Volume 3, Issue 3 by Authority of the Ohio Military Reserve. In accordance with OHMR Regulation 601-5 April 2010
The Official newsletter of the 1st Battalion / 1st Civil Support and Sustainment Brigade
This newsletter is for informational purposes only and does not replace or amend orders or information from the Commander or your chain of
command. This newsletter is UNCLASSIFIED and approved by the OHMR PAO for unrestricted distribution
Operation People Photo Benefit
RESPECT News Gallery Info
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Spearheads the RESPECT Helps To
Future of the Protect a Symbol Of
OHMby 1SG Gary Kiser
R Freedom And Duty
Story by CPT James Nowak B Co 1st BN
Story & photos
Since 2001 Operation Respect, at the
Andersons stores in Toledo, collects faded,
1 Civil Support Battalion Commander COL James Riddell briefs 1 worn & torn flags to be respectfully retired as
Battalion soldiers on what training lies ahead towards the goal of readying the prescribed in the U.S. Flag code. This year,
1 Civil Support and Sustainment Brigade for deployment.
Boy Scouts and members of the Pershing
Rifles from the University of Toledo staffed the
It’s “ A Brave New World” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1931 collection posts. Each year 2,000 - 3,000 flags
describing events of a future society in his novel of the same name. are accepted and occasionally, a flag is turned
The 1 Civil Support Battalion is also writing its own history and the in along with a story. It was surprisingly sunny
future of the Ohio Military Reserve by aggressively moving forward with & warm for an Ohio November. Even amidst
a training program that will prepare soldiers for the critical mission of the bustle of the Saturday morning errands at
the Brigade in times of disaster. The Adjutant General for Ohio, MG The Andersons, many people walked up to the
Gregory Wayt, has clearly defined what needs to be done to make the Operation Respect volunteers with an air of
OHMR a viable asset to the Governor, and our soldiers and leadership quiet reverence, carefully handing their worn
are stepping up to the challenge to ensure that goal is met. All eyes are flags to the Scouts & soldiers… usually with a
on the 1 Battalion as we begin coordinating training with our National quiet smile, a soft, ―Thank you.‖ Probably a
Guard counterparts and civilian agencies. Since October 2009 the hundred flags had already been turned in
reorganization of the Ohio Military Reserve has created a dramatic when a gentleman approached Pershing
impact on the command structure from the top down and that impact is Rifle‘s SGT Jasmine Tropf. He shook her
being felt at the soldier level. Soldiers are being chosen for training hand with both of his and thanked her for her
opportunities with the National Guard which supports our mission of service. When he released her hand, there
providing shelter and resource management. Training would include was a small, folded American flag in her palm.
food service operations, sanitation training, logistics to include It was about 4 by 6 inches, stained & dirty.
transportation and supply operations and security. In turn, Ohio Military ―This was my younger brother’s,” he said. “He
Reserve units support the National Guard state missions with ready carried it in his breast pocket in Vietnam.
troops able to respond when called to augment and support Guard That’s where it was when he was killed there.
units in times of disaster or state mobilization. “Our goal is quite Another soldier from his unit brought it back to
simple”, states 1 Civil Support Battalion Commander COL James me and told me he knew my brother would
Riddell “to provide ready soldiers when called upon. This presents a have wanted me to have it”.
real challenge for us because of the variety of tasks that can fall into (Cont’d page 3)
our primary areas of assignment”. COL Riddell refers to the broad
mission of the OHMR and particularly the 1 Battalion. (Cont’d page 2)
Getting Soldiers Out Good leaders recognize that realistic and challenging
training is the cornerstone of an effective unit. Realism can
Of the Classroom
only be achieved by utilizing creative training techniques
and falling back on the experience of qualified instructors.
Soldiers who engage in this type of training outside of the
What is more boring than sitting in a classroom classroom are more likely to re-enlist and maintain a
for hours on end? While it‘s true that certain educational
higher attendance at drills and annual training. As with any
requirements demand a formal classroom environment,
effective training program, good planning is the key. Here
your soldiers are better served by having them step away
are some pointers to get you out of the classroom:
from the desk and head to a training site more realistic to
the mission of the unit. Studies have shown that soldiers Get a list of training aids throughout the Battalion. If
retain more information when challenged both mentally you don’t know where they are -ASK.
and physically. Putting a task to the test in an environment
that challenges a soldiers decision making skills as well as Take a walk around the armory. Make notes of
the physical hardships of a critical mission develops a locations, terrain features and buildings. Note
better sense of what lies ahead in the case of everything including posts, fences, roads, ditches,
mobilization. out buildings, etc.
Prepare your people. Make sure they have the
proper gear; gloves, field jacket, poncho, extra
uniform. Be prepared to ‘practice being miserable’.
Do not wait for higher to direct your training
program. Create your training outline now but
ensure it is in line with the Battalion METL.
One thing is certain; we will not be mobilized to a
classroom. Flood, tornado or blizzard will bring hardship
on both those we‘re helping and our own soldiers. Along
with your training outline you will need to feed, clothe and
shelter your people. The best place to learn that lesson is
outside. Keep your soldiers coming back for training by
making it interesting, uncomfortable and most of all
Photo 1LT Charles Defer
1st Battalion Leads the Way (cont’d from page 1)
COL Riddell goes on to add “ESF #6 and #7 can encompass many different
assignments, so training our soldiers in the myriad of potential scenarios is a
daunting task. This has presented a significant challenge to all battalion trainers
and planners, but every soldier has risen to the task”. ESF #6 and ESF #7 are the
core tasks of the OHMR. Emergency Support Function (ESF) #6 — Mass Care
coordinates Federal assistance in support of State and local efforts to meet the
mass care needs of victims of a disaster. Emergency Support Function (ESF) #7 —
Resource Support provides operational assistance in a potential or actual
presidentially declared major disaster or emergency. COL Riddell continues, ―The
most important goal at this point is to increase our recruiting efforts. Our current
small size presents a considerable obstacle. Without full staffing, we will be unable
to participate in sustained operations‖.
SFC Toby Notestine 1st BN Operations &
(Editors note) The 1 Civil Support Battalion continues to lead the way for the Training NCO, plots the Battalion training
entire Brigade in training and preparation to aid the citizens of the state of Ohio, calendar
However, without the manpower the unit can only do so much. The Commander
BRING A FRIEND
would like to remind soldiers of the 1 BN that everyone is a recruiter. Friends,
family and acquaintances need to know what we do and why we do it. Share this
newsletter with those you know.
Do you know someone who
would like to receive the
1 Battalion OHMR newsletter?
People & Places in the News
BELT Class 2010
from 1st BN
PV2 Brandon Drabek of HHC,
PVT David Everett & PVT Daniel
Kiser of A Company recently
graduated from BELT and began
their journey as Ohio Military
Welcome to the newest ‗Alpha
Dog’ PVT John D. Johnson.
Johnson will be assigned to 1
PV2 Brandon Drabek, CPL David Carr (2nd BN), PVT David
Everett & PVT Daniel Kiser stand tall in BELT graduation formation
platoon A company and will
April 18. PV1 Kiser (right) accepts congratulations from academy staff. attend BELT at annual training
SSG Jeremy Whaley of B Company Nominated
AUSA NCO of the Year
The Association of the United States Army has announced it‘s nominees for Non
Commissioned Officer of the Year. SSG Jeremy Whaley has been nominated by his
command and will represent the Ohio Military Reserve on Friday, April 23, at the Highland
Country Club, Fort Thomas in Kentucky. The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Eric Schomaker,
the U.S. Army‘s Surgeon General and its highest-ranking medical officer, as he honors these
elite soldiers. Four honored NCOs will be selected from many who will have been nominated
from four Army components—Active, National Guard, Army Reserve and Ohio Military
Reserve. Their respective Army units or organizations from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
nominate their NCOs. They are of the middle NCO ranks from sergeant to sergeant first class.
Each comes highly recommended by their commanders. From this elite group a special
chapter committee of senior NCOs selects an awardee from each category. The finalists will
also receive an all expense visit to the national AUSA meeting in Washington, DC, this fall.
AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America's Army - Active,
National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees and family members. Good luck SSG Whaley!
Respect cont’d from page 1
He paused a moment, then said, “I think it’s time to let go, I know my brother would want
me to retire this the right way.” Then he walked away. Probably 40 years have passed since
this man lost his little brother. His loss was still felt, and a grateful brother wanted to honor
his brother’s sacrifice once more. We don’t know his name but we will honor his service and
the wishes of his older brother. In doing so, we also honor & commemorate the dedication &
sacrifice of all our brothers & sisters in uniform. I thought about what the American flag
meant to that soldier. It was so important to him that he carried it to his death. I reflected
on how soldiers in the OHMR dedicate their time & talents to serving, and it brought to mind
the burgee flag of Ohio that was recently added to our uniforms. It’s also a symbol of the
values we uphold and represents the fact that who wear it will do whatever it takes to
protect and promote the rights & freedoms we hold so dear. Some of us have served
overseas in combat, and some of us have served solely here in Ohio. Nevertheless, I believe
all of us share the selfless spirit of our nation and are thankful to be an American.
WEAR of the LBE Deputy Commander
Runs for Congress
Interview by CPT Charles Glass
COL Richard Iott directs the Tactical Operations Center
during a field training exercise at Annual Training
LOOK SHARP - STAY SHARP!
Reference OHMR 670-1/OHMR SOP 700.01 We in the Ohio Military Reserve are very fortunate in that
COL Richard Iott will be running for the 9 congressional
district of Ohio. Recently I had the opportunity to ask COL Iott
a few questions about his run for congress and the state of
our country. Below are my questions and his responses.
1. Why did you decide to run for the congress?
This thing called the United States, under the charter
of one of the most brilliantly conceived documents known to
man (the Constitution), has been the most successful social
experiment in the history of human civilization. We cannot let
it be destroyed by those who apologize for our success and
our strengths, or those who would take the earned rewards
from the honest worker and give it to those who break our
laws and those who could work but are not so "inclined" or
those that think the government (taxpayers) ought to support
them because they ―deserve‖ it! Politics was never an
ambition of mine. In fact, I have stayed as far away from the
BENEFIT political arena as I possibly could without walking off the
edge of the planet. But I can no longer sit back and watch the
INFORMATION systematic disassembly of our form of government and
freedoms. I am willing to put my life on hold for a few years
It Pay’s To Be A Member of the
while I do this. I certainly don't think that I can save America
Ohio Military Reserve
alone but I would never be able to look in the mirror again if I
didn't try to help those that have the same concerns.
Lowe's Expands Military Discount
Home improvement retailer Lowe‘s has I want to help to take this country back from the career
expanded its 10 percent military discount to all politicians and the irresponsible spending which is so
day, everyday, throughout 2010 for active duty, prevalent. It isn't really rocket science... it is common,
National Guard and Reserve, retired, and fiscal sense. The Founding Fathers meant for this country to
disabled service members, and their families, be managed by citizen-statesmen, not professional
company officials announced Wednesday. politicians. By the People; not By the Government. That is
Those who want to receive the discount must why they gave only the House of Representatives the power
present a valid military ID card. All other to introduce bills to raise revenue... along with short, two year
terms so that they could go back to their farms and shops
military veterans will receive the 10 percent
and livelihoods. That concept has become perverted and we
discount on the holiday weekends of Memorial need to fix it. We cannot survive as a country with the second
Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day. The highest business taxes in the world where people need to be
discount is available on in-stock and special- supported - for months and months – because tax-stifled
order purchases of up to $5,000. It cannot be businesses cannot provide jobs; or a country where over half
used for online sales, previous sales, or on of what you have earned and saved in your entire life - after
sales of services or gift cards. taxes - can be taken away from you just because you
happened to have died. Cont’d next page
Deputy Commander Runs For Congress (Cont’d from previous page)
What qualities and experience do you think you can offer that your opponents do not have?
I believe that I am the right person for the job for several reasons, not the least of which is I am not a career politician
and I have no desire to be one. I want to go and make a difference but I have pledged not to serve more than three
terms. I am a business person, I have run multi-million dollar businesses with thousands of employees and I have run
entrepreneurial, start up businesses where I put my name and my assets on the bottom line. I‘ve created jobs. I know
how to set a budget and read a balance sheet. I know how to make tough decisions on spending and that just because
something is the right thing to do doesn‘t mean you can afford to do it. I also know that running this country isn‘t
rocket-science; the road map is laid out for us in the Constitution. The problem is that the federal government has
greatly over-reached and has gotten itself into hundreds – no, thousands – of areas where it has no authority, or
responsibility, to be. And whenever the government gets involved in something it becomes more expensive and less
efficient then the private sector. The professional politicians – like my opponent who went to Congress from college
28 years ago and has never worked in the private sector – don‘t understand that.
Do you believe that the recent passage of health care is constitutional and will it truly bring down the deficit
and health care cost?
The current health care bill is a tax bill wrapped up in health paper. It is not about health care reform, it is about the
consolidation of power. If it was such a wonderful thing, why did the members of Congress opt out of it? This
legislation will initially destroy private sector jobs through costs increases pushed on employers, increase insurance
premiums, and increase costs for seniors. Eventually, it will cause the collapse of the private insurance industry to the
level that only the most wealthy can afford insurance, forcing more people in to the government-run program. As more
and more physicians refuse to accept government insurance reimbursements which do not cover their costs, access to
quality care will become harder get. When access becomes harder, health care will have to be rationed.
What is your position on the 2 Amendment? Please explain.
If you believe that the ―right of the people‘ in the Second Amendment is a collective right rather than an individual right,
then you must conceded that the rights of the people referred to in the First and Fourth are not individual rights but
collective rights as well. I am a Life Member of the NRA (as are my wife and both children), an NRA rifle, pistol, and
shotgun instructor, an FFL, and I teach Ohio CCW. That sort of tells you where I stand on this issue.
If elected, how will you promote the Ohio Military Reserve and State Guard units in general on the national
This question goes right to the heart of what is wrong with Washington today. Congressmen and Senators are elected
solely to represent the people of their State in the management of the Federal government, which, if managed
properly, will be beneficial for all the people of all the States. This has become grossly perverted to ‗what goodies can
I get from the Federal feeding trough to take back to MY District or State so that I can get re-elected‘. We have lost
sight of the fact that the Federal feeding trough is filled with the fruits of our labor which the Federal government has
taxed from our pockets and businesses. I will advocate and promote State Guards when ever and where ever possible
Will you advocate for State Guard units to be able to access the Army Institute for Professional Development
Yes, through their respective AG Departments, like the National Guard.
Will you support and advocate for H.R. 206 the State Defense Force Improvement Act and if so explain how
you would do that?
Yes, I would sign on as a co-sponsor, it presently has 8 co-sponsors, one of which is a Democrat. The Bill was
referred to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities on 12 Jan 10. I am not sure
what I can do to get it out of committee…. That is one of those things I‘ll have to learn after I get there.
Do you believe that there is some avenue in which the Federal Government can transfer obsolete equipment
to state guard units rather than dispose of it at auction? If so how would you facilitate that transfer?
The avenue is there, what has been lacking is the will of the State Adjutant Generals or the support of the NGB. A
reasonable argument can be made the under the Common Defense clause in the Constitution‘s Preamble, support of
State Guards by the Federal Government, to whatever level is economically feasible, does directly support the
―Common Defense‖ since today our enemies are just likely – maybe more likely - to come from within than without.
I would like thank COL Iott for taking the time to answer my questions. I tried to ask those that I think the readers of
our newsletter would like to ask if they had the opportunity. If you would like to contact him, you can access his
website at www.VoteIott.com -Glass
(Editors note: The Ohio Military Reserve, 1st CS BN, the editors and contributors to this newsletter do not endorse any political candidate for office. The following
article was submitted as a story concerning the private interest of a member of the OHMR and was deemed as a human interest story. Any implied endorsement is
“Burgee” Flags & ID
Cards to Be Made Images of the 1st Civil Support Battalion/
1st Civil Support & Sustainment Brigade
Available at May
CUTA Recruits and
chow at Camp
A soldier reports
The authorized ―Burgee‖ flag patch for the his status during
a field training
Class C uniform will be available and sewn exercise in the
onto your uniforms at the MAY drill at the old POW huts at
Norwalk armory. A small fee will be charged. Camp Perry
ID cards will also be issued to personnel who
need one, have never been issued one or
need a new one because of promotion. You
will need a copy of your orders stating your
date of rank if you are in need of a new ID
card because of promotion. Who’s cold?
Victims of the
grapple for Alpha Company
supplies as a Admin NCO
POD center in SGT Mark Defer
Port Au Prince secures his
turns to chaos MRE during a
(AP photo) Winter FTX in
1 BN CSM Larry
SFC David Fitzgerald & MAJ
Shoemaker Kevin Ream catch
shows ‘em how up on what‘s going
it’s done in the on since their days
early morning together in the 107
hours at Annual Armored Cavalry
Training. SFC Regiment. Then
Shoemaker is 2LT Ream served
currently with CSM Fitzgerald
assigned with G3 in the ONG. They
1 Civil Support & met at the TAG
Sustainment BDE Commanders call at
in Columbus JFHQ in Columbus.
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