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  1. 1. Volume 1 Issue 4 1st Battalion 24th Infantry Fort Wainwright, Alaska October 2012 Notes From the Commander The last several months have been busy for the Soldiers and Families of the Legion, and during the upcoming months the battalion will begin its collective training period as well assuming the Quick Response Force mission for Alaska. Your Soldiers have been working hard to maintain equipment that saw hard use in Afghanistan, recover personal gear, and reestablish the administrative systems that allow the Legion to “do routine things routinely”. Our initial training has focused on restoring the basic skills we will need to train and live in the Arctic winter, and our focus on marksmanship will prepare us for upcoming training events. The Battalion will start field training in a few weeks, and we will be in and out of the field for the next several months. As winter rapidly approaches, please ensure that you have prepared for the weather and the challenges thatcome as part of life in Alaska. Proper clothing for everyone in thefamily, winterized vehicles, and the recommended emergency kits inyour vehicles will help to ensure that everyone can enjoy the seasonwithout worry or unexpected adventures. I would encourage recentarrivals to participate in the upcoming “Welcome to Winter” eventssponsored by ACS (scheduled dates are published on the Battalion’sFacebook page).The Legion continues to expand on its tremendous reputationthroughout Alaska and the Army with every mission and eventcompleted. This reputation is built on the commitment toexcellence that your Soldiers bring to work every day, and sustainedthrough their hard work. Both the Soldiers of the Legion, and theirfamilies, have much to be proud of.Strength and Honor This Newsletter Contains Official Information.
  2. 2. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 2 CSM Sims, Todd CSM Sims, wife Cosette and children Shawn and Shelby. MAJ Simms, David MAJ Simms, wife Kelly and children Brad, Alex and Cate
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  4. 4. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 4 Headquarters & Headquarters CompanyHavoc Company Friends and Family, platoon then moved Since the return of the Company from our into a night fire inyear long deployment in support of Operation which we practicedEnduring Freedom, Havoc Soldiers have completed engaging targets outthe time consuming and very important task of unit to 200m with nightlevel reset. This period allows the Battalion time to vision devices andbring our equipment back to 100% readiness for lasers. We thenfuture training events here in Alaska. The men and qualified on thewomen of HHC most recently finished up our range Basicdensity at the Fort Wainwright range complexes, these Marksmanshipqualifying events allow us to move into our next phase Range with allof collective training. As always the Alaska winter will mortarmengive our training a new dynamic but with the successfullyoutstanding leaders and Soldiers in our company the qualifying over thearctic conditions will be conquered. course of two days. The month ended Havoc Scout Platoon conducted an intense with simulated combat patrols being conducted at theselection week beginning on September 5th that ended Mobile Training Center (MTC) in which some of ourwith the selection of 13 new Soldiers for the platoon. younger Soldiers were given the chance to step intoAt the conclusion of selection week, the platoon leadership positions and maneuver their squads oncelebrated with a BBQ, the new Soldiers that were simulated computer missions. As we prepare to moveselected and their families were welcomed to HHC into the next phase of our training, we have establishedand the Scout Platoon. The Scouts have since and begun training on a comprehensive certification ofcompleted basic reconnaissance team operations both our gun teams and our fire direction centertraining in conjunction with post deployment reset to personnel.include weapons zeroing and qualifications.Congratulations to SPC Healy, PV2 Speas, and PV2 Havoc Medical platoon is sending two medics toShorrow for being recognized by the Battalion Hawaii for the opportunity to earn the Expert FieldCommander and Command Sergeant Major for Medical Badge (EFMB). SPC Davis was awarded thequalifying expert while in NBC Gear. As the Platoon Combat Medical Badge in our Battalion’s lastprogresses into October, the focus will now be shifted deployment; SPC Morris is new to the platoon but hasfrom marksmanship to fire team operations. The demonstrated the potential to succeed. Platoon train upPlatoon is also awaiting the arrival of two little Recce consisted of Land Navigation training and EFMBbabies soon, SSG Moody found out he is having a son trauma simulation in conjunction with the Brigadeand SPC Nowell will be expecting a daughter. Support Medical Company to prepare our medics for This month, HHC Mortar Platoon focused on their two week course in Hawaii. The Medical Platoonimproving basic individual Soldier skills and tasks. The drew their first Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle andplatoon conducted Land Navigation training in a two Field Litter Ambulances since redeployment inclassroom environment, and began conducting tactical April; these vehicles allow us to provide medicalmovements in the woods along the perimeter of the coverage for the Battalion when conducting Live Firepost. Mortars also began to focus on increased trigger Ranges held at the Donnelly Training Area and the Forttime at the FWA range complex. HHC Mortars ran a Wainwright Range Complex. SGT McCullah is travellingknown distance range, and had all mortarmen execute to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend the Air Assaulttraining on distance marksmanship to refine Course in preparation for the Special Forces Q-Course.techniques and perfect our weapons accuracy. The We would like to recognize two medics who were
  5. 5. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 5promoted to Sergeant, congratulations to SGT BN medical Soldier conducting day land navigationMcCullah and SGT Samson for setting the example fortheir Soldiers and peers. 1SG Fischer and I are flat out amazed at theaccomplishments Havoc Company has been able tocomplete in the past two months. This Company hasset the bar for unit level reset, conducted a successfulchange of command, and completed individual levelmarksmanship training. Our training plans from nowuntil block leave are very aggressive but they arenecessary for our Soldiers and the missions we will beasked to complete. I couldn’t be prouder of our effortsand it’s a tremendous honor and privilege to work sideby side with the Soldiers of Havoc Company. Just a reminder, you can stay current with ourCompany by checking the HHC FRG website andagain, thank you for your unwavering support anddedication. BN medical Soldier conducting day land navigation All the best, CPT Jeremy Teter and 1SG Bryan Fischer HHC Upcoming FRG Meetings: TBD For more information contact your FRG Leader Michelle Jones at PV2 Siemen qualifies with his NBC Gear hhc124frg@gmail.com HHC Points of Contact Company Commander: CPT Teter, Jeremy jeremy.m.teter.mil@mail.mil Company First Sergeant:1SG Fischer, Bryan bryan.k.fischer.mil@mail.mil FRG Leaders: Michelle Jones hhc124frg@yahoo.com
  6. 6. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 6 Alpha CompanyGreetings Friends and Family of Ares Company! What’s so different about Winter Ares Company has been doing great things Driving in Alaska?since our return from Afghanistan. After all of theWelcome Home celebrations, everyone took some From the Alaska Department of Public Safetymuch-needed time off for themselves and for family.After Block Leave, it was back to reality. First order of When the snow season comes to Alaska, it’s like drivingbusiness was receiving all of our equipment from in another world. Suddenly, your car is different. It willAfghanistan and restoring it to better conditions so not start, steer or stop the way it does in warm weather.that we could get back to basics and conduct The roads often become treacherous when coveredthorough, effective training. During all phases of with snow. Slush is often as slippery as ice and both areReset activities, Ares Company set the tone for the a potential danger to motorists.entire Brigade. This is all due to the efforts of the Visibility is even affected by winter conditions. DaylightCompany XO, the NCOs, and the Soldiers of Ares hours are short and the glare from the snow can blindCompany. you. In addition, windshields often ice or fog over. The We completed our first training event in biggest problems with winter driving are often theSeptember with Range Density. We started out drivers themselves. Too often drivers are in a hurry.spending four days out at the Donnelly Training Area They either don’t worry about road conditions, orto zero our M4s and M16s as well as a Known- become tense and nervous when at the wheel. On the next page are tips on how to prepare for winterDistance Range. The Known-Distance Range gave our and how to react to dangerous driving conditions.Soldiers a lot of confidence in their abilities to engagetargets at a distance of 300 meters. This proved to bevery beneficial during our M4/M16 Qualification Upcoming FRG Meetings:Range in which we had 88 Soldiers shoot expert! Halloween PartyDuring this Range Density Week, we also qualified all October 27, 2012 @ 1800 in the BN Classroomof our Grenadiers and Automatic Riflemen. The latenights really paid off and will be great preparation for Thanksgiving Dinnerthe Team Level training events scheduled in the November 16, 2012 @ 1800 in themonth of November. BN Classroom Overall, we have been incredibly successfulover the last couple of months, and we look forward Christmas Partyto the success we will achieve in the coming months December 14, 2012 @ 1800 in thewith Team and Squad Level training before we say BN Classroomgoodbye for the Winter Holidays!Take Care! Dates, times and location subject to change.CPT Chip Kruger For more information please contact your FRGAres 6 Leader, Victoria Thomas at aco124frg@gmail.com
  7. 7. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 7Planning and PreparationSince all winter driving problems cannot be anticipated, the best rule is to plan for potential situations and beprepared. Don’t wait until the cold weather arrives to do so. Prepare for winter beforehand by having your cartuned so it will run efficiently. This will reduce the chances of roadside breakdowns. The following systemsshould be checked by a skilled mechanic.The battery: Cold weather makes vehicles harder to start. Always keep the battery and terminals clean inorder to insure good connections, and keep the battery fully charged. Be sure to check the battery’s fluid levelas well as the voltage regulator. If there is a question regarding your battery’s integrity, get a new one!The ignition system: Check the condition of ignition wires, and check the distributor cap for cracks. Faultywires or a cracked cap can result in engine drown out when it snows, or when slush is thrown onto the car andinto the engine compartment. It is also a good idea to have a tune-up done before cold weather sets in. A tuneupshould reveal ignition problems, if they exist.The heating and cooling systems: Have the antifreeze in the radiator checked. If there is a leak in theradiator or hoses, have them repaired or replaced before you add antifreeze. Test the heater and defrosterto make sure they are functioning properly. If they are not putting out enough heat, have the thermostat andheater checked. Also, check the intake vents for any debris or other matter that can cause blockage.The exhaust system: Be sure to have the entire exhaust system checked for leaks. Replace components asnecessary. Carbon monoxide is a killer and even a small leak in the system could pave the way to disaster.What’s so different about Winter Driving?Never warm up your car in a closed garage. Even if the exhaust system is in good working order, it’s a goodidea to drive with at least one window partially open.The windshield wipers and washers: Check the functioning of wipers and blades. Replace blades that streakthe windshield. Keep the windshield washer reservoir filled with a washer antifreeze solution.The tires: Regular tires should have a good tread for the bite needed when traveling on snow and ice. If youuse snow tires, put them on with the first snowfall warning. You get the best traction with studded snow tires,but these tires may only be used during the following times designated by the State of Alaska department ofTransportation and Public Facilities:Southeastern Alaska: September 30 through April 15Southcentral Alaska: September 15 through May 1Tire chains: If you prefer to use chains, inspect your chains to make sure they are serviceable. Check thecondition of the cross chains. Replace broken links or links that are almost worn through. Cont. on pg 15 A CO Points of Contact Company Commander: CPT Kruger, Carl carl.m.kruger@us.army.mil Company First Sergeant: 1SG Barbour, George george.b.barbour.mil@mail.mil FRG Leader: Victoria Thomas aco124frg@gmail.com
  8. 8. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 8 Bravo CompanyBarbarian Friends and Family, I hope you all had an Barbarian company FRG. Melody (outgoing FRG leader)enjoyable summer and are ready for the coming and Don Hansen (Co 1SG) came towinter season. Since the post deployment block leave, the company a month before the deployment. They bothBarbarians have hit the ground running with reset of quickly jumped into leadership positions and advancedall company property and conducting several small the company for the next 17 months. Melody and herarms ranges. Not having much flexibility in the FRG volunteers did a tremendous job supporting theschedule to conduct thorough checks and repairs ofequipment during the deployment, the companysinitial focus this summer was on servicing ourhome station equipment. Company reset lasted aboutsix weeks and the Barbarians did a fantastic goodensuring our property readiness for future missions.In conjunction with the remaining summer/fall, thecompany had agreatopportunity totrain at theDonnellytraining area company. I and the remaining Barbarians cannot thank(DTA) south of them enough for all they personally did for us. Please feelDelta free to contact the Barbarian FRG if you have anyJunction, questions and I thank you for your continued supportAlaska. At and participation.DTA, Barbarians fired over 70,000 rounds of5.56mm ammunition with their assigned M4/M16,and M249 rifles. The Barbarianstrained on the fundamentals of marksmanship duringday and night live fire ranges; focusing on techniquesto zero, group, and execute transition fires using iron Upcoming FRG Meetings:sights, advanced optics, and lasers.The following week, the company executed M4/M16, November 20, 2012 @ 1730 in the BNM320, and M249 qualification ranges at Fort ClassroomWainwright. In the end, the companys live firerange density was a success. The weather participated,the aurora borealis was out, and the Barbarians For more information please contact yourdemonstrated a basic rifle marksmanshipproficiency that I could not be more proud of. FRG Leader,Barbarian company held its first Family Readiness bco124frg@gmail.comGroup meeting, 20SEP12, at the Battalion classroomin which there was a great turnout of Soldiers andfamily members. At the meeting, we discussed the Dates, times and locations subject tocompany schedule of events, upcoming on-post changewinter awareness classes, and introduced the new
  9. 9. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 9 1st PlatoonDuring the last week of September 1st Platoon conductedM4 & M249 Qualification fire during day and night timevisibility. They also qualified at the M230 range. At the M4range 1st Platoon soldiers engaged forty various pop up tar-gets at varying ranges and levels of difficulty. Soldiers wereable to become even more comfortable with day and nightfire after recent range time at Donnely Training Area.While off the range, soldiers learned advanced material onthe capabilities of their weapon system. The trajectory ofthe round, various echelon fire techniques, and Arctic tentset up were a few of the concurrent training events accom-plished. 1st Platoon performed superiorly in range qualifica-tion with many Soldiers now experts on their weapon sys-tem. A surplus of ammunition allowed soldiers to shootwithout ammunition limitation.MG Garrett & CSM Knight of USARPAC, along with ourown Battalion Commander and Sergeant Major, visited therange to assess training. After a walk through, Bravo Co.received compliments on range execution and concurrenttraining. Our very own Platoon Sergeant, SFC Streeper,was given accolades for running the range smoothly andsuccessfully. B CO Points of ContactCompany Commander: CPT Bergman, Zach zach.bergman.mil@mail.milCompany First Sergeant: SFC Grover, Mark mark.e.grover2.mil@mail.milFRG Leader: Bethany Corrigan bco124frg@gmail.com
  10. 10. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 10 B Co 2nd Platoon2nd PLT Barbarian Company has been busy training for the arctic winter. Following re-set from deployment 1-24Infantry has started into a rigorous training cycle that is back to the basics of Arctic and Infantry soldier skills.Range Density training has been the primary focus of squad leaders within the Platoon which consists of qualifyingindividual soldiers on their various weapon systems. Soldiers focused on M4 familiarization, night firing, andshooting at known distances at Donnelly Training Area. Leaders also conducted training on fire-team maneuveringas well as Arctic living training. Following that range soldiers qualified with their M4s at Ft Wainwright. Thespecialty weapons were also given some valuable training time. The majority of the Company’s M249 SquadAutomatic Weapon and M320 grenade launcher gunners qualified expert with their weapons.
  11. 11. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 11 B Co 3rd Platoon3RD PLT BCO Conducts concurrent training during the transition from the group and zero range atDonnelly Training Area (DTA) to the know distance range. The concurrent training included classfrom preparing, employing and identifying the different types of hand grenades, By SGT McNamara,Individual movement techniques, by SSG Jarvis, and team bounding, by SPC Burke and SPC Adams, inorder to prepare soldiers for upcoming events in the battalion.
  12. 12. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 12 B Co 4th Platoon OutlawsThe Outlaws have been a busy bunch over the course of the unit’s return from deployment. From resetprocedures, training events to time with family, much has happened. Several soldiers have attended the USARAK WLC course over the months of August and September,including SGT Weiler and SPC Wanket. SGT Weiler made his mark and distinguished our company bygraduating in the top ten percent, placing himself on the commandant’s list. Other members of the platoon havebeen busy refreshing skills, honing new skills and increasing their knowledge across a vast amount of schoolsoutside of leadership based schools. It was sad to say goodbye to several members of the platoon since our return including SGT MichaelWillis, who has since returned home and began his education in becoming a nurse. SSG Kuhn has also departedand plans to move on with his civilian life while still serving in the National Guard. SGT Castner and his wifeAlicia have moved on with his career to their new duty station in Texas. Congratulations to the aforementionedfamily on their first child as they are expecting around November. With the members of the platoon that have left we have also welcomed several new members fromsoldiers, to spouses and children. PVT Colley has come to the platoon hailing from Florida. We would like tocongratulate SPC Hotz along with his new wife Jenna to the platoon. We also congratulate them on theirexpectation of their first child due in March. Last but not least we congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Rutkowski on theirsecond child, Kaylan Grace Rutkowski born on August 18th, at 7 pounds 9 ounces. The members of 4th platoon participated in the battalion and company exercises over the course of thislast two weeks honing their marksmanship skills and other basic soldier tasks. The soldiers performedexceptionally well, and accomplished their mission. Although it was cold, we pushed through, drove on, andstayed Arctic tough. Thank you to the wives, significant others and family members here in Alaska, or back athome for the support you have given your soldiers. OUTLAWS! Ethan and Jenna Hotz
  13. 13. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 13 The mortar section hard at work training during Bravo companies training event in mid September. SPC Hotz, and SPC Megee returning from their time at the range.
  14. 14. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 14 Charlie CompanyCenturion Families, As it continues to get colder and the winter months setI write this as the first of many updates to you the in, make sure that your vehicles and homes are preparedfamilies of the Centurion Company soldiers. There is for winter emergencies and have proper winter survivalmuch to report on in these past few months, I will do kits in all vehicles and homes. Please make sure thatmy best to capture it all for you without being too your vehicles have been properly winterized and areverbose. ready for the onset of the long and cold winter ahead of us.I assumed command of the Centurions from CPTJeremy Teter on 2 AUG 2012, as CPT Teter It is truly my honor and privilege to command this greattransitioned to take command of Headquarters and organization; I look forward to getting a chance to meetHeadquarters Company. I bring with me my wonderful with you all in the future.Wife Bethany, who has assumed role of FRG Leader, “C- Nation”and our two beautiful children Hunter and Scarlett. We CPT Colin M Corriganlook forward to serving the soldiers and families of thisgreat organization over the next couple of years, and CPT, INare truly blessed to be given the responsibility of caringfor and training your soldiers. Upcoming FRG MeetingsThere has been extensive turnover in the companysince redeployment. Too many friends have left and wehave gained too many new faces to mention all by TBDname, so I will suffice to say that those that have leftwill be greatly missed and a very much needed welcome For more information contact your FRG Leader,to all of you who have recently arrived. We are excitedto add you the Centurion Family. Notably we lost long Bethany Corrigantime members of the Centurion family Captain Nick cco124frg@gmail.comSabatino (XO) and his wife Lauren to the InfantryOfficer Advanced Course. In his place we have gainedanother strong legion family in 1LT Alex Ludwig andhis wife Christine who were with Alpha Company priorto coming to the company.Since we have been back the boys have been extremelybusy as you are all aware, we conducted a extensivereset of all of our equipment, we began our trainingcycle with individual skills training including weaponsqualification, Arctic Light Individual Training (ALIT)to prepare us for training during winter months andteam level training leading up to our team STX the lastweek in October and Team Live Fires from 14-17 Nov2012. 28 of the company’s specialists and sergeantshave attended and graduated from the Warrior LeaderCourse.
  15. 15. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 15Get Set...Then GoDuring the winter months it takes a little extra time to prepare your car for safe driving. Totally clear all thewindows, the hood, the trunk and the roof of the car of snow and ice before driving. Many persons fail to totallyclear off the roof area. Just the movement of the car and stops can cause snow slides onto the windshield orrear window, limiting driver vision. There are many kinds of windshield deicing fluids that can be sprayed onglass to help melt ice. However, these generally contain an alcohol base, which not only melts the ice, butcools the glass. Subsequently, the moisture in the air may suddenly freeze over the glass surface, obscuringdriver vision.Moisture in the breath of a driver may also cause ice to form on the inside of the windshield. Thus, beforeusing a deicing fluid, warm the windshield with the car’s defroster to prevent it from icing over again.Warm up the engine. Start your car and let it idle a few minutes before driving in order to prevent stalling. Makesure you leave the garage doors open while doing so! Then, drive slowly until your car is totally warmed up.Prevent fogging. While you are warming up your car, turn on the heater and the defroster to prevent suddenfogging when you pull out.Keep your engine warm at night. It gets extremely cold in Alaska, and many mornings this cold will make yourcar hard to start. Using a block heater will help make starts easier.See and be seen. When it is gray or snowing, turn the car’s headlights on so that you can see and be seen bysurrounding traffic. Keep the headlights and taillights clean for added visibility.Cold Weather EquipmentDon’t wait until it freezes or snows to load your car with the equipment necessary to combat the elements. Putthe following supplies in your glove box or trunk:♦ Flashlight♦ Brush or broom for snow removal♦ Extra fuses for vehicle systems♦ A rag for cleaning headlights or the windshield if you should run out of washer fluid♦ Chains for your tires♦ Extra washer fluid♦ Work gloves♦ A small snow shovel♦ A small bag of sand or salt♦ A blanket and extra heavy clothing for emergencies (to include snow boots)♦ Booster cables♦ Non-perishable food for emergencies C CO Points of ContactCompany Commander: CPT Corrigan, Colin colin.m.corrigan.mil@mail.milCompany First Sergeant, 1SG Dasch, Mark mark.d.dasch@us.army.milFRG Leader: Bethany Corrigan cco124frg@gmail.com
  16. 16. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 16Driving on Snow and Ice• Drive on snow or ice covered streets only when necessary. If you must drive, be familiar with specialtechniques necessary to minimize the dangers involved.• Beware of glare. When the sun shines, snow produces a glare, which can be blinding. Keep a pair ofsunglasses or yellow lenses in your car and use them.• Travel at a safe following distance. Stay back at least two car lengths for every 10 m.p.h. of speed.• Plan ahead. Look out for the sudden slowing of traffic. Plan your own stops; slow down well in advance.• Brake carefully. Brake only when traveling in a straight line. When applying the brakes, do so gentlyand release just before the brakes lock. Repeat this process with short pauses between.• Beware of icy spots. Ice patches are 10 times more slippery than dry pavement at 30° F. Watch out forblack ice at intersections, underpasses, shady spots, and bridges.• Negotiate icy hills carefully. When driving up hills, don’t slow down or you will lose momentum. Whendriving down hills, use low gear, not the brakes. If you lose control of your vehicle, head into a snowbank.Basic Skid Rules1. Take your foot off the gas and leave your foot off the brake. Make no rapid or sudden movements untilyou have control of the steering again.2. Remember, NEVER jam on the brakes; rather, gently apply them instead.3. GENTLY turn the steering wheel in the direction you are skidding.4. PRACTICE skids in a large, deserted, icy parking lot. Make your car skid and learn how to control it sothat you can do it instinctively when needed.5. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, use it incompliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.When You Get Stuck, Don’t Panic!There may be times when your car becomes stuck in deep snow or on ice. Below are some tips which shouldhelp you get going:• Clear a path. Shovel out the snow from both in front and behind each wheel as well as from under thecar. Front wheels should point straight ahead.• Gear to go. Use a higher gear so the wheels spin less. Standard transmissions should be in secondgear; automatics should be in drive.• Rock n’ Roll. With a standardshift only, roll forward a little, stepon the clutch, and roll back. Keepdoingthis, a little farther each time, untilthe car is out.• Once you’ve got your car out,don’t stop!3. Frozen fuel line: Keep your tankat least half full. Add a gas line an-tifreeze such as Ban-Ice, Heet orSTP to your fuel tank twice eachwinter.4. Frozen windshield wipers: Care-fully free them of ice and snow.Make sure you turn them off whenyou park to protect their motor.
  17. 17. Volume1 Issue 4 Deuce Four Page 17Surviving a BlizzardHere is some information which could helpyou, if you should become trapped in a blizzard.• Stay in the car. You are more likely to befound in your vehicle than if you are wanderingarounddisoriented in blowing snow.• Crack a window for fresh air. Freezing wetsnow can completely seal out oxygen.• Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.• Run the engine and heater sparingly and onlywith a window open for ventilation. Make suretheexhaust pipe is not blocked with snow.• Don’t remain in one position.• Clap your hands and move your arms and legsvigorously from time to time.• Take turns keeping watch. If there is more than one person in the vehicle, do not all sleep at the sametime If alone, stay awake.• Turn on your dome light and clear off accumulating snowfall. Both will make your car more visible toworking crews.• Beware of over-exertion and overexposure.• Do not panic.• Stay with the car.Winter Car TroublesCold weather will sometimes make your vehicle hard to start. Try these techniques.1. Push down the clutch before trying to start it. Use neutral on automatic transmissions.2. Turn off all accessories before attempting to start the car.3. Check the battery fluid level. If the fluid is frozen solid, the battery is dead and you will probably need a newone.4. Use Jumper Cables-Carefully!• Your battery and booster battery must be the same voltage—6 or 12 V.• Attach one cable to the positive terminal of each battery; the other to the negative of the booster batteryand to the engine block of your car.• Start your car. Immediately after the car starts, remove the negative cables first, then the positivecables. Remember, run the jumped vehicle long enough to charge the battery. Often cold weather will cause various parts of your car to freeze up. Here are a few hints to help you with someof the more common problems.1. Frozen emergency brake: Try to rock it free using reverse. Next time leave the car in park, or in gear, ifyou have a standard transmission car.2. Frozen door lock: Try warming the key with a match.3. Frozen fuel line: Keep your tank at least half full. Add a gas line antifreeze such as Ban-Ice, Heet orSTP to your fuel tank twice each winter.4. Frozen windshield wipers: Carefully free them of ice and snow. Make sure you turn them off when youpark to protect their motor.One More Thing:Wear your safety belt; it could save your life!
  18. 18. HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESFor many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, gotrick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritioussnacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests? Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity. Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls. Keep candle-lit jack-olanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unat- tended. Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely. Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!
  19. 19. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit theamount of treats you eat.Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. AlwaysWALK and dont run from house to house.Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possi-ble skin and eye irritation.Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever pos-sible.Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traf-fic to stay safe.Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.Enter homes only if youre with a trusted adult.Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes
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  26. 26. Welcoming the newest members of our Legionnaire Family!  Kylee Sue Gomez DOB 7/31/12 7lbs 9oz 20.5in Proud Parents Eric and Kim Gomez KAYLAN GRACE RUTKOWSKI DOB AUGUST 18TH, 2012 7 POUNDS 9 OZ Proud Parents Ryan and Victoria RutkowskiIf you are the proud parent of a new baby that is less than a year old and has not been in our newsletter, please send a photo of your baby along with the following information (baby’s name, parents’ names and rank, date of birth, weight and length) to anna.m.fischer@us.army.mil We will be sure to include them in a future newsletter. Congratulations!
  27. 27. OCTOBER 2012 1-24 IN Legion Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday SaturdayB CO FRG MEETING 1800 1 2 3 4 5 6Battalion ClassroomsC CO FRG MEETING CAC MEETING TIME/LOC TBD TRAININGA CO FRG MEETING TIME/LOC TBD HOLIDAYHHC FRG MEETING7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Federal NEWCOMERS BRIEF Holiday SOS Support Group14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Parents Day Out Alaska WLC Graduation Welcome to Winter Day CSC Holly Days Bazaar21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Teen Halloween Party Parent/Teacher (27-28 Oct) 2000-0730 Conferences 6th-12th grade28 29 30 31 Teen Halloween Trick or Treat Party Hours (27-28 Oct) 1800-2000 2000-0730 6th-12th grade
  28. 28. NOVEMBER 2012 1-24 IN Legion Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 Birch Hill Open House4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Set Clocks TRAINING Back CAC MEETING HOLIDAY11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WELCOME TO No School WINTER NEWCOMERs BRIEFING Federal SOS Support WLC Graduation Parents Day Out Group Holiday18 19 20 21 22 Federal 23 24 Holiday TRAINING HOLIDAY No School 22-2325 26 27 28 29 30 C CO FRG MEETING HHC FRG MEETING A CO FRG MEETING B CO FRG MEETING
  29. 29. DECEMBER 2012 1-24 IN Legion Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday SaturdayC CO FRG MEETING 1HHC FRG MEETING B CO FRG MEETING A CO FRG MEETING CAC2 3 4 5 MEETING 6 7 8 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WLC Graduation NEWCOMERS BRIEF Parent’s Day Out16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Winter Solstice Welcome to Winter23/30 24 TRAINING 25 26 27 28 29 HOLIDAY /31 Federal TRAINING HOLIDAY Holiday FNSBSD Winter Break (24 December 2012-4 January 2013)