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April 18, 2013 Mountaineer

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April 18, 2013 Mountaineer

  1. 1. CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK FORT DRUM MOUNTAINEER PAGE A1BREAKING BARRIERSFort Drum teenovercomes challenges,gives back to othersB3RULES OF THE ROADFort Drum officialsannounce changesto PT policy, routesA3Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013 • Vol. 6 • Issue 15TIDBITS A2 • NEWS BRIEFS A4 • OPINION-EDITORIAL A9 • PEOPLE B3• HAPPENINGS B5SGT. 1ST CLASS KENNETH FOSSAfghan Uniform Police and Afghan Local Police soldiers of Aban District,Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, conduct tactical urban maneuver train-ing mission on Thursday. Their training was provided by Security ForcesAdvise and Assist Team 6, Cross Functional Team Warrior, 10th Moun-tain Division (LI).Aviation brigade cases colors for AfghanistanStaff Sgt. Todd L. Pouliot10th Combat Aviation Brigade PAO NCOICThe 10th Combat Aviation Bri-gade, Task Force Falcon, 10thMountain Division (LI), along withfour of its subordinate task forces,cased its colors during a deploy-ment ceremony Tuesday atWheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Theceremony marks the unit’s up-coming deployment to Afghan-istan – its fifth deployment insupport of the global war on ter-rorism and its fourth deploymentto Afghanistan.The Falcon Brigade, which re-turned from a 12-month deploy-ment to Afghanistan in October2011, spent the past year conduct-ing numerous training events inpreparation for such a deploy-ment.Training included aerial gunner-ies at Fort Drum; rotations to theJoint Readiness Training Center inFort Polk, La., and the NationalTraining Center in Fort Irwin,Calif.; high altitude mountainousenvironment training in Colorado;supporting 10th Mountain Divi-sion’s Mountain Peak exercise;Pathfinder live-fire operations;field training exercises; convoylive-fire exercises; and a brigade /battalion command and staff avi-ation operations exercise at FortRucker, Ala.“This brigade is ready,” said Col.David J. Francis, 10th CAB com-mander. “They are well-trained,their leaders are well-trained, andthey are ready to handle the chal-lenges that lay ahead.”Nearly 1,800 Soldiers from thebrigade will depart over the com-ing weeks for a nine-month de-ployment to eastern Afghanistan.The Falcon Brigade will join Sol-diers of the 10th Mountain Divi-sion’s 1st Brigade Combat Teamand 2nd Brigade Combat Team ineastern Afghanistan.“We embark on this deploymentat a key time for Afghanistan andat a key time for this division,”Francis said.“We are going to con-tinue to enable Afghan NationalSecurity Forces to provide securityfor their own country and to fulfillour sacred duty of supporting ourcommanders on the ground.”The task force’s aviation assetsinclude UH-60 Black Hawk heli-copters, primarily for transport ofpassengers and supplies; HH-60Black Hawk helicopters for med-ical evacuation; CH-47 Chinookhelicopters for heavy lift and pas-senger transport; AH-64 Apachehelicopters for close air support;and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters forreconnaissance.In addition, the brigade will pro-vide critical assets for air andground maintenance, air trafficcontrol, aircraft and personnel re-covery, intelligence, logistics, com-munication, medical, personneladministration, food service andoperations.Francis recognized those withinthe unit, as well as those outside,who help prepare his Soldiers andtheir Families for the deployment.“Our volunteers work untoldthousands of hours ensuring thatour systems are prepared to sup-port our Families, and that noFamily Member is alone,” he said.“I think of our family readinessgroup leaders who devote theirtime, talent and energy to theFamilies of the brigade while rais-ing their own Families, working orgoing to school.“The support of the installationand the local community is sec-ond to none,” Francis added, “andthe North Country communitycontinues to go above and beyondin support of the Soldiers of the10th Mountain Division.”The 10th CAB deployed in sup-port of Operation Enduring Free-dom in 2003, 2006 and 2010; theunit deployed to Iraq in 2008 insupport of Operation Iraqi Free-dom.Warrior Brigade SFAATmembers teach tacticsto Afghan partnersSgt. 1st Class Kenneth A. FossCross Functional Team Warrior PAOGHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghan-istan – Afghan Uniform Police,Afghan Local Police and coalitionforces converged Thursday at anAfghan National Army forward op-eration base in Ghazni Province toconduct tactical maneuver train-ing and room clearing procedures,a critical training asset required forthe types of missions they per-form.Security Forces Advise and As-sist Team 6, Cross FunctionalTeam Warrior, 10th Mountain Di-vision (LI), along with U.S. civilianembedded police personnel andlaw enforcement professionals,advised the AUP and ALP of theAban District to safely and effec-tively maneuver themselvesthrough urban environments andquickly neutralize insurgentthreats once entering a building.“Through this training, they willbe able to move forward veryquickly,” said 1st Lt. MichaelWard,SFAAT 6 operations officer. “TheyDivision Soldiers face challengein Best Ranger CompetitionStaff Sgt. Joel Pena10th Mountain Division JournalistTwo out of three teams repre-senting Fort Drum finished in 19thand 21st place in the grueling 60-hour David E. Grange Jr. BestRanger Competition held Fridaythrough Sunday at Fort Benning,Ga.This year’s Best Ranger Compe-tition started at 5 a.m. Friday,when 49 two-man teams lined upat the start line for a three-milerun and an eight-mile cross coun-try foot march with rucksacksweighing some 60 pounds.“Our teams did really well thisyear,” said Sgt. 1st Class VernonKenworthy, who coached the 10thMountain Division (LI) competi-tors.This year’s teams were made upof Rangers from 2nd Brigade Com-bat Team, 3rd Brigade CombatTeam, and 10th Combat AviationBrigade from Fort Drum, and 4thBrigade Combat Team from FortPolk, La.Representing the division wereTeam 6, made up of Capt. Ben-jamin Hartig, commander ofHeadquarters and Headquarters,2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regi-ment, 4th BCT, and 2nd Lt. RobertShalvov, 1st Battalion, 32nd In-fantry Regiment, 3rd BCT; Team 7,made up of Capt. Ian Kent, com-mander of G Company, 210thBrigade Support Battalion, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, and 1st Lt.Oleg Sheynfeld, Pathfinder Com-pany, 10th Combat Aviation Bri-gade; and Team 8, made up ofCapt. Matthew Stapay, Headquar-ters and Headquarters Troop, 3rdSquadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment,3rd Brigade Combat Team, andCapt. Ian Allen, C Troop, 3-71 Cav-alry.Overall, during the first day ofthe competition, the Rangers aver-aged 48 miles of walking, runningand road marching. On Day 2 and3, Soldiers were required to com-plete a stress shoot, prusik climb,the mile-long Darby Queen Obsta-cle Course and the Ranger FirstResponder medevac event.During the night foot march, theteams had to carry full sandbags,full five-gallon water cans and fullMeals, Ready-to-Eat boxes on topof their 60-pound rucksackthroughout the 17.3-mile footmarch.By the end of the first day, 25teams had dropped from the com-petition.“Competitors are getting betterand stronger,” Kenworthy said.“That showed going into the com-petition and coming out of thefirst day events. They werestronger this year than what theywere last year.”One Ranger who is no strangerto the competition is Kent.“I feel really good,” Kent said. “Ihonestly think that this year wastougher; so I feel more accom-plished this year than I did lastyear.”“I would advise anyone that isCOURTESY PHOTOCapt. Benjamin Hartig, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters,2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10thMountain Division (LI), takes a simulated casualty over a wall during thefirst responder medevac event at the Best Ranger Competition lastweekend in Fort Benning, Ga.. Hartig and 2nd Lt. Robert Shalvov (notpictured), 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade CombatTeam, made up Team 6, which fin.STAFF SGT. TODD L. POULIOTMaj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend (facing colors), Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, joinsCol. David J. Francis, left, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Chad A. Cuomo,right, 10th CAB senior enlisted adviser, in casing the 10th CAB colors during a ceremony Tuesday at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The ceremony signals the unit’s upcoming nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.See SFAAT, Page A4See BEST RANGER, Page A5
  2. 2. April 18, 2013 • The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. A3CThe Directorate of Plans, Training, Mo-bilization and Security has announced anew physical training policy and route willtake effect May 5.PT time remains 7 to 8:30 a.m.Motorists must slow to 10 mph whenpassing Soldiers / pedestrians during PTtime.Motorists must slow to 10 mph whenpassing two or more Soldiers in formationany time of the day.The 10 mph rule when passing Sol-diers / pedestrians other than the PT timeis rescinded. Motorists will use caution,and the current vehicle and traffic lawpertaining to pedestrians / vehicles is therule of the day.On North Riva Ridge Loop, the portionbetween Mount Belvedere Boulevard andthe entrance to Bldg. 10100 is co-use toallow Directorate of Resource Manage-ment and G-8 personnel access to their fa-cility.On South Riva Ridge Loop, the portionbetween Mount Belvedere Boulevard andthe entrance to Division Annex buildingsis co-use to allow employees access totheir facilities.On Lewis Avenue, the portion betweenFirst Street West to Euphrates River Valleyis co-use to allow access to court, whichbegins at 8 a.m.Po Valley Road from Conway Road toSouth Riva Ridge Loop is a no-PT area.Conway Road / First Street West fromEnduring Freedom Drive to Nash Boule-vard is a no-PT area.The entire length of Nash Boulevard isa no-PT area.All “official” government-plated vehi-cles will be allowed access to PT-onlyroutes to conduct normal business / mis-sion. No special pass is required.New PT policy, route will take effect May 5Sgt. Steven Peterson10th Mountain Division JournalistThe commanding general forU.S. Army Human ResourcesCommand visited Fort Drum onMonday and briefed an audienceof officers and noncommissionedofficers.Maj. Gen. Richard Mustion pro-vided updates on changes to eval-uation reports and discussed waysof retaining the quality of our per-sonnel.During his briefing, the discus-sion and interaction brought upnew ideas and topics that could fa-cilitate a better working Army.Changes that will occur in the per-sonnel system include the draw-down in total number of Soldiersand changes in evaluation reports.Mustion focused on maintain-ing the quality of service memberswhile slowly meeting the Army’sgoals of a personnel drawdown. Inpast drawdowns, the Army madecuts quickly and therefore left gapsin certain personnel. Currently,the goal is to keep personnel andnot make large cuts without delib-erate planning, Mustion said. Theneeds and care of those individu-als leaving the Army also will betaken under close consideration toensure veterans are taken care ofbefore their departure.The general’s three main talkingpoints at Fort Drum were to ex-plain the major changes to the Of-ficer Evaluation Report, along witha discussion of how selection oc-curs.According to Mustion, the mostimportant changes to the evalua-tion reports concern how theArmy assesses leaders while keep-ing them accountable by beingable to complete their mission.The biggest difference in the newevaluation is the direct alignmentto the manner of performancewith leadership doctrine and theability to show the manner of per-formance by a rater’s comments.Additionally, a Soldier’s potentialis clarified through his or her sen-ior rater’s comments by getting tothe point with precise writing. Theend state is to encourage the typeof dialogue that focuses on futureleadership and improvement forthe individual Soldier.The second goal is to get feed-back from NCOs and officers inreference to their concerns aboutwhat is important to their Familiesand careers in order to maintainreadiness in the Army, Mustionsaid. Readiness of the Army is fa-cilitated through dialogue at thesetypes of events. Feedback by offi-cers and NCOs is important toclarify shortages and needs withinthe Army.The Army has programs in placeto help those looking to transitionthrough retirement or separation.Some of the changes include ac-tive-duty personnel moving to Na-tional Guard and Reserve posi-tions in order to keep a balanceduring these transitions. Other op-tions in place are education, busi-ness and training opportunitiesthat are available to those lookingat transition.“Part of one of our major objec-tives at Human Resources Com-mand is to increase our engage-ment with the Army,” Mustionsaid. “That engagement is goingout and talking to the field, so thatthe folks in the field have an un-derstanding of the Army’s man-ning priorities, of major changesthat are going on in the Army per-sonnel system, and at the sametime, gain feedback from thefield.”The third topic covered possibleOER updates. Excellent ideas havecome from the field for updatingthe evaluation reports, Mustionsaid. The importance of focusingcomments on performance tomatch leadership qualities andoverall performance is the firstchange being implemented.The second major change is thecapability of a senior rater to focuscomments on overall potential infuture duties.This includes discus-sion of how programs availablecan be implemented to facilitate aSoldier’s progression and careerpath. Leaders from throughout theArmy were brought in to facilitatethe discussion and get feedback inreference to their progression,Mustion said.“We will transition to three dif-ferent OERs – one focused oncompany grade and junior war-rants, (one on) field grade and sen-ior warrants, (and one on) strat-egic leaders,” Mustion said.“Therewill be three different reports thatfocus on competency and attrib-utes and level of performance ex-pected at those different gradeplates.”Mustion mentioned the 490,000active-duty force goal the Armymust reach by the end of fiscalyear 2017. To meet that require-ment, leadership has issued guid-ance to drawdown at a gradualpace the Army controls.“We came to help clarify issuesand dispel rumors or myths,” hesaid.“Feedback also helps us iden-tify gaps in personnel programs aswe work to make things better forthe Army.”Army Human Resources commander visits Fort DrumMilitary Cleaning On & Off PostMove In & Move OutPost Construction Cleaning(315) 782-6710 or 415-8661ProfessionalCommercial &ResidentialCleaningFREE WI-FION 2 BIG SCREENSAdults $6.00Ages 7 thru 11 $2.00FRI., SAT., SUN., APRIL 19,20,21CINEMA IOBLIVION (PG13) 8:15PLUS IDENTITY THIEF (R) 10:30Adults $6 ~ Ages 7-11 $2 ~ Active Duty Military $5 Jr’s $4Fri., Sat. 14th Benefit for “River Storm” Syncro Team. $1.00 of adultadmission and $1.00 of every popcorn sale donates.CINEMA IITHE CROODS (PG13) 8:25PLUS G.I. JOE RETALIATION (PG13) 10:20Judee KellyFinancial Readiness Program ManagerCoupons offer a great way tosave a few extra bucks. Somecoupon users purchase hundredsof dollars worth of groceries andhousehold items for a fraction ofthe original cost. During thesechallenging economic times, evenconsumers with expendable in-come are using coupons. It shouldbe no surprise that the scammerswould figure out a way to usethose attractive money savers toabuse consumers.The Better Business Bureau haswarned that some scam websitesare offering fantastic coupon dis-counts if you respond to certainquestions and give some personalinformation. Scammers will thenuse that information to try andsteal your identity. They use legiti-mate-looking company logos andother techniques to make youthink it’s safe to enter your per-sonal information.The BBB says that some signs ofa phony coupon include deals thatare significantly better than othersand coupons that lack expirationdates and legal language. Thenthey ask questions about personalinformation when you try todownload the codes.Families have limited incomes,and with great legitimate couponsoffered to commissary shoppers,they are some of the biggestcoupon users. Shoppers, beware.If you think a coupon sounds toogood to be true, go to andclick on “Counterfeit Notifica-tions.” You’ll see a list of phonycoupons and the dates they wereissued. Keep your guard up!The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013A2Commanding GeneralMaj. Gen. Stephen J. TownsendGarrison CommanderCol. Gary A. RosenbergPublic Affairs OfficerLt. Col. David A. KonopGarrison Public Affairs OfficerJulie CupernallManaging EditorLisa Reape AlbrechtStaff WritersSteve GhiringhelliMichelle KennedyMelody EverlyThis Army Civilian Enterprise Newspaper isan authorized publication for members of theU.S. Army. Contents of The Mountaineer are notnecessarily the official view of, or endorsed by,the U.S. Government, the Department of De-fense, Department of the Army, or Fort Drum. Itis published weekly using offset method, with aprinted circulation of 10,000. The editorial con-tent of the publication is the responsibility of theFort Drum Public Affairs Office. Printed by Wa-tertown Daily Times, Inc., a private firm in noway connected with the U.S. Government, underwritten contract with the Commander, FortDrum. The appearance of advertising in thispublication, including inserts and supplements,does not constitute endorsement by the U.S.Army, or Watertown Daily Times Inc., of theproducts or services advertised. Everything ad-vertised in this publication shall be made avail-able for purchase, use or patronage withoutregard to race, color, religion, sex, national ori-gin, age, marital status, physical handicap, politi-cal affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor of thepurchaser, user or patron.E-Mail: Lisa.R.Albrecht.civ@mail.milPhone: 772-5469Fax: 772-8295Mailing Address:10012 S. Riva Ridge LoopFort Drum, N.Y., 13602-5028Paid advertising:782-0400 or’s Hotline: 772-6666TidBitsCoupon scams offerno bargain for shoppers2nd BCT, Bldg. 10150Brunch:10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Supper:4:30 to 6 p.m.Quote ofthe Week“We embark on this deployment at akey time for Afghanistan and at a keytime for this division.”Col. David J. Francis, 10th CAB commander10th Mountain Weather18TH WEATHER SQUADRON DETACHMENT 1Fort Drum Around the GlobeSTAFF SGT. TODD L. POULIOTChief Warrant Officer 5 Michael A. Mogg, 10th Combat Aviation Brigademaster gunner, affixes specialist rank onto the uniform of his daughter,Miranda A. Mogg, while Mirandas mom, Maria A. Mogg, affixes rank onher patrol cap during a ceremony Friday at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.Miranda Mogg is an intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Head-quarters Company, 10th CAB. Both father and daughter are slated to de-ploy to Afghanistan with the unit over the next few weeks.Like father, like daughter68, MOSTLY CLOUDYBAGRAM - 61, PARTLY CLOUDYFire, police, medical servicetelephone numbersDuring an emergency, secondscount. In the event of a fire, police ormedical emergency on post, dial911.During nonemergency situations,follow these guidelines:For nonemergency police service,call 772-5156 / 5157.For nonemergency fire services, call772-4420 / 3180. For information onfire prevention, call 772-4702.For nonemergency medical care,patients may schedule appoint-ments with their primary careprovider, primary care managementteam or the Acute Care Clinic by call-ing 772-2778.
  3. 3. April 18, 2013 • The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. A5Fort Drum, off-post agenciesjoin forces to fight domesticviolence, sexual assaultFort Drum leaders kick off Month of the Military ChildSgt. 1st Class ChristopherMeadows10th Mountain Division JournalistFort Drum and 10th MountainDivision (LI) senior leaders kickedoff the Month of the Military Childcelebration April 9 at the Com-mons.Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend,Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Di-vision (LI) commander; Com-mand Sgt. Maj. Rick Merritt, div-ision senior enlisted adviser, Col.Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum garri-son commander; and CommandSgt. Maj. Mark Oldroyd, garrisonsenior enlisted adviser, signed theMonth of the Military Childproclamation.The proclamation notes thatwhen Soldiers decide to serve ourcountry, their children serve too.They are not in uniform, but theyserve, nonetheless.Rosenberg thanked everybodyfor coming out, but especially thechildren.“We’ve got over 18,000 childrenon this (installation), and 8,100currently with a parent deployed,”he said. “That’s a lot of kids thatare serving their country as well.My hat’s off to all of you, all of youin the room, but especially thekids today.”And this night was all about chil-dren. The evening starting with asocial hour and dinner that wasplanned with children in mind –pizza, chicken nuggets (in theshape of dinosaurs), star-shapedtater tots and other kid-friendlyfoods.They also went home after beingentertained with a book readingand a puppet show, while their art-work hung on the walls. The art-work, themed “What Makes MyFamily Strong,” featured many pa-triotic colors and families enjoyingdifferent activities together.When asked what makes hisFamily strong, Oldroyd creditedhis wife.“I see the spark in her when she’saround Soldiers and Families,” hesaid.“It takes a special person to beable to be an Army spouse.”When asked why holding thisevent was important, Merrittechoed the chief of staff of theArmy, saying “the strength of ournation is its Army, the strength ofour Army is its Soldiers, and thestrength of our Soldiers are theirFamilies.”SGT. 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER MEADOWSCol. Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander, signs the Monthof the Military Child Proclamation on April 9.Staff Sgt. Kelly Chodkowski10th Mountain Division JournalistMilitary and civilian attorneys,law enforcement representatives,social workers, child protectiveservices employees, nurses, victimadvocates and command teammembers came together to fostergood working relationships duringthe 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Re-sponse Team Seminar last week atFort Drum.The two-day seminar kicked offApril 9 at the Commons with re-marks from Brig. Gen. Walter E.Piatt, 10th Mountain Division (LI)deputy commanding general forsupport.The focus of this year’s SARTSwas domestic violence.“We have a serious problem inour Army, and it’s up to us to fix it,”Piatt said.Sexual assault is usually catego-rized as a “blue on blue” offense,meaning Soldier on Soldier. Cur-rent issues with sexual assaultaren’t new information, but theyare being addressed more aggres-sively through the Sexual Harass-ment / Assault Response and Pre-vention program. The SHARP pro-gram looks to focus on offenderbehavior and education as op-posed to victim blaming.Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Anne Ges-sner, a victim advocate with the10th Mountain Division SHARPteam, described the mentality be-hind victim blaming.“Offenders and society as awhole sometimes state things like,‘she was asking for it,’ a statementwhich shifts blame for the attackonto the victims or as I to refer tothem, survivors,” Gessner said.“Someone who has taken all theproper precautions and is sexuallyassaulted usually feels ashamedand confused. They even mightfeel like they should have donemore to prevent the attack,” shesaid.Although the SHARP program isstill in its infancy, Gessner is a sea-soned pro. She has been a victimadvocate under the Army’s variousprograms since 2004.Bottom line, she said,“It is neverthe survivor’s fault for what hashappened to (him or her). The of-fender made the conscious deci-sion to violate another person.”Capt. Jeff Gilberg, special victimprosecutor for the Northeast re-gion, showed a video in which ayoung woman is at a bar smilingand having fun. A man notices herand says to a friend, “Would youlook at her? She’s asking for it!”Thevideo cuts away to an earlier timewhen the young woman is shop-ping. She asks the sales womanwhich skirt she should choose inorder to “… encourage a guy tohave sex with me against my will.”The video ends with an “as if”statement from the woman. Thispublic service announcement il-lustrates the common misconcep-tion that a survivor is to blamebecause of how he or she dressedor behaved.In regard to assaults with mili-tary ties, “… about 90 percent ofthe offenders are trained killers,”said Bridget Ryan, an expert withthe Trial Counsel Assistance Pro-gram of the Office of Judge Advo-cate General, Department of theArmy. Ryan has more than 20 yearsof experience prosecuting domes-tic violence and sexual assaultcases. She now advises Army pros-ecutors during similar cases.Ryan spoke about common mis-conceptions and roadblocks todomestic violence cases.All cases of domestic violence onFort Drum are directed to theFamily Advocacy Program, despitethe surge in SHARP trained per-sonnel in uniform.“If a survivor of domestic vio-lence comes into my office, I’mgoing to do everything I can tohelp them, through the ‘warmhandoff’ to FAP and beyond,” saidMaj. Charity O’Dell, SHARP Pro-gram manager for Fort Drum.A warm handoff is akin to ahandshake: you can’t have one ifyou are in two different places.“We would accompany the sur-vivor to FAP and make sure theyfelt comfortable before leavingthem,” O’Dell added. “It’s impor-tant to remember that this individ-ual has been through a traumaticevent, and our focus is to help(him or her) through it.”In addition to blocks of instruc-tion and question sessions witheach functional area’s subject-matter experts, attendees partici-pated in roundtable discussionsbased on a fictional case.Gilberg developed the fact pat-tern by looking at real cases andpulling common denominators toensure current issues were ad-dressed and understood by all.Factors such as alcohol usage, fi-nancial dependency and child in-volvement are present in manycases; by using these types of de-tails, the training can be more ef-fective, Gilberg explained.Throughout the seminar, theSMEs referred to the fictional casefile to highlight their organizationsrole during reporting, investiga-tion, litigation and beyond. Aftereach speaker was a working partydiscussion, led by the SME for thatparticular area. This format al-lowed for group dialogue andfeedback, making it easier for all tounderstand each facet of the case.The final portion of the eventtook participants through a ficti-tious court-martial for the case.Under supervision from Gilberg,each table came up with questionsfor the victim regarding certain as-pects of the case. This exercise wasimportant because “many of youhave never witnessed a court-mar-tial, and neither have your vic-tims,” Gilberg said.The seminar was one of the cor-nerstone events during Sexual As-sault Awareness Month.There alsohave been a self-defense class andinformational displays at the Ex-change. The display tables will re-turn to the PX on Friday andWednesday. Denim Day also willbe observed Wednesday.Denim Day came about in Italyafter a guilty verdict on a rape casewas overturned because the judgedeemed the female victim’s jeansto be too tight for the offender tohave removed them. The judgestated the victim must havehelped the attacker, and thereforeconsented to the assault. Womenof the Italian Parliament were in-furiated and began wearing jeansto work to protest the ruling.Women of the California Senateand Assembly heard about theoutrage and joined the movement.Thus, Denim Day was born.The final major event for SAAMis the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes”event April 25. The walk is basedon “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”events held worldwide where menshow support for victims of sexualassault by walking a mile in highheels. Fort Drum is taking the gen-der angle out, because sexual as-sault is not a “female” problem,but an Army problem. The walkwill start at 6:50 a.m. at the NorthRiva Ridge Chapel and end at theAmeriCU parking lot. Refresh-ments will be served at the end ofthe route.For more information, contactthe 10th Mountain Division (LI)SHARP office at 774-2728.STAFF SGT. KELLY CHODKOWSKICapt. Jeff Gilberg, special victim prosecutor, leads a discussion duringthe 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Response Team Seminar held April 9-10at the Commons. The seminar brings together individuals from all facetsof the domestic violence / sexual assault response team and gives theman opportunity to work a fictional case together to foster good workingrelationships and learning.looking to participate in the (BestRanger Competition) to knowgoing into it that it will, handsdown, be the hardest thing they’llever do,” Kent said. “They need tofully commit themselves mentallyand physically to this competitionand allow themselves not to haveany distractions to get ready forthis event.”Kent commented that it was anice change of pace, but that hewas ready to get back to his com-pany and his Soldiers.Sheynfeld is another Rangerwho is glad the competition isover.“We’ve competed with the bestteams in the Army,” he said.“We’reglad we were able to complete itsuccessfully.”Sheynfeld said everything in thecompetition was difficult for him.He said he was at his lowest pointduring night orienteering, but thesupport of his teammate helpedhim get through it.“Just knowing that your Rangerbuddy is going to keep going nomatter what,” Sheynfeld said.“That gave me the confidence tokeep on going.”To be the No. 1 team, Sheynfeldsaid, requires an exceptionalamount of dedication and train-ing. It also helps to be gifted andtalented physically and to have ex-perience in the competition, headded.One Ranger who enjoyed hisfirst experience in the BRC wasShalvov.“This is one of the biggest ac-complishments of my life,” Shal-vov said. “It’s kind of a surrealfeeling to think that just a fewmonths ago I was in Infantry Offi-cer School and then RangerSchool.“When I showed up at my firstduty station, they told me to go tryout, and all of a sudden, here I amrunning across the finish line. Itwas incredible.”Winners of this year’s BRC wasTeam 34, made up of Sgt. 1st ClassRaymond Santiago and Sgt. 1stClass Timothy S. Briggs, both fromthe Rangers Training Brigade, FortBenning, Ga.The winning team and teamsthat completed the competitionwere recognized during an awardsceremony Monday at Marshall Au-ditorium in McGinnis WickhamHall.“I hope to take this renewedsense of confidence to Fort Drumand improve the combat effective-ness of my unit,” Shalvov said.BEST RANGER, from Page A1COURTESY PHOTOFirst Lt. Oleg Sheynfeld, Pathfinder Company, 10th Combat AviationBrigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), walks through Fort Benning, Ga.,forest last weekend during a ruck march portion of the annual BestRanger Competition.WATERTOWN – Jefferson Com-munity College will offer handgunsafety and pistol permit trainingworkshops through May. Atten-dees will learn important informa-tion about permit requirementsand the legal responsibilities inowning a handgun.Topics include related New YorkState Penal Law, general safety andfirearms proficiency. Proficiencytraining will be taught using Jeffer-son’s Advanced Interactive Sys-tems (AIS) firearms simulator. Thepublic should note that JeffersonCommunity College Policy pro-hibits all weapons on campus.Training will be conducted byChuck Ruggiero, New York statecertified instructor. Ruggiero, anactive member of the Law En-forcement Training Directors As-sociation of NewYork State, has 44years of firearms experience.Handgun safety and pistol per-mit training will be held from 8a.m. to noon on the first and thirdSaturday of every month. Theworkshop will be offered on thefollowing dates: Saturday, May 4and May 18. Cost of the workshopis $45.Participants must bring photoidentification. Maximum atten-dance is 12 per session. Advanceregistration is required by callingJCC’s Continuing Education Divi-sion at 786-2438 or completing theworkshop registration form avail-able on COMMUNITY COLLEGECollege will offerhandgun safety,pistol permit trainingThe Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013A4Soldiers graduateWarrior Leader CourseMichelle KennedyStaff WriterSoldiers, Family Members andcivilians gathered April 10 at theMultipurpose Auditorium to rec-ognize the graduates of WarriorLeader Course Class 6-13.Guest speaker for the ceremonywas Sgt. Maj. Giovanny Sanchez,2nd Brigade Combat Team (Rear)senior enlisted adviser. Sanchezbegan his remarks by congratulat-ing the graduates.Graduating fromWLC is a rite ofpassage for all noncommissionedofficers, he explained.“You may not appreciate nowhow important it is, but I will tellyou that this should be one of themost profound days in your Armycareer,” Sanchez said, adding thatNCOs in the U.S. Army are theenvy of other military organiza-tions around the world. “By suc-cessfully completing the WarriorLeader Course, you have made thefundamental transformation fromSoldier to leader.”He noted that successful NCOsremember what tools to keep intheir “kit bags” – Army regulationsto define the role of the NCO; NCOGuide to define the skills, knowl-edge and attitudes of each rank;and the NCO Creed to guide themin performing their duties.Sanchez also explained thatthere are four tenets that NCOsmust remember and master –communication, fair treatment,taking care of Soldiers and supportthe chain of command.“Keeping your subordinates in-formed is a sergeant’s responsibil-ity,” he said. “We as leaders muststrive to keep open lines of com-munications, going both up anddown the chain. We need to talkwith, counsel and mentor our Sol-diers, (because) without effectivecommunication, we cannot getour message across. We must beable to not only talk to our Sol-diers, but talk with them.”Leaders must ensure their Sol-diers perform to standard by pro-viding the best training andsupport to guarantee their suc-cess, Sanchez said.“We need to retrain and thencontinue to offer opportunities,”he said.“We must ask ourselves,‘ifa Soldier has failed, have I doneeverything possible to ensure theycould succeed?’ We must respectothers as individuals and recog-nize the differences between us.Our subordinates deserve to be ledby caring leaders who know howto balance the mission with theneeds of the Soldier.”NCOs take care of Soldiers byproviding purpose, motivationand direction, Sanchez explained.“We do not do it by coddling,(because) being a Soldier is seri-ous business,” he said. “Your Sol-diers deserve awards, rewards anddiscipline. You must equally im-pose these, based on the Soldier’sperformance.”Sanchez referenced the NCOCreed, noting that leaders shouldbe loyal to their“seniors, peers andsubordinates alike.”“Sergeants have a responsibilityto follow orders and give orders to(their) squad or team,” he said.“There is a time and a way to askquestions. There is a major differ-ence between providing input orclarifying orders, and questioningorders,” he said. “If you have con-cerns, address it through yourchain of command; don’t com-plain in front of your subordinates.“After you have discussed yourissues, execute the mission to thebest of your ability, even if youmay not particularly agree with it,”Sanchez added.Sanchez explained that as he de-veloped as a leader, he realizedthat everything he needed to knowabout leadership was outlined inthe NCO Creed.“Understand its true meaning –line by line – and throughout theday, as you need to make decisionsor when a Soldier is testing you, oras you have to recommend rewardor punishment, run your thoughtsthrough the NCO Creed,” he said.“Thank you and congratulations.God bless you all, Climb to Glory,Army Strong.”After concluding his remarks,Sanchez helped to recognize thegraduating Soldiers.Spc. Aaron D. Stewart, 3rdSquadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment,3rd Brigade Combat Team, wasnamed Distinguished HonorGraduate for his outstanding aca-demic achievement.Spc. Seth A. Napier, 210thBrigade Support Battalion, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, was nomi-nated by his classmates for theJared C. Monti Leadership Award.Sgt. Zachary J. Diesman, 2ndBattalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,1st Brigade Combat Team, wasnamed the Iron Warrior.Sgt.Shane S.Earls, 1st Battalion,32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rdBrigade Combat Team, receivedthe Commandant’s InspectionAward.The following Soldiers werenamed to the Commandant’s List:Sgt. Jared A. Chambliss, Sgt. Zach-ary J. Diesman, Sgt. Shane S. Earls,Sgt. Ryan S. Knauer, Sgt. Mark A.Nebraski, Cpl. Joshua S. Errett,Cpl.Wilfredo Zepedo, Spc. Oyinpr-eye Dorgu, Spc. Joseph T. Little,Spc. Christopher K. Markowski,Spc. Edmond J. Nachbauer, Spc.Seth A. Napier and Spc. MichaelW.Newkirk.The following Soldiers werenamed Top Drill Squad: Sgt. Con-nie M. Bonilla (squad leader), Spc.Ryan R. Darlage, Spc. Diego F.Ochoabriones, Spc. Gregory S.Sundstrom and Spc. Martin K.Tegang.The following Soldiers werenamed Top Squad: Sgt. AbrahamChavarria, Sgt. Mathew L. Mckel-roy, Spc. James E. Larson, Spc.Zachary D. Loughran, Spc. Chiq-uita A. Speedwell, Spc. Aaron D.Stewart and Spc. Henry S. Switlik.Staff Sgt. Francis P. Donnellywas named Instructor of the Cycle.Other graduates were as follows:Sgt. Travis A. Adawag, Sgt. Brian J.Bercot, Sgt. Christopher R. Byrd,Sgt. Christopher N. Elmer, Sgt.John F. Fischer, Sgt. Julio E. Her-nandez, Sgt. Brian N. Hicks, Sgt.David C. Hill, Sgt. Christopher A.Knoer, Sgt. Andrew A. Ledoux, Sgt.Jason L. Mathis, Sgt. Patrick I.Olvecky and Sgt. Benjamin L. Par-sons.Also, Sgt. Eric A. Ramoscruz andSgt. Tyler J. Whitlinger, Cpl. VictorE. Bueno, Cpl. Jason T. Eubanks,Cpl. Jesus A. Graciamolina, Cpl.Caleb S. Young, Spc. Roland At-tamah, Spc. Corey N. Bates, Spc.Jared A. Battista, Spc. Rafael C.Bernard, Spc. Reeti Bhalla, Spc.Eddie L. Boney, Spc. Andrew S.Charbonneau, Spc. Joseph D. Coff-man and Spc. Jason A. Cowley.Also, Spc. Natasha R. Davis, Spc.Soumaila Diarra, Spc. Justin A.Evaristo, Spc. Christopher W.Floyd, Spc. Nicholai Maxwell L.Fuller, Spc. Jamel S. Goodson, Spc.Anthony J. Herena, Spc. Eric C.Holliday, Spc. Adam D. Horne, Spc.Damichael D. Horne, Spc. E. King-ery III, Spc. Danny J. Kintchen Jr.,Spc. James E. Larson, Spc. C. Liv-ingston Jr. and Spc. Yiliang Lu.Also, Spc. Cerena R. McBride,Spc. Lashonda S. McDonald, Spc.James A. Miller, Spc. Trevor J. Mil-ler, Spc. Julius D. Nabor, Spc. JamesM. Panten, Spc. Adam R. Schmidt,Spc. Shahin Shamir, Spc. AnthonyM. Sims, Spc. Joshua D. Stucker,Spc. Ariana B. Torres and Spc.Justin A. Zayas.ALYSSA HENNESSYWarrior Leader Course award winners stand to be recognized during their graduation ceremony April 10 in theMultipurpose Auditorium. From left are Spc. Aaron D. Stewart, Distinguished Honor Graduate; Spc. Seth A.Napier, Jared C. Monti Leadership Award winner; Sgt. Shane S. Earls, Commandant’s Inspection Award recipi-ent; and Sgt. Zachary J. Diesman, Iron Warrior.News BriefsCivilian employeesseek leave donationsThe following Appropriated Fundemployees have been accepted in theLeave Recipient Program: RussellBenton, James Haggerty and JohnSmith, Directorate of EmergencyServices.Appropriated Fund employees whowish to donate annual leave shouldcomplete an OPM 630A, Request toDonate Annual Leave to Leave Recip-ient Under the Voluntary LeaveTransfer Program, and forward it tothe Civilian Personnel Advisory Cen-ter, Bldg. 10720, for processing.Fort Drum will honorcivilian employeesUSA MEDDAC Fort Drum will hostthe Civilian of the Quarter Luncheonfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 atthe Commons. The theme is stressawareness. The menu will include achoice of chicken Caesar salad orgrilled raspberry chicken. The cost is$9 per person. Tickets will be avail-able for purchase through Friday atFamily and Morale, Welfare andRecreation, Clark Hall.DOD ID card holders mayparticipate in functionalfitness challengeFort Drum Better Opportunities forSingle Soldiers will team up with At-kins Functional Fitness Facility staffto offer another physically challeng-ing event. The functional fitness chal-lenge will begin at 10 a.m. April 25 atthe AFFF, Bldg. 4325, Conway Road.Male and female competitors maypreregister at the AFFF or at BOSS fa-cilities on Nash Boulevard and Jack T.Sweet Complex. The event is open toall DOD ID card holders 17 and older.For more information, call BOSS at772-7807 or the AFFF at 772-3377.Volunteer Support Fundplans InternationalFestival of FoodsThe Volunteer Support Fund will hostthe 22nd Annual International Festi-val of Foods from 4:30 to 8 p.m. May3, at the Commons. Proceeds fromthe event will benefit Fort Drum vol-unteers by offsetting child care costs.Tickets cost $12 in advance for ages12 and older or $15 at the door and$5 for children ages 3-11. Admissionis free for children 2 and younger.Technology Expo returnsto Fort Drum in MayThe 2013 Fort Drum TechnologyExpo will take place from 9:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Commons.See the latest in information technol-ogy all in one place, at one time. Theevent is free and open to all DoD,federal, state and local governmentand contractor personnel. Attendeescan preregister online by visiting more information, contact Fed-eral Direct Access Expositions toll-free at 1-877-332-3976; email DonnaFlemister, Federal Direct Access,; or call DianaMullen, Garrison S6, at 772-3003.Report security issuesto Fort Drum tip lineFort Drum’s Directorate of Emer-gency Services encourages everyoneto contribute to community securityby reporting suspicious behavior oractivities to 774-8477 (TIPS).Callers to the anonymous tip lineshould report odd behaviors and ac-tivities, such as people measuring orasking for blueprints of importantbuildings; strangers asking about se-curity protocols; a briefcase, suitcase,backpack or package left behind; ve-hicles left unattended in front ofbuildings; and chemical smells orfumes coming from a residence orbusiness. The effort is part of iWatchArmy, an antiterrorism program.Post offers drug hotlineCID’s Drug Suppression Team hasput together a drug hotline open toall citizens on Fort Drum. Anyonewho wishes to help stop drug abuseand drug trafficking in the commu-nity may call the drug hotline at 774-WEED (9333). Report any drugactivity in your area, anytime! Callsare confidential.AA group meets on postAlcoholics Anonymous will meetfrom noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays andThursdays in the Fellowship Hall ofNorth Riva Ridge Chapel, Bldg.10030. For details, call Ronald D.Jacob, 772-0035.Patriot Soldiers learn criticalair-to-ground integrationSgt. David Edge4th Brigade Combat Team JournalistFORT POLK, La. – Soldiers from2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regi-ment, 4th Brigade Combat Team,attended an Air to Ground Opera-tions class March 15 here.The Patriot Soldiers had to learnquickly, because although theclass wasn’t long, it was packed fullof information.“The goal of this class is to in-form ground personnel of not onlywhat our capabilities are, but alsowhat kind of information that theycan give us to help them on thebattlefield,” said Capt. Brian T. Ed-wards, senior captain for 3rd Avia-tion Division, Joint ReadinessTraining Center, OperationsGroup.Patriot Soldiers were happy tolearn about assets that can helpthem on the ground during possi-ble future missions.“Having talked to my platoonsergeant, this is definitely one ofthe most informative classes thatwe have taken,” said 1st Lt. BenAdams, leader of 3rd Platoon, BCompany, 2nd Battalion, 4th In-fantry Regiment, 4th BrigadeCombat Team.“It opened both of our eyes tothings that we weren’t fully awareof that we have at our disposal.”Patriot Soldiers learned somenew and surprising ways air oper-ation could help them.“As a team leader, it’s good toknow that the Apache can providesupport by fire from six clicks(kilometers) out, which is obvi-ously awesome to have,” said Spc.Matthew Hokett, B Company, 2-4Infantry Regiment. “Given the factthat we are light infantry, during apatrol, there are areas that we can’tsee. Air support can fly in and giveus a heads up if anything is on theground that we need to knowabout.“If we happen to go into one ofthe cities, air support can helpguide us around or away fromhigh-traffic areas.”As more Soldiers from this lightinfantry brigade learn about thecapabilities of other combat armsdisciplines, the Patriot Brigade willbecome stronger with that knowl-edge and more capable to handlewhat the future holds.are very proactive in asking us forassistance in certain areas; theyare doing exactly what they needto be doing.”The law enforcement profes-sional attached to SFAAT 6 alsoworked with Capt. Abdul Wahad,AUP administrative officer, AbanDistrict, on how to properly collectevidence and how to systemati-cally use interviewing techniqueson detained suspects to effectivelyobtain information.“If we continue this trainingonce a week, I’m sure we willprogress to a very high standard,”said Ali Ahmed, AUP soldier.SFAAT 6 is responsible for advis-ing and assisting these two policeforces as well as a Kandak unitfrom the Afghan National Army.They intend to share their tacticalknowledge on a weekly basis.Ward said they need some assis-tance in certain areas. They are al-ready proficient in most things asa force. Fine-tuning their roomclearing and evidence collectingtechniques will help themprogress into the future.“This training today is going tohelp my guys capture the enemyand be able to search compoundsproperly,” said Lt. Col. Haji Hes-matullah Muradi, Aban DistrictAUP commander.Muradi said his unit is about 80percent self-sufficient at thispoint, and he is confident his menwill be fully capable well beforethe expected coalition forces de-parture from Afghanistan in late2014.Coalition forces, especially theadvisory teams, have addedgreatly to the success of the AUPand ALP from Aban District bymeeting with them regularly toidentify areas where they need as-sistance the most.The need for this specific train-ing was identified a couple ofweeks ago during a meeting withunit commanders.“We are very happy and appreci-ate everything they have done forus. All of you are here as a guest inour country, and we welcome youand will make sure you are takencare of,” Muradi said.The advisory team has beenworking with Muradi for the pastcouple of months and has seenvast improvements in their abili-ties to carry out kinetic operations,but just as importantly, they haveseen their sense of pride flourish.“I’m very happy and proud to beserving my country. I’m proud tobe a soldier in the AUP,” Ahmedsaid.Afghan police from Aban Dis-trict will continue to work withSFAAT 6, taking it seriously, as iftheir fellow soldier’s life dependson it, because it does.SFAAT, from Page A1“... during a patrol, thereare areas that (lightinfantry) can’t see. Airsupport can fly in andgive us a heads up ifanything is on theground that we need toknow about.”Spc. Matthew Hokett,B Company, 2-4 InfantryRegiment
  4. 4. April 18, 2013 • The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. A7Sequester preparations await furlough announcementRobert DozierU.S. Army InstallationManagement CommandSAN ANTONIO – Employees willhave to wait a bit longer to find outthe details of their furlough, in-cluding the exact number of non-pay status days, as officialsattempt to minimize the impacton mission and personnel.Extensive planning and deliber-ations for the release of notice ofproposed furlough letters to Armycivilians have been stalled be-tween Congressional action andWhite House budget proposals.The reason for the delay is com-plex. On March 21, the Pentagonput off sending out notices to giveofficials time to review the Consol-idated and Further ContinuingAppropriations Act of 2013. Thiscontinuing resolution put $10 bil-lion back in the budget, restoredtuition assistance for militarymembers and gave the servicessome flexibility in the applicationof the furloughs.After a detailed review, the De-fense Department revised thenumber of non-pay status daysfrom 22 to 14 and delayed the startof furloughs until mid- to lateJune. Around 750,000 civilians hadbeen facing a 20-percent reduc-tion in pay for the remainingweeks of fiscal year 2013.Congressional approval of thedefense appropriations bill late inMarch reduced the shortfall in thebudget from $46 to $41 billion,taking some of the pressure off se-questration. Overseas operations,however, are still the highest prior-ity. Defense Secretary Chuck Hageldirected Deputy Defense SecretaryAshton Carter and Gen. Martin E.Dempsey, chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff, to conduct an in-tensive, departmentwide review ofhow to protect the nation withfewer resources.How budget cuts will affectreadiness and the department’soverall mission is of the utmostconcern, according to Hagel.“We will have to trade at somelevel and to some degree our fu-ture readiness for current opera-tions,” he said.On April 2, Hagel announced hewill voluntarily commit to a partialforfeiture of his pay during the fur-lough period, even though he isexempt as a political appointee.This gesture prompted other lead-ers, including the president of theUnited States, to make similar ges-tures of solidarity.The White House released its2014 budget proposal, including a$526.6 billion defense base budgetrequest, April 10. This budget addsmore variables to the process. Be-sides repealing the sequestration,President Obama’s proposal ad-dresses taxes and entitlementspending and calls for a newround of base realignment andclosure.Meanwhile, officials across theArmy await the exact details andwording of the furlough commu-nication.The Department of the Armyhas requested an internal reviewto gauge the impact of both aseven-day furlough and no fur-lough; however, there is no deci-sion to reduce the number of daysbelow 14.To accomplish a full 14-day non-pay status furlough, U.S. Army In-stallation Management Commandemployees are expected to receivetheir notification letters startingon or about May 16. Some 27,000IMCOM employees will be noti-fied directly by their supervisorsunder specific guidance from As-sistant Secretary of the Army forManpower and Reserve AffairsThomas R. Lamont.Once employees are notified,they will be required to acknowl-edge in writing their receipt of no-tification. Then they will haveseven days to exercise their right toreply. Employees may appealorally, in writing or both to thedesignated reply official.Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOMcommander, has announced thatif furloughs occur, the headquar-ters will move to a four-day workweek. Each garrison commanderwill make scheduling decisions lo-cally in coordination with the sen-ior commander.Employees on garrisons undercollective bargaining agreementsshould consult directly with theirunion officials for any updates.Once final furlough decision no-tices are sent, employees may ap-peal their agency’s decision to theMerit System Protection Boardwithin 30 days from the effectivedate of the furlough.For more information on howsequestration and furloughs affectthe IMCOM workforce, go to marathon offers strategies to civilian employeesMichelle KennedyStaff WriterAs the possibility of furloughdraws nearer, agencies across FortDrum are reaching out to helpcivilian employees prepare for un-certainty.Trainers will be offering a MasterResilience Marathon from 9:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday throughApril 25 at the Civilian WorkforceTraining and Development Center,Bldg. 219, Nash Boulevard.The four-day training will allowparticipants to receive all fourmodules of instruction, accordingto Jenn Eichner, Mobilization andDeployment program managerand master resilience trainer.“The four modules cover the 12resilience skills,” she said. “One ofthe big benefits of attending themarathon is the skills build oneach other. The resilience trainingis a pyramid – you start with yourfoundation and then you build onfrom there.”Resilience training is offered ona monthly basis; however, partici-pants receive a much more bene-ficial experience by taking themodules in order during the mar-athon, Eichner explained.“It’s really powerful when youcan take it all at the same time,”she said. “You really get the full ef-fect when each one works to-gether.”Some of the skills participantswill learn about are problem solv-ing, getting past thinking traps,and communication.Many of the master resiliencetraining opportunities that Eich-ner teaches are geared toward Sol-diers and Families, but she be-lieves it’s equally important toreach out to civilian employeeswho work at Fort Drum.It is a tense time for civilian em-ployees with the possibility of fur-lough, and they are doing morewith less. Eichner said that civil-ians are “unsung heroes” who playa role in almost every activity thathappens at Fort Drum.“The stronger (civilians) are – interms of resilience – the strongerthe mission and the stronger thepost functions,” she said. “If a civ-ilian employee is physically andmentally happy in his or her every-day life, then they bring that towork with them.“Most people spend more timeat work than they do at home,” shecontinued. “If we can bring thatpositive attitude and share ourown hope and optimism at work,it makes it a better place.”Eichner said she fully embracesmaster resilience training becauseit has positively impacted her life.“Personally, it changed me in avery positive way,” she noted. “Ican’t say it will do that for every-body, but it has (helped) so many(people).“Resilience is important in(dealing with professional stress),but it also helps with everydaylife,” Eichner added. “It helps es-pecially when dealing with chil-dren and relationships.”At the end of the four-day work-shop, participants get to takehome everything they received inthe class so they can continue topractice and implement the skillsthey learned. People who attendthe marathon should mentallyprepare to come in with an openmind and be honest with them-selves, Eichner said.“This is not just four days(where) they learn some stuff andthen put it on the back burner,”she said. “We give them the abilityto increase their resilience factor.”Employees are not required toattend all four sessions. Informa-tion covered on each day includesthe following:Monday – Introduction andactivating event, thoughts andconsequences, also known as ATCTuesday – Thinking traps, de-tecting icebergs and problem solv-ingWednesday – Problem solving(continued), put it in perspectiveand real-time resilienceApril 25 – Strengths, assertivecommunication, active construc-tive responding and praiseFor those planning to attend thefinal day, participants are asked tocomplete and bring their VIAStrength Survey results, which canbe accessed at training includes a one-hour lunch break. A refrigeratorand microwave are available foruse. 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  5. 5. Twanna IveyContributing WriterSo, you survived the toddlerstage and now have a child be-tween ages 5 and 12. During thisstage, children not only seek in-dependence and power, but theyare also introduced to peer-pres-sure and other negative influ-ences.The parenting purpose of thisstage is to build character andserve as a buffer against riskssuch as bullying, drugs and vio-lence. Instilling morals and val-ues as well as teaching problemsolving is vital as children face fu-ture situations.Structure, rules, and routinesare still critical at this stage; how-ever, the older they get, the morefreedom should be allowed. Al-lowing freedom and opportuni-ties for children to make mistakesand decisions on their own couldreduce the level of rebellion andpower struggles later. It is impor-tant, however, that parents pro-vide guidance as necessary.Raising children can be a diffi-cult job, and even more so forsingle parents and military Fami-lies. However, it can also be oneof the most fulfilling life accom-plishments that individuals everexperience. Most parents wanttheir children to become respon-sible young adults capable ofmaking good decisions. There-fore, it is important to model ap-propriate behavior, decisionmaking, and healthy communi-cation since children often learnmore from what parents do thanlessons we aim to teach. Modeledbehavior and the parent-to-childbond are major factors in raisingresponsible adults.Communication is critical notonly when conveying rules andconsequences, but also in estab-lishing bonds with our children.Building healthy relationships inwhich children feel they can talkto us about problems and issuesputs parents in a position to pro-vide guidance and support. Al-though some situations requireparental involvement, it is impor-tant to allow children the oppor-tunity to handle less complexissues on their own.Keys to communicating effec-tively include active listening, at-tentiveness to feelings, andseeking alternatives. Following upafter a solution has been chosenreveals interest and genuine con-cern.Avoid unhealthy communica-tion blocks, such as unwantedadvice, interrogating, sarcasmand being a know-it-all. Theseblocks not only damage the flowof communication, but it mayalso destroy parent-to-childbonds. If parents talk more thanlisten, children may not feel com-fortable discussing personal is-sues with them. It is also likelythat children will stop listening toparents if they do not feel theyare being heard.Additional ways to strengthenthe parent-to-child bond includespending time with the child par-ticipating in activities he or sheenjoys, supporting his or her in-terests, expressing trust, and ac-knowledging their good deedsand accomplishments. Remem-ber, modeling appropriate behav-ior, healthy communication, anddecision making while also focus-ing on the bond can be extremelybeneficial to both you and thechild during the teenage years.The Family Advocacy Programoffers classes monthly on MiddleYear Parenting, Positive Disci-pline, and Bullying 101: How toHandle Bullying. These classesare free and available to all DoDID card holders.To learn more or to register forone of these classes, contact ACSat 772-6929.IVEY SERVES AS A FAMILY ADVOCACYPROGRAM SPECIALIST AT FORT DRUM.National Medical LaboratoryProfessionalsWeekrecognizes heroes workingbehind the scenesNational Medical LaboratoryProfessionals Week is a time ofrecognition for more than300,000 medical laboratory pro-fessionals and 15,000 board-certi-fied pathologists who interpretmore than 10 billion lab tests inthe U.S. every year and play avital role in every aspect of healthcare.Lab Week is held annually dur-ing the last full week of April. Thisyears observance will take placeApril 21-27. The theme is "OneLab One Team Making a Differ-ence."The week celebrates laboratorymedicine and recognizes the pro-fessionalism of lab personnel andtheir efforts. Since the develop-ment of this field in the 1920s, thelaboratory science professionalhas played a progressively morecritical role in the diagnosis andprevention of disease.Since laboratory professionalsoften work behind the scenes,few people know much about thevital testing they perform everyday. NMLPW is a time to informand educate medical colleaguesand the public about the medicallaboratory.Lab-related jobs include med-ical lab technician, medical tech-nologist, cytotechnologist,pathologist, phlebotomist andhistotechnician.At USA MEDDAC, Fort Drum,the laboratory staff provides thefollowing services and support:clinical laboratory science, whichdeals with the performance oflaboratory analyses used in thediagnosis and treatment of dis-ease and in the maintenance ofhealth; reception (phlebotomyarea); chemistry; hematology;microbiology; blood bank and ashipping department.Twenty civilian employees andtwo Soldiers comprise the MED-DAC Laboratory staff. Laboratorytechnicians rotate betweenGuthrie and Conner Troop Med-ical Clinics each Monday throughFriday.The goal of the LaboratoryService Section is to ensure Sol-dier medical readiness and to fa-cilitate total beneficiary healthcare through a customer-focusedcommitment to quality care."We provide laboratory servicesthat set the standard for medicalreadiness, integrated health care,and service member and familysupport," said MEDDAC Labora-tory Chief Tina M. Allen. "Wetreat our customers and our-selves with dignity and respect,courtesy and compassion, honorand integrity, and (we) are com-mitted to those we serve."The expanding lab field hasopened many doors for trainedlaboratory professionals.According to the American So-ciety for Clinical Pathology, ashortage of laboratory profes-sionals is anticipated in thedecade ahead. Many now work-ing in the field are approachingretirement, and there are notenough new graduates enteringthe profession to adequatelymeet the needs of our nationshealth care system.In addition, the demand forlaboratory testing is on the risefor a number of reasons.As Americans continue to age,more testing is required more fre-quently. Almost 13 percent of theU.S. population is now older than65. The over-85 category, whichrequires the greatest amount ofhealth care services, is growingrapidly.Demand for medical labora-tory testing is increasing due toincreases in the world popula-tion; stronger emphasis on pre-ventive medicine, including earlydetection and patient responsi-bility; and an explosion of newmedical technologies, such as ge-netic testing.Expanding medical knowl-edge and technological develop-ments have increased the needfor medical laboratory testing.New and different pathogensare contributing to increasedneeds for laboratory testing. Theidentification of new diseases,like AIDS, Lyme disease and hep-atitis C – and the resurgence ofold foes like tuberculosis – poseserious threats to the publichealth.Unprecedented increases ininternational travel (includingSoldier deployments) and immi-gration are resulting in the im-portation of rare or previouslyunknown diseases, especiallyparasitic infections and inheriteddisorders, which increases theneed for laboratory testing.More than 10 billion labora-tory tests are performed in theUnited States each year.Laboratory tests results con-stitute an estimated 70 percent ofthe patients medical records andare vital to the diagnosis andtreatment of illness and disease.To learn about career prepara-tion, educational requirements,scholarships, salaries and job op-portunities for a career in labora-tory medicine, go MEDDACWe want to hear from you!E-MailLisa.R.Albrecht.civ@mail.milPhone772-5469Fax772-8295Submissions are due by noon Friday.Middle years pose challenges to parentsThe Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013 • A9More than 71,000 young chil-dren end up in emergency roomseach year because they got intomedicines while their caregiverwas not looking. Any kind ofmedicine and vitamin – even oneyou buy without a prescription –can cause harm if taken in thewrong way or by the wrong per-son.Be prepared in case of an emer-gency:Call your poison control centerright away if you think your childmight have gotten into a medi-cine or vitamin.Program the Poison Controlnumber, 1-800-222-1222, intoyour phone.Protect your child:Put medicines and vitamins upand away – out of reach and outof sight.Children are curious, and theywill put all sorts of things in theirmouths. Even if you turn yourback for less than a minute, theycan quickly get into things thatcould hurt them. Pick a storageplace in your home that yourchild cannot reach or see. Differ-ent families will have differentplaces.Put medicines and vitaminsaway every time.This includes medicines and vi-tamins you use every day. Neverleave them out on a kitchencounter or at a sick childs bed-side, even if you have to give themedicine again in a few hours.Ask houseguests and visitors tokeep purses, bags or coats thathave medicine in them up andout of sight when they are in yourhome.Listen for the click to makesure the safety cap is locked.Always relock the cap on amedicine bottle. If the bottle hasa locking cap that turns, twist ituntil you hear the click. Remem-ber, even though many medi-cines have safety caps, childrenmay be able to open them. Everymedicine and vitamin must bestored up and out of childrensreach and sight.Teach your children aboutmedicine safety.Teach your children what med-icine is and why you must be theone to give it to them. Never tellchildren medicine is candy to getthem to take it, even if your childdoes not like to take his or hermedicine.Note: Fort Drum will partici-pate in National PrescriptionTake-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. April 27 in the Post Ex-change lobby entrance. 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  7. 7. The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013PEOPLE B3 •CALENDAR B5 • ACTIVITIES B5 • MOVIE TIMES B5Surviving spouses receiveGold Star treatmentTo commemorate Gold StarWives Day 2013, Army Commu-nity Service Survivor OutreachServices and The Spa at Fort Drumpartnered to provide a Day at theSpa for surviving spouses.Gold Star Wives of America an organization of widows andwidowers whose spouses diedwhile on active duty in the militaryservices or as the result of a mili-tary service-connected cause.Thisorganization was organized in1945 by the war widows of WorldWar II, with Eleanor Rooseveltsigning the original incorporationpapers. Since 2010, April 5 hasbeen set aside to honor Gold Starwives, because that was the date ofthe first GSWA meeting 73 yearsago.Thirteen spouses of fallen Sol-diers came together April 6 to relaxand enjoy a brief opportunity to bepampered, with complimentaryservices provided by The Spa atFort Drum.“It’s such a blessing to be withpeople that understand the lossand to feel such love and compas-sion from people who have a giv-ing heart,” said Elizabeth KawehiRodriquez, widow of Staff Sgt.Trinidad Rodriquez Jr. “It lifts ourhearts and spirits when people re-member our loss and their (fallenSoldiers’) sacrifice.”The Spa closed its doors to thepublic for four hours in order toserve only surviving spouses onthis special day by providing man-icures, pedicures and facials. Re-freshments were provided to theseGold Star spa patrons by theThou-sand Islands High School InteractClub as one of the many commu-nity service activities conductedby its student members.“Partnerships with outside busi-nesses and organizations help ourprograms and services to growwhile allowing the community tosee the great work we do for ourFamilies,” said Tom Clegg, SOSSupport coordinator for the FortDrum Region. “We hope to inspireothers to join in our efforts tohonor the Families of our fallen.”The Fort Drum SOS area of re-sponsibility covers Jefferson,Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin,Clinton, Essex and the northernportions of Herkimer and Hamil-ton counties as well as the Cana-dian border area.“Weather and geography play asignificant factor in getting Fami-lies together for activities andevents in the North Country,”Clegg said.“It’s events like this thatplay a key role in making sure thatthose Families know that we willalways be here to assist them, thatthe ultimate sacrifice they havemade is appreciated and will neverbe forgotten.”The purpose of the SOS staff is todeliver on the Army’s commitmentto the Families of the fallen. SOSuses a holistic and multi-agencyapproach to deliver services byproviding access at garrisons andcommunities closest to whereFamilies live.Benefits coordinators, financialcounselors and support coordina-tors are professionals available todeliver individualized supportand attention to survivors acrossthe nation for as long as they de-sire.Recent changes to enhance theArmy’s commitment to Families ofthe fallen include the introductionof the Gold Star Installation AccessCard for surviving Family Mem-bers who are not entitled to theDependent Identification Cardand the establishment of desig-nated parking for surviving Fami-lies.To learn more about the FortDrum Survivor Outreach Servicesoffice, call 772-6357. For more in-formation about Gold Star Wivesof America, Inc., visit DRUM SURVIVOROUTREACH SERVICESRecreation passesavailable for fishing,turkey hunting,birdwatchingMilitary personnel and theirFamilies, Department of Defensecivilian employees and membersof the general public are all wel-come to fish, hunt, birdwatch andpursue other recreational oppor-tunities on Fort Drum traininglands.Participants in any recreationalactivity on the installation mustfirst obtain a Fort Drum recre-ational access pass. Recreationalaccess passes are available free ofcharge online at Fort Drum’s FishandWildlife Management websiteat are valid from Oct. 1through Sept. 30.Trout season began April 1, butstocking trout on Fort Drum usu-ally does not occur until the lastweek of April or first week of May.A map of stocking locations will beon the website when the stockingoccurs. Northern pike and walleyeseason begins May 4, and bassseason begins June 15.Turkey hunting season begins inthe Northern Zone (including FortDrum) on May 1 and runs throughthe entire month. A special youth-only turkey hunt will take placethroughout the state Saturday andSunday.Before entering the trainingareas, all recreationists must firstcheck in daily with Range Divisionby calling the Sportsman’s Hotlineat 772-7153. The Sportsman’s Hot-line is updated at approximately 6p.m., listing training areas that areopen the following day. Upon leav-ing their pass number, recreation-ists may access any training areathat is open for recreation that day.NewYork state fishing and hunt-ing licenses are required and avail-able to purchase at the PX on FortDrum, as well as sporting goodsstores, town clerk offices and somemajor discount stores.Fort Drum recreational mapsare available at all times in thekiosk outside the Natural Re-sources Permit Office, Bldg. 2509,on Route 26 between Great Bendand Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.The Permit Office is open onWednesdays only from 11 a.m. to4 p.m.For more information, includingfish stocking maps, wildlife view-ing reports and notices for specialhunting and fishing opportunities,check out Fort Drum’s Fish andWildlife Management website orsearch on Facebook.FORT DRUM FISH AND WILDLIFEMANAGEMENT PROGRAMLittle TheatreofWatertown will stage‘Elephant Song’WATERTOWN – Little Theatre ofWatertown will present “The Ele-phant Song,” by Nicolas Billon, be-ginning this month in the BlackRiver Valley Club Cabaret Room,131 Washington St.Dinner theater shows will bepresented April 26 and 27 and May2, with dinner at 7 p.m. and theshow to follow. A matinee per-formance will be staged April 28,with dinner at 1 p.m. and the showto follow. Reservations required fordinner theater; call 782-6218.Entrees offer a choice of roastbeef with gravy and smashed po-tatoes, chicken parmesan and lin-guini, and garlic salmon andsmashed potatoes. All meals willbe served with rolls, vegetables,coffee or tea, and dessert.Cost is $30 per person, which in-cludes dinner, tax, tip and show.There will be no general admis-sion on dinner theater nights.General admission shows will bepresented at 7:30 p.m. April 25 andMay 3. Admission is $12 per per-son.Directed by Sherman Ward, theshow starts Jay Storey, WayneThompson, Susie Curtis, SuzyQuackenbush, Shane Coughlin,Colton Mangon and EmilyThompson.The story involves an eminentpsychiatrist who has vanishedfrom his office. The last person tosee him is Michael, a troubled pa-tient obsessed with all things ele-phants. Dr Greenberg, the hospitaldirector, is determined to interro-gate Michael, ignoring the headnurses cryptic warnings. Michaelspeaks of elephants and opera –with the occasional hint of murderand foul play.Fraught with mind games andverbal tugs-of-war, “The ElephantSong” is a cat-and-mouse gamethat will keep audience membersguessing.LITTLE THEATRE OF WATERTOWNJefferson Community College, Fort Drum will welcomeaward-winning author, military spouseWATERTOWN – Award-winningauthor Siobhan Fallon will makeseveral stops in the North Countryon her reading tour promoting hershort story collection “You KnowWhen the Men are Gone.”On Tuesday, Fallon will conductreadings from her book at bothJefferson Community Collegeand at McEwen Library on FortDrum.“You Know When the Men areGone” has received major criticalpraise on the national level, in-cluding from the NewYork Journalof Books, which proclaimed it tobe “the explosive sort of literarytriumph that appears only everyfew years.”Fallon, whose book was inspiredby her own experience as a mili-tary spouse, expressed a keen in-terest in reading in Watertown,especially because of its proximityto Fort Drum.She said she feels that her bookhas the potential to carry a greatdeal of relevance for North Coun-try residents, particularly those inthe military who know firsthandwhat the recent deployments toIraq and Afghanistan have beenlike in terms of their effects onloved ones.Each reading and discussion onTuesday will be open to the publicand free of charge. The first willoccur at JCC in Room 6-002, JulesCenter Amphitheater (Bldg. 6)from 12:30 to 2 p.m., while the sec-ond will be held at McEwen Li-brary, 4300 Camp Hale Road, FortDrum from 4 to 5 p.m. Addition-ally, Fallon will conduct closedworkshops with writing studentsin JCC’s English concentrationsduring the morning.Fallon’s book – a series of inter-connected stories about the livesof military Families stationed atFort Hood, Texas, during a deploy-ment for the war in Iraq – was re-cently released in paperback. Ithas received favorable compar-isons to authors Raymond Carverand Tim O’Brien.Fallon has won various prizes forit, including the Award for FirstFiction from the Texas Institute ofLetters and the 2012 PEN CenterUSA Literary Award in Fiction.Her trip to the North Countryalso will include readings at SUNYCanton on Wednesday.For information about SiobhanFallon’s readings in theWatertownarea, contact the JCC English De-partment at 786-2328.JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGEBarracks Rangers rugbySTAFF SGT. JENNIFER BUNNThe Fort Drum Barracks Rangers rugby team (in blue and red uniforms) competed in a rugby tournamentSaturday at the Monti Sports Fields on Fort Drum. The team was composed of Soldiers, past and present,from throughout 10th Mountain Division (LI) and civilians who work on post. College and club teamscome from all over the area to participate in the tournament. The Barracks Rangers won two of the threegames they played.
  8. 8. The Mountaineer, Fort Drum, N.Y. • April 18, 2013 • B3Fort Drum teen challenges himself,finds unique place on stageMichelle KennedyStaff WriterBrian Walsh didn’t speak until he wasalmost 6. Despite an early diagnosis ofautism, which affected his ability tocommunicate, the 17-year-old highschool senior has found his niche –performing in the shoes, face paintand costumes of other people.Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Terrence andKathy Walsh were stationed at FortDrum when they welcomed their oneand only child into the world. KathyWalsh lives in the North Country withBrian while he finishes his senior yearwhile Terrence Walsh, formerly the10th Combat Aviation Brigade anddeputy garrison chaplain here, serveswith the G1 Command Policy and Pro-grams Division in Washington, D.C.Shortly after a permanent-change-of-station move to Fort Knox, Ky., theWalshes began noticing their 15-month-old was regressing.“We were (at Fort Drum) until Brianwas about a year old, and he hit all ofhis milestones and started to babble,”Kathy Walsh said. “We got to FortKnox, and all of a sudden we realizedthat he started losing some of the lan-guage he had acquired.”At 18 months, Brian was evaluatedby an early intervention specialist. Theexperts recommended that his parentscontinue to watch and observe his de-velopment, and they suggested someexercises to do at home.By age 2, Brian had regressed signifi-cantly, Kathy Walsh said. After visitinga developmental pediatrician atWright-Patterson Air Force Base inOhio, Brian was diagnosed with perva-sive developmental delay not other-wise specified, also known asPDD-NOS.“(Brian) was a happy kid, but (he)had (adverse reactions) to some stim-ulations – flapping (hands) and no lan-guage,” Kathy Walsh said. “He couldunderstand (words) but had no recip-rocal expressive language; he woulddrag you, point to things and wouldcommunicate in other ways.”Brian learned sign language andbegan speech and occupational ther-apy to help with his fine motor skills.“By the time he was 4, he had en-tered the DOD school system, and wethought it would be good to get himreevaluated. That’s when they told ushe had autism,” she said.The news was bittersweet, but atleast there was a name for Brian’s diag-nosis.“We thought, ‘OK, what do we donow?” she said.At the time, there wasn’t a lot of in-formation available about autism, butthat didn’t stop Terrence and KathyWalsh from finding out what was bestfor their son.“I had some friends who had chil-dren on the (autism) spectrum, but hewas completely different from themand they were completely differentfrom others,” Kathy Walsh said, addingthat the DOD school system helpedthe Family get all of the informationand resources available in the area. “Itwas probably the best place wecould’ve been, which is why we stayedthere until he was in the fourth grade.”The stability that offered Brian wasextremely beneficial, Kathy Walsh said.He had the same teachers and becamefamiliar with the Exceptional FamilyMember Program staff.“The EFMP office there knew uswell,” she said. “I have tremendous re-spect for EFMP, because you get veryclose to the people.”The Family got involved in differentactivities to ensure their son receivedthe best care and treatment possible.Terrence and Kathy Walsh also becamevery involved in Brian’s education.“He had a significant delay, but hehad fantastic teachers and got a lot ofbreaks in the school day,” Kathy Walshsaid. “It was all put into his (individu-alized education program). Gettingthat set and getting that perfect (was achallenge). You learn to fight, and youlearn to really be your child’s best ad-vocate.”Terrence Walsh took classes with alawyer specializing in special educa-tion law, and the Family was active inthe Autism Society in Louisville. Thesociety invited doctors to come tomeetings and allowed parents to sitdown and talk with them without hav-ing to make an appointment.“The networking and getting (con-nected) with other families was so sig-nificant,” Walsh said. “We didn’t takeon this challenge alone; there were alot of other Families with (autistic)children on post.”Connecting with other military Fam-ilies with children on the autism spec-trum disorder was “fantastic” forBrian, Walsh said.“A lot of parents think their child willnever make friends or never do ‘nor-mal’ things,” she said. “When theywould get together and play, whateverthey did was ‘normal’ for them. Even ifthey were doing their own thing sittingback to back, they were still interactingin their own way and how they neededto. That was normal.“I hate the label of ‘normal,’ butwhatever they did was fine for them,”Walsh continued.The Walsh Family continues to helpothers in the community who are fac-ing a new diagnosis of autism. With 17years of experience navigating throughEFMP services and other communityservices, the Walshes have a wealth ofknowledge to share.“I know other people who have hada much worse time than we have,”Kathy Walsh said. “There have beenbumps in the road, but other thanhaving to fight for what he needed or ateacher or classrooms, Brian has beeneasily adaptable and he goes intothings with an open mind.”Finding an outletBrian found a love of art, design andwriting. When he was 8, one of hisfriends, who also was diagnosed withautism, was hit by a car. After visitinghim in the hospital, Brian decided hisfriend needed something for comfort.He came up with the idea for SAAM –“Security Against All Monsters” – blan-kets.Brian learned to sew and beganmaking SAAM blankets for orphanagesand hospice centers in Korea,Afghanistan, Poland, Germany, Scot-land and all over the United States.He was recognized for his work inKentucky and at their next duty stationat Fort Sill, Okla., Kathy Walsh said.After moving back to Fort Drum in2007, the Walsh Family became in-volved in Fort Drum’s EFMP, as well asother post and community organiza-tions and events. Brian even donned ared hat and fluffy white beard when heplayed Santa Claus at a sensory-friendly holiday party in Watertown.Brian found his love of theater anddrama when he got involved withChild, Youth and School Services’SKIES Unlimited theater program andbegan singing in the choir.“I’ve always been a big fan of the artsand just seeing people use their skillsto their advantage,” Brian said. “Ithought that maybe my autism couldreally get me to be over the top or (actlike someone else), and it really helps.”Last month, Brian starred as theGrinch in Indian River Central HighSchool’s theatrical production of“Seussical.” Since stepping on stage forthe first time, he has been involved insix theater productions, including“Annie,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and“12 Angry Jurors.”“When the high school did ‘Annie’(last year), which is one of my favoriteshows, I really wanted to be involved,”he added.Indian River High School has a greattheater program, according to KathyWalsh. In addition to theater, Brianalso is taking public speaking this year.“He’s not afraid to push himself,” shesaid.Brian also had an opportunity to au-dition for a scholarship to the Ameri-can Academy of Dramatic Arts in NewYork City on March 28. The 128-year-old school offers a two-year degreethat will transfer to other four-yearcolleges.“They have an extraordinary alum-nus – Florence Henderson, DenzelWashington, Hank Azaria and RobertRedford,” Brian said. “Maybe I’ll makeit to the big time.”To prepare for the audition, Brianhad to memorize monologues, whichhe admits is an easy task for him.“Memorizing monologues? That’seasy,” he said, laughing.For a young man who started his lifelacking the ability to fully communi-cate, Brian continues to push himselfand encourage others through findingways to speak his mind, whether it’s onstage, through art, writing for hisschool newspaper or singing to an au-dience.“You’ve got to just believe in yourselfsometimes and find the best way toget through the obstacles, even if itmeans taking a short cut,” Brian said.“For anyone who’s diagnosed with (anautism spectrum disorder), it’s not theend of the world. There’s a lot you haveto learn, but (the Family) learns to-gether. It’s a matter of cooperation thatcounts, and you aren’t alone.”COURTESY PHOTOBrian Walsh, dressed as the Grinch, poses for a photo with his parents, Chaplain(Lt. Col.) Terrence Walsh and Kathy Walsh, after his performance in “Seussical”last month. Brian, 17, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, which affected hisability to communicate.COURTESY PHOTOBrian Walsh, 17, poses for a senior photo. 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