Liberty TimesTASK FORCEMOUNTAIN EAGLE277TH AVIATIONSUPPORT BATTALIONHOT TOPICS Alpha FRG Meet- V O L U M E I , I S S U E 2 7 J U L Y 2 0 1 2 U N E 2 0 1 2 ing: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 5:30pm at Eagle Commander’s Corner 277th Rhicard Community Center No Bravo FRG Meeting. Charlie FRG Meet- Families are that there are mixed of great volunteers that, together, will ing - Thursday, feelings about the FRG and the lead a deliberate campaign to achieve our August 9, 2012, organization. While some view vision. Success for all FRGs happens at 4:30pm at the Char- that there is goodness in the group, company level. But they cannot get there lie Company Build- many view the FRG groups as alone. They will need your help. You ing. ―clicky,‖ ―political‖ and of no are the source of those great volunteers. I HSC FRG Meeting: value to their own lives. This is fully understand that not all can volunteer Thursday, August not surprising, especially in an but many can. Volunteerism is the most 9, 2012, 5:00pm at organization that has over 350 valuable component of establishing an HSC Classroom, By LTC Enrique Ortiz immediate families and over 800 FRG and ultimately caring for our fami- 20345 Anaconda Rd Battalion Commander total Soldiers, all with extended lies. Secondly, they need to be able to Mountain Eagle Families, families. I want to clarify that talk to all of you and share information Let me begin by saying that extended families to our single with you. This is the second most critical Diana and I are extremely excited Soldiers are equally as important component of our strategy. Connecting and blessed with the opportunity as immediate families. Many with you (it does not matter if it’s in per- to be a part of you - the Mountain single Soldiers have a perception son, phone, email, social media, etc) lets Eagle Family. You all are, and that the FRG does not really apply us know what your needs are, what sup-CONTACTS have been, an incredible team that to them. Nothing can be further port you need, what we need to fix, what has endured and accomplished a from the truth. I firmly believe family services we can coordinate, etc.BATTALION STAFF lot in this past year. As a Com- that the FRG is here for ALL Sol- Connecting also serves as an opportunityDUTY DESK mander, I can say that we, the diers and Families. That is why I to share critical information and aware-315-774-1200 Army, recognize your commit- make a point of highlighting ex- ness of the organization. We also will ment and sincerely appreciate the tended families. My responsibility establish processes and systems that de-CHAPLAIN sacrifices you make every day. against all these perceptions is to scribe the ―how‖ to deal with expected(CPT) LOVE As the new Mountain Eagle 6, I eliminate them and establish trust and unexpected situations. We will also315-681-0883 think it is important that the first and confidence in the FRG. My exercise those processes to make sure thing I share with you is my view vision has three focus areas for the they actually work. Finally, we need toFAMILY READINESS and strategy for the FRG. To me, next two years: to establish a get your honest feedback regularly. YouSUPPORT the Family Readiness Group is the Family Readiness Group that ef- are our quality assurance and ultimatelyASSISTANT (FRSA) most important means I have to fectively improves our Families the measure of success.MICHELE GALLOWAY take care of you. The FRG is a readiness and resiliency, to earn I honestly believe that Family is the315-774-1206 trust as a key source of support strength of our Soldiers. Diana and I are group of exceptional family volun- teers teamed with unit command- during any emergency and to earn committed to this belief. We look for-MILITARY FAMILY a reputation for great family care ward to meeting everyone as we settleLIFE CONSULTANT ers for the purpose of increasing your ability to be ready to deal and compassion. into Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain(MFLC) To get there, my Company Division. with the tough Army lifestyle315-405-7449 Commanders will fully commit to through support, information and315-212-6919 placing command emphasis on the Freedom and Liberty! relationships. My initial impres- sions about the Mountain Eagle final objective – Family Readi-ARMY COMMUNITY ness. First, they will build a team ―Mountain Eagle 6‖SERVICE (ACS)INFORMATIONAND REFERRAL Family Readiness Group Advisor’s Updates315-772-65571-800-826-0886 By Diana Ortiz to do is take this opportunity but I have come to realize that FRG Advisor to THANK YOU all for the once we look back we areMILITARYONESOURCE daily sacrifices that you and amazed about what was ac- Hello to all the great your loved ones make and complished and how strong we1-800-342-9647 277th Soldiers and Families! will be making in the up- can all be if we stick together This is my first article and coming months. The Army and support each other. Fam- the first thing I would like Life is full of tough moments ily Readiness Group is an es- For the rest of the article, go to page 8.
PAGE 2 Headquarters & Support Company - Battle Penguins dillo, PFC Brian Trull, PFC Parker and PFC Rinna Kevin Thach and the new- Thach. est member to the Non- There will not be a for- Commissioned Officer mal FRG meeting this Corps, SGT Jesse Smith. month as we are planning This is the first month I get our Company Organiza-By CPT Natalie Nissen to announce the new Bat- tional Day on 27 July. Lo-HSC Company Commander talion Commander, LTC cation is to be determined Hello Families of HSC Ortiz and welcome his fam- and will go out during com-277 ASB, July will be a ily. We also have a new pany formations and emailsshort month as most of it Support Operations Ser- through myself and theis focused on spending geant Major, SGM Rodney FRG leader.time with family. Soldiers Harris which is a great ad-have been encouraged to dition to the HSC family. CPT Natalie Nissentake block leave at the In addition to that we have Talon 6beginning of July. a few new members to (315)774-1465 The company had HSC. PFC Juan Angel, firstname.lastname@example.org promotions this SPC Travis Baxley, SGTmonth. PV2 Erik Sor- Ross Dennison, SGT CoreyHSC Family Readiness Group NotesDawn Marie DeGrave towns Farmers Market isHSC FRG Leader Wednesdays from 0630 -1500. Carthage Farmers Market Fri-Hello Everyone, days 0700-1400, and Clayton I hope this finds everyone Farmers Markets Thursdayswell. Not much going on this 1 6 0 0 - 1 8 0 0 .month. I would like to sayhello to some of our new sol- Thank you so much!diers, CW2 Jeanbaptiste,Roudy, PV2 Mosier, Zach- DawnMarie DeGraveary,CW2 Prince, Clever, 2LT 315-777-6152Rodriguez, Stephanie and Dawnmarie.DegravePV2 Sordillo, Erik. @us.army.mil We would also like to con-gratulate CPT Koch, Jamesand his wife who gave birth toa 6lb, 10oz baby boy namedGracen James on 24 May at5:14am. There are a number of ac- LIBERTY TIMEStivities to mention: Water-
VOLUME I, ISSUE 27 PAGE 3Alpha Company - Atlas By CPT Bryan Bolin participated this month, A Company Commander I appreciate your support. We continuing to build our A Company The month of June has been family and each month more families full of fun and excitement. At the attend the FRG meetings and that’s a company we have been finishing good sign. up with our gunnery support, con- The next couple of weeks will go ducted training with the National by quickly, just remember to be safe, Guard, and have been preparing have fun, and I will see you at the for the company BBQ on the 29th. BBQ on the 29th of June. The BBQ will be held at Reming- ton Park on main post and will ―On our shoulders!‖ start at 1300. Food prep and set up will begin at 1130 for those who CPT Bryan Bolin wish to volunteer to assist. There 315-774-1041 will be bouncy castles, volleyball, Bryan.email@example.com games, and other events for all the family to enjoy. I hope all families are taking advantage of block leave. This is the perfect time to recharge your batteries and enjoy time with fami- lies or to just get away for a bit. Due to block leave being 1-15 July, our monthly FRG meeting will be conducted on 19 July at 1730 at the Rhicard hills commu- nity center. Thank you to all the families who Alpha Company Family Readiness Group UpdatesSarah Popp opportunity to work with the Command Also we are still looking forA Company FRG Leader and fellow family members. I hope that some more volunteers, Key call- the volunteers in the company will keep ers, a co-treasure, event planners,Hello Alpha Eagle Families, up the good work and the support contin- etc.. If you are interested please I hope that everybody is getting out and ues. I have built some great friendships get a hold of me.enjoying this awesome weather. River with my fellow Alpha Eagles. I will miss Our Next meeting will be JulyFest and Mountain Fest are at the end of you all. I will still be around till the first 19th @ Richard Hills Communitythe month and they are great events. We week of August. Center 5:30 Pot Luck Dinner/also have our Company Organization Day That being said we are now on the Splash Park Family Fun. Bring acoming up. It’s going to be a great day of search for the New FRG leader that will dinner dish and juice or soda tofun and hopefully plenty of sun shine. step up and help support the families as share and don’t forget your towels.Then it’s summer Block Leave time. Time the company goes from reset to pre de- This will be my last meeting.to Relax and really enjoy. I hope every- ployment prep in the follow months andbody has a great month. deployment within the next year. Our Soldiers, Our Family, On Our My husband has received Orders this I would like to say thanks to Candy Shouldersmonth so it looks like we will be leaving Kinne for taking over as the Treasurer and Sarah Poppsoon. His report date is the first week of a key caller. Thank you to Thelma Web 937-541-6371Sept. (Ft. Polk) for becoming a key caller. And BIG firstname.lastname@example.org I have not been the FRG Leader that thanks to all that have helped out the lastlong but I’m sure glad that I have had the few months.
PAGE 4 Bravo Company - Hangar Rats By MAJ Ryan Guthrie mand and General Staff College LizSantana, B Company Commander CGSC (otherwise known as and PFC Intermediate Level Education Oehldrich. Greetings Hangar Rat Fami- ILE). They only send two types Select Soldiers lies: of people to Fort Leavenworth, were promoted The times for summer time majors and crooks. I leave the to the rank of fun activities are upon us. On company in excellent hands Specialist: SPC Abuya, SPC 8 June 2012, the company had with a vast experience base. Bauman, and SPC Bredwell. a day of rafting on the Black MAJ Boyer will surely lead and We also received and wel- River. Families were wel- mentor our unit and Families comed outstanding Soldiers to come to attend with their Sol- through the next year and de- our formation in June. We wel- diers and we had a great turn- ployment with great success. comed PFC Klevans to avionics out of 90 Soldiers and family The company distributed platoon, PFC Przyblyla, PFC members. The water levels multiple awards this month to Suarez, PFC Zepkowski, and were unusually high with lar- our Soldiers as they depart the PV2 Mauracooper and his wife ger grade rapids which turned unit. The Army Commendation to shops platoon. Our newest out to be exciting for some Medal was awarded to SGT additions are greatly welcomed and a bit terrifying for others. Byrd, SGT Flores, SSG Heri- into the fold of our unit with Overall, it was a day of ex- tage, and SPC Hines for their enthusiasm. periences and memories. I outstanding service to the unit. was grateful to share it with The Army Achievement Medal Signing Out, you before my departure. was presented to SPC DeJesus, This will be my last news- SSG Lang, and SSG DiazPadro. MAJ Ryan A Guthrie letter submission. On 25 June The unit promoted our worthy Hangar Rat 6 2012, I will change command and newest Soldiers. The fol- (315) 772-4239 with MAJ Del Boyer. I am lowing Soldiers were promoted email@example.com leaving for Fort Leavenworth, to Private First Class: PFC Kansas to attend the Com- Johnson, PFC King, PFC Bravo Company Family Readiness Group Updates Gigi Tomsu several summer concerts with need of key callers. If you B Company FRG Leader Blake Shelton, Bill Cosby, and are interested, the next key Journey. caller training will be July Hello Bravo Company It is sad to say that this will 12th at 10-11:30am and 2- Families and Soldiers! It is be my last newsletter. My 3:30pm at the ACS. Call 315 summer time, which means family and I will be PCSing. I -772-0470/2828 to register. many activities will be within am proud to have had the op- Also, there will be no your reach. At our last FRG portunity to be your FRG FRG meeting for the month meeting, we mentioned a lot leader. I had a great time, and of July. I hope everyone en- of activities to do throughout I am glad to have met a few joys their block leave. I wish the summer. There will be new faces. Thank you for be- you farewell! Hopefully we Independence Day fireworks ing part of the FRG and also may cross paths again. Take at multiple locations. Clayton thank you to our volunteers. care. will be on July 3rd at dusk. Your commitment is what Alexandria Bay and Sackets makes a difference. On that Gigi Tomsu Harbor will be on July 4th at note, I would encourage all of 315-777-6521 dusk. Also, the Jefferson you to contribute some of your firstname.lastname@example.org County Fair will be July 10th- time to become a volunteer for 15th R Y Fairgrounds, and L I B E at Tthe T I M E S your FRG. We are still in
VOLUME I, ISSUE 27 PAGE 5 Charlie Company - Ravens standing tall and looking good during This month we are also having our the ceremony. company organization day at Remington The Ravens then ran an M16 and Pond’s Tranquility Pavilion from 10 M4 rifle zero and qualification range A.M. to 2 P.M on June 28, 2012. There By CPT Matthew Thompson for the battalion. In four days, over will be barbeque, some fun games, and a C Company Commander 350 Soldiers from our battalion were bouncy castle and playground for the able to zero and qualify on their as- kids. This is also the same day as If you are up here in the North signed weapon. The Soldiers get 18 Mountain Fest which starts later on that Country, hopefully you have been rounds of ammunition to zero their afternoon, so it will be a great day to out enjoying the beautiful weather sites on their weapon, and then con- come out to Fort Drum and witness all and the best time of the year here at duct a 40 round qualification table at the festivities if you are in the area, and Fort Drum. This month we wel- targets out to 300 meters. be sure and stay for the Salute the Na- comed in our new battalion com- The rest of the month was spent tion ceremony that evening. mand team during the change of preparing for this summer’s big train- Whatever your plans are over block command held during the first week ing event, Mountain Peak, which will leave, I hope you have a great time, take of the month. The Ravens were involve most of the division conduct- care and come back safe! I hope to see ing a large scale training exercise on everyone at Remington Pond on the 28th! Fort Drum. This 10 day event starts shortly after our return from our sum- CPT Matthew K. Thompson Online VMIS FRG mer block leave. The Ravens have 315-774-1056 Volunteer Registration been training on our High Capacity – Matthew.email@example.com Line of Site communications systems Visit www.myarmyonesource.com in preparation for the exercise. There are options to Login with your username and password or Register if you don’t have a profile. Charlie Company FRG Notes Megan Wilson family work day. As far as an FRG Fill out your information. C Company FRG Leader meeting in July, that is still a work in When you’ve created a profile, click on ―Volunteer‖ on the top right sec- Hey everybody! C Co FRG progress. We will inform everybody tion of the page. This will take you to Leader Megan Wilson here. A as soon as we know more about what the Volunteer Management Informa- LOT of things have been going on is going on. Also in July we have a tion System (VMIS) around C Co. We had an FRG couple births that are supposed to be Click on ―Opportunity Locator‖ Meeting on June 14th but due to C happening so that is something else Select ―Fort Drum‖ under Military Co running a range it was a very we will announce when the time Community and ―FRG: 10 AVN– small turn out. However, we will comes. That pretty much does it for 277‖ under the Organization and click be having a Company ORG day now. Can’t wait to see everybody at Search. on June 28th at 1000 to 1400 at ORG day! Choose the volunteer position you’d like to apply for. When the new page Remington Park. We are going to loads, click Apply. have a bouncy house, the pavilion Until next time everybody! we reserved is right next to the dog park so families can bring Sincerely,Check out the FRSA Flash! their dogs, we are grilling and weThe 277th ASB FRSA Flash has lots of Megan Wilsonin-formation and is our Weekly News- will be playing games! Fun times 315-777-1593letter for our Family Members and Sol- will be had. In July we have a lot m-Murdock@hotmail.comdiers. If you are not receiving the FRSAFlash, please contact the 277th FRSA of things going on again. BlockMichele Galloway at 315-774-1206 or leave, training in the field, and aMichele.firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAGE 6 How Often Do We Say God Bless You?DID YOU KNOW? By CPT Steven Love contentious, angry, short- 29:11-13 ―For I know theArmy Community Service fused, prone to fits of out- plans that I have for you,(ACS) has clinical Military How often do we say bursts, one who sows seeds declares the LORD plans forFamily Life Consultants God bless you? of strife, impatient, jealous, welfare and not for calamity(MFLCs) available for walk- A lot, but how often do boastful, arrogant, inability to give you a future and ain confidential consults? If we push His blessings to endure and persevere. hope. Then you will callyou feel you need some- away? "God cannot give I believe a true sense of upon me and come and prayone to talk to or are hav- us a happiness and peace peace starts with the Spirit to me, and I will listen toing marital problems, apart from Himself, be- of God dwelling within you. you. You will seek me andplease call them at 315-212 cause it is not there. There-6919 or just stop by M-F That is why C.S. Lewis said find me when you search for is no such thing." apart from God there is no me with all your heart.‖8 a.m. – 8 p.m. C.S. Lewis such thing as one having God we thank you thatACS also has a Financial You can’t go through happiness and peace. you care for us and want toReadiness Program that life and not get discour- So often we think if I bless us. Help us to seek youprovides free counseling or aged. To be blue, to be could remove this problem I and know the difference be-advice on financial matters? sad, happens. But for some could have happiness and tween the things that matterThey can provide all types people being happy does- peace. But having peace and and the things that don’t.of financial assistance: pull n’t happen near enough… contentment doesn’t happen Enjoy your summer as youcredit reports, budgeting, can I get an Amen? because we remove the seek His peace!debt management, invest- I, like anyone, like to problems; it will take placeing, etc. Call 772-0050 for be happy. But more impor- because we enter into the Love Big Live Wellmore info. tantly I have found that presence of God and then He Chaplain Love what I need is peace. shows up with peace, love Think about it, to not have and joy.Behavioral Health Con- peace within you is to be In the Bible Jeremiahtacts: Suicide Resources/Hotlines CONTACT INFORMATION BN Staff Duty 774-1200Connor Clinic Appoint- 24-hour BDE Staff Duty 774-1100ment Line: 315-772-2778 FRSA 774-1206 email email@example.com FRG LeadersAfter Hours Emergency HSC – Dawn Marie DeGrave cell: 315-777-6152;Services (Holidays and Dawnmarie.firstname.lastname@example.orgWeekends) Before 9:00 A Co – Sarah Popp-cell: 937-541-6371, email@example.com: Acute Care Clinic, B Co—GiGi Tomsu-cell: 315-777-6521, firstname.lastname@example.org C Co—Megan Wilson-cell: 818-279-3927, M-MURDOCK@HOTMAIL.COMAfter 9:00 pm: Samaritan FRG AdvisorsMedical Center Emer- Diana Ortiz – cell: 571-228-1962, email email@example.com Department: 315-785-4100Local 24-Hour Crisis Line:315-785-4516National Suicide Preven- BLUEBERRY MONTHtion Lifeline: 1-800-273- HOT DOG MONTHTALK ICE CREAM MONTHSuicide Prevention Action HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!Network (SPAN):ww.spanusa.org LIBERTY TIMES
VOLUME I, ISSUE 27 PAGE 7 July 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Block leave8 9 30 june-14 july 2012 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 ALPHA 20 21 FRG MTG 5:30PM RHI- CARD CMTY CTR22 23 24 25 26 27 2829 30 Key Caller 31 Training/Classes FRG Suspenses Adv 1-2:30pm BDE/BN/CO FRG Meet- ings/Training/Events Community Events Upcoming Key Caller Need Help? Call or visit Military Class Dates: Watertown Concert in the Park, July July 12th OneSource to find infor- 3rd, 6pm, Thompson Park All Classes are at ACS from mation about taxes, par- Commissary Open, July 4th, 9am— 2-3:30 p.m. or 5-6:30p.m. enting, deployments, 3pm finances, taxes, counsel- DPAO/Toyota Concert Series: Blake Call Mobilization and Deployment to ing, PCS moves & more! Shelton, July 6th, 7pm, The Fair- register at 315-772-0470. grounds. Personal Financial Counselor, is back Jefferson County Fair, July 10-15, The and available every Thursday from Fairgrounds. 1pm to 3pm in the 277th Battalions Fort Drum ACAP Career Fair, July Classroom. Call him at 586-350- 12th, 10am—2pm. 7650 to help set up a budget, check Lewis County Fair, July 17-21, Lewis your credit, develop a plan to get out County Fairgrounds. of debt, get started investing, or what- DPAO/Toyota Concert Series: Bill ever you need assistance with. You Cosby, July 28th, 7pm, The Fair- can also always call Financial Readi- grounds. ness at 772-0050 for this same type of assistance.
PAGE 8Family Readiness Group Advisor’s Updates, continuedsential part as it helps us all to stay and great as its members make it. warm welcome we received comingconnected and it supports communi- Our kids and I are excited to be here into this Battalion. Now it is ourcation during separation. I encour- in Ft. Drum. Coming from Korea we turn to wish you all a fun and memo-age all families to stay connected and really appreciate the fresh air and end- rable summer time! I look forwardfind time even during the coming less outdoor options that Jefferson to meeting each and every one ofsummer months to attend the County offers. We look forward to you at the many upcoming events onmonthly FRG meetings, functions or fishing for our own salmon, visiting or off post. If you have questions orfundraisers. Looking back on our local farmers markets and getting to have any kind of need please do notpast years, I can attest that the FRG see the many islands and shores in the hesitate to contact your companyhas helped us endure more than 4 North American region. FRG leader. They are always happydeployments. I have been driving around Ft. to assist and connect you with the I sincerely respect and appreciate Drum and I am impressed by what is right person to support you. Mythe hard work that FRG leaders and offered on this installation. A ―Wow family and I are excited to be herevolunteers do for their Company moment‖ was the visit we made to the and it is our honor to be part of thefamilies & single Soldiers. These ACS Center. What a wonderful build- Mountain Eagle Task Force!are pure volunteer jobs marked by ing full of resources and information!selfless hard work for the benefit of We got a binder full of local options, a Diana Ortizall families in the unit. I would en- gift for my kids and a cool bag just forcourage families in the companies to taking the time to pass by. I encour-support your FRG with ideas and age everyone to do this if you are newsuggestions or maybe sign up as a or maybe got here months back butvolunteer if you have an extra hour have not really seen the area yet.or two. I very much believe in this In the name of my family and my-golden rule: An FRG is as strong self, I want to thank you all for theEye On The Eagle WELCOME LTC & MRS. ORTIZ LTC & MRS. DIANA ORTIZ AND CHILDREN: ANNA, SOFIA AND MAX.LIBERTY TIMES
PAGE9 PICTURES ARMY PHOTO BY CPT Melinda Walden B 277th ASB, TF Mountain Eagle. SSG Lang received his PCS award and gift from MAJ Ryan Guthrie. Ravens standing tall during the battalion change of command ceremony on June 4, 2012.
PICTURES CONTINUED PAGE10 Charlie Company waits for the first firers to arrive for the M16 and M4 range on June 15, 2012. Staff Sergeant Kevin Pearson, the Range Safety Officer, hands out ear plugs to firers from HSC on June 15, 2012
PICTURES CONTINUED PAGE11 Sergeant Nicholas Ellis observes as the initial firing order begins zeroing their rifles on June 15, 2012. OUR SOLDIERS, OUR HEROES - Soldiers Prayer All the Soldiers are Heroes to me; They fight in order that we can be free. Our fathers and mothers have gone before; They defended our Country by going to war. Our soldiers are fighting for freedom each day. Some lose their lives; its a high price they pay. They fight for our country, for me and for you; So our children are free, and grandchildren too. Until we find a better way, To stop the terrorists, in the games they play. To guarantee that were safe in our land Our soldiers will continue to fight in the sand. Our dream is to have them all home again; For our Country to be safe for each & every man. In the meantime we know Freedoms not free. Thanks to the Soldiers - youre Heroes to me.
PAGE 12277th Aviation Support Battalion 277th Aviation Support Battalion History10th Combat Aviation Brigade In February 2006, the 277th Aviation Support Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII, where it provided combat service and support to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon. The Unit redeployed in February of 2007 after earning the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker Award for best Aviation Battalion in 2006 and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.20125 Hangar Access Road In October 2008, the 277th ASB deployed to Iraq in sup-Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield port of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11, where it providedFort Drum, NY 13602 support and combat services to the 10th CAB, Task Force Lightning. The unit redeployed in October 2009 and earnedPhone: 315-774-1206 the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker award for the BestFax: 315-774-1231 Combat Service Support Battalion for the work performedE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org during its 2008-2009 deployment.“Freedom and Liberty”