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  1. 1. Diaper Daze - born out of baby boom See story of Thursday’s event, page 5 Vol. 4, No. 8 Fort Wainwright, Alaska February 22, 2013Alaska Soldiersface criminal Commander’s Cup battlechargesStaff report, USARAK PAOCourts martial Dec. 11 - A general court-martial con-vened at Fort Wainwright. A specialistwas charged with five specifications un-der Article 120 (two specifications of rapeand three specifications of abusive sexualcontact). The specialist was found guiltyof one specification of rape and two speci-fications of abusive sexual contact. The case was tried before a militarypanel who sentenced the specialist to re-duction to private (E-1), forfeiture of allpay and allowances, confinement for fiveyears and a dishonorable discharge. Dec. 7 - A general court-martial con-vened at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richard-son. A private first class was chargedwith two specifications under Article112a (one specification each of use andpossession of anabolic steroids), 13 speci-fications under Article 128 (three speci-fications of assault on a child under 16,10 specifications of assault consummatedby a battery), and three specificationsunder Article 134 (one specification ofreckless endangerment of a child under Representing Fort Wainwright hockey players (from left), Ben Butcher, Mike Kracek, Tyler Schroeder and Ross Mathieu cel-16, one specification of communicating a ebrate a goal during the Army vs. Air Force Commander’s Cup game at the Big Dipper Ice Arena Feb. 16. The Army teamthreat and one specification of shooting took an early lead outscoring Air Force 4-1 in the first period. Each team added two more in the second period and Air Forceand killing a dog). The PFC was found tied the game by outscoring the Army squad 3-1. The game ended in a 7-7 tie at the end of regulation play and Air Forceguilty of all charges and specifications squeaked one by the Army keeper Owen Neill during a sudden-death shoot-out to claim an 8-7 victory. (Photo by Brian(except shooting and killing his dog). The Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright PAO)case was tried before a military panelwho sentenced the PFC to reduction toprivate (E-1), forfeiture of all pay and al-lowances, confinement for 18 years and adishonorable discharge. Added garrison staff critical to future Dec. 10 - A special court-martial con-vened at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richard-son. A sergeant first class was charged sexual harassment and assault responsewith one specification under Article 91 Jade Fulce support of the SHARP pro- human life and the protec- “Sexual harassment and(disobeying a no-contact order), three U.S. Army Installation Man- gram, said Ebenezer Wil- tion of private property,” sexual assault of any typespecifications under Article 92 (violat- agement Command liams Jr., IMCOM SHARP Ferriter said. will not be tolerated,” saiding a regulation by having an inappro- program manager. The SHARP program Rufus Caruthers, IMCOMpriate relationship), four specifications U.S. Army Installation Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, aims to reduce sexual ha- director of Equal Employ-under Article 107 (falsifying documents Management Command is IMCOM commander, ex- rassment and assault by ment and Opportunity. “Itfor financial gain), three specifications recruiting and hiring new empted SHARP staff from creating a climate of re- cripples the overall opera-under Article 121 (larceny of travel pay sexual assault response coor- an Armywide hiring freeze spect for the dignity of ev- tion. It will not be toleratedand allowances through deceit) and two dinators and sexual assault Jan. 29, calling them mis- ery member of the Army and will be dealt with swift-specifications under Article 134 (wrong- victim advocates by October sion-critical. Family. SHARP does this by ly within the command.”ful cohabitation and failing to pay a just as part of the Army’s ex- “I am authorizing the trying to reduce the stigma Changes to the programdebt). The Soldier was found guilty of panded Sexual Harassment hiring to continue … to en- associated with reporting came with the 2012 Nation-all charges and specifications except one and Assault Response and sure we continue to provide an incident, increase pre- al Defense Authorizationspecification of false official statement. Prevention program. programs and services in vention efforts and increase Act. The act requires all bri-The case was tried before a military judge IMCOM will hire 135 support of critical missions, investigation and prosecu-who sentenced the Soldier to reduction individuals this year in national security, safety of tion capabilities. See SHARP on page 8to staff sergeant, forfeiture of $200 permonth for 12 months and confinementfor 45 days. See COURTS MARTIAL on page 8 Installation stays in touch via social media Brian Schlumbohm, These days, unless you’re your mouth for a while. sharing information to the Fort Wainwright PAO a collector, stamps are rarely Today, letters to a friend user is now open to end- seen. Mail processes have and photos to the grandpar- less possibilities through There was once a time when changed and letters are ents or even invitations to social media. most people knew the price of priced and postage is printed a special event are all easily Facebook, a very popular a postage stamp. Stamps were directly onto envelopes. Once typed, clicked, dragged and and heavily used social me- important because, like cur- upon a time you actually had pasted with thumb and finger dium, has brought Army in- rency, most of our business- to lick stamps and envelopes. on a pocket-sized handheld. stallations new capabilities es and home lives revolved Preparing Christmas cards The Fort Wainwright in expediting of information around the necessity of ex- was a group effort and with- Public Affairs Office, like to specific interest groups. changing documents, money out the use of a wet sponge many other organizations and information through the you would end up having a on post, has found that See SOCIAL MEDIA on postal service. strange, minty aftertaste in completing the mission of page 4 Weekend Weather BRIEFs Financial Readiness Week Diaper Daze U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Col. New and expecting parents are Ronald M. Johnson signed proclama- invited to attend this first-ever, free Friday Saturday Sunday tion declares Financial Readiness event. There will be demonstrations, Cloudy, chance of snow Mostly clear Mostly clear Week takes place Monday through classes, an information fair and Highs around -4 Highs around -5 Highs around 5 March 2. Everyone can take the giveaways Feb. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. Lows around -25 Lows between Lows around -20 Military Saves Pledge today - www. at Bassett Army Community Hospi- Light winds 15 and 25 below Night partly cloudy militarysaves.org/take-the-pledge tal. Call 353-9757 or 353-6612. 17407803 SN/ BIRCHWOOD HOMES
  2. 2. CommentaryFebruary 22, 2013 ALASKA POSTNurse Corps marks 112th anniversaryBrandy Ostanik, Col. Dennis LeMaster,MEDDAC-AK PAO commander of MEDDAC- AK, opened the celebra- For over 112 years tion with high praise forArmy nurses have been MEDDAC-AK nurses andproviding selfless service the Army Nurse Corps.and quality care to Sol- “I am proud of whatdiers, Family members you do each and everyand other beneficiaries. day,” said LeMaster. The Army Nurse Corps “The interaction whichwas officially founded you, our nurses provide,Feb. 2, 1901, to take care give that human element,of Soldiers “on the bat- which is so critical to thetlefield and at home.” patient experience.” To mark the special Guess shared withoccasion, Medical De- those in attendancepartment Activity Alas- photos from her deploy-ka nurses and other staff ment and spoke aboutmembers gathered Feb. the high regard villag-5 to celebrate the Army ers had for AmericanNurse Corps birthday medical providers.and the dedication of “When they heardArmy nurses around the there were Americansglobe. providing care they would The celebration, re- think we could cure any-volving around the thing,” Guess said. “Ittheme of “Changing was very humbling.”Lives Across the Globe,” The Army Nurse Corpsfeatured Lt. Col. Heather did not become a part ofGuess, a MEDDAC-AK the Army Medical De-nurse who recently re- partment until 1901, butturned from a humani- many nurses, both maletarian deployment to Af- and female, served in all Col. Maria Summers (right), deputy chief of nursing at Medical Department Activity–Alaska and 2nd Lt. Rynaerica, as well as a potluck wars prior to that time, Headid, a nurse from the maternal newborn unit, cut the cake during the Army Nurse Corp Birthday Celebrationwith foods from around including the American at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Feb. 5. Summers and Headid represented the most-senior and most-juniorthe world. Revolution. Army Nurse Corps staff at the hospital.Army extends comment period for unit stationing optionsCathy Kropp, ment period, originally reviewing agencies and to coordinate and consid- of the force. tion will impact most ma-Army Environmental scheduled to end Feb. 19, congressional member, er public feedback on de- Locations that were in- jor Army installations.Command Public Affairs has been extended until the Army granted a 30- cisions that may impact cluded in the PEA analy- The implementation of March 21. day extension. the environment or the sis are those sites that this force rebalancing is About a month ago, The Army takes seri- The extended com- communities surround- have the potential to ex- necessary to allow theJan. 18, The Army an- ously its responsibilities ment period will allow the ing its installations. perience a change in Sol- Army to operate in a re-nounced the availabil- to coordinate and consid- public and other stake- When the Army received diers and civilians that duced budget climate,ity of the Programmatic er public feedback on de- holders sufficient time to requests for extensions exceeds a total of plus while ensuring the ArmyEnvironmental Assess- cisions that may impact review and comment on from the public, state or minus 1,000 military can continue to supportment and draft Finding the environment or the the Army 2020 Program- reviewing agencies and personnel. Installations the nation’s critical de-of No Significant Impact communities surround- matic Environmental As- congressional member, considered in the PEA in- fense missions.for Army force structure clude: Fort Benning, Ga.; Final decisions as ing its installations. sessment, or PEA. the Army granted a 30- Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort to which alternative toreductions and realign- When the Army received The PEA evaluates day extension. Bragg, N.C.; Fort Camp- implement and whichments that may occur requests for extensions and assesses the envi- This will allow the bell, Ky.; Fort Carson, installations will see re-through 2020. The com- from the public, state ronmental and socio- public and other stake- ductions or unit realign- Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; economic impacts as- holders sufficient time to ments have not yet been Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort sociated with potential review and comment on Hood, Texas; Fort Irwin, made. Those decisions adjustments to Army the Army 2020 Program- Calif; Joint Base Elmen- will be made based on forces at 21 installations. matic Environmental As- dorf-Richardson, Alask; mission-related criteria The Army has completed sessment, or PEA. Joint Base Langley-Eus- and other factors, in light the analysis to evaluate The Army’s proposed tis, Va.; Joint Base Lew- of the information con- changes to its forces that action evaluated in the is-McChord, Wash.; Fort tained in the PEA. are necessary to reduce PEA is to reduce the Knox, Ky.; Fort Lee, Va.; In addition to environ- spending while main- Army’s active duty end- Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; mental and socioeconomic taining critical national strength from 562,000 at Fort Polk, La.; Fort Ri- impacts discussed in this defense capabilities. the end of fiscal year 2012 ley, Kan.; Fort Sill, Okla.; PEA, the Army will also The public is invited to 490,000 by fiscal year Fort Stewart, Ga.; U.S. consider several non-envi- to review the documents, 2020. The PEA analyzes Army Garrison Hawaii; ronmental factors critical which are available on- two primary alternatives: and U.S. Army Garri- to a final force structure line at http://aec.army. Alternative #1: Imple- son Fort Wainwright, decision, such as opera- mil/usaec/nepa/topics00. ment force reductions by Alaska. tional requirements and html and provide their inactivating a minimum The implementation of capabilities, cost, strate- comments by email to of eight Brigade Combat Army force realignment gic and geographical dis- U S A R M Y. J B S A . A E C. Teams, known as BCTs, will occur over the course tribution, investment and MBX@mail.mil or they and realign other com- of several years to arrive regeneration, facilities for bat, combat support, and at an optimally configured Soldiers and family well- may mail them to: service support units be- force in 2020. Reductions being. tween fiscal year 2013 in Army Soldiers will also All of the factors will Public Comments USAEC and fiscal year 2020; and be accompanied by some be thoroughly evaluated. Attn: IMPA-AE (Army Some of the factors are Alternative #2: Imple- reduction in civil service 2020 PEA) more readily quantifi- ment Alternative 1, in- employees. 2450 Connell Road (Bldg activate additional BCTs, able, such as maneuver These actions are be- 2264) and reorganize remaining ing undertaken to re- training land acreage, Fort Sam Houston, TX BCTs by adding an addi- shape the Army’s forces buildable acreage, cost, 78234-7664 tional combat maneuver to meet more effective availability of barracks battalion and other units. national security require- and family housing, etc. The comment period, The PEA also analyzes a ments while reducing the Others are more qualita-The public review and comment period for the Program- originally scheduled to No Action alternative, Army’s end-strength. tive in nature (i.e., strat-matic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No end Feb. 19, has been ex- under which the Army Force realignment and egy, geographic distribu-Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions tended until March 21, would not reduce the size some level of force reduc- tion, reversibility.)and realignments that may occur through 2020, originally 2013. ALASKA POSTscheduled to end Feb. 19, 2013, has been extended until, The Army takes seri-March 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo illustration) ously its responsibilities Home of the Arctic Warriors The ALASKA POST is authorized by Army EDITORIAL STAFF Regulation 360-1 and is published by the Fairbanks Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander Daily News-Miner, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Army, and is under exclusive written Col. Ronald M. Johnson contract. Contents of the ALASKA POST are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright the Department of the Army. The editorial content of PAO this publication is the responsibility of the U.S. Army Garrison Ft. Wainwright Public Affairs Office. The Linda Douglass ALASKA POST welcomes responsible comments Command Information Chief from its readers and will publish letters, articles or photos submitted at least one week prior to the Connie Storch next publication. The ALASKA POST reserves the Editor right to edit or reject submissions. All submitted material will become official Army property unless Trish Muntean otherwise indicated. To advertise call (907) 459- 7548 Everything advertised in this publication Staff writers shall be made available for purchase, use or Brian Schlumbohm patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical Allen Shaw handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit Contributors factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Editorial office is located on Ft. Wainwright in Building 1047 Cathy Kropp, Army Environmental Command PAO #1; Mailing address is Public Affairs Office, 1060 Brandy Ostanik, MEDDAC-AK PAO Gaffney Road, 5900, Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703. Call 353-6779 or 353-6701, or send emails to pao.fwa@ Lisa Graham, Cultural Resources to the list of contributors us.army.mil The ALASKA POST – Home of the Arctic Warriors
  3. 3. News ALASKA POST February 22, 2013The road to civil rights: Black Soldiers helped build the Alaska HighwayLisa Graham supplying gasoline for aircraft,Cultural Resources manager, military vehicles and construc-Directorate of Public Works, tion equipment.Environmental Division These men served during a time of intense discrimination As February is African against African Americans inAmerican History Month, it is American society. Black Soldiersa great time to learn an inter- were rarely allowed to serve inesting piece of our own military active combat roles. The ac-history here in Alaska. During cepted viewpoint of the timeWorld War II, the U.S. Army was that black Soldiers wereconstructed the Alaska-Cana- not equal in skill or capabilitiesdian Highway or Alcan (today to their white counterparts,known as the Alaska Highway), and they were segregated intoand a large number of the Sol- all-black units, usually servingdiers who built the highway under the command of white of-were African American. ficers. This discrimination was Following the attack on Pearl even seen in the placement ofHarbor, military leaders feared the units in Alaska during thea Japanese invasion of North highway project. Steps wereAmerica would start with an taken to position the all-blackattack on Alaska. President units away from settlements inRoosevelt recognized Alaska order to control and limit thewas an important military asset interactions between black Sol-that was vulnerable to attack. diers and local white and NativeTo ensure an emergency sup- populations while in Alaska.ply route to the Alaska military Building the highway was anbases and airfields in Alaska arduous task. Many of these Sol-and Canada, Roosevelt autho- diers were from southern statesrized the construction of a high- and had never experienced theway to link Alaska to the rest of extreme cold temperatures com- permafrost. Despite all the dif- neering feat. II and ultimately the hard workU.S. through Canada. mon in Alaska’s Interior. They ficulties, the Soldiers complet- During a time of segregation, and determination of these Sol- More than 10,000 Soldiers lived in drafty tents or hastily ed their mission and on Nov. the Soldiers of the 93rd, the diers led to the desegregation offrom the U.S. Army Corps of built barracks and often had to 20, 1942, the Alaska Highway 95th, the 97th Regiments and the Army in 1948.Engineers were assigned to the have emergency supplies para- officially opened. the 388th Battalion worked at If you are interested in learningproject, of which approximately chuted down to them. On top of Prior to the construction of an amazing pace in difficult con- more about building of the Alaska3,700 were black Soldiers be- the ever-present environmental the highway, the only way to ditions and successfully helped Highway and the black regi-longing to three all-black regi- obstacles, they had the difficult reach Alaska was by air or sea. complete the construction of ments that helped build it, checkments, the 93rd, the 95th and task of clearing and construct- Today, the highway stretch- the highway in less than two out “The World War II Blackthe 97th. A fourth all-black unit, ing the highway and pipeline es 1,520 miles from Dawson years. They proved that black Regiment that Built the Alaska388th Battalion, was assigned to in an area of almost complete Creek, British Columbia, Can- Soldiers should be on equal Military Highway,” by William E.the construction of the oil pipe- wilderness, and they were fre- ada, to Delta Junction, Alaska. footing as white Soldiers. More Griggs and Philip J Merrill or theline that followed the highway’s quently plagued by engineering The building of the Alaska than a million African Ameri- PBS documentary titled, “Build-general route and was critical to issues from having to build on Highway was a major engi- cans served during World War ing the Alaska Highway.” 18407314 18407226 22406494 DEL RAYS WHY DO MY FEET HURT BAGER TRADING POST AK POST/FIRST FRIDAY AK POST/AK POST AK POST/AK POST-SPEC 2 x 2.0 2 x 2.0 2 x 2.0 40406326 AFC/USAA AK POST/AK POST-MINE 6 x 10.5
  4. 4. February 22, 2013 News ALASKA POSTThings heat up on the ice and grill this weekendAllen Shaw, and early Saturday morn- when they speak you’ll be celebration where people play hu- Sunday at 11 a.m. and concludeFort Wainwright PAO ing on the Chena River in able to see a puff of breath man “moose turd” bowling, enjoy with an awards banquet between Fairbanks bundled in arctic preceding their words. The free sled dog rides and take a shot 6 and 8 p.m. It’s quite the sight. A gear. Many will be holding Tired Iron event on the in the port-a-potty golf chipping For more information on thegroup of hardcore Interior a hot cup of coffee in their last weekend of February contest. The fun and frivolity sur- Tired Iron, contact 452-8602 orAlaskans gathering bright furry mitted hands and is a two-day carnival-like rounds the classic snowmachine visit www.fairbankstirediron.org. races and the northern-most, and Barbecue isn’t just for warm coldest, Alaska State Barbecue As- weather anymore. The set-up and sociation sanctioned event: the 5th meat inspection begins at 8:30 Annual BrrBQ. a.m. in the courthouse parking The days are getting longer, the lot next to the big clock in Golden sun rises higher in the sky and Heart Plaza on First Avenue Sat- this event is a good reason to get urday with only two categories to outside. be judged – chicken and ribs. The The Tired Iron trials begin at turn-in times for chicken is 3 p.m. 9 a.m. and a variety of activities and 3:30 p.m. for ribs. are scheduled through 3 p.m. The All backyard barbecue aficiona- 2013 Iron Dog finish should hap- dos as well as master chefs are en- pen between 1 and 4 p.m. and pho- couraged to compete for prizes. For to opportunities will be available. more information call 750-2888 or The festivities will crank up again visit www.alaskabbq.org. Make the pledge during Military Saves week to build wealth, not debt Staff report, act. Soldiers and spouses need Fort Wainwright PAO to know how to manage the Family’s finances and make sav- By proclamation of the Fort ing a priority. Financial habits, Wainwright Garrison Com- like all other habits, are learned mander, Col. Ronald M. John- at an early age, so teaching your son, Military Saves Week begins children and teens about money Monday. The annual event en- management is important. courages military members and Financial training for Soldiers their Families to commit to sav- and spouses is available through ing money. It is part of the year- Monica Teel, Army Community round Military Saves campaign. Service personal financial readi- According to their website ness specialist. For more infor- www.militarysaves.org, Military mation or to schedule and ap- Saves is part of the Department pointment, call 353-7438. of Defense Financial Readiness Teel and Lynda Goodwin, Campaign and has been a part- the partnership specialist with ner with DoD since 2003. Child, Youth and School Ser- Military Saves is a social mar- vices, are providing a “Youth keting campaign to encourage military Families to save money Military Saves Training” Feb. every month so that they will 25 starting at 3 p.m. at Youth be better prepared for whatever Services. The content is geared expenses life may bring. to military youth (middle and Soldiers are encouraged to high school students). Seating visit the website and take the is limited so preregistration is Saver Pledge and to also attend requested. Walk-ins will be ac-The Chena River in downtown Fairbanks will be a hub of activity Saturday and Sunday dur- financial readiness training. To commodated as space allows. Toing the Tired Iron event, which includes a carnival atmosphere revolving around vintage be truly successful though, the sign up or for more information,snowmachine races, the 5th annual Brr-BQ barbecue cook-off and the finish of the Iron Dog whole Family needs to get in the call 361-9897.snowmachine race. (File photo)Social media: Fort Wainwright stays connected with various sitesContinued from page 1 use social media may be mirrors posts placed on sites. Pinterest categorizes diers, units and Families of newspaper is a weekly pub- surprised to learn they Facebook and Flickr. To interests into groups called our U.S. Army Alaska heri- lication and appears everyIt allows for the sharing of need not have an account follow us, go to www.twit- boards. It allows users to tage; a Fort Wainwright Friday on newsstandsinformation, event sched- with Facebook to view the ter.com/PAOFWA. share interests, comments Youth board highlights the throughout the post and inules and public notifica- garrison’s Facebook page, Everyone loves a pho- and links to build a catalog programs, achievements Family housing. To reachtions not only between in- since it’s open to the pub- to. Even if it isn’t a great ranging from foods, sports and support provided to an even wider audience,stallation Facebook pages, lic. Fort Wainwright’s of- photo, seeing an image and hobbies to business, military Families and the it is also available onlinebut to anyone who “likes” ficial page can be found at that’s familiar to us - like commerce and more. Fort Fort Wainwright Outdoor at www.wainwright.army.the page. The format also www.facebook.com/Fort- an event attended, place Wainwright’s Pinterest Recreation board shows mil/alaskapost.lends itself as a question- WainwrightPAO. visited or a special time page presently has seven what Alaskan outdoor ac- In the near future, theand-answer venue for pub- Tweets, tweeting and of the year - can grab boards of interest: Fort tivities are available. Pres- Fort Wainwright webpagelic use. Questions asked, tweeps are all part of the and hold our fascination Wainwright History board, ently a Social Media board will be getting a new look,when answered, are then lexicon associated with within the frame of that with imagery and infor- is in the works. This board making navigation sim-available to all viewers the quick, short, social picture. Flickr is an online mation on historic events, will showcase social me- pler and bringing a clean-who visit the page. Fort chat and networking ap- image-hosting site used buildings and places on dia sites representing Fort er look to the site withWainwright presently plication of Twitter. With by many to share images post; Physical Fitness Wainwright, local com- social media at the fore-has more than 30 official only 140 characters to and video with the world. board, with images of Sol- munity interest sites and front. We look forwardFacebook sites represent- work with, whatever in- Like most social media, diers, military Family and USARAK sites, all in one to hearing your input. Toing military, civilian and formation is to be passed it’s free for the basic user. civilians using fitness areas area. To visit the site, go visit the garrison’s homesupport organizations on, it must be ‘just the Imagery can be uploaded, around post; the Welcome to http://pinterest.com/fort- page, go to www.wain-on the installation. Each facts’ or have a hyper- cataloged and is search- to Alaska board introduces wainwright/ and make a wright.army.mil.site provides information, link to more information. able using keywords to some of the main units on comment on what’s pres- Come visit the socialfeedback and links to oth- Twitter account holders describe the photo. post with information and ent, what’s not and what media sites of Fort Wain-er sites on post and off. can be followers of other The Fort Wainwright’s links to contact them and you’d like to see. wright. Leave a comment;A note to those looking users, such as news or- Flickr page contains the installation newcom- Probably one of the ask a question or justfor information through ganizations, friends or nearly 7,000 images dat- ers’ guide; the Monterey most familiar media types browse, we look forwardFacebook sites represent- even companies, receiving ing back to 2009 and is Lakes Memorial Park is the base newspaper. Fort to meeting you in the so-ing Fort Wainwright or- a scrolling list of tweets available for searching board is in honor of the Sol- Wainwright’s Alaska Post cial media realm.ganizations: always look put out by other users. and downloading. Fortfor the words “Govern- Or they can be followed Wainwright imagery canment Organization” on themselves. Fort Wain- be found at www.flickr.the page’s description wright’s official Twitter com/fortwainwright.and a statement that it page primarily tweets a Pinterest is an onlineis the “official” Facebook stream of information social media site used topage for the organiza- and events pertaining to share interests with imag-tion. Those who don’t the installation and also es, words and links to other 13406187 ALASKA PETROLEUM DIST. AKPOST/AKPOST-GASOLI 3 x 2.75 RED
  5. 5. ALASKA POST News February 22, 2013New program educates, entertains and welcomes new parentsTrish Muntean, Well now you can. Fort “BACH is partnering baby check-up informa- but also to make this the about the services theyFort Wainwright PAO Wainwright Army Gar- with our friends at Gar- tion, a “skin-to-skin” pleasant, exciting, indi- provide. rison and Bassett Army rison in order to maxi- class which will teach vidualized experience To simplify the process What if you could make Community Hospital are mize and advertise all the importance of skin that bringing new lives of command sponsorshipjust one stop to get all the joining forces with more the services available to contact and bonding, in- into the world should be,” for your newest Familyinformation an expectant than 25 other agencies to brand new parents so formation on immuniza- said Maj. Christine Ryan, member, the Directorateparent or the parent of a present Diaper Daze Feb. they can fully enjoy some tions and more. Chief of Women’s Health, of Human Resources willnewborn could want? 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. of the most precious The hospital will also MEDDAC-AK. be there to provide infor- years with their new- offer information on Re- Family and Morale, mation. born,” said Col. Dennis lay Health (a secure mes- Welfare and Recreation The Armed Services LeMaster, commander saging system to contact will be on hand to talk to YMCA is giving away an of Medical Department providers by email in- people about some of the outfit and a $25 gift cer- Activity-Alaska. stead of phone), and pa- programs offered. tificate and the Exchange Felicia Jackson, the tient administration will In addition to informa- is donating diapers for director of the Plans, be on hand to help with tion about how to make baby bundles. Training, Mobilization information about birth baby food, “Child, Youth Other agencies sched- and Security director- certificates and pre-ad- and School Services will uled include FMWR, Di- ate said with more ba- missions. be offering an overview rectorate of Emergency bies due in the first six Those attending can of child care options and Services, the American months of 2013 than in also find information parent education oppor- Red Cross and others. all of 2012 (more than 40 on Women, Infants and tunities on Fort Wain- Jackson said that babies per month, with Children, Tricare insur- wright,” said Heather knowledge is not the 110 expected in March) ance and services provid- Bauer, program opera- only thing a person gets Fort Wainwright garrison ed by Arctic Health link, tions specialist at CYSS. from taking the time to and MEDDAC-AK decid- including how to receive “Families who need attend.Fort Wainwright’s newest Arctic Warriors - Here comethe babies. More children will be born to Fort Wainwright ed a consolidated event free over-the-counter full day child care can “New parents willFamilies in the first half of 2013 than all of last year (40- was needed to provide in- medications. add their child’s name to be provided with babyplus babies per month with more than 100 expected in formation, training and “I’m so proud of the the waiting list and paper bundles that will encom-March), according to Medical Department Activity-Alas- demonstrations on essen- extra efforts that Bas- registration packets will pass several neat littleka. The first one-stop shop event for new parents takes tials such as how to prop- sett employees have been be available,” she said. items,” she said. Indi-place Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bassett Army Com- erly install a car seat or making across the board - Army Community viduals need to attend amunity Hospital. Additional events are slated for March baby proof a home. both in the spotlight and Service’s New Parent majority of the booths in21, April 11 and May 9. Birth rates are expected to return MEDDAC-AK will be behind the scenes - to Support Group and Ex- order to qualify for theto normal this summer, with about 35 to 40 births pro- providing information make this experience for ceptional Family Mem- grand prizes.jected for June. (Illustration by Brian Schlumbohm/Fort on postpartum depres- our Families not only top- ber Program will be on For more informationWainwright PAO) sion and treatment, well- notch in terms of safety, hand with information call DPTMS, 353-9757.Soldiers band together, vow to quit tobaccoBrandy Ostanik, it,” said Johnson speak- range,” said Henley.MEDDAC-AK PAO ing of the difficulty he “We discussed that this had seeing his buddies would be a good time to Few people want to smoke. go through the process.be called a quitter, but a This time Johnson de- They have the supportgroup of seven Soldiers cided to not go through of each other and if theyfrom B Company, 1st the battle alone. go to the range withoutBattalion, 24th Infantry “I figured I tried ev- any cigarettes, it will beRegiment, 1st Stryker erything before except easier to refrain.”Brigade Combat Team, medication,” said John- According to Henley,25th Infantry Division, son. “I asked for the sup- a tobacco user has theare hoping to become port of my platoon, and potential to be most suc-quitters - this time for here we are.” cessful when they peoplegood. The group actually they live and work with The Soldiers attended showed up as a whole are refraining from to- Niki Rich, licensed practical nurse in Health Promotions, leads a tobacco cessationa tobacco cessation pro- at Arctic Health Link a bacco too. class for Soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Strykergram offered by the staff week prior to taking the The group of Soldiers Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Feb 13.at Arctic Health Link to class. is taking the responsibil-gain tools to help them “The whole crowd ity of holding each other all those quitting tobac- meet with a physician’s and lastly Chantix.through their journey showed up looking for accountable seriously. co, with support and ac- assistant to determine if Beneficiaries can re-of quitting tobacco, Feb. support,” said Cindy Hen- While there will be no countability through the there is a need for medi- ceive these over the13. ley, Public Health Nurse ramifications, other than Tobacco Cessation Pro- cation to assist in the counter and prescription Staff Sgt. Benjamin for Medical Department giving those who start us- gram. quitting process. medications for no cost,Johnson was credited by Activity – Alaska, “Un- ing tobacco again a hard The program begins According to the -more-the group as being the fortunately our sched- time, there is a commit- with a four-hour class of- American Cancer Soci- two weeks at a time.leading force behind the uled classes were already ment to reward them if fered in a group setting ety, studies have shown Every two weeks par-decision. Johnson, who full, but we found a way they are successful. with 10 to 20 partici- that medication and sup- ticipants are required toquit smoking after re- to support them.” Group member, and pants. During this initial port used together can meet with a member ofturning from deployment Rather than sending platoon sergeant, Sgt. class, participants are double a person’s chance the smoking cessationlast year and refrained the group away to wait 1st Class James Sink, has given tools and tips on of successfully stopping team in order to contin-for the duration of block for spots in a March it- promised to give a four- how to deal with stress, the use of tobacco. ue to receive the medica-leave, picked up the hab- eration of the program, day pass to everyone who determine triggers and A three-tiered system tion.it once again when he re- Henley and her team makes it tobacco-free for learn about foods and of medication is offered To enroll in the pro-turned to his unit. created a class just for 90 days. beverages which increase through the program, gram, or to schedule a “Not to blame anyone, the group. The team at Arctic tobacco cravings. starting with nicotine re- class for a group, callbut I started again be- “They are getting Health Link is prepared Before leaving the ini- placement therapy such Arctic Health Link atcause I’m always around ready to go out to the to assist the group, and tial class, participants as patches, then Zyban 361-4148. Army team takes it to the wire against Air Force 21406685 FAIRBANKS PUBLISHING AK POST/AK POST-NIE 2 x 6.0 RED The Air Force goal keeper went splay-legged to stop a valiant effort by Army center Cody King (12) at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Feb. 16, during the Commander’s Cup Hockey game. The Commander’s Cup is an annual event during Hockey Week in Fairbanks that pits players from Fort Wainwright against a team from Eielson Air Force Base. Air Force won the game 8-7 during a shoot-out, after the two teams finished tied at the end of three periods. (Photo by Brian Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright PAO) 22406464 LIBERTY TAX
  6. 6. February 22, 2013 COMMUNITY CALENDAR ALASKA POSTFriday – 22nd FAMILY DAY SHOOT, noon to 5 p.m., Fischer Skeet Range, building 1172. Call 353-7869. POLAR BEAR BOWL, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654.PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES, Fairbanks LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nug-North Star Borough schools Monday – 25th get Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654.LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nug-get Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. YOUTH SAVES TRAINING, 3 p.m., building 4109, TURBO KICK, 5 to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, Youth Services. Seating is limited, reserve space by building 3709. Call 353-7223.VA BRIEFING, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Welcome Cen- calling 353-7438 or sign up with the Financial Readi-ter basement, building 3401,. Call 353-2113. ness manager, 361-9897. CORE TRAINING, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Physical Fitness Thursday – 28thSTORY HOUR: Hockey theme, 4 p.m., post library,building 3700. No cost. Call 353-2642. Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. BABY SIGNS: SIGN, SING and PLAY CLASSES, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Last Frontier Community Activity Center,COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and building 1044. No cost. Call 353-7372..Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. ROMP AND STOMP PLAYGROUP, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Last Frontier Community Activity Center, building1044.Saturday – 23rd FAME CHILD CARE SESSIONS, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. to noon; 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fit- No cost. Call 353-7372.WINTER CARNIVAL, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Outdoor Rec- ness Center, building 3452. Cost is $35 per month, LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,reation Center, building 4050. No cost. Call 361-6349. per child, per session. Pre-registration is open for the March sessions. Call 353-9137. Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353- 2654.GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 10 to 11a.m. Physical Fit-ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon to 1 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. NIGHT SKIING, 4 to 8 p.m., Birch Hill Ski and Snow- board Area, building 1172. Call 353-6795.YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 11 a.m. to noon, Physical Fit-ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical Fit- ness Center, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7223. EMOTION COACHING, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., CDC I, build- ing 4024. Call 353-7713.EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM TUB-ING DAY, 12:45 to 3 p.m., Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard TURBO KICK, 5 to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center,Area, building 1172. Call 353-4243. building 3709. Call 353-7223. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; 5 to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. CallZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 1 to 2 p.m., Physical Fit- BOUNCY HUT NIGHT, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Last Frontier Com- 353-7223.ness Center, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. munity Activity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755. HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS,YOUTH FIELD TRIP, 1 p.m., Youth Center, building noon to 12:45 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building4109. Call 361-5437. Tuesday – 26th 3709. Call 353-7223.CHESS CLUB, 3 to 4 p.m., Last Frontier Community LEAPS FOR LEARNING, 10:30 a.m. to noon, MurphyActivity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755. Hall, building 1045. Cost is $50 per month. Ages 2 to 5. Friday – March 1st Call 353-7713.WINTER SERIES OF POKER, 6 to 7 p.m., the Warrior FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.Zone, building 3205. DoD cardholders 18 and older. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; 5 to and10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, build-Call 353-1087. 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call ing 3452. Call 353-9137. 353-7223.COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes FAME CHILD CARE SESSIONS, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 10:30Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. PREGNANCY FITNESS, 11 a.m. to noon, Physical Fit- a.m. to noon; 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Cen- ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. ter, building 3452. Cost is $35 per month, per child, per session. Pre-registration begins the 20th of the monthSunday – 24th HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS, for the next month’s sessions. Call 353-9137. noon to 12:45 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, buildingCATHOLIC SERVICES, 8 and 11 a.m., Catholic Mass; 3709. Call 353-7223. LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 210 a.m. Catholic religious education, Southern Lights p.m., Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702.Chapel, building 4107. Call 353-9825. YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical Fitness Call 353-2654. Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.GOSPEL SERVICES, 1 p.m. Gospel worship service, STORY HOUR CRAFTS: US HOCKEY CELEBRATION,Bassett Army Community Hospital, third-floor confer-ence room, building 4076. Call 353-9825. Wednesday – 27th 4 p.m., post library, building 3700. No cost. Call 353-2642.PROTESTANT SERVICES, 10 a.m., Sunday school. COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes CORE TRAINING, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Physical Fitness11 a.m., Sunday Protestant worship Northern Lights Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137 Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.Chapel, building 3430. Call 353-9825. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, building Saturday – March 2nd 3452. Call 353-9137. WINTER CARNIVAL, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Outdoor Rec- FAME CHILD CARE SESSIONS, care times start reation Center, building 4050. No cost. Call 361-6349. and end within 15 minutes of FAME fitness sessions, Melaven Fitness Center, building 3452. Cost is $35 per GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 10 to 11 a.m. Physical Fit- month, per child, per session. Pre-registration begins ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Feb. 20 for the March sessions. Call 353-9137. YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Physical GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon to 1 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Fort Wainwright PAO Find us online 13406125 Fort Wainwright VIP CLEANERS www.wainwright.mil AK POST/AK Facebook 13406126 POST-STV www.facebook.com/ fortwainwright AMERICAN TIRE WRHSE 1 x 3.0 Flickr AK POST/AK POST www.flickr.com/photos/ fortwainwright 2 x 8.0 13407945 Twitter twitter.com/PAOFWA FAIRBANKS PUBLISHING AK POST/AK POST-TIRE 2 x 6.0 11407452 FAIRBANKS ORTHODON- TIC GROUP AK POST/AK POST 2 x 3.0 40405992 TRUE NORTH FEDERAL CREDIT AK POST/AK POST 6 x 2.0
  7. 7. ALASKA POST FOR YOUR INFORMATION February 22, 2013 sistance workshops on post. Learn how to job-search, infant care college night develop your resume, practice interviewing, under- stand networking and negotiate salary and benefits. Military Family College Night is Tuesday at 5:30 Limited space is available and advance registration is p.m. in the youth center. There will be presentations required for the three-day workshops. For more in- by representatives from local universities, the Edu- formation, contact the Army Career and Alumni Pro- cation Center, the Army and Air Force to talk about gram, 353-2113. college options. Information will be provided on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. For more information, call the School community news Liaison Office, 361-9897. Receive a weekly calendar of events offered in Fair- hockey week banks, North Pole and other towns via email. Using subject line: Subscribe, send an email to pao.fwa@ us.army.mil. Hockey Week in Fairbanks continues this weekend as the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes on Michi- gan State at the Carlson Center tonight and Satur- off-limits day, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the UAF- Ice Dogs-Gold Kings alumni game, announcement of At the direction of the commanding officers of Eiel- the Back Yard Ice Rink contest, free-skate sharpening son Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright, the follow- and power skating clinics. For more information, con- ing locations are declared off-limits to military per- tact Randy Zarnke at itrap@gci.net or call 452-6857. sonnel assigned or attached to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright: The Smoke Shop, 334 Old Steese Highway The Scentz, 1616 Cushman Street Mr. Rock and Roll, 1452 Cushman Street Mr. Rock and Roll II, 2016 College Road Still Smoking Tobacco and Gifts, 516 Old Steese Parents of newborns and Fort Wainwright Families The Smoke Shop and The Scentz are off-limits toexpecting a child are encouraged to attend the first- military personnel permanently per the Armed Forc-ever Diaper Daze event co-hosted by Fort Wainwright es Disciplinary Control Board and are being recom-Garrison and Basset Army Community Hospital mended to be placed permanently off-limits to U.S.Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bassett. There will be Army Alaska Command and Eielson’s commander.giveaways, demonstrations, an information fair and The other establishments remain permanently offclasses. For more information, call the Directorate limits to Air Force and Army personnel.of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at 353-9757 or 353-6612. csc scholarships free spaghetti free child dental screenings The Fort Wainwright Community Spouses Club Wainwright on Wednesday, or WOW, is provided by offers a scholarship program for Army Families. The Dental Activity-Alaska is inviting military Families volunteers every week at 5:30 p.m. in the Northern deadline to submit application packages is March 14.to bring their children age 12 months to 12 years for Lights Chapel. The program offers free food, fellowship Information and applications are on the CSC website,free dental exams Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, in and an opportunity to grow - with classes for youth, at www.wainwrightcsc.org (click on The Latest News)honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. a course for children and a group oriented towards or visit www.facebook.com/WainwrightCSCThese exams are provided every Saturday in Febru- parenting children. WOW also offers Bible studies forary at the Kamish Dental Clinic, building 3406, next both men and women. The Northern Lights Chapel is motorcycle safetyto Burger King. For more information call Sgt. Dan- in building 3430 at the corner of Rhineland and Lu-ikka Guinn, 353-2917. zon avenues. For more information call 353-9825 The garrison Safety Office has posted motorcycle training classes at https://apps.imcom.army.milAIRS. barbecue contest job fair Soldiers who want to ride this summer are required to complete the necessary course or courses before The Alaska State Barbecue Association’s fifth annu- The Spring Job and Internship Fair takes place taking to the road. For more information contactal Brr B-Q competition in conjunction with the Tired Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Greg Sanches at gregory.j.sanches.civ@mail.mil orIron vintage snowmachine races on the Chena River in Alaska Fairbanks in the Wood Center. Employers will call 353-7079.downtown Fairbanks Saturday. All backyard grillmas- be on campus to fill positions in engineering, business,ters are encouraged to participate in this one-of-kind social services and other sectors. There will be job po- seward savingsexperience. Soldiers and members of the Fort Wain- sitions for full-time, part-time and seasonal work, sowright community have already registered to show make sure to have a complete, up-to-date resume onthey can cook the best chicken and ribs, no matter what UAF Career Connect. A link to the Career Connect The military resort at Seward is offering a 15 per-the temperature, and are throwing down a challenge. site and an up-to-date list of employers participating cent discount on lodging and deep sea fishing reser-Dress warm and fire up the cookers. For more informa- at the job fair will be available at www.uaf.edu/career. vations for use May 27 through June 15. For moretion, visit http://alaskabbq.org or call 750-2888. Make sure to check here for an updated list of em- information on the Early Bird Special, call Family, ployers recruiting at the Spring Job and Internship Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff, (907) 224-5559 Fair this year. or toll-free, (800) 770-1858. View military charter fishing videos, the resort and winter program infor- mation online at www.sewardresort.com. tax center Active-duty, military retirees from all branches and remove ice and snow their Family members who have simple personal in- come tax returns are eligible for tax assistance service. The Fort Wainwright Fire Department would like Returns may be filed electronically whether you are get- to remind everyone to please keep fire hydrants vis- ting a refund or you owe taxes. Only taxes prepared by ible and accessible during the winter months. Soldiers, a Fort Wainwright Tax Assistance Center staff member Families and civilian employees can help by keeping can be electronically filed at the Tax Assistance Center. snow cleared at least three feet around fire hydrants. The Tax Assistance Center is located in building 1051- Please also keep a path clear from the hydrant to the 9 near the law center on the north side of Fort Wain- road. This can help firefighters quickly find and use wright. Walk-in customers are welcome, but customers the fire hydrant to fight a fire, which can save precious with appointments take priority. For more information time to save lives and property. Keep the sidewalks and or to schedule an appointment call 353-2613. entries clear of excess snow. All exit doors, mechanical room doors, sprinkler and standpipe connections should be kept free of snow and ice. Continued diligence will employment workshop improve the fire department’s access to the building and fire suppression systems in the event of a fire or medical Mandatory for Soldiers and recommended for emergency. Thank you for your assistance. If you have spouses, the Alaska Department of Labor Veterans’ an emergency - police, fire or medical - remember to dial Employment representatives present transition-as- 911. 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