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JUNE 17, 2011

JUNE 17, 2011 Volume 9, Issue 34

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

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By Walter T. Ham IV 8th Army Public Affairs
county governor and ROK National Assem26 bly members from the Public Administration and Security Committee at the alleged burial site on Camp Carroll. The U.S. Army and ROK leaders also attended a town hall meeting with local officials and residents off post at the Chilgok County Auditorium. I pledge that I will do everything necessary to determine the truth, Johnson told the residents at the town hall meeting. My focus is to ensure

Runners jockey for position in Army Ten-Miler race, to be held in D.C.

More than 160 Army runners from across the peninsula burst past the starting line Saturday at a 10-mile qualifying race designed to determine the best runners in 8th Army, who will make up the 12-person team (plus two alternate runners) that will represent South Korea in the Army Ten Miler. The race will be held in Washington, D.C. in October. The qualifying race took place at Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center. See Page 5 for a story with details on who qualified. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

Officials answer questions on Agent Orange

CAMP CARROLL, Korea Led by an American Army general and a South Korean scientist, the Joint Investigation Team met with South Korean officials, legislators and residents here June 9 and answered question on the probe into claims that Agent Orange was buried here in 1978. Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson and Doctor Gon Ok met with the provincial governor, there is no risk to the health of the people on Camp Carroll or off Camp Carroll. And if there is, Ill fix it. South Korean Doctor Gon Ok, the chief South Korean investigator on the Joint Investigation Team, said the investigation is proceeding methodically. We have a trustworthy, reliable method that has been agreed upon by both sides, said Ok, an environmental expert and chief professor at Pokyong National University.

Following a comprehensive records review and interviews with the U.S. veterans that first made the claims on KPHO TV in Phoenix, the Joint Investigation Team is using ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and magnetometers to detect buried material, and conducting joint water and soil sampling tests to detect any contamination by Agent Orange. Ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and magnetometers are


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137 in SAHS Calss of 2011, Page 9

Happy Birthday U.S. Army

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236 Years Old

Pools open for summer, See story on Page 16


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BRAC: On time and on target

By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch IMCOM Commander
SAN ANTONIO, Texas The past 10 years have brought a great deal of change to our Army. Not only do our Soldiers continue to fight in two wars, but the Army is going through the greatest organizational change since World War II. Between instituting the Army Force Generation model, reorganizing around modular brigades and the Base Realignment and Closure process, our Army looks very different than it did 10 years ago. The BRAC process is a large part of that reorganization. With its completion on time and on target in September, the Army will have reshaped its infrastructure to better support Soldiers, Civilians and Families. The Base Realignment and Closure commission made recommendations about how to make efficiencies in the Department of Defense to the president, who presented them to Congress and those recommendations became law in September 2005. Of the 182 commission recommendations, 113 affected the Army. This BRAC is an important part of the Armys historic transformation and has affected many commands, including the Installation Management Command Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. BRAC 2005 enables the Army to reshape its infrastructure to support its forces. It repositions our forces, making them more relevant and combat ready for the combatant commander. It also creates doctrinal efficiencies by consolidating schools into centers of excellence and headquarters and other activities into joint or multifunctional installations for efficiency and cost control. Joint Base San Antonio is experiencing the largest economic development in its history with 10,000 Families relocating here. This BRAC move has transformed the former Fort Sam Houston into a premier medical complex and the largest medical training campus in the world. Joint installations, like JBSA, improve training capabilities and eliminate excess capacity while providing the same or better service at a reduced cost. Fort Benning, the new home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, is a good example of how BRAC growth has been handled in an environmentally and fiscally sustainable way. Thirtyfour new projects have been built there as a result of BRAC and all of them have been designed to be LEED Silver certified. All of the new construction supports increased operational capacity and our war-fighting capability. On installations across the Army you can see signs of success in meeting the goals of BRAC 2005. Construction alone has brought thousands of jobs to surrounding communities. Expanded installations have caused local businesses and service providers to grow. Even communities surrounding clo-


sure installations have benefitted by working with the Army to redevelop the surplus property. But with BRAC successes, there are also challenges. More people require more schools, houses and emergency services. The city of El Paso is a great example of a community that turned its challenges with BRAC into a success story. Fort Bliss is experiencing the largest BRAC realignment in history with unparalleled growth of 29,600 Soldiers and 45,000 Family members relocating there. El Paso embraced BRAC, building new schools, while the state invested $1 billion for transportation projects in the city and creating thousands of civilian jobs. When BRAC and Army Transformation are complete, Fort Bliss will have enough new facilities to accommodate 5 brigade combat teams, a division staff and their Families. IMCOM plays a big part in transforming the Armys infrastructure through BRAC, supporting the movement of several organizations and welcoming thousands of Soldiers and Civilians onto our installations and into surrounding communities. This transformation has made us a stronger more efficient and agile organization, supporting a stronger, more efficient and agile Army. BRAC is an important part of the largest Army transformation in three

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8th Army uses ground-penetrating radar to check for buried chemicals

mander also reiterated his commitment to conducting a complete investigation and said he shares the concerns of used for environmental, archaeological and engineering the local residents. We regret the concern these allegations have caused exploration. Our plan is to try to pinpoint potentially contaminated our Korean neighbors, said Johnson. We truly value their areas with ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, friendship and are committed to cooperating fully with the magnetometers and water and soil sampling, said Johnson. Korean government during this investigation. We owe it The results of that testing will determine where to dig, if to them to ensure our investigation is deliberate, thorough we find contamination. The general emphasized the need and transparent. Johnson vowed to return for patience as the investigato Chilgok County to antion continues into the more nounce the results of the inthan 30-year-old claims. vestigation at another town I believe in every step hall meeting. we have to build on the Closing the town hall trust that weve had here for meeting on an optimistic over 60 years, said Johnson. note, Johnson said the ROKWe want to make sure we U.S. Alliance had overcome get this right. much tougher challenges In an earlier meeting, in the same area during the North Kyongsong Province decisive Battle of the Pusan Governor Kim Kwan-yong Perimeter here more than said he appreciated the 60 years ago. speed of the investigation. We are on sacred ground The general said the here on the Nakdong River, ROK-U.S. Joint Investigasaid Johnson. If we can tion Team will conduct the testing necessary to deter- Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson ad- stand side-by-side and solve mine if Agent Orange was dresses residents at the Chilgok County Auditorium June 9. He that problem, then we can is leading the Joint Investigation Team together with Doctor Gon stand side-by-side and solve buried on Camp Carroll. this problem. x The Eighth Army com- Ok (right). U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Kyung-min

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Police Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. USAG Red Cloud Underage Drinking: Subject appeared intoxicated and was belligerent in a room at an off post establishment. A check of his ID card revealed he was under the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages. The subject was apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office where he was administered a portable breath test, with a result of .172 percent blood alcohol concentration. Due to his level of intoxication, the subject reported to the PMO hours later. Possession of Spice: Subject committed the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, when he had Spice delivered to an off post address. Upon returning to the installation he was apprehended in possession of the substance. This is a final report. USAG Yongsan Criminal Trespassing: Subject attempted to gain entry to post without rendering a valid ID card. After the security guard detained her, she became resistant and non-compliant. Upon arrival of military police, the subject was apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office. While at the PMO, a search for identification was conducted on the subject, which met with negative results. She was processed, released to the Korean National Police and charged with Illegal Trespassing. This is a final report. USAG Humphreys Larceny of Private Property: Unknown subject(s) removed Victims bicycle, which was left secured and unattended. The victim rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. A search of the area for subject(s) or witness(s) met with negative results. Estimated cost of loss is $500. USAG Daegu Criminal Trespassing: Subject 1 attempted to gain access on post using Subject 2s U.S. Forces Korea Contractor ID card. Both parties were escorted by military police to the provost marshals office, processed and released to Korean National Police. Osan Air Base Unauthorized Possession of Classified Material: Subject was observed in possession of topsecret material without proper authorization. Upon arrival, security forces determined he did not have the proper credentials. The Subject was apprehended and transported to the Osan AB provost marshals office where he said that he was not aware he was removed from the classified courier listing.

The second important landmark in Cheonggycheon district, Gwangtonggyo (Bridge), stands halfway up the main stream. It was originally built from wood and coarse soil, but in 1410 it was reconstructed with stone bricks on the orders of King Taejong (the 3rd king of the Joseon Dynasty) during the 10th year of his reign, after massive floods had demolished the bridge. As part of the Cheonggyecheon restoration project, it was moved to its current location on the upper reaches of the stream, in order to smooth the flow of traffic. To get there take Subway Line 1 to Jonggak Station, walk 150 meters from Exit 4 or 5. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jeong Yee-taek

Gwangtonggyo (Bridge)

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

2011 7th Annual Gwanghwamun International Art Festival The Gwanghwamun International Art Festival (GIAF) is an annual art festival that aims to improve the quality of Korean art and pop culture. This years GIAF runs through Tuesday at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall located in Gwanghwamun Square. Visitors will be able to exhibit the art works of more than 250 artists from several different countries including the U.S., England, Turkey, France, Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Columbia, Ethiopia, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Republic of South Africa, Denmark, China, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Korea. In addition to viewing the art exhibits, visitors will also be able to participate in various performances and try different kinds of arts and crafts including ceramics, color therapy, silver handicrafts, leather handicrafts and more. Located at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall, 81-3 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. For more information call 02)7239484 or visit (Korean). To get there take subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Sation Exit 1 or 8, walk 5 minutes. x

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Happy Birthday U.S. Army

By Col. Joseph P. Moore Humphreys Garrison Commander
HUMPHREYS GARRISON On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. Since then, there have been innumerable changes to uniforms, policies, weapons, and tactics. But the underlying principle of dedicated patriots defending this country and its freedom has remained the same. This week is marked by cake-cutting, impassioned speeches, and special events. But in the midst of the celebration, take time to reflect on what you are part of and what the Army means to you and this country. Victory in the Revolutionary War gave this country its independence, and the Army remains a potent force 236 years later. Along the way, the Army has defeated pirates, fascists, and terrorists. It played a crucial role in defeating the Axis powers, and then in containing and outlasting communism. Today, we are an Army that has been at war for almost 10 years. But enlistment and reenlistment rates remain high and Soldiers are unwavering in their support of the service and the mission. Despotic regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan have been overthrown and we are working with nascent democracies in those countries to make

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the world a better place. For those of us on the peninsula, the U.S. driving out the invading North Koreans has special significance. The North was beaten back, but has remained a belligerent force. And it is only because of dedicated servicemembers working with our Republic of Korea friends that South Korea has usually remained safe for almost 60 years. As we celebrate this week, know that you are part of something that always has and always will be vital to this country and our own and their freedoms. x
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generations. Consolidating and repositioning several major commands will save millions in personnel and facilities costs and is needed to put the Army on the path to future sustainability. We have no way of knowing exactly what the future will look like, but the 2005 BRAC process better positioned the Army to meet future challenges. The Army has realigned its infrastructure with the new modular structure

and modernized our support facilities, all while becoming more fiscally and environmentally sustainable. When it is complete it will be a major achievement for the Army. By this September, the Army will have completed over $13 billion in construction and renovation projects, and a reorganization that will affect one-third of the Army. This will all have been done in six years putting the Army on time and on target to meet its future missions. x

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Robert Anderson (top center), Company B, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphreys, distances himself from the competition half way through the 8th Army Ten Miler at the Camp Casey enclave June 11. Anderson finished first in the mens open division (29 years and under) in 59 minutes and 47 seconds - nearly one minute ahead of Robert Nott, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu. It was Andersons first 10-mile race and earned him a spot on the 8th Army Ten Miler team. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

Anderson blazes to 8th Army Ten Miler win

Qualifying race separates top runners from pack, sets Korea team for Washington race
By Kevin Jackson
CAMP CASEY It was his first competitive 10-mile race, but he left little doubt about the new runner on the block. Robert Anderson from Company B, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Camp Humphreys led the 8th Army Ten Miler here June 11 from start to finish. There is one bit of strategy I used, the 30-year-old Tampa native said. I heard some of the top runners say they wouldnt go out themselves to fast the first mile and so I used that to separate myself from them. I do better when I compete against myself. Anderson said he specializes in 5- and 10-kilometer races and didnt know how he would do. I wasnt expecting to break an hour, he said. I know when I kill myself on 10ks Im pretty out of it after six miles and I didnt think I could pull it off for four more miles. Anderson finished the race in 59 minutes and 47 seconds the only runner under one hour but still slightly more than seven minutes off the overall race record set by Sammy Ngatia in 1996. Robert Nott, a civilian employee from U.S. Army Daegu finished second, claiming first place in the mens master (40 years and over) division in 1:00:38. Ryan Murphy from the 168th Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Camp Walker finished third in 1:01:39, claiming first place in the mens open (29 years and under) division. We went out way to fast, Murphy said. Luckily (Anderson) was able to hold out because I was feeling it. Im a steady runner. I gotta hit my pace right off the bat or it kills me and I think we ran the first two miles at like a 5:20 pace. That was rough. By mile seven I knew we went out way to fast. The weather was nearly perfect for the race. The temperature at race time was in the low 70s, but the sun was beating down and the moderate humidity rose steadily throughout the morning. The toughest (part) was the heat, said Kristen Epstein, a 24-year-old family member representing the 168th MMB and United Services Organization in Daegu, who finished first in the womens open division in 1:10:08. At mile seven I was a little tired, but I kinda thought I would get my second wind, but it never came back. So from mile eight to the finish it was pretty brutal. Other first places finishers are Jessica Forman, 65th Medical Brigade, Yongsan in the womens sub-masters (30-39 years), 1:14:10 and Carol Lowe, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, womens masters (40 years and over), 1:21:25. The top runners from the race have qualified for the 8th Army team. The top civilian finishers are ineligible to participate. x

8th Army Ten Miler Team

The following runners who participated in the 8th Army Ten Miler at Camp Casey have qualified to represent Korea in the Army Ten Miler at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9: Robert Anderson, Company B, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphreys; Ryan Murphy, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 168th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Camp Walker; Allen Bader, 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Camp Carroll; Thomas Marnoch, 551st 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Camp Carroll; Adrian Orrostieta, Special Troops Battalion-Korea, Yongsan; Eric Mwaura, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Hovey; Jeffrey Hayden, 39th Special Forces Detachment, Yongsan (alternate); Sarah Rainville, 36th Signal Battalion, Camp Walker; Jessica Forman, 65th Medical Brigade, Yongsan; Jennifer Woods, Company A, 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Combat Brigade, K-16 Air Base; Leah Hornback Special Troops Battalion-Korea, Yongsan; Carol Lowe, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry; Susana Hans, Company A, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Missile Defense Regiment, Camp Casey; Mariel Hernandez, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Camp Henry and Elizabeth Gonzalez, Company B 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, Camp Humphreys (alternate).

Sarah Rainville, 36th Signal Battalion, Camp Walker, raises her arms in triumph during her second place finish - just 47 seconds off the pace - in the womens open (29 years and under) division at the 8th Army Ten Miler at Camp Casey June 11. Her fast time put her on the 8th Army Ten Miler team. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson



By Kevin Jackson
CAMP CASEY What the does the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander do to celebrate the Armys 236th birthday here June 14? Col. Hank Dodge pulled himself away from his responsibilities managing installations to spend 15 minutes reading to about 30 children from age two to 12 from the Child Development Center and School Age Center here who gathered at the CDC. Before Dodge began reading, he asked the children how many of them had mothers and fathers who serve in the U.S. Army. All the children enthusiastically raised their hands and roared their affirmation. Reading the first in a series of three childrens books Happy Birthday U.S. Army written in 2008 by Donna McGrath and Mary Ellen Pratt from the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, Dodge told the children the story about a young boy discussing his grandfathers birthday and the similarities between his immediate family and the U.S. Army family to which he belongs. Angela Schoffstall from FMWRC provided illustrations for the series that give the appearance of being drawn by children. The visual appeal is designed to draw the children to the book and help them understand the importance of what their Soldier parents do in the Army.


News & Notes

Maude Hall Hours Customer service hours at Maude Hall, bldg. 2440, Camp Casey, will change to 8 a.m.5 p.m., including being open during the lunch hour, Monday through Friday, effective June 27. U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud had extended the hours until 6 p.m. as a trial to determine if there was a demand for extended hours after 5 p.m. Garbage Violations Dumping garbage brought from off post in collection points on all Area I installations is strictly prohibited by order of Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander. Violators will be punished! Concert on the Village Green The 2nd Infantry Division Band presents Celebrate the Soldier a concert on the Village Green at 2 p.m., June 18 at Camp Red Cloud. The music will be Big Band and small ensemble jazz. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets for a relaxing afternoon of music and camaraderie. The concert is an open post event and shuttle bus service for Koreans without post access will run from 12:30 p.m.6 p.m. between the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud sewage treatment facility parking area adjacent to the installation and the Village Green. Dogs will not be permitted at the concert. In the event of inclement weather, check the USAG Red Cloud Facebook at http://www. for the status of the concert. For more information, call 732-9053. Free Hotdog Lunch The United Services Organization at Camp Casey will host a free hotdog lunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., June 22. The free meal includes hot dogs, chips and soda. For more information, call 7304466. First Aid/CPR Class The American Red Cross is offering a first aid/ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adult, child and infant) class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 25 in the Camp Casey Red Cross Office, bldg. 2317. The certification class will help people learn how to confidently assist with a medical emergency. The cost is $40 and the deadline to register is June 23. Participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be in their third trimester of pregnancy. For more information, call 730-3184.

Children ring in Army Birthday

Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander, shows children gathered at the Camp Casey Child Development Center a drawing in the Happy Birthday U.S. Army book he read to the nearly 30 children gathered for the Army Birthday Celebration June 14. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson
It was the first time that Dodge had the opportunity to read to the children of Army families in Warrior Country. The significance of his visit wasnt lost on some of the parents who were also there. It just shows the commander is concerned about the children that he took the time out of his busy day to come and spend a few minutes with them. It means a lot, said Latija Morrison, spouse of Spc. Charles Morrison, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, whose 3-yearold daughter Elyssa attends pre-school in the CDC. Following the reading, several children helped Dodge cut the Army Birthday cake, which was served to everyone in attendance. All three of the Happy Birthday U.S. Army books are available for download from Army OneSource under the Child, Youth and School Services section at https://www.myarmyonesource. com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/ ArmyBirthday/default.aspx. x

304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion welcomes new commander

Lt. Col. Mark Parker (right), the incoming commander of 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, receives the battalion colors from Col. Mark Elliott, 1st Signal Brigade commander, during a change of command ceremony held at Camp Stanley, June 10. Parker relieved the outgoing battalion commander, Lt. Col. Arvesta Roberson. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Wonyong Park, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs

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Dongducheon Foreign Language High School students enjoy table soccer, or foosball, with Soldiers in the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison Casey barracks dayroom June 9. The students spontaneous encounter with USAG Casey Soldiers who just returned from preliminary rifle instruction led to a chance game with the Soldiers who were still decked out in body armor. The Soldiers also took a few minutes to permit the students to try on the equipment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jin Choi

Students experience Army life

By Sgt. Jin Choi
CAMP CASEY Twenty-four high school students and three teachers from Dongducheon took a virtual trip to the United States and had an opportunity to practice their English with native speakers during their semiannual visit with the U.S. Army here June 9. Dongducheon Foreign Language High School students attending the educational institution visit Camp Casey each semester to help them learn about American culture. They were greeted by Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, U.S. Army Garrison Casey commander, and a few Soldiers from the garrison detachment on arrival at the United Services Organization here. The students were quickly divided into three group of eight, each led by an American Soldier and a Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier as their tour guides. The virtual tour of the United States began in the Post Exchange and then went to the library and the Soldiers barracks. The students were particularly interested in comparing the Soldiers barracks to their dormitory. Im so impressed with this Soldiers room in this barracks, said Choi Hongju, a 10th grade female student from Uijeongbu who is studying English and Mandarin. I share a room with three other friends and everything in this building is modern and much better than what we have in our school. The students, teachers and Soldiers had a chance to bond as they chatted during their pizza buffet lunch in the Gateway Club. Kim Yang-jin, a 29-year-old English teacher in his first year at DFLHS, was pleased his students get to interact with native speakers. Those who are participating in todays tour are getting the opportunity to practice what they learn in class, he said while the group was enjoying their lunch. They are also learning American culture. The students who are participating today are more enthusiastic than they are in the classroom and they are trying to speak English so I know its working for them. The group wrapped up their tour with an afternoon windshield tour of

Camp Casey and Hovey, including a stop at the community activity center where they were able to play some games together. During the afternoon they also gained some insight into the life of a Solider, which was particularly interesting for the male students, who must all complete a mandatory twoyear military service commitment before the age of 30. U.S. Soldiers also found the visit enjoyable. This is a very unique experience and I really enjoyed it, said Spc. Lam Yuen, HHD, USAG Casey. The tour was a chance for the students, as well as Soldiers, to enhance their knowledge of different cultures I enjoyed it very much. x

Pvt. Kim Min-seok, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, tries his kevlar helmet on Yi Ti-hun, a Dongducheon Foreign Language High School 10th grader, as part of their Camp Casey tour that gave them insight into American culture and the life of a Soldier. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jin Choi

Yi Hye-won from Casey Community Bank shows students from Dongducheon Foreign Language High School the features of $20 bill. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jin Choi




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Scan here for more scenes on SAHS Graduation

By Pfc. Choi Sung-il

SAHS graduates 137 in Class of 2011

Huber also emphasized to the senior class to dream big and dare to fail wherever they go because everyone will survive. Following the speech, graduates were given a special time to recognize their parents and teachers for filling their lives with all the pleasures and gifts shown and given before them. They delivered a single red rose with a letter to parents and teachers, giving them a warm embrace at the end. On behalf of all the teachers and faculty and staff members, Dennis Hilgar, Physical Education Teacher at SAHS, delivered his farewell message to the class. Theres also an unwritten challenge to future classes in trying to be better than we are; but the Class of 2011 has planted a very lofty flag. You have continued to establish a benchmark of academics in the area of music, art and sports. Hilgar has been teaching volleyball since 1976 and See SAHS GRADUATION, Page 12

At the end of the Seoul American High School Commencement Exercises, the class of 2011 throws graduation cap high into the sky at Collier Fitness Center June 11;

YONGSAN GARRISON - Graduates of Seoul American High Schools Class of 2011 became free from high school life and marked their first step towards the bigger world at commencement exercises with their family, friends and special guests at Collier Fitness Center June 11. U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber praised the 137 graduates for their accomplishments and shared three thoughts before they move off to new adventures. Youve all been blessed with a very unique gift, the gift of cultural astuteness coming from living overseas, experiencing diversity in what is truly the assignment of choice. You have a better understanding of the world, a respect for this great host nation of Korea. I challenge you to embrace and cherish the culture you and I have come to love.

(Below) The seniors line up side by side to enter the ceremonial hall where their families and teachers are waiting to see the stars of the day. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

(From left) Graduates enter the Collier Fitness Center and stand at their seats, welcoming rest of their fellow students; Sang Kim, a graduate of SAHS takes a personal commemorative photo with his father after the graduation ceremony. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il




News & Notes

8th Army PT Routes Starting June 20, 8th Army PT Routes go into effect from 6:307:30 a.m. each duty day. All of Camp Coiner, 8th Army Drive and 10th Corps Blvd (westbound from 8th Army Drive to Williams Avenue) will be closed to vehicular traffic. Commuters will still be able to drive east on 10th Corps Blvd. towards the commissary gate (new gate #6, old gate #52). Road closures are not in effect on holidays or military training holidays. Due to the new 8th Army PT Routes, post shuttle schedules will change starting June 20. Post shuttles will not run from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Hannam and K-16 shuttle schedules remain the same, but will not stop at Yongsan from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Breakfast DFAC shuttle starts at 7:30 a.m. from Moyer Rec and Building #5491. Incheon Airport shuttle will run as scheduled, but will only stop at Incheon Airport stop #8 (instead of stops #5 and #11) to prevent people from taking the wrong luggage by mistake. For more information, call 723-8525. Voices from the North USFK hosts Voices from the North: Personal Stories from North Korean Defectors Monday June 20 at the South Post Movie Theater. Learn about life in North Korea through the diverse experiences of North Korean defectors. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for a photo exhibit. There will be guest speakers and an opportunity for audience Q&A from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call Katie Lynch at 010-2280-6275 Registration for bicycles From May 27-July 4, the USAG Yongsan PMO is requiring all personnel to register their bicycles. Registration for bicycles can be conducted at Camp Kim, Hannam Village, at the Memorial Day Fair, and at the 4th of July Fair. All bicycles must be registered by July 4. Bikes that are not registered will be tagged as abandoned and picked up from July 5-8. For more information, call the Military Police Provost Marshal office at 724-6695 or Vehicle Registration at 724-4811. CYSS Renovations CDC: April-June, playground turf (except Kindergarten area) will be replaced. Some minor repairs to window screens, door guards and door knobs. MST: April-June, middle school section will undergo repairs to become ADA handicap compliant. All facilities will undergo some upgrades to restrooms to become ADA handicap compliant. Parking may be limited in the SAC/MST back parking lot while DPW crews install one handicap space.
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By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

Dragon Knights welcome familiar face during COC

unit and the Soldiers. Im really looking forward to it. Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Nagy, the 1st Sgt. of HHC, said that his six and a half months working with Gill has been a memorable assignment. It was a great experience, said Nagy. Capt. Gill being a former NCO, had a lot of experience and knowledge to teach me and mentor me, seeing how hes been in longer than I have. We definitely had a great command team relationship. Anything I needed, or any questions I had, I had that easy access where I knew I could talk to him. The Change of Command ceremony acts as both an official and symbolic passage in a units history and direction. Soldiers are presented to the outgoing and incoming commanders in

Col. Bill Huber, right, passes the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Yongsan guidon to Capt. Peter Cha during the Change of Command ceremony on Yongsan June 7. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

YONGSAN GARRISON - The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Garrison Yongsan, said farewell to Capt. Nathaniel Gill, the former commander of HHC, at a Change of Command ceremony at Trent Gym June 7. Gill, who has been in command of the Dragon Knights for nearly a year, welcomed Capt. Peter Cha as the new commander of HHC. Cha, who worked in the Directorate of Public Works as a member of HHC, assumed his first assignment as commander. Im excited to be back in a unit, Cha said. When I was with Directorate of Public Works, I was kind of off on my own, but now Im back with the

Yongsan recognizes CYSS organization, providers

By Pfc. Choi Sung-il
YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted Child, Youth and School Services Organization and Provider Appreciation Day at the Middle School and Teen Center June 4. The event was dedicated to recognizing and celebrating CYSS providers for their hard work and services for the year. Eighty out of 106 employees from Child Development Center, Family

formation, and the higher commander of the unit presides over the ceremony and passes the unit colors from the old commander to the new. Col. Bill Huber, commander of USAG Yongsan, passed the colors from Gill, symbolizing his relief of command, to Cha, accepting the responsibilities of command. Though this will be Chas first time in a command position, Gill said he has full confidence in Chas ability to lead the unit. I think its outstanding, Gill said. Being as hes coming from the Yongsan Garrison family already, he knows our Soldiers, he knows the units mission, and hes been with the unit longer than Ive been with the unit. Hes already hitting the ground running, and he doesnt need a warm start. See HHC USAG-Y COC, Page 12

A Child, Youth and School Services team celebrates after winning a friendly competition during the CYSS Organization and Provider Appreciation Day at the Middle School and Teen Center June 4. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

Child Care and Middle School Teen Center and Sports staff attended the orginzation day. They got a chance to learn a lot of lessons through different teamwork activities. People of all ages born in 1940s to 1990s were mixed up as teams and competed against each other. We want activities to be very interactive and social which include teamwork, diversity, communication and customer service internally and externally. Through hands-on experiences in a fun way the teachers would understand daily bases importance, said Claudette Mohn, CYSS Coordinator. One of the main group activities was to guess the name and singer of tunes pulled from different decades starting with the 1950s. Teams had to work together and communicate to figure out the answer. They, above all, had to depend on someone born in that decade to provide information. In another group challenge, all the teams were assigned different scenarios based on a variety of situations that may happen in the school services program. Each teammate played roles of kids, students and instructors and demonstrated behaviors by teams See CYSS PROVIDERS, Page 12

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Tips on Summer Vacation Plans


By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun

It is definitely summer now! Do you have any plans on going on a summer vacation? Find out what more than 7,600 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook. com/youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)

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Facebook Fan Participants in the United States Army Birthday 5K Fun Run salute the flag before the start of the run on USAG Yongsan June 10. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

We are PCSing this summer and will be spending a week at Myrtle Beach to celebrate our return to the USA.

Yongsan marks Army Birthday with 5K Fun Run

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By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

YONGSAN GARRISON - More than 100 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Community Members particiapted in the U. S. Army Birthday 5K Fun Run, June 10. The Army celebrated its 236th Birthday on June 10, with events including the Army Birthday Run and the Army Birthday Ball. Included in the crowd were teams from the United Nations Honor guard, the 1st Replacement Company, and various units around post as well as individual runners, civilians and Soldier alike, who came to celebrate 236 years of defense, cooperation and leadership .x

Spend more time with my fellow katusas and soldiers since alot of them leave near the end of the year. Hardest part about being in the military. Seeing your friends leave.

Ron Nagy
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Yongsan Family plant trees for the Garrison

My vacation is ensuring my soldiers go on vacation. Daechon beach is always nice!

Jane Griswold Lewis

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My son will be arriving there in about 3 weeks, any suggustions? He is 20 and single. Any websites he could look at, to know the area better?

Debbi Chapman
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My daughter (14) left last week to spend 3 weeks in Florida with the friends she left behind and her grandparents. Then on to Pa where I will meet her for a family wedding, 2 Graduation parties and my 2 band new grandchildren get baptised. Livia is GodMother.

The Travis family poses before planting trees at the vacant lot located on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Courtesy photo by Kiu Travis See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper. Your Yongsasn PAO team


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this year was the first time Girls Volleyball won the Far East Championship. After teaching at SAHS for 31 years he will be transferring to Rota, Spain. SAHS Principal Richard Schlueter honored the 137 graduates by presenting each of them with diplomas. President of the Class of 2011, Alexandra Barnes seemed she couldnt conceal her joy upon graduation. I am relieved because throughout the whole entire year weve been preparing for this day. There has been a lot of hard work, yelling and sweat. Finally its over, just exhilarated with happiness. I just want to say that I love my parents and teachers for the all patience that they have put up with me. Studying at Yongsan and traveling to different countries in Asia for seven

years Barnes said she learned to have worldly views on things. She plans to go to Oklahoma and study architecture. All the graduates threw their graduation caps in the air when the ceremony was finished and got ready to enjoy the day with family and fellow students. Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs, said Huber. We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive. x


Gill is now headed to the Chemical Captain Career Course, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where hell advance his career as an officer in the Army Chemical Corps. When asked about what advice hed give to Capt. Cha in his new command, Gill was clear.

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Take care of the Soldiers and they will definitely take care of you, Gill said. Make good bonds with the other directorates, keep an open dialog with Col. Huber and Command Sgt. Maj. Justis, and definitely lean on the 1st Sgt.x
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while the rest of the audience gave feedback. The exercise helped them understand their roles, importance and accountability as they provide care for the Garrison. USAG Yongsan Deputy Commander Henry Stuart then came out to present certificates of appreciation for every employee. Diversity builds strength. Theres diversity among ages, cultures, races and religions, etc. If you take all of them and melt them together, it

makes a much stronger team. We have a highly diverse group that has melted together as a team today, said Stuart. After the presentation the event included dance, music, door prizes and food catered by the attendees. Garrison Yongsans workforce has helped make this a Community of Excellence three years in a row, said Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. Their dedication and commitment to excellence makes a positive impact every day. x

JUNE 17, 2011

Commentary by Elisa Fraissinet

Research advised before adopting pets



OSAN AIR BASE Most dogs from local pet stores come from puppy mills and are bred under cruel conditions. Many of them are too young to be taken away from their mothers, carry diseases or will suffer from genetic related problems later on. At the Osan AB Veterinary Treatment Facility sick pet store puppies are a common sight. Out of the 1012 pet store bought puppies seen at the clinic per month, 75-80 percent have medical conditions that need to be addressed, according to Maj. Dixie Burner, Osan AB Veterinarian. Some of the diseases the dogs suffer from are skin conditions like Scabies, but also Ringworms and ear infections. Intestinal conditions, like parasites are also common. Ringworm and Scabies are indicators of a dirty environment, Burner said. Some dogs suffer from very serious diseases, like Parvo or Canine Distemper. According to Burner, a lot of the diseases come from the puppy mills because the puppies mothers are not vaccinated. The young dogs then spread the diseases in the store. The sad truth is the puppy mill owners only exploit the dogs and do not provide them with the necessary care. Some dogs seen at the Osan Vet Clinic are so severely sick that they need 24hour care, which is not available at the facility. They need to be treated

Eli, once a bomb-sniffing military working dog was granted discharge and adoption by the Department of Defense after his handler was killed in action in Afghanistan. He is now a pet in the home of the family of his late handler. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
off post and vet care for these sick puppies can cost hundreds of dollars. Many people are aware of the dogs origin and think they help to free them from their misery by purchasing them, but this behavior only supports the puppy mill business. I think people are aware, they think they help, but what they do is enable, Burner said. Even dogs that will survive puppyhood might suffer from hereditary diseases later on. Some of the genetic related

problems are under or overbites or hip dysplasia. Another issue is that many puppies are too young to be taken away from their mothers. Store owners frequently tell customers the dogs are eight weeks old, but many of them are much younger. Puppies that are taken away from their mothers too early might develop behavioral issues later in life. Furthermore, the store owners tell their customers the dogs are purebred, which often is not the case. Even though some of the canines look like purebreds, they are often of mixed lineage. The canines that actually are purebreds will likely be of poor quality and could suffer from breed related problems that require further medical attention. When looking for a family companion, the military community should seek other options and should not support the puppy mill business. Many of the installations vet clinics have pets up for adoption. Other resources include the Animal Rescue of Korea homepage, This site is in English and most members are English speaking expatriates living in Korea. It features endless listings of pets available for adoption. Many families prefer younger animals that can also be found on this site. Another resource is U.S. Forces Korea Classifieds at usfkclassifieds. com. Before purchasing pet store puppies, people should be aware of the consequences for themselves, and for the dogs. x

Results in on Housing Survey

From 175th Financial Management
YONGSAN GARRISON The Overseas Housing utility allowance for Service members in Korea increased 18 percent June 1, to 965,000 Won for the with-dependent rate and to 723,750 Won for the single rate. The results of Move-in Housing Allowance survey data analysis resulted in a decrease of 13 percent to 341,146 Won. The adjustment to the OHA Utility rate was based on survey data provided by Service members in Korea who received OHA at the time of the survey, which was conducted between March 1 and April 15. For the OHA Utility portion of the survey, increases in electricity, running water, sewer, bottle water, trash, and maintenance expenses reported were partially offset by decreases in natural gas, oil and insurance expenses reported. Surveys were included in the analysis only if they were from Service members who had received OHA for at least six months, had paid for most of their utilities separately from rent, and had collected a full utility allowance. Analysis of the MIHA portion of the survey for Korea warranted a decrease in the MIHA Allowance which was implemented. To learn more about OHA and MIHA, visit the 175th Financial Management website at x


Security Battalion conducts leadership challenge

By 1st Lt. Adam R. Irby Joint Security Area Public Affairs
JOINT SECURITY AREA, South Korea On the afternoon of May 25, 29 members of the Joint Security Area Security Battalion moved along Rice Patty Road with combat gear and camouflage; some carrying bandoliers of Claymore Mines and AT4s strapped to their rucks. They made their way to Observation Post Dora, one the main strategic locations for observing enemy activity within North Korea. This was just the first three-mile leg of the 24-hour, 23-mile test known as the JSA Imjin Mungadai Leadership Challenge. Genghis Khan created an elite group of soldiers designed to lead and conduct themselves on difficult missions while travelling far with little provisions. This is the spirit of the JSA Imjin Mungadai Leadership Challenge, which is focused on leadership development. Each Soldier is provided an opportunity be either platoon leader, platoon sergeant, squad leader or team leader, rotating with each mission. Lt. Col. Edward Taylor, UNCSBJSA commander, dispensed guidance and mentorship to the platoon leader and platoon sergeant while Maj. Kevin Zammert, UNCSB-JSA executive officer; Maj. Perry Stiemke, UNCSB-JSA operations officer; and Battalion Command Sgt. Battalion Andres Ortiz provided the same to the junior leaders.



Remains of Soldier missing from Korean War identified

WASHINGTON The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Monday that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. A.V. Scott, 27, of Detroit, Mich., will be buried Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12, 1951, Scotts unit, the 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was supplying friendly forces approximately 70 miles east of Seoul, Korea, when Chinese Communist units attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Scott was captured by enemy forces and marched north to a prisoner-of-war camp in Suan County, North Korea. Surviving POWs within the camp reported Scott died in April 1951. Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200 to 400 U.S. servicemen. North Korean documents turned over with one of the boxes indicated the remains were exhumed near Suan County, which correlates with Scotts last known location. Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used dental comparisons, and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of Scotts cousins, in the identification. More than 2,000 servicemen died as prisoners of war during the Korean War. With this identification, 7,993 service members remain missing from the conflict. For additional information on the Defense Departments mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at dpmo or call 703-699-1169. x

Soldiers from the United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area participate in the JSA Imjin Mundadai Leadership Challenge near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. U.S. Army photo by 1st. Lt. Adam R. Irby
The exercise led them throughout the local area performing tasks such as land navigation, urban orienteering, Army Combatives and other Soldier tasks. They also were required to work together to overcome challenges, such as a rope bridge, leader reaction obstacles and small unit tactics. The final stretch took them 15-miles along the southern boundary of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, constantly in view of the land that so preciously separates the free Republic of Korea from the Communist North Korean regime. They reached the pinnacle, an elevation of 697 feet atop Mount Paek Hak marked by giant monolith bearing the 1st ROK Infantry emblem and the words Go Forward. The Soldiers then descended to Camp Bonifas where there mission is complete earning the coveted Mungadai Knife. x

Airlines Revise Policies for Troops Checked Baggage

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON Military members traveling on orders on several major U.S. air carriers can check four, and in some cases, five bags without charge based on new policies the airlines instituted in recent days. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced the new policies after Army reservists returning from Afghanistan had to pay more than $2,800 to cover the costs of their fourth checked bags on a Delta flight. Two members of the unit en route to Fort Polk, La., complained of their plight on a YouTube video that went viral. Delta apologized for the situation and is working with the soldiers individually to make this situation right for each of them, a Delta spokeswoman said. We regret that this experience caused these soldiers to feel anything but welcome on their return home, she said. We honor their service and are grateful for the sacrifices of our military service members and their families. Deltas new policy allows U.S. servicemembers traveling on orders to check up to four bags in economy class and five bags in first and business class at no charge, she said. Each bag can weigh up to 70 pounds and measure up to 80 linear inches. Due to weight and space constraints, travelers on Delta Connection carriers, regardless of their seating class, can check up to four bags without charge. We hope these changes to our policies reflect the true respect we hold for our servicemen and women and again demonstrate our appreciation as both a company and as individuals who benefit from the freedom our troops defend, the spokeswoman said. Other airlines are following Deltas lead. American Airlines is in the process of increasing its baggage policy for military members to check five bags without cost, spokesman Tim Smith reported. Full implementation of that policy, and further details, should be completed in the next few days, he said. One of the checked bags can weigh up to 100 pounds and measure up to 26 linear inches, but others are subject to the regular 50-pound, 62-linear-inch restrictions. The previous American policy allowed servicemembers to check three bags without cost. But given the potential confusion, with different military units carrying different amounts of bags depending on their mission, we have elected to proceed with our five-free-bag limit, Smith said. We think it just makes good sense and eliminates possible confusion. The new policy will apply whether the military members are traveling on official orders or on personal travel, Smith said. United Airlines and Continental Airlines, which merged last fall, also announced that they will now waive the fee for military personnel traveling on orders to check a fourth bag. The decision was made, according to spokeswoman Christen David, in recognition of their sacrifice and service to our country. Servicemembers traveling for official business, including deployments, are entitled to receive full reimbursement for reasonable, authorized excess baggage fees, defense officials said. x

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Area II Worship Schedule
Worship Services
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, 12:30 p.m. Camp Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel KATUSA Tuesday 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel


Area I Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Casey Stanley Chapel COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday Sunday

Area III Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Spanish Church of Christ ChapelNext 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel

Area IV Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday Catholic Services Mass Sunday 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker

Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. M, W, T, F 11:45 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (youth) KATUSA Tuesday 6 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

9 a.m. 11:45 a.m.

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

9 a.m. 12 p.m. 9:30 a.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel

Catholic Services Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday M, W, T, F 1st Sat. Jewish Friday 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel

The Command Chaplains Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: for helpful links and information

Latter-day Saints Worship Sunday 4 p.m.

Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact

USAG Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey D. Hawkins:, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis:, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun:, 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Flores:, 754-7042 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee:, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski:, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Milton Johnson:, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones:, 765-8991




(Above) On the day of outdoor swimming pool opening, people lie on sun-loungers and bathe in the sun at Yongsan Outdoor Pool May 28; (Below) A child slides down for a splash. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

By Pfc. Choi Sung-il

Outdoor pools open

YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan outdoor swimming pools opened on May 28. Hours of operation for Yongsan Outdoor Pool are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Hannam Village opens from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will stay open until Labor Day Weekend in September. There are separate pools for babies and toddlers,

a slide for kids and sun-loungers for those who prefer to relax at Yongsan Outdoor Pool. The pool can accommodate up to 280 users and only ID card holders are allowed usage. The water temperature is adjusted between 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Command will ensure families are prepared and supported throughout their tours here in Korea, said Garrison Commander Col. William Huber said. That is my promise to the community. x

(Above, from left) A swimming pool user jumps off the diving board as high as he can; Before jumping into the pool in the sun, parents make sure their kids put sunscreen on.

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Sophie Shaw, 5, Aaron Helmer, 2, and Harris Helmer, 5, jump in the kids pool and splash water. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

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6-52 ADA welcomes new leaders

Four first sergeants take over batteries in the same week
By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillery
OSAN AIR BASE He holds a paramount position, one that sets and upholds the standard and ensures Soldiers serving with him have everything they need to be successful. In the German Army, he is known as the Father of the Unit. He is the first sergeant. So when the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery had four changes of responsibility in one week, the unit opened a new chapter in its history. First Sergeant Dennis Petty is one of the four spearheading the transition. When Petty first took over C Battery, 6-52 last month, he offered only a few succinct words to the troops and families during the Change of Responsibility Ceremony. Charlie Battery Cold Steel, lets get to work, he said. And true to the spirit, for Petty, the last few weeks have been a period of great learning and appreciation for his new duty position. Being a first sergeant is one of the greatest, if not the greatest opportunity to lead the nations best and brightest sons and daughters, Petty said after the ceremony. I feel truly blessed. Two weeks later, the former PATRIOT battalion evaluator finds himself facing the challenge of leading his unit through an intense week-long range density and squad tactic exercise at Warrior Base. Petty and his Soldiers ended the week with a bolstered sense of confidence. I can honestly tell you that I am leading a great group of Soldiers and leaders who are not only dedicated but also motivated to succeed, Petty said after watching his units range qualification. Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry, the battalions senior enlisted Soldier, welcomed the addition of the four new first sergeants. Changing out four of six battery first sergeants within a week really signaled a time of change and transition in the battalion and I am a firm believer that change is good, he said. Just as Petty quickly found out as he took over his unit, Hockenberry said the first sergeants are stepping into an existing successful foundation where the unit already has established a very robust military to military and community relation partnership.

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am leading a great group of Soldiers and leaders.

- 1st Sgt. Dennis Petty C Battery, 6-52 ADA
But the transition is also marked with inevitable sadness as the units bid farewell to their outgoing first sergeants whom they have spent more than 12 months with in Korea. First Sergeant Michael Kern, the outgoing first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery told his troops during his farewell speech that his Soldiers are reason why the unit is great and he will always remember each and every single one of them. Kern added that part of me really does not want to leave, and he will truly miss the unit. Hockenberry said, Although it was bittersweet to see some of the older first sergeants depart, its also an exciting time in the battalions history as the transition will only expand upon what the former first sergeants have left as a legacy in their units. x

First Sgt. Dennis Petty receives the unit sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry during the change of responsibility ceremony for C Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. Petty is just one of the many 6-52 ADA first sergeants taking their new positions this month. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu


By Takeesha Green Army Community Service
CAMP HUMPHREYS Summer is almost here, which means its time for many Families to transfer to a new duty station. The feeling of starting over again can by exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Meeting new people, changing schools, moving into a new home, and, if youre overseas, learning a new culture, can be stressful. And it carries extra challenges if a Family member has special needs. Thats where the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) comes in. EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program for Family members who may require special medical, educational, physical, intellectual, or emotional needs. The program allows assignment managers to assign a service member where the Familys needs will be met. Enrollment has no adverse affects on a service members military career. The program works with other military and civilian agencies to provide community outreach and advocacy

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Commissary Hours Extended The Commissary now has extended hours. Hours are: Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early Bird hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. CPAC Limited Staff The Area III Civilian Personnel Action Center will have limited staff from June 20 to July 1. For more information, call 753-7797. Triathlon Set A triathlon is set for June 25 at 8 a.m., starting at Splish & Splash. Registration is at 7 a.m., although pre-registration can be done by calling 753-8031 or 031-690-8031. The event comprises a 400-meter swim, a five-kilometer run, and a 20-kilometer bicycle route. Ziplining Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is sponsoring a Ziplining trip on June 25. Cost is $50, which includes transportation. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from the Community Activity Center. To sign up, call 753-8825. Adventure Trip Several adventure sports will be featured June 25 in a trip sponsored by Outdoor Recreation. Offered will be survival paintball, whitewater rafting, and an all-terrain vehicle drive. Cost is $60 for adults and $45 for children. The fee includes lunch and transportation. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Yard Sale Slated A yard sale is scheduled for June 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Commissary parking lot. Spots are $10. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 753-3013. ACS Closure All Army Community Service facilities will be closed July 1 from noon to 5 p.m. This includes Building 2200 on Suwon Air Base, and Buildings 311 and 1127 on Camp Humphreys. EFMP Luau An Exceptional Family Member Program awareness luau is scheduled for July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ACS. In case of inclement weather, the luau will move to the youth gym. Bowling Nights The Strike Zone offers weekly bowling specials. On Mondays, bowlers who pay for three games get a fourth game free. And on Tuesdays, unlimited bowling is offered from 6 p.m. to close for $9.99. We Want Your Stories We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly. Call 754-8847 for more information or e-mail warren.

EFMP helps with transitions


for housing, medical, educational, and personnel services. EFMP ensures continuity of care for exceptional Family members, as they move and allows for a smoother transition. The EFMP office for United States Army Garrison Humphreys can help in locating resources in the community and facilitate support groups, provide information on the respite care program, and access to a special needs resource library. For more information, stop by Army Community Service in Building 311 or call 753-6177. x

Monday is Family Safety Day

By Pvt Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS The annual Family Safety Day is scheduled for June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Activity Center. The event aims to improve hazards awareness related to home and recreational activities. Health checks such as cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat examinations will be offered, as will be face painting, a 2.5-kilometer run, and a bike rodeo sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 203. The Camp Humphreys Fire Department will display a new safety simulator trailer that replicates emergencies. There will be free food and beverages, giveaways, as well as prize drawings for bicycles, safety helmets, and toys. According to Linda Alderson, the United States Army Garrison Humphreys safety compliance officer, Family Safety Day serves an important purpose. Families simply do not know about safety hazards associated with homes and recreational activities, she said. This event will educate families and raise safety hazards awareness to help keep families safe. Event organizers will put special emphasis on heat injuries and recreational activities. For more information, call 753-5585. x

Happy Birthday, Army

Soldiers and civilians celebrate the Armys 236th birthday with a cake-cutting June 14 at the Super Gym. From left are Col. Joseph P. Moore, David Frodsham, Pvt. Brittany Lott, Col. James Barker, Chap. (Maj.) John Chun and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Kim. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

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Colonel Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander, shows the page he has just reads from the Army Birthday Book to attentive audience members at the Child Development Center June 13. The reading was followed by a cake cutting. U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover

By Pvt Han, Jae-ho

WIC offers many benefits

for 12 months, and children from birth to age 5 can participate. Participants can receive benefits such as nutrition education and supplemental nutritious foods. These foods may lead to healthier babies, and increased birth weight, and lower anemia rates. The WIC Overseas program has adapted quickly to accommodate the needs of the growing community of families here in Korea, said Brid Aine Wade, WIC Overseas regional director. Across the peninsula, at all five WIC Overseas offices, we have doubled our staff, expanded our hours, and increased our education programs in the past year. We will continue to adapt to Koreas dynamic environment providing maximum access to the WIC nutrition and education benefit for the military community. The first step is to submit a Leave and Earnings Statement for Soldiers and Army civilians, or a pay stub from a contractor. Once eligibility is confirmed, persons can begin receiving food packages that include iron-fortified adult cereal, milk, cheese, dried

CAMP HUMPHREYS The Women Infants and Children (WIC) Overseas program is a supplemental nutrition and education enrichment program designed to improve the quality of life for participants. Members and Family members of Armed Forces, civilian employees and and DOD contractors are eligible. Pregnant women, postpartum women for six months, breastfeeding mothers

Americans love of hot dogs endures

By Capt. Jon Steere 2nd Infantry Division SJA
CAMP HUMPHREYS The hot dog may have been invented during the Holy Roman Empire or possbily Germany, but it has become one off the quintessential American summer foods. Its introduction to the United States came in connection to another national tradition, baseball. Its first known appearance came during a St. Louis Browns game in 1893. And hot dogs and baseball are so intertwined today that if all the franks sold at Major League games this year were laid end-toend, they would stretch from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. But dining on dogs is not just for spectators. On that most American of holidays, Independence Day, Brooklyns Coney Island will host the 96th annual Nathans Famous Hot Dog eating contest. There the undisputed world champion Joey Jaws Chestnut will again defend his culinary crown. Chestnut holds the world record with 68 dogs eaten in 10 minutes. Hot dogs have also done much to bring nations together. For instance, President Franklin Roosevelt

beans, peanut butter, fruits rich in vitamin A and C, vegetable, juice, eggs, formula, and infant cereal. WIC is important because it provides nutrients education, and Soldiers and civilians do not have to worry about their families getting hungry. The program will help them stay healthy and also educate new parents, said Jessica Hayek, a clinical health program specialist. For more information, visit the WIC overseas office in Building 1127, or call 753-6909. x

had a case of Nathans famous franks sent to him while negotiating the Yalta conference. Since then the appetites of Americans abroad have only grown. Last year alone, U.S. Soldiers at military posts from Belvoir to Baghdad consumed 2.4 million hot dogs. U.S. embassies regularly make use of hot dog diplomacy with Independence Day barbecues and the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council has declared July national hot dog month. This dedication to the dog is no surprise. Because whether you care for ketchup, relish a good relish, or must have mustard, a nicely grilled dog often brings with it a taste of home. For it is not just in 50 states that the truest and best parts of America exist, but also in the simple and honest kind of comforts found in food, family, and friendship. x



JUNE 17, 2011

9th Anniversary of Hill 303 shows U.S., Korea commitment

Photos and story by Cpl. Kim Min-jae
DAEGU GARRISON Participating in the 9th annual wreath laying and memorial ceremony, Soldiers from 6th Ordnance Battalion, Camp Carroll climbed Hill 303 at Waegwan, June 9 to pay tribute to their fallen comrades, brutally massacred during the Korean War. The Korean Veterans Chilgok Association, Korean War Veteran Chilgok Association and Seok-jeon Middle School students also attended the somber event. C o l . C r a i g S . C o t t e r, 1 9 t h Expeditionary Support Command Deputy Commanding Officer, Col. Philip A. Mead, Commander, Material Support Command-Koea, Command Sgt. Maj. James S. Thomas, 25th Transportation Btln., and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel S. Arnold, USAG Daegu, also graced the event with their presence. Hill 303 is historic spot where the North Koreans and the ROK-U.S. combined forces fought a close battle. This gruesome battle lasted for 55 days from August to September. Hundreds of Soldiers both Korean and American alike sacrificed their lives at the Battle of Hill 303 while defending Korea and preserving peace and liberty. On August 17th, 42 American prisoners of war gave their lives defending Hill 303. I appreciated the opportunity to join with the Korean War Veterans who distinguished themselves with bravery 61 years ago, and continue to display bravery with their departed comrades. And I hope this solidarity reinforces the alliance between Korea and the US as it will continue to grow even stronger and be the shining example of friendship. Said, Lt. Col. James W.



Col. Craig S. Cotter (left), 19th ESC deputy commanding officer, Lt. Col. James W. Bogart(right), Commander, 6th Ordnance Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery M. Moses (Rear), CSM, 6th Ordnance Battalion, and members of the Korean Veterans Chilgok Association and Korean War Veteran Chilgok Association graced the ceremony with their presence.
Bogart, Cdr., 6th Ord. Bn. The event, by all accounts, was m e a n i n g f u l a n d g ave t h o s e i n attendance a chance to share in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Im just glad that both the Korean people and American Soldiers are not forgetting about the sacrifices of the Korean War, said Arnold. With admiration and gratitude, f lowers were placed in front of the monument by attendees. x

Daegu American School youngsters learn importance of recycling

DAEGU GARRISON Recycling is a basic responsibility in each our lives. There are times, however, when we sometimes forget its importance. To bring continuous attention to the importance of recycling, members of the USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub community brainstormed the idea of a commercial that would promote just how recycling could Make a Difference. What better way of accomplishing this feat than through the use of children. And so it was, 3rd Graders from Daegu American School were called upon to help. Viviane Arnold and Hwang Yu Chong, came up with the idea for the recycling project. The two found that USAG Daegu is not very good at recycling. According to them, the recycling success rate in the Southeast Hub is lower than that at the average military installation. This situation undoubtedly causes our community to waste money which we could save and ultimately use in other parts of the Army, expressed Arnold. Both Arnold and Hwang expect the project to affect community as a whole. The impact this recycling effort will have on the community is a positive one. First of all, the younger kids are going to be emulating adults, and growing up doing the right things. Then it will affect their parents and our community

(right) Soldier s from 6th Ord. Bn. commemorate the memory of fallen heroes by laying flowers at the base of the Hill 303 monument.

By Im Hae-na USAG Daegu Public Affairs

Daegu American School students, along with Col. Kathleen A. Gavle, Commander, USAG Daegu, belt out in unison the motto Make a difference, during an AFN shooting of a recycling commercial.
overall, said Arnold. So, on Jun. 13 the DAS cafeteria on Camp George became the setting for the long awaited filming by AFN. Thanks to the skill sets of the broadcaster, and the intelligence of the children, everything went nicely. There are undoubtedly, a host of other facts and insights into how recycling pays. On this particular day, however, Daegu American School students gathered for the shooting of the recycling commercial with great enthusiasm. The taping was divided into three parts. The first one was with 3rd grade students singing the recycling song. In the second part, the students received a speech from their teacher regarding recycling. They then learned how recycling is related to their lives and what happens when people dont recycle. The last part of the commercial shooting involved a mini-drama. The drama was about students who recycle trash which was discarded improperly by adults. The plot is one that provides a lesson to our children, but at the same time makes adults realize they too should do recycling. x




News & Notes

Fire Hydrant Testing From June 20 to July 1, the Fire Dept. will be testing fire hydrant flow rates in the Walker, Henry, and George areas. During the testing, sediments that have collected in the water lines are often disturbed causing bath, toilet or tap water to appear brownish in color. This discolored water has the potential to discolor white clothing. Residents are cautioned to reframe from washing clothing during this period or check the appearance of the water prior to washing clothing. As always, please do not park in front of any fire hydrant. Parking is prohibited within 20 feet of any fire hydrant. USAG Daegu Community Town Hall DAS cafeteria, June 22 starting at 6 p.m. See whats happening in our community and ask those burning questions! Hope to see you all there! Night Glow Golf Tournament Cant get enough golf from dawn til dusk? Sign up for the Evergreen Night Glow Tournament at Evergreen Golf Course, June 24, from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. If your game isnt up to par during the day, may be you play better at night. Entry fee is $15 and space is limited. Call 764-4628 for more information. Texas Holdem Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Carroll Hideaway Club. Weekly prizes for the top 3 players. $20 per person. Free meal for players. Points awarded for every 8 weeks of play toward the final game and a $1,000 prize. Calll 765-8574 for more information. Kids Club Register your child for our Jr. Membership Program. Program benefits include quarterly appreciation nights, $5 gift coupon for thier birthday and other great events. Open to kids ages 5-12. For more information, call the Evergreen Community Club, 764-4060. Camp Carroll Paintball Range Now open on Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per person and it includes first 500 pellets. No reservations or teams required. Eye Protection, Long Sleeves, Long pants, Sneakers or Boots covering ankles are required. For more information call 765-8325/7062 or 7647484. China Beijing Tour Visit the Great Wall, Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Heaven Temple and enjoy a silk Street Market Shopping Tour as well. From July 2 to July 5. $740 for an Adult (2 people p/ room) ($610-child under 12). $300-Infant under 24 months. $840-Adult Single Occupancy room. For more information call 764-4124.

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USAG Daegu produces strongest Soldier at Best Warrior Competition

Sgt. Jeremy Brake takes NCO of the Year honors
By Lee Seung-bin USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON A good Soldier dreams of someday taking Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year honors. In all likelihood, the longer you are a Soldier, the greater this desire becomes. Thats how it seems to have turned out for Sgt. Jeremy Brake, USAG Daegu, who just recently took top honors as the Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year for Installation Management Command (IMCOM). In other words, he is the U.S. Army IMCOMs strongest Soldier. Sgt. Brake strongly represented the Korea region, and ultimately won the competition by demonstrating excellence in action. I set down with Jeremy Brake and asked him some questions I thought would be of interest to soldiers of the USAG Daegu and Southeast Hub. Q: Would you tell me your feelings about having received the award? A: This is an amazing honor. Not just for me, but my whole Garrison. All the Soldiers represented good leadership. Q : W h a t i s t h e re a s o n yo u participated in this competition? A: I initially won the Garrison level competition, and then after going to the Garrison level I went to the IMCOM Korean Region level. From that point, I moved on to the IMCOM level. Q: How many parts are there in the competition? A: The competition included a road march, physical fitness test, essay, exam, weapons qualification, warrior task testing, combative tournament, day and night urban orienteering, reflexive fire and the final mystery event, the Combat Pistol Qualification Course. Therefore, I fired weapons, executed an urban terrain navigation test and demonstrated proficiency in military skills. Q: Would you explain how each level tests the abilities of Soldiers? A: It tests both physically and mentally. We go through board proceedings which test you mentally and then physically as far as ruck marches and PT tests. Q: How did you practice or prepare for the Best Warrior competition? A: I did a lot of studying of various books military manuals. I also worked a lot and read a lot. Q: Which part of the competition was the most difficult for you? A: Probably the most difficult was getting over the jet lag. Because of coming from Korea and going back to San Antonio, Texas. The days were flipflop so where I am used to getting out of bed at 6 a.m. However, that means it would be 7 p.m. here in Korea. Q: What did you receive as a gift or reward as a Best Warrior Competition participant? A: Winners each received a coin plaque with all 75 coins representing the IMCOM commands. I also received a $1,000 savings bond, a trophy and an Oakley watch. Q: Where is your hometown and where were you before coming to Korea? A: My hometown is Florence, Kentucky. Before coming to Korea I was in Hawaii. Q: How long have you been a Soldier? How long have you been in Korea? A: Its now getting close to nine years. Ive been in Korea just over one year and a half. Q: Why did you decide to join the Army? A: I originally joined in 1992 and then I had a break in service. I decided come back to the Army because its something I truly had enjoyed, and I missed it. Q: What made you join the Army, and why not the Air Force? Or Navy? Or Marines? A: It was never a thought in my mind- except the Army. I didnt want to go to the Air Force, Navy, or Marines. It was always the Army. Q: Is there something you hope to achieve, but have not yet achieved as a Soldier?



The IMCOM announced the winners of the Best Warrior Competition during a ceremony May 26 at Camp Bullis, Texas. From left to right are IMCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Sgt. Jeremy Brake and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola. U.S. Army photo by Luke Elliott
A: Win the Department of the Army (DA) level competition at the next level. Also, my next challenge will be the DA board in October. Q: So far, what would you say has been your biggest challenge in the Army? A: Asking for help. Its my biggest challenge. Id like to do everything on my own and not ask for help from other people. Probably asking for help is my biggest challenge. Q: How do you overcome hardship and adversity? A: I think about setting up good examples for my soldiers. It gives me what I need to keep going and not to quit. Q: What is your normal day? What is your hobby? A: My routine day is I get up around 5 a.m. I do PT on my own and then I do company PT. I go to work after I work I go to the gym. As a hobby I like to rock climb or do anything related to the ocean things like scuba diving and spear fishing. Q: Whats your life motto? A: Never be satisfied with where you are, and always try to aim higher. Q: What are your daily duties? A: I work for the Garrison Command Sergeant Major. I handle his calendar and any other jobs he might have for me to do. Q: Do you have any message you would like to provide the Soldiers who are preparing for the competition? A: Study, study and study. The biggest thing is studying and retaining the information that you are reading or reviewing. Just be sure of yourself. Be confident. Sgt. Brake, will represent IMCOM against 22 of the Armys top NCOs from 12 commands at the Army Best Warrior competition in October. x

Sgt. Jeremy Brake fills his headgear with cold water at a water station during the IMCOM Best Warrior 12-mile road march May 24. Courtesy photo

Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel S. Arnold, USAG Daegu (right) reviews some notes with Sgt. Jeremy Brake, USAG Daegu regarding enlisted manning reports. U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin

Sgt. Jeremy Brake catches up on his reading as he reviews his Soldiers Manual containing Common Tasks, Warrior Leader Skills Level 2, 3, and 4. U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin


Young students curious about Making a Difference

Photo and story by Lee Seung-bin USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON Col. Kathleen Gavle, Commander, USAG Daegu and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold, CSM USAG Daegu spent time talking with young students on the topic How Can I Make a Difference? The discussion was held June 6 at Daegu American School on Camp George. Timothy Lee Cochran, 4th Grade Teacher, Elementary Team Leader at DAS planned the worthwhile event for his students. The Make a Difference slogan is not only the slogan of USAG Daegu, but also similar phrase that 4th graders adopted for the year. Cochran said, Todays class serves as a classroom goal that hopefully binds us together, builds character and provides many teachable moments to springboard from. Cochran added, Making a Difference has been one of the better slogans Ive used because of its broad meaning and relevant message to all students. Gavle chimed in saying, The Make a Difference was the motto Garrison had for a long time. You have the same motivation we did. At your age you are really creative, smart and have a lot of energy. The Col. Further encouraged and motivated the students adding with emphasis, You Can Make a Difference. Once Gavle completed her address, some students eagerly and proudly displayed in front of their classmates their script about How Can I Make a Difference. x



A curious student poses a question to Col. Kathleen A. Gavle, Commander, USAG Daegu (right) and Timothy Lee Cochran, 4th Grade Teacher, DAS after a discussion about the question How Can I Make a Difference.

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Family Covenants commitment to provide a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and Families can thrive.

Through the Bringing the Benefit to You campaign, Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families have shopped on-site at more than 100 remote locations and purchased $14 million worth of commissary products. An average of 30% SAVINGS OR MORE on purchases compared to commercial prices. Within the next three years, more than $200 million will be spent on building new commissaries and enhancing existing commissaries to better serve customers.


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