals friends. While risks are higher during the holiday season, there are precautions that should be followed yearround. Dogs tend to be affected more than cats because they usually eat things immediately dropped on the floor or from the trash when we are not looking. Acute gastritis can occur in a pet after eating undercooked or spoiled food, garbage, bones, plastic, or toxic plants. Another condition is acute pancreatitis which is an inflammation of the pancreas, which can follow ingestion of leftovers of an especially fatty nature. Also, food poisoning can occur from ingestion of bacteria or toxin from contaminated, improperly prepared, or temperature abused foods. To minimize the risk, follow these guidelines: 1. Never allow pets to eat fatty foods or have access to garbage or carrion. 2. Cover and refrigerate unused portions of wet or moist food. 3. If the temperature is greater than 50 degrees, discard uneaten wet or moist food within four hours. 4. Use stainless steel bowls and utensils and clean them after each use. 5. If cooking pet food, use only human grade ingredients that look unspoiled and unblemished. Cook all foods to a measured temperature of 180 degrees for at least 10 minutes. 6. Be vigilant for the presence of molds in dry foods. 7. Store dry foods in a cool dry location free of pests. 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 Drunk and Disorderly conduct, communicating a threat; assault on Military Police, disrespect to an NCO. While in an off-post establishment, the subjects left elbow brushed against an unknown person due to the heavily crowded area. The unknown person became visibly agitated, at which time witness No. 1 instructed him to walk out of the club in order to diffuse the situation. As witness No. 1 was escorting the unknown person out of the club, the subject blocked the exit. Witness No. 1 and witness No. 2 instructed the subject to clear the exit multiple times but he did not comply. Witness No. 1 advised the subject that if he did not comply with MPs instruction, he would be arrested. The subject became belligerent, shouting obscene words and making inappropriate statements directed at the Military Police. Witness No. 1 and MP No. 1 secured the subjects arms and positioned him against a wall. The subject resisted apprehension and continued shouted words. While conducting a search of the subject, he kicked MP No. 2 in the chest with his left foot and threatened him again. The subject was transported to the Provost Marshals Office, where he was given an blood alcohol test, with a result of 0.179 percent. The subject was released to his unit with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. At that time, the subject was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Area II Curfew violation, failure to identify. The subject refused to surrender his military identification card to Korean National Police, stating he was a school teacher and a shop owner of an off-post establishment. The subject was unable to produce any documentation of this and was apprehended and transported to the Yongsan KNP Station where a search revealed an active duty military ID card. The subject was transported to the PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Area III Assaulted consummated by battery. The subject and victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the subject struck the victim in the face. The subject was apprehended and transported to the PMO. He was given a blood alcohol test, with a result of 0.173 percent. The subject was administered a DD Form 1920 and was not advised of his legal right due to his level of intoxication.

Subway Stations: Find the Art in Architecture

This image is taken from the first level of the four-level Noksapyung Subway Station right outside of Yongsan Garrisons gate 4. The station is cylindrical in shape and demonstrates the vast amount of underground construction necessary to build the structure. A large dome, which is only a fraction of the building, can be seen from above ground just as if it were an iceberg. The subway cars and rails are found at the lowest level, but there is much more to this station than its promise of transportation. There are multiple shops, creative seasonal decorations and a scaled-down model of the station itself. Noksapyung isnt the only subway station in Korea built with creativity. If you find a station that appeals to you, submit your photos to U.S. Army photo by Gary Cashman

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Sangam Gallery: The future of Seoul Sangam Digital Media City, a.k.a. DMC, is a state-of-the-art digital media entertainment cluster located in western Seouls Sangam-dong on the northern bank of the Hangang River. Due for completion in 2014, DMC is described by Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) as the city of future in harmony with the environment. It will, says SMG, be the first place in the world where state-of-the art digital technologies exist with the natural environment. It is a city within a city, a brave new leap into the future. The DMC Gallery gives visitors a taste of what life will be like in Seoul in the future. New features include a 12-meter media tunnel and a 3-D movie theater, as well as IP-Intelights, Info Booths, and e-board information terminals like those that will be installed on DMCs flagship Digital Media Street (DMS) when it is completed in 2012. At the 3-D movie theater, visitors can enjoy an animation piece in which an orange creature by the name of Haechi flies around a representation of the DMS explaining its revolutionary high-tech digital features. 3-D animations are available in Korean, English, and Chinese. The DMC area is fairly expansive, all the more so if youre exploring the nearby World Cup Stadium, Pyeonghwa Peace Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, and Nanji Hangang Riverside Park. To make getting around easier and more enjoyable, SMG has provided 20 bicycles that can be borrowed for free from the DMC Gallery. The city has also devised three cycling courses around the area Saturday Performances The long-beloved Saturday Regular Performance of the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts has been renewed and renamed the Saturday Premium Performance and made more fascinating and diverse. The performance offers a range of Korean traditional music and dance performances every Saturday at 4 p.m. Every first, third and fifth week, a comprehensive program of singing, dancing and music is held. The program encompasses court music, dance, samulnori (traditional percussion quartet), fan dance, jangu dance (traditional double sided drum), folk songs, and pansori (traditional Korean opera). Every second week, performances by maestros designated as intangible cultural assets are be presented and in fourth week, world renowned cultural performances of Korea including Jongmyojeryeoak, Ganggangsule, and Gangryeung Danoje will be held. The Saturday Premium Performance leaves a deep impression on international visitors by introducing them to a range of traditional Korean art performances. Performances will be held at Seoul-si Seocho-gu Seochodong. To get there take the subway Line 3 to Nambu Bus Terminal, and take Exit 5. For more information call 2580-3300.

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Fiscal reality shapes future

By Col. Hank Dodge Red Cloud Garrison Commander
RED CLOUD In October I told you about how our garrison and others worldwide were wrestling with the issue of shrinking resources and its affect on the Army Family Covenant a pledge the Department of the Army has made to provide Soldiers and their families quality housing, recreation, health care and more. Just one month later this very challenging fiscal environment hit home with our garrison. Having streamlined our garrisons Table of Distribution and Allowances to meet our provisional TDA for Fiscal Year 2013, a notification of reduction in force was sent to representatives of the Korean Employees Union at Camp Red Cloud and Camp Casey on Nov. 28. It informed those leaders that 199 appropriated fund Korean national employee positions on our TDA will be abolished and that an effort would be made to place the affected employees in vacant positions with other organizations. Our Republic of Korea and United States Alliance is 61 years strong and without these dedicated and professional Korean employees our alliance would not be what it is today. I held a meeting with our Korean workforce on Dec. 15 to thoroughly explain the reason behind the reduction in force, the challenges that it presents, and to address available assistance that will be provided to help locate employment for any personnel affected by the RIF. This was just the first step in a much larger plan to unveil a new U.S. Defense Strategy for the 21st Century and also rein in U.S. government spending to reduce the federal deficit. We, along with all other garrisons within the Installation Management Command, were directed to reduce our on-board strength to meet FY 2012 funded targets established by the Secretary of the Army. These on-board strength reductions are necessary to meet funded targets established by the Secretary of Defense in Resource Management Directive 703A2, as reflected in the Presidents Budget for FY 2012. The Installation Management Command portion of the 8,741 Army authorization decrease is 6,781 and it will affect Department of the Army Civilians working in our garrison. These forthcoming reductions must be accom-

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plished no later than Sept. 30, 2012. The civilian reductions Army-wide will affect eight commands and agencies, and produce an estimated savings of $834 million. We had to make tough choices, but weve taken great care to make thoughtful and deliberate choices to ensure they enable our garrison to support the Army and its mission of caring for Soldiers, civilians, families and retirees here in Warrior Country. Some reductions may be achieved through voluntary departures and attrition. Reshaping tools such as Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incent Pay will also be used. The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at Camp Red Cloud is available to help employees determine their eligibility. As a last resort, other non-voluntary reshaping tools such as releasing temporary employees, separating re-employed annuitants and managementdirected reassignments and furloughs can also be used. During his unveiling of the new U.S. Defense Strategy at the Pentagon Jan. 5, President Barack Obama said the Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 mandates reductions in federal spending, including the Defense Department. He cited President Dwight Eisenhowers farewell address to the nation in which he said, each proposal must be weighed in light of a broader consideration, the need to maintain balance in and among national programs and that after 10 years of war it is time to restore that balance. Regardless of how our resources are reduced in 2012, we are The Armys Home and I need each of you to help us make it the best that it can be in this resource-constrained environment. x

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At Camp Caseys Community Activity Center Jan. 4, 11 foreign-born members of the U.S. military community were sworn in as naturalized citizens of the United States. Of the 11, eight were U.S. Soldiers, the others wives of Soldiers. It was the first naturalization ceremony ever held in Area I. At left, administering the Oath of Allegiance, is Walter L. Haith, field office director with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Seoul. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

Area I sees 11 become U.S. citizens

8 Soldiers, 3 wives, take oath in Warrior Countrys first-ever naturalization ceremony
By Franklin Fisher CAMP CASEY Eight foreignborn members of the U.S. military community in Area I were sworn in as American citizens in a naturalization ceremony at Camp Casey Jan. 4. It was the first naturalization ceremony ever held in Area I and also happened to be the first the U.S. government has held anywhere in the world this year. The 11 eight Soldiers and three Soldiers wives were born in such places as Thailand, Russia, Korea, and elsewhere. They became citizens after taking the oath of allegiance administered by an official of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Walter L. Haith, field office director with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Seoul. The half-hour ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. in the long, gray-carpeted conference room of the Community Activity Center. An audience of about 50 people stood as the 2nd Infantry Division Bands brass quintet played the National Anthem at the start of the ceremony. They heard brief remarks from Mark A. Tokola, deputy chief for mission at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Naturalized citizens are key elements of our great democracy, he said. My mother and father were naturalized citizens, he said. Ive never taken for granted that it was their decision to become U.S. citizens that gave me the life that I have been able to live Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, delivered the keynote remarks. My mothers a naturalized citizen, Cardon said. Shes born in 1940 in Holland, lived under the Nazi occupation, came to this country, went through Ellis Island, and settled in California, and Ive been blessed ever since to be part of that, he said. Her stories are amazing, as are yours, and every American has a story to tell, he said. With citizenship, said Cardon, come duties and responsibilities and I hope that you continue to perform those duties and responsibilities in the very best manner that you can. Because its people like you that come to America, become American citizens, that add to the fabric and the strength of our society, Cardon said. The audience was also shown a video in which President Obama welcomed the new citizens. Today marks a very special day in your life, the president said. Youve traveled a long path to get here. With the privilege of citizenship though, come great responsibilities, Obama said. And so I ask that you use your freedoms and your talents

Pfc. Phannamat Shunnak of Thailand was one of 11 from the Area I community who became naturalized U.S. citizens Jan 4 at Camp Casey. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang to contribute to the good of our nation, and the world. Among the new citizens was Pfc. Phannamat Shunnak, 26, a truck driver assigned to Company G, 115th Field Artillery, at Camp Hovey. Her mother works at a shopette at Fort Hood, Texas, she said, and had already been there about ten years when in 2007 Shunnak joined her mother there. Actually, my mom, she wants me to become citizen, thats the main reason, Shunnak said after the ceremony. First of all, I got U.S. passport and I

dont need to hold Green Card or be worried Im going to lose it, because thats very important, she said. So now I have just passport Im good to go. Asked what she understood was the point made during the ceremony about citizenship carrying certain responsibilities, she said I think that means, now we become American, so thats mean that we have to serve this country and protect against all the enemies this country. Another of the new citizens was Zhanna Spelling, 25, born in Vladivostok. Her fathers Russian, her mother from Kazakhstan. Shes married to Sgt. Adrian Spelling, 22, a radar operator at Camp Hovey with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery. Becoming a citizen, she said, only makes sense because I plan to live in the States with my husband for the rest of my life and I really like American. Its a good country. Its a big accomplishment, said her husband. To begin with, its a long process, so its a great fulfillment to finally have that done. Also, he said, it gives her the ability to get a job as a U.S. citizen and things like that.And now that she has that, no matter where we go, she has the same opportunities as everybody else and thats a good feeling to have, that she can go out and do her own thing and she doesnt need me to survive. x




News & Notes

Road Conditions Did you know that when road conditions are AMBER, military vehicles other than those deemed necessary for essential business will not be driven on highways? Only an O-4 or GS10 and above may authorize the military vehicles to operate on highways during amber conditions. Senior Army leaders will not permit anyone to drive in road conditions that could potentially put drivers and their passengers in danger. Lunar New Year Korean Lunar New Year events are scheduled for Area I. An offpost Lunar New Year event open to U.S. Soldiers, civilians and family members is scheduled for Jan. 20 from 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at the Dongducheon Nonghyup Wedding Hall on the second floor. Because of limited seating, those wanting to attend must sign up at the Camp Casey Community Activity Center no later than Jan. 16. A free bus will leave the Community Activity Center at 11 a.m. For more information, call 730-4601/4602. At Camp Casey, a Lunar New Year celebration is scheduled at the Community Activity Center Jan. 21 from 2 6 p.m. Rice cake, traditional tea and homemade beverages will be served, and a traditional Korean drum and dance will be performed. Hanbok will be rented for $10 but the availability of hanbok by size should be checked beforehand. Reservations are recommended, especially for those with children aged 2 to 10. For more information, call 730-6401. Postal Rates The U.S. Postal Service will change postal prices for mailing and shipping, starting Jan. 22. Detailed pricing information is available online at: https://www. Tax Center The 2nd Infantry Division tax center will open Feb. 1 to April 21 at bldg. 1709B, across from the Warriors Club, for customers needing to file 2011 tax returns. The services are performed by IRS-certified Soldiers and volunteers, and are available free to all U.S. servicemembers and their dependents, military retirees, and Department of the Army civilians. The services are not free for independent contractors employed by the Defense Department, but they can visit the tax center for information on where to file their tax returns while in Korea. Before visiting the tax center, taxpayers are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 730-2568. A tax center at Camp Red Cloud is to open in February at a time and location yet to be determined.

At Camp Casey last October, staff members at the Casey Main Dining Facility prepare food for one of the three meals they serve Soldiers daily. The Army has named Casey Main the runner-up for a coveted 2012 Phillip A. Connelly Award, given for excellence in Army food service. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mardicio Barrot

Casey DFAC takes big Army award

Oriental Garden claims coveted runner-up prize in civilian category
By Franklin Fisher
The e-mail was from the Eighth Armys food adviser, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald Urie, and it offered congratulations for a job well done in taking Runner-Up...This is a monumental event.... I was in shock, Wilson said last week. Not because I didnt think we were good enough. She hurried out to gather about 35 employees for a quick cooks meeting in the dining area. Everyone was working as usual because we were into lunch preparation, said Wilson, but I customers. Casey Main has about 350 to 450 Soldiers who line up for each of the three meals daily. They were excited for us, they were happy for us, CAMP RED CLOUD Back in she said. October we told you how the Casey And Lt. Col. Steven Finley, Main dining facility at Camp Casey commander of U.S. Army Garrison was in the running for top honors as Casey, welcomed the news too. the best dining facility, worldwide, in Its great news for our Camp Casey the civilian category. community that the Army has chosen The civilian category is the one for the Casey Main Dining Facility as dining facilities staffed by civilians runner-up in its category throughout rather than Soldiers. the entire Army, said Finley. Sabrina Wilson, the dining facilitys The Casey Main staff puts their manager, knew that an announcement heart into giving our Soldiers a was coming sometime in December first-rate dining as to which Army experience day in, dining facilities day out, and this worldwide had award is official won a prestigious recognition of that Department of the was in shock. Not because I quality service, Army Phillip A. he said. I look Connelly award. didnt think we were good enough... forward to seeing The annual I think we can make first place next them continue that award recognizes excellence, which excellence in Army year if we continue doing what were makes an important food service, and is meant to foster doing. Sabrina Wilson difference for our Soldiers. professionalism Manager, Casey Main Dining Facility This spring among Army food Wilson and one of service personnel. The program is run out of Fort Lee, Va. needed five minutes because I had just those staffers will fly to San Diego The much-awaited announcement received the news and I didnt want to where this years Connelly awards will be formally presented to the winners. of the latest awards came Dec. 29 hold the news. I told them the great news we had Even though were not first, by e-mail while Wilson was in her office at Casey Main and her white- won and they were all happy, Wilson Wilson said, to mewe did it to the best of our abilities and we still have uniformed staff of middle-aged said. Sometime this month a sign will room to grow so we can continue to Korean employees was getting lunch be going up outside Casey Main strive to be first place. ready. We continue to perfect and just No, it turned out, Casey Main had declaring proudly that the facility is not been named the best in the Army a 2012 Connelly Award runner-up, do our job the right way, daily, then I think we can make first place next in its category, but it had been selected Wilson said. But so far, word has gotten around year, said Wilson, if we continue as runner-up, not a bad thing at all for among at least some of their Soldier- doing what were doing. x an Army-wide completion.

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By Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

Soldiers serve as teachers, big brothers

to full-time duty with the U.S. Army. Theyre with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and are among a number of Soldiers who participate in their units ongoing community relations efforts. HHC sends two to five Soldiers a week on such off-post visits. A few go to the elementary school, others to a local orphanage, usually twice weekly. And other units throughout Area I do similar things, all part of an effort to be the friendly face of the U.S. military. Capt. David Hong, HHCs commanding officer, sees the off-post volunteering as nothing less than one of his units missions. We learned from our 10 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan that theres a lot more to being a Soldier and to being successful as a military organization, Hong said. Being able to shape and mold and influence our environment is also very big, he said. Korea is not a combat zone per se, but we can do something positive out there. The Soldiers keep the topics simple and the atmosphere loose. I focus on expressions, said Lee. For example, if Christmas is the topic, Ill teach studentsMerry Christmas and Happy New Year. But they also rely on board games and word games to keep kids

At Ganab Elementary School in Yangju Dec. 22, Pfc. Lee Jae-keun (left) and Pfc. Jeon Chul-yeon, chat with third-grader Kim Min-ju, 10, shortly before a Christmas party. The Soldiers teach English at the school once a week as representatives of their unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud. Such visits are part of a broader U.S. Forces Korea program under which U.S. military units seek to foster good relations with the Korean public. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

YANGJU Every Thursday night after closing formation at Camp Red Cloud, Pfc. Jeon Chul-yeon and Pfc. Lee Jae-keun change into civilian clothes, grab dinner at the chow hall, then take an on-post taxi to Yangju, a city about 15 minutes away. There, at the Ganab Elementary School, they spend an hour with a handful of third- and fifth-graders, partly to teach them simple English and partly to just exert a friendly good influence as mentors. Both Jeon and Lee are KATUSA soldiers, South Korean troops assigned

interested. The kids tend to see the KATUSAs differently than their regular teachers, said third-grade teacher Kim Jin-ha. They could approach students like brothers and this fact made the kids feel much more comfortable, Kim said. The kids especially enjoy the games and hanging out with the KATUSAS. And they were crazy about the visit they made last November to Camp Red Cloud as guests of its Republic of Korea Army Staff Office. We went to the food court and we had pizza, which was really, really good, said Jung Seo-young, an 11-yearold fifth-grader. I loved it, she said. x

East-West leagues vie for All-Star honors in Warrior Country basketball faceoff at Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center
At the Carey Fitness Center on Camp Casey Dec. 30, players vie for victory in the Warrior Country 2011 All-Star Basketball tournament. Kenneth Duncan (left) looks for his shot while Brandon Jenkins ties to block him. The East League team representing Camp Casey beat the West League, representing Camp Hovey, 41-33. Jenkins (right) was named East Leagues Most Valuable Player. Antonio Spann was West Leagues MVP. The day also featured individual competition in three categories: mens skill set; mens and womens three-point shootout; and mens and womens dunk competitions. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Rivers




JANUARY 13, 2011

Operation Santa Express thanks Emergency First Responders

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - Emergency First Responders dont get a break during the holiday season. Whether it is Christmas or any other day of the week, ER and Mailroom staff, Firefighters, Military Police, Korean National Police and Gate Guards remain on duty 24/7, keeping U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan safe. To thank these dedicated members of the garrison for their unwavering service, Yongsan continued its annual tradition of spreading Christmas cheer by giving out Christmas treats through Operation Santa Express, Dec. 24. We appreciate the selfless service and dedication that you all show every day, Garrison Commander William Huber stated. But Christmas is a holiday that must be celebrated either at work or at home. And so, donned in Santa hats, Huber, Command Sgt. Maj. John Justis, Ricky Oxendine of the Directorate of Emergency Services, and the DES staff drove around to each of the offices and work stations of the Emergency First Responders to provide them with a token of the Communitys appreciation for their work. These are donations from the whole Community, who want to show support for all the Emergency First Responders, and show appreciation for working on a cold winter day, Oxendine said. Oxendine explained that the treats were from organizations such as People to People, Yongsan Post Exchange, American Red Cross, Dragon Hill Lodge, as well as from Families and Civilians. There were



approximately 500 bags of cookies on top of several boxes of doughnuts, hot cocoa, and Korean noodles, which were all distributed to the Emergency First Responders on duty Christmas Eve. Operation Santa Express lasted throughout the whole day as the DES crew visited every gate in the garrison giving Emergency First Responders a chance to take a break and enjoy some Christmas cheer.x

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Yongsan tops ICE program satisfaction

By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
YONGSAN GARRISON - The Interactive Customer Evaluation Program at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan was ranked as the number one ICE program in Korea and the Installation Management Command Pacific in both number of submissions and overall satisfaction. Satisfaction in the USAG Yongsan ICE program was listed at 98 percent by the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. Yongsan also placed third Armywide for both the total number of ICE comment submissions and Garrison satisfaction in the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012. Marci Baker, customer service specialist and ICE site administrator, from Plans, Analysis and Integration Office manages the ICE program. ICE is an official channel that the Yongsan community has to submit comments to Garrison directorates or the command group, Baker explained. It is the primary way of capturing the voice of the customers to ensure that we are responding to customer needs and also the installation programs and services are formulated and deployed in such a way that it meets the customers needs and demands. Baker hopes that attention to the ICE program will help spread the word and encourage the Yongsan Community to participate. Paper copies located at each service provider and the ICE website are two main ways customers can submit comments. Compliments and recommendations for ICE can be accessed through their website. However, Korean internet providers have blocked DoD websites, limiting access from home computer systems. For the Communitys convenience, hard copies are Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office has recently adopted QR code that can be scanned by smart phones. QR code above will directly connects you to the ICE website. See ICE, Page 12

(Top) Garrison Commander Col. William P. Huber (right), together with Command Sgt. Maj. John C. Justis (left) and Ricky Oxendine of the Directorate of Emergency Services (center) give Christmas treats to Military Police serving at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan during Operation Santa Express, Dec. 24.; (Left) Justis hands Christmas cookies to Yongsan Fire Department staff members to show the garrisons appreciation for their dedication and service; (Right) Members of the Korean National Police stationed near the Commissary enjoy Christmas treats donated during Operation Santa Express - U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Han Samuel

available and the library computers are always available for use. There are approximately 300 service providers at Yongsan, and for any request that needs a response, directors strive to complete all follow-ups within 72 hours of the customers submission. In December, customers left 2,011 ICE comments which were 62 percent of overall target submissions (3,195). Forty comments requested a response and 33 percent (13)

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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




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Dol-Harubang is the symbol of Jeju island, which is often seen at the entrance of villages to protect the people, undeterred by the light dusting of snow. photo by Lee Sae-mi

Almost a White Christmas...

Well, how about a white first week of the new year? Daegu got its 2012 christening of snow Jan. 4 and as always the initial dusting brings with it a reminder that winter is upon us - and gets photographers out looking for just the right shots. While it wasnt much, it was enough to highlight Dol-Harubang and a lonely dove as well.

This dove is at peace and all puffed up to ward off the cold. Photo by Lee Sae-Mi

The first snow of the year just was enough to cover this picnic table. Photo by Park

A closer look at the Stone Grand Father who stoically waits to greet Camp Henry visitors after the first snow of the year, Jan.4. US Army photo by Park Min-Jin

Cars create snow patterns in a Camp Henry parking lot Jan. 4. US Army photo by Park. Min-Jin




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Humphreys hosts geography bee

American School students given opportunity to display their new-found knowledge
By W. Wayne Marlow
CAMP HUMPHREYS The locale was the Humphreys American School cafeteria, but the subject stretched around the world. Ten Humphreys American School students in grades four through eight participated in a geography bee Jan. 9, sharing their knowledge of states, countries, rivers, and gulfs. Each grade had two representatives who had won classroom competitions. After a few intense rounds, seventh-grader Nathaniel Battle emerged as the champion, with fifthgrader Jace Patsel the runner-up. United States Army Garrison-Humphreys Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore, asked the questions. The early rounds consisted of every contestant being asked one question apiece. Two missed questions eliminated a participant. That format stayed until only Battle and Patsel remained. For the final round, the two contestants were asked the same three questions, writing their answer on a piece of paper with clipboard. Both students correctly answered Gulf of Mexico on the first question. But on the next question about which Asian nation consists of approximately 7,100 islands, Battle correctly wrote Philippines,

Humphreys American school students in grades four through eight participate a geography bee in the school cafeteria. From left are Prescott Farris, Sante Devera-Waden, Jace Patsel, Lenningrad Generoso, and Sydney Munoz. USAG Humphreys Garrison Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore, asked the questions. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

y mom made me study all day. There was no Xbox. - Nathaniel Battle Geography bee winner
while Patsel answered Indonesia. When neither student correctly guessed Mali as the country where Timbuktu is, Battle had won the bee. Patsel displayed exemplary sportsmanship by immediately shaking Battles hand and accentuating it with a chest bump. Battle said mandatory study sessions at home helped him win. My mom made me study all day, he said. There was no Xbox or 360. Im kind of glad she made me. I really didnt think I was going to win. There are a lot of smart kids here. Patsel said maternal influence impacted him as well. Every single day, I would be on and my mom made me study an atlas. Other participants were Savannah Hoagland, Prescott Farris, Sante Devera-Waden, Lenningrad Generoso, Sydney Munoz, Naya Johnson, Aerial Rouse, and Hunter Herring. x

Top, runner-up Jace Patsel (left) congratulates Nathaniel Battle at the bees conclusion. Above, Naya Johnson and Aerial Rouse correctly guess Mississippi River during an early round. U.S. Army photos by W. Wayne Marlow

Volunteers recognized at Town Hall

By Steven Hoover
CAMP HUMPHREYS Volunteer awards recognition and various organizational updates were among the highlights at the Humphreys Garrison Community Town Hall meeting Jan. 10 in the Community Activity Center here. Humphreys Garrison Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore, hosted the quarterly meeting, which is conducted in a presentation and question-answer forum. It is an opportunity for community members to find out what is happening throughout the garrison and to ask questions about things that concern them. To begin the evening, Moore and Denise Chappell, the Army Community Service Volunteer Corps coordinator, presented the Volunteers of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. They were: Sgt. Jamison D. Janssen (Active Duty Soldier), assigned to Company A, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, for volunteer hours completed in support of battalion orphanage projects during the holidays and spending time teaching English and American ways to Pyeongtaek University students; Sgt. Cho, Min-koo (KATUSA), assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, for his work teaching English at Cheongdam Middle School, and participating in the annual USAG Humphreys Make A Difference Day; Darcy Bundren (Family Member), for her work with the garrison Army Volunteer Corps program; Hailey Rowell (Youth), for her work with the 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Good Neighbor Program; and the unit honoree was 4-2 for providing more than 1,000 volunteer hours in various endeavors. The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for April 17, starting at 6 p.m., in the CAC. As with previous meetings, presenters slides and answers to all submitted questions are posted on the garrison website at http://humphreys/ x




News & Notes

University registration Registration for University of Maryland classes runs through Jan. 16. Spring Session I classes begin on this date and conclude March 11. MLK Day closure The Camp Humphreys Post Office will be closed Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will be open Jan. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free bowling The Exceptional Family Member program will sponsor a free bowling night Jan. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 753-6277. Credit class The next Using Credit Wisely class is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 1-2 p.m. in the Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1127. The class is designed to help participants to use credit wisely, and establish and maintain a good credit rating. For more information, call 753-8403. Pet PCS information A Pets and PCSing class will be held Jan. 18 in the main Army Community Services (Bldg. 311), starting at 6 p.m. This class is designed to help make leaving Korea with a pet easier. For more information, call 753-8401. CAC pool closure The Community Activity Center pool will be closed through Jan. 20 for replacement of floor tiles. Five course dinner Sophisticated Saturday, a fivecourse meal with wine and coffee, will be at Tommy Ds Jan. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $21.95 per person. Reservation are due to lisa.j.hogue.naf@mail. mil by Jan. 17. Post office closure The Camp Humphreys Post Office will be closed Jan. 23 for the Lunar New Year holiday. It will be open the following day, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Snow park trip Camp Humphreys BOSS is offering a chance for single and unaccompanied Soldiers to hit the slopes of Oak Valley Snow Park Jan. 28. The park offers two beginner, five intermediate, and two advanced level courses. It is a first class resort complex providing various other subsidiary facilities. The cost is $70, which includes transportation, admission, lift ticket, and equipment rental. Ski suits are available for rent. For more information,call 753-8825. Ice fishing festival Outdoor Rec is sponsoring a trip to the Injae Gangwondo Ice Fishing Festival Jan. 28 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children. The fee includes transportation and entrance fees. For more information, call 753-3013. Post office open The Post Office will be open Feb. 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on the Super Bowl training holiday.

Kim, Yong-chan, Viscual Information Support Center studio photographer, takes a photo of Spc. Michael S. Coburn. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho.

VISC offers array of services

with White House communications for Audio/Video and photo, the historical events photos and videos are archived as well as sent to the Pentagon through a special VI DIMOC account. Some material is used in history films and school textbooks. We have tandem jumped with Special Forces or hovered from the craft during the HALOs and Static line jumps, we have covered submarines and general aerials, We hold onto Armys information, said Terri V. Donald, the visual information manager and supervisor on Humphreys. According to Donald, VISC person-

By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

CAMP HUMPHREYS TThe Visual Information Support Center (VISC) is a service that belongs to every garrison installation, and serves as a national governmental historical archive and historical documentarians. VISC documents with photography and videography, all distinguished guest visits, special visits, special events such as change of responsibility ceremonies, field exercises, and new equipment/weapon testing demonstrations and demolitions, and mortuary affairs. VISC collaborated

Pak, Song-ha, a graphics illustrator, prints out the garrison map. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho.

nel do more than what people think. They attest to professional crime photol evidence, testimony, produce training videos various units, provide special training and operations graphics, as well as maps of aerial guides for aviation pilots, and even make videos for defectors from North Korea. They also loan podiums, videos, screens, Projectors, DVD players, audio players and assist with the setup. Services provided by VISC do not end there. It covers special ceremonies and community events such as the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Beach Blast, and offers passport and immigration photos for American newborns born in South Korea. They also create unit insignia and provide unit coin designs. Everything has to be done according to the Army regulations. We are a specially trained unit, and adhere to standards. We make sure that no alternations have occurred when documenting events, said Spc. Michael S. Coburn, a VISC videographer, photographer and editor. VISC has covered Japanese evacuations and provided audio and visual products to set up a media rooms for families, set up Army Chief of staff visits, sergeant major of the Army visits, and presidential visits. It also produced a historical footage for the sunken Cheonan ship. VISC is constructing a 10,000 foot square building and will be establishing a video studio to equip itself with better capabilities. This will also improve passport and ID photo services. VISC can reached by telephone at 753-8010. x

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Soldiers with the 4th-58th Air Traffic Services Battalion pull security while a comrade tends to a notional casualty during the Winter Guardian field training exercise. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Victor Rivera

All I can say are three things... Be fair to all things, be positive, be good to others.

Kelly Theresa Villanueva

4th-58th, ROKs 55th hold FTX

By Sgt. 1st Class Victor Rivera 4th-58th Airfield Operations Battalion
KOREAN AIR BASE G-510 The Republic of Korea-United States alliance received another boost when the 4th-58th Airfield Operations Battalion and the 55th Air Traffic Services Battalion conducted their annual Combined Air Traffic Services (ATS) Winter Guardian field training exercise (FTX), promoting cross training between the two countries. During the exercise, the 4th-58th AOB and Koreas 55th ATS conducted a battalion-level field training exercise with split based operations at G-231 and other sites. The terminal platoon from 4th-58th, along with its ROK counterpart, assumed control of the G-510 fixed base air traffic control tower and employed the battalions tactical ground control approach radar. Simultaneously, both the 4th-58th AOB and 55th ATS battalions established their base operations and conducted unit cross training. As part of this training the 4th-58th AOB augmented the 55th ATS Battalion and conducted base defense drills. The Enroute Platoon with ROK ATS controllers established air traffic services with the Tactical Terminal Control System at Doekso and TAA Tom. The combined team at TAA Tom provided air traffic services in support of the 4-2 Attack Battalions FTX. The Tactical Airspace Integration System team assumed the flight following mission of the Flight Control Center Go Nee from G-231. This mission validated the ability to safely transfer the control authority for the control zone between the fixed based ROK facility and the tactical U.S. facility. This ability is critical to safety of flight in the event that the fixed based facility ever becomes non-mission capable. The 4th-58th AOB Soldiers showed their skills conducting Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, during which they were evaluated on first aid, map reading, movement under fire, and other basic skills. During the exercise, both sides learned about the others training methods and equipment, and forged relationships that are the cornerstone of the continuing U.S.-ROK alliance. x

My husband, who is stationed in Korea while Im in the States without him! Stay safe to everyone over there!

Blair Bogle

More gratitude and positivity for the WONDERFUL things we have here at Camp Humphreys! We have so many great programs, sporting events, and people here! So many people get caught up in negativity of living so far away from the States that the many positive aspects are overshadowed. Hoping to see more positivity!

Tax season nothing to fear

By Capt. Stephen E. Altizer USAG Humphreys Tax Center
CAMP HUMPHREYS The USAG-Humphreys Tax Center opens Jan. 31 in Building S-751, and personnel will be there to help with tax needs and questions. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and 1-8 p.m. on Thursday. To make an appointment or if you have any questions about taxes, call 753-5680. The IRS taxes income regardless of where you earned it, so being in Korea makes no difference. It is also based on your citizenship, filing status, and age. For example, if you are U.S. citizen, single, under the age of 65, and had gross income of less than $9,500 for the year, you do not need to file a return. This amount is equal to the standard deduction allowed plus your personal exemption. What if you, as an individual, had less than $9,500 in gross income? You dont have to file a return, but you may want to. This will often be the case for teenagers who are dependents, but have a part-time job. If you had income taxes withheld from your paycheck you should file a return if you are entitled to a refund or if there are tax credits available. Next is determining filing status. If you got married anytime during the tax year, you are considered married for that entire year for tax purposes. The same is true if you get divorced during the tax year. You are considered single for that entire tax year. If you are married, you can file jointly or separately from your spouse. Some people choose to file mar-

Ashley Robles

I would like to see more joy In people. It seems like no one is happy anymore.

Lorenzo Ranches
A car/audio show at Humphreys!

ried filing separately for a variety of reasons. However, if you do file married filing separately you will be taxed at a higher rate, which means you will pay more in taxes then if you filed jointly. And, the difference can be quite high. There are also restrictions on your adjustments, credits, and deductions. In order to be eligible for the head of household status you must be unmarried or considered unmarried for tax purposes, have paid for more than half the costs to keep a home, and have a qualifying person living with you. A qualifying person must be a relative and meet certain requirements. It is a more favorable filing status than single or married filing separately, but if you dont meet any one of the three prongs, you cannot choose this filing status. Next, determine your number of dependents. For each dependent you get a $3,700 exemption. You also get a personal exemption for yourself and your spouse of $3,700 each. In order to claim the dependent exemptions, the person must be a qualifying child or a qualifying relative. A qualifying child is determined based on age, relationship, residency, support, and child filing status. The child must be under 19 years old, or 24 years old if a full-time student at the end of the year. The qualifying relative is for a person that does not meet the qualifying child test, but is still dependent on you. This can include parents as well as inlaws. It does not have to be a relative so long as that person lived with you all year. The support requirement is basically the same and there are no age limitations. Under this category though, the dependent must have gross income less than $3,700. x

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Brute force a real part of a firemans challenge

USAG Daegu firefighters spent recent days going through some ver y t ough and demanding training on Camp Walker. In the photo above, a firefighter uses a K-12 saw to go through a wall as member s of his team observe. (Left) Brute force is used to go through a wall. (Right) Crews practice venting hot gases and fire from a building. U.S. Army photo by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk-Soo

Chilgok County Officials host local children

Story by Mary Grimes
DAEGU GARRISON The holiday season was not without lots of kindness and cheer as members of the Chilgok Korean-American Friendship Association (KAFA) made their way to the Camp Carroll Bowling Center to play host to 10 area children with disabilities, and 33 of their family members, Dec. 23. Dean M. Wilson, current operation specialist, Directorate o f P l a n s , Tra i n i n g Mo b i l i t y & Security, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, welcomed the children and their family members. Among the distinguished guests were Chilgok County Governor Baek, Sun-ki and Chilgok KAFA President Lee, Samhwan. A holiday party of great importance, the activity allowed the children and their family members an opportunity to not only celebrate the holiday season, but have the distinct honor of be served food by the elected officials. Addressing the gathering, the Baek said, I appreciate both USAG Daegu and Chilgok KAFA for the effort they put into making an event such as this possible. Chilgok KAFA President Lee, echoed similar sentiments. He said, We thank USAG Daegu for

Chilgok County officials bring holiday cheer to local members of the Waegwan community U.S. Army photo by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk-soo its continued interest in a concrete and strong friendship with the local community. USAG Daegu Camp Carroll Community Relations Off icer So, Ki-chun, also attended the event, and provided the officials a windshield tour of the Camp Carroll installation. x




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News & Notes

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: Carroll: Gate 4 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camp Henry gate 1 and Camp Walker gate 6 have both returned to their normal hours of operation. Please note this is just temporary while Soldiers from tenant units augment the gate forces. Tax Preparers needed Preparations have begun for this years tax season, and volunteers tax preparers are needed. Individuals interested in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) training and work should contact Capt. Ladd at 768-7692. Training will begin Jan. 17 and run through Jan. 20, class hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in building 1208A, class room #1 on Camp Henry.

Learning basic Korean can give your tour a boost

Who will go to the Super Bowl?

By Pvt. Bang Bong-joo Now that Wild Card weekend (and all the Wild Card teams!) is done, which two of the teams left will make it to the Super Bowl - and why do you think so?

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Free Credit Score and Analysis Check your free FICO credit scores and the educational information and tools in the FICO Sstandard product availabe free of charge to eligible active duty service members and their spouses. Camp Carroll ACS Please call 765-7900 for an appointment. Camp Henry ACS Please call 768-7112 for an appointment.

Beginner Korean Language Class instructor, Moon, Byung-joo, intern at ACS Information & Referral and his students review the Korean alphabet, and pronounication during a training session. Story and photo by Park Min-jin Information & Referral section of speak, and mirror what he says. Then ACS, stands by to assist. he can let me know immediately if The bright and energetic intern I am pronouncing words or phrases DAEGU GARRISON As an explained how the Beginner Korean correctly. Moon explained how the class is American in Korea, you may have Class helps USAG Daegu. Many experienced riding in a Korean taxi newcomersSoldiers, civilians and set up. He said, The class is definitely and found communicating to be an spouses have shown an interest in designed for beginners. The idea overwhelming challenge for both learning to speak Korean. They want is to not to put pressure on them, you and the driver. Quite possibly to make Korean friends and survive in but to help build their confidence. you might have also had a similar Korea. So, ACS offered to meet them I try not to be too stiff, and to show experience while trying to make with their needs. With each class, we them how to have fun while learning. sense of a Korean menu or even a start with how to pronounce words, They get a chance to learn about the bus stop schedule. Whatever your writing them down, and reading Korean culture, etiquette, and dayexperience, the reality is that once them. We do this, along with reading to-day living. Soon after, they can outside the gates of the U.S. military the Korean alphabet, repeatedly for a start enjoying having conversations installation, Korean becomes the period of six months. Our goal is make in Korean. daily conversation in Korean. Added Shelby, As a result of taking primary language. One of the students, Shelby Miller this class, Ive learned a lot about Not to worry. The Camp Henry ACS has your best interest at heart, has been participating in this program Korean grammar, and its helped me and every Tues. and Fri., conducts for the past four months. She said, recognize what parts of the sentence Beginner Korean Language Classes I wanted to learn Korean, since are where. Studying the Korean from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. To help those I live here. Its important to learn language has been a very rewarding seeking to improve their Korean Korean in order to communicate with challenge. Its a good cultural language speaking ability, a native the people. I really enjoy spending experience, and a good way to become speaker, Moon, Byung-joo, a Korean time with a native Korean speaker. an active part of the community. x student intern assigned to the Through his teaching I can hear and

What two teams will be in the Superbowl? The New Orleans Saints and the best that the AFC has to offer.... Why? Because thats just the way it is! WHO DAT!!??

Zila Winstead
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For one bicycle owner, securing his transportation isnt the only thing hes aware of. Apparently having an extra seat available is something to keep in mind in the event a friend might need a lift. Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes

I have faith the Texans can make it.. Faith. :) Who cares about the other team.

Town halls get word to employees

Curtis Manley
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Green Bay Packers!!!!! Because they have the best offense!

Cordell Wells Sr.

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Mandatory Perosnal Financial Management Training Every Wednesday, 0900-1600, Camp Henry ACS Classroom family members are welcome on a space available basis. This course is comprised of eight sessions mandated by Department of the Army for First Term Soldiers. This calss teaches how to develop a personal budget/spending plan; recognize signs of financial trouble and where to get assistance; the importance of credit and how to establish a savings account, emergency savings and long term savings; how to make the consumer decisions; how to plan for large and small purchases; and how to plan insurance needs on life, auto, personal property, and home. Call 768-7112 for further information. Parent Advisory Council Please come to our Parent Advisory Council Meeting Jan. 19 at the Youth Center from 5-6 p.m. Learn about the CYSS programs, ask questions, and help us improve and plan for the future. Parents of all children and youth are encouraged to attend.

Story by Sgt. Bryan T. Willis

Casting your absentee ballot is easier than ever


Voting Assistance Program (AVAP) is designed to make registration and voting information, materials and assistance readily available to all eligible Army voters. The program seeks to educate eligible voters about the importance of voting and provide every opportunity to register. 2012 is a crucial year for the Nation as a whole, especially in our military community. Exercise your right as a Soldier and vote, said Lt. Col. Rajesh Lobrecht, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Deputy G-1, Voting Assistance Officer. January is an important month for military and overseas voters because it marks the beginning of a new year and due to recent changes to federal and state laws, USFK service members are now encouraged to complete registration every year. I have always voted in the past, but this is the first time I will cast an absentee ballot, said Spc. Tabatha

Alright; Green Bay isnt going because I am a hater. I hope Denver gets to go, but that is fantasizing. Realistic decision: Baltimore and NY Giants. Baltimore will have Tom Bradys number this time. NY Giants will be the spoiler like they did the Patriots a few years ago.

Colleen Pigg Richmond

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The Houston Texans because they are ready for this and I say so and the NY Giants because they have Eli.

Every vote counts. See your unit voting assistance officer for more details photo by Lee Sae-mi M a z yc k , 1 9 t h E x p e d i t i o n a r y state. Sustainment Command. The Federal Voting Assistance Registering is easy if you go to Program website has a frequently and click asked question section that can help on service member or family of a guide first-time users of the site. service member. The next screen Remember, every vote counts. See will require you to pick your home your unit voting assistance officer for state to get specific information more details. Dont let this opportunity regarding absentee voting in your slip by, said Lobrecht. x

Tanja Michelle Fowler

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Im sad the Cowboys didnt make it, but Im glad the Texans have a shot. Ill always and forever be a Texas girl.

(Top) U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Deputy to the Garrison Commander Bill Christman explains the ramifications of upcoming changes to Korean workers from throughout Area IV. Town Halls were held both on Camp walker and Camp Carroll so all employees had the chance to hear the news. (Bottom) A very attentive audience listens to the briefing. Fortunately few of the Area IV workforce will be affected. U.S. Army photos by Pfc Bang, Bong-Joo