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									The Arkansas Minuteman
The Arkansas Minuteman

                                                                                               Publication Staff
                                                                                               Maj. Gen. Ron S. Chastain
                                                                                               The Adjutant General

                                                                                               Capt. Chris Heathscott
                                                                                               State Public Affairs Officer
                                                                                               Editor in Chief

                                                                                               Maj. Keith Moore
                                                                                               Arkansas National Guard
                                                                                               Air Guard Public Affairs Officer
                                                                                               Associate Editor

                                                                                               Buddy Garrett
                                                                                               State Information Officer
                                                                                               Managing Editor

                                                                                               Adrienne Brietzke
                                                                                               Public Affairs Specialist
                                                                                               Associate Editor

                                                                                               MSgt. Bob Oldham
                                                                                               189th Airlift Wing
                                                                                               Public Affairs Specialist

                                                                                               SSG Chris Durney
                                                                                               875h Engineering Battalion
                                                                                               Public Affairs Specialist

                                                                                               Capt. Curtis McElroy
                                                                                               National Guard Marksmanship
                                                                                               Training Unit Public Affairs Officer

                                                                                               Maj. Cory Sailor
                                                                                               119th Mobile Public Affairs
                                                                                               Detachment Commander

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It’s all about readiness...see page 14
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                                              On the Cover
                 Capt. Joseph Donell Simpson, of Memphis,
                 Tenn., is greeted by his family at Camp Joseph T.
                 Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark., on Monday,
                 Oct. 16. Simpson had close to a dozen family
                 members on hand to welcome him home after
                 serving a year in Iraq with the North Little Rock
                 based 25th Rear Operations Center of the
                 Arkansas National Guard. (Staff photo by Capt.
                 Chris Heathscott).

            10        4     Take it from the top
                            Letter from the commander and other general officer news

                     6      Changing of the Guard
                            Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain takes the reigns as adjutant general

                      9     Transfer of authority
                            Engineer battalion takes on their new mission in Iraq

                    10      Soldiers of the Sky
            16              Army aviation units begin yearlong deployment in Middle East

                    12      ‘Fires’ away
                            Fires Brigade Soldiers complete training, head to Kuwait

                    16      And the winner is...
                            Texas team dominates national marksmanship competition

                    18      Another one for the history books
                            The ‘ROC’ returns from second deployment to Iraq
             6      20      Returning “Fires”
                            Artillery battery returns to Springdale after yearlong deployment

                    22      Guarding our Nation’s border
                            Vigilance slows flow of illegal entries

                    24      Educational benefits
                            Two more Arkansas colleges agree to tuition assistance

                    26      Recognized professionalism
            20              Two Arkansas Soldiers honored for being the best in their field

                    29      Kiowa down
                            Guard pilot, passenger survive helicopter crash

                    32      Swapping places
                            Airman participates in officer exchange program

                    34      National Guard Day
                            Taking a break from a “challenging” program
                    37      Moment of Silence
                            Remembering Fallen Soldiers and Airmen
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     A Look Forward...
                       From the Adjutant General

   On July 15, 2006, the Arkansas National Guard retired a man who served as our
adjutant general for nearly 10 years. He led the Guard through a major transition, as our
Soldiers and Airmen became a much more relevant asset to the defense of our nation.
On behalf of the Arkansas National Guard, I would like to thank Maj. Gen. (Ret) Don C.
Morrow, for his dedicated service and at the same time pledge my continued dedication
during my tenure as your adjutant general.
   In my 32 years in the Arkansas Guard, I have been fortunate to serve with some of
the finest men and women the military has in its arsenal. I commanded the 25th Rear
Operations Center during the unit’s deployment in support of the first gulf war, only to
return to Iraq some 13 years later as the commander of the 39th Brigade Combat Team
supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.                                                               Maj. Gen. Ronald S. Chastain
   With this firsthand mobilization experience, I fully understand the challenges our men and women face in today’s military. It takes
an extreme sacrifice to leave one’s family behind in order to serve. Families, as your Soldiers and Airmen continue to mobilize, please
understand that you are not alone. Take advantage of the family readiness groups in your area to help you through the difficult period of
mobilization, while our deployed troops focus on the mission at hand. Your support is a key element to their success.
   My main objective for the future of the Arkansas National Guard is to strive for an increased level of readiness in our men and women
to ensure they are fully prepared when called upon to deploy. I pledge to focus on readiness in order to provide our troops with the tools
necessary for continued success. Commanders, more than ever before, you must ensure your Soldiers and Airmen are tactically and
technically proficient. Their success is dependent upon their readiness.
   While our Guardsmen at home prepare for potential mobilizations on the horizon, I ask that you save room in your thoughts for our
Soldiers and Airmen deployed at this moment. Approximately 1,700 of our men and women are currently serving in Iraq, Kuwait,
Afghanistan, Kosovo and various other locations across Europe and Southwest Asia.
   Along with the increased usage of the Guard in support of such overseas operations, our Soldiers and Airmen, as always, continue to
answer the call in response to stateside missions. Over 200 of Arkansas’ best are currently working with Border Patrol agents to help
secure our nation’s border. Our men and women answered the call to support the state’s civil authorities with search and rescue missions
on three different occasions in the month of September alone. Earlier in the year you answered the call in the wake of tornados in
northwest Arkansas, and who could ever forget your efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina one year ago.
   You have proven your ability. You have proven your professionalism. You have proven your relevance in the defense of our nation.
Never before has there been such pride associated with service in the National Guard. I envision continued growth in that level of pride
as the relevance of the Guard remains strong in the future.
   In addition, never before has there been such public support for the Arkansas National Guard. Let’s maintain that support by keeping
the public informed of all the great things we are doing.
   It’s all about Readiness!

                                                  A Look Back
   Former adjutants general honor colleague for lifelong support to Guard
                                                                    Six former adjutants general of the Arkansas National
                                                               Guard assembled at Ouachita Baptist University on Friday,
                                                               Oct. 13, 2006, to honor the oldest of the six surviving
                                                               adjutants, Maj. Gen. (Ret) Charles H. Wilson, of Arkadelphia.
                                                               On behalf of Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, the men presented
                                                               Wilson with the Adjutant General’s Diamond Award and the
                                                               Arkansas Exceptional Service Medal for his lifelong support
                                                               of the Arkansas National Guard. Pictured from left to right:
                                                               Maj. Gen. (Ret) Melvin Thrash (1993 to 1996), Maj. Gen.
                                                               (Ret) Harold Gwatney (1981-1983), Maj. Gen. (Ret) James
                                                               Ryan (1986-1993), Maj. Gen. (Ret) Wilson (1967-1970),
                                                               Maj. Gen. (Ret) James H. Jones (1979 – 1981), and Maj.
                                                               Gen. (Ret) Don C. Morrow (1996-2006).

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        Arkansas’ Newest Star Moves
         into a Whole New Universe
  Newly promoted general transitions to civilian employment but won’t leave Soldiers behind

         by Capt. Chris Heathscott
        State Public Affairs Officer             what kind of personality I had,
    For Richard Swan, achieving the rank        what kind of work ethic, what kind
of brigadier general in the Arkansas Army       of temperament…and he hired me
National Guard is somewhat bittersweet.         anyway,” he jokingly added.
Prior to the effective date of his promotion,       Swan began that new career,
Oct. 12, 2006, Swan worked full time in         on November 6, just two days
the Arkansas Guard. On a daily basis, he        after Rhonda joined retired Maj.
sported the rank of colonel on his military     Gen. Don Morrow in placing the
uniform, an eagle with wings widespread.        star on her husband’s chest during
Although he continued to work in that role      a formal promotion ceremony. It
through the first week of November, the          was Morrow’s recommendation,
day he celebrated 50 years of life, Octo-       when he served as the adjutant
ber 11, 2006, would officially mark his last     general of Arkansas, which even-
day as a full time Guardsman.                   tually landed the well-deserved
    After 26 years of full time service in      promotion for Swan.
the Guard, leaving that career behind was           During the ceremony, Swan of-
not an easy decision for the Conway resi-       fered thanks to Morrow and Maj.
dent. It was, however, a necessary move         Gen. Ron Chastain, who stepped
in order to accept the offer to wear the rank   up to replace General Morrow as
of brigadier general, a single star.            the adjutant general on July 15.
    “That’s just like leaving family,” said         “General Morrow, I appreciate
Swan, who initially joined the Guard in         your faith and confidence in me
January of 1975 at Marked Tree, Ark.            for recommending me for this pro-
“You go somewhere for a two, three, even        motion and for graciously coming                    Brig. Gen. Richard Swan
a six week school…you make friends…             here and helping out today,” he said. “And       terment of the Guard,” he added in admira-
you bond with the people around you.            to you, General Chastain, for acting as the      tion.
Multiply that by 26 years worth.”               presiding officer of this function, as well as,       Although the general’s military uniform
    “Then there’s just the comfort factor of    for not running me off when you took of-         will now only come out for drill weekends,
a whole new job, whole new universe,” he        fice.”                                            annual training and extra duty days, he plans
said. “That transition takes some getting           Swan’s sense of humor drew obvious           to continue drawing from the lessons of his
used to.”                                       appreciation from the packed house of            past mentors, and looking out for the best
    But with the support of his wife Rhon-      over 300 attending the ceremony. Once            interest of the Guard. Having watched the
da, Swan accepted the new part time posi-       the laughter died down, Swan continued by        Guard transition to a much more deployable
tion as the Arkansas Guard’s Joint Forces       thanking all he had worked with over his         force, Swan understands the need for ‘read-
Land Component Commander and began              total 31 year career in the Guard. Later,        iness’ of our troops, and desires to continue
the search for a new full time career. With     when asked the difficult question to name         his role in that, even if that role is now only
a glowing resume marking over two dozen         the mentor he would most attribute his suc-      part time. In discussing the importance of
years of military service, his search didn’t    cess to, General Swan offered two, retired       that role, Swan referred to the philosophy
last long. It quickly ended with an offer       colonels Bill Gault and Don Sears.               of General Chastain. “It’s all about readi-
to work in the office of US Senator Mark             “Both, at times, would sit down with me      ness.”
Pryor as his Deputy State Director in           and say, you know, here’s some things you            “I think that phrase applies to whether
charge of grants, special projects and mili-    need to think about in your career, here’s       we’re trying to be ready for a domestic re-
tary liaison.                                   some things you need to do, here’s what          sponse or be ready for an overseas deploy-
    “Randy Massenelli used to work for          you need to think about reading,” said the       ment,” he said. “That’s it. The bottom line.
me while I was the administrative officer        general. “Both could analyze information         That’s the common denominator. It’s all
at troop command,” Swan said of his new         very quickly and cut through the chase of        about readiness. Everything we do. Ev-
boss, a former Guardsman and the State          what’s the bottom line, what’s the impact        erything we don’t do. Everything we need
Director for Senator Pryor. “He knew that       on the guard, how do we need to implement        to think about doing. It’s all about readi-
I would be looking for employment, knew         it, or how do we need to apply it to the bet-    ness.”

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            of the
 Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain steps up into
 new role as the Adjutant General

 by Staff Sgt. Chris Durney
 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON, Ark. – As he accepted the colors of
 the Arkansas National Guard from Gov. Mike Huckabee the morning
 of July 15, 2006, Maj. Gen. Ronald S. Chastain grasped the reins of
 command of the Arkansas National Guard and its 10,000 Soldiers and
     Chastain became the 50th person to be named adjutant general of
 Arkansas at a change of command ceremony held in the summer heat        Accepting command
 at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark. With the event,   Maj. Gen. Ronald S. Chastain passes the colors of the
 Maj. Gen. Don C. Morrow, relinquished his command, retiring from        Arkansas National Guard to State Command Sgt. Maj.
 the military after serving nearly 10 years as the adjutant general.     Deborah J. Collins after accepting command of the Mili-
     Nearly 400 guests, family members, officials and VIPs gathered at    tary Department of Arkansas from Gov. Mike Huckabee
 the Camp Robinson flag display to witness the pomp and precision of      during a change of command ceremony at Camp Joseph
 the ceremony. The event featured music from the 106th Army Band,        T. Robinson, July 15, 2006. Chastain took leadership of
 a formation of over 300 Soldiers and Airmen representing each of the    the state’s approximately 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen as
 Arkansas National Guard’s units, and an F-16 flyover by pilots of the    Maj. Gen. Don C. Morrow retired after nearly 10 years as
 188th Fighter Wing from Fort Smith, Ark.                                adjutant general. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Tom Gumin-
     As his last official act, Morrow, along with the governor, made a    sky, 119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
 ceremonial inspection of the troop formation, marching to a military
 cadence played by the band’s percussion section. Morrow personally
                                                                         witnessed a role shift as he led the Arkansas National Guard
                                                                         through a major transformation, and the strongest operating
                                                                         tempo it has ever seen. Since the global war on terrorism began,
                                                                         8,000 Arkansas Soldiers and Airmen have served on federal
                                                                         active duty, and have answered countless calls for stateside
                                                                             The central focus of the event was the ceremonial passing
                                                                         of the Arkansas National Guard colors. State Command Sgt.
                                                                         Maj. Deborah J. Collins, the senior enlisted advisor to the
                                                                         adjutant general, handed the Guard’s colors – a flag with the
                                                                         familiar diamond-shaped ‘Razorback patch’ centered on a
                                                                         black background – to Morrow, the outgoing adjutant general.
                                                                         Morrow then turned and handed the colors to the governor,
                                                                         the state commander-in-chief of the Arkansas National Guard,
                                                                         signifying his relinquishing of command. The governor then
                                                                         passed the colors, along with responsibility for the Guard
                                                                         mission and the welfare of its members, to Chastain. Chastain

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then returned the colors to Collins, marking the beginning of his               Chastain then addressed his new command for the first time,
leadership tenure.                                                          thanking the governor for his confidence.
    In his speech, Huckabee noted that July 15 marked the 10 year              “Thank you, governor, for placing me in this position of trust,”
anniversary of his governorship. He appointed Morrow adjutant               said Chastain. “I will ensure that the Arkansas National Guard
general on Nov. 3, 1996.                                                    remains ready and able to take on any and all missions sent to
     “General Morrow has been a tremendous ambassador for the               them. It is my honor and privilege to serve with the Airmen and
National Guard,” Huckabee said. “I want to personally offer my              Soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard.
sincere thanks to General Morrow and his wife, Linda, for 10                    “Your outstanding performance here in the United States and
exceptional and outstanding years of sacrificial service to the state of     abroad gives me great pride,” Chastain told the troops. “I thank
Arkansas and its citizens, to the United States, and most notably, to the   God for the opportunity to serve with all of you.”
extraordinarily                                                                                                                  Chastain, 55,
proud         and                                                                                                        began his military
capable       men                                                                                                        career when he was
and women of                                                                                                             commissioned as a
the     Arkansas                                                                                                         second lieutenant in
N a t i o n a l                                                                                                          the Army Reserve on
Guard.”                                                                                                                  July 7, 1972. He rose
        Morrow’s                                                                                                         through the ranks
mandatory                                                                                                                and       commanded
retirement came                                                                                                          Arkansas troops in
after over 43                                                                                                            combat during two
years of military                                                                                                         separate tours in
service..                                                                                                                 Iraq. He commanded
     “There are                                                                                                           the Guard’s 25th Rear
many,       many                                                                                                          Operations Center
qualified men                                                                                                              during Desert Storm,
and       women                                                                                                           and most recently
who could have                                                                                                            commanded the 39th
stepped into this                                                                                                         Brigade      Combat
role and done                                                                                                             Team     during      a
an outstanding                                                                                                            yearlong deployment
job,” said the                                                                                                            in     support      of
governor about                                                                                                            Operation        Iraqi
the selection process, “but only one stood head and shoulders               Freedom. Chastain led approximately 3,000 Arkansas Soldiers
above the others, and today the Arkansas National Guard men and             and 1,200 troops from nine other states during the 39th BCT’s
women get a new, proven, trusted leader in Maj. Gen. Chastain.”             mobilization.
    In addressing his troops for the last time, Morrow talked about            General Chastain assumed the duties of chief of staff (wartime),
his pride in, and love of, the Arkansas National Guard.                     United States Forces, Korea in October 2005, accepting the
    “To the Soldiers and Airmen assembled before us and all those           position that came with the promotion to major general.
they represent, gosh, I’m so proud of you. If I was the adjutant                He accepted the appointment as the new adjutant general of
general I would promote every one of you,” said Morrow to crowd             Arkansas, which was announced by Huckabee on May 31, 2006.
laughter and a collective “hooah” from the assembled troops.

                                                                                                     Change of Command
                                                                                                     Maj. Gen. Don Morrow is given a 13-
                                                                                                     gun salute at the start of the change
                                                                                                     of command ceremony (opposite
                                                                                                     page) and congratulates Maj. Gen.
                                                                                                     Ronald S. Chastain (above) on his
                                                                                                     acceptance of command of the
                                                                                                     State Military Department as Gov.
                                                                                                     Mike Huckabee looks on. Soldiers
                                                                                                     and Airmen representing each of
                                                                                                     the units of the Arkansas National
                                                                                                     Guard salute (left). With this change
                                                                                                     of command Chastain becomes the
                                                                                                     50th adjutant general of Arkansas.

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                            Porter Takes Command of
                           Arkansas Air National Guard
                               32 year veteran appointed to lead the state’s Airmen
by Master Sgt. Bob Oldham
189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - The Arkansas Air Na-                Detachment 1, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base,
tional Guard faces many challenges, its new commander said at a        Iraq; and director, Regional Air Management Control Center, Al
change of command ceremony Aug. 6, 2006, at the Little Rock Air        Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Force Base conference center.                                              With the command, Porter took charge of more than 2,100
    Brig. Gen. Riley Porter, a West Helena businessman with more       Airmen at four locations around the state - the National Guard
than 32 years of service in the Air National Guard and 5,700 flying     Marksmanship Training Unit (Air) at Camp Joseph T. Robinson
hours in various military aircraft, said budgets are shrinking, mis-   in North Little Rock, Ark., the 188th Fighter Wing at Ebbing Air
sions are increasing and equipment and airframes continue to age.      National Guard Base in Fort Smith, Ark., the 189th Airlift Wing
    “With all the challenges facing our military today, it could be    at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., and the 223rd
difficult not to be overcome by the burdens we currently face,”         Combat Communications Squadron at Hot Springs Memorial Air-
Porter said in a speech at the ceremony. “Obviously we are at war.     port.
Our budgets continue to decrease. Our equipment and aircraft con-          Porter assumed command from retiring Brig. Gen. Galen Bry-
tinue to age. Recruiting and re-                                                                             ant of Carlisle, Ark., who
tention become more difficult as                                                                              reached the mandatory re-
we continue to ask more from our                                                                             tirement age of 60.
people, their families and their                                                                                 Maj. Gen. Ronald S.
employers. The world around us                                                                               Chastain, Arkansas’ adju-
continues to change constantly                                                                               tant general presided over
and more rapidly as we struggle                                                                              the ceremony.
to stay abreast.”
    He said it could be easy for
today’s service members to “be
overcome by these burdens.”
                                                                                                            Under new
    “I remain steadfast in my op-                                                                           leadership
timism due to the wealth of tal-                                                                            Maj. Gen. Ronald S.
ent and dedicated people that I                                                                             Chastain presents the
am being allowed to continue                                                                                colors of the Arkansas
to serve along side,” the general                                                                           Air National Guard to
                                                                                                            its newly appointed co-
    Airmen in the Air National
Guard have seen a surge in de-                                                                              mander, Brig. Gen. Riley
ployments since the terrorist                                                                               Porter. (Photo by Master
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Be-                                                                              Sgt. Bob Oldham, 189th
sides federal mobilizations to                                                                              Airlift Wing Public Affairs
support the nation’s war on ter-                                                                            Office)
ror, Guardsmen have the added
responsibility of responding to
state emergencies, such as Hur-
ricane Katrina and Operation
Jump Start, the federal mission
                                     “I remain steadfast in my optimism
that assigns Guardsmen to assist
the U.S. Border Patrol.
                                    due to the wealth of talent and dedi-
    Since 2002 the general has
seen his share of deployments.
                                    cated people that I am being allowed to
His duties in support of the global
war on terrorism include serving
                                    continue to serve along side.”
as commander, 376th Operations
Group in Kyrgystan; command-
er, 332nd Operations Group, Tal-
lil Air Base, Iraq; commander,                                  - Brig. Gen. Riley Porter
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          Arkansas Engineer Battalion Takes Over
                  Critical Mission In Iraq
                                           Bids Missouri Guard unit ‘God speed’
By Staff Sgt. Chris Durney
875th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Arkansas
Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer
Battalion accepted responsibility for a criti-
cal mission in the war on terrorism on Nov.
1, 2006, during a transfer of authority cer-
emony at Camp Striker in central Iraq.
   The 500-man unit headquartered in Jones-
boro, Ark., took the reins from the Missouri
Army National Guard’s 110th Engineer
Battalion, which will soon depart for home
after completing a yearlong deployment in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.                 Bring out the big gun!          A member of the 875th Engineer Battalion
   The 875th arrived at their duty stations in      familiarizes himself with his weapon during transition training in Iraq.
mid-October, and began the formal transi-
tion process with the 110th on October 13.          “To the members of the 110th, I want to       thing they could to set us up for success,
Soldiers with the 875th have spent their time    thank you for your sacrifices, and the hard-      and we thank them,” said Anslow. “This
learning the route clearance ropes from the      ships you’ve been through this past year,”       is a noble, important and critical task to
experienced 110th Soldiers, methodically         said Silva. “You’ve done a great job.”           ensure that the nation of Iraq is on the
transitioning from the passenger’s seat into                                                      path to freedom.”
the driver’s seat.
   Highlighting the ceremony was the for-
                                                   “And to the 875th,” contin-                       The 875th was mobilized in March,
                                                                                                  and underwent pre-deployment training
mal casing and uncasing of the respective        ued Silva, “I have total faith                   at Fort McCoy, Wis., before deploying to
battalions’ colors. Lt. Col. Mitchell Passini    that you’ll do great. I’m con-                   the Iraq theatre of operations in late Sep-
and Command Sgt. Maj. Will Pierce care-                                                           tember. The battalion departed northeast
fully rolled up the 110th’s colors before        fident that you are ready and                     Arkansas July 22 to begin training.
Lt. Col. Patricia Anslow and Command             willing to execute the 411th                        For this deployment, the Vermont
Sgt. Maj. Billy Ward proudly unrolled the                                                         Army National Guard’s 131st Engineer
875th’s bright red flag. Brig. Gen. Michael       motto of ‘plan, build and pro-                   Company, and Soldiers from the Indiana
Silva, commander of the 411th Engineer           tect.’”                                          Army National Guard’s 1313th Engineer
Brigade, officiated the morning ceremony.                                                          Company, are attached to the 875th for
The 875th is attached to the 411th during           “Lt. Col. Passini, Sgt. Maj. Pierce and all   the deployment.
their yearlong deployment.                       the members of the 110th have done every-

                                                                                                             Good to go
                                                                                                             Spc. Leonard Sprouse of
                                                                                                             Paragould, Ark., (right) pulls
                                                                                                             security during training at
                                                                                                             Fort McCoy, Wis. Sprouse
                                                                                                             is a member of Company
                                                                                                             C, 875th Engineer Battal-
                                                                                                             ion, Arkansas Army Na-
                                                                                                             tional Guard, which was
                                                                                                             mobilized Mar. 24, 2006, in
                                                                                                             support of Operation Iraqi
                                                                                                             Freedom. (Photos by Staff
                                                                                                             Sgt. Chris Durney, 875th
                                                                                                             Engineer Battalion Public

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           Soldiers of the Sky

                The Camp Joseph T. Robinson based 77th Aviation Brigade is currently supplying the
                  Iraq theatre of operations with a wide variety of critical skills and talented Soldiers.
                The Arkansas Army National Guard unit has approximatey 300 Soldiers deployed with
                the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Texas National Guard. The brigade has seen
               multiple emotional sendoffs of it units in the past several months, as their Soldiers moved
                                     forward to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Right - Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, the adjutant general of the Arkansas National
Guard, visits with Soldiers and their families during a going away celebration on
Oct. 30, at Camp Shelby, Miss. Family members and Guard leaders gathered at
Camp Shelby to bid farewell to the Soldiers, who were deploying with Company
D, 1st Battalion, 114th Aviation (Air Traffic Services) of the 77th Aviation Brigade.
Over 60 Soldiers strong, the unit departed Camp Shelby the following day for
their yearlong deployment in Iraq. (Staff Photo by Maj. Keith Moore)
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                                                                                              Above - Spc. Matthew Edward An-
                                                                                              gell, of Fort Smith, holds the flag of
                                                                                              the 111th Air Ambulance, 77th Avia-
                                                                                              tion Brigade, Sept. 18, during a short
                                                                                              ceremony to honor some of its troops
                                                                                              prior to deployment. Over 50 Soldiers
                                                                                              from the Camp Joseph T. Robinson
                                                                                              based unit departed Fort Sill, Okla.
                                                                                              that night en route to the Iraqi theatre
                                                                                              of operations for a yearlong deploy-
                                                                                              ment in support of Operation Iraqi
                                                                                              Freedom. The unit initially mobilized
                                                                                              to Fort Sill in June for its pre-deploy-
                                                                                              ment training.

                                                   Above - Col. Alicia “Cissy” Rucker, the Arkansas Army National Guard’s Dep-
                                                   uty Chief of Staff – Aviation, offers a good luck hug to Sgt. Lonnie Lucas, as
Above - Capt. Shawn Keeter, from Mayflower,         Staff Sgt. David Callahan smiles in the background. Lucas, of North Little Rock,
visits with an Associated Press Reporter           and Callahan, of Cabot, are members of the Camp Robinson based 449th Avi-
during a send off luncheon for the six man         ation Intermediate Maintenance Company of the 77th Aviation Brigade, which
Army Airspace Command and Control team             initially mobilized on Valentine’s Day in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(A2C2) of the 77th. The Soldiers departed the      Approximately 80 Soldiers strong, the unit departed Fort Hood, Texas, on Aug.
state on Nov. 25, heading to Fort Bliss, Texas,    20, at the completion of their initial mobilization training. Rucker, of Little Rock,
for an abbreviated train up prior to deploying     was one of several leaders from the 77th who traveled to Fort Hood to see the
overseas one week later. The team will work        Soldiers off as they moved forward to Iraq to begin their yearlong deployment.
to ensure airspace safety, through ground fire
and air mission coordination for all aviation assets in theatre. The
A2C2 cell was able to spend Thanksgiving with their families prior
to deployment, but Keeter’s daughter, pictured, and the families of
the other 1600 deployed Arkansas Guardsman will not have their
Soldiers and Airmen home during the Christmas season.

Right - 77th Aviation Brigade Command Sergeant Major Ira
Blueford, right, visits with Sgt. Paul Douglas, of Austin, Ark., and
Staff Sgt. Kenny Brown, of North Little Rock, at the completion
of their mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas. Douglas and
Brown deployed two days later, on Aug. 30, with the 185th Aviation
Regiment of the 77th. The 185th initially mobilized in March for
deployment training and will provide the Iraqi theatre operations
with troop carrying and insertion assets with its force of UH-60
Blackhawks. (Staff photos by Capt. Chris Heathscott)
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     Cool it!
     The 142nd Fires Brigade’s 2nd Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Halsted, of Marshall, Ark., cools off after his
     troops throw him in the lake at Camp Shelby, Miss., in celebration of completing their initial mobilization training.
     The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Merritt, of Dardanelle, and his executive officer, Maj. Shelby Heflin, of
     Fort Smith, were also “invited” to join the sergeant major for a dip, along with several other of the battalion’s leaders.
     The Soldiers took about a week’s worth of leave prior to returning to Camp Shelby for their deployment to Kuwait.

      NW Arkansas Soldiers
  complete training, head overseas
                      Guardsmen return to Arkansas before heading to Kuwait
 Story and Photos by Capt. Chris Heathscott
 Arkansas National Guard State Public Affairs Officer                   mander, Col. Jeff Montgomery. “I’m extremely proud to have the
 CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - “You’ve done what many won’t do or               privilege to command Soldiers such as yourselves.”
 have not done. You’ve willingly stepped forward and answered              The 2nd Battalion, which departed Arkansas Oct. 4 following
 the nation’s call … for that we’re proud of you. You’re already       their visit home, is not the first group of Soldiers under Montgom-
 heroes.”                                                              ery’s command to mobilize. The 142nd’s units from Rogers and
    Over 300 Arkansas Guardsmen stood proudly in formation at          Springdale were called to serve in Iraq, and its Bentonville Soldiers
 Camp Shelby, Miss., on Sept. 25, listening to these words spoken      to serve in Kosovo. In total, the northwest Arkansas brigade has
 by Brig. Gen. Larry W. Haltom, the deputy adjutant general of         mobilized nearly 800 of its troops. That number will change as
 Arkansas.                                                             about 450 Soldiers with the 1st Battalion are slated to return from
    The Soldiers are members of the Arkansas National Guard’s          Iraq and Kosovo during the winter months.
 2nd Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade from Fort Smith, Van Buren             But mobilizations are nothing new to the 142nd, as Maj. Gen.
 and Siloam Springs. Haltom and several other leaders from the         William Wofford said during his address to the troops.
 Arkansas National Guard traveled to the post for an opportunity           “I probably don’t have to remind most of you about the heritage
 to visit with the troops as they celebrated the completion of their   of this battalion,” Wofford said. “The unit has served this country
 mobilization training.                                                well throughout history. From the Mexican border in the early part
    “Thank you for a job well done,” said the 142nd’s brigade com-     of the 20th Century, World War I, World War II, Korea, Operation

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Desert Storm and now Operation Iraqi Freedom. Your page in
history is about to be written.”
    Wofford is also a part of that history from when he com-
manded the 2nd Battalion during its deployment in support
of Operation Desert Storm. Wofford currently serves as the
deputy commanding general of the Army National Guard, U.S.
Forces Command.
    “I want you to know that we’re all proud of this battalion,”
Wofford said. “What you’re doing and what you’re about to
do. What you’re doing requires courage, sacrifice and resolu-
tion, well beyond the capabilities of the average citizen.”
    Prior to moving forward and taking on their security force
mission with the Area Support Group, Kuwait, the battalion’s
troops had an opportunity to come home to Arkansas. The 2nd
battalion Soldiers returned to the state in late September for
about a week’s worth of leave. With that in mind, the words
of encouragement were accompanied with additional words of
    “While you’re home on block leave, encourage your fami-
lies, if they’re not already, to get active with the family support
group in the area. That’s their tie back to us,” advised Haltom,
who commanded the 2nd Battalion’s Battery A early in his ca-
reer as well as commanding the 142nd’s 1st Battalion. “If there
are issues with the family, we can help take care of them, and
you don’t have to worry about them while you’re there doing
your job.”
    Wofford echoed Haltom’s words and added the need for the
Soldiers to stay focused on their mission, allowing family sup-
port to assist in handling problems that may arise at home.
    “I’ve got one request,” Wofford said. “I ask that you look
out for each other … that you stay focused on your mission
throughout the deployment. Not the first six months. Not the
first eight months. The entire time. Because if you lose focus,
Soldiers get hurt. Stay focused.”
    Wofford also expressed to the troops how fully he under-
stood the sacrifice of their service and the difficulty of leaving      Displaying colors
family behind. The leaders encouraged the troops to concen-           Pfc. Damon Adams (above), of Kansas, Okla., displays
trate on the mission at hand and come home to them safely at          the colors of Battery B, 2nd Battalion of the 142nd Fires
the deployment’s conclusion. Until that time, Wofford assured         Brigade, Siloam Springs, Ark., during a ceremony mark-
the Soldiers they were not without family on this deployment.         ing the end of the unit’s mobilization training at Camp
    “We know full well the tremendous sacrifice that you and           Shelby, Miss. Adams and the rest of the battalion’s 325
your families are making,” he said. “This is a long mobiliza-         Soldiers deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi
tion … a long deployment.                                             Freedom after a brief period of leave with their families.
    “I want you to also know, despite the hardships that you
and your families will endure, that you have and will continue
to form a very special bond with your fellow Soldiers here in
this battalion. Those that you served in combat with, and those
that wear the 142nd regimental crest. You are forever a part
of a band of brothers, comrades in arms, like no other in the

                                            Friendly visit
Maj. Gen. William Wofford (right) laughs with Sgt. 1st
Class Richard Marler of Rose, Okla, and Sgt. 1st Class
Anthony Rice of Greenwood, Ark., during a visit to Camp
Shelby, Miss., Sept. 25. The Soldiers, mobilized to Camp
Shelby with the 2nd Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade, were
preparing for deployment to Kuwait. The troops had an
opportunity to return home for a short leave period pri-
or to deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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                             as you
               Charging forward - A team of Soldiers with the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team rush
              forward under the cover of smoke during the raid of a simulated terrorist stronghold in Brin-
            kley, Ark., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. Approximately 60 Soldiers from the brigade’s Forrest City
            and Brinkley units participated in the urban operations exercise, which took place in view of the
              community. The public was invited out to watch the training which provided them with a first
            hand look at their troops in action. Dozens of area residents observed the exercise, and Brinkley
            Mayor Billy Clay – who had been a member of the Brinkley Guard unit years ago – marveled at
           the evolution of training.“It’s hard to comprehend that we have this type of training right here lo-
            cally,” he commented. “It makes you proud to be a citizen of the United States and also proud to
           have a Guard unit here in Brinkley. It’s amazing how things have progressed.” The 39th Brigade
           Combat Team has conducted a number of realistic training events over the past year. The realism
             of live battle is often achieved with smoke grenades, explosions and small arms fire. While the
            39th’s veterans work to maintain the skills they learned in real world combat, that added benefit
             of combat experience within the brigade offers the 39th a wealth of valuable knowledge to pass
                                along to new Soldiers. (Staff photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott)

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            “It’s all about readiness!”

                  ~ Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain,

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  Guardsmen Battle it out in
Marksmanship Championships
   2006 Winston P. Wilson Championships attract hundreds to Camp Robinson
      By Capt. Curtis McElroy and 2nd Lt. Doug Woodruff
          National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit                 the combat orientation, physical intensity [shoot and move], and
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Guard Marksmanship           utilization of standard issued weapon systems,” said Staff Sgt.
Training Unit (NGMTU) hosted over 300 competitors at the 36th       Micah Marchand, a double distinguished marksman, veteran of
Annual Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Rifle and Pistol Championships        Operation Iraqi Freedom, and instructor for the NGMTU’s Squad
at Camp Joseph T. Robinson during the weeklong competition in       Designated Marksman course.
November.                                                                “Shooters are able to enroll in our schools to better know how
     Designed to promote advanced marksmanship training and         to operate and maintain all types of weapon systems. Some of
establish a competitive marksmanship venue for the National         the best shooters are offered a chance to try out for the All Guard
Guard, this year’s competition attracted Soldiers and Airmen from   team and invited back as instructors for some of our advanced
thirty-five states and territories.                                  marksmanship courses.”
     “The matches are combat-oriented, but at the same time,             “These matches aren’t for beginner level shooters, but teams
they include some precision slow fire shooting. These Matches        willing to practice and prepare to travel to Camp Robinson
are different from your standard bull’s-eye shooting because of     and compete at the pinnacle of National Guard marksmanship
                                                                    competition have a good chance of winning at the Winston
                                                                    P. Wilson,” said Master Sgt. Martin Keller, National Guard
                                                                    Marksmanship Training Unit Operations Non-Commissioned
                                                                         “The Winston P. Wilson Matches are, for the most part, a
                                                                    chance for younger shooters to learn from more experienced
                                                                    shooters the advanced marksmanship skills needed to compete
                                                                    against the caliber of competitors present at the Wilson matches,”
                                                                    said Marchand, who has been competitively shooting for over a
                                                                    decade and is a current member of the All Guard team. “These
                                                                    skills cannot be obtained from reading a training manual or a field
                                                                    manual, but through realistic combative shooting events.”
                                                                         The WPW gives individuals an opportunity to test
                                                                    marksmanship skills and weapon systems in a battle-focused
                                                                    training environment. All-Guard team member, Staff Sgt. Nathan
                                                                    Watters, of the Texas Air National Guard, said this type of
                                                                    competition “enhances Soldier’s and Airmen’s ability to survive
                                                                    on the battlefield by allowing them to have engagement skills
                                                                    under a high competitive stress that leaves no margin of error.”
                                                                         “For these disciplines, we have shoot and move matches,
                                                                    simulated barricades, prone and kneeling positions,” said Watters.
                                                                    “We’re shooting in an environment that, for the most part, Soldiers
                                                                    and Airmen don’t get to experience in their normal qualification
                                                                         The competition’s matches are geared to bring out the most
                                                                    advanced marksmanship skills obtained through state and regional
                                                                    level training programs. If winning the Winston P. Wilson is a test
                                                                    of a state’s marksmanship program, then Texas has room to boast.
                                                                    They were this year’s big winner. They placed first in the All States
                                                                    Trophy Championship and dominated most of the individual and
                                                                    team competition as well.
                                                                         “Our success stems from the amount of training prior to the
                                                                    WPW matches,” said Chief Warrant Officer Rick Tanner, Texas’s
                                                                    State Marksmanship Coordinator. “Our general staff provides us
                                                                    all of the necessary tools, funding, and training time to make us
                                                                    successful at these competitions.”

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                              2006 Winston P. Wilson Results
MATCH 203 – Individual Combat Pistol Match                        MATCH 330 – A team aggregate of 303, 305, and 321
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Charles W. Blackwell, Texas               Winner: Texas - Team members listed in match 230
Novice Winner: Staff Sgt. Scott D. Blue, Pennsylvania             MATCH 340– Combat Rifle Team Obstacle Course
MATCH 221 (EIC) – Combat Pistol Match                             Winner: Pennsylvania - Maj. Joseph R. Olszewski and Staff
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Bruce Beauregard*, Vermont                Sgts. Scott D. Blue, Edward H. Altmeyer, and William L. Foster
   - awarded the Staff Sgt. Millard Butler Trophy                 MATCH 355- Combat Rifle Fire Team Assault Falling Plates
Novice Winner: Tech Sgt. Scott Fuller, Texas                      Winner: Texas - Team members listed in match 230
MATCH 225 – Service Pistol Individual Championship                MATCH 344- Combined Arms Team Match (CATM)
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Charles W. Blackwell, Texas               Winner: Texas - Team members listed in match 230
   - awarded the WPW Pistol Individual Trophy                        - Team awarded the Combined Arms Team Match Trophy
Novice Winner: Tech Sgt. Scott Fuller, Texas                      MATCH 350- WPW Service Rifle Team Championship
   - awarded the Stuart Clingman Trophy                           Winner: Texas - Team members listed in match 230
MATCH 230 – Service Pistol Team Match                                - Team awarded the WPW Combat Rifle Team Trophy
Winner: Texas - Chief Warrant Officer Richard Tanner, Tech Sgt.
Scott Fuller, Staff Sgts. Charles Blackwell and Nathan Watters*   New Recipients of the Chief’s 50:
MATCH 240M – General George Patton Combat Pistol Team Match       Texas: Sgt. Kevin Lindenzweig, Chief Warrant Officer Richard
Winner: Texas - Team members listed above in match 230.           Tanner, Tech Sgt. Scott Fuller, and Staff Sgts. Troy Proctor and
   - Team awarded Commander-in-Chief Service Pistol Trophy        Robert J. Lee
MATCH 250 – Service Pistol Team Championship                      Pennsylvania: Staff Sgt. Edward H. Altmeyer, Sgt. George I.
Winner: Texas - Team members listed above in match 230.           Reichart, and Maj. Joseph R. Olszewski
   - Team awarded WPW Pistol Team Trophy                          Idaho: Spc. Dennis M. Shumway of Idaho and Staff Sgt. Kelly
MATCH 303- Combat Rifle Run Down Match                             Biggs
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Nathan Watters*, Texas                    New York: Master Sgt. David M. Smith and Tech Sgt.
Novice Winner: Staff Sgt. Robert J. Lee, Texas                    Christopher J. Ashley
MATCH 305 – Combat Rifle Close Quarter Battle Match                Single state winners: Staff Sgt. Carl Bourne of Connecticut,
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Nathan Watters*, Texas                    Staff Sgt. Karl A. Sturgill of Delaware, Staff Sgt. Timothy C.
Novice Winner: Sgt. Kevin Lindenzweig, Texas                      Trapp* of Kansas, Sgt. Kyle B. Bartman of Maine, Staff Sgt.
MATCH 321 – Combat Rifle Match                                     James T. Phelps of Missouri, Warrant Officer Candidate Roger
Novice Winner: Staff Sgt. James T. Phelps, Missouri               Farley of Oklahoma, Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Feliciano of Puerto
   - awarded the Col. John Abair Service Rifle Trophy              Rico, Maj. Michael W. Martin of Virginia, and Staff Sgt. David
Open Winner: Staff Sgt. Bradley G. Huston, Nebraska               J. Hastings of Wyoming
MATCH 321 EIC- Combat Rifle Excellence-In-Competition
Winner: Staff Sgt. James T. Phelps, Missouri                      All States Trophy-Overall Team Winner
MATCH 325- Aggregate of 303, 305, and 321                         Winner: Texas - Chief Warrant Officer Richard Tanner, Tech Sgt.
Winner: Staff Sgt. Nathan Watters*, Texas                         Scott Fuller, and Staff Sgts. Charles W. Blackwell and Nathan
   - awarded the WPW Combat Rifle Individual Trophy                Watters*
Fallen Comrade Trophy-High Individual
Winner: Maj. Shannon Jordan*, Oklahoma                            * Denotes current member of the All Guard Team
MATCH 314– Precision Rapid Fire Engagement Match
Winner: Illinois - Sgt. 1st Class Chad R. Peterson and Spcs.      Recoil.      (Far left) An empty shell casing discharges from a
Todd Osborne, James J. Tadrowski, and Jason D. Houston            military issued 9 mm pistol as the recoil of the weapon offers a
   - Team awarded the Precision Rapid Fire Engagement Trophy      quick acknowledgment that the round is heading downrange.
                                                                        Staff Sgt. Charles W. Blackwell, a Texas Guardsman and
                                                                        former All Guard team member, won the open competition
                                                                        in the individual pistol championships with an overall score
                                                                        of 472 of the 540 possible. Blackwell led the way for his
                                                                        Texas team, which brought home the All States Trophy.

                                                                        Aerial insertion.        Arkansas’ 77th Aviation Brigade
                                                                        provided the aviation assets to kick off the Combined
                                                                        Arms Team match during the 2006 Winston P. Wilson
                                                                        marksmanship competition. Competing teams were given
                                                                        patrol orders and navigated to the designated pickup zone.
                                                                        Upon dismounting the helicopter, competitors had to make
                                                                        their way through several obstacles before ever engaging
                                                                        targets on the range, testing their Marksmanship and
                                                                        physical skills under simulated combat conditions. (Staff
                                                                        photos by Capt. Chris Heathscott)

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   ‘The ROC’
   returns to
 25th Rear Operations Center
completes second deployment
CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON, North Little Rock, Ark.
– Approximately 40 Soldiers with the Army National Guard’s
25th Rear Operation Center received a warm welcome Oct. 16,
as they returned home from a yearlong deployment in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     The damp weather of the day didn’t stop dozens of family,
friends and fellow Soldiers from greeting the troops as they
stepped off the bus at Camp Robinson late that afternoon. The
Soldiers had spent the preceeding several days at Fort Sill, Okla.,
going through the mandatory briefings and out-processing prior to
returning to Arkansas.

                                                                           On hand to welcome the troops was the adjutant general of
                                                                      Arkansas, Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, who was also on site a week
                                                                      before when the unit first landed at Fort Sill. Welcoming the
                                                                      unit home was a bit of a twist for the general. Fifteen years
                                                                      earlier, Chastain himself had returned home with the 25th at the
                                                                      completion of the unit’s first deployment to Iraq. Then-Lt. Col.
Second Time Around                                                    Chastain commanded the unit, while it was deployed in support
Staff Sgt. Christopher Grimm, of Cabot, holds on tight to his         of Operation Desert Storm.
two girls Kaitlyn (left) and Katherine (right) after returning           The Rear Operations Center, more affectionately known by its
from Iraq on Oct. 11, 2006. Grimm, who returned from Iraq             acronym, “the ROC,” served as a mayor’s cell for two different
in 2005 with the 39th Brigade Combat Team, just completed             U.S. bases in Iraq during this most recent deployment. As the
another tour in the war-torn nation. Grimm served with the            mayor’s cell, the unit was responsible for day-to-day operations
North Little Rock-based 25th Rear Operations Center this              on the forward operating bases in Bucca and Taji. Bucca is just
time around and is now planning to transition into the active         north of the Kuwait – Iraqi Border, while Taji is 10 miles north
duty military. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Robert Barnett, 119th Mobile        of Baghdad.
Public Affairs Detachment).                                                 With the return of the 25th, the Arkansas National Guard
                                                                      still has approximately 1,700 Soldiers and Airmen mobilized or
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pending mobilization for overseas service.
     Over 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen strong, the Arkansas Guard has supported the
mobilization of over 8,000 troops since Sept. 11, 2001. Many of the Guardsmen
accounted for in this number have served on two or more mobilizations in support of
the global war on terror.

Tears of Joy
A huge crowd gathers (above) to welcome their Soldiers back home. Meanwhile,
LeeAnne Disotell (right) is overcome with emotion during the welcome home
ceremony for the 25th Rear Operations Center at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Oct.
16, 2006. Disotell holds her son Chase, who lit up with excitement at the sight of
his father, Sgt. 1st Class Danny Disotell, of Cabot, Ark. Sergeant Disotell returned
to the United States the week before, following a yearlong deployment to Iraq
with the rest of the 50 Soldier, North Little Rock based unit that is affectionately
known as “The ROC.” The unit initially arrived at Fort Sill, Okla., where they spent
several days attending briefings and out-processing. (Staff photo by Capt. Chris
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          Returning ‘Fires’
      142nd Fires Brigade welcomes home Springdale battery from Iraq

 SPRINGDALE, Ark. – A crowd of hundreds massed on the                 waving flags. The northwest Arkansas Soldiers initially mobilized
 grounds of the 1st Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., Nov. 7,       on Aug. 3, 2005, and returned to the United States via Fort Sill,
 welcoming their Soldiers back home from a yearlong deployment        Okla., on Oct. 31, 2006, where they spent a week going through
 to Iraq.                                                             briefings and outprocessing.
     About 150 men with the Arkansas National Guard’s Battery B,          During their mobilization, the battery worked at and eventually
 1st Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade marched proudly in formation      closed down the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. Their mission
 to the site of the rally amidst a mass of cheering supporters and    responsibility then switched to conducting patrols and providing
                                                                      convoy security in and around the city of Baghdad
                                                                          U.S. Representative John Boozman was on hand to greet the
                                                                      troops at the rally, along with Springdale Mayor Jerre M. Van
                                                                      Hoose, and the commander of the 142nd Fires Brigade, Col. Jeff
                                                                          The return of the Springdale Soldiers is the first of
                                                                      Montgomery’s troops to return home from the brigade’s recent
                                                                      flood of mobilizations. His brigade’s Bentonville unit, which
                                                                      has spent the past year deployed to Kosovo, anticipates returning
                                                                      before the end of the year, with its Rogers battery slated to return
                                                                      from Iraq in early 2007.
                                                                          In October, nearly 325 of the 142nd’s Soldiers from the Fort
                                                                     Smith, Van Buren and Siloam
                                                                     Springs based units, began
                                                                     their deployment to Kuwait,
                                                                     where they will conduct
                                                                     security operations for the next
                                                                     year. The brigade’s Ozark unit
                                                                     headed to Camp Shelby, Miss.
                                                                     in November, in preparation
                                                                     for its year in Iraq.
                                                                         In total, the Arkansas
                                                                     National Guard continues
                                                                     to have over 1,700 Soldiers
                                                                     and Airmen either mobilized
                                                                     or preparing to mobilize for
                                                                     overseas service. Over 10,000
                                                                     Soldiers and Airmen strong, the
                                                                     Arkansas Guard has supported
                                                                     the mobilization of over 8,000
                                                                     troops since Sept. 11, 2001.
Time out.                                                            Many of the Guardsmen
High school athletes take a break from practice to cheer             accounted for in this number
for the troops during the homecoming. The rally, in the              have served on two or more
parking lot of the Springdale school’s football stadium,             mobilizations in support of the
gathered several hundred supporters, complete with                   global war on terror.
players lining the tops of the bleachers and high school
marching band adding music for the celebration.

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Together again
The crowd forms (below left) as Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion,
142nd Fires Brigade stand in formation (above) before being released
to rejoin their families.

                                                                          Daddy’s home!
                                                                          Sgt. Allen Santos, of Rogers, is greeted by his son
                                                                          during a rally to welcome the Springdale based
                                                                          unit back home to Arkansas after their year in Iraq.
                                                                          (Staff photos by Capt. Chris Heathscott)

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                        Arkansas Soldiers keep watch on
                              New Mexico desert
                                          Vigilance slows flow of illegal entries
               by Maj. Keith Moore                 desert. This helps ensure the site is not      binoculars at the wide expanse of des-
                Air National Guard                 compromised and reduce its effectiveness       ert below. “We had one instance a few
            State Public Affairs Officer            to the overall operation,” Inman added.        weeks ago where a car stopped on the
                                                   “We’ve been operating out here for about       highway over there. Three people got out
     LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Another day on             six weeks now, and we assisted the Bor-        and started running through the valley. I
     watch over the United States’ border with     der Patrol by directing them to apprehend      called Border Patrol on the radio and they
     Mexico dawns temperate and fresh. For         160 individuals already.”                      responded to the location we gave them.
     the Soldiers of Task Force Arkansas, as           As the teams move out in their Hum-        The car was already gone, but we were
     they are known by their Joint Task Force      vees to relieve their colleagues, one might    able to direct them right in to the people
     commanders and the agents of the U.S.         ask if the vehicles are merely part of the     in the desert because we could follow
     Customs and Border Patrol, it is another      standard equipment for these Soldiers or a     their movements from up here.”
     operational day. Like many days for           requirement for the mission. The answer,           Each site can monitor approximately
     the teams that man the entry identifica-       the sites are only accessible by strong        20 square miles of desert using binocu-
     tion team sites, it begins by “drilling the   four-wheel drive vehicles like the Army’s      lars, long range telescopic sites and ther-
     checklist” or checking and securing ma-       Humvee. The 30 or so mile trek through         mal imagery sighting systems for night
     terials to ensure they are ready for what     the rough terrain of the New Mexico des-       time detection. Additionally, the U.S.
     lies ahead.                                   ert makes you wonder how anyone could          Customs and Border Protection has hun-
         Batteries, food, optics, vehicle main-    survive on foot through the area.              dreds of unmanned electronic sensors
     tenance and communications checks...              Sgt. Jay Sanders, of Hot Springs, Spc.     scattered across the desert region to moni-
     the list goes on as the Soldiers verbalize    Matthew Bealer, of Arkadelphia, and In-        tor any kind of movement.
     each item packed for the operation to car-    man relieve the team on duty and take re-          “It’s hard to continuously scan the
     ry them through the next 24 hours. The        sponsibility for the site designated only as   desert, so we take turns on the optics in
     teams rotate on the entry sites every 24      call sign “Bravo-2”.                           two hour shifts to give your eyes a rest,”
     hours. The remoteness of the sites scat-          The mountain top site is perched on the    said Bealer. “The Border Patrol also gets
     tered throughout the New Mexico desert        edge of a rock outcropping some 1,000          frequent readings off of a sensor and calls
     make it more imperative that the Soldiers     feet high. The small outpost is covered        us to confirm if we see anything in the
     go prepared.                                  with camouflage netting to blend in with        area. They have been really good to work
         “We have radios to contact our com-       the cactus, yucca bushes and rock. The         with and provided us a lot of information
     mand center and the Border Patrol station,    netting also provides a bit of shade from      on the landmarks and terrain features they
     but it’s not like you can just run down the   the bright New Mexico sun. The position        use to designate locations out here.”
     street if you forgot something. Once you      of the site high above the desert floor al-         The austere conditions on the sites are
     get out there you kind of have to make        lows the Soldiers a look-down vantage          fairly typical for infantry Soldiers in the
     due for 24 hours,” said 2nd Lt. Brian In-     point to monitor activity below.               field. “Bravo-2” consisted of an impro-
     man of Fayetteville, one of the officers           “Our location here enables us to look      vised shelter using parachute cord, cam-
     who coordinates manning for the sites op-     down on what’s going on and direct the         ouflage netting and the support poles and
     erating from Las Cruces. “The sites are       Border Patrol agents right to things they      several rain ponchos. “It keeps the sun
     covert, so we only change the teams once      may not be able to see at ground level,”       off of us, and helps with the daily thun-
     a day to minimize the traffic through the      said Sanders, peering through a pair of        dershowers we’ve been experiencing here
                                                                                                  lately,” said Sanders. “A couple of storms
                                                                                                  have been so bad that we opted to take
                                                                                                  cover inside the vehicle. The lightening is
                                                                                                  the scary part. Being up this high makes
                                                                                                  us feel a little more vulnerable when that
                                                                                                  stuff starts flashing all around.”
                                                                                                      But weather isn’t the only thing the
                                                                                                  Soldiers have to contend with; the ani-
                                                                                                  mal life in the high desert region isn’t too
                                                                                                  friendly either.

                                                                                                           Continued on page 26.

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         Arkansas Guard Leaders get first-hand look at
               Operation Jump Start in Arizona
  CASA GRADE, Ariz. – A contingent of           Fighter Wing in Fort Smith and the 189th    the trip. Chastain, the adjutant general
  leaders from the Arkansas National Guard      Airlift Wing at the Little Rock Air Force   of Arkansas, made the trip shortly after
  traveled to the great American desert this    Base. The majority of the Arkansas          visiting his troops supporting the mission
  week for a first hand look at the Guard’s      troops are conducting support operations,   in New Mexico and Texas. Almost 200
  efforts to help secure the nation’s border.   which frees up Border Patrol agents to      Arkansas Guardsmen with the 39th
      Over 1,800 Guardsmen from around          get out on the line and apprehend those     Brigade Combat Team and 77th Aviation
  the nation are currently in Arizona           crossing the border illegally.              Brigade are supporting the New Mexico
  supporting Operation Jump Start, the            Among other leaders, Col. Travis Balch,   and Texas operations.
  Guard’s mission to assist the U.S. Border     commander of the 189th, and Lt. Col. Tom      The mission, which began in July 2006
  Patrol. This number includes 15 Arkansas      Anderson, vice commander of the 188th,      for Arkansas, is currently scheduled to
  Air National Guardsmen from the 188th         accompanied Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain on       last two years.

   Scanning the Desert.            Background - As the sun goes down in the Arizona desert, the action just begins for
   our National Guardsmen and Border Patrol. The sunset provides beautiful scenery on the horizon, yet it also provides
   illegal aliens and drug smugglers with the cover of darkness under which to move. The Arkansas Air National Guard
   has a total of 15 Airmen supporting Operation Jump Start in Arizona. (Staff photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott)

    Left - 2nd Lt. Brian Inman (left), of Fayetteville, Ark., Spc. Matthew Bealer (center), from Branson, Mo., and Sgt. Jay
    Sanders (right), from Hot Springs, Ark., take shelter from the bright New Mexico sun under the camouflage netting of
    their mountain top observation point. The Soldiers are among over 100 troops from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat
    Team supporting the operation in New Mexico. (Staff photo by Maj. Keith Moore)
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            Tuition funded
            Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, adjutant general of Arkansas, and Dr. Glen Fenter, president of Mid-South
            Community College, sign an agreement providing tuition assistance to Arkansas Army National
            Guardsmen. Mid-South Community College is the 34th institution of higher learning in Arkansas to
            enter into a tuition assistance agreement with the Arkansas National Guard.

Arkansas Guard, Mid-South sign tuition assistance agreement
West Memphis Community College helps ensure free tuition for Arkansas Soldiers
            Story and Photo by Maj. Keith Moore                     and pick up the musket” to defend the country.
         Arkansas Air National Guard Public Affairs                     “The Guard dates back to 1636 in our nation’s history. In those
                                                                    days, like today, they were citizen-Soldiers. And by signing this
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- Arkansas Army National Guard mem-             agreement, our citizen-Soldiers can attend Mid-South Community
bers can get free tuition at Mid-South Community College thanks     College tuition free,” Chastain said.
to an agreement signed today between the West Memphis-based             Mid-South Community College is a two-year public institution
institution and the Arkansas National Guard.                        serving Crittenden and surrounding counties. Its founding marked
    According to the document signed by Maj. Gen. Ronald S.         the first local provision of higher education. Located on Broad-
Chastain, the adjutant general of Arkansas, and Dr. Glen Fenter,    way Street in West Memphis, the campus is a sprawling 83 acres.
the school’s president, Army Guard members attending Mid-           It offers associate degree, technical certificate and certificate of
South Community College will have their tuition completely paid     proficiency programs; business and community education courses;
by a federal tuition assistance program. Should the funding be      and adult education.
reduced for this federal program in the future, the college has         Mid-South Community College evolved from a vocational
agreed to pick up 25 percent of a Guardsman’s annual tuition up     technical school which served a limited number of students. To-
to a $1,125 limit.                                                  day it is a comprehensive community college. Credit enrollment
    “This is a great opportunity to emphasize the relationships     has increased from approximately 100 students in the fall of 1993
between communities and the National Guard,” Chastain said.         to 1,467 in the fall of 2005. As of spring 2006, the college employs
“Schools and communities have always been supportive of the         more than 100 full-time faculty, staff and administrators.
Guard. This event emphasizes the importance of education, and           Mid-South Community College is the 34th institution of higher
the support that this community, and others like it, have for our   learning in Arkansas to enter into a tuition assistance agreement
Soldiers and the nation.”                                           with the Arkansas National Guard.
    Following the signing, Chastain presented Dr. Fenter with a         Presently every public two-year and four-year college and uni-
Minuteman statue. According to Chastain, the Minuteman sym-         versity in Arkansas has joined in the partnership with the National
bolizes the National Guard, which dates back to the time of the     Guard to provide educational assistance to Arkansas’ citizen-Sol-
militia when citizen Soldiers stood ready to “put down the plow     diers.
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Central Baptist College Partners With Arkansas National Guard
                By Master Sgt. Bob Oldham                           Adult College Education - PACE - program, the school president
               189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs                    acknowledged the sacrifices Soldiers and Airmen make to defend
                                                                    the country.
CONWAY, Ark. – On Oct. 10, 2006, Central Baptist College               “This is the very least that we could do for you,” he told about
became the state’s 35th school of higher learning to partner        20 military members at the ceremony.
with the Arkansas National Guard in an effort to reward Guard          Army Guard Soldiers receive 75 percent of their college tuition
members with tuition assistance. The partnership provides the       paid through a federal Army National Guard tuition assistance
state’s Army Guard members with a tuition-free education and a      program. The Air National Guard does not have a federal tuition
25 percent tuition reduction for the state’s Airmen.                assistance program.
     “It’s an honor to welcome all of
you to campus, and it’s an honor for
us and a privilege to be able to sign
this memorandum of understanding
with the Arkansas National Guard
to honor our men and women in
uniform,” said Terry Kimbrow, the
school’s president.
     “We are the only private college
to my knowledge to join the other 34
colleges at offering this assistance to
our Guard,” he said.
   CBC offers classes for Soldiers and
Airmen at Camp Joseph T. Robinson
in North Little Rock and on Little
Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.
  “Central Baptist College has always
been very supportive of the National
Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain,
adjutant general of Arkansas, shortly
after touching down on the school’s
campus in a Blackhawk helicopter.
     The adjutant general highlighted
the college’s flexibility with military         Remarks of Appreciation
members as a drawing point for                 Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, adjutant general of Arkansas, addresses those in
members who want to earn a degree              attendance at the signing of a tuition assistance agreement between the
but can’t attend classes in a traditional      Arkansas National Guard and Central Baptist College in Conway. The general
setting.                                       thanked CBC for its support of the state’s Soldiers and Airmen as Michael
      As military members work to              Biggs, assistant director of CBC’s Professional Adult College Education
continue their education through the           program, looks on in the background along with one of the Guardsmen currently
school’s accelerated Professional              participating in the program. (Staff photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott).

    Meet education goals through ‘College First’
                                                                    and is available to those enlisting in a critical MOS and assigned
   The National Guard College First program is a new enlist-
                                                                    to a qualified unit. You can also receive 100 percent college
ment option which makes it possible for you to secure your col-
                                                                    tuition assistance.
lege goals while serving in the Guard. This enlistment option
                                                                        To be eligibile, you must be a non-prior service, high school
provides qualified high school graduates and graduating seniors,
                                                                    graduate or graduating high school senior with a score of 50 or
with no prior military service, the opportunity to complete up to
                                                                    higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, agree
two years of full-time schooling, uninterrupted by federal de-
                                                                    to complete military job training immediately following Basic
ployment/mobilization, while serving in the Guard.
                                                                    Training and be accepted at a college or university accredited
   College First option offers up to two years of non-deploy-
                                                                    by the U.S. Department of Education, remaining a full-time stu-
ment following completion of Initial Active Duty Training, up
                                                                    dent in good standing for the duration of their non-deployment
to a $20,000 enlistment bonus and $20,000 Student Loan Re-
payment (must have pre-existing loans) plus basic educational
                                                                        You must join a Guard unit and meet all other applicable
assistance of $297 per month (Montgomery G.I. Bill Selective
                                                                    enlistment criteria as required. For more information, call 1-
Reserve). Additional assistance available of $350 per month
                                                                    800-GO GUARD.
(MGIB Kicker). The “kicker” is in addition to the MGIB-SR,
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    Sgt. Tom Wilson chosen                                               wide disaster response
     Arkansas Paramedic                                                       ProMed Ambulance
                                                                         Medical          Director,
           of the Year                                                   Keith Davis, praised
                                                                         Wilson’s patient care
                                                                         as      “aggressive     in
     The Paramedic Society of the Arkansas Emergency Medical             management of the
Technician Association announced that the AEMTA Paramedic of             critically ill … and
the Year for 2006 is Sgt. Tom Wilson of Eldorado, Ark. Wilson is         compassionate with those
with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (-) 1st Battalion, 151st        who need a personal
Cavalry, 39th Brigade Combat Team in Warren. He is a certified            touch.” Also, Wilson
paramedic and instructor. A native Arkansan, he began his career         manages to teach EMT
in the Emergency Medical Services field in 1990 and became a              classes through South
paramedic in 1991. He is currently the lead paramedic and field           Arkansas Community
training person for ProMed Ambulance Service in Eldorado.                College in Eldorado.
    During 2003-2005 he was deployed with the 39th Infantry in           He also teaches first
support of Iraqi Freedom II where he combined his EMS training           responder courses for                  Sgt. Tom Wilson
with the Army’s 91-W combat medic job specialty to serve the             Great Lakes Chemical
Soldiers and citizens of the United States and Iraq.                     Co. in Eldorado and Albemarle Corp in Magnolia, Ark.
    Returning home to ProMed Ambulance Service, he responded                Perhaps his best praise comes from Christy (Clark) Wilson, his
to the 2005 hurricanes along the southern coast. He established          wife of 12 years.
the medical receiving station at the Beech Springs Evacuee Camp                “The same devotion that shines through in the field comes
in Smackover, Ark., during September 2005 where more that 750            across at home as he prepares one of his many meals or stays
Louisiana and Texas evacuees were housed.                                up for one of the late-night feedings” with Riley-Kat, his infant
   Come holiday time, he organized local EMS personnel to assist         daughter.
with ”Make A Smile Happen” to gather and load disaster relief               The Paramedic Society summed up the feeling behind granting
supplies for the Gulf Coast. This was an extension of his other          Wilson his award: “For over 15 years, he has cared for the citizens
local involvement with the Boy Scouts’ Camp Desoto Summer                of Union County, Arkansas, the United States and the world. Tom
Retreat, his work with the Union County Rural Automated                  Wilson exemplifies the best that EMS can be and the Arkansas
External Defibrillation Coalition to provide AEDs for rural               EMT Association is proud to salute him as the Arkansas 2006
voluntary fire departments, and working with the Union County             Paramedic of the Year.”
Local Emergency Planning Commission to conduct community

  Arkansas Soldiers Keep Watch on the Border
                                                        Continued from Page 22
    “We see lots of big lizards, an occasional rattlesnake, and                                                Desert Duty
this one pesky squirrel that likes to run through the shelter late                                             Surrounded by the cacti
at night,” said Bealer. “He’s probably just looking for something                                              of the Arizona desert, a
to eat, but he usually scares us pretty good when he tears through                                             National Guardsman scans
here.”                                                                                                         the state’s border with
    The days are long and the conditions aren’t great, but the Sol-                                            Mexico for illegals. The
diers of Task Force Arkansas are dedicated.                                                                    Arkansas National Guard
    “It can be boring at times when there is no activity out here,                                             currently has 15 Airmen
but it feels good to be making a difference,” Sanders said. “And                                               supporting the mission in
when we do get a bunch of activity working, it is fun to call in and                                           Arizona. Over 200 more
work with the border agents.”                                                                                  Soldiers and Airmen are
    Sanders added that a number of the Soldiers have come to like                                              supporting Operation Jump
the role they play so much that they are considering applying for                                              Start in New Mexico and
Border Patrol positions when their tour is up in six months. Some                                              Texas. Along with these
Soldiers even volunteer to ride along with Border Patrol agents                                                stateside    mobilizations,
on their days off to hone their skills in spotting suspicious activity                                         the Arkansas National
and learn how to track illegal movements throughout the desert.                                                Guard has approximately
    “It is good for our guys to see how the (entry identification)                                              1700 more Soldiers and
side meshes with what the Border Patrol does in tracking and ap-                                               Airmen deployed overseas.
prehending those moving illegals through the desert,” said Inman.                                              (Staff photo by Capt. Chris
“Right now we see directly, and hear from the border agents we                                                 Heathscott)
work closely with, that we are making a difference.”
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Arkansas Guardsman named Mary Ann Talley
EMS National Instructor/Coordinator for 2006
By Sgt. Rick Fahr                                                           system will provide more EMT-[Basics] who can be recruited as
119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and                                  volunteers and employees for the local EMS services in Arkan-
Lauren Simon Ostrow                                                         sas,” wrote Danny Bercher, chairman of the Department of Emer-
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians-Para-                 gency Medical Services at the University of Medical Sciences in
medics                                                                      Little Rock, in his nomination letter.
                                                                                Bercher, went on to explain how Odom has arranged automo-
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Thousands of former students                      bile extrication demonstrations for his combat medics. This is a
who rave about his educational demeanor. An anti-drug program               requirement for EMT-Bs, but is a step above the required training
named in his honor. Military decorations for putting aside his per-         for combat medics.
sonal safety to save others. Add those to a sheath of nomination                “There was no incentive for Garry to accomplish this pro-
letters from civilian and military leaders, and it’s no surprise that       gram other than the satisfaction in knowing that his Army medics
Sgt. 1st Class Garry Odom was awarded the 2006 Mary Ann Tal-                would be competent on the battlefield and more EMT-Bs will be
ley Instructor/Coordinator of the Year Award from the National              available to provide patient care in the Arkansas civilian EMS
Association of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedics.                    system.”
    Readiness noncommissioned officer for the 213th Area Sup-                    A combat veteran, Odom earned an Air Medal for Valor in
port Medical Company, Odom is the first recipient of the award to            1991 for saving two troops from a mine field. His medic training
come from our nation’s military ranks.                                      programs have saved countless lives, according to a Guard medic
    The award was presented to Odom in Las Vegas                                             who served in Iraq.
on Friday, Sept. 29. The presentation concluded the                                             “When we were attacked (April 24, 2004) we
NAEMT Annual Conference and EMS (Emergency                                                   were working in the dark, not knowing if we were
Medical Services) Expo 2006. Odom said receiving                                             next, but the one thing we knew was how to do our
the honor was a humbling experience.                                                         job,” wrote Sgt. Paula Reed, of Maumelle. “Be-
    “What I’ve tried to do was be a holistic kind of                                         cause of our training from Odom, I believe lives
instructor. It’s my job to be able to go in and make                                         were saved that day and many days afterward.”
sure that a student is getting the kind of instruction                                          Also nominating Odom for the award was Maj.
he can understand,” said the Little Rock resident. “I                                       Gen. (Ret.) Don C. Morrow, then-adjutant general
live by, ‘Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remem-                                        of Arkansas. He noted that Odom crafted legisla-
ber. Let me do it, and I’ll understand.’”                                                   tion that created a system by which Guard medics
    Earning his first emergency medical technician                                           could earn state certification, providing them many
certificate in 1980, Odom has trained as a medic                                             employment opportunities.
across the south, from Texas to Florida. He holds            Sgt. 1st Class Gary Odom           In his 24-year military career, Odom has earned
state and national certifications as an EMT and paramedic.                   a number of awards and honors, including an Arkansas Nation-
    Odom works as the combat medic coordinator for the Arkan-               al Guard Award for Valor for his actions during a bridge fire at
sas National Guard and is also a volunteer with Crystal Fire De-            Camp Robinson and inclusion in the Jeep Gallery of Nominated
partment.                                                                   Heroes.
    Having taught many EMT courses, Odom’s former students                      In 2005 he won the Arkansas EMT Instructor of the Year
are among his biggest supporters.                                           award.
    “It is difficult to convey the level of dedication that Garry has,”          He implemented “Task Force Odom,” an anti-drug program
said Andrew Lachowsky, an Arkansas EMT. “He truly cares that                and has delivered his message – “the drugs you use today will af-
each of his students learns the material and takes their education          fect your tomorrow” – to more than a million students.
to heart. He obviously loves being an EMT and loves the role in                 A national athletic trainer and former Navy corpsman, Odom
providing care and compassion to others as an EMT.”                         said that his educational successes have come from hard work and
    “Because of Garry’s efforts, National Guard combat medics               a desire to help students learn.
will be less likely to encounter skill degradation and will reinforce           “I love seeing that light come on. Once that light comes on,
their patient care skills for the Soldier on the battlefield. This new       you’ve got a Soldier who is ready to go.”

 Editor’s Note: NAEMT is a national association of EMTs and paramedics that represents paid and volunteer EMS workers
 worldwide. NAEMT’s goal is to serve its members through educational programs, information services, membership benefits,
 effective representation, and recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the men and women who provide pre-hospital
 medical care. Each year, NAEMT recognizes excellence in various areas of pre-hospital medical care with the presentation
 of individual and organizational achievement awards. These awards honor America’s EMS providers and organizations that
 demonstrate exceptional leadership within the profession and outstanding commitment to pre-hospital medical care.

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       Calling to serve                                                 a calling about the opportunities offered by the military.”
                                                                            Service in the National Guard as an Army chaplain of-
            in the                                                      fers the opportunity for qualified individuals to provide the
                                                                        much needed ministry to Soldiers while still maintaining
   Arkansas National Guard                                              their civilian ministry.
                                                                            When asked about the qualifications, Collins responded,
                                                                        “You have to have the endorsement of your denomination,
                                                                        of course. Additional qualifications include a Baccalaureate
                       By Adrienne Brietzke
                                                                        degree, a Master’s of Divinity or equivalent, and passing a
                         Associate Editor
                                                                        physical exam, just to name some of the requirements.”
                                                                            “If you love people, a great way to fulfill that is to meet

   The chaplains.”Army National Guard is looking for “a few
                                                                        Soldiers and minister to Soldiers one-on-one in their lives.
                                                                        If you love your country, what better way to serve than
   good                                                                 by putting on a uniform and serve in the Army National
       “We’re looking for people who have that calling to serve in      Guard?” Collins asked.
   their lives,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Collins, regional chaplain       “A chaplain helps Soldiers and families develop and
   recruiter for the Army National Guard. “Those who love God,          maintain strong faith in God,” said Lt. Col. J. Dawson Wil-
   who love people and who love their country. We’d like to help        liams, an Arkansas Army National Guard chaplain who
   transition them over to a military environment. Serving in the       served with the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during
   Arkansas National Guard is a good way to fulfill all three of         its tour in Iraq. “You’re there to heal wounded spirits and
   those callings.”                                                     help lives remain whole in the process. Being a chaplain,
       Recruiting seminars are being held around the state to help      I’ve had the privilege of being with people at a place of
   gain new chaplains for the Guard. Collins said the seminar se-       need which is so unique.”
   ries is designed “to get out the word to those people who have           “Serving as a chaplain in the National Guard is an op-
                                                                        portunity for any minister to have a very interesting and
                                                                        satisfying experience,” said Col. Royce R. Thomas, who
                                                                        serves as state chaplain for the Arkansas Army National
                                                                            But while the recruiting numbers for the Guard as a
                                                                        whole are quite strong, the recruiting for chaplains has
                                                                        additional requirements that make finding qualified candi-
                                                                        dates more difficult.
                                                                            “During the mobilization of Arkansas’ 39th Brigade, we
                                                                        had to borrow chaplains from various states because of the
                                                                        lack of chaplains in the Arkansas National Guard,” Thomas
                                                                        said. “There’s no sign that things are going to slow down in
                                                                        terms of people being mobilized away from home, and yet
                                                                        we don’t have chaplains to go with them.”
                                                                            The Arkansas National Guard has 17 authorized Army
                                                                        chaplain positions across the state, but 11 of those are cur-
                                                                        rently vacant.
                                                                            In an effort to improve those numbers, the Arkansas
                                                                        Army National Guard is sponsoring a series of chaplaincy
                                                                        seminars around the state. The first was held on Philander
                                                                        Smith College campus in Little Rock on Nov. 4, 2006.
                                                                            Additional seminars are being planned to spread the
                                                                        word of the unparalleled career opportunity that being a
                                                                        chaplain in the Arkansas Army National Guard affords.
                                                                            “For those students in seminary, the Guard can help pay
                                                                        for their seminary education with tuition assistance,” Col-
                                                                        lins said. “There are also opportunities for those who are
                                                                        still working on their education (before being accepted to
                                                                        seminary). If you have the willingness to serve, we may be
                                                                        able to help fulfill that calling in your life.”
                                                                            For more information, contact Collins for toll-free as-
                                                                        sistance at 1-866-276-8579.

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 Guard helicopter crashes,                                                             Crash
                                                                           This Kiowa OH-58
  pilot, passenger survive                                                was on a marijuana
                                                                        search mission when
                        By Buddy Garrett                                  it went down about
                    State Information Officer                           four miles northeast of
                                                                       Green Forest near the
       National Guard pilot, Maj. Timothy Dickinson, 36, and            Boone County line on
Arkansas State Police trooper Andy Wiley, 51, suffered injuries           Aug. 9. (Staff photo
during the crash landing of a Guard OH-58 helicopter, Aug. 9,           by Maj. Keith Moore).
about four miles northeast of Green Forest near the Boone County
line; both survived the crash landing and are recovering.
     The two men had taken off from the Carroll County Airport
in Berryville and were part of a team conducting counterdrug            accident investigation board was formed to determine the cause of
operations.                                                             the accident. That report was still being coordinated at press time
     Dickinson said the impact “knocked the wind out of us.” He         so no details were available for release.
didn’t realize the extent of his damages until a couple of days            Dickinson is an experienced pilot and has been with the National
afterward.                                                              Guard for some 18 years. In 2003, Dickinson received an Army
  “I remember coming into the ER, that’s about it. I was paralyzed      Aviation Broken Wing Award for safely bringing down an OH-58
from the waist down,” he said. Dickinson wears a body brace             A helicopter after the engine had stopped.
that helps him move around. “I woke
up in surgery and couldn’t move my
feet.” His recovery is something of a
                                                  Civilian Student Training Program
miracle. “Next day, they had me up on
a walker.”
                                                    gives teens a second chance
   He said he has some nerve damage to           “I’m really proud of these boys.” These means that we do what’s right ... what’s right
his feet, but he moves around with the are the words spoken by one, but thought by for them, even if they do not understand the
aid of a cane and beams a broad smile well over 200 in attendance, Oct. 6, at the end process at that time.”
when he talks about his comeback. He of a graduation ceremony for the Arkansas                    The graduate spoke with praise of the
is doing physical therapy from home, National Guard’s Civilian Student Training program by saying, “CSTP has given us
he said, and figures that within a year Program.                                              the tools to become productive members of
he’ll be able to walk normally.             CSTP is one of two youth programs operated society, including accepting responsibility for
      “It’s day by day; week by week,” by the Arkansas National Guard. While the our actions. Because of CSTP, we no longer
he said of his recovery and overall
                                            Guard’s Youth Challenge is a voluntary have an excuse to fail in life. Everything we
       He said he was grateful for the program for “at risk” youths, the CSTP have done in CSTP, we have earned.”
support he had gotten from the “Guard students are enrolled under court order by                The program was designed for nonviolent
Family.”                                    the juvenile justice system. CSTP’s nine- offenders, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years
    Immediately following the crash, an week residential program graduated 67 of its old, teaching them life skills, while providing
                                            students in the ceremony and over 3,500 in an opportunity to earn a General Education
                                            its 12-year existence.                           Degree.
                                                Richard Wilson addressed those attending        “It is one of the purest examples of service
                                            the graduation with praise for all responsible to the community that exists anywhere,” said
                                            for the success of CSTP, which is designed to Wilson. “Not just in Arkansas, but in the
                                            be a behavior management program.                nation.”
                                                 “With this tremendous support from the         Although the graduation signifies the end
                                            Arkansas National Guard, from the state of the course, it does not cut all ties with the
                                            of Arkansas, and from one that I’m really students. The residential phase is followed
                                            blessed with as the program director, just an by an After-Care phase, which involves
                                            outstanding professional staff who cares,” tracking and assisting the youths for the next
                                            said Wilson.                                     12 months. In addition to this mentorship
                                                Looking back on his experience with the program, Wilson encouraged the families
                                            cadre, a distinguished graduate who served to help guide their teens through discipline
                                            as the graduating speaker said, “There were and encouragement of their own. He assured
                                            some days when we didn’t make it easy for them of the potential within the young men,
                                            them . . . and they never made it easy for us. as did the graduate speaking on behalf of the
                                            CSTP has taught us to appreciate our freedom class.
                                            and not take life for granted,” he said.             “CSTP has taught us to push ourselves.
All smiles now                                  “Caring doesn’t always mean that we let Nothing is impossible and the words ‘I can’t’
Maj. Timothy Dickinson is recuper-
ating from the crash that crumpled everybody have things the way they want it,” have been erased from our vocabulary,”
his helicopter, but his spirit and will Wilson said in reference to the discipline- the graduate said. “Mr. Wilson’s right. This
to recover are intact. (Staff photo by based program. “Caring doesn’t always mean graduation is one of the most proud-filled
Buddy Garrett).                             that we make it easy for everybody. Caring moments of our lives.”
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          Airman changes
          to dress out for
           gridiron action
                    By Master Sgt. Bob Oldham
                 189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
    Senior Airman Joseph Walker wears his battle dress uniform
on drill weekends with the 189th Aerial Port Flight, but during
the week, he’s suited up in purple and white as the starting full-
back for the University of Central Arkansas Bears football team
in Conway.
    Last season, Walker helped his team to an 11-win season. The
Bears won the Gulf South Conference championship and ad-
vanced to the quarterfinals of the Division II football champion-
ships finishing the season 11-3.
    He always dreamed of playing college football, but his jour-
ney to the gridiron had a few moves of its own.
    He graduated in 1994 from Lewisville High School where he
played fullback on offense and linebacker on defense. After grad-
uation, he went to school at the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff for one year. He transferred to Southern Arkansas Univer-
sity for one semester, but things weren’t working out in college.
He found a job at a chemical company in Magnolia, Ark., but his
dreams and passion for football wouldn’t go away.
    He decided to quit his job in 2003 and enrolled at UCA – at age
27. He joined the football team as a walk-on player his first year,
but he’s been on scholarship since his second season.
    Balancing his two careers, one as military member and the
other as a student-athlete, came easily for him. He’s been suc-
cessful at both and is proud of his 3.7 grade point average.
    “It takes a lot of discipline for both sides – the military and
football as well,” he said. In football, he has to be in the right posi-
tion on the field at the right time for a play to work effectively. As
a drill-status Guardsman, it takes a similar discipline to continue        Get outta my way!
to progress in his career field and to make sure he prepares each           Senior Airman Joseph Walker shows he’s a ‘Bear’ on the
cargo load with precision so that it will function properly during         football field. Both sports and the National Guard require
an airdrop.                                                                discipline, teamwork, leadership (Courtesy Photo).
    Besides discipline, teamwork and leadership also play key
roles on the football field and at the aerial port.                         ran wind sprints.
    As a fullback, his primary job is to block for the running back,           Because he was playing at UCA, an NCAA Division II school,
although coaches routinely use him to catch passes or take the ball        his eligibility is based on the number of semesters of college that
and pound the line.                                                        he’s completed. In Division I, a player has five years to complete
    “Joe is a very physical football player,” UCA Head Coach               four years of eligibility. His eligibility won’t change as the school
Clint Conque said. At 6-2 and 250 pounds, he’s a punishing force           moves to Division 1-AA.
on the defensive line.                                                         Because of the way football schedules are set two to three years
    “There was a moment in his freshman year when he had to iso-           in advance, this year the UCA football team will play as a Division
late on a linebacker and just destroyed him, physically destroyed          1-AA Independent team, with just a couple of games against teams
him,” the coach said. “It created a hole for the running back to           in the new conference. The other sports programs at UCA will
break off about a 20-yard run. That’s Joe. He goes at everything           play full schedules in the Division 1-AA Southland Conference
hard.”                                                                     this year. In 2007, the football team will play a full schedule in the
    Walker did summer workouts in the school’s weight room and             Southland Conference.

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                                                           Supporting those who
                                                           serve our country

                                                                                              Pro Patria
                                                                                              Russ Harrington, president
 White House                                                                                  and CEO of Baptist Health in
 President George W. Bush meets the 2006 ESGR Freedom Award winners.                          Little Rock, displays the Pro
 (White House photo by Eric Draper)                                                           Patria Award Baptist Health
                                                                                              received as one of the ESGR

DoD names Baptist Health,                                                                     Freedom Award recipients
                                                                                              for 2006. Baptist Health has

14 others as top employers                                                                    over 7,000 employees and
                                                                                              is the third largest employer
                                                                                              in the state, employing more
    The Department of Defense honored the top 15 outstanding employers of National Guard
                                                                                              than 40 National Guard and
and Reserve members with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s 2006 Secretary
                                                                                              Reserve members. (Courtesy
of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards dinner in Washington at the Ronald Reagan
Building and International Trade Center on Sept. 21, 2006.                                    Photo).
   Baptist Health, one of the 15 honored
businesses, has over 7,000 employees
and is the third largest employer in the
                                         Arkansas National Guard, Workforce Services
state of Arkansas. During the nomination offers Job Fair to reserve component families
process, Baptist Health had more than 40
National Guard and Reserve members          The Arkansas National Guard’s Employer on the list again if we do this next year.”
deployed                                  Support of the Guard and Reserve and the       The event was at no cost to employers
     To make life easier on its deployed Department of Workforce Services hosted and job seekers and served all military
employees, Baptist Health provides a job fair for military identification card identification card holders, to include
continuation of health, dental, life and holders on Sept. 23, 2006.                   spouses and retirees. Higginbotham said
long-term disability benefits for its         The event brought together nearly 50 she heard nothing but positive comments
military employees.                       employers from Pulaski County that from all parties.
     Baptist Health is also an ESGR Pro represented a wide variety of public, private    The event took place at Chappell
Patria Award Recipient for 2006 for and government agencies. The Job Fair was Readiness Center at Camp Robinson and
Arkansas. In addition to the special a great sucess, according to Sgt. Leanna included classes on resume writing and
programs and policies in place, Baptist Higginbotham, ESGR program specialist.        interviewing.
Health recognized the family members         “We were up against the Razorback game      Those attending were encouraged to
of employees who have been mobilized and some storms (in the area) and we still dress for success and come prepared to
with a dinner where they presented gifts had 140 job seekers turn out,” she said. “I interview, with plenty copies of their
to family members.                        had several vendors ask to please put them finished resume.

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              Air Guard officer, British
              warrant, swap places in
             officer exchange program
      By Master Sgt. Bob Oldham
    189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
                                               cultural events around the country to get a there’s a bit of everything here, isn’t
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark.– better feel for society and local issues that there?”
Despite a little tussle Americans like to affect those who call England home.                      During his visit, he met with the 189th
call the Revolutionary War, the British and       The major visited RAF Brize Norton Airlift Wing’s senior leaders, toured the
American militaries have been staunch al- Sept. 2-16, which is near Oxford. Warrant wing’s aerial port flight, flew on a night
lies for years.                                Officer Matt Dillon, a movements special- sortie and watched an air drop mission.
    From the world wars of the early-to-mid ist, visited LRAFB Sept. 17-30.                       Despite being brothers in arms, the major
1900s to the Cold War and                                                                                            and the warrant offi-
the current war on terror,                                                                                           cer noted some differ-
American military mem-                                                                                               ences in the way their
bers and their British coun-                                                                                         countries      manage
terparts have honorably                                                                                              their reserve forces.
served side by side, stand-                                                                                              Perhaps the biggest
ing up to tyranny around                                                                                             difference between
the world.                                                                                                            the two country’s re-
    Recently an Arkansas                                                                                              serve forces is RAF
Air National Guard officer                                                                                             Auxiliary members
and a Royal Auxiliary Air                                                                                             don’t receive a pen-
Force warrant officer par-                                                                                             sion after they retire
ticipated in an exchange                                                                                              from service. Essen-
officer program to help                                                                                                tially, they work for
further cement the rela-                                                                                              their pay, but there is
tionship between the two                                                                                              no retirement when
countries’ air reserve forc-                                                                                          they finally hang up
es.                                                                                                                   their uniform at the
    For Air Guard Maj.                                                                                                end of their career.
Dom Sarnataro, a 154th                                                                                                In the Air National
Training Squadron pilot,                                                                                             Guard, a member re-
the National Guard Bureau           Swapping places                                                                  ceives pay for duty
program was a great op-             Maj. Dom Sarnataro, an Arkansas Air National Guard C-130 pi-
                                                                                                                     performed and a re-
portunity to learn first-hand        lot, was one of two Air National Guard officers chosen to partici-
                                                                                                                     tirement check at age
about one of America’s              pate in the National Guard Bureau’s exchange officer program.
                                                                                                                     60 based on points ac-
premier allies. He was one                                                                                           crued over the years
of two Air Guard officers chosen to partici-       The warrant officer belongs to the RAF in uniform.
pate in the program.                           Auxiliary’s 4624 Movements Squadron.                  Another difference is RAF Auxiliary
    The major spent his first week in England Movements squadrons are similar to Air members can only be called to duty for two
in briefings, explaining to his hosts how the Force aerial port squadrons in that they weeks at a time, according to British law.
Air National Guard fits into the U.S. Air prepare cargo for shipment, manage haz-                     Air Guard members can be called to
Force’s role of defending the nation. More ardous material paperwork and conduct state active duty at the governor’s request
specifically, he explained how the Air Guard load planning, but they don’t rig cargo for for an unlimited amount of time or to fed-
works for a governor of a state and can be airdrop.                                             eral active duty at the president’s request
federalized to work for the president dur-          Culturally, Dillon said he made time for up to two years per mobilization.
ing a national emergency. He also received to visit Memphis’ Beale Street, the Ozark                Additionally, RAF Auxiliary members
briefings about how the RAF Auxiliary fits Mountains and Greers Ferry Lake.                       don’t enjoy the same level of support from
into England’s defense role.                       “I think it’s great, it really is,” he said. their civilian employers that Reserve mem-
    His second week was spent taking in “They call it the Natural State, of course bers in America enjoy.

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Jolly good idea
Royal Auxiliary Air Force Warrant Officer Matt Dillon (left) talks with Staff Sgt. Kenneth Dahl, a 189th Aerial Port Flight
air transportation specialist, about cargo the Arkansas Air National Guardsman helps prepare for airdrop. Dillion visited
the 189th Airlift Wing as part of an officer exchange program between the United States and Great Britain. Maj. Dom
Sarnataro, a pilot with the 154th Training Squadron visited the RAF Brize Norton, a British air base near Oxford. (Photos
by Master Sgt. Bob Oldham, 189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office)

   Because their military career is seen as
a hobby by some employers in England,
RAF Auxiliary members have to be care-            “I think it’s great, it really is,” he said. “They
ful how often they put on their uniform
for a tour of duty, Dillon said.                 call it the Natural State, of course there’s a bit of
      Here in the United States, reserve         everything here, isn’t there?”
component members enjoy the Employer
Support of the Guard and Reserve organi-
                                                                        - Royal Auxiliary Air Force
zation and several laws that are aimed at                              Warrant Officer Matt Dillon
protecting a Guardsman’s or Reservist’s
civilian employment rights.

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 “Challenged” youths take a break to
      enjoy National Guard Day
   Youth Challenge program offers a
       day full of fish, fun, food
proximately 60 cadets participating in
the Arkansas National Guard’s Youth
Challenge program celebrated the com-
pletion of their first half of the program’s
22-week residential phase on Oct. 6,
    Celebrating the halfway point of the
program, the “at risk” youths partici-
pated in catching, cleaning and frying
up their own fish, along with enjoying a
day full of football, volleyball, baseball,                                              Go long … go Guard!
horseshoes and rock climbing.                                                            Youth Challenge cadets celebrate with a
    Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, adjutant                                                     day full of fun. The teens talked with Nation-
general of Arkansas offered a few words                                                  al Guard recruiters about potential careers
of inspiration to the cadets during the                                                  in the military.(Staff photos by Capt. Chris
day’s events, and even joined in the fes-                                                Heathscott)
tivities by hitting a couple of baseballs
and climbing a rock wall alongside the
teens.                                        Baseball and hot dogs
    Youth Challenge is a statewide pro-       Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain (right), ad-
gram that provides an opportunity for         jutant general Arkansas, and Col.
Arkansas’ young men and women, ages           Don Cronkhite (left), director of
16-18, who are high school dropouts,          Military Support for the Arkansas
unemployed or underemployed, to com-          National Guard, are served food by
plete their high school education.            Youth Challenge cadets.Chastain
    It is a voluntary program that offers     offered a few words of inspiration to
a disciplined environment for those who       the cadets during the days event’s,
enroll to learn life skills along with pre-   and even joined in the festivities by
paring for and potentially earning their      hitting a couple of baseballs and
general education diploma.                    climbing the rock wall alongside the
    This is the 27th class for the Youth      teens.
Challenge program in Arkansas. The            class is scheduled to graduate on
                                              Dec. 19, 2006, at which point the gradu-
                                              ates begin a 12-month mentorship pro-
                                                                                         A Youth Challenge cadet slides into home
                                              gram. Over 2,000 teens have graduated
                                                                                         plate during the program’s ‘National Guard
                                              the program to date. Arkansas’ Youth
                                                                                         Day.’ The day marked the halfway point of
                                              Challenge program is sponsored and
                                                                                         the program’s 22-week residential phase.
                                              conducted by the Arkansas National
                                              Guard in conjunction with the Office of
                                              the Governor and the Arkansas Depart-      for Class 28, which begins on Jan. 13, 2007.
                                              ment of Education.                         Applicants must be drug free and not currently
                                                 Students are now being accepted         involved with the criminal justice system (in-
                                                                                         cluding not being on probation or parole). Par-
                                              Play Ball!                                 ticipation in the program is free to the students
                                              Youth Challenge cadets play ball           and there is no military obligation. Information
                                              during ‘National Guard Day’ - a            and applications for Youth Challenge are avail-
                                              celebration of their half-way mark         able through local National Guard readiness
                                              through their training program.            centers or by calling toll free 1-800-814-8453.
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             Another ‘first’                    Drill Sergeants
                                            Drill sergeants are many differ-
                                        ent things to the Soldiers they train.
                  for                   At Basic Combat Training, they are
                                        the ones who “DRIVE ME TOO
                                        HARD,” but in combat they are

            Arkansas Guard              remembered as “THE ONE WHO
                                        SAVED MY LIFE.”
                                            The first Arkansas Army Nation-
Arkansas Soldier graduates from         al Guard Soldier ever selected to at-
                                        tend the Unites States Army Drill
     Drill Sergeant School              Sergeant School graduated Sept.
                                        19, 2006. Sgt. Larry G. Thomas
                      Story by          Jr., a member of HHC, 2nd Bat-
              State Command Sgt. Maj.   talion, 153rd Infantry, is currently
                                        attached to the State Recruit Sus-
                 Deborah J. Collins
                                        tainment Program. Thomas was
                                        selected to attend the nine-week
                                        drill sergeant school based on his
                                        skills, capabilities, experience, and
                                        demonstrated potential. Thomas
                                        brings with him that combat expe-
                                        rience. He is an Operation Iraqi
                                        Freedom II veteran who served as
                                        a member of a sniper team in Iraq.
                                        His graduation was attended by
                                        State Command Sgt. Maj. Deborah
                                        J. Collins, Sgt. 1st Class Charley
                                        J. Reed, state recruit sustainment
                                        program coordinator; and Staff
                                        Sgt Harold T. Grubbs, noncommis-
                                        sioned officer in charge of the state
                                        recruit sustainment program.
                                            Thomas brings his experience to
                                        the state recruit sustainment pro-
                                        gram. The RSP will now have three
                                        drill sergeants assigned to conduct
                                        pre-basic combat training, prepar-
                                        ing non-prior service warriors from
                                        around the state for success at Basic
                                        Combat Training. With the imple-
                                        mentation of the RSP, the Arkansas
                                        Army National Guard has reduced
                                        training pipeline losses over 20 per-
                                        cent in less than two years. The state
                                        recruit sustainment program is the
                                        most intensive training program es-
                                        tablished to date to prepare new AR
                                        ARNG service members for success
                                        at basic combat training. Previous
                                        programs include pre-basic and the
                                        basic training orientation program.
                                        RSP training sites are established
                                        in nine locations around the state.
                                        Warriors are recruited into a unit
                                        but then attached to an RSP site
                                        where they remain attached until
                                        they become MOS (job) qualified.
                                        The RSP is a Recruiting and Reten-
                                        tion and State Command Sergeant
                                        Major program with support pro-
                                        vided by the units around the state.
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                        Service members may be at risk for
                          post-traumatic stress disorder
Mmilitary’s mental health services for
    isleading media coverage about               just 23 percent of the surveyed service
                                                 members whose responses showed they
                                                                                                el programs, and they are working excep-
                                                                                                tionally well, and they are an example for
troops deployed to or returned from Iraq         were potentially at risk were referred to      all others to follow,” he said.
loses sight of the fact that they’re the best,   mental health providers. What it didn’t re-         A visit to Fort Lewis, Wash., con-
most comprehensive ever provided, the            cord was how many of those people were         firmed that these programs are valued by
Defense Department’s top doctor said.            referred to other sources of care or support   the service members they’re designed to
     “There is no military in history that       -- primary-care doctors, group counseling      help. “I observed firsthand Soldiers going
has done more to address the mental              sessions, chaplains and other services,        through this program, and this process,”
health concerns of service members than          Winkenwerder noted.                            Winkenwerder said. “It’s an exemplary
this current Department of Defense,” Dr.              GAO’s conclusion and the media            program.”
William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant sec-         coverage of it is akin to saying that some-         He noted that commanders and ser-
retary of defense for health affairs, told       one with a sore knee can only get proper       vice members are giving it high marks.
American Forces Press Service.                   treatment from an orthopedist, ignoring        “They themselves say that the programs
     Winkenwerder cited flaws in a new            the whole spectrum of other treatment op-      are helpful and valuable,” he said.
General Accountability Office study and           tions, he said.                                     “We are doing an unprecedented ef-
said media coverage of its findings gives              “Any medical researcher who looked        fort, breaking new ground (and) reaching
service members the false impression that        at this would absolutely refute on the basis   out to people,” Winkenwerder said. “And
they’re receiving less-than-the-best-qual-       of what we know that there is some indi-       I think we have firsthand evidence that the
ity mental health care services.                 cation that people are not getting the fol-    programs are valued, that they are work-
     “The level of our effort and our out-       low-up care that they need,” he said.          ing, that they are having an impact from
reach is unprecedented,” he said. “We                 The report comes at a time when           the surveys that we have done of the ser-
have broken new ground.”                         DoD is offering the most extensive mental      vice members themselves.”
     Part of that new ground–the subject of      health support in its history, Winkenw-             Portraying the program as anything
the recent GAO study–is a questionnaire          erder said. He cited several examples of       less only hurts the people it’s designed to
that screens service members for a vari-         the outreach being provided.                   serve, he said.
ety of health issues, including indicators       • Placing mental health and combat -                “It’s unfortunate that this has been
that they may be at risk for post-traumatic      stress control teams in the combat theater     characterized in a way that, in my judg-
stress disorder. DoD has screened more           to address needs that arise during deploy-     ment, could be damaging to people’s per-
than 1 million service members through           ments.                                         ception about the level of support that is
questionnaires and face-to-face interviews       • Sending three special study teams into       out there now,” he said. “Service mem-
with medical professionals, both before,         the theater during the past three years to     bers and family members may read this
during and after their deployments to            evaluate combat stress issues and recom-       and think we’re not doing a good job. And
identify possible mental health problems         mend improvements in existing programs         nothing could be further from the truth.”
and prevent or treat them, Winkenwerder          and policies to address them.
noted.                                           • Designing and implementing numerous
     However, the GAO study found that           Soldier and family support programs that
                                                 identify problems early and help to pre-           Have a problem? Need help?
                                                 vent them; and                                 Need someone to talk to? Four sug-
Editor’s Note: This article is a continu-        • Introducing a new program to assess, not     gestions: your supervisor (chain of
ation of reports presented in our previ-         just mental health, but also overall health,   command); command sergeant major,
ous issue. The Arkansas National Guard           family social and health concerns three to
                                                                                                unit chaplain, or contact: www.mili-
brings you up to date information on sub-                                                       taryonesource.com.
                                                 six months after redeployment.
jects beneficial to Guard members.                     “The bottom line is that we have mod-              1-800-342-9647
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                 Remembering Fallen Soldiers                                                                       188th’s Greer
Story and Photo by Capt. Chris Heathscott                                                                          lays wreath at
State Public Affairs Officer
BATESVILLE, Ark. – “Those that would choose
                                                                                                                      Tomb of
to be our enemies should understand that we will                                                                     Unknowns
fight any fight, that we will pay any price. We
will do whatever it takes to secure liberty and                                                                 by Tech. Sgt. Channon Phipps
freedom.”                                                                                                       188th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
   These words, once spoken by President John F.                                                                   Seldom does a person get the
Kennedy, were reborn through the voice of U.S.                                                                  chance to follow in his father’s
Representative Marion Berry, during a memorial                                                                  footsteps in a manner so significant
dedication ceremony in Batesville, Ark. on Oct.                                                                 and personally rewarding as did
                                                                                                                Tech. Sgt. Jay Greer, when he was
15, 2006. The ceremony paid tribute to four
                                                                                                                able to lay a wreath at the Tomb of
Arkansas National Guardsmen who gave their
                                                                                                                the Unknowns in a ceremony this
lives in support of the global war on terrorism.                                                                past June at Arlington National
   “These people that we memorialize here today,                                                                Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
and their families, know what that really means.                                                                   Greer, who resides in Lavaca, is
And they know that they have fought the fight                                                                    a 188th crew chief. He knew the
and paid the price. And we are, as a nation and a                                                               honor of laying a wreath at the tomb
community, eternally grateful for that sacrifice and                                                             was limited to a certain number of
commitment that they have made,” Berry added.                                                                   people each year, and the selection
                                                                                                                process was rigorous.
   Honoring a pledge to remember the Soldiers
                                                                                                                   Greer applied anyway.
who died serving with the 39th Brigade Combat
                                                                                                                   His father, John T. Greer III, an
Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, the                                                                     Army Ranger veteran, had been
ceremony memorialized the men who were                                                                          able to lay a wreath at the national
killed in action while serving with the brigade’s       Moment of Silence                                       landmark in 1954.
Batesville unit.                                        The Soldiers of the Batesville, Ark. based                 For Greer to literally follow in
   Rain fell on the attending crowd like tears          Company B, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade         his father’s footsteps on the 50th
from heaven, as the emotions of family, friends         Combat Team take a moment of silience in                anniversary of that event was
and fellow Soldiers inspired tears of their own.        honor of the unit’s four Soldiers killed in action      particularly meaningful to both him
                                                                                                                and his father, the younger Greer
The large crowd continued to pay their respects         during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
in defiance of the rain, which soon dried up as if
                                                        with the 39th prior to the brigade’s return home.          Greer included a copy of the video
paying respect as well.                                                                                         of his father laying the wreath in his
                                                        Sixteen of these men were Arkansas National
   Of the four being memorialized, three - Sgt.                                                                 request letter.
                                                        Guardsmen. The pledge of the 39th is to never
Joshua S. Marcum, of Evening Shade, Cpl. Jimmy                                                                     His wish was granted when some
                                                        forget their sacrifice.
D. Buie, of Floral, and Spc. Jeremy W. McHalffey,                                                               weeks later he received a reply
                                                           “We must continue to realize the importance of
of Mabelvale - were killed in the same attack,                                                                  from the director of ceremonies and
                                                        remembering our fallen comrades,” said Chastain.        special events at Arlington National
when an improvised explosive device detonated
                                                        “This Fallen Soldiers memorial will always remind       Cemetery.
near their military vehicle on Jan. 4, 2005. Sgt.
                                                        us of these ‘Bravo’ Company Soldiers that did              The letter authorizing him to par-
Kenneth A. Melton, of West Plains, Mo., was the
                                                        not make it home. We honor them today and we            ticipate in the ceremony arrived only
first Soldier to lose his life while serving with the
                                                        remain in touch with the past with symbols. This        two weeks before the ceremony was
unit. Melton was killed when his convoy was hit                                                                 to take place. Greer said it was “a
                                                        memorial is such a symbol. It’s a way to preserve
by an IED and small arms fire on Apr. 25, 2004.                                                                  scramble” to get the airline tickets,
                                                        their memory.”
   “I’m all too familiar with the circumstances of                                                              rental cars, and everything else put
                                                           The bronze memorial consisted of a common
their deaths,” said Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, the                                                                 in place for the trip. Several of his
                                                        representation of the Fallen Soldier. A Soldier’s
adjutant general of Arkansas, as he spoke about                                                                 family members, including his wife,
                                                        helmet perched on the butt of his rifle, with the        brother, mother and father were able
each Soldier with first hand knowledge. “All four
                                                        weapon’s bayonet firmly planted in the memorial’s        to attend the event.
died on the same highway in Baghdad, one that
                                                        four by four base. An empty pair of combat boots           Greer said that while the
we called Route Pluto.”
                                                        sits side by side, in front of the weapon, with laces   experience itself was an incredible
   Chastain commanded the 39th Brigade Combat
                                                        neatly tied . A plaque inscribed with the names of      one, it went even deeper than the fact
Team during its deployment to Iraq, his second                                                                  he was able to repeat something his
                                                        each of the four men, along with the date of each
combat command.                                                                                                 father had done five decades before.
                                                        death provides all who pass with a memory of their
   Chastain also commanded the 25th Rear Area                                                                      “After I did it, I thought, ‘this was
Operations Center during its 1990 deployment in                                                                 more about just honoring people who
                                                           Etched on the base of the memorial are the words,
support of Operation Desert Storm.                                                                              had served and died,’” Greer said.
                                                        “From this day to the ending of the world we in it         Greer said his father, who was able
   During the mobilization of the 39th from
                                                        shall be remembered. For he who today sheds his         to witness the ceremony, expressed
October 2003 to April 2005, the brigade consisted
of approximately 4,200 Soldiers from 10 different       blood with me shall be my brother.” Continued           his pride in him.
states. In all, 33 men lost their lives while serving   on next page
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                                                family members of the four Fallen Soldiers    want to know. Who knows? If it’s good
     Fallen Soldiers                            in unveiling the memorial.                    enough, it might end up in the magazine.
                                                   “I consider it an honor to have served        We’re also interested in photos that en-
Continued from previous page.                   with these four outstanding Soldiers,” said   hance the story.
   Obviously humbled by the honor to speak      General Chastain in his closing comments         Contact the managing editor, Buddy
at the ceremony, Congressman Berry said,        to the crowd. “We honor them by not taking    Garrett, at (501) 212-5022 (DSN: 962-
“I never wore the uniform. I never served       for granted what they did. We need to keep    5022) or send an e-mail to him at: buddy.
in the military. I thought that I appreciated   their memory alive, and in fact, we owe it    garrett@ar.ngb.army.mil.
what our men that have, have done for this      to them.”
country. But I didn’t fully understand it,
until I went to Iraq and spent some time        Arkansas Minuteman                            Sportsmen passes
with Bravo Company and the 39th and our
military that was serving there at the time.
                                                magazine wants your                               Persons entering the Fort Chaffee Ma-
   Several Soldiers serving with the 39th       Guard member stories                          neuver Training Center for hunting, fish-
had the opportunity to meet Berry, during                                                     ing, or any other recreational activity must
a congressional delegation visit to Iraq in        Are you a Guard member or family           attend the Sportsman’s Orientation Class,
August of 2004. Berry joined his fellow         member, or do you know a Guard member         Building 1683, the first Thursday at 7 p.m.
US Representatives, Mike Ross and Vic           or family member who has had a “special       or the first Saturday at 10 a.m. of each
Snyder, along with Mr. Randy Massenelli,        experience”?                                  month through April, barring holidays or
the State Director for Senator Mark Pryor’s        If so, The Arkansas Minuteman maga-        inclement weather. Directions are avail-
office, during the trip to Iraq.                 zine wants your story. We’re looking for      able at the main gate of Fort Chaffee.
   “I left there more impressed with            well-written stories about Guard members          Those who have taken the orienta-
these men and woman that have served            who have saved someone’s life, or who         tion class since January 1999 can renew
our country in Iraq and Afghanistan than        have been recognized by the community         their permits on Tuesdays or Thursdays at
anything I have ever seen or ever expect to     for their outstanding contributions, or who   Building 1390 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 30
see,” Berry added.”                             regularly exemplify the Guard image.          minutes prior to the Sportsman’s Orienta-
   Berry assisted General Chastain and the         If you have a good story to tell, we       tion Classes in Building 1683.

                                           Minuteman Day Winners
                                         Minuteman 5K (1st through 3rd place listings)

Overall Female: Beatrix Elliott, 23:54.0; Age 45-49: Tala Hill, 26:48.9; Age 40-44: Rhonda Schlimgen, 46:41.0 and Leda Bradley,
48:22.9; Age 35-39: Betty Anderson, 25:24.6 and Cynthia Brasfield, 26:52.9; Age 30-34: Nichole Lashbrook, 28:39.6 and Laurie
Criddle, 38:12.8; Age 25-29: Lori Autrey, 30:20.8; Age 20-24: Jourdan Munk, 27:32.0 and Rebecca Ginder, 48:18.3; Age 15-19:
Julie Womack, 36:32.3; Age 11-14: Dana Saucy, 26:44.2 and Lauren Smith, 31:23.7.

Overall Male: Brian Webb, 20:02.1; Age 55-59: Joseph Kopecky, 24:31.4 and Robert Sivils, 28:32.6; Age 50-54: Larry Curtis,
26:45.5, Allen Hargis, 27:32.0, and Timothy Head, 30:20.8; Age 45-49: Steven Bresette, 24:46.4, Douglas Nichols, 25:24.6,
and Kirk Van Pelt, 26:15.7; Age 40-44: James Mann, 21:41.0, John Gay, 23:32.0, and David Mears, 24:23.7; Age 35-39: Jason
Brautigam, 22:07.2 , Michael Kernodle, 22:24.1, and Justin Ray, 23:01.0; Age 30-34: Keith Dortch, 22:54.8, Marcus Pierce, 23:54.0,
and Ian Hammon, 24:19.3; Age 25-29: Austin Carr, 23:30.6, Brandon Keeler, 24:13.2, and Jeffrey Harrington, 24:44.1; Age 20-
24, John Edwards, 20:36.9, Buren Hurst, 20:54.6, and Jonathan Stracler, 22:53.5; Age 15-19, Buddy Robinson, 21:02.2, Beenden
Hawk, 21:03.0; and Dakota Thompson, 23:12.7; Age 11-14: James Vanpelt, 24:10.0, Dustin Thompson, 27:42.7, and Andrew Baker,

Team Winners:
1st Place Russellville – Brian Webb, John Edwards, and Buddy Robinson, 1:01:41.4; 2nd Place PEC – Jason Brautigam, Michael
Kernodle, and Brandon Keeler, 1:08:44.5; 3rd Place DCSIM – James Mann, Justin Ray, and Shane Ashcraft, 1:09:55.7.

                                                   Minuteman Golf Tournament

Overall winners of the Minuteman Days Golf Tournament were Rex Barnhill, Laird High, and Todd Baker with a score of 57


Arkansas Federal Credit Union; Arnold & Blevins Electric; Benchmark; Benham Companies; Carter Burgess; Chwalinski
Excavating; Engineering-Environmental Management (e2M); FTN Associates, Ltd.; Genesis Environmental; Glazers; Grady Jones
Company; JAMM Construction (Mike Fosler); Lockeby & Associates; Marlar Engineering; NABHOLZ; Peterson Concrete Tanks;
and Sherwin Williams.
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                                   A Letter Home
   We all have days that we will never forget.
   Our lives are bookmarked by events that change us either for better or for worse. When I
grow old, my memories will be highlighted by things like my children being born, the fall of
the Berlin wall, my first car, the Challenger explosion, Oklahoma City and, of course, Sep-
tember 11, 2001. Others may have Pearl Harbor, Mount St. Helens, the Kennedy Assassina-
tion or the Vietnam War.
   Over a month ago, several hundred other Arkansas soldiers and I started a journey that
will be a defining part of who we are for the rest of our lives. We came from factories, of-
fices, hospitals, police departments and fire departments; now we are all Soldiers. We have
spent the last several weeks being poked, prodded, vaccinated and tested by doctors. We
have been taught and tested by instructors. We are making the transition from members of
society to the protectors of it.
   We remember and rehearse skills learned long ago but rarely used, and learn new skills
made necessary by events most people will only see through a television camera. We listen
eagerly to the stories of those who have been there, hoping to learn that vital piece of in-
formation that will bring us home safely. We plan, rehearse, adjust the plan, rehearse some
more and pray that it will be enough. We hear firsthand from those who have already gone
and come back - all the things that the mainstream media seem to ignore: that the train-
ing does work, that the equipment we have really is the best in the world, and that the vast
majority of the Iraqi people welcome us and the freedom we represent. We are starting to
realize that soon we will be the seasoned veterans telling stories to young Soldiers, reassur-
ing and training them to carry on in our place, and ensuring that America will never forget
or marginalize our service or our sacrifice. This is the story of Soldiers throughout history
- we live to serve and protect.
   One of the most difficult challenges we face is how to focus on the mission at hand
while not losing sight of the reason for that mission - our families and friends back home.
Our success depends on the ability to concentrate completely on our jobs; but if we push
thoughts of home completely out of our minds, we risk forgetting what we fight for. We
long for the comforts of home but, deeper inside, we ache for the challenge at hand, and for
the chance to test our skills and validate all the years of training.
   We have all of the tools we need - training, equipment, motivation and your support. We
will do what has to be done, and we will come home again. We are ready and willing. We are
                                                            - SSG Jeremy Holler
                                                             Co A 875th En Bn

Arkansas Minuteman
Arkansas National Guard
Camp Joseph T. Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199-9600

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