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  1. 1. The Rolling ReviewJANUARY 2012 821st Transportation Battalion ISSUE THREE 233D TC 129th TC 1452nd TC 651st THOD “Rough Riders” 411th TC DET 481st TC DET 824th TC DET 548th TC DET LSV-5 LCU 2018 LCU 2002 LSV 8 “SAIL ARMY” “SAND DEVILS”
  2. 2. A Patriotic Message Story and Photos by Straight From The Heart. CW4 Kenneth M Wash JrThere are red hearts and blue The families of the 821st Soldiers really poured theirhearts with white stars that heart into this project. On the wall inside the new Resil-present a loving graphic rep- iency Center the flag of the United States is hanging forresentation of the American all to see. This flag, however, is no ordinary flag. It isflag. As with the true flag of made up of the heart-shaped valentines sent by the fami-the United States, this flag lies and friends of the 821st TCBN. Dawnita Crump,shows all who see it where wife of HHD 1ST SGT, was the brains behind the flagour Soldier’s hearts reside. project. She contacted the family members to give thema heads up. “On New Years eve Erica Bushard (SSG Bushard’s wife) and I spent thenight bringing in the new year together. We skyped our men and started cutting out thehearts.” Mrs Crump then sent all of the hearts to the families, with instructions not to telltheir soldiers , but to fill out a heart and send them back. She ended up setting a deadlineof the 4th of Febuary to have them returned, then spent the 5th putting them on a banner.After a few phone calls 42 of the 52 came back on time, the rest were made as over thephone, messages written by her, Erica and Rachel Williams (SGT Stewart Williams’wife). “My goal was to make sure that EVERY soldier knew they were loved, missedand, in the most American way, appreciated for their love of country, family and duty.”Dawn told me via email. The 8 on top represent the "Elite Eight", a reference to the eightsoldiers that were forward deployed to Afghanistan. Dawn said, “We wanted to showthat they are in our prayers and show that time and location won’t separate the love fromall of us to them.” The project was given an official title as Operation Top Secret. It wasdifficult to complete in such a short time with so many family members being spread outso far from each other, but the end result shows the pride and love that all of our familieshave for us. The size of this valentine and the placement of the banner in the Chaplain’scenter allows for a high visibility and is appreciated by our Soldiers and also the thosefrom the down trace as strong a reminder that there is love waiting for them at home.
  3. 3. 821st Local Reconnaissance: Story and Photos byAfghanistan: When you know you’ve made it. MSG Brandon L Ray So, there we were, in our magical Arifjan Kingdom of Never odd balls in our Army Combat Uniforms or ACUs. The only others wear-Never land, settled in for the long haul, fairly content and rolling along ing the light green design are the Navy and the Interpreters. Other units arewhen, low and behold, the good idea fairy came along and said “Hey. You wearing regional Multi Cam Uniforms. Even the Air Force has them.have been selected for a magical trip to the other Never Never Tired of being looked at as if we have the plague, we brainstormed andland!” (code word for Afghanistan.) We were told to assemble the ‘A’ conjured up a plan that would have the supply folks in the north will sendteam of our choosing (with no mention of rules, restrictions or guidelines, us the stylish duds we need to better assimilate. Now it is just some moreof course) and get ready to standby to leave when told that it’s time to go!” hurry-up-and-wait for all of the gear to be delivered. We all settled into CHUs (Containerized Housing Units) for the “Roger, good idea fairy.” I said, and moved out quickly to long haul. Goodassemble our A Team, or what I called, our “Eight is Great Team.” A thing that no one onshort time later we were given the green light to head out, of course, the teams melts, as itsooner than we thought, and had to jump through hoops to get all of the has been raining catsitems prepared… Malaria pills, shots, gear, and all of it had to fit intoone rucksack and a duffle bag. All of the fun items we wanted to bringlike a guitar, a PS3 and bazillion disk DVD collection are sadly sittingin time out in a 20 foot container at the old location like discarded toysfrom Santa’s workshop. After the hurry-up-and-wait to get to the flight line, the flightwas cancelled due to the snow storm that blew into the other NeverNever land, again we waited. They crammed us like sardines into asmall tent on Ali Aselem for the night. The next day we loaded up on abus and headed out. Then, another crowded seating arrangement on the Above: The “road” leading to theflight over, but at least we had each other’s shoulders to lean on for the bus stop . Right: MSG Brandonthree hour trip. Ray on the flight to Never Never- land. The temporary, transitional living arrangements, affectionatelycalled “Shawshank Mansion” at the halfway point was yet another over-crowded and lively place. You had your assortment of trash, gear and and dogs here. The CHUs tend tosleeping wanderers. One pair of overzealous wrestling privates tipped over leak in various places in the middlea bunk, slamming into our fearless leaders rack one morning at 0600. of the night and droplets andTheir silly reindeer games kept us quite entertained. streams of water like to pour on your head. It is the greatest feeling to get a Our tour guide interrupted our fun when he recommended that cold water drip on your head at 0300 in the morning. As for the rain, thewe go to the Boardwalk. We all wondered what he could possibly be talk- season is almost over and the cold and drizzly weather will be a welcomeding about. Sure, New Jersey has a boardwalk, San Jose, California has a change.boardwalk, even the game Monopoly has a boardwalk. But Never Never Now that we are established as the D/ROPs team, we can workLand? He continued to explain that the boardwalk, basically a continuous on getting our MWR gear out of time out and sent to join us. All in all, itwooden platform, had all the things that you could imagine for your eating has been exciting so far. This place is definitely not like Camp Arifjan inand shopping delight. The 2x4 walkway was elevated just enough to stay Kuwait and it definitely is nothing like Kansas. Well, except for the con-out of the water and surrounded by mud and flooding streets, but hey, the stantly changing weather. The team is settled in once again and is ready tohot dogs were gourmet and they were buy one get one free! By far we support whatever may come our way. More than likely another mad rush todecided it was the best meal of the trip so far. help other Soldiers as they transition from one Never Never land to an- We said goodbye to the “Shawshank Mansion” and hopped on other.board one last crowded flight filled with bumps and dips and dives enoughto remind us all of an amusement park rid. We finally arrived at our finaldestination. The visions we had did not prepare us for this reality. Every-thing in this place was spread far and away. We could not all see eye toeye on the positives of our new location but we did all agree on one thing.Man, is it cold here. There is a major change in altitude here. It wasn’t long before thecreeping green crud started moving through our ranks and soon got half ofthe team sick. Self medication and home remedies are not an option hereas the PX is not one of the large overstocked tents that we are accustom to.You simply cannot fit very much stuff into a 20 foot by 40 foot “Store”.Also the doctors and medics at the TMC are not very sympathetic, grufflyrendering their prognosis with, “No quarters for you.” If you get the snif-fles the medic will tell you, “ Suck it up and drive on, Cupcake,” or “ NoRanger Candy for you, Joe, you’re in our land now!” MSG Ray walkedaway sulking and sniffling determined to do just that. MAJ Eldon Dettmer is at the helm of our small office. We alljammed together inside like clowns in a tiny car. SSG Andrew Suddock is Above: SSG Benjamin Bushard, SSG Andrew Suddock,idea generator of the group and works with SSG Benjamin Bushard and SGT Adam Linck and SGT Thomas King on the bus toSGT Bradley Gyhra, constantly prodding them for ideas. Collectively weare a well oiled machine with good momentum. Though we are a little like Kandahar Air Field.
  4. 4. Local Reconnaissance: Story and Photos by“There Goes The Neighborhood...Literally” CW4 Kenneth M Wash Jr Wow! A lot has happened over the last several weeks. We have literally picked up andmoved everything to accommodate all the changes that have been going on around us. The HHD, Safety and S4 (Supply) folks moved in with Maintenance in the BMO tent. The HHD tent hasbecome a new classroom. The S1 (personnel section) moved to what was the S6 and S2 building moving incloser proximity to the Commander and the CSM and brought with them in the move the XO’s office as well asthe Executive Officer. The S6 (Commo section) and the S2 (security section) moved to where the 1452nd, 233rd, 129th Compa-nies and the White-het offices were, as they were moved back to their respective companies after the drawdown. We even downsized the 233rd company area to make room to move the Chaplains Coffee Shop/resiliency center from the lower north forty to the middle of all the action in the busy Motor pool 23. Lastly we managed to finally get rid of the antiquated wooden guard shack at the Arms Room compound,replacing it with a steel version with updated electrical and air conditioning. The move kept the S6 Section’s Commo crew busy cleaning up the birds nests of wiring that once madeup the information network for the building. Then, of course, all the information systems, both classified and un-classified as well as phone systems and network cabling, printers, scanners and the like had to be set up androuted to those who needed them in all three offices and the Chaplain’s center. Busy, busy, busy. All in all everything went well, all systems are on line and the hub of activity remains exactly that, active. From left to right top to bottom: The new SIPR Café, SIPR Café document station, S6/PAO office, The new Resiliency Center, S6 Workshop and Help Center, S3 Main Office, PV2 Sonny Guild and SFC Howard Arndt disassembling old guard shack, New guard shack, CW2 Bradley McMeekan operating the forklift to maneuver the new guard shack in place.
  5. 5. Local Reconnaissance “Iron Wheel Challenge” Story and Photos by SPC Leticia Samuels On Saturday 18 FEB 2012, the Iron Wheel Challenge was held in the 821st motor pool commencing in the second gruel- ing round of rigorous physical training. In this round the female team consisting of SPC Brittney Buturlia, SPC Leticia Samuels, SGT Natasha Rice and SFC Tammy Miller or “double stuffed”, cadre from the 821st, competed against the females of the 129th , the cherry blossoms, with Pfc Georgianna Beaudette, Spc Brit- ney Dahlkoetter, Sgt Michelle Denish, and Sgt Tammi Welton. Double stuffed took second place Top left picture from left to right: Sgt Natasha Rice, Sgt 1st Class Tammy in the event, engaging a five sta- Miller, CSM Alma Ocasio, Spc Brittney Buturlia, and Spc Leticia Samuels all pose together as team Duble stuff shows off awards tion circuit consisting of the Tire Top right picture from left to right: Sgt Natasha Rice and Spc Brittney Buturlia Flip (300 pd tire), the truck push, flip the 300 pd tire during the competition push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups Bottom picture: Team “double stuffed” carrying the 150 pd aid and litter during (one event), weapons assembly/ the IWC disassembly, and the aid and lit- ter carry (150 pds). The teams also had to run a mile in between each circuit carrying a 30 pd or more ruck sack. Even though “double stuffed” didn’t win 1st place they remained highly moti- vated, even cheering on other teams as they would pass by showing good sportsmanship. Team “Cherry Blossoms” accept first prize Army Achievement Medals and pose with CSM Alma Ocasio to show off their awards. Sgt Timothy Stanhope, Sgt Herbert Wells, SSGJoshua Martin and Capt. Maurice Williams made up Members of the cherry blossoms hold up the peace sign as athe team “the four Horseman” and came from brigade sign of victory as they complete their last station and cross theand competed winning first place in the male category finish line.accepting their award from CSM Ocasio.
  6. 6. Local Reconnaissance“364th TSC Run” Story and Photos by SPC Prentes Potts Service Members of the 821st Transportation Corps. Battalion at the 364th TSC run boosting their morale The 364th ESC run kicked off with a bang! General Ive’s prepared us with a motivationalspeech that inspired all Soldiers to complete the grueling 2.5 mile run. During the run many mo-tivated Soldiers took it upon themselves to call cadences, run with the guide-on, and encouragetheir fellow comrades. Captain Carter of the 821 st Transportation Battalion expressed his feel-ings about the run, “it was a good fun run, it’s always great to see Soldiers up early in the morn-ing doing physical fitness.” 1Lt Moffet also commented “it was great to see the amount of Sol-diers and support we have from our higher headquarters.” The 821 st TransportationBattalion Commander Ltc Sell, set the example by stepping up towards the end of therun and circling the formation with the guide-on which gave the Soldiers the motivationto finish with a thunderous roar.
  7. 7. Riding The AJ Short BusPersonal Observations from Around Camp Arifjan And BeyondC is for Courtesy by CW4 Kenneth M Wash Jr The other day I was walking from the mess hall, thinking which point he screamed at me because I called him private, andabout any one of a million things when I nearly ran head-on into a guy cause I was smiling, and cause I saluted all stupid and well, because Iwho had just stepped from behind a barrier wall. “Excuse me,” I said was me and I was always in trouble.as I corrected my stride and resumed my gait. “Hey, Chief, What’s the But for a minute, and for the first time ever as a Soldier, Imatter, CW4s don’t have to salute officers anymore?” had rendered a salute to another Soldier. Something that I would do I turned to face the man with whom I had nearly collided and over and over again for the next thirty-plus years of my life. And justdid that thing we all do, that quick look across the chest of ACU’s for because it isn’t as magical as the first time, becoming fairly routine, itthe rank tab, but it was not visible due to the bright yellow reflective is always special. Being on the receiving end is cool too, but as withsafety sash draped across his chest. My gaze moved upward to his presents, it is still better to render than to return...er..,give than to re-cap. It had been modified, smashed-over to create what best could be ceive.described as the Civil War Look. The rank on his cap was there, no We wrapped up our customs and courtesies class in thedoubt, but it was not visible due to the cap’s reshaping. usual manner with the instructor asking if there were any questions. “It’s customary to salute a senior officer.” The man, who I There were plenty as I recall but one question in particular is mostwas then giving the benefit of the doubt outranked me, said. memorable as it was one of the funniest things I have ever heard I stood there as I contemplated my next words. I’m not easily asked by anyone.riled, but at that moment I was feeling as though I had been wrong- We had pretty much gone through every possible questionfully accused of a crime that I didn’t commit. Knowing that I wasn’t about how to properly render a salute. The DI ,you could tell, wasgoing to apologize, I ran my words through my mouth filter, then I getting tired of all the what if’s and closed the class with one morespoke. “Sir, If you are an officer I couldn’t tell. Your yellow safety belt demonstration, pretty much yelling at us throughout.is covering your rank and your hat is so mishapen that the rank is not “Look dirt bags it’s simple, I’m walking this way, I see anrecognizable.” officer, I get close, I salute the officer and offer the time of day. Good He removed his hat causing it to unfold, exposing the rank morning Sir, Good afternoon, Sir, Etcetera. Simple! What is there notso it could be seen. He was a Colonel. Not one that I had seen be- to understand?”fore. He straightened it, placed it back on his noggin and proceeded We sat perfectly still having just been yelled at when a handto smash it back down again, all the while, telling me how I needed to shot up from the crowd. A low groan filled the room from those wholead by example. I could have argued my point, but I know when to were expecting the worse. SFC Brothers looked in amazement at thequit. I rendered a quick albeit proper salute and simply said, “Roger.” lone outstretched waving hand. That altercation got me thinking. I began to ponder military “What Private, What, What, What?” He asked sarcastically,courtesies in an age where cell phone conversations end abruptly and “What question could you possibly have about rendering a propertexting has diminished our grammatical requirements to the equiva- salute?” He glared at her as if a stare down would cause her to droplent of a texting version of hooked on phonics. Where emails are sent her hand and abandon her question, but no, steadfast she reachedto people who work literally only yards away and the social scene has higher and then stood to ask, “You said that when we salute wetaken on a new meaning for many as social networking. Basically we should offer the time of day.” And then she said it, “What If we aren’thave become unintentionally rude to one another for the sake of al- wearing a watch?“ways being available. I probably laughed the loudest at her flub and immediately I thought about my military “upbringing.” Was the Army a paid the price. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard while in the frontgood parent? Didn’t they teach me better than that? Of course they leaning rest position. It’s hard to do push-ups when you are crackingdid. That’s why I do say hello and goodbye, I don’t abbreviate texts up.and I render salutes to anyone CW5 and above. And oh, by the way, So, remember all those things our Army parents taught us.that would include all Second Lieutenants, and if I see them on time Be respectful and courteous. Wash your hands before every meal.and figure out what is heading my direction quickly enough, maybe And, if someone unintentionally bumps into you and they say excuseeven any cadet who crosses my path. Think about it. We are the me after doing so, just except it and walk away.smallest percentage of our population, yet our group, our militarybrothers and sisters go out of our way to recognize and respect eachother I would argue, more than any other group of people in the world,all day and every day. I still recall the day as a private when I learned about militarycourtesies. My Drill Sergeant, SFC Brothers was teaching the class.For an hour I sat cross legged looking up from the first row at thistowering evil man who was teaching me how to greet an officer andhow to salute correctly, bringing his hand upward across the middle ofhis torso creating a perfect forty five degree angle with a precise crispmovement to the rim of his D.I. hat. Awesome, simply awesome. He taught us through repetition and practice how to walk andsalute at the same time. “When you see an officer and the officer iswithin six paces you will render the perfect military salute and offerthe officer the time of day.” And then it happened. He called on me tobe a demonstrator. “Wash get up here and walk toward me. Pretendthat you are an officer and I will pretend to be you, a worthless scum-bag private.” I was so excited at the prospect. I walked toward him and within the six paces he calmly sa-luted me and said “Good Morning, Sir.” I saluted him back and re- He’s gonna be there awhile if he’s expecting a returnturned the time of day, “Good morning, Private.” I said smugly. At salute.
  8. 8. PAO Adventures: MLK Day 5 K Run/WalkSoldier Spotlight of Martin Luther KingIn Remembrancefrom the 821st HHD Jr. 821st Soldier Spotlight SPC Morgan Buturlia Story By SPC Prentes Potts SPC Buturlia has been a member of the US Army since January 2006. Her Military Occu- pational Specialty (MOS) is 92Y which is the unit supply clerk. She also does additional duties as the 821st Armorer. When she isn’t deployed she is a Produc- tion Control Clerk for the Equipment Concentra- tion Site (ECS) 33 in Fort Riley Kansas. This is SPC Buturlia’s first deployment and her best memory up until now is being promoted to Spe- cialist. In SPC Buturlia’s spare time she likes to engage in arts and crafts, listen to music, and play sports. The words that SPC Buturlia lives by are “ Sing like no one can hear, dance like no one is watching, and love like you never been hurt before.” When SPC Buturlia returns home her plans are to purchase her first home, and to place herself in a position of higher responsibility in both her military and civilian careers.
  9. 9. PAO Adventures: MLK Day 5 K Run/WalkSoldier Spotlight of Martin Luther KingIn Remembrancefrom the 821st HHD Jr. 821st Soldier Spotlight SGT Michael Campbell Story By SPC Prentes Potts SGT Campbell joined the Army in May 2006 and was recently promoted to SGT in De- cember. SGT Campbell’s job in the Army is a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic or 91B. During the height of the drawdown when missions were most frequent SGT Campbell performed as a member of the QAQC, Quality Assurance/ Quality Control team for the battalion. Some of SGT Campbell’s hobbies include; upgrading and installing car audio systems, watching mov- ies, and playing card games like spades. SGT Campbell’s civilian occupation is that of a professional painter. As a painter his duties consist of sandblasting, painting, and any additional labor to ensure a quality job. SGT Campbell enjoys his downtime when he has days off. He is strong believer in “treat others the way you want to be treated.” His plans for the future are to start a family and become mil- lionaire with his new fiancée.
  10. 10. 129th Transportation Company1SG Michael Brown, This month, the 129th Transportation Company had plenty of activities to keep us busy. Wepromoted many well deserving Soldiers to their next rank. Congratulations to PFC Reiss, PFCReusch, SPC Wendt, SPC Burkert, SGT Talmage, SGT Willing, and 1LT Hill. With rank comes moreresponsibility and accountability, so to all our newly promoted: Stay motivated, and keep challengingyourself. We would also like to give a big HOOAH! to our Soldiers that endured cold, windy, sandstorm like conditions while competing in the Camp Buehring marathon this month. SGT Andrews,SPC Beaudette, SSG Hogue, SFC Jones, SSG Newman, SSG Sanford, SPC Weir, SGT Welton,and SPC Wendt all took that challenge; showing how ARMY STRONG the 129 th Soldiers can be.For the 2nd month in a row, the 129th has rose to the occasion and showed that we can be a fierceand unstoppable force when we put our minds to it. Our female team that entered the “Iron WheelChallenge” this month took 1st place in the all female category. SGT Welton, SGT Denish, SPCDahlkoetter, and SPC Beaudette did an OUTSTANDING job in this competition. They brought their“A” game to this competition. As we approach our redeployment date, I want all the 129 th Soldiers to remember that ourmission is not over until we get home safely to our families and our loved ones, so continue to prac-tice safety in all aspects of your day to day activities, chose the harder right over the easier wrong,and watch out for you battle buddies. “Knights of the Road”
  11. 11. 129th Soldier Spotlight SSG Kenya Rice Story By SGT Luther Hall Staff Sergeant Kenya Rice was born in Kansas City, Missouri. SSG Riceserves as 129th Transportation Company supply sergeant during this current de-ployment. SSG Rice along with her soldiers have worked diligently in keepingup with all the equipment and supplies used during Operation New Dawn. SSGRice has been and is a key part in everyday functions of the 129 th Transporta-tion Company; everything from a simple physical training belt, to soldier’s uni-form replacements, to helping platoon sergeants turn in trucks. SSG Rice has been a proud member of the United States Army for a littleover 12 years. She is currently on her second tour. SSG Rice takes tremendouspride in her job and for her efforts she received the Department of the Army“Supply Excellence Award” in 2005. She was flown to Washington D.C. to re-ceive the award and was coined by Command Sergeant Major of the Army.SSG Rice is currently Active Guard Reserve (AGR) and has been since 2004. When not fulfilling her military duties SSG Rice spends her time doingher heart’s biggest passion, raising her twin boys De Mario and Carmelo. Shecredits her boys for giving her energy and wanting to strive for more to bettertheir lives. However, when she does take a break from the boys, SSG Rice en-joys working out in the gym, shopping (both in malls and online!) and gainingStarbucks Coffee award points. Upon returning home from her current tour sheplans on returning to school to get her degree in Criminal Justice. Overall the men and women of the 129th TC owe SSG Rice and her sol-diers a great deal of gratitude for the tireless work they performed in keepingthis operation moving. For her efforts and professionalism the 129 th shines thespotlight on SSG Kenya Rice.
  12. 12. m 233D Transportation CompanyCapt. Jonathan K. Neal It has been a very busy month for the 233rd Transportation Company. Asour numbers dwindle down we still press forward turning in equipment and pre-paring for whatever challenges lay ahead. It has also been a time of tremen-dous change. Our motor pool has all but disappeared and the unit is preparingto say farewell to Capt. Jonathan K. Neal, who has been the 233rd commanderfor the last two and half years. His hard work and dedication to the Soldiers andthe unit have always served as a beacon to follow. Capt. Robin Wharton will beassuming command of the unit after the Change of Command Ceremony Feb-ruary 28; we look forward to a continuing tradition of professionalism and dedi-cation. I also want to thank the Soldiers who have been busting their butts turn-ing in the company’s equipment; their continuing perseverance despite ourdwindling numbers is truly amazing. Sgt. Andrade, our supply sergeant, hasdone an amazing job spearheading the turn-in. She serves as a paragon for allNon-Commissioned Officers in the military. 1SG Kerstin Montoya I do not know where to begin with the sequence of events this month. So much has happened in such little time, but despite everything, the Soldiers are in good spirit and continue making things happen regardless of the task. I receive no less than great praise on all accomplishments from the higher eche- lons in the Operation Enduring Freedom area of operations in regards to work performance and mission accomplishment of our Soldiers. Even though the unit has been divided into several teams, performing a variety of tasks to in- clude but not limited to Movement Control Team duties, distributing and reor- ganizing military equipment in Redistribution Property Assistance Team yards and Mobile Redistribution Property Assistance Teams, the Soldiers are adapt- ing and accomplishing the mission without fail. All rolling stock equipment that remained here in Arifjan has successfully been inventoried and turned in by the few Soldiers that were left behind under the direct supervision of 1LT Chang and SFC Turner. SGT Andrade and her supply team have done an exceptional job in regards to all necessary preparation for the upcoming change of com-mand on February 28, 2012. I cannot express in words how proud I’m of the Soldiers of the “Heavy Truck” teamin regards of mission accomplishment and despite of all, their drive to success and their team spirit with one an-other. “HEAVY TRUCK”
  13. 13. 233D Transportation Company Change of Command Members of the 233rd gathered on a bright morning to bring the command of CPT Jonathan Neil to a closeand usher in the new Commander, CPT Robin Wharton. Captain Neil reflected on his past 29 months as the233rd Commander noting “I do not want to say the words mission accomplished, as we have Soldiers forward de-ployed and the mission is still ongoing.” He mentioned that under his command the 233rd had been deployed tothree countries, Kuwait, Iraq and now Afghanistan. Earlier, at the previous Friday’s waffles with the Chaplain, CPTNeil said that he was taking some time to finish some classes and spend what he described as long overdue timewith his children, two daughters, Lauren and Logan. The 233rd Soldiers in attendance represented the larger company that has many more soldiers already inplace in many locations performing the new missions that will be commanded by CPT Wharton. Going forwardwith them is the current 1st SGT, Kerstin Montoya. Describing her as a “great Battle” (buddy) CPT Neil told theincoming Commander that she was indeed in good hands as 1st SGT Montoya did a great job looking after himand he said jokingly, “keeping me out of jail.” referring to the way a First Sergeant will always make sure that theCommander is inf ormed on all issues concerning Soldiers and unit propert y. The ceremony ended with the playing of Army Strong and the singing of the Army Song. Immediately fol-lowing the music, 1st SGT Montoya presented CPT Neil with framed memorabilia representing his Command in-cluding the company guide-on, a company photo, the unit crest, patch and a Battalion coin. “HEAVY TRUCK”
  14. 14. 233D Transportation Company 233D Soldier Spotlight PFC Monique Johnson Story By 1Lt Sean Chang Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Driver/Supply Clerk, 233D Transportation Company Pfc. Monique Johnson is from Waukegan, Illinois. She is married to Xavier Thomas, who is afulltime student studying cosmetology. When not doing awesome supply stuff or driving big trucks PFCJohnson likes to talk with the family and bother her favorite Non-Commissioned Officer in the Com-pany, SGT Andrade. She frequently supports the 233D TC basketball team, feverishly screamingwords of encouragement like “ARE YOU KIDDING ME REF!?” Her favorite restaurant is Panda Ex-press - located in Zone 2 - where her favorite dish is the mixed rice, a savory mix of shrimp, beef,chicken and other assorted exotic spices and flavors. While Johnson is Puerto Rican she does notspeak any Spanish, but is determined to learn her native tongue with the loving encouragement of hermother’s words, “I can’t do this anymore; your accent is terrible.” When not supporting the war fighter in Operation New Dawn, Pfc. Johnson likes to go shop-ping, specifically for shoes and bags. Her favorite store is Finish Line where she spends exorbitantamounts of money and time looking for the perfect “Jordan’s” to go with her outfits. She claims to nothave any hobbies, but she says that she is very interested in fishing even though she has never gone.Her husband, an avid fisherman, really captured her attention in the sport and has drawn her to it. Shesays “it seems really peaceful, and it is also weird because he is the only person from our hometownwho fishes.” While she is unsure of her future plans in the military she aspires to eventually be a pro-fessor of mathematics at a highly esteemed institution, her emphasis will be in business mathematicswith a special emphasis on statistics. Her Non-Commissioned Officers have nothing but praise for theyoung Soldier. Sgt. Andrade says “She get on my nerves. She has fallen into doing supply very welleven though she is an 88M wannabe. Supply is where her real talents lie”“She has too much energy sometimes.” Johnson usually replies with “Motivated energy.”Sgt. 1st Class Turner says “she is loud, country and whiney but a motivated young soldier, eager tolearn.” “HEAVY TRUCK”
  15. 15. 233D Transportation Company 233D Soldier Spotlight PFC Pedro Gonzales-Rivera Story By 1Lt Sean Chang rt of y is not pa e fluffy gu No, the blu . the family PAC Clerk, 233D Transportation Company Pfc. Gonzalez, aka G-Money, Little G, GG, G Man, P. Giddy, Gonzo or G, is from Carolina,Puerto Rico. He is happily married to Chariamy and the father of two beautiful daughters, Iriny andYariamy. During his free time Gonzalez likes to Skype with his family and watch movies. Currently hisfavorite is Old School, a harrowing tale of aging men starting their own fraternity in order to rediscoverthemselves. Back stateside Pfc. Gonzalez plays multiple sports and goes sightseeing with his family.His next destination is El Yunque, Puerto Rico, a gorgeous rain forest that is as exotic as its name ishard to pronounce. Gonzalez draws inspiration from his father, a Warrant Officer currently deployed to Afghanistan.“The reason I joined the Army was because of my father.” Says Gonzalez.Pfc. Gonzalez currently serves as the 233rd’s Personnel Administrative Clerk, a job typically reservedfor the rank of Sgt. and above. Fortunately Gonzalez is a fast learner and has quickly proven to bemore than competent. Through 1st Sgt. Montoya’s inhuman patience and mentoring, (“Where is thelittle guy? I am going to bury him in the sand.”) Gonzalez has been able to constantly progress andlearn his craft. While he enjoys his job and the opportunity to learn, Pfc. Gonzalez has higher aspirations. De-spite pursing a bachelors degree in marketing, Gonzalez hopes to become a Medical Officer throughthe Reserve Officer Training Program. “HEAVY TRUCK”
  16. 16. 1452nd Transportation CompanyMajor Teonnie Dotson As the missions have come to an almost screeching halt since thedrawdown of forces in Iraq, the concern now is what will be the next missionfor the 1452nd Transportation Company. The company continues to run localmissions on a daily basis in and around Kuwait. The main focus is on TheaterProvided Equipment turn-in which will be successfully completed by March.The leadership worked hard to dig in and planned according to my intent tomake this happen. We continue to move forward to train the Combat En-hancement Trained platoon in the event they are moved forward to Afghani-stan. No matter what the task, the 1452nd is capable and ready to serve.Safety is still critical during this phase of the deployment. Soldiers are workinghard and sometimes forget about attention to detail. As leaders we have tocontinue to emphasize the importance of safety, as Soldiers are eager to get the job done and work ata steady pace often forgetting about the simple things such as the three points of contact or hydrationfor that matter. Sports injuries have also been on the rise. It is important that Soldiers have activitiesto help build morale, but we have to remember that we are here to do a job and that job is not sports.Mission comes first and Soldiers must remember when participating in sports to do their best to pre-vent injury from occurring. The 1452nd continues to plan MWR trips as well as company parties to keep the Soldiers en-gaged. Morale continues to be an important focus during the remainder of the deployment. Master Sgt Michael Speed As the acting 1st Sgt I would like to say, that I am proud to be rep- resenting the 1452nd. The company has done a great job with the mission that was tasked to them. Two weeks ago I was the Senior Truck Master. My job was to track missions and to know where all my trucks were lo- cated. Today my job has gotten a little harder. Instead of taking care of two Soldiers, now I have a whole company to take care of. I am learning a lot about my Soldiers, each Soldier is different. In 1st Sgt School they teach you about what a 1st Sgt’s Job is, and how to deal with Soldiers. Since I have been acting as 1st Sgt, I am truly learning what my job is. What is making my job easy, is the PLT Sergeants. I want to thank each of them for their support. Without my PLT Sergeants I could not do my job which is taking care of my Soldiers. I want to wish 1st Sgt Crisco a speedy recovery. My mission now is to get my soldiers back home safely. “ROUGH RIDERS”
  17. 17. 1452nd Transportation Company “Movin’ on up” Story By Sgt Odaliska Almonte the Soldiers who participated in the ample with our Commander at the Soldier of the Month and NCO of the forefront, tirelessly working to make Month board. There were 8 Sol- sure every single piece of equipment diers who were originally selected to is accounted for at all times. They go to the SOM and NCOOM board, go through each Platoon’s equip- but before these Soldiers went to the ment roster and very meticulously Battalion Board they spent countless made sure that each individual pieceCamp Arifjan Kuwait - Soldiers of the hours studying while still completing of equipment is readily available for1452nd Combat HET Transportation their everyday duties on a span of a inspection, accounted for, or turnedCompany never stop. If it’s not do- month. After given enough time to in. At this point in the game Supplying local missions, they are con- study, these 8 Soldiers went through is working more on the latter andstantly working on inventorying their our Company board, and then making sure that all equipment isequipment and throughout all that through a rigorous selection phase, turned in. It is not an easy job to saythey still manage to look for ways to at which point only 4 Soldiers were the least, a lot of responsibility is putself-improve physically and mentally. selected to attend the Battalion on these Soldiers’ shoulders to With the Board. Of those, one came out tri- make sure that the millions of dollars encourage- umphant and was awarded Soldier worth of equipment is where it’s sup- ment from of the Month… Specialist Daniel pose to be. With the team they have the Com- Lunsford. SPC Lunsford distin- in place they have succeeded thus pany Com- guished himself and rose to the chal- far, and will continue to do so with mander, lenge making his family and Com- our Commander overseeing the turn First Ser- pany really proud. -ins. geant, and We also cannot forget aboutPlatoons, Soldiers have started sign- Soldiers who have earned their pro-ing up and participating in a lot more motions through hard work and theevents. Last month we had 4 Sol- time they have dedicated to theirdiers from 3rd Platoon participated inthe Iron Wheel Challenge and re- company and their mission. So aceived a respectable 3rd place evenwith the short time they had to trainas a team. Then you had those others who were not necessarily looking for accolades, but for the Self- improvement and satisfaction it gave them. Soldiers like SSG Gwendolyn Pendergrass who is managing her duties and working to complete her Ph.D while on deployment. Then there are many of us who have cho- well earned CONGRATULATIONS sen to take courses that are avail- goes to: SFC Usen Eshiet, SSG While others worked really able through the Education Center to Scott Boak, SSG Alan Dubois,hard physically there were those better ourselves. as Soldiers, we SSG Jedediah Grafton, SSG Tylerwho pushed themselves mentally to constantly look to better ourselves Isenhour, SPC Jordan Miller, andbring success upon themselves. while still focusing on our mission. PV2 Randall Cox.One of example of that spirit were Take the Supply department for ex-
  18. 18. 1452nd Soldier Spotlight SPC Joshua Patterson Story by SGT Odaliska Almonte SPC Joshua Patterson is a Motor Transport Op-erator from the 1452nd Transportation Company. Bornin Durham N.C. on November 5th 1981, SPC Patter-son has now served two years and counting with theU.S. Army. He has also obtained a few service med-als in his short time in service to include: National De-fense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.Patterson is also a member of the New Fire WorshipCenter and the National Rifle Association. On the ci-vilian side of his life, SPC Patterson has obtained hiscertification for the Department of Transportation fromN.C. State and now holds the position of Superinten-dent of Transportation at the Fred Smith Company inRaleigh N.C. SPC Patterson is married and also en-joys hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and shooting atthe firing range.
  19. 19. 651ST THOD WatercraftCW4 Charlene Winter A great deal has taken place since my last addition to the newslet-ter prior to going on leave. When I returned, all of the previous vesselcrews had departed for home and new crews were in place. In addition,the drawdown in Iraq had been completed and equipment was on themove to different locations. The many truck convoys that were essential tothe supply line to and from Iraq are no longer running, leaving only a fewlocal missions remaining. Now, the brunt of the cargo transportation hasfallen to the vessels as we move cargo for all branches of the military. The drawdown has also resulted in some re-structuring of units andrealignment of military bases. The process is a difficult one and we are allcurrently doing our part in contributing to the planning involved with the re-structuring and realignment. Hopefully, concrete plans will soon be inplace so we will all know what our future in theater holds in store. Lone Star Regulators - Getting the job done!! Sail Army!!! Sgt 1st Class Darrell Bell It’s February 2012 and March is just on the outskirts of the port, ready to pull in. Currently, at the THOD, the Soldiers are focusing on supporting the vessels and training. Our VSO (Vessel Support Office) has been steadily tak- ing care of the vessels’ needs with maintenance requests/issues. While un- derway our VSO coordinates picking up equipment for the vessels, following up with contracts, and making sure the vessel’s SAMS-E Boxes are up to date. Throughout our mobilization process we had no idea how large an im- pact our maintenance section would have. Our VSO has been, and continues to be, a vital part of our mission and a key support for the vessels. The per- sonnel in charge of the VSO are CW3 Michael Crawford and SSG Todd Dish- man. On a final note, we take great pride in our watercraft field and want eve-ryone to know that the Harbormaster Detachment is here to support the vessels. Our watercraftsare here to take care of business, transporting cargo within the ports in theater and completing themission as directed. Acronyms of the month are LCU for Landing Craft Utility and LSV for LogisticalSupport Vessel. From the Harbormaster and Vessels at KNB…. SAIL ARMY!!! “SAIL ARMY”
  20. 20. Over the Edge Stories From The High Seas 411th Soldier Spotlight Derrick McElroy Soldier of the Month Story by SPC Rolando Foster Story and photos by SPC Rolando Foster SPC Derrick McElroy is an Active Duty Soldier from Anchorage, AK, where he enjoyed fishing,mountain biking, snowboarding, and snorkeling. SPC McElroy started his military career in June 2008after spending ten years in the bush of Alaska managing a guide service and working for Wells Fargo.After graduating basic training from Ft. Knox, KY, he went to Ft. Eustis, VA for 88K school (WatercraftOperator). SPC McElroy was then assigned to the 492nd Harbor Master Unit for two years. While as-signed to 492nd he spent a 50 day deployment in support of Operation Unified Response in Haiti. Hewas then transferred to 335th Transportation Detachment, as a crewmember of the USAV MG FrankS. Benson Jr. (LSV 1) where he conducted training mission in support of the US TransportationSchool. Currently SPC McElroy is serving in Kuwait as part of the 411th Trans Det, USAV MGCharles P. Gross (LSV 5). SPC McElroy’s short-term goals are to license as a 20 level operator, at-tend as many military schools as possible and get promoted to SGT. Eventually he wants to finish hisMaster’s degree in Business and retire from Active Duty as a Warrant Officer. SPC McElroy is sched-uled to return to the states in February, 2013.
  21. 21. Over the EdgeStories From The High Seas 481st Soldier Spotlight Daisy Mondragon Story By SPC Leticia Samuels. SPC Mondragon cooks chili for the 2018 crew and poses with her husband and daughter on a family trip Daisy Mondragon is a Mom from Fairfield, CA that joined the military with intent to make her own way in life without any hold ups. Her Military Occupational Specialty or job in the Army is a Unit Administrator. This job mainly consists of filling out and updating all personnel, financial and medical information for all soldiers in her unit. She has served as a unit administrator for 9 years now and decided one day that she wanted to do something a little different for the army but some- thing she knew a little about. When the 481 st transportation detachment was in their mobilization process she decided to shadow the ships cook to observe the new skills he learned in his Ad- vanced Individual Training course and to also help fine tune his kitchen skills with the “Mom In- stincts” she has that they don’t teach in military school. In addition to being an assistant to the pri- mary cook on board the Landing Craft Utility series number 2018, SPC Mondragon also acts as the S-1 or personnel section, and the S-4 or supply sections keeping up with all personal issues of her crew and resupplying the ship and its mates with anything they may need from equipment to food. When SPC Mondragon isn’t helping Soldiers, she enjoys fishing (yes, fishing) and spending time with her daughter Allyson and her husband Dayvid. “Fishing was a big thing in our family be- cause of my dad, so it carried over to me and I hooked my husband and daughter onto it and now you can’t get either one of them off the water” Mondragon replied. She also enjoys works from Arturo Perez-Reverte and likes to listen to R + B, Country, and Bachata.
  22. 22. Over the EdgeStories From The High Seas 481st Soldier Spotlight Christopher Karbo Story By SPC Leticia Samuels . SPC Karbo and Spc Nyvansomo are in the engine room performing a fire drill on the ship during a training exercise The chef, avid outdoorsman/hunter, Christopher Lee Karbo is also from Vallejo, CA and is alsoa member of the 481st transportation detachment who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. His par-ents are Julie and Robert Karbo and he also married to Catherine with an 18 month old son Austin Ri-ley. He keeps his ears open to whatever sound good and takes Herbert G. Wells as his favorite au-thor. He is a Specialist in the army with three years of service. His army job or MOS is an 88K, whichis a watercraft operator. One of his duties that he has to perform is Underway Watch. On this fourhour shift, he has to use the vessels radar to plot their course on a map, and he has to be up to speedwith the “international rules of the road” that’s like a universal guide on how to avoid collisions. Hisadditional duty on the Landing Craft Utility, series number 2018, is a firefighter. Whenever the skip-per, Chief Warrant five, Brett Radford, deems it necessary to run a drill, SPC Karbo has to use lightingspeed to gear up into his firefighter’s uniform. He and other crewman then have to find where the fireis (normally in the engine compartment of the vessel) and simulate fighting and extinguishing a fire.Living by the quote “even sometimes it rains, we just have to make the best of it”, SPC Karbo says “Ijoined the army to experience something different. It really was something to try, there is not a day Idon’t learn something new and since everyone in my family is in the Navy it sounded cool to do theArmy thing.”
  23. 23. Carter G WoodsonStory By SPC Leticia Samuels Carter G. Woodson realized at an early age that the significance of the black man was more than just slav-ery and thus began his lifelong accomplishments earning him the name “The Father of Black History.” Carter wasborn on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, VA and was parented by freed slaves, James and Elizae RiddleWoodson. Coming from a large poor family that often helped Soldiers in the Civil War, Woodson found that he hadan enormous appetite for knowledge but little time or money to go to school. For the majority of his youth Carterrelied on himself to learn the major fundamentals of regular school. He wanted to further his education so hemoved to Fayette County working as a miner, but also devoting any spare time to his schooling. By age 22, heearned his diploma from Douglas High, then taught as a teacher at the same school and was later elected to princi-pal the High School he graduated from. By 1903, Carter had earned his Bachelor of Literature from Berea Collegeand furthered his school administration skills in the Philippines for the next few years. Carter took his educationvery seriously over the next decade by attending the University of Chicago being the second black man to earn hisdoctorate degree (W.E.B. Dubois being the first) from Harvard in 1912 and also earning membership into the firstBlack Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi. He was also a member of the Kappa Psi chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.He was awarded a Master of Arts (A.M.) and Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) academic degree, became a professor andlater became the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Howard University. He also became the Dean of WestVirginia Collegiate Institute. After his extensive education experience, Dr. Woodson became engulfed with Black history. The origin of“Black History Month” stemmed from having Dr. Woodson write a letter to the chairman of the NAACP, Mr. Archi-bald Grimke, concerning unsatisfactory feelings about the activities being done by the organization. With Grimkenot seeing eye to eye on some of the aggressive ideas of Dr. Woodson, He wrote Grimke back quoting “I am notafraid of being sued by the white businessman. In fact, I should welcome such a lawsuit. It would do the causemuch good. Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready toact, if I can find brave men to help me.” After being neglected the support he sought, he dedicated every wakingmoment to historical research of African Americans and all their contributions. Dr. Woodson charged the brothersof the Kappa Psi chapter of Omega Psi Phi with the task of coming up with an event that would glorify and recog-nize significant African Americans and events in our history, thus “Negro Achievement Week” was born in 1924.Dr. Woodson thought it would be a good idea to celebrate this week in the month of February to acknowledge thebirthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in 1926. After this great idea was put into play, Dr. Woodsonwanted to make more of an impact on society so in order to guarantee that Dr. Woodson’s legacy would carry onhe founded the Association for the study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1916 which distribute facts of Afri-can American History that would educate black people and in 1937 established the Negro History Bulletin to alsohelp spread his vision. As his audience in the black community grew, so did the proclamations for the Negro His-tory Week and National Brotherhood Week among the progressive white community. In times to come, this move-ment became a great deal spreading across the country like wildfire and over the next 40 years Dr. Woodson alongwith the ASNLH would screen applicants to speak publicly and be the face of Dr. Woodson’s vision by educating allthat would listen. The ASNLH would also move to start incorporating Black History into the school curriculum tobe included with American History teachings. In 1976, it was made official to turn Negro Achievement Week into aholiday that would be celebrated all month long and was also renamed Black History Month. It is said that, If Dr.Woodson was alive today he would smile at the efforts of making black history a serious study and a public cele-bration. A few of Dr. Woodson’s other great works are “The Mis-education of the Negro”, “The Negro in our His-tory”, which sold over 90,000 copies, “The Journal of Negro History”, “The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861”and “The History of the Negro Church.” He also worked on an incomplete six volume Encyclopedia Africanathrough his life and was the founder of the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History’s subsidiary, Associ-ated Publishers, which was a leading black owned press for many years in the U. S. making him not only a greatmentor and author, but a great editor as well.Father of Black History
  24. 24. Major General Robert Smalls By SPC Leticia Samuels “My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to bethe equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.” Robert Smalls Born on April 5, 1839 on 511 Prince Street in Beaufort South Carolina (National Historic Landmark), Robert wasknown as a Low country Gullah which is an African American who lived on the agriculturally wealthy coast of South Caro-lina, which included historic cities and communities, natural beauty, and a unique cultural heritage. Robert was experiencedin numerous job professions while under the enslavement of John McKee, such as a lamplighter for the city and a hotelwaiter. The object that captivated his attention was a love for water which later he incorporated into his work. He then be-came a stevedore or dockworker, rigger, sail maker and lastly a wheelman, which was the name used for African Americansas the equivalent of a pilot. He later married a hotel maid named Hannah Jones on Christmas Eve of 1856. He had two children, one namedElizabeth and the other, Robert Jr. whom later died from smallpox as a toddler in 1863. In 1861, Smalls stole the CSS Planter, a cotton steamer, and sailed it toward the Federal Fleet which at the timemade the Union blockade. Smalls maneuvered this daring escape by boarding the CSS Planter at around 3 a.m. while theofficers of the vessel took unauthorized leave ashore. He dressed up in the Captain’s uniform and a similar straw hat thatthe Captain wore. He backed the vessel out of the Charleston harbor with eight other enslaved crewmen and began sail.He stopped at a nearby wharf to pick up his wife, child, and a few other slaves then began sail with valuable weapons al-ready mounted to the ship, artillery pieces, and a code book that revealed Confederate secret signals and placement ofmines and torpedoes in the Charleston Harbor. While in route toward the Federal Fleet, Smalls knew he’d have to fool Con-federate forts, including Fort Sumter, into letting him pass without being fired upon. He did this by blowing the correct whis-tle signals from the vessel that he had learned over the years along with the correct challenge and password. After leavingthe lining of the harbor safely, Smalls headed toward the Union Blockade hailing a white sheet as a flag signifying surrender.He did this until the Planter was boarded by Lieutenant J. Frederick Nickels, Captain of the USS Onward, a ship of the Fed-eral Fleet or Union Blockade. Smalls turned over the ship, its cargo, and all the confederate secrets to the United StatesNavy. After this courageous and successful attempt at freedom, Smalls was awarded a sum of $1,500 dollars for the cap-ture of “The Planter” by President Abraham Lincoln himself. Smalls was also an enormous help to the Navy for severalyears for his knowledge of the shipyards and Confederate Defenses. Smalls later had a strong intellectual impact on Abraham Lincoln, convincing him to integrate African Americans inthe Union Forces. Smalls became a pilot for the Union Navy providing assistance to The Planter he had stolen from theconfederates. Two days after his birthday in 1863, he piloted an attempt on Fort Sumter which resulted in the sinking of theUSS Keokuk along with 17 other successful engagements during the course of his career. For fear of mistreatment and thedeath of his black crewmen, Smalls took command of The Planter for the third time steering it away from the face of danger,after the original Captain Nickerson decided to cower under the vessels’ deck in the midst of the firefight. For his courageand valor, he was bestowed the rank of Captain and could officially pilot the vessel he had taken command over so manytimes. He was also the first African American to pilot a vessel and before retiring made it to the rank of Major General. After Major General Smalls adventures out at sea with the military, he began his new journey with the RepublicanParty after hearing Abraham Lincoln describe this group as “The party of Lincoln which unshackled the necks of four millionhuman beings” and took his first step into politics. From 1865 to 1911, MG Smalls held numerous political roles: 1865-70 - South Carolina House of Representatives 1871-74 - South Carolina Senate 1875-79 – United States House of Representatives 1882-83 – South Carolina 5th Congressional District 1884-87 – South Carolina 7th Congressional District 1895 – Delegate to the Constitution Convention 1889-1911 – United States Collector of Customs Perhaps the most honorable of events took place in 2004, the Logistics Support Vessel series number eight of the United States Army was the first ship to be named after an African American. Christened the MG Robert Smalls, this vessel sailed from Baltimore, Maryland and is now part of the 821 st Transportation Battalion Fleet. This 314 foot, 5,412 ton vessel is manned by the 548th Transportation Detachment out of Hawaii.
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  26. 26. THINGS TO DO Zone 1 Events 1 MAR Bataan Memorial Death March-Fitness Ctr. 0600 2 MAR Arifjan has talent Gong Show-Comm. Ctr. 1900 4 MAR Slam Dunk Shootout-B-Ball Ct. 1300 11 MAR Women’s History Month 5K-Fitness Ctr. 0600 17 MAR St. Patrick’s Day 5K-Fitness Ctr. 0600 21 MAR John Mayer Performance-Zn 6 MWR Stage 1900 Zone 6 events 10 MAR Women’s History Wheel of Fortune-Comm. Ctr. 1500 17 MAR Hit the Greens St. Patrick’s Day Mini Golf Tournament-Comm. Ctr. 1600 21 MAR John Mayer Performance-Zn 6 MWR Stage 1900 MWR Contact InfoZn 1 Pool 430-1300 / Open Swim 1000-1800 Fitness Ctr. 430-1302 / Open 24 Hrs Fitness Tent 430-4607 / Open 24 Hrs Library 430-1200 / 1000-2200 Comm. Ctr. 430-1205 / Open 24HrsZn 6 Fitness Ctr. 430-7475 / Open 24 Hrs Comm. Ctr. 430-7482 / Open 24 Hrs Internet Café Trailers 1 & 2 430-7482 / Open 24 Hrs Open 0600/2000 Come enjoy a cup of coffee and have some snacks while you watch Sports- center or a movie. Located right in the middle of Motorpool 23. Serving waffles every first and third Saturday.