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Vol. 41, Issue 47 Serving the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield communities (www.stewart.army.mil) December 6, 2007

4th BCT takes


charge of area
Pfc. Amanda McBride Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., in
4th BCT Public Affairs a transfer of authority ceremony held
at the 4th Brigade Quad Courtyard
FORWARD OPERATING BASE Dec. 1.
KALSU, Iraq – The 4th Brigade The paratroopers from the 4th BCT
Combat Team (Airborne), 25th (Abn.), 25th Inf. Div. deployed to Iraq
Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, in October 2006 and have participat-
Alaska, officially handed over opera- ed in combat operations in Anbar,
tions of Forward Operating Base Baghdad, South Baghdad, Babil,
Kalsu and its surrounding areas to the Najaf, Karbala, Diwaniyah and along
4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd the Saudi Arabian border.
See VANGUARD Page 8A

48th Bde, 53rd BCTs


alerted to deploy
Special to the Frontline Freedom to continue ongoing oper-
ations and training of the Afghan
The Department of Defense National Security Forces.
announced today that the 53rd and The 48th Inf. BCT is a National
48th Infantry Brigade Combat Teams Guard unit from Georgia, and will
have been alerted to deploy in sup- concentrate on training Afghan
port of Operation Enduring National Security Forces.
See DEPLOY Page 8A

Meet the Hunter CSM


Nancy Gould lings. All attended college on athletic
Hunter Public Affairs scholarships and five pursued mili-
tary careers.
Growing up in Birmingham, Ala. “We all played sports,” said
with five sisters and four brothers Sampleton, adding that besides
taught Hunter Army Airfield’s new church, the biggest event on Sunday
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. David was watching football. “But we
Sampleton some life lessons. weren’t allowed to watch until after
The strict Baptist values that his church services.”
parents taught guided Sampleton in Those childhood memories and
his military career as well as his sib- training are dear to Sampleton.
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills
Sgt. Matthew Light, aircraft electrician, Company B, 603rd ASB, checks the radios in a Black See CSM Page 8A
Hawk, Nov. 29, at the Combat Aviation Brigade flight line. See story on Page 3A.

Travel restrictions on Fort Stewart announced


Stewart-Hunter, GMH
Special to the Frontline find alternate routes during this time.
Travel in and out of the National Guard
housing showcased
In order to facilitate training of the 76th Training Area will be severely limited with Christopher Curry Hunter Army Airfield garrison com-
Brigade Combat Team, the following travel Ricker Avenue to and from the Bryan Village GMH Housing Chief mander opened the event with sever-
restrictions will be in place on Fort Stewart, Dec. South housing area closed to all traffic during al comments.
28 until March 31. this time. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army He said that GMH has provided
Speed limits on highways 144 and 119 will be Fort Stewart police will continue to strictly Airfield, as a subset of the Army Stewart-Hunter nearly 1400 new
reduced to 45 mph for all vehicle traffic. enforce traffic laws to ensure safe travel for all Family Covenant, showcased GMH homes, which equates to more than
Travelers will experience significant delays vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Military Housing Nov. 29 in the 13 percent of all New Homes in the
resulting from increased frequency of tactical The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Southern Oaks Community Center. Army Residential Communities
vehicle convoys and pedestrians at tank-trail Directorate of Emergency Services appreciates Col. Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart - Initiative program.
crossing points and are strongly encouraged to your cooperation and understanding.
See HOUSING Page 8A

WTU Soldier bags big


game on Stewart hunt
Special to the Frontline managed hunt for disabled folks and
this was the perfect opportunity to
What started out as a chance find out if we could accommodate
encounter at the Directorate of them” Harvey said. “Capt. Sears had
Emergency Services, Conservation other matters to attend to and was
Law Enforcement Office resulted in a unable to participate in the first man-
dream come true for Capt. Aaron aged hunt, but after meeting with
Sears, one of the 3rd Infantry him at my office after the first hunt I
Division’s Wounded Warriors. encouraged him to apply for the sec-
In September, Sears and long time
friend Maj. Joseph Dubose, 4th
ond hunt”
Sears was unsuccessful on the Marne Soldier
Marne Soldier
Brigade Combat Team, stopped by first drawing for the second hunt,
Chief Greg Harvey’s office to discuss
hunting opportunities for disabled
but Harvey decided to accommo-
date him anyway. Sears’ injuries
earns Purple
earns Purple Heart
Heart
Soldiers, especially to harvest a wild prevented him from being able to
Spc. Ben Hutto
hog. Harvey, suggested using the climb into a traditional hunting
Managed Hunts for Soldiers and stand so extensive scouting was Maj. Andrew Koloski, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, pins the Purple Heart medal on Spc. David Menillo,
explained the procedures for apply- accomplished for a suitable location the medic for 2nd squad, Company B, 3/1st Cav., during a ceremony at Combat Outpost Cashe, Nov.
ing for the hunt to Dubose. and a hunting blind was constructed 29. Kane received the medal for injuries sustained Aug.18 when a suicide bomber attempted to kill
“I had always wanted to conduct a on the ground. members of his squad during a Concerned Local Citizens meeting in Jisr Diyala. See story on Page 7A.
See HUNT Page 8A

American Idol
singer Trees to Troops pro- 1/9 FA pulls
applauds vides free Christmas security from
DARE trees to Soldiers, AFAR, See
students, See Page 7A
Families, See 1B
Page 1B
2A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Marne 6 Sends
Help tell the Marne success story
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Last week the Division suf- history – in the future Iraq will you and the world know what we are doing
3rd Inf. Div. commanding general fered zero casualties – none of be at peace with its neighbors over here. We update it everyday with photos,
our Soldiers were wounded and an ally in the War on Terror, videos, and interviews from the Soldiers serv-
We are making great progress over here. and we suffered no losses. And with a representative govern- ing on the front lines. Every day we also pub-
Candidly, because stories from Iraq are drop- earlier this week we had a 48 ment that respects the human lish the Dog Face Daily newsletter that shows
ping off the news, you wouldn’t know it. And hour period in which there rights of all Iraqis, and security the most recent action, and we continue to
the stories are dropping because of the were no improvised explosive forces sufficient to maintain send our stories back to you every week via the
progress we are making. devices – none. domestic order and to deny Frontline.
Every day I visit the Soldiers and walk the But all of this progress does- Iraq as a safe haven for terror- We also publish the Marne Focus every two
streets of Iraq. And when I talk to Iraqis, we are n’t mean anything if the ists. weeks for our Soldiers over here, and spread
no longer having conversations about security, American people don’t know Together – Iraqis and those across Iraq.
but how to get water and electricity to their about it. Coalition Forces alike – we are We are pushing as much information to
communities. We talk about staffing clinics Right now we are coaching working in this direction, but it you, so that you can push it to your home-
with doctors, and ensuring the schools have Soldiers across the Division in is our responsibility, collective- towns.
enough teachers. public affairs because we are all ly, to tell this story. The folks Everyone has a hometown, and if every
Our Soldiers are helping the Iraqis open public affairs officers. We are all responsible for resourcing this war with their sons and daugh- Soldier and their Family told their story, then
shops, dig wells, and connect the local gover- spreading the word about our Soldiers’ mag- ters, husbands and wives, and tax dollars all of America would know the success our
nance with the provincial government. We nificent success – Soldiers, Family members, understand the progress we are making. Soldiers are making every day. That’s the
aren’t talking about attacks, or ensuring the and the greater community that supports us. But we have to share the story. power of a free society.
people feel safe. We are truly at a pivotal point in American We developed TaskForceMarne.com to let Rock of the Marne!

MNC-I commander tours Nahrwan, re-enlists Soldiers


Maj. Joe Sowers Maj. Luis Rivera, from Puerto Rico, the 1/10 FA exec-
3rd HBCT Public Affairs utive officer, led Odierno on a tour of COP Salie, a local
medical clinic and a market adjacent to the new out-
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – The post.
Multi-National Corps - Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Prior to leaving the outpost to see the clinic and mar-
Raymond Odierno toured Nahrwan with leaders of the ket, Odierno re-enlisted three Soldiers and presented
3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Nov. 29. awards to six others.
The 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery assumed “It (re-enlisting) says a lot about yourselves; your dis-
responsibility of Nahrwan and the surrounding area in cipline, your dedication and your selfless service,”
mid-October. Since then, the battalion established Odierno told the Soldiers prior to the re-enlistment cer-
Combat Outpost Salie and conducted more than 200 emony. “I don’t do anything. It is Soldiers like you that
patrols to eliminate a potential extremist sanctuary. make a difference.”
Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., from Prince George’s Pfc. Alexander Copland, from Garden City, Mich., Pfc.
County, Md., commander of the 3rd HBCT, explained to Richard Havellana, from Anchorage, Alaska, and Pfc.
Odierno that Nahrwan has been an area of focus for the Lucero Hernandez-Velasquez, from Tijuana, Mexico, all
brigade for some time, and things continue to get better. from Company G, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, re-
He also emphasized the work done by Troop B, 3rd enlisted during the ceremony. Co. G is in direct support
Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, prior to the arrival of of the 1/10 FA.
the 1/10 FA. Odierno pinned Army Commendation Medals on Pfc.
“It didn’t happen overnight,” Grigsby said. “We’ve Justin Ballard, from Memphis, Tenn., Pfc. Justin Hayes,
been clearing this place for seven months. It was a sanc- from Clarksburg, W. Va., Spc. Nathan Miller, from
tuary for extremists.” Parkersburg, W.Va., Sgt. Jonathon Pratt, from Maj. Joe Sowers
Grigsby further explained that the deployment of the Wilmington, Ohio, Sgt. Jonathon Nicholas, from Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, MNC - I commander, addresses Soldiers of
1/10 FA to Nahrwan is the “hold” step in the 3rd HBCT Bessemer, Ala., and Staff Sgt. Peter Dees, from Elkhart, the 1/10 FA prior to re-enlisting three Soldiers at Combat Outpost Salie
“clear, hold, build” strategy for Nahrwan. Ind. in Nahrwan, Iraq, Nov. 29.

Marne Soldiers help bring backpacks to students


Spc. Ben Hutto Capt. Pat Moffett, from Manhatan dren with backpacks, Battery A has
3rd HBCT Public Affairs Beach, Calif., the commander of supplied Sabbah Nissan with 7,000
Battery A, has seen noticeable cases of bottled water.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE improvements as a result of the “We have an understanding with
HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers from battery’s humanitarian missions. the people that as long as the
Battery A, 1st Battalion, 10th Field “On school days we are seeing a region is stable and they help us
Artillery helped the Concerned decrease in the numbers of chil- keep insurgents in check, we will
Local Citizens of Sabbah Nissan dren out on the streets,” he said. have more opportunities to help
deliver backpacks to school chil- “It’s great, because they are going to provide other services to them,”
dren Nov. 26. school because they have the sup- Moffett said. “Obviously, if the area
Soldiers from Battery A have sup- plies to learn and succeed. We can- was unstable, our main priority
Spc. Ben Hutto plied 1,422 backpacks to the chil- not drive down the streets here would have to be security. The peo-
A child in Sabbah Nissan receives a new backpack provided by dren of Sabbah Nissan since they without seeing at least 100 children ple and the concerned citizens are
members of the Concerned Local Citizens group Nov. 26 and took over the area in October. with those backpacks.” a big reason this area doesn’t have
Soldiers from Battery A, 1/10 FA. During his short time in the area, In addition to supplying the chil- those concerns.”

A moment in Marne History: Zussman, Tominac awarded MoH


Sasha McBrayer time his tank battalion, the 756th a direct hit. A fragment from the der of a vital sector of the city Saulx up and fire on the house. Eleven
Fort Stewart Museum belonged to VI Corps but was not same shell painfully wounded de Vesoul, and the death or capture German soldiers were killed and 15
formally assigned to the 3rd Inf. Div. Tominac in the shoulder, knocking of at least 60 of the enemy. surrendered. Going on alone, he dis-
On Sept. 12, 1944 two Soldiers Throughout WWII teams of tank him to the ground. As the crew appeared around a street corner.
were recognized with the nation’s battalions and infantrymen were abandoned the M-4 tank, which was Zussman The fire of his carbine could be
highest award, the Medal of Honor. created and when casualties rolling down hill toward the enemy, Zussman’s citation, read on Sept. heard and in a few minutes he reap-
The Soldiers earned the honor in occurred, the tankers and Marne Tominac picked himself up and 12, 1944, 2d Lt. Zussman was in peared driving 30 prisoners before
separate locations, 1st Lt. John J. Soldiers fell together. In that spirit I jumped onto the hull of the burning command of two tanks operating him. Under 2d Lt. Zussman's heroic
Tominac, Company I, 15th Infantry share Zussman's citation and vehicle. Despite withering enemy with an infantry company in the and inspiring leadership, 18 enemy
Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Tominac’s are part of the Marne machinegun, mortar, pistol, and attack on enemy forces occupying soldiers were killed and 92 were cap-
Saulx de Vesoul, France and 2nd Lt. legacy. sniper fire, which was ricocheting the town of Noroy le Bourg, France. tured.
Raymond Zussman, 756th Tank off the hull and turret of the M-4, 1st At 7 p.m., his command tank bogged
Battalion, in in Noroy le Bourg, Tominac Lt. Tominac climbed to the turret down. Throughout the ensuing
France. Though Zussman is men- Tominac citation notes he and gripped the 50-caliber antiair- action, armed only with a carbine,
tioned in Taggert's fantastic chroni- receivved the honor for conspicuous craft machinegun. Plainly silhouet- he reconnoitered alone on foot far in
cle of the 3rd Division in World War gallantry and intrepidity at risk of ted against the sky, painfully wound- advance of his remaining tank and
II, he is not officially remembered as life above and beyond the call of ed, and with the tank burning the infantry. Returning only from
one of the Marne Division's current duty. The citation read on Sept. 12, beneath his feet, he directed bursts time to time to designate targets, he
51 Medal of Honor recipients. At the 1944, in an attack on Saulx de of machinegun fire on the road- directed the action of the tank and
Vesoul, France. He charged alone block, the SP gun, and the support- turned over to the infantry the
over 50 yards of exposed terrain ing German infantrymen, and numerous German soldiers he had
onto an enemy roadblock to dis- forced the enemy to withdraw from caused to surrender. He located a
patch a three-man crew of German his prepared position. road block and directed his tanks to
machine gunners with a single burst Jumping off the tank before it destroy it. Fully exposed to fire from
from his Thompson machinegun exploded, 1st Lt. Tominac refused enemy positions only 50 yards dis-
after smashing the enemy outpost, evacuation despite his painful tant, he stood by his tank directing
he led one of his squads in the anni- wound. Calling upon a sergeant to its fire. Three Germans were killed
hilation of a second hostile group extract the shell fragments from his and eight surrendered. Again he
defended by mortar, machinegun shoulder with a pocketknife, he con- walked before his tank, leading it
automatic pistol, rifle and grenade tinued to direct the assault, led his against an enemy-held group of
fire, killing about 30 enemy soldiers. squad in a hand grenade attack houses, machinegun and small
Reaching the suburbs of the town, against a fortified position occupied arms fire kicking up dust at his feet.
he advanced 50 yards ahead of his by 32 of the enemy armed with The tank fire broke the resistance
men to reconnoiter a third enemy machineguns, machine pistols, and and 20 enemy surrendered. Going
position, which commanded the rifles, and compelled them to sur- forward again alone he passed an
road with a 77-mm. SP gun support- render. His outstanding heroism enemy-occupied house from which
ed by infantry elements. and exemplary leadership resulted Photos courtesy of Fort Stewart Museum
Germans fired on him and threw
2nd Lt. Raymond Zussman, 756th The SP gun opened fire on his in the destruction of four successive grenades in his path. After a brief fire 1st Lt. John J. Tominac, Co. I, 15th
Tank Battalion supporting tank, setting it afire with enemy defensive positions, surren- fight, he signaled his tank to come Inf
Rock of the Marne December 6, 2007 The Frontline 3A

CAB maintains safety, controls sky


Medevac, up and away at moments notice
Pfc. Monica K. Smith
CAB Public Affairs

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - "Medevac! Medevac! 2nd


Up." As the call comes over the radio, the living room
of the pilots, crew chiefs and medics of Company C,
2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, springs to life.
Soldiers scramble to grab their gear and run to the
Black Hawk helicopters that will carry them to the
site where a patient waits for a lift to 25th Combat
Surgical Hospital, in Baghdad.
Speed is key to these medical evacuation Soldiers
whose sole mission is to transfer patients to medical
facilities at Baghdad and Balad.
"Time is the most important (element)," said
Chief Warrant Officer Travis Powell, a pilot in Co. C.
"We take pride in trying to be the fastest aircraft off
the ground."
The medevac company is allotted 15 minutes
from the initial call to when the aircraft is off the
ground, but for Co. C the time from the call to
"wheels up" is less than 10 minutes said Sgt. Reid
Carpenter, a flight medic with Co. C. Patients are
usually picked up within 40 minutes depending on
the pick-up site, Carpenter said. Pfc. Monica K. Smith
The medevac company picks up three classes of Members of Co. C, 2/3 Aviation, perform a preflight check, Nov. 3, on the Black Hawk the team will use for the day. The pre-
patients: urgent, priority and routine. flight inspection begins at 6 a.m. each morning to ensure the aircraft is ready to go when the medical evacuation company
Urgent patients typically have gunshot wounds, receives a call.
and the pilots have no more than an hour to move
the patients to a medical facility. Priority patients aircraft and gear in advance. A preflight run-up of the aircraft gets information on the patient and where to pick them up.
have four hours to be moved, but have the potential to begins at 6 a.m. daily, when a health indicator test is per- Then it's 'Go! Go! Go!'"
become urgent. Routine patients are those whose circum- formed on the engines, radios are set, equipment is loaded, The ground units also assist in speeding the process of
stances are not life threatening, such as a doctor's appoint- and gear is sitting ready in the cockpit. transporting patients. Ground units provide a pinpoint eight-
ment. The majority of patients are urgent and priority from "We have a dedicated phone for medevac calls," said Capt. digit grid coordinate and mark landing areas to signal pilots
gunshot wounds or Humvees rolling over an improvised Shane Miller, of Co. C, 2/3 Aviation. so the units are not searching for a place to land.
explosive device, Powell said. "When the call comes, the (pilot) and crew chief go direct- "We fly as fast as the aircraft will go," Powell said. "It's pret-
To conserve life-saving time, the company prepares the ly to the aircraft to run up the aircraft, while the other pilot ty exciting. Speed is the essence (of our job)."

Flightline electricians work outside the box


Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills rather than in the conex doing “bench work,” testing and Overman.
CAB Public Affairs repairing the components. Both Overman and Light got into aircraft electronics
“We do a little work in our shop, but not too much bench because of the future possibilities. Light came from a long line
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Commonly called “black boxes,” work,” Overman said. “I don’t like working on little tiny boxes of electricians in his Family, and he knows from his father’s
many electronic components in the newest versions of the … on them or in them.” experience as an electrician that it pays well on the outside.
Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters are compartmentalized, The flight line electricians work on the helicopters in phase He joined the Army, though, not to be just any average electri-
making it easier to pull a broken component from the aircraft, maintenance, where the aircraft are inspected on a periodic cian.
put it on a bench and fix it, then reinstall the component. basis and parts that are past their shelf life or in disrepair are “I wanted the challenge and I wanted to be in aviation,”
In this precision world of electronic components, there is replaced, said Sgt. Matthew Light, team leader and aircraft Light said.
still a need for the old-fashioned process of troubleshooting electrician with Co. B. They also take care of work orders for Overman, on the other hand, was given a choice – field
and hands-on repair of electrical parts. any kind of electrical problems on Chinooks and Black Hawks. artillery or aircraft electrician. The choice was easy for him to
For that kind of work the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd The flight line electricians will pull the part off the aircraft and make, he said. “It sounded like it had a future to it.”
Infantry Division turns to the aircraft electricians. take it in for repairs. Overman and Light both said working on the aircraft, trou-
“Any time we get any write-ups, faults, on the aircraft we “We’ll take it to the bench guys,” said Light. bleshooting problems and figuring out how to make things
troubleshoot it then fix it,” said Spc. Michael Overman, an air- “They’ll fix it, then we’ll put it back in the aircraft and make work correctly, is more challenging than sitting in a shop slav-
craft electrician, Co. B, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion. sure it works.” ing over a bench.
Overman, is with the flight line section of the avionics shop. Making sure it works consists of powering up the aircraft, Just being outside is a bonus. Rain or shine, heat or cold,
Working out of a small trailer-mounted conex in the 3rd CAB checking all the lights and ensuring the part does what it’s Overman said he preferred working outside on the birds. “Any
flight line maintenance hangar, the aircraft electricians in the supposed to do. If it doesn’t, the electricians have to find out time of year for me I’d rather be on the aircraft, personally,” he
flight line section spend most of their time outside on aircraft why, which is one of the reasons they enjoy their job, said said. “It’s more of a group thing out on the bird, too. I like that.”

Vigilant CAB Soldiers monitor


air traffic leaving, returning
Pfc. Monica K. Smith and landing. The controllers are
CAB Public Affairs then able to reroute the aircraft
to prevent potential injuries to
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – There can never be too many eyes Soldiers or damage to aircraft
ensuring the safety of Soldiers. This is particularly true for and to cut down on time wast-
pilots and their crews who must continually be aware of what ed.
is ahead of them, behind them, to the right, to the left, in addi- At the Liberty Tower, on
tion to what may be flying above or below them. Camp Liberty, members of Co.
The sole purpose of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation F, 2/3 Avn. Regt., provide safe,
Regiment is air traffic control. Their mission is to control the orderly, expeditious flow of traf-
routes of aircraft coming in and out of airspace and on the fic for the eight landing pads
flight line to ensure safety. they are responsible for, said
Falcon Ground, located at the Combat Aviation Brigade Spc. Melvin Kizzee.
flight line, monitors aircraft leaving and returning from flights “We separate aircraft to pre-
and missions. As the helicopters taxi toward the take-off/land- vent midair collisions,” Kizzee Photos by Pfc. Monica Smith
ing pads, pilots need to know what vehicles may be coming or said. “We report traffic, reroute
Spc. David Burress, Co. F, 2/3 Avn., advises Black Hawks from the Liberty Tower, an air
what other aircraft may be landing. aircraft to avoid traffic, issue
traffic control tower, as they prepare to take-off Nov. 29 from Camp Liberty, Baghdad.
“We control the patterns of the aircraft,” said Spc. Robert advisories, issue clearances for
Smith, Co. F, 2/3 Avn. who works at Falcon Ground. “Because of take-off and landing, advise
the walls they can’t see each other so we tell them where to go. them on closed zones - which is airspace they can’t fly through them trying to talk to one another – it makes a lot of ruckus,”
We move them in and out.” because of different operations, we advise them on known air- Burress said. “It gets hectic so instead of trying to talk to each
The towers have 360-degree windows surrounding them. port conditions – it’s a lot of things.” other, they use our frequency and talk to us.”
The set-up allows the traffic controllers to see any air or ground The pilots contact the tower prior to entering that tower’s At Forward Operating Base Kalsu, the air traffic controllers
traffic or obstacles the aircraft may encounter during take-off airspace, usually two to three miles, said Kizzee. Then the traf- have additional safety precautions they take to ensure the safe-
fic controllers ensure ty of the pilots and the crews of incoming and outgoing aircraft.
the airspace is clear. If “We de-conflict traffic, let pilots know about weather
the airspace is not clear, changes, about fire missions… we monitor the (unmanned
the air traffic con- aerial vehicles) and handle (medical evacuations),” said Spc.
trollers radio the pilots Jennifer Hicks, Co. F, 2/3 Avn. Regt. “We make sure the MEDE-
to advise them on how VACS get priority and let the other aircraft know when they’re
to safely enter the air- going.”
space and land the air- Because of the amount of incoming fire FOB Kalsu receives,
craft. Pilots could the FOB is on blackout at night. Whereas other military com-
depend on their own plexes have street lights or lights on the flight line, the entire
eyesight or try and talk FOB is dark at night which poses an additional challenge for
to other aircraft as they the air traffic controllers.
fly, however, with so “The blackout makes it more difficult to see the aircraft,”
many landing pads and Spc. Christina Martinez said. “We have (night vision goggles)
the numerous units and we have everyone looking for the aircraft and are always
who use helicopters getting position reports. Every few minutes we’ll check back
clear communication is with the aircraft if we still don’t see them and ask, ‘hey, where
lost, said Spc. David are you at?’”
Burress, Co. F, 2/3 Avn. The combined efforts of various towers act to further protect
Regt. the Soldiers who fly during the day and night, said Smith.
Black Hawks land at FOB Kalsu after being advised by the Kalsu Tower, an air traffic control “You get eight heli- “They tell us what they want to do and we tell them how to do
tower at FOB Kalsu Dec. 1 copters flying with all of it safely.”
The Frontline
4A December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

New campaign promotes substance abuse avoidance


Special to the Frontline fying the fight against impaired driving. It driving under the influence of drugs and Month. Army installations nationwide are
targets high-risk populations such as under- alcohol. ASAP will host a number of upcom- supporting the lights on program by keeping
The Fort Stewart Army Substance Abuse age drinkers, 21-34 year olds, and repeat ing events, Soldiers are encouraged to their vehicle head lights on while driving
Program recognizes National Drunk and high blood-alcohol content offenders. This attend. throughout the day.
Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. provides a framework for state and local The first event is a video, Dec. 18, depict- A unit prevention leader and commander
National Drunk and Drugged Driving impaired driving prevention programs. ing the consequences of drinking and dri- Alcohol-Free Party is scheduled 10 to 11:30
Prevention Month is celebrated each year Since 1982, Army Installations have sup- ving. a.m., Dec. 14 in Building 253, room 2046.
during the month of December to spread ported National 3D Prevention Month activ- The movie will be shown in the Education Alcohol-free drinks and light refreshments
awareness of the "You Drink and Drive, You ities as part of the annual nationwide public Center auditorium, building 100 with show will be served.
Lose" campaign in everyone's community. information campaign against impaired dri- times at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information regarding the
The "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" cam- ving during the holiday season. December 14 "Lights on for Life Day" will national Drunk and Drugged Driving
paign was developed as the voice of an ener- The Army Substance Abuse Program will be in effect to help celebrate National Drunk Prevention Month program, call Chakiris
gized national partnership aimed at intensi- coordinate efforts to deter the incidents of and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Moss at 767-5672.

Veterans help skyrocket summer lunch program’s popularity


Sgt. Tanya Polk while we’re out of school. Just because school is out doesn’t
Editor mean the children shouldn’t be getting a healthy meal.”
Taking a different approach this summer, Booker said part
Two Army veterans were recognized for their success, Nov. of their success was due to mobilizing the serving sites.
29. Feeding over 500 children per day for six weeks of the The team mobilized to five different locations across the
summer, Lynette Morgan and Debra Booker took Fort Stewart community to include Vocational Bible School, the
Stewart’s Summer Lunch Program to the next level. Southern Oaks Community Center, the Youth Service Center,
The Summer Lunch Program is a national initiative that the MWR swimming pool area, and Diamond Elementary
provides free lunches to youth under the age of 18. School.
“The focus is that the children get a healthy lunch every “In previous years they only had it at the schools,” Booker
week day over the summer,” said Booker, a management spe- said. “This year we decided to move them. We decided to do
cialist for the Department of Defense Elementary and the program where kids are. My thinking is, they’re not at
Secondary Schools of South Carolina and Fort Stewart dis- school over the summer, so I wouldn’t go to the school.
trict. “They’ve had it (the summer lunch program) for sever- Instead of letting the consumer come to us, we went to the
al years, and what the difference is this year is that we served consumer.”
more kids than the other years combined.” Booker also credits her and Morgan’s success to the support
Combining their efforts with the Directorate of Morale, of MWR, the youth center, and the garrison command.
Welfare, and Recreation, Booker and Morgan helped organize Colonel Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield
the program. Part of their planning included keeping with the garrison commander, recognized the duo for their efforts and Sgt. Tanya Polk
schools’ nutrition standard. success. Col. Todd Buchs, Stewart-Hunter garrison commander
Children were served sandwiches (turkey, ham, bologna, or “Its deeds like this from people like you that go the longest awards Lynette Morgan (right) and Debra Booker the gar-
peanut butter and jelly), frozen fruit cups, fruit juice, milk and in terms of impact for our Soldiers and Families,” Buchs said rison commander’s coin for aiding towards a successful
a snack. to Booker and Morgan as he provided both of them with gar- summer lunch program, Nov. 29.
“We’re required to provide (lunch) in accordance with the rison commander’s coins. “It’s all about what more can we do
food pyramid; so many servings of grain, so many servings of for our Soldiers and their Families during these times of summer lunch program) out there, we had five to six hundred
dairy per day,” said Booker, who served 13 years in the Army. deployment. It’s all about improving the quality of life.” kids who don’t normally eat lunch now eating lunch.”
“So those meals (were) geared toward meeting that require- Morgan, who worked in food service for 20 years in the Morgan and Booker said they hope that next year’s summer
ment.” Army, said helping to improve the quality of life for Stewart lunch program will be even bigger and better as they will
“It’s important that we provide a healthy meal - that chil- Families was important to her. begin planning for it next month. They also hope to stretch
dren get a healthy start,” Booker said. “Our food service pro- “This is one of my better accomplishments,” said Morgan. the program from six to eight weeks long, and plan to have
gram is really concentrated on that while we’re in school and “Some of these kids don’t even eat lunch. Once we put it (the more serving locations across post.

General Order 1 released for motorcycle safety Stewart – Hunter CFC 2007
Special to the Frontline safety and welfare of Soldiers in the 3rd (2) Eye protection - impact resistant Our Goal:
Inf. Div. due to the number of Soldiers goggles or full face shield 100%
T he 3rd Infantry Division com-
manding general, Maj. Gen. Rick
Lynch, with the authority of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice; Title
seriously injured or killed in motorcy-
cle accidents. These injuries degrade
the readiness of this command and
interfere with the good order of this
(3) Footwear - leather boots or over-
the-ankle shoes
(4) Clothing - long-sleeved shirt,
long trousers and full-fingered motor-
80%
90%

70%
3
$
00,000
STEWART-
10, United States Code; DoD Instruction unit. Investigation reveals a lack of cycle gloves
6055.4; Army Regulation 385-55 signed proper training and personal protec- (5) High-visibility garment - bright- 60% HUNTER HAS
General Order Number 1, Sept. 27, 2006 tive equipment as significant factors in ly colored outer jacket or vest during
many accidents. the day and reflective jacket or vest at
50% CONTRIBUTED
mandating motorcycle safety require-
ments. The requirements included in night 40% A TOTAL OF
The purpose of the document was to General Order 1 states before operat-
identify the requirements to operate or ing any motorcycle, on or off the The order also mandates Soldiers
30% $266,605.92
ride a motorcycle on or off the installa- installation, Soldiers shall successfully shall operate motorcycles only if prop- 20% FOR
tion. complete an Army-approved motorcy- erly licensed, registered and insured. 10%
The general order is applicable to all cle safety foundation course. Also, The consequences indicate that 89 PERCENT
military personnel subject to the gen- Soldiers shall wear the following per- Soldiers who fail to comply with the
eral court-martial convening authority sonal protective equipment whenever requirements of this policy are subject OF OUR GOAL
of the commander, 3rd Inf. Div., and they ride or operate a motorcycle, to adverse administrative action
Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, as whether on or off the installation. and/or punishment under the AS OF DEC. 5.
well as all military personnel attached Uniform Code of Military Justice.
or assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat (1) Helmet - department of For more information regarding Its not to late to help
Team, 3rd Inf. Div., Fort Benning, Ga. Transportation certified and properly General Order 1, contact the Safety
The statement was released for the fastened office at 767-7880.
Date extended until Dec. 14

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What do you want for Christmas?
Speak Out
“ I actually want a Zune, it’s “An Annabella Baby Alive “A doggy you can get to play
a MP3 Player, because my dad because I love babies!” with, and girl crush stuff so you
broke mine, so now I need can color your hair and stuff!”
one.”
Angel Crouch EiShianna Ethridge Anna Sizemore
6th Grade, Brittin Elementary Pre-K, Brittin Elementary 1st Grade, Brittin Elementary

“A huge doll house that me and “A real puppy, and I want it white “I just want my dad to come
my sister can play with - and and pink.” home for Christmas this year,
some toys to go with it.” but it’s not going to happen so
I’ll settle for a video game sys-
tem.”
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1st Grade, Brittin Elementary Kindergarten, Brittin Elementary 6th Grade, Brittin Elementary

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CAB takes out HBIED,


insurgent safe house
2nd BCT Public Affairs believed to be rigged as a house-borne
improvised explosive device.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, It was destroyed by a U.S. Air Force F-
Iraq – An insurgent safe house and an 16. Secondary explosions were seen when
anti-aircraft weapon gun were destroyed the bomb detonated indicating explo-
by Coalition Forces near Arab Jabour Nov. sives in the building.
29. The building belonged to al-Qaeda in
A Kiowa helicopter from the 3rd Iraq Brothers who left the area earlier in
Combat Aviation Brigade took fire from the month after being wounded in
an insurgent anti-aircraft weapon near a attacks against Concerned Local Citizens
structure next to a palm grove. Three and Coalition Forces.
insurgents were seen leaving the weapon Through intelligence provided by local
and entering the safe house. The building Iraqis and patrols conducted by Soldiers
also had a machine gun nest on the roof. from Battery B, 1st Battalion 9th Field
Two U.S. Air Force F-16s engaged the Artillery, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., it was
enemy machine gun and safe house, confirmed the building was rigged as an
destroying both. HBIED.
The building was in the 1st Battalion, The patrol noticed wires leading out of
30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade the windows of the building. Inside the
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division area building multiple jugs of unknown bulk
of operations. explosive were observed. Pvt. George Delgado, a 21-year-old infantryman with Company A, 4/64th Combined Arms
Later in the afternoon on Nov. 29 After it was confirmed the structure Battalion “Tuskers,” 3rd Infantry Division, keeps an eye out for anything suspicious out-
another building was destroyed in the was rigged with explosives, the decision side of St. George’s Church in southern Baghdad’s Doura region Dec. 1.
area of Maderiyah. The building was was made to destroy it.

Local citizens turn in explosives to new unit


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky ers and 28 two-liter bottles filled with homemade explosives. said he hopes to continue the positive relationships set by
2nd BCT Public Affairs An explosive ordnance disposal team safely destroyed the the 1/40th Cav. Regt. and build on their hard work.
contents in a controlled detonation. Curry, said his Soldiers are committed to the Hawr Rajab
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – As a new Earlier this month, Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 8th people and will maintain a 24-hour presence in the city and
unit transitions in, Hawr Rajab Concerned Local Citizens Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry continue to build security sites to prevent insurgents threat-
continue to provide Coalition Forces with a helping hand in Division, began replacing Paratroopers of the 1st Squadron, ening the local population.
providing security for their city. 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT (Airborne), 25th Inf. Div., The same day in Hawr Rajab, seven Iraqis suspected of
The Concerned Local Citizens turned in a cache at Fort Richardson, Alaska, who are redeploying home after a insurgent activities were detained during a 6/8th Cav. Regt.
Enduring Checkpoint 20 in Hawr Rajab Nov. 27 consisting of 14-month combat tour. operation.The detainees were brought back to FOB Falcon
seven blasting caps, 13 pressure plates, two fire extinguish- Capt. Greg Curry, Troop A commander, 6/8th Cav. Regt., for questioning.

1/15th Infantry Soldiers conduct operation, detain one insurgent


Sgt. Natalie Rostek ducted a two-day operation to construct checkpoints for points by emplacing jersey barriers, Hesso baskets, and
3rd HBCT Public Affairs Concerned Local Citizens Nov. 15 in Al Bawi, resulting in concertina wire at the checkpoints for defensive positions
the detention of one suspected insurgent. in case of an attack.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers With the help of Iraqi security forces and concerned citi- “The checkpoints are more obstacles put in place to help
of Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment con- zens from Al Bawi, Co. A Soldiers constructed four check- eliminate extremist traffic throughout the area,” said 1st
Sgt. Troy Moore, Co. A, 1/15th Inf. Regt.
According to Moore, Al Bawi is one of the latest areas to
start a Concerned Local Citizens program. He says it is due
to the high level of enemy contact in the area. Moore said
Co. A’s area of operation, consisting of Al Bawi and Salman
Pak, has the highest rate of enemy contact in the entire 3rd
Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division’s area of
operation known as the Mada’in Qada.
“With the concerned citizens and the Iraqi security
forces in the area, we are stopping the infiltration of
extremists crossing the Tigris River,” Moore said. “We are
slowing the traffic of improvised explosive devices, explo-
sively formed penetrator devices, and bomb-making mate-
rials into Baghdad.”
The mission began as Company E, 1/15th Inf. Regt., an
engineer unit, and Co. A, followed the concerned citizens
down a route the checkpoints were to be emplaced. This
route is heavily traveled by U.S. and Iraqi security forces.
Engineers worked with CLCs to clear the route of IEDs and
any other suspicious material.
After the route was cleared, Co. A and members of the ISF
in Al Bawi emplaced jersey barriers, creating the check-
points.
During the operation, Co. A, the CLCs and ISF took small
arms fire, indirect fire, and heavy machinegun fire.
Company E also found one IED during route clearance.
Members of the CLCs also located an Iraqi man thought
to be involved in an IED incident which killed three
Company A Soldiers early November.
Sgt. Natalie Rostek The 1/15th Inf. Regt. Soldiers brought the insurgent to
Sgt. John Harris, Co. A, 1/15th Inf. Reg., ground guides an M88 Wrecker Nov. 15 in Al Bawi, Iraq. Combat Outpost Cahill for questioning.

1/3 Aviation maximizes crew strength, streamlines operations


Pfc. Monica K. Smith Headquarters and Headquarters Company, card for pilots to use in flight. The enlisted Regt., says having TACOPS streamlined has
CAB Public Affairs 1/3 Avn. Regt. “Here we streamlined every- Soldiers also assisted in pilot readiness by helped pilots.
thing, because it’s better to have one source creating a “self-help section” where pilots “The TACOPS takes the burden of
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Traditionally an of information.” can find updated information on heli- detailed planning off the crews and allows
Army tactical operations office is staffed by Because of the operational tempo, all 1/3 copter landing zones, communication them to focus on the mission,” Magness
two officers. These two officers plan Avn. Regt. pilots fly an average of 90 to 100 cards and flight areas drawn out on a map. said. “Now we can show up, review a pack-
upcoming operations and interface with hours a month, both line and staff pilots, “Our enlisted guys make the difference. et of information and focus on crew briefs
higher and adjacent units in addition to fly- including the TACOPS officers, Chief They do the jobs of officers,” said Lt. Col. instead of research.”
ing missions. Warrant Officers Francisco, Mike Carman, Paul Marnon, commander of 1/3 Avn. Regt. The 1/3 Avn. Regt. is possibly the only
The TACOPS at 1st Battalion, 3rd Jeffrey Laird and James Lazarus. In addition to creating products to pre- unit that runs its TACOPS with a strong
Aviation Regiment does things a little dif- “For us that’s a lot of flight time; we’ll fly pare pilots, the enlisted Soldiers also edit reliance on enlisted Soldiers, said Marnon.
ferently. Instead of having two officers, 1/3 four or five days consecutively, flying four the video from Apache engagements. “At some point you have to start working
Avn. Regt. has four officers and five enlisted and a half or five hours at a minimum,” “We do video editing and so far we have outside the box,” Marnon said. “This sys-
personnel running the TACOPS office. Francisco said. “Enlisted Soldiers were 420 videos posted on Falcon Web and some tem maximizes our crews and instead of
“In most other units the details in opera- added to the TACOPS team to relieve the of those are sent up to national television,” having three different standards we have
tions are planned at the company level so workload from the companies.” Francisco said. “That’s thousands and one common standard, one common base
pilots would fly missions and also research Each of the enlisted Soldiers was taught thousands of hours of video they go of information. I’ve been very happy up to
and prepare missions which increased TACOPS tasks such as map making, radio through.” now. The pilots are getting the right infor-
their work days,” said Chief Warrant Officer manning, flight records and plans and Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Magness, mation and that’s what keeps us from mak-
Kevin Francisco, TACOPS officer in loading the created maps onto a digital senior tactics instructor pilot with 1/3 Avn. ing mistakes on the battlefield.”
6A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Barton gives 55 years to Hunter community


Nancy Gould Health Clinic on what was then Hunter Air Force Base. Barton
Hunter Army Airfield worked one day a week as an assistant to physicians and in the
pharmacy. She continued her work when the U.S. Army took
Mary Barton is a Red Cross volunteer who believes that it’s over the post in 1967 and it became Hunter Army Airfield. She
more blessed to give than to receive. And her 55 years of volun- continues to work one day a week in the pharmacy and on occa-
teer service to thousands of patients at Hunter Army Airfield’s sion, helps at the front reception desk, greeting patients and vis-
Tuttle Army Health Clinic proves it. itors and providing them with information and directions. For
She was honored for her volunteer work at Tuttle Health Clinic 40 years, during the summers of 1958 – 1998, Barton also worked
at a Nov. 29 ceremony. Many of the clinic’s staff paused from as an American Red Cross swimming instructor and taught first
their activities to salute Barton. They stood attentively in the aid and the Water Safety and Small Craft Program.
waiting room area of Tuttle where the ceremony was held and Barton said she has enjoyed volunteering over the years, espe-
listened to remarks from Red Cross officials, as well as Lt. Col. cially after the death of her husband six years ago.
Dan Whitney, the Hunter Army Airfield Garrison commander, “Volunteering keeps me busy, said Baron. “It does more for
who praised 84-year-old Barton for her selfless service through- me than anyone else.”
out the years. But it’s done a lot for others too, according to one grown
“Volunteers with the Red Cross have served the disabled on patient who relayed his gratitude to Barton for the care she gave
the battlefield and have intervened in all we do as a nation,” said him at the clinic as a child when he was sick. Barton offered to sit
Whitney. “Mary, we thank you for your service; our hats are off to with the boy so his mother could rest. After offering the “teary-
you.” eyed” boy ice cream, Barton gained his confidence. When he
Dr. Marsha Bascombe, chief of pharmacy at Tuttle Army asked her to lay in the bed and read him a story, she knew he
Health Clinic, summarized Barton’s work ethic and reputation. needed comfort so she did.
“She’s dependable and patient but her best attribute is the “I saw him years later on a cruise,” she said. “It was nice to be
Nancy Gould way she interacts and cares for patients,” said Bascombe, who remembered.”
Mary Barton, a Red Cross Volunteer at Tuttle Clinic, finished with an excerpt from a poem, “she brightens up the cor- Many others remember Barton’s kindness through the years
talks with Lt. Col. Dan Whitney, Hunter Army Airfield ner where she serves,” describing Barton’s quiet, unassuming and hopefully, more will benefit from her care in the future.
garrison commander, after a Nov. 29 ceremony at the personality. “I plan to keep this up as long as I can,” she said. “I get a lot out
clinic to honor her service. Her work in caring for others began in 1951 at Tuttle Army of volunteering.”

Four Soldiers retire providing more than 100 years of service


Pat Young Buchs noted that they endeavored during the hard times, Co.; 142nd MP Co; the 55th and 57th MP companies, plus a
Frontline Staff and help make today’s Army the finest in the world. recruiting tour. Yet Mauer’s fondest memory was deploying in
“They were called to serve during the Global War on support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Joint Endeavor.
Four Soldiers stood in a ceremony and listened to their Terrorism in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Buchs said. Garnette and his wife Linda were also no strangers to service.
names as they were spoken before a crowded room at Club “These men and their Families have served as a team through Garnette joined the service in 1983 and culminated his assis-
Stewart, Nov. 29, as they were added to the list of retired United long deployments and made great sacrifices.” gnment with the 260th Quartermaster Battalion.
States Army retired servicemembers. As testament to the appreciation to the retirees, their At the retirement service the mass of Soldiers from his unit
Maj. Mark Walthworth, United States Army African Families, co-workers, and friends packed the ceremony till it was a testament of his esteem. He also served tours with the 1st
Command; Master Sgt. Christ Maurer, 385th Military Police was standing room only, and applauded thunderously as garri- Battalion, 30th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 41st Air Defense Artillery
Battalion; Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Davis, 188th Infantry Brigade; son commanders familiarized the audience with the Soldiers. in Texas; the 3rd Armor Division; V Corps and the 3rd Infantry
and Sgt. 1st Class Everard Garnette, 260th Quartermaster Walworth’s last assignment was with the newly established Division.
Battalion, stood with stoic expressions as Family and guests Africa Command, stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, and served “As Soldiers, we’ve all made sacrifices,” said Sgt. 1st Class
applauded their service, which cumulatively exceeded 100 with units including the 56th Field Artillery in Neckarsulm, Everard Garnette, 260th Quartermaster Battalion. “There is
years among the four retirees. Germany; the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart; United always a price for freedom. All of us have to do our part. If I had
The guest speaker at the event, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army States Army Special Operation Command in Heidelberg, GE.; to do it all again, I would.”
Airfield Garrison Commander, Col. Todd. Buchs commended the 1st Infantry Division in Ansbach, GE; and the 3rd Infantry The other retirees echoed Garnette’s opinion, and all agreed
them on their service and noted the changes and accomplish- Division. Walworth’s daughter Sarah and sons Jacob and Caleb that they had no regrets in joining, and making the Army their
ments made during their service. were among his Family and friends witnessing the special career.
“When they first joined the Army, the world was a different moment. Davis and his wife Valerie were also familiar with the sacri-
place, said Buchs. Maurer’s wife Robin and son Lance both attended the cere- fice it required to be in the world’s best Army. Davis served with
“Then, in the 1970s and 1980s, the former Soviet Union was mony and listened as Maurer’s assignments were listed for the 188th Infantry, 1/41 FA, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery,
our greatest threat and the fear of nuclear war loomed for our those in attendance. He joined the army in 1985 and served 2nd Battalion/319th at Fort Bragg, the 7th Field Artllery in
world.” with the 179th MP Co.; the 549th MP Co.; 549th MP Co.; 3rd MP Hawaii, and the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery at Fort Hood.
Rock of the Marne December 6, 2007 The Frontline 7A

Purple Hearts awarded to 3/1 Cav Regt Soldiers


Spc. Ben Hutto leader for 2nd platoon, witnessed the incident and was on “It happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to real-
3rd HBCT Public Affairs hand to recognize his two Soldiers. ize it,” he said. “I was dazed, but the adrenaline kicked in
“The amazing thing about the whole situation was that, and I just did my job. I knew my body was all in one piece
COMBAT OUTPOST CASHE, Iraq – Two Soldiers from despite being injured, both Soldiers kept doing their jobs so I wasn’t too worried.”
2nd platoon, Company B, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry and maintained a high level of professionalism throughout After the ceremony, Soldiers from Company D, 1st
Regiment, were awarded Purple Heart medals during a the whole incident,” Barth said. “I’m extremely proud of Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, which the squad is cur-
ceremony at Combat Outpost Cashe Nov. 29. both of them.” rently attached to, - filed by and congratulated the two
Staff Sgt. Sean Kane, from San Jose, Calif., a squad leader Kane thanked everyone for their support, but admitted Soldiers on their awards.
in 2nd platoon, and Spc. David Menillo, from Fairfield, that the award was something that he was not looking to “Both guys are outstanding Soldiers and deserve the
Conn., the medic for 2nd squad, were both praised by Maj. receive during his current tour in Iraq. awards they received,” Barth said. “I’m just thankful that
Andrew Koloski, from Juneau, Alaska, the executive officer “This is definitely an award that I didn’t want to receive, they are still with us and the incident wasn’t fatal.”
of 3/1st Cav. Regt., for their actions Aug. 18 when they sus- but I’ll take it,” Kane said. “I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.” The 3/1st Cav. Regt. and 1/15th Inf. Regt. are assigned to
tained injuries during a suicide bomber attack at a Menillo explained that at the time he didn’t really know the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
Concerned Local Citizens meeting in Jisr Diyala. that he was injured. His duties as a combat medic caused from Fort Benning, Ga., and have been deployed in sup-
First Lt. Mike Barth, from El Segundo, Calif., the platoon him to focus on the job at hand and help Kane. port of Operation Iraqi Freedom V since March.

Security from afar: 1/9 Field Artillery protects fellow Soldiers


Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford As we dismount it gives us the ability to spread out more. We Soldiers never get a chance to see is the effect on the sur-
316th Expeditionary Sustainment Co. can cover more terrain at one time and it also gets us eyes in rounding communities.
places where the vehicles can’t get us,” Holler said. When “We have a pretty good presence in the villages,” Holler
Every military operation begins with security. The 1st conducting a dismounted patrol there is nothing between said. “There are places that are less friendly than others, but
Battalion, 9th Field Artillery is charged with terrain denial, the friendly forces and the enemy but fresh, clean air. This we try to interact with the people as much as possible and
which is an essential piece of this mission. type of patrol requires teamwork, experience and nerves of build rapport with them.”
The villages and farms surrounding the logistics support steel.
area here were at one time home to countless insurgents, “I’ve got a really sharp group of
and the townspeople and farmers were either powerless or NCOs (non-commissioned offi-
too frightened to do anything about it. The result was fre- cers). We work really well togeth-
quent and well aimed indirect fire attacks which earned the er. We’ve established a way of
camp its infamous nickname “Mortaritaville.” doing things so the NCOs don’t
In order to disrupt these attacks it is necessary to first have to give the Soldiers much
determine where they are being launched from. This key ter- instruction,” Holler said.
rain must then be occupied by friendly forces to deny access “Everyone just knows their place.”
to the enemy. This is called terrain denial. With the sound of explosions
“The intelligence gurus send us where they think we’re and small arms fire in the dis-
most likely to get an indirect fire attack from. We go there to tance and dogs barking all around
interdict, to make sure the anti-Iraqi forces don’t have one would think it would be diffi-
maneuver capability to use that terrain against us. We go cult to focus on the mission. This
there so they can’t,” said 2nd Lt. Andrew Holler, Battery A, ability comes with experience,
1st Platoon leader, 1/9 FA. and is not only crucial to accom-
There are several options when conducting terrain denial plishing the mission, but the sur-
operations. The first is mounted patrols. This type of patrol vival of the men on the patrol.
offers several benefits including the ability to cover large “When we first got here we
areas in a short amount of time. It also offers the security of wanted to react to everything.
an up-armored vehicle as protection from small arms fire You’d hear an explosion and
and improvised explosive device attacks. you’d want to run and get every-
The second is static mounted terrain denial. This is much one back in the trucks. It’s in no
the same as a mounted patrol and offers the same security way complacency, but you learn:
benefits. The major difference is the patrol takes ground and ‘ok, that’s small arms fire. I’m
holds it. This is not a roving patrol. It is exactly as it is going to make a note of it but is it
described: static. really affecting what I’m doing
The final option is among the most effective methods of here,’” Holler said.
terrain denial, however, it is also the most risky. It is the dis- An obvious result of the terrain Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford
mounted patrol. denial mission is the decrease in As darkness descends on Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Spc. James
“The dismounted patrols are very effective because the effective mortar attacks on the Trettenero, 1/9 FA command driver and gunner, adjusts his equipment before head-
enemy can see the trucks coming; trucks make a lot of noise. camp, but one benefit most ing out on a terrain denial patrol.
8A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Stewart-Hunter holds
Bell for Trees ceremony
Special to the Frontline Division Soldiers who have
paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Fort Stewart will hold a The bells are being hung
Bells for Trees ceremony by spouses who are mem-
here Dec. 8 at Warriors bers of Support 3rd
Walk at 9 a.m. ID.com, which is a forum
Camel bells attached to that was created in an
satin cords will be hung on effort to gain support for
Warriors Walk trees in additional family mem-
memory of 3rd Infantry bers, other than spouses.

Wreaths for Warriors Walk


Col. Thomas James, commander, 4th BCT, and Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Torres, command sergeant major for the
Pfc. Amanda McBride
ceremony slated Dec 15
brigade, uncase the unit colors during the transfer of authority ceremony Dec. 1 on FOB Kalsu. This ceremony marks Special to the Frontline Soldiers who have made the
the start of the brigade’s second deployment to Iraq. ultimate sacrifice.
Fort Stewart will hold a Warriors Walk became a
VANGUARD FROM PAGE 1A Christmas wreath laying reality in 2003 during
ceremony here Dec. 15 at Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Rick in AO Spartan, it’s amazing to me [to the Iraqi people in their efforts to Warriors Walk at noon. Since then, the 3rd Infantry
Lynch, commanding general of Multi- see] the progress. secure their homeland,” said Col. In coordination with Division has been deployed
National Division - Center, showed “You can walk through the streets of Thomas James, commander of the 4th Wreaths Across America, to Iraq three times. During
appreciation for the dedication that the Jurf as Sahkr wearing a patrol cap and Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Fort Stewart's goal is to each deployment, when a
Spartan Brigade showed during their seeing 48 shops open; you can go to JSS Division. place a Christmas wreath at Soldier is killed in action, a
tour in Iraq. Iskan in Hasawa and see the magnifi- Prior to the TOA, individual Soldiers the tree of each and every tree is planted in their honor
“Today we celebrate one of the most cent progress being made.” in the Vanguard Brigade had the oppor- fallen Soldier memorialized along Warriors Walk. A
magnificent brigade combat teams in The TOA marks the official start of tunity to transition with their counter- at Warriors Walk. The granite marker, inscribed
the United States Army,” Lynch said. the Vanguard Brigade mission in Iraq. It parts from the Spartan Brigade to wreaths, which were pur- with the Soldiers, name
“The 4th Brigade of the 25th Infantry is also the start of the brigade’s second ensure the overall transition from one chased through Wreaths rank, unit and date of death,
Division led from the front and deployment in the support of unit to the next went smoothly. The cer- Across America by private sits at the base of each tree.
achieved measurable success over the Operation Iraqi Freedom. emony was marked by the traditional individuals, are to honor our
last 15 months. “We are honored to join Task Force uncasing of the colors by Soldiers from
“As I go back to the battlefield, I look Marne, the Iraqi Security Forces and the Vanguard and Spartan Brigades.

DEPLOY FROM PAGE 1A


The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a the development of the Afghan National Security HUNT From Page 1A
National Guard unit from Florida, which will assume Forces. Afghan forces continue to improve capability
battle space in Afghanistan, where it will perform the and assume responsibility for security. Force levels in On Dec. 1, the morning of the A dream comes true! “Capt.
full spectrum of operations. Afghanistan continue to be conditions-based, and hunt, Sears and Dubose occupied Sears is a brave and courageous
Approximately 7,000 servicemembers have been are determined based on the recommendations of the hunting blind, but were young man and is an inspiration
alerted and will deploy in the summer of 2009. military commanders in Afghanistan and in consul- unsuccessful in getting a clear to all of us,” Harvey said “Dubose
The department has alerted the units of this tation with the government of the Islamic Republic of shot. After enjoying a bar-be-que is to be commended for his sup-
deployment in order to give Soldiers the maximum Afghanistan. DoD will continue to announce major lunch that was prepared for all port of his long time friend”
time possible to conduct training specific to unit deployments as the units are identified and Soldiers participating in the hunt, Harvey added, “Speaking from
Afghanistan as well as provide predictability for alerted. For information on the units announced Sears successfully harvested a experience, a true friend is a God
Family members and employers. today, please contact the Georgia National Guard mature wild hog on his second try. send and is something to cherish”.
This rotation reflects the continued U.S. commit- public affairs office at (678) 569-6064, and the Florida
ment to assisting in the security of Afghanistan and National Guard public affairs office at (904) 823-0168.

CSM From Page 1A


He’s passed them to his 20-year- along with the Army’s, and there resolve problems and improve his Army career and for raising back to his Alabama roots. It’s
old son, David, now a student at are alternate ways to motivate facilities. their son during his long deploy- where the foundational values in
Huntington College in Alabama on Soldiers. “I’ll go above and beyond to ments and his duty stations away life were formed and later rein-
a basketball scholarship. “Soldiers are more educated help,” he said, “but I stick to the from their home at Red Stone forced by the Army. It’s those val-
He also passed them to the thou- than they used to be,” he said, regulations and I won’t do anything Arsenal, Ala. ues and those truths that direct his
sands of Soldiers who have served adding, based on experience, he’s that’s unethical, illegal or “I firmly believe that the Army personal life and a career in the
under his leadership during his 23- discovered that at times the most immoral.” should take care of military Army that he’s never regretted.
year Army career. effective leadership is to give As a “people person,” Sampleton Families,” Sampleton said. “They “It’s a great life,” he said. “I love
Sampleton continues to lead and Soldiers the big picture and their finds interaction with civilians on deserve our support. The Army the camaraderie. I’ve made lifetime
care for Soldiers, Family members, part in it. post and outside the gates refresh- doesn’t just re-enlist Soldiers, it re- friends during my service. I’m
civilians and tenant servicemem- “He brings a wealth of experi- ing and has already experienced enlists their Families with them.” proud to be a part of the U.S. Army
bers in his position as Hunter Army ence and benefits to the position their “open arms.” Shortly after his Families have a special place of and I’m delighted to be here in
Airfield garrison command based on his background and units arrival at Hunter, he attended a honor for Sampleton that goes Savannah.”
sergeant major. He acquired the of assignment,” said Lt. Col. Daniel chili cook-off
title from Command Sgt. Maj. Whitney, Hunter garrison com- held by resi-
Clifton Aarons, during a Change of mander. Whitney said that dents of
Responsibility ceremony Oct. 30 Sampleton’s past service also Skidaway Island.
held at Hunter’s garrison head- demonstrates his commitment to “These folks
quarters building. excellence and standards, as well ( m i l i t a r y
Sampleton said the U.S. Army as his commitment to service retirees) kept
has the best Noncommissioned members and their Families. thanking me for
Officer Corps in the world, and he’s Sampleton is dedicated to all my service,” he
proud to be a part of that heritage. servicemembers at Hunter, includ- said. “But I told
As the senior noncommissioned ing the tenant units based there. them ‘no, I thank
officer at Hunter, he manages He enjoyed the diversity among you. We stand
Soldiers much like he parents his services during his deployments to on the shoulders
son – he stays approachable and Operation Desert Shield/Storm, of your service.’”
keeps communication channels Operation Iraqi Freedom II and When he talks
open. But when discipline prob- Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and he about being
lems arise, he uses as much looks forward to working with t h a n k f u l ,
authority as necessary to handle Hunter tenant units, as well as 3rd S a m p l e t o n’s
them. He says he’s from the “old Infantry Division Soldiers. His mis- conversation
school” Army where Soldiers were sion on the battlefield and at turns to his wife, Right to Left: Hunter Army Airfield’s new garrison Command Sgt. Maj. David Sampleton
not allowed to question leaders. Hunter is the same— to take care of Carol. He is and Hunter Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Dan Whitney thank Mark Barton during a cere-
But he believes his leadership style Soldiers, their Families and retirees grateful for her mony Nov. 29 for her 55 years of volunteer service to Stewart-Hunter.
has changed through the years, in the community and to work to commitment to See related story on Page 6A.

Housing From Page 1A


The Total Army RCI Program includes 45 and contain Energy Star appliances and heat- The project at Fort Stewart, started in Kara Casto, in the Liberty Woods Housing
installations combined into 35 projects. ing and cooling systems. November 2003, is in year five of an eight-year Community. Casto, a Unit Service
At end state this will amount to 88,045 hous- Energy Star is a government-backed pro- initial development period, with more than Coordinator for ACS, graciously opened her
es or 97 percent of Army Family Housing in the gram helping businesses and individuals pro- 3771 houses current in inventory built from home for the tour. Her husband, Staff Sgt. Cory
United States. More than 10,000 homes have tect the environment through superior energy 1953 to 2007. Casto, is assigned to B Company 1st Battalion,
been built and more than 9,700 renovations efficiency in appliances, building materials Among the installation’s inventory includes 9th Field Artillery and deployed to Iraq with
completed as of June 30. and construction methods. 1388 of 1868 new units; 475 of 1092 demol- the 2nd BCT.
“Today’s event is to showcase our housing at It was started in 1992 by the Environmental ished units; and 652 of 1597 renovated units. Buchs ended the housing showcase event
Stewart-Hunter as a subset of the Army Family Protection Agency. Bo Letnaunchyn, the GMH project director, with a tour of the new marne construction
Covenant. As stated in the Army Family EPA founded Energy Star Program in part- added that the Fort Stewart Housing areas site, a future command sergeant
Covenant we signed a few weeks ago, “We are nership with the Department of Energy, and have 1,032 new homes, 596 renovated houses, major/sergeant major housing area, consist-
committed to improving Family readiness by: the Department of Housing and Urban and is scheduled to receive another 400 new ing of 25 Single Family homes. Currently, 18
improving Soldier and Family housing.” Development and offers consumers, busi- and 780 renovated houses from 2008-2011. homes are framed and the first homes will be
Buchs went on to add that all RCI new nesses, and public organizations energy-effi- Hunter has 356 new homes, and 56 renovated delivered in March 2008.
homes are Energy Star Compliant. cient solutions that save energy and money houses, and will receive another 98 new hous- As a part of his comments made at the
With only five to 10 percent of the houses while helping protect the environment for es with 199 renovated houses. beginning of the event, Buchs emphasized
built in the private sector, being ESC, the on- future generations. In addition, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Soldiers and Families deserved housing com-
post homes, designed, constructed and man- The Army Residential Communities Airfield will receive several more community mensurate with the service they deliver.
aged by GMH Military Housing are leading the Initiative Program realized benefits to Soldiers centers, complete with basketball courts, fit- By showcasing the installation’s great hous-
way in home energy efficiency. The new and Families by providing: more space, better ness, game and television room, along with a ing program, the command is taking one of
homes at Coastal Ridge, Liberty Woods, property management, better maintenance spray park. Some may even include a swim- many very real steps to show our Soldiers and
Southern Oaks, New Savannah, New Gannam, response, energy star compliant homes, and ming pool. Families that the covenant is more than a
and New Callaway have been constructed overall a more wholesome environment in After departing from the Southern Oaks piece of paper. Rather it is real and the instal-
with energy efficient construction materials which to live. Community Center, Buchs visited the home of lation intends to stand by every word of it.
Rock of the Marne December 6, 2007 The Frontline 9A

Soldiers, civilians are battlefield partners


Sgt. Jason Stadel refresher course for the members of the ePRT as some have going out in convoys, she feels better about going out on mis-
2nd BCT, Public Affairs military or first aid experience. Bailey has experience as a vol- sions because of the professionalism of the Soldiers.
unteer firefighter and was trained as a first responder. He said “I’m impressed with how they work,” Youmara said. “When I
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Since May he learned new first aid techniques during the military first aid ride with them I feel secure.”
security in Hawr Rajab and Arab Jabour has improved to the class. Bailey said the missions encompass the best of what the U.S.
point where Coalition Force missions are no longer solely “kill Mariam Youmara, the team’s bi-lingual, bi-cultural advisor, is government has to offer the citizens of Iraq. “If we continue to
or capture” missions. Now, many missions focus on developing an American citizen that emigrated from Iraq in 1976. She is work together; we’ll be able to build these communities.”
the infrastructure, which means there are more civilians on the also certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other types All of the ePRT civilians were provided with Army improved
battlefield helping to rebuild Iraq. of first aid. Youmara said, while there are risks involved with first aid kits by the 2/3rd BTB.
To be prepared for battlefield operations, Soldiers of the
2/3rd Brigade Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd
Infantry Division took time to train American civilians on the
basics of first aid and combat patrol operations Nov. 26.
The 2/3rd BTB combat patrols that consisted solely of U.S.
Soldiers in the past are now always carrying U.S. State
Department employees who are a part of the embedded
provincial reconstruction team, said Master Sgt. Michael
Howle, 2-3rd BTB operations sergeant major. Although the
ePRT members are civilians, their risk of being wounded by
enemy actions is the same as a Soldier’s.
“Almost 90 percent of our missions are ePRT related,” Howle
said. “The civilians need to know what to expect and what our
methods are if something happens.” The ePRT is working to
create jobs, restore essential services such as electricity and
water, improve schools and boost the economy.
To give the civilians an idea of what happens should the
combat patrol come under attack, the civilians were briefed on
the procedures during a sniper attack, an improvised explosive
device attack, recovery operations, medical evacuation proce-
dures and basic first aid procedures.
Members of the ePRT see the training as a team-building
exercise between the civilians and the Soldiers.
“The sooner we build upon the functionality of the team, the
sooner it’s going to be better for everybody,” said Bruce Bailey, Courtesy Photo
ePRT deputy chief. Bruce Bailey (white shirt), ePRT deputy chief, and John Smith, ePRT chief, walk the streets of Arab Jabour with secu-
Some of the information taught during the class was a rity from 2/3rd BTB Soldiers, Nov. 14.

3rd HBCT Soldiers celebrate Native American Heritage Month


Sgt. Natalie Rostek Atchison, Kan., a speech was given about “The idea to use Navajo for secure commu- feather to honor you for what you are doing,’”
3rd HBCT Public Affairs Native American Indian Medal of Honor win- nications came from Philip Johnston, one of Smith explained. “In the second verse I said, ‘I
ners. the few non-Navajos who spoke the language give this nation this feather.’ And in the third
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, “In the 20th century, five American Indians fluently,” Jones explained. “Johnston believed verse I sang, ‘I give this warrior this feather.’”
Iraq – Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade have been among those Soldiers to receive the Navajo answered the military requirement for Smith said feathers are given for various
Combat Team celebrated American Heritage United States’ highest military honor,” said an undecipherable code because Navajo is an accomplishments such as completing a jour-
Month Nov. 30 in the dining facility at FOB Sgt. Brian Gonzalez, from Providence, R.I., Co. unwritten language of extreme complexity.” ney or duty, or for cultural dancing and
Hammer. A, 3rd BSTB. “These warriors exhibited extra- Jones went on to explain that one estimate singing.
During the dinner and ceremony, speakers ordinary bravery in the face of the enemy and, indicated less than 30 non-Navajos could “I have about 40 or 50 eagle feathers,” he
and singers honored those 3rd HBCT Soldiers in two cases, made the ultimate sacrifice for understand the language. None of those non- said. “I am very proud of my heritage. I speak
whose ancestry traces back to Native their country.” Navajos were Japanese, making it the perfect my language fluently, I participate in every
American. The theme of the celebration was Gonzalez went on to read short biographies code for World War II. ceremony, I sing, I dance.”
“Honoring Warriors: Past and Present.” of Jack C. Montgomery, Ernest Childers, Van Pfc. Richard Smith, from Eagle Butte, S.D., Smith explained he joined the Army to ful-
At the start of the ceremony, Mistress of Barfoot, Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., and Charles Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Field fill his warrior journey, a task required by his
Ceremony, Sgt. 1st Class Cassandra Welter, George. He explained how each Soldier went Artillery, sang a song in the Wanbli Paha lan- culture.
from Sheridan, Wyo., Company A, 3rd Brigade above and beyond the call of duty for the wel- guage native to his tribe. Smith is part of the After Smith sang, Maj. Dewey Boberg, from
Special Troops Battalion, introduced Spc. fare of his fellow comrades and his country. Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. Anaheim, Calif., 3rd HBCT executive officer,
Latonya Burden, from Clarksville, Tenn., Following Gonzalez, Pfc. Jason Jones, from The ceremonial song is sung when a tribe awarded certificates of appreciation to
Headquarters Company, 3rd BSTB, who sang Logan, Utah, Company B, 203rd Brigade member receives an eagle feather, the greatest Soldiers who contributed to the ceremony.
the national anthem. Support Battalion, gave the audience a brief honor a Native American can receive, Smith “Native Americans have an awesome histo-
After an invocation given by 3rd HBCT lesson on the Navajo Code Talkers of World said. ry, an awesome ancestry and a very vibrant
Chaplain (Maj.) Timothy Sowers, from War II. “The song translates to ‘I give you this culture,” Boberg said.

USA Express seeks Soldier-performers to entertain deployed troops


Tim Hipps reinvented by a group of Soldiers that will tour next spring give them a little piece of home,” USA Express music and
FMWRC Public Affairs and summer. artistic director Cordell Hall said. “Every place that we’ve
“The USA Express product will not be what it has been,” gone, the Soldiers just loved the show because they got to
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Army Entertainment Division seeks Hurtado explained. “Technically, it’s been a cover band, but see other Soldiers performing in civilian clothes rather than
military musicians and singers to deliver entertainment to it will be whatever the best talent is at the moment. So in uniform – seeing them in a light like never before.”
troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Djibouti and Kuwait. USA Express could virtually be one great singer or rapper That in turn, Hall said, attracts even more Soldiers to the
The deadline to apply for a spot on the deployable musi- and a keyboard, or it could be a seven-piece unit. But it will program. To audition for USA Express, men and women of
cal performance team is Dec. 14, but recruiting and artistic be a high-quality piece of work that we will be sending to the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant or below must mail
development director Victor Hurtado will consider extend- our forward-deployed Soldiers.” a demo tape or CD and current copy of their Enlisted
ing the cutoff for those who contact him before the deadline The USA Express lineup should be set before Christmas. Record Brief, Physical Training Test and military license to
via e-mail at victor.hurtado@us.army.mil or telephone at Rehearsals will begin in January. The entourage will hit the U.S. AED Attention: USA Express, P.O. Box 439, Fort Belvoir,
703-806-5827. road in March and tour until late summer. VA 22060. Once notified, a letter from the unit commander
Soldiers who play keyboard, guitar or drums are needed – “We’re really, really excited about the potential for this releasing the Soldier for temporary duty with AED from Jan.
along with vocalists and an audio technician – to put the unit,” Hurtado said. “It will have the artistic direction that 4 through Aug. 30 will be required. For more details, contact
show on the road. Other instrumentalists may apply. the U.S. Army Soldier Show had, just in a smaller unit.” Hall via e-mail at Cordell.Hall@us.army.mil or phone (703)
Vocalists must be strong audience communicators who are The 2005 USA Express covered tunes by the 806-3220 or fax (703) 806-5251.
comfortable with a variety of musical styles and dance. Commodores, Green Day, Faith Hill, Beyonce, Gwen The Coalition Land Forces Component Command will
Audio techs must be able to operate a public address sys- Stefani, Whitney Houston and Tony Toni Tone, among oth- sponsor USA Express, a production of the Army Family and
tem and a digital audio sound mixing board, and have an ers. This go-round could tilt more toward Hip-hop. Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, throughout its
understanding of audio equalization. “I’m not averse to putting a rapper in there who can com- tour of the Middle East. A continental United States portion
USA Express, a revolving door of deployable musical-per- municate with the Soldiers because that is a very viable of the tour also is being scheduled.
formance groups, began entertaining Soldiers in 1992. They genre of entertainment for the Soldiers right now, especial- “I’m totally excited about this,” Hall said. “After being
often changed faces and toured different places, but the ly the young Soldiers downrange,” Hurtado said. “I’m just away for two years, you get that itch, and this is my first
mission remained the same: to provide “entertainment for excited that we’re going to be able to take some entertain- love. I’m happy to have Victor on board working in the
the Soldier, by the Soldier,” the working motto of Army ment to the deployed Soldiers.” recruiting department to seek out Soldier-performers. I’ll
Entertainment Division. “Some of that music will be what is commonly referred to take his input and incorporate that into a very, very good
After a two-year hiatus, the traveling cover band will be as combat music because we take it right to the troops and show.”

Shout outs from the Front


“I want to say Merry Christmas “I want to tell my mom and “Merry Christmas to my
and Happy New Year to all my dad, my brothers and my son Family in Dayton, North
Family and friends in Troy, Merry Christmas, and I love Carolina.”
Alabama.” them.”
Sgt. Terral Lassiter Spc. Rose Grubb
Pfc. John Evans,
HHSC, STB HHOC, STB
HHSC, STB

“Merry Christmas and Happy “Hi to my wife Limary – thanks “Happy Hanukkah, Merry
New Year to my mom, dad, wife for your devoted support, Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year
Jenny and my son David Junior in Christmas to you, and I love you to all my Family. I miss you, I love
Midland, Michigan.” with my heart and soul.” you, I’ll be home safe, soon.”

Spc. David Ellsworth Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Reyes Maj. Robert Littman
HHSC, STB HHSC, STB 3rd Sig. Co., STB
10A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Justice Served DES offers holiday safety tips


Special to the Frontline When Shopping: • Ask for a security escort
Military Justice Corporal Cesar R. Joaquin, Home
Detachment, 3/69 Armor, 1st BCT, convict- • Have your keys ready to your vehicle if your have
Private Aaron A. Blankenship, Home
ed by Special Court-Martial; Desertion and The holidays are before you go into the park- a lot of packages or are leav-
Detachment, 2/3 BTB, 2nd BCT, convicted
missing movement; Confinement for 11 approaching quickly and ing lot to get in your car. ing at night.
by Summary Court-Martial; AWOL and
months, reduced to Private (E1), and dis- historically, this season is • Park in well lit, populat- • Keep your purse in your
wrongful use of marijuana; Reduced to the
charged from the service with a bad con- one of the highest crime ed areas near your destina- hand or on your shoulder –
Private (E-1), forfeiture of $867.00 and con-
duct discharge. periods of the year. The tion. Avoid parking near do not leave it in the cart
finement for 30 days.
Directorate of Emergency trucks, vans, dumpsters and while you are loading pack-
Specialist Marvin L. Jones, Home Services, Physical Security other objects that obstruct ages into your vehicle.
Private 1st Class Cody Whitehead, Rear
Detachment, 1/3 BTB, 1st BCT, convicted Branch encourages you to visibility and provide hiding
Detachment, 6/8 Cav, 4th BCT, convicted by
by Special Court-Martial; AWOL; use the following tips as places. When Traveling:
Summary Court-Martial; Desertion;
Confinement for 4 months, reduced to guidelines as you prepare • Do not flash large • Have someone keep an
Reduced to Private (E-1), forfeiture of $867
Private (E1), to be discharged from the ser- for the holidays. amounts of cash; use debit eye on your home.
pay for one month, and confinement for 30
vice with a bad conduct discharge. cards or checks. • Mark all of your valu-
days.
At Home: • Use ATM’s in stores or ables and record the serial
• Do not advertise that use them from your car. numbers
Private Marcin Wilczewski, Rear US District Court Actions
your spouse is gone. • Keep your cell phone • Notify the police sta-
Detachment, 1/76 FA, 4th BCT, convicted Male 36, received 60 days confinement
• Ensure your doors and charged and handy at all tion and ask for a quarters
by Summary Court-Martial; Desertion; for failing to complete community service
windows are locked at all times. check.
Forfeiture of $867 pay for one month and and report as requested.
times. • Don’t leave purses or • Keep at least a half a
confinement for 30 days.
• Don’t accept packages packages in view inside tank of gas in your vehicle at
Female, 44, was fined $500.00, 20 hours
from unknown senders. your vehicle. all times.
Private 1st Class Jeremy A. Countryman, community service, probation for 12
• When you are away from • Ensure that your ID and • Plan your trip and
Home DET, 1/3 BTB, 1st BCT, convicted by months and Special Assessment of $25.00
home; close drapes or credit cards are returned to make reservations ahead of
Summary-Court Martial; AWOL X 2; for Possession of a controlled substance.
blinds. you before leaving a store. time.
Reduction to Private (E-1), forfeit $867.00,
• If you lose your house • Pack emergency sup-
and confinement for 30 days. Male, 23, received 10 days confinement
keys; notify GMH immedi- After Shopping: plies in your vehicles –
and Special Assessment of $75.00 for dri-
ately. • Walk out of the store water, blankets, food.
Specialist Antonio B. Adona, Rear ving with a suspended license and no insur-
• Don’t leave spare keys with other people. There is • Make plenty of rest
Detachment, 1/76 FA, 4th BCT, convicted ance.
where they can be found. safety in numbers. stops – stretch.
by Summary Court-Martial; Wrongful use
• Keep emergency num- • Avoid shopping when •Keep your cell phone
of marijuana; Reduced to Private (E-1), for- Female, 20 was fined $300.00 and a
bers handy. you are tired and less alert. charged.
feiture of $867 pay for one month and con- Special Assessment of $35.00 for driving
finement for 30 days. with a suspended license and speeding.

Specialist Rogelio Acevedogarza, Home Female, 26 was fined $250.00, 12 months Glenn Hadden
Detachment, 1/30th INF REG, 2nd BCT, probation and a Special Assessment of
convicted by Summary Court-Martial; Self $25.00 for driving with a suspended license.
injury without the intent to avoid service X Special to the Frontline regulations has resulted in him becoming a
2; Reduction to Private (E-1), forfeiture of Female, 31, was fined $500.00, 12 months true “subject matter expert”.
$867.00, and confinement for 30 days. probation and a Special Assessment of Glenn Hadden works in the Physical He performs thorough inspections on
$25.00 for driving with a suspended license. Security Branch for the arms rooms, motor pools, unit
Private William S. Stevenson, Rear Directorate of Emergency areas, civilian directorates and
Detachment, 1/76 FA, 4th BCT, convicted Female, 35, received 40 hours communi- Services. He was at Fort designated mission essential vul-
by Summary Court-Martial; Desertion; ty service, probation for 6 months and Stewart for three separate nerable areas.
Reduced to Private (E-1), forfeiture of $867 Special Assessment of $25.00 for driving tours prior to his retirement Hadden has reworked the vari-
pay for one month and confinement for 30 with a suspended registration. from the Army in May of 2001. ous class presentations conducted
days. His other tours of duty includ- by the Physical Security Branch to
Female, 27, was fined $200.00 and a ed assignments in Germany, include hands on training, provid-
Private 1st Class Willie L. Hinton, Home Special Assessment of $25.00 for driving Hawaii and Fort Hood as well ing the Soldiers and civilians with
Detachment, 3/69 Armor, 1st BCT, convict- with a suspended registration. as a deployment to Bosnia. a clearer understanding of why
ed by Special Court-Martial; Desertion; As a Physical Security Physical Security plays such a key
Confinement for 3 months, to serve 3 Female, 33, was fined $200.00 and a Specialist for the DES, Hadden accrued role in the success of their unit/directorate
months of hard labor without confinement, Special Assessment of $25.00 for driving knowledge of physical security and related mission.
and to be reduced to Private (E1). with a suspended registration.

Legal Notice
Anyone having claims against or who is indebted to the estate of Spc. Melvin Lee Henley
Jr., B Co., 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army
Airfield, Ga. 31409, contact Capt. David Collins, Rear-Detachment, 3rd CAB, Hunter Army
Airfield, Ga. 41409, phone (912) 320-5251.
Rock of the Marne December 6, 2007 The Frontline 11A

Fort Stewart /Hunter Army Airfield Briefs


Christmas Tree lighting slated Assistance Office/Marne Tax Center may we auction off many ‘themed’ trees and Also, please bring a red, white, blue, or
Join us for a free fun-filled holiday celebra- have a challenging and rewarding opportu- wreaths. On-site child care is available by Americana-themed ornament to decorate
tion. The 2007 Christmas Tree Lighting will nity for you.” In preparation for the 2007 Tax reservation for those children registered with the Hunter Club Christmas tree for the
be held at 5:15 p.m., Dec. 6 at Club Stewart Season, the Stewart-Hunter tax centers are CYS, please call Anne at 369-0663. Please December Hunter Spouses’ project. If you
and 5:15 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Hunter Club. looking for interested in volunteers to staff make your reservation before Dec. 10. Last plan to attend the luncheon, contact
The tree lighting will be held outdoors, fol- the VITA Tax Centers at the installation. This name beginning with A-L please contact Stephanie Pettit at hunterspousesclub.org or
lowed by Santa’s arrival. The festivities will opportunity can provide good training and Paige Adgie, 877-2626 and last names begin- call 459-0411 by Dec. 6 to make your reserva-
continue inside the club and will include experience for future jobs. For further infor- ning with M-Z please contact Jill Peterson, tion.
pictures with Santa inside Santa’s study, mation you may contact at ACS, 767-5058. 492-8444.
cookies and punch in Mrs. Klaus’ kitchen,
Santa’s workshop and Santa’s den. Also, kids Get a wake-up call
can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. Come Stewart Need a pick-me-up in the morning? Stop
out with your loved ones and help kick off by the community center for free coffee and
Come to CG’s Pot-of-Gold Awards
the holiday season. Call 368-2212 at Stewart doughnuts to start your day off right from
or 315-7293 at Hunter.
Join 3rd Infantry Division volunteers as 9:30 to 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at The Southern Oaks
Stewart
they receive recognition for their hard work Community Center. Come to Family Movie Night
10 a.m., Dec. 10 at Club Stewart. Call 767-
It’s show time! Join GMH for a fun Family
Join the Jingle Bell Jog 1597 for more information.
Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, chil- Hunter night with a good movie, popcorn and
drinks 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 28 at the GMH leas-
dren big and small are invited to the 2007 Child scholarships begins
Jump into fun with ESC Sock Hop ing office. For your viewing pleasure
Jingle Bell Jog, Dec. 15 at Club Stewart. The Defense Commissary Agency’s 2008
The Fort Stewart Enlisted Spouses’ Club “Transformers” will be our featured film. It
Runners depart at 9 a.m. followed by the scholarship for military children is now
hosts a Sock Hop, 7 p.m., Jan. 19 at Club has a rating of PG-13.
walkers ten minutes later. accepting applications. The applications are
The cost is free and participants are Stewart. The event cost $15 in advance, $20
at the door. Free child care provided at the available at the commissaries worldwide Write letters to Santa
encouraged to wear red, green or their and at www.commissaries.com or www.mili-
favorite Christmas themed costume. Child Development Center for registered Join us for your chance to write your wish
children. The event will have various con- taryscholar.org. The packets must be turned list and send it to Santa in the North Pole
Recognition will be given to the first person in to a commissary by Feb. 20 and include an
wearing various costumes. You can be Santa tests at the dance. For more information, mail box. Also, help decorate the
call Jonna Reed at 271-4086, Maria Eggers at essay (requirements outlined in applica- Community Center Christmas tree while
all in red with some form of white beard; a tion). The program is open to unmarried
Christmas tree all in green with visible orna- 432-0323, Glenda Hightower at 369-4136 or you’re there! Join us at the Southern Oaks
Sherry Puricelli at 492-4325. children under age 21 (23 if in school) of mil- Community Center 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
ments; a reindeer in brown with antlers, or itary active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired
an elf with red and green pointy-shoes, ears Friday.
personnel. For more visit www.commissaries
and similar apparel. Join the fun in support PWOC classes, meets slated
.com. Join Neighborhood Huddles
of the Soldiers. Classes are available for children, ages
three and older, including adult Bible study Be an active part of your community by
Place a wreath for Warrior’s Walk and RCIA classes, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays Come to movie afternoon attending your huddle and sharing ideas,
Please help support our goal to place a in the Religious Ed Building. Hunter middle and high school youth are issues or concerns with GMH, 10:30 to 11
wreath at every tree along Warrior’s Walk Call Pam Perez at 315-5440 for additional invited to attend a movie the first Saturday of a.m., Friday for Marne Homes, Dec. 17 for
during the holidays at noon, Dec. 15 at information. Protestant Women of the each month in the Post Theater (located by Marne Woods, and Dec. 20 for Bryan
Warrior’s Walk. To sponsor a wreath, check Chapel meets each Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 ACS) to enjoy a movie, popcorn and Kool- Village North. Due to the cooler weather, all
out the Wreaths for Warriors Walk Web site at a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Call Valarie Aid. huddles will be held indoors at the
www. geocities.com/wreaths4warriorswalk. Moore at 920- 8519. Southern Oaks Community Center. Help
Hunter legal center closes make your neighborhood a great place to
Marne Shop hours extended The Legal Center will close at 11 a.m., Dec. live!
Medical Transport available
The Shop of the Marne will be open 14 for a JAG organization function.
If you need transportation for medical and
dental appointments from Tuttle Clinic to extended hours during the month of Hunter
December to help you with your gift giving Hunter Chapel’s Christmas Service Join Neighborhood Huddles
Fort Stewart call the Hunter TMP at 315-5865
or 320-5888. Call no later than 3 p.m. the day for the holiday season. New merchandise is • Vigil Mass for Holy Day of Obligation, Be an active part of your community by
before your appointment and provide your arriving so stop by building 25 off McNeely 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8 attending your huddle and sharing ideas,
name, appointment time and location, spe- Road, behind the PX and check it out! For • Advent Reconciliation Service, 6:30 p.m., issues or concerns with GMH, 10:30 to 11
cial requirements, number of passengers, more information, call the Shop at 767-9268. Dec. 14 a.m., Dec. 10 at New Savannah, Dec. 18 at
including ages of children. • CYO presents the movie “The Nativity,” 1 New Callaway. New Gannam’s huddles will
Tour of Homes slated here p.m., Dec. 16 be in January.
This tour features 11 Stewart homes • Protestant Candlelight Service, 7 p.m.,
Bicycle recycling drive slated decked out for the holidays 5:30 to 8 p.m., Dec. 24
If you would like to donate a bike that has
Write letters to Santa
Dec. 9. Tickets are available for purchase at • Christmas Day Mass, 11:45 a.m., Dec. 25
suffered from neglect, gently used, or no Join us for your chance to write your wish
Shop of the Marne. The tour begins with list and send it to Santa in the North Pole
longer desired – don’t take it to the landfills! check-in and map pick-up at Shop of the Hunter vehicle registration moved
The Directorate of Public Works, environ- mail box. Also, help decorate the
Marne and will conclude with a reception on Effective Dec. 3, VRO relocated to Wilson Community Center Christmas tree while
mental division encourages you to help in Audie Murphy Way. Military ID cardholders Gate. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
the installation bicycle recycling drive ongo- you’re there! Join us at the Southern Oaks
and their guests are invited to purchase tick- through Friday. Community Center 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
ing now through Dec. 14. Donated bikes will ets for $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
be recycled directly back into our communi- Friday.
Sorry, no children invited. Hunter Spouses’ Club Luncheon
ty.
Members and potential members of the Gift wrapping station
OSC luncheon slated Hunter Spouses’ Club are invited to Skyler’s Parents, need to do some gift wrapping
Volunteers wanted for Tax center Please join the Officers’ Spouses’ Club as restaurant for lunch 11 a.m., Dec. 11. Lunch without little ones peeking? Visit GMH’s
"Do you enjoy working with people? Do we celebrate the holiday with the pursuit of is $15 and includes your choice of fried wrapping station to get the job done 10 a.m.
you possess a knack for working with num- holiday cheer Dec. 13 at Club Stewart. shrimp or teriyaki chicken with crabmeat. to 2 p.m., Dec. 10 at the GMH leasing office.
bers? If your answer to these questions is Shopping begins at 11 a.m. followed by a Bring a $10 (or less) ornament to lunch We’ll provide all the materials you’ll need.
yes, then the Fort Stewart-Hunter Legal fabulous meal for $11. Come ready for fun as and participate in the ornament exchange.

time, $25,795 - $29,239 per annum, Instructions on how to apply are hour. For more information, call the NAF positions where conditions
closes 12 Dec 07 on each announcement. Additional NAF division at 767-5051. and duties meet all criteria of
•Child and Youth program assis- NAF vacancy announcements cur- Federal and state child labor laws.
tant, $10.09-$12.36 per hour rently posted on the CPOL Web site: Did you know? • NAF offers a Management
•Recreation Aid, $5.85 - $7 per- • You don’t have to be a U.S. Trainee Program that is targeted to
hour Tax Assistants Citizen to be employed by NAF. annually hire up to 20 recent college
Looking for employment? •Operations Assistant, $5.85-$8 The Fort Stewart and Hunter • Hiring preference for eligible graduates who have bachelor’s
Opportunities for permanent per-hour Army Airfield Tax Centers have sev- military spouses can be used multi- degrees in certain MWR specialties.
employment are available in non- •Cook, $8.70 per-hour ple times for employment in “flexi- Applications are accepted on a con-
eral Temporary Hire positions for
appropriated funds-Morale, •Hotel desk clerk, $7-$7.50 per- ble” status positions. tinuing basis and will be used to fill
Welfare, and Recreation jobs at Fort Tax Assistance Coordinator and Tax You do not lose eligibility until Management Trainee Program
hour
Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. •Cashier, $8 per-hour Preparer for the 2007 Income Tax you are placed in a regular full or vacancies as necessary.
•Custodial worker, $7.72 per- Season. part-time position (NAF or Go to www.armymwr.biz and
hour These positions can be found Appropriated Funds). click on Programs for more infor-
Management jobs available online at USAJOBS.com or CPOL • There is a hiring preference in mation.
The following are positions with •Waiter (Trainee), $7.17 - $8.17
Per-hour Web site. Interested personnel NAF for involuntarily separated mil- • Eligible employees who move
frequent vacancies. Applications
•Food Service Worker, $7.17 Per- should submit their application itary members and their eligible between DOD NAF and APF posi-
are accepted on a continuous basis.
•Child and Youth Services hour electronically via the applicable Family members. tions can “port” certain benefits
To search for these types of posi- website. • Current NAF employees who such as retirement, leave, etc.
Functional Technology Specialist,
tions go to cpol.army.mil. click on have worked one continuous year
part-time, $25.35 - $32.96 per hour,
Employment, click on Search for Fitness Center Assistants in a position without time limits are Need resume help?
closes Dec. 12 Jobs, at the bottom of the page eligible to be considered for Civil Contact ACS employment readi-
Experienced individuals needed
•Child and Youth Services under Search-Announcement type to independently carry out a physi- Service (GS/WG) jobs the same as ness at 767-1297. For further infor-
Assistant Director, full-time, in SCNAFDW% then click on “Get cal fitness program at Stewart- APF employees who transfer to mation on employment opportuni-
$35,000-$37,000 per annum, closes Announcement” or hit the enter Hunter gymnasiums. Certification Army. ties contact the Civilian Personnel
Dec. 12 key. This will narrow your search to as a fitness or Personal Trainer is a • Youth at least 16 years of age can Advisory Center, job information
•Administrative Assistant, full- the Stewart-Hunter NAF vacancies. must. The positions start at $12 per be employed year round in certain center at 767-5051.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield


honors
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Jan. 16
Fort Stewart
Main post chapel
For more informatin, Call Sgt. 1st Class Sheila Hoover,
at 767-5855
12A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

1st Class Paul R. Smith Army Education Center and at the hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. to 9
Liberty Campus on Airport Road in Hinesville. For more infor- p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m.,
mation, call Savannah Tech in the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Sunday. The Hunter learning center is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:30
Army Education Center at 408-2430, or the Liberty Campus at p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 6
408-3024. p.m., Sunday. Take advantage of a variety of study resources
and Internet capability. For more information, call 315-6130.
Take CLEP and DANTES exams
College term dates announced College Level Examination Program and DANTES Subject Troops-, Spouse-to-Teachers briefings slated
Enrollment is starting for the next college term. Please con- Standardized Tests are available on post. Call Columbia The Georgia Troops-to-Teachers Program provides federal
tact the college directly for course schedules and enrollment College at 877-3406 for more information and testing dates. funding to qualified servicemembers of up to $10,000 for
information. Central Texas College – The next term runs Jan. 7 The exams are free for military personnel and for non-military becoming public school teachers. Under the Spouse-to-
through March 1. For more information at Stewart, call 767- examinees, CLEP tests are $85 and DSSTs are $90. Teachers Program, eligible military spouses may be reim-
2070, 315-4090 at Hunter. Columbia College – The next term is bursed for the cost of state required certification tests up to a
Jan. 14 to March 8. For more information at Stewart, call 767- Free English-as-a-second-language courses total of $600. Future meetings are scheduled for Dec. 19 at the
5336 or 352-8635 at Hunter; Embry Riddle – The next term is Beginning courses are offered 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Sgt 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center. For more infor-
Jan. 14 to March 8. For more information at Stewart, call 767- Thursday. Intermediate courses are offered 8 a.m. to noon mation, visit online at www.tttga.net and www.sttga.net or call
3930, or 352-5252 at Hunter; Savannah Tech – the next term is Monday and Wednesday. ESL class registration begins noon 1-800-745-0709 or 767-8331.
Jan. 4 to March 6. For more information, call 408-2430.; every Tuesday, at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army
Webster University – The next term is Jan. 7 to March 6. For Education Center, building 100, room 227. For more informa- Free college course offered
more information, call 767-5357 at Stewart, or 354-0033 at tion call 368-7322. Columbia College Spouse’s Opportunity Scholarship pro-
Hunter. vides a tuition waiver for an initial classroom course with
Take GED and skills enrichment courses Columbia College at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army
Vie for Purple Heart Scholarship opportunities Graduation Equivalency Diploma and adult education Education Center for spouses of military personnel enrolled in
Learn about scholarship opportunities for Purple Heart classes are offered in partnership with the Liberty County their school. This is a value of $450, which is the cost of their
recipients, visit www.purpleheart.org or scholarship@purple- Adult Education Program at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith three credit-hour classroom courses.
heart.org. Army Education Center. The courses prepare you to take the The program is an incentive for eligible students to embark
GED Exam or refresh your skills. The courses are free of charge. on a degree program, while completing the financial aid
Learn about available federal scholarships You can select from one of a number of dates and times, which process. Call 877-3406 at Stewart or 352-8635 at Hunter for
Learn about the Federal Employee Education and are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; or more information.
Assistance Fund Scholarship at www.feea.org/scholarships 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday in rooms 225 - 228. For
.html or call 1-303-933-7580. more information, call 368-7322. To register for the classes, you $4500 tuition available for Soldiers
must be present for both days of the process. Registration is All active duty members have $4500 per fiscal year for edu-
Webster offers deployed reduced online tuition first come, first serve. Active duty military are registered upon cation. This entitlement is separate from the Montgomery GI
Soldiers enrolled in Webster’s graduate classes will receive a request. Call 368-7322 for complete details. Bill benefits available from the Veteran’s Administration.
reduced rate, while deployed. Contact Marsha Sands at Details are available at 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, during a
sands@webster.edu, or 354-0033, DSN: 315-5906 for additional Green-to-Gold briefing slated one-hour brief at the Education Center, room 223.
information. The Green-to-Gold briefings are held at the installation edu-
cation centers every month. On Stewart the briefings are 2 Savannah Tech offers child care
Apply for the Georgia HOPE grant p.m., the first and third Thursday. The Hunter briefings are 2 Child care is available at the Airport Road Hinesville cam-
The HOPE Grant is money given by the state of Georgia to p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month. pus. Contact Natasha Brown at 408-3024 ext 6026 for more
students with financial need to attend vocational/trade details.
schools. The grant covers certificate and diploma programs. Children’s scholarship handbook offered
Any Soldier or Family member of a Soldier who is stationed in The Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook, “Getting Free college tutoring offered through Dec 13
Georgia may be eligible. If you are interested in attending a Uncle Sam to Pay for Your College Degree”, is available at Savannah Technical College, at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R.
Georgia vocational or trade school, inquire with your school's www.militaryhandbooks.com. Smith Education Center, is offering free tutoring for college
financial advisor or visit the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army students each Monday and Wednesday. You don’t have to be
Education Center to speak with a counselor. enrolled in Savannah Tech to participate. Please call 408-2430.
Learning center provides computer resources
The Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center’s learning
HOPE Grant - great opportunity for spouses center has 55 computers with Internet access available. You CTC adds degree programs
Educate while you wait! Get your certificate or diploma and can use the center to complete your homework, research for Two new associate degrees will be introduced: Information
pursue your new career during this deployment. Certificates your classes, access the Army’s basic skills automated pro- Technology A.A.S and Legal Assistant/Paralegal A.A.S. Also
for Web site technician, child care manager, and medical tran- gram, “Lifetime Library” or just stop in to check your e-mail. courses leading to certificate for Information Center Specialist
scription are a few of the eligible programs offered by The center is open seven days a week. It is closed on feder- are being offered. Go to www.ctcd.edu for course descriptions.
Savannah Technical College. Classes are available in the Sgt. al holidays. The learning center is room 230, building 100. The For more information, call 767-2070 or 315-4090.

U.S. Army provides military Arabic version of Rosetta Stone via Army e-Learning
Special to the Frontline skills, but may also aid in intelligence gathering capabilities Army e-Learning
related to the Global War on Terror. Army e-Learning is the U.S. Army Chief Information
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The U.S. Army recently announced The Army has realized success integrating Rosetta Stone into Officer/G6’s solution to information technology training
that Rosetta Stone Inc., the creator of the computer-based lan- Army e-Learning. Available since November 2005, 115,000 requirements, and provides access to commercial, information
guage immersion program Rosetta Stone, developed a new Soldiers have spent 600,000 hours studying Rosetta Stone’s 30 technology, business and self-development training courses. It
version of Arabic for the U.S. Army with a military focus that languages. In just the three OIF and OEF related languages now also serves as the Web-based language training platform
includes 123 military terms and an emphasis on military lan- (Arabic, Farsi, and Pashto), Soldiers have completed 90,000 the Army has determined it urgently needs to strengthen its
guage tasks such as talking with civilians at a vehicle check- hours of language training. language capabilities. Courses offered through Army e-
point, reacting to an improvised explosive device attack, and In May 2007, the Army expanded Rosetta Stone options to Learning are available via the Web 24 hours a day from any-
training allied Soldiers. The new Arabic military version, avail- include a network version for a single language for units where in the world – at no cost to Army organizations. To date
able online exclusively, was released via Army e-Learning on deployed to locations with unreliable Internet access that more than 501,000 users have accessed Army e-Learning, with
the Army Knowledge Online, Nov. 19. could be loaded on the unit’s computers. Twenty units in Iraq 5,000-7,000 new users being added each month.
Rosetta Stone on-demand foreign language training is avail- and Afghanistan have requested licenses for 300 such comput- Rosetta Stone provides 30 state-of-the-art language courses
able at no cost to all active Army, National Guard, Reservist and ers. The Army also provides access to Rosetta Stone language through Army e-Learning, including Arabic, Chinese
Department of the Army Civilian personnel worldwide, training to both Army and non-Army students at all Army (Mandarin), Danish, Dutch, English (UK), English (US),
through Army e-Learning. Army e-Learning is the latest com- schools that include language training as part of the curricu- French, Farsi (Persian), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi,
ponent of the Army’s Distributed Learning System, a product lum. “I have been using the Rosetta Stone program to teach Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Polish,
under the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information myself Arabic for the last month. I have studied Arabic off and Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish
Systems. on for the last year, but it has been very difficult to make much (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Providing Fast, Critical Access to Foreign-Language progress with no teacher and no real guidance. The Rosetta and Welsh. These Web-based foreign language training courses
Instruction Stone program provided me with both,” said Pfc. James L. teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening through immer-
Units preparing to deploy across the globe, especially in sup- Tollefson. “I believe every platoon in the Global War on Terror sion – completely without translation.
port of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), are using Army e- needs at least one individual with the language skills to com- Access to Rosetta Stone® is available via Army e-Learning on
Learning for pre-deployment training, including foreign-lan- municate with local allies and the indigenous populations. I the AKO Web site at http://www.us.army.mil; Self Service; My
guage instruction. Courses in Arabic, Farsi and Pashto are not intend to be that person by the time my company deploys to Education; Army e-Learning portal page. (Note: an AKO
only making measurable differences in basic communication Iraq.” account is required to access the system.
Rock of the Marne December 6, 2007 The Frontline 13A

Soldiers reaffirm faith, baptized at FOB Kalsu


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky unit. Talks with her squad leader about the difficulties she
2nd BCT Public Affairs was facing, mainly from leaving her children behind and
the strain of deployment on her marriage, led her to begin
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – At the attending church services on Kalsu.
Forward Operating Base Kalsu chapel four Soldiers in the The fellowship shared within the chapel helped the two
Marne Division became Soldiers for God after a baptismal become revitalized in their faith. Just as they went to church
ceremony Nov. 24. together, the two decided to take the next step and become
"It's like a promotion, but a promotion in Christ," said baptized.
Staff Sgt. Laticia Washington, 26th Brigade Support "We thought we should to do it together," said Ellis, who
Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. said it was good to have someone share the experience with
Washington attended to see two of her fellow 26th BSB her.
Soldiers, Pvt. Alesha Williamson and Spc. Nicole Ellis, take In front of several of their peers, the two were baptized by
the plunge into the baptismal font. 26th BSB chaplain, Capt. Javon Seaborn.
Williamson, in the auto section at Company B, said she Christian baptism is a significant event especially in a
made the choice after she noticed her faith in God waning. combat zone, Seaborn said. Though physically it may not
She said she began to stray away from God and tried to fig- change the person, theologically it tells the church commu-
ure things out on her own. nity that there is an inward change, he explained.
Like her friend Williamson, Ellis, Co. B orderly room One thing that won’t change is their commitment to the
clerk, said she also was experiencing doubts in her faith, church here. Both Williamson and Ellis plan to continue
believing she may have lost it. this walk by attending church and the weekly women's
Both said the deployment and accompanying strains bible study program.
made them realize they needed a stronger power than The event, which also saw the baptism of Sgt. 1st Class
themselves. Robert Hinkle, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
"The stress, strain of deployment brought me closer to S3 plans and operations, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., and Spc. Courtesy Photo
God," Williamson said. "Over here your faith is tried more Heron Seaford, Company G,1st Battalion, 76th Field Spc. Nicole Ellis, Co. B orderly room clerk, 26th BSB, 2nd
often and you need to move closer to God rather than Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., was collectively BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., gets dunked by 26th BSB chaplain,
away." planned by Seaborn and chaplains in the 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Capt. Javon Seaborn, during a baptism ceremony Nov. 24
Helping Ellis get closer to God were fellow Soldiers in her Div. at the FOB Kalsu chapel.

Soldiers record messages, stay in touch with Families


Sgt. Natalie Rostek it helps boost Soldiers’ morale.
3rd HBCT Public Affairs “It makes me feel closer to my
son while I’m over here,” said Sgt.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE 1st Class Kenya Berry,
HAMMER, Iraq – With their Headquarters Company, 203rd
deployment reaching its ninth Brigade Support Battalion.
month, Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Witt was inspired by a similar
Brigade Combat Team have been program at Camp Buehring,
away from their children for Kuwait, where the unit spent
some of the most cherished approximately three weeks
times. before deploying to Iraq in sup-
However, with the help of a port of Operation Iraqi Freedom
video camera and the U.S. mail V.
service, Soldiers now have the At Camp Buehring, Witt made
opportunity to be actively a video of himself reading a chil-
involved in their children’s lives. dren’s book for his twin 19-
According to Staff Sgt. month-old daughters and
Jeremiah Witt, chaplain’s assis- thought it would be a good idea
tant for the 3rd HBCT, Soldiers for 3rd HBCT Soldiers when they
are able to sit in front of a video arrived at their permanent for-
camera, record messages to their ward operating bases, combat
children and send the messages outposts and patrol bases.
back home to the U.S. Approximately six months
“This is a way for Soldiers to later, Witt said he gathered all the
keep in touch with their necessary equipment and, with
Families,” Witt said. the battalion chaplain assistants
Witt explained the project of the 3rd HBCT, started the pro-
Sgt. Natalie Rostek helps children recognize their gram.
Sgt. 1st Class Kenya Berry, HHC, 203rd BSB, makes a recording of herself reading to her son Nov. 26 at parents and loved ones through The program currently has
FOB Hammer, Iraq. video clips. He also emphasized more than 300 participants.
14A The Frontline
December 6, 2007 3rd Infantry Division

Concert energizes 1BCT crowd


Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper orchestrating it. Everybody playing at a different camp every
1st BCT Public Affairs together makes it fun.” night and meeting servicemem-
Pfc. Brandon Dailey from bers.
Musician Michael Scott doesn’t Headquarters and Headquarters Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd
believe in letting the crowd partic- Company, 1st Brigade Combat Infantry Division commander,
ipate from their seats. Team, said the participation of the asked Scott and his band to come
“If you get a group of people crowd made it a great show. to Iraq and entertain the Soldiers.
together and get them to clap and “It was a good chance to relax “When he asked, we told him we
sing along, there is an energy there and get some stress out,” he said. wanted to go to as many places as
that can’t be stopped,” Scott said. Scott said he doesn’t know if he possible, and he’s helped us do
Soldiers, Marines and Sailors at brightens the Soldiers day or not that. We’ve gotten to see a lot of
Camp Ramadi got a taste of that with his performance, because Soldiers and talk to them,” Scott
energy Nov. 25 during a concert at there isn’t a song he can sing or the said.
Camp Ramadi, Iraq. band can play to make them forget Scott is no stranger to the 3rd
After the second song, Scott got what’s going on in Iraq. Infantry Division. He performed at
servicemembers out of their seats “The only thing we can do is Fort Stewart during Marne Week in
and onto the stage to see who take their mind somewhere else 2006.
could sing the loudest. Band for 60 or 90 minutes so if things get “When we started to play at Fort Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper
members took a break as service- real bad they’ll remember that, Stewart, we got to interact with the Musician Michael Scott leads a group of 1st BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. Soldiers
members took over on the guitar, and hopefully, it will lighten the Soldiers and their Families and in the "Electric Slide" during a concert, Nov. 25.
bass and the drums as their com- load,” Scott said. that made us want to come out
rades competed. Scott provided a The band played only a few of here,” Scott explained. our Soldiers as well as other coun- Georgian troops last night, and we
mix of popular country and classic its songs during the two-hour con- While traveling to the different tries’ soldiers,” Scott said. One did the same thing,” Scott contin-
rock hits to keep the crowd fired cert, focusing more on what the camps across Iraq where the thing he said he’s taking home ued. “It’s pretty cool to see that
up. audience wanted to hear and mak- troops of the division can be with him was teaching Iraqi sol- music can cross all of those barri-
“People come to my shows and ing sure they had a good time. found, Scott and the band met diers “Sweet Home Alabama” in ers. Whether you’re from Iraq,
say ‘you did a great job,’ but it’s not The band has traveled all over Soldiers from around the world. English and Arabic. Georgia or America, you can come
me,” Scott said. “I’m just kind of Iraq during the last two weeks, “We have had a lot of fun with “We ran into some of the together and unite with music.”

Motivational speaker explains the power of positive thinking


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky While engaged in combat in the Mekong Delta, he was never seen so much change as she has on this tour.
2nd BCT Public Affairs preparing to throw a white phosphorus grenade when he was "We went to four hospitals and all the beds were empty," she
hit by gun fire, causing the grenade to explode six inches from said, adding that despite what others may say, Soldiers are
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – On July 26, his face. doing a wonderful job and in the end the truth of all their
1969, eight months into his Vietnam tour of duty as a boat gun- The incident, which left him with third degree burns over accomplishments will overshadow the bad news in the media.
ner in the Navy Brown Water Black Beret unit, Dave Roever much of his body and severe facial damage, hospitalized him "Keep the hospital empty ... keep fighting," Roever said.
experienced a life-changing event. for 14 months and required multiple corrective surgeries and Although he said he understands how long the deployment
skin grafts. may seem, he reminded Soldiers that when they look back it
While the scars of his injuries are still visible today, the more won't seem so long and the sacrifices made during that time
powerful pictures he presents are the messages of hope, perse- were worth it.
verance, love and dedication. He acknowledged deployments can cause a lot of strain on
On Nov. 28 Roever, a motivational speaker who continues to Families.
give back to the Army, visited Soldiers on Forward Operating "Don't win the war and lose your children and Family," he
Base Kalsu to provide them with inspiration drawing on his cautioned Soldiers. "Stay in touch with your Family."
own life story. Roever, who said his wife's love helped him recover, stressed
"I've come to encourage you. God has a plan for your life," he the importance of Family in helping Soldiers stay whole and
told Soldiers in attendance. "No weapon formed against you make it through the trials of service.
will prosper." Although Roever's visit was shortened by flight delays at pre-
Roever, co-founder of the Eagle Summit Ranch with his wife vious locations, he said he hoped he was able to give Soldiers a
Brenda, a school to help wounded Soldiers get an education few minutes of feeling wonderful about their lives and service.
and become motivational speakers themselves, was visiting as He was however, able to visit Soldiers with the Combat
part of a two-week tour through Iraq to see and encourage Aviation Brigade and 3rd BCT.
Soldiers. Accompanying him was Houston, Texas, native Betsy
Brown, a singer with Heartsong Ministries.
In encouraging Soldiers, both he and Betsy spoke of the
Courtesy Photo places in Iraq they have previously visited and all the good they
Motivational speaker Dave Roever, speaks to Soldiers of have seen.
the 3rd HBCT, Nov. 28 at FOB Hammer, Iraq. Brown, on her third visit to Iraq since Aug. 2003, said she has
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Soldiers find bargains, culture at Iraqi market


Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky Ahmed Jwaad, an Iraqi mer- in Iraq. Such bargaining, which
2nd BCT Public Affairs chant at Forward Operating Base most Soldiers aren't used to with
Kalsu, specializes in such items. the fixed prices of American
FORWARD OPERATING BASE While most of his fellow mer- stores, is just one of the cultural
KALSU, Iraq – Amid the distinct chants tend to stock their shelves differences Soldiers can pick up
words of Arabic and English filling with movies, TV shows, video on by interacting with Iraqi mer-
the air, the language of commerce games and other electronics, chants, said Rwaad Alkhaldi, a for-
seems to be universally under- Jwaad chose to offer more unique mer Baghdad University student-
stood by all. gifts. turned-merchant.
While the Iraqi-run stores may "I wanted to share our culture While not all his potential cus-
not bear much resemblance to with Americans through flags, old tomers turn into a sale, Alkhaldi
American malls, the flow of goods Iraqi money," he said. said in each interaction he wants
and money is just as prevalent. Other unique items include to at least show gratitude for all
"I like the prices," said Pfc. pieces of Iraqi culture, both new the Soldiers do.
Timothy Moffitt, Headquarters and old. Iraqi money from "I really appreciate them," he
and Headquarters company, 2nd Saddam Hussein's reign, old Iraqi said. "I want to show them the
Brigade Combat Team, 3rd army uniform insignias and other Iraqi people's kindness."
Infantry Division, engineer sec- various memorabilia from around
tion. "You can get stuff cheap." the country are all crammed into
Another appeal for Soldiers is Jwaad's booth. Courtesy Photo

the array of items not available in Smart shoppers can also take Soldiers shop at the local market
America. advantage of the bartering system on FOB Kalsu Nov. 17.

Tankers help improve Iraqi people’s quality of life


1st Lt. Shawn Pardee local economies. The grants, termed “micro-grants,” are is approved, it is submitted to Coalition to Forces to be
1/64 Armor Coalition funds of $2,500 awarded to legitimate entrepreneurs financed. Upon confirmation, businesses receive their grant at
to jump-start their new or struggling business. The grant have their local NAC office.
Since the Soldiers of Task Force 1/64 Armor arrived in the been distributed in the Mansour area, a historically avid busi- To date the battalion has awarded 78 microgrants totaling
volatile Mansour District in June, the “Desert Rogues” have ness district. Another significant goal of this operation was to more than $195,000. More than 700 applications are also in the
been charged with improving security in this one time al empower and legitimize the local Neighborhood Area Councils approval process.
Qaeda stronghold. as legitimate governing committees. This was achieved by Each award gives a business capital to fix their war damaged
Due to the blood and sweat of the Task Force Soldiers and incorporating the NAC into the microgrant application stores and purchase goods or supplies for services. This in turn
their Iraqi army partners, there has been a drastic decrease in process. generates jobs and supports various business markets and
attacks and sectarian violence that once paralyzed the region. The process is fairly simple. Local entrepreneurs submit an neighborhood product demand. This cyclic movement of
This significant downturn in violence has set the conditions for application with the specifics details surrounding their busi- money and goods ultimately contributes to rebuilding por-
Task Force Rogue to begin an operation coined “Rogue ness-type and a business plan to use the grant to improve their tions of the local economy. The Desert Rogues will continue to
Currency.” store to the NAC. The NAC then scrutinizes the application to aggressively employ this strategy to help the Iraqi people live
The operation is a simple employment of grants to boost the ensure the business venture is legitimate. Once the application normal lives.

1/64 Armor helps volunteers in Mansour District step up


1st Lt. Michael A. Dytrych Qaeda operatives out of the area. After the recruiting drive ended, local Neighborhood
1/64 Armor Along with the increase in security, the Desert Rogues Advisory Councils, tribal sheiks, and religious leaders came
were able to implement a new security initiative that together to vouch for each local volunteer.
BAGHDAD - Upon their arrival in June as part of the empowers area volunteers to work with the Iraqi police and The candidates’ applications were then taken to Iraqi
Coalition troop surge into Iraq, Task Force 1st Battalion, 64th Iraqi army to provide security for their local neighborhoods. police headquarters for final vetting and for hiring orders to
Armor Regiment worked to make an immediate impact to In September, Operation Rogue Volunteer began with a be produced.
improve the security situation in the Mansour District. recruiting drive to assess and screen all volunteers to ensure While waiting for their police academy dates to begin, the
By employing aggressive tactics, working hand-in-hand that they met the Iraqi police standards before being gain- local volunteers have been contracted by Coalition Forces to
with the Iraqi army the Desert Rogues were able to drive Al fully employed by Coalition Forces. provide security for their local neighborhoods.