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FEBRUARY 17, 2012

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 17


Red Cloud Family Readiness pitches in Page 5

Ambassador pays visit to post Page 21

Humphreys school recognizes its honor students Page 22

Motivational speaker wows children

By Lee, Seung-bin and Mary Kim DAEGU Author, entertainer, and educator Trevor Romain visited the Korean peninsula this week, with stops at USAG Daegu, Camp George, and Camp Humphreys. A motivational speaker, Romain helps children deal with issues such as bullying, divorce, and grief. Romain addressed several topics and used the motto With you all the Way to emphasize that the children are never alone. To communicate that message, the Trevor Romain Foundation has developed a kit that is used to help children and their families prepare for deployment, stay connected during separation, and plan for reintegration. A supporter of the Army Wounded Warrior Program, Romain said the kits are available to everyone: We have a special kit for anybody whose parent might have had some kind of an injury, whether it is a physical injury or an emotional injury. The kits are available at the USO. One student asked, How do you handle when your parents are deployed? Another child asked, What happens when parents live far away from you? Yet another child wondered, Since Ive moved to another country, I dont sleep well. What can I do? Romain said, Clearly, there are some unique challenges children face when their Soldier-parents are serving abroad. Obviously, making new friends and trying to adjust every time, when they have to move to another country every two or three years, that is the hardest thing for kids. Romain can relate to the frequent travel. Born in Africa, he lived in Ireland and Germany before moving to the United States. When I was young, I was scared of new places, and sometimes angry, Romain told the students. However, I had the chance to experience new things in many countries and had diverse friends.

Author, motivational speaker, and educator Trevor Romain gives a presentation in Daegu. U.S. Army photo by Lee, Seung-bin

Romain said he came up with the motto With You All the Way as a result of my experience with my father. As I prepared to leave home and enter into this great big world, my dad said to me I am with you all the way. Since that time, I have always kept his words in my mind. Mirian Houston, manager of the Exceptional Family Member Program at Camp Henry, asked Romain about bullying. Romain responded, A primary concern of mine, with regard to my work responsibilities is the matter of bullying, he said. It has been escalating. Even though my books tell kids how to deal with bullying and death, they are more and more seeing these things played out via the media. I do worry that we are not able to reach these kids in the right way. However, we must keep the issue in front of us, and the children must hear over and over again that bullying is unacceptable. In his concluding remarks, Romain said, It is important to remember that each of these kids has a soul. And each one deserves every bit of support they can get. Sometimes we dont need to say anything. We just need to be there, o be beside them to let them know that we care. Weve teamed up with the USO in an effort to better convey this very message. I have been doing this work for 20 years. One of the greatest things Ive learned is that the smallest support can make the biggest difference. x

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The Morning Calm

Published by Installation Management Command Pacific

Civilian Record Brief unveiled

Keeping information accurate will be easier
SAN ANTONIO The Army has developed a Civilian Record Brief for civilian employees and their supervisors. The one-page CRB provides a snapshot of an employees official data pulled from various sources: MyBiz, Defense Civilian Personnel Data System, Notices of Personnel Actions (SF-50s), and Army Training Requirements and Resources System. By consolidating data onto a single page, employees will be able to easily review their personnel data, ensuring the official database information is accurate and complete. Installation Management Command leadership emphasizes the importance of civilian employees taking ownership of their careers and ensuring their records are correct. The CRB will serve as a vehicle to correct and update missing or outdated information such as training, awards, performance histories and education. Civilians will be able to use MyBiz to self-certify and update degrees, professional licenses, occupational certifications, professional military education and technical training. It will also enable supervisors and managers to better mentor employees. A side benefit of the CRB is the ability to use it as a foundation for and/or attachment to resumes and Individual Development Plans. The CRB enables employees to include employment data not in-



USAG-RED CLOUD Commander: Col. Hank Dodge Public Affairs Officer: Kevin Jackson Writer/Editor: Franklin Fisher Staff Writers: Spc. Mardicio Barrot, Pfc. Lee, Jae-gwang USAG-YONGSAN Commander: Col. William P. Huber Public Affairs Officer: Mark Abueg Command Information Officer: Jane Lee Layout Editor: Cpl. Choi Sung-il Staff Writers: Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, Pfc. Han Samuel, Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang , USAG-HUMPHREYS Commander: Col. Joseph P. Moore Public Affairs Officer: Ed Johnson Command Information Officer: Steven Hoover Writer/Editor: Wayne Marlow Staff Writer: Pfc. Han Jae-ho USAG-DAEGU Commander: Col. Kathleen A. Gavle Public Affairs Officer: Philip Molter Command Information Officer: Mary Grimes Staff Writers: Pvt. Bang Bong-joo, Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo Interns: Park Min-jin, Lee Sae-mi,, Lee Seung-bin, Raven Calloway
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First Sgt. Albert Guiendon (second from left) prepares to hand the title of senior enlisted Soldier for D Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, to 1st Sgt. Bernal Erik Bernal in a ceremony on Osan Air Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent
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New first sergeant for D 6-52

By Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA OSAN AIR BASE First Sgt. Albert Guiendon transferred the duty and honor of being senior enlisted Soldier for D Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery 1st Sgt. Erik Bernal during a ceremony here Feb. 8. Guiendon relinquished his duties after nearly two years at the front of the Mad Dawgs formation. I want to acknowledge the Soldiers for being the best Soldiers a leader could ask for. I also would like to thank the Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army for their contributions and support, which enable us to better serve their country, Guiendon said. Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry took the battery sword, symbolizing the role of the noncommisioned officer, from Guiendon and placed it in Bernals hands. First Sgt. Guiendon was an outstanding first sergeant who was responsible for accomplishing many great things in Delta, Hockenberry said. I also know that 1st Sgt. Bernal is the man to take Delta to the next level of greatness and continue to build upon the great battery that Delta already is. Its bittersweet to say goodbye to Alpha, Bernal said. But this is a great and exciting new chapter in my career. Im honored and privileged to be Deltas First Sergeant. Bernal thanked his wife of 12 years, Alicia, for her dedication and service during his remarks. He summed up his determination to ensure Mad Dawgs NCOs continue their unbroken service to the United States and to the Republic of Korea with the command, Delta, lets get to work. x

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012



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 Desertion, Failure to pay debt. The subject failed to render payment for a taxi fare, at which time the taxi driver drove the taxi to a local Korean National Police. The subject was apprehended by the KNP and transferred to the Provost Marshalss Office, where we was administered a blood alcohol test. The test result was .146 percent. The subjects ID card showed he was a deserter and that we was under the age to consume alcohol. The subject was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Drunk and disorderly conduct, Failure to obey a general order. The subject was being disorderly at a location off post. A check of the subjects Social Security number through DBIDS revealed he is an active duty Soldier subject to curfew. The subject then became belligerent and started taking off his sweatshirt and t-shirt in an aggressive manner. The subject was apprehended and transported to the PMO where Military Police attempted to administer a blood alcohol test, which the subject refused. The subject was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Area IV Wrongful use of a controlled substance. Investigation revealed that while Charge of Quarters were performing their duties, they discovered the subjects barracks room unlocked. They opened the door, where the witness was visiting and discovered a cloud of smoke in the air and a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance on the bed. The subject was interviewed and admitted ownership of the plastic bag but refused to provide any further information about the contents. The witness was interviewed and denied using any illegal substances. Investigation continues by CID. Area VI Traffic accident without injuries. The subject, while operating a government vehicle, attempted to avoid a parked vehicle and struck the wall of an on post building. Damage to the subjects vehicle consisted of dents and scratches to the left rear quarter panel. Damage to the building consisted of paint transferred to the wall. Use of safety belt by the subject is unknown. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. Traffic accident without injuries. The subject, while operating a government vehicle, backed up and struck a fence.

Gwanaksan (Mountain) is located south of Seoul, and is renowned for its magnificent scenery. The summit of the mountain has earned its historic name, Yeonjudae, since the fall of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). According to lore, many Goryeo loyalists fled deep into the mountain and lamented their lost capital city, Songdo (now Gaeseong province in North Korea) after the Joseon Dynasty conquered Goryeo in 1392. Yeonjuam is a Buddhist temple located at the summit of the mountain which was founded by Uisangdaesa, a Buddhist monk from the Silla Dynasty. Originally called Gwanaksa Temple, it was later recognized as a national temple by King Taejo during the Joseon Dynasty. U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke

Yeonjudae: Summit of Gwanaksan

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Gwangtonggyo (Bridge) One of the more significant landmarks in Cheonggycheon district, Gwangtonggyo (Bridge), stands halfway up the main stream. It was originally built from wood and coarse soil, but in 1410 it was reconstructed with stone bricks on the orders of King Taejong (the third king of the Joseon Dynasty) during the 10th year of his reign, after massive floods had demolished the bridge. As part of the Cheonggyecheon restoration project, it was moved to its current location on the upper reaches of the stream, in order to smooth the flow of traffic. Cheonggyecheon is an urban stream nearly 11 kilometers long running through Seoul that once served as a sewege channel during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Cheonggyecheon was enclosed during the Stream Coverage Project after Korea regained her independence in 1945, and remained so until being renovated into its present form in 2005. Since this painstaking restoration work was undertaken, Cheonggyecheon has been completely refurbished as a cultural and arts venue, providing various areas for recreation, including the beautiful promenade alongside the stream. The stream passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River) and boasts many attractions along its length. Its other designation Cheonggye pal-gyeong in Korean, indicates the eight most important and beautiful sights in the Cheonggyecheon district. Gwangtonggyo is the largest of 22 bridges over the Cheonggyecheon (stream) and is known by two different names, Daegwangtonggyo (the bridge located in Gwangtongbang in Korean) or Gwanggyo (as a shorter version) because of its location and size. Since the bridge was sited close to the market area, it was always crowded during the day, and more importantly, heavily populated during festivals, especially the full moon festival (Jeongwol Daeboleum in Korean: the 15th day of the New Year according to the lunar calendar, the day of the first full moon of the lunar year). Korean folklore maintains that anyone who crosses as many bridges as possible during the night of the full moon festival will never get ill and will be protected from bad luck all year round. Thus the bridge has provided opportunities for social gathering as well as entertainment for all classes of society, from the past and still now in the present. For more information, visit (English) or call 02)2290-7111. To get there take Subway Line 1 to Jonggak Station, walk 150 meters from Exit 4 or 5. x

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Adaptive Focus a success

By Col. Hank Dodge Red Cloud Garrison commander
RED CLOUD By the time you read this, we will have successfully completed our annual anti-terrorism exercise, Adaptive Focus. A lot of effort and hard work went into the planning and execution of this exercise with the 2nd Infantry Division and our allies from the Republic of Korea Army. The Department of the Army and Defense Department require each installation worldwide to conduct an anti-terrorism exercise annually and for a very important reason to keep our installations secure and everyone inside them safe. We simply cannot afford to be illprepared for a full spectrum of contingencies nor will we be and this is why we spend precious time each year to methodically work through a series of very realistic and challenging scenarios scenarios that have occurred at locations around the world, often producing tragic and deadly consequences. The Adaptive Focus exercise permits us the opportunity to execute our combined forces capability to conduct a full spectrum of operations at increased force protection levels as we transition from peacetime to wartime operational plans with the 2nd Infantry Division and partner units. It also permits the Garrison to make improvements to our force protection program and anti-terrorism plans. On Feb. 16 we were able to fully exercise Force Protection Condition (FPCON) DELTA simultaneously across all of our installations. It entailed the closure of all non-essential Exchange and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, which significantly added to the realism of the increased FPCON. I realize that closing these facilities for one day may have been an inconvenience to the community. However, its simply the price we must pay to test our ability to secure our installations and keep everyone inside safe in the event of a threat a day we all hope will

Col. Hank Dodge

never come. The exercise was also an excellent opportunity for us to work on interoperability training with three Republic of Korea Army units with whom U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and USAG Casey have memorandums of agreement for perimeter security during wartime and contingency operations. This past May, we renewed MOAs with the 183rd Infantry Regiment and 186th Infantry Regiment both 65th Infantry Division units for security support to Area I. Last month we renewed our MOA with the 75th Infantry Brigade, which also provides security support to the Garrison. Not only does this realistic training improve our ability to work together, it further strengthens the ROK-US Alliance, which is the strongest in the world. We were also fortunate to have ROKAs 56th Ammunition Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Detachment) activated to respond to and disarm explosive material at an access point gate. The Eighth Army Special Reaction Team and Eighth Army EOD also participated. This was truly a team effort and Im proud of how everyone from the 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth Army, our ROK Army counterparts and our Garrison came together as a team to make the event a total success. Were proud to be The Armys Home and with this training, Im confident well keep it safe. x

FEBRUARY 17, 2012



Hi, Im Veda. Im new here

By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD About a month ago a close-knit group of Army wives were chatting at lunch in Uijeongbu when one of them caught the groups attention with a word about her new neighbors. A young Soldier had recently moved in next door, and his newlywed wife, only 18, was 36 weeks pregnant and showing alarming signs of a likely premature delivery. But all the couple had in the way of baby things were a few outfits, a box of diapers and a couple of baby bottles. No crib, no car seat, you name it. All their household stuff was still crossing the ocean from the states. And we were Whoa! We need to do something, recalled Cindy McQuarrie, one of the women at the lunch. The women who heard this were all members of family readiness groups, or FRGs, formed to support various companies at Camp Red Cloud. FRGs look to give moral and emotional support as well as practical help to military families coping with deployments and other aspects of military life. They immediately started brainstorming a game plan. We kind of got very motherly, she said. What does she need, what does she have, has she gone to the doctor? Meanwhile, the expectant mother, Destinee Macaulay, was enduring the strains of pregnancy. Bouts of contractions, hospital visits, false alarms. Destinee is married to Pvt. Brian Macaulay, 19, of Morristown, Tenn. Hes a forward observer with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. They were high school sweethearts and had both been in the JROTC program at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tenn. They married last May after graduation. They needed plenty: a crib, playpen, lots of diapers, more baby clothes of all types, blankets, more bottles, not to mention a car seat, you name it. McQuarrie had an inspiration: shed create a special Facebook page for an online baby shower. Nowadays, everything is all electronic, and on computer, people invite people for birthdays and baby showers and stuff like that, she said. So I figured, Why cant we have a baby shower online? Then people can just drop off the stuff, she said. Things took off, the help poured in. Within an hour a mother said, Hey, I have a car seat, she can have it, said McQuarrie. And it wasnt even a day or two before people started dropping off stuff for the family or the baby or just asking how can they help, either money card or diapers, clothes, crib. Word of mouth, word of mouth, I mean it just kept going, said McQuarrie. You know, Hey, I heard about this Facebook baby shower, this couple needs help. How can I help? Where are they located at? What hospital are they at? Along the way, two of the women, Melissa Hammon and Rachel Riley, the Company A FRG leader, went with her on nearly all of her five or six urgent hospital trips, which were to the 121st Combat Support Hospital in Seoul and St. Marys Hospital in Uijeongbu. When Destinee spent three days at St. Marys, Riley stayed with her the whole time, sleeping on a couch. Then, on a Friday evening, Feb. 10, Destinees contractions got going again. She phoned her husband to say she was heading down to the 121st. Heavy with child, she climbed aboard the on-post bus at Camp Red Cloud and made the trip. It snowed on the way. Hours later, Destinee gave birth to Veda Louise Fate Macaulay, who entered this world at 4:32 a.m. Feb. 11, a Saturday, 19 inches long and weighing eight pounds even. Brian was in the room during the delivery. It was different, Im not gonna lie, he said. I was a little woozy. Destinee said shes fine too, and warmly grateful for the help and kindness shes received. Thanks to the Facebook baby shower the Macaulays got all they needed: the car seat, clothes, diapers, wipes, a baby swing, bouncy seat, bassinet, lots else. It definitely helped a lot, said Destinee. If they wouldnt have done it, she said of the Facebook baby shower, we wouldnt have had much. McQuarrie was touched. Having the community come together like this was really an amazing feeling, she said, to know that we are here for each other the tough get going and we have friends we can rely on. That was very moving for me, she said. I guess theyre more like family, Destinee said of the women from the FRGs. Even though I havent met some of them, they still cared enough about my family and me to help me out, even though they didnt know me. x

Veda Louise Fate Macaulay was born Feb. 11 at the 121st Combat Support Hospital in Seoul. Her mother is Destinee Macaulay, 18, her father, Pvt. Brian Macaulay, 19, of Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu. The high school sweethearts married last year and arrived in Warrior Country in November. Members of Red Clouds family readiness groups took quick action to give the expectant couple needed support. Photo courtesy of Destinee Macaulay

With warm hearts, Facebook, Warrior Country wives rally to aid newlyweds

Destinee Macaulay and her husband, Pvt. Brian Macaulay of Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Photo courtesy of Destinee Macaulay




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. CRC Commissary Open The Camp Red Cloud commissary will be open Feb. 20, Presidents Day. For more information, call 732-7604. School Closed Casey Elementary School will be closed Feb. 20, a Monday, in observance of Presidents Day. For more information, call 7306444. Banks Closed Community Bank branches in Area I will be closed on various days in February to allow for replacement of its teller systems. The closings are as follows: Camp Stanley, Feb. 23; Camp Casey, Feb. 29. For more information call 730-3375. Scholarships for Military Children Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program are now available at commissaries worldwide and online, and must be turned in at a commissary by Feb. 24. The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must have a military ID card, and be no older than 21, or no older than 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university. Also, they must be the unmarried child of either an active-duty servicemember, reservist, guardsman, retiree, survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. For an application online, visit http:// Red Cloud Tax Office The 2nd Infantry Division tax office is open at Camp Red Cloud, in Freeman Hall, room 119. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. noon, and from 1 5 p.m. Because of limited office space, taxes will be prepared by appointment only. Same-day appointments may be available. For an appointment or more information, call 730-2568. Gateway Closed The Gateway Club at Camp Casey will be closed Feb. 27 for maintenance. For more information, call 730-3400.

Author Romain visits Casey

Ask for help, share your feelings, he tells youngsters
Romain offered coping strategies for the students. Romain said his favorite ways to share his feelings are to talk to somebody to get them out, write them in a journal and to draw pictures. He also offered a revelation that caught the students by surprise: even bullies have problems and need help. Bullies dont bully for no reason, Romain said. Sometimes they are having a really hard time. His special connection with children is something he discovered unexpectedly while being deployed to Angola as a Soldier from his native South Africa. He was walking though a hospital filled with injured kids when a small 5-year-old boy whose legs were badly injured and couldnt walk asked if he would hold him. I bent down and picked up that little boy, and Ive never been held so tight in my life, Romain said. He put his little face upside mine and he started to cry. His tears ran down my shirt and touched my heart. At that moment, he realized he had a special calling. Before he closed his presentations he asked the students in attendance to join his cause. He issued a triple dog dare to anyone of you in this room who has the courage to make a difference in someone elses life. He told them that its easy to be mean to others and put them down, but that it takes a lot of courage and a lot of guts to stand up for somebody who is being put down, and that by doing so they will become heroes to others who are feeling lonely. x

At the Hanson Fitness Center on Camp Casey Feb. 6, best-selling author and illustrator Trevor Romain passes a friendly moment with third-grader Aaliyah Stalker, after he and members of his USO-sponsored Were With You All the Way! tour spent an hour with 200 students students from Casey Elementary School. The comedy-based educational program aims to entertain kids and teach them ways of coping with bullies, homework, deployments, and other challenges. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

By Kevin Jackson

CAMP CASEY Trevor Romain has a message for the children of military servicemembers: dont be afraid to ask for help and share your feelings with others in a healthy and positive manner. Romain and several members of his Were With You All the Way! tour visited Hanson Fitness Center here Feb. 6 as part of a USO-sponsored tour. The comedy-based educational presentation is designed to entertain kids and give them strategies to cope with bullies, homework, deployments and more. The best-selling author and illustrator began his hour-long presentations for the 200 Casey Elementary School students in 2nd through 6th grades by telling of a shy second-grader who had dyslexia. He said the boy prepared a special poster to give to his teacher on the last day of school, but that a bully tore it to pieces at the bus stop. He said everyone laughed. He was that young boy, Romain said. Its okay to be sad, he said about bad experiences. Its okay to be angry. Its okay to be frustrated. Its what we do with those feelings thats important. Also with him on the tour was Stephanie Ridell, 25, a social worker who was the child of an Air Force family. She said her family moved seven times, her father deployed several times and that she experienced a wide range of emotions. She shared her experiences, and along with

Author-illustrator Trevor Romain speaks to youngsters on Camp Casey Feb. 6 during a USO-sponsored visit of his Were With You All The Way! tour. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

FEBRUARY 17, 2012

But some serving overseas face the challenges of saying I love you long-distance
By Pvt. Han Chol Hwan Indianhead Staff writer
CAMP RED CLOUD Valentines Day, which was this Tuesday, Feb. 14, is known the world over as a romantic holiday, and its as important to many Soldiers in Warrior Country as it is to people elsewhere. T o d a y , Va l e n t i n e s Day is marked differently in different parts of the world. In the United States, for example, its still mainly associated with unmarried couples but there are more than a few amorous married couples who look to make the most of Valentines Day too. Typical presents are flowers, chocolate, as well as teddy bears, wine, or any number of other things that convey affection and romantic attachment. In Korea and Japan on the other hand, Valentines Day is seen as an unmarried couples-only proposition. If a woman gives chocolate to a man on Valentines Day, its taken to mean shes interested in him romantically and to date him. For many Soldiers serving in Warrior Country or elsewhere in Korea, Valentines Day carries a special challenge: they have to conduct their relationship longdistance. Sgt. Kahila Patton and his wife apart from each other on Valentines Day, since we met, he said. I really dont like it. For many, Soldiers will tell you, a long-distance relationship can be tough to maintain because of

Valentines Day for lovers everywhere

lip movement. Yet for some, the distance can actually intensify the romantic intimacy, with couples taking m e a s u r e s they probably wouldnt if they were together. Ive been in touch with my girlfriend every day since last August, either through phone calls, letters, or even praying, said Pvt. Lim Jon-kyu, a vocalist with the band. We share a bank account and a diary, he said of his girlfriend, Kim Sol, who is in Texas. Also, we take a lot of videos when we meet. They started dating about five months ago. As with any relationship, trust is crucial. Most of all, relationships cant go well if there is no trust, said Patton. We have a lot of open conversations and this helps our relationship. I think, said Lim, longdistance relationships are a kind of test. It tests how much I love my girlfriend, through temptation and loneliness. And I think we are perfect complements to each other, so I dont want to find anybody else. x



Adrean know something about that. After dating for three years, they married in May 2011. Hes stationed in Korea as a drummer with the 2nd Infantry Division Band. But she lives in Oklahoma. This is the first time we have been

loneliness and the difficulties of staying in touch. Long-distance lovers communicate in many ways phone calls, Skype, Facebook, and hundreds of smartphone applications. Theres even a kissing machine that mimics a partners tongue and

Retreat for married couples yields insights for him,her

By Staff Sgt. Kenneth Pawlak 1BCT Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY Whether an Army couple has celebrated their first anniversary or twentieth, that couple will could well run into some hardships that the typical civilian couple does not. Many military couples go down a long, bumpy road during their marriage because of extended work hours, multiple deployments, field training exercises and attendance at military schools. To assist military couples with the challenges all that poses, the chaplains office of the 2nd Infantry Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team sponsored a retreat at the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul last month. Because chaplains understand the stresses of military life, we want to serve the military couple through a Strong Bonds retreat where couples can gain skills that will fortify their marriage and enjoy a time of relaxation, recreation, fellowship and fun, said the brigades chaplain, Maj. Leo Moras. A strong family is a strong Army, he said. Spc. John Condon, Company G, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, and his wife, Dani, took advantage of the opportunity to nurture and strengthen their marriage at the retreat, which just happened to afford them a break from their hectic schedules. Coming to Seoul made it worthwhile to get a break during the week, said John Condon. It was like having a little vacation during the work week without monopolizing the weekend. At the retreat, couples were taught a program called LINKS, for Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge and Skills. The Condons were able to better understand each others needs with the help of the LINKS program. Men and women are two different animals, he said. You have to understand how a man thinks versus a woman, he said. You cannot treat your wife like one of your friends or battle buddies you work with. You have to treat your wife like the woman that she is. Throughout the weekend the couple gained insight into each others needs. I learned that I need to be more attentive to her needs, Condon said. I learned that men are simple, said Dani Condon. I have to have a good reward system to get him to do what I want. Such as, affirmation being able to lift him up. Egos are very important. The chaplains office sponsors Strong Bond retreats for single Soldiers, married couples, married couples with families and geobachelors monthly and encourages Soldiers to sign up for a retreat. I recommend to any marriage, a healthy one or one that needs some help. It reaffirms what you are doing right in your marriage, said John. x

FEBRUARY 17, 2012

Yongsan saves 1M dollars by using excess materials

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - In the fiscal year of 2011, the government saved one million dollars, in material costs alone, as a result of recycling used material on the garrison, said Enrique Blanco, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Roads and Grounds branch chief, in an interview, Jan. 26. Although it may not seem so, recycling has saved a significant amount of money when it comes to garrison maintenance. That is why, in the midst of the efforts to cut costs in the Military, recycling is a major way to do so. Blanco claimed that many used materials from old buildings and structures around the garrison that were typically thrown away could be used in a vast number of renovation projects. These excess materials include anything from lumber, cement, metal, stones, electrical wires, old telephone poles, soil, and even plants and bushes. Whenever the Directorate of Public Works collects these materials, they store them in various holding areas until they can be used for renovation projects to improve the garrison. All through See MATERIALS, Page 12



In 2011, the Directorate of Public Works constructed a sidewalk next to the road stretching from Gate 5 to Gate 6, allowing Community members to walk safely in this area, Jan. 26. As construction material, approximately 200 recycled concrete telephone poles were used to create a wall supporting the sidewalk, which was built on elevated ground.- Courtesy photo by Enrique Blanco; U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Community members can now safely walk down the road stretching from Gate 5 to Gate 6 by using the sidewalk constructed by the Directorate of Public Works using excess materials, Jan. 26. -U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

With You All the Way delights Yongsan kids

By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
YONGSAN GARRISON - On Feb. 7, students of Seoul American Elementary School had an opportunity to enjoy and share their feelings and concerns during the Trevor Romain, With You All The Way event sponsored by the Yongsan United Service Organization. The main purpose of the tour is building morale among children of active duty Servicemembers. Military children face constant upheavals and separations. The program is specifically designed to help children 6 to 12-years-old deal with these difficult situations. Military Families have to move around a lot and children often miss out on their parents company for a year or more due to deployment. Leaving friends behind, fitting in to a new school, and making new friends can be challenging for Military children. Sometimes they dont realize they can ask for help, said Trevor Romain. As a stand-up comedian, Romain successfully kept children interested in the program, answered the kids questions, and let them know how to deal with the hardships they are going through. They tend to keep it to themselves. This makes them sad, lonely and unhappy, said Romain. What we do is give them permission to express themselves, give them a safe place to share their feelings and concerns,

and that way, we can help them get out of the lock they made in. The partnership between USO and Trevor Romain helps Military children in many ways. Romains DVDs deal with Military childrens real concerns, featuring titles such as: Facing Fear without Freaking Out and What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? Romain said he is proud to support those who serve the United States. They serve too. They didnt choose to be Military kids. Someone else chose for them. Many people dont realize how hard it is to be them, and for me to be helping them out is an See TREVOR, Page 12

(left) Trevor Romain greets students after performing Trevor Romain, With You All the Way at Seoul American Elementary School on Feb. 7. Kids shared their feelings and concerns regarding Military life as they hugged Romain afterwards; (right) Seoul American Elementary School 2nd Graders are entertained by videos from the Trevor Romain Tour, which provided fun yet important lessons on how to live as a Military kid, how to complete school work, and how to deal with bullies- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee, Hyokang


News & Notes

NEW AREA II Gate Hours On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, we implemented a few changes to the current gate hours of operation. Hannam Village Back Gate: 05:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri) Gate #3 (MARFOR-K Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Gate #4 (PX Gas Station Gate): 0600-2400 (7 Days a Week) Gate #19 (Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Check out youryongsan or yongsan.korea. for the complete list of gate hours effective Feb. 14.

Pilot Part Day Toddler Program takes off at CYSS

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding



New Stop Sign exit lane Gate 1 Planning on driving out Gate 1 (Dragon Hill Lodge)? Remember to STOP at the pedestrian crosswalk. You asked, we answered. DPW installed a new stop sign at the crosswalk as you exit 8th Army Drive for Gate 1. This was brought up as a quality of life issue at the AFAP Conference. Remember to obey all traffic speeds and watch out for pedestrians.

YONGSAN GARRISON - Responding to Community demand, the Yongsan Child Development Center launched a Pilot Part Day Toddler Program Feb. 1. The program was designed to give parents an option for their children under three years old, offering them a chance to play with children their age. It also gives the parents more time for themselves, so they can take care of business. Claudette Mohn, the Child Youth and School Services coordinator for Yongsan Garrison, said that this program offers more stability than their current hourly program, giving the children a chance to have more interaction with the same group. This program is a bit more structured than Sarah Chang gives her son Liam a farewell kiss on the cheek at the Part what hourly care can offer, Mohn said. The Day Toddler Program at the Yongsan Garrison Child Development Center teacher is able to develop a curriculum and imple- Feb. 1. The program allows children two to three-years-old time to inment it with the children, as compared with hour- teract with other children on a consistent basis, while allowing parents ly where the children are in and out. some time to themselves.- U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding The program will help the Community by helping develop young children and prepare them for pre- then followed by an assessment of how well the program school in social and cognitive aspects, according to Mohn. works. If its acceptable, CYSS will continue to offer the She also said that the program helps CYSS outreach to service to the Community. Spaces are still available. For the Community, allowing them to speak with parents and more information, call Parent Outreach Services at 738children in the Yongsan family. 5036 or 738-3001. x The program is set to run for four months, which is

USO celebrates 71 years of service

By Melissa Wetherbee YONGSAN GARRISON - The United Service Organizations celebrated its 71st birthday Feb. 3 with a buffet luncheon and special guests at the USO center on Camp Kim. The annual event celebrated the USO and the Families they serve. Soldiers, Retirees and special guests were served barbecue favorites prepared by USO volunteers. USAG Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber led the group in singing Happy Birthday and cutting the cake. The event was a collaborative effort between USO employees, volunteers and media partners. Brad Hinkle, Programs Manager, USO Korea reached out to AFN to raise awareness before and during the event. The AFN bump, if you will, is a tremendous way to get the word out. It really drove our head count and gave us some quality exposure throughout the community, said Hinkle. The event itself was organized by volunteers and staff. Hinkle added, Gary Grainger came in to help set the room up and get banners hung. Monica Dronet, Mike Preudhomme, Ashley Kim and Ji Young Lee helped with blowing up balloons, setting the tables, cleaning up the service line and serving the food. They all did a fantastic job. About the luncheon, Hinkle remarked, The event was a lot of fun. It really gave us an opportunity to do some good for Troops in our local communities and was an excellent opportunity to promote the USO brand throughout Korea. We would like to thank Col. Huber and Command Sgt. Maj. Justis for coming to the event and lending their gravitas to the festivities. Visiting childrens author and TV

TobaccoCessation 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.

Help for Education Costs The Yongsan Sergeants Major Association is committed to assisting Servicemembers achieve a quality higher education. Through the YSMA Military Textbook Fund, active duty Servicemembers, regardless of branch of service, attending college during their off-duty time may apply to receive an award to help pay for textbooks. This award is available to all active enlisted personnel, E1-E9, who are pursuing higher education in Area II. Servicemembers must be receiving tuition assistance and have a minimum of 6 credit hours to be able to receive this award. Call the Yongsan Education Center at 723-8098 for more information and application.
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Carly Harris, USO Regional Vice President, Pacific, meets with members of the Yongsan Community during the USO birthday lunch held at their center on Camp Kim Feb. 3. The event commemorated 71 years of service to the Troops, Families and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.- U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

personality Trevor Romain was also in attendance to kick off the Korean leg of his With You All the Way speaking tour, sponsored by the USO. (Read about Romains visit to Seoul American Elementary School on page 9.) The birthday celebration and With You All the Way are just two of the many programs and services the USO provides to Servicemembers and their Families at USAG Yongsan and around the world. Details about these and other programs can be found at The USO in Seoul was founded in 1951, and has grown with USAG Yongsan over the years. The original USO was built near Seoul Station and was basically a motel. There were rooms to sleep in for free, a place to get a quick snack and a drink, and not much else. Since then, we have obviously moved to our newer location here on Camp Kim, in 1971. While we no longer offer lodging to troops, we do have a lounge area with free internet access, coffee, tours (both local and overseas), barbecues, and other events here at the center. We are also much more involved with the community on a daily basis, supporting community events and running our own unit support events, explained Hinkle. We try to celebrate our service year round, added Carly Harris, USO Regional Vice President, Pacific. Harris echoed the sentiments of the staff and volunteers celebrating that day. We look forward to another 71 years of supporting Troops and their Families. And we want to say thank you to the all the men and women in uniform, wherever they may be today. We appreciate them being there on the front line, ensuring that we have the ability to sit here in this building, warm and comfortable and getting ready for lunch, and able to celebrate our birthday. x

FEBRUARY 17, 2012

USAG YONGSAN BOSS plays Cupid for Soldiers Unforgettable

Valentines Day
By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
YONGSAN GARRISON Many Military couples undergo hardships due to deployment. As loved ones leave to serve in the Army, sometimes Families experience separation. To alleviate some of the difficulties Military couples may face as a result of separation, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan delighted Soldiers by delivering Valentines Day balloons and flower grams on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. By delivering flowers and balloons, BOSS provided a way for couples to express their affection for each other. One person who appreciated what BOSS did for Military couples was Petty Officer 3rd Class Mouang Saechin who received balloons, flowers and a romantic letter from her fianc. We are expected to sacrifice these holidays when duty calls, said Saechin. It is heartbreaking not to be able to see your loved ones. Valentines Day is a holiday for lovers and it should be a happy occasion but it can also be a painful reminder that you are away from your loved one. By hosting this event, BOSS enhanced the overall quality of life for single and unaccompanied Soldiers living on the garrison. All events such as this one target single Soldiers who make up about 40


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Facebook Fan Happy Valentines Day to my loving husband Michael Anderson. After all these years, you still know how to make my heart skip a beat when Im with you. Love you always!

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Happy Valentines Day to my husband Mark Dowd. Even though we dont celebrate much on this day, you truly show me that love needs to be celebrated every day of the year. Thank you for being so wonderful, loving, & respectful. Most of all thank you for our beautiful babies! If there was one thing I could change from the past it would be to have met you sooner. I love you! -Diana Dowd

(Top) Petty Officer 3rd Class Mouang Saechin was thrilled when BOSS showed up with a letter, flower gram, and balloons, which had been sent by her fianc for Valentines Day, Feb. 14; Staff Sgt. Anthony Blunt was elated to receive a flower gram and balloons from his wife. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

percent of the U.S. Army. While the BOSS program in America focuses on single Soldiers only, here in Korea, they take care of every Soldier. It should be noted, however, that although many of the programs developed for Soldiers may help in boosting Soldiers relationships, personal effort on the part of the Soldier themselves is also important to keep their relationships healthy. Saechin shared some of her thoughts and tips for a long-term relationship. You really have to communicate about what you want even if you are far away from each other, said Saechin after receiving the balloons and flower gram from her fianc. You have to respect each others desires and needs even through distance. The BOSS Program helped inspire and encourage romance and friendships by delivering more than 80 lovely presents to Soldiers, their friends and Family members at Yongsan. x

Aloisi family enjoys Museum of Natural History

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out the garrison, many renovations could be seen, which made use of recycled materials, severely lowering construction costs. One concern with the idea of using recycled material is that it may lower the quality of the structures, thus becoming a safety risk. Blanco assured, however, that Safety is our number one concern, and we will never compromise that just to lower the cost. In fact, one of DPWs primary focuses for building projects is improving the safety and convenience of the garrison for Yongsan Community members. Some of the most common renovations mentioned by Blanco were the making of wooden walls, and planting of trees to prevent erosion, which was a safety hazard to the Community. According to Blanco, the biggest project that was conducted since he took over the branch 12 years ago, was a sidewalk that stretched from Gate 6 to Gate 5, allowing Soldiers and Families to travel safely. In the past, this area did not have a sidewalk or railing, making it a dan-

gerous area for pedestrians to pass through. Approximately 200 recycled telephone poles gathered from Dongducheon and other areas around the peninsula were used as construction material to be stacked into a telephone-pole-wall, which could support the sidewalk, as it was built on elevated ground. Blanco explained that by using recycled material, what would have cost approximately $400,000 dollars only cost $60,000 dollars, saving an impressive $340,000 in a single project. Every year, DPW conducts numerous building projects similar to this one, which increase the quality of life for Yongsan Community members. Projects such as these not only benefit the Community by increasing safety and convenience, but also by allowing the money to be used elsewhere. It may not be lavish, but thats not our job, said Blanco. Our job is to maintain the garrison, keep it safe, and find a way to complete the mission, even at a lower cost. x

honor. Each student also received a With You All the Way deployment kit. These kits are developed by USO and the Trevor Romain Company. The kit is designed to support Families with

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children ages five years and older who have a deployed Family member. The kit is filled with resources that help and comfort Military children and their Families. x

The Boy Scouts earned Eagle Rank

On Sunday, February 5, the Boy Scouts had a wonderful event at the DHL to recognize the Scouts who earned their Eagle Rank (the highest award in Boy Scouts) in 2011. We were so blessed to have General Thurman take time out of his busy schedule to attend and speak to the new Eagle Scouts at this dinner. Thank you, General Thurman! This picture is of all of the Eagle Scouts (those who earned their Eagle Rank in 2011 and those who earned it in previous years) and General Thurman (who earned his Eagle Rank in the 1970s). Courtesy photo by Heather Dunlop




U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

Hospital Tour 2012

U.S. Soldiers and family members assigned to the Southeast Hub, as well as those enroute to the Korean peninsula, can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to hospital care outside the U.S. military installations, as local Korean hospitals show theyre more than able to provide quality care that is among the best anywhere. A recent visit by USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle and other Area IV representatives to local Korean hospitals, gave the leadership an opportunity to see for themselves the world-class service available to those seeking medical assistance in the Daegu area. The facilities are modern, and language poses little to no barrier as signs in English and Hangul are prominently displayed throughout the facilities. Englishspeaking doctors and staff are on hand to assist as well.
U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012



Ambassador visits Humphreys

By W. Wayne Marlow CAMP HUMPHREYS The United States Ambassador to Korea got a look at the Armys largest construction project during a visit here Feb. 9. Ambassador Sung Kim received a briefing and tour of the installation from Col. Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander. The briefing, entitled Building an Army for the 21st Century, emphasized the modern look Humphreys will assume. It also touched on the increase in size and in population that will occur. Also mentioned was the mix of U.S. and Korean Soldiers, KATUSAs, civilian employees and families. Pointing to a slide featuring images of children, Moore told Kim, This is what has changed so much, the increase in families. The briefing also touched on changes to come. This includes 513 buildings being constructed and 465 being demolished. Its a complex procedure, Moore said, explaining that while it is obvious employees must have a new building to work in before their existing one is torn down, there are 978 buildings in play, so first-rate planning and organization are musts. As an example of the complexity of the task, Moore mentioned how even the weather comes into play. The idea is to move all the monsoon drainage flow east to west and in the extreme west, we have a flood gate to release the water, he said. This is one of the many issues being dealt with as Humphreys becomes one of the Pacific regions main Army posts. Kim called Humphreys expansion one of the militarys most significant developments and a very important project. Following the briefing and a tour of the Super Gym by Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring, Kim met with local Soldiers. Everyone in the State Department has the deepest respect for the military, especially those serving away from home, he told them. I have great respect for what you are doing and cant say enough how much I appreciate it. He encouraged Soldiers to learn Korean, experience the culture and get involved in the community. x

Ambassador Sung Kim speaks with Soldiers in a Super Gym conference room as part of his visit to Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Ambassador Sung Kim checks out a cardio room during a tour of the Super Gym, given by Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Ambassador Sung Kim received a briefing outlining Camp Humphreys expansion, which will include more family housing, being constructed here. These housing towers will feature 220 units. U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson


Talent show tonight The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club will host a talent show tonight at 7 at Tommy Ds. This event is open to all DoD ID cardholders, KATUSAs and family members. There is no entrance fee. First place receives a $100 Exchange gift certificate, with second place getting $50 and third place $25. Post Office closure The Post Office will be open Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and open normal hours on Feb. 18, but will be closed Feb. 20.

USAG HUMPHREYS News & Notes Honor students recognized

By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho


Polar Bear Plunge The Polar Bear Plunge will be Feb. 18 at the Splish and Splash Water Park, starting at 11 a.m. Free hot beverages will be served. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Poker tournament Tommy Ds will host a Korea-wide High Stakes Texas Holdem event, with buy-ins starting Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Play begins at 12:30 p.m. $80 buys $10,000 in chips. For more information, call 753-7532 or 0104697-7532. BOSS ski trip BOSS is sponsoring a trip to Jisan Ski Park Feb. 20. Cost is $70, which includes transportation, admission, lift ticket, and equipment rental. For more information, call 753-8825. Pets and PCSing A pets and PCSing class will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Army Community Service (Bldg. 311). Free USO lunch The USO Lunchbox, featuring free creamy chicken risotto and drinks, starts at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 22. For more information, call 753-6281. Red Cross class The American Red Cross will offer a CPR/First Aid/AED class Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Red Cross Office (Bldg. 752). The cost is $45 and payment is required at the time of registration. For more information, call 753-7172. ACS closure Army Community Service facilities will be closed Feb. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. for staff training. Military children scholarships Students who want to apply for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children must have applications delivered to a commissary by close of business on Feb. 24. For more information, call 753-6711. Ski Trip Camp Humphreys BOSS is offering a chance for single and unaccompanied Soldiers to hit the slopes of Jisan Ski Park on Feb. 25. Cost is $65, which includes tranportation, admission, lift ticket, and equipment rental. For more information, call 753-8825. Pool closure The CAC Pool will remain closed through Feb. 29 due to a renovation project. The Super Gym pools hours remain in effect.

Humphreys American School Principal Joyce Diggs congratulates fourth-grader Jamimae Clark on making the Principals Honor Roll. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

CAMP HUMPHREYS Humphreys American School and Humphreys American Elementary School held a first semester award ceremony on Feb. 10 at the Post Theater. The ceremony recognized students for their work during the first semester. Awards given included 4th and 5th grade Principals Honor Roll and A/B Honor Roll, as well as Physical Fitness Awards, Geography Bee Awards and 6th, 7th and 8th grade Honor Rolls. This is a celebration of the good work we have done during the first semester, said Ken Clark, a teacher at Humphreys American School. Students have achieved high standards academically and they are being rewarded for it. Humphreys American School Principal Joyce Diggs expressed appreciation of the students efforts. I am so happy and pleased for students. They showed academic improvement across all areas, she said. Their success can be attributed to student-teacher relationships and parental support, as well as their relationship with the school. None of this would be possible without support and encouragement from parents, and we will continue to help students succeed to become global learners. x

Fourth-graders Louis Felcioni, Savannah Hoagland, Jasia Oliver, Asia Tucker, Aaliyah Shearer, ASanni Wizzart, and Shaca Sweet are recognized during the ceremony. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

Eighth graders Loida Outen, Vanessa Engram, Brian Huyuh, Loutrill Mar Clet, C.J. Harker, Hunter Herring, Destiny Lunsford, and Kelvin Robihid hold their certificates for making the 3.0-3.49 honor roll. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

FEBRUARY 17, 2012



What would be your ideal Valentines present?

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I would just love time with my husband! Hes been with yall since October.

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Five pairs of Jordans.

The United Servicemembers Organization on Osan Air Base celebrates 71 years of service to Soldiers and family members. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

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Celebrating 71 years
Milestone for USO is recognized at Humphreys, Osan
By Capt. Jeremy Tennent and Mary Kim
CAMP HUMPHREYS Celebrations were held here and at Osan Air Base to recognize 71 years of contributions to the Army by the United Services Organization, more commonly known as USO. The USO began providing morale support for Soldiers during World War II. The celebration at Osan featured remarks by Lt. Col. William Darne, commander of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, and by Chaplain (Capt.) Alex Palomira, 51st Fighter Wing chaplain. About 50 Soldiers attended the celebration. It must have been pretty rough to serve 72 years ago, before the USO came into being, Darne said The USO has become absolutely indispensable over the past 71 years. I was very thankful for 6-52 for coming down and making sure we had a good turnout, said USO programs coordinator Angela Mclaughlin. The Humphreys celebration, attended by Garriosn Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore, featured cake and an array of other foods. USO serves Soldiers in many ways, including having a place to just hang out. I usually come here to meet people and eat lunch and watch sports on the TV, said Sgt. Wathanie Morsan, Aviation operations sergeant for 3rd Military Intelligence. USO is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers help take care of Soldiers and their families. Humphreys USO volunteer Craig Cameron said planning the celebration was not hard work because we all did it together and taking care of Soldiers and families is what its all about. x

Just to spend time with my husband.

Shamika Suggs-Merritt

Diamond heart necklace.

Ashley Robles

Legal services here to help

By Capt. Ethan McWilliams Client Legal Services
CAMP HUMPHREYS There are many services offered by the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and Area III Client Legal Services office, located in Bldg. S-734 next to the Provider Grill. The hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. There is free assistance for servicemembers, DOD civilians, and retirees, and family members. The office assists with wills, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, tax controversies, consumer law, and more. To set an appointment, call 753-6245, or stop by. The center also offers paralegal services on a walkin basis. Common services include notarization, special and general powers of attorney, and preparing certified copies of official documents. Client Legal Services is also the place to go for assistance with claims questions, including household good damages. x

I think when most people are new to their relationships they want the world on Valentines. After being with my husband for 15 years, I would just like for him and I to be together alone for a few days. Just us. No phones, no kid, no dog, and no Army. Just us.

Humphreys American School - 1st Semester - 2011/12

PRINCIPALS HONOR ROLL 4.0 GPA 8th grade Jonathan Blanco-Rios Sydnie Corlew Kathleen Crosby Robert Crosswhite Robert Huber Felicia Lozinski Annie Moore Kimberly Rigual Rosado Aerial Rouse Andrew Von Weber 7th grade Jordan Bauer Andrew Duddleston Krystal Garay Rodriguez Ashlyn Starr 6th grade Kanan Bell Brice Bulotovich Samiah Leggett Ericka Madriaga Sarah Moore Alfred Muna Sydney Munoz Damian Rouse Ho Jun Son Timiri Toney Sydney Wilson Kathryn Zimmerman 5th grade Joshua Allmond Kaya Black Natalia Gomez Dakota Matthews Jonathon Nielsen Aiman Padilla Abreu Jace Patsel Carissa Richardson Jun So Son Haley Starr 4th grade Anthoine Blanco-Rios Jamimae Clark Sethen Corlew Kennedi Essex Ben Ferido Kelly Kenyon Sera Lee Ian McWhirt Ben Nagel Jasia Oliver Elijah Perez Aliette Perez-Nieves India Rice

Nellie Rivas Maurice Rush Lana Sangprawej Cameron Scharf Aaliyah Shearer Shaca Sweet Ian Thomas Asia Tucker Alex Van Buren Joshua Velez Emily Wall ASanni Wizzart HONOR ROLL 3.5-3.99 GPA 8th grade Cecilia Allen Nathaniel Bundren Coleen DeGuzman Angelica DeJesus Emma Duncan Isahbo Hatch Shane Ibay Maggie Mauldin Skylar Motley Stephanie Owen Dominic Perez Stephen Richardson Darious Stover Yoori Sung Dorothy Tomlinson Kiersten Wilson 7th grade Jordan Fish Emily Snow Deaumonjae Banks Nathaniel Battle Christina Mann 6th grade Sidney Boyles Lenningrad Generoso Mathew Hale Alexandria Klimek Gabrielle Stephen Cooper Altemeyer David Crosswhite Jennifer Kim Joshua Brown Jasmine Cain Tristan Covington Percy Humphrey Cameron Lilly JYannah Wells 5th grade Joshua Almond Devon Ampa Elijah Bogan Miles Brice

Jordan Brown Seginald Bryant Jaelynn Davis Sante Devera-Waden Nate Dimond Liam Eckles Natalia Gomez Deante Green Sklyer Klimek Dylan Langley Shai Lininger Xedriscar Lorete Camaryn Mantanona Jonathon Neilsen Aiman Padilla Abreu Jace Patsel Jee Won Rhee Bailey Robbs Anabela Schmidt Anna Schmidt Haley Starr Kayla Webb 4th grade Hayley Anders Tionne Atkins Nadya Blackwell Hannah Davidson Kayla Earnest Mia Edens Kaelin Elliott Kennedi Esex Prescott Farris Emily Glidewell Jessica Hale Alize Ikner Near Jaroenwai Jenny Jeong Tavaris Johnson Tayla Johnson Sera Lee Ian McWhirt Anthony Moon Jassmyn Moreno Ethan Murray Jancarlos Negron-Rosado Jewel Orioste Jeffrey Owen Elijah Perez Brannon Purugganan Nellie Rivas Michael Ross Diego Saucedo Kenneth Spreitzer Kristlyn Sweet Ian Thomas Jason Thompson Andrew Valentin Joshua Velez Sean Williams Keith Wilson Liliane Wright

HONOR ROLL 3.0-3.49 GPA 8th grade Jeffrey Bachrach Makenna Blackwell Su Yeon Choi Loutrill Mar Clet Vanessa Engram C.J. Harker Keana Harris Hayden Herring Hunter Herring Kevontae Hubbard Brian Huyuh Destiny Lunsford Ebony Madrid Sabrina Murphy-Sams Loida Outen Kelvin Robihid Jerissa Ruiz Raina Stokes 7th grade Lavonte Hardmon Yeo Kim Angelica Lassus Nathan Marinko Sean McManus Dareon Medley Dylan Milner Nicholas Munoz Agnes Nartey Antwan Roots Hailey Rowell Jessica Schell Raquel Swickard Ryan Tillery Saby Torres Carson Webster 6th grade Kross Devers-Waden Kate Dimond Aidan Dufort Gabrielle Evans Dylan Hill Jason Holcombe Romy Holmgren Ethan Milner Jacob Perez-Castro Jalyn Pitre David Saucedo Trevor Smith Madelelyn Sosa Caleb To Kelvin Tomlinson Saemee Yoon
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FEBRUARY 17, 2012

Soldiers Receive Chemical Protection Training on Camp Carroll

Story and photos by 1st Lt. Foss Davis
DAEGU GARRISON Soldiers from several units located in Area IV participated in training and team certification on avoidance, decontamination and protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) t h r e a t s . T h e t wo - d ay e ve n t culminated with a walk through the CS gas chamber located on Camp Carroll Feb. 9. The Soldiers from 36th Signal Battalion, 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Bn., 501st Special Troops Bn., and the 498th Combat Sustainment Support Bn., as well as Civilian employees, were provided several blocks of instruction and practical exercises which ensured familiarity and confidence in the use of their issued chemical detection, protection, and decontamination equipment. After rotating through the different classes and practical exercises, the Soldiers donned their protective masks and entered a small room filled with CS gas (one of the active ingredients of law enforcement tear gas). Although it causes no long term or permanent effects, CS gas causes temporary discomfort when exposed to the nose, mouth and eyes. Soldiers had to remove their mask while inside the contaminated room as a demonstration of the effectiveness of their protective mask. Although the focus of the training is educating Soldiers and Civilians on potentially lifesaving procedures, it is just as much about the first hand



Staff Sgt. Albert McCall, 2-1 ADA BN CBRN NCO, ensures as Soldier has properly donned his protective mask during a training exercise held on Feb. 8th at Cp. Carroll. experience as it is about learning for Soldiers, especially those who happy to accept Soldiers from other correct procedures and teqniques havent gone through one in a few units on her training site. according to Pvt. 1st Class Jacquiscia years, Grovenor said. Its all about We opened this event up to Grovenor, B Battery, 2-1 ADA Bn. getting confidence in your promask. other units in Area IV because it CBRN NCOIC. Sgt. 1st Class Sandra Goff, 36th helps out because not every unit I think going through the gas Signal Bn CBRN NCO and the has the resources to facilitate quality chamber was a good experience training NCOIC for the event, was training like this, Goff said. x

Out with the old, in with the new - in a new way

Soldiers line up to sign in so they can register the issue of new NBC gear. The equipment, which was formerly issued by individual units, will now be part of every Soldiers and EEC/MEC Civilians gear received at the Central Issuing Facility (CIF) on Camp Carroll. U.S. Army photo by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk soo


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CYS Services New Family Child Care Home Opens CYSS is proud to welcome Amanda Dwyer as our new FCC provider. Her home is located on Camp George. All FCC providers go through extensive training, background checks and home inspections. Please call 764-4835 for more imformation about this program and to find out how you can become an FCC provider. We are particulary looking for providers who want to open up their homes for evening and weekend care. Gate Hours Back to Normal We are pleased to report that all Area IV gates have returned to normal hours of operation; Soldiers are still manning several of the gates as we transition to the new contract for security guards.

Armys biggest warehouse honors KSC

Story by Pv2 Kim Sung-eun
DAEGU GARRISON Army Field Support Battalion - North East Asia held the opening ceremony for the Korean Service Corps Humidity Control Warehouse with a ribboncutting on Camp Carroll, Feb. 10. The warehouse, the largest in the Army, measures 350,000 square feet and is able to hold a heavy brigade teams worth of vehicles. This facility will enable us to continue to store and maintain Army Prepositioned Stocks4 at the highest levels of Readiness and ensure that our equipment is always ready to support any contingency in the Korean theater of operation, said Lt. Col. Douglas P. Pietrowski, Army Field Support Battalion North East Asia commander. The warehouse with its modern design and input provides an optimum site for the units mission. This building provides a great place to work, reduces costs and helps maintain the readiness of Army Stocks stored here, all of which ultimately contribute to the stability of the peninsula, said Col. Michael Lopez, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade commander. But perhaps equally important, it is symbolic of the ROK-U.S. alliance The warehouse is named to honor past and present workers of the KSC, commemorating Korean citizens who have supported the United States and United Nations Forces in Korea. The warehouse has controls for adjusting the humidity which allow the vehicles to last longer than if stored outdoors. These climate controls can save up to $1.8 million a year in maintenance and related costs.x



U.S. and ROK officials greet each other with a firm handshake before opening ceremony Feb. 10 for the largest warehouse in the U.S. Army. U.S. Army photo by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

Auto Skills Be wise, winterize! Do it Yourself The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Camp Henry, 768-8164

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

Visitors tour the Korean Service Corps Humidity Control Warehouse during the grand opening ceremony at Camp Carroll Feb. 10. The warehouse, the largest in the U.S. Army, is dedicated to past and current KSC workers who have supported the U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance. U.S. Army photo by Pv2 Kim, Sung-eun

Mandatory Personal Financial Management Training Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Camp Henry Army Community Services (ACS) Classroom, family members are welcome on a space available basis. This course is comprised of eight sessions mandated by Department of the Army for First Term Soldiers. This class teaches how to develop a personal budget/spending plan; recognize signs of financial trouble and where to get assistance; the importance of credit and how to establish a savings account, emergency savings and long term savings; how to make the consumer decisions; how to plan for large and small purchases; and how to plan insurance needs on life, auto, personal property, and home. Call 768-7112 for further information. Saving and Investing This class provides an overview of all types of saving and investment products and covers the basic information needed to understand how savings plans and different types of investments works. The topics include IRAs 401Ks, TSP, 529 plans and money market accounts. 21 Feb 1330-1530, Camp Carroll ACS Classroom Call 765-7900 for further information.

Sprinkler systems are like having your own personal firefighter

Story and Photo by Andrew M. Allen
DAEGU GARRISON Have you ever looked up at the ceiling and wondered what that funny looking thing that looks like a mini spray nozzle really is? They come in many forms and sizes; some are even hidden behind little plastic disks. You have seen them in many places, in peoples homes and offices, in the hotels and restaurants you visit, but what do these sprinklers really do? First, lets dispel some of the myths about sprinkler systems. Myth number one is that if one sprinkler head activates, they all do. Wrong, this happens only in Hollywood. Sprinkler heads only activate when enough heat melts or shatters the mechanical stopper holding back the water. Which dispels the second myth; smoke will set off the sprinkler. The flames do not have to touch the sprinkler to activate it, but there has to be enough heat at the ceiling, usually around 150 to 160 degrees, to melt the linkage that holds the stopper in place. In most fires only one or two sprinklers will activate, spraying water right onto the fire. A sprinkler

A sprinkler head is just like having a firefighter sitting on your ceiling. head is just like having a firefighter sitting on your ceiling, a firefighter you do not have to feed. However, there are things you need to do so that your sprinkler can operate when it is needed. See FIREFIGHTER on - page 28

FEBRUARY 17, 2012

A Presidential Salute


Childrens Favorite Book

By Pfc. Bang Bong-joo We want to know what the kids are reading so tell us what is/are your childrens favorite book(s) and why - in their words if you can! From just learning to tweens and teens too!

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Curious George!!!

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The How do Dinosaurs, books and in reality any book that deals with dinosaurs, robots or any thing

Located in Washington, DC, the Jefferson Memorial is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the nations capitol. The dome-shaped rotunda honors Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Visitors to the memorial will see a 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson, passages from the Declaration of Independence, and a stunning view of the White House. Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes

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Signal Soldier recognized for outstanding service

Story and photo by 1st Lt. Sergey Petrosyants DAEGU GARRISON On behalf of Governor Kim, Kwan Young of Gyeongsangbuk Province, officials from the Forest Conservation Section of the Chilgok County Office came to Camp Carroll to formally award Staff Sgt. George Clay, for his support in the 2011 Fire Prevention Campaign. Clay has led the effort to forge KoreanAmerican friendship relationships with the local emergency response crews of the Chilgok County. Clay invested more than 45 hours of volunteer time on fighting the five most recent forest fires alongside the Chilgok County fire department members as well as guiding emergency response helicopters to Hill 303 and Triangulation Hill to put out fires. Since then the Hill 303 Massacre Memorial Site has been adopted by Clay and his Soldiers who clean and maintain the site monthly. His efforts

We just finished reading these books: My 9 year old 4th grader - Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. Me - Speakers for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. My husband - Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. I think all the books above mentioned are great books to read for adults and kids. My son really got into it and finish reading in a week. Im looking forward to him reading The Enders Game so we can discuss it as a family. ;p

Mr. Yi, Kwang-eon, a section chief of Agricultural Policy, Gyeongsangbuk Province, Chilgok County presents SSG George Clay award for his support of the 2011 Fire Prevention Campaign.

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have constructed a powerful relationship built upon friendship and mutual respect with the officials of Chilgok County. Clay has greatly improved the relationship between the Soldiers and the Korean people in the Camp Carroll community. x

My 12 year old son Harley says.. Vampire High.. because it keeps me on the edge of my seat.. and gave me a lasting impression of vampires.. And zOMBIE books., those because they will get me ready for the zombie apocalypse.

SSG George Clay and his family, along with Chilgok County officials pose for the camera.


FIREFIGHTER from page 26 First, do not block its view. Unlike a real firefighter, a sprinkler cannot move around bookcases, boxes or whatever you pile up near it. Sprinklers cannot spray water on what they cannot hit. They will never have 100 percent coverage, but you must give it as best a chance as possible. We recommend that you do not pile up anything closer than 18 inches to the sprinkler and ceiling. In some locations your fire inspector will require 36 inches of clearance beneath the sprinkler. Second, firefighters dont mind you hanging on them. Kids do it all the time when they visit the fire station. However, if you hang anything on a sprinkler head or pipe, you can easily damage it or even cause it to activate unnecessarily. When a sprinkler head goes off it will spray upwards of 35 gallons per minute. By the time the real firefighters get to your place, and get the sprinkler shut down, you will have sprayed between 300 and 400 gallons of water all over the room. Third, do not paint the sprinkler or place anything around the head. Paint or anything you put on the sprinkler will insulate the sprinkler from heat so it will take longer to melt the linkage that holds the stopper in place. Also, do not point heat generating devices, such as hair dryers, at the



Looks can be deceiving. The photo depicts an actual fire and water exercise in progress. The extreme heat and water spray makes the photo appear distorted. sprinkler, bad things could happen. Historically it is proven that s p r i n k l e r s ys te m s h ave a 9 7 percent success rate. Sprinklers will extinguish or hold a fire in check when the system is properly maintained, not blocked or damaged Sprinklers save lives and lower the fire damage rate. In one community in the U.S., the mandatory use of home sprinkler systems has shown a drop in fire loss rate from $45,000 to a little more than $2,000 in homes with sprinkler systems. During the three year study, 13 fewer people died in home fires in that same community. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 80 percent of fire fatalities occur in the home, and when home fire sprinklers are present, the risk of dying in a home fire decreases by 80 percent. Sprinklers are there to save your home, office, place of entertainment and most importantly your life. Give them room to operate, and ensure they are maintained, always, so they can protect you and your family. x

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