El Morro Make that PCS as smooth as possible, Page 20 Earth Day Expo to be held April 20, Page 8 Fort BuchananCommunityimages nowavailable onVol. 47 issue 9 The Sentinel of the Caribbean April 2012Rearing children through love and respectBy Wilda Díaz to reflect for one moment on many other feelings that they cipline. Helping children to that when they are being dis-Family Advocacy Program Manager ciplined they are also receiv- the day in which your baby probably brought tears and/or learn good discipline skills at During the month of April, was born. Try to recall the smiles to your face. every stage can help them be- ing an explanation for theirthe Family Advocacy Pro- thoughts and warm feelings As parents we know, chil- come mature and successful wrong action or behavior. Igram (FAP) launches an you felt the first time you held dren grow in a fast manner. adults. The basics are Love highly recommend to parentsawareness campaign for the your new born. Perhaps, you As they grow up they need to and Respect. It is essential and/or caretakers to have aPrevention of Child Abuse. felt: Love, tenderness, peace, learn good behavior through that children know that theyAs in prior years, I invite you fear, preoccupation and/or so constructive and effective dis- are loved no matter what; CHILD Page 9 News Hero to hired , Page 5 AER The theme of this year’s Campaign is “A Strong Tra- dition of Soldiers Helping Soldiers.” The contribution cam- paign will run through May 15 so community members able to make donations should do so through their chain of command Soldiers requiring AER assistance should contact their unit chain of command or go to their local installa- tion AER office. The AER Photo by Luis Delgadillo office here is located at Col. John D. Cushman, commander of Fort Buchanan, P.R. and Col. Edwin C. Domingo, the former garrison commander affix the ASUA streamer to the gar- Army Community Service rison Colors March 28 while garrison Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson keeps the flag from touching the ground. office Building 390, Crane Loop, Suite 101. For more information about the an- nual campaign or to contrib- Garrison Awarded Superior Unit Award ute, please contact Fort Bu- Story by Luis Delgadillo lion. civilian work force gathered er Oct. 23, 2009, when in the chanan’s Army Emergency Fort Buchanan Public Affairs March 28 to watch Col. John early morning hours a powerful Housing residents and guests Relief Campaign coordina- For the first time in it’s histo- D. Cushman, garrison com- explosion measuring a magni- at El Caney Lodge were startled tor is Chief Warrant Officer Marlene Rivera from the ry U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bu- mander and the previous Gar- tude of 2.8 on the Richter scale, awake and as they ventured out- installation’s Legal Office. chanan has been honored with rison Commander, Col. Edwin shook the installation, injured side to see what was going on (787) 707 - 5154, or by e- the Army Superior Unit Award. C. Domingo place a the Army 14 people who were working the were met by first responders mail: marlene.a.rivera@ In a ceremony at the Com- Superior Unit Award streamer at the time, and caused wide- from the Directorate of Emer- us.army.mil munity Club, Soldiers and on the garrison colors. spread damage to the installa- members of the Fort Buchanan Domingo was the command- tion totaling more than $6 mil- ASUA Page 6
2April 2012 The Command Group The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort Buchanan Commander’s Commentary The following commen- selfless service and personal chanan family – Soldiers of us. It’s enduring physical tary is an excerpt from Col. courage. First you put the and Civilians – during many duress and even sometimes John D. Cushman’s speech welfare of others before your emergencies - from natural risking personal safety to during the Army Superior own. Second, you faced fear, disasters to those caused by continue on the right path. Unit Award ceremony held danger or adversity enduring man like CAPECO. That takes courage, personal El Morro last month on March 28. physical duress and at times I was not the Garrison courage. Garrison Commander Good morning and wel- risking your personal safety. Commander at the time but It is an honor for me to be Col. John D. Cushman come to all our distinguished These two Army Values con- I’ve seen the resilience of here in this moment in time Deputy to the Garrison Commander guests for today’s event. A verged during the emergency this community that pulled to be part of this significant Gunnar G.F. Pedersen Jr. warm welcome back to my that represented the explo- together through these tough ceremony as we recognize Deputy Commander predecessor and Garrison sion of the CAPECO fuel times and came out stronger. the Soldiers and Civilians Lt. Col. Kenneth M. Hammond Commander during the event farm adjacent to our installa- That’s the Fort Buchanan I who honored the United Garrison Command Sergeant Major we commemorate today, tion. know and I am proud to serve States Army by their acts of Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson Colonel Edwin C. Domingo. Those two values imme- as their Commander. It is the courage and selfless service. Public Affairs Officer Most of all, a special wel- diately evoke a connection commitment of each member You, the brave men and Grissel Rosa come to the members of the with “teamwork”. If you of this family to go a little women I see before me and Command Information Luis Delgadillo Fort Buchanan family who see closely they all have further, endure a little longer others that could not be with El Morro Contributors will soon be recipients of the something in common, the and look a little closer to see us today exemplify the honor Capt. Taylor Opel Luis Salazar Army Superior Unit Award objective is – to serve. You “How I can be of help.” and commitment to our na- for outstanding meritorious served outstandingly under That’s selfless service. tion. Your legacy will live 1st Mission Support Command Public Affairs Officer service. extraordinary dangerous cir- That’s larger than one person. forever in the history of the Maj. Carlos M. Cuebas Two of the Army values cumstances. That’s the spirit It is the multiplying force of United States Army Garrison Mailing address — Public Affairs Office that I treasure the most are that epitomizes the Fort Bu- you and me to become all Fort Buchanan. Thank you. Building 390 Crane Loop Ste. 311 The Army’s Backbone Fort Buchanan PR, 00934-4616 Story submissions — E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson Telephone numbers — (787)707-5762/4486 Fax: (787)707-3362 1st MSC submissions — In many ways April is the this community who is com- sometimes the reasons they ‘act tributions of family members. E-mail to: email@example.com month for new beginnings. mitted to the welfare of our out’ are because there are un- The important thing is to make 1st MSC telephone number — (787)707-4988 No, these days it doesn’t bring population I want to emphasize derlying issues. As the Month amends while you can and if in the New Year but did you the importance of these two of the Military Child I want your children are young it’s know that a few hundred years observances. First, it is never all service members and their important to build those rela- El Morro is an authorized publica- ago April 1st was considered OK to strike a child. Physi- families to carefully consider tionships now as your children tion printed in accordance with Army New Year’s Day? The reason cal violence should never be the thoughts and feelings of are still developing. Regulation 360-1. Contents of El Morro are not neces- was that most of the modern used when trying to discipline your children. Use this month Additionally please keep an sarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Depart- world marked a new year by a misbehaving boy or girl. As as an opportunity to reconnect eye out for the Army Commu- ment of Defense, Department of the the beginning of spring, or the Ms. Wilda Díaz eloquently with your children if you’ve nity Services class and event Army or U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan. growing season as opposed to puts it in her front page article been away on a deployment. schedule found in the Direc- El Morro is published monthly by a date in the middle of winter. this month, “... parenting is an The religious holidays many of torate of Family and Morale, the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Garrison. Circulation 5,000. Season are non-factors here imperfect journey.” us celebrate such as Easter and Welfare and Recreation’s pub- All editorial content of El Morro at Fort Buchanan but the sense Many of us perhaps remem- Passover, afford us opportuni- lication, the Live and Explore. is prepared, edited, provided and ap- proved by the U.S. Army Garrison of a new beginning still perme- ber our own parents’ missteps ties to begin new relationship It is the best resource for ac- Public Affairs Office. For guidance on how to submit items for publication e- ates throughout the installation in how they raised us and may- building behavior that we can tivities and events occurring mail the garrison Public Affairs Office. in the month of April. One of be you’ve even said to your- carry into the rest of the year. here at Fort Buchanan. Before The Editor reserves right to edit all submissions and to determine the suit- the signature events of the year self, “When I’m a parent there Taking of advantage of these I close I’d like to thank all of ability for inclusion in El Morro. will be occurring this month, is no way I’m going to ...,” fill opportunities to become better the members of the Fort Bu- Every effort will be made to publish submissions in a timely manner. How- the Fort Buchanan Earth Day in the blank. acquainted with our families chanan work force who were ever, time, layout, style and editorial Exposition, on April 20th will Because parenting is an im- creates the resiliency we need present for duty when the Ca- considerations, as well as determina- tions for publication, are made by the feature dozens of information perfect journey it us up to us as in a Profession of Arms. ribbean Petroleum Corpora- Commander or the Public Affairs Of- ficer. booths and presentations and adults to stop and think about As we serve so do our chil- tion’s fuel farm exploded on will feature theme of “Net Zero our actions when we consider dren, though obviously in a Oct. 23, 2009. Your historic Energy & Water for Resources physically disciplining our different capacity, I implore work on that fateful day repre- Conservation.” It is surely to children. The Army Values you to spend more time with sents “outstanding meritorious be an event you can’t miss and teaches us about Respect. Col. you children this month. If performance of a difficult and if it is anything like last year’s John D. Cushman has often your days in the Army are over challenging mission carried out you’ll be kicking yourself for spoken about this and said that, and you’ve long retired call under extraordinary circum- not attending. to him, it is the most important your children and tell them stances,” as the award citation April is known for two other value. I tend to agree and even you love them. Tell them you reads. Let us carry the pride of important observances, It is the more so when you think about appreciate the sacrifice they a job well-done into the future Month of the Military Child it in terms of our young chil- made for you while you served as we serve our customers, our and also Child Abuse Preven- dren. in the military. Since 1983 the nation and the future of our tion Month. As a member of We must remember that Army has recognized the con- children, Army Strong!
El MorroFort Buchanan From The Top The Sentinel of the Caribbean 3 April 2012Army Reserve-Puerto Rico 90th Anniversary The brilliant history of the U.S. the world, through humanitarian mis- All Volunteer Force.Army Reserve in Puerto Rico goes sions and also supporting the operat- As we celebrate the 90th anniver-back to 1922. Since then, our troops ing force during the current conflicts. sary of an organized Army Reserveand families have answered the Na- I want to encourage everyone in in Puerto Rico, we recognize thetion’s call in every critical moment the command to reflect about the fu- extraordinary history of accomplish-of our history, both in the combat, ture of this wonderful organization. ments, devotion to duty, and sacrificeas well as the humanitarian fronts, Let’s use this historical juncture to of our Soldiers and their families. Wedisplaying an unmatched strength of ensure that the US Army Reserve- must also remember the service andcharacter and determination. Today, Puerto Rico continues supporting sacrifice of our fallen comrades, whoour forces continue moving forward, the Nation’s needs during the next have paid the ultimate sacrifice whiledelivering critical capabilities to the 90 years. Together, we must strive to serving our Nation. They will foreverArmy, the Nation, our communities maintain our level of professionalism remain in our hearts and minds.and our families. and excellence in every endeavor that I also realize that each generation The US Army Reserve in Puerto we are tasked to perform. of Army Reserve Soldiers servesRico of 2012 has thousands of Citi- Since 9/11, nearly 95% of the with honor and distinction. However,zen Soldiers with highly technical, Army Reserve-Puerto Rico units on this significant moment, I am veryspecialized and professional skills have mobilized and deployed in sup- proud to serve with a very specialin logistics, personnel management, port of overseas contingency opera- generation of Army Reserve Soldiers Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández,training, engineering, information tions; today there are approximately who are bright, able and willing to Commander, U.S. Armytechnology, communication network- 200 troops from our command mobi- serve the Nation and their communi- Reserve in Puerto Ricoing and law enforcement, among oth- lized around the world. To each one ties in a moment’s notice.ers. In addition, Soldiers from the of them and their families, thank you During the last several decades mission. The next 90 years will be noUS Army Reserve-Puerto Rico con- for your commitment to our country the US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico different. US Army Reserve-Puertotinuously perform their jobs around and for your selfless service in this has consistently succeeded on every Rico, 90 years serving the Nation.Thoughts from the Chaplain’s office Duke University Medical School said, “Anger kills. “A fool gives full vent There is a strong correlation to his anger, but a wise between hostility and death man keeps himself rates. The angrier people are under control. and the more cynical they are, ”Proverbs 29:11 the shorter their life span.” This study reminded me of when a golfer was asked In 1994 there was study why he bought a new putter,conducted by the Gallup Or- he said, “The old one didn’tganization that reported Phil- float.”adelphia ranked first among What about your anger?U.S. cities on what was called Do they call you “Old Faith- Assistant Chaplain,the “hostility index.” ful” at work – not because Maj. Timothy Stansberry The hostility index was you show up everyday but that, “A fool gives full vent advice would be to get goodbased on a nine-question because you blow up every tire place. Both of those re- to his anger, but a wise man and angry but be sure youscale that asked people how week? You may say, “I re- sponses to anger are inappro- keeps himself under control.” control and channel your an-they felt about such things ally don’t have a problem priate and both will get you As the summer months ap- ger so others will get the goodas loud music, supermarket with anger.” Are you sure? into trouble or keep you from proach your “hostility index” and not the anger.checkout lines, and traffic Sometimes the stoic, silent being successful in life. An- may increase with the long Blessings,jams. Other cities in the top people are the ones that have ger can be similar to a fire in lines and heavy traffic. My Chaplain Stansberryfive were New York, Cleve- the most trouble with anger. a fireplace in a remote cabinland, Chicago, and Detroit. They stuff it on the inside. during a winter blizzard. If it Fort Buchanan Chapel ScheduleAt the bottom of the hostility As a chaplain I have noticed gets out of control it can killindex were Des Moines, Min- over the years that you can the inhabitants either directly Roman Catholic Masses Protestantneapolis, Denver, Seattle, and substitute the word “hurt” for by the heat and smoke, or in- Sunday mornings — 11:30 a.m. Collective Protestant ServiceHonolulu. Medical experts “anger.” directly when they are forced — Post Chapel Sunday morning — 9:00 a.m.looking at the results felt it One of my favorite writ- to flee the burning house and Confessions: Sunday mornings — Post Chapel.was no coincidence that the ers, Charles Lowery, notes then are exposed to the freez- –11:00 a.m.—Post Chapel 1st Sunday of every Month — 3cities that rated high on the that some people handle an- ing temperatures. On the oth- Weekdays, call 244-4981 or 707- p.m. —Youth Ministry—Chapelhostility index also had high- 3904. Annex, Bldg. 292 ger like a turtle; they just pull er hand, if the fire goes out,er death rates. Preparation for Confirmation, their head in and go pout. the occupants will freeze to First Communion, Counseling: Call the Chapel of- Commenting on the study, Others handle anger like death within the cabin. RCIA, etc. call 707-3904. fice at 707-3904 or 238-7668.Dr. Redford Williams of skunks; they stink up the en- Proverbs 29:11 reminds us
4April 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananSenior enlisted leaders meet to tackle troop, family issuesBy Elaine Sanchez Leavitt, Command Chief Mas-American Forces Press Service ter Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall WASHINGTON – The mili- of the National Guard Bureau,tary’s top enlisted leaders and and nine combatant commandtheir spouses gathered here to- senior enlisted leaders.day to discuss the most press- Earlier today, the spousesing issues affecting service broke away to meet with Firstmembers’ lives, and to identify Lady Michelle Obama at thepossible solutions. White House to discuss issues On the first day of the De- impacting military families.fense Senior Enlisted Leaders Seated around a table in theConference, leaders touched on Pentagon, the leaders focuseda wide range of issues includ- their attention on suicide pre-ing pay and benefits, suicide vention.prevention, community aware- Battaglia stressed the needness and outreach, and transi- to combat this universal prob-tions from military to civilian lem. “We need to work extralife, Army Master Sgt. Terrence hard and put in some midnightHayes, public affairs chief for oil just to try to crack the codethe senior enlisted advisor to on it and where this is comingthe chairman, told American from,” he said, stressing theForces Press Service. need for a “significant reduc- “This conference brings our tion” in suicides.senior leaders’ experience and Navy Fleet Master Chief Pet-knowledge to the table,” he ty Officer Roy M. Maddockssaid, noting the venue serves as Jr. of U.S. European Com- Courtesy photoboth an idea exchange and an mand noted a need to addressavenue for practical solutions. the three primary behavioral from the time they come into families. His staff, he said, trav- communities -- people who can The Defense Department’s health risk factors: broken re- service, but haven’t, tradition- els across the nation to support assist them in translating theirmost senior service member, lationships, financial problems ally, done it that well for en- community-based efforts to aid skills, knowledge and attributesMarine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan and legal issues, which he said listed,” Maddocks said. “We’re troops and their families with into civilian life and organiza-B. Battaglia, is leading the con- often overlap. starting to do it more, but I transition and reintegration. tions.ference. Battaglia serves as the The military should be get- don’t think we’re doing it well Troops don’t come home Government programs can’tsenior enlisted advisor to Army ting ahead of these problems enough.” to government programs, he do it alone, but independent or-Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, starting from a service mem- Later in the day, the focus stressed -- they come home to ganizations working together atchairman of the Joint Chiefs of ber’s first day of service, Mad- shifted to community aware- their families, neighbors and a community level can, he toldStaff. docks said. They need educa- ness and outreach. Army Col. communities. the leaders. Joining him for a series of tion on retirement planning, David Sutherland, special as- Communities must step up to The leaders and their spousesroundtable discussions are Sgt. financial management and sistant to the chairman of the embrace troops and veterans, will continue their discussionsMajor of the Army Raymond F. investments, such as the mili- Joint Chiefs of Staff for warrior particularly once their battle tomorrow at the Pentagon,Chandler III, Chief Master Sgt. tary’s Thrift Savings Plan, he and family support, explained buddies are no longer by their Hayes said, and will follow upof the Air Force James A. Roy, said. the DOD’s efforts to raise com- side, the colonel said. They throughout the year to discussMaster Chief Petty Officer of “We have, traditionally, munity awareness and support need new battle buddies, he progress and steps toward solu-the Coast Guard Michael P. taught these things to officers for troops, veterans and their added, but this time from their tions.
El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 5 April 2012Different ways to measure growth, developmentBy Educational & Developmental The developmental mile- tone of your voice or when you • Does your child crawl up the • Does your child run well with-Intervention Services stones listed below can give you say “no-no?” stairs? out falling or bumping into a general idea of what is expect- • Does your baby bang toys up • Does your child point to what things? Did you know there are differ- ed for each age range. We en- and down on the table or floor? he wants? • Does your child speak sen-ent ways to measure how well courage you to take time to ob- • Does your baby pick up small • Does your child have 5 words tences 3-4 words long?your child is growing and devel- serve your child and complete toys with only one hand? in addition to “Mama” and • Does your child know theoping? Besides monitoring your the checklist. If you answer 12 Months “Dada”? prepositions of “on” and “un-child’s height and weight, it is “NO” to 3 or more items in any • Does your baby stand alone • Does your child throw a small der”?just as crucial to keep an eye on age range, let your pediatrician and start to take a few indepen- ball? • Does your child turn door-how he plays, learns, speaks, be- know. If your child is a military dent steps? • Does your child drop small knobs, twist tops or screw offhaves and moves. A delay in any dependent, please contact the • Does your baby take a few toys into a container (such as a lids?of these areas could be a sign of Fort Buchanan Early Interven- steps with you holding his hand? box or bowl)? • Does your child get a chair ora developmental problem. tion (EDIS) office to request a • Does your baby follow sim- 24 Months box to stand on if something is The good news is that the ear- free developmental screening. ple commands such as “Come • Does your child walk up at out of her reach?lier you recognize a delay, the For more information call EDIS here”, “Give it to me” or “Give least 2 stairs by himself? 36 Monthsmore you can do to help your at (787)707-2165. me a kiss”? • Does your child jump? • Does your child go up thechild reach his/her full potential. Developmental Checklist • Does your baby say a few • Does your child name pictures stairs alternating feet (right footThe first step is to ask for a de- 9 Months words like “Mama”, “Dada” or in a book when asked? then left foot)?velopmental screening, which is • Does your baby get into a “baba” (bottle)? • Does your child speak 50 or • Does your child stand on onea procedure used by health care crawling position and start to • Does your baby bang 2 toys more words? foot without holding onto some-professionals and educational crawl? together? • Does your child put things thing?specialists. A developmental • Does your baby sit indepen- • Does your baby use his thumb away where they belong? • Does your child tell you whatscreening will let you know if dently for several minutes with- and forefinger to pick or pinch • Does your child pretend that is happening in a storybook?your child is learning the basic out using her hands for support? small objects like Cheerios? objects such as blocks or boxes • Does your child hold a crayonskills when he/she should, and if • Does your baby respond to her 15 Months are something else? or pencil like an adult?a comprehensive assessment is name by turning her head, smil- • Does your child move around 30 Months • Does your child dress himself?needed to confirm or rule out a ing or looking for you? the house by walking rather • Does your child kick a ball • Does your child use a fork anddevelopmental delay. • Does your baby respond to the than crawling? without hold on to something? spoon with little or no spilling?Website helps transform heroes to hired civiliansBy C. Todd Lopez to-be-separating infantryman trucks. And not everybody thatArmy News Service yields 42 available jobs, for in- has been in infantry needs to be stance. security guard.” WASHINGTON -- A new The site also provides “career The test “qualifies your inter-website championed by the recommendations” to Soldiers, ests and identifies career fieldsArmy is aimed squarely at Sol- based on their Military Occu- you may be more interested in,”diers ready to leave the service, pational Specialty, or MOS. A Mason said. Also on the site isto help them find jobs that best search on the site for careers the option to develop and postmatch their knowledge, skills, that might be suitable for an a resume so that the 50,000abilities and interests. infantryman yields results like employers who have vowed to The website, www.h2h.jobs, “police identification and re- hire veterans can find the mostfor “Hero 2 Hired”, or H2H, is cords officers,” “aircraft cargo classified separating servicepart of a larger, ongoing Army handling supervisors,” and “cor- members. According to Armyeffort to make easier for Sol- rectional officers and jailers.” officials, more than 130,000diers the transition from military The site actually returns 25 Soldiers separated last year. Forlife to civilian life. career recommendations for Soldiers preparing to separate, The Hero 2 Hired site includes that search, and includes aver- the Army is looking for waysmore than 3 million real-time age national pay for each as well to smooth the transition, saidjob listings, said Col. Edward D. as projected number of open- Mason. The H2H website is justMason, chief, Army transition ings available in each field and one part of the Army’s plans to Courtesy Graphicpolicy initiative, who also said growth potential. recreate the process to transi-the “jobs are all relatively fresh The site also includes a “ca- tion Soldiers out of the Army. ously, Soldiers slated to leave date and will ensure ample timeand new.” The colonel said the reer path exploration” option Mason said the Army’s re-engi- the Army might have “fallen to provide Soldiers with thesite uses an algorithm to weed that involves a 14-question test neering of the transition process through the cracks.” Now, Ma- greatest opportunity for successout “stale jobs.” for Soldiers to answer to identi- makes it a “commander’s pro- son said, “we are trying to put after their military service. The site allows Soldiers to fy career choices they might not gram.” That, he said, puts more discipline into the process. And When Soldiers become suc-search in a particular zip code or have thought about before. responsibility on leadership to move it from attendance, to cessful as civilians, Mason said,city for jobs, using their military “A lot of people think if you ensure Soldiers are involved in making it an outcomes-based that’s good also for the Army.occupational specialty as crite- were a truck driver in the Army, transition programs. program.” “Soldiers will be great ambas-ria for the search. A search in you need to be a truck driver “The commanders are re- The transition process, Ma- sadors for the Army, and thatKansas City, Mo., for jobs that outside,” Mason said. “Well, sponsible for tracking their son said, will begin a year be- helps sustain the all-volunteermight be suitable for a soon- maybe you don’t want to drive people,” Mason said. Previ- fore a Soldier’s end-of-service force.”
6April 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananRenewable energy comes to the forefront By J.D. Leipold the primary first step and then gy production and it must be much more predictable and that are not project-specific. Army News Service evaluate, repurpose and reuse done in a fiscally responsible routine. “This will allow us to se- energy as well as energy re- manner, which is where the “We have screened more lect who we think are broadly WASHINGTON (March covery.” Energy Initiatives Task Force, than 180 Army and National qualified companies to bid on19, 2012) -- The Army plans Presently, the Army con- or EITF, comes into play. Guard installations and are solar, wind, biomass -- wasteto invest more than $7 billion sumes 2.5 million megawatt The EITF serves as the cen- currently engaged with 15 to energy -- as well as geother-in renewable-energy sources, hours annually. tral managing office to plan different installations at vari- mal projects,” Hammack said.wind, solar, biomass and geo- In addition to energy con- and execute large-scale renew- ous levels of due diligence,” “Once we’ve established thatthermal, and has released a servation, installations will able energy projects of greater he said. “For each of these qualified list, then we’ll be indraft request for proposal, or strive to establish alternative than 10 megawatts (rough- projects, the EITF reviews a a position as projects are qual-RFP, that could allow multiple forms of energy that will al- ly enough to power 30,000 number of critical project suc- ified by the EITF to issue taskprojects to begin nationwide. low them to “island” or con- homes) on Army installations, cess factors that include in- orders.” Speaking at a media round- tinue to operate should the which will be accomplished stallation security and mission The draft RFP for the MA-table March 15, Katherine power grid fail. by leveraging private-sector impacts, expected life-cycle TOC is out for public com-Hammack, assistant secretary “We understand there’s a financing. economics, real-estate access, ment until March 24. Lushet-of the Army for Installations, need to enhance our energy “The EITF was tasked to utility regulations, systems sky said in the last six monthsEnergy & Environment, said security because it’s opera- develop a process that is clear, integration, environmental the EITF has had requests tothe cumulative investment tionally necessary, financially consistent and transparent so permitting and acquisition ap- meet with some 195 compa-will help the Army reach its prudent and critical to our that we can provide the private proach.” nies and financial institutions,goal of having 25 percent of mission,” Hammack said. “We sector with a consistent envi- A renewable-energy project and met with 40 to outline thethe Army’s energy come from know that power grids are in- ronment to engage with the guide will be issued for com- EITF approach and plans.renewable sources by 2025. creasingly vulnerable and ex- Army which will allow EITF ment later in the spring Lush- The EITF plans to have aShe began the roundtable by pose Army operations to risk.” projects to maximize return on etsky said. summit in May to meet withrestating the Army’s “net-zero She noted those risks in- investments for both the Army The task force has been industry and discuss the re-strategy.” clude terrorist attacks as well and industry,” Hammack said. working closely with the U.S. newable- energy development “Specifically, a net-zero en- as natural disasters such as EITF Executive Director Corps of Engineers to develop guide as well as specific proj-ergy installation produces as drought and forest-fire condi- John Lushetsky said that since a request for proposal un- ects.much energy annually as it tions in the west (which some the EITF began operating six der what it calls the Multiple “Long term, the Army isuses, and this does not mean installations are already fac- months ago, it has developed Award Order Contract, or MA- also interested in exploringreplacement of current energy ing) and unstable weather to standard approaches and crite- TOC. the role of micro grids and en-requirements with onsite en- include tornadoes. ria to evaluate different proj- The MATOC provides a ergy storage as those technol-ergy production,” she said. Hammack said the Army’s ect opportunities to make the two-step process. In the first ogies become better defined“It means that installations risk-mitigation strategy in- business of large-scale, re- step, companies submit initial and more affordable,” Lushet-address energy efficiency as volves onsite renewable-ener- newable-energy development proposals and qualifications sky said. Spring Concert Antilles Middle School will be presenting its annual Spring Concert on the evening of Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafetorium. The performance will feature the AMS Beginning Band in its first performance of the year and the AMS Intermediate Band, as well as the always exciting Antil- les Jazz Ensemble. There will be a wide variety of music from Classical to Gospel to Rock and Jazz. The students in these groups have been working hard since January to prepare for this pro- gram and we invite the entire Fort Buchanan Community to join us for this gala musical event put on by our talented students. As always, admission is free!
El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 7 April 2012 Deadline for ‘Stop Loss’ pay extended WASHINGTON -- Service The special pay is compensa- members and veterans whose tion for the hardships the invol- military service was involun- untary extensions caused, offi- tarily extended under the “Stop cials said. Eligible members or Loss” program between the their beneficiaries may submit 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. a claim to their respective mili- 30, 2009, are eligible for special tary service to receive $500 for retroactive pay, and they now each full or partial month served have more time to apply for it. in a Stop Loss status. Eligible service members, When the special pay began veterans and their beneficiaries on Oct. 21, 2009, the servic- now have until Oct. 21 to apply es estimated 145,000 service for Retroactive Stop Loss Spe- members, veterans and ben- cial Pay, Pentagon officials an- eficiaries were eligible for this nounced today. benefit. “Even with extensive out- Because the majority of those reach efforts and tremendous eligible had separated from the support from the president, military, officials said, the ser- Congress, the [Veterans Af- vices have engaged in extensive fairs Department], veteran and and persistent outreach efforts,Fire Captain Luis Roig (Center) and Firefighter Héctor Rivera and members of Bayamón Boy Scout Troop 25 learn military service organizations, such as multiple direct mailings,about some of the equipment used by the Fort Buchanan Fire Department. and friends and family around public service announcementsBoy Scouts learn about fire fighting the world, some qualified indi- and continuous engagements viduals have not yet applied,” with military and veteran ser- said Juliet Beyler, the Defense vice organizations, social net-By Brad Bowling Department’s acting director works and media outlets. at the fire station wasn’t all Fire Captain Luis RoigFort Buchanan Fire Department of officer and enlisted person- To apply for the pay, or for fun and games. In a normal said “These kids have never nel management. “We highly more information on submis- day crews spend their day had this kind of opportunity encourage anyone who may be sion requirements and service- Recently members from maintaining their equipment, before, the fact that they eligible to apply for this pay. specific links, go to http://www.the Bayamón Boy Scouts, attend training classes, con- were able to actually wear You have earned it.” defense.gov/stoploss.Troop 25, came to the Fort ducting fire inspections, and the gear and feel what it isBuchanan fire station to visit performing physical train- like to work in the equipmentwith the local firefighters and ing. is different than anythingfound out what it was like to The Scouts wrapped up they have been exposed tobe a firefighter. their visit by participating before.” “The boys had the oppor- in a miniature firefighter While there is a limitedtunity to tour the fire station, challenge consisting of put- community on Fort Buchan-see how the trucks work, and ting on the fire fighting gear an the Fire Department is al-learn about the specialized and performing an obstacle ways engaged in communityequipment used by firefight- course of fire fighting activi- activities and public educa-ers” said Firefighter Héctor ties. tion.Rivera. The Scouts learned howfire fighting has evolved andhow the firefighters do muchmore than people realize. The days of firefightersonly responding to fires haslong past, in today’s firedepartments firefighters re-spond to all sorts of emergen-cies and have to be trained insubjects such as emergencymedicine, technical rescue,hazardous materials, chem-istry, structural engineering,and public education. When asked what do fire-fighters do all day if there are With Engine One in the background, scouts from Bayamón Boy Scout Troop 25 learn about Fort Buchanan fire fighting from members of the departmentno fires, they were surprised like Lydia Rivera a longtime member of the department and one of the fewto find out that a typical day female firefighters in Puerto Rico.
8April 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananThe Fort Buchanan Army Earth Day Exposition 2012By Alicia Navedo environmentally acceptable, ergy conservation equipment an extended period of time, eral, State, and local orga-Environmental Specialist Contractor promote resource conserva- and processes in Puerto Rico. up to 25 years. The contrac- nizations. Fort Buchanan The Fort Buchanan’s Earth tion through waste reduction, This contract will benefit Fort tor recoups their investment invites all interested organi-Day activity is scheduled for recycling, pollution preven- Buchanan and 11 Army Re- through an agreed-upon per- zations and agencies to haveFriday, 20 April 2012 at the tion, and energy conserva- serve Centers on the island, centage of guaranteed cost booths at the site to distributeCommunity Club from 9:00 tion. saving. This action is project- savings. promotional and educationalam to 2:00 p.m. This year’s Our Installation is also le- ed to save the Army more than The Army’s Earth Day is material as well as to pres-theme is “Net Zero Energy veraging partnerships with $61 million over the contract an awareness tool that com- ent innovative ideas to the& Water for Resources Con- the private sector through an life. These projects awarded plies with Army Regulation community. If you are in-servation”. Nevertheless, the Energy Savings Performance through the U.S. Army Corps 200-1 and helps terested in participatingtheme is not only a strategy Contract (ESPC) as the pri- of Engineers, Huntsville Dis- us reach our or have any ques-but the Army’s vision to ap- mary tool to achieve energy, trict, Alabama, support the community tions, the point ofpropriately manage our natu- water, and fuel conservation Army’s goal of producing 25 and neigh- contact is Mr.ral resources with a goal of goals. percent of its utility energy bors to Aníbal Negrón,net zero installations. Johnson Controls was requirement from renewable promote Acting Chief According to Fort Bu- awarded a $34 million con- energy sources by 2025. environ- Environmen-chanan’s Environmental tract to install wind and so- Under an ESPC, an energy mental tal Division, atManagement Policy Memo- lar photovoltaic systems, service company provides steward- 787-707-3575,randum #23, we must keep light-emitting diode, or LED, equipment, capital and ex- ship in or e-mail at:our commitment to conduct lighting, energy management pertise to attain a specified partnership anibal.negron1@operations that are safe and control systems, and other en- level of energy savings over with other Fed- us.army.mil.ASAP brings you alcoholism screeningsBy Myrna Llanos If you answer “yes” to any cate, and raise awareness about need of help to proper resources. or co-worker—please visitPrevention Coordinator the dangers of at-risk drinking If you are drinking too much, our booth. You will be able to of the following questions, you Alcohol is the most com- may have a problem with alco- through anonymous self-as- you can improve your health by speak to someone who will as-monly used drug in the United hol: sessments. The screening will cutting back or quitting. Keep sess your needs and provide in-States (National Institute on •Do you drink alone when you not provide a diagnosis; it will track of how much you drink, formation so that you can helpDrug Abuse). Alcohol is popu- feel angry or sad? help you recognize symptoms avoid places where over drink- yourself and/or help others.lar, socially accepted, and le- •Does your drinking ever make that are consistent with a condi- ing occurs, and find new ways If you have a question aboutgal. Yet it is the most frequent you late for work? tion or concern that would ben- to deal with stress. If you are this article or about substancecause of individual and fam- •Does your drinking worry your efit from further evaluation or concerned about your own alco- abuse in general, please e-mailily pain and suffering. Drink- family? treatment. You will also receive hol use or that of someone you me at myrna.m.llanos.civ@ing too much alcohol can lead •Do you ever drink after telling guidance and connect those in care about—a relative, a friend mail.mil or call (787) 707-3125.to health problems, including yourself you won’t?alcohol poisoning, hangovers, •Do you ever forget what youand an increased risk of heart did while drinking? Fort Buchanan’s organizationaldisease. This April, during Al- •Do you get headaches or have acohol Awareness Month, the hangover after drinking? page is now available on FacebookFt. Buchanan Army Substance Strategies to cut back, quitAbuse Program (ASAP) en- There are many strategies youcourages you to take this time to can try to cut back or quit drink-educate yourself and your loved ing. To get started:ones about the dangers of alco- •Keep track of your drinkinghol abuse. In Puerto Rico alone, and set a drinking limit.the Traffic Safety Commission •Try to avoid places wherereported there have been 110 heavy drinking occurs. Fort Buchanan now has an official page on Facebook. Finddrunk driving accidents during •Ask for help from a doctor, photos, video and important news and event informationthe year 2010. To spread the family, or friends.word and prevent alcohol abuse, •If you keep alcohol in your from us here by logging on and clicking “like” on our page.ASAP is joining other organiza- home, keep only a limited sup- This month look for the snake rescue photo album, whichtions across the country to hon- ply.or Alcohol Awareness Month to National Alcohol Screening documented the recovery and release of an endangeredprevent alcohol abuse in our Ft. Day will be held 5 April, 2012. Puerto Rican Boa.Buchanan community. ASAP Staff at Ft. Buchanan will Alcohol Awareness Month is be conducting voluntary anony-an opportunity to raise aware- mous screenings on that day,ness of alcohol abuse and en- from 0900-1500 at the Main PX From Facebook.com Searchcourage people to make healthy, lobby. National Alcohol Screen- “U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan”safe choices. ing Day (NASD) is designed then find our government organization page.Warning signs of abuse to reduce stigma, inform, edu-
El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 9 April 2012Criar a los hijos a través del amor y respeto CHILD, From Page 1 conversation with the chil- dren as soon as the undesiredBy Wilda Díaz guridad, reconocer el bien y el sólo recuerde que no hay un y comprometido en la vida de behavior occurs, as childrenFamily Advocacy Program Manager mal; valores (autoestima, res- padre perfecto. De hecho, la sus hijos tanto como sea po- tend to have a short attention Durante el mes de abril, el peto por los demás, la integri- paternidad es una experiencia sible. span. Children also need toPrograma de Apoyo Familiar dad, la lealtad); la estructura; imperfecta. Quiero dejarle con una de express themselves withoutlanza una campaña de sensibi- las responsabilidades; buenos Mi mejor consejo es no es- mis citas/frases favoritas: “Cu- being interrupted. They needlización para la Prevención del hábitos de estudio; la confianza tablecer estándares muy altos ando me acerco a un niño, él/ to feel that parents, teachers,Abuso Infantil. Al igual que en (autoestima saludable); comu- para usted o sus hijos. Disfrute ella me inspira dos sentimien- or/and caretakers are activelyaños anteriores, los invito a re- nicación efectiva. Estas herra- de la aventura de ser padres. tos, sensibilidad por lo que él/ listening to them. During myflexionar por un momento en mientas les enseñan a los niños De acuerdo a T. Berry Bra- ella es, y respeto por lo que él/ years of experience in work-el día en que nació su bebé. mejores formas de reaccionar zelton, “Mantener una visión ella puede llegar a ser.” Louis ing with children, I have Trate de recordar los pensa- ante diferentes situaciones, así amplia en mente es una de las Pasteur learned that they tend to feelmientos y sentimientos cáli- también como para mantener cosas más importantes que los Para información adicional respected when adults stopdos que se sintió la primera un estilo de vida equilibrada padres pueden hacer y también sobre herramientas de crianza what they are doing to look atvez que celebró el nacimiento según van creciendo y con- una de las más difíciles.” Por y manteniendo relaciones fa- them while they are giving annuevo. Tal vez, usted sentía: virtiéndose en adultos. lo tanto, no importa en qué miliares sanas y saludables explanation for their actions.el amor, la ternura, la paz, el Y si usted se siente un poco situación se encuentre, sim- favor de comunicarse con el Besides, children need thesemiedo, la preocupación y /o frustrado durante su experien- plemente sea el mejor padre Programa de Apoyo Familiar a basic concepts: Safety; Righttantos otros sentimientos que cia en la crianza de sus hijos, que pueda ser: este presente través del 787-707-3709/3698. from Wrong; Values (self-probablemente trajo lágrimas respect, respect for others,y/o sonrisas a su rostro. integrity, loyalty); Structure; Como padres sabemos Responsibilities; Good Studyque los niños crecen de una Habits; Confidence (healthymanera rápida. A medida que self-esteem); Effective Com-crecen tienen que aprender el munication Skills.buen comportamiento a través These tools will teach chil-de la disciplina constructiva dren better ways to react toy eficaz. Usar técnicas efecti- different situations as well asvas de disciplina en todas las to maintain a well-balancedetapas de crecimiento de los life style as they becomeniños puede ayudarlos a con- adults.vertirse en adultos maduros And if you get a bit frus-y exitosos. Los fundamentos trated during your parentingson el Amor y Respeto. Es es- journey, just remember thatencial que los niños sepan que there is not a perfect parent.son amados por sobre todas las In fact, parenting is an imper-cosas; que cuando se les esté fect journey.disciplinando también reciban My best advice is not to setuna explicación de su mala ac- high standards for you or yourción o comportamiento. children. Enjoy the adventure Yo recomiendo a los padres of parenting. According to T.y/o cuidadores que tengan una Berry Brazelton, “Keepingconversación con los niños the Big Picture in mind is onetan pronto como el comporta- of the most important thingsmiento no deseado se produce, parents can do, and also oneya que los niños tienden a ten- of the hardest”. Therefore, noer poca retención de atención. matter what situation you en-Los niños también necesitan counter, just be a parent: beexpresarse sin ser interrumpi- fully connected and engageddos. Ellos necesitan sentir que in your children’s life as muchsus padres, maestros, y/o cui- as possible.dadores los están escuchando I want to leave you with onedetenidamente. of my favorite quotes: “When Durante mis años de expe- I approach a child, he/she in-riencia trabajando con niños, spires in me two sentiments;he aprendido que tienden a Tenderness for what he/she is,sentirse respetados cuando los and Respect for what he/sheadultos dejan a un lado lo que may become.” - Louis Pasteurestán haciendo para mirarlos o For additional informationatenderlos mientras ellos están on parenting skills and keep-dando una explicación de sus ing healthy relationships,actos. please contact the Family Ad- Además, los niños necesitan vocacy Program at 787-707-estos conceptos básicos: se- 3709/3698.
Superior Unit A10 April 2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortbuchanan_elmorro/ The Sentinel of ASUA, From Page 1 measured without the as- cov sistance from our commu- tim gency Services. nity. The 1st Mission Support call Among the hardest hit fa- Command, the Puerto Rico wh cilities was the Directorate of National Guard, the United wh Public Works building, which States Coast Guard San Juan S housed the offices of the very Sector, the Fort Buchanan she people who would be needed Military Treatment Facility, ter to respond and begin recov- the Federal Bureau of Inves- hot ery efforts. tigation, the government of from For their actions from Oct. Puerto Rico, the Department gue 23 to Nov. 9, 2009 the citation of Defense School, the Com- nize reads, “the U.S. Army Gar- missary, AAFES, the United “ rison Fort Buchanan and its States Army Reserve Com- help subordinate units displayed mand and the Installation A outstanding meritorious ser- Management Command for par vice under extraordinary dan- their contributions during the awo gerous circumstances.” phases of evacuation, disaster was During the ceremony assessment and recovery op- Fire awards were handed out to erations to help restore this A Soldiers and members of the installation to normal opera- and work force at the time of the tion,” he said. dutCol. John D. Cushman, the current garrison commander, and Col. Edwin C. Domingo, the garrison commander dur- incident. Perhaps one of the more to sing the Caribbean Petroleum Corporation fuel farm explosion, share in the honor of placing the Army Superior Unit In his remarks to the audi- dramatic accounts of the ex- lumAward streamer onto the garrison colors, at the Community Club March 28. ence March 28 Domingo put plosion came from Laura “ Col. Edwin C. Domingo, the it another way, “Now, Fort López who, at the time of tice former garrison commander of Buchanan will proudly dis- the explosion was the front ally Fort Buchanan, was the keynote play the Army Superior Unit desk clerk for the El Caney Riv speaker during the Army Superior Award streamer in all cer- Lodge. López initially felt a T Unit Award ceremony held at the emonies representing the he- change in air pressure as she reac Community Club March 28. The garrison received the ASUA for roic actions taken by the Sol- stood behind the counter of pre “outstanding meritorious service diers and Civilians during the the lodge just a split-second cha under extraordinary dangerous CAPECO Fuel Tank explo- before glass, debris and the par circumstances.” front sliding doors came hur- assi sion. This award will also be written in the Fort Buchanan tling toward her. jure lineage,” he said. “I felt the doors like push uati Domingo also gave credit toward me and the they ex- The to the other organizations that ploded and I screamed and hit me were on hand in those trying the ground,” said López. to days, which helped in the re- Thinking that the explosion oth Photo by Luis Delgadillo sponse. was a terrorist attack she fled bin “Our success cannot be the front counter area to seek and Photo by Luis DelgadilloGarrison Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson, Col. John D. Cushman, the current gar-rison commander, and Col. Edwin C. Domingo, the former garrison commander prepare to affix the Army Superior The view of the fire from above.Unit award Streamer to the garrison colors March 28. During the ceremony Soldiers and members of the work forcealso received the individual Superior Unit Awards.
Award Ceremony the Caribbean http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortbuchanan_elmorro/ El Morro Fort Buchanan 11 ver and returned a shortme later to answer phone ls from frantic hotel guestsho were trying to find outhat had happened. Shortly after, López saide printed out the guest ros- and began to evacuate the tel with some assistance m Soldiers who were ests at the lodge and recog-zed the danger. “Seeing them, that really lped me a lot,” said López. Across post at the Fire De- rtment, Héctor Rivera was Photo by Raymond McCormick Photo by Raymond McCormick oken by what he thought Members of the Directorate of Public Works conduct assessments of the The Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Gunnar G.F. Pedersen Jr. and former Fire Chief s a car crashing into the perimeter fence area days after it was destroyed by the fire. Wayne Doherty speak shortly after the fire was extinguished. e Station. After getting his bearing he were finally extinguished. Left: Col. Edwin C. Do- d the other firefighters on Emergency personnel were mingo, speaks to Gov. Luis successful in preventing the Fortuño shortly after the ty that night went outside fires were extinguished at see the towering fireball il- explosions of the remaining the Pedrín Zorilla Coliseum.minating the night sky. fuel storage tanks. “As we got closer we no- “We rediscovered the val- Below: The sliding doors ed that the fire was actu- ues of teamwork, respect and of the El Caney Lodge were blown off their tracks y outside the fence,” said caring. We saw Soldiers, ci- and flew as far as 30 ft., vera. vilians, members of federal narrowly missing the hotel Though they could not agencies and our surround- clerk, Laura López in theach the fire to begin sup- ing community, working to- early morning hours of Oct. gether, hand in hand, to bring 23, 2009.ession methods, Fort Bu- anan Police and Fire De- Fort Buchanan back to where rtment personnel began it was, thus enabling oursisting with the triage of in- Soldiers, their families and ed personnel and the evac- our workforce to come back tion of garrison residents. home safe,” said Domingo. e Puerto Rico Fire Depart- Photo by Raymond McCormickent, which was the first unit respond to the fire, andher federal agencies com-ned efforts to end the blaze d after four days the fires Photo courtesy FBI Photo by Raymond McCormick