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An artist’s rendering of what the West Casey Chapel will look like after workers complete a $1.2 million, stem-to-stern renovation of the facility, which was built in 1965. The renovation is geared largely to the military families that have increased in Area I. It will include an outdoor playground and much more space for such activities as large, familyoriented gatherings, as well as Vacation Bible School. — Graphic courtesy of USAG Red Cloud Directorate of Public Works
Overhaul under way at Chapel
$ 1.2 million project at Camp Casey puts focus on Area I families
By Franklin Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMP RED CLOUD – A chapel built more than 45 years ago when Soldiers served in Area I without families is undergoing a major overhaul that’ll make it family-friendly for the first time. The $1.2 million stem-to-stern renovation of the West Casey Chapel is under way at Camp Casey and is scheduled to finish by the end of next March. The project includes construction of a multi-purpose room that will create much-needed space for a wider range of activities including Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings, as well as after-service fellowship time and small-group meetings. The chapel will also get its first playground, an addition that reflects the ongoing push in Area I to transform the area into one increasingly able to accommodate its military families, officials said. “Before there were no families so the building was built for the singleSoldiers community,” said Lt. Col. Sukjong Lee, Area I garrison chaplain. “So right now, we’re changing that,” she said. “This is the first chapel facility that has families in mind” in Area I. Also planned are a new metal roof, ceiling, floors, walls, doors and windows, new heating and air conditioning, plumbing, new power, phone and lighting systems, as well as new rest rooms, kitchen cabinets and various other improvements, said Dewey McLean, project manager with the engineering division of U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud’s Department of Public Works. Outside the chapel will be new landscaping in addition to the new playground. The sanctuary will have a baptismal built under the floor near the altar. It can be uncovered for use during baptismal services. The chapel was built in 1965. Workers did minor, miscellaneous repairs in 1984 but the chapel’s never had a renovation, said Jose Garcia, master planner at USAG Red Cloud Directorate of Public Works. Area I has seen rapid growth of military families over the past two years, when the Army gave the okay for Soldiers to be stationed in the region with their families. For the West Casey Chapel, that’s meant growth in the number of community members who meet for
religious services, some 200 or more each week, said Lee. That figure includes Protestant and Catholic services and individual groups that hold regular meetings, such as the Protestant Women of the Chapel, she said. The multi-purpose room can be divided into a number of smaller rooms that can serve various uses, including Bible studies, Sunday School classes, among others. Lee said she especially welcomed the renovation because the West Casey Chapel is the meeting place for a “thriving” Protestant congregation, one of Area I’s largest religious assemblies. People have been telling her they lack space at the chapel for one type of activity or another, she said. “Now,” said Lee, “ we can say, ‘Here it is.’” x
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By Franklin Fisher email@example.com
CAMP RED CLOUD – Although icy winds and heavy snows haven’t blustered their way onto the peninsula just yet, Area I officials are fast getting ready for winter. “We start prepping that in the first week of November because we could have snow at anytime from here on out,” said Marshall Downs, operations maintenance chief with U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud’s Directorate of Public Works. Those preparations cover everything from getting snow removal equipment ready to issuing safety tips and even holding a table-top exercise to rehearse for winter weather emergencies. “I would say the biggest threat is driving hazards,” said John Bedwell, emergency operations specialist with USAG Red Cloud’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “We know from the past that the roads can get icy,” he said. “Car accidents are very common.” Along with road accidents, “slips, trips and falls” account for a high number of winter injuries, said Glenn Harman, the garrison’s safety manager. And there’s the possibility of power outages triggered, for example, when a tree limb weighed down with snow breaks and brings down power lines. And a big storm can trigger closure of schools and other facilities. So garrison officials are gearing up. Winter preparation “kind of kicks off” with the fall cleanup Nov. 15 – 17, said Bedwell. Each season it sees Soldiers on Area I installations clearing fallen limbs and other debris, he said. In addition, garrison public works crews have placed boxes of salt outside buildings at Area I installations, to be laid on walkways. And they’ve readied the snow plows and other equipment they’ll need to clear roads and lay salt and sand.
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Road Conditions Did you know … that when road conditions are RED, school buses continue to run unless the school is closed? School bus drivers are professionals who have received extensive professional driver training and certification to safely operate a motor vehicle during adverse weather conditions. Senior Army leaders will not permit anyone to drive in road conditions that could potentially put drivers and their passengers in danger. Off-Limits The Club Joy in Toko-ri, right outside Camp Hovey, was recently placed off-limits to USFK personnel. Other clubs off limits in Area I are the Geo-ShiGi Karaoke Club in Bosan-dong, Dongducheon, and the Yong Ju Gol Turkey Farms in the Western Corridor. Public Affairs Office Move The U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Public Affairs Office, which includes community relations, will relocate from bldg. 613 to bldg. 215 while the headquarters is being renovated. The move will begin Nov. 17 and the PAO should be fully operational by Nov. 21. The phone numbers will remain the same. Exchange Hours The Camp Stanley Exchange is now operating on holiday hours of 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 24. For more information, call 732-5555. Commissary Open Wednesday The Camp Red Cloud Commissary will be open Wednesday, Nov. 23 and closed Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. For more information, call 732-7604. FOX Sports Visit Several FOX Sports celebrities will visit Camp Hovey Nov. 23. Benson Henderson from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Jeff Hammond from the NASCAR circuit and Jay Glazer, FOX Sports’ senior NFL writer, will be at the Iron Triangle Club for lunch with the service members, civilian employees and family members from noon – 1 p.m. and at the Camp Hovey gym for an autograph photo session from 2 - 3 p.m. Attendees are prohibited from bringing any item that could be considered a weapon. Cameras are allowed. Soldier Show The 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show will perform at Camp Casey’s Carey Fitness Center at 7 p.m., Nov. 23. The spectacular 90-minute Broadway-like show features talented U.S. Soldiers from across the globe, including three from Warrior Country. Admission is free.
Area I gearing up for winter
The garrison and 2nd Infantry Division have also mounted their annual winter safety campaigns. They include winter driver safety training and distribution of winter safety tips. And, said Bedwell, garrison officials have taken steps to ensure they’ll be in close contact with their 2nd Infantry Division counterparts to track weather conditions and take actions that are both timely and well-coordinated. In addition, USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs has created a mobile web application for community members to get an immediate snapshot of the most current Area I information for road conditions, gates, schools (Casey Elementary and Yongsan High School), snow conditions and more. Access the site at http://redcloud.korea.army.mil/ mobile. The information is also on the USAG Red Cloud Facebook page and USAG Red Cloud web site, and is made available to the community via AFN TV crawler and radio. x
Area I Tips to Improve Winter Safety
Driving Safety • Before winter arrives, get your car tuned up. • Avoid driving in snow or ice storms. If you must travel, drive slowly. Let someone know what route you’re taking and when you plan to arrive so they can alert authorities if you don’t get there. • If your car is parked outside, make sure the exhaust pipe and the area around it are free of snow before you start the car. Snow in or around the exhaust can cause high levels of carbon monoxide in the car. • If your car stalls or gets stuck in snow, light two flares and place one at each end of the car, a safe distance away. Make sure snow has not blocked the exhaust pipe. Then stay in your vehicle and open a window slightly to let in fresh air. Wrap yourself in blankets and run your heater for a few minutes every hour to keep warm. Heating Your Home • Keep portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn, including bedding, furniture, clothing. Never drape clothing over a space heater to dry. • Keep children away from space heaters. Never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use. • Never use range or oven to heat your home.
Getting their eyes on the prehistoric past
At the Jeongok Prehistory Museum near Pocheon Nov. 8, Soldiers from Area I joined students from the Dongducheon Foreign Language High School for a look at various exhibits. Here, they view an exhibit that featured a reproduction of a 5,000-yearold mummy that was found in the Alps and remains on display at a museum in Italy. The group also visited the African Art Museum in Pocheon. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang.
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Maude Hall relocation schedule announced
CAMP RED CLOUD – Maude Hall, the building at Camp Casey through which Soldiers and family members process in and out of Area I assignments, is slated for major renovation. The $2.6 million project is scheduled to start next month and finish next May, with Maude Hall being again open for business by June. “Renovations are going to bring a new facelift and combine better services in a newly-renovated, stateof-the art facility,” said Lt. Col. Steven Finley, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey. “We’re going to be replacing all major systems in that building,” said Dewey McLean, project manager with the engineering division with U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud’s Directorate of Public Works. “We will also renovate the exterior in terms of landscaping to have a more attractive appearance as folks walk toward the building.” By the time workers finish overhauling building 2440 it will boast all-new roofing, doors, floors, stairs, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems, and electrical systems, new lighting, new sprinkling and public address systems, and new phone and cable systems. Workers will build a new entrance canopy, something Maude Hall
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hasn’t had before, McLean said. Plans for outside the building call for new sidewalks, trees, and signs. Maude Hall plays an important role in Area I because it centralizes in-processing for soldiers, civilians and family members Area I-wide, Finley said. In it are such offices as Pass/ID, Ration Control, Housing, Legal, and Tax Assistance. Work will go forward in two stages, with the second floor being overhauled first, officials said. Offices on the second floor will be relocated by early December to other buildings. For some, the move out of
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NOVEMBER 18, 2011
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Yongsan gives a warm helping hand to the less fortunate
By Cpl. Choi Sung-il email@example.com
YONGSAN GARRISON - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan and Korean Foreigners Friendship Cultural Society members visited Yeongdeungpo–gu, a neighborhood southwest of Seoul to deliver coal briquettes, yeontan, to help keep the less fortunate warm during the upcoming winter Nov. 9. Yeontan, due to its cheap price and steady burning efficiency, was widely used after the Korean War and it’s still estimated to be used by roughly 2 percent of households in Korea. Those people rely on one to two briquettes per day to cook and heat the house of each family during the winter. Fifty U.S. Soldiers and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army delivered 4,000 coal briquettes to the houses in need. — See YEONTAN, Page 12 —
Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, getting their feet, hands, faces covered with black coal powder, take a group photo after delivering 4,000 yeontan to those less fortunate Nov. 9. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
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Soldiers from HHC, USAG Yongsan, deliver yeontan to the homeless and the less fortunate in Yeongdeungpo-gu to keep them warm in the cold winter months ahead. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
(From left) Pfc. Kim, Jong-min, HHC, USAG Yongsan has his face marked by black coal powder by a Civilian volunteer while Soldiers are taking a break; Sgt. 1st Class Brian Johnson and Spc. Alexis Skibinski play a trick on each other while passing yeontan on. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
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By Cpl. Choi Sung-il firstname.lastname@example.org
YONGSAN GARRISON - Surrounded by babies, kids, students and Community members U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. James Thurman and his wife Dee got into the Thanksgiving spirit by reading and carving a turkey at the Yongsan Main Post Library Nov. 12. “Thanksgiving Story Time” was the Thurmans’ first time gathering with kids after they pcs’d to Garrison Yongsan. The day was special to the Community because Yongsan kicked off the Story Time and Thanksgiving celebration together. Even before starting the library was crowded with children and their Families who patiently waited to meet Gen. Thurman and Mrs. Thurman and celebrate Thanksgiving together. In the open atmosphere, the Thurmans greeted every child, hugging and lifting them in the air and taking photos with their Families. Leaving their sons, daughters and four grandchildren behind and understanding the feeling of being away
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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:// www.korea.amedd.army.mil/ healthpromotion/index.html. Retiree Appreciation Day U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan is holding the annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday November 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the R & R Bar and Grill. Free to all retiree ID card holders and their Families. Come out for food, information, health screenings and fun. For more information, call Mark Wade at 730-4133. Holiday Bazaar Seoul American High School PTO invites you to the Holiday Bazaar November 19-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the SAHS Gym. Everyone is invited to come and browse various vendors and take part in the silent auction, kid’s secret Santa shop, face painting, food, door prizes and more. For more information, call 010-3951-7364, 010-2690-7399, or email sahspto@ yahoo.com. Driver Testing Office Closed USAG Yongsan Driver Testing Office will be closed Nov. 21-25 for renovations. The Driver Testing Office will reopen on Nov. 28. Sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, call 738-5568. K-16 Town Hall Come one, come all to the K-16 Town Hall on Monday November 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Activities Center, 2nd floor. Come hear about community updates, issues and events with the Garrison Command Group. For more information, call 7416704. Yongsan Community Family Information Forum Come one, come all to the Yongsan Community Family Information Forum on Wednesday November 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the ACS building 4106, room 118. Come hear about community updates, issues and events with the Garrison Command Group. For more information, call 738-7505.
Thurmans celebrate Thanksgiving with Yongsan children
U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. James Thurman and his wife Dee celebrate Thanksgiving a little early by reading to children during the “Thanksgiving Story Time” at Yongsan Library Nov. 12. Mrs. Thurman reads a book “I’m a Turkey” to the kids. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
from their own Family, the Thurmans valued the opportunity to be with other Army Families. Mrs. Thurman said it was a joy to be with Military Family. “It’s like having my Family and grandchildren here because I get to see smiles on the children’s faces when we read the story. It’s very important to be with other Army Families.” After reading several books, they carved a turkey and served the feast with all the trimmings, along with refreshments. “I am thankful that I can be here with my Family and participate in a Community program to see the Thurmans and hear them read to kids and interact with the Community,” said Cathy Palmer, spouse of Lt. Col. Tom Palmer from USFK. Mrs. Thurman, who used to go to a library every afternoon after school and stay with her mother, aunts and cousins who were all librarians, also highlighted how reading books benefits children. “Story Time is very important for children to show that every book has a story which brightens your day and keeps you thinking. It’s also one of the — See THURMANS, Page 12 —
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Give the Gift of a Lifetime
is often something we want to do on our own, away from family… Why not incorporate this as more family time? For many associated with the military, some of this stress relief time is a smoke break, or putting a pinch between the cheek and gums. Some statistics show up to a third of military members use tobacco. Collectively, that is a lot of time in the smoke pit and a lot of time taken away from those you care about most. Tobacco is a threat to you and those whom you love. It robs you and your loved ones of time, irreplaceable time. It takes years off your life, each smoke break not only takes time away from your overall lifespan, but also shortens or weakens the life of those you say you love… second and third hand smoke taken in by family increase their chances of cancer and respiratory disease. You say you do not smoke around your kids or wife… or that you smoke outside. You may be reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke, but the third-hand smoke, full of toxins, poisons and carcinogens are on your clothing, hair, skin and things you touch or rub on… think car seat, recliner, food and more. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug. Trying to quit tobacco is like trying to kick a cocaine or heroin addiction… most of us would not be able to quit tobacco without a lot of support; medical and social. So, Give the Gift of a Lifetime… think hard, challenge yourself and those you love, talk with family… husband, wife, parent, child, brother, sister… receive encouragement and support while Giving the Gift of a Lifetime… quit tobacco! We are here to help you; the Area II Tobacco Cessation Sessions are open for all our Army Team; Active Duty, Retirees, DoD Employees, Family Members, KGS, Contractors and more. We meet each Wednesday from 1000hrs to 1200hrs at building 5447 in the conference room. It is not easy to quit tobacco, but it is very attainable. Once you make up your mind you want to quit, we offer the support you will need along with the tools and education that has proven to make you a longer living part of your family. x
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YONGSAN GARRISON - If you could give someone you love just one thing; what would it be? Wealth? Health? Prosperity? Luck? We are not genies, so the 3-wishes for letting us out of a bottle is just too far a stretch… but seriously… what would you give someone you love? Well, instead of giving them something we THINK they MIGHT want, why not ask them… REALLY ask them! I have been married for 23 years, and I have worked long & hard to give my wife and daughter a better life as well as the resources to make their life easier than I believe I had… but is this what THEY want? Believe it or not, I have asked my wife and daughter what they would like and in spite of what I sometimes think, it was not more stuff they said they wanted; they only wanted… ME! They want me in their life, taking walks with them, talking with them, having fun with them and growing old with them. It sounds too simple, but when we stop and reflect, this really is all that matters BECAUSE time is something we have all invested in… each other. There are things we do in life that run counter to giving more of ME to family; some of these things we control more than others. Deployments, TDY, employment expectations, self-improvement activities, and stress relief activities often find us not giving the gift our family desires most. We can overcome some of these more easily than others. Employment expectations often are due to our desire to show the boss we are ready for promotion to the “next level”; this may tell our family… work is more important than you. Self-improvement activities can tell the family, I am more important than you; not always, but evaluate this in perspective of your family’s expectation. Deployments and TDYs are often mandates by the employer, so there is little control of these, but usually you can spend quality time during the preparation phase, keep in-touch while away, and make the most of the post-deployment bonding time. Personal stress relief
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By Sgt. Hong Moo-sun email@example.com
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Yongsan family enjoys the Seoul Lantern Festival
Some things that my children’s Grandparents have done was to get my child a personalized book for their birthday or a holiday like the one at http://www.iseeme.com/my-very-own-name-personalized-book. html or a book that is about a location they are failiar with or have lived party of their childhood at. I have gotten my cildren books from areas we have PCS’d to or books about ano upcoming holiday or celebration from any culture.
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Soldier Show brings the noise to Yongsan
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YONGSAN GARRISON - The United States Army Soldier Show, a morale event by Soldiers for Soldiers, started its South Korea tour with a 90-minute stage show for the Yongsan Garrison Community, Nov. 12. The show, which holds tours every year throughout the world, filled the bleachers and seats inside Collier Community Fitness Center with musical performances. The music was an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern, varying from R&B to country to pop to patriotic. U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, with the support of volunteers and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, set the stage for the show. Pfc. Timothy Rau, the Yongsan BOSS president, said that helping out with the Soldier Show was an enjoyable experience. “It’s a bit of a blast,” Rau, who works as the NBC NCO with the 14th Military Police Detatchment, said.
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I think if you just start early by reading daily to them they will develop a love for reading. I read to my son all the time and he loves it. He also will go to sleep clinging to a book rather than a stuffed animal. Also, in college I took several courses on young adult literature as my major was English, and we were taught that having discussions about the reading material afterwards works well for older children. Talk to them about what they read to make sure they understood, develop fun games that go along with the concepts in the story, and try to get them hooked on a young adult book series like Nancy Drew (just as an example).
“We have a few characters wandering around here and there, but they are all good people.” After the show ended, Paul Stuart, the deputy to the garrison commander, presented an award to the staff of the Installation Management Command who helped bring the event to Yongsan. Stuart then thanked each Soldier in the show, presenting each of them with a coin of appreciation from the Yongsan Community. “It shows what our Soldiers can do,” Stuart said about the show. “It helps the Community by show— See SOLDIER SHOW, Page 12 —
Schedule library visits - once a week or twice a month. My daughter loves going to the library to check out books!
My mom and my brothers and I would pile onto the bed and read something almost every night. Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie... anything. We’re all avid readers to this day.
The cast of the United States Army Soldier Show sings ‘America the Beautiful’ near the end of their performance in Collier Community Fitness Center on Yongsan Garrison Nov. 12. The Soldier Show, with help from the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, began their South Korean Tour with their Yongsan Performance. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
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Correction and Clarification
A story Nov. 11 on keeping the peace in Itaewon misstated the type of patrols used to enforce the curfew and ensuring off-post establishments are not frequented. Those patrols are conducted by the Military Police’s Town Patrols. A nightly Command Presence Patrol (CPP), consisting of Soldiers from USAG Yongsan’s tenant units, provides uniformed command presence in the Itaewon Business Dis-
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trict to deter USFK Servicemembers from making inappropriate decisions. The CPPs help USFK Servicemembers follow the curfew policy and encourage the buddy system. CPPs also observe, identify, and report incidents to the Military Police Town Patrol for investigation with the Korean National Police. The CPPs do not have law enforcement authorities, responsibilities, or capabilities. x
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Some of them delivered Yeontan through a cart and the rest formed a long human conveyor belt and passed briquettes from hand to hand into the cramped, elongated rooms in the shanty town. “I love volunteering especially when someone is less fortunate than me because I know how it is to struggle,” said Staff Sgt. Shavonda Douglas from HHC, USAG Yongsan. “So I love giving back when I have the opportunity and I know it warms the heart of a lot of Soldiers today.” Coal dust flew all over the house and the air. Some of the Soldiers playfully marked each other’s faces with
the black coal powder. “I want to encourage everybody to get out and do more community service to get involved more in Korean community and show our face and show them we are here as an alliance and we want to keep it strong,” Douglas said. Capt. Peter Cha, HHC, USAG Yongsan also passed out the message of Garrison Yongsan to the community members and citizens of Korea. “We all volunteered to show that the Soldiers here are friends. We want to promote the friendship between the Republic of Korea and the United States.” x
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staples in learning because everything involves being able to read.” “My wife and I are really Family oriented and this is the way we can interact with Families and tell them thank you. Behind every Soldier, there is a Family. If you have a supporting Fam-
ily behind you, you can do wonderful things,” said Thurman. The Thurmans said they can’t wait until the Christmas Story Time, to share their love of reading with even more Yongsan children. x
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ing the Community the diversity and the breadth of the Army. Soldiers just don’t fight and train. They do a wide breadth of things such as sing and entertain.” Cpl. Drake Delucca, a production assistant and performer for the Soldier Show, said that coming to Yongsan and experiencing a different culture, but seeing everyone entertained in the same way as back in the States was worth it. “It’s the most incredible experience to go around and entertain Troops and their Families,” Deluca said. “There’s
nothing like it. Just to uplift people and see the smile on their face. Sometimes, they come in not in the best mood, they may have had a bad day, but we can always lift them up.” As the Soldiers and Families thanked the cast of the Soldier Show and filtered out of the building, another successful performance had come to an end. The show would then move south to give the other Army communities in the Republic of Korea a chance to experience the show for themselves. x
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Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, features pieces from world renowned artists and helps make Itaewon a cultural hub Nov. 15. - U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
Itaewon becomes a new commercial hub of culture
By Cpl. Choi Sung-il email@example.com
YONGSAN GARRISON - Itaewon is a melting pot in Korea where people from all different nationalities gather and share their culture. Forming an international street since U.S. Soldiers were first stationed in Yongsan after the Korean War, Itaewon has gradually become the meeting spot of choice for people from all over the globe including the Western, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. “A lot of different Westerners come here,” said Ciera Jirouch, freshmen college student from the U.S. “We can also meet somebody from different countries that we’ve never been able to travel before. This antique street is really neat to look at and window shop and Itaewon also sells nice Korean clothes that are not ridiculously expensive.” Itaewon now has come to life as the new commercial hub of food, fashion and culture where anyone can experience the masterpieces of different countries. More than 100 restaurants and cafes represent 20 countries of the world and serve their traditional dishes. Signature artworks of those whom you may have heard of are also exhibited and open to the public. “Itaewon has gone through major shifts in the past few years and it’s quite different from how it looked ten years ago,” said Jung, Kyung-hoon, Secretarygeneral of Itaewon Special Tourism Zone Association. “Besides the International Food Street and Fashion Street, Hannam-dong Garosu-gil has undergone a major shift as a cultural hub in Itaewon as large scale buildings such as museums and multi-functional facilities open.” Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Comme des Garcons flagship store, Japanese fashion label and Passion 5, grand scale bakery are shining examples on Hannam-dong Garosu-gil. “I’d say Itaewon is very narrow so whichever alley you wander into, you can find restaurants and cafes with their own characteristics and colors,” said Jung. Jung also encouraged U.S. Soldiers and foreigners to visit Korean barbeque restaurants, known to many stationed at Yongsan as “beef and leaf” in the alley behind Hamilton Hotel. He also said custom tailor shops in Itaewon can provide on-site services and provide suits in just one day. x
Leeum is a museum of art operated by Samsung, the biggest Korean corporation. The museum, comprised of three different styles of buildings, was created by three renowned European architects. The three uniquely designed buildings display high quality exhibitions of modern art, contemporary art and Korean traditional art. Samsung which owns art pieces of world famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami share the opportunity to appreciate the art. You will first be encountered with gigantic spider sculptures by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. - U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
(From left) May Bell Bakery mainly bakes a variety of baguettes, ciabattas and whole grain breads and sells them at reasonable prices. The freshly baked from scratch whole wheat breads made with natural yeast have made the bakery stand out amongst the larger Korean bakery chains on Itaewon Street. May Bell is gaining great popularity among the health-conscious; Ruby Edward’s Tartin, is a bakery café located in a sloped alley one block away from Itaewon station. Chef Garrett Edwards, the head of the enterprise bakes 1,500 pies, cheesecakes and cookies daily to serve followers who usually visit after a meal. Nectarine Pie and Chef Garrett’s Blend combining five different berries are his recommendations. - U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il
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shows abnormalities.” Korean medical facilities on hand to support the Retiree appreciation event included Fatima Hospital, Gumi-Cha Hospital, Dongsan Hospital, MediPark Women’s Clinic and Yeungnam University Hospital. A number of community agencies also made a strong showing at this year’s event. Present to meet and greet Retirees and their guests were re p re s e n t a t ive s f ro m t h e C a m p Walker Commissary, Navy Federal Credit Union, Red Cross, VFW, ACS, Community Bank, DPTMS, AAFES, ACAP, and DES. With lots of prizes, and giveaways, many present agreed that this was the best retiree Appreciatin event to date in AreaIV. Members of the community continued to pour into the Evergreen facility throughout the celebration. A complimentary buffet meal only added to the heightened satisfaction. Satisfaction was also on the mind of retired Sgt. 1st Class Frank L. Arnold, recognized at this year’s event for his military service. Pausing the spirited activity, USAG Daegu Deputy Commander William Christman presented Arnold with a token of appreciation on behalf of USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle. The award citation recognized Arnold for his life-long service, sacrifice and contributions to the defense and development of the Republic of Korea over a span of 61 years which began with his service with the 25th Infantry Division during the Korean War from July 1950 to October 1951. “I had been a Soldier since 1948 and I have satisfied my entire life as a Soldier,” Arnold said. “I also had difficult moments when I had working as a Soldier, especially during the war. However, it was an honor to serve our country. So I’d like to say to the Soldiers who are serving the U.S. Army now, just do the best you can. Hope to do the best, expect the worst and you will never be disappointed.” He had a Veterans Day message for the community. “Veterans Day is all about honoring and remembering those who served their country, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “I remembered the 8,000 Soldiers and
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Military retirees get first-class treatment on their special day
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DAEGU GARRISON — The sixth annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day was held Nov. 5 at the Evergreen Club on Camp Walker. An estimated crowd of more than 300 people – Retirees, Family members and friends, attended the event. A salute to all military Retirees, numerous veteran agencies, and Korean medical organizations took part in the grand event. The 168th Multi-function Medical Battalion also played an integral role in the annual gathering. According to Elizabeth A. Bryant, Nurse Case Manager, Camp Walker, “This year’s participants offered a variety of screenings for the USAG Daegu Retiree community. Those offerings included, but were not limited to blood glucose testing, bone density testing, stress testing, blood typing, blood pressure, a BMI, pulmonary function test, chest X-rays using a mobile x-ray machine, visual acuity -- eye pressure testing, and diabetic eye screening with on the spot appointments for full eye exams being made for anyone who
military personnel. They did not come back from the Korean War. We don’t know where they are, they still are missing. That’s why Veterans Day should be meaningful for us,” x
A nurse from Young Chun Son Hospital Oriental Clinic gives a Retiree a hand massage.
Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Frank L. Arnold (left) is recognized for his lifelong military service, by USAG Daegu Deputy Commander (and also a Retiree) William Christman.
A Retiree and Family member get a pulmonary function test by Yeungnam U. Hospital.
Military Retirees and spouses line up in order to have their blood sugar tested by technicians from Dongsan Hospital.
Gumi-Cha Hospital offered chest X-rays free of charge for military Retirees.
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DAEGU GARRISON — The Army Education Center is an important part of every military installation, and that’s something that is not likely to change. With distance learning now playing a role in efforts to ensure every Soldier who wants an education has access to tools that will assist him with that goal, the education center is not likely to lose its favored status. Soldiers serving throughout U.S. Army Garrison Daegu and the Southeast Hub don’t have to go far to find out how to jumpstart their online educational pursuits. According to Samuel Salmeron, USAG Daegu Education Services Officer, “The Army Education Center can provide all the necessary information and assistance an individual will need to sign up for distance learning. The online education method gives Soldiers not only a chance to take classes online, but the opportunity to take the classes continuously. In other words, an individual does not have to quit the class because the traditional classroom setting is not available.” Salmeron explained that there are some differences online students may face that are quite different from those who physically attend a classroom. “For instance, one challenge that some students face in an online environment is that of not being able to get immediate feedback. I think an even greater challenge is that the online student has to be self-disciplined, has to know how
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News & Notes
CommissariesThanksgiving Schedule BOTH the Camp Carroll and Camp Walker Commissaries will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 24. During that week, for your shopping conveninence, Walker commissary will be OPEN MONDAY, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Carroll Commissary will be OPEN WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 for the same hours; otherwise they will follow their normal schedules. Please plan accordingly!
Distance learning brings education goals closer to home
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Thanksgiving Day 2011
By Pv2. Bang Bong-joo firstname.lastname@example.org Hard to believe it but Thanksgiving is next week! Looking back on the last year, what are you most thankful for?
Financial Counseling Services Financial counseling for Soldiers and family members with emphasis on managing personal finances and tracking spending habits. Development of a personal financial plan, retirement plan, and college saving plan. Call the ACS financial readiness program office, 768-8127 or 768-7112. Kids Club Register your child for our Jr. Membership Program. Program benefits include quarterly appreciation nights, $5 gift coupon for thier birthday and other great events. Open to kids ages 5-12. For more information, call the Evergreen Community Club, 764-4060. Turkey Shoot Bowling Bowling a “turkey” (three strikes in a row) wins a $10 dinner coupon (limit one coupon per bowler). One day only, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Army Education Center offers Soldiers various online and onsite education programs. prioritize and manage time well, and has to be a self-motivator. In other words, that student does not have a person physically there telling them what to do.” Understandably, there are other factors associated with an individual’s decision to take advantage of online distance learning. “Many of us who work overseas don’t have access to major schools,” said Adriano Vasquez. “Distance learning was the only way for me to get my education. Learning is extremely important. So, I have to make every effort to get involved in my studies, and do the required work. The fact that I am able to use the platform of distance learning is rather good. Simply put, it allows me an opportunity to go to school and accomplish some things that might otherwise be impossible.” Salmeron said the distance learning environment has been greatly improved upon since the concept kicked off several years ago. He said, “One big change has been that nowadays, Soldiers can take a biology class with virtual laboratory and virtual experiments, completely online. As you can see, distance learning is a big part of the education process. Our hope is that more and more Soldiers will take advantage of distance learning in the future. Whether the individual comes to the Camp Henry or Camp Carroll education center doesn’t really matter. What matters is at the education center, we are ready to help them in every way we can, towards achieving their education goals.” x
I ested today. I am thankful that I was a part of USAG Daegu family. I will never miss the experience I had last two years. Btw I was working in PAO and was the on putting this on the paper lol. Thank you PAO, HHC, USAG Daegu, Colonel, CSM, and everyone is USAG!!
Chinese dancers display skills and dexterity during a performance at the 2011 Gyeongju World Cultural Expo, held this year at the Bomoon Tourism Complex in Gyeongju-si, Gyongsanbuk-do. The cultural event highlighted videos, exhibitions, street performances , puppetry and a world dance festival. — Courtesy photo by Mary Grimes
KATUSAs welcome a special visitor
I’m Thankful for having my family make through another year! I have my grandmother, my parents, my siblings, their children and most of all my children still on this earth to share the good and the bad with daily! Can’t ask God for much more than that!
The right fire extinguisher training can make a difference
Camp Carroll Paintball Range Now open on Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per person and it includes first 500 pellets. No reservations or teams required. Eye Protection, Long Sleeves, Long pants, Sneakers or Boots covering ankles are required. For more information call 765-8325/7062 or 7647484. IMCOM TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP T h e U S AG D a e g u P re l i m i n a r y Tournament will be held at the Camp Carroll Community Center 12 November at 2 p.m.. Winners will advance to play in the IMCOM Tournament Nov. 19-20. Monetary prizes and trophies will be awarded! Saltwater Fishing Trip Nov. 19. Camp Walker Community Activity Center, 764-4123. Take a saltwater fishing trip; the transportation fee is $10 per person and boat fee is 40,000 KRW (pay at the boat site). Equipment rental is available at the CAC for a $10 additional fee: bait, hook, kril, weight etc. Bring a sack lunch, water, and a warm jacket. Bus departs from the Camp Walker Commissary at 8 a.m. and will also pick up from the Camp Carroll CAC, departing there at 9 a.m.
Story and photo by Park, Min-Jin email@example.com extinguisher is a good thing to have around. But, if you don’t know how to use it, it’s useless. If you know what to do, then there’s a good chance you can make a difference. To help that process along, members from around the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu community were provided training by the USAG Daegu Fire Department, Oct. 24 in the Camp Henry Theater. With the focus on using fire extinguishers to put out small fires, Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Allen posed a question to those attending the training. “What’s the first thing to do, if there is a fire?” he queried. “Yell, fire, fire fire. Get everybody get out of the area. The next you want to do is call me. The third thing, you want to do if you are trained and feel comfortable, is grab the fire extinguisher and put out the fire. You also want to make sure you have an escape route, and to your back is an accessible exit so you can escape.” Properly operating the fire extinguisher is crucial to fire safety. “The first thing to do is pull the pin,” said Allen. “You should next aim at the base of the fire, and squeeze the handle—sweeping one side to the other—left to right, and
DAEGU GARRISON — A fire
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I’m thankful that I get to be with my husband for the holidays, I know a lot of soldiers are without their families and we are blessed to be together.
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CW2 Etta Mensah, Supply Systems Technician, 19th ESC has her first experience in using a fire extinguisher. Training on the use of the extinguisher was provided by the USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief, Andrew Allen, Oct. 24 on Camp Henry. from front to back. “In sweeping, what we have to do is like a broom pushing water. It will be like pushing a cloud of dry chemicals over fire, and putting it out.” “This training was very useful,” said CW2 Etta Mensah, supply systems technician at the 19th ESC and training participant. “This was my first time ever using a fire extinguisher and it was a great hands-on experience. I think it was good training because a lot of times we just look at slides. It’s a very different thing when you are actually involved in the activity.” With the holidays fast approaching, fire safety and fire extinguishers become of even greater significance. “Reading the instructions on the fire extinguisher is extremely important because different fire extinguishers fight different types of fires,” Allen said. “We have three basic kinds, A, B, C. ‘A’ is for trash, paper fire. ‘B’ is for flammable gas. ‘C’ is for electricity. We have also ‘D’ extinguisher that is for metal fires. Our newest category is ‘K’ which is for grease fires. Know which fire extinguisher you have. Know where it’s located, and know how to use it.
Thankful that at least one person in this household can make a Turkey...too bad it’s me!!!
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DAEGU GARRISON — Lt. Col. Cheong, Sekwan, the Commander of the Area IV Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) Support Group, met with Korean Army To the U.S. Army (KATUSA) Soldiers in the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu conference room Oct.26 during their weekly KATUSA training activity. The visit was a rare opportunity for the young Soldiers to hear from their leadership on a variety of topics. Cheong used the visit to remind KATUSAs of how important they are to the overall success of the military mission, and that they should
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Happy to be with my hubby here in Korea:)
take pride in themselves. The commander encouraged the Soldiers to work harder, and to do so with a positive attitude Present at the training session was Capt. Ko, Jae-hoon, USAG Daegu ROKA Support officer. Ko called Lt. Col. Cheong’s visit a welcome opportunity. “KATUSA training is important to the overall mission. Such training helps all KATUSAs develop as Soldiers,” he said. All KATUSAs work as ambassadors for building a stronger military force between the U.S. and ROK armies. During the weekly “Katusa Training”, these Korean Soldiers are reminded that South Korea still remains technically at war with neighboring North Korea., x
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ROKA Forces use U.S. rail cars for first time
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DAEGU GARRISON — For the first time ever, Republic of Korea forces used U.S. rail cars to transport their heavy equipment during a South Korean Army exercise at Camp Casey, Nov. 6. Korean Rail and U.S. rail cars are different in a few ways. Korail cars are lighter, lower to the ground
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and have been proven effective for most jobs required of them on the peninsula. “We have relied on Korail cars in the past, but now we have a new option that will enable us to do things differently,” said Col. Kang, Shin-woo, ROK Army, 75th Brigade Commander. ROK and U.S. forces have accomplished many exercise missions together over the past 60 years, but still both sides find
new ways to help each other. “This is a big deal. I’m glad we are training together on this exercise, the rail-head operation here is going very smooth, with no problems so far,” said Capt. Evan Franchitti, Commander, 662 Movement Control Team. The taller rail cars assisted the ROK Army in an unexpected way. “It turns out that the ROKA can now transport their largest tanks by rail,” said Kang. “Although the
largest tanks overhang the sides of the railcars, they sit higher and can clear the decking at the terminals.” During the exercise both Korail and U.S. railcars were used side-byside to get an accurate comparison during a military operation. “We can load and unload our tanks quicker and safer with the new cars,” said Kang, “The tie-down chains are built into the U.S. railcars, which makes everything so much easier,” Kang added. x
Soldiers from the Republic of Korea’s Army conduct a safety brief, before starting rail operations, as part of an exercise at Camp Casey, Nov. 6. For the first time ever, ROKA forces used U.S. rail cars to transport equipment during the exercise.
Soldiers from the Republic of Korea’s Army conduct rail operations as part of an exercise at Camp Casey, Nov. 6. For the first time ever, ROKA forces used U.S. rail cars to transport equipment during the exercise.