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JULY 8, 2011

JULY 8, 2011 Volume 9, Issue 37

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

PATRIOT systems now more deadly

Air Defense upgrades on peninsula increase missile readiness
By Capt. Austin Liu 6-52 Air Defense Artillary This chart demonstrates the percentage of people polled by Gallup who expressed high esteem for the military. The military ranked No. 1 next to all other national institutions.
SUWON AIR BASE As the tension on the Korean Peninsula remains high, PATRIOT air defense units in Korea continue to play a critical role in protecting key Allied assets from the threat of enemy tactical ballistic missiles. In order to successfully execute their missions, air defense units must have the best equipment available. For that reason, units from 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, completed the Army-wide PATRIOT Recapitalization Program, which enhanced the material readiness posture of the PATRIOT Missile System, on June 27. This is a great program, said Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Davis, 6-52nd ADAs Battalion Readiness Center Officer in Charge. The RECAP definitely provided the necessary equipment face-lift for the Iron Horse Soldiers to continue to perform their mission at the highest caliber. Each firing battery that went through the Recapitalization Program, known as RECAP, received factory-rebuild PATRIOT system and support equipment over the last six months. Davis and his Soldiers played an important role in facilitating the RECAP process. We served as the chief coordinator between the Low-Tier Project Office who issued the new equipment, and the line units receiving them, ensuring a seamless transition,he said. However, the process is more complicated than it seems. We [Battalion Readiness Center] also must ensure that all new equipment is fielded properly and more importantly, validated for operation, Davis said. As the U.S. Armys PATRIOT fleet continues to age, it becomes increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain its material readiness posture. Several maintenance programs, such as the Clean & Green and Deep Maintenance, were implemented in the past to prolong the lifespan of the current weapon system. However, it became apparent

American military takes:

Top U.S. confidence rankings

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON Americans continue to express high confidence in the armed forces, with more than three-quarters of those surveyed in a recent Gallup poll reporting higher confidence in the military than in other national institutions for the 14th consecutive year. Seventy-eight percent of the 1,020 respondents in the poll, taken earlier this month and released last week, reported high esteem for the military. Forty-seven percent said they have a great deal of confidence in the military, the highest rating, and 31 percent reported quite a lot of confidence. That rating was 14 percent higher than for the second-ranking institution, small business, and 22 percent higher than for the third-ranking institution, the police. Other organizations rankings, in de-

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A MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft missile is fired during a 6th Training Brigade exercise. U.S. Army photo


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The Morning Calm
Published by Installation Management Command Korea

By Gen. Walter L. Sharp U.S. Forces Korea Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON On Aug. 10, 2010, I issued U.S. Forces Korea Command Policy Letter No. 55, which strictly prohibits the knowing use of any intoxicating substance (other than the lawful use of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine products and the lawful use of medications consistent with their intended medical purpose and prescribed dosage) that is inhaled, injected, consumed, or introduced into the body in any manner to alter mood or function, such as Spice. Violations of this command policy letter may subject the offender to severe consequences. Failure to comply with the prohibitions contained in this paragraph is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice. On March 1, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency ordered that five chemicals used to make fake or synthetic marijuana such as Spice are controlled substances. These chemicals are also illegal under the Republic of Koreas Narcotics Control Law.


Commanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. David G. Fox Public Affairs Chief: Dan Thompson Editor: Russell Wicke Layout Assistant: Pfc. Jeong Yee-taek USAG-RED CLOUD Commander: Col. Hank Dodge Public Affairs Officer: Kevin Jackson Staff Writers: Pfc. Mardicio Barrot, Pfc. Jin Choe USAG-YONGSAN Commander: Col. William P. Huber Public Affairs Officer: Jane Lee Staff Writers: Sgt. Choe Yong-joon, Cpl. Hong Moo-sun, Pfc. Choi Sung-il USAG-HUMPHREYS Commander: Col. Joseph P. Moore Public Affairs Officer: Lori Yerdon CI Officer: Steven Hoover Writer/Layout Editor: Wayne Marlow Staff Writer: Pvt. Han Jae-ho USAG-DAEGU Commander: Col. Kathleen A. Gavle Public Affairs Officer: Philip Molter CI Officer: Mary Grimes Staff Writers: Cpl. Jang Bong-seok, Cpl. Kim Min-jae Interns: Im Hae-na, Lee Seung-bin, Hana Noguchi and Mokihana Laysa
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Intoxicating substances have serious consequences

As noted by the DEA, most people who use products that contain these chemicals are apparently unaware of the significant short- and long-term harmful effects of their use. Emergency room physicians report that using these types of products cause serious side effects which include: convulsions, anxiety attacks, dangerously elevated heart rates, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and disorientation. In my view, these chemicals pose a clear and present danger to military readiness, the health and wellness of the force, and the maintenance of good order and discipline. Possessing, using, and distributing (including importing into the ROK) these controlled chemicals or the products that contain them (including, but not limited to Spice) is illegal under U.S. Federal law, ROK law and the UCMJ. I expect all USFK Service members, Department of Defense civilian employees, invited contractors, and their family members to fully adhere to U.S. and ROK law regarding these banned chemicals. Thank you for your professional service, and for your continued and unwavering vigilance. x


U.S., ROK alliance Never Stronger says Sharp

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON The relationship between the United States and South Korea has never been stronger, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said June 29. Army Gen. Walter Skip Sharp, who is nearing the end of his term in Seoul, said the alliance is key to providing security in a strategic area of the world an area vital to U.S. national interests. Deterring North Korea remains the main focus of the alliance. North Korea is spending its limited money on military capabilities, he said, specifically on special operations forces, developing nuclear weapons and developing ballistic missile capabilities. North Korean leaders would rather spend money on military capabilities than on their people who are starving to death or are chronically undernourished, he said. North Korea is the worlds first three-generation communist dynasty. Kim Il-sung was the founding dictator. He passed leadership to his son Kim Jung-il whose son Kim Jung-un is the heir apparent. The North Korean strategy appears to be on the same path it has been, specifically to provoke, to demand concessions, get as much as they can, and then to provoke again, Sharp said. In 2010, there were two provocations: the Cheonan attack in March and the shelling of Yeongpyeong Island in November. North Korea tries to influence and coerce several different audiences in order to threaten people, in order to be able to gain concessions, threaten people in order to make a statement that their regime is on the right course, the general said. The attacks last year were designed to break down the support for South Korean President Lee Myung-baks policy and strategy of not just giving things to North Korea, but making North Korea first demonstrate some changes before rewarding the regime. I think what North Korean leader Kim Jung-il was hoping to do with those two attacks last year was force the South Korean people to say this is too dangerous, we need to change our strategy and just go back to giving things to North Korea, he said. It did not work, especially in view of the South Korean fury following the attack on Yeongpyeong Island. Every South Korean who had a smart phone watched live as their country was shelled by North Korea, Sharp said. That got people of all ages, across all economic backgrounds to say they cant stand for this anymore a strong response needs to happen for any future provocations. Overall, the North Korean military
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is an old style military that is pretty good at small unit tactics, but not much beyond that, the general said. But when you consider the size of their military and their location, they dont have to be that good, he said. Their main goal if they were to attack is just to attack south and kill as many [they] can. North Korea has a dangerous military, but if you look at it from the perspective of the alliance, Im very confident if North Korea were to attack we would be able to, as an alliance stop them south of Seoul and then eventually be able to complete the destruction of the North Korean military. Tour lengths for U.S. service members are increasing in the nation. If you are a single service member, you come basically for one year and you can elect to stay for two years or three years with some incentive pay that goes with it, he said. Eventually, as we move toward full tour normalization, [the goal] is to have it just like Germany or Japan. South Korea is marking the 61st anniversary of the battles of the Korean War. Sharp said returning American veterans of the war many of whom have not been back since the 1950s are profoundly surprised by the changes in Korea since the war. Korea is now the 13th largest economy in the world. Metropolitan Seoul has a population in excess of 25 million. x


to the Army leaders that a complete system overhaul was necessary to maintain operation standard. A comprehensive Recapitalization solved most of the maintenance issues once and for all, and reset the service life of the PATRIOT system. Davis explained, it will cost the Army and the tax payers a lot more money to continue the piecemeal upgrades here and there than to do a complete upgrade of everything at once.

Davis and his Soldiers also had a more immediate incentive to be part of this process. I can truly see the difference we are making as the result of the RECAP, Davis said. At the end of the day, I have the comfort to know that we are significantly contributing to the fight by ensuring all equipment is fully mission capable so that Soldiers can focus on the mission. The 6-52nd Air Defense Artillery is the first PATRIOT unit in the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade to undergo the RECAP program this year. 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 Aggravated Assault: Subject and Victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the Subject struck the Victim and pushed her against the wall of a private location. The Victim sustained injuries consisting of a sprained neck and stomach pains. She reported to the Troop Medical Clinic and discovered she was eleven weeks pregnant. She was treated for minor injuries and released. The Subject was apprehended and released to his unit with instructions to report to back to the provost marshals office at a later time. USAG Yongsan Forgery: A Postal Worker reported to the provost marshals office, that a Victim was supposed to receive a check from his mortgage company. The Victim reported that he still had not received his check, but the mortgage company stated that the check had been mailed and cashed on an undisclosed date. The Victim received a copy of the check which revealed his signature had been forged and it was deposited into an unknown bank account. At a later date, the mortgage company notified a private bank of a possible forgery and larceny. The private bank was able to identify the Subject by revealing who the account the check had been cashed belonged to. On an undisclosed date, the Subject was court marshaled, placed in a confinement facility and dishonorably discharged from the United States Army. At a later date, military police referred the case to the civil authorities. Due to the fact that the Subject is no longer in the U.S. Army, this case has been turned over to the local police and is pending state or federal proceedings. USAG Humphreys Possession and use of Spice: Investigation revealed Spice was found during a health and welfare inspection of a barracks room. Investigation determined the Subject committed the offense of Wrongful Use and Possession of a Controlled Substance when he smoked Spice while on pass and was found in possession of Spice in his assigned barracks room. USAG Daegu Fraud: Subject submitted overtime request forms for employees without their knowledge, for time they did not work. When the employees informed the Subject they did not work overtime and should not have been paid, the Subject collected the funds and used them to fund employee functions.

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Myeongdong Cathedral:

A 19th Century Symbol of Koreas Christian History

This is the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in the Myeongdong district of Seoul. It is commonly known as Myeongdong Cathedral, the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seoul. At its construction in 1894, it was the largest building in Seoul and it remains a neighborhood landmark and a symbol of Christianity in Korea. The construction was completed in May 1898. The towers height, at 147 feet, makes it stand out from surrounding buildings. The church buildings were built with bricks, but the color and shapes are all different. High dynamic range photo by Russell Wicke

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Central City Central City is a multi-purpose complex, which is very accessible as three different subway lines pass through it: Lines 3, 7 and 9, which connects to Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport. Central City is often referred to as Express Bus Terminal, because of its bus terminal that connects with 70 local cities. With a daily floating population of over half a million, Central City features a wide variety of facilities including shopping, leisure, cultural, accommodation and public facilities. Central City features various cultural venues as well as a shopping mall. Young Plaza on the first basement level houses a multiplex and a bookstore, and Central Park on the first floor stages varied performances. Cinus Central cinema is a leading venue in Young Plaza featuring six screens with a capacity of 1,320. Meanwhile Youngpoong Bookstore Gangnam branch is Koreas largest bookstore which houses around 200,000 volumes, and features library-like tables allowing customers to read books comfortably. Places such as Joy Max, which is a video game arcade offering 3D simulation games, and Sinnara Records Store have also become popular as new cultural venues. Cultural space spreads out from the Meeting Place. There are other facilities also well worth a visit, such as a gallery on the ninth floor and a luxury hall Marquis Plaza on the second to fourth floors featuring luxury name-brand boutiques. Along with Shinsegae Department Store and the world-class hotel chain, Marriott Hotel, these create a glamorous zone of luxury. The Central City complex has now become a cultural paradise that features a wide variety of convenient facilities, including a wedding hall, a millennium hall for largescale banquets and conventions, a food court, themed cafs, restaurants, banks and a hospital. For more information, visit www.centralcityseoul. (Korean) or call 02)6282-0114. To get there take Line 3 or 7 to Express Bus Terminal Station. Lotte World Ice Rink Lotte World Ice Rink, located inside the Lotte World complex, is Seouls premier all-season skating destination. The 1,000 capacity rink is easily accessible via Jamsil Subway Station, and thanks to its spectacular domed glass roof, skaters can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors while enjoying total protection from the elements. The domed glass ceiling at Lotte World Ice Rink means daylight can flood in but bad weather cannot, whilst innovative design features help to maintain the level surface of the ice as well as providing the feeling of skating outdoors. A specially designated safety zone is the perfect place for beginners to find their feet on the ice. Wrapped around the rink are 850 seats on three levels giving onlookers and tired skaters a birds-eye view while they take a break. Modern interior design Next to Lotte World Ice Rink is a rifle range that has a variety of target distances (from 7 to 26 meters), so both beginners and experts can shoot comfortably. Individual coaching is also available. For peace of mind, there is a range of safety systems, including bullet-proof glass and walls, and a secure entry system. Lotte World Ice Rink is located at Basement Level 3, Lotte World, 40-1, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul. To get threr take Line 2 to Jamsil Station Exit 4. x

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Respite care now streamlined

By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON The Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, is fulfilling the promise to all Family Members. Relocating every two to three years poses challenges unique to military life. Overcoming these challenges is not easy for any Army Family, but for Families also dealing with physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorders requiring specialized services, these challenges are multiplied. Starting this month EFMP is enhancing the quality of life for caregivers by standardizing and streamlining the process for delivering respite care to eligible Families. The Respite Care Program is an important component of EFMP that provides a temporary rest period for Family Members responsible for the regular care of persons with special needs. Caring for a Family Member with a disability, especially a severe chronic medical condition, is a 24/7 job. Respite care is important because it provides everyone that shoulders such responsibilities a much needed break. Qualifying Families are eligible for up to 40 hours of respite care a month for each certified Family Member. The EFMP Respite Care Program decreases Family stress, increases Family stabil-

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ity and reduces costly out-of-home placements, thereby contributing to Soldier readiness. Enhancing the effectiveness of EFMP by revising respite care policies and procedures is another way the Army is fulfilling one of the most important promises in the Army Family Covenant: to provide an environment in which every Family Member can thrive. For more information, contact the United States Army Garrison Yongsan EFMP Manager Rosemary Bubnick at 738-5311. x

Gallup: Public has high confidence in military

scending order of high confidence, were: organized religion, 48 percent; the medical system, 39 percent; the U.S. Supreme Court, 37 percent; the presidency, 35 percent; the public schools, 34 percent; the criminal justice system, 28 percent; newspapers, 28 percent; television news, 27 percent; banks, 23 percent; organized labor, 21 percent; big business, 19 percent; and health maintenance organizations, 19 percent. Congress received the lowest high-confidence ranking, at 12 percent. The military has been the topranked national institution every year since 1998, and also from 1989 to 1996, Gallup officials reported. Confidence levels in most of the institutions polled this year were below historical averages, with the notable exception of the military. The 78 percent military confidence ranking for 2011 was 11 points above the historical average. Public confidence in the military tends to run high when the United States is actively engaged in military operations, officials said, citing the all-time 85-percent high confidence ranking in early 1991 just after the first Persian Gulf War ended. Ratings have ranged between 69 percent and 82 percent over the last decade during U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, officials reported.
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Percentage of people with confidence in: Military 78 Organized Religion 48 Medical System 39 Supreme Court 37
Another Gallup poll, also conducted earlier this month and released June 21, demonstrated that Americans consider the ground forces most essential to national defense. Twenty-five percent of the 1,020 adults surveyed ranked the Army the most important service, up from 18 percent in 2001. The Marine Corps ranked second this year, at 24 percent, up from 14 percent in 2001. Seventeen percent of respondents called the Air Force the most important service branch to national defense, compared to 42 percent in 2001; 11 percent cited the Navy, compared to 15 percent in 2001; and 3 percent cited Coast Guard, which was not included in the 2001 survey. Forty-six percent of the respondents named the Marine Corps the most prestigious branch of the armed forces. The Army ranked second, at 22 percent; followed by the Air Force, at 15 percent; the Navy, at 8 percent; and the Coast Guard, at 2 percent. x

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Freedom fest commemorates nations independence

Soldiers, civilians, families come together for annual Warrior Country parade, festivities
By Sgt. Michael J. Dator 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY Each year Soldiers in the U.S. and those stationed overseas, celebrate our nations Independence Day with an evening with friends, Family members and good food. Independence Day is a time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and to remember those who fought and died for those freedoms. With the sweet scent of cotton candy and the smoky remnants of roasting barbecue in the air, Soldiers and Family members from across Warrior Country celebrated Americas Declaration of Independence from Great Britain with an Independence Day parade and celebration here July 1. Freedom Fest is meant to kick-off our 4th of July celebrations for the fourday weekend, said Steven Toepper, the community activities manager for U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud. General Tucker gave the Soldiers a halfday today so they could bring their Families out to celebrate the holiday at the beginning of a long weekend as opposed to at the end of one. The Freedom Festival was put together through the efforts of the USAG Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation and the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers. More than 90 Soldiers from 210th Fires Brigade and 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team helped in coordinating and executing the event. The Warrior Country BOSS Parade kicked-off the festivities on Camp Casey. The procession included stiltwalkers, traditional Korean Nanta drummers and an Area I USO truck throwing candy into the hands of anxious children. Various booths featuring carnival games and activities were set up along the golf course parking lot on Camp Casey. A roaming mariachi band performed Mexican themed music to crowds of onlookers and various displays were set up for automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts. Later in the evening, the Area I BOSS sponsored a team food-eating contest followed by a variety-music performance featuring live-music from members of the 2nd Infantry Division Band. A fireworks display signaled a patriotic end to the festivities. This is my first time seeing what Americans do during Independence Day, said Kyung-hee Smith, a newlywed spouse of a 2nd Infantry Division Soldier. I grew up in Korea, and my grandparents told me stories of what it was like during the Korean War. Its good to see everyone come together and celebrate something special like freedom, she said.x



Spc. Aaron Benson, a vocalist for the 2nd Infantry Division rock band, brought members of the audience to their feet as he belted out a song during the Independence Day festival at Camp Casey July 1. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Dator

A stilt-walking clown who participated in the carnival-like Independence Day celebration at Camp Casey amuses a child while transforming a simple balloon into a sword. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Dator

Pfc. Elizabeth Mendoza and Command Sgt. Maj. Wayne Laclair, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, cant wait to take a bite out of their burgers. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Dator

A roaming mariachi band brought a Mexican twist to the American Independence Day celebration at Camp Casey. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Dator



By Spc. Mardicio Barrot USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs
CAMP CASEY Automobile owners in Warrior Country no longer have to drive to Yongsan or struggle with the language barrier to get service. They can simply bring their automobile to the new garage here and they can even do some or all of the work if they desire. The new Camp Casey Auto Skills Center that opened April 1 the first ever in Warrior Country provides an array of automotive services for owners and has already served and assisted nearly 900 patrons. Auto services run the gamut from simple oil changes, tire changes or rotations and vehicle inspections to more complex services such as ball joints, brake jobs and engine repair. For engine or transmission overhauls or bodywork, customers will be given a list of garages in the area that can provide the service. Patrons who opt to have their automotive work done by mechanics at the center are charged $22 an hour. By comparison, stateside mechanics charge about $60 an hour for labor and Korean auto shops charge about $28, according to Steve Toepper, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreations community activities manager . We are offering classes at the shop for customers who want to work on their own vehicles and save even more money, he said. These classes will provide customers with the knowledge they need to check and fix antifreeze, tire pressure, brakes and more. While the Auto Skills Center doesnt sell auto parts, Toepper said it will stock oil, windshield washer fluid and


News & Notes

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 with burgundy mushroom sauce, lasagna, mashed potatoes, steamed rice, vegetables, salad bar, desserts and beverages. RSVP and make payment no later than July 8 by contacting Ms. Kim at 730-1413. Bowling Center Closure Camp Red Cloud Lanes will be closed July 11-12 for lane screening, re-coating and maintenance. The facility will remain open but only the bowling lanes will be closed. For more information, call 732-6930. First Aid/CPR Class The American Red Cross is offering a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adults, children and infants) class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 13 in the Camp Casey Red Cross Office, bldg. 2317. The class will help people learn how to confidently assist with a medical emergency. The deadline to register is one day before the start of class. The cost is $40. Participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be in their third trimester of pregnancy. For more information, call 730-3184. Free Hotdog Lunch The USO at Camp Casey will host a free hotdog lunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., July 13. The free meal includes hot dogs, chips and soda. For more information, call 730-4466. Armorer/JSIIDS Training U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud is conducting Armorer/ Joint Service Interior Intrusion Detection System training from 1-4 p.m., July 14 in Camp Casey Garrisons Directorate of Emergency Services classroom, bldg. 2362, room 109. The required JSIIDS Certification Course is offered for armorers, arms room officer-in-charge and noncommissioned officer-incharge, key control custodians and security (S-2) personnel. For more information, call 730-4930. Change of Command Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander, cordially invited the community to the U.S. Army Garrison Casey Change of Command Ceremony at 10 a.m., July 15 in Camp Caseys Carey Fitness Center. Lt. Col. Steven Finley will assume command from Lt. Col. Richard Fromm. The awards ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 730-1413.

Center takes pain out of auto service

Kim Won-pae, Camp Casey Auto Skills Center mechanic, talks Sgt. Steven Rockhill, Company B, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, through the process of putting a belt on an air compressor July 1. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mardicio Barrot
coolant/antifreeze that customers can purchase. If parts are needed, he said the patron can order them or pay the center to order the necessary items for them. I love the fact that we finally have an auto center in Area I, said Sgt. James Rockhill, Company B, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment. Before this shop opened, I used to have to drive all the way down to Yongsan, which became a real pain sometimes. Rockhill, who came in to replace an air conditioning compressor July 1, is one of the customers who have chosen to work on their own automobile. Its starting to get hot and I need my AC, he said. I like working on my car myself because it gives me the opportunity to save money and learn how to fix problems like these myself, and if I need help the mechanics are there to show me a few things. The Auto Skills Center is also the only approved inspection station in Area I. Inspections are good for two years and cost $20 for an automobile and $5 for a motorcycle . Appointments are not required. DFMWR is also planning to provide a car wash and vacuum for patrons in the near future. Additionally, a towing service is available in Dongducheon for $25 and in Uijeongbu for $50 by calling 7303928. The Casey Auto Skills Center is located on the road behind the Camp Casey Library and Pear Blossom Family Outreach Center. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 730-6028.x

Temple stay offers peace of mind, commune with nature

NAMYANGJU A sea of 1,250 miniature Buddha follower statues surround the Yaksa Yeorae Buddha statue in front of the Bongin Main Temple here. It has an active Temple Stay Program that includes morning chanting, Seon meditation, tea ceremony, making lotus lanterns, printing and transcribing Sutras, making rosaries, prostrations, communal work and formal Monastic meals. Bongin Temple is one of more than 100 temples across South Korea participating in the Temple Stay Program, of which 40 offer programs for foreigners. For more information about Bongin Temple, visit or, or visit the USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs Office for a brochure. Courtesy photo by Kevin Jackson

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M1A2SEP tanks from 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, fire at simulated enemy locations under the cover of artillery and mortars during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range June 23. U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class. John D. Brown

Iron Brigade sharpens Tip of the Spear

By Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
YEONGPYEONG The 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, demonstrated the capabilities of the newly acquired M1A2SEP tank during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range June 23. The Iron Brigade serves as a credible deterrent because of the hard work and dedication to combat readiness of our soldiers serving on Freedoms Frontier, said Col. Ross Davidson, commander of 1st HBCT. Through the fog and pouring rain, the sounds of steel exploding in the impact area began the scenario. Artillery and mortar rounds targeted an unseen enemy into suppression while the 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, pushed onto the range with their tanks. World class training that is tough, challenging and realistic allows us to stay sharp, and serves to highlight the combined arms dominance that is the hallmark of our team as we maintain our Fight Tonight capability, Davidson said Scanning for targets, under the cover of artillery and mortar fire, the tanks located enemy locations and fired multiple rounds downrange. The training scenario was intended to simulate a combined force assaulting a known enemy in order to obtain a specific objective. After the simulated enemy was beaten back, engineers from 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion were called up to breach an obstacle and neutralize a specific target. Within minutes, and after a large explosion shook the ground, the objective was within reach. From his vantage point above the range, Davidson surveyed the progress of the multiple units and capabilities demonstrated during the exercise. The Soldiers, Airmen ... who participated in this operation clearly demonstrated their personal commitment to our mission, and I am extremely proud of all the hard work that ensured the success of this livefire exercise, Davidson said. x

1-15 FA paints fence, builds bond

By Sgt. 1st Class. John D. Brown 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
DONGDUCHEON Spending the only sunny day of the week painting a fence may not sound like the most fun in the world, but for the Soldiers and Family members of 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, its a project thats long overdue. This is a project in the making, said Chap. (Capt.) Everett Zachary, 1-15 FA, of Knoxville, Tenn. We actually started planning this project last fall, but the weather and North Korea werent cooperating. Though many improvements to the Aeshin Childrens Center are planned, painting the fence is the first step in what Zachary calls the Asian Beautification Project. According to Zachary, each month volunteers from the 1-15 FA community will spend a day at the childrens center working on area beautification projects. They [Aeshin Childrens Center] have volunteers who will do other things, but this project, in particular, seemed to have fallen through the cracks so we stepped up to fill in the gap, Zachary said. Specialist Joshua Barney from Heyward, Calif. and a chaplains assistant with 1-15 FA, said the unit worked with the childrens center administrators to establish a list of priorities of repairs to the facilities. We go over there [Aeshin Childrens Center] about once every other month to celebrate birthday parties, but we wanted to do something more, Barney said. I think these kinds of projects are important for two reasons, first of all it helps get Soldiers connected to the community through service which helps strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance; and secondly, it helps to improve the impression the community has of the U.S. Soldiers. Among the volunteers was Satomi Nunoo from Tokyo, Japan, wife of Sgt. Emmanuel Nunoo, B. Battery, 1-15 FA. I have always wanted to volunteer so right now I have time and its nice to be out helping people in need, Nunoo said. The 1-15 FA community hopes to complete the fence and be ready to begin their next beautification project by the middle of July.x

Satomi Nunoo, a spouse of a 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment Solider, works with other volunteers to paint a fence at the Aeshin Childrens Center June 28. U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class. John D. Brown




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Bands compete during Battle of the Bands

By Pvt. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - Six hopefuls competed in the 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Battle of the Bands June 25, cheered on by the community of Yongsan. An annual event, the Battle of the Bands has recently become a qualification competition that serves as a preliminary round for incoming bands. The qualification round ensures that only community favorites make it into the final competition held at the Fourth of July Celebrations. The event was sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single and unaccompanied Servicemembers and Installation Management Command Korea. BOSS and IMCOM Korea are helping to put on this event. BOSS is getting involved, and the BOSS program is an amazing thing for anybody stationed anywhere on the peninsula. BOSS is not just for single people, it has evolved into an organization where everyone can get involved. If youre a Family member, Servicemember, or Department of Defense civilian you can get involved and participate in the program. IMCOM and BOSS are joining together to sponsor every event that happens in the garrison, Staff Sgt. Chris Ballentine of the American Forces Network said. The judges for the evening were USAG Yongsan Command Sgt. Maj. John Justis, Ballentine, BOSS Coordinator Sgt. Bryon McGainey of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and BOSS Coordinator Spc. Julius Amory of Headquarters and Headquarters USAG

Extra Garlic Sauce captivates the audience with their performance during the 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Battle of the Bands at the Main Post Club June 25. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel

Yongsan. The criteria for the competition included stage presentation, sound volume and clarity, band synchronization, band enthusiasm and attitude and audience response. This years contestants were six bands named Zeek, Extra Garlic Sauce, No Leaf Clover, La Luna, Sotto Gamba Band, and Greg Pena Salsa Band. The competitors all came from different backgrounds and played a diverse selection of music ranging from Rock to Latin. No Leaf Clover had Soldiers from within the garrison as members, while other bands such as La Luna and Extra Garlic Sauce had civilian members from outside the garrison. Weve got Koreans, Americans and Soldiers; its another way to show Katchi Kapshida (Korean for Lets go together), and this is the perfect example of that, McGainey said. The overall mood of the evening could be captured in McGaineys description of La Luna, especially for him to be singing in Korean, but I felt the music. I enjoyed it one hundred percent. The melting pot sentiment was also echoed by Ballentine who claimed, The thing that I like is its not genre related. You have people up here doing Rock, Heavy Metal. We just had a mixed genre band with a sax player, and that is what I enjoy about it because they brought so many different bands up here. Be they Koreans, Americans or expats; they are all performing and music kind of transcends the language barrier. Its an amazing night, Im having a blast. The bands that were selected to play for the Fourth of July celebrations were La Luna, Greg Pena Salsa Band and Extra Garlic Sauce. After playing to the enormous crowds at the Independence Day festivities, La Luna beat out the others and took top honors. Extra Garlic Sauce and Greg Pena Salsa Band took second and third place, respectively. x

Sotto Gamba Band passionately plays music during the 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Battle of the Bands at the Main Post Club June 25. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel

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Community members cheer as the 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Battle of the Bands takes place at the Main Post Club June 25. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel


News & Notes

8th Army PT Routes Starting June 20, 8th Army PT Routes go into effect from 6:307:30 a.m. each duty day. All of Camp Coiner, 8th Army Drive and 10th Corps Blvd (westbound from 8th Army Drive to Williams Avenue) will be closed to vehicular traffic. Commuters will still be able to drive east on 10th Corps Blvd. towards the commissary gate (new gate #6, old gate #52). Road closures are not in effect on holidays or military training holidays. Due to the new 8th Army PT Routes, post shuttle schedules will change starting June 20. Post shuttles will not run from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Hannam and K-16 shuttle schedules remain the same, but will not stop at Yongsan from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Breakfast DFAC shuttle starts at 7:30 a.m. from Moyer Rec and Building #5491. Incheon Airport shuttle will run as scheduled, but will only stop at Incheon Airport stop #8 (instead of stops #5 and #11) to prevent people from taking the wrong luggage by mistake. For more information, call 723-8525. 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. Furnishing Management Branch Clousre Furnishings Management Branch will be closed July 12-14 so Housing can conduct a 100% inventory and accountability of all furniture and appliances located on Yongsan and Camp Market. For more information, call 723-3422. Yongsan Retiree Council The USAG Yongsan Retiree Council would like to invite all Military Retirees, their spouse and Retired Widow by attending a monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month at the USAG Yongsan Headquarter Conference Room in Bldg. 4305. Healthcare Advisory Council Please join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month to discuss how we can improve health care. The meeting is held at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital Command Conference Room. For information, call 737-3045.

Leaders bestow honors at DFAC opening

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - Honors Caf, a dining facility combining the 121st Medical Detachment DFAC and the 1st Signal DFAC, was formally opened by 8th Army Commander Lt. Gen. John Johnson with a ribbon cutting June 28. The dining facility, formerly known as the Three Kingdoms DFAC, was given a facelift and an update to their equipment to better serve Servicemembers. The most noticeable of the changes is the mirrored salad bar and drink area, allowing for two separate lines to keep Servicemembers from having to wait for their turn. The ceremony was also held to award and recognize those responsible for the changes brought to the Dining Facility. Overall there were three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals and 17 Certificates of Achievement presented to Soldiers and civilians by Johnson with a handshake and a salute. Sgt. 1st Class Marian Rogers, the senior food operations sergeant for Sup-



Commander of 8th Army Lt. Gen. John Johnson (center), cuts the ribbon and officially opens Honors Cafe for business June 28. The cafe underwent renovations to better serve Servicemembers and Civilians who eat at the dining facility. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
port and Training Battalion Korea, said that the main mission objective was to make sure the renovations were done right the first time. We dont want to go back and have DPW (Department of Public Works) in here every day fixing stuff, Rogers said. Thats why we concentrated on making sure everything we did, was right. Rogers wanted to take time to thank all the Soldiers who worked on the renovations for their dedication in rising to the challenge. For the last 10 months, it seems like the Soldiers have been running two DFACs, said Rogers. Even though there was only one open, we were spending a lot of time getting the second DFAC running. So it feels like weve been running two DFACs. Johnson, during his remarks, thanked all of the personnel and organizations involved in the renovation, including the Department of Logistics, DPW, the Servicemembers involved and their respective Chains of Command. This is a great symbol where we are not marking time or standing still, Johnson said. Even as we have grandiose plans to move down to Camp Humphreys we continue to focus on the quality of life here. We continue See DFAC OPENING, Page 12

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Appetizing Summer Food


Yongsan Family has great time at Lotte World

By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun

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Watermelon is the best summer food... cold, wet and with a little crunch... and healthy so no feeling bloated and yucky in the hot sun.

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Summer Reading Program kicks off

By Pvt. Han Samuel

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Lemon zest chicken (warm) with sweet and tangy bean salad (cold).

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A good iced coffee with cucumber sandwiches... thats pumpernickel, cream cheese and sliced cucumber, cut up into little triangles. Very cool and yummy.

YONGSAN GARRISON - Parents and children from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan flocked to the Yongsan Library June 17 to celebrate the kick-off of the 2011 Summer Reading Program. Attending the party as the main guests were Gen. Walter Sharp, Commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command, and Combined Forces Command and his wife Joanne, who each read to the children. Dr. Esther Kim, the manager of the library, stated that there was a huge turnout and was excited that so many people were signing up for this years program which runs through July 12. We want to share the love of reading with children and to inspire them to become leaders. You know, children are our future so I want them to be-

come better leaders, Kim said. For the reading, three books were selected including The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle, Rons Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Nade, and Our Library by Eve Bunting. The books contained entertaining pictures, a great story, and most importantly a message intertwined with using the library and gaining an appreciation for reading. This years kick-off party was bittersweet for the See SUMMER READING, Page 12

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Konggooksu which is korean soybean nuddle it is delicious & good for health most of all you can find appetites.

Gen. Walter Sharp Commander of U.S. Forces Korea reads a story to children and parents during the 2011 Yongsan Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party at the Yongsan Library June 17. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Han Samuel


Tips on non tactical vehicles

By Lydia Grohmann eunju.lydia.grohmann@korea.
YONGSAN GARRISON - We, as leaders need to brief Soldiers and civilians on the proper use of and exercise positive control over non tactical vehicles (NTVs) in our sections. Leaders are ultimately responsible for the proper use of all NTVs assigned to them. When a government vehicle is used for reasons other than official government business it is costly as well as illegal. Misuse/unofficial use of non tactical vehicles (NTVs) continues to chip away at the core of our support base (vehicles and money) and violates Army regulation 58-1, 8A regulation 58-1 and USAG Yongsan Command Policy #4-2. Additionally, the more vehicles are driven for unofficial purposes, the more the potential for inexcusable accidents increases; thereby adversely affecting our ability to function effectively and efficiently. Below are examples of how NTVs may not be used: Domicile to Duty (vehicles cannot be parked at Barracks to include housing areas on base or off base) - as of June 17, 2011, Memorandum from the Secretary of the Army determines that Seven (7) General Officers received authorized Domicile to Duty for a period of 90 days within Korea. Transport Military or civilian personnel to restaurants, PX concessionaires, shoppettes, food courts or drive through, FMWR facilities, gyms, banks, or Post Offices unless you are conducting official business (i.e. purchasing SSSC items at PX with GPC).



Unauthorized or willful misuse of a DoD motor vehicle shall be cause for disciplinary actions as follows: Civilian personnel - Any employee of the Government who willfully uses or authorizes the use of any U.S. Government owned or leased passenger motor vehicle except for official purposes shall be suspended from duty without compensation for not less than 1 month. Military personnel - Servicemembers who willfully use or authorize the use of any U.S. Government owned or leased passenger motor vehicle except for official purposes as authorized by 31 U.S.C Section 1344 can be disciplined under provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or other administrative procedures deemed appropriate. The determination as to whether a particular use is for official purposes is a matter of administrative discretion to be exercised within applicable law and regulations. In making such determination, consideration shall be given to all pertinent factors, including whether the transportation is the following: Essential to the use or completion of a DoD function, activity, or operation Consistent with the purpose for which the motor vehicle was acquired. The use of DoD motor vehicles shall not be authorized for transporting DoD or other personnel over all or any part of the route between their domiciles and places of employment except as authorized in DOD 4500.36R, Chapter 4 and 5. Commanders, managers and supervisors are encouraged to take corrective action when suspected vehicle misuse is brought to their attention to eliminate misuse of NTVs. x
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to focus on those things Servicemembers expect, and this DFAC is a great example of it. The Army moves on its stomach, Johnson said. Nowadays that includes Wi-Fi. Nowadays that includes fish

tanks and wide-screen televisions. Because when Servicemembers get the chance to come in and have a meal, those are the kinds of comforts from home we want to have available to them.x
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Sharps who are leaving Korea in a couple of weeks. For Mrs. Sharp, a frequent user of the library facility and an avid reader, the occasion served as a fitting final gift she could pass on to the children of Yongsan. I highly encourage mothers and fathers to bring their children to the library. I think reading is about the best gift that you can give to your children, especially reading to your children. Really doesnt matter how old they are, even if they are ten or eleven and can read by themselves. Its a wonderful thing if mom and dad can sit down and share the love of reading

with their children, Mrs. Sharp said. Yongsan Librarys next big reading program is scheduled to be held around the Thanksgiving holiday this year, Thanksgiving Story Hour on Nov. 19. Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs, said USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive. x

JULY 8, 2011

Panetta replaces Gates, pledges No hollow force

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON New Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pledged there will be no hollow force on his watch. The secretary made the commitment in a message to the Defense Department released after he took the oath of office July 1. DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretarys office. Taking the oath transferred responsibility for the department from Robert M. Gates. Panetta also pledged to be a tireless advocate for service members and their families. You and your families will always be foremost on my mind and at the top of my agenda, he said. The secretary will not hesitate to do what needs to be done to defend America. He also will fight for the needs of the men and women who serve in harms way, and the families who support them, he said. Even as the United States addresses fiscal challenges at home, there will be no hollow force on my watch. That will require us all to be disciplined in how we manage taxpayer resources. The secretary, who served as the director of the CIA, has been intimately involved with operations around the world since the beginning of the Obama administration. The nation is at war, he said, and must prevail against its enemies. We will persist in our efforts to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat



Leon E. Panetta (right) takes the oath of office as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense during a Pentagon ceremony, July 1. Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretarys office. Panetta replaced Robert Gates. DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey
al-Qaida, he said. The successful operation that killed Osama Bin Laden a mission that showcased American military strength and precision is a major step toward that goal. In Afghanistan, the secretary said service members must continue to work with Afghan security forces and coalition partners to transition security responsibility to the Afghans by 2014. The goal must be an Afghanistan that never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists, he said. The transition of American troops in Iraq is well under way with more than 100,000 U.S. service members out of the nation, and 48,000 due to leave by the end of the year. As we continue our transition out of Iraq, we must cement a strategic relationship with the Iraqi government, one based not solely on our military footprint there but on a real and lasting partnership, Panetta said. It is in Americas interests to help Iraq realize its potential to become a stable democracy in a vitally important region in the world and to reinforce that responsibility, for the future security of Iraq must belong to the Iraqis themselves. The secretary has a long public service career that began as an Army intelligence officer in 1964. He also

served in the House of Representatives from California, director of the Office of Management and Budget and White House chief of staff in President Clintons administration. Throughout his career, he said, he has focused on being disciplined with the taxpayers money, but not short-changing security. We must preserve the excellence and superiority of our military while looking for ways to identify savings, he said. While tough budget choices will need to be made, I do not believe in the false choice between fiscal discipline and a strong national defense. We will all work together to achieve both. The secretary noted he is taking office just before Independence Day. He said his parents -- who immigrated to California from Italy -- believed it was important to give something back to their adopted country. I will never forget my fathers words: to be free, we must also be secure, Panetta said. As Americans come together to commemorate what we and those before us have accomplished, and as I take on my new role, my thoughts are with you and your families. You are making personal sacrifices to preserve our liberty, serving on front lines around the world, he continued. You are fighting to keep America safe. Rest assured that I will fight with you and for you. Panetta said that in the days and weeks ahead he will meet with all levels of military personnel and DOD civilians. x


Eighth Army corrects record on dioxin reports

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YONGSAN GARRISON Some media reporting has created confusion on dioxin levels found during various studies conducted on Camp Carroll. This confusion stems from comparisons of the results from the recently released 2004 report by Samsung C&T Corporation and a draft 2010 environmental study previously cited by a U.S. Army spokesman. For clarification: The 2004 report presented data from 27 soil samples and four water samples. Only one soil sample detected 2,3,7,8 TCDD. None of the water samples detected 2,3,7,8 TCDD. All soil and water samples indicated trace amounts of total dioxins at similar reported levels to industrial areas elsewhere in the world. All of the levels reported were significantly below safe levels as deter-



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still in draft and have not been finalized. One 2010 draft report presented data from 26 soil samples taken from the vicinity of the Camp Carroll helipad.

Korean youth march at JSA in support of U.S.

By Master Sgt. Gary L. Qualls, Jr. 8th Army Information Operations
JOINT SECURITY AREA, Korea Young Korean students with World Peace and Freedom United, or WPFU, marched to the Joint Security Area June 25 to raise awareness of the contributions of the United States and other nations to their homeland during the Korean War and to advance resistance to oppression at home and in other countries in the future. The march took place on the 61st anniversary of the start of the Korean War and in the only part of the Korean Demilitarized Zone where South and North Korean forces stand face to face. WPFU will be conducting similar marches throughout the nation, WPFU Chairman Jae-Chul Benedict Ahn said. The purpose of the march is to remind people of the past tragedy of the Korean War and the way the United States and other countries helped us overcome and to prevent such a calamity from happening again, said Shin-Yeon Cho, a WPFU advisor. Ahn emphasized that WPFUs message goes beyond remembering the Korean War and extends to the future vision of Korea. We almost lost our country, but the U.S. supported us a lot. Now, its Koreas turn to help other countries, Ahn said. We should pass it on. Besides the marches, WPFU is setting up a photo display of the humanitarian side of the Korean War at their various stops throughout the country. The photos, taken from an archive of images from U.S. Army photojournalists, depicts the hardship of the war as well as U.S. Soldiers trying to assist by finding homes for orphans, providing food and medical care to refugees, reading to and educating children and giving them candy. General Van Fleet really took care of the orphans, Ahn noted about the former commanding general of U.S. and United Nations forces in Korea. Even high ranking officers took care of the Korean people, he said. My definition of the U.S. military is humanitarian aid to others, he said. The WPFU will be conducting these marches and showing their photo display through Oct. 27. x

mined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. None of the samples indicated the presence of Agent Orange. Another media report stated that the 1992 report was deliberately edited. This is simply not true. The 1992 report was not edited at all. Questions have also been raised about the results of draft reports from 2010. Several separate draft reports were initiated in 2010. The reports are

No 2,3,7,8 TCDD was detected. All soil samples indicated trace amounts of total dioxins. The samples did not indicate the presence of Agent Orange. The levels reported were significantly below safe levels as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other draft reports have been cited by the media pertaining to BEQ Hill and Area 41. These reports are still in draft form and will not be completed until August. They do not provide any indication of Agent Orange on Camp Carroll. These draft reports do, however, represent our clear focus on conducting required investigations to ensure we are protecting the health and safe-

ty of our U.S. and Korean workers on Camp Carroll, and also our neighbors in the surrounding community. We have done this in the past and we will continue to do this in the future. The Republic of Korea-United States Joint Investigation Team is focused on the initial claims that Agent Orange was buried on Camp Carroll. Other claims are being handled through the Joint Environmental Subcommittee. Our joint investigation continues in a deliberate, transparent and thorough manner. Interviews are still being conducting to determine where the hazardous materials were taken in 1979 - 1980. The results of the initial ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and magnetometer tests will determine if and where additional testing is required on Camp Carroll. Eighth Army is dedicated to being clear and transparent in our joint investigation. x

Thurman in line to become next allied commander in S. Korea

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON Army Gen. James D. Thurman told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he would work to strengthen the U.S.South Korea alliance amid provocations and uncertainties from North Korea. Thurman testified June 28 as part of his confirmation hearing to become the top allied commander in South Korea. Thurman currently leads U.S. Army Forces Command. If confirmed, he will succeed Army Gen. Walter Sharp as the commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and commander of U.S. Forces, Korea. Over the last year two notable provocations have increased tensions between North and South Korea. The North sank the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, killing 46 South Korean sailors in March 2010. In November, a North Korean artillery barrage that Kim Jong-il, trying to cement his claim as the successor to his father. North Koreas economy is in shambles and the country is a pariah in the world. Yet it remains dangerous. In prepared testimony, Thurman noted that North Korea retains the fourthlargest military in the world, with more than 1 million active duty troops and 5 million reservists. More than 70 percent of North Koreas military forces are arrayed along the De-militarized Zone. North Korea has stationed up to 250 long-range artillery guns that could strike the South Korean capital of Seoul -- one of the worlds great metropolitan cities with almost 25 million people. Yet, North Koreas military capability is declining. North Korean tanks are no match for U.S. and South Korean weapons systems, said Thurman, noting that North Korea has more than 1,700 aging aircraft, 800 naval vessels and 13,000 artillery systems. Nonetheless, though North Koreas weaponry may suffer from neglect and its troops may be poorly trained, there

Student Harim Lee participates in the World Peace and Freedom United march at the Joint Security Area. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Gary L. Qualls, Jr.

Gen. James Thurman, commander of U.S. Forces Command, may be the next U.S. Forces in Korea commander. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
targeted the island of Yeongpyeong killed two civilians and two South Korean marines. Officials said the provocations were likely caused by Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korean dictator

are many of them, and sheer numbers, too, can provide a military capability, the general said. The North Korean nuclear program also poses a grave concern on the peninsula, Thurman said. North Korea continues to develop its nuclear capabilities, revealing earlier this year that it has an operational uranium enrichment facility. The North Korean regime has worked to proliferate nuclear and missile technology to Iran, Syria and others. Thurman said that he will work to see if he can strengthen the proliferation security initiative on the peninsula. Thurman said there are both challenges and opportunities on the Korean peninsula. Recognizing that a strong United States-Republic of Korea alliance is one of the most important factors for maintaining peace and security on the peninsula and in the region at large, I will -- if confirmed -- continue the work of my predecessors directed at sustaining strong ties with our Korean partner, he said. x

JULY 8, 2011

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

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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




Fighting with the 2nd Infantry Division north of the Chongchon River along the northwestern part of North Korea, Sgt. 1st Class Major Cleveland, weapons squad leader, points out the communist-led North Korean position to his machine gun crew, Nov. 20, 1950. The Communist forces decisively defeated United Nations Command forces at the Battle of the Chongchon between Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 1950, ensuring the continued existence of North Korea. Defense Department photo by U.S. Army Pfc. James Cox

Korean War
Timeless images bring Forgotten War to life

An anti-Communist North Korean just released from a prisoner of war camp, waving a South Korean flag, serves as a kind of cheerleader for fellow ex-POWs as they shout their joy of reaching Seoul As against The Shores of Tripoli in the Marine Hymn, Leathernecks scale ladders to storm ashore sometime in 1953. at Incheon during its amphibious invasion Sept. 15, 1950. The attack was so swift that casualties Defense Department photo were surprisingly low. Defense Department photo by U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. W.W. Frank

A seemingly endless file of Korean refugees slog south through snow outside of Gangneung, blocking the withdrawal of the Republic of Korea Armys I Corps, Jan. 8, 1951. Defense Department photo by U.S. Army Cpl. Walter Calmus

A helmet with a single hole in it lies beside the body of a Soldier who was killed on the way to Maseon-dong, North Korea, Sept. 2, 1950. Defense Department photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ray Turnbull

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JULY 8, 2011

2nd CAB unit hits the range

Wildcards train on M-240 at Bisung
time we decided to give our crews a chance to train on the Bambi Bucket. As part of the Good Neighbor Program, the unit stopped firing explosive munitions at 10 p.m. It was our first time firing the Volcano at night



and it went extremely well, Zantt said. Overall the training went really well. Most importantly we reaffirmed our partnership with the Republic of Korea range personnel at Bisung which is vital to our missions success here on the peninsula. x

By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affiars

BISUNG RANGE The 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, also known as the Wildcards, qualified here using the M-240 machine gun. Gunners had to complete both a day and night portion, using night vision goggles during the latter. Our gunnery qualifications are usually done twice a year, but because the turnover rate for Soldiers here in Korea is so high, we conduct the qualifications more often, said Capt. Derrick Zantt, the battle captain during the exercise. Mimicking the crawl, walk, run system, our gunner crews first had to fire from the ground then fire during the day from the air and finally at night from the air using NVGs. Not only did our crews qualify on the M-240, but they also got a chance to conduct some training using the M-139 Volcano Mine Dispensing system and the Bambi Bucket to put out range fires. The Bambi Bucket is an oversized container that is filled with water and emptied onto a blaze from a helicopter. It is most often used to extinguish forest fires. We also had a chance to use the Bambi Bucket to put out some fires on the range, Zantt said. Occasionally when you are dealing with live ammunition, small fires will start on the range and for safety reasons the range has to shut down for two hours. To make sure we didnt waste any time during the down

A UH-60 Blackhawk from the 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, hovers during door gunnery qualifications at the Multi-Purpose Range Complex. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

Ceremony remembers 1st U.S. ground battle of Korean War

By Walter Ham
OSAN AIR BASE The first U.S. ground battle of the Korean War was remembered July 6 at a 61st anniversary ceremony on the same ridgeline where Task Force Smith made its stand against enemy forces in 1950. Along with government officials, military leaders and veterans organizations, the ceremony was attended by Kyeonggi Province Vice Gov. You Yeonchae, Osan City Mayor Kwak Sang-wook, retired Republic of Korea Army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson and 2nd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker. Task Force Smith was one of the first combat units that arrived in Korea from Japan by air. With 540 American Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry and A Battery, 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, it was named after its commander, Lt. Col. Charles B. Smith. During that first fight, called the Battle of Osan, American Soldiers were outnumbered almost 10 to 1. They attempted to stop nearly 5,000 advancing enemy soldiers and 34 Soviet-built tanks with a limited amount of anti-tank weaponry. Task Force Smith eventually had to withdraw south to Taejon where it merged with the 24th Infantry Division and reengaged the enemy. Their determined stand delayed the enemy advance and bought United Nations forces much needed time to bring in follow on forces. The Kyeonggi Province vice governor credited Task Force Smith with starting the international intervention that would turn the tide of the war and lay the foundation for South Koreas future success. Without their sacrifice, it would have been impossible for us to preserve our liberty and democracy or to achieve the economic growth widely referred to as the Miracle on the Han River here in Korea, said You. We will never forget the blood and sweat of the Soldiers of Task Force Smith and the United Nations forces shed here. The very least we can do to prove worthy of their sacrifice is to make Korea rich and strong, a country that contributes to world, and a unified country. The Osan City mayor also thanked the task force and U.S. Soldiers for their role in defending freedom on the Korean Peninsula. Our people will never forget the service of the Soldiers and how they played a major role in saving our homeland, said Kwak. The Soldiers gave their lives and kept the Republic of Korea in the world. Paying tribute to the task forces courage and commitment, Johnson said UN forces rescued South Korea from the dismal and despotic fate of their northern neighbors. Task Force Smiths Soldiers fought against a numerically superior force, said Johnson. The leaders and Soldiers did all they could and more courageously opposing those who would make war on their own countrymen in an attempt to subjugate them and impose dictatorial rule over them. The Eighth Army commanding general said Task Force Smith should always be honored but never repeated. x

Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson (left) and other senior U.S. Army leaders honor Task Force Smith at a 61st anniversary ceremony in Osan, South Korea. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim Jae-you


Bad Moon on the Rise


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. Change Of Responsibility Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray will assume duties as the United States Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier during a change of responsibility ceremony July 12 at 10 a.m. on Freedom Field. Gray will replace Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Kim, who is retiring after 30 years of service. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Super Gym. 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. Boryeong Trips Outdoor Recreation has scheduled trips to the Boryeong Mud Festival on July 16 and July 23. For more information, call 753-3013. 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. Softball Championships Set The United States Army Garrison Humphreys Softball Championships are set for July 16-19 at Soldier Field. Vacation Bible School Registration for Vacation Bible School for grades pre-Kindergarten through 6th will begin July 17. Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 1 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapel. For more information, call 010-3513-6555 or e-mail kjgoolsby2005@gmail. com. Mother/Daughter Tea The Me and Mommy Tea is slated for July 23 at 2 p.m. at Tommy Ds. Price is $10 for mothers, while daughters are free. For more information, call 753-8189 or e-mail lisa.hogue.1.korea. We Want Your Stories We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly. Call 754-8847 for more information or e-mail warren.

CAMP HUMPHREYS The Bad Moon Band performs covers of classic rock songs during the Independence Day celebration on Soldier Field. The evening also featured inflatables, softball, food, and fireworks. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

By Barbara Brown Army Coummunity Service

AER campaign a success

Charles Barnes and David Davies, and the officer was Barbara Brown. Serving as unit project officers were: Staff Sgt. Colby Greene, Staff Sgt. Roland Jerez, Sgt. Kevin Warren, 1st Lt. Maria Altieri, Capt. Steven Bane, 2nd Lt. Maci Farley, 2nd Lt. Arturo Diaz, 1st Lt. Aaron Crayne, 1st Lt. David Besuden II, 1st Lt. Christopher Thomas, 2nd Lt. Herbert Cyrus, Pv2 Williams Arrington, Capt. Mark Davidson, Sgt. Darry Williams, Capt. Michael Chege, Sgt. Ashle Allen, Sgt. Richard Rolle, Staff Sgt. New Chang, Spc. Gary Cummings, Sgt. 1st Class Roderick Wiley, 1st Lt. Alexandra Vane, Spc. April Passig, Staff Sgt. Sharonda Harris, Pfc. Seth

CAMP HUMPHREYS The Army Emergency Campaign annual fundraiser brought in over $89,000 this year. And in 2010, over half a million dollars were given to Soldiers, Family members and retirees in the form of loans and grants. Unit Project Officers were assigned by their command to ensure that Soldiers were aware of the programs within AER and are given the opportunity to contribute. The AER campaign coordinator was Christina Lewis, the audit officers were

Road Runners still going strong

By Dave Elger Area III Health Promotion
CAMP HUMPHREYS Since kicking off their first workout in May, 2010, members of the Humphreys Road Runners have accumulated more than 2,800 miles. This includes six runners who earned 100 mile pins: Annie and Sarah Moore; Timothy and Troy Simeone; Aeron Stahl; and Ian McWhirt. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the Road Runners meet on the Zoeckler track for a one-hour workout. This includes everything from distance, intervals, relays, running games, barefoot sprinting, time trials, muscle failure exercises, and even Ultimate Frisbee. The challenge is to improve the fitness of runners at all ages and levels and keep it fun. Experts believe that children who develop running skills and stamina at a young age turn out to be better runners as teenagers and adults. Kenya, for example, produces many of the worlds top distance runners because children, out of necessity, run to school and everywhere else they need to go, usually

Wege, Sgt. 1st Class Clint Bridenstine, Staff Sgt. Isaac Nagle, Staff Sgt. John Sapp, Sgt. Michelle Grant, Sgt. Westley Rios, Sgt. David Banicki, Spc. Kendra Gilmore, Staff Sgt. Joshua Peace, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Darrell Martin, Sgt. Kevin Wilson, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Julio Ortiz, Sgt. Toi Carter, Sgt. 1st Class Henry Julian, Sgt. 1st Class David Malone, 1st Lt. Matthew Stone, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Johnathan Buffet, Sgt. 1st Class Keith Thompson, Sgt. 1st Class Erika Silvia, Sgt. Kenneth Laumann, Staff Sgt. Chastity Martin, 1st Lt. Herman Allister, Sgt. Chad McLean, Pfc. Leche Lawrence, Sgt. Shea Christensen, and Spc. Daisy Gonzalez. x

over hilly terrain, at high altitude, and without shoes. The Road Runner Club, sponsored by the Family Morale Welfare and Recreation Youth Sports, is open to children from 3rd grade and up. Whether a child has aspirations to be a good runner or excel in another sport in high school and beyond, or just wants to get better shape, this is the ideal program. All that is required is a pair of running shoes, shorts, shirt, and a water bottle. For more information, call Health Promotion at 753-3253. x

JULY 8, 2011

Soldiers mark start of Korean War

By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affairs
DEMILITARIZED ZONE About 50 Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, toured several historical sites here in commemoration of the start of the Korean War as part of a United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission tour. During the day-long trip, the Soldiers visited the Joint Security Area Visitor Center, North Korean Infiltration Tunnel Number Three, Panmunjom, United Nations Command Checkpoint Number Three, the Bridge of No Return, and the Axe Murder memorial. The Korean War began June 25, 1950. Sixty-one years later, the visiting Soldiers could still feel the tension between the two countries at the DMZ. The Korean War may be known as the Forgotten War to many, but here on the Korean peninsula the demilitarized zone serves as a constant reminder of the millions of civilians and military casualties lost and the impact the war still has on the Korean people today, said Col. James T. Barker, the 2nd CAB commander. Lieutenant Col. Michael Eggers, the joint duty officer for the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission and the guide for the tour, provided an extensive history of the Korean War at each historical site along the tour. I hope that Soldiers who come on this tour get a better understanding of why we are here and that it isnt just the U.S. and ROK helping to keep the peace here on the Korean peninsula, but that its a concerted effort through the United Nations, Eggers said. I also hope they realize that all of the troops here are still relevant to contributing to the safety and security here on the peninsula so that we can continue to work towards setting up a peaceful agreement to end the fighting. Most of the Soldiers returned to Camp Humphreys with a better knowledge of the more than 60 years of tension between the two countries. I was amazed at the amount of historical knowledge that Lt. Col. Eggers and the rest of the UNCMAC staff possessed about Korean War, Barker said. Throughout the tour the entire staff here took really good care of us and I thank them for their hospitality. Units who wish to schedule a DMZ tour with the UNCMAC may contact Eggers at DSN 734-8067 or 010-89958515 or e-mail dmzeduc&orientpgm@



A trip through a captured North Korean tunnel is one of the stops on a Demilitarized Zone tour. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

Eighth Army commander visits Suwon

SUWON AIR BASE Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John Johnson visited the Soldiers and Families of 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, here June 22. During his visit, Johnson observed PATRIOT air defense gunnery training and toured the U.S. Army supply support area. In addition, he stopped by the Community Activity Center, barracks, and the new mini-commissary to see first-hand the living conditions and amenities available. Johnson held a luncheon with the unit command teams and Family Readiness Group leaders, including a question and answer session to address any issues. High on Johnsons agenda was the topic of tour normalization, command sponsorship, as well as the progress made by the Camp Carroll Task Force. The EUSA Commander also reminded the leaders to start planning and executing risk reduction measures as monsoon season approaches. Johnson thanked air defense Soldiers and their Families for the level of dedication and sacrifice they made in accomplishing a very special and critical mission of defending against enemy tactical ballistic missiles. Your mission is very important to the U.S.-ROK alliance because it establishes the basis of the local nationals confidence in our ability to protect the peninsula against the greatest threat everyone is worrying about. Brittney Tinkey, one of the FRG leaders who attended the luncheon, thought the session was informative as well as great experience for all the participants He was honest and respectful with all of his answers. And I believe we all walked away with a strong sense of hope for the future and the continued improvement of the Army lifestyle. Perhaps the most memorable moment came when Johnson took the time to recognize a few distinguished Soldiers in the Iron Horse Battalion who have performed well above and beyond their assigned duties here in Korea. One of the Soldiers being recognized was Spc.

By Captain Austin Liu 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery

Wesley Himbricks, assigned to Headquarters Battery. The communication specialist received the coveted EUSA Commanders coin along with congratulations from Johnson. Himbricks said he was extremely excited and happy about meeting the general.

It was a rewarding experience and I felt that my hard work has paid off, Himbricks said. Suwon Air Base is the home of the 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion and a unique combined base operated solely by the Republic of Korea Air Force. It was Johnsons first visit of Suwon Air Base since taking over as the Eighth Army commander. x

Lieutenant Gen. John Johnson, Eighth Army commander, talks with Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery during a stop at Suwon Air Base. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu



JULY 8, 2011

Something you should know about why we are MAD

By MAD 6, aka Col. Kathleen A. Gavle Commander, USAG Daegu
DAEGU GARRISON No, were not angry, not at all! But we are MAD. MAD is an acronym: Make A Difference. Upon assuming command of USAG Daegu last November, I talked to CSM Gabriel Arnold and Deputy to the Garrison Commander Bill Christman about needing a motto and wanting a call sign. Its an Army thing. A units motto can serve as a unifying theme that gives it foundation, purpose and vision. Most come with a sense of history for the unit. CSM Arnold took up the challenge and went on the hunt. We received a number of good suggestions and a few that didnt quite pass muster. We settled on Make a Difference. The reply is Excellence in Action. This motto resonated with me. As a junior lieutenant, I came across a quote from veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw: Anyone can make a buck. Its a lot harder to make a difference. That simple message had a profound impact on me. I cut the quote out of the paper and carried that clipping with me for many years, only recently losing it in



Iraq. It continues to resonate, however, because it serves as a philosophical approach to work and to life. When my battalion commander asked me what I wanted to do in the Army, I distinctly recall telling him that I wanted to make a difference. I suppose a more focused and career-enhancing answer mightve been to command an MI brigade, but that wasnt my thought process then. Even now, after some years in the school of hard knocks, Im ok with that answer. When Make a Difference hit our list of options, then, it wasnt hard to select a motto. Its historical tie to USAG Daegu made it even easier. Several years and commanders ago, Col. Don Hendrix established the motto of Make a Difference for the Area IV Support Activity, a predecessor of USAG Daegu. The Headquarters Company has since used the motto when saluting. Hendrix and his team worked diligently to determine the right Hangul translation for its concept and came up with Byeon wa hab si da. Determining our call sign was a little harder. We didnt have a mascot that lent itself to a readily available call sign. Our mission for the Army and for our tenant units didnt inspire an obvious call sign, either. The acronym from our motto seemed to work, though, and so MAD 6 and 7 became the designations for the Garrison Commander and the

USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle is MAD - Make A Difference MAD. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jang Bong-seok

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

USAG Daegu Fire department wins top fire prevention award

down to about $1,800 to $3,000 so thats a huge drop. The fires were having now are very smallno major fires for the last three years. The reason we are being so successful is because our inspectors go out not just talking with the community, but with the various department heads and the leadership, about fire prevention. We constantly remind everyone to think about the importance of this. Among its many responsibilities, the fire department team provides fire prevention education to newcomers to Korea, family members, Soldiers, and of course children. According to the USFK awards recognition package, the USAG Daegu fire department team educated 20,657 on fire prevention techniques during 2010. This was accomplished through the use of on-time and on target monthly Child Development Center fire drills ensuring their most precious resources children remain fire safe. The inspectors have to make each day worthwhile and rewarding. A worthwhile moment for a fire inspector is any time a fire does not occur. said Sin Ik-Chu, Fire Inspector, USAG Daegu Fire Department. The education process is an ongoing challenge for the fire team. Yet, its something that must be taken seriously. According to Yi Song-Yong, also a fire inspector with the USAG Daegu fire department, Paying attention to whats going on around you, and knowing where to go and what to do is very important. When you cook using the microwave or stove, dont leave the area. Be careful not to start a fire. Further supporting the comment made by Yi, Allen added, Constantly paying attention to whats going on around you, and knowing what to do and where to go is vital. If you see something else not right, take the correct actions. Just one mistake can make a problem and changes tomorrow. Paying attention to whats going on around you is a very simple thing to do, but its very easy to lose focus. Fire prevention constantly requires hard team work. Even now, the USAG Daegu Fire Department is doing its best to protect property, resources, environments, and to save lives. They have done their job very well, and I am very happy and proud of the team. x

See MAD on Page 28

DAEGU GARRISON The USAG Daegu Fire Emergency Services team received the Armys top award for Best Fire Prevention Program 2010. The award comes on the heels of a number of other successful achievements made by the Garrison firemen, who devote a lot of time and effort in educating the community on fire prevention at every level. Those efforts have paid off in a big way, and the Army has not been unaware of their non-stop campaign. According to Andrew Allen, deputy fire chief, USAG Daegu, In the past few years since Ive been assigned to Area IV, we lost on average about a half million dollars fire loss, and now were

Yon Kyu-myung, Fire Inspector at Camp Carroll, shares helpful fire tips with community children during the 4th of July celebration on Camp Walker.

USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Allen points out a safe exit route in a sketch highlighting entrances and exits in a local facility.




News & Notes

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. Busan International Shopping Tour July 16. Transportation fee is $10 for adult and $5 children under 11. Bring won for food, snacks and shopping. The bus depart from the Carroll CAC at 8:00 a.m. and Walker Commissary at 9:00 a.m. 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.

Carole Osman, DAS Assistant Principal, reviews her notes as she contemplates plans for the upcoming school year.

New assistant principal dedicated to excellence

Story and photo by Im Hae-na USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON The mediocre teacher tells. The good teac her explains. The su perior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires, said William Arthur Ward, one of Americas most quoted writers. It would be nice to think he had someone in our community in mind. Say for instance, Carole Osman at Daegu American School. Formerly a teacher, and now an assistant principal, she inspires the entire DAS with her energy. Osmans interest in teaching may have gotten its start long before even she realized it. The first of seven children, she always took care of her sisters and brothers. In high school, she had a chance to work with students at a sleep away camp. It was there that she found herself surrounded by children. More importantly it was where she felt comfortable. This was her first step toward becoming a teacher, and not long after she would graduate from a teachers college for art. So, its easy to see how Osman got her start in the world of education. As a high school teacher, she recalls the good feeling of being able to do multitasking. That positive feeling was enough to cause her to study to become an administrator. Eventually Osman became a school administrator. Since then so many things have occurred in her life. Now, she proudly serves as assistant principal at DAS. To become an assistant principal required a lot of patience and support. Osman attributes her success to her son and daughters insisting that she go after the administrator position, she eventually applied, got the job offer, and hasnt looked back. To become an assistant principal, Osman had to become familiar with various fields. To be an assistant principal in DOD, first of all you need to have certification to be administrator. You also need to have experience as in different aspects of administration. For example, when I was a teacher, I was a department chair. So I was a leader at my school. And also just before I became an administrator, I was a faculty representative for the union. So I learned through a quality of principal, and I was sort of the mediator between the union and administration. I learned too, how to compromise, as well as how to advocate for the teachers, she said. As the DAS assistant principal, Osman said she has set some goals that she hopes to achieve in the next school year. My primary goal for next year is to have more contact with my faculty. Id like to get into the class rooms more and see what they are doing in course teaching. I always enjoy watching people to teach because I so much enjoyed teaching myself. An important thing for the teachers to know is that If they need any assistance, I am available to them. A valuable lesson I also learned was the importance of caring. I think it is important to deal with faculty and students from a compassionate view. To the extent that I can, I want to lead them to make right decisions and choices, and help them excel. I am committed to doing the best job that I can. x

Chris Cho (left), secretary, DAS, and Carole Osman, assistant principal, do a bit of brainstorming.

JULY 8, 2011

Favorite Summer Destination
Story and photo by Mokihana Laysa USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON Brigadier General Thomas Harvey, former Commanding General, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, made one more significant gesture before departing Daegu and the Southeast Hub for his new assignment, swearing in a family friend, young David Martinez, into the U.S. Army during a brief ceremony June 30 at the Evergreen on Camp Walker. Harvey has been close friends with the Martinez family for quite some time. So, asking the General to enlist their son into the military seemed like the natural thing to do once David had made his decision. Brig. Gen. Harvey is a respected person in USAG Daegu and Area IV community, and he happens to be a family friend who has always been a great mentor for me, said Martines. So, having him oversee the swearing in meant not only a lot to me but to my family as well. Prior to the ceremonys end, Harvey spoke of Davids past accomplishments as a student at Daegu American High School, where he excelled in the classroom and on the football field. Martinez used the occasion to thank his family and close friends for their never ending support over the years. Commenting on the swearing in ceremony, Martinez said, The experience is nothing like anyone else can imagine. The next stop for soon to be Pvt. Martinez is Fort Jackson, S.C. where he will undergo Army Basic Training before pursuing a career as an intelligence analyst. x


Martinez sworn into Army by former CG, 19th ESC

By Cpl. Jang Bong-seok

Summer is here, so what is your favorite summer vacation spot or place to go here in Korea? Find out what more than 1,700 Daegu community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Daegu Facebook Fan at! (Comments are kept in their original form.)

Shasta Philpot
Univ. of Maine

We loved Busan! The weekend we went, we had a hard time finding available hotels within our price range, so we stayed at Chinhae Navy Base (45 minutes away and only $30/night).

Sharon Haynes
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David Martinez (left), former Daegu American High School student, is sworn into the U.S. Army by Brig. Gen. Thomas Harvey, former Commander 19th ESC, June 30, at the Evergreen Club, Camp Walker. A young boy receives a high 5 from one of the many performers at this years 4th of July celebration on Camp Walker. (left) U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin

Bonghwa rafting down the Nakdong River. Husband lost wedding band to the river last year (as did 3 other people on our trip). Good thing I was there or heads would have rolled! Were going again next month (sans rings!)

Paulette Grunwald
Facebook Fan

Lotte World, Jangasa Beach, so far. I have a lot of S. Korea to explore and I look forward to doing that.

A clown entertains youngsters with juggling, as crowds gathered in the Exchange parking lot during the 4th of July celebration held on Camp Walker. (bottom) U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin

Joe Missildine
Daleville, Alabama

Everland/Carribean Bay! Amusement park by day and water park by night or vice a versa! LOL!!

Chad Eric Donley

Pleasant City, Ohio

Namiseom (AKA Nami Island) a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea is beautiful to visit any time of the year. But in the summer, everything is so green and beautiful there. The forest paths are surrounded by white birches and Korean white pines which make for a very romantic walk.




Excellence in action

from Page 25

Command Sergeant Major. MAD 5 is our Deputy Garrison Commander. USAG Daegu is embracing this motto, and weve found many ways to increase its traction. During a TDY trip to CONUS, I found a magnet with a quote from John F. Kennedy that seemed to give Presidential backing to our motto: One person can make a difference, and every person should try. Before school ended, CSM Arnold and I spent some time with Tim Cochrans 4th grade class. Their class rallying cry was How can I make a difference? We had a great time talking with the students and listening to their thoughts about how to apply that concept to their own young lives. Some of the security guards at our gates have begun saying Make a Difference as people enter the camps. At this quarters Town Hall meetings, we highlighted examples of excellence in action within USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub by showcasing individual and community accomplishments. IMCOMs Best Warrior, a Keith Ware Photojournalism Award, several 10 Miler winners, Maintenance Excellence, and the Army Fire Prevention Program of the Year are just a few examples of the kind of commitment to excellence that resides in our units and in our community. Make a Difference has given USAG Daegu a foundation and vision, and it has maintained continuity with the past. Over the next few years, I hope youll continue to find excellence in action and ways to make the roots of our motto spread even further. Make a Difference! x

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