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Here are news stories and other interesting information regarding the Watervliet Arsenal for November 2012.

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    • S ALVO “Service to the Line, On the Line, On Time”Vol. 12, No. 11 U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, New York Nov. 30, 2012 Watervliet parades through the streets in honor of our nation’s Veterans Photo by John B. Snyder Ever since the Arsenal restarted its community parade program in 2009, it has been supported by the Hudson-Mohawk Military Ve- hicle Collectors’ Club. Here is one of eight vehicles from the club that was part of the Arsenal’s contingent this month in Albany. By John B. Snyder sacrifices of those who have served before us. Think about this, we have thousands of troops For the last century, we have celebrated our forward deployed in a combat zone, while at the Veterans on November 11th. And since World War same time, similar combat-experienced troops are I, each Veterans Day seems to blend old Veterans providing food, fuel, medical, and more important, with new. Just since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, stability to New York City’s disaster areas within a almost three million American men and women have two hour drive of here. stepped up and answered their nation’s call to duty and now they, too, line our streets on Veterans Day No other military in the world can do this! And we have that capability today due in large part to the Story on page 3
    • Page 2 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012 what we do or the value of keeping an Army-owned and –operated manufacturing center in the Albany area. And so, I greatly appreciate all the hard work that Commander’s many of you put into the planning, coordination, and execution of the events. It is important that we support Corner these types of events not only for the community, our Veterans, and for our servicemen and women, but also for the Arsenal. I also greatly appreciate all that you have done to en- This time of year, like most of our society, we take sure that we ship every product with unequalled quality,some time and reflect and find the many ways of saying on time. From those who manage our accounts to thosethanks. The month of November started off by saying who drive the trucks to those who machine our tubes,thanks to all of our Veterans and we conclude the month all of us rely on each other to make our jobs easier or toby giving thanks for the many things in our lives that make our products better. Each of you is a valued part ofmakes living in America a dream for many around the this team and we could not provide high quality productsworld, as we transition in the season of giving. to our servicemen and women without everyone giving 100 percent. For those who have supported the Arsenal in many ofthese events, you have done so out of your personal ob- As we approach this holiday season, I know thatligation or out of your sense of duty to support our com- many of our thoughts will be about family and friends.munity. But for whatever reasons you have lent a hand But please keep in mind that we must remain focused onto build a float or marched in a parade, your efforts have safety.not gone unnoticed. Don’t let the element of time, or the lack of time, Thank you! drive you to do something you know you shouldn’t do. Wait until you have help to put up the outside lights on Although we conduct community events throughout your house, don’t drive beyond the speed limit, and ifthe year, the months of May and November continue to you drink, don’t drive. You are all too important to yourbe the high point for our engagements with the commu- families, to the Army, and to the Arsenal.nity. For November, we will have participated in eightcommunity events and for the year, nearly 60 community I wish you the best for a great, safe Holiday Season!events. Mark F. Migaleddi Commanding I cannot attend an event without a civic leader, Manufacturer 6elected official, or a local resident coming up to me andsaying how great it is to see the Arsenal involved in thecommunity. This is important! If we do not engage thecommunity, our community will not know much aboutCommander, Col. Mark F. Migaleddi The Arsenal Salvo is an authorized monthly publication for members of the DepartmentPublic Affairs Officer, John B. Snyder of Defense. Contents of the Salvo are not necessarily the official views of, or an endorse-Editor, John B. Snyder ment by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, orPhotographer: John B. Snyder the Watervliet Arsenal. News may be submitted for publication by sending articles to Public Affairs Officer,Arsenal Facebook Page @ 1 Buffington Street, Bldg. 10, Watervliet, NY 12189, or stop by office #102, Bldg. 10,http://on.fb.me/sq3LEm Watervliet Arsenal. The editor may also be reached at (518) 266-5055 or by e-mail: john.b.snyder.civ@mail.mil. The editor reserves the right to edit all information submitted for publication.
    • Page 3 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012Veterans cont.to also be remembered. Although we thought we had fought the “war to endall wars,” history has proven that we still needed thosevery few who would step up and serve our country andNew York’s Capital District has been no different. It toohas answered and still answers the many calls to duty. New York’s Capital District is not a militarycommunity such as Watertown, N.Y. is to Fort Drum orLawton, Okla. is to Fort Sill, but the Albany area is acommunity rich in military service. Dan McCoy, the Albany County Executive, said afterthe City of Albany’s Veterans Day parade that there aremore than 18,000 Veterans in the Albany area. New York’s Capital District is also home to NewYork’s Division of Military and Naval Affair wherethe State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy,provides command and control of New York’s militaryforces. More than 7,000 New York troops have recentlybeen deployed to the New York City area providingmuch needed disaster relief. And tucked into the Albany area along the HudsonRiver is a local icon called the Watervliet Arsenal. TheWatervliet Arsenal has since 1813 manufactured theproducts that have helped hundreds of thousands ofservicemen and women in combat to come home safely. As the only active Army post between West Pointand Fort Drum, Watervliet helped excite the communityto honor our Veterans by its participation in twoparades this year. The first parade was for the Villageof Menands on November 10, which was the firstVeterans Day Parade for this community, and the Arsenalfollowed up leading the City of Albany Veterans DayParade in Division 1 on November 12. Yes, a position of honor. But it was our honor to bein the company as those who have served on the beachesof Normandy or in the mountains of Kandahar. Photos by John B. Snyder
    • Page 4 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012 Arsenal receives $7.8 million contract to supply Australian Army with new lightweight cannons By John B. Snyder According to BAE Systems: The revolutionary M777, weighing in at less The Arsenal announced this month that it received than 4200kg (about 9259 pounds) is the world’s firsta $7.8 million contract to provide the Australian Army, artillery weapon to make widespread use of titaniumvia BAE Systems, with 19 M776 155mm cannons as and aluminum alloys, resulting in a howitzer which ispart of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Military half the weight of conventional 155mm systems.Sales program. The M777 can fire the “smart” Excalibur round, “This multimillion dollar order will add to co-developed by Global Combat Systems up to 40our current workload more than 16,000 hours of km (25 miles) accurately enough to target individualdirect labor,” said Jake Peart, the Arsenal’s chief rooms within a building, reducing the chance ofof Production innocent casualtiesControl & and allowingProgram supporting fire toManagement. be brought down“We will begin much closer toshipping in the fall friendly troops.of 2013 and we It can hurl awill complete our standard 43.5 kgproduction in the shell almost 30 kmspring of 2014.” (21 miles) at 2.5 Hugh times the speedMcNamara, the of sound. TheArsenal’s program projectile takesmanager for the Photo by Spc. Aaron L. Rosencrans just over a minute155mm cannon, The M776 155mm cannon that Watervliet will manufacture for the Australian Army will be to fly this distancesaid that this is a used on the M777 Lightweight Howitzer seen here being fired by Bravo Battery, 2nd Bat- and reaches a talion, 11th Field Artillery.follow-on order maximum heightfor the Australian Army as the Arsenal had previously of 12km. The shell reaches its maximum speed ofworked with BAE Systems to manufacture 35 tubes 2900 kph (1800 mph) by the time it exits the muzzleand subassemblies for the M777A2 howitzer in 2011. of the gun. The M777 howitzer, which was fielded in the U.S.military in 2003, is replacing the much heavier M198155mm towed howitzer system currently in use by the It may seem to some that we have shiftedRoyal Australian Artillery, McNamara said. our production lines to support mortar “This order will require a wide variety of systems. Nevertheless, during the last 10specialized machining skills because the order is for years we have continued to manufacturethe complete cannon system, which includes such significant numbers of cannons...parts as the 155mm barrel, breech block, breech ring,and muzzle break,” McNamara added. M256 120mm Tank Cannon ... 1,300 This is the second multi-million dollar contract M776 155mm Howitzer Cannon ... 1,300awarded to the Arsenal in the last month. In October, M284 155mm Howitzer Cannon ... 2,600the Arsenal received a $4.2 million contract for a new M119 105mm Howitzer Cannon ... 800lightweight 60mm mortar baseplate for the U.S. Army.
    • Page 5 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012 Erie Canal, belt-driven presses, and now, the gantry-yard crane ... all gone Photos by John B. Snyder and Billy Martin By John B. Snyder Arsenal turned to Sansone and Government Liquidation to find a buyer. The old adage “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is Sansone said that when the first buyer backed out, hearound, will it make a sound,” may be a good metaphor had to re-post the contract solicitation.for the recent removal of the largest crane assembly on “In a way, it worked out better for everyone involvedthe Arsenal. Towering some 53’ high and 140’ long, the because through the rebidding process a local Watervlietgantry-yard crane has met its quiet demise just as other company called Metro Metal Recycling won the contract,”technological marvels of their time, such as the Erie Canal Sansone said. “Any time we support the local communityand belt-driven presses. But did anyone notice? with work, it is a win-win event for all involved.” Purchased in 1980 for about $750,000, the crane was This contract was a huge, challenging job, said Charliepart of the $150 million Renovation of Armament Manu- Van Hall, the owner of Metro Metals.facturing or REARM program that began in 1979. This “Because we had to drop the crane between ongoing op-five-year modernization program was not only important to erations, we had to take extra efforts to drop the parts of thethe Arsenal’s long-term viability, but also crane, some of which weighing nearlyto the nation’s security. The crane may live on pro- 110 tons, without doing any damage to Former U.S. Rep. Samuel S. Stratton viding future generations a the surrounding areas,” Van Hall said.said at the 1979 ceremony that launched piece of the Arsenal history. “If the crane was in an old factory orthe modernization program that brought remote location, we simply would havethe crane to Watervliet, “When it comes to asserting the used shears to cut the crane into pieces and then let thestrength and determination of this country, Watervliet is go- pieces fall.”ing to be in the lead not only in the Middle East, but also What assisted the near flawless disassembly of the cranein NATO…and as we look at this project getting underway, was the fact that the two local rigging companies that sup-you can sleep soundly tonight because Watervliet Arsenal is ported the crane removal, D.A. Collins Construction Co.awake.” and John M. Mullins Rigging & Hauling, had previously And so with great fanfare, work began to replace an worked with Metro Metals on other challenging jobs, VanArsenal rail-yard crane that some believed to have been put Hall said.into operation just after World War I. “Because of our vast experience of working with each “When we started pulling up the rails this month as part other, we were able to execute this job safely within veryof the crane removal process, we found that the date printed tight tolerances,” Van Hall said.on the rails was 1919,” said Tom Sansone, who retired from The crane is no longer required to support the produc-the Arsenal in 1999 and who now works for Government tion mission as all products are now shipped via truckLiquidation, the exclusive contractor for the sale of surplus transportation. After weeks of effort, the crane finally cameand scrap assets of the U.S. Department of Defense. down this month and at the time of this article; the last re- “Trying to find a buyer for 250 tons of material is a chal- maining pieces of the crane are being carted off.lenge all by itself, but finding a buyer who must disassem- Although the crane motors, copper and scrap metal haveble the crane and then cart away all of the material made been sold, there may be new life to the Arsenal’s gantry-this project even harder to find a buyer,” Sansone said. yard crane.Sansone said the Arsenal first offered the crane to the Fed- According to Van Hall, he has kept two large beams foreral Government and to New York State. But after several future sculpture work. And so, the crane may live on pro-months of effort, there was no interest. That is when the viding future generations a piece of the Arsenal’s history.
    • Page 6 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012It is always good to “ASIST” others By Josh Roy The Army has always done everything possible to prevent the loss of life to its workforce. Constant upgradesto equipment and better training have saved countless lives. Not all lives are loss to combat though, the rise insuicides in the Army is staggering. In an effort to stem the rise in suicides, the Army recently conducted a world-wide suicide prevention standdown day to make everyone aware of the programs available to assist someone that is facing trouble and con-templating suicide. Although the Arsenal does not have a large Soldier population, we cannot fall into a sense that we are im-mune to suicides or suicide attempts. So, here is how the Arsenal is doing its part toward protecting its force. A group of Arsenal volunteers have received specialized training, called Applied Suicide Intervention SkillsTraining or ASIST, to identify and to provide assistance to high risk individuals. Through a two-day interactiveworkshop, each person participated in various scenarios, received training on triggers and visual clues that aperson may be considering suicide. And as a result of this training, the Arsenal’s ASIST team is trained as a sortof a suicide first responder. If anyone is contemplating suicide, knows someone whom may be suicidal or justneeds someone to talk to, please feel free to contact anyone on the ASIST team. You do not have to go to some-one within your directorate; we are here to help anyone at any time.OD IM COMMAND STAFF OUTSIDE AGENCIESSeth Frank Sandra Smith Dawn Whelan Jodi RoyDiane Nelson Josh Roy Donald Haberski Jen PusatereHal Metzier Gary Freeman John Whipple Daniel FishMary Burniche Rocco Granato Ken Haviland Joe Evans Bernadette Palmieri Mary Ellen Hobson Susan SharpDonald Granger Jesus GuerraRobert Dobbs Marc Kaufman Haunts of Watervliet... No, this wasn’t one of the Arsenal’s Board of Directors meetings, but a haunted house that was set up by the MWR folks for Halloween. Through- out the year, MWR conducts a variety of programs, from summer camp to holiday parties, for families and especially for kids. Trying to get an interview during the haunted house was tough given all the screeching. Never- theless, one person found time to say a few words once she was in the safety of her vehicle. From Christina Livolsi ,“Truly, truly AWESOME job with this year’s Halloween party. The haunted house was a HUGE success. My son went through three times - he loved it! Everyone’s efforts and Photo provided by Kyle Buono hard work really paid off - I have heard nothing but Arlea Henkle and her 5-year-old daughter, Jennikah Henkle. They are the family of Sgt. Joshua Henkle, who is an Army positive feedback throughout the Arsenal on the recruiter at the Green Island recruiting station. day’s events.”
    • Page 7 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012Largest electrical job in 30 years is now complete By John B. Snyder When the Arsenal leadership agreed to invest $1.7million for a new electrical substation that would feedpower to one of the most critical manufacturing processescalled the rotary forge, little did they know that theArsenal may be venturing into uncharted waters. But Top: View provides a good sensethanks to two, no, three Arsenal employees, this huge of the size of job that the Arsenalundertaking was accomplished without any degradation to electrical engineers managed. Middle: Jim Uram, an electricalproduction. engineering technician and who is “This was the largest electrical upgrade the Arsenal the right-arm of the Arsenal’s elec- trical engineer, is discussing thehad experienced in 30 years and the biggest job that I have work with a Pichardo Developmentever personally designed and managed,” said Benjamin Corp. supervisor. Uram was at theDedjoe, who is the Arsenal’s electrical engineer. “We site every day of operation. Bottom: Benjamin Dedjoe, secondreplaced 1970s technology with state of the art, computer- from the left and who is the Arse-driven electrical power equipment that has the capability nal’s electrical engineer, is taking a minute to discuss the resultsto provide power to 450 homes a day.” of the concrete testing with the This was an extremely complex job that had the contractor’s leadership.potential to set production back if it wasn’t accomplishedon time, or simply did not work after the substation wasinstalled, Dedjoe said. “We had a 31-day window to remove the 1970-era substation, build a new foundation, install the newsubstations, test the circuitry, and then run the first 120mmtube through for production,” Dedjoe added. This was no small task for the Arsenal’s lone electricalengineer and his staff of one, Jim Uram. While this upgrade was ongoing, Dedjoe and Uram stillhad to deal with other jobs such as replacing more than12,000 feet of damaged underground cables, providingpower to several new machines on a production floor, andinstalling digital fire alarms in five buildings, Uram said. The third, critical person involved in the successful that a business has when attempting to connect a state-installation of the substation is Connie Turner, the contract of-the-art system to 40-year-old technology. While otherrepresentative for this project. challenges came from a design that looked great on paper “This project was three years in the making,” Turner but required some minor tweaks in order to make thingssaid. “It began with the Army Corps of Engineers work. The biggest challenge, however, came from thecontracting a private firm to design the substation, then discovery of an old oil sump under the original foundation.the project moved to a bidding process where more than “To correctly remove the old oil and storage tank30 potential bidders visited Watervliet, and work finally correctly, took about two weeks and it was time thatbegan last August.” wasn’t budgeted for,” Turner said. “Despite that huge To add to the difficulty of the project, there were seven challenge, the contractor, Pichardo Development Corp.modifications to the contract, Turner said. from New Jersey, was able to stay on task and complete Some of the modifications came from the challenges the contract on time.”
    • Page 8 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012CPAC Corner: Flexible Spending AccountFSAFEDS—Flexible Spending AccountAs a Federal employee, your health insurance premiums are taken out of your pay before taxes arededucted. This is a big benefit to employees, considering the rising cost of health insurance premi-ums; but did you know that your child care expenses and other health costs (i.e. co-pays, prescrip-tions and over-the-counter medications, dental costs, orthodontics, etc.) can also be deducted fromyour pay before taxes?This is the function of FSAFEDS. FSAFEDS is a flexible spending account used to reimburse you foryour out-of-pocket health care expenses. Why pay taxes on expenses you know you will incur eachmonth if you don’t have to?How does it work?You must enroll in FSAFEDS during open season or at the time of a life qualifying event. Once you’reenrolled, you decide how much you would like to put into your account for that year. If you have pre-dictable medical expenses, such as co-pays or prescriptions, you may want to calculate these costsfor the year and put that amount in your account. The amount you choose will be deducted in equalincrements from your pay each pay period so that the full amount is deducted by the end of the year.You can allot up to $2,500 per covered employee for medical expenses and up to $5,000 for childcare expenses. You can then submit claims for reimbursement through the mail or the new onlinesubmission system. Keep in mind that FSAFEDS is a “use or lose” program, so calculate carefully.You are given a grace period after the end of the year (March 14, 2014 for the upcoming enrollmentyear) to incur expenses and submit claims for reimbursement. However, after that deadline, you willlose any money left in your account.How much can I save?You can calculate how much you’ll save by enrolling in FSAFEDS by entering your pay information inthe calculator found here: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/fsa_calculator.aspAs a basic example, if you are a FERS employee making $45,000 a year and claiming 0 Federal ex-emptions and you allot the full $2,500 to your FSAFEDS account, you will save $988 in taxes. That’sa 40% discount on your out-of-pocket medical expenses that you would have incurred anyway!What else?You can find additional information on the details of the program as well as qualifying medical/childcare expenses at: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.aspYou can also call a counselor at the number below:FSAFEDS Benefits Counselors: Toll-Free: 1-877-FSAFEDS (1-877-372-3337) Monday-Friday 9am-9pm or send an email to: FSAFEDS@shps.comRemember: Open Season ends December 10th!
    • Page 9 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012Lean Corner: The power of being single By Mark RipleyHave you ever heard of SMED? Yes, it’s another Lean concept and acronym to tax your mind.SMED stands for Single-Minute Exchange of Die. And, as with many Lean concepts, it applies to office processsetups just as well as it does to shop floor setups. The idea of SMED is to reduce setup time to a single digitnumber of minutes. For example, 60 minutes down to 8 minutes.It sounds impossible, right? But it’s not. There are a lot of case studies where reductions like this happen.And it really isn’t all that hard and so, here is how to do it:1. Assemble a cross-functional team of experts in their fields.2. Carefully observe the current set-up process. Determine which steps are internal and which are exter-nal. Internal steps are those done with the machine down. External steps are those “set-up” steps that can bedone while the machine is still running the last of the old parts/products.3. Eliminate any steps that are pure waste.4. Convert internal steps to external steps.5. 6S the process area. Make sure all needed tools and equipment are kept handy and organized – oravailable exactly when needed. Make sure the area is clean, uncluttered, safe and easy to move through.6. Streamline the remaining internal steps. Use intermediate fixtures to eliminate long, precise position-ing requirements. Eliminate long, tricky adjustments. Use quick clamping techniques and eliminate fasteners.There is a lot of ways to streamline if we tap some of the brainpower around here.7. Improve all external set-up steps.8. Ensure supporting functions provide their inputs to the process in a timely fashion.One of these days, you will be asked to be on a SMED event team. Consider it a compliment because the teamleader, process owner or facilitator recognizes you as an expert in what you do. Help the team perform whatmight seem like a miracle...getting to be single....and you can be on the cutting edge of Continuous Improve-ment here at Watervliet Arsenal. When a good idea brought more than two cents James F. Schlegel, an assembler in the Manufac- turing Division, Industrial Operations and Produc- tion Directorate, submitted an idea to change the marking procedure for the M9 baseplate. His suggestion will save $46 per unit by having the vendor stamp the parts before they are delivered. His suggestion will result in $24,684 in tangible savings and was granted an award this month of $1,450 for his suggestion."
    • Page 10 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012Defender of coasts, here and abroad By Mark Koziol By coincidence, shortly afterI started research for last month’sarticle about Col. AdelbertBuffington and the disappearinggun carriage, I was given a CDof close to 300 photos of largeseacoast guns that once protectedthe entrance to Manila Bay inthe Philippines. There are manywonderful photos showing thedifferent guns and mortars beingloaded and fired by gun crews. The 14-inch gun and Photo provided by the Arsenal Museumdisappearing gun carriage photos Two men were required to load a projectile on a cart into the gun breech at Fort Frank. Thenwere interesting because, most seven men used a ramrod to push the payload into the gun. Troop strength for the Fort Frank batteries totaled 11 officers and 349 men divided to 3 officers and 67 men per 14-inch gun.likely, at least one of the big gunsbeing fired was made at Watervliet the number of times the gun wasArsenal. test fired in 1917; twenty-one Coastal Defense According to research into times. The 14-inch big guns On Feb. 1, 1906, Maj. Gen.the History Letter Books housed eventually made the long trip to John P. Story, as chairman of theat the Arsenal Museum, Col. Fort Frank at the Philippine’s National Coast Defense Board,William W. Gibson’s June 30, 1912 Carabao Island. submitted to William H. Taft, Sec-Annual Production Report stated In early 1942, the Japanese retary of War, a final report outlin-that work had been completed on started bombing Fort Frank and ing a proposed coastal defense system for the United States andmanufacturing three 14-inch guns. the Corregidor defenses from high its possessions. Ten stateside andThe War Department’s Annual altitudes. There were more than 40 one overseas port, Subic Bay,Report for 1913 stated about coastal guns defending Manila Bay. were declared “ports of first impor-defense of Manila Bay, which After the last of the reserve tance” for armament with moderninclude Corregidor, that: forces had been committed, coastal defense weapons. A further eight United States forts and six “On Carabao Island the some 500 U.S. Marines, Lt. Gen. overseas ports were designatedemplacements for the 14-inch Jonathan Wainwright, on May 6, “ports of secondary importance”batteries and mortar batteries are 1942, sent out two officers from his for armament. Second from last onpractically completed. The guns field headquarters waving a white the list was the entrance to Manilaand carriages will be shipped in the flag of surrender. Bay. In order to quickly develop a workable defense of Manila Bay,fall (1912) and mounted probably From January 1942 to the fall first priority was given to fortifyingbefore the close of the fiscal year of Corregidor on May 6, 1942, Corregidor and Carabao with the(June 30, 1913).” the defenders of Corregidor now designated Fort Mills and Fort According to the Seacoast suffered about 800 dead and 1,000 Frank respectively. Armament forDefense Study Group index cards, wounded. The 14-inch guns were Fort Franks consisted of two 14the 14-inch big gun, Model 1907, destroyed by U.S. forces prior to inch disappearing guns mounted in two separate batteries.came from Watervliet Arsenal the Japanese occupation of Fortand the disappearing carriage was Frank. Gen. Douglas MacArthur Information from Charles M. Bog-made at the Watertown Arsenal in would not return to the Philippines art, Corregidor Historical Society.Massachusetts. The cards record until Oct. 20, 1944.
    • Page 11 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012 During your holidays, please do not forget about our customers! TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,   HE LIVED ALL ALONE,   IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.     I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY   WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,   AND TO SEE JUST WHO   IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.     I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,   A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,   NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,   NOT EVEN A TREE.    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE    MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”   SOLDIERS      NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER   JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,       AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,   ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,    I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,   OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.         AND GROWN UPS WOULD   WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, CELEBRATE    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,   AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,   A SOBER THOUGHT    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.    SO SILENT AND STILL   CAME THROUGH MY MIND.       AND WE BOTH SHIVERED      THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM    FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S   FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, CHILL.   IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,      I FOUND THE HOME OF A    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.    I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE SOLDIER,       ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,   ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.    I COULDN’T HELP WONDER    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR      HOW MANY LAY ALONE,    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.   THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,       ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE   SILENT, ALONE,    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED   CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR   IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.    OVER,      THE VERY THOUGHT    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,   THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,    WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,   THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES    IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS   NOT HOW I PICTURED    AND STARTED TO CRY. SECURE.”   A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.            THE SOLDIER AWAKENED    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,   WAS THIS THE HERO    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,    AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.   OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?    “SANTA DON’T CRY,    “MERRY CHRISTMAS MY   CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; FRIEND,   THE FLOOR FOR A BED?    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”      I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,   I REALIZED THE FAMILIES    I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,   THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,    MY LIFE IS MY GOD, Anonymous
    • Page 12 Salvo Nov. 30, 2012 Watervliet Arsenal 200th Anniversary Cookbook RVLIET ARSE ATEOUD TRADITION SINCE 181NAL W A PR 3 FOR YEARS ET AR VLI SE ER T NA WA L 1813 Have a great family recipe? Share it with your Arsenal Family! We need your help – We are seeking entries for the first ever Arsenal cookbook to commemorate our 200th anniversary featuring recipes from our workforce. Whether it is an appetizer, dessert or main course, we want to hear from you! Cookbooks will be available for pre-order on the 200th Anniversary Memorabilia order form. Fill out and submit your recipes online at: www.wva.army.mil/recipe Entries will be accepted from November 1, through December 31, 2012