The Peninsula-Wide News Publication Volume 2, Issue No. 38 No. P UBLISHED F OR T HOSE S ERVING IN THE R EPUBLIC OF KOREA July 9, 2004Army to call up 5,600 IRR SoldiersStory by Joe Burlas 18 months of active duty, but that could fulfill, said Col. Debra Cook, commander service obligations,” Cook said. “TheArmy News Service be extended for a total of 24 months if for Human Resources Command – St. enlistment contract spells out exactly needed, they said. Louis, the Reserve’s personnel what the division is between how long WASHINGTON — The Army plans The IRR call-up does not impact management center. they serve on active duty or a Readyto order 5,600 Soldiers in the Individual retired Soldiers, contrary to several Congress mandates under Title 10 of Reserve unit and how long in the IRR.”Ready Reserve to active duty for possible civilian media reports on the subject that the U.S. Code that all services have an This is not the first time the Armydeployment with the next Operations appeared on television and newspapers IRR. has used the IRR to fill its manpowerIraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom June 29 and 30. Every Soldier, enlisted or needs. During the Gulf War, more thanrotations. “We’re dipping into an available commissioned, has an eight-year military 20,000 IRR Soldiers were mobilized and Mailgrams notifying those Soldiers to manpower pool,” said Robert Smiley, service obligation when he or she joins deployed. Since the terrorist attacks ofexpect mobilization orders within a week principal assistant for Training, the Army, Cook said. Often, that Sept. 11, 2001, the Army has called upwere expected to hit their mailboxes as Readiness and Mobilization, Office of commitment is divided between active more than 2,500 IRR Soldiers — theearly as Tuesday, according to officials the Assistant Secretary of the Army for duty or a TPU assignment and the IRR. majority through IRR volunteers, thoughwho announced the measure in Pentagon Manpower and Reserve Affairs. “This “You might have one Soldier sign up some have been involuntary call-ups.press briefing June 30. is just good personnel management.” for four years on active duty, who then The main purpose of this IRR call- Those Soldiers called up will have 30 The IRR primarily consists of has a four-year IRR commitment, and up is to fill personnel shortfalls in adays from the date the orders were Soldiers who have served their another Soldier who signs up to serve number of Army Reserve and Nationalissued to take care of personal business contracted time on active duty or in an with a Ready Reserve unit for six years Guard units that have been tagged tobefore having to report to a mobilization Army Reserve Troop Program Unit, but and two years in the IRR — both have deploy overseas as part of the OIF 3site, officials said. The orders call for still have a military service obligation to IRR commitments to meet their military See IRR on Page 4New program to save millionsin off-post housing costsInstallation Management Agency-Korea Region Feeling goodPublic Affairs Office YONGSAN — More than 3,100 servicemembersand civilian personnel live on the Korean economy inArea II. The annual price tag for off-post rentals inArea II is about $100 million. In an effort to curb spending and offer those whoare stationed here a better solution to finding off postquarters, Installation Management Agency-KoreaRegion has begun an experimental program that maysave the U.S. government $25 million, said John DiGenio, management analyst with IMA-Korea Region. “Servicemembers and civilian employees currentlyhave to deal directly with Korean landlords and realestate agents to get off-post housing,” said Di Genio.“Considering the language barrier and the foreign realestate laws and practices, this can put U.S. personnelat a disadvantage.” The solution to these and other problems is theHousing Opportunities Made Easy Program, which isset to kick off on Monday. “The purpose of HOME is to obtain quality housingon the local economy at more reasonable prices,” saidDi Genio. “To that extent, (IMA-Korea Region) PHOTO BY STEVE DAVIShas entered into a 24-month agreement with Korea PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY Dallas Cowboy cheerleader Emily Kuchar wraps a boa around Sgt. Shone Warren, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery,Region Property Management to accommodate 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment during the Wayne Newton Independence Day performance at Camp Casey Sunday. See Housing on Page 4 See Pages 16 and 17 for more. What ’s inside... INSIDE Warriors celebrate Online learning Fear Factor Commentary.............Page 2 ‘Doggie day care’ Blotters....................Page 2 Independence Day offers alternative entertains News and notes......Page 3 with stars Humphreys debuts in Daegu Movies...................Page 14 for servicemembers Chaplain................Page 15 See Page 5 See Page 10 See Page 22 See Page 25 MWR Events...........Page 18
MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly 2 July 9, 2004 MP Blotter Commentary The following entries were excerpted contrary Most Iraqis appreciate U.S. help — contrary to newsfrom the past several week’s military By Bonnie Murphy met engineers, pilots and well-educated men who, forpolice blotters. These entries may be the first time since Saddam took office, are returningincomplete and do not determine the BALAD, Iraq — I’m appalled at the “news” as from self-imposed exile to their homeland and are ableguilt or innocence of any person. it’s reported from Iraq. to find work on our many U.S. bases.! A military police investigation revealed that Just as disturbing is the lack of knowledge a lot of Before I left Balad, I was able to coordinate the donationa servicemember illegally entered a barracks people have about what’s really going on, why we’re of $3,500 of hospital disinfectant and dental amalgam toroom that was unsecured and unattended and there, and what it’s really like. I’d like to set the the local hospital from the Defense and Reutilization andbegan to defecate and urinate on the floor. record straight. Marketing Services inventory of excess property. OurAfterward, the servicemember exited the room My job as an environmentalist is primarily the Balad team of doctors and medics make regular scheduledunclothed and began to walk down the hall protection of the environment and the disposal of visits to the surrounding communities to provide medicalwhere he was stopped and detained by barracks Department of Defense-generated hazardous wastes. care and assistance to the people and teach newpersonnel. The servicemember was then I volunteered to go to Iraq, and last December I was technologies to Iraqi medical personnel.transferred to the provost marshal office, where selected to set up the first disposal operations in the People are being taught field sanitation and hand-he was administered a series of field sobriety forward deployed area. washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs. Abouttests, which he failed. The servicemember was I have been stationed at Balad Air Base and LSA 400,000 children have now received up-to-datethen transported to a Troop Medical Clinic, Anaconda since Dec. 28. On several occasions, my immunizations. And 100 percent of the existing hospitalswhere he was administered a command-directed work has taken me to Baghdad. I extended my initial are now open and staffed, compared to 35 percent beforelegal breath alcohol test by on-duty medical tour from 120 days to 155 days, and June 7, I went the war.personnel with results pending. The back to Baghdad for six more months. I’ve met some wonderful soldiers serving in Iraq. Asservicemember was released to unit afterwards. Ninety-five percent of the Iraqi people want us a nation, we should all be proud and supportive of theThis is an alcohol-related incident. there, and it’s only a handful of insurgents with mission, Operation Iraqi Freedom. weapons who are attacking our bases, convoys and I believe in my job, my country, and I want my! A military police investigation revealed that troops. The older generations say that although they grandchildren to always be able to enjoy their freedoms.two servicemembers were involved in a verbal may never see the freedoms we’re trying to bring to That’s why I’m going back.altercation with an airman that turned physical their country, they know their children will enjoy the Editor ’s note: Bonnie Murphy is a Defensewhen the two servicemembers struck the airman rights that we take for granted in this country. Reutilization and Marketing Service employee whoseveral times in the head and body with closed I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with volunteered to go to Iraq in December.fists, knocking him to the floor. The airman was day laborers coming on Anaconda. They are gratefulstabbed during the altercation by the for the work and pay they receive. Men have taken E-mail commentary submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pleaseservicemembers. He was transported to the my hand with tear-filled eyes and thanked me because keep submissions about a page in length and include your name, rank and dutyemergency room where he was treated for two they can now provide for their families — something station. The Morning Calm Weekly reserves the right to edit letters for length, taste and clarity.lacerations on his right arm, one laceration on they couldn’t do when Saddam was in power. I’vehis chest and a laceration in the abdomen thatpunctured his bladder. The assailants were Morning Calm Weekly Soundoff:searched, apprehended and transported to theprovost marshal office. One servicemember was Where would you like your next duty station to be? Whereidentified to be under the legal age allowed toconsume alcoholic beverages. Bothservicemembers were advised of their legalrights, which the underage assailant waivedrendering a written sworn statement. Both wereprocessed and released to their units.! The military police were notified by Armyand Air Force Exchange Service security that ashopper at a post exchange removed twocompact discs from the store without rendering “Germany, I want to “Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “Hawaii because it’s “I’d like to stay inproper payment. AAFES security detained the travel more” — Sgt. My wife would like to a beautiful place” — Korea because it’s asuspect until military police arrived. She was Ryan Winterburg, Joint Security go there.” — Sgt. Joseph A. Sgt. Gregory D. 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MORNING CALMThe Morning Calm Weekly Page July 9, 2004 3NEWS & NOTES Officials: Communication key to GTCC success in Korea Story by Sgt. Andrew Kosterman authorized for permanent change of station travel. Gift Shop to Close Korea Region Public Affairs Office If there are problems with being reimbursed for TDY,The Chosun Gift Shop will be closed in Davis said contact with the finance office or the GTCCJuly. It will reopen Aug. 4 and continueregularly scheduled hours: YONGSAN — The 8th U.S. Army has had success in program representative within the unit.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. reducing the number of Government Travel Charge Card “Don’t assume that your voucher is being processed afterSaturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. delinquency rates in the past few months according to the five days if you have not received notification of payment,” 8th U.S. Army GTCC Program manager. said Davis. “Check to determine if it has been processed or if To F r e e D M Z To u r f o r “In order for 8th Army to maintain its momentum in there is a problem. The longer you wait the more delinquent Students becoming one of the best performing (major commands) for you become.”High school and college students of the GTCC program, we must continue to educate our If an individual is having difficulties and is at the 90-dayU.S. military and civilian personnel and leadership about the importance of this convenience and the delinquent mark, that person should initiate contact with theDepartment of State employees in Korea impact nonpayment has on one’s financial future,” said Betty bank and explain the circumstances, said Davis.are welcome to a free demilitarized Davis. Once the person hits 120 days, there is no going back.zone tour 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug Personal credit reports are affected by one’s GTCC. Not “If you do a phone or online payment, you may be able to4. The program includes historical paying bills on the GTCC can reflect negatively one this report. prevent the salary offset proceedings from taking place,” saidb r i e f i n g s a n d t o u r s o f Tu n n e l N o . 3 , To prevent receiving negative reports, Davis said there are Davis.Observation Post Dora, Camp Bonifas and some things that servicemembers must do. Communicating to the bank and the APC will help to assistPanmunjom. Reservations are required. “When you receive a past due notification, listen to it,” an individual that would otherwise be looked upon as anC a l l N e l d e Le o n , U . S . F o rc e s K o re a said Davis. “You are receiving the notice because your agency account holder who is failing to pay their debts, said Davis.Public Affairs Office, 723-4685, or send program coordinator for the GTCC has your name on a past Cardholders may make payments online ate-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org due listing.” www.myeasypayment.com. The service is free and providesby July 26. Davis added that it is possible for you to have paid your the balance of held accounts. bills and not be listed as paying. The best thing to do is Payments by phone can be done by calling on the defense COL A Decreases double check. switch network. Dial 550-4663 to access the operator andMany servicemembers throughout Korea However, there are reasons why someone may not pay a then dial 1-800-472-1424.have already noticed a decrease in Cost GTCC bill. One of these reasons may be that the governmentof Overseas Living Allowance that took hasn’t paid for temporary duty travel. The GTCC is not E-mail KostermanA@korea.army.milaffect June 1. The Military AdvisoryPa n e l o f t h e Pe r D i e m Tr a v e l a n d atchdog’ ‘ Watchdog’ Brigade gets new commanderTr a n s p o r t a t i o n A l l o w a n c e C o m m i t t e e Story by Spc. Alex Licea Upon completion Heard was assigned University, a Master of Arts Degree inapproved a 4 point decrease in the COLA 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs Office as a member of the Army Staff, office of Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’sindex for all of Korea due to the U.S. the deputy chief of staff for operations and University and a Master’s in Strategicdollar and Korean won exchange rate YONGSAN — Col. Falkner Heard III plans at the Pentagon. Studies from the Army War College.fluctuation. Since the dollar has became the new 8th Military Police Brigade Following his assignment at the Heard’s awards and decorationsstrengthened over the past two months, commander and 8th United States Army, Pentagon, Heard commanded the 76th include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Starservicemembers are seeing the effect U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces MP Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas, where Medal, the Meritorious Service Medalof the system balancing out buying Command and United Nations Command he also served as the installation’s with five oak-leaf clusters, the Armypower for servicemembers in Korea. provost marshal during a change of provost marshal. Commendation Medal, the Army command ceremony, July 1 at Knight Following his command, he was Achievement Medal, the National 176th FINCOM Ser vices Field. assigned to Saudi Arabia serving as a Defense Service Medal with bronze star,The 176th Finance Battalion’s customer Heard replaced Col. Peter M. military advisor to the Saudi “Special the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,service section will be closed today for an Champagne, who will be assigned to the Brigade” that protects the crown prince Southwest Asia Service Medal with twoorganizational day. Pentagon as a deputy to the provost of Saudi Arabia. stars, Overseas Ribbon with numeralIn and Out Processing stations will have marshal’s general office in Washington His previous assignment before two, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudilimited services. D.C. commanding the “Watchdogs” was Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal Heard, a native of San Antonio, began serving as the deputy director, Plans and (Kuwait), the British Gulf Medal, the Air Shoppette Closure his military career at Fort Bragg, N.C., Operations of the Army War College in Assault Badge and the Army StaffThe Yongsan South Post Shoppette and serving as a platoon leader for the 21st MP Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Identification Badge.Charley’s Steakery will be closed Sunday Company. During his time at Fort Bragg, Heard has a Bachelor of Sciencefor organization day activities. E-mail LiceaA@korea.army.mil he also served as a training officer for the Degree in Sociology from Texas A&M 503rd MP Battalion and commanded the Resumix battalion’s headquarters detachment.Job seekers who used the self-nomination He was reassigned to Fort McClellan, Why Korea is the Duty Assignment of Choiceprocess on Resumix from June 7 to date Ala., where he assumed duties as awere not properly saved. This means the member of the tactical operations branchCivilian Personnel Office cannot issue at the U.S. Army Military Police School.referral lists from announcements closed Subsequently, he performed duties as aon or after June 17. The CPOC will send company commander and training officerout a notice as soon as the problem is for the 795th MP Battalion.resolved. Contact Wanda Catlett at 732- In April 1989, Heard was assigned as6090. an exchange officer with the British Army in Tidworth, England, where he deployed Correction to Southwest Asia as part of the BritishThe front page photo credit for the July 2 contingent in Operations Desert Shield andedition was not correct. The photo was Desert Storm.taken by Pvt. Kenneth Tuck. Upon completion of his exchange tour, Heard served as the III Corps staff officer News & Notes Deadline at Fort Hood, Texas. After graduation fromThe deadline for submitting items for the U.S. Army Command and General StaffPeninsula News & Notes is Friday each week College he was assigned to the 1st MPfor publication the following Friday. Brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash.For more information, call 738-3355 or e- During his tenure he assumed duties asmail email@example.com. the Provost Marshal Operations officer and PHOTO BY PVT. PARK YUNG-KIM then as a battalion executive officer to the Family members of Maj. Chris Bland , Korean Service Corps Battalion executive officer, enjoy 704th MP Battalion. the newly constructed Burke Towers at Yongsan.
MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly 4 July 9, 2004IRR from Page 1and OEF 6 rotations planned for late fall, Smiley improvised explosive devise and reacting to ansaid. Many of the personnel shortfalls are for ambush.Soldiers already assigned to the deploying units Those who do not pass the readiness musterwho are not deployable due to medical, family at the mobilization installation for reasonsor legal issues, he said. including anything from medical and legal The actual mobilization and deployment reasons to physical challenges may berequirement is for about 4,400 Soldiers, but disqualified and sent home, Robinson said.personnel officials expect to find some of the Those who pass the muster will be sent on toIRR Soldiers with similar medical, family and military occupational specialty schools to getlegal issues that may keep them from being refresher training normally lasting between twodeployable. to four weeks. The final stop is joining the Historically speaking, the Army needs to deployingunitatleast30daysbeforedeploymentmobilize about 13 IRR Soldiers to get 10 for collective training as a unit.deployable Soldiers, said Raymond Robinson, While the specific jobs the called-up SoldiersG1 chief of Operations. will fill are varied, Cook said the heaviest The called-up IRR Soldiers will spend about requirements include truck drivers, mechanics,30 days at a mobilization installation, getting logistics personnel and administrative specialists.checks to see if they are qualified for deployment, “We will not deploy any Soldier who is notgetting individual weapons qualification, trained or ready,” said Bernard Oliphant, deputyconducting Common Task Testing and for theArmy Operations Center’s Mobilizationreceiving training in a number of warrior tasks Division, G3.that reflect the realities of today’s operating As of June 22, the IRR contained slightlyenvironment, including how to recognize an more than 111,000 Soldiers.Housing from Page 1the off-post housing needs of U.S. military and quarters they are interested in leasing. It will alsocivilian personnel inArea II.” get the quarters ready for servicemembers, said KRPMhasanofficeintheArmyCommunity Di Genio. In the past, this was done by theService building, and will offer a one-stop for all landlord.servicemembers’ housing needs, said Di Genio. Other services provided by KPRM includeThepropertymanagementcompanywillprovide a 24-hour bilingual hotline for tenants to reporta Web site that lists quarters that are available for emergency repairs or other problems andlease in the Yongsan area. The site – monthly statements in English. Languageswww.usfkhousing.com – is scheduled to be offered on the hotline are English and Korean.running Monday. Services such as telephone, cable TV, dry “Essentially, U.S. civilian employees and cleaning and water delivery will be provided byservicemembers who know that they’ll be living the company.off post can look at available housing even before Currently, a directive is being staffed to makearriving in Korea,” said Di Genio. HOME mandatory for servicemembers, said KRPM will serve as a “middleman” to bring Di Genio. Civilian employees are encouraged toreal estate agents, property owners, financial participate in the program.institutions, and prospective tenants together. It Servicemembers currently in leases will bewill assist landlords to get “chunsae,” or, “key exempt from the proposed policy. However,money,” loans from Korean financial institutions. anyone can volunteer to participate in HOME. In turn, the property management company KRPM can arrange for moves to a newsubleases the apartments to U.S. personnel, said residence.Di Genio. Allowances for quarters are used to “HOME, through KRPM, helps to buildpay the interest on those loans. Korean landlords lasting partnerships and cooperation amongget an interest free loan for the term of the lease, Koreanfirmstoprovidegoodhousingatreducedand U.S. personnel deal directly with KRPM costs,” said Di Genio.instead of the landlord. Any real estate agent that wishes to register KRPM offers services that help enhance the his company and properties with KRPM mayquality of life for servicemembers and civilian participate, said Di Genio. So far, 40 real estateemployees in the Seoul area. agents have registered 250 properties with “Thesimplifiedprocessandthemanyservices KRPM.that the KRPM offers will help to makeYongsan If the program is successful in Area II, itthe assignment of choice,” said Di Genio. will be implemented in the other areas, said Di KRPM will take prospective tenants to the Genio. Present arms! PHOTO BY SGT. ANDREW KOSTERMAN Soldiers from the United Nations Honor Guard Company present arms during a repatriation ceremony July 1 at Knight Field, Yongsan Garrision.
July 9, 2004 Page 5Warriors celebrate Independence Day with starsWayne Newton andfriends entertain Soldiersin the fieldStory, photos by David McNallyArea I Public Affairs Office RODRIGUEZ RANGE — WarriorDivision Soldiers bound for Iraqcelebrated Independence Day with USOentertainers Sunday. “When I heard you were out here,”Wayne Newton told the troops, “I saidthis is where we need to be.” Although heavy rain forced thecancellation of an outdoor performance,the entertainers met with more than1,400 Soldiers to sign autographs andpose for photographs. In the first of two sessions, morethan 700 2nd Brigade Combat TeamSoldiers packed into a dining facility tosee the stars. Newton, the renowned Las Vegasperformer and successor to Bob Hope’srole as emissary for the USO, brought See Stars on Page 8 Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton speaks to Iraq-bound Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Sunday at Rodriguez Range.More than 700 Soldiers listen to Wayne Newton Dallas Cowboy cheerleader Laura Beke laughsbefore one of two autograph sessions. during a visit with Warrior Division troopers.Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey poses with Pfc. Brian Clark and Wayne Newton. Laura Beke mesmerizes 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers during a mini-performance Sunday.
Page 6 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004NEWS & NOTES Camp Adventure challenges youth Red Cross Story, photo by Pfc. Stephanie Pearson Thats where Stephanie Healy and Heather Lewis come in.The Red Cross office at Camp Howze is closed. Area I Public Affairs Office They are counsellors with Camp Adventure, a summer programContact the Camp Casey Red Cross office for any for local military and Department of Defense family membersquestions or concerns at 730-3246 or 730-3184. CAMP RED CLOUD — Summer vacation is a time most ages 6 to 12. Children are dropped off at the Camp Red Cloud schoolchildren start looking forward to as soon as their winter Community Activities Center, where the program is based, at Safety Course break is over. For almost three months there is no school, 8:30 a.m. weekdays. They then spend the day playing gamesBefore assuming command, company no books and no homework. Most Soldiers, however, dont and doing fun activities.commanders must complete an online company get the summer months off to spend with their children. So "We do a lot of arts and crafts, science experiments and gocommander’s safety course at https:// what do military school-age children do while their parentswww.aimsrdl.atsc.army.mil/secured/ are at work all day? See A dventure on Page 8addp_top.htm or https://www.atrs.army.mil. Chris Koslosky, 9Additional-duty unit safety officers and (right), teachesnoncommissioned officers must complete the Andreus Foster, 12,course within 30 days after receipt of orders. to play chess June 29 at Camp Red Automated Risk Cloud during the Assessment Camp AdventureBefore leave, pass, temporary duty travel or summer youthpermanent change of station, commanders, program.leaders and supervisors must apply an automatedrisk assessment on Soldiers. The assessment isonline at https://safety.army.mil/home.htm. Usersmust have an Army Knowledge Online account.Click on toolbar, then ASMIS-1 Risk AssessmentTool. ResumixJob seekers who used the self-nomination processon Resumix from June 7 to date were not properlysaved. This means the Civilian Personnel Officecannot issue referral lists from announcementsclosed on or after June 17. The CPOC will sendout a notice as soon as the problem is resolved.Contact Wanda Catlett at 732-6090. Warrior Division Triathlon Triathlon Golfers welcome renovated course Team ChampionshipRace day registration is 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. July 17 Story, photo by David McNallyat the Camp Casey Hanson Field House. The race Area I Public Affairs Officestarts 9 a.m. CAMP CASEY — Warrior Country Warrior Division Women Women golfers welcomed the completion of a Softball and Men Senior Sof tball $640,000 course renovation with a July Championship 2 ribbon cutting ceremony.The championship is open to post-level women “Before, the course was flat,” saidand men, age 33 plus, July 17-18 at Camp Red Pak Song-yong, Camp Casey GolfCloud. Course assistant manager. “Now, it is a very challenging course.” World R acquetball Racquetball Pak said the contractors laid sod, Championships created new sand traps, and landscapedThe Korean Racquetball Federation will host the the course to include more elevation.12th World Racquetball Championships July 31 - “During the renovation we had fiveAug. 6 at the Anyang Youth Center and Seoul holes open,” Pak said, “so we onlyCultural and Education Center. Admission for all charged half price.”U.S. Forces Korea personnel is free. For more The putting green and driving rangeinformation, call 011-9152-1990. remained open during the three-month project.Women’s Equality Day Run omen’s The Camp Casey course is muchA Women’s Equality Day run is scheduled 6 a.m. better than before said Ray Cragun, theAug. 25 for Area I and 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers course manager.at Camp Red Cloud. “Golf is the fastest growing sport in the United States,” Cragun said. “It’s Training affordable, and it’s a sport you can play EEO - POSH Training all of your life.”The Equal Employment Office will conduct To entice more Soldiers to the game,Prevention of Sexual Harassment training 8 – 10 the Camp Casey Golf Course starteda.m. for supervisors and 10 a.m. – noon for non- offering free lessons two years ago.supervisors Aug. 26 at the Camp Red Cloud Army “We provide golfers with freeLearning Center, Building S-58, Room 210. lessons, clubs and range balls,” Cragun said. “We estimate we’ve given over 800 DMZ/JSA Tour Free DMZ/JS A Tour for lessons.” USFK Students To prove the tactic works, CragunAn informative summer activity is available for offered they have doubled their numbervisiting/in-country high school and college of active-duty golfers in the past year.students to learn and appreciate the U.S. military Area I commander, Col. Jeff Christiansen, prepares to take the cremonial “first swing” after a See Golfers on Page 8 $640,000 renovation to the Camp Casey Golf Course.
The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004 MORNING CALM Page 7Camp Stanley block par ty draws crowd Area I Public Affairs Office CAMP STANLEY— The Camp Stanley Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers organization hosted a Camp Stanley block party July 2 to celebrate the holiday weekend. Area I Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials featured bands for the celebration, Road Crew, Jeff Valdez and Sound Machine. “It took 20 hardworking BOSS representatives to set this up,” said Pfc. Road Crew guitarist and vocalist Jimie Rod Nagel Pearson, BOSS president. “We’re performs for Camp Stanley Soldiers July 2. trying to make this event the best.” Thousands of Warrior Country Soldiers and civilians watched Wayne Newton and friends PHOTOS BY DAVID MCNALLYPfc. Jonathon Ernst, vice president of the Camp Stanley Better Opportunities for Single and Pfc. Shanon Kopp (left) battles with Pfc. Wendy Zarate with pugil sticks. Both Soldiers areUnaccompanied Soldiers program, barbecues during the July 2 block party. assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Artillery. Red BOSS kickoffCamp Red Cloud BOS S hosts holiday kickoffStory, photo by Pfc. Stephanie PearsonArea I Public Affairs Office CAMP RED CLOUD — Volunteersfrom the Camp Red Cloud BetterOpportunities for Single andUnaccompanied Soldiers group hosteda holiday-weekend barbecue July 2 nextto the physical fitness center. “The purpose of the barbecue wasto kick off the Area I Independence Dayactivities,” said Command Sgt. Maj.Yolanda Lomax, Area I BOSS seniorenlisted advisor. Despite the rain, BOSS Soldiersgrilled hot dogs and hamburgers forhungry servicemembers. “We had about 55 Soldiers come byto grab something to eat,” Lomax said. The barbecue was the first of severalFourth of July weekend celebrationsscheduled for Warrior Country. Many Soldiers said they appreciatedthe time off. Officials gave Soldiers afour-day weekend for the holiday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Second Lt. Cormac Smith, Company A, 122nd Signal Battalion (left), gets food from a BOSS representative July 2 at Camp Red Cloud..
Page 8 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004Stars from Page 5Miss USA, several Dallas Cowboy Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion,cheerleaders, Korean-American singer 9th Infantry Regiment. “We have veryJenevi Bakch and comedian Lewis Dix high morale right now and we’re proudto Korea for a series of performances to do what we’re doing.”for the U.S. military. Newton also made a personal offer “We have a great country to live in to make a telephone call to familybecause of what you do,” Newton told members in the United States. Manythe Soldiers. Soldiers filled out forms with their family “It was great just to have a little bit member’s information.of relaxation,” said Pvt. Jonathan “For people like that to say, ‘I’ll callDaugherty, Headquarters and your family,’ that’s great,” said Pvt.Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, Brandon Fero, Company D, 2nd9th Infantry Regiment. “Just to see Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment. “I justfamous people like this come out, kind think of this as a great blessing for themof makes you feel good about what to come over like this.”you’re doing.” At the 7 p.m. Camp Casey The sessions lasted long into the performance, Newton apologized forafternoon. Newton decided to cancel a not appearing at the scheduled autographscheduled Camp Casey autograph session.session so they could meet with every “I think we did this right thing byavailable Iraq-bound Soldier at Rodriguez staying out at Rodriguez Range,”Range. Newton said. “I think it was a great thing they did The audience answered him withfor us to come out and see us and to try cheers and applause.and make us feel a little better,” said Pvt.James Morris, Headquarters and E-mail email@example.com Warrior Division Soldiers listen to comedian Lewis Dix during a Rodriguez Range autograph session with Wayne Newton and friends Sunday. PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLYGolfers from Page 6 He said people interested in lessons “If you look at a Soldier, a privateneed to have SOFA status and show up pays a $100 membership fee,” Durdenat the Camp Casey Pro Shop at 3 p.m. said. “That membership pays for itselfany Saturday. after only 12 rounds.” The Camp Red Cloud Golf Course Besides a round of golf, the Campoffers free lessons as well. The Casey course offers a pro shop andmanager, Don Durden, said any SOFA restaurant.status golfer who wants free lessonscan request them at the pro shop. “We offer one of the most successful “I don’t know of a better place to 10-cent wing nights on the peninsula,”learn how to play golf,” Durden said. Cragun said. The Camp Casey Golf“You can learn golf here for free, and Course brings in customers 5 to 7 p.m.you can play for a reasonable price.” every Friday for chicken wings. Durden explained how clubmembership decreases the costs further. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgAdventure from Page 6to the gym a lot,” said Healy, a nursing “We had two boys who came instudent from Iowa. “We go swimming with the attitude of ‘camp sucks,’”at 1 p.m. four days a week, and on she said. “They only signed up for oneThursdays, we take field trips.” week because they thought theyd “Parents are welcome to come on hate it. Now theyve signed up for theany of the field trips,” Healy added. remaining weeks!”“On Fridays, we have a big barbecue “I love it,” Lewis said. “Were herethat the parents come to. Last weekwe had all the parents but one make to have fun and give the childrenit.” something to do besides watch TV The children are very well-behaved and play Gameboy all day.”and seem to enjoy themselves, Healysaid. E-mail email@example.com
July 9, 2004 Page 9Online learning offers alternative study for servicemembersStory by Petty Officer 2nd Class David to attain a degree, certificate or enhanceMcKee their career competitiveness.U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs Office According to Family PC Magazine more than one million students take YONGSAN — Servicemembers distance learning classes via thetrying to find time to take post- Internet.secondary courses and prepare to be Kay Kohl, executive director of themore competitive for their next University Continuing Educationpromotion or transition back to civilian Association in Washington, D.C., sayslife may have a difficult time reaching people want and need more alternativestheir goals. to education than sitting in a class for a The current operational tempo, long predetermined amount of time, andwork hours, deployments, field training, added “they’re finding them in theand for some, family obligations make myriad paths that distance education isit tough. taking these days.” Many of these men and women Throughout the peninsula educationserving on the peninsula are finding it service officers, like Lorene Hopkins,difficult to attend course lectures taught educational service officer at Yongsan’s PHOTO BY PVT. PARK, YUNG-KWIin a traditional classroom environment education office, have seen a Soldiers have access to Web or online education at the Area II Support Activity Educationand they’re looking at alternative ways significant increase of military Center.to earn a post-secondary degree or personnel enrolling in distancevocational certificate. education courses. a credible degree that is comparable to The Internet has significantly facilitated One alternative is distance education. “Since I came to Korea over four traditional credentials, but also adds distance learning and thus provoked Distance education has evolved years ago … a tremendous increase in flexibility. Hopkins, who has done tremendous change and experimentation insignificantly from the days when a students enrolling in distance education extensive research as an educator, says how education is delivered, says Pam Dixon,student only had the mailman to deliver has evolved throughout the peninsula,” distance learning compared to the a columnist and author of seven books, onebooks. Virginia Steiner, a research said Hopkins. traditional classroom environment of which is “The Virtual College.” “Theassociate with Distance Learning Unlike the traditional college or integrates into the service member’s stigma that used to be attached to getting aResource Network says that distance university classroom, distance learning military life more fluently than trying to degree without physically being on a campuseducation is instructional delivery that allows amenability forstudents to juggle duty with classroom time. exists now,” notes Dixon.does not constrain the student to be integrate their work life into their “Traditional education may remain the Michael Lambert, executive directorphysically present in the same location academic pursuits and use more than preferred method but distance learning is the of the Distance Education and Trainingas the instructor, and today allows one platform to interact with their most flexible option. Many institutions Council in Washington, D.C., said,student to correspond via audio, video instructors. Distance learning is now provide an education via traditional and “And when medallion universities likeand computer technology. able to offer tuition assistance to distant learning using the same faculty and Stanford, Harvard, and Duke entered With the demands that are associated qualified students because of new objectives. If the institution is legitimate and the distance education arena, it becamewith the military — deployments, long government regulations. offers the program of interest to the student, legitimate overnight.”hours, field training and much more — Distance education is becoming there is no reason to feel it is of less quality,”servicemembers are seeking new ways increasingly popular because it offers Hopkins said. See Education on Page 10Warrant officer recruiting team visits Yongsan YongsanStory by Alex J. Harrington the warrant officer personnel policy integrator for 1918 when it established the Army Mine-PlanterArea II Public Affairs Office the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Service in the Coast Artillery Corps and directed that G1. Warrant officers to serve as masters, mates, chief YONGSAN — A recruiting team from the U.S. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Andrew Barr, who engineers, and assistant engineers on vessels,” saidArmy Recruiting Command is visiting Area II to look previously worked in G1 with Eggerton, added, Reyes.for qualified candidates to fill warrant officer “When Congress and our own leadership look atshortages. initiatives for the officer corps, they tend to overlook Warrant officers of today The team will be speaking 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. us because we’re so small. We make up less than 2 Warrant officers compose about 2 percent of thetoday and July 16 at the multipurpose training facility percent of the Army and less than 14 percent of the Army today — active Army, Army National Guardon Yongsan South Post. officer corps.” and U.S. Army Reserve (54, 33, and 13 percent, The warrant officer program is undergoing The Army is now looking at new ways to enhance respectively), according to the ATLDP.significant changes, mostly derived from a study by the warrant officer program, according to the ATLDP Reyes notes that potential candidates do not needthe Army Training and Leader Development Panel report. Actions include looking at ways to clarify the a degree, but some warrant officer specialties requirethat delineated an expanded role for warrant officers. roles of warrant officers, improving professional a few classes in post-secondary education. In the past warrant officers have been perceived development, training and education, and manning. All warrant officers are well educated, indicatedas a group between the officer corps and enlisted in the ATLDP. Virtually all active-component warrantranks. History of warrant officers officers and 56 percent of reserve-component “Warrant officers traditionally have not been treated Chief Warrant Officer 2 Julie Reyes, who is a warrant officers have two or more years of college.as part of the officer corps. We’ve kind of been in military personnel officer with the 8th Personnel For more information about becoming a warrantthis strange gray area between the noncommissioned Command, says that the warrant officer ranks can officer, call DSN 723-5558.officer and the regularly commissioned branch trace their lineage back to the early 1900s.officer,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Albert Eggerton, “The Army began its warrant officer program in E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 10 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004NEWS & NOTES Women’s Summer Bible omen’s McNulty: Trash issue applies to all Study and Fellowship By Col. Timothy McNulty with when living out in the local items. Call 117, 911 or the Area IIThere are Protestant Women of the Chapel and Military Area II Commander economy. fire department immediately uponCouncil of Catholic Women for worship, bible study and When Korean nationals see you, detection of explosive itemsfellowship lessons 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Wednedsays. They YONGSAN — After reading the an American, doing your part, you dumped in trash can or dumpster.begin July 7 - Aug. 4 at South Post Chapel. For more Morning C a l m ’s command set a positive image for all ! Animal carcasses. The 129thinformation, call 796-5982. information story, “Yongsan faces Americans! Medical Detachment, Yongsan Animal trash dumping issue” I felt ! K n o w A r e a I I ’s p o l i c y Hospital, is responsible for removing Waste Handler’s Hazardous Waste Handler ’s disturbed and questioned “why a b o u t r e f u s e d i s p o s a l . Yo u c a n and disposing of animal carcasses. Training would our community members litter without knowing it. ! Unidentified chemicals, openThe U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and dump their personal trash on The loose receipt that falls from cans containing oil, gasoline orPrevention Medicine Pacific will conduct a two-day donated clothes for the needy?” your grasp is litter, and whether unidentified liquid chemicals, gascourse for hazardous materials and hazardous waste This is but one example of a you intended it or not, it containers containing any amount ofhandler’s training with a Korean interpreter 8:30 a.m. growing issue facing our U.S. contributes to the degradation of propane gas, butane gas or any- 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Building 2259, military personnel and their your surroundings. combustible item.Room 223. For more information, call 724-5008. f a m i l i e s , S O FA m e m b e r s a n d Yo u r A r e a I I s u p p o r t g r o u p Call the Directorate of Public KATUSAs in Area II; an issue that spends more than $2 million Works Environmental office upon Community Health Care is becoming a big problem for annually to contract an outside detection of any unidentified Forum service organizations and company to come onto U.S. chemicals found in trash cans or trashThere will be a community health care forum 10 a.m. businesses that depend on their facilities to collect and dispose our receptacles.today at the main conference room of the Army large trash receptacles to dispose refuse. And the funds expended ! Fluorescent light bulbs.Community Services Building. For more information, bulk garbage. for the trash disposal services DPW, BURTS Self Help Center andcall 737-3045. So, who is to blame for this allow certain groups of community the DPW Electrical Shop are the American Red Cross problem? We are! Each one of members to dispose their personal disposal points for fluorescent lightThere are immediate openings for leadership positions us, who live on- or off-post, must trash. bulbs.within the American Red Cross Volunteer Program. do our part and take pride of In accordance with Standing ! The 121st Hospital MedicalThe following courses are scheduled for July. where we are stationed and try to Operating Procedure No. 39, Waste office is responsible for! Baby-sitting 9 a.m. - noon. July 16 - 17. keep our installations clean. Refuse Disposal and Collection medical waste generated in the! ARC Orientation 10 a.m. - noon July 19. within Yongsan and Area II, the hospital, medical clinics and dentalFor more information, call 738-3760. Day-to-day ways to help following individuals are offices. From a scattering of cigarette authorized the use of installation ! Any suspicious item for U.S. Army Recruitment butts on the sidewalk to a pile of trash receptacles: which disposal method is unclear.A Warrant Officer Recruiting Team from Headquarters, garbage dumped on sites intended ! U.S. Military personnel The DPW Sanitation Branch willU.S. Army Recruiting Command, Ft. Knox, Kent. will for donated clothes or recyclables, ! SOFA members assist in determining appropriatebrief interested servicemembers on qualifications litter and improper disposal of ! KATUSA personnel disposal method for such items.and application procedures on becoming U.S. Army personal trash is a blemish to base But those who are not ! Call the DPW SanitationWarrant Officers. Recruitment will be held 9:30 a.m. - beautification. authorized the use of installation Branch office for bulky items such1:30 p.m. today and July 16 at the New Balboni It drags down our Area II trash receptacles are Korean as furniture, microwaves, crates,Theater. For more information, call 723-5558. c o m m u n i t y ’s i m a g e a n d i s employees, contractors and local large boxes, etc., for curbside pickup. dismally contagious – nothing nationals visiting U.S. military ! During the holiday season National Kids’ Day invites people to litter like a place installations. Christmas trees will be placed nextArea II will celebrate National Kids’ Day 1 - 4 p.m. Aug. that is already littered. to trash cans or dumpsters for1 at the Seoul American Elementary School. For more Most of us have contributed to Items not authorized to be collection.information, call 738-5556. the problem at one time or another, disposed of into trash Remember, U.S. military personnel, but fortunately, it is just as easy receptacles SOFA members and KATUSA American Forces Spouses’ to be part of the solution: The type of refuse that is not personnel are the only groups Club ! Keep small disposable bags authorized to be disposed of into authorized to dispose their refuse.The American Forces Spouses’ Club is seeking handy, especially in your car. Use U.S. installation trash receptacles, Always keep in mind that that youorganizations or clubs who would be interested in setting these to stash trash and in accordance with SOP No. 39, and I are responsible of keeping ourup an information table at its annual welcome and recyclables until you find a trash is: Area II clean. Take pride of wheresign-up reception. The welcome and sign-up reception or recycling bin. ! Explosive materials such you are stationed and leave it betterwill be 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Dragon Hill ! Set a civic-minded tone by as mines, hand grenades, bomb for those who will replace you.Lodge. For more information, call 736-8119. refusing to litter, and occasionally shells, igniters, bullets, Remember, if you’re not part of the pick up and properly discard some gunpowder, TNT, weapons, parts solution, then you are part of the SNGC Nominations of the litter you come across of weapons, or any combat gear. problem!Sung Nam Golf Club is seeking nominations for six at every day. Unit commanders are For more information aboutlarge members. Candidates must be advanced green And what better example to lead responsible for disposing of these disposing of refuse, call 736-3503.fee members. Nominations are open to active duty, EducationDepartment of Defense civilians or familly members. from Page 9Submission should include a short profile with thename, membership network, contact information and Distance education offers more possibilities for interaction Demonstration Programs and the Learning Anytime Anywhereshort statement for wanting to serve on the council. For between students and teacher than the traditional classroom. Partnerships program, distance education providers will bemore information, call 736-8119. The instructor has become a guide in the cyber-based able to offer increased federal aid because the restrictions classroom rather than simply being a purveyor of knowledge, placed on them are being reviewed and changed. Commander’s Hotline and facilitates learning by monitoring student’s progress online There are caveats to online learning. But these can bethe e-mail address for the commanders hotline is and making recommendations throughout the course to students overcome if the student has the desire to get their degree email@example.com, is available. For more in writing. Students can view and respond to the instructor or non-traditional manner, officials said.information, call 738-5017. fellow student’s online comments any time of the day regarding “The student must be motivated to self study, have good a specific topic of discussion. computer skills so they can correspond through e-mail and Korea Theater Support When it comes to facilitating distance education, it looks like do research. If the student applies themselves, online learning Center the federal government is catching up, too. Two initiatives passed can be just as beneficial as the classroom,” said Hopkins.Korea theater support center assistance is available. in 1998 under the Higher Education Amendments will Editors Note: Alex Harrington, Area II Public AffairsDial 8324 for E-mail problems, GCCS-A trouble and “significantly increase the number of students who can benefit Office, contributed to this story.Internet issues. It is not necessary to dial the any prefix. from distance education,” states a recent Department of Education press release. Because of the Distance Education E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004 MORNING CALM Page 11 Tours Entertainment Cultural Events, Tours and Enter tainment Experience Greater Seoul USO Tours Royal Asiatic Tour Entertainment ! The musical Beauty and the Beast will be performed at the LG Arts ! Water Rafting Tour – 7:30 a.m. - ! Cholla-Do Tour: Pyonsan Bando ! Summer Night Jazz - Ronn Center 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. National Park, Tamyang Bamboo Branton Jazz Quartet will perform 7:30 Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 ! Fishing Rod and Reel Store – 9 Museum and Pagoda Valley. Saturday and p.m. Saturday at the Seoul Arts Center. p.m. Aug. 8. For more information, a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Sunday. For more information, call 02-888-2698. call 02-2005-0114. ! Panmunjon (DMZ) and Tunnel ! Island Hopping Tour to Chawol- ! Great Mountain Music Festival ! The Mozart Festival will be 3 – 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday. Do. July 17. will be held at Yongpyong Ski Resort p.m. July 31 at the Seoul Arts Center. ! Olympic Museum Tour – 9 a.m. ! Island Hopping Tour to Tokchko- July 24 - Aug. 8. For more information, For more information, call 02-523- - 4 p.m. Thursday. Do. July 18. call 02-724-7781. 8702. ! Bomun Temple – 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 ! Kumosan and Palgongsan ! Ice ballet Nutcracker will perform ! 2004 World Ballet Star Gala p.m. July 16. Provincial Park Tour. July 24 - 25. at the Sejong Center Monday and Tuesday Performance will be held 7:30 p.m. 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Aug. 7 - 8 at the Seoul Arts Center. For more information, call the Seoul Call 02-763-9483 for more information 3 p.m., 6 p.m. July 31 - Aug. 3. For For more information, call 02-2020- USO office at 02-792-3380. about Royal Asiatic Society events. more information, call 02-3472-4480. 1620.Distance education: questions to askStory by Petty Officer 2nd Class David McKee ! Be prepared to provide high school and previous collegeU.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs Office transcripts. The college will provide a transcript request form to send to attended high schools, colleges or universities. Transcripts YONGSAN — Servicemembers need to ask some basic questions usually arrive within three weeks.when considering to take a college level course: Do I have enough ! Most schools require an application fee between $30-50.time? What current commitments do I have to drop? How do I enroll ! Check with respective branches about tuition assistance. Thein distance education? Also, consider the following options: Navy gets 12 credit hours for each fiscal year, and up to $250 per ! Stop by and see an education counselor at the Yongsan Education credit hour or $750 for each class. Marines get $2,500 per fiscalOffice and they will assist you with your questions and educational needs. year. ! Most schools have distance learning programs. To find a list of A t t h e Yo n g s a n Ed u c a t i o n Ce n t e r, t h e r e a r e d i g i t a l l e a r n i n gthose schools that offer distance learning programs, try the following programs from the University of Maryland, Central Texas College,websites: University of Phoenix, Oklahoma University and Troy State - http://www.petersons.com/about/ University. - http://www.collegejournal.com/ - http://www.dlrn.org/ E-mail email@example.com
Page 12 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004 Star-Spangled visitor at Yongsan Miss USA Shandi Finnessey (left) cuddles day-old Maximillian Kincaid Lindenberg during her visit to the 121st General Hospital Monday. Finnessey visited with hospital patients and stopped by to see the July Fourth baby of Maj. Andreas Lindenberg (center) and Maj. Liza Lindenberg, both doctors in the 121st General Hospital. Finnessey was among the USO entertainers traveling around Korea during the holiday. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OERTWIGEngineers pass command batonStory by Gloria Stanley previous assignments include engineer colonels College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. DombiFar East District Public Affairs Officer assignment officer at Personnel Command, holds a master’s degree in history from North Alexandria, Va.; commander, 864th Engineer Combat Carolina State University a master’s degrees in both YONGSAN — Col. Francis X. Kosich, Battalion (Heavy), Fort Lewis, Wa.; and as engineer management and human resource development fromcommander, Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of plans officer and secretary of the Joint Staff, United Webster University, and a master ’s degree inEngineers, will relinquish command to Col. Janice States Southern Command, Republic of Panama and strategic studies from Air University, Montgomery,L. Dombi. The change of command ceremony will Miami.; She also was associate professor of history Ala.be held 1 p.m. today at the multipurpose training at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Kosich becomes deputy commander, Northfacility on Yongsan Garrison. Her military education includes the engineer Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dombi has had a variety of engineer assignments Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Facilityaround the world. Assignment include Dombi’s Management Course, Command and General Staff E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 14 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004 Now showing at AAFES Reel Time Theaters For additional listings or matinees call respective theater or see www.aafes.com AT THE July 9-15 M OV I E S Location July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 Phone No. Casey Man on Fire Man on Fire Dodgeball Dodgeball The Terminal The Terminal 13 Going on 30 730-7354 Essayons 732-9008 No Show The Punisher No Show Envy Garfield: The Movie No Show Ella Enchanted Garry Owen 734-2509 No Show Garfield: The Movie Kill Bill Vol. 2 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Ella Enchanted No Show Ella Enchanted Greaves 734-8388 Garfield: The Movie Kill Bill Vol. 2 Garfield: The Movie No Show No Show Ella Enchanted Envy Henry 768-7724 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Garfield: The Movie Laws of Attraction Man on Fire No Show No Show No Show Humphreys 753-7716 Dodgeball Dodgeball Dodgeball Laws of Attraction Laws of Attraction Man on Fire The Terminal Hialeah 763-370 Garfield: The Movie Johnson Family Vacation Kill Bill Vol. 2 No Show No Show No Show No Show Hovey 730-5412 13 Going on 30 Dodgeball The Terminal Laws of Attraction Dodgeball Laws of Attraction Man on Fire Howze 734-5689 Johnson Family Vacation The Punisher Connie and Carla No Show No Show No Show Dodgeball Dodgeball The Terminal When corporate An Eastern European workout center immigrant is forced to Globo Gym moves live at Kennedy Airport to town, locally when his former war-torn owned fitness center country’s borders are Average Joe’s loses erased, voiding his business that its FREE TO IDENTIFICATION passport and leaving him manager can’t make CARD HOLDERS with no political home. the mortgage The refugee meets and payment. Faced with (On U.S. Army Installations Only) falls in love with a flight going under, the crew from Joe’s enters a high- Schedule subject to change attendant, which prompts a bold escape plan. stakes dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym. PG-13 PG-13 Location July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 Phone No. Kunsan The Day After The Day After 782-4987 Tomorrow Tomorrow 13 Going on 30 No Show 13 Going on 30 Laws of Attraction Man on Fire Long 721-3407 No Show No Show Johnson Family Vacation The Punisher No Show No Show No Show Osan 784-4930 The Terminal The Prince and Me The Prince and Me 13 Going on 30 13 Going on 30 Laws of Attraction Laws of Attraction Page 721-5499 No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show Red Cloud 732-6620 Dodgeball The Terminal Man on Fire 13 Going on 30 Laws of Attraction No Show The Note Book Stanley 732-5565 Man on Fire Man on Fire Laws of Attraction Laws of Attraction No Show The Note Book 13 Going on 30 Yongsan I 738-7389 The Note Book The Note Book The Note Book Laws of Attraction Laws of Attraction 13 Going on 30 13 Going on 30 Yongsan II 738-7389 The Prince and Me The Prince and Me The Prince and Me Kill Bill Vol. 2 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Yongsan III 738-7389 Agent Cody Banks 2 Agent Cody Banks 2 Agent Cody Banks 2 Man on Fire Man on Fire Man on Fire Man on Fire
MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly Page July 9, 2004 15Chaplain’s corner: Shattered dreams a reminder to have faithChaplain (Maj.) Robert Warden to restaurant, and although not end. For Zora, a refugee, anguish was bring differences in color, race,Korea Region Resources Officer, Religious Support Operations necessarily close friend, a bond forms. compounded. She came from another religion, age, and sex, yet a community If tragedy befalls them, we too place. Even her best friend on the base forms. I saw it clearly in 1996, and it YONGSAN — We called her Zora. experience grief. That’s how it was camp could not come to her aid. continues today. Soldiers didn’t careShe and the events that caused the with Zora. Because she had different religious about Zora’s ethnicity or religion, butintersection of our paths are forever Someone murdered Zora’s husband, beliefs, she was restricted from they did for her.welded to memory. And I suspect the leaving her alone and lonely to raise two traveling to Zora’s home. I’m displaced As the 2nd Infantry DivisionSoldiers I was with have not forgotten. small boys: one 3 years-old, the other because I chose the Army; war chose prepares for deployment, and as othersFor this is their story, not mine. almost 2. Soldiers knew what to do. Zora’s place. continue the mission in Korea, let us Zora cleaned our uniforms at our Word traveled; money flowed from the Deployment brings difficult renew out commitment to thoseBrcko, Bosnia base camp. More than Infantry Task Force. emotional times. When deployment or distraught and alone.a laundry worker, she was one of the With the 2,135 German Marks and assignment separates us from friends Honestly, I’m not sure I need tomany that formed the tapestry of 800 Dinars we made our way to Zora’s and family and the familiar, distance remind anyone. The reminder is for me.community. house. The money was insignificant exaggerates loneliness. I know how much members of the The laundry drop off point became when viewed simultaneously with Maybe members of the armed forces armed forces give to others. I’ve seenpart of our daily routine in our friendship and care bestowed. My eyes instinctively reach out to others and you in action. So has Zora. And somovements and schedules that changed felt moist as Zora wept, while each quickly form community since will Zora in Iraq, Zora in Korea, Zoraroutinely. Like a neighborhood or small Soldier gave her a hug, and lifted a son loneliness has been a companion for in the United States, and Zora wherevertown, Zora was one of the many we to give a tender embrace. many. Soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marinesmet as we moved from store to laundry Death ushers despair, with no visible We are a model community. We go. Worship Area II Worship Services Protestant Collective Sunday 6 p.m. South Post Chapel Jewish 11 a.m. Camp Colbern Chapel Contemporary Sunday 10 a.m. Multipurpose Training Facitlity Friday 6 p.m. Memorial Chapel Korean Tuesday 6 p.m. Camp Colbern Chapel Episcopal Sunday 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel Thursday 6:30 p.m. Memorial Chapel Area II Chaplains Church of Christ Sunday 2 p.m. South Post Chapel Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Thomas Drake United Pentecostal Sunday 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel DrakeT@usfk.korea.army.mil or DSN 738-3011 Church International Catholic Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Vincent Burns Mass Sunday 8 a.m. South Post Chapel BurnsV@usfk.korea.army.mil or DSN 725-2955 Collective Sunday 8 a.m. Memorial Chapel Chaplain (Maj.) David Waters 9:30 a.m. 121 Hospital Chapel 11:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel WatersDL@usfk.korea.army.mil or DSN 738-4043 9:30 a.m. Hannam Village Chapel (Korean) Tuesday 12:05 p.m. 121 Hospital Chapel Chaplain (Maj.) Stanley Whitten Whittense@usfk.korea.army.mil or DSN 736-3018 7 p.m. South Post Chapel
MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly The Morning Calm Weekly Page 16 July 9, 2004 July 9, 2004 17 to Warrior Country over the weekend. Heavy rainfall forced many Korea Region Public Affairs Office celebrations to move inside or be cancelled. YONGSAN — Across Korea Camp Humphreys celebrated the Americans celebrated the July Fourth holiday Monday with a block party holiday with block parties, festivals, and fireworks. and USO entertainment. “We have a free country to live “Without you we would not have in,” Newton said. “It is an honor to the freedoms we have,” Wayne come here and perform for you.” Newton told crowds at a Camp Casey The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders show Sunday night. sent a team to perform as part of the The Wayne Newton Fourth of July tour. The Cowboys have sent Tour entertained Soldiers, civilians and cheerleaders on 54 USO tours over PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY family members from Camp Walker the years. PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLYWayne Newton dazzles a Camp Casey audience Sunday. Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey waves to the crowds. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Audrea Ulmer (left), Jenni Croft, Emily Kuchar and Laura Beke perform a dance during the Wayne Newton Show Sunday at Camp Casey. “It’s a pleasure to come to Korea and perform for you. We want to thank you PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY PHOTO BY GALEN PUTNAM for all you Korean American singer Jenevi Bakch performs “Hot Stuff” during the 2004 Boxers battle it out during the Liberty Fest boxing smoker at Wayne Netwon Fourth of July Tour. Camp Walker’s Kelly Fitness Center July 3. do.” — Wayne Newton Las Vegas entertainer PHOTO BY STEVE DAVIS Area III celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks display Monday. Camp Humphreys opened its gates to the Korean community for the festivities. PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY PHOTO BY DAVID MCNALLY PHOTO BY STEVE DAVIS PHOTO BY STEVE DAVISDallas Cowboy cheerleader Laura Beke talks to the troops in between energeic About 500 servicemembers and their families fill the Camp Casey Hanson Field House for two hours of song, dance and comedy. Heavy Festival-goers drop by the Headquarters, U.S. Support Activity, Area III booth for traditional Annie Juergens wins the youth hula-hoop competition at the Area III fesitval. A hula-performances. Four cheerleaders came on the USO tour. rains forced the cancellation of a block party and fireworks display Sunday. holiday fare. Thirty-five unit booths offered everything from barbecue to snow cones. hoop competition was held for youngsters and adults.
PageThe Morning Calm Weekly 18 July 9, 2004 MORNING CALM New programs for children, adolesents to start at CDC Yongsan Child Development Center promote the intellectual development of children and youth. In Yongsan, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be launching YONGSAN — SKIESUnlimited will hold the start of SKIESUnlimited program opening the school of arts and the instructional programs Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the School- school of sports. Age Services Building. The community is invited to attend. Students in the school of arts will be able to enroll in ballet, To P o o l To u r n a m e n t SKIESUnlimited is an Armywide initiative to provide an jazz, and piano instruction.Yongsan will be having an eight-ball organizational umbrella for all instructional programming within In the near future, this school will be expanded to offer classestournament at the Community the Child and Youth Services System. in ballroom dancing, creative writing, drama and theatre,Activities Building Saturday and Sunday. The name SKIESUnlimited combines the acronym for filmmaking, hula dancing, knitting, photography, puppetry, andCall 725-6070 for more information. “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills” with sculpture. the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities this The school of arts is currently looking for qualified faculty Battle of the Bands exciting new initiative offers to Army children and youth. instructors. They may apply directly to Carolyn Dragseth, Contest SKIESUnlimited provides instructional programs for children SKIESUnlimited instructional program specialist.Yongsan will be the site of a battle of and youth from infancy to adolescence. Students in the school of sports will be able to enroll in taethe bands contest July 24. Call 723- The programming is divided into four schools: school of kwon do, gymnastics and hap ki do.8502 or 723-8510 for more information. arts, school of sports, school of life skills and school of academic Future plans for this school involve offering classes in kumdo, skills. tennis, aerobics for kids, archery, bowling, fencing, jazzercise, Weight Loss Support SKIESUnlimited provides classes within a school framework, jump rope and racquetball. Group sufficient equipment, lasting skills development, and established The school of sports is currently looking for qualified facultyYongsan Weight Support Group is now curriculum implemented by highly qualified faculty members. instructors. Apply directly to the SKIESUnlimited Instructionalaccepting new members. The group Instructional programs foster the development of critical life, Program Specialist.is a free weight loss support group leadership, and social skills, said program directors. For more information about SKIESUnlimited, availableoffering exercise and workout The latest educational research confirms that students’ classes, and registration procedures, call Dragseth at 738-3051 involvement in after-school instructional programs is beneficial 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the CYS Centraloptions, healthy eating support and on all levels. Instructional programs have been shown to Registration Office at 738-3001 or 738-5036.weight loss support.E-mail email@example.com or Two Soldiers selected for U.S. Olympic pentathlon teamcall 011-9699-7064 for membershipinformation. Story by Tim Hipps school records. He was named Atlantic of Georgia in the 1996 Atlanta Games and USACFSC Public Affairs 10 freshman swimmer of the year and since has acquired U.S. citizenship. became a two-time conference champion After attending an equestrian riding Bowling Bucks ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two modern in the 1,650-yard freestyle before camp in June, Allen and Senior will be inThroughout July, earn “Bowling pentathletes from the U.S. Army World graduating in 1996 with a bachelor’s Poland July 4 through 19 for a fencingBucks” with every purchase of $5 or Class Athlete Program have been selected degree in exercise physiology. camp. They have two more trips to Sanmore at local bowling centers in to compete in the Olympic Games at Allen qualified for the 2004 U.S. Antonio for a USOC-mandated securityArea I. Prizes include 36-inch Athens, Greece. Olympic team with an August victory in briefing and the U.S. National ModernStriker Dolls or seven-day resort Chad Senior and Anita Allen are the 2003 Pan American Games at Santo Pentathlon Championships, scheduled forvacation package. For more scheduled to compete Aug. 26 and 27 Domingo, Dominican Republic. June 28 and 29.information contact a local bowling respectively for Team USA in the one-day, After taking a six-month break from Senior and Allen are attempting tocenter. five-sport event that includes pistol competition to have surgery on her left become the first U.S. Army shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian ankle in November, she returned to representatives to win an Olympic medal Yo n g s a n B a t t i n g C a g e riding and cross-country running. competition March 13 in a World Cup in modern pentathlon. George S. Patton Championships Senior finished sixth in the 2000 event at Queretaro, Mexico, where she was the first Soldier to compete in theNow is the time for softball players Olympics at Sydney, Australia. He was finished 20th and regained her focus on event during the 1912 Games atto hone their batting skills at the leading after three events before a skittish the Olympics. Stockholm, Sweden. Then a lieutenant,Family Fun Park Batting Cages. Cash horse refused two jumps in the equestrian “I would love to come home with a he encountered controversy in theprizes will be offered to first and event, ruining his golden moment. medal, but I’m going to take whatever shooting competition when one of his “I don’t think the same thing can happen comes my way,” said Allen, adding that shots was ruled a miss – despite hissecond place male and female now; I’m a much stronger rider than I she has struggled through a slow contention the bullet passed through abatting champions in youth and adult was in 2000,” said Senior, who returned recovery from surgery. “I’m just going previous hole in the target. No evidencedivisions. The concept is simple. to the sport after 18 months of soul to enjoy it and do the best I can.” supported his case, however, leaving himJust visit the batting cages between searching following his heartbreaker in Allen, ranked 19th in the world, ran in fifth place instead of clutching a goldnow and the Aug. 28 championships Australia. “I just hope I can have the same cross country and track for the United medal.to practice hitting targets on the day I had in Sydney, aside from the ride. States Military Academy at West Point, Fourteen Soldiers will join Allen andfence. For more information, call If I have the same fence, I’ll feel pretty N.Y., where she was named most valuable Senior to coach or compete in other738-4190. good about things. runner and team captain. A 2000 graduate, Olympic sports: Oscar Wood, wrestling; “What sticks out most about Sydney she joined WCAP in 2001 and began Basheer Abdullah, boxing coach; Shon Auto Show was what might have been,” he added. “I training for modern pentathlon. Lewis, Greco-Roman wrestling coach;The Yongsan Auto Crafts Center will was just so close to winning, and then to “I always wanted to go to the Dave Johnson, rifle shooting coach;conduct an Auto Show on Sept. 18. lose it all so quickly. That will haunt me Olympics, but I knew that in track and Michael Anti, 50-meter prone and 3-The show will feature a variety of forever.” field and cross country I just wasn’t going position rifle shooting; Elizabeth “Libby” Senior won a silver medal in the 2003 to cut it,” Allen said. “I’m still pinching Callahan, women’s sport shooting; Jasoncars competing for bragging rights Pan American Games and is ranked myself. I don’t think it will hit me until Parker, air rifle; Shawn Dulohery, skeet;and cash prizes in the categories of seventh in the world by the Union I’m actually on the plane landing in James “Todd” Graves, skeet; Bretbest paint, interior, engine Internationale De Pentathlon Moderne. He Athens.” Erickson, trap and double-trap; Darylcompartment and best overall. This recently finished 13th in the World Iagorashvili and his wife, Mary Beth, Szarenski, air rifle; Hattie Johnson,event will feature lots of food, Championships at Moscow, Russia, also will compete for Team USA in Athens, women’s air rifle; Charles Gartland,music, prize drawings and vendors. where he teamed with Sgt. Scott Christie where 32 men and 32 women are entered gunsmith; and Dan Brown, marathon.Pa r t i c i p a n t s f ro m a l l o v e r t h e and three-time Olympian Vakhtang “Vaho” in modern pentathlon. The United States, Keith Sieracki may also compete inpeninsula are invited to bring their Iagorashvili to win a silver medal in the Russia and Hungary are the only countries wrestling if Team USA receives a wild-car and compete. for more men’s relay. to earn four Olympic berths in the sport. card berth in the Greco-Roman 74-information, call 738-5315 or 738- Senior was an NCAA swimmer at Vaho won the men’s bronze medal in the kilogram/163-pound division, a weight5419 George Washington University in 1988 Olympics as a member of the Soviet class it failed to qualify for the Washington, D.C., where he set five Union. He represented his native Republic Olympics.
July 9, 2004 Page 21Summer hire hopeful Matt Norton and his motherMary talk to human resources specialist AndrienneM. Barber at the Area III Civilian Personnel AdvisoryCenter at Camp Humphreys. Fourteen college andhigh school students are participating in the AreaIII summer hire program this year.Summer hire ‘Temps’ find work at HumphreysArea III Public Affairs Office Fourteen students are enrolled in the program, making $5 an hour doing all sorts of jobs. A CAMP HUMPHREYS — When 18-year-old college student can earn as much as $800,college student Matt Norton returned to Korea minus taxes, during the summer session.this summer, he had a couple of things in mind: “Last year, I worked at the Directorate ofhooking up with his pals and making a little loot. Logistics shipping containers full of military A 2003 Osan American High School graduate clothing, equipment and other gear to issuewho lives in Songtan with parents Steven and points all over Korea,” said Ronnie Pierpoint, PHOTOS BY STEVE DAVISMary Norton, he had attended Black Hawk 16, a student at the International Christian SchoolCollege in Illinois, then moved to Seattle. He in Pyeongtaek. He has been working at the Camp Students in the Area III summer hire program arrange imagesreturned to Korea in May for the summer and Humphreys Community Activities Center since for the “Photo Fest” display at the Camp Humphreys Fourth ofreestablished old ties with this buddies. Now it early June, along with several other students. July celebration. From left to right are Erin McCormick, Derekwas time to make some money. “We’ve cleaned canopies over walkways, Jackson, Ronnie Pierpoint and Ryon Hays. S o o ff h e w e n t t o t h e A r e a I I I C i v i l i a n arranged storage rooms, moved clay molds inPersonnel Advisory Center to apply for work as the craft shop and all sorts of things,” said “I just look in occasionally to make surea summer hire. Pierpoint. “We had lots of help from Korean things are on track.” Because he was applying after the cutoff date, Soldiers also working at Camp Humphreys.” Summer hire students are also working atNorton wasn’t sure he’d land a job. But he was Community Activities Center Director Jim the 6th Cavalry Brigade, the Directorate ofhoping to get work anywhere, especially at the Hogrebe said summer hire students are a real Community Activities and the Directorate ofCamp Humphreys Community Activities Center asset. Resource Management.where he could readily practice guitar, drums “They saved Area III at least $1,700 on the Eighteen-year-old Erin McCormick, a recentand piano after work. canopy cleaning along,” said Hogrebe. “That’s graduation of Osan American High School who Like other areas in the Republic of Korea, how much we paid a contractor last year.” will attend Texas Christian University in August,Area III is hosting three summer hire sessions Hogrebe also gave the students the more said she is glad to be working.for college and high school students. The college creative job of setting up a display of “Photo “I hope supervisors will take real interest insession, which began in mid-May, runs through Fest” winners at the Fourth of July us and teach us skills we can use later on,” saidAug. 7. The two high school sessions are split celebration. McCormick. “We can handle a lot more than justbetween mid-June and early August. “These kids are in charge,” said Hogrebe. menial jobs. We just need an opportunity.” Director began as summer hire Summer hire eye-openers When students sign up for summer hire jobs, they quickly learn about the rules, regulations and requirements of the work-a-day world. Here are a Area III Public Affairs Office worked two summers in Germany, few: moved to Fort Benning, Ga., with ! Paper drills: The 12-page application CAMP HUMPHREYS — If you her family and then worked packet includes instructions, a family member youth ever ask Debra Cheek-Livingston another summer. She eventually employment application form, certification that about life as a summer hire, landed a job as a personnel clerk, males have registered with the Selective Service you’re likely to get a great big the job that tweaked her interest System, tax and pay forms and more. smile. She said her summer hire in human resources. experiences were first steps in a “The summer hire program is ! Handbooks: The 2004 Summer Hire journey that has made her the a great way to learn diligence and Handbook for Students and Managers outlines lots human resources director she is discipline,” she said. “Students of issues, including pay; work hours; tardiness, lunch today. can learn a lot if they just stick periods and breaks; calling in sick; dress code and “I began my career as a 14- with it and don’t get discouraged. standards of conduct; safety and reporting of injuries; year-old summer hire making “There are supervisors out sexual harassment and more. $1.25 an hour in Germany,” said there who will take them underDebra Cheek-Livingston sits in the director’s Cheek-Livingston. She lived with their wings and teach them skills ! Work: The work, students say, ranges fromchair at the Area III Civilian Personnel Advisory her family in Bindlock, Germany, that will prove valuable for the menial to meaningful. The trick is learning to adaptCenter. She said she began her career as a in the late 1970s. rest of their lives,” Cheek- and make work a good experience.14-year-old summer hire in Germany. Cheek-Livingston said she Livingston said.
Page The Morning Calm Weekly 22 MORNING CALM July 9, 2004NEWS & NOTES Camp Humphreys opens gates for July 4 celebration CPX Gate Closure Area III Public Affairs Office Command Col. MichaelThe Camp Humphreys CPX gate will close 10 J. Taliento Jr. for Koreanp.m. today and reopen 6 a.m. Monday. All vehicle CAMP HUMPHREYS — Camp and American guests.traffic may enter through the Camp Humphreys Humphreys opened its gates this year for As the breeze sub-main gate during these construction periods. the first time so the Korean community sided and night fell, could help celebrate America’s birthday. crowds gathered for the Volunteer nominations “We had more than 4,000 U.S. and fireworks spectacular.Nominate the Area III Outstanding Volunteer of Korean visitors at the Fourth of July Some Soldiers saidThe Quarter. Deadline is July 9. Pick up a nomination Festival,” said Mike Mooney, MWR they were spending theform at Camp Humphreys Army Community marketing chief. “Everyone seemed to Fourth of July in KoreaService, building 311. For more information, call have a great time.” pretty much as theyVolunteer Coordinator Aggie Rodriguez at 753- The festival included games, food, would have in the8294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org entertainment and a half-hour fireworks States.” Korean and American guests jump on the “Sticky Wall”run by show. “I’ve been here Welcome Briefing Company C, 52nd Aviation Regiment at the July Fourth celebration. Mooney said 35 unit booths sold food almost a year and this isThe next Area III Newcomers Briefing will be and beverages or offered games to raise what I’d have been doingWednesday at the Camp Humphreys Community money for Soldier programs. Games back in Augusta, Ga.,” said Sgt. 1st Class winners were Pfc. Khristina Ladd fromActivities Center. For more information, call 753- ranged from a “sticky wall” to a bungee Walter Crockett from Company C, 52nd the 46th Transportation Company and6901. run and other events. Aviation Regiment, as he splashed Master Sgt. Ornan Savery from the 23rd There were also hula-hoop, hot dog barbecue sauce on a slab of sizzling ribs. Area Support Group. Spouse Orientation eating, limbo and “Fear Factor” contests, Two Soldiers won round-trip airlines Many other prizes were awarded, said about the Republic among others. tickets at the Morale, Welfare and Mooney, including leather jackets won byA two-day Spouse Orientation to the Republic Before the fireworks, a reception was Recreation “Fish Bowl” booth, three brave individuals in the wildlyworkshop will be held from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. July hosted in the Nitewatch Cafe by Area III compliments of the Airline Alliance. The popular “Fear Factor” competition.26-27 at the Morale, Welfare and Recreationconference room in Building 252 at CampHumphreys. The workshop covers communityresources and Korean customs, culture andlanguage. For more information, call 753-8782. World TourLotte World Shopping TourA Lotte World shopping tour will leave from theCamp Humphreys walk-through gate 8:30 a.m.July 17. An experienced guide will teachparticipants to use the public transportation systemto get to Lotte World, a popular Seoul shoppingarea. For more information, call Young HuiStraughan at 753-8782. Red Cross Classes! The American Red Cross will conduct a basicaid training class 9 a.m.-noon July 13-16 for 8 to10-year-old youth. The class introduces childrento “check-call-care” emergency action steps, aswell as first aid, water safety, prevention, personalsafety and avoiding drugs. Cost is $5. Preregistrationis required. For more information, call 753-7172. PHOTOS BY STEVE DAVIS! A babysitting class will be held 9 a.m.-noon Sgt. Vera Norskog, left, and Pfc. Amanada Grimes each balance a bowl of water with fish heads and other smelly things during a FearJuly 21-22. Cost is $20. Pre-registration is required. Factor race. Norskog, from Headquartes and Headquarters Troop, 6th Cavalry Brigade was one of three Fear Factor winners.For more information, call 753-7172. ACS Birthday Celebration Contestants prove thatGames, music and food will be part of the festivities11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23 as Camp Humphreys’ ArmyCommunity Services celebrate its 39th birthday. Fear is not a factorArea III Volunteer of the Quarter winners will also Story, photos by Steve Davisbe announced. Join the fun in front of ACS, Area III Public Affairs OfficeBuilding 311. For more information, call AggieRodriguez at 753-8294. Contestants munch silkworms during Fear CAMP HUMPHREYS — Fear was not a factor Factor competition at Camp Humphreys. for winners of the “Fear Factor” competition at the Resume Writing Class Area III and Camp Humphreys Fourth of JulyA Resume Writing and RESUMIX Assistance Festival.classes will be conducted Aug. 3 in the Digital Crowd members watch in awe Members of the crowd gasped, groaned andLearning Center, Building 302, at Camp or cheer from a distance during generally felt sick as contestants in the smellyHumphreys. Learn the basics of resume writing smelly Fear Factor competition. fishbowl race spilled fish heads and entrails all overand RESUMIX preparation for federal jobs. Pre- themselves or choked down silkworms or bit intoregistration is required. Space is limited to 16. eels to transfer them from one tub to another in the “bobbing for eels” portionCall 753-8321 or 8401. of the contest. Of 12 competitors, three survived the ordeal. Each won a motorcycle jacket Airport ShuttleAn Incheon Airport Shuttle leaves daily from the and a lifetime’s worth of bragging rights. Winners were: Pvt. Tim Hash ofCamp Humphreys Community Activities Center. Headquarters and Headquarters, U.S. Army Support Activity Area III; Sgt.Cost is $25 per person. The shuttle will stop at Vera Norskog of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 6th Pvt. Sam Trujillo grabs an eel with his teeth Cavalry Brigade; and Pvt. Sam Trujillo of the 62nd Chemical Company.airline portals. Reservations are required. For more during a contest to transfer the most Why did they do it? “It’s fun,” said Norskog,who transferred seven eelsinformation, call 753-8825. quirming eels from one tank to another. with her teeth.
MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004 23 New commander takes charge of 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Story, photos by Steve Davis Area III Public Affairs Office CAMP HUMPHREYS — Lt. Col. Bernard B. Banks assumed command of the 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brigade Tuesday during a ceremony at Camp Humphreys. Banks received the unit colors from 6th Cavalry Brigade Commander Col. Peter W. Foreman as Soldiers, civilians and family members watched in the 3rd Squadron hanger. Banks comes to the AH-64D Apache Longbow “Heavy Cav” unit from an assignment on the rotating faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he taught in the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership and served as the department’s executive officer. He replaces Lt. Col. Jeffery D. Brown, who has been assigned as commander of the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. In a speech following the passing of the unit colors, Foreman commended Brown’s leadership of the 3rd Squadron, including 10,400 accident-free flight hours, 200,000 accident-free miles driven, 24 months of an aircraft and vehicle readiness rate that exceeded Department of the Army standards, and numerous overwater, gunnery and squadron missions and battle drills. “Under Jeff’s watch, this unit reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas, starting from ground-zero with all new personnel and equipment,” said Foreman.Lt. Col. Bernard B. Banks, left, receives the 3rd Squadron colors from 6th Cavalry Brigade Commander “They received 21 Longbow Apaches straight from the factory, quickly setCol. Peter W. Foreman during a change of command ceremony Tuesday at Camp Humphreys. the command environment that cultivated teamwork, established policies,Soldiers from the 3rd standard operating procedures and began a rigorous training cycle.”Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brown thanked the squadron’s Soldiers, aviators, civilian employees andstand at attention as their contractor maintenance technicians for their commitment and challengedpast and present them to “take it to new heights under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonelcommanders review the Banks.”troops during the 3rd Banks congratulated Brown on “an outstanding command tenure” andSquadron, 6th Cavalry turned his attention to the unit.Brigade change of “Heavy Cav, the mere mention of that name evokes tremendous pride incommand. the chest of all who have served in its ranks,” said Banks. “It is my sincere hope that together we can add to that fine legacy over the next two years.”
July 9, 2004 Page 25‘Doggie day care’ debuts in Daegu5-star hotel for 4-legged friends The facility includes three 25-foot kennels for large dogs and six cages for smaller dogs and cats. A largeis thought to be one-of-a-kind tub and smaller sink are available for bathing. The building also features a sewer connection for spray-Story, Photo by Galen Putnam down cleaning convenience, year-round climate controlArea IV Public Affairs Office and a ventilation system to reduce pet odors. The building has room enough to add more cages should CAMP WALKER — The trip from the United demand dictate said James Hamilton, Area IV interimStates to Korea is long and tiring, especially if you are director of public works.locked up in a cage. Now, thanks to a new “doggie “The building is designed for ease of cleaning andday care,” pets have a comfortable place to stay nearby has room to grow if usage warrants,” he said. “All petwhile their owners are getting settled in. owners need to do is bring their own pet food and The new Self-Service Pet Kennel is next to the shampoo. Since it is self-help, people will have to makeWalker Army Lodge. Although it is expected that a sure to keep the facility clean.”majority of users will either be in or out-processing, Hamilton also suggested that sponsors might wantthe $52,000 self serve facility is open to all community to purchase pet food and other necessities for incomingmembers on a first-come, first-served basis. The personnel who might be arriving late at night whenfacility was paid for with a portion of the $500,000 the post exchange and commissary are closed.Area IV received as the Department of the Army People wanting to use the facility can pick up keysCommunities of Excellence 2003 silver finalist. at the Walker Army Lodge. Pet owners receive both “When we arrived we brought a dog and a cat from building and individual cage keys to ensure the securityVirginia. We were told you can’t keep pets in Army and safety of their pets.Lodging so that creates a dilemma,” said Col. James “This is a first-come, first-served facility, primarily Col. James M. Joyner, Area IV Support Activity and 20th SupportM. Joyner, Area IV Support Activity and 20th Support intended for incoming and outgoing personnel,” said Group commander, and “ .J.” check out of the new self-service JGroup commander. “When your pets are part of the Donald Cannata, Area IV director of community pet care center following the ribbon-cutting ceremony July 1.family what do you do with them in a situation like activities. “This should be very useful, a real The center is next to the Walker Army Lodge.that?” convenience for families with pets.” The command examined several options such as a be nearby to walk, feed, water and wash their pets,” “In all of my travels, I’ve never seen a place wherepet care center that would charge for services but Joyner said. “It will be much more convenient than self-help pet care was available,” Joyner said. “Thisopted to go with a free, self-serve concept. having to go downtown when you have transportation should provide a great service to the community.” “We looked at different ideas and decided on a self- and language barriers, not to mention the expense ofhelp pet care center near the lodge where people can kenneling a pet.” E-mail email@example.comCommissary special for students: ScholarshipsStory by Pfc. Oh Dong-keun recipients of DeCA Scholarships for representing the Chinhae Commissary for the next level.”Area IV Public Affairs Office Military Children this year, along with are this year’s Area IV scholarship The program has awarded more than 500 other outstanding college-bound winners. Each student will receive a $3 million to nearly 2,000 students since CAMP HENRY — Grocery stores, students throughout the world. $1,500 scholarship to apply toward its inception in 2001, and it has beenincluding military commissaries, often John Chung, a Taegu American college tuition this fall. enormously successful in helpinghave daily or weekly specials to lessen School student representing the Camp “I think (this program) is a wonderful military families defray the costs ofthe burden on the family budget. Around Carroll Commissary, Melissa Lee, a thing,” said Sidney B. Conner, Sr., education, said Maj. Gen. Michael P.this time of the year, as parents send Taegu American School student Pusan Commissary store director. “I Wiedemer, Defense Commissarytheir sons and daughters to college, the representing the Daegu Commissary, think (this year’s winners) are great Agency director in a news release.Defense Commissary Agency offers an Erica Moreno, a Pusan American students as well as great people. The winners agreed.annual special to help ease the financial School student representing Pusan (Winning the scholarship) is a good “I decided to apply for the scholarshipburden. Commissary and Andrew Smith, a reflection on how hard they have because it would help reduce costs of Four Area IV high school seniors are Taegu American School student worked in school to prepare themselves See SCHOL ARSHIPS on Page 26 SCHOLARSHIPS Camp Carroll Commissar y Chinhae Commissar y Daegu Commissar y Pusan Commissar y Name: John Chung Name: Andrew Smith Name: Melissa Lee Lee Name: Erica Moreno School: Taegu School: Taegu American School: Taegu School: Pusan American School School American School American School College choice: Cal College choice: Texas College choice: College choice: - Riverside A&M University University of University of Texas Favorite class: Favorite class: robotics, Washington Favorite class: career literature computer service and Favorite class: English work education Activities: student support Activities: volleyball, Activities: volleyball, council, cross Activities: Boy Scouts, softball, yearbook, law cheerleading, softball, country, basketball chapel youth group day, JROTC. yearbook, JROTC
Page 26 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 9, 2004NEWS & NOTES Area IV Retiree Council Activities center undergoes face-liftThe Area IV Military Retiree Council will hold an Story by Pfc. Oh Dong-keun inconvenience to our customers becauseopen meeting 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Area IV Public Affairs Office they are used to our old location,” saidClub on Camp Walker. All military retirees, Chester Hires, Army and Air Forcespouses and widows in Area IV are invited and CAMP WALKER– The Camp Exchange Service Southern Exchangeencouraged to attend. The event’s special guest Walker Community Activities Center will business manager. “But the new locationwill be a speaker from the Department of Veterans be closed until April 2005 for major will be easier to find since it is right nextAffairs. For more information, contact retired Lt. renovation to improve its condition and to the post exchange.”Col. Wilfred Plumley at appearance. The Camp Walker Youth ServicesWilfred.firstname.lastname@example.org or retired Chief “The renovation was initiated by the PHOTO BY GALEN PUTNAM gymnasium is also undergoingMaster Sgt. Bud Rader at former Area IV commander, Col. Russell renovation at the same time, although The Camp Walker Community Activities Centerbud.email@example.com. A. Bucy, four years ago,” Donald there is no connection between the two is about to go through a major renovation. Cannata, Area IV director of community projects except the same contractor is Offsite Consular and activities, said. “When the renovation is “We are trying to avoid closures in charge of both projects. Immigration Ser vices over, the place will be a lot nicer looking for long periods of time during the “This project is to construct anU.S. Embassy officers will be in Daegu at the and be able to accommodate more renovation,” Cannata said. “However, addition to the existing Youth Center inHotel Inter-Burgo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 to activities.” it is possible that we may need to order to provide activity and storageprovide consular services. American citizens who The renovation began July 1 with a close the library for as long as one space to the Middle School and Teenwish to file applications or get more information groundbreaking ceremony. All facilities month.” Activity Programs,” said Victor Taitano,about passports, Consular Reports of Birth currently housed in the building except The two Army and Air Force Camp Walker Youth Service teamAbroad, federal benefits, voting information and for the community library and two Army Exchange Service facilities, the Tour and director. “This project will includenotary services may come in during this time. and Air Force Exchange Service shops Travel Service and car rental shop, and separate facilities for sixth through eighthFor more information, check out their website at will be moved to Fellowship Hall, up the the Cyber Café will go separate ways. grades and ninth through 12th grades.www.asktheconsul.org. street from the center next to the gas The Tour and Travel Service and car Each facility will consist of multipurpose station, for continued service beginning rental shop will be moved to a container space to accommodate a reading area, TrainingForce Protection Training July 19. building in the Camp Walker Post TV lounge, table tennis, billiard table and Alert The community library will stay in Exchange complex and the Cyber Café space for computer labs and musicThe 188th Military Police Company will be the building to minimize the will be closed until the renovation is room.”conducting force protection training and inconvenience customers may completed.operations at Camps Walker, Henry and George experience, according to Cannata. “This move may bring some E-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgJuly 19-23 and July 26-30. During this period,military police will be carrying weapons andsounding alarms. Do not be alarmed. For moreinformation, call the Military Police desk at 764- Chef surprise5408. Master Chef Christian Meilinger, a professor for the Culinary Art Department, Daegu Commissar y Early Bird Shopping Woosong University, explains theThe Daegu Commissary will be conducting a test ingredients of Koefte Baharatti, a spicyon early bird shopping July 20-Sept. 21. Early meatball-type dish, to food servicebird shopping will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays only. specialists from the 20th Area SupportShopping will be limited to 10 items or fewer Group, 516th Personnel Service Battalion,during those times. For more information, call Combat Support Coordination Team 2Celine Ruiz at 764-5311. and Korea Regional Office June 30. Meilinger visited Camp Henry and Camp Cyber Cafe Closure Walker dining facilites for two days as aThe Camp Walker Cyber Café will be closed part of the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Trainingwhile the Community Activity Center is renovated. Program to enhance the skill level of foodFor more information, call Chong Chu-yung at service specialists. He also gave768-7383. demonstrations and tasting sessions on cream of tomato soup, chocolate Tour and Travel Ser vice Travel mousse and mushroom cream sauce. and Car Rental Shop Soldiers learned the fundamentals of Relocation basic food preparation to produce tasty,The Camp Walker Tour and Travel Service and high-quality food.Car Rental Shop will be moved to the containerlocated next to the Camp Walker Post Exchange. PHOTO BY CPL. HAN, WON-JONGFor more information, call Chong Chu-yung at768-7383. Scholarships from Page 25 Korea Theater Support college,” said Smith, who will be Corps,” said Moreno, who will be The Scholarships for Military Center Hotline Children program is funded by the attending Texas A&M University to attending the University of Texas –The 1st Signal Brigade’s Korea Theater Support study computer science and Austin this fall. “I also did a lot of manufacturers and suppliers thatCenter has opened a hotline to provide around networking. “That way I could save volunteer work around the support commissaries worldwide and isthe clock technical support for computer some money, so I wouldn’t have to start community.” administered by Fisher Houseproblems. People with e-mail, Internet or any from nothing when I leave college.” According to Edna Hoogewind, Foundation, a nonprofit organization thatother problems, can call 8324 or “TECH.” It is Scholarship Managers, a professional Defense Commissary Agency’s builds comfort homes near militarynot necessary to dial any prefix before the scholarship firm, selects the winners for program liaison, the grade point average medical centers. The foundation bearsnumber. For more information, call 1st Lt. Ryan the program based on academic of the scholarship recipients is 3.8 - 3.9, all costs of the program so that everyRenken at 764-4433. achievements, participation in and nearly all are members of the dollar donated goes for scholarships. extracurricular and volunteer activities, National Honor Society, an organization The general public can also donate to Daegu American Red and the quality of their essays. that recognizes students who the program through the military scholar Cross Station Reopened “I participated in volleyball, demonstrate academic excellence, Web site at www.militaryscholar.org.The American Red Cross station in Daegu hasreopened. For more information and assistance, cheerleading, softball, yearbook and leadership, character and a willingness Junior Reserve Officers Training to serve others. E-mail email@example.com Phyllis Marvin at 768-7993.
MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly Page July 9, 2004 27Roach takes charge at CEB-NEA change of commandArea IV Public Affairs Office lieutenant in to the commander for Bravo Company, 3rd award), Ranger Tab, the U.S Army United States Army Forward Support Battalion. He also was Parachutist Badge, British Parachutist Badge CAMP HENRY — Lt. Col. Andre Q. Infantry upon assigned to 1st Corps Support Command and the Polish Parachutist Badge.Fletcher turned over control of the Combat completion of general staff, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort His civilian education includes a BachelorEquipment Battalion–Northeast Asia to Lt. Reserve Officer Bragg, N.C., where he served as chief of of Science Degree in Criminal Justice fromCol Franklin “Jobie” Roach in a change of Training Corps maintenance and supply operations for the the University of Delaware, and a Master’scommand ceremony held June 23 at Camp training and 1st COSCOM, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort of Military Arts and Sciences fromCarroll’s Warehouse 15. graduation from Stewart Ga., where he served on the 3rd University of Kansas. His military education Roach was assigned to Special the University of Infantry Division commander’s staff as the includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course,Operations Command Central Command Delaware in 1985. Roach logistics plans officer and as a battalion U.S Army Ranger School, Bradley Fightingwhere he served as chief of logistics and Roach has executive officer for the 3rd Forward Vehicle Commanders Course, Ordnanceplans in the J-4 Directorate. During the served an a variety of command and staff Support Battalion, and other assignments. Officer Advance Course, the U.S. Armyassignment he participated in Operations positions including platoon leader and His awards and decorations include the Command and General Staff College, andEnduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi company executive officer assigned to the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the the United States School of AdvancedFreedom. 1st Infantry Battalion, 29th Infantry Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Military Studies Course. Fletcher is being assigned to the Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., and1st Brigade Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Combat Equipment Battalion– NortheastDefense Logistics Agency Special Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Asia’s mission is the combat readiness andPrograms Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Va. Republic of Korea, were he served as the Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary accountability for all Army prepositioned Roach was commissioned a second brigade logistics officer, and as a company Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd stocks in the Pacific Theater.Defense Energy Support Center - Korea welcomes new commanderArea IV Public Affairs Office member of the multinational petroleum and multifunctional petroleum and natural gas engineering from Strategic Planning logistics assignments in the: 260th Penn State. CAMP HENRY — The Defense Energy and Communications Quartermaster Battalion, Defense Fuel The Defense Energy Support CenterSupport Center–Korea welcomed a new Team. Region Middle East, 1st Armored Division, mission provides the Department of Defenseleader as Lt. Col. Brett Weigle assumed Weigle was 49th Quartermaster Group, North Atlantic and other government agencies withcommand from Lt. Col. Heidi H. Graham in commissioned Treaty Organization, and the Army Staff. comprehensive energy support in the mosta change of command ceremony June 18 at through ROTC at His overseas postings include Bahrain, effective and economical manner possible.Camp Walker. the University of Germany, Turkey, and Spain, with The Defense Energy Support Center– Weigle came from the Pentagon where Idaho into the U.S. operational deployments to Somalia, Bosnia Korea is a Defense Logistics Agency field Weiglehe served in the Office of the Deputy Chief Army Quartermaster and Macedonia. Weigle earned a bachelor’s activity representing the Defense Energyof Staff, G-4. Graham’s next assignment is Corps in 1984. He degree in chemical engineering from the Support Center Pacific and the Defensewith the Department of the Army G-4 as a has held a variety of Army, joint, and University of Idaho and a master’s degree in Energy Support Center.
MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly 28 July 9, 2004G.I. Bill benefits help veterans, society, economyStory by Rudi Williams bill did get written and passed. After going through a The other benefits were job-finding assistance, topAmerican Forces Press Service lot of debate, it passed with a large majority.” priority for building materials for VA hospitals, and Cooper said one primary reason for the bill was to military review of dishonorable discharges, the WASHINGTON — Times were tough. The nation help millions of young veterans readjust to civilian life. undersecretary noted.was slowly emerging from the Great Depression when “Another reason was to ensure that the entire nation’s Cooper said the GI Bill is still a huge benefit toWorld War II flared up in 1941. economy wasn’t hurt by the large influx of kids American society. “Last year, we had over 400,000 Before the war, the unemployment rate hovered at coming back from overseas,” he noted, “and to ensure men and women in college getting an advanced15 percent, more than 11million homes didn’t have that veterans were not held back because of their education as a result of our educational benefit,” herunning water or electricity, and fewer than 50,000 military service and that they were recognized for the said. “Similarly, last year we processed more thantaxpayers earned more than $2,500 a year, according serve they’d given to the country.” 450,000 loans, the third largest number of loans weto Census Bureau statistics. He said today’s GI Bill benefits are built upon what have in the history of the GI Bill. Many of those After the war, thousands of Americans were was done in 1944 — and improved and increased over loans were refinances because of lower interest rates.flocking to colleges and vocational schools, buying the years. “The benefits then had to do with education The amount paid to veterans per month hashomes, farms and businesses — all thanks to the and home and business loans, as well as unemployment increased “quite a bit,” Cooper said.Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, which payments for the first year they came back,” Cooper The 1986 Montgomery GI Bill required servicebecame known simply as the GI Bill. President Franklin noted. “Today, we cover a wider range of benefits for members to pay in about $100 per month for 12D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law 30 years ago today. the same purposes.” months. “However, three years ago,” he noted, “the Passing the GI Bill brought more than 16 million veterans During the past six decades, the GI Bill has made benefit they got was $600 per month for 36 months.into a peacetime economy. Since it provided education possible the investment of billions of dollars in As of Oct. 1, 2003, that (monthly) benefit increasedand home ownership opportunities to millions, some dubbed education and training for millions of veterans. The to $985, ... up $385 in the last three years.”the bill the “Magic Carpet to the Middle Class.” nation has in return earned many times investment in Unfortunately, a large number of veterans who paid Historians say the GI Bill contributed more than increased taxes and a dramatically changed society, into the Montgomery GI Bill don’t use it. Cooper saidany other program in history to the welfare of veterans according to Cooper. it’s “not something you can generally attribute to aand their families and to the growth of the nation’s He also pointed out that the bill also made possible single factor.”economy. The bill is credited with preventing a post- the loan of billions of dollars to purchases homes for “Our job is to ensure that they understand thatwar relapse into the pre-war Depression. millions of veterans and helped transform America they’ve paid into the bill,” he said. “We even send Its social impact is still felt today, noted retired Navy from a nation of renters to a nation of homeowners. them letters about it while they’re still in the service.”Vice Adm. Daniel L. Cooper, undersecretary of “All the writings that I’ve seen about the GI Bill say The importance of today’s GI Bill to American societyveterans affairs for benefits. “Several bills were it had a very strong social effect in establishing a strong is probably more important to individuals because aproposed between 1942 and 1944 that were debated middle class within the country,” Cooper said. college education is so important, Cooper said. “As farand held up,” Cooper said. The first GI Bill provided six benefits, three of which as the total effect on our economy, the first one (in “But finally, the American Legion jumped in, sat the VA administered: education and training; loan 1944) was of major importance,” he continued. “So Idown and wrote the first draft in a hotel room. The guarantee for a home, farm or business; and wouldn’t want to try to compare the two. But theAmerican Legion pushed very hard to ensure that a unemployment pay of $20 a week for up to 52 weeks. importance to the veteran is beyond question.”