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DECEMBER 9, 2011

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DECEMBER 9, 2011

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 10

Inside

Rising Star shines at Yongsan Page 5

Santa Claus lands at Humphreys Page 21

Daegu units prep for inspection Page 25

Army Family Covenant reaffirmed


By Pfc. Han Samuel USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON The re-signing ceremony of the Army Family Covenant was held at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsans South Post Chapel Dec. 2, in order to reconfirm the Armys commitment to improving the quality of life for members of the Yongsan Community. The covenant, which was first signed in 2007, was re-signed this year by the command at USAG Yongsan, including the Eighth U.S. Army commander, Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris, and garrison commander, Col. William P. Huber, and Command Sgt. Maj. John C. Justis. The covenant is a promise that the Army will take care of the wellbeing of its Soldiers and Families because of the great sacrifices that they are making for the country. In order to keep this promise, the covenant is implemented in a variety of areas, including programs, services, health care, housing, education and employment opportunities for its community members. One component of the covenant which allows the Army to know how to better keep its promise is the Army Family Action Plan, which collects input from the community on quality of life issues. Since establishing AFAP in 1983, the Army has made more than 126 legislative changes, 177 Department of Defense or Department of the Army policy changes, and 197 improved programs and services as a result of suggestions made by the community. Although it is a yearlong process, AFAP also hosts an annual conference for community members to confer and prioritize the biggest issues. This year, the re-signing ceremony was held at the conclusion of the AFAP conference, which lasted from Dec. 1-2, and allowed Army leaders present to be immediately aware of the greatest needs, priorities, and expectations presented by the Yongsan community. By signing the covenant, the command relayed, on behalf of the Army, its intent to improve the quality of life for the Yongsan community and to address issues raised in the conference. In the end, what that piece of paper says to me, more than anything else, is that were going to stay true to Families, Soldiers, our wounded and survivors, Johnson said. He added that he took the covenant seriously, since it represented his commitment to making sure the ideas expressed by the community would be taken into account, as he and the other members of the leadership decided how to improve the quality of life for those in Yongsan. x

Yongsan Garrison and Eighth Army leaders participate in the re-signing of the Army Family Covenant Dec. 2 at Yongsans South Post Chapel. From left are Command Sgt. Maj. John Justis, Col. William Huber, Lt. Gen. John Johnson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel

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Rules apply to holiday gifts


Regulations govern items given to those not covered by SOFA
By Capt. Nathan Lew Eighth Army Administrative Law
YONGSAN GARRISON With the holiday season here, its a good time for a refresher course on the rules and regulations for presenting gifts to non-SOFA individuals. People covered under the SOFA include USFK military members, DoD civilians, invited contractors, and the Family members of these groups. The SOFA between the United States and Korea allows USFK the privilege of shipping goods into the country dutyfree. In return, USFK is obligated to make reasonable and practical efforts to control access of unqualified persons to duty-free goods. Black marketing is defined as the act of transferring duty-free goods (regardless of whether one profits from the transfer or not) purchased in USFK duty-free facilities to persons not authorized access to duty-free goods, except as provided in applicable regulations. Engaging in black marketing has serious consequences. Service members may be punished under the UCMJ, and civilian employees and family members can face administrative punishments or criminal prosecution as authorized by applicable ROK law, U.S. Code sections or federal and local regulations. Its important to note that certain duty-free goods most likely to be abused through the black market are subject to purchase limitations throughout USFK. These items include liquor (but not wine), beer, and food purchased at the commissary. The amounts of liquor and beer that can be purchased, and the maximum amount of money that can be spent at the commissary per month are both based upon family size. The larger the family you have, the more that you can buy. Its a good idea to find out what your maximum is to make sure that you dont exceed your monthly limits. Despite the limitations described above, this does not mean all gifts to your Korean friends need be purchased on the local economy. The SOFA allows gift-giving of duty-free items under certain circumstances. For one, individuals may give gifts of duty-free goods purchased with personal funds to individuals without access to duty-free goods if the gifts do not exceed $50 in value.

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lack marketing is transferring dutyfree goods from USKF facilities to persons not authorized to receive them.
There are also exceptions to the general prohibition on transferring duty-free alcohol to unauthorized personnel. For example, duty-free alcohol may be served to non-SOFA personnel as part of a prepared meal, or command-sponsored official observances and events of historical and traditional significance to the armed forces. In addition, USFK personnel may request and receive permission to give duty-free alcohol, purchased with personal funds, as gifts to their ROK counterparts. Currently, all general and flag officers within USFK are designated approval authorities for this exception. These officers may further delegate this authority to their 0-6 level chief of staff or assistant chief of staff. x

Tis the caring season


By Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter IMCOM Commander
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO One of the worlds greatest leaders was a gate guard who worked at the main gate of Fort Benning, Ga. What made Mr. McCoy so great was that he knew his job was more than checking ID cards. With his awesome attitude, he conveyed to every person passing through his lane that he cared. Somehow he succeeded in making a difference just through his genuine message of Welcome Home! Ive talked with many people who had contact with himSoldiers, parents visiting their Soldiers, civilians going to work, and visiting retirees who were stationed at Fort Benning years ago, and all agreed. He made a difference. Weve all seen this type of inspired leadership on every installation. Showing that we care exemplifies the very spirit of the holiday season. The great thing about being part of the Army Family is that caring goes beyond the holiday season. It is day in, day out, year-round. Margie and I and our four kids have lived and grown as a Family on Army installations around the world. In addition to Mr. McCoy, weve met many whose sense of service far exceeded their job descriptionreally dedicated people at a housing office, Youth Sports coaches, and Child Development Services, to name just a few. My familys experience is not unique. Every Soldier and Family member can point to service providers on our garrisons who go out of their way to help. The same sense of caring is why so many Soldiers, Family members, civilians and retirees volunteer their time and talents across the installation. Our volunteers welcome newcomers. They teach classes, mentor children and teens, and run play groups for young mothers and toddlers. They plan outings for wounded warriors, build houses for disabled veterans, support survivors, help prepare Families for deployment and throw welcome home parties. Caring and selfless service is ingrained in our Army culture, and we are much stronger because of it. Army Strong! To everyone who has extended a helping hand this past year, whether in a professional capacity or as a vol-

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unteer, thank you. Thank you for going the extra mile to make a difference for Soldiers, civilians and Families. Lets all enjoy what the season offers, wherever we are, and enjoy time with friends and loved ones. As we celebrate, lets remember those who are deployed and extend extra support to their Families at home. Lets also be mindful of those around us who may find this time of year more difficult. For those who need assistance, our installations provide a number of Soldier and Family support services. If you are unsure where to go, start with Army Community Service or the chaplains office. From my Family to you and yours, we wish you a safe and happy holidays and a blessed new year. x

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Gate guard Mr. McCoy and then-Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, when he was commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga. Courtesy photo

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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 Failure to obey order or regulation. The subject was stopped by Military Police at the rear gate of USAG-Red Cloud. The subjects ID card revealed he is an active duty Soldier subject to the curfew policy. He was apprehended and transported to the Provost Marshals Office where he was administered a blood alcohol test, with a result of .051 percent. The subject was processed and released to his unit with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. He later returned to PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. Area II Fail to obey a general order. The subject purchased numerous items in excess of her personal needs in the Main PX on USAG Yongsan. The subject was advised of her legal rights, which she invoked. Her ration control plate was confiscated. She was issued an order to show cause and released to her sponsor. Area III Larceny of private property. Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed the victims iPhone 4 which was unsecured and unattended in the hangar area of a building on USAG-Humphreys. Unknown person(s) then fled the scene. The victim rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. Larceny of private funds. Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed $1,200 from the victims purse underneath a living room table at an undisclosed off-post location. The victim rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Area IV Traffic accident without injuries, damage to private property, operation while intoxicated. The subject, while operating a POV, failed to yield and struck the victims POV at an unnamed road adjacent to an intersection in Daegu. Damage to the subjects vehicle consisted of dents to the front side of the vehicle and a broken front head light and bumper. Damage to the victims vehicle consisted of a broken right front bumper. The subject was administered a blood alchol test, with a result of .075 percent. The subjects drivers license was surrendered and he was released to military control under the SOFA.

An Eastern Throne Room


This is a replica of a throne and throne room as it would have appeared in Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1897. This image was taken from within Gyeongbokgung Palace, a large walled section of ground in Seoul restored to appear as it did in the Joseon Dynasty Era. It was first constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867. It was nearly destroyed during the Japanese invasion of the early 20th century and, since 1989, has been in the process of being restored to its original form. The massive initiative is expected to take approximately 40 years. Of all the palaces built in the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung was the main palace as well as the largest. Its name is a transliteration of the words Palace of Shining Happiness. To get there take Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and take any exit. U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities


Cherry Blossom Tunnel The best and most popular destination for cherry blossoms in Seoul is Yunjungno in Yeouido. Yunjungno is the road that circles the National Assembly Building. It is lined with more than 1,400 cherry trees, which are around 30 to 40 years old. In early to mid-April, the 5.7 kilometerlong Yunjungno turns snowy-white with cherry blossoms, drawing over 2.5 million visitors every year. When the flowers are at their peak, some sections of the road are blocked off, making public transportation a more convenient option than driving. Yunjungno is only a five minute walk from Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5). To get to the 63 Building (located towards the end of Yunjungno), take Subway Line 5 to Yeouinaru Station and go out Exit 1 or 4, or go to Yeouido Station and go out Exit 5. From there you can take the free shuttle bus bound for the 63 Building. Jeju Island Located just south of the Korean peninsula, Jeju is a volcanic island that was formed many years ago. It is beloved by scientists and tourists alike for its stunning natural features. It is the only special autonomous province of South Korea, situated on and coterminous with the countrys largest island. Jeju Island lies in the Korea Strait, southwest of Jeollanam-do Province. Over the past decade, Jeju Island has received three different UNESCO certifications. It was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 2002, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and a Global Geopark in 2010. The island is also one of the worldwide New7Wonders of Nature sites, so named on Nov. 11 The Official New7Wonders of Nature was the second global campaign run by the New7Wonders Foundation in Switzerland, following its first campaign to elect the New Man-made Wonders of the World, a campaign which drew over 100 million votes. x

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AFAP delivers results


By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON Local installations such as Yongsan are the grassroots level of the Army Family Action Plan, and it begins with you, your ideas, your recommendations, and most importantly, your voice. Last week, you, the Yongsan community, created change, very important change. But even as we made progress from previous AFAP conferences, we know that one essential step on our journey was to control some issues and concerns in our Army. And we did through the help of each and every one of you in our Yongsan family. So, yes, whether youre a Servicemember, Family member, civilian, contractor, or Korean Good Neighbor, you came from every corner of Yongsan to be a part of that change. Its where you were given the chance to contribute to the military way of life here on Yongsan that is both your Family and your home. You helped make Yongsan and our military community stronger. I think about AFAP and the positive changes that weve made for members of our military in the past and how were making a difference in the future by raising extremely important topics of discussion. These include reserved seating for the elderly and handicapped at the front of all buses, having an off-post hospital translator readily available, and even discussing the ease

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and accessibility of the Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gates. You worked together through the AFAP process and are helping to better the Yongsan community. That is what makes our Army great and enriches all of us in our lives. You added your voices to this AFAP debate. You helped the Army know that there is a movement for change thats gathering strength here in Korea. Thats how we can ensure that in the years ahead we are welcoming the talents of all who can contribute to our Army and that were living up to the Army values and to the basic American idea that you too can make a difference only if you try. x

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Shes off to the finals!


Area Is Heideman heads to Rising Star song face-off
dinner table when I was three years old because I sang too much. When I was in 2nd grade, I had to sing Oh, Mr. Sun for a class performance. It was the only person in the class who could do it on key, so my teacher gave me a grape soda. That was the day I knew I wanted to be a singer. After graduating from high school, she attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, to study vocal performance and opera. She then joined the Army, hoping to become a vocalist, but that military occupational specialty was not yet available. Several months later I learned that they finally opened [the MOS], but by then it was too late, she said. Heideman continued her path as a Sentinel radar systems operator, hoping that an opportunity would present itself one day to change her MOS. After five months of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla., she was reassigned to Camp Casey with Company E, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense Regiment. I love being a Soldier and being in the Army, she said. I was even a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representative for my unit for a long time. Heideman, now a private first class, has been in the Army for a year and half. Prior to competing in Operation Rising State, she competed in the Warrior Country Talent Search with a friend and placed third. Afterwards, she decided to sign up for Operation Rising Star. I did the first round because I thought it would be fun, she said. I had so many people there supporting me. My entire unit filled the Gateway Club and that kept me going. I placed third during the second round and Ill admit, she said, I was hesitant on continuing but I knew I had to do it for the people supporting me. After performing during the final round at the Labor Day Festival, I prepared myself to take the third-place check. The other two competitors were absolutely amazing singers. When the third place check passed, I thought, Okay, I can deal with second, but then the secondplace check passed, I couldnt believe it. Heideman received a $500 check as well as a chance to compete for a spot in the Operation Rising Star grand finale. Her unit also won the $300 Spirit Award for being the most supportive unit. For her performance, Heideman chose Broken by Lindsey Haunt, Never Alone by Lady Antebellum and Are You Happy Now? by Michelle Branch. I dont want to sing popular songs that everybody knows, she said. It puts me at a disadvantage because people

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CAMP CASEY It all started with a can of grape soda and a love for singing. Rachel Heidemans recent boost to celebrity status in Area I came when she placed first in the Operation Rising Star contest held here during the Labor Day Festival Sept. 2. Operation Rising Star is a militarywide singing contest modeled after the popular TV show American Idol, where contestants sing in front of an audience. Both judges and the audience determine whether or not the contestant advances to the next round. Following her winning effort here, a video of Heidemans performance was forwarded to a panel of judges at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she competed against other winners. On Oct. 13 she received a call from the Area I Entertainment and Special Events Division stating that she was chosen to complete in the finals, which will be held at Fort Sam Houston beginning Dec. 11. Twelve contestants from throughout the Army are slotted to compete for top honors and an all expenses paid, three-day professional recording studio trip to Hollywood, California. After I got off the phone with the Entertainment and Special Events coordinator, I just screamed, Heideman said. I could hardly breathe and my friends told me that I needed to calm down or I was going to have a heart attack. Heideman hails from Corning, Kansas, a town of about 100 people. She says shes been singing ever since she was a toddler, grasping every opportunity she could to perform for others. Ive been singing for as long as I can remember, she said. My aunt had to frequently quiet me down at the

dont recognize my tunes, but its what I like. I like antifolk artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Regine Spektor and Colbie Callait, but I especially love female vocalists. Theyre my idols. Like a majority of people, Heideman struggles with stage fright, but she continues to overcome it through sheer determination. I have terrible stage fright, she admitted. I have to kick myself to get on stage, but my motto is This too shall pass. I tell myself that I have to get over it. Do it and be done. Heideman became a celebrity in Area I almost overnight, but she still remains humbled by the entire experience. After participating in Operation Rising Star I became a huge supporter of unit participation, she said. I would not be where I am if it wasnt for my units support. Theyre the reason why I won. I have to give the credit to somebody else because Im just doing what I love. Because of her talent, Heideman is to be assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division band as a vocalist. The fact that I can sing and still stay in the Army is an absolute dream come true, she said. The Operation Rising Star grand finale will begin on Dec. 11. Voters will be able to cast votes online at www. oprisingstar.com. Fifty percent of votes tallied will be from online voters. x

Rising Star to be televised


The Pentagon Channel will televise Operation Rising Star, which will see 12 competitors from around the globe vie to emerge the winner in the Armys premier vocal competition. Final air dates are: Dec. 11, 13, 15, and 17. All shows will air at 8 p.m. in the Korea Standard, Eastern Standard, and Central European time zones.

Pfc. Rachel Heideman, right, took first place and a $500 prize in the Operation Rising Star singing competition at Camp Casey Sept. 2. Shell vie for top honors next week in the Armys premier vocal competition. At left is Lt. Col. Steven Finley, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Casey. U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Lee Jae Gwang

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Camp Casey Theater The Camp Casey theater will reopen at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9 with the showing of Hugo starring Ben Kingsley and Chloe Moretz. It will also be shown at 8:30 p.m. The theater has been closed since the end of July when it was flooded by monsoon rain that caused more than $18 million of damage on Camp Casey. Exchange Hours Several Area I Exchange facilities will close at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 for employees to attend its Christmas party. The affected facilities that will close early are the Camp Stanley Food Court, Camp Casey Exchange, Camp Casey Shopette, Camp Hovey Exchange and the Camp Red Cloud Exchange. For more information, call 732-6263. Christmas Concert The 2nd Infantry Division Band will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 14 at the Uijeongbu Arts Center. Also scheduled to perform are the Russian Birobidzhan Art Troupe and the Songnam Kindergarten Childrens Choir. For more information, call 732-6695. Midnight Madness The Camp Casey Exchange will be closed 7 - 10 p.m., Dec. 15 and then reopen from 10 p.m. - midnight for its Midnight Madness sale. For more information, call 7304860/4865. Basketball, Cheerleading Registration Child, Youth and School Services has extended its basketball and cheerleading registration until Dec. 16. Basketball is open to ages 3-18 and cheerleading is open to ages 5-18. Registration with CYSS and an up-to-date physical are required to participate. Volunteer coaches are also needed. For more information, call 732-8902 or 730-3628/3114. Babysitter Training Child, Youth and School Services is offering babysitter training from 8 a.m. 5 p.m., Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 at the Camp Casey Youth Center, bldg. 2475. Participants must be at least 13 years old and registered with CYSS. They must also attend both sessions to receive a certificate. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation/ first aid training is included. For more information, call 7308524/6521. New Karaoke Mitchells Club now features karaoke with American, Korean and Philippine songs, Wednesdays from 7 11 p.m. Also at Mitchells is Country Music Nite, Saturdays from 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Free line dance lessons are available. For more information, call 732-8189.

Troops fill in at installation gates

At the Camp Red Cloud main gate Dec. 5, U.S. soldiers check identification of a motorist seeking entry to the post. Gate security is usually performed by a contract guard force. But as part of a changeover from one contract guard force to another, U.S. troops are manning gates on an interim basis as a routine force protection measure until the new contract guard force is fully in place. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

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Strenuous log drills are just one of the many rigors of the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course at Camp Mackall, N.C. Special Forces recruiters say Soldiers who want to become members of the elite Green Berets should apply and not hold back. U.S. Army photo courtesy of U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Can you qualify for the Green Berets?


By Franklin Fisher franklin.s.fisher2.civ@mail.mil

Dont hold back but apply, Special Forces recruiter tells troops during visit to Area I
grades E-3 through E-7, have a GT score of 107 or above, score a minimum of 240 on the APFT, and volunteer for Airborne School, Martin said. They must also pass a thorough Special Forces medical examination, be a United States citizen and be eligible for a secret clearance. And they cannot have received any punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for at least two years before the time they apply, and cannot have any administrative flags or bars on their record. Being overweight or having been declared ineligible for reenlistment are examples of such possible barriers, Martin said. For officers, the selection process is different but the requirements are otherwise essentially the same he said. Applicants who pass the first physical and administrative hurdles are then sent to a grueling 19-day course called SFAS, for Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Its run by the Armys John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Camp Mackall, N.C.

CAMP RED CLOUD Soldiers in Korea who think they might have what it takes to get into the Green Berets shouldnt hold back because of its tough entrance requirements and should instead give it their best shot, a Special Forces recruiter told Area I Soldiers last week. The recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Martin, is part of a three-member recruiting team from Hawaii visiting Army installations Korea-wide Nov. 28 Dec. 9. Hes with the Special Forces Operations Recruiting Battalion at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. For Area I Soldiers, the team held briefings at the Camp Casey education center Nov. 30 Dec. 2. The Armys Special Forces known worldwide as the Green Berets specialize in unconventional warfare and are part of the nations elite special operations community. The main Special Forces missions are unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, special reconnaissance, counterrorism, counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and support to information operations. Its a program thats available to any and every male Soldier in the Army as long as they meet the qualifications, said Martin. But the qualifications are notoriously tough to meet. Enlisted applicants must be in pay

Long, grueling hikes while carrying ammunition boxes are one of the many challenges that await Soldiers accepted to the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course at Camp Mackall, N.C. Soldiers must pass the course before they can be considered for further training along the path to admission to the Special Forces. U.S. Army photo by Gillian M. Albro

It evaluates an applicant through a whole man approach that uses psychological testing, physical training that includes log and rifle PT, runs and ruck marches, as well as team events and exercises in land navigation. SFAS cadre look at an applicant for intelligence, physical fitness, motivation, accountability, maturity, stability, trustworthiness, judgment, decisiveness, teamwork, influence, communication and responsibility. At the end, a board selects those Soldiers most qualified for the next big step, more than a year of advanced training in the Special Forces Qualification Course, or SFQC. Martin said Soldiers shouldnt count themselves out before they even try. The biggest thing I would tell guys, if anythings questionable: Dont disqualify yourself. Let the powers that be do their job and let nature take its course, Martin said. The biggest thing about a Soldier going to SFAS is that nobody that goes to the course is already a Green Beret. They are there to get assessed and be identified if they have the potential and the aptitude to become a Green Beret. So theyre not looking for the biggest or the fastest or the strongest, said Martin. Theyre trying to identify those guys that have the potential. Soldiers can contact a Special Forces recruiter online at http://www.bragg. army.mil/sorb/SF.htm or can contact his team at sfhawaii@usarec.army.mil. x

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Army outruns Navy in annual match


By Pfc. Han Samuel samuel.han2.fm@mail.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - Army and Navy faced off at Seoul American High Schools Sims Field for the fifteenth annual rivalry flag football match, Dec. 3. Despite the bone-chilling weather, the stands were packed with die-hard fans ready to support their team as cheerleaders from each side led the Community in cheering. Unfortunately for Navy, starting from the first few minutes, Army took the lead with no intention of backing down, as quarterback Jeremy Finney scored a 45-yard touchdown. Joshua Merriss, who played wide receiver, was next to score as he successfully collected a pass from Finney and sprinted for a touchdown bringing the score to 14-0. I scored a touchdown, Merriss said. It was pretty good, and our quarterback is pretty good. Well any time you get a game like this, its an honor just to be picked to play in it, and then to come out and play in front of the Community and to play against a great team like the Navy, you know all in all it was a great experience and Im glad to have experienced it. As the game progressed, Navy played hard, even as Army kept scoring to bring the final score to 30-0.

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Army earned the bragging rights of champion at this years flag football match against Navy, which took place on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsans Seoul American High School Sims Field, Dec. 3. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
If I had to describe the Navy in one word, I would say tenacity,said Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, the Assistant Chief of Staff, C3/J3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea/Deputy, who was enjoying the event for the day. They stuck with it, they never gave up, they played the whole game, and they came real close to scoring at the very end. So they were tenacious, they held in there the whole time. After the game, the players were each awarded medals by U.S. Army Garrison commander Col. William P. Huber, Macdonald, and other high ranking officials. The award for winning the game was also See FOOTBALL, Page 12

Yongsan Mailroom trains to keep Community safe


By Cpl. Choi Sung-il sungil.choi.fm@mail.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Main Post Mail Room personnel underwent a Suspicious Package Training Exercise to hone their the ability to protect the Community, secure the area and keep personnel safe, Nov. 30. The exercise was designed to standardize and rehearse safety, reporting, and decontamination procedures for first responders and mail room personnel in the event of a suspicious package discovery. The exercise began after an alert mail handler noticed a suspicious mail item which appeared to

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The Fire Department entry team takes samples from a letter suspected of containing hazardous materials during a Suspicious Package Training Exercise conducted in the Main Post Mail Room Nov. 30. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il

be leaking an unknown white powdery substance. My primary role was to notify my first line supervisor and all the other Soldiers and workers that there was a suspicious package that could be dangerous so they could evacuate the building, said Spc. Kozzi Greene from 19th Human Resources Command. I was to cover the package and wait for help. I had to stay within eye contact of the package to warn anyone else not to come near. Following protocol, after shutting down heating, ventilating, air conditioning, fans and securing all doors and windows, mail room personnel called 911. Fire Chief Alex Temporado provided the entry team with special instructions and prepared a personnel decontamination site and cordoned off the area for several hundred meters. Military Police did their part securing the site, re-directing traffic and keeping bystanders away from the scene. Only two fire fighters served as entry personnel. The entry teams responsibilities were to preserve the scene and analyze and identify the contents of the suspected letter. The entry team stayed in constant communication with the Incident Commander until they took samples of the substances and evacuated safely. Trainees lastly went over a summary of the ex See PACKAGE EXERCISE, 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:// www.korea.amedd.army.mil/ healthpromotion/index.html.

USAG YONGSAN Santa visits Yongsan in style


By Pfc. Han Samuel samuel.han2.fm@mail.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - Santa Claus showed up at the Yongsan Post Exchange to make a donation to the Toys for Tots program and spend some time with children in the garrison, Dec. 3. Its Santa, its Santa! Hes here! exclaimed an excited girl to her mother, as she noticed the distant rumble of motorcycles approaching. With the sound of sirens and the roaring of a gang of motorcycles, Santa could be seen riding through U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, as he was escorted to the PX by the Yongsan Road Dragons and the Yongsan Fire Department. Upon their arrival at the PX, Santa and the Road Dragons got to be the first to donate toys and support the Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots, which is run by the United States Marine Corps, is a program that donates toys to families who

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K-16, Yongsan Shuttle Bus Changes As of December 12, the K-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will stop at 121st Hospital when entering and leaving post. The k-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will not stop at the commissary and SP#52 on Mondays. The k-16 and Yongsan Shuttle will not stop at Hannam Village on weekends and US Holidays. For more information, call 738-3249.

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Santa is escorted to the Yongsan Post Exchange by the Yongsan Road Dragons and the Yongsan Fire Department, Dec. 3. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
cant afford to buy their children gifts for Christmas. Ever since its inception in 1947, the program has provided new toys for such families in order to deliver a message of hope to children. In addition to supporting Toys for Tots, Santa also shared the excitement of the day with the children of Yongsan who were yearning to reveal to him what gifts they wanted for Christmas. As they did so, parents were able to take pictures and watch their children have a good time. Although the weather was chilly, the days events seemed to have kept spirits high as Santa and Toys for Tots shared a message of hope and joy for the young and young at heart in Yongsan. x

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.

Women of God Empowerment Conference 2011 Who: All women 18 yrs and up When: 16-18 December 2011 Where: South Post Chapel Mission: To enable every woman to discover and fulfill their purpose in Christ through informational workshops and the spoken word of God that usher them to a place of emotional, social, and spiritual stability and productivity. An exhilarating weekend that will empower every women mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Americas sweethearts, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, will be performing for USAG Yongsan on Sunday December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Collier Community Fitness Center. For more information, call 723-3291.

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Favorite festivals on December


By Cpl. Choi Sung-il sungil.choi.fm@mail.mil
Its time to enjoy the last month of the year. What are the events scheduled either in Garrison or in Korea that you are most looking forward to in December 2011? Find out what more than 8,800 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/ youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)

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New marquees for an excellent Community


By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding cody.j.harding2.mil@mail.mil
YONGSAN GARRISON - Recently on post, many Community members have noticed a bright change in the marquees on 8th Army Boulevard and 10th Corps Avenue, and have raised their voices in regards to the new signs. The marquees, which replaced an aging system, were a command initiative to help get the word out around post about events and happenings that the Community might have missed through other avenues of messaging. Though many of the messages are also on the Yongsan Facebook page, the marquees help get information out to those who may be unable to check, and can easily switch to display warnings or other important messages from the command. The funding for the project came from the Army Communities of Excellence program, headed by Installation Management Command to help improve the quality of life at various installations across the Army Community. In 2010, Yongsan won the 3rd place prize of $250,000 in commanders discretionary funds, for projects that aided the Community. The marquee replacement was decided to be the focus of the project, but the funding was also used for renovations, replacing old equipment and helping improve the lives of the Community around Area II. As the funds could only be used for Community projects, the options presented were limited in scope, making the marquee renovations even more appealing. Now, the marquees are being adjusted through See MARQUEE, Page 12

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K-pop world festival will be held on 7 Dec. Lots of famous Korean singers will participate in this event and even foreign singers will be there. I really want to go there but the day when this event will be held is Wednesday.

Garrison Commander Col. William Huber, Child, Youth and School Services staffs and community members recognized Shannon Newby (second from left), Family Child Care center provider for her selfless dedication for the newly revamped FCC Home, Dec. 6. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il

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Holiday Season Begins


U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan community members gathered to mark the beginning of Holiday season at the Yongsan Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fire Station Dec. 5. USFK Commander Gen. Thurman welcomed everyone and flicked a swich to turn on the lights and electrical decorations along the roads. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Sung-il

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handed to Army, who had successfully earned the title of champion for the year. As an annual event, Army and Navy had played in the Peninsula Trophy Series for fifteen games. This years victory earned Army a total of thirteen wins. Navy, however, pledged that they would not allow this to continue, and that next year would be different.

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All in all, the event seemed to have been enjoyable for both sides, not only for the thrill of rivalry, but also as an opportunity for the Community to spend time together. This is another great Community event, Macdonald said. Its the thing that builds the fiber in the Community when we all get together and enjoy things together. So it was a great day. x
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ercise and reminded everyone of their responsibilities and roles during an actual incident. Assistant Fire Chief Harold Persons said the training serves as an eye opener to all the personnel involved. Personnel in the Mail Room had the opportunity to practice their internal response procedures when encountering a suspicious package

and the post fire fighters tested their equipment and trained their personnel. Anyone concerned with this type of matter can find more on AFN online or talk to the fire department and theyll be more than happy to give information you need, Greene added.x
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Community input, namely on the brightness of the LED screens in the morning and the content of the messages. Through their input, and the

changes made by their suggestions, the marquee remains useful for the Community and the command.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

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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

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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: http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/fkch.aspx 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: jeffrey.d.hawkins@us.army.mil, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: terry.e.jarvis@korea.army.mil, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun: john.chun@us.army.mil 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Frailey michael.frailey@us.army.mil 754-7274 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee: sukjong.lee@us.army.mil, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski: alfred.grondski@us.army.mil, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) James Drake: james.drake1@us.army.mil, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones: michael.jones124@us.army.mil, 765-8991

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Santa Claus brings North Pole joy to Area I children

Above, the 2nd Infantry Division Band preforms a variety of Christmas music at the tree lighting ceremony on Camp Casey Dec. 6. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Song Ji-hun

Right, Brady McDonough, age 4, son of Spc. Robert and Christina McDonough, spent a smiling moment with Santa Claus inside the Commanding Generals Mess at Camp Red Cloud following the Christmas treelighting ceremony. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jaegwang

Above, Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, 2nd Infantry Division commanding general (left), and Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander, pose with Ava McDonough and Josue Torres during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Camp Red Cloud Dec. 5. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

At Camp Casey, children from the Child, Youth and School Services program sing during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6 at the Gateway Club Plaza. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Song Ji-hun

Children of the Kyungmin Kindergarten Childrens Choir in Uijeongbu pose with Santa Claus inside the Commanding Generals Mess just after the Christmas tree lighting festivities Dec. 5 at Camp Red Cloud. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

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Eighth Army commander visits


By W. Wayne Marlow warren.wayne.marlow@us.army.mil
CAMP HUMPHREYS The U.S. Armys mission in Korea requires continued vigilance by motivated Soldiers, the Eighth Army commander said during a visit here Dec. 1. The commander, Lt. Gen. John Johnson, and the Eighth Armys senior enlisted Soldier, Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, spoke with leaders in a town hall meeting at the Super Gym. Johnson noted that North Koreans launch periodic provocations, which the United States and South Korea must be ready for. He mentioned the sinking of a South Korean warship in March 2010 and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island eight months later as examples. In your readiness lies deterrence, Johnson said. We have to be ready to go. When tensions arise, weve got to be on our game. But while the attacks show the relevance of the U.S. mission in Korea, it only takes one incident by a derelict Soldier to taint the image, Johnson noted. We are here as guests, he said, adding it is a leaders responsibility to ensure young Soldiers have the knowledge and resources to act appropriately while away from home for the first time in a foreign country. On another issue, he stressed the commitment to quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, saying its important that people want to come here. Johnson also touched on cold weather injuries, noting that a long desert war has meant less focus on the issue. Weve had a lot of cold weather injuries in the Army last year, he said. We have a lot of NCOs and officers who dont inherently understand the risks. Harris said the cold weather preparation is only one of many ways company commanders and first sergeants should influence those who are under them. When a sergeant major talks in front of Soldiers, theyre hearing Charlie Browns teacher, Harris said. The best time to directly influence Soldiers is at the company level. He also mentioned Eighth Army successes in the Connelly Competition and Best Warrior competitions, and in winning maintenance awards and supply excellence awards. Weve got energized first sergeants and company commanders who are making it happen, he said. Weve got to be proud of what Eighth Army has done and where were going. x

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Humphreys holiday season kicks off


By W. Wayne Marlow warren.wayne.marlow@us.army.mil

Lieutenant Gen. John Johnson (right), 8th Army commander, speaks with Capt. Mark Hayes, commander of A Company, 4-2 Attack Aviation Battalion, following a town hall meeting at the Camp Humphreys Super Gym on Dec. 1. Johnson and 8th Army Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris spoke to leaders about a variety of issues impacting the U.S. Army mission in Korea. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

Santa Claus waves to the crowd after arriving on a fire truck during the Camp Humphreys Community Tree Lighting in Transformation Park on Dec. 5. Besides Santa and the bagful of treats he came with, the event included a lighting of the centerpiece tree and trees from various units that were entered into a competition. The winning tree was decorated by Soldiers and Families of the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion. There was also a baked goods contest, which Christy Talbot won. Following the tree lighting, the event moved the Community Activity Center for a holiday program featuring carols and a reading from a Charles Dickens novel. The holiday season remains in full swing Dec. 10-11, with free Santa Claus photos at the Alaska Mining Company from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

CAMP HUMPHREYS The holiday season got off to its bright, official start here during the Community Tree Lighting Dec. 5. This is a very important event in our community and I want to wish each of you a happy holiday season, said Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer L. Gray, United States Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier. In addition to the large tree that served as the centerpiece of the event at Transformation Park, smaller trees from various units brightened the winding sidewalk. The trees werent only for decoration, but were also part of a competition. The winning units received funds deposited into their unit accounts. Taking first place and the $500 prize was the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion tree. In second place was the 4th-2nd Aviation Battalion. Taking third was the 3rd-2nd Aviation Battalion, followed by the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 4-58th Airfield Operations Battalion. Thanks to the units and organizations that decorated the trees, said Col. Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander. The festive crowd grew even more animated with the arrival of Santa Claus, who came in on a fire truck and proceeded to toss candy to appreciative youngsters. As the temperature dropped, the event moved to the Community Activity Center for a holiday program and treats. Christy Talbot submitted the winning entry in holiday treats competition and won a $75 commissary gift certificate. In second place was Lauren Quackenbush, followed by Holly Hannum.x

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USAG HUMPHREYS News & Notes School lunch prices increasing


By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Cupp AAFES
YONGSAN Starting Jan. 3, 2012, school lunch prices will increase at all Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Korea and other Outside the Continental United States locations. The new increase is 35 cents per full price meal, making the new price $2.40 for elementary students and $2.55 for secondary students. Families qualifying for the free and reduced meal programs will not be impacted by the meal cost increases. The cost of a reduced-price meal will remain unchanged at 40 cents per meal. For more information on free and reduced meal eligibility requirements, contact Army Community Services Family Readiness Center at 753-6522. On Nov. 10, the military services approved an increase in the price of school lunches at DoDEA schools in order to keep pace with increasing operational costs and comply with The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The Act requires participants in the USDA meal program to raise paid student lunch prices to a level comparable to the state subsidy rate used for USDA reimbursement. As the designated School Food Authority, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service provides school meals on a non-profit, break even basis. In order to keep pace with increasing

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Park Trip Scheduled Outdoor Rec is running a trip to Zoo Zoo Park, leaving Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Free Photography Course Digital Photo 101 is a free chance to learn how to get more out of a digital camera and how to shoot better pictures. The class runs Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information, call the Community Activity Center at 753-8825. USO Lunch USO will conduct its free Lunch Box program for Soldiers Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chili will be served. Child Find Screenings Child Find monthly screenings for children ages 3-5 will be held at Dec. 14 at Humphreys American School. For more information, call 753-53-6003, or e-mail Kimberly.brice@pac.dodea.edu. NAF Limited Hours The Non-Appropriated Fund Services at CPAC will be limited through Dec. 15-Jan. 5. For immediate assistance, customers may call 753-3954. Sophisticated Saturday Tommy Ds will host Sophisticated Saturday Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m. For $50 per couple or $35 per person, one can partake in a fivecourse meal. This is limited to 50 guests. Reservations with a $25 deposit are required. For more information, contact Lisa Hogue at lisa.hogue.1@korea.army.mil Winter Sports Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is taking a trip to Jisan Dec. 17 for skiing and snowboarding. Cost is $60, which includes admission, transportation and equipment. Sign-up deadline is Dec. 15. The trip departs at 8 a.m. For more information, call 753-8970 or 753-8825. Skiing and Sledding Trip Outdoor Rec is running a trip to Woong jin Dec. 17 for indoor skiing and sledding. Departure is at 11:30 a.m., with a return time of 6 p.m. Cost is $45 for adults and $35 for children. For more information, call 753-3013. CAC Pool Closure The CAC pool will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 20. Gingerbread Contest USO is having a gingerbread house making contest Dec. 21. Contestants must provide materials to make their house, then bring it to the USO for judging. The winner will receive two tickets to a DMZ trip.

3rd GSAB shines during gunnery


By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd CAB Public Affairs
BISUNG RANGE The 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, also known as the Nightmare Battalion, conducted doorgunnery qualifications here. We conducted our door gunnery qualifications with the M-240 machine gun for our nonrated crew members, said Capt. Travis Owen, commander of A Company, 3-2 GSAB. Originally the exercise was to include both UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinooks. However the weather prevented the Chinooks from qualifying, said Staff Sgt. Joon Kwon, an aviation operations specialist from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd GSAB and the operations NCOIC for the range qualifications. The qualifications are mostly about familiarization with the weapons system, Kwon said. It helps prepare us for war, so when you do go down range you know how to utilize the weapon system. To fulfill the brigades full spectrum training regimen we have a responsibility at the company level to provide fully manned and combat capable qualified crews in order to be ready to fight tonight, Owen said. This type of training is also important because Soldiers need to be on their toes and ready to engage the enemy. While on the range, B Company 3-2 GSAB helped out by operating a Bambi Bucket, a large container filled with water that is slung from a helicopter and dropped onto a fire. The guys from B Company 3-2 provided us with great support with the Bambi Bucket because one of the dangers of going to range is the potential for fire, Owen said. All of the Soldiers were highly motivated throughout the exercise because we usually conduct the gunnery at MPRC and the setting at Bisung is much different, Kwon added. The aviators and crew members did a fantastic job qualifying, Owen said. Day to day we escort VIPs so the guys were really excited to get out here on the range for some action. x

food and operational costs, and to be compliant with this new law, school lunch prices will increase for the first time in seven years, explained Army Lt. Col. Thomas Shrader, an Exchange spokesman. The last price increase was a 10-cent per meal hike in 2004. Wholesome, balanced meals are vital to the academic achievement of school children. The DoD School Meal Program meets the same USDA guidelines as CONUS schools by providing all of the important nutrients children need to be successful in school and healthy in the future. For more information on the School Meal Program, visit www.shopmyexchange.com.x

A CH-47 Chinook from B Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, uses a Bambi Bucket to put out a fire at Bisung Range. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

6-52 ADA program seeing results


By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 2nd CAB Public Affairs
SUWON AIR BASE As the sun rises on a crisp winter morning, Soldiers of A Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery begin work on a program of in-depth maintenance. The traditionally slower season around the holidays is the perfect time to conduct a deeper maintenance program and meet the needs of the battalions rolling stock, said operations officer, Maj. Frederick Ramirez. In A Battery, Staff Sgt. Anthony Ferguson, the motor sergeant for the battery, oversaw operations as Pfc. Michael Boy and Sgt. Gary Richard worked on the electronic power plant (EPP). The EPP is a generator and if it goes down, the whole battery goes down, Ferguson said. Working on the HMMWVs was Sgt. Mike Lopez and his crew. This is a good time to get caught up, he said. The deep maintenance program allows us to give the equipment more attention, said F Support Company officer, Capt. Steven Bonner. Besides extensive maintenance, we also exercise all the equipment through convoys, making sure each vehicle gets at least 50 miles on it. The extra time also permits the battalion to install moving warning lights, a 35th ADA Brigade requirement. We are actually well ahead of schedule and are getting everything we want done, said A Battery Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jake Ammann. Working hard behind the scenes was Sgt. Stephen Powell, the Standard Army Maintenance System Enhanced operator. He is one of the most important people in the battery, Ferguson said. It doesnt matter how good your vehicles are, if your paperwork is messed up, you cant prove how good you are. Hes been doing a great job for the battery and the battalion. x

Sergeant Michael Lopez oversees installation of a vehicle movement warning light as part of the Deep Maintenance Program conducted by the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

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AFTB to celebrate 17 years


By Crystal Christian Army Community Service
CAMP HUMPHREYS Army Community Service and the Humphreys community will join volunteers and staff for Army Family Team Buildings 17th birthday celebration Dec. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at ACS, Building 311. Army Family Team Building is a volunteer-led organization whose goal is to train individuals to function at a high-level of success with minimal support. It is designed to help Soldiers, Family members and civilians adapt to Army life, manage change and accept challenges. There are more than 20,000 volunteers and paid staff in the program. AFTB trains Army Families in the Humphreys community through several courses: AFTB Levels I, II and III, plus concept blocks once a month. AFTB instructor training is conducted quarterly. AFTB Level I teaches the basics about military life. In Level II, attendees are trained on growing into community leaders. Leadership is the focus of AFTB Level III. Concept blocks are half-day training sessions on topics such as Army 101, Spouse Boot Camp and Change Can be Good. This is a wonderful time to promote the positive learning experiences AFTB offers the entire Army Family, said Suzanne James, ACS director. For more information, call 753-7439 or e-mail humphreysaftb@live.com. x

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The fact that it has to end!

Candace Roitt
After this summer... a list of things... 1... I can add humidity a lot easier than removing it... 2. no mold... 3. not sweating sitting still! Snow is a bonus as Im from Wisconsin but last year was nothing near what I was expecting from other peoples comments when we got here in November.

Kristine Little May talks before an Army Family Team Building class. U.S. Army photo by Crystal Christian

Patriot School enhances skills


By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
SUWON AIR BASE The PATRIOT mission in Korea is to hit a bullet with a bullet. Inbound tactical ballistic missiles, often carrying high explosive or chemical warheads, must be stopped before they reach their target. The system to defeat such threats is highly technical, and Soldiers charged with operating that system need high-quality training. To that end, the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, has launched Iron Horse University, a two week long class geared toward training Soldiers on PATRIOT specific information. The training being conducted, said operations officer Maj. Frederick Ramirez, is geared to enhancing unit proficiency and avoiding the training distracters that so often impeded progress. Sergeant Charles Tinkey called it a great training opportunity. It helps us get newer Soldiers up to speed more quickly. Tinkeys fellow PATRIOT operator, Pvt. Jonathan Miller agreed, and said, This has really helped me to overcome my reluctance. When you first walk into a PATRIOT van, it can be overwhelming, but getting into the training has really helped me become enthusiastic about my job. Trainers have come from across the battalion. Sergeant Regina Leroy, of the battalion tactical operations center, said, Its good to come and help the units get set up for success prior to certifications. Battery command post operator Pvt. Andrew Creamer added, This is a really positive training environment and a good switch from the routine. x

Niki Bramel
Sledding with our little one and snowball fights, then coming home to hot chocolate and soup!

Dathan Black
Easy and accessible snowboarding and skiing here in Korea! Most places offer a great discount with DoD ID cards as well.

Jeffrey Witty
Black road conditions that let me stay home and not come into work!

Sergeant Charles Tinkey and Pvt. Jonathan Miller review air defense instruction during Iron Horse University training held by the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

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CIP inspection highlights preparedness for HHC USAG Daegu


Story and photo by Pvt. Bang Bong-joo bongjoo.bang@us.army.mil
DAEGU GARRISON Dress right, dress and readiness are not merely terms associated with a Soldiers basic training experience, but rather his entire military career. Soldiers and KATUSAs assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Daegus Headquarters&Headquarters Co. had an opportunity to prove this to be true when the company participated in the Command Inspection Program (CIP) Nov. 21 - 23. Divided into three phases, the CIP included a room, TA-50, and Class-A inspection. According to an HHC representative, the inspection allowed for higher headquarters to visit the subordinate unit and conduct portions of the inspection to determine if the Soldiers are doing what they have been assigned to do. Every Soldier benefits when they can see and know that they are carrying out their duties in accordance with Army regulations, said 1 st Sgt. Terry T. Thrasher, HHC USAG Daegu. The CIP helps them to better understand that. Usually conducted once a year, the CIP inspection is very important, and its important because it speaks to the readiness and preparedness of the Soldiers, and therefore the units ability to function or perform its mission successfully. Thrasher explained that in preparation for the CIP, the Soldiers were given a heads up two to three months prior to the actual activity .

Sgt.Maj. Robert J. Brown from the 1st Signal Brigade conducts a CIP barracks inspection as a KATUSA Soldier anxiously stands by.
Theres a lot of work that goes into preparing for this type of inspection. However, each Soldier understands the role he or she plays. Should for some reason an individual fail the inspection, he is given a thorough explanation as to what he did wrong and at a later date, will undergo another inspection. Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Brown, 1st Sig. Bde., Camp Walker, participated in the CIP, offering advice and praise to the Soldiers as he inspected their rooms and equipment. What makes a great CIP is when all aspects of the inspection receive a go, said Thrasher. These Soldiers put a lot of hard work into this inspection in order to make it a success. Im sure the entire unit will be very pleased with the results, and if the results arent what we hope, then we will work very hard to improve in areas that we are weak in.x

Stress balls help put the squeeze on anger issues


Story and photo by Park Min-jin minjin.park@korea.army.mil
DAEGU GARRISON We all know it to be true. There are those who can handle their anger fairly well, and then there are those who could use a little help in bringing their anger under control. To get that help, Soldiers, Civilians and Family members from throughout U.S. Army Garrison Daegu and the Southeast Hub, need only turn to the Camp Henry and Camp Carroll ACS where anger management training is there for the taking. According to Mirian SuberHouston, Family Advocacy Program Manager, USAG Daegu, The anger management class is a type of preventive measure. It addresses techniques that will not only teach an individual how to deal with anger, but how to cope with things like loneliness or tiredness. This is all done through professional instructorspeople who are very qualified to address these issues. Held monthly, anger management classes start with the basics by getting down to the core of what is causing the anger or the frustration. Role playing is one of the things that we conduct during the anger management training sessions. Through the use of discussion, and even stress balls, we can help begin the process of bringing anger under control. During the class, individuals can find relief even in

Participants in the Camp Henry ACS Anger Management Class receive some relaxing news on the use of stress balls to help reduce anger. The class is held monthly at both the Camp Henry and the Camp Carroll ACS facilities. squeezing stress balls or massaging each others back. If the participant desires, he or she can of course, have a one-on-one training session with the instructor, said Houston. Then, where is the anger from? Where and when do people get angry? Anything that is not normal for you can potentially make you angry, said Houston. Something that is different from your noirmal routine. It could be a change in your environment. It could be the people your work with. Family can make you angry. You can get angry by yourself. There can be many reasons and factors involved in anger. Understanding the impact anger has on partners, parents, children and colleagues, a tough part of anger management training is that of first trying to determine the origin of the anger. One of the best things an individual can do for theirself is to first recognize and admit that he or she has a pr0oblem, Houston said. Once that is established, then the individual will begin seeing changes come about. Its not always an easy thing to do, but it is so vital to successfully managing that anger or stress. When we exercise we can forget about our worries. When we meditate, we can usually forget about our problems. A good piece of advice is to find a person you can talk to about whatevers bothering you. You can talk about it and find release. Once you get it out in the open, you will deal it better. x

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Story and photo by Lee Sae-mi saemi.lee@korea.army.mil Walker Chapel held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Monday, and the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu community welcomed the event with both excitement and joy. Children young and old gathered at the Chapel grounds in song and prayer as Chaplain (Maj.) James L. Drake, Garrison Chaplain, along with USAG Daegu Deputy Commander William Christman and CSM Gabriel Arnold helped kick off the holiday event. The tree lighting event is an
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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. Gate Hour and Closure Notice While the new contract for security gurads gets settled, the following USAG Daegu gates will have modified hours: Henry Gate 1: Mon.- Fri. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walker Gate 6: Open only 5 - 10 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. Carroll: Gate 4 PEDESTRIAN ONLY no vehicles. Please note this is just temporary while Soldiers from tenant units augment the gate forces. 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. Wild Wild West Christmas Party A photographer will be there doing old western-style photos, plus were having a costume contest and firing up the mechanical bull!! December 24, starts from 8 p.m. For more information, call the Hideaway Club, 765-8574. Camp Henry Auto Skills Do it Yourself! Be Wise, Winterize! 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. Tax Planning Basics The goal of tax planning is to arrange your financial affairs so as to minimize your taxes. There are three basic ways to reduce your taxes: reduce your income, increase your deductions and take advantage of tax credits. Each basic method might have several variations. December 20th 13:30.m. - 1600 p.m. Camp Carroll ACS Classroom 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 Money Matters Workshop Promotes financial responsibility and independence among club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college. Dec 15, 15:00 = 17:00 Hosted by Youth Center, Camp Walker Limited to 10 middle schoolers/teens

Christmas tree lighting ceremony helps spread holiday cheer

Your Hardest Decision


By Pvt. Bang Bong-joo bongjoo.bang@us.army.mil What is the hardest decision you ever made, and why...and did it work out?

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annual occurrence at U.S. military installations worldwide. With eager faces waiting in anticipation for the activation of the colorful lights, Christman was joined in the countdown by children from around the Southeast Hub. A special treat was the music performed by representatives from the Love and Hope Orphanage, a local orphanage in Daegu. A time for celebration, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony gave the USAG Daegu community a chance to come together to relax and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends. It was also a great time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. x (Top) In preparation for the annual tree lighting ceremony, Soldiers began hanging Christmas lights. Camp Walker activated the lights during its annual tree lighting ceremony Monday, in front of the chapel. (Bottom) The USAG Daegu Deputy Commander, William Christman, joined in the countdown with children from throughout the community.

I have to lose weight but when I went to my room, my favorite foods were in front of me... then, I decided to not eat the food. Its too difficult decision for me....

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A familiar site around Daegu, an elderly gentleman pulls his cart down a city street. The carts are the vehicle of choice for many Korean vendors, who haul a variety of itemsmany of them include fruits, vegetables, hats, gloves, flashlights and other household electronic gadgets, and as seen in this photo, an array of boxes, cables and cords. Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes

Commander of Pacific Air Forces Visits Air Defense Unit

The toughest decision that I have ever faced was whether to have the abortion that the Dr. was saying was necessary to save my life or to try to keep the pregnancy. I decided to keep the baby. He has now grown up to be a wonderful man Due to a cancer that was detected during my one-year checkup after he was born, I am quite thankful that I kept the only pregnancy that I was ever to have.

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Overloaded electrical outlets equal a recipe for disaster

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DAEGU GARRISON Flip the switch, plug it in, punch the on button, whatever way you do it, you are energizing your life. Power in movement generates heat; the more you move the more heat you generate. In the U.S., we had more than $1 billion in fire loss damage in home fires due to electrical issues; that is just in home fires. Just less than cooking fires but more than candles. In 2011 USAG Daegu has had seven fires, three were electrical in nature. How can you help prevent an electrical fire? Start by saving electricity - turn off the power when you dont need it anymore. Turn off those transformers, computer monitors, copiers and anything else you can when they are not in use or you leave the area. This stops the heat and saves $. Only plug one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, rice cooker,etc.) into an outlet at a time. Also, these types of appliances should not be plugged into an extension cord. Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, microwaves, heaters, etc.) must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Extension cords and power strips must not be used.

To let my daughter Victoria go...after Doctors worked on her far and beyond their call of duty to keep her heart from failing. Having to said to Stop and to hold her for the last time in my arms and let her fly to the Heavens above.

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Capt. Anthony Dubose and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Claflin explain the air defense capabilities of Alpha Battery, 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalions Patriot missile system to Gen. Gary L. North, Commander of Pacific Air Forces. Story and photo by 2nd Lt. Keith Hetchler 2-1 ADA BN
KUNSAN AIR BASE Alpha Battery, 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, welcomed General Gary L. North, Commander of Pacific Air Forces, and Lieutenant General Paul J. Selva, Vice Commander of Pacific Air Forces, to their tactical location on Kunsan Airbase on Monday 21, November . Alpha Battery is an Army unit tasked with protecting Kunsan Air Base from tactical ballistic missiles by providing air defense with the Patriot missile system. The leaders were given a quick briefing on daily operations and personnel which make up a Patriot missile battery by Capt. Anthony DuBose, Alpha Battery Commander. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Claflin provided the visitors insight on the technical aspects and capabilities of the equipment. The briefings continued outside as both

Fire prevention officials continue to do their best to drive home the point: overloaded electrical outlets such as the one shown above are a recipe for disaster. They strongly encourage everyone to look at how an outlet or extension is being used, and to make the necessary corrections before a fire occurs. U.S. Army Photo Especially important this time of year, check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Look how you are using the provided outlets and if needed, rearrange the equipment to use the outlets you have. Dont add extension cords to fix a problem, they only amplify your problem. Use light bulbs that match or are lower than the wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use. Electrical power injures and kills people every year. The Consumer P ro d u c t S a f e t y C o m m i s s i o n estimates that 50 people die every year from accidental electrocutions involving home wiring, panel boards, circuit breakers and outlets. Another 40 electrocutions each year involve household appliances. Report electrical problems quickly to the public works trouble desk and follow up. If you have an outlet that is arcing, or sparking, or smoking, try to safely de-energize it and call 911 or 0505-764-5911 right away. Even though you deenergized it, you may have an invisible fire growing in the wall. x

I had to choose my major.... it was very hard decision. Because it can change even change my life. And finally I chose... Now i think it was good choice.

Generals received a firsthand look at the battery equipment deployed at the tactical location. The briefings, while short, were beneficial and only interrupted momentarily by screaming aircraft. The Soldiers and officers of Alpha Battery were grateful to have had the chance to meet and brief two of our nations top leaders. Alpha Battery was in day two of their collective Battery Table VIII when the visit occurred. The visiting generals made all the Soldiers of Alpha Battery proud when they noted the importance of Patriot equipment protecting any airbase. The air defense of Air Force installations provided by Army units is an excellent example of different branches working together to support a common mission. Alpha Battery continually works with U.S. Airmen and was proud to demonstrate that to some of the U.S. Air Forces top leaders.x

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Chilgok County officials introduce Waegwan history to U.S. Soldiers


Story and photo by Pvt. Jeong Hyuk-soo hyuksoo.jeong@us.army.mil
DAEGU GARRISON introduces Life in Korea was made even better for a group of U.S. Soldiers who, on Thanksgiving eve, found themselves in the hands of volunteers from the Chilgok Chapter of the Korean Freedom Leagueall in an effort to share with the service members some of the amazing history and cultureWaegans Chilgok County has to offer. The day-long event was the first ever and included visits to six different points of interest. According to Yi, Soon-ho, a Government official with Chilgok County s Saemaul & Culture Department, the tour was one that served a great purpose. The aim of this tour was to allow U.S. service members working in Waegwan, a chance to become acquainted with the area, and to understand the character of Chilgok. My hope is that this tour will help U.S. service members become more familiar with the Waegwan and Chilgok area, he said. Among the locations visited by the Soldiers, were historic sites and museums. At each site, the service members seemed anxious and eager to listen to the cultural briefings, and explanations by the volunteers or the on-site guides. The Dabudong War Memorial Museum appeared to be a big hit with the Soldiers. Established to commemorate a major victory

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A group of Soldiers listens in while a guide explains the significance of a site they visited during a tour of the Waegwan area, Nov. 23, hosted by the Chilgok Chapter of the Korean Freedom League. This memorial honors Gen. Sin-yu of the Joseon Dynasty. during the Korean War, the battle of Dabudong gave the war the momentum it needed in order to allow a subsequent counter-attack for the National Army to advance to the north. While touring the war memorial, the Soldiers had an opportunity to view weapons from the Korean War, along with some other items that were found from that period. From this sightseeing experience, the Soldiers were able to learn not only more about what happened during the battle of Dabudong, but of the tragedies of war as well. In honor of those who fought so valiantly, the Soldiers paused to show their respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War. T h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y, t h e volunteers did their best to help the Soldiers better understand their Chilgok experience. Despite the less than cooperative weather, not even the heavy rain and aggressive winds could put a damper on the Waegwan activity. Wrapping up the days events, the Soldiers were treated to a taste of traditional Korean food, such as rice cake and bulgogi. At the end of the day, they thanked their host who presented each of them with a souvenir to remind them of the good neighbor activity. Recognizing the generosity of the Chilgok community, So, KiChun, USAG Daegu community realations officer for Camp Carroll said, I would like to express sincere appreciation to Chilgok County, and the Chilgok Chapter of the Korean Freedom League for inviting U.S. service members to such a great event. I think the tour provided them with a great opportunity to not only get to know the Chilgok and Waegwan area, but also to help better understand the sacrifices ROK and U.S. Soldiers have made while protecting and defending the Korean peninsula. Im sure that this was not just a tour, but a pilgrimage for them. x