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FEBRUARY 3, 2012

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FEBRUARY 3, 2012

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 15


Major projects on track for Area I Page 5

Maintenance excellence recognized Page 22

Getting a handle on food service Page 25

Mrs. Odierno impressed with Yongsan

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding YONGSAN GARRSION Linda Odierno, wife of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, began her first visit to South Korea with a tour of Yongsan Garrison, led by Col. William Huber, commander of Yongsan Garrison. Mrs. Odierno met with Huber, Dee Thurman, the wife to Gen. James Thurman, the United States Forces Korea commanding general, Cheryl Johnson, the spouse of Lt. Gen. John Johnson, the commanding general of Eighth Army, and Linda Cardon, who is married to Maj. Gen. Edward Cardon, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division. Huber gave Odierno a history of the post and to showcase just how close Yongsan is to the heart of Seoul. This city is growing all the time, Huber said. And it is a privilege to be in the center of the city. The tour included a stop at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital. It is reassuring to see the outstanding level of medical care available to our Soldiers and families at the 121 hospital, Odierno said. I was very impressed to see how technologically advanced the facility is and pleased to meet the talented and caring Soldiers and civilians who work there. From the hospital, Huber gave a driving tour of the residential areas The trip then swung by the post exchange and Trent Warrior Resiliency Fitness Center and the Yongsan Community Center. There, she had lunch with military spouses. It was wonderful to meet you all, and this is why I am proud to be a military spouse, because of other military spouses like you, Odierno said. The tour moved to Seoul American Elementary School and Pamela Gellers fifth grade class. There, Odierno learned about their fundraiser for Toys for Tots, Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, and about the conquistadors through the lens of Sun Tzus The Art of War. I had the opportunity to meet the Yongsan Teacher of the Year and observe her with her fifth grade history class, Odierno said. I really enjoyed seeing her dynamic teaching style and was impressed by her students understanding of complex ideas and concepts. Odierno then stopped by the Yongsan Child Development Center, where she read to children. The leadership has done such a great job ensuring that the soldier and family support programs are the best the Army has to offer, Mrs. Odierno said. My hope is that Soldiers and family members take advantage of their unique opportunity to live in such an exciting location, full of cultural and historical places. x

Linda Odierno, wife of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, discusses the facilities in the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital with Maj. James Nolin of the ambulatory care clinic. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding

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The Morning Calm

Published by Installation Management Command Pacific

NEWS Fantastic Food for football fans

Munchies for the Big Game at commissary
By Kay Blakely Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. Smart shoppers always look for ways to get the biggest bang for each and every buck. It logically follows that military shoppers with commissary privileges are among the smartest shoppers on the planet. We know that because some of the commissarys busiest days of the year are right before the Super Bowl. No matter what kind of goodies you plan to serve, weve got just what you need, at the best price. Need some snack crackers to serve with your special homemade dip? We have a good assortment at as much as 33 percent off the normal price. Several cheeses are on sale, too, at 27 to 39 percent savings. If you cant find time to make your own cookies, get them from us. The commissary has several varieties that are priced at 20 to 31 percent savings. Do try to find the time to remove them from the package and arrange them nicely on a serving plate, though. A touch of manners goes a long way, even while watching a football game. If cooking skills are limited, go for ready-


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to-bake pizzas, lasagna, fully-cooked meatballs and buffalo chicken wings that you just heat and eat. Cold cuts and cheese, with macaroni or potato salad, is an easy-do, as well. Whatever you choose, arrange it nicely on a serving plate, tray or bowl, and your guests will be mighty impressed. For those who prefer serving something homemade, just make a trip to our website. Go to www.commissaries. com/kays_kitchen/healthy_cooking/ articles/kays_01_23_12.cfm to check out this weeks recipe collection for all your Super Bowl favorites, plus a few new, possibly healthier, choices. Be a smart shopper by purchasing ingredients at the commissary shop early for best selection. x

IMCOM-P to reduce Korean workforce

Taking care of affected workers is top priority
YONGSAN GARRISON The U.S. Army Installation Command is transforming to meet the challenges of current fiscal year budget requirements. As such, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific Region will reduce its Korean National Workforce positions by more than 400. This reduction of these positions does not necessarily equate to Korean national employees being released. The actual number of Korean employees who will be released cannot be determined until all available options have been thoroughly examined. These options may include realignment or reassignment of employees. Our top priority is taking care of the Korean employees affected by this reduction in the authorized KN positions, said Debra D. Zedalis, director IMCOM Pacific Region. The Korean civilian workforce is vital to the success of our mission of providing services and programs to Soldiers and their families here in Korea, and having to release any of them is not easy; however, fiscal realities require the cuts. We have worked side by side to defend the Republic and to keep the Alliance strong, said Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commanding general, Eighth Army in Korea. These outside budget constraints affect us as a team, and we want to do everything in our power to ease the hardships of transition, and honor those who have so faithfully served the Alliance. Johnson also stated he is monitoring the situation very closely. We will work together to ensure all employees affected by this reduction are afforded the best opportunities to transition smoothly back in the Korean workforce. Due to the potential impact to the Korean workforce, a freeze on hiring new Korean Nationals is being implemented to fill vacant positions by employees whose jobs are being eliminated. The command complied with all union consultation and notification procedures to enable the union to keep its membership informed. In addition to the planned Korean Workforce reduction, the Army announced a reduction of approximately 8,700 U.S. Department of the Army Civilian positions by Sept. 30, 2012. These cuts are based on Department of Defense resource decisions as reflected in the fiscal 2012 Presidents Budget and require a reduction of Army civilian employees to comply with decreased funding levels. The Army has identified 70 locations affected, across eight commands and agencies, with nearly 90 percent of the cuts taking place within Installation Management Command, Army Materiel Command, and Training and Doctrine Command. x

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Candy, snacks, baked goods are all on sale

By Sally Cauthers Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. Candy treats for Valentines Day scratch the surface of the variety of items available at significant savings in February for commissary customers, according to the Defense Commissary Agencys director of sales. Your commissary offers a bounty of sweet delights at great savings, said Chris Burns, director of sales. Commissaries also carry health and beauty products, which shouldnt be overlooked by the men and women who want to look and feel their best for their Valentines date.

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Throughout February, DeCAs industry partners vendors, suppliers and brokers will host many in-store promotions and provide extra savings focused around Valentines Day. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for the following super sales events: Valentines candy and special bakery items. Customers will find candy displays throughout the store. Also, Valentines heart designs adorn sweet treats in the bakery, as well as a variety of special-order cakes and cookies. Heart Healthy Month. During February, Quaker Oats will promote its Build a Heart Healthy Pantry sales event, where shoppers can earn a heart rate/pedometer to encourage them to fight heart disease by staying active. Soup sale. Customers will see displays of Progressos stand-up soup cans in the stores promoting greatly reduced pricing. ConAgra will also of-

fer discounts on their Healthy Choice soups. These promotions, celebrating National Canned Food Month, also include recipe books with $10 in coupons on various canned products. New-product sampling. Kraft Foods will set up food demonstrations and allow customers to sample a number of great new items including snacks, cheeses, Oscar Mayer products and beverages. Meal solution recipe cards and Try Me coupons will also be available. Year of the Dragon. La Choy Chinese food products and CTC Foods Company will offer savings on all their Oriental food items along with recipes for preparing Chinese food dinners at home. There is always something new for our customers at their commissary, Burns said. We do our best to offer our military shoppers the very best savings and product offerings worldwide which is why we say, Your commissary, its worth the trip. x

FEBRUARY 3, 2012



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 AAFES property. The Subject was observed on closed circuit television removing one set of earphones from the headphone display and concealing it in the right sleeve of his sweatshirt at the Main PX of USAG-Casey. The subject exited the building without rendering proper payment. The subject was apprehended and transported to the Provost Marshal Office, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. The subject was processed and released to his unit. The stolen property was recovered and returned to AAFES. Area II Larceny of private property. The complainant notified the 112 emergency line of a larceny by three foreign nationals at a residence in Usandanro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Korean National Police were dispatched to the scene where they obtained CCTV footage revealing the incident. KNP located and confirmed the identity of two subjects, but the third subject is unknown. The two known subjects were apprehended and transported to the Yongsan Main KNP station where they were released into MP custody. Both subjects were transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they both waived, rendering written sworn statements denying the offense. Simple assault, failure to obey general order, curfew violation, damage to private property. The subject and victim were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when the subject struck the hood of the victims taxi with a closed fist. The subject then struck the victim in the mouth with a closed fist. The subject was detained and transported to the Mapo KNP Station. The Subject was later released into MP custody and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO. Due to his level of intoxication, the subject was processed and released to his unit with instructions to report to the USAG-Yongsan PMO at a later time. Area IV Failure to obey general order (curfew violation). The subject was apprehended for a curfew violation. The subject was detained and transported to the USAG-Daegu Carroll PMO. The subject was processed and released to his unit.

Namsan Seoul Tower was built in 1969 as Koreas first integrated transmission tower beaming television and radio broadcasts across the capital. Since opening to the public in 1980, it has become a much-loved Seoul landmark. The towers main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the Hancook restaurant and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. Seoul Towers mountain surroundings on Namsan (South Mountain) have made it a popular place to unwind for locals and tourists alike. U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke

Seoul Tower: The Citys Icon

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Beautiful Tea Museum The Beautiful Tea Museum showcases more than 110 types of tea and tea related items from all over the world. Visitors can also experience a tea drinking ceremony with various herbal teas ranging from green tea, blue tea, black tea, flower tea and more in a perfectly traditional and calm atmosphere. At the Tea Museum visitors not only have the privilege of appreciating a wide range of tea culture, they can also directly purchase tea and tea-related items at the tea shop, which features a selection of tea varieties from all over the world. The Beautiful Tea Museum building is a traditional Korean house (hanok). The museum exhibition showcases a selection of approximately 110 types of tea, as well as a wide range of tea sets and related items, allowing visitors to appreciate all types of tea culture from around the world. There is also a tea shop where visitors can purchase their choice of aromatic pleasure, as well as a diversity of high quality tea sets and pottery ware. Purchasable teas include Assam tea (a type of black tea from India), Saejak tea (green tea), lotus tea, and brown tea from Korea, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India, Europe and more. Just near the tea shop is the gallery, a showroom featuring a selection of the finest teas from around the world including Puer tea from China, Leesan tea collected at 1,900 meters above sea level in Taiwan, and the English tea called a beauty from the East which was once the Queens favorite. Next to the gallery is a display case featuring a range of tea sets from Korea, Tibet, China and other countries around the world, each reflecting the tea culture and history of the country it came from. The museum regularly invites artists to hold exhibitions at the gallery, allowing visitors to appreciate tea-related art exhibits. There is also a tea cafe for visitors who want to take a break from looking at tea and actually have a nice cup of tea. Various snacks including tteok (Korean rice cake) and cakes are available to snack on as well. Fruit smoothies are available for those who prefer cold beverages. The cafeteria provides hot water in a kettle for each table, letting visitors refill and enjoy their tea as much as they want. To get there, take subway Line 3 to Anguk Station Exit 6. Walk along Insadong. Right before Insa Crossroads, turn left at Yechon and walk towards Lee Cho Pil Bang. For more information, call 02)735-6678 or visit www. x

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Commissary seeking to increase recycling

By Tammy Reed Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. The Defense Commissary Agency took dumpster diving to an extreme, as contractors sorted through dumpsters at 10 commissaries as part of a waste sort study. Working under the Department of Defenses Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, DeCA spent several days collecting, sorting and weighing its garbage to learn its contents and determine how to keep more of it from the nations landfills. Id like to see a zero footprint, if you would, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Where everything that comes into the stores would get recycled, compost or used somehow, instead of going into the waste stream. Its a very ambitious goal, but other stores and industries have the same goal. I think its achievable, if not today, then sometime in the future. Through waste sorts, commissaries can focus on a goal to increase recycling and compost rates. The waste sort goals match DeCAs Effective Waste Management Plan objectives, which are to reduce solid-waste volumes and costs while increasing recycling rates. DeCA chose stores from across sales bands and geographical areas to sort their dumpsters. What they found was that the current waste stream consisted of outdated produce, dairy, bakery and meat products. It also includes a limited amount of waxed cardboard, which cannot be recycled, along with minor amounts of plastic and metal. DeCA Environmental Engineer




Mark Leeper said results from the study concluded about 70 to 75 percent of the solid waste generated by commissaries is convertible. This means, they can be diverted from the landfill and converted from waste to energy or used for compost, Leeper said. Furthermore, the results will be used to determine if the number of refuse containers at commissaries can be reduced. If so, this will decrease the amount of defense working capital funds being utilized for solid waste expenses. DeCA is not in this alone. Installations worldwide have the same goals, as they also have to reduce the waste stream under the DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. One of the things we are looking at is a gasification process where we can take compostables, put them through this process and end up with soil that can be used instead of fertilizer, Jeu said. If we could join forces with the base and the dining facilities, I think we could make this process mutually cost effective. Through actions related to the waste sorts, DeCA hopes to reduce the agencys carbon footprint and save operating funds, said Mike Dowling, acting deputy director, and chief operating officer. The cost of taking waste to landfills comes out of appropriated funds; so anything we do to save money is good for the taxpayer. It is good for our customers, and it makes us a good steward of our taxpayers money, Dowling added. Plus, we can use appropriated dollars for things that add value for our customers. x




News & Notes

USO Birthday Party The USO will be hosting its 71st birthday Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., at the Camp Casey USO, bldg. S-3025. A spaghetti lunch is to be served. Brig. Gen. Taylor, the 2nd Infantry Divisions assistant division commander for maneuver, is scheduled to attend. For more information, call 730-4813. Super Bowl XLVI A live telecast of Super Bowl XLVI can be watched starting 6 a.m., Feb. 6. at the Gateway Club on Camp Casey, Mitchells Club on Camp Red Cloud, and the Iron Triangle Club on Camp Hovey. Free food and refreshments will be available at both places. At the Gateway, door prizes will be given away throughout the game and two large flat-screen TVs will be given away during the halftime show and at the end of the game. At Mitchells Club, therell be a chance for one person to win a free Dell laptop. At the Iron Triangle Club, free breakfast will be available from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., and door prizes will be given. For more information about the Gateway Club event, call 730-3400; for the Mitchells Club event, 732-8189; for the Iron Triangle Club event, 730-5167. Special Forces Recruiting Special Forces recruiters are scheduled to hold briefings at the Camp Casey Education Center for those interested in qualifying for Special Forces. Briefings are Feb. 7 at noon and Feb. 8 at noon and 4:30 p.m. For more information on the briefing schedule, call the Education Center at 7301826. For more information on Special Forces send an e-mail to: Banks Closed Community Bank branches in Area I will be closed on various days in February to allow for replacement of its teller systems. The closings are as follows: Camp Hovey, Feb. 9; Camp Red Cloud, Feb. 16; Camp Stanley, Feb. 23; Camp Casey, Feb. 29. For more information call 730-3375. Revised Casey Tax Hours The Camp Casey tax center has revised its operating hours. The center, in bldg. 1709B, will be open all Saturdays in February for appointments only, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. 7 p.m. In addition, it will be open Tuesday, Feb. 21, the day after Presidents Day, from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Also, on Warrior Family Days, the center will operate from 10 a.m. 3 p.m., mainly for those with appointments but walk-ins will also be welcomed. For an appointment or more information, call 730-2568.

At Camp Casey Jan. 19, officers of the U.S. and South Korean armies sign a memorandum of agreement under which a Korean infantry unit will continue to help defend the Casey enclave in wartime or contingency. At the table are Lt. Col. Steven Finley, (left), commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, and Col. Kang Sin-woo, commander, 7th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Standing, (right), is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jean Augustin, force protection officer for USAG-Casey. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

ROK unit to aid Casey in times of threat

Korean infantry brigade renews agreement to give base defense aid to Casey Enclave
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP CASEY Should the Camp Casey enclave in Dongducheon ever be threatened with hostile action, itll have a South Korean infantry unit ready to help defend it. South Koreas 75th Mechanized Infantry Brigade has had written arrangements with the U.S. Army for at least the past decade that commit it to helping defend the enclave in the event of wartime, contingency or other instances of heightened threat. The enclave consists of Camp Casey, Camp Mobile and Camp Hovey. The brigades commander, Col. Kang Sin-woo, and the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Casey, Lt. Col. Steven Finley, signed the newest memorandum of agreement Jan. 19 during a brief, relaxed ceremony in a blue-carpeted office of Camp Caseys Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. The agreement is valid for two years, and sets forth details as to what tactical measures the brigade would be ready to take should it need to defend the Casey enclave, said Michael Turrieta, director of USAG Caseys DPTMS. It also spells out details of communications, administrative and other arrangements between the brigade and garrison. This agreement was generated many years ago, Finley told Kang, so its a living document that gets updated or re-signed by every garrison commander. Kang said he shared Finleys view. The brigade has a separate MOA with the 2nd Infantry Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team and takes part with it and other U.S. forces during key training exercises. The brigades MOA with the Casey garrison entails base defense duties only. Kang said his troops have extensive familiarity with base security practices and are ready to defend the Casey installations if called upon. If we reach a point where we have to fight tonight its about preserving the safety and security of the installation, Finley said in an interview after the signing. In wartime or contingency, a big focus of the garrison would be on evacuating noncombatants, while the Korean forces would play a major role in base security, Finley said. So we have to have an understanding of whose doing what, so when the time does come, said Finley, were trained and ready and we can focus on the mission at hand. x

Weight loss the aim in Hooah Fitness Challenge

By Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang
CAMP RED CLOUD A fitness contest that aims to help people shed dangerous extra pounds and otherwise get healthier is under way in Warrior Country. Contestants in the 2012 Hooah Fitness Challenge look to lose weight and improve their overall health through exercise and better eating habits. It began Feb. 1 and ends April 30. Cash prizes go to those who accumulate the most points for weight loss and improvements in body mass index, blood pressure and knowledge of good nutrition, and for their end-of-contest performance on a set of exercises, said Robert Thomas Gobble, fitness director for the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I. The contest was open to members of the Area I community who hold a military ID card, and more than 50 have signed up, he said. Contestants compete individually or in teams of two. To take part, would-be contestants had to undergo a fitness assessment in which Gobble met with them individually and noted key information about their health and fitness: height, weight, blood pressure, and body mass index or BMI a measurement of body weight to height. He also questioned them about their eating habits. He used a BMI chart to gauge what weight is the right one for their height and told them how much weight they should look to lose for better health. In addition, each Thursday, hell send them five questions about nutrition. Those who send back correct answers within 24 hours gain points toward their final score. The purpose is again, to increase awareness of proper nutrition, he said. Also, hell be e-mailing them periodically about good health habits. At the end of the challenge in May, Ill take the assessment again and Ill take them through the fitness skills test, he said. Thatll test how many repetitions per minute they can do of push-ups, crunches, mini-hurdles, and step-ups. The amount of money thatll go to winners will depend on how many people take part this year, Gobble said. Last years winners took home amounts ranging from about $100 to $300, Gobble said. x

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Snipers in ghillie suits emerge from concealment during training at Montana Range in South Korea Dec. 20. The Soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. They had just completed a stalk, in which they practice sneaking into position for a clear shot at targets, which on that day were two fellow-Soldiers from their unit who were positioned on a hilltop trying to spot enemy activity through binoculars. The snipers made it into position without ever being detected. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Aird

By Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Aird 1st Brigade Combat Team

Snipers on the the stalk at Montana Range

said Pfc. Carlos Apodaca, who was on his eighth stalk. The new snipers have worked for weeks on their distinctive camouflage clothing, called ghillie suits. It takes two to four weeks to make a ghillie suit, said Apodaca. The suits are made out of anything and everything. The Army doesnt have a pre-made ghillie suit for snipers. Snipers help each other and find most of the material from other Army equipment. The new snipers, he said, did exceptionally well on their suits and the days stalk. I and the L.T. [platoon leader] werent able to locate any of them

MONTANA RANGE Two Soldiers on a hill were scanning the valley one cold day last December. They were looking for any signs of movement in the tall brush that spanned the more than 700 meters in front of them. Somewhere out in that valley were six snipers. The snipers were crawling on hands and knees through foliage, inching their way forward. Snipers call it stalking. Their goal was to inch close enough to take a shot at the Soldiers on the hill. This was not Afghanistan but Montana Range in South Korea, and the Soldiers all of them were with 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. They were taking part in their first winter stalk training at Montana Range, South Korea, Dec. 20. The whole goal of today is to sneak up on our platoon leader and sniper section sergeant without being seen and take two shots undetected, said Spc. Justin Owens. After we take the first shot the platoon leader holds up a sign and we identify the letters on the sign, which confirms we have eyes on target, he said. The sniper section looks to come out to Montana Range every other month for training, according to Sgt. Daniel Schroeter, sniper section sergeant. Many in the section are newly assigned. Four out of the six snipers are participating in their first stalk today,

during the stalk, Schroeter added. The snipers spent two days at Montana Range practicing stalking and shooting. At times its nice to get out with the boys and do some training, said Pfc. Cameron Tucker. I had a lot of fun and look forward to coming out here again. x

A sniper from the 2nd Infantry Divisions 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, in position during sniper training at Montana Range in South Korea Dec. 20. The Soldier is wearing a ghillie suit for added concealment on the battlefield. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Aird

FEBRUARY 3, 2012

K-16 delivers food baskets to elderly citizens

By Pfc. Han Samuel
YONGSAN GARRISON - On behalf of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan K-16, Cecil C. Bell, the Administrative Officer at K-16, together with Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and Veterans of Foreign Wars U.S., provided food baskets to elderly citizens living in Shinchon-dong near the K-16 area, Jan. 19. The event was conducted as a joint effort with the Shinchon-dong Office, who are responsible for coordinating the distribution of gifts and government aid given to the elderly residents living in the area. Together, the team delivered food baskets right to the front doors of 20 different homes. During the festive period of the Lunar New Year, one of the traditional dishes eaten by Korean families is dumpling soup. Since elderly people relying on government aid may not be able to afford many of the food items eaten during the festive period, items for the baskets were selected to match the occasion. Baskets contained 18 various items including rice cakes, dumplings, tuna, fish, bread, chicken, and rice. These items were carefully packed into baskets and delivered to the homes of the elderly citizens in Shinchon-dong, giving them plenty to eat during the New Year holiday. Elderly residents greeted the team with bright smiles and thanked them for giving them an opportunity to enjoy good food during the New Year celebration. x 2012 1 19, K-16 BOSS VFW. K-16 .



Cecil C. Bell, the Administrative Officer at K-16, delivers a food basket to an elderly woman living in Shinchon-dong near K-16, Jan. 19. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samuel Han
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Screening Program helps Soldiers stay safe

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. - Margaret Carty - U.S. Army photo by Yongsan Health Clinic By Harvey Hall
YONGSAN GARRISON - Yongsan Health Clinic started a new screening program in July, 2011. The Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care and Treatment in the Military (RESPECT-MIL) program is designed to screen service members, including KATUSAs, for depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This program first started at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and is now present in 32 out of 37 Army posts, to include overseas locations in Europe and Korea. Since the programs inception in 2007, over 1.1 million visits were screened for depression and PTSD. About 13 percent of those visits were positive for either a possible depression and/or PTSD assessment. Of those who had positive screens, about 1 percent had a risk for suicide. Initial screening is provided by medics and nurses. The screening information is then presented to the primary care manager (PCM) who can determine if any treatment options are needed. Each case is individualized, confidential and assessed ac-

cording to the needs of the service member. A key feature of the program is telephonic interaction with a nurse care facilitator; Once a month and as needed calls with a trusted nurse advocate assists the service member with adherence to the treatment plan that was worked out with the service member and the PCM. The nurse communicates with the patient, PCM and Behavioral Health Specialists to maximize adherence and service member well-being. The goal of the program is remission. Currently, the screening process has yielded patients in the program who are progressing towards remission. Although the treatment plans vary for each individual, most patients respond within the first few months. The benefit of treatment from the PCM and monitoring from the Nurse Care Facilitator for the soldier is often far-reaching, impacting both the soldier and his/her loved ones. Lt. Col. Amal Chatila, the Yongsan Health Clinic Officer-In-Charge (OIC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner, highlights the key program features: an objective method of screening for depression and PTSD, the patient is treated by their PCM, and there is interaction with the nurse care facilitator. Without this additional screening, some service members may be experiencing signs and symptoms that may have been previously undetectable, or unnoticeable by even the service member. Finally, the Yongsan Health Clinic staff is committed to service members and their healthcare needs, and our team stands ready to make a positive difference, states LTC Chatila. The RESPECT-MIL program expects to expand throughout the Korean Peninsula in the coming year, as other military services intend to incorporate this program in the near future. For more information and questions, contact the RESPECT-MIL office at DSN 725-5119 or visit:


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Yongsan Gu construction work schedule Yongsan Gu has changed their construction work schedule for in front of Gate #6 (Commissary Gate) from this weekend to the next due to the cold temperatures. New dates impacting Gate 6: 1) From 22:00, 3 Feb to 06:00, 4 Feb 2012 (one lane will be available for traffic)--- Piling work 2) From 22:00. 4 Feb to 18:00, 5 Feb 2012 (Gate #6 needs to be closed) --- Excavation & installation of concrete box culverts 3) From 24:00, 6 Feb to 06:00, 7 Feb 2012 (one lane will be available for traffic) --- Pavement work Yongsan Community Update Brief Find out whats happening in Area II at the Yongsan Community Update Brief Feb 3 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m at South Post Chapel. Community members welcome!

Garrison offers opportunity for disabled students

By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
YONGSAN GARRISON - The Equal Employment Opportunity office offers a great working opportunity for college students with disabilities. Each year the Department of Labor, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies provide salaries for summer positions to be filled throughout the Department of Defense with students registered in the Workforce Recruitment Program. The EEO office is expecting to assign four to six students to USAG Yongsan in order to support the Garrison. The timeframes for student assignments will be from May 1 to Sept. 30. The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated post secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs. Applicants need to meet some qualifications. They must have a U.S. citizenship and a disability. Also, they must be enrolled in an accredited institution on a substantially full-time basis to seek a degree or taking less than a substantially full-time load because of immediate graduation or have graduated within the past year.



Anna Revere, USAG Yongsan Area II Equal Employment Opportunity director, and Stephen Brown, EEO specialist are having a discussion about the Workforce Recruitment Program in the Equal Employment Opportunity office, Jan. 20. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
The applicants are not the only ones who benefit from the program. Employers also learn a lot from the new additions to their team. It was really good to have a person who was from outside of the Military, said 1st Lt. Page Packer, G-1 Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program manager for 8th Army Headquarters. She provided a whole different point of view on things by not only being disabled but also being outside of the Military. People in the Military get stuck by having certain mindset and certain way of doing things and she helped us create plans that were outside of the box. More information about the Workforce Recruitment Program is available on The EEO office has recently moved to Building 4309, the old IMCOM IG building, located right behind Building 4305, the Yongsan Garrison Headquarters. Anna Revere, USAG Yongsan Area II EEO director, and Stephen Brown, EEO specialist, are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Call 738-4215 for more information.x

NEW AREA II Gate Hours On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, we implemented a few changes to the current gate hours of operation. Here are the three gates adjusting hours next week: Gate #3 (MARFOR-K Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Gate #4 (PX Gas Station Gate): 0600-2400 (7 Days a Week) Gate #19 (Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate): 0500-2100 (7 Days a Week) Check out youryongsan or yongsan.korea. for the complete list of gate hours effective Jan. 16.

Our favorite Korean dish, Kimchi

By Kim Hyung-joon USAG Yongsan Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON - What is your favorite Korean dish? Koreans serve Kimchi at almost every meal. Vegetables were popular to the ancient Koreans whose main industry was agriculture and Koreans developed a remarkable technology of food storage during all seasons. Kimchi has been transformed with Korean history. The first record found regarding Kimchi was during the Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C. 668 A.D.). Ancestors were good at making brewing dregs, malt, bran, and pickling. This implies that fermented food was broadly used without any seasonings. During the Chosun Dynasty (1392~1897), Kimchi was just salted vegetable. Although hot red pepper was imported to Korea from Japan in

Volunteer Host Families Needed Volunteer Host Families Needed: On February 10, CFC will host a visit by 200 Senior Korea Military Academy Cadets to Yongsan Garrison. During the visit, they will receive briefings and interact with our senior leadership. The final event for them is a familystyle dinner hosted by USFK Service member and civilian host volunteers. The dinner is a superb opportunity for our volunteer families to reciprocate the hospitality of our Korean host nation. Become ambassadors of USFK by volunteering to host these fine KMA cadets for a dinner and evening of fellowship. To volunteer contact LTC Fred Thornton at DSN: 723 5933/6164 or mil.

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Yongsan volunteers wore red rubber gloves, plastic hats and vests as they helped make kimchi for needy Korean families Nov. 17, 2008.- U.S. Army photo by Lee Min-hwi

the early 17th century after the Japanese invaded Korea in 1592, it took about 200 years until it was actively used with Kimchi. Types of Kimchi differ from region to region, depending on weather conditions. Although the Korean Food Academy has categorized over 100 different types and distinct recipes, each family has its own separate recipe handed down from generations. Baechu Kimchi made by cabbages, Kkakdugi made by radishes, and Oi Kimchi made by fermented cucumbers are among the most popular side dishes in Korea. Kimchi has been scientifically proven to be highly nutritious and food experts have been introducing Kimchi abroad. Also, it has gradually gained popularity as well as high reputation among foreigners. Most ingredients of Kimchi are low in calories and sugar but contain huge amounts of fiber, multiple vitamins and minerals. Lactic acid bacteria produced in the process of fermentation restrains the growth of harmful bacteria in our intestines. In addition, Kimchi has been shown to help prevent severe adult diseases such as obesity, diabetes and various cancers. Currently, Kimchi is capturing worldwide attention particularly by fans in Japan, Taiwan and America. Our generation has begun recognizing Kimchi as one of the healthiest foods.x

FEBRUARY 3, 2012



Ideas for the Morning Calm

By Cpl. Choi Sung-il
What is something new you would like to see in the Morning Calm? Post your answers and look for them in next Fridays Morning Calm. Find out what more than 9300 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at!

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Id like to share information for expectant parents. There is a peninsula-wide non-profit group called the Korea Baby Network. We offer free and low-cost birth and breastfeeding classes, and have a newborn class scheduled Feb 6. Ive had both my children here in Korea, and wanted support that I couldnt find. I know other families arrive, sometimes pregnant, and go to the first place their sponsor recommends for care. Womens healthcare is treated very differently depending on what hospital/ what area the mom is in. Many moms who want to breastfeed have no support in this, especially if they are away from Seoul and the 121. The families and moms who network together have a lot of information to share about having a baby in Korea.

At Thomas the Train land with the family on Jan. 14. BTW, the Korean writing under the trains say do not sit, but we didnt see it until after. And one of the guys working there took the photo for us... Heres the info: DATE: Saturday 10 December 2011 to Sunday 12 February 2012 TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. COST: W16,000 / W12,000 VENUE: AT Center. Yangjae-dong, Seo Cho-Gu, Seoul DESCRIPTION: This exhibition is a kind of theme park based on the British TV animation show series Thomas and Friends. Visitors to the exhibition will get a chance to take the beloved train and tour the elaborate replica of the village in the animation series. Courtesy photo by S. Rosa Ryals 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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Honors Cafe tops USAG Yongsan DFAC Award

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YONGSAN GARRISON - The Best Decorated Thanksgiving Dining Facility Awards Ceremony was held in the Conference room of Headquarters and Headquarters Company at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Jan. 20. Plaques and \ certificates were awarded by the acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander Ted Jackson, on behalf of the garrison commander, to 3 dining facilities that participated in the competition. The first place plaque went to USAG Yongsans Honors Cafe, while the runner-up plaque went to the 2501st Support Detachment. K-16s Rotor Wash Cafe also received a plaque for participation. Garrison leaders expressed special words of appreciation to all DFAC Soldiers for their hard work in allowing members of the Army to have a well-prepared meal each day. USAG Yongsans Honors Cafe, pose for a picture after winning first place. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel




Baby bears in the snow

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea Enjoying the fresh snow while on a CFC sponsored tour. - Hyundai Sung Woo Resort Courtesy photo by Kimberly Nagy 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


A hectic time of the year in korea in preparation for food and tradition
By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - In Korea, the New Year is celebrated at the beginning of the Lunar New Year. During this time, whole families gather together to cook and share food, play games, and enjoy New Year traditions. Here, we will share some of the New Year foods that are eaten and traditions that are observed in Korea, during the celebration of the Lunar New Year. What to eat- Koreans eat Dduk Gook or Dduk Mandoo Gook during the Lunar New Year. Dduk Gook, or rice cake soup, is made with slices of rice cake and beef. Dduk Mandoo Gook is just like Dduk Gook except that Mandoo, Korean style dumplings, are added. Rice cakes white color is meant to symbolize the act of putting all the bad things that happened in the previous year out of ones mind and looking into the hopeful New Year.The Mandoo-pee is similar to a Mexican Tortilla, and is the white outer part of the Mandoo that wraps around the Sok, which are the inner ingredients of Mandoo. Sok, which are the various ingredients wrapped by the Mandoo-pee, literally means inside. Although recipes for Sok vary, it is generally a mixture of chopped meat and vegetables - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang

Lunar New Year, biggest celebration

Dduk Mandoo Gook



Saebae, New Years bow

Holiday Side Dishes

Galbi jjim, or braised beef short ribs, is a Korean delicacy cooked with various vegetables in a sweet sauce. Since short ribs are expensive, Galbi jjim is usually reserved for special guests or on special occasions. This makes it a great menu item for New Year.- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyokang Chap-chae is a Korean dish made from starch flour noodles, called dangmyeon, stir fried in sesame oil with various vegetables, beef, and seasoned with soy sauce and sugar. This dish is a must on Seol Nal, and has been traditionally served at Korean parties and special occasions.- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang Namool are assorted vegetables and includes a variety of dishes, depending on the vegetable used. Namool is eaten pretty much every meal, meaning it can also probably be found on the dinner table during Seol Nal.- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang

What to do- During the Lunar New Year, children wish their elderly family members a happy new year by performing Saebae, which is a deep Korean traditional bow. Following Saebae, children sit and listen as their older family members share words of wisdom for the New Year. A special treat during Saebae is the Saebae Don, or New Years money, which older members of the family give to their children or grandchildren as allowance for the New Year. As grandparents get older and are no longer able to support themselves, this trend reverses so that children offer their parents and older family members Saebae Don. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang

Dotori Muk, seasoned acorn jelly, usually goes along with other dishes during New Year as this plain tasting food mixed with a variety of vegetables and sesame seeds helps you digest some heavy food. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang

JANUARY 27, 2012




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FEBRUARY 3, 2012

USAG HUMPHREYS Area III Post Office delivers quality service


By Mary Kim USAG-H Public Affairs Office

CAMP HUMPHREYS When stationed overseas, getting a package from home can be a delight. Thats where workers at the Area III Post Office come in. Last Christmas, Soldiers and employees were undaunted by the snow and cold as they unloaded two mail trucks, one more than is normally handled in a day. That type of dedication is typical, as days can start as early as 5 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m. All the while, Soldiers still have their military tasks to tend to. In spite of all this, the post office received an excellent rating during its last inspection. The key to success is pulling together, according to Spc. Darryl Johnson, Area III Post Office acting noncommissioned officer in charge. Teamwork is the most important thing. If only one person is here, it takes forever. Having a battle buddy or a civilian buddy gives us that extra leeway, he said. We keep an eye on each other, we work as a team, and we have different strengths so we complement each other. We are all in the same boat. Knowing they make a difference gives the workers the strength to drive on, according to 1st Lt. Karla Crayne, Area III post office platoon leader. Despite the difficulties, we keep up our spirit and make sure customers get their packages, she said. Receiving packages from family and friends gives them peace of mind for the day. We also know that Soldiers are happy doing their missions because they are helping out other Soldiers. x

Private Rogelio Gris, a clerk at the Area III Post Office on Camp Humphreys, takes a package from a customer and prepares to send it on its way. U.S. Army photo by Mary Kim

DPTMS lauded for readiness in extreme weather

By Steven Hoover
CAMP HUMPHREYS The U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security recently learned Camp Humphreys was recognized as the first international U.S. military installation to be named StormReady and TsunamiReady by the U.S. National Weather Service. The Storm/Tsunami Ready programs are newly established to assist countries, territories, states, and Department of Defense installations to develop and better prepare for all hazards and destructive weather events. Among others, the city of Los Angeles was recently recognized as well. This also aligns with the new DoD and Department of the Army Installation Emergency Management guidelines, according to Mark Cox, DPTMS director. Before granting this status to the garrison, program administrators conducted a rigorous and thorough process to assess the garrisons capabilities. They assessed the garrisons ability to prepare for, and respond to, destructive weather such as typhoons, snowstorms, flooding, tornados, heavy precipitation and yellow dust storms. To be recognized as the first DoD overseas Storm/Tsunami Ready installation is a testament to the teamwork and partnership between the garrison and the mission units, Cox said. In a letter to the garrison, Chris Maier, a national warning coordination meteorologist and the manager of the program, wrote USAG Humphreys is only the third international location to be recognized and this is clearly a result of the vision, leadership, hard work and commitment of DPTMS to the USAG Humphreys community. The recognitions are valid for three years. x

Tu, Chin-jung, an automotive training instructor, checks the oil level while working at the Auto Skills Center. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

Center takes care of all auto needs

By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS The Auto Skills Center is part of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and offers various automobile-related services to those on the garrison. Services offered include self-help repair for maintaining ones own vehicle, safety inspections, minor automobile repairs, a self-help car washing lot, regular car maintenance, and repair classes. The repair classes focus on techniques such as changing tires, changing oil, and replacing parts. Services are available for all U.S. Army Soldiers, families, civilians and contractors on Camp Humphreys. The Auto Skills Center offers services so that people working in the garrison can focus on their daily duties, instead of getting distracted by automobile issues that can drag on, said Tu, Chinjung, automotive training instructor. There are four employees: two training instructors and two mechanics. A new Auto Skills Center is under construction, with completion expected in 2014. The current Auto Skills Center has nine bays, but the new center will have 34. Jung enjoys being part of the community. We appreciate the support from the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, he said. We will continue to put in efforts to improve and provide better services for all our customers. The Auto Skills Centers hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for Thursday, when its open from noon to 8 p.m. It can be reached at 753-8548. x




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Vehicle registration opens The Pyeongteak Vehicle Registration will resume vehicle registration services at the Camp Humphreys Pass and ID/Vehicle Registration Office on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 7. Hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. The registrant must provide documents to the registration official on a Tuesday. The registrar will process the documents and registrations will be picked up from Pyeongteak by a USAG Humphreys representative on Wednesday. Registrations will be available to the registrant on Wednesday afternoon. COR refresher training The next Pyeongtaek Contracting Offices Contracting Officer Representative (COR) refresher course is scheduled for Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Distributed Learning System facility in Building S-302. Slots are first come, first served. Reservations and inquiries may be made to Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Brown, at mil or 753-5513, or Choe, Yun Yong at yunyong.choe.ln@mail. mil or 753-5696. This course is for CORs that need to recertify their annual training in order to retain their duties. Online courses CLC 011, CLC 106, and CLM 003 are required. Job application session For those interested in employment with CYSS, Director Hyacinth Smith and Employment Readiness Specialist Phil Chang have arranged a How to Apply through USA Jobs step-by-step, hands-on session from Feb. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Family Readiness Center (Bldg. 1127). This session is designed to make sure applications are ready to submit and contain all the required information. For more information or to register, call 753-8321 or 7536522. Red carpet event The United Club is sponsoring a Black and White Red Carpet Event Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Community Activity Center ballroom. There is a new membership fee of $10 and the event fee is $40 per couple or $20 per person. There will be a celebrity look-alike contest for those who come dressed as famous couples. Otherwise, pull out your black and white evening attire and come and enjoy the entertainment and food. There will also be items for sale, in case you forgot to get your Valentine a gift. RSVP by Feb. 10 to humphreys. CPR, First Aid class Anyone who has a claim against the estate of Pfc. Christopher C. Fells, who died Dec. 5, 2011, can contact 1st Lt. Michael Balaban at 725-5422 or at mil. CAC pool closure The CAC Pool will remain closed through Feb. 29.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Fatima A. Earley and Sgt. First Class Daniel Garcia of E Battery display their hardware during the annual Eighth Army Level Army Award for Maintenance Excellence. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Shameka Moss

E Battery displays maintenance excellence

By Capt. Shameka Moss 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
CAMP CASEY Soldiers from E Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, competed for the annual Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) here. The AAME was created to recognize various activities within the units that have demonstrated excellence in maintenance operations, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Fatima A. Earley, missile system maintenance technician. The primary objectives of the program are to assess the maintenance components of our units readiness posture, improve efficiency and make the necessary improvements towards our field maintenance sections. Each year, a unit may compete in the small, medium, or large categories. Small is 10 to 100 personnel, medium is 101 to 3oo, and large is 301 or more. Each Army command may nominate six units to compete. This leads to sub-competitions at lower echelons, allowing units to compete within divi-

sions, brigades, and battalions. During the first stage of the competition, Echo Battery prepared documentation that was based on competition guidelines that summarizes the maintenance activities within the Battery, said Sergeant 1st Class Daniel Garcia. Developing the Unit Maintenance Profile, the battery highlighted all accomplishments and praiseworthy activities over the last fiscal year. As first time competitors to make it this far, I am proud, said Capt. John G. Kim, E Battery commander. x

Humphreys walk honors MLK Jr.

By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho
CAMP HUMPHREYS Soldiers, civilians, and family members celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Walk to Remember Jan. 20. Hundreds of people marched from Independence Park to the Post Theater, where an observance was held. This event is about acknowledging what Martin Luther King Jr. represents and accomplished, said Sergeant First Class Ricardo Pompa, Camp Humphreys Equal Opportunity advisor. This makes the community aware of the importance of civil rights. x

Soldiers and Family members participate in a Walk to Remember to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

FEBRUARY 3, 2012




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Private First Class Ashley Miller, food specialist from Headquarters Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd CAB, prepares a plate of food at the Talon Cafe for Spc. Alberto Perez Jr. The Talon Caf was runner up at the Department of Army level Phillip A. Connelly Competition. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

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Talon turnaround
DFAC takes second in Army competition
By Cpl. Tim Oberle 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade
CAMP HUMPHREYS Just a little over two years ago the Talon Caf was a new player to the world of fine dining and still working on refining its methods. Forward one year down the road, with a new brigade commander at the helm and new dining facility leadership in place, the gauntlet was thrown down to continue to improve on what the previous dining facility staff and 2nd CAB leadership had worked so hard to build. As soon as I took command of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, I held sensing sessions with the junior enlisted Soldiers in the brigade to find out what I could do to improve their situation, said Col. James T. Barker, the 2nd CAB commander. During every session Soldiers routinely mentioned that one of the most important things for them was the variety and quality of food at the brigade dining facility. Not long after Barker held the sensing sessions, improvement was already evident in the eyes of many 2nd CAB Soldiers. I couldnt believe how much the food improved in such a little time, said Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril, from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd CAB. One day I went to eat with some friends and they were serving a Surf and Turf with crab legs and a T-bone steak. It was one of the best meals I had in a long time. In 2011, the Surf and Turf special was one of many

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new programs that the new leaders at the dining facility put in place to help bring the Soldiers back. When I took over as the dining facility manager, Chief Warrant Officer Robert Vandusen (2nd CAB Food Service Technician) and I took a look at programs that might entice the Soldiers to come here to eat, said Sgt. 1st Class Irving Murillo. What we came up with was to feature a different cultural meal to match each of the different holidays, a Grab and Go food program for Soldiers on the move and pizza made from scratch every day. Within the first few months of the new leadership taking over, the Talon Caf began receiving accolades. The initial award was first place in the National Nutrition month competition for United States Forces Korea. Little did they know at that time, but the Talon Caf was on course for even bigger and better things. Immediately following the National Nutrition month, we began preparing for the Phillip A. Connelly Competition which is the biggest contest for our field, Murillo said. We began to work long hours, training day and night, to continue improving the conditions and the quality of food. For months the Soldiers and noncommissioned officers that work here sacrificed a lot to make sure we were prepared. The hard work paid off, as the Soldiers won installation and United States Forces Korea Connelly Competitions, then took second Army-wide. Just last month we found out we took runner up at the DA-level, said Pvt. Tashanda Mitchell, a food service specialist from Headquarters Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd CAB. Honestly I was upset that it wasnt first, but taking second out of all the dining facilities across the Army is pretty good. x

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Soldiers with F Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, breathe a little easier while reflecting on their trip up steep Madison Hill. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Kylee Bennett

FEBRUARY 03, 2012



Story and photos by Park, Min-Jin

Army food inspectors stomach the challenge

DAEGU GARRISON Many members of the U.S. Army Garrison Da e g u co m m u n i t y re g u l a r l y purchase or consume food stuffs from the Camp Walker Commissary, area shoppettes, and the Exchange. While they may be aware of the availability of these items, they may not be as aware of who it is thats responsible for ensuring the items are safe for consumption. That task of distinction belongs to a team of food inspectors assigned to Camp Walkers 106th Med. Det. (Veterinary Service). It is a job that carries with it both a challenge and responsibility of enormous weight and importance. From apples to zucchini, there is always the watchful eye of an Army food inspector to ensure that the consumers health is not at risk. According to Spc. Rudy P. Cortinas Jr., food inspection specialist, his job is not only something he enjoys, but something he takes very seriously. Thewelfareof our Soldiers isalways a primary concern. For example, something like food poisoning can have serious consequences with regards to someones health, but also in terms of the impact it will have on readiness. So, you can see right way the important role the food inspector plays in ensuring the food consumed by our Soldiers is in keeping with those standards established by the Department of Defense. Cortinas sees the Army food inspectors job as one that ensures everybody wins. T h e re a re o t h e r a re a s o f consideration which we stay on top of, he said. We help the military save money. That is, part of our inspection process involves making sure that DeCA [the Defense Commissary Agency] gets the proper products, the items it ordered and with the right price. In other words,

Food inspectors dispose of unused products that, unless properly accounted for, could pose a potential health risk. they are getting exactly what they ordered and not being overcharged. Pfc. Lee, Kil-jong assists Cortinas in getting the job done. Like his coworker, Lee said he enjoys his work as well. Cortinas addressed some of the issues connected with food inspection duties. When we carry out an inspection, what were looking for are things like the hygiene of the person preparing food, he said. As you might imagine, the sanitation of equipment used to prepare food, is also of importance. The food inspection specialist said his job also depends on the frequency of the delivery. For instance, the commissary input output ratio of food is very high. So, we have to be there on a daily basis to make sure that their incoming produce is okay. In facilities where only drinks are served, we can hit those facilities for inspection monthly. In cases where a place may not be sanitary, or it is a matter of a facility just opening up, then we have to concentrate on them morejust to make sure they are operating at the standard we require. For schools or any other facility like that, we pay even greater attention because we do not want children consuming anything that might make them sick. Knowing what to look for is just as important as where to look for it. Right now we are still at war. If anybody wants to tr y and contaminate the food we eat, the food inspectors are the ones to prevent that from happening, Cortinas said. Our job is to ensure the food that is consumed by members of the USAG Daegu community, is safe and void of any health risks or dangers. To do that, we will do as we always do, and that is work closely with managers and employees to correct any deficiencies we might find, and to do so quickly and efficiently. x

Spc. Rudy P. Cortinas, Army Food Specialist, 106th Med. Det. (VS), Camp Walker, checks for expiration dates on food displayed in the Camp Carroll Commissary.


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 Hours Back to Normal We are pleased to report that all Area IV gates have returned to normal hours of operation; Soldiers are still manning several of the gates as we transition to the new contract for security guards.

Training programs are at the heart of Red Cross services

Story and photo by Lee Sae-mi
DAEGU GARRISON Red Cross is a seemingly ageless organization that is recognized around the world. Since its beginning, it has been an invaluable source of support for those in need, anytime and anywhere, and the U.S. military has been no exception. Its primary mission of providing emergency communication is accentuated only by its efforts to provide peace of mind to those it serves. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, it is a reliable vehicle in connecting service members with their families during an emergency that may find them miles apart. However, this is just one aspect of the Red Cross. There are many others, such as the training it provides to customers that make its solid reputation among the most respected names within the global community. Training in a variety of lifesaving areas is something that the Red Cross is very proud of, said Area IV American Red Cross Manager Christina Arose. One of the benefits of being here at Camp Henry is that of being able to provide the community with educational programs that promote health and safety services. Those programs include, but are not limited to learning CPR, first aid, life guard training, and babysitting training. I think this kind of training is something important in that it not only gives people peace of mind, but it helps prepare them or expose them to a form of readiness that ensures that when a baby comes, they can function as responsible adults, Arose continued. The training



FEBRUARY 03, 2012

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Favorite Book
By Pfc. Bang Bong-joo With the cold weather, its a great time to snuggle in with...a good book! So, we want to know, what is YOUR favorite book, and why?

Michelle Van Vucht Davis

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Meester van de zwarte molen. It is a Dutch book, about black magic. I can read it over and over. Also Witch Daughter. Pretty good book too

Auto Skills Be wise, winterize! Do it Yourself The Auto Skills Center has trained instructors and mechanics to guide customers through a wide range of repairs and maintenance. Camp Henry, 768-8164

Free Credit Score and Analysis Check your free FICO credit scores and the educational information and tools in the FICO Sstandard product availabe free of charge to eligible active duty service members and their spouses. Contact your installation Army Community Services office to call ahead for an appointment: Camp Carroll 765-7900 Camp Henry 768-7112

At the Camp Henry Red Cross center Soldiers received CPR training and other emergency procedures on Jan. 18th. The training is just one of many classes offered by the Red Cross. teaches youth how to hold babies, Besides health and training, how to change a diaper, and how instructive training is here to to burp a baby. This is extremely provide others such as the Korean important because most young volunteers who walk through our people dont know how to do it. doors, a chance to train, Arose said. Additional training opportunities Their contribution to the Red Cross can take on a more technical is invaluable. The Korean volunteers appearance. At the Camp Henry that work in the clinic basically facility, Red Cross also provides youth promote active volunteerism on the an opportunity to learn Microsoft Garrison. Office programs that may be beneficial The very strong partnership as they prepare to graduate and enter between the American and Korean college. While the list of training community has given me an programs offered may go on and on, opportunity to see a partnership Arose pointed out volunteerism as yet firsthand. From that, I came to another opportunity available at the better realize that there is a strong Red Cross. Good Neighbor program here in our Without the help of volunteers, community. Our Korean volunteers many of the things done by Red are also available to assist our Soldiers, Cross would prove to be almost civilians and family members --no impossible to achieve. matter what the need. x

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Bulguksa Temple, located in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, is home to several of South Koreas national treasures. The huge stone marking displays the UNESCO symbol, and is located at the entrance to the temple. Inside the temple gates many wonders from the Shilla Dynasty, such as the Golden Pig, are available for public viewing. Courtesy photo by Pfc. Jeong Hyuk-soo

Camp Henry Tax Center opens for business

I cant name a single book, but the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King - The reason I love this series, is because it is an outstanding bit of storytelling, and the main idea behind the story is that life is about the journey, and the adventures you pursue to get to the end, not the ending itself.

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Mandatory Personal Financial Management Training Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Camp Henry Army Community Services (ACS) Classroom, family members are welcome on a space available basis. This course is comprised of eight sessions mandated by Department of the Army for First Term Soldiers. This class teaches how to develop a personal budget/spending plan; recognize signs of financial trouble and where to get assistance; the importance of credit and how to establish a savings account, emergency savings and long term savings; how to make the consumer decisions; how to plan for large and small purchases; and how to plan insurance needs on life, auto, personal property, and home. Call 768-7112 for further information.

2-1 ADA Soldiers hone their warrior skills at Massan Ammo Depot
Story by 1st Lt. Jason Ricci DAEGU GARRISON Soldiers from 2-1 Air Defense Arttilery Battalion located on Camp Carroll trained with their M203 grenade launchers at the Massan Ammo small arms range Jan. 5-6. Although an essential part of the 2-1s small arms arsenal, the M203 is only issued to a fraction of 2-1 ADA BN Soldiers. Because of the limited number of the grenade launchers in the battalion, it is essential that the firers be skilled in their operation, according to Sgt. 1st Class Terry Evans, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the range. We need to ensure that each Soldier assigned an M203 is able to use it effectively to allow maximum firepower to their battery, Evans said. M203 ranges dont come around as often other ranges. The training we provide now will likely be last live fire experience for these Soldiers for quite a while. While it may be the last live fire experience for 2-1 Soldiers for several months, it was also the first live fire experience for some of the firers. Pvt. Alissa Brannan, a Patriot launching station crewmember

All of the Twilight Saga book but especially Breaking Dawn. I have read all 4 of them 12 times so far.

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Don Quijote De La Mancha by Miguel Cervantes. A masterpiece of Spanish literature.

( To p ) I n co m e Ta x preparers listen closely as they recieve thanks and appreciation for the help they will be providing USAG Daegu and Area IV throughout the tax season. (Left) USAG Daegu Commander Col Kathleen A. Gavle, and LTC Rick S. Lear, SJA, 19th ESC, cut the ribbon marking the offical opening of the Tax Center, Feb 1. Camp Henry Tax Center - 768-8590 Camp Carroll Tax Center - 765-8179 U.S. Army photos by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo

Sgt. Eduardo Mercado helps Pvt. Alissa Brannan identify the 300 meter target during the M203 qualification range held by 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Jan. 6. Photo by 2nd Lt. Foss Davis, 2-1 ADA BN Public Affairs.

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Presidents day holiday ski trip Location & Fees: TBA Fee includes 3 days rental equipment, 2 nights lodging at acondominium resort and transportation. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Bus: Departs from the Cp Carroll CAC at 0800 and Cp Walker Commissary at 0900. Registration deadline: Feb 14

for Charlie BTRY, 2-1 ADA BN, had never fired her M203 before the range. Despite never firing her M203 before, the preliminary marksmanship training she received before the range, and her experience with other small arms allowed her to achieve the expert qualification standards. Im proud, Brannan said of her expert qualification. Learning to fire a weapon like that is very

exciting. The range detail was able to qualify all 44 firers from their battalion as well as four additional firers from 35 Air Defense Artillery Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. Not only did everyone qualify, 12 firers qualified expert, said Sgt. Eduardo Mercado, a range safety and firing coach. I would definitely say the range was a success. x

Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Its the story of King Arthur as told through the eyes of two women. Youll find a different perspective on events and characters. I love this book because I love Arthurian legend it amazes me how many stories either parallel the relationships between Arthur and his court or have a similar story structure.


Clearer vison helps reduce the chances of a collision

Story by Charles Safety Guy Ryan
DA EG U G A R R I S O N T h e National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://w w w. ) lists close to 600 fatal U.S. motor vehicle accidents during snow and sleet conditions in 2009. Drivers of both military and personal vehicles in the Republic of Korea need to be aware that snow on your vehicles hood, ice on the mirrors, fog on your windshields outside, or condensation on your windshields inside can reduce visibility and cause accidents. The 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command has Soldiers, Civilians and Family members spread from Busan to Pyongtaek, Daegu to Dongducheon, with all areas having varying levels of freezing temperatures and weather conditions. Units added a winter driving safety class to their Winter Safety Stand Down Day last October, which has paid off with zero personal vehicles accidents to date caused by wintery conditions. During Key Resolve/Foal Eagle our company will log more winter driving miles between Camp Walker and Camp Carroll than anytime in this units history, explained



Staff Sgt. Joshua Fernandez, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 19th ESC Safety noncommisioned officer. So preparing each of our vehicles for maximum visibility versus the bad weather is going to be critical. Not only is preparing our military and personally owned vehicles critical; it is mandatory with USFK Regulation 190-1 Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety Chapter B-23 d. (2) which reads: Vehicles may not be operated when frost, ice, snow, or mud obscures the windshield, rear window, or door glass, and impairs the drivers view in any direction. The first step in winter driving visibility is to take the time to get the vehicle properly ready to drive. If possible enter the vehicle and start the engine to warm up the defrosting systems. Next remove all snow and ice from the hood, roof and trunk surfaces of your vehicle, using the brush end of a window scraper to ensure it does not it not just the windshield, and defrost all windows. Vehicle preparation, in the cold, with busy timelines may seem like a nuisance; but 10 minutes of window scraping beats 10 days in the hospital, or $10,000 of damage every time. After vehicle preparation and youre driving carefully down

The first step in winter driving visibility, is to take the appropriate time and measures to get your vehicle ready for the road. If possible, enter the vehicle and start the engine to warm up the defrosting systems. U.S. Army photo by Andrew M. Allen the road, your windshield wiper system might be needed to keep your windshield clear. Prior to any winter trip ensure that your wipers have a clean wipe across the windshield and replace them if they dont wipe cleanly. And when buying winter washer fluid, look for a brand with a deicer agent. Whether Im teaching intial drivers training, or certif ying convoy commanders, I put extra emphasis on the dangers of icy windows here in Korea, shared Sgt. 1st Class Rickie Allen of the 501st SBEs Multi-Training Facility at Camp Carroll. It only takes a few minutes to clean off windows and mirrors. The benefits of having clear vision while driving cannot be measured. The life you save could be your own. x

Flat-bottomed boat Barge transports M88A1 recovery vehicles

Story and Photo by Pvt Kim, Sung-eun
DAEGU GARRISON BUSAN, S o u t h Ko re a S o l d i e r s a n d civilian personnel from the 25th Transportation Battalion facilitated the transportation of two M88A1 r e co ve r y ve h i c l e s t h a t we r e unloaded at Pier 8, Busan Jan. 27. These two M88A1s initially arrived at a separate port of entry, New Port, in Busan and were transported to Pier 8 via a flat-bottomed boat. The significance of the M88A1s arrival today is more in the usage of the sea mode of transportation, which has not been done for decades in Area IV and on the Korean peninsula altogether, said Maj. Sonya Smith, 25th Transportation Battalion S-3 Operations officer. Historically, military equipment such as M88A1s have arrived directly at Pier 8 via freighters. Once offloaded at Pier 8, equipment is then transported to Camp Carroll. Selecting the most prudent mode of transportation is part of our mission, said 1st Lt. Antoine K. Dawoud, 517th Movement Control Team officer. While railways and roads are the more common modes of transportation, we are fully capable of adapting ourselves to different needs. 25th Transportation Battalions responsibilities include the planning and coordinating of received equipments onward movement, making sure items reach its final destination by the required delivery date. We w i l l d e f i n i te ly s e e a n increase in usage of the sea mode

After being offloaded from the flat-bottomed barge, which transported the vehicles from their original port of entry, M88A1 tank recovery vehicles arrive on deck at Pier 8, Busan, South Korea, Jan. 27. of transportation on the Korean peninsula, Smith said. Most of the equipment that is delivered to South Korea arrives after a long ocean voyage on Military Sealift Command ships.x