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                                                             Grainger explained that his biggest challenge as a
                                                                                                                              The car had sat idly on the lawn for several years. His
                                                                                                                              stepfather laughed when he heard about this and start-
Continued from Page 3                                     generator mechanic was with this same unit while                    ed teaching Grainger about cars. As he continued fix-
is to pass knowledge to Soldiers and to give them a       deployed between 2003 and 2004. He was a corporal                   ing his own cars, Grainger’s fascination grew.
goal to aim for.                                          at the time and ran 35 generators by himself, with                     When Grainger went to join the Army in March
   “The person who has had the biggest influence on       nearly half the generators in use at any given time per-            2000, he enquired about becoming a mechanic and
my career was Sgt. 1st Class Jason Payton, who            forming 24-hour operations.                                         jumped at the chance when the specialty was offered.
served as my patrol leader while with the 1st Bn., 94th      “I learned a lot about generators during that time,”             He has been a generator mechanic ever since.
Field Artillery/Multiple Launch Rocket System. He         said Grainger.                                                         “2-43 has been an experience,” said Grainger. “I
handled situations right away and worked great under         Grainger’s interest in mechanics began when he                   have a great group of guys and motor sergeant. We
stress,” said Grainger, who added that the patrol team    fixed his first car. His first project was a 9-year-old             work well together. I couldn’t have done it without
consisted of cooks, mechanics and communication           1985 Monte Carlo he bought from his stepbrother.                    my guys.”

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E Co., 3-43 ADA gets SABER Award
Maintenance Soldiers get quarterly award for excellence
SGT. BRANDON LITTLE                           Woods. “Not a lot of units can say they
32nd AAMDC Public Affairs                     accomplished such a great task.”
   Soldier assigned to E Company, 3rd            “It starts with the leadership and [non-
Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery,        commissioned officers] doing the right
received the Sober Armies Bravely             thing and setting the example,” said Sgt.
Expedite Readiness Award during a cere-       1st Class James Orlando, a platoon ser-
mony held here April 21.                      geant assigned to E Co., 3rd Bn., 43rd
   The unit received the award for not        ADA.
having a drug or alcohol-related incident        To receive the award, units must be
during the first quarter of fiscal 2009.      100 percent free of drug and alcohol-relat-
   “I attribute the success we’ve had to      ed incidents, and conduct a random uri-
Soldiers taking care of Soldiers,” said       nalysis each month for a minimum of 10
Capt. Johnny Ward, the commander of E         percent of the unit’s current strength for
Co., 3 rd Bn., 43rd ADA. “It’s more than      that quarter of the fiscal year.
saying, ‘Do this because it’s the right          “It’s exciting to get this award, consid-
thing to do.’ It’s about taking the time to   ering a lot of the other units are just strug-
talk to Soldiers and intervening when they    gling to get through the weekend [without
need help.”                                   incidents],” said Ward.
   Brig. Gen. Robert Woods, the com-             This is the fifth SABER award E Co.
mander of 32nd Army Air and Missile           has received since their redeployment                                                                         SGT. BRANDON LITTLE
Defense Command, was present to place         from Southwest Asia in February 2008.            Brig. Gen. Robert Woods, the commander of 32nd Army Air and Missile
the SABER streamer on the company’s              “Here is another streamer for a job well      Defense Command, addresses Soldiers assigned to E Company, 3rd
colors.                                       done,” said Woods. “That’s what it’s all         Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, after presenting them with the Sober
   “This award isn’t something that’s just    about, doing the right thing even when no        Armies Bravely Expedite Readiness Award during a ceremony held here
thrown around, or given to anyone,” said      one’s looking. … You guys really get it.”        April 21.

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4-1 AD deployment fair provides helpful information
SGT. MARK MIRANDA                          it easier for me to prepare my wife for
4th BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs             the deployment,” said David McGregor,
   The Soldiers and families of 4th        a forward observer with C Co., 1st
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored           Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment. “This
Division, gathered at the Fort Bliss       is worthwhile.”
Soldier readiness site April 21 through        Food and refreshments were provid-
23 for a pre-deployment fair.              ed for families, while appearances by
   Designed as a one-stop shop for 4th     McGruff the Crime Dog and activities
BCT, 1st AD deployment information,        at the nearby YouthPlex kept children
more than 15 different programs were       entertained.
available to provide resources and             “This is my first deployment,” said
answer questions about deployment-         Pvt. Chris Darling from 1st Dn., 77th
related issues.                            Armor Regt. “I’m happy my wife can
   “It’s an informal atmosphere geared     participate in the pre-deployment fair.”
towards the Soldiers’ families and will        “I have a 2-year-old son and an infant
allow them an opportunity to discuss       daughter,” said Darling’s spouse April.
specific needs or concerns with subject-   “Having everything easy to access, like
matter experts,” said Maj. Cedric          this fair, saves me time.”
Banks, who helped coordinate the fair.         Other services included were
   “For the first time, the pre-deploy-    AAFES, TRICARE, Legal and Finance                                                                                                                                                                  SGT. MARK MIRANDA

ment fair is being conducted at brigade    Services, Immigration and Citizenship                                   Sgt. 1st Class Michael Donaldson, wife Charlotte and daughter Amber
level,” said Cher Poehlein, relocations    services, the Fire Department and USA                                   receive some information from a table set up by the 4th Special Troops
readiness      manager      for     Army   Cares.                                                                  Battalion Family Readiness Group.
Community Service.
   “The Fort Bliss Garrison staff is
excited to make this happen for the 4th
Brigade, 1st Armored Division, fami-
lies,” Poehlein added. “I was a military
                                                                                      Once again,
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was nothing like this [pre-deployment
fair]. Now the Army really makes tak-
ing care of families a high priority.”
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                                                                                                                  Welcome Home Warrior
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                                                                                                                  Gen. Dennis E. Lutz, commander of the 335th
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                                                                                                                  deployment in Southwest Asia. The 335th TSC is
                                                                                                                  based out of East Point, Ga., and comprises
                                                                                                                  Reserve Soldiers from across the U.S. The
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                                                                                                                  communication support in Kuwait, Iraq, and
                                                                                                                  Afghanistan. The unit will complete its demobi-
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1-43 ADA Soldiers reload missiles, awarded for success
SGT. ALEXANDER BURNETT                                             mander, and Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Dominguez, the
11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs                                       brigade forward sergeant major, recognized each
   KUWAIT – Soldiers from C Battery, 1st Battalion,                member of one reload crew with the Army
43rd Air Defense Artillery, were recognized by the                 Achievement Medal. Before giving the awards,
11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade command team for                DeAntona spoke to the battery about their mission and
a job well done for a guided missile transport and                 their role in theater.
reload, March 7.                                                      “When I go to a command meeting or a video tele-
   Col. Joseph DeAntona, the 11th ADA Bde. com-                    conference with my seniors and they talk about the
                                                                   11th Brigade, they aren’t talking about me, Sergeant
                                                                   Major Dominguez or Command Sergeant Major
                                                                   Nelson,” said DeAntona. “When they talk about this
                                                                   brigade, they are talking about you, the Soldiers. You
                                                                   are the Imperial Brigade – the Imperial Soldiers.”
                                                                      All members of the team are Patriot missile system
                                                                   operators and maintainers, but each member has a sep-
                                                                   arate role in the team. Awards were given to Staff Sgt.
                                                                   Tim Long, the electronic missile maintenance officer;
                                                                   Sgt. Nancy Wingo, the noncommissioned officer in           Col. Joseph DeAntona, the 11th Air Defense
                                                                   charge of team safety; Spc. Josh Walchock, the forklift    Artillery Brigade commander, gives Sgt. Nancy
                                                                   operator; Pfc. Phillip Saunier, the team signal; Pfc.      Wingo, a Patriot missile system operator and
                                                                   Christopher Cawvey, a team crewmember; and Pvt.            maintainer with C Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air
                                                                   George Valenzuela, a team crewmember. Each team            Defense Artillery, the certificate for her Army
                                                                   member was given the award by DeAntona and a coin          Achievement Medal.
                                                                   by Dominguez.
                                                                      “Getting the award from the brigade commander              “Even though this is the first time this team has
                                                                   and sergeant major gave all of us a definite sense of      worked together to load live missiles, because they
                                                                   pride,” said Saunier. “It also shows us the mentality of   were trained and because they were certified, they got
                                                                   the brigade, that our mission is important.”               the task done in an outstanding manner,” said
                                                                      The missile reload was conducted March 3, and the       Dominguez.
                                                                   Soldiers from B and C batteries, 1st Bn., 43rd ADA,           In 10 hours, the Soldiers loaded 32 missiles on two
                                                                   contributed to the mission. The Soldiers knew they         sites while dealing with inclement weather throughout
                                                                   would be loading missiles during their tour here, but      the entire mission. While this would have deterred
                                                                   they did not know about the actual reload until they       some in their mission, the Soldiers of this reload team
                                                                   arrived on site that day, said Wingo.                      used it as motivation, said Wingo.
                                                                      “We got to work that day at 6 in the morning and           “We were cold and wet the whole day, but that kind
                               PHOTOS BY SGT. ALEXANDER BURNETT    [were] told, ‘You’re reloading missiles,’” Wingo said.     of thing just motivates me,” said Wingo.
Pfc. Don Parrott, a Patriot missile system oper-                   “By 6:30, we were out there putting up live birds.”           The mission was a success, and the Soldiers loaded
ator and maintainer in B Battery, 1st Battalion,                      Long, Wingo and Walchock had loaded live mis-           all missiles before the deadline. The success of the
43rd Air Defense Artillery, calls an order to his                  siles before, but the other three members had only         mission was later recognized by the Air Force base
team during a guided missile transport and                         trained with dummy canisters. This marked the first        command and Army Central commanders, said
reload mission March 3.                                            time this team loaded live missiles together.              Dominguez.

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18 • The Monitor • April 30, 2009

Keep it ‘pool’ this summer; Safety tips provided for summer fun
RONALD DURAND                                 taking chemical readings every two            In the event of overcrowding, the pool        ing children and prohibiting running and
Monitor Staff                                 hours, to checking the filtration system      may be cleared every hour for 15 minutes      diving still apply.
    Summertime is here again, and it’s        for leaks and constantly observing chil-      at the discretion of the lifeguard in            Other rules include never diving in
almost time for your nearest Fort Bliss       dren in the water, lifeguards are             charge. Adults and lap swimmers may           shallow ends, never adults on the chil-
pool to open. Safety is one important         required to follow important rules, Pino      remain in the pool during the breaks. All     dren’s slide and always going down slides
issue to address, however, before all the     said.                                         patrons are subject to lifeguard safety       feet first.
‘fun in the sun’ takes place.                    “There have been accidents,” he said.      instructions.                                     “These rules are not strict at all,” Pino
    To Fort Bliss safety specialist           “We have many kids slipping in the pool           Supervision is an important part of       said. “They’re just common sense rules
Rodolfo Pino, the most important rule to      [area] because they want to run, and          pool safety, as the crowding of pool facil-   that are geared to keep Soldiers and their
abide by is simply to follow the regula-      they’re not supposed to run and they          ities can hamper parents’ ability to keep     families safe. The lasting rule that should
tions and not take them lightly, a rule of    slip and really hurt themselves – usually     track of where their children are and what    be followed is to enforce these rules
thumb he stressed Thursday at the Fort        minor accidents.”                             they are doing.                               accordingly.”
Bliss safety office.                             Appendix G of Pool Safety                      “Supervision is a really important           There are two pools available to the
    Pino said pool visitors should consid-    Regulations states that individuals with      thing,” Pino said. “If every parent would     Fort Bliss community. The Replica
er themselves safe as long as they fol-       any communicable diseases, skin ail-          supervise their kids, it would be a great     Aquatic Center is open year round,
low the rules at Fort Bliss pools, like the   ments or open wounds are restricted from      help. But, you have those parents that        Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to
Replica Aquatic Center, the Fort Bliss        the pool. There is no running, diving from    stop to talk to a buddy, and their kid runs   7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
Community Pool and Biggs Water Park.          the slide in shallow water, horseplay,        and eventually slips in the pool area.”       Fort Bliss Community Pool is open May
    “If you do not abide by them, our         swimming in slide areas or consuming              Army Regulation 215-1, Paragraph 7a,      23 through 26, May 31 through June 1
safety inspectors will have to write you      alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed          states that one parent or adult may only      and June 6 through September 1. The
up and force you to correct any defi-         inside the pool area or parking lot. Coast    supervise six children. Patrons must be 13    Community Pool is open during the
ciencies we find,” he said. “It starts with   Guard-approved life jackets, exercise         years old or older to stay by themselves.     week, Monday through Sunday, from 11
lifeguards following rules, and then          equipment and kickboards are allowed,         Another rule dictates that anyone kinder-     a.m. to 7 p.m. For holidays, the Replica
Soldiers and their families will follow       provided they are not inflatable. The use     garten-age or older must use gender-          Aquatic Center and Fort Bliss
next.”                                        of any flotation device not provided by       appropriate showers, locker rooms and         Community Pool are open 12 p.m. to 5
    Lifeguards have to take into consid-      the pool staff is prohibited, including       bathrooms.                                    p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 a.m., respectively.
eration certain guidelines when they          rings and water wings. In case of crowd-          For Biggs Water Park, which is
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20 • The Monitor • April 30, 2009

                                                                                                                                      'Chicken and Pizza'
                                                                                                                                      Paula Gunderson, left, AAFES general manager, Col.
                                                                                                                                      Edward Manning, Garrison commander, and Bill Wiggins,
                                                                                                                                      marketing manager of Pizza Hut, pose with the Pizza Hut
                                                                                                                                      and Wing Street mascots Tuesday at the grand opening of
                                                                                                                                      Pizza Hut/Wing Street. Manning and the Wing Street mas-
                                                                                                                                      cot are holding up a 'support our Fort Bliss troops' T-shirt
                                                                                                                                      that was handed to customers during the event where free
                                                                                                                                      pizza, sodas and cake were offered.
                                                                                                                                      A ‘Burning Hot’ eating contest was also part of the event.
                                                                                                                                      The winner received a Pizza Hut gift certificate worth
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