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  1. 1. THE 1STINFANTRYDIVISIONPOST FORT RILEY, KAN. The Fort Riley Tax Center is now open in Building 7034 at the corner of Normandy and Bul- lard Street to prepare 2009, 2010 and 2011 federal tax returns. The tax center will also prepare state tax returns as a courtesy when completing your federal return. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Walk-ins appointments are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. You can make an ap- pointment either in person or by calling 785-239-1040. Appoint- ments will be available Monday through Friday only. Saturdays are strictly walk-in days. A warrant officer recruit- ing team from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command will be at Fort Riley Feb. 7 to 8 to conduct briefings. Briefings will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Building 8388 on Armistead Street. For more information, call Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael A. Grinter at 502-626-0458 or michael. More information also can be found at Effective Feb. 7, the Quarter- master Laundry Service located in Building 229 will no longer clean organizational clothing and individual equipment, or OCIE, for individual Soldiers. All OCIE turn-ins to the central issue facil- ity, or CIF, will be clean and all repairs made in accordance to TM10-8400-201-23, General Repair Procedures for Clothing. No dirty OCIE will be accepted under any circumstances and prior to DX all OCIE items will be clean. Fort Riley residents and per- sonnel are reminded to call 911 in the event of an emergency. The Military Police number, 785-239-MPMP (6767), should only be used in non-emergency situations. The Fort Riley Police De- partment would like to remind Fort Riley residents and visitors that vehicles parked adjacent to the side of a roadway must be facing the same direction as travel on the roadway. Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited, as well as in other areas designated by “no parking” signs. Parking regulations can be referenced in Kansas Statues and Fort Riley Regulation 190-5. The Flint Hills Area Trans- portation Agency offers rides to and from Manhattan to the Fort Riley and Junction City areas. The cost is $2 one-way within a three-mile radius of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Junction City. Rides beyond the three-mile radius are $4 each way. For more information or to schedule a ride call 877-551-6345. Heading to Aggieville for drinks? Get home to Fort Riley safely with The Riley Ride. This service is open for all DoD ID cardholders and runs Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, call 785-239-5614. HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE IN BRIEF  FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012 Vol. 4, No. 3  SAFETY HOLIDAY As of Thursday, Jan. 26, days have passed since the last vehicular fatality on Fort Riley. With 74 more and the post will celebrate with a safety holiday to take place at each unit’s discretion. 03 7 6 FEB. The next USAG Resilience Day Off will be: By Sgt. Gene A. Arnold 4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS “In essence, (the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.) is a giant word problem given to a unit to figure out how to move thousands of Soldiers, hundreds of pieces of equipment by truck or train, and establishing the training you’re going to do for the month- long training in the desert of Cali- fornia,” said Capt. Ross Daly, NTC planning officer, 4th Infantry Bri- gade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. For the entire month of Febru- ary, the 4th IBCT will conduct its training rotation at the NTC. This will allow the “Dragon” Brigade to put into use the training learned during the past 18 months in a combat-induced environment. Six months ago, the 4th IBCT began the preparation phase to move more than 2,000 Soldiers, about 700 pieces of equipment and the strategic scenarios necessary for a deployment to Afghanistan. “NTC gives us a venue to train in different terrain and utilize dif- ferent resources, which is going to test what we’ve done for the past 18 months,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Wylie Hutchison, senior noncom- missioned officer in charge, 4th IBCT. In the past year and a half, be- sides numerous training exercises from the squad to the brigade level, military occupational specialty individual and team level quali- fications have been conducted to ensure readiness for NTC and the deployment. “The 13F (fire support special- ists) have conducted brigade-level certifications and have been in- tegrated back into companies to incorporate fire support with the commanders scheme of maneuver,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Gill, senior fire support specialist, 4th IBCT. “We’re learning how to combine fire support with the infantry, cav- alry and field artillery to work as ‘Dragon’ Brigade prepares to head to NTC Sgt. Gene A. Arnold | 4TH IBCT Sgt. Dennis Bergstrom, Troop B, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., gives the command to slow down to the driver moving into position on the rail line Jan. 17 at Camp Funston. The 4th IBCT is scheduled to complete a rotation to the NTC, Fort Irwin, Calif., in February. By Parker Rome 1ST INF. DIV. POST The garrison command sergeant major is working to ensure units run only on approved routes during physi- cal training. In the past several months, there have been incidents of units running on non-approved routes that nearly re- sulted in traffic accidents. “It’s a safety issue to have Soldiers out there running with all the traf- fic coming on post,” said Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Colvin Bennett Sr. “Now, we’re almost a full nest. We have more traffic, and that creates a potential for accidents. We just can’t afford to have those types of accidents on this installation. It’s a safety issue for the Soldiers and the people who are coming in and driving on the instal- lation.” Most major roads and highly traf- ficked areas are off limits for PT. “I don’t think it’s anything new,” Bennett said. “The biggest problem we have right now is just enforcing what’s out there. We’re in the process of educating the units on what routes you can run on and what routes you can’t. We must make sure we get the standard down to the lowest level of command.” Running proper PT routes is ‘safety issue’ 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Jan. 23 the president nomi- nated Brig. Gen. Paul E. Funk II for ap- pointment to the rank of major general. Funk is the 1st Infantry Division’s deputy command- er for maneuver. The deputy commander has served in numer- ous assignments at a variety of loca- tions throughout his career begin- ning with an as- signment as an armored cavalry platoon Leader in the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Most recently, he served as the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center for Training at Fort Leavenworth. Funk’s awards and decorations in- clude three awards of the Legion of Merit, three awards of the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Meritori- ous Service Medal, five awards of the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Defense of Sau- di Arabia Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation. Funk has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Mon- tana State University. Funk assumed his current position with the “Big Red One” July 5, 2011. Funk receives nomination for 2nd star Ready to train Brig. Gen. Funk By Mollie Miller 1STINF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS With a five-year, 50,000-Soldier drawdown looming, officers must be ready to act as their own career manag- ers if they hope to succeed in an increas- ingly competitive Army, a Human Re- sources Command officer said Jan. 19. Lt. Col. James Kaine, field artillery branch manager, Human Resources Command, told more than 130 1st Infantry Division artillery officers that up-to-date personnel files and open lines of communication with the HRC team are going to be very important as the promotion selection process be- comes much more critical in the com- ing years. “I think the message is clear, the Army needs quality officers,” Kaine said during an artillery officer briefing Jan. 19 at Fort Riley. “Retaining the qual- ity in the force is going to be the focus during the next few years, and what we are going to do (at HRC) is make sure our officers are set up for success on the promotion boards.” Kaine, who was joined by artillery majors’ assignment manager Maj. Steve Padilla, discussed a variety of topics related to officer professional develop- ment, including schooling, key devel- opment time and command time. Ac- knowledging professional timelines are slightly off because of backlogs at places like the Intermediate Level Education Branch chief tells FA officers to take control of careers Mollie Miller | 1ST INF. DIV. First Inf. Div. Staff Officer Maj. Rodric McClain, right, discusses career options with Maj. Steve Padilla, left, following a field artil- lery branch brief Jan. 19 at Fort Riley. Padilla, field artillery officer assignments manager, HRC, and field artillery branch manager Lt. Col. James Kaine visited Fort Riley Jan. 18 to 19 to provide 1st Inf. Div. field artillery officers a “state of the branch” update. Pamela Redford | POST Signifying the official opening of the Fort Riley Tax Center, Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support, right, cuts the ribbon Jan. 19 at Building 7034 with the help of, from left to right, Spc. Benjamin Baker, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div.; Lt. Col. John Hamner, deputy staff judge advocate, Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate; and Elizabeth Thur- ston, installation tax attorney, Legal Assistance Office, OSJA. To schedule an appointment at the tax center, call 785-239-1040. TAX CENTER OPEN FOR BUSINESS Jacqueline M. Hames ANS WASHINGTON – Among the many freedoms Soldiers fight to de- fend, the right to vote may be one of the most fundamental, and officials at the Human Resources Command want to help the entire Army Family exercise that privilege. The HRC, in partnership with the Federal Voting Assistance Pro- gram, is working to make the voting process easy and accessible to Sol- diers, their Families and Department of the Army civilians. Lt. Col. Stewart Stephenson, chief of the Soldier Programs Branch with the HRC emphasized the im- portance of registering, updating in- formation and voting “Our mission, our charge, is in- Army officials encourage exercising right to vote See PT, page 8 See NTC, page 7 See VOTING, page 7 See CAREER, page 7
  2. 2. 2 | JANUARY 27, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE This is the third in a series of articles highlighting Fort Riley services available to assist Sol- diers, Families, civilians and re- tirees in meeting their 2012 New Year’s resolutions. By Pamela Redford 1ST INF. DIV. POST January can be a tough time of the year, financially, for many Families. The holi- days are over, the gifts are un- wrapped and the relatives have all gone home, but the bills are just beginning to arrive. A New Year’s resolution concerning finances might seem overwhelming right now, but the Fort Riley Research and Extension Office and the Financial Readiness Program through Army Community Services offer free classes and counseling to those who want to do things differently in 2012. Laura Weiss-Cook, Fort Ri- ley extension agent, and Stacy Johnston, Financial Readiness Program, ACS, offer the fol- lowing tips to get back on track this year: • Assess the situation. “Money tends to spend itself if you’re not paying attention,” Weiss-Cook said. She sug- gests taking the time to assess spending habits before making any decisions about the future. Look at where the money is go- ing. Tracking to see where the money has frittered itself away is a must-do. Many Fami- lies at Fort Riley are making an adjustment to going back to regular pay after a deploy- ment, Johnston said, adding the change in income could be a good reason to take a look at finances and re-evaluate the game plan. Johnston suggested www. as a good money management tool, and said it can be especially good for cou- ples because it allows multiple accounts to be inputted and as- sessed with financial reports ac- cording to customized budgets. also offers a free application for smart phones Johnston said she personally really likes and uses often. • Ask the hard questions. Consider long-term goals and values and compare them to current spending habits, Weiss- Cook suggests. Is spending $400 a month eating out at restaurants reflective of what matters most? If not, it may be time to direct that money else- where – perhaps to a college fund or a credit card balance. • Set SMART goals. S= Specific M = Measurable A = Achievable R = Relevant T = Time-bound Whether the goal is debt reduction, saving or investing, setting a specific, defined goal with a structured time frame is a good way to keep motivated and measure progress, Weiss- Cook said. “Know that each action you take is getting you closer to achieving your goal,” Johnston said. “Once you have that debt paid off, the money for the payment is yours. Debt-free is so much more fun.” • Consider automation/ auto-pay. It’s the pre-emptive strike, Weiss-Cook said. Use automated banking services to pay a bill, loan or put money into savings or an investment as soon as the paycheck comes in. Weiss-Cook said it makes life much easier to take the money off the top before it’s ever seen. What’s left at the end of the month is truly what’s left – if all the bills are already paid. Johnston also pointed out it’s just simpler to pay online because there’s less clutter and paperwork. In addition, she said, paying online allows for quick action; the bill is never stuck in the mail. • Take advantage of the re- sources at Fort Riley. Fort Riley offers the following free classes to anyone with a government ID card, including: Small steps to health and wealth; Basic budgeting; Raising money smart kids; Start investing with $1 - $1,000; Women and money; Money management 101; Personal financial man- agement; Quarterly classes; and Financial Peace University, a 13-week course. Counseling also is avail- able through the FRP to help those who want one-on-one help assessing their situation. Financial counselors are trailed to point out trends and make suggestions for little changes that will have a long-term ef- fect, Johnston said. Additionally, the Army Emergency Relief program through ACS is available to Soldiers and Families who need emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans. To learn more about the resources and class available through K-State Research and Extension, visit www.fortri- aspx?tabid=23. For a financial counseling appointment, call the ACS front desk at 785-239-9435. New Year’s resolutions: Focus on financial readiness TRAFFIC REPORT CLOSURES Estes Access Control Point is closed for about 12 to 18 months for major construction. Traffic will be re-routed to Four Corners on Vinton School Road. Rifle Range Access Control Point is open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, to facilitate Estes ACP closure. ACP HOURS OF OPERATION The Directorate of Emergency Services would like to bring attention to the available access control points for normal and federal holiday hours. Four Corners/Ogden/ Trooper/Henry: 24/7 Rifle Range: 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, closed on federal holidays Estes: Closed 12th Street: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday Grant: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays and on federal holidays. Each week, the 1st Inf. Div. Post will publish a detailed map with traffic information from the week prior. Readers are encouraged to use this information to select the best route to enter the post. The first such map is below. Mr. Curtis Wooten, Directorate of Human Resources, is honored as the Garrison Employee of the Month ceremony Jan. 19 for month of December 2011. Wooten received a Garrison Certificate of Appreciation and a $500 Special Act Award from Garrison Commander Col. William J. Clark, center left, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Colvin D. Bennett Sr., left and Deputy Garrison Commander Linda S. Hoeffner, right. Wooten received two favorable Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE, comments for his assistance as a memorial affairs coordi- nator. The positive ICE comments recently received from Families are indicative of his noteworthy achievements. The gratitude expressed speaks volumes of the quality service, concern, and assistance provided to Family members during their dire time of need. Wooten’s individual acts of kindness and understanding pro- vided grieving Family members with a great sense of relief. Other nominees for the month of December were Teresa Griffin, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Brendon Clark, Directorate of Emergency Services; and Josh Kegley, Direc- torate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Pamela Redford | POST EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH On Jan. 6, 2012, Spc. Walter Clemmons, 165th Movement Control Team, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, was tried at a General Court-Martial and found guilty of unlawfully carrying a concealed and loaded Glock 23 pistol, and using that weapon to assault another Soldier by unlawfully pointing it at him. Clemmons again assaulted the above Soldier by pointing another weapon at him, a loaded Springfield XC pistol. For these offenses, the military judge sentenced Clemmons to be reduced to the grade of E1, to perform hard labor without confinement for 30 days and to be discharged from the service with a Bad- Conduct Discharge. On Jan. 6, 2012, Spc. Anthony Hill, HHC, 2nd HBCT, was tried at a Special Court-Martial and was found guilty of being absent without leave and using marijuana. The military judge sentenced Hill to be reduced to the grade of E1 and to be confined for six months. 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  3. 3. JANUARY 27, 2012 | 3HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE By Gary Sheftick ARMY NEWS SERVICE FORT KNOX, Ky. – All Soldiers planning to separate from the Army are now re- quired to begin their transition process at least a year before leaving, according to a Depart- ment of the Army execution or- der signed Dec. 29. The order is part of an effort by the Army to beef up transi- tion assistance, and it places responsibility for the program squarely on the shoulders of commanders, said retired Col. Walter Herd, director, Army Transition Office, Human Re- sources Command. “It really changed Army transition from a staff respon- sibility to a commander’s re- sponsibility,” Herd said about the order. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray- mond Chandler III said during this period of transitioning to a smaller Army, that it’s essential to have better transition assis- tance. “We have a great program, but we can do better,” he said. “I believe that Soldiers need to take some time and take a lit- tle responsibility for themselves and to understand that they are going to be transitioning out of the service,” Chandler said, adding they need to look at their resume, their education and their skill sets. “Then they need to speak with their com- mander, and their commander has a responsibility to speak with them.” The effort to make transi- tion assistance more robust also includes the opening this week of a new toll-free call center for transition assistance. Soldiers can call 1-800-325-4715 for transition advice, 24/7. And a new website or virtual ACAP Center will soon be available, Herd said. The added emphasis on transition is partly because of a study undertaken by West Point about two years ago. The U.S. Military Academy Transi- tion Study sent about two doz- en scholars, NCOs and officers all over the Army to talk with transition counselors and Sol- diers preparing to separate. “They came back with a couple of truisms. Number one is: the more time a Soldier has to prepare, the more likely they are to succeed. And that’s pretty simple. If you begin the transition process a week before getting out of the Army, your chances of failure are extremely high,” Herd said. “Two is the more your commanders are in- volved, and the more they sup- port it, again the more likely you are to succeed. In a nut- shell, that’s the gist of this (ex- ecutive order) that was signed Dec. 29.” What this executive order does is tell commanders to get their Soldiers into the Army Career Alumni Program 12 months prior to their planned separation, Herd said. This allows synchronization of re- quirements with the unit mis- sion, with exercises and opera- tions. The most common com- ment from Soldiers participat- ing in the West Point Transi- tion Study was, “ACAP is a great program, but I don’t have enough time to attend,” Herd explained. So no later than 12 months out, Soldiers now need to sched- ule a pre-separation counseling at their installation ACAP Cen- ter. Counseling could actually be scheduled as early as 18 or 24 months out, if Soldiers are able, Herb said. At that first counseling, Sol- diers begin to draft their indi- vidual transition plan, he said. They will set their goals and decide if they want to go back to school, go home to work the Family farm or business or join the job market. Then, they will determine what ACAP services and programs are necessary to reach that goal. “You may want to eat every- thing on the menu,” Herd said of the list of available ACAP services, or just sample a couple of items. Programs include a new De- partment of Labor employment workshop. Additionally, re- sume-writing assistance is avail- able; a Veterans Affairs Benefits workshop can be attended; and assistance also can be obtained about sending job applications out. “There are several Army initiatives to make that con- nection between industry and the Soldier,” Herd said, adding transition offices work closely with the Employee Partnership for the Armed Forces, or EPAF, a group of companies and agen- cies that have made a commit- ment to hire veterans. “Industry is dying to hire our Soldiers because we are bet- ter than the average American – smarter, healthier, cleaner, more disciplined, better trained,” Herd said. About 135,000 Soldiers per year leave the Army and don ci- vilian clothes, Herd said. Army civilian employees who are leaving because of Base Realignment and Closure, or just moving on, also are eligible to use ACAP separation ser- vices, he said. National Guard and Reserve Soldiers are eligible as well. In fact, Herd said mobilized reserve-component Soldiers are now required to begin the transition process one year out, which means they should begin it at their mobilization station before deploying. “What this tells you is … the Army leaders have really said that taking care of Soldiers and preparing them to become civilians is a (mission-essential) task,” Herd said. “And we’re going to dedicate the leader- ship emphasis, we’re going to dedicate the time, and we’re going to dedicate all the re- sources to set Soldiers up for success. New order strengthens transition programAsking for help when you need it is a sign of strength. Listening to a friend in need and getting them the help they need is a sign of strength. Suicide affects us all and preven- tion is an all-hands effort all the time. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273- TALK. Reach out. Talk. Listen. Help prevent suicide. The Irwin Army Community Hospital appointment line recently introduced a new set of choices when making an appointment. Patients will be prompted to select the Primary Care Medical Home Clinic they are as- signed to – such as IACH, Farrelly Health Clinic or Custer Hill Health Clinic. The appointment line will then directly connect patients to their clinics. Pa- tients need to know what medical home clinic they are assigned to in order to make a selection. Clinic assignments by brigade: IACH- MEDDAC, DENTAC, Active Duty and Reserve Soldiers and dependents and retirees. Farrelly Health Clinic- 4th IBCT active-duty Soldiers and their Fam- ily members, retirees and their Family members; 1st HBCT active-duty Soldiers and their Family members, retirees and their Family members; DHHB, 84th EOD, 1st Eng. Bn., 41st Eng., 72nd Eng., Sap- per Co. 3rd Eng., 97th MP Bn. and their Family members; CAB Family members, retirees and their Family members. Custer Hill Health Clinic- CAB Family members and retirees and their Family members; 2nd HBCT active-duty Soldiers, 1st Sust. Bde. active-duty Soldiers. Applications for the Defense Commissary Agency 2012 Scholar- ships for Military Chil- dren program are now available at commissaries worldwide as well as online at and www.militaryscholar. org. The program awards at least one $1,500 scholar- ship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. To be eligible for a scholarship, the stu- dent must have a current military ID card and be an unmarried child, no older than 21 or 23 – if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of an active-duty service member, reservist, guards- man, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. 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  4. 4. 4 | JANUARY 27, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE Irwin Army Community Hospital’s goals are to provide health care for warriors, military Families and retirees; support the deployment of medically ready forces; and remain agile to meet diverse requirements. One IACH employee who assists in accomplishing that mission is spotlighted each week. PATRICK ZASTROW MEDICAL COMPANY CLERK Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. Start date at IACH: Jan. 10, 2010 Years in area of specialty: Two years, with an additional three years active duty. What do you like most about working for IACH? The military has been my life for 20-plus years. I like being around Soldiers and the camaraderie that brings. What should patients know about you? Because I do not directly work with patients, I ensure the providers at all levels can concentrate on their patients by ensuring all of their administrative paperwork is completed in a timely manner, and they receive all of their military training. This allows the providers to center on the patient. How are you dedicated to wellness and inspiring trust? I am dedicated to the Soldiers of IACH. I am mission-oriented and will do whatever it takes to complete the mission, whether that mission is getting documents properly routed and updated through to the proper channels, helping with ranges or planning a Soldier readiness processing. They can trust it will get done in a professional manner. FACES OF IACH Patrick Zastrow IRWINFORMATION Q: “I heard that Tricare has a website for behavior- al health questions. Where can I find it?” A: Tricare has a behavior- al health portal on its www. website on the main page. The portal offers resources focused on emo- tional health, deployments, substance abuse and also topics to support children and adolescent well-being. If you want to speak with a behavioral health special- ist, you can initiate an on- line chat or video chat with them in the comfort of your own home at no cost to you. There also is a resource cen- ter with information on be- havioral health and Tricare coverage, as well as an inter- active map to help you lo- cate support organizations. If you have a question for IrwINformation, send it to IACHInformation@ or call 785- 239-8414. If you have a question for IrwINformation, send it to or call 785-239-8414. By Katherine Rosario IACH PUBLIC AFFAIRS Irwin Army Community Hospital’s Employee of the Year said she gets up every day excited to serve Soldiers and their Family members. Susie Mosier, head nurse of the obstetrician and genecolo- gy clinic, IACH, was presented with the Employee of the Year award during IACH’s winter ball in December. “This award is not about me,” she said. “There are so many deserving employees at this hospital, but this is really about those who have led and mentored me. It’s also about the nurses and the staff that I work with and learn from ev- ery day.” Mosier said she is appre- ciative for all of the support the OB/GYN clinic receives from other ar- eas of the hospital, which helps her team take care of their pa- tients. Mosier said she encourages supervisors to acknowledge their staff for a job well done and identify a system within their area to recognize employ- ees. “I hope it encourages ev- ery staff member to nominate a person for employee of the month if they go above and beyond their normal duties,” she said. Turning in positive Inter- active Customer Evaluation comments on the care patients receive helps supervisors praise their employees and even sub- mit them for employee of the month, she said. Mosier said she appreciates that the hospital has a system in place, and they are consis- tent in recognizing people who go above and beyond in the or- ganization. “It is a positive reinforce- ment, and even returning Army Provider Level Satis- faction surveys electronically or through the mail helps us know which employees to rec- ognize based on patient satis- faction,” she said. In addition to her recent award, Mosier previously was named Civilian Employee of the Year in the late 1980s, when she worked at Fort Gor- don, Ga. “I love the opportunity to care for and work with our military and their Families,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s about the people who I get up every day to serve, and it’s an honor to be there for them.” IACH names top employee for 2011 Connie Dugan By Nikia Simon IACH A Trust Sustainment and En- hancement Task Force traveled from the Office of the Surgeon General, Joint Base Lewis Mc- Chord, Wash., to Irwin Army Community Hospital Jan. 9 to 13 to introduce a set of patient care and service excellence stan- dards. The OTSG’s active focus is to make overall enhancement to patient experience, overcome obstacles to provide great ser- vice, identify barriers and seek opportunities, according to Lucretia Robertson, Trust En- hancement and Sustainment Task Force organizational devel- opment specialist. “Culture of trust is part of what you do to make a deliber- ate and overt effort to enhance services excellence,” Robertson said. The Customer Service Training team visited IACH in September 2011 to identify strengths and weaknesses to out- line training to address process deficiencies and improvement opportunities. “The Trust Enhancement Team wants to leave IACH’s Culture of Trust team with a different way of thinking as an approach to care,” Robertson said. “We view problems as an opportunity to obtain service excellence.” “Begin with the Basics” inte- grates the behaviors of Culture of Trust actions in a collabora- tive effort to enhance the quality of the care IACH provides, while optimizing overall experiences, Robertson said. IACH is a pilot site for the Begin with the Basics customer-focused workshops that will be taught worldwide throughout the Army Medical Department. BASICS guidelines will assist in facilitating an environment where participants can learn and practice the following actions: • Break barriers • Anticipate and accommo- date • Seek solutions • Initiate and interact • Communicate “Begin with the Basics (pres- ents) steps for functioning op- timally,” said Fredrick Larson, OTSG special assistant. “(Begin with the Basics and Culture of Trust) is a collaborative effort to enhance service excellence audaciously … transform(ing) the seemingly impossible into reality.” Individuals were direct- ed to identify and personify the importance of service as it relates to the quality of patient care. “Use your own story; use your own voice with account- ability, congruency, transpar- ency, integrity and engagement as an empowering, validating experience,” Larson said. AMEDD is reshaping its direction and paths traveled to standardize care and solutions. “We are in the solution busi- ness,” Larson said. The desired outcome of Be- gin with Basics is to acknowl- IACH staff receives BASICS training By Katherine Rosario IACH PUBLIC AFFAIRS Anesthesiologists at Irwin Army Community Hospital help patients remain calm be- fore surgeries and send them into a relaxed, dream-like state while doctors work to fix their ailments. This week nurses are cel- ebrating the 13th annual Na- tional Nurse Anesthetists Week campaign, “Dream a little Dream with Us,” Jan. 22 to 28. Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthe- IACH celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week Fredrick Larson, Office of the Surgeon Gener- al special assistant, speaks to more than 1,000 IACH staff members about cus- tomer service during a hospital training day Jan. 13 at a hotel in Manhattan. The train- ing day also included infection control pro- cedures, fire safety, risk reduction and a legal brief. Spc. Alena Brown IACH See BASICS, page 8 Dr. (Capt.) 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  5. 5. JANUARY 27, 2012 | 5HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE Commentary RILEY ROUNDTABLE HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE JANUARY 27, 2012 Why do you think we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day? “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve really loved Martin Luther King (Jr.). I love American history. I think he is the reason people stand up for differ- ent people. I love how he was able to lead marches, protests and have a lot of different people protest with him … It doesn’t matter how old, young, small or tall, everyone can make a difference.” THATCHER SUNDAY | LINCOLN, NEB. Fifth-grader, Fort Riley Elementary School “Just because of how he helped so many people who thought people weren’t being treated fairly. He was amazing. I wish I was there to wit- ness it. In the presence of something like that, I would be in awe. It was amazing how good he is and how he helped so many people. He did something. He didn’t sit in his house. Someone like him deserved to be noticed.” ASHLYN CASEY | CALIFORNIA Fifth-grader, Fort Riley Elementary School “I think we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day because he was a very important person that brought two people, who thought they could never be friends, together. He made a differ- ence. He proved a point that people should stand united, no matter what. He said skin color doesn’t make a difference. That was really important. Rosa Parks stood by his side, and she stood up for what she believed.” BRITTANY STEWART | HAMPTON, VA. Fifth-grader, Fort Riley Elementary School “What it means to me is it helps me realize black and white, we’re all the same. If one does something bad, that doesn’t reflect on the others. Everyone is different from the oth- ers. He made me realize how many honorable men fell for our country, no matter how we mistreated them. No one should be enslaved. We can all be friends. It is also a great day to relax.” DOUGLAS QUENTIN BUCKLEY INDIANA Fifth-grader, Fort Riley Elementary School “I think we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day because that’s the day he died, and he wanted everyone to be friends – Native American, black, white, all people … he put his hard time and effort into it.” BROOKLYN WHITMORE LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Fifth-grader, Fort Riley Elementary School THE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION POST This civilian enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The 1st Infantry Division Post are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, or the Department of the Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley PA Officer and printed by Montgomery Communications, Inc., a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Government under exclusive written contract with Fort Riley. 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Montgomery FORT RILEY EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Flavia Hulsey ASSISTANT EDITOR Dena O’Dell STAFF WRITERS Parker Rome, Melony Gabbert and Pamela Redford ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Melissa Tyson, Amanda Qayed and Sarah McClain CONTACT US For business or advertising matters, call The Daily Union in Junction City at 785-762-5000. For news offerings, call the Fort Riley Public Affairs Office at 785-239-8854 or DSN 856-8854, or e-mail LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Post welcomes letters to the editor. Letters should not contain any libelous statements or personal accusations. Letters accepted for publication must include the writer’s full name and phone number. Letters may be edited for space, but never for content. Send a fax 785-239-2592 or e-mail By Col. Patrick D. Frank COMMANDER 3RD BCT, 10TH MOUNTAIN DIV. F or the Soldiers, leaders and Families of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment and the 4th Squad- ron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and the communities around Fort Riley. As members of the “Big Red One” division, you have played a vital role in continuing the storied legacy set by your brothers-in-arms for nearly a century. The victories you won, and the territory you secured in Afghanistan, in places like Pa’in Kelay, Siah Choy, DeMaiwand and Mullayan, are among the many “firsts” 1st Infantry Division Soldiers have accom- plished. During World War II for example, Soldiers with the 1st Inf. Div. were the first to reach England, the first to battle the enemy in northern Africa and Sicily, the first on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and the first to seize a major Ger- man city. Now, during the battle for the Zharay and Maiwand districts of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – the birthplace of the Taliban - you were mem- bers of the first unit to advance south and push the enemy to the Arghandab River. Never before in southern Afghanistan has this much ground been taken by a unit in such a short period of time. “Pale Rider” Soldiers arrived in March 2011 to a restless and volatile area in the heart of Zharay District. The region was the most kinetic in Afghani- stan. Through your actions, the Taliban was silenced in areas like Pashmul, Kolk, Pankila and Burmohammad. Progressing south near the village of Haji Ramuddin, on the banks of the river, you sealed shut pockets of insurgent activity by establish- ing Combat Outpost Siah Choy. Your relentless pursuit of the enemy ultimately led to the Afghan people gaining confidence in local security and going back to “Afghan normalcy.” Soldiers with the “Dread- naught” Battalion, a combined arms battalion, deployed to the western flank of Task Force Spartan’s battle space in April 2011 and immediately began operations along Highway-1. The highway is the main thor- oughfare in southern Afghani- stan, serving as the gateway to Kandahar for thousands of motorists who use it every day. Insurgents who used Highway-1 to traffic weapons, drugs and enemy fighters were quickly interdicted and de- tained by Dreadnaught Soldiers and their Afghan partners. Op- erating from Hutal and Sarkari Karez, you found the enemy continued to move about near the Registan Desert and north into the Ghorak mountain range. The continuous air assaults you conducted near the Band-e-Timor region and into the Ghorak Mountains significantly disrupted Taliban operations. Pale Rider and Dreadnaught Soldiers will soon return home to Fort Riley and the 1st HBCT, proud of their achieve- ments. You each had a tremendous impact on the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and on the 82nd Air- borne Division. Your achieve- ments positively affected our capability to defeat the enemy and secure the Afghan people. As you transfer battle space responsibility to Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Lewis, Wash.- based units, know the Zharay and Maiwand districts are more secure than ever before, and the foundations you helped to lay will be carried forward. We thank you for the hard work you’ve done for the “Spar- tan” Brigade Combat Team and wish your squadron and bat- talion a great reunion with your Families, the “Devil Brigade” and the Fort Riley community. You are a part of history. Your victories in Afghanistan will be recorded. GIVING THANKS Commanderthankscommunityforsupport By Alex Bender GARRISON SAFETYOFFICE E mployees may be ex- posed to blood and other potentially infectious material while at work, and such exposure can present a serious health risk. In order to minimize the risk, OSHA has adopted the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Stan- dard, requiring employers to take affirmative steps to protect workers. Included among the steps employers must take to minimize exposure risk are: the establishment of an exposure control plan and the institu- tion of effective housekeeping procedures; the use of engineer- ing and work practice controls; the use of personal protective equipment; employee train- ing; the use of warning labels and signs; and other necessary actions. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms pres- ent in the blood of infected persons, exposure to blood or OPIM could pass on diseases, including Hepatitis B infec- tion, Hepatitis C infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus to name a few. Blood- borne pathogens can enter the body through open cuts, skin abrasions, nicks, mucous membranes in your mouth, nose and eyes and accidental punctures. Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through blood-to-blood, semen or OPIM contact, and not by casual contact, like hugging, shaking hands or sneezing. To protect yourself, treat all human blood as though it may contain these viruses, and wash your hands regularly, espe- cially before you eat and after contact with blood and body fluids, since this is the single most important technique for preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Some of the symptoms of exposure include weakness, fever, sore throat, nausea, headaches, diarrhea or flu like symptoms. Some people who are infect- ed show no symptoms after the initial exposure for many years. If you accidentally contaminate yourself with suspect blood or fluids, or if you get a needle stick, immediately wash the af- fected area with soap and water, report the incident to your supervisor and seek immediate medical treatment. Each employer who has an employee(s) with occupational exposure to blood or OPIM is required to document an expo- sure determination to identify which employee job classifica- tion must be placed in the BBP program, develop a written exposure control plan, provide personal protective equipment, training, and engineering controls, offer the Hepatitis B vaccine to exposed employees and provide medical consulta- tion if an exposure occurs. This consultation is done by the Occupational Health Branch at Irwin Army Community Hospital for Employees of Fort Riley. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030 can be found at owadisp.show_document?p_ table=STANDARDS&p_ id=10051. SAFETY NOTES Usecautionif,whenworkingaroundblood FES E ach year in America, more than 150 people die from acciden- tal non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning associ- ated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrect- ly-vented fuel-burning appli- ances, like furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Several simple steps can be taken to protect Families from deadly carbon monoxide fumes, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. What is carbon monoxide? CO is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is im- possible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill people before they are aware it is in their home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person-to-person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure. Where does carbon monoxide come from? CO gas can come from several sources, including gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning fur- naces or fireplaces and motor vehicles. Who is at risk? Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning. What needs to be done if a carbon monoxide alarm goes off depends on whether anyone is feeling ill or not. If no one is feeling ill: • Silence the alarm. • Turn off all appliances and sources of combustion, like furnaces and fireplaces. • Ventilate the house with fresh air by opening doors and windows. • Call a qualified profes- sional to investigate the source of the possible CO buildup. If illness is a factor: • Evacuate all occupants immediately. • Determine how many oc- cupants are ill, and determine their symptoms. • Call the local emergency number, and when relaying information to the dispatcher, include the number of people feeling ill. • Do not re-enter the home without the approval of a fire department representative. • Call a qualified profes- sional to repair the source of the CO. Protect yourself and your Family from CO poisoning • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Make sure the alarm has been evalu- ated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Under- writers Laboratories. CO alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present. • Have a qualified profes- sional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year. • Never use a range or oven to help heat a home, and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in a home or garage. • Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage doors are open, normal circu- lation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO. • When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integ- rity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house. The presence of a CO alarm in a home can save lives in the event of CO buildup. 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  6. 6. 6 | JANUARY 27, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE Amanda Kim Stairrett | POST Representatives with the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office meet with Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Female Engagement Team Jan. 19 to conduct mock print and video interviews. The training was designed to prepare the Soldiers for interviews with reporters they may encounter during an expected mission to Afghani- stan. The mission of the FET members is to provide unit support by inter- acting with Afghan women, a demographic that would be otherwise unap- proachable by male service members and their Afghan National Army counterparts. With Afghanistan being an Islamic republic, it is against religious and local customs for men and women who are not relatives to interact with one another. LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION. STAFF REPORT The following Soldiers and civilians will be honored for their service during a retire- ment ceremony at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at Riley’s Conference Cen- ter. The community is invited to attend. Sgt. Maj. William J. Sutton, Operations Company, Division Headquarters and Headquar- ters Battalion 1st Sgt. Dewayne D. Gar- ner, 407th Army Field Support Battalion Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas Master Sgt. Russell C. Riv- iere, Operations Co., DHHB Sgt. 1st Class Robert S. Caldwell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Sgt. 1st Class Marcus J. Carter, HHC, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Sgt. 1st Class Kevin L. Hess, HHC, STB, 1st HBCT Sgt. 1st Class Randolph E. Hanlon, HHC, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Sgt. 1st Class Garcia A. Jem- mott, HHC, STB, 1st Sustain- ment Brigade Sgt. 1st Class Gary Howard, Company B, 554th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Sgt. 1st Class Jack A. Stender, Intelligence and Sus- tainment Company, DHHB Staff Sgt. Sheldrick L. Mur- phy, Co. E, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd HBCT Staff Sgt. Duane R. Davis, HHC, 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT Staff Sgt. Corey G. Cantrell, Headquarters and Headquar- ters Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion Staff Sgt. Dale E. Hudnell, Operations Co., DHHB Sgt. Guadalupe R. Ramos Jr., Headquarters and Head- quarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd HBCT Sgt. Tommie E. Williams, Headquarters Support Com- pany, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade Sgt. Michael C. Cosentino, Co. D, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd HBCT May F. Garlick, Information Management Division, MED- DAC Adelina B. Morales, Educa- tion Services, Directorate of Human Resources Michael J. Keating, Fort Ri- ley Fire Department, Director- ate of Emergency Services Post honors retirees Stay in touch from anywhere Sign up for In Touch with Fort Riley to get information about upcoming events or services on post and in surrounding communities. To register, visit and complete the form linked on the homepage. 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  7. 7. JANUARY 27, 2012 | 7HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE forming Soldiers on their right to vote,” Stephenson said. “Our goal is to (get) everybody that wants to vote – whether it’s a Family member, a DA ci- vilian, a Soldier – (to get them to) understand they can vote, they know how to vote, they are afforded the opportunity to do that, and that they know where to go to get assistance.” There are more than 5,500 voting assistance officers, from company level to installation level, to help with the voting process, Stephenson said. “Ev- ery Army installation has a vot- ing assistance officer now,” he added. Voting assistance officers are there to help Soldiers reg- ister to vote and cast their vote by providing things like voter registration forms and inform- ing them how best to return the ballots, but the responsi- bility to vote ultimately falls on the individual, Stephenson explained. “You have to register, and you have to register early, up- date your address when you move and vote. You actually have to cast that vote,” he said. “The voting assistance officers have been trained. They can go through and help you based on your specific location.” Soldiers can also visit the FVAP website at to register and get information on submitting ballots for each state. Soldiers who are deployed or have moved recently should update their information so of- ficials can send them an absen- tee ballot. However, sometimes they have to take matters into their own hands. “If you hit 45 days before the general election and you haven’t gotten anything from your local election official, don’t wait for them. There’s a federal absentee write-in ballot. Fill that out, send it in – they may pass in the mail, but you still got your vote in,” Stephen- son said. Absentee ballots can be found on the FVAP website as well as voting assistance offices at the unit level. “We encourage people to vote. I would argue that it is not just a right, but an obliga- tion,” Stephenson said, noting that voting is a freedom Sol- diers defend. During election season, the best bet for a Soldier or some- one representing the Army with doubts about proper of- fice etiquette and election behavior is to talk with the chain of command, Stephen- son said. Generally speaking, don’t do anything in uniform that might give the impression that you are speaking for the Army, or that the Army specifi- cally endorses a political party, he said. “What we’re trying to do this presidential election year is establish an irreversible mo- mentum and make the voting process so embedded in the force that we don’t slack off be- tween (elections),” he said. For more information on voting assistance policies, visit one consolidated team.” Working together as a team while training has been benefi- cial, according to Hutchison. “This is going to help the brigade refine what we’ve al- ready learned,” he said. “This is going to show us that yes, we’re ready.” This will be the Dragon’s first training experience to NTC for a future deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade has deployed to Iraq for Op- eration Iraqi Freedom, from 2007 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2010. VOTING Continued from page 1 Photo illustration by David Vergum | ANS A screenshot of the FVAP website’s landing page is pictured above. Officials at HRC want to ensure that the entire Army Family understands the importance of voting and wants to make it as easy as possible. FVAP is one tool to help accomplish that goal. Sgt. Gene A. Arnold | 4TH IBCT The 4th IBCT is staged for movement for its rotation to the NTC at Fort Irwin, Calif., scheduled for February. NTC Continued from page 1 course at Fort Leavenworth, the branch manager said work was being done to figure out ways to implement distance learning opportunities and an ILE selec- tion processes. Although reluctant to com- ment on how low the officer promotion percentage rates will dip in the coming years, Kaine did say the changes that will soon be implemented through- out the Army’s personnel man- agement system will be “very healthy for the Army.” “This is about getting back to normal,” he said. “This gets us back to a best-qualified board that selects only the best-quali- fied officers.” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, in a Dec. 20 message to all colonels, urged the senior leaders to be thought- ful and specific in their evalua- tions of subordinates and ensure they are properly prepared for the increasingly critical selec- tion boards. “Our selection boards will continue to select our very best officers; those who display the greatest potential to lead our Army,” Odierno wrote. “Our Army will be in transition over the next several years and reduce in size. We must retain our very best.” Padilla, who discussed career progression with several of the division’s artillery majors during one-on-one interviews, said he and Kaine elected to visit Fort Riley now to take advantage of the fact that nearly all 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers are currently “home.” “This doesn’t happen very often, so we knew we had to come out here quick,” he said. Kaine said he welcomed the opportunity to talk to the “Big Red One” Soldiers and “demys- tify” the process of career man- agement and assignments. “I think it is important that we are not just a bunch of bu- reaucrats sitting at desks at Fort Knox, Ky.,” he said. “Maintain- ing face-to-face contact with the officers we assign is impor- tant that that’s why we wanted to take advantage of this sweet spot in time to talk to everyone about what we do at HRC.” CAREER Continued from page 1 Rob McIlvaine ANS FORT MEADE, Md. – The past 10 years of war assured many Soldiers an as- signment or promotion with a high degree of certainty, said an official with the De- partment of the Army Pro- motions Branch. That’s no longer necessarily the case. “It has always been in the Soldier’s best interest to en- sure his or her personnel file is up-to-date. But as history tends to repeat itself and the Army scales back its force structure, having an accurate, updated and complete service record is now more important than ever,” said Gerald May- er, chief of DA Promotions Branch. Soldiers need to know how to present themselves to the board in the most posi- tive and professional manner, Mayer said. All Soldiers need to be on top of their personnel file at any given time because not only is the file looked at for promotion boards, but it’s also looked at for assignments as well, he said. “If it’s not kept current to where you feel that you’re be- ing best represented, then you might fall short somewhere,” Mayer said. The U.S. Army Human Resources Command, De- partment of the Army Sec- retariat convenes about 80 selection boards each year for promotions, command assignments, professional de- velopment and schools for officers, warrant officers and senior noncommissioned of- ficers. But if a Soldier doesn’t do his or her due diligence, “the assignment that you want could go to someone else, or you could not get promoted,” Mayer said. The Army will continue to promote its most quali- fied and experienced officers and NCOs based on potential and performance, he said, but added this also means boards will only select the best quali- fied out of the field of fully qualified Soldiers. “The Army recommends that every Soldier, at a mini- mum, should maintain con- tact with their branch man- ager; check their DA photo, with emphasis on the proper wear and placement of the awards and to ensure that the data matches their officer re- cords brief or enlisted records brief, and what’s filed in their Official Personnel Manage- ment File, or OPMF, which is their electronic record deposi- tory,” said Randy Gillespie, chief, Officer Promotions Branch. Gillespie added everyone should: • Ensure their assignment data on the officer record brief or enlisted record brief is accurate • Ensure all awards and badges are properly annotated on their ORB/ERB and filed in the OMPF • Confirm all evaluations are properly posted in their OMPF and SSN, height/ weight data and duty title/ description are correct • Review and certify their “My Board File” promotion information is correct, “So don’t fall short and think that if you don’t put any emphasis on your personnel file, which is kind of your resume and kind of your handshake to whomever is looking at your file – because if it’s not up to date, this could send the mes- sage that you’re not diligent enough, or that you don’t care what’s happening to you in your career. After all, this is a profession of arms, and it doesn’t speak highly of an individual if he or she pres- ents themselves in a way that is unprofessional or fails to show due diligence,” Gillespie said. Prior to a promotion board, DA Promotions Branch publishes a military personnel or MILPER mes- sage that gives Soldiers guide- lines on what they should do to ensure they are portraying themselves in the most favor- able light. “If a Soldier takes the time to read the correspondence sent to them, they are told exactly what to do and how to do it, and who may help them. There’s no guess work in this process,” Mayer said. Every Soldier, said Gil- lespie, should have the habit of updating their records as they change. This makes sure they go down the right path to get the right evaluation to ultimately show how they rate against their peers. “It’s not how you stack up against the Army standards, it’s how you rate against your peers because most boards have a maximum selection objective that restricts the number to be recommended for promotion based upon the needs of the Army. “If there’s 100 people on that board and the Army can only promote 80, even though they may all be top- notch Soldiers ... it’s how they rank among themselves pro- vided that they are all fully qualified,” Gillespie said. The Army, Mayer said, is an organization that truly cares about its people, but it also knows that not all Sol- diers can be promoted … there’s not that much room at the top. “So we don’t want anyone to fall short and think some- thing is happening or there’s an expectation when there’s not. Promotion is not a right or an entitlement; it must be earned,” he said. A Soldier, he said, may say he did all that’s required. “OK, you did all that’s required, but how well did you do it? Therein lies your efficiency report that talks to a Soldier’s potential for ad- vancement to the next higher rank.” “So we’re just trying to alert Soldiers that (their) re- cord could be looked at for just about anything, so just keep it up to date and make sure there’s a validating docu- ment to support whatever entry is in (the) file,” Mayer said. Furthermore, command- ers and supervisors can assist by monitoring preparation efforts and reviewing ORB/ ERB, OMPFs and DA pho- tos prior to the board-con- vening date. The boards will require complete record evaluations as outlined in their respective MILPER Messages. At a minimum, these se- nior leaders should ensure that their officers have an of- ficial DA photo on file, along with completed evaluations that are processed by the es- tablished cut-off dates with emphasis on clear, concise, quantified narrative com- ments that leave no doubts as to where these Soldiers stand against their respective peers, Mayers said. Finally, he said all Soldiers should view the detailed De- partment of the Army Sec- retariat video on the actual promotion board process to maximize success at DA boards and for their own pro- fessional development. This video is available at https:// tions. As Army downsizes, Soldiers should be competitive when seeking promotion 8TH ANNUAL FLINT HILLS PHEASANTS FOREVER & QUAIL FOREVER BANQUET 
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  8. 8. 8 | JANUARY 27, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE The closure of Estes Access Control Point has made traffic worse in certain areas, reinforc- ing the need to only run on al- lows routes, Bennett added. “Once we open Estes Gate again, it will relieve some of the issues we have with near misses because a lot of traffic is com- ing through Vinton School Road,” he said. Maps of approved and non- approved routes are included in the Fort Riley Pam 350-1. “Everyone is coming back now, so we need to re-engage and re-familiarize with the routes that are out there, and once that happens, I believe it will be much safer,” said Ron- ald Clasberry, garrison safety specialist, Garrison Safety Of- fice. Clasberry also said it’s im- portant for Soldiers to carry flashlights and properly wear reflective belts to be visible by traffic. “If you’re not seen, the po- tential is there for a person to be hit,” he said. Key points in accordance with the Fort Riley Pam 350- 1 are: • Runs – During PT hours, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., units will conduct PT runs on the right side of the road, as far to the right as possible. Forma- tions may make full use of the road on protected routes. Unit formations must be supported by internal road guards. Com- pany and larger units varying from protected routes must co- ordinate with the Provost Mar- shal Office and the Division Safety Office for guidance and additional requirements. • Safety precautions for night marches – Ensure that adequate safety precautions are taken during night marches and while conducting PT dur- ing hours of darkness to warn approaching traffic of the pres- ence of troops. As minimum acceptable precautions, one road guard will march or run 100 feet in front of and behind the column. The reflective PT strap will be worn around the rucksack or Individual Body Armor, or IBA, so it is visible from the sides and rear. These guards and other Soldiers per- forming similar duties during hours of darkness and periods of poor visibility will carry flashlights and wear luminous belts or vests. The guards will slow, or, if necessary, stop traf- fic to warn drivers of the pres- ence of the formation. • Reflective Belt – The re- flective belt will be worn with both the summer/warm weath- er and the winter/cold weather IPFU. When wearing the sum- mer/warm weather IPFU, the reflective belt will be worn around the waist. When wear- ing the winter/cold weather IPFU, the reflective belt will be worn diagonally from the top right to the bottom left, out- side the gray and black jacket. Soldiers susceptible to or with a previous cold weather injury will have a band of blue tape on the reflective strap. Soldiers susceptible to heat injury will have a band of red tape on the reflective strap. • Straggler Control System – All units will establish a strag- gler control system for those individuals falling out of for- mation. A noncommissioned officer will be placed in charge of the stragglers. Personnel that fall out of the formation – stragglers – will clear the road- way immediately upon leav- ing the formation. Straggler control personnel will police up these individuals, placing them in formation to continue the run at a reduced pace. The requirements for road guards, with reflective vests and flash- lights, as stated above, also ap- ply to the straggler control for- mation. Stragglers will run on the left side of the road facing traffic. All personnel conduct- ing PT individually will wear proper reflective gear, regard- less of the time of day. PTContinued from page 1 HOUSE FILL AD tists, National Nurse Anesthe- tists Week was created to en- courage CRNAs to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to un- dergoing surgery and the ben- efits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists. “One of the many rewards of being a nurse anesthetist is providing patients and Soldiers with the comfort of knowing that I will be there during the entire procedure, ensuring a safe anesthesia experience,” said Capt. Nancy Kane, CRNA. “National Nurse Anesthetists Week serves as an opportunity to inform the public exactly what CRNAs do and who we are.” CRNAs are often the only anesthesia professionals in ru- ral hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I. “Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approx- imately 32 million anesthetics in the United States each year,” according to the American As- sociation of Nurse Anesthetists website. At IACH, CRNAs admin- ister anesthesia in operating, surgical and delivery and oph- thalmology rooms. WEEK Continued from page 4 edge AMEDD realities and to emphasize the importance of service recovery – identify approaches for handling and diffusing problems with vary- ing levels of severity, he said. “We are not going to change everything today. Our expectation is for you to re- turn to your respective work areas and replicate what you learned in efforts to find solu- tions,” Larson said. “Concen- trate on changing one thing today to make things better for tomorrow. Begin living the basics today.” At the conclusion of the weeklong training, Larson encouraged the entire IACH staff to embrace change. “When Culture of Trust and Begin with the Basics procedures are properly insti- tuted together, problems are not solved, they disappear,” Larson said. BASICSContinued from page 4 By Chanel S. Weaver USAPHC PUBLIC AFFAIRS N early one-third of active-duty service members smoke, and that figure increases among troops in a combat zone, according to the 2008 Depart- ment of Defense Survey of Health-Related Behaviors. Most Soldiers know smok- ing cigarettes can eventually cause lung cancer and emphy- sema, but one does not have to wait 20 or 30 years to experi- ence the adverse effects. Multiple studies by U.S. Army Public Health Com- mand scientists show smoking has immediate health effects, including increased injury risk and diminished physical performance. “Past studies of Army basic trainees show the risk of injuries among Soldiers who smoke was as much as 90 percent higher than nonsmokers,” said Mi- chelle Chervak, senior epidemi- ologist, USAPHC. “From past data, as well as analysis of recent data collected on operational units, we can definitely say that smokers have a greater risk of any injury, and more specifical- ly, overuse injuries – damage to musculoskeletal tissue that accu- mulates with repetitive activities such as running. Higher injury risk is likely due to factors that impair the body’s healing and repair processes.” USAPHC studies also have demonstrated smoking negatively impacts muscle endurance, especially as Soldiers get older. “Our data show that smok- ers perform fewer push-ups and sit-ups on the Army Physical Fitness Test,” Chervak said. Smoking also can affect mis- sion readiness, she said. USAPHC studies have shown Soldiers who use tobacco have reduced night vision and mental sharpness and increased risk of heat and cold injuries. Nicotine decreases oxygen- ated blood flow, resulting in a 30-percent reduction in night vision for normal eyes and 50-percent reduction in those wearing corrective lenses. Likewise, smoking also causes reduced blood flow to the extremities, which leads to more heat and cold injuries as the body is unable to cool and warm them, especially fingers and toes. Not only does smoking have a negative effect on a Soldier’s performance, it also has poor health consequences for the smoker and those in his/her environment. President Barack Obama’s National Prevention Strategy re- port states that cigarette smok- ing causes about 443,000 U.S. deaths each year. These deaths occur as a result of lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, strokes, heart attacks, emphysema and other conditions. Second-hand smoke also can be damaging to others’ health, especially children. “If Soldiers knew the effect that smoking has on their children, I think more would be encouraged to quit,” said Col. Heidi Warrington, chief nurse executive, USAPHC. Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of suffering from chronic ear infections, asthma and learning disorders, War- rington said. The financial cost of smok- ing also is significant. A recent Army Times article stated tobacco use costs the Pentagon $846 million a year in medi- cal care and lost productivity. Not to mention the cost to the smoker, with cigarettes cur- rently ranging from $5 to $12 a pack. 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  9. 9. JANUARY 27, 2012 | 9HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE Stay in the know and out of the snow with Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools – With winter weather here, it’s important to remain informed on any school closing and late start due to inclement winter weather. USD 475 offers text alerts about emergency school announcements by enrolling in its free text messaging service. To enroll, visit http://my.textcaster. com/ServePopup.aspx?id=1290. Sessions of the 2012 Resilient Spouse Academy, a weeklong training seminar for military spouses that teaches suicide inter- vention, responding to reports of abuse or neglect, Master Resilience Training and financial resilience, will be: -Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 -March 5 to 9 -June 4 to 8 -Sept. 10 to 14 For more information or to register, call 785-239-9435. Upcoming USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners in 2012 will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Building 7856 on Drum Street on Custer Hill. Some dinner loca- tions may change. For informa- tion, call 785-240-5326 or email USO Fort Riley also is on Facebook at www. Click on “Events” to see the most up to date information for No Dough Dinners. Dates for dinners are: Jan. 31 Feb. 13 and 29 March 14 and 29 April 12 and 30 May 14 and 31 June 14 and 28 July 12 and 31 Aug. 14 and 30 Sept. 13 and 28 Oct. 12 and 30 Nov. 14 Dec. 13 Interested vendors are encouraged to submit a reg- istration form for Fort Riley’s Great Escapes Expo March 31. For more information on Great Escapes and vendor registration, visit or call 785-239-8990. Flick-N-Float, a movie view- ing at Eyster Pool, will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Cost of attendance is $10 per Family or $5 per person. Hot dogs, chips, juice and cookies will be served during the movie. Families are welcome to bring their own food. For more information, call 785-239-9441. Picerne Military Housing will host a Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Forsyth Neighborhood Center. All on-post Family housing residents are invited to attend. The event will include board games and activities for children of all ages, snacks and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact your neighborhood office. AIB International School of Baking, Manhattan, has a full tuition scholarship for a person to attend AIB’s 16-week baking science and technology course Feb. 2 to May 24. The scholarship is for a military veteran, active-duty service member or spouse of an active-duty service member and is offered by representatives of the commercial baking industry to educate and encourage persons for positions of responsibility in the baking industry. For more information, contact Ken Embers at 785-539-2819 Riley’s Conference Center will host a beer tasting event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4. A limited number of $10 tickets are available. Participants must be 21 to participate. Tickets are available at Riley’s Conference Center and at Army Air and Force Exchange Services locations. Riley’s Conference Center will host a Sweetheart Dinner and Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one at this event that will include a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuveres, a four-course gourmet meal, and live music and dancing. For more information, call 785-784-1000. IN BRIEF Y M C K Y M C K CommunityLifeHOME OF THE BIG RED ONE JANUARY 27, 2012 PAGE 9  Y M C K Y M C K CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK By Melony Gabbert 1ST INF. DIV. POST When the Wing Zone at the Fort Riley Mini-Mall opened at 11 a.m. Jan. 17, a line had already formed. “We’re real big on flavor. We have marketed ‘flavor-holics’ to de- scribe ourselves,” said C. J. Lawson, franchise trainer, Wing Zone. Part of the slogan comes from the 15 sauces to choose from for a variety of meats, including buffalo wings, chicken tenders, hamburg- ers and shrimp. Sauces also can be used as salad toppings. Sauces range from tame and garlic parm to hot shot and nuclear habanero. With nearly 100 locations, the franchise now has three restaurants in Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities, according to Dan Wade, Central Regional food pro- gram specialist, AAFES. The first facility was established at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in Sep- tember 2011; the second at Fort Hood, Texas; and the third at Fort Riley. Joint Base Lewis-McChord will receive a second restaurant in April. Contracts are awarded based on consumer demand, Ward said. What began as two fraternity boys selling wings out of the frater- nity kitchen has ended up a global enterprise, with a stake at Fort Ri- ley, Lawson said. In 1991, Matt Friedman and Adam Scott grew tired of pizza while studying at the University of Florida. They perfected sauces in their fraternity’s kitchen and began selling wings, Lawson said. That operation was discovered and stopped, but the two young men then borrowed $5,000 from their parents and opened their first res- taurant in 1993. Lawson was on post through- out the week training employees, as he did for the week prior to the opening. Afterward, he will travel to Saudi Arabia to open another restaurant. Wing Zone opens at Fort Riley Mini-Mall Melony Gabbert | POST Customers decide what to order at the grand opening of the Wing Zone Jan. 17 in the Mini- Mall on Custer Hill. Fort Riley’s Wing Zone is the third to be opened on an Army installation. Tasteful venture By Sarah Chadwick PICERNE MILITARY HOUSING With the hustle and bustle of work and after-school activi- ties, scheduling time together as a Family can be a challenge, not to mention planning an activity and deciding on something everyone can agree upon. Picerne Military Housing is taking the challenge out for Families by inviting Picerne residents to its Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the For- syth Neighborhood Center. “Family Game Night will fea- ture jumbo-sized games, such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Jenga and checkers, as well as Family favorites, like Would You Rather, Candy Land, Yahtzee, Hungry, Hungry Hippos and oth- ers,” said Jasmine Nelson, event co-chair. “There will be games and activities for all ages.” Snacks will be provided and prizes will be given away through- out the night. The grand prize will be a one-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, Kan. “iPads, game consoles, televi- sions and other electronic devices tend to take the place of Family time these days,” said JC Calder, deputy community management director, Picerne Military Housing. “We wanted to provide a fun night where Families can spend time to- gether and enjoy each other’s com- pany without other distractions.” The Forsyth Neighborhood Center is located at 22900 Hitch- ing Post Road. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, residents may call their neighborhood office. Picerne to host Family night By Melony Gabbert 1ST INF. DIV. POST Many audience members remarked on the inspirational nature of Com- mand Sgt. Maj. Junior Riley’s presen- tation following the conclusion of the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Jan. 18 at Riley’s Conference Center. Riley, command sergeant major, Irwin Army Community Hospi- tal, Medical Activity, was the guest speaker at the observance, which was sponsored by the 1st Infantry Division Equal Opportunity Office. Riley built upon King’s, “I Have a Dream,” speech. “What is a dream?” Riley asked the audience. “Dreams act as a compass and tell us what direction in which to travel. It is important that you and I have a dream to get us to a destina- tion. Don’t let anyone take that dream away from you. A person with a dream knows what they are willing to give up to get up.” Riley encouraged listeners to get away from people holding them down, measure actions by whether or not they contribute to reaching the dream, build a support network of Family and friends and to keep push- ing. He asked audience members to fill in the blank of what their dream is and answer what they are willing to do to commit to it. He also told the audience to dream and to dream big. “Your dream is not out of reach,” he said. Strength, courage, a good support network, energy, enthusiasm and de- termination will help dreams be real- ized, he said. He reminded the audience that King’s “selflessness brought about a change that many thought was not possible.” King’s success and passion were put forth as examples by Riley before he made personal dreams the focus of his speech. “Dr. King is everywhere … he showed the world that the principle of non-violence can be successful,” Riley said. King is not just celebrated in our country, but all over the world, Riley said, adding that in Japan, an annual banquet is conducted by the mayor in his honor. King also is celebrated in Toronto, Riley said, and a forest in Israel is named after him, as well as a school in Cameroon and streets and boulevards in Italy, India, Brussels, Brazil and Senegal, a country in West Africa. He inspired a national movement toward equal rights, Riley said. “His ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was something special born of that mo- ment, during that event,” Riley said, explaining that King had not written the speech out ahead of time, but was prompted by Mahalia Jackson from the crowd while giving his speech. “Tell them about the dream, Speaker at Martin Luther King Jr. Observance encourages audience members to dream big By Melony Gabbert 1STINF. DIV. POST A limited number of $10 tickets are available for the upcoming second annual beer-tasting event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Riley’s Conference Center. Tickets are available at the confer- ence center, Army and Air Force Ex- change Service sites and at the Leisure Travel Center, 6918 Trooper Drive on Custer Hill. Tickets will be available until the day before the event, if they are not sold out. About 50 beers will be served, many of which are craft or microbrews, but a few will be imports, according to Chris Downs, manager, Riley’s Conference Center. Beers will be served in bottles or cans. No draft beer will be served. Three local vendors will be avail- able to hand out information to par- ticipants, and one local brewery will be represented. Tables with various beers will be set up, and participants may choose from the beers. “This is a great opportunity to taste and sample,” Downs said. Participants also will be treated to light hors d’ oeuvres and take home a pilsner glass with paid admission. Annual beer-tasting event set for Feb. 4 at Riley’s Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley command- ing general, left, presents MED- DAC Command Sgt. Major Junior Riley, right, with a certificate of appreciation fol- lowing the Mar- tin Luther King Jr. Observation Jan. 18 at Riley’s Con- ference Center. Melony Gabbert POST COURTESY PHOTO The Fort Riley Middle school Band has announced the Eighth Grade Band students chosen to perform in the Kan- sas Music Educator’s Association North Central District Honor Band. Students are, from left to right, Alexandria Larsen, clarinet; Joseph Kyser, clarinet; and Sarah Hughes, flute. These and other area students rehearsed and per- formed a concert Jan. 14 at the Junction City Middle School. BAND STUDENTS PERFORM See MLK, page 12