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September 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. Liberty TimesTASK FORCEMOUNTAIN EAGLE277TH AVIATIONSUPPORT BATTALIONHOT TOPICS No Alpha FRG V O L U M E I , I S S U E 2 8 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 2 . Meeting. No Bravo FRG Meeting. Charlie FRG Meet- ing: Thursday, Eagle Commander’s Corner September 13, 2012, 4:30pm, that our Soldiers need to feel like tional brief which will lay out the road Company Head- their family is cared for and we will face together for the next year. quarters. ready should he or she have to It will also give me the opportunity to HSC FRG Meeting: answer the call of duty. This describe the battalion‘s family readiness Thursday, Septem- feeling extends to the Spouses of framework and highlight the numerous ber 13, 2012, those Soldiers who need to feel resources available to you, the Army 5:00pm at HSC loved, secured and cared by their Family. You can also expect to see Classroom, Soldier Spouse and an institution many events populating the calendar. 20345 Anaconda Rd By LTC Enrique Ortiz that relies on their sacrifices to You will see a Halloween Organiza- Battalion Commander achieve its mission. Extended tional Day, Thanksgiving food drives, families of single Soldiers are Christmas gift drives, and even an end Mountain Eagle Families, also just as critical to this feeling. of year holiday event. You can also I just finish publishing my Single Soldiers have significant expect a second battalion level meeting command philosophy for the others that deserve to know what in December to educate all the families battalion. This document shares is going on with their loved ones on our general deployment process and my command beliefs and also and may also need support. In procedures for family notifications, key identifies what my priorities are the end, we cannot forget that we callers, go teams and care teams, socialCONTACTS going to be during my tenure. are all just one family. media, etc. Next year is still open on Most new commanders come in I recognize the criticality of the calendar but we will plan more so-BATTALION STAFF and publish this document based these feelings and my obligation cial events and also focus on scenarioDUTY DESK on their own experience and val- as your Commander to care for based rehearsals of the procedures we315-774-1200 ues; however, I took two months you and get you ready. My Com- learned during this year‘s training.CHAPLAIN to get to know this battalion be- pany Commanders and I have a There are so many moving pieces in(MAJ) JOHNSON fore publishing my philosophy. I plan to meet this obligation. One our organization, but caring for you and315-774-1207 am very happy I did. I have of the first things they will do is getting you ready for contingencies are learned many things during that to make personal contact with all two fundamental and permanent compo-FAMILY READINESS time but what is most clear to me the immediate families here in nents of our success. I believe we haveSUPPORT now is that our Soldier‘s combat the Drum community. This is a good plan and with your help we canASSISTANT (FRSA) readiness is predicated on three important to us because of two make it a reality. Thank you for all youMICHELE GALLOWAY fundamentals before he or she reasons. First, I want to let you do and give. I know you don‘t hear this315-774-1206 can come to work ready to train know that we care and second we affirmation enough but never forget that to go to combat. The first two need to ask for your help in we (the Army, the Division, the BrigadeMILITARY FAMILY are individual and personal. Sol- standing up our volunteer support and Task Force Mountain Eagle) trulyLIFE CONSULTANT diers must possess the right disci- network. In the next couple of appreciate your selfless sacrifices.(MFLC) pline and must be fit mentally months, I will hold my initial315-405-7449 and physically before anything family briefs laying out what the315-212-6919 else. However, the very next next year will look like for the TFARMY COMMUNITY priority is the need for family Mountain Eagle Family. This isSERVICE (ACS) readiness and caring. I believe an extremely important informa-INFORMATIONAND REFERRAL Family Readiness Group Advisor’s Updates315-772-65571-800-826-0886 B y D i a n a O r t i z teers to build each Company Soldiers and their families FRG Advisor team. I encourage everyone within the Company. PleaseMILITARYONESOURCE to either speak to your single keep in mind that your Com- Mountain Eagle Soldiers & soldier representative or the pany’s FRG is only as fun1-800-342-9647 Families, FRG leader to find out how and efficient as its members we are starting to gear you, your spouse or your make it. These coming months up and welcoming volun- parents can support other will be training months for For the rest of the article, go to page 8.
  2. 2. PAGE 2 Headquarters & Support Company - Battle Penguins bers and Soldiers that attended. HSC is in need of volunteers, We had a great turnout of people specifically for key callers. Key and it showed that people care callers are the people who have a about our organization. set amount of spouses/family mem- bers that they are responsible for calling when any information is needed to be passed out. If anyone is interested, please contact myselfBy CPT Natalie Nissen or our FRG leader, DawnmarieHSC Company Commander Degrave. Hello Families of HSC 277 HSC Families/SoldiersASB, September will be flying by at Remington Parkbefore we know it. This month is enjoying Org Day!full of training throughout theentire brigade. The FRG willalso begin stepping up their ac-tivity by incorporating fundrais- The next company FRG meet-ers and events for single Soldiers ing is on 13 September at the HSC,and families. 277 ASB classroom, Building Natalie Nissen The company‘s organiza- 20345, Anaconda Road (on the Talon 6tional day on 27 July was a great airfield). If families would like free (315)774-1465success. I would like to person- child care, please contact Ms. thank all of the family mem- Michele Galloway, 774-1206.HSC Family Readiness Group NotesDawn Marie DeGraveHSC FRG LeaderHappy School Days, its thattime of year when parents arejumping up and down becauseschool is going to be rightaround the corner.Lets pray for a healthy schoolyear. Even though it is still sum-mer, some bugs are playing hideand seek. So pile on the soap,anti-bacterial gel and so on sowe can have germ free kids HSC FRG Leader Dawn- Marie DeGrave preparing to cut the cake for HSCDawnMarie DeGrave Families/Soldiers at Org HSC ORG DAY!!315-777-6152Dawnmarie.Degrave Day! LIBERTY TIMES
  3. 3. VOLUME I, ISSUE 28 PAGE 3Alpha Company - Atlas By CPT Bryan Bolin what we have to do if it weren‘t for A Company Commander the families supporting us. I appreci- ate all that you do and wish you the Greetings Alpha Company fami- best. lies! The next couple of months are ―On our shoulders!‖ going to be demanding on you Sol- diers. We have several support missions coming throughout Sep- tember and October. We will be sending information to the families through the FRG so that you are informed. Also, during our Sep- tember FRG meeting we are invit- ing LTC Ortiz to come and speak to our families about the road ahead and the road to war. We will send out the dates and location when details are finalized. If anyone is interested in volun- teering for the FRG feel free to stop by the office and talk to me about which position interests you. We are looking for a new FRG Leader as well as key callers. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the families of Alpha Company for all that you do and all your support. We could not do Alpha Company Family Readiness Group UpdatesSarah Popp hope that everybody had a great Block Set up CrewA Company FRG Leader Leave and enjoyed the fun filled sunny SGT Popp, SGT Smith, E.,SPC days with the Family. Peeples, SPC Alcalde, SPC Vil-Hello Alpha Eagle Family, I would like to give a BIG Thank you chez, SPC Santos, PFC Dolan, to all those who helped with the Alpha SPC Daniels, E., SPC McCarthy, By the time that this newsletter is ORG day. Family Members Candy SPC Pezner, SPC Quilespublished the Family and I will be well Kinne & Thelma Webb: you two are Grill Masterson our way to Fort Polk, LA. So this awesome and I‘m so glad you were SGT Poppwill be my last newsletter article. I will there to help and keep me going. I could SGT Kinnemiss you all dearly. When you have not have made this day happen without Clean up Crewbeen with the same group of people for you. I know we had a few hiccups early 1st Squadalmost 5 years (that‘s a long time in the that morning, but we got everything SGT KinneArmy Life) We build some really good SPC Webb done and I hope that everybody enjoyedfriendships, And those friendships are Thanks Alpha! the Day.what is making this move a little harderthan I thought it would be. I hope that Thanks again everybody,the support and the friendships continue Alpha Family STRONG.without me here. The Alpha Family is Former Alpha FRG Leader SarahStrong and I have faith that it will. I Popp…Out.
  4. 4. PAGE 4 Bravo Company - Hangar Rats By MAJ Del Boyer B Company Commander Bravo Company Family Readiness Group Updates Karri Boyer B Company FRG Leader LIBERTY TIMES
  5. 5. VOLUME I, ISSUE 28 PAGE 5 Charlie Company - Ravens (CPN) teams to support the exercise position of distinct honor within the that took place over a two week period Army. Since December, 1SG Adelbert on Fort Drum, NY‘s training area. Dunn had served in the position, guiding Each CPN team consists of four Ravens and mentoring all of the Soldiers in the By CPT Matthew Thompson and their computer and satellite equip- company into an outstanding young or- C Company Commander ment that gives commanders access to ganization. We welcome in 1SG John I hope everyone had a chance to secure voice and data, essentially ac- Rogers and his family, joining us from a enjoy a couple of weeks off for block cess to the internet to communicate and tour in Korea, and we know that he will leave at the beginning of July and collaborate to complete their assigned take care of us and lead us on to even big- hopefully that was an enjoyable time missions. It is an incredibly important ger and better accomplishments as we spent with loved ones. The Ravens job and critical to the success of those prepare for the next fight. The next few were immediately back at work the units. The four CPN teams provided months will have the Ravens spreading week after block leave, preparing for support to 2nd Brigade Combat Team‘s out all over the country to support major the 10th Mountain Division‘s major B & C Troops, 1-89 Cavalry Squadron, training events to prepare the 10th Combat summer exercise, dubbed Mountain and A Company, 2-14 Infantry Battal- Aviation Brigade for future combat opera- Peak. Charlie Company sent out ion, and our own Combat Aviation Bri- tions. If you have been considering get- four of our Command Post Node gade‘s, 6-6 Cavalry Squadron. Each of ting more involved in the FRG, now is the teams did an outstanding job sup- definitely the time to get on board! EnjoyOnline VMIS FRG porting the units and we received much the last couple weeks of summer, winter is kudos from the supported units on their fast approaching!Volunteer Registration performance.Visit This month we also had a transition CPT Matthew K. Thompson in our first sergeant position. For those 315-774-1056There are options to Login with your of you who may not be familiar, the and password or Register if first sergeant is the highest rankingyou don‘t have a profile. enlisted Soldier in the company and aFill out your information.When you‘ve created a profile, click on―Volunteer‖ on the top right section of Charlie Company First Sergeantthe page. This will take you to the Vol- By 1SG John D. Rogers that all of you have worked so hard to C Company First Sergeantunteer Management Information System build. Please know that my door is al-(VMIS) ways open. Thank you all in advance It brings me great pleasureClick on ―Opportunity Locator‖ for my wife, Mison, my two sons, for your service, support, and sacrificeSelect ―Fort Drum‖ under Military and I to be a part of the Raven Fam- you all have given to the unit, the Army,Community and ―FRG: 10 AVN– 277‖ ily. I would like to thank each of and our fine Nation.under the Organization and click Search. you for welcoming me with openChoose the volunteer position you‘d like arms into the Company, My family 1SG John D. Rogersto apply for. When the new page loads, will join me at the end of this month 315-774-1058click Apply. and I know you will do the same for them. It is definitely an honor and aCheck out the FRSA Flash! privilege to be serving amongst eachThe 277th ASB FRSA Flash has lots of and every one of you. I look forwardin-formation and is our Bi-weekly News-letter for our Family Members and Sol- to getting out and meeting all the Sol-diers. If you are not receiving the FRSA diers and Family members over theFlash, please contact the 277th FRSA next few weeks. I have heard nothingMichele Galloway at 315-774-1206 or but great things about Charlie pany. I know together we can con- tinue to maintain the great reputation
  6. 6. PAGE 6 There is a time for everything!!!DID YOU KNOW? By CPT Steven Love Mountain Eagle 277 battalion, ships are where the greatest joys in THANKS! You have supported me life will be experienced. Truly thatArmy Community Service in ways that have made my life is where the greatest pain comes(ACS) has clinical Military There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time much richer. A man should not be from as well. To live life well is toFamily Life Consultants for every event under heaven— measured by the possessions he has love life, to love life is to love and(MFLCs) available for walk- 2 A time to give birth and a time or the awards or accolades he ac- be loved. You cannot do that if youin confidential consults? If to die; A time to plant and a time quires but by the way he loves and don‘t find strength, meaning andyou feel you need some- to uproot what is planted. he is loved. 277 I have felt the joy that only God can give. Myone to talk to or are hav- 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; Love! Relationships have been a faith has been my foundation, a A time to tear down and a time to great part of my ‗time‘ here and strength that settles me in theing marital problems, that would not be possible without storms and balances me in the emo-please call them at 315-212 build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to you and those who have moved on. tional times. From there I find the-6919 or just stop by M-F laugh; A time to mourn and a As I move forward I do so remem- ability to live well and to love oth-8 a.m. – 8 p.m. time to dance. bering what and who has helped me ers and to love life. So may you 5 A time to throw stones and a be better and stronger for my next find in your time the ability to loveACS also has a Financial time to gather stones; A time to chapter. I have benefitted im- God, love others and love life. MayReadiness Program that embrace and a time to shun em- mensely from my time here, and your time here be a season where bracing. from the many people who have you look back and say in this time Iprovides free counseling or 6 helped me, far too many to mention lived, I loved and I and others are A time to search and a time toadvice on financial matters? here. better for it! give up as lost; A time to keepThey can provide all types and a time to throw away. What do I leave with you? Two God Bless the great people whoof financial assistance: pull 7 A time to tear apart and a time things I have spoken of often. make up 277! Welcome to SPCcredit reports, budgeting, to sew together; A time to be First, the 4 Pillars. We are made Chris Holle, 277‘s new BN Chap-debt management, invest- silent and a time to speak. Spiritually, Physically, Mentally lain assistant. He will be assisting 8 A time to love and a time to and Relationally. To Live well is to the Soldiers and navigating peopleing, etc. Call 772-0050 for hate; A time for war and a time take care of all these and to keep in areas of ministry and the re-more info. them balanced. Secondly, I have sources that are available. for peace. Ecclesiastes 3 My time has come to move signed off on my letters with saying on. For those in our community Love Big, Live Well. I do not be- LOVE BIG, LIVE WELL! of the Freedom and Liberty, lieve you will love life if you do Chaplain LoveBehavioral Health Con- not live by loving people. Relation-tacts: Suicide Resources/Hotlines CONTACT INFORMATION BN Staff Duty 774-1200Connor Clinic Appoint- 24-hour BDE Staff Duty 774-1100ment Line: 315-772-2778 FRSA 774-1206 email FRG LeadersAfter Hours Emergency HSC – Dawn Marie DeGrave cell: 315-777-6152; emailServices (Holidays and Before 9:00 A Co – TBApm: Acute Care Clinic, B Co—Karri Boyer-cell: 315-767-6067, email Bco.277_frg@yahoo.com315-772-5236 C Co—Megan Wilson-cell: 818-279-3927, email M-MURDOCK@HOTMAIL.COMAfter 9:00 pm: Samaritan FRG AdvisorsMedical Center Emer- Marion Harris - cell: 315-955-9106, email MISSA93DE@YAHOO.DEgency Department: 315- Diana Ortiz – cell: 571-228-1962, email dianaortiz2410@gmail.com785-4100Local 24-Hour Crisis Line:315-785-4516National Suicide Preven-  Baby Safety Monthtion Lifeline: 1-800-273- L  Hispanic Heritage Month O !!!TALK O S  Self Improvement MonthSuicide Prevention Action CH IN S G  National Courtesy MonthNetwork (SPAN) BE  Labor Day LIBERTY TIMES
  7. 7. VOLUME I, ISSUE 28 PAGE 7 September 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri SatTraining/Classes 1FRG SuspensesBDE/BN/CO FRGMeetings/Training/Events2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HOLIDAY SCHOOL STARTS!!!9 10 11 KEY 12 13 FRG LDR 14 15 CALLER TRAIN- TRAINING IN- FORMAL ING @ ACS FUNDS TRAIN- ING @ ACS16 17 TREASURER 18 19 20 21 22 REPORT/ NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION DUE23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Community Events Upcoming Key Caller Need Help? Call or visit Military Class Dates: Super Sign-Up, September 6th, 9am- September 11th OneSource to find infor- 3pm, Commons. All Classes are at ACS from mation about taxes, par- BOSS Beach Bash, September 7th, 2-3:30 p.m. or 5-6:30p.m. enting, deployments, 11am-4pm, Remington Park. finances, taxes, counsel- In Her Shoes, September 7th, 9:30- Call Mobilization and Deployment to ing, PCS moves & more! 11:30am, Call 772-0593. register at 315-772-0470. Teen Block Party, September Personal Financial Counselor is avail- 8th,Youth Center. able . Call him at 315-523-3765 to Family Night, September 11th, Com- help set up a budget, check your mons. credit, develop a plan to get out of Teen Lock-In, September 14th, Youth debt, get started investing, or what- Center. ever you need assistance with. You BOSS 5-K Run, September 15th, BOSS can also always call Financial Readi- NYC/Yankees Game Trip, September ness at 772-0050 for this same type of 15th, Parks and Recreation. assistance.
  8. 8. PAGE 8Family Readiness Group Advisor’s Updates, continuedvolunteers and help to get to know images in our newsletter and once weeach other. Our goal is to build a find the perfect picture, we will createstrong support system for each Com- a new BN T-shirt. Ideas or designs canpany. There always is someone be sent to our FRSA. The final choicesomewhere caring about the Soldier and the designer or photographer whowhen he or she is deployed. Every- created that image will receive a price!one is welcome to participate in your Submissions to: Michele.e.Galloway.FRG. By everyone I mean your We will offer aspouse, parents, grandparents or girl- monthly QUIZ! Lets see how wellfriend. Training will be provided and you know Ft. Drum and the surround-volunteering an hour or two a month ing area. Send your answers via emailwill make a difference for families to our FRSA and she will hand out aand Soldiers. I look forward to meet $25 gift card to one correct answerall the great FRG volunteers in up- each month. Winners will also be men-coming events and trainings! tioned in our upcoming Newsletters.On a second note we are calling all This quiz is open for all 277 ASB sol-the photographers in the Battalion. diers and direct family members. En-If you took a picture that best repre- joy & have fun while getting to knowsents the Battalion, please email it to your community!our FRSA Michele Galloway. Pic-tures that best represent your fellowsoldiers, the area and our great sol-diers while they perform their dailywork. We will share those capturedEye On The Eagle SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW – QuizYou can win a $25 Gift Card! Send your correct answers to our FRSA: will draw one winner per month 5 days after the Newsletter is sent out. Hurry and Good luck!September Quiz:After a visit to the local Thompson Zoo in Watertown:1- How many exhibits are sponsored by the 10th Mountain Division?2- What are the three warning signs of a skunk before he sprays his special perfume?3- How many gray wolfs are in the Zoo?4- Name 5 common songbirds of northern New York5- What are the other 4 colors that black bears can be?6- Name a breakfast, lunch and dinner choice for OttersNow to our wonderful Ft. Drum area:7-How many islands can be found between Kingston and Brockville?8- What is Tug Hill?9- Fort Drum consists of how many acres?Lets see who read the August FRSA Flash!10- What must you do in order to learn life skills?LIBERTY TIMES
  9. 9. PAGE9 PICTURES The Ravens form up for the Change of Responsibility ceremony between 1SG Adelbert Dunn and 1SG John Rogers on August 3, 2012. 1SG Adelbert Dunn ad- dresses the Ravens for the last time during the Change of Responsibility ceremony on August 3, 2012. SGT Aaron Kalinowski, SPC Adela Lira, SPC Ramona Gately, and PFC Shereena Mar- tinek erect the 15 meter LOS antenna mast during the divi- sion’s Mountain Peak training exercise.
  10. 10. PICTURES CONTINUED PAGE10 The CPN 533 team sets up a 15-meter LOS antenna to pro- vide communications support to 6-6th Cavalry Squadron Head- quarters during Mountain Peak.
  11. 11. PAGE 11277th Aviation Support Battalion 277th Aviation Support Battalion History10th Combat Aviation Brigade In February 2006, the 277th Aviation Support Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII, where it provided combat service and support to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon. The Unit redeployed in February of 2007 after earning the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker Award for best Aviation Battalion in 2006 and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.20125 Hangar Access Road In October 2008, the 277th ASB deployed to Iraq in sup-Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield port of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11, where it providedFort Drum, NY 13602 support and combat services to the 10th CAB, Task Force Lightning. The unit redeployed in October 2009 and earnedPhone: 315-774-1206 the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker award for the BestFax: 315-774-1231 Combat Service Support Battalion for the work performedE-mail: during its 2008-2009 deployment.“Freedom and Liberty”