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  1. 1. JUST BREATHE FUTURE LEADERS 2nd BCT Soldiers Soldiers complete conduct NBC training Armys new WLC curriculum A3 B3 Fort Drum, N.Y. • March 7, 2013 • Vol. 6 • Issue 9Historic flag honors nation’s fallen warriorsSgt. Javier S. Amador man to F Company, 25th Marine3rd Brigade Combat Team Journalist Regiment, 4th Marine Division. On Feb. 19, 1945, the battle for Iwo At exactly 6 a.m. Feb. 27, a very Jima began. Surviving only eightspecial American flag was raised at days of brutal fighting through theHays Hall, the headquarters of the harsh jungle terrain against a de-10th Mountain Division (LI). The termined and deeply-entrenchedcannon boomed, and reveille was enemy, Pvt. A’Hearn lost his life.played as the flag made its way up “He was killed eight days intothe flagpole through the cold, the campaign,” Moretti said. “Therainy air. day that he died, they were at Air- At first glance, this flag looks like field No. 2.”any other American flag that is Airfield No. 2 was a major objec-raised and lowered at military in- tive located between Hill 362 andstallations around the world every a terrain feature that becameday. It is only when one looks known as Turkey Knob. The basincloser that the physical difference that lay between these terrain fea-is noticed. On the flag, there are 48 tures was nicknamed the “Am-stars where normally it would phitheater,” and it was there thatcount 50. This difference was no the bloodiest fighting of the battlefactory error; it is the correct num- took place.ber of stars for its time. “In the company commander’s In fact it is a World War II-era flag handwritten letter, it stated that hethat, after escorting a fallen Ma- was killed during the battalion at-rine infantryman on his final jour- tack,” Moretti said. “It stated thatney home from the island of Iwo he was hit by Japanese mortar fireJima in 1948, has become some- and he succumbed to his burns.”thing much more. Now, it is a me- A’Hearn was buried on the is-morial that honors all who have land and posthumously promotedgiven their lives in previous wars to private first class. In Decemberand those that will be fought in 1948, his remains – accompanied Sgt. Maj. Mitchell DuVall, left, noncommissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Errick Gordon, right,times to come. It is something old SGT. JAVIER AMADOR by the 48-star flag – were returned guide the Soldiers of the flag detail as they raise the 48-star flag at reveille Feb. 27 in front of Hays Hall.that has become not only new back to the United States whereagain, but everlasting. they were buried at his final rest- Joseph J. A’Hearn was 26 when ing place in his hometown ofhe was drafted in 1943. The war his part. So, despite his mother’s didn’t want him to serve,” said Lt. of war, it kind of weighed upon Somerville, Mass. The flag washad started two and a half years wishes, he answered his nation’s Col. Christopher S. Moretti, chief him that he wanted to serve.” then given to his wife.earlier, and A’Hearn felt he could call to arms. of fires for 10th Mountain Division A’Hearn enlisted in the Marinesno longer ignore the feeling to do “My great-great-grandmother (LI). “But after two and a half years and was assigned as an infantry- See FLAG, Page A3 ‘Peak’ condition Fort Drum remembers Army veteran, ‘patriot’ Michelle Kennedy Staff Writer Retired Col. George H. Hallanan Jr., 95, a man who is credited with assisting in the reactivation of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, died Saturday in Wa- tertown. A funeral service was held Wednesday at the Zion Episcopal Church in Pierrepont Manor. Hal- lanan was buried at Church Ceme- tery with full military honors. Hallanan was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Red Hook, N.J. He enlisted at Fort Dix, N.J., before attending the last U.S. Army Horse Cavalry Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kan. His decision to join the Army Col. George H. Hallanan Jr. last continued his Family’s history of COURTESY PHOTO served as deputy installation com- military service, dating back to the mander at Fort Dix, N.J., in 1974. Revolutionary War, according to After retiring from the Army, Hal- his daughter, Felicity Hallanan. lanan served as special assistant “We do come from a line of men on the staffs for Congressmen and women on both sides of the Robert C. McEwen and David O’B. Family who have given to the Martin, New York’s 26th Congres- United States through military sional District, and played a role in service,” she said. “Military service the reactivation of the 10th Moun- is an important part of Family tra- tain Division (LI) at Fort Drum. dition, whether you’re wearing a rank or as a Family Member.” Hallanan married his late wife, Alice Marion Williams, on Nov. 7, of the six children – to West Ger- 1942, at Zion Episcopal Church. many. Throughout his career, Hallanan, “In the early 1950s, refugees Top left: A Soldier with Scout Platoon of 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat PHOTOS BY SPC. ROBERT YOUNG his wife and their six children, were still pouring over the borders Team, prepares a simulation Claymore mine during the battalion’s Catamount Peak, a weeklong field traveled around the world, includ- to escape the Russians.” training exercise designed to increase infantrymen’s proficiency in small arms and crew-served ing what was then West Germany. They lived in Munich, and Hal- weapons, mortars and fighting in urban terrain.. Top right: A noncommissioned officer from B Company, “Like many veterans, my father lanan remembers her parents pro- 2-87 Infantry, coaches another Soldier on proper firing techniques. Bottom: A mortar team from 2-87 In- left the active-duty military after viding assistance to refugees. fantry prepares to fire a training round for a 120 mm mortar system. Catamount Peak kicked off Feb. World War II,” Felicity Hallanan “That included responding to 20. The brigade will conduct Spartan Peak and Mountain Peak in the coming weeks and months. said. “When he was recalled dur- the knock of frightened, homeless, ing the Korean War, we were sent – my mother Alice and the first three See HALLANAN, Page A4 TIDBITS A2 • NEWS BRIEFS A4 • OPINION-EDITORIAL A9 • PEOPLE B3• HAPPENINGS B5
  2. 2. CA2 The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • March. 7, 2013 March 7, 2013 • The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. A3 Mountain 6 - Commander’s Corner Soldiers celebrate This takes ‘nerve’ To the Soldiers, civilians and Family Mem- ticular area, leaders will find guidance in Pol- Policies are general guidance that fit most Commanding General bers of Fort Drum, icy 1 to enable them to act within my intent in any situation. situations. When the policies don’t fit, I ex- pect leaders to use their initiative, apply Black History Month Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend I am thrilled to be back This week I want to share with you the first METT-TC (Mission, Enemy, Terrain and Garrison Commander Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra with the 10th Mountain part of Policy 1, my Commander’s Intent / Vi- Weather, Troops, Time Available and Civilian he came to within a few feet of a Col. Gary A. Rosenberg Division (LI). I have been sion for this division and installation. The Considerations) and good old-fashioned 10th Sustainment Brigade PAO NCOIC bunker, the enemy tossed out a Public Affairs Officer back at Fort Drum for a second part is my philosophy on soldiering common sense to determine what action to grenade that fell in the middle of little more than three and leading, which I will share in a future take - then take action and not be afraid to Members of the Fort Drum com- his small group. Lt. Col. David A. Konop months, and in my opin- Commander’s Corner. do so! Garrison Public Affairs Officer munity observed Black History Thinking only of his men, War- ion, the 10th Mountain Month during lunch Thursday at ren fell in the direction of the Julie Cupernall Division is still the finest The overarching guidance that applies to My vision for this division and installation the Commons to remember the grenade, shielding those around Managing Editor war- fighting division in all of my policies is as follows: are immediately below. Please take time to contributions African Americans him from the blast. Lisa Reape Albrecht our Army and there is no If it’s dumb … it ain’t our policy! Usually read it. have made to society. Warren was awarded the Medal Staff Writers better place to serve than Townsend policies are emplaced for a good reason. Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, of Honor for his actions that day. Steve Ghiringhelli here in the North Country. Sometimes these reasons are less obvious or Be proud to be a part of the legendary 10th Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Di- Lt. Col. Gregory E. Sanders, Michelle Kennedy I have published, and shared with all divi- make less sense with the passage of time. Mountain Division. Our history and reputa- vision (LI) commander, talked commander of 10th Special sion and installation leaders, Policy Letter 1, Leaders should question those policies that tion are well-known and envied Armywide. I about two of his heroes – Sgt. Troops Battalion, served as guest This Army Civilian Enterprise Newspaper is which is my Commander’s Intent and Lead- don’t make sense on the surface. Just try to am proud to soldier alongside you and add William Carney and 1st Lt. John E. speaker for the event. In his mes- an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of The Mountaineer are not ership Philosophy. I have written this policy find out the “why” behind it before you do. to the “Mountaineer” legend together. Warren Jr. sage to Soldiers, Families and necessarily the official view of, or endorsed by, to share my intent and vision for the 10th In all cases, use your best judgment and I will give you everything I have, and I ex- Carney was assigned to C Com- friends, he highlighted a few units the U.S. Government, the Department of De- Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum to take action! I want you to use initiative and pect each of you to do the same as we face pany, 54th Massachusetts Colored with African American Soldiers. fense, Department of the Army, or Fort Drum. It achieve. This policy is my primary policy let- take action rather than sitting around waiting the challenges of our next Climb to Glory! Infantry. The black sergeant was The Tuskegee Airmen were the is published weekly using offset method, with a ter and the foundation for all training guid- for instructions. If you act within the spirit of advancing with his unit when he first African American pilots printed circulation of 10,000. The editorial con- ance, directives and policies for the 10th our mission and intent and use good com- Stephen J. Townsend was shot down during the July 18, trained at an airbase in Alabama tent of the publication is the responsibility of the Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum. mon sense, I’ll back you up – even if it doesn’t Major General, U.S. Army 1863, attack on Fort Wagner, S.C. during World War II. More than Fort Drum Public Affairs Office. Printed by Wa- In the absence of a specific policy in a par- turn out as you hoped it would. Commanding Rushing to the flag, he hoisted it 400 deployed overseas and suc- tertown Daily Times, Inc., a private firm in no and gallantly led the unit to the cessfully completed missions as way connected with the U.S. Government, under written contract with the Commander, Fort parapet of the fort where he bomber escorts. planted it. The first African American com- Drum. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, CG’s Intent for 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum: We are: As dusk fell, Carney saw a group missioned and warrant officers does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. of Soldiers approaching and, mis- graduated from Great Lakes Naval Army, or Watertown Daily Times Inc., of the A combat-ready, dependable, rapidly de- - Mountain Soldiers are the best marks- Supported by a world-class installation taking them for Union forces, Training Station in Illinois in 1944; products or services advertised. Everything ad- ploying team. We stay ready and deploy men of any division in the Army. and community, where tough, realistic raised his flag, only to be met with they were known as the Golden vertised in this publication shall be made avail- quickly, configured however the mission re- - Mountain Soldiers are alert, con- training, readiness, rapid deployment a heavy volley of fire. He wrapped Thirteen. able for purchase, use or patronage without quires. We rapidly press the fight after we ar- fident and always act with disciplined and taking care of Soldiers and their the flag around the staff and Members of the 369th Infantry regard to race, color, religion, sex, national ori- rive. initiative. Family Members are the top priori- crossed a wide expanse of beach Regiment were the first African gin, age, marital status, physical handicap, politi- A Family of skilled, tough, alert and Led by the personal example of ties. while wounded and under contin- American combat unit deployed cal affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor of the adaptable warriors. We live the Army Values decisive, flexible leaders. Mountain Proud of our service as warri- uing enemy fire to bring the colors overseas in World War I. They were purchaser, user or patron. and Warrior Ethos and act with disciplined leaders are agile in thought, unafraid ors in America’s Army. We are Sol- safely off the field. nicknamed the Harlem Hellfight- initiative. We dominate our surroundings, to take reasoned risks and act confi- diers, Mountaineers in the leg- Carney was awarded the Medal ers, because no Soldier was cap- E-Mail: the situation and the enemy. dently in the absence of orders, when endary 10th Mountain Division … of Honor for his actions that day. tured and no ground was lost Phone: 772-5469 - Mountain Soldiers are the toughest and orders don’t fit the situation or when now and wherever the future may Warren was assigned as a pla- while they were on the frontline. Fax: 772-8295 most resilient of any division in the Army. an unforeseen opportunity arises. take us. toon leader with C Company, 2nd During the observance, some Mailing Address: Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. Soldiers participated by singing, 10012 S. Riva Ridge Loop While moving through a rubber dancing and reciting the national Weather Fort Drum, N.Y., 13602-5028 plantation in Tay Nihh Province, anthem. Paid advertising: Quote of the Week Vietnam, on Jan. 14, 1969, the company came under intense fire “In my heart, Black History Month should be celebrated not Fort Drum 782-0400 or 1-800-724-0401 Top: Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Brigade from a fortified enemy force. He only in the month of February but PHOTOS BY STAFF SGT. JENNIFER BUNN Ready Rear Force, march single file to the NBC chamber during a chemical, biological, radiological and maneuvered, with several of his all year long, because black history Web site: nuclear training exercise on Fort Drum. During the training, Soldiers enter a building with CS gas to test men, through the heavy fire to- is American history,” Sanders “I’ll never ask anyone to do 1st BCT, Bldg. 10305 the proper fit and seal of their individual M40 protective mask and to learn how important it is to keep ward the enemy positions. When concluded. anything I wouldn’t do. I’ll never Social media: their mask in good working order. Bottom left: Pvt. Christian Pittman, an infantryman assigned to A Company, 4-31 Infantry, treats a simulated nerve agent casualty during CBRN training at the NBC facil- 39, MOSTLY CLOUDY ask anybody to do more than I ity on post. Bottom right: Pfc. Brandon Springer, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear spe- Brunch: cialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, would do. ” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd Brigade Combat Team Rear, makes sure a Soldier properly donned and sealed his M40 protective Supper: mountain mask during CBRN training. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel 4:30 to 6 p.m. CG’s Hotline: 772-6666 18TH WEATHER SQUADRON DETACHMENT 1 Fort Drum journalists earn awards A CAREER TO BE FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES FINANCING during annual competition PROUD OF Become a Professional Tractor Trailer Driver COTA FLOORING CARPET • WOOD • TILE • VINYL • CERAMIC Journalists at Fort Drum recent- ly won awards in the Department of the Army’s 2012 Keith L. Ware inghelli and Jennifer Caprioli to capture third place in the story se- ries (civilian) category for a four- Shooters complete aviation train- ing at National Training Center.” Expires 04/25/2013 “Your One Stop Floor Covering Store” Public Affairs Competition. part feature titled “Young Patriots.” IMCOM and FORSCOM may 915 West Main Street • Watertown, NY • 782-5467 Civilian journalists competed at Meanwhile, Sgt. Javier S. Ama- submit up to three entries in each Installation Management Com- dor, a journalist with 3rd Brigade category to the Department of the 12 Months Free Financing mand, while their military coun- Combat Team, won second place Army level of competition. Upon Credit Approval terparts pitted their skills at U.S. in the personality feature (mili- The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware CDL A TRAINING Army Forces Command. tary) category for “Bridging Cul- Public Affairs Awards Competition Michelle Kennedy, staff writer tural Gaps.” recognizes military and civilian • Student Loans and STORE HOURS: Mon. Fri. 9AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-3PM with The Mountaineer, earned Cpl. Kam Gerohimos, a Soldier employee print and broadcast Grants for qualified second place in the personality assigned to 6th Squadron, 6th practitioners for journalistic excel- applicants Lt. Col. Gregory E. Sanders, 10th Special Troops Battalion commander, SGT. 1ST CLASS LUIS SAAVEDRA feature (civilian) category for Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Six lence in furthering the objectives speaks during the Black History Month observance held Thursday at the • Approved for “Army chaplain attributes life ex- Shooters, 10th Combat Aviation of the Department of the Army W Commons. Sanders shared the stories of some great African American Veteran Training perience to success with Soldiers.” Brigade, took third place in the public affairs program. ATERTOWN Soldiers and thanked everybody for supporting the event. • Local and nationwide In addition, Kennedy teamed up contribution by stringer (writing) placement assistance DAILY TIMES with fellow staff writers Steve Ghir- category for a story titled “TF Six FORT DRUM PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE L! Y! E! LOCAL NEWS • LOCAL SPORTS • LOCAL VIEWS A VE LIT DENC rs! BI w w w. w a t e r t o w n d a i l y t i m e s . c o m TR TA EN ou FLAG, from Page A1 along with an actual veteran of the B S NDEP e Y Battle of Iwo Jima. In all, nearly JO I n B “My grandmother flew it one 300 people were present for the Ca time,” Moretti said. “And then she occasion. He also received emails Apply in Person • Daily Tours Available folded it up like a shirt, put it in a from veterans thanking him for his Mon.-Fri. 11am, 1pm & 3pm • Sat. 10am clothes box and then packed it remembrance. 1-800-243-9300 away.” As the flag was folded and 4650 Buckley Rd., Liverpool, NY After several household moves handed to his mother that eve- and the inevitable geographical ning, Moretti realized that the cer- MTN Consumer information: separation of remaining Family emony and the flag itself had Members, the flag, along with all come to symbolize something of the official correspondence, re- much larger than just a remem- mained unseen for years until brance of his grandfather. It came Moretti began his Army career. to signify a remembrance of all of Pfc. Joseph J. A’ Hearn’s Family re- With it came the desire to remem- SGT. JAVIER AMADOR those who had sacrificed their ceived this official remembrance ber those who had served before lives in each of the U.S. wars. proclamation signed by President him. It was then that the flag came Moretti promised his mother that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after back to mind. he would not only fly the flag in the Soldier’s death in 1945 at the “I came into the Army in 1987, memory of his grandfather, but in Battle of Iwo Jima. and growing up, I had heard about memory of the thousands of fallen the flag,” Moretti said. “Once I Soldiers who also sacrificed their began serving, I started search- lives in service to the nation. ing.” grandfather and to then put the True to his word, the 48-star flag Lt. Col. Christopher Moretti, left center, 10th Mountain Division chief of It would be 16 years of search- SGT. JAVIER AMADOR flag away,” Moretti said. “I had no has flown every year since and in fires, stands in Hays Hall with the folded 48-star flag that traveled with ing, made all the more difficult be- idea of the steam that (flying the many different countries, includ- his grandfather’s remains in 1948, while Sgt. Maj. Mitchell DuVall, right cause of the Family’s geographical flag) had gained. All the leader- ing in Iraq and Afghanistan during center, displays the only known photo of Pfc. Joseph J. A’Hearn in uni- separation throughout the New ship, and the local media, the the conflicts. Moretti also is look- form. From left are Sgt. 1st Class Errick Gordon, Spc. Kevin Villareal, England area. In 2003, Moretti was press, that was never my intent.” ing at passing the flag down to his Spc. Joseph Rutherford, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Landis, attending the Command and Gen- The early morning reveille cere- son, who is currently involved in a Moretti, DuVall, Spc. Brandon Collins, Spc. Wann Reed and Staff Sgt. eral Staff College at Fort Leaven- mony at Fort Leavenworth was local ROTC program and has ex- Thad Harvey. worth in Kansas. While there, he simple enough, with only his pressed a desire to enter the mili- went home to Rhode Island on classmates acting as the color tary when he graduates. Christmas leave, and through a guard. The flag went up and flew When the time comes to pass on conversation, he learned of the she had saved.” school and honor her father’s sac- all day with the school leadership’s the flag, Moretti said that his son flag’s whereabouts. After a discussion between rifice on the anniversary of his full support. It was when the flag will be reminded, just as he re- “I happened to be at my aunt’s Moretti and his extended Family, death. He had no idea that flying was lowered at the end of the day minds everyone else, of the tradi- house with my mother,” Moretti the decision was made that he the flag would have such an im- that the true extent of the flag’s tion’s message. said. “They had located some of would be the sole keeper of the pact on both the school and the gaining attention was made ap- “It is not about me,” Moretti my grandmother’s boxes and said flag. While discussing the flag’s his- surrounding community. parent. concluded. “It’s about paying re- that they were down in the base- tory with some classmates at Fort “The original intent was for my Along with the CGSC leadership spect to those that came before, ment, and lo and behold, that’s Leavenworth, Moretti desired to mom to come out and to fly the and the local media, there was also especially those that paid the ulti- when I discovered all the stuff that have his mother come to the flag, to render honors to my the school’s Marine contingent, mate price.”