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Arkansas Minuteman August 2009


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Arkansas Minuteman August 2009

  1. 1. Moving forward A look back at AT 09 page 6 Arkansas unveils new Army Aircraft pAge 4 guard, Reserve join forces page 5 September focus on suicide awareness page 10
  2. 2. arkansasMInUTEMan August 009 Advertisement
  3. 3. August 009 arkansasMInUTEMan arkansasMInUTEMan Editorial staff Message froM the state CoMMand sergeant M ajor Capt. Chris Heathscott State Public Affairs Officer Maj. Keith Moore Air Guard Public Affairs Officer Staff Sgt. Chris Durney Adrienne Brietzke Donna Shelton Public Affairs Specialist Capt. Andretta Thomas Commander, 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Garrick Feldman Editor Publisher Christy Hendricks Managing Editor How to reach us 404 Graham Road Jacksonville, Ark. 72076 Ph: 501-982-9421 Fax: 501-985-0026 Advertising: Story ideas Arkansas Guard News Published by Leader Publishing, Inc. 404 Graham Road, Jacksonville, AR 72076, phone number (501) 982-9421, a private firm in no way Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Durney connected with the Arkansas National Guard, under written contract with the Adjutant Gen- CommAnd sgt. mAj. deBorAH CoLLins visits with the soldiers of the 142nd Fires Brigade just prior to their multiple Launch eral of the Arkansas National Guard. This civil- ian enterprise National Guard newspaper is an rocket system (mLrs) and Paladin live fire during Annual training 2009 at Fort Chaffee. authorized publication for the members of the Year of the NCO U.S. military services, published under the pro- visions of AR 360-1, AFI 35-101 and the Arkansas Military Department. Contents of the Arkansas Minuteman are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. government, the De- partment of Defense or the National Guard. The appearance of advertising in this publication, in- cluding inserts or supplements, does not consti- tute endorsement by the National Guard or Lead- “No one is more professional than I. I am er Publishing Inc. of the products or services a Non commissioned Officer, a leader of Sol- advertised. Everything advertised in this publica- diers!” These are the first 2 lines of the NCO tion shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, Creed. The Army has declared 2009 as the sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical year of the NCO. I have a framed poster in handicap, political affiliation or any other non- merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Ed- my office that was printed in 1989 - it was itorial photos unless otherwise noted. The Ar- also the year of the NCO. kansas Minuteman reserves the right to edit all That poster pictures a bust of a Sergeant items. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office of the Ar- wearing a kevlar helmet covered in wood- kansas National Guard. All photos are Arkansas land camouflage. Compared to what a Sol- National Guard unless otherwise noted. dier looks like today in full “battle rattle” is like comparing “Lost in Space” to the sci- fi movies of today. I truly believe we have progressed that far as an NCO Corps, as well. Education, training, and technology all contributed to that transformation. One thing that is always constant, and has been since Baron Von Stuben wrote the blue book, NCOs carry out the daily business of nCo induCtion. non-Commissioned officers of the 871st troop Command participate in an our Army and continue to be the backbone nCo induction ceremony during annual training at Fort Chaffee. nCo’s across the nation participat- of our Army and all other services. Howev- ed in similar ceremonies to highlight the importance of their role as the “backbone of the Army.” er, we can not just accept this and sit back and bask in pride. War on Terrorism is untold! it became so much more to me personally We all must continue to better ourselves Just a short time after the Army an- and to my NCOs. We are going to make this through education and training in order nounced this would be the “Year of the an annual tradition.” U.S. Army photo by Staff SGt. Chris A. Durney to remain a viable part of the Army. NCOs NCO,” I asked our four brigade command I tell you that to do this, we must take National Guard Public Affairs Office must attend their required NCO Education sergeants major for ideas about how to com- and make the time to honor these tradi- moving ForwArd. soldiers with Schools in order to remain current not only memorate this year. With no input, I later tions and to teach our junior NCOs the lin- north Little rock’s 1038th Horizon- for combat operations but for non-combat task them with coming up with something eage and honor of our Corps. We must do tal Construction Company of the 87th operations and day to day business. and making it happen at annual training. I that so they to will carry that knowledge on troop Command, move onto the convoy One of the purposes of declaring this the wasn’t going to tell them what they had to and share it with others as they replace us. live fire range at the Chaffee maneuver year of the NCO is to educate the general do, but they had to do something. The NCO Corps in all our services is what training Center during Annual train- public on the contributions of NCOs. We too Of course the results were outstanding makes the United States military the finest ing 2009. this was the first At for the must be committed to educating the public and many of you reading this participated in the world. We are what makes the differ- 1038th’s flag since its return from iraq about the contributions and quality of our in those events. One of the brigade CSMs ence and that is one thing I do not want to in december 2008 with the 39th Bri- NCOs. I truly believe we have the best NCO told me, “Thanks CSM for kicking us in the ever see change! gade. shown here, the units trained in Corps in our history. What our NCOs have butt and making us do something. I start- “Arkansas First!” vehicles provided by the 39th, offering a and are doing in the fight against the Global ed out just fulfilling your requirement, but “NCOs Always!” touch of déjà vu for the soldiers.
  4. 4. arkansasMInUTEMan August 009 army national Guard rolls out new light utility helicopter CAMP JOSEPH T. ROB- INSON, Ark. – The Arkan- Safety features, abilities make Lakota shine as Kiowa replacement sas Army National Guard unveiled its newest work- horse helicopter July 14 at a ceremony at the Army Avi- ation Support Facility on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Two shiny new UH-72 Lakota light utility helicop- ters have been delivered to the Arkansas Guard straight off of the EADS North America manufac- turing line in Columbus, Miss. Two more are slated to arrive in October and four more are due in by 2011. The Lakota is replac- ing the Guard’s aging OH- Photo by Maj. Keith Moore 58 Kiowa fleet, which has unveiLing A workHorse. maintenance personnel from the 77th theater Aviation been a part of the Arkansas Brigade of the Arkansas national guard move draping to unveil one of two new uH-72 Army aviation program for Lakota helicopters delivered to the Arkansas guard during a “rollout” ceremony on tues- over 35 years. day in north Little rock, Arkansas. the Lakota, the Army’s new Light utility Helicopter The twin engine Lakota produced by eAds north America will replace the aging fleet of oH-58 kiowa helicopters offers enhanced safety fea- for a variety of homeland security missions. the Arkansas guard is to receive eight of the new Lakotas by the end of 2011. tures, as well as advantages in size, speed, useful load and range. The Lakota is joining the Guard’s fleet of UH- Photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott 60 Blackhawk helicopters, BirdwAtCHing. one of two new uH-72 Lakota helicop- and is designed to perform ters delivered to the Arkansas Army national guard hovers medical and casualty evac- out to begin its first mission following a rollout ceremony uation missions, provide july 14 at the Arkansas national guard’s Army Aviation disaster relief flights, aid support Facility on Camp robinson in north Little rock. in homeland defense and the Lakota, the Army’s new Light utility Helicopter pro- work counter drug mis- duced by eAds north America will replace the aging fleet sions in support of civil au- of oH-58 kiowa helicopters for a variety of homeland secu- thorities. rity missions. the Arkansas guard is to receive eight of the The Kiowa will be new Lakotas by the end of 2011. phased out over the next homeland defense rotary aircraft that are American two years. platform. In the right hands made in Mississippi, our “The UH-72 is recog- this aircraft will serve the neighbor state, and flown nized by the Department state of Arkansas in a first by some of the greatest of Defense as one of their rate fashion,” he said. Americans we’ve got,” said five best programs,” said “The National Guard Wofford to the large crowd Col. (Retired) Ted Mick- has transitioned from a gathered in the south hang- evicius from EADS North standing reserve to an op- er of the Camp Robinson America. “This aircraft is erational force operating AASF. being delivered to the Na- all over the globe,” said Following the ceremoni- tional Guard on schedule, Maj. Gen. William D. Wof- al hand off of the log book on budget and on perfor- ford, the adjutant general and keys, a large parachute mance. Long may they fly of Arkansas. “That is why drape was pulled aside to in support of, and to pro- we’re getting these new air- reveal one of the gleaming tect, your communities.” craft.” Lakota helicopters. According to Col. Gar- The last new aircraft The 42 foot aircraft is rett P. Jensen, chief of the brought into service with capable of carrying eight Army National Guard Avi- the Arkansas Nation- troops or two stretchers ation and Safety Division, al Guard was its force of and medical crew. 200 UH-72s are to be de- Blackhawk helicopters Two pilots fly the nearly livered to Army units in 47 which arrived in 1995 after 4,000 lb helicopter, which states, and 50 have been flying several years with has a maximum speed of fielded so far. active component units. 167 miles per hours and a “This is the premier “These are brand new range of over 420 miles. Advertisement
  5. 5. August 009 arkansasMInUTEMan Guard, reserves join forces with new facility Armed Forces Reserve Center opens near Fort Smith said Maj. Gen. William Wofford, the adjutant gen- said Wofford. “If any one of these units wanted to train By Sgt. 1st Class the 937th Forward Sup- building, they share dining, expansive motor pool. eral of Arkansas. “This fa- out in the field, they can do Chris A. Durney port Company, from Fort drill hall, class room, fit- “Today across the world cility represents that new it right here.” Arkansas National Guard State Chaffee, have all been con- ness and personal hygiene you have Army Reserve, working relationship. Future plans for the ar- Public Affairs Office solidated into the new ar- facilities. The building also National Guard and active “One of the advantages mories in Van Buren, Fort FORT CHAFFEE MA- mory. boasts secured supply ar- component Soldiers work- of this particular facility is Smith and Charleston have NEUVER TRAINING The Arkansas Nation- eas, modern offices and an ing shoulder to shoulder,” it’s so close to Fort Chaffee,” not been announced. CENTER, Ark. – Arkansas al Guard’s West Central Army National Guard and Recruiting and Retention U.S. Army Reserve units Command also occupies a in the Fort Smith area now corner of the building near share a 102,000 square foot the front entrance. joint use facility following Arkansas Congressman a ribbon cutting ceremony John Boozman served as here July 11, 2009. guest speaker for the event, The new $19 million and participated in the rib- Offering Families Award Winning Services Armed Forces Reserve bon cutting. “Without you Center is located on High- guys standing there protect- way 22, just past the main ing us, it would be a much entrance to the Fort Chaffee different world,” said Booz- Maneuver Training Center man to the crowd of Sol- in Barling, Ark. Four units diers and civilians gathered of the Arkansas Army Na- in the sun outside of the tional Guard’s 142nd Fires main entrance. “We appre- Brigade, and the 341st En- ciate everything you do.” gineer Company of the U.S. According to Lt. Col. Army Reserve began occu- Troy Galloway, commander pying the huge building in of the 2nd Battalion,142nd, March. the center represents a new Due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure era in consolidated support. “It will provide improved SERVICES Commission’s recommen- administrative and logis- tical support for our units Largest Arkansas Behavioral Health Facility dations, the 142nd’s Head- quarters, Headquarters that will closely match our Specializing in Ages 5-17 Battery, 2nd Battalion, from modernized equipment and Acute and Residential Inpatient Services for our ever expanding training Fort Smith; Battery A, 2nd ages 5-17 – Pinnacle Pointe Hospital in Little Rock needs,” he said. Battalion, from Van Bu- Although Reserve and Outpatient services for all ages ren; Detachment 1, 937th Forward Support Compa- National Guard Soldiers oc- School-based services in Conway, Mtn. View, ny from Charleston, and cupy opposite wings of the Stuttgart, North Little Rock, Lakeside Hot Springs Clinton Day Treatment Services – Little Rock Only Tricare-certified residential program in Arkansas serving children of active duty and retired military personnel. AWARDS 2007 Residential Facility of the Year Therapeutic Recreation Facility of the Year Silver Sponsor of the Children’s Protection Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Durney Center, a Children’s Advocacy Center joining ForCes. this 102,000 square foot Armed 11501 Financial Centre Parkway • Little Rock, AR 72211 Forces reserve Center, near Fort smith, serves as the new home of the u.s. Army reserve’s 341st engineer Compa- ny along with four units of the Arkansas national guard’s 142nd Fires Brigade. “today across the world you have Army reserve, national guard and active component sol- (501) 223-3322 • Toll Free 800-880-3322 diers working shoulder to shoulder,” said maj. gen. william Web: wofford, the adjutant general of Arkansas. “this facility represents that new working relationship.” Advertisement
  6. 6. arkansasMInUTEMan August 009 MOVInGA n n u a l Tr a i n A Look Back at FOrW Photo by 1st Lt. Theresa Walker, 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FirePower. the 1st Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade launch- es one of four rockets from their multiple Launch rocket sys- tem during a firepower demonstration at Fort Chaffee on june 24. the live fire was a joint demonstration with the brigade’s 2nd Battalion firing their 155mm Paladin in front of a crowd on soldiers and civilians who were traveling with the Arkansas guard’s employer support for the guard and reserve (esgr) program. the 1st battalion is headquartered in Harrison with units in Bentonville, springdale and rogers. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Durney inFAntry ArtiLLery. soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery regiment of the 39th infantry Brigade Com- bat team fire a ceremonial charge during the brigade’s change of command ceremony on may 31. the battalion conducted a live fire of the weapon, a 105mm towed Howitzer, the following weekend. the battalion is headquartered in russellville with units in morrilton, Perryville, dardanelle, Paris and north Little rock. g r o u n d CommAnd in tHe Air. Brig. gen. roger mcClellan, fac- ing, took the oppor- tunity to experience the expertise of the 77th theater Avia- tion Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 111th Air Ambulance during their hoist training at Fort Chaffee. general mcClellan serves as commander of the Ar- kansas guard’s joint Force Land Compo- nent, which includes the 77th along with the 39th infantry Bri- gade Combat team, 87th troop Command and 142nd Fires Bri- gade. the medical evacuation (mede- vAC) soldiers hoisted numerous troops dur- P ing their annual train- ing as part of an ef- BACkBone oF tHe Army. soldiers of the 39th infantry Brigade Combat team line up in the symbol of a sergeant’s strip fort to maintain their Photo by 1st Lt. Theresa Walker, 119th Mobile Public Army – the nCo. the event took place at Fort Chaffee during the 39th’s nCo induction ceremony at annual training. the event perfected skill. Affairs Detachment missioned officers as part of the year of the nCo.
  7. 7. August 009 arkansasMInUTEMan WarD AeriAL FirePower. Air- men with the Fort smith based 188th Fighter wing train over Fort Chaffee’s razorback range with a blast of rounds from their aircraft’s gatlin gun. the unit’s training over Fort Chaffee on june 18 also offered ing 2009 a show to the soldiers on the ground awaiting their turn on the convoy live fire range. without knowing they had an attentive audience glaring up in awe at their A10 thunderbolt ii fight- ers in action, the pilots conducted their normal training patterns and range firing as if it were just another Photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott day in the air. kAAABooom. A cratering charge strapped with C4 ex- plosives detonates with a loud boom on Fort Chaffee’s demolitions range june 19. the charge was placed by the 875th engineer Battalion’s 1039th engineer Company from marked tree. the ex- ercise was part of the unit’s normal training plan in their Photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott specialty as engineers. this not your AverAge BAnd. spc. Chris estell with the particular blast left a crater 106th Army Band showed off his talent along with his fellow large enough to hold the en- soldiers performing with the “Power 106th” concert in the tire platoon responsible for post theater on Fort Chaffee on june 15. shown here the setting the charge. Photo by 1st Lt. Theresa Walker, 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment band surprised the crowd and turned out the building with their rendition of “still diggin’ on james Brown” by tower of Power. estell was one of the band’s two recent additions to an already amazingly talented group of performers. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Mike Brinson, 142nd Fires Brigade public affairs PALAdin times tHree. three 155mm Paladins belonging to the 142nd Fires Brigade’s 2nd Battalion fire rounds in unison during a firepower demonstration at Fort Chaffee on june 24. the live fire was a joint event with the brigade’s 1st Battalion firing their multiple Launch rocket system (mLrs) in front of a crowd on soldiers and civilians who were traveling with the Arkansas guard’s employer support for the guard and reserve (esgr) program. the 2nd battalion is headquartered in Fort smith with units in van Buren, siloam springs, ozark, Charleston and Fort Chaffee. Photo by 2nd Lt. Latasha Ketchum, 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment joint trAining. staff sgt. mike williamson, of the 77th theater Aviation Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 111th Air Ambulance, offers instruction on medical evacuation (medevAC) operations to soldiers from the 87th troop Command on june 21 at Fort Chaffee. the 87th troop Com- Photo courtesy of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Photo by Maj. Keith Moore mand soldiers were members of the 296th ground Ambu- e, representing the backbone of the lance Company, from Hot springs, and the 213th Area sup- Five tons oF CArgo. Airmen with the Arkansas Air national guard’s 189th Airlift wing, took place in honor of the non-Com- port medical Company, from north Little rock and dumas. from the Little rock Air Force Base, load a vehicle onto one of their C-130 Hercules aircraft in preparation for returning home at the end of their annual training at gulfport, miss.
  8. 8. arkansasMInUTEMan August 009 swiMMing and Pfd MWr Celebrates 20 Years of service to soldiers, airmen By Ms. Donna Shelton safety Quiz Arkansas National Guard State Public Affairs Office 1. How many people CAMP JOSEPH T. ROB- drown in the U.S. each INSON, Ark. – On August year? 19, the Arkansas Nation- a. 150 al Guard Morale Welfare b. 600 Recreation (MWR) cel- c. 400 ebrates its 20th anniversa- d. 6000 ry of service to our troops. 2. Over half of all The organization is also drowning victims use celebrating twenty years as alcohol or drugs. the only strictly state-run a. True corporation of its type in b. False the United States. in witH tHe new. the new mwr Complex encompasses 3. How many per- “For most installations 39,725 square feet of space. the vast complex houses the sonal floatation devic- rock restaurant which can seat 250 patrons in its 4,140 the Post Exchange (PX) square foot dining area. Adjacent to the restaurant is the rock es (PFDs) is a boat re- stores are entities of the Lounge with a large “Cheers-type” bar and seating for 50 and quired to have? federal government. How- a large patio for outdoor gatherings during acceptable weath- a. One for the drive and ever, we operate solely un- er. Additionally, the businesses that were located in the old two more for passengers der the Arkansas Nation- mwr facility moved to new more spacious quarters in the new out witH tHe oLd. Camp robinson’s original Canteen complex along with a new addition – the minuteman Pizzeria. b. one al Guard. We pay salaries, closed its doors in 2007 with the need to expand the mwr op- the facility houses an Arkansas Federal Credit union branch, c. One for every individ- grow our organization and erations it began in 1989. the once heavily visited building now with two automated teller machines, the sunshine Cleaners ual in boat. give donations to the units sits silent, watching its replacement facility across the street and dee’s Barbershop. “Having all these services in the same D. They are not re- solely from the profits we attract large numbers of people who frequent the new Canteen complex has meant that we can serve the guard members quired. and the variety of services provided in the new mwr complex. more. we have more items available than we have in the past. make,” said Jackie Scarbor- And having everything in one building is more convenient and 4. Are personal floa- ough, MWR Director. provides a friendly atmosphere, “ said jackie scarborough, di- inson and Fort Chaffee. Guard MWR made $55,285 tation devices (PFDs) a The staff is planning on rector of the Arkansas guard mwr. Camp Robinson’s expan- in donations in 2008 and substitute for parental celebrating the anniversary sion included the opening of the total of yearly contri- supervision? with a ceremony in the foy- the Minuteman Pizzaria in butions since 2003 is over organization keeps making giving back to the Soldiers a. True er of the MWR Complex on March of this year. The op- $358,000. According to a profit, the MWR will con- and Airmen who provide b. False August 19 starting at 9:00 erating hours of 11:00 a.m. Scarborough, as long as the tinue to fulfill its mission by the ultimate service. 5. What basic lifesav- a.m. There will be food, ca- to 8:30 p.m. daily makes it ing equipment should maraderie, giveaways and a convenient dining option, be kept by a swimming special sales on selected especially for students who pool? merchandise in the MWR’s are in training on post. a. a pole and rope Canteen. Since the MWR was in- b. a personal floatation Over the past 20 years corporated, the mission device the MWR has witnessed has been to provide needed c. a water bottle some much needed growth, services to Guard members d. both a. and b. most notably in October and help support the units. e. both b. and c. 2007 when construction The continued growth of of the new MWR Complex the organization has al- ----Answers from was completed. This final- lowed the MWR to give last month’s quiz: 1. ly made it possible to house unit rebates, provide no- False, 2. False, 3. False, all the services offered by interest loans and sponsor 4. False, 5. b. MWR at Camp Robinson various causes such as the in one centralized location. Camp Robinson Fire De- NAME____________ “Having all these servic- partment and the Arkan- _________________ es in the same complex has sas Employee of the Year UNIT_____________ meant that we can serve the program. PHONE___________ Guard members more. We “We wouldn’t be able to ____________ have more items available do what we do without the than we have in the past. great staff that we have,” And having everything in said Scarborough. “We Get a free sport’s bottle! one building is more conve- started with seven employ- Complete this quiz and mail nient and provides a friend- ees in 1989. We now have or fax to the state Safety Of- ly atmosphere, “ said Scar- ninety-two. Because they fice, Box 10 Camp Robin- borough. have helped to grow the or- son, NLR, ar 72199-9600 Services available ganization, we can contin- or fax 501-212-5099. through the MWR have ue providing what the Sol- All completed entries continued to grow and in- diers and Airmen need and will be entered for draw- clude the extension of its op- give back to the units.” ing. Look for the winner’s erations at both Camp Rob- The Arkansas National name here next month. Advertisement
  9. 9. August 009 arkansasMInUTEMan 9 ProjeCt PAtriot. spc. dominic Alexan- der, with Company e, 39th Brigade support Battalion, takes a moment to pose with mem- bers of “Arkansa” Chapter national society daughters of the American revolution after a Freedom salute ceremony in Arkadelphia for his battalion. Alexander was one of thousands Arkansas employer is named finalist of Arkansas guardsmen to receive a tiny pocket flag hand folded by sylvia matthews, Co-Chair of the organization’s Project Patriot. for prestigious 2009 Freedom Award Alexander approached the members of Arkan- sa’s soldier squad to personally thank the ARLINGTON, VA— our troops. Although Bas- ceremony on June 8 when chapter for the pocket Flag he carried for the Bassett Law Firm LLP of sett Law Firm LLP did not the firm was presented a duration of the deployment next to his military Fayetteville, Ark. was se- make the cut for the final Pro Patria Award by Maj. id. After returning home safely from the de- lected as one of 35 nation- cut, their ranking within Gen. William Wofford, the ployment, Alexander offered the Flag back to al finalists for the 2009 the top 35 out of 3200 is adjutant general of Arkan- the Chapter in grateful appreciation. Pictured Secretary of Defense Em- extremely significant and sas. A total of 24 Arkansas from left to right are shirley goff, sue Pilking- ployer Support Freedom symbolic of the tremen- employers were honored at ton, nell white (behind), susan veal, sheila Award. The award is the dous support the firm has the ceremony and further Beatty, spc. Alexander and Linda thomas. U.S. Government’s high- provided our Soldiers and nominated for the national est recognition given to Airmen. Freedom award. More in- employers for exceptional Bassett was one of 20 formation about the Free- support of their employ- Arkansas employers rec- dom Award is available ees serving in the Guard ognized by Arkansas’ at http://www.Freedo- and Reserve. The Secre- Employer Support for or by calling tary of Defense Employer the Guard and Reserve the ESGR office at (800) Support Freedom Award (ESGR) program during a 336-4590. is also significant because only members of the Na- tional Guard and Reserve or their family members Sherwood Moose Lodge may nominate their em- 4000 E. Kiehl • Sherwood • 835-1200 ployers for the award. “In the eight years our nation has been at war, America’s employers - al- most universally - have done an outstanding job of supporting their Citi- zen Warrior employees, said Dennis M. McCarthy, ■ assistant secretary of de- fense for reserve affairs. EVERY TUESDAY THURSDAY NIGHT ■ “They reflect the power- ■ ■ ful synergy that exists be- Doors Open ■ tween the men and women Up to $7500 ■ of the National Guard and at 5:00pm Payout Nightly ■ ■ Reserve, and their em- Minipacks 6:00pm Includes up to 2 ■ ployers.” Bassett Law Firm Hardpacks 7:00pm ($1000 Progressive Jackpots) LLP was selected from more than 3,200 nomina- Coupon tions submitted. On July 20, the Department of Good For One FREE Defense narrowed it list of 35 finalists done to the Back Up Pack Limit 1 per person. Expires 10/2/09 top 15 employers recog- nized for their support of Advertisement Advertisement
  10. 10. 10 arkansasMInUTEMan August 009 neverSuicide Awareness, Prevention Month September is accept Defeat Knowing your benefits By Capt. Chris Heathscott Airmen here in Arkansas, By Ms. Adrienne Brietzke Arkansas National Guard State Arkansas National Guard State Public Affairs Office we cannot stand around Public Affairs Office and allow this trend to The new Post 9/11 GI Bill became effective August 1, CAMP JOSEPH T. continue,” said Maj. Gen. 2009. It provides education benefits for servicemembers ROBINSON, Ark. – The William Wofford, the ad- who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Arkansas National Guard jutant general of Arkan- Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the will join the active com- sas. “We have taken some number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit ponent in the observance major steps towards in- package that gives current and previously activated Na- creasing awareness, but tional Guard and Reservist the same benefits as active of Suicide Awareness and it takes more than simply duty servicemembers. Prevention Month in Sep- tember. awareness. It takes ac- Eligibility The observance is part tion. We need all of our The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently ac- of the continued effort to Guardsmen, their Fami- cepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Once the focus on the rise of sui- lies, friends and employ- VA has received your application they issue a Certificate cides throughout the ers to get involved and of Eligibility if they determine you are indeed entitled to Army over the past few keep an eye out for those the benefit. Note: Only service under U.S. Code Title 10 years – a problem that is in need of help. Talk to makes one eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits. just as significant in the them, care for them, and You are eligible if you served a minimum of 90 days on ac- National Guard. assist them in getting the tive duty after September 10, 2001, but the VA must verify The Army recently re- help they need.” that eligibility. leased its suicide date for Awareness for the Ar- If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will still want to 2009, covering the period kansas Guard means more compare all your education benefits to see which will bet- January 1 through June 30 than marking a month on ter meet your own needs. While the Post-9/11 is a great and reporting 88 active- the calendar. During that advance for military education options, that doesn’t nec- duty deaths. Fifty-four of time, the force will take essarily mean it’s a better option for you. those were confirmed sui- on the second phase of It’s important to keep in mind that once you make a cide with the remaining the three-phase suicide choice, that choice is IRREVOCABLE. You can’t change 34 still under investiga- stand-down and chain your mind later. However, note that Veterans will not be tion. This is 21 more than teach program. required to make a choice at the August timeline. The VA was reported for the same “It’s going to consist of will notify veterans when they will be required to choose. period in 2008. role playing vignettes and There are several different GI Bill benefits available for To further put it in discussions about stress just for the Soldiers. are on the front lines. By Guard servicemembers so before making that decision, perspective, the United that Soldiers are actual- “There is a ‘Shoulder the time it gets to my lev- it’s crucial you compare the different benefits to see which States suffered fewer loss- ly going through and how to Shoulder’ presentation el, it is too late,” said Gen- is best for you. In choosing which benefit you wish to re- es to combat in Afghan- they can help each other,” for [Family Readiness eral Wofford. “But we ceive, and whether or not to participate in the Active-Duty istan during that same said Phillips. “We have Groups] as well,” said Phil- need to be there to assist or Reserve GI Bill programs, first consider the following time period in 2009 with until September 30th to lips noting that the Fami- the Families as necessary factors with each: the type of training you plan on taking; have every Soldier in the lies will play a key role in while remaining vigilant the amount of benefits you will get under each benefit; ex- 73 Fallen Troops from all state trained.” reversing this trend. ourselves.” tending benefits by 12 months, and any other factors im- branches of the service. At the completion of The training empha- “The most crucial fac- portant to you. According to Capt. Tan- this interactive training sizes common causes of tor, however, is to make Guard servicemembers have two other GI Bill op- ya Phillips, the state sui- program, which includes suicidal behavior and the all of our Guardsmen tions. The first gives those who serve continuously for 24 cide prevention program manager for the Arkansas videos and small unit critical role Army leaders, aware that is ok to ask for leader training, the force see knowing, PAge 10 National Guard, the prob- friends, co-workers and help,” he added. “Remem- lem isn’t limited to the ac- will move into the third Families play in maintain- ber the Army Creed. We VETERANS tive component. phase of the program – ing behavioral health. are asking them to ‘Never “In the past six months sustained annual suicide “Our Families will defi- Accept Defeat’ while hon- awareness and prevention from January 1st to 30 June, the National Guard training for all Soldiers. nitely play a critical role in suicide prevention. They oring our pledge to ‘Never Leave a Fallen Soldier.’” BENEFITS But this training is not has had 17 confirmed sui- cides and 22 pending in- APPEALS vestigation,” said Phillips. “We are making up 18% of the National Guard’s total suicides during that six months.” Arkansas has suffered a total of three losses to No Charge Mike Smith suicide during that time, Attorney an increase from one loss for 425 W Capitol Avenue #3700 to suicide over each of the Consultations Little Rock, AR previous two years. (501) 375-9151 “As an organization, as a Family of Soldiers, and Advertisement Advertisement
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