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JULY 1, 2011

JULY 1, 2011 Volume 9, Issue 36

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Discipline Starts Here

Soldiers compete in Triathlon See Page 7

Evidence continues to mount against dioxin, Agent Orange claims
By Eighth Army Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON The Joint Investigation Team established in May to investigate claims that Agent Orange was buried on Camp Carroll in 1978 has made significant progress since its formation last month. Investigation The teams investigative efforts have focused on two primary questions. Was Agent Orange buried on Camp Carroll? And what happened to the drums and soil reportedly removed from Camp Carroll in 1979-80? The U.S. portion of the team, also known as the Camp Carroll Task Force, has conducted interviews with 26 people in the U.S. and South Korea that claim to have direct or indirect knowledge of either burial or recovery of drums of chemicals on Camp Carroll. There are over 30 names currently on the interview list and it continues to grow with the recent inclusion of Korean citizens from Chilgok County that worked on Camp Carroll during the time of the alleged burial. Besides interviews, the Camp Carroll Task Force has also researched documents from around the peninsula and in numerous locations in the United States. These include a land use study from 1992 and an environmental survey from 2004. These two documents show that chemicals were buried at Camp Carroll in the late 1970s and were later removed. The chemicals listed in the two documents do not include Agent Orange. Both these documents were released to the

Spc. Nikeera Chandler from Company B, Division Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, participates in her first novice triathlon Saturday after swimming 400 meters and cycling 20 kilometers. The final stage was a five kilometer run. Chandler finished second in the womens division in 1:41:49 slightly less than four minutes behind Shannon Syphus, Battery B, 6th battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment from Camp Casey. See the full story and results on Page 7 Courtesy photo by Jeffrey Rivers

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The Spark
Yongsans fire mascot is celebrating. Find out why, Page 11

Norths defectors speak at Yongsan



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One of 30,000 cultural artifacts, the Deagu Museum tells all, Page 16

Celebrate responsibly, Page 2

Fox on the Fourth

Sights & Sounds P03 Command Perspective P04 Photo Feature Page P16

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Independence, safety go together

By Brig. Gen. David Fox IMCOM-Korea Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON The Fourth of July is a great occasion to show our patriotism by enthusiastically celebrating our nations independence. This national holiday provides our IMCOM-K Soldiers, Civilians and Family members a well deserved break from their busy schedules. I ask that everyone anticipate the hazards associated with holiday activities, plan for ways to mitigate those hazards and return home safely. During this extended holiday weekend, I challenge all leaders to set the example. This holiday marks the half-way point of the IMCOM Korea Summer Safety Campaign, so continue to emphasize effective composite risk management, stressing the prevention of heat related injuries and destructive weather mitigation and planning. If your personnel will be driving while on leave, they should utilize the Travel Risk Planning System found on the



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Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website. Many traffic accidents are caused by driver fatigue, excessive speed, poor judgment and the consumption of alcohol. TRiPS is an excellent tool for planning for a safe journey. I expect all commanders, noncommissioned officers, division chiefs and first line supervisors to conduct thorough pre-holiday safety briefings with their personnel prior to the holiday weekend. Maintain valid addresses and telephone numbers for personnel leaving the immediate area, especially if their plans include U.S. travel or other off-peninsula destinations. Discuss the hazards associated with improper on and off-duty conduct, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, suicide prevention, outdoor recreational activities and compliance with off-limit areas and establishments. Leaders must continue to encourage employees to take care of themselves and their personnel. Lets work together to ensure all of our IMCOM Korea Family enjoys an accident-free Fourth of July holiday without the loss of life or serious injury. x

Sharp: alliance ready to counter provocations

By Walter T. Ham IV 8th Army Public Affairs
SEOUL During an address to the Association of the Republic of Korea Army at Koreana Hotel here June 20, the top U.S. military commander in Korea said the ROK-U.S. Alliance is ready to counter any provocations against South Korea. U.S. Army Gen. Walter L. Skip Sharp, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, also told the association members about ongoing alliance transformation efforts. According to Sharp, North Koreas sneak attack on ROK Ship Cheonan, unprovoked artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong Island and announcement of a highly enriched uranium program are part of a coercive strategy designed to gain concessions. Their desire to antagonize, provoke, appease and demand concessions have been taken in order to achieve the regimes goals of gaining food, fuel, economic aid, to sustain their regime, said Sharp. While the Kim regime has proven a willingness to escalate in order to obtain what it wants, I am convinced that the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance is prepared. In addition to deterring the threat north of the border, Sharp said the ROK military is serving alongside the U.S. military in hotspots around the world. Citing South Koreas service in Afghanistan and off the coast of Somalia as well as its UN peacekeeping missions, humanitarian assistance operations and counter proliferation efforts, Sharp said the Republic of Korea is a guarantor of assistance and security around the world. The four-star general, who retires from the U.S. Army after nearly four decades of service this summer, thanked the ROK military for the role it plays in the region and around the globe. x

Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, said the South Korea-U.S. Alliance is ready to counter any provocations against South Korea. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen

Lack of evidence to date suggests no Agent Orange

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Testing and Evaluation A cadre of environmental experts from South Korea and the United States has conducted a non-intrusive survey of the area identified by witness Stephen House at the location he claims to have buried barrels of Agent Orange. The survey included the use of ground penetrating radar and magnetometers. They have begun surveying a second site identified by other witnesses and the 1992 and 2004 documents at the other side of the Camp Carroll helipad area. Following this, the experts will survey the remainder of the helipad area. The Joint Investigation Team released water samples taken outside Camp Carroll by the Korean Government on June 16. These samples did not contain any indication of Agent Orange, while containing trace amounts of dioxin at measurements not harmful to humans and below background levels in the surrounding community. Water samples have also been taken from 22 wells on Camp Carroll. The results of those tests will be announced, along with analysis of the GPR and magnetometer surveys. The Way Ahead Interviews and records research will continue until all available pertinent information is recovered. Non-intrusive surveying should be complete by mid-July. The results of the non-intrusive surveys and water testing will refine the plan for follow-on testing. To date, no evidence of Agent Orange has been discovered either on Camp Carroll or in the adjacent community. x

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Police Blotter
The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. USAG Red Cloud Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance (Spice): Subjects 1 and 2 committed the offense of smoking Spice in their barracks room. Both individuals were advised of their legal rights and admitted to the offense. USAG Yongsan Larceny of Exchange funds: Subject was observed via security camera removing the price tag from a pair of pants and then pairing the pants with a shirt to pass it off as a set in the Main Post Exchange. She then exited the building without rendering proper payment for the pants. The Subject was apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office, where they were processed and released. Traffic Accident with Injuries: Subject operating a private vehicle, struck Victim 1s private vehicle, in which Victim 2 was a passenger. Both Victims sustained injuries consisting of chest pain and were transported via ambulance to the Emergency Room for medical attention. Both vehicles were damaged. Both parties reported utilization of their seatbelts. USAG Daegu Assault: Subject and Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the Subject pushed the Victim and struck her in the face with a closed fist. Upon arrival of Korean National Police, the Subject was transported to the KNP Station and processed. Assault: Two Subjects and a Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subjects 1 and 2 struck the Victim. Both Subjects were apprehended and transported to the Korean National Police Station where they were processed and released into military police custody. They were transported to the provost marshals office. Osan Air Base Underage Drinking: Subject was administered a Portable Breath Test with a result of .023 percent Blood Alcohol Content, during a random check upon entering the installation. The Subject was apprehended, transported to the provost marshals office, then processed. Failure to Obey a Lawful Order: Subject disobeyed a lawful order by returning to International Cultural Ville after being told to leave by security forces. The Subject was apprehended, transported to the provost marshals office, then processed and released to his unit with instructions to report back to the PMO later due to his intoxication.

Located upstream of Cheonggyecheon, Cheonggye Plaza is the first starting point of the tributaries of the main stream. It is forested by tall buildings in the heart of the city, creating a special effect in harmony with the surrounding nature. The plaza has become one of the cultural center stages, such as Seoul Plaza, where various cultural and arts events and programs are held. Spring by Class Oldenburg from Sweden is one of the prominent art installations displayed in Cheonggye Plaza. Oldenburg transforms trivial objects found in the city into beautiful art works and represents symbolic images of the city, as shown in his work Spring. This towering and magnificent 20 meters high art installation is escorted by the skyscrapers which surround it on all sides. To get there take Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station, walk 20 meters from Exit 5. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jeong Yee-taek

Cheonggye Plaza

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Kyulyun Taekkyeon Association Kyulyun Taekkyeon Association is a training and demonstration center in the Korean martial art of Taekkyeon, located in the precinct of Minsok Noli Madang in Insa-dong. Kyulun Taekkyeon is one of the Korean martial arts that focuses on external competition, different from Taekwondo, which places a great deal of emphasis on selfdefense and premeditated principles. The association hosts open competitions every Saturday through October. It is one of the most popular events of the games for both domestic and foreign visitors. Taekkyeon is a traditional martial art mainly using the hands and feet and concentrating on adopting a defensive disposition through various foot techniques, including jumping and kicking or the so called Balnoli (meaning foot playin Korean). One of the distinctive characteristics of Taekkyeon is the lyrical, dance-like movement, and it is regarded as one of the most highly artistic forms of martial art in the world. In comparison to the more restrained martial art of Taekwondo, Taekkyeon has somewhat more fluid and graceful movements. The Taekkyeon practitioner, Song Dukki, became the first human cultural asset in Taekkyeon, designated in 1983 as Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 76. Taekkyeon is the only Korean traditional martial art that possesses such an honorable classification. The Taekkyeon arena is situated in the Insa-dong Cultural Plaza, which is sited at the entrance to Insa-dong district near the subway station. On Saturdays, various displays of Taekkyeon are held here, and visitors have the chance to see the martial art up close, gathering around the arena in a circle, bearing ancient flags, which add to the excitement of the games. Competitions always attract large crowds who cheer whenever the royal techniques of Taekkyeon are used. Since its first competition in May 2009, the Taekkyeon Battle, as it is known, has become one of the most popular attractions for both domestic and foreigner visitors to Insa-dong street, a place where a great diversity of Korean traditional culture and crafts is concentrated. On days with no Taekkyeon Battle, open Taekkyeon demonstrations (called Bontupae) take place between 4 and 6 p.m. For more information visit http:// (Korean) or call 02)733-2469. To get there take subway Line 1 to Jonggak Station, walk 10 minutes from Exit 11 or take Line 3 to Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, walk 10 minutes from Exit 6. x

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Commander eyes illegal dumping

By Col Hank Dodge Garrison Red Cloud Commander
CAMP RED CLOUD Trash troubles me and I need all of you to help. It doesnt just trouble me because the amount that we are accumulating on our installations keeps increasing. It troubles me more that people are bringing their trash that is generated off-post onto our installations to dispose of it. We pay for trash removal by-thepound and it costs this garrison additional money to have it collected by the waste management company. Those additional costs could be used elsewhere to better serve the entire community. That is why I am really trying to make a concerted effort to get the word out to all community members about our trash policy in order to ensure that everyone is well informed. In recent weeks, Ive responded to several Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) comments and answered e-mails from conscientious community members concerned that people are not following the policy regarding trash disposal and that some, just blatantly disregard it. I have attempted to inform our Soldiers, civilians and family members of this policy through multiple venues like this article, the recent Camp Red Cloud and Area I Town Hall Meeting, Work Force Town Hall Meeting, the Morning Calm Weekly newspaper, Facebook, USAG Red Cloud Web site, Command Channel, AFN TV commercials and the like. The message throughout is consistent; bringing trash generated off-post onto any of our installations is strictly prohibited! During our recent Community Town Hall we were asked to consider placing recycling bins on our installations. The good news is that by the end of July, we will have recycling containers located on our three major hub installations of Camp Red Cloud, Camp Casey and Camp Stanley. These recycling facilities are for the use of our Soldiers and civilians who reside and/ or work on our installations and the trash generated therein. They are not for everyone who resides off-post to bring their trash onto the installations and have us pay to haul it off. Every local community and apartment complex recycles and has procedures in place to facilitate recycling. Trash removal costs are also covered in off-post rental agreements. So why should we pay twice to remove our trash? I lived in Germany a number of years where I learned to recycle. It was new for most of us and like others I

Col. Hank Dodge

wasnt very keen on it at first because it was inconvenient. But it wasnt difficult and I mastered it in no time. Korea has been recycling for the past decade perhaps longer and I need every resident who lives off post to do the same thing responsibly dispose of their recyclables and trash there. Ive directed our Housing Offices to ensure that all contracts for off-post residents contain a clause requiring the owners to provide renters with the required garbage bags for their respective municipality. Some of you are already doing the right thing. Thank you for doing your part. For those who knowingly or unknowingly contribute to our trash problem; our military police will start issuing warning tickets to offenders. To see the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Command Policy 6-14: NonHazardous Solid Waste Management, visit: Policy-Letters/Downloads. Military offenders are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Civilians are also subject administrative punishment that could result in the loss of base access privileges for repeat offenses. Just this week AFN television began airing a public service announcement about our trash problem. If you see a person jumping out of a car, peering to the left, right, front and back before beating feet to the trash bin to hastily dispose of several large bags, please do the right thing and let him or her know that they are contributing to a bigger problem and inform them of the proper procedures. You can be a part of the solution which will save the garrison a lot of money, which I intend to spend on making USAG Red Cloud and Area I truly the New Place to Live, Work and Play in Korea! x

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Warrior Country honors essential piece

By Kevin Jackson
CAMP CASEY Garrison budgets have been cut and continue to shrink, but a selfless and dependable workforce continues to labor quietly behind the scenes to provide an array of services for Soldiers, civilians and their families who arrive in the New Place to Live, Work and Play in Korea. This essential piece at least 87 of them were recognized for their service during the 2nd Infantry Division/U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the community activity center here, June 23. In the past year, more than 400 volunteers throughout Area I have worked 28,889 hours for the American Red Cross, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, USAG Red Cloud Religious Services, Kka Chi Community Organization and the 2nd Infantry Division. At $21.36 used by the Corporation for National and Community Service to calculate volunteers value, it represents $616,288 the garrison would have had to pay employees to perform the work. All of you wonderful volunteers who are gathered here with us today, and those who couldnt be here, volunteer your time and energy and that is a godsend, said Col. Hank Dodge, USAG Red Cloud and Area I commander, as he applauded the volunteers and was joined by the audience. Guest speaker Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commanding general, 2nd Infantry Division, put it in perspective. He said that before 9/11, the Army had a budget of $90 billion dollars and that today it stands at $245 billion, but the Army will have to continue tightening its financial belt in the coming years. Volunteerism is the only thing thats going to keep us going, he said. We cant thank you enough and were going to continue to thank you as you continue to volunteer. In his closing remark, the general left the audience with a powerful message from the late Martin Luther King, Jr. Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You dont have to have a college degree to service. You dont have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You dont have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Tucker and Dodge then presented certificates of recognition to each of the volunteers, who also received a gift wrapped miniature kimchi pot. Dodge made the final presentation a flower bouquet to a surprised Teresa Tucker, the generals spouse, who he said has been our number one advocate for better programs, services and resources for Soldiers, civilians and their families in Warrior Country for nearly two years. x

Military families meet Sesame Streets Katie

By Sgt. Jin Choi
CAMP CASEY Elmo, Rosita, Cookie Monster and Grover from the Sesame Street television show paid a visit to Camp Casey to perform for Soldiers, civilians and their families at Carey Fitness Center, June 27. The United Service Organizations teamed up with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces Sesame Street, to bring the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families here. They performed twice that day for 500 at 2 p.m. and to an audience twice as large in the evening. Audiences at the shows were introduced to a new Sesame Street character, Katie, who like military children is relocating to a new home. With the support of Elmo and other Sesame Street friends, Katie was able to open up about her apprehension as she struggled to deal with the challenge of adjusting to a new environment and making new friends. Josielyn Reed, a spouse of Warrant Office 1 Dean Reed, Headquarters Support Company, 2nd Infantry Division Special Troops Battalion at Camp Red Cloud, brought daughters Joan, 11, and Jacklyn, 3, to the early show. She believes the Sesame Street characters help her children feel empowered and encourage them to be themselves. The show is good for military kids because it lets them know theyre not alone, she said. In this life style, kids move around a lot. Theyre going to make friends and lose friends, but this show teaches them they never have to forget the people you meet and to remember that new friends are just around the corner. Cooper said the 25-minute highenergy performance, which also included giveaways and outreach materials for the audience, is ideally suited for military families. Its a way for military children to learn how to cope with issues that affect them, Cooper said. Who better to discuss it with than characters they have come to trust like Elmo, Cookie Monster or Rosita? Since its debut in July 2008, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has helped families deal with the challenges associated with deployments and homecomings. An invaluable resource for military families during the past three years, the tour has brought its message to more than 203,500 troops and military families on 96 military bases in 33 states and nine countries worldwide. Its a fantastic partnership, said Lonnie Cooper, USO tour manager. Its a natural thing, Sesame Street has an instant credibility with children and their families and the USO has credibility with the military. When you put those two things together for this kind of program for military families, its just unprecedented and its been a real success for us. This Sesame Street tour conclude its 120-show tour with performances at Yongsan Garrison and Osan Air Base before flying to Turkey and Europe to entertain countless military families this summer. x

Rosita, a famous Sesame Street character, gives a hug to excited children at Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center, June 27. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jin Choi



By Sgt. Jin Choi
CAMP RED CLOUD Casey Library launched its A Midsummer Knights READ part of the Defense Department-sponsored summer reading program called iREAD during a kickoff event at Gateway Club here, June 23. Over the next three weeks, the library will host a series of free activities for children and families such as bowling, kite making, and fun with water to encourage and support a love of reading. The reading club is open to anyone from the community and will continue at 11 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 11 in the Camp Casey Library. Children who meet their reading goals will receive incentives such as t-shirts and other prizes. School is out and the children are restless, said Tracey Klippert, Camp Casey librarian. Klippert said the Voyage to Book Island program was so successful last year that the staff was eager to launch A Midsummer Knights READ program for readers of all ages. We hope our children will read for the fun of it now and throughout their lives, she said. Our summer reading program is an investment in lifelong learning for our children. As part of the kick off, Sharon Thompson read The Mud Fairy by Amy Young, but reading wasnt the only thing happening at this party.


News & Notes

Hovey Post Office Closed The Camp Hovey Post Office, bldg. 3808, will be closed July 1 through Sept. 30 for some renovations. The 2nd Platoon (Postal) of the 19th Human Resources Company at Camp Casey anticipates reopening for business at Camp Hovey Oct. 1. In the interim, customers should use the Post Office in bldg. 3001 at Camp Casey. For more information, call 730-4767. Transportation Closed Transportation offices will be closed for an organization day July 1. Closed offices include the Installation Transportation Office, Commercial Travel Offices except for emergencies, drivers testing stations and freight offices at Camps Casey and Red Cloud. Transportation motor pools will have minimal staffing. The following services will not be affected: Incheon Airport Shuttle, medical shuttle, post shuttle to Camp Humphreys, on-post shuttles on all Area I installations and post shuttles between areas. All current validated and or confirmed missions for July 1 will still be executed. New missions with the exception of emergencies will not be accepted for July 1. Gate Closure Camp Casey Gate 1 will be closed from 3:30-5 p.m. during the Warrior Country Parade in observance of Independence Day July 1. All traffic will be routed to Gate 2. Casey Main Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic during the parade. For more information, call 730-3342. Fire Cracker Bowling Camp Red Cloud Lanes will hold the Fire Cracker Bowling Tournament at 1 p.m., July 4. Registration is at 12:30. First place is $100. For more information, call 732-6930. Exchange Early Closure The Camp Red Cloud Post Exchange will close at 6 p.m., July 4 to clean and wax the floors. It will reopen the following day at its regular time of 10 a.m. and resume its normal hours. Farewell Dinner Warrior Country is holding a farewell dinner for Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, U.S. Army Garrison Casey commander, at 6 p.m., July 13 in Camp Caseys Community Activity Center. It was previously scheduled for June 28. The buffet dinner will cost $15 and includes baked chicken, beef tips w/burgundy mushroom sauce, lasagna, mashed potatoes, steamed rice, vegetables, salad bar, desserts and beverages. RSVP and make payment no later than July 8 by calling 730-1413.

Library kicks off reading program

Golden Imrie (left), Camp Red Cloud librarian, hands out a t-shirt to a youth who is participating in Camp Caseys A Midsummer Knights READ kick off program at Camp Caseys Gateway Club, June 23. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jin Choi
The U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation brought in entertainment, including a clown who shaped balloons into flowers, to create a fun filled party atmosphere. Families were also treated to a Samulnori or Korean traditional percussion performance by Bosan Elementary School students from Dongducheon. The troupe enthusiastically beat their child-size drums and gongs in a high-energy 10-minute performance for their American neighbors. It was awesome, said April Miller, spouse of Cpl. Antione Miller, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, who brought her 3-year-old daughter, Alivia. My daughter had lots of fun today and made lots of friends, Miller said. She likes reading so, she showed lots of interest when Ms. Thompson read a book for the children. iREAD, which was initiated by the Illinois Library Association in 1981, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of delivering summer reading materials to thousands of families on more than 270 military installations worldwide. x

Tips to Control Mold

Son Yong-ho from the Korean Service Corps cleans mold accumulating in a Camp Jackson barracks. Directorate of Public Works crews have been working to control mold on Area I installations. U.S. Army Photo by Robert Haynes

CAMP RED CLOUD Mold is part of the natural environment and it can wreak havoc in buildings in Korea between May and the end of September. It begins growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. The best way to control mold is to eliminate moisture. Below are some tips to assist with mold control. Do keep doors and windows closed during the air-conditioning season, and open window blinds and close doors. Do use the exhaust fan in kitchens and bath/shower rooms. Do report or fix leaky plumbing and leaks as soon as possible. Do watch for condensation and wet spots. Do keep heating, ventilation and air-conditioning drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed. Do remove excessive lint from dryer screens and vent tubes (behind machine). Do report all plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. Do scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent or any general purpose cleaning agent and dry completely. Use gloves, mask and goggles while cleaning. Do keep you windows closed and the thermostat set to 74 degrees or lower during the air-conditioning season. Never turn off the HVAC system during deployments or prolonged absences. Do wipe off excessive moisture in areas that you can safely reach. Do check to ensure your bathroom ventilation fan is operational. Do close the shower room door and turn on the ventilation fan after use. Do ensure wet clothes and other wet items are promptly cleaned and dried within 24 hours. Do place a work order immediately if the air-conditioning drip pan overflows. Do keep the laundry room door and windows closed when machines are in use; they create moisture. Dont leave outside doors and windows open while the airconditioning is running. Dont block air-conditioning vents to regulate room temperature. Dont mix Clorox and ammonia when cleaning mold. If problems persist, call the Directorate of Public Works at 730-3729 or 732-7714. x

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Novice triathlete captures gold

By Kevin Jackson
CAMP CASEY A novice triathlete from Company B, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, made a spectacular debut in the sport by running off with first place in the womens division of the Warrior Country Individual Triathlon at the Hanson Field House here, June 25. Shannon Syphus, who admittedly had very little competitive cycling experience and didnt know what to expect during the transitions between the swim, bike and run events, finished her first triathlon in 1 hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds slightly less than four minutes ahead of the second place woman. I felt it was strong for a first time, but (there is) definitely room for improvement, the 31-year-old Los Angeles native said. Syphus admitted that her gold medal performance was not without challenges. The first time I went under the water, the water was so cold it actually took my breath away and I couldnt get my breath back while I was swimming for a long time so I was unprepared for that, she said. And then the transition from bike to the run, my muscles were very, very tight. The multi-event endurance race, sponsored by the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, put 27 participants through a rigorous 400-meter swim, 20-kilometer bicycle race and a 5-kilometer run, which is considered a standard novice/fitness triathlon distance in Europe. The best time on the day was recorded by Christopher Tung, a civilian contractor for 8th Army Civil Military Operations at Yongsan Garrison who has been participating in triathlons off and on since he was 16 years old. Tung, who finished third in the mens junior (32 years and under) division of the 8th Army Triathlon at Camp Casey last year, cut 26 seconds off that time to finish in 1:08:21. While he has numerous triathlons under his belt, the road to this event was anything but smooth. The 31-yearold Villa Park, Ill. native had his primary bicycle wrecked when an automobile collided with him during training. Im just trying to get back into things, he said about his first event following the accident. Hopefully I can get my main bike fixed so I can use it during the 8th Army Triathlon. Tung said his goal is to finish in the top three at the 8th Army Triathlon Championship at Camp Casey, July 16. Ryan Kwok from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat team finished second overall and in first place in the mens senior (33 years and older) division in 1:11:50 more than three minutes off the pace. He has participated in several D F M W R triathlons with the most recent at the National Naval Medical C e n t e r , Bethesda, Md., in 2009. Im happy with it, the 34-year-old Chevy Chase, Md. native said about his finish. I wasnt expecting it, but I was pleasantly surprised. x



Ryan Kwok, HHC, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, glides along Casey Boulevard during the Warrior Country Individual Triathlon Championship. Kwok finished first in the mens senior division. Courtesy photo by Jeffrey Rivers

Christopher Tung, a civilian contractor for 8th Army Civil Military Operations at Yongsan Garrison who finished first in the mens junior division, cruises through the rain during the 20-kilometer bicycle event of the Warrior Country Individual Triathlon at Camp Casey, June 25. Tung finished in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 21 seconds - 26 second better than his 8th Army Triathlon time from 2010. Courtesy photo by Jeffrey Rivers

Shannon Syphus from Company B, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment works to complete the 400-meter swim, the first event in the Warrior Country Individual Triathlon Championship at Camp Caseys Hanson Field House, June 25. In her first triathlon, Syphus took first place in the womens division. Courtesy photo by Jeffrey Rivers




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JULY 1, 2011

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

Voices from the North give insight to Yongsan



YONGSAN GARRISON - Two former citizens of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, known to most as North Korea, shared their stories of life inside the country during the Voices from the North exhibit at the Movie Theater June 20. For some, its a life of devotion to the supreme leader, flying around the world to launder money and set up shady sales to enhance his interests. Its stuffing $20 million USD into bags to be sent back to the capital to fuel the continuing search for global power. It is the knowledge that if they fail, youll be the scapegoat. For others, its destitution and survival. Baths and laundry are once-a-year events, as the cost of charcoal to heat the water is extravagant. Food is whatever you could raise, since the revaluation of the national currency and the collapse of the economic model turned your ration slips into meaningless paper. Winters are harsh, and even the residents of Pyongyang have to bundle up, their central heating systems having failed years ago. North Korea, to this day, remains a place of mystery for many of the people outside the land of the Kim Dynasty. Internet is nonexistent, televisions and radios are communal items locked in the grips of state-run media, and the capital is a province in itself, separate from the country to keep any visitors from seeing the true face of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. There are some, however, that choose to leave this devotion behind and find refuge elsewhere. Taking trains to the borders, hiding from roving patrols to cross into China. Laying still for hours to avoid being caught and sent to the prisons. Running from the only home you knew, to find a better life in another country. These were the stories that Kim, Guang-jin, a former banker in North Korea and a senior fellow at the Institute of National Security Strategy and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Joseph Park, a law student in South Korea who defected ten years ago shared. Their stories are those of people who left one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the world. Their words hold meaning for those outside the nation as first-hand accounts of the reality on the other side of the Demilitarized Zone. In the movie theater lobby, there were poster boards set up with descriptions of the life suffered by prisoners in North Korea. The boards told a grim story of malnourishment, degradation and hostility to the people held inside those camps. On other boards were stories from defectors on the lives of the people, from the cold winters to the lack of food prevalent in the entire country. Kim, on his first time speaking on Yongsan Garrison, kept the discussion on the current state of the regime. He focused on the hereditary succession going on in North Korea, the end of the rule of Kim Jong-il and the need for international support on enhancing human rights inside North Korea. What is needed above all is firm determination and preparedness from the international community, Kim said. He talked about his time as a banker in North Korea, where he and his partners would use the bank to raise money via international scams before withdrawing it and sending it to Kim Jong-il, who redistributed the money as he saw fit, namely their nuclear program and his closest assistants. He closed his speech by saying that the dangers of the state of North Korea could only be lessened by the international communitys effort. Joseph Parks story shows a completely different image of life in North Korea than from the pictures from Pyongyang. He escaped at the age of 19, making his way through China and Mongolia before heading to South Korea to begin his studies in law. He talked about the daily lives, from their leisure time to their education and brainwashing. When I was 15, my father called me, Park said,

remembering his time in North Korea. He asked me my age, and I said, 15. He told me My generation is done here, my generation cannot escape. But your generation can escape this hell. After that, with support from his family, he left home. He was raised with North Korean propaganda, and how they arent allowed to dream. He remembers his fathers words, and decided to go after his dream after he graduated from high school. At first, he told his father he wouldnt leave. His father then handed him food, money, a map and an address for a family friend in China. His father told him to contact his great-uncle, who was living in Seattle. He talked about the train that he took, devoid of glass, people hanging on to the roof, despite the power cables that electrocuted people with 30,000 volts. Though his wait was only two days, delays could reach up to 15 days. The border town was simple. When nighttime came, he remembered the complete darkness that enveloped the town. He found himself hiding in a field during the winter, the dry leaves under the snow echoing in the nighttime, waiting up to an hour to move. He hid from patrols, taking his chance to run across the frozen river. He saw the North Korean countryside and Chinese city in the distance, startled at the difference in light. When he arrived, he was told that Chinese Police would patrol the towns to return people to North Korea, which kept him on his feet until he reached the train station. After that it was from station to station, hiding in restrooms to avoid train conductors checking tickets as he traveled farther from North Korea. He remembered the skyscrapers in one town, advertisements with models in underwear or coats, experiencing culture shock. It was his first impression of capitalism, the idea of an outside world blocked by the regime. Over 18 hours and ten trips to the restroom, he found himself lost in his destination. After several trips around the train station, a tourist directed him to an area of town with a large Korean population. From there, he was able to contact the family friend. Another first for Joseph, his first ride in a car, was on his way to his destination. A year and a half later, he met his great-uncle in China after his story was sent to a Korean-American radio station in Seattle. From there, he traveled north to Mongolia where he began to work on his citizenship application for South Korea. Six months after he arrived, he was contacted by the embassy. Joseph Park was a South Korean citizen. He then set out for Seoul, enrolling himself in school and work-

This is a graph detailing the number of defectors from North Korea, from 1990 to 2009. From 1953 to 1989, there were 604 defections. In total, 15,569 have defected from North Korea since Sept. 21, 1953, when the Armistice was signed and No Kum-Sok, a North Korean Pilot, flew across the border in a MiG-15 as the first defector. Courtesy of Ministry of Unification, South Korea

ing towards a career in law. Both of their tales shine light on what few people will ever see. The conditions that drive people to leave their homes and their cultures, brought on by oppression and neglect. They give us an insight into what it must be like living in such a culture. After the presentation and the questions asked by the crowd, Kim told a personal story of his defection. In 2003 the economy of Korea was in bad shape, and he knew that if he did not escape, hed be a likely candidate as a scapegoat. What finally made me decide to escape was that if I hadnt, the result would be the same for my family and my parents. So I made the decision to defect. I lived for more than 30 years in North Korea, with the brainwashing and the hostile approach to thinking of South Korea, Kim said. My understanding was that if I escaped North Korea, South Korea would welcome me. So I escaped to Seoul. Speaking about the reunification of North and South Korea, Kim sees it as a foregone conclusion. Though he said there would be challenges in preparing North Korea for the world today after their prolonged isolation, he didnt see it as a matter of politics, only of time. It depends only on when we reunify, Kim said. Reunification, I think, is the fate of the Korean people. So having preparation for that and working on that is my obligation and my duty. To pay back to my family, my brothers and sisters, and I am very happy to do that. Before he left, Kim gave a message to the people of Yongsan Garrison. As a person from North Korea, I want to thank the American Army, the American people, for their contribution and their devotion and dedication to a better life for North Koreans and the reunification of Korea. x

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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. 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 MP substation 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. CYSS Job Opportunity The CDC is actively recruiting for Lead Child and Youth Program Assistants (CYPA). This position requires a minimum of 12 hours of relevant education, a Child Development Associate, or AA in ECE. Starting pay is $15 an hour (negotiable). For more information, call 738-2311. CYSS benefits include tuition assistance and employee discounts of up to 50%. Local or worldwide applicants are welcome.
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Fifth Grade Class gets a Promotion

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - Graduation from 5th grade is a large step in a childs development, signaling the change from childhood to adolescence. To mark the occasion, Seoul American Elementary School held a promotion ceremony for their 5th graders at the Seoul American High School Auditorium June 15. SAES said farewell to over 150 5th grade students as their parents watched on proudly. The children sang the national anthem, gave speeches to their classmates and presented the guests speakers. This is a student-led event, Pamela Anthony, a 5th grade teacher from SAES, said. It also shows how much theyve grown and what theyre stepping into. Its been wonderful to see their leadership taking part in this. After the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, the students introduced SAES Principal Dr. Catherine Yurica, as their first guest speaker. She spoke about the events and accomplishments of the 5th grade year,



USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber poses for a photo with Judy Kim, a recent 5th grade graduate after the 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony in the Seoul American High School Auditorium June 15. The Promotion Ceremony was meant to help the soon-to-be 6th graders understand the importance of their transition to middle school. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
including several students that represented SAES in the National Honor Society. Col. William Huber, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, said that the class of 2018 was taking a large step in their progress by moving from elementary to middle school. He told them theyd done a great job on their projects, including science and reading projects assigned by their teachers. Knowledge is power, Huber said. You have acquired this power over many long hours in the classroom, many long hours of homework, and the most important thing about this power is that no one can take it away from you. Once the speeches were done, every 5th grader was called up to the stage, one by one, to get their certificate of graduation from the principal. Every name was called, and every student was recognized for their grand accomplishment. I think its important to recognize what theyve accomplished, Anthony said. And this is a major transition period where they move from childhood to adolescence, and they are moving from elementary school to middle school. I think its important to acknowledge that and mark that moment in time for them.x

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K-16 DFAC is set to provide best food service

By Pfc. Choi Sung-il
YONGSAN GARRISON - Hardly having any time to catch their breath, the Rotor Wash Caf Dining Facility staff members busied themselves from early morning to compete in the annual Philip A. Connelly Program at K-16 DFAC June 15. Food service advisors from IFSEA participated in the evaluation, making a thorough investigation from top to bottom. They went through each area with an evaluation check list, giving Soldiers helpful solutions to address any potential problems. Command Food Service Technician Don Urie from the inspectorate asked Soldiers questions in detail frequently throughout the competition to gauge staff knowledge and how the DFAC manages their personnel. The grading is based off of sanitation, food preparation, storage, supply as well as on-the-job training, administration and paper work. Its just a small picture of what is anticipated and expected from them, said Urie. We started preparing food for

todays lunch last night. Its a little stressful and tense with all the higher ranking people looking down over our shoulders. But it shouldnt be hard if you are confident in what you do. I hope to get something rewarding out of this, said Pfc. Iesha Davis from Echo Company, 2-2 Assault. The Phillip A. Connelly Awards Program for Excellence in the Army Food Service is a joint venture of the International Food Service Executives Association and The Department of the Army. The main purpose is to improve food and food service provided to the Soldier, and to recognize food service specialists for their achievements. It was named in honor of Phillip A. Connellys dedication to promote Military food service. The results of todays competition will come out in the middle of July. The DFAC that wins on the Korean peninsula will get a chance to go all Army and compete against other winners from around the globe.

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Spc. Maryfrance Diaz and Spc. Isaac Han from Echo Company, 2-2 Assault prepare food before they dish out meals to Soldiers during the Philip A. Connelly Competition held at the K-16 Rotor Wash Cafe June 15. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

JULY 1, 2011

Independence Day Celebration


EUSA Band and ROKA Band make great harmony

By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun

Independence Day is just around the corner. What does Independence Day mean to you and how are you going to celebrate the Fourth of July? Find out what more than 7,700 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at! (Comments are kept in their original form)

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To my husband and I Independence Day to us celebrates the lives that we have lost during wars but celebrating the freedom that we have as Americans. We will be celebrating Independence Day at Liberty Fest on Osan AB.

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Sparky celebrates a year of service

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - If you work on Yongsan, especially around the schools and community areas, you know Sparky. The dalmatian mascot of the Yongsan Fire Department, Sparky, is the face of the fire prevention movement on post. Its his job to reach out to the community and make sure people know about fire safety tips that could save lives. To thank Sparky for his hard work and dedication, the Yongsan Fire Department and Yongsan Emergency Services threw birthday celebrations for him on June 14 and 15 at the Fire Station. The choice to find a mascot for the Yongsan Fire Department was brought up by Col. William Huber, Commander of United States Army Garrison Yongsan and Fire Chief Alex Temporado last year. The two decided that a mascot would help the fire department engage the community on fire safety. Traditionally, dalmatians have represented fire departments around the world, especially in the U.S., Temporado said. We also wanted a mascot that could interact with the children and the community and still represent fire protection and fire safety. We were very fortunate. The Bravo Shift celebrated on June 15. Parties were held on two days to allow both of the shifts to celebrate Sparkys year-long service with Yongsan. The Republic of Korea fire department personnel work on a day on, day off schedule to ensure that there is always someone ready to respond in case of an emergency. Ricky Oxendine, Director of Emergency Services on Yongsan, also came to congratulate Sparky on his birthday. Cake from the Dragon Hill Lodge and several pints of ice cream were donated to the Fire Department for Sparky. Sparkys main duty, aside from being the face of

Independence day is meaningful because it spreads freedom throughout the world. Not only the French Revolution, Independence of America is symbol of liberty. Although it is not our Independence day, showing our respect to it can contribute to build good relationship between Republic of Korea and United Statates of America.

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Independence Day means remembering everything that it took in order for our nation to become a free country that exists for its members. I will celebrate by enjoying the company of family and friends, and remembering that the freedom to be with them comes from having an independent nation.

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Sparky, the mascot for the Yongsan Garrison fire department, sits down in front of his birthday cake at the Yongsan Fire Station June 15. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
their fire safety campaign, is to help train children on how to react in case of an emergency. Theyre told to Call Sparky whenever theres a fire, and Sparky shows them several essential fire-safety tips. Sparky is trained to do stop, drop and roll, and he teaches kids how to do that, Oxendine said. He shows them how to crawl out of the house, stay low to the ground and dont breathe smoke into their lungs. When everyone was assembled, Sparky got to sit up on a chair in front of his cake, wearing his birthday hat as the candle on the cake was lit for him. The Fire Department and guests than sang Happy Birthday. Sparky, now busy chewing on his birthday hat, wasnt available to put out the candle.x

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USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber and graduates of the Hired! Program cut a cake together during a graduation ceremony at Main Post Club June 16. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il

Yongsan congratulates Hired! graduates

By Pfc. Choi Sung-il
YONGSAN GARRISON - Thirty graduates of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsans Hired!, an afterschool apprenticeship program, were recognized for their dedication giving back to the community and passion learning real life experience for future jobs during a graduation ceremony at Main Post Club June 16. Hired! is a workforce preparation program designed to meet the career exploration needs of youths ages 15 to 18-years-old. The event celebrated the 4th and 5th term Hired! graduates as well as marked the one year anniversary of Yongsans Hired! Program. Hired! works in partnership with the library, bowling alley, marketing office, Army Community Service and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. This network with several organizations enables youths to gain meaningful on-the-job experience at a variety of facilities. USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber honored the graduates who have shown overwhelming success in the community. The people in Hired! have a dream, a dream of working, contributing and giving back to society. Keep the dream alive. You are reliable, trustworthy, honest and committed to work. I hope you can share that motivation among your friends. Following his congratulatory remarks, Huber presented graduation certificates to each student. As a representative of the Hired! grads, Eugene Stayt, junior at Seoul American High School, came up on stage to share his experience of tutoring. Interacting with children who are fragile is a great experience. Their minds are developing and you need to be a good role model for them. I spent my time tutoring because there was nothing better than helping future minds of America. Another purpose of running Hired! is to give SAHS students a chance to work part-time jobs in various fields they are interested in; enabling them to gain real-life work experience just like their counterparts in the states. Before Hired!, the commissary was the only work-place available for students under 18. I worked at the library since April. I like quiet surroundings and enjoy reading. I was able to read a lot about careers in the library and Ill go into the fashion industry after this, said Jasmen Johnson, sophomore at SAHS. Applicants are required to successfully complete 180 hours of work and six workforce preparation trainings: application, interviewing, dress for success, money management, organization skills; all designed to help them get jobs in the future. Balancing school life along with personal life is not easy for 15-year-olds to do. Im really excited for the youths dedicated enough to go to school to maintain their grades and also spend 180 hours working, said Workforce Preparation Specialist Brandon Carr. Garrison Yongsans workforce has helped make this a Community of Excellence three years in a row, said Huber. Their dedication and commitment to excellence makes a positive impact every day.x

JULY 1, 2011

Suwon DFAC competes for 8th Army award

By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillery
SUWON AIRBASE Pfc. Erica Asbury always greets each of her customers going through the chow line. How are you doing today? Asbury asked with a smile as she poured a hearty portion of biscuit and gravy onto a Soldiers plate. I hope you have a wonderful day. She would say these things to all of the Dining Facility customers, whom by now would be impressed by both the aroma of the food and the unexpected hospitality. It is a goal of the dining facility team of 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery that the customers will always leave with more than just satisfied taste buds. But there was one thing different June 24. That is, instead of serving their customers inside their air-conditioned dining facility, these army food service personnel catered breakfast from the Mobile Kitchen Trailer (MKT) sitting on a field tactical site. And their customers include a team of highly-skilled evaluators from 8th Army G4 who were assessing whether the Suwon DFAC will be representing the Peninsula to compete for the Department of Army Phillip Connelly Award, Field Kitchen Category, scheduled this fall. Asbury and her team knew the importance of this mornings evaluation, and they were prepared. Despite her obvious youth, the 19 years-old West Virginia native took charge of her MKT team and diligently performed all of the tasks required to



Pfc. Asbury of Headquarters Battery, 6-52 ADA Battalion, serving breakfast for a Soldier inside a Mobile Kitchen Trailor (MKT) during the 2011 EUSA Connelly Award Comeptition Field Kitchen Category. 24 June, 2011, Suwon Airbase.
serve not only a delectable but more importantly, a hygienic meal. My team and I are being evaluated this morning on our ability to provide quality food service in a field environment in accordance with all the published standards and procedures, Asbury said. She has been working at the Suwon DFAC since her arrival in Korea last December. And there is more than meets the eyes, or taste buds, when it comes to a field kitchen evaluation. A myriad of tasks are being evaluated this morning, to include even the most miniscule detail on the paper record of the equipment being utilized, the correct temperature of cooking and dish washing, and the proper layout of a food service site, said Staff Sgt. Lindell Smith, the Suwon DFAC competition team NCOIC. For this reason, Smith told his team prior to the competition, Remember the key to success this morning would be attention to detail. To add to the stress of the competition is that fact that part of the evaluation also requires the food service team to react to simulated enemy attacks. Fortunately, judging by the positive reaction from the evaluators, the Su-

won DFAC team has followed Smiths advice and performed well during the evaluation. Chief Warrant Officer Four Don Urie, who is the chief evaluator from 8th Army G4, expressed that he was very pleased and impressed with what he witnessed today. Urie said, I am especially impressed with the junior 92Gs [food service specialist] taking charge and performing above their pay grade this morning. Asbury and her team said they felt even prouder that night when they found out that Suwon DFAC had edged over stiff competitors from around the Peninsula and will be representing 8th Army during this years Department of the Army Phillip Connelly Award Competition Field Kitchen Category. The Department of the Army title is the ultimate prize. Philip Connelly Competition is an annual food service competition that evaluates U.S. Army food service personnel stationed around the world on their ability to prepare food, uphold the standard to taste and nutrition, while maintaining sanitation requirements. According to Urie, one of the biggest benefits of the Connelly Award is that it brings the much-needed attention to a special and dedicated group of Soldiers [Army food preparation specialists] who perhaps have the hardest but least recognized MOS in the U.S. Army today. The 8th Army Phillip Connelly Award Garrison Category Winner will be announced in July. x


41st provides judges for English speech contest

By Sgt. Alexis R. Ramos 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs
SEOUL The 41st Signal Battalion supported an English speech contest held at Samkwang Elementary School in Seoul, Korea, June 22 by providing six individuals to judge the event. The battalion also supports the school every Friday by sending 10 Soldiers for three hours to help teach Republic of Korea students how to speak English, explained Sung Pok Pak, 41st Signal Battalions Good Neighbor Program coordinator. Weve been told that the English program is one of the better programs. We are here teaching the children, giving them first hand English, because everyone of us is a native speaker, said Sgt. Nicholas D. Smith, GNP noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion. They said experience like that could cost a lot of money in tutors, so we are out here providing it for them. June 22 marked an opportunity for the Soldiers and students to see some of those lessons learned put to the test. The contest would determine one winner for each grade, in the grades of one through six. Before the contest started each judge and distinguished guests introduced themselves. Noting that some of the students could be a little apprehensive of speaking another language in front of foreigners, Cpl. Marcus Zarate, an information assurance security officer with the 201st Signal Company 41st Signal Battalion, gave a good icebreaker to the students during his introduction as one of the judges for the event. When you come up, dont be nervous, said Zarate, Even our English is not perfect. After the introductions some brief words of encouragement were given by Yong Tal Shin, the school principal and Lt. Col. Seena C. Tucker, battalion commander for 41st. One by one the students came up and told their stories in English. Some students talked about their family, others about their dreams. One student talked about baking cakes that can grant wishes, another student talked about how your favorite color determines your personality. Most of the students elected to use props to bring their stories



Partnership links military spouses with employers

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON The Defense Department is currently launching a new partnership thats intended to expand job opportunities for military spouses by connecting them with employers actively seeking to hire them. Microsoft, Home Depot, Starbucks and the Navy Federal Credit Union are just a few of the nearly 60 corporations and companies that have signed on with the DOD partnership, said Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. When the partnership is launched June 29 at the Chamber of Commerce here, Gordon expects 14 more companies will be added to the partnerships roster. The design of this program is to bring together those spouses who want to work with a web portal where companies that would like to employ our military spouses can find them, he said. That web portal is Military OneSource located at which also offers job-seeking resources such as resume building. People can call OneSource consultants at 1-800-342-9647. The partnership is based on memoranda of agreement to hire military spouses, Gordon explained. Some 100 job fairs are scheduled, starting in Los Angeles on July 10, with 200 companies ready to offer jobs to spouses. Military spouses bring a lot to the table, he said. Theyve volunteered and lead different activities on and off our installations. They are skilled, diverse, and know how to operate in a team environment. Their sense of team focus and strong work ethic are some of the attributes and characteristics employers are looking for in a 21st century work force, he added. Military spouses have been hit hard by the job market, Gordon acknowledged, and face an unemployment rate of 28 percent. Of the militarys 1.2 million spouses, he said, 80 percent want to work, but have been held back by multiple moves and deployments. Additionally, a 25-percent wage gap divides military spouses and their civilian counterparts, he added. Because of those factors, the partnership pinpointed organizations that could offer telework options and portable jobs, he said. In the course of setting up the programs framework, Gordon has asked spouses what they would like to see in such a partnership. One of them said, Dont over-engineer things. We want to look for jobs. We want to be empowered, he said. And thats what weve done. Weve devised a program that will bring spouses together with employers who are looking for their skills. The partnership is aligned with the White Houses government-wide approach to military family support that involves an interagency effort to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life. x

Lt. Col. Seena Tucker, commander for the 41st Signal Battalion, places a medal around the neck of Da-Hyun Yoon, 4th grade student at Samkwang Elementary School at the conclusion of an English speaking contest held at the school June 22. U.S. Army photo by Alexis R. Ramos
to life and others used some comedy to get their message across. Once each student finished telling their stories, the scores were tallied up and the winners for each grade were chosen. The 41st battalion commander presented medals to the winners along with certificate of appreciation and gifts to each student, while Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Rambert, 41st Signal Battalion, provided the drum roll as each name was announced. After the announcing of the winners, everyone came together for group photos. The goal of the event today was to provide a friendly competition between the students and see who the best overall English speaker in each grade. The overall goal of the Good Neighbor Program is to help the students with their English and to help the relations between American Soldiers and the Korean community outside of our normal practices, said Smith. I think we met our goal. x

Soldier volunteers at orphanage for seven years

By Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed 8th Army Public Affairs

SEOUL Staff Sgt. Bobby McKnight from the 8th Army Civil Affairs unit in South Korea has volunteered at the Namsanwon Orphanage here in Myeongdong for seven years. Im a Christian and part of my belief is that following God requires love in every possible way, said McKnight. Ive always loved kids. The Namsanwon Orphanage has 50 children ranging from a threemonth-old to college age adults. According to Namsanwon officials, the orphanage was started in the 1950s to care for the children of Korean soldiers and policemen killed during the Korean War. Now the children come from parents who cannot take care of them and some of the children are rescued from abusive situations, said Namsanwon officials. McKnight, an Army Reserve Soldier attached to the Eighth Army, said he started helping during Christmas 2004. At Christmas time, we came over to the orphanage with the Military Police unit that I was with, the 94th, said McKnight. I liked it and so I kept coming. McKnight said he started spending more time with the children teaching English and break dancing and also bringing supplies needed to take care of the children. When they have second hand

Volunteer: Staff Sgt. Bobby McKnight from the 8th Army Civil Affairs unit in South Korea is shown with two of the children form Namsanwon Orphanage in the Myeongdong section of Seoul where he has been volunteering his time for seven years. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim Jae-you
markets, he brings things the children can use, stated the Namsanwon officials. McKnight has delivered school supplies, cribs, toiletries, clothing, mosquito nets and tools. Tools are very important, said McKnight. Soldiers from nearly all the 8th Army units at Yongsan Garrison, including KATUSAs and civilians have helped McKnight by donating supplies and volunteering their time. The 8th Army Civil Affairs, 8th Army Public Affairs, the Reserves Advisors Office Forward Support Attachment, Mr. Keith Green, Mr. Rob-

ert Hisel, Sgt. 1st Class Freida Carter, the Civil Military Operations Center and the military police are just a few McKnight named. Immanuel Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas, sent backpacks, notebooks, toys and other items to the children of Namsanwon. McKnight also accepts baby supplies, bibles and religious materials, feminine products and cleaning supplies. McKnight says he is currently trying to gain support to repair the foundation, which is cracking. He is also trying to get volunteers, materials and tools to renovate a storage building into rooms for babies because there is no place to put the cribs people donated. McKnight said the supplies needed are, All things that are required to build a foundation ... Concrete, wood, tools, concrete bars, foundation items, reinforcement bars, labor, everything. Namsanwon officials said they would like to thank 8th Army and the Yongsan Garrison community for their continued kindness and support. After seven years of regularly helping at Namsanwon, McKnight credited his faith as his inspiration, My biggest influence is Jesus Christ. For more information or an opportunity to support, contact Staff Sgt. Bobby McKnight bobby.mcknight@ or 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 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 Korean-American Service Wednesday 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

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

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

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 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




Shown here is an image of the Buddhist Bell. The delicate ornamentation on bell was made possible by well-developed metal casting techniques.

Daegu National Museum offers a deeper look into Korean culture

Story and photos by Cpl. Kim Min-jae

Shown here is a figure of a Sarira case. Sarira are small bead-like remains found originally in the ashes from the cremation of Buddha, and also cremations of Buddhist monks.

This is a Hanbok for a wedding ceremony.

DAEGU GARRISON HHC, USAG-Daegu Soldiers visited the Daegu National Museum on 23 June. With learning basic knowledge through a class, they started to tour the museum. Inaugurated on 7 December, 1994, the Daegu National Museum houses approximately 30,000 artefacts of art and archaeology. The main collections focus on the material culture form Daegu, and from the western and northern parts of Gyeongsangbouk-do Province. And also, Daegu National Museum organizes and hosts a wide variety of educational programs and cultural events making it a center for public participation and education in culture and history. The mission of the Daegu National Museum is to provide a popular educational and cultural museum of excellence, fully accessible and open to all visitors. The Daegu National Museum wants to inspire peoples hopes and their dreams. Said Gwon-gu, Kim, the Director of Daegu National Museum. x

This is an image of Dragons head flagstaff. This Dragons head once crowned the flagstaff of a Buddhist temple. The head is boldly modeled with hair and scales rendered in fine incised lines.

Sgt. David W. Anderson, USAG Daegu, experiences the rubbing of a stone inscription at the Korean traditional culture learning center.

This is an image of Buddhist sculpture made in Korea. It is characterized by its roundish benign facial feature, and the well-harmonized proportion of its body.

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JULY 1, 2011

Magic highlights prayer breakfast

By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affiars
CAMP HUMPHREYS The 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Ministry Team hosted a prayer breakfast June 20 at the Talon Cafe here with a magic show to give Soldiers a chance to wind down from their busy military lives. During the breakfast, Col. Arthur Pace, the 8th Army command chaplain from Yongsan Garrison, put on a show called The Magic of Faith, which incorporated comedy and involved many audience members. The results had the dining facility filled with laughter all morning. Prayer breakfasts have become a staple for the brigade since Chaplain (Maj.) Sun Macupa arrived at the 2nd CAB last year.. Sergeant Michael Brown, the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion career counselor, and attendee of several prayer breakfasts, said he appreciated the event. It was the best one Ive been to in four years, Brown said. The most impressive thing about these prayer breakfasts is that they maintain religious neutrality while helping Soldiers to build resiliency." x



By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillery

6-52, ROK Airmen mark birth of alliance

Little did these men know that their action on that day will be remembered as the first official hostility between the U.S. and the North Korean militaries during the Korean War, and the birth of the U.S.-ROK alliance. Sixty-one years have gone by since, and the rice paddies around the airfield have long being replaced by gray apartments, neon lights, and noisy highways. But the friendship and alliance built on that day lives on at Suwon Airbase. Signs of the continued alliance include the imposing PATRIOT launchers dotted across the flight line, which have replaced the M-55 quadruple machine guns from the bygone era. To commemorate the alliance and honor those who have served, the Korean Air Force 10th Fighter Wing and the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery hold a combined Korean War Memorial Ceremony here every June. This years ceremony included a reading of Korean War history as well as memorial speech from U.S. and Republic of Korea unit commanders.

Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace of 8th Army performs a magic show of faith for audience members at a 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade prayer breakfast June 20 at the Talon Cafe on Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

SUWON AIR BASE The staccato outburst of anti-aircraft guns rips through the afternoon air as rows of enemy planes dive for their strafing runs on the airfield. United States Soldiers manning the four lonely M-55 gunner positions steadily aim and open fire on the enemy. The men, all assigned to the 507th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, are young and most of them had never been to Korea until a few hours prior. And now, they are fighting for their lives side by side with a contingent of Republic of Korea Soldiers, whose language they cannot understand but whose support they appreciate. The Soldiers know they have an important mission to protect a strategic airstrip surrounded by rice paddies in a small town named Suwon. It was June 29, 1950, only three days after the North Korean Army crossed the 38th Parallel.

Brigadier Gen. Jeon Kwon Cheon, 10th Fighter Wing Commander, took the time to thank both the ROK and U.S. service members who have served before in the defense of the peace and prosperity of the Peninsula. The U.S.-ROK alliance serves as a powerful deterrent against future aggression and must be sustained for years to come. Lieutenant Col. William Darne, commander of 6-52, echoed a similar sentiment. Recent events such as the YP-Do attack and the sinking of Cheonan serve as a sobering reminder that the sacred peace our forefathers securedcan only be sustained with our great alliance and our willingness to carry on their legacy, he said. As I stand in front of this formation of dedicated U.S. and ROK service members, I have no doubt we are up for that task. At the conclusion of the ceremony, ROK officials provided U.S. participants each with a seaweedwrapped rice ball, which was the stable food crop during the Korean War and the same subsistence provided to GIs, to relive the spirit of Gachi-Gabshida or We go together. x

Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery and Airmen from the Republic of Koreas 10th Fighter Wing solemnly bow their heads during a Korean War Memorial Ceremony on Suwon Air Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu


ADA Soldiers feel the HEAT
By 2nd. Lt. Susan Mejia 6-52 Air Defense Artillery
CAMP HUMPHREYS Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery conducted vehicle rollover training here using the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, or HEAT. HEAT helps Soldiers learn how to escape from a rolled-over vehicle. A maximum of five Soldiers are allowed inside the trainer at one time. Each passenger must hold a rubber M16A2 in addition to the usual helmets, body armor, and gloves. The Soldiers occupy one of the following seats: drivers seat, passenger seat, gunner, or rear passenger seats. Before the Soldiers get to experience what a rollover would feel like they must attend a safety class and understand the reasons to why a rollover occurs and what to do in the situation. As the first five Soldiers got in and received their gear, some had a look of uncertainty on their faces. The instructors had cameras inside the HMMWV and turned on the monitors outside the trainer so the observers could see the participants reaction. The instructors explained the participants would experience turnovers of 30, 60, 90, and 180 degrees. They must then get out of the vehicle as fast and safe as possible.

News & Notes

License Requirement Attendance at the Army Community Service newcomers orientation is a mandatory precondition to be able to obtain a U.S. Forces Korea drivers license. Newcomers Orientations are held each Tuesday at ACS. For more information, call 753-3103. Snack Bar Price Increase Prices for items at the KATUSA snack bars will increase by 10 percent staring today. The price increase is the first in over two years and is due to increased supply and labor costs. ACS Closure Army Community Service will be closed today from noon to 5 p.m. for mandatory training. This includes the main ACS building, the Family Readiness Center, and the Suwon ACS building. Umpires Sought Umpires are needed for the intramural softball league at Osan Air Base. For those interested, there will be a meeting at the Mustang Club (Sneakers Bar) July 2 at 11 a.m. For more information, call A.J. Johnson at 016-892-8250. Independence Day Festivity An Independence Day celebration is scheduled for July 4 from 6 p.m. to dusk on the football field in Soldier Park. There will be childrens inflatable games, food from LeCac, and beverages from Tommy Ds. The Bad Moon Band will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Monitor the USAG Humphreys Facebook page for the latest on inclement weather plans. 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. PCS Pet Prep A class on preparing a pet for a permanent change of station will be held at Army Community Service July 7 at 6 p.m. Retention Team Visit The 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade retention team will be at the Exchange July 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. to answer questions related to reenlistment. Town Hall Meeting The next Camp Humphreys Community Town Hall meeting is set for July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Community Activity Center. ECCI Workshop The Ekklesia Christian Church Internationals second annual workshop is set for July 15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and July 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Activity Center. On July 16 at 6 p.m. there will be a semi-formal dinner, also in the CAC. For more information, call 010-2547-6012.

6-52 trains on rollovers


Sergeant Justin Rogers of F Company called the training worthwhile. It is a good experience for all Soldiers to go through because this could happen not only in combat but also during every day missions, and you can never be too prepared, he said. Soldiers, including the gunner, must be properly trained to open safety restraints and learn how to exit the vehicle through doors in a variety of rotated positions. HEAT teaches Soldiers how to stay oriented and ensure their equipment stays secure. It also gives them practice unlocking their seat belts and doors while being completely upside down. The HEAT trainer has become the U.S. Army standard for egress training and has been made part of required training for all Soldiers. x

Expanded taxi service comes to post

By W. Wayne Marlow
CAMP HUMPHREYS Expanded taxi service will begin here today. The telephone number is 1544-9080. The company, Yonhap Unsong Transportation Consortium, will increase the number of taxis available to patrons on post by up to 40. With more family members living off post, the demand for service to and from Camp Humphreys has increased, leading to this change. The dispatchers are English-speaking, but the drivers may not be. Payment is accepted only in Korean currency and there is a 1,000-won fee per call, in addition to the fare. Customers may also flag down a taxi on post without the 1,000-won call fee. Patrons will receive a text message with the taxis

Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery practice rollover drills. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Susan Mejia

license number and estimated arrival time. The taxis will have access onto Camp Humphreys only and not Osan Air Base. A customer using the company to get to Osan would have to get out at the gate at Songtan. Many of the drivers may initially be unfamiliar with Camp Humphreys, so patience is urged as they learn the routes. x

JULY 1, 2011

By Mike Mooney USAG Humphreys FMWR

Air Force captain wins triathlon

TEAM EVENT 1-A+B2 (532nd MI), 1:03.01; 2-Meat? (3/2 GSAB), 1:08.57; 3-Golden Tigers (HHC-USAG), 1:30.25; 4-Triple Chunk, 1:29.07; 5-Tischers Troops (194th CSSB), 1:37.52 WOMENS 32 and UNDER 1.Sarah Stahl, 1:15.13; 2-Leann Peters, 1:28.24; 3-Kathryn Symmes, 1:30.25; 4-Blair Bogle, 1:34.37; 5-Caitlin Wheeler, 1:35.18; 6-Kristen Symmes, 1:39.37; 7-Elizabeth Gonzales, B Co 602nd, 1:53.01; 8-Jennifer Dickinson, B Co 4/2, 1:57.23 MENS 32 and UNDER 1-Capt. Russell Zayas, HHC 4/2, 1:11.49; 2-Capt. Timothy Simmons, A Co 3/2, 1:14.31; 3-Capt. Andrew Rieck, B Co 3/2, 1:15.03; 4-Capt. Travis Owen, A Co 3/2, 1:19.02; 5-Capt. Brandon Baila, HHC 4/2, 1:22.05; 6-Victor Rowell, 1:22.40; 7-Capt. Darrell Holden, 3rd MI, 1:25.20; 8-Staff Sgt. James Rihn, B Co 602nd, 1:29.29; 9-Staff Sgt. Nicholas Linneman, 51st CS, 1:32.32; 10-Nolan Maclean, 1:32.49; 11-Cpl. Nathanael Devito, 194th CSSB, 1:44.59; 12-Douglas Karas, 494th EFS, 1:47.09; 13-CW2 Aaron Vodenik, A Co 3/2, 1:55.09; 14-CW2 Edwin Rivas, A Co 4/2, 2:14.19; 15-Jonathan Goolsby, B Co 4/2, 2:32.25 WOMENS OVER 33 1-Tatsumi Rie, 1:09.52; 2-Jewel Alvis, Yongsan, 1:22.08; 3-Elvia Paulumbo, A Co 3/2, 1:50.18 MENS OVER 33 1-David Temple, 51st-Osan, 1:03.40; 2-Master Sgt. Nathan Stahl, HSC 602nd, 1:05.07; 3-CW2 Jose Gomez, C Co 4/2, 1:06.56; 4-Jason Alvis, Yongsan, 1:09.04; 5-Jin Hyeong Yoo, 1:12.22; 6-Aaron Angell, HHC 3/2, 1:12.38; 7-Chang Yun Yi, 1:13.26; 8-John Venable, 1:18.43; 9-Sam Yong Hwang, 1:19.10; 10-Kevin Winkle, 494th EFS, 1:23.05; 11-Lt. Col. Thomas Rowell, Hq 4/2, 1:25.30; 12-Sal Salvucci, 1:28.47; 13-CW3 Matthew Fredrickson, A Co. 3/2, 1:32.41; 14-CW2 Eric Barnett, A Co. 3/2, 1:33.59; 15-Staff Sgt. Eric Jacobs, B Co 602nd, 1:34.41; 16-Staff Sgt. Paul Ramus, B Co 602nd, 1:38.24



New SAMC chapter opens in Area III

By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillery
OSAN AIR BASE To be inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club has been the dream of many noncommissioned officers. Since the organizations formation in 1986, SAMC admits only the most professional noncommissioned officers who have demonstrated the integrity, honor, mentorship and leadership skill exemplified by the American military giant whom the organization is named after. Fortunately, for those interested in becoming a member of the elite group while stationed here, SAMC has recently opened up a chapter in Area III. According to Staff Sgt. Sarah Delvalle, the president of the SAMC Area III chapter, the organizations mission is two fold. The first is to serve the local community and the second is to raise awareness and inspire more qualified NCOs in Area III to go through the selection process and be part of this great honor, she said. The club regularly conducts community service events in the local area and holds a weekly study hall sessions at Camp Humphreys and Osan Airbase. The purpose of the study hall, which is always chaired by experienced members, is to prepare interested NCOs to pass the selection process. As inscribed on the SAMC crest, each member of the club must demonstrate loyalty, caring, discipline, and professionalism. But SAMC members are not only the most qualified noncommissioned officers, they are much more. One of the most important values we try to live by is the mentorship of other Soldiers, said Delvalle. And we are dedicated to help other NCOs to become better Soldiers and Leaders. Delvalle, who is assigned to the 557th Military Police Company, has been wearing the coveted SAMC medallion for more than 18 months. She said being part of the SAMC is one of the most fulfilling achievement in my military career. And Delvalle encourages others to shoot for membership. In order to become a member of SAMC, an interested NCO must first be recommended by the leaders in his or her unit, Delvalle said. Afterward, a candidate must go through and pass the rigorous

CAMP HUMPHREYS If he had done it on Osan Air Base, Air Force Capt. David Temple may have gotten a speeding ticket. Temple had to average more than the Osan speed limit of 32 kilometers per hour to post the time he did during the Camp Humphreys Triathlon June 25. So did second-place finisher Master Sgt. Nathan Stahl and the 532nd Military Intelligence team Temple completed the 400-meter swim, 20-kilometer bicycle ride and five-kilometer run with a time of one hour, three minutes and 40 seconds, just 39 seconds slower than the 532nd A+B2 team (1:03.01) and 1:27 faster than Stahl (1:05.07). The womens winner was Tasumi Rie (1:09.52) A total of 57 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members, both U.S. and Korean, participated. Actually, this is great weather for an event like this, said Stahl, whose wife, Sarah, won the womens Under-32 division. The pool water is warmer than the outside air, but it wont take you long to get warm once you get on the bike. In the individual competition, participants started with four laps in the Splish & Splash pool followed by four bicycle loops from the water park to Soldier Field, and finally, a run from the pool to a turnaround near 3rd Military Intelligence headquarters. Individuals did all three events, while teams had a swimmer, a bicyclist, and a runner. x

Jose Gomez, one of 57 entrants in the Camp Humphreys triathlon, tackles the five-kilometer run portion of the event. U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney

SAMC board that is held quarterly here in Korea. The journey to become a member of the elite group is often a two-way street. Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry, the command sergeant major of 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, shared that senior NCOs in the command have an inherent responsibility to recognize, coach, teach, and mentor NCOs with the potential to succeed at higher level of responsibility, such as trying out for the SAMC. According to Hockenberry, who previously sat on an SAMC board, It is the job of senior NCOs to push their qualified Soldiers in the direction until they are ultimately inducted into the SAMC and that often entails us to pick them up, dust them off, and tell them to try again. The Area III SAMC holds a monthly steering committee meeting at the Camp Humphreys Super Gym every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The point of contact is Delvalle at area III SAMC@ The USAG Humphreys SAMC study group meets the first and second Wednesdays of the month at noon. The Osan study group meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. in Building 998. x



JULY 1, 2011

Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin USAG Daegu Public Affairs

DOL team loses 532 pounds after participating in fitness program



DAEGU GARRISON Every Soldier requires weapons, food, supplies and vehicles, but what many probably dont realize is that one organization is responsible for just about everything a Soldier needs to get the job done. The USAG Daegu Directorate of Logistics (DOL) provides training and readiness support to active duty and reserve component units, state and federal agencies, and a number of other equally important customers ensuring they are able to accomplish their mission. To accomplish that mission requires among other things, a team that is committed and fit. Realizing the importance of both, DOL employees took the bull by the horns and began a physical fitness program that required a lot of determination. Their outcome speaks to that determination. Between Nov.15, 2010, and May 25, 2011, 112 logistics employees have logged a total of 19,031 miles in over a 6,920-hour period, reporting a collective loss of 532 pounds. According to Randy B. Cheniault, Director of logistics, USAG Daegu, the fitness program was organized to support DOLs Strategic Action Plan, and to encourage teambuilding while creating a sustainable and healthy workforce. He said, The staff put this together. We organized a small discussion group and came up with an objective that would first ensure that our employees were fit physically. I then presented the idea to the staff. From that point we worked together to come up with our current program. It was a joint venture. All the planning and coordinating seems to have been well worthwhile. The DOL director is more than proud to report the stats to date. The program has been a great success. I feel very good about it because this has not only been about losing weight, but improving your mental and physical health as well. The outcome has been great for the 112 employees who participated voluntarily. DOL supply specialist Chong, Yong sun, a participant in the fitness program said, I often felt if my physical condition is not good, then my mental condition would not be good. So I participated in this fitness program to improve my overall health. I work better when I feel better. Cheniault further explained that the DOL fitness program is based on what the participants like to do. Whether

Participants in DOLs physical fitness program make good use of their lunch time as they jog around Victory Field, Camp Henry. From left to right are Randy Davis, Mun Hye-chin, Kim Kwang-chol, Seo Gil-sung, Randy Cheniault and Chong Yong-sun.
they like walking, biking, swimming or running whatever they choose, they do that and they keep a record. The record contains how many miles, hours and pounds they lost. Periodically the group adds up the amount of weight lost, so as to monitor their success. Thus far, Randy Davis, Chief of DOLs Transportation Division, leads the fitness effort. He now holds the title of the biggest loser among the participants, losing 36 pounds in just seven months. Davis said, Keeping the commitment to exercise everyday and keeping the commitment to eat the right foods was the most challenging part of losing my weight. Its not easy to resist the temptation of junk foods like a piece of cake but I endure. The compliments like Mr. Davis, you lost a lot of weight! You look good that builds up my self esteem and makes feel good inside. So I try harder and harder. The program has thus far really helped Kim, Kwang chol who stopped smoking and drinking losing 20 pounds as a result. He said, Since the program started How many pounds did you lose or have you lost has become the conversation topic in the DOL office. We are always encouraging and motivating each other. My focus is constantly on exercising. As amazing as the DOL fitness program sounds it could not succeed without the supervisors support. According to Mun, Hye chin, Mr. Cheniault has been a big help. Employees can focus on exercising because he is such a great supporter of this fitness program. He frequently checks to see if were exercising or not. Therefore we can comfortably go and take part in that activity. Davis said, Mr. Cheniault is a great supervisor. He put the challenge out for everybody. He knew it was good for the whole DOL. Yet, he did not push anyone. There are some people up in years, and we had to take into consideration their welfare because we dont want anyone to get hurt. So, the challenge went out for people to participate willingly, if theyd like. Mr. Cheniault motivated others employees as well. There are a lot of employees in DOL. We are all nonsmokers. However, there are quite a number of other employees who go down and take a smoke break, maybe five to six times a day. They lose over an hour a day just on smoke break. If they would take that hour and go exercise, you would see how different their life could change. For example Mr. Kim, instead of running down to take a smoke break every hour like some people often do in a daytime, he turned that over to exercise time and gets more out of it. Wrapping up Cheniault said, I believe that physical fitness is very important and so I think people should work on themselves. There are at least five areas that people should work on spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Those areas give us balance. That is my whole theme. I would say that physical fitness is just one part of a balanced individual. This is an ongoing process. For that reason, this DOL fitness program is not likely to end any time soon. Anyone desiring to challenge their limitations can participate in the USAG Daegu DOL Physical Fitness Program. x

4th of July: Keep an eye on Independence Day Holiday Safety

By Col. Kathleen A. Gavle USAG Daegu Commander
DAEGU GARRISON 1. Our Nations birthday, Independence Day, is special in so many ways. It honors the vision and sacrifices of our founding fathers while reminding us of the many freedoms we enjoy. The Fourth of July is also the first holiday of the summer. It is a hot-weather holiday and many will take advantage of this long weekend to travel around the country and enjoy the beautiful sights Korea has to offer. Others will participate in parades, fireworks, cookouts, and other festivities on and off post. I ask all leaders to make a difference by being personally involved in counseling subordinates on safe and smart ways to decrease risks and avoid accidents. Needless property damage, injuries and loss of life are avoidable if our people are made aware of the hazards they are likely to face during the holiday weekend and take proper precautions. As a minimum, the following areas shall be addressed: a. Personal Conduct Inform personnel to act responsibly in all activities and ensure they understand that they are primarily responsible for their own safety; however, they must also understand the importance of using the buddy system. b. Driving Safety Discuss defensive driving techniques, use of pedestrian crosswalks, seat belts while driving or as a passengers, hazards of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the use of designated drivers or taxi services, wearing of proper protective equipment when riding motorcycles, and the effects of fatigue. c. Water Safety Streams, lakes, reservoirs,

rivers, ocean beach areas or other natural bodies of water for activities such as wading, swimming, bathing, diving, boating, skin/scuba diving or ice skating are off limits unless specifically approved for use by the area or installation commander. These areas may be used for fishing, sunbathing, or other activities in which contact with the water is minimal. As an exception to these restrictions, personnel participating in group tours sponsored by various organizations within the ROK may participate fully in tour activities. d. Heat Injury Prevention Encourage personnel to stay within their limits while engaging in recreational activities and to drink plenty of water. 2. As we enjoy this most celebrated holiday, always keep an eye out for potential safety hazards and please look after one another. I need your support in making this 4th of July celebration incident free. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! x


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Camp Henry Auto Skills Free inspection: we will provide free inspection, before your long trips in Korea to ensure your car is running properly. Its time for summer maintenance: Maintain and inspect your AC system. Its important to get your air conditioner checked for leaks and rechardged to ensure optimal performance during the hot summer months. For more information please call 768-8164 Financial Counseling Services Financial counseling for Soldiers and family members with emphasis on managing personal finances and tracking spending habits. Development of a personal financial plan, retirement plan, and college saving plan. Call the ACS financial readiness program office, 768-8127 or 768-7112. 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. Camp Walker AAFES Extended Operating Hours. 4th of July 2011 (1 day). Camp Walker Main PX 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Food Court 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Filling Station 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Walker Burger King 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call 764-5171/5188 Overnight Tour to Bo-ryeong Mud Festival Theme: Find the essence to wellbeing (mud) in nature. Mud experience pool, childrens mud pool, mud slides, mud prison, mud wrestling contest, mud hurdles, beach massage and more. Bus departs from the Walker Commissary at 8 a.m. and Carroll CAC at 9:00 a.m in July 16. Operation Rising Star Starts Sept. 9th at the Hilltop Club. One talented singer will win an all expenses paid, three-day professional recording studio experience in Hollywood, California. Singers must be Active Duty, Reserve, National guard, or their Family Members. 18 and older with a valid DoD ID card. Visit for more information.

Story and photo by Mokihana Laysa USAG Daegu Public Affairs

Good neighbors ensures everyone comes out on top



DAEGU GARRISON A few good men and women from HHC USAG Daegu, and the Dept. of Logistics, did something profoundly neighborly on Jun. 17. The tiny group of individuals piled into a vehicle and delivered their bi-annual gift donations drive to a randomly selected Daegu charity. Supporting the effort, Sgt. 1st Class Ward William Ward teamed up with his colleagues to make a difference. Their Good Neighbor project consisted of donations that included clothes, shoes, refurbished bicycles, snacks and drinks to an orphanage all in hopes of keeping smiles on some tiny faces, while in some small way lessening the financial burden of the facility. According to Ward, We dont want to just donate something and run. We also like to stay and visit with the children. We enjoy reading to them and teaching them English, especially if time permits. We like doing this because we want the children to know they are not forgotten and they are not alone. It is truly a worthwhile Good Neighbor effort. Sgt. 1st Class Ward has nearly completed his tour in Korea. He said he will miss participating in these types of projects. He added, If other units or individuals get involved in this type of community effort just in donating a little bit of their time, I think it will do a lot in strengthening and building a greater and deeper bond between the U.S. and Korea. It is the kind of team building that ensures everybody comes out on top. x

Sgt. 1st William Ward has the attention of a young boy as they peruse the pages of childrens book. Sgt. 1st Class Ward was among a tiny group of individuals visiting a local orphanage during their annual gift donations project.

Chaplain: Kind words go long way, share some today

By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Milton Johnson USAG Daegu Garrison Chaplain
DAEGU GARRISON A soldier recently said to me, chaplain, I heard a beautiful compliment about you the other day but I dont have time to tell you what it was right now. Later on I want to share it with you okay. But later on seemed like forever. It felt like an eternity from the moment he said he had heard the compliment to the time he shared it with me. Why did it seem so long? Why did I feel such anxiety? It is because a compliment is a cherished gift; because all of us want to be loved and appreciated; because we have great hunger for an expression of praise and appreciation. Everyone enjoys hearing kind words. No matter how young we are or how old we become, there is still something good about the pleasure we receive from encouraging words and complimentary remarks of other people. We are especially uplifted when another person look us in the eyes and says thank you for what you did the other day, or I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to help me out!! There is an inner feeling of acceptance and satisfaction when we hear that someone approves of our appearance, our work, or our contribution to life. But, some of us might say that we dont need verbal recognition from others. However, I submit to you that all of us need affirming words and positive for praise, a strong need for love and appreciation. In fact, people who dont excel probably need compliments more than people who do excel. Compliments are ways of saying, I care about you and I appreciate you. You are special to me and you are important to all of us. Most of all, you are an integral part of this team. Every individual needs and deserves care, appreciation, acceptance, and approval. Maybe the golden rule can help us at this point. You remember Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. If we enjoy being appreciated by others, perhaps we should learn to show appreciation for and to those around us. If words can lift our spirits, we should learn to use them in a manner whereby we can boost the spirits of others. That is exactly what Jesus did. He used compliments frequently and well. He had the uncanny ability to make people feel good about themselves when nobody else did. He knew how to lift individuals spirits with kind words and encouraging looks. They enjoyed his company. Jesus has given us an example that we may follow in His steps even in our complimenting. Consider the words of 2 Timothy 1: 4-5 that says, I remember your tears, and I want to see you very much, so that I may be filled with joy Think about it. There is probably someone right now who needs to be told of some great contribution he or she has made in your life. If so, tell them. x

feedback from those close to us and people who work very near to us. The truth is, whether we admit it or not it feels good when we get compliments. The problem is - each of us do not always give or get compliments as often as we could or should get them. Some of us live in the shadows of those who appear to do better what we do best. And sometimes it looks like everybody else gets recognized and complimented when we do all the work. For some of us it feels like we do okay but we dont excel at anything. And we start to think that we are extremely common. When compared to others were not as pretty, not as smart, not as talented, not as well dressed, and not as successful. Yet we have a hunger for praise, a strong need

JULY 1, 2011

By Cpl. Jang Bong-seok

Camp Walker Lodge employee takes aim and wins skeet shooting competition
said that the opportunity for a new hobby came after the Daegu shooting range, built by the Daegu Infrastructure Management Corporation opened its doors to everyone. He visited the facility, and from that experience, he found himself hooked. Since then he has been visiting there whenever he has free time. After about a year and a half of time devoted to skeet shooting, Kim decided to display his skills by participating in the city-wide skeet shooting event. His efforts paid off. The Camp Walker Lodge employee won the individual division challenge, as well as the team competition-- hitting 70 clay targets out of 75. It all depended on mentality. I c a l m ly fo c u s e d o n t h e t a rge t and did not concentrate on how many targets I was hitting, because thinking about my score only added pressure on me. This is an astonishing accomplishmentespecially since most other competitors on average have been doing skeet shooting for at least eight years. Kim said he has always had interest in weapons. I was in the Republic



DAEGU GARRISON All too often we are surprised to find that standing right next to us, is someone that has an amazing talent. In some instances, that talent is so great that winning a big competition almost seems like a given. One such person f itting that description is Kim Kon-u, an employee at the Camp Walker Lodge who recently distinguished himself as the best skeet shooting player in the city of Daegu. Kim has been working on the U.S. Army installation for three years now. Prior to that, he was a lifeguard at the Camp Walker swimming pool. A true people person, his current job at the front desk of the Camp Walker Lodge, allows him to do what he loveswhile doing something he enjoysskeet shooting. It wasnt until soon after working at the Camp Walker Lodge that Kims interest turned to skeet shooting. He

of Korea Marines as a sniper. While I was in the Marines, my unit held a shooting competition and I came in as a second place winner. I also liked to play with BB-guns when I was little, and so handling weapons always interested me, he said. Kim encourages everyone to try skeet shooting. He has taken a few colleagues with him to the range. The Camp Walker employee said, Skeet shooting is a good activity for anybody. You can go to the range with your family, and at the same time you can enjoy an amazing view. x

Kim Kon-u takes aim as he gets ready to fire at a group of clay targets. The targets move quickly from one place to another at random starting points.

Kim Kon-u focuses on the clay target moving in the far distance. -U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jang Bong-seok.


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Elmo and his friends stopped by Camp Walkers Kelly Fitness Center Jun. 23, entertaining the USAG Daegu community with as Sesame Street performance thats not likely to be forgotten by children of all ages. The colorful show was hosted by the USO and was open to Soldiers, and family members. The shows success was a big hit with lots of laughs and high-5s exchanged between the Sesame Street gang and their fans. -U.S. Army photo by Im Hae-na.




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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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