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    • November 23, 2007 • Volume 6, Issue 08 Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea Noncombatant Community Students ‘draw’Inside Exercise tests celebrates Native on ‘Family Strong, new procedures American heritage Army Strong’ Page 5 Page 10 Page 22Turf wars: Korea-wide youth compete in finals See page 22 for story and photosSamuel Morris (in the air) skies to kick the ball clear of Darnell Chang (62), Kristopher Lewis (67) and others in the 13-15 IMCOM-K 13-15 year old Soccer Finals at Humphreys’ SoldierField Saturday, Nov. 17. — U.S. Army Photo By Mike MooneyUSFK Conducts Non-Combatant Evacuation Sail Awayby Dave Palmer evacuation control centers on the peninsula the ServicemembersUSFK Public Affairs processing us had to quickly integrate us in to their community. It was clear our group added a real life feel to the exercise. “The United States Forces Korea families from around the Republic NEO allows the Servicemember that stays behind to focus on theirlearned what an actual “Sail Away” would be like during USFK’s mission, their job one, and be assured that families are taken caresemi-annual exercise. Courageous Channel 07-02, Non Combatant of,” said Airman First Class Alexandrea Larson, NEO Warden, 51stEvacuation (NEO), held from Nov. 15–18, was more than a Operation Group.rehearsal of evacuation procedures. “Several members of our group kept journals so they “Whether a NEO is called for a natural disaster or a man made can share their experiences with friends and neighbors toone, everyone involved can clearly see the difficulties in caring better prepare in the event of an actual NEO,” Larson added.for and maintaining accountability of non-combatants,” said For the exercise, families needed to bring their “NEO packets,”Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sanders, Lead NEO Escort. Sanders which include important documents. To speed the process “NTS-added, “We saw first hand the challenges of evacuating 46 people K” the NEO Tracking System allowed sponsors to electronicallyunder ‘emergency’ conditions.” Squadron Leader Peter Franken looks on as pre-register their families. Currently the system activates just prior Our “Sail Away” group represented many possible variables, he is processed into the NEO Tracking System to an exercise and terminates after it.When the link is active it willforeign citizen spouses, foreign embassy staff and foreign service at USAG Yongsan’s EEC. — U.S. Army Photo be a featured link under Family Info and in the Hot Topics sectionmembers to name a few. As we were moved from home station to By Dave Palmer of
    • NEWS • PAGE 2 NEWS THE MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Published by Installation Management Command - Korea Commanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. Al Aycock Public Affairs Officer/Editor: Edward N. Johnson Senior Editor:Susan Silpasornprasit Gift giving: is it legal? USAG-RED CLOUD Special to The Morning Calm Weekly than $10) on traditional gift-giving occasions such as birthdays, Commander: Col. Larry A. Jackson weddings, and holidays. A bottle of wine brought when invited Public Affairs Officer: Margaret Banish-Donaldson CI Officer: James F. Cunningham Thinking of buying someone a gift? Not so fast. The Army has to another’s home is also an example of an exception to the general strict rules which must be followed. In this article, the legal office rule. Superiors may also accept gifts from subordinates on special, USAG-YONGSAN will discuss everything that you need to know in order to stay out infrequent occasions. An example of such an occasion is during a Commander: Col. David W. Hall Public Affairs Officer: David McNally of trouble when giving or receiving gifts. PCS or retirement, when the superior-subordinate relationship is CI Officer: Kenneth Fidler As a general rule, you may not receive gifts that are given because or will be terminated. The limit for these gifts is $300 per donating Staff Writer: Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon of your official position or one that is given by a prohibited source group. Be aware that if one person is a member of two donating USAG-HUMPHREYS (e.g., someone who has an interest in the performance of official groups, then the gifts from both groups are counted as if they are Commander: Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. Public Affairs Officer: Bob McElroy Army missions). Certain items, however, are not considered gifts at from a single group. All contributions for gifts must be voluntary, Writer/Editor: Andre D. Butler all and are therefore excluded from the general prohibition. These and the most that can be solicited is $10. Subordinates are free CI Oficer: Stacy Ouellette items include light refreshments (i.e., coffee and donuts), items of to give more than $10, but no more than $10 may be solicited. USAG-DAEGU no intrinsic value such as plaques or trophies, and awards or prizes Furthermore, in order to mitigate any undue influence, the Commander: Col. Michael P. Saulnier from contests that are open to the public. solicitation should be done by a relatively low ranking individual Public Affairs Officer: Ronald Inman Public Affairs Specialist: Samuel G. Hudson When analyzing whether a gift is acceptable according to Army within the donating group. Lists should not be kept of who gave Staff Writer: Cpl. Kyung Chul NA regulations, we apply three separate categories of rules depending and how much was given. This Army newspaper is an authorized publication for on who is giving the gift. The categories are: (1) gifts from outside The final category is gifts from foreign governments. Gifts members of the Department of Defense. Contents (prohibited) sources; (2) gifts between employees; and (3) gifts from valued up to $305 from a foreign government or given on behalf of The Morning Calm Weekly are not necessarily foreign governments. of a foreign government may be accepted. Gifts valued above the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or Department of the Army. Gifts from outside (prohibited) sources comprise a fairly large “minimal value” can only be accepted on behalf of the United States. The editorial content of this weekly publication is the category that generally includes any person or organization that If you accept a gift of this nature, notify and deposit the gift with responsibility of the IMCOM-Korea, Public Affairs, APO AP 96205. Circulation: 9,500 does business with or seeks to do business with any Department of the chain of command. An exception to this rule is when it is clear Defense entity, or has an interest that may be substantially affected that the gift is motivated by a family or personal friendship rather Printed by Oriental Press, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Government, under exclusive by performance or nonperformance of the employee’s official duties. than the position of the employee. written contract with the Contracting Command-Korea. There are, however, a few exceptions. A gift can be accepted from So what should you do if you receive an unacceptable gift? The civilian printer is responsible for commercial a prohibited source or one that was given because of the receiver’s First and foremost, if possible, refuse the offer of an improper gift. advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not official position provided that the value of the gift is less than $20, Diplomatically explain that Federal employees may not accept constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army or Oriental and gifts from that same source do not exceed $50 per year. Another certain gifts. Another option is for you to pay the donor the gift’s Press of the products or services advertised. Every- thing advertised in this publication shall be made avail- exception is when the gift is based on an outside relationship, such market value. If the item is perishable, it may be donated to charity, able for purchase, use or patronage without regard as a family relationship or personal friendship. Keep in mind, shared within the office, or destroyed. to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any however, that even if a gift falls within one of these exceptions, In conclusion, giving and receiving gifts is one of the greatest other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. you should not accept it if it will undermine Government integrity. joys of life. As the famous philosopher Hana Rollins once stated, If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy Perception is reality! “When we give gifts, we give life”. If you have any question as to by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation In regards to gifts between employees, the general rule is that whether you can give or receive a particular gift, I encourage you is corrected. superiors may not accept or solicit a gift from a subordinate, and to contact your ethics counselor located in your local area legal Oriental Press President: Charles Chong subordinates may not give gifts to superiors. The exception to office. Happy Holidays! Commercial Advertising that rule is that superiors may accept a gift of minimal value (less Telephone: 738-5005 or 723-4253 Fax: (02) 790-5795 E-mail: Mail address: PSC 450, Box 758, APO AP 96206-0758 IMCOM-KOREA: Safety Update ‘Influencers’ cost Soldiers their lives Location: Bldg. 1440, Yongsan, Main Post SUBMISSIONS OR COMMENTS: Phone: DSN 724-TMCW (8629) Fax: DSN 724-3356 E-mail: MorningCalmWeekly by Lori Yerdon Prescription, over-the-counter, illicit and unrecognized Army News Service drugs all have potential reactions with alcohol. The NIDA reports that drugged driving is a public health concern because Visit us online In February 2007, two Soldiers died in a rollover accident it also places passengers and others who share the road at The Morning Calm in Iraq when the Humvee they were operating rolled into a risk. canal. Though the Soldiers drowned, preliminary reports In March 2007, a Soldier was traveling with two other suggest they were driving under the influence ... but not of Soldiers when he reportedly lost control of his privately owned alcohol. vehicle and crashed into a tree. However, reports indicate Driving under the influence doesn’t always involve that a backseat passenger reached forward and grabbed the drinking alcohol. Drugs and other items can impair drivers steering wheel. and render them incapable of safely operating vehicles, as is Impaired judgment, uncoordinated body movements, the case in this report. blurred vision and slurred speech are just a few of the effects Initial findings from the accident suggest the Soldiers alcohol and drugs have on people. “huffed” before driving the government vehicle. Huffing is Last year, an Army captain died in Iowa after losing a term used to describe the action of intentionally inhaling control of his motorcycle, slamming into a chain-link fence aerosols or chemical vapors to attain a “high” or gain some and tumbling end-over-end more than a dozen times. The euphoric effect. According to the National Institute on Drug investigation revealed that he was driving under the influence. Abuse, drugs, aerosols, chemical vapors and other items used His blood alcohol concentration was .289, and he chose to to obtain this feeling act on the brain and alter perception, leave the bar without wearing a helmet. Submitting to The Morning Calm Weekly balance, coordination and other motor skills required for “Soldiers must take care of each other and battle to stay Send Letters to the Editor, guest commen- safe driving. in the fight,” said Lt. Col. Randall K. Cheeseborough, chief taries, story submissions and other items: Even with new enforcement measures now in place to ground task force for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. detect such hazardous practices, incidents of drugged driving “Develop a plan of attack before heading out for a night on the For all submitted items include a point of con- are on the rise, according to Sergeant Danny Lamm of the town, and make sound decisions before drinking.” tact name and telephone number. All items are Impaired Driving Unit at the California Highway Patrol “The use of battle buddies, designated drivers and taxis subject to editing for content and to insure they academy. are cheaper than the cost of a DUI or fatality,” Lt. Col. conform with DoD guidelines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Cheeseborough added. “Though Soldiers can face punishment IMCOM-K Public Affairs reports that 16,000 people are killed annually because of by their chain of command, the ultimate loss could be that of and the Morning Calm Weekly staff are located drunk and drugged driving. NHTSA also estimates that a life. What influence would you rather drive under?” in Bldg. 1416, Yongsan Garrison Main Post. drugs are used by about 10 to 22 percent of drivers involved For information on drunk or drugged driving awareness For information, call 724-3365. in accidents, often in combination with alcohol. and prevention, visit or
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 NEWS NEWS • PAGE 3 MP Blotter The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be in- complete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Excessive Purchasing, Subject #1 had made three trips in and out of the USAG-Red Cloud Main PX and appeared to have purchased items in excess. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Red Cloud PMO where she was interviewed by KNI and rendered a writ- ten statement admitting to the offense. Subject #1 was issued an Order to Show Cause and released on her own recognizance. Subject #1’s RCP was retained and the items were returned to the PX for a refund. This is a final report. AREA I: Assault on Law Enforcement Official, Vic- tim #1 was notified of an individual who appeared to have passed out in the parking lot. Victim #1 then proceeded to the parking lot where he observed Subject #1 lying on the ground. Victim #1 then went to check Subject #1 for responsiveness. Victim #1 identified himself as an MP, and attempted to have Subject #1 stand up, at which time Subject #1 got up and started running away. After a short pursuit Victim #1 was able to stop Subject #1 at which time Subject #1 struck Victim #1 in the stomach two times with a closed hand and elbowed him in the forehead. Another MP observed the incident and assisted Victim #1 in apprehending Subject #1.Sub- ject #1 was transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where he refused a PBT. Subject #1 was released to his unit. Due to his level of intoxication, he was transported to the USAG-Casey TMC for a com- mand directed LBAT, with results pending. Subject #1 and Victim #1 refused medical attention due to Octupus is just one of many items seafood enthusiasts can sample at the Fish Market in Seoul. The food is served fresh straight from the sea to minor injuries. Subject #1’s injuries consisted of your plate. The market is open every day and located in Seoul along the Han River, near the 63 Building. — U.S. Army Photo By Ed Johnson three lacerations and a small abrasion to the right side of his face. Victim #1’s injuries consisted of a laceration to the right middle finger and in the SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities middle of his forehead and two abrasions to the up- per left of his forehead. At 3 p.m. Nov. 10, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO where he was advised of his legal rights, which he invoked. B-boyz Performance (Seoul) Lotte World Investigation continues by MPI. The Ballerina Who Loves a B-boy is a unique dance performance Lotte World is a huge shopping and entertainment complex AREA I: Assault on Law Enforcement Official, Re- featuring a combination of ballet and street dance. This 90- featuring a folk village, adventure rides, sports center with a sisting Apprehension, Provoking Speeches, Failure minute, nonverbal performance is held weekly at the B-boy skating rink as well as a hotel and department store. Lotte World to Identify, Subject #1 used provocative language Theater in Seoul. The show follows the story of a ballerina is one of Korea’s most popular family fun centers. Some of the towards Victim #1 and Victim #2 as he passed them who assimilates into the world of street dance after falling in most anticipated attractions include Atlantic Adventure, Pharoh’s adjacent to Gate #1. When Victim #1 asked Subject love with a B-boy. The performance schedule is: Mondays and Fury, Gyro Drop, World Carnival Parade and a Laser Show. The #1 for his ID card, he refused to show it. However, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. and parade takes place at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, and the laser show is Victim #1 obtained Subject #1’s ID card from Per- 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more held in the late evening at 9:30 p.m. Lotte World also features son Related #1 after scanning his ID card. Subject information, visit or call 02-336-5377 for indoor gaming venues and acrades. For more information, visit #1 became belligerent, struck Victim #1’s hand with booking. an open hand in attempt to get his ID card back. Subject #1 then swung with a closed hand at Victim #1 at which time, Victim #1 caught Subject #1’s DMZ Tour (Panmunjeom) “Puppet” (Daegu City) hand and placed him on the ground to apply hand The fall is an ideal time of year to visit the Korean DMZ. “Puppet”, performed by 31 members of the Daegu Municipal irons. Subject #1 resisted and was finally subdued Panmunjeom is the site where the Korean War armistice Dance Troupe, presents the story of ordinary people who try to with the assistance of Person Related #2. Subject agreement was signed in 1953. Visiting the Demilitarized find escape from the midst of their hectic, daily routines. The #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG- Zone established by that agreement offers a first-hand look actors, who portray ordinary people, wear masks to disguise Stanley MP Station where he was not administered at one of the most heavily-fortified borders in the world and themselves as puppets. This non-verbal performance is held at a PBT due to his refusal. Subject #1 was pro- a thorough understanding of the history behind the Korean the Bongsan Cultural Center in Daegu City Nov. 22-23 at 5 cessed, released to his unit and transported to the War. Panmunjeom is located in the Joint Security Area at and 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://artcenter.daegu. USAG-Casey TMC by his unit to render a command directed LBAT, with results pending. At 3 p.m. Nov. which troops from North and South Korea maintain a presence. or 10, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Stanley MP Visitors can tour the 3rd Tunnel, dug to infiltrate South Korean Station where he was advised of his legal rights, territory as well as the Dora Obseravtory, which provides a view Fish Market (Seoul) which he invoked. Victim #1 reported no injuries. of the second largest city in North Korea. Those wishing to The Noryangjin Fish Market is one of the largest fresh fish and Investigation continues by MPI. participate in the tour must adhere to the dress code and present seafood markets in Korea. It sells produce at retail and wholesale appropriate ID/passport. For information on tours to the DMZ, prices. More than 300 tons of seafood from 15 ports in the AREA II: Assault on Law Enforcement Official, contact the USO or visit southern part of Korea arrives to the market daily. Many small Subject #1 struck Victim #1 in the chest area with restaurants serve freshly sliced raw fish on the second floor of an open hand while Victim #1 was attempting to control an altercation at an off post club. Subject JUMP (Seoul) the market. Shellfish is packaged in seawater to keep it especially #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG- JUMP is a comic martial arts performance that started in Korea fresh. The market offers interesting sights like squid and large Yongsan PMO where he was administered a se- and is now playing globally. The plotlines revolve around the whole octopus on display. Seafood pastries offer a unique taste. ries of FSTs, which he performed poorly on. Due misadventures of an unusual family of acrobatic martial artisits. The wholesale market is closed on Sundays and holidays, but the to Subject #1’s suspected level of intoxication he There are four mini-episodes to the show. Performances are retail market is open every day. The Department of Agriculture, was not advised of his legal rights. Subject #1 was Tuesday – Saturday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, Forestry, and Fisheries operates the Noryangjin Fish Market. processed and released to his unit. At 12:08 a.m. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; no show on Mondays. Performances are held This 66,000 square meter facility houses more than 700 shops Nov. 11, Subject #1 reported to the USAG-Yong- at the IBK JUMP Theater in Seoul. For information, visit www. selling fresh and dried fish. The market is open from 3:00 a.m. san PMO where he was advised of his regal rights, or visit to 9:00 p.m. which he waived, rendering a written sworn state- ment admitting to the offense. Victim #1 sustained no visible injuries. This is a final report.
    • NEWS • PAGE 4 NEWS THE MORNING CALMProgram Builds Strong Army Marriages PAID ADVERTISINGby Elizabeth M. Lorge events and work through them in a wayArmy News Service that’s productive?” The weekend includes a “date night,” Sgt. 1st Class Pernell and Wanda Mabry and couples must leave their home city andpractice the speaker-listener technique stay in a hotel in order to spend quality timeat a Strong Bonds retreat in Arlington, together. The Army pays for everything,Va., Nov. 11. They said the Strong Bonds even the spouse’s travel.program has helped them adjust to his “This is critical because if your marriagerecent return from Iraq. The weekend was isn’t healthy, something’s going to happenthe first opportunity they had to be alone to you as a Soldier,” said Lt. Col. Peter J.since his redeployment in September. Photo Frederich, Family ministries officer at theby Elizabeth M. Lorge Office of the Chief of Chaplains. “We don’t WASHINGTON (Army News Service, charge Soldiers to train on their weapon soNov. 15, 2007) - Sgt. 1st Class Pernell we shouldn’t charge them to train on theirMabry’s wife Wanda gave birth to twins marriage.”the day before he deployed to Iraq. Like Strong Bonds often includes some kindmany other Soldiers, he missed their first of recommitment ceremony, and Sgt. 1stChristmas and their first steps, and he didn’t Class Lorenzia Henderson, a chaplain’sknow if they would bond with him when assistant with the 99th, urged Soldiers andhe came home. The separation and reunion, their spouses to recognize each other. Tearshe and his wife said, came with many fell on both sides as Soldiers thanked theirchallenges and unexpected adjustments. spouses for holding everything together at The couple joined other Army Reserve home during deployments.couples - officer and noncommissioned The 99th RRC added the Army’sofficer, newlywed and those married 30 Battlemind training to the retreat, toyears - at a Strong Bonds weekend in ensure that the Soldiers, some of whomArlington, Va., Nov. 9-11, for a mini- had recently returned from deployment,vacation to strengthen their marriages. As and their spouses knew the post-traumaticthe weekend progressed, most began to sit a stress symptoms to expect, includinglittle closer, share glances and hold hands. isolation, aggression, drinking, flashbacks The Strong Bonds program is a training and nightmares.program run by both active-duty and “I think most of us got messed up downreserve-component chaplains. It originated there and we don’t see it until our wife says,in 1999 with the 25th Infantry Division, but ‘I’ve got one foot out the door. Do youhas taken off during the war on terrorism, want to do something about it before theas Army couples needed to maintain or other one’s out?’ That’s what my wife toldrebuild their friendships and intimacy amid me a couple of weeks ago,” said one Soldier,repeated deployment cycles. emphasizing the importance of programs “We’ve seen the Strong Bonds program like Strong Bonds in helping marriagesbuilding strong Families,” said Maj. Gen. recover from or prepare for deployment.Douglas L. Carver, the Army’s chief of Sgt. 1st Class Mabry, who returnedchaplains. “A strong Soldier, as he prepares from Iraq in September, said this retreator even goes to combat, will be strong was the first opportunity he’s had to spendif his Family’s strong. It’s based upon time alone with his wife since his return.building strong communication, strong “I think this is really helpful and I thank PAID ADVERTISINGrelationships, maintaining that strong the chaplain’s section for coming up withintimacy that couples need to have.” the idea. Soldiers really need something to “If for six months, you use the skills you get them back into family-orientation, andlearn this weekend, and it doesn’t improve this is really good. This is something thatyour marriage, call me and I’ll take you out really helps.”for a steak dinner, separately if necessary,” “It’s been very, very helpful to me; ILt. Col. Mark Sachs, deputy staff chaplain think to both of us, because we’ve had ourfor the 99th Regional Readiness Command, challenges since he’s been back,” added Mrs.told the group. He added that he’s facilitated Mabry. “With us having different parenting14 or 15 retreats and has yet to receive a ideas and thoughts and opinions -- and forphone call. He has, however, heard from him, being a new parent all over again -- andcouples who cancelled their appointments then different backgrounds, I think this haswith divorce lawyers. helped us to have a common ground.” “The core of the program is They both said they would recommendcommunication styles, how to communicate the program to other Soldiers and plan towell when it counts most, when you have use the techniques. In fact, 95 percent ofsomething very sensitive to talk about or couples say they would recommend thewhen the topic is risky or a high-emotional program on their after-action reports, saidtopic,” said Chaplain Sachs. “We teach our Chaplain Sachs.participants about communication patterns According to Chaplain Frederich,that are toxic to a marriage, how to avoid Strong Bonds has been so successful thatthem and what to do when you find yourself the National Institutes of Health gave thein one of those patterns. We talk about chaplaincy a grant for a five-year study toproblem-solving or conflict-management, see if the program makes a difference inhow to approach things that you differ on the amount of time the Soldiers stay inand come to conclusions, solutions, that the Army, whether they get Post Traumaticare a productive way to represent what both Stress Disorder, what their promotion rateshusband and wife want. are, etc.New versions of the program are “A lot of times when couples fight, it’s now geared toward single Soldiers anotherbecause an event in the course of everyday involves entire Families. The one for singlelife has sparked an issue for them. Couples Soldiers focuses on how to choose the righttend to discuss the issue in the context of partner, and the other version for Familiesthe event and because of that it never gets focuses on parenting skills.For moreresolved. How do you separate issues from information visit
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 AREA I USAG-RC • PAGE 5 Dennis Graves (left) points out the areas evacuees must visit before NEO evacuation can begin to Master Sgt. Lorenzo Hilliard (2nd from right) and Master Sgt. Denise Grant-Butler (right)during the NEO exercise held in USAG-RC Physical Fitness Center Nov. 15 2007.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim CunninghamNew procedures prove useful in NEO operationby Jim Cunningham the civilians here on the ground. Once we Sgt. Robert Mack. online at and registerUSAG-RC Public Affairs know who they are, we can assign them a “We administer the flu shot to those to vote by absentee ballot. NEO warden.” who need them at the troop medical clinic,” “You can actually go to that site and look RED CLOUD GARRISON—The When new civilian employees come to Franklin said. “We check medical records up your registration and make sure you areNoncombatant Evacuation Operation Korea, they should in process for NEO by and make sure they are up to date. If they registered back in the United States for theexercise held in USAG-Red Cloud and going online at: are not up to date, we can schedule an upcoming elections,” Schlueter said.USAG-Casey Nov. 14 through 17 proved mil/, or going to the USAG-RC website at: appointment for them.”new procedures useful and less time The final station in line is theconsuming for prospective evacuees. In , click on the banner at the top ‘click here transportation station and a visit with Sgt.addition, it helped some directorates gather for NEO web pre-registration,’ according 1st Class Kenneth Bolton.information and help Soldiers prepare to to Graves. “This is the final station in line before thevote in upcoming elections. Registration “Our goal is to process the evacuees evacuation,” Bolton said. “We accumulatepersonnel saw a grand total of 1,392 quickly and get them out of the country,” tracking bracelets so we can track people fromevacuees, not including pets. said Master Sgt. Lorenzo Hilliard. “The web all the way back to their final destination “This is noncombative evacuation pre-registration process is a fairly new one. It during the evacuation.”training in case a balloon goes up,” said Capt. will not be in total operation until the next Three stops were added for this exercise,Dennis Graves, commander, Headquarters, NEO exercise in May next year.” the first is the chaplain’s station and a visitHeadquarters Company, USAG-RC. “We Once the system is totally in place, the with Chaplain (Capt.) Mark Greschel.have to make sure the Soldiers and civilians registration process will be a lot smoother. “I am here to support the folks as theyknow how to get out of here, and to practice “One can keep their NEO information are matriculating through the NEO line,” Capt. Melissa Dasgupta asks evacuees aboutprocessing them to move out in a hurry.” updated easily by logging onto the site and Greschel said. “If they have any issues I can their legal needs during the NEO exercise held As early as the afternoon of Nov. 14 filling out the forms, Hilliard said. “Once give them counseling. Or, I can direct them in the USAG-RC Physical Fitness Center Nov.Graves and his Soldiers operating the they get to the NEO exercise, all they have to to the proper person to solve any problem. 15.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim CunninghamNEO process saw more than 25 percent of do is walk through and present their updated Primarily, it is for religious and spiritualthe registered Soldiers, civilians and their and accurate forms.” support.”dependants. First stop is to get a bar-coded arm The last two stops are the Army “The exercise officially started at 8 a.m. band. Community Service and Voting Assistancethis morning,” Graves said. “If everyone is “Next, there are a lot of legal considerations desks.processed through the exercise it can end both civilians and dependants must take to “I am here to identify how many familiesNov. 16.” make sure their affairs are in order in case of are in this area,” said Elizabeth Samarripa The results expected from the exercise a noncombatant evacuation operation,” said of ACS. “I find out how many commandare many. Capt. Melissa Dasgupta, chief, international sponsored families and noncommand “This is good training for the Soldiers,” and operational law, 2nd Infantry Division. sponsored families are here. Also, I provideGraves said. The command can see how “We want to make sure people are squared information about visas and Status of Forcesmany Soldiers, civilians, and dependants away with such things as a power of attorney Agreement visas.”register.” for their spouse or wills in case anything Kenneth Schlueter, director of USAG- For the NEO this year there were new happens to their spouse.” RC Army Career and Alumnae Program, isprocedures evacuees can do online, which The legal department helps evacuees get the USAG-RC voting assistance programhelps registration. all their legal affairs in order before they leave manager. “The NEO registration, electronically or the peninsula. “One of the initiatives for votingphysically, for military and civilians needs “We give you a list of all the documents assistance is to set up tables for the NEOto be proactive in registering,” Graves said. you will need to keep in a folder in case of an exercises at both USAG-RC and USAG-“Some civilians have come through here emergency,” Dasgupta said. “If two spouses Casey,” Schlueter said. “This is to provide a Elizabeth Samarripa from Army Communitywithout a NEO warden assigned to them. get separated or just need to take care of voting assistance outreach to all the Soldiers Services awaits family members as evacueesWhen they process through today, they are their affairs after being evacuated, they have families and contractors and civilians who during the NEO exercise to count the numberassigned a NEO warden. Directors need to everything they will need in one place.” need to register to vote by absentee ballot of family members that will need ACS servic-tell their employees to process in here and The next stop in line is the medical desk in their home states.” es in USAG-RC.— U.S. Army Photo By Jimget a NEO warden. We need to know all and a visit with Pvt. Joshua Franklin and Anyone who needs to register can go Cunningham
    • USAG-RC • PAGE AREA I THE MORNING CALM News & Notes Taxi Fares Reduced at Casey taxi customers within USAG-Casey will see some changes in pricing beginning Dec. 3. taxi fares will change from being paid in Ko- rean won to U.S. dollars, and there will be a $5 maximum fare cap on any single-stop ride on Casey or Hovey, and travel between the two camps. the single-stop fare within the USAG-RC and Camp Stanley is $2, and travel off the military installations begins at $2.50. The $2.50 off-installation fare, which applies outside all camps in the area, is for the first 1,700 meters traveled or the first five minutes, whichever comes first. After which, the charge will be 25 cents for every additional 270 meters or 60 seconds. James Richardson (left), deputy commander USAG-Casey, gives graduation certificates to graduates with Oh, Se Chang, (right) Mayor of No customer will pay more than $5 for a sin- Dongducheon during graduation ceremonies and dinner in the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center Nov. 16.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim gle-stop ride anywhere on Casey or Hovey, Cunningham. Local children graduate from English Camp no matter how far they go, even if the meter registers more fare. Fares on these camps will begin at $2.50 and will be metered at the same rate as off installation up to the $5 cap. If a customer travels from the Casey Post Exchange to by Jim Cunningham would have a slight communications the words takes more effort.” a destination on Hovey and the meter indi- USAG-RC Public Affairs problem,” said Sgt. Kim, Man. “I translated The logistics of making the English cates $7.25, the fare is still only $5. to the students and the teachers when they Language Camp a reality was an effort done CASEY GARRISON—The English had language barrier problems.” in concert with the city of Dongducheon and Free Music for Troops The complete track list of free songs avail- Language Camp held at USAG-Casey saw Sgt. Robert Bacon volunteered last year the USO. The city chose the best two English able at <http://www.aafes. 30 local children graduate in a ceremony to teach in the English Language Camp; students from each of the 15 city schools, and com/> as part of the “CD For the Troops” Nov. 16 in the Casey Digital Conference however, it was different this year. the Army chose the teachers along with the project. Center. The children were selected by the “Everyone that was not on Red Cycle USO to arrange the logistics of movement mayor’s office from 15 local elementary was put on this detail,” Bacon said. “We are and the activities for the students during Gifts from the Home Front and middle schools in Dongducheon. They moving our battalion this month so every the camp. Gifts from the home front can be sent to de- participated in the second annual English person was busy.” “Classes began at 8:30 a.m.,” Kim said. ployed troops by logging on to www.aafes. Language Camp sponsored by the Casey Red Cycle is the list of Soldiers tasked “It was not all classroom study; we would org or callling: 877-770-4438. The gift cer- United Services Organization and the city with different jobs to do on post. visit different places on the camp and eat in tificates are sent to individual service mem- bers or distributed to any service member of Dongducheon, which ran from Nov. 13 “The students love to learn,” Bacon said. different places like the food court and the through the Air Force Aid Society, American through Nov. 16. “They are exuberating to be with; everyone dining facilities.” Red Cross, Coalition to Salute America’s “The English Language Camp is an effort enjoyed teaching them because they learn “They loved the Indian Head Golf Course,” Heroes, Fisher House, Navy-Marine Corps in support of the Good Neighbor Program quickly.” Bacon said. “Also, they really loved going to Relief Society, Operation Home front, Op- to foster good relations between the Soldiers “Most students can read and speak the Close Combat Tactical Trainer.” eration Interdependence or the USO. “Gifts of Casey and the city of Dongducheon,” said English,” Bacon said. “Some though have In the center the children learn what it is from the home front certificates can be re- Sgt. Joo, Soo Hyung. “We gave the graduates problems understanding exactly what they like to drive and operate vehicles such as the deemed at exchange facilities worldwide. a certificate of completion, and the mayor are speaking.” Abrams A1M1 battle tank. and Deputy Garrison Commander James That was when Sgt. Joo and Sgt. Kim “The children could get into an Abrams Power Outage Notification for Camp Stanley Richardson, presented them during the would step in and explain in Korean to tank and actually learn how to operate it,” A power outage is scheduled on Camp ceremony tonight.” the students the meaning of the words and Bacon said. “They get to control the vehicle Stanley tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. An- The Army selected 15 Soldiers to do the phrases they were learning to speak and and shoot the guns.” other outage is scheduled for Dec. 1 from teaching, and the USO cooperated with read. “They children had such an exciting 6 to 9 a.m. For more information call: 732- the city of Dongducheon to complete the “It is easy for them to learn quickly how time,” Kim said. “They got to experience 9031. logistics of the events on post. to form the words and write them,” Kim what Soldiers do every day in defending “Some of the Soldier volunteer teachers said. “Understanding the exact meaning of their freedoms and their country.” HR Supervisors Course Dongducheon Mayor sponsors soccer championship Available Online The HR for Supervisors Course is man- datory for all Department of Army civilian (DAC) and military supervisors who super- vise appropriated fund DAC employees. This course covers Human Resources (HR) management legal and regulatory require- ments, HR processes, HR services and HR automated tools designed to assist super- visors in requesting and tracking Request for Personnel Actions (RPAs). The course is 40-hours long and is intended to help the supervisor in performing his/her HR man- agement duties. Completion of this course can enhance the supervisor’s confidence and performance. For more information call: 732-9060 Coming Events PBC Red Cloud The Pear Blossom Cottage Cooking class will be held Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon. The Outreach luncheon will be held Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. The Christmas Party will be held Dec. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. For Mayor Oh, Se Chang of Dongducheon sponsored six soccer games featuring four teams from the mayor’s office and from the Casey and Red Cloud garrisons. more information call: 732-7168. Teams from the 2nd Infantry Division residing at USAG-Casey played Nov. 10 the team from the mayor’s office as well as a team of Korean employees of the U.S. Army and a Dongducheon city team and a team comprised of players 50 years and older. “We have the 2nd Infantry Division in Dongducheon,” said Oh. “We enjoy Camp Stanley Tree Lighting our friendship with the U.S. Army. We wanted to sponsor a friendship activity for our good neighbor, a soccer championship.” The Korean employees bested the 2nd Camp Stanley Christmas Tree lighting will ID team 1 to 0 in the first game. The 50 and over team managed to beat the mayor’s team 1 to 0 in the third game. There was no score in the second game between be held Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. the mayor’s team and the 2nd ID team. The teams managed to play six games before 2 p.m. “The Korean teams are happy to play the U.S. Army teams,” Oh said. “I played center position on the mayor’s office team.”—U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 AREA I USAG-RC • PAGE 7 scores first during the second play of the game with a leap to the goal line. Army scored six times before the end of the first half during the first ever Army-Air Force flag football champion-ship held at USAG-Casey’s Soldier’s Field.— U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham.Army flies high over Air Force 38-24 in first game at Caseyby Jim Cunningham Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports to be ready for the challenge from the Air “All extra points are 2 point conversions,”USAG-RC Public Affairs director at USAG-Casey. “I wanted to Force.” Williams said. “If the ball touches the come up with something original and Players in flag football play with ‘pop ground or the ball carriers knee or hand or CASEY GARRISON—Army scored something different. The Soldiers wanted flags’ on a belt around their waists. The idea any part of his body touches the ground,38 points over Air Force in the first ever to play football and they wanted to play a is to snatch the flag from the ball carriers the ball is down and the play is dead. OnArmy-Air Force flag football game held at formidable team. I called Rob Wilburn, belt instead of tackling him. Tackling is not kickoffs, if the player drops the ball it isUSAG-Casey. More than 1,000 Soldiers, sports director, MWR at Osan and the Air allowed in flag football. dead.”Airmen, civilians and dependants came to Force team wanted the challenge so they “When they are blocking, they have to Both teams were provided T-shirts andwitness the first -time event. came to Casey to play ball.” keep their hands extended or keep them in,” were treated to a barbeque dinner donated From the kick-off Army dominated the Next year the Army flag football team Williams said. “They cannot go in and out. by USAG-RC MWR in the Warrior’sgame, especially in the first half by scoring will go to Osan for the next Flag Football The teams for this game had 8 players per Club.32 points over 6 by the Air Force. During Challenge between the Army and the Air team instead of 11 in tackle football.” “We are all on the same team,” said Brig.the second half the Air Force mustered a Force on the Korean peninsula. The flag football field is different in size Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, assistant divisionstrong come back, but failed to score the “Osan was gracious enough to bring and is metered by lines 20 yards apart. commander for maneuver. “Let us notneeded points to win over Army’s superior their Airmen on their bus,” Williams said. “The field is only 80 yards long,” Williams forget the most respected people of ouroffence and defense. “We selected a coach from our intramural said. “And it is only 40 yards across, which country are the U.S. military. Be proud of “Yongsan Garrison does an Army- league to set a practice schedule for the is standard for flag football.” that and be proud to serve and keep ourNavy game every year,” said Jim Williams, last month, which trained the Army team Flag football doesn’t feature field goals. country free.”Fields: 1:03:20 in annual Rucksack Challengeby Jim CunninghamUSAG-RC Public Affairs time to run this event. It is an endurance event, which takes a lot of effort.” CASEY GARRISON—Capt. The Rucksack Challenge is theRober t Fields of Headquar ters, precursor event to the 8th ArmyHeadquarters Company1/9th Infantry, Rucksack Challenge, which leads to theplaces first in USAG-Casey’s annual Bataan Death March Memorial for theRucksack Challenge sponsored by entire U.S. Army held in White SandsMorale, Welfare, and Recreation. N.M. in February. His speed and endurance was “Our challenge today serves as afollowed by a first-place win for the program that will give the SoldiersNo. 16 team consisting of Fields in 1, 2, some idea of what to expect, albeit onSgt. Guy Cooper, 3, Serge Glushenko, a greater scale, in February,” Fortin4, Spc. Tyler Jacobs, and 5, Brandon said. “This event is for the fun, so theBuursma. The team time was 1:07:51. restrictions for uniform such as they The challenge features an 8-mile have for the Bataan Death March arecourse that winds around the Casey and not imposed for this event.”Hovey garrisons. A total of 52 Soldiers The USAG-RC Rucksack Challengefrom the garrisons in Warrior Country is open to civilians and dependantsparticipated. alike, according to Fortin. Capt. Catherine Miller of A “However, the Bataan Death MarchCompany 1BSTB, Hovey, placed first Memorial is strictly for Soldiers,” Fortinin the Women’s Division with a time said. “In our event today, the competitorsof 1:25:50. must run with at least 35 pounds on “There is a dual purpose for having their back. When the competitors crossthe Rucksack Challenge,” said Ron the finish line, they are weighed withFortin, MWR director of community the rucksack and without so we canrecreation division, USAG-RC. “It determine if they were running with the Capt. Robert Fields crosses the finish line first during the annual Rucksack Challenge held oncreates an activity for our Soldiers in legal weight in their sack. If not, they USAG-Casey and Camp Hovey, with a time of 1:03:20. The course is 8 miles round.—U.S.the fall time of the year, which is a great are disqualified.” Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 AREA II USAG-Y • PAGE 9 readiness exercise ‘a success’6,000 people processthrough control centerby Pfc. Im Jin-minUSAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — YongsanGarrison completed a noncombatantevacuation operation exercise Nov. 15-17,processing more than 6,000 people andrehearsing procedures needed to quicklymove noncombatants out of Seoul. “Everything went smoothly. It wasanother success,” said Capt. AndrewKletzing, plans and operations officer at theU.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorateof Plans, Training, Mobilization andSecurity. The semi-annual readiness exercise, called“Courageous Channel,” turned Collier FieldHouse into an Evacuation Control Center.Soldiers from Camp Casey set up stationsand walked “evacuees” through the exercise,gave briefings, answered questions, andmaintained order. “The Soldiers kept it tight; they were in Pvt. Justin Ahlers (right) makes sure that Nix Hataitip’s family information is current in the NEO tracking database. She was one of 6,000 people who participated in the semi-annual readiness exercise held at Collier Field House. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Im jin-mincontrol and efficient,” Kletzing said. “Wealways go back to find ways to improve For Rosalind Jones, 18th Medical the importance of rehearsing procedures other reason when the safety of Americanto try to make it more rigorous with the Command, it was her first NEO for NEO. citizens is deemed at “undue risk” by theSoldiers who are running the exercises so experience. “Imagine that if community members U.S. ambassador.that we can get better,” Kletzing said. “I thought it was going to be confusing haven’t had practice for a long period, USAG-Y officials thanked the USO One exercise participant, Sgt. Gregory and unpleasant at first,” she said. “But then the real thing does happen,” he said. and the Yongsan Commissary for donatingBell, said, “I think I spent no more than actually it turned out to be very informative. “There may be crowds of confused people, snacks and drinks to the exercise. “The15 minutes in here. This is very important I especially enjoyed learning about the and the evacuation may take three to four USO and Commissary can always beto my family because just in case a real protective gas masks.” times longer. Practice is crucial.” counted on to support the USAG-Yevacuation happens; they will know exactly Sgt. Lee Seung-il, a Korean Augmentee A NEO can be ordered in the event of community and special events,” said Geraldwhat to do.” to the U.S. Army translator, explained natural disaster, epidemic, hostilities or any Casey, DPTMS director. Holiday fun run Garrison officials address traffic, parking concerns USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs the Garrison, and we will continue to communicate with them, as well.” YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison officials advise drivers who normally use MPs to ticket Gates 17 and 52 during the after-work rush hour to use other gates to avoid major parking violators traffic congestion leaving post. In a related traffic matter, Military Police “This is not something new,” said Ricky will begin ticketing drivers parked illegally Oxendine, director of U.S. Army Garrison- near the Quartermaster Laundry and Yongsan Directorate of Emergency Services. behind the Seoul American Elementary “Even though we have been working with School. the Korean National Police to help us The laundry near Gate 17 provides 15- alleviate major traffic congestion leaving minute parking spaces for customers, but post, we’re asking the community to these spaces are frequently used for other consider using other gates, as well.” purposes, Oxendine said. In October, he said, the KNP changed MPs will monitor the area and issue the green light duration at Gate 17 to 18 citations to violators. seconds. Oxendine said this has alleviated In addition, Stove Avenue behind the most of the major back-ups at Gate 17, elementary school has become a traffi c but Gate 52 will continue to be congested concern, Oxendine said. because the police manually control the From 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:45 light from 4:30-7:30 p.m. p.m., Stove Avenue becomes a one-way “Their (the KNP) priority is to keep street to accommodate school buses. traffic flowing on those major roads,” “We’ve got people parking there and Oxendine said. “The road outside Gate 52 trying to drive through there, creating is a major thoroughfare through Seoul. The traffic and safety problems. This prevents KNP has agreed to take into consideration school buses from driving in.” our needs versus the needs to keep the city He said MPs added an additional patrol traffic moving to allow our folks to leave to control traffic and ticket violators. Runners brave the morning cold at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 10K fun run Nov. 17 at Collier Field House. The U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recre- ation hosted the event and gave out 17 gift certificates and four turkeys to participants. John Cohr won the men’s category with a time of 33:43. Bee Butler won the women’s division, coming in at 44:11. – U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Kim Sang-wook. News and information for the U.S. Military community in Seoul
    • USAG-Y • PAGE 10 AREA II THE MORNING CALMGarrison holds first CFC extravaganza News & Notes Community donates Free Concert for Beethoven Lovers The Korean American Association spon- $300,000 to date sors a special concert for all Yongsan com- munity members and families Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Seoul Arts Center. The Korean by Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon Senior Symphony Orchestra will perform USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Beethoven selections. Reserve free tickets before Nov. 26 by calling the U.S. Forces YONGSAN GARRISON — More than Korea Public Affairs Office at 723-4685 60 community members turned out for the or e-mail Buses first annual U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan will leave at 6 p.m. and provide round-trip Combined Federal Campaign Extravaganza transportation from Main Post to the con- Nov. 15 at the Seoul American High School cert for $3 per person. gym. The program – organized by the USAG- 8th U.S. Army Band Holiday Concert Yongsan Command Group, the Directorate A holiday concert is Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Seoul American High School auditorium. Child and Youth Services – promoted the The 8th U.S. Army Band will perform with the Korean Military Academy Band and the CFC and highlighted how the fund supports Korean Military National Defense Band. community activities and youth programs. Admission is free. After Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster welcomed participants and guests, Army Family Team Building the 8th U.S. Army Band performed music An Army Family Team Building level 3 sem- before youths displayed their talents. inar is scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4-6 Seoul American Elementary and Middle at the Army Community Services Building. School girls showed their talents with jazz Army Family Team Building strives to help and ballet dancing and a cheerleading families learn, cope, and understand the performance. challenges of living in today’s military life- Boys overwhelmed the crowd by style. Register by Nov. 29. For information, smashing wooden plates and spinning call 738-3617. swords during the hapkido, tae kwon do, USO News and kumdo (Japanese swordsmanship) USO Tour Highlights demonstrations. -Nov. 27 & 29: Panmunjom (DMZ) & Tun- “I really enjoyed the show,” said Spc. nel Tour Youths show off their talents at the U.S.Army Gar- Edward Webb, chaplain assistant at the -Nov. 30: Ganghwa Island Tour rison-Yongsan’s first Combined Federal Campaign USAG-Y South Post Chapel. “It was fun to -Dec. 1-2: Hot Spring Overnight Tour extravaganza Nov. 15. (Top) Youth Services cheer- watch the performance while helping out -Dec. 2: Insadong & Seoul Tour/ leaders rally the crowd. (Above) Child and Youth for the campaign.” Incheon Tour Services Skies ballet dancers perform at the event. As of Nov. 19, Yongsan community had  Jesus Christ Super Star tickets are on (Left) Skies children perform Kumdo, the art of donated $302,100 to CFC charities through sale at USO ITT. The world tour of Jesus Japanese swordsmanship. – U.S. Army Photos By the CFC-Overseas campaign. Christ Super Star is coming to Jamsil Gym- Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon nasium Dec. 12-18. This is the first time itUSAG-Y honors American Indian, Alaska heritage plays in English in Korea. Don’t miss this ironic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon  USO-Korea offers one-day ski trips forUSAG-Yongsan Public Affairs skiers and snowboarders. For more infor- mation, call 724-7003 DSN. YONGSAN GARRISON — With  A treasure hunt contest starts Dec. 3 with two chances to find the USO treasure anddancing and drumbeats, the Yongsan win a $500 AAFES gift card. Go to http://community celebrated American Indian and for information.Alaskan Native Heritage Month Nov. 16 at  USO Santa is coming to the Yong-the Main Post Club. san Main Exchange Dec. 1, 8, 15, and Since 1994, America has set aside the 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa willmonth of November to learn about and make a special arrival Dec. 1 at 11honor the heritage, history, and traditions of a.m. with free snacks and hot choco-American Indians. late for. For information, call 724-7781. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan organized  Discounted concert tickets: Linkin Park Nov. 30.the ceremony to “honor American and  You can pick up a copy of the USOAlaskan heritage,” said Sgt. 1st Class Myra monthly calendars at the Main Exchange,Watson, USAG-Y equal opportunity advisor, Commissary, Dragon Hill Lodge, and Townto about 70 attendees. “November is a month House. Also, you can view the monthlywe celebrate American natives and Alaskan calendar at the USO website” korea. For information, call the USO ITT of- “Today’s theme is honoring warriors, past Boy Scouts from the Order of the Arrow-Chosun Chapter perform a traditional war dance at the American fice at 724-7003.and present,” said Lt. Col. Stacy Pilgreen, Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month ceremony Nov. 16. (Below) Lt. Col. Stacy Pilgreen, a descen-deputy chief of the Special U.S. Liaison dant of Oklahoma Indians, was the event guest speaker. – U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Jung Jae-hoon Christmas Tree Lighting CeremoniesActivity-Korea office. The U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan will of- Agency’s Code Talker Exhibit, during World ficially light Christmas trees with music, Pilgreen, the guest speaker, is a descendant War I, the Army arranged for two Choctaw prices and visits by Santa.of Oklahoma Indians. He explained the Native Soldiers to become radio communicators. - Yongsan Garrison: Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.Americans’ contributions to the United States They used common words to replace military - K-16 Air Base: Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.and its wars, such as using Choctaw Soldiers terms and spoke Choctaw, thus becoming the - Hannam Village: Dec. 10 at 6 transmit secret tactical messages in their first Code Talkers. Details and locations will be announced innative tongue during World War II. “It was very interesting but also next week’s Morning Calm. “They are known as the ‘Code Talkers,’” educational,” said Russell Obey, who attendedsaid Pilgreen. “The Germans never broke the the ceremony. “I was really impressed by the TRICARE in Korea websitecode. Native Americans have helped with The 18th Medical Command has a new native Americans’ contributions to American Tricare web site located on its main hometheir courage, strength, and knowledge in history. For me, Lt. Col. Pilgreen was very page at battles.” proud of his heritage, and I was happy to located under the Hot Links section. According to the National Security see that.”
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 AREA II USAG-Y • PAGE 11 SMOKE OUT November event takes on tobacco “This pretty much says I will try to help by Pfc. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs him quit smoking,” Jones said of the pledge. “I’ll be always around him, maybe give him YONGSAN GARRISON — Had that a treat every time he endures the desire.” first morning drag yet? How about waiting Batts said, “I know it’s not good, so a few hours? Maybe a day? maybe I can stop for a day, at least.” Last week, 18th Medical Command Another smoker, 2nd Lt. Daniel health promotion officials at Yongsan Alemany, said he’s considered quitting Garrison tried to help smokers permanently smoking for some time, but until now kick the habit as part of Great American didn’t look for help. “I just had to stop and Smokeout events. see what the Army offered to help smokers An information booth at the Main quit,” he said. “I know I’m increasing my Exchange Nov. 15 helped give smokers a cigarettes each day and want to stop before chance to think twice about their habits it gets worse.” and health, and experts taught fifth-graders The Great American Smokeout is an at Seoul American Elementary School just annual, national event designed to help how bad nicotine can harm the body. smokers quit for one day and help them(Top) Fifth-graders at Seoul American Elementary School learn what a smoked-out lung feels like. Health “Today is Tobacco-free day, a day to further understand the harmful effects ofpromotion experts spent Nov. 14 educating the children on the dangers of tobacco use as part of Great challenge those who smoke to give it nictone. Each year in communities acrossAmerican Smokeout activities. — U.S. Army Photo By Kenneth Fidler up for just one day,” said Maj. Conreau America and in military communities(Above) Maj. Conreau Williams administers a carbon monoxide test to 2nd Lt. Daniel Alemany at the Williams, public health nurse at the 18th overseas, health promotion experts designSmokeout information booth at the Main Exchange Nov. 15. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Im Jin-min Medical Command, a Smokeout events activities to help raise awareness of the coordinator. harmful effects of nicotine. Smoking-related ills kill 438,000 annually “We are offering information on tobacco product’s deadly risks and urging smokers That awareness also starts young. At the Seoul American Elementary School on Cigarette smoking has been identified $167 billion each year in health-care to quit smoking,” she said. Nov. 15, fifth-graders got a close-up look as the most important source of costs including $92 billion in mortality- She encouraged smokers to sign a pledge at the effects of tobacco on a human lung. preventable morbidity and premature related productivity loses and $75 billion to stay smoke-free for a day. “We also target A simulated smoker’s lung showed the mortality worldwide. Smoking-related in direct medical expenditures or an non-smokers who come with their smoker difference in color and texture resulting diseases claim an estimated 438,000 average of $3,702 per adult smoker. friends and have them sign an adoption from prolonged smoking. American lives each year, including those Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 paper,” she added. “That lung was nasty,” said 10-year-old affected indirectly, such as babies born chemicals, 69 of which are known As part of the week’s activities, the Jairas Hampton. “I’m never going to smoke prematurely due to prenatal maternal to cause cancer. Smoking is directly Adopt-a-Smoker program used the buddy in my life.” smoking and victims of “secondhand” responsible for approximately 90 percent system to help a friend quit for at least 24 “I felt like puking,” said Sandra Nettrour, exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens. of lung cancer deaths. hours. fellow classmate. “My dad said that if you Smoking costs the United States over Source: American Lung Association Spc. Jeremy Jones Sr. pledged to try to start, it’s hard to stop, and you end up help his friend, Pvt. Cori Batts, quit. dying.” Army-Navy flag football match set for Dec. 1 at MWR field The 2007 Army-Navy Flag Football game will be played at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the MWR field adjacent to the Seoul Ameri- can High School. Community members are invited to cheer on their team. For information, call 738-8608. Last year, Army shut out Navy 28-0 (see photos at right) to take home the Commander’s Cup for the fifth year in a row. — U.S. Army File Photos By David McNally
    • USAG-Y • PAGE 12 AREA II THE MORNING CALM PAID ADVERTISINGThanksgivingthoughtsT hanksgiving is the gateway to our our many blessings and to celebrate the special American holiday season. We opportunities that freedom affords. Though are fortunate that even though we are we serve on freedom’s frontier here inthousands of miles from home, we live in a Korea, remember your fellow Warriorscommunity that works hard to ensure we who are helping to build democracy incan continue to enjoy those traditions. Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere our nation I hope that when you sat down to break needs us. Say a prayer for them and keepbread with your family, loved ones, friends them in your thoughts.old and new, co-workers, and neighbors, Thanksgiving is also the season whenyou took a moment to remember why we families traditionally come together. Forhave this holiday. Explorers and settlers many of you, this may not be possible, onearriving to America often gave thanks for of the many sacrifices you make to defendthe food they found. Today, we remain the freedoms we hold so dear. Thank yougrateful to live in a country of liberty and for your dedicated service.abundance borne on the fruits of their Beth Anne and I hope everyone enjoyedlabor. Thanksgiving Day and we thank you deeply Thanksgiving is also a time to remember for all you do. A community angel PAID ADVERTISING Tara Hall looks for an “angel” from the Angel Tree on display at Army Community Services on Yongsan Garrison. Community members can help make a child’s holiday brighter by providing a gift through the Angel Tree program, which collects and delivers the gifts to deserving community children. An Angel Tree is available at the Hannam Village ACS, as well. The deadline to pick an angel and return the gift to ACS is Dec. 5. This is part of the 2007 Community of Sharing program that helps families with meals and toys during the holiday season. For the Thanksgiving holi- day, the program assisted 82 families with meals and food items. For information, call 738-7505. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Im Jin-min
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    • IMCOM-K • PAGE 14 NEWS THE MORNING CALMTranslating the language of customs laws in Koreaby Capt. Sean Rogers from their arrival. This exemption also discretion in applying this rule. And penalties, fines, and/or placement onYongsan Garrison Legal Assistance Attorney applies throughout the USFK members’ remember that this too is not an exemption international hold. tour of duty for vehicles and parts imported from any other customs law that prohibits The Korea Customs Service has a zero- for private use, and for reasonable amounts certain goods from importation. tolerance policy on such goods. That meansW hat are Customs Laws? of personal effects and household goods That’s the second time you referred to if you purchase, for example, just one pair of Customs laws deal with which would normally be bought in the prohibited goods – tell me more. brand name sunglasses that is a fake version regulating the flow of goods in U.S. for private use if they are mailed into Article 234 of the ROK Customs Act and of the real thing, carrying the glasses backand out of a country and collecting fees for the ROK through U.S. military post offices. the Trademark Law prohibit the following: into Korea violates the ROK Customs Actimports and exports. The Republic of Korea While Article IX allows you to bring in “Books, publications, drawings, records, and the Trademark Law subjecting you toenacted its first customs laws in 1949 as personal property without paying customs films, videos, sculptures and other similar the above stated penalties upon reentry intothe Republic of Korea Customs Act. Since charges on them, it is not an exemption goods which disrupt the constitutional the country.then, the ROK has amended the Customs from other customs laws that bar you from order, disturb the public safety and order This article is for general informationalAct more than 35 times and it contains well importing certain prohibited goods. or corrupt public morals.” Article 234’s purposes only. There are many customs lawsover 300 articles. So, what ROK customs laws should I main focus is prohibiting the importation covering a wide range of conduct, therefore Don’t we have an agreement in place know about when returning to the ROK of pornography. you may need to seek the assistance of a legalthat gives Servicemembers exceptions to from trips abroad? There are additional prohibitions that assistance attorney to thoroughly considerROK customs laws? Under Article 96 of the ROK Customs you may encounter when returning from your specific issues. The Status of Forces Agreement does Act, goods that you carry by hand or send travel abroad. Article 235 of the ROK For further questions about ROKprovide some exceptions to ROK Customs separately are free from customs duties if Customs Act prohibits you from importing customs laws or other legal matters, contactscrutiny. United States Forces Korea they are deemed appropriate based on your or exporting goods to and from Korea the Yongsan Legal Assistance Office at DSNmembers are allowed, under Article IX of the entry purpose, stay period, occupation, that infringe on any registered trademark 738-8111 to make an appointment to talkSOFA, an exemption from customs duties and other circumstances. Republic of right. Examples of goods that infringe on with an attorney.and charges for their furniture, household Korea Customs officials have considerable registered trademark rights are “bootlegged” We are located in Bldg. 4106, Rm. 229goods, and other personal property brought discretion in applying this rule. In practice, or illegally copied DVDs and CDs, and (the ACS building) on South Post. Ourin for their private use when they first arrive. ROK Customs officials do not impose counterfeit purses, watches, shoes and hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Article IX also provides the same exemption duties on what they deem to be a reasonable clothing, to name a few. and Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Thursdayto dependents arriving separately at some quantity of items brought into Korea for Even if you are able to find such goods 1 – 3:30 p.m.. Remember, seeing a lawyerlater date. These goods still qualify for the personal use. What amount is deemed to for sale here in Korea, Article 235 prohibits early may not only solve a problem you have,exemption from customs duties and charges be “reasonable” may vary between customs you from bringing them into this country. it may resolve or avoid a problem in theeven if they arrive in multiple shipments, officials. The key factor to remember is Violations of Articles 234 or 235 may future. Seeing your lawyer early is practicingand the exemption lasts for up to six months the customs officials have considerable result in confiscation of the goods, criminal “Preventive Law.” November 23-29 Today Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Casey Sydney White 3:10 to Yuma Fred Claus Fred Claus The Kingdom 3:10 to Yuma Sydney White 730-7354 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. (R) 8:30 p.m. (PG) 6:30 p.m. (PG) 7:30 p.m. (R) 7:30 p.m. (R) 7:30 p.m. (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Henry Halloween The Kingdom 3:10 to Yuma Sydney White No Show No Show No Show 768-7724 (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. Humphreys 3:10 to Yuma 3:10 to Yuma 3:10 to Yuma Sydney White Sydney White The Kingdom The Kingdom 753-7716 (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. Hovey The Kingdom Fred Claus The Kingdom Sydney White Fred Claus The Kingdom 3:10 to Yuma 730-5412 (R) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. Kunsan The Brave One The Kingdom Halloween No Show No Show No Show 3:10 to Yuma 782-4987 (R) 8:30 p.m. (R) 8:30 p.m. (R) 8:30 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. Osan 3:10 to Yuma Dan in Real Life 30 Days of Night Mr. Woodcock Mr. Woodcock Sydney White Sydney White 784-4930 (R) 9:30 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (R) 8:30 p.m.. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. Red Cloud Fred Claus Sydney White 3:10 to Yuma Superbad 3:10 to Yuma No Show Wonder Emporium 732-6620 (PG) 7 p.m. (PG13) 9 p.m. (R) 8 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (G) 7 p.m. Stanley The Kingdom 3:10 to Yuma 3:10 to Yuma Bourne Ultimatum No Show Wonder Emporium 3:10 to Yuma 732-5565 (R) 8 p.m. (R) 9 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (G) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. Wonder Emporium Wonder Emporium Bee Movie 3:10 to Yuma 3:10 to Yuma Sydney White Sydney White Yongsan I (G) 7 p.m. (G) 8 p.m. (PG) 8 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (R) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. (PG13) 7 p.m. Wonder Emporium The Invasion The Invasion The Kingdom The Kingdom 1408 1408 Yongsan II (G) 7 p.m. (PG13) 6:30 p.m. (PG13) 6:30 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (PG13) 6 p.m. (PG13) 6 p.m. Yongsan III Rush Hour 3 Halloween Halloween Chuck and Larry Chuck and Larry 3:10 to Yuma 3:10 to Yuma 738-7389 (PG13) 6 p.m. (R) 6:30 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (PG13) 6 p.m. (PG13) 6 p.m. (R) 6 p.m. (R) 6 p.m.
    • NOVEMBER 23, 2007 CHAPLAIN IMCOM-K • PAGE 15 Area I Worship Services Protestant Services Where does your help come Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday 1000 1000 1030 1100 Camp Casey Stone Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Camp Casey West Casey Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel from when you need it? Sunday Sunday 1100 1100 Camp Casey Crusader Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel Allowing others to help you allows them to serve Gospel Sunday 1100 Camp Casey Memorial Chapel Gospel Sunday 1100 Camp Stanley Chapel by Chaplain (Maj.) Carol Highsmith After shoring up my strength, I decided that I Area I Chaplain could – I just needed to do so slowly. And with that, I COGIC Sunday 1230 CRC Warrior Chapel proceeded to huff and puff and began to drag the heavy W hy do you suppose it is difficult to ask for box up the stairs. Eventually, I began to make progress. KATUSA Sunday 1930 CRC Warrior Chapel help? Often, we’d rather be self-reliant than As I did so, I began feeling rather pompous and proud. Sunday 1300 Camp Jackson Auditorium acknowledge our need for assistance. The After all I was doing this all by myself! Tuesday 1900 Camp Stanley Chapel other day, I was moving a really heavy box from my In that audacious moment, God showed up and Tuesday 1840 Camp Casey Stone Chapel room on the first floor to the storage room on the sec- taught me a lesson about humility. Why doesn’t that Tuesday 1800 Camp Castle Chapel ond floor. I remember debating in my head whether surprise me? Right when I was feeling as though I didn’t Tuesday 1830 Camp Casey Memorial Chapel Tuesday 1830 Camp Hovey Chapel need anybody’s help, this guy shows up. Actually he was just passing through – he was going Thursday 1830 Camp Casey West Casey Chapel “During this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like up the stairs to his room. However, when he saw me Catholic Mass to encourage you to acknowledge your need huffing and puffing my way up the stairs, he bent down and threw the box on his shoulder and briskly walked up Sunday 1300 Camp Stanley Chapel for help. When you do this, you invite God to the stairs! Quickly, I followed behind him and eagerly Sunday 0900 CRC Warrior Chapel intervene and support you.” opened the storage room door so that my new friend Sunday 1215 Camp Casey West Casey Chapel could take the box where it belonged. Sunday 0930 Camp Hovey Chapel After placing the box in my storage area, the man Later Day Saints Chaplain (Maj.) Carol Highsmith looked at me and smiled. And as he smiled, it seemed Area I Chaplain as though God reminded me that it really is okay, and Sunday 1400 Camp Casey West Casey Chapel actually it is even a good thing, to humble myself and I should do this myself or whether I should simply ask for help. When I do this, then I allow another person ask a friend for help. Eventually, I concluded that I the opportunity to serve and to assist me. That also is 2ID Division Chaplain (LTC) Frank Jackson: could do this task myself. With that as my conclusion, a good thing., DSN 732-7998 I proceeded to pull and push the box slowly down the During this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like to hallway to the stairway. After giving a sigh of relief, I encourage you to acknowledge your need for help. USAG-Red Cloud Chaplain (MAJ) Carol Highsmith: looked up the flight of stairs and I began to wonder When you do this, you invite God to intervene and carol., 732-6169 whether I really could move the big box up the two support you. And oh, by the way, don’t forget to say flights of stairs. “thank you”. Happy Thanksgiving!
    • IMCOM-K • PAGE 16 NEWS THE MORNING CALMMilitary spouses watch as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Gwen Bates, middle, a military spouse representative, and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao sign a proclamation in the PentagonNov. 14 that will establish funding for education and training for eligible military spouses in eight states. – Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. BurgessNew program to boost Army’semployment aid to spousesby Gary Sheftick eligible to participate. They must have a high school or general education diploma.Army News Service Army Education Centers at the five installations testing the program will have more information about the initiative said Patricia Wells, the Army’s Employment Readiness Military spouses watch as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Gwen Bates, middle, Program Manager at the Pentagon. She said Employment Readiness Managers at the fivea military spouse representative, and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao sign a proclamation installations have also received training in the initiative and will be ready to help spousesin the Pentagon Nov. 14 that will establish funding for education and training for eligible apply for the program.military spouses in eight states. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess Ms. Wells said the Army has been helping military spouses with employment resources WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 15, 2007) - The Departments of Defense for more than 20 years. The Army’s Employment Readiness Program, or ERP, providesand Labor announced a joint program Wednesday to provide military spouses with resources job search assistance, job skills training and information and referral services for Soldiers,to help find jobs, receive training and launch careers. Family members and eligible military ID card holders. A two-year pilot program that begins in January will provide $35 million in resources at It provides assistance with resume and resumix writing, interviewing techniques, dressing18 installations in eight states. Five of the posts that will participate in test of the “Military for success tips and networking. Job skills training includes basic computer training, anSpouse Career Advancement Initiative” are Army installations at Fort Carson, Colo. ; Fort overview of the federal employment process, and a class in entrepreneurship.Benning, Ga.;Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The ERP managers work with installation Civilian Personnel Offices, community “Today we embark on a landmark program that will open the doors to our military agencies, contractors, and local Army Spouse Employment Partnership, or ASEPspouses for more fulfilling careers, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said as he announced representatives.the initiative at the Pentagon. He and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao signed a proclamation Under ASEP, the Army has a partnership with Fortune 500 companies and federalto support the initiative. agencies who pledged their support to increase employment and career opportunities for “We understand how hard it is for families of military men and women who have to be Army spouses. At present there are 31 Fortune 500 companies and five partners fromready to move anywhere in the world every couple of years,” he said, adding that packing federal and military agencies participating in the program.and relocating is often at the expense of spouses’ careers. Between September 2006 and September 2007, more than 7,200 military spouses were Secretary Gates said moving makes it difficult for military spouses to “navigate the career hired by ASEP partners, bringing the current total number to more than 23,000 spouseslicensure and certification requirements that go with most professions.” He said the new hired through the partnership.program will help spouses obtain credentials for “high-growth, portable occupations” such The Military Spouse Job Search Web site, was launched in July 2005 asas education, health care, information technology and financial services. a portal for military spouse resumes and a place for ASEP partners and registered military Eligible spouses will get reimbursed for expenses directly related to post-secondary spouse-friendly employers to post their job and training under the new program. These include costs for tuition, fees, books, The new DOD and Department of Labor initiative, however, adds funding for educationequipment, and credentialing and licensing fees in a number of professions. The program and training that had not been available before under the Army programs, Ms. Wellsalso covers the cost of renewing existing credentials and licenses due to a military move. explained. Spouses of active-duty servicemembers grades E1 through E5 and O1 to O3 will be For more information on the new initiative, visit
    • IMCOM-K • PAGE 18 MWR THE MORNING CALMGamers get ready for Regional PlayoffsSpecial to The Morning Calm Weekly Army installations here in the peninsula. and play down continues through Sun. First place prize is Frag Fest, the biggest LAN party, is the ultimate venue valued at $2,500 and other great prizes will be awarded Morale, Welfare, and Recreation is hosting the first where fraggers can prove their skills in teams or on their own to the Top 25.Korea Region Gamers’ Extravaganza Dec. 1–2, at Camp rig, against the best Korea has to offer. With room for over Frag Fest and Xbox registrations will be held at theHumphreys CAC and Tommy D’s. The concept of the 90 attendees, computer gamers and enthusiasts will come Camp Humphreys CAC on Sat, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. Day oneGamers’ Extravaganza is to consolidate three popular together, computer in hand, to participate in interactive of Frag Fest includes team play of Battlefield 2, Companygaming activities – Frag Fest, Xbox and Texas Hold’em gaming. In conjunction, over 40 players will be able to of Heroes, Counterstrike, and Swat 4. Day two includes– into a fun-packaged weekend of gaming heaven. leap forward in high-definition gaming and entertainment individual game play of Unreal Tournament, Enemy With every flip of a card and every drop of a chip, the experiences by participating in the Xbox tournaments. Territory, Supreme Commander, and Dawn of War. Xboxtension and magnitude of each decision will captivate Players will fully engage in a gaming experience that is more play includes Halo 3 and Madden 2008. Food and drinkscontenders in the Texas Hold’em portion of the Extravaganza. expansive, dramatic and lifelike, where the possibilities are will be provided.Approximately 80 per USAG players will gather to test their limitless and their imagination knows no boundaries. With Special thanks to our generous sponsors – US Airlineskills, strategy and luck. Although there will be no buy-in, so many like-minded gamers under one roof having a great Alliance, Miller Brewing Company, USO Korea, Lotteand, no exchange of money, what these rounders will win time, the atmosphere will be electric! Hotel Seoul, Hyatt Hotel and Dragon Hill so much better: bragging rights to the number 1, region Texas Hold ‘Em registration begins at 11 a.m. on Extravaganza is open to authorized MWR patrons 18best Texas Hold’em Player and prizes worth over thousands Saturday, Dec. 1 at Camp Humphreys, Tommy D’s. A daily years or older. For more information, please call the MWRof dollars. No wonder the Texas Hold’em craze that swept maintenance fee of $25 will include buffet, snacks, and Recreational Office at DSN 723-2246 or Business Programsthe United States has officially marked its territory on the beverages. Elimination rounds begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at DSN 725-5062.12 Soldiers remain in Operation Rising Star singing contest, 2 from Korea Regionby Tim Hipps Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities Germany, takes his music very seriously. Villanueva of Fort Wainwright, Alaska;FMWRC Public Affairs played host to local competitions in “I’ve spent most of my life aspiring to and Sgt. Nicolas Gooch of Fort Lewis, September and October. become a major recording artist,” Scarlett Wash., all expressed similar comments on A dozen Soldiers sang their way into the The competition was open to active-duty, said. “I love to sing more than anything.” the Operation Rising Star website. Theysemifinals of the 2007 Operation Rising Star National Guard and Reserve personnel from Second Lt. Jacqueline Evans of U.S. complete the list of semifinalists.contest. You can help select the final six. all branches of the U.S. military. Contestants Army Garrison Red Cloud, South Korea, The online voting window for the six Online voting at performed a cappella before a panel of three hails from Monroe, N.C., where she finalists will be open Nov. 27 throughthrough Nov. 26 will determine six finalists judges before working their audience. The developed her passion for singing gospel, Dec. 3.who will vie for honors as the inaugural judges and audience each determined 50 R&B, soul and playing the piano. The winner of the inaugural OperationOperation Rising Star. percent of the contestants’ final scores. Pfc. Lawrence Lee of U.S. Army Garrison Rising Star contest, to be announced Dec. Thirty-five installations participated in All 12 semifinalists have strong music Daegu, Korea; Master Sgt. Kevin Crawford 7, will receive $2,000, with $1,000 andthe singing contest based on the premises backgrounds. of Camp Victory, Iraq; Sgt. 1st Class Dendre $500 going to the runner-up and third-of FOX television’s American Idol. Army Sgt. Richard Scarlett of Baumholder, Wright of Fort Bliss, Texas; Spc. Dwayne place finisher.
    • November 23, 2007 AREA III USAG-H • PAGE 21 spotlight: Spc. Bryce W. ChristensenA Day in the Life of a 92 Golf - Food Service Specialistby Andre ButlerUSAG-H Public Affairs Office The 527th Military Intelligence BattalionDining Facility, “The Red Dragon” isparticipating in the finals for this year’sPhilip A. Connelly Award. Having wonEighth Army’s competition for LargeCategory, the 527th team is one of eightfinalists participating Army-wide. Howdid they do it? Just ask Spc. Bryce W.Christensen, a food service specialist for527th. Humphreys Garrison - Age 25 Hometown: Lenoxia, Iowa Job: Food Service Specialist Time in service: four years - six months Time in country: 21 months Q: It’s 5 a.m., what motivates you tocome in this early in the morning? A: Serving the Soldiers, It makes mefeel good being able to give them hot choweveryday. I have to get out of the bed andget to work in order to do that. Q: Do you ever get tired of doing this– day after day after day after day? A. Some days it can take a toll, but you’vegot to stay motivated and dedicated to yourjob. That is what this is about. Spc. Bryce W. Christensen, a food service specailist, prepares pizza in the Red Dragon Dining Facility. — U.S. Army Photos By Andre Butler. Q: How does this type of attitude tieinto winning the 8th Army competition, multi-million dollar dining facility. What dining facility somewhere as a future helped me learn how to budget everythingand being nominated as a finalist in the is your take on it? noncommissioned officer, where does – time and money.Department of the Army Phillip A. Award A: Others may look at this facility and this leave you? Q: Who are you? Tell me about Brycecompetition? say “Wow!” This is a really nice place to A: I love what I do. If I make mistakes W. Christensen. A: As a team we had to maintain our work, but remember we are the ones who it’s up to me to correct them. When I’m in A. I’m a very outgoing human being. I’mfocus on what we were doing. We prepped have to maintain it. Day in and day out, charge of a DFAC, I’m going to tell my not afraid to express myself. If I’m talking tohard for 8th Army’s competition and we had we have to make sure everything – all of Soldiers the same things Sergeant Pitts tells one of my superiors, I will say what it is Ito maintain our standards, which are above our operations are running the way they are us -- you’ve got to work as a team -- you’ve have to say respectfully. I am responsible fornormal standards set for dining facilities, suppose to. You have to know your job and got to work together -- keep in the fight no who I am. I love what I do as a Soldier.throughout because the Army’s overall what you are doing no matter where you matter where you are in the world.inspection was a month or two away. So it work. That’s the key. Someone can always Q: It’s been eight hours, what is thetook a lot of dedication and commitment give you the tools, but it’s up to you to know Q: What are some of the things that first thing you’re going to do at the endfrom everyone here. how and when to use them. you’ve learn since enlisting in the Army? of your shift? A: Commitment, dedication and A: PT. Q: Some may say that you only won Q: As a specialist, knowing that some budgeting – I have become a lot more Note: Sgt. 1st Class Wanda M. Pitts is the Redthe local competition because of this new day you will probably have to run a responsible since I’ve joined. The Army has Dragon Dining Facility manager. Spc. Bryce W. Christensen enjoys being a food service specialist. Despite the early hours, Bryce likes his work because he enjoys serving Soldiers and providing them hot chow daily (left) Bryce prepares sausage patties before the morning rush at the Red Dragon Nov.19.
    • USAG-H • PAGE AREA III THE MORNING CALM News & Notes Humphreys hosts youth tournament USAG Humphreys Army Family by Mike Mooney Daegu gathered on the artificial turf fields Rios had the 3-goal hat trick in the Covenant Signing Ceremony USAG-H MWR Marketing at Humphreys to complete the IMCOM-K Lightning victory, with Jay Han adding a Postponed Youth Soccer season, but both the 11-12 and goal and two assists, Mitchell Lee a goal and At the request of Senior Army Leaders to H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — 13-15 year old tournaments featured a pair assist and both Rebecca Luna and Samuel allow for their participation, the Humphreys’ Lightning struck Soldier Field here Saturday, of Yongsan teams in the finals. Morris assists in the victory. Army Family Covenant Signing Ceremony ushered in by the strong foot of Willie The Lightning speared the Sharks, 5-2, in Dea’Sean Ober collected both Sharks is postponed until further notice. An an- Rios, who collected the coveted hat trick in the older division while Stars outshined the goals, with Joshua Naputi collecting an nouncement with the new date and time will be released to the local community follow- leading the Yongsan Lightning to the 13-15 Dragons, 2-1, in the younger group. assist. ing notification from higher headquarters. year old Youth Soccer crown. “The kids did everything I asked of In the 11-12 year old final, Clark had Earlier in the day, it was a penalty kick them,” said Lightning Coach Michael Nuter, the winning penalty kick while Malik Virtues Volunteers Needed from Andrew Clark that enabled the Yongsan “and had a great season as a result. This gives Prioleau had a goal for the Stars. Andrew at USO Korea Stars to win the 11-12 year old title. us three consecutive championship titles and Lee collected the only score for the losing The Virtues English Program allows ac- Teams from Yongsan, Osan Air Base and lets us finished with an 11-1-1 record.” Dragons. tive-duty service members to volunteer two “We beat everyone else. We just couldn’t Coach Jennie Mathisen was satisfied, Saturdays per month (second and fourth- get by the Lightning,” said Sharks Coach featuring a wall-to-wall smile that shined Saturday). Being a volunteer for the Virtues Jose Naputi, whose fish trailed 3-2 at like the full moon as she celebrated with her English classes will help to satisfy your Good Neighbor Program requirement. For halftime but couldn’t stop the Lightning in victorious Stars. more information, call Mi-Hwa and Minna the final 30 minutes. “We played hard, and In opening round action in the 11-12 at 724-7781. we have nothing to be ashamed of.” year old division, the Stars blackened the In Third Place games, Daegu went home Osan Spartans, 2-0, while the Dragons slew U.S. Army Reservists with both trophies. Daegu, 3-1. Wanted Daegu nipped the Osan Spartans, 2-1, The Sharks chomped CMP of Osan, 3-0, The 343rd Support Center, USAG Hum- in the 11-12 Division, while Daegu topped in the 13-15 opener, while the Lightning phreys, is seeking Soldiers interested in CMP of Osan 2-0 in the older division. flashed past Daegu, 4-2. continuing to serve in the U.S. Army Re- serves. Train one weekend a month and 14 days in the summer and continue to re- ceive many of the benefits of serving on ac- tive duty. Contact Richard Scott, 753-8634, for additional information. University of Phoenix November Promotion Special Sign up and start your class during the month of November and save approxi- mately $200. With the promotion you would receive: (1) Application Fee $45 waived (2) resource Fee (First Class Books) $95 waived and (3) Receive your required writ- ing manuals free of charge. Why wait, sign up now and reserve your class slot. The deadline to take advantage of this special is Nov. 20. For more information please contact the USAG Humphreys On-Site Manager at DSN 753-8920. Humphreys Child Developement Center Child and Youth Services, Child Develop- ment Center is currently looking for Pro- gram Assistants to fill full-time, part-time, and flex’s positions, which are willing to Gene Choi (62) of the Yongsan Sharks blocks support the CYS program hours, 5:15 a.m. Mithchell Lee (73) of the Lightning during tour- Maurice Campbell (right) of the Yongsan Lightning jukes the Sharks Sarah Wolfgang (66) to a - 6 p.m. Salary ranges from $10 - $13.12 nament action. screeching stop during 13-15 year old play in the Youth Finals. — Photos By Mike Mooney. per hour based on education level (Child Development Associates, completion of the Army Youth Practicum, possession of AA degree or higher with major emphasis HAES students compete in poster contest on Early Childhood Education. Go to http:// for the job Students at Humphreys American El- ementary School were introduced to the Industry Certification Offered USAG Humphreys is the latest location new Army slogan, “Army Strong, Family available to administer required industry Strong” during Domestic Abuse Prevention certification. There are tests offered for IT, Month. The students were encouraged HR, and many other skills. The testing cen- to enter a poster contest sponsored by ter is located at the Area III DOIM in Bldg. Army Community Services Family Advo- 1272, Room 112. The center will be avail- cacy Program with the theme of “What it able for testing M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To means to be Army Strong, Family Strong.” schedule an exam call 754-3608. Thirty-six students entered posters for the contest with five awards being given. The Road Closure A section of Perimeter Road will be closed judging was done by members of the com- through Dec. 18. The section running from munity. The winning posters are currently the curved intersection from Bldg. S-2055 on display at HAES south campus. We to Bldg. S-1016 will be shut down for re- extend congratulations to all the students paving. who participated and especially to our top five winners and we would like to thank the Please send us Stories and Photos sponsors of the contest. The winners are To submit info for publishing in The Morn- (front row, left ) Madison Walker, ing Calm Weekly, USAG Humphreys com- David Cho (row two, left to right), Sydnee mon pages, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598. Or e-mail Allen, Emily Cox and Brianna Pace. — Photo By Myra Taylor.
    • November 23, 2007 AREA III USAG-H • PAGE 23 ADA now calls Korean Peninsula ‘home’by Pfc. Gretchen N. Goodrich35th Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs Office CAMP CARROLL —The 35th Air Defense ArtilleryBrigade welcomed a new battalion to the peninsula in atransfer of authority and change of responsibility ceremonyinside the Crown Jewel gym Nov. 16. The 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, officiallyreplaced the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artilleryduring the ceremony by uncasing their colors while 2-1ADA cased theirs, symbolizing the change. The 2-1 ADA Soldiers will be heading to Fort Hood,Texas, while those from 1-44th ADA will now be providingair defense support for the southern region of the Koreanpeninsula. “2-1 ADA has quickly and efficiently integrated 1-44thinto their daily routine and mission responsibilities. Thistransfer of authority has represented a seamless exchangeof the responsibility for the protection of the USFKcommander’s critical assets,” said Lt. Col. Christopher T.Burgess, 1-44 ADA commander. Arriving in three separate stages, the new Soldiers havetaken the past months to transition into the new area whileassuming duty. “They have inventoried property, reviewed plans,traded barracks rooms, passed on lessons learned andexchanged tactics, techniques and procedures and have Lt. Col. Christopher T. Burgess (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Harris (right) uncover the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defensebuilt relationships and formed friendships that will endure Artillery, colors during the ceremony here Nov. 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Gretchen N.Goodrich.long after today,” said Col. James H. Dickinson, 35th ADA staff J4, U.S. Forces Korea. possible protection against an enemy missile attack,” addedBde. commander. The specific mission the new air defenders have is critical. Stein. Before arriving, the new battalion went through extensive As Dickinson pointed out in the ceremony, it’s not an easy The brigade rotates battalions to Korea every six monthstraining in order to ensure all Soldiers were prepared to task to shoot down one missile using another when both for a one-year deployment to provide air defense supportprovide the necessary support needed here. are traveling faster than the speed of sound. for the entire peninsula. “These Soldiers from 1-44th ADA were trained “These rotations bring the most highly trained and The change of responsibility had music provided by anand certified through a very challenging program that experienced Patriot forces in the US Army to the Korean 8th Army brass quintet and various citizens of the outlyingculminated in certification of the battalion for this specific peninsula in order to ensure we can provide the ROK- areas present to acknowledge the new soldiers presence inmission,” said Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Stein, assistant chief of US alliance and the citizens of this great country the best the area.AA chapter provides help for communityby Stacy A. Ouellette “AA is a great program because it is readilyUSAG-H Public Affairs Office available in 200 countries, free, and it works HUMPHREYS GARRISON — An estimated twomillion people are actively battling alcoholism worldwide better than anything else we know of to treatas members of Alcoholics Anonymous, according to theofficial AA website. alcoholism.” Included are members of the AA chapter here servingthe Humphreys’ community. “A lot of Soldiers are away from home for the first time Ken McCown,and start experimenting or acting out past problems through Army Substance Abuse counseling psychologistalcohol. This place can also amplify previous drinkingproblems,” said Ken McCown, Army Substance Abusecounseling psychologist. who want it. It’s a proven program that works. I encourage As defined by literature of the organization, AA is a anyone who thinks they might have a problem to give itfellowship of men and women who share their experience, a shot and attend a meeting,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Jamesstrength, and hope with each other that they may solve O’Neal, Humphreys AA Chapter Chaplain Sponsor.their common problem and help others to recover from With the holiday season upon us, this is the time of yearalcoholism. The literature also states the only requirement many people turn to AA for support, said McCown.for AA membership is the desire to stop drinking. Without It takes the support of a variety of agencies to encourageany dues or fees to pay, the organization is self-supporting Soldiers to attend meetings. Unit commanders are betterand relies on contributions. “AA is a great program because understanding the importance of AA in a recovery is readily available in 200 countries, free, and it works Officials from the medical, religious, and legal communitiesbetter than anything else we know of to treat alcoholism,” often advise their patrons to seek treatment, said McCown.said McCown. “It’s important for those trying to recover to keep coming “You don’t have to be referred by ASAP to attend ameeting. We hold open meetings so anyone can attend. back and keep an open mind when attending. Attendees can come, sit and listen without speaking,” said McCown. Pyeongtaek city offers toursParticipation is not mandatory either so it’s a non- The Humphreys AA chapter has partnered up with an Members from USAG Humphreys Community participatedthreatening environment,” said McCown. Osan AA chapter initiative to make sure jailed Soldiers in a Pyeongtaek City free cultural tour sponsored by LABO Since 1935 when Bill Wilson co-founded AA, the have the opportunity for seeking recovery assistance Language Institute, Nov 17. As part of the tour, attendeespurpose of keeping members sober and helping other while confined here. AA meetings are held every Tuesday visited Mangi-sa Temple. The USAG Humphreys Public Af-alcoholics achieve sobriety one day at a time has remained and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Humphreys fairs Community Relations branch organizes tours to intro-the same. Even though Wilson died in 1971, his legacy lives confinement facility. The Humphreys AA chapter meets duce visitors to the Korean culture and share the beautyon through AA. “It’s important for those in recovery to have every Monday and Friday from 6-7 p.m. at Freedom of the Republic of Korea. — U.S. Army Photo By Stacy A.a community. It’s not just for those who need it, but those Chapel. Ouellette.
    • AREA IV USAG-D • PAGE 25 Channel exercises commandreadiness, safe travel for family membersby Dana R. Pugh the better. Courageous Channel is important to Sol- coordinate with the Korean people to help19th ESC Public Affairs Another reason for rehearsing an evacua- diers because it offers a level of comfort to get our people out into a safe haven in Ja- tion is to help family members learn more them to know their families are safe. pan.” CAMP WALKER – In the event of a about NEO documentation and how to “It helps the Soldiers complete their mis- The sail away evacuation is a real worldcontingency, natural disaster or any other pack essential items to move off the pen- sion because they know that their families application to the process, and helps im-event that would cause the need for an insula. are going to be taken care of, and that we’re prove relationships with the Korean busi-evacuation of United States personnel in “It helps them understand the documents not all just running towards whatever’s hap- nesses that would be involved in the trans-the Republic of Korea, there must be a they have in their possession,” said Gemin. pening whether it be some type of natural portation of Family members.system in place to facilitate this transition. “There are so many military documents, disaster or contingency,” said Kafka. “If there were a true emergency, thereThis process is rehearsed biannually during and it helps them remember which docu- “It helps them feel more comfortable that would be designated vessels, be it busses,a peninsula wide exercise called Courageous ments they need.” while they might be up front, that there are aircraft, cargo ships, etc. NEO helps decideChannel, part of Noncombatants Evacuation Families should also ensure that they have some of us back here helping their family how much we need and where we’re goingOperations (NEO). their NEO documents in order at all times get to safe ground.” to need it. It all depends on where we are, “The exercise is mainly to get family to provide a smooth NEO experience in An important part of this exercise was the the type of emergency, and the type of re-members’ attention so if anything does case of an evacuation. sail-away evacuation of volunteer family sources that are needed,” said Gemin.happen they will be ready to an extent, and “Having the correct paperwork speeds up members from Busan Pier 1 to Iwakuni, Ja- Family members should be the primarywe’ll take care of it from there, and also to the process and it makes sure that they’re pan Nov. 15-18. The 498th CSSB planned, participants in Courageous Channel in or-let them know that we’ll take care of them, ready in case anything was to happen. That coordinated and executed the Family evac- der to become more aware of the processsaid Pvt. Chris Kafka, light-wheeled vehicle way, they know that they have their docu- uation. and know what to do in the event of anmechanic, 498th Combat Support Service ments in order and that they’re not going “In this exercise, Japan is a safe haven. emergency and the absence of their mili-Battalion. “It gives them a familiarity with to be turned away because they don’t have The 498th CSSB’s main mission is to make tary spouse or parent.the process and helping them feel semi- the proper documents or incomplete docu- sure that everybody makes it to the safe Family members should know all NEOcomfortable at a time when they’re not really ments,” said Kafka. “In case anything does zone and makes sure they are okay before procedures in the absence of their militarygoing to feel comfortable or at ease.” happen, they can be on their way to the we continue on to whatever may be going spouse, parent or Emergency Essential Ci- Family members of United States Forces station closest to them as fast as possible.” on,” said Kafka. “We’re here to assist and vilian spouse or parent.Korea Servicemembers rehearse procedures “The main benefit of the trip to Japanthey would implement in the event of an is that it’s the ‘last leg’ out of Korea, andevacuation to improve the processes involved Japan is the safe haven before you move onin the coordination of transportation and to the U.S. It’s to get people used to not go-placement of U.S. personnel during the ing directly to the US but through anotherCourageous Channel exercise. port in our travels, and to help them get “It’s so the family members get comfort- used to the different steps in the NEO pro-able enough to say ‘I can do this without cess. It provides preparedness and a bettermy spouse’, said Kelly L. Gemin, fam- comfort zone, and to get them acclimatedily readiness group advisor, 501st Sustain- with the processes and flow of the military,”ment Brigade. “It’s providing comfort level said Gemin.knowing that they’ll be with other family One participant, Rena Bartlett, spouse ofmembers, and they can feel that bond and a Soldier from the 16th Medical Logisticthat friendship, and gives them a sense of Battalion, said that her experience with theindependence.” Courageous Channel exercise and the sail The Courageous Channel exercise per- away evacuation has been an informativefects NEO procedures and corrects prob- experience.lems in case of an actual evacuation. “It helps that the Soldier doesn’t have to “This is a small scale example of what worry about the families. That’s the lastwould really happen. It helps family mem- thing they need to be worried about. Thisbers feel safer knowing we’re willing to train way, they know that they’re going to beand do this exercise when nothing is hap- taken care of,” she said. “It’s been a goodpening, so that they know that we’re going experience so far, and I’ve learned a lot into be there for them when something does (Left) Lewis C. Scruggs, logistics management specialist, Army Field Support Battalion, North- the last two days. This process helps me behappen, said Kafka. We’re changing things East Asia is a NEO Warden for the Courageous Channel exercise, helps Tuan M. Nguyen, a little bit more independent when it comesthat might get in the way, and we’re learn- AFSBn - NEA, through the checklist to get through the check-in process during the exercise. to emergencies.”ing as we go and making these changes for — U.S. Army Photo By Natalie E. KapteynDon’t wait – prepare to drive safely this winterUSAG Daegu Safety Office different. mirrors •Try to maintain at least triple the normal Seat Belts •Sweep all the snow off the vehicle, distance between yourself and the vehicle Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part •Keep you inside the vehicle especially the top aheadseries on winter driving safety. •Protection •Clear all windows and windshield Operating on snow and ice •Stabilization wipers. Be sure the windshield washer •Drive in second or third gear, rather than CAMP HENRY – The winter season •Remain conscious reservoir is adequately filled with a freeze- first or low. Engage the clutch gradually (oris almost upon us, and with it comes •Maintain control resistant cleaning solution. in D2, High, with automatic transmission),the added road hazards posed by its •Safer driver Defensive driving techniques and accelerate no more than necessary toconditions. Most people tend to put off Cold weather engine startup and •Drive at reduced speeds so you can keep from stalling.winter driving preparations, thinking warm-up procedures stop more quickly (keep your head on a •Avoid quick acceleration on slick roads.they’ll do it later – but by then it may • Don’t idle a cold vehicle’s engine for swivel by observing 360 degrees around It will cause you to skidbe too late. along time to warm it up - it could harm the you) •Often, fresh snow conceals an icy road Winter driving requires many skills, engine. The right way to warm up a vehicle •Use turn signals sooner than usual, surface – Black ice, commonly found ona watchful eye for constantly changing is to drive it. giving other drivers more time to react bridges, overpasses and underpasses, andweather conditions, and common sense. •Clean all lights •Tap your brakes to warn of your shaded areas.In the Republic of Korea, it is no •Scrape ice and snow all windows and intention to stop See Safety page 27
    • USAG-D • PAGE AREA IV THE MORNING CALM News & Notes Different names but similar meaning: celebrating Thanksgiving, Chuseok Honoring Warriors Past & Present The United States Army Garrison Daegu holds American Indian Heritage Obser- vance Program “Honoring Warriors Past & Present” noon – 1 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker. There will be prize raffle and free food sampling. Please come and join the USAG Daegu community in celebration. For information, call Master Sgt. John Gough at 768-8972. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Area IV Chaplain Unit Ministry Team sponsors the Christmas tree lighting cer- emony 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in front of Camp Walker Chapel. Come out and celebrate in the spirit joyfulness. A+ Class There will be an A+ Class Nov. 26 – 30 at the United States Army Garrison Daegu Information Center. This course is open A typical Thanksgiving Day meal consists of several kinds of foods including turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie, and so on. to Army Personnel, DA and KGS Civilians working in the IT/IA field. For information Photos and article compiled by Daegu Public Affairs a holiday which later spread throughout U.S. states. The most famous parade is or registration, call Mr. Leo Kelley at 764- the peninsula. ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’ held in 5069. CAMP HENRY – Americans look Foods New York City. forward to the fourth Thursday each Thanksgiving Day – Thanksgiving Watching football games on Thanksgiving Emergency Placement Care Provider November. It’s Thanksgiving Day, a meals are traditionally family events where Day is a kind of tradition or official events for The USAG Daegu community is in need traditional North American holiday to certain kinds of food are served. First and many Americans also. Of course, it started of EPC Providers, previously known as give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest foremost, turkey is the featured item in in the 20th century when football gained Foster Care families. Get more informa- season. Koreans also have a similar holiday, most Thanksgiving feasts (so much so that popularity with the American public. tion on becoming certified by contacting the Family Advocacy EPC Program. For celebrated on Aug. 15 of the lunar calendar. Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as Chuseok – Chuseok spans three days information, call Tiana Marratta at 768- It is a time to honor ancestors with newly “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes according to the lunar calendar. The first 8090. harvested grains and fruits. with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry event on Chuseok Day is the ancestral rite. The following is a comparison between sauce, corn, turnips, and pumpkin pie are Offerings prepared days in advance are set USA Girl Scouts Overseas Program the holidays of Thanksgiving Day and commonly associated with Thanksgiving on the altar for the ritual. If you are interested in registering your Chuseok: dinner. Often guests bring food items or A visit to ancestral graves comes after daughter in the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Origins help with cooking in the kitchen as part of the ancestral rite. The graves are cleared up Program, please contact in Daegu Ms. Thanksgiving Day – The early settlers of a happy, communal meal. days before Chuseok, with grass mowed and LaTondra Anderson at 011-9857-6638 or Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts were Chuseok – A family gathering in Korea weeds plucked out. People take great care in e-mail at, in Seoul Mrs. Shelly Matautia at 011- particularly grateful to Squanto, a Native means hearty eating. Once the ancestral rite maintaining their family graves, as part of 9883-6239 or email at matautia@kornet. American, because the settlers might not is over, the entire family takes part in a grand Chuseok tradition com; and in Pyeongtaek and Osan Mrs. have survived in the New World without feast. Unlike the lunar New Year’s Day when After the rituals, people play traditional Caroline Schultz at 010-8694-4166 or Squanto’s assistance. The Plymouth settlers tteokguk, or rice cake soup, is prepared, games such as neolttwigi, or seesaw. The email at pyeongtaekgirlscouts@gmail. (who came to be called “Pilgrims”) set Chuseok features newly harvested rice traditional seesaw is a long thick wooden com. apart a holiday immediately after their first used to brew rice wine and rice cakes. One stick on which people step on to be sprung harvest in 1621 and invited Grand Sachem popular dish eaten during the holiday is the up and down. American Red Cross Massasoit and Native Americans to join soup toran, or beef broth with the starchy Ganggnagsullae, a circle dance under the The American Red Cross holds a class them in the feast. National Thanksgiving rootstock taro. People also prepare holiday bright full moon, is one of the most popular about CPR, and First Aid for the work- place 5 - 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, and 6 at the Proclamations proclaim thanks for God’s foods such as songpyeon, or full moon rice forms of Chuseok folk entertainment. American Red Cross office on Camp providence in the events of the nation and, cakes stuffed with sesame, beans, chestnuts, Traditionally, village women assembled in a Henry. For information and signing up as President Washington explained in his rice flour and newly harvested grains. large circle, held hands, and went round and call Jimmy Finch at 768-7993. Thanksgiving Proclamation, “for the many Events round while chanting a song under the full signal favors of Almighty God” in the lives Thanksgiving Day – The day when moon. The lead singer starts the song and Belly Dancing Classes of the people. many Americans go shopping is the day the rest of the women answer by chanting Camp Walker Kelly Fitness Center and Chuseok’s history dates back about two after Thanksgiving Day. It’s called “Black “ganggangsullae” or “ganggangsuwollae.” Camp Carroll Fitness Center feature free thousand years to the time of Silla King Friday”. From this day, people start to buy As you can see, while the particulars of belly dancing classes. At Camp Walker, Euri, who ruled during the legendary Christmas gifts. The meaning of the name, Thanksgiving and Chuseok such as the foods it’s every Monday 10 a.m. while at Camp Carroll, every Wednesday 10 a.m. For period of the Three Kingdoms. He wanted “Black Friday”, is that businesses or stores and types of events may be very different, information, call Camp Walker Fitness to help the weaving industry grow so he which were “in the red” start to change to both holidays have a common theme Center at 764-4800/4225 and Camp Car- organized a national weaving contest. The be “in the black” this day. – getting together with family and giving roll at 765-8287/8118. losers had to prepare certain foods for the A Thanksgiving Parade is one of the thanks for a bountiful harvest. winners. This was the origin of Chuseok, official events during the holiday in many Children’s Christmas Party Children’s Christmas Party for children of all Camp Carroll employees and Service- members will be held 1 – 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Camp Carroll’s Gym. The costs are $1.00 or 1,000 won per child and $2.00 or 2,000 won per adult. Tickets are avail- able at MSC-K’s Directorate for Main- tenance office, bldg. #388, room #232. Please, buy tickets no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Happy Valley Train will be pro- vided from bldg. 530 to Gym and driven by Santa’s Helpers. For information, call Ms. Hwang at 765-8470 or Ms. Kim at 765-8544. Ganggangsullae: A traditional dance associated with Chuseok Songpyeon: Stuffed rice cakes celebrate the harvest
    • AREA IV USAG-D • PAGE 27 Safety from page 25Performance benefits Daegu children •If you encounter black ice, don’t panic. Make no sudden changes in speed or direction, ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the rear of your vehicle is skidding. Fog •When driving in fog, use low-beam headlights, or stop, get off the road and wait Hills and Grades When approaching a hill or upgrade/ d ow n g r a d e , r e m e m b e r t o d o t h e following: •Select the proper gear before approaching – usually a lower gear •Use the same gear going down that you used going up. This will allow the engine to act as a brake, so you will not have to use your brake excessively. •On steep or very slippery grades, use at least one gear lower, and go slower Skids Result from unexpected forces: •Black ice •Driving too fast for conditions •Sudden steering corrections or braking •Sudden acceleration If your vehicle begins to skid, take the following actions: Front end skids - Release the brake and let the front wheels roll freely to regain traction and steering control. Rear end skids - Take your foot off of theThe Onnuri Folklore Percussion Band performs a traditional Korean song during the Daegu Love Concert Nov. 7 at KyungPuk Na- accelerator and turn wheels in the directiontional University. Soldiers and Families of the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and United States Army Garrison Daegu that the rear of the vehicle is skidding, andattended the The Daegu Love Concert. The charity event benefitted unprivileged Children of the Daegu Community. It was sponsored pump brakes the Korean Good Neighbor Program Cultural Ambassadors and many other organizations dedicated to the Alliance between the Next week: Know your vehicle, roadRepublic of Korea and The United States. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. Dana R. Pugh conditions and the very real danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. PAID ADVERTISING
    • USAG-D • PAGE AREA IV THE MORNING CALMAir Defense Artillery units swap duty at Carrollby Cpl. Jang Won-il said Bernhardt. “I extend a special thanksUSAG Daegu Public Affairs to each one of those individuals today. Your work has bestowed special gifts on each CAMP CARROLL – Soldiers with the Soldier that served to strengthen the bonds1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Missile of friendship between our nations.”Artillery Regiment have been arriving The community events and Goodsince Oct. to replace those of the 2-1 Neighbor relationships that 2-1 establishedADA. United States Army Garrison Daegu during their time in Korea will continueofficially greeted the new unit at a Transfer of to be built upon by the 1-44 Soldiers.Authority Ceremony, held in Camp Carroll’s Although the departure of the Soldiers ofCrown Jewel Fitness Center Nov. 16. 2-1 means that they will be leaving many The new battalion from Fort Bliss, Texas friends from the community, 1-44 Soldiersis replacing the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air and the Daegu/Waegwan community lookDefense Artillery of the 35th ADA Brigade forward to achieving a brand-new fellowshipto provide air defense artillery support for that will last a lifetime.the Korean peninsula. “The Battalion looks forward to being The 1-44 Battalion’s guidon is uncovered by Lt. Col. Christopher Todd Burgess, Commander, “The training these forces undergo prior gracious visitors to this beautiful country and 1-44 AMD Battalion, symbolizing the units’ replacement in place of 2-1 ADA Battalion on theto their arrival in Korea is some of the most to building camaraderie and lasting bonds peninsula during the Transfer of Authority Ceremony held at the Crown Jewel Fitness Center,demanding that the Army has to offer,” said with our Korean friends and neighbors,” said Camp Carroll Nov. 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-ilBrig Gen. Kurt J. Stein, Assistant Chief of Burgess during his remarks.Staff, J4, USFK, Korea. “These Soldiers the new unit’s service in the country. The 2-1 ADA Battalion stationed at “Theater missile defense is one of thefrom 1-44 ADA were trained and certified “This battalion and these Soldiers from Camp Carroll has been in Korea since most critical military capabilities thethrough a very challenging program that Fort Bliss, Texas bring with them a great December 2004. The battalion has provided United States provides to the Republic ofculminated in certification of the battalion reputation,” said Dickinson. “Although, this theater air and missile defense against the Korea,” said Stein. “In the early 1990’s,for this specific mission.” is the first deployment for the battalion to threat of tactical ballistic missiles for the we permanently stationed the first Patriot “The departure of 2-1 and arrival of 1-44 Korea, for many of the Soldiers and leaders peninsula. Battalion in the theater, and followed thatmarks the second Patriot Battalion rotation standing here today, they have served before The 2-1 ADA Battalion were successful up by bringing in yet another Battalion asto the theater. These rotations bring the most in Korea and understand what a wonderful in their significant contribution made to the well as the Brigade Headquarters in 2004.highly trained and experienced Patriot forces people live here and what a great culture ROK-US Alliance. These units are now a permanent part ofin the US Army to the Korean peninsula in Korea offers.” The Battalion Commander of the U.S. force structure on the Peninsula.”order to ensure we can provide the ROK- “2-1 ADA has quickly and efficiently outgoing 2-1 ADA Battalion, Lt. Col. Stein continued, “Changes doesUS Alliance and the citizens of this great integrated 1-44 into their daily routine Nicholas Bernhardt thanked the Korean sometimes bring uncertainty, however, ascountry the best possible protection against and mission responsibilities,” said Lt. Col. nationals for their kindness during service USFK transforms and the US footprintan enemy missile attack,” said Stein. Christopher Todd Burgess, Commander, 1-44 in the country. and structure of forces changes, we can be Col. James H. Dickinson, 35th ADA AMD Battalion. “1-44 AMD Battalion now “Many Korean hosts enabled the success certain of one thing – the US Patriot postureBrigade Commander welcomed 1-44’s arrival eagerly takes on this mission and looks forward of this great battalion and their names and will remain unchanged on the Koreanand expressed how much he looks forward to to the challenges over the upcoming year.” numbers are too great to mention here,” peninsula.” PAID ADVERTISING
    • PAGE 30 LEARN KOREAN Community members practice evacuation