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NOVEMBER 25, 2011

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NOVEMBER 25, 2011

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 8


Casey Elementary, Dongducheon City Cultural Exchange Page 5

Humphreys Hosts Harleys Page 21

Daegus Model Soldier Page 25

Ferriter assumes IMCOM command

By Tim Hipps IMCOM Public Affairs
SAN ANTONIO Lieutenant Gen. Michael Ferriter took the reins of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch during a change of command ceremony Nov. 17 on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presided over the changing of the guard for the command, which relocated from suburban Washington, D.C., to south Texas during the past two years as part of Base Realignment and Closure. Ferriter, a 1979 graduate of The Citadel, came to Texas from a tour as deputy commander for advising and training for United States Forces Iraq, supporting Operation New Dawn. Before that, he commanded the U.S. Army Infantry Center and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga. As well as IMCOM commander, Ferriter is now the Armys Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. All three officers served as battle buddies at some point in Iraq. Both Rick Lynch and Mike Ferriter, Ive known for awhile, Odierno said. Most important, I got to see them operate in combat. These are two Soldiers who not only understand what its like to take care of our Families, but they understand what its like being at the tip of a spear. Theres no better person to lead us in installation management than somebody whos experienced both. Ferriters combat tours include Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and two tours in Iraq. Im confident that Mike Ferriter is the right man for the job. Hes a proven leader with the right experience to lead us into the future, Odierno said. He understands Soldiers and Family and is the right leader at this important time of transition for our Army. Ferriter and wife, Margie, have four children who understand Army life: Dr. Meghan Ferriter, Capt. Dan Ferriter, Capt. Paddy Ferriter and 1st Lt. Mary Whitney Whittaker. The Ferriters are a great Army Family and IMCOM is fortunate to have them, Odierno said. Always remember that the strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our Families. And thats what makes us Army Strong. Ferriter said, There are hundreds of thousands of Army Families that are exactly the same, and thats where we get our inspiration. Lynch, the only commander IMCOM has known, was quick to thank Odierno for his mentorship. Ive been blessed in my 35 years of uniformed service, Lynch said. One of the top blessings is my relationship with Ray Odierno. Odierno thanked Lynch for a career well done, capped by the complex move of an Army command from the nations capital to Texas. Lieutenant Gen. Rick Lynch has served selflessly in our Army with extraordinary distinction for nearly 35 years, Odierno said. Hes devoted his career to taking care of Soldiers and their Families. I have watched Rick for years, always step forward, raise his right hand, and say Put me in. I want the toughest job. I want the tough jobs and Ill make it work. Ill make it happen. We thought he was the perfect person to lead IMCOM and transform it into a world-class organization focused on our customers. The customers are our Soldiers and their Families and our retirees. He cited the 120,000 people who make up IMCOM. We are grateful for the dedicated Army civilians and contractors that have made IMCOM such a large success, Odierno said. In short, the IMCOM team has been and will remain a key ingredient in our ability to protect and sustain combat forces around the world. I thank each and every member of IMCOM for your untiring effort and commitment to our Soldiers, their Families and the Army. x

Lieutenant Gen. Michael Ferriter delivers remarks after assuming command of the Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. U.S. Army photo by Luke Elliott

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NEWS Gift card spreads holiday cheer

By Kevin Robinson Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, VA. During the holiday season, a Commissary Gift Card can be an easy option for anyone looking to extend the gift of groceries to service members and their Families, said the director of the Defense Commissary Agency. Whether its mom and dad wanting to help out with a holiday dinner for their son or daughter stationed overseas or a military unit assisting a junior enlisted Family struggling financially, the Commissary Gift Card is a quick way to extend the benefit during the holidays, said Joseph H. Jeu. You dont have to be an authorized shopper to give this gift. Unveiled this summer, the Commissary Gift Card comes in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase a card online, or in a commissary. However, only authorized commissary customers can use it in a commissary. The gift cards can be used for instore purchases, as long as they have a balance. They cannot be redeemed for cash, and there is no monetary change for unused portions of the card. However, customers can always use gift cards with other forms of payment at the register. These cards are perfect for folks who want to give them as gifts to their military Family and friends or for charitable organizations and our industry partners to use as donations, said Command Sgt. Maj. John M. Gaines Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. Here are some quick facts about the Commissary Gift Card: The cards are available at all commissaries worldwide, on a rack at full service, front-end registers as well as online. The cards expire five years from the date of purchase. Online orders incur a handling fee. These fees are not assessed to in-store orders. There is no limit to the number of gift cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing online if they need $500 or more in gift cards. Commissary Gift Cards can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Outside the United States, gift cards can be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses. For customer service questions, call the toll-free phone number, 877-9884438, which also allows the user to check the card balance. The Commissary Gift Card replaced the DeCA gift voucher. However, customers who have unused gift vouchers will be able to redeem them through Aug. 31, 2016. As a Soldier, I can testify that the commissary benefit is worth the trip in allowing us to stretch our paychecks, Gaines said. Receiving these gift cards makes the holidays even more festive.


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Military Family Month celebrated

In recognition of the selfless dedication of military families worldwide, DeCA and its industry partners

are making National Military Family Month as special as the customers they serve. Throughout November, DeCA and its industry partners are sponsoring instore promotions, including shoppingspree giveaways, high-value coupons, free marketing merchandise, product giveaways and demonstrations, and thousands of dollars in complimentary commissary gift cards. Military families stand strong as the backbone of todays military, and we understand the stresses they endure, Jeu said. After all, roughly 63 percent of the Defense Commissary Agencys workforce has military connections, or has served in the armed forces. During National Military Family Month, were out to brighten their day and make their commissary especially worth the trip. Commissaries exist as part of the Defense Departments nonpay compensation to reinforce military families quality of life. On average, commissary savings equate to nearly $4,500 annually for a family of four and more than $1,500 for a single service member. For fiscal 2011, commissary customers closed the year with 32 percent savings equating to $2.8 billion saved. Were proud to help you maintain your holiday meal traditions and feed your family in style without breaking the bank, Jeu said. In addition to our everyday savings because we sell groceries at cost, youll be treated to many special promotions and activities this month highlighting National Military Family Month and Thanksgiving. x

Korean War vets finally recognized

By Amy Tolson Redstone Rocket
WASHINGTON, D.C. Almost 60 years after the end of hostilities, Tennessee Valleys Korean War veterans finally received the fanfare and recognition they deserve. It didnt bother me then, but it does now when you see people come home, Albert Bertin, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, said of the lack of recognition Korean War veterans received upon their return home to the U.S. After World War II everyone was welcome. When the ship comes back into port theyre all welcomed. We got nothing. Valor Flight One -- The Flight of the Not Forgotten -- took to the air Saturday to change that, transporting the Tennessee Valleys Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to view the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Fanfare erupted at dawn at Huntsville International Airport as the veterans began their day bright and early with well-wishes from family, friends and community and military leaders, before taking to the air for the short flight to Washington. Upon their arrival in the nations capital, service members from across the military branches, as well as community wellwishers, thanked each and every veteran for their service with a smile, handshake and words of gratitude and encouragement. Music, cheers and applause filled Reagan National Airport as the veterans began their day in D.C. The reception veterans got here was just amazing. It was overwhelming for me, I know it had to be for them, said Sue Ann Sandifer, who served as a guardian for the trip. Its hard to even put into words because its been such a good experience. For Donald Canaday his return from the Korean War was a lonely car ride back to his hometown, where some people didnt even know he had gone to war. Saturday he finally received the thanks and welcome worthy of a hero. Ive never seen such a recognition, Canaday said. Never. The fanfare continued as the 114 veterans and their guardians, both from north Alabama and the D.C. area, boarded buses to bagpipes and salutes, and set off for the very reason Valor Flight exists: to see the Korean War Veterans Memorial. With tears still in their eyes from the outpouring of love and support from the nation at both airports, a deep sense of gratitude and excitement washed over the veterans faces as they arrived at the memorial, each taking turns getting their pictures taken with the 19 stainless steel statues that embody the sacrifices and challenges the veterans faced at war. The Korean Memorial -- just the expression the statues they had on their face, they just looked half scared to death, Canaday, who spent 22 months on a ship during the war, said of the highlight of his day. I had a lot of friends who were over there, and yet I always had a good meal three times a day, a bed to sleep in and a shower. They were in the mud, snow and ice. Dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war, the memorial is a circle intersected by a triangle. Nineteen stainless steel statues depict a squad on patrol, while strips of granite and scrubby juniper branches remind visitors of the rough Korean terrain. These war memorials are so important, said Kathleen Bashian, a certified master guide who led a bus tour for the veterans. With people of all ages, its a teachable moment when they go to the World War II memorial and to the Korean and to the Vietnam memorial. Sometimes people never want to focus on one moment of history but you bring them to your memorial and theyll start asking the questions, finding the meaning to it, so theyre very, very important. After ample time to take in their memorial, the tour of D.C.s finest tributes to freedom and patriotism continued at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, where the group reenergized themselves with lunch before watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 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 Larceny of Private Property. The subject removed the victims cell phone, which was unsecured and unattended in a display shelf behind the counter at an off-post establishment. MPI reviewed the stores Closed Circuit Television, which recorded the subject reaching behind the desk and taking the phone. Korean National Police were initially notified and declined jurisdiction, but then reclaimed jurisdiction over the offense after the subject was identified. The subject returned to the store, was apprehended by MPI and transported to the KNP Station. He was then transported to the Povost Marshals Office, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Area II Wrongful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Investigation by the KNP and CID established probable cause to believe the subject committed the offense of wrongful possession of a controlled substance (Spice) when she purchased a controlled substance at a local nightclub on two separate occasions. Area III Larceny of government property. larceny of Private Property. Unknown subject(s), by unknown means, removed various items of Central Issue Facility gear, which were secured and unattended in two separate lockers in a storage room onpost. The unknown subject(s) fled the scene. Victims one and two rendered written sworn statements attesting to the incident. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) yielded negative results. There were no signs of forced entry. Estimated Cost of Loss is unknown. Area IV Drunk and Disorderly. The subject was observed urinating in public while on-post. He was apprehended and transported to the PMO where he was unable to give a breath sample. He was then transported to the Troop Medical Clinic for a blood alcohol test. The subject was processed and released to his unit. Larceny. Unknown subject(s) gained access to an arms room on-post and removed one Night Vision Device (NVD) and one PVS-14 Monocular. The NVD was discovered missing during a monthly sensitive items inventory. It was last seen during the monthly sensitive items inventory conducted in June, following the change of command. Estimated cost of loss is $3,500.

South Mountain, known as Namsan to the Koreans, is home to the iconic Seoul Tower in the middle of the city. Theres a beautiful walking trail that stretches from the foot of the mountain to the top where the tower is located. To the delight of hungry passersby, this restaurant sits just off the walking path. It is a traditional Korean rice house that serves bi bim bop, kim bop, noodle soup and a number of other traditional Korean food. U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Dream Forrest Dream Forest, a massive green park located in northern Seoul, is the 4th largest park in the city before Seoul Forest, Olympic Park, and World Cup Park. Neighboring with six surrounding districts including Gangbuk-gu, Seongbuk-gu, and Dobonggu, the park was built on the land where Dreamland formerly existed. Surrounded by densely forested mountains of Byeokosan and Opesan, Dream Forest provides diverse attractions to visitors, together with an abundant amount of natural vegetation. The Cherry Blossom Path in spring or the Maple Tree Forest in fall is merely a glimpse of the amazing beauty the park offers. Visitors will find that the landscaping works, such as Wolyeongji (Moon Reflecting Pond) and the Wolgwang Falls (Moonlight Falls), were designed after traditional architecture of Korea. At the top of the 49.7 meter tall observatory, visitors are treated with a panoramic view of the whole park and the view of Mt. Bukhan, Mt. Dobong, and Mt. Surak. Dream Forest was also built to accommodate various cultural venues. Dream Forest Arts Center, Concert Hall, Dream Forest Museum of Art, Restaurants, are all conveniently located within the park, making Dream Forest one of the most accessible cultural venues in Seoul. The city of Seoul invites you to the Dream Forest, the park made of dreams. All Aboard Haerang is a train thats part hotel, part observatory, part entertainment facility, and 100% fun. On the outside, the train is a striking blue with a gold phoenix emblem; on the inside, its full of clean and modern accommodations and conveniences, ensuring visitors a safe and pleasant travel experience. The luxury train takes passengers to major tourist destinations in Koreas southwest, southeast, and eastern regions as part of a one-night, two-day or two-night, three-day program. Train fare is inclusive of all services and travel fees. Travelers move from one destination to another by train or by bus and visit famous local restaurants to feast on regional specialties like hanjeongsik, raw fish, and hanu beef. Bamboo Garden Bamboo may be universally associated with sword wielding ninjas, crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but Damyang, the northernmost point on the Korean Peninsula where bamboo grows in abundance, has cornered the market as far as Korea goes. There are plenty of attractions in Damyang, but the bamboo is inescapable and seems to pervade every aspect of life here. Not to be confused with the similar sounding Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do, Damyang is a beautifully green county, teeming with nature and history. Biodiversity of Suncheonman Bay Suncheon is the ecological capital of Korea. It represents Korea on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and shares information on environmental conservation with the international community. Suncheonman Bays vast tidal flats and reed fields offer not only a beautiful landscape, but also incredible biodiversity. Other than the bay, Suncheon has many tourist attractions, including Seonamsa Temple, which is over 1,000 years old, and Naganeupseong Folk Village, which has thatched roofs and dates back to the Joseon dynasty, but is still inhabited. Songgwangsa Temple, one of the Koreas three major temples, is also located in Suncheon, as well as Suncheon Drama Film Set. TV dramas and films have been shot. Visit the Suncheon area to experience untouched beauty and get a taste of Koreas history.




Santa, snow, and safety

By Col. Kathleen A. Gavle USAG Daegu Garrison Commander
DAEGU As November comes to a close and the weather turns colder, I am sure that many of you anticipate the joy of holidays to be spent either here or back home with Family, friends and loved ones. It would be easy to think, especially now after Thanksgiving, that its time to ease up and cruise into the Christmas season. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this time of year, we should all take a few extra minutes to think about what were doing, focus on our tasks and ensure that they are done safely. Here in the Southeast Hub, we have done a fantastic job of putting our Operational Risk Management (ORM) into practice and staying relatively accident-free. This is no time to relax that vigilance, and maybe even time to add a few checklists to your planning. Im sure everyone here in Daegu has noticed the temperature drop this past week as overnight lows dipped below freezing. Please take this into account as you plan outdoor work and leisure excursions. Leaders, ensure your troops are properly dressed and properly hydrated. There is a great guide for preventing winter injuries both in the field and at home accessible from the Garrison web page at Also, a wealth of additional resources for Soldiers and Family members is available at home/wintercampaign.asp. Have you winterized your car? If you havent, you should! Again this ties in with ORM, anticipating the risk and taking action to mitigate it. Get a tuneup done, change the oil (if needed) and check the battery, tires, anti-freeze levels. Make a stop at the FMWR Auto Skills Shop on Camp Henry for do-it-

Col. Kathleen A. Gavle

yourself help, 768-7164. If your travels include a long drive, consider how long its been since you and your car have done so. Plan ahead get plenty of rest, give your car a safety once-over, and again, use your ORM steps. Even better, visit the Army Travel Risk Planning System before you take that trip, available from by clicking on the TRiPS logo. This applies to POVs as well as government vehicles. Finally, a plea you have heard before and will hear again: Dont drink and drive! Drinking and driving is not a mistake; its a decision a bad one with serious repercussions. Its too easy to find alternatives if you plan take a taxi, use a designated driver, make accommodations available for guests and/or take their keys away at the door if you or they plan on imbibing. We all want to enjoy the holidays. Lets do it safely and ensure that everyone returns to our teams ready to continue to Make a Difference! x

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Students from Dongducheon Foreign Language High School enjoy bowling as guests of the U.S. Army in Area I last year. Last week, the Casey Elementary School signed an agreement with the city of Dongducheon that will see Casey students engaged in educational and cultural exchanges with Dongducheons elementary and middle schools. Those exchanges could begin after the holiday season. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jin Choi

Casey, Dongducheon schools plan exhanges

Pact calls for elementary, middle school students to meet for visits, outings
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD Students at Casey Elementary School are about to make lots of Korean friends. The school signed an agreement last week with the City of Dongducheon that provides for a wide range of future educational and cultural events thatll bring together students from Casey with those of Dongducheons elementary and middle schools. Well have student exchanges where some of our students will go to a Dongducheon school for a day and vice versa, said Monica Hoagland, a Casey Elementary School spokeswoman. They would do everything with our students, they would be assigned a buddy and would go to all the classes together, whatever activities we have that day, lunch, the entire school day, she said. Its just for them to get a taste of how American schools run, and a day in the life of an American school, she said. And we reverse it: our kids go to their school. Casey currently has 437 students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade. It opened only last year and is the first Defense Department school in Area I. Other Defense Department schools in Korea have had similar arrangements for many years, said Hoagland. And we just wanted to get it started up here as well in Area I, she said. Casey Elementary School principal Shelly Kennedy and Dongducheon Mayor Oh Sea-chang met at Dongducheon City Hall Nov. 17 and signed a memorandum of understanding that launches the program. The first exchanges could begin soon after the upcoming holiday season. We will start with Bosan Elementary school but then it will expand to all of the schools in Dongducheon, Hoagland said. Right now the principals and everyone are brainstorming ideas and plans and looking at calendars but its something we want to begin now, as soon as things can be arranged, Hoagland said. In addition to students attending the others schools for a day, additional possibilities are sports events and field days, trips to concerts, and other outings, she said. Weve talked about pen pals or nowadays, I guess, it would be e-mail or text pals, she said. And there are no worries that language differences will hinder the students because most youngsters make friends easily, she said. Kids adapt, said Hoagland. Its like Hi. Hi. Casey school officials are excited that students will get the same chances at cultural exchange that U.S. military units have with Korean communities, Hoagland said. The mayor himself mentioned that, for so many years up here weve had good working relationships with adults between various units but now that we have a school in Area I its wonderful to have an opportunity to start with the children, Hoagland said. x



By Pfc. Ro Jin-hwan 2ID Public Affairs
CAMP RED CLOUD During the winter season Soldiers must be ready to fight tonight in spite of bitter cold conditions. Cold weather injuries remain a major threat to individual health and unit performance during training and operations. Soldiers able to fight in the cold have a distinct advantage on the battlefield. Preventing cold weather injuries is especially important in the Army because it helps maintain combat power, said Lawrence B. Bengough, the tactical safety manager of 2nd Infantry Division. Two of the most common cold weather injuries are frostbite and hypothermia, said Bengough. The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, in Maryland, reported 306 cold weather injuries among active and reserve Soldiers during the 2010-11 cold weather seasons, of which 162 were frostbite and 38 were hypothermia. Frostbite is caused by exposure to below-freezing temperatures which freezes skin, fingers, ears and facial parts. Skin exposed to metal, super cold fuel, wind chill, and tight clothing, particularly boots, can also become frostbitten. To avoid frostbite, Soldiers should dress in layers, wearing their clothing correctly, and keeping it dry. On the other hand, hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposure to cold and core body-heat loss. It may even occur at temperatures above freezing, especially when a persons skin or clothing is wet. There are many other cold weather injuries such as chilblain, trench foot, dehydration, snow blindness, and carbon monoxide poisoning. But all of them can be prevented by correct utilization of uniforms and through other preventive actions. Some of the common symptoms of cold weather injuries include swollen and red skin with rash-like appearances, shivering, drowsiness, mental slowness, lack of coordination, numbness in the affected area, tingling, skin that is blistered, pale, yellowish, waxy-looking, as well as frozen tissue that feels wooden to the touch. Leaders must ensure Soldiers


News & Notes

EFMP Shopping Day The deadline to register for Army Community Services Exceptional Family Member Program holiday shopping for EFMP school-age children in the Camp Casey Exchange is Nov. 25. The event will be Dec. 9. To register or volunteer as a shopping buddy or gift wrapper, call 730-3107. Casey Exchange Hours The Camp Casey Exchange will be open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23. For more information, call 730-4860/4865. Exchange Closure The Camp Red Cloud Post Exchange annex in bldg. 245 will permanently close Nov. 30. For more information, call 732-6263. Special Forces Recruiting Visit Special Forces Recruiters from Hawaii will be in Area I Nov. 30 Dec. 2 to recruit E-3 to E-7 and YG 2009/2010 officers. Interested Soldiers can attend briefings at noon and 4:30 p.m., Nov. 30 Dec. 2 in the Camp Casey Education Center. The qualifying Army physical fitness test will be administered at 6:30 a.m., Dec. 2 at Camp Caseys Schoonover Bowl. Applicants must wear the standard seasonal APFT uniform with reflective belt. Those in pay grade E-3 must be 20 years old and have a high school diploma, and E-7 applicants must not have more than nine months time in grade and 12 years of service. For more information, call 010-8690-7810 or send e-mail to < mil> . New Exchange Hours The Camp Red Cloud Post Exchange in bldg. 9 will expand its hours to improve shopping beginning Dec. 1. New hours will be 9 a.m. 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 732-6263. Flu Shots The health clinic at Camp Casey will give flu vaccinations for ID cardholders, including civilian employees, family members, retirees and contractors 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 3 in the Exchange ood court area. For more information, call 730-4637. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in front of Freeman Hall. For more information, call 732-9246. Community Town Hall Meeting A community town hall meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Camp Red Cloud Theater. U.S. Area I officials will provide an array of updates on their programs and services.

Freeze out cold weather injuries

receive adequate food, water, rest, training in wearing the appropriate cold weather clothing and keeping it dry, and in avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco, said Bengough. Soldiers must wear their uniforms correctly, always keeping them dry and wearing them in layers. Soldiers must also use the buddy system to monitor performance and health, and report to the unit medical officer with signs of symptoms of cold weather injuries, said Bengough. Fully utilizing the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System can also help. Leaders, including noncommissioned officers, must make sure Soldiers are fully equipped and know how to wear their gear correctly. The Combat Readiness Safety Center is currently conducting a fall and winter safety campaign until March 2012. It deals with a wide variety of winter activity hazards: cold weather injuries. Winter driving and ice removal in work areas are among the topics covered. Soldiers can visit the website, for more information or contact the Division Safety Office at DSN 7327032. x

Father adds photo to sons memorial site

This monument at Camp Mobile was unveiled Sept. 9 outside by the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud to honor Cho Min-su, 21, the South Korean police conscript who drowned while trying to rescue a local civilian from raging flood waters last July. It consists of a granite monument with a bronze plaque bearing an inscription honoring Chos heroism. At the time of the unveiling, his framed photo was placed below the stone only temporarily. Since then, Chos father, Cho Gong-hwan, had his sons photo affixed to the monument for permanents display. USAG Red Cloud deliberately placed the monument just outside rather than inside the Camp Mobile perimeter so that members of the Korean public can visit the site unhindered by security restrictions. - U.S.Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

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Participants in the Area I Rucksack Challenge Nov. 19 break from the start line at Camp Casey. Competitors had to cover an eight-mile course carrying a 35-pound load and full canteen. Overall winner was mens division competitor Carlos Simpson, (left, foreground) who crossed the finish line at 1:09:27. Hes assigned to Company F, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armor Regiment. In the womens division, Alexandra Brown posted a first-place time of 1:30:24. She is also with the 302nd BSB, assigned to Company E. - Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Rivers

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NOVEMBER 25, 2011



HHC, USAG Yongsan visits the Blue House

By Cpl. Choi Sung-il
YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Headquarters and Headquarters Company Soldiers visited the Blue House, Cheong Wa Dae, in Jongno-gu Nov. 16. Cheong Wa Dae which literally means pavilion of blue tiles consists of a complex of buildings built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style. Each building stands on a space surrounded by grass and tall pine trees which prove the long history of the Blue House. After watching a video giving an overall explanation of the Blue House and daily life of the president, the company toured some of the main buildings including the Presidential Residence, the State Reception House and the Press Hall. They were able to enter Youngbingwan, the reception center, where the president holds luncheon meetings with representatives of countries and public figures. The enormous columns sustaining the building were carried as the whole pillar, which enhances the value of the building. Seeing in person what Ive only seen in news is valuable, said Cpl. Lim Chul-soon from HHC, USAG Yongsan. I am struck by the magnificence of the buildings and their beautiful interiors. Im also proud to stand in this divine place as a Korean and the member of HHC, See BLUE HOUSE, Page 12

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Headquarters and Headquarters Company Soldiers take a group photo in front of the Blue House, the presidential office Nov. 16. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il

(Above) U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Headquarters and Headquarters Company Soldiers listen to a guide of the presidential compound known as the Blue House in the reception center called Youngbingwan; (Left) Participants were given a chance to look around the site where the old Presidential Residence stood until 1991. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il


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Tobacco Cessation Support All Area II smokers: need help quitting? Just show up to the Area II Tobacco Cessation Support meetings in building 5447 conference room (Occupational Health Office by the Yongsan Commissary) every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon. All USFK employees and their Families are welcome. For more information, call 736-6693/ 6355. Learn more about your health at: http:// healthpromotion/index.html.

Yongsan expresses gratitude to Retirees

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan celebrated its Retirees during the 2011 Area II Retiree Appreciation Day at the R & R Bar and Grill Nov. 19. The event provided an opportunity for the more than 20 organizations that participated to show their appreciation for the many Retirees living on the peninsula by providing information and services. Its the Garrisons way of thanking Veterans who have retired for their service to their country, said Bob McCray the Supervisory Support Specialist for the Directorate of Human Resources at USAG Yongsan. We have a lot of Veterans who retired here in Korea, and theyre very valuable Community members and we have to recognize the work that theyve done. To honor the Retirees, cadets from the Reserve Officers Training Corps greeted and helped Retirees register and find their way around the different



U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Retiree Council Yongsan Retiree Council meets on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Command Conference Room of the USAG Yongsan Headquarters building #4305. Open to all retirees, retiree spouse, and retiree widows.

A Korean War Veteran and his wife are honored with U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. William Hubers coin embossed in glass, a flag flown in the Demilitarized Zone on Sept. 11, and a bouquet of flowers Nov 19 at the Yongsan R & R Bar and Grill. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
services planned for the day. The organizations that contributed to the event included ones from within the Garrison such as 618th Dental Company and those from outside such as Shinhan Bank and A Plus Dental. A significant portion of the days services and information was offered by 121 Hospital, which gave flu shots, vision screenings, and a basic physical checkup for anyone interested. Instead of just giving reading material, we wanted to give them something they can take with them such as real tests, which is our way of saying thank you, explained 1st Lt. Erin Kang of Alpha Company at 121 Hospital who headed the medical services for the day. The highlight of the day was a presentation of Garrison Commander Col. William Hubers coin to four Korean War Veterans living in Korea. See RETIREE, Page 12

K-16 Town Hall Come one, come all to the K-16 Town Hall on Monday November 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Activities Center, 2nd floor. Come hear about community updates, issues and events with the Garrison Command Group. For more information, call 7416704.

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By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

ROC Drill keeps KSC prepared

from its peacetime role to its wartime capability. It also brought together the leaders of the KSC companies stationed throughout the Korean peninsula for the demonstration in Seoul. Brig. Gen. David Conboy, the 8th Army deputy commanding general, Brig. Gen. David Fox, the deputy regional director for Installation Management Command Pacific, and Brig. Gen. Charles Taylor, the commanding

YONGSAN GARRISON - The Korean Service Corps held its annual Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) drill to show its preparedness to the United States Forces Korea Command at the K-16 Gymnasium, Nov. 15. The ROC Drill, showcased how the Korean Service Corps would transform

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general of the 2nd Infantry Division, watched as the KSC leaders gave their presentations outlining their wartime responsibilities. They were shown the various processes that go into transforming the KSC from its current support role to the 23,000-strong force in case of aggression from North Korea. After each presentation, the leaders took seats by their units, represented with signboards. As each leader sat down, they added a sheet of paper to the unit, detailing the strength that the KSC would bring to each unit during wartime. The entire process, spanning the 48 days of activation, took place within an hour. This is only the wartime mission, said Lt. Col. Robert Hynes, the KSC Battalion Commander. The KSCs are out there supporting all of the major commands in Korea every day of the week. x

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Members of the Korean Service Corps fall into formation to prepare for the KSC Rehearsal of Concept Drill inside the K-16 Gym Nov. 15. The drill, held on a yearly basis, shows the United States Forces Korea Command how the KSC transfers from its peacetime configuration into its role during wartime. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

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Thanksgiving Day
By Sgt. Hong Moo-sun
Thanksgiving Day is around the corner. How are your preparations going and what are your plans in Korea? Find out what more than 8,700 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at! (Comments are kept in their original form)

Varicolored autumn leaves cover Namsan

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This is the first Thanksgiving, that my Husband and I togther, are going to be away from our extended families. We have invited some really wonderul Korean friends, who have become like family, over to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving feast with us. I am sure it will be a Thanksgiving to remember. I just hope Koreans like deviled eggs.

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A lot more to see in Itaewon

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - Soldiers on Yongsan are familiar with the Itaewon Arch, stretching over the two-lane road into Seouls international hub. Those on their way to the bars or places they shouldnt frequent often pass by without giving it much notice. But through that arch, if one were to look, it could seem like a different city. The first shops one would find walking down the street are an assortment of restaurants, including Santorini Greek Caf and the All American Diner, where a person can buy a $1,000 dollar hamburger big enough to fill a car seat. Of course, if theyre that rich, they may want to save their money for the clothing and beauty shops that dot the street and get a wasabi burger instead. Looking over to the left advertises an English bookstore sandwiched between a small group of convenience stores and money exchanges and Wang Thai restaurant. On one side, the Itaewon Baptist Church proudly displays its red neon cross on top of the building, and a Burger King and underground Indian restaurant take up the other side. Farther ahead, clothing stores fill the street. Familiar brands like Nike and Reebok hang bright signs outside stores with faux wood paneling or polished stone, wedged between stores selling everything from childrens hanbok, or Korean ceremonial dresses, to tailormade suits and handbags. Store owners stand outside, waving customers into their shops in Soldiers from Yongsan Garrison and Seoul residents walk down a desperate bid for attention and sales.

We are having about 15 of my husbands soldiers over for dinner. We did this last year too and I thought they would just come, eat and go, but they ended up hanging out for most of the evening, watching movies and playing the PS3 with our boys. It was wonderful to give them a day with our loud family to remind them of home.

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Going to invite our friends over and order the turkey dinner from camp casey warrior club and have a stressfree holiday!

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We have a big feast with the Soldiers of the 14th MP Detachment. Food, fun, and our Army-Korea family. What could be better?

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Itaewon Ave. on an overcast day Nov. 22. Itaewon, an international hub in the city of Seoul, caters to visitors from around the globe with brand name merchandise and home made goods for sale in the shops on the street. - U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
All along this route, curbside vendors compete with the store owners to sell their items. Most of it is clothing, from 10,000 won boxer shorts to winter hats and socks, usually with some noticeable face See IATEWON, Page 12


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USAG Yongsan. Hope our company can visit other places together. Company Commander Capt. Peter Cha also spoke about his first visit to the presidential mansion. I am very grateful for this rare opportunity to visit the Republic of Koreas Presidential Compound. I believe that all U.S. and KATUSA Sol-

diers here enjoyed this experience and will remember it even after their Military service in Korea is over. The Blue House visit takes about an hour and a half and visitors are allowed to take photos only in designated areas. The tour can be arranged by applying online at http://english. x
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Each of the coins were embossed in glass, and in addition to them, each of the four Veterans were also given a flag that was flown in the DMZ on Sept. 11 to recognize them for their service in the Korean War. A large portion of the Retirees living

in Korea are involved extensively with many Veterans programs and also work as civil service employees. Retiree Appreciation Day is celebrated annually and helps recognize and thank the many Retirees living in Korea for their service. x
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stitched into the fabric. Looking down to browse the goods reveals one of the bronze plaques that line the sidewalk, with a country and a flag and the words Hello printed in a foreign language. The 3-way crosswalk in the center of Itaewon is alive with traffic, foot and car, at nearly all times of the day. The Hamilton Hotel, along with a dedicated shopping center, sits across from a building stacked with more restaurants. Across the street and into the alleys, international food is soon taken over by pubs and noodle shops, with the odd Halal restaurant mixed in. Down the road, reggae music mixes with contemporary, food vendors selling chicken on a stick and small burgers from open grills. Its at this point that some take a left turn, up a hill lined with red lights, past the women

waving for business. Soldiers know that these juicy bars are off limits, and instead go to the bars past them, at the top of the hill. Passing the stop and the Korean National Police station, the bar scene takes over the street as music pours from indoor and outdoor venues. Only one or two places in this area have been deemed off-limits to Soldiers on post, and the streets are straight and well-lit. Though the sight is impressive during the daytime, it is when the sun goes down that Itaewon shines. The constant sound never ceases, and every shop from the hand-tailored suits to the Nike Store has some sort of light, turning the street into an electronic display. Traffic never stops flowing, the lights never dim, and the people never stop moving through the district. x

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Area II Worship Schedule
Worship Services
Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 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 Brian Allgood Hospital


Area I Worship Schedule

Worship Services
Korean Protestant Thursday Collective Protestant Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Sunday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Fam Life Cntr Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel Memorial Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel

Area III Worship Schedule

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

Area IV Worship Schedule

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

9:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel 12:30 p.m. Stanley Chapel 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Stone Chapel

Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. M, W, T, F 11:45 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (youth) KATUSA Tuesday Korean-American Service Wednesday 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday

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

Camp Walker Camp Carroll

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

9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

CRC Warrior Chapel Memorial Chapel

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

Latter-day Saints Worship Sunday 4 p.m.

Stone Chapel

Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact

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

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Organizers added a motorcycle rally to this years Runway Run event U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney

Top, Glen Harrison and Patrina Lee roll down the runway, among the 25 cyclists who participated in a rally on Camp Humphreys. Above, two of the younger participants give it their all while participating in the Runway Run. Below, Some of the approximately 120 runners in the second annual Runway Run start their five-kilometer journey on Nov. 19. The run and cycle rally were followed by a chili cookoff. U.S. Army photos by Mike Mooney

Runners, cyclists hit the runway

By Pfc. Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS The second annual runway run was held here Nov. 19. A motorcycle rally was included in the event for the first time, with 25 cyclists showing up. They rode for five kilometers, starting from the Alaska Mining Parking lot to the Airfield, then returning. The event was sponsored by Quad A, which stands for Army and Aviation Association of America. For the running portion, about 120 participants turned out. The run and motorcycle rally were followed by a chili cookoff. The events were well-planned and well-executed, said Staff Sgt. Brian Bentz, one of the motorcyclists. Days like this are great for cohesion. x


By Pfc. Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS Humphreys and Casey won the mens and womens titles, respectively, in a preseason Korea-wide post-level basketball tournament Nov. 19-20 at MP Hill Gym and Super Gym. Both tournaments were double elimination. Humphreys wrapped up the sixteam tournament championship with a 58-42 victory over Casey. It was the second meeting of the tournament for the two teams. The champs started their run with a 75-45 victory over Suwon. Next came a win over Casey, 70-58, followed by a victory over Osan, 57-49. Casey rebounded to win its losers bracket games over K-16, 92-49 and Suwon, 69-31, and then downed Osan, 58-53, to force the title showdown. On the womens side, Casey won the title with a 55-37 victory over Yong-

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Cosmic Bowling The Humphreys Youth Center is hosting Cosmic Bowling at the Strike Zone Nov. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10. To sign up, or for more information, call 7535614. Holiday Bazaar Sunday The Community Activity Center will host its first Holiday Bazaar, where crafts will be on sale Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tables cost $5. For more information, call 753-8825. Post Office Hours The Camp Humphreys Post Office will begin extended hours Nov. 28-Dec. 17. During this time, except for holidays, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday. Intramural Deadline Nov. 29 is the deadline to enter a team in the unit-level intramural basketball league. For more information, call 753-8031. Midnight Market Trip Outdoor Rec is hosting a Midnight Shopping in Namdaemun Market trip, leaving Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and returning at 5 a.m. Cost is $25 for transportation. For more information, call 753-3013. Tree Lighting The Community Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Dec. 5 in Transformation Park, starting at 5:30 p.m. A Welcome the Holidays Social will be held in the Community Activity Center following the tree lighting. Anyone interested in preparing Christmas Cookies for the social should contact First Aid Course The American Red Cross will offer a CPR standard First Aid course Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. To register and pay for course, stop by Bldg. 752. For more information, call 753-7172. Free Santa Photos FMWR Marketing will be taking free pictures at the annual Breakfast with Santa Claus, at Alaska Mining Company Dec. 10-11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photos will be posted on where they can be copied, saved, printed or e-mailed to be printed for holiday cards. Child Find Screenings Child Find monthly screenings for children ages 3-5 will be held at Dec. 14 at Humphreys American School. Child Find is an outreach program that seeks to identify children who may have developmental or educational disabilities. To request a screening, contact Humphreys American School, at 753-6003.e-mail

Hoops season tips off


san. Casey started its title run by beating Yongsan, 57-41 then topped Humphreys, 59-46 to reach the final. Yongsan reached the championship game by beating Daegu, Osan, and Humphreys.x

Above and below, the 2011-12 basketball season begins during the Korea-wide post-level tournament, held Nov. 19-20 at the Super Gym and MP Hill Gym. Right, Humphreys battles Daegu in opening round action of the womens doubleelimination tournament. Courtesy photos

NOVEMBER 25 2011



Good Goods

Question of the Week:

What is the first thing you look for when your household goods arrive?

Don Crozier
To see if anything is broke.

Jay Kro
Tools and hardware so I can assemble the furniture.

Zuzana Tumova
Clothes! I was sick of wearing the same few shirts for 2 months!

Shamika Suggs-Meritt
My bed, nothing like your own bed.

Sergeant John Gifford plays the bagpipes to lead the way to Thanksgiving Dinner, accompanied by residents of the House of Dreams Orphanage. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim, Huyn-ki

6-52 teams with House of Dreams

Jessica Jenkins-Dunn
Toys!! My kids were going nuts without them! Calm and happy kids= Calm and Happy Mama

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA

SUWON For years now, the Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery have played host to the children of the House of Dreams Orphanage here. The orphanage, responsible for more than 100 Korean children without homes or regular adult guardians, is a fixture of Soldiers lives in Suwon City, and the relationship between the air defenders and the children has grown with regular visits. Its just awesome to be able to watch them grow, said Spc. Corey Simm, of A Battery, sitting near some of her old friends. When we first started, three years ago, those guys were up to my waist. Now, look at them. Simm is a veteran of the orphanage visitations, which is part of the Iron Horse Good Neighbor Program. During the visit, Pfc. Nancy Cumberledge, president of the Suwon Drama Club, hosted an arts and

Ashley N Nelson Robles

Pots and pans!... Because you can only eat take out so much!

crafts booth with a Thanksgiving theme. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with them, she said. I feel like I understand them, since I am adopted myself. About 80 children visited the air base, spending time in the gymnasium, playing basketball with Iron Horse Soldiers. Sergeant John Gifford broke out his bagpipes to lead the way from the gymnasium to the Suwon dining facility. Gifford, a longtime bagpipe player, regularly performs at battalion events. I was on leave this week, Gifford said. But the chance to play for people, especially an audience as enthusiastic as this, is too good to pass up. The DFAC hosted a Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, but it was the American staple food of cheeseburgers that was the biggest hit with the kids. I am very thankful this week for the 6-52nd ADA, said Kim Ji-chun, the House of Dreams director. I hope our relationship continues. x

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became worse, I would later find it necessary to receive kidney dialysis. Ive been on dialysis for the past three years, said the fireman. Until the accident, Yi had been as active as they come. He said, The job of a firefighter really is about selfless service. When I realized my disabilities could influence my job enough to change my whole life, I fell into a slump. For some reason, however, I just couldnt allow news of the disabilities to beat me. Deep inside I felt I could not let it bring me down. Determined not to be defeated, and to remain an active and productive member of the firefighting team, Yis responsibilities shifted from f ireman to f ireinspector. I was not going to allow my disabilities to prevent me from being the productive person I knew I could be, commented Yi. The fire-inspectors drive would be hard to match. His determination and commitment have practically b e co m e a n i d e a l m o d e l f o r perseveranceso much so that he has been selected the 2011 USFK Disabled Employee of the Year. Yi said, I could not have done achieved these great things if it had not been for my wifes constant encouragement, as well as that of my co-workers who always support and motivate me. I have to say that my biggest support has come from Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Allen, especially. I have to go to the hospital three times a week for dialysis, but the


Thanksgiving Day gifts for fireman who has a special ability

Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin
DAEGU GARRISON Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought. On Camp Henry, the USAG Daegu Fire Department has an employee who well represents the message this great American leader and former U.S. President attempted to convey. Mr. Yi, Song yong, Fire Protection Inspector, USAG Daegu Fire Department, is truly that man. A highly competent and reliable fireman, the Korean National employee has been hard at his job for 15 solid years. His story is one of pride and diligence. During this season of thanksgiving, he reminds us all of just what hard work and opportunity is about. A fireman at heart, for as long as he can remember, Yi has always stepped up to the challenge. Battling fires, dealing with human emotion and loss, he could not however, have imagined how his world would change when his own health became an issue of concern. I had to have surgery on both my knees as a result of an unfortunate accident. That was followed by complications with my kidney. I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease as a result of complication caused by medication. That was in 2002. As my illness

Fire Inspector Yi, Song yong of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Fire Department was selected as the U.S. Forces Korea Disabled Employee of the Year for 2011. deputy fire chief is always considerate of my situation and my feelings. At that comment, Allen chimed in stating, The reason why I decided to work with Mr. Yi, is not because he is an employee with a disability, but because he is a good worker. His disabilities amounted to nothing compared to the great work he is able to provide the USAG Daegu fire department. Yi said that he has not forgotten how he felt when he found himself confronted with a whole range of new challenges and opportunities in his life. He said, All the support I have received and continue to receive is greatly appreciated. This Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time for me to say thank you for allowing me this priceless opportunity to make a difference as a member of the USAG Daegu community, and Fire department. I will devote my time and my service to the USAG Daegu community because they have given me a most unforgettable thanksgiving gift. They have given me a chance and an opportunity to be the best that I can be. x

KATUSA finds relaxation in assembling robot models

Story and photo by Park Min-jin
DAEGU GARRISON There are all kinds of people in the world, with all kinds of hobbies. Here on Camp Henry, Cpl. Chung, Ji-man, a KATUSA Soldier assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Co. of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, is just one of those individuals. He finds great comfort and relaxation in what he calls his favorite way to spend time making model plastic robots. By day, Chung can be found processing I.C.E. comment cards at his place of duty in the Garrison Plans, Analysis & Integration (PAIO) Office. A member of the USAG Daegu team since early 2010, he is quick to share his commitment to his work. He said proudly, I fully support our I.C.E. customers. It is my responsibility. When hes not performing his duties as a Soldier, Chung said he finds enjoyment assembling his plastic robot models. I am usually in my room working with the plastic models, and when I can go home, I usually do the same there, Chung said. The challenge is in getting the supplies I need for my hobby. So, I spend time on the internet looking for the tools and supplies that I need to create or complete a model. Somewhat of a gentle giant, the soft spoken KATUSA says hes been involved in his hobby for at least

Cpl.Chung Ji-man, USAG Daegu PAIO office, shows his skill as he carefully assembles components of a plastic robot model. 10 years. He said he has enjoyed the art since he was an elementary school student. My parents didnt have a lot of money when I was young, and since they couldnt buy me big, expensive toys, they gave me some money to buy some small toysmostly small plastic models, said Chung. At that time, a toy only cost about 300 won. I remember my first model was a Boeing 747, with British Airways painting, and an F-117 Nighthawk. The 747 was the first model that I made with my father. Its surface and finishing was awful, and was hard to make the model balance. So, my father helped me finish that project. However, the F-117 was the first model that I actually completed on my own. Chung admits that not every model endeavor was easy. As I recall, the RMS Titanic was my most difficult model to make. I bought it when I was 13 years old. It was above my level to make. The parts were very elaborate and quite complicated. I felt that trying to make the model was a good challenge for me, but I cut myself during the building process. I had to stitch my finger about six times. So, I ended up giving the model to my cousin, who also had the same hobby. I was not a patient person when I was younger, Chung added. I think my hobby gave me a chance to grow and to learn to have patience. When you complete something you start, it is a good feeling. When I make one plastic robot it takes a lot of time. Even so, it helps me to get rid of any stress I might have, and my final product shows people something about who I am. I think a hobby can successfully represent who a person is. x




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News & Notes

CYS Services New Family Child Care Home Opens CYSS is proud to welcome Amanda Dwyer as our new FCC provider. Her home is located on Camp George. All FCC providers go through extensive training, background checks and home inspections. Please call 764-4835 for more imformation about this program and to find out how you can become an FCC provider. We are particulary looking for providers who want to open up their homes for evening and weekend care. 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. National Fine Arts Exhibit & Reception this year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A beautiful display of Art Work done by the kids of USAG, Daegu. December 6th, 17:00 p.m. - 20:00 p.m. Evergreen Club. Appetizers will be served.

Soldier Show treats Area IV to a pair of performances

Who is your inspiration?

By Pvt. Bang Bong-joo Were asking about inspiration: Who makes you want to be a better person, and why?

Entering Jangkyeongpanjeon

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Facebook Fan Me. Living up to me and saying my prayers asking for the strength to be a better woman, mom, wife period. I have motivation in my family.

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Entering the Jangkyeongpanjeon at Haein-sa (Haein Temple) which houses the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures carved onto 81,350 wooden printing blocks. The trip was organized by the Community Activity Center on 12 NOV 2011. Courtesy photo by Sharon Haynes

Oriental art a great cultural experience for kids

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Camp Carroll Paintball Range Now open on Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $15 per person and it includes first 500 pellets. No reservations or teams required. Eye Protection, Long Sleeves, Long pants, Sneakers or Boots covering ankles are required. For more information call 765-8325/7062 or 7647484. Camp Henry Auto Skills Do it Yourself! The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Call 768 - 8164 for further information. Parents Night Out Registration starts Dec. 1. Your child must be a registered Child Youth & School Services member. No cost to families! Dec 16, 6:15 - 10:15 p.m. at the Camp Walker Child Development Center. 764-4834, 764-5298

( To p ) S o l d i e r S h o w performers don their uniforms to wrap up their performance at Camp Walker. (Middle) Camp Walkers Kelly Gym gets treated to a touch of Broadway courtesy of the U.S Army Soldier Show performed there Nov, 19. (Left) The Soldier Show also stopped at the Camp Carroll Gym Nov. 17, thrilling the audience there with their dancing and singing performances. Touted as the Best Show in Town, the 2011 U.S. Army S o l d i e r S h ow p rove d to be just that Nov. 17 and 19 during performances at USAG Daegus Camp Walker and Camp Carroll, repectively. Performing before a packed house, each show left the Southeast Hub in awe of the pride and diverse talent the Soldiers brought to the stage.

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Student participants in the Fall Oriental Art Exhibit show smiles of approval as they stand proudly in front of their completed projects. The art exhibit, held Nov.8 at the Camp Walker Youth Center, gave the children an opportunity to experience Korean art up close and personal . Story and photo by Lee Sae-mi
DAEGU GARRISON The Camp Walker Youth Center held its Fall Oriental Art Exhibit Nov. 8, with children from ages 6 to 12 trying their hand at what is sure to be remembered as a culturally rewarding experience. Oriental art is important and useful to learn because it makes students mind stable and helps them concentrate better during the class, said Yong DuBois, program lead at the Camp Walker Youth Center. I think when students pass by the oriental art class, their curiosity is increased, and some also imagine they want to join a class like that. We provide all the materials that the student needs for the class. Most important we want students who are interested in this kind of activity to join the class. Lee Eun-wha, a local art instructor, volunteers at the youth center. The children can learn much creativity through oriental art, she said. I am happy that they like the class, and I am happy to help them learn more about oriental art. The class involved steady hands and focus. Holding the brush properly and drawing the

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pictures on the rice paper was a challenge for the students, Lee said. This technique is important because of how the ink is put on the rice paper could easily cause the paper to tear, if its applied too heavily. So, holding the brush the correct way is very important in oriental art. For middle school student Dahlia Simone Higgs, the art exhibit was a perfect way to spend her time. Oriental art class is fun because I like artwhich happens to be a hobby of mine, she said. I had never experienced or heard about oriental art before, but once I joined the art club I decided that I wanted to try something new. This is interesting because we have different types of brushes and ink to use. The paper is also different from what we are use to. This years oriental art productions seem to have brought satisfaction to the young artists. Some of the students did not have a lot of art experience, but that was a small thing compared to the experience and the confidence they gained by participating in the class, DuBois said. They became more familiar with teamwork and leadership and through that their abilities and confidence increased. x


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Camp Henry MPTF renovations worth the long wait



DAEGU GARRISON Getting up close and personal is not always a bad thingespecially when it comes to seeing your choice movie or film on the big screen. For members of the USAG Daegu and Southeast Hub, the re-opening of the Camp Henry Multi-purpose training facility (MPTF) will provide them with an opportunity to simply have it their way. Closed for renovations in January 2011, the MPTF, better known as the theater, re-opened its doors Oct. 15 with much fanfare and satisfaction. With a seating capacity of 376, the community facility will be the place to go for viewing of Exchange Movies, school plays, awards ceremonies and much, much more. The movie facility was redone entirely to include new AC/Heating, walls, stage, dressing rooms (with bathroom added to dressing room area), floors, restrooms expanded and updated, new roof, theater office moved, front doors relocated and entrance expanded, and the projector room renovated. Additional upgrades included an expanded Reeltime Express area, new counters, updated food equipment, replaced fountain drink machines with added Icemakers, a new Dolby Surround sound system, new retractable screen & curtains, new movie poster boxes, added handicap seating areas, and new fire suppression system.

The big screen is a big hit at the newly remodeled Camp Henry MPTF, aka the theater. U.S. Army photo by Pvt Bang, Bong-Joo According Paula D. Henderson, General Manager, Korea Southern Exchange, The newly renovated theater will allow drama and military organizations to use the facility to train personnel. Newcomer briefings, retirement ceremonies, awards ceremonies, meetings, and all large activities will be able to conduct their official events in the theater. A community project funded by winning of the 2009 Community of Excellence Award, Daegu Garrison and the Exchange, Henderson said, Its great to be able to serve the community here and to improve the quality of life for our customers. Being able to provide these improvements for them is what were here for. Were proud of the new and improved facility and hope our customers will enjoy it for years to come. Henderson added that any tenant unit in the community may use the theater facility. The requestor can view the USAG Daegu MPTF Calendar at the following location: from your Microsoft Outlook you select public folders/All public Folders/Korea Public Folder/Unit public folders/ IMCOM Korea/Area IV /DPTMS/ Camp Henry MPTF (Theater). She added, The Theater can be reserved by completing the request from locations on the USAG DPTMS share Portal. The folder is named MPTF (theater) Request form. imcom/area4/dptms/training/ default.aspx Forward the completed form to USAGDPTMSSTAFF@ KOREA.ARMY.MIL . x