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NOVEMBER 11, 2011

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SMA visits Soldiers, Families

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding Yongsan Garrison Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON Sergeant Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Yongsan and Camp Humphreys with his wife, Jeanne, to be briefed on the situation in Korea and to show support for the troops at town hall meetings on Nov. 7-8. On the afternoon on Nov. 7, Chandler spoke with Soldiers and Family members at Yongsan. He said if there was a question he couldnt answer then attendees could get a card from his aide and send the question via e-mail. My commitment to you is, I will get you an answer to that question, Chandler said. We will use the Army staff to get you that answer, and occasionally you may not get the answer that you want to hear. But my commitment to you is that it will be an honest answer. He then talked about the future of the Army, including the drawdown of forces, the change in retirement and the discipline and appearance of the Soldiers. On retirement benefits, he made clear they would not change for those serving, but that changes must be made for those who have not yet joined in light of the economic worries facing the nation.

Sergeant Maj. of the Army of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III speaks with Soldiers on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan on Nov. 7. During his visits to Yongsan and Camp Humphreys, Chandler participated in town hall meetings to discussing recent changes in the Army and to answer questions. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

If you dont know much about any of this stuff, like what plan youre in right now, you had better start paying attention because this will effect your bottom line, Chandler said. You should know. Most of this information is public access. You can go right on the DFAS website and theyll talk about all the different programs. You should pay attention. He addressed the current standards and discipline of the forces, noting that it ties in heavily to the retention of those in the Army. In simple terms, those who commit crimes, act in an unprofessional manner or show no drive to get ahead are not going to last long in the Army. Sergeants, this is my charge, he said. If you take nothing else away from what I have to tell you today, take this: I expect you to counsel your subordinates and help your commanders make informed decisions about who should stay in our Army. I can come up with any policy or program in the world, but if you are not willing to look someone in the eye and say Chandler, you are in left field with a hockey stick saying throw me the ball, youre not doing your job. Promotions were also was highlighted by Chandler as he noted the changes to the system that took place recently and for the future. Chandler stressed that personal improvement was now more important than ever for those looking to get ahead in the Army. I need you to understand that promotion is not something thats given, Chandler explained. Its something you earn. On Nov. 8, Chandler spoke at the Humphreys Super Gym. Topics covered were tattoos, obesity, and downsizing. Explicit tattoos in visible parts of the body are not within standards of what a professional Soldier is, Chandler said. He asked Soldiers, What image do you want to portrait as a professional? He also mentioned that while the Army is getting smaller, some of its Soldiers arent. The Army is 33 percent more obese than we were 10 years ago, Chandler said. If your uniform is tight, then it is you, not the uniform. He also emphasized that the Army wants to retain the best and brightest as it plans to downsize over the next 10 years. x Pfc. Han, Jae-ho contributed to this article.

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KATUSA program remains strong

By Walter Ham IV Eighth Army Public Affairs
SEOUL The Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, or KATUSA, program was initiated in July 1950 by an informal agreement between the South Korean President Rhee Syng-man and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Sixty years have passed since the agreement but the KATUSA program continues due to the commitment for freedom and democracy by both nations. Most Korean men choose to serve their mandatory military service as ROK Army Soldiers, while some choose to serve in the ROK Navy, Marines, or Air Force, said 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Republic of Korea Support Office commander Maj. Noh Gong-chool. Yet others choose to apply to become a KATUSA and serve alongside U.S. Soldiers. Becoming a KATUSA is not easy though. It requires taking standardized English tests and most of all, luck. KATUSA applicants must score 780 or above out of 990 on the test of English for international communication, or over 690 out of 990 on the test of English proficiency developed by Seoul National University, said Noh. I know that students study hard to obtain these scores so they can apply to the program. A lottery is drawn from the qualified applicants with a competitive ratio of approximately 10.5 to 1. Once selected, each KATUSA trainee completes six weeks of ROK army basic training at Nonsan Training Academy and three weeks of KATUSA/U.S. training at the KATUSA Training Academy, or KTA, at Camp Jackson. We learn the basic military customs and courtesies at KTA, said Pvt 2nd Class Nam Hyun-wook, 19th ESC G-1. If Nonsan is about being a ROK soldier, KTA is about being a U.S. Soldier. During the last week at Camp Jackson, KATUSA trainees are classified into different method of services depending on their majors, English abilities and other certifications. After graduation, KATUSAs go to their respective Eighth Army units and start

Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, or KATUSA, Soldiers are Republic of Korea service members who work in U.S. units and alongside U.S. Army Soldiers. The program was initiated in July 1950 by an informal agreement between the South Korean President Rhee Syng-man and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Courtesy photo


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working alongside their peer Soldiers. New KATUSAs normally come to a unit on a monthly basis. For two years, KATUSAs automatically rise in rank from private to sergeant. As a KATUSA, we need to understand both U.S. and ROK Army policies and cultures. For example, KATUSAs are automatically promoted but our American counterparts are not. We work, live and train with U.S. Soldiers, but we still abide by the basic rules of the ROK army, said Cpl. Lee, Minsoo, 19th ESC Personal Administration Center. Were like hybrid soldiers, a mix of U.S. and ROK Army cultures. Lee believes that KATUSAs play a vital role in strengthening and maintaining the U.S.-ROK alliance. As KATUSAs, we represent South Korea by working hard and being on top of our games, he said. Most KATUSAs do not have battlefield experience, but like any U.S. Soldier, KATUSAs are willing to engage the enemy to protect their nation. Incentives or monetary compensation are unnecessary in the urge to defend our nation, Noh said. x

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Savings can be found on DeCA website

By Sally Cauthers Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, VA. Commissary shoppers can find extra savings opportunities through a feature on DeCAs website that makes it easy to find new commissary-oriented websites. Created by companies that sell their products in commissaries, there are six new websites designed for commissary shoppers. Its offerings include coupons, contests and other types of shopper services for exclusive use by commissary shoppers. DeCAs home page, has an Exclusive Savings link to its page that has the links to the new websites. Offerings differ from site to site, but they all offer something special above what you may find in our stores, said Chris Burns, DeCAs director of sales. Our industry partners have worked hard to make this possible for our military service members, their families and military retirees, and were glad to be able to offer an easy way to find these values with a link on our website. 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; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed the Victims laptop, cell phone, camera, Bluetooth device and Play Station 3, which were secured and unattended in the Victims residence. The Victim rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Estimated cost of loss is $3,780. Area II Larceny of Private Funds, Failure to Obey General Orders. The subject removed 50,000 won from a local vendor while it was secured and unattended at a private location in Seoul. The subject then fled the scene. Korean National Police were notified and identified the subject at an off limits establishment. The subject was apprehended by KNP and transported to the Yongsan KNP Station where he was released into MP custody. The subject was then transported to the Yongsan PMO where they were advised of his legal rights, which they invoked. Area III Making a false statement, larceny of government funds. A Staff Judge Advocate reported an investigation determined the subject, formerly assigned to Osan Air Base, submitted a false statement and received approximately $99,000 they were not entitled to. Investigation established probable cause to believe the subject submitted a DA Form 4187 to Finance in order to receive pay and entitlements they were not authorized. The subject was incarcerated after a conviction for drug offenses by the Korean government and released at the completion of their sentence. The subject informed their commander that they were released due to the fact they were falsely imprisoned and requested their commander to authorize back pay. Court records indicate the subjects charges were upheld, and although their sentence was reduced from five years to 20 months, the conviction was never overturned. The Subject was not entitled to receive any pay or allowances while imprisoned. Area IV Traffic accident without injuries, damage to property, hit and run. An unknown person, while operating a bicycle, turned left and struck the victims POV on a road adjacent to Camp Walker. The unknown person then fled the scene. Damage to the victims vehicle consisted of scratches to the right rear door, handle and fender.

View from above

This statue near the Goseong Unification Observatory is about as far north and east as one can go in the Republic of Korea. The observatory was built well above the 38th Parallel in 1983 and is the closest place to view Mt. Geumgangsan. U.S. Army photo by Dave Palmer

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Migratory Bird Festival The Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival will be taking place Nov. 16-20 in the Gunsan-si region. Visitors will have the pleasure of watching Baikal Teal flocks, the most representative migratory birds of Geumgang, fly through the air. This is also a popular festival for families as it boasts a great experience in the natural environment of the wild. Main events of the festival include the opening ceremony, an exhibition event, face painting, stage performances, and various other experience programs, offering a variety of sights to see and enjoy. For more information, call 063-453-7213. Seoul Lantern Festival The Seoul Lantern Festival, which has been gaining popularity since its conception in 2009, runs through Nov. 20. In the past, the event has attracted more than 2 million visitors throughout its 17-day run. Walking the 1.3 kilometers from Cheonggye Plaza to Gwansu Bridge, you can take in the fantastic night views created by the interplay of water and light. For more information, call 022171-2070. Busan Tea and Craft Fair This is an exhibition that focuses on tea and crafts, gathering experts from both fields to enhance the connection between the two traditions. The collaboration of domestic and international corporations provides diverse viewpoints. On display at the event will be 200 booths from 130 countries divided into three sections: academic exhibitions, special exhibitions, and an event corner. For more information, call 051-740-7705. Walking Festival The Jeju Olle Walking Festival unfolds along the scenic roads of Jeju Island, the most popular vacation destination in all of Korea, through Nov. 12. As you walk along youll be treated to an intimate look at the beauty of Jeju. During the festival, each village along the walking course greets participants with delicious local food and a colorful array of traditional performances. Participants will complete one Jeju Olle course each day of the festival and experience diverse cultural events as they travel. The festival began for the first time in 2010 and will continue to be hosted every November. For participation and to register online, visit the homepage of the Jeju Olle Walking Festival. For more information, call 064-1330. Korean Food Expo Korean food has been receiving international recognition for years. This function affords an chance to learn about the development of healthy food in Korea. The event includes programs anyone can participate in such as a cooking competition. For more information, call 02-6000-8132.




Taking time to honor our veterans

By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison Commander
YONGSAN On Veterans Day, we come together to remember those who are part of our history and those who are presently serving to protect our future. We remember those brave men and women, who have served in places such as the trenches of France, the jungles of Vietnam, and the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. And we take this opportunity to honor those who have served in the Republic of Korea. Being in the military is never an easy job, but we chose to serve a cause greater than ourselves. Many made this decision knowing they may be sent in harms way: enduring multiple tours, protecting our freedom, promoting democracy and democratic values, and providing opportunities for prosperity. Our veterans have displayed mental and physical toughness, but most importantly, courage under fire. They have transformed our military into the most versatile, agile, rapidly deployable and sustainable strategic force the world has ever known. Veterans dont see themselves as being brave or special. Theyll just say they were doing their jobs. Many of our Veterans have deployed multiple times

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and many who were injured during those deployments went back to the front line out of a sense of teamwork and duty. They fought for our security in an insecure world because thats what they promised they would do. So please take a few moments to honor our veterans who fought to defend our freedom. They truly deserve our sacred trust and enduring support. x

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Debra D. Zedalis, (center) director of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific Region, attends an installation planning session Nov. 4 at Camp Casey where shes briefed on a variety of Area I-related matters. Among Area I officials at the session were Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, (left) commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, and Col. Hank Dodge, (right) commander of U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I. U.S. Army Photo by Franklin Fisher

IMCOM-Pacific director visits Area I

Zedalis tours area, talks of planning in time of fiscal constraints
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP CASEY The official who oversees management of the U.S. Armys installations throughout the Pacific region visited Area I last week for a first-hand look at the community. The official, Debra D. Zedalis, director of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific Region, made the Area I visit Nov. 4. It included meetings with Area I leaders and key staff, tours of Camp Casey and Camp Red Cloud, and a helicopter flyover of U.S. training areas and other installations in the Uijeongbu-Dongducheon region. As IMCOM-Pacific director, Zedalis oversees 1.9 million of acres of land and 90 million square feet of facilities as well as annual contracts totaling more than $440 million. Zedalis is visiting Korea Nov. 3 9 for insights that will help her gauge how IMCOM-Pacific can best adjust to carrying out its mission of running Army posts in Korea in the face of current and expected economic constraints. She sought those insights, she told Area I officials, so that we can tailor within the constraints rather than having a forced, cookie-cutter approach to cost-saving. Were looking at all kinds of big pictures, Zedalis told an installation planning board session with Area I officials that included Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, Brig. Gen. Charles Taylor, 2ID assistant division commander for maneuver, Brig. Gen. Timothy Edens, 2ID assistant division commander for support, 2ID Command Sgt. Major Michael Eyer, and Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander. The session was held at the Warriors Club. I think its going to be an interesting couple of years, she said. Its going to be challenging, but I think its a good thing to do. If we can prioritize and really get an understanding of what it is our Soldiers and families really want, then were much better for it, she said. During the session Zedalis was shown a series of slides that highlighted a number of key Area I matters. A narrator provided explanatory comments and Dodge added his own comments at various points. Among the slides was one that identified future constraints in money and staffing, and steps being taken to cushion adverse effects. Still another focused on the floods that ravaged the area in late July and the recovery efforts under way since. Also presented were the garrisons robust efforts in using various media including the Morning Calm Weekly and such social media as Facebook, to reach a dispersed Area I audience. What efforts the garrisons Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate has taken to meet the needs of Area I Soldiers and families, and the Army Traffic Safety Training Program were also among topics in the planning board meeting. Following lunch at the club, Zedalis stepped aboard a bus with Dodge for a tour of Camp Casey. She made brief stops for walkthroughs at the Community Activity Center and Casey Elementary School. Aboard the bus she saw other parts of the post. This is what we call city center, Dodge told her as the bus turned in toward that part of Casey that includes the commissary, post exchange, G bus station, and other important facilities. Also during the bus tour Dodge told Zedalis of the severe flood damage that occurred at Casey and nearby installations last summer, and the extensive clean-up and recovery efforts being made. Her visit ended at Area I headquarters on Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu where she spoke at length with the entire garrison staff along with several of her own staff counterparts who accompanied her on her visit. It was a fantastic day having Ms. Zedalis visit Warrior Country spending time with our 2ID senior officials and getting to see hands on what it means to live and work in Area I, Dodge said. x

Debra D. Zedalis, (right), director of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific Region, makes a helicopter overflight of Area I training areas and installations during a Nov. 4 visit of the area. Col. Hank Dodge, (left), commander of U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I, talks with her about the area. U.S. Army Photo by Franklin Fisher

Debra D. Zedalis, (second from left), makes a brief stop at the Casey Elementary School at Camp Casey during her Nov. 4 visit to Area I. Guiding her through the school is its principal, Shelly Kennedy (left). U.S. Army Photo by Franklin Fisher




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Road Conditions Did you know that when road conditions are AMBER, military vehicles other than those deemed necessary for essential business will not be driven on highways? Only an O-4 or GS-10 and above may authorize the military vehicles to operate on highways during amber conditions. Senior Army leaders will not permit anyone to drive in road conditions that could potentially put drivers and their passengers in danger. Education Week The Camp Casey education center will hold an open house Nov. 14 at 10 a.m., in bldg. 1757, and various other events through the week, at various Area I installations, in observance of American Education Week. Among the weeks other events is a Nov. 18 college information fair from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m., at the Casey Exchange. Other events include those related to financial aid and to the Montgomery GI Bill - Post 9/11. For more information on the weeks schedule of events call 7301808. CPAC Briefings The Area I Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will host a briefing session on the Total Army Performance Evaluation System for raters and senior raters Nov. 17 from 10 11:30 a.m. at the CPAC training room in bldg. 909. RSVP not later than Nov. 14. The sessions will cover objectives/responsibilities, performance counseling, and ratings, among other topics. For more information, call Jacquelyn Hicks at 732-7873. New Snack Bar Hours The snack bar, bldg. 273, adjacent to the softball field on Camp Red Cloud will have new hours beginning Nov. 15. The hours will be 7 a.m. 6 p.m. For more information, call 732-6263. No School for Students Casey Elementary School will be closed for student Nov. 17-18 so parent and teacher conferences can be conducted. For more information, call 730-6444. Rucksack Challenge Warrior Country Sports is holding a rucksack challenge for active duty military, civilians and family members at 10 a.m., Nov. 19 at Camp Caseys Carey Physical Fitness Center. Mandatory registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event requires participants to carry a 35 lb. rucksack and full canteen for an eight-mile road march. For more information, call 732-6276/6927. Holiday Hours The Camp Casey Exchange is now operating on holiday hours of 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 24. For more information call 7326263.

Artists rendering of Maude Hall after a renovation scheduled to start soon and be finished by the spring. The building serves as the processing point for Soldiers and families moving in and out of Area I assignments. Housing, Pass/ID and ration control are among the many key services located there. Graphic courtesy of USAG Red Cloud Directorate of Public Works

Maude Hall to get major overhaul

$2.6 million project will upgrade key Casey customer service point
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD Maude Hall, the building at Camp Casey through which Soldiers and family members process in and out of Area I assignments, is slated for major renovation. The $2.6 million project is scheduled to start next month and finish next May, with Maude Hall being again open for business by June. Renovations are going to bring a new facelift and combine better services in a newly-renovated, stateof-the art facility, said Lt. Col. Steven Finley, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey. Were going to be replacing all major systems in that building, said Dewey McLean, project manager with the engineering division with U.S. Army Garrison Red Clouds Department of Public Works. We will also renovate the exterior in terms of landscaping to have a more attractive appearance as folks walk toward the building. By the time workers finish overhauling building 2440 it will boast all-new roofing, doors, floors, stairs, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems, and electrical systems, new lighting, new sprinkling with the second floor being overhauled and public address systems, and new first, officials said. Offices on the second floor will be phone and cable systems. Workers will build a new entrance relocated by early December to other canopy, something Maude Hall hasnt buildings, said Jose Garcia, master planner at the USAG Red Cloud had before, McLean said. And theyll put in new lobby chairs Department of Public Works. For and other furniture, and state-of-the- some, the move out of Maude Hall will be permanent, while others will art TVs. Plans for outside the building call return to the building after about three months, he said. A precise timetable for for new sidewalks, trees, and signs. Maude Hall plays an important those moves is still being worked out, role in Area I because it centralizes in- but garrison officials will announce it soon, he said. processing T h e n , for soldiers, probably in civilians late March, and family said Garcia, members enovations offices on Area I-wide, the first floor Finley said. are going to bring will move In it are a...state-of-the-art out, some such offices permanently. as Pass/ facility. Others will ID, Ration Control, Lt. Col. Steven Finley return after Housing, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey about three months. L e g a l , Maude and Tax Hall was built in 2001, and this is its Assistance. Its one-stop organization, said first renovation. It was named in honor of Lt. Gen. Finley. Soldiers, families and civilians in-process, out-process, he said. It Timothy J. Maude, the Armys deputy provides them the opportunity to do chief of staff for personnel, who was killed at the Pentagon in the 9/11 everything at one location. Work will go forward in two stages, terrorist attacks. x

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How its done: Garrison demonstrates new automatic gates

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - To help Servicemembers and Families experiencing problems with the Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gates and to inform the community, the Directorate of Emergency Services demonstrated how easy and fast it is to go through an ESPG at the Friendship House Gate on Yongsan Garrison Oct. 24. Ricky Oxendine, the Director for Emergency Services on Yongsan Garrison, and Greg Dickerson, the Emergency Services Operations Officer, went out to the gate during lunchtime to give personnel entering and exiting Yongsan demonstrations on how to operate the gates. They also gave advice on how to get through without problems and took notes on specific issues with the system. As the Army looks to cut spending while providing security and access to our installations, a new technology showing promise is the Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gate, or ESPG. As a step in reducing the overall cost of manning at security points, seven of these ESPGs have been placed around post. The benefit of the ESPG is that it allows the gate to be used on a 24 hour, seven day basis, without having to have a presence at the gate, Oxendine said. The ESPG uses a mix of ID, fingerprint and cameras to allow anyone registered in DBIDS onto post while keeping unauthorized persons off the installation. Sensors inside also keep multiple people from entering at once, or from bringing suspicious packages onto the post. Since their arrival on Yongsan, the gates have been met with a mixed response, mostly from their periodic issues and seeming unreliability. The Garrison responded with a full diagnostic of the systems, which led to replacing the aging fiber optic network to improve the system. Before the typhoon came in, we were working off an infrastructure that was ten to twelve years old, Dickerson explained. Since we received the extra funding to put this on a new fiber optic line, the contractors ran new fiber for the infrastructure. Were seeing a much better success rate compared to before, a 90% success rate compared to 35% or 40%. For those still having issues with the gates, Oxendine gave some tips for troubleshooting: If you are wearing a backpack or you have a bag, hold it out to your front so the ESPG recognizes it. Take your time. Remember to keep your finger on the scanner, and if it doesnt work the first time, try repositioning your finger for a different print. Remember what finger you registered with DBIDS, as that will be the finger that is recognized by the scanner. Try to keep still while inside the ESPG. Movement can mess with the sensors, which will send you out. If you have young children or strollers, use the outside call button to notify security. They will help you through. x For more information, contact DES at 738-4361.



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Ricky Oxendine, the Director for Emergency Services on Yongsan Garrison, steps out of the Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gate at the Friendship House Gate on Yongsan Oct. 24. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

Command Presence in Itaewon to stop crime

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - As Itaewon continues to draw in more tourism and visitors, the United States Army is helping to enforce standards amongst the Soldiers and keep the peace in the district with Command Presence Patrols. Nightly patrols start around 11 p.m. with the Korean National Police meeting inside their Itaewon station. After a brief chat, the Military Police chosen for the nights duty travel with their Korean counterparts throughout the different areas in Itaewon, each listed with a certain degree of caution for the patrols. One of the main reasons for the CPP is to ensure that the curfew, put in place by United States Forces Korea Commanding General Gen. James Thurman, is enforced. This means that any Servicemember caught in an establishment after midnight on work days or 3 a.m. on weekends is reported and escorted back to base. Before those times, the patrol serves as a reminder to Servicemembers to be respectful and to get to their off-post lodging or on to base by curfew. The second duty is to ensure that off-post establishments, including the red-light houses and clubs deemed off-limits by the Command, are not being frequented by Servicemembers. These estab-

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Col. William Huber, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, (right) listens to a Military Police NCO as he surveys the area outside the Korean National Police Station in Itaewon during a Command Presence Patrol. The CPP is Yongsans effort to help curb drug use and prostitution, as well as enforcing the curfew put in place by U.S. Forces Korea. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
lishments are usually placed on the off-limits list due to their ties to prostitution, human trafficking or drug dealing. By placing these clubs on the offlimits list, the Command hopes to curb the crime rate in the district. The sudden upswing in Spice, the street name for synthetic THC, in clubs and bars in the district has led to a crackdown on the clubs where Spice was being sold. This led to the recent off-limits rulings for the U.N. Club and the King Club, where Korean nationals were caught selling Spice to Soldiers and Civilians. Being caught by the CPP is no laughing mat See PATROL, Page 12


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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. Retiree Appreciation Day U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan is holding the annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday November 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the R & R Bar and Grill. Free to all retiree ID card holders and their Families. Come out for food, information, health screenings and fun. For more information, call Mark Wade at 730-4133. We are happy to announce that we will have made a new service available to those attending the 2011 Retiree Appreciation Day on 19 November 2011. If you are able to fast for a minimum of 12 hours (no food, juice, coffee... nothing but a small amount of water with medication) we can draw your blood and have the lab process it for lipid and chemistry analysis. You must arrive and have this done before 1030hrs or we will have to offer you a lab slip to have your blood drawn later. These lab results would be available to your provider or yourself upon request after they are processed at the lab. We will also provide a Lab Slip so you can stop by the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital lab and have your blood test done if you were unable to fast or it would be more convenient for you. For more information, call 736-6355. Holiday Bazaar Seoul American High School PTO invites you to the Holiday Bazaar November 19-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the SAHS Gym. Everyone is invited to come and browse various vendors and take part in the silent auction, kids secret Santa shop, face painting, food, door prizes and more. For more information, call 010-3951-7364, 010-2690-7399, or email sahspto@ Driver Testing Office Closed USAG Yongsan Driver Testing Office will be closed Nov. 21-25 for renovations. The Driver Testing Office will reopen on Nov. 28. Sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, call 738-5568.

USAG YONGSAN Yongsan fights to get rid of Spice

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - By now, most people are aware of the existence of the new drug called Spice, which has become a growing matter in recent times. Spice, which also goes by other names such as K2, is actually synthetic cannabis, meaning it is a manufactured substance that has similar effects as marijuana. Although Spice was legal at one point, currently it is neither legal in the Military nor out of the Military in the R.O.K. and the U.S. Consequently, members of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan caught either possessing or distributing the drug may be subject to various levels of legal consequences such as demotion, deportation, discharge, and even imprisonment. The problem with Spice for USAG Yongsan is that there has been a significant rise in cases of possession and distribution of the drug on Garrison, explained Maj. Kristian W. Murray, chief of Military Justice. There has been a dramatic increase in the last five months of cases of nonjudicial punishment, administrative separation, and now court marshals for Soldiers who have been using and distributing Spice, Murray said. This rise in Spice offenses was also seen among Civilians and, due to this rise, certain actions have been performed on USAG Yongsan in an effort to clamp down on the drug. The most obvious action has been delegating information through the

Examples of packets containing synthetic cannabis, known more commonly as Spice and K2- Courtesy Photo
leadership and directly informing Soldiers of the consequences of possessing and distributing the drug, especially during formations and safety briefs. In addition to informing Soldiers, this information was also distributed to the public in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, which was observed on Garrison from Oct. 22 until 30. Red Ribbon Week is observed in the U.S. and garrisons around the world annually during the last week of October as a drug prevention campaign. In keeping with Garrison intent of delegating information to the Community, Geri Fortner, Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Services counselor, joined with Seoul American High School Student Council members and Faculty Sponsor June Wilkins in organizing activities and educational programs which provided accurate information about the drug and its consequences during Red Ribbon Week. The student group hosted an information table at the Post Exchange and conducted a live radio interview on Armed Forces Network. See SPICE, Page 12

For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG Yongsan Facebook page at

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Learning Korean
By Sgt. Hong Moo-sun
What is a Korean book, movie, or TV series that you would recommend to somebody learning Korean? Find out what more than 8,600 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at! (Comments are kept in their original form)

Yongsan family enjoys the 2011 Incheon Rice Festival

Danielle Marie Wiskia

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I dont know about learning Korean but a really good Korean movie that I saw was called (JSA) Joint Security Area!

Travis family takes a group photo during the 2011 Incheon Rice Festival. Courtesy photo by Kiu Travis See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and well see you in the paper. Your Yongsan PAO team

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Korean National Police recognized

By Pfc. Han Samuel

TV Series: Secret Garden, High Kick,and My Name is Kim Sam Soon!

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A movie that would make people want to know more about Korea is their first big-budget movie: Shiri.

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YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan invited Korean National Police to the KNP Appreciation Event in order to recognize them for their service in protecting our Community, Nov. 7. Four buses rolled into the Garrison carrying 100 KNP who would visit the Garrison for the day. The days event started off with a light breakfast consisting of doughnuts and coffee served at the Commissary parking lot. Following breakfast, KNP were given a quick windshield tour of the Garrison before being dropped off at the Multi-Purpose Training Facility movie theater to watch a movie clip depicting the U.S.-R.O.K. alliance. The clip briefly covered the involvement of the U.S. in aiding South Korea during the Korean War and the alliance that has continued since then.

KNP were then greeted by Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William P. Huber, who expressed his thanks to the KNP in his opening remarks. It is my pleasure and honor to join you for todays KNP Appreciation Event and welcome you to USAG Yongsan, Huber said. The Servicemembers, Families and Civilians you protect owe you a debt of gratitude. See POLICE, Page 12

The man from nowhere is great korean action movie. Good story too.

Mo Dangi-Patton
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IRIS....the TV show! It helped me with my Korean!

James Holbrook
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Old Boy, haha my favorite movie.

Korean National Police members enjoy a breakfast of doughnuts and coffee upon their arrival to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan for the KNP appreciation event, Nov. 7. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel


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ter, as being found in violation of the curfew or being caught with an illegal substance are both crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The CPP also has the authority to ask for the identification cards or stateside drivers license of anyone they suspect to be a Servicemember breaking the rules, regardless of rank or job title. At 5 a.m., as the curfew is lifted, the patrol says goodbye to their counter-

parts and returns to base. There, they turn in their records for the night, including those who were caught violating curfew. At the time of this release, 33 individuals have been caught by the CPPs for curfew violations. As the day ends and the night begins, a new group of MPs is tasked with the patrol, starting another night of vigilance in the district. x
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This was done in an effort to prevent members of the Community from becoming experimenters of drugs at an age when the brain is still developing, which raises the likelihood of dependence in adulthood. Additionally, the Garrison has targeted one of the means by which the drug has been obtained by offenders. This was done by placing more strict surveillance and safety procedures for products shipped from overseas. According to Murray, products and packages delivered from countries that have been known to produce and distribute Spice are now undergoing a special procedure where they are segregated and examined. This is due to the fact that Spice has

been largely distributed from overseas, where it is easier to produce and distribute the substance. In addition, since Spice is synthetic, the substance is harder to detect, thus allowing it to be somewhat easily shipped from overseas. Murray explained that this surveillance measure prevents easy delivery of the substance from the countries that are currently known to be locations with a lot of Spice activity. As new information is constantly gathered about Spice, Garrison officials and Community members are constantly learning how to better fight the spread of this harmful substance. x
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Huber described his appreciation for the Garrison and citys current conditions, and stated that it was his duty not only to make Korea the Assignment of Choice, but to make Yongsan the Community of Choice. As a person dedicated to improving the Community, he recognized the crucial role that the KNP played in making the environment safe and thanked them for their service to the Yongsan Community. To address crime, I have been an outspoken advocate for the KNP. You all are the single most important piece to solving the crime puzzle. To revive Yongsans urban core it is absolutely critical to reduce crime. Every single one of you will help in this endeavor. With your help, I know we will succeed, Huber stated. After welcoming the KNP, Huber awarded Certificates of Appreciation to five select members who were rec-

ognized for their excellent service in working with the Garrison to protect the Community. Awardees included Senior Police Officer Jin Jeong-mi, Police Officer Jeong Dong-hyun, Police Officer Seong Gi-tak, Police Sergeant Lee Sung-rok, and Police Sergeant Lee Chan-jong who were all recognized for their exemplary work in protecting both the R.O.K. and U.S. forces assigned to the Garrison. Following the awarding of the certificates, KNP resumed their tour of the Garrison by having lunch at the Dining Facility and watching a movie at the MPTF movie theater. In short, KNP were given the opportunity to enjoy the facilities in the Community they work to protect everyday. The KNP are invited to the Garrison multiple times each year in appreciation for their service to the Community. x

English program dinner hosted

By Pfc. Kim Hyun-ki 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
SUWON AIR BASE Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery who participate as teachers in the English instruction program, and their KATUSAs, attended a dinner here Nov. 2. The 10th Figher Wing Commander, Col. Baek Jong Chan, hosted the dinner. Specialist April Taylor said, The Korean food was good, and I was happy to talk with the Korean officers. It was a good time and I thank Col. Baek for providing this dinner. During the eveing, Capt. Jeremy Tennent, the 6-52 S5, discussed the challenges and advantages of the English program. Baek said that he wanted to host the dinner because he wants to give strength to the volunteers who may have been exhausted by the preceding English class and seek time to provide interaction between the Soldiers of 6-52d ADA and the Suwon 10th FW officers. x

NOVEMBER 11, 2011



Tips can keep holiday pounds away

By Chris Halagarda Navy Fitness
FORT LEE, VA. Holidays are associated with stuffing, eggnog, and candy canes. Less appealing is the weight gain that may come with it. But a few simple guidelines can help to fight this. First, weigh yourself often. This is an awareness tool. Your weight will fluctuate slightly because of sodium intake and water-weight changes, so dont worry about a one or two pound increase or decrease. Next, consider the benefits of strength training. Just three days per week of 30 minutes a day will be a big help. There will be foods high in sugar, saturated fat and trans-fat, better known as junk food, readily available throughout the winter holiday season. Willpower sometimes helps you avoid eating these foods, but wont power works better. If you make it a habit to fill up on water and fiber-dense fruits and vegetables, eating five to nine selections daily, you wont be hungry, and you wont need to resort to junk food to fill up. Track your success. Keep a tracking sheet of all the goals mentioned above. Write your goal at the top of the page, and each day that you weigh yourself, write it down. Write down how many

Korean officers at a dinner for participants in the English Language program. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim Hyun-ki

steps you have on your pedometer and what weight-training workouts you have done. Keep track of how many and what kind of vegetables and fruits you ate and where you ate them. Even write down how you felt throughout the day after workouts, after you eat and so on. If you splurge, write down where you were, what you ate and how you felt afterward, along with a plan for what you will do next time to avoid overeating. x

By Pfc. Han, Jae-ho

NEWS MASCAL exercise tests response

Morning Hospital and Dankuk Hospital. This was all a part of USAG Humphreys garrison wide mass casualty exercise on Nov. 3. Members of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security coordinated the exercise. A 25-passenger bus crashes with casualties on board, and it instantly becomes a MASCAL medical situation, said the Humphreys Fire Department Training Chief Dathan Black. This exercise is important because history has proven that we need to prepare for catastrophic events involving many people. We are exercising our capability to handle multiple patients and get them to medical attention in a hurry. Ashley Robles, a family member and art instruc-


CAMP HUMPHREYS A 25-passenger bus crashed into a bus stop, hitting a bystander who broke his back and paralyzing him from the waist down. The bus driver had suffered a heart attack and lost control of the bus, and passengers suffered various injuries. The bus was on fire and completely covered with smoke and could explode at any minute. The United States Army Garrison Humphreys Fire Department arrived to extinguish the fire and rescue the victims. Medical personnel performed First Aid, with the victims then transported to Osan Hospital, Good

tor, applied make-up to the notional casualties to make the wounds look more realistic. Another scenario was a school evacuation involving Humphreys American School and the Education center, with over 500 children participating. This is a part of the annual requirement to practice mass evacuation for safety purposes, said Randall S. Pryor, an Anti-Terrorism Officer at Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. It could be any natural disasters such as tornadoes or terrorist attacks that trigger this mass evacuation situation. In this exercise, all objectives were met and the evacuation plan was exercised. All kids were accounted for at the end and no one got hurt, making this a successful exercise. x

Left, a firefighter springs into action after arriving on the scene of a notional bus crash. Above, a medic applies gauze to one of the casualties. U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Han, Jae-ho

A notional casualty writhes in pain during a mass casualty exercise at Camp Humphreys. Scenarios were a bus crash and school evacuation. U.S. Army photo by Ed Johnson

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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




The Korean War Monument to the Philippine Armed Forces in Goyang was erected by the Republic of Koreas Ministry of National Defense Oct. 2, 1974. The 1,496 Filipino troops who began arriving Sept. 19, 1950 fought in battles at Cheolwon, Daegu, Gimcheon, the Imjin River and Waegwan, sustaining 92 casualties. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

War memorials honor fallen heroes

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team parachuted into action Oct. 21-22, 1950 in Sunchon, North Korea, and March 23, 1951 in Munsan. This monument at Imjingak Park pays homage to their service. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

This monument to the 2nd Infantry Division at Imjingak Park in Munsan honors the service of 2nd Infantry Division troops who fought and died for the cause of freedom during the Korean War. The division entered the war Aug. 24, 1950. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

The Korean War Monument to U.S. Forces was built at Imjingak Park in Munsan by the Republic of Koreas Ministry of National Defense Oct. 3, 1975. About 572,000 American troops served and 33,629 paid the ultimate sacrifice. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

The Gloster Valley Battle Monument in Jeokseong honors the United Kingdoms 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, and C Troop, 170th Light (Mortar) Battery Artillery, who were surrounded and outnumbered at Solma-ri April 22-25, 1951. It was unveiled by the UK ambassador to Korea June 29, 1957. U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson

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U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program pistol shooter, Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, won a Gold Medal in 10-meter air pistol and silver in 50-meter free pistol at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs

Soldiers excel in Pan Am Games

By Tim Hipps IMCOM
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program represented the Army and nation well at the XVI Pan American Games Oct. 14 through 30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Three-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski won a Gold Medal in 10-meter air pistol and silver in 50-meter free pistol shooting. A five-time Pan American Games competitor, Szarenski already held the event record for free pistol. This year, he added the Pan Am Games air pistol record to his resume by scoring 583 of a possible 600 qualification points. I hold both Pan Am records with both guns, but I dont know how many Gold records Ive won in each over the years, said Szarenski, 43, a multi-finalist at the Pan American and Olympic Games since 1995. Sergeant Cody Nagengast, a 2004 Olympic fencer, combined with former Olympic teammates Seth Kelsey and Soren Thompson to win a Gold Mmedal in the mens epee team event. Major Michael Mai won the silver medal in the hammer throw with a hurl of 72.71 meters. Team USAs Kibwe Johnson took the gold with a Pan Am Games record throw of 79.63 meters. It is great for the U.S. to take first and second, Mai said. I was definitely shooting for gold like anybody else. Some people took time off after the World Championships. I went right into a heavy cycle and then tapered off a bit. Im not at my best shape for the whole year but Im still close to a peak. Hopefully, I can take the momentum of this Silver Medal into next year. Its all about getting that A standard to make the Olympic team. And with Kibwe being the only guy who has it right now, the field is wide open. My plan is to be one of those three guys on the team. Mais wife, Deirdre Mullen, finished fourth in the high jump at 1.84 meters. My wife took time off after nationals and she is really starting to come around after the wedding and moving out to California, Mai said. She was out there cheering for me and she helped get me motivated before my last couple throws. It is always nice to have her there. She is a big reason where I am where I am. I cant say enough about her and me pushing each other to better and better performances. Specialist Dennis Bowsher did not win a medal but did earn a quota spot for Team USA in mens modern pentathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games with his fourth-place finish in Guadalajara. Mexicos Oscar Soto won the gold, In the last 1,000 meters, I knew if the guy behind me passed me I wouldnt have the spot, said Bowsher, who moved from sixth to fourth place on the final event: the combined run and shoot. So I was running to keep him off and I didnt realize how close I was until the last 100 meters, and thats when the Chilean runner just took off. Team USAs Sam Sacksen moved from 13th to sixth during the final event and was closing on Bowsher, who finished 21 seconds behind Soto and 19 ahead of Sacksen. You always shoot for the top, Bowsher said. Gold would have been nice. If shooting and fencing went a lot better I could have been on the podium, but Im

definitely happy with my finish. Staff Sgt. Glenn Garrison won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling with a 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 victory over Ecuadors Vincente Huacon in the 145.5-pound final. The final match against Ecuador was against a tough kid, U.S. coach Steve Fraser said. Garrison did enough to win the medal. He should be proud of his Bronze Medal. We are. Specialist Timothy Taylor finished eighth in the 164.5-pound Greco-Roman division. Staff Sgt. John Nunn finished eighth in the mens 20-kilometer race walk with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, 30 seconds. I was hoping to go a little faster, Nunn said. But the elite group went through the first lap just under eight minutes flat. Thats a 1:20, and with 10 guys in that pack, there was no way to maintain that pace. I went through the first kilometer in four-flat and I realized at that point thats too fast, so I backed off a little bit and maintained a 4:15 pace for quite a while. Then the second half it was hard to stick. Everyone seemed to be slow. It might have been the altitude. Sergeant John Franklin and Spc. Jeffrey Spencer were eliminated in the boxing quarterfinals. Franklin lost to Cubas Robeisy Ramirez when the referee stopped their contest in the third round, while World Champion Julio de la Cruz of Cuba outscored Spencer, 19-2. Our plan was to stay low and box him, Spencer said. But after the first round, they had me down 1-7. It was my fault for not executing our game plan. Its a learning process. Everything that happens in boxing is a learning process. x

OCTOBER 22, 2010






NOVEMBER 11, 2011

Amazing journey leads to golf course

me. Whitmore teamed with pro David Duval for a round of 1-under-par 71 on the Magnolia course. With his handicap, Whitmore scored 2-under after finishing with a bogey on No. 18. Davis Love III was the other pro in the group. Whitmore is a really good player, Love said. He made a lot of pars. He talked about his kids, his service, and everything hes done. Hes an amazing guy, very humble, and it was great to be out with him. I told him Ive visited Walter Reed a couple times and how much we appreciate those guys service. I told him: Were scared of 4-footers, and you guys want to go back and get blown up again. Its always fun to meet a guy like that. Whitmore, 37, was thrilled to come full circle and play alongside the pros. They actually told me that it was a joy to watch



By Tim Hipps IMCOM

LAKE BUEVA VISTA, FLA. Despite being told twice by doctors he would never play golf again, Sgt. Shawn Whitmore dazzled PGA Tour players at the 2011 Childrens Miracle Network Classic here. Twice, Whitmore survived serious attacks in Afghanistan, being hit by mortars and improvised explosive devices. Now assigned to the 348th Quartermaster Supply Company on Camp Humphreys, he held his own with PGA Tour golfers on the Palm and Magnolia courses at Walt Disney World Resort. With the golf and the people and my wife and kids here, this is probably one of the best days and best weeks of my life, Whitmore said after ending two rounds of pro-am play with a birdie putt. And thats the least I can say about it. Its just the epito-

Sergeant Shawn Whitmore competes in the Childrens Miracle Network Classic Pro-Am with PGA Tour partner David Duval on the Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps

me play golf, said Whitmore, who played professionally before joining the Army at age 31 and deploying on the first of his three tours of Afghanistan. And when they got to talking with me and found out that I had been injured, they just couldnt believe it. They were floored. Whitmore served as a PGA instructor at Mount Vernon Country Club in Virginia and The Tournament Players Club at Avenel, Md., before joining the Army. During his first deployment, Whitmore sustained injuries when a rocket exploded nearby. Basically, I was standing there, and they were launching mortars in on us, he said. And one of them exploded about 10 feet away. That was the nearhairy experience. The blast knocked Whitmore airborne and unconscious when he hit the ground. His shoulders were knocked completely out of whack and he sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. Twenty-one months later, during his third deployment, Whitmore encountered an improvised explosive device and had to be airlifted from Afghanistan for medical treatment. A rocket landed probably a foot away, he recalled. I was on the other side of a Humvee. That was the one that got me in my hip and cracked all my teeth, and both my shoulders again: L3, L4 and L5 vertebrae. They want to fuse them, but After each incident, physicians told Whitmore he would never golf again. The first time, I was more concerned about playing baseball with my kids, he said. The second time, I pretty much knew I wasnt going to compete anymore. I was just more worried about being able to hold the kids and the wife. After surgery No. 16, a doctor told Whitmore he was going to work the battered Soldier back onto the golf course. As long as you can get me tossing the ball with the boys, Whitmore replied. Thats all that matters. Whitmore then spent nine months in a Warrior Transition Unit working with a personal trainer for three hours daily. I went from not being able to pick up a pencil to being able to pick up two pounds, and then finally picking up 10 pounds, he recalled. When you get hurt, they want to make sure you can be fit to stay in the Army. My goal was to return to duty. That was my first objective. They made it possible for me to do so. Golf was kind of secondary. But my doctor actually had me play golf for muscle strength, hand-eye coordination, patience, and just for some fun, because its a grueling process. A complete right knee replacement looms in Whitmores future. Walking these fairways here, the last couple holes, all Ive wanted to do is grab some Advil and some ice, he said at Disney. The hot tub has been my friend. I got a couple massages before I left Camp Humphreys just to loosen up my shoulders. The shoulders start to ache. They fatigue easy. And the lower back whenever they mention they want to fuse some vertebrae, thats never ever a good thing. Admittedly biased, Whitmore believes golf is great therapy for wounded warriors. That little white ball doesnt care what your injuries are, what you look like, what you dont have, he said. So when you get out there, just to make contact, its a good feeling of knowing that youve just done something that a lot of people who have no injuries cant do. So it builds confidence. Usually, every golf course you play is a beautiful place to be anyway. Youre not looking over your shoulder. Youre not worried about whos going to run up behind you. Its just you and the ball and some good friends. It just relieves a lot of stress Five hours of being left alone. Just you and the fairway and the golf ball. Its a wonderful tool for our mental games. We can learn to adapt to our physical losses, but mentally, its easy to give up. The mental definitely was the hardest to get back. The physical I knew would come with the right training and the right support. x




News & Notes

Mountain Hiking Scheduled Outdoor Rec is running a trip to Songni Mountain Hiking on Nov. 12. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns around 6 p.m. For more information, call 7533013 or 753-3255. Myeongdong Shopping The Humphreys Youth Center (formerly Middle School/Teen) is going shopping in Myeongdong from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Nov. 12. Only 20 slots are available and the deadline to sign-up is Nov. 10. The cost is $10. For more information, call 753-5614. Ziplining Trip Planned BOSS and the Community Activity Center are taking a Ziplining trip on Nov. 12, one of the most popular events among Soldiers. The cost is $50 per person, which includes transportation. To sign up call 753-8825 or 753-8970. Aquarium Trip Set Outdoor Rec is taking a trip to the COEX Aquarium Nov. 13. The cost is $22 for adults and $17 for children. The bus departs at 9 a.m. and returns around 6 p.m. For more information, call 7533013 or 753-3255. Super Gym Closure The Super Gym will be closed Nov. 14-16 for the Soldier Show. Education Week Set From Nov. 14-18, the Camp Humphreys Army Education Center in Bldg. 300 will observe Army Education Week. During the week, there will be information available on programs such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill financial aid, Officer Candidate School, and more. For more information, contact Nancy Claycomb at 7538902 and Sookyoung Camacho at 753-8909. Medical Information Briefing On Nov. 16, a representative from American Foreign Service Protective Association is scheduled to visit Camp Humphreys to speak with civilian employees about medical and dental programs. The program is entitled A Closer Look at your Insurance Needs-An FEHB Open Season Briefing. There will be two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Community Activity Center. The representative will also be at Osan Air Base, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. as well. Play Scheduled On Nov. 19, the Humphreys Youth Center will present Terri and the Turkey, a Thanksgiving play, at 5 p.m. in the School Age Center (Bldg. 570) gym. Open auditions will be held Nov. 14, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Every youngster who auditions will receive a part in the play. For more information, call 753-5614.

ADA supply section tested

By Sgt. Gerald McMann 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
GAE-RYONG It was a very busy day for Soldiers of F Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. They were being evaluated for the Department of the Army Chief of Staff level Supply Excellence Award. Everyone is excited, nervous, and ready, said Pfc. Amanda Knopp, a supply clerk. They were being tested on knowledge of supply, supply SOP, and the order of hand receipts and input to the Army Records Management Information System and Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced supply systems. Since being selected in June to represent the peninsula in the Eighth Army level Supply Excellence Competition, they have gone through even more rigorous training. Competitions like this really give

Soldiers of F Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery are evaluated for the Department of the Army Chief of Staff Supply Excellence Award. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gerald McMann

Soldiers a time to learn and improve all depths of their job as well as giving them a time to shine and take pride in all that they do, for the Army and for themselves, said Sgt. 1st. Class David Livermore, F Company first sergeant. Everyone practiced through the months leading up to this. Staff Sgt. Luster, F Company supply sergeant, said, They have worked hard for this and no matter what happens with the competition we have already won. x

6-52, KNP forge agreement

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
SUWON Representatives of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery met with the police chief of Suwon Seobu station, of the Korean National Police, to forge a new agreement to secure the wellbeing of both the Soldiers and the Korean people in the Suwon area. The popular Suwon station area is a place of recreation for both Koreans and the U.S. military stationed at this Korean Air Force base. With lively night clubs, bars, and restaurants, it is a magnet for people interested in relaxing after a hard weeks work. There are a few Soldiers, unfortunately, who do not act in a manner best suited to maintaining good relations with the Korean people, said 6-52 Commander Lt. Col. William Darne. The police chief, Jeon Byong-yong, agreed, We are not too concerned with the number of incidents, however, we are worried about the increase in incidents. The parties agreed to conduct joint patrols of KNP and the United States Army Military Police in the Suwon Station area, which historically has not had a U.S. MP presence due to its remote location. Military police detachment commander Capt. David Blackwell said, We have the opportunity to patrol and increase safety for both Soldiers and the Korean people. x

Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery meet with Korean National Police officers to forge a patrol agreement. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

NOVEMBER 11, 2011

Best of the Best


Good Times

Question of the Week:

What are you plans for Veterans Day weekend?

Ashley Webber
Watch my husband graduate from WLC! Then do some sightseeing around the area, Korea is so beautiful in the fall.

CAMP HUMPHREYS The Best of the Best Super Trio of Families stand with U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Commander, Col. Joseph P. Moore, at the Family of the Year event. U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney

Niki Bramel
Celebrate my daughters first birthday! She will be 1 on 11-11-11! Shes our little Veterans day baby! :)

Proper disposal is in the bag

By Hong, Seung-hui USAG Humphreys Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPHREYS The law requires offpost service members and civilians to use only Korean trash bags. Penalty for noncompliance is a 1,000won fine. Also, bringing trash onto post to dispose of is prohibited. White bags are for general dried waste, while the orange ones are for drained food waste, except bones or shells. A portion of the food waste is used produce animal feed and fertilizer. Recycled waste must be divided into bottles, vinyl and film, plastic, and can. The time for taking out waste is from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. weekdays. The bags are available at the Commissary or offpost from businesses such as Lotte Mart, E Mart, and 7-11. There are 20-liter, 50-liter, 100-liter white bags and five-liter orange ones. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wilson in the Camp Humphreys Housing Services Office at 753-7356. x

Joann Marley
Got five days off, and will be doing some travelling and serious partying in and around the Seoul Gangnam/Apgujeong areas with some Korean friends Might even check out the east coast if we can get train tickets.

Steven Peat
Ill be firing up the grill to cook some BBQ baby back ribs. The weather has been really nice lately, so hopefully it will last through the upcoming Veterans Day weekend. Time and weather permitting, Im also planning to head out to the local lake to do some end-ofseason bass fishing.

Angela Behnk McLaughlin

Going on a USO/KAPA trip to MacCarthur Freedom Park in Incheon.

Trash disposed of off-post must be in Korean trash bags. Bags such as the ones pictured here are unacceptable and their use can result in a 1,000-won fine. Courtesy photo




November 04, 2011

IMCOM Pacific Director Ms. Debra Zedalis visits USAG Daegu



(From left to right) 19th ESC Deputy Commander Col. Craig Cotter, USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle, Ms. Zedalis and IMCOM Pacific CSM Karl Schmitt discuss the future of the Southeast Enduring Hub during an Installation Planning Board meeting in the USAG Daegu Headquarters on Camp Henry. Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin
DAEGU GARRISON Ms. Debra Zedalis, Region Director, Installation Management Command, Pacif ic Region, visited USAG Daegu Monday. Ms. Zedalis was promoted to Senior Executive Service and assumed position of Director IMCOM Pacific June 10, 2007. She is responsible for installation management activities in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and Korea. She manages a regional staff of approximately 170 military and civilian personnel who provide oversight of a myriad of multi-million dollar base operation support programs. IMCOM Pacific operations include management of active and reserve component installations providing support for some 180,000 Soldiers, Fa m i l y m e m b e r s , Re t i re e s a n d Civilians, and oversight of an annual budget exceeding $1.170 billion for programs that include appropriated funds, non-appropriated funds, Defense Environment Restoration funds, Army Family Housing funds and other appropriations. She oversees 1.9 million acres of land and 90 million square feet of facilities and annual contracts totaling in excess of $440 million. There are 11,547 Family Housing units that encompass 962 leases. The Pacific Region also includes 413 unaccompanied personnel housing buildings that provide 40,413 living spaces. x

Story and photo by Lee Seung-bin

SMA Raymond F. Chandler III addresses new, young leaders

DAEGU GARRISON The U.S. Armys top NCO, SMA Raymond F. Chandler III returned to South Korea this week, more than 11 years since serving in the 2nd Infantry Division. The SMAs visit was especially meaningful for new leaders who h ave j o i n e d t h e A r my ra n k s. During his 90-minute meeting with more than 1,000 Soldiers in USAG Humphreys Super Gym, the SMA advised the Soldiers on topics ranging from planning for retirement to maintaining high standards of discipline, weight control and the wearing of tattoos. The U.S. Army remains focused on accomplishing its mission in South Korea and improving the welfare of those Soldiers and families stationed here. I support anything that is going to help Soldiers and families and help us maintain the best trained, equipped and manned force that we can provide here on the peninsula and the around the world, he said. x


News & Notes

DHS student handily wins Evergreen Club Golf Championship

Story by Mary B. Grimes mean a thing, if it aint got that swing--doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah. The words may have been composed by jazz great Duke Ellington, but Daegu High Schools (DHS) up and coming golfer Paul Jackson Jr. has taken the meaning to a whole new level. The DHS Warrior recently swung himself into USAG Daegu history after winning the Camp Walker Evergreen Club Golf Championship. Shy to a point, the young golfer could hardly contain his joy when asked about his winning day on the course. Last year I played in the championships, but I have to admit that I didnt do so well. This year, my goal was to get my picture up on the wall as club champion. So, I took care of business, said Jackson. Explaining his road to victory, the golfer said, On the first day of the two-day tournament, I shot a 71, 1 over par. On the second day I figured I needed to do a lot better, and so I shot a 69, 1 under par, and that made it even for the weekend. At the time, I didnt know who the closest person behind me was, but I was pretty excited that Id won. My mom was also very excited. My dad didnt really show it, but he was pretty content. I was definitely happy all around. Golf isnt the only reason Jackson is happy. With thoughts of college swirling around in his head, the young ROTC cadet has set his sights on the University of Texas at Austin. He said, My goal is to make it into professional golf. However, to do that, I first have to



November 04, 2011



CommissariesThanksgiving Schedule BOTH the Camp Carroll and Camp Walker Commissaries will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 24. During that week, for your shopping conveninence, Walker commissary will be OPEN MONDAY, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Carroll Commissary will be OPEN WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 for the same hours; otherwise they will follow their normal schedules. Please plan accordingly!

Veterans Day 2011

By Pv2. Bang Bong-joo
This weeks QUESTION: Our community has a large number of veterans. What message of thanks would you like to extend to them this Veterans day?

Three Awesome Faces

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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. Curfew in effect A Peninsula-Wide curfew is in effect. This curfew occurs between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday morning of a normal work week and 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday night, Saturday-Sunday mornings. This curfew applies to all US Forces Korea military personnel, and is strongly urged as a guideline to follow for all Family members and Civilians. 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. Help decorate the White House! The First Lady is asking military children from around the globe for some personal contributions to the finishing touches on the White House decorations this holiday season. The request is for military children to submit 5x8 handmade holiday cards with words of appreciation for their military parents, as well as pictures and drawings. The White House will display as many of the cards as possible. Participants are asked to send holiday cards to the following address along with information from where they are sending it by November 16, 2011: Reservation 1 Attn: Social Office PO Box 8070 Washington DC, 20032 This is a way for military children to express love, admiration and appreciation for their military parents this holiday season.

Id like to thank them for their service, defense of our freedom, duty, patriotism, and loyalty--even when not everyone does a good job of showing appreciation. Id like them to know that we appreciate the sacrifice behind the service.

Chuck SafetyGuy Ryan

DHSs Paul Jackson, Jr. practices his swing for the camera. The 16-year old junior overcame his opponents to win this years Evergreen Club Golf Championship, held on Camp Walker October 8-9. U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin go to college. Right now my focus is on getting into the University of Texas in Austin. While golf and college may sound like a tall order, young Jackson said hes equipped with all the encouragement and drive he will need to reach his goals. He expressed how staying mentally and physically fit are an important part of his design. The cadet said, I definitely try to stay fit. I like lifting weights. On the other side of this, there are the fun things I like to do like hang out with my friends. Sometimes that can be the down side. However, my mom makes sure that she gets across to me how my friends arent always going to be there and I must stay focused on my goals. x
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A closer look at these three faces of distinction might reveal expressions of awe. Even so, the long faces have something else in common. Each of the masks are made of paper. The handiwork was just one of many such items on display at the 2011 Andong International Mask Festival held in the countryside town of Gyeongsanbuk-do, South Korea. Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes

Walk a Mile in her Shoes

As the Safety Officer of local VFW Post 10033 Id like to thank all veterans for our SAFETY. Because of these veterans service we are safe to sleep each night under the blanket called Freedom.

Story and Photo by Lee Sae-mi

Elegant Pink Ball a hot success for USAG Daegu community

DAEGU GARRISON The Camp Walker Evergreen Club held an Elegant Pink Ball, October 28. Event coordinator, Barbara Campbell, arranged the activity to support breast cancer awareness. The topic is something especially important to Campbell whose own family has been touched by the disease. Breast cancer is a problem all over the world. It is a deadly disease. said Campbell. She then added, What is important is to educate people to make sure they get an annual mammogram, as well as the necessary therapy. They should be aware of any changes in their body. My expectation is to get all the hospitals with breast cancer patients involved in this effort. While the words may sound redundant, they are worth repeating. An annual checkup and early detection could possibly prevent breast cancer. The Elegant Pink Ball introduced several breast cancer awareness supporters, including breast cancer survivor family members, along with a play that spoke to the issue of the illness. Each participant of the evenings event seemed to have learned something very important. That

Colleen Pigg Richmond

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I would like to give them all a great big hug. Especially to my husband who served 22 years as a US Navy Seabee. Its because of their service I can enjoy my freedom and express it freely.

Soldiers, KATUSAs and DoD civilians across USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub, brace themselves in a pair of heels fit for a king, during this years Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Camp Walker. The men stood toe-to-toe in support of Domestic Violence Prevention Month. US Army photos by Pvt. Bang Bong-Joo

Volunteerism in Korea produces tangible benefits for everyone

USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle presents a basket of flowers to a little girl whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. learning opportunity contributed to fulfilling the purpose of the ball. Patients usually dont want to know that they have cancer., Campbell said. But there is nothing to be ashamed about. The more people know about it, the better we can educate people. Of the cancer survivors here tonight, I was very happy to see joy in their life. I thank each and every person that had anything to do with this Elegant Pink Ball. It is through the communitys help, the support from the chaplain, Col. Gavle (USAG Daegu Commander), and Paul Matthews (FMWR Director). Without their support, this event would not have been possible. ACS breast cancer survivor Y. Jeannie Relaford shared her thoughts about the event. Through an annual mammogram I discovered that I had breast cancer, she said. It could happen to anyone. This is not the end and its possible the cancer could be cured. The treatment caused me illness but I tried to stay positive. I dont take whats going on or happening around me lightly. Everything is precious and everything is new for me. I am now a happy woman again. x Story by Staff Sgt. A. Lucas 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
DAEGU GARRISON When we were kids our teachers and parents taught us that to volunteer is a good deed and that we should not expect anything in return. Well that is not necessarily true, at least not while you are in Korea. Volunteering in Korea produces tangible benefits as well as intangible benefits whether you are a Civilian or Service member. Tangible benefits are usually what motivate us to volunteer to begin with. Things such as awards, go o d b u l l e t s fo r a n e va l u a t i o n report, additional comments for a resume and other incentives within our organizations. In addition, our personal finances can be saved through volunteer service. If one were to volunteer in the morning on a Saturday, then it would be assumed that this person would go to bed at a reasonable hour the night prior. Or someone who likes to go out and make a day of shopping can curtail their spending habits. Intangible benefits are more than the warm fuzzy feelings we get from donating our services, and we may not realize them. Volunteering in Korea offers the opportunity to learn the culture. Many have benefitted from this and it goes a little further than language, food, landmarks, and etc. The dialogue between Koreans is much fun and a great alternative to the reading 1RC offers when you first get here. Also, when we volunteer we usually feel good about ourselves because we have a sense of accomplishment. This potentially leads to a more positive way of thinking and healthier lifestyle. Everyone is strongly urged to go make a difference and experience Korea by getting out into the community. Korea may be a small country, but it has a lot to offer and it is a shame that Service members stay in their rooms during their time here. A lot of the negative reactions I get about someones time spent in Korea are usually because they did not do anything or they strictly went to the bars and clubs. I

recommend turning off whatever game system Service members play these days and contact their BOSS representative, S-5, or your Volunteer Service Coordinator in ACS for more information. x


Annual AFAP Conference includes youth across Southeast Hub

Story by Park Min-jin & Raven Calloway
DAEGU GARRISON USAG Daegu held its annual Army Family Action Plan Conference Nov.34 in the Camp Walker Chapel and annex. Hosted by the Army Community Service (ACS), the conference consisted of a variety of representatives from throughout the Southeast Hub, all prepared to speak to issues that ranged from A to Z. According to Teresita.J. Compton, AFTB/AFAP program m a n a g e r a t AC S , A F A P h a s profound meaning for the USAG Daegu community. AFAP is an Army-wide program designed to improve Army quality of life, she said. It is a voice for the community. Through AFAP, all members of the Army, including Active, Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, family members, retirees, surviving spouses, DA Civilians, and military technicians have a forum that allows them to voice their concerns to Army leadership, and make recommendations for possible change. Pointing out some of the issues highlighted at this years conference, ACS Exceptional Family Member Program Manager, Mirian Suber Houston said, The bus schedules for the families living in the housing areas, and POVs were among the issues



raised. The question of having a second privately owned vehicle was put on the table. That, along with the matter of the buses being not only available for the Soldiers but, looking into the possibility of them running more frequently with more community personnel having access. Everyone had a place in the AFAP conferenceeven the youth. Over the two-day conference, they had an opportunity to discuss those issues they felt greatly impacted them. Among their concerns was the idea of lowering the age levels for some community events, as well as creating a wider variety of job opportunities for teens throughout the Southeast Hub. I have been to this conference twice, and even though this years is outweighed with more youth than teens, we at least, got an issue that could possibly affect those leaving in a year or two, said Ryan Lattanzi, a junior at Daegu High School and youth group spokesperson. AFAP is such a great program, and it is very effective, saidLaurel Baek chief DFMWR Marketing. Dont just think of AFAP on only the local level. Think Big Army. You can bring up an AFAP issue any time of the year. The program really works. According to Compton, In the 20 years AFAP has been operating, 589 issues have been adopted

A participant in the 2011 AFAP Conference poses a question to the USAG Daegu leadership. The conference was held Nov. 4 at the Camp Walker Chapel. U.S. Army photo by Park Min-jin at Headquarters Department of the Army level and have resulted in 95 changes to legislation; 137 changes to Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy; 153 improvements to programs and services, and 52 percent of AFAP issues benefitting all of DOD. Closing out the ceremony USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle thanked the participants. I appreciate your efforts in bringing these issues forward, as well as the time invested in making this years AFAP one that will play an important role in helping us better understand those quality of life issues that are so important to us all. x