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  • 1. ALASKA POST RECYCLED Recycled material is used in the making of our newsprint an edition of the Home of the Arctic Warriors Vol. 4, No. 7 Fort Wainwright, Alaska February 15, 2013Alaska’s Top 40 includes Army civilian employees Allen Shaw, provement; develops and mon- Fort Wainwright PAO itors the garrison customer service program; supports unit Two civilian leaders from stationing actions and works the United States Army Gar- behind the scenes to support rison Fort Wainwright were the Fort Wainwright commu- named as part of the “Top nity. “I personally take pride Forty under 40” by the Alas- in knowing that every day I am kan Journal of Commerce Feb. working to make life better for 1, according to Morris Media Soldiers and their Families,” Network Management. Mi- she said. chael Campbell, commercial Campbell’s work at Fort sponsorship and advertising Wainwright is a natural com- manager, Directorate of Fam- plement for his love of commu- ily and Morale, Welfare and nity service, he said. His work Recreation, and Angela Major, often takes him into the com- chief, Plans, Analysis and In- munity, building partnerships tegration Office, were chosen between local businesses and from more than 140 individu- Fort Wainwright’s DFMWR als and 200 submissions. mission of providing events “With Top Forty under 40 and services for the Army honorees from Ketchikan to Family. “I just love my commu- North Pole, we are pleased to nity,” Campbell said. “I am a have a statewide representa- direct reflection of my commu- tion in the 2013 class,” said An- nity and my upbringing. The drew Jensen, managing editor fact that I can better my com- of the Alaska Journal of Com- munity means a lot to me.” merce. “This is an outstanding The Alaska Journal of Com- group of young people making merce was established in 1977 a difference both profession- and began recognizing the ally and personally throughout state’s top young professionals, Alaska in the private, public younger than age 40 in 1998. and non-profit sectors. The Candidates have to be younger future of the state is truly in than 40 years-old as of Jan. 1, good hands.” 2013. They must live and work Col. Ronald M. Johnson, in Alaska year-round, have commander, United States demonstrated professional ex- Army Garrison Fort Wain- cellence in their field and dis- wright, said, “This is an in- play a commitment to the com- credible achievement and both munity. Mike and Angela should be “We are all very proud of Mike extremely proud. Not only is and Angela,” Johnson said. this an outstanding individu- The 2013 “Top Forty under al achievement for them, it is 40” class will be honored April representative of the quality of 5 in Anchorage at the Hotel our civilian employees here at Captain Cook. Doors will open Fort Wainwright.” at 11:30 a.m. and the event will Major has served the Army run from noon to 1 p.m. as a Soldier and as a civil- For more information onMike Campbell, commercial sponsorship and advertising manager, Directorate of Family and Morale, ian for more than a decade. this distinguished award,Welfare and Recreation, and Angela Major (right), chief, Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, were She now serves as an advisor visit www.alaskajournal.com/chosen from more than 140 individuals and 200 submissions as part of the “Top Forty under 40” by to the garrison commander. Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/the Alaskan Journal of Commerce. Both are Army Civilian Corps employees on Fort Wainwright. Also The PAIO develops the gar- January-Issue-5-2013/2013-pictured is Lisa Herbert, executive director of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and wife of United rison strategic plan, promotes Top-Forty-Under-40-States Air Force, Master Sgt. Pete Herbert. (Courtesy photo) sustainability and process im- Announced/#ixzz2Jx9Vf200.Noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the Quarter recognizedStory and photos by more boards you do, theBrian Schlumbohm, less nervous you get Up-Fort Wainwright PAO dike said, “no, it’s proba- bly the opposite. You want The U.S. Army Alaska to perform to a level whereNoncommissioned O- you feel like you’re repre-fficer and Soldier of the senting yourself well. It’sQuarter recognition cer- also a chance to representemony took place Tues- your organization to allday in Fort Wainwright’s the senior leaders.”Assembly Building. Both Updike arrived at Fortmilitary and civilian Wainwright in 2011 andleaders came together in was deployed to Afghani-congratulating and rec- stan. His most recent as-ognizing the outstanding signments are Headquar-achievements of the two ters and HeadquartersSoldiers. Company’s Retention Staff Sgt. Sean Up- noncommissioned officerdike, Brigade Troops Bat- and alternate Unit Move-talion, Headquarters and ment Officer. Updike hasHeadquarters Company, a Bachelor’s degree in1st Stryker Brigade Com- secondary education so-bat Team, 25th Infantry cial studies from IndianaDivision, was selected as University and is marriedthe NCO of the Quarter, to Seeum Kim Updike. wife and mother, but I am Denali in June. She is has three children with only Soldier of the Quar-1st Quarter, 2013, and Updike said his advice really proud of what I’m currently enrolled in one on the way. ter, but also a promotionSgt. Eliana Ortiz, D Com- to anyone participating doing. I love the Army, I American Military Uni- Ortiz’s platoon lead- to sergeant. “I send allpany, 1st Battalion, 52nd in this would be to “Keep love my Family, so I have versity pursuing a bach- er, Sgt. 1st Class Laura the junior Soldiers overAviation Regiment, 16th challenging yourself, and a lot of motivation.” elor’s degree in Trans- Hull said, “We are all to Ortiz,” said Hull, “ICombat Aviation Brigade stepping outside your Ortiz arrived at Fort portation and Logistics very proud of her.” The couldn’t pick a better(Alaska), was selected as comfort zone.” Wainwright in 2011 and management. She has a quarter board was held mentor for any of theseSoldier of the Quarter, Ortiz said, “It is a chal- was assigned to D/1-52nd, three-year college degree on the same day as the young Soldiers.” (Photos1st Quarter, 2013. lenge to be a woman in where she was deployed in International Busi- promotion board and Or- by Brian Schlumbohm/ “You would think the the military, pregnant, a as a part of Task Force ness. She is married and tiz met both, earning not Fort Wainwright PAO) Weekend Weather BRIEFs Black History Month Diaper Daze Fort Wainwright’s Black History Month Fort Wainwright garrison and Bassett Army observance will be at the Physical Fitness Community Hospital are sponsoring Diaper Friday Saturday Sunday Center Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. John Quarles, Daze, an information fair for expectant parents Cloudy, chance of snow Mostly cloudy Cloudy deputy director, 413th Expeditionary Con- and parents of newborns. There will be give- tracting Command, will be the guest speaker. aways, car seat checks, and information on the Highs in the lower teens Highs around Highs around zero Persons without military ID cards must stop Women, Infant, Children program, post-partum Lows around -10 5 above Lows around -20 at the gate to get a pass. depression, and much more. Light winds Lows: -10 to -15 Night: chance of snow 17407803 SN/ BIRCHWOOD HOMES
  • 2. CommentaryFebruary 15, 2013 ALASKA POST Financial readinessMaj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, cial readiness. Leaders must rest of their lives. also provides training and ex-U.S. Army Alaska Commanding train every Soldier on how to Leaders should know which pertise on financially planningGeneral keep personal finances in or- of their Soldiers have yet to before permanent change of der. This will go a long way file their 2012 taxes and if station moves that every junior As a commander, readiness toward preventing personal necessary offer them guid- enlisted Soldier must take ad-is one of my top priorities. I am matters and financial emer- ance on how to file. There are vantage of when they receiveresponsible for making sure gencies from impacting your tax-filing services available on orders to leave Alaska. Leadersour units have the personnel, unit’s mission readiness. base that are free for Soldiers. at every level must familiarizeequipment, training and re- I have seen Soldiers bur- I recommend leaders encour- themselves with all the othersources necessary to complete dened with substantial debts age Soldiers with debt to use training programs availabletheir assigned missions. My endure life-changing conse- any tax returns to pay down through ACS.first 12 years in the Army were quences to their marriages, the debts they already have We must all recognize thatspent with the Ranger bat- financial futures and careers. rather than using the money financial readiness is missiontalions where I received what Stress caused by troubled fi- as a down payment on a new readiness. We have a respon-I consider the educational nances is a leading cause of debt. This is good advice for sibility to be as prepared asequivalent of a PhD in training divorce. Many troops don’t leaders to give Soldiers who possible to defend this nation.management. The experience realize that bad credit, bank- receive Alaska Permanent That applies down through ev-and knowledge I acquired as a ruptcies and large amounts of Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, Fund dividends as well. ery echelon of command to thejunior officer became the foun- debt can prevent them from U.S. Army Alaska Commanders have tools individual Soldier.dation for all that I have ac- Commanding General obtaining or keeping a securi- available to them for educat- I enjoy every day I get tocomplished in my career. The ty clearance. It is not uncom- ing themselves and their Sol- spend wearing this uniformprinciples I learned for man- mon for company command- have never had consistent in- diers on financial readiness. and serving our Soldiers. Iaging the training of a platoon ers and first sergeants to be come before joining the Army Army Community Service is would like to express my grati-are still the base principles I contacted by creditors seek- frequently have the hardest a wonderful resource staffed tude to each of you for volun-use to manage the training of a ing help to recoup debts from time learning to manage their with professional budget edu- teering to serve the Americandivision-level command. a Soldier. This is often the personal finances. They often cators who offer free classes people and defend our Con- I believe that if our leaders creditor’s final effort before go from having very little and training to our Soldiers stitution. The life of a Soldierinstill proper principles into moving forward with legal spending money before basic and their Families. ACS of- is a demanding one and I ap-our Soldiers, these principles action and possible court-or- training to regular paychecks fers monthly personal finan- preciate the sacrifice each ofwill help ensure their contin- dered garnishment of wages. and multiple credit cards at cial readiness classes that are you has made for the honor ofued success throughout their Many Soldiers, especially their first duty station. With- mandatory for every first-term serving in our Army. I ask thatcareers and lives. Once Sol- first-termers, have never been out exercising financial re- Soldier to attend. If Soldiers you continue to give your bestdiers have been trained to per- taught how to create or man- straint, these temptations haven’t received this training every single day and I promiseform a task correctly, they will age a budget, what a variable can result in debts and fi- prior to arriving in Alaska, I to do the same.always know what right looks percentage rate is or the true nancial consequences that expect leaders to make sure Arctic Warrior!like. This is also true for finan- cost of credit. Soldiers who can trouble Soldiers for the they get the training here. ACS Arctic Tough!Financial readiness program 2013 Digital Arts Festival Brian Schlumbohm, on their ‘digital canvas’ as they like.prepares you for life Fort Wainwright PAO Zac Hart, training specialist at Hart said the prefabricated back- grounds, objects and images allow the youths to make decisions on how to ar-Staff report and numerous other subjects Soldiers Fort Wainwright’s School Age Servic- range and place objects in their art.Fort Wainwright PAO and their Families may find helpful. es, points to a display board with art The process teaches them to under- Teel said one-on-one counseling is pieces being created by budding artists stand the elements of art as in back- If you’re working toward the goal of available for budgeting, payment plan- at the center. As part of this month’s ground and foreground use; horizonhaving more money in your pocket at ning, debt liquidation, reconciling bank theme from the Boys and Girls Club’s line placement; placing objects for bal-the end of the year than you did at the accounts, credit reports and credit re- Digital Arts Festival, Hart is working ance and emphasis while allowing thembeginning, Army Community Service pair, consumer advocacy issues, and with youths on the National Gallery to try new things without wasting pa-can help with their Financial Readiness planning for PCS, ETS, retirement or of Arts’ interactive art webpage where per or materials. A reset button allowsProgram. major purchases. they can create original pieces of art the digital artists to clean the canvas if It offers classes for Bank Account Soldiers and their families should al- using various interactive tools, images it just wasn’t working for them.Management, Credit and Credit Re- ways be working towards the next PCS and themes. The artwork developed by childrenports, Budgeting and Debt Liquidation, move or leaving active service, Teel “Designed to increase kids’ engage- in the grades kindergarten through 6thConsumer Awareness and Large Pur- said. There are briefings that teach ment in art.,” Hart said, the site allows will be on display throughout the facil-chases, Saving and Investing, Fi- how to plan and work towards the youths to create their own artwork ity at building 4166. For more informa-nancial Planning for Deployment, their goals. Or they can come online using a digital canvas, placing tion, call 361-7394. To find out morePCS/ETS Moves and Personal to Teel for individual coun- images and backgrounds from catalogs about this online, interactive art, go toFinancial Readiness. seling to plan on how to of templates and objects. http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm. Monica Teel, best use their income The online interactive site is edu- Presently, kids’ fine arts are beingFinancial Readi- and spouse income cational and ranges from creating art displayed at the Last Frontier Commu-ness Program to reduce their debt with American folk art from the 18th nity Activities Center, building 1044manager said the and save for the fu- and 19th centuries, natural and man- and in coming weeks, a display show-Personal Financial ture. made objects and images of paper, stone ing photographs taken by children atReadiness Class is “I am also avail- and wood, still-life objects, abstract the center will be shown there as well.given on a regular able to help spous- design and collages, architecture and The Boys and Girls Club of Americabasis for first- es that do not have even jungle themes. It is all interactive have more details about the 2013 Digi-term Soldiers, strong financial for kids to shrink or enlarge, colorize, tal Arts Festival at http://dafgallery.privates to cor- management skills lighten or darken and place anywhere bgca.net/index.html?cat=Graphic.porals and get set up for tak-specialists, ing over the fi-but spous- nances,” Teel said.es and oth- “An individualer ranks are session might in-also encour- clude goal-setting,aged to attend. planning for future The class cov- expenses, changesers subjects such as in income, and emer-principles of personal gencies. I also assistfinance, banking and check- with bank-accounting accounts, using credit wisely, management and payday plan-saving and investing, setting goals and ning to avoid missed payments andbudgeting, getting insurance, large pur- negative bank-account balances. Ifchases and consumer scams. the client requests, I am available to Topics of discussion include family schedule recurring checkups through- Zac Hart, training specialist, School Age Services, shows some of the digital mas-financial issues, shared responsibility, out the deployment to see if they are terpieces being created at the School Age Center. (Photo by Brian Schlumbohm/finances and children, protecting your on track or if adjustments to the plan Fort Wainwright PAO)family and military specific issues such need to be made in order for them to ALASKA POSTas deployment, relocation, benefits and reach their goals.”transitioning into civilian life. For more information on the Army It also covers potential problems, bank Community Service Financial Readi-accounts, credit cards and identity theft ness Program, call Teel at 353-7438. Home of the Arctic Warriors The ALASKA POST is authorized by Army EDITORIAL STAFF Regulation 360-1 and is published by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, a private firm in no way connected Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander 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 from its readers and will publish letters, articles Command Information Chief or photos submitted at least one week prior to the Connie Storch next publication. The ALASKA POST reserves the right to edit or reject submissions. All submitted Editor 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 patronage without regard to race, color, religion, Brian Schlumbohm gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical Allen Shaw handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Editorial Contributors office is located on Ft. Wainwright in Building 1047 Staff Sgt. Trish McMurphy, U.S. Army Alaska PAO #1; Mailing address is Public Affairs Office, 1060 Gaffney Road, 5900, Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703. Call Brandy Ostanik, MEDDAC-AK PAO 353-6779 or 353-6701, or send emails to pao.fwa@ Capt. Patrick Bracken, 5-1 Cav us.army.mil The ALASKA POST – Home of the Arctic Warriors
  • 3. News ALASKA POST February 15, 2013Increase your finanical readiness IQ Need help understanding Credit card agreement: A unemployed, disabled, or meet Late-payment fee: A fee payment or if you exceed youryour credit card statement? document that outlines the terms other criteria covered by your charged if your payment is re- credit limit.This simple list from the Feder- and conditions for using your contract. ceived after the due date. Periodic rate: The rate youal Reserve can help you under- credit card. It is your contract Debt suspension coverage: Membership fee: See an- are charged each billing period.stand features of your monthly with your credit card company. Stops your payments during pe- nual fee. For many credit card plans, thecredit card statement. For more Credit counseling service: A riods of unemployment, disabil- Minimum interest charge: periodic rate is a monthly rate,financial information from the service that employs credit coun- ity, or other situations covered The minimum amount of inter- calculated by dividing the APRfederal reserve and other agen- selors who will look at your finan- by your contract. You will still est you will be charged if you by twelve. For example, a cred-cies, visit https://www.facebook. cial situation and help develop need to pay back the debt after are charged any interest. For it card with a 24 percent APRcom/CFPBMilitary. repayment options. They may be the situation ends. example, if your total interest has a monthly periodic rate of able to negotiate with your credit Default APR: See penalty APR. charge is $0.75 but the credit 2 percent.Affinity card: A card that of- card company. 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  • 4. February 15, 2013 News ALASKA POSTBlack History Month theme links historic events at crossroadsBrian Schlumbohm, Americans gathered in Washington,Fort Wainwright PAO D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and February is African American Black Freedom. Organized by a number ofHistory Month, honoring the many con- civil rights and religious groups, thetributions and sacrifices made by Afri- event was designed to bring attentioncan Americans in the forming of the to the political and social challenges Af-nation and in the defense of the United rican Americans faced across the coun-States of America. try. The march, which became a key mo- This year’s theme, “At the Crossroads ment in the growing struggle for civilof Freedom and Equality: The Emanci- rights in the United States, culminatedpation Proclamation and the March on in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have aWashington,” commemorates two very Dream” speech, a spirited call for racialimportant events in our history and the justice and equality.progress of a nation. Fort Wainwright’s African Ameri- This year is the 150th anniversary can Black History Month observanceof the Emancipation Proclamation, de- is slated for Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in theclared on January 1, 1863, by President Physical Fitness Center. John Quar-Abraham Lincoln. The presidential or- les, deputy director, 413th Expedition-der declared “that all persons held as ary Contracting Command, will be theslaves” within the rebel states “are, guest speaker. Co-hosts, the 1st Strykerand henceforward shall be free.” And Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantrywith that would also be established the Division and the U.S. Army Alaskarecruitment of African Americans into Equal Opportunity Office encouragethe military. As a presidential order, the members of the public to attend. Civil-Emancipation Proclamation was not ians without Department of Defense IDa law passed by Congress, so Lincoln cards must stop at the main gate visi-pressed for the abolition of slavery to tors’ center and present valid driver’sbecome an amendment to the Constitu- license, proof of insurance and vehicletion. The 13th Amendment was passed registration for a pass. For more infor-by Congress Jan. 31, 1865, and later mation about the installation’s obser-would be ratified by the states Dec. 6, vance, call 353-9234.1865. To find out more information on the This year also is a milepost as the Emancipation Proclamation and the50th anniversary of the March on Wash- March on Washington visit the Libraryington. of Congress website, www.loc.gov or On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 view videos at www.history.com.This year’s theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation On Aug. 28, 1963, thousands were drawn to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. toProclamation and the March on Washington. For more information, call Master Sgt. be part of what would become a historic event: the March on Washington for JobsPaul Wayfield, 353-9234. (File photo) and Freedom. (File photo)CSA tells senators sequestration would impact readinessCody Starken, has already begun, and about 3,100Army News Service temporary and term employees have been terminated. Furloughs, budget cuts and curtail- This sequestration means curtailingment of training could significantly im- training of 80 percent of ground forces,pact Army readiness if sequestration affecting basic war-fighting skills. Itis allowed to take place March 1, Chief could also introduce a critical shortfallof Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno in areas such as aviation, intelligencetold lawmakers Tuesday morning. and engineering, Odierno said. Odierno testified to the Senate Armed Personnel, training, and equipmentServices Committee, along with Deputy weren’t the only things discussed re-Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, garding sequestration. Local businessand the other military service chiefs, will be affected as well.regarding sequestration. “In the Army, we are going to have Sequestration would trigger an ap- to reduce purchase orders from 3,000proximate 10-percent budget cut across small companies,” said Odierno. “Fromthe government March 1, in accordance an Army prospective, it will hit thewith a clause in the National Defense small companies, which are really dev-Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013, astating .”unless Congress and the president can The National Guard was present toreach a compromise before then. express their challenges due to seques- “The fiscal outlook that the Army faces tration.in fiscal year 13 is dire, and to my knowl- “Full sequestration and the year-edge, unprecedented,” Odierno said. long resolution will directly impact the Since 2008, the total Army budget readiness of our units and will have anwill have been reduced by 37 percent. impact on the full range of our NationalIf sequestration is enacted, it will be Guard activities,” he said. “In the areagreater than 45 percent. This reduces of personnel: a government, civilian,the ability to reset the force, and delays and military-technician hiring freezeall the modernization programs the compounded by a 22-day furlough will Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified to the Senate ArmedArmy currently funds, he said. limit our ability to train and maintain Services Committee, March 8, 2012. He testified again Feb. 11, 2013, about how se- “We simply cannot take the readiness our National Guard forces,” said Gen. questration would affect the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade)of our force for granted. If we do not Frank Grass, chief of the Army Nation-have the resources to train and equip al Guard.the force, our Soldiers, our young men The Army, as well as the rest of theand women, are the ones who will pay services, implores resolution to happenthe price, potentially with their lives,” soon to prevent sequestration from oc-said Odierno. curring and affecting the overall readi- The Army will also have constraints ness of the forces.on military training and readiness, Odi- “I know what it takes to prepare thiserno said, and activities will face bud- nation’s sons and daughters for war. Iget cuts for the current fiscal year and know what it takes to grow leaders inbeyond. Even though current military our Army. I know what is required topersonnel are spared, civilian employ- send Soldiers into combat, and I’ve seenees will be affected through layoffs and the consequences when they are sentfurloughs. An Army-wide hiring freeze unprepared,” said Odierno. SOLDIERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING Have a Plan, Call Someone. 353-6610
  • 5. ALASKA POST News February 15, 2013Former Army Soldier awarded Medal of HonorC. Todd Lopez, During the fight, the pe- The White House ceremony this American team, including his actions, it was dozens ofArmy News rimeter of COP Keating was was attended by several hun- those who made the ultimate Soldiers. From that battle, breached by the enemy. Ro- dred, including lawmakers, de- sacrifice.” Soldiers earned 37 Army Com- President Barack Obama mesha, who was injured in the fense leaders, Romesha’s fam- Included among those who mendation Medals, 27 Purpleplaced the Medal of Honor battle, led the fight to protect ily, and team members from died in the fighting that day Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars andaround the neck of former the bodies of fallen Soldiers, Romesha’s own Bravo Troop, in Afghanistan were, Staff Sgt. nine Silver Stars, the presidentArmy Staff Sgt. Clinton Rome- provide cover to those Soldiers 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Justin Gallegos, Sgt. Chris- said.sha during a ceremony in the seeking medical assistance, and Regiment, 4th Brigade Com- topher Griffin, Sgt. Joshua “These men were outnum-East Room of the White House, reclaim the American outpost bat Team, 4th Infantry Divi- Hardt, Sgt. Joshua Kirk, Spc. bered, outgunned and almostTuesday. that would later be deemed sion. Also there was Secretary Stephan Mace, Staff Sgt. Ver- overrun,” Obama said. “Look- Romesha is the fourth living “tactically indefensible.” of Defense Leon E. Panetta, non Martin, Sgt. Michael Scu- ing back, one of them said, ‘I’mservice member to receive the “Throughout history, the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. sa, and Pfc. Kevin Thomson. surprised any of us made itmedal for service in Operation question has often been asked, Ray Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of “Each of these patriots gave out.’ But they are here today.Iraqi Freedom or Operation why? Why do those in uniform the Army Raymond F. Chan- their lives looking out for each And I would ask these Soldiers,Enduring Freedom. The former take such extraordinary risks? dler III. other,” Obama said. “In a battle this band of brothers, to standSoldier earned the Medal of And what compels them to The president said that that raged all day, that brand and accept the gratitude of ourHonor for actions Oct. 3, 2009, such courage?” the president upon learning he would receive of selflessness was displayed entire nation.at Combat Outpost Keating, said. “You ask Clint and any the Medal of Honor, Romesha again and again and again, Sol- “God bless you, Clint Rome-Kamdesh District, Nuristan of these Soldiers who are here displayed the brand of humble- diers exposing themselves to sha, and all of your team,” theProvince, Afghanistan. today, and they’ll tell you. Yes, ness typical of many Soldiers. enemy fire to pull a comrade president said. “God bless all On that morning, Com- they fight for their country, “When I called Clint to tell to safety, tending to each oth- who serve. And God bless thebat Outpost, or COP Keating, , and they fight for our freedom. him that he would receive this er’s wounds, (and) performing United States of America.”manned by only 53 Soldiers Yes, they fight to come home medal, he said he was honored, ‘buddy transfusions,’ giving The president then askedand situated at the bottom of to their families. But most of but he also said, ‘it wasn’t just each other their own blood.” that the Medal of Honor Ci-a steep valley, came under at- all, they fight for each other, me out there, it was a team The president said on that tation be read, and follow-tack by as many as 300 Taliban to keep each other safe and to effort,’” the president said. day, it wasn’t just Romesha ing that, he placed the medalfighters. have each other’s backs.” “And so today we also honor who earned recognition for around Romesha’s neck.Before former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha and his fellow Bravo Troop, 3rd Squad- President Barack Obama awards former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha the Medalron, 61st Cavalry Regiment Soldiers arrived at Combat Outpost Keating, nestled in the of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, during a ceremony in the East Room of the WhiteHindu Kush mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. (US Army photo) House, Feb. 11, 2013. (Chuck Kennedy/White House)Hockey Week in Fairbanks 2013: A community celebrationStaff report, Fort Wainwright PAO Hockey is very proud to participate The current schedule for Hockey Week in Fairbanks is listed below. in Hockey Week in Fairbanks and to As the days get longer and tem- join in the community celebration. Feb. 15 Unveiling of 2013 HWIF ice sculpture Big Dipperperatures cooperate, people in the I’d like to thank Randy Zarnke, all Feb. 15 Ice Dogs vs. Kenai (Era Cup) Big DipperInterior begin to celebrate winter. the volunteers and sponsors that Feb. 15 to 17 “February Freeze” Girls & Women’s tournament* Patty CenterOne of the favorite events for Fair- make Hockey Week in Fairbanks a Feb. 15 to 22 Rapid Shot Challenge Play It Again Sportsbanks starts today. wonderful event.” Feb. 16 Free skate sharpening Sport King Hockey Week in Fairbanks is The Back Yard Rink Contest judg- Feb. 16 Extravaganza Big Dipperscheduled through Feb. 24 and ing will begin Monday and will end Feb. 16 Ice Dogs vs. Kenai (Era Cup) Big Dipperis coordinated by the Fairbanks Wednesday so if you haven’t started Feb. 17 Skate the Lake King’s PondHockey Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame getting your rink together, there is Feb. 18 to 20 3-on-3 tourneys Big Dipperpresident Randy Zarnke said he is still time. Not only could you win Feb. 18 to 20 Back Yard Rink Contest – judging Communityreally excited about the way the the contest but your rink could be Feb. 19 to 22 Reading in schools Area schoolsevent has come together. “There is featured on the website http://www. Feb. 19 Special Olympics floor hockey Barnette schoolalways something for everyone. We mybackyardicerink.com/. The win- Feb. 21 to 24 Tier I State Tourneys – Bantam & 16 Midget* Big Dipper & UAFinvite the entire community to get ner will be announced Feb. 23. Feb. 22 Wear Your Jersey to School (and Work) Day Area schoolsinvolved and join the fun,” he said. A new event for 2013 is the Rap- Feb. 22 UAF vs Michigan State Carlson Center The week kicks off with an un- id Shot Challenge at Play It Again Feb. 23 Free skate sharpening Play It Again Sportsveiling of the Hockey Week in Fair- Sports, a contest on the Rapid Shot Feb. 23 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Big Dipperbanks ice sculpture at the Big Dip- system to determine which players Feb. 23 UAF/Ice Dogs/Gold Kings alumni game Carlson Centerper Ice Arena tonight before the in the Fairbanks area can score the Feb. 23 Announce winner Back Yard Rink Contest Carlson CenterIce Dogs games and will end with highest. Participants will compete Feb. 23 UAF vs Michigan State Carlson Centerpower-skating clinics at the Carl- against players in their own age Feb. 24 Power-skating clinics Carlson Centerson Center. group. Sticks will be provided, but The Fairbanks Ice Dogs take on participants should feel free to bringthe the Kenai Brown Bears, in the their own. Prizes will be awarded.ERA Cup tonight and Saturday. “Skate-The-Lake” is a family-ori-Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stew- ented event where a track is plowedart said, “The Fairbanks Ice Dogs around the perimeter of a localare extremely excited to be a part pond for families to come out andof Hockey Week in Fairbanks once spend the afternoon enjoying timeagain. It is a series of events that together. There will be a big bonfirethe community rallies around with as well as hot chocolate and marsh-the sport of hockey being the center mallows, Zarnke said. This eventof attention. Last year was my first has received great reviews and is aexperience with the event and it was fun time for all.really evident how important the He said, “We couldn’t do all thissport of hockey is in Fairbanks.” without the participation of a lot of The University of Alaska Fair- partners. The Borough Parks andbanks Nanooks will take the ice on Recreation Department along withFeb. 22 and 23 against Michigan many businesses and individualsState University. UAF head coach help make this a great community-Dallas Ferguson said, “Hockey wide celebration.”Week in Fairbanks is a great com- For more info, contact Randymunity event and one of my favor- Zarnke at itrap2@gci.net or call Fort Wainwright children pose with University of Alaska Nanook hockey players during aite times of the season. Nanook 452-6857. meet and greet at Fort Wainright. (File photo) 12406584 FAIRBANKS ICE DOGS/ARCTIC
  • 6. February 15, 2013 COMMUNITY CALENDAR ALASKA POSTFriday – 15th COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. Wednesday – 20thFAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and CORE TRAINING, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Physical Fitness10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, building3452. Call 353-9137. Sunday – 17th Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and CATHOLIC SERVICES, 8 and 11 a.m., Catholic Mass.FAME CHILD CARE SESSIONS, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 10:30 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, building Catholic religious education, 10 a.m. Southern Lightsa.m. to noon; 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Melaven Fitness Cen- 3452. Call 353-9137. Chapel, building 4107. Call 353-9825.ter, building 3452. Cost is $35 per month, per child, persession. Pre-registration begins the 20th of the month GYM FLOOR CLOSED, Event set up: African Ameri- GOSPEL SERVICES, 1 p.m. Gospel Worship service,for the next month’s sessions. Call 353-9137. can Black History Month observance. The event begins Bassett Army Community Hospital, third-floor confer- at 1:30 p.m. ence room, building 4076. Call 353-9825.LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nug-get Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. FAME CHILD CARE SESSIONS, care times start PROTESTANT SERVICES, 10 a.m., Sunday school. and end within 15 minutes of FAME Fitness sessions, 11 a.m., Sunday Protestant worship Northern LightsDISABLED TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, Melaven Fitness Center, building 3452. Cost is $35 per Chapel, building 3430. Call 353-9825.1 to 3 p.m. DTAP briefing, Welcome Center basement, month, per child, per session. Pre-registration beginsbuilding 3401. Call 353-2113. Feb. 20 for the March sessions. Call 353-9137. FAMILY TUBING DAY, 1 to 7 p.m., Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area, building 1172. Call 353-6795.STORY HOUR: COME TO THE BAYOU, 4 to 5 p.m., GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon to 1 p.m., Physicalpost library, building 3700. No cost. Call 353-2642. Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.STOOPID KEWPID MISMATCH DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m., Monday – 18th LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2Youth Center, building 4109. Call 361-5437. p.m., Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical Fit- Call 353-2654. ness Center, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7223.COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget LanesBowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137. TURBO KICK, 5 to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, TURBO KICK, 5 to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. building 3709. Call 353-7223.ICE SCULPTURE UNVEILING, 6:30 p.m., Big DipperIce Arena, before Ice Dogs game to kick off Hockey FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Last Fron- WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY SKI DAY, noon to 8 p.m.,Week in Fairbanks. Call 452-6857. tier Community Activity Center, building 1044. Call Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area. Call 353-6795. 353-7755.Saturday – 16th Tuesday – 19th Thursday – 21stINTERIOR ALASKA ICE FISHING, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., LEAPS FOR LEARNING, 10:30 a.m. to noon, MurphyOutdoor Recreation Center, building 4050. Cost is $45. BABY SIGNS: SIGN, SING, and PLAY CLASSES, 9 Hall, building 1045. Cost is $50 per month. Ages 2 to 5.Call 361-6349. to 9:30 a.m., Last Frontier Community Activity Center, Call 353-7713. building 1044. No cost. Call 353-7372.GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 10 to 11a.m. Physical Fit- GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; 5 to 6ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. ROMP AND STOMP PLAYGROUP, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353- Last Frontier Community Activity Center, building1044. 7223.YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 11 a.m. to noon, Physical Fit- No cost. Call 353-7372.ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 5 Department of Labor Employment workshop. WelcomeCOMMANDER’S CUP HOCKEY, Army vs. Air Force, to 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call Center basement. Call 353-2113.1:15 to 2:15, Big Dipper Ice Arena. Call 452-6857. 353-7223. PREGNANCY FITNESS, 11 a.m. to noon, Physical Fit-ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 1 to 2 p.m., Physical Fit- HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS, ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.ness Center, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. noon to 12:45 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS,CHESS CLUB, 3 to 4 p.m., Last Frontier Community noon to 12:45 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, buildingActivity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical Fit- 3709. Call 353-7223. ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.WINTER SERIES OF POKER, 6 to 7 p.m., the Warrior YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical FitnessZone, building 3205. DoD cardholders 18 and older. ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 to 7 p.m., Physical Fit- Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.Call 353-1087. ness Center, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. LUNCHTIME HEAD PIN BOWLING, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nug- get Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. 12406875 UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA AKPOST/BANNF-AKPOST 3 x 2.75 40407473 NATIONAL VISION ASSOC AK POST/BUYONE,GET 1 3 x 10.5 40406356 BR&ASSOC/AK MARINE HWY AK POST/AP-AMHS-0171 3 x 7.0
  • 7. ALASKA POST FOR YOUR INFORMATION February 15, 2013 and entries clear of excess snow. All exit doors, me- college night csc scholarships chanical room doors, sprinkler and standpipe connec- tions should be kept free of snow and ice. Continued Military Family College Night is set for Feb. 26 at The Fort Wainwright Community Spouses Club diligence will improve the fire department’s access to5:30 p.m. in the youth center. There will be presen- offers a scholarship program for Army Families. The the building and fire suppression systems in the eventtations by representatives from local universities, deadline to submit application packages is March 14. of a fire or medical emergency. Thank you for yourthe education center, the Army and Air Force to talk Information and applications are on the CSC website, assistance. If you have an emergency - police, fire orabout college options. Information will be provided on at www.wainwrightcsc.org (click on The Latest News) medical - remember to dial 911. Have a warm andhow to fill out the Free Application for Federal Stu- or visit www.facebook.com/WainwrightCSC safe winter.dent Aid, or FAFSA. For more information, call theSchool Liaison Office, 361-9897. motorcycle safety free child dental screenings job fair The garrison Safety Office has posted motorcycle training classes at https://apps.imcom.army.milAIRS. Dental Activity-Alaska is inviting military Families The Spring Job and Internship Fair takes place Feb. Soldiers who want to ride this summer are required to bring their children age 12 months to 12 years for27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Alaska to complete the necessary course or courses before free dental exams every Saturday in February from 9Fairbanks in the Wood Center. Employers will be on taking to the road. For more information contact a.m. to noon, in honor of National Children’s Dentalcampus to fill positions in engineering, business, so- Greg Sanches at gregory.j.sanches.civ@mail.mil or Health Month. These exams will be available at thecial services and other sectors. There will be job posi- call 353-7079. Kamish Dental Clinic, building 3406, next to Burgertions for full-time, part-time and seasonal work, so King. For more information call Sgt. Danikka Guinn,make sure to have a complete, up-to-date resume on 353-2917.UAF Career Connect. A link to the Career Connect barbecue contestsite and an up-to-date list of employers participatingat the job fair will be available at www.uaf.edu/career. The Alaska State Barbecue Association’s fifth an- free spaghettiMake sure to check here for an updated list of em- nual Brr B-Q competition in conjunction with theployers recruiting at the Spring Job and Internship Tired Iron vintage snowmachine races on the Chena Wainwright on Wednesday, or WOW, is providedFair this year. River in downtown Fairbanks Feb. 23. All backyard by volunteers every week at 5:30 p.m. in the North- grill masters are encouraged to participate in this ern Lights Chapel. The program offers free food, one-of-kind experience. Soldiers and members of the employment workshop Fort Wainwright community have already registered fellowship and an opportunity to grow - with class- es for youth, a course for children and a group ori- to show they can cook the best chicken and ribs, no ented towards parenting children. WOW also offers Mandatory for transitioning Soldiers and recom- matter what the temperature, and are throwing down Bible studies for both men and women. The North-mended for spouses, the Alaska Department of La- a challenge. Is it Georgia, Texas or Alaska that has ern Lights Chapel is in building 3430 at the corner ofbor Veterans’ Employment representatives present the best dang barbecue? Dress warm and fire up thetransition-assistance workshops on post. Learn how cookers. For more information, visit http://alaskabbq. Rhineland and Luzon avenues. For more informationto job-search, develop your resume, practice inter- org or call 750-2888. call 353-9825.viewing, understand networking and negotiate salaryand benefits. Limited space is available and advance fundraisersregistration is required for the three-day workshops.For more information, contact the Army Career andAlumni Program, 353-2113. All fundraisers on Fort Wainwright require the ap- proval of the garrison commander. Fundraisers need off-limits to be submitted a minimum of two weeks before the planned event. Fundraiser requests are to be submit- ted to Shenicia Askew at shenicia.askew.naf@mail. At the direction of the commanding officers of Eiel- mil and a copy furnished to Cindy Blum at cynthia.son Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright, the follow- a.blum.civ@mail.mil. For more information, emailing locations are declared off-limits to military per- Blum or call 353-7633.sonnel assigned or attached to Eielson Air Force Baseand Fort Wainwright: native art festivalThe Smoke Shop, 334 Old Steese HighwayThe Scentz, 1616 Cushman Street Unity Through Cultures is celebrating 40 years with special events Feb. 21 through 23 in the DavisMr. Rock and Roll, 1452 Cushman Street Concert Hall on the University of Alaska FairbanksMr. Rock and Roll II, 2016 College Road campus. Performances on Thursday begin at 6:30Still Smoking Tobacco & Gifts, 516 Old Steese Highway p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Other events, beginning with the dedication of the Alaska The Smoke Shop and The Scentz are off-limits to Native Language Archive Wednesday at 6 p.m. aremilitary personnel immediately per the Armed Forc- scheduled throughout the week. For more informa-es Disciplinary Control Board and are being recom- tion visit http://fna.community.uaf.edu or call Eliza-mended to be placed permanently off-limits to U.S. beth Cook at 361-6323.Army Alaska Command and Eielson’s commander.The other establishments remain permanently offlimits to Air Force and Army personnel. seward resort military discounts tax center Family, Morale and Welfare and Recreation at the The ASYMCA offers discount hockey tickets for the Seward Resort offers something fun for everyone, in- home games in the Fairbanks Big Dipper arena, home Active-duty, military retirees from all branches cluding snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishingand their Family members who have simple person- and snowmobiling (weather permitting). For more of the Ice Dogs. ASYMCA sells tickets at their Fortal income tax returns are eligible for tax assistance information call (907) 224-5559, then choose the op- Wainwright office, 1047-4 Nysteen Road. For moreservice. Returns may be filed electronically whether tion for the operator who can provide information on information, call 353-5962.you are getting a refund or you owe taxes. Only taxes everything they offer.prepared by a Fort Wainwright Tax Assistance Centerstaff member can be electronically filed at the Tax As-sistance Center. The Tax Assistance Center is located remove ice, snowin building 1051-9 near the law center on the northside of Fort Wainwright. Walk-in customers are wel- The Fort Wainwright Fire Department would likecome, but customers with appointments take priority. to remind everyone to please keep fire hydrants visi-For more information or to schedule an appointment ble and accessible during the winter months. Soldiers,call 353-2613. Families and civilian employees can help by keeping snow cleared at least three feet around fire hydrants. Please also keep a path clear from the hydrant to the scholarship deadline road. This can help firefighters quickly find and use the fire hydrant to fight a fire, which can save precious time to save lives and property. Keep the sidewalks The Defense Commissary Agency Scholarships forMilitary Children Program is offering scholarships toqualified applicants. Application deadline is Feb. 22.Scholarship awards will be based on available funds;however individual awards of at least $1,500 are antic-ipated by DECA leaders. If there are no eligible appli-cants, the funds allotted will be forwarded to anotherinstallation. Applications are available through thelocal commissary or online at www.militaryscholar.org or www.commissaries.com. Application deadlineis Feb. 22. 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  • 8. alaska postFebruary 15, 2013 ALASKA POSTMotorcycle Safety Training 2013 Greg Sanchef, army.mil/AIRS/login.aspx Region: riders to obtain an AK motorcycle Garrison Safety Office Pacific --- Garrison: Ft Wainwright license without taking the riding --- Course: Basic or Experienced -- portion of the state testing. The days are getting longer, the - then click on the desired course sun is streaming in our windows date on the calendar, and sign-up 3. Proof of insurance and we look at our motorcycles in for applicable course. Courses are the garage and say to ourselves offered on a first-come, first-served 4. Protective Equipment: “soon. ” We surf the net for new priority. Registrations are dated a. Helmet - certified to meet De- or used motorcycles, we read the and time-stamped on the website. partment of Transportation (DOT) latest reviews and we are all just Due to regulatory changes and standards and properly fastened saying “I just want to ride!” contract restrictions, Fort Wain- under the chin. The Installation Safety office wright may only offer PMP to Ac- b. Goggles or face shield - impact will begin sign-ups for the Motor- tive Duty Army, National Guard or shatter-resistant goggles or full- cycle Safety Training courses to- or Reserve personnel. Civilian face shield protection attached to day. Successful completion of one employees are not required to take the helmet. A windshield or eye- of these courses is required to op- the BRC or the ERC and will not glasses alone are not sufficient. erate a motorcycle on Fort Wain- be allowed to attend to class. c. Footwear - sturdy footwear, wright and to ride on or off post. Contact the Fort Wainwright leather boots or over-the-ankle We anticipate starting our classes Police Department for informa- shoes. Tennis shoes, sneakers, or May 1 if the weather cooperates and tion regarding installation access sandals are not sufficient. the roads on post are green. If the requirements for AD members, d. Clothing - long sleeved shirt course is cleared sometime in April, dependants, retired military and or jacket, long trousers, and full- the Safety Office will start the Basic guests. fingered gloves or mittens designed Rider Course (BRC) early. for use on a motorcycle. A recent change to AR 385-10 What do I need to attend the e. Riders are encouraged to se- implements the Progressive Mo- class? lect PPE that incorporates fluo- torcycle Program (PMP) and in- 1. Motorcycle: For the BRC we rescent colors and retro-reflective corporates new changes to training do provide a motorcycle for riders material. requirements. who plan to purchase a motorcycle For further information see They are: 1) Active duty person- after taking the class. Riders who United States Army Garrison, nel are required to take the Basic own one must ride it for the class. Alaska (USAG-AK) Seatbelt and Riders Course (BRC) prior to rid- For the ERC riders must have their Motorcycle Operation and Per- ing a motorcycle on- or off-instal- own motorcycles for the class. The sonal Protective Equipment (PPE) lation, on-or off-duty, 2) Riders registration and insurance will be Usage Policy (USAG-AK #09-01) must take the Experienced Riders checked at the beginning of the Course (ERC) within one year of class. 5. Be at the class assembly point taking the BRC, 3) Riders who are before the appointed time, ready deployed more than 180 days must 2. Driver’s license/operator’s per- to ride, with a FULL tank of gas take the Motorcycle Refresher mit: The State of Alaska issues a and appropriate clothing for the Training (MRT) prior to resuming learner’s permit for motorcycles. weather. riding the motorcycle. MRT is pro- Riders will be required to take a For additional information pleaseDig out your gear! Motorcycle season is coming soon. vided by a Unit Trainer. written test to obtain a learner’s contact: Gregory J. Sanches, Instal-For information on safety training, call Greg Sanchef at Registration for the BRC or ERC permit. Completion of the garrison lation Safety Office 907-353-7079the Installation Safety Office, 353-7079. (File photo) is located at https://apps.imcom. motorcycle safety course will allow Or gregory.j.sanches.civ@mail.mil. February is library lover’s monthby Trish Muntean, patron(ize)-- whether it’s line catalog. An online ac- available for checkout is buildings are in close prox- Come to the Bayou (Li-Fort Wainwright PAO to come to a Story Hour, to count is required before just one of the reasons to imity, Wohlman Boyce brary) for a Mardi Gras study, hang out or use the checking out books. love the library, said Joy said. The library offers a celebration and don’t for- While I have been in computers.” In addition to books, there Wohlman Boyce, library lot of free programs and get to wear your beads.love many times, only one For me, it is all about is other media for checkout: technician. services. There are com- Feb. 22 is the 33rd an-has lasted 40 plus years - the books. I am an avid magazines, graphic novels, “The Post Library has puters to use for work or niversary of the Unitedmy love for libraries. reader and while my boss CDs, video games and a it all,” she said. “It re- pleasure with high-speed States Olympic hockey Fort Wainwright’s li- pays me a decent wage, it DVD collection. Adults with ally is a Barnes & Noble Wi-Fi. There are also tele- team beating the USSRbrary has a lot to love, is not enough to keep me military identification cards (without the fireplace... visions with DVD play- for the gold medal insaid librarian Julia Allen. in books if I want to live don’t even need a library and the books are free). ers and video game con- hockey. There will be “The library is not just in a warm house and eat. card to check out materi- The staff tries to make it soles to use in the library, hockey stories and craftsa warehouse for books, she The Fort Wainwright Li- als; it can be done with just a welcoming and friendly too. The library also has to celebrate.said. “It is a place for com- brary has a never-ending that. Children however can environment.” “the Imagination Room” Join the Library inmunity, entertainment, supply and if they don’t get a library card so they can The staff does so by of- for children to discover welcoming the Cat inrecreation, technology and have what you’re looking check out books under their fering something for just puzzles, blocks and other the Hat (who will it be?)literacy. We will always go for, chances are that that own names, a rite of passage about everyone. games and toys. for Read Across Americaabove and beyond for our they can get it through (that I took great pride in The library is such a In addition, there are at the LFCAC.Soldiers and their Fami- the inter-library loan pro- when I got my first library great place to hang out the recurring events that In addition to all thelies. More than anything, gram. The library also has card) that can also teach for new Soldiers and their bring families back again family fun activities, theI want to the library to audio books and e-books children responsibility. Families staying at Army and again. Feb. 16 is the Library provides tutor-be a place people want to available through the on- Of course, what is lodging, since the two Mardi Gras Story Hour. ing and proctoring by ap- pointment for all college- age Soldiers and their Families as well as DoD Cardholders. 18407242 But there doesn’t ESTHER BARBER have to be an event hap- & STYLES pening for it to be fun to 11407452 17407815 AK POST/AK visit the library, which is why, when no one knows FAIRBANKS ORTHODON- CUSTODY SOLUTIONS, POST where to find me, that is 1 x 2.0 TIC GROUP LLC probably a good place to start looking. 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