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  1. 1. ALASKA POST RECYCLED Recycled material is used in the making of our newsprint Home of the Arctic Warriors Vol. 4, No. 2 Fort Wainwright, Alaska January 11, 2013Ice rink stays…for nowAllen Shaw, Fort Wainwright PAO A determination has been made to keepthe ice rink as is at the Physical FitnessCenter on Fort Wainwright. Col. Ronald M. Johnson, commander,United States Army Garrison Fort Wain-wright, said, “We have decided not to goforward with the plan to repurpose ourice rink for now. We will hold off on thiscourse of action for the near future, butit will remain on the table for future con-sideration.” In an unprecedented request for inputfrom the military and civilian commu-nity along with a special survey to iden-tify unit commander needs, the commandgroup weighted this input heavily duringthe decision-making process. The final re-sult is they have decided to pursue otheralternatives to solve Fort Wainwright’scritical indoor space shortage. “We had about 1,200 responses to thesurvey,” said Angela Major, chief, Plans,Analysis and Integration Office. “It is thegreatest response to any survey we havedone in the past four and a half years.” Johnson said although other alterna-tives are being explored, “Depending onthe operational and fiscal environment inthe future, we may not have a choice inreconsidering this decision.” But for now,the ice rink will remain an ice rink. “I just want everyone to know howmuch we appreciate their participation Steve Tate, sports and fitness manager, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, resurfaces the sheet of ice at the Physical Fit-in the survey and how valuable their in- ness Center on post. Command was considering repurposing the ice rinks to accommodate an indoor functional fitness facilityvolvement has been during this difficult due to limited indoor training space, but after seeking input from the military and civilian communities has decided to pursuedecision-making process,” Johnson said. alternatives for the time being. (File photo by Brian Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright PAO) Need a lift? Public meeting on environmental clean up in vacant housing development Staff report, tions and interact with representatives Garrison Public Affairs Office from the Army, the U.S. Environmen- tal Protection Agency and the Alaska U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wain- Department of Environmental Con- wright will host a public meeting for all servation military contaminated sites residents of Fort Wainwright and the program managers. Fairbanks North Star Borough to pro- Participants will have the opportu- vide an overview of the environmental nity to hear a briefing describing the cleanup that has been accomplished at work that has been accomplished at the Former Communications Site, also this site; look at static displays of the known as Taku Gardens, an unoccu- types of materials found during the re- pied housing development on post. medial investigation; learn about the The meeting will be Tuesday from 7 types of sampling conducted on the to 9 p.m. at the Fairbanks Princess Ho- site and see posters that chronicle the tel, 4477 Pikes Landing Road. The doors work completed on post. will open at 6 p.m. A short presentation Copies of the reports and support- will begin at 7 p.m. with questions and ing documentation will be available for topics of discussion to follow immediate- public review at the Noel Wien Public ly after the presentation. Library, 1215 Cowles Street, the post The meeting will provide attendees library, building 3700 Santiago Avenue, a brief overview of the projects and al- low them the opportunity to ask ques- See MEETING on page 3 Skiing, snowboarding and tubing are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed at the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area. Nicholas Pulice, manager wanted to re- Soldiers, Families and civilians are invited to attend a presentation about the mind everyone of the importance of wearing the proper clothing and a helmet as former communications site and vacant post housing during a public meeting well as keeping hydrated and well nourished while playing out in the snow. (Photo Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairbanks princess Hotel, 4477 Pikes Road. Fort by Brian Schlumbohm/Fort Wainwright PAO) Wainwright leaders provide a brief overview of projects at the former commu- nications site known as Taku Gardens. The public is invited to comment on the projects and the Army’s proposal. (File photo) Weekend Weather BRIEFs Scream-free seminars MLK observance Army Community Service will bring two highly acclaimed seminars to post, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation for couples and for Military Families with children. ScreamFree Parenting will Regiment will host the Dr. take place Jan. 29 and ScreamFree Marriage takes place Jan. 30. The sepa- Martin Luther King observanceFriday Saturday Sunday rate sessions take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A free dinner will be served at the Physical Fitness CenterMostly cloudy Mostly cloudy Chance of and free childcare will be available during the presentations. Callers who reg- Jan. 16 at 1 :30 p.m. Dr. Law-Highs around 5 Hights expected to the freezing rain ister in advance will receive free books or DVDs while supplies last. Register rence J. Ellison, former militaryLows around -5 teens, above zero Highs around 10 for free child care with ACS by calling the Family Advocacy Program manager chaplain and pilot will be theEvening: cloudy Saturday night Lows around zero at 353-7317. See the brief on page 7 for more information. guest speaker. 17405786 SN/ BIRCHWOOD HOMES
  2. 2. CommentaryJanuary 11, 2013 ALASKA POSTProfessional strength through mentorshipMaj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett,U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General In Field Manual 6-22, “Army Leader-ship,” the word mentor is referred to 67times, compared to just 13 times in theprevious version. That indicates to methat the Army is working to define andinstitute the idea of mentorship into theculture of our profession to prevent it mis-takenly being perceived as just a trendycatchphrase. I value every mentor I have ever had.I owe much of my success to the time,guidance and advice that mentors haveprovided me over the course of my career.My first mentor was my father, Com-mand Sgt. Maj. Edward Garrett. My fa-ther taught me leadership concepts andprinciples that have become part of whoI am and how I lead. One of my proudestdays was when he and my wife pinnedme with my first stars. As I have progressed in the Army, I’vesought out opportunities to pass on theknowledge, insight and perspective thatmy mentors endowed me with to thosewho looked to me for advice and lead-ership. Any young leader would be for-tunate to have the benefit of a mentoroutside of their chain of command whotakes personal interest in their career, “Senior leaders who take the time to bestow the leadership of tomorrow with knowledge are investing in the stock and tradelife and success. of professional soldiering. Those who decide to be mentors are looking beyond their own success by exhibiting a focus on the Mentoring is not a formal program. art of leadership and the future of our Army. Mentorship is characteristic of good leadership and ultimately it is good for theThere are no reports to be filled out or betterment of our Army,” said Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General.evaluations to complete. The Army willnot require an After Action Review to besubmitted. It is a personal relationship achievement have a moral obligation grades senior to you and outside your I enjoy my job more every day. I amwhere a seasoned leader invests time, to pass on their hard earned wisdom to chain of command. Also, try asking grateful to all of you for doing youreffort and experience in furthering the the future leaders of our Army. your immediate supervisors and lead- very best, for serving our nation andprofessional development and personal Mentors are not appointed and can- ers for ideas and advice on who they especially for giving me the opportu-abilities of junior leaders. We must also not choose who will be their protégé, think would be a good mentor for you. nity to be your commander. It is onerespond to the vital needs of junior lead- or mentee. It is the junior leader who This method has worked for others and of the most rewarding experiences ofers in order to prepare them for greater picks the mentor. This is usually in- it can work for you too. my life. I’m tremendously proud ofresponsibilities and achievements in the formal and happens when someone ju- Senior leaders who take the time each of you for the hard work, dedi-future. These often become life-long re- nior meets a leader who they want to to bestow the leadership of tomorrow cation and sacrifices you continue tolationships and can be very fulfilling for be like one day, somebody they see as with knowledge are investing in the make to guarantee our shared successleaders who see those they have men- a role model to emulate. I expect lead- stock and trade of professional soldier- as America’s Arctic Warriors. I amtored succeed. ers at every level to be prepared to of- ing. Those who decide to be mentors constantly looking for new and better This philosophy goes beyond what is fer candid advice when it is sought by are looking beyond their own success ways to serve you and will continuerequired to be successful in a regular duty their juniors. This is how mentoring by exhibiting a focus on the art of lead- devoting myself to the Ready Units,day. No one is going to tell you to have relationships are often initiated. ership and the future of our Army. Strong Families and Arctic Toughyour mentoring done before you go home For soldiers who are seeking a men- Mentorship is characteristic of good Leaders of the Last Frontier.for the day. But I believe those with wis- tor, I recommend looking for a leader leadership and ultimately it is good for Arctic Warrior!dom earned through hardships, trials and in your career field who is about two the betterment of our Army. Arctic Tough! All-star community partners Gregory Krista Handy Greenleaf Motor Vehicle Operations/Plans Specialist, Operator, TMP DPTMS He is married to Leno- She is married to Ken and ra for 22 years, they have they have a three-year -old son, four children and two Nathan. Greenleaf enjoys doing grandchildren. Enjoys crafts, reading, playing the clari- working out at the gym, net and spending time with her playing basketball, go- familyFamily. She serves as a cap- ing to church and spend- tain in the U.S. Army Reserves ing time with his family and supports several community Handy is a minister at activities such as the Survivors the Fairbanks Christian Outreach Services program. Center where through Greenleaf was selected Civilian his ministry is an active Employee of the Quarter (Non- volunteer at the Fair- supervisory), 3rd Quarter, 2012 banks Correctional Facil- in part for contributing to the ity’s Half-Way House and success of ceremonies and events the Fairbanks Pioneer’s supporting Soldiers and Family Home. Handy was re- members. She was an instrumen- cently recognized for ex- tal part of the Salute to Our Mili- cellence in performing tary Parade, monthly Garrison duties as Transportation Community Action Council and Motor Pool supervisor. the Suicide Prevention Terrain Walk for Army leaders. North Haven Community center opens ALASKA POST Home of the Arctic Warriors The ALASKA POST is authorized by Army EDITORIAL STAFF Regulation 360-1 and is published by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, a private firm in no way connected Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander with the U.S. Army, and is under exclusive written Col. Ronald M. Johnson contract. Contents of the ALASKA POST are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright the Department of the Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the U.S. Army PAO Garrison Ft. Wainwright Public Affairs Office. The Linda Douglass ALASKA POST welcomes responsible comments from its readers and will publish letters, articles Command Information Chief or photos submitted at least one week prior to the next publication. The ALASKA POST reserves the Connie Storch right to edit or reject submissions. All submitted Editor material will become official Army property unless otherwise indicated. To advertise call (907) 459- Brian Schlumbohm 7548 Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or Associate editor patronage without regard to race, color, religion, The North Haven Communities opened a new center Wednesday for its residents Trish Muntean gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical and the entire Fort Wainwright community, according to Betsy Woolley, market- handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit ing manager for NHC, shown here with Chris Anderson, North Haven Director of Staff writer factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Editorial office is located on Ft. Wainwright in Building 1047 Property Manager. The center offers a playroom with a climbing wall, a kitchen, Allen Shaw #1; Mailing address is Public Affairs Office, 1060 wi-fi, sun lamps to assist those suffering from seasonal affective disorder and a Contributors Gaffney Road, 5900, Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703. Call 48 seat theater. It also features a fireplace in a gathering area decorated in histori- Sarah Chapman, Fort Wainwright Fire Department 353-6779 or 353-6701, or send emails to pao.fwa@ us.army.mil cal Alaskan gold camp style. The ALASKA POST – Home of the Arctic Warriors
  3. 3. News ALASKA POST January 11, 2013Mentor leaders…a rare gift Meeting: Overview of cleanup at Taku GardensDeborah Coble programs build confi- very best mentor-leadersFort Greely Public Affairs dence in individuals, but help carry us when we more importantly, these stumble. Mentor leaders Many of us take a few programs create a re- focus down range know-moments each year to silient, sustainable and ing that the most sig- Continued from page 1plan out our resolution healthy workforce by nificant conflicts and po- ments during the meeting. Writtenfor the New Year. We con- showcasing the tools nec- tential successes happen and the U.S. Army Directorate of Public comments will be accepted throughouttemplate the goals we’ve essary to become mentor- outside the immediate Works, Environmental Office, Building the public comment period. Commentsmet or exceeded and we leaders. perimeter. 3023, Engineer Place, Fort Wainwright. may also be submitted via a toll-freethink about the ones So why rush to fill The IMCOM - Pacific Individuals without Defense Depart- number (877) 243_6974 or by sendingwe’ve yet to reach. We out paperwork to meet a Region Mentoring Pro- ment ID cards interested in reviewing an email to HTUFCS_Comments@ja-plan our projects for the short suspense for a pro- gram gives us not only the documents on post should allow ad- cobs.comUTH. Individuals wishing tocoming months; we take gram that will take more the opportunity to ex- ditional waiting time to obtain a pass receive a response to their commentsmental stock of our out- of our personal time to perience working with at the visitors’ center. The U.S. Army should indicate so in their message.door gear for the trips we complete? The answers a mentor-leader, but a encourages the public to participate The public comment period is openwish to take; we prom- are profound. chance to see if this role in the decision-making process by of- from Jan. 14 through Feb. 12.ise to spend more time Becoming a mentor- is something we’d be suit- fering comments on the proposed plan For more information, contact Joeat the gym or more time leader isn’t for everyone. ed for. The occurrence is and after action memorandum. Malen at 361-4512 or Cliff Seibel atin the kitchen eating While it doesn’t involve infectious and loads the A court reporter will record com- 361-6220.healthier; we swear this excruciatingly painful, participants with toolscigarette will be the last scientific methodologies, and resources to shareand the money spent will it does demand that we within their organiza-now be saved; our wives put others first. It means tions throughout thewon’t complain about we are comfortable for- developmental training.unfinished projects and going the accolades of The mentors assignedour husbands promise to immediate success; al- encourage us to believe inbe more attentive; we’ll lowing others to receive ourselves; they’re theremeet all deadlines with the awards and glory to remind us that make-time to spare and we without begrudging their believe energy and false-won’t get bogged down at happiness. It means con- positive outlooks are notwork. The plans to better sistently measuring our sustainable and won’t in- “ Mentor-leaders get their hands dirty, they walk alongside us, they are there to encourage, they are there to make sure we don’t fall. The very best mentor-leaders help carry us when we stumble. ” Environmental cleanup – Scrap metal removal, clean soil replacement and ground water monitoring activities were done as part of the The Army, Alaska Department of Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement that no houses will be occupied until these three agencies agree that it is safe for residential occupancy. The Army will discuss their proposal to release the housingourselves seem endless, actions with our words spire others to follow. built in 2005, in a meeting open to the public Jan 15. (File photo)but what about our plans and continually evaluat- The program embrac-to help others? ing our own perspectives. es opportunities for in- One of the most impor- Mentor-leaders create re- teraction and pushes thetant things we can do at lationships that have pos- mentees to reach beyondwork, at home or in any itive impacts on others’ boundaries, real or per-social setting is build pos- lives…the focus remains ceived, that would other-itive relationships. Posi- on benefiting others. wise prevent connectingtive relationships begin to Those are the relation- with people based on dif-happen when we use sup- ships that create endur- ferences or levels of au-portive communication, ing organizations, fami- thority. It promotes theshare our knowledge and lies and teams. By taking utilization of unexpectedexperiences openly with the route of a mentor- opportunities and toothers and learn to put leader we open the door never underestimate theothers first. Those three to unimaginable success value of what we bringitems: Communication, that continues to build to the organization. Thesharing and putting oth- and spread unto others. program, when strippeders first seem like a short Tony Dungy, author of down to the essentials, islist, but they take contin- “The Mentor Leader– Se- all about building lastingual effort on our part to crets to Building People relationships. Those re-include unvarying evalu- and Teams That Win lationships and the abil-ation of our own lives. Consistently,” describes ity to move forward as aThe relationships are no the process best when he team or fluidly left andlonger about you. They states, “If you do it right, right when the unexpect-aren’t about me. The re- as a mentor-leader you ed hits are what allows The way forward - Soldiers, Families and civilians are invited to attend a presenta-lationships become about may make it all but im- organizations to be and tion about the former communications site and vacant post housing during a publicothers and the knowledge possible for other people remain successful. meeting Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairbanks princess Hotel, 4477 Pikes Road.that we truly want them to give you credit.” He Perhaps one of the Fort Wainwright leaders provide a brief overview of projects at the former com-to succeed. explains that if we aren’t greatest takeaways from munications site known as Taku Gardens. The public is invited to comment on the A program that truly ready to experience suc- the program is that the projects and the Army’s proposal. (File photo)understands the impor- cess without receiving role of a mentor-leader istance of positive relation- any credit for it then the not played, but lived. Inships is the Installation role of a mentor leader doing so, the benefits goManagement Command isn’t for us. beyond the desks, break– Pacific Region Mentor- It takes a tremendous rooms, conference tablesing Program. Now two amount of stamina to be and executive offices; theyyears running, this pro- that type of leader…that extend to our personal re-gram is an opportunity type of person. lationships and families.for those to not only im- Today’s culture, that We don’t need to have aprove themselves profes- most of us embrace, following to become men-sionally, but gain vast makes it difficult not to tor-leaders; start small.personal growth as well. value what is valueless. Look for ways to make aThe program supports We are taught to focus on positive impact on some-the Installation Manage- the bottom line up front, one’s life. Don’t wait forment Campaign Plan’s the current quarter, the the right opportunityLine of Effort 3: Leader fiscal year, etc.; however, (more time, when you’reand Workforce Develop- that type of shortsighted- older/wiser with morement by providing mid- ness only results in orga- experience, more help tolevel IMCOM employees nizations that are unbal- do the task at hand, lesswho excel in their career anced and threatening workload, etc.) becausefields the prospect to ex- to collapse at the next the desired opportunitypand into multi-skilled, jarring impact. There won’t present itself whenmobile and adaptive is a place, in the correct we want it to.leaders. This program is situation and setting, for Enroll in the next IM-similar to the IMCOM the types of leaders who COM - Pacific RegionHeadquarters Central- take charge with author- Mentoring Program thenized Mentoring Program, ity, direction and control, pick someone or some-but gives employees the but it is important to un- thing to make a differ-additional advantage of derstand the difference ence with. Help cultivatecompeting for a mentee between a leader and a a new workforce thatposition among a smaller mentor-leader. encourages creativitygroup. Leaders speak of their and innovation. Learn to Both programs run own visions and their un- embrace cultural differ-for one year andcinclude deterred paths to success; ences and truly see thean exceptional mentor/ they offer planned routes value in communicationrole model, job shadow- for us to follow…usu- and collaboration withing for stated periods of ally at a cost. They watch others. Build the teamstime a tvarious locations, from high above and wait that replicate great men-focused instruction on while we try to climb the tor-leaders and your or-career development, di- next rung, occasionally ganization, group or fam-versified understanding shouting down motivat- ily will see immeasurableof the organization, and ing phrases of encourage- rewards. Have faith, staydevelopmental guidance ment, but mentor-leaders focused, encourage, equipfor those outstanding em- get their hands dirty, they and empower others forployees who wish to have walk alongside us, they leaders are abundantlyincreased responsibilities are there to encourage, available…mentor-lead-in higher-level positions. they are there to make ers are a rare gift.The mentor/mentee type sure we don’t fall. The
  4. 4. January 11, 2013 News ALASKA POSTHitting the slopes, a 360 with safety Dozens of preventable cold weather injuries reported Cindy Henley, Public Health Nurse “Baby, it’s cold outside.” While that is the name of a song written in the 1940s, it is also an everyday occur- rence here in Alaska during the winter months. The kind of cold we experience here must be respected. Cold weather should be an expec- tation for anyone who lives here, yet amazingly there are cold-weather-re- lated injuries and fatalities every win- ter in Alaska. So far this winter, Bassett Army Community Hospital has had 26 cold-Skiers and snowboarders find the ski and snowboard responsibility code at the base of most ski areas. Always stay in con- weather injury reports.trol and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. People ahead of you have the right of way, it is your responsibility There are many reasons that inju-to avoid them. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. Whenever starting downhill or ries happen, and while some are themerging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. Observe all result of true accidents, most can beposted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of enclosed areas. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowl- prevented. Poor decision-making oftenedge and skill to load, rid and unload safely. (Photo by Brian Schlumbohm/Fort Wainwright PAO) leads to injury, and when the tempera- ture is 40 below, it doesn’t take long before a poor decision has life-altering consequences.Brian Schlumbohm, helps. When wearing gloves or mit- be a determining factor in wanting An absolute awareness of the seri-Fort Wainwright PAO tens, mittens are usually better for to take chances when snowboarding ousness of the medical threat has to those susceptible to cold hands. or skiing. The National Ski Patrol become a way of life so we instinctively Over the past holiday season, the l Always wear eye protection. stresses that protection given from protect ourselves and look out for oneInterior of Alaska has experienced Have sunglasses and/or goggles with wearing a helmet has its limitations another.some very much appreciated warmer you. Skiing and snowboarding are a and should not be an excuse to try According to the U.S. Army Fieldweather and with that a major in- lot more fun when you can see where reckless or unsafe maneuvers; hel- Manual, one of the most difficult surviv-crease of new and old snow enthusi- you’re going. mets have been shown to be consid- al situations is a cold-weather scenario.asts are getting out and hitting the l When buying skiwear, look for erably less effective when traveling Some of the survival tips in thelocal ski areas. fabrics that are water and wind-re- more than 12 to 14 miles-per-hour manual are common sense. For exam- Whether you’re a novice or an ex- sistant. Look for wind flaps to shield during the occurrence of a serious ple, not only is it necessary to have theperienced snowboarder or skier, it’s zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and head injury accident. correct personal protective equipment,always best to be prepared by mak- ankles, collars that can be snuggled Being a responsible skier or snow- but knowing how to use it properly ising sure that you and your equip- up to the chin, and drawstrings that boarder is the best way to get the critical.ment are up to the task. can be adjusted for comfort and keep most protection from a helmet. For instance, making the mistake Keeping in mind that skiing and wind out. Be sure to buy quality At this time, there are no federal of not properly covering the head willsnowboarding can be a great way to clothing products. (Fort Wainwright laws mandating the use of helmets result in loss of 40 to 45 percent ofspend time with family and friends, Safety office can help in choosing among recreational skiers and snow- body heat. Unprotected neck, wrists enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors, proven protective winter wear for a boarders, in fact there aren’t even any ankles can result in rapid heat loss asthere are a few simple things to con- warm Alaskan experience; call them requirements from the U.S. Consum- well because there is very little insulat-sider for a satisfying and safe day on at 353-7085.) er Product Safety Commission, but ing fat in those areas.the slope. l Know your limits. Learn to ski there are standards when it comes to Soldiers take a class on how to l Get in shape, or at least be aware and snowboard smoothly and in con- choosing a helmet. use the clothing system but seeing itof the shape you are in. Starting out trol - if not, inertia and gravity will When choosing a ski or snowboard donned one time in a classroom settingon a downhill ski run is not the place soon remind you and they can be helmet, look for a helmet that meets is not where the learning takes place.to begin your conditioning. You’ll en- unforgiving. Stop before you become ski and snowboard helmet standards In the field, when it is really cold isjoy it even more if you’re physically overly fatigued. from either the American Society of when Soldiers truly learn how to wearready for it. l Start off knowing the basic rules Testing and Materials or the Euro- protective gear correctly. l Obtain proper equipment. Make of the slope; know your Responsibil- pean Committee for Standardization. The phrase ‘practice makes perfect’sure skis, snowboards and bindings ity Code (written on a very large sign A label or sticker should be visible on is often heard, but in fact, ‘perfect prac-are the right size, fit and adjusted at the chairlift) and know your limi- the inside of the helmet to designate tice, makes perfect.’ This is why it iscorrectly for you. tations and skill level as a skier or such a standard. For more informa- imperative that Soldiers out on a train- l Take a lesson. There is always snowboarder. tion on sizing, fitting and the proper ing assignment in the cold be shownsomething good to learn from being One thing a new skier or snow- wearing of ski and snowboard hel- how to properly wear their protectivein a class – you’re expected to fall boarder may not think of as a part of mets go to http://www.lidsonkids.org/ equipment and be corrected when it isdown a lot, so no embarrassment their outdoor ensemble is a helmet. wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Burton- used improperly.there. (There are ski and snowboard In a report from the 2009-2010 Na- Reds-Fitting-Poster1.pdf. Army regulations clearly put thelessons available at the Birch Hill Ski tional Demographic Study done by In December, the U.S. Army Alas- burden of ensuring Soldier safety onand Snowboard Area. Call in advance the National Ski Areas Association ka released a safety bulletin calling commanders, but commanders cannotat 353-9131 to reserve a spot.) more than 130,000 interviews across attention to the high numbers of be everywhere at once. Commanders l Drink plenty of water. Dehydra- the United States were surveyed and snowboard and ski related injuries depend on experienced troops to helption can lead to fatigue and fatigue the numbers showed that ski helmet being experienced this season with15 watch out for, and advise, the less ex-can lead to poor judgment calls. use is on the rise. reported so far in USARAK. perienced. l Curb your alcohol consumption. The 2009-2010 ski season had A report from the U.S. Army There are several key remindersSkiing and snowboarding takes good shown that 57 percent of skiers and Combat Readiness/Safety Center that can help alleviate CWIs.balance, coordination, and quick re- snowboarders wore helmets, com- showed175 Soldiers have been in- Wind chill, which increases the dan-action times –alcohol takes all of pared to the 25 percent who were jured over the past five years due to ger of cold temperatures, is definedthose away. wearing helmets during the 2002- ski and snowboard accidents, 95 of as the effect of moving air on exposed l Dress in layers. Layering allows 2003 ski season. these injuries took place just within flesh. Wind chill can become a factor inyou to accommodate for all the vary- According to the LIDSonKids.org, the last three years; and out of those survival even on a windless day becauseing temperatures in an Alaskan day a website developed by the National past five years, USARAK has ac- wind can be generated by running, rid-and for your body’s changing temper- Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and counted for 54 percent of that total. ing in a motorized vehicle with theature with different activities. With other ski industry organizations to Being safe is a conscious effort. No hatch or window open, or rotary/pro-60 percent of a body’s heat being lost promote helmet use, wearing a hel- matter what the event or occasion, peller generated.through the head, having varying met can help reduce head injuries by enjoying the Alaskan winter is a goal Exposing skin to metal surfaces cantypes of ear, face and head coverage 30 to 50 percent; but don’t let that worth pursuing safely. easily lead to frostbite. This fact is often remembered when it comes to hands, but often gets forgotten when it comes to activities such as shooting a gun. When it is really cold, a gun resting against a check can cause frostbite. Alcohol is often a factor in CWIs. Be- ing incapacitated by alcohol can lead to poor decision-making as well as lower the body’s core temperature. After al- cohol consumption, blood flows into the skin, making the body feel warm, but then leaves the body, rapidly de- 61407152 creasing body temperature. When making decisions about cold ALASKA FUN CENTER weather activities, the acronym C-O- SALES L-D can assist in preventing injury or death. “C” stands for keep clothing AK POST/AK POST clean, “O” is avoid overheating, “L is for wear clothing loose and in layers ” 2 x 5.0 and “D” stands for keep clothing dry. Most CWIs reported in the Army are RED diagnosed as frostbite. There are de- grees of damage done by frostbite, and it is not unusual for the person to be permanently affected. Stay safe from CWIs by being respect- ful of the Alaska winter and being pre- pared for the battle. It is imperative with the type of cold experienced here, that The 1st Battalion, 52 Aviation Regiment will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. safety precautions are taken seriously. holiday observance at the Physical Fitness Center Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Law- rence J. Ellison, former military chaplain and pilot will be the guest speaker. The cold can be as dangerous as an ene- my soldier, and should be treated as such.
  5. 5. ALASKA POST News January 11, 2013Teaching an old dog new tricksAllen Shaw, Tupper made sure we had all of our equip-Fort Wainwright PAO ment. “Boots, check; board, check; hat, gloves, water resistant jacket and snow It was a beautiful crisp winter day in pants, check,” he said, “and most impor-the Interior. Although we are gaining day- tant, a helmet, check.”light, the sun was setting about 3 p.m. The four of us strapped into the leftSunday and a blanket of clouds enveloped binding and while keeping one foot freethe sky. On the horizon there was a mag- to push and slide the board, we made ournificent strip of blue, a spectacular view way to the rope tow on the beginner slope.of the snow-capped Alaska Range and a Some may call it the bunny hill.bright, glowing orange ball slowly dipping I skateboarded as a youngster, surfedbehind the mountains. It was a picture- as a teen and have skied a few times andperfect postcard. although I knew I would find the bal- I sat on the southern slope of Birch Hill ance, I was still apprehensive. After all, Istrapped to a snowboard. A Soldier, his am 57-years old and as Tupper said, “thespouse and I were at the Birch Hill Ski and oldest student he’s ever had.” But this isSnowboard Area preparing for our first something I’ve wanted to do for a longever snowboard lesson. time and I was determined. Some may call Eric Tupper, recreation aide, ski and it a “bucket list” item; my wife was justsnowboard instructor for Fort Wainwright concerned it wasn’t a break the bucket orDirectorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and even worse, a kick-the-bucket adventure.Recreation prepped us for the experience. Tupper went over some of the basics, emphasizing three main things: “Safety, safety, safety,” he said. The intent of a be- ginner’s lesson is to make sure a person can stand on the board on a slope by dig- ging in the heel-edge or the toe-edge, de- pending on which way you are facing. From there we learned how to slide down the hill, steer and come to a con- trolled stop. We learned J-turns and S- turns, and how to successfully traverse the terrain while avoiding obstacles. It is defi- nitely one of those sports that look easier than it is. Of course, anytime you learn to do an activity like snowboarding, you are going to fall. That’s another important part of the lesson, learning how to fall without causing bodily injury. I had a blast and after a couple runs was getting the hang of it. I’m not lying, I did catch a few wicked edges, made a nice face- plant, took a couple heavy blows to the rump roast and tumbled a dozen times, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation ski and snowboard instructor, Eric but I walked off the hill with a smile on Tupper shows some basic moves during snowboard lessons at the Birch Hill my face. Ski and Snowboard area, Sunday. For more information on lessons and fees I’ve been on the slopes before and call 353-9131. (Photo by Allen Shaw, Fort Wainwright PAO) watched people having a miserable time trying to teach themselves, so I highly recommend a lesson or two. Watch a few glide. I will be back and if I decide the Fairbanks community. The staffNewbie is an endearing term snowboarders “how-to” videos and know what you’re it’s an activity I want to pursue, the is friendly and helpful. The rentaluse for beginners and although I consider my- getting yourself into. first piece of equipment I will buy is equipment is top-notch and FMWRself to be in pretty good shape (for an oldie), And, if you don’t wear a helmet, no mat- an appropriate, albeit stylish, head is there to make everyone’s experi-parts of my body were pretty sore the next ter what skill level you may think you are, protection. ence safe and enjoyable.day. Snowboarding requires a sense of ad- you are crazy. The helmet made my experi- The Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard For more information on operat-venture, an awareness of personal limitations ence enjoyable, because although I knocked area has many outstanding recre- ing hours or fees call 353-9131 andand the common sense to wear a helmet. (Self my melon on the hard-pack a couple times, ational opportunities for Soldiers remember; they will loan you a hel-portrait by Allen Shaw/Fort Wainwright PAO) I was able to get up, dust off and enjoy the and Family members and is open to met free of charge. Please use it.Division championship weekend in the NFL: That’s what I’m talking aboutAllen Shaw, yards and scored the game’s set a franchise record with San Francisco to take on the t o r s , A-Team went four-and-Fort Wainwright PAO only offensive touchdown. The five receptions, including a 49ers tomorrow in a National 0 to stay on top, three ahead Bengals’ Leon Hall snatched TD. The Ravens will travel to Football Conference division of the Jones Bros, who also It was a wild, Wild Card an interception from Texan Denver to meet the Broncos match-up. went undefeated last week.weekend for the National quarterback Matt Schaub and for the division championship In the other NFC wild card Brain picked all winners andFootball League and the battle returned it for a touchdown tomorrow. game the Seattle Seahawks remains in the hunt only fivefor a spot in Super Bowl XLVII in the first half, but it wasn’t After losing to the Minne- rallied to beat the Washington games back. Bear is lurkingcontinues. It is now down to enough. The Houston team sota Vikings Dec. 30, the Pack Redskins 24-14. Hawk run- in the fourth-place spot andeight teams who will meet for travels to New England to was back. A healthy Green ning back Marshawn Lynch BrowBrose Salsa is only threethe division championships. meet the Patriots Sunday. Bay team defeated Minnesota carried the ball for 132 yards games behind him. Tate is only The Houston Texans move In the other American Foot- 24-10 to claim a shot at the di- and a touchdown, while rookie two games behind Salsa and iton after beating the Cincin- ball Conference game played, vision championship. The Vi- quarterback Russell Wilson looks like Urbi has a solid locknati Bengals 19-13. Although the Baltimore Ravens tamed kings, playing without regular completed 15 of 26 passes for on the caboose.the Texans had trouble finish- the Indianapolis Colts with a quarterback Christian Potter 187 yards and a touchdown. All the pickers are in it toing drives all game, settling 24-9 victory. The Raven de- who is suffering from an el- Wilson also ran the ball eight win it, just for the fun of it andfor field goals in the first half, fense seemed to be energized bow injury, could never get on times for 67 yards to help so- that’s what I’m talking about.it was enough to take the win by the return of star lineback- track. The Packer defense put lidify the victory on the road. Don’t be shy, tell me whoand advance. Houston running er Ray Lewis, who appeared relentless pressure on backup The Seahawks will now take you think is going to battleback Arian Foster became the in his final home game before QB Joe Webb and contained on the top-seeded Atlanta Fal- for the Conference Champi-first NFL player to have 100- retiring. Baltimore quarter- all-star running back Adrian cons in a battle of the birds onships and ultimately claimyard games in each of his first back Joe Flacco passed for 282 Peterson, shutting down the Sunday. Super Bowl XLVII. Send yourplayoff matchups. 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  6. 6. January 11, 2013 COMMUNITY CALENDAR ALASKA POST ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 11 a.m., Physical Fitness Cen-Friday – 11th ter, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223.FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 1 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen-Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. Tuesday – 15th ter, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294.FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 10:45 a.m., Melaven Fit- GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 a.m., Physical Fitness CHESS CLUB, 3 p.m., Last Frontier Community Activityness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755.LUNCH BOX LESSONS: COPY CATS, 11:30 a.m., Last LEAPS FOR LEARNING, 10:30 a.m., Murphy Hall Base- COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget LanesFrontier Community Activity Center, building 1044. Call ment, building 1045. Call 353-7713. Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654.353-7713. FIT MAMA PREGNANCY GROUP, 11 a.m., Physical Fit- YOUTH SKI DAYS, three days (19 to 21), Birch Hill Ski/STORY HOUR AND CRAFTS: NATIONAL MINER’S ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Snowboard Area, building 1172. Cost is $120. Call 353-DAY, 4 p.m., library, building 3700. Call 353-2642 1998. HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS, noon,COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. ANGEL CREEK OVERNIGHT TRIP, 8 a.m., OutdoorBowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137. Recreation Center, building 4050. Cost is $160. Call 361- GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 5 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- 6349. ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223.Saturday – 12thSNOWMACHINE SAFETY COURSE, 9.a.m., Outdoor FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 5:30 p.m., Last Frontier Commu- Sunday – 20th nity Activity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755.Recreation Center, building 4050. Call 361-6349. NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, 9 a.m., Warrior YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, Zone, building 3205. Open to DoD card holders age 18PARENT’S DAY OUT, 9 a.m., CDC I, building 4024. Call building 3709. Call 353-7223. and older. Call 353-1087.353-7713. CATHOLIC SERVICES, 9:30 a.m. Catholic religious edu-COMMUNITY CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS, 9 a.m.,Youth Center, building 4109. Call 353-7713. Wednesday - 16th cation and 11 a.m. Catholic Mass, Southern Lights Cha- pel, building 4107. Call 353-9825. CORE TRAINING, 5:30 a.m., Physical Fitness Center,GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 10 a.m., Physical Fitness building 3709. Call 353-7223. GOSPEL SERVICES, 1 p.m. Gospel Worship service,Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. Bassett Army Community Hospital, third floor conference NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION, 9 a.m., Last Frontier room, building 4076. Call 353-9825.YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 11 a.m., Physical Fitness Cen- Community Activity Center, building 1044. Call 353-4227.ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223. PROTESTANT SERVICES, 10 a.m., Sunday school and FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness 11 a.m., Sunday Protestant worship Northern Lights Cha-EXPLORE THE LOCAL TRAILS, 11 a.m., Outdoor Rec- Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. pel, building 3430. Call 353-9825.reation Center, building 4050. Cost is $5. Call 361-6349. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 10:45 a.m., Melaven Fit- YOUTH SKI DAYS, three days (19-21), Birch Hill Ski/ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 1 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- ness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. Snowboard Area, building 1172. Cost is $120. Call 353-ter, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. 1998. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon, Physical Fitness Cen-SNOWMACHINE SAFETY COURSE, 1 p.m., Outdoor ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223. FAMILY HALF-DAY SKI, 1 to 3 p.m., Outdoor RecreationRecreation Center, building 4050. Call 361-6349. Center, building 4050. Cost is $5. Call 361-6349. TURBO KICK, 5 p.m., Physical Fitness Center, buildingCHESS CLUB, 3 p.m., Last Frontier Community Activity 3709. Call 353-7223.Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755. Monday – 21stTEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT, Registration startsat 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m., The Warrior Zone, Thursday – 17th CORE TRAINING, 5:30 a.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.building 3205. Open to all DoD cardholders 18 and older. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 a.m., Physical Fitness353-1087. Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. ROMP AND STOMP PLAYGROUP, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Last Frontier Community Activity Center, building 1044.COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS, noon, No Cost. Call 353-7372.Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-2654. Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 5 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137.Sunday – 13th ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 10:45 a.m., Melaven Fit-NFL DIVISION MATCH-UPS, 9 a.m., The Warrior Zone, YOGA FOR BEGINNERS, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- ness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137building 3205. Open to DoD cardholders age 18 and old- ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223.er. Call 353-1087. GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon, Physical Fitness Cen- ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen- ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223.CATHOLIC SERVICES, 9:30 a.m. Catholic religious edu- ter, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294.cation and 11 a.m. Catholic Mass, Southern Lights Cha- ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen-pel, building 4107. Call 353-9825. WICKED WING CHALLENGE II, 5 to 7 p.m., Nugget ter, building 3709. Cost is $7. Call 353-7294. Lanes Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137.GOSPEL SERVICES, 1 p.m. Gospel Worship service, YOUTH SKI DAYS, three days (19-21), Birch Hill Ski/Bassett Army Community Hospital, third floor conference ROMP AND STOMP PLAYGROUP, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Snowboard Area, building 1172. Cost is $120. Call 353-room, building 4076. Call 353-9825. Last Frontier Community Activity Center, building 1044. 1998. No Cost. Call 353-7372.PROTESTANT SERVICES, 10 a.m., Sunday school and11 a.m., Sunday Protestant worship Northern Lights Cha-pel, building 3430. Call 353-9825. Tuesday – 22nd Friday –18th GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 6:30 a.m., Physical FitnessDOG-SLED RIDES, Birch Hill Ski Area, building 1172. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.Call 353-1998. Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137 FIT MAMA PREGNANCY GROUP, 11 a.m., Physical Fit-FAMILY SNOWMACHINE RUN, 1 p.m., Outdoor Recre- FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 10:45 a.m., Melaven Fit- ness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.ation Center, building 4050. Cost is $25. Call 361-6349. ness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137 HOUR OF POWER GROUP STRENGTH CLASS, noon, STORY HOUR CRAFTS: KID’S INVENTION DAY, 4 Physical Fitness Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.Monday – 14th p.m., library, building 3700. No Cost. Call 353-2642 GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 5 p.m., Physical Fitness Cen-CORE TRAINING, 5:30 a.m., Physical Fitness Center, COSMIC BOWLING, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nugget Lanes ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223.building 3709. Call 353-7223. Bowling Center, building 3702. Call 353-4137. YOGA FOR ATHLETES, 6 p.m., Physical Fitness Center,ROMP AND STOMP PLAYGROUP: COMMUNITY RE- ICE CLIMBING, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Outdoor Recreation building 3709. Call 353-7223.SOURCES, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Last Frontier Community Center, building 4050. Cost is $25. Call 361-6349.Activity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7372. BOUNCY HUT NIGHT, 5 p.m., Last Frontier Community BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, 6 to 10 p.m., Youth Cen- Activity Center, building 1044. Call 353-7755.FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness ter, building 4109. No Cost. Call 353-5437.Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137.FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 10:45 a.m., Melaven Fit- Wednesday – 23rdness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137. Saturday- 19th CORE TRAINING, 5:30 a.m., Physical Fitness Center, SINBAD COMEDY SHOW, 8 p.m., Warrior Zone, building building 3709. Call 353-7223.GROUP CYCLING CLASS, noon, Physical Fitness Cen- 3205. No cost. Call 353-1087.ter, building 3709. Call 353-7223. FAME FITNESS SESSIONS, 9:15 a.m., Melaven Fitness GROUP CYCLING CLASS, 10 a.m., Physical Fitness Center, building 3452. Call 353-9137.BOUNCY HUT NIGHT, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Last Frontier Commu- Center, building 3709. Call 353-7223.nity Activity Center, building 1044. Ages 4 to 12. 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