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Volume 5, Issue 30

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Recognize and report suspicious activity
Spc. Brandon Moreno
8th Army Public Affairs

Garrison security personnel conduct weapons qualification training
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Given the daily news about the threat of terrorism, it is easy to become complacent and forget the need for vigilant force protection practices. “As with all DoD installations, we must implement appropriate anti-terrorism measures, in conjunction with our ROK allies, to protect the force”, explained Lt. Col. Anthony Allen, the deputy chief for the United States Forces Command and Combined Forces Command Antiterrorism Force Protection Division. “There have been terrorist attacks in many places across the world, anyplace where you have Soldiers and Civilians should be considered a possible target,” Allen added. “What we are doing here is trying to prevent an attack even before it happens,” he said. “There is a cycle to how a terrorist operates. Our job here is to break that cycle before the terrorist can strike.” “There are key things for people to watch out for when it comes to reporting suspicious activities,” he added. Many people who report information on a suspicious activity may not be thorough, which in turn can potentially make it difficult to catch the alleged suspect. There is a basic rule that should always be used when reporting suspicious activity. “When reporting, people need to be very thorough. It is best to use the five W’s as your guide; who is doing it, what are they doing, where they are doing it, when did they do it and why do you think they are doing it,” Allen said. When deciding to use the five W’s and report information regarding suspicious activities, you should avoid preconceived notions about particular groups or cultures. “When you are out, don’t be looking strictly for the obvious terrorists to be taking pictures or planting a device,” Allen said. “Chances are it’s going to be someone who looks just like you. We had a training exercise here where a young lady posed as a college recruiter. She managed to get all kinds of information from Soldiers,” he added. There are some basic things we all can do to minimize the threat of a terrorist


Yongsan Security guards fire their M9 pistols at Reynolds Range during weapons qualification May 8. For more photos and the story, see Page 9.

Enhanced security protects MyPay users
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNEWS) — A new security feature has been added to protect myPay customers’ data on the pay account system. As part of an on-going commitment to strengthen password and account security, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service has implemented the “virtual keyboard” to assist in protecting against malicious software such as spyware, trojans and keylogging. Beginning in mid-May, when a user logs on to myPay the virtual keyboard will appear on the screen. The user will type in their login ID and then the user will mouse click his or her Personal Identification Number, or PIN, on the keyboard pictured. DFAS uses a variety of security features to protect data on the myPay system, yet users are asked to keep personally protect data from being compromised or captured on home computers. For more information visit


. DOWN TO THE WIRE — Lt. Gen. David P Valcourt, 8th U.S Army

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commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Barry Wheeler, command sergeant major of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea and 8th U.S. Army, look on as a group of Soldiers negotiate through an obstacle during an Expert Field Medical Badge competition May 10 at Warrior Base. More than 284 Soldiers participated in the competition that involved three urban warfare scenarios similar to those found in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MP Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply the guilt or innocence of any person.

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Restricted access to Internet entertainment sites across DoD networks
The Department of Defense has a growing websites noted above will remain accessible concern regarding our unclassified DoD through personal Internet Service Providers. Internet, known as the NIPRNET. The However, if you access such sites using your Commander of DoD’s Joint Task Force, Global personal home computer, you should exercise Network Operations (JTF-GNO) has noted a caution in forwarding any links or files from significant increase in use of DoD network these sites to DoD computers or networks. resources tied up by individuals visiting To do so could compromise OPSEC and create certain recreational Internet sites. These sites an opportunity for hacking and virus share various types of individual information intrusion. with friends and family members (personal As a reminder, regardless of which Internet videos, photos, and data files). This sites you may visit from any computer, DoD recreational traffic impacts our official DoD or otherwise, you must always be alert to Gen. B.B. Bell network and bandwidth availability, while protecting sensitive, unclassified information. posing a significant operational security challenge. This benefits not only you, your fellow Servicemembers, To maximize the availability of DoD network resources and Civilian employees, but preserves our vital networks for official government usage, the Commander, JTF-GNO, for conducting official DoD business in peace and war. with the approval of the Department of Defense, will block You should also be mindful of the risk of identity theft that worldwide access to the following internet sites beginning these sites pose and protect yourself and your family. on or about 14 May 2007:,,, Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in,,,, understanding DoD’s requirement to protect our,,,, Government networks. and Access restrictions will only affect DoD computer systems and networks, not home computers. Regular traffic GEN B.B. Bell within the DoD network will not be affected, and the Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK

AREA I Traffic Accident with Injuries, Damage to Government Property, Damage to Private Property, Subject #1, operating a POV, failed to stop at a red light on MSR #3 adjacent to the Nokyang Station, Uijeongbu and struck Victim #1’s POV. Victim #1’s vehicle then struck Victim #2’s GOV. Subject #1 reported injuries consisting of chest pain but declined medical attention. Subject #1 was charged by KNP under KRTL ART #5 (Failure to Stop at a Red Light). All parties reported utilization of their seatbelts. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA II Larceny of Government Property, Larceny of Private Property, Person(s) unknown, by means unknown, removed Victim #1’s backpack, which was left unsecured and unattended in BLDG #111. Person(s) unknown then fled the scene in an unknown direction. Victim #1 and Victim #2 rendered written sworn statements attesting to the incident. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA III Traffic Accident without Injuries, Damage to Private Property, Improper Backing, Subject #1, operating a POV, while backing struck Victim #1’s POV which was parked and unattended in the parking lot. Subject #1 reported utilization of his seatbelt. ECOD is unknown. This is a final report. AREA IV Curfew Violation, Drunk and Disorderly, Communicating a Threat, at 0420 hours, 06 MAY 07. MP detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 became disrespectful and tried to flee the scene. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the Cp Walker PMO Subject #1 rendered a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses, processed and released to his unit. This is a final report. Published by IMCOM-Korea
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8th U.S. Army “All-Star” team hosts English Soccer Clinic in Gangbuk
Pfc. David E. Alvarado
8th U.S. Army Public Affairs Office

SEOUL - The 8th U.S. Army “All-Star” soccer team hosted an English Soccer Clinic at the HwyKyung Preschool in the Gangbuk District May 12 in support of the community relations with the Republic of Korea. The clinic was an opportunity for the soccer team to spend time with the preschool children, teaching them English and soccer drills, singing songs, playing games and dancing together. “When I came to Korea, one of the first things I wanted to do was interact with the kids,” said Spc. Simon Dunk, an 8th U.S. Army soccer team midfield who taught soccer drills to the children. “What an opportunity it is to come here as a team and represent the Army and to be able to do something more than just playing a sport.”

Like other Good Neighbor Program events, the clinic offered the team a chance to be mentors for a day in hopes of being able to leave a lasting impression on the children. “These children are the future of Korea,” said Yeo, Sul Hui, the head teacher of the preschool. “Our goal with today’s event is to teach the children how to accept the differences between cultures.” Skin color had no relevance as team members paired up with the children to participate in the day’s activities. The team taught the children simple drills used throughout their practices. Afterward, the children taught the team several games common to their schoolhouse, such as preventing a balloon from falling to the ground and their own version of basketball,

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IMCOM Public Affairs and The Morning Calm Weekly The IMCOM-Korea Region Public Affairs Officer, Command Information Officer and The Morning Calm Weekly staff have moved to Bldg 1416, Yongsan. The telephone numbers have also changed. To contact the Public Affairs Officer call 724-3366, to contact the Command Information Officer call 724-3365. The Morning Calm Weekly Editor can be reached at 724-TMCW. Yongsan Hosts Retiree Coucil Forum The Yongsan Retiree Council will host a Retiree Forum on June 9 at Commiskey’s. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a pay-as-you-go breakfast buffet. At 10 a.m., two featured speakers will share vital information with retirees; LTC Marsha Patrick, Chief of Managed Care at 121 Combat Support Hospital will speak on TRICARE for retirees and Ms. Tiffany Lassen, the Officer-in-Charge of the local Veterans Affairs Benefits Discharge Office, will discuss the Veterans benefits available to retirees from the VA. This event is being sponsored in part by NCOA and MWR. Administrative Professional Needed The Combined Federal Campaign Overseas Pacific is seeking a dependable, organized individual to assist the Pacific Combined Federal Campaign office at U.S. Army GarrisonYongson, Korea with administrative functions. Call 225-9997 for details. BOSS Beach Blast at Daechon Beach The annual BOSS Beach Blast will take place at Daecheon Beach June 23, approximately 2 hours from Camp Humphreys. Besides “fun in the sun”, the day will include a mud fight, volleyball, sand sculptures, pyramid, limbo, and more! Reserve a spot at your local Community Activities Center. Call 725-5289 for details. Financial Glitch Overpays Soldiers Approximately 700 Soldiers’ pay accounts were affected by a system error in the Automatic Rent Collection program. As a result of the error, rent payments for Soldiers receiving Overseas Housing Allowance were not automatically collected from the May pay period, causing an increase in their mid-month and end-of-month pay for May 2007. To ensure June rental payments are made, Soldiers are asked to come to the finance office disbursing window in their local area from June 1-13 to cash a personal check for the amount of their rent payment. For more information, please contact the finance office at DSN 723-3562 or 723-5394.

Dragon Hill Lodge celebrates 17th anniversary


Hundreds of USAG-Yongsan residents and Dragon Hill Lodge customers turn out for a 17th anniversary celebration Friday at the DHL Courtyard.

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attack on an individual or one of our installations. “Try not to stick out too much. Of course most people can tell that you are a Soldier, but you don’t want to just give them something that will clarify it for them. For example many Soldiers wear these back packs that have the Army Combat Uniform pattern on them,” Allen said.

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Although Servicemembers may feel the need to report every civilian taking photos in the area, there are certain things people should watch out for when reporting these situations. “Of course you’ll have your tourist from, time to time, who will ask to take your picture, but what the Servicemember should watch out for is anything that

seems out of the ordinary, out of place, or just doesn’t feel right” Allen said. “In those situations you should remember the five W’s, alert your fellow Servicemembers, and report it to your chain of command immediately. Ultimately it is everyone’s responsibility to be alert to their surroundings and report suspicious activity to the Military Police or their chain of command.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post Events and Activities
"Bongnaeui" Dance Performance, May 20
At the newly opened Goyang Aramnuri Art Center, a performance of the "Bongnaeui" will be held on May 20. The "Bongnaeui" is a multi-artistic court dance from the Joseon era that describes the coming of phoenix, an imaginary bird known to appear in only a peaceful reign. The Goyang Aramnuri Art Center, which opened this month, is one of Korea's largest and best appointed performing arts complexes. The Goyang Aramnuri Art Center can be reached by Jeongbalsan Station, Line 3. is produced by the National Center for the Korean Traditional Performing Arts. Tickets are 20,000-30,000 won. For more information, call (031) 9600000.

Poryung Mud Fesitval, July 2007
Korea's Poryong Mud Festival, held annually at Taechon Beach, promises to bring out the mucky child in everyone. Mud has long been known to be a marvellous treatment for skin and Koreans know this only too well, so smear yourself in mud and make your skin shine. Buses direct to Poryong from Seoul's East Terminal take 3 hours and 20 minutes. Flights from Seoul go to nearby Kunsan. For more information contact the DepartmenT of Tourism and Transportation, Poryong, at or by calling +82 (0) 452 930 3541

Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, Daily
Visitors of the Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul can experience a re-enactment of Korean military tradition - the changing of the Royal Guards. This ceremony has been reenacted since 1996. In traditional costumes, the sentries change the guard at the main gates of Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and Changdeokgung Palaces in central Seoul. Palace gate guardsmen end their sentry duty, present arms and parade. The event is conducted Tue-Sun at 10.30a.m., 2 p.m., 2.30 p.m. & 3 p.m (not on Mondays) . Directions: North of City Hall, a 15minute walk from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line No 3) towards Biwon for 15 minutes. Alternatively, alight at Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway line No 5) and pass by Nagwon Arcade. Call +82 (0) 2 762 8262 for more information Source: and

Lotus Lantern Festival, May 18-20
Held to commemorate the birth of Buddha, this all-day event is an important annual festival in Seoul. You can experience how to make lanterns free of charge; print or engrave traditional Korean patterns; enjoy face painting (pictures such as a lotus and fish are painted on your face. You can also dress up in traditional attire and have your photo taken. Many more new and exciting experiences are awaiting you, and most are free. The event is located at the Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul. For more information call +82-2-1330 (English/Korean)

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AFSC members show off the latest version of the “Seoul Word” — (from left to right): Katie Min-Bauman, Hyang Fuson, Maria Wichgers, Gail Alley, Barbara Cambell, Tish Cambell, Suzi Cafran (back)

AFSC distributes latest version of the Seoul Survivor guide to Korea
Members of the American Forces Spouses Club unveiled the 21st edition of the Seoul Survivor during their monthly luncheon at the Dragon Hill Lodge on May 15. The Seoul Survivor is a comprehensive guide to living and working in South Korea specifically designed to help Soldiers, their Families and Department of Defense personnel stationed throughout the region. Copies of the Seoul Survivor can obtained through your local Army Community Services office or at the AFSC Chosen Gift shop, located near the thrift shop on South Post, Yongsan. The publication is also available on the web at For more information call 736-3470.

played with a hacky sack. “My generation didn’t have a lot of these opportunities growing up,” said Yeo. “People were scared of foreigners because they didn’t know them or understand them, which created a lot of stereotypes.

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“If we teach these children how to accept differences at such a young age, they will grow up without fearing someone who is not like them,” she added. “They will be able to work with others to help change this world.”


Good Neighbor Program English Soccer Clinic — Ham, Su Myong, 8th U.S. Army All-Star Soccer Team translator, Staff Sgt. Marian “Nemo” Niemotko, All-Star Soccer Team defender, and Cpt. Marilisse Gonzalez, AllStar Soccer Team manager, prepare their team of preschool children for a soccer drill during an English Soccer Clinic May 12 at the Hwy-Kyung Preschool in the Gangbuk District. The clinic gave the soccer team an opportunity to interact with children by teaching them soccer drills and to strengthen the community relations with the Republic of Korea.

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ACS lauds volunteers of the quarter
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

Sue P. Aycock, wife of Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, director, Korea Region Installation Management Command, speaks at the annual ACS Volunteer Luncheon April 27.

USAG-Red Cloud—Army Community Services of USAGRed Cloud gathered in Mitchell’s Club April 27 to honor those that volunteered during 2006. “Today, we honor volunteers who provided services ranging from tutoring, to sewing and cooking classes,” said SuJin McClintock, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. “We have volunteers who have dedicated endless hours to teach English and Hangul to Soldiers, civilians and Family members.” Volunteers come from virtually all walks of Army life, according to McClintock. “Our volunteers are heavily involved in local school communities and they help guarantee the success of organizations such as the USO, Red Cross and ACS,” McClintock said. Not only did many individuals volunteer, but also entire units volunteered to do extra work in the communities and guarantee success of the many services at large. “We are also here to recognize our military units who have made time in their demanding training schedules to serve the 2nd Infantry Division and Area I in an even greater capacity,” McClintock said.

Brig. Gen. Tom Landwermeyer, assistant division commander for support, and Col. Forrest Newton, USAG-Red Cloud garrison commander, gave certificates to all nominees. The citation reads, “In recognition of your outstanding volunteer contributions preformed in 2nd Infantry Division/Area I, South Korea. Your continued support and efforts have enhanced the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. We extend our sincere appreciation for your dedication and commend your community spirit. You are truly ‘second to none.’” Volunteer of the first quarter was given to nominee Ashley Havens for her volunteer service at the 138th Field Artillery as a Family Readiness Group Leader. She volunteered 115 hours in six months. Evangeline Johnson was given the Volunteer of the 2nd Quarter award for her service at the American Red Cross as a reception/administration worker. She provided reception service for the organization and provided materials for training and inprocessing briefings to the new Soldiers for the Red Cross. Volunteer Unit of the 1st Quarter was presented to the 2-9 Infantry Battalion for delivering a food freezer to the Changam Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped Children on Jeju Island. They also gave Christmas parties to the Aeshim Orphanage

and built a trampoline for the Aeshim orphan children. Volunteer Unit of the 2nd Quarter was given to the 210th Fires Brigade. The Brigade donated more than 760 hours in support of the English as a Second Language program for adults in Dongducheon and Yangju. They also adopted schools in Yangju and taught English as a second language to those students. Volunteer of the Year for 2006 was awarded to Betty Snelling for her service to the 2-9 Infantry Battalion as a FRG Battalion representative. She organized meetings for local spouses and gathered information for distribution on a web site dedicated to the 2-9 ID. Volunteer Unit of the Year for 2006 was awarded to the 604th Air Support Operations Squadron for giving more than 400 hours of off-duty time to support, and participate in many community events. They supported Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers programs that elevated joint service cooperation, organized an Angel Tree for 55 children of the local orphanage during the Christmas holidays, and taught English at Yangju worker Center. “Don’t volunteer because you think it is an obligation for your husband’s career,” said Sue P. Aycock, wife of Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, director, Korea Region Installation Management Command, and keynote speaker. “Volunteer because you believe in something. Volunteer because you have the time and the heart to be a part of where you are volunteering.”

US A G - R C F ire Dept. demonstrates fire safety to children
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-Red Cloud—Children from the Gyeonggi Northern Children’s Reception Home, Yong A Won Orphanage and the Evergreen House came to USAGRC for a barbeque and demonstration of fire safety at the invitation of Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Kazarnowicz and USAGRC Fire Chief, John Cook. “For KATUSA Friendship Week we invited our neighbors over for a cookout,” said Kazarnowicz. “We also wanted to make it a sort of safety briefing for them.” All three institutions are outside

the back gate of USAG-RC, and are familiar with the Soldiers stationed there. They enjoy many of the outreach endeavors of the USAGRC Good Neighbor programs. “This program today began as an idea of Chaplain Kazarnowicz,” said Cook. “We are just a part of the demonstrations today; we are showing them what the Fire Department does and demonstrating the equipment.” The Fire Department at USAGRC always likes to get the safety message out when given the opportunity, according to Cook. “Our equipment helps make the briefing more interesting,” Cook

said. “This way we can get the message across better.” The children were given the opportunity to climb through a fire truck and witness demonstrations of different types of fire fighting gear. “We showed the children what the truck will do, and of course, all children like fire engines so we sounded the sirens and demonstrated the water cannon on top of the truck,” Cook said. “We gave them an idea of what it is like to be inside a fire truck.” Chief Cook always gives prizes for the children that answer his questions about the demonstrations correctly.

These two little Firemen get a first hand look at fire truck equipment from Fireman Kim, Chae Hyok.

“I always like to check to see if they listened to the message,” Cook said. “Giving away toy fire hats and ‘Sparky’ pins for correct answers is a good way to do that.” “About 21 children and 25 staff workers attended the barbeque and demonstrations today,” said Kazarnowicz.


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Riverfront Run The Riverfront Run will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Sangpae Bridge, near Camp Mobile. Entry numbers will be distributed from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Riverfront Cleanup There will be a Riverfront Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23. The full section of Shincheon River between city boundary to Yangju City. For more information call: 730-2585. Building Manager Classes at USAG-RC Building manager training will be conducted today. For more information call: 732-7476 USAG-Casey Concessionaires Closed Please note that the Camp Casey Mall concessionaires will be closed on May 22 for their annual organizational day picnic. Area I Central Issue Facility Closing The Area I Central Issue Facility will be closed for all business matters from May 18 to 21 to conduct a 100 per cent inventory. The CIF will open for business at 8 a.m. on May 22. Emergencies during this closure will be handled on a case by case basis. For more information call: 730-6953 or 010-99711980. Warrior Hukilau The Warrior Hukilau will be h e l d t o m o r r o w f r o m 11 : 3 0 a.m. and continue for the rest of the day. Florida Presidential Primary F l o r i d a ’s Presidential Primary will be held Jan. 29, 2008. For more information call: 732-8854. M o t o rc y c l e Tr a i n i n g Classes at Camp Mobile Motorcycle safety training is now available for redeploying 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers who plan to purchase a motorcycle upon their return to CONUS. The class will accommodate up to eight Soldiers. For more information call: 724-5443.

USO hosts English Language Camp at Casey
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

Students of the USO English Language Camp experience and learn about the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank and the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle May 8.

USAG-Casey—U.S. author and social activist Rita Mae Brown said in her essay Starting from Scratch in 1988, “Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.” The hidden power of English as a Second Language taught by volunteers of the USO certainly did its magic on local students in the Casey corridor May 8. “This is our second time to host the English Language Camp here at the USAG-Casey United Services Organization,” said Sophie Lim, USO program coordinator. “Last year we had 20 children sign up.” The USO English Language Camp is collaboration with Dongducheon City Hall and the USAG-Casey USO. Last year’s camp funding totaled 36,000 wan and encouraged the civilian community of Dongducheon to expand the program, according to Lim. “Last year gave us a good idea of how to make the program successful, so we kept most of what we did last year and added more ideas as we developed this year’s program,” Lim said. “City Hall wanted a larger program for

their budget and they wanted to do the program twice a year, spring and autumn.” The importance of the English Language Camp at the USO and for USAG-Casey is that it garners many dividends in community relations. “The support for the English Language Camp is kind of a butterfly effect,” Lim said. “Last year we had only 20 children, when they leave here they tell all their friends who tell their friends. It really attracts attention to the good the U.S. Army does in the local community.” For four days, volunteers will give their time, for most it will be 40 hours. “I love volunteering, and I used to volunteer for the Shalom House, I taught English to adults,” said 1st Lt. James Lambright, 637 Field Artillery. “The USO gave me an opportunity to come to this English Language Camp for children. I thought it was a good thing to do. This week alone, I will volunteer 40 hours.” The Soldiers that volunteer understand the importance of good community relations to the U.S. Army in Korea. “Part of the 2nd Infantry’s mission is to create good community relations, so this English Language Camp is a great

opportunity to do just that,” Lambright said. “We know that in Korea, the English language is what they use to conduct business and it is important for the children to learn the language. It is a win-win situation for both the U.S. Army and for the community.” “The English Language Camp strengthens the alliance we have with the Republic of Korea,” said Capt. Natalie Mills, program coordinator USAG-Casey Directorate of Logistics. “The program also gives back a lot of goodwill and value to the community here.” Not only will the children of the English Language Camp learn English skills, but also they will learn a lot about the life styles of the American Soldier. “They will tour both USAG-Casey and Camp Hovey, stopping first at the dining facility,” Mills said. “They will also experience the equipment we use such as the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank and the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle at the end of the day. They will have a lot of fun, especially when we stop at the bowling alley, the swimming pool, and practice their English skills we are teaching them here in the classroom.”

Tax Center ends season with impressive results
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-Casey— The great and wise Plato of legend would be proud to witness Camp Casey’s Ta x C e n t e r, f o r h e o n c e s a i d , “When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” Another great sage, of modern times, Will Rogers said, “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.”

Both these great men would be impressed by witnessing the results of the Area I Tax Center at Camp Casey May 4, according to Capt. Stacey Cohen, Area I Tax Center director. “We prepared more than 2,000 tax returns, we had several thousand clients come through our doors for assistance and we were able to prepare taxes for more than 2,000 of them,” Cohen said. “We have received refunds for service

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Brig. Gen. John Johnson, assistant commander for m a n e u v e r, p i n s t h e A r m y Commendation Medal on Spc Blair Mickles during a ceremony at the Camp Casey Tax Center May 4. Spc. Mark Kazmar and Pvt. Jarred Banks also received the Army Commendation Medal.

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this Tax story than meets the pocketbook. “One of the other things we did this year is for the first time we took a mobile team of some Soldiers up to the Joint Security Area and prepared taxes for Soldiers at Camp Boniface,” Cohen said. “We had 10 special duty tax preparers including a civilian volunteer for the first time.” “I actually saw more than 90 percent of all the clients that came to the Tax Center,” said Stefanie Cools, volunteer tax preparer. “I actually did the initial interview with most of the clients.”

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members and their families here in the community of more than $2.2 million. We have saved service members and their families close to $200,000 in tax preparation fees.” The mobile tax centers were new this year and they performed very well, according to Cohen. “The mobile tax centers assisted in preparing tax returns for 150 additional clients who would otherwise have been put out because there is no tax office in their area.” The Tax Center expects to do more than 100 tax returns before June 15. There is more to

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“Stefanie donated more than 250 hours of her time not in just interviews, but also insuring that the tax returns were sent certified mail to the IRS,” said Cohen. “Without Stefanie we would not have known how the Army sends things certified mail.” “The Tax Center is open and will remain open until June 15,” Cohen said. “June 15 is the deadline for Service members serving overseas. We are still doing tax returns here at Camp Casey though Camp Stanley and Camp Red Cloud centers have closed.”

Building 215 gets a make over
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-RED CLOUD —A few months ago when someone walked into building 215 at USAG-Red Cloud, dryer sheets laid all over on the floor in the laundry room. In the kitchen, leftover food was found in the pots and pans. In addition, in the refrigerator the shelves contained moldy food. Unbelievably, this is where senior noncommissioned officers and officers lived until Master Sgt. Robert Fisher became the building manager. “I don’t think anyone else could have done the job better than Master Sgt. Fisher,” said Sgt. lst Class Lance Wilson. “He would be up by 4 a.m. cleaning. I am only sorry to say he is leaving in November.” Despite living in close quarters, the Soldiers do enjoy their barracks. However, since they are only inside to sleep, eat and watch television, they spend most of their time outside on field exercises. “If we expect them to go fight for our country, we ought to be able to have clean, decent facilities for them to live in,” Fisher said. “It was a team effort. Once I had a meeting with everyone, we all agreed to do our part.” Despite the numerous challenges,

everyone finally came together and within three weeks the laundry room and kitchen were cleaned up, light bulbs were replaced and the directorate for public works expertise strike team came in and did some minor repair work. “This is our building,” Fisher said. “People are now using the kitchen more and cleaning up after themselves, and I don’t find dryer sheets laid all over the floor.” Broken chairs were replaced and extra tables were added. This is a model of a successful partnership and an example of cost effectiveness. One key lesson that this project taught everyone was that where there is the will and joint efforts, there is hope and progress, Fisher acknowledged. “The building was probably at 30 percent when I took over the building manager position, and now I would say it is anywhere from 80 to 90 percent,” Fisher said. “It might drop a little bit because of the upcoming exercise.” There is cable TV in the building, but all the Soldiers look forward to having a big screen television in the kitchen some day. “Quality of life for the troops is not just a nice thing here,” Fisher said. “It’s a necessity.”


Food Management Assistance Team Sgt. Michael Dixon, FMAT, Ft. Lee Va., Andrew Pisney FMAT Ft. Lee, Va., Chief Warrant Officer Arnoldo Montiel, Chief, Management Assistance Division, T.J. Welin, acting Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Les Brown, Special Troops Battalion Commander, Chief Warrant Officer Antelano Villon, 8th Army Food Director, Master Sgt. Derek Rivers, Senior Food Operations Management, brief T.J. Welin on the Food Management Assistance Team mission to Korea May 4.

FMAT rate USAG-RC DFAC excellent
By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-RC—DiningfacilitiesinAreaIswept 29surveysbytheFoodManagementAssistance Team Mission to Korea May 1-4 rating from 75 to 100 percent excellent. Ratings gauged categories from cleanliness, quality of food, menu variety, friendliness of servers, speed of headcount, to overall evaluations. “We are here to render assistance in raising the quality of food service, achieving economy, and increasing effectiveness,” said Andrew Pisney,systemsmanagementspecialist,FMAT. “We are here to help ensure regulatory policies and procedures are uniformly applied to the

installationFoodServiceProgramandinstillfood service management discipline. We record our observations to assist in improving the program and provide a basis for follow-up actions. We are here to assist.” The team examined and evaluated the checks and balances regarding budgeting, recognitionprograms,foodservicemanagement boards, mid-year reviews, semi-annual disinterested inventory, and the Army Food Management Information System. “Thechecksandbalancesintheseprograms are solidly in place,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Dixon,FMAT.“Everythingthatneedstobedone is in place.”

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Guards aim for excellence
By Cpl. Jung Jae-hoon
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

REYNOLDS RANGE — More than 320 U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan security guards fired M9 pistols May 7-11 for qualification. “In order to carry a firearm, they need to be weapons qualified,” said Garrison Emergency Services Director Ricky Oxendine. “They need to know it to the same standards as the Soldiers they are protecting.” There are 430 Korean security guards working throughout garrison installations. Many of the guards have worked for the U.S. Army for more than 20 years; however, some of the guards are new. “We are security guards, which means we protect facilities and lives,” said USAG-Yongsan Senior Security Guard Sin Yung-suk. “It is important

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Yongsan Security Guards fire their M9 pistol during May 8 weapons qualification at Reynolds Range, south of Seoul.


Community Bank opens to K-16 happy K-16 Air Base customers
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

K-16 AIR BASE — Officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of a new Community Bank at K-16 Air Base May 9. The long awaited bank had been in the works for two years. The bank is located at the Community Activity Center. It is now open five days a week. Customers can make new bank accounts, deposits, and loans, including all available services they can find at the Yongsan Garrison Community Bank. Depositing may be more convenient with the new ATM

machine placed in front of the center’s main entrance. The bank was formerly located near the post exchange and only open for four hours a day on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Only check cashing was possible. Customer Devilin Parrish, a University of Maryland University College field representative, explained how it was before. “We had a lot of inconvenience going so far to the old bank ... inconvenience of the banking hours because when we did a deposit it

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Devilin Parrish becomes the first customer of the new K-16 Air Base bank following a ribbon cutting ceremony May 9.


University of Maryland University College students graduate
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON – University of Maryland University College-Asia honored its graduates May 5 with a commencement ceremony at Seoul American High School Auditorium. Hundreds of friends, relatives and well-wishers attended. While 56 graduates donned cap and gown, a total of 141 Korea-based students earned their degrees. Throughout the Pacific, UMUC-Asia graduated more than 800 students. The graduates were made up of servicemembers, Defense Department civilians, U.S. Embassy staff, famly members, as well as Japanese and Korean citizens. “Congratulations,” Guest speaker U.S.

Proud UMUC graduates beam at the May 5 commencement. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow told the graduates. “You survived.” Vershbow acknowledged the graduates for striving through the difficulties of work shifts, financial strains and family commitments while finishing their degree programs at the same time.


“You’ll build more confidence and take on more responsibilities and tasks in your daily lives,” he said. “You are also much better prepared to be an active participant in the affairs of our nation.” Eighth U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt praised the graduates for their achievements. “You have something most industries and nations are willing to get their hands on,” he said. “It’s not something you can buy, or something someone can give you. When you consider your college degree and your leadership, you are now the complete package.” Students around the world enroll to achieve their academic goals. Online course, classroom-based instruction and other academic programs are available during the day, night and weekends.

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Spider-Man 3 premiere draws 565 Yongsan moviegoers
NEO Exercise News Thursday through May 20, U.S. Forces Korea will conduct a semi-annual training exercise to practice noncombatant evacuation operations. All noncombatants are required to participate. See your unit NEO representative for information. The exercise will be conducted at Collier Field House. Tree Spraying Pest controllers will start tree injections through July 31. Tree injections are not harmful to people or the environment if not tampered with. Spraying of other trees and shrubs will begin May 21- Sept 30. If you or your vehicle come into contact with pesticide drifts or sprays, wash affected areas with liquid detergent soap and water as soon as possible. For information, call 724-4176. Pedestrian Gate Upgrades From Monday - May 31, Gates 3, 7, and 8 will undergo new turnstile installation. Gates will remain open for pedestrian traffic; however, expect delays. For information, call 738-4409. Mini-Job Fair There will be a mini job fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and May 29 at the U.S. Embassy Club. Transitioning military, family members and civilians are welcome. Bring copies of your resume. For information, call 738-7334. Military Family Appreciation Day The USO and DeCA are sponsoring a Military Appreciation Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Yongsan commissary parking lot. There will be free hot dogs, prizes, games and more. For information, call 724-7781. 2007 Community Festival Enjoy food, live entertainment and games 1-6 p.m. May 27 at the Collier Field House Soccer Field. Adults: $5 donation. Children under 3: free. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is hosting the event. There will be a Korean Idol talent contest starting at 1:30 p.m. For information, send e-mail. Volunteers Needed The Virtues English program requires active-duty servicemembers to volunteer two Saturdays per month. The classes are Saturday and May 26. Sign up as a volunteer today. For information, call 724-7781. Sorority Party Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a party 8 p.m. June 7 at the Hartell House. Everyone must wear something “white”. There will be food served and a wine tasting. Prizes and consolation gifts will be presented with a grand prize of a television. For information, call 725-6548. USAG-Yongsan Web Site For more news and information, visit the Yongsan Garrison Web site at


The line to an Army and Air Force Exchange Service premiere of Spider-Man 3 extended for as far as the eye could see (almost). There were a few seats left, but 565 Yongsan moviegoers enjoyed the special May 2 show.

KATUSA Family Day event gathers parents and sons
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 40 parents and siblings met with their sons and brothers to celebrate KATUSA Family Day at the Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group headquarters conference room May 4. Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army, commonly known as KATUSA, is a program that has Korean Soldiers working side-by-side with their American counterparts. “This is the third KATUSA Family Day we’ve done to recognize the Soldiers, and to let their families know they are doing an important mission helping out with the U.S. Forces, as well as the Republic of Korea,” said event coordinator Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Davis. The event opened with a briefing by JUSMAG Chief Col. Kevin Madden. He explained about the organization and the prominent roles of KATUSA Soldiers. “The main purpose is to bring parents together,” Madden said.

Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army and their family members take a look at their work place May 4 at Yongsan Garrison. “Most importantly it lets families unaware of exactly what their sons spend time with their sons, learn did as KATUSAs. about our unit and also have some “I only had a vague idea of what a fun.” KATUSA was,” said mother Kim JungMadden said he was surprised at sook. “But, the briefing and slide shows the perfect attendance because each clarified much about where and how my Soldier had at least one parent that son is working. It was very reassuring.” could attend the event. KATUSA Soldiers sang, “How “The KATUSA Soldiers work Deep is your Love” to thank their with great spirit and make an parents. A barbecue luncheon followed exceptional sacrifice,” Madden said. the entertainment. The attendees then “Parents are very proud of them.” visited JUSMAG-K headquarters, the Many parents said they were See KATUSA Page 12 KATUSA,


Spouses group donates record number of scholarships
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The American Forces’ Spouses’ Club awarded a record $72,000 in scholarships at a May 2 Hartell House reception. This year, 40 high school students, college students and adults received scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000. Eighth U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt distributed the scholarships on behalf of AFSC.

AFSC President Cynthia Forrester said members were happy to contribute to the educational dreams of the recipients. The spouses group runs the South Post Chosun Gift Shop. “I want to thank all of the volunteers at the Chosun Gift Shop for raising the funds to make these scholarships possible,” Forrester said. Among the 18 high school scholarship winners, the top recipients were Katherine Bezold and Michael Nelson.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the educational goals of these talented students,” Forrester said. There were also 12 college recipients and 10 adult recipients. Forrester said AFSC has two goals. “Our organization provides a supportive social network for our spouses,” she said. “We also want to enhance the community in which we live by raising funds for Korean and American welfare projects, in addition to scholarships.”

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Tax Yongsan Tax Center closes
By Pvt. Im Jin-min
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

Katie Bell (left) speaks with participants about a winning entry.

More than 110 community members attend a ceremony to honor local poets at the Yongsan Library April 30.


Yongsan honors local poets in contest
By Cpl. Kim Sang-wook
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The Yongsan Library announced its most “talented poets” April 30 in a local poetry contest. Katie Bell, spouse of U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. B.B. Bell, presented 14 awards to each winner from Seoul American Elementary, Middle, and High School, as well as adult participants. More than 110 community members packed into the Yongsan Library meeting hall to congratulate the awardees.

“I’m a journalist major and I wrote poetry myself when I was younger,” Bell said. “I am amazed at the people who entered the contest and I really applaud you. You are all winners.” Bell briefly addressed to attendees and shared her poetry knowledge. Bell announced the winners and gave a certificate to each category winner. “We wanted to encourage children and community members to write poetry and things that they wanted to express,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Libraries Director Dr. Kim Im-soon. “April was National Poetry Month and we also observed

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YONGSAN GARRISON — The Yongsan Tax Center celebrated its closure with a May 10 ceremony. The center served more than 3,100 community members and generated more than $4.2 million in state and federal tax refunds. It saved servicesmembers, Defense Department civilians, and family members more than $375,000 in tax preparation fees. The center started the tax season Jan. 31 and remained open six days a week until the May 10 closure. The staff consisted of 13 Soldiers and four civilian volunteers. The workers completed two weeks of intense Internal Revenue Service training in January. “We had a great group of Soldiers from a variety of areas and units,” said Yongsan Tax Center Officer-in-Charge Capt. Denise O’Connell. “With just two weeks of training, they worked hard, learned the job, and did it knowledgeably and professionally.” O’Connell added there were no complaints and that customers were very appreciative. “We really had raving reviews about the Soldiers,” she said. “All of them are heroes,” said 8th U.S. Army Chief of Staff Col. William Kidd. “They put in a tremendous effort.” “You’ve improved our quality of life and we deeply appreciate your services,” he said. Tax preparation services will continue to be provided at the Client Legal Services Office in the Community Services, Room 229. For information, call 738-8111.


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that we are efficient with the weapons, just like Soldiers.” The guards were required to score at least 35 out of 50 to qualify. “Most of the guards qualified their first time through because many of them have served as soldiers,” Sin said. “If some fail, we give them three additional attempts during the training to qualify.” The guards fired at target silhouettes from 7, 15 and 25 meters. “We always carry pistols during duty hours,” Sin said. “It is important that we skillfully handle our weapons.” By firing the weapons to qualify,

they can find out the readiness of the security guards and promote awareness on how serious their job can be, he said. “I was nervous at first, but by qualifying it has enhanced my confidence on what I’m doing,” said Security Guard Gu Gang-yu. “I think this helps all security guards to have pride in what they do.” The guards also trained on nuclear, biological and chemical tasks as part of the biannual training. “Our duty is very important for the sake of the servicemembers,” Sin said. “We have to be accountable about force protection all the time.”

had to be directly person to person, not to an ATM machine,” Parrish said. “So then we had to go to Yongsan, which takes two hours from here.” The bank will have four permanent tellers. “The facility here is really the greatest because everything is now at one-stop location,” Parrish said. “It’s a lot easier to do the transition and transactions back and forth. I will be using this bank a lot.” Community members will be able to dine, enjoy leisure activities, and use the bank all in one place because the K-16 CAC feature all facilities in one location. “Customers will be greeted by the smiling of our associates and with great service”, said Community Bank Assistant Vice President Sue

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Ellis. “This is a great event, and we’re very excited to open up this facility.” Ellis added that the post would be enduring, which means the Community Bank has the responsibility of providing better quality services for the expanding community. Soldiers and family members at Suwon won’t have to drive all the way to Yongsan Garrison anymore. Community Bank Vice President Cecil Bowen commended officials, staff, and community members. “This was a difficult long process,” he said. “It took a lot of effort and coordination to put together this excellent facility. We appreciate very much all the help we were given and all the hard work you did to achieve it.”

barracks, and then took a windshield bus tour of Yongsan Garrison. “I am excited to take this occasion to show my parents how well I’m getting along,” said Cpl. Kim Yoolho. “I want to thank them for their loving care.”

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“The way you judge parents is by watching their kids,” Madden said. The Soldiers are devoted and mature, he said. “Parents should be proud, not only of their Soldiers, but also of themselves,” he added.

National Library Week.” Kim said the contest let community members show off their poetry skills as well as to give an opportunity to compete with each other. The contest inspired 74 community members to write poems with various topics and expressions. “My poem is about journal writing,” said Arthur Johansen. “I write journals almost every day, not just about my daily life, but also about my hopes, thoughts and goals.”

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Johansen achieved first place in adult category with his poem, “Journal Entry #1.” He said writing a journal is a daily routine for him. “I’m really happy about the turnout,” Kim said. “We received good responses from our users and our family members.” Library officers offered certificates from Morale, Welfare and Recreation, as well as Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift coupons to winners.

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Army life begins at 40 -- for some
By Cheryl Harrison
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Under provisions of the Fiscal Year 2006 National Defense Authorization Act, the Army has raised the enlistment age to 42 for active duty, reservists and Army National Guardsmen. Raising the maximum age for Army enlistment expands the recruiting pool, provides motivated individuals an opportunity to serve and strengthens the readiness of Army units. Fort Sam Houston is no exception. One class, 68X Class 02-07, of the Mental Health Specialist Course at the Army Medical Department Center and School, is a perfect example. “Out of a class of 53 we have what I’d call 10 ‘old timers,’” said Capt. Darrin Vicsik, the spry 37-yearold commander of B Company, 187th Medical Battalion, “eight of which are proud to say they are over the age of 40 and two are pushing the big 4-0.” Spc. Carol Wright, wife, mother of two and reservist said, “I’m proud of my age. I’m 46 and I don’t feel old at all.” “ I was in the service for 10 years back in 1982. I wanted to come back in after I received a recall letter from our president. I wanted to be able to do my part if I could get into this class.” Now a member of the Mental Health Specialist Course, the younger members of the class as well as her other older peers look up to Wright. “If they can do it why can’t younger people like me do it?” said Pvt. Eddy Perez, age 19. The mental health specialist is primarily responsible - under the supervision of an Army psychiatrist, social worker, psychiatric nurse or psychologist - for providing mental-health treatment to patients. Their duties include collecting and recording psychosocial

and physical data; counseling and treating patients with personal, behavioral or mental health problems; assisting with the care and treatment of psychiatric, drug or alcohol patients; providing bedside care in hospitals to include taking the body temperature, pulse and respiration; and giving medication to patients under the direction of physicians and nurses. Spc. Maria Moton, 42 years old and mother of three sons, joined for what some would say were selfish reasons, but for her, an opportunity to fulfill her dream. “This was my first time to join. I wanted to join at 18, but had a minor accident and couldn’t go as I had planned. When they upped the age, I looked at my job, which was unfulfilling, and decided to do this for me. And though my husband had reservations, my sons told me to go for it, and for once I wanted to do something for me.” From Nigeria, Spc. Sunday Esho moved to the United States seven years ago. He wanted to join the Army in his home country since he was a young boy. However, due to politics and tribal sentiments, he was not chosen to be part of their Army. Disappointed, Esho went on to take up civilian pursuits and earned two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and social sciences, and a master’s degree in social sciences. “The group usually makes fun of me, being an older guy, but if I do stuff, they want to do it, and when I run, they want to run too, to try to beat me,” said Esho. Esho’s battle buddy, Pvt. Qubia Austin, said, “He’s cool. I look to him for advice on everyday stuff. He’s good to ask advice.” Spc. Centino Uy, 41, originally from the Philippines, now calls Florida home. Uy left a plumbing job, which he said was boring,

and joined the Army to change the direction of his life. With the support of his wife and young daughter he said, “I’m glad I did this. When I go home now, I really appreciate what I have there.” Experience has shown that older recruits who can meet the physical demands of Army service generally make excellent Soldiers. They have a maturity, motivation, loyalty and patriotism that bring a wealth of skills and experience to the Army, according to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Applicants must meet eligibility standards, to include passing the physical standards and medical examinations. Another “old timer,” Spc. Jerome Schmidt, 43 years old, was a stay at home dad for six years and holds a degree in psychology, having had a practice for years. “I hope I am setting a good example for people when they see how I carry myself, The PT stinks, because they don’t divide us; we do it with the 20year-olds,” said Schmidt. “My wife supports me with this and she rocks!” Not the last, but the oldest, is Spc. Jeanette Cathy. At 47 years old, Cathy rejoined, having spent earlier years in the army. “The Army is very different today. It has to appeal to a different generation.” “It allows Soldiers to retain individuality yet conform to rules and regulations,” said Cathy. “Being the oldest doesn’t make me feel old, I never want to feel old.” Cathy also left a great job to serve her country. As a civil service employee, Cathy worked with adults with disabilities. She feels she sometimes has an advantage over her younger classmates due to having the life experiences.

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Black Snake Moan (R) 8:50 p.m. 300 (R) 7 p.m. Spider-Man 3 (PG13) 9 p.m. 300 (R) 7 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

Zodiac (R) 8:30 p.m. Fracture (R) 7 p.m. Spider-Man 3 (PG13) 9 p.m. Spider-Man 3 (PG13) 7 p.m. Zodiac (R) 10:30 p.m.

Black Snake Moan (R) 8:30 p.m. Fracture (R) 7 p.m. Dead Silence (R) 9 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. Dead Silence (R) 8:30 p.m.

Spider-Man 3 (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. Premonition (PG13) 9 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. No Show

300 (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show 300 (R) 9 p.m. Spider-Man 3 (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show

Zodiac (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Dead Silence (R) 9:30 a.m. 300 (R) 7 p.m. No Show

Black Snake Moan (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Dead Silence (R) 9:30 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. Zodiac (R) 8 p.m.

Dead Silence — There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried .her along with her "children," a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls. Since that time, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. Rated R (horror violence, images) 89 min

Lucky You — In the world of highstakes poker, Huck Cheever is a blaster- a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. when Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker- and the affections of Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield- there is one significant obstacle in his path: his anger toward his father, L.C. Cheever, the poker legend who abandoned Huck¡¯s mother years ago. Rated PG13 (language, sexual humor) 150 min

Black Snake Moan — Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a shattered marriage, Lazarus' soul is lost in spent dreams and betrayal's contempt--until Rae. Half naked and beaten unconscious, Rae is left for dead on the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her. Lazarus quickly learns that the young woman he's nursing back to health is none other than the town tramp from the small Tennessee town where they live. Worse, she has a peculiar anxiety disorder. He realizes when the fever hits, Rae's affliction has more to do with love lost than any found. Refusing to know her in the biblical sense, Lazarus decides to cure Rae of her wicked ways--and vent some unresolved male vengeance of his own. Rated R (sexual content, language, violence, drug use) 118 min

Zodiac — As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues. Rated R (strong killings, language, drug material, sexual images) 158 min

300 — In 480 BC, King Xerxes sends his massive Persian army in order to conquer all of Greece. Against insurmountable odds, Spartan King Leonidas assembles his army of 300 courageous warriors to lead Greece in the defense of the country. Aided by his wife, Queen Gorgo Leonidas is able to inspire his men to walk into certain death. They will engage the Persians in battle at Thermopylae in a narrow canyon where the invaders cannot take full advantage of their army of hundreds of thousands. Rated R (graphic battle sequences, sexuality, nudity) 117 min

Perfect Stranger (R) 6:45 p.m. Perfect Stranger (R) 9:30 p.m. 300 (R) 9 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 8:45 p.m.
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No Show Perfect Stranger (R) 9:30 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 8:50 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 9 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 8 p.m.
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Smokin Aces (R) 6:45 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Zodiac (R) 8 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. 300 (R) 8 p.m.
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The Number 23 (R) 6:45 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 7 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. 300 (R) 6 p.m. Premonition (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show Lucky You (PG13) 7 p.m. 300 (R) 7 p.m. No Show Black Snake Moan (R) 7 p.m. 300 (R) 6 p.m. Premonition (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show Premonition (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show Lucky You (PG13) 8:40 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 6 p.m. Ghost Rider (PG13) 6 p.m.

No Show Premonition (PG13) 7 p.m. Lucky You (PG13) 7 p.m. 300 (R) 7 p.m. Zodiac (R) 7 p.m. Black Snake Moan (R) 6 p.m. Ghost Rider (PG13) 6 p.m.

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Do not withhold words of encouragement
By Chaplain (MAJ) Wayne Hollenbaugh
501st Sustainment Brigade


ou have heard the story of the deer and the antelope who were both very much at home on the range. One day the antelope was sulking and the deer asked, “What’s wrong?” The antelope replied, “I thought I just heard a discouraging word.” The subject of encouragement has been in high profile for a number of years and especially with interest in praise for children. Many parents have a magnet on their refrigerator with select words of praise. In addition, sincere words of praise are crucial in those moments that we do not feel praiseworthy and in times of draining discouragement. Personal encouragement is a Godly action. As a Christian, I think about Jesus when he selected his


disciples. He told Nathaniel that he was a “man without guile”. He told Peter not to shrink from his presence. He told Peter that he would be a “fisher of men”. Then Jesus told the Zacheus to come down from his overlook, a tree, because he wanted to have dinner at his house. Finally, he told the criminal crucified next to him that “today” he would begin an eternal life with Jesus. From the Bible I also remember that God told Gideon, when he was hiding from the enemy, that he would be “a mighty man of valor”. God encouraged Moses to confront Pharaoh. Once, when King David was faced with his city being burned to the ground, and all the women and children taken captive, David despaired of his own life. Nevertheless “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” He received God’s course of action, defeated the enemy, and took back everybody and everything.

More than a few years ago, the boys in my neighborhood were getting together for some pick-up basketball. I was a good dribbler and a fair shot on my own, but I had some discouraging moments in team play so I routinely passed the ball for others to shoot. One older boy took me aside and chided me for not shooting when I was clear. In looking back, it was one of the most encouraging moments of my life. I have been “shooting” ever since, (including many “air balls”). Because of that encouragement from an older kid, I have learned to “take a shot” in many areas of life where I may not be an expert. An encouraging word is a Godly action that can turn despair to hope, fear to faith, and reticence to resurgence. Do not withhold words of encouragement for others or yourself, you might turn their (your) whole life around.

Worship Area III W orship Services

Sunday 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. Camp Humphreys’ Zoeckler Station Chapel Camp Humphreys’ Freedom Chapel, Camp Long Chapel, Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Freedom Chapel

Wednesday 7 p.m. Contemporary Sunday 6 p.m. KATUSA Tuesday 7 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday 4 p.m. 5:10 p.m.

Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel

KATUSA Sunday 8 p.m. Camp Long Chapel Faith Formation Wednesday 4 p.m. Freedom Chapel For information on Latter-Day Saint services, call 031-612-0265.

Camp Long Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel

Area III Chaplains
Chaplain (Maj.) Ray Robinson Chaplain (Capt.) Byong K. Min 721-3356

2 p.m. Gospel Sunday 1 p.m.


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Maynard Triplets to perform in Korea June 8 through 10.
For the Maynard Triplets, three is their lucky number. But the luck has nothing to do with their raw talent. With their country and a cappella style, they have wowed audiences from L.A. to Nashville. Featured on the hit television show American Idol, as well as a slew of national magazines and television shows, these ladies mean business when they step up to the mic. All shows are open to the military community and free of charge, courtesy of AFE and MWR. For more information, contact DSN 723-3749. SCHEDULE June 8: Camp Casey, Gateway Club, Outdoor Area, 8p.m. June 9: Kunsan AB, Loring Club, 8 p.m. June 10: Osan AB, Mustang Club, 7 p.m.

— AREA I —
2007 USAG-Casey 30 KM Bike Race, (12 May 2007)
Women's Division All Ages: 1) Karen Lashley, ACAP; 2) 2LT Stephanie Ference, HHC, 2ID PMO Men's Division Open: 1) CPT Paul Lashley, HHC, 2-9 IN; 2) SPC Tyler Jacobs, HHC, 1/72 AR Men's Division Senior: 1) CPT Rober Perry, HHC, 1/72 AR; 2) 1SG Sean Connor, HHC, 2-9 IN

Warrior Invitational Boxing Competition Results 12 May 2007, at Camp Red Cloud Fitness Center
Lightweight: GENE MARTIN, Won by RSC, Defeated ALEXANDER BARROGA; Lt. Welterweight: JUAN FLORES, Won by RSC, Defeated CESAR TREJO; Welterweight: AARON VALDES, Won by RSC, Defeated JEREMIAH COLVIN; OMAR THOMPSON, Won by RSC, Defeated BRETT AGUILLARD; GARREN DIATALEVI, Won by Point, Defeated ANTONIO GIBSON; ANTHONY MILLION, Won by Piont, Defeated ANGEL AVILA; Lt. Middleweight: JOSH WAGNER, Won by Retirement, Defeated CRAIG OVERHOLT; ALDWIN CASTILLO, Won by Retiremen, Defeated TREVOR ADAMS; Middleweight: COURTNEY DONNATIEN, Won by Retirement, Defeated CORY KAPAHULEHUA; WILLIAM MILLER, Won by Point, Defeated REDEL CURTIS; JAMES FLINT, Won by Point, Defeated ANDREW BLISS; EMILLIANO KAKU, Won by Point, Defeated JUAN VARELA; TIM SILVA,Won by RSC, Defeated, ROBERT ZUNIGA; Lt. Heavyweight: TODD NORDMAN, Won by Point, Defeated JEREIMYM DAWLEY; Heavyweight: WILLIAM MCDONALD, Won by Point, Defeated JONATHAN STAZER; Supr Heavyweight (Open): OCTAWO ARAUJO, Won by Medical Ret, Defeated, JASON MATOUICH; Supr Heavyweight: ELDRED WOODARD, Won by Point, Defeated MARCUS DOXIE; CHRIS PREWITT, Won by RSC, Defeated ANDREW OLOMON; CHARLES BELL, Won by RSC, Defeated MICHAEL BARDO

MWR Calendar
2007 Regional Championships & Special Events — Hosted by MWR — 2007 Eighth Army Golf Championship June 12-15 The 2007 Eighth Army Golf Championship will take place at SungNam Golf Course. Participants must qualify through their area command regional qualifying events. Event is open to Active Duty Military Assigned to Eighth Army Installations. For more information, contact your local MWR Sports Office or DSN 725-5064. Anthem Tour, June 12-15 (Various Installations) A truly original sound that is creating a big wave throughout the U.S., Anthem provides musical diversity for all reggae fans from roots to dancehall. Anthem’s dynamic performances inspire their audiences to have as much fun listening to their music, as they do playing it. June 12, Taegu AB, Jake’s Place, 7PM June 13, Chinhae NB, Duffy’s, 8PM Jun 14, Camp Carroll, Hideaway, 7PM Jun 15, Cp. Humph., Tommy D’s, 8PM Jun 16, Camp Casey, Gtwy Out., 8PM Eighth Army Ten Miler June 23 The Eighth Army Ten Miler will take place at the Camp Casey, Carey Fitness Center. Race day registration begins at 6:30-6:45AM, followed by a course briefing. Race begins at 7:15AM. Course maps are available from USAG-Red Cloud Sports, DSN 732-6276. This is the qualifying event for the Men’s and Women’s Active Duty Army Military Teams for there Eighth Army at the Army Ten Miler.

Memorial Day Special Events and Activities
By Rakendra Moore

Hot dogs, barbeques, family, friends and a three-four day weekend are just enough to get anyone excited about Memorial Day. MWR has a host of activities lined up that will be fun for the whole family. Memorial Day Weekend will have events around the peninsula, something for everyone to enjoy. USAG-Red Cloud Camp Red Cloud will be having a Stanley 5K Run on May 26th at 0900 and a Memorial Day Bowling Tournament starting at 1300 in the Bowling Center on May 27th-28th. Camp Hovey’s Community Activity Center will host a Memorial Day “War Movie Marathon” all day on the 28th. Camp Casey will be hosting a Warrior Country Golf Championship at the Indianhead Golf Course May 28 - 29 starting at 0700. There is a special China Tour Trip that will be taking off from May 26th to the 29th, for more information contact any CAC in USAG-Red Cloud. USAG-Yongsan The Memorial Block Day Party & Battle of the Bands will kick off at Noon in the Main Post Club Parking Lot. Event runs until 1800. A grand prize of 2 tickets to Jeju-do will be awarded during the day. The 17th Annual Pacific-wide Men’s & Women’s Softball Tournament will run May 25th-28th. Opening Ceremony takes place at 0830 at Lombardo Field/Collier Field House. The Retiree Appreciation will honor retirees on Yongsan May 25th at 1830 with a BBQ, music. And door prizes. Event is free for Retirees with ID card.

Memorial Day Weekend will be the traditional opening of the MWR Outdoor Pool. It will be open every day from 12001800. USAG-Humphreys Camp Humphreys will offer an area wide dart tournament on the 26th, a One-Pitch at Soldiers Park from the 26th -28th, and a Memorial Day 5&10K run starting at the Gymnasium. USAG-Daegu Camp Carroll will be having lots of opportunities to get “physical” this Memorial Day Weekend starting off with a community cookout on the 23rd with a traditional barbeque and all the trimmings for only two dollars per person. Then spring into a Reverse Triathlon, running, biking, and swimming at Camp Carroll’s Fitness Center on the 26th at 0900. After the triathlon, Racquetball & Volleyball Tournaments start at 9 on the 28th. One can also enjoy Waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking and rafting at Camp Carroll during this Memorial Day Weekend. Strategists will enjoy a recreational Chess Tournament at Camp Walker and for the athletes at heart; there will be a Daegu & Waegwan Area Softball Tournament. Camp Walker also has a tour organized to Herbhillz. Let’s remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who served our nation with their lives. Today, that is still honored but it is more of a celebration of life. This year we honor our fallen with a celebration of life. Join MWR for a fun filled weekend and another opportunity to relax and enjoy life. Contact your local MWR office for further information.

Intramural Softball League, May 12-13
US Embassy (0) 8th Army (15) US Embassy (4) Kanakas (14) Sockor (1) 8th Army #1 (16) Sockor (0) 8th Army #2 (7) CRUS (16) 8th Army #2 (1) CRUS (12) 14th MP (9) 18th Med (14) 14th MP (0) 18th Med (14) 501st MI (13) Suslak (13) 501st MI(2) 94th MP (19) Navy (3)

Post Softball, May 12-13
Yongsan (W) 14 - Casey (W) 0 Yongsan (W) 1 - Casey (W) 2 Yongsan (M) 1 - Casey (M) 4 Yongsan (M) 1 - Casey (M) 15

Upcoming events: The 17th Annual
Pacificwide Men’s & Women’s Softball Tournament will be conducted 25-28 May at the 4 Plex on Lombardo Field.

Post Level Softball Scores May 13 (Men Only)
Osan (17) Humphreys (2) Humphreys (6) Osan (3) Humphreys (22) Osan (19) Osan (15) Humphreys (5)

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8th Army CG, C SM visits W arfighter
Pfc. David Lampson, an automated logistical specialist in Fox Maintenance Company, 1-43 AMD Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, received a visit from Lt Gen. David Valcourt and Command Sgt. Maj. Barry Wheeler. Lampson had seldom sought after the honor of having his paperwork and military occupational specialty knowledge put to the test by his commanding general. For his bravery, Lampson received the commanding general’s coin.

35th Air Defense Artillery conducts fun run
By Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich
35th Air Defense Artillary

Osan Air Base - Thirty-three participants from across the 35th Air Defense Artillery communication’s section finished a one-day “Fun Run” up Madison Hill, despite the difficult challenge, May 11. Ask any marathon runner, and they’re bound to tell you about the endless amount of miles run during the course of a week training for such an event. Fitness experts may tell you how many hours they spent on the stair climber at the gym over a course of time. Some would even venture to explain in detail the dynamics of either of the two; however, not everyone knows what it’s like to combine them – the distance, the speed and the stairs. But those who ran up Madison Hill probably could. Take a quarter mile uphill, add in 733 steps, and you have a natural stair climber – one created by Mother Nature and man. “It was really hard actually,” said Cpl. Dong Sung Lee, a KATUSA soldier with 1st Battalion, 43rd ADA, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. “As soon as I made it to the stairs, my muscles started failing.” But muscle failure didn’t stop Lee from snagging first place overall in the event. He was followed by 1st Lt. Joe W. Borg, executive officer for 1-43 ADA Alpha Battery. 1st Lt. Heather A. Maestas came in first for the woman’s age group 18-24. She also took 1st Place for the overall female category. In the men’s category for age’s 40-and-over, Spc. Xu Huang placed first and Staff Sgt. Curtis Wilson placed second, both warfighters are from 1-43 ADA. For ages 18-24, Laurence Chute won 1st Place followed by Pvt. Clinton A. Smith, a signal support specialist with HHB, 35th ADA. For the 25-29 age group, 1st Lt. James L. Watson, executive officer of HHB, 35th ADA placed first followed by Spc. Randy S. Keilholtz, who is also with HHB 35th ADA. Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Greene with HHB, 1-43 ADA took first in the men’s 30-39 age group just in front of Staff Sgt. William Gorham. Both represented 143 ADA. From the base of the hill, all the signalers and other members of the unit raced up the quarter mile track, which included an incline of steps to the top — where 362nd Signal Company is located. Even though the event was for communication’s personnel, all were invited to participate. After the start whistle, the group dashed up the first straight and flat hill leading to the mouth of the stairs. The minute the group hit the stairs, many immediately started walking because of the difficulty of the twisted staircase leading to the top. “When you actually hit the stairs, its unevenness is a huge obstacle to

overcome,” said Master Sgt.Michael L. Belt, the coordinator of the event and the NCOIC of S6 HHB, 35th ADA. The short jaunt to the top ended after everyone made it the finish line, and then the group retraced their steps down the stairs to grab snacks and share in an awards ceremony. “It was fun afterwards, but tough during,” said Borg, the Alpha Battery training officer with 1-43 ADA. “I’d have to prepare better next time — it wasn’t what I expected.” Not only was the event a challenge, but it was also looked at as a way to bring signalers across the peninsula together. With 35th spread out over the country, events like this help bring the Soldiers P .G N. G together to form 1st Lt. Joe W. Borg, the Alpha Battery executive camaraderie, said Belt. “It’s a break from the officer, 1-43 ADA, runs up the flight of stairs. normal day,” Greene said. He also stated that because it was something different, he had no problems convincing Soldiers to participate. Even though this was the first run, plans are already in the making for the next one. Coordinators want to make this an annual event. “Overall it was very successful, and we’re hoping for more numbers next time,” said Belt. Along with Maj. Veronica H. Magnotto, of 35th ADA, Belt was able to orchestrate an event that ended up being a huge success for all the runners – especially the winners. “It’s about not giving up and pushing yourself to the end,” Belt concluded.


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YOGA CLASSES Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. aerobics and cardio classes are also available Mon. - Thurs. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes meet in the aerobics room at the CAC. Classes for all skill levels. Info call 753-8807. TEEN JOBS AT CYS Job openings for teens, 16 years or older for youth sports baseball officials and scorers. No prior knowledge or training needed. CYS will train. You become a member of the Sports Club and receive paid training as well as have your association dues paid. Games are scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. CYS ADULT JOBS Youth Sports has positions for sports officials and scorers to help with all Youth Sports games. You must be able to work some Friday evenings and Saturday mornings/ afternoons. Contact Lisa Hogue, Youth Sports Director 7535051. AUDIE MURPHY CLUB The Camp Humphreys Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is looking for SAMC members who want to become active while assigned to Korea. SGT Morales members who are interested in becoming SAMC members are also encouraged to attend. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. Contact Sgt. 1st Class FC Lawson-Hurt at 010-2259-3026 or Sgt. 1st Class Miles at 010-3148-3450. COMPUTER CLASS FOR SPOUSES ACS has an ongoing eight-week computer basics class for spouses. Classes are Monday and Wednesday in the the ACS resource room. First one is geared to Philippines spouses; the next will be for Russian and English spouses and another for Korean spouses taught by CPAC. Graduates will receive a certification of completion. Pre-registration required. Call 7538401, limit to five. UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX REGISTRATION Now underway for the MBA 500 Class, Foundations of ProblemBased Learning. Classes will start On-Site at Osan Air Base June 13 Register early to reserve your class slot. DEADLINE to register is June 6. Info contact Jerry Kellogg ( at DSN 753-8920, or drop by the Education Center, Building S-300. USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Announcment Please your stories and information for publishing in The Morning Calm Weekly USAG-Humphrey’s News & Notes section, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598. Email information to

HAES students visit area zoo
By Nancy Turner
HEAS Information Specialist

Students in picture from left to right: Ryan Tubon, Haily Carlisle, Emma Taliento, Gee Moon, Kenya Thompson, Meagan Rourke, and Hyong Kim.


Humphreys American Elementary School (HAES) fourth through sixth graders were given the opportunity to visit the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, May 4. The students enjoyed the experience of seeing different types of animals. One favorite for

many students was viewing the lion den. The students got to see the lions play rough, as well as see which lion was king of the den. The students also got to see the elephants and view a quick dance recital within the elephant’s habitat. The HAES students also got to experience the Korean culture, and

speak with Korean students who were also visiting the zoo. The Korean students and teachers practiced their English skills with HAES students. This study trip was a huge success, and the students had a chance to experience animal habitats through a hand’s on activity.

U.S., Korean warfighters enjoy day at ceramic expo
Soldiers spend time in Incheon
By Spc. Kevin Buzby
Headquarters and Headquaters Company, 2nd CAB

ACS recognizes volunteer
By Billie Spearman
Wonju Enclave Army Community Services

Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, recently visited the Icheon Ceramic Expo. The Soldiers left U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in civilian attire, glad to be taking in a relaxing day away from the usual high OPTEMPO. On display were many hand-made plates, dishes and other pottery items. Both Soldiers and fellow KATUSAs were surprised and extremely pleased with the expo and its many events. There was a museum outlining the history of Korean potteries and a performance displaying the techniques of traditional Korean ceramic making. Cpl. Park Se Chae, the awards clerk in the S-1 at the 2nd CAB, had

an interesting viewpoint. “This experience was great for even me, he said. A native Korean, Park has never seen this pottery made in person.” Pfc. Stephan Smith, from the 2nd CAB S-3 shop added similar sentiments. “It was a great experience for my friends and I,” she said. “One of these days you’ll remember years from now and think back about the people you were there with.” Assignment to Korea is only mandated to be a one year tour. The expo helped to maximize the time of the Soldiers stationed here. It also provided the warfighters with an opportunity to further understand the Korean culture — as well as raise the camaraderie between the KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers, which is already at a high level. Ultimately, turning this event into a training exercise contributed to building an even more cohesive unit, positively affecting the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters’ ability to “Fight Tonight”.

Representatives from the Wonju Enclave recently recongized Capt. Kyle A. Taylor as the outstanding volunteer for the month of April. Taylor is a great asset to the Wonju Enclave. He has provided multiple opportunities for youths to advance in Korea. He is always supportive of programs that bring the Korean and United States Good Neighbor program to the forefront of his community. Taylor volunteers to teach English at Wonju and works with various programs with the local orphanages. He supported a farmer in efforts to rebuild a wall that was damaged during last years monsoon season. Taylor is a volunteer who truly makes a difference in the community. He teaches English at the Sangji University in Wonju every Thursday during Bible study. For his efforts, Taylor was presented an Outstanding Volunteer Bag by Wonju ACS.

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USAG-Humphreys units sponsor bowling party
By No Hyon-chu
USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs

USAG HUMPHREYS—The Soldiers of 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 527th MI Bn and 532nd MI Bn and the 249th Military Police Detachment held an Easter Party for the children of the Shin-seng Children’s Home on Apr. 28 Bowling Center here. More than 30 children arrived and were treated to lunch and then they enjoyed playing a round of bowling with the Soldiers. Shin-seng Children’s Home, located An-seong, takes care of children who have a single parent with financial difficulties or those without parents. Maj. John S. Chu, 527th Military Intelligence Battalion, explained the meaning of the event. Our brigade has enjoyed a long relationship with SCH and today’s event was prepared to provide their children an opportunity to spend time with U.S. soldiers as good neighbors and to give them the chance to experience another culture, Chu said. Tina Chu, 527th MI Bn Family Readiness Group leader, who coordinated the event said, “Especially today there are more volunteers than children. More Soldiers, civilians, and families came to participate than we had expected and notably 249th Military Police Detachment volunteers are cooperating us today’s event.” One of the children from the Shin-seng Children’s Home offered her thoughts on the day. “This is my first time of bowling. I don’t know how to make a score but it is exciting to strike pins” said Kim Myung-in, a 13-year-old girl. SCH instructor Ms. Lee Min-hee said, “It was not easy to bring all children to the bowling. So this would be the first experience of bowling for the most of children. They have been looking forward to visiting on base and playing bowling for more than a week.” Following the bowling, there was a birthday party for the SCH children. Linwood E. Koonce III, an 8-year-old family member who attended the event,

Spc. Shawn King, B Company, 3rd MI Bn., gives a few pointers to 12year-old, Yeo Jung-min during the bowling party for the children’s home. brought his birthday presents to share with SCH’s children. “I heard this event would be near my birthday. So I wrote down on the invitation card that I wanted to share my birthday presents with orphanage children. Then my friends gave more presents to me so I came here to share presents with this children,” Koonce III said. There was one more surprise for the children; they all got Easter Baskets provided by the 249th Military Police Detachment. The event concluded about 4:00 p.m.


ASC deputy gives seminar on employee readiness
Participants learn skills needed for potential employment
USAG Humphreys Army Community Services recently hosted an employment seminar entitled “Job or No Job” at the Community Activities Center. The title refers to the popular television series “Deal or No Deal.” Led by ACS Employment Manager LaVita Vincent, the seminar offered advice, instruction on the many skills necessary to land a job. The instruction included practice interviews where those attending could role play as either the interviewee or the interviewer and a fashion show displaying professional attire to wear to an interview and on the job. About 24 people attended the all day event. Here Vincent (standing) offers some feedback to Naydeen Alejandro (facing camera) and Wanda Burdine who had just completed a practice interview.


Editors Note: For more information about seminars, contact you local ACS office

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Army to host Armed Forces Day celebration
By Pfc. Na Kyung-Chul
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP WALKER – The U.S. Army Garrison – Daegu will host its 6th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration for the public at the Camp Walker Army Heliport (H-805) here May 19 beginning at 1 p.m. The Armed Forces Day Celebration features numerous static displays of U.S. Army aircraft, tactical vehicles and equipment, a variety of entertainment for children, and food. The gates will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. The opening ceremony for the Armed Forces Day Celebration begins at 1 p.m. with the playing of the Korean and American national anthems by the Republic of Korea’s 50th Homeland Reserve Division Band, followed by opening remarks by Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., the U.S. Army Garrison – Daegu commander. Other opening activities include a performance by the 50th HRD Band, precision drill and ceremonies performed by the Second Republic of Korea Army Honor Guard, and a farmer’s dance performance by members of the Nam-gu District Office. The ROK Army’s 201st Special Commando Brigade will give a martial arts demonstration at 3 p.m. Static displays open to the public at 1:30 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. Visitors can get an up-close look at the M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, MIM-104 Patriot Missile Air Defense System, M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, M992 field artillery ammunition service vehicle, M998 high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle,




Soldiers from the 201st Special Forces Brigade, 2nd Republic of Korea Army, demonstrates their martial arts prowessduring opening ceremonies of the 2004 Annual Armed Forces Day Open House at the Camp Walker Airfield (H-805). The event, which was open to the public, drew more than 1,000 visitors. M1025 high mobility multipurposewheeled vehicle with MK-19 grenade launcher, M1078 2.5-ton light medium tactical vehicle, and the mobile kitchen trailer. Rotary wing aircraft on display include the U.S. Army’s Boeing CH47D Chinook, Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk (MEDEVAC), and the Boeing AH-64D Longbow Apache. In addition, the Republic of Korea Army will display UH-1H Iroquois and Hughes MD-500 Defender rotary wing aircraft. They will also show a jeep, chemical equipment, mortar and small arms. Each display will include English and Korean language information boards with a subject matter expert to answer questions and a Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier to translate for visitors. For the fifth consecutive year, the 168th Medical Bn. will showcase its medical chemical and biological protective shelter, which uses an advanced filter and air pressure system to create a safe environment for patient care in a contaminated area. The unit will also provide health screening for the public. A variety of activities will also be available to keep children entertained. The Better Opportunities for Single (and Unaccompanied) Soldiers organization is sponsoring the Red Dragon, Space Jumper and tunnels inflatables. Visitors can also ride around the heliport on the children’s

Happy Valley train provided by the U.S. Army Materiel Support CenterKorea. McGruff the Crime Dog will also be on hand throughout the day to entertain the children. The American Forces NetworkKorea Daegu Detachment will broadcast live from the event between noon and 3 p.m. Other entertainment includes a concert by the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored Filipino band “Love & Kisses”, from 6 – 8 p.m. Units participating in the Armed Forces Day Open House include HHC, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary); 304th Signal Battalion; 168th Medical Battalion; 188th Military Police Company; USAMSC-K and the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment from Camp Carroll, and the 2nd Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade. ROK Army units include the Second ROK Army, 50th Homeland Reserve Division, and the 201st Special Commando Brigade. Backpacks, book bags and containers will not be permitted inside the heliport for security reasons, nor will parking be available inside the installation. Visitors must use their Korean identification cards to enter through Gate 7 at the base of the control tower in Daemyeong-5-dong behind the Daegu Garden Hotel and across from the Donghae Ban Jeom restaurant. Contact the U.S. Army GarrisonDaegu Public Affairs Office at (053) 470-6907 for more information about the Armed Forces Day Celebration.

Carroll Soldiers pitch-in at Waegwan clean-up effort
Pfc. Jang Won-il
USAG – Daegu Public Affairs

WAEGWAN – A group of 24 soldiers from Camp Carroll joined more than 30 volunteers from the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Korea – Waegwan, and the Waegwan Nature Conservation Organization on a beautification project of the roads of Waegwan Industrial Complex May 10. The group consisted of soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery; 16th Medical Logistics Battalion; 501st Sustainment Brigade; and United States Army Garrison – Daegu. The day’s community clean-up assignment was to clear up the sidewalks near the Waegwan Industrial Complex in the southern part of Waegwan. The Soldiers who were divided into two groups raked, swept, and bagged leaves, trash

and debris along each side of a major roadway. Heavy rainfall from the day before made the bags containing leaves and moist dirt quite heavy. However, that didn’t cause any problem to Pfc. Thomas Whipps, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2-1 ADA. “I feel good about helping outside of post. It’s good to help the community,” said Whipps who started his service on the peninsula January 2007. This was his first chance to mingle with the local civilians. “I feel a little closer to the people of Waegwan now. It’s kind of a bonding thing. I think they are very friendly people.” Camp Carroll soldiers have joined local organizations several times a year to conduct similar projects in the past. “We didn’t have that many opportunities to work with the American Soldiers,” said Kim Dae-

kyu, president of the JCI Waegwan Branch. “We have been trying to build relations with the American military and now that we had this event, I am looking forward to continually having more collaborative events in the future.” The same goes for U.S. Army and Korean Army Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers of Camp Carroll. “I believe this is a very good chance for us to give something back to the community and begin a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Sgt. 1st Class Reinaldo Young, 501st SBDE. “I am willing to come back next time.” “We are delighted and thankful for what the American Soldiers contribute to our community,” said Kim. You have done great things for us as our neighbors.”

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Exercise Scheduled Adaptive Focus, a force protection exercise, will be conducted Sunday – May 25 at Camp Carroll. The exercise is designed to examine the installation’s ability to deter attack and to respond to emergency situations. People who live and work in the area should expect some noise and additional personnel and traffic during this period. For information, call Maj. Eric Elliot at 723-8434. Armed Forces Day The U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu will host the 6th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration 1 p.m. Saturday at the Camp Walker’s H-805 heliport. The celebration includes a variety of aircraft, tactical vehicles and equipment static displays, entertainment and food. It will conclude with a concert by the Filipino band “Love & Kisses” at 6 p.m. The gates will close at 8 p.m. For more information, call USAG-Daegu at 768-6907 or 764-4345. Use of Gate 7 Camp Walker will continue to undergo Access Control Point security upgrades through June. In order to relieve the traffic congestion caused by vehicles attempting to exit Camp Walker during peak hours, a “limited” opening of Gate 7 for outbound vehicle traffic has been approved. Gate 7 is open to outbound traffic 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 5 – 6:30 p.m. From within Camp Walker, Gate 7 can be accessed by driving through Gate 9, which is the airfield gate. Following are requirements while driving on the helipad: Speed limit on the airfield is 5 MPH. Four emergency flashers must be used while traversing the airfield. Take all traffic directions from the Security Guards on the airfield. Access will take place on duty days only, and will be exclusively for the use of four wheeled vehicles. Bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles are not authorized to exit through Gate 7. For information, call Victor Lowe at 764-4167. AAFES/DeCA Advisory Council An Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Defense Commissary Agency Advisory Council meeting will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at Soldier Memorial Chapel Building S620(Annex) on Camp Walker. The community is invited. For information, call AAFES at 764-5188, or DeCA at 764-5310. TAS Book Exchange Taegu American School will hold a Book Exchange Wednesday at the TAS Library. You can bring your old books the week prior to obtain your “book bucks.” Don’t miss this opportunity to get some new reading material before summer break. For information, call Dr. Marguerite Green at 768-9501.


Students from Jennifer Sharp’s 2nd Grade Class display the Valentines Day cards they made for “their Soldier” Pvt. Victor Girau, who is serving in Iraq.

TAS students ‘adopt’ Soldiers in Iraq
Classes excited to receive letters from Soldiers
By Galen Putnam
Area IV Public Affairs

CAMP HENRY – The Service members, Civilian employees, contractors and their Family members of the U.S. Army Garrison – Daegu “Make a Difference” not only locally and regionally, but globally. This is evidenced by Taegu American School students, who reached out to Soldiers serving in Iraq by sending care packages through the school’s Support a Soldier Program. Recently, classes started receiving responses from “their” Soldiers. Reproduced below is the response received by Jennifer Sharp’s Second Grade Class from one of the soldiers. Hey kids, I want to start off by saying Thank you so much. As you already know my name is Victor Girau. I am 20 years old in the army for almost a year. Well actually more than a year. No, I am not married but, I have a pretty cool girlfriend. I been in Iraq for 7 months but, they just let me go home to see my family for 2 weeks and that’s why it took me so long to write back.

So don’t think I forgot about all of you. How could I? When I received your box and cards it made me the happiest man in the world. In Iraq I am a guard. I sit in a tower and watch everything. So, everyone can sleep good at night knowing I am watching their back. When I was around your age I always wanted to be a policeman and a ninja turtle ... ha ha. I like to read sci-fi books or make believe books. I love reading books about dragons and knights riding horses. Believe it or not I love reading, it is good for you and sometimes you can pretend you’re the character in the book. My all time favorite type of book is Comic books. My family lives in a town in New Jersey called Perth Amboy. I lived there all my life until I joined the army. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Their names our Ada (23), Brian (17), Rene (12), Emily (4), and Issable (1). I live with my mom Annette, well used to, and I have a 2 year old nephew Jayson who means the world to me. My favorite sport is baseball! I’ve been playing it since I have been 6 years old. My position was 3rd base. I loved it. I also used to play football and I’m not to good at basketball. My favorite game is chess. It is very challenging and makes you think real hard so when you win it makes you feel great. I also like

checkers and dominoes but I am unbeatable at Connect Four and Monopoly. Back at home my favorite food is Pizza. It’s my favorite because you can almost put anything on it. Like pineapple, mushrooms, chicken, beef, ham and it still tastes good. My favorite snack is Pop-Tarts. Any type of Pop-Tart I’ll eat because they are all good so it’s hard to have a favorite. It’s weird that your class sent me a lot of M + M’s because those are my favorite too. My favorite colors are red, black, and white. Everyone calls me G since my last name is so hard to say. So, you can call me Mr. G or Victor. Before I joined the Army I was going to college to become a teacher. I didn’t have enough money to finish but, the Army is helping to go to school now. I actually do like the military but, it is so hard being away from home. Well I was going to e-mail you but, I figured the class deserves a hand written letter. Hey kids please excuse my sloppy writing I haven’t written a letter in months. I want to thank you, all of you once again for your cards. Whenever I get upset I read them and they make me happy all over again. Feel free to write me anytime kids. I can be your pen-pal. Thanks again! Sincerely,“Mr. G” P.S. You All Are Number 1 in my heart!

27 Area IV Students inducted into National Honor Society
The Morning Calm Weekly

May 18, 2007

Pvt. Dana R. Pugh
19th ESC Public Affairs

CAMP GEORGE - Brig. Gen Raymond V. Mason, commanding general of the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) recognized many 19th ESC servicemeber’s children during his speech at a National Honors Society and National Junior Honors Society induction ceremony at Taegu American School May 11. Six students were inducted to the NHS and six students were inducted to the National Junior Honor Society. Mason’s speech encouraged students to prioritize their lives by keeping the most important things first, but still making time for all the “little things” in order to have the fullest life possible. He supplemented his speech with a visual analogy using a jar, golf balls, gravel and water. He filled the jar with the golf balls, representing the most important things in life such as family and friends. Next, he added the gravel to the seemingly full jar which represented things that seem important at times but end up being small. Last, he added water to the jar, which demonstrated that we all have the potential push ourselves a little harder and to ourselves commit a little more when we think we have reached our limits. “Life is a constant challenge and a balance between what is most important, such as school, friends, fun and family,” said Mason. “All of these things are in there and balanced in your life, and you have to figure out where to put them.” The NHS was founded in 1921 in order to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.


Kelly Schutte, Taegu American School student and NHS treasurer, lights a candle representing character, one of the four qualities held in high esteem by the National Honors Society during induction ceremony May 11.

“Once they become an NHS student, there are a lot of expectations on them. It keeps them motivated and on their toes,” said Keith Henson, Taegu American School principal. “Hopefully their friends

who are not members are encouraged to strive for that honor as well.” Mason also presented each inductee with a coin to recognize the inductee’s accomplishment. “Being a part of the National Honors Society is important because it’s bettering myself and also doing extra to benefit other people as well,” said Alexis Parker, a 7th grade NJHS inductee and daughter of Staff Sgt. Robert E. Parker 19th ESC Support Operations. “This is a way we can help the community even more and help other people. I like encouraging my friends to be a part of it, because the more people that are into it, the more fun it will be.” During the ceremony, NHS officers lit four candles that represented scholarship, service, leadership, and character and described what each of them means to the organization. Each inductee was then given a candle which that was lit by one of the original four candles and recited the National Honor Society Pledge to complete their induction. “It’s very important that we have this celebration because when these students are initiated, it’s not only recognition for them, they are now role models for us,” Henson said. “They’re what we want other students to be able to emulate, and we expect a lot out of them as well. This is not just a one time award, this is a commitment.” The inductees are: NHS: Jesse Covan/12; James Weber/11; Linda Boshons/11; Agnes Choi/10; Gianluca Scoppa/10; Monica Shubert/10 NJHS: Erika Brun/8; Diane Owen/8; Paul O’Leary/8; Daniel Dudley/7; Daniel LeJeune/7; Alexis Parker/7

Area IV 19th ESC OPD: Building next generation’s leaders
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By Maj. C.L. Morelle-Oliveria
19th ESC Public Affairs

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CAMP WALKER – The 19th ESC hosted its first officer professional development breakfast featuring Deputy Commander, Col. Richard G. Hatch, as guest speaker May 3 at the Evergreen Community Club. This particular forum was the brainchild of Maj. Stephen Redmon, deputy judge advocate, who noticed that the command did not have a current OPD program in place when talking to some of his peers. He then applied the Lean Six Sigma paradigm by soliciting 19th ESC officers for what they would want (versus being mandated) to have in their OPD and planned an optional, relaxed breakfast event with a qualified, experienced-based speaker. “We would have been negligent in our officer corps if we had not done this,” said Redmond, alluding to Hatch’s unique 38-plus year career which has spanned enlisted, warrant and commissioned officer ranks, including war and peacetime. “I want this to be an informal dialogue,” Hatch began. “My intent is to share with you some of my experiences of over the past four decades.” Hatch described his initial entry into an Army at war in Vietnam, the manner in which troops were trained, the quality of troops it produced, family notifications and post-war Warrior support. As one of a handful of regular Army volunteers at age 17, (he was a delayed contractee having signed up at 16) processing with a majority of draftees, he experienced six to eight weeks of training which combined infantry basic and advanced initial training

then flew directly to Vietnam. “Our RSO&I process was about four to five days,” explained Hatch, alluding to his in-country integration. “Once in Vietnam we were selected individually and put into a new unit and in the bush in about 48 hours. There was no ‘team’ concept.” Hatch described that atmosphere of one of loneliness, where new Soldiers were perceived as unwelcome intruders by those already bonded by mutual wartime experience and survival. He talked about the Army’s family notification process and how, as in the film, “We Were Soldier’s Once and Young,” families really were notified of their loved ones ultimate sacrifice through telegram, without unit or chaplain support. “We had about 75 percent of staffs filled in Vietnam. No Reserve or National Guard units deployed then,” he said. His return to the States through San Francisco did indeed mirror the stereotypical anti-troop experience. “We took our uniforms off, before going through the airport.” Hatch then compared all his experiences then to the all-volunteer, combat experienced, expeditionary Army mind-set of today, voicing his belief that today’s Army is stronger, wiser and more capable because of improvements made in the postVietnam era. “Some very forward thinking Chiefs of Staff of the Army had it right,” he said, citing Generals Creighton W. Abrams Jr. (CSA 1972-74) and Eric Shinseki (1999-2003), the former for his transition to an all-volunteer force and the later for restructure of the force.

He highlighted the enduring service of troops today, the focus on team building through effective realistic training, the Army’s combat experience, care for families in crisis, and ultimately, the Army’s ability to self-govern and develop. “I just returned from Fort Bragg, where I, and Majors Eric Griffin and Pete Kim, served on a BCTP (Battle Command Training Program) for a new unit, an ESC like this, being stood up to provide the entire logistical support for all of Iraq. What they are doing is historic,” Hatch said. “I want you to know, that what you all have done here has served as the template for them now.” A brief question and answer session followed where officers discussed everything from resourcing and force structure to counterinsurgency operations. “I found the OPD to exceed my expectations. It is not that often that you have an opportunity to hear a first-hand account about how the Army has changed over the past thirty years,” wrote Capt. Eric B. Christeson, judge advocate. “It is even less likely to hear about these experiences from someone who has served in an enlisted, warrant and commissioned officer capacity. It really helped to put things in prospective and served to remind that things could be a lot worse.” Major Karen Wrancher, support operations wrote via email, “We talked about military history and the different conflicts ... such as the war between Russia and Afghanistan (and Mujahideen attacks),” she wrote. “We also talked about Counter Insurgency Operations and what is unfolding in Iraq today.”


May 18, 2007

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