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The 1st Infantry Division Post Paper for 3 Feb 2012
The 1st Infantry Division Post Paper for 3 Feb 2012
The 1st Infantry Division Post Paper for 3 Feb 2012
The 1st Infantry Division Post Paper for 3 Feb 2012
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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 Bullard Street to prepare 2009, 2010 and 2011 federal tax returns. The tax center will also prepare state tax returns as a courtesy when com- pleting 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 recruiting team from the U.S. Army Re- cruiting Command will be at Fort Riley Feb. 7 to 8 to conduct brief- ings. Briefings will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Building 8388 on Armistead Street. For more infor- mation, call Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael A. Grinter at 502-626- 0458 or michael.grinter@usarec. More information also can be found at mil/hq/warrant. 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 facility, or CIF, will be clean and all repairs made in accordance to TM10-8400-201-23, General Re- pair 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 Tricare Service Center will operate under new hours. The center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 785-239-7000 The referral management office and the appointment line at Irwin Army Community Hospital will close at 4:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly when call- ing the referral management or the appointment line. The Army Attache Manage- ment Division is recruiting highly qualified Regular Army noncommissioned officers in the rank of sergeant to sergeant first class to serve in U.S. embas- sies around the world. Contact the Army Attache Management Division for more information or to request an application for Defense Attache assignment. Call Master Sgt. Matthew Tuiasosopo at 202-231-7291 or email mat- or The iWATCH SAR online re- porting form is updated and the link is now live on the iWATCH page at Viewer.aspx?id=5116. HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE IN BRIEF  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012 Vol. 4, No. 4  SAFETY HOLIDAY As of Thursday, Feb. 2, days have passed since the last vehicular fatality on Fort Riley. With 67 more, the post will celebrate with a safety holiday to take place at each unit’s discretion. 0 4 4 6 FEB. The next USAG Resilience Day Off will be: By Mollie Miller 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS The 1st Infantry Division is ready to take charge of the mission in eastern Afghanistan later this year, a top Army general said dur- ing a Jan. 28 visit to Fort Riley. “This organization has great history, great people and a great spirit,” said Gen. David Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command. “We have the right people here at the right time, and we are very happy about that.” Rodriguez, who is responsible for the manning, equipping and FORSCOMcommanderobservesUEprogress Mollie Miller | 1ST INF. DIV. Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, left, welcomes FORSCOM commanding general, Gen. David Rodriguez, right, to the 1st Inf. Div. headquarters Jan. 28. Rodriguez visited Fort Riley to observe UE 12-01, the largest command post training exercise conducted at Fort Riley since the division’s return from Germany in 2006. Readytoroll See RODRIGUEZ, page 8 Mollie Miller | POST Brig. Felix Gedney, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for transition, offers Central Flint Hills Region media mem- bers an overview of the scope of UE 12-01 during an inter- view Jan. 27 at division headquarters. Amanda Kim Stairrett | 1ST INF. DIV. Lt. Col. John Hamner, 1st Inf. Div. deputy SJA, and Sharon Reid, widow of Judge John Thomas Reid, cut the ribbon during a dedication cer- emony for a courtroom in Clausen Hall. It was named in honor of Reid’s husband, the late Honorable John Thomas Reid, a Kansas district judge who presided over cases at Fort Riley for 17 years. COURTESY PHOTO Officially closing the Market Site, Master Sgt. Kevin Walker, operations and plans, DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., rings the NASDAQ Bell in New York City Dec. 28 with Tina Atherall, executive vice presi- dent of Hope for the Warriors. By Amanda Kim Stairrett 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS Judge John Thomas Reid’s friends and Family agreed he was a humble man who shied away from the spot- light, but he would be thrilled about an honor bestowed upon his memory Jan. 24 at a dedication ceremony at Fort Riley. Fort Riley’s Staff Judge Advocate hosted the ceremony to name a court- room in Clausen Hall for Reid, who served as the U.S. Magistrate judge at Fort Riley from 1987 to 2004. He died Nov. 16, 2008. Reid’s wife, Sharon, daughter, Jen- nifer Reid, and son-in-law, Todd Te- desco, attended the dedication, along with judges and lawyers from across the state of Kansas. Reid traveled to Fort Riley 25 times a year for dockets on the first and third Thursday of every month, said Judge Karen Humphreys, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. During his visits to Fort Riley to preside over cases, Reid loved meeting Soldiers, Jennifer said. “He loved Fort Riley,” Todd add- ed. A plaque that will hang outside the courtroom highlighted Reid’s service to Fort Riley. It read: “The dedication of this courtroom honors Judge Reid’s unwavering commitment to the fair administration of criminal justice and his distinguished duty to Fort Riley for 17 years in the management of the criminal cases during his service. He earned the respect of the legal com- munity, the affection of his colleagues and a reputation for fairness, compas- sion, wit, intelligence and patience.” SJA dedicates courtroom to former Fort Riley judge By Pamela Redford 1ST INF. DIV. POST The closing NASDAQ bell in New York City’s Times Square nor- mally represents the end of daily trading on the MarketSite, the larg- est electronic stock market in the U.S., but on Dec. 28, the ceremony’s symbolism ran a bit deeper for Mas- ter Sgt. Kevin Walker and his Family when he was honored with the special task of officially closing the market. “Him ringing the closing bell for NASDAQ was kind of like a way to end it, our Army life,” said Patti Walker, Army Wounded Warrior ad- vocate at Fort Riley and wife of Mas- ter Sgt. Kevin Walker, operations and plans, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. “I was closing NASDAQ and closing my military career at the same time,” Kevin mused, recalling the symbolic experience and the live television broadcast itself was much bigger than he thought it would be. Kevin will be retiring this year af- ter 24 years of service. He is a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury sustained during a 2004 deployment to Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated, sending a one-inch-by- one-inch piece of shrapnel through his nose and into his brain. Kevin lost his left eye and spent months recov- ering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Doctors told Patti her husband would spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. But after what Patti calls a miraculous recovery, the cou- ple was able to fight successfully for Kevin to stay in the Army and return to Fort Riley. Fort Riley wounded warrior closes NASDAQ in New York By Jim Garamone AFPS WASHINGTON – Spending pri- orities in the forthcoming Fiscal Year 2013 defense budget request call for reductions in the end strength of the Army and Marine Corps, an increase in special operations forces and main- taining the number of big-deck carri- ers, said Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta Jan. 26. The Pentagon’s budget topline request is set at $525 billion for FY 2013, with an additional $88.4 bil- lion for overseas contingency opera- tions, mostly in Afghanistan. This is down from $531 billion and $115 billion, respectively, in this fiscal year. Department of Defense officials used the new defense strategy guid- ance President Barack Obama an- nounced in January to shape the bud- get request, the secretary said. The budget seeks to minimize the impact of cuts on personnel accounts. Service members will receive their full pay raises in FY 2013 and 2014, Pa- netta said. “We will achieve some cost savings by providing more limited pay raises beginning in 2015,” he said. Health care is another important benefit, and one that has far outpaced inflation. Changes to health care will not affect active-duty personnel or their Families, Panetta said. “We decided that to help control growth of health care costs, we are recommending increases in health care fees, co-pays and deductibles for retirees,” he said. “But let me be clear that even after these increases, the cost borne by military retirees will remain below the levels in comparable private-sector plans.” Overall, the request puts DoD on the path to save $259 billion over the Panetta announces budget priorities See PANETTA, page 8 “I was closing NASDAQ and closing my military career at the same time.” SGT. KEVIN WALKER DHHB See WALKER, page 8See DEDICATION, page 3
  2. 2. 2 | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE This is the fourth 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 In this day and age, spend- ing quality time with Family members can be a challenge between career, school and so- cial requirements. The Fort Riley’s Leisure Travel Center has a plethora of outlets for Soldiers and Fami- lies looking for a little down time. Teresa Mayes, manager, Leisure Travel Center, offers the following vacation ideas for those who’ve resolved to spend more quality time together in 2012: Local attractions and events: • Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales, Topeka Expocentre, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 • VFC Fight Night, Junc- tion City Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 • Monster Jam Advance Auto Parts Monster Freestyle Mania Show, Kansas City Sprint Center, Feb. 11 to 13 • Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World tour, Kansas City Sprint Cen- ter, 8 p.m. Feb. 22 • Disney on Ice Treasure Trove, Kansas City Sprint Center, March 22 to 24 • Rolling Hills Zoo, just west of Salina off Interstate 70, open yearround Armed Forces Vacation Club: AFVC is a “space available” program that offers condomin- ium vacations at resorts around the world for only $369 per unit/per week. For those who enjoy off-season activities in popular locations without the hassle of high-season prices and crowds, along with the ability to travel on 10 days notice or less, the AFVC can offer vaca- tions at value prices. Disney’s Armed Forces Sa- lute Military Discount: Walt Disney World in Or- lando and Disneyland in Ana- heim, Calif., are offering pro- motions to active and retired U.S. military personnel through Sept. 30, 2012. Currently, Walt Disney World offers a four-day park hopper ticket or four-day water park ticket for $138, and Disneyland offers a three-day park hopper ticket for $99. Discounts on Disney Hotels also are available. Here’s to the Heroes: SeaWorld Parks and Enter- tainment is opening its doors to the Armed Forces and their Families through Dec. 31, by offering a single-day compli- mentary admission. California attractions: • Disneyland • Universal Hollywood • Legoland • Sea Life Aquarium • Aquarium of the Pacific • Medieval Times • Sea World • San Diego Zoo • San Diego Sport Fishing • Knott’s Berry Farm • Magic Mountain • Hurricane Harbor • City Pass for San Diego, San Francisco, Hollywood and Los Angeles • Area hotels Florida attractions: • Boggy Creek Airboats • Gatorland • Kennedy Space Center • Medieval Times • Pirates Dinner Adventure • Arabian Nights Dinner Show • Ripley’s Museum • Wet ’N Wild • Sleuth Mystery Dinner • Florida Aquarium • Titanic • Orlando Balloon Rides • Orlando Magic • Miami Speedway • Daytona International Speedway • Blue Man Group The Leisure Travel Center has discounts on cruise tickets, all-inclusive resort packages, theme park tickets, Colorado ski packages and a variety of hotels, spas and destination packages. As a full service travel agent, they also offer vacation plan- ning with military travel vouch- ers, allowing Families to select a destination, make hotel reser- vations and purchase attraction tickets conveniently from the local Leisure Travel Center at bargain prices. “Everybody needs to get away sometimes,” Mayes said. “It brings the kid out in you.” The Leisure Travel Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 785- 239-5614 or 785-239-4415 or stop by Building 6918 on Custer Hill. 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. Henry Access Control Point, as of Feb. 7, will become a one-way entrance from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. The Trooper Access Control Point will be closed to inbound traffic from 7 to 10 a.m. Feb. 6. Outbound traffic will remain open. Inbound traffic is encouraged to use the Grant ACP. 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 traf- fic 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. 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  3. 3. FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | 3HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE On Jan. 18, 2012, Spc. Bryant Whiteside, Head- quarters and Headquar- ters Company, 1st Bn., 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, was tried at a Special Court-Mar- tial and found guilty of three specifications of failing to go at the time prescribed to his appointed place of duty; three specifications of willfully disobeying a law- ful command from his superior commissioned officer; two specifica- tions of disrespecting his superior commis- sioned officer; three specifications of disre- specting a superior non- commissioned officer; and one specification of assaulting a noncommis- sioned officer. The mili- tary judge sentenced Whiteside to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for four months and to be discharged from the service with a Bad-Conduct Discharge. On Jan. 18, 2012, Sgt. Martin Duran Jr., I and S Company, Division Head- quarters and Headquar- ters Battalion, was tried at a Special Court-Mar- tial and found guilty of one specification of wrongfully distributing marijuana; one specifi- cation of wrongfully using marijuana; one specification of wrong- fully using Adderall – a Schedule II controlled substance; one specifi- cation of wrongfully using Ritalin – a Sched- ule II controlled sub- stance; one specifica- tion of failing to go at the time prescribed to his appointed place of duty; and one specifica- tion of failing to obey a lawful order. The military judge sentenced Duran to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be con- fined for 30 days and to be discharged from the service with a Bad-Con- duct Discharge. RECENT RESULTS OF COURTS-MARTIAL AT FORT RILEY DEDICATION Continued from page 1 By Pamela Redford 1ST INF. DIV. POST Sixty-one Soldiers with the 1st Platoon, 977th Military Po- lice Company, 97th MP Battal- ion, were honored Jan. 27 with an awards ceremony in front of friends and Family members at Barlow Theater on Custer Hill. The 1st Pltn. returned in December 2011 from a year- long deployment to Afghani- stan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the command of platoon leader, 1st Lt. Zachary Youngsma, and platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class David Rupp. “I am proud to report on their behalf, mission accom- plished,” said Lt. Col. Michael L. Matthews, commander, 97th MP Bn. Calling the combat veter- ans “true American heroes,” Matthews said the day was a celebration of excellence for accomplishing the mission to very high standards. The “Raiders” conducted detention operations in sup- port of Special Operations Command, Afghanistan. Mat- thews praised them for secur- ing and safeguarding the very people trying to destabilize the nation. “Sixty out of 61 volunteered for their service to our nation Pamela Redford | POST The 1st Pltn., 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn. is decorated during an awards ceremony Jan. 27 at Barlow Theater as Family members and friends look on. The “Raiders” recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. ‘Raiders’ receive awards after 1-year Afghanistan deployment Pamela Redford | POST First Lt. Zachary Youngsma, 1st Pltn. leader, 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn. is awarded the Bronze Star Medal by Lt. Col. Michael L. Matthews, commander, 97th MP Bn. during an awards ceremony Jan. 27 at Barlow Theater. The “Raiders” recently returned from a yearlong deploy- ment to Afghanistan.See RAIDERS, page 8 Amanda Kim Stairrett | 1ST INF. DIV. Maj. Gen. John O’Connor, deputy chief of staff, logistics, Forces Command, center, talks to Troy Nave, Fort Riley’s Property Accountability Recovery Team warehouse supervisor, right, and Jim Stone, PART program manager, left, Jan. 23 during a two-day visit to Fort Riley to see the warehouse and sustainment operations center. O’CONNOR VISITS Reid was the longest-serv- ing magistrate judge at Fort Riley, and received the Com- mander’s Award for Public Service in November 2002. During his funeral, Fort Riley Soldiers provided a military honor guard, Humphreys said. Two judges, one of them Humphreys, replaced Reid upon his retirement. As they observed him during court proceedings, Humphreys said it was quite clear he took great care to conduct the hearings with genuine courtesy and dignity. “He had a strong purpose in making each defendant feel that his case was important and that the docket should never be conducted like a high volume cattle call,” she said. “He honored the words of Socrates in his approach: ‘Four things belong to a judge – to hear courteously, to an- swer wisely, to consider sober- ly and to decide impartially.’” Reid set a high bar for how the criminal docket at Fort Riley should be managed, Humphreys said. For Reid’s loved ones, the dedication was about honor- ing a man for whom they were proud. “I’m just really touched,” Sharon said. “It means a lot to our Family.” Amanda Kim Stairrett | 1ST INF. DIV. Sharon Reid, widow of Judge John Thomas Reid, reads a plaque with her daughter, Jennifer Reid, honoring the late judge Jan. 24 at Fort Riley. Fort Riley’s SJA hosted a dedication ceremony to name a courtroom in Clausen Hall for Reid. He served as the U.S. Magistrate judge at Fort Riley from 1987 to 2004. He died Nov. 16, 2008. HOUSE FILL AD Daily Union DailyDailyDaily DailyDaily DailyDaily DailyDaily Daily UnionUnionUnion UnionUnion UnionUnion UnionUnion Union Get more Follow us on: Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter log on @
  4. 4. 4 | FEBRUARY 3, 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. CAPT. COLLEEN McMANAMAN DOCTOR Hometown: Parker, Colo. Start date at IACH: Nov. 13, 2011 Years in area of specialty: Four-and- a-half years What do you like most about working for IACH? It is a small community hospital. The staff is friendly and helpful. What should patients know about you? I enjoy being a Family physician. I treat every patient equally and with respect. How are you dedicated to wellness and inspiring trust? I will try to help my patients as much as possible and to the best of my ability. FACES OF IACH Colleen McManaman IRWINFORMATION “I’m constantly on the go but need a convenient way to look up my doctor referrals and payments. Is there an app for that?” TriWest recently launched an application for the Android, iPhone and iPad that allows beneficia- ries to access their medical records on the go. Patients can access their preven- tive care schedules, urgent and emergency care guide- lines, deployment-related checklists and referrals and authorizations. TriWest also has a mobile website that helps you securely access claims and fees or premiums due. To access the mobile features go to and click on “Beneficiary” and then “Registration.” Patients also can view the Irwin Army Community Hospital Face- book page to access the link. 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 will take part in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s “The Heart Truth” campaign Feb. 3. The purpose of the campaign is to bring awareness to heart disease. Members of IACH will par- ticipate in National Wear Red Day to help spread the cam- paign message, “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear, It’s the No. 1 Killer of Women.” Although significant prog- ress has been made to increase awareness among women that heart disease is their No. 1 killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. The disease is largely preventable, but kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, according to the in- stitute’s website. About 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have at least one factor that puts them at risk for heart disease. Quitting smoking can drastically reduce a wom- an’s risk of heart disease, as well as staying in shape and main- taining good cholesterol levels. “The primary measures to maintain a healthy heart are diet and exercise,” said Pete Wiemers, health promotion educator, Department of Public Health, IACH. “The hospital offers several self-referral pro- grams for disease and weight control.” Patients at IACH can go over some simple steps with their doctor to make sure they are keeping their heart healthy. Patients can ask their doc- tor about their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Their doctor also can take their body mass index to help them deter- mine a healthy weight, and the Nutrition Care Department at IACH can help patients learn how to eat healthier, Wiemers said. While heart disease risk be- gins to rise in middle age, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. It’s never too early or too late to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease. To schedule an appointment with a doctor, call 785-239- DOCS (3627). IACH staff celebrates Wear Red Day By Katherine Rosario IACH PUBLIC AFFAIRS Irwin Army Community Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment and eye specialists ready to help patients who have glaucoma. January is National Glau- coma Awareness Month, which aims to educate people on the importance of maintaining healthy eyes. Glaucoma is most com- monly found in adults 40 years of age and older, when the op- tic nerves in their eyes become damaged. Although glaucoma cannot be cured, early detection with a comprehensive eye exam and prompt treatment can help pre- serve vision, said Dr. Emmanuel Kai-Lewis, IACH ophthalmolo- gist. “You can lose your eyesight from this disease,” he said. “Most people don’t notice that something is wrong before it is too late, and that’s a shame because this disease is prevent- able.” Glaucoma is more common in the retiree population, but also can occur in younger adults. Open-angle glaucoma is more common and is diagnosed by the presence of larger nerves and thinner corneas, as well as higher-pressure levels in the eye. “The pressure behind the eye builds up so much that the nerves cannot support it, and the nerves start to break down and become damaged,” Kai- Lewis said. When the nerves are dam- aged, patients may experience tunnel vision. Visual field tests can check the progression of the damage. “If your pressure is between 12 and 22, then you are in the normal range, but anything above that can be a warning sign of glaucoma,” he said. Family history can increase a person’s chance of contracting glaucoma. “The problem with glauco- ma is that it is a very slow-grow- ing disease, and most people don’t notice something is wrong with their eye until the disease is in full swing,” Kai-Lewis said. To treat the disease, drops can be used to alleviate the pres- sure behind the eye. There also is a laser treatment known as a selective laser. “We have the laser here at IACH, and it goes into the drainage system of the eye to help drain the eye better and does not destroy the tissue,” he said. Most patients who opt to receive the laser treatment are treated once and then receive annual checkups to ensure the nerves in their eyes are still re- sponding to the treatment. Surgery is the last option after all other therapy has been exhausted, he said. “If we can diagnose it early, then we can start treatment and may be able to keep the patient comfortable with just the eye drops,” he said. If someone is concerned about glaucoma because of Family history, IACH can check the nerve health in the patient’s eye. People who are diabetic also are at a higher risk for develop- ing glaucoma, he said. “Glaucoma really sneaks up on you, and most people won’t be able to tell they have it un- til it’s too late,” he said, adding medication prescribed to pa- tients by their doctors should be taken as directed. To make an appointment for an eye exam, call 785-239- DOCS (3627). Early detection can prevent vision loss By Karla Simon USAPHC Radon is present in every geographic region in the U.S. It is found in new and older homes, schools and workplac- es. It can’t be smelled, tasted or seen, yet it may be the most potent carcinogen in a home. The Environmental Pro- tection Agency estimates that more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. per year are caused by radon. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer. Only smok- ing causes more lung cancer deaths. Radon is mainly produced from the natural decay of ura- nium in soil, rock and water. It is a radioactive gas that moves through the ground to the air above. Radon be- comes a problem when it seeps through cracks and holes in a building’s foundation and ac- cumulates in the basement or lower levels of a home. It is often measured in picocuries per liter. The EPA recommends tak- ing steps to reduce radon at confirmed levels of 4 pCi/L or higher. Levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk. Radon can build to an unhealthy level during colder months when home occupants try to con- serve heat by keeping windows and doors closed. Breathing these elevated levels of radon can damage the lungs. There are several ways to protect yourself: • Test your home. Testing is the only way to find out if radon is present. It is inexpen- sive and easy. The cost is about $20 to $30. • Don’t forget to test the water if it comes from ground- water, including well and mu- nicipal water. Dissolved radon can be released when water is heated and used. • If radon is detected, fix any problems with the foun- dation. Seal cracks and other openings around pipes and drains. • Cover any exposed earth- en walls. • Paint concrete floors with a sealant. • Depending on levels of radon found after testing, have a radon reduction sys- tem installed. Consult with a professional to determine the best system dependent on the home foundation type: base- ment, slab-on-grade or crawl- space. For more information about radon including how to get a test kit, go to the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency at consguid.html or call the Ra- don Hotline at 1-800-sosra- don (1-800-767-7236). TRIWEST HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE H ave you ever been searching for a doctor and found one labeled as an M.D., while another is listed as a D.O.? You may have wondered what this means. There are two basic types of medical schools – Allo- pathic schools and Osteopathic schools. Doctors who attend the Allopathic schools become M.D.s. And if they graduate from the Osteopathic schools, they become D.O.s. Because of these differences, doctors vary in their views on medicine and treating patients. So, which is right for you? SIMILARITIES Both types of degrees produce medical doctors, who can prescribe you medicine and diagnose a condition. Here is what M.D.s and D.O.s have in common: • Had to earn a four-year degree with core science classes. • Attended four years of medical school. This is where the differences come into play, since there are two types of medical schools. • Went through a residency program that lasted three to seven years. • Required to pass licens- ing exams and obtain a state license. • Can practice in accredited hospitals and clinics. • Work side-by-side in the Military Health System to benefit service members and Families entrusted to their care. DIFFERENCES Doctors who earned a D.O. often focus on primary care or Family practice, although many do choose a specialty and train in the same residency programs as M.D.’s. D.O.’s also receive training in something called Osteopath- ic Manipulative Training, or OMT. OMT is similar to chi- ropractic work, but it’s not the same. This treatment manipu- lates the body’s muscles and bones to help with problems like back pain, shoulder pain and tension headaches. M.D.’s do not receive this training. Over time, the differences between these two types of medical schools have faded. More and more, both schools train doctors to view their patients as a whole, while promoting health, prevent- ing disease and treating when necessary. So which is right for you? Now that you know the dif- ferences, it all comes down to your personal preference. Which highlights your values, and the way you want to be treated? By Alyssa Whetstine TRIWEST HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE D id you know that cervical cancer was once a leading cause of cancer death in American women? In fact, in many developing countries, it still is. However, cervical cancer deaths in the U.S. fell by about 70 percent between 1955 and 1992, according to the American Cancer Society. What caused this differ- ence? One life-saving exam: the Pap test. Yet many women don’t go for their Pap tests, often because of misunder- standings about the exam. Avoiding this test boils down to one important thing: not having it could take you away from life’s most im- portant moments with your Family. Let’s take a few minutes to debunk some common myths: Myth: I can skip a few Pap tests without serious conse- quences. Reality check: According to the American Cancer Soci- ety, 60 to 80 percent of women diagnosed with invasive cervi- cal cancer haven’t had a Pap test in the past five years. Skip- ping just a few of these exams can allow cancer to develop without you knowing. Myth: If I’m going to get cervical cancer, a test won’t make a difference either way. Reality check: When found early, cervical cancer is highly treatable. Nearly 90 percent of diagnosed women survive because of early detection, ac- cording to the American Cancer Society. That’s why getting your Pap tests can mean the differ- ence between life and death. Myth: Once I’m done hav- ing children, I can stop getting my Pap tests. Reality check: If you’ve given birth to three or more children, you have a greater chance of developing cervical cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion. Plus, this cancer often forms after a woman’s child- bearing years. Myth: If I’ve had the HPV vaccine, I can’t get cervical can- cer, and I don’t need any more Pap tests. Reality check: The HPV vaccine only protects against the few strains of the virus which cause most cervical cancers. However, they’re not the only causes. Getting vaccinated is highly recommended, but it does not mean you will never get cervical cancer. So take the time, make the time. Call for that appointment. For more information about cervical cancer prevention, visit Precaution helps stop Radon-caused illness What’sthedifferencebetweenanMDandDO? FOR YOUR HEALTH Myth-busting:Top 4 myths about pap tests HOUSE FILL AD HOUSE FILL AD FOR YOUR HEALTH Call 785-762-5000 to Advertise! Call 785-762-5000 to Advertise! Providing comprehensive plumbing, electrical, heating and air solutions for both home and business for over 60 years. 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  5. 5. FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | 5HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE Commentary RILEY ROUNDTABLE HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE FEBRUARY 3, 2012 Will the Giants or Patriots win the Super Bowl and why? “The Giants because I hate the Patriots.” SPC. STEVEN STRAUSBAUGH | OHIO NO. 1 MAN – CO. D, 1ST BN., 5TH FA REGT. “The Giants are going to win because I hate the Patriots. I’m a Buffalo Bills fan, and they’ve pretty much dominated us for the past 10 years.” 1ST SGT. CHRIS WALDER UPSTATE NEW YORK FIRST SERGEANT – CO. D, 1ST BN., 5TH FA REGT. “The New York Giants are going to win the Super Bowl because Tom Brady is scared of them. He was scared of them in 2008. He was scared of them earlier this season when the Giants beat them, and they’re going to beat them again in the Super Bowl.” SGT. ERIC MENDEZ | BRONX, N.Y. TRAINING ROOM NCO CO. D, 1ST BN., 5TH FA REGT. “The Patriots because of Tom Brady – the all-time greatest quarterback of all time.” SPC. THOMAS TRIPLETT | MICHIGAN FIRE DIRECTION COORDINATOR CO. D, 1ST BN., 5TH FA REGT. “The Patriots. Tom Brady is going for revenge.” BRIAN STRYKER | MINNESOTA INSTRUCTOR OF MILITARY PROGRAMS BARTON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 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. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army or Montgomery Communications, Inc.. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher will refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Circulation 8,800 copies each week . A licensed newspaper member of the Junction City and Manhattan chambers of commerce. GRUNT By Wayne Uhden PAGE 5  COMMANDING OFFICER AND PUBLISHER Maj. Gen. William Mayville PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER Lt. Col. Sophie Gainey PRINTER John G. 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 Kansas Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE N early every day, our office hears stories of Kansans whose per- sonal information has ended up in someone else’s hands. In today’s information age, it is easier than ever for identity thieves to get this information. On Jan. 28, we recognized National Data Privacy Day. As we commemorated this day and began a new year, it is a good time to review your precautions to guard against a tragic, and perhaps costly, privacy breach. Our computers contain a significant amount of personal information. Passwords, fi- nancial information and other files are often stored on our hard drives and even on the Internet. Identity thieves may try several different methods to gain access to this information. • Phishing scams. People on the Internet are not always who they claim to be. In a phish- ing scam, an identity thief will send you an email pretending to be your bank, credit card company or another place of business. It may tell you your password has expired and you need to reply to the email with your old password and new password to reset it. Or the email may contain a link that directs you to a website to change your password. The email and website may look official, even containing your bank’s logo, but this is just a scam to gain access to your online banking account. If you use online banking, always go through your bank’s homep- age to access your account. Links in emails cannot always be trusted, even if they look official. • Viruses. Scam artists and hackers also can gain access to your system by installing a virus on your computer. These viruses can then record your every action on your computer, including capturing your user- names and passwords to online accounts. The best way to avoid these viruses is to be very cautious when opening email attachments or downloading files from the Internet. Only open files from trusted sources. You also should be sure your antivirus software is up-to- date, and regularly scan your system for viruses. • Electronic devices. Thieves are always on the look- out for electronics, especially when they are left inside a car. When a thief gets a hold of a laptop computer or smart- phone, they don’t just get the device itself, but may be able to access the personal informa- tion stored on it. To prevent this from happening, first be sure to keep the device in a secure location. Second, use strong passwords to lock your computer and smartphone. Additionally, you may want to put another level of password protection on sensitive files and applications. * Physical files. Even with all the information that has been digitized, most of us still have many paper files. Whether it is tax information, blank checks, bank statements or bills, these documents can contain significant personal information. It’s important to keep these documents in a secure place in our homes and offices and to properly destroy them before throwing them away. Shredding them with a cross-cut shredder is one of the best ways to make sure identity thieves can’t get this informa- tion from your dumpster. Later this spring, our office will be sponsoring several shred-a- thons across the state to help you safely dispose of personal information. Even with the best precau- tions, data breaches do occur. News reports of hackers get- ting into banks and govern- ment computer systems are unfortunately common. When these data breaches occur, fed- eral and state laws do give you some protections. The business or agency where the data breach occurred is required to notify you of the breach. They also may be required to report the breach to credit monitoring agencies. Our office is continuing to crack down on identity theft, one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please contact our office at 1-800-432-2310 or at CONSUMER CORNER Protect your personal data – online and off By Ronald Clasberry GARRISON SAFETY OFFICE W hether you are cutting pressure- treated lumber to build a deck in your backyard or performing complicated welding assignments during construction of a new space shuttle, proper eye protection is absolutely critical. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, each day about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treat- ment. About one third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments, and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days of lost work. Your eyes are more vulner- able to accident and injury than any other part of your body. Just one small, even microscopic foreign particle can do serious or permanent damage to your eyes. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration, after analyzing volumes of data, has designed and published detailed stan- dards on the use of appropriate protection for your eyes. OSHA has developed these guidelines, in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute, to specify minimum recommended re- quirements for personal pro- tective equipment for optimal eye protection. Employers must provide eye PPE that protects employees from all manner of flying objects, large and small. For workers involved in welding or other torch-related duties, a detailed grid prescribes the darkening shade responsibilities of the eyewear to further protect you from the hazards of light radia- tion being generated. OSHA regulation 1910.133 explains the eye protection standards for general industry, including welding-related activities. Construction industry eye protection is addressed in a separate section, 1926.102, which outlines the standards for PPE at jobsites. In addition to flying objects and light radiation, these standards also address potentially dangerous chemical threats to your eyes. Most eye protection takes the form of a variety of styles of goggles or a solid face shield at- tached to protective headwear. According to NIOSH and OSHA, selection of PPE for work in the wood shop is criti- cal for your safety and comfort. The following are some tips for selecting eye protection PPE: Safety Glasses – minimum protection • Use only ANSI Z87.1 certified industrial eye protec- tion with Z87 on the frames/ lens. Normal street wear does not provide adequate eye protection in the shop. • Contact lenses do not provide eye protection. Contact lenses may present a significant corneal abrasion risk when working in dusty ar- eas unless tight-fitting goggles are worn. • Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses should be used when working in the wood shop. New prescription safety glasses with polycarbonate lenses should be hard-coated to re- duce scratching. • Safety glasses without a prescription are called “Plano” and should have side protec- tion. • Safety glasses without side shields are for general working conditions where there may be minor dust, chips or flying particles. • Goggles also should be worn over prescription safety glasses in high-dust environ- ments. If prescription safety glasses are worn alone, they should have side shields. Hybrid safety glasses/ goggles – better protection • Hybrid eye safety products have the comfort that glasses offer, as well as the enclosure of goggles and ventilated safety glasses. • Close-fitting safety glasses with a good fit between the body and lens provide better protection from dust and fly- ing particles than conventional safety glasses. • Wrap-around safety glasses that convert to goggles with a soft plastic/rubber face seal may offer better periph- eral vision than conventional goggles. Goggles – provide added protection • Use goggles for higher impact protection, greater dust and chemical-splash protec- tion. • Goggles for splash or fine-dust protection should have indirect venting. Use direct vented goggles for less fogging when working with large particles. For more information on eye safety visit the NIOSH website at topics/eye/. SAFETY NOTES Eye safety:Tips for avoiding ocular injury
  6. 6. 6 | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE KDOT The Kansas Department of Transportation will accelerate $50-million worth of preserva- tion projects to produce jobs ahead of schedule and to take advantage of low construction costs currently available. The 32 projects that will be advanced are included in the 10-year, $8-billion T-WORKS transportation program passed by the 2010 Legislature. They are part of the $4.2 billion set aside under T- WORKS for preservation, which includes work like the repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges. “T-WORKS projects not only enhance the safety of travelers and support the state’s economic goals, they create jobs. By starting these projects ahead of schedule, we can cre- ate hundreds of construction jobs sooner than planned and provide an economic benefit to thousands of other Kansans and businesses,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Many of the 32 preserva- tion projects were scheduled for 2013; others had yet to have a start date. KDOT is able to move these projects ahead of schedule partly because of sav- ings captured in recent project lettings. “We will get these projects under contract this spring and summer so we can take advan- tage of the great bid prices,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Barbara Rankin. “And, accelerating the sched- ule means more workers will be receiving paychecks before the end of the year.” Advancing the project schedule was suggested last month by the Democratic legislative leadership during a news conference focusing on jobs. “When Representative (Paul) Davis and I announced our Kansas Jobs First plan last month, more than 50,000 Kansans were still unemployed. Accelerating T-WORKS proj- ects will not only improve our state economy, it will give hope to hundreds of Kansas Families still struggling to make ends meet,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “I’d like to thank the governor and KDOT for moving forward on this important endeavor. This is the right thing for Kansas because it’s the right thing for Kansas workers.” “Job creation must be the first priority of the 2012 legis- lative session. This is a simple, revenue neutral action that will help get Kansans off the unem- ployment rolls and onto a pay- roll,” Davis said. “Kansans expect their lead- ers, whether they’re Republi- cans or Democrats, to work together to move the state’s economy forward, and I think today’s announcement is a great example of how we can work together to create jobs,” Brownback said. The list of projects to be advanced, as well as all other T-WORKS projects, can be viewed on the T-WORKS website at TWorks/. KDOTadvances projects to help produce jobs SPECIAL TO THE POST Whether a technician or a parts specialist Automotive Ser- vice Excellence certification can give a Soldier a unique advan- tage over his or her competition for job opportunities. 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  7. 7. FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | 7HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE By Sgt. Gene A. Arnold 4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS “Fire Mission” are the words yelled when a fire direction center sends coordinates to a gun line when they need to put rounds on target. This is one as- pect that will never change for the gun line sections of batteries A and B, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Bri- gade Combat Team, 1st Infan- try Division. Prior to the arrival of the M777 Howitzers, these two fir- ing batteries only shot M119A2 Howitzers. The 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., also known as “Proud Americans” became the first field artillery battalion in the 1st Inf. Div. to fire the M777 Digital Lightweight Field Ar- tillery Howitzer Jan. 23 on the outskirts of Fort Riley. A total of six teams, consist- ing of two teams from Btry. A and four teams from Btry. B, conducted section-level quali- fications by putting steal on target with the 155-millimeter rounds. “It feels awesome. It was great motivation for not only myself, but my section,” said Staff Sgt. Arza Hammond, sec- tion chief, 2nd platoon, Btry. A, 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., as he answered the question of how it felt to be the first field artillery battalion at Fort Riley to train and conduct a live-fire exercise with the M777. “(Being the first to fire the M777) brings a lot of pride and motivation to the training. It feels great knowing that the leadership knew we were ca- pable of doing it, and we did,” Hammond said. Initially, the Proud Ameri- cans Battalion was an M119A2 Towed Lightweight Howitzer unit that shot 105-millimeter rounds, which proved to be more lethal and received sig- nificantly more range than its predecessor the M101A2 and the M102 howitzers. Over the past two months, training, from proper main- tenance, fire direction center training and individual tasks has been conducted to prepare for team certifications. Instruc- tors were brought in from the home of field artillery to pre- pare the battalion for the road ahead. “When we first come out here, we introduce them to the M777, then we explain the four major portions of the equip- ment and how they work. After that, we explain emplacement, displacement, fire missions and going out of traverse to be suc- cessful in a combat situation,” said Brett Prenton, M777A2 new equipment training team instructor, Charles F. Day and Associates, Fort Sill, Okla. The teams conducted a se- ries of four fire missions, send- ing a total of nine rounds on target with the supervision of their instructors. The purpose was to ensure proper com- mands and tasks were complet- ed for each fire mission without input from the instructor. “This is by far the best bat- talion that I’ve worked with. They did it perfectly every time,” Prenton said. Sgt. Jeremiah Warren, a sec- tion gunner for the fifth sec- tion, agreed with Prenton. “Yeah, that was so awe- some,” Warren said. “I feel like we have a great battalion, we have great leadership. All the sections work as a close-knit Family. Whenever we get a new task or assignment, we always come together and make it hap- pen like it was suppose to hap- pen.” Sgt. Gene A. Arnold | 4TH IBCT Gun One, occupied by a gun line with the 2nd Pltn., Btry. A, 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., has smoke bellowing from the tube after firing a 155mm M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer during a live-fire exercise Jan. 23 at Training Area 52, Fort Riley. The 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt. is the first battalion in the 1st Inf. Div. to fire the M777. ‘Proud Americans’ pull lanyard on M777 Howitzers By Sgt. Scott Lamberson 4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS Soldiers with the 4th Infan- try Brigade Combat Team par- ticipated in Afghanistan Cul- tural Awareness training Jan. 25 to 27 at Fort Riley. The purpose of the training was to look at Afghan cultures and customs, which will give them insight on the unit’s upcoming deploy- ment to Afghanistan. “Basically what we’re doing is educating junior leaders on partnership, advising and coun- terinsurgency in Afghanistan,” said Capt. Scott Powell, an in- structor with the 162nd Infan- try Brigade, Fort Polk, La. The training was open to all squad leaders, platoon ser- geants, platoon leaders and senior noncommissioned of- ficers, as well as senior officers. The intent was to educate the Soldiers on military courtesies, operating procedures, military and civilian operations abroad and customs and courtesies of the Afghan culture. ‘Dragon’ Brigade conducts Afghan cultural awareness training Senior leaders with 4th IBCT talk with ANA role players dur- ing a simulated key leader engagement exercise Jan. 27 at Fort Riley. The group dis- cussed ways they can improve the region. Sgt. 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  8. 8. 8 | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE COURTESY PHOTO Master Sgt. Kevin Walker, operations and plans, DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., back, his daughter Brittany, left, mother-in- law, Lou Shoup, middle left, son Kevin Jr., middle right, and wife, Patti, right, enjoy their first trip to New York City last December, sponsored by Hope for the Warriors. after Sept. 11, 2001, during a time of war – knowing full well that their decision would require them to deploy and fight somewhere, sometime. It is humbling to be with them today. Indeed, it is hum- bling to be with them any day. Thank you all for your service to our Nation,” he said. Taking time to thank Fam- ily members for all they did to sustain their Soldiers from afar, Matthews said they were critical to the success of the unit. “You give so much and ask for so little. We could not achieve these high standards without you,” he said. Rachel Harper, wife of Spc. Randy Harper, received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and Amanda Rupp, wife of Sgt. 1st Class David Rupp, received the Order of the Vivandieres for Outstanding Support, Dedi- cation and Devotion. Pfc. Monserrat Padron re- ceived the Army Achievement Medal for notorious service while performing force pro- tection duties at the Bagram Airfield. Pfc. Corey Eichenberger received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for ex- ceptional achievement in sup- port of Operation Enduring Freedom. Squad leader Staff Sgt. Robert Norton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal excep- tionally notorious service in a combat zone with exposure to risk of hostile action dur- ing Operation Enduring Free- dom. Platoon leader 1st Lt. Zachary Youngsma also was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. All Soldiers in the pla- toon received the Joint Ser- vice Commendation Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. training of hundreds of thou- sands of U.S. troops, visited the Central Flint Hills Region to evaluate the “Big Red One” during the ongoing command post training exercise, Unified Endeavor 12-01. UE 12-01 is the largest exercise to take place at Fort Riley since the division’s re- turn from Germany in 2006 and is designed to prepare the headquarters to lead a regional command during an expected spring rotation to Afghanistan. The two-week exercise includes thousands of military and civil- ian personnel from all services and five nations. “(UE 12-01) is the final el- ement of our training progres- sion for the upcoming rotation to make sure we are fully pre- pared for the mission and chal- lenges we will face as the divi- sion headquarters in Regional Command-East,” said Brig. Fe- lix Gedney, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for transi- tion. Driven by a scenario that simulates day-to-day operations in Afghanistan, the UE 12-01 script is forcing troops to test everything from standard op- erating procedures to lines of communication. “We are dealing with a host of challenges,” said Lt. Col. Matt Vanwagenen, 1st Inf. Div. operations officer. “Through simulations, we are conducting air operations, resupply mis- sions, security operations with our Afghan partners and opera- tions with the state department and the government of Afghan- istan.” Rodriguez said the division’s response to these simulated operations and how well the Soldiers address whatever chal- lenges emerge throughout the scenario are helping assure him the 1st Inf. Div. will be ready to assume the mission in eastern Afghanistan as soon as Big Red One boots hit the ground. “We have been at this for many years, and we don’t have time to wait for them to get ready – they have to be ready as soon as they step (into Afghani- stan),” the general said. Echoing Rodriguez’s thoughts on the importance of the exercise’s ability to isolate and fix problems in the divi- sion’s operation plans, Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley command- ing general, said he hopes UE 12-01 will help his team answer one very important question – is the division doing what it needs to do to get where they need to go? For the exercise’s senior mili- tary coordinator, the answer to Mayville’s question is certainly yes. “The Big Red One has never let America down. It is the old- est division in the United States Army, the most decorated divi- sion in the United States Army, has fought in every major en- gagement the Army has ever been engaged in and never once (has it) failed,” said Col. Chuck Sexton, commander, Mission Command Training Program. “The 1st Infantry Division is not going to fail now – rest easy tonight – they are not going to fail.” next five years and $487 bil- lion over the next 10. Panetta called the budget “a balanced, complete package” that keeps the American military the pre- eminent force in the world. It is a balanced package, the secretary said, because while some programs are elimi- nated or delayed, others are increased. The budget looks to re-shape the military to be more agile, quick and flexible that incorporates the lessons learned in 10 years of war, he said. Increasing the number of special operations forces is key to the plan, Panetta said, and special operators will begin to shift back to their traditional pre-9/11 mission of instruct- ing local forces. The request puts the Army on a path to drop to 490,000 Soldiers and the Marine Corps to 182,000 Marines over five years. Currently, the two services have 562,000 and 202,000 active-duty members, respectively. The secretary not- ed this is still higher than the numbers on 9/11. The budget treats the re- serve components very care- fully, Panetta said. After a de- cade of being an integral part of America’s wars, the reserve components will not go back to being a strategic Cold War- era reserve. The reserves will be the nation’s hedge against the unexpected, the secretary said. “We are making only mar- ginal reductions in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard and no reductions in the Marine Corps Reserve,” the secretary said. “The Air Force will make balanced re- ductions in the Air Guard that are consistent with reductions in the active component and Air Force Reserve.” The request also calls for more base realignments and closures and a “(Base Realign- ment and Closure)-like” au- thority to recommend changes to military retirement. “But the president and department have made clear that the retirement benefits of those who currently serve will be protected by grandfathering their benefits,” Panetta said. The budget maintains the current U.S. focus in the Cen- tral Command Region and in- creases American commitment to the Pacific Command area of operations. The request looks to maintain the Navy’s current 11 aircraft carriers and 10 car- rier air wings, Panetta said. It also will maintain the current Marine and Army posture in the Asia-Pacific Region and will base littoral combat ships in Singapore and Bahrain. The budget will eliminate two forward-based Army heavy brigades in Europe. Instead, brigades will rotate in and out of the area. The U.S. and Eu- ropean allies also will look to share costs for new capabilities, like the Alliance Ground Sur- veillance program. The Navy will retire seven older cruisers and two amphib- ious ships early, and the Air Force will eliminate six tactical air squadrons. The budget sinks more money into technologies to prevail in an anti-access, aerial- denial scenario and will fund the next-generation bomber and modernization of the sub- marine fleet. The F-35 joint strike fighter is key to maintaining domain superiority, and the military remains committed to the pro- gram, Panetta said. “But in this budget, we have slowed procurement to complete more testing and al- low for developmental changes before buying in significant quantities,” he said. The budget will maintain all legs of the nuclear triad – bombers, ICBMs and subma- rines – and will invest in sig- nificantly more capability in the cyber world, Panetta said. Panetta stressed the budget is based on strategy and will shape the force for the future. While the pain of cuts will be felt across the country, he said, it also will ensure a strong, ag- ile military for the future. The budget must pass Con- gress, and the secretary said he hopes members of Congress understand the strategy and nuances of the budget. “My hope is that when members understand the sac- rifice involved in reducing the defense budget by half a tril- lion dollars, it will convince Congress to avoid sequestra- tion, a further round of cuts that would inflict severe dam- age to our national defense for generations,” Panetta said. Although it wound take more than 20 trips back and forth to Walter Reed, not an easy transition Patti said, the Walkers pulled through with the help of friends and Family. “A lot of faith and the love that we have for each other – most definitely – that’s what got us through,” she said. After serving in rear detach- ment for his unit, Kevin was promoted to first sergeant of Company A, Warrior Transi- tion Battalion, in 2007; today he works in operations and plans, DHHB. The Walker’s visit to New York City was hosted by Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that supports wounded U.S. service members, their Families and Families of the fallen. As part of the Hope and Morale program, the Family was treated to a six- day getaway. They also received a per- sonal escort from the New York Police Department to Times Square on New Year’s Eve with their children, Brittany, 19, Kevin Jr., 9, and Patti’s mother, Lou Shoup. “It was a once in a lifetime event,” Kevin said about his Family’s first trip to “The Big Apple.” After his retirement, Kevin said he wants to stay in the area with his Family and hopes to work in a Department of De- fense civilian job to continue helping Soldiers. “I love the military. It’s what I’ve done for the past 24 years,” Kevin said. “This is home.” Patti said today Kevin is happier than he’s ever been because he was able to take ev- erything bad that happened to him and turn it into a positive outcome. Using their experi- ences to help others, she said, is what she loves about her job and her life. “He’s never complained about what happened; he’s al- ways been a Soldier. When people ask him, ‘Are you angry about your injuries,’ he always said, ‘I knew what I was sign- ing up for 24 years ago, and this is part of it, and I’m proud to be a Soldier,’” Patti said. “He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met – my hero.” “It works both ways,” Kevin said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.” RODRIGUEZ Continued from page 1 PANETTAContinued from page 1 WALKER Continued from page 1 Another aspect of the train- ing included key leader en- gagements. Senior leaders sat down with role players from the Afghan National Army and advised them on ways they could improve issues in their command and the sur- rounding region. The engage- ments consisted of teams of leaders from the “Dragon” Brigade, Soldiers with the ANA and Afghan translators. “Knowing how to interact and work with the Afghans is as important as training on our rifle skills and our battle drills,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Vogel, commander, Security Force Assistance Team, 4th IBCT. Throughout the training, Soldiers attended about 15 briefs, some of which includ- ed culture overview, Islamic overview, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghani- stan, a block of instruction on the Afghan National Secu- rity Force, counter insurgency, training foreign forces, rap- port building and key leader engagements. “I think that this training is important because it gives you cultural awareness as far as how Afghans are, how Af- ghanistan’s Army works, the commanders intent, so every- one has perspective where we are going to and the environ- ment we will be in,” said Staff Sgt. Casey Marlow, forward observer, Co. A, 2nd Battal- ion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT. Powell said he hoped through the training Soldiers would have a better under- standing of Afghan culture, so when they go on their deploy- ment, they can better train and advise their counterparts. According to Marlow, that is exactly what he took away from the training. “This gives a better un- derstanding on how to oper- ate with another force from another country,” he said. “I like it. I would recommend that anyone going on a de- ployment attend training like this. There (are) certain things we don’t train enough on, and this helps a lot. I think it’s good. I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot.” DRAGONS Continued from page 7 RAIDERS Continued from page 3 HOUSE FILL AD HOUSE FILL AD HOUSE FILL AD Looking for SeLection?ectionection?? find it in the cLASSifiedS Call 785-762-5000 to advertise! 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  11. 11. FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | 11HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE February is Celebrating Cou- ples Month. Events to strengthen military couples’ relationships include: • Development Training for Professionals – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7, Riley’s Conference Center • Get your Groove Back – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Riley’s Confer- ence Center • We ARE Teammates work- shops – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, Riley’s Concerence Center Premarital Relationship Enrich- ment Program – 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 ad 23, Army Community Ser- vice, Building 7264. For more information, call 785- 239-9435. The next Fort Riley Network, a meeting to learn about activi- ties happening on post, will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at Rally Point Bingo. For more information, call 785-240-1251. 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 invit- ed to attend. The event will include board games and activities for chil- dren of all ages, snacks and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact your neighborhood office. A comedy night will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Rally Point Bingo. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Attendees must be 18 or older. For more information, call 785-784- 5434. 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 Ser- vices 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. The Fort Riley Library will host a valentine’s day event from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Riley’s Con- ference Center. The event includes snacks, games and crafts. For more information, call 785-239-5305. A women’s conference will take place Feb. 24 at Riley’s Con- ference Center. The conference is free to attend. Lunch will be pro- vided at a cast. To register, call 785- 239-5614. Sessions of the Resilient Spouse Academy, a weeklong training for military spouses that teaches suicide intervention, re- sponding to reports of abuse or neglect, Master Resilience Training and financial resilience, in 2012 will take place: -March 5 to 9 -June 4 to 8 -Sept. 10 to 14 For more information or to reg- ister, 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 locations may change. For information, call 785- 240-5326 or email usofortriley@ USO Fort Riley also is on Facebook at usofortriley. Click on “Events” to see the most up to date informa- tion for No Dough Dinners. Dates for dinners are: 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 IN BRIEF Y M C K Y M C K CommunityLifeHOME OF THE BIG RED ONE FEBRUARY 3, 2012 PAGE 11  Y M C K Y M C K CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK By Dena O’Dell 1ST INF. DIV. POST Ware Elementary School stu- dents learned about roping, racing and riding Jan. 26 when four mem- bers of the Kansas State University’s Rodeo Club traveled to the school to do a presentation about the ro- deo. The presentation was in honor of Kansas Day. “It was a way of promoting the history of Kansas to kids at Ware,” said Valarie Lamoreaux-Reist, Family support coordinator at the school. “Since a lot of the kids are not from Kansas, we wanted to show them a little bit of the history and heritage of Kansas. Rodeo has a history in Kansas and continues to be a part of Kansas culture.” K-State Rodeo Club members ‘Ware Bears’ learn about rodeo, history Dena O’Dell | POST K-State Rodeo Club Member Trenton Heinen, left, answers a question posed by kindergart- ner James Coccarelli, second from right, about the rodeo while, from left to right, kinder- gartners Hailey Williams, Nicholas Rodriguez, Jayda Burton, Coccarelli and Bradley Mattson look on during the rodeo club’s Jan. 26 visit to Ware Elementary School. The visit was hosted as part of Kansas Day activities at Ware. Let’s ride See RODEO CLUB, page 14 By Pamela Redford 1ST INF. DIV. POST Students at Morris Hill Elemen- tary School celebrated Kansas’ 151th birthday in a unique way Jan. 26 by attending an old-fashioned barn dance, complete with folk music and traditional dancing. Kansas Day, a celebration of the state’s admission to the Union on Jan. 29, 1861, gave the students more than just a chance to party. Learning the history of Kansas through special lessons within the classroom was just the start of the school day. Guest speakers and performers from the Milford Nature Center, Flint Hills Old Timer’s Band, Geary County Historical Society and the Territorial Troubadours treated stu- dents to the sights and sounds early Kansans experienced. “We wanted to view things from the settlers’ and the Native Ameri- cans’ perspective,” said Anita Rogge, first-grade teacher, adding students were quite surprised by the types of entertainment early Kansans enjoyed, versus the televisions and gaming sys- tems of today. Territorial Troubadour Eric Childs said band members, who all dressed in periodic clothing for the event, were very excited about performing at the school. “We’re trying to bring attention to the First Territorial Capital … Learning about Kansas history is part of their standards in the education world,” he said. After a half an hour of music and merriment, students went back to their classrooms for a snack of freshly churned butter and crackers. Local students celebrate Kansas Day with barn dance By Melony Gabbert 1STINF. DIV. POST Several Valentine-themed events will be offered at Fort Riley in Febru- ary. Designed for couples, an evening of dinner and dancing will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on both Feb. 10 and 11 at Riley’s Conference Center. From 6 to 7 p.m., cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A four- course gourmet-plated dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by dancing to music provided by a local disc jock- ey, according to Chris Downs, man- ager, Riley’s Conference Center. There is no dress code for the event. Dress is as formal or informal as attendees desire, Downs said. No tickets will be sold at the event. Tickets are now on sale and must be purchased before the event at Riley’s Conference Center. Cost is $25 per person. In the past, attendance for the event has been good, Downs said. This year, two evenings are planned because of the large number of rede- ployed Soldiers on post. For more information, call 785- 784-1000. All age groups are welcome to at- tend a Valentine’s party from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Fort Riley Library. Activities will include making val- entines, a scavenger hunt with prizes, pin the arrow on the heart and a pos- sible outdoor heart drawing contest, weather permitting, said Terri Sea- man, project manager, Fort Riley Li- brary. Participants also will be treated to heart-shaped cookies and punch. For more information, call 785-239- 9582. Custer Hill Bowling Center will host a Valentine’s Day Family Bowl and Wacky Tournament from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 13. For $30 per lane, bowlers will receive two hours of “glow” bowling, including shoe rental, one large pizza and a pitcher of soda. For more information, call 785-239- 4366. Fort Riley to host Valentine’s Day events Pamela Redford | POST A traditional barn dance Jan. 26 at Morris Hill Elementary School gives students an opportunity to cut loose on the dance floor and learn about the history of Kansas at the same time. By Melony Gabbert 1ST INF. DIV. POST With a population influx and par- ents sometimes deployed, Fort Riley Middle School staff members wanted to present opportunities for as many parents as possible to participate in the education of their children, according to Joe Handlos, principal, FRMS. That was the driving force for what started as an open house more than 10 years ago to grow into what is now called the “Souper Bowl.” This year’s Souper Bowl was Jan. 23 at the school. The Souper Bowl is not only an open house, but also is a science fair, a brief beginning band concert and an opportunity for Families to eat dinner together free of charge. With more than 80 staff members and 150 students participating, the Souper Bowl is a big production, Han- dlos said. Students formally participated in the event by providing active science fair demonstrations, acting as guides, providing information in selected classrooms, handing out flyers with maps printed on them, by playing orchestral instruments during dinner and by participating in the beginning band concert. One student, Katie Ollar, who provided science fair demonstrations, compared the event to a magic show. Ollar said she was so excited about the event, she left a detailed message about it for her parents that morning. Her mother, Sue, smiling, said she attended because of the note. The science fair project displays, titled, “Carnival of Knowledge,” were divided into sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade displays. Judging took place the previous Friday, Handlos said, and science teachers were provided substitute teachers in their classrooms for the day to allow the judging to occur. Other staff members aided in judging the more than 500 projects. Displays selected as regional quali- fiers will be taken to Emporia State University in February, according to FRMS celebrates more than 10 years of Souper Bowl K-State Rodeo Club member Isaac Spear, left, asks stu- dents a ques- tion about the rodeo during the rodeo club’s Jan. 26 visit to Ware Elementa- ry School. The visit was a part of Kansas Day activities at the school. Dena O’Dell POST Melony Gabbert | POST Teachers at FRMS serve Families a free chili and cinnamon roll dinner during Souper Bowl Jan. 23 at the school. Other Souper Bowl activities included a science fair, band concert and open house. See SOUPER BOWL, page 14
  12. 12. 12 | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE By Col. William Clark GARRISON COMMANDER O ne of my top pri- orities as the garrison commander at Fort Riley is safety. It is something I take very seriously, and it is something I feel we need to work together to improve every day. On- and off-duty accidents can affect our work- place, and we must ensure we are mitigating risks to minimize accidents. From the highest levels of the Army, this is a prior- ity. So much so, safety is one of the key lines of effort in the Installation Management Command’s Campaign Plan 2012-2020. The campaign plan, now in its fourth ver- sion as of November 2011, maps out the way forward for IMCOM in order to pro- vide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families with a quality of life com- mensurate with the qual- ity of their service. In the campaign plan, IMCOM identifies five keys to success in achieving optimal safety on our installation. They are: • Effective privately owned vehicle – motorcycle and auto – safety programs in place • Heightened safety aware- ness across the command • Employ hazard control measures to foster a safe work- ing and living environment • Require and promote safe and healthy practices in professional and personal activities • Support senior com- mander’s safety and occupa- tional health programs Fort Riley already imple- ments several programs to help meet these keys to suc- cess. For example, Fort Riley’s Garrison Safety Office offers a four-hour defensive driv- ing course and has car and motorcycle simulators to help drivers sharpen their skills on the road. Classes are available for Soldiers, Family members and civilians, and once completed may make drivers eligible for insurance discounts. Our commanders under- stand the importance of safety and encourage use of tools to mitigate risks. Tools include the use of the Composite Risk Management system as the primary decision-making process to identify hazards, reduce risk and prevent loss. For those traveling, use of Travel Risk Planning System, or TRiPS, is encouraged, if not required. Further, according to the campaign plan, “Command- ers and leaders will lead the way in changing behavior to prevent accidents and will empower Soldiers, Families and civilians at all levels to speak up when they see some- one ignoring safety rules or doing something risky. Safety is everyone’s business and it is our responsibility to ensure safe performance in all we do. Everyone will be held account- able for accident prevention.” With that, I ask that you help ensure you and your bat- tle buddy, friend or coworker are always keeping safety in mind. Utilize the resources at your disposal. And if you see something that appears unsafe, notify your unit or organiza- tion’s safety officer or contact the safety office. The Garrison Safety Office offers training and informa- tion on all safety matter, rang- ing from defensive driving to severe weather safety. For more information on training and training materials or any of the programs men- tioned above, call the safety office at 785-239-2514 or visit aspx? Remember, a safe culture extends far beyond just get- ting behind the wheel of your vehicle. Safety is one of my top priorities, but it requires your help to maintain a safe environment at Fort Riley. To comment on this article or suggest a topic for the Com- munity Corner, send an email to Col. Clark COMMUNITY CORNER Safetytoppriority;requireseffortfromall,commandersays HOUSE FILL AD By Melony Gabbert 1ST INF. DIV. POST More than 1,100 students at Jefferson and Ware elemen- tary schools will take part in Military Saves Week and sign a “Saver Pledge” Feb. 19 to 26, according to William Brooks, manager, Armed Forces Bank, Fort Riley. The bank will work with lo- cal students as part of the 2012 Military Saves Campaign. To kickoff the campaign, Jo Ann Rooney, acting under secretary of defense, signed a memorandum designating the week of Feb. 19 to 26 as Mili- tary Saves Week. The military community is invited to join federal, state and local resourc- es, including military banks and credit unions to focus on financial readiness, reduce debt and save money. On Feb. 3, Garrison Com- mander Col. William Clark will sign a “Military Saves Week proclamation, Brooks said. The Armed Forces Bank will host contests for students at the two elementary schools, as well as brainstorming activities and bank tours. Students at the schools will sign the Saver Pledge, which states: “I promise to help my- self by saving money and using debt responsibly or not at all. I promise to help my Family, our friends and my neighbors by encouraging them to do the same.” During the week, all Armed Forces Bank branches will de- posit $10 into any new savings accounts. “One checking account can have up to five savings ac- counts attached to it, so some- one could break the bank that week,” Brooks said. The bank also will waive the minimum deposit requirement for 12 months for accounts opened during Military Saves Week. In addition to Military Saves Week, another program the bank offers – the Saving Cents program – is designed to make saving easy. The program allows all purchases made on Visa deb- it or check cards to be rounded up to the nearest dollar with the rounded up amount transferred into up to five attached savings accounts. Members can elect to have amounts rounded up from $1 to as much as $5 per trans- action. 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