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  • 1. The Peninsula-Wide News Publication Volume 2, Issue No. 40 No. P UBLISHED F OR T HOSE S ERVING IN THE R EPUBLIC OF KOREA July 23, 2004USFK announces hiring freezeon Korean employee positionsU.S. Forces Korea Lt. Col. Deb Bertrand, a USFK Union by providing information on new hires so that current spokesperson. the loss of jobs as far in advance employees affected by the YONGSAN — U. S. Forces “We are taking everything one as possible to minimize disruption. reduction may be placed within theKorea has initiated a hiring freeze step at a time, making every effort There are about 2,900 Korean system.involving all Korean employee to minimize the impact on employees in Area I. “We recognize the turmoil that anpositions in the U.S. Army across individuals, while still carrying out The Civilian Personnel action of this magnitude causes,”the peninsula. The measure was the mission and realigning the Operations Center will make every said Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell,taken July 15 by military officials forces according to our possible attempt to place the chief of staff of USFK andto reduce the impact of an agreements with the Republic of affected Korean employees in commander of 8 th U.S. Army. “Ourimpending reduction-in-force in Korea. We believe the hiring freeze vacant positions throughout objective is to make every effort toconnection with 2nd Infantry is a prudent measure to take Korea, officials said. accommodate our Korean employeesDivision consolidation plans, which toward reorganizing effectively at Reassignment rights may be to as much as we can, and to make sureare part of the Land Partnership this particular point in time,” she different jobs or to similar jobs in they have all the information theyPlan. said. different locations. Employees need as they move ahead in this “With the consolidation of 2nd About 800 positions in Area I involuntarily separated in a RIF process. Both the U.S. military andID moving ahead in Area I north are expected to be abolished during may be entitled to extra money in U.S. civilian workforces experiencedof Seoul, and the redeployment of the reduction-in-force. The Korean addition to their normal severance this stressful transition as we went2nd ID’s 2nd Brigade to Iraq later Employees Union has been given pay package. In addition, many through reduction-in-force in the lastt h i s s u m m e r, a u t h o r i t i e s a r e advance notice of changes that employees are also retirement decade in the (United States). It iscarefully evaluating current will affect the workforce within eligible. not an easy adjustment, but we willconditions while planning for Area I. Eighth Army is working Under the freeze, vacant do all we can to assist each of theflexibility in future needs, “ said closely with the Korean Employees positions will not be filled with dedicated individuals affected.” ArmywDA calls for Armywide inventory personnel ssetsof unit personnel assets Soldiers of the Year Year8th Personnel Command YONGSAN — The Chief of Staff of the Army, hasdirected an Armywide Personnel Asset Inventory beconducted July 30 through Aug. 15 of all U.S. Armypersonnel. The DA-directed PAI will account for 100 percentof all active- and reserve- component Soldiers whetherassigned or attached. This includes all reserve-component soldiers on temporary active duty ormobilized in support of an operation. The PAI willreconcile and synchronize “boots on the ground” withall active component databases, specifically EnlistedMilitary Personnel Operations and the Total ArmyPersonnel Database. Deploying units must conducttheir PAI before departure from the mobilization station. Gen. Leon J. LaPorte, United Nations Command,Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Koreacommander, has directed that the PAI in Korea be PHOTO BY PVT. MICHAEL R. NOGGLEexpanded to account for all U.S. military and (From left) Sgt. Samuel E. Cowell, Company B, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion B, Spc. Wilfredo A. Mendez, Companyappropriated-fund Department of Defense and DA A, 3rd Military Battalion, and Cpl. Kim Yoon-keun, 82nd Engineer Company wait to be presented Army Commendationcivilian personnel on the peninsula. Medals during the 8th U.S. Army Soldier of the Year competition. Read more about the competition on Page 16. See PAI on Page 3 PAI What ’s inside... INSIDE Commentary.............Page 2 2ID Soldiers focus Seoul public Hi-tech gadgets aid Camp Carroll opens Blotters....................Page 2 transportation in law enforcement Child Development News and notes......Page 3 on Iraq mission Movies...................Page 14 receives facelift Center Chaplain................Page 15 See Page 5 See Page 10 See Page 21 See Page 25 MWR Events...........Page 18
  • 2. MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly 2 July 23, 2004 Commentary RespectIslam — Respect the faith, not the fanaticsBy Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett populations that believe in other religions. Indonesia has the anyone he is a Muslim. He arrived on Fort Eustis two weeks world’s largest Islamic population –—88 percent of citizens are ago and had not even told his battle buddy about his Islamic Religion is never a very easy topic to talk about. It tends to Muslim. beliefs.divide more than it unites. In the United States, Islam is the fastest growing religion. One of the five pillars of the Muslim faith is to pray five times Religion gets to the heart of what we believe and what we There are currently five to seven million Muslims who are U.S. a day.As an initial entry Soldier, it has been difficult for Hicks tovalue, and strong emotions are wrapped around those beliefs citizens. find time to pray.and values. Even atheists strongly defend their right not to believe There is also a substantial number of Muslims in the U.S. “I have had zero time to pray,” he said. “But in the Islamicin God. military; between 10,000 and 20,000 U.S. servicemembers faith it is not so much that you have to pray, it’s if you have the Down through history, religion has been used to justify great consider themselves followers of Islam. time or make the intent. It is all about your intent.”injustices, including war and genocide. In the U. S. Army, Muslims are afforded the same rights to The Jacksonville, Fla., native who speaks Arabic said he Today, one religion — Islam — is facing close scrutiny as worship as any other religion. joined the Army to work as a translator in the Persian Gulf.its radical fringe terrorizes the world through violent attacks. “The Army tries to accommodate different religions,” said “Most fights start from a misunderstanding,” Hicks said. The White House has gone to great pains to ensure the War Col. Hanson Boney, Fort Eustis chaplain. “There have been “I’d like to go over there and help clear up some of thoseon Terrorism is not seen as a clash of religions. President George Muslims in the Army for the past 40 years. There are times we misunderstandings.”Bush made a point of praising Islam as “a religion of peace.” He can’t accommodate religions, like in times of war, but Muslims Hicks, whose parents are from Saudi Arabia, said he spentinvited Muslim clerics to the White House for Ramadan dinners have no harder time worshiping in the Army than any other some time in that country growing up, but that he is “born andand criticized evangelicals who call Islam a dangerous faith. religion.” raisedAmerican.” One such evangelist, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham Some Muslims are finding that the backlash against terrorism “I am so loyal to the United States,” he said. “My grandfatherwrote, “Islam – unlike Christianity – has among its basic has made it harder for them to practice their faith. served in the U.S. (Army) Air Corps and even when I was inteachings a deep intolerance of those who follow other faiths.” Matthew Hicks, a Soldier in E Company, 71st Transportation Saudi Arabia I told everyone I was American.” That Islam has produced its share of fanatics should come Battalion , said he was “jumped” after 9-11. “People get the Despite a few isolated cases, Muslims who serve in theas no surprise. Every religion has its extremists, and there can wrong idea about Muslims,” he said. “They think I’m a terrorist United States armed forces are proving their loyalty to thisbe no denying that militant Islam’s rigid and intolerant orthodoxy or going to blow something up.” country. They should be afforded the same rights and privilegesis making the world a more dangerous place. In 2002, Hicks changed his name fromAbdulaziz Gazah so afforded their non-Muslim brothers in arms. But is Islam itself the reason for terrorism, or is it something he wouldn’t have to face the prejudice associated with an Islamic AsAmericans, we set the example. Let’s be sure that exampleelse? Has the backlash against terrorism created intolerance for name. is one that includes tolerance for people of all religious faiths.Islam? And are those of us in the military doing enough to After joining the Army, Hicks also faced discrimination. Editor’s note: Bassett writes for the Fort Eutis Wheelensure that Muslims in uniform are enjoying the same tolerance “When I was in basic,” he said, “I told my drill sergeant that newspaper.of their faith as those from different religions? I wanted to attend Muslim service and he at first didn’t believe E-mail commentary submissions to morningcalmweekly Islam is the second largest religion in the world, totaling me and then started ranking on me, so I stopped going to the @korea.army.mil. Please keep submissions about a page in length andmore than 1.3 billion believers. Less than 20 percent of the services all together.” include your name, rank and duty station. The Morning Calm WeeklyMuslims in the world are Arab, and all Arab countries have After that incident, Hicks decided he was not going to tell reserves the right to edit letters for length, taste and clarity. MP Blotter Morning Calm Weekly Soundoff: The following entry was excerpted important What’s most important in keeping your morale high?from the past several week’s militarypolice blotters. These entries may beincomplete and do not determine theguilt or innocence of any person. ! A servicemember and a Korean civilian becameinvolved in a verbal altercation which turned physicalwhen the servicemember threw a glass cup at the civilian,striking her in the mouth causing minor lacerations toher lips. The servicemember then fled the area. He waslater apprehended by Korean National Police at his off- “Family and “The real world “Frequent counseling “Knowing what I dopost residence and transported and transferred to a KNP sports.” 2nd Lt. Isaias sports.”— training not just by with NCOs. They everyday makes astation. The servicemember was transferred to the military Zamora, Headquarters and the manual” — Spc. treat me like a family difference and fitspolice who transported the servicemember to a military Headquarters Company, 20th Chris Mckearn, 1st Signal member” — Cpl. Park, into the big picture.”police station where he was advised of his legal rights, Support Group, Camp Henry Brigade, Yongsan Kyoo Chul, 1st Signal — Pvt. Robert Wafle, Area IVwhich he waived, rendering a written sworn statement Brigade, Yongsan Support Activity, Camp Henryadmitting to the offense. The servicemember wasprocessed and released to his unit. An investigationcontinues by KNP . Published by IMA-Korea Region Morning Calm Printed by Oriental Press This Army newspaper is an authorized Installation Management Agency-Korea Region Printed by Oriental Press, a age, marital status, physical publication for members of the private firm in no way connected handicap, political affiliation, or Department of Defense. Contents of The Director/Publisher Brig. Gen. John A. Macdonald with the U.S. Government, under any other non-merit factor of the Morning Calm Weekly are not necessarily Public Affairs Officer Stephen Oertwig exclusive written contract with purchaser, user or patron. If a official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. the Contracting Command- violation or rejection of this equal Editor Sgt. Andrew Kosterman Korea. The civilian printer is opportunity policy by an advertiser Government, Department of Defense, or Department of the Army. Area I Area III responsible for commercial is confirmed, the printer shall The editorial content of this weekly Commander Col. Jeffery T. Christiansen Commander Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr. advertising. The appearance of refuse to print advertising from publication is the responsibility of the Public Affairs Officer Margaret Banish-Donaldson Public Affairs Officer Susan Barkley advertising in this publication, that source until the violation is CI Officer David McNally CI Officer Steve Davis including inserts or supplements, corrected. IMA-Korea Region, Public Affairs, APO Staff Writer Pfc. Stephanie Pearson does not constitute endorsement AP 96205. President: Charles Chong by the U.S. Army or Oriental Circulation: 12,500 Area II Area IV Press of the products or services Commercial Advertising Commander Col. Timothy K. McNulty Commander Col. James M. Joyner advertised. Telephone: 738-5005 SUBMISSIONS OR COMMENTS: Public Affairs Officer John A. Nowell Public Affairs Officer Kevin Jackson Everything advertised in this Fax: (02) 790-5795 Phone: DSN 738-3355 Staff Writer Sgt. 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  • 3. MORNING CALMThe Morning Calm Weekly Page July 23, 2004 3NEWS & NOTES Why Korea is the Duty Assignment of Choice Gif t Shop Closed GiftThe Chosun Gift Shop is closed in July. It will reopenAug. 4 and continue regularly scheduled hours:Wednesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tour Free DMZ Tour for StudentsHigh school and college students of U.S. military andcivilian personnel and Department of State employeesin Korea are welcome to a free demilitarized zone tour9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. The program includeshistorical briefings and tours of Tunnel No. 3, ObservationPost Dora, Camp Bonifas and Panmunjom. Reservationsare required. Call Nel de Leon, U.S. Forces KoreaPublic Affairs Office, 723-4685, or send e-mail todeleonc@usfk.korea.army.mil by July 26. COL A Increase COLAThe Per Diem Travel and Transportation AllowanceCommittee recommended to the Military AdvisoryPanel an increase in Cost of Living Allowance forKorea. A 2-point increase in COLA allowance for all PHOTO BY KEVIN JACKSONareas in Korea has been approved and is effective July Camp Carroll held a grand opening for its new Child Development Center on July 16. The facility opened for business on Monday.1. Refer to the per diem or 175fincom.korea.army.milweb site for service member specific increases inCOLA allowance. MyPay FINCOM’s KN MyPay helps civilians Registration at SeoulAmerican Elementar y School ElementaryThe main office at SAES is open to register children, understand, control pay 175th Finance Command of the Web site to a sub-page with six Question and Answer Board forKindergarten through fifth-grade. For those who just employees. Those who have questions different categories.moved in Seoul and are command sponsored to about KN Payroll System may submit. YONGSAN — With more than ! The “KN Pay Table and FringeYongsan or who missed reregistration, come to the 5. The “KN Payroll Information” 12,000 Korean civilians employed with Benefits” category takes visitors to aArmy Community Service Building, Room 121. For category provides a PowerPoint the U.S. Forces Korea at military PDF document that lists the latestmore information, call 736-4478 at SAES. presentation explaining the payroll installations throughout the Korean changes and benefits. peninsula, the 175th Finance Command ! “KN Pay E-mail addresses” system for Korean employees. Eighth United States Army G-4 created the KN MyPay system to category lists the points of contact for 6. The “Forms” category provides Logistics Conference access to the basic finance forms. provide privacy, quick availability, and e-mail questions base on KN pay IDThe 8th U.S. Army G4 Logistics Conference will be easy access to one’s Leave and Earning number. To view LES information click on theheld at the 8th U.S. Army Headquarters’ Van Fleet Statement. The site is designed to mirror ! The “Old KN LES System” New KN LES System link. PersonnelRoom Wednesday and the multipurpose training facility the MyPay site accessed by Department category provides a link to the old enrolled in the program will need theirThursday to July 30 on Yongsan Main Post. of the Army and military personnel. system and still available at https:// Payroll Account Number (six digits)Hosted by the 8th Army G-4, the symposium is a “In our continued effort to enhance 144.59.241.16.wknpay until July 30. which will serve as their User ID andtheater logistics orientation to key logistics personnel, our customer service, the 175th Finance ! The “New KN LES System and payroll number (3 digits) and the first 6information briefings on theater support organizations, Command has upgraded the KN MyPay Q/A Bulletin Board” provides multiple digits of their Korean ID which will servecurrent and future logistics issues to enhance theater system” said Col. Jeffrey Field, functions under this link. as their password.logistics, lessons learned from current operations and Commander of the 175th Finance a. Access to the last 12 months of Minimum requirements for thea forum to raise critical logistical readiness issues. Command. “We in the finance LES information including regular, bonus program include Windows NT WorkSecurity clearance verification or command post Oscar community have to go out and bring and severance pay is available. Station, Windows 2000 Professional, orbadge is required prior to entrance to the Van Fleet finance to those we serve. In this case, b. Access to the most recent KN Pay Windows XP Professional. ComputersRoom for all secret briefings. There is a participation our customer base is the Korean news letters is provided. must also have a Korean encodingfee of $8 for personnel planning to attend these National workforce.” c. Bulletin Board I shows program to view the LES which isevents. For registration information, contact Capt. Servicemembers can now access the Appropriated Fund and written in Hangul. If there are anyKevin Heinonen, DSN 723-3270 or Capt. Ed Cook, new KN MyPay system at http:// Nonappropriated Fund payroll problems viewing the KN LESDSN 723-4437. 175fincom.korea.army.mil and then click information. information, contact respective unit on the KN Pay link located on the left d. Bulletin Board II shows various information management officers. For Contracting Command side of the page under the Finance KN Pay information. additional information about this initiative, Closure Services heading. The link takes visitors e. Bulletin Board II also provides a contact respective local finance officers.The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Korea will beclosed 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4 for the change ofcommand from Col. Stephen Bianco to Col. Jeffrey PAI from Page 1Willey. The PAI requires that all units hold a muster formation Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance) on file. Commanders to gain accountability. All personnel will be accounted for will verify, collect citizenship data and present the required Services Center Offers Ser vices to include those on leave, TDY, confinement, etc. Once documentation to support any changes to citizenship data.The Digital Business Center is a resource for the completed, the PAI will ensure the EMILPO database Soldiers who are naturalized or non-U.S. citizens mustentire Yongsan community. Located at South Post contains a record of every Soldier. The inventory will provide additional information during PAI. These SoldiersBuilding 8105 across from Starbucks, the center offers validate and correct personnel data and ensure the Unit must present their date of naturalization, naturalizationInternet access, cyber games, document printing, Personnel Accountability Report, EMILPO and appropriate certificate number, courthouse street, city, state, country,copying scanning, digital photo printing, fax services, theater databases reflect the same information. zip code and courthouse granting citizenship.PC software and hardware upgrades and repairs as well Commanders are also required to identify and correct pay Unit voting assistance officers will be present to provideas office supplies and DVDs. Stop by the center today discrepancies and suspend the pay for those Soldiers whose assistance in completing the Federal Post Card Application.for a tour. The center is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven duty status cannot by confirmed after conducting the In addition, commanders will afford and encourage alldays a week. Children under age 12 must be required investigation. Soldiers the opportunity to complete absentee ballot andaccompanied by an adult. Additionally, commanders will ensure Soldiers have voter registration forms. current casualty documents (Department of Defense Form Contact respective unit commanders or S1s for 93, Record of Emergency Data and SGLI Form 8286, individual unit scheduled PAI dates.
  • 4. MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly 4 July 23, 200446,000 take eArmyU coursesStory by Courtney Hickson at the new installation.Army News Service Kelsey also said Soldiers can take their laptops with them if they are transferred WASHINGTON — More than 46,000 and with eArmyU they can continue theirSoldiers have been able to continue their educational experience.education by taking online classes through “It really is anytime, anyplace,” she said.eArmyU, including many of the Soldiers There are variations to eArmyU — fordeployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. example the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea The Army launched eArmyU in 2001, is piloting a no-laptop program.to offer eligible enlisted Soldiers the “They have a difficult time traveling outopportunity to work toward a college degree of the area,” Stoskopf said.or certificate anytime, anywhere. Because of the limitations in location, Soldiers who have been deployed the choices for Soldiers in Korea are not ascontinue to be able to work on their degrees expansive as other installations. The no-from Afghanistan and Iraq. Of the 6,984 laptop program allows the Soldiers to stilleArmyU Soldiers deployed in those theaters, participate in eArmyU, but they must2,098 are now enrolled in eArmyU classes. provide their own access to a computer to eArmyU is an educational opportunity log onto the courses. Stoskopf said thefor enlisted Soldiers Soldiers areto earn degrees provided with aonline from one of 29 “It is a great program; you boot camp tutorial,educational get a free education and laptop which about the them informsinstitutions. Soldierscan earn certificates, if you do your work,” — Sgt. eArmyU programa s s o c i a t e ’ s , Erick Espinosa and how tobachelor’s or configure theirmaster’s degrees in personal computers146 degree and certificate programs. The to access the eArmyU portal.courses are Web-based and allow Soldiers A number of degrees and programs areto take classes at any time, no matter where available through eArmyU, to includetheir location. In addition Soldiers can get associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s of arts, afull tuition reimbursement and a laptop to bachelor’s of science and various master’stake the classes with, which becomes their degrees. They range from an associate’sown at the end of the program. degree in criminal justice to a bachelor’s of As of June 11 there have been 729 science in professional aeronautics to adegrees conferred and 122,763 course master’s degree in business administration.enrollments. These numbers are up from First Sgt. Dexter Dean, from FortJanuary 2003 when there were more then Benning, has been in eArmyU for about30,500 Soldiers taking classes around the two years and has six more classes untilworld. The most popular eArmyU degrees he completes his associate’s degree inare business followed by criminal justice, criminal justice.according to Director of eArmyU Dian “So far it’s been a good experience,” heStoskopf. Currently 72 percent of Soldiers said.participating are enrolled in associate-level Dean also said eArmyU is easy if aprograms, 21.1 percent are signed up for Soldier has a little computer literacy andbachelor’s programs, 1.7 percent are signed can follow a syllabus. While he has notup for master’s programs and 5 percent had to transfer bases while enrolled inare signed up for certificate programs. eArmyU, he said there should be no One of the challenges Soldiers face when problems for Soldiers who may.they are deployed is not knowing what kind Sgt. Erick Espinosa, from Fortof access they will have, said Gloria Kelsey Wainwright, said his experience witha supervisory educational services specialist eArmyU has also been positive. Espinosaat Fort Benning. has been taking classes since February “Also finding the time to study, they have 2003 and needs only a few more classeslong duty days with training,” she said. “Or to complete his associate’s degree intrying to pull from family time for study criminal justice. He said some of it dependstime.” on the teachers also, and how quickly they “There are little to no out of pocket respond but the majority has been good.expenses,” Kelsey said. He said the biggest challenge he faced If a Soldier chooses to he or she can go was sitting down and doing the class workto a school above the semester hour cap, while juggling his Army work.like the University of Maryland and pay the “It is a great program; you get a freedifference. She also said the eArmyU is education and laptop if you do your work,”extremely beneficial for single parents he said.because they can study at home and do not In order to qualify for a laptophave to pay for a baby sitter. computer, 12 semester hours must be There are 16 installations participating successfully completed; once completedin the program, including those in Germany the Soldiers will be able to keep theand Korea. The newest installations to offer laptops given to them. In order to bethe program are Fort Riley, Kan. and Fort eligible for the laptop version of theStewart, Ga. program, a Soldier must have three years With the expansion, Kelsey said it requires of active duty remaining. If he or she ismore counselors to get involved and know not interested in owning the laptop, heeArmyU, which will allow Soldiers when or she must have one year of servicethey transfer to have support from the staff remaining.
  • 5. July 23, 2004 Page 52ID Soldiers focus on Iraq missionRole players add realism to “Everyone involved wants to do the most they can to help 2nd Brigade make sure all of their guys cometraining scenarios home safe,” said Capt. Nathan Breard, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment commander andBy Pfc. Chris Stephens the officer in charge of the civilians on the battlefield.2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office But, there was a slight problem for the Soldiers. During different points of the mission, they would RODRIGUEZ RANGE — As the smoke cleared See Iraq on Page 8and the final gunshots went off near midnight, a lookat the small Iraqi village of Al-Jamari told the wholestory; four dead insurgents and a peace restored backto the village that had all but been lost during the day. The village of Al-Jamari is different than most otherIraqi villages and towns. This village is not located inIraq, but located at the Korea Training Center, whereSoldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Divisionare training in preparation for their deployment to Iraqin August. “The training we’re receiving here is going to helpus a lot in Iraq,” said Sgt. Kevin Holmes, B Company,1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Air Assault).“We’re learning how to deal with Iraqi civilians andhow to treat them with the proper respect, while alsonot compromising our mission. The mission for units coming through the townwas to find and detain terror cell leaders who live orare in the town and to also find weapons caches. PHOTOS BY YU HU-SON The townspeople were none other than their Members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team wait during an Warrior Division Soldiers assume fighting positions at Rodriguezcomrades from 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. exercise at the Korea Training Center. Range July 14.Warrior Division Soldiers train July 14 at Rodriguez Range with role players during an exercise to add realism to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team
  • 6. Page 6 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004NEWS & NOTES Area I observes safety stand-down day Korean Pay Statements By David McNally commanding general, opened the day with a prerecorded 10- Online Area I Public Affairs Office minute message.Leave and earnings statements for Korean Campbell said the overall theme of the new horizons dayemployees are now available online. The CAMP RED CLOUD — Across Area I Soldiers and was to “master the craft.” He outlined a familiar message ofstatements can be viewed at 175th Finance civilians halted work Tuesday for an intense review of developing the warrior ethos.Command’s Web page, http:// summer safety concerns in a semiannual 8th U.S. Army “We are at war,” Campbell said. “The threats are real.”175fincom.korea.army.mil. Employees have the stand-down day. He said leaders should create a culture of safety andoption to discontinue receiving paper copies of “The summer season is a period when there is a tendency continuous risk management.their statements. for accident prevention programs to be given less attention,” The mandatory four-hour morning training included a 30- said Col. Jeff Christiansen, Area I commander. “For this minute video, “This is Korea.” Eighth U.S. Army 10-Miler reason, we should place emphasis on imaginative education “Cultural awareness enhances mission readiness,” CampbellThe 8th U.S. Army 10-miler run will be at the said. and training programs designed to create safety awareness.”Hanson Field House July 31. Race-day registration Soldiers and civilians reviewed many topics: At the Camp Red Cloud Theater, Area I Soldiers andbegins 6:30 a.m. with a race briefing 7:30 a.m. !Prostitution and human trafficking civilians discussed topic such as heat injuries, humanThe race will start 7:45 a.m. This is the qualifying !Prevention of sexual assault trafficking, prostitution and cross-cultural awareness.race for the team that will represent 8th U.S. !Driving under the influence prevention The purpose of the training day went beyond safety, AreaArmy at the Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C., ! Curfews, customs laws, operational and information I officials said.Oct. 24. security “It’s also an opportunity to teach, educate and inform !Voting assistance Soldiers about command priorities and messages,” Retirement Guide Online !Good neighbor programThe Army Benefits Center-Civilian has made its Christiansen said. Soldiers also reviewed convoy procedures and safe“Guide to Retirement” available on the ABC-C Christiansen emphasized the Army’s intent to develop a movements.Web site, http://www.abc.army.mil. The guide sense of cultural awareness by promoting dignity and Campbell said the 8th U.S. Army is a “learning organization.”contains information for anyone who is considering respect. He said besides being an “assignment of choice,” Korea is theretirement, no matter how close or far they may “The end state is a commandwide sense of renewal and U.S. Army’s training base for future Army leadership.be. It can also help those who have just decided recommitment to the Korea-U.S. alliance,” Christiansen said.to retire, but do not know where to begin. Lt. Gen. Charles Campbell, the 8th U.S. Army Email david.mcnally@us.army.mil Essay ContestThe Korean Corporate Members of the Association CRC community sees leadership transitionof the U.S. Army are sponsoring a “Life in Korea” Story, photo by as it may seem on the surface, Christiansen continued. “Brian, youessay contest. Essays must be based on the Pfc. Stephanie Pearson because it affects more than just the leave behind a legacy of your efforts,author’s personal experience in Korea, either Area I Public Affairs Office soldiers that are assembled on the and we will carry on with the visionsocially or in the workplace. Entries must be field,” said Col. Jeff Christiansen, you have established. Well-done andsubmitted by Nov. 1, and prizes will be awarded Area I commander. “This change will good luck.” CAMP CASEY — The UijeongbuDec. 1. For more information, please call 732- have a huge impact on the 2nd Infantry “Lieutenant Colonel Bill Huber now Enclave welcomed a new leader in a6306. stands at the helm, firmly clenching ceremony July 15. Division and the well-being of the Lt. Col. William Huber took Soldiers and Airmen assigned to this the colors,” said Christiansen. Air Defense Artiller y enclave. What this garrison does on a “Another great leader, an officer ready command of U.S. Army Garrison, Change of Responsibility daily basis has a direct impact on the to lead this enclave of excellence, Camp Red Cloud in a Village GreenThe 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Huber comes with ceremony as the unit bid farewell to readiness of these units to fightRegiment will hold a change of responsibility and a wealth of experience. He is outgoing commander Lt. Col Brian tonight.”retirement ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Carl recognized for his ability to lead a Vines. “Brian departs today havingJohnson 10 a.m. Thursday at Camp Casey’s Helipad diverse work force and solve the “This morning’s change of postured this garrison to be recognized221. The ceremony will be followed by a reception command ceremony is not as simple as the community of excellence,”at the Warrior’s Club. See Transition on Page 8Racquetball ChampionshipsThe Korean Racquetball Federation will host the12th World Racquetball Championships at theAnyang Youth Center and Seoul Cultural andEducation Center July 31 through Aug. 6. Teamsfrom Korea, the United States and 37 other nationswill participate. Admission for all USFK personnelis free. For more information visit http://www.racquetball.or.kr or call 011-9152-1990. Newcomers OrientationsThe Army Community Service will holdNewcomers Orientations 8:15 a.m.Tuesday in theCamp Casey ACS and 8 a.m. Wednesday at theCamp Red Cloud ACS. For more information at732-7292. National Kids DayThe Camp Casey Army Community Service willhost a National Kids Day event at Stewart Field 11a.m. Aug. 6. There will be games and food.Women’s Equality Day Run omen’sA Women’s Equality Day run is scheduled 6 a.m.Aug. 25 for Area I and 2nd Infantry Division Soldiersat Camp Red Cloud. Lt. Col. William Huber (left) accepts the U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Red Cloud colors and mantle of leadership from Area I Commander, Col. Jeff Christiansen July 15 at the CRC Village Green.
  • 7. The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 MORNING CALM Page 7Family assistance center prepares for certificationStory by David McNally center and 2nd Brigade Combat Team detachment commander. development of a virtual familyArea I Public Affairs Office Rear Detachment certification that was Some agencies such as the USO, readiness group Web site. scheduled yesterday. Pear Blossom Cottage and Army Officials hope the Internet site will CAMP CASEY — As Soldiers “I want a rigorous and robust Community Service already provide life serve as a virtual gathering location forprepare to deploy from Korea to Iraq, certification exercise,” DeVine said. support help for these noncommand- 2nd Brigade Combat Team familyArmy officials are preparing for every “This will encompass everything that sponsored families in Area I; but, most members to visit and share informationpossible scenario their family members is supporting the families.” facilities operate with unaccompanied – even family members in the states.could encounter. Area I is a command-sponsored Soldiers in mind. The family assistance “I’m worried about the families in “If a Soldier has been wounded or restricted zone. However, some center is a new concept in Warrior the states,” DeVine said. “I want themkilled in combat, how is the family Soldiers marry locally or arrange to Country. to get information about what we’renotified?” asked Col. Thomas DeVine, bring their families to Korea on their The certification exercise will doing, points of contact, the Web site2nd Aviation Brigade commander and own. simulate what different agencies will or any other deployment information.”the officer responsible for 2nd Infantry To aid these families 2nd Infantry do under possible scenarios. The DeVine expects the Web site to beDivision families. “What are the actions Division and Area I officials joined Installation Management Agency-Korea online by the end of the month.of the family assistance center and together last month to develop the Region will evaluate garrison activities. Before the Soldiers depart, he said,what are the services provided to the Desert Strike Family Assistance Center DeVine will evaluate the rear he envisions a station where they fill outfamily?” at Camp Casey. The center will work detachment. The 8th U.S. Army will an envelope with their home addresses. DeVine led a July 15 meeting of closely with the 2nd Brigade Combat test how the group handles casualty “We then would stuff it with maybecommunity officials from various Team to support families affected by actions. a letter from the rear detachment, oragencies in Area I, finance and the deployment. “At this end of this exercise, we anything else we want to pass along likepersonnel representatives, and division “If a family member has a problem should know if we’re ready,” DeVine the Web site address and points ofstaff officers at Camp Casey. He with finance or personnel during the said. contact,” DeVine said.outlined what the group needed to do deployment we would try to help DeVine also said officials are in theto prepare for the family assistance them,” said Maj. John Atkins, rear process of awarding a contract for the Email david.mcnally@us.army.milCamp Casey Health Clinic shines Do the hula, hula!Story by David McNally and prescriptions. Glasses must be purchasedArea I Public Affairs Office elsewhere. Officials said they are able to handle most situations, CAMP CASEY – The 18th Medical Command but they can get patients to the 121st General Hospitalrecently named the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Camp for specialty care.Casey as the best in Korea. The clinic’s community health nurse, Maj. David But Warrior Country health care providers have Marana, spends most of his time on two issues:even more to celebrate: their accreditation. sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. An outside, nonprofit accreditation agency “Both of these health problems are prevalent,”evaluated practices and standards within the 18th Marana said.Medical Command in April. This was the first time In Korea, tuberculosis is common. It is an airbornethe Casey clinic was included in the process. disease contracted by being near someone who Officials at the clinic said they work with many breathes it out. Tuberculosis testing is available asdifferent agencies and units. The medics mostly come needed. Marana said it must be done within 60-daysfrom outlying units. of leaving Korea, but not later than two-weeks before. The staff pulls together a day-to-day operation Marana said STDs are what keep him busy,where patients receive care and are usually unaware although the infection rate for Soldiers serving in Koreaof the clinic’s unique organization. is comparable to American rates for men and women Recent advances in medical technology have ages 20 to 24.allowed for almost instantaneous X-rays. The “One of my biggest challenges is contactingradiology department keeps its high-tech computers Soldiers for follow-up care,” Marana said. “Becauseworking hard. The staff sees 460 to 480 patients a of the high operations tempo it can be difficult.”month. Marana said STDs are preventable. “Before we had film, with processing chemicals “I counsel Soldiers, and try to educate them aboutand development time,” said Spec. Araceli Walker, a prevention,” Marana said.medic from Company C, 702nd Main Support One of the misconceptions people have aboutBattalion. “Now, we use these special plates that can STDs, Marana said, is that contraction happens inbe used thousands of times. We put it in the scanner, only in off-post club environments. But, STDs alsoand instantly see the X-ray on the computer.” happen through sexual contact with anyone, he said. The staff emails these X-ray images to radiologists The Camp Casey Health Clinic has an aggressivewith the 121st General Hospital at Yongsan. What took preventive medicine education program. However,hours, or even days, now takes minutes. responsibility for prevention lies with the individual, One of the staff radiology technicians,Yi Chong, Marana said.has worked at the clinic since 1983. He said he enjoys Officials said now the clinic has the “stamp ofthe challenge of new technology, and the opportunity approval” that happens with accreditation, they can PHOTO BY MARGARET BANISH-DONALDSONto meet new people. tell their patients they are getting a credible level of Agnes Matila, one of the Polynesian dancers “I get to work with a lot of new Soldiers,” said Yi. care. from Ma Ohi Nui, performs a traditional“It gives me a chance to share what I know. I like it.” Health care officials said they want the community Hawaiian dance for crowds gathered July 13 at The Camp Casey Health Clinic has a staff to know they put a lot of time, effort and money to Camp Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s club. The 13-optometrist. The eye doctor examines about 250 make the clinic a better facility. member world-class entertainment groupSoldiers a month. “Our equipment, training, and the processes used provided a show filled with colorful Polynesian Active-duty Soldiers may receive one pair of to provide health care, are geared to give the best dance revues, featuring dances of the Hawaii,glasses with the frame of their choice every 12 possible experience to our patients,” said Maj. Barbara Tahiti, New Zealand and Samao islands,months. Retirees are limited to the brown field frames. Agen Ryan, a former officer-in-charge of the clinic. costume changes, fire dances, emceeing, andWhile the department provides routine services to audience participation.family members, they are only authorized examinations Email david.mcnally@us.army.mil
  • 8. Page 8 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004Iraq from Page 5receive sniper fire and have to deal with After the entire scenario wasboth friendly and angry villagers. complete, Soldiers listened to what wasCombined with trying to complete their being said in their after-action reviewmission, the Soldiers experienced a long and took in key points made by theirday. leaders. “At one point we had Soldiers “I learned two big things out here,”searching homes, Soldiers keeping McMillan said. “One, you never pushcivilians out of the search area, villagers them with your left hand, because theymoving our concertina wire and consider that disrespect, and two, whenexplosions going off, so it got very you want them to do something, youhectic,” said Pvt. Anthony Hottinger, have to show them through motions,Company B., 1st Battalion, 503rd and not by raising your voice, becauseInfantry Regiment (Air Assault). “There most of them don’t understand English.”were so many things going on, so our The Soldiers playing the civilians oncompany had to be on top of our game. the battlefield read Iraqi cultural packetsWe had to have people in all of the right and researched a variety of topics topositions, plus ensure that not only we prepare for their roles. But, all of thestay safe, but the villagers as well.” reading in the world couldn’t have During the whole process, villagers prepared them for what theywere out and about in the town curious experienced in their roles and what theyto see what was going on. learned from actual Iraqi citizens about “Our job is to create a realistic training what really goes on there.environment for the Soldiers, and to “It’s important for these Soldiers toreplicate an Iraqi town with a variety of know what reality is,” said Swarascenarios,” Breard said. “We had to put Deloyi, Iraqi civilian playing a role in thestress on the Soldiers, so they could train town. “That’s what we try to help theon what they will be seeing over there.” supporting units understand when they At many points during the training, are playing these roles. Because overvillagers became irritated with the there, the roles are real and the bulletsSoldiers and started to do things their are real. It’s not a joke.”own way. Although the Soldiers from 1st “They didn’t want to stay away from Brigade were tasked out to play the rolesthe action,” said Pvt. Michael McMillan. of Iraqi civilians, lessons were learned“They always wanted to see what was on their part as well for when they aregoing on. And, if we prevented them in the same situation as the 2nd Brigadefrom seeing what was happening, then Soldiers.they created their own ways of getting “The Soldiers playing civilians on thethere.” battlefield have a big advantage because Some of the ways villagers got past they see it from an Iraqi perspective,”the Soldiers was using the riverbed, Breard said. “Because they have seen itusing a group of ten to push past a from this side, they know the right waySoldier or the most commonly used to do things when dealing with Iraqitechnique, sprinting past them. civilians.” “A few of the townspeople got With the training they’ve received, thethrough and caused a little disruption, 2nd Brigade Soldiers seem ready for theirbut we controlled the situation and deployment.detained them and turned them over to “We know what we have to do overthe town’s police, and let the police deal there and we’ll be ready to do it,”with them,” Hottinger said. “But, these Holmes said.people never gave up. They just keptcoming.” E-mail Chris.Stephens@korea.army.milTransition from Page 6where he served as a weapons-of-mass- service with the U.S. Army Specialdestruction liaison for the Ministry of Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.,Defense. offered his congratulations to Huber. “Commanders, you and your “Bill, good luck to you, and I mustSoldiers are the very best,” he said in say I’m envious of the job and the teamhis address to the troops. “Your that you are now in command of,” Vinesaccomplishments are impressive and said.speak highly of your commitment to Christiansen is confident Huber is theserve your country. I look forward to man for the job.working with each and every one of “The Army has done right in selectingyou.” Bill for this challenge,” he said, “and it Huber promised to continue in will be the most challenging of any ofefforts to improve the garrison, and his assignments. I also assure you, Bill,thanked Christiansen and Brig. Gen. that the dedicated Soldiers and civiliansJohn A. Macdonald, Installation that make up this garrison are loyal,Management Agency-Korea Region confident and will place in you the samedirector, for this opportunity. level of support they have provided your “I will work to maintain your trust predecessor. Much has been done in theand strengthen your confidence while past two years, but as I have beenin command by giving 110 percent saying, in Area I, which is second toeffort in leading this outstanding none, the work is never done.”organization,” Huber said. Vines, who continues his military Email stephanie.a.pearson@us.army.mil
  • 9. July 23, 2004 Page 9Service organizationsaim to care for veterans Seoul public transportation receives facelift, modernizes see how this new system turns out.” Most drivers have indicated they think that the new system will benefit the city in the long haul. Lee Jong-un, a driver on route 401, has cited improvements in the bus system and says, “Younger riders have been quicker toStory by Alex Harrington adjust to the changes.”Area II Public Affairs Office Distance-based system YONGSAN – The Department of Veterans Bus and subway fares now go by a newAffairs ensures active-duty servicemembers, fare system called “Distance-based system.”retirees, and veterans receive benefits and medical The fees differ depending on the distancetreatment. There also are many veterans and traveled, according to officials.military groups who ensure those eligible receive For instance, under the new fare systemadequate healthcare, claims service, advocacy and passengers who use the bus and subwayadditional benefits. As part of the Seoul City’s plans to improve public transportation, the newly renovated will be charged a base fare of 800 won for Among those veterans and military groups in median bus lanes are now fully operational. Median bus lanes have been built in the middle 12 kilometers (seven miles), after which 100Korea are the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the of major downtown roads and are reserved for public transportation use only. won will be charged for each additional sixRetiree Activities Office. kilometers (four miles). Since 1899, the VFW, America’s oldest major Story, photo by and services to offer faster and more Under the new fare system passengersveterans organization, has been advocating and Pfc. Park Jin-woo convenient transportation for Area II will not be required to pay an additional fareproviding personal assistance, securing AreaIIPublicAffairsOffice commuters, which is all part of a drive to for each time they transfer from bus togovernment benefits and entitlements for veterans. encourage citizens to use public subway or vice versa.Working alongside the RAO, which is located on YONGSAN — The buses and transportation to reduce the number ofOsan Air Base, it has provided post-retirement subways have a new look for regular personal vehicles and reduce traffic on the T-moneyservices to retirees of all services, their family commuters in the Yongsan area as a result streets, said Seoul metropolitan government To qualify for fare discounts passengersmembers and survivors. of Seoul’s public transportation facelift. The officials. need a prepaid transportation card, better The primary function for both the VFW and city completed the changes July 1. Some of the changes are new median known as “T-money.”RAO is to provide assistance in obtaining benefits Seoul city has introduced new changes lanes, which are exclusively used by buses, T-money cards that can be purchasedfrom the VA. new bus routes, different and refilled at newsstands and kiosks at most According to a brief, “Answering the call in a numbering and coloring bus stops.time of crisis,” the VFW veterans service officers system that helps identify Another option is to go directly to thehas filed more than 125,000 VA claims and helped buses, a distance-based subway station ticket window, or use therecover more than $800 million in benefits and fare system and a new automated refilling machines located at eachentitlements for American veterans. traffic card named “T- subway station, to purchase and refill the “T- “We assist veterans with everything from filing money.” money” card.a VA claim to obtaining educational benefits,” said Although the new bus The cost of the “T-money” card is 1,500William Bradshaw, director, VFW Washington system caused much won and can be charged with as muchoffice. confusion, bus riders are money as one wishes upon purchase. Conversely, nearly 400,000 veterans are adjusting, according towaiting word on their VA claim, but the VFW Korean media reports. Fare discountscontinues to lobby Congress to find a remedy to There were complaints Students aged 14 to 19 receive a 20this issue, according to the brief. due to lack of advertising, percent subway fare discount when using VFW Commander in Chief Edward Banas said but the system is well the transportation card. Children aged 8 tobefore a joint hearing comprised of both the U.S. under way now with 13 receive a 50 percent discount.House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, “The minor adjustments, reportsreduction of the claims backlog and the timely said. New bus colorprocessing of those claims have been well-stated “I was quite troubled Buses also have been given a new coatgoals of this administration, but VA has not at first because of the rise of paint in red, yellow, blue and green colors,sufficiently processed veteran’s claims, thus in fares and unexpected symbolizing the routes and areas where theycreating a backlog.” problems that came with operate. Banas added that the number of increased the system,” saidAn Sun- Red buses go to the outskirts of the citybacklogged claims is preventing disabled veterans mo, a university student linking downtown Seoul area and major subfrom receiving timely decisions for the living in Seoul. “But I think centers such as Bundang and Sungnam.compensation and pensions they frequently need Seoul city has been quick Yellow buses serve as a circular lineto offset economic hardships related to their to resolve the many running along the circular belt roads indisability. A new bus number code identifies bus routes. Now the problems associated with downtown or sub centers. passengers can recognize where the bus is coming from and the new change. I think See Veterans on Page 11 we still need to wait and See Transportation on Page 10 where it is headed.
  • 10. Page 10 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004NEWS & NOTES Transportation from Page 9 Blue buses operate on major roads such as Women ’s Summer Bible omen’s Dobongno and Gangnamdaero traveling Study and Fellowship between the major areas of the city.There are Protestant Women of the Chapel and Green buses branch out from other linesMilitary Council of Catholic Women sessionsfor serving the routes between subway stationsworship, bible study and fellowship 9 a.m. - 11 and residential areas.a.m. Wednedsay - Aug. 4 at South Post Chapel.For more information, call 796-5982. Bus number code Passengers, to include foreigners, can National Kids’ Day easily identify the starting point and theThe Area II will celebrate National Kids’ Day 1 destination of a bus at a single glance,p.m. - 4 p.m. Aug 1 at the Seoul American according to Seoul officials.Elementary School. For more information, call The principle behind the new number code738-5556. is dividing the area of Seoul is divided into eight zones. The first two digits of the bus number Town R adio Town Hall show where the bus departed from and whereArea II radio town hall meeting will be broadcast it arrives at and the next two are used to identifylive 9 - 10 a.m. Aug. 13 from the Army the bus.Community Service Building, Building 4106,Room 118. For more information, call 738- Median bus lanes5017. One major change in the bus system is the newly renovated median bus lane. The city buses now operate in eight numbered zones.American Forces Spouses’ Lanes going through the middle of the road Club conditions for both buses and other vehicles with P-turns or L-turns. have been put aside for buses and islands withThe American Forces Spouses’ Club is seeking as buses no longer have to pull up over to For more information about the new bus stops have been made for access to theorganizations or clubs who would be interested the side of the road and halt for passengers, bus system including all bus roots in buses.According to the Seoul city governmentin setting up an information table at its annual officials said. Seoul, visit the Seoul metropolitan this new system will provide safer access towelcome and sign-up reception. The welcome Under the new system left-turns will government webpage at http:// buses by isolating the buses away from otherand sign-up reception will be 10 a.m. - 1:30 remain unchanged and can be made from english.seoul.go.kr/ traffic.p.m. Aug. 31 at the Dragon Hill Lodge. For the second lane at an intersection. Formore information, call 736-8119. This will also improve overall traffic safety reasons, U-turns will be replaced E-mail ParkjinW@korea.army.mil SNGC NominationsSung Nam Golf Club is seeking nominations forsix at-large members. Candidates must beadvanced green fee members. Nominations areopen to active-duty, DoD civilians or familymembers. Please submit short profile – name,membership #, contact information and shortstatement why you want to serve on the council.For more information, call 738-7446. Commander’s HotlineA Commander’s hotline e-mail address, Subway (left) and bus fares (top) have been changed along withareaiitownhall@korea.army.mil, is available. For Seoul’s new public transportation policy. Commuters must recognizemore information, call 738-5017. those changes to avoid confusion in rush hours. Charts only apply to Transportation card users. Korea Theater Support Keeping the peace CenterKorea theater support center is available. Dial8324 for e-mail problems, GCCS-A trouble andInternet issues. It is not necessary to dial theany prefix. AC AP BriefingsArmy Career and Alumni Program briefingsusually last about one-half hour depending onunit participation. They are usually held 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other times anddates can be arranged. For more information orto schedule a briefing, call 738-7322. Voter registrationVoter registration has begun in Area II. For moreinformation, contact a unit voting assistanceofficer. Language Classes! English as a second language class meetsevery Monday and Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.at Building 4106, Room 124.! Korean language class meets 10 - 11 a.m.,11 a.m. - noon, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 -7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Building4106, Room 124. These classes are open to all PHOTO BY SGT. JEREMIAH JOHNSONID card holders. To register please call 738- Spc. Dennis Peters maintains security at a blocking position in Mosul, Iraq, under the friendly gaze of Iraqi children. Peters is assigned to the7505. 2nd Infantry Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Stryker Brigade Combat Team).
  • 11. The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 MORNING CALM Page 11 Tours Entertainment Cultural Events, Tours and Enter tainment Experience Greater Seoul USO Tours Royal Asiatic Tour Entertainment ! Carribbean Bay Tour – 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ! Pyonsan Bando and Pagoda Valley Tour – Saturday ! Great Mountain Music Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Yongpyong Ski Resort Saturday - Aug. 8. For ! Incheon Tour – 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday ! Tongyoung and Kojedo Tour – July 31 - Aug 1 more information, call 02-724-7781. ! Panmunjom (DMZ) and Tunnel – 7:30 a.m. - 4 ! Pugak Skyway and Inwang-San Hike Tour – 8:30 ! Ice ballet Nutcracker will perform at the p.m. Tuesday a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14 Sejong Center Monday and Tuesday 3 p.m., 7:30 ! Inchon Pottery Tour – 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m., 6 p.m. July ! Triple Treat Tour : Olympic Park, Han River Cruise ! Cultural Tour – 8:40 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. July 31 and the DLI 63 Building – 1:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. 31 - Aug. 3. For more information, call 02-3472- 4480. For more information, call the Seoul USO office Call 02-763-9483 for more information about Royal For more information, call 02-523-8702. at 02-792-3380. Asiatic Society events.Veterans from Page 9 In spite of increased backlogs, VFW service officers and Accounting Service and processing Social Security representatives and annuitant representatives to resolve paycontinue to expedite disability claims within 90 days, as claims are other functions that the RAO provides to retirees problems,” said Terwiel. “Most of the problems concernopposed to the usual six to nine months if veterans filed by and veterans, to include federal general service employees. updating addresses, establishing or changing direct deposit,themselves. RAO provides information to the retiree community on or, in tax season, getting replacement 1099-R forms for Volunteers at the RAO also provide assistance to retirees news concerning pay and benefits through their monthly forms not received.”and veterans who are experiencing problems with benefit publications, both written in English and the Korean Terwiel also added that RAO processes Social Securityclaims. language, said Terwiel. claims for retirement, disability and survivor benefits. In addition, the RAO handles other cases not necessarily “We provide a quarterly newsletter for retirees called, “The VFW here in Korea conducts charitableinvolving retirees and veterans. ‘Still Serving in Korea.’ In addition, because there are so fundraisers, supports Korean orphanages and provides “The RAO is a volunteer and the benefits provided are many Korean widows of deceased retirees, a quarterly assistance to disabled veterans,” said Ronald Davis, VFWin the form of assistance in resolving problems,” said Jack Korean-language newsletter is produced specifically aimed District III commander in Korea.Terwiel, director and volunteer at RAO. “In many cases, at survivor benefits and other news directed to the widow For more information about the VFW, visitthe assistance extends far beyond the normal, such as for community,” he said. www.vfw.org. For the local VFW call 723-4930.former spouses of active-duty and retired military, and Another function the ROA performs is mediating For more information about RAO, visit www.rao-other nonmilitary employees such as AAFES in filing for between the claimant and DFAS in Cleveland, Ohio. osan.com or call 784-1441.Social Security.” “Rather than expensive phone calls to busy phone lines, Quarterly newsletters, dealing with the Defense Finance the RAO has established e-mail contacts with both retiree E-mail alex.harrington@us.army.mil
  • 12. Page 12 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004Government enforcing Reservists’ reemployment rightsStory by Kathleen T. Rhem Affairs spoke at the ceremony. confidence and their families having employers are brought by the JusticeAmerican Forces Press Service Assistant Defense Secretary for the confidence that when they go off Department, but even those are rare. Reserve Affairs Thomas Hall to answer the call to colors, when they Bloch estimated roughly eight cases YONGSAN — Several government compared the overwhelming support return they will have a job waiting for are referred to the Justice Departmentagencies are working together to for today’s troops with his own days them,” he said. each year. Of those, perhaps five areaggressively defend the reemployment as a sailor during the Vietnam era. Hall Bloch is especially committed to litigated, he said.rights of Reserve-component service said that in 21 months in his current serving as an advocate for service With 1.2 million Reserve-members. position, he has had the opportunity members because his son, 19-year-old component service members in the Under the Uniformed Services to speak to at least 120,000 people Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Bloch, is U.S. military, that shows a very lowEmployment and Reemployment around the country and abroad. preparing to leave his home base of percentage of cases aren’t resolved atRights Act of 1994, Reserve and “Everywhere I go, I find a different Twentynine Palms, Calif., for a second the lowest levels, he said.National Guard troops cannot lose their spirit than perhaps existed in my rotation in Iraq. Hall explained that ESGR has 4,200jobs or their benefits due to military younger years in the Navy. … “As a member of the administration, volunteers who work to educateservice. Controversy rocked the country, and I support USERRA,” Bloch said before employers throughout the country. In other words, reserve Soldiers many of our young men and women signing the statement of support. “But Points of contact are postedand Guardsmen who are deployed are who came back from Vietnam … I also support it as a citizen and as a prominently in all Guard and Reserveguaranteed their previous civilian jobs weren’t welcomed,” Hall said. “But father of an active-duty Marine. centers, and the names and numbersor similar jobs with the same level of what is not lacking today,” he “Our commitment … is the least of state representatives are availablebenefits when they return. Employers continued, “is support from the rank that we can do to send a message to on the organization’s Web site.who fail to comply are in violation of and file, from the businesses and from our wonderfully brave, talented and In most cases, a phone call to anfederal law and can be sued by the the community.” committed members of the military ESGR representative will solve aU.S. government. ESGR’s national director, Bob G. that we do support them and we do Reserve- component service U.S. Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch Hollingsworth, told those gathered, understand the sacrifices they’re m e m b e r ’s p r o b l e m . T h e E S G Ris charged with prosecuting federal “America’s employers have rallied making,” he said. representative will meet withagencies that fail to comply with the around (the troops) in an incredible Bloch’s organization, the U.S. employers to explain thetenets of USERRA. Bloch today visited way.” The employers realize “they are Office of Special Counsel, recently requirements mandated by USERRA.the Pentagon to pledge his vigilance in inextricably linked to the national brought a suit against a federal agency USARRA is a law manythese duties. He signed a statement of defense of our nation,” he said. with the Merit Systems Protection employers are unfamiliar with,support for the Guard and Reserves Hall explained in an interview that Board on behalf of a reserve military Bloch said. “That’s just one theyon behalf of federal employers. employers of reserve-component member. He didn’t say which agency, kind of overlook until it confronts Leaders of the National Committee troops are vital to the future of the but noted this is the first time a federal them,” he said. “Then, when theyfor Employer Support of the Guard and National Guard and reserves, and thus agency has been sued under the learn about it, generally they say,Reserve and the Office of the Assistant America’s interests. “It’s very key to provisions of USERRA. ‘Oh, whatever we need to do, we’llSecretary of Defense for Reserve young men and women having the USERRA suits against civilian do.’”
  • 13. Page 14 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 Now showing at AAFES Reel Time Theaters For additional listings or matinees call respective theater or see www.aafes.com AT THE July 23-29 M OV I E S Location July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 Phone No. Casey Troy Troy Spider Man 2 Spider Man 2 Godsend Godsend Breakin’ all the Rules 730-7354 Essayons 732-9008 No Show Man on Fire No Show New York Minute The Note Book No Show Laws of Attraction Garry Owen 734-2509 No Show The Note Book Laws of Attraction Man on Fire Van Helsing No Show Van Helsing Greaves 734-8388 The Note Book Man on Fire The Note Book No Show No Show New York Minute Mean Girls Henry 768-7724 The Note Book Van Helsing The Terminal Breakin’ all the Rules No Show No Show No Show Humphreys 753-7716 Spider Man 2 Spider Man 2 Spider Man 2 Troy Troy Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend Hialeah 763-370 The Terminal New York Minute Man on Fire No Show No Show No Show No Show Hovey 730-5412 Godsend Spider Man 2 Troy Troy Spider Man 2 Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend Howze 734-5689 Ella Enchanted Envy Man on Fire No Show No Show No Show Spider Man 2 Spider Man 2 Anchorman Peter faces new Ron Burgundy is the top- challenges as he rated anchorman in San struggles with “the gift and Diego in the ‘70s. When the curse”, desperately feminism marches into the trying to balance his dual newsroom in the form of identities as the web- ambitious newswoman slinging superhero Spider- FREE TO IDENTIFICATION Veronica Corningstone, Ron Man and his life as a CARD HOLDERS is willing to play along at college student. Peter first—as long as Veronica finds that his relationships (On U.S. Army Installations Only) stays in her place, covering with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His Schedule subject to change cat fashion shows, cooking, and other female interests. But life is about to become even more complicated as he when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and encounters a formidable new foe, Dr. Octavius. steps behind the news desk, it’s more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons…it’s war. PG-13 PG-13 Location July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 Phone No. Kunsan 782-4987 Garfield: The Movie Garfield: The Movie Troy No Show Troy Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend Long Harry Potter and the 721-3407 Prisoner of Azkaban No Show 13 Going on 30 Laws of Attraction No Show No Show No Show Osan 784-4930 Anchorman New York Minute New York Minute Troy Troy Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend Page 721-5499 No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show No Show Red Cloud 732-6620 Spider Man 2 Troy Troy Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend No Show Anchorman Stanley 732-5565 Troy Troy Godsend Godsend No Show Anchorman Breakin’ all the Rules Yongsan I 738-7389 Anchorman Anchorman Anchorman Breakin’ all the Rules Breakin’ all the Rules Godsend Godsend Yongsan II 738-7389 New York Minute New York Minute New York Minute Troy Troy Troy Troy Yongsan III 738-7389 New York Minute New York Minute New York Minute Mean Girls Mean Girls Breakin’ all the Rules Breakin’ all the Rules
  • 14. MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly Page July 23, 2004 15Chaplain’s corner: Hold on, stay active in faithChaplain (Maj.) Darin A. Nielsen the U.S. led coalition serves in Iraq to yourselves be burdened again by a yoke figuring out what to do now that they23rd Chemical Battalion help a nation—which has suffered of slavery.” weren’t oppressed. I remember the tyranny for decades—that they too As people of faith we are reminded sights and smells in very small prison Most remember the words of actor might know freedom. to keep “the main thing, the main cells that robbed people of their willMel Gibson in the movie Brave Heart, The cost of freedom for the U.S., thing”. In other words we are to walk to survive, left behind from Saddam’swhen he was being tortured into Korea and now for those serving and in relation to our God and live the regime. I hope that as freedom comessubmission; he showed unwavering fighting in Iraq is high. For many the values this involves. Otherwise, we to Iraq they don’t walk back intocommitment as he courageously yelled cost is life or limb. go backwards rather than forwards in another form of oppression.out “Freedom”! Freedom is a powerful the faith process, and in our freedom. The people of Iraq must cling to If you are like me your skin was experience. Our Declaration of While in Iraq very recently, I clearly their freedom and hold on for life.covered with goose bumps as it Independence reminds us that liberty remember the people on the streets in Insurgents will threaten their lives,reminded me of a principle I hold dear. is an “unalienable” right. Mosul, celebrating new found in order to take them back to We recently celebrated the We were born to be free. Dictators freedom. tyranny.Fourth of July. As U.S. Soldiers and and those who would crush men and Often they openly expressed thanks The New Testament challengesfamily members, we reflect on this day women’s wills by enslaving and for the role we played to help release people of faith to hold on. We doas our “independence” as a nation. treating them as subhuman must cease. them from Saddam’s regime. this by maintaining our relationship For our Korean friends they The New Testament scripture, I remember many times ducking as with God, by staying active in faithcelebrate their independence in August. Galatians 5:1 reminds us that God we heard gunfire we thought was communities and encouraging one We have remained on the Korean deeply desires us to be free: “It is for aimed at us, which turned out to be another. We also face the threat thatPeninsula for over fifty years in freedom that Christ has set us free. celebrative gunfire for freedom. if we do not stay focused andsupport of Korea’s freedom. And now Stand firm, then, and do not let I still see faces of people who were diligent, our freedom could be lost. Worship Area IV W orship Services Protestant Collective 7 p.m. Camp Carroll Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Camp Hialeah Collective Sunday 10 a.m. Camp Carroll Korean Sunday 6 p.m. Camp Hialeah Mass 11:30 a.m. Camp Carroll 10:45 a.m. Camp Hialeah Korean Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Camp Carroll Area IV Chaplains 11a.m. Camp Walker Korean Wednesday 6:15p.m. Camp Walker Chaplain (Maj.) Richard Bendorf bendorfr@usfk.korea.army.mil or DSN 764-5455 Apostolic 12:30 p.m. Camp Hialeah Catholic Chaplain (Capt.) Chris Floro christopher.floro@us.army.mil or DSN 763-7395 Collective 12:45 p.m. Camp Walker Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Camp Walker
  • 15. Page 16 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Saunders puts blindfolds on Soldiers before the “Mystery Event” at the 8th Army Soldier, noncommissioned officer and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier ofCandidates look over a sand table that shows the layout of the common task testing area near Camp Humphreys. the Year competition at Camp Humphreys. Facing the Challenge Skills abundant, competition fierce as 8th Army selects its best Soldiers Area III Public Affairs Office After a few hours in the rack, on day three the Soldiers were taken at zero-dark-thirty to a nearby rifle range to E ight Soldiers faced a challenge thrown down shoot for record. Then came a round-robin of seven by 8th Army Command Sgt. Maj. Troy common task tests an hour away at a Camp Humphreys Welch and other senior enlisted leaders July 11- training area to demonstrate Soldier skills. 15: Show your stuff and win the chance to represent 8th On day four, each Soldier was blindfolded and led Army in upcoming worldwide Department of the Army through a four-station “Mystery Event” to demonstrate Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the proficiency on preventive maintenance skills on a Humvee, Year competition. radio communications procedures, execution of drill and Two Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers ceremony maneuvers and ability to assemble an M-16A2 also competed locally for best KATUSA honors. and do a function check within six minutes whileStaff Sgt. Camie Rodgers responds during For five days in the Camp Humphreys area, they ran blindfolded.a radio procedure test at the “Mystery Event.” a gamut of challenges devised to energize mental and On day five, they traded battle dress for a formal physical Soldier skills. appearance in Class As before a board of sergeants major An easy-going welcome and icebreaker on day one with an arsenal of tough questions. was followed by an adrenaline-pumping physical fitness They returned to home stations after the gruelling test the morning of day two and, only hours later in a questioning wondering who had accumulated enough classroom, by a written exam. Day three offered day points to win the prestigious honor. They would learn at and night land navigation tests on windy, misty Yeongin the next mystery event: a lavish awards dinner during Mountain until nearly midnight. which winners’ names would be revealed. Meet the candidates NCO of the Year Year Soldier of the Year Year KATUSA Soldier of the Year Year ! Sgt. Samuel E. Cowell, Company B, 532nd ! Spc. Wilfredo A. Mendez, Company A, 3rd Military ! Cpl. Kim Yoon-keun, 82nd Engineer Company Military Intelligence Battalion. Intelligence Battalion (CSE) " Staff Sgt. Camie Ann Rodgers, Headquarters " Spc. Whitney F. Taylor, 2nd Engineer Battalion " Cpl. Lee Yong-joo, 305th Quartermaster and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Field " Spc. Raymond A. Jones, Headquarters and Company, 501st Corps Support Group Artillery, 6th Cavalry Brigade. Headquarters Company, 34th Support Group " Staff Sgt Eric M. Vincent, Battery B, 1st Battalion,Soldiers study area maps during land 38th Field Artillerynavigation tasks at Yeongin Mountain. ! denotes winner of the competition, " denotes finialist in the competitionSpc. Whitney Taylor gives a visual signalduring common task testing. Candidateswere tested at seven stations on a variety ofSoldier skills, including camouflage, first aid,reacting to indirect fire and others. Cpl. Kim Yoon-keun does vehicle preventive Staff Sgt. Eric Vincent decontaminates his Sgt. Samuel Cowell reaches for maintenance checks as 1st Sgt. Hopeton equipment during nuclear, biological and part of his M-16A2 rifle during Staple grades his progress. chemical common task testing. the “Mystery Event.”
  • 16. Page 18 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 MWR forecasts snow for Camp Humphreys Story by Mike Mooney ham and all the trimmings. person draws, and all participants will Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing “We’re so sure it’s going to snow that we receive a $1 off the Christmas buffet will be giving the Christmas buffet to everyone coupon. CAMP HUMPHREYS — Soldiers, free of charge if it doesn’t,” Ross said. “That’s “Of course, if it doesn’t snow, the airmen, civilian employees and family right: no snow and the buffet will be free.” coupon will be worthless,” Ross laughed. members at Camp Humphreys are digging The annual Camp Humphreys Christmas “But it’s going to snow.” out their winter mittens, ear muffs and parkas. in July celebration starts 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Claus is also sure it is going to Battle of the Bands There’s snow in the Saturday forecast for Nitewatch with a Winter Wonderland Poker snow, and will be at the Nitewatch noon- Contest Camp Humphreys. At least, that’s what Walk. 2 p.m., taking early Christmas ordersYongsan will be the site of a battle Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing This is a family walk, and both kids and from all the children of the communityof the bands contest Saturday. officials think. animals are welcome to walk along the Camp and posing for pictures.Call 723-8502 or 723-8510 for “Camp Humphreys rests in a rare tropical Humphreys perimeter. The Christmas in July celebration depression – something like the El Nino in the Adult participants will draw a playing card concludes with Christmas karaoke at themore information. Pacific Ocean,” explained Area III MWR when they register for the walk, and three Camp Humphreys Community Activities Business Operations Division Chief Mike Ross. more cards as they make their way around Center at 7 p.m. We i g h t L o s s S u p p o r t “This depression means we can expect the 10-kilometer course. When they finish at “Pull out the mittens, the snowshoes Group snow at Camp Humphreys while the the Nitewatch, they will draw their fifth card. and hook your poodles to a sleigh,” RossYongsan Weight Support Group is remainder of Korea is basking in 90-degree The best poker hand wins a round-trip said. “The snow is on the way, and so isnow accepting new members. The temperatures. airline ticket to anywhere in Asia. The airline Christmas. Oh, by the way: anyone withgroup is a free weight loss support Ross is so sure that a snow storm is ticket winner must be a U.S. ID card holder. a Dec. 25 birthday gets the buffet forgroup offering exercise and coming that he has planned a traditional The ticket has been provided by U.S. free whether it snows or not.”workout options, healthy eating Christmas buffet for the Nitewatch 11 a.m.- Airline Alliance. There are various other 3 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes turkey, prizes, depending on the poker hand a E-mail MooneyM@korea.army.milsupport and weight loss support.E-mail nannyhere@yahoo.com orcall 011-9699-7064 for Wrestling Team W ood leads Soldiers in U.S. Olympic W restling Team Trialsmembership information. Story by Tim Hipps battle of world champions. USACFSC Public Affairs “When we locked up in those clinches, I was out of position both times,” Byers said of the first match. “In the last clinch, I felt like I had Bowling Bucks INDIANAPOLIS — Two Soldiers from the U.S. Army World him just for a second but I realized I better let it go after I lost position.”Throughout July, earn “Bowling ClassAthlete Program extended their Olympic dreams in the 2004 U.S. Gardner and Byers will continue to train together at the U.S. OlympicBucks” with every purchase of $5 Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at the RCA Dome recently. Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.or more at local bowling centers “Go Army – WCAP,” Sgt. Oscar Wood exclaimed after earning the “Steel sharpens steel. We’ve always pushed each other,” said Byers,in Area I. Prizes include 36-inch only Olympic wrestling berth for an “Army of One” in the tournament who accompanied Gardner to the Pan American Games and WorldStriker Dolls or seven-day resort billed ‘One Dream. One Weekend. One Shot.’ Championships last year as his training partner.vacation package. For more “The Army World Class Athlete Program prepared me and God Two-time world silver medalist Spc. Tina George, the No. 1 seed in gave me the talent,” added Wood. the women’s 55-kilogram/121-pound freestyle division, was pinnedinformation contact a local bowling Fifteen Soldiers competed in the Olympic Trials, consisting of a twice by Tela O’Donnell of Dave Schultz Wrestling Club.center. two-day mini-tournament. The winners in each weight class then In the first match, O’Donnell was leading 4-3 when she pinned wrestled a best-of-three series against the national champions for 18 George with a headlock at the 5:57 mark. George was leading 6-2 Yo n g s a n B a t t i n g C a g e spots on Team USA – seven each in men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, when O’Donnell pinned her with a power half nelson move 4:12 into Championships four in women’s freestyle. the second match.Now is the time for softball players In the 66-kilogram/145.5-pound Greco-Roman division, Wood “That’s why wrestling is great – because anybody can win at anyto hone their batting skills at the opened like gangbusters, pinning 2000 Olympian and five-time national time,” George said. “That kind of thing makes our sport. I did everythingF a m i l y F u n Pa r k B a t t i n g C a g e s . champion Kevin Bracken of New York Athletic Club in 1 minute, 47 I could, and it didn’t work out for me. This is the first time I’ve beenCash prizes will be offered to first seconds of the first match of their championship series. anything but number one since I’ve been wrestling on the team, but it’sand second place male and “Lots of times you don’t catch people – especially someone like not life or death. I’ll move on and work on the next big part of my life.”female batting champions in youth Kevin,” said Wood, a graduate of Oregon State University. “But he got Byers and George will be alternates for Team USA in the Olympics. caught and there was no way out of it. I wouldn’t have bet on pinning Sgt. Paul Devlin lost a 5-0 decision to Gardner in the superand adult divisions. The concept him, but once I had the move – it was tight.” heavyweight Greco-Roman finale of the mini-tournament, during whichis simple. Just visit the batting In his second match, top-seeded Wood prevailed 3-0 to secure a trip several WCAP wrestlers retired from the world’s oldest sport.cages between now and the Aug. to Athens, Greece. Teary-eyed 1st Lt. Dominic Black started the emotional outpouring28 championships to practice “I had this adrenaline rush that was like nothing I ever felt before when he walked across the mat to receive a forfeit for fifth place in thehitting targets on the fence. For when I got on the mat,” he said. “I’ve always dreamed about being an 96-kilogram/211.5-pound freestyle division.more information, call 738- Olympian. But to be an Olympian and a Soldier, that makes it all that Black said he did not leave his shoes on the mat – a wrestler’s way4190. much better – especially right now.” of saying they are retiring – in respect to former world champion Melvin Bracken’s final victory was a 6-0 decision over Spc. Glenn Garrison, Douglas, who already had planted his boots to a thunderous round of who finished second in the mini-tournament. applause after finishing sixth in their weight class. Auto Show After losing his first match in the championship series, Staff Sgt. Sgt. Kenny Owens, who finished fourth in Greco-Roman at 84T h e Yo n g s a n A u t o C r a f t s C e n t e r Keith Sieracki won the 74-kilogram/163-pound Greco-Roman crown kilos/185 pounds, left his shoes on the mat shortly after Black left thewill conduct an Auto Show on with two 3-2 overtime victories over top-seeded Darryl Christian of arena to a standing ovation from the crowd of 8,639. Owens lost hisSept. 18. The show will feature a New York Athletic Club. The United States, however, failed to qualify final match 3-1 to Quincey Clark of Minnesota Storm Wrestling Club.variety of cars competing for for the Olympics in that weight class, leaving Sieracki hoping for a wild- Staff Sgt. Glenn Nieradka also left his shoes on the mat, stirring thebragging rights and cash prizes card berth into the Games. crowd to another rousing ovation, after dropping a 3-0 decision to Joein the categories of best paint, “I’m probably not going to get a chance to wrestle in the Olympics Warren of NewYorkAthletic Club, in the 60-kilogram/132-pound Greco-interior, engine compartment and this year, so to me it’s like I won two Olympic Trials and no Olympic Roman finals of the mini-tournament. team,” said Sieracki, who won his weight class in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Spc. Iris Smith finished third in the women’s 72-kilogram/158.5-best overall. This event will Trials at Dallas only to lose his spot on Team USA to Matt Lindland’s pound freestyle division with a 7-0 victory over Satrinina Vernon offeature lots of food, music, prize arbitration team. “All I want to say is go black and gold; go Army.” Gator Wrestling Club.drawings and vendors. Without his weight class qualified for the Olympics, Sieracki moved Sgt. Jason Loukides, who defeated R.C. Johnson of New YorkPa r t i c i p a n t s f r o m a l l o v e r t h e up in weight class for the national championships but didn’t want to Athletic Club 4-2 in his final match, finished fifth in the 96-kilogram/peninsula are invited to bring their wrestle his younger brother, SeniorAirmanAaron Sieracki, who finished 211.5-pound Greco-Roman division.car and compete. for more second at 84 kilograms/185 pounds in the mini-tournament. Three other Soldiers placed eighth in their weight classes: Staff Sgt.information, call 738-5315 or Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers lost his Olympic bid in a pair of 2-1 overtime Jason Kutz at 60 kilograms/132 pounds; Sgt. Anthony Gibbons at 55 losses to 2000 Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner of Sunkist Kids kilograms/121 pounds; and Sgt. James Johnson at 66 kilograms/145.5738-5419. Wrestling Club in the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound Greco-Roman division’s pounds.
  • 17. July 23, 2004 Page 21Hi-tech gadgets aid law enforcement effortBetter tools mean safer roads in Area IIIArea III Public Affairs Office Another law enforcement “gadget” being used is the $500, shirt-pocket CAMP HUMPHREYS — Several hi- sized Lifeloc portable breath tester.tech electronic gadgets are helping “It’s a basic breath tester with anmilitary police enforce the law at Camp automatic feature that eliminates theHumphreys. The end result,officials say, possibility of error,” said Purnell.is safer roads. “Passive breath testers in the past had a What seems to be an ordinary margin of error because the operatorrechargeable flashlight is actually a had to actually press a button at the rightpassive alcohol-sensing device that can moment to take a deep-lung sample.signal trouble if a driver has been This device automatically detects thedrinking too much. Three of the deep-lung sample. It can also be useddevices, which cost about $650 each, manually.”are in use at Camp Humphreys. A person blows into a disposable “This is a fully functioning flashlight mouthpiece, Purnell said, and the devicewith a difference,” said Sgt. Eric D. beeps when it has analyzed a deep-lungPurnell, traffic investigator noncom- breath sample that indicates the alcoholmissioned officer in charge at the Area level. All the operator has to do is read the PHOTO BY STEVE DAVISIII Provost Marshal Office. “It has a result on an electronic display screen. He Spc. Stephanie Davis demonstrates a directional traffic safety radar gun in use at Camppassive alcohol sensing gauge that will said the device, which is accurate within Humphreys. Davis is a traffic MP assigned to the 557th Military Police Company.accurately let us know if a person is one-hundredth of a percent, is approvedlegally drunk.” by the U.S. Department of Transportation uniform can easily use the radar gun Humphreys’ drivers know the Provost The flashlight can be used either inside for law enforcement use. undetected. Marshal Office is serious about enforcingor outside of a vehicle. Purnell said. If the The handheld, cordless Genesis VP “After detecting a speeding vehicle, the the law, said Purnell.gauge shows a “red line,” the person directional traffic safety radar gun is MP can use a portable radio to notify a Also among gadgets in use are closed-mostly likely has an alcohol level of .10, being used to detect speeders. The radar chase car,” said Purnell. “The chase circuit television cameras inside theat which a driver is considered legally guns costs under around $800. vehicle would then stop the speeder and Provost Marshal Office and outside indrunk by Army standards. “This device will detect a speeder possibly issue a citation.” parking areas. “Though this equipment has regardless of the direction of travel,” “Everything we have here is high- “The cameras allow us to keep trackbolstered our ability to detect drunk said Purnell. “What’s more, it is tech,” said Purnell. “The overall intent is of what’s going on,” said Purnell.drivers, it does not replace investigative completely stand-alone. It can be used to make Camp Humphreys a safer place, “Cameras assure the safety of everyone.prowess,” said Purnell. “We use other outside of a patrol car. That gives and that is what it has done.” With the closed-circuit system, we canmethods or devices as well to military police a lot more flexibility.” The number of monthly traffic citations record videotapes to document howsubstantiate that a person is legally Purnell said a military police person has dropped from 292 in January to 94 certain situations were handled and usedrunk.” walking on the street wearing battle dress as of mid-July because Camp them to train military police personnel.” Adventures in babysitting Monsoon dumps 11 inches of rain; Soldiers look for places to stay dry Area III Public Affairs Office CAMP HUMPHREYS — Monsoon rains dumped more than 11 inches of water on Camp Humphreys last week. According to Senior Airman Mike Ragsdale of Detachment 2, 607th Weather Squadron at Camp Humphreys, 11.34 inches of rain fell between July 12 and July 18. Ponchos, rain gear and dry places were popular items as Soldiers sought shelter. PHOTO BY STEVE DAVIS One of the worst downpours was Instructor Amanda Coffman, front right, shows Babysitting Certification Class students during the 23rd Area Support Group one way to hold a baby as Jen Bosko explains. The American Red Cross instructors have change of command, which required conducted two babysitting classes for Camp Humphreys youth. Students from left are some Soldiers to be out directing traffic Sarah Hennies, Katie Alonso Holtorf, Christian Taliento, Jordan Coffman and Kendrick to the indoor event. PHOTO BY STEVE DAVIS Ladd. Upcoming babysitting and basic aid classes for youth will be announced on the The monsoon season has ended, but Soldiers from Detachment B, 516th Personnel Area III command channel and in The Morning Calm Weekly. heavy rain is possible through August Service Battalion practice first aid under a because of tropical storms. canopied area during a heavy rain July 16.
  • 18. Page The Morning Calm Weekly 22 MORNING CALM July 23, 2004NEWS & NOTESVolunteer R ecognition and Recognition ACS Birthday CelebrationArmy Community Service will celebrate its 39thbirthday between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today inconjunction with Volunteer of the Quarterpresentations. There will be games, music andfood in front of the Camp Humphreys ArmyCommunity Service, Building 311. Above: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Macgregor plays with PatchFree Patch Sewing Ser vice children at the Chon HyeArea III officers and enlisted soldiers who have Orphanage.just arrived or have just been promoted may taketheir uniforms to the post exchange sewing shop Left: Children line up to get theirconcession and get their patches sewn on for faces painted.free. Permanent Change of Station or promotion PHOTOS BY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 STEVEN HURTLEorders and a valid military ID card are required,along with the uniforms and patches. Contactunit command sergeants major or supplysergeants for details. Aviators entertain kids Equal OpportunityAn Equal Opportunity representative course willbe conducted Monday at the Distance Learning at Chon Hye OrphanageCenter on Camp Humphreys. The course trains Area III Public Affairs Office especially with the face painting andSoldiers selected to be unit EEO representatives. soccer,” said Staff Sgt. Joe Serrano.For more information, call 753-6527. CAMP HUMPHREYS — When “It was great to see so many faces American and Korean Soldiers and full of enjoyment.” Warrant Officer 1 Todd Long shows children School Physicals family members from Company B, C h i e f Wa r r a n t O f f i c e r 2 motorcycles Soldiers rode to the orphanage.Annual school physicals will be conducted at the 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment Christopher Phlegar said it wasCamp Humphreys Health Clinic 1-4 p.m. Tuesday. flew into Chon Hye Orphanage really good to be part of it.”Students of all ages are welcome. It is recently, they were prepared to have Capt. Ron Smith, 2nd flight platoonrecommended that the student wear a swim suit some fun. leader, said the whole crew wasunder regular clothes for ease of examination. Their activities with the children prepared to entertain the kids. As itParents should bring student’s medical and shot included Korea vs U.S. soccer (Korea turned out, he said, they wererecords and know the student’s height and weight. won), water balloons, ice cream, face entertained just as much by theFor more information, call 753-8657. painting, an inflatable jumping room children. and an inflatable bungee run. “We brought 24 Soldiers, two Spouse Orientation Another popular activity was a Korean Augmentation to the U.S. about the Republic chance to sit on motorcycles Chief Army Soldiers and five spouses,” heA two-day spouse orientation to the Republic of Warrant Officer 1 Todd Long and said. “Each of them went home tired,Korea workshop will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday other Soldiers had taken to the but with a smile.”and Tuesday at the MWR conference room in Building orphanage. Smith said the unit hopes to return252, Camp Humphreys. The workshop covers Staff Sgt. Huy Ngyun and his wife Gina entertain children at the Chon Hye Orphanage. “All of the children had fun, to the orphanage for more fun.community resources and Korean customs, cultureand language. For more information, call 753-8782.Smoking Cessation ClassesTobacco cessation classes are held 3-4 p.m. every Area III volunteers help repair homeTuesday at the Camp Humphreys Health Clinic.For an appointment, call 753-8388 or 7657. Korean widow’s home gets a makeover Resume Writing and RESUMIX Assistance Area III Public Affairs OfficeResume Writing and RESUMIX Assistance classeswill be Aug. 3 at the Digital Learning Center at CAMP HUMPHREYS — HeavyCamp Humphreys. The Resume Writing Class will rain did not dampen the spirits ofbe 9 a.m.-noon and the RESUMIX Assistance class eight volunteers from Camp1-4 p.m. Preregistration is required. Space is Humphreys June 19 as theylimited to 16 students. Call 753-8321 or 753- w o r k e d t o r e p a i r, r e p a i n t a n d8401. spruce up an elderly Korean widow’s home in the village of College Registration Anjung-ri just outside the CampArmy Education Term I college registration will be Humphreys gate. After about five8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 2-20 h o u r s , Yi Yo n g - n a m h a d a n e wat the Camp Humphreys Education Center. Tuition f r o n t d o o r, n e w p a i n t a n d n e wassistance is available for both traditional and flooring in her home.distance learning education classes. For more “There were a lot of smiles PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. LINDA ROLLOCKSinformation, call 753-8907 or 753-8909. Volunteers from Camp Humphreys team up to improve the home of a local Korean widow. w h i l e w e w e r e w o r k i n g . We b r o u g h t o u r o w n s u n s h i n e with Rollocks said the group uses members Young Hui Straughan, Airport Shuttle us,” said Staff Sgt. Linda Rollocks, proceeds from monthly fundraisers outreach coordinator and VolunteerAn Incheon Airport Shuttle leaves daily from the Headquarters and Headquarters to finance various charitable Coordinator Aggie Rodriguez haveCamp Humphreys Community Activities Center. Detachment, 194th Maintenance activities. located several widows in Anjung-Cost is $25 per person. The shuttle will stop at Battalion. The group is looking to do more ri who have similar needs. Units ordesired airline portals. Reservations required. For The volunteers were members of i n t h e l o c a l c o m m u n i t y, s a i d organizations interested in helpingmore information, call 753-8825. Betty L. Simmons Chapter 166 Order Rollacks. these women may contact of the Eastern Star. Army Community Service staff Rodriguez at 753-8294.
  • 19. MORNING CALM Page The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004 23Johansen takes over at 23rd Area Support GroupArea III Public Affairs Office CAMP HUMPHREYS — Col. Gregory L. Johansenassumed command of the 23rd Area Support GroupJuly 16 during a change of command ceremony at CampHumphreys. He replaces Col. Ronald G. Isom, who will becomechief of Combat Services Support at the U.S. ArmyFutures Center at Fort Meade, Md. Isom hadcommanded the support group since July 2002. Soldiers salute during the 23rd Area The 23rd Area Support Group, with headquarters at Support Group change of commandCamp Humphreys, provides direct support maintenance, ceremony July 16 at Camp Humphreys.services and supply, aviation intermediate maintenanceand ammunition support to U.S. Army units on the Koreanpeninsula. Maj. Gen. Jeanette K. Edmunds, commander of the19th Theater Support Command, commended Isom forhis loyalty and selfless service. “Colonel Isom knows that fulfilling obligations means PHOTOS BY STEVE DAVISmore than just doing your job. He consistently strove Col. Gregory L. Johansen receives unit colors from Maj. Gen. Jeanette Edmunds. Guests bid farewell to the Isoms.for excellence in performance, not just the minimumrequired,” said Edmunds. “And he required no less from areas for ordnance companies across the peninsula; emphasize excellence in combat service support throughhis subordinates. In every area, Ron worked to attain ! Establishing a partnership program with tough training to high standards to accomplish thisimprovement and excellence.” Pyeongtaek University to foster relationships with mission . . . I look forward to the challenges ahead and Edmund’s cited the unit’s accomplishments under students and the Korean community; the opportunity to serve in this great unit with theseIsom’s command. Among them were: Edmunds welcomed Johansen, who was most outstanding Soldiers.” ! Aircraft readiness rates on the Korean peninsula recently the operations officer for the 1st Corps Support Before the change of command ceremonywere the highest of any Army fleets; Command at Fort Bragg, N. C. attended by Soldiers, Department of Defense and ! Deployment support to 6th Cavalry Brigade units; “Greg brings a wealth of background both as a combat Korean civilian employees and guests, Isom was ! Ammunition retrograde efforts to ship 29,000 short arms officer and as a logistician,” said Edmunds. She presented the Legion of Merit medal by Edmunds, atons of unserviceable and outdated ammunition from called Johansen a “Korea man” because he is beginning Certificate of Appreciation from the Republic ofKorea to the United States, freeing space for modern his third tour in Korea. Korea Ministry of National Defense and a Certificateprecision munitions; Johansen addressed the 23rd Area Support Group of Appreciation from the town of Paengsung. ! Implementation of a Site Improvement Plan that Soldiers, saying, “I know of your great reputation of Ramona Isom was presented a “Helping Hand” awardresulted in enhanced safety, living conditions and operating support to the 8th U.S. Army, and I will continue to by Edmunds.
  • 20. July 23, 2004 Page 25Camp Carroll opens child development centerStory by Kevin Jackson School-Age Services, and the middle a sand and water table with a plastic accommodate older children in theArea IV Public Affairs Office school and teen programs. He said basin, a variety of toys, table and future and that appropriate age that 40 children from the community chairs, and portable cots. The playground equipment will also be CAMP CARROLL — A Child were identified as potential participants children can also engage in age- added.Development Center that opened for in those programs. appropriate developmental activities. “Over the past six months we got tobusiness Monday promises to ease Buster anticipates an enrollment of The combined middle school and where we needed to be to open,” hechildcare concerns for command- and 36 or 37 children within the year, teens room is equipped with two said. “Over the next fiscal year we cannoncommand-sponsored families at although his goal is 40 children. televisions including one with a home be up and running, and be at operationalCamp Carroll. “I really expect the facility to grow theater system for watching movies, percent capacity in no time.” The new facility offers a variety of in numbers,” he said. “I think we will a stereo system, a pool table, and a Buster arrived in February fromfull and part-time care and after-school really get community support and checkers and card table. Buster said Sasebo Naval Air Station in Japanprograms for working families with participation from the families here. he is developing the new remote where he was the assistant director andchildren from 6 weeks of age to 18 Our facility won’t survive without the control car program at Camp Carroll, training and curriculum specialist foryears old or 12th-grade. The staff community so we want to give them which will meet each month, and he CYS for 16 months. He has 16 yearsbegan distributing registration packets everything they want and need in a hopes to get teenagers involved with of experience working with trainingon July 12. Registration is ongoing. Child and Youth Services facility.” it. and program management, and Several surveys were conducted The one-story, 5,621-square foot The CDC also has a computer and previously worked for the Dallasduring the past few years to assess facility, has separate rooms for the technology lab with three computers. Independent School Districtthe community’s need for childcare various age groups and offers the Buster said the older children will specializing in adolescent interventionservices. Lloyd Buster, the Camp amenities parents would expect to find primarily use it and that he expects to programs for at-risk kids.Carroll Child and Youth Services in a similar childcare facility in the hire a staff member to teach computer His staff includes a lead CYSdirector, conducted the last survey in United States. technology skills in the future. assistant, four part-time CYS assistants,June. He said it identified 17 families The infant and pretoddler’s room Completing the amenities is a fully an administrative assistant, and a cook.living in Waegwan, the community designed for children two years old furnished kitchen, which will allow The CDC is another quality of lifeoutside the installation, that are and under includes cribs, strollers, a preparation of breakfast, lunch, and improvements made at Camp Carrollinterested in some kind of childcare changing table, a toddler-size table and morning and afternoon snacks for the within the past two years.for infants and toddlers. Buster said chairs, child safety mats, and children. “It (CDC) sends a message to theanother nine families living outside manipulatives, which are spongy toys Yuil Engineering and Construction Soldiers and civilian employees thatWaegwan, but working on the children play with to develop hand and Co. from Seoul broke ground on the Camp Carroll is being taken care of,”installation have also expressed an eye coordination and motor skills. The $1.9 million project in October 2001, said Wilfred Plumley, Camp Carrollinterest. room is even outfitted with toddler- according to Kevin Jung, Camp Carroll installation manager. “It’s one more “The need exists and the number size toilets and sinks, and cubbyholes Public Works director. Des Interior and step to providing Camp Carroll with aof potential children needing care are for the children’s use. Furniture Inc. completed the interior quality facility it deserves and to makingmore than were indicated in the School-Age Services children from work. Construction finished in February Camp Carroll the crown jewel of Areasurvey,” he said. kindergarten through fifth-grade also this year. IV.” Buster said families living in have a room with a vinyl tent-like Buster said some modifications areWaegwan are also interested in playhouse, toy kitchenette, dollhouse, planned for one of the restrooms to E-mail JacksonKE@usfk.korea.army.milArea IV runners get a taste of Camp Carroll’s winding roads Story, photo by Pfc. Oh Dong-keun too close to the 8th Army 10-miler, which is Area IV Public Affairs Office scheduled for July 31. In men’s master category, which had the CAMP CARROLL — Sixty runners from most participants with 31 runners, Jeong across the southernmost geographic region in Cha-won from the Taegu Amateurs Running Korea came out early in the morning to take Club took the first place with a time of on the infamous five-mile course at the 2004 1:03:51. Area IV 10-miler held July 17 at Camp Following Jeong was Patrick Noble from Carroll. Combat Equipment Battalion – Northeast Asia The runners ran the course twice to at Camp Carroll with a time of 1:05:09. complete the required distance. In men’s open category, Ngo Nguyen, Marty Muchow, Defense Logistics Agency 229th Signal Company came in first with a – Pacific, finished first in the men’s senior time of 1:17:07. category with the record of 59:50. Suh Myung-soo from 552nd Military Police He was also the fastest in the entire Company at Camp Hialeah was second with a competition. time of 1:23:35. “It was a good warm-up for me to get I n w o m e n ’s o p e n c a t e g o r y, t h e f a s t e s t ready for the upcoming 8th Army 10-miler,” runner was Noreen Roberson, 307th Signal Muchow said. “Although I came in first, I Battalion from Camp Carroll, with a time of want to point out that the best runner in Area 1:07:33. IV didn’t run today.” N a n c y Ya c o b u c c i f r o m 5 5 2 n d M i l i t a r y Muchow said the 293rd Signal Company’s Police Company was the second place finisher Paul Lancaster is the best runner in Area IV. with a time of 1:40:23. Lancaster attended but only as a spectator.MartyMuchow,winneroftheAreaIV10-milerrace, crossesthefinishline. He said he didn’t run because the race was E-mail ohdk@korea.army.mil
  • 21. Page 26 MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly July 23, 2004NEWS & NOTES 18th MEDCOM enters partnership with university Polynesian Dance Story, photo by Pfc. Oh Dong-keun to have those students come over to our Performance Area IV Public Affairs Office facility. While they are here, the studentsMaohi Nui, a Polynesian dance team, will be will learn the language, American medicalperforming 8 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Club CAMP WALKER – The 18th culture, how we deliver medical care toat Camp Walker. Optional dinner starts 5:30 p.m. Medical Command formally entered the U.S. citizens. (Training them) willand the door opens for the performance 7:30 p.m. into a training partnership with the return and benefit us in five, 10, 15 yearsFor tickets, call Andre Thirkill at 764-4060. For Kyungpook National University School when they are out there practicingmore information, call Luis Rios at 768-7418. of Medicine July 8 at Wood Medical medicine and we are sending patients Clinic in Camp Walker. downtown.” Offsite Consular and Signing the memorandum of KNU students have the option to go Immigration Ser vices in understanding formalizes an ongoing anywhere in the world for two to four Daegu training partnership between the clinic weeks to practice their skills and learnU.S. Embassy officers will be in Daegu at the and the medical school that was initiated in a real-world environment, accordingHotel Inter-Burgo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to by former clinic officer in charge Maj. to Dr. Park Byung-chul, dean of the KNUprovide consular services. American citizens who Tzvi Robbins, according to Lt. Col. School of Medicine. Wood Medicalwish to file applications or get more information Ronald E. Smith, the recently departed Clinic is one of the options and KNUabout passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, 168th Medical Battalion commander. has been sending up to 20 students tofederal benefits, voting information and notary “It’s been about two and a half years the clinic each semester.services may come in during this time. For more since we’ve had students from the “(The clinic) has been one of the most Col. Philip Volpe, former commander of theinformation, check out their website at school come in to our facility to get popular places to go among the students 18th Medical Command, speaks during thewww.asktheconsul.org. some practical training,” Smith said ever since it’s been a part of our partnership signing ceremony July 8 at Wood during the signing ceremony. “Today’s Medical Clinic in Camp Walker. program because students can get the Training Force Protection Training ceremony made it an official training experience without all the hassle of going Alert partnership, which will benefit more remarks. “What we do at 18th Medical abroad,” Park said. “So we would likeThe 188th Military Police Company will be students in the future.” Command at our facilities like this is to open this great opportunity up to moreconducting force protection training and operations The memorandum covers the actually delivering health care. So it is a students if situation permits.”at Camps Walker, Henry and George Monday-July logistical and administrative aspects of great match that will enable us to have Volpe also expressed hopes for the23 and July 26-30. During this period, military the training. For instance, KNU will a mix of students and clinicians, which program’s expansion.police will be carrying weapons and sounding provide transportation to and from the will empower both organizations in “This is a great program that benefitsalarms. Do not be alarmed. For more information, clinic for its students and the clinic accomplishing their missions.” both sides,” he said. “I hope to expandcall the Military Police desk at 764-5408. provides the facility and professional This is not the first time that a 18th the partnership to other areas with local clinicians who will work with the Medical Command-affiliated clinic medical schools.” D aegu Commissar y Early students. The memorandum also covers entered a training partnership with a The 18th Medical Command mission Bird Shopping pertinent legal issues. local school, according to Volpe. He said is to integrate, organize, resource, train,The Daegu Commissary will be conducting a test “The memorandum sets up the legal the command entered a similar and support assigned and attachedon early bird shopping Tuesday-Sept. 21. Early framework for when the students are partnership with Yonsei University in medical units to provide comprehensivebird shopping will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays only. to interview patients what is permissible Seoul at the 121st General Hospital eight health care support to 8th Army and allShopping will be limited to 10 items or fewer and what is not,” Smith said. months ago. supported forces in Korea across theduring those times. For more information, call “At Kyungpook National University “This is the first Area IV outpatient entire spectrum of plausible conflictsCeline Ruiz at 764-5311. School of Medicine, the purpose is to clinic that has a formal partnership with from peacetime engagements through train medical students to be able to a local school,” he said. “It’s really combat operations. Area IV Taxi Ser vice Taxi deliver health care,” said Col. Philip significant because Kyungpook NationalArea IV taxi service in Daegu will be temporarily Volpe, the recently departed commander University School of Medicine is asuspended 9 a.m. to midnight July 26. Regular taxi of the 18th Medical Command, in his world-renown medical school. It’s great E-mail ohdk@korea.army.milservice will be available 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. toaccommodate morning commuters. It will then besuspended until midnight when normal service will VFW recognizes Area IV students with scholarshipsresume. For more information, call Chung Young- Area IV Public Affairs Office annual theme.kon at 768-6907. Each regional winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to CAMP HENRY – Writing essays and presenting speeches aren’t Washington D.C., plus the opportunity to compete for $25,000 usually on the top of most people’s list of fun things to do but it has national scholarship. Women omen’s Area IV Women ’s Equality paid off for two Area IV students who won the local 2003-2004 “At first, I wasn’t seriously considering writing for the contest, Day Celebration Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy but my dad eventually coaxed me into doing it,” Bradley said. “(ThisThe 19th Theater Support Command Equal Contest awards. year’s theme) really required me to do some deep thinking, and itOpportunity Office and the 20th Support Group Angela Hui Vandersys from Pusan American School won the gave me a new perspective of the United States. I think that theEqual Opportunity office are hosting the Area IV Patriot’s Pen essay contest and James Bradley from Taegu American essay contest is a great way to motivate people into being moreWomen’s Equality Day celebration 11:30 a.m. Aug. School won the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest. Each patriotic and to think seriously about our country and its foundations.3 at the Evergreen Club at Camp Walker. The received a $500 U.S. Savings Bond for their winning entries. The prize money isn’t bad either.”guest speaker is Carol McGee. For more Patriot’s Pen, a youth essay writing contest, is a nationwide The local competitions were sponsored by VFW Post No.10033,information, call Staff Sgt. Monte Tartt at 768- competition that gives students in the sixth through eighth grades Hill 303 Memorial Post in Daegu. Post-level winners have the6764 or Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Buxton at 768- the opportunity to write 300-400 word essay based in an annual opportunity to advance to district and, perhaps, the national level.8542. patriotic theme expressing their views on democracy. This year, “This is a great opportunity for kids. It not only makes them more than 116,000 students participated in the annual contest think about the freedoms we enjoy but it gives them a chance to win Cyber Cafe Closure worldwide. prizes,” said Troy Stone, 2003-2004 Voice of Democracy chairman,The Camp Walker Cyber Café is closed while the “Ms. (Nancy) Magoon, one of my teachers made (participating) VFW Post No. 10033. “The participants raise some great issues.Community Activity Center is renovated. For more an assignment,” Vandersys said. “I was happy and excited to win. They can amaze you with their depth. They have pretty stronginformation, call Chong Chu-yung at 768-7383. It provides scholarship money and can help with my college entrance convictions and beliefs for their age.” applications. It was an honor to be recognized and I was happy to The Patriot’s Pen theme for 2004-2005 is “What Service to Our Tour and Travel Ser vice Travel make my parents proud.” Country Means to Me.” Voice of Democracy participants will submit and Car Rental Shop The Voice of Democracy is an annual national audio essay contest tapes on “Celebrating Our Veterans’ Service.” The deadline for both Relocation that is designed to foster patriotism by giving high school students competitions is Nov. 1.The Camp Walker Tour and Travel Service and Car in grades nine through 12 the opportunity to voice their opinion For more information, contact Ken Swierzewski, 2003-2004Rental Shop has been moved to the container about their personal obligations as an American and address their Voice of Democracy chairman, VFW Post No. 10033, at 768-located next to the Camp Walker Post Exchange. responsibility to our country. Created in 1947, the scholarship 8215.For more information, call Chong Chu-yung at program annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships.768-7383. Contestants write and record a three to five minute essay on an E-mail ohdk@usfk.korea.army.mil
  • 22. MORNING CALM The Morning Calm Weekly Page July 23, 2004 27Area IV swimmers shine in the 8th Army championshipsStory by Pfc. Oh Dong-keunArea IV Public Affairs Office CAMP HENRY — Two swimmers from Area IVbrought back home first place trophies from the 8th Armyswimming championship July 10 at Hanson SwimmingPool in Camp Casey. Area IV sent six swimmers to thisyear’s championship, which had 29 participants in threecategories and nine events. Cynthia Dennis, Headquarters and HeadquartersCompany, 307th Signal Battalion from Camp Carroll, wonthe women’s 50-meter freestyle with a time of 35.99seconds. She finished second in the women’s 100-meterfreestyle and the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She PHOTO BY KIM YONG-SOKalso was a part of the winning team in the women’s 200- Swimmers jump into the water as they begin a race at the 8th Army swimming championships July 10 at Camp Casey.meter relay that included swimmers from Yongsan andCamp Casey. along with Moon Suk-hwan and Jin Chang-kyoo from third.” Alain Fisher, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 552nd Military Police Company at Camp Hialeah. “I am proud of our athletes,” said Tom Corcoran, Area19th Theater Support Command at Camp Henry, won the “It was a nice competition,” Fisher said. “It was a good IV sports director. “They represented Area IV and theirmen’s open 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, experience for me to compete with the best from other respective units really well.”43.77 seconds. He was also a part of the Area IV team that areas. The KATUSAs in my relay team did really well.took third place in the men’s 200-meter freestyle relay, They contributed a lot to the team and helped us place E-mail ohdk@korea.army.milOfficer providing soccer gear, sports equipment to Iraqi youth gear,Story by Spc. Blair Larson the lives of many local Iraqi children. Rocky Point, N.Y., to see if they could donate “I’ve received so many donations fromArmy News sService The project started in March while Fyfe some used soccer equipment. people I don’t know,” said Fyfe. “Some was at a meeting with local mayors of villages The response was overwhelming. What packages have come from as far as Japan.” MOSUL, Iraq — A civil affairs officer in surrounding Mosul. When asked about what began as an inquiry to a few friends, spread When the boxes come in, they are dividednorthern Iraq is providing young people there his village needed, one mayor said his village through word of mouth until people he didn’t into sports and school supplies so the Soldierswith the equipment they need to pursue the could use sports equipment. Fyfe had often even know were sending boxes filled with of the 1-37th can take them on missions topopular sport of soccer. seen children playing soccer on dirt fields with uniforms, balls, shoes and school supplies for hand out to the children. The equipment may Capt.Alex Fyfe, the 1st Battalion, 37th Field bare feet and improvised balls. Seeing an the children. After the story appeared in local be taken to meetings and given to local leadersArtillery Regiment civil affairs officer, said opportunity to help, Fyfe talked to his high newspapers and on television networks like or it may be given to a boy who runs next tosoccer has given him the opportunity to touch school soccer coaches and friends back in FOX, the donations poured in. See Gear on Page 28