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  2. 2. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 2The ‘devil’ brigade7232 NORMANDY DRIVEFORT RILEY KS 66442‘Devil’ PAOEmail: 1stid.devil.pao@gmail.comRead the Post paper online! http://www.1divpost.com/KEEP INFORMED AND UPDATED WITH 1ST BRIGADE BY FOLLOWING US ONTHESE WEBSITES:1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley: www.riley.army.mil.Click on Units, 1ID Brigades, 1ABCT or just click on this link:http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bctFacebook: www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgmvFRG website: Family Members and Approved Personal can also go onto the vFRG and log intotheir Soldier’s BN’s vFRG site, where more information can be found. www.armyfrg.org1/1 ABCT CommanderCol. Michael Pappal1/1 ABCT CommandSergeant MajorCSM Mark A. KieferPublic Affairs Officer Public Affairs NCO/JournalistMaj. Tony B. Crumbey Sgt. Kerry Lawson
  3. 3. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 36Dno mission too difficult. no sacrifice too great. dutyfirst.devil 6To all of the Devil Soldiers, FamilyMembers, and Friends:I am finally taking time to writethis note while sitting in theBrigade TAC watching my staffsynchronize and coordinate firemissions as part of our FireCoordination Exercise. This is theculmination of over a year ofplanning and training with theBrigade’s TOC/TAC conductingmission command, 1-5 FA outshooting the big guns, 101 BSBconducting squad convoy laneswhile supporting the units in thefield. The 4-4 CAV and COLTSconducting call-for-fire missions,and BSTB supporting the TOC’scommunication and flying UASmissions. Everybody is doing agreat job and learning at all levelsis amazing. This is only one theoutstanding training events out ofthe many across the battalions. ThePale Riders completed their firstplatoon-level STX, and showedtheir ability to sneak and peekacross the battlefield during thenight.Congratulations to 4-4 CAVGainey Cup team who representedthe Devil Brigade, and the Big RedOne at that Army ScoutCompetition at Fort Benning, GA.The tank companies within the IronRangers and Dreadnaughtscompleted tank gunnery closingout the OPNET. Great shooting bythose crews as well as all of theBradley crews who preceded them.It is good to know that we arean Armored Brigade with lethal,steely-eyed crews. Our JointForward Observers had theopportunity to control A-10 Groundsupport aircraft from the SouthDakota Air National Guard lastweek. This was the first time inover 10 years that anyone hascontrolled and dropped bombsfrom Air Force planes on FortRiley.Be sure to check the DevilBrigade Facebook page for somegreat pictures. Even with lessmoney we are able to conduct somehard, and valuable training to honeour perishable warfighting skills.Keep up the great work, stayfocused, and disciplined as theweather begins to get nicer(hopefully). Take care of yourbuddies, your family, and yourself.
  4. 4. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 4D7no mission too difficult. no sacrifice too great. dutyfirst.devil 7As we close out the secondquarter, begin the third quarter; andlook forward to Spring, the Brigadeis getting busy with trainingand rebuilding long lost skills.Late at night the sounds of artilleryfrom Hamilton’s Own were heardall over the post as they completedTable VI. The Scouts from PaleRiders are completing their NETgunnery and produced someoutstanding crews in the process.Now, the tanks are moving intoposition to begin their final leg ofNET and qualify all 58 crews. Bythe time this goes into print, so Iwould like to say thanks to all theleaders and Soldiers who put in thetime and effort to learn and relearnall the equipment. To all themaintainers and those that providedthe fuel, parts, and all the othertangibles to make this allsynchronize, thank you for the hardwork.The message this installment isgeared to the Sergeant andSoldier relationship. Some believethe pairing is one requiring sternleadership, while others rely on arelaxed atmosphere of friendshipand a mutual coexistence. TheTask Master is often ineffectivein building effective teams, whilethe casual leader approach is easyto take advantage of. So which ofthese is the better suited leader? Ithink it’s better to have these traits,but not necessarily use themunless truly needed. My leadershipadvice to the most inexperienced inthe formation is to learn from thosemost effective in the unit. Theauthentic leader is what is neededmost today. My description of theauthentic leader is that they areR.E.A.L…. RESPECTFUL,ENCOURAGING,APPROACHABLE, and LOYAL.If we do a little self analysisperiodically, we might askourselves if we are respectful tothose we lead and those thatcommand. Respect is as easy tospot as disrespect. Soldiers willgravitate to it. Encourage our sub-ordinates to excel andcontribute to the team. A simple paton the back goes a long way andlets a soldier know they areappreciated. An approachableleader will get more done thananyone else. A leader that is notapproachable will find those intheir charge going elsewhere foradvice and direction. A soldierneeds an outlet for all things,whether personal or technical.Make yourself approachable andsee how much busier you get as aresult. Loyalty is an Army valueand absolutely necessary forsuccess. Any leader who doesn’texhibit the loyal attributes to theSoldier, Unit, or the Army as aninstitution will be verytransparent to a Soldier; can expectto be marginalized. I am alwayslooking at leaders and talking toSoldiers about what they want. ASoldier wants a credible leader whodoes what he does and asksnothing of them that they don’t askof themselves. My final bit of ad-vice is to always ask for feedbackfrom multiple levels since it is waymore important that a leader knowhow they are seen as opposed tohow that same leader sees things.You may be surprised at what youlearn in the process. If you readthis, I would like some feedback onthe content and whether or not youfound it useful to you in any way.
  5. 5. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 5Chaplain’s CornerAt the age of thirty-eight, Bonnie Booth may have taken extreme measures to solve one of her problems. InFebruary of 1996, the Muncie, Indiana, resident had unsuccessfully tried to remove a callous from her foot witha razor so she resorted to more drastic measures. She drank a bottle of vodka and had two or three beers beforedoing “surgery” in her backyard with a .410 shotgun. She was afraid the callous was getting infected becauseof some severe pain so she opted to try shooting it off with a shotgun. Needless to say, she not only ended up inthe emergency room, but also the psychiatric center as well.While we might see Ms. Booth’s attempt at problem solving somewhat comical and lacking in the commonsense department, I wonder if people examined our attempts at problem solving would they too snicker andshake their heads in dismay at our efforts. Perhaps you have not taken a shotgun to your foot for callousremoval but I am sure many of us have done other strange things to get our lives straightened out.The Bible reminds us to turn over our problems to God because He cares for us. The first step in problemsolving for people of faith is just that—faith. As chaplains we provide the resources for people to seekspiritual and religious care. We are the person in the Army community that exists to openly and honestly talkabout spiritual resilience. Our spiritual resilience is strengthened each time we turn a problem over to God andwe discover that He gives us what we need to handle the situation. He might give us a great Behavioral Healthcounselor (or Military Family Life Consultant, social worker, or chaplain) who is caring and compassionate atjust the time we need it. Or a battle buddy who takes the time to show genuine care for our problems. As wesee God give us the resolve and strength we need in the situation our spiritual resilience becomes stronger andmore vibrant. This in turn instills in us the confidence in our self that with God, we can handle whatever Heallows into our corner of the world.Many of you have heard by now that the funding for the Strong Bonds marriage and single soldier retreatshas been greatly reduced. It is true. For the remainder of this fiscal year only units returning from a deploymentor about to deploy will have funds for Strong Bond retreats. Stay tuned for more developments. Peace,Chaplain Don CarrothersOffice: (785) 239-2513Cell: (785)307-0514Unit Chaplains Contact InformationBDE CH (MAJ) Carrothers: 785-239-2513BSTB CH (CPT) Ball: 785-279-6836BSB CH (CPT) Adriatico: 785-239-95301-16 CH (CPT) Ball: 785-240-31112-34 CH (CPT) Parks: 785-240-24441-5 CH (CPT) Jung ---- No Number4-4 CH (CPT) Remy ---- No Number1 EN CH (1LT) Sanders: 785-240-5972
  6. 6. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 6Retention’s CornerRetention in First Brigade is well on pace for a successful year. Currently, the Brigade sits at 98% completionfor the mission ending on 30 Sept 2013. The Army has been trying to get Soldiers to make a decision earlier intheir career rather than the last minute and our Soldiers have taken that message to heart. The future of Armyretention will be a lesson in aggressively seeking career advancement. The Brigade Retention team just finishedidentifying Soldiers who would be adversely affected by the Feb. 21 bonus change. Sometimes this results inmore reenlistments but the primary mission is to make sure every Soldier understands what is available andwhat it is changing to. Several bonuses went from $5k+ to $0. The Division Retention program has set us upfor success by ensuring that counseling Soldiers is important. Soldiers make their best decisions when theyknow all the options available to them. One change we are making is to the transfer of the 9-11 GI Bill.Retention asks that no one goes online and transfers their benefits on their own. See your Career Counselorand inquire to your eligibility first. The Career Counselor can then brief you on the rules for transfer and assistyou with transferring your benefits quickly as well as approve the transfer once the requirements have been met.The Career Counselor is the approving official for transfers of enlisted personnel.1st ABCT, Senior Career CounselorMSG Brian ByingtonOffice: 785-239-8757
  7. 7. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 7Equal Opportunity’s CornerThe United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemorationof the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorialto the victims. Holocaust Remembrance Day is Monday, April 8, 2013. The Museum designated Never Again:Heeding the Warning Signs as the theme for the 2013 observance. In accordance with its Congressionalmandate, the Museum is responsible for leading the nation in commemorating the Days of Remembrance, andfor encouraging and sponsoring appropriate observances throughout the United States.“STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY”SFC Frank DesarioEqual Opportunity Advisor1ABCT, 1IDOffice: 239-0560Cell: 760-900-7946
  8. 8. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 8Safety CommentsHow to use your Safety Officer:I was the incoming battalioncommander and it had been awonderful couple of daysfamiliarizing myself with whatappeared to be a great unit. Afterreviewing the brigade command-er’s Officer Evaluation Reportsupport form in preparation for myinitial counseling, I noted the usualcomments about meeting orexceeding standards for thecommander’s unit status report,individual weapons qualification,Army physical fitness test and theunit’s successful external evalua-tion. However, what I hadn’t seenbefore was an objective to “imple-ment and maintain an effectiveunit safety program supporting unitreadiness and combat capability.”During my counseling sessionwith the brigade commander, Col.Green, she asked how I planned toimplement and maintain an effec-tive unit safety program. I confi-dently replied that my safety officerwould lead that effort. Not satisfiedwith my response, she asked me if Iknew how to use my safety officer.I said that I would simply ask thesafety officer to prepare seasonaland holiday safety messages forme, make appropriate comments atcommand/staffmeetings, provide last-minutesafety tips and keep me abreast ofsafety-related issues.That’s when Green offered someguidance and mentorship. I learnedthat my unit had experienced a rashof accidents both on and off dutyduring the last seven months. Onein particular involved a 21-year-oldSoldier killed on a motorcycle. TheSoldier ran a stop sign and was hitby a car. Another accident involveda Soldier that sustained a seriousback injury while lifting a heavypelican case. That Soldier spentmore than 3 ½ months on conva-lescent leave and is now pendingpossible medicalretirement.Green made it clear that unitreadiness and combat capabilitydepended on the use of my safetyofficer and their ability to imple-ment andmaintain an effective unit safetyprogram. She said safety was acommand team responsibility andinformed me that I was required toattend her safety council meetingsand that I needed to link up withher safety officer.I met with the brigade safetyofficer and he gave me a lot ofvaluable information on how tobreathe some life back into mysafety program. He recommendedthat my additional duty safetyofficer serve as a member of mypersonal staff. He also said thatI should appropriately empowerthe ADSO, allowing him or herto monitor key command supportprograms; observe and participatein unit operations; participate in themilitary decision making process;manage the unit safety program;document and track hazards, actionofficers and suspense dates; andhandle accident reporting and trendanalysis.Armed with ideas and guidance,I met with my command team sev-eral times and we developed a planon how to set up and effectivelymanage a unit safety program.I appointed a new ADSO, Capt.Johnson, and assistant ADSO, Sgt.1st Class Stevenson. I briefed themon my expectations and, heedingthe brigade safety officer’s advice,I let them know they’d serve on mypersonal staff, reporting directly tome.Four months later, my unitexperienced one Class C, two ClassD accidents and some close-callevents that could have easily re-sulted in a serious injury or fatality.Thisdefinitely wasn’t the precedence onsafety I wanted to set.Soon after, the ADSO andassistant ADSO returned from theGround Safety Officer course withfresh ideas. Before my next safetycouncil meeting, Johnson andStevenson suggested we administera safety survey. The survey theyexplained, along with analysis ofunit accident trends, would helpvalidate areas where the unit wasperforming well and expose theareas that needed improvement.After the unit completed thesurvey, my executive officer set adate and time for the safety councilmeeting that happened to conflictwith my schedule. I directed theXO to chair the meeting. That’swhenJohnson met with me andrespectfully requested that I chairthe meeting. Then I thought aboutthe brigade commander’s “imple-ment and maintain an effectiveunit safety program” performanceobjective. I chaired the meeting.My unit was three weeks outfrom conducting a field training ex-ercise that included live-fire lanestraining. Following the FTX andlive-fire lanes rehearsal, Johnsonand Stevenson emailed me two DAForm 7566Composite Risk Managementworksheets — one for the FTX andthe other for live-fire lanes training— for my review and signature.The FTX and live-fire lanestraining went off well with no ac-cidents,
  9. 9. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 9injuries or damaged equipment.During the after-action review, Iwas surprised to see both CRMworksheets included on the AARagenda. Clearly, Johnson and Ste-venson were onto something, and Iattribute the success of the missionto them.I firmly believe thatimplementing and maintaining aneffective unit safety program andeffective use of my safety officer isthe key to a successful command.However, this will requirecontinuous effort by me, my com-mand team, Leaders at all levels,Soldiers and even their Familiesto maintain readiness and combatcapability. At my safety councilmeetings, theperformance metrics reflect anaccident rate reduction with zerooff-duty privately owned vehicleaccidents. My last CUSR submis-sion also showed considerableimprovement. Morale seemsgreatly improved and, most impor-tantly, we haven’t lost anybody toaccidents.Editor’s note: The names of theSoldiers in this article are fictitious.
  10. 10. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 10Need to contact yourFamily Readiness Support Assistant? (FRSA)1-5 FABarbStanley785-240-1652babs.stanley@us.army.mil1ABCTHelenDay785-240-4337helen.day@us.army.mil1-1 BSTBHelenDay785-240-4337helen.day@us.army.mil1-1st ENGBarbStanley785-240-1652babs.stanley@us.army.mil4-4 CAVHelenDay785-240-4337helen.day@us.army.mil101st BSBBarbStanley785-240-1652babs.stanley@us.army.mil1-16 INLizTripp785-239-6687Elizabeth.tripp1@us.army.mil2-34 ARLizTripp785-239-6687Elizabeth.tripp1@us.army.mil
  11. 11. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 11Financial NCO commentsThe Thrift Savings Plan has warned its participants against using a free iPhone app being offered through theApple store, saying it is not an official offering of the 401(k)-style program for federal employees.The app, called TSP Funds, asks account holders for their account login information, but providing that in-formation “could result in a security risk to your account,” the TSP said.The TSP’s own access portal requires users to enter account identification and a password. It also providesinformation about steps investors should take to protect their accounts.The TSP last year disclosed that a 2011 hacking incident had been discovered in which Social Security num-bers and other personal information on more than 120,000 account holders were compromised.For more information visit: https://www.tsp.gov/index.shtml (you will find a link to the warning on the rightside of the TSP home page)SSG Airial Dandridge1st ABCT Command Financial NCO785-340-5184
  12. 12. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 12SHARP’s cornerThere are SHARP qualified personnel distributed thorughout the brigade. Each company and battalion hasa primary and alternate SHARP qualified person. The Brigade Sexual Assault Coordinator (SARC) and VictimAdvocate (VA) serve in their positions full time. If someone finds themselves a victim of sexual assualt orsexual harrassment they are free to talk to anyone SHARP qualified. DoD also has a program called SafeHelpline which provides an additional channel where adult Service members of the DoD community can seeksexual assualt resources and crisis support securely and anonymously:With the DoD Safe Helpline, users have three ways -- “click, call or text” -- to get confidential support.o CLICK: Logging on to www.SafeHelpline.org allows users to receive live, one-on-one confidential helpwith a trained professional through a secure instant-messaging format. The website also provides vitalinformation about recovering from and reporting sexual assault. This service can also be accessed via aformat for mobile phones.o CALL: Calling 877-995-5247 allows users to speak with trained Safe Helpline staff for personalizedadvice and support. Safe Helpline staff can transfer callers directly to installation-based Sexual AssualtResponse Coordinators (SARCs)/ On-call SAPR Victim Advocates, civilian rape crisis centers. MilitaryOneSource, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The “warm hand-off” process personally connectsthe user with a resource representative for furter assistance. Staff will transfer the caller to any resource atthe location of the caller’s choice. For example, a caller may want to speak to the SARC at the locationwhere their unit is based, not where they are currently located. If the contact is unavaiblable at the time of the“warm hand-off,” the Safe Helpline staff will offer contact information to the caller to follow-up with support personnel at a later time.o TEXT: Texting a location or zip code to 55-247 in the U.S. and 202-470-5546 outside the U.S. allows usersto receive contact information for the SARC; medical, legal, spiritual, and military police personnel; andDepartment of Veterans Affairs personnel at their installation or base.For more information, questions, or concerns feel free to contact the 1st ABCT SHARP Office:SARC - SFC Sheryann Omarrow 239-9528Victim Advocate - SSG Airial Dandridge 785-340-51841st ABCT SHARP Hotline (to report a sexual assualt): 785-307-01071st Inf. Div. SHARP Hotline: 785-307-9338
  13. 13. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 13SFC Rod AndersonHHC,1st ABCTMy family,definitely.Without themhaving my back,life would be a lotmore difficult.SPC Jacob CraigHHC,1st ABCTMy wife.Also my peers from basictraining that are stationed here.WO1 Katrina DavisHHC,1-1 BSTBMy religion and family.MAJ Jenevieve MurphyHHC,1st ABCTMy husband and son.When timesare tough,my family helps me to getthrough them.WHAT MAKESYOU STRONG?
  14. 14. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 14courts-martialin 1st abctUnit: Company B, 1st Bn., 16th INCharges: Articles 129 - Burglary;121 - Larceny x4; 108 -Destruction of Government Propertyx2; 86 - AWOLPunishment: Reduction to E1;Confinement for 6 months; BadConduct DischargeUnit: Troop D, 4th SQDN, 4th CAVREGTCharges: Article 86 - Failure toReport; 112 - Drug Use x2Punishment: Reduction to the E1;Forefeiture of $768 for one month, andconfinement for one monthUnit: HHC, 1-1 BSTBCharges: Article 120 - Rape; 134 -AdulteryPunishment: Reduction to E1,Confinement for 5 months, bad conductdischargeUnit: Troop B, 4th SQDN, 4th CAVREGTCharge: 86 - AWOLPunishment: 14 days restriction
  15. 15. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 15Devil Stakes Winners for FY13 2nd QuarterPlace ASIP into Operation1st Place: HHT, 4-4 CAV (Streamer)SGT Stephen Durall,CPT Nelson Lamb2nd Place: HHC, 2-34 AR3rd Place: Company B, 2-34 ARCall for Indirect Fire1st Place: HHB, 1-5 FA (Streamer)SGT Alvin Anderson,SPC Leonardo Rubio2nd Place: Company D, 1-16 IN3rd Place: Company B, 101st BSBHand Grenade AssaultCourse1st Place: Battery D, 1-5 FA(Streamer)2LT Alan Coleman,SPC Timothy Loomis2nd Place: HHC, 101st BSB3rd Place: Company F, 2-34 ARObstacle Course1st Place: Company C, 1-16 IN(Streamer)1LT Alexander Jackson,PVT Zachariah McCoy,PVT Shea Curley,PVT Wayne Jensen2nd Place: HHC, 2-34 AR3rd Place: HHC, 1-16 INTop Company1st Place: Company B, 2-34 AR2nd Place: HHC, 2-34 AR3rd Place: Company A, 2-34 ARTop Battalion1st Place: 2-34 AR2nd Place: 1-16 IN3rd Place: (Tie) 4-4 CAV & 1-5 FATop Chef Cook Off1st Place: Company E, 1-16 IN,SPC Ehran Schooler2nd Place: Company D, 2-34 AR,SPC (P) Thavrith Meas3rd Place: HHC, 1-5 FA,PFC John PowellTop Tank Crew1st Place: Company D, 2-34 ARSFC Jaime Herrera, SGT ScottRichards, PFC Steven Cutler,PFC Cisto Reyes2nd Place: Company C, 2-34 ARSFC William Coultry,SGT Gregory Scully,PFC Charles Anderson,PVT Christopher Deam3rd Place: Company C, 2-34 AR2LT Christopher Brown,SGT David Kapppel,SPC David SchullTop Bradley Crew1st Place: HHC, 2-34 ARSSG Toloai Sosene,PFC Thomas Hurley,PV2 Michael Delgado2nd Place: Company A, 1-16 IN3rd Place: Company A, 1-16 INTOP Paladin Crew1st Place: Battery D, 1-5 FASGT Casey McGee,SGT Richard Phillips,SGT Michael Hoehn (PCS),PFC Dennis Murry,PV2 Trevor Turner,PV2 Frank Soto2nd Place: Battery A, 1-5 FA3rd Place: Battery A, 1-5 FA
  16. 16. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 16Heroes of the BattalionThe following individualswill be awarded a coin forbeing selected as theHeroes of their Battalions:Company B, 101st BSB:SPC Jacob OlszanskiCompany A, 1-1 BSTB:SGT Craig BuyakiCompany B, 2-34 AR:SPC Norman DecellesHHC, 1-16 IN:SPC Eduardo JimenezTroop B, 4-4 CAV:SSG Logan JohnsonBattery A, 1-5 FAPFC Patrick HernandezNCO and Soldier of the2nd QuarterTroop C, 4-4 CAV:SGT Richard TreanorHHC, 1-16 IN:PFC Michael EllisDivision NCO and Soldierof the QuarterCompany B, 1-16 IN:SGT Ian WilliamsHHT, 4-4 CAV:PFC Aaron Duncan
  17. 17. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 17AER kicks off to ‘take care of own’By Julie Fiedler, 1ST INF. DIV. POSTThe 2013 Army EmergencyRelief campaign is set to kick offMarch 1. The goal of this year’scampaign is two-fold, according toStacy Johnston, program manager,Financial Readiness and AER.“First and foremost, it’s to raiseawareness so that Soldiers knowthere’s a place that they can go toget some financial assistance,instead of going off post andlooking for that quick fix that willend up costing them more in thelong run,” Johnston said.The other goal is to help raisemoney for the Army-wide fund,the sole purpose of which is to helpSoldiers, retirees and Familymembers in need, she said.Fort Riley’s installation-widegoal is to raise $250,000 during thecampaign, which runs from March1 to May 15.Senior leadership is activelyengaged in the effort, which willhopefully lead to greaterawareness, Johnston said.“Having the senior leaders thatinvolved … Hopefully, that equatesto greater awareness … (So)Soldiers know exactly what we canhelp with and where to find us, andhow to go about getting theassistance,” she said.AER provides interest-free loansto Soldiers, Family members andretirees, and has grants available incases where loan repayment wouldcause undue hardship. Assistancealso can be provided as a part-loanand a part-grant.Last year, $1.8 million inassistance was provided to 1,640Soldiers, Family members andretirees at Fort Riley alone. Of thatsum, $87,000 was provided to helpcover funeral expenses.“Those days where you walk outfeeling like you’ve made adifference are tragic cases,”Johnston said, citing exampleswhere Soldiers have lost childrenor gone through messy divorces.“We can step in and providethat assistance … (So) in the end,it takes some stress off of them,”Johnston said. “Those are the toughdays, but the days that you knowthat that person probablyappreciates the help.”AER assistance is offered acrossa variety of categories, with newcategories added each year.Last year, four categories wereadded, including replacementvehicles, Family member dentalcare, furniture assistance and rentalvehicles.“One of the new categories ofassistance that AER opened up isbeing able to provide assistancefor a replacement vehicle in lieu ofrepairs, in the event that repairsexceed the value of the vehicle.That has made a tremendousdifference for a lot of Families,”Johnston said.Furniture assistance can helpFamilies just setting up ahousehold or help tide Familiesover if they are waiting oninsurance reimbursements,Johnston said.Johnston said Soldiers, Familiesand retirees should never hesitateto ask for help.“Never assume that we can’thelp,” she said. “Always ask us.I don’t want Soldiers or Familymembers to get discouraged if theydon’t find exactly their situation onthe (AER) website and think thatit’s not something we can help withbecause there are so many differentways that we can help.”In addition to interest-free loansand grants, AER offers scholarshipsthat provide up to several thousanddollars of assistance per academicyear for books, tuition and more.“The scholarship program isfantastic,” she said. “It’s for bothspouses and dependent children.”Soldiers and retirees can helpother Soldiers by contributing tothe AER fund and spreading theword about AER assistance.Donations are tax deductible, andforms are available at ArmyCommunity Service.While the fundraising campaignis focused on Soldiers andretirees to help take care of theirown, unsolicited donations also areaccepted.For more information, call785-239-9435 or visitwww.aerhq.org.
  18. 18. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 18Posting on social media sites can bedangerousBy Dena O’Dell, 1ST INF. DIV. POSTWhat is too much personalinformation to post on a socialmedia site? Is posting birthdates,addresses, phone numbers,deployments, redeployments ortroop locations too muchinformation?Pat Burch, installationantiterrorism officer, Fort Riley,offered the following example ofhow posting too much informationon a social media site can put aFamily at risk: A garrisoncommander cancels classes at aninstallation school due toinclement weather, but does notclose the installation. As a result,parents have to find child care fortheir children, so they can stillreport to work. One parent uses asocial media site to complain aboutthe situation. In her complaint,she discusses the fact her childrenare home alone because she hasto work and the other parent isdeployed. What dangers did theparent just pose?Using information from theparent’s profile, the Family’s homeaddress could be located throughpeople search engines likewww.veromi.com, www.pipl.comand www.zabasearch.com.Additionally, more than 900registered sex offenders live in thelocal area. Although the childrenwere of legal age to be home alone,the information the parent postedrevealed an address and awindow of opportunity. In additionto putting her children at risk byher post, Burch said, it alsoprovided a window of opportunityfor theft.What resulted from the parent’spost was:• Critical informationconcerning Family, lifestyle andlocation was available on socialmedia websites to adversaries• Family, personal andprofessional lives could beendangered through the open forum• The apparent desire to beheard combined with the lack ofknowledge of the risks inherentwith the use of social media sitespresents unnecessary risks toFamily membersThose using social media sitesshould consider the secondaryimpacts of posting personalinformation, Burch said. Thefollowing are some tips when usingsocial media sites:• Social media users shouldnever assume only individuals theyknow are reading their posts• Update social media privacyand account settings; don’t rely ondefault settings to secure posts• Balance a unit’s use of socialnetworking against the risk ofproviding information to criminalsand adversaries• Educate the workforce andFamilies of the dangers of socialmedia; it is not about avoiding it,but using it intelligently• Regularly check, and, ifnecessary, update privacy andaccount settings on social mediawebsites• Conduct regular operationalsecurity reviews of officialDepartment of Defense socialmedia web pages for postedcomments by service members andtheir FamiliesA parent’s reaction to agarrison commander’s decision toclose school could have placed thespouse’s unit and Family at risk.Assume adversaries aremonitoring social websites. Beforeposting anything, assume whatwould happen if the information isavailable to adversaries, includingterrorists and criminals, Burch said.
  19. 19. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 19Motorcycle season around corner, timeto prepGARRISON SAFETY OFFICEMotorcycle season is almosthere! To steer this riding season inthe right direction, review the tipsbelow before hitting the open road.BEFORE YOU RIDE• Read your owner’s manual, asit will give you many specifics thatyou will find helpful inunderstanding andmaintaining your bike. Alwayshave your owner’s manual with thebike. It can tell you what to do inemergency situations.• Check the tires – the tires arethe most important parts of yourbike. Check the surface for cuts,foreign objects, and tire pressurewith a good gauge.• Check the controls – cablesare strong and rarely break, butcheck for kinks or stiffness.• Check your lights, turnsignals, horn, and mirrors.• Check the oil, fuel, and ifyour bike is liquid-cooled, thecoolant levels.• If your motorcycle has achain-drive to the rear wheel, makesure that the chainIs properly tensioned and ingood shape.• Make sure that the side-standand center-stand fold up and stayup.• Check your brakes as you rolloff. Make sure they work.WHILE ON THE ROAD• Scan around you for potentialhazards.• Evaluate any possiblehazards, such as railroad tracks,turning cars, etc.• Make sure you can see othersand they can see you, as much aspossible.• Intersections are particularlydangerous. Always check fortraffic coming from the side andfrom behind. Make sure no one isabout to run up your tailpipe.CARRYING A PASSENGER ONYOUR MOTORCYCLE• Review the motorcycleowner’s manual for tips onpreparing for riding with apassenger.• Make sure the motorcycle isdesigned to carry a passenger.• If you decide to carry a child,make sure the child is matureenough to handle theresponsibilities, can reach thefootrests, wears a helmet and otherprotective gear, and holds onto youor the passenger hand-holds.• Instruct your passenger tokeep his or her legs away from themuffler to avoid burns and allmoving parts. Instruct yourpassenger to limit movement andtalking.• Remember that the extraweight from carrying a passengercan affect braking procedures,starting from a stop, and ridingthrough a corner.• Do not exceed the weightlimitations specified in the manual.PROPER PROTECTIVEEQUIPMENTCG Policy Letter 13 states,“Anyone who operates amotorcycle on an Armyinstallation, to includegovernment-owned motorcycle,shall successfully complete anapproved Motorcycle SafetyFoundation Course. It also statesthe following PPE must be wornwhile operating or riding as apassenger:• Helmet: Personnel ridingmotorcycle and ATVs at Fort Riley,their helmets shall be certified tomeet DOT Federal Motor VehicleSafety Standard No. 218. Allhelmets shall be properly fastenedunder the chin.• Eye Protection: Designedto meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1,reference (z) for impact and shatterresistance includes goggles,wraparound glasses, or a full-faceshield – properly attached to ahelmet. Amber or clear lens areencourage for night riding.• Foot Protection: Includessturdy over-the-ankle footwear thataffords protection for the feet andankles – durable leather orballistic-type cloth athletic shoesthat cover the ankles may be worn.• Protective Clothing: Includeslong-sleeved shirt or jacket, longtrousers, and full-fingered gloves ormittens made from leather or otherabrasion-resistant material. For fulldetails on PPE, refere to the policyletter.Remember, CG Policy Letter 13directs that all motorcycles,mopeds, motor scooters, dirt bikes,specialty vehicles, and ATVs belicensed and/or registered byappropriate civilian authority inorder to operate at Fort Riley. Perthe Senior Commander’sdirective, it states service memberswho have not properly registeredtheir motorcycle will not permittedentry to Fort Riley. The Fort RileyGarrison Safety Office offers ridercourses to all active dutypersonnel and reservist free ofcharge. For more information aboutenrollment, please contact(785) 239-3391.
  20. 20. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 20USAECWASHINGTON – TheDepartment of the Army hascompleted a final ProgrammaticEnvironmental Assessment anddraft Finding of No SignificantImpact for Army force structurereductions and realignments thatmay occur from fiscal years 2013to 2020.The ProgrammaticEnvironmental Assessment, knownas a PEA, evaluates and assessesthe environmental impacts ofpotential adjustments to Armyforces at 21 installations. The Armyhas completed the analysis tosupport future anticipated changesand reductions to its forces thatare necessary to reduce spending,while maintaining critical nationaldefense capabilities.The Army’s proposed actionevaluated in the PEA is to reducethe Army’s active-dutyend-strength from 562,000 at theend of FY 2012 to 490,000 byFY 2020. The PEA analyzes twoprimary alternatives – AlternativeNo. 1: Implement force reductionsby inactivating a minimum of eightbrigade combat teams, or BCTs,and realign other combat, combatsupport and service support unitsbetween FY 2013 and FY 2020;and Alternative No. 2: ImplementAlternative 1, inactivate additionalBCTs and reorganize remainingBCTs by adding an additionalcombat maneuver battalion andother units.The PEA also analyzes a NoAction alternative, under which theArmy would not reduce the size ofthe force. The implementation ofArmy force realignment will occurduring the course of several yearsto arrive at an optimally configuredforce in 2020. Reductions in ArmySoldiers also will be accompaniedby some reduction in civil serviceemployees.These actions are beingundertaken to reshape the Army’sforces to meet more effectivelynational security requirements,while reducing the Army’send-strength.Force realignment and somelevel of force reduction will impactmost major Army installations.The implementation of this forcerebalancing is necessary to allowthe Army to operate in a reducedbudget climate, while ensuring theArmy can continue to support thenation’s critical defense missions.After more than 10 years of war,the nation is facing new challengesand opportunities that call forreshaping defense priorities.Concurrent with a reductionand realignment of the force, theArmy proposes to reorganize andrestructure its forces using lessonslearned during the past 10 years,information about what the futureglobal security environment will belike and results of previous brigadecombat team studies to reshape theArmy into a force capable ofsupporting the full spectrum ofmilitary operations.In the PEA, the Army hasevaluated the environmentalimpacts that may occur at 21installations that will likelyexperience changes in Soldierpopulations as part of Army’s 2020force structure realignments andforce reduction decisions. Forcereductions that may occur as partof the proposed action include theinactivation of Army BCTs andcombat support and combat servicesupport units at Army and jointbase-stationing locations. Thedecisions on how to bestimplement Army force reductionsand force structure changes fromFY 2013 to 2020 will be made overthe course of several years to arriveat an optimally configured force in2020.Alternatives considered in thePEA evaluate the largest growthpotential scenarios at installationsthat may occur from BCTrestructuring, as well as thegreatest force reduction scenariosthat could occur as a result of Armyforce drawdown. The range ofpotential installation reduction andgrowth – ranging from maximumlosses of 8,000 military personnelto maximum increases of 3,000 atthe Army’s largest installations –was chosen for the environmentalanalysis to provide flexibility asfuture force structure realignmentdecisions are made.The PEA is designed to informdecision-makers of potentialsocioeconomic and environmentalimpacts associated with proposedactions, as the stationing decisionsare made in the coming years. Thespecific locations where changeswill occur have not been decided.Stationing sites that wereincluded in the PEA are those sitesthat could experience a change inSoldiers and civilians that exceeds ttotal of plus or minus 1,000military personnel. Sites consideredin the PEA include: Fort Ben-ning, Ga.; Fort Bliss, Texas; FortBragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky.;Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum,N.Y.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort Hood,Texas; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Joint BaseElmendorf-Richardson, Alaska;Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.;Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.;Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Lee, Va.;Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; FortPolk, La.; Fort Riley, Kan.; FortSill, Okla.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; U.S.Army Garrison Hawaii; and U.S.Army Garrison Fort Wainwright,Alaska.Environmental impactsassociated with implementation ofalternatives evaluated in the PEASee Impact, page 28Army assesses impact of changes to force
  21. 21. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 21PEA.Members of the public canreview the PEA and draft FNSIand submit comments on the draftFNSI until Feb. 19. An electronicversion of the PEA and draft FNSIwill be available for download athttp://aec.army.mil/usaec/nepa/top-ics00.html.Comments or questions on thePEA should be submitted to: PublicComments USAEC, Attn: IMPA-AE (Army 2020 PEA), 2450 Con-nell Road (Building 2264), FortSam Houston, TX 78234-7664 oremailed to USARMY.JBSA. AEC.MBX@mail.mil.For questions or additionalinformation about this PEA, call210-466-1590 or emailUSARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil.IMPACT Continued from page 27include impacts to air quality,airspace, cultural andbiological resources, noise, soilerosion, wetlands, water resources,facilities, socioeconomic impact,energy demand, land use,hazardous materials and waste,and traffic and transportation. Nosignificant environmental impactsare anticipated as a result ofimplementing either alternativeassociated with the proposedaction, with the exception ofsocioeconomic impacts.Socioeconomic impacts are ofparticular concern to the Armybecause they affect communitiesaround Army installations.Therefore, the PEA has acomprehensive analysis of thesocioeconomic impacts to informthe decision makers andcommunities. Impacts couldinclude reduced employment,income, regional population andsales and some of these impactscould be significant.The completion of anenvironmental assessment resultsin one of two outcomes – eithersignificant environmental impactsare identified and a Notice of Intentto prepare an EnvironmentalImpact Statement, or EIS, is issued,or, no significant environmentalimpacts are identified and a FNSI issigned.Significant socioeconomicimpacts alone do not requirepreparation of an EIS. The Armystudy finds there are no significantenvironmental impacts with eitheralternative evaluated in the PEA;accordingly, a draft FNSI has beenprepared.Final decisions as to whichalternative to implement and whichinstallations will see reductionsor unit realignments have not yetbeen made. Those decisions willbe made based on mission-relatedcriteria and other factors in lightof the information contained in the
  22. 22. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 22Soldiers compete in Devil Stakes cookoffBy Amanda Kim Stairrett1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRSThe pace quickened when it wasannounced that just six minutesremained. The stress level seemedto increase, and the chatterdecreased.Spoonfuls of peas splashed ontoplates, and chicken was peeled offbaking sheets. The cooks rushed tomake sure their four plates were onthe judges’ table, as Sgt. 1st ClassDenise Felton counted down thefinal seconds.The 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st InfantryDivision hosted its first cookoffFriday, March 1, as part of itsregular Devil Stakes series torecognize top Soldiers.Spc. Ehran Schooler, 1stBattalion, 16th Infantry Regiment;Spc. Tara Erickson, Special TroopsBattalion; Spc. Michael Couto, 2ndBattalion, 34th Armor Regiment;Pfc John Powell, 1st Battalion, 5thField Artillery Regiment; and Pfc.Charles Anfield, 101st BrigadeSupport Battalion, represented theirunits in the competition at Devil’sDenDining Facility.Participants were required toprepare meals made of a starchand vegetable of their choice andchicken in one hour, 10 minutes.A panel of judges, including thefood service noncommissionedofficers and Maj. John Casiano, thebrigade’s Executive Officer, thensampled the plates.Anfield’s secret weapon was hishomemade barbecue sauce, whichhe first created at his first dutystation in Korea. Developing therecipe started as a hobby, he said,but the more he tasted it, the morehe liked it, and experimentationfollowed.It got so popular at the diningfacility that diners would ask for it,even when he wasn’t at work.“I love to cook,” Anfield saidafter the competition. “It’s a lot offun.”He enjoyed the cook-off, he said,because “it felt good to go in thekitchen and cook freely.”Schooler’s dish, which included acheesy potato, honey/orange/barbecue-flavored chicken breastand broccoli, was the cook-off’smost garnished plate. It includeda large flower cut from a tomato.Casiano said the dish had the bestpresentation of the five.Schooler, who often cooksfor his mother and grandmother,considers himself an all-Americankind of cook. His favorite thing tomake? Steak.Schooler’s commander, Capt.Erik Anthes, attended thecook-off to watch his Soldiercompete. Army cooks are oftenunderappreciated, he said, thoughthey work the longest, mostdifficult hours.“They do a lot of hard work, andwe tend to take for granted,” hesaid.Casiano said he was impressedwith the cooks’ work, adding it waswhat they enlistedto do.“You clearly have excelled at it,”he told them.Cooks rarely get to show offwhat they do, and the cook-offwas their opportunity, Felton said.It also was a way to recognize theSoldiers. When others may getdays off because of weather, Armycooks still have to work just as hardto make sure their fellow Soldierscan eat, she said.She said she wanted the cooksto know they were important – keyeven – to the brigade.Competitions like this also showthe cooks and other Soldiers thereis more to food service than justworking in a dining facility, Feltonsaid, adding she has spent 17 yearsin Army food service, which hasSee COOK, page 55Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.Pfc. John Powell of 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., plates his chicken March 1 at the Devil’s DenDFAC during a cookoff, which was part of the brigade’s regular Devil Stakes series torecognize top Soldiers.
  23. 23. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 23COOK Continued from page 54been fueled by her passion and loveof the craft.In that time, Felton said she hasparticipated in nine cookoffs, andsaid she hopes to continue hostingsimilar competitions at the brigadelevel.The cook-off’s winner and run-ner-up will be announced at a laterdate, and those Soldiers are set tobe recognized by brigade leaders.Soldiers don’t have to leave the‘hoo-ah’ behindBy Lt. Col. Delwyn MerkersonUSARCIt may be time, but sometimesit’s hard to leave the hoo-ahbehind. Military skill sets gainedand deployment experience, alongwith the camaraderie built withfellow Soldiers can make theprospect of transitioning tocivilian life daunting. And that’seven before you factor in thestruggling economy and jobmarket.Even if “one weekend a month,two weeks a year” isn’t what youhad in mind, you can still maintainyour Soldier-connection and honeyour military proficiency andhard-earned skills, whilestriving for the career of yourdreams through the IndividualMobilization Augmentee Program.A unique aspect of the programis you aren’t locked into a “drillingreservist” schedule. You cancontinue Soldiering on a part-timebasis – earn pay and credit towardretirement, receive benefits andentitlements,all while maintainingthe flexibility to pursue your careerand Family aspirations. In the IMAProgram, how you serve can betailored to your work and schoolschedule, giving you greaterflexibility to plan your servicearound your busy schedule.WHAT IS THE IMA PROGRAM?The IMA program is designed tofacilitate the rapid expansion of theactive-Army wartime Departmentof Defense structure and othergovernment departments oragencies. IMAs help the Armymeet military manpowerrequirements in the event ofmilitary contingency,pre-mobilization, mobilization,sustainment and/or demobilizationoperations. Soldiers are currentlyserving on a part-time basis inmore than 73 Army Agenciesthroughout U.S. and overseas inEurope and Korea. IMA Soldiersserve in Special OperationCommand, Intelligence andSecurity Command, CentralCommand and the Office of theSecretary of Defense, just to namea few.IMA Soldiers are required toperform a minimum of 12 annualtraining days each fiscal year andmay be authorized to perform upto 48, four-hour periods of inactiveduty for training. The IMASoldier coordinates directly withthe agency IMA coordinator toschedule the AT and IDT periods.While serving in the IMA program,you can work with yourcoordinator to do all your trainingrequirements at one time, or spreadthem out over the year.For more information about theIMA program, visit www.hrc.army.mil/STAFF/IMA%20Program%20Overview.Search available IMA positionvacancies using the online searchtool on the HRC My Recordwebsite by visitingwww.hrcapps.army.mil/portal/;logging in and clicking on the“Tools” tab on the top right of thescreen; choosing the “VACANCYSEARCH” link; and selecting“Vacancy Type: IMA” and inputingyour desired filter criteria.Every Soldier making thetransition from active duty needsto think about the value of theirservice. You don’t have to leave thehoo-ah behind. The Army Reserveallows you to continue your serviceto the nation and derive all of thebenefits that compelled you to joinin the first place.
  24. 24. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 24K-State ROTC seniors gaining new perspective from Fort RileyBy Amanda Kim Stairrett1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRSMANHATTAN – Nine officersand noncommissioned officers metwith seniors in Kansas StateUniversity’s Army ROTC programlast week to give them a brief doseof what they could expect oncearriving to a unit.Maj. Karl Butler, executiveofficer, 1st Battalion, 16th InfantryRegiment, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, brought leaders fromcompanies A and B to talk aboutadministrative and tactical platoonleader expectations, physicaltraining, resiliency and how toresource, train and be prepared foroperations.K-State’s Army ROTC workswith units from Fort Riley everyyear, which includes amentorship program for seniorcadets who have received theirbranch assignments, said Lt. Col.Robert B. Dixon, professor ofmilitary science and militaryscience department head.“The cadets are partnered withfield-grade officers and open a lineof communication that can extendwell into their careers,” Dixon said.Interaction with seniornoncommissioned officers andofficers in leadership positionsduring events like these areprofound, he said. “The impact ofa first sergeant of a unit passing onhis/her knowledge based on currentexperience is priceless, in myopinion, and reinforces everythingwe teach our cadets,” Dixon said.Because of its proximity to FortRiley and its relationship with thepost and 1st Inf. Div., K-State isone of only a handful of more than270 ROTC programs across thecountry who have these kinds ofopportunities, Dixon said.The visiting officers and NCOstalked about planning andresourcing training, and gave thecadets a dose of reality: Some ofthem will have all the fun stuff toplay with, Butler said, but some ofthem would not.Bottom line is, he said, platoonleaders will have to find other waysto train their troops, and creativityand innovation will be key.“Simulations are becoming moreand more a prominent part oftraining,” Butler said.First Sgt. Phillip Madrigal toldeach of the cadets the importanceof relying on his or her platoonsergeant.“He’s there to set you up forsuccess. I’m going to lead youdown the right road, and I’m goingto set you up for success,” he said.He told the soon-to-be platoonleaders they and their sergeantshave each others’ best interests inmind. When a pair disagrees, theymust close the door, and as soon asthat door opens, they must be bestbuddies. Keep those argumentsinside the office, Madrigal said.Lieutenants’ first experiences withtheir platoon sergeants will shapehow they view NCOs for the rest oftheir careers, according to Sgt. 1stClass Joshua Sorton.Cadet Lawrence Moss, aseniorin psychology who is set tocommission as an armor officerin May, said the visit helpedprepare him for what to expectonce he arrived at his first unit.Innovation regarding training issomething he will have to use, hesaid, with the Army’s downsizingand budget issues. Moss also tookto heart the visiting NCOs’ advice.“You don’t want to take youbeing in charge over theirexperience,” he said.Also during the visit, Maj. DavidWard, executive officer, 1stBattalion, 5th Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div.,Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.Maj. Karl Butler, executive officer, 1stBn., 16th Inf. Regt., speaks to Army ROTCcadets March 6 about what theycan expect when they arrive at their unitsduring a visit to K-State, Manhattan.presented cadets Jacob Gardnerand Anthony Maganelles each witha congratulatory letter from Brig.Gen. Brian J. McKiernan,commandant, U.S. Army FieldArtillery School. The two assessedthe field artillery branch.Maganelles is set to serve onactive duty, and Gardner is set tocommission with the Kansas ArmyNational Guard. Both will attendthe Field Artillery Officer’s BasicCourse at Fort Sill, Okla., thissummer.Manganelles and Gardner alsoreceived Fort Sill welcome packetsto provide them with informationto assist with their first moves inthe Army.
  25. 25. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 25Fort Riley catching the spirit of EasterBy Julie Fiedler, 1ST INF. DIV. POSTLooking for a special way tocelebrate Easter? The hunt is over.Fort Riley will offer anegg-stavaganza of activitiesincluding a special sunrise service,brunch and egg hunt.EASTER SUNRISE SERVICEAn Easter sunrise service will befrom 7 to 8 a.m. March 31 at theOutdoor Chapel, which is locatedjust off 1st Division Road.“The glory of Easter morning isthat, for all who believe, we have aSavior who has overcome sin anddeath,” said Chap. (Maj.) MichaelMcDonald, Family life chaplain,Garrison Religious Support Office.“The very first disciples of Jesusdiscovered at dawn’s first light …that the tomb that Jesus was buriedin was empty.“Many believers all over theworld participate in sunriseservices to re-experience thatglorious revelation – that the trueLight has come into the world,” headded.In addition to providing abeautiful view, the Outdoor Chapelis an ideal location to watch therising sun, McDonald said.“It provides a beautiful view andthe opportunity to watch the risingof the sun as we sing hymns ofcelebration and receive a specialmessage from our InstallationChaplain Chap. (Col.) Harry A.Rauch ... The sight of the rising sunadds special emphasis to thecelebration of the Resurrection.”Blankets will be available asthe temperature might be chilly. Inthe event of inclement weather,the service will be at Morris HillChapel.“Rain or shine – we willcelebrate at 7 a.m.,”McDonald said, adding, “allinstallation services will hold theirregularly scheduled services thatday as well.”EASTER BRUNCHA buffet-style Easter Brunch willbe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31at Riley’s Conference Center. “Thebrunch is a modestly priced mealthat gives Families an opportunityto do something different that isnot always available on post,” saidChris Downs, manager, Riley’sConference Center.The menu selection will feature amix of traditional and moreeclectic fare, Downs said. Themenu includes breakfast items suchas sun-dried tomato and asparagusfrittata, biscuits and gravy, Frenchtoast, cheese blintzes and an omeletstation. Lunch options include potroast, chicken picatta, salads, sidesand assorted desserts. New thisyear is an ice cream station.“This year, we’re going tofeature a soft-serve ice creamsundae station with a variety oftoppings,” Downs said.The cost is $13.95 for adults,$7.95 for children 5 to 1 years oldand free for children 4 years oldand younger.Downs said he encouragespatrons to make reservations nolater than March 29.“Reservations are highly, highlyrecommended and encouraged,”Downs said. “We willaccommodate walk-ins as best wecan.”The brunch is open to the public.For more information or to make areservation, call 785-784-1000.EASTER EGG HUNTThe annual Easter egg hunt hasbecome a tradition at Fort Riley.“We blow the horn and they gooff,” said Duane Clayton,recreation programmer, Directorateof Family and Morale, Welfare andRecreation.The hunt starts at 1 p.m. March31 outside Riley’s ConferenceCenter. A hunt time is scheduledfor each age group, and times willbe staggered every 20 minutes toallow children of all ages theopportunity to hunt for eggs.“The egg hunt itself will beabout two hours,” Clayton said.“(Age groups will) each havetheir own hunt time window.”More than 15,000 eggs filledwith candy and prizes will behidden for the event. Additionallyinflatable play stations, facepainting, games and otheractivities will be offered to keepchildren entertained during the freeoutdoor event.“Every year, we have activitiesthat are available for kids whilethey’re waiting,” Clayton said.In case of inclement weather,eggs will be made available toFamilies to hide at home.Check the DFMWR website atwww.rileymwr.com or Facebookpage at www.facebook.com/rileymwr for updates and details inthe event of rain or severe weather.
  26. 26. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 26‘Devil’ Brigade honors fallen Soldier,friend at memorialBy Sgt. Kerry Lawson1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRSThe 1st Infantry Division andFort Riley honored Spc. MarkBlakey Jr. in a memorial ceremonyMarch 14 at Morris Hill Chapel.Blakey died Feb. 23.SPC. MARK BLAKEY JR.Blakey was a cannon crewmember for Battery D, 1stBattalion, 5th Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Inf. Div.“We, in (Btry. D), rememberMark as a Soldier who desirednothing more than to cheerfully dohis duty,” said Capt. AndrewGiesey, Btry. D commander. “Heestablished his presencewherever he was; standing at 6feet, 3 inches tall and weighingaround 250 pounds, it’s not hard to.But Mark had an immensepersonality to match his physicalsize, with boundless good humorand a ready smile, which alwaysbrightened up the room or made themission just a little bit easier.”Blakey’s dedication to the guyson his left and right wasunwavering and didn’t go withoutmatched loyalty, said Staff Sgt.Leonard Caligiuri, Btry. D.He was assigned to Btry. D, 1stBn., 5th FA Regt. in July 2010,where he served as a crewmember for an 150-mm Paladintank. He deployed to Iraq insupport of Operation New Dawn,from June to December 2011,where he conducted mounted anddismounted patrols in and aroundKirkuk city.“In Iraq, he was personallyselected by the battery commanderto be the gunner on the batterycommander’s personal securitydetail.” Caligiuri said. “Hisattention to detail with thecommander’s vehicle had thebattery commander out of the gateon a mission with any patrol, at anytime.”It is safe to say without Blakey’spresence, Btry. D wouldn’t haveoperated as smoothly, and thedeployment wouldn’t have been asenriched if he were absent,Caliguiri said. While Blakey isdeeply missed, his positive energyremains with all whose lives hetouched, especially his comrades inarms, and he will not be forgotten,Giesey said.All his brothers-in-arms willcarry his memory with themfondly, no matter where the Armyor life may take them, Caligiurisaid.“Spc. Blakey will not beforgotten and will long be loved,”he said.Blakey’s awards and decorationsinclude: the ArmyCommendation Medal; ArmyAchievement Medal; GoodConduct Medal; National DefenseService Medal; Iraqi CampaignMedal; Global War on TerrorismService Medal; NoncommissionedOfficer Professional DevelopmentRibbon; Army Service Ribbon; andMeritorious Unit Citation.Blakey, a native of O’Fallon,Mo., is survived by his wife,Shertreashiwa Blakey; his stepson,Ja’Von Richbow; his father, MarkBlakey Sr.; and his mother, CynthiaBlakey.Spc.Blakey Jr.
  27. 27. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 27‘Devil’ Soldiers shoot for certificationBy Sgt. Kerry Lawson1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRSSoldiers with companies C andD, 1st Battalion, 16th InfantryRegiment, and 2nd Battalion,34th Armor Regiment, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision conducted qualificationtraining on the M1A2 Abrams tankMarch 12 at the DigitalMultipurpose Range Complex.The purpose of the training wasto prepare crews for certificationMarch 20 to 21.“This is to qualify the crews andprepare them to be certified forfuture training events,” said Capt.Jeremy White, Co. C commander.The Soldiers conducted nightand day-fire exercises, White said.“This is the first time for a lotof these crews and Soldiers to firelive-rounds, aside from their annualrequirement for their individuallySgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCTAn M1A2 Abrams tank with 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt. fired its main gun, the 120-mm smoothbore gun, at a mock-enemy targetduring the unit’s M1A2 gunnery range March 12 at the Digital Multipurpose Range Complex. The training was in preparation forplatoon-level, live-fire training in the near future.assigned weapon,” said CommandSgt. Maj. Matthew McCready,senior enlisted noncommissionedofficer for the brigade.The training the unit conductedwas very beneficial, said Pfc.Michael Cline, main gunloader for the commander’s tank.“It’s a little hard, but I love it,”he said. “The training is designedto build the proficiency of thecrews within the unit,” McCreadyadded. “The firing that the crewsare doing now during tables III andIV will prepare them for when theytry to become certified next weekduring Table VI.”The gunnery range began Feb.28 and will end about 30 days laterfor each company.The training is in preparation forplatoon-level live-fire training inthe near future.
  28. 28. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 28Gold Star Family members can receive access IDcardsBy Flavia Hulsey1ST INF. DIV. POSTEligible survivors of fallenSoldiers can now qualify for amilitary identification card to easeaccess to Army installations,including Fort Riley.Since March 14, installationsArmywide began issuing Gold Starinstallation access cards toeligible survivors, who do nototherwise qualify for a militaryidentification card.Gold Star Family members arethose who have lost a loved onekilled in action or in hostileconditions. Eligible survivorsinclude spouses, parents, children,siblings, grandparents, foster oradoptive parents and half-siblingsof fallen Soldiers.“It will help survivors access(Army Community Service),(Survivor Outreach Services) andpost events like memorials. They’llbe able to more easily participate inother post activities. Our Familieslike to come out for special eventslike concerts and carnivals – evenbingo,” said Christina Gary,survivor outreach coordinator,SOS.SOS provides Families withlong-term support after the death ofa Family member, Gary said, andthe new ID card is just one moreway to help Families stayconnected to their loved one’smilitary service.“The Army still takes care ofthe Families,” she said. “It lets theFamily know that the Army doesn’tstop thinking about them. When aSoldier dies and a Family movesaway or even if they stay in thearea, they may think that they areforgotten. This is a way or a meansfor the Families to feel like they’restaying connected.”The Fort Riley SOS isresponsible for survivors in thestate of Kansas and parts ofNebraska. Gary said SOS staffmembers interact with survivorsseveral times throughout the week,and that many visit the post often.An Armywide Survivor OutreachVehicle Decal was established inJanuary 2011, as a way to expediteentrance to Army installations. Asof February 2013, Fort Riley SOShad issued 49 decals.Through Army Family ActionPlan conferences, survivors acrossthe U.S., however, reporteddifficulties accessing installationswhen they were not in their decaledvehicles.While Fort Riley is an open post,requiring only a valid photo ID ataccess control points, otherinstallations, including some inKansas, have heightened securityrequirements for access.“Our post is an open post, butthere are a lot of other installationsthat are not like that, and Familymembers have had issues gettinginto other installations with just adecal,” Gary said. “At otherinstallations, Family members werefrequently required to obtain avisitor or temporary vehicle passafter showing things like theirlicense, registration, insurance toaccess the post, and, moreimportantly, its services – ACS,SOS.”Survivors requested an alternatemeans to access the installation –a more convenient, transportablemethod.“That’s why the Armyimplemented the ID card thatwould give them easier accesswithout having to go through asecurity checklist,” Gary said.“(The ID card) is also atransportable method. If a Familymember doesn’t have their vehiclewith the decal on it, they can stillaccessthe post.”The decal program will continue.Now, Families will have both aGold Star decal for their vehicleand an identification card, Garysaid.The card does not confer anynew or additional benefits.Survivors who did not previouslyhave Commissary or Exchangeprivileges, for example, will notgain these privileges with the newGold Star installation access card.To receive a card, an individual’seligibility will be verified by SOS,based on their eligibility to receivea Gold Star lapel button or the lapelbutton for next of kin of deceasedpersonnel.Gary said an SOS staff membercan guide survivors through theentire ID card process. SOSverifies information, and thenworks with the local Directorate ofEmergency Services to conduct aCrime Information Center Check.Once the check is complete, withinusually less than 30 minutes, SOSwill make an appointment for thesurvivor at the ID card center,where his or her new ID would bemade.For more information or toverify eligibility, call SOS at785-239-5979/1709.
  29. 29. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 29Army to continue sustaining, preserving forceBy Gen. John F. CampbellARMY VICE CHIEF OF STAFFTeammates, The Army hasplayed a central role in the nation’sefforts during the past 12 years ofwar. Our Soldiers, Families andcivilians have demonstrated selflessservice and teamwork, and theyhave carried us through thesechallenging times.We are humbled by sacrificesmade. We are duty-bound to honorour commitments – to those whohave served, as well as to thosewho continue to serve.We continue to support the66,000 service members deployedto Afghanistan and thousandsof others serving at home andabroad. All of us can take pride inthe work we have done and whatwe have accomplished together.As we transition in Afghanistan,the Army will continue to face anoperational environmentcharacterized by complexity anduncertainty. We will continue tooperate under fiscal constraintsfor the foreseeable future. We willcontinue to face events andcircumstances that will challengeour Soldiers, Families andcivilians.While I acknowledge thesechallenges, I am convinced thereare just as many opportunitiesfor the Army to seize that willprepare us for today and tomorrow.We are serving at a critical timein the history of the Army. Ourefforts will sustain and preserve thestrength of our All-Volunteer Army– the most decisive land force inthe world. There is much work tobe done, and it will requirecommitment and teamworkto do it. I am confident andoptimistic about what we willaccomplish moving forward as ateam.It is my honor and privilege toserve with you as the 34th vicechief of staff of the Army. I thankyou for what you have done, whatyou do every day and what youwill continue to do for the Armyand our great Nation. Army Strong!Fiscal uncertainties will not alter ‘BRO’ commitmentBy Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillieDEPUTY COMMANDING GENERALFOR SUPPORT, 1ST INF. DIV.During the past several weeks,I have been meeting with post andcommunity leaders, as well as ourregional media members to discussour fiscal challenges and offer aclear picture of where we are todayand where we may be goingtomorrow.As the “Big Red One” faces aperiod of fiscal uncertainty, I wantto assure every member of ourteam we will remain astransparent as we can as we moveforward and make decisions thattouch our whole 1st InfantryDivision and Fort Riley Family.The worst thing that could everhappen is for us to allow rumorsto fester. We simply will not allowthat to happen.While there are still manyuncertainties in our currentenvironment, there are a few thingsthat I do know for certain.First, we will nevercompromise the readiness of ourSoldiers or the support of ourFamilies. We will never put ourSoldiers in harm’s way if they arenot properly equipped, properlytrained or properly led. We willslow things down and focus on ourfundamentals, includingdeveloping our Soldiers,civilians and future Army leadersand sustaining a high level of espritde corps in our organization.I also know we are doing somethings right. Col. Jeff Broadwaterand Command Sgt. Maj. ChrisGilpin recently brought their teamfrom the 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team to the NationalTraining Center and home again,all under the constraints of oursmaller budget.Despite the tightening belt, our“Dagger” Brigade had one of themost successful rotations in theArmy’s recent history. I amincredibly proud of everymember of the 1st Inf. Div. teamand how they came together to getour Soldiers the training they needto remain ready for any mission.For more than nine decades, theBig Red One has been the first forour nation, the go-to formation tofight the good fight on battlefieldsaround the globe.The current fiscalenvironment will not change this.We will change, but we will remaina successful organization and avital piece of America’s defensestructure. Together with ourcommunity partners, civilians andFamily members, the Soldiers ofthe Big Red One will strive tohonor the legacy of the division farinto the future.We are a team and we will getthrough this together.
  30. 30. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 30Mayville heading to DC, Funk to assumecommandSPECIAL TO THE POSTThe Army chief of staffannounced March 20 that Maj.Gen. William C. Mayville Jr.,commander, 1st Infantry Divisionand Fort Riley, will next serve asthe assistant deputy chief of stafffor U.S. Army operations and plansin Washington, D.C.Mayville took command of the“Big Red One” and Fort Riley inMay 2011. He recently returnedfrom a yearlong deployment toAfghanistan, where the division ledoperations in Regional Command-East.It was announced in January thenext 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Rileycommander is Brig. Gen.(promotable) Paul E. Funk II, thedivision’s deputy commander foroperations. He will assumecommand of the Big Red One fromMayville this spring.Law Enforcement Academy to beginenhancements in AprilBy Julie Fiedler1ST INF. DIV. POSTBeginning in April, the 10-dayLaw Enforcement Certificationtraining is set to undergochanges to enhance its curriculum.“In April, we’re starting a new(period of instruction),” said Capt.Kurtis Mohlman, training officer,Directorate of Emergency Services.“The course has been redesigned inorder to train a more effectivemilitary police patrol officer on theroad to make them morecomfortable in their training, andto provide them the knowledge thatthey need to handle the situationsthey’ll have in front of them.”A new culminating exercise atthe end of the training will testSoldiers on what they learnedduring the course.“The highlight of it’s going to bea patrol incident at the end, whichis an encompassing exercise wherethe officers in two-man teams willrespond to a scenario that will …Test their grasp of the knowledge,skills and abilities they learnedduring the course,” Mohlman said.The mix of classroom versuspractical hands-on training alsowill change. Starting in April, morethan half of the training will bepractical exercises, including roleplaying, as well as the culminatingevent.“The things that we’ve added(include) more practical exercisesand evaluations, actual testable ‘go/no go’ events (Soldiers) have to getthrough before continuing on withthe course. That includes beingable to respond to and processvarious violators,” Mohlman said.The updated training plan alsoincludes new classes, likeemergency vehicle operations.“One of the things that is new iswe’re going to start teaching ourofficers vehicle operations,conducting a vehicle operationscourse, where we teach them howto drive the cars,” Mohlman said.The overall mission of the coursedoes not change; however, the ap-proach has been refined to follow acase from start to finish.“We call it ‘catching a case,’”Mohlman said. “They catch thatcase, and they have to take it allthe way through to the case beingdone. That would includeidentifying what charges areapplicable … apprehending(violators) … and then completingall the required paperwork.”Having reworked the curriculum,the training team is prepared for theupcoming changes, Mohlman said.“We’re ready to execute the newPOI,” he said.
  31. 31. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 31Duncan, Williams earn NCO, Soldier of YearBy Amanda Kim Stairrett1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRSPfc. Aaron Duncan was at a lossfor words. That’s saying a lot fora guy who had an answer to everyquestion five of the 1st InfantryDivision’s senior noncommissionedofficers threw at him March 11 to14.He and seven other Soldiersfrom across the division competedfor the noncommissioned officerand Soldier of the quarter titles atFort Riley. Two of the Soldiers –Sgt. JacobTunnel and Spc. Andrew Lee, bothwith the 4th ManeuverEnhancement Brigade, traveledfrom Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.Duncan, combat medic, 4thSquadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment,1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Inf. Div., and Sgt. IanWilliams, infantryman, 1st Bat-talion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1stABCT, 1st Inf. Div., were namedthe winners during a March 25ceremony at division headquarters.The competition began with aphysical training test and includedday and night land navigationcourses, an M4range andappearances in front of a board ofthe installation’stop command sergeants major.Duncan, a 29-year-old native ofTallahassee, Fla., said the hardestpart of the competition wasbelieving in himself, but he hadArmy leaders and friends who did.Williams, a 24-year-old native ofLititz, Pa., said it felt good to win,but it was a little shocking. Hispath to the division competitionstarted in September when he wonhis battalion’s NCO of the monthtitle.He encouraged Soldiersinterested in participating in futurecompetitions to remain confidentand calm.Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.From left, Pfc. Aaron Duncan, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT, and Sgt. Ian Williams, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st ABCT, arecongratulated after being named the BRO’s Soldier and NCO of the second quarter, respectively, during a ceremony March 25 atdivision headquarters. They and six others from across the division competed for the titles March 12 to 14 at Fort Riley.
  32. 32. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 32Technology prepares ‘Big Red One,’ Fort Rileyfor missionsBy Julie Fiedler1ST INF. DIV. POSTFort Riley’s state-of-the-artIntegrated Training Environment,or ITE, campus located on CusterHill represents more than just cooltechnology. It provides a way forthe 1st Infantry Division and FortRiley to prepare for tasked, as wellas contingency missions at asignificant cost savings.Years ago, the training campusconcept was integral to the growthof Fort Riley’s trainingenvironment because it combineddiverse capabilities – virtual,gaming and constructivetechnologies – in a central andconnected location, according toTim Livsey, director, Directorate ofPlans, Training, Mobilization andSecurity.In addition to connectingfacilities on the campus, the ITEmerged with live training on theranges and in the maneuver areas,making training easier and moreefficient as the various systemsinterface, Livsey said.In the current fiscal climate, theITE’s advantage is two-fold. First,the technology enables Soldiers toprepare for tasked missions moreeffectively. Second, it enables unitsto retain flexibility by training forcontingency missions that are notcurrently tasked.Most importantly, it achievesboth of these goals with significantcost savings, said Bill Raymann,chief, Training Division,Directorate of Plans, Training,Mobilization and Security.FIRST TIME “GO”Units are resourced to train fortheir assigned missions, and goingto the field is a critical componentof that preparation, Raymann said.When units leverage Fort Riley’sITE in combination with liveexercises, their time in the fieldruns much more efficiently, he said.“When (Soldiers) do go to thefield, they’re at a much higher levelof proficiency when they executethe live training. The higher thelevel of proficiency, the moreeffective and efficient thelive-training event is,” Raymannsaid. “(By doing) this in asimulated environment, they’vealready been raised to a level oftraining that helps ensure first-time‘go’ when they go into a liveenvironment.”Feedback from squad leaders hasbeen very positive, Raymann said,because units are able to exerciseboth individual and collective tasksin a simulated environment beforeever hitting the field.FLEXIBILITYCommanders will always haveto prioritize training. Contingencymissions, which take a back seat totasked missions, can still beexercised by leveraging ITEtechnology, Raymann said.“The resources are there to meetthe missions (units) are assigned togo do,” he said.“More contingency missions –levels above what’s required –(have) not been resourced, andthat’s the part that (ITE) helps usget to.”In the current fiscal climate, theITE can still deliver training tomaintain a flexible Army, byenabling units to train forcontingency missions not currentlytasked that they may be calledupon to perform down the line,Raymann said.“They can train for those othercontingency missions here verycost effectively,” he said. “Shouldthey be asked to get ready for anew mission, they’re alreadypartway there.They’ll already be able to leveragethis stuff and stay full spectrumof the missions that could comedown.”ITE TECHNOLOGYThe ITE’s approach involvesthree key elements – gaming,virtual and constructivetechnologies, according toRaymann.Gaming technology is just thatSee TECHNOLOGY on page 69DPTMSSoldiers execute a mission in the Dismounted Soldier Training System, a state of theart training that combines gaming and virtual technology. Soldiers can train togetherin real-time using the DSTS as commanders watch and evaluate from monitoring sta-tions.
  33. 33. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 33TECHNOLOGY Continued frompage 68– video gaming technology thatintroduces Soldiers toenvironments and tasks usingcontroller devices.Virtual technology leverages aphysical environment withsimulation pieces. The mostcommon example is a flightsimulator, which recreates aphysical cockpit combined withvirtual imaging of what the pilotwould see outside the windows.New technology is morphing thetwo.Recently Fort Riley received aDismounted Soldier TrainingSystem, or DSTS, which representsthe latest technology that combinesthe gaming and virtual pieces.Soldiers wear sensors and movethroughout a physical space, whilewatching their images projected asavatars in a virtual environment –all linked to one another.“It’s really cool,” Raymann said.The constructive piece ties all ofthe elements together in anintegrated environment, whichenables commanders to see all ofthe different moving parts at once.“The big difference with ourgaming is all the machines are tiedtogether under the control of theleadership,” Raymann said. “We’reable to create and construct a con-temporary operating environment,where (commanders are) now ableto interface with all levels ofmission command.”Additionally, trainers recordeverything done in the simulatedenvironments, so units canplayback and review entiremissions.“A commander can now lookdown to an individual Soldier andpoint out the things he did right orwrong, which is part of the collec-tive task. Then they can go rightback into the devices again andinitiate the mission over againin a matter of minutes,” he said.“Where it could takehours to come back out of atraining event, bring everybody in,conduct an after action review,determine what went right andwhat went wrong, reset, rearm,refuel and go back out and do itagain can take hours. In the virtualworld, it’s minutes.”The review and repetition instillsthe training more deeply, soSoldiers are better prepared fortime in the field, as well asdeployments, he said.“You could run seven or eightiterations of a mission in a day in asimulation device, where you mayonly get one or two in the field,”Raymann said.Additionally, by clocking morehours in the ITE, rather than in thefield, the technology also can helpmaintain Soldier resiliency withless time spent away from home.SPRINT PHASERaymann said he would likeneach of the different technologiesto a phase of the crawl-walk-runtraining methodology.The gaming piece provides thatcrawl training, Raymann said, byexposing Soldiers to environmentswithout physically putting them inthose environments.The virtual and constructiveelements represent the walk phase,when Soldiers are rehearsing inconcert with one another, as well asleadership. The live exerciserepresents the run phase.“The Soldiers still have to go tothe field and execute these tasks inthe environment they’ll beexpected to do, but this helps themprepare to make that much moreefficient,” Raymann said.The ability to leverage thesetechnologies and repeatedlyrehearse missions takes the livetraining to a new level – the sprintphase.“By the time they’re hitting thefield, if they’ve leveraged this othertechnology, they’re not only at theirrun, but they’re ready to sprint,” hesaid.INVESTMENT IN SAVINGSThe Army’s investments in theITE are already paying offconsiderably, Raymann said.“Fortunately, the Army isinvesting in these technologies thathelp us get better and help us meetthe needs of the current fiscalreality,” he said. “It saves fuel. Itsaves wear and tear on theequipment … In the long term,it pays great dividends in savingtaxpayer dollars.”In addition to the DSTS, newtechnology also providesroute-clearance training similarto flight simulators. The newtechnology is incredibly versatileand provides training for routeclearance, as well as differentvehicular training.“The Army has already investedin these technologies to supportthe 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley,”Raymann said. “We’re hopefulthat the Army will see the value ofvirtual and constructive systems,and continue to invest in them inthe future.”The training campus concept isbeing replicated at otherinstallations as a model.“The versatility of thetechnology and ability to rapidlyspiral it, allows for replicating themyriad of contingencies facing ourSoldiers and units in the future,”Livsey said.“The bottom line is FortRiley is very well postured to helpcommanders meet the trainingobjectives of both their assignedmissions and training for thosecontingency- type missions thatmay come up in the future,”Raymann said.For more information, visithttp://riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=DPTMS Train.
  34. 34. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 34Fire support specialists train on new softwareBy Sgt. Kerry Lawson1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRSFire support specialist Soldierswith the 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st InfantryDivision attended a training classon the Forward Observer SoftwareMarch 18 to 22 at the TrainingSupport Center.About 26 Soldiers with the 1stABCT attended the weeklong class,which was the first class to receivethe new software training in theArmy.The first three days wasunclassified training, learning thesoftware. The last two days wasclassified training, learning howprecision strikes using thecomputer for simulated training.“I work out of Fort Sill, Okla.,where we produce the software thatthe 13 Fox Soldiers use,” saidRandy Meece, new software in-structor, CGI Federal. “I travel allover the world to teachactive-duty, National Guard andReserve Soldiers.”This is new software training onthe FOS software that is loaded onfire specialist’s tactical equipmentlike the advanced field artillerytactical data systems, standalonecomputer unit and ruggedizedhandheld computer.“Over half of the class has neverused this hardware and softwarebefore,” Meece said. “It’s a newexperience for them, but they’repicking up so fast that it isamazing.”The fire support specialists arethe primary students focused in thisclass, he said. But a few fieldartillery automated tactical datasystems specialists can take theclass as well.Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCTPictured from left to right, Pfc. Eric Nickels, Spc. Joseph McElfresh and Pvt. MatthewCristo all with Co. A, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., look over the new software programduring the brigade’s training over the new forward observer software March 19 at theTraining Support Center, Fort Riley.“This software deals with send-ing digital fire missions,” saidJaime Santos, fire supportnoncommissioned officer, 2ndBattalion, 34th Armor Regiment,1st ABCT. “It allows the 13 Fox’sto communicate with the 13 Del-ta’s. The software is alreadycompatible with all the equipmentthe 13 Fox’s work with, Santossaid.Learning the software is prettyeasy, said Spc. Joseph McElfresh,forward observer, Company A, 1stBattalion, 16th Infantry Regiment,1st ABCT. “As I’m keying in thedata into the fire direction center,it’s already receiving theinformation. It means that they canstart sending rounds downrange alot sooner. We have roughly 45 sec-onds to plot a grid coordinate andrelay that information, so that wecan send those rounds downrange.It’s my job to send thoserounds in a timely manner.”The software also allowsSoldiers to indentify friendly forcesa lot easier, he said.This is the fourth generation offorward observer software systems,Santos said.“This new software enables our13 Fox’s to send rounds downrangeto get within 10 meters of thetarget,” Meece said. “TheseSoldiers will only see me again ifthere is a new update to thesoftware.”
  35. 35. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 35Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.The pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt of the Air Force National Guard’s 303rd Fighter Sqdn. from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies lowover a Fort Riley range March 27, as he provides close air support to artilleryman with the 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., 1st ABCT.SPECIAL TO THE POSTArtillerymen with the 1stBattalion, 5th Field ArtilleryRegiment, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st InfantryDivision were at the range recentlyfor their Table XV gunnery.Training March 27 includedclose air support from four A-10Thunderbolts of the 303rd FighterSquadron from Whiteman AirForce Base, Mo. The squadron isan Air Force National Guard unit.The joint training also includedAirmen from Fort Riley’s 10th AirSupport Operations Squadron.This is the first time in more than10 years a Fort Riley unit hasintegrated artillery and A-10support.The pinnacle point of thetraining allowed the battalion’sjoint fires observers to talk directlywith the Air Force.A training plan for integratedartillery and A-10 support didn’texist, and brigade, division andAir Force planners worked for sixmonths to create one. Thebattalion’s gunnery continues withTable XVIII, which is taking placein conjunction with the brigade’sfires coordination exercise.‘Hamilton’s Own’ looks to skies forjoint ops trainingAmanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.Maj. Josef Hatch, fire support officer, 1stABCT, 1st Inf. Div., oversees operations inthe tower March 27 at Fort Riley duringthe brigade’s Table XV gunnery.
  36. 36. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 36Hagel announces fewerfurlough days for civiliansBy Nick Simeone,AFPSWASHINGTON – TheDepartment of Defense hasrevised the number of days – from22 to 14 – that hundreds ofthousands of civilian employeescould be furloughed this yearbecause of the budget sequester,Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelannounced March 28.Additionally, a senior DoDofficial speaking on backgroundtold reporters the start of thefurloughs will be delayed untilmid- to late-June, after more than700,000 DoD employees receivefurlough notices, now set to goout in early May. Furloughs wouldhappen during seven two-week payperiods until the end of Septem-ber, when the current fiscal yearends, the senior official said, withemployees likely to be told not tocome to work for two days duringeach of those pay periods.DoD officials said they are stillworking to determine whichemployees might be exempted.Hagel characterized the reducedfurloughs, as well as a revisedestimate of sequestration’simpact on the defense budget asgood news. The changes followrecent Congressional approval ofa defense appropriations bill thatprevented an additional $6 billionin cuts, ordered undersequestration, from taking effect.“It reduces a shortfall at least inthe operations budget,” thesecretary told reporters at aPentagon news conference. “Wecame out better than we went inunder the sequester, where it lookslike our number is $41 billion (incuts) now versus the $46 billion.”But despite a Congressionalreprieve, Hagel said the Pentagonis still going to be short at least $22billion for operations andmaintenance, “and that means weare going to have to prioritize andmake some cuts and do what we’vegot to do,” including making sharpreductions in base-operatingsupport and training fornon-deployed units.More critical in the long run, hesaid, is how budget cuts will affectreadiness and the DoD’s overallmission. Because of that concern,he said he has directed DeputyDefense Secretary Ash Carter andArmy Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, toconduct an intensive DoD-widereview of U.S. strategic interests,including how to protect the nationwith fewer resources.“How do we prioritize thethreats and then the capabilitiesrequired to deal with threats?” hesaid. “There will be some sig-nificant changes; there’s no wayaround it.” Dempsey said the DoDhas already exhausted 80 percent ofits operating funds halfway throughthe fiscal year and characterized thecurrent budget situation as “not thedeepest, but the steepest decline inour budget ever,” and warned itwill affect military readiness intothe future.“We will have to trade at somelevel and to some degree our futurereadiness for current operations,”the chairman said. He called onelected leaders to give thePentagon the budget flexibilityit needs to carry out institutionalreforms.“We can’t afford excessequipment,” Dempsey said. “Wecan’t afford excess facilities.We have to reform how we buyweapons and services. We have toreduce redundancy. And we’ve gotto change, at some level, ourcompensation structure.”
  37. 37. APRIL/MAY 2013 the Devil’s Corner 37‘Devil’ Brigade MPs protect post streetsBy Sgt. Kerry Lawson1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRSMilitary Police with the SpecialTroops Battalion, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision conducted militaryoccupational specialty training withSoldiers of the 97th Military PoliceBattalion March 26 at Fort Riley.During March, the MP platoonpatrolled the roads on post andacted as watch commander insupport of the law and ordercommitment at Fort Riley.“This serves as a two-foldpurpose,” said 2nd Lt. JasonJordan, platoon leader for thecompany. “First and foremost, forour Soldiers, it gets themexperience with the primarypurpose of their MOS, and it givesthem the opportunity to learn anddevelop as military policeprofessionals, which is somethingthat has become lost to most BCTMPs.For us, we feel as though it isan important skill that needs to bedeveloped to ensure that theSoldiers we are leading are fullytrained and prepared for when theyare leading Soldiers in an MPbattalion.”The second purpose it serves is ithelps to relieve the pressure a littlebit for the MP battalion and allowsthe MPs the opportunity to do moretraining and give their Soldiers abreak, while ensuring the safety ofthe 15,000 men and women at FortRiley is maintained, Jordan said.“For the month, we areproviding five to six Soldiers a dayto each of the three eight-hourshifts, and, on occasion, a watchcommander to provide oversightover the entire police force,” hesaid. “The watch commander issimilar to a platoon leader orsergeant.”By patrolling Fort Riley, theMPs with STB also are fulfilling atraining requirement for theirMOS.“We’re helping out the 97th MPBn., partly because they’reshorthanded,” said Sgt. Sean Smith,MP, Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, STB.“Plus, we’re required one month ofMOS service-related training andtime on the road a year.Twenty-five Soldiers with theplatoon assisted on the three shifts,Smith said, with thenoncommissioned officers whohad road-experience spread outthroughout the shifts. Some of theNCOs also provided on-the-jobtraining for some of theless-experienced Soldiers, byhaving them right-seat ride withthem to learn the ropes, he said.“This training also acts as arefresher for those that haven’tbeen on the road as much,” Smithsaid. “When we come on shift, wedraw weapons, conduct a guardmonth, ensuring that we have allour gear and equipment that wewear and have with us in the patrolcar. We also conduct a debriefingand assign the vehicles in relationto the designated areas that we areassigned.”Every time the team is assignedtheir vehicle, they will conduct apreventive maintenance servicechecklist before rolling out, he said.“I love this training and wishthat we could do it more often,”said Pfc. Bridgette White Hummel,MP, HHC, STB. “Last month, I didmy (on-the-job training), whichprepared me for this month whenwe integrated into the shiftrotations. I like the job definitely.”Jordan said he hopes theycontinue the program.“We are happy to be able toassist the 97th MP Bn. and to getour Soldiers more experience, sohopefully, with continued positiverelationships between us, we cancontinue this program in thefuture,” Jordan said.Photos by Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCTTOP: MPs with HHC, STB, 1st ABCT and the 97th MP Bn. prepare to rollout after theyconduct weapons draw, debriefing and preventive maintenance service checklists aspart of the oncoming dayshift.BOTTOM: Pfc. Bridgette White Hummel, MP, HHC, STB, 1st ABCT, double-checks herinformation as she prepares to depart for her patrol area March 26 as part of the on-coming dayshift at the MP station, Fort Riley.