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    • El Morro NASA sends students to the stars, Pages 10, 11 ECOs deliver message of stewardship, Page 7 Fort BuchananCommunityimages nowavailable onVol. 47 issue 4 The Sentinel of the Caribbean November 2011McHugh says balance needed with war’s endBy Rob McIlvaine draws down, and the American ented, unlike the vast majority tunity to look at how it does its the Army and I expect ... by theArmy News Service people and war fighters need to of single Soldiers in the 1970s. business. We had outsourced a time these are implemented, Secretary of the Army John maintain a connection. McHugh said it’s also time lot of jobs, hired a lot of con- we could save, say by the yearMcHugh believes that with the “You can’t have an Army to take a look at the balance tractors and they did yeoman’s of 2017, upwards of $10 bil-drawdown of forces in Iraq without people,” McHugh between contracting and pro- work for us, but it was time lion a year,” he said.and Afghanistan, talented Sol- said at a recent breakfast in a viding government services. after nearly a decade of that McHugh hopes these kindsdiers will need to be retained downtown hotel, adding that “I think it was long overdue trend to take a better look atwhile Army infrastructure the Army today is family-ori- that the Army takes the oppor- how we’re doing things inside WAR Page 6 Live & Explore SOS Support Center opens doors to healing Story by Ángel L. Castro For Fort Buchanan Public Affairs Friday, Sept. 9 marked the beginning of a new Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Sup- port Center in the history of Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. The SOS Support Center building 1144 located at Au- subo Street, Coconut Grove was officially opened for use Tax Volunteers by all Fallen Soldiers’ Survi- vors after the ribbon cutting Training for the Vol- ceremony. unteer Income Tax As- In recognition and apprecia- sistance Program volun- tion of the significance of our teers will begin on Dec. loved one’s sacrifice, the Army 12 and end on Dec. 15. Chief of Staff and Secretary of For details on how and the Army approved a new ini- where you can become a tiative in 2009: The Survivors certified VITA tax pre- Outreach Services. The Survi- parer contact José Mar- vor Outreach Services (SOS) Photos by Guillermo Santiago quez at (787) 707-5138. is an Army Community Ser- From left to right: Angel L. Castro – SOS Support Coordinator, Brig. Gen. Rafael O’Ferrall - PR Assistance Adjutant The IRS Volunteer vice (ACS) program designed General, Maj. Gen. (R), Félix A. Santoni – PR Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Col. John D. Cushman – Garrison Income Tax Assistance to provide short-term and Commander, Beverly N. Lopez Rodriguez - (Survivor daughter), Haidee Feliciano (Survivor mother), Kimberly Lopez Program (VITA) trains long-term support and services Rodriguez (Survivor daughter), Widiel K. Lopez Rodriguez (Survivor son), Digna E. Lopez – Survivor wife of Spc. William Lopez-Feliciano, José Lopez (Survivor father) Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández – 1st MSC Commanding community volunteers to the Survivors of all Armed General. who may help with Forces. special credits, such It is the responsibility of Ceremony was to reveal the Family members for the dura- John D. Cushman, garrison as Earned Income Tax Fort Buchanan ACS to imple- new location of the Survivor tion of their immediate and commander, told the Survi- Credit, Child Tax Credit ment and launch this initiative Outreach Services Program. long term care requirements vors. “You rightfully should among other basic tax in Puerto Rico and the Carib- A total of 120 Fallen Sol- in the following areas: Army because your Soldiers did ex- needs. bean. dier’s Survivors were present benefits, financial counseling, actly what the creed states - The legal office will All Fort Buchanan ACS/ during this important event. grief counseling and support they never quit.” “On behalf offer free tax return SOS transactions will be con- Currently there are 393 sur- services, estate planning, as- of a grateful nation, we salute preparation for qualified ducted at building 1144, once vivors through the island of sistance in the preparation of you – our Family members – personnel you by volun- it has been transfer from the Puerto Rico including the estate related tax documents, for our heroes who made the teers for the upcoming Casualty and Assistance Cen- Caribbean. The intent of this and life skills education. ultimate sacrifice defending Tax Season (February – ter. Therefore, the purpose comprehensive program is to “As I look at the audience, I our freedom so we can live in April, 2012). of the Survivor Outreach Ser- ensure continued support as see the faces of Family mem- vices Building Ribbon Cutting needed and desired by eligible bers beaming with pride,” Col. SOS Page 12
    • 2November 2011 The Command Group The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort Buchanan Commander Commentary The Holidays are just around country. The Fort Buchanan fam- lations within the Department of actions in the past, we hope to the corner. What a better way to ily welcomes its newest member, the Army. Since I arrived to Fort achieve directed reductions with start the season by paying hom- Lt. Col. Kenneth M. Hammond, Buchanan I have been speak- minimal impact on our existing age to our heroes from past wars who will carry out the mission ing about change and the need employees. We will use all avail- and conflicts. Our nation owes of Deputy Commander. We also to stay flexible. The Army Re- able options to achieve reduction El Morro our democratic way of life to bid farewell to another family serve identified an imbalance of objectives while mitigating ad- your sacrifices in years past. The member, Lt. Col. Gerald R. Sav- manpower resources among the verse impact on the workforce. Garrison Commander Col. John D. Cushman very foundation of this nation age, an outstanding leader in our four Army Reserve installations In some cases an employee may rests on the selflessness of your community, as he looks forward and is looking to redistribute its have to be reassigned to another Deputy to the Garrison Commander Gunnar G.F. Pedersen Jr. service. Therefore we must cel- for his retirement. Lt.Col. Sav- resources while dealing with a position in an effort to retain ebrate what you have done for age, thank you for your support fundamentally different fiscal and manage the talent within Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Kenneth M. Hammond us on Veteran’s Day and every to the Fort Buchanan commu- reality. To meet this challenge, our workforce. Employees may day. We also honor the sacrifices nity, mission accomplished!This the Army Reserve Installation be offered various incentives or Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson of our Military Families during is an example of the changes our Management Directorate in co- early retirement options such as Public Affairs Officer Military Family Appreciation military community is facing. ordination with the Installation Voluntary Early Retirement Au- Grissel Rosa Month. We echo the words of Since its establishment Fort Bu- Management Command con- thority (VERA) and Voluntary Media Relations our Commander in Chief, Presi- chanan has accomplished many ducted a thorough assessment of Separation Incentive Payment Pedro Silva dent Barack Obama: “Just as our missions in support of the Army our civilian positions to relocate (VSIP). We will provide infor- Command Information Luis Delgadillo troops embody the courage and and our nation. Today, the U.S. and balance our resources. The mation as it becomes available El Morro Contributors character that make America’s Army is facing a very challeng- Army’s FY 13-17 Program Ob- on the implementation of this Capt. Taylor Opel military the finest in the world, ing fiscal environment that calls jective Memorandum (POM) process and where employees Luis Salazar their family members embody for though choices. Last August, reflects the decisions made to can go for additional assistance. 1st Mission Support Command Public Affairs Officer the resilience and generosity that the Army announced that it will achieve these targets. As your For more than 80 years Fort Capt. Carlos M. Cuebas make our communities strong. reduce the size of its Civilian em- Commander, you can trust that I Buchanan has accomplished Mailing address — Public Affairs Office They serve with heroism in their ployee workforce by more than will do everything I can legally, many missions thanks to the sup- Building 390 Crane Loop Ste. 311 Fort Buchanan PR, 00934-4616 homes and neighborhoods while 8,700 people by September 30th, morally and ethically correct port of a quality workforce truly they are without the comfort of 2012. These cuts are based on to take care of our workforce. committed to our Soldiers and Story submissions — E-mail to: luis.delgadillo@us.army.mil having loved ones nearby.” On Department of Defense resource We are committed to protect- their Families. Our commitment Telephone numbers — behalf of a grateful nation, thank decisions as reflected in the Fis- ing our existing workforce as to our workforce is to be honest (787)707-5762/4486 Fax: (787)707-3362 you veterans, for defending our cal Year 2012 President’s Budget much as possible while meeting and keep you informed. Tough 1st MSC submissions — E-mail to: carlos.cuebasmedina@us.army.mil freedom so we can live in peace; and require a reduction of Army our goals. Our goals is to reduce choices have to be made but we 1st MSC telephone number — and thank you to our military Civilian employees to comply “spaces” not “faces”. As a Sol- will make them in a thoughtful (787)707-4988 Families of Active, Guard and with decreased funding levels. dier I live by our values and do and careful manner that best sup- El Morro is an authorized publica- Reserve for your dedication and This situation not only will affect what’s right. Because we have ports the Army’s future mission tion printed in accordance with Army continuing contribution to our Fort Buchanan but other instal- carefully managed our hiring requirements. Regulation 360-1. The Army’s Backbone Contents of El Morro are not neces- sarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Depart- ment of Defense, Department of the Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Simpson Army or U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan. El Morro is published monthly by Fort Buchanan is about to em- will better match the unique na- various units and our partners in ate action to ensure we main- the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Garrison. Circulation 5,000. bark on a new initiative built on ture of our island. Island-wide the Directorate of Family and tain a safe and family friendly All editorial content of El Morro activity driven social functions has been the garrison’s approach Morale, Welfare and Recreation environment for all members is prepared, edited, provided and ap- proved by the U.S. Army Garrison Pub- meant to encourage single Sol- to support services for Soldiers we hope to expand the number of the community. Bullying and lic Affairs Office. For guidance on how diers to get out of their comfort and their families and now the of BOSS events. This change vandalism will not be tolerated to submit items for publication e-mail the garrison Public Affairs Office. zone. It is my hope that in shar- Better Opportunities for Single in approach is in line with the but the JRB cannot successfully The Editor reserves right to edit all ing your common interests and Soldiers Program will adopt that Sergeant Major of The Army’s carry out its intent of correcting submissions and to determine the suit- ability for inclusion in El Morro. backgrounds, BOSS program model and with that we hope to vision for a successful BOSS delinquent behavior without the Every effort will be made to publish submissions in a timely manner. How- Soldiers will feel a renewed rejuvenate BOSS program par- program. full cooperation from parents. ever, time, layout, style and editorial sense of camaraderie that will ticipation. Switching gears now, on Oct. We appreciate parents’ in- considerations, as well as determina- tions for publication, are made by the stay with them where ever they We will accomplish this by 27 Fort Buchanan held its latest volvement and hope that togeth- Commander or the Public Affairs Of- go. These bonds in conjunction welcoming all Soldiers who are juvenile review board. This rep- er we can arrive at solutions that ficer. with the Army Values create a single from the National Guard, resents the first JRB I have been strengthen our community and well rounded single Soldier who Army Reserve and Active Army a part of here at Fort Buchanan help young people learn from is able to make healthy lifestyle units here in Puerto Rico. Fort and while the circumstances sur- their mistakes. I wish you all a choices and build inner strength. Buchanan will still serve as the rounding the JRBs are not nec- Happy Thanksgiving and be- Around here we call that re- hub of all activity but with this essarily pleasant the important fore I finish I would like to urge siliency and it is a vital part of new approach we hope to en- thing to remember is that they all of you to attend our annual an individual’s ability to handle courage single soldiers all over are important because they help Turkey Bowl Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. uncomfortable circumstances or the island to feel like they are a hold juveniles accountable for where this year Army will face even traumatic events. part of a larger family, the Army their actions. off against a team consisting of We have come up with a new family. As a member of the Fort Bu- Marines and Sailors. We look model for the BOSS program. With the help of new Soldiers chanan’s leadership I will always forward to seeing you there and Our hope is that the new program and increased participation from respond and take the appropri- as always, stay Army Strong.
    • El MorroFort Buchanan From The Top The Sentinel of the Caribbean 3 November 2011Defender 6 sendsArmy Family Covenant: The Commitment Endures SAN ANTONIO -- Four years ago vided new and renovated housing Program review has been built intothis month, the Army announced the for thousands of Families and single the Army Family Covenant from dayArmy Family Covenant, which prom- Soldiers, and constructed more than one. It has always been part of theised to provide Soldiers and Families 150 new child care and youth centers. AFC plan to assess program effective-a quality of life commensurate with The Army has increased the number ness, consolidate, and make adjust-their service. of Military Family Life Consultants, ments, to ensure there is no overlap or To help Soldiers and Families who provide confidential non-medical gaps between programs.stressed by years of war, the Army counseling for Soldiers and Families, So the current fiscal situation doessubstantially increased funding for and the number of behavioral health not change our course but it does putprograms in areas such as Soldier and care providers, who provide behavior- more gas in our tank. It intensifies theFamily services, behavioral health, al health services before, during and need to streamline and make sure wehousing, child care, education, and after deployment. continue to provide the most valuableemployment. Under the AFC, the Army has programs. Today, headlines about defense bud- worked hard to reach the whole Army For the programs under the AFC um-get cuts are prompting people to ask Family, including geographically dis- brella, the majority of which are run by Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Defender 6whether the Army is going to keep its persed Soldiers and Family members. Installation Management Command,promises. Toward that end, the Army supports customer feedback is a critical part and every other opportunity to tell us The short answer is yes. Leaders a number of services away from in- of our ongoing evaluation. We gather about the programs and services thatchange and situations change, but the stallations, such as community-based customer feedback partly by looking are valuable to you. Your feedback im-Army’s commitment to Soldiers and child care and Army National Guard at which services are used most often, pacts decisions about programming.Families endures. Family Assistance Centers, and pro- and partly by asking customers about Like every other government orga- Under the AFC, the Army devel- vides Army OneSource, which en- their experiences, through garrison nization, every business, and everyoped and enhanced a range of pro- ables 24/7 access to information and focus groups and surveys such as the family, we are taking a close look atgrams that build Soldier and Fam- services regardless of location. Army OneSource Army Family Cov- our use of resources during this timeily strength, resilience and readiness. At a time when the Army is restor- enant survey, just completed Sept. 1. of fiscal uncertainty. We have to de-These programs include Survivor ing its balance, the AFC has been the We will be asking for feedback termine the most efficient, most ef-Outreach Services, Child, Youth and catalyst for enhancing and standard- again in January, when Soldiers, Fam- fective ways to reach out to the entireSchool Services, New Parent Support, izing the quality of support for Sol- ily members, Civilians and Retirees Army Family and provide support inthe Military Spouse Employment Pro- diers and Families. And now it is time will receive a survey on their needs, the areas of greatest need. But we aregram, Strong Bonds, and the Wounded to ensure our investment has made a usage and satisfaction with Family starting from a clear, non-negotiableWarriors Sports Program. difference in the lives of Soldiers and and Morale, Welfare and Recreation bottom line: the Army will keep its Under the AFC, the Army has pro- Families. programs. I urge everyone to take this promise to Soldiers and Families. Turkey Bowl Showdown 2011 Join the Fort Buchanan Community as we cheer on our armed forces and watch as Army tries to avenge their 2010 Turkey Bowl loss to the Marines and Navy. November 23, 10 a.m. Maxi Williams Jr. Field Volunteers and football players for the event are still needed. To volunteer contact Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers President, Staff Sgt. María Garcia at: Office Phone: 787-707-5159 Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson and BOSS President , Staff Sgt. María Garcia Turkey Bowl sponsored by the Directorate of Family Morale and Welfare and Recreation
    • 4November 2011 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananLegislation could expand Reserve role in homeland securityBy J.D. Leipold that’s all that’s needed -- butArmy News Service in that other 10 percent where the state needs federal help, WASHINGTON -- Legisla- we’d be available with a lot oftion being considered by both needed expertise,” Stultz said.houses of Congress could pro- Stultz said the Nationalvide the Army Reserve broad- Governors Association ander authority to call up troops the National Guard Associa-for homeland security and tion felt there were no issuesalso allow the force to deploy of infringement and they sup-units for operations lasting port the Title 10 change as120 days or less. well. Chief of the Army Reserve Additionally, the Army Re-Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz said serve has sought the Title 10last week that the legislation change to allow it to supportwould grant authority to call operations that are usuallyup as many 90-to-120-as 60,000 day deploy-Reservists ments andper year from would giveall services, For homeland use, current each Reserve Archive photofor unnamed law says you can only use force com- U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan and Army Reserve Soldiers participate in a qualification range together last year.c o n t i n g e n - your Title 10 Reserve in mander thecies, both authority to stan. Yet others, like logistics reduction committee. standards, and if you can’tinside and the homeland in instances send one unit units, are coming down as “If sequestration kicks in, get there, you can’t stay in,”outside the of weapons of mass de- for the en- units move out of Iraq. we don’t want to end up doing Stultz said.country. He struction tire duration Stultz said the Reserve force what we’ve done in the past “We have people in our for-spoke to re- rather than needs to continue investing in where we focus on how to get mations who we should haveporters about Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz have two or modernizing equipment, pro- people off the rolls, not which already eliminated, but forthe proposed - Chief of the Army Reserve three units viding the dollars for training people off the rolls,” he said. lack of a clerk or motor poolexpansion of cover down and simulation systems that “We don’t want to incentivize sergeant we kept them. Let’sTitle 10 au- in that same give Soldiers realistic train- the wrong people to leave the process these people out so wethority fol- period of ing. He said if worthwhile service.” can make room for those welowing a seminar Oct. 11 at time. training is not sourced or in- “We need to upgrade the want to keep.”the Association of the 2011 The general also said he was vested, the Reserve will loseU.S. Army Annual Meeting looking at creating an opera- what he called the “nationaland Exposition. tional reserve of about 25,000 treasure” because Reserve “For homeland use, cur- Soldiers of which 5,000 could Soldiers don’t want to sit in arent law says you can only be pulled up trained and ready drill half for a weekend or gouse your Title 10 Reserve in when the country needed to summer camp and dig fox-the homeland in instances them. This would keep the ro- holes.of weapons of mass destruc- tational cycle ideal at one year He noted as budgets shrinktion,” Stultz said, adding that out, four years back. and the force becomes smallerthe Army Reserve isn’t trying Presently, the rotational that Soldier standards will beto insert itself or replace the cycles are “pretty good for more closely looked at, andNational Guard. the majority of units” at about he, like the chief of staff of “There should be a logical 12 months out and 42 months the Army, is concerned withprogression, just like there is back. He said some units are the possibility of automaticnow, where local civil authori- one to four, but others -- such budget cuts that would kick inties respond, then the governor as aviation units -- are still if there’s no agreement on thecalls up the National Guard -- high- demand, high operations $1.5 trillion in federal savingsand in 90 percent of the cases tempo, especially in Afghani- by the Congressional deficit
    • El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean November 2011 5Championship slips away from PiratesPhotos and Story by Luis DelgadilloFort Buchanan Public Affairs Under the bright lights ofFort Buchanan’s Maxie Wil-liams Jr. Field, the visitingUniversity Gardens FootballClub Dolphins defeated theAntilles High School Pirates33 – 23 in front of boister-ous fans on both sides of thefield, Nov. 4. The AHS Pirates enteredthe Puerto Rico High SchoolFootball League Champion-ship game with a respect-able record of (7-1-1) but theDolphins’ stacked up to bea formidable opponent. Thisdidn’t stop the Pirates fromstriking first. The secondquarter was the start of thePirates’ offensive strugglesas the Dolphins held themscoreless leading into thehalf. Opening the third quartertrailing behind, the Pirates’offensive struggles contin-ued as the defense seemed to The University Gardens Football Club Dolphins celebrate their (33-23) victory over the Antilles High School Pirates in the Puerto Rico High School FootballPIRATES Page 9 League Championship at Fort Buchanan Nov. 4.SOS, From Page 1 Army Reserve Ambassador, Col. (Ret.) Horacio Cabrera;peace.” Cushman; and Garrison Com- A total of 15 VIPs attended mand Sergeant Major, CSMthe event, they included rep- Derrick T. Simpson. Digna E.resentation from the garrison, Lopez (Survivor wife), Mr.1st MSC, PR Army National Jose Lopez (Survivor father),Guard, PR Red Cross, Com- Haidee Feliciano (Survivorm u n i t y mother) andBased War- Survivorrior in Tran- children aresition Unit, As I look at the audience, the Survivorsand Veterans I see the faces of Family of Spc. Wil-of Foreign liam Lopez-Wars. Spe- members beaming with Feliciano,cial guests pride. one of ourand speak- Fallen Sol-ers included Col. John D. Cushman dier fromPuerto Rico - Garrison Commander O p e r a t i o nCivilian Aide Iraqi Free-to the Sec- dom took Photos by Guillermo Santiagoretary of the part in cake Survivor Outreach Services Support Center located at Fort Buchanan in building 1144Army, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Félix cutting and ribbon cutting cer-A. Santoni, Puerto Rico As- emony in representation of all guish guest were invited to the event. Operation Enduring Freedomsistant Adjutant General, Brig. our Survivors who have lost enter the building and view the This support center has the and also includes Soldiers whoGen. Rafael O’Ferrall; 1st their loved ones during the war photos of their Fallen Soldier “Hall of Heroes” wall. This died during noncombat relatedMission Support Command or other circumstances. for the first time. This moment wall display and contains pho- incidents. This wall was creat-Commanding General, Brig. After the yellow ribbon was was a very emotional experi- tos of our Fallen Soldiers fromGen. Fernando Fernández ; US cut, all Survivors and distin- ence for all the Survivors at Operation Iraqi Freedom and SOS Page 12
    • 6November 2011 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananInternship opportunities abound through AVC Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) leads dras campus and I am studying for mythe process of registering and training bachelor’s degree in recreation.volunteers and organization points of Volunteer Opportunitiescontact (OPOC) to enhance and ex- El Morro: What career are you in-pand other installation program capa- terested in pursuing and why? Army Volunteer Corps leadsbilities. Recently, El Morro sat down the process of registering andwith one of those volunteers to ask Daniel Baba: I am interested in ad- training volunteers and organiza-about his experiences so far. ministrative development of recreation tion points of contact (OPOC) to activities and managing and running enhance and expand other instal-El Morro: How did you learn about great activities for communities. lation program capabilities.the volunteer program? Volunteer opportunities are El Morro: What skills are you learn- found in natural resource pro-Daniel Baba: I learned from one of ing here that will be useful in the grams, and a wide variety of pro-my classes that I had to perform an in- pursuit of your career goals? grams that provide services toternship and one day I came here to in- Soldiers and their Family mem-terview someone to get to know more Daniel Baba: I’m learning how to co- bers such as ACS, clinic, cha-about the (volunteer) program. I met ordinate recreation activities, running pels, CYSS, recreation, libraries,Mr. (Juan) San Feliz who then intro- them, managing them. legal offices, housing, etc.duced me to Mr. (Luis) Robles. Volunteering helps the orga- El Morro: What is the thing that nizations in expanding programEl Morro: How long have you been you like the most about working for Daniel Baba, AVC Volunteer capabilities. Volunteering bene-participating in the program? the Directorate of Family and Mo- fits Soldiers, Civilians, Retirees, rale, Welfare and Recreation’s Com- with that he will complete his time in spouses, and youth to:Daniel Baba: I began the first week of munity Recreation Division? the AVC program. - Obtain work experience.September and until now and I will fin- Daniel Baba: What I like the most is Many other opportunities exist - Become a cohesive part of theish the program in December. that I am learning here the principle for others to join a work center here community. parts of recreation. How they focus on where volunteers can contribute to or- To Register: www.myarmyo-El Morro: Where do you go to school not only sports, but all the other parts ganizations with the vital mission of nesource.com To contact theand what are you studying? of recreation like special events, and providing Soldiers Civilians and their coordinator call Ivette Davila at outdoor recreation. Families with a quality of life com- (787)707-3365, Ivette.davila@Daniel Baba: I am a student at the Daniel Baba will complete his bach- mensurate with the quality of their us.army.milUniversity of Puerto Rico, Rio Pie- elor’s degree this December and along service .WAR, From Page 1 in areas or states where we to come down as well. at this point we need to do a That’s adaptability, that’s cre- don’t have a base are playing “What that will be, will in little bit more analysis,” he ativity,” he said.of savings will contribute to- an even more important role part be determined, of course, said. The operating force, over In the immediate term, heward decreasing the deficit and because they can help bring by what that budget number is. the last 10 years, has become said, it’s a retention problem.the debt, and will, in turn, spur the military message to com- So it’s not like we have a vote incredibly adaptive, he said, “How do we bring Soldiersthe economy. But without a munities and people that oth- in this matter, we will at the end adding that he was recently in like that home, who have exer-budget, decisions are difficult erwise don’t have reason to be of the day be handed a budget Afghanistan’s Arghandab Val- cised such authorities and haveto make. exposed to it,” he said. and our key objective, what- ley, west of Kandahar City, shown such creativity, into a “Now, we’re looking at pos- After 10 years of war with ever that budget number may where he witnessed this adapt- garrison environment and keepsible options so that we can less than 1 percent of the popu- be, is to come out and shape ability. then interested and challengedmake smart decisions cor- lation participating in that war, an Army that is balanced and “We took off our body armor and engaged is one of our criti-rectly, rather than not-so-smart McHugh says the Army has to retains the great skills and ca- and walked into a village about cal challenges for the future.decisions quickly, but until make sure it doesn’t become pabilities that have been honed a half mile away and the Sol- “I’ve asked our TRADOCwe know what our figures are an enclave unto itself. over the last 10 years. We don’t diers that led the fight to clear folks, and I’ve asked leadersit’s kind of hard to say what “We’re already scheduled want to lose this most effective that part of the valley were throughout the institutional-we would actually take action and programmed to come land force the world has ever now working with the Afghan ized Army as to how we canagainst,” McHugh said. down from current (strength), seen, and balance is the key to elders. They were establishing reconfigure everything from With these actions, whatever roughly 569,000 to 520,000. that,” he said. the Afghan local police with a social programs to educationthey may be, the Army secre- But for us, the glideslope If the Army looks at jobs and special operations captain, a programs to flexibility and ourtary believes that the military by which we reach that end declining budgets, he said, and young man, and a first lieuten- rating system to allow moreneeds to remain part of the strength so that we can direct it draws down end strength to ant, just over a year out of West creativity and perhaps re-American fabric. resources and balance our- whatever the number may be, Point ... they were exercising examine the traditional Army “I would argue that the selves, while providing the it has less need for facilities. authorities and responsibili- ladder of promotion to seeGuard and Reserve are terrific programs that are underpin- “At some point we have to ties we probably would have what we can do to create anambassadors across virtually ning those forces, is equally begin to look at rationalizing given to a ... brigadier general environment that keeps youngevery state and every commu- important. the vacancies and would it 10 years ago ... now they were leaders, just amazing Soldiersnity in this nation ... they put He knows the Army cost make sense for us to support out there doing amazing things like that, interested in thea face on the goodness that is driver is end strength. So if the another BRAC. We don’t want and each and every day they Army and at the same time, ofmilitary service. budget goes down further, he to be over-structured, that costs change what they’re doing course, attracting those kinds “Those that are operating said, the end strength is likely -- in fact it wastes money -- but because the enemy changes. of folks in the future,” he said.
    • El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 7 November 2011 DeCA, AAFES launch recipe contest FORT LEE, Va. – This holi- or the origin of the recipe. day season, the Defense Com- Recipes must include specific missary Agency and the Army ingredient measurements and and Air Force Exchange Ser- preparation directions. Limit vice are offering shoppers an two entries per immediate opportunity to win shopping family. sprees just by entering their fa- Winning creations will be vorite recipes. published on the Patriot Fam- Beginning Nov. 18 and end- ily Connection website and ing midnight Dec. 31, com- added to DeCA’s online recipe missary and exchange shop- collection. The winners will pers can go online to enter also be included in the AAFES their favorite holiday family 2012 Holiday Guide. recipe. Just e-mail your recipe There will be four winners to http://www.patriotfamily@ for each category — 12 chanc- aafes.com. Or if you are surf- es to win. First-place winners ing http://www.commissaries. in each category receive a com, you can find a link that $500 exchange gift card and a will take you to the contest $500 commissary gift card do- Photo by Luis Delgadillo registration page. nated by DeCA’s industry part-Yámil Hernández, Environmental Protection Specialist with the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Office There are three categories to ners. Details for this contestspeaks to a group of environmental compliance officers Nov. 2. choose from: main dish, side can be found at http://www. dish or dessert. Participants patriotfamily@aafes.com andECOs bring environmental must submit a description of various in-store marketing dis- the recipe, 50 words or less, plays and exchange tabloids.initiatives to the work force Rewards for ‘Making the Grade”’ Understanding the value King Kids Meal, $2 off anyStory and photo by Luis Delgadillo the presentation from Yámil According to the memo- families at Fort Buchanan new release DVD at the PowerFort Buchanan Public Affairs Hernandez, environmental randum requesting volun- place on education, the Army Zone, to name a few. Students protection specialist with teers the program is designed & Air Force Exchange Service who made the grade can also In three separate sessions DPW. to assist the garrison com- offers a unique rewards pro- register for a drawing to winrunning from Nov. 1 – 3, “Treat it (the workplace) mander in meeting the envi- gram that continues to receive a savings bond worth up toFort Buchanan’s Director- like it’s your house. You ronmental requirements for high marks from students and $5,000 by filling out and mail-ate of Public Works enlisted wouldn’t do the same thing Fort Buchanan. parents alike. Now in its elev- ing an included entry form.their newest weapons in their in your house, (leave every- ECOs are responsible for enth consecutive year, “You To receive a “You Made thecampaign to make Fort Bu- thing on) so just treat it like supporting the achievement Made the Grade” recognizes Grade” booklet, students sim-chanan a model for environ- your home,” Pares said. of appropriate environmental students who achieve a “B” ply present a valid military IDmental protection throughout ECOs were selected for the performance improvement average or better with a ben- card and proof of an overallthe Army. influence they carry within objectives and targets. efits-filled booklet. Exclusive “B” or better average at the Thus far, 17 environmen- their organization and their They also complete assign- offers include a Free Burger Fort Buchanan Exchange.tal compliance officers have abilities to approach environ- ments of proposed actionsbeen chosen to represent or- mental protection. leading to plan implementa- Puerto Rico Exchange unwrapsganizations either here or at Jerry Hesby, business op- tion, perform training, andorganizations supported by erations chief for the Direc- convey general awareness holiday return policy for shoppersFort Buchanan around the torate of Family and Morale, information regarding estab-island, like the Army reserve Welfare and Recreation, said lished policies and programs To alleviate the worry about refund can be credited to thecenters. one of the challenges at the ensuring proper environmen- what can be returned and customer’s same credit card. Tony Pares, general man- outset will be educating the tal management practices. when, the Army & Air Force If a customer requests a refundager of the Exchange, knows employees and finding con- The ECO will also provide Exchange Service is giving the without a sales receipt, the re-you have to begin at square sistent ways of implementing monitoring, attend Sustain- gift of extended hassle-free re- fund amount is loaded onto anone,”You just start with the the initiatives. ability and Environmental turns for the holidays. Exchange Merchandise Card.basics, I mean; shut the lights “A lot of times its because Management System annual For items purchased be- In addition to returns on lo-off when you are leaving the of the turnover in personnel, training events and Envi- tween Nov. 1-Dec. 24, 2011, cally purchased items, shop-office areas, turn the lights the turnover in clientele, the ronmental Quality Control Fort Buchanan shoppers can pers can return Exchange cata-off in the employee rest number of hours; we’re a Committee meetings; and return or exchange those items log or internet orders to therooms and the break rooms seven-days-a-week type op- participate in the applicable through Jan. 31, 2012. Fort Buchanan Exchange for awhen people aren’t back eration everyday so its (going Environmental Manage- If a shopper requests a re- full refund on the product.there; make sure monitors to take) constant oversight ment Action Plans Working fund with a sales receipt, a If the return is due to an er-are turned off when they can and training to make it an Groups, upon request. With cash refund will be made if the ror on the Exchange’s part,be, set it on hibernate mode established habit and routine the help of ECOs Fort Bu- original purchase was made in shoppers will be reimbursedif it’s inactive for ten or fif- so we can keep up with the chanan will create a secure cash. If the original purchase the standard shipping chargesteen minutes,” he said after things,” Hesby said. future through sustainability. was made by credit card, the in full.
    • 8November 2011 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananLuis Salazar on safety: Losers can be winnersBy Luis Salazar road rage is now an alarming puts aside what’s happened at ing that nothing bad is going to fact remains when it comes toSafety Office Contractor trend on our local highways. work and decides to drive home happen to me leads a driver can aggressive driving everyone is A few months ago a partici- Anger on the road is not new. in a calm assertive state. The lead a person to incorrectly as- a victim. Perpetrator and victimpant in one of our Driver Safety Everyone has seen it and many other worker has a habit of re- sume that you can go ahead and of the unsafe act both will anteCourses mentioned that one have experienced it. What is ap- leasing anger while driving. release negative energy through up dearly in dollars, health andof the biggest challenges of a palling and needs correction is This becomes an escape aggressive driving without con- personal loss. A very smart mandriver in Puerto Rico is not to the frequency and the degree valve of sorts. In the past this sequence. Picture it, you are once said “he is no fool thatcommit the mortal sin of “giv- by which this practice is being person has demonstrated ag- upset, alone and the A/C is on gives up what he cannot keeping up their right of way to an- perpetrated on the roads of our gressive driving symptoms high. You feel the vibes com- to receive what he cannot lose”.other driver who wants to take island. Many things can lead with no real consequences out- ing on as your favorite hot and How can this Goliath called ag-it thereby looking like a fool”. you to lose control. Fatigue, side of a degrading gesture or heavy music sets the pace for a gressive driving be put to theEveryone in the class broke out lack of sleep and feeling sick the negative accolades that are hell ride home. Instead of being sword? What is that thing thatin laughter. all can lead you to not exercise daily exchanged from vehicle to calm and collected you have we need to give up to receive Yet as one ponders the self control. Arguments, feeling vehicle. As this person begins to gone into your own little world that which we cannot lose?thought a displaced and drive he hurries through traffic of anonymity where personal When we drive we cannotsure question being upset begins to cut off other drivers expression bows to aggressive- afford to harbor aggressive at-that begs to can lower and invade their personal safety ness and you feel free to do as titudes regardless of how webe asked is, your resis- space. Some of the drivers give you please. No one will really feel. The price is just too highcould he be What is appalling and tance to drive menacing looks yet the person know if I yell, honk or drive to pay. We need to learn to driveright? The needs correction is the fre- rationally and seems to get away with the ac- my vehicle in such a way that in control. We need to give upirony of this quency and the degree by lead you to tion as everyone opens a way can scare another driver into negativity and replace it withstatement is which this practice is being act irrespon- on the road to avoid a collision. submission. It’s all done with things that make us better andthat in many sibly. The emotional steam valve be- no real intention to harm; it can more balanced individuals. In-of the aber- perpetrated on the roads of Consider gins to discharge all the residual even be somewhat comical as stead of expressing wrath withrant situations our island. the following negative energy as the weaving nothing bad has ever happened those around us decide to usewe witness situation. An in and out of traffic continues. before...Right? common sense, courtesy andon the road employee has All of the sudden a pedestrian Not so, there are many docu- patience. Be tolerant; thinkthe underly- had a heated crosses the street at a crosswalk mented accounts where trag- about those drivers as youring cause just happens to be argument with a fellow cowork- and the driver of the vehicle edy has struck as a result of a extended driving community.aggressive driving. What is the er right before quitting time at impacts the pedestrian thereby negative behavior pattern on the Practice random acts of kind-typical reaction seen when you work. These employees have creating a tragedy. When the road. No real harm was intended ness and never let up on theturn on a signal to change lanes experienced a highly emotional police arrive the driver can only by the person driving but a de- conviction that making a differ-and another car is in the lane moment with residual anger. regretfully say “I never saw structive outcome did happen as ence in someone’s life throughyou want to occupy? What do The situation was not totally him”. in the example above. Driving positive assertive driving willyou normally see from drivers resolved at work yet after work Many times as we drive with our vehicle under the influence not only benefit them but willon a roundabout or a multiple both employees head out on negative aggressive energy a of anger can be as dangerous as in a greater degree also ben-stop intersection? Aggressive the road each driving their own false sense of untouchability is driving under the influence of efit yourself. Here we will gaindriving is at an all time high and vehicle. One of the employees afforded to a driver. The feel- alcohol or drugs. Yet the simple what you cannot lose. Motorcycle training changes aimed at making safer riders By Alfredo Nogueras The new requirements effective 1 convicted of a moving traffic viola- still wear appropriate personal pro- Installation Safety Officer October 2011, are part of the recent tion or who have been found at fault tective equipment (PPE) per DODI New training requirements for changes included in Army Regula- in an accident on the installation. 6055.04 and Army Regulation 385- Army motorcyclists went into ef- tion 385-10. The Fort Buchanan Commanders may also direct mili- 10. Riders are no longer required fect in fiscal year 2012, and failure Safety Office is urging Leaders to tary personnel to attend Remedial to wear reflective belts or vests but to comply could lead to the loss of ensure Soldiers are aware of the up- Driver Training based on determi- are highly encouraged to select PPE on-post riding privileges. dated requirements and enforce the nation of high risk activity or ac- that incorporates fluorescent colors The Progressive Training Model new standard with their riders. cumulation of traffic points over a and retro-reflective material. is now mandatory for all Soldiers In addition to the progressive twelve-month period. Thousands of Soldiers receive who ride motorcycles on-or off- motorcycle training, the Army Requirements for civilians and motorcycle training annually, and post. The new requirements include also has instituted a new Remedial contracted laborers remain un- approximately 200 students attend completion of the Military Sport Driver Training program that takes changed; as they are not required to Fort Buchanan motorcycle training Bike Rider Course or Experienced the best in the civilian community receive Army sponsored motorcycle each year. Rider Course within 12 months of and utilizes it to try and change training nor provide proof of train- For additional information on the graduation from the Basic Rider Soldier behavior before it results ing for entry to any DOD installa- Fort Buchanan motorcycle training Course, followed by sustainment in an accident or worse. The train- tion. However, they must be prop- program, visit the Fort Buchanan training every three years and re- ing is intended for military and erly licensed to ride a motorcycle. web page (bottom left) http://www. fresher training after every 180 DOD civilian personnel operating a Every motorcycle operator, buchanan.army.mil or call (787) days or greater deployed. Government Motor Vehicle (GMV) whether military or civilian, shall 707-2560 or 3853.
    • El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 9 November 2011PIRATES, From Page 5 twice and positioning them- selves to regain the lead.have no good answer for how At first it seemed like theto stop the relentless Dolphin Pirates’ defense had foundrun attack. an answer for the Dolphin In the fourth quarter the running game but turnoversbeleaguered Pirates squad eventually doomed the Pi-found its rhythm as it put rates’ comeback and the Dol-together scoring drives that phins were able to capitalize.sent the Dolphins reeling and The Dolphins never lookedsearching for an answer to back and as time woundthe Pirate’s newfound confi- down fans and parents indence. both stands cheered for their The Pirates’ offense clawed heroes on the field markingits way back into the game the end of the high schoolin the fourth quarter scoring football season but also fu- eling a sense of rivalry for these two teams. Courtesy photo
    • NASA Sparks St10 November 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortbuchanan_elmorro/ The Sentinel of Lester Morales, an aerospace education specialist with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency gives students in Mildred Martinez’s fifth grade class a new perspective on the sun through specially engineered lenses. At right: a student looking though her special lens. NASA brings space down Story and photos By Luis Delgadillo ... so we are exposing the children to tem and discussions about robotics. Fort Buchanan Public Affairs the what NASA has to offer ... this is The hope is that the take away f the first time we are coming to the base the students involves them picking Wide eyed and full of anticipa- here,” said Morales. a book at the library or asking mo tion, students in Mildred Martinez’s Morales said he and his counterparts questions about science to their teac 5th grade class eagerly hung on their have visited schools at military instal- ers and parents he added. guest’s every word. “Have you ever lations in Florida and Georgia as a part “This is wonderful for the kids, thAbove: Edna Pérez, a science teacher at Antilles seen the sun like that?” he asked. Al- of the national education effort. enjoy it. They can be a part of the aMiddle School interacts with her students. most in unison the class responded “I am one of 16 specialists who are tivities and interact on activities. IBelow: A NASA education specialist presents with a collective and drawn out, “ around the country ... great,” said Edinformation on Mars rovers to students at AMS. Noooooo.” and my job is to bring Pérez, a teacher w Using special glasses provided by NASA to the schools,” had both of her s Lester Morales, an aerospace educa- he said. ence classes recei tion specialist with the National Aero- Judging by the ex- It’s something that you the NASA presen nautics and Space Agency, the students cited response of the don’t know, what’s going tion at the same tim saw what the sun really looked like fifth graders from in the Antilles Midd to trigger the passion for from space and without the interfer- Antilles Elementary School Media Cente ence from the atmosphere. School, Morales’ pre- science but you want to ex- While the NAS Morales was visiting the schools at sentation seemed to pose them to many, many visit was primar Fort Buchanan along with two other awaken an untapped things. directed at studen members of NASA as a part of an edu- curiosity. Pérez saw it as an o cation initiative championed by Presi- “It’s something Lester Morales portunity to grow h dent Barrack Obama, which sought that you don’t know, - NASA aerospace own knowledge bas to afford children of service members what’s going to trig- education specialist “Since this is m in the DoD school systems the same ger the passion for first experience he exposure to NASA that public schools science but you want as a science teach had been experiencing for years. to expose them to this is a unique oppo “Kennedy Space Center in Florida is many, many things,” tunity for us to in following the president’s initiative of Morales said. grate the learning process with acti visiting and giving opportunities to our Morales held the students’ attention ties the space program (at) NASA,” s servicemen’s families, (and) children with stunning images of the solar sys- said.
    • tudent Creativity the Caribbean http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortbuchanan_elmorro/ El Morro Fort Buchanan 11 Left: Morales gives a Antilles Elementary School student a bag of color changing beads during a scientific demonstration Oct. 27. Below:The student watches the bag of beads change color in the sun light.n to earth Above: The sun as viewed through The day before visiting the middle specially designed NASA lenses gives students a realistic view of the sun for school campus, Priscilla Moore, and without the atmosphere’s interference. up her NASA representatives where at ore Antilles High School where they Left: NASA acting lead education spe- ch- were pleasantly surprised by the en- cialist Priscilla Moore interacts with thusiasm and positive response of a pair of students who are experiment- the teens. ing with a foam cup and string thathey has been rigged together to create a ac- “They were all energetic, they tool that can pick up and hold objects It’s were asking questions, the highdna school kids were very, very fo- Bottom: the student successfully liftswho cused,” Moore said. and holds the pencil.sci- Moore who serves as the acting ive lead for the group of NASA educa-nta- tors said she enjoyed the experience me as much as the students and hoped space center and internship with us dle the students could take away a valu- for eight weeks,” Morales said. er. able experience. According to the NASA website SA “What we are trying to get them to for INSPIRE, available at www.rily see is that no matter where they PCS nasa.gov/education/inspire, therents, (move) to they can always connect are many different options besides op- with NASA education,” she said. the eight week internship program her One of the ways high school stu- for students. Unfortunately, the Webse. dents can connect with NASA is by site currently states that, “Due to po- my participating in the Interdisciplinary tential funding issues,” the applica- ere National Science Project Incorporat- tions for the program have been put her ing Research and Education Experi- on hold. or- ence program at NASA. While opportunities for intern-nte- “The INSPIRE program at NASA ships may be on hold, the visit by vi- is a program only for high school NASA education specialists to Fort she students and it provides the oppor- Buchanan seems to have sparked the tunity for them to come to NASA imagination of students here.
    • 12November 2011 Features The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort Buchanan Rita Nieves sings the national anthems lavé DeLeón - Agronomists; Peter Vivoni, Jr. from Gramas Lindas; Julio M. Billoch Pico from Gramas Lindas; Jerry Díaz - from Naim Merheb Association; Ernesto Berrios from ACS Mobilization and Deployment and Francisco Rodriguez Castro – from Vet- erans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Further more if any Sur- Photos by Guillermo Santiago vivors require or desire addi-From left to right: Brig. Gen. Rafael O’Ferrall - PR Assistance Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández – 1st MSC Commanding General, Col. John tional services or informationD. Cushman – Garrison Commander, Digna E. Lopez – Survivor wife of Spc. William Lopez-Feliciano, Spc. Lopez Feliciano’s (Survivor children), Haidee they may visit our new Sur-Feliciano (Survivor mother), José Lopez (Survivor father), Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Feliz A. Santoni – PR Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Puerto Rico. vivor Outreach Services Sup- port Center located at buildingSOS, From Page 5 of relaxation for all guests. serve all Survivors and answer ily members receive all the 1144, Ausubo Street, Fort Bu- We continuously strive to any support they may have at services and benefits entitled chanan, Puerto Rico.ed to further recognize the sig- provide the highest quality of any time. The Directorate of to them for the service and sac- A Survivor Outreach Ser-nificance sacrifices made for services to our Surviving Fam- Family and Morale, Welfare rifice of their love one. vices staff member will bethe nation. This building also ily members of Fallen War- and Recreation and the Army The following personnel attempting to contact you byincludes a Video Teleconfer- riors. Our Survivor Outreach Community Service want to were recognized during event phone to personally invite youence Center room and a place Services staff stands ready to ensure all Survivors and Fam- by Cushman for their exem- and to answer any questions plary devotion and support to you may have. our Army Community Service, Please feel free to contact Survivor Outreach Service Mr. Angel L. Castro – Survi- Program facility at Fort Bu- vor Outreach Services Coordi- chanan. They made significant nator personally or by calling contributions and donations (787) 707-3692 or via e-mail for the event. Pedro Campos at: angel.castrooliveras@ - Agronomists; Samuel O. Ma- us.army.mil.A surviving family member reflects in front of the SOS Support Center’s memorial “Hall of Heroes” wall after the rib-bon cutting ceremony for the center Sept. 9. At right: the book contains bios of fallen service members.
    • El MorroFort Buchanan Healthy Living The Sentinel of the Caribbean 13 November 2011Your pet just ingested a human medication, now what?!By Capt. Taylor Opel, DVM as vomiting and diarrhea. Therefore, tipsychotic agent that is used to treatFort Buchanan Lipitor is not considered to have high schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Fort BuchananVeterinary Treatment Facility toxicity concerns for pets. While some clinical depression. It is important to Veterinary Treatment Facility Nearly half of the calls received at human drugs are utilized in veterinary keep this drug out of the reach of pets,the Pet Poison Helpline are related medicine, Lipitor is not commonly as ingestion can result in profound Located at Building 676 on Sally-to a pet ingesting human medication. used. lethargy, vomiting, hy- port St. the Veterinary TreatmentRecognizing the most commonly sold #2 – Nexium® perthermia, significant Facility has surgical and dentaldrugs in the U.S. and how they af- (esomeprazole) changes in heart rate services available.fect pets can help pet owners be more An anti-ulcer and blood pressure,aware of potential dangers associated medication and pro- and seizures. If a pet Appointments available for Ac-with these drugs. ton-pump inhibitor ingests this drug, im- tive Duty Military, Retirees, De- The IMS Institute for Healthcare that results in de- mediate veterinary at- pendants, Coast Guard, ArmyInformatics recently released a report creased gastric acid tention is needed. National Guard, Reservists, Fortthat included the top five human pre- secretion. While it In order to keep Buchanan Residents, GS Em-scription (Rx) drugs sold in the United is utilized in veter- pets safe from ingest- ployees, Fort Buchanan SecurityStates. According to the IMS Insti- inary medicine for ing these and other Personnel, US Customs and FBItute for Healthcare Informatics report, some pets, mild side dangerous human medi- Personnel.which was released in April 2011, the effects can include vomiting and diar- cations, the veterinarians at Pet Poisontop five human drugs sold in the U.S. rhea. 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    • Local students aspire to become military officersBy Capt. Carlos M. Cuebas1st MSC Public Affairs San Juan, PR- Brig. Gen. FernandoFernández, commander of the U.S.Army Reserve, Puerto Rico, 1st Mis-sion Support Command, participatedin a United States Service AcademiesRoundtable, hosted by CongressmanPedro R. Pierlusi, at the congressionaloffice in San Juan, Oct. 18. Many high school students, parentsand college counselors from around theisland were present at this event, withthe intent of gathering as much infor-mation about becoming officers in themilitary. “The fact that you are here contem-plating this course of action says a lotabout you. Please know that each oneof you have already earned my admira-tion and respect”, said Pierluisi whileaddressing the students during hisopening remarks. Representatives from West Point, theAir Force Academy, the Naval Acad-emy, the Coast Guard Academy and Photo by Staff Sgt. José Santos Santos Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández, senior U.S. Army Reserve Officer in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, addresses the many students, parents and col-ASPIRE Page 15 lege counselors who attended the United States Service Military Academy Roundtable, Oct.,18 at Congressman’s Pedro R. Pierluisi’s San Juan office.XIII UPORFACongress in PRStory and photos by for this occasion were: Maj.Staff Sgt. José E. Santos Santos Gen. Robert Kasulke, Com-1st MSC Public Affairs mander of the Army Reserve Ft. Buchanan, PR – Over 30 Medical Command, Maj. Gen.reserve military service mem- (Ret.) Roger W. Sandler, for-bers from two country mem- mer USARC Commander,bers (United States and Ar- Maj. Gen. Robert W. Smith,gentina), gathered together on Chief of the U.S. Delegationthe XIII Pan-American Union to UPORFA, Hon. Horacio Ca-of Reserve Officers Congress brera, U.S. Army Reserve Am-(UPORFA for its Spanish ac- bassador, Brig. Gen. Fernandoronym) that was held at the 1st Fernández, Commander of theMission Support Command 1st Mission Support Commandheadquarters, 13-15 Oct. among many other. Photo by Staff Sgt. José Santos Santos The UPORFA, founded in “In 1994 when I retired from Reserve military service members from United Sates and Argentina pose for a picture on the XIII Pan-American Union1994, is an international or- the Chief Army Reserve posi- of Reserve Officers Congress (UPORFA for its Spanish acronym). The congress was held on the newly re-inauguratedganization that works through tion, I have met with a few peo- Ramos Hall, at the 1st MSC Headquarters in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. October 13-15, 2011.contacts with different reserve ple from Argentina who had anofficers’ organizations to build interest in doing something in a na,” he said. One Sandler’s biggest ac- common issues that reserve orcivil and military alliance and hemispheric basis,” said Maj. Santoni is a former 1st MSC complishment was to get the guards members have in com-strategic partnership in the Gen. (Ret.) Roger W. Sandler, Commanding General (then Reserve Officers Association’s mon. Some of these issues arenational interest of members founder member of UPORFA. 65th RSC) and is the current approval to sponsor the UP- the reintegration after a mobi-countries, founded on demo- “Gen. Santoni, from this area Civilian Aide to the Secretary ORFA. lization, mutual training andcratic principles and respect for in Puerto Rico, was the catalyst of the Army. He was a key The U.S. delegation lead by family support, among others.civil authority. to help me get in conversations player on the creation of this Maj. Gen. Robert W. Smith, Some of the leaders present with this folks from Argenti- multinational organization. is looking forward to discuss UPORFA Page 15
    • UPORFA, From Page 14 According to Smith, by be-longing to UPORFA, countries 1st MSC finishes strong at Army ten-milerwill gain also a professional By Capt. Carlos M. Cuebasnetworking structure that will 1st MSC Public Affairsbenefit even more their rela-tionship. Washington, DC- The 1st “As citizen-soldiers, which Mission Support Commandmost of us are as reservist, we was very well represented atbring both, a business and civil- the 2011 Army ten miler race,ian perspective to the military. 9 Oct.So many of us have connec- Lt. Col. Samuel Licorish,tions that allow us to access and 1st MSC Operations Offi-work with people very quickly, cer in Charge, Sgt. 1st Classbecause we have other profes- Saby Calo, Headquarters andsional avenues that we can headquarters Detachment,approach the various people 1st MSC Personnel Admin-around the Americas”. istration NCO and Sgt. 1st The delegation of Argen- Class Sammy Santiago, 268thtina was represented by 1st Lt. Transportation Company, rep-Alejandro Patzol, Lt. Rodrigo resented the 1st MSC, whileBravo, and 2nd Lt. Guillermo being part of the Fort Buchan-Pastore, all members of the an team.Reserve Officers’ Union of Ar- “I love to run. This is thegentina (UNOR), organization third year that I represent thelinked to the UPORFA. 1st MSC at this important For the Argentineans this is a race,” said Calo.very enriching experience that From the right, Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Santiago, Lt. Col. Samuel Licorish, Sgt. 1st Class Saby Calo, Sgt. 1st Class The US Army ten miler is Francisco Bermúdez, Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Pumarejo and Sgt. Andre Dejesus, who integrated the Fort Bu-gives all participants the op- America’s largest ten-mile chanan’s Army 10-miler team, pose in front of the Pentagon, minutes before the run started, 9 Oct., 2011.portunity to share professional race, held every October atexperiences with reservist from Washington, DC. The race “It is a great experience. ished the run in one hour, 17 als interested to represent theother countries. draws a large number of civil- In part, I did it for fun, but I minutes and 39 seconds and 1st MSC next year, Calo rec- “It is an experience that helps ian and military running teams also did it to stay in shape. Sgt. 1st Class Calo finished ommended to start practicingus a lot because enriches us and from around the world. This The Army pays the travel ex- the run in one hour, 30 min- as soon as possible. She alsogives us many ideas to use the year more than 30,000 runners penses to participate and you utes and 18 seconds. Overall, stated that the groups shouldgood things about the Ameri- participated in the race. get to know many people from the local team arrived in the practice together, five dayscan army, ... to apply them or at Calo stated that there is around the Army. I like it very 24th position out of 48 teams. a week, in order to improveleast be proposed to our army” a process to select the team much,” said Calo. The other members of the their pace and speed.said, 2nd Lt. Pastore. members. There is a local try Sgt. 1st Class Santiago Fort Buchanan team were Sgt. The 1st MSC soldiers inter- For Patzol, who is also a rep- out every year and during that completed the run in one hour, 1st Class Francisco Bermú- ested in participate next yearresentative with responsibilities process the best six runners seven minutes and 57 seconds, dez, Sgt. 1st Class Francisco can contact Lt. Col. Samuelfor the UNOR, the integration are selected to represent the achieving the best time for the Pumarejo and Sgt. Andre Licorish @ Samuel.licor-of countries is very important. local team. team. Lt. Col. Licorish fin- Dejesús. To those individu- ishjr@us.army.mil.For him, it would be best if thiscongress can meet twice a year. “I think it’s very important ASPIRE, From Page 14 tend a college in Puerto Rico, takes a particular type of indi- in political sciences. The col-to have a big meeting earlier then the ROTC might be your vidual to join the Armed Forc- lege counselor referred me toeach year and a year-end meet- the Merchant Marine Acad- option”, said Lt. Col Gustavo es, especially as an officer. It come to this event as an alter-ing in which we can assess all emy were present at the event C. Pérez, Professor of Military also takes a very special fam- native to reach my goals”, saidthe needs of our military forces to explain the prerequisites to Science at the University of ily to support that individual”, Hernandez. Applicants to allin our countries through the re- apply to their institutions. In Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. said Fernández who talked and Service Academies, except theserve, which is the activity that addition, the personnel from Pérez also stated that the US shared with many students and Coast Guard Academy, are re-we, as soldier citizen, partici- the University of Puerto Ri- Army ROTC program com- parents during the event. quired to obtain a nominationpate”. co’s Reserve Officer Training missions more Puerto Rican Jonathan Hernandez, 17, to the school. For students in To Patzol, having these meet- Corps (ROTC) were present, officers than any of the US from the C.I.E.M. private Puerto Rico the nomination isings would be of great benefit explaining their program as Service Academies combined. School in Carolina (Centro made by the Resident Com-to the development of UPOR- well. Brig Gen. Fernando Fernán- de Instrucción y Educación missioner.FA, and this could be the jump “I am glad to see you here. dez was the senior officer in Moderna by its name in Span- To apply for the Congress-in the organization that might Your presence shows that you the event. “It is great to see so ish) was one of the students man’s nomination, local stu-have this kind of congress. are committed. If after receiv- many young people who want who asked many questions to dents can fill the required United States, Argentina, ing the information about the to serve our nation as officers Fernández. forms at the following webChile, Uruguay, and Colombia Service Academies you decide in the Armed Forces. It is also “I came here because I am address: http://pierluisi.house.are current members of UP- that you still want to become great to see parents, teachers highly interested in pursuing gov/PDF/forms/nomination-ORFA. an officer, but would like to at- and friends here tonight. It a military career and a degree form.pdf .
    • 1st MSC Soldiers test physical readinessBy Capt. Carlos M. Cuebas1st MSC Public Affairs APFT with the troops, which motivates high participation, Fort Buchanan, PR- It was according to Cruz.5:00 a.m. and the soldiers as- The event’s Noncommis-signed to the Headquarters- sioned Officer in Chargeheadquarters Company (HHD), (NCOIC) was Sgt. 1st Class1st Mission Support Command Juan E. González, who works(1st MSC), were already get- in the G3, Operations section.ting prepared to conduct the “I have a good support teamArmy Physical Fitness Test to conduct this event. I hope ev-(APFT) at Fort Buchanan, 22 eryone passes the PT test,” saidOct. González, minutes before the “Passing the PT Test is very first formation.important because it is part of The troops formed up at 5:15the standards expected from a a.m. and Sgt. 1st Class Edgarsoldier”, said 1st Sgt. Ariel Fe- Paez, from the 1st MSC lo-liciano from the HHD, 1st MSC gistics section, was in chargeCompany. There are over 90 of conducting the warmingsoldiers assigned to the HHD. up. Paez used the preparatoryAbout 25 percent of those sol- drills of the new Army Physical Photos by Staff Sgt. José Santos Santosdiers took the APFT two days Readiness Test (APRT), which Soldiers from the Headquarters- headquarters Company, 1st Mission Support Command, are standing at the start linein advance because they were is expected to become effective of the two-mile run, as part of the recent Army Physical Fitness Test conducted at Fort Buchanan, 22 Oct. 2011part of the support team for this in the near future, to conductAPFT event. the warming up. The APFT ducting the preparatory drills. I test day. My goal is at least a minutes and 35 seconds, unof- “We always have high was conducted following the think that the 1st MSC soldiers 290,” said Calo, while waiting ficial. It is hard to go out in apassing rates in HHD for the current standards. should not have any problems in line to do her pushups. fast pace and keep it there. NextAPFT,” said Maj. Rafael Cruz, “Today we only used five adjusting to the new PT test “It is humid today. I am also time you see me I will be doingCommander of the HHD Com- preparatory drills as warm up standards, when they become always nervous on APFT day. twelve’s,” said Licorish shortlypany. exercises, with the intent of effective,” added Paez. Even if you train, you get ner- after crossing the finish line. “We also always have had start getting our soldiers famil- Lt. Col. Samuel E. Licor- vous out here, because you The first female finishing thea great participation on APFT iar with the new APRT,” said ish, G3 Officer in Charge, want to do your best. My goal two-mile run was, also as ex-day. The Commanding General Paez. and Sgt. 1st Class Saby Calo, is a 296 or better,” said Licor- pected, Calo.always establishes the example Paez was very pleased with HHD’s Personnel Administra- ish. “I feel well. I wanted 14 min-which is very visible”, added the soldier’s reaction to the new tion Specialist, were expected As expected, the first indi- utes, but 15:22 is good also. MyCruz. warming up exercises. “The to perform very well during vidual crossing the finish line maximum time is 17 minutes,” Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernán- soldier’s reaction was very this APFT, according to 1st Sgt. of the two-mile run was Licor- said Calo.dez, 1st MSC Command- good. They were very atten- Feliciano. ish. The 95% of all tested soldiersing General, always takes the tive and motivated, while con- “I am always nervous on PT “I think my time was 13 passed the APFT.166th RSG trains 480 SoldiersBy 166th Unit Public Affairs Charge (NCOIC) Staff Sgt. their mission, while takingRepresentative Ivette Marrero, from the 390th care of the safety of the opera-For 1st MSC Public Affairs Transportation Company, ef- tion. The tower was operated Camp Santiago, Salinas- fectively managed the train- by Sgt. 1st Class Sammy San-The 390th and 432nd Trans- ing event by providing qual- tiago who maintained positiveportation Companies, both ity marksmanship instruction, control over the operation andsubordinate elements of the weapons handling techniques personnel with the highest de-346th Transportation Battal- and target practice. gree of expertise and safety.ion, under the 166th Regional The units trained included The soldiers were satisfiedSupport Group, recently pro- the 393rd Combat Support with the quality of training re-vided weapons qualification Sustainment Battalion, the ceived. Photo by 166th RSG Unit Public Affairs Representativetraining to over 480 1st MSC 346th Transportation Bat- For example, Staff Sgt. Ed- Soldiers from the 166th Regional Support Group (RSG) check their targetsSoldiers, at the Camp Santia- talion and the Headquarters gardo Perez, 432nd Transpor- after shooting in the M-16 weapons qualification range, which was conductedgo Training Site, Salinas, PR. Company, 166th Regional tation Company, stated that at Camp Santiago Training Site, Salinas, Puerto Rico, 19 Aug., 2011. The range Officer in Support Group. he liked very much using theCharge (OIC) Sgt. 1st Class The days were long and hot 25 meter paper targets instead the opportunity to fire their the objectives and was con-Samuel Watson and the range but this fact did not deter the of pop up targets. The event assigned weapons. ducted successfully with zeroNon Commission Officer in Soldiers from accomplishing finished when all soldiers had The training event met all accidents.
    • 1st MSC families prove resilientStory and photos byStaff Sgt. José E. Santos Santos1st MSC Public Affairs Ponce, PR- Family members of the475th Engineer Company, currently de-ployed, conducted their Family Readi-ness Group meeting, at the unit’s facili-ties Sept. 18. Personnel from the Children’s Inte-gral Care and Development Adminis-tration (ACU-DEN by its acronym inSpanish) took care of the children dur-ing the meeting. Barbara Rodriguez and1st Sgt. Ariel Feliciano Torres, from the1st MSC, provided assistance takingcare of the teenagers. Feliciano had the opportunity to sharehis mobilization experiences with thechildren. He also asked the youth ques-tions about the deployment of theirparents. The children also shared sometime with Ramón Balsa, Military Fam-ily Life consultant. During their interac-tion with Balsa, the youth had an oppor-tunity to know how a Mandala can helpthem during stress time to reach relax-ation. A Mandala is a geometric patternor chart, typically circular or square,that symbolically represents the cosmosand is used for meditation purposes. The Photo by Janeska BarrientosMandala Work Plan for youth was takenfrom Operation Military Kids manual Barbara Rodriguez , far left, and 1st Sgt. Ariel Feliciano, far right, from the Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 1st Mission Support Command,for youth of deployed Soldiers. talk with teenagers, at the 475th Eng.. Company headquarters, Ponce, PR, 18 Sept., during a recent Family Readiness Group meeting.1st MSC recognizes itscivilian work force Fort Buchanan, PR- The hard “The Just Do It Award is a Mr. Kenneth McConnell waswork and dedication of the civil- new recognition established by selected as the 1st MSC Out-ians assigned to the 1st Mission the 1st MSC Soldier Readiness standing Employee of the Year.Support Command, US Army Processing Center. The award One of the most remarkableReserve Puerto Rico, was for- recognizes an employee who moments of the ceremony wasmally recognized in a ceremony takes the initiative to do some- the presentation of the Presiden-conducted at the command’s thing that benefits the whole tial Letter to Mr. Christopherheadquarters, 29 Sept. organization,” said Mr. José R. Routenberg who retired after 46 The employees were com- Ruiz, 1st MSC SRPC supervi- years of federal service.mended for their years of ser- sor.vice in the federal government In this case, Mr. Acevedo Mr. Monserrate Vergara, 1st Missionto include 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 received the Just Do It Award Support Command’s Managementyears awards. Selected team because he coordinated with a Service Specialist (left) and Mr. Josémembers also received the print shop in order to have shirts R. Ruiz, Soldiers Readiness Pro-Performance Award and the with the SRPC logo. These cessing Center’s supervisor (right),Achievement Medal for Civil- shirts will now be part of the present the Presidential Letter and Certificate of Retirement to Mr.ian Service award. SRPC uniform. Christopher Routenberg (center). Mr. José Acevedo received Other team members were The event took place at the 1st MSCthe Just Do It Award. also recognized. For example, headquarters, 29 Sept. 2011 Photos by Sgt. Jose F. Babilonia
    • 18November 2011 Around The Post The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananGarrison recognizes civilian work force achievements 5 Year Service Award 10 Year Service Award (Names do not appear in order, some recipients not pictured) (Names do not appear in order, some recipients not pictured)Amanda Vazquez-Lloret MWR Julio Capacetti MWR Alberto Orellana - DHR Jose Acevedo Estrada MWRCarlos Gonzalez-Costa MWR Lillian Orlando MWR Anibal Negron - DPW Luis Alicea MWREsther Barrios Reyes MWR Lilly M. Chavis - CPAC Edgar I Berrioscouvertier MWR Marcos Orengo - DPTMSEvelyn Sanchez Garcia MWR Lorna L. Morales MWR Edith Silva MWR Nelson Velez Orta MWRHyo S. Lopez MWR Lupe Rosario De La Cruz MWR Ernesto Berrios MWR Ruben Maldonado-Gutierrez MWRIdalis M. Rios MWR Maria I. Natal MWR Evelyn De La Cruz Ramos MWR Victor Lopez - DPTMSIdeliz Velez Torres MWR Nachar Gomez MWR Fernando Gonzalez-Rolon MWR Wilda Diaz MWRIsabel Bonilla MWR Stephanie Acosta MWR Geomari E. Acosta-Rdgz MWR Yolanda M. Blenman MWRJacqueline Rojas-Collazo MWR Vilma Colon MWR Gerardo Morales-Baez MWR Yomara M. Acosta-RodriguezJoel A. Cruz-Calderon MWR Zulaika Rosado MWR Jorge E. Bures MWR MWRJose A. Ortiz MWR 15 Year Service Award 20 Year Service Award (Names do not appear in order, some recipients not pictured) (Names do not appear in order, some recipients not pictured)David A. Yourch MWR, Evaristo Rivera-Velez MWR, Felix Jaime Qui- Adria M. Lucca MWR, Gilberto Valentin MWR, Juan C. Garcia -DPWnones MWR, George Santiago MWR, Ivette Davila MWR, Jerome C. Juan M Gonzalez - DPW, Maria M. Martinez MWR, Nydia Rivera MWRHesby MWR, Jorge Cruz-Rodriguez MWR, Nydia Mejias MWRRoberto Fernandez MWR, Wilfredo Miranda MWR
    • El MorroFort Buchanan Around The Post The Sentinel of the Caribbean 19 November 2011 25 Year Service Award 30 Year Service Award (Names do not appear in order) Jaime Morales -DPTMSJames Welch Jr. MWR, Jose Vazquez MWR, Miguel Jones - DPTMS,Mildred M. Cepeda MWR, Nancy Ramos - DHR Robert Praetorius -DPW 50 Year Service Award Santiago Santiago - DHR 35 Year Service AwardRoberto Lugo Ramos -DPTMS, Amanda Rojas - RMOManuela Barriera, a job title here with the Resource Manage- Elizabeth Gilestra, a job title here with the organization, Tiffany Gist, the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, re-ment Office, receives a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service receives a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service during the ceives a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and aduring the work force town hall meeting held at the Community work force town hall meeting held at the Community Club Nov. Bronze Star for her service in support of the GWOT, during theClub Nov. 3 3 work force town hall meeting Nov. 3 at the Community Club.
    • 20October 2011 Awareness & Preparedness The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort Buchanan FOR THE FRIDGE Fort Buchanan Emergency Phone Numbers Storm guide for • Police Desk 787-707-3337 or 4911 / 787-792-7895 • Fire Department and Ambulance 707-5911 / 787-792-7895 • Rodriguez Army Health Clinic 707-9112 / 3912 post residents • Emergency Operations Center 707-3287 / 3395 (During duty hours, after duty hours, weekends and holidays call Police Desk) The Hurricane Condition (HURCON) is a five- stage readiness system that is used by all Installation Management Command regions and garrisons to report the likelihood of an approaching tropical cyclone and to trigger implementation of the specific protective measures. HURCON 5: Prepare for the hurricane season (1 June- 30 November) The following items are recommended as a basic disaster-supplies kit: -Watch or listen to local news on a daily basis for tropical storm updates. -Make an emergency family and plan to secure your property. -Be sure trees and shrubs around the house are well trimmed. Three-day supply of non-perishable food, a can open- -Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. er and cooking utensils. Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per HURCON 4: 96 hrs (Four days) before hurricane person, per day. -Complete any possible actions not accomplished from HURCON 5. -Continue to listen to the radio or watch TV for further updates. A flashlight and a portable, battery-powered radio or -If you have special needs, find out about special assistance services. television and extra batteries. -Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. First aid kit and manual. -Update your disaster kit and keep it in a designated place and have it ready. Make sure all family members know where it is kept. Sanitation and hygiene items (moist wipes and toilet paper). HURCON 3: 72 hrs (three) days before hurricane A whistle, matches and waterproof containers. -Contact school’s for emergency guidelines, such as school closure. -Contact your employer for specific guidelines during the emergency, Extra clothing – complete change of clothing and such as leave, activation of phone tree and access to the installation. shoes per person. -If you have special needs, find out about special assistance or register with the office of emergency services. Board games, cards, arts and crafts, crayons, and oth- -Take video or photos of your property. This will help later on with any er games for children. claims for damage that may need to be filed. -Continue to listen to the radio or watch TV for further updates. Cash and coins. HURCON 2: 48 hrs (two days) before hurricane Photocopies of credit and identification cards. -Find out the location of your nearest emergency shelter by contacting the Important papers secured in water-proof containers. Installation Operations Center at (787)707-3838. (Social Security cards, birth certificates, diplomas, ti- -Evacuate if directed by authorities and follow their instructions. tles, deeds to property, and special photos) -Continue to listen to the radio or watch TV for further updates. Special needs items, such as prescription medications, HURCON 1: 24 - 12 hrs before hurricane eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing- aid bat- -Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. teries. -Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors. -Continue to listen to the radio or watch TV for further updates. Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers. Landfall - 12 hours prior to and during hurricane Ensure your pet has proper ID, carrier and leash -Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors and take refuge in updated veterinarian records and pet supplies. a small interior room, closet or hallway when hurricane hits. -Continue to listen to the radio or watch TV for further updates. Any other items to meet needs unique to your family.