Wrangler Magazine (1st Qtr FY 10)


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The Wrangler Magazine is a digital newsletter for the Soldiers, families, and civilians of the 4th Sustainment Brigade. Each edition is released at the end of each quarter during the fiscal year by the Wrangler Public Affairs Office.

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Wrangler Magazine (1st Qtr FY 10)

  1. 1. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Table Of Contents The Brigade Throws A Fiesta To Remember 10 Wranglers Host Botswana Forces 11 This Is Daddy 12 Quartermasters Celebrate Family, Fun And Halloween 13 Fear Factor Contestants Overcome Gastronomical Challenges 14 Wranglers Paint Faces For Fall Festival 15 Wranglers Help Save Honey Bee Hive 16 Wranglers Get MADD And Make-A-Difference 17 What Does The USO Do For You? 18-19 The Nerve Center Of The Wrangler Brigade 20 Wolfpack Soldiers Help Tutor Students 21 418th Transportation Company Supports Friendship Day Parade 22 Surprise Redeployment For The Postal Platoon 23 In Service To Our Nation 24 Through Tragedy There Were Heavy Hearts And Swift Action 25 Halloween Party With a Country Touch 26 Wranglers Build A Big Wall To Protect The President 27 Wranglers Forward March Through Dallas 28 Making-A-Difference At Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School 29 Temple Leadership Visit Wrangler Brigade 29 53rd Quartermaster Company Returns From Afghanistan 30 Wrangler Brigade Sponsors Fort Hood Safety Day 31 Wranglers Give Students A Tour Of Army Life 32 Wrangler Families Counted Their Blessings On Thanksgiving 33 Better Opportunities For Single Soldiers 34 Dining Facilities Cheer Soldiers 35 Wolfpack Soldiers Compete For The Commander’s Cup 36-37 664th Ordnance Company Returns In Time For The Holidays 38 Santa’s Workshop Delivers A Wrangler Christmas To Fort Hood Families 39 553rd CSSB Displays A Special Kind Of Teamwork 40 Vets, Wranglers Pay Homage Leading Up To Holiday Season 41 Wolfpack Leaders Get Facials To Raise Funds For Soldiers 42 The Wrangler Holiday Ball Celebrates The Season In Style 43-44 602nd Maintenance Company Changes Command 45 Santa Claus Delivered Soldiers Home For Christmas 46 Page 2
  2. 2. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Brigade Commander’s Corner who wear the 4th Sustainment Brigade Our Soldiers and their Families are patch, we are also members of another all in some phase of the deployment kind of Family – the Wrangler Family. cycle: preparing for deployment, These men and women, who we serve deployed, or resetting for the next alongside every day, are our brothers and rotation. No one is exempt from this, not sisters in arms. They are the leaders and the brigade commander or the youngest subordinates who make our formation private. great. I want to re-emphasize the importance As leaders, we take many of making quality time with family your precautions to ensure that the needs highest priority. Time is precious and of our Soldiers are met. We try hard given the nature of our responsibilities to balance the need for training and being able to spend that time with loved deployments with the absolute necessity ones is priceless. Your sacrifices, and 4th Sustainment Brigade of recovery, relaxation, and rejuvenation. those of your Family, epitomize the true Commander Col. Ron Kirklin We have been at war for more than eight spirit of selfless service. years and it has taken its toll. Team Wranglers – I am extremely A new year is upon us with new proud of our great Soldiers, civilians, Each of us need to stay attuned to challenges and I know that we will and our Families. I am equally proud the people around us and likewise seek meet these challenges head on. I feel of the work we have done to fulfill our help for yourself if need be. If you or a strong sense of comfort and pride in commitment to the 4th Sustainment someone you love feels alone, neglected, the knowledge that the 4th Sustainment Brigade and Fort Hood. Your dedication depressed, or despondent, know that Brigade will endure and thrive in 2010, to the Wrangler mission is exceptional there is help for you here in the Wrangler and I firmly believe that it will be a much and uncompromising, and I am humbled Family, and across Fort Hood. better year for our brigade family. to serve you as the brigade commander. Remember to take a few moments Thank you for all you do each and My wife Phyllis and I know that from time to time to step back from every day and for your ongoing commitment our Families are very often our greatest the daily grind. I encourage you to find to each other and the Wrangler team. source of comfort and strength. They something that allows you to safely Wrangler 6. keep us connected to our hometowns, our disconnect from our intensely busy Army friends, and our relatives. For those of us life to refresh yourself. Just Get It Done! “The Wrangler” is authorized for publication by the 4th Sustainment Brigade for any interested personnel. The contents of “The Wrangler” are unofficial and are not to be considered the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, including the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, III Corps, or Fort Hood. “The Wrangler” is an Army-funded publication in accordance with Army Regulation 360-1. “The Wrangler” is published quarterly by the 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office. The brigade Public Affairs Office is located in room 106D at building 39044, Fort Hood, Texas, 76544. Brigade Commander Brigade Sergeant Major Col. Ron Kirklin Command Sgt. Maj. Erik R. R. Frey Chief of Public Affairs Multimedia NCO / Layout & Graphics Sgt. 1st. Class Erick Ritterby Sgt. Angiene L. Myers Public Affairs Specialist Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist Pvt. Amy M. Lane Pfc. Sean McGuire Page 3
  3. 3. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Brigade Sergeant Major’s Corner of commitment that you show on a daily Always remember that an engaged basis as we face the challenging mission leader never walks past a problem. of supporting all of the units here at Fort Your Soldiers must believe that you are Hood. It is a huge task and I am dedicated to looking out for them and that you are ensuring that we stay focused on our most truly concerned about their welfare. precious resource – taking care of Soldiers As their leader, you need to earn your and their Families. Soldier’s trust. The 4th Sustainment Brigade The Wrangler Brigade is successful prides itself on its leaders, especially its because we empower our Soldiers to noncommissioned officers. Our Wrangler make the right decisions, and make NCOs set the example for all leaders on post no mistake about it, the rest of the because they engage their Soldiers all the installation looks to us to know what 4th Sustainment Brigade way down to the lowest level. That is how right looks like. Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Erik R. R. Frey we take care of the needs of Soldiers and their Families. As we begin the next chapter for I am still honored and indeed privileged the 4th Sustainment Brigade, I ask that to serve as your Command Sergeant Major. Engaged leadership helps us identify you all stay focused on what makes our I will continue to work hard to improve those Soldiers who may be on a path to unit the greatest on Fort Hood. If we the quality of life for the Soldiers, Family making poor decisions. If you are a first-line continue to do that, then we will fulfill members, and civilians who make up the supervisor, you should know your Soldiers our obligation to serve and protect this Wrangler team. better than anyone. If you’re engaged with great nation. your Soldiers, you will be the first to notice I am extremely impressed with the level if something is wrong. Wranglers Lead The Way! WWW.HOOD.ARMY.MIL/4SUS Page 4
  4. 4. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 The Next Chapter in Our History point. We are improving our processes as intervention and mentorship from our well. I have seen drastic improvements leaders, as well as the implementation of in day-to-day administrative operations various suicide training and awareness- within each of our staff sections as building programs we’ve managed to they strive to build and improve their mitigate a lot of the risks caused by systems and become more organized. war - both physical and mental, but this This was initially a struggle for us having continues to require a lot of diligence and restructured ourselves after a 15-month patience from all of us. We have reduced long deployment. The flexibility and the stigma associated with seeking help patience I’ve seen within each staff office and fostered an environment where as everyone learns to work with one Soldiers can seek the care they deserve. another in regular and systematic ways leads me to say that we are definitely on Our transition now is from resource- the right path. building and strengthening to developing the individual, squad, platoon and company Having successfully completed a competencies through aggressive training. 4th Brigade Troops Battalion reset phase in which we fielded new Each of our companies are conducting Commander Lt. Col. John J. Hickey III equipment, rotated forces to not only training events that are focused on meeting best suit our requirements but to meet requirements established by their Mission To the Soldiers, Families, and the needs of the Soldier, and having Essential Task List (METL) and on the civilian staff of the 4th Brigade Troops sent many of you to various schools Training, Tactics, and Procedures (TTPs) Battalion: and training venues to broaden your relevant to today’s unique operational leadership skills and technical ability, environment. We are also planning for This letter is a bit longer than each of you should be proud of what you major collective training events such previous ones, since I feel you deserve have done. I can assure you that I am. as Convoy Live Fire and an FTX. Our a detailed description of where I believe We’ve had our challenges along the way reflexive fire training was the next step we stand during this new year and where too, and no great endeavor is without in our progressive training plan to train we are going. As the commander of a a fight. We’ve had to take a close look advanced skills – not just individual but 1,247 Soldier strong Troops Battalion at how we take care of our returning managing and executing all types of Soldiers with emotional wounds. With See BTB Page 6 support throughout Fort Hood, I have been upfront with my commanders, senior noncommissioned officers, and staff about where I believe our strengths are and what areas we can improve. This is to share some of that with all Soldiers directly. Right now we are facing a unique situation that is both complex and full of opportunity. We are a sustainment force in a time where logistics is more important than ever. Our fight is absolutely full-spectrum and we have to be prepared. I believe we all recognize this and have been putting 110% in planning and executing creative and relevant training. This is our strong Page 5
  5. 5. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 BTB Continued from page 5 more collective training as well. We will continue to build on our After Action Reviews and Lessons Learned to develop and deploy the best training possible. Our primary goal here is to become immediately available for deployment and mission assignment when our time comes. We have to continue to keep a relentless pace here, whether in the field or in the offices. If the heat feels excruciating or the rain is pouring, we keep on training with the spirit and motivation of true warriors. Why should we not relent? I’ll tell you why, when all is said and done, we have to look at ourselves and ask the hard questions. The battle grounds today are more unpredictable than ever. Whether you are gratitude for all you do. I see the hard job. I know as dedicated members of the transporting supplies, managing postal work our Family Readiness Group (FRG) Wolfpack and Wrangler team you can operations, conducting airdrop missions, leaders put into programs and services for appreciate when I say that we still have a or providing communications or building a strong and supportive network lot of hard work ahead of us, and yet we’ve maintenance support, our response on the at home and for supporting loved ones done so much. Our goal is to become fully ground will reflect our own capabilities when deployed. I will do my best to keep capable to execute worldwide any task that to successfully execute a modern-day our Families informed on the status of we are given at full-speed. support and sustainment mission. upcoming deployments, but I also ask for your continued flexibility in the process. To all of the Soldiers of the Brigade As we close a chapter together we For as you know, there is no deployment Troops Battalion, once again I want to enter a new one. We are presented with new timeline that is set in stone. thank you for what each of you brings opportunities for growth and development, to the table. It remains a great honor for and to really make a difference like many of To my Leaders, continue to lead from me to serve with you. Let’s keep going you already have. the front and by example first. Let’s make strong, this year even better than the last. To the Families, we owe boundless Bottom-line for all of you, great “Wolfpack!” Page 6
  6. 6. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 To All My Wolfpack Leaders And Troops for this year, and on a daily basis I see what I also want to make sure that you are doing. I recognize the tremendous everyone understands that your leaders sacrifice you have all made in trying to are there to support you, and you need get things kicked off, such as our reflexive to support yourself too. If you have fire training, ranges, and various battalion questions or feel you need training in an events, to build our overall Espirit de Corps. area, it is your responsibility to go get it. Because each one of my noncommissioned “Just get it done,” as our brigade motto officers plays a unique role in this battalion, says. We have a big year ahead of us. you may not always get the recognition Keep up a culture where your best hard you deserve. Drive on and stay motivated work is expected and where the difficult anyway. Someday you’ll look back at the but right path is always preferred over things you’ve accomplished and you’ll be the easy wrong. Finally, complaining is proud of yourself. That’s what you should just not accepted. Our battalion depends strive for, to do right by your Soldiers all the too much on us to get things done and time, even when others aren’t looking. I feel we simply don’t have time to complain. confident in the leaders we’ve emplaced to Try to see the bright side of things, and if 4th Brigade Troops Battalion execute our demanding tasks and missions. there is a real problem then your chain of Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Coleman I also like the no nonsense approach many command will help you get things sorted of you take within your Platoons in getting out. Stay focused, and stay motivated. I just wanted to take the opportunity things done, from Soldier readiness to PT to let every single one of my leaders know tests. These things may seem small now but Good job on a great quarter, and let’s that I’m proud of you, each and every one as we gear up for another deployment you’ll just make 2010 even better. of you. We are real busy right now trying to be glad to have gotten these things out the implement an aggressive training strategy way. “Wolfpack!” DID YOU GET YOUR DEPLOYMENT DVD? COME TO THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AND GET YOUR COPY BUILDING 39044, RM 106D DVD includes: Wrangler Yearbook, Wrangler Newsletters, and all Wrangler Videos Page 7
  7. 7. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Greetings From Leopard World! work. The field training exercises will on our Army Family ties by establishing be conducted locally on the Fort Hood new friendship and life-long bonds. training areas. The remaining companies in reset will continue to focus on training, Please remember that this command personnel readiness (physical, mental, and supports the Soldiers and their Families. spiritual conditioning), and equipment. If you are having trouble or difficulty with a person, an organization, or an agency If you want to know the specifics for within our military community please seek your Soldier’s company training dates, our assistance in resolving your issues. please contact your Family Readiness Fort Hood has many great people and Group Leader. They will have dates and organizations to help you. You might be the specifics as it relates to each of our surprised by the support you will receive; ten companies. Training schedules are most times the key leadership is unaware also available for your planning, and you of your problems. So please give us the can view them at your company orderly opportunity to help our Army Family. It’s room or online at AKO. It is my goal that an honor to lead the finest Soldiers in the we give you and your family as much U.S. Army. “Look Smart - BE SMART!” 533rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander predictability as possible. Lt. Col Matt G. Melvin I sincerely hope you have fully We have some great opportunities recovered from the holiday season. 2010 for fun within the battalion. We are looks to be an even more exciting year sponsoring a ski trip this spring. Our goal for our battalion. We have grown in size is to provide an affordable trip, with great to nearly 2,000 Soldiers – ten companies value, to our Soldiers and Families. If strong. We are even larger when we you love to cook then please enter into include our Family members. Our our Iron Chef competition, and compete Soldiers continue to exceed standards to win some terrific prizes. The grand and perform their mission requirements prize is a weekend stay at the historic with the professionalism of superior Driskell hotel in Austin, Texas. We are Soldiers. I am extremely proud of our always looking for new ideas and new Soldiers and the important work they do places to share within the Leopard Family. every day. Our Soldiers are successful Please share your ideas through your FRG because of the support of our Families leadership or company. We want to build and the sacrifices that they make each day. Thank you so much. You and your Family are such an important part of this outstanding organization. Please continue to be involved; we need your help. Units who have completed reset will begin to conduct more training in the field environment in the next several months. Those units will be working on command and control, convoy operations, and defensive operations. Our Soldiers deserve the best training that we can provide, and that is my intent for every Soldier. We have to be prepared for any environment, and that takes a lot of hard Page 8
  8. 8. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Hello Family And Friends Of The Leopard Battalion places throughout the Army. For those who You constantly demonstrate aren’t staying here don’t let yourselves professionalism; knowledge in the become complacent. Stay on top of your profession of arms; innovation in Soldier skills and stay sharp at your job. resolving complex issues; persistence You will be called upon to help when in conquering challenges; but most the Nations calls for the mighty Leopard importantly you have embraced the Battalion to deploy in harm’s way. warrior spirit to win! The Soldiers in our battalion, along with our Families and To say that I am proud to be part of friends make up an amazing team. God your success here is an understatement, bless you! but I expect to see the same quality of work in 2010 as I did in the previous “Ask We Do” months. Knowing what you are capable of doing as Soldiers, I have faith that you will all succeed when you work your hardest. We have made many 533rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion accomplishments over the past three Command Sergeant Major months, and will make many more in the Command Sgt. Maj. Edaward C. Morris months ahead. We will continue to stay I wanted to pass on a couple of notes very busy maintaining our equipment and on how the battalion is doing and tell supporting daily training requirements. you how proud I am of every Soldier. We The bottom line up front is that Leopard find ourselves quite busy these days. The Soldiers are doing an excellent job highlight of our schedule right now is conducting their daily mission and convoy live-fire exercises and battle drills supporting the Wrangler Brigade. NCOs that will get our Soldiers ready for future and Soldiers will continue to train for a deployments. Even with a demanding possible rotation to the National Training mission, we continue to provide the Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. We can’t lose Wrangler Brigade with the best food, fuel, focus on our future missions. ammunition, supplies and maintenance support that the Army has to offer. I would like to take a moment to talk about safety. It’s important that every Soldier understands why it is important to stress safety. Don’t be your own worst enemy by being careless and endangering yourself or your fellow Soldiers. Continue to conduct risk assessments before every mission. That being said, now we have to focus on the battalion’s future. Some people are retiring, others are nearing the end of their contracts, and some are moving to other Page 9
  9. 9. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 The Brigade Throws a FiesTa To rememBer Article by Sgt. John Ortiz Public Affairs NCO performance was Dan Walker said, “It was a very good special because performance. It was great that people came it was the first out and learned a little bit more than what time performing they knew before.” in front of the military,” said Walker, who married into the Gomez. Hispanic culture said, “One of the biggest things people need to understand For fellow is that there are a lot of different cultures dancer Tyaisa other than from Mexico. From Puerto Williams, who Rico to Nicaragua, people from all the joined at the different countries come together and request of her make up the Hispanic culture.” best friend Elisa, A brightly-colored papier-mache covering a cardboard shape known as a pinata hangs performing “But really it was a great that from a tree near the Freedman Dining Facility during the 4th Sustainmnet Brigade is something the [brigade] command came out and Hispanic Heritage Month observation. The pinata originates from Mexico and is a significant tradition for different celebrations and special occasions. she just does. sponsored the event, although everyone As a Creole wears the same uniform, it is really the FORT HOOD, Texas –With swirls of descendent, Williams loves everything differences in the people behind the colorful dresses descended from the inner Hispanic, “My family likes the food and Army Combat uniform and the U.S. states of Mexico, the 4th Sustainment culture, and performing is another way to Army nametape that makes the Army Brigade ushered in the sights, sounds, and get to know and understand the traditions great as a whole,” said Walker. smells of the Hispanic culture for more than and the customs behind the 100 individuals at the Wrangler Freeman Hispanic culture.” Dining Facility. Sgt. 1st Class Livier Lazaro, Hispanic American Heritage Month, who was the narrator for the established in 1989, was set aside to performance, loves describing her acknowledge and celebrate the diverse background and her culture. Hispanic cultures of American society. “I love it when I perform For five dancers of a local ballet and show off our dresses and folklrico group, the opportunity to perform I absolutely love teaching the traditional dances from the Mexican cities audience little tidbits; about of Vera Cruz, Chiapas, and Jalisco in the history and meanings of front of a military crowd was a different the different songs and dresses experience. to the beat of the song and the background,” said Lazaro. “Performing was fun and really great because it is a part of my culture,” said Elisa “It was exciting to perform Gomez, who has been performing for the for Soldiers,” she said. “It was a last 10 years. privilege to even be asked, since we have never done this for a military “Through our group, we have crowd.” performed throughout central Texas, and Dressed in festive costumes two young dancer performed for the Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade during the Hispanic they are all different experiences. But this Audience member Maj. Heritage Month observation celebration. Page 10
  10. 10. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Wranglers host Botswana forces By Sgt. John Ortiz Public Affairs NCO FORT HOOD, Texas –Col. Ronald the Botswana service members. Ideas that were shared included secure mail delivery Kirklin and Command Sgt. Maj. Erik R.R. to Army post offices, the new eagle cash card, logistical support for units, and the Frey, the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th “Backbone of the Army” . Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), commander and command sergeant major, along with members of the brigade hosted the deputy commander of the Botswana Defense Force, Maj. Gen. Otisitswe B. Tiroyamodimo and several aides met Monday for a logistical briefing at the Wrangler Brigade headquarters. During the presentation, officers of the brigade gave an overview of the Wrangler mission on Fort Hood, along with several lessons learned throughout the unit’s 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the first sustainment brigade charged with a theater-support role. Throughout the presentation, ideas and questions were bounced off the Wranglers in order to improve the quality of life for Page 11
  11. 11. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 ‘This is daddy’ Article By Amanda Kim Stairrett Killeen Daily Herald FORT HOOD, Texas – His wife and The deployment was scary at first, away. She hung photos above his crib son. Mexican food. The Dallas Cowboys. Lopez said while riding a bus from and told him: "This is your dad." Green grass. Seeing the sky. Spc. Robert Gray Army Airfield to Kieschnick Jonathan Lopez missed a lot of things Physical Fitness Center. He didn't get Lopez would call home after long while he was in Iraq. used to it, but he did get more familiar missions to talk to Beatrice and she with roads he navigated almost every day would put Jonathan on the phone. He got them back Thursday. as an "88 Mike" – an Army truck driver. She told her husband that their son recognized his voice. Lopez returned to Fort Hood with Lopez, an El Paso native, graduated about 300 from the 13th Sustainment early and started out life after high The first-time father was frustrated Command's 96th Transportation school as a computer engineering student that his job kept him from experiencing Company and 81st and 151st Movement at the University of Texas at El Paso. many important firsts with his family: Control Teams. Soldiers from the 81st School was easy, though, and after two first birthday, first steps, first high-five were welcomed at a morning ceremony, semesters he wanted a challenge. Lopez after a Dallas Cowboys touchdown. while the rest arrived later that afternoon. joined the Texas National Guard. Beatrice recorded short videos of Fifteen Jonathan and sent them to her husband. months It may have only been five seconds of later he video, "but it was the best five seconds of switched to the day," Lopez said. active duty and, from He was nervous to see his family as influence the bus that carried him and his fellow from his soldiers to the gym crossed from West Fort stepfather, Hood to main post. He was worried that who is an maybe his little boy wouldn't recognize 88 Mike him. in the National "My heart's already pounding right Guard, now just thinking about it," Lopez said. Lopez became Once the soldiers arrived, nervousness Spc. Jonathan Lopez, 96th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment a truck made way for excitement as they formed Support Battalion, hold his son, Jonathan Nicolas Lopez, while reuniting with him and driver. up and ran into the gym, which was packed his wife, Betrice Lopez, at a homecoming ceremony at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center. with screaming soldiers, family members Lopez and other loved ones. The 96th Transportation Company deployed from Fort Hood a year ago, just deployed to Iraq in early October 2008 – its a month after his son, Jonathan Nicolas, Lopez didn't see the neon, handmade sixth tour to Iraq since 2003. The company's was born. He went home for leave in signs his grandmother and little sister tours last anywhere from six to 12 months. March to El Paso and saw his son for the waved. His first glimpse of his family came Its previous deployment was nine months, second time. By the time Lopez returned as Beatrice maneuvered through the mass of while the current one lasted 12. Thursday, Jonathan was a high-five people toward him. slapping, walking 1-year-old. The 96th is a combat heavy equipment Lopez immediately took his son in his transport, or HET, company, meaning the Beatrice, Lopez's high school arms and quietly spoke to him, running his soldiers haul the biggest equipment in the sweetheart and wife of two years, made fingers along his little face. Beatrice pointed Army like M1A1 Abrams tanks that can sure little Jonathan knew who his daddy at her husband and told her son: "This is weigh more than 60 tons each. was even though he was 7,000 miles your dad. This is daddy." Page 12
  12. 12. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Quartermasters Celebrate Family, Fun, and Halloween Article by Pfc. Sean McGuire Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist FORT HOOD, Texas – With Halloween just around the corner, the 157th Quartermaster Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade invited its Soldiers and their families to a night of costumes, fun, and games. Members of the company transformed their company area into a jungle of fun which featured stations for creating cupcakes, temporary tattoos, egg races, fishing and bean-bag tosses; all with prizes for the winners. Through everything set up by the 157th Company Commander and Family Readiness Group, everyone came out of Madeline Johnston, the daughter of Capt. Jason Johnton recieves a temporary lizard tattoo on her hand the the event with smiles on their faces and 157th Quartermaster Company’s Halloween Fest. candy in their pockets. company’s Halloween Fest was a first. Family Readiness Group member Langley Crawford said the FRG along “We had a great turnout for the Davis, who attended the event with with her husband, James, set up the event,” said Capt. Jason Johnston, the his wife and seven-month old daughter, event, hanging up black sheets to add the company commander. “At one point I said the event was great. “I love being scary effect, the fog machine, hay and counted over 20 children at the different able to spend time with my family and everything else that brought the visuals stations playing games.” having them come out and experience of Halloween out. this event was awesome.” “From a father’s perspective I wanted to make the event more “I've had about fun than candy,” a good amount said Johnston. “As a of positive commander I wanted to feedback from do something that would the Soldiers. strengthen our FRG I think it's program, and having fun important for and interacting with one them to see another is the best way the company to do that.” give back to the families of Joining in on the Soldiers,” said fun was Pfc. Chris Johnston. “My Davis, a laundry family enjoyed and clothing repair the event, they specialist assigned to always like the company, whose doing things at Pfc. Chris Davis stands with his wife Jessica and their seven-month old daughter Faye During the 157th participation in the Quartermaster Company’s Halloween Fest after finishing stations to win candy. daddy’s work.” Page 13
  13. 13. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Fear Factor Contestants Overcome Gastronomical Challenges Article by Michael Heckman Sentinel Staff FORT HOOD, Texas – What would down the soup without losing it. Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Troops you eat and is there anything you wouldn’t Battalion, was declared the overall winner do for $500? What about $300 or $200? At the far end of the course, they and won $500. reversed direction and crab-walked 50 yards The menu for about 30 contestants before turning around and combat-rolling “I won the $500 but walked away brave enough to enter the Fort Hood to the finish line: all while being shot at by with a little bit less of my pride,” BOSS Program’s “Fear Factor” contest Book said. He slurped down the worm grinning, gleeful paint ball triggermen. held Friday at Patton’s Inn included combination in 68 seconds and did well in night crawlers, crickets and a hot, If the (raw) egg broke, in addition to the other events. spicy jalapeno and habanero soup the yucky mouthful, the contestant was Despite Harmon’s warning, Book said, BOSS president Kelli Harmon warned eliminated. “The money was more on my mind than the contestants “... will have you in the A similar version of the challenge whole ulcer thing. bathroom for a week.” “Bobbing for random Another disclaimer she insects and the mystery meat at issued suggested contestants the bottom of the ice chest ... should thoroughly chew I had to stop; I got a massive the short, crunchy worms headache,” he added. He sucked partnered with night up and spat out eight random crawlers for consumption in objects. another challenge. “I’m taking a couple of “If you don’t chew buddies out to party and the them they could eat a hole rest of the money goes to my in your stomach,” she said. car,” he said of plans for the The nightcrawlers weren’t compensation for indignities the Canadian variety, which suffered. can reach up to 14 inches A judge verifies that a contestant has swallowed all of the nightcrawlers and other worms long fully extended. The he put into his mouth. The contest winner, Pfc. Christopher Book, 4th Brigade Troops Second-place winner Spc. ones contestants chewed to Battalion ate a cup-full in 68 seconds. Casey Bell, a wheel mechanic varying degrees measured required contestants to run the gauntlet with for the 565th Quartermaster Company, about six inches. a cricket in their mouths. If the cricket was 553rd Combat Sustainment Support dead when its carrier crossed the finish line, Battalion took home the promise of $300 for Overall, the lumps to be swallowed he or she was eliminated. his “cast iron stomach.” were considerable. Before the challenges began, BOSS vice president Gary Many of the crickets failed to survive He said he entered the contest for three McClendon said his crew had assembled the course. reasons: “One, I didn’t have anything else about eight pounds each of night crawlers going on today and; two, I’ll pretty much and crickets. During one of the final challenges, do anything for money; and three, it sounds contestants had to submerge their heads like fun.” Each event is timed, so it’s (results are) in ice chests or buckets filled with ice and based on your time and the amount of each freezing water containing crickets, worms He said the only things he would rather product consumed,” McClendon chuckled. and other unidentifiable objects. The “catch” not eat include animal genitalia and live was spat into an adjacent tray to be counted spiders. In one event, contestants had to by judges. swallow about a fourth of a cup of spicy Of pre-event preparations, he added, “soup” before putting an egg in their mouths After the last challenge ended, Pfc. “I didn’t take any Pepto-Bismol or and running about 100 yards. Many didn’t Christopher Book, Headquarters and anything else.” Page 14
  14. 14. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Wranglers Paint Faces For Fall Festival Article by Pfc. Sean McGuire Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist FORT HOOD, Texas – With a couple of humvees and simple supplies, the 49th Transportation Battalion Rear- Detachment along with two Movement Control teams, the 80th and 259th, created its own fun for students at Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School. The school’s Fall Festival showcased various activities like jumping balloons, hot dogs, and even horseback riding. The Soldiers present from the 4th Sustainment Brigade moved to create a backdrop station, complete with humvees, outside in the parking lot to paint camouflage faces and teach participating students how to use a radio Capt. Monique Whyte, the 49th Transportation Battalion Rear-Detachment Commander, Paints the face of 6th using a mock radio setup. grader Xavier Howard during the Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School’s Fall Festival. After the student’s fun was complete, saying, “Last year it was they left with goody bags filled with almost shutdown due to Army One Source items and candy, and low test scores.” with the effort of Soldiers - a view of what the Army is really about. Changes came making the school “Our mission was to show what the an elementary school Army has to offer through training in housing pre-kindergarten the field, radio communications, and through 3rd grade riding in a humvee,” said Capt. Monique classes, along with Whyte, the 49th Transportation Battalion bringing in new people Rear-Detachment Commander, who led like Instructional Coach the charge for her unit’s participation in Susan Riley who works the festival. alongside its teachers. Whyte said the Temple school “We try to do is their adopted school and every things for the kids every Wednesday Soldiers come to read to the month, something they students and assist in school activities. and their families can have fun with here. “The school goes way back, 40 or 50 This time it’s the fall years ago. It first was a high school and festival,” said Riley Staff Sgt. Larry Garcia, a member of the 80th Movement Control Team, then went to a middle school,” Whyte about the school’s puts the finishing touches to pink flowers on the cheek of five-year Aaniyha Holmes during the Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School’s Fall said of the school’s history. She went on efforts for the event. Festival. Page 15
  15. 15. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Wranglers Help Save Honey Bee Hive Article Capt. Ariana Roscoe 4th Brigade Troops Battalion FORT HOOD, Texas – Four Soldiers Soldiers and the assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, volunteer beekeepers 4th Sustainment Brigade were given the three hours, with ‘Outstanding Commitment to a Job’ Team Soldiers first lifting the award on Oct. 23 for assisting in the safe conex with the attached extraction of a eight-foot wide bee hive bee hive using a Kalmar underneath a storage container at the Rough Terrain vehicle Department of Public Works recycle yard designed to lift large containing thousands of live honeybees containers and gently that had produced more than 40 lbs of stacked it on top of two fresh honey. other conexes so the bottom of the conex and The Soldiers were nominated bee hive was exposed Workers with the Fort Hood Department of Public Works and the 4th Sustainment Brigade work to carefully extract a eight-foot wide bee hive for the award by Anne Hamilton, an for safe removal. underneath a storage container at the Department of Public Works recycle yard entomologist for the national resources containing thousands of live honeybees that had produced more than 40 lbs of fresh honet department within the Fort Hood The volunteer Department of Public Works. beekeepers and DPW Entomologist donned preventive medicine physician with Carl bee suits, removed the honey-loaded bee R. Darnall Army Medical Center and “Honeybees are on the decline comb and then gently swept all of the bees local rancher Jerry Massar helped remove in most areas of the country,” said into a commercial hive box. the hive. Saving the honeybees Mrs. Hamilton requested for the that occasionally build Hood Hero award recipients who helped their hives underneath remove the bee hive for Staff Sgt. storage containers on Demetrius Edwards, Sgt. Jarvez Wilkes, post have become an Sgt. Cory Akridge and Spc. Mazeveylnn important undertaking to Edwards Soldier’s citation to read in personnel at the Natural part: “The Soldiers demonstrated calm Recourses Division in professionalism and skilled handling of DPW, particularly because the equipment and performed duty under honeybee populations across extraordinary circumstances.” the United States Two workers with the Fort Hood Department of Public Works carefully transplants a piece of the bee hive into containers to are declining, as transplant their hives to a safer location much as 70 percent Hamilton. “But here on Fort Hood we in some areas, have a unique environment for bees, because of what biologists though they clash with missions, if they have termed Colony Collapse are in a public place we have to either Disorder, in which the worker kill them or remove them. Sometimes bees abandon their colonies for removal, unfortunately, is not possible.” unknown reasons. Luckily in this case, removal was Hamilton also attributed possible. the success of the removal to An eight-foot wide bee hive containing thousands of live bee conservation volunteers, honeybees set up operations underneath a storage container at the Department of Public Works recycle yard that had The removal process took the thanking Dr. Art Baker, a produced more than 40 lbs of fresh honet Page 16
  16. 16. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Wranglers get MaDD anD Make-a-Difference Article by Sgt. Angiene Myers Multimedia NCO KILLEEN, Texas – Wranglers conditions, repaint assigned to the 157th Quartermaster the ones that loss Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade their color, and supported the national Make-A- place flowers in Difference Day by adopting the Killeen memory of the Mothers-Against Drunk Driving individuals who organization. lost their lives to drunk driving. MADD, a 90 percent volunteer driven organization was founded in 1980 Katarina and has a three-part mission: stop drunk Martinez, an driving, serve victims of drunk driving, administrative and prevent underage driving. assistant with MADD was very As a part of the Make-a-Difference pleased to see Day, Soldiers stopped by several memorial Soldiers taking sites along roads to replace crosses time out of their Soldiers with the 157th QM Co., 4th Sust. Bde., repaint a cross signifying a life that have been damaged by weather weekend to come lost due to drunck driving. The roadside cross had been damaged by weather. out and offer support to the Combat Service Support Battalion. organization. Gooding talked to her company “I was really excited commander, Capt. John Johnston about when I saw they adopted my getting involved with the national day program. I’ve only lived in of giving back to the community, and he Killeen for two years and it’s gave her a full list of organization that nice to see Soldiers want to needed support. MADD was on the list work within the community,” of organizations and they haven’t been said Martinez. adopted by a unit on post. “Unfortunately I see a lot “I like to help people, it’s just of private’s that come to my my nature. I guess it’s because I’m a Alcohol Awareness Education Christmas baby. I like to give, give, and for Minors so I think it awesome give,” said Gooding. to see Soldiers come out and be a part of stopping drunk “I have my 13-year old with me. driving and preventing underage I like to teach her the value of giving drinking,” she continued. because it doesn’t just look good but it makes you feel good too,” she said. At the forefront of the unit’s Make-A- Difference “It feels good knowing that you help Day was Spc. Maria Gooding, somebody in the time that you have here on a native of Barbados currently earth,” said Gooding. “If you didn’t make Soldiers with the 157th Quartermaster Company replace an assigned to the 157th a difference in somebody’s life, you didn’t old cross with a new one at a memorial site set up by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Quartermaster Company, 553rd have a purpose” Page 17
  17. 17. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 What Does The USO Do For You? Article Capt. Ariana Roscoe 4th Brigade Troops Battalion FORT HOOD, Texas – How many Soldiers are often involved in USO at the Houston Airport entered my mind; of us can claim to know what the USO operations but the organization is run and so naturally, my own assuredness in stands for, its core missions, and what solely by retired military and purebred the validity of my benevolent thoughts kind of involvement they will have with blue suitors. The USO, it should also be caused my answer to radiate confidence our battalion? Most hands I imagine noted, is a separate entity from the Moral as I rather blurted out, “I think so!” “For one, you guys are always at the airports around the United States giving us all a place to relax some between flights. You guys give concerts oversees for deployed troops too.” I said. Hubbard did not look offended, thankfully, as her organization does much more than that. The USO Website states, in short, that its mission is to “support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type 4th Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers lend a helping hand by loading trucks with refreshments services to our men and provided by civilian non-profit organization, USO. women in uniform.” This eagerly arise in response to the first part Welfare and Recreation agency or MWR support of course is not of the question and blank stares transpire – that amusing place downrange from limited to friendly, and much appreciated, from the second. I will attempt, therefore, which most of us have at least rented airport relaxing areas and free-of-charge to dispel some common myths about the movies. hot ticket concerts. Though these help USO and enlighten eager readers about make the USO famous. the organization and what they can look Mrs. Isabel Hubbard, a coordinator forward to. for the Fort Hood USO, asked me if I “We are in essence wherever the knew what the primary mission of the Soldier is,” said Hubbard in response to To begin with, the United Service USO was during a conversation we had my narrow riposte. Organization is a private, tax-exempt, while a handful of Soldiers from Brigade nonprofit organization, which means Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment With the USO operating more than that all funds which are donated to this Brigade were loading two trucks with 135 Soldier support centers and ten charity can be filed as a deductable on cartons of Girl Scout cookies from the mobile canteens around the world, she annual tax claims. USO storage area. was certainly on point, and Soldiers are The organization is also run by Memories of warmhearted smiles and See USO Page 19 civilians contrary to popular belief. welcoming hugs from USO volunteers Page 18
  18. 18. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 USO Continued from page 18 Sweet is planning on utilizing the USO for FRG functions and all redeployments. We recently witnessed valued USO support for our Welcome Home ceremony for the 81st Postal Company, 96th Transportation Company and 151st Transportation Company. Hubbard said she is thrilled to have established such a good relationship with the battalion and Mrs. Sweet, and that she looks forward to continued efforts in supporting the most important aspect of our 4th Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigad Soldiers helped pack an assortment of Girl Scout Cookies onto a Army – the Soldiers and their truck from the USO storage area. Families. in a multitude of places on Fort Hood So how will the Wolfpack Battalion “It is nice,” she said, “to be able to and surrounding areas at any given time. decide to utilize our local USO? Mrs. work with someone like Mrs. Sweet who Roberta Sweet, the BTB Family Readiness really cares and is willing to take the For example Soldiers are at gyms Assistant has already begun making plans time to pick up the phone to make that on post being welcomed home from with USO administrators for future support. contact with us for support.” an overseas deployment by overjoyed Family members and friends. Often, somewhere within these crowds are USO crewmembers with flags, manning refreshment tables. Soldiers and Families gather together for Family Readiness Group functions and unit esprit de corps events. The probability of finding USO presence is very high. The list of places where USO support can be found is endless; and yet, it is really up to the unit to decide when and where they The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and would like USO support. recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. Page 19
  19. 19. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 The Nerve Center of the Wrangler Brigade Article Capt. Ariana Roscoe 4th Brigade Troops Battalion FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade built a mobile Tactical Operations Center or TOC. The mobile operations center will operate exactly as a TOC would in a deployed environment. The TOC, in terms of logistical support, is a centralized location for monitoring the battlefield as it relates to operations such as refueling, maintenance, airdrop missions, and supply convoys. It is also the unit’s main hub for sending and receiving important dispatches and for surveying the status of current missions and enemy intelligence. Soldiers from the 104th Engineer Bde., 62nd Engineer Battalion worked hard to build the foundation for the Tactical Operation Center which will support a fully operational work-space area. All of these actions help primary phase and is now overseeing the actual of our briefings here,” said Ziaee. leaders make knowledgeable decisions as construction phase being done by the they maneuver through obstacles within 62nd Engineering Battalion. as he handed me a diagram of the their logistics footprint. end state product, “This is going to be the place where Through high-tech communication we will manage and control all activities When the unit’s first fully platforms such as the XXI Battle within the Brigade, and we will hold all operational TOC is completed there Command Brigade will be 32 workstations with and Below (FBCB2), networked computers on a a real-time automated series of raised platforms. computer system networked through The largest challenge satellite signals, currently in the building of the leaders are kept TOC is connectivity. abreast on multiple regions and missions “We are working with simultaneously. Fort Hood's Information Management Team to increase Sgt. 1st Class our capacity for the number Kayhan Ziaee, of ports we can activate,” said Operations Non- Ziaee. commissioned Officer in Charge, “This place is going to has played a large A Soldier from the 104th Engineer Bde., 62nd Engineer Battalion hammered away at the be the nerve center of this foundation for the Tactical Operation Center. After completion, the TOC will have 32 role in the planning workstations on a series of raised platforms. brigade.” Page 20
  20. 20. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Wolfpack Soldiers And Students Team Up Article Capt. Ariana Roscoe 4th Brigade Troops Battalion FORT HOOD, Texas – Four Soldiers from 418th Transportation Company assisted students from Nolan Middle School with their car wash and provided regular academic tutoring during the week. Though the Adopt-A-School's primary mission is to provide academic tutoring, Soldiers have assisted the school with a variety of events. "The Soldiers are a big help to us and we like them to be here for these kinds of activities, just to give a helping hand," said school Academic Advisor and Outreach Coordinator, Tracey Griffeth. Wolpack Soldiers and Nolan Middle School student prepared themselves for the next car during the schools car wash. The event was intended to raise funds for the community service organization, United Way. The Soldiers The Soldiers, dressed in civilian attire, and students raised more than $700 in the car wash. helped the students wash around 25 cars. in either a math or a science class, or both. to our tutors. They make a huge difference. The middle school began its The kids say to me, 'Miss, I’m getting help relationship with the 418th Transportation "There are challenges with math and from the Soldier today,'" said Griffeth. Company and Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th science across this district, actually Sustainment Brigade in August of 2008 and across the state. It's not a unique there are currently 13 all-volunteer Soldiers phenomenon here," said Griffeth. who provide a full day of tutoring every Wednesday at the schools. Griffeth said if she could she would have at least one Soldier in Adopt-A-School is a major effort every one of her classes because of within the Wolfpack Battalion, which the positive difference they make. currently sends a total of 40 volunteers at four different schools within Killeen, "I see the kids are depending Nolanville and Temple. on them more. Every Wednesday instead of coming to me for help Wolfpack Soldiers and the Nolan Middle School student worked hard to wash all the cars that lined the schools Volunteers are asked to provide tutoring with their math assignments they go parking lot. Page 21
  21. 21. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 418th Transportation Company Supports Friendship Day Parade Article by 2nd Lt. Bryan Langley 4th Brigade Troops Battalion FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers our service," said from the 418th Transportation Company Pfc. Amy S. Davis provided support for the Florence of Clarksville, Friendship Days Parade on Saturday, Kentucky. October 10. Particularly The 64th MP Co., 720th MP BN impressed was ten contributed an M1117 Armored Security year-old Skyler Vehicle to the parade, but required Devinney, son transport to and from the town. As of local resident a result, the transportation company Staff Sgt. Kelly R. assigned three Soldiers to drive an Devinney of the M1070 "HET" tractor and trailer for the 46th Chemical Co. task. Soldiers of the 418th Transportation Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade "It was provided support for the Friendship Day Parade by transporting an M1117 Armored Security Vehicle to Florence, Texas. The Soldiers were impressed by awesome," said the support they received from other Skyler. participants. As Spc. Christopher M. Van Buren of Florence being a small town, the Chesapeake, Virginia, remarked, "It was "They all said they appreciated us, parade did not take long. short. I was kind of surprised." Page 22
  22. 22. 1st Qtr/FY 10 Oct. - Dec. 2009 Surprise Redeployment For The Postal Platoon Article by Sgt. 1st. Class Erick Ritterby Chief, Public Affairs FORT HOOD, Texas – The 4th Despite Sustainment Brigade received a big the short surprise Nov. 3 when cheers and tears notice, Team erupted within the Kieschnick Physical Wrangler Fitness Center. The Wrangler family pulled it welcomed home 16 Soldiers of the Postal together, and Platoon from the 502nd Human Resource the returning Company. Soldiers and their families The redeployment was a pleasant received shock for Lt. Col. John Hickey, a proper commander of the Brigade Troops and formal Battalion. welcome home “I wasn’t expecting them for another ceremony. Upon arrival at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center the Soldiers of Postal Platoon, four-to-five days,” said Hickey. The battalion 502nd Human Resource Company, saluted the U.S. Flag as the Brigade Troops color guard Battalion Color Guard rendered honors. The top officer of the battalion was there received a phone call informing him to greet them with more than 30 family Kirklin. “As for your families, I want you that the platoon had touched down at the members and friends as well. to know that you are special to us, and you make the Wrangler family strong.” Col. Ronald Kirklin also joined Hickey in welcoming home the Soldiers. The Wrangler brigade commander huddled both families and The 16 returning troops were reunited with their families after a brieff ceremony that no more than five minutes. Soldiers together for airport on West Fort Hood. Hickey and a few words before he released them to his Soldiers only had minutes to prepare go home. the gym for their arrival. “Everyone in the brigade is proud The Postal Platoon was deployed for six months “They must have had a chance to of what you have accomplished during in support of the War on Terorism. When they piggyback home with another battalion your six-month deployment, and no deployed, the Soldiers fell under the command of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, but they return as on an earlier flight,” said Hickey. one can take that away from you,” said members of Team Wrangler. Page 23