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Army aims to better Yongsan offers child care to inprocessing parents

identify Soldiers
with brain injuries
by C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

The Army released a report Jan. 17

that outlines how the service can better
identify and help Soldiers who have suffered
traumatic brain injuries.
The report contains some 47
recommendations to help the Army better
prevent, screen, diagnose, treat and research
traumatic brain injury, said Brig. Gen.
Donald Bradshaw, who led the task force
charged with investigating TBI.
“Our report indicates that, like our
civilian counterparts, the Army has done
well in the identifying and treatment of
severe or penetrating traumatic brain injury,
but is challenged to understand, diagnose
and treat personnel who have suffered
short-term or persistent symptoms of mild See story and
TBI,” he said. photos, page 9
The task force identified opportunities
for improvement as well as best practice
guidelines.” Jamaal Mohn and Maggie Maritch watch after children in the new child care room at the Yongsan Readiness Center. — U.S. Army Photo By
The general said 80 percent of those who Sgt. Kim Sang-Wook
suffer from mild TBI, commonly known as a
concussion, recover completely. Some 10 to U.S. military communities donate aid to oil spill recovery efforts
20 percent of Soldiers and Marines returning coastline about 95 miles south of Seoul.
by Kenneth Fidler
from Iraq and Afghanistan with experience Between Dec. 19 and Jan. 4, 536
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
in combat, may have suffered symptoms volunteers from U.S. Army and U.S. Air
consistent with mild TBI. Force installations throughout Korea have
Today, eight of the recommendations helped clean up the coastline, said Joe
— U.S. Army officials in Seoul delivered
made by the task force have already been Sellen, host nation specialist with the 8th
nearly $17,000 in donated aid money Jan.
implemented, said Col. Judith Ruiz, Deputy U.S. Army civil affairs directorate. The most
23 to help the Korean coastal county Taean
Director Rehabilitation and Reintegration, recent was Jan. 4 when 139 volunteers from
recover from the disastrous oil spill in early
Office of the Surgeon General. Kunsan Air Base and Camp Humphreys
“We have made significant progress to take spent the day cleaning debris from rocks
Col. Dave Hall, U.S. Army Garrison-
care of Soldiers and to standardize practices
Yongsan commander, led a small delegation to A U.S. military delegation from U.S. Army on the coast.
across the Army medical department,” she More than 3 million gallons of crude
make the presentation to Taean officials. Garrison-Yongsan presents a check Jan.
said. oil spilled into the waters off the Taean
“We are very, very sorry, very saddened, by 23 to Taean County vice mayor to help
Some of the recommendations that have coastline Dec. 7 when a crane barge collided
the tragedy that occurred here,” Hall said to aid in recovery efforts following the disas-
already been implemented include: with an anchored crude oil carrier and
Vice Mayor Suh Duk-chul. “This (donation) trous oil spill Dec. 7. From left to right are:
– Working with inter-agency and civilian punctured its oil containers.
represents us supporting you, our allies, our Command Sgt. Major Diane Foster, USAG-
groups to better define TBI “Many fisheries, farms, stores and
partners, our very good friends.” Yongsan command sergeant major; Suh
– Implementing in-theater TBI screening communities suffered from the damage,”
The money was collected through Duk-chul, Taean County vice mayor; Chap-
and documentation for all Soldiers exposed Suh explained to the group through a
voluntary chapel offerings the weekend before lain (Lt. Col.) James King, USAG-Yongsan
to brain injury inducing trauma translator.
Christmas. USAG-Yongsan collected 14.5 installation chaplain; and Col. Dave Hall,
– Adding TBI specific questions to The region affected is a major tourist
million Won or about $15,000. Another 1.3 USAG-Yongsan commander. — U.S. Army
the various deployment-related health area, drawing 20 million visitors a year. It is
million won, or about $1,400, was donated Photo By Kenneth Fidler
assessments also home to a national maritime park, 445
from USAG- Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.
– Developing a proposal on the fisheries, and one of Asia’s largest wetlands areas used by migratory
“The money that we bring, we wish we could do more, but it
appropriate functions of a “TBI Center of birds, Suh said.
represents the care and concern of the people of our chapels,” said
Excellence” The oil spill damaged 367 fisheries and closed 15 beach areas
Chaplain (Lt. Col) James King, USAG-Yongsan chaplain.
– Proposing the Defense and Veterans and 2,643 businesses that cater to tourists, Suh said. To date, 1.7
“We remember how not that long ago that we were suffering
Brain Injury Center as the core of the new million people have been involved in the clean-up efforts, mainly
after Hurricane Katrina, and the people of Korea very generously
center of excellence Korean government and military organizations and thousands of
sent a lot of money to help the U.S.,” King said. “We appreciate
– Optimizing the positioning of clinical, individual volunteers. Suh said he was optimistic. “Many public
how the Korean people have stood by us, and we’ve had the privilege
of standing by you.” beaches are already cleaned up,” he said. “Because of volunteer
This was the latest in a series of assistance operations provided efforts, we may be able to open some beaches by July,” he said. “But
— See Brain Injuries page 2 — by U.S. military communities in Korea since the spill along this some areas will need to be cleaned up for a long time.”

have been taken (include) a very big ongoing education process for
The Morning Calm Brain Injuries from page 1
Published by Installation Management leaders, Soldiers and family members.”
Command - Korea The Army launched the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Mild
Commanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. Al Aycock – Centralizing the evaluation of the scientific merit, clinical Traumatic Brain Injury Chain Teaching program last year to help
Public Affairs Officer/Editor: Edward N. Johnson utility, and priority of new treatment strategies, devices or Soldiers better identify the signs and symptoms of PTSD/MTBI and
Senior Editor:Susan Silpasornprasit
interventions to reinforce the collective responsibility to take care of each other.
USAG-RED CLOUD – Adapting the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation overprint The Army is also working to educate the civilian medical
Commander: Col. Larry A. Jackson as an approved Department of the Army form to document mild community about mild TBI so that the Soldiers in the Reserve
Public Affairs Officer: Margaret Banish-Donaldson
CI Officer: James F. Cunningham TBI closest to the point of injury components, who may not have full-time access to military
Col. Ruiz said 31 additional recommendations are in progress, medical care, can also be identified, said Col. Jonathan Jaffin,
Commander: Col. David W. Hall four are planned, and four are in the process of being transferred Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material
Public Affairs Officer: David McNally to other agencies. Command.
CI Officer: Kenneth Fidler
Staff Writer: Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon
For Soldiers in theater, the most common cause of brain injury is “One of the things we are concerned with, and was one of the
a blast, such as from an improvised explosive device. But sometimes points behind the whole chain teaching, was trying to get the
USAG-HUMPHREYS such blasts do not cause visible external injuries. message out to the country, not just the active duty force, Guard
Commander: Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr.
Public Affairs Officer: Bob McElroy “Brain injury does not have to have outside symptoms, such as and Reserve,” he said. “(We wanted) the country, including providers
Writer/Editor: Andre D. Butler bleeding,” said Brig. Gen. Bradshaw. “It may, but doesn’t have to. throughout the country, to be aware of mild TBI and concussions
CI Officer: Stacy Ouellette
That is one of the compounding things -- folks may look totally and the long-term symptoms that some people may be having.”
USAG-DAEGU normal, but be dazed.” Brig. Gen Bradshaw said Army leadership at all levels is
Commander: Col. Michael P. Saulnier
Public Affairs Officer: Ronald Inman
Because some victims of an IED or other blast do not have committed to the good health and wellbeing of all Soldiers, and is
CI Officer: Samuel G. Hudson external injures, they may feel they have not been injured at all now proactively addressing the issue of TBI.
Staff Writer: Cpl. Na Kyung Chul – even if they did sustain a mild TBI. “Continued research in this area can only help us more clearly
Staff Writer: Cpl. Jang Won il
“It’s hard to identify TBI when Soldiers don’t come forward and understand the medical impacts of the war and the best ways to
This Army newspaper is an authorized publication for don’t identify,” said Brig. Gen. Bradshaw. “Some of the actions that prevent, recognize and treat Soldiers with TBI,” he said.
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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 guilt or innocence.

AREA I: Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance

(Marijuana), Investigation revealed on Dec. 18,
a urinalysis was conducted by in which Subject
#1 was identified as testing positive for THC, the
active ingredient in Marijuana. At 2 p.m. Jan. 15,
Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO,
where he was advised of his legal rights, which
he waived, rendering a written sworn statement
admitting to the offense, but denied having
knowledge of where he obtained the Marijuana.
Subject #1 was processed and released to his
unit. This is a final report.

AREA III: Traffic Accident without Injuries, Dam-

age to Government Property, Damage to Pri-
vate Property, Failure to Apply Parking Break,
Subject #1 operating a GOV, illegally parked on
an incline, exited and left the vehicle failing to
engage the parking brake, resulting in the ve-
hicle to rolling backwards and striking Victim
#1’s POV, which was legally parked and unat-
tended in a parking lot. Damages to Subject #1’s
vehicle consisted of scratches to the right rear
side. Damages to Victim #1’s vehicle consisted
of dents and scratches to the left rear fender and
tail-light. Subject #1 rendered a written sworn
statement admitting to the offense. Victim #1
rendered a written statement attesting to the of-
fense. Subject #1 was processed and released
on his own recognizance. ECOD is unknown.
This is a final report. An array of dried herbs, roots and spices brings customers from all over Korea to the peninsula’s most popular venue for purchasing traditional
herbal remedies. For additonal photos from the Seoul Medicine Market, see page 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson
AREA III: Driving Under the Influence of Any In-
toxicant, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Subject #1 was observed failing to stop for a
posted stop sign at the intersection of Freedom
Rd. and Victory Rd. Upon contact MP detected
Medicine Market (Seoul) Ice Fishing Fest (Jan. 31-Feb. 3)
an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from
Subject #1’s person. Subject #1 was adminis-
The Seoul Medicine Market is the center of herbal medicine The Ice Fishing festival is held annually at Soyangho Lake near
tered FST, which he failed. Subject #1 was ap- trade in Korea. There are more than one thousand herb Bupyeong wharf, Nam-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do. The Inje
prehended and transported to the USAG-Hum- clinics, herbal medicine shops and drugstores. The products Ice Fishing Festival at Soyangho Lake in Gangwon-do is one of
phreys PMO where he was administered a PBT are inexpensive because they are delivered directly from herb the largest wintertime events in Korea, drawing 700,000 visitors
with a result of.166% BAC. Due to the level of plantations. It is a tourist attraction for any visitors stopping every year. As part of the festival, the river ice is broken to reveal
Subject #1’s intoxication he was processed and by. The 20 stores established during the early 1960s grew into clean waters flowing through a beautiful landscape, offering
released to his supervisor. At 2:40 p.m. Jan. 12, the one thousand there today, outnumbering the size of Daegu the pleasures of fishing. The Inje Ice Fishing Festival includes
Subject #1 returned to USAG-Humphreys PMO Medicine Market with its 350 years of history. Most of the herbs attractions under four different themes: First, the Nature Zone
where he was advised of his legal rights, which
are transported to the market during late fall, which is the high includes ice fishing, a “zoo” featuring ice animal carvings, and an
he invoked. Subject #1’s USFK operator’s per-
mit was retained and his vehicle was released to
season for herbs both in terms of quality and quantity. Therefore ice playground featuring a slide made out of ice. Second is the
his supervisor. This is a final report. it is advised to purchase Korean herbal medicine from October Leports Zone, featuring a football competition played on ice and
through December. The main product sold at the market is other various leisure activities that can be enjoyed in the snow-
AREA IV: Assault Consummated by a Battery, Herb Medicine, Insam or Ginseng. The Medicine Market is covered field. The third is the Well-being Zone, where visitors
Subject #1 and persons unknown were involved open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Most stores are closed on the can savor foods made from ice-fish or take part in a cooking class
in a verbal altercation which turned physical 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, but not all stores close at specializing in Korean ice-fish cuisine. Lastly, there is the Family
when an unknown person struck Subject #1 once. For more information, visit Zone that features an ice-fishing lesson for children. Besides
with a closed hand in the face adjacent to a these themed events there will be ‘Korea dog-sled championship’
club. Subject #1 sustained injuries consisting
Snow Sculptures (Through Feb. 3) where you can watch the passionate dogs running on ice and
of a broken cheek bone and was transported to
121st CSH by ambulance where he was treated
The Taebaek Snow Festival at Mt. Taebaeksan Provincial Park ‘car racing (rally) contest’ on snow. For more information, visit
and released for his injuries. Investigation con- in the city of Taebaek, Gangwon-do Province, is a major
tinues by MPI. winter event in Korea. A popular attraction of the Taebaek
Snow Festival is the array of beautiful snow sculptures created Folk Village (Gyeonggi-do)
AREA IV: SJA opined there was sufficient evi- by top sculptors from Korean and around the world. There The Lunar New Year holiday week is an ideal time to take in the
dence to title Subject #1 with illegal possession are also a variety of events including magic shows, music history of the Korean Folk Village. Set in its natural environment,
of duty free goods and Subject #2 with derelic- concerts, snowman building and sledding. Near Jangseong, the Korean Folk Village allows visitors to get a feel for life in
tion of duty. This is a final report. visitors can enjoy a fabulous hands-on ice fishing experience at Korea during the late Joeeon Dynasty. Tourists can visit the
the Geumcheon fishing spot and catch a smelt, which lives in more than 260 traditional houses reminiscent of life at that time,
AREA V: Unlawful Entry, Victim #1 was asleep
and was awakened by her front door being
clean water only. The special ‘National Naked Marathon’ is also with various household goods from different regions. All these
closed. When Victim #1 turned on her light, a favorite, in which almost-bare naked contestants run over a features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with
she discovered an unknown male wearing ci- plateau 800 meters above sea level. Try Korean folk games in a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing
vilian clothing. The unknown male removed a the snow, or savor the traditional winter food favorites. These style of the past. About twenty workshops, various handicrafts
key from his jacket pocket and stated Victim and other programs are sure to make your winter experience such as pottery, baskets, winnows, bamboo wares, wooden wares,
#1 left her key in the door. The unknown male at Mt. Taebaeksan all the more exciting and enjoyable. For paper, brass wares, knots, fans, musical instruments, iron wares
then gave the key to Victim #1 and left the room. more information, visit or http://festival. and embroidery are practiced. For more information, visit www.
Victim #1 confirmed she indeed left her key in
the door and it was the key returned to her by
the unknown male. Victim #1 stated no physi-
cal contact occurred and nothing was missing.
Investigation continues by SF.
Source:,,,, — No endorsement implied.


Lt. Col. Donnie L. Thomas, 94th Military Police Battalion commander, presents Gen. Paik
a badge and framed certificate with a replica Harper’s Ferry Pistol, and names him an
honorary “MP”. — U.S. Army Photo By Capt. Michael A.

94th Military Police battalion

hosts Distinguished Guest
Speaker for New Horizons Day
by Capt. John D. Armstrong, achieve the rank of full general (four stars).
94th MP BN PAO He served twice as the ROK Army Chief of
Staff and then the Chairman of the ROK
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA— Each Joint Chiefs of Staff. Under his command,
year, Eighth Army mandates all units the ROK Army would grow from 10 pre-
conduct New Horizons Day training, war to 20 post-war divisions and undergo a
a one day mandatory stand down, to massive modernization program, which laid
train, educate, and inform Soldiers the foundation for today’s ROK Army.
about Eighth Army priorities and After retiring from active duty in 1960,
messages in order to set the conditions Gen. Paik continued to serve his country
for enduring mission readiness and as an ambassador to several countries to
success. include Taiwan, France, and Canada. He
On Jan. 17, units from the also served as the Minister of Transportation
94th Military Police Battalion and and played a significant role in establishing PAID ADVERTISING
Heaquarters and Heaquarters Company, the public transportation system used
Installation Management Command- throughout the ROK today. He is also the
Korea, Eighth Army, conducted New author of several books including “From
Horizons Day XII training on: 1) Pusan to Panmunjom”.
Commitment to the ROK-US Alliance; Today, Gen. Paik serves as the chairman of
2) Be Vigilant, Be Ready, Be Safe; 3) the Military History Compilation Institute
Fight Tonight; 4) Bridging the Cultural Advisory Committee of the Ministry of
Gap through Cultural Awareness; 5) National Defense and the 1st president of
Promoting Dignity and Respect; and the Association of the ROK Army.
6) Winter Driving. “Foremost, I was surprised that at
This year’s training was especially 89 years old, he still spoke such good
noteworthy as the 94th MP BN, in English, and secondly, his great ability to
coordination with the Military Police lead the Korean Army during the Korean
Regimental Association, hosted retired War encouraged me to fulfill my military
ROK Army Gen. Paik, Sun-yup, who service obligation with pride,” said Korean
delivered a special first-hand account Augmentation to the US Army Pfc. Kim
of the Korean War. General Paik is a Minho, HHD, 94th MP BN.
living legend in South Korea due to his “It was an honor seeing a legend
significant contributions during and presenting the history of the Korean War,”
after the Korean War. said SGM Nestor V. Rodriguez, S3 SGM,
General Paik was the foremost ROK 94th MP BN. “It was the best New Horizons
Army General of the Korean War. He Day training I’ve seen and this is my third
participated in all ten major campaigns one.” said 1st Sgt. Darryl Wright, HHC,
of the war to include the defense of, IMCOM, Eighth Army. “An outstanding
and eventual counter-offensive out training event,” remarked Col. Mark C.
of the Pusan Perimeter, as well as the Gardner, 501st SBDE commander, 94th
largest anti-guerilla/counter-insurgency MP BN’s higher HQ.
operation of the war, Operation Rat- In appreciation for his special lecture
Killer, where he commanded an and his support of the ROK-US Alliance,
independent corps, named Task Force Lt. Col. Donnie L. Thomas, 94th MP BN
Paik, which was responsible for killing commander, named Gen. Paik an honorary
or capturing over 25,000 North Korean “MP” and presented him with a badge, and
insurgents.At 33 years old, Gen. Paik framed certificate with a replica Harper’s
became the first South Korean to Ferry Pistol.

Town Hall meeting at

Casey hears concerns
by Jim Cunningham The question of transportation is being
USAG-RC Public Affairs worked legally and has not been resolved.
The question of housing off post that is
USAG CASEY —The year’s first Town not suitable for Soldiers and their families
Hall meeting got off to a quick start with the has been resolved for Soldiers by providing
USAG-Casey leadership fielding questions housing service by Julie’s Realty. Their
and concerns about quality of life situations guarantee is all apartments off post will
and concerns about quality service issues meet high standards and be made affordable
on the garrison. Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, to Soldiers and their families by not
USAG-Casey garrison commander, opened being priced more than Overseas Housing
the Jan. 15 meeting with a briefing about Allowance standards.
the progress of improvements being made Chandani Buccino of the Fires Brigade Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, commander USAG-Casey, addresses concerned Soldiers and fam-
on and around the garrison. Family Readiness Group brought up the idea ily members during USAG-Casey’s Town Hall meeting held in Hanson Field House Jan. 15.
“The reason we have these Town Hall again of providing baby-changing stations — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
meetings is to help us support you, the at the bus terminal.
Soldier and your family,” Meisler said. “I was told we would have baby-changing of clothing items in each size category. see, in the where with it all, of what we
There were many questions from stations at the bus terminal in a few months,” “The cycle of change here does not appear have here, and within the policies and
individual Soldiers new to USAG-Casey Buccino said. “Now it has been almost six as quick as it does in other places,” Meisler procedures, and most importantly, the
and new Family Readiness Group leaders. months, what has happened?” said. “Good, bad or indifferent, this is based resources we have, to see changes we can
Some questions were about identification The answer was it would be passed on, on recent history. Our senior leadership has make, and prioritize them.
cards verses ration control cards. The answer and they were sure it was affordable and seen that; we are getting a large influx of “A good example is standing up
includes the fact Installation Management could be done. resources, whether it is barracks renovation the housing referral office. Technically,
Command-Korea has recently changed Many of the concerns brought before monies that have come in, or looking at the this is a noncommand sponsored area;
the way it monitors ration control, which the Town Hall had been heard before. change in the way ahead to get better services it was resourced that way. However,
means Soldiers and family members now Concerns about clothing sizes not being the for Soldiers and family members. Installation Management Command-
must show both cards when shopping in the right sizes for American women or someone “At the same time, this location and the Korea has now resourced us with a
commissary and the post exchange. other than oriental in size. These questions division 11 years ago were quite different. housing referral office. This will enable
There was a request for shuttle bus were answered by the Army and Air Force The demographics were totally different at us to better support the family members
transportation to and from USAG-Casey Exchange System representative, who the time and the structure was different. and Soldiers within the geographic
for spouses and Soldiers who reside in the explained they get their fashions months in Our demographics have completely changed location of the Casey and Red Cloud
apartments rented to them by Julie’s Realty. advance and they only get a certain number today. We are taking that in context to garrison enclaves.”

Casey gets first Command Sergeant Major families coming over.”

by Jim Cunningham The exact family member numbers are
USAG-RC Public Affairs surprising because family services are seeing
more demand, according to Saeed.
USAG CASEY —For the first time in its “We have no idea who has brought their
long history, U.S. Army Garrison—Casey family over until they need some kind of
acquired its first Command Sergeant Major. assistance,” Saeed said. “Their BHA and
Command Sergeant Major Nidal Saeed was OHA are based on where their family is,
introduced to the leadership of USAG- and their family happens to be here now.
Red Cloud Dec. 18. Saeed’s outstanding Noncommand sponsored Soldiers get just
leadership abilities revealed in previous as much OHA as a command sponsored
commands brought on his appointment Soldier.”
as Command Sergeant Major of USAG- Saeed sees growing success in the support
Casey. of Soldiers living off post, but there is still
“I was operations sustainment Sergeant Command Sergeant Major Nidal Saeed (right) Command Sergeant Major USAG-Casey, stands work to be done.
Major at Fort McPherson, Ga. when I first with James Richardson, USAG-Casey deputy garrison commander, during the Casey Town “We are working with Julie’s Realty.
saw the Command Sergeant Major slot open Hall meeting Jan 15 in the Hanson Field House. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham She is actually on post,” Saeed said. “All
at Casey,” Saeed said. “I was with 3rd Army Soldiers at Casey go through this realtor
Command Sergeant Major, but no open Sergeant Major as part of the command
for 14 months.” now and there is a guaranteed quality for the
positions were available at the time. team,” Saeed said. “In Arifjan it is more of
Command Sergeant Majors are selected apartments she offers. The realty company
“I had been selected on the 2004 a staff job. When you put on the wreath,
by a special Sergeant Major board in the also guarantees the rent to be no more than
Command Sergeant Major board,” Saeed you go into the Command Sergeant Major
Department of the Army, according to the OHA rate.”
said. “Based on availability, there were no program, so you can no longer work in
Saeed. When there is an opening, the board Transportation to and from post for
positions available until last year, but last a staff position, you have to work with a
selects a Sergeant Major and offers the Soldiers renting from Julie’s Realty is not
year I was deployed with the 3rd Army to command team.”
position to him or her. If they decide not to established at this time because of legal
Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, so I had to wait Saeed sees a lot of changes going on
accept the position, then it is offered to the situations yet to be worked out.
for another opening to appear.” at USAG-Casey that makes the job more
next Sergeant Major on their list. “Transportation to and from the
Saeed’s last command included a great desirable to Soldiers and their families,
“The last time USAG-Casey updated apartments are being looked at legally now,”
deal of opportunity and responsibility. especially in regard to housing.
their Table of Distribution and Allowances, Saeed said. “It is also a funding question. But
“We went to places like Yemen to advise “Since Overseas Housing Allowance
Installation Management Command-Korea we are working on it now as we speak.”
the Yemeni Army, Qatar, and Djibouti,” is not tied to whether or not a Soldier
changed the position from a 42 alpha Many other improvements for the
Saeed said. “Our area of responsibility in the is serving in a command sponsored or
sergeant major position to a double o Zulu Soldier and his family are beginning to take
3rd Army was all 27 of the middle eastern noncommand sponsored area, the OHA
command sergeant major position based on shape according to Saeed.
countries and the Horn of Africa.” is the same level, command sponsored or
the fact it became its own garrison,” Saeed “Medical and dental benefits have
Upon reaching USAG-Casey, he found a non-command sponsored,” Saeed said.
said. “It is an honor to be selected for this improved now because Soldiers and their
very different kind of job waiting for him. “With that being changed, it has enabled
position.” families are able to be seen at the Troop
“Battalions, brigades or higher, the Soldiers to bring their families here, and
When Saeed was with the 3rd Army,
commander is authorized a Command USAG-Casey is still growing in respect to
he had already been selected to become a See Saeed page 7

News & Notes

2ID Tax Assistance Center
Free Tax Preparation
2nd Infantry Division Tax Center will be pre-
paring tax returns free of charge from Feb 5
to June 15. For more information call: 730-
3598. At Camp Casey go to Maude Hall
room 241 Tues., Wed., Fri., from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., Thur. from 1 to 8 p.m., Sat. from 8
a.m. to noon. At USAG-Red Cloud in Free-
man Hall, go to room 122 beginning March
1 on Tues. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Camp
Stanley go to ADC(S) building beginning
Mar. 1 on Wed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Personal Financial Readiness Training
Mandatory training for all first term
soldiers E-4 and below will be the 1st
Tuesday of each month in the USAG-
Casey ACS class room. Third Tuesday of
each month in the USAG-RC Education
Center. For more information call: 730-

AER Scharships
Army Emergency Relief offers free money
for education. The 2008-09 Army Emer-
gency Relief Scholarship Program scholar-
ships are now available on the AER web-
site: For more information
call: 730-3142.

Health clinic needs foreign language

USAG-RC Health clinic would like to ex- Staff Sgt. Crystal Ikegwuonu discusses her nomination as 2ID Audie Murphy Board winner with mentor Master Sgt. Anthony Clark. — U.S. Army
tend an invitation for volunteers to assist
Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
with translation. This is an opportunity for

Ikegwuonu voted
anyone in the community including active
duty or family members to be involved in
taking care of Soldiers. Language barriers
in providing access to medical translators
has been identified as a JCAHO patient

recipient of Audie
safety goal. We are looking to compile a list
of anyone with foreign language ability (not
Korean, we have several Korean speak-
ing employees). Our goal is to provide a
phone roster of these translators who could

Murphy Board
then be called to assist with translation, in
particular, Tagolog and Japanese would be
useful but any language is a great help. For
more information call: 732-7373.

Emergency/Urget Situation Help

Get help by calling 730-5906 for USAG-
Casey Fire Station or Military Police in the
Dongducheon area. Call 732-9117 for Red by Spc. Alun Thomas “Most of the NCOs nominated do volunteer “A lot of times they would ask me
Cloud Fire Station or Military Police in the USAG-RC Public Affairs and community work and know all the something, and I did not have a clue what
Uijeongbu area. Call 730-4357 to get help Army criteria and regulations.” they were talking about. It became a case of
if contemplating suicide or if feeling de- USAG CASEY — Staff Sgt. Crystal Ikegwuonu said of the five NCO’s them telling me what to do in the situation,
pressed call: 730-4303. Ikegwuonu was unanimously voted to nominated, she and two others made it and if I didn’t know, I agreed with them,”
the 2nd Infantry Division Sergeant Audie through the prescreening to make it to the Ikegwuonu said.
USAG-RC Pass and Vehicle
Murphy Board, which took place Dec.5 final board. Humor also played an important role
Registration, DEERS ID Card
New Office Location at the USAG-Casey Digital Conference “One of the most important things while in front of the board, Ikegwuonu
Pass and Vehicle Registration, DEERS ID Center. to know is the Audie Murphy biography, said.
Card office is relocating to building S-225 Ikegwuonu, a medic instructor who which is long but important to learn,” Laughing at certain situations making
co-located with the USAG-RC Directorate vied for the honor along with four other said Ikegwuonu. “Also, you are asked a lot me feel more comfortable in front of the
of Human Resources. The effective move Non commissioned Officers, said she was of leadership based questions and given board.
in date is Jan. 28. nominated for the board by her supervisor, scenarios about what you would do in For her selection, Ikegwuonu received
Master Sgt. Anthony Clark, who did an certain situations.” a medal, and the Audie Murphy coin and
Army Community Services
excellent job in mentoring her for the Ikegwuonu said those involved were certificate, but said a lot of Soldiers make the
Volunteer Luncheon
selection. allowed to take their NCO leaders book mistake of using the board for promotion
The Army Community Service Volunteer
Luncheon will be held in the USAG-Casey “Sgt. Clark had been before the board while in front of the board, but noted it points.
Warrior’s Club April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 himself years earlier, so he was able to give has to look like the book is used everyday “A lot of people go to get promoted, mess
p.m. For more information, call: 730-3143. me some valuable insight,” Ikegwuonu and not being brought in just to impress up by saying, ‘I’m here to get promoted,’
said. the board. which is the wrong thing to do,” Ikegwuonu
Reggie’s Camp Stanley Closing In order to be eligible for the board, “If at anytime you’re not confident or said
Reggie’s at Camp Stanley will be closed named after the World War II veteran who sure or answering the question the way the Clark said in order to win the board, a
Jan. 28. Free chili dogs will be offered in won the Medal Of Honor, NCOs must board wants, they will put pressure on you candidate has to win a unanimous share of
Tommy’s lounge beginning 5 p.m.
score 90 or above in each physical training to resolve it or simply move on to the next the votes from the board.
test, qualify as an expert with their weapon, question,” Ikegwuonu said. “It can’t be 3-2 or 4-1, it has to be 5-0, or;
Mitchell’s Club Closing
Mitchell’s Club on USAG-RC willbe closed and also pass a preboard screening to be Ikegwuonu said for the most part she however, many people are being nominated,”
Jan. 31 to the general public. Normal oper- considered for the board, Ikegwuonu said. managed to successfully answer most of the Clark said. “To Crystal’s credit she did just
ating hours will resume Feb. 1. For more “The board is designed for NCO’s who board’s questions, but on occasion was stuck what she was supposed to do.”
information call: 732-8189/8211. outshine other NCOs,” Ikegwuonu said. for an answer.

Warriors attend New Horizons Day

By Spc. Alun Thomas for each other and be good ambassadors. the rise because of new personnel,
USAG-RC Public Affairs “We have classes today to talk about new drivers and adverse conditions,”
how to do that,” Jackson said. “It is our Downs said. “Leadership engagement
RED CLOUD GARRISON – responsibility to be good guests during our is vital. They have to know what they
Soldiers from Headquarters, Headquarters time spent here.” are doing, and that’s why we have this
Company and Headquarters, Headquarters A video titled ‘This Is Korea’ explained training.”
Detachments undertook New Horizons facts and details about the Republic of Jackson said the topics covered
training Jan. 17 at the USAG-RC Theater. Korea, including history, geography and in New Horizons are ones Soldiers
The training, which is held twice each customs. are already familiar with, but must
year, is mandatory for all Soldiers of both A n o t h e r v i d e o , ‘ W h i t e Ti g e r s’ be reiterated to ensure a successful
units with featured briefings on subjects documented the alliance between Korean 2008.
including equal opportunity, cold weather and American Soldiers during the Korean “This is not the first time. We
injuries, human trafficking and prostitution, War. have heard all these things before,”
government travel cards, 2nd Infantry Sgt. Eun Ho Byun, senior Korean Jackson said. “But we must guard our
Division history and ethics. Augmentation Troops to the United reputation. We, as Soldiers, cannot get
“This training is designed to give those States Army, HHC, briefed those away with everything like the average
stationed here a better understanding of our in attendance about the KATUSA Joe, so we must do the right thing.”
host nation,” said Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, program following the videos, and Jackson said he hoped people
Eighth Army commanding general, in a said the program is gradually being would take away something from the
video message prepared for the training. reduced from 24 months to 18 months briefings which will aid them for the
Valcourt said Soldiers in South Korea are time of service for each KATUSA. duration of their stay in Korea.
at the front end of a noteworthy transition Sgt. Maj. Marshall Downs said the “I set the command climate in
Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, garrison com- as South Korea prepares to take control of New Horizons training will help to get USAG-RC, and I want everybody
mander, USAG-RC, briefs the Soldiers at- its own Army in the foreseen future. HHC and HHD to refocus and pay here today to look out for each other,”
tending day 12 of New Horizons training, Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, garrison attention to things in 2008. Jackson said. “It is important we carry
Jan.17 at USAG-RC Theater. — U.S. Army commander, USAG-RC, said it is important “One of our main problems has ourselves with dignity and respect. ”
Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas for those in Korea to be vigilant, watch out been TMP accidents, which are on

Camp Stanley DFAC wins turkey day award

Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, garrison commander, USAG-RC presents Sgt. 1st Class. Courtlin Vinson, Dining Facility Noncomissioned Officer for USAG-Stanley, Jan 16, with the first place award
for top Thanksgiving Day DFAC to USAG-Stanley’s main DFAC. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas

and now they have a Command Sergeant of activities, so we are showing a lot of
Saeed from page 5 Major; we are having regular town hall success.”Every day when Soldiers come to
meetings; we have a new Community work they can see improvement, but there
Medical Center on a routine basis,” Saeed for each battalion,” Saeed said. “We have are things stand out to the Soldier when he
said. “Regardless if they are command enough space and enough push by the “Every day when Soldiers come to needs support.
sponsored or not. These developments and commands and cooperation with the work they can see “I think the barracks renovation is
the fact the new Pear Blossom Cottage battalions and the brigade commanders we the biggest morale booster so far,” Saeed
will be open soon are all morale raising will actually have a FRG in every battalion improvement...” said. “Because that affects them on a daily
improvements.” at USAG-Casey.” basis. All the barracks being renovated are
Not only the improvements to medical Saeed saw good changes at first sight Command Sergeant Major getting new furniture.”USAG-Casey was
care and a new Pear Blossom Cottage, but instead of a lot of problems when taking not originally outfitted to support all these
Nidal Saeed, USAG-Casey Soldiers with families, but now with all
more improvements to living and working command.
conditions at USAG-Casey result in higher “A lot of Soldiers feel that much is Activity Center manager, Sally Hall, she is these improvements and more to come, I
morale. changing for the best,” Saeed said. doing many new things at the center now, would say USAG-Casey is a great place to
“There is one Family Readiness Group They see the new commander coming in and our calendar is filling with all kinds live and work.
JANUARY 25, 2008

Child care opens at inprocessing center

New center for children of families attending newcomer orientation
by Sgt. Kim Sang-wook
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

Newcomer parents with children now
have an in-house child-care option while
attending inprocessing training at the
Yongsan Readiness Center.
A child care room opened Jan. 17 to
provide free care during the last two days
of the program, when spouses attend.
The room makes the readiness center a
true “one-stop shop” for everything related
to inprocessing, said Capt. William Yun,
commander of the Yongsan Readiness
Center. “If we provide them the mandatory
training, then we should provide child
care, also,” he said.
This also culminates a yearlong project
originally directed by Gen. B.B. Bell,
U.S. Forces Korea commander, during a
community visit to Yongsan in September
2006, said Steven Carpenter, USAG-
Yongsan Human Resources Director.
“The commander’s intent was for us
to make a user-friendly, spouse-centric
program with on-site child care,” he said.
“Since spouses have to attend the last two
days of the orientation, it only makes sense
to offer child care in the same building.” Child care provider Maggie Maritch plays with 16-month-old Sam Frankel (center) and 3-year-old Jaylen Strong at the new child care room in the Yongsan Readi-
ness Center. — U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook
Since August, the readiness center has
served as the central inprocessing location Child Development Center. Now, two about $63,000 in renovations, furniture the corner.
for Soldiers, civilian employees and their child care providers from the CDC and and supplies. Staffing the room will cost “I really feel good about it,” she said.
spouses. The weeklong newcomer program School-Age Services come to the readiness about $60,000 a year out of Morale, “I also think it is good to have enough
also gives an in-depth orientation to center to look after children and provide Welfare and Recreation funds. providers for the amount of kids they
Korea, the people and their culture. activities, snacks and other services. For Shay Frankel, mother of 16-month- have so the kids can get enough attention
Before the child care room opened, The room, which can take up to 13 old Sam, the new room gave her piece of they need.”
children were cared for at the Yongsan children 6 weeks up to fifth grade, cost mind knowing her son was just around

Yongsan community commemorates King legacy

by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi Gathered from various civil, not only to remember the life of Martin
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs governmental and military organizations, Luther King and how he gave his life for
they marched from Collier Field House to better life, but also to realize that we still
YONGSAN GARRISON — More South Post Chapel to begin the candlelight have to improve the lives of those who
than 300 hundred Yongsan community vigil ceremony. suffer injustice and discrimination in the
members gathered Jan. 20 at South Post At the chapel, participants gave various world,” explained Michelle Y. Outlaw,
Chapel to celebrate and honor the birth of performances and presented poems to the U.S. Embassy-Seoul vice counsel, one
Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on commemorate the MLK’s life. of the coordinators. “I believe we must
civil rights in the United States. “We do this candlelight vigil ceremony continue this event to remember that there
are still many (obstacles) to overcome for
people’s rights.”
The Seoul American High School choir
sang the U.S. and Korean national anthems,
and the Seoul American Elementary School
choir sang “Go Down Moses” and “The
Dream of Martin Luther King.”
Aris Wilkins, an 11th-grader at Seoul
American High, read the most famous
speech of Martin Luther King, “I Have a
“I believe this candlelight vigil event is
important in that it keeps our movement
forward and to remember the teaching
of Martin Luther King Jr. that we must
love one another regardless of people’s
differences,” said Maj. Cheryl Womack,
chief of the 8th U.S. Army munitions
Capt. Carmen Elston, 8th Army
engineers, added, “I think the biggest
influence of Martin Luther King Jr. is that
he taught people what counts the most is
(Top) Col. Dave Hall, USAG-Yongsan commander, lights a candle before the MLK Day ceremony at the South Post Chapel. (Above) Hundreds of Yongsan com-
munity members march from Collier Field House to the chapel Jan. 20 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. — U.S. Army Photos By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi
hope, love and fellowship with everyone.”

News & Notes Yongsan tax center offers IRS-certified returns

Domestic Violence Symposium by Cpl. Im Jin-min
The Army Community Services Family USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Advocacy Program invites the community
to attend a domestic violence symposium YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan
7:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 at the Multi-Pur- Tax Center staffers finished two weeks of
pose Training Facility. The symposium will tax training Jan. 17 in preparation for the
increase awareness of domestic abuse, its
center’s opening Feb. 1.
causes and prevention. For information,
call 738-5151. “We had a week of training on tax law
and another week of training from IRS
AFCEA Luncheon instructors to learn how to take all those
The Seoul Chapter of the Armed Forces theories and apply them to the real thing,”
Communications and Electronics Asso- said Capt. Hans Zeller, the tax center’s
ciation is sponsoring a luncheon 11:30 officer in charge. “The Soldiers have attained
a.m. Wednesday Jan. 30 at the Dragon the information and skills with great interest
Hill Lodge Mezzanine Bridge. The buffet and alarming speed.”
is $15 and includes a drink and gratuity.
Thirteen Soldiers and five volunteers will
The luncheon is open to current, poten-
tial, and non-members. Send RSVP to prepare no-cost tax returns for the Yongsan For information, community. Last week, they finished an
call 010-2382-1655. intensive Internal Revenue Service training
U.S. Army Nurse Corps Ceremony “This training means that community
The 18th Medical Command will hold a members will go through friendly faces
ceremony to commemorate the 107th An- to have their tax returns done – for free
niversary of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps – from a person who has been trained and
2-4 p.m. Feb. 1 at 121st Combat Support
certified,” said Tom Cavagnero, a senior tax
Hospital. For information, call 737-7428.
specialist from IRS center in Los Angeles
Prevent Freezing Pipes who conducted the training.
During the winter months, Public Works He said the return involves an elaborate
officials recommend keeping unoccupied process on the tax preparer’s part of gathering Pfc. Christopher Sun, a Yongsan Tax Center staff member, reviews tax forms during last week’s Internal
rooms heated at a minimum of 60 degrees information, processing it and revising it. Revenue Service training program for tax preparers. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Im Jin-min
Fahrenheit to maintain indoor heat. In addi- “The tax preparers then utilize the software information customers provide.
tion, allow water to slightly drip from kitchen
and bathroom faucets to keep constant
to provide checks and balances and check “I think the best way a customer can Tax center opens Feb. 1
calculations,” he explained. “If a return gets prepare for doing their taxes is to bring all
water flow. This will help prevent pipes from
rejected for any reason, it can certainly be the documents such as the W-2 and 1099 The Yongsan Tax Center begins
freezing. For information, call 724-6693.
reworked.” forms,” said Pfc. Christopher Sun, a tax operations Feb. 1 at the Moyer
‘Faithlift’ Registration Ongoing As part of the certification training, center staff member. “It will be quicker and Community Activities Center, Room
Registration is ongoing for Faithlift 2008, Cavagnero provided lectures, examples of more efficient.” 113.
an interdenominational Christian women’s tax laws and practice scenarios using the Sgt. Michael Martinez said his main goal The tax center will operate the
weekend March 7-8 at Yongsan Garrison. IRS tax program software. as a tax preparer is to help the customer get following hours:
The event, organized by the Protestant In 2007, the Yongsan Tax Center the full benefit of tax laws while receiving
Women of the Chapel, is limited to 300
• 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays,
generated more than 3,100 federal and as much a return as possible. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
participants. Send an e-mail to yongsan. state income tax returns with more than “I was skeptical at first, but after the • 1-6 p.m. Thursdays to register or visit the
$4.2 million refunded. training I feel more confident and hope to • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays.
PWOC Web site at
Cavagnero said his top concern is to keep provide the best service for our customers,” For information, call 723-8940.
Army Family Team Building tax forms error-free, but that depends on the Martinez said.
A three-day Army Family Team Building Lev-
el II seminar is scheduled 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb.
13-15 at the Community Services Building Clubs, Dragon Hill Lodge set for Super Bowl festivities
To RSVP and for information, call 738-3617.
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs • St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders perform Main Post Club
Saturday Dental Appointments at half-time. • Doors open at 5 a.m. for the first 40
The 618th Theater Dental Command will Yongsan will offer no shortage of events • 50 percent off breakfast and bottomless people in line, who will be eligible to win a
provide Saturday appointments 8 a.m. to to cheer on your favorite Super Bowl team refills on the club’s homemade root beer. round-trip ticket to the United States.
1 p.m. at USAG-Yongsan Dental Clinic #2 during early morning parties Feb. 4. For information, call 725-7731 or visit • Doors open to public at 6 a.m.
beginning Jan. 26. This appointment-only Kick off is 8 a.m., but doors open much • St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders will
service is available to Servicemembers E-7 earlier. Each event features prize give-aways perform at 7 a.m. followed by an autograph
and above and their eligible family members. and raffles throughout the game. The Main Dragon Hill Lodge and photo session.
For information, call 736-4779/7096. Post Club is giving away a 56-inch, high- • Doors open at 7 a.m. • Free admission and breakfast.
definition television. • Watch the game in Bentley’s Pub, For information, call 738-5254.
USO Highlights
Following are highlights: Whispers Lounge, or on one of three screens
 USO 67th Birthday Celebration: The
in the Naija Ballroom. K-16 Landing Zone Club
USO’s 67th birthday celebration is 11 a.m.
Navy Club • Admission and breakfast are free. • Doors open at 6 a.m., and admission
to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. Enjoy free cake and ice
cream for all participants and $1 canteen
• Doors open at 6 a.m. For information, call 738-2222, Ext. and breakfast are free.
special for all active-duty Servicemembers. • NFL gear give-aways every quarter. 6445 or visit For information, call 741-6473.
Win great raffle prizes.
 Virtues Volunteers Needed: The Virtues Safety official: good tires, safety kit key to winter driving prep
English Program allows active-duty Service- by Russell Obey solution? Get winter tires. Winter tires dig park in an attached or heated garage, you will
members to volunteer two Saturdays per USAG-Yongsan Safety Officer into loose snow and compress it into their “lose” pressure when you leave its warmth.
month teaching English. Being a volunteer
for Virtues English classes also helps satisfy
large tread grooves (like packing a snowball), Check your tire treads and sidewalls. Look
YONGSAN GARRISON — Are you resulting in snow-to-snow traction. for thin or uneven tread wear. Take a Lincoln-
your Good Neighbor Program requirement.
For information, call Ahn Mi-Hwa. ready for winter? Get your car ready, too. head penny and insert it Lincoln-head first
 Pick up the USO monthly calendars at Here’s what you need to know for tire Check your tire pressure into your tire tread at the most worn part of
the Main Exchange, Commissary, Dragon maintenance and a look under the hood. Tip: For every 10-degree Fahrenheit the tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head,
Hill Lodge, and Town House. The calendar Prepare a winter safety kit, and remind your change in temperature, your tire’s inflation you may need new tires. Cut or damaged
is available on-line at the USO Web site at family and friends of winter driving tips. will change about one pound per square inch sidewalls are also weak areas that can collapse (psi) (up with higher temperatures and down under severe conditions.
For information on USO programs, call 724- Tire Maintenance with lower).
7003. Rain, snow and ice reduce tire traction Tip: Check your tire pressure in the
and compromise your control. What’s the morning before you drive a few miles. If you — See Winter Driving, Page 12 —


Housing manager: ‘We have the most important job’

by Kenneth Fidler
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Fred Moore isn’t so sure anyone would be jealous of his job. As deputy chief of the U.S.
Army Garrison-Yongsan housing office, he’s got quite a plate full. He looks after the $30
million operation and maintenance program for family housing and unaccompanied
personnel housing and $52 million in furniture. The office manages more than 1,000
houses on post and more than 3,000 off-post leases. He recently was named the top
housing officer of the year for 2006 and was awarded the Installation Management
Command’s 2006 Housing Executive of the Year Award. His nomination states he’s always
looking for ways to improve life for customers. He says the award was a team effort,
though, of the 70 people who work in housing. “This job ... we are never bored,” he said.
“There is something different every day. We have the most important job. Everyone has
to come and see us. We pretty much manage the keys to their homes. If we don’t do our
jobs, then we fail them because those folks can’t concentrate on their mission.”

The award was for 2006. That must have For all government housing, we normally
been a good year. spend close to $3 million a year in renovations.
A lot of good things happened. One We put in new roofs, new doors, new
of the biggest programs was the furnished windows, and new kitchen cabinets. Most
apartment program. Housing has always had of these homes are over 50 years old. We Kenneth Fidler

a big deficit in furniture for unaccompanied spend a lot of money trying to keep them go golfing during a trip to Camp Zama. I FRED G. MOORE
personnel. We could never give them good, renovated. We used to lose a lot of houses didn’t think I’d ever find myself chasing a little Position: Deputy director of housing since
quality furniture. We met with realtors and over the wintertime because of pipes freezing, ball around a golf course. I got hooked since 2003
landlords and asked them to consider offering so we started replacing roofs, pipes and other that day 17 years ago. Right before I retired I Career: 24 years on active duty in the Air
us furnished homes. Originally it was for E-6 structural things. got down to a 7-handicap and applied to the Force, retired in 1999. Overseas assign-
and below, but now it’s for anyone up to 0-6. San Diego Golf Academy because I wanted ments include Spain, Belgium and Japan.
So, if you go off post and you’re single, you’ll What is out at Hannam Village? to become a teaching pro. I was accepted, but While in the Air Force, worked in admin-
go into a furnished apartment. We’re saving Hannam used to have over 700 homes at the same time, my son joined the military. istration, postal operations, cryptographic
maintenance, medical logistics, and
about $1 million annually in furnishings with but three high-rises are empty because they’ve That school was a year and a half long and
housing. As civilian employee, managed a
that. The customer gets an apartment list of had a lot of maintenance problems. Right you have to be financially independent. But I mobile home park in Colorado. Managed
what’s available and gets to pick and choose. now we have close to 300 in one high-rise needed to help my son and son and his family. base housing for U.S. Coast Guard Base
and one low-rise. The low-rise apartments So, maybe after I finish my second career, I’ll Rio Bayamon in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Explain the leased housing on post. were renovated in 2002. We combined two try that again. before moving to Yongsan. He’ll move this
We have three leased areas – Black Hawk apartments to make them larger. Part of the summer to Fort Sill, OK, to manage the
Village, Eagle Grove and Itaewon Acres. expansion there gave us the idea of expanding Your son follow dad’s footsteps? installation’s Residential Community Initia-
That’s about 300 housing units. A Korean here in the post, and last year we converted My son has been in the Air Force 10 years tive-Privatized Housing Project.
contractor handles all the leased housing on some into 5-bedroom apartments for larger now. My dad’s retired Air Force, and I’m
post. In 2005, we helped them establish an families. Hannam has been challenging. retired Air Force; so, three generations of we’ve seen a lot of great changes over five years.
office on post, giving customers direct contact Two main issues: one is the size of the military. My son is currently at Vandenberg It’s always gotten a little bit better. One of the
with the residents. We’ve been renovating a lot apartments. They are small. The other is a lot Air Force Base, Calif. He’s an electrician with challenges is Yongsan has been on the (base
of the leased housing since 2001. It’s grown of maintenance issues. It got to a point where a Red Horse unit, the engineers that deploy all closure) list a few times in the past. When
to almost gutting out an entire apartment. we had to move people out. the time. He’s been deployed five times. a base shows up on the list, it usually loses
Just having that office on post has helped out money and that has impacted the structures.
tremendously. What do you do to stay active? Are you leaving here with fond memories We’ve been able to work together to keep
I love sports, play golf and work out at the after five years? things together, still provide a service to
What about the other housing areas? Point. I’ve always been a big bowler. When I I don’t know how to put or explain it the customers and take care of service members,
We have 240 government-owned houses. was stationed in Japan, a friend asked me to best. We’ve been involved in so much, and civilians and families the best we can.

“Around Yongsan” is a place to publish your photos of commu- ganization; describe the action; name and date of event; name of
AROUND YONGSAN nity events. Send high-quality digital photos to yongsan@korea. photographer; and a contact name and phone number. Photos will Include the following information with each photo: iden- be published based on quality and space availability and may be
TAKE YOUR PIC tify people in the photo with first name, last name, rank, and or- posted to the Garrison web site at

YONGSAN DOWNS HOVEY 69-63: A Camp Hovey player (right) tries to get around Yongsan
defense during post-on-post game play Jan. 12 at Collier Field House. Yongsan beat Camp
Hovey 69-63 and held its 12-0 undefeated record. Yongsan takes on Wonju 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at
Collier. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Lee Min-hwi

DODGE BALL FRAY: Average Joes team players try to throw out opponents during a 5-on-5 dodge ball
tournament at the Trent Gymnasium Jan. 12. Yongsan’s Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied
Soldiers organzied the activity. Twenty players participated, and team Top Secret won a $25 gift certificate.
The nest BOSS event is a gamer night 1-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Moyer Community Activities Center. Call
BOSS at 738-5466 for details.— U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook


Winter driving safety

e recently experienced our first mil/home) lists tires as the top item to
snows of the season. Though check. Make sure they have enough tread
we had a few minor vehicle left for traction. Better yet, if you don’t
accidents, no one was hurt and damage have snow tires, consider getting some to
was minimal. But it serves to remind us of improve traction.
practicing safe winter driving habits while Even when driving with eyes peeled to
navigating slick streets. the road, both hands on the wheel and
Driving in Korea can be a difficult going slower then normal, one might
challenge, and winter conditions make it still fail to recognize one of the deadliest
all that much tougher. Now is the time to dangers of all winter driving -- black ice.
slow down and be extra cautious behind Black ice is clear water that has frozen on
the wheel. It’s also imperative that your dark roads. It usually forms below, and in
vehicle is in top condition. Recently in the areas that are surrounded by trees. If drivers
United States, police in a Midwestern town aren’t aware of overpasses, on bridges black
found that one-fourth of all cars stopped ice, their vehicle could hit a patch, causing
had condition defects such as worn tires them to lose control.
or broken headlights. These problems, Because black ice is almost invisible,
while perhaps minor by themselves, can it is difficult for drivers to recognize
lead to serious accidents in dangerous these conditions and take precautionary
conditions. measures. Pavements that look dry, but
Vehicle maintenance is absolutely appear darker in color and clear or shiny,
essential. Drivers who don’t carry out should alert you to the possible presence
regular checks are at much greater risk of of black ice.
being involved in a collision. Pay particular For all of us, drive at slower speeds,
attention to tires, lights, brakes, steering anticipate stops at traffic lights and
and fluid levels. intersections, and apply brakes sooner than
The POV inspection checklist in the normal will help prevent loss of control
Army’s POV Toolbox ( and accidents.

Winter Driving Continued from Page 10

Under the Hood a first aid kit, booster cables, safety flares, a
It takes a lot more power to start your car small shovel, and a jug of water and funnel
when it is cold outside. Check the battery for for radiator refills.
clean and tight connections and proper fluid • Tools and “fix-it” supplies such as a
levels. Clean corrosion (a whitish powder) screwdriver, pliers, rubber hammer, wrench,
from battery terminals. a can of penetrating oil, an old scarf and belt
Your coolant system keeps your car warm. for emergency hose repairs, and a small throw
Check the level, acidity and concentration of rug and old shower curtain (for kneeling next
radiator fluids at least every 3,000 miles. to your car or getting under it).
Tip: A mixture of 50% anti-freeze and PAID ADVERTISING
50% water will protect down to -40 degrees Winter Driving Tips
Fahrenheit. No matter how safe your car is, winter
driving requires extra attention. Brake gently,
Inspect and replace accelerate gently and steer gently. Remember
Inspect air filter, rubber hoses and drive these tips, too:
belts and replace as necessary. Also check fluid • As every driver’s education teacher
levels for transmission, brake, differential, repeats, steer into a skid.
power steering and window washer. • If you get stuck in the snow, throw sand,
old newspapers or dirt in front of and behind
Winter Safety Kit the drive wheels.
Prepare a winter safety kit to keep in your • In snowy conditions, drive in lower
car at all times. Be sure to include: gears. Avoid using your overdrive feature.
• Winter necessities such as an ice scraper; • Always keep your gas tank half full.
tire chains; extra washer fluid; boots and • Slow down when conditions change.
gloves; and sand or old newspapers for • Remember to drive to arrive!
traction. • Expect Delays. Traffic will move much
• Emergency supplies like extra clothing slower. Check the road conditions and depart
and blankets, flashlight with spare batteries, for your destination earlier.
energy bars or dried snacks, drinking water, Call DSN 738-7623 or Commercial 0505-
a battery-powered radio with spare batteries, 738-7623 for road conditions updates.

Postal news you can use
Do not use a foreign location in your address, i.e.,
Seoul, Korea. If you do, the mail will be routed through the international mail
system and will be delayed.

 Remember it is your responsibility to in-process/out-process your unit

mail room. If you do not, your mail will be delayed and could be returned
to sender.

U.S. Forces Korea J6 to host conference

USFK J6 will host its annual Information Assurance Conference May 6-8 at the Osan Air Force Base Officers Club in Osan AB, Korea.

J/G6’s, DoD IA personnel, and other key IA personnel associated with information assurance and information systems in the USFK area
of responsibility are cordially invited to attend.

This year’s theme is “Strengthening Information Assurance Agility for the Joint War fighter”. We encourage attendees to suggest new
topics that you would like to see presented and the desired presenter.

Personal credit repair is within reach

by Capt. Stacey A. Huss Ginsberg payments. If you keep a balance on your credit card, make sure this balance is low, and
2ID Client Legal Services always make at least the minimum monthly payment. Call your creditors to ask about
setting up a payment plan within your budget. This may or may not be successful, but
If you are having trouble getting a loan, raising the spending limit on your credit card, it never hurts to try.
or even being approved for a credit card, you may need to improve your credit. Another way to improve your credit is to stop applying for new credit cards. Several
The first step is to obtain your credit report from one or all of the three nationwide open applications for credit can show you to be a risky borrower, and can lower your credit
credit reporting bureaus: Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. You are entitled to one free score. Too many credit cards also tend to encourage spending outside your financial means,
credit report per year from each agency, and can order it through www.annualcreditreport. often leading to more late or missed payments, and further negative credit scores.
com, or directly through the credit agencies’ websites. Credit repair agencies are also an option for some people. If you choose this route,
If you find any errors or inaccuracies, file a written notice with the credit reporting however, be careful. Make sure the agency you choose is legitimate. They should be
bureau. They will investigate the issue and provide you written results. If the results do complying with the Credit Repair Organizations Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1679 (2000). They
not change as a result of the investigation, you can include a written statement of dispute should provide you with a mandatory disclosure statement that spells out your rights as
in your file and all future credit reports. a consumer.
Next, pay all your bills on time. This is one of the most important factors in a good If you are having trouble with your finances, the Army has several resources available
credit score. Late or missed payments can have a very negative impact on your credit score. to assist you. Army Community Services offers a variety of financial counseling services,
It is best to pay bills the day they arrive in the mail, or set up an online, automatic bill-pay including Personal Financial Management Training. As well, Military OneSource provides
system to ensure your payments are never late. financial information on budgeting, managing credit, investing, and a variety of other
Third, pay off any outstanding debts. If you cannot afford to pay the entire amount at useful topics.
one time, pay the debt down as much as you can, and continue to make at least monthly Improving your credit is within your control – start today!

Bankruptcy: Learn the median income in your state, and you but does not hold a lien on any property
to secure the payment of that credit. The
discharge. While a discharge or reduction
of debt may sound attractive to many, filing
can afford to pay $100 per month toward
the facts before filing paying off your debt, you cannot file under duties of the trustee include: collecting for bankruptcy does not come without
Chapter 7 and must proceed under Chapter property of the estate, invalidating certain consequences. Filing for bankruptcy is not
by Capt. Hans Zeller 13. Whether you can afford to pay $100 per transfers which you may have made prior to free as there are court costs.
Client Legal Services month (or $6,000 over a five-year period) declaring bankruptcy, objecting to a claim Further, because doing so is a complicated
depends on a formula that includes your of exemption, objecting to discharge of the matter, hiring an attorney is often required.
In April 2005, the Bankruptcy Abuse monthly income, your expenses, and the debt, liquidating any nonexempt property Bankruptcy information will stay on your
Prevention and Consumer Protection Act total amount of your debt. and distributing it to creditors with valid credit report for at least 10 years. During
of 2005 became law. The Act represented Chapter 13 in turn is not available to claims, and making a final accounting to that time, creditors will likely deny you
a major reform of the bankruptcy system. you if you have over $250,000 of liquidated, the court. credit for buying a house, starting a business
One intent of the new law was to reduce the unsecured debts or over $750,000 of The principal end goal of most or any other major investment. Negative
number of persons filing for bankruptcy, in liquidated, secured debts. bankruptcies is the discharge, which frees information on your credit report will
particular Chapter 7 filings. As a result, it is Regardless of whether your wish to file you from personal liability on almost all also likely prevent you from obtaining low
now more difficult for some individuals to under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you will debts. The discharge from debt gives you interest credit cards or taking out smaller
file for bankruptcy. have to attend mandatory credit counseling the fresh start that bankruptcy intends to loans for items such as cars, jewelry, travel
To file under Chapter 7, you must meet in a government-approved program. You provide. In Chapter 7 cases, discharge orders or furniture.
certain eligibility requirements under a must also show proof of your income by can be entered in as little as sixty days after Bankruptcy is a very technical and
“means test.” Under the “means test,” if your providing federal tax returns from the last the first meeting of the creditors, assuming complicated area that deserves thorough
current monthly income is less than the tax year. In every case under Chapter 7 and that no objection to discharge has been filed consideration. This article is for general
median income in your state, you can file Chapter 13, the court appoints a trustee. by that time. In a Chapter 13 case, the court informational purposes only. For further
for bankruptcy under Chapter 7. However, The trustee’s role is to represent the interest grants a discharge after the debtor completes questions about bankruptcy or other legal
if your current monthly income is above of the unsecured creditors. An unsecured payments under a confirmed plan or upon issues, contact the Yongsan Legal Assistance
creditor is a creditor who has extended credit application by the debtor for a hardship Office at 738-8111 to make an appointment
to talk with an attorney.

January 25-31

Today Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Casey This Christmas August Rush This Christmas First Sunday August Rush Hitman August Rush
730-7354 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. (PG) 8:30 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7:30 p.m. (PG) 7:30 p.m. (R) 7:30 p.m. (PG) 7:30 p.m.
Henry Water Horse Water Horse Water Horse Beowulf No Show No Show No Show
768-7724 (PG) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m.
Humphreys Bucket List Bucket List Bucket List Gone Baby Gone Gone Baby Gone Hitman Hitman
753-7716 (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m.
Hovey Enchanted Bucket List Why Did I Get Married Beowulf Bucket List Enchanted Beowulf
730-5412 (PG) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m.
Kunsan National Treasure Water Horse Hitman No Show No Show No Show Hitman
782-4987 (PG) 8:30 p.m. (PG) 8:30 p.m. (R) 8:30 p.m. (R) 6 p.m.
Osan Meet the Spartans Hitman Hitman Hitman Hitman Hitman This Christmas
784-4930 (PG13) 9:30 p.m. (R) 9:30 p.m. (R) 9:30 p.m. (R) 9:30 p.m. (R) 9:30 p.m. (R) 9:30 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m.
Red Cloud This Christmas This Christmas Beowulf This Christmas August Rush No Show Cloverfield
732-6620 (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG) 8 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (UNK) 7 p.m.
Stanley Rendition Beowulf Enchanted Beowulf No Show First Sunday Enchanted
732-5565 (R) 8 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m.
Meet the Spartans Meet the Spartans Meet the Spartans Hitman Hitman Hitman This Christmas
Yongsan I
(PG13) 8:30 p.m. (PG13) 8 p.m. (PG13) 8 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m.
Surf’s Up Surf’s Up August Rush Lions for Lambs Lions for Lambs Lions for Lambs Mr. Woodcock
Yongsan II (PG) 6:30 p.m. (PG) 6:30 p.m. (PG) 6:30 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (PG13) 6 p.m.
Yongsan III The Comeback The Comeback August Rush August Rush Beowulf Beowulf Martian Child
738-7389 (PG13) 6:30 p.m. (PG13) 6:30 p.m. (PG) 6:30 p.m. (PG) 6 p.m. (PG) 6 p.m. (PG) 6 p.m. (PG) 6 p.m.

Looking for something new to do?

Seoul Medicine Market has the cure
More than a thousand shops line the streets of the are items on display here. Many of the merchants
Seoul Medicine Market. Whether stationed in Seoul or grow these products themselves. The rich smells of
just passing through, this market can give U.S. Forces raw medicinal products are one of the benefits of vis-
Korea members an indepth look at this country’s trad- iting this market. Ginseng is the most popular item
tional culture. on the list here. It is a local root herb believed to
Asian medicines, roots, herbs, spices, and ginseng promote good health.

(Clockwise from top) A woman sells dried beans in every hue at her shop in the Seoul Medicine Market; A vendor chops
fresh mushrooms for his customers; There’s no shortage of sweet treats in this local candy shop; Visitors to the market
can eat affordably on the run at one of the many “street food” vendors. — U.S. Army Photos By Edward Johnson

St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders dance through Korea

Special to The Morning Calm Weekly The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders visit is brought to you by Armed
Forces Entertainment and MWR. All performances are open to
The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders will visit troops stationed in the military community and free of charge. For more information,
Korea Jan. 30 through Feb. 4. The cheerleaders will perform 4 major please contact your local MWR Entertainment Office or DSN
shows as well as complete handshake tours at remote locations. 723-3749.
The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders are comprised of thirty-five
intelligent, talented and beautiful young women from diversified Schedule for performances in Korea:
backgrounds. In addition to the numerous full-time college students
on the squad, some are in professional fields such as nursing and Wednesday, Jan. 30
elementary education. USAG-Casey, Carey Fitness Center 7 p.m.
Although they are mostly recognized for their entertaining
Thursday, Jan. 31
performances on the sidelines, the majority of the Rams Cheerleaders’
Camp Humphreys, CAC 7 p.m.
time is spent giving back to the community. This past year, the
Cheerleaders completed more than 600 appearances in the bi-state Friday, Feb. 1
region; donating over 750 hours to charity. Although each member Yongsan Garrison, SAHS 7 p.m.
of the squad is required to complete 12 charity visits during the
year, the ladies have proven their commitment by going above and Saturday, Feb. 2
beyond that number year after year. Camp Carroll, Gym 6 p.m.
The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders not only enjoy giving back to the St. Louis Community,
Monday, Feb. 4

but have traveled nationally and internationally, as well. Rams Cheerleaders have
Super Bowl Parties Various

traveled to Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea and Mexico

City; entertained at Military Bases in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Texas and

Washington; and have set sail with a cruise line in the Caribbean.

The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders have worked hard to establish a positive and

professional relationship with St. Louis and the surrounding communities. They are

committed to building and developing this bond by reaching out

to as many people as possible and always lending

a hand whenever it is needed.

Th Cardinals Cheerleaders
fly into Republic of Korea
MWR Events

2008 Eighth Army Women’s

Basketball Championships Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Greenland, Mexico and
Come watch women from throughout the peninsula Canada.
compete for title of best of the best in Korea. The event will The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders visit is
Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders will bring a brought to you by Armed Forces Entertainment
take place through Jan. 26 at the Camp Casey Carey Fitness
morale boost to the military stationed in Korea. and MWR. All performances are open to the
Center. For more information, contact your local sports office
or DSN 725-5064.
The team will perform three major shows as well as military community and & free of charge. For
complete handshake tours at remote locations. more information, please contact your local MWR
BOSS Winter Games The Arizona Cardinals Show Team consists of Entertainment Office or DSN 723-3749.
Register now to join the ski and snowboarding current members of the Cheerleading squad that
fun at the BOSS Winter Games Feb 17-19 at Oak perform for many events throughout the world.
Valley Resort. The bargain price of $99 includes The fun-filled program is guaranteed to bring
lodging, 1 night and 1 day lift tickets, rentals, and excitement and energy. The show includes an
tickets to the awards banquet and dinner. Bus array of dances and games that allow for audience
transportation will be arranged from each CAC at
participation. The amazing choreography ranges
an additional cost. Full payment is required at the
time of registration. Visit your local MWR CAC for from the Beach Boys and limbo contests to Elvis
more information and to register. impersonations, fire dancing, and the latest in
hip hop music.
The Cardinals Show Team has traveled the
Travel Specials globe performing for military bases in Egypt,
The Commercial Travel Office, US Airline Alliance, is
offering travel deals for military ID card holders. A 7-day
tour of Phuket includes a 4-day open water diving course, Schedule for performances in Korea:
equipment rental, 5-star hotel accommodations, and hotel
transfers. Group tours are offered to Hanoi & Halong Bay, Thusday, Jan. 31 USAG-Casey
Cambodia & Siem Reap, Bangkok & Pattaya, and Beijing. Carey Fitness Center 7 p.m.
Also available are packages to Guam and Jeju. Be sure to
book now for travel over President’s Weekend, Easter, or Friday, Feb. 1 Kunsan Air Base,
Gym 7:30 p.m.
Spring Break holidays. Visit their site at www.usatraveloffice.
com <> for more information Saturday, Feb. 2 Osan Air Base,
and for a full itinerary. Theater 3 p.m.
January 25, 2008 AREA III USAG-H • PAGE 21

Humphreys opens multi-million dollar CDC

USAG Humphreys commander Col. John E. Dumoulin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District commander Col. Clarence Turner, community members, friends and contrac-
tors officially opened the Bang Jeong Hwan Child Development Center Wednesday. Named after the founder of Korean Children’s Day holiday, the center has a 303-child capacity and
features media, music and play areas, rooms for small and large group activities, sheltered outdoor activity space, a play ground, fire protection, alarm and security systems. The CDC
cost approximately $8 million to build.— U.S. Army Photos By Bob McElroy

2007 tax season gets going with area center opening

by Bob McElroy and the effect of the
USAG-H Public Affairs new Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC)
USAG HUMPHREYS — The income guidelines.”
tax filing season officially began here The officer in charge
Wednesday with the opening of the U.S. of the Tax Center,
Army Garrison Humphreys Tax Center. Capt. Jason Moy, is
In his brief remarks before the ribbon a graduate of the U.S.
cutting, Humphreys Garrison Commander Army Judge Advocate
Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. praised the G e n e r a l S c h o o l ’s
Tax Center staff for the valuable assistance Federal Income Tax
it provides Soldiers, Family Members, course and the VITA
Civilians and Retirees. course.
The USAG Tax Center is a full-service tax Moy noted that
center that is able to electronically file both last year more than
federal and state income taxes free of charge 1,500 people used
for all Soldiers and Family Members. the Humphreys Tax
The tax center prepares Internal Revenue Center and saved
Service Form 1040’s, and 1040EZ’s and more than $110,000
most state tax forms and can e-file most of in preparation fees.
them. The center cannot process tax returns The total amount of
for individuals who carry on an outside refunds the tax center
business unless it is day care for military processed in 2007 was
dependents. $1,966,299 he added.
Staffed by one attorney, eight Special Those interested in
Duty soldiers and five volunteers, the center using the Tax Center
is open to Soldiers and Family Members, should bring their W-
Department of the Army and Department 2 forms, any 1099’s,
of Defense Civilians and Retirees. 1098’s, or any other
All of the Soldiers and volunteer tax tax documents, their
USAG Humphreys commander Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. (left) shared a laugh with Pvt. Eric Best, (center) a medic
advisors are graduates of the U.S. Internal own as well as Family
assigned to 1st Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery and Capt. Jason Moy, (right) Tax Center officer in charge, before they
Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Me m b e r’s So c i a l
cut the ribbon and officially opened the Humphreys Tax Center. — U.S. Army Photo By Bob McElroy
Assistance course. Security cards, last
According to the Internal Revenue year’s tax return, any
Service website ( military divorce or separation agreement paperwork, Attorney if married and filing jointly but General Power of Attorney from a JAG office
graduates of the VITA course “are trained child care provider’s identification number geographically separated. contains this information. One can also get
and equipped to address military specific (if applicable), routing and account numbers The Power of Attorney needs to give a special power of attorney or use the IRS
tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits (e.g. a blank check), and a Power of specific authorization for filing taxes. A power of attorney form.

News & Notes

Army Nurse Corps seeks Soldiers
looking for change
Are you interested in becoming a health
care provider? Do you know of any Sol-
diers who are interested in continuing their
education? Do you want a free education
while receiving full pay and benefits? Now
there is a program in place for you or one of
your Soldiers to take advantage of. The In-
terservice Physician Assisant Program, the
AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program,
the Funded Nurse Education Program and
other AMEDD training opportunities are
open to officers, warrant offices and enlist-
ed Soldiers. Briefings will be conducted at
different times throughout December. For
more information contact 1st Lt. Warrentina
Berry at 011-9972-9268.

Virtues Volunteers Needed

at USO Korea
The Virtues English Program allows ac-
tive-duty Servicemembers to volunteer two
National Geographic Bee contestants: Back Row: Alexis Price, Ashley Burton, Sydney Salter, Andy Horton, Kiwan Boyd, and Leslie Riddle. Front
Saturdays per month (second and fourth-
Saturday). Being a volunteer for the Virtues
Row: Robert Sherrod, Thomas Bain, Anthony Tubon, Alexander Brink, and Hanna Santucci. Not pictured: Eric Campos.— Photos By Diane
English classes will help to satisfy your Hobler.

HAES students compete for scholarship

Good Neighbor Program requirement. For
more information, call Mi-Hwa and Minna
at 724-7781.

The Morning Calm

by Kay Roll
The Feb. 8 edition of The Morning Calm
will not be published because of Lunar New
Year. The following week, Feb. 15 editon,
will be published for the community. USAG HUMPRHREYS — Thousands
of schools around the United States and five
USAG-H New CDC Opens U.S. territories participated in a georgraphic
The USAG Humphreys Child Develpement bee sponsored by the National Geographic
Center will offically open Jan 23 with a rib- Society with one participate from United
bon cutting ceremony starting at 11 a.m. States Army Garrison Humphreys winning
the school-level competition Jan. 14.
Humphreys Child
Developement Center
Thomas Bain, a sixth grader at HAES,
Child and Youth Services, Child Develop- will now have the chance to compete for
ment Center is currently looking for Pro- a $25 thousand college scholarship for his
gram Assistants to fill full-time, part-time, efforts.
and flex’s positions, which are willing to There were ten HEAS students total that
support the CYS program hours, 5:15 a.m. made it to the preliminary round of the
- 6 p.m. Salary ranges from $10 - $13.12 competition. Students from the school were
per hour based on education level (Child given oral examinations in order to show-
Development Associates, completion of the
case their knowledge about geography.
Army Youth Practicum, possession of AA
degree or higher with major emphasis on
The competition which began in
Early Childhood Education. Visit the web- November is the 20th annual bee held by
site at for the job. National Geographic.
The next step for Thomas and other
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders school winner’s will be a written test. National Geographic Bee winner Thomas Bain is presented with a certificate by bee sponsor,
The cheerleading team brings the sideline After which, up to 100 top scores in Kay Roll, Humphreys Amercian Elementary School gifted education resource teacher.
excitement front and center for a show that each state will be eligible for the state
really kicks. This precision cheer squad will competition. as second place winner Anthony Tuban: and Alexander Brink. Alternates were Ashley
perform their choreographed dance moves,
The following are names of the Eric Campos, Alexis Price, Andy Horton, Burton and Kiwan Boyd.
kicks, turns and leaps Jan. 31, starting at
7 p.m. at the Humphreys Community Activ-
other USAG HAES who made it to the Robert Sherrod, Leslie Riddle, Hanna Each of the participants won prizes,
ity Center. competition’s prelimary round as well Santucci, Anthony Tuban, Sydney Salter, which were donated by the PTO.

Arizona Cardinal Cheerleaders

This cheerleading team brings some desert
Humphreys community members celebrate MLK birthday with song, dance
heat to the stage for a night of high-spirited
fun. Their routines range from Elvis to Hip U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys
Hop, plus singing and lots of audience par- celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King
ticipation. The cheerleaders will be visiting Jr.’s birthday Jan. 18 with a breakfast
Suwon and Camp Eagle Feb. 1. Times to celebration at the Provider Grill. The
be announced. event featured an inspired rendition
of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech
Youth Piano Player Needed
The Missoula Children’s Theater will be
by Sgt. 1st Class Willie Grandison
coming to USAG-Humphreys in late Febru- of the USAG Humphreys Inspector
ary. MWR is seeking a youth piano player General’s office, an interpretive dance
for this musical. This will be a paid position. by Vessels of Praise and remarks by
Please call 753-8601 for more information. USAG Humphreys garrison com-
mander Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr.
Please Send Us Stories and Photos Vessels of Praise dancers shown here
To submit info for publishing in The Morn- are: Labeija Wray (right), Lois Watkins
ing Calm Weekly, USAG Humphreys com-
and Shatarius Lilly — U.S. Army
mon pages, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598.
Or e-mail
Photo By Bob McElroy.
January 25, 2008 AREA III USAG-H • PAGE 23

American Veterans Cmdr. tours Humphreys

by Stacy A. Ouellette
USAG-H Public Affairs Office


Brown, the American Veterans National
Foundation commander, received an inside
look at the ongoing United States Army
Garrison Humphreys transformation here,
Jan. 16.
Joined by his wife Janette, Heidi Dineen,
the national president AMVETS Ladies
Auxiliar, and Randolph Boothby, the
AMVETS Department of Massachusetts
Brown toured the installation and
received two in-depth information briefings
on the Humphreys master plan.
“Building Humphreys up the way they
are should allow families to come over here
and be with their Soldiers,” said Brown.
“In turn that will help our Soldiers, save
money and enhance their capabilities of
doing their jobs even better,” Brown said.
“Our purpose for coming was to visit
with Soldiers and let them know they are USAG Humphreys Deputy Commander David W. Frodsham briefs the National American Veterans Commander John “J.P.” Brown on the ongo-
supported. Gathering firsthand information ing transformation of the installation, Jan 16. Brown came here as part of his visit to the Republic of Korea to view the quality of life for Soldiers
helps us when talking to the Senate to and learn more about the future of forces in country. — U.S. Army Photos By Stacy A. Ouellette.
improve the quality of life for Soldiers,”
said Brown. concerned about all our Soldiers around the understanding of the family friendly “Most of them where here during the
As part of their visit, the official party ate world and appreciate everything they do for environment being built here. Korean War and have a different look at this
lunch with Humphreys Soldiers at one of us,” Brown said. The tour included a tour of This was the first trip to the Republic of country,” Brown said.
the dining facilities. This experience allowed the new family housing unit as well as Splish Korea for Brown. “I can see it through my eyes now and
the group to ask questions and better gage and Splash Aquatics Center. In the past, friends and Veterans who the economic boom that is going on here,”
the issues here face. “The military personnel The briefings provided a glimpse of served here gave their opinions of the said Brown. The group was scheduled to
here in Korea do a great job. Being away the current and future standing of USAG country. Arriving, Brown found a different visit the Demilitarized Zone after departing
from their families is a sacrifice. We are Humphreys and allowed for a better country than what he expected. Humphreys.

Range certification course available online

ROIC, RSO qualifications made easy
by Andre Butler
USAG-H Public Affairs

USAG HUMPHREYS —The range certification course is available through the

worldwide web-based Eighth United States Army Training Support Activity Korea unit
range webpage for convenience and to better support unit’s Soldiers training.
It is important for each Soldier interested to go online and review the range certification
course before taking the range certification test to be an office in charge of a range or a
range safety officer for the purpose of ensuring range safety requirements.
Once Soldiers have completed the course, there is still a requirement to present a
memorandum signed by the unit’s battalion commander verifying the authorized weapon
type. To take the ROIC and RSO written test, Soldiers will need a copy of the range
certification certificate and memorandum from the battalion commander verifying the
authorized weapon type. Soldiers should print off a copy of the certificate after completing
course. A practice test is offered after completion of online course requirements. It’s highly
recommended that Soldiers take this practice certification test. If a Soldier fails the written
test, there will be a mandatory 30-day waiting period to be eligible for retesting. Without
complying with these procedures, the range certification test will not be given for the
ROIC and RSO by the TSAK Range Control Center. A new TSAK Range webpage was
launched Jan. 2 Range safety officers and Noncommissioned officers from 4-58th Air Field Operations Battalion
NOTE : The information for this piece was provided by Yon Vanest, TSAK Acting Training assist a Soldier with the malfunction of an M1-A2 rifle during a qualification range at the USAG
Facility manager. Humphreys TSAK Range Control Center Jan 11. — U.S. Army Photos By Andre Butler.

Additional Information -- Range Certification Course

The Range Certification Course will be from battalion commander of authorized RFMSS and remains active until Soldier’s To get the course online navigate to
completed as follows: weapon type and systems to range control certification is no longer valid or PCS’s. the 8th Army Portal:https://8armynew/
Soldier watch’s TSAK Range Certification where they will give the exam. Range certification tests are available every OMD/trtsak/default.aspx
Course program and print out the  Soldier receives range control specific Friday at RCC, TSAK, USAG-Humphreys If you any questions related this program,
certification certificate. briefing when they take the range certification Bldg #1463 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday at call range the USAG Humphreys Range
Soldier brings certification certificate test. Yongsan G-3, TD Conference Room Bldg Control Center at 754-6374 or email
along with the commander’s memorandum  Soldier’s information will be loaded into #2536 at 9 a.m.

USFK commander spends day with Daegu

by Ronald Inman very concerned with what was being done
USAG Daegu Public Affairs to support the families, and to see how he
could assist in accomplishing that goal,”
USAG WALKER — Gen. Burwell B. said Marratta.
Bell, Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK, Bell also recognized 42 U.S. and
recently visited USAG Daegu to talk with KATUSA Soldiers and Family Members
the Daegu community Jan. 17, including who volunteered to clean the effects of
volunteers who helped clean up Korea’s the worst oil spill in Korea’s history, at
worst oil spill. Taean Beach, demonstrating USFK’s firm
During a luncheon at Camp Walker’s commitment to the country’s environment.
Evergreen Community Club, Bell answered “I just wanted to thank you for that here
questions from non-command sponsored today,” Bell told the assembled volunteers,
families and Family Readiness Group “and let you know how appreciative I am
assistants and families. Lena Allen, 498th Sgt. Eboni Whitfield, USAG Daegu BOSS Coordinator, welcomes Gen. Burwell B. Bell before on behalf of the U.S./ROK Alliance for the
CSSB Family Readiness Group Leader, he addresses the members USAG Daegu Boss Counsel. — U.S. Army Photos By Samuel great effort you have displayed to make a
Camp Carroll said, “It was an honor and a Hudson difference – one rock at a time. Frankly, for
privilege to be invited to the luncheon with the Good Neighbor Program, tours and that he took a tour of only the second FCC many people whose livelihoods, their jobs,
General Bell. This was an opportunity to military opportunities in Daegu. Gen. Bell home in Korea, with both being in Daegu. depend on that ocean for either recreation
voice opinions and concerns of how things addressed the unaccompanied, accompanied Sabrina Tacey received her accreditation as or farming, you may have saved their entire
are going in Korea and with General Bell tours and other questions with candor and a USAG Daegu FCC provider the same day future. I think that’s something that we can
fielding the questions you could ask those the facts. “I was glad to see that the concern as Bell’s visit. Bell conveyed his gratitude for feel good about, and when you go to bed
questions that no one else might be able to for us is all the way to the top commander her commitment to the Army Family with at night…you will know forever that you
answer. It doesn’t get any higher than Bell in in Korea,” said Whitfield. Bell also thanked a presentation to of his personal command helped your fellow men and women get
Korea,” said Allen. Bell answered a variety of the council for their efforts in the oil spill coin. “This was an exciting visit because not through a real tough trial, and I thank you
questions, including questions on jobs, cost clean-up in Taean. many people get the opportunity to meet for that.”
of living allowance and the Army Family Bell visited a number of facilities in upclose a four-star general,” said Tacey. “I
Covenant. Bell took the time to personally Daegu including Daegu American School, hope people view my home and the other
present everyone who attended the luncheon the Child Development Center and the FCC provider’s home as a home away
with one of his personal command coins to second Family Child Care home in Korea. from home for children, and I hope other
represent his appreciation of their support Bell met with some of the DAS students to spouses will be encouraged to become FCC
and dedication to the military. see if their needs and wants were being met. providers because it says a lot when you are
Bell also met with the USAG Daegu Better The students raised questions concerning trusted enough to care for someone else’s
Opportunities for Single Soldiers Council new equipment, gate security and sports child as if they were your own.”
to gather their thoughts on how things were recruitment on the collegiate level. Bell The Army Community Service Center
going in Korea. “This was the very first assured them that if he could provide them was the last facility Bell visited. Family
four-star general I ever had an opportunity with the things that they wanted, then he Advocacy Prevention Program Specialist
to talk to one-on-one,” said USAG Daegu would-and if he couldn’t, he provided an Tiana Marratta had the opportunity to brief
BOSS Coordinator Sgt. Eboni Whitfield. “I explanation why. One of the DAS students the General on the new Parent Support
was glad we had the opportunity to ask the asked Bell if he could help with getting the Program. She explained that the overall
general questions directly; this eliminates school new wrestling mats, and when Bell purpose of the program was to network
any doubt of if he hears our concerns, and turned to the leadership of USAG Daegu and provide advice and support so that Lena Allen, 498th CSSB Family Readiness
not surprisingly, he does hear our voices and said “Get them new wrestling mats,” the first-time parents would be better prepared Group Leader, receives a personal Command
through our chain of command.” Bell student had a look of amazement. and less likely to become stressed. “Gen. Coin from General Bell for volunteering as the
received questions from Soldiers concerning Bell’s visit was also significant in the fact Bell was a very down-to-earth person and FRG Leader.

Ultimate Soldiers battle in combatives tournament

by Cpl. Jang Won-il to advanced rules in the semi-final and gold medal by tap out victory. Henderson, and ever since then it has always been in
USAG Daegu Public Affairs championship rounds, where they could who was a part of a combatives team back the back of my mind that if a tournament
implement almost all of the techniques in the U.S., said “I’ve studied Taekwondo ever came up I would definitely go get in,”
USAG CARROLL — Excitement and of Army combatives to defeat their for a while back home in the states, and said Camp, who trained to prepare for the
tension filled the air as contestants from opponent. I’ve studied Taekwondo here in Korea as tournament a week ago. He continued,
the Daegu / Waegwan area gathered at The preliminary round restricted any well. I’m always looking to better myself for “Winning the tournament definitely upped
Camp Carroll’s Crown Jewel Fitness Center strikes or joint techniques. Competitors martial arts so [winning this tournament] my morale because I’m able to do something
compete to be crowned USAG Daegu’s were allowed to use basic ground techniques gives me more confidence.” which I had not been able to train with for
greatest fighter. to score points according to predetermined The middleweight, and heavyweight a while. But I’m hoping that it will affect
The first Annual Ultimate Soldier rules. The semi-finals were conducted championship matches followed, in which, morale for others so that we get more people
Combatives Invitational, hosted and according to the intermediate rules, allowing Pvt. Michael Camp, D Battery, 1-44 AMD involved.”
administered by the Daegu Area Army punching of the body; kicking when both Battalion and Staff Sgt. Curtis L. Toomer, According to Modesto C. Algarin, Camp
Combatives School, HHC 498th Combat fighters are standing; joint locks and chokes. HHB 35th ADA Brigade, earned the Carroll Sports and Fitness Director, the
Sustainment Support Battalion and the Here, the competitors’ method of victory champion medals.
Camp Carroll Sports Program, was held was to win by knockout, tap out, referee “I started doing combatives in 2003 - See Combatives Page 28 -
Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Crown Jewel Fitness stoppage, or the judges’ decision. The final
Center. round adapted all advanced rules, forbidding
32 participants from various units only elbow or forearm strikes, knee kicks to
signed up in one of three categories; the face and kicks above the waist to a fighter
Light-welterweight, middleweight, and who is on the ground.
heavyweight. The Ultimate Soldier As the matches went on, it was finally
Competition in its first edition was a total down to six contenders who would fight
success for the 400 plus spectators and the for the ultimate championship. First up
29 men and three women who participated was the lightweight match-up between Pvt.
and took a shot at becoming Daegu’s Brandon D. Henderson from 665th MCT,
ultimate Soldiers. a detachment from 25th Transportation
The matches were composed of three Battalion, and Sgt. Esail J. Burgos from F
stages. Soldiers were allowed to use Battery 1-44 AMD Battalion. Staff Sgt. Curtis L. Toomer, HHB 35th ADA BDE throws a punch at Maj. Martin J. Hendrix, HHC
basic ground grappling techniques for After a breathtaking bout, it was 19th ESC during the heavyweight championship match-up. Toomer won the match and took
the preliminary matches and progress Henderson who took home the first place the first place medal. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-il

News & Notes Camp Carroll English Camp brings local

Fee Free Bus
Effective, Jan. 7, there is a “fee
free” bus for US/Civilian personnel
students and Soldiers closer together
by Cpl. Jang Won-il
providing transportation to the 121st
Combat Support Hospital in Yongsan. USAG Daegu Public Affairs
Passenger priorities will be US
military or dependents with a medical USAG CARROLL — For most Korean
appointment, US Civilian or dependents students there are many ways to occupy
with a medical appointment, military or their time during the long winter vacation.
civilian on official business and lastly, Students residing in Chilgok County
space available for non-official travel however, have one more option to
personnel. The medical bus schedule
consider—learning English at a nearby
is from Monday to Friday but will
not operate on US holidays. For bus U.S. Army installation.
schedule and more information, call Al The fourth Annual Camp Carroll
Roach at 768-8755. English Camp, held Jan. 14, to Jan 18
invited 48 students from middle and high
Burger King Photo Contest schools in Chilgok County to study English
Camp Walker’s Burger King holds a in an interactive setting. The five-day-long
photo contest. Bring a print of a photo camp was filled with various activities
you have taken of USFK personnel unique to Camp Carroll, and is one of Students concentrate as the instructor explains how to operate the M16A2 rifle during the EST
working with our local Korean
the major Good Neighbor programs of training, an English Camp program, Jan. 17. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Jang Won-il
community. Camp Walker Burger King
USAG Daegu. Teaching students about customs and think teaching students about states with a
will post the pictures and our customers
will vote to determine who presented The camp was held to give local students practices typical to one culture that others map of the United States was a very good
the best photograph. Submit your an opportunity to use their English might find offensive, and thus bridging the idea,” said Pfc. Byun Hyun-mo, ROKA
photograph from Feb. 1 – 15 to Walker language skills in a variety of fun and gap between two cultures was one of many Staff Office, USAG Daegu, who was the
Burger King, voting will start from Feb. interesting situations and activities. Some achievements of the camp. assistant instructor for Higgs’ Group Four.
15 – Mar. 10, prizes will be awarded Mar. highlights of the week’s activities were: Another experience which left an “He showed many photographs of where he
15. The first prize is iPod Classic $249.00, a tour of the facilities at Camp Carroll, everlasting impression upon the students lived, and other parts of the country. The
the second prize is HCT Mini System learning about the Army and how Soldiers was when they visited the Daegu American students loved it, and even I got something
$99.00 and the third prize is AAFES Gift School to each pair up with an American out of it.”
live, trying a variety of American-style
Card $50.00. For information, call Kurt
food, games and sports and a day at Daegu student and attend classes for a day. “Hospitality from the KATUSA Soldiers
Brunen at 764 5171.
American School to experience a typical “My favorite activity was visiting the and the warm welcome from U.S. Soldiers
Praise, Fellowship, Study American school day. American school, because I got to see a were the main elements that made this camp
The Praise, Fellowship, Study was This year, students were allowed to try lot of Americans,” said Moon Da-min, such a memorable one,” said Yang Dong-
kicked off from Jan. 15. It continues simulated rifle shooting at the recently- Seokjeon Middle School student. “I’ve jun, a ninth grader who had spent the week
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Camp renovated Engagement Skills Trainer made some good friends but I would in Group Four with Higgs and Byun. He
Walker Chapel. For information, call training facility which was certainly one of have had more fun if I could understand continued proudly, “I’ve always thought
Robyn at 010-6696-8399. their favorite activities. “Trying out the EST English better.” it would be hard to make friends with
was a very new experience because there In typical Korean fashion, the students American Soldiers but now I can understand
Army Family Action Plan Conference
is nowhere in this country other than at a were shy and reserved the first day when them more, and have become much more
Army Family Action Plan Conference
will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the U.S. military base to try that kind of thing,” they faced foreigners, most of them for familiar with their culture.”
Camp Walker Chapel. It is a chance to said Um Na-young, a ninth grader from the very first time in their lives. However The camp was a collaborative effort
voice quality of like issues and be heard. Dongmyung Middle School who also said they adapted quickly, and by the end of the between USAG Daegu, which organized
Fill out an issue form located with AFAP she was surprised by the cultural differences camp, they seemed to feel confident talking the camp, and Chilgok County. The U.S.
boxes throughout the USAG Daegu between Koreans and Americans. “Most to foreigners. Army provided the venue and U.S. Soldiers
community, or e-mail wegleys@korea. of all, I’ve come to recognize the different While the instructors may have felt as instructors, and Chilgok County covered For information, call at DSN cultures between two nations. For example awkward by the students’ initial reservations, the students’ expenses, including all of
768-7232. they nonetheless sought to stimulate their meals at the American eateries and
the way Americans hold doors for others was
something I had never seen in Korea before,” students’ participation through various a commemorative camp T-shirt. Chilgok
President’s Day
Basketball Tournament said Han Ji-young, a ninth grade student approaches such as playing word games County was designated as a Lifelong Open
There will be a President’s Day from Yakmok Middle School. like Hang-man, playing Korean games in Education County by the Republic of Korea
basketball tournament from Feb. 15 – 17 Yoo Ju-ok, a ninth grader from Seokjeon English or even recording each students’ in 2004. It receives special funding for
at the Camp Walker Kelly Fitness Center. Middle School said, “To me, seeing the English self introduction on video. Sgt. 1st educational programs like the English Camp
The registration is until Feb. 11 and it is American way of living was somewhat out Class Dexter A. Higgs, Camp Carroll TMP, for its citizens, according to Pak To-yong,
open to the first eight teams to register. of the ordinary. But I can understand them USAG Daegu, taught his group of students USAG Daegu Camp Carroll community
All participants receive a T-shirt. For much better now.” about the different states in America. “I relations officer.
information, call at DSN 764-4800/4225.

New Year’s Concert

The Eight Army Band led by Warrant
Officer Dewayne Kendricks will
perform a New Year’s concert 7:30
p.m. Jan. 29 at the Daegu Culture
and Arts Center. For information, call
Chong Yong-kon at DSN 768-6907.

Equipment Rental
Morale, Welfare and Recreation rents
out winter equipments. It features
Santa suits, skis, boots and poles,
snowboards and boots, fishing
equipment and dozens of other
recreational items. For information,
call MWR at DSN 764-4123.

(Left) Koo Sung-mo (left), an eighth grader of Soonshim Middle School and Kim Han-sol, an eighth grader of Soonshim Girl’s Middle School play
Connect Four game with Daegu Amercian School students. (Right) Park Mi-ji, an eighth grader of Booksam Middle School studies with a DAS
student in math class.

USAG Daegu remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

by Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn experience from his childhood where his Following the program’s presentations
19th ESC Public Affairs family did just that. “They were acting on a and speeches, Saulnier, Hamilton and other
dream,” he said referring to King’s famous members of the community commemorated
USAG WALKER - A luncheon was “I Have a Dream” speech. King with a cake-cutting ceremony to honor
held Jan. 18 at Camp Walker’s Evergreen Hamilton’s parents moved them to this great leader and those who came in
Community Club to commemorate the an all white neighborhood as part of the attendance to show their support. Attendees
79th anniversary of the birth of Martin dream to break the barriers of segregation. then shared lunch and continued the
Luther King Jr. and his contributions to Hamilton said he didn’t completely realize commemorative program together.
American civil rights. what was going on, but now realizes why “There are still many positive changes
The program was organized by United his parents acted. occurring, even in our Army, since King’s
States Army Garrison Daegu Equal Gough said he wanted this program to death and we honor his legacy and our
Opportunity Advisor Master Sgt. John also recognize that King was not just for the devotion to his great cause, and also our
Gough. Lt. Col. Charles R. Hamilton, de-segregation of races but also for positive commitment to the improvement of
commander, 498th Combat Sustainment change in society, laws and legislation and mankind,” said Gough.
Support Bn was the guest speaker. discriminating practices in America and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., changed
“This is one of the first observance around the globe. America forever through his leadership,
programs of the year where we gather to The Korean Augmentes to the United service and clarity of vision. His contribution
remember and celebrate the life of a man States Army knows the importance of this will be remembered throughout the globe.
who broke an insurmountable number of great leader. Cpl. Lee, Byung Joo, equal
opportunity office, 19th ESC showed his (Above) 498th CSSB commander, Lt. Col. Charles Hamilton gives a speech as a guest speaker
barriers for all mankind and urged others during Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration ceremony Jan. 18. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl.
to act with him,” said Gough. support by participating in this event and
reading an excerpt of a speech given by Na Kyung-chul
The dining room was filled with more
than 80 supporters, including Col. Richard Martin Luther King Jr. upon receiving a
Nobel Peace Prize. “Although I am a Korean, (Below) A group including USAG Daegu commander Col. Michael P. Saulnier (second from
G. Hatch, deputy commander. 19th right) and Lt. Col. Hamilton (right) cuts Dr. King commemoration cake.
Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a very familiar
Col Steven W. Pate, commander, Material person among the great names of history.
Support Center-Korea, Col. Michael P. I learned his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in
Saulnier, commander, USAG Daegu and the high school and have listened to his
many other leaders and Soldiers from Area other various speecher many times. After
IV. I participated in Martin Luther King Jr.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. urged mankind luncheon, I learned more about him, and
to do something good for the community I got an impression that he is great enough
and the point of this program was not only to be loved by not only American but
to commemorate what he did for the world by all the mankind,” said Lee. “Koreans
but also to urge others to follow his idea know about King and his contributions to
and contribute something great to society,” American society,” said Lee. “It is important
said Gough. to commemorate him and his spirit not only
In his remarks, Hamilton shared an for Americans but for all people.”


501st Soldiers combine training with ROK Army’s second Battalion

by Cpl. Jung Seo-jin Battalion commander, met and exchanged of our ROKA counterparts and how together as one team in the future, exercises
19th ESC Public Affairs strategies. they operate. And ROKA gets a better can be more complex, which will only
Both ROK and U.S. leaders then had a understanding of how the U.S. Army enhance the U.S. and ROK military forces.”
USAG CARROLL — Soldiers from short meeting on how the training would be operates. As everyone get used to working said Stevens.
501st Special Troops Battalion trained for conducted. Two groups of mixed U.S and
the first time with the ROK Army Second ROK Army Soldiers were formed to execute
Battalion around Hill303, right outside the training.
Camp Carroll, during combined tactical “The two squads split with one off to
training Jan. 16. the left-hand plain, and other one off to the
“It’s a Joint tactical infantry battle right. The two squads met at the top to take
training and the mission is to go up the out the enemy. After a successful engagement
hill and engage enemy contact,” said Capt. they came back down, reorganized and
Darlin O. Stevens, 501st Special Troops finished the mission.” said Stevens.
Battalion officer in charge. “This is our first On their way to the top of the hill, the
opportunity to get with the ROKA and Soldiers trained as if the war had begun.
do a joint exercise. The main object is to Soldiers marched in one line in a wedge
execute the mission and perform tactically position while going up the hill. When they
with the ROK.” found the enemy force, they fired blank
The training began with the two cartridges, from a prone position, and took
battalions meeting at Hill303. First, the cover behind obstacles. Each group had
two unit leaders, Lt. Col. Kim Seung Yeop, radios to keep in contact during the mission Soldiers from 501st Special Troops Battalion and second Battalion fire from a prone position,
Second Battalion commander and Lt. Col. and to relay the position of the enemy. against the enemy during the 501st STB and second Battalion of ROK Army’s combined tactical
James D. Gregory, 501st Special Troops “I think we get a better understanding training at the Hill 303 Jan. 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jung Seo-jin

Combatives from page 25

objects of the competition are to motivate the mat isn’t really important. What’s really know when you might run out of bullets and school has been in operation.
individual Soldiers to train and practice important is that they’re all trained for the have to get physical.” “To tailor Army combatives for the real
their warrior tasks and drills in reacting real fight, and we fully support them with Modern Army combatives has existed world,” Algarin explained,“Staff Sgt. Martin
to man-to-man contact, provide Soldiers competitions such as this tournament.” since 1995, but it didn’t become Army and his instructors bring together elements
an easy and proven approach to carry out “The tournament has affected me in doctrine until 2002. The combatives school of martial arts such as judo, boxing, muay
effective hand-to-hand combat in a variety a number of ways,” said Toomer, who at Camp Carroll has been training soldiers thai and Brazilian ju jitsu. I encourage all
of situations and inspire units around the had been training for the tournament for since early 2007. At the moment, the school Soldiers, short term or long term, to get
Army to support their Soldiers in the arena the last two weeks. “But one, the Army’s offers level one and two training. The involved voluntarily in any type of contact
of combatives. transitioning from rifles to hand-to-hand school is supervised by the 498th Combat sport. Any one could very well be fighting
“This is just a method, a means to an combat. You need to be able to accept your Sustainment Support Battalion, with Staff for their lives over in Iraq or Afghanistan,
end,” said Algarin. “Soldiers are engaged in opponent no matter what size, shape or race Sgt. Stephen Martin at the helm. More so make this work to your advantage.
real fights on the battlefield, life-and-death and you have to be able to handle yourself than 300 Soldiers have completed level one Get involved, get ready, be fit and Army
fights. At the end of the day, who wins on regardless of any situation because you never combatives training in the year since the Strong.”