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  1. 1. El Morro Retirees pitch in for DPW tree planting, Page 20 El Morro Readers Survey results, Pages 10, 11 Fort BuchananCommunityimages nowavailable onVol. 47 issue 6 The Sentinel of the Caribbean January 2012New law expedites troops thru airport securityBy Army News Service screening lines at the airport. forces, and, to the extent bat boots. changes to be implemented The “Risk-Based Security possible, any accompanying Only service members on within six months. WASHINGTON -- A bill Screening for Members of family member.” orders and in uniform will Transportation Securitysigned into law by the presi- the Armed Forces Act” calls Included in that law are be granted access to any ex- Administration officials saydent Jan. 3 means Soldiers in for development of a plan instructions to consider es- pedited security screening the agency is now “in con-uniform and their Families that will provide “expedited tablishing standards for procedures that have been sultation with DOD,” and “ismay soon have an easier time security screening services screening of military uni- developed, officials said.moving through security for a member of the armed form items, including com- The new law calls for TSA Page 6 News Playing politics, Page 6 Scholarships Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Pro- gram are now available at commissaries world- wide as well as online through a link on http:// www.commissaries.com and directly at http:// www.militaryscholar. org. Applicants must sub- Graduates of the Civilian Leadership Development Program celebrate with a group photo after their graduation ceremony Dec. 19. From left: Grace Mein- hofer, Col. John D. Cushman, garrison commander, Lillian Calderón, David Cortés, Roberto Fernández, Marie Ramírez, Irma Santiago, Juan Sanfeliz, Osiris mit an essay on a topic Soto, Manuel Ramos, Magda Rivera, Angel Viruet, Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson, garrison command sergeant major, Mariana Urrutia, and Rafael which is now avail- Contreras, garrison workforce development program specialist. Not pictured are George H. Roman and José Sanchez. able at http://www.mili- taryscholar.org. Applica- tions must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012. Leaders ready for 2012 challenges Awards will be based Story and photos Program. Students had to learn very plish a few things,” said Irma by Luis Delgadillo on funds available, but Fort Buchanan Public Affairs The three-month course quickly how to balance their Santiago, administrative assis- the program awards at challenged students with class- daily work responsibilities with tant for the Director of Emer- least one $1,500 scholar- Fort Buchanan’s first inter- es that included the Civilian the demands of the classes, gency Services. ship to a student at each nal leadership training program Foundation Course, the Action which included 250 hours of “It was (difficult) but it can commissary. Check the celebrated a major milestone Officer Development Course, resident course work. be done, you know it’s just that program’s Web site or December 19 when 14 mem- Master Resiliency Training, “I came to work really early sometimes you have to sacri- visit the Commissary for bers of the Fort Buchanan Human Resources for Supervi- in the morning and after train- fice a little bit,” she said. eligibility requirements. community graduated from the sors, and the Military Decision ing I came back to the office to Civilian Leader Development Making Process, among others. get some things done, accom- LEADERS Page 9
  2. 2. 2January 2012 The Command Group The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort Buchanan Commander Commentary As another year begins we and exercise more. The Fit- job by updating your resume Volunteerism can take many start working on our “New ness Center offers an array with the new version of USA- forms. You can spend time Year Resolutions”. The desire of activities to help you be JOBS, for example. helping out at the library, at of improving and the commit- healthier such as: Dance Step Improve education: If an office, mentoring a child ment to outperform is within Aerobics, Spinning Classes you are considering a career or giving a hand at various or- El Morro each of us. That is why we and Zumba, among others. change, the Army Continuing ganizations. The Army Volun- Garrison Commander make a list of things we want Regular exercise has been Education Services at the Di- teer Corps through the Instal- Col. John D. Cushman to achieve during 2012. As a associated with more health rectorate of Human Resourc- lation Volunteer Coordinator Deputy to the Garrison Commander Soldier and Commander of benefits than anything else. es can help you. You can learn could really use your help Gunnar G.F. Pedersen Jr. this installation, I would like It not only keeps you healthy something new or upgrade while you learn new skills. Deputy Commander to support you on your “reso- but makes you feel better. You your career through distance New Year’s has always Lt. Col. Kenneth M. Hammond lutions”. Our mission states can visit the gym, walk or jog learning. been a time to look at the past, Garrison Command Sergeant Major that we are here to provide around the fitness trail while Improve self: To reduce but most importantly, to look Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson you – Soldiers, Civilians and enjoying our beautiful instal- stress and do something dif- forward into the future. It is a Public Affairs Officer your family members – with a lation. ferent the Directorate of Fam- time to reflect on the changes Grissel Rosa quality of life commensurate Improve finances: Money ily, Morale and Welfare offers we want in our lives and make Media Relations Pedro Silva with the quality of your ser- can be a source of stress in Karate Lessons, Scuba Div- the “resolution” to make them Command Information vice.” Therefore our commit- anyone’s life. Army Commu- ing, tours around the island, happen. Whether you want Luis Delgadillo ment is to help you and your nity Service Financial Readi- etc. The Religious Service to get fit, manage debt, man- El Morro Contributors Families accomplish your ness/Consumer Advocacy Office is ready to provide you age stress or help others, Fort Capt. Taylor Opel Luis Salazar goals. Fort Buchanan has the Program can help you get spiritual guidance in any area Buchanan offers a wealth of 1st Mission Support Command facilities and provides the ser- out of debt and save money in your life. The Army Sub- resources to meet just about Public Affairs Officer Maj. Carlos M. Cuebas vices that could help you im- through their classes – “Using stance Abuse Program at the anyone’s goals. Believe in Mailing address — prove every area of your life: Credit Wisely”, “Managing Directorate of Human Re- yourself. Keep a positive at- Public Affairs Office Building 390 Crane Loop Ste. 311 physical, emotional, social Financial Stress”, etc. sources can also help you to titude. Celebrate each step Fort Buchanan PR, 00934-4616 and spiritual. Improve career: The Em- overcome any problems with you take; it is one step closer Story submissions — Some of the most popular ployment Readiness Pro- drugs or alcohol abuse. It is to meeting your “New Year E-mail to: luis.delgadillo@us.army.mil goals include resolutions to: gram can help you get a job confidential. Resolution”. Let’s start 2012 Telephone numbers — (787)707-5762/4486 Fax: (787)707-3362 Improve health: lose weight or prepare you for a better Or volunteer to help others. Army Strong. The Army’s Backbone 1st MSC submissions — E-mail to: carlos.cuebasmedina@us.army.mil 1st MSC telephone number — (787)707-4988 Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick T. Simpson El Morro is an authorized publica- tion printed in accordance with Army As this is my first “winter” for Wilda Díaz, the Family Ad- tunities for Soldiers and Fam- members in our community. Regulation 360-1. Contents of El Morro are not neces- at Fort Buchanan I am learn- vocacy Program manager for ily members to gain an upper For the Families of the es- sarily the official views of, or endorsed ing that the Holiday Season ex- Fort Buchanan. hand on finances by developing timated 87 service men and by, the U.S. Government, the Depart- ment of Defense, Department of the tends well into January, which According to the program’s their money management skills women of Puerto Rican de- Army or U.S. Army Garrison, Fort is a welcomed blessing to us all Web site the FAP, “emphasizes through attending any one of scent who made the ultimate Buchanan. El Morro is published monthly by because it means more special prevention, education, prompt the available Financial Readi- sacrifice I offer my sincerest the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army time to spend with family. reporting, investigation, inter- ness Program classes offered thanks. Garrison. Circulation 5,000. All editorial content of El Morro While reflecting on the rea- vention and treatment of spouse by Arlene Romero, the Army Our nation is eternally grate- is prepared, edited, provided and ap- proved by the U.S. Army Garrison Pub- sons for cherishing our loved and child abuse. In addition, a Community Services FRP ful to you for the sacrifice you lic Affairs Office. For guidance on how ones we must remember that variety of services are provided manager. To find a listing of have endured and as a small to submit items for publication e-mail the garrison Public Affairs Office. such good will should be ex- to Soldiers and Families to de- classes pick up a copy of the Di- token of that gratitude I want The Editor reserves right to edit all tended throughout the year. velop their relationship skills, rectorate of Family and Morale to reiterate that Fort Buchanan submissions and to determine the suit- ability for inclusion in El Morro. Especially when we open the parenting skills, and improve Welfare and Recreation’s pub- stands ready to serve you as Every effort will be made to publish mailbox to find those high their quality of life. This mis- lication, “Live and Explore.” steadfastly as your loved one submissions in a timely manner. How- ever, time, layout, style and editorial credit card bills that will inevi- sion is accomplished through The most significant difference served the nation. considerations, as well as determina- tions for publication, are made by the tably arrive. a variety of groups, seminars, between the new year and 2011 To our Wounded Warriors Commander or the Public Affairs Of- Overspending during the workshops, and counseling and is perhaps that Operation New and their Families the same ficer. holidays can have a serious intervention services. Seminars Dawn has ended. Our nation holds true. Fort Buchanan ex- negative effect on relationships and workshops are available to has sacrificed greatly to bring ists to support the members of and in many cases it leads to individuals, units, and Family the people of Iraq a chance to the military across the island. domestic violence. In fact ac- Readiness Groups. Unit com- control their destiny through I invite you all to read the cording to statistics compiled manders are encouraged to free elections and democratic letter from our Army leaders by the Family Advocacy Pro- contact their Family Advocacy principles. on page three. It is truly great gram, January is a time when Program staff to schedule sem- Puerto Rico’s brave ser- what we have accomplished as instances of domestic violence inars that meet their specific vice men and women bore a a nation. Our strength, is the spike. For many military cou- need.” If you or someone you heavy burden throughout the strength of the nation and as we ples this is a reality. know needs help do not hesi- past eight years and none en- enter the New Year let us not Sadly, this translates to one tate to get it. dured hardship more than the waiver in our commitment to of the busiest times of the year In January there are oppor- hundreds of Gold Star Family excellence. Army Strong.
  3. 3. El MorroFort Buchanan From The Top The Sentinel of the Caribbean 3 January 2012New Dawn comes to a closeHappy New Year 2012! Puerto Rican Warriors continue a noble tradition of service I encourage everyone in the com- while mobilized. In the New Year, we must also keep mand to develop clear individual goals In 2012, I expect our leaders to con- in mind that the strength of our troops for the 2012 and work hard to achieve tinue being mentors and to lead by ex- comes from the strength of our Fami- them. ample. Since our people are our most lies. That is why I encourage each one We must also understand that our valuable asset, we can only be success- of you to connect with your Families individual goals and objectives have ful if we take care of our workforce. and to have a healthy quality of life. a direct impact in the overall success of this command. Every contribution is critical. As members of this command, our mission is to ensure the Reserve Forces in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, are ready to support the Nations’ objec- tives, around the world. Everyone on the 1st MSC’s team supports this mis- sion. As our troops continue making huge Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández, sacrifices in far away battlefields, we Commander, U.S. Army must press hard to ensure they have ev- Reserve in Puerto Rico erything they need. A new year is a new start, a new Our troops deserve your personalbeginning. Let’s take the first days of best effort. It is our priority number onethe 2012 to reflect about our priorities, to ensure our Soldiers and their Fami-finding a renewed perspective on our lies are ready to go through the mo-individual and collective goals, mis- bilization process, and that they havesions and strategies. all the required tools to be successful
  4. 4. 4January 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananArmy loses hard-fought game to NavyBy Rob McIlvaine the Naval Academy CombinedArmy News Service Men’s and Women’s Glee Club and Gospel Choir, under LANDOVER, Md. (Army the direction of Aaron Smith,News Service, Dec. 11, 2011) sang the National Anthem. The-- Twice the 112th showdown entire stadium joined in andbetween the Black Knights and cheered as the song ended.Navy was tied, and it looked Both Obama and Biden at-close all the way into the fourth tended the game and took partquarter, but Army couldn’t in the coin flip to kick off theprevent the midshipmen from classic game that was firstscoring two field goals, mak- played in 1890 on a bet be-ing the final score 27-21. tween a cadet and a midship- Not even President Barack man. The commemorativeObama, Vice President Joe gold coin featured the likenessBiden or a country musician of the late President Ronaldcould turn the high tide of Reagan. Obama tossed theNavy which left with its 10th coin; Army called tails; wonconsecutive win in the acad- and elected to receive.emy rivalry. “Thank you, Mister Presi- But Army did capture its dent,” said the ref as the presi-first rushing title since 1998. dent shook hands with the Photo by Master Sgt. David LargentSophomore running back Ray- players and walked off themond Maples had 984 yards Army Fullback Larry Dixon rushes for seven yards to the Army 36 yard line during the first quarter. field and was interviewed byrushing going into the game, CBS newscasters on the air. 2:50 p.m. with Army’s Scott the extra point. yards. They punted 35 yards,only 16 shy of posting the 15th With the sun starting to dip Williams, #10, back deep. He After getting the ball, Navy and Army got the ball at the1,000-yard season in Army behind the stadium, casting a received the ball and ran to held and began proving again Navy 49-yard line, but Navyhistory. He achieved his goal shade across the field, the game the 26-yard line. Quarterback their dominance on the field. forced a fumble by Jabareeand more during the game with began under sunny skies and Trent Steelman, #8, started But then Army QB Steel- Tuani and recovered. A fewa total of 18 yards in the first a temperature of 45 degrees rolling up the field with Ma- man, a junior class member, plays later and Navy fullbackquarter, giving him a total of with nine to 16 mph winds ples carrying the ball to the 43. ran 34 yards for Army’s first #39 Alexander Teich banged1,002 yards. from the north-northwest -- a But trouble kept plaguing TD and Alex Carlton, a senior, out 10 yards and scored, with “It was a good game,” said good omen for both teams who Army. made the extra point. the following extra point good.Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Myer, prefer to keep the ball on the They made their 20th fumble Things were looking good Army got close with Ray-originally from San Antonio, ground rather than airing it out. of the year in the first quarter. during the second quarter. mond Maples making a 13-Texas, who attended the game First Half Just minutes later, Navy Army sacked Navy’s QBfrom where he’s stationed at The teams took the field at made a touchdown and scored Kriss Proctor for a loss of 8 ACADEMIES Page 7the U.S. Military Academy inWest Point, N.Y. He teaches,mentors and coaches the youngcadets and preps them for mili-tary life. “It was nice and tight up un-til the fourth quarter, obvious-ly, and we just turned the ballover too much and that’s whathurt us all year, turnovers,”Myer said. “But I think wecould have done better, if weheld onto the ball a little more.That was our biggest fault,” hesaid. “Defense played a greatgame, better than their previ-ous games, but as a team, ifwe’re not working togetheras a team then it doesn’t mat-ter what side is doing betterthan the other, it’s all about theteam,” said Myer.Obama Tosses Coin Photo by J.D. Leipold Six Army cadets stood at Army Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno shows his sportsmanship by donning a Navy jersey after Army lost it’s 10th consecutive football game to the Midship-mid-field with the colors as men of Annapolis at FedEx Field Dec. 10, 2011.
  5. 5. El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 5 January 2012Time to celebrate, be grateful and for some ...Story and photos by Cadet María Rivera Báez Time to say goodbyeFor 1st MSC Public Affairs SAN JUAN – Service members as-signed to the 215th Military PoliceCompany and C Co., 35th Expedi-tionary Signal Battalion participatedin a Yellow Ribbon Training, Dec.10 – 11, at the Caribe Hilton Hotel,as part of their preparation beforemobilizing to Afghanistan. “I know that it is not the best timefor all of us because this is a veryspecial time of year, but I’m onehundred percent sure that my familyfeels very proud of the work that weare doing and we also are proud ofthat” said Cpl. Kenneth Henríquez,a member of the 215th MP CO andone of two brothers who will soon bedeploying together within the sameunit. Cpl. Henríquez, 31 and his young-er brother, Spc. Henríquez, Ray, 25,will be mobilizing together for thefirst time in their three years of ser-vice. “I consider that we’ve had the timenecessary to be able to prepare our Soldiers from C Company 35th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and 215th Military Police Company listen to Elsa Cortés, Family Support ProgramFamilies and have them feel comfort- director, briefing during their Phase I & II Yellow Ribbon event on Dec. 10.able and well and for them to knowthe support they have from the Mili- port Program is designed to provide gram are very dedicated and have a Specialist.tary”, stated the younger brother. numerous tools to Soldiers and their genuine sense of service to the Sol- Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernández, Both expressed the confidence Families during the pre-mobiliza- diers and their Families in every mo- Commanding General and Com-they have in their training and, al- tion, mobilization and post mobili- ment of their separation”, said Ms. mand Sgt. Maj. René Rivera, Com-though it has been a long process, zation stages of their deployment, Elsa Cortés, 1st MSC Family Sup- mand Sergeant Major of the 1stCpl. Henriquez stated he is confident through the Yellow Ribbon program. port Program Director. MSC, were present at the event. Boththeir Families will receive great sup- “The benefits of the Yellow Rib- Part of the highlighted theport from the Family Support Group. bon Reintegration program are nu- Family Pro- importance of The Army Reserve Family Sup- merous; the volunteers of the pro- gram is the each and every Child, Youth and Soldier and mo- School Services The benefits of the Yellow Rib- tivated them and Program. bon Reintegration program are their Families to It focuses on numerous; the volunteers of the use the services providing solu- tions for youth program are very dedicated and available.of the One development, to have a genuine sense of service agencies that to- provide assis- to the Soldiers and their Families tally supports tance to parents in every moment of their separa- military Families and finding re- is the San Juan sources within tion. Municipality. the local govern- Elsa Cortés In order to rec- ment agencies to - Family Support Program Director ognize their sup- support the Fam- port to the US ilies of those Army Reserve Soldiers who are Families in Puer- mobilized. to Rico, Brig. “It is important for Soldiers to Gen. Fernández presented the Com- know that there is a program here mander’s Award for Public Service that takes care of their children and to Mrs. Blanca Benitez Soto, for her that we develop activities with their arduous labor and volunteer work inSpc. Ray Henríquez,, member of the 215th MP Co., and his wife Mrs. Yashira Rivera listen to the children in mind”, said Ms. Janeska support of the military Families andbriefings given at the Phase I & II Yellow Ribbon event on 10 Dec. as part of their preparationbefore mobilizing to Afghanistan. Barrientos the Community Outreach the island’s veterans.
  6. 6. 6January 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananTSA, From Page 1 it easier for injured service members to negotiate thereviewing options for imple- screening process.menting procedures that will The Military Severelyadhere to the new law.” Injured Joint Services Op- Already, the TSA had erations Center Program en-policies in place that help sures that any screening isexpedite the movement of “conducted by TSA screen-uniformed service members ing experts with empathythough the security screen- and respect in order to makeing process. the overall experience for Soldiers with proper iden- the service member as expe-tification are not required to ditious and pleasant as pos-remove their boots or shoes sible.”unless the footwear sets offscreening equipment. Families of service mem- Transportation Security Administra-bers can obtain gate passes tion Officer Desiree Kalin demon-to go with service members strates to Spc. Victoria Grudzinski and Spc. Michael Rhoades, 229thto their departure gates to see Military Intelligence Battalion, thethem off, or to be standing at proposed pre-screening proceduresarrival gates when they get for air travel of service members us-off the plane. ing their military identification. Additionally, the TSA hasworked with DOD to make Photo by Steven L. ShepardRules restrict political activity by DOD personnelBy Donna Miles published DOD guidance perceived as, representatives tive status at the time, Maj. While the do’s and dont’sAmerican Forces Press Service that discusses participation of the armed forces in carry- Angela Wallace, an Army concerning political activ- WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, in political campaigns and ing out these activities. Reserve spokeswoman, con- ity may vary, the basic tenets2012) -- With election ac- elections. Beyond that, the list of do’s firmed. hold true for all DOD em-tivity steadily picking up, These rules are designed to and dont’s differs depending Wallace emphasized that ployees.defense officials are in the prevent military members’ or on whether the employee is a the Soldier “stands alone in The bottom line, officialsprocess of issuing regular federal civilian employees’ member of the armed forces, his opinions regarding his said, is that they should steerelection-year guidance to re- participation in political ac- a career civil service employ- political affiliation and be- clear of any activity that maymind military and Defense tivities that imply -- or even ee, a political appointee or a liefs, and his statements and be reasonably viewed as di-Department civilians that appear to imply -- official member of the career Senior beliefs in no way reflect that rectly or indirectly associat-they’re subject to rules regu- sponsorship, approval or en- Executive Service, officials of the Army Reserve.” ing DOD or the military withlating their involvement in dorsement, officials said. The said. His chain of command a partisan political activity,political activities. concern, they explained, is Military members, for ex- is aware of the issue and is or that “is otherwise contrary This issue -- one the de- that actual or perceived par- ample, may attend political considering appropriate dis- to the spirit or intent” of thepartment regularly address- tisanship could undermine meetings or rallies only as ciplinary action to take, she rules described.es during election periods the legitimacy of the military spectators and not in uni- said.-- came to light earlier this profession and department. form. They’re not permit- Most civilian DOD em-week after an Army Reserve That’s not to imply, how- ted to make public political ployees, whose political ac-Soldier in uniform appeared ever, that military members speeches, serve in any of- tivities are governed by theendorsing a political candi- and civilian employees can’t ficial capacity in partisan Hatch Act, are permitted todate. participate in politics. In fact, groups or participate in par- be active in and speak be- Several sets of rules help DOD has a longstanding pol- tisan political campaigns or fore political gatherings andto protect the integrity of the icy of encouraging members conventions. serve as officers of politicalpolitical process, DOD of- to carry out the obligations They also are barred from parties or partisan groups, of-ficials said. DOD Directive of citizenship, officials said. engaging in any political ac- ficials said. These activities,1344.10 applies to members DOD encourages its mili- tivities while in uniform. however, cannot involve fun-of the armed forces, whether tary and civilian members to A combat engineer as- draising.they serve on active duty, as register to vote and vote as signed to the 416th Theater Civilian employees alsomembers of the reserve com- they choose, they said. Both Engineer Company potential- are permitted to manage cam-ponents not on active duty, as groups can sign nominating ly violated these rules Jan. 3 paigns, distribute literature,National Guard members in a petitions for candidates and when he stepped onto a stage write political articles ornon-federal status and mili- express their personal opin- at Ron Paul’s headquarters serve as a spokesperson for atary retirees. ions about candidates and is- in Ankeny, Iowa, during the party or candidate. In addition, the Hatch Act sues. Iowa Caucus to offer a per- There are, however, excep-applies to federal civilian However, officials empha- sonal endorsement. Although tions to this, including butemployees and employees sized, they can do so only if he was wearing his uniform, not limited to Senior Execu-also are subject to widely they don’t act as, or aren’t the Soldier was not in an ac- tive Service.
  7. 7. El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 7 January 2012ACADEMIES, From Page 4 Garrison’s new Trusted Traveleryard carry to the 14 where hewas tripped up by Navy. After Program gives visitors entryMalcolm Brown carried Army Trusted Traveler Sponsor- Police personnel may requestto the 5, they line up again, and ship Program. The Garrison that identification as part of ahe runs it in. The extra pointby Carlton was good, tying the Commander has authorized Force Protection measure togame 14-14. DOD identification and Fed- ensure security on the instal- HALFTIME eral Government Identifica- lation. Army coach Rich Ellerson tion card holders over the age A key component of thissaid, “This is going to be a of twenty-one (21) to vouch program is that Trusted Trav-heck of a game. We’re going to for occupants in their imme- elers are responsible for thecome back and play hard and diate vehicle, provided the actions and conduct of all thehave fun,” he said to a sideline Trusted Traveler vehicle op- occupants in their vehicle atreporter, as the Black Knights erator possess a valid identi- all times while on Fort Bu-left the field for the locker fication card. chanan. Failure to properlyroom. All personnel with DoD supervise visitors may result The president switched sidesto spend the second half with and Federal identification in the revocation of the Trust-Army. He walked between a are allowed to vouch for and/ ed Traveler sponsorship sta-long of line of midshipmen and or sponsor six visitors which tus for up to six months for acadets lining the middle of the include children (One car or first time offense. Subsequentfield and saluted as he walked Photo by J.D. Leipold van). This is a 90 day trial offenses based on severity ofbetween the gray on one side, President Barack Obama switched to the Army side of the field to root with program to determine if this the visitor’s offense may re-blue on the other to cheers. the cadets following half-time at the 112th meeting with Navy. Army lost in a program should be continued. sult in both the sponsor and Following the Naval Acad- hard-fought game to Navy for the 10th consecutive time, 27-21. Visitors in the vehicle must visitor being barred for oneemy Drum and Bugle Corps, comply with the requirement year or more.a huge American flag was un- create a new tradition here,” leagues as the Army’s alma he said to the CBS sidelines mater is played,” said Nantz. to have identification on their If you have any ques-veiled by many young people, reporter. Afterward, the Army Black person at all times while on tions please contact the fol-as the entire stadium joined into sing along with country mu- Fateful Fourth Quarter Knights went over and stood the installation, and the Se- lowing numbers 787-707-sician Lee Greenwood as he Quickly, Navy got to their before the midshipmen as curity Guards at the gates or 3319/3496/3337.sang an inspiring rendition of 1-yard line, but a huge penalty Navy sang their alma mater tohis song, “God Bless the USA.” prevented them from scoring. cheers from the midshipmen.When the song ended the chant Jon Teague kicked a field goal Presidential Traditionof “USA, USA, USA, USA” giving Navy the go-ahead, 24 Since President Theodoreresounded from the stands, as to 21. Roosevelt’s first appearancethe teams took to the field. Following the kickoff, Ar- more than 100 years ago at the Greenwood’s song was orig- my’s Scott Williams returned Army-Navy game, the com-inally released in the spring of but was hit hard and fumbled. mander-in-chief’s attendance1984, and was played at the Navy recovered the ball at Ar- at the annual clash between theRepublican National Conven-tion with President Ronald my’s 27-yard line. Teague attempted a 44-yard service academies has become a tradition. It was also Roos- Tricare Dental Program survivorReagan and first lady Nancy field goal and made it, taking the lead in the game 27 to 21. evelt who began the tradition of neutrality by a president benefit and eligibility changesReagan in attendance. But the song gained greater Navy’s defense continued when, at halftime, he crossed The TRICARE Dental to take effect. Survivors NOTprominence during the Gulf until Army called a timeout at over from one academy’s side Program has implemented enrolled in the TRICAREWar in 1990 and 1991, and 5:50 p.m. with 4:39 left in the to the other to watch the game. changes in Survivor Benefits Dental Program at the timeagain after the Sept. 11, 2001 game. Again Army couldn’t Army won that year at Frank- in response to the National of their sponsor’s death willattacks, the 2003 invasion of move after a running attempt at lin Field in Philadelphia, 11 to Defense Authorization Act need to complete the enroll-Iraq, and in May 2011 when 4th and seven. 5. Harry S. Truman attended for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public ment process for the TDPOsama bin Laden was killed. Navy took over at their own one game in 1948 when they Law 111-84. A Survivor Benefit to take ef-Second Half 26 but couldn’t run out the tied, John F. Kennedy attended As a result, the TDP Survi- fect. If a Survivor was not Navy began with their third clock. After punting, Army got the game the first two years of vor Benefit is now available enrolled in the TRICAREtouchdown, taking the game to the ball back on their 10-yard his presidency and Army lost to surviving children through Dental Program at the time21-14 in the first few minutes line with two seconds remain- both times, and Gerald Ford the end of the month they of their sponsor’s death, andof the third quarter. ing. attended in 1974 when Army turn 21, or 23 if enrolled in the Survivor wishes to partic- But a 25-yard pass from Steelman’s pass was com- lost. Bill Clinton, 22 years lat- a full-time accredited college ipate in the TRICARE DentalSteelman to Brown and Carl- plete for a 29-yard reception by er, attended the 1996 game and or university. Program Survivor Benefit,ton’s extra point tied the game Davyd Brooks, but the clock watched Army win 28 to 24. Survivor benefit coverage CAC Personnel and Casualtyat 21 with nine minutes and 45 ran out with Navy taking their George W. Bush came for the for spouses continues for Assistance Officers shouldseconds left in the third quarter. 10th in a row from Army 27 to first time in 2001 and watched three years from the month assist Survivors with enroll- “We worked for 10 years 21. Army win 26 to 17, and he following the sponsor’s ment. At Fort Buchanan eli-to get this game here,” said “One of the great traditions attended the 2004 and 2008 death. Current TDP enrollees gible survivors can contactDaniel Snyder, Washington in all of college football, the games with Army losing both do not have to take any ac- Angel Castro at 787-707-Redskins owner. “We hope to vanquished go before their col- times. tion for the Survivor benefit 3692.
  8. 8. 8January 2012 News The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananDefense strategy will keep pre-eminenceBy Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- PresidentBarack Obama announced Jan.5 a defense strategy he said willallow the military to defend theUnited States and its nationalinterests while cutting militaryspending in a responsible, bal-anced manner. The president spoke aboutthe conclusions of the defensestrategy review at the Pentagonbriefing room today. The strat-egy review’s bottom line is thatthe United States armed forceswill remain the pre-eminentmilitary force in the world, thepresident said in a letter attachedto the review. White Houseand Pentagon planners will usethe strategy to fund the budgetObama will submit to Congressin February. The strategy willlead to more than $450 billionin defense cuts over the next 10years. “As commander in chief, Iam determined that we meetthe challenges of this moment Photo by Erin A. KirkCuomoresponsibly and that we emerge President Barrack Obama, right, briefs the press with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, at the Pentagon, Jan. 5, 2012. Obama, Panetta and Army Gen.even stronger in a manner that Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered remarks on the Defense Strategic Guidance for the Defense Department going forward. Armypreserves American global lead- Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno stand behind Panetta and Obama.ership, maintains our militarysuperiority and keeps faith with this is a moment of transition to successes against al-Qaida, the turnover of areas in Afghani- “We will ensure that our mili-our troops, military Families and for the military; after 10 years of including killing Osama bin stan to Afghan control as signs tary is agile, flexible and readyveterans,” Obama said. war, he said, now is the time to Laden, as well as the withdrawal that the sacrifices American Sol- for the full range of contingen- The president stressed that make these changes. He pointed from Iraq and the beginning of diers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, cies,” Obama said. Coast Guardsmen and civilians The United States will con- are having an effect. As the con- tinue to invest in capabilities to flicts end, the U.S. military will combat the full-range of threats, regroup and focus on broader the president said. He specifi- challenges, especially as they cally mentioned investing in pertain to the Asia-Pacific re- intelligence, surveillance and gion, the president said. Obama reconnaissance programs and had vowed to shift the focus dur- counter-terrorism capabilities, ing a trip to the region last year. combating anti-access technolo- The United States also will gies, countering weapons of work to maintain progress in the mass destruction and prevailing Middle East, Central Asia and in all domains, including the cy- Visit our YouTube channel to see the latest video news sto- North Africa. The strategy is not ber world. ries from the Fort Buchanan Public Affairs Office. limited to the Defense Depart- “Most importantly, we will ment, Obama said. All aspects of keep faith with our troops, mili- the U.S. government must work tary Families and veterans who www.youtube.com/user/FortBuchanan together, he explained, including diplomacy, development, home- have borne the burden of a de- cade of war and who make our land security and intelligence. military the best in the world,” To suggest story ideas or if you’d like to bring attention to an The president vowed to avoid the president said. While the individual who stands out in our community contact the mistakes made in downsizing military must make tough fiscal the military after past wars, such choices, Obama said, funding Fort Buchanan Public Affairs Office at as the “hollow force” of the late will continue to focus on wound- 787)707-5762 or Luis.s.delgadillo.civ@mail.mil 1970s and early 1980s that fol- ed warriors, mental health pro- lowed the Vietnam War. grams and Families.
  9. 9. El MorroFort Buchanan News The Sentinel of the Caribbean 9 January 2012LEADER, From Page 1 served as the day-to-day men- tor of the group of 14 students Learning to balance the and it was he along with vari-course and her responsibilities ous installation subject matterin the DES has proved to be an experts who provided the struc-unexpected benefit of the lead- ture for the course.ership course. Santiago also at- Just before delivering histributes part of her success in congratulations to the CLDPthe course to the support of her graduates Dec. 19 Cushmancoworkers in DES. took some time to thank senior “I noticed that all of my garrison staffers who carvedpeers acknowledged that I was time from their busy schedulesdoing all of to teach somethis and they of the cours-appreciated es.that I was tak- I am very thankful for the “I am verying the time thankful for people who are in thisto get back the peopleto the office room right now because a who are inbecause they lot of you are key leaders this roomneeded me or of your own right and you right nowbecause they because a lotneeded some- have shown a dedication to of you are Photos by Luis Delgadillothing,” said this program. key leaders Col. John D, Cushman speaks to the inaugural graduating class of Fort Buchanan’s Civilian Leader DevelopmentSantiago. Col. John D. Cushman of your own Program Dec. 19, The CLDP is a program designed to encourage junior-level employees to take on greater responsi- Such sup- right and you bility within their organizations at Fort Buchanan and prepares them for the next in their careers. - Garrison Commanderport is not have shown She even has plans to imple- assistant for the Directorate of of the most interesting trainingjust limited a dedication ment the skills she has learned. Public Works, proved that she (courses) ever, the military de-to peers. The to this pro- “I already have plans to have was driven and focused on ex- cision making process.”growth of the gram. Some biweekly or monthly meetings panding her skills while also Through those coursesCLDP comes from Installation people could say, ‘well, yeah I with my peers, my other clerks fostering a positive atmosphere Ramírez said she strengthenedManagement Command’s Line was told to do it and I follow at the office, so I can share for teamwork to flourish. her understanding of “commit-of Effort 5, which includes orders,’ well it takes a little with them what I learned in As group team leader, ment, courage, initiative, listen-workforce development. This more than that and the people this training … my bosses love Ramírez gave a speech to the ing, responsibility and vision,”emphasis on growing lead- in this room care very much ideas so I’ll be doing that,” said guests in attendance during adding, “I know we all (now)ers and maintaining a highly for this program and care very Santiago. which she reflected on the sig- have those qualities to developtrained workforce has also been much for seeing Fort Buchan- Among the 14 students, there nificance of the CLDP. our professional careers.”fully supported by Col. John D. an become a better place and was one who stood out enough “We started this journey Even as the memories ofCushman, the garrison com- that’s part of what this leader- for her peers to nominate her as with courses such as Master classroom coursework evolvemander. ship development program is group team leader. Resiliency Training, Effective the students’, perhaps the most It was Cushman, after all all about,” said Cushman. Throughout the course Ma- Communication and (militarywho approved the creation of Like the CLDP instructors rie Ramírez, an administrative tradition) and then we took one LEADER Page 12the workforce development that Cushman spoke of, caringprogram specialist position for the future of the installationwithin the Directorates of Hu- is why people like Santiagoman Resources. The person in stepped forward to take the Fort Buchanan’s organizationalthis position, Rafael Contreras, course. page is now available on Facebook Fort Buchanan now has an official page on Facebook. Find photos, video and important news and event information from us here by logging on and clicking “like” on our page. Find the photos from the Civilian Leader Development Program graduation and many other events on our page. From Facebook.com Search “U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan”Marie Ramírez, an administrative assistant with the Directorate of PublicWorks speaks to her fellow CLDP graduates and guests Dec. 19. Ramírez was then find our government organization page.selected by her peers as group team leader for the CLDP’s inaugural class.
  10. 10. El Morro Rea10 January 2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortbuchanan_elmorro/ The Sentinel of The results are in: El M F rom Aug. 25 to S Morro editorial b ers, to give us s contents of you We made the survey avai lish, online and through i Exchange lobby. Accordi 163 respondents, El Morr portant communication to you, our community mem As indicated by your ic profile of our readers ians; retired from the mi who served in the milit government employees, f vice member or former s the ages of 51 to 64 year (Bachelor’s degree); milit to E-4 and some GS civi miles away from the inst such as Guaynabo, Baya Dorado, Caguas and Ve Survey responders visit F times a week; use El Mor sources for news or other Buchanan leadership. Regarding the content more than half of the r that it is clean, readable, ing photos, pleasant to loo errors in fact. They agree quality and interesting to er’s lives and that the Arm well in El Morro and mem highlighted on a regular b Some readers indicated newspaper just the way it ful for your support. On th board also understands tha improvement and conside gestions. Therefore, amon by you, please turn to page free “classifieds” section. is open to retirees, servic veterans and other membe wish to advertise the sale o announce the date time an for example. You also asked to have E schedule of activities. We ers that this information i Directorate of Family and reation, DFMWR publica With a circulation of 8,00 able nearly everywhere th One of the most signifi readers is that they want accomplishments of indiv recommended that we cov er military services and t than once a month. Thou listed here please rest ass considering each one. Ple
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  12. 12. 12January 2012 Features The Sentinel of the Caribbean El Morro Fort BuchananLEADER, From Page 9memorable experience included some simulated weap-ons training where upon recalling it Ramírez said, “al-though some of us showed up in dresses and heels forthe exercises we still got the job done.” Getting the job done is without a doubt what all stu-dents are now better prepared to do. “We developed the necessary knowledge and skillsto become good leaders within our organization. Thoseskills are the basic foundation to achieve the best ac-tion and decision making at our everyday jobs,” shesaid. Roberto Fernández José Sanchez Looking to get ahead in your civilian career? Join the movement for self development. You too can be a graduate of the Civilian Leader De- velopment Program. On Jan. 16, the Workforce Development Program will begin receiving ap- plications for its newest crop of future leaders. Space in the CLDP is limited so eligible candi- dates must apply before close of business Feb. 14. For information contact Rafael Contreras at (787) 707-3546 or by e-mail at: rafael.contreras@us.army.mil Grace Meinhofer Angel Viruet Mariana Urrutia Marie Ramírez Juan Sanfeliz Lillian Calderón Manuel Ramos Irma Santiago David Cortés Magda Rivera Osiris Soto
  13. 13. El MorroFort Buchanan Healthy Living The Sentinel of the Caribbean 13 January 2012Smokers increase injury, reduce muscle enduranceBy Chanel S. WeaverU.S. Army Public Health Command tissue that accumulates with repetitive the smoker and those in his/her environ- More than 80 percent of adult ciga- activities such as running,” she added. ment. rette smokers start before their 18th ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND “Higher injury risk is likely due to fac- President Barack Obama’s National birthday, so a key tool to preventing to--- Nearly one-third of active-duty ser- tors that impair the body’s healing and Prevention Strategy report states that bacco addiction is to encourage smokersvice members smoke, and that figure in- repair processes.” cigarette smoking causes approximately not to start, said Warrington.creases among troops in a combat zone, USAPHC studies have also demon- 443,000 U.S. deaths each year. For those who wish to reduce smok-according to the 2008 Department of strated that smoking negatively impacts These deaths occur as a result of lung ing, there is good news. USAPHC stud-Defense Survey of Health-Related Be- muscle endurance, especially as Sol- cancer, chronic bronchitis, strokes, heart ies show that the risk of a heart attackhaviors. diers get older. attacks, emphysema and other condi- decreases 24 hours after stopping smok- Most Soldiers know that smoking cig- “Our data show that smokers perform tions. ing and, after one tobacco-free year, thearettes can eventually cause lung cancer fewer push-ups and sit-ups on the Army Second-hand smoke can also be dam- risk for heart disease is one-half that ofand emphysema, but one does not have Physical Fitness Test,” said Chervak. aging to others’ health -- especially chil- smokers.to wait 20 or 30 years to experience the Smoking can also affect mission dren. Because the nicotine in cigarettes isadverse effects of smoking. readiness. USAPHC studies have also “If Soldiers knew the effect that so addictive, quitting the habit is not Multiple studies by U.S. Army Public shown that Soldiers who use tobacco smoking has on their children, I think easy. But those who wish to quit smok-Health Command scientists show that have reduced night vision and mental more would be encouraged to quit,” said ing should not be discouraged, saidsmoking has immediate health effects, sharpness, and increased risk of heat Col. Heidi Warrington, chief nurse ex- Warrington.such as increased injury risk and dimin- and cold injuries. Nicotine decreases ecutive at the USAPHC. “Any reduction in tobacco use is con-ished physical performance. oxygenated blood flow, resulting in a Children who are exposed to sec- sidered a success,” said Warrington. “Past studies of Army basic trainees 30 percent reduction in night vision for ond-hand smoke are at increased risk “Soldiers who are having trouble quit-show the risk of injuries among Soldiers normal eyes, and 50 percent reduction of suffering from chronic ear infec- ting should focus on reducing thewho smoke was as much as 90 percent in those wearing corrective lenses. tions, asthma and learning disorders, amount of cigarettes they smoke, withhigher than nonsmokers,” said Michelle Likewise, smoking also causes re- said Warrington. The financial costs of an ultimate goal of achieving a tobacco-Chervak, senior epidemiologist at the duced blood flow to the extremities, smoking are also significant. A recent free lifestyle.”USAPHC. which leads to more heat and cold in- Army Times article stated that tobacco Many military medical treatment fa- “From past data as well as analysis juries as the body is unable to cool and use costs the Pentagon $846 million a cilities offer tobacco cessation classes,of recent data collected on operational warm them, especially fingers and toes. year in medical care and lost produc- and physicians can prescribe medica-units, we can definitely say that smok- More Adverse Effects of Smoking tivity. Not to mention the cost to the tions to help smokers kick the habit.ers have a greater risk of any injury, Not only does smoking have a nega- smoker, with cigarettes currently rang- Many communities across the Unitedand more specifically, overuse injuries, tive effect on a Soldier’s performance, ing from $5 to $12 a pack. States also offer tobacco cessation assis-[which is] damage to musculoskeletal it also has poor health consequences for Benefits of Tobacco Cessation tance and counseling.Protect your pooch from a frightful disease, distemper explainedBy Capt. Taylor Opel, DVM snapping or tremors of the jaws that environment, which makes it impos- and has eliminated all traces of virusFort Buchanan with no symptoms of illness by DayVeterinary Treatment Facility progress to convulsions of the whole sible for infectious virus to persist in body. This distemper classic sign is the environment. Because an intact 14. A weak immune response allows Most of us have heard of distem- called a chewing gum fit. Tremors, fatty envelope is required for infec- the virus to reach the epithelial cells,per vaccination in dogs, but what is imbalance, and limb weakness may tion, virus transmission must involve the cells that line every interface thethe disease? The typical distemper also occur. Signs may progress to dog to dog contact or at least contact body has with the outside world.suspect is a rescue or pet store dog death or may become non-progres- with extremely fresh (less than 30 The tender epithelial cells lining theor puppy, usually with questionable sive and permanent. Recovery is also minutes old at 60 degrees and up to chambers of the brain are infected asvaccination history or an incomplete possible. 3 hours old at room temperature) in- well. The host begins to get sick asvaccination series. The dog or puppy The dog may appear to recover fected body secretions. As with other the virus spreads, but as the host’shas most likely been housed with oth- from the mucosal stage, only to break viruses, living virus happily freezes immune response grows symptomser rescue dogs. with neurologic disease 1 to 3 weeks and can survive for years if kept fro- wane. This phenomenon accounts Symptoms begin with: Gooey eye later. Younger puppies or individuals zen and protected from light. Rou- for the wide variability in symptoms;and nose discharge, fever, which of- with weak immunity often die dur- tine disinfection and cleaning readily some dogs get only a few mild symp-ten comes and goes unnoticed, poor ing the mucosal phase while stronger kills the distemper virus in a kennel toms while others get a full lethalappetite, and coughing and develop- individuals may have relatively mild setting. combination.ment of pneumonia. mucosal signs and not appear ill until Transmission and Infection After clearing from most internal The virus attacks the mucous mem- the neurologic phase strikes. The most common way to spread organs, the virus is able to hide outbranes and starts with the respiratory The Virus Itself the infection is through coughing; for long periods of time in the ner-tract, causing pneumonia, but it does The canine distemper virus is close- however the virus can be spread in vous system and skin. Because ofnot stop there. The virus moves on to ly related to the human measles virus urine and blood also. The virus enters this phenomenon, callusing of skinproduce: vomiting and diarrhea, and and in years past puppies were immu- the new host via the nose or mouth or - much worse - seizures may oc-callusing of the nose and foot pads. nized for distemper with the vaccine and begins to replicate. By day 8 or cur long after the infection was After completing what is called the against measles. The distemper virus 9 the host is mounting an immune re- thought to be cleared. The conditionmucosal phase of infection, the virus consists of a single strand of RNA, sponse and the outcome depends on called old dog encephalitis refers toproceeds to the central nervous sys- encased in a protein coat that is again how fast and how well this is accom- a chronic brain inflammation thattem for its neurologic phase leading encased in a fatty envelope. The fatty plished. A strong immune responseto: Seizures, classically starting with envelope is easily disrupted in the begins to clear the virus at this point DISTEMPER Page 18