United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command Volume 10, Number 5, May 2003
SMDC activates 1st Space Brigade (Provisional)
April ceremony creates
sole Army space brigade
By Maj. Laura Kenney
Army Space Command
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A
significant milestone in the history of
Army Space Command took place April 11
with the activation of the 1st Space Brigade
(Provisional) in a ceremony held at the
Command headquarters here.
The ceremony marked the creation of
the Army’s first and only space brigade.
Currently, elements of the brigade’s three
battalions are deployed in Iraq and the
surrounding theater in support of Marine
Expeditionary Force 1, V Corps and Central
“This activation represents a huge step
forward in the normalization of space,”
said LTG Joseph M. Cosumano Jr., com-
manding general, U.S. Army Space and
Missile Defense Command. “And what
better time to do it than these historic
times we find ourselves in with Army
Space forces deployed on critical missions
supporting the warfighters of IRAQI FREEDOM.
“Army Space Command just marked its Photo by Dennis Plummer
15th birthday, although the history of the
Command Sgt. Maj. Reginald Ficklin holds the Army Field Flag as it is unfurled by LTG Joseph M.
Army in space is much longer than that.
Cosumano Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, symbolically
We’ve postponed celebrating that anniver- activating the 1st Space Brigade (Provisional). The 1st Space Brigade commander, Col. David Shaffer,
sary while our soldiers are in harm’s way, observes.
but this is still a great time to stand up the
new brigade.” the Army Space Command and three and space force enhancement operations
The ceremony began with the symbolic battalion flags. Then, while the official in support of U.S. Strategic Command and
uncasing and unfurling of the Army Field activation orders were read, Cosumano Supported Combatant Commanders en-
Flag, marking the activation of a provi- passed the formal, framed copy of the order abling the delivery of decisive combat
sional unit. Colors for the 1st Space Bri- to the brigade commander, Col. David power.”
gade will be authorized once the brigade’s Shaffer. Army Space Command officially came
status is made permanent. The mission of the 1st Space Brigade, as into being April 7, 1988. Its three
The Army Field Flag was then posted in detailed in the order, is to “conduct con-
the waiting empty stand already flanked by tinuous, global space support, space control See Space Brigade on page 4
Army Space on target in Operation Iraqi Inside
Freedom with command-wide effort The Eagle
By Maj. Laura Kenney involved in Iraqi Freedom. lance products.
Army Space Command Since the beginning of OPERATION Maj. Daniel Cockerham,
ENDURING FREEDOM, Army Space team leader of Army Space Thomas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — has deployed 10 space support Support Team (ARSST) 5,
Sandstorms, heat, insects, teams to the U.S. Central traveled with the Marine
worry about the war, personal Command region. Teams Expeditionary Force 1 as they farewell,
hygiene, homesickness … all served in Iraq, Oman, Kuwait took Baghdad. Prior to entering page 3
these things affected Army and elsewhere in the the city, he e-mailed his unit.
Space soldiers serving in CENTCOM area of operations. “We’re fully integrated with
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM just as They provided space capabili- the Marines and are treated as
they affected the troops waging ties, expertise and products in family since we’ve been living Army Space
direct war. Like their infantry support of theater commanders. and operating with them from
brethren, Army Space soldiers The teams moved with those the beginning. Our soldiers
persevered and were an essen- combatant commanders, pull duty with them in addition to get new
tial part of the war effort. sharing the same dangers and to performing our mission. We deputy
Every element of the com- hardships while providing up- haven’t had showers in weeks commander,
mand was fully engaged, from to-the-minute space force and are filthy, but, hey, we’re page 4
the Army Space soldiers work- enhancement. This enhance- on the outskirts of Baghdad!
ing hand in hand with combat- ment included satellite com- We’re all very proud to be part of
ant commanders in the desert, munications health and wel- this effort,” said Cockerham.
to the Space and Missile De- fare status and analysis; global A Joint Tactical Ground CSM David
fense Command Operations positioning system accuracy Station (JTAGS), which pro- Lady takes
Center here tracking move- predictions; strategic and vides direct downlinked, in- over as top
ment of soldiers and providing theater ballistic missile early theater, early warning of enlisted
reach-back support for all warning; weather terrain and missile launches, was deployed
deployed space teams. environmental monitoring to the CENTCOM region. soldier,
A total of five space teams awareness; and intelligence, page 5
were deployed and directly reconnaissance and surveil- See Operation on pages 12-13
2 The Eagle May 2003
The Command Corner
LTG Joseph M. Cosumano Jr. CSM Reginald Ficklin
Commanding General Command Sgt. Maj.
here is no month during the year more dedicated to cele- et’s talk about maturity: Thinking outside the box, finding
brating those who serve our great nation than the month solutions to problems and taking the initiative.
of May. For service members, government civilians, We all know that the last several months have been
contractors supporting the nation and their collective families, intense ones, not for our Army and the other services alone, but
May is a month filled with many opportunities to honor and for the entire nation and world as OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM unfolded.
recognize those past and present who selflessly gave or continue Again this month, there are stories and photos throughout The
to give so much so we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. Eagle telling about SMDC’s contribution to this effort.
We celebrate V-E Day, Military Spouse Day, Armed Forces Day I want to briefly tell you the story-behind-the-story that, I
and Memorial Day during this “appreciation” month of May. think, demonstrates the maturity of our noncommissioned
May 8 is the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe officers.
during World War II in which more than 16 million American As you know, the Army Space Operations Center in Colorado
men and women served and almost one million were either Springs changed its focus and mission at the beginning of the
killed or wounded in the War’s 3 ½ years. year — part of the overall growth of our organization. The name
May 9 marks Military Spouse Day, first proclaimed by Presi- of the center changed to the Space and Missile Defense Com-
dent Ronald Reagan in 1984 to recognize all military spouses for mand Operations Center. This meant that our NCO and officer
their personal sacrifices and dedication to our nation. Our crews manning the center 24/7 expanded their watch to all
spouses represent a true “combat multiplier” as they allow us to SMDC mission areas.
focus on our mission vice worrying about “home” while away During the war, SMDC leadership needed information about
from our loved ones. Our spouses are never “last but not least” missile defense.
but rather “first and foremost” in our minds when it comes to Three NCOs — Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Parks, Sgt. Robert Orndoff
stability for the community, preserving family values and com- and Sgt. Carris Burns — went beyond their specific military
mitment to the great profession of arms. occupational specialty training to research information that
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy said, “Guard jealously your eventually assisted our commanding general in advising the
right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will Army and warfighting leadership about missile defense.
be no other rights to guard.” He was referring to the recognition I think it is a sign of maturity to make something happen
of Armed Forces Day celebrated on the third Saturday in May, without being told. It says something about SMDC that we have
this year on May 17. On this day there are typically festive NCOs in an operations center who can help impact the decision-
activities and parades sponsored by the local military command. making of our leadership with good, solid, factual information.
Many of our military bases are open to the public and provide an And it’s not just with these three. We see it across the com-
excellent opportunity for us to showcase our equipment and mand in all our locations.
profession. This month marks another great event in SMDC.
Memorial Day, observed this year on May 26, marks one of Command Sgt. Maj. David Lady signs in to the command as
the most solemn observances we have and honors those who our new command sergeant major. He arrives from Germany,
have given their lives for our nation. This year Memorial Day is where he served as U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army com-
especially poignant as we have so many of our fellow service mand sergeant major.
members deployed in harm’s way supporting OPERATION ENDURING We’ll welcome this great NCO in a ceremony hosted by the CG
FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM; a number have already made at SMDC headquarters in Crystal City, Va., May 19. This cer-
the ultimate sacrifice and their families will soon place flags emony will be done by video teleconference links to our outlying
and flowers “where valor proudly sleeps.” sites, so I am looking forward to you all joining us.
These observances take on a special meaning this year, This will give our new command sergeant major a true feeling
particularly within the SMDC family as we have many of our of just how global we are at SMDC.
own soldiers and civilians deployed around the world providing I’m sure it will not be long before he visits and personally
Army space support to tactical units, early warning of missile meets each and every one of you — giving us all the opportunity
attack, communications and other services. These soldiers and to show him more examples of the sincere dedication that exists
civilians and those at home station, deserve our sincere appre- among our soldiers and civilians.
ciation for a job well done and for their collective sacrifices.
Please take the time this month to participate in the many
opportunities available in your area to honor those men and
women who gave so much for the liberties we enjoy.
SECURE THE HIGH GROUND! “PROUD TO BE HERE ... READY TO SERVE.”
The Army will celebrate its the freedom and privilege we all and Transforming.” It is a
228th birthday on June 14. We enjoy. And they will be doing it reminder not only of our
cannot predict the myriad ways with the same courage, deter- accomplishments over the
soldiers will be serving on our mination and plain grit that last 228 years, but also of
Army’s birthday. But there is they have for more than 227 our ongoing commitment to
no doubt — soldiers will be on years. the nation today.
point for the nation around the This year’s Army Birthday — Gen. Eric K. Shinseki,
globe. They will be guarding theme is “U.S. Army — At War U.S. Army Chief of Staff
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May 2003 The Eagle 3
Thomas White says farewell
It has been my distinct
privilege to serve as your
secretary these last two years;
the absolute high point of my
professional life. Our soldiers
and civilian employees have
Office changes name,
distinguished themselves in
peace and war befitting our
heritage and reputation of
service to the nation since
before its founding. I could not The Army leadership has approved changing the
be prouder of the outstanding name of the Program Executive Office for Air and
contributions you have made to Missile Defense (PEO AMD) to the Program Executive
our nation’s defense and the Office for Air, Space and Missile Defense (PEO ASMD).
honorable manner in which Thomas E. White Along with the name change, PEO ASMD will gain
you have shouldered the operational control of the Army Space Program Office
immense sacrifices required of years old next month. Our (ASPO), which includes Blue Force Tracking,
you and your families. enduring commitment to our Situational Awareness, the Army’s Tactical Exploitation
The Army remains at War fellow citizens is to be ready to of Capabilities/Tactical Applications Office (TENCAP/
and transforming. We have defend the United States and TAC APPS) Program, and the Army Core Space Control
significant challenges ahead. her allies when called. As I System (ACSCS).
We will win the War on conclude my duty with you I am Claude M. Bolton Jr., the assistant secretary of the
Terrorism as part of a Joint proud to report to the American Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), signed
team regardless of duration people that their respect and the agreement May 7. There will be a ceremony at a
and difficulty. Additionally, it is admiration for their Army is date to be determined.
absolutely vital that we build on well founded. God Bless you, These moves are being made to comply with the
our successes and sustain our the United States Army and October 2001 Chief of Staff of the Army guidance to
momentum to realize the the United States of America. realign acquisition programs to the PEO structure.
vision of Army Transformation
as part of the Joint Force. — Tom White
America’s Army turns 228 74th Army Secretary
What We Think
The Eagle asks: Do you believe having embedded media during the war with Iraq helped
keep family members better informed and less anxious? Why?
I think the embedded media certainly kept the I feel that during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, it
family members better informed and less was helpful for the troops’ families to be able to
anxious because the media proved we were see how well things were progressing. However,
winning despite propaganda from Iraq. The in general, I don’t think it’s a good thing to have
media gave the family members an idea of untrained personnel embedded with troops. It’s
where their loved ones were, whether they were too much of a liability for the troops.
in combat or not.
Ellen M. Smith Stephen Williams
Personnel Assistant Chief, Intelligence Division
Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence
Arlington, Va. Huntsville, Ala.
I thought the media kept family members better I believe it is important to keep family members
informed but not necessarily less anxious. informed about the war. We must be careful
When soldiers’ names were not kept confiden- reporting news to the public. Is the information
tial, especially the POWs, I thought more accurate, and will it put our troops at risk? It is
stress and worry was created for family mem- natural for family members to be anxious about
bers. It would have been more appropriate for war. That’s life.
the military to privately inform families back
home of a soldier’s status rather than the
media broadcasting it to the world.
Jay F. Daniels Sgt. 1st Class Cynthia C. Arrington
USAKA Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel
Huntsville, Ala. Arlington, Va.
I feel that the media’s presence provided the The media definitely kept people informed and
families more information on the welfare of the the times when individuals were featured
soldiers. Because this was such a successful certainly helped those families. Reporters have
war with relatively few casualties, this informa- always provided “reports” of the events, but to
tion helped ease the families’ minds. However, have virtual experience in real time was different
had this war turned into anything near what ... Having “step-by-step” accounts, especially
past major conflicts have been, such as both the visual, gave us all a better understanding of
World Wars and Vietnam, the families would the conditions under which the military was
have experienced increased anxiety due to the working — sand storms, heat, sleeping where
media’s presentation of the combat. you can, when you can, succumbing to jeers
as well as cheers of the locals. But, I’m not
sure anything can make you feel less anxious
Sgt. Todd Ricard
Maintenance NCO, D Company,
Patsy Campbell when a loved one is in the vicinity of danger.
FA40 Program Manager
1st SATCON Bn., Army Space Command Arlington, Va.
Camp Roberts, Calif.
4 The Eagle May 2003
Army Space Command to get new deputy commander
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, the Air Force Space and Missile
Colo. — Brig. Gen. Robert P. Badge (Master).
Lennox, deputy commanding Lennox, deputy commanding
general, U.S. Army Air Defense general of the U.S. Army Air
Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Defense Artillery Center and
Fort Bliss, Texas, has been Fort Bliss since July 2001,
named to replace Brig. Gen. received his commission as a
Richard V. Geraci as the deputy second lieutenant in the ADA
commanding general, U.S. upon graduating from the
Army Space Command/deputy United States Military Academy
commanding general for Opera- at West Point, N.Y. He earned a
tions, U.S. Army Space and master’s degree in business
Missile Defense Command at administration from Stanford
Peterson Air Force Base, University and a master’s
Colorado, with a report date to degree in national security and
be determined. strategic studies from National
Geraci, who has served as Defense University. His mili-
deputy commanding general of Brig. Gen. Richard V. Geraci Brig. Gen. Robert P. Lennox tary education includes the Air
Army Space Command since Defense Artillery officer basic
August 2000, has been selected tion Operations support of During his 27 years of active and advanced courses, the U.S.
to be the director, National regional combatant command- service, Geraci has served Army Command and General
Security Space Architect ers. His previous assignment eight years in Germany with Staff College and the National
(NSSA). In this capacity, he was as the deputy director for the 32nd Army Air Defense War College.
will be responsible to the Under Joint Warfighting Experimenta- Command in operational During his 26 years of active
Secretary of the Air Force and tion, U. S. Joint Forces Com- command and staff positions. service, Lennox served in
Director of the National Recon- mand, Norfolk, Va. He deployed three times to numerous Air Defense Artillery
naissance Office, Pentagon, Geraci received his commis- Southwest Asia with PATRIOT leadership positions, as well as
Washington, D.C., for develop- sion as a second lieutenant units from Germany. He has two years with the Missile
ing, coordinating and integrat- into the Air Defense Artillery commanded PATRIOT missile Defense Planner, Sea, Air and
ing DoD and the intelligence (ADA) upon graduating from units at battery, battalion and Space Superiority Assessment
community’s (IC) space system New Mexico Military Institute, brigade level, culminating with Division, J-8, The Joint Staff in
architectures for the mid- and Roswell, N.M. He earned a his command of the 31st ADA Washington, D.C.
long-term. master’s degree in manage- Brigade, III Corps. Among his awards are the
Currently, Geraci oversees ment from Webster University, Among his awards are the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf
the command’s operations a master’s degree in systems Defense Superior Service Cluster), the Defense Meritori-
concerning space, computer management from Florida Medal, Legion of Merit, Merito- ous Service Medal, Meritorious
network operations, missile Institute of Technology, and a rious Service Medal (Silver and Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf
defense and integration of master’s degree in national 2 Bronze oak leaf clusters.) Clusters), Joint Service Com-
theater missile defense. Until security and strategic studies Brigadier General Geraci has mendation Medal, Army Com-
recently, he wore a “third hat” from the U. S. Naval War also been awarded the Air mendation Medal, Army
as the chief, Space and Infor- College. His military education Assault Badge, the German Achievement Medal, Parachut-
mation Operations Element, includes the U.S. Army Com- Armed Forces Rocket and Air ist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff
U.S. Strategic Command, to mand and General Staff College Flight Personnel Professional Identification Badge and the
address full spectrum Informa- and the U.S. Naval War College. Qualification Badge (Gold), and Army Staff Identification Badge.
Continued from Page 1 Sept. 11. What a great asset they have outgoing, this ceremony is about the unit,
been. They, as well as their sister battal- about its soldiers, past, present and fu-
battalions — the 1st Satellite Control ions, have been doing a magnificent job in ture.”
Battalion, the 1st Space Battalion, and the supporting the warfighter, wherever he is The present day commander of the 1st
193rd Space Battalion, Colorado National deployed. Space Battalion, Lt. Col. Scott Netherland,
Guard — provide satellite communications, He continued, “It’s taken us 15 long has been in Army Space Command for
force enhancement and early missile years to get here, and I for one appreciate much of its lifespan. As a captain in
warning to the warfighter. the symbolism of having this ceremony OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and STORM, he dem-
Shaffer insisted that the honors of the here in our new building. We have former onstrated the benefits of the Global Posi-
day belonged not to him, as first com- commanders present who represent the tioning System to that conflict’s
mander of the first-ever space brigade, but blood, sweat and tears it took to get us to warfighters.
to that brigade’s deployed soldiers, whom this point as we celebrate quietly while our “GPS got our foot in the door, showing
he and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. nation is at war. what space had to offer,” Netherland said.
Reginald Ficklin could only represent. “And make no mistake, we are a crucial “We’ve come a long, long way since then.
“Our soldiers are over there, as we part of that war effort,” Cosumano said. Today’s brigade activation marks the
speak, doing tremendous things,” Shaffer “We’ve got Army Space Support Teams increase of our investment in space — and
said. “This ceremony is for them as they and Joint Tactical Ground Station sec- it’s a great day for Army Space Command
sweat and work around the clock helping tions, and a host of other elements provid- and the warfighter.”
the combatant commanders achieve the ing communications, early missile warn- Another long-time member of the com-
spectacular success they have.” ing — everything we have in terms of mand, John Marrs, director of Technical
operational capability is involved in Support, said, “I’ve been with the command
‘It’s taken us 15 long years to get current operations. since 1990. The command has grown to
“In OPERATION DESERT STORM, we’d just begun its present size and mission completely in
here ... we celebrate quietly while offering the benefits of the Global Position- keeping with the vision held at its incep-
our nation is at war. And make no ing System. Today, we’re providing force tion, that of providing the best space has to
mistake, we are a crucial part of that enhancement and force protection. We’ve offer the warfighter. Standing up the
war effort,’ come a long way in 15 years, and the brigade will allow us to continue doing that,
stand-up of this brigade today is an indica- and growth is necessary to meet the
tor of all the challenges we’ll meet in the increasing demand for space capabilities.
— LTG Joseph M. Cosumano Jr. future,” concluded Cosumano. It’s a fabulous day for Army space.”
Shaffer addressed those challenges. The ceremony ended with a ritual
Cosumano extended a special welcome “Today’s activation as a provisional unit cutting of a celebratory cake with a saber
to another general officer attending the is a major step in the process of becoming held jointly by Cosumano and Shaffer.
event, Air Force Maj. Gen. Mason C. a permanent Army unit,” Shaffer said. Under Army regulation, a provisional
Whitney, adjutant general for Colorado’s “The great thing about today is that it unit may be organized and designated by
Army and Air National Guard. opens the door to expansion. By increasing the commander of an Army field command
“We couldn’t be doing the tremendous job the size of the brigade, we increase the for a limited period of time, not to exceed
we’re doing, supporting the warfighter in support we give to the warfighter. This two years. At the end of the two-year
current operations, without his people,” ceremony, unlike that of a change of period, the commander will make a recom-
Cosumano said. “Case in point, the 193rd command which is all about welcoming a mendation whether or not to permanently
Space Battalion, activated just before new commander and saying farewell to the organize the unit.
May 2003 The Eagle 5
SATCON soldier rescues woman from attempted rape
By Maj. Laura Kenney her to get in his car,” Maranich said. “I
Army Space Command assured him that I would get her home
safely, but he continued to yell at her. I
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In the wee tried to calm him down, telling him he
dark hours of an early March morning on a could call her the next day, but I really felt
deserted stretch of road without I should take her home since that was
streetlights, an Army Space Command what she wanted. He then got angry with
soldier risked his own safety when he me and told me to (expletive) mind my own
pulled over thinking, initially, to help a business and that the girl was going home
stranded motorist. Events took an unex- with him.”
pected turn, and 1st Lt. Jeff Maranich Maranich attempted to close the door of
ended up rescuing a teen-ager from at- his vehicle, in which both he and the girl
tempted rape. were by this time sitting, but the man
Maranich, executive officer for Delta blocked its closing. The verbal altercation
Company, 1st Satellite Control Battalion at continued, and events became violent
Camp Roberts, Calif., was driving home at when the man threw a punch at Maranich,
approximately 3 a.m. along a road he de- bloodying his lip. Maranich, who’d boxed in
scribed as “out in the boonies.” He spotted college, reacted in self-defense. Blows
a car with a flat tire and a young woman by were exchanged, and Maranich was even-
the side of the road attempting to wave tually able to subdue his assailant with
him down. A man stood at the rear of the what he termed a “sleeper-hold/headlock.”
red sport utility vehicle, next to its flat. The man lost consciousness, and
The events of the next 30 minutes Maranich pulled him to the side of the road
Photo by Sgt. Michael Smith
cycled through confusion to violence and in front of the formerly disabled vehicle,
ended with an arrest. The Paso Robles leaving him safely outlined by its head- 1st Lt. Jeff Maranich, executive officer, Delta
Police Department in California charged lights. Maranich and the woman then left Company, 1st SATCON Battalion, hams it up with a
the man whom Maranich stopped to assist the scene, fearful that the man would copy of The Eagle. He was much more serious in
his March rescue of a young woman from at-
with sexual battery on the teen-ager. follow them and offer further violence.
“I wasn’t thinking any of those things During the ensuing ride to the woman’s
when I stopped to help, though the thought home, she told Maranich that the man had which temporarily cut off circulation
did cross my mind that this was a set-up, attempted to rape her. Marinich tried to causing the attacker to lose conscious-
similar to the terrible thing that happened convince her to call the police and report ness, was exactly the right thing to do in
to Bill Cosby’s son, but — I’ve always the incident, but she was hysterical and those circumstances. I saw the man
believed that choosing to live your life by too frightened of the man to do so initially. shortly after his arrest, and he had sus-
not getting involved is really a choice to “I found out later that her dad convinced tained no serious injuries.
stop living. I had to stop and help, but I her to call the police, which is the right “As police, we’d like to see more people
admit, I DID think I was only stopping to fix thing to do. The man was arrested, and I step forward like this young Army officer
a flat tire!” Maranich said. expect to testify at his upcoming trial,” said did. I’m not recommending putting your-
Parking so that his car’s lights illumi- Maranich. self in danger, but if you have a cell phone,
nated the disabled vehicle, Maranich was Detective Rick Ince of the Paso Robles at least when you see someone needing
somewhat surprised when the woman Police Department, who is handling the assistance, call Highway Patrol. What’s
immediately requested that he give her a case, commented, “The lieutenant stop- really terrible is that the victim told me
ride home. Thinking that alcohol was ping to help undoubtedly kept that young that quite a few other cars passed her
involved, he agreed, but first offered to help girl from being raped. As it is, her assail- when she was stranded and not one person
her male companion fix the flat. ant will be charged with sexual battery. He made an assisting call. She’s very lucky
Tire change accomplished, the young will also be charged with assaulting Lt. that Lt. Maranich stopped. She’s ex-
woman (not identified in this article due to Maranich. The man was a gang member, tremely grateful, and we at the police
sensitivities) again, crying, begged who the girl inadvisably accepted a ride department are glad we didn’t have some-
Maranich to take her home. That’s when home from. thing worse to handle, thanks to the
things took that unexpected turn. “I think the lieutenant acted with great bravery of this young man,” concluded
“The man (also not identified) ordered restraint, and his use of the sleeper hold, Ince.
‘Mr. Spock’ visits RTS exhibit CSM David Lady takes over
By Jim Bennett into my explanation of how
we collected space debris
as top SMDC enlisted soldier
Editor, Kwajalein Hourglass
data using the ALTAIR radar n May 19 in a ment Course, Basic
The science officer aboard and its importance to the ceremony in Noncommissioned
the original starship Enter- U.S. space program,” Arlington, Va., Officer Course,
prise holds an interest in the McCreary said. “He (Nimoy) Command Sgt. Maj. Advanced Noncom-
Reagan Test Site’s space was amazed that all of this David L. Lady will missioned Officer
mission. data was collected and become the U.S. Army Course, First Ser-
Leonard Nimoy, who played cataloged for future use by Space and Missile geant Course and
the venerable Vulcan, Mr. agencies launching vehicles Defense Command’s the Sergeant Major
Spock, attended a conference into space … He commented top enlisted soldier. He Course.
April 3 in Huntsville, Ala., that with all of the launches replaces Command Sgt. While stationed
where the U.S. Army Space over the years that a lot of Maj. Wilbur V. Adams in Germany in 1983,
Command Sgt. Maj.
and Missile Defense junk must still be up there Jr., who retired in Lady was selected as
David L. Lady
Command’s Jack McCreary and our mission is impor- March. USAREUR and 7th
hosted an RTS exhibit booth. tant.” Lady, 50, comes to SMDC Army’s Noncommis-
“After introductions, I went The range actually con- from Heidelberg, Germany, sioned Officer of the Year. He
ducts about 40,000 tracks a where he has served as com- is also a member of the presti-
year, according to Dennis mand sergeant major, U.S. gious Sergeant Morales Club,
Simpson, RTS Space Opera- Army Europe and Seventh Army the Sergeant Audie Murphy
tions lead. That number since Feb. 10, 2000. Club, the Order of St. George
doesn’t necessarily reflect He also held command and the Order of St. Barbara.
the numbers of objects, as sergeant major positions at Fort Lady’s awards and decora-
some are tracked more than Knox, Ky., Baumholder, Ger- tions include the Legion of
once and not all are “junk,” many, Hohenfels, Germany, Merit with two oak leaf clus-
Simpson added. and Grafenwoehr, Germany. ters, Meritorious Service Medal
Said McCreary, “[Nimoy] He enlisted in the U.S. Army with two oak leaf clusters,
Photo by Don Strietzel seemed amazed the U.S. had as an armor crewman in 1974. Army Commendation Medal
this capability to track such He holds a bachelor’s degree in with four oak leaf clusters,
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr.
Spock on the original “Star Trek” small pieces of space junk History from Wittenberg Uni- Army Achievement Medal with
series on TV, discusses RTS’s and keep track of all the versity, Springfield, Ohio. His two oak leaf clusters and the
mission with Jack McCreary. pieces.” military education includes the Good Conduct Medal (ninth
Primary Leadership Develop- award).
6 The Eagle May 2003
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Marshallese join in
Month salutes liberty
By Johnetta R. Graves
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Equal Employment Opportunity Office By Jim Bennett
Editor, Kwajalein Hourglass
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. In June
1977, representatives Frank Horton of New York and Herna Jibbwa got a welcome
Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a resolution call Tuesday morning. Her
proclaiming the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific friend, John Santos, who lives
American Heritage Week. On October 5, 1978, President in Hungary, received an e-mail
Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the from her son, Lenson Samson,
annual celebration. It became a monthlong observance in asking Santos to let his mother
May 1990. know he was all right.
When they first arrived in the United States, Asian “I worry about him and pray
(usually Chinese) immigrants were welcomed, or at least for him every night,” Jibbwa
tolerated. After the California gold rush brought thousands said.
of Chinese to California, Asian immigrants faced restrictive Jibbwa worries because Lenson Samson
laws and occasional violence. During the late 1800s, Samson serves in the Navy
Chinese and other Asians were excluded from being aboard an aircraft carrier in Marshall Islands. Of those, 17
citizens; however, these laws were repealed during World the Persian Gulf, supporting are deployed in support of
War II, making it easier for Asians to enter the United OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and 10
States. “It’s good,” Jibbwa said. “I’m more have received orders to
In 1952, the McCarran-Walter Act eliminated race as a OK with that.” the region.
barrier to immigration, thus facilitating further Asian Samson grew up on Ebeye, The majority, 55, serve in the
immigration. During 1980, more than 2.5 million Asian went to the Seventh Day Army, with 10 others in the Air
immigrants entered the United States, up from nearly Adventist elementary school, Force. The Marines list five
500,000 in 1960. and later to the Marshall Marshallese and Navy and
The U.S. Census Bureau reports 11.9 million U.S. Islands High School on Majuro. Coast Guard each have three.
residents reported themselves as Asian in the 2000 He also attended the University The RMI reported one reservist
Census. Of those, 2.4 million reported they were Chinese of the South Pacific on Majuro, but didn’t specify the branch.
alone or in combination with one or more other races or she said. In 2000, he joined the “We must ensure that the
Asian groups, making Chinese the leading Asian group; Navy. service men and women,
Filipino (1.9 million) and Asian Indian (1.7 million) followed. Meanwhile, Paul Alfred, son of families and friends are fully
Also reported was that the median income in 2000 of Asian residents Helbert and Leilani aware that the government
and Pacific Islander households was $55,525, the highest Alfred, serves in the Air Force deeply appreciates their service
median income of any racial group. The poverty rate of and is stationed in Germany. and dedication to our country,”
Asian/Pacific Americans in 2000 was 10.7 percent, the “I’m scared they’ll send him said Foreign Minister Gerald
lowest rate ever measured for this race group. to Iraq,” she said, though he Zackios. “The numbers can
You are encouraged to visit the U.S. Census Bureau Web hasn’t received orders yet. give us a better understanding
site to find other facts about Asian Pacific Americans. Alfred joined last year after as to how we can help the many
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command has growing up on Majuro and in families whose loved ones have
18 Asian/Pacific American employees. We value the Iowa and working at Kwajalein. been deployed to defend our
Asian/Pacific American employees of SMDC and appreciate And they’re not alone. freedom.”
their contributions to our mission accomplishments. Samson and Alfred are just two For now, Jibbwa mans the
Each of our employees is called upon to endeavor to learn of 77 Marshallese citizens cash register at Café Pacific
more about the contributions and history of Asian/Pacific serving in the U.S. military, and follows the war on the big
Americans and celebrate the role they play in the with 71 of them on active duty, screen TV near her work
accomplishments of our society. according to a press release station.
from the Republic of the “I worry,” she said.
Learning to resolve issues
Regional course studies people as well as places
By KW Hillis States, Notarianni also represented the Both the war
Feature Writer U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense in Iraq and
Kwajalein Hourglass Command (SMDC) and USAKA at the cross- the SARS, or
cultural conference. severe acute
s Host Nation officer, Stephan A total of 32 countries and 88 senior respiratory
Notarianni’s job responsibilities military and civilians attended the confer- syndrome,
include resolving issues between ence. which came
the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll’s (USAKA) Countries represented at this course up while the
and the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ included: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Comoros, course was in
traditional and political leaders and keep- East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, session,
ing both countries’ perspectives in mind. Kiribati, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, brought
Over the last three months, he upgraded Maldives, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, emotions to
this and other negotiating and communi- Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau Papua the surface
cation skills during the Asia-Pacific Cen- New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of and gave the
ter for Security Studies (APCSS) Course in Koreas, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thai- students a
Hawaii. land, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States, way to really
“The ultimate goal of the course ... would Vanuatu and Vietnam. understand Stephan Notarianni
be, before you push that button or make What the students, some from countries different view
that call to attack or to invade, the hope is at odds with one another, learned over the points.
that you will talk to one another,” he said. three months of attending classes and “When Sheik Mohammed was captured
The course put “a face and a voice on socially interacting was “security as a in Pakistan and we had four Pakistanis in
issues.” state of mind, international security which the course, they had a hard time with
The U.S. Department of Defense APCSS entails cooperation,” Notarianni said. that,” he said. “But you talk to them
Course in Hawaii is designed to “enhance Even with the beneficial atmosphere set because you have to maintain dialog.
cooperation and build relationships up by APCSS and the Pacific Command, That’s the key.”
through mutual understanding and study there was conflict, he said. SARS caused a lot of worry especially for
of comprehensive security issues,” accord- “We did have some confrontations be- students from the hard-hit countries, he
ing the APCSS’ Public Affairs Office. There cause people don’t see eye to eye,” he said. said.
are only two such institutes in the world, “When you talk about the chemical weap- At the end of the course many had to
the Marshall Center in Germany for ons that Russia was producing, the Rus- change their flight plans to return home.
European countries and the one in Hawaii sians are there trying to defend – emo- The course and interaction with people
for the U.S. and Asian-Pacific nations. tional – people crying. from other nations gave him a new per-
One of 11 people from other commands “You don’t only learn from the course, you spective on what he saw on the news and
and agencies representing the United learn from the people as well,” he said. understanding others, he said.
May 2003 The Eagle 7
Army Family Action Plan Conference set for July 29 - Aug. 1
Employees asked to submit issues,
recommendations by May 27 List of SMDC AFAP coordinators at your location and their telephone number:
Name Unit Location Telephone
ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Army Space
and Missile Defense Command will con- MAJ R. Henning ARSPACE Colorado Springs (719) 554-1970
duct its 2003 Army Family Action Plan
(AFAP) Conference July 29 through Aug. 1 Gloria Flowers SMDC Huntsville, Ala. (256) 955-1696
at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Arling-
ton, Va. Jae Steele SMDC Huntsville, Ala. (256) 955-3777
Forty-three soldier, family member and
Darlene Bassford HELSTF New Mexico (505) 679-5902
civilian command representatives will
participate as delegates to this conference. Harriet Mathews FDIC Arlington, Va. (703) 602-1451
Twenty other individuals will serve as
facilitators, recorders, transcribers, issue SFC J. Ward ASPO Fort Belvoir, Va. (703) 428-8836
support personnel and workgroup coordina-
tors. Guest speakers and numerous Dene Jackson HQ,SMDC Arlington, Va. (703) 602-4336
national level exhibitors also will partici- Portia Davidson HQ,SMDC Arlington, Va. (703) 607-2605
“AFAP is a grassroots level process that Cris Foster USAKA Kwajalein Atoll DSN 254-4417
identifies issues of concern that affect
SMDC and the Army community,” said The point of contact is Portia Davidson, Chief Community and Family Programs, (703) 607-2605 or
Portia Davidson, SMDC’s AFAP coordinator. Dene Jackson, MACOM Outreach Coordinator, (703) 602-4336. FAX is (703) 607-3113.
“AFAP is a ‘change management’ process
which enables everyone in SMDC to suggests authors remember the following local AFAP representative.
influence his or her own well-being and guidelines: “Our AFAP conferences are unique
standard of living, as well as potential • Submit only one issue per form. There because we actively engage our youth
Army-wide impact.” are no limitations to the number of issues delegation to create artistic murals and art
To make this conference as successful you may submit for consideration. projects that receive national level visibil-
as possible, SMDC is accepting issues and • The document will be no more than one ity and attention,” Davidson said. “Involv-
recommendations for review by the del- typewritten page in length. ing our SMDC youth in creative arts
egates attending the conference. • Write a brief statement summarizing the projects proved to showcase the important
Information on “How to Develop Success- issue. role our SMDC youth and the arts can play
ful Issues” that warrant attention at • Describe the problem or concern in in building self esteem, promoting peer-
Headquarters, Department of the Army, is paragraph form. Include enough informa- based learning and nurturing creativity.”
available on the Web at http:// tion to ensure people unfamiliar with the Last year, the youth delegation painted
www.smdc.army.mil/FamilyPrograms. issue will understand. two canvas murals to commemorate the
Click on Family Action Plan Programs and • Reference any laws, regulations or Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies. The group
then scroll to Issue Development Training policies that have an impact on the issue. presented the murals to the Secretary of
Slides. Please review the slides carefully • Make recommendations clear and spe- the Army at the Pentagon.
before submitting ideas. Deadline for cific. This year, SMDC will participate in the
submission is May 27. • Prioritize recommendations if you are 2003 International Child Art Festival
“Please ensure you carefully research submitting more than one per issue paper. (ICAF) in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9-11.
recommendations before submission to • Answer the following questions: The teen delegation will design and build a
avoid duplication of issues that are cur- 1. What am I trying to change? life-size Totem Pole “Peace Through Art”
rently ‘Active’ in the Army AFAP,” Davidson 2. What approach should we use? project for exhibit at the National Mall
said. “Issues you submit within SMDC 3. How much time will it take? Sept. 9-12, 2003. Creative young Ameri-
must go through supervisors to the com- 4. What is the best possible method? cans representing each U.S. state and
mand representative for review. Local 5. What are some alternative methods? territory, chosen through ICAF’s art com-
AFAP coordinators will endorse issues 6. How many people are needed? petition, will host national child artists
before submission.” 7. How much money or resources will it from 100 countries at the festival to “paint
When submitting issue papers to be require? a new future for the world.” SMDC will
reviewed at the conference, Davidson If you have questions, please call your have a major role in this event.
First phase slated for completion in November
Von Braun office complex
construction ahead of schedule
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The clude the Program Executive
first phase of a new office Office for Air, Space and Missile
complex was originally sched- Defense (PEO ASMD) phase,
uled to be finished this De- containing an auditorium, and
cember or early January a Missile Defense Agency
2004. (MDA) phase which contains a
“It’s ahead of schedule,” cafeteria.
said Bill Porr, director of pub- Department of the Army has
lic works at Redstone Arse- recommended Congress appro-
nal, Ala. “Right now we’re priate $37 million in fiscal year
looking at November.” 2006 for 238,000 square feet for
U.S. Army photo
The first of three planned the PEO ASMD phase. MDA has
buildings in the Von Braun asked the Defense Department This view of the northwest side of the Von Braun Complex taken April 17
Complex will house the U.S. to appropriate $39 million in shows the progress being made since the building began construction in
Army Space and Missile De- fiscal year 2005 for 259,000 May 2002. The building is located at the corner of Martin and Mills roads
fense Command and its 830 square feet. one-half mile from the Sparkman Center on Redstone Arsenal.
workers. The $39 million, While the building itself is
220,000 square foot building expected to be finished in No- look at their work spaces to (256) 955-4533.
is 65 percent complete, ac- vember, projected relocation by determine if the furniture be- As they become available,
cording to Porr. SMDC personnel to the Von ing moved will fit. Items that details on the move will be
The complex will accom- Braun Complex is expected to will not fit into the space allo- posted on the SMDC
modate tenants currently lo- start in early January 2004. cated will need to be marked for CommandNet. Each organi-
cated in off-post leased facili- Once SMDC gets the keys, turn-in. zation has a transition team
ties. sections will plan tours of the Access to the building can be lead and a move coordinator
Subsequent phases in- new building so employees can arranged through Paul Sinclair, assigned.
8 The Eagle May 2003
Huntsville mayor proclaims April 2, 2003, ‘Mark J. Lumer’ Day
ark J. Lumer, principal Defense Command, recently Societies named Lumer its community.
assistant responsible received three high honors. 2002-2003 National Contract The committee for Purchase
for contracting for the On March 31, the Huntsville Management Association from People Who are Blind or
U.S. Army Space and Missile Association of Technical Professional of the Year. He Severely Disabled under
received the award for his Javits-Wagner-O-Day Program
years of outstanding selected Lumer to receive the
professional service to the U.S. E.R. “Dick” Alley Career
contracting community. Achievement Award April 6.
Huntsville Mayor Loretta The Alley Award recognizes
Spencer proclaimed April 2, individuals who provide
2003, to be Mark Joseph Lumer extraordinary achievement and
Day. Lumer was recognized sustained effort in using the
for leading the grants Federal procurement system to
partnership through two create employment
successful years and for his opportunities for people who
eight years of service are blind or have other severe
supporting the North Alabama disabilities.
Employee earns doctorate
William (Bill) E. Hughes, a general engineer in the
Command Analysis Division of the Research, Development
and Acquisition staff, successfully defended his dissertation
and received his doctorate in Industrial and Systems
Engineering (Systems Engineering Option) from the
Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer presents Mark Lumer a certificate pro- University of Alabama in Huntsville April 8.
claiming April 2, 2003, to be Mark Joseph Lumer Day.
On-The-Spot Cash Awards Jayson E. Wilson, Huntsville, Research, Robert E. Wood, Huntsville, Battle Lab, Missile
Development and Acquisition, Systems Analysis Defense Directorate, Combat Applications
Donna H. Davis, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of Laura K. Wolfson, Huntsville, Test and
Staff, Personnel, Civilian Personnel Division Evaluation Center
Jennifer L. Jones, Huntsville, Office of Time-Off Awards
Technical Integration and Interoperability
Don W. Larimore, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of Quality Step Increases Alesia K. Barger, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Staff, Logistics, Supply and Service Division Staff, Personnel, Plans, Policy and Training
Gary N. Mayes, Huntsville, Technical Center, Paula R. Brumlow, Huntsville, Deputy Division
Advanced Technology Directorate Chief of Staff, Personnel, Civilian Personnel Pamela J. Dykema, Kwajalein, Test and
Debra B. Mitchell, Huntsville, Research, Division Evaluation Center, USAKA/RTS, Directorate of
Development and Acquisition, Command Delores E. Eppes, Arlington, Deputy Chief of Logistics and Community Activities
Integration Division Staff, Operations and Plans Deborah H. Heidt, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Joseph L. Motley, Huntsville, Research, Maryanne P. Lane, Kwajalein, Test and Staff, Personnel, Plans, Policy and Training
Development and Acquisition, Command Evaluation Center, USAKA/RTS, Community Division
Integration Division Relations Office Thomas B. McAlpin, Huntsville, Technical
Rachel H. Ramey, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of Stephan F. Notarianni, Kwajalein, Test and Center, Joint Center for Technology Integration
Staff, Resource Management, Management Evaluation Center, USAKA/RTS, Community Stacey L. Wilkes, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Division Relations Office Staff, Personnel, Plans, Policy and Training
Cristina G. Rodriguez, Huntsville, Deputy Chief Cristina G. Rodriguez, Huntsville, Deputy Division
of Staff, Personnel, Civilian Personnel Division Chief of Staff, Personnel, Civilian Personnel
Linda A. Teetz, Huntsville, Technical Center, Division
Space Technology Directorate Susan E. Thomas, Huntsville, Deputy Chief Commander’s Award for Civilian
Patricia S. Vittitow, Huntsville, Technical
Center, Systems Directorate
of Staff, Engineer, Environmental Division, Service
Environmental Policy Compliance and
Thomas J. Kane, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Performance Awards Brenda S. Turner, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Staff, Engineer, Engineering Division, Facilities
Staff, Intelligence, Security Division
Dorothy F. Bell, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Command, G4, Logistics, Supply and Special Act Awards Invention Award
Victoria A. Bien, Colorado Springs, Army Space Robert G. Bowles, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Command, G2, Intelligence John H. Hennings, Huntsville, Technical Center,
Command, G6, Communications, Information
Marcia S. Bloom, White Sands, Army Space Joint Center for Technology Integration
Command, Space Electronic Warfare Detachment James M. Madewell, Huntsville, Technical
Thomas F. Callaghan, Colorado Springs, Army
Karen A. Brown, Army Space Command, G6, Center, Data Analysis and Exploitation
Space Command, Directorate of Resource
Communications, Regional Satellite Directorate
Communications Support Center – CONUS Douglas M. Deason, Huntsville, Technical
Yvonne M. Crutcher, Huntsville, Office of
Technical Integration and Interoperability,
Center, Advanced Technology Directorate Civilian Promotions
Eva R. Giovando, Huntsville, Deputy Chief of
Extended Air Defense Testbed Directorate Staff, Information Management, Communications
Wanda D. Igo, Huntsville, Battle Lab, Analysis Bonnie Draper, GS-13, Huntsville, Deputy Chief
and Visual Information Division
and Operations Directorate of Staff, Operations and Plans, Command
Alice K. Goodloe-Cutts, Huntsville, Battle Lab,
Karen A. Lindell, Army Space Command, G6, Evaluation Branch
Missile Defense Directorate, Combat Applications
Communications, Regional Satellite Jerry E. Esquibel, GS-14, Huntsville, Targets
Communications Support Center – Pacific Office
Gerald W. Greenwood, Huntsville, Deputy Chief
Douglas Lobdell, Colorado Springs, Force Greg L. Heath, GS-14, Huntsville, Deputy Chief
of Staff, Engineer, Engineering Division,
Development and Integration Center West, of Staff, Resource Management, Program and
Missile Defense Policy Division
Benjamin E. Larson, Colorado Springs, Army
Sharon L. McKinney, Colorado Springs, Army Karen D. Krypel, GS-13, Huntsville, Deputy
Space Command, G4, Logistics, Supply and
Space Command, 1st Satellite Control Battalion, Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Security Division
Command Section Robert A. Kyniston, GS-12, Colorado Springs,
Timothy R. Lynch, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Barbara K. Miskell, Colorado Springs, Army Army Space Command, G1, Personnel
Command, G3, Operations
Space Command, Technical Support Office Janie W. Montgomery, GS-13, Huntsville,
Hugh W. Mason, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Phillip S. Palmer, Huntsville, Technical Center, Deputy Chief of Staff, Resource Management,
Command, Directorate of Public Works
Information Science and Technology Directorate Program and Policy Division
Stephen J. McKee, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Matrix Noel J. Paschal, GS-15, Huntsville, Technical
Command, G6, Communications, Information
Alesya M. Paschal, Huntsville, Battle Lab, Center, Kinetic Energy Interceptor Directorate
Simulations Directorate, Simulation Development Ivan S. Romero, GS-15, Huntsville, Technical
David W. McNeill, Huntsville, Technical Center,
Division Center, Test and Evaluation Directorate
Sensors Directorate Matrix
Donna J. Rigsby, Huntsville, Research, Sarah V. Trial, GS-6, Huntsville, Deputy Chief
Kay L. Platter, Colorado Springs, Army Space
Development and Acquisition, Program Analysis of Staff, Personnel, Military Personnel Division
Command, G4, Logistics, Supply and
Branch Dorothy K. White, GS-11, Huntsville, Public
Leondra M. Robinson, Huntsville, Deputy Chief Affairs Office
Randolph P. Wampler, Colorado Springs, Force
of Staff, Information Management, Plans and Julia D. Williams, GS-15, Huntsville, Technical
Development and Integration Center West
Operations Support Division Center, Joint Center for Test and Evaluation
May 2003 The Eagle 9
Civilian News Military News
Rumsfeld seeking more power SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame
over Pentagon’s civilian personnel Place offer free day for military
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is seeking new powers that Anheuser-Busch has announced it will give free single-day
would greatly expand his office’s control over both military admission to its SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place
personnel and civilian employees. Term limits for the Joint parks to active duty military, active reservists, U.S. Coast Guard,
Chiefs of Staff would be eliminated and mandatory retirement National Guardsmen and up to four of their direct dependents,
ages for top generals and admirals would be raised under the beginning the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and concluding
205-page proposal just sent to Congress. Other rule changes Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The offer also has been extended to all
would make it easier for the Defense Department to create coalition forces serving with U.S. troops in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
civilian positions for functions now being carried out by military “Operation Salute” will give free admission at Busch Gardens
personnel and allow greater flexibility in determining how Tampa Bay; Busch Gardens Williamsburg; SeaWorld Orlando;
reservists will meet training requirements. David Chu, the SeaWorld San Diego; SeaWorld San Antonio; and Sesame Place
under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, de- in Langhorne, Pa. Universal Orlando and Disney World are also
scribed the plan as the most sweeping reorganization of military formulating special offers for returning U.S. military, which will
personnel since the Eisenhower administration. He said the be announced soon. For more details, see http://www.anheuser-
proposed legislation requests greater flexibility over personnel busch.com/news/OperationSalute.htm.
policy affecting the very senior levels, allowing a defense secre-
tary to extend the tenure of generals and admirals in especially
important jobs, while easing the early retirement of those
Family Separation, Imminent Danger
unlikely to be promoted further. Lower in the ranks, the legisla- pays increased retroactively
tion would clear the way for transferring a large number of
military support jobs to civilian employees — about 300,000 are President Bush has signed a wartime defense supplemental bill
under consideration, Chu said. Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., the that raises military Family Separation Allowance by $150 a
ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee’s month and Imminent Danger Pay by $75 a month, retroactive to
Total Force Subcommittee, which oversees personnel issues, Oct. 1, 2002. Almost 200,000 service members drawing Family
said the bureaucracy is a problem, but that lawmakers want to Separation Allowance will see the pay jump from $100 a month to
be certain Rumsfeld isn’t trying to bypass congressional over- $250. Anyone eligible for FSA back through October will receive
sight with his proposal. Part of the plan would eliminate dozens back pay as soon as military finance centers can implement the
of reports required by Congress. change. At least 250,000 military personnel draw Imminent
Danger Pay of $150 a month. That will rise, by 50 percent, to
$225. Many of the eligible will include attendees at stateside
DoD helping to facilitate use of smart service schools, on temporary duty assignments or deployed
aboard ship or with aircraft squadrons, regardless of theater.
cards throughout federal government
The Defense Department has opened the way for smart-card use
throughout government with some 12,000 access cards issued a
Wartime bill adds benefits for injuries
day. The total number of the cards in use is approaching the 2 The wartime supplemental funding bill approved by Congress
million mark. “DoD is leading in identity management,” said recently includes two measures to benefit service members who
Brett Michaels, head of government sales for RSA Security Inc. become ill or are injured because of service in support of OPERA-
of Bedford, Mass. Government smart card use was a hot topic at TIONS NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM or IRAQI FREEDOM. The first is a
the RSA 2003 Security Conference in San Francisco. The $250 allowance for medically evacuated service members to buy
common access card program is “far and away the largest federal civilian clothing. This provision stemmed from reports that
government application of smart-card technology,” said Dave some members injured in Iraq had arrived at Walter Reed Army
Ludin, North American vice president of sales and solutions at Medical Center without civilian clothing and with no money to
Gemplus Corp., of Redwood City, Calif. “It has spurred interest buy any. The second measure would authorize government-paid
throughout the government. You can see it in the Transporta- travel and lodging for family members to visit an injured service
tion Security Administration.” DoD wants to have about 4 member without the current requirement that it be necessary to
million cards issued to active duty military personnel and contribute to the member’s health and welfare. The President is
contractors by the end of this year, said Mary Dixon, director of expected to sign the bill soon.
the Common Access Card Office of the Defense Manpower Data
Center. DoD will continue issuing about 1.3 million cards a
year to replace existing cards and accommodate incoming
SJA: ‘Read your life insurance policy’
personnel, she said. The cards, which DoD began work on in Service members who have Servicemembers’ Group Life Insur-
1999, are used as standard ID cards, and their embedded chips ance are covered in the event of death in a military conflict.
also can be used for logical access to information technology (IT) However, many commercial life-insurance policies carry what is
systems and for other types of authentication. The State and called a “war clause” or “military service exclusion” that excludes
Treasury departments also are rolling out smart-card programs. coverage for death or injury caused by acts of war, according to a
National Guard Bureau staff judge advocate official. If the policy
has a “war clause” or “exclusion,” the life insurance company is
OPM expected to report soon not required to pay the full face value of the policy to beneficia-
ries. Some commercial life-insurance companies — as a matter
on e-government initiative of company policy, customer service and public support — do not
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) expects to issue a have war clauses in their policies, noted the official. It is impor-
statement of work soon for one of its high-profile e-government tant for active, Guard and Reserve members to read their poli-
human resources initiatives. The Enterprise Human Resource cies carefully and maintain insurance for themselves that will
Integration (EHRI) program will allow agencies to store, access ensure coverage and benefits during times of conflict.
and exchange standard electronic human resources information
that they can use for workforce planning and analysis. When Retirees ask for better health care
it’s implemented, EHRI will replace paper files and create an
The Army Chief of Staff’s Retiree Council closed its 43rd meeting
official electronic personnel record that will follow an employee
April 11 with a report citing health care and communication as
from the time he or she is hired into retirement. Once the
the two primary concerns of retirees Armywide. The council also
statement of work for EHRI is out, OPM expects to make an
urged the chief of staff to support:
award to a systems integrator by June 1, said Norm Enger,
(a) concurrent receipt of military retired pay and disability
OPM’s e-government project director. “We’ve finished the design
compensation and quick implementation of Combat-Related
work,” he added. “Now we’re ready” to award a contract. EHRI
will require agencies to submit employee information into a
(b) elimination of the reduction to the Survivor Benefit Plan
central electronic repository — something that OPM expects to
annuity at age 62 to the maximum extent allowed by law and
have in place for agencies to use by Sept. 30. The repository will
legislative language and acceleration of the start date of the
contain data on about 1.8 million civilian workers. OPM will tell
paid-up provision of the plan;
agencies the format in which to submit data to the repository.
(c) a study group reviewing retirement benefits for the Na-
Agencies are expected to submit the information biweekly,
tional Guard and Reserve; and
(d) continued full-funding of TRICARE for Life.
10 The Eagle May 2003
Iraqi Freedom proves Transformation concepts
By Joe Burlas Speaking about the Stryker Brigade build effective teams and individual
Army News Service Combat Team, the official said it would replacement system means teams are
have been ideal for operations in northern always being broken up in the short term,
WASHINGTON, D.C. — While OPERATION Iraq had it already been operationally he continued.
IRAQI FREEDOM shouldn’t be considered a tested. “It could have been flown in and The Army is also looking at changing
model for future warfare, it has validated provided the northern front more mobility discreet, specialized, stove-pipe systems
several Transformation concepts, an Army and lethality than current forces have and processes into networked enterprise
official said. there,” he said. ones.
That Army official gave journalists a The Army’s first Stryker BCT — 3rd For example, when a soldier gets
Transformation update in the form of a Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Fort deployed, the unit manning report will tell
background (no names used for Lewis, Wash. — is fully equipped and will the personnel system where he is.
attribution) briefing April 24 at the undergo operational testing at Fort Polk, However, unless someone gets the
Pentagon. La., in mid-May. paperwork to finance, he may not get the
If you look at the ways wars have been While much media attention is focused danger pay he is entitled to for months,
fought during the past century, most have on the equipment technology aspect of the official said. With a networked
followed the World War II model where you Transformation, there is much more to it, system, one stop tells everyone who needs
build up massive military might, invade at the official said. “Technology is just a to know what is happening with the
a single location and then clear the area Transformation enabler,” he said. soldier, he said.
of enemy forces in a linear fashion, the Under the Transformation umbrella, the A Transformation organization change
official said. While IRAQI FREEDOM did Army is considering changing its Train- might include combined arms teams
include a time-consuming military Alert-Train-Deploy model for units organized from within during peacetime,
buildup, those forces invaded in two widely conducting real-world operations to Train- rather than just being formed during
separated locations and attacked key Alert-Deploy. The current model is based combat operations down to the company
objectives rather than clearing the upon units training day-to-day for the level, the official said.
country on line of enemy forces. high-risk end of the conflict spectrum. Comparing current Army systems with
Multiple entry points and focusing on When those units are alerted for a low-end the Future Combat System, the official
key objectives are among several mission such as humanitarian relief or said that being the best equipped Army in
Transformation concepts used effectively peacekeeping, they have to learn a new the world does not necessarily mean being
during recent combat operations in Iraq, set of tasks. the best organization. Each system has
the official said. Others include: closer Changing the individual replacement its own discrete needs in terms of parts
working relationships between special and system with a unit replacement one that and specialized mechanics — meaning a
conventional forces; true joint and locks everyone in for two years might free massive logistics tail. With FCS built on a
combined operations at lower levels; and up time for units to train other tasks than common carrier, the logistics tail will be
conducting operations across the full those needed for combat operations. The smaller than the current force – meaning
spectrum of conflict. problem the Army faces now is that with more tooth or combat troops available to
IRAQI FREEDOM is the first time the Army the individual replacement system, you carry the fight to the enemy given similar-
has ever conducted combat, peacekeeping, constantly have to retrain the same tasks sized forces, he said.
humanitarian relief and ecological over and over again because you have a FCS met seven joint interoperability
cleanup operations all at the same time, constant stream of people coming and key performance parameters the end of
the official said. going, the official said. It takes time to April. It is scheduled for fielding by 2010.
Military, public interact at Public
The history of Memorial Day
Editor’s note: Taken from the inspired by local observances of
Service Recognition Week exhibits History Channel Web site.) the day in several towns
throughout America that had
By Gerry J. Gilmore Memorial Day was originally taken place in the three years
American Forces Press Service known as Decoration Day since the Civil War.
because it was a time set aside In 1966, the federal govern-
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eleven-year-old Ryan Jones’ eyes to honor the nation’s Civil War ment, under the direction of
grew wide as he sat down behind a real, black and silver dead by decorating their President Lyndon Johnson,
U.S. Army M-240B machine gun. graves. It was first widely declared Waterloo, New York,
Afterward, when asked about his feelings about the observed on May 30, 1868, to the official birthplace of
rapid-firing infantry weapon and other DoD equipment on commemorate the sacrifices of Memorial Day. They chose
display downtown as part of Public Service Recognition Civil War soldiers, by Waterloo, which had first
Week activities here, Jones exclaimed, “It’s cool!” proclamation of General John celebrated the day on May 5,
Boys will be boys, explained Army Spc. Cecil Holifield, a A. Logan of the Grand Army of 1866, because the town had
82nd Airborne Division soldier – and Afghanistan combat the Republic, an organization of made Memorial Day an annual
veteran — who’d pointed out the M-240B’s fine points to former sailors and soldiers. On event during which businesses
Ryan. May 5, 1868, Logan declared in closed and residents decorated
Invariably, when young boys see military equipment like General Order No. 11 that: the graves of soldiers with
the M-240B, “it catches their interest,” remarked the 21- The 30th of May, 1868, is flowers and flags.
year-old infantryman. designated for the purpose of By the late 1800s, many
Holifield and other service members participated in an strewing with flowers, or other- communities across the
exhibition on the National Mall containing displays from 60 wise decorating the graves of country had begun to celebrate
military and federal agencies May 2-5. comrades who died in defense Memorial Day and, after World
Jones’ father, Brian, said he likes military participation in of their country during the late War I, observances also began
venues like this. rebellion, and whose bodies to honor those who had died in
“It’s good for recruiting (and) I think it’s good to show our now lie in almost every city, all of America’s wars. In 1971,
young people what kind of people are in the military,” the village and hamlet churchyard Congress declared Memorial
Brackettville, Texas, native remarked. in the land. In this observance Day a national holiday to be
Other equipment on downtown display from the military no form of ceremony is celebrated the last Monday in
services ran the gamut, to include an Army M-1A2 Abrams prescribed, but posts and May. (Veterans Day, a day set
tank, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter, a comrades will in their own way aside to honor all veterans,
Marine Corps’ M-198 howitzer, Navy Mark 16 diving gear arrange such fitting services living and dead, is celebrated
system — and much more. and testimonials of respect as each year on November 11.)
Besides showcasing military hardware to the public, circumstances may permit. Today, Memorial Day is
such exhibitions “are an opportunity to show our During the first celebration celebrated at Arlington
appreciation to the people who serve” in the military, of Decoration Day, General National Cemetery with a
remarked Brian Jones, who’d shaken Holifield’s hand and James Garfield made a speech ceremony in which a small
thanked the soldier for his service. at Arlington National American flag is placed on
Ryan’s mother, Lorna, noted that she’d worry about her Cemetery, after which 5,000 each grave. It is customary for
son if he joined the military and one day “went in harm’s participants helped to decorate the president or vice-president
way.” the graves of the more than to give a speech honoring the
However, “I’d be proud if he served our country,” she 20,000 Union and Confederate contributions of the dead and
asserted. soldiers buried there. lay a wreath at the Tomb of the
This 1868 celebration was Unknown Soldier.
May 2003 The Eagle 11
— Army Space
soldiers in motion
hether they’re deploying TO
theater, or relocating IN
theater, Army Space soldiers
are highly mobile in current
operations. Two more Army Space
Support Teams deployed recently to
the U.S. Central Command area of
operations. Teams 13 and 14 flew out
together in April. In Iraq, ARRST 5
moved with their Marine cohorts of
Marine Expeditionary Force 1.
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe
Army Space Support Team 13 members show
they have the right stuff as they exit the hangar
with their gear.
Army Space Photo.
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe In Iraq, Maj. Dan Cockerham, center, Army Space Support Team 5 leader, sits between a civilian
reporter and two Marines on the C-130 flight back to the Marine Expeditionary Force 1 Rear after 23
Inside one of the hangars at Peterson Air Force
days at the Force’s main location.
Base, Maj. Saundra Yanna, member of Army
Space Support Team 14, adjusts her load-bearing
equipment in preparation to board the plane.
Army Space Support
Team members form
a single file and
approach the rear of
the aircraft with the
mountains serving as
Photo By Sharon L. Hartman
Amber Tubergen, daughter of Army Space Support Team 14 member Capt.
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe
Timothy Tubergen, grasps a flag as she stands by Dad prior to his deployment.
12 The Eagle May 2003
Operation Ira Continued from page 1 tremendous advantage over our adversaries.
Our experiences with OPERATION ENDURING
Together with its European-based sister units, FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM have
the JTAGS provided an encompassing, 24-hour revalidated the need to continue close
continuous in-theater processing of missile integration of space forces and capabilities
alerting and early warning on tactical ballistic with the warfighter.”
missiles and other infrared events. The Spectral Operations Resource Center
The JTAGS monitored infrared signatures (SORC) was also a key player. An element of
coming from hot spots within Iraq to provide the SORC was forward deployed to CENTCOM
critical information to maneuver commanders and, in tandem with home base, produced
regarding the timing and operational more than 300 products in support of IRAQI
employment of their units. FREEDOM.
One specific incident illustrates the value of The SORC (Forward) produced imagery
early warning. JTAGS operators presented that provided spectral analysis of vegetative
early warning of hostile aircraft approaching a areas and rugged terrain to eliminate
Predator surveillance unsuitable sites for airborne assault
mission. Thanks to the operations during the planning process.
timely warning, Standard image maps were created to
commanders were able conduct standard mission planning.
to divert the mission, Working in tandem with ARSSTs, SORC
thereby averting (Rear) and (Forward) provided detailed
potential loss of the change-detection assessments to identify
vehicle and potential enemy locations. Archived
maintaining the satellite imagery was merged with more
secrecy of the mission. recent spectral imagery to identify changes.
Lt. Col. Scott The noted changes, identifying potential
Netherland, 1st Space hidden enemy assets and assisting in the
Battalion commander, targeting process, were passed on to
commented, “Many combatant commanders. The technology
people consider the first also assisted with locating mine fields.
Gulf War as the first Bo Dunaway, chief, Remote Sensing
space war. Our ability Branch, said, “This is the first time that
to exploit space we’ve been able to put all the pieces
capabilities for together and deliver spectral products from
communications, start to finish in a timely relevant manner.
navigation and From units forward requesting products to
precision-guided downlinking unclassified imagery via Eagle
munitions, detection of Vision I and delivering digital products
Photo by Lt. Col. Michael Yowell
relevant infrared within 24 hours, all are a significant
Maj. Gary Curry, 193rd Space Battalion, events, imagery milestone for the commercial imagery
Colorado National Guard, and team
products, blue force arena. The use of SORC (Forward) ensured
leader of Army Space Command’s Test
and Evaluation section, proudly shows off
tracking, and weather continuity and mission focus for all Army
twin souvenir camels made of dyed all give the U.S. Space elements using commercial imagery
camel leather, outside his tent in Oman. warfighter a products.”
A pair of boots and socks airing out in the dry dese
still life with a two-man tent, illustrating the stark livin
for many deployed Army Space Command soldiers.
Army Space Photo
Sgt. Stacey Sorsdal, left from JTAGS Central Command, and Sgt. Brandi Harris of the Spectral Exploitation Cell-
Transportable take a moment to pose with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during his visit to Central Command
in Doha, Qatar, on April 23.
May 2003 The Eagle 13
Army Space Photo
Capt. Bo Taylor, Operations Officer, Army Space Support Team 3, poses with a backdrop of Iraqi oil fires near the border of Kuwait. Taylor watched as
professionals worked at putting out the fires.
Another vital piece of the Army Space Maj. Stephen Elle, executive officer, 1st support of communications equipment
effort could be found in the 1st Satellite SATCON, said, “We are extremely proud of were answered after the OC researched
Control Battalion (SATCON). Although not the responsive and proactive support our the problem.
forward deployed, the SATCON companies units gave to forces on the ground. With The officer in charge of the OC, Lt. Col.
were as integral a part of IRAQI FREEDOM as the rapid pace of the war, and the rapid Steve Dreiling, said, “Even though the OC
their desert-located sister units. movement of ground forces, maintaining was a quiet element in the war effort, our
The 1st SATCON supported the ground communications was absolutely essential. soldiers were nonetheless very important.
units involved in IRAQI FREEDOM since they Our units enabled them to do that.” Our job is a 24/7 conduit for information
first entered theater. SATCON units The Space Based Blue Force Tracking from the front to the command elements.
enabled satellite communications, Mission Management Center enhanced Each and every soldier who manned a
connectivity, and voice and video the tactical commander’s ability to console in the OC is an outstanding
teleconference capability to the combatant maintain visibility of his deployed forces. individual who really deserves a pat on the
commanders of CENTCOM, V Corps, 3rd The SB-BFT MMC worked closely with back for a job well done.”
Infantry Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary special operations forces in theater to Army Space Command presently has
Force, Special Operations Command and monitor their aircraft and ground forces, more than 100 soldiers, civilians and
other deployed forces. especially in emergency situations. contractors deployed overseas in support of
The two primary units involved in this And at the logical, if not geographic, current operations. As they come home,
support were B Co., Fort Meade, Md., and C center of all this energy and Army Space will gather their personal
Army Space Photo
Co., Landstuhl, Germany. They controlled accomplishment, the SMDC Operations stories about the missions described above
ert air form a the satellite links for tactical and strategic Center (OC) functioned. to share with all.
ng conditions warfighter communications networks. As of May 7, the OC had processed more
. Together, they supported more than 140 than 96 requests for information that were
terminals and more than 50 tactical then routed and monitored for deployed
missions. These missions allowed units. Requests for SORC imagery were
combatant commanders to maneuver their sent to the forward elements. Questions
units without breaks in communications. about maintenance and operational
14 The Eagle May 2003
SMDC, Local AFGE 1858 sign new agreement
has been signed
U.S. Army Space and
Command and AFGE
Local 1858 to cover
most bargaining unit
members of the
Maj. Gen. John M.
Acquisition at SMDC,
and Jim Brothers,
AFGE Local 1858
president, signed the
new contract April 3.
It culminated two
years of negotiations
“This is a major
event, and I believe
U.S. Army photo
this agreement will
serve both Maj. Gen. John M. Urias, deputy commanding general for Research, Development and Acquisition at SMDC, signs the new
management and labor agreement as members of the negotiating teams look on. Standing from left, Donna H. Davis, Thea Stewart, Jim
Brothers, Terry Day, Juanita Sales Lee, Mark Lumer and John Cady.
employees well for the
next two years,”
Brothers said. The union election of new officers was must be negotiated.
The new agreement includes an held April 14; however, a run-off election Either party may request to renegotiate
optional schedule of four 10-hour for the president’s position is scheduled for the agreement in two years. If neither
workdays. The first-line supervisor may June 9. side asks to renegotiate, the contract
approve participation of no more than one- The new contract will apply to all SMDC will stay in effect on a year-to-year basis.
third of the bargaining unit employees in bargaining unit members stationed at The management negotiating team
the work unit. Huntsville and the Ronald Reagan included Mark J. Lumer (chief negotiator),
Brothers, an engineer with the Directed Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site (RTS) Donna H. Davis, Walter Pickett, Terry Day,
Energy Directorate at SMDC in Huntsville, at Kwajalein Atoll only. This agreement Juanita Sales Lee and John Cady.
Ala., has served as the union’s president does not apply to the SMDC employees at The union negotiating team included
for more than 10 years. He decided not to the High Energy Laser Systems Test Jim Brothers (chief negotiator), Frank
seek re-election to the office of president, Facility at White Sands Missile Range, Bowles, Thea Stewart, Susan Thomas and
AFGE Local 1858. N.M., for which a separate agreement Brent Beason.
National Volunteer Week
President urges Americans to help neighbors, nation
ational Volunteer Week individuals and organizations
is observed each year engaged in a variety of
during the last week of
For more information on volunteering, call your local volunteer services who have
April. The observance started volunteer coordinator, Army Community Service, or made a sustained commitment
in 1974 when President visit the Web at www.pointsoflight.org. to service over the course of 1
Richard Nixon signed an year, and enhance our ability
executive order establishing to pay tribute to volunteers and
the week as an annual “This is a time for all and arts programs, cleaning the impact their service has on
celebration of volunteering. Americans to be active highways and parks, staffing our communities and our
Every president since has citizens, not spectators. For essential community country.
signed a proclamation that reason, I have created the organizations, and offering “National Volunteer Week
promoting National Volunteer USA Freedom Corps to mobilize physical and spiritual aid to the offers each of us the
Week. our citizens and provide hungry and homeless. In opportunity to recognize one of
In his proclamation, opportunities for individuals addition, citizen volunteers the true strengths of our
President George Bush said, and organizations to contribute have contributed to the ongoing Nation — the compassionate
“Volunteering is central to the to important causes. war on terror by helping spirit of our citizens. I urge all
American character and is a “As part of this initiative, I families and communities Americans to continue to
fundamental expression of have asked all Americans to prevent, prepare for, and uphold this spirit and answer
responsible citizenship. From dedicate at least 4,000 hours respond to emergencies. the call to service to help
our Nation’s earliest days, over the rest of their lives to Across our nation, our citizens ensure that all our citizens
people came together to do serving their neighbors and are recognizing that everyone realize the promise of America.
whatever was needed for the their nation. Since that call to can do something to help and Together, we can achieve a
public good — from raising service, our citizens have that serving those in need hopeful future for all.”
barns and pro-viding mutual responded with an outpouring benefits the volunteer also. This year’s theme, “The
security to organizing of kindness that is “My administration has Spirit of America Celebrate
educational activities and transforming our country, one taken several steps to build on Volunteers!” was particularly
caring for their neighbors. heart and one soul at a time. this progress and continue the appropriate as we witness the
“Though our country has According to the Bureau of momentum created by these outpouring of contributions and
changed dramatically since its Labor Statistics, more than 59 millions of acts of service. compassion during these
founding, the need for service million Americans volunteered Most recently, I formed the challenging times.
has not,” Bush said. “During last year through charitable President’s Council on Service By celebrating the volunteer
National Volunteer Week, we organizations. and Civic Participation, and spirit, we can show the world
recognize our proud legacy of “These individuals served in charged them with creating a that helping is healing and we
volunteer service and resolve a variety of ways — mentoring nationwide recognition can encourage men, women
to encourage more Americans and tutoring children, providing program called the President’s and children to help make
to continue strengthening our companionship to the elderly, Volunteer Service Awards. positive change in the lives of
country by helping others. running community theaters These awards will be given to others.
May 2003 The Eagle 15
SATCON company does ‘dining out’ in style
By Sgt. 1st Class Brian Groves hearing Spc. Shamikka
Unit Reporter Fenstermaker sing the na-
tional anthem. Equally solemn
OKINAWA, Japan — There’s a and thought-provoking, the
lot to be said for a military making of several toasts fol-
event that not only builds lowed, to include a special toast
morale and esprit de corps, but to fallen comrades by Sgt.
also allows soldiers’ spouses to Christopher Conn.
actively participate. Of course, no dining-out is
One of these events is the complete without the making of
traditional Army dining-out. It the infamous grog. The Grog
offers one of the few chances originated with the British
available to perform the follow- mess tradition of dumping the
ing multiple tasks: dress up, contents of a full milk can (the
eat fine food, salute the colors 50 gallon type from the dairy
and stick it to your buddy. barn) into an empty barrel,
For a small unit like E then filling it the rest of the
Company, 1st Satellite Control way with gin and ice. Ameri-
Battalion, putting together a cans adjusted this maneuver,
Photo by 1st Lt. Clifford Elder
large event like this was not an choosing to use an assortment
easy task. The planners took of beverages from where the Mr. Vice, played by Staff Sgt. Joseph Stensing, manages the mess as
advantage of on-base clubs, unit was deployed or ingredi- members attempt to bring up “points of order” that sometimes earn the
which had experience with ents with historical value. offender a fine of up to a dollar and a trip to the grog bowl.
formal banquets. They even They also, thankfully, chose to delicacy and the vegetables to Battalion commander, Lt. Col.
set up the fallen soldier table, use a clean punch bowl for the be the finest garden variety, Leo Thrush, with his wife
just to make sure it adhered to mixing. and, after proper mastication Cindy. Taking a cue from the
Army traditions, not Marine or After the “Master of the and appropriate savoring, I find dining-out’s theme “Building
Air Force, which are subtly Brew” completed the ceremony the meal to be fit for human Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – 1st
different. The planning com- of the grog bowl (usually by consumption.” SATCON Battalion commander,
mittee followed standard proto- calling soldiers from each During the dinner, Mr. Vice Lt. Col. Mearen Bethea, spoke
cols and traditions, providing a squad to the bowl to “donate” managed the mess as members on the criticality of NCOs and
blueprint for the event. ingredients, which ranged from attempted to bring up uniform, officers for constant teaching
The dining-out is similar to bottles of liquor, to the “leavings protocol and other violations as and mentoring of subordinates,
the dining-in; the exception of the horses that charged San “points of order” that some- the better to fit them to take
being that the commander can Juan Hill,” to a used Army times earned the offender a their place in the near future.
invite spouses and friends to green sock), the president of fine of up to a dollar and a trip Signaling the end of the
the function to show apprecia- the mess selected the “most to the grog bowl. Soldiers night’s events, Chaplain Mo-
tion for the support provided to expendable soldier” to taste the learned the hard way not to call rales provided the mess with a
the command. The dining-in is grog. In this case it was 1st Lt. out too many people during a benediction, after which the
shrouded in the history of the Clifford Elder, company execu- dining-out, as soldiers notori- colors were retrieved. With two
military — originating in the tive officer, who nobly sampled ously have long memories – sharp raps of her gavel, Madam
universities of the tenth the grog to “ensure it is fit for meaning the next event might President declared the mess
century, where a widely dis- human consumption.” witness massive retaliation. closed, demanding any and all
persed student body gathered The evening was full of After dinner, the entertain- who may have consumed more
periodically to exchange ideas theatrics, and the star of the ment continued as soldiers than a drop of grog to surrender
in a common atmosphere. show was Mr. Vice — a position within the company put on their car keys and find alter-
The dining-in was quickly of authority during the dining- skits. More often than not, nate transportation home, such
adopted by military units of that out — played by Staff Sgt. these skits poked gentle fun at as the designated duty driver
period. Commanders realized Joseph Stensing. senior members of the mess or provided by E Co., a sober
that camaraderie among their Mr. Vice tasted the wine and recent events. friend, spouse or a taxi. Hours
members was extremely impor- declared its fitness. No dining-out would be of dancing followed the formal
tant to the effectiveness of “As sweet as nectar from a complete without some words of ending of the mess.
their organizations, and fur- beautiful orchid used in the wisdom from a senior leader Attendee Spc. Joel Wilson
ther, that a formal banquet ambrosia of the Greek gods and within the chain of command. described the night’s events as
provided an excellent situation very pleasing to the palate.” E Co. was honored by the “...surprisingly relaxing; I
in which to recognize outstand- He ensured the meal would not attendance of the commander enjoyed being able to have a
ing personnel. unsettle anyone’s tender of the Defense Information drink (or two) with my boss and
E Co.’s dining-out included stomach. Systems Agency, Okinawa, Air senior NCOs, and laugh at the
presenting the official party, “Madam President, I find the Force Lt. Col. Michelle skits. They were great. I can’t
the posting of the colors and entree to be of the utmost Waldrond, and 58th Signal wait for next year!”
Army Space and Missile Defense Association announces scholarship program
The Army Space and Missile Defense • Student in good academic standing at an Selection Criteria:
Association (ASMDA) will select one accredited college or university • Must meet all eligibility requirements
individual to receive a $1,000 Scholar- • Potential contribution to space and/or
ship Award. One award will be made in Application Procedure: missile defense (based on essay)
August 2003. Provide the following documents to the • Likelihood that the individual will
Scholarship Committee: pursue a career in area(s) directly or
Eligibility Requirements: • A brief biographical sketch that indirectly related to space and missile
• U.S. Citizenship includes: defense
• The scholarship will be available to • How the applicant meets scholarship • Financial need
ASMDA members, corporate members eligibility requirements
identified by corporate sponsors, employ- • Awards received Schedule:
ees of the SMDC, PEO ASMD, GMD, • Community service involvement • Return application by July 15, 2003
Targets JPO, THAAD, Army Lower Tier, • Organizations and activities in which the • Awards will be made in August and
both military and civilian, and their student is actively involved presentations will be made in conjunc-
immediate family members. • Address and phone number(s) tion with the Space and Missile Defense
• Undergraduate — a junior or senior, • A copy of the student’s latest transcript Conference
currently enrolled in a science or engi- (official copy from the institution)
neering program at an accredited college • A one-page essay that describes the Send application materials to:
or university student’s area of study and how it relates Quantum Research International
• Graduate — pursuing a graduate to space and/or missile defense ASMDA Scholarship Committee
ATTN: Robert T. Belton
degree in a science or engineering • A letter of recommendation from an 991 Discovery Drive
program academic advisor or instructor Huntsville, AL 35806
16 The Eagle May 2003
Marine turned famous actor speaks to troops
By 1st Lt. Jeff Maranich ments directed
Unit Reporter toward the SATCON
soldiers in the
CAMP ROBERTS, Calif. — A crowd formed audience.
around the speaker, pressing closer to “I always hear the
hear him speak, not wanting to miss a old guys talking
single word. The man’s name is R. Lee about the old Army,
Ermey. He spent 11 years in the Marine the old ways — but
Corps, serving one-and-a-half tours in you young hard
Vietnam. However, his popularity today is chargers have
based on his career after serving his technology on your
country. side. Today, a grunt
Ermey is an actor, most famous for his hides behind a rock
chilling role in “Full Metal Jacket,” a long- and opens up his
time movie favorite of soldiers and Ma- laptop. Without even
rines. Ermey played Gunnery Sgt. having to poke his
Hartman, the profane and ruthless Drill head up, he can
Sergeant in charge of a group of basic defeat the enemy.”
trainees. It’s ironic that Ermey gained his Ermey admitted
legitimacy to stand in front of soldiers from that he did not have
a fictional character portrayed on the the technological
Photo by Sgt. Michael Smith
silver screen. In reality, he earned that skills to be a soldier
right through the sweat and blood he shed of today and, fortu- Spc. Jarrod Mantz, D Co., 1st SATCON Battalion, gets an autograph from
in uniform. nate for him, that movie star R. Lee Ermey, famed for his portrayal of a drill sergeant in the film
“Full Metal Jacket.” Ermey, a former Marine and Vietnam vet, spoke to
Yet, even after his under-oath service to was not the role he
soldiers at Camp Roberts, Calif.
America has ended, he continues to serve. was looking to play.
He serves today by making appearances to “To rid the world of terrorism — that’s after his speech. Sgt. Clarence Rhodes
give thanks to fellow soldiers, some who your job. My job is to keep you motivated!” and Spc. Jarrod Mantz both brought their
will soon be shipping off to war and others boomed Ermey, in best drill sergeant style. “Full Metal Jacket” DVDs to be signed by
who continuously support the troops indi- One particular soldier listening intently Ermey.
rectly. Among the latter group are soldiers was Sgt. First Class Timothy Gore. Gore As the dust settled and Ermey moved on,
from Delta Company, 1st Satellite Control previously served as a drill sergeant in he left the soldiers with a sense of self-
Battalion, Army Space Command. charge of Army basic trainees. He has appreciation they all deserved. He proved
Ermey opened with a perfect rendition of been a fan of Ermey’s since “Full Metal that his motto, “Semper Fi,” was more than
the welcome speech Gunnery Sgt. Jacket” was first released. “I think he just words. He stayed faithful to his be-
Hartman delivers in “Full Metal Jacket.” epitomizes the image of the drill sergeant,” liefs, his cause and to the ranks of soldiers
The group of eager soldiers respond in Gore says about his hero, “Now drop and from whence he came. This man who
character, thundering back, “Sir, Yes Sir.” give me 50.” served his country both in battle and on
Ermey addressed his views on the war, Ermey related stories and anecdotes the big screen said it all with his conclud-
the president and, to the delight of the and joked amongst the soldiers who were ing remarks.
crowd, his fellow actors from “Hollyweird.” present. Obviously at home on a military “God bless the troops, God bless the
Decidedly pro-military, Ermey spoke on base, he joined soldiers for a meal in commander in chief, and God bless the
the state of today’s Army, including com- the mess hall and even gave autographs United States of America.”
Volunteers discuss career opportunities with students
By Dottie White Space and Missile Defense
Assistant Editor, The Eagle Technical Center.
The SMDC team joined
Five employees of the U.S. representatives from other
Army Space and Missile De- government agencies and
fense Command participated in industry to introduce students
the 29th Annual Youth Motiva- to the job market.
tion Task Force (YMTF) at Ideally, the program brings
Alabama A&M University in knowledgeable, dedicated and
Huntsville, Ala., April 7-8. successful professionals from
The participants included various backgrounds together
Carolyn B. Harris, Contracting with students and teachers at
and Acquisition Management predominately minority col-
Office; Lucile B. Reeves, Infor- leges and universities to
mation Management Office; Bill discuss career opportunities,
C. Reeves, Office of Technical job responsibilities and key
Integration and factors for success.
Interoperability; Lt. Col. Undra Students are made aware of
Robinson, Contracting and the many career opportunties Photos by Dottie White
Acquisition Management available to them in today’s SMDC Team — From left William C. Reeves, Lucile B. Reeves, Lt. Col. Undra
Office; and Bunnie R. Scales, work force and how to get there Robinson, Carolyn B. Harris and Bunnie R. Scales
Participants who is a freshman majoring in of Alabama A&M University
share their own telecommunications, said the through the YMTF.
career experi- program was very beneficial. Additionally, Harris received
ences, give advice “It gives me a clear picture of the Earlie Rich Award, pre-
on what to do and what I need to do to support sented once a year to an indus-
what not to do, myself,” said Freeman. “It’s try consultant exemplifying
inspire the stu- helpful to hear things of this characteristics of dedication,
dents, and answer nature from other people motivation and outstanding
any questions instead of hearing it from my service.
they may have. parents all the time. The The award was created to
Students are speakers were very motivat- honor Dr. Earlie Rich, who
encouraged to ing.” served Alabama A&M for 12
take responsibil- More than five million years and was dedicated to
ity seriously and students have benefited from supporting the YMTF concepts
Carolyn Harris, a Youth Motivation Task Force volun- to manage their the YMTF program over the and goals.
teer, and Morgan Freeman, a freshman at Alabama time wisely. years. Harris was recognized for her
A&M University, take time between classes to One student, One SMDC volunteer, Harris, exemplary service, commit-
discuss the student’s schedule of classes and the Morgan Freeman, was recognized for her 17 years ment and dedication to the
day’s activities. a Chicago native of contributions to the students ideals of the YMTF concept.
May 2003 The Eagle 17
SATCON volunteers give boost to sister battalion
By Sharon L. Hartman
Army Space Command
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — “Hooah” is
written all over the faces of Pfc. Corey
Wilson, Spc. Chad Duncan and Spc. Daniel
Alvarez, soldiers from the 1st Satellite
Control Battalion. These soldiers didn’t
wait for the call or the “hey-you roster.”
Instead, they volunteered to deploy in
support of their sister battalion, the 1st
Alvarez, from SATCON Battalion’s Delta
Company, left in March to join the Test
and Evaluation Unit deployed to Oman. A
co-worker, Spc. Jarrod Mantz, said about
him, “He was dedicated to what he did and
always tried to better himself at everything
he did, and this deployment is just another
example of that can-do attitude.”
Wilson, Alpha Company, and Duncan,
Bravo Company, trained with Army Space
Support Team (ARSST) 14 for several
weeks before leaving. Duncan deployed
with Team 14, and Wilson went to Bagram
Air Base in Afghanistan to plus up Team 3, Photos by Sharon L. Hartman
already on the ground. The three young Pfc. Corey Wilson and Spc. Chad Duncan of 1st SATCON Battalion train in preparation for their volunteer
soldiers heard of the need for volunteers deployments with a sister battalion, the 1st Space Battalion.
through their respective chains of com-
mand and jumped at the opportunity. biological chemical training. Duncan said. “Then, two days later, I tell
“It really came down to whoever was “They’ve been really training to work her I’m coming home for a few weeks to do
working that day,” said Duncan, who is a the imagery aspect of being team mem- some training and then I’m deploying to
native of Colorado. “They asked ‘Who bers,” he said. “They are learning hard- who knows where. It was kind of a system
wants to leave on Monday?’ That was on ware and software maintenance as well as shock. But they know it’s what I want to
Thursday afternoon. actually utilizing the different image do, and they fully support me.”
“We were told, ‘You won’t know where products and getting them ready to provide The overwhelming understanding and
you’re going. You won’t know what you’re to the supported units. support though, comes from the fact that
doing. You won’t know whom you’re going “Duncan was also a combat lifesaver but both men were reared from families with
to be with. You won’t know how long you his certification had lapsed, so we had to military backgrounds. Duncan’s father was
will be gone.’” send him to a re-certification course. He an Air Force Vietnam veteran and Wilson
Such uncertainties might leave others has already put together his combat life- has family members who span the various
less eager to volunteer, but not Duncan saver bag and all the other stuff he needs military branches.
and Wilson. for that,” said Ballard. “My uncle is retired Air Force,” Wilson
“It excited me,” Duncan said. “To switch “I’m glad to have them,” he added. “They said. “I have a cousin currently serving in
battalions, get assigned to 1st Space, learn are taking on the responsibilities of an the Air Force, another cousin in the
a completely different job, that’s really a NCOIC for the team as an E-3 and E-4. Marine Corps, and my sister is planning to
once-in-a-lifetime thing. I’ve never heard They have proven to be a great asset to our go into the Navy following after me in
of anyone ever doing it. effort.” service to our nation.”
“Getting to go do something like this — Although they are leaving the 1st Everyone serving in today’s military all-
getting a combat patch when he’s an E-3 SATCON Battalion, their move is not volunteer force is, by definition, serving of
and I’m an E-4 — that just doesn’t happen. permanent. their own free will, and thus a volunteer.
It doesn’t ever happen and being on a team “It’s a 179-day tour and they will be The three soldiers now deployed to danger-
with three officers right now is not some- coming back to us after they are done ous areas of the world have taken that one
thing many guys in our shoes get to do,” there,” said Master Sgt. Javier Montero, 1st step further — to the benefit of their unit
said Duncan. SATCON’s operations NCOIC. “We pulled and their country.
Wilson, originally from Arizona, had just them out of the operation centers, so they
arrived at the Operations Center in Fort could supplement the ARSST teams that
Meade, Md., when the need for volunteers the command was putting together to
arose. support Central Command.
“My first sergeant and company com- “As far as our mission is concerned, the
mander brought it up to me and asked me Satellite Control companies will miss
if I wanted to go,” said Wilson. “I came into them, but we’ll carry on,” Montero said.
the Army with pretty much the same “We have enough folks to cover the
intentions and goals as Spc. Duncan. workload.”
Ready to learn, ready to go and do Army But, for these young men, this truly
things. To do things soldiers do. unique opportunity puts them closer to the
“I’ve been in the Army three years,” he line of fire than soldiers in their military
said, “straight out of high school. I did my occupation specialty have ever been.
basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., Advanced When asked if there was any anxiety about
Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Ga., going into the field, both replied with an
went to Korea for one year, and came back immediate “no.”
to do the Satellite Network 1 Charlie “There’s the inherent amount of fear
course. Like I said, I’m new to the OC and that always comes with getting ready to go
jumped at the chance to go.” someplace you’ve never been before,” said
Army Space Support Company 1st Sgt. Duncan.
Scott Ballard remarked on the challenges “I’ve never left the country before,” he
Wilson and Duncan have endured in said. “Wilson has been to Korea, so he’s
preparation for their deployment. been abroad. He’s been a foreigner, so he
“They arrived March 3 for a six-and-a- knows a little about that. But I think we
half week training process which includes are probably the most anxious people in Spc. Daniel Alvarez, prior to his voluntary deploy-
two situational training exercises,” Ballard the state right now. We’re ready to rock ment to Oman, holds up a 1st SATCON Battalion
said. “Then, in addition to all the certifica- and roll, and we have a lot of support from banner showing his allegiance to his unit, although
tion training for team support, they have our families. he deployed with the 1st Space Battalion.
had to step up to the plate and be prepared “I called my mom one week from Mary-
with weapons qualifications and nuclear land and told her everything was fine,”
18 The Eagle May 2003
Casualty assistance, Army Knowledge Online
among many topics of senior spouse VTC
By Debra Valine during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, which has SMDC Commander LTG Joseph M.
Editor, The Eagle not ended. Lt. Col. Ed Mason, deputy chief Cosumano Jr. “It is appreciated by Lydia
of staff for personnel (G1), however, as- and me. It takes a real team made up of
A wide array of guest speakers provided sured the senior spouses that the Army military and support volunteers, a team we
information on casualty assistance proce- has a system in place for not only notifying should not take for granted.
dures and Army Knowledge Online when family members when there is a death or “Your spouses have been decisively
spouses of senior U.S. Army Space and serious injury, but also for helping families engaged in the global war on terrorism
Missile Defense Command leaders met by cope with the death of their loved ones. since 9-1-1,” Cosumano said. “We have
video teleconference April 24 to discuss “We have put together a policy and done a lot of work as we supported the
family readiness group activities that have program that augments Army doctrine. We operations in Afghanistan and this last
taken place during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. want to take care of our own people,” operation we are still engaged in. We have
At the time of the VTC, SMDC had 116 Mason said. “SMDC wants to handle deployed every single space capability we
personnel forward deployed: 82 military, casualty notification and assistance for have. We deployed all the space support
six civilians and 28 contractors. With SMDC personnel.” teams. Everything we own in terms of
SMDC being so geographically dispersed, These procedures apply for any person space assets were deployed. We had to go
the VTCs are one way senior spouses and who is lost to an organization by being to the 193rd Space Battalion to get the
invited guests can regularly meet to relay wounded, declared deceased, missing, depth we didn’t have.
important information. captured or injured, Mason said. The “Still today most of those soldiers are
When soldiers, civilian employees and procedure is applicable in both hostile and deployed. We are in the recovery phase for
contractors of SMDC deploy, they all leave non-hostile situations. In addition, a the next two to three months. It is uncer-
behind family members to “manage the person identified as a casualty notification tain when the spouses are coming back,”
homefront” in their absence. officer or casualty assistance officer re- he said.
The Army, particularly during the ceives thorough training. “We have people serving key roles on
OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM In the case of a casualty, “a unit cannot Jay Garner’s staff in Iraq,” Cosumano said.
timeframe, discovered how important it is informally notify next of kin,” Mason said. SMDC has deployed two key prototype
to have a network in place to handle “Notification must be done through official systems to Afghanistan: Aerostat and
issues that come up at home. This net- channels by someone who is trained, ZEUS.
work – the family readiness group – works wearing their Class A (military dress) “We are using Aerostat cameras to
to keep families left behind informed of uniform, prepared to represent the Army.” survey areas around key air bases. Com-
what is going on with their soldiers, help There are very strict guidelines. Casu- manders do not have to depend on un-
when there is a problem that needs to be alty notification officers will be officers, manned aerial vehicles,” Cosumano said.
taken care of, and provide a caring shoul- warrant officers or non-commissioned “This has already paid dividends by reveal-
der to lean on from time to time. officers, sergeant first class through ing bad guys setting up mortars in Bagram.
“We are moving full steam ahead,” said sergeant major. The notification will be ZEUS is a laser system mounted on a
Vickie Shaffer in Colorado Springs, Colo., done promptly between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. humvee. It’s the first high-energy laser
wife of 1st Space Brigade commander Col. Casualty assistance officers do not we have deployed in combat operations. It
David Shaffer. “All the family readiness make notification. They must have six or explodes surface ordnance, such as bombs,
groups are meeting regularly. We just more years of service and be mature, in without endangering soldiers. You can
finished with Easter. The 1st Satellite the ranks of captain or higher and ser- back up a few hundred meters and blow it
Control Battalion had an Easter egg hunt geant first class and higher. The casualty up. In the past, we had to put hands on to
and other activities. Their yellow ribbon assistance officer is released from conflict- explode the ordnance. That resulted in
sale has been keeping them very busy. ing duties and is made available to assist seven soldiers killed in Afghanistan.”
“We have also been doing a lot of activi- the family for as long as it takes. SMDC activities range from defusing
ties with the soldiers deploying, such as Face-to-face notification usually only mines to supporting various missile de-
taking them to lunch, etc.,” she said. “We occurs if a casualty is deceased, missing or fense programs like THAAD, PAC3 and the
even have one wife deploying with the captured. If a soldier is wounded, the next national missile defense program protect-
Army and Air Force Exchange Service.” of kin will be notified by phone call, some- ing the United States.
Other activities include ice hockey, times by the soldier personally. “This is a job all of us at SMDC do not
fund-raisers and sending care packages to Glenda Bromberg, wife of the command- take lightly,” Cosumano said. “You can be
deployed soldiers. ing general at Fort Bliss, Texas, gave the proud your spouses are working all those
“We have one local car dealership spon- spouse’s perspective on wartime casual- missions.”
soring ‘Operation Home Support’ to help ties.
spouses of deployed soldiers,” Shaffer said. “On Fort Bliss, we have 16,510 family Army Knowledge Online
“If a spouse is on the road and runs out of members,” she said. “Twelve days before
gas, gets a flat tire, etc., the dealership will the 507th Maintenance Company deployed, To help keep everyone connected, the
pay for towing the car, help with repairs the new commander took over.” Army developed an Internet site, Army
and give family members the same dis- Capt. King wrote letters to each soldier’s Knowledge Online (AKO), where informa-
count they give their own employees.” family and thanked them for their service tion is available and soldiers and family
Not all SMDC employees who are de- before the company deployed. He paid to members can stay in touch even during
ployed are military. In Huntsville, Ala., mail the letters himself. deployments.
most of the employees are civilians and “He wrote, ‘I have been entrusted with To access AKO, an individual must have
the federal employee has to OK contacting the lives of your husbands, wives, sons and a valid relationship with the Army; a
the family. daughters. Thank you for allowing them to computer with a Windows operating system
“The family readiness group here is just enlist in the Army and for allowing me to and a monitor; a modem and a browser; an
getting started under the leadership of lead them,’” Bromberg said. He included Internet service provider and 20 minutes
Heidi Urias,” said Alesia Barger, an em- laminated cards with important phone to set up, according to Harold Tucker, AKO
ployee in the office of the Deputy Chief of numbers in each letter. Chief Technology Office.
Staff, Personnel. “Most of our people are Bromberg then recounted the story of “AKO is the Army’s portal to all Army
civilians so we are trying to include them the members of the 507th Maintenance information,” Tucker said. “You can find it
as much as possible. As soon as we learn Company being ambushed and the return on the Web at https://www.us.army.mil.
of somebody deploying, we give them a of the soldiers killed and those taken The site is globally accessible 24/7, con-
packet of information. Sometimes it is prisoner of war. necting soldiers and Department of the
hard to get the family members of deployed “The ladies of the 507th have been so Army civilians to their world.”
civilians involved because we have to have busy, but they wanted to have a picnic to To get started, the family member must
the permission of the spouse before we can celebrate the return of the POWs,” access the Internet site and fill out a short
contact them. At this time, we do not have Bromberg said. But when asked, the POWs form. Once the form is submitted, the
any Huntsville civilians deployed, but we do said they did not want to be singled out for qualified relationship is verified and
have some who were activated.” a celebration. They wanted to wait until access is granted. Some features on the
everyone was home. site include e-mail, instant messaging and
Casualty Assistance a directory of other AKO members.
SMDC’s role in the war “The AKO home page has a tutorial to
In any military operation, there is a help walk people through the registration
chance of casualties. Fortunately, SMDC “For members of the family readiness process,” Tucker said. “You can also call
has not had any casualties up to this point group, it is an all-volunteer effort,” said (877) 256-8737 for assistance.”
May 2003 The Eagle 19
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Family Readiness Group sends care
packages, letters to deployed soldiers
By Spc. Aaron Evans mail has become increasingly
and Sharon L. Hartman difficult.
“Packages can only be sent to
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — an individual soldier, so we are
Of paramount importance to sending it to one person, and
our soldiers abroad is the need he will distribute it to the other
for contact with those they hold members of the teams,” said
dear back on the home front. Jackie Netherland, wife of the
Likewise, there’s a good per- battalion commander Lt. Col.
centage of the population that, Scott Netherland.
in the spirit of patriotism, wish In addition to supporting the
to support our soldiers by deployed soldiers with the care
mailing care packages and packages, the FRG additionally
letters of encouragement to accepted the responsibility to
uphold their morale. show that same support for the
With many soldiers from the family members left behind.
1st Space Battalion deployed in “We were also able to set
support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, some money aside for our
the battalion’s Family Readi- Easter egg hunt,” added Mrs.
ness Group (FRG) held a meet- Bailem.
ing to discuss ways in which “On Easter Sunday, we
they could continue to support conducted an Easter egg hunt
the soldiers from afar and their for the children at the park on
families close by. Peterson Air Force Base. We
“We conduct monthly battal- wanted to still be able to get the
ion FRG meetings, and provide families together and do this for
childcare to allow maximum the children because many of
participation,” said Bettina them have a parent who is
Bailem, wife of the battalion deployed.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Lester While the traditional letter or
Bailem. package has been the modus
“During our last meeting, we operandi for as long as many
elected to take part in a people can recollect, there have
bratwurst lunch fund-raiser also been the mass mailings Photo by Sharon L. Hartman
and use the monies raised to (i.e., form letter campaigns) to Sgt. 1st Class Edward Breeden and Sgt. Richard Provinzano of the 1st Space
finance a massive care pack- soldiers that show them that Battalion put together care packages to be sent to members of the various
age that would be distributed civilians at home support their teams from the battalion that are deployed in support of IRAQI FREEDOM. The
amongst the deployed teams. efforts. battalion’s Family Readiness Group held a fund-raiser to purchase the items
for the packages and also used some of the proceeds to organize an Easter
“We also provided materials But, with the heightened
egg hunt for the children of the battalion.
at the meeting for the children concern for security, the U.S.
to make homemade Easter Postal Service put firm restric- als to send messages via e-mail www.defendamerica.mil/
cards for the soldiers and family tions on mailings to soldiers to personnel. The message can nmam.html; sending personal
members from Army Space overseas. be anything from a holiday messages through the “Stars
Support Team 1 and put to- Fortunately, a number of greeting, to a message stating and Stripes” overseas newspa-
gether Easter goody bags for all organizations have offered how important their job is to per, which can be submitted 24
of the teams.” alternatives so that the flow of the future of our nation. Indi- hours a day at
The luncheon brought in support can continue at a viduals with Internet access firstname.lastname@example.org; or
$470 and helped offset the cost steady pace. can send messages to service simply making a donation to
of the fund-raiser, as well as The U.S. Department of members by accessing relief agencies like the Red
allowed the FRG to purchase Defense, in concert with the www.OperationDearAbbey.net. Cross, Army Emergency Relief
items for the care packages U.S. Department of the Navy’s Other avenues one might or Air Force Aid Society.
such as coffee, lip balm, wet LifeLines2000 Services Net- explore would be donating a These are simply a few of the
wipes and other necessities. work, in association with calling card via many ways in which we at
Primarily because of security SPAWAR SCC (National Cam- www.operationuplink.org/; home can continue to show our
issues and the delayed mailing paign Region) began Operation signing on to a virtual thank- personnel abroad that they are
system, supporting soldiers via Dear Abby as a way for individu- you card through remembered and cared for.
Young Galaxy Explorers learn from Space general, soldier
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Members of the Federation of Galaxy Explorers are treated to a
Audubon Elementary School chapter of the presentation on current space technology, pre-
sented by members of
Army Space Com-
mand. Brig. Gen.
Richard V. Geraci,
general, Army Space
Command, and Staff
Sgt. Jeremy Jones,
1st Space Battalion,
imagery and Wide-
band Gap Filler Satel-
lites to the crowd of
youngsters. A realistic
model of the satellite
was a big hit with club
organization is devoted
to expanding the
frontiers of science
and advancing space Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe
20 The Eagle May 2003
These wives are service members ... without uniforms
By LuAnne Fantasia
Military Spouse Day USAKA Public Affairs Commentary
(May 9 is Military Spouse Day.)
I can’t speak for the husbands out there. The atta-girl is not just another shop-til-
oldiers have been “on point
for our nation” for nearly They’ll have to write their own story. But I you-drop woman, although she can ask
228 years now — will say for military wives everywhere — “how much?” in a couple of languages.
courageously fighting and winning you are soldiers, airmen, sailors and She is strong and flexible. She has to be
our wars, securing our liberty, and Marines, too. You just don’t get the uni- to survive that last minute change to
defending the freedom and forms or the promotions. orders, sending her and her family to Walla
privilege we all enjoy. But the Ahh, these wives of our military — Walla, Wash., when the household goods
American Soldier has never drawn to the pomp and circumstance by await them in Germany, and the family
soldiered alone — Army spouses the thrill of serving their country through van is on a barge somewhere in between.
have always been making their their men, right? An atta-girl can spot the box with the
own, unique contributions to the Wrong. They each have their own war wall hangings in it while it’s still on the
Well-Being of the force, through story, but chances are their military lives Mayflower moving van, tear it open with
ten wars and all the periods of began with promises of exotic travel, or her teeth if she has to, and get the home-
restless peace in between. maybe even bribes. sweet-home needlepoint up on the wall
The dedication and support of He said, “So, do you want to go to Ger- before little east coast baby can wail,
our Army spouses is never more many with me and pick up a cuckoo “Mommie, where’s the bathroom in this
important than during the times of clock?” house!?”
war. She said, “I do ... and I’m packed.” She is forever prepared. She learned
Since Sept. 11, the days have So begins her life as an atta-girl. long ago to have some culinary creation
been marked by incredible An atta-girl is the woman who follows ready to pop into the oven at a moment’s
emotion — the toughest days her big lug around the globe for at least 18 notice for those battalion pot-lucks or an
when our Soldiers were lost, and of his 20-plus years in uniform; unaccom- Aloha beach party.
the jubilant highs of battlefield panied tours and time at sea considered. She can buy a low-cost, low-grade rump
victories. We have witnessed our She’s memorized her husband’s social roast at the commissary, tenderize and
Army’s magnificent moments — security number as soon as she learned pulverize it into something edible, and
here at home and in faraway she couldn’t cash a check in the exchange, entertain guests that night in her new
places like Afghanistan, the or have a baby in the military hospital government quarters.
Philippines, Kuwait and Iraq — without it. She is a soldier, sailor, airman or Ma-
and all of them continue to be The woman has changed jobs so many rine without the uniform. Nothing can
delivered by our people: Soldiers, times that asking her to keep her resume stop her and she doesn’t ask for much.
civilians, retirees, veterans, and to the preferred two pages is about like She sometimes fails, but usually succeeds.
their families. asking her which of her kids she wants to She knows the only constant is change.
The Army family remains keep. She gets lonely, but makes friends easily.
strong and vibrant. For that, we Oh yeah, the kids, the little darlings ... She lives and learns, and all that is impor-
owe a tremendous amount to our mini family members. They’re born tant to her is having her teen-agers and
Army spouses who rely on their everywhere between Spokane and Savan- husband on the same continent. If they’re
own remarkable personal courage, nah, except the twins, who always seem to all speaking to each other, that’s a perk.
indomitable strength, and great debut in a foreign country when there’s no They are atta-girls. Together they form
resolve to sustain our families. extended family to pull sleepless night neighborhoods, communities and long
Over long months of separation shifts. Maybe there’s a west coast baby or lines at the commissary. They work and
from their Soldiers, they have an accidental east coast baby. Often the volunteer for charities, and together they
served as both mother and father kid is on solid food before Dad lays eyes on laugh, cry and sometimes swear.
to their children and as leaders it for the first time, but that’s another All this and a cuckoo clock, too. Who
who bind their communities story. can ask for anything more?
Again and again, Army spouses
have displayed in their abiding
Pacific Islander strong on family, service
love and constant support their By 1st Lt. Jessica Burris that family will always be
own magnificent moments. We there for each other, no
are proud beyond measure of all of matter how distant their
them. FORT MEADE, Md. — A relationship. He
On May 9, Military Spouse Day, popular recent Disney described the two
we should all pause and take the children’s movie, “Lilo concepts of family.
opportunity to formally recognize and Stitch” has given There is the family you
our Army spouses and show them modern viewers a small are related to by blood –
our deep gratitude — for their taste of Hawaiian culture Ahana. Then there is
service, their sacrifice, and for and popularized the the family that you are
their unyielding devotion to our island word for family. close to emotionally but
Soldiers and our Army. We do ask “Ahana” is defined as the have no blood
a great deal of our Soldiers, but we family you are related to relationship with – called
receive an equal amount from our by blood, according to Hanai. The latter is
Army spouses — they are the most Hawaiian Spc. Tyler where he slots the Army.
Spc. Tyler Keola Lee Alcos
generous people I know. Keola Lee Alcos, of B Both types of family are
Soldiering remains an affair of Company, 1st Satellite equally important and both deserve the
the heart, and Army spoouses Control Battalion. same amount of respect
constantly reinforce the truth of Alcos was born in 1982 in Kealakekua, From the age of 7, Alcos worked with
that proposition. Hawaii. He is the eldest child of Milton his father doing all sorts of jobs that were
So to all of our Army and and Nance Alcos. Being the oldest of six given to him. He was taught to work hard,
military spouses, and on behalf of children, he received the full brunt of all simply for the sake of getting the job done.
The Army and all of our Soldiers the latest parenting skills currently His father endowed in him a sense of
on point for the Nation, thank you popular at that time. And like all eldest service that keeps him from seeking
— for your unyielding children, he didn’t really like that. praise for the good things he does. He
commitment, your profound This constant changing in his life led says they make him uncomfortable.
strength and courage, and for your him to find ways to escape from his “That’s just how things are done back
devoted service. God bless you and reality. He reached out for anything to home,” he said. “You don’t ask to be
your families, The Army, and our help alleviate the monotony; sports, books, recognized, and you don’t complain when
great country. movies, friends. Any of these helped to you’re not. You do the work and get it
bring a little fun and excitement to his done.”
— Eric K. Shinseki life. Above all the things he has learned in
General, United States Army Another thing about being a part of a life, there is one thing he says stands out
Chief of Staff large family, according to Alcos, is the most in his mind, “I belong in Hawaii, no
strong sense of family it builds. To him, matter what I see or where I travel. My
family should be the most important thing home will always be there, because that’s
in anyone’s life. He was raised to believe where family is.”
May 2003 The Eagle 21
‘Soul Survivor Challenge’ met by SATCON soldiers
By Chief Warrant Officer annual Battalion Command
Garth Hahn, Unit Reporter Inspection and Evaluation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sgt. Robert Smedley, contes-
Sunrise found the soldiers tant, said that the operational
hiking a trail, a slight breeze certification of crews “validates
cooling the sweat on their our training efforts from
brows. Moving up the hill in throughout the year and en-
teams of four and five with hances our teams communica-
their NCOs pushing them to tion as a necessary element of
haul their 40-pound packs just certification. Teamwork is
a little faster, the soldiers gave absolutely necessary to get
it their all. The goal they certified as a crew.”
strove for was more than just The ruck march, held on Fort
making the top of the hill — the Carson, challenged the soldiers
real prize was the honor of to an eight-mile course with
being known as “Best Crew.” 40-pound packs. The personal
In the second quarter of best of every soldier was all that
2003, the 1st Satellite Control could be demanded, and the Photo by Chief Warrant Officer Garth Hahn
Battalion received a tasking troops of HHC responded with a
from higher headquarters hearty effort and a close finish. During HHC, 1st SATCON’s Best Crew Competition, contestants Spc. Chaun
Frink (left) and Sgt. Keith Barnhart (right) attempt to cross a rope obstacle
requiring a Best Crew competi- Wearing a pack nearly a
while Staff Sgt. Steven Cato and Sgt. Jeremy Buratt watch.
tion. Headquarters and Head- third her own weight, Spc.
quarters Company, 1st SATCON Jennifer Swift said, “The one-mile course. the preparation of the uniform
Battalion, took this to heart and teamwork was the most impor- Each team took on obstacles and personal appearance, and
executed a comprehensive tant part of the event. The such as rope swings, water Crew 1 came out best in this
competition called the “Soul march was physically challeng- traverses and belly busters in a “dress right, dress” event. As
Survivor Challenge” involving ing, and we had to motivate timed circuit. Teamwork was the final event in the Soul
leadership skills and opera- each other to finish.” encouraged and, in some cases, Survivor Challenge, the Class A
tional and common task train- The GPS road rally was a test absolutely necessary. All the inspection wrapped up three
ing. in navigation and Precision soldiers learned something weeks of good-natured, com-
The Best Crew competition Lightweight GPS Receiver about themselves as they petitive competition.
consisted of an operational (PLGR) use skills. Each crew pushed through the difficult Each of the teams did very
crew certification, a ruck was given a PLGR and a list of course. well, excelling in one or more of
march, a global positioning 10-digit grid coordinates for The Jeopardy! Competition the events, but the team that
system (GPS) road rally, an points around Colorado Springs. was a mental challenge that ended up with the highest
obstacle course, a Jeopardy! The teams had three hours to followed the tough physical overall score, winning the
game, a Class A inspection, and go out and find the points — workout of the obstacle course. competition and becoming
scores from the most recent with the team locating the Done in the Jeopardy! model, HHC’s Best Crew was Crew 3,
Army Physical Fitness Test and most points winning. answers were given under 12 led by Staff Sgt. Steven Cato.
M16/M9 Ranges. This evalua- Spc. Chaun Frink, a member categories in two rounds, and Cato said, “We all enjoyed the
tion allowed a variety of events, of Crew 3, said this event was the team with the highest competition, it was a fun
thoroughly testing the soldiers’ “adventurous and made us use score in the end won. This change of pace, and the variety
abilities of the three crews teamwork to drive, navigate game was complete with “Daily of areas tested really chal-
vying for top honors. and find the points.” Doubles” and a “Final Jeopardy” lenged the team.”
The operational crew certifi- This task was best accom- question. Cato’s crew will compete for
cation is a weeklong evaluation plished using waypoints on the The categories covered the 2003 Best Crew title with
of a crew’s ability to accomplish PLGR. In the end, Crew 3 military history, leadership, the Best Crews from the other
a variety of crew tasks. The turned out to be the team and a slew of operational five companies in the 1st
tasks required a range of skills finding the most points. inquiries that challenged the Satellite Control Battalion.
from operation of one of the The day after the road rally, teams with both Army- and “The Soul Survivor Chal-
operational subsystems to HHC held the obstacle course mission-related questions. lenge” resulted in one Best
deployment to off-site locations. and Jeopardy! contest. The Crew 2 answered the most Crew being chosen at HHC, but
This particular week consti- obstacle course was conducted questions correctly. all crews shared the benefits of
tutes the operational meat of at the Air Force Academy’s The next day, a Class A stronger, more cohesive teams
the best crew competition and Jack’s Valley Training Complex uniform inspection was held to as a result of the intense
is similar to what the crews and required the teams to determine the best-prepared efforts required by the competi-
will experience during the surmount 17 obstacles over the team. This event evaluated tion.
Army leadership releases new Space Policy
(Editor’s note: In April, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, Army Chief of Staff, security threats are increasingly diverse, lethal, typically
and Thomas E. White, Secretary of the Army, signed a new policy asymmetrical and aided in many cases by innovative
enhancing Army Space capabilities. Below is an introduction to applications of space-based technologies. In this environment,
the policy. The complete policy can be seen on the Web at http:// military operations must fully exploit the strategic and tactical
www.smdc.army.mil.) advantages offered by space while ensuring that space-based
systems and their terrestrial components are protected from
The Army is in the midst of transformational change any potential vulnerability or adversary.
designed to continually enhance current force capabilities Space is inherently Joint and full operational integration of
through the integration of new technologies, while designing Space with Land, Air, Sea and Information capabilities is
and fielding Objective Force units with the characteristics necessary to achieve the Army’s Transformation objectives,
articulated in the Army Vision. Objective Force units will be an integral part of the Department of Defense (DoD)
the full spectrum, decisive and dominant component of future Transformation and the Army Vision. To support these
Joint forces. Space dominance and the full exploitation of objectives, the Army must promote a federated and distributed
space-based systems are vital to achieving the precision, information network of sensors and communication devices
information superiority and battle command capabilities among Commercial, Military and National Space-Based
essential for executing the responsive, full spectrum, Capabilities as part of the Global Information Grid. A seamless
distributed operations envisioned for Land Force units. space to soldier continuum of sensors, networks and
Space systems are essential and integral elements of information is the signature characteristic of well-integrated
national security, and a critical aspect of military operations. Space with Land Force and Joint Operations. To assure these
In the future, information flow to military decision makers will objectives, we must also protect against the inherent
approach near real-time as information technologies and the vulnerabilities of space systems and, if necessary, interdict
commercial and military use of space accelerate. National enemy space power.
22 The Eagle May 2003
National Race for the Cure set for June 7
The Susan G. Komen Breast and internationally. The the flagship event of the are not tax deductible according
Cancer Foundation National Komen Foundation and its Komen’s Foundation’s Race for to the Internal Revenue Ser-
Race for the Cure is the world’s affiliates have raised in excess the Cure Series, which is vice.
largest five-kilometer (5K) run/ of $400 million since the made up of more than 100 race Any donations made in
walk, hosting more than 68,000 foundation’s inception. events in communities across addition to the entry fee,
participants in 2002. The Race America. including pledges collected, are
will return to the streets of the Where the money goes… The Susan G. Komen Breast tax deductible. The Foundation
Nation’s Capital June 7. The Komen National Race for Cancer Foundation keeps is audited annually by KPMG
A minimum of $1 million the Cure is a significant overall general administrative (Peat Marwick). Based on
from the net proceeds of the contributor to the Susan G. and fundraising expenses to direction from the auditors, it
Komen National Race for Komen Breast Cancer Founda- less than 25 percent. Eighty has been determined that
the Cure is guaranteed to stay tion. Every donation to the cents of every dollar raised by benefits provided to race par-
in the Washington, D.C., Komen National Race for the the Komen Foundation goes ticipants – including T-shirts,
community to fund Cure has a direct impact on the directly to mission-related water, food samples, entertain-
education, screening and Foundation’s mission to eradi- expenses. For a copy of the ment and personalized results –
treatment projects. The re- cate breast cancer as a life- Komen Foundation’s annual equal or exceed the value of the
mainder will go directly threatening disease through report, please visit entry fee paid, thus making the
to support the Susan G. Komen the advancement of research, www.komen.org. entry fee ineligible for consid-
Breast Cancer Foundation education, screening and Entry fees paid to participate eration as a tax-deductible
Award and Research treatment programs. in the Komen National Race contribution.
Grant Program. A minimum of $1 million of
Entry forms are available at the Komen National Race’s net
several local merchants in the income remains in the metro-
greater Washington, D.C., politan Washington, D.C.,
metropolitan area. Due to community – including Virginia
National Park Service regula- and Maryland – to support local
tions, there is no registration breast health education and
on Race day. For information, breast cancer screening and
please call (703) 848-8884 or treatment programs for the
visit the Web at: http:// medically under-served. The
www.nationalraceforthecure.org remaining funds support
cutting-edge breast cancer
Background research through the Susan G.
The Komen National Race for Komen Breast Cancer Founda-
the Cure has grown from 7,000 tion Award and Research Grant
participants in 1990 to more Program, with many recipients
than 68,000 participants in in Maryland, Virginia and
2002. The Susan G. Komen Washington, D.C. The
Breast Cancer Foundation was Foundation’s Award and Re-
established in 1982 by Nancy search Grant Program is
Brinker to honor the memory of internationally recognized for
her sister, Susan G. Komen, its blind, peer-review process,
who died of breast cancer at the which has provided funding for
age of 36. Today, it is an some of the most significant
international organization with breakthroughs in breast cancer
more than 70,000 volunteers diagnosis and treatment during
U.S. Army photo
and 100 Komen Race for the the last 20 years.
Cure events across the country The Komen National Race is Race for the Cure participants run past the Washington Monument in 2002.
At ‘home on the range,’ SATCON soldiers put through the paces
By Chief Warrant Officer Garth Hahn One participant, Sgt. David Denio, chose it for my re-enlistment site to make
Unit Reporter described the daylong activity. the moment a memorable one,” Barnhart
“We were tested with a variety of realis- said. He departs on a permanent change of
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — On a crisp tic events that forced us to work through station for Korea in September.
April morning, soldiers of Headquarters some fairly challenging problems. My The day’s range activities provided the
and Headquarters Company, 1st Satellite favorite event was moving the ‘downed soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters
Control Battalion, headed out to Range 8 on pilot’.” Company the opportunity to satisfy an
Fort Carson for a day of common task and That task entailed transporting a life- annual training requirement with the
soldier skill training in a situational sized dummy, representing a downed pilot, additional bonus of it being paired with an
exercise. half a kilometer to an extraction point. unusual event. Out of the office and into
Organized and led by Sgt. 1st Class Travis Each of the teams handled this task with the “field” is sometimes the best way to
Adams, unit first sergeant, the exercise different carries and one modified break out of the day-to-day routine and
held April 3 pitted three teams of soldiers stretcher. make things new again.
against a variety of situations that re- Other tasks in-
quired them to react in a prescribed man- cluded reacting to
ner. Skills tested included land naviga- indirect fire, direct
tion, patrolling and other general Army fire and performing
tasks. MEDEVAC proce-
The day started off with an interactive dures. At the conclu-
class on individual camouflaging, requiring sion of the range, the
the full participation of all attending. This weary teams worked
process resulted in everyone getting their way back to the
camouflaged and ready to start the range, start points for an
as well as setting the mood for the day — after-action review
motivated. After a range and safety brief- and a re-enlistment.
ing warning about the variety of flora, Sgt. Keith
fauna and animals that may cause the Barnhart re-enlisted
soldiers problems if disturbed, the soldiers for three years with
were sent to different start points with an an assignment of
evaluator. choice and a bonus.
From the start point assigned, each “The range gave
team leader was given an operation order me the chance to
to brief back the soldiers on the team. use many of the
Then, following an azimuth and using skills I learned Photo by Chief Warrent Officer Garth Hahn
their pace count, the team moved out to during my time so Sgt. Robert Smedley, Spc. Shawn Ellisor and Pfc. Jennifer Swift of HHC, 1st
accomplish its mission. far in the Army. I SATCON Battalion, pose in camouflage during a day spent on land navigation.
May 2003 The Eagle 23
Department of Army completes Civilian Study
The Army has released the final study Twelve general recommendations are the oath of office for Army civilians; adopt-
conducted by the Army Training and included in the study. They are organized ing a new Army Civilian Creed; imple-
Leader Development Panel (ATLDP) — the around four study imperatives: menting combined Senior Executive
Army Civilian Study. Previously released • Accountability – make developing civil- Service (SES) and general officer orienta-
studies addressed commissioned officers ians a high priority, tie personal and tion training; implementing a strategic
(Phase I), noncommissioned officers (Phase professional job performance together, communications campaign plan for the
II), and warrant officers (Phase III). The accomplish this study’s recommendations, Army Civilian Corps; establishing a
Army Civilian Study is Phase IV of the and evaluate their effectiveness. Civilian Advisory Board to the Army Chief
largest self-assessment ever done by the • Lifelong Learning – make it the standard, of Staff; publishing an Army Civilian
Army. revamp career management with gates for Handbook; and committing to protecting
The Army Civilian Study Panel’s purpose progression, and build an effective Civilian resources for civilian leadership develop-
was to identify training and leader develop- Education System (CES). ment under the leadership of the Army
ment requirements for current and future • Interpersonal Skills – acknowledge they G3.
Army civilians. The panel emphasized are pivotal to leader competence, teach Army Chief of Staff, General Eric K.
Army civilians are part of the total force them and select leaders that exhibit Shinseki, chartered the ATLDP in June
Active, Reserve, Guard, Retirees and them. 2000. He instructed the Panel, which
Family Members and serve to support • Army Culture – integrate civilians fully convened at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to
soldiers. into the Army culture, recognizing differ- examine issues affecting training and
Data for the study was gathered from ences but embracing commitment to our leader development, and empowered the
more than 40,000 Army civilians, soldiers national defense mission. Panel to examine appropriate institutions,
and senior leaders through written sur- The study highlighted five recommenda- processes, tools and the environment.
veys, focus groups, personal interviews and tions, which the panel said were especially The Panel completed Phase I (Officer
a senior leader on-line survey. The num- significant: Make Army civilian training, Study) in May 2001, Phase II (NCO Study)
ber of contacts and breadth of collection education and leader development a prior- in May 2002, and Phase III (Warrant
methods produced the most thorough study ity; integrate civilian and military indi- Officer Study) in July 2002. The Army
ever done in Army civilian training and vidual training, education, and develop- instituted a management process under
leader development. ment where and when appropriate; im- the proponency of the Army G3 to deter-
The study concludes that growing civil- prove the relationship among the four mine the feasibility, suitability and accept-
ian leaders have fallen gravely short of The Army cohorts (officer, noncommissioned ability of the recommendations. The Army
Army Plan that states the Army require- officer, warrant officer, civilian); create a integrated the recommendations into its
ment with respect to people is to train training and development paradigm that Transformation Campaign Plan and has
soldiers and civilians to grow them into incorporates lifelong learning; and make implemented a number of the recommen-
leaders through training and leader devel- interpersonal skills development a priority. dations and developed actions, decisions
opment programs. In particular, the study recommends and resources required to implement the
The study also concludes that Army that the Army Chief of Staff begin the others.
policies are out of balance with the expec- process leading to increased readiness, The ATLDP will conclude its mission by
tations of Army civilians and notes that greater team cohesion and a new bond of developing a final report on training and
future Army civilians will be different from professionalism by publishing a statement leader development for the Army that
today’s cohort. It believes the future about the importance of the interdepen- fosters battlefield and operational success
environment, in which Army civilians will dent relationships of the Army Team; and develops our operational commanders
operate, will require a higher level of renaming Army civilians to the Army and leaders to meet the demands of our
adaptability and self-awareness. Civilian Corps; supporting reaffirmation of National Military Strategy.
Team Army Space marches for the tiniest soldier
By Sharon L. Hartman command to see if we could
Army Space Command sponsor one of our own as our
ambassador family,” she said.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — “Unfortunately, in the only one
What began as two ladies that we could find, the father
desiring an outing with their was deployed, so the family had
children quickly turned into 17 left the area to be with other
command members and their family members.
families teaming up for the “Since I volunteer with the
smallest member of the ranks. Ronald McDonald House, I knew
Anjoleen Baca, an electron- we would be able to find a
ics engineer, and Cassandra family there,” said Baca. That
Shigley, a telecommunications is how we found our ambassa-
specialist, both with the dor family, the Umdens.”
Wideband Gapfiller Satellite – The Umden baby thus be-
SATCOM System Expert section came the smallest member of
of the G-6, had decided to the ranks.
participate in the March of After an emergency c-
Army Space Photo
Dimes annual WalkAmerica as section, William Umden was
a chance to do something born nine weeks early to Emily Soldiers, civilians and family members of Army Space Command pose for a
together with their children. and Gerry Umden of Pueblo, Team Army Space photo under the WalkAmerica Banner for the March of
They had just decided to invite Colo. He was taken to Memo- Dimes fund-raising event. Monies raised by Team Army Space went to help a
child born prematurely.
other members of their section rial Hospital in Colorado
when Lt. Col. Robert King, the Springs, Colo., where he stayed candy bars and team ARSPACE ters and Headquarters Com-
command chief of Operations for nearly a month in the NICU. T-shirts to be added to the pany guide leading the way.
Division, asked them if they Unable to make the daily drive overall donation. A total of $1,144 was raised
would open it up to the entire while recuperating from the c- “We had never done this for the March of Dimes by the
command and coordinate a section and unsure of how to before, so we didn’t know what Army Space team.
team effort. afford the cost of staying in to expect,” said Baca. “We set Unfortunately, William and
Baca, a volunteer with the Colorado Springs, the Umdens a goal of 10 walkers and his parents were unable to
Ronald McDonald House and no turned to the Ronald McDonald $1,000.” make it to the walk because
stranger to charity fund rais- House, and that’s where Baca “I was also informed that in William ended up back in the
ing, took on the mission. found them. the 33 years they have done hospital the night before with a
“The March of Dimes is an With the ambassador family the walk in Colorado Springs, fever.
organization that focuses on selected, Baca started the this is the first year the Army On a good note, the littlest
prenatal, premature and Neo- process of recruiting members has had a team,” she said. “soldier” was only battling a
natal Intensive Care Unit of the command to participate. In the end, 17 soldiers, new tooth this time, but the
(NICU) programs. As a team, Each participant had to find civilians and family members money raised by the Army
we needed to sponsor an am- people who would sponsor him took on the challenge of either Space team will assist him in
bassador family,” said Baca. or her with a donation. In the 2.5-mile or the 5-mile walk the bigger battles he has yet to
“We looked first within the addition to that, Baca sold with the Army Space Headquar- face.
24 The Eagle May 2003
Army Space soldier’s toddler throws first pitch of season
By Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe soldier Sgt. 1st Class Marc Van Horn, threw represent all local deployed soldiers.
and Maj. Laura Kenney out one of the first pitches to start the The Sky Sox are the top affiliate for the
Army Space Command home opener of the 2003 Sky Sox baseball Major League Colorado Rockies.
season. He had a little high-powered Noah, age 3, goes to Fort Carson pre-
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Most 3- coaching with Gen. Lance Lord, com- school. His father has been with Army
year-olds have only vaguely begun dream- mander of Air Force Space Command, Space for nearly three years and recently
ing about growing up to be sports heroes. assisting him on the mound. deployed to Southwest Asia. He’s serving
But for one Army Space Command family The mound had been moved to 10 feet as the first sergeant of a Joint Tactical
member, Noah Van Horn, that future from home plate to accommodate the Ground Station (JTAGS) unit attached
dream got an early, realistic start when he difference between an adult professional’s to U.S. Central Command, Forward, in
pitched the first ball of the AAA profes- throwing arm and that of a child. Qatar.
sional baseball season here. Noah’s mother, Krista, said her son was Mrs. Van Horn regularly communicates
The special event was arranged to honor quite excited by the opportunity. with Marc via e-mail and with the DSN
all deployed soldiers and their families in “He was thrilled to be up there and didn’t phone system, as well as sending numer-
the region. quite understand why he couldn’t stay ous care packages.
Noah, son of Army Space’s deployed there and continue to play. Gen. Lord gave The idea to ask a family member of a
Noah tips on deployed military member came about
how to pitch the during a staff meeting in the Sky Sox
ball, and he Community Relations Department. Jenni-
actually threw fer Shelton, marketing representative for
it quite far. the Sky Sox, described how it proceeded
The general from there.
also gave Noah “We contacted a service member that we
a four-star coin, knew of who had season tickets. That was
which made his Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Joyal at
day since he Peterson Air Force Base. He in turn
loves money, contacted all the first sergeants on the
said Mrs. Van base. When 1st Sgt. Gene Nixon, JTAGS, 1st
Horn, laughing. Space Battalion, Army Space Command,
She had was contacted, he came back with the
been asked if perfect representative, Noah,” said
Noah could Shelton.
handle the job “The next big thing for the Sky Sox and
by the Colorado the military will be the Military Apprecia-
Springs AAA tion nights June 11 and 12,” continued
professional Shelton. “We are planning to invite all the
baseball team. military in the area to participate.”
The concept As for Noah, does his mother foresee a
was for the big future in baseball?
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Beebe
child of a de- “I can’t really say,” Mrs. Van Horn re-
ployed soldier to sponded. “When he walked off the mound
Colorado Springs Sky Sox catcher Ben Petrick gives Noah Van Horn, age 3, pointers
on how to throw out the first pitch of the season. Noah, whose father, Sgt. 1st Class perform the he kept talking about how cool Sox the Fox
Marc Van Horn of Army Space Command is currently deployed to Qatar, was honorary func- (team mascot) was. I think seeing Sox up
chosen to throw that all important opening pitch as a way of honoring the families tion of pitching close and personal was the part that im-
of deployed local soldiers. the first ball to pressed him most!”
Ballroom dancing fun, stress relief for company commander
By Maj. Laura Kenney natural progression to move ton, D.C., area with seven in this category.
Army Space Command into the world of dance competi- schools competing, she took “Being Army, of course I’m
tion. She’s only been competing home significant honors. She competitive and wanted first
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — for about a year, in the Arthur won Top Student for her level place in everything, but I’m
The sizzle of the rumba, the Murray Dance Competitions, and a third place in the All- pretty happy overall with the
sensual beat of the cha-cha, but has already taken a first Around category. The All- results. Third place is still an
the flair of the merengue — all place, in the Top First Time Around challenges dancers to honor, especially considering
these alluring characteristics Female Routine category. Her perform without prior knowl- the talent we were up against,”
beckoned Capt. Elizabeth specialties are the Latin edge of which dance they will said Casely.
Casely to the art of the dance. dances, and in competition, she be competing in. There are six Trying to fit in the strenuous
But it’s the workout and the focuses on the cha-cha, tango, possibilities, and the couples demands of the level of dancing
stress relief that, side-by-side rumba and salsa. don’t know till the first beat of she aspires to with the chal-
with the glamour, encouraged “I’d recommend ballroom the music which one will be lenging life of a company
her to enter into ballroom dancing to anyone as a very required. Casely and her commander is not always easy.
dancing competition. cool form of expression, but as partner, her dance instructor But obviously, Casely isn’t one
Casely, commander of Alpha for competition, well, a caution- Omar Castro, took third place to live her life in one-quarter
Company, 1st Satellite Control ary word. The dance outfits are amongst 15 couples competing time.
Battalion, Army Space Com- extremely expensive, and a
mand, located at Fort Detrick, new one can easily set you
Md., is 29 years old and a 1996 back $2,000. Even the consign-
graduate of West Point. She ment shops where you can
was talked into taking ballroom purchase second-hand will
dance lessons by a friend while require a $500 investment, but
stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., in they certainly are beautiful.”
2000. She was soon hooked One competition might
and signed up for individual require a competitor to dance
private lessons. Her friend 13 times, bringing to center
didn’t continue, but she noted stage Casely’s remark about
smiling, she remains friends staying in shape. There are
with him regardless. elimination rounds and differ-
“The music can be very ent categories featuring re-
romantic, and I enjoy the quired dance and optional
creative aspects of the dance. dance. Types of dance are
But I’d have to say the attrac- divided into smooth and
tion is equally that it keeps me rhythm.
in shape and provides an Casely’s most recent chance
awesome stress break,” said to shine came with a competi- Photo by Joseph Cooper
the physically fit Casely. tion in mid-March. At the Capt. Elizabeth Casely, A Co., 1st SATCON Battalion commander, displays star
With that positive, gung-ho Arthur Murray Free Style power in the cha-cha during an Arthur Murray Dance Competition. Her dance
attitude, it was probably a Competition in the Washing- partner, Omar Castro, is also her dance instructor.