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FEBRUARY 24, 2012

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Taking the plunge

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Volume 10, Issue 18

By W. Wayne Marlow CAMP HUMPHREYS More than 200 brave participants got a four-month jump on summer by taking part in the garrisons annual Polar Bear Plunge, here, Feb. 18. In spite of the 18 degree weather and icy cold water, Soldiers, family members, and civilians waded into the pool and shivered their way to the other side. Many went in slowly, although their pace quickened substantially after entering the nearly frozen water. Most participants completed their daring dash in about three minutes before heading inside for warm towels and hot chocolate. Participant William Emmens said he is a veteran of Polar Bear plunges. Ive done it a couple of times before, he said. Its cold, but its fun. Ive been in colder ones. Its exciting. Lance Matthews said that he was persuaded to take the plunge this year. My kids talked me into it, he said. It was fun. It felt like your feet were on needles as soon as you stepped in. Im waiting to get the feeling back. Andrea Fukuzawa decided to join in despite saying she is not good with cold. But shes glad she did it. Its exhilarating, she said. It felt good. x RIGHT: Participants in the Polar Bear Plunge rush into one of the pools at the Camp Humphreys Splish & Splash Water Park, braving 18 degree weather and bone chilling cold. More than 200 Soldiers, civilians and family members participated in this years event. U.S. Army photo by Michael Mooney


Key training event held at Red Cloud Page 5

Black history celebrated at Humphreys Page 22

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Sights & Sounds P03 Command Perspective P04 Photo Feature Page P16


The Morning Calm

Published by Installation Management Command Pacific

IMCOM commander gets combative

FORT SAM HOUSTON Soldiers and civilians got a taste of leadership and customer service through Army combatives training at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Garrison Leaders Course here. The combatives training took the group out of the classroom and into the gym as they learned the basics of the Armys hand-to-hand combat technique. Lieutenant Gen. Michael Ferriter, IMCOM commander, led the training and told the group that the principles of combatives: close the distance, establish a dominant position and win apply equally well to customer service and leadership. Ferriter described the non-competitive process as: getting closer to other people, establishing yourself in that relationship and winning that person over. This is all about customer service and inspired leadership, he said. That needs to be our focus. Your rank was the symbol of servitude -- its not about authority. Ferriter compared IMCOM to corporations in America such as Disney, USAA and Chick-fil-a. He discussed their focus on customer service training and explained that he wants IMCOM to emulate that ethic. The class was made up of Soldiers and civilians from senior positions across the command and is taught at the IMCOM Academy. x



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Lieutenant Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander of Installation Mangagement Command uses combatives to explain how its principles can apply to customer service and leadership. Courtesy photo

Program improves ADA readiness

By Capt. Jeremy Tennent 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA OSAN AIR BASE For a young private driving a military vehicle, there are few things more gut wrenching than getting pulled over. However, a thorough inspection by a trained and engaged leader can be the difference between success and failure on the road, and even between life and death for the passengers in the vehicle. During the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillerys recent field training exercise, the Roadside Inspection Team put dozens of battalion vehicles and their drivers through a checklist based random inspection designed to enforce compliance with safe driving procedures. Master Sgt. Thomas Davis, part of the team, pulled Pfc. Codi Orozco over and went through her checklist. Finding several deficiencies, he took the time to quietly and professionally list the corrections that needed to be made. Later in the week, he pulled her over again. There are few things more confident than a young private getting pulled over the second time, ready to pass inspection. Youre telling me you didnt find any deficiencies? asked Davis. Orozco shook her head confidently, Not at all, Master Sergeant. During the inspection that followed, Davis made a few minor corrections, but in the end passed Orozcos inspection with a satisfactory. It just goes to show, sometimes it pays to be nice and make corrections, said Davis, satisfied with both the vehicle and with Orozcos progress in maintaining it. The Inspection Program was initiated at the battalion level and all vehicles in the Iron Horse fleet are subject to inspection. The program successfully provides engaged leadership to enhance Soldier safety and unit readiness. x

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Private First Class Codi Orozco checks paperwork with Master Sgt. Thomas Davis as part of a roadside inspection program. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeremy Tennent

FEBRUARY 24, 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 Failure to obey order. Subjects One and Two attempted to gain access to USAG-Casey. Subject Two was stopped by MP because his ID card was not registered in DBIDS. When instructed by MP to proceed to another gate to verify his ID card, Subject Two became belligerent and walked on-post without having his ID card verified. MP then instructed Subject One to leave and return to the barracks while detaining and placing Subject Two in the patrol vehicle for failure to obey an order or regulation. Subject One became noncompliant, refusing to leave the gate area as ordered. Both subjects were apprehended and transported to the provost marshals office, where they were administered blood alcohol tests, with results of .317 percent for Subject Two and .167 percent for Subject One. Subject Two was transported to the USAG-Casey Troop Medical Clinic for evaluation and released to the PMO where they were both released to their unit with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. Area II Traffic accident with injuries, damage to property, fleeing an accident scene. The Victim, while operating a privately-owned vehicle, was struck by an unknown vehicle when the Victim proceeded to change lanes. The unknown person left the scene without attempting to assist the Victim or leave his/ her information. The Victim sustained injuries consisting of minor scratches to his left elbow. The Victim was transported to the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital, where he was treated and released. Damage to the Victims vehicle consisted of scratches to the front fender, left handle bar, transmission cover, left rear turn signal, broken left front turn signal, mirror, shifter linkage mount, and clutch handle. Area VI Larceny of AAFES Property. The Subject was observed removing Nintendo video games from the shelf and concealing them in their pocket at the USAG-Daegu Exchange. The Subject then exited the store without rendering proper payment. The Subject was detained and transported to the Provost Marshals Office, where they were advised of their legal rights in the presence of their sponsor. The Subject invoked their rights before being released to the sponsor. The games were valued at $89.85.

The Floating Island that is currently being built at Banpo Hangang Park was opened to the public in phases, starting with the opening of public observation spaces on May 21, 2011. Built under the concept of "Flowers of the Hangang," the Floating Island consists of three sub-islands, each built with the latest in information technology. The Floating Island will be the world's largest floating artificial island and will boast the world's first convention facility built over water once it is completed in September. It will also be equipped with performance and exhibition facilities, restaurants and cafes. The largest sub-island will feature a three-story multi-purpose cultural complex that will be used to host international conferences and exhibitions. It will feature a 700-seat convention hall. The second largest sub-island (the building in this photo) will feature a three-story facility that can hold more than 1,700 people and will be dedicated to youth culture, art and festivals. It will also feature LED illuminations and a water garden, adding to the Hangangs aesthetic scenery. The smallest sub-island will feature a two-story aquatic leisure sport facility. To get there, take subway line 3, 7 or 9 to Express Bus Terminal Station, go out exit 8-1 and walk for about 15 minutes. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jeong Yee-taek

Seouls Floating Island

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Offpost events and activities

Times Square Times Square is one of the biggest multipurpose shopping malls in Korea. It consists of shopping spaces, such as Shinsegae Department Store and EMart, cultural spaces, such as the CGV cinema and Kyobo Book Center, and even overnight accommodation at the Marriott Hotel. The ceiling of the main mall is constructed from large panes of glass to allow people to see the blue sky outside while they enjoy shopping inside. With diverse brand-name goods, resting areas and a central location, people of all ages can enjoy an urban lifestyle in Times Square. Times Square houses the Marriott Hotel, two office buildings, Shinsegae Department Store, CGV Multiplex, EMart, Kyobo Book Center, and Amoris, as well as Spanish fashion brands ZARA and Mango. It is a new urban entertainment and lifestyle center, linking shopping, business, culture and leisure spaces into one. A luxury products section in Shinsegae Department Store has 20 shops with high-end luxury goods. A huge bookstore, Kyobo Book Center, and the CGV Multiplex with a total of 2,788 seats are also found here. Amoris, a banquet and wedding hall designed by Gensler, a world leading architectural firm, has been described as one of the most elegant halls in Korea. In addition, a childrens play center, I like dalki, is located here. Times Square also has cultural spaces where people can enjoy various events. M PUB PROJECT offers live performances while people enjoy a beer. There is also an arts hall for pop concerts, and a free concert is held every weekend in the atrium on the first floor. The first floor main atrium of Times Square is a huge community space of 1,485 square meters that is open up to the rooftop. The large glass ceiling lets the sky show through and gives people a sense of openness, unlike the closed interiors of other shopping malls. At the same time it maximizes convenience of access to the mall for its customers. With natural sunlight entering through the glass ceiling, there is always a pleasant atmosphere for people to enjoy. Furthermore, Well-made Serenade is held every weekend free of charge at an arena in the atrium, putting into practice the concept of Culturenomics, a philosophy which distinguishes Times Square from rival shopping malls. On the fifth floor of Times Square is the rooftop garden that covers an area of 14,900 square meters, 17 percent of the total area. It is a refreshing open space with huge green lawns and sitting areas providing shoppers with pleasant places to rest. These days, the rooftop garden has recently become a popular place in Yeongdeungpo for couples out on a romantic date, where they can enjoy shopping at the same time. For more information visit http:// (English) or call 02)2638-2000. The Address of Times Square is 442 Yeongdeungpodong 4(sa)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. To get there, take the subway, Line 1 to Yeongdeungpo Station. Walk 10 minutes from Exit 4.x

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Honoring great Americans

By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison commander
YONGSAN As we celebrate African American History Month, I think of the past and how our nation called upon African Americans to serve their country, even though their country did not always serve them. Despite the discord and injustice our brothers and sisters faced, there was never a time in our history when African Americans were unwilling to serve or fight bravely for their country. Why did they serve a nation that denied them the rights and privileges that other Americans enjoyed? They served because they believed in the promises of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They believed that their courage, honor, duty, sacrifice and love of liberty would one day triumph over injustice and that they, too, could lift up their voices and sing the harmonies of liberty. In every conflict and in every war, the drum of freedom called generations of Americans of all races to step forward to fight for freedom and to defend their country. These men and women who chose to serve, our nations greatest generations, were made of Americas strongest citizens its Soldiers. Men and women who should despite their color have their names etched into our memory. In slavery and in freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the American experience, and their liberating strife against racism is a testament to American perseverance capable of overcoming all adversity. It is this fighting spirit that makes our Soldiers and our nation strong. Since the birth of our Continental Army, our Soldiers have developed into professionals, bonded together by implicit trust. This trust, this bond, this brotherhood of men and women was forged in the trenches. Though ignorance and prejudice had once divided this house, it is our bond that strengthens and unites us, because we are one nation and one Army. For centuries, African American men and women have stepped forward

Col. William Huber

to serve a nation without their nation serving them. They carved out a path to justice and equality with a resolute spirit and a dedication to liberty. Let us have pride in their past and confidence in our future. They laid a foundation for us. Our Soldiers have built on this foundation to become leaders on the battlefields in Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and in countries around the world. Todays squad leaders, sergeants major, commanders and generals reflect the diversity of Army that is truly a blended chorus singing a new verse in song of liberty. Diversity is something that unites our Army and strengthens our Soldiers to achieve the extraordinary. You are all members of the preeminent land force in the world. Your skill and dedication to mission are what keeps the Army the nations force of decision action. In this world-class force, there is no room for racism, sexism, prejudice, bullying or hazing. Do not tolerate it. Do not accept it. Embrace our past. Celebrate our diversity. Remember that it is the sacrifices of men and women of all races that have shaped American history. We must learn from the lessons of the past and forge into the future on a path paved with the loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage of those who raised their hands to serve their nation and lifted their voices to sing the harmonies of freedom. x

FEBRUARY 24, 2012



Area I holds anti-terror drill

Adaptive Focus exercise hones Armys skill in responding to terrorist attacks
By Franklin Fisher
CAMP RED CLOUD The Army in Warrior Country last week tested its ability to respond to terrorist attacks on its installations, holding a twoday exercise that featured mock car bombings and other terror episodes. Called Adaptive Focus, the exercise ran Feb. 15 through 16 and saw military police, firefighters, medical crews and other emergency first-responders reacting to mock terror incidents at Camp Casey, Camp Hovey, Camp Stanley and Camp Red Cloud. Both the 2nd Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud participated, as did South Korean troops, emergency services and local government officials, said Doug Atwater, director of the USAG Red Clouds Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Besides simulated bombing incidents or bomb threats, other training scenarios included one involving a terrorist gunman who shot several people before he himself was killed, as well as a hostage incident. But first-responders werent the only ones who drilled in the skills and procedures theyd put into action in a real-world terror attack, Atwater said. It also afforded an intense behindthe-scenes command-and-control drill for senior leaders and staff who must swiftly evaluate information and make crucial, timely decisions on how to best secure the installations and otherwise respond to threats. We made a lot of progress in identifying decision points of where command-and-control currently exists and how we should develop this in the future for reporting and transfer of information, and ensuring the 2ID commander reviews information quickly so he can make decisions, Atwater said. Also put to the test during the exercise were the Armys written agreements with the South Korean military under which certain Korean units are slated to send troops to help defend Area I installations against attack. When we requested them, they did arrive and they did conduct patrolling and security operations outside Camp Red Cloud, Casey, Hovey and Stanley, said Atwater. During the exercise, most recreational services food courts, clubs, gyms were closed for all or most of each day, and nearly all of the Armys Korean national employees in Area I were off. The Casey Elementary School however remained open during the exercise, but took part in it too: the school was written into the exercise script for a mock bomb threat Feb. 15. Students and staff practiced making a safe exit from their buildings, something theyd need to do in the case of a real bomb-threat. Similar training events occurred throughout Area I during the exercise. Overall, said Atwater, weve met all of the training objectives of the exercise and collected numerous lessons learned, and ideas for improving our existing plans and training here in Area I and 2ID. Those improvements would be put in place immediately, he said. x

During a mock car bombing outside the Camp Red Cloud commissary Feb. 16, smoke issues from a vehicle in which explosives were set off as Soldiers fall to the ground and pretend to be injured by the blast. The training episode was one of numerous terror incidents staged during antiterrorism exercise ADAPTIVE FOCUS, held Feb. 15-16 at Area I installations. Along with the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud, South Korean troops and civil authorities took part. U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

At Camp Red Cloud Feb. 16, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud fire chief John Cook (second from left) confers with other emergency response officials on the next steps in handling a biological attack during antiterrorism exercise ADAPTIVE FOCUS, At left is Lt. Col. Christopher Durham, 2nd Infantry Division. U.S. Army Photo by Kevin Jackson

A South Korean army staff sergeant consults his map while leading a patrol outside the perimeter of Camp Red Cloud Feb. 16 during ADAPTIVE FOCUS, a U.S. Army antiterrorism exercise held in Area I last week. Korean forces would help defend the installations in times of threat. U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang




News & Notes

Road Condtions Did you know that high volume traffic experienced during Korean holidays such as Chuseok and Lunar New Year can result in RED road conditions? Traffic on Korean highways becomes extremely heavy and congested during these holidays putting military and civilian drivers at risk. During these periods the only authorized movement of military vehicles is for mail, law enforcement and medical emergencies. All drivers should be vigilant and public transportation is recommended for personal travel. Easter Services Ash Wednesday services are scheduled for Feb. 22 at three Area I installations: at Camp Stanleys Stanley Chapel at noon; at Camp Red Clouds Warrior Chapel at 5:30 p.m.; at Camp Caseys Memorial Chapel at 6 p.m. A Stations of the Cross service is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Camp Caseys Memorial Chapel. All Protestant Easter Services will be conducted at regular Sunday Worship service times and places. For more information, call 732-6653. Bataan Death March/ Rucksack Challenge Two major Warrior Country sporting events are scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Carey Fitness Center on Camp Casey. One is the 2012 IMCOM Pacific Region 13.1 Mile Bataan Memorial Death March Qualifier. Its for teams thatll compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico next Month. The other is the 2012 Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge, an eight-mile road march. For each event, registration is 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. A course briefing is at 9:45 a.m. The races begin at 10 a.m. For more information on the requirements for participation, and other details, call 7326276/6927. Essay, Poster Contests The Camp Red Cloud Commissary is sponsoring essay and poster contests for elementary school students,. Deadline for all entries is Feb. 26. The essays and posters should depict how families save money by using the commissary. The first 10 entrants for the poster contest will receive free piggy banks and the winner will receive a commissary gift check. A commissary gift check will be awarded to the winner of the essay contest. For more information, call 732-7604. Gateway Closed The Gateway Club at Camp Casey will be closed Feb. 27 for maintenance. For more information, call 730-3400.

At Camp Red Cloud Feb. 15, Sgt. Maj. Rhonda Stafford gives the keynote speech at a luncheon held in observance of Black History Month. Staffords theme was the role of black women in American history and culture. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

Area I marks Black History Month

Luncheon focuses on role of black women in American history and culture
They taught in the schools, helped create strong communities and stood up powerful organizationsworked long hours educating themselves, any way possible. They endured great obstacles but through commitment and resiliency they made a change, and one by one they made a difference. Stafford went on to highlight a number of famous black women: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Madame C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisolm, Maya Angelou, Mae C. Jemison, Oprah Winfrey, and First Lady Michelle Obama. She also named a number of black women whove distinguished themselves in the U.S. military, among them Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson, the Armys first black female two-star

By Franklin Fisher

CAMP RED CLOUD Area I marked Black History Month with a Feb. 15 luncheon that focused on the role of black women in American history and culture. Guest speaker was Sgt. Maj. Rhonda Stafford, who addressed an audience at the Kilbourne Dining Facility at Camp Red Cloud. Stafford is assigned to the 175th Financial Management Center. Since 1976, Black History Month has been a means of recognizing and commemorating the history of the African Diaspora, as well as celebrating the contributions African-Americans have made to the United States. This years Black History Month theme is Black Women in American Culture and History. The study of black history and the history of this nation are inextricably tied to each other, said Stafford. Black people have played a unique, productive role in the development of America, she said. And black women, she said, without question have played a vital role in the history of our nation and our Army since the American revolution. In slavery and freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the human experience, and their fight against racism and sexism serve as a testament to their perseverance to overcome adversity. Stafford also spoke of those black women who gave their energy and resolve to the Civil Rights Movement. Some of them, she said, were poor and uneducated and yet they had great determination and dreams. These women filled the churches, halls, and streets, Stafford continued.

general. The accomplishments and sacrifices of black women are the expressions of a vibrant culture, in our churches, community, and sororities Stafford said. Anyone who thinks dreams are impossible or that society cant be changed by one persons efforts need only look to these women as role models, Stafford said. Stafford, who enlisted in the Army 26 years ago, spoke fondly of her grandmother, Mittie Jane Chavis, as a major influence in shaping Staffords life. The elder womans 100th birthday is in May. I often think about all shes been seen throughout her life, said Stafford, the headaches and the hope, the struggles and the progress. x

FEBRUARY 24, 2012



On the ski slopes at the Oak Valley Ski Resort in Wonju, Gangwon Province, Soldiers and others go snowboarding in the dark Feb. 18, a Saturday. Nearly 100 Soldiers signed up for the weekend trip, which was sponsored by the Area I Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

Hitting the Slopes

WONJU Nearly 100 Soldiers from Areas I and IV took to the winter slopes for a weekend of snowboarding and skiing Feb. 18 20 at the Oak Valley Ski Resort in Wonju, Gangwon Province. The event, called the BOSS Ski Snow Board Blast, was sponsored by the Area I Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program . The Soldiers made the trip aboard two buses that took them to the resort from Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.

BOSS troops enjoy snowboarding, skiing

Along the way they pulled in at the Yeoju rest stop along Highway 50 for a and Korean meals and snacks. The weekend getaway was capped with an all-you-can eat buffet banquet Sunday night at which the Soldiers dined on poultry, pork and beef, sausage, seafood, other dishes, and various desserts. The banquet was followed by a Texas Hold Em polka tournament with 14 players. Prizes ranged from $25 to $100 gift certificates. x

ABOVE: Soldiers enjoy the winter night at the Oak Valley Ski Resort in Wonju during a weekend trip sponsored by the Area I Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program. RIGHT: A Soldier gets ready to snow board. U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Lee Jae-gwang

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Leaders seek to help Soldiers at Town Hall

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - Ensuring Solider health and well-being can be a challenge for any commander. Though they need information from doctors and health care providers about the Soldiers readiness, too much information can have dangerous consequences. This was one of the main issues addressed at the Protected Health Information Town Hall at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital Feb. 15. The other large topic concerned suicide in the Military, and how leaders can spot high-risk Soldiers in their units. The town hall was held for commanders and senior noncommissioned officers from the units on Yongsan Garrison. Though it was a mandated briefing for battalion-level command staff and below, several colonels arrived to also learn how to help protect their Soldiers information. The town hall began with opening remarks from Col. Ronald Smith, United States Forces Korea Command Surgeon, who said there has been an increased emphasis on recognizing Soldiers at risk in recent years.



Nathan Vaughn, a counselor with the Army Substance Abuse Program, briefs command staff from around Yongsan on the dangers of substance abuse during the Protected Health Information Town Hall at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital Feb. 15. Vaughn said that it is important to find a balance between protected information and information commanders need to help their Soldiers.- U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
The panel was then introduced, consisting of counselors, medical officers and legal officers working with BAACH. The panel gave a presentation on suicide, a serious problem in the Military, and some of the factors that have been found to lead to a suicide attempt. After the presentation, the panel held a Q&A session where the com-

mand staff was able to ask questions about information from the doctors concerning profiles and communication between the doctor and the unit, behavioral health and how far a leader should go before initializing Military separation. One of the largest programs emphasized was the eProfile system, an online database for Soldier readiness for commanders to use. However, there were several complaints with the programs access and features, limiting its use for the command. Michael Vaughn, a counselor with the Army Substance Abuse Program, said that the meeting helped to clear up misconceptions about protected information. He called the meeting a balancing act between knowing a Soldiers readiness and revealing too much, which may cause a Soldier to distrust his or her command. I want them to know that we understand that we are here to support the command, Vaughn said. Thats our job. At the same time, we have to protect that information that we give out and minimize it, because if we would give the commander all of the information than the Soldiers wouldnt be willing to talk to us, and we couldnt do our job for the command.x

Honored guests observe Storks Nests renovation

By Pfc. Han Samuel

ress of the renovations, BAACH invited the wives of high ranking officials YONGSAN GARRISON - What is a Storks to observe each of its faNest? One obvious answer may be a home for cilities, Feb. 1. As the honored guests birds with long legs and beaks, called storks. In some hospitals, however, a Storks Nest refers to visited each of the faa temporary home for soon-to-be mothers ap- cilities, Staff Sgt. Justin proaching their final stages of pregnancy. Such Due, the Storks Nest Cofacilities allow mothers, living far from hospitals ordinator, explained the to remain close to immediate labor care, while facilities. Due stated that USAG Yongsan had three waiting for labor to start. At U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, the Brian All- facilities that offered a good Army Community Hospital provides three total of eleven comfort Storks Nest facilities that are open to pregnant amenities. These compatients living outside of Area II. But in August fort amenities each con2011, due to mold issues, they were shut down. tained furniture, a bed, Ever since then, the Directorate of Public Works a television and a restconducted several projects, to eliminate the hy- room. The Storks Nest giene issues. In December 2011, one of the three facilities also offered a facilities was reopened. To showcase the prog- kitchen, laundry room, and utility closet with a Storks Nest Coordinator Staff Sgt. Justin Due explains the progress of renovations of vacuum. the three Storks Nest facilities located in U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to wives of severThese ser- al high ranking officials on the peninsula, Feb. 1.- U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel vices are offered for free to any pregnant patient make adjustments in order to match the needs of at 39 weeks gestation, currently living patients, when the comfort amenities were availoutside of Area II, and available for ad- able. mission to BAACH. Due emphasized, We had a couple who came in a few days early however, that services were offered on during the Lunar New Year to avoid traffic issues, a first-come-first-serve basis, and that explained Due. We are able to make accommodapeople would only be able to use the tions like that. facility if it was currently available. As Due escorted the guests to each of the faThe Storks Nest is a comfort ame- cilities, the guests expressed their support and nity not a lodging place, and is a char- approval through many active questions and ity organization not an entitlement, comments. Due reminded that final renovations stated Due. While we do welcome for the Storks Nests would be completed by late anyone who is eligible to use the fa- March. Until then, five comfort amenities would cility, there are times when we cannot be available to patients on a first-come-first-serve The Storks Nest bldg. 5212, is currently under renovations but will offer services simply because it is not basis at building S4030, by the Dragon Hill Lodge. be reopened by the end of March. Shown here is the newly renovated available. To check for availability contact Staff Sgt. Justin kitchen, along with some of the kitchen supplies, Feb. 1.- U.S. Army Due added, however, that the Storks Due at 010-5351-9982. x photo by Pfc. Han Samuel Nest was always flexible and willing to


News & Notes

NEW AREA II Gate Hours On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, we implemented a few changes to the current gate hours of operation. Hannam Village Back Gate: 05:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri) Gate #3 (MARFOR-K Gate): 0500-2100 (Mon-Sun) Gate #4 (PX Gas Station Gate): 0600-2400 (Mon-Sun) Gate #19 (Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate): 0500-2100 (Mon-Sun) Gate #16 (MP Station Gate): 0500-0900 & 1500-1800 (Mon-Fri vehicle & pedestrian only) Check out youryongsan or yongsan.korea. for the complete list of gate hours effective Feb. 14.

Yongsan offers Korean students environmental lesson

By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON Students from the University of Seoul were given a first-hand look at how US Army Garrison Yongsan manages environmental requirements during a seminar held by the Directorate of Public Works Feb. 21. William Rogers, the Chief of DPW Environmental Division, sponsored the event as a means to reach out to the Community and to the future professionals of South Koreas environmental sector. He arranged the seminar with the help of Kim Shin-do, a Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Seoul University. The Yongsan Conference Center was the first stop for the Henry Stuart the Yongsan Garrison Deputy Commander, speaks to students from the University day, where DPW Environmen- of Seoul at the opening of the Yongsan Garrison Environmental Seminar Feb. 21. The seminar tal staff prepared to give the acted as both an outreach and an education opportunity, giving both organizations a chance students a brief on the steps to learn from one another. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding the Army takes to help sustain After lunch, a guided tour of the Cultural and Historic the environment. Henry Stuart, the Deputy to the GarResources on Yongsan was given by Kwon O-pong, pointrison Commander, was on hand to open the seminar. You students masters and doctoral candidates are ing out areas on post dating back to as early as 1908. Durthe future Korean environmental professionals, Stuart ing the tour, the group was given access to the Hazardous Materials Control Center, where all hazardous materials said. The briefs followed, giving the students an idea of the on post are carefully managed from distribution on a byrules and systems put in place by the United States Gov- need basis to disposal in accordance with USFK regulaernment and the Status of Forces Agreement regarding tions. The tour ended with a quick question and answer sesenvironmental management on post. Though Rogers briefed his portion in English, the other presenters from sion, though the students did not ask much. Lee, Jaeyoung, a Professor in the Department of Environmental the division spoke in Korean. The briefs then led into lunch at the R&R Bar and Grill, Engineering at Seoul University said that the program where the students were given the opportunity to speak impressed him, and that it would be useful for future enone-on-one with the members of the Command Group vironmental engineers.x and DPW team.



New Stop Sign exit lane Gate 1 Planning on driving out Gate 1 (Dragon Hill Lodge)? Remember to STOP at the pedestrian crosswalk. You asked, we answered. DPW installed a new stop sign at the crosswalk as you exit 8th Army Drive for Gate 1. This was brought up as a quality of life issue at the AFAP Conference. Remember to obey all traffic speeds and watch out for pedestrians.

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

SAHS Senior named for Presidential Scholars Program

By U.S. Presidential Scholars Office
Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON - David Conboy, a graduating senior at Seoul American High School, and previously a student at St. Josephs Collegiate Institute, in Kenmore, New York, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2012. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 48th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate one male and one female candidate, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSOs jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A disperforming arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators, and other leading individuals in public life. David is the son of David and Karen Conboy. He is a resident of Grand Island, New York and is currently living abroad in Seoul, South Korea with his family. David has been accepted at the University of Notre Dame and is waiting to hear from several other universities. He plans to pursue a dual degree in International Relations and Engineering. For specific information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program apllication, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 319/341-2PSP (319/341-2777), or send an e-mail to For general information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, please contact 202/401-0961 or www. (case sensitive). For general information on the Arts component of the program, please contact the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts at 1-800- 970-ARTS or www. x

Help for Education Costs The Yongsan Sergeants Major Association is committed to assisting Servicemembers achieve a quality higher education. Through the YSMA Military Textbook Fund, active duty Servicemembers, regardless of branch of service, attending college during their off-duty time may apply to receive an award to help pay for textbooks. This award is available to all active enlisted personnel, E1-E9, who are pursuing higher education in Area II. Servicemembers must be receiving tuition assistance and have a minimum of 6 credit hours to be able to receive this award. Call the Yongsan Education Center at 723-8098 for more information
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Seoul American High School senior David Conboy has just been named a candidate in the Presidential Scholars Program. - Courtesy photo by U.S. Presidential Scholars Office
tinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and

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Community members tour art exhibit

Ash Wednesday resolution

By Cpl. Choi Sung-il
Today is Ash Wednesday for Catholics. They are obliged to fast and abstain from meat today for self discipline and spiritual focus. Even if you are not Catholic, if you had to give up something for 40 days what would you give up? Find out what more than 9900 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at!

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Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. William P. Huber and over 35 Community members view the masterful works of art displayed during the Karl Lagerfield Art Exhibit at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Feb. 18. German fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld is a noted designer, artist and photographer as head designer for the fashion house Chanel and Fendi. His photography exhibition Work in Progress will run till March 13.- U.S. Army photo by Yun Ho-sung

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Side by side with the Prez!

Side by side with the Prez! Photo op at building 63 Wax museum last February 11. Tour coordinated by Moyer Recreation. Courtesy photo by Duchesne TolaramCrawford

Garrison readiness tested

By Cpl. Han, Jae-ho CAMP HUMPHREYS A blue Bongo truck with Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device approaches the CPX Gate and attempts to penetrate the garrison. However, Soldiers manning the CPX gate quickly discover the threat and responders, including an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, take action to eliminate the threat. This was all part of a USAG Humphreys Antiterrorism Functional Exercise that took place Feb. 15-17. The Area III Senior Responsible Officer directed USAG Humphreys to execute a Force Protection Functional Exercise, to be conducted in conjunction with an Area I Full Scale Exercise. This tests the garrisons response to Force Protection scenarios, rehearsed coordination with Mission Units tenant to Camp Humphreys and external supporting agencies through LNOs, and validated the Area III Force Protection Program and Anti-terrorism Plan. The VBIED was one of the key scenarios involved with this exercise. Humphreys also obtained local host nation support with an EOD Team from ROK Armys 3rd Ammo Depot. We have an agreement with ROK Armys EOD team, and this was our very first execution on post. They did an excellent job conducting tactical training procedures, said Peter Park, emergency manager for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security. Humphreys also received support with setting up the mock VBIED from Tech Sgt. Jeremy Miller, assigned to Osans 51st Civil Engineer Squadron/Civil Engineer Detachment. We used him as our subject matter expert from Osan, said Douglas Fraser, a Humphreys anti-terrorism officer. According to Fraser, Miller played a crucial role by setting up realistic training aids and executing VBIED scenarios according to the plan. This exercise was a major success, Fraser

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said. Our Solders at the gate identified possible threats, and first responders, including the host nation, responded well and neutralized the possible threats. x

Saves Week encourages starting small, thinking big

By W. Wayne Marlow CAMP HUMPHREYS Military Saves Week lasts for seven days, but the ideas it stresses are good ones year-round. We want them to take a pledge and commit themselves for a year, said Barbara Brown during a Military Saves Week kickoff event at the Post Exchange. Brown serves as the Financial Readiness Program manager for Army Community Service on Camp Humphreys. But the campaign doesnt just encourage Soldiers to take the pledge, and then leave them to their own devices. Instead, anyone who takes the pledge gets signed up for emailed newsletters containing practical information, advice, and encouragement. This is combined with a Facebook page and a Twitter account, where Soldiers and family members can interact with others who have committed to saving. In addition, ACS offers classes year-round addressing topics such as comparison shopping, budgeting, proper use of credit, purchasing a car, and review a credit score. The Saver Pledge reads, I will help myself by saving money, reducing debt, and building wealth over time. I will help my family and my country by encouraging other Americans to Start Small, Think Big. The pamphlets containing the pledge encourage participants to open a savings account, make a budget and identify goals, pay down debt, and establish an emergency fund. Brown said young Soldiers can be overwhelmed by the experience of being overseas and having money for the first time, and that can lead to debt. And its a problem that can spiral as the interest accumulates. Military Saves Week, therefore, aims to keep that from happening, or if it already has, to

Staff Sgt. Alex Wilemon of the 557th Military Police Company, accompanied, by an MP dog, checks a vehicle during an antiterrorism exercise. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho

Private 1st Class Chislon Griffiths signs the Military Saves pledge while Community Bank employee Park, Chan-ik looks on. U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

mitigate the impact and help Soldiers get out of debt. Brown said she has seen the results of financial education. They come back and tell us it helped a lot, she said. ACS is being assisted with the campaign by financial institutions on Humphreys. J.K. Lee, a Camp Humphreys Community Bank customer service representative, said, We are encouraging Soldiers to participate in Military Saves campaign, reduce debt, and save for an emergency. Especially being in the military, it can be very hard to get stabilized when overseas, so we are doing this to help them. Julie Abril, branch manager for Navy Federal Credit Union on Humphreys, said when someone is young, single and making more money than ever, the temptation can be there to spend. But that, she said, is backward thinking. We show you how much you can save, she said. She encouraged Soldiers to plan, save, and invest through automatic deductions, both because those are both more convenient and easier to maintain. x




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COR refresher A Pyeongtaek Contracting Offices Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) refresher course is set for Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Distributed Learning System (DLS) facility (Bldg. S-302). Slots are first come first serve. Reservations and inquiries may be made to Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Brown, or 753-5513 or Choe, Yun Yong at or 7535696. This one-day course is for CORs that need to recertify their annual training in order to retain their duties. CLC 011, 106, and CLM 003 are required. Oak Valley ski trip Feb. 27 is the deadline day to sign up for Outdoor Recs March 3 trip to Oak Valley Ski Resort. The trip, which departs at 7 a.m., costs $70 for adults and $60 for kids. The fee includes transportation, equipment and lift ticket. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Home based business class On Feb. 28, Army Community Service is offering a home-based business class, at the Main ACS (Bldg. 311) starting at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Suzanne James at 753-3103 or email Suzanne.l.james. Pool closure The CAC Pool will remain closed through Feb. 29 due to a renovation project. The Super Gym pools hours remain in effect. Tax center open The Camp Humphreys Tax Center operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, call 753-5680. Youth sports registration Registration for youth baseball and softball continues through Feb. 29. Volunteer coaches are needed as well. For more information, call 753-5601. Grant requests being accepted The Camp Humphreys United Club is accepting Welfare Grant Requests until March 1. Applications may be picked up and returned to the Painted Door Thrift Shop, located in Bldg. 360. The Painted Door Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and the first Saturday of each month. Aquarium trip March 5 is the deadline day to sign up for Outdoor Recs March 10 trip to the COEX Mall Aquarium and Shopping trip. The trip, which departs at 9 a.m., costs $25 for adults and $20 for kids. The fee includes transportation and aquarium entrance fee. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Spa trip March 5 is the deadline day to sign up for Outdoor Recs March 12 trip to the Asan Spavis Spa. The trip, which departs at 8:30 a.m., costs $35 for adults and $25 for kids. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255.

Black history celebrated

By Mary Kim USAG Humphreys, Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPHREYS Soldiers, civilians, and Family members celebrated African-American/Black History Month during an observance Feb. 16 at the post theatre. The theme for this yearss celebration was Black Women in American History and Culture. Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, United States Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier, served as guest speaker. Before his speech, Gray held a moment of silence in remembrance of Whitney Houston. Gray then praised African-American women who have overcome their struggle, barriers, shown resiliency and had dreams that were bigger than you could imagine and who have stood up, to be counted and refused to remain stagnant or settle for mediocrity and women who are still telling their story over 150 years later. Gray highlighted the contributions of Harriet Tubman, Condoleezza Rice, Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, Command Sergeant Major Mildred Kelly, Oprah Winfrey, Shirley Chisholm, C.J. Walker, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, and others. He also stressed the importance of remembering the struggles black women have overcome. We cannot go forward unless we understand where we have come from, he said. Listen to hear the stories of the African-American women from the past so we can tell the stories of the African-American women of the future. I hope every individual leaves this theater knowing that this is about education, core values, appreciation, resiliency and dreams and not about discrimination, animosity, or hatred, and believe that African American women contributions to this country is worthy of celebration. x

Private 1st Class Ingram sings the Black National Anthem during an African AmericanBlack History Month observance. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tim Oberle

African-American women were the focus of the day during an observance at the Humphreys theatre on Feb. 16. U.S. Army photo by Tim Oberle

Command Sgt Maj. Derrick Merriweather, senior enlisted Soldier for 3-2 GSAB presents a gift to Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, United States Army Garrison sergeant major. U.S. Army photo by Cpl.Tim Oberle

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Michelle Andrus
Jessica Dunn and Sommer Lyn are amazing leaders for my daughters Girl Scout troop! They have done so much for the girls and so much with them. I am always getting e-mails and phone calls about what they are doing. They have gone to the zoo, aquarium, sang Christmas carols, visited the vet clinic. They are going to be putting on a fashion show and so much more! They participated in an orphanage trip to not only show the girls but also had the girls do the shopping for some things the orphanage needed. Not only are Jessica and Sommer Girl Scout leaders, it is obvious they truly care about each member of their troop!



Question of the Week

Who would you nominate for making a positive difference in the lives of children at Camp Humphreys? Tell us about your favorite child care provider, teacher, coach or youth mentor.

Kischel Burrescia
Caylen Dakin. She heads up the School Vision committee, teaches all the gifted ed. classes from 2nd through 5th grade, and also teaches middle school creative thinking classes. She coaches high school sports at OHS. Everything is done with a full commitment to the children of Humphreys. To top all of that off, shes a great role model for girls, as she is a strong and smart young woman living abroad on her own.

Blair Bogle
Melissa Hadley. She teaches kindergarten on post, and is one of the most friendly, wonderful people to ever have the pleasure of knowing. Jayme Stelker should also be profiled. She goes above and beyond for our Humphreys children by volunteering to do story time at the library, coaching cheerleading, and teaching dance and gymnastics just to name a few.

Shameice Fischer
Hyacinth Smith, the CYSS coordinator. While serving as the CDC director she completely turned the place around. Her direction and dedication has made the CDC an outstanding program. The rest of the staff are truly amazing people as well. I can drop off my children and know they are in great hands allowing me to focus on my mission.

Jimmy Lim
I would like to nominate 1st Lt. Price from the 194th CSSB. He dedicated some of his off time to volunteer and teach Korean children English with the 520th Maintenance Co. soldiers. This also allowed some of the Soldiers a chance to earn a volunteer ribbon while stationed at Humphreys and build a stronger bond with Koreans in general.

Jessica Jenkins-Dunn
Billy Black! That woman does everything. Humphreys would not have such a great Girl Scout program if it werent for her. She is such a fun person to be around and all of the kids love her.

Heidi Brautigan
Amira Ammari. She teaches kindergarten and always goes beyond the norm to take care of each and every child in her classroom as though they were her own.

Silke Cruz
Melissa Hadley. She teaches Kindergarten and the kids love her. My son is in her class, I been working with her these past months (volunteering in her class) and she just plain loves what she does and she is superior in what she does. I couldnt wish for a better teacher for my son!

Rebecca Roberts
Jayme Stelker. She is so great with kids and despite all the things she is busy doing she still finds time to make every child feel special!

Diana Cornett Hoobler

Either Mrs. Richardson or Mrs. Morton. Both teachers have really helped my daughter, both are great!

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Scholarships available for family members

Spouses and children eligible for assistance
CAMP HUMPHREYS Scholarships are available to spouses and dependent children of active duty military. The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) offers help to spouses of active duty or retired Soldiers and to widows and widowers of Soldiers who died on active duty or in retired status. Deadline to apply is April 2. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships of up to $5,000 per academic year for spouses and children of killed or disabled service members. Applications and instructions are available at www. Deadline is May 31. The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependent Children is for dependents of active duty Soldiers, retirees, or a deceased active duty or retired Soldier. Deadline is also April 2. The required documents and application instructions are at www. To be eligible for SEAP assistance, students must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and must not be active duty military. Spouses who receive free tuition as a result of their employment are only eligible to apply for assistance for fees, supplies, and books. To apply for an Ursano scholarship, the applicnat must be enrolled in DEERS, under age 23 for the entire academic year, and unmarried for the entire academic year. They must be full-time undergraduate students and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. To apply for a SEAP scholarship, go to aerhq. org. The applicant should submit any transcripts to verify academic status and a DD form 214, orders, or casualty report. There must also be a completed financial aid form filled out at The packet must be e-maield to spouse@aeerhq. org. All documents must be in PDF format. Mailed applications can be sent to: Headquarters, Army Emergency Relief, SEAP, 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, Va. 22332-0600. x

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Shoplifting at Exchange costs military in many ways



Shoplifting is a crime. Whether its a tiny box of chocolates, a pack of chewing gum or a DVD, stealing is a crime. The consequences for shoplifting far outweigh the price of the actual item stolen. Bottom line? Its not worth it because eventually you will get caught. Story and photos by Lee, Seung-bin
DAEGU GARRISON I mean, who could it hurt? Its only a $5 lipstick, its not like thats so much. Perhaps this is what goes through the mind (if theyre even thinking) of a shoplifter before they drop that lipstick into their pocket and try to walk out of the Exchange. The fact is, shoplifters are hurting not only themselves with the inevitable punishment, but the entire local Southeastern Hub community. Shoplifting at the Exchange r e s u l t s i n a r e d u ce d r e t u r n on investment to our primary s h a re h o l d e r s t h e m i l i t a r y community, said Korea Southern Exchange General Manager Paula Henderson. This is due to the fact that the Exchange is a command with a mission to return earnings to quality of life programs, people who steal from the Exchange dont only harm themselves but directly i m p a c t Mo ra l e , We l f a re a n d Recreations ability to complete its mission. Shoplifting is not simply a prank; it is stealing a crime, U.S.

Army Garrison Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle said. USAG Daegu works with store managers, community and unit leaders, and law enforcement to deter shoplifting and to deal appropriately with those who do steal. For the Exchange or other stores and vendors, from whom someone has stolen, the impact is in terms of lost or damaged merchandise; money lost from a sale; and wasted time to identify the thief and recover or replace the merchandise. For the thief, the impact can include a ban from all stores, community service, criminal prosecution and early return to the States. While shoplifting incidents at Daegu and the resulting costs to the military community were down last year when compared to 2010 ($1,241.28 compared to $2,685.22) this year there has been a recent spike in shoplifting incidents. Typically merchandise such as cosmetics, electronics and video games are targeted by shoplifters. Acco rd i n g to He n d e r s o n , an ab u nd ance of shopli fti ng prevention measures such as eagle-

eye Closed Circuit Televisions with DVR technology, expanded use of high-tech Electronic Article Surveillance, an alert staff, proper layout of counters and display of merchandise and an aggressive youth awareness campaign are in place in order to decrease the possibility of shoplifting incidents. Youre going to get caught Regardless of when they attempt it, our message to shoplifters is youre going to get caught eventually and what you will lose will far outweigh the value of the shoplifted item, Henderson said. You never know if the person standing next to you is a loss prevention associate or not and they will catch you. If you saw someone stealing goods in the Exchange, you can go to the nearest associate or your Exchanges customer service department and ask to speak with a loss prevention representative or a store manager. There is no typical shoplifter and there is no way around the fact that shoplifting is stealing. There are heav y consequences

too, including being arrested and possibly charged with a crime. If shoplifting is suspected, the Daegu Exchanges Loss Prevention office turns the matter over to local installation law enforcement. In addition to possible disciplinary action and or criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows the Exchange to enact a flat, administrative cost (Civil Recovery fee) of $200. There may be further fees, in addition to the Civil Recovery Program-- depending on the condition of the stolen merchandise. Shoplifters may possibly face further civil actions to include a loss of Exchange privileges for up to six months. We are planning a security tour at the Camp Walker Exchange, explaining the security system in the Exchange stores, said Henderson. As part of our youth awareness campaign, our loss prevention personnel will provide classes to children to educate them on the consequences of shoplifting. You can contact Henderson at 764-5171 to arrange an eye-opening tour of their loss -prevention capabilities. x


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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.

PTP Award presented to USAG Daegu Commander



DeCA/Exchange Advisory Council Wonder why they dont have patis in the Commissary? Cant find an Otter case for your iPhone4 in the Exchange? Well, on March 14 at the Daegu High School on Camp Walker, from 3:30 p.m., Ms. Henderson, Exchange Southern Region Director and and Mr. Miraflor, DeCA Store Director will host a DeCA/Exchange Council - open to the community for you to voice your ideas, sugggestions and concerns!

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

( To p ) : C o m m a n d e r, U S AG D a e g u , Col. Kathleen Gavle, is presented a distinguished PTP award by Park, Sungduk, current President of the Daegu Chapter of People to People, in recognition of her contributions made towards creating better relationships between the Korean and American communities. The presentation was made Wenesday at USAG Daegu Headquarters, Camp Henry. (Right/L to R): Here with Col. Gavle are Park Yong-Jin, former President of PTP, Daegu, Park Sung-duk, and Jang Hyogeun, Vice President of the PTP Chapter, Daegu. U.S. Army photos by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk soo

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.

Area IV Sgts. Major hosts NCO Dining In at Evergreen Club

Saving and Investing This class provides an overview of all types of saving and investment products and covers the basic information needed to understand how savings plans and different types of investments works. The topics include IRAs 401Ks, TSP, 529 plans and money market accounts. 21 Feb 1330-1530, Camp Carroll ACS Classroom Call 765-7900 for further information.

USAG Daegu CSM Gabe Arnold presents retired Sgt. Maj. Dave Martinez with a plaque of appreciation for his support of the Area IV Sergeants Major Association. Among the senior leaders attending the event were retired Sgt. Maj. Dave White, 19th ESC Protocol, CSM Jeffrey Moses, 501st SBDE, CSM Rodney Harris, 8th Army, CSM Robert Austin, 19th ESC, , CSM Nathaniel Richardson,403rd AFSB, CSM Jaeki Min, ROKA Support Group. U.S. Army photos by Lee, Seung-Bin

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Joint Reception Center at Henrys Place eases exercise in-processing



Key Resolve 2012 has begun, and in support of the annual training exercise, Soldiers man the Joint Reception Center around the clock. Located on Camp Henry, the one-stop in-processing center will operate out of Henrys Place during the course of the training exercise. U.S. Army photos by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk soo