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DECEMBER 16, 2011

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DECEMBER 16, 2011

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 11


KATUSAs standing tall in Red Cloud Page 5

Employee still going strong after 52 years Page 21

Having a ball at Osan with 35th ADA Page 22

Daegu exercise tests response

By Mary Grimes USAG Daegu Public Affairs DAEGU The skies over Daegu were anything but silent when a number of U.S. military elements from around the Southeast Hub rallied to participate in an Aviation Pre-Accident Plan Exercise Dec. 8. Conducted quarterly, the primary goal of the exercise is to test the response time and procedures of the USAG Daegu agencies tied to the Aviation Pre-Accident Plan, ensuring all responsible personnel are ready to respond to an aircraft emergency at any time. Units participating in the exercise included H-805 Heliport Operations, H-805 Heliport Safety, the Camp Walker Fire Department, 168th MMB, military police, and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, (specifically for this exercise, A Co., 2-2 Aviation/Mustang 18). According to Brian Parrotte, Airfield Manager, USAG Daegu, the training was conducted with a very clear purpose. He said, Response time is among the key things we look for in this type of training. It is a primary consideration, but just as important, arguably more so, is did the responders know what to do when they arrived, and did they do it correctly? It is of little consequence to a pilot who is injured due to an improper extraction process, to know that at least the responders got there fast. With so many players involved in the training, ensuring everyone was aware of their responsibilities was crucial. Said Parrotte, H-805 Operations is the proponent for the

USAG Daegu firefighters demonstrate how to react to a hard landing accident, placing injured pilots in a temporary safe area. The exercise, held Dec. 8th at the H-805 Heliport, Camp Walker, was part of the quarterly training used to test USAG Daegus Aviation Pre-Accident Plan. U.S. Army photo by Mary Grimes

Aviation Pre-Accident Plan - a detailed set of instructions that tells each agency what their role and responsibilities are in the event of an aircraft accident, on or off post. Unlike some training events where lots of time is devoted to preparations, the Aviation Pre-Accident exercise is handled somewhat differently. Depending on the goal of each exercise, and who is the primary target for evaluation, planning can be almost none as the exercise is activated without notice, or, as in this instance, planning is spread over several days to ensure all agencies receive the maximum training benefit, Parrotte said. Although deemed a success, the training was not without its challenges, and developing scenarios that ensured responders were presented with realistic training, led the way. With this type of recurring training requirement it is easy to get stuck in a rut and simply repeat canned scenarios, Parrotte said. We strive to ensure exercises conducted at H-805 provide the maximum training benefit to better prepare all agencies in the event we are faced with an actual emergency. The exercise completed, Parrotte provided feedback on how things went. He said, The response time was great and that is in itself a testament to the dedicated people here in the Southeast Hub. This was an unannounced drill. Therefore agencies had to drop what they are doing and react. x

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NEWS 2012 Warrior Games set

By Gil Britton Warrior Transition Command
ALEXANDERIA, VA. Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers are currently training and competing to be one of 50 athletes who will represent the Army in the 2012 Warrior Games. The games are slated to take place from April 30 to May 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Army team will be announced in January. Warrior Games are hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Athletes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Operations will compete for the gold in archery, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and sitting volleyball. We are excited to be going back to Colorado next spring and looking forward to the competitions, said Brig. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care and Transition and commander of the Warrior Transition Command. Working with these Soldier athletes is truly inspiring. Adaptive sports and reconditioning activities play major roles in the recovery and healing process of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. It helps them meet physical goals more quickly and it also helps them appreciate their abilities and focus on life after injury. Adaptive sports and reconditioning programs are in place at all 29 Warrior Transition Units across the Army. In coordination with the Paralympic Military Program, physical therapists and medical providers incorporate adaptive activities into Soldiers treatment


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and recovery plans. Physical activity has been proven to be important in mental and physical well-being, said Williams. The spirit of competition inspires and empowers our Soldiers and athletes. Warrior Games presented by Deloitte was created in 2010 as an introduction to Paralympic sports for injured service members and veterans. The competition has become a springboard for many service members and veterans to continue participating in sports programs in their communities after the event. Since its inception, Medical Treatment Facilities, Warrior Transition Units and Wounded Warrior Battalions East (Camp Lejeune) and West (Camp Pendleton) have seen a more than 20 percent increase in sports program participation by wounded, ill and injured service members. x

Regulations govern AAFES access

By Kevin Robinson Defense Commissary Agency
DALLAS On any given day, a variety of visitors, contractors and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians visit any one of the Army & Air Force Exchange Services more than 3,000 food, entertainment and retail operations around the world. The question most frequently posed by these visitors is Whos authorized to shop these facilities? Exchange service authorization actually begins with the House Armed Services Committee and ultimately ends with the installation commander. The guidelines require proper identification of authorized customers, including uniformed personnel and members of the Reserve Components and Family members, applicable DoD civilians, Exchange associates, retirees and their dependents who possess a basic Exchange purchase privilege authorization card. While rules governing who can buy merchandise and services at Exchanges often apply to a chosen few, the doors to the Exchanges 1,500-plus food facilities and more than 300 Expresses are open to virtually anyone looking for a taste of home. In fact, DoD policy allows all federal government employees, and even installation visitors, to dine at Exchange restaurants as long as their orders are consumed on the installation. Furthermore, anyone can purchase single-serve consumables from an Express, an option that is especially valuable late at night considering many Exchange convenience stores offer extended hours. Most Expresses have Snack Avenues, which offer a broad selection of snacks and beverages, said the Exchanges Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. Fruit, candy bars, soft drinks and even chicken pot pies can be picked up by just about anyone with business on the installation. Anyone who believes they may qualify for Exchange benefits, including access to the main Exchange, may go to, select Exchange Stores and then choose Authorized Patrons from the menu on the left of the page. Store-level contact information is available online at under the Store Locator link. x

Restrictions apply to post-government work

By Capt. Jacqueline Lee Eighth Army Administrative Law
YONGSAN GARRISON Servicemembers and civilian employees who retire from or leave their Department of Defense jobs often find new work in the private sector. However, there is a lifetime that prohibits a former government employee from attempting to influence their former government agency on behalf of your new employer in any matter in which he or she substantially participated in while in government work. The other restrictions that may be applicable depend on the type of work performed while working for the government or your rank or pay-grade. For example, if you were involved in certain trade or treaty negotiations during your last year of government service and had access to restricted information, you will be banned for one year from assisting anyone other than the U.S. regarding those negotiations. If you participated in certain procurement matters or administered contracts, you may be prohibited from accepting compensation from contractors for one year. If you are a senior employee, you are also subject to a one-year ban on communicating with any employee of your former government agency with the intent to influence that person on behalf of your new employer. The ethics rules that govern job seeking and post-government employment are complex and nuanced. Therefore, if you are interested in working for a non-government employer, and particularly if you are a senior employee or work in fields such as procurements, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an ethics counselor from your Staff Judge Advocate office before beginning your job hunt. x

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Check cashing at Exchange still fee-free

By Staff Sgt. Mark Matthews Defense Commissary Agency
DALLSAS As banks calculate consumers pain threshold for increasing fees, the Exchange is offering shoppers cheap access to their money with free check cashing and cash back on debit transactions. Its all about saving money and time, said the Exchanges Chief of Staff Col., Tom Ockenfels. You can cash checks on your own time at the Exchange and wont be charged a fee. Shoppers can cash personal checks up to $300 per day and checks will be accepted up to the exact amount of any purchase. Customers will also be able to use their debit cards to receive up to $50 cash back at the registers. The Exchange also cashes a variety of other checks and instruments, such as Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Aid Society and Naval Relief Society checks, U.S. insurance checks, money orders, travelers checks, Western Union checks as well as payroll checks issued by authorized government contractors and other non-appropriated fund agencies. 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 Failure to obey order or regulation. The Subject was found unconscious, lying on the ground in a locked bathroom by Military Police. He was transported to the Troop Medical Clinic after he had been caught huffing canned air in a bathroom stall. He was later transported to the Provost Marshal Office, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement neither denying nor admitting the offense. Area II Failure to obey general order. The subject was identified through his active duty identification card as being in violation of the USFK wide curfew. He was searched, apprehended and transported to the PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived, but refused to make a statement. He was further processed and released to his unit. Area III Shoplifting. The subject was observed via closed circuit television removing makeup from the shelf and concealing it in her purse. She then exited the store without rendering proper payment. She was escorted to the security office by AAFES loss prevention. Upon arrival of MPs, the subject was transported to the PMO where she was advised of her legal rights which she waived, rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. The makeup was returned to AAFES and a DVD depicting the shoplifting was retained as evidence. She was further processed and released to her sponsor. Area IV Traffic accident with injury; Failure to maintain interval between vehicles. The subject, while operating a privately-owned vehicle, failed to maintain proper intervals and struck the victims POV. The subject was transported to an off-post hospital where he was treated for injuries consisting of a headache and neck pain. The victim was transported to the TMC, where he was treated for injuries consisting of neck, lower back, thigh, and shoulder pain. Damage to the subjects vehicle consisted of a broken front bumper and fender. Damage to the victims vehicle consisted of a broken right tail light, cracked windshield and rear fender. Korean National Police responded and filed a report. Both parties reported using seatbelts. Cost of damage is unknown.

Ceremonial guards stand in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a large walled section of ground in Seoul restored to appear as it did in the Joseon Dynasty Era. The palace was first constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867. It was nearly destroyed during the Japanese invasion of the early 20th century and, since 1989, has been in the process of being restored. The massive initiative is expected to take approximately 40 years. Of all the palaces built in the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung was the largest. Its name is a transliteration of the words Palace of Shining Happiness. To get there take Line three to Gyeongbokgung Station and take any exit. U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Korea House Folk Performance The Korea House folk performance team, established by the Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Properties who helps preserve and promote Korean traditional cultural arts, presents a spectacular Korean performing arts showcase throughout the year for both natives and foreign visitors. Inside the Korea House is a folk performance hall, which holds 156 seats, where human cultural properties, performers from the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, and dancers from the National Dance Company in Korea perform Korean traditional music and dance every afternoon. Prehistoric Settlement Site Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site reproduces the life of Koreans who lived over 6,000 years ago. The site has two exhibition halls where visitors can experience life in the Neolithic era. The first hall displays ancient artifacts, and the second hall gives an overview of life in prehistoric Korea. The two exhibition halls display various scaled models that recreate scenes of Neolithic agriculture and everyday life. These models realistically capture scenes of prehistoric Korea, with people fishing, cooking, playing, and hunting. The experience room in the second exhibition hall offers various programs that show visitors the level of science and art that existed in Neolithic times. Through various educational activities, visitors can learn and experience the culture of the Neolithic age. To get there, go to 155 Amsa-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul. Hours of operation are Tuesdays to Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is free entry in the mornings from 6 to 9 a.m.

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Have a safe, happy holiday

By Col. Joseph P. Moore Humphreys Garrison Commander
CAMP HUMPHREYS This time of year is naturally one for reflection and as we look back, we can be proud of our progress and excited about the future. There have been many accomplishments, including worldwide honors for our fire department and post theatre. We have seen ground broken for a new school and every day we see progress made on additional construction around post. As we get ready to close a successful 2011, I wish everyone a happy holiday season. But while this is thought of as one of the happiest times of the year, the opposite can be true is some cases. Soldiers away from home for the first time will miss family and friends, or if someone has lost someone in the past year and this is the first holiday season without them, it can bring emotions rushing back. Be on the lookout for signs of trouble for those around you. It is better to error on the side of caution than to wonder what if I had only said something? Also, I call on all leaders to talk safety with those under them. Cold weather injury prevention needs to be stressed, as does responsible behavior during the festive season. We regularly give alcohol abuse training, but along with the start of summer, this is one of

Col. Joseph P. Moore

two times that the issue needs special attention. Alcohol consumption reduces body temperature, so drink and cold temperatures can be a dangerous combination. Another area to emphasize is winter driving, and on a similar note, it is time to get ones car winterized. This can include battery checks, oil changes, antifreeze flush, looking at the condition of tires, and windshield wiper blade replacement. So a little thinking ahead will make the holidays safe and enjoyable. I wish you all the best this season. x

Stretch and Re-stretch

Witty nicknames no stretch for this unit at Camp Red Cloud
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD Staff Sgt. Daniel Frick is a platoon sergeant at Camp Red Cloud in a company where most of the troops are KATUSAs, South Korean conscripts assigned to duty with the U.S. Army. KATUSA stands for Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army. One day last summer two baby Katusas fresh out of training reported in to Fricks unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud. Of the units 63 Soldiers, 33 are U.S. troops, and 30, nearly half, are KATUSAS. Frick was told the two new guys were being assigned to his 2nd Platoon. Both were named Lee. Lee and Lee. Nothing new there in a unit with so many KATUSAs. Lee is one of the three most common Korean surnames, along with Kim and Park. Later, Frick, 38, an infantryman from Spirit Lake, Iowa, noticed that one of the new guys was unusually tall. Frick is 6 feet tall but the KATUSA was taller by several inches and seemed even taller. He wore round black-framed eyeglasses and his smallish head jutted from a long neck extending from broad shoulders. And I was like, Man, this guy is tall, Frick thought. Well, Frick said to them, which one of you is Lee? Both answered I am. Frick eyed the tall one. And I said, No. Youre Stretch. From that day last July to now, Pfc. Lee Jae-keun, 21, is Stretch to the Soldiers of HHC. Stretch is 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 170 pounds. He does administrative work for the garrisons Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Hes psent a year studying mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and plans to resume studies there after his military service ends in January 2013. American Soldiers like to have fun with words, Stretch has noticed. Pun, that kind of thing. Or say some humorous word to each other. Some weeks later, in S e p t e m b e r, another batch of KATUSAs reported in. One of them, Pvt. Jung Hyunjae, was put in Fricks platoon. Jung, 20, weighs 157 pounds, is squarejawed and wears squarish black glasses across a narrow face. Though at 6 feet he wasnt as tall as Stretch, h e

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Pvt. Jung Hyunjae, (left) and Pfc. Lee Jae-keun, pose for this shot Dec. 8 at the Camp Red Cloud fitness center. U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes

Above, Camp Red Cloud, Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud stand formation Dec. 8. At center is Pfc. Lee Jae-keun, 21, a KATUSA who is the tallest Soldier in the company. His platoon sergeant gave him a nickname that reflects his height, and did the same for Pvt. Jung Hyun-jae, 20, (right) the companys second-tallest KATUSA Soldier. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

is tall.

nd I was like, Man, this guy

Staff Sgt. Daniel Frick Platoon sergeant, HHC, USAG Red Cloud

was up there. A longish neck added to the stretched look. Thats all Frick needed. He nicknamed Jung Stretch Junior, and later threw in, MiniStretch. Since then Jung has also accumulated a third nickname from someone in the unit Baby Stretch. Stretch is the tallest in his company, U.S. soldiers included. And his company commander, Capt. David Hong, said its virtually certain that Stretch is the tallest KATUSA in Area I. Stretch Junior is HHCs secondtallest KATUSA. The second-tallest Soldier overall in HHC is Spc. Zaccre Smith, whos about 6 feet 1 inch. Stretch Junior is a computer operator with the garrisons Resource Management Office. He spent a year studying computer science at Konkuk University in Seoul. He too plans to resume studies after his military service, which ends in April 2013. When do they call him by his GI nicknames? Stretch Junior was asked. All the time, not any special situation, he said. Just, Whats up, Stretch Junior? Or, What are you doing, Stretch Junior? Or when they call me, its far from me, Hey, Stretch Junior! Like this. Both Stretch and Stretch Junior understood the GI practice of friendly nicknames. First time, Stretch said, some of my fellow KATUSA didnt understand the meaning of the nickname of Stretch. What does Stretch mean? they asked him. He explained. Because my bodys like, stretched vertically, they call me Stretch. Oh, yeah, sure, they said. Stretch Juniors parents too, were puzzled at first. My parents asked, Why your nickname is Stretch Junior? Because Im tall, but there is Stretch real, bigger than I. So he is Stretch. And the next biggest one is me, so I am the Stretch Junior. His parents got it and laughed. Typically, Koreans of earlier generations were relatively short, but thats fast changing, Stretch said. As South Korea has advanced economically over the years and as the national diet has come to include far more meat and dairy products, the average height has grown steadily from short to where tall people are increasingly common among the countrys younger generations, he said. Its usual that my friends is taller than his father, and their father taller than their grandfather. Stretch sees that nicknames can help keep thing straight. Actually, my last names Lee, he said. We got almost 10 Lees in our company. So, it makes them easy to call me, and yes, thats the story. x



By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD Although the U.S. military along with the rest of the federal government has entered a period of austere budgets and reduced staffing, Area I officials are seeking ways to cushion the impact of those fiscal stringencies, they said at a public community forum Dec. 7. The comments came during an Area I Community Town Hall meeting at the Camp Red Cloud Theater, at which officials also updated the public on matters ranging from education and health care to employment and recreational opportunities. I would ask that everybody understand, there is a new fiscal reality, Col. Hank Dodge, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I. told the audience of about 200 (with 109 connected via U-stream internet connection). That new reality applies not only to the entire Department of Defense but throughout the federal government, he said. Budgets are starting to dry up a little bit, and personnel manning charts are starting to shrink, said Dodge. And some of these services that weve grown to take advantage of and become accustomed to having as automatic we are taking a new approach to looking at how to garner efficiencies and how to cut out any redundant levels and layers of services. Dodge noted that when he assumed command in Area I in July 2010, he could draw on a budget of $97 million. But in the current period of retrenchment, he said, Ill be lucky to


News & Notes

Road Conditions Did you know that road conditions are applicable to military vehicles only? Many younger servicemembers who drive military vehicles dont have the extensive professional driver training and certification of contract bus drivers. Senior Army leaders will not permit anyone to drive in road conditions that could potentially put drivers and their passengers in danger. Babysitter training Child, Youth and School Services is offering babysitter training from 8 a.m. 5 p.m., Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 at the Camp Casey Youth Center, bldg. 2475. Participants must be at least 13 years old and registered with CYSS. They must also attend both sessions to receive a certificate. . For more information, call 7308524/6521. Cowboys Cheerleaders Autographs The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will hold miniperformances and autograph/ photo sessions across Warrior Country Dec. 19 at the following locations: 11:35 a.m. at the Camp Red Cloud and Camp Bonifas dining facilities; 1:15 p.m. at Camp Caseys USO and 2:15 p.m. at the Camp Stanley Community Activity Center. An autograph/ photo session and cheerleading clinic will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Mitchells Club at Camp Red Cloud and also at 2:45 p.m. at Camp Hoveys Iron Triangle Club. For more information, call 732-9464/6760. Cowboys Cheerleaders Show Buses will depart the Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley bus terminals at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19 to take Soldiers to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Show at Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. T he show begins 7 p.m. The show is free. The cheerleaders will be available for autographs and photographs right after their performance. Buses depart Casey to return to Red Cloud and Stanley at 9:45 p.m. For more information call 732-7853 about transportation and 7329464/6760 about the show. Volunteers for Chapels Area I Chapels need unpaid volunteers to serve as piano players, organists, religious education coordinators, parish coordinators and civilian clergy. See your chaplain or call 7326016/6169. Legal Assistance Relocation The Area I Legal Assistance and Claims Office at Camp Casey has moved from Maude Hall to the 1st floor or bldg. 2406. The hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call 730-3660.

Officials aim to ease austerity

Will eye ways to cushion fiscal constraints, they say at town hall meeting

At an Area I Community Town Hall meeting at the Camp Red Cloud Theater Dec. 7, Col. Hank Dodge, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I, speaks to an audience of about 200 (with 109 connected via U-stream internet connection). He told the audience Area I officials are eying ways to cushion the impact of budget constraints facing the U.S. military. Officials also updated the public on education, health care, and other matters of community interest. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang.
get about $73 million for this year. Thats the black-and-white reality of our world, Dodge said. But, he told the audience, Well figure it out, and we will continue to provide valued services to our community. In closing remarks at the meeting, Brigadier Gen. Charles L. Taylor, the 2nd Infantry Divisions assistant division commander for maneuver, also sounded a note of reassurance on the budgetary constraints and their impact. Our budgets are dwindling but that does not mean that were not looking for ways to integrate and synchronize and look for efficiencies so we can still get the same bottom line, take care of Soldiers and families, take care of those that are serving this country, take care of those that are making sure that those that are providing that service are being taken care of. And every one of you contribute to that, said Taylor, from our kids to our families to our Soldiers. We are one team in this fight together. Taylor also praised the work of the garrison team at Camp Red Cloud and Camp Casey. This entire Area I team is really Second to None, as a team together. x

Dongducheons mayor tours Casey school

Dongducheons Mayor Oh Sea-chang made a Dec. 12 tour of the Casey Elementary School, escorted by its principal, Shelly Kennedy (left). The school recently signed an agreement with the city that opens the way for educational and cultural exchanges among its students and those of Dongducheons elementary and middle schools. U.S. Army photo Spc. Mardicio Barrot

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Lisa Beltran
Facebook Fan Were spending Christmas with my husbands parents in Guam! It will be the first time they will meet their two younger grandchildren (they met our oldest daughter back when she was 17 months old...shes now 6). So this will be an extra special holiday for us all!

During a visit by Fox Sports staffers to Camp Casey and Camp Hovey, Nov. 23, Jeff Hammond, (left) Fox Sports NASCAR announcer; Jay Glazer, Fox Sports NFL announcer; Ben Henderson, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, spent time with members of Troop B, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. They got a look at Soldier training and saw a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, among other activities. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth G. Pawlak

Fox Sports in play in Area I

By Ssg. Kenneth G. Pawlak 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY Fox Sports broadcasters and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Ben Henderson visited Camps Casey and Hovey to boost morale and participate in training with Soldiers, Nov. 23, while filming footage for use during the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Thanksgiving Day. So many troops throughout the world are fighting for our freedom, we (Fox Sports) wanted to make sure the troops in South Korea were not forgotten, said Jay Glazer, Fox Sports NFL Announcer and host of the Glazers Edge. While on Camp Casey and Camp Hovey, the Fox personalities spent time in the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer; the Equipment Simulation Trainer for a simulated turkey hunt with the M240B machine gun; and watched a Tae Kwon Do demonstration with students from Casey Elementary School. They were some of the first visitors to South Korea to see the technological

Jopher Joy Briane

Facebook Fan im going to cook delicious phil. foods for my special husband SPC Christopher Buchet <> . were just gonna spend it in our apt. with some friends too.. and giving gifts to our love ones which we always do. Merry Christmas every one!

Kimberly Lonergan
Facebook Fan We are flying to Tokyo, where my parents are meeting us, then taking a train to Kyoto. On Christmas day we will tour Osaka Castle

updgrades to the new Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and finished the day with an autograph session Exchange. I was very impressed with the opportunity to experience training that you can see the benefits of, said Jeff Hammond, Fox Sports NASCAR announcer. The (HEAT) training allows the troops reactions to become second nature to them so it does not become a panic situation. Its like in a pit stop, when you get a pit stop down pat it all happens because of natural reactions, said Hammond. It was great to show the guys our perspective of training and have the broadcasters experience the training that we (Soldiers) go through, said Spc. Matthew Valloni, a scout with Troop B, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The visit was a show of support for Soldiers. By coming over, it gave me an opportunity to see firsthand what the Soldiers are going through, said Hammond. I know how blessed I am to live in the USA and to have these men and women taking care of business. x

Santas bell tolls holiday cheer at Stanley

Paul Baker
Facebook Fan With the awesome Soldiers and fellow NCOs of the 2nd Infantry Division Band! Its been an incredible and busy holiday season. Since I cant be with my family, I will spend with the Band playing holiday music for our Warrior Family! Music without Mercy!

Denise Rivera
Facebook Fan We are going to spend our first Christmas away from family and friends. We will be home just the two of us and hopefully have a few friends over for Christmas Dinner God willing. Here in Korea @CRC. God Bless to all our troops near and far...

At Camp Stanley Dec. 10, Santa makes his grand appearance at the posts annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Santa rang his bell, gave candy canes to kids, and later posed with them for photos. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mardicio Barrot




DECEMBER 16, 2011

Korean couple thankful for U.S. Army outreach

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - For Kim, Youngsoon, an unforgettable source of hope in her time of need was offered by the Eighth Army and the Good Neighbor Program. Ever since the 74-year-old and her husband Kim, Cha-young retired 16 years ago, a room about 6 feet long and 5 feet wide was the place they called home. The tiny room was stuffed with all of the possessions owned by the couple, and was lined up next to several other identical rooms which housed their neighbors. Even with barely enough room for two people to sit, much less lie down in, this room was where they ate, slept, and lived. We bought everything in this house when my husband still had a job. Back then we at least had a salary, so we could occasionally afford to purchase these things, Mrs. Kim said. After years of living on the supplies and food provided by the government, however, Mrs. Kim admitted, Now, were at the point of slowly selling our belongings one by one. One thing that had been causing much grief for the couple was the fact that Mrs. Kim was experiencing many health problems related to high blood pressure and diabetes. Unfortunately, their lack of money meant that they could not properly deal



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Kim, Young-soon, 74, stands inside her house, holding a blanket she received from the Eighth Army and Good Neighbor Program who donated blankets, eggs, and rice to elderly community members living in Dongja-dong, Dec. 6. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
with these issues. Consequently, every time an urgent health problem emerged, they resorted to selling what little they had to squeeze out just enough money to pay the medical bills. With the way things are, we really need help and I often wonder how we make it through each day when we have so little money and food. As Mrs. Kim described her situation, it seemed amazing that, even with the poverty and difficulties, she somehow always had something to be grateful for such as her doctor who was willing to help her out, the government which supported them, and her husband. See OUTREACH, Page 12

Yongsan celebrates Christmas with Community Concert

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - With Christmas just around the corner, Yongsan held the Blues, Brass, Candles and Carols Community Christmas Concert at the South Post Chapel on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Dec. 4. The Eighth Army Band Brass Quintet provided Christmas music until the Community members all seated themselves for the concert. To launch the event, USAG Yongsan Chaplain Lt. Col. Jeff Hawkins invited Chaplain David Waters, the United States Forces Korea Command Chap-

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Staff Sgt. Eddy Nubine, Eighth Army, plays Jazz-style Christmas songs on his saxophone at the Yongsan South Post Chapel, Dec. 4.- U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

lain, to open the evening with a word of prayer, in which he blessed the evening to be a special time to remember the meaning of Christmas. After prayer, the Eighth Army Band performed several Christmas songs to begin the evenings performances. As the event got underway, the chapel was filled to capacity with approximately 800 Community members. Tonight was bringing together all the Christian chapel services across Yongsan, Hawkins said. Yongsan has a huge number of ministries and its really one of the most vibrant in the Military, so we are all busy doing so many things. But tonight was a great chance for those services to come together and then also to just share that as an outreach and gift to the Community, Hawkins explained. Following the Eighth Army Band was a fantastic saxophone performance by Staff Sgt. Eddy Nubine, Eighth Army, who played jazz style Christmas music. Several in the Community gave a standing ovation to express their appreciation for his talent. Nubine said he was glad to be able to give something to the Community, Everybody has something special that they can do or present to the Community to help the Community be a better place. And if they simply tap into that gift and realize that it is a gift and that it can be a blessing or it can be a help to someone else, wed have a great Community or See CONCERT, Page 12


News & Notes

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

USAG YONGSAN Give the Gift of a Lifetime Part 3

By Dale Hargrave
YONGSAN GARRISON - As we get closer to the culmination of the Give the Gift of a Lifetime campaign, I am hopeful that many more tobacco users will join United States Army Garrison Command Sergeant Major John Justis in kicking the habit. If the local tobacco cessation course is any indication of the Community impact, we went from a couple of attendees a week to 6-10 attendees a week with a hope of doubling that number. The campaign is a way to pledge to yourself and to those you love, to quit tobacco. Deciding to quit is just the beginning, you will probably need some sort of support. That is where the campaign and the tobacco cessation course complement each other and come into play. The tobacco cessation course is currently led by a Registered Nurse, formatted around the gold standard curriculum of the American Lung Association and the Department of Veteran Affairs clinical practice guidelines. It brings together resources that share a common thread focusing on individual needs while tailoring the information received in a series of steps that will aid each participant in becoming tobacco free. I want to share some of the lessons taught in the tobacco cessation course to give you an idea of what to expect. We always try to provide a positive and supportive environment. It is flexible to the point that participants really lead the sessions while a facilitator guides discussion to ensure the lesson objectives are met. Some examples include breaking the ice by asking everyone to share their name, what type of tobacco they use, how much & when they started using. This all sets the stage to begin sharing with others the struggles a tobacco user might have and helps the facilitator guide the discussion. A group that has only been smoking for a couple of years usually has different struggles than a group that started when they were 7-12 years old and have been using tobacco for 30 years. Other things that are discussed are addiction, stress relief coping strategies especially when hit by a nicotine urge, concerns with weight gain,

K-16, Yongsan Shuttle Bus Changes As of December 12, the K-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will stop at 121st Hospital when entering and leaving post. The k-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will not stop at the commissary and SP#52 on Mondays. The k-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will not stop at Hannam Village on weekends and US Holidays. For more information, call 738-3249.

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

medication considerations, family and friend support, environmental triggers, social concerns, alternatives to smoking and relating them to triggers, set-backs and how to deal with them and any other matters tobacco users bring up. We try to make it fun while learning how to re-channel a very hardto-break habit. And to break a habit, one usually needs to develop other replacement activities or they need some support during the initial withdrawal phase WHY? Because it is one of the hardest things you will ever do. BUT quitting is worth it! See LIFETIME, Page 12

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

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

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DECEMBER 16, 2011



Someone Grateful
By Cpl. Choi Sung-il
With the year coming to an end, whom would you like to give your thanks and why? Find out what more than 8,900 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook. com/youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)

The Travis family enjoyed Caleb Collins

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The Travis family enjoyed Caleb Collins in Concert at South Post Chapel Dec. 6. Courtesy photo by Kiu Travis
Our Lord and Savior! If not for HIM, we wouldnt be on this earth to begin with! Because of his Love, Grace and Mercy we are free to celebrate yet another year and also have a future, beyond this earth, to look forward to! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper. Your Yongsan PAO team

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USFK welcomes new ambassador to Korea

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - The United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea welcomed Ambassador Sung Kim, the new United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to his post with a ceremony on Knight Field Dec. 5. Kims nomination comes after his service as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks aimed at removing the nuclear threat from North Korea. Though his appointment was held back by Sen. Jon Kyls views on the U.S. North Korean stance, he removed his hold in October, during the same week that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the White House. Kim is the first Korean-American to hold the title of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea. Gen. James Thurman, the commander of UNC/ CFC/USFK, and Gen. Kwon Ho Sung, the deputy

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Id like to thank the Army for paying for my college son to come and spend Christmas with us! Knowing that he can come here every year makes being apart a little easier.

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commander of UNC/CFC/USFK, led Kim out to the reviewing stand where a Military vehicle was waiting for them. The three leaders conducted a pass and review of the troops on the field, while driving slowly past the formations to inspect the honor guards present for Kims arrival. When Thurman took to the podium, he thanked Gen Paik, Sun-yup for his presence at the ceremony. He talked about how having a strong political and See AMBASSADOR, Page 12

I would like to show my appreciation to Chom Kimble - the store manager and her associates at Hunnam Village Commissary - because she and the other employees do everything they possibly can to keep our small Commissary stocked, cleaned and well organized! Everyone is always welcoming and kind in the store. It is apparent that Chom Kimble and her employees are committed to helping you as the consumer and caring for you as the individual. I also appreciate the coupon here and there that Ms. Kimble will go out of her way to find to use with your purchase so that you can save some money!

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I would like to thank the senior leaders in my unit. Their patience has not gone unnoticed.

Sung Kim, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Gen. James Thurman, Commander of United States Forces Korea, and Gen. Kwon Ho Sung, USFK Deputy Commander, salute the flag at the beginning of Ambassador Kims welcoming ceremony on Knight Field Dec. 5. Kim arrives to the position after being the special envoy for the United States to the Six-Party Talks with North Korea. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding


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On Dec. 6, her gratitude went out to the Eighth Army Soldiers and the members of the Good Neighbor Program who had delivered a 10 kilogram bag of rice, 60 eggs, and a blanket to her home as part of their outreach program to the Dongja-dong community. This was no little donation for them. Just the other day, I was outside thinking to myself, we barely have anything to eat at home, but every time I see the prices at the market, I know I cant afford to buy anything not even ten eggs, she said.

But today, the U.S. Soldiers brought me so many eggs and so much rice, it almost seems like God must have seen how desperate we were and sent them to help us out. There is no way that I can ever repay or thank you enough for what you did for me, she said as she wiped away her tears. Although the outreach program may not have eradicated their problems, it was definitely a great source of help and encouragement to the couple in a time of great need.x
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many great Communities if you will. Other performances for the evening included the All Chapel Christmas Choir, featuring the Yongsan Community, and Macia Lovgren and Christine Chang who played the flute and piano during the offering. The offering that was collected for the evening, would be given to the Shalom Soldier House, a Christian Servicemens Center established in Dongducheon. Also performing for the evening was artist Caleb Collins, who sang the Story of Us, as a song dedicated to Families and spouses enduring hardship due to separation from their deployed Servicemember. Cpl. Kim Do-kyung, a KATUSA working at the South Post Chapel

Customer Service Center commented that most of the events of the evening seemed to portray the Christmas themes of unity and giving. Kim stated that attending the evening uplifted him and gave him a sense that Christmas was getting closer. As a conclusion to the evening, everyone joined in to sing Jingle Bells and We Wish you a Merry Christmas, before convening in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy warm hot chocolate and some tasty Christmas cookies. Our heart is just absolutely to share the Spirit of the Season. We want to give them a gift, and we hope tonight was just an awesome, fun, and meaningful way to begin a very special Christmas season, Hawkins said.x
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If you find it easy to say leave me alone I will quit when I am darn good and ready. No problem you cannot quit tobacco until YOU WANT TO QUIT. For those on the fence or who want to quit, we are here to encourage and help you through a tough spot in your life. As my old football coach used to say, Nothing worth having ever comes easy. So make the call, give your family a stronger person and while you are at it, give the Army a strong Soldier (or Team-mate). Area II has tobacco cessation classes

every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon at building 5447 in the conference room. Building 5447 is the Occupational Health/Force Health Protection Office by the Commissary parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to attend; Soldiers, Family members, DoD Civilians, Contractors, KGS just about anyone who can come on post and wants to quit tobacco. Merry Christmas! May you be blessed and your life be a blessing to others. x
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trade relationship also helps deter aggression from North Korea. Every day, our great alliance faces many security challenges, Thurman said. We meet these challenges by using our diplomatic, economic, Military and other elements of national power to develop constructive solutions. We are successful because of the professionalism, commitment, expertise and shared vision of our Military and civilian leaders. Kim thanked the various guests and colleagues who had come to see his welcoming, and shared how impressed he was with the UNC Honor

Guard units assembled on the field. He talked about the history of what he called one of the strongest Military relationships anywhere, from its creation over 60 years ago to the recent Free Trade Agreement, the first of its kind between the United States and an Asian country. The United States and the Republic of Korea stand together, not only in keeping peace on the Korean peninsula, but also as partners in global security and important international issues, Kim said. Simply put, we are taking our partnership beyond the Korean peninsula.x

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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


A feast for the eyes and the mouth

By Jane Lee
HONG KONG - Inspired by Anthony Bourdains No Reservations, Ive always wanted to visit Hong Kong for the food and since Koreas freezing weather was wearing on Baby Bear, I decided a short trip was in order for Veterans Day weekend. My older brother recently moved to Clearwater Bay to live with his fiance, so it was the perfect opportunity. I was looking forward to the seafood. Baby Bear was looking forward to Disneyland and spending time with her uncle. My soon to be sister-in-law is Australian. So for our first meal in Hong Kong, my brother actually barbequed Australian sausages sausages bought from a particular butcher in a particular town where she grew up near Sydney. We barbequed on his rooftop deck under brilliant and humid sunshine. It was glorious just soaking up the warmth and catching up with my brother. Oh and Baby Bear tore them up. Could be because she was hungry after refusing to eat what was offered as the kids meal on Cathay Pacific. Could be because my constant prodding to try new things finally registered on her palate. Either way, I was overjoyed and even more determined to expand her gustatory horizons. I just felt bad Baby Bear ate up the last of their painstakingly couriered Australian sausage stash. Good thing they are visiting her parents over Christmas. For dinner, we went to Sai Kung for seafood. The former fishing village is a mecca when it comes to all things delectable that come from the ocean. I had taken advantage of Daddy being deployed to ratchet up my campaign to get Baby Bear to embrace all things food. Did I mention I love eating almost as much as I love sleeping maybe even more? Under my constant ribbing, Daddy is much better about trying new things than when I first met him, but he is, shall we say, still a bit limited? Yes, I am talking about you Mr. Meat and Potatoes. Buoyed by the success at lunch, I was hopeful Baby Bear would be just as adventurous at dinner. Not so. Epic fail. I ended up ordering her stir fried noodles at a seafood restaurant of all places but she didnt even eat that. A side note: the noodles were surprisingly tasty with a smoky flavor. They were nothing however compared to the

Travels with Baby Bear: Hong Kong



delicate steamed fish topped with scalding oil, soy sauce, scallions and ginger. Not to mention the ginormous mantis shrimp or the stir-fried bok choy with mushrooms. Undaunted, after dim sum and Ocean Park the next day, we took the ferry to Cheung Chau for dinner. Like the night before at Sai Kung, there was so much to choose from: all manner of fish, abalone, mussels, shrimp and other fantastically indescribable sea-life. I will forever associate this dumbbell-shaped island with the most awesome scallops. The scallops are prepared in the shell, topped with vermicelli noodles and a heavenly mix of soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Much like baked oysters, you scrape the scallop off the shell and down the whole concoction. All the flavors and textures come together just so and it was so delicious, I ordered another serving and made sure my brother and future sister-in-law did not touch it. After all, I figured they live there, they can partake anytime. Me, I have to go on a three-hour plane ride so all is fair. The surprising hit of the night for Yena, however was the deep fried squid. You dip each piece in soy sauce and then five spice salt. Think calamari, but oh so much more. She devoured the whole dish; there was nothing left for the rest of us. Look, mommy Im eating squid, she said the whole time. Yes, score one for mama. In case you think I tortured the poor child with seafood all four days, we did indulge in traditional amusement park eats at Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland. That means Baby Bear got her fill of corndogs, chicken nuggets, french fries, cotton candy (or fairy floss for you Australians) and ice cream. With its iconic and beautiful harbor, Hong Kong is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. Anthony Bourdain was right. In Hong Kong, you can get just as sublime a meal from street stands, as you can from high-class establishments. x

(Above) Street stands offer all kinds of delicacies on Cheung Chau; Baby Bear enjoys some cotton candy, known as fairy floss to Australians, with her uncle and future aunt-in-law at Hong Kong Disneyland; Cinderellas Castle all lit up for the nightly fireworks show; fabulous seafood available at various restaurants on Sai Kung. - U.S. Army photo by Jane Lee

DECEMBER 16, 2011




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DECEMBER 2, 2011




Humphreys serves holiday meal

By Pfc. Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS Soldiers, Family members and civilians of United States Army Garrison Humphreys celebrated with a holiday meal on Dec. 9 at the Community Activity Center.. The event included a gourmet buffet, live music by the 8th Army band, and holiday trivia. We were faced with so many challenges this year, but it also has been a lot of fun, said USAG Humphreys Commander, Col Joseph P. Moore. He also thanked directorates for their work during the past year. Leaders in Seoul have a lot of trust and confidence in Camp Humphreys, and those who worked hard for this organization deserve a lot of credit, he said. This is a great holiday party and serves as a capstone to all the hard work, added Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer, Gray, the USAG Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier. We dont get to see everyone at once, so this is a great time to meet others. x A buffet and band were among the highlights of a holiday gathering on Dec. 9. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han, Jae-ho

DECEMBER 16, 2011



Dedicated employee still going strong

So, Song-hui started working at Humphreys 52 years ago
By W. Wayne Marlow
CAMP HUMPHREYS When he started work here, So, Song-hui figured he would stay for a few years, then move on. But that changed and so has just about everything else during his tenure. When So began he came onto subpost K6 and worked on a manual typewriter and used carbon paper and a manual calculator. Buildings were Quonset huts, half-oval aluminum structures like those seen on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Today, subpost K6 is known as Camp Humphreys and most aspects of work are centralized and regulated by computers and automation. So turned 18 a month prior to starting work here and is still going strong 52 years later. He had been scheduled to retire from his job as an administrative support specialist for the education center in September, but as an extension had just been granted allowing him to work past age 70, So said, I felt guilty to not work. Even a stroke that month failed to disuade him, a loyalty and perseverance that came as no suprise his supervisor, education services officer Beverly Suenaga. He comes in on weekends. Hes a seven-day-aweek company guy, Suenaga said. He has a great work ethic. Hes a man of honor, commitment, integrity, and service. Hes invaluable. Early in his career, So and his co-workers moved from building to building, as the education center kept shifting, once even being housed in a building that also served as a barracks. But they were given their own location in 1976, signalling the Armys increased awareness of the importance of educated Soldiers, an idea that has become more pronounced since then. In the past, the education level was low, So said. We had mostly Soldiers with a high school education or a G.E.D. We have more with college degrees and nowadays, we are seeing more and more advanced degrees. The more skilled people you have, the better job performance and training capabilities youll have. So said the one constant over the years is that meeting deadlines remains the biggest challenge. But thats where teamwork comes in, he added. We have a good team, So said. For a while, we didnt have enough staff, but fortunately, counselors have been added and that helps a lot, and we have good support from directorates. So said he feels better getting up and coming to work each day and trying to make a difference. He doesnt like one aspect of the job more than any other, except perhaps for working with people. So originally planned to stay here for three or four years, but that stretched to a decade, at which point he thought about making it a career. I felt accomplishment and commitment, he said, and hes continued the same outlook for over half a century. So said he will probably retire in 2012, at which point he plans to enjoy more free time and perhaps travel. Ive been thinking about going to the States for many years and havent made it, he said. After the stroke, Sos doctor advised a months of bed rest, after which So began working 20 hours a week. Working after a stroke and 52 years on the job exemplifies his character, according to Suenaga. Everything is selfless, she said. He has been my mentor and is so patient and much beloved here. When he leaves, he will be very much missed. x

So, Song-hui puts in another day at Camp Humphreys, which he has done for the past 52 years. So started working here in 1959 and is still going strong over half century later. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow


ADA units honored for their excellent work in supply, maintenance
constituting less than eight percent of the U.S. Army in Korea, the unit performed well enough to win four of the 19 maintenance and supply awards at the ceremony hosted by the Eighth Army Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. David Conboy, and Eighth Army Command Sgt. Major Rodney Harris. The ceremony recognized units from across the peninsula as being outstanding performers in supply and maintenance, said 6-52 Executive Officer, Maj. Cecilia Shaw. We are just excited to be able to receive these awards. The Soldiers have worked hard to make good things happen and now it is time to be recognized.

News & Notes

Burger King trailer closing The Burger King trailer located near the MP Hill Gym will close permanently at the end of the business day on Dec. 31. NAF limited hours The Non-Appropriated Fund Services at CPAC will be limited through Jan. 5. For immediate assistance, customers may call 753-3954. Sophisticated Saturday Tommy Ds will host Sophisticated Saturday Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m. For $50 per couple or $35 per person, one can partake in a fivecourse meal. This is limited to 50 guests. Reservations with a $25 deposit are required. For more information, contact Lisa Hogue at Skiing and sledding trip Outdoor Rec is running a trip to Jisan Dec. 24 for indoor skiing and sledding. Departure is at 11:30 a.m., with a return time of 6 p.m. Cost is $45 for adults and $35 for children. For more information, call 753-3013. Gingerbread contest USO is having a gingerbread house making contest Dec. 21. Contestants must provide materials to make their house, then bring it to the USO for judging. The winner will receive two tickets for a DMZ trip. Toy drive The 4-2 (Attack) Regiment Good Neighbor Program is conducting a holiday diaper and toy Drive in support of Jacobs Orphanage through Dec. 20. Items can be dropped off at the 4-2 Headquarters (Bldg. 579), the 4-2 Motor Pool (Bldg. 841) or the hangar (Bldg. 1860). For more information, call 010-9208-3597 or 0108023-7392. Cheerleader visit The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will perform Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Super Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cookie monsters sought USO is sponsoring a giant cookie eating contest Dec. 22 at noon for active duty Soldiers. The winner receives a $50 Exchange gift card. Free holiday munchies USO will have free homemade cookies and milk, eggnog, and apple cider Dec. 23 while they last. For more information, call 753-6281. Pizza sale Pizza Hut is offering a large onetopping pizza for $9.99 from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 23. Winter sports trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is going to Jisan Dec. 24 at 8 a.m. for skiing and snowboarding. Cost is $60. Jingle Bells run The Jingle Bells five-kilometer run will be Dec. 24 at 9 a.m. To pre-register call 753-8031 or visit the Super Gym.

6-52, 2-1 recognized

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
YONGSAN The crisp winter air couldnt chill the high spirits inside the Eighth Army Headquarters as the Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, and the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery prepared to receive their awards. Despite


his is a red letter day for all of the 35th ADA Brigade.
- Maj. Cecilia Shaw 6-52 ADA executive officer
Private First Class Kaitlyn Knopp received first place for Unit MTOE Supply Excellence, on behalf of F Company, 6-52. She wanted to give credit to her fellow Soldier, Spc. Emily Burke, for the success. Burke did a lot for this award, she said. Its only right that I recognize a team effort. The 6-52 E Battery also won an award for Maintenance Excellence, Medium Runner-up. E Battery, 2nd-1st performed well, accepting awards for Supply and Sustainment Area Runner Up. First Sgt. Kevin Fletcher happily accepted the award. A Battery, 2nd-1st was the runnerup for Supply Room Excellence. Specialist Davita Thomas accepted the award on behalf of the battalion and her battery. This is a red letter day for all of the 35th ADA Brigade, Shaw said. We should be extremely grateful to have such competent, professional Soldiers working and fighting for us. x

Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery and the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, are recognized for their work at an awards ceremony at Yongsan. On hand were Eighth Army Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. David Conboy and Eight Army Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris. U.S. Army photo by Jeremy Tennent

Having a ball

Soldiers, NCOs, officers, friends and family of the 35th Air Defense Artillery await the beginning of dinner and other festivities for the annual St. Barbaras Day Ball at the Osan Air Base Officers Club on Dec. 9. Courtesy photo

DECEMBER 16, 2011

What is going to be your New Years resolution?

USAG HUMPHREYS ADA CSM imparts his Facebook leadership philosophy


Question of the Week

By Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins 35th Air Defense Artillery

OSAN AIR BASE I have tremendous expectations of all our leaders. I am confident that we will not have any difficulty implementing and accomplishing what is expected as long as we work together as a team. Always remember, there is no I in team. As a leader, we owe our Soldiers the opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities. On the same token, whether this is your first time on the peninsula or a return assignment, remember to interact with our Korean friends in a positive way, in order to maintain the Alliance. My philosophy is that effective leadership can sometimes appear strange because there are no set rules or formula. Every Soldiers personality is different in his or her own way. Therefore, I place the utmost trust and confidence, until proven lost, in the abilities of my leaders and charge those to effectively lead, develop and take care of Soldiers entrusted to them. In the process, leaders should delegate and give as much responsibility as any Soldier can handle and is willing to accept. I manage by observing, asking questions, open communication, ensuring that the mission is understood, properly supervised if necessary and resources are available to accomplish any given or implied task. Most importantly, when junior leaders ask for your opinion on any issue, senior leaders should support them as appropriate, and always support the resolution that is in the best interest of the successful accomplishment of the mission and our Soldiers. Remember that support is a two way street and at times leaders may have to decide on an unpopular decision after weighing all information available to them. This is when loyalty and unity are most crucial. As a leader, your highest priority is safely accomplishing the mission while taking care of your Soldiers. Bear in mind that this also means what is important to me must be important to you. Keep me informed and abreast on any situation. As leaders,

Beth Lynch Jacquot

Thats a 300 meter target. I havent even thought about it yet.

Candace Roitt
Keeping my sanity with two kids and a new giant pup. If theres one thing Ive learned about Army life, its that it makes you stronger!

Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins, 35th ADA

we dont have problems, only situations. No two situations are alike so we must use our experience and knowledge along with each other to accomplish any mission and overcome adversity. Dont be pessimistic. Anyone can find a negative in any positive situation, but the key to success is to find a positive in a negative situation. A positive attitude is contagious and attitude is everything. Know what is expected, where we are and where we are going. As long as we produce 100 percent as individuals, our success will be unlimited. As NCOs, we have a duty and responsibility to our country, our unit, he mission, and the Soldiers we lead to perform to the best of our ability. When in doubt, reflect upon the duties and responsibilities discharged to you as stated in the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer. The Armys Values are the core of our institution. x

Shamika Suggs-Merritt
Lose weight, obtain my Bachelors and credentials.

Mentorship program succeeding

6-52 female Soldiers being trained on several key points
Chivon Leggett
To become more mentally, physically, and spiritually fit!

By Pfc. Kim, Hyun-ki 6-52 Air Defense Artillery

SUWON AIR BASE Female Soldiers in the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery met in Suwon Gym for the units female mentorship program. The training began with education on sexual assault prevention and response, followed by light stretching and upper body exercising. First Lt. James Eide, who led the mentorship session, conducted a class on Cross fit, combining several exercises. Before doing the cross fit, he taught them theory about how to do exercise efficiently and when is the good time for exercise. He also taught about nutrition, explaining ways to maintain and improve health by dividing nutrition into fat, protein, vitamin, and mineral categories. After the classroom instruction, a workout followed. Private First Class Nancy Cumberledge found the training worthwhile, and especially liked its emphasis on life values and good health. Th mentorship programs aims to help women of 6-52 navigate their careers and guide them in successfully combining full-time careers with satisfying personal and family lives. x

Quiana Wizzart
To drop this post pregnancy weight.

First Lt. James Eide explains some of the principles of nutrition and exercise during Female Mentorship Day for the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim, Hyun-ki

DECEMBER 16, 2011

can address those specific issues as they relate to young people. As for Soldiers, prevention education works, Musgrow said. Its often easy to see changes in a Soldiers attitude, especially after 12 hours of awareness education. They come in with the idea that the session is for punishment. However, when they leave, they leave with something invaluable. Most importantly, they learn that they can make choices without peer pressure or any social influence. Also, when any individual comes for assistance and asks for an assessment, this information is kept private. Musgrow mentioned a number of factors that could lead to drug abuse. In the military, stress has a lot to do with drugs, alcohol in particular because it gives a sense of pleasure and relaxation. Stress from work, stress from being separated from families and also a history of accepted alcohol use can cause a person to abuse alcohol. This can especially be the case when a person is unaware of the resources he can use to cope with stress - other than alcohol. The biggest problem, believe it or not, comes from driving while under the influence of alcohol. Historically during the month of December, a lot of people go out to various social events, family events and alcohol will be served there. This is a big concern, and an individual should be very careful not to drink and drive. It is very important to have a designated driver, someone who is not going to consume alcohol.


Story and photo by Lee Sae-mi

ASAP prevention services just a phone call away

DAEGU GARRISON December is normally thought of as a time for holiday cheer and family gatherings. Unfortunately there is another side to the final month of the year, and it is not so glamorous. December is also designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, in part because there are those who still must be reminded of the seriousness of alcohol impaired driving. According to U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Prevention Coordinator Jimmie Musgrow, it is important that the community is educated in the area of substance abuse. Alcohol is one of the major health problems throughout the world, he said. Prevention is a big part of our program. So, we go to any place that we can to conduct a class on substance abuse awareness. That training may include such topics as the steps in addiction, as well as how people can receive our services in the community. There is an extensive area that we want to share with our community. We want to soundly educate them on the medical, social, and psychological consequences of overindulging in alcohol. Musgrow said the Camp Henry ASAP intervenes and interacts with a good number of under-age drinkers. That is, individuals who are below the age of 21. It is done, he said, so that ASAP

Army Substance Abuse Program Prevention Coordinator, Jimmie Musgrow, takes a call from a customer seeking information on the Army Substance Abuse Program. ASAP promotes substance abuse awareness and prevention in its ongoing efforts to educate the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu community on the dangers of impairment.
A l co h o l i s a p ro b l e m i f t h e individual does not drink responsibly, s a i d Mu s g row. A S A P a r m s t h e community with information that helps those who do use alcohol, to do so responsibly. Our goal is to prepare our service members for when they go out and indulge in the use of alcohol. Some good advice is to always have a full stomach, bring water with you, and have a buddy with you. Alcohol is a legal drug and if not used responsibly, it can and will create impairment problems. x

Commanding Gen. of 94th AAMDC visits Soldiers at Kunsan Air Base

Story and photo by 2nd Lt. Foss Davis
KUNSAN AIR BASE Soldiers of Alpha Battery, 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, located here, we l co m e d B r i g. G e n . J a m e s Dickinson to their tactical and operational location Dec. 8. Dickinson is the commanding general of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, headquartered in Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The 94th AAMDC is tasked with conducting joint and combined theater air and missile defense in the Pacific region. Dickinsons visit came just as the relationship between 35th ADA Brigade (which includes 2-1 ADA Battalion) and the 94th AAMDC was strengthened. Although 35th ADA BN will remain a major subordinate command of the 8th U.S. Army, 35th ADA BN will work more closely with the 94th AAMDC as the result of a recent agreement between the commands. Dickinson was welcomed to Kunsan by Capt. Anthony Dubose and 1st Sgt. Lawrence Bullock, the command team of Alpha Battery. Dubose and Bullock provided the general the opportunity to witness all aspects of Alphas mission, from war fighting and training to sustainment. Dickinson was given a tour of the batterys tactical location and briefed on the units ability to defend the air base from tactical

Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, Commanding General of the 94th AAMDC, speaks with Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2-1 ADA Bn. during a visit to Kunsan Air Base Dec. 8. ballistic missiles with the Patriot the engagement skills trainer warned the Soldiers living the missile system. marksmanship training simulator. Air Force barracks that Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Kolak, the nonBefore a lunch where Dickinson accommodations may not always commissioned officer in charge of answered questions about the as nice as those on an air base. a marksmanship training exercise, future of the Air Defense branch and The new relationship between explained the planning process, explained what the new relationship 35th ADA BDE and the 94th AAMDC goals and logistics of the training with the 94th AAMDC will mean will not change Alpha BTRY s event. Dickinson used his time at for the unit, Dickinson was able mission of protecting Kunsan AB, the exercise to speak with several to see the living arrangements of however the relationship has the Soldiers who were waiting to use Soldiers on the Air Base. Dickinson potential to benefit all involved. x


Story and photo by Park Min-jin to extend sharing and caring to those in need, the Angel Tree project is an act of kindness that some members of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu community are simply proud to be a part of. That act of kindness began with the Camp Walker Chapel congregation, and members of the Lambda Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Sunday, making Christmas a little better for some Daegu children. The Love and Hope Orphanage was on the receiving end of this years Angel Tree holiday kindness. The event involved adopting an angel that was placed on the chapels Christmas tree. The angel contained the name of the child and his or her needs, such as clothing, as well as their sizes. A member of the congregation selected the angel that they thought they might be able to help. Cynthia Sanchez, Protestant Women of the Chapel program vice president, has participated in the Angel Tree program for consecutive years. I was a volunteer for Love and Hope Orphanage, so I have a special place in my heart for the kids there, sanchez said. My special memory of the first year was wonderful. We baked them some cookies and they sang for us in Korean. If helping is a gift, theres nothing I wouldnt be willing to do. The Angel Tree event is so important to us because it allows us to share the holidays with our Korean friends, as well as efforts to continue strengthening relationships with our Korean community, said Chaplain (Capt.) Michael Jones. We can stay


DECEMBER 16, 2011

Tis the Season


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: Henry Gate 1: Mon.- Fri. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walker Gate 6: Open only 5 - 10 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. Carroll: Gate 4 PEDESTRIAN ONLY no vehicles. Please note this is just temporary while Soldiers from tenant units augment the gate forces. Kids Club Register your child for our Jr. Membership Program. Program benefits include quarterly appreciation nights, $5 gift coupon for thier birthday and other great events. Open to kids ages 5-12. For more information, call the Evergreen Community Club, 764-4060. Wild Wild West Christmas Party A photographer will be there doing old western-style photos, plus were having a costume contest and firing up the mechanical bull!! December 24, starts from 8 p.m. For more information, call the Hideaway Club, 765-8574. Camp Henry Auto Skills Do it Yourself! Be Wise, Winterize! The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Call 768 - 8164 for further information. Tax Planning Basics The goal of tax planning is to arrange your financial affairs so as to minimize your taxes. There are three basic ways to reduce your taxes: reduce your income, increase your deductions and take advantage of tax credits. Each basic method might have several variations. December 20th 13:30.m. - 1600 p.m. Camp Carroll ACS Classroom New Years Celebration Free snacks 20:00 - untiol Champagne toast at midnight. Breakfast served midnight to 1 a.m. for $5. December 31st starts from 19:00 at Hilltop Free Party Favors! Money Matters Workshop Promotes financial responsibility and independence among club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college. Dec 15, 15:00 = 17:00 Hosted by Youth Center, Camp Walker Limited to 10 middle schoolers/teens

Holiday angels abound in every corner of the Korean peninsula

One Good Habit

By Pvt. Bang Bong-joo What is one good habit that you think is worth sharing with others?

Colleen Pigg Richmond

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I always try to say Please and Thank You to everyone. It seems that people are forgetting to teach their children Manners.

Vistors to the Camp Walker Chapel select names from the Angel Tree. Each angel has the name of a Korean child and his or her special needs. Once selected the USAG Daegu community member will provide a special holiday gift for the child. inside the gate while were here, but we want to enjoy Korea and the Korean culture. For Capt. Brandon Wilkins, Commander, HHC USAG Daegu, and other members of the Lambda Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity from around the Korean peninsula, the Angel Tree activity was something they were proud to be a part of. What we wanted to do is something that would make a difference in someone elses life, Wilkins said. Part of our fraternitys purpose is to provide service to the community. We wanted to extend that service to our Korean host, and so our donation of $1200 in toys, baby wipes and diapers, was just one small way of ensuring the children at Love and Hope Orphanage, had a Christmas that would be both meaningful and memorable for them. At the orphanage, kids have the same bed time, Jones explained. They eat the same food. They play the same game. In the orphanage they are not individuals. They are a group. However, when they receive a present, it is all theirs. Sometimes, the kids will not open their gift. They just have it in hand, and they think, wow this belongs to me. Its just mine, and I dont have to share it. So, you can see in their face, how much they appreciate the gift when they open it. They give you non-verbal feedback in the form of a smile or body language. The feedback may not be a written note, but I know their heart. So, as you can see, the Angel Tree is a great way to build bridges and lasting relationships. Giving is a very important part of that. x

KrisindaAverette Thomas
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Santa may look like hes lying down on the job, but this couldnt be further from the truth as he offers a striking pose before taking off to join his reindeer team. With less than 12 days before Christmas, Santa has been working around the clock in preparation for his gift-giving holiday tour. Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes

Positivity, Smiles & Laughs! A smile is contagious & free!

Busan opens a new administration building

Amanda Miller
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Getting dressed every day, with shoes. even if I dont go anywhere, staying in my pajamas makes me feel sluggish and lazy so I get totally dressed so Ill be ready for whatever life throws my way.

Kc Rupe
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Good Neighbors come together

Striving to always aim at complete harmony of thought, word and deed, so the walk matches the talk.

Tiffany Cook
Facebook Fan

Tell your spouse you love them everyday. Weve only been married 4 yrs but we say it daily without fail, it may be in an email, a text or a hand written letter when we cant physically say it to one another but we always say it! I think it helps the marriage.

Laurel Stone Baek

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From left to right: BSC Deputy Commander, MSC-K, John C. Batchelor, USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen A. Gavle, 19th ESC Chief of Staff Col. Roger R. Dansereau and MSC-K Commander Col. John P. Chadbourne.
DAEGU GARRISON Senior leaders from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and United States Army Garrison Daegu officially opened the new administration building for the Busan Storage Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Busan, Dec. 7. The ceremony officially recognized the opening of the newly built building which inculdes a new access control point. x

Local students from around the Daegu area enjoy a meal at the Dining Facility on USAG Daegus Camp Henry. The students were part of a monthly English camp program hosted by Soldiers and KATUSAs in support of the Good Neighbor program. The visit to the U.S. Army installation, as well as the American meal, was a first-time experience for many of the students.

Never leave the ones you love with harsh words. Life is delicate and you may not meet again in this life.


What will be the greatest gift you give your parents this Christmas?



Sean Lattanzi and his mother :This Christmas, I will be giving my parents the gift of love and joyfulness. As a senior, this will be my last Christmas with my family and I want to ensure that this Christmas will be the merriest and most special Christmas of all. Story and photos by Raven Calloway
DAEGU GARRISON Christmas has become a holiday of store sales and consumer consumption. With the craze of receiving numerous presents on Christmas day and after Christmas shopping, little attention is paid to the family

Maleah Potts Cash : For Christmas, I will give Rosalind my love, and start talking to her more.

and giving aspect of this holiday. Everyone knows Santa comes to give the children their gifts, but what about the parents? This year, What will be the greatest gift you give your parents for Christmas, is the miilion-dollar question. Daegu youth answered with confidence and pride about their special gift to their parents this year. x

Joanna Hugo I will be giving nothing, because I am the greatest gift they could ever receive!! Im just kidding. Me and my siblings are writing a list of 363 reasons why we love our parents, cutting them into slips, and putting them in a jar. Then, every day they can gave a reason pull one out and have a reason why we love them.

Leanne Quizon The greatest gift I will be giving my parents this year is letting them know college wont keep me away from home. Joe Philly : The greatest gift I will give my parents is my presence because no one should be alone during the holidays. Jacob Olsen : The greatest gift I will be giving my dad this year that is nonmaterialistic is ensuring that I will get my college applications filled out and get money from scholarships so he does not have to worry about paying full tuition for my college education. Samuel Oh : I will give my parents assurance that I am mature and independent. They probably wont accept it. Darius Wyche : All As Diane Grunwald : The greatest gift I could give my parents is watching my brothers so they can have more free time, or not talking back and coming home on time. Ataah King : Joy through musical success and also through academic success. Sammie Carson : This year I will give my parents obedience and willingness to do what they tell me to do. Dustin R. Almaraz : The best gift I will give my parents is Respect.

Sarah Wright The greatest gift I will be giving my parents this year is making basketball history for Daegu High School by winning Conference and BEATING Seoul.