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OCTOBER 7, 2011

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 1

Command Sgt. Maj. David Abbott (center), cases the colors for the Installation Management Command-Korea Region while Brig. Gen. David Fox (right) holds the flag. Both Fox and Abbott represented the last team to command IMCOM-Korea. All areas in Korea now fall under the domain of IMCOM-Pacific Region, headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Gibbons

Installation Management Command Regions merge


By Russell Wicke russell.wicke@us.army.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON The U.S. Army Installation Management Command demonstrated its commitment to efficient operations and a leaner Army when it merged two region commands Sept. 30. The operation, known as the Pacific-Korea Integration, successfully integrated IMCOM-Korea into IMCOM-Pacific, headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. IMCOM-Korea was headquartered in Seoul, Korea, at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Until the integration, Pacific Region, under the leadership of Debra D. Zedalis, oversaw installation operations of six garrisons distributed across Hawaii, Alaska and Japan. After integrating the Korea Region, IMCOM-Pacific absorbed five more garrisons in Korea including USAGs Red Cloud, Yongsan, Humphreys, Daegu and Camp Casey along with all the forward operating locations on the peninsula. Brigadier Gen. David G. Fox and Command Sgt. Major David R. Abbot formed IMCOM-Koreas final command team. Together, they oversaw support operations during several historic events, including the unprovoked sinking of the Cheonan naval vessel, the G20 gathering in Seoul, President Barack Obamas Veterans Day speech at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, and the North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong Island, all of which occurred in 2010. IMCOMKoreas history goes back to October 2002 when the Installation Management Agency was formed. Fox led the IMCOM-K deactivation efforts, which included the sensitive mission to inform and assist in finding employment for more than 300 personnel who faced potential displacement. There is a whole staff of people, including leaders, dedicated to ensuring IMCOM-Koreas employees have the most agreeable employment possible after the integration, said Fox. We have, and are continuing to develop a comprehensive [human resources] plan that goes far into ensuring each persons employment preference is met with reasonable success. Fox also said his efforts focused on supporting Debra Zedalis, IMCOM-Pacific Region director, to continue providing high quality service to organizations that depend on IMCOM in Korea and the Pacific. From the very beginning, Korea and Pacific Region have been in constant communication laying the groundwork for how to execute (the Pacific-Korea Integration), he said. IMCOM is committed to the same quality service whether that service originates from Korea or Hawaii. Although the Korea Region makes up a small geo-

graphic area, the responsibility involved in operations here are large and disproportionate to its size. Korea is on the front line of U.S. interests in Asia, said Fox in his speech at the deactivation ceremony. Its a region of growing importance. The real threat of conflict with North Korea is always present and our alliance with South Korea is critical to deterring that threat. Fox expressed his confidence that Zedalis and her team are ready and committed to the high standards needed to run installations in Korea. The decision to integrate the regions stemmed from an effort to make the Army more efficient uring the current economic realities. Tough choices have to be made, said Thomas R. Lamont, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. But well make them in a thoughtful and deliberate manner that best supports the Armys mission. IMCOMs Commander, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch reasoned that, Repositioning several major commands will save millions in personnel and facilities costs and is needed to put the army on the path to future sustainability. Both Fox and Zedalis confirmed that IMCOM standards remain strong throughout the entire Pacific area. x

USS George Washington promotes goodwill at Busan


By Lee, Seung-bin seungbin.lee@korea.army.mil
BUSAN Described as a city on the sea or a floating military base, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in Busan with 5,500 Sailors and 60 aircraft for a port visit to promote goodwill and ambassadorship to the United States long-standing ally on Sept. 29. Navy Capt. David A. Lausman, USS George Washingtons commander, said, We are honored to be allies and I believe that the strong relationship between South Koreas Navy and the U.S. Navy contribute greatly to peace, security and stability in the region. He added, Its a privilege to share this important day with our friends from the ROK. Our alliance is just as important today as it was when it was forged 58 years ago. We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder in their defense as close friends and reliable allies. The aircraft carriers mission is to help ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean, work with friends and allies in the region and respond to any crisis as directed. x

The USS George Washington docks at Busan. U.S. Army photo by Lee, Seung-bin

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USAG-RED CLOUD Commander: Col. Hank Dodge Public Affairs Officer: Kevin Jackson Writer/Editor: Franklin Fisher Staff Writers: Pfc. Mardicio Barrot, Pvt. Yi, Jae-gwang USAG-YONGSAN Commander: Col. William P. Huber Public Affairs Officer: Mark Abueg CI Officer: Jane Lee Layout Editor: Sgt. Hong Moo-sun Staff Writers: Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, Pfc. Choi Sung-il, Pfc. Han Samuel , USAG-HUMPHREYS Commander: Col. Joseph P. Moore Public Affairs Officer: Ed Johnson CI Officer: Steven Hoover Writer/Editor: Wayne Marlow Staff Writer: Pfc. 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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KATUSA Soldiers participate in a rucksack march to commemorate R.O.K. Armed Forces Day on Sept. 30. U.S. Army photo by PFC. Han Jae Ho

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R.O.K. Armed Forces Day commemorated


Soldiers and officers were divided into three groups and marched through the perimeter road from their respective positions from 4 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. We are participating in this event to honor the R.O.K. Army foundation day, said Pfc. Lee, Eung-yoon. We will try to enjoy this event, make unforgettable memories and build camaraderie. R.O.K. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Oct. 1 because it is the day R.O.K. Army broke through the 38th parallel for the first time during the Korean War.

CAMP HUMPHREYS Republic of Korea Army officers and KATUSAs stationed at Camp Humphreys participated in a rucksack march around the perimeter road to commemorate R.O.K. Armed Forces Day in the early on Sept. 30. It was a part of a commemoration that included the 63rd R.O.K. Armed Forces Day ceremony, an award ceremony and other activities. Enlisted

R.O.K. Armys history is this nations history. We were able to create extraordinary things out of nothing and this rucksack march will pay a tribute to what our predecessors had to go through to get to where we are today, said Major Lim, Dae Chon, RSG Area III Commander. ROK-US alliance has been indispensible when it comes to bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and we have been able to effectively suppress North Koreas military threats and recurrence of war. 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. Area I Wrongful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Investigation revealed that during a unit wealth and welfare Inspection, a small bag of Spice was discovered in the subjects barracks room. He was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting that he bought Spice in and kept it in his barracks room, but denied that he ever used Spice. Investigation continues by CID. Larceny of Government Funds. Investigation revealed that the subject received a Special Court Martial and was sentenced to six months confinement, reduction to E-1, with a bad conduct discharge. He continued to receive monthly pay and allowances from the U.S. Government since his release from incarceration on June 15, 2009. He has subsequently changed his direct deposit and allotments multiple times over the past two years. Interview of the Subject is pending. Estimated Cost of Loss is $65,000. Investigation continues by CID. AREA II Simple Assault. The subject and victim became involved in a physical altercation when the subject kicked the Victims taxi, pushed him to the ground and began to choke him. Korean police apprehended the Subject and transported him to the USAG-Yongsan Police Station where he refused to be placed into MP custody under the SOFA agreement. AREA III Larceny of Government Property. Unknown subject(s), by unknown means, removed the victims Improved Outer Tactical Vest IOTV, four ballistic armor plates and a triple M4 magazine pouch which were left secured and unattended in a storage cage. The unknown subject(s) broke the lock off the storage cage and removed the items. AREA IV Attempted Wrongful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Investigation revealed that on Sept. 22, the subject approached another service member and revealed he purchased Spice from a website but that the package had not yet arrived in the mail. MP advised the Subject of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting he purchased an unknown amount of Spice from a website. Investigation continues by CID. x

Everlands Happy Halloween


Everland Resortss Happy Halloween festival features a parade of friendly characters and runs through the month of October. For more information visit Everlands website at www.everland.com U.S. Army photo by Susan Silpasornprasit

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities


Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival The Herb Medicine Festival has been held every fall since 1995 in Yangnyeongsi, the largest herbal medicine marketplace in Seoul. The festival celebrates the history and effectiveness of the nations traditional herb medicine and raises international interest in Seouls Yangnyeongsi market. During the festival, a wide variety of events will be held, including activity programs such as an herb slicing contest and writing, cooking, and singing contests. Other highlights on the festival calendar include traditional performances and a taekwondo demonstration. Visitors can also enjoy free herbal tea, food, and rice cakes and will be able to buy a variety of herbs at low prices. Perhaps the most anticipated events of the festival are the free herbal medical diagnoses and treatments, which are on offer for Korean and international visitors. This is a good opportunity for you to check your body condition and experience the benefits of oriental medicine. This years festival will take place from Oct. 7-8. For more information call +82-2-1330. x Korean Traditional Music Festival Yeongdong, the hometown of Joseon Dynasty traditional music virtuoso Park Yeon, is regarded as the Mecca of Korean traditional music. Every year, the Korean traditional music festival named after Parks pen name, Nangye, is held in the area. This years event is scheduled to run from Oct. 7-10 at Yongdu Park. In addition to featuring various exhibitions and experience programs centered on Korean traditional music, the Yeongdong Nangye Traditional Music Festival offers cultural arts and foods in conjunction with Yeongdong Grapes Festival. Visitors may spend some time in a Korean traditional house, or attend Korean traditional music or tea ceremony classes during the festival. For more information call +82-43-1330. x Seoul International Fireworks Festival For one night every year, the night skies above the Hangang River Park are ablaze with color as a spectacular Seoul International Fireworks Festival gets under way at the Yeoui Hangang Park. This year, it will take place Oct. 8, starting at 8 p.m.. Spectators eagerly await the fireworks displays, put on by Korean experts as well as international teams. Expect to see not only fireworks but a total visual extravaganza, as the pyrotechnics will be accompanied by music, lights, and a laser show against the backdrop of the Seoul skyline and the Hangang River. x Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival The Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival is a landmark festivity held in the Suwon region every October in celebration of Suwon Citizens Day. This years festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 7-10. Hwaseong Fortress, a must-see attraction throughout the year, truly comes alive during the festival period. A range of events including the Reenactment of the Royal Parade of King Jeongjo the Great, Jangyongyeong Guards Ceremony, Citizens Parade, and other traditional performances are held. As an added bonus, the Hwaseong Food Culture Festival is held during the same period, allowing guests to sample traditional dishes from around the world and enjoy a full program of performances. For more information call +82-31-1330. x

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Fiscal reality necessitates wise planning by garrisons


By Col. Hank Dodge Red Cloud Garrison Commander
CAMP RED CLOUD Our Warrior Country garrisons like others worldwide continue to wrestle with the issue of shrinking budgets and resources. We do so this month while also celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Army Family Covenant a pledge the Department of the Army has made to provide Soldiers and their families with quality housing, recreation, health care and more. We simply cannot talk about the Army Family Covenant without mentioning the new fiscal reality that our garrisons along with the rest of the Defense Department and other federal agencies are facing. We have been told repeatedly to reduce our budgets and have done so. Still our garrisons face a $10 million shortfall for fiscal year 2012, even though we garnered $3 million in savings through recent Lean6 Sigma projects. A June memorandum from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh directed his Assistant Secretary of Installations, Energy and Environment to develop a plan to slash $2.5 billion annually in redundant and marginally beneficial programs from Installation Management Command budgets by the end of fiscal year 2014. While this new fiscal reality will be continuing into the future, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM commander, stated that Leaders change and situations change, but the Armys commitment to Soldiers and Families endures. That truth is causing us to take an even more critical look at all of our programs and services. We are in the process of analyzing them to determine which to reinforce and which to discontinue. Is it really needed? Is it worth the cost? What are we going to do without? Some functions performed today will no longer be performed tomorrow. However, the quality of services our garrisons provide to Soldiers, civilians and families will not decline. One of our largest expenditures continues to be utilities. For one year now weve been asking our community to help us reduce our expenses by turning off unnecessary lights, reducing their heating or air conditioning, and turning off all unnecessary office automation before going home each evening. These measures to reduce expenses are even more important now and I need all of you to help us save our precious and dwindling fiscal resources. Streamlining how we do business is better for our garrison, our Army and our nation. It also helps us to potentially reprogram limited resources to the most important areas of the garrison.

Col. Hank Dodge


The majority of the programs and services under the AFC umbrella are run by the garrisons. As such, customer feedback will be an important part of the evaluation process. Well be looking at Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) comments and the input we receive from the Army Family Action Plan Conference (AFAP) at Camp Casey Oct. 27-28 will also be invaluable to determine which programs and services are most vital to our families. IMCOM has already taken a bold step to cut expenses by eliminating three of its regions within the United States. Just one week ago it deactivated our headquarters the IMCOM Korea region. Our garrisons and others here in Korea now fall under IMCOM Pacific, which is based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and includes garrisons in Hawaii, Alaska and Japan. This streamlining alone will save the Department of the Army countless dollars. Our Warrior Country garrisons will continue to wrestle with what is sufficient to meet the pledge provided Soldiers and families through the Army Family Covenant, but I implore each of you to take an active role in our community by conserving electricity and letting us know through ICE and AFAP what programs and services are most important to you. We are The Armys Home and I need each of you to help us make it the best it can be with more constrained resources. Many facts surrounding our fiscal reality are beyond our control, but we will be transparent in communicating how these facts and any resulting changes impact our workforce and those we serve. We are facing serious challenges overseas and at home. We are a nation at war with a military stretched by two decades of combat, humanitarian and stability operations. We area also a nation that is battling tough economic conditions.x

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Maj. Gen. Al Aycock, (left), deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, talks with Casey Elementary School principal Shelly Kennedy during a Sept. 29 visit to Area I. Lt. Col. Steven Finley (center), commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, looks on. U.S. Army photo by Franklin Fisher

By Franklin Fisher franklin.s.fisher@us.army.mil

Aycock eyes family support in Area I


of the talk focused on the challenges and fine points of finding the money to fund key projects and services. Until late 2008, Area I was limited to Soldiers serving one-year tours without their families. But when the Pentagon gave approval for Soldiers to serve in Area I for longer tours and with families, an influx of such families began. With it came the need for such services as off-post family housing, medical services, changes in the types of goods stocked at commissaries and post exchanges, and a Defense Department school. One result is the Casey Elementary School, which opened last year and has a fast-growing student body. How many teachers do you have? Aycock asked Casey Elementary School principal Shelly Kennedy, who said they have 60. A third of them are military spouses. At Army Community Service too, Aycock had questions for staffers. He asked how many seek help there daily. About 1,500 a month, he was told. What hes interested in seeing is the family programs, because when he was the IMCOM-K commander there [were] no families authorized in this area, said Richard Davis, deputy garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud. So he was interested to see what type of family programs weve put in place since his departure, Davis said. During lunch with Garrison officials, Aycock said of some in Washington, D.C., I dont think that a lot of people understand the changes that are going on over here. So, he said, hearing this from you helps me articulate better whenever I hear people saying We dont need to do this and that or We dont need to do that...I can then articulate: No, those slots are essential because they have this many kids, and we expect more to come up. When I give some of these facts and figures back to some of the folks in Washington, theyre going to be stunned, said Aycock, especially people who havent been here for awhile. What I took away, said Davis, was that he thought we were doing an excellent job putting together family programs and support, said Gen. Aycock was saying that it was important that he sees some of these products, these family support facilities that weve put together, said Davis, so when he has to talk to other folks that work in the Pentagon, or in Washington, that he can say firsthand, Ive visited the school, Ive seen

CAMP CASEY A two-star general from the Pentagon who made a factfinding visit to Camp Casey Sept. 29 said the insights he gained here will help him make clear in Washington the needs of military communities in Area I. Maj. Gen. Al Aycock, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, wanted a fresh look at ongoing efforts within U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud to provide services for the growing number of military families within Area I. Aycock is formerly commanding general of the recently deactivated Installation Management Command Korea, a post he held from August 2006 to July 2009. He toured Camp Casey last week with a black notebook in hand, and as officials answered his questions on a range of topics, jotted notes. During several hours at Casey, Aycock stopped at Casey Elementary School, Army Community Service, and Child, Youth and School Services, then met with U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and USAG Casey officials where over a lunch of club sandwiches much

Maj. Gen. Al Aycock pauses for a friendly word with school children at Casey Elementary School Sept. 29 U.S. Army photo by Franklin Fisher
the children, Ive been to the ACS and CYSS building and seen the support facilities and the children being taken care of. x

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By Franklin Fisher franklin.s.fisher@us.army.mil
CAMP RED CLOUD Area I has joined the fight against domestic abuse with an information drive and related events this month, which is Domestic Violence Prevention/Awareness Month. The theme for this years antidomestic violence campaign is Together We Can End Domestic Abuse: Act Now! It aims at getting each member of the Army community committed to building and keeping healthy relationships physically, emotionally, socially and otherwise. The effort is based on the idea that especially with the support of those in leadership positions communities can curb domestic abuse with a combination of the right attitude and a willingness to take action. In the Army community, the main agency geared to dealing with domestic abuse is the Family Advocacy Program, or FAP. It has a broad range of services for preventing domestic abuse, and for stepping in when it happens. FAP provides classes on the subject open to servicemembers and civilians. It also offers life skills classes on things like stress management, anger management, meditation, and good communication. Those classes and related programs look to prevent domestic violence by teaching skills that can help people cope with daily life and with

News & Notes


Camp Red Cloud Back Gate Traffic from the back gate to the intersection at Mitchells Club will be altered from Oct. 7 13 to allow for the installation of a new underground natural gas pipeline. During this period, the back gate will remain open for inbound traffic. However, it will only be open for outbound traffic from 4:30 5:30 p.m. daily. The front gate is not affected by the construction. For more information call 732-7095. Area I Ed Centers Closed Area I Education Centers will be closed Oct. 7. An organizational day event is scheduled for noon at the Camp Casey Education Center. For more information call 732-6329. Fire Prevention Week The U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services will observe Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 9 15. This years theme is Protect Your Family From Fire. The goal is to educate the garrison community on fire prevention, For more information about related activities, call 730-6049. Red Cloud PX Hours The Camp Red Cloud Exchange will close at 7 p.m. , Oct. 11 for pest control. For more information, call 732-6263. First Aid/CPR Class The American Red Cross is offering a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adults, children and infants) class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 15 in bldg. 110 on Camp Red Cloud. The deadline to register is one day prior to the class. The cost is $40 and is payable with cash, check or credit/debit card, and must be paid at the time of registration. Participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be in their third trimester of pregnancy. For more information, call 730-3184. St. Marys Hospital Tour The Camp Casey U.S. Army Health Clinic and Army Community Service are offering a tour of St. Marys Hospital in Uijeongbu Oct. 17. The bus departs the Camp Casey Army Health Clinic at 1 p.m. for the one-hour tour and will arrive back on Camp Casey at 4 p.m. For more information and to sign up, call 730-4332 or 730-3107. Fall Classes At Red Cloud Fall classes with University of Maryland University College and Central Texas College start Oct. 24 at the Camp Red Cloud Education Center. Classes run Oct. 24 Dec. 18. For more information, contact UMUC at 732-7134. For more information call CTC Representative at 7327268.

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unexpected events. Community members can take several steps against domestic violence, according to Brenda McCall, Family Advocacy Program manager for U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area Is Army Community Service: Talk about what a bad thing domestic violence is. Have these conversations with friends, family, and other community members. Call the Military Police if you see or hear what may be domestic violence. If you have a family member or acquaintance in an abusive relationship, show them support, and encourage them to report the abuse. Volunteer for programs that work to prevent domestic violence.

Raise your children to respect others and to act toward others the way theyd want others to act toward them. Lead by example. Take part in Domestic Violence Prevention Month events. Several events have already been held, and two others are scheduled. On Oct. 15, at the Camp Hovey gym, a fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. On Oct. 21, a Romantic Escape for couples is scheduled at Camp Caseys Warrior Club from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free child care is offered through Kids on Site. For more information about Domestic Violence Prevention/ Awareness Month, call 730-3150 or 730-3107. x

Combined Federal Campaign Kicks Off

At the Camp Casey Exchange Oct. 3, Lt. Col. Steven Finley, (right) commander of U.S. Army Garrison Casey, and Trudy Pegues, Area I community projects officer, cut a cake during a ceremony launching this years Combined Federal Campaign fundraising drive in Area I, which runs to Dec. 2. Last year, CFCs drive Korea-wide raised about $1.2 million. Soldiers and civilian employees should see their unit representative to make a donation. U.S. Army photo by AFN Casey

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With the arrival of chilly fall weather, coffee shops in Korea will be doing a brisk business in coffee and other hot beverages. Whats your impression of the coffee shops here in Korea? Do you have a favorite? Why?
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Jesse Chamberlain
Facebook Fan They compare equally if not better then the best in NYC (which are some of the best in the USA) our favorite is Holland. It has great coffee and drink selections that are all great, and their food is terrific for a quick lunch. The mushroom soup bowl is amazing. I have also personally noticed that ALOT of Americans do not really venture off post or far from the touristy attractions if they do. Which is a real shame considering Korea has a lot more to offer then their beaches or temples. The real treasures most of the time come from those hidden doorways that you look into and think its closed or from those restaurants that have 4 tables and you look inside it and think to yourself that place looks run down. Then you find out that hidden doorway is a landmine of high-end clothes on sale or go underground or 3 stories of cheap(in price not quality) grocery stores, and that 4 table run down restaurant is some of the best food that you will have in Korea if not some of the best you EVER had. I just wish more Americans would venture out and be a lot more accepting then they are. My family and I make it a habit to venture out at least 5times a week to explore Uijeongbu where we live, Even if it is to just walk and look for new and exciting things to do next time.

The Petronas Towers are skyscrapers and twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the CTBUHs Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The Towers were the tallest buildings in the world for six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. Photo courtesy of Jackye Dodge See your photo in the Morning Calm! Become a USAG Red Cloud Facebook Fan. Post your travel photos to our page with a short description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper.

2ID runs for fun at the DMZ


By Lt. Col. Joe Scrocca 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
CAMP RED CLOUD On a clear autumn Sunday morning, along the most heavily fortified border in the world, about 100 Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Division gathered with more than 2,000 Korean runners to show that Katchi Kapshida is more than just a motto to the 2nd ID as they participated together in the 2011 Peace Marathon. The event, hosted by Gyeonggi Province Sept. 25 in Paju City along the Demilitarized Zone, brought together experienced runners, novices, walkers, children and their canine friends of all different sizes. I used to be stationed at Camp Grieves as part of the 506th and once re-enlisted on the Bridge of No Return, said Staff Sgt. Arron Cook, from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. This is a great opportunity to return to the DMZ for some fun with our Korean neighbors, said Cook, a native from Smith Station, Ala. Corporal Matthew Mulch, one of Cooks Soldiers and a native of Spring Hill, Fla., said he didnt really train for the event. Thats OK. I do a lot of stuff for free T-shirts, said Mulch. And added as his sergeant looked on, But I am having a lot more fun than I thought I would. Prior to the race the Soldiers gathered for a photo with the 2nd ID Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver Brig. Gen. Charles L. Taylor and Kim Moon-soo, the governor of Gyeonggi Province. What a great opportunity this is for us to come together with our ROK brothers and sisters in peace along the DMZ, said Taylor. Events like this remind us how fortunate we are for the opportunity to live and work alongside the great people of Korea; this only makes our bond grow stronger. Katchi Kapshida means we go together and that was why the governor invited 2nd ID Soldiers to the marathon. This is a wonderful chance for 2ID Soldiers to get to know their neighbors in Gyeonggi Province, said Vice Governor Yeh Chang-keun. 2ID plays an important role in our community

Samantha Schmidt
Facebook Fan I LOVE Hollys Coffee. They have such good flavors; my favorite is the Black Forest Hollycino. cant go wrong with cherry and chocolate! I like it even in the winter time! They also have really good snacks to go along with the coffee!

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and we are glad so many Soldiers came out to mingle and grow closer with their neighbors, he said. The runners gathered for group stretching and were surprised to see three Korean cheerleaders leading the stretch. Yeah, they definitely got my attention, said Pfc. Aris Oramas, a native of Los Angeles. They look great but theyre not as good as the L.A. Lakers cheerleaders. Interestingly, there was little actual stretching taking place during this portion of the event. However, it should be noted that there appeared to be no injuries among 2nd ID Soldiers during or following the race. Private First Class Huh Chan-hui was excited to be participating in the event during his first trip to the DMZ in his native country. This is a great experience, said Huh. Ive never been to the DMZ before and its great to see so many ROK and U.S. Soldiers running together. The runners lined up at the starting line in groups as Kim and Taylor joined together for the countdown to start each group. Runners participated in one of several competitive and fun race groups during the event. There was a 6K walk, a 10K run, a fun run with dogs and children and a full 42K marathon. The majority of 2nd ID Soldiers participated in the 10K race except for one motivated Soldier, who accidently took a wrong turn and ended up on the full marathon course in the longest 10K race of his life. The runner could not be reached for comment. Following the race, the Soldiers looked no worse for wear after competing against their ROK neighbors. Although no male 2ID Soldiers finished in the top five, at least one Soldier won his own personal race. Theres nothing better than beating your squad leader, said Pfc. Daniel Lavander from Company A, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st BCT, a native of Los Angeles, who finished the 10K in 37 minutes, 40 seconds. He promised me a day off if I beat him and that was all the motivation I needed. See additional photos on the 2nd Infantry Division (Official) Flickr site http://www.flickr. com/photos/2id/sets/72157627761124938/. x

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The basketball court at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsans Trent Fitness Center is undergoing a major transformation into a strength and conditioning facility in the new and improved Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center, Sept. 29.- U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

Major revamp for fitness centers to benefit entire Community


By Pfc. Han Samuel samuel.han2@korea.army.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - Come Oct. 11, youll notice a lot of improvement to your fitness options on post. Trent Fitness Center has been closed since Sept. 19 undergoing major renovations to be unveiled as Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center. Collier Fitness Center underwent a similar reorganization to become Collier Community Fitness Center. The main need for the renovations to Collier and Trent was just to bring us up to date with the commercial side as well as the private industry with the Military back in the states in regards to fitness. Another reason was to assist with the overall organization of the facilities, just because there was a lack of organization, lack of space for people to work out in and just a lack of equipment, said Edward Motley, the Area II Fitness Director. Motley also described that Army regulations under TC 3-22.20, the new Physical Readiness Training manual, shifted the focus of Military fitness centers towards the CrossFit world industry and functional fitness in an effort to increase the fitness of the community as well as that of the Soldiers. Motley explained that CrossFit is a program that incorporates not only strength and conditioning, but also sprinting, plyometrics, ballistics, and movements which help improve stamina, speed, and endurance as well as strength. This would make a better fit with the Armys PRT regulations compared to the more traditional workouts that focus on strength training but do not emphasize speed or stamina training. After the renovations are complete, Trent Fitness Center will become the Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center while Collier Fitness Center is now the See FITNESS CENTER, Page 12

(Above) The equipment in Collier Community Fitness Center was reorganized to make space for newer equipment and to utilize the workout area more efficiently; (Below) The running machines were each upgraded and equipped with an individual television, a Universal Serial Bus slot, and an earphone jack. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

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The new and improved Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center will come with three new combatives rooms complete with padded walls and floors. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

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By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding cody.harding@korea.army.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - Michael Loats served over 30 years in the United States Army, making a career as a helicopter pilot and rising through the ranks with his skill and leadership. As his years of service passed, he began to notice that he was having problems with his vision. When he went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to get the problem checked out, he was told that he had developed Retinitis Pigmentosa, a form of retinal dystrophy that leads to a loss of night vision, followed by a regression of peripheral vision to a disabling degree, ending in blindness later on in life. For an idea of the severity, Loats offered a simple experiment: using a dime or a nickel, cover one of your eyes then hold the coin either eight or ten inches from your other eye. That circle is the only area where Loats can see; the rest is blackness, caused by the disorder. Despite this, Loats continued to serve the United States Military by taking up a civilian job with the Inspector Generals Office, eventually finding his

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Fitness Centers Renovation Trent Fitness Center will be closed September 19 - October 10 for renovations and modifications to be made to the facility. At which time, please use Collier Fitness Center. Group Exercise Classes will be held at Collier Fitness Center during the renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, we are making necessary repairs and modifications to enhance programs and fitness to the entire community. For more information, call 736-3340.

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Yongsan Post Office Hours Monday 10 October, Main Post and South Post office will be closed. Tuesday 11 October, Main Post office will open 0900-1300 and South Post office will be closed. Parcel pick up window will open 1000-1230.

Michael Loats, left, the detailed Inspector General for 8th Army/USFK shows Lt. Col. Tony Mefford, his supervisor in the IG section, how to properly use his walking cane around the drainage areas on post during the Live a Day in My Shoes event Oct. 5. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
way to the 8th Army Headquarters as the detailed Inspector General for 8th Army and United States Forces Korea. Now, Lt. Col. Todd Mefford, the Chief of Inspections for the IG and Loats supervisor, will get a chance to see what its like to work with the same handicap as part of the 8th Army Equal Opportunity offices Live a Day in My Shoes program Oct. 5. The program, created by Lt. Col. Matt Burton and Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Safford of the 8th Army EO, was designed to help build community and employer awareness about the challenges of disabled workers and the skills that they bring to the Army team. The event is part of the lead up to the National Disability Awareness Month observance on Oct. 27. Burton said that the program helps employers hire the people best qualified for the job, despite any disabilities they may have. So you may have someone who is unable to walk due to an accident or issue, but they still have a way to benefit the organization, Burton said. So, despite their physical challenges ... their intellect, their knowledge and their skills, all of those things can help the Army as a whole. The program is simple: managers can either randomly choose a disability from a draw, or specifically choose See DISABILITY, Page 12

CIF Closure The Yongsan Central Issue Facility (CIF) will be closed from October 10-14 due to 100% OCIE inventories and will not be issuing or accepting any OCIE equipment during this period. For more information, call 736-7492/7493.

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2011 Irregular Warfare Conference Special Operations Command Korea will host the 2011 Irregular Warfare Conference at the Dragon Hill Lodge November 7-9. This years theme, Irregular Warfare during Stability Operations, will include topics such as contemporary irregular warfare and stability operations in practice, irregular warfare and stability operations in Korea, and how irregular warfare impacts stability operations in an unknown environment. The Republic of Koreas Special Warfare Command will also provide an equipment display and martial arts demonstration. For further information about the conference, and to register, go to http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/ sockor/events.htm, or contact Maj. Cheree Kochen at Cheree. Kochen@korea.army.mil or Capt. David Kim at David.Kim4@korea. army.mil.

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Fire Prevention Week Proclamation Signing


By Pfc. Han Samuel samuel.han2@korea.army.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - On Sept. 28, members of the Fire Department met with Col. William Huber, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander, who signed a proclamation for the observance of Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is the longest Public Safety Observance being continually carried out in the United States and Canada. It was started in response to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and emphasizes activities that help prevent fires. Every year, it is observed on the week that falls on Oct. 9 and 10, meaning that this year it will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 9 lasting until Saturday, Oct. 15. The theme for

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Col. William Huber, commander of USAG Yongsan, and Sparky the fire dog signed a proclamation to launch Fire Prevention Week, Sept. 28. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

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Col. Huber opens the 2012 CFC


U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. William Huber fills out his Combined Federal Campaign form to kick off the 2012 CFC season for Yongsan Garrison Oct. 3. The Combined Federal Campaign is an initiative that allows Soldiers and Civilians to donate to their preferred charities with an easy-to-use system that allows for flexible payments. Col. Hubers donation marks the start of the season, lasting from Oct. 3 to December 4 for the overseas community, including Yongsan Garrison. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

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Collier Community Fitness Center. In following this vision, a major change was transforming Trents basketball court into a strength and conditioning facility. Community and Servicemembers hoping to play sports would therefore have to seek other facilities such as outdoor courts and Collier Community Fitness Center. Other changes to Trent included making three combatives rooms and replacing old equipment with new products. Changes to Collier mainly encompassed revamping the equipment and reorganizing the facility, with the final product being a fitness center geared towards the community. Its going to focus on the community in the respect that theres going to be group exercises down here, so well have two group exercise studios, a CrossFit and TRX studio, a cardio room, a free weight room, a nautilus circuit training room, well still have

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a racquetball court. Plus a majority of the sports and intramurals are hosted down here because we have volleyball, we have basketball so its more focused on the community and the family friendly environment, Motley said. Motley also stated that three new strength specialists were hired and with their help there would be more sports camps, health and fitness workshops, and educational programs available to the community. Although Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 11, Motley claimed that a realistic time frame for the arrival of all the equipment would be closer to the beginning of November. Motley reminded that while things may seem a little empty for the moment, all the equipment will be upgraded so overall its a big benefit for the community. x
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to work with their employee to experience what they experience. In Meffords case, he will be wearing modified sunglasses that allow only a pinhole of vision. With Loats help, Mefford will navigate through headquarters and around Yongsan with the same vision impairment that his employee deals with on a daily basis. Mefford believes that the experience will be a great way to learn about

what the disabled employees of USFK have to overcome, and to give managers a fresh respect for their efforts. The biggest thing is the awareness of what individuals may have to go through on a daily basis, and to make an effort to supervisors and leaders aware of some of the struggles or obstacles they may encounter, said Mefford. x

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DeCA celebrates 20 years


By Kevin Skirbunt DeCA historian
DALLAS Twenty years ago, to improve efficiency and increase taxpayer savings, Congress and the Department of Defense created the Defense Commissary Agency by consolidating the military services retail grocery operations into one organization. With annual sales of nearly $6 billion, our agency continues to save taxpayer dollars while delivering a vital military benefit, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. To our customers, this benefit is more than groceries sold at cost without a profit markup; its important to their quality of life, and the recruiting and retention of military personnel. DeCA is well-known within the Department of Defense for leading change and achieving results, he added. Were proud of what we have accomplished, which is especially noteworthy when you consider how much has been done since our inception. While Oct. 1 marks DeCAs 20th anniversary, the commissary benefit itself is nearly 145 years old. While officers could buy food from military storehouses as early as 1825, the modern commissary benefit dates back to July 1, 1867. Thats when Congress authorized the Army to sell food items, at cost, to enlisted men as well as officers. These sales were authorized at every Army post with a subsistence warehouse. Sales initially took place at a table or counter in the warehouse. The official stock list was only 82 items, but this was the start of the modern commissary benefit. By the early 20th century, they began to resemble civilian grocery outlets both in layout and in the number of items offered. By 1991, commissaries were far better than they had been a century earlier. Since DeCAs 1991 opening, store facilities have been further upgraded, more people have become eligible to enjoy the benefit, and customer savings have increased. In 1991, commissaries provided average customer savings of 20 percent when compared with local grocery chains; today, average savings are more than 30 percent. Commissaries are particularly valuable in highcost-of-living areas of the country, and overseas they bring a morale-building taste of home by providing familiar American food products. Commissaries have become increasingly important in the military community, said Jeu. There is a growing recognition that the commissary benefit serves our people in uniform, wherever they are stationed. When forces go overseas, the families left behind depend upon their local community services, including the commissaries, to help them make it through the loneliness and worry deployments bring about. A Congressionally mandated surcharge, which has remained at five percent since 1983, enables the agency to provide military families with a shopping experience comparable to civilian sector stores, without a further expenditure of taxpayer dollars. DeCA has opened 94 new stores, and remodeled, renovated, upgraded and modernized 150 more. Four more new stores, replacing older facilities, are scheduled to open by the end of 2012. The number of items stocked by commissaries has increased from about 13,000 in the largest stores in 1991 to more than 22,000 today. National Guard and Reserve personnel, always key components of the military, were granted full-time commissary benefits in 2004. Keeping commissaries state of the art has come to mean a lot of things. DeCA has a truly cosmopolitan clientele, since its customers have, literally, been stationed around the world. Many of them adopted some of the foods they have discovered while stationed overseas or in different parts of the United States.

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Having experienced both commissary and private-sector stores worldwide, commissary customers have come to expect not only particular foreign foods, but also conveniences such as self-checkouts, fresh sushi to go, salad bars, hot foods, deli-bakeries, credit and debit card acceptance, and Grab N Go sections. All of these have appeared in numerous commissaries since 1991. Were also involved in our communities, Jeu pointed out. Since 2001, weve been involved with a program called Scholarships for Military Children, which is largely funded by manufacturers and brokers that sell groceries in our commissaries. That program has awarded nearly 6,100 scholarships to deserving military children worth over $9.3 million.

Exchange Halloween contest


The Exchange is forgoing the tricks and going right for the treats in its latest contest as it gives away two $500 Exchange shopping sprees, ten $100 gift cards for the runners up and 20 $50 gift cards for third place. The Halloween Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aafespa/6196398782/ sizes/l/in/photostream/ will send Exchange patrons on a frightfully fun scavenger hunt throughout the store. Using a treasure map featured in the Exchange sales flyer or from the store, shoppers can use the map to hunt for clues in the Exchange. After collecting all five clues, treasure hunters can go to www. shopmyexchange.com/PatriotFamily for official rules and to enter their clues. The Exchange is ready for a ghoulishly good time, said the Exchanges Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. In addition to the sweepstakes, the Exchange is stocked with all the Halloween essentials. The contest ends at midnight on Oct. 31. x

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Rules govern home businesses


By Capt. Jacqueline Lee Yongsan SJA
YONGSAN GARRISON United States Forces Korea personnel stationed on the peninsula and their dependents enjoy certain benefits provided under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) entered into by the United States and the Republic of Korea. One of these benefits is the ability to operate a home-based business on a USFK installation without paying Korean taxes or obtaining work licenses and visas. Examples of home-based businesses are those that sell goods such as handmade arts and crafts, paintings, and cosmetics, and those that offer services like babysitting, dog walking, hairstyling. However, there are several restrictions regarding the operation of the businesses. Prior to starting a home-based business, there are a few steps that the home-based business operator must take. First, coordinate with the Exchange to determine whether the business will compete with either it or its concessionaires. The Exchange has priority to sell many different types of goods on military installations. After coordinating with AAFES, the garrison commander must approve the request to operate the business. Personnel in Area II must submit a written request through IMCOM addressed to the Garrison Commander. The request should contain as much information as possible, including the name of the business, the nature of the business, cost of the product or service, and when and where the product or service will be sold. Once the installation commander approves an individuals request to operate a home-based business, the individual can begin business. Failure to comply with the rules can result in shutting down of the business, revocation of privileges such as use of the military postal service, and depending on the severity of the violations, the forced early return of dependents and criminal sanctions under the Uniform Military Code of Justice and Korean law. The rules are: 1. The business can only engage in transactions with SOFA-status personnel. Selling goods or services to non-SOFA-status personnel is illegal. 2. The business cannot send or receive supplies or products through their APO address. The U.S. government subsidizes the cost of postal operations taxpayers pay for the transportation of mail to and from overseas locations, so if home-based businesses use the military postal service for commercial purposes they would essentially be receiving a government subsidy. Failure to comply with this prohibition will result in revocation of military postal service privileges. 3. The business should carry appropriate liability and renters insurance. Depending on the type of business, the business activity may cause injury to a third person or damage to government property, and adequate insurance is crucial for covering these incidents. 4. The business cannot engage in

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door-to-door solicitation (either in person or using printed materials) and cannot make solicited sales to USFK personnel in their workplace. 5. The business must not imply that the Department of Defense sponsors or endorses the business. Keeping these few rules in mind will ensure that servicemembers and their Families do not violate the SOFA or Korean law. For more information, call 738-4046. x

Dental services offered


YONGSAN GARRISON Area dental clinics are offering dental exams and cleaning for retirees and their spouses on Nov. 5. The services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Areas I, II, and III, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Area IV. The exams and cleanings are being offered in these locations: Areas I and II, Building 5107; Area III, Camp Humphreys Dental Clinic in Building 555; and Area IV, Bodine Dental Clinic in Building 220. x

TRICARE Prime fees go up slightly


By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. Modest increases to certain aspects of military health care will help to responsibly manage costs and ensure benefits for future service members, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said. The truth of the matter is the spiraling cost of health care requires us to adjust some fees and copays, fees and co-pays that really have not been adjusted since the TRICARE program was put into place in 1994, Dr. Jonathan Woodson said. This allows us to responsibly manage our costs while providing access to high-quality care and ensuring the benefit is there for those that might serve in the future. Effective Oct. 1, military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan began paying slightly higher annual fees, Woodson said. The TRICARE Prime fee increases for an individual has only gone up, essentially, $2.50 a month, he explained. And for a family, $5 a month. The total cost is really modest in terms of the overall cost of the entire year. Those enrolled before Oct. 1, however, wont see an increase in cost until fiscal 2013, he added. Woodson said two groups of TRICARE beneficiaries would not experience any increases: people who are medically retired and survivors of deceased active duty sponsors. Defense Department officials recognize the potential concerns regarding fee increases during tough economic times, he said. We understand, particularly in the current economy and set of fiscal realities, any increase in costs would cause some concern, he said. But I would remind everyone there have been no fee increases since 1994. Woodson also noted that not all co-payments and fees have risen. There have been some adjustments in co-pays, he said. In one category, actually, the fees have gone down, so for those individuals who have mail-order pharmacy benefits and previously paid $3 for generic drugs, that fee will go away. Beneficiaries will see modest increases in other co-payments for brand-name drugs, particularly at the retail level, which will go from $3 to $5, he explained. Non-formulary drugs will rise from $22 to $25 for both retail and mail-order pharmacies. For brand-name drugs, the cost will remain the same -$9 for the mail order pharmacy. Another potential concern Woodson addressed was staff reduction. It will not affect the care, and its important to note that while weve been talking about adjustments in fees and co-pays, that is really part of a real comprehensive strategy to manage our cost, he said. Weve taken a look at the administrative costs of TRICARE and reduced the numbers of so-called fulltime employees and contractors to reduce the cost before getting to the point of increasing the fees. But none of this will decrease the service or the quality of care that beneficiaries will expect and receive. The health affairs chief also said the department has taken a very modest posture on the current recommendation and rollout of fee increases. Woodson said no decisions have been made on future increases, and he re-emphasized that this is the first increase since TRICAREs inception. I would like everyone to understand that because of the cost of health care, TRICARE is trying to responsibly manage its cost and ensure that this benefit is available for the future for those that who will serve, he said. This does require some adjustment in fees, but weve taken a position to really only modestly increase these fees, understanding that those men and women who have committed to service in the nations military should have a more generous benefit than those in the civilian sector. x

Dempsey outlines key themes in letter written to servicemembers


By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff outlined key themes for the military in a letter to the force. General Martin Dempsey said service members are Americas decisive advantage. First up, the chairman wrote, is winning the wars of today. As long as our forces remain in harms way, we must ensure they have what they need to succeed, the general wrote. About 98,000 American troops serve in Afghanistan today, and another 45,000 in Iraq. But the military also needs to be ready for the future, whatever that might bring or the threats that may emerge, Dempsey noted. The military must look beyond current requirements, he wrote, and develop Joint Force 2020 to provide the greatest number of options for our nations leaders and to ensure our nation remains immune from coercion. In the past, Dempsey pointed out, the American military was manned, equipped and trained to defeat a foe the Germans in World War II, the Soviets in the Cold War. Today, he added, the U.S. military must be ready to move quickly and engage across the spectrum of conflict. This means keeping U.S. armed services the besttrained, best-equipped, best-led force on the planet, he wrote, calling this a non-negotiable imperative. Acknowledging the constrained fiscal environment, the chairman wrote that he believes the military has overcome similar challenges in the past, and can do so in the future. Dempsey called on all service members to renew their commitment to the profession of arms. Were not a profession simply because we say were a profession, he wrote. We must continue to learn, to understand and to promote the knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviors that define us as a profession. Finally, the country must keep faith with all those in the military, the chairman wrote. Our active, Guard and reserve service members, our wounded warriors, our Families and our veterans deserve the future they have sacrificed to secure, he added. Dempsey thanked military members for their service, and praised them and their families for their sacrifices. You make us the finest military on the planet, he wrote. Were powerful, versatile, responsive and resilient. We are admired by our allies and partners, and we are dreaded by our enemies. Dempsey stressed that he trusts service members to do whats right for each other and the nation. x

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Collective Protestant Thursday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Sunday Stanley Chapel COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. West Casey Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, 12:30 p.m.

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Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday 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

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

Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday Catholic Services Mass Sunday

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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.

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CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel

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

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

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Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact


USAG Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey D. Hawkins: jeffrey.d.hawkins@us.army.mil, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: terry.e.jarvis@korea.army.mil, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun: john.chun@us.army.mil 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Frailey michael.frailey@us.army.mil 754-7274 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee: sukjong.lee@us.army.mil, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski: alfred.grondski@us.army.mil, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Milton Johnson: milton.johnson4@us.army.mil, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones: michael.jones124@us.army.mil, 765-8991

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KATUSA Soldiers perform a Maori dance called the Haka, made popular by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo

A field day celebrating the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Day was held at Camp Walkers Kelly Field, Sept. 30. KATUSAs throughout Area IV participated in the annual event which consisted of lots of fun and games ranging from dodge ball to sprint relays. Lt. Col. Jung, Se-gwan, Commander, Area IV Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) Support Group viewed the day as a chance to simply say thank you to the attendees and the game participants. It was really a great time to see new routines and talent from each unit during the day, he said. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your sweat, and all that you put into making this ROK Armed Forces Day event a success.

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A KATUSA from 501ST SBDE tries to make a goal. 501st took second place in the final competition. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo

A U.S Soldier from 2-1 ADA Battalion takes first place in the preliminary relay. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kim Min-jae

19th ESC KATUSAs perform a variety of dances and songs during the ROK Armed Forces Day celebration. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo

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PYONGTAEK Annie Moore stands on the winners platform (second from right) after taking first place in her division in the five-kilometer run, which was part of the Pyongtaek Marathon on Oct. 2. Moore finished the run in 22 minutes, 10 seconds. U.S. Army photo by Chang, Sang-hyon

World Class runner ready for final Ten-miler


By Tim Hipps IMCOM Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program distance runner Maj. Dan Browne will wear bib No. 1 for one last hurrah in the Army Ten-Miler. Browne, a three-time winner and two-time record-holder of Americas largest 10-mile road race, is one of eight WCAP runners who will attempt to keep the International Army Cup on American soil Oct. 9 at the Pentagon. At age 36, Browne is on a mission to make his second U.S. Olympic Team in the marathon or 10,000 meters. After completing his quest to run in the 2012 London Games, Browne plans to coach distance runners in the Armys World Class Athlete Program. Last year, the Oregon National Guard Soldier helped elite U.S. Army runners defeat a squad from the Brazilian Army, which had a two-year stranglehold on the trophy. Spc. Robert Cheseret, Pfc. Joseph Chirlee, Capt. Kenneth Foster, 1st Lt. John Mickowski and Spc. Augustus Maiyo also will represent the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program on Team USA, along with 2nd Lt. Bryce Livingston of Fort Lee, Va., and Army Reservist Charles Ware of Wheeling, Ill. Cheseret, a five-time Pac-10 Conference Athlete of the Year in track and field and cross country while attending the University of Arizona, finished third in the 2010 Army Ten-Miler in 48 minutes, 20 seconds. He also won the 2011 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships 8-kilometer race in 36:37. WCAP runners Capt. Kelly Calway, of Fort Carson, Colo., and 2009 Army Female Athlete of the Year Maj. Emily Potter of Fort Bragg, N.C., will race as the womens squad. Lt. Col. Liam Collins of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., coaches the elite runners. Collins finished among the top 10 in his age group six times at the Army Ten-Miler. The run around Washington is the first of a few important races remaining in Brownes career. He owns five national championships at various distances on the roads, track, and in cross country. Ultimately, for me, Ive got the Army Ten-Miler, and Ive got the Olympic Trials in the marathon, Browne said July 20 after running the 10,000 meters in 31:07.16 at the 5th CISM Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The way this sport works is everyone remembers the big events. Im fully committed to doing my best along the way. At the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, Browne became the first American runner since Frank Shorter in 1972 to double in the Olympic 10,000 meters (28:14.53) and marathon (2 hours, 27 minutes, 17 seconds). His current goal is to make Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The U.S. Olympic Trials for Mens Marathon is set for Jan. 14 in Houston. After a four-year hiatus from the Army Ten-Miler, Browne returned last year to the Pentagon parking lot, where he felt right at home, and finished fourth with a time of 48:22. When Im out there racing, Im not going to rest on my laurels, Browne said. Im going to give it everything Ive got. Ultimately, with the eye on the Olympic Trials, I can keep it going in the right direction. x

Briefings scheduled for dance instructors, basketball officials


CAMP HUMPHREYS Briefings for those interested in being instructors for dance and fitness classes or basketball officials are scheduled through October at various U.S. installations in Korea. All briefings are from 4 to 6 p.m. Locations and dates are: Camp Casey Fitness Center, Oct. 8; Camp Humphreys Super Gym, Oct. 15; Osan Fitness Center, Oct. 22; and Camp Walker Fitness Center, Oct. 29. x

Three-time champion Dan Browne will be competing in his final Army Ten-miler this weekend. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps

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10-miler shadow run held


By W. Wayne Marlow warren.wayne.marlow@us.army.mil
CAMP HUMPHREYS More than 300 runners from across the Korean peninsula took part in the second annual Army 10-miler Shadow Run, hosted here Oct. 2. First Lieutenant Robert Anderson, of the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, won the nighttime race, designed to mirror the Armys annual run in Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 3 minutes and 51 seconds. First Lieutenant Sarah Rainville took the womens crown, finishing in 1:16:44. Anderson said he initially thought only about doing his best and having a good run. But when some entrants passed him early in the race, his focused changed. I was going to try and take it easy ... but then an adrenaline rush hit and I decided to pick it up, he said. Anderson maintained a steady pace, running the second half in just two more minutes than he did the first five miles. I felt good the whole time, he said. I felt like I had some left in the tank. I started training for it last year, so Ive been upping my mileage. The Camp Humphreys shadow run will be shown on a large screen during the Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, and Anderson plans to be there to watch it and participate in his second 10-miler of the week. This was prep for that one, he said. Former United States Army Garrison Humphreys Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Kim fired the opening gun at 9 p.m. locally to coincide with the actual time the run will start in Washington D.C. Led by Kims replacement, Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, the runners started under the Super Gym walkway, then snaked their way around the airfield twice, ending up back at Super Gym. Its an absolutely great event, Gray said. Soldiers work hard, so when you can do something like this to build esprit de corps, its a positive thing. Its an opportunity for everyone to have a good time. The crisp, cool October air helped keep the runners fresh, as did rehydration stations manned by volunteers along the route. The constant encouragement by fellow runners and cheering from the sidelines helped push the runners toward the finish. Its not too cold, Gray said. Its nice running weather and you can always wear something to keep you warm. If it gets too hot, you can dress down. Anderson agreed that the race featured ideal conditions. Its great weather, no overheating, he said. Its the best weather for running. Anderson said he has three brothers in the Army who are also all enthusiastic runners, and there was another family connection of note. Specialist Charles Rodgers IV flew from Hawaii to run the race with his father, Charles Rodgers III, who manages Splish and Splash Water Park on Humphreys. The two finished with identical times of 1:32:40. Besides ideal weather and enthusiastic observers, the runners were treated to replicas of Washington, D.C., monuments built by Jeffrey Hubbard of the USAG Humphreys Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation marketing office. The replicas, made of Styrofoam and braced by wood supports, included the Vietnam Memorial, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and the capitol. The project took about two weeks, according to Hubbard. It was to give everybody something extra to look at during the run and to do something different, Hubbard said. We figured looking at a poster would be kind of boring. We wanted to give them incentive to go and see the next one. Theyll be here next year. Theyre built to last. Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring credited volunteers with helping make the run a success. We had three water stations along the trail and at the start and finish points, he said. We had BOSS bring in volunteers, folks standing on the road,

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Participants in the Camp Humphreys Army 10-miler Shadow head toward the finish line. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow
and people handing out numbers and pace chips before the race. The computerized chips, attached to the runners shoes, started and stopped when someone crossed the start and finish lines, giving everyone an accurate 10mile time. For all the logistics involved in having hundreds of people run 10 miles, Herring said most of the work was done beforehand. The pre-registration is the most time-consuming, he said, also mentioning coordination with Military Police, road closures, medical considerations, and taxi and bus services being suspended. But all the work paid off in the end, Herring noted. Prior to the run, entrants were addressed by USAG Humphreys Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore. Were here to have fun, and I hope your commanders told you that if you run this, theres no P.T. tomorrow. Ten miles is no small task, Moore said. Ive run this loop a lot at night. Theres plenty of light out there. The terrain is real friendly. There are no big hills, just a lot of open room to run. The top three finishers in the mens 29 and under category were: Wyatt Reith (1:07:53); Samuel Smith (1:09:09) and Daniel Bates (1:09:35). Following Anderson in the mens 30-39 category were David Snow (1:12:41) and Nathan Stahl (1:18:02). In the mens 40-49 category, the top three finishers were Brett Bassett (1:14:49), Dan Burnett (1:17:06) and Felix Lassus (1:18:57). Leading the way in the mens 50 and over category were Robert Nott (1:09:14), Mark Sullivan (1:09:57) and Kwon, Song-ki (1:19:23). Following Rainville in the womens 29 and under category were Kyle Wilson (1:22:20) and Liela Moser (1:26:01). In the womens 30 and over category, top finishers were Sarah Stahl (1:20:45), Adam Leinen (1:27:52), and Jamila Moody (1:34:11). Taking the womens over 40 crown was Kim, Hui-ok (1:37:06). In the womens over 50 category, Barbara Garner (1:37:31) took first, followed by Susan Jentoft (1:43:23). x

Participants in the Army 10-miler Shadow Run pose for a group photo before undertaking the event on Oct. 2 on Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

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Oktoberfest 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys will host Oktoberfest 2011 at Independence Park on Oct. 8. The day will begin with a Volksmarch, at 9 a.m., starting at Zoeckler Station Track. Independence Park activities will begin at noon and end with music at 10 p.m. The point of contact for volunteers is Paul Parrish at 7548820 or 010-8933-8812. Post Office Closed The Camp Humphreys Post Office will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 10. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11. The post office will be open the same hours on Nov. 10 and close all day Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. CHILD FIND Screenings Set CHILD FIND Monthly Screenings for children, ages 3-5 will be held at Humphreys American School on Oct. 12. Child Find is an outreach program that seeks to locate and identify children who may have developmental or educational disabilities and may be in need of early intervention. For more information, call 7536003 or e-mail Kimberly.brice@ pac.dodea.edu. Yanni Concert Tickets The Community Activity Center is selling tickets and transportation to see Yanni in concert, starting at 8 p.m. at the Olympic Park Gymnasium on Oct. 14. There are 20 tickets available. The prices are $165, $150, $125 and $96, plus $10 for transportation. For more information, call 753-8825. Free Cultural Tour Offered Gyeonggi Province is hosting and sponsoring a free Korean-American Family Cultural Tour, to Icheon City, for 40 U.S. Soldiers, Family members, or civilians, departing from Camp Humphreys. on Oct. 15. The tour includes bus transportation, lunch and the cultural experience fee. If you are interested, please send your information (Name, DOB, Unit, Phone Number and e-mail address) call 754-6130 or e-mail chong.s.chong@korea.army.mil. Welfare Grant Request Begins The Camp Humphreys United Club is accepting Welfare Grant Requests until Oct. 15. Applications may be picked up and returned to the Painted Door Thrift Shop, in Building. The Painted Door Thrift Shops hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and the first Saturday of each month. For more information, e-mail michelleazman@ gmail.com. Bicycle Roundup Scheduled The Military Police will conduct a bicycle roundup on Oct. 17. Housing recently placed 10 additional bicycle racks. When not in use, bicycles should always be secured and registered. For more information, call 753-7663.

CAMP HUMPHREYS Sgt. Kim, Ju-hyun is all smiles after his ETS ceremony. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Jae Ho

2nd CAB conducts over water exercise


Deck landing held with Sailors, Merchant Marines
By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affairs
JINHAE-GU Soldiers with the 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, conducted deck landing qualifications off the coast of Jinhae on board the United States Naval Ship 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin. The exercise was part of the full spectrum training regimen that 2nd CAB has undertaken since Col. James T. Barker assumed command in 2010. We coordinated with the Navy and Merchant Marine service to get our crews qualified, said Capt. Stephen Abrams, the commander of A Co., 2-2nd Aviation. This mission is really important because it allows us to enhance and refresh capabilities throughout the theater including the maritime area around the peninsula. Besides joint training, the day also included qualifications. We qualified about 30 personnel, including crew chiefs and pilots as part of our semiannual training cycle, Abrams said. You have to maintain currency on this skill when you get the chance because it is pretty unusual for Army aviation to be landing on a Navy platform. The distinctive nature of the exercise presented several challenges the pilots would not normally see. During these qualifications we

A crew member from the United States Naval Ship 1st Lt. Harry L Martin guides a UH-60 Blackhawk. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle
look for them to meet the standard and to keep situational awareness at all times, Abrams said. It is more difficult than it would seem because you have multiple variables at work when attempting to land on a nautical platform. The exercise is unique because we are landing to a point out in space at sea level that is constantly moving in three dimensions and the wind and -the ships movement can prove to be difficult. Due to the lack of training for maritime landings throughout our training calendar we took extra time for precautionary training and planning. Especially considering the Soldiers lack of familiarity with some elements of the training, Abrams felt the day went well. Overall the pilots and crew chiefs did a fantastic job out there today. he said. The exercise was not only a first for some of the Army crew members, but also for the ships new captain. It was an honor to be able to help 2nd CAB conduct training on board our ship, said Capt. John P. Kelley, commander of United States Naval Ship 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin. This ship takes part in about 30 to 40 deck landing qualifications each year, but this was the first one since I have taken over command of the ship which made it really special. x

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We are in the field...we were in the field last year too...it seems to happen while we cant drink every year since we have been here!! :)

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Civilian fitness program begins


By Hong, Seung-hui USAG Humphreys Public Affairs
of life much better. Dave Elger, Area III Health Promotion Coordinator, said The purpose of the program is to get civilCAMP HUMPHREYS The Civilian Fitness ians in better physical shape and make employees Program on post is now accepting registrations. The who are physically fit more productive and be absent program intends to encourage civilian employees to less frequently. So I think it will be a win-win situaimprove their health and fitness through workouts. tion for both employees and supervisors. Full-time Department Of Defense employees can To enroll, all participants have to complete forms participate in the program for six months. that include Civilian Fitness informed consent from Participants can exercise up to three hours per a supervisor, a health history form, and a physician week during duty work hours, pending supervisor referral. approval. Packets are available for a download on a healthOne of the participants, Nicole Fixmer, who promotion page at the U.S. Army Garrison Humworks as radiologist, reports seeing the benefits of phrey website, http://humphreyes.korea.army.korea. the program. army.mil/health-promotion. She lost 10 pounds and 4.4 percent body fat and If you are a male older than 39 or a female over the her weight is continuing on a steady downward spi- age of 49, you must get a medical clearance before ral. joining the program. According to the result of a study by Patricia Registration will be closed on Oct. 31 and the proHawk, a certified diabetes educator, exercising also gram will last from Nov. 1 to Apr. 30. Fore more inforhelps with psychological health and makes quality mation, call 753-3253 . x

CAMP HUMPHREYS A Korean traditional percussion quartet, known as a Samulnori, performs at the Pyeongtaek City Cultural Tour. U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson

ummm.....wishing I was @ the Oktoberfest (like every year).

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Increased strength, flexibility, and endurance are some of the many benefits of joining the Civilian Fitness Program on Camp Humphreys. U.S. Army photo by Hong Seung Hui

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USAG Daegu leadership helps kick off CFC 2011


Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin seungbin.lee@korea.army.mil
DAEGU GARRISON The 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign officially kicked off Oct. 3, and the USAG Daegu leadership showed their support by hosting a cakecutting ceremony at the Camp Walker Exchange. According to Marleen Rosalie, chief, Administrative Services Division, Human Resources Directorate, USAG Daegu, and Garrison key-person for the CFC campaign, The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas provides contributors an opportunity to support international, national and yes, even local organizations. Every year the participation rate, along with the amount of money contributed within Southeast Hub increases. Last year 42 percent of the Southeast Hub population contributed, raising over $150,000; $5,000 of which came right back to our local Youth Center. With command emphasis and energetic representatives we look to increase the participation rate to 52 percent. The cake-cutting event allowed the USAG Daegu leadership and CFC officials to share with Soldiers, Family members and Civilians the importance of CFC, and what their contributions and support means to the success of the campaign. One individual who has worked hard to make the CFC campaign a success is Staff Sgt. Richard Whisenhunt, 154th Med. Det., Camp Walker. According to Michelle T. Cameron, community area projects officer, MPD, Camp Henry, Staff Sgt. Whisenhunt has been highly proactive in this campaign. Realizing the issues he would have with soldiers spread over Southeast Hub, he got in contact with me early on. He knew he would have a clear chance to get 100 percent contact

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Col. Kathleen Gavle, Commander, USAG Daegu (left) and Staff Sgt. Richard Whisenhunt, 154th Med. Det. help kick off the 50th Anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in a cake-cutting ceremony Oct. 3, on Camp Walker.
a few days prior to the official campaign commencement, and worked with me to ensure this was legitimate. We communicated on the issue and agreed this was the best chance for him to reach his units CFC objective early on. By the first day of the campaign he turned in 100 percent contact as well as enough donations to qualify for a platinum award. SSG Whisenhunt is an asset to the campaign and a high speed individual. According to area CFC representatives, the CFC campaign requires the continued support of everyone. They said that every contribution counts. We look forward to a great campaign and we want to stress to everyone that together we can make a difference, said Rosalie. By giving to CFC, you make a world of difference by helping your fellow man. x

Make the connection by always wearing your seatbelt


occupants, the crash victims suffered head and neck trauma, internal injuries, leg trauma and even a popped out eyeball. The seatbelt is designed to keep occupants from moving out of the position so the airbag can capture the occupants momentum in the seat and cushioning the impact (head & neck). In our lives, we have accepted that airbags are there to minimize injuries and save our lives. We have accepted this into our lives as we see no negative consequence for using this deviance by itself. In our mind this has become the normal deviation from the acceptable level of safety. We know that we must use seatbelts, but we see reinforced images that tell us airbags alone are fine; so the deviance from safety is okay. This normal deviance of not wearing the seatbelt in their day to day lives caused these particular crash victims some serious injuries. Airbags do not save lives; they minimize injuries only if you also have your seatbelt on properly, period! The airbag was designed to stop your head from whipping forward during a frontal impact incident while your body is securely attached to the seat.

Story and photo by Andrew Allen USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief
DAEGU GARRISON Firefighters see some of the worst things that can happen to the human body. Fires used to be the only horror we saw, but we soon responded to vehicle accidents as part of our job. Seeing twisted steel and bodies drives home how fragile we all are. Cars have become safer and more survivable. The best safety device however, is still the seatbelt and shoulder harness. Their use has climbed to an all time high of 85 percent, still not the 100 percent we should have. In the past few years weve seen airbags become standard equipment. T h i s h a s c l e a r l y a d v a n ce d t h e survivability of a car accident. Keep in mind, however that airbags were not intended to save your life; they were intended to minimize neck and head injuries. This misconception has led to many problems, as was recently demonstrated in a vehicle collision at Gate 4 on Camp Walker. Car versus solid wall at 30+mph resulting in all three people being injured. Airbags deployed, however, because no seatbelts were worn by any of the

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Add a seat belt to this picture and the windshield, and the victims head, might have fared better in this crash. Air bags help but seat belts save. Click it every time.

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Camp Walker celebrates Hispanic American Heritage Month

CYS Services We will be offering twice monthly (most months) classes designed for families to spend time together learning something new and fun. Activities will be for registered members only-will take place at the School Age Center (Walker bldg # 257) Parents MUST attend and participate. Parents can call Parent Central Services at 764-5298 or stop into sign up prior to class. Must be signed up to attend. All ages are welcome.

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.

C a m p He n r y T h e a t e r G r a n d Reopening The opening ceremony (cake, drawings, fun!) will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 15. The first movie will start at 3 p.m. The final temp theater showing will be Friday Oct. 14.

A National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon was held at Camp Walkers Evergreen Club, Sept, 28. The event recognized the historical and cultural contributions of all Hispanic Americans. Lt. Col. Zulma Guerrero, Deputy Commander, 501st Sustainment Brigade, Camp Carroll was guest speaker at the annual celebration. The career officer spoke with pride of the numerous contributions Hispanics have made, and how those achievements are of great cultural importance to society. A native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, Guerrero has served in numerous stateside overseas locations. She has a Masters Degree in Spanish and Education from the University of Louisville, and is currently a Doctoral student at Southwestern Nova University. US Army photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo (Left) Soldiers, family members, and civilians from across USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub, mostly of Hispanic descent, listen attentively to the welcome speech delivered by Lt. Col. Zulma Guerrero during the Hispanic American Heritage Month celebration held Sept. 28th at the Evergreen Club on Camp Walker. US Army photo by Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo

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.

Increased awareness can help bring domestic violence under control


By Lee Sae-mi USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON Domestic violence is a problem that requires the care and attention of everyone. In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, the USAG Daegu community held a proclamation signing Oct. 4, on Camp Henry. The message the USAG leadership, as well as Mirian Houston, Exceptional Family Member Program manager, ACS, Camp Henry, wants to emphasize is the importance of increased awareness. To accomplish this task, educating the community on the threats and the severity of domestic violence, is an ongoing process. Much of the training, according to officials, begins with recognizing signs that that there is a problem. People should learn the signs because in many cases, they can be subtle. A person who is overprotective or wants to be controlling or seeks to isolate one person from others, is just one example of how domestic violence can take form. Recognizing the signs also helps people to better protect themselves against this form of abuse, explained Houston. A variety of domestic violence awareness literature and tools are available to those desiring to find out more about this widespread concern. Both the Camp Walker Chapel and Camp Henry ACS offer educational programs designed to assist individuals in achieving a greater awareness of domestic violence. Said Houston, We have abundance of classes about how to deal with problems so that you know how to deal with situations before they have a chance to escalate. We have books in ACS, as well as other resources that we feel are pertinent to helping not only increase awareness, but to bring domestic violence under control. However, an important thing for everyone to remember is that they can make a difference. Helping to bring domestic violence under control is something that starts with you. x

New Speed Limit In order to keep the area safe for the students and staff near Daegu High School on Camp Walker, the speed limit on Rhode Island St. will remain at 25 KPH. Please observe the new speed limit, as MP patrols will be out in force observing you - both on Camp Walker and Camp George - as the new school year begins. Lets all keep it in low gear and make their job boring - and keep our children safe. Trunk or Treat What frightening things are hidden in the trunk of your car? Decorate your trunk in ghoulishly good fun for a chance to win prizes. Oct. 29 at the Commissary Parking Lot, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the two best decorated trunks. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday 26 Oct. Register at the Commissary or CAC. Call 764-4431 to register.

Domestic violence awareness poster, 2011 US Army photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo

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Ideas on how to save energy costs


By Sgt. Jang Bong-seok bongseok.jang@us.army.mil
USAG Daegu community, what is your best idea on how to save energy costs over the coming winter season? Think out of the box and come up with something innovative who knows, maybe nobody else has thought of it and we could all benefit!

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One way to keep energy cost down is to wear sweat shirt and sweat pants along with socks and and slippers to include keeping your thermostat at a comfortable 67 degrees. If youre still in need of warmth, a blanket on your couch for the entire winter timeline.

Here is me and my daughter (Annaleigh 6 mos.) waiting for the bus a couple of days ago while she is here visiting me from home. Courtesy photo by Claude Cw Pinner

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Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin visits South Korea


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DA EG U G A R R I S O N Pastors Alice and Tyrome Myatt again put their faith to work, believing wholeheartedly that ye have not because ye ask not. The two USAG Daegu community members wanted to ensure the anniversary of their church was celebrated in good fashion. So, when they contacted well known gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin and asked that he be their guest speaker, their request came through Sept. 16 in a formal event at downtown Novotel Daegu. McClurkin has been lifting his voice in song since the age of nine. His musical talent would later be used to minister to the world. As an American gospel music singer and minister, he has won three Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET award, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award for his work. He will gladly admit that his faith has given him many opportunities to minister to the many audiences around the world. Even with a full and demanding schedule, he has never forgotten the men and women in uniform. His world travels have taken him to military installations both at home and abroad. He remembers fondly traveling to military bases in Misawa, Okinawa, and Kadena, Japan, as well as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It has been good because I believe that people in the military are really heroes. So, it is always a privilege when I am able to go and minister to military members and their families. Josephine Loleta Butler, a guidance counselor at Daegu American School, was among a host of Daegu community members who attended the second anniversary celebratory event. Being afforded an opportunity to fellowship with community members such as pastors Alice and Tyrome Myatt during the anniversary of their ministry was truly a blessing, said Butler. Pastor McClurkins message was truly uplifting and reminded me to be truly thankful for all that God has given me. As he prepared for his return trip home, McClurkin expressed how thankful he was to be invited to Korea. Asked if he had any parting words for the Daegu community he said, Keep living for Jesus. Keep talking about Jesus. Keep sharing the word with everybody. x

Last year we ordered the 3M Window kits and sealed our windows. This year we will be covering a few more windows as well. It really helped in keeping the drafty cold air out of the house and we are off- post.

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I live within walking distance from post....just might have to beat feet and save some gas $$$...we also been talking about car pooling here at my shop.

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Controlling the heating valve by shutting off floor heating to rooms we do not use, and utilizing heating fans/radiator bought from the economy (anything 110 V seeps energy) as we live off-post. Using the timer on these units to only heat at certain hours work well for me to reduce of the cost of floor heating.

Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin was the guest speaker at the second anniversary of the Higher Dimension International Ministry, Sept. 24 at the Novotel hotel in downtown Daegu. US Army photo by Park Min-jin

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is like getting slapped in the face. However, the level of damage to your body will be exponentially worse if you do not have that seatbelt on or the airbag does not deploy. Here are some additional tips: 1.Your seat should be upright just like they tell you on an airplane. 2.Shoulder harness must not be touching your neck or face. 3.Lap belt portion should be snug against your hips and pelvis, not across your stomach. 4.It takes two seconds to buckle up, two seconds to save your life in a split second collision. 6.Pregnant women, talk with your pediatrician about the proper placement of the seatbelt for you as your pregnancy continues. What concerns me is when drivers say wearing seat belts in my own car is my choice, says Charles Ryan, 19th ESC safety director. But wearing seat belts is as much your choice as red light or stop signs; and we know what

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Side airbags stop your head from whipping sideways in a side impact incident. The seatbelt (with shoulder harness) is designed to keep your body upright and securely attached to the seat bottom and back. Correctly wear your seatbelt. How many people have you seen that have accepted the normalization of deviance by putting the shoulder belt under their armpit or behind their back? It bothers my shoulder or it wrinkles my clothes or some other ultimately lame excuse. This accepted normalization will hurt them in a car accident. It will leave fire officials walking away shaking their heads our heads thinking, What a waste, as your body is loaded into an ambulance or morgue van. Failure to wear your seatbelt properly means your body may slide right under, around or over the airbag. This means you will be pile driven into the floor board or into (or through) the front dashboard or steering wheel. Finally, you will hear from people that the seatbelt caused them injuries or the airbag caused facial trauma; this is all true! Not wearing the belt adjusted for your size, having a twist in the belt or having it loose around you can cause serious injuries. Having something in your hands or even your glasses on can cause facial trauma when the airbag deploys. In a serious collision, you will be injured by the seatbelt and airbags even if ever ything works right. Bruises across the shoulder and lap are common. The airbag deployment

life savers those are! US Forces Korea Regu;lation 190-1 addresses seat belt use in front seats, back seats and even public transportation. Korean laws have now changed and people in the back seat must buckle up too. Buckle up, buckle up correctly, do not accept that because it hasnt happened to you ever before, it cant happen today! Do not normalize safety deviances in your life. It can happen, it does happen and it will happen. x

MPs are on the lookout for those who foolishly fail buckle up for their own good. So be sure to click it, so you dont get ticketed.

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