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  1. 1. 501st Sustainment Brigade’s Champions Herald Monday, August 1, 2011501st SBDE vocalist recruited to sing with 8th Army BandBy Sgt. Danielle FerrerUSAG CARROLL, South Korea - ―Music was always aroundthe house, all kinds of music.‖ said Sgt. M.E. Wilson Sr., anAmmunitions Specialist with the 501st Sustainment Brigade. Wilson said that his passion for music developed earlyon, thanks to his mother who was a music teacher. ―My mother exposed my older brother and I to manytypes of concerts, such as Fran & Tiesher, Ramsey Lewis, theYoung Holt Trio, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, theTemptations, the Four Tops and the Staple Singers,‖ saidWilson. ―One concert I will never forget was when my motherwas directing the City 5th Grade Choir‖ Wilson said that as she directed the Battle Hymn of theRepublic, a teacher whispered in her ear that President JohnF. Kennedy had been assassinated. ―I was a child but I could tell something very bad hadhappened,‖ said Wilson. ―I witnessed my mother‘sprofessionalism that allowed her to continue.‖ It was a moment Wilson said he will never forget.―The Battle Hymn means something a lot different to me then itmay to others,‖ said Wilson. One moment that had a profound impact of Wilson,occurred when he was 8 years old. Wilson attended a DukeEllington concert. After the concert Wilson had the opportunityto meet the jazz legend. Wilson marveled at the singer‘s Sgt. M. E. Wilson Sr., entertains the crowd during the 501st Sustainment Brigade Spring Ball in Daegu, South Korea in April. Wilson, who attributes his musical success to his upbringing, was recently selected to join the 8th Army Band. (Photo by Kimberly Triplett)tuxedo. ―He replied ‗Always be ready, you never know who ―I am honored to be selected as a vocalist for the 8th Army Band,‖ saidwill be in the audience,‘ he was right,‖ said Wilson. ―From that conversation, I have Wilson. ―It is truly a great moment for me, for it allows me the opportunity toalways made it a point to treat the audience special by being dressed to entertain perform and entertain service members and their families. That‘s something Iand not to step onstage unless I am ready to take care of business.‖ take very seriously.‖ It was through that early influence, that Wilson developed his own voice and Wilson considers himself to be something of a romantic performer.talent; a talent that managed to capture the attention of Brig. Gen Thomas Harvey, ―I try to create a romantic atmosphere for the listener, especiallyformer commander for the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. couples,‖ said Wilson. ―When I step on stage, I will take you with me.‖ After his performance at the 501th Sustainment Brigade‘s Spring Ball in Wilson says that he is most comfortable when he is on the stage. ―I amApril, Wilson was invited to perform at the 19th ESC‘s 236th Army Birthday Ball. able to be exactly who I am, I know exactly what to do,‖ said Wilson. ―TheOnce again, Wilson‘s booming tenor voice garnered much attention, this time from crowd, the microphone and music are all there and I am at home. My mission isLt. Gen. John Johnson, 8th Army Commander. Following his performance, Wilson to take you on a musical trip, for as long as I stand in front of you.‖was once again asked to perform as a vocalist with the 8th Army Band.Champions Herald 1 Aug. 1, 2011
  2. 2. EDITORIAL Champions Herald Commanding Publisher Col. Darrell Duckworth From the Command Team PAO/NCOIC By Col. Darrell C. Duckworth and Command Sgt. Major Larry Donaldson Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman Journalists The month of July hosted Independence Day celebrations. It consisted of Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace rest and relaxation for many Soldiers who chose this time to take leave. July Sgt. David Alvarado was the time for Battalion Organization Days, Korean-American Friendship Sgt. Danielle Ferrer Circle Closing Ceremonies and summer manning. The battle rhythm was Pfc. Sung, Kwang-jae less vigorous than most months throughout the year. Now, the approach of August, the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) and Warpath exercises signal Champions Herald is an authorized the end of the vacation mind-set. I want to stress and encourage a ―back to publication for members of theDepartment of Defense. Contents of this basics‖ mentality.electronic publication are not necessarily With summer manning traditionally signaling change throughout theofficial views of, or endorsed by the U.S. 501st Sustainment Brigade and the Army, Leaders and Soldiers need to beGovernment, Department of Defense, or extra vigilant in emphasizing the basics. Get hooked-on LSSD: Leadership, Department of the Army. The editorial Safety, Standards and Discipline during the upcoming UFG to ensure thatcontent of this quarterly publication is the Brigade expectations are met and composite risk management is integrated responsibility of the 501st SBDE PAO, in all tasks. Practice risk reduction measures and emphasize safety in every APO AP 96260. Col. aspect of operations. LSSD is the drug of choice when seeking to remind, Darrell C. Duckworth encourage and reward Soldiers and Leaders for doing the right thing. Visit us Online: Leaders must remind each and every person in the 501st Brigade of their role‘s and responsibilities to maintain integrity by being transparent in 501st SBDE Website all words, actions and activities both in one‘s work and one‘s personal life. Everyone sets an example for someone. Someone is always watching the 501st SBDE Flickr way one conducts oneself. For many Soldiers it is more important than ever to maintain discipline and practice the characteristics the Army wants to 501st SBDE Facebook retain. Mentorship of Leaders on LSSD and the Army Values is invaluable to this Brigade. The Soldiers who the Army wants to retain and who this Submitting to Champions Herald Brigade wants to develop are well-rounded individuals fitting the total Send letters, guest commentaries, story Soldier concept. This means these Soldiers are physically fit as well as submissions and other items to: mentally fit. As new personnel arrive to our formations, work together to carry-out strategic level operations that affect the way Soldiers react at all levels. For all submitted items, include points of Communication in a timely, effective and efficient manner is key in both thecontact name and telephone number. All Itemsare subject to editing for content and to ensure effective planning and implementation of all operations. If you are not they conform with DoD guidelines. getting what you need then ask for help. Follow these words of wisdom: always communicate what is happening with the second in command first The 501st SDBE Public Affairs Office is and if you are not briefing your boss every day or at least trying to, then youlocated in Bldg. 917, Camp Carroll, Waegwan, are not doing your job. Setting your boss and Soldiers up for success, sets South Korea. Command Sgt Maj. you up for success. 501st Sustainment Brigade is hooked on LSSD! For more information, Larry Donaldson It effects everything that we do! Call 765-8621Aug. 1, 2011 2 Champions Herald
  3. 3. LSSDChampions Herald 3 Aug. 1, 2011
  4. 4. FEATURE501st Sustainment Brigade Soldier saves a life,earns recognition from 19th ESC commanderBy Sgt. 1st Class Andrew KostermanUSAG CARROLL, South Korea—On the afternoon of July 7, Pfc. Alex Baineswitnessed an event that could have ended tragically had it not for his quickthinking. While walking from his barracks to the taxi stand, he heard the sound ofscreeching tires. The sound was not loud, but it was close; close enough to get hisattention and cause him to look in the direction of the sound. ―I saw a person driving (another vehicle) into a gold car,‖ said Baines, a176th Financial Management Company Soldier. ―I thought it was a fender bender;not a big deal.‖ Then, something unexpected happened. The driver reversed her vehicle ashort distance and accelerated to ram the gold vehicle again. This red flag eventcaused Baines and a captain standing nearby to approach the vehicle. They saw the driver was still conscious and moving, so they shouted tosee if the individual was okay. All they heard was a mumble. A civilian noticed theevent and wandered over to see what was going on. After several failed attempts by those present to reach emergencyservices, a successful call was made. The driver began to speak and told themher husband worked inside an adjacent building. The civilian knew her husbandand ran to go get him, and returned shortly thereafter with the spouse. Brig. Gen. Paul C. Hurley (left) pins an Army Commendation Medal on Pfc. Alex Baines (right), a 501st After the two had returned, the captain noticed the driver cutting herself Sustainment Brigade Soldier, at Camp Carroll, South Korea July 22, during a visit to learn first hand aboutwith a box cutter. one of his subordinate units. Baines was awarded the medal for saving a civilians life a few weeks earlier. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman) Baines attempted to get the box cutter, but found the doors locked. Henoticed a window on the other side of the vehicle was slightly open. He moved to The driver lost consciousness shortly after aid was rendered. His actions,the window and pushed down on it until there was enough room to squeeze his however, resulted in saving the woman‘s life. Emergency services arrived soon afterarm in to unlock the vehicle. and transported the woman to a nearby medical facility. After unlocking the door, Baines entered the car and wrestled away the On July 22, Baines received the Army Commendation Medal from Brig. cutter as the others watched. Paul Hurley, commander of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. The immediate danger appeared to be over, but as Baines unbuckled the Hurley said he is ―extremely proud‖ of Baines and that he is glad to serve indriver‘s seatbelt he noticed that the driver‘s wrist was bleeding, and that the cut as a commander with Soldiers like Baines.was severe. It needed immediate attention, but the emergency service had yet to Baines said the one thing he hopes others understand from this event is thatarrive. killing yourself is not the right answer. ―She was bleeding out of her left wrist,‖ said Baines as he recalled the ―There‘s always somebody there to help you.‖event. Baines saw a neck tie in the vehicle‘s back seat and quickly created atourniquet to stop the bleeding.Champions Herald 4 Aug. 1, 2011
  5. 5. FEATUREAugust is Anti-terrorism awareness monthBy Sgt. 1st Class Andrew KostermanUSAG CARROLL, South Korea - In 2010, the Department of the Armydeclared August to be Anti-terrorism Awareness Month. During thismonth, the Army promotes its antiterrorism (AT) and force protection (FP)programs. These programs are designed to protect personnel,information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations againstterrorism. ―Antiterrorism Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity toeducate Army personnel and Families about iWATCH,‖ said Sgt. 1st ClassGerald Artis, the ATFP program NCOIC for 501st Sustainment Brigade. iWATCH ARMY is an Army-wide modern version of theneighborhood watch program focused on the threat of terrorist activity.The program is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators ofterrorist or criminal activity and encourage reporting of suspicious behavioror activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies forinvestigation. Members of 501st Sustainment Brigade and other units maintaintheir preparedness against terrorism and attacks through annual training.Artis said the Army recognizes the importance of encouraging thecommunity to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. To report a AT/FP incident, call one of the following numbers andreport the incident to local authorities:-Military Police (CW) 768-4141 or (CC) 765-8310-Daegu MI 768-6776 or Cell 010-695-0763-Waegwan MI dial 765-7327 or Cell 010-8831-6664-Busan MI 763-3030 or 011-9903-0993 ―People on and off post are extremely important to the overallsafety and security of what we do,‖ said Artis. ―We all need to stay vigilantbecause threats exist everywhere. That‘s why there‘s annual anti-terrorism training for Soldiers and our civilian workforce.‖ To update one‘s AT Level I training, log on to The training is updated from previous versions.Family members that are 14 years or older who are command sponsoredare also expected to have AT Level I training. According to the defense Technical Information Center, all trainingcompleted prior to March 2010 has been removed from the system,including certificates.Champions Herald 5 Aug. 1, 2011
  6. 6. PHOTOSPhotos from the past quarter Sgt. Cynthia Samudio (top, right), a 501st Special Troops Battalion medic, observes as a Expert Field Medical Badge candidate practices skills that are tested during the EFMB qualification lanes at Warrior Base, South Korea May 13, 2011. Samudio and other Soldiers from across South Korea served as cadre, staff and test board members for the EFMB test. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace) Pfc. Ellen Annibale, a 501st Special Troops Battalion human resource specialist, works at a forms inspection station during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise called Courageous Channel at the Kelly Gym at USAG Walker, South Korea May 20, 2011. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace)Top, left —Cpl. Alex Rodriguez (top), 2nd Infantry Division, is choked byChristian Gomez (bottom), 501st Special Troops Battalion during the Area IVBetter Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers CombativesTournament at USAG Carroll, South Korea Apr. 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st ClassAndrew Kosterman)Bottom, center—A member of the 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Companybrings a smile to a Korean boy‘s face as the two operate a crane on aM984A4 Heavy Expand Mobility Tactical truck with a Load Handling Systemduring the Armed Forces Day Open House at USAG Walker, South KoreaMay 7 The purpose of the open house was to demonstrate good will andenhance relations with the base‘s local population. (Photo by Sgt. 1st ClassAndrew Kosterman)Bottom, right—Staff Sgt. Dana McCall, a 501st Special Troops BattalionSoldier, lights candles to signify the lives that were lost during the Holocaust,at the Days of Remembrance Holocaust Commemoration at the CommunityActivities Center at USAG Carroll, South Korea May 6, 2011. (Photo by StaffSgt. Daniel Wallace) Aug. 1, 2011 6 Champions Herald
  7. 7. PHOTOS Bottom, left — Soldiers from the 498th Combat Sus- tainment Support Battalion get hit by a simulated road- side bomb during a convoy live fire exercise at Night- mare Range, South Korea May 4. (Photo by Pfc. Sung Kwang-jae) Top, left — Pfc. Brandon McPhatter (center), a 501st Special Troops Battalion human resource specialist, soars above his opponent to score at the USAG Carroll Crown Jewel Gym at USAG Carroll, South Korea Apr. 18. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace) Top, right — Member of Headquarters and Headquar- ters Company, 501st Special Troops Battalion, pose for a photo after winning the Area IV Indoor Soccer League Championship at the Crown Jewel Gym at USAG Carroll, South Korea Apr. 12. The team later won the 8th Army championship. (Courtesy photo) Bottom, right — Soldiers from the different battalions of the 501st Sustainment Brigade stand in formation during the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldier Friendship Week opening day ceremony at Kelly Field at USAG Walker, South Korea Apr. 18. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace)Champions Herald 7 Aug. 1, 2011
  8. 8. FEATURESummer Heat Safety: Are You Ready For The Heat?By Staff Sgt. Daniel WallaceUSAG CARROLL, South Korea – August is typicallythe hottest month of the year in South Korea. Theaverage daytime temperature is 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Dave Harper, 501st Sustainment Brigade safetymanager, said the best defense against the heat ispeople. ―Its Soldiers, civilians and even FamilyMembers watching out for one another and making surethat we can properly identify heat casualties,‖ saidHarper. ―We need to make sure we can recognize theearly signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses sowe can identify those people most at risk.‖ Harper stated those most susceptible tobecoming a heat casualty are the young, old and thesick. Another problem the safety manager identifiedis the cost of combating the temperatures. ―One of the problems that we have out here isthat because of the high cost of energy a lot of Familymembers will turn off their air conditioning units whiletrying to save money, but what they dont realize at thetime is that they make themselves more susceptible tobecoming a heat casualty,‖ said Harper. Harper said that one thing that leaders need toensure is that young Soldiers have proper training onsummer heat safety. The safety manager added thatunits must follow and enforce safety standards, such asproviding adequate breaks while working in addition tosetting up wet-bulb monitors for the heat index. Common signs and symptoms of heat stroke include: Using common sense is a good method for -High body temperaturecombating heat, said Staff Sgt. Michele Inez, a 501st -Absence of sweating accompanied by hot red or flushed dry skinSpecial Troops Battalion medic. -Rapid pulse difficulty breathing ―Dehydration is the first sign and biggest reason -Strange behaviorpeople become victims or a heat related illness,‖ said -Confusion, disorientation, and/or hallucinationsInez. ―During any hot weather, leaders need to be -Agitationwatching and ensure that the Soldiers are drinkingwater or sports drinks with electrolytes and staying Common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and cramps include:away from highly-caffeinated drinks.‖ -Profuse sweating Inez said when Soldiers end up in the hospital -Weakness andor fatiguedue to heat-related illnesses, it means the Army is -Dizziness -Muscle crampslosing manpower and compromising mission success. -HeadacheChampions Herald 8 Aug. 1, 2011
  9. 9. FEATURE 194th CSSB Provider Day (Clockwise from top left) A Soldier (right) from the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion runs to escape opposing players during a football game at a field out- side the Super Gym at USAG Humphreys, South Korea July 22. Cpl. Benjamin Burns, a 46th Transportation Company truck driver said that he felt his Family was enjoyed their time at Provider Day, a time when the Soldiers and Family members of the 194th CSSB came together to play in sports and have a fun time. (Photo by Sgt. David Alvarado). Command Sgt. Maj. William E. Satterwhite (center, left), the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion com- mand sergeant major, salutes Lt. Col. Todd Fish (center, right), the 194th CSSB commander at a baseball field outside the Super Gym at USAG Humphreys, South Korea July 22. Satterwhite said that during the Provider Day Soldiers and their Families were out ―building ca- maraderie‖ and taking the time to ―step back and re- lax.‖ (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace). A Soldier (right) from the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion throws a football during a football game at the field outside the Super Gym at USAG Humphreys, South Korea July 22. Pfc. Matthew Linden, a 46th Transportation Company mechanic, said that he loved all the sporting events and there was a lot of par- ticipation from every company at the Provider Day. (Photo by Sgt. David Alvarado). A Soldier (left) from the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion prepares to shoot a basketball at the Super Gym at USAG Humphreys, South Korea July 22. (Photo by Sgt. David Alvarado).Champions Herald 9 Aug. 1, 2011
  10. 10. FEATURE94th MP BN dedicated to local communityBy 557th Military Police CompanyUSAG HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Soldiers of the557th Military Police Company, 94th Military PoliceBattalion are charged with protecting service membersassigned to Camp Humphreys. This service to others,however, is not confined just to the base. ―We‘re dedicated to serving the local communitieson USAG Humphreys as well as in the greater Pyeongtaekarea,‖ said 2nd Lt. Joseph H. Wahl, a platoon leader in the557th MP Co. ―The Soldiers of the 557th MP Co.participate in several events each month that better ourstanding and unit visibility with the local populace.‖ One such event is the volunteer work with theCheongdam High School in Paengseong-eub. The schoolwas adopted in May by 557th MP Co.‘s 2nd Platoon. Theadoption came with the signing of a memorandum ofagreement following months of planning and coordinationwith the staff at the school. ―Julia‖ Yim Young-ok, the school‘s head Englishteacher, said she is excited to see the level of support andenthusiasm of the Soldiers that attend the volunteerevents.The Soldiers aid the students with learning Americanconversational English by speaking with them about Pfc. Erika Fanning, a 557th Military Police Company medic, spends time volunteering to teach English at Cheongdam High School.various topics. (Photo courtesy of 557th MP Co) ―The students enjoy the visits by the Soldiers andconsistently ask that Soldiers stay longer each visit and to A 557th Military Police Companycome back as soon as possible,‖ said Wahl. ―The students medic, spendslearn valuable lessons in reading and writing the English time with stu-language and also discover more about American culture dents ofin their conversations with the Soldiers.‖ Cheongdam High School. Wahl explained that this is advantageous to both Members of theparties because the Soldiers and students are able to learn 557th MP Co.about each other‘s culture through conversation. routinely share experiences withThe platoon leader adds that these meetings provide the the students tomilitary policemen with an opportunity to truly experience improve crossKorean culture and are a wanted break from the cultural under-demanding schedule that the Soldiers face as members of standing. (Photo courtesythe Military Police Corps. of 557th MP Co) ―Who knows what the possibilities are from thisprogram – we‘re making friendships that could last alifetime,‖ said Wahl.Champions Herald 10 Aug. 1, 2011
  11. 11. FEATURE 498th CSSB Site conducts surveys and leader conferences to increase combat readiness By Cadet Benjamin PereskiLt. Col. Ric Lebron, com-mander of 498th Combat BUSAN, South Korea— Members of the 498th CombatSustainment Support Battal- Sustainment Support Battalion and leaders from variousion, signs a mutual agree-ment with Chang Man-woo, Korean government and public facilities recentlythe Busan regional manager conducted visits to various locations in the Busan areaof Asiana Airlines Feb. 8, with the intent to validate contingency operations plans.2011. Lebron said he ―The site surveys were an effective way for the newwanted to partner with abusiness that shares similar 498th CSSB key leaders to gain a broader perspective ofpractices and operations of the internal and external operations that are requiredthe agreement between during an upcoming peninsula wide exercise called498th CSSB and Asiana Victory Guardian,‖ said Capt. Belinda Trevillion, anAirlines. Courtesy photo. operations officer in the 498th CSSB. The 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Company was able to498th CSSB forms partnership visit and create a concept of support for the Busan train station, Busan Piers 1 and 8 and Sajik Stadium. This terrain walk gave valuable insight and feedbackwith Asiana Airlines on how the leader‘s plans would be carried out, said Trevillion. A meeting with the International Relations Team fromBy Cpt. Belinda Trevillion with the 498th CSSB is beneficial. He solidified the Pukyong University was part of the tour. The IR team partnership by signing the agreement with Lebron Feb. provided refreshments, gave a briefing on the university‘sUSAG CARROLL, South Korea – When the 8, 2011. values, and provided an explanation of the campus‘commanding general of the 19th Expeditionary ―The 498th CSSB may deal with different facilities to assist the 498th CSSB in logistics planning.Sustainment Command challenged his subordinate cargo than Asiana Airlines, but the logistical problemscommanders last fall to seek opportunities to build the for the two are similar; we have to deliver large The conference promoted Korean and American relationsU.S.-South Korea relationship, Lt. Col. Ric Lebron amounts of goods on tight deadlines,‖ said Lebron. through counterpart leader involvement and sharedknew exactly what he wanted to do. Along with establishing communiqué on educational concerns. ―I wanted to partner with a business that business procedures, 498th CSSB and Asiana agreed ―All the personnel from Busan, Pukyong University,shared similar business practices; an organization that to participate in quarterly community events together. (and) Pier 8 were extremely professional and welcoming.understands logistical challenges on a grand scale,‖ The most recent event involved members ofsaid Lebron. (They) were very willing to facilitate personnel in the event both the 498th CSSB and Asiana Airlines preparing Lebron‘s unit, the 498th Combat Sustainment and serving lunch for senior citizens in March at the they were needed in order to fulfill our mission‖ explainsSupport Battalion, a logistical unit based near Consolidated Social Welfare Center in Busan. In future Chief Warrant Officer Terry Ward, the 501st SustainmentWaegwan, South Korea extended its partnership- meetings, Asiana Airlines representatives will visit Brigade support operations maintenance officer.building efforts with Asiana Airlines. 498th CSSB‘s headquarters to discuss future tours of The tour also helped confirm that other facilities to be The first meeting between the 498th CSSB facilities and job-training opportunities. used during contingency operations are ready for use.and Asiana happened Dec. 9, 2010. Two months Not only has Asiana Airlines been certified aslater, a mutual agreement was reached which outlined a five-star airline, they were also recognized as the Overall the tour gave valuable insight to the ―real-time‖the sharing of information, such as best business ―Airline of the Year‖ by Air Transport World in 2009, as logistics and how they will affect not only Victorypractices. well as being one of the largest logistics companies in Guardian, but 498th CSSB‘s wartime mission, and Chang Man-woo, the Busan regional Asia. increased Korean American relations, said a member ofmanager of Asiana Airlines, said that a relationship the 498th CSSB.Champions Herald 11 Aug. 1, 2011
  12. 12. FEATURE501st STB conducts Organizational DayBy 1st Lt Bermeshia ThomasUSAG CARROLL, South Korea – The 501st STB Organizational Day ended with a relay racethat pitted the leadership of two companies against each other. The winner of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company versus the 176th Finan-cial Management Company relay sprint was HHC, culminating the end of 501st SpecialTroops Battalion‘s organizational day July 1. The day, designed to instill unit pride in its mem-bers and enhance morale of those assigned, saw members stationed throughout the Koreanpeninsula congregating on USAG Carroll‘s softball field to spend time together with Soldiersand Family members of the battalion. ―It doesn‘t matter who won the race because we all win with time off to relax and enjoythe good weather and each other,‖ said Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman, a 501st STB Sol-dier. Kosterman further explained that because the battalion is stationed at various placesin South Korea, some Soldiers might not know some of the people they serve with.―This (organizational day) is the perfect opportunity to put faces to names and meet with peo-ple throughout our battalion,‖ said Kosterman. ―People are the heart of any organization, andtoday is a day that celebrates our people.‖ Success of the organizational day, sometimes shortened to ―org day,‖ links directly tothe unit‘s Family Readiness Group. The FRG is a group of volunteer spouses that work topromote unit cohesion and take care of fellow spouses of unit members‘ Families. During theorg day, the volunteers ran a stand with baked goods, drinks, and candy. Volunteers organ- The 176th Financial Management Company commander (right) chases after the 501st Head-ized and ran other events, such as face painting, a balloon toss, and various relay games for quarters and Headquarters Company commander during the last leg of a relay race at the softball field at USAG Carroll, South Korea July 1. Soldiers, civilians and family members fromthe children. Musical chairs and dizzy bat was a hit with the younger crowd. the 501st HHC and the 176th FMC spent the day at the softball field competing in events dur- Aisha Brown, an FRG leader said, ―We were glad that we could come out and help ing the 501st Special Troops Battalion organizational day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace)make this a family event. With school being out and the weather being great this time of year,it was wonderful to see the Soldiers get out of the office and have a day of fun; not only withtheir Families, but also with each other.‖ Other events during the org day included a tug of war and softball games. Hotdogs, A Soldier from thehamburgers, and other food were served by members of the unit. 501st Headquarters―It was a four-hour bus ride (to get here), but the activities and day away from the office made and Headquarters Company gets herit well worth it,‖ stated Pfc. Markeisha Williamson from 176th FMC. face painted under the pavilion at theThe 501st Special Troops Battalion commander softball field at USAG(center, circle) gives a safety briefing to the Carroll, South KoreaSoldiers of the 501st Headquarters and July 1. Soldiers, civil-Headquarters Company and 176th Financial ians and family mem-Management Company at the softball field at bers from the 501stUSAG Carroll, South Korea July 1. Soldiers, HHC and the 176thcivilians and family members from the 501st Financial Manage-Headquarters and Headquarters Company and ment Company spentthe 176th FMC spent the day at the softball field the day at the softballwhile participating in the 501st STB field while participat-organizational day. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class ing in the 501st Spe-Andrew Kosterman) cial Troops Battalion organizational day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace)Champions Herald 12 Aug. 1, 2011
  13. 13. CHAMPIONS HERALD Heroes of the QuarterBrig. Gen. Thomas Harvey (right), the former commander of the 19th Expedition-ary Sustainment Command, talks about the importance of why Staff Sgt. CarlaBovard (left), the Multifunctional Training Center senior instructor, and Sgt. DanielWallace (center), a 501st Sustainment Brigade public affairs NCO, received ArmyCommendation Medals at the 501st SBDE conference room at USAG Carroll,South Korea June 9.Both Bovard and Wallace received ARCOM‘s for their loyal and heroic actions insaving the life of Maj. Allen Crenshaw, the 194th Combat Sustainment SupportBattalion support operations OIC, after he collapsed on a treadmill at the CrownJewel Gym at USAG Carroll, South Korea. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kos-terman) Family Readiness Contact InformationThe Champions Brigade Family Readiness Group works hard to help Sol-diers and their Families by offering support and keeping Families up-to-date on the latest information about their Soldiers. Family Readiness Sup-port Assistants numbers are: -501st Sustainment Brigade, 765-4536 -94th MP Bn. - 011-822-791-6060 / 724-6060 -194th CSSB - 011-82-31-690-6497 / 753-6497 -498th CSSB - 011-82-54-970-1035 / 765-1035 -501st STB - 011-82-54-970-4536 / 765-4536All numbers listed as if calling from U.S., then DSN in Korea. If off post inKorea, dial 0505, then the number.Champions Herald 13 Aug. 1, 2011
  14. 14. CHAMPIONS HERALDOur Parting Shot1st Lt. Gerald Bolden (left), a member of the 501st Special Troops Battalion flag football team, prepares to throw the ball at USAG Carroll, South Korea Apr. 19. Boldenplayed quarterback for the 501st STB flag football team during the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldier Friendship Week flag football tournament.(Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace)Aug. 1, 2011 14 Champions Herald