Vol. 39, No. 26 Fort Sam Houston – Home of Army Medicine July 5, 2007
Briefs . . .
Check CAC expiration date
People should call the ID card section for an
appointment two to three weeks prior to the expi-
ration date on their Common Access Card. If the
card is already expired, then cardholders will
need to bring two types of identification, such as
a driver’s license and Social Security card. One
of the two types must be a photo ID. The expired
CAC cannot be used as identification. For
appointments, call 221-0415 or 221-2278.
232nd Med. Bn. change of command
Lt. Col. Brian Kueter will relinquish com-
mand of the 232nd Medical Battalion to Lt. Col.
John Lamoureux July 12 at 8 a.m. at MacArthur
1st LSO change of command
Col. Robert Hough will relinquish command
of the 1st Legal Support Organization to Lt. Col.
Barry Robinson July 15 at 1 p.m. in the
Roadrunner Community Center, Building 2797,
Fred and Minnie Montez comply with regulations and patiently wait while Bryan Christy looks over their ID cards,
matching the photo to the faces. Chenega security officers have the authority to do inspections as well as detain
Chenega stands for post security
314th change of command individuals without proper documentation.
Lt. Col. Christopher Himsl will relinquish
command of the 314th Military Intelligence
Battalion to Lt. Col. Jerome Jackson III July 19
at 7 a.m. at the Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,
Story and photos by Cheryl Harrison located in 14 states and the District of turned around without the proper paper-
Camp Bullis User’s Conference
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office Columbia. Fort Sam Houston is just one work.
of the Army installations that has con- Another duty of Chenega officers is
Camp Bullis will host a User’s Conference
Chenega Integrated Systems Security tracted Chenega Corporation to provide to conduct random inspections of vehi-
Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at the
Services Group is a premier security law enforcement and security to its cles. As security officers, Chenega
Camp Bullis Theater, Building 5900.
service provider, named for the home of entrance positions. employees have the authority to detain,
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Senior staff and
an Alaskan Native American tribe. Chenega’s main purpose is to provide take a statement, confiscate and protect
NCOs are highly encouraged to attend if they
Respect, strong relationships, fair treat- the first line of defense against unautho- property, and then call military police
have arrived in the past year and conduct train-
ment and opportunity are deeply rooted rized access onto Fort Sam Houston by for assistance. Chenega officers are not
ing at Camp Bullis. There will be a slide
in the traditions, history and culture of screening people entering the gates. police officers; they can detain, but do
overview in the morning and a forum and tour
the Alutiiq people, who live near Proper documentation is required to not conduct investigations.
in the afternoon. For reservations, call 295-7686
Chenega Bay in Alaska. enter the installation, whether it be a Chenega security officers have been
or e-mail email@example.com,
The Chenega security officers strive Department of Defense ID, driver’s likened to Department of Defense
or call 295-7592 or e-mail
to uphold those same values and princi- license or state-issued ID and a vehicle guards. They keep a watchful eye for
firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail
ples on the job. decal. suspicious people, they protect the
The Security Services Group pro- For visitors, the Chenega security installation and they carry weapons for
vides professional services to 29 officers will check for a picture ID and
Hershman accepts command
Department of Defense installations issue a visitor pass. Many cars are See CHENEGA on Page 4
of 187th Medical Battalion
Story and photos by Olivia Mendoza
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office
A look at BAMC heroes
The 187th Medical Battalion welcomed
a new commander during a change of
command ceremony Friday at MacArthur
See related story and photos on Pages 10 and 11
Outgoing commander Lt. Col Patricia
Darnauer relinquished command to Lt.
Col. Michael Hershman. Darnauer bid
Inside . . . farewell to the command as she and her
From the Top . . . . . . . . . . . .2 daughters, Lauren, age 14, and Erin, age
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 11, leave Fort Sam Houston to move to
Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where
Child and Youth Services . . .9 Darnauer will attend the Industrial College
MWR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 of the Armed Forces. (From left) Lt. Col. Michael Hershman, commander, 187th Medical
Community . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Col. John P. Cook, 32nd Medical Battalion; Lt. Col. Patricia Darnauer, outgoing commander; Col. John
Fort Freebies . . . . . . . . . . .14 Brigade commander, hosted the ceremony Cook, commander, 32nd Medical Brigade; and Maj. Herman Haggray
(front), battalion executive officer, inspect the assembled troops Friday
See 187TH MEDICAL BATTALION on Page 4 during the change of command ceremony.
2 July 5, 2007 From the Top Fort Sam Houston News Leader
CRC reminds Soldiers, Families of heat-injury risks
By Lori Yerdon term illness, and Soldiers who work in hospitalized, 163 were outpatients, and two stroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps.
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center enclosed environments such as aircraft cock- died. The injuries happened both in garrison “Training is the priority and Soldiers
pits or vehicle interiors have a higher risk of and operational environments, and occurred learn how to cope in the heat,” said Maj.
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – As hot weather becoming heat causalities. The use of sup- during physical-fitness training and testing, Karl Strellner, 198th Infantry Brigade S-3 at
begins posing potential risk to Soldiers and plements may also increase the chance training exercises, and other activities Fort Benning, Ga. The 198th Inf. Bde. con-
Family Members, the U.S. Army Combat dehydration. including recreational exertion and non- ducts training for drill sergeants four months
Readiness Center reminds individuals that “Leaders and Soldiers must do more than exertion activities. prior to June 1, when the weather typically
heat-injury prevention is not only a com- just have water available,” said Col. John The best defense against a heat-related begins to get hot.
mand and leadership responsibility, but a Campbell, CRC command surgeon. “Using incident is prevention, Campbell said. “Our drill sergeants practice daily man-
personal one, too. composite risk management to assess and Before engaging in an outdoor activity or down drills, immediate actions, checks on
Heat injuries are avoidable but can affect mitigate the potential health effects Soldiers mission in the heat, the identification and combat lifesavers bags, certification updates
anyone. Individuals not accustomed to hot might suffer during hot weather is critical.” assessment of such potential hazards as a on combat lifesaver courses, IV sticks,
weather, especially when it’s combined with According to the Army’s Office of the high-heat category or the physical exertion caloric intake classes, and system checks of
high humidity, are particularly susceptible. Surgeon, 220 heat stroke cases were docu- level of the activity can reduce an individ-
Young children, individuals with a long- mented in 2006. Of those, 57 Soldiers were ual’s chance of becoming a victim of heat- See HEAT-INJURY RISKS on Page 4
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Fort Sam Houston News Leader July 5, 2007 3
Army’s Medical Hotline
serves Soldiers, Families
Story and photo by Gerry J. Gilmore or one phone call could have five issues,”
American Forces Press Service Mason explained. The ones without
WASHINGTON – The Army’s three- issues usually are just requests for infor-
month-old “Wounded Soldier and Family mation, he added, such as phone numbers
Hotline,” established March 19, has for other organizations.
already fielded thousands of calls from Military veterans have raised 28 per-
Soldiers and concerned Family members, cent of the issues on the hotline, Mason
officials said. said, noting the veterans have been happy
The hotline was created by the Army’s to receive call-backs from U.S.
senior leadership in the wake of a series Department of Veterans Affairs officials.
of news reports in February that revealed The hotline’s purpose isn’t to circum-
shortcomings in patient care at Walter vent the chain of command, said call cen- Vanessa Bradchulis, a customer care representative at the “Wounded Soldier
Reed Army Medical Center. ter deputy director Col. Robert Clark. and Family Hotline” center in Alexandria, Va., often receives calls from fathers
The hotline center is managed and However, the hotline reflects the Army’s or mothers inquiring about the medical status of their wounded sons or daugh-
operated by the U.S. Army Human determination to address and resolve
Resources Command, said Col. Edward Soldiers’ medical issues as rapidly as pos-
Mason, the hotline’s director. sible. more open space,” said Cotton, who has the center who served in Iraq in 2003. A
“The Army cares about Soldiers and Some hotline calls come from frustrat- worked at the hotline operation since Soldier’s mother called her, she recalled,
Families, and we’re going to take care of ed people who need someone to listen to April. He said the Soldiers, government asking about her son, who’d been wound-
Soldiers and Families,” Mason said. their concerns, Clark said, noting there civilians and contractors who make up ed in Iraq and was being treated at an
“We’re going to ensure that those are “individuals out there who maybe the center’s 100-person staff work three Army hospital in Germany.
Soldiers and Family members have every didn’t get quite what they deserved.” shifts to provide around-the-clock serv- “She was trying to get in touch with
single medical resource available in the “And, by calling us, we’re going to ice. the proper medical authorities,”
United States Army.” make sure that they do,” Clark empha- Vanessa Bradchulis, one of the hot- Bradchulis said, noting the mother just
Fifty-two percent of almost 1,000 sized. Providing follow-up on customers’ line’s customer care representatives, is a wanted to speak to a doctor to determine
issues generated by nearly 3,500 calls inquiries is a key component of the hot- 30-year-old former Army medic and an how her son was doing.
received by the hotline since its inception line’s mission, he said. Iraq war veteran. Bradchulis said she “We put her in touch with the people
have involved medical issues, Mason The hotline operation recently gained often receives calls from fathers or moth- who could find that out for her,”
said. The issues are broken down into new office space in Alexandria, Va., and ers inquiring about the medical status of Bradchulis said.
medical, finance, legal and other cate- updated equipment, said call-center man- their wounded sons or daughters. For more information on the Army’s
gories, he said. ager Jimmie Cotton. “My medical experience has come in Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline,
“One phone call could have no issues “I love these facilities; there’s a lot handy,” said Bradchulis, a contractor at call 800-984-8523.
T a k i n g c a r e o f S o l d i er s :
Fort Sam builds to conserve Videos available for children
energy, save money whose parents deploy
uildings fundamentally impact back in seven to 10 years, basically pay for
“Our goal is to have
the lives of civilians and the buildings through these designs. It’s a By Jerry Harben
US Army MEDCOM Public Affairs Office
Soldiers at Fort Sam Houston, slow process but we’re moving toward it.”
as well as other installations worldwide.
The Army has adopted the Leadership
The LEED rating system recognizes
five key areas of human and environmen- “It’s important to recognize your
a proactive, preventive
in Energy and Environmental Design tal health: sustainable site development, fear, but not to dwell on it,” said package in the
Green Building Rating System, which is water savings, energy efficiency, materials Cameron Lucke, 17-year-old son of
the nationally accepted benchmark for the selection and indoor environmental quali- an Army officer. Lucke is addressing
design, construction and operation of high- ty. concerns of other teenagers as narra-
tor of a video, one of three now
performance “green” buildings. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver,
A “green” building is one that is built Gold or Platinum certification depending available to help Families and com- Col. George Patrin,
with energy- and cost-savings in mind, on the number of benchmarks, or credits, munities deal with the stresses of mil- pediatrician, commander of the
which can involve everything from low- they achieve. itary deployments. Presidio, Army Health Clinic
flow toilets to automatic light switches. To earn certification, a building project “Military Youth Coping With
“It’s all about synergy,” said Chris must meet certain prerequisites and per- Separation: When Family Members anyone who cannot download large files
Beck, Environmental Management formance credits within each category. The Deploy” is a half-hour video of teenagers from the Web. Watch the Web sites for
System/LEED program manager, Army goal is to achieve at least a mini- discussing their feelings and how they cope information.
Directorate of Public Works. “We can mum of Silver for all new construction with issues that arise when a parent is “Our goal is to have a proactive, preven-
design a building to take advantage of nat- projects per the U.S. Green Building deployed. The video is available for view- tive package in the community before
ural lighting and pick paint that best Council rating system. ing at the Army’s behavioral health Web site deployment,” said Col. George Patrin, pedi-
reflects light, and that all ties into picking The Army sustainable design and in the children section, http://www.behav- atrician and new commander of the Presidio
the most efficient heating and air condi- development policy is not only designed to ioralhealth.army.mil/, and on the American of Monterey, Calif., Army Health Clinic,
tioning system.” reduce high operating costs over the life- Academy of Pediatrics Web site at who helped develop two of the videos and
Recycling plays a big role in the cycle of the building, but to also promote a http://www.aap.org/sections/unifserv/deploy undertook related research for his thesis in
process as well. “We purchase local mate- safe, healthy and productive environment ment/ysp-resources.htm. the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in
rials to cut back on transportation costs in which to work. LEED gives building “Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Health and Business Administration.
and also use recycled material on build- owners and operators the tools they need Reunion After Deployment” uses cartoon At present, at least 700,000 children in
ings,” Beck said. “We try for a minimum to have an immediate and measurable characters to address deployment issues the United States have at least one parent
of 20 percent.” impact on their buildings’ performance. affecting children ages 6 to 11. Both of the deployed for military duty, according to the
Additionally, “we divert construction A project is a viable candidate for videos will also be available for viewing or American Psychological Association
debris from the dump to recycle facility,” LEED certification if it can meet all pre- download soon; preview video clips are February 2007 report.
Beck said. “Combined, we have a major requisites and achieve the minimum num- available now on the AAP Web site. The American Academy of Pediatrics
impact on the local area.” ber of points to earn the certified level of “Talk, Listen and Connect: Helping states that children’s reactions to a parent
The green concept carries over from the LEED project certification. This compre- Families Cope With Military Deployment” being deployed may include anger, sadness,
inside to outside, with landscaping choices hensive approach is the reason LEED-cer- features the Sesame Street character Elmo fear, confusion, and feelings of abandon-
that are water efficient and environmental- tified buildings have reduced operating dealing with the prolonged absence of his ment, loss, anxiety and depression. These
ly friendly. costs, healthier and more productive occu- father. It is suitable for ages 3 to 5, and is reactions can lead to significant problems
“The overall goal is to lessen energy pants, and conserve natural resources. available from Sesame Street Workshop at such as school absenteeism and failure,
and produce cost savings for taxpayers,” (Directorate of Public Works, www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc.
Beck said. “We hope to make our money Environmental Division) The videos are available on DVD for See VIDEOS AVAILABLE on Page 4
4 July 5, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Continued from Page 3 you tune in you will get a better ulty at Madigan Army Medical “The way military kids tend to preschoolers with a monetary
idea what military Families are Center, began development of the get through the deployment is they grant from Wal-Mart, and with
social isolation, family emotional going through,” he added. video for teenagers while at stay busy,” advised another boy. Col. Stephen Cozza of the Walter
abuse and violence, psychosomat- The character of Mr. Poe origi- Brooke Army Medical Center. He “One 14-year-old boy inter- Reed Army Medical Center psy-
ic medical complaints and depres- nated in 2003, when commanders explained that he became con- viewed on the video later said it chiatry department as an adviser.
sion. of troops returning from cerned after his deployment to was the best thing he had done in The video and supporting materi-
Patrin said the program will be Southwest Asia asked Gregg Afghanistan. Despite his expertise his life,” Lemmon said. “He didn’t als are available free of charge to
most effective if an adult facilitator Drew, a Reserve chaplain in in adolescent medicine and his think that anyone would under- schools, child-care programs, fam-
guides a discussion among the Hanau, Germany, to develop a wife’s as an educator, his wife stand; being able to talk about it ily support groups and other
children during or after viewing program to help families. Drew experienced depression and his 4- really helped. It was a big burden organizations serving the needs of
the video. A facilitator’s guide is approached Patrin, who had expe- year-old son was irritable and lifted off him.” military Families.
available for primary-care physi- rience in puppetry and video pro- acted out. Lemmon said his objectives Patrin and Lemmon are con-
cians, teachers, church and Scout duction, and Patrin brought in Lt. “It soon became apparent that were to support teenagers and pro- ducting a formal research project
leaders, or any other concerned Col. Dave Smith, an officer in the no one is immune,” Lemmon said. vide a tool to help them get at Fort Stewart, Ga., to document
adults, along with the parent, who lab at Landstuhl Regional Medical “I was concerned; if deployment through the deployment, and also use of their videos and what bene-
use the videos to support children Center, who had developed Mr. affected us this significantly with to sensitize the community to what fits they may have for families.
as they deal with the stress of Poe as a sock puppet character for all our strengths, what might oth- military children go through dur- Volunteer Families complete ques-
deployment separation. children’s sermons. Their pilot ers be facing?” ing a deployment. tionnaires before and after view-
“People often assume the only puppet program has just been con- With help from Patrin and oth- “Families will order it and use ing, with follow-ups two and six
way they can get help is through verted into an animated feature. ers, he obtained a grant from the it individually. Family resource months later to see how the chil-
the hospital. That’s simply not Mr. Poe and a variety of adult and American Academy of Pediatrics groups will adopt it as a standard dren are doing with the video in
true. If we collaborate as a com- child characters relate their experi- and arranged to interview to use to help children understand hand during their family’s deploy-
munity,” Patrin said, “the commu- ences and feelings. teenagers at an Operation Purple their feelings with deployment. I ment experience. Additional feed-
nity becomes the first level of “At first, Dad was buying all Camp operated by the National hope it will get good media cover- back is planned by asking viewers
intervention, rather than waiting kinds of food we didn’t even eat. Military Family Association. age to so the community will to access and download the videos
for a situation to blow up and Now, just before Mom comes Between introductory sections know that military Families will from the Army Medical
require social services or the emer- home, he’s running all over clean- with Lucke, teenagers on the video definitely benefit from more sup- Department Center and School
gency room. With an effective ing the house,” runs one exchange share their experiences and how port,” he said. Deployment Web site, which will
intervention tool like the video between the characters Sally and they react when a parent is “Youth-serving professionals soon be operational.
toolkit, the amount of child abuse Laura. deployed. say the video tool kit covers an One question, however,
should go down. People will be “We put a lot of effort into “I made the freshman basket- area that just isn’t covered for remains unanswered: what exactly
able to deal with their issues making the scenarios true to life ball team while he was gone. He teenagers. This meets that need. is the orange-brown, long-snouted
before they begin striking out.” and applicable to any service never got to see any of my We’re getting a lot of positive Mr. Poe? Is he a dinosaur? A
“Ultimately, this is a way the Family,” Patrin said. games,” said one boy. feedback,” Lemmon added. lizard?
entire United States community Maj. Keith Lemmon, pediatri- “Almost every waking minute I Sesame Street Workshop devel- “He’s a critter,” said Patrin,
can be a part of the war effort. If cian and adolescent medicine fac- worry about him,” said a girl. oped the Elmo video for with a smile.
Cook, 32nd 187th Medical Battalion
Medical Continued from Page 1 every aspect of this command will fill you with
Brigade and said, “Lt. Col. Darnauer has been a spec- pride; I leave you a battalion of great individu-
commander, als who are fully invested in our common mis-
tacular commander for the 187th Medical
Battalion, not only setting a standard of excel- sion of training Soldiers … good luck with
lence as a leader of Soldiers, but also juggled your transition.”
to Lt. Col. the responsibility of command and being a Accepting the command, Hershman said,
Michael mother of two daughters and a dedicated “187th leaders, I’m excited to be a part of a tra-
Hershman deployed officers’ wife.” dition of excellence; I am eager to train med-
Friday, “Tricia handles everything with passion of ical Soldiers not only to conserve our fighting
signifying purpose and a positive grace,” said Cook dur- strength, but also to survive on the battlefield.”
Hershman’s ing his closing remarks. Hershman comes to the 187th Medical Bn.
acceptance of In her parting words, Darnauer gave the from Brooke Army Medical Center, where he
command. incoming 187th Medical Bn. commander a was the assistant chief, Department of Health
word of encouragement. “Lt. Col. Hershman, Care Operations.
Chenega Heat-injury risks
Continued from Page 2
Continued from Page 1 carry weapons, handcuffs, pepper spray, than 200,000 vehicles a week. the HVAC (air conditioning units),” she said.
batons and radios. To facilitate in and outgoing traffic, In addition to the training that drill sergeants
their own and others’ protection. The Chenega officers provide 24- two new access control points projects receive, trainees are immersed in proper hydration
Whenever a vehicle approaches a hour-a-day coverage, seven days a week, are in the works for 2009 — the Walters methods, hydration tracking mechanisms and bat-
gate, the officer on duty conducts a visu- presently with three- to eight-hour shift gate and the Brooke Army Medical tle-buddy care. Drill sergeants monitor heat condi-
al assessment of the vehicle to check for rotations. Officers work eight hour days Center Interstate Highway 35 gates. tions and adjust training accordingly.
decals and assure the vehicle is registered with only the necessary breaks. Among the future plans are guard hous- By developing and implementing controls,
on post and has up-to-date registrations. Requirements for the Chenega con- es, wider lanes, visitor center, turnaround leaders reduce the chance of a Soldier in their for-
Also, a quick look is done of the inside tract come from the Department of the areas, lighting, as well as a look that is mation succumbing to a heat injury, Col.
of the vehicle and the passengers. Army, and that is to have armed guards aesthetically pleasing. Campbell said. Having sufficient hydration
Bryan Christy, an officer at the Harry at all entry points to an Army installation. As folks enter into the gates at Fort sources and providing rest cycles as needed are
Wurzbach entrance, said, “We try to ID To qualify for a position with Sam Houston the first person they will some of the measures that leaders can take.
the face, make sure the face on the card Chenega in the security area, require- see and speak with is a Chenega security Applying similar control measures when off
matches the person in the vehicle.” ments must be met. Prospective employ- officer. A pleasant greeting can set the duty can also protect Family members. Drinking
If a vehicle is instructed to pass ees must meet agility tests, qualify with a tone for a day of work on post. Let more fluids, avoiding alcohol or drinks full of
through the visitor lane, two forms of ID weapon, pass physical requirements, someone know if your gate experience sugar or caffeine, and staying indoors when possi-
will be required and the visitor pass must criminal background checks and be at was a good one. Call Mike Anderson, ble are several ways to beat the heat. Additionally,
be displayed in the windshield. least 21 years old. The officers must pass chief of guards, at 221-1786 to pass on wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and put-
Officers are kept at the same gate, a 120-hour training academy prior to feedback. ting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher diminishes
allowing them to become familiar with being assigned to the gate. About her experience at the Walters the possibility of a heat-related incident.
vehicles and their occupants. It may “Presently we have about 130 guards gate, Kathy Maple of the Morale, “Soldiers have a responsibility to look out for
appear they are not looking closely at a with about 10 percent of those guards Welfare and Recreation Marketing office, each other and speak up when a comrade is in
form of ID, but they have become famil- being women,” said Al Jorge, installation said, “It’s awesome! The guards are trouble,” Col. Campbell added. “Someone always
iar with the vehicle and the driver. physical security and contracting officer always very personable. They call me knows when a Soldier isn’t at peak performance
As weapons’ handlers, Chenega offi- technical representative. “Eighty-five Ms. Maple and say have a good day. At level; buddies should make leaders aware of these
cers are required to qualify on their percent of our guards are retired or prior the same time they pay attention to what situations to thwart a possible heat injury.”
weapons. This is accomplished once a military with at least one year experience is on my ID card.” For more information on heat injury prevention
year at the firing range. Officers carry in a security field.” For more information about the visit chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/heat/#_HIA.
basically the same equipment as a police Security officers process about 40,000 Chenega Corporation or the history of For more information on the 101 Critical Days of
officer. They wear bulletproof vests, cars through the gates a day, and more the Alutiiq people, visit Chenega.com. Summer safety campaign visit https://crc.army.mil.
Some dogs do learn new tricks
Fort Sam Houston News Leader July 5, 2007 5
Dogs offer healing therapy
to wounded warriors
Story and photos by Jen Rodriguez
Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs
weetheart, Jackson and Ellie
Mae, three four-legged pooches,
recently helped change the lives
of wounded warriors and injured Soldiers
at Brooke Army Medical Center.
The mixed beagle, German Shepherd
and Lhasa Apso are therapy dogs trained Pfc. James
to console Soldiers, Family Members and Oppelt
sometimes medical staff with reassuring spends some
hugs and occasionally dog kisses. quality time
“There’s a bond between humans and with Jackson,
animals,” explained dog trainer, Charlie a German
Brugnola of Silver Lakes, Calif. “Pets help
us to deal with stress and put us in a mood
that is beneficial to us.” Army Medical
Brugnola and his wife, Sally, brought Center while
the dogs to the hospital as part of the Delta fiancé,
Society of San Antonio Chapter Therapy Andrea
Dog Program at BAMC. Preston, and
“In the eyes of the wounded warriors Staff Sgt. Christopher Pettway snug- parents,
we see a light, a light of determination and gles up to Ellie Mae, a Lhasa Apso, retired Marine
tenacity. That light glows when making held by dog trainer and owner Charlie Sgt. Patrick
contact with the eyes of Sweetheart,” Brugnola at the Center for the Oppelt and
Brugnola said. “She looks deep into their Intrepid. Sue Oppelt,
eyes, conveying a message. A message look on.
only she and the Soldier truly compre-
hend. And therein lies the magic, the won- Brugnola. “Throughout her life, families are an inspiration to us.” Nelson said one patient with a head
derment and the connection these animals Sweetheart has repaid this obligation by During a three-week visit, Sweetheart injury had not responded as he should
give to humans, the ability to bond and helping other people.” and Jackson, a German Shepherd, laid next have, until “he played with the dogs for
heal in very profound ways – beyond “A number of patients felt a special kin- to Soldiers during mat workouts at the about five minutes.”
human ability.” ship with Sweetheart, because of her expe- Center for the Intrepid, and Ellie Mae, a “That afternoon, he started talking
Sweetheart, a mixed beagle, has a direct rience of overcoming severe burns,” said Lhasa Apso, rode on the laps of Soldiers in more,” said Nelson. “The next day he was
connection with Soldiers and anyone who Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Moll, BAMC chief wheelchairs, all the while giving kisses. up, walking around, called his parents, and
meets her. That connection is tied to a near of the Department of Ministry. “A friendly Also, the dogs wagged a greeting to was discharged from the hospital.”
fatal incident that occurred several years nuzzle or lick from a puppy is always a anyone within petting distance during long “There’s a special connection,” said
ago. positive experience for our patients here. strolls through the hallways. Moll. “Pet therapy brings a sense of home
Left to die in a burning house, There’s a special connection for those in Sgt. Joy Nelson, an occupational thera- normalcy to patients who are in the healing
Sweetheart was rescued when a witness the burn treatment ward.” pist assistant, knows firsthand about the process. Brugnola echoed Moll’s remarks,
saw the terribly burned dog sit up and wag To share Sweetheart’s survivor skills, work of the therapy dogs. “Everyone I “After the patient spent time with the dogs,
her tail. A doctor performed skin grafts and the Brugnolas decided to visit the wounded saw, I told them about the dogs. When it triggered that he had a dog and that he
was amazed by the canine’s determination. Soldiers at BAMC. patients talked about the pain, I’d tell them needed to take care of it.”
Several people were involved with “It’s phenomenal what takes place about the dogs. I’d say, a dog can’t tell you “Animals, dogs, have been put on earth
Sweetheart’s recovery. here,” Sally said. “We are in awe and hum- how bad it hurts,” Nelson said. “… and for very special reasons,” Brugnola added.
“Sweetheart is a burn survivor that bled by the very men and women we strive then the patient’s mind would get redirect- “We, as humans, are just starting to realize
inspires, motivates and melts hearts,” said to serve. These young Soldiers and their ed.” their special purpose.”
6 July 5, 2007 Sports Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Sled hockey scores goal with wounded warriors
By Elaine Wilson (Left) Mike Marsh, player for the San
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey
Team, reaches for the puck during a
pc. Hollis Richardson glided June 16 game vs. the San Antonio
across the ice balancing his body Men of War, which is normally a
on just a slab of metal and two “stand-up” team. The Rampage
thin blades. He dug two sticks into the team, comprising wounded warriors
ice, kicking up a light mist as he rushed and civilians, won the game 3-1.
to propel himself to the puck. Veering to
the right, he evaded an opponent and
(Below) Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw
knocked the puck to a teammate just as
(left), part-time sled hockey referee
he collided with another player, metal and full-time commander, Fort Sam
slashing metal. Houston and Army Medical
He quickly righted himself, gained Department Center and School, dis-
balance and glided back into the game. cusses the game with retired Sgt.
Like his time on the ice, life has been Chris Leverkuhn, player from the
a balancing act for Richardson since he Rampage Sled Hockey Team, at the
was injured just over a year ago. He was Ice Center at Northwoods in San
patrolling in Iraq when a rocket-propelled Antonio. The sport is a modified ver-
grenade struck his right leg and shrapnel sion of ice hockey, altered to accom-
riddled his left. The medics were racing modate physical disabilities.
to get him on a stretcher and out of dan- Photo by Don Nelson
ger when he was shot in the back. He sus-
tained massive nerve damage to his right the rules are about the same, as are the It builds
leg and partial to his left. He also frac- wrenching collisions and puck battles on resilience.”
tured his pelvic bone. the ice. Like the coach,
Richardson has spent the last year The team’s coach, Lonnie Hannah, is the referees also
recovering at Brooke Army Medical well known in the sled hockey scene – he are volunteers.
Center, learning how to walk again and was part of the U.S. Paralympics sled They officiate
tinkering with car engines in his free hockey team that won the gold medal at games and help
time. He heard about a sled hockey team the 2002 Games and bronze in 2006. facilitate weekly
from his buddies at the hospital and “The sport is great therapy, not just practices.
decided to try it out, although he was a physically but mentally,” said Hannah, One of the ref-
self-proclaimed non-athlete. also a former national champion speed erees stepped onto
“I never played sports before, except skater. “It gets the guys out of the hospital the rink near the
for some soccer as a kid,” the 23-year-old and into society.” end of a Monday
said, a little out of breath after a two-hour Hannah speaks from experience. He afternoon practice
practice at the Ice Center at Northwoods was injured in a work-related accident and sped across the
in San Antonio. “It’s been fun. I plan to more than 20 years ago and lost the use ice with the ease of
keep it up; I have my own sled now and of his legs. But rather than being bound a lifelong skater.
my name on my gear.” to a wheelchair, Hannah switched from He moved the
Richardson and his teammates, a mix speed skating to adaptive sports. He puck from the Photo by Elaine Wilson
of wounded warriors and local players, played wheelchair tennis and basketball edges of the rink to
comprise the San Antonio Rampage Sled before he discovered a passion for sled keep the game going, as he joked with take a seat for a game. But the game is
Hockey Team. The sport is a modified hockey. players to keep the mood light. The refer- tough for players who are accustomed to
version of ice hockey, altered to accom- “In the hospital, people are there to ee is a familiar face on and off the rink a different version of the sport.
modate physical disabilities. Players pro- help, to do for you,” said Hannah, who for the players, since he’s also the com- “They had no problem beating us,”
pel themselves across the ice with sticks a moved to San Antonio after the 2006 mander of Fort Sam Houston. said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Hess,
third of the regulation size while riding Paralympic Games. “But at the rink, “There’s a great sense of camaraderie,” member of the San Antonio Men of War,
on metal-frame sleds balanced on two you’re carrying and putting on your said Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, who tries a local ice hockey team that played the
skate blades. Aside from the equipment, equipment, doing everything for yourself. to squeeze as much ice time as he can Rampage June 16; Hess’ team lost 3-1.
into his busy schedule. “Everyone is out “It’s a lot more challenging than it looks.
here working together; the sport brings a It takes a lot of strength and balance to
sense of team and unity. play on a sled.”
“It’s also an exhausting sport. Not so The teams’ coordinator, Janis
much for these guys, but for the ones who Roznowski, is working to beef up the
play them and aren’t used to the game,” opposition for the team. The creator of
he added with a smile. the nonprofit group Operation Comfort,
Since sled hockey is not a common Roznowski was the driving force behind
sport in San Antonio, teammates play
each other or “stand-up” hockey players See SLED HOCKEY on Page 7
LMH resident activities
Lincoln Military Housing recognized dads June 15 with a pizza and bowling
afternoon. All family housing residents were invited to participate.
June’s survey of the month winner was Master Sgt. Daniel Jermier and the
yards of the month were awarded to 4015 Walter T. Bahl, 165 Artillery Post,
5200-A Barkley Circle and 521 Wheaton. Congratulations to the winners.
For photos and upcoming activities, residents can visit LMH’s interactive Web
site, www.samhoustonlpc.com . For more information, call 270-7638.
Sports July 5, 2007 7
‘Aquatic Brats’ excel
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Continued from Page 6
the sled hockey team. She decided to
start a local team after taking a group of
wounded warriors on a ski trip to Sun
Valley, Idaho, in 2004, where they got
their first glimpse of the sport.
“The guys’ eyes lit up,” said
Roznowski. “I thought it would be great
to start a team here.”
What started out as a few players
knocking around the puck has grown into
an organized team with national aspira-
tions. “The San Antonio Rampage (local
professional ice hockey team) adopted
us, donating equipment,” said
Roznowski, who continues to help the
players from BAMC with transportation
and funding for rink time. “Our next step
is build the team up and start traveling to
other cities for games so we can be com-
petitive on a national level.”
In the meantime, the sled hockey team
welcomes new players, and has an added
enticement for aspiring sled hockey
“You get to go out on the ice and take
out your aggression,” said retired Sgt.
Chris Leverkuhn, an amputee injured in
Iraq three years ago after a homemade
bomb and rocket-propelled grenade hit
his truck. “I love the sport. It’s a great
way to keep busy and experience some-
The Rampage Sled Hockey Team Fort Sam Houston’s swim team, the “Aquatic Brats,” has been competing in qualifiers in hopes of making it to state.
practices Mondays at the Ice Center at The team has competed in three meets so far this year, with several swimmers earning medals. The coach, Ignaciao
Northwoods in San Antonio. For more Flores, welcomes new swimmers. The team practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the
information or to join the sled hockey Outdoor Aquatic Center and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center pool.
team, call Roznowski at 826-0500. For more information, call Flores at 221-4887 or 221-1234.
Sports Briefs . . . Those interested in coaching should send
resumes by July 27 to Earl Young at 1212
coaching should submit resumes by Aug.
23 to Earl Young at 1212 Stanley Road, Ste.
2020 or 221-1234.
Softball tryouts Stanley Road, Ste. 20, Fort Sam Houston, 20, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234. For more Youth soccer registration
TX 78234. For more information, call 221- information, call 221-1180 or e-mail The Alamo Heights/Fort Sam Houston
Players are needed for the men’s and 1180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
women’s post softball team. For more infor- Youth Soccer team is open for registration
mation or to tryout, call Earl Young at 221- through Aug. 31. People can register online
Varsity basketball Heart of Texas Triathlon #3 at www.ahfsh.org or stop by the Youth
1180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaches and players are needed for the The Fort Sam Houston Heart of Texas Center for walk-in registration Aug. 25
Intramural teams women’s and men’s varsity basketball Triathlon #3 will be held Sunday beginning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Aug. 29 from 6
teams. Tryouts for players are Aug. 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. For to 8 p.m. For more information, visit
Letters of intent for intramural flag foot- through 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmy more information or to register, call 221- www.ahfsh.org or call 828-7071.
ball and intramural fall softball are due Aug. Brought Fitness Center. Those interested in
1. A coaches’ meeting will be held Aug. 6 at
1 p.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center.
Leagues begin Aug. 20. For more informa-
tion, call Earl Young at 221-1180 or e-mail MWR Web site, Information Hotline
email@example.com. Access information about Morale,
Welfare and Recreation events, activities
Varsity flag football and programs 24 hours a day. For more
Coaches and players are needed for the information, call the hotline at 295-3697
varsity flag football team. Tryouts for play- or visit www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com.
ers are July 30 through Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.
8 July 5, 2007
Childcare providers demonstrate excellence
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
orale, Welfare and which includes early childhood experts
Recreation held their and parents. The candidate must demon-
Quarterly Employee strate the ability to work with Families
Recognition Ceremony on June 13. to develop children’s physical and intel-
During the ceremony, several Child and lectual capabilities in a safe and healthy
Youth Services employees were present- learning environment.
ed with accreditations for all of their Berry was presented the National
dedication and hard work. Maritza Ortiz, Association for Family Child Care
of Fort Sam Houston School Age Certification of Accreditation by Paul
Services, and Tina Berry, of Family Matthews, MWR. This award defines the
Child Care, both were honored for their highest standards of quality in the family
achievements. child care profession. Berry also
Ortiz was awarded a Military School- received a Certificate of Achievement
Age Credential in recognition of out- from U.S. Army Garrison Commander
standing work with school-age children. Col. Wendy Martinson for her profes-
The MSA Credential Program is the first sional dedication and commitment to
of its kind in the nation to recognize the Army Families.
individual achievements of adults work- In addition, Berry holds a Child
ing with school age children and Development Credential. As a result of
Families. these two accomplishments, she is now Courtesy photos
Tina Berry (center) receives her Certificate of Accreditation from Paul
The MSA Assessment System and an Army Family Child Care Star
Matthews, director, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Brenda Berry, divi-
Competency Standard have been devel- Provider. Berry is only the second FCC
sion chief, Child and Youth Services.
oped to promote quality services to par- provider to earn NAFCC Accreditation
ents and children by providing specific in the Fort Sam Houston Child and
standards, training and evaluation of Youth Services Program. Achievement
child and youth program assistants and of the NAFCC Accreditation is evidence
providers. Ortiz was awarded by the of Berry’s commitment to a quality pro-
Council for Early Childhood gram and professional development.
Professional Recognition in Washington, For more information on CYS pro-
D.C. which represents the early child- grams and facilities, call 221-4871 or
hood profession. 221-1723.
Ortiz joins several other child and (Source: MWR)
youth program assistants as a recipient
of the MSA at Fort Sam Houston. The
MSA is the only major national effort to
improve childcare by evaluating and rec-
ognizing the skill of individuals provid-
ing care. Maritza Ortiz receives her Military
Every candidate for the MSA creden- School Age Credential from Paul
tial is observed working with school age Matthews, director, Morale, Welfare
children and is evaluated by a team, and Recreation.
Child and Youth Services areas surrounding Fort Sam Houston for use by
local Army Families. The centers and providers
Child and Youth Services to participate in sports.
For more information or registration require-
sports classes for children ages 6 to 18 who are
registered with CYS. The first month’s fees are
Parent Advisory Council meeting are monitored to ensure they meet Army stan- ments, call Central Registration at 221-4871 or due at time of registration at Building 2797. For
dards. For more information, call Family Service 221-1723. fee information, visit the Child Development
The Child and Youth Services Parent Association at 431-7570 or Fort Sam Houston
Fall football, cheerleading Center, Building 2530; School Age Services,
Advisory Council will meet July 17 from 11:30 Central Registration at 221-4871. Building 1705; or Middle School and Teens,
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Child Development Register for fall football and cheerleading for
Family Child Care Online Building 1630. For more information, call 221-
Center. Lunch will be provided. All CYS ages 5 to 14. Patrons must be registered with
1723 or 221-4871.
patrons are encouraged to attend. This is an Family Child Care Online is a marketing tool Child and Youth Services. At registration, patrons
opportunity to meet staff, attend parent work- that allows parents to take a virtual tour of FCC must provide a current sport physical that is valid Coaches needed
shops and learn of upcoming events. homes. In addition, parents can read about the through the entire season, Leave and Earnings The youth sports program is in need of foot-
provider’s philosophy of care, hours of operation Statement, spouse’s W-2 form, current shot ball and cheerleading coaches. Interested volun-
and background. This online tool can be accessed record for kindergarten through fifth graders, teers must consent to a background check and
Family Child Care is looking for Family through Child and Youth Services Central child’s Social Security number, two local emer- complete a coach’s packet. For a packet or more
Members interested in becoming certified FCC Registration, Building 2797, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 gency contacts, $18 registration fee and $60 foot- information, call Central Registration at 221-4871
providers. There is a no-cost start-up plan. For p.m. ball fee and $50 cheerleading fee. For registration or 221-1723.
more information, call 221-3828. information, call Central Registration at 221-
4871. For sports information, call the sports
Off-post childcare options PCI, Head Start applications available
Patrons interested in summer and fall sports office at 221-5519.
The Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood should make appointments for a sport physical Parent Child Incorporated and Head Start is
SKIES Unlimited classes currently accepting applications. This is a free
program offers military Families more childcare now. Patrons will need a sport physical to regis-
options in the local community. There are two ter. Sports physical must be valid for the entire The Child and Youth Services SKIES childcare program for families that meet federal
childcare centers and 25 civilian providers in sport season. Patrons must be registered with Unlimited program offers language, music and guidelines. For more information, call 221-3788.
Making a splash
Fort Sam Houston News Leader July 5, 2007 9
Photo by Olivia Mendoza
Two-year-old Isaac Mendez enjoys a cooling spray of water at the Splash Pad.
The splash pad is available for open recreation Monday to Friday from 3 to 8
p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals may reserve
the water park for special functions through the Youth Center; a $25 usage fee
is involved. To make reservations or for more information, call 221-3502.
Religious Briefs . . .
friends are welcome to attend the Roundup,
which begins each day at 8 p.m. For more
information, call Brian Merry, Installation
Vacation Bible School
Chaplain’s Office, at 221-5006 or e-mail
The Installation Chaplain’s Office will Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
sponsor Vacation Bible School Monday to
Rebuilding New Orleans trip
July 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dodd
Field Chapel’s “Avalanche Ranch.” Each Participants are needed to assist in
day children will sing songs, play team- “rebuilding” New Orleans. The trip is tenta-
work-building games, nibble “chuck wagon tively scheduled for the first week of
chow,” take on a daily challenge to celebrate August, and will be a Wednesday through
God’s love, experience Bible adventures and Sunday evening. People are asked to call to
collect “Bible Memory Buddies.” Each day reserve a spot as soon as possible. For more
will conclude with a “Showtime Roundup” information, call Brian Merry, Installation
celebration that helps participants live what Chaplain’s Office, at 221-5006 or e-mail
they’ve learned. Family Members and email@example.com.
Post Worship Schedule
Main Post Chapel, Building 2200, 221- 11 a.m. - Mass - Sundays
2754 11 a.m. - Mass - weekdays
Catholic Services: Protestant Services:
4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Confessions - 10 a.m. - Worship Service - Sundays
Saturdays 12 p.m. - Worship - Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. - Mass - Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays AMEDD Regimental Chapel, services will
11:30 a.m. - Mass - weekdays be held at Evans Auditorium, Building 1396,
Protestant Services - Sundays: 221-3297
8 a.m. - Traditional Protestant Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. - Sundays
11 a.m. - Traditional Protestant Protestant/Gospel Service: 9:30 a.m. -
Jewish Services: 379-8666 or 493-6660 Sundays
8 p.m. - Fridays - Worship and 8:30 p.m. - Christian education: 11 a.m. -Sundays
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Dodd Field Chapel, Building 1721, 221- Saints:
5010 or 221-5432 9:30 a.m. - Sundays at NCO Academy
Catholic Service: 12:30 p.m. - Mass -
Sundays FSH Mosque, Building 607A, 221-5005 or
Protestant Services: 221-5007
10:30 a.m. - Collective Gospel Protestant - 10:30 a.m. - Children’s Religious
Sundays Education - Sundays
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible 1:30 p.m. - Jumma - Fridays
Study (PWOC) - Wednesdays, child care 7:30 p.m. - Adult Religious Education -
is provided. Thursdays
Samoan Protestant Service: 8:30 a.m. -
Sundays Installation Chaplain’s Office, Building
Brooke Army Medical Center Chapel, Contemporary service:
Building 3600, 916-1105 11:01 a.m. - Sundays
Catholic Services: Web site: www.samhouston.army.mil/
8:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays chaplain
Smoke-free, courageous forever
Attend smoking cessation classes in the Health
Promotion Center and learn how to find the courage to give
up the nicotine habit forever, whether you smoke, dip or
chew. Become one of our graduates and earn your “wings.”
Visit the Health Promotion Center, Room L31-9V, Brooke
Army Medical Center, or call 916-3352 or 916-5538.
10 July 5, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Heroes found at Brooke Army Medical Center feats by simply providing a helping hand.
go beyond the Webster’s Dictionary definition of a Whether it’s a friendly wave, a smile, pat on the
man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for back, an opened door, cheers through therapy or
his brave deeds and noble qualities. treatment, kind words or helping a Soldier get from
At BAMC, the heroes are not only the wounded here to there, their assistance is greatly appreciated.
warriors, but also their families, comrades, BAMC Our heroes are everyday people who give
staff, therapists, doctors, mentors and volunteers because they care.
who transform ordinary tasks into extraordinary (Source: BAMC Public Affairs)
Photo by Norma Guerra
Staff Sgt. Nathan Reed (right) helps fellow wounded warrior
Staff Sgt. Dan Barnes with his prosthetic leg following a thera-
py session at the Center for the Intrepid. Both Soldiers sus-
tained their injuries from improvised explosive devices while
serving in Iraq. The bond between warriors is a strong one and
helps during the therapy and recovery processes.
Photo by Michael Dulevitz
Lance Cpl. Brian McGonagle (right) talks with fellow wounded warrior Spc. Terry Ligman out-
side of the Center for the Intrepid. Warrior helping warrior is an essential part of the healing
and recovery process at Brooke Army Medical Center as these warriors lean on one anoth-
er, challenge one another and aid one another through the process. They are truly a “band
Photo by Michael Dulevitz
(From left) Case manager assistant Debbie Neitch escorts Sgt.
Eric Horton to his appointment at Brooke Army Medical Center. Photo by Michael Dulevitz
Horton was injured May 1 by a rocket propelled grenade suffer- Pfc. Joshua Miller, injured June 12 while serving in Baghdad, watches as shuttle driver Gloria
ing bilateral amputations above the knee. Case managers and Arocha helps Cpl. John Joss, who was injured on Memorial Day in Iraq. Miller is Joss’ battle
wounded warriors develop very close ties during the recovery buddy at BAMC. Soldier helping Soldier is a positive factor in the recovery process.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader July 5, 2007 11
Photo by Norma Guerra
(From left) Staff Sgt. Junior Paau, injured in Iraq when his Bradley Fighting
Vehicle struck a roadside bomb, meets Archbishop Jose Gomez of San
Antonio during his visit to Brooke Army Medical Center. Gomez performed a
high mass for the wounded warriors, Family Members and staff.
Photo by Michael Dulevitz
Center for the Intrepid Case Manager Dan Blasini (right) counsels Spc. Craig
Hall, injured April 27 while serving in Iraq. Hall was injured by an improvised
explosive device and suffered a left below-the-knee amputation. The case
Photo by Norma Guerra manager-wounded warrior relationship is an essential one during the recovery
Staff Sgt. Thomas Lee, who suffered a right below-the-knee amputation as a process at Brooke Army Medical Center.
result of an improvised explosive device explosion while serving in Iraq, works
out at the Center for the Intrepid with physical therapist Troy Hopkins. The staff
at the CFI takes great pride in their work and relationships with the wounded
warriors rehabilitating there. It is the staff’s goal to challenge and inspire the
wounded warriors on their road to recovery.
Photo by Michael Dulevitz
(From left) Marianne Vendella of Arizona pours milk for her son, Staff Sgt.
Travis Vendella, who was injured by a roadside bomb in February 2007 while
serving in Iraq; he lost both legs. The Vendellas are staying at one of the
Fisher Houses adjacent to the Center for the Intrepid.
Photo by Norma Guerra
Spc. Ricky Price walks and talks with his wife, Stephanie, en route to an
appointment at Brooke Army Medical Center. Family support and involvement
is essential to all of the warriors both on the battlefield and off.
12 July 5, 2007 MWR Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Community Recreation authorized pass or leave status. For more informa-
tion, call the Golf Club’s Pro Shop at 222-9386. Great Getaways Sweepstakes
Equestrian Center youth camp Register for a chance to win an all-inclusive grand prize vacation package for two at one of four
Registration for the Summer Youth Dining and Entertainment Armed Forces Recreation Centers. The sweepstakes is open to service members, retirees, Department of
Defense civilians and their Families, age 18 and older, through Aug. 31. For more information or to
Horsemanship Camp will continue until classes are Sam Houston Club, 224-2721 enter, visit http://www.afrcresorts.com/sweepstakes.
full. Camp is for youth ages 7 to 17 and consists of
Texas Hold ‘em
a one-week session held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each
Sign up now for a new round of Texas Hold
day. The last session ends Aug. 10. The registration
‘em July 13 at the Sam Houston Club from 6 p.m.
fee is $195 with a $25 deposit. For more informa-
until a winner is declared. Register by Wednesday Garage Sale Vet treatment facility
tion, call 224-7207.
for $20, which includes a special meal and unlimit-
Outdoor pool is open The next post garage sale will be held The Fort Sam Houston Veterinary
ed soft drinks. The first-place winner will receive a
Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Treatment Facility provides physical
The Aquatic Center outdoor pool is open daily $700 travel voucher for Southwest Airlines, second
MacArthur Pavilion parking lot. There is no examinations and vaccinations for private-
from 12 to 8 p.m. for the summer. Admission is place receives a $300 Army and Air Force
cost to participate, but individuals selling ly owned animals by appointment. The
free. For more information, call 221-4887 or 221- Exchange Service gift card and third place receives
items must pre-register. A valid Department clinic does not provide boarding or
1234. a $200 AAFES gift card. For a complete list of
of Defense ID card is required to participate. grooming services. Walk-ins are seen on a
prizes and official rules, visit the Sam Houston
Summer swim lessons Participants may rent tables and chairs on- space-available basis. Sick call and vacci-
Club. Players must be at least 21 years old to par-
site from the Outdoor Equipment Center. nations are scheduled by appointment
Registrations for Red Cross swimming lessons ticipate. For more information or to reserve a seat,
Table rentals will be on a first-come, first- only. Post registration may be done on a
will continue until classes are full at the Aquatic call 224-2721 or 226-1663.
served basis as supplies last. The selling of walk-in basis; call ahead of time to ensure
Center. Individuals must register in person Monday firearms, animals, arts and crafts, or food and the clinic is open. Pet care products may
through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is All-American Super TGIF
beverage items is not permissible. To register be purchased Monday through Friday
$40 per student and includes lessons, certificate of The Sam Houston Club will hold an All- or for more information visit www.fortsam- from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic appointment
completion, class photo and T-shirt. Payment is due American Super TGIF July 20 beginning at 4:30 p. houstonmwr.com or call 221-5224 or 221- hours are Monday through Wednesday
at time of registration. Lessons are conducted in m. Free food and cold drinks will be available with 5225. from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for veterinarian
two-week sessions held Monday through Friday music provided by a live D.J. For more informa- appointments and vaccinations, and
from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. tion, call 224-2721. Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
Four summer sessions will be offered. For more SeaWorld season passes and more. The ticket office 11:30 a.m. for vaccinations only. For more
information, call 221-4887 or 221-1234. MWR Ticket Office, 226-1663 is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 information or to schedule an appoint-
Golf Course, 222-9386 The MWR Ticket Office has discounted tickets p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed ment, call 295-4260 or 295-4265.
Women’s golf clinic for Splashtown. The tickets are $8 for daily Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit
The Fort Sam Houston Golf Course will host entrance. Also available are tickets for the Daytona www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com or call 226-1663 or
two women’s golf clinics – Friday to July 27 and International Speedway’s 2007 Pepsi 400, 224-2721.
Aug. 3 to 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost for each
Brooke Army Medical Center
session is $120. For more information, call James
Benites at 355-5429.
Warrior’s Monthly Scramble tournament
July Wellness Class Schedule
Register up to four players to participate in the
Warrior’s Monthly Scramble held the first Friday
of each month at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club.
The next tournament will be Friday with a shotgun Class Dates Time Place
start time at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per Asthma Management Tuesday, 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m. BAMC, Health Promotion Center
person and includes cart rental, prizes and social 24 and 31 Lower Level, Room L31-9V
following the scramble. Participants must be in an To schedule these classes, call
916-9900 and choose option No. 4.
Blood Pressure Management Wednesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. BAMC, Health Promotion Center
Coushatta Casino resort trip lower level, Room L31-9V.
The MWR Ticket Office and the Sam To schedule these classes, call
Houston Club will sponsor a trip to the 916-9900 and choose option No. 4.
Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. The Diabetes Management 19, 20, 26 and 27 Call for To participate, call Lila Kinser
bus will depart from the Sam Houston Club information at 916-0794.
Aug. 7 at 7 a.m. and return Aug. 8 at 10 Diabetes Management - 11 Call for To participate, call Lila Kinser
p.m. The cost is $49 per person and includes Pre-Diabetes information at 916-0794.
roundtrip motor coach transportation,
Diabetic Foot Care Monday 1 p.m. To schedule, call Family Medicine
overnight hotel accommodations, continental
Service at 916-7932.
breakfast at hotel and one $23 coupon from
the casino. Patrons must be at least 21 years Weigh for Health - 12 and 26 1 to 2 p.m. For class information, call
old and possess a valid photo ID at all times. Weight Management Nutrition Care at 916-7261.
Make reservations at the ticket office by Weigh for Health - Tuesday and 18 2 to 3:30 p.m. For class information, call
Aug. 1. For more information, call 226-1663 Weigh to Stay - Active Duty Military Nutrition Care at 916-7261.
or 224-2721. Yoga Wednesdays Noon to 1 p.m. BAMC, fifth floor, Room 531-14
Use your head . . .
Children on post are required to wear safety helmets
when riding a bike, skateboard or scooter.
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Events Magazine photographer’s assistant just to name
a few. In addition to scoring a “dream job,”
meant to recognize and thank military person-
nel in San Antonio and surrounding areas for
toms/courtesies and much more. Lunch will be
provided. For more information or to sign up,
Children’s Reading Hour MWR will give away $100 AAFES gift cards. their service and dedication to protecting our call ACS at 221-0946.
For more information, call 221-2606. country. Ticket vouchers can be picked up July
The NCO Wives’ Club will host a children’s 19 at the Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center, ASMC July Luncheon
reading hour today and July 12 at 1 p.m. at the Freedom Alliance Scholarship
Golf Club, Sam Houston Club, Library, Jimmy The Alamo Chapter of the American Society
Keith A. Campbell Memorial Library, 2601 The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund Brought Fitness Center or Army Community
Harney, on the corner of Harney at Chaffee of Military Comptrollers invites all members
honors the bravery and dedication of Americans Service. The vouchers may be converted to free
Road. For more information, call Jennifer and non-members to attend a July 25 luncheon
in the armed forces. Freedom Alliance is general admission tickets at Wolff Stadium or
Koranyi at 437-2788 or e-mail from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aladco’s Restaurant,
accepting applications for the 2007-2008 aca- may be used to upgrade seats with a small addi-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunset Station. The guest speaker will be Julie
demic year from children of U.S. military per- tional payment. For more information, call 221-
sonnel who have been killed or permanently Johnston, who will discuss plans for the Alamo
Youth essay contest 2606 or 221-990. City Chapter’s hosting of the 2009 Professional
disabled in the line of duty during the war on
Military children are invited to participate in terror and in other theaters of operation. Development Institute. For reservations, call
a youth essay contest on the topic, “The Person Boerne Walks kick-off Master Sgt Frank Remington at 969-2522, by
Students must be enrolled or accepted at an The Randolph Roadrunners volksmarch club
I Admire.” The contest is open to children age accredited college, university or vocational July 20.
will host a kick-off to their three 10k year-
18 and younger eligible to use Services and school. The deadline for applications is July 20.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities at round walk events Saturday from 6 to 11 a.m. Free ballet tickets
For more information or an application, visit
participating bases. The contestants’ essays at the Holiday Inn Express in Boerne, 35000
www.freedomalliance.org. The United Services Organization of San
should include name, age, telephone number IH-10 West. For more information, call Larry
2007 Military Long Drive Antonio has free tickets to the upcoming per-
and the base with which they are associated. Cook at 723-7711 or visit
formance of The Royal Ballet of London’s
Essays should be postmarked before Tuesday The MWR Long Drive Championship, pre- www.geocities.com/randolphroadrunners/.
Sleeping Beauty at The Lila Cockrell Theatre
and mailed to: San Antonio Missions Baseball sented by Cadbury Schwepps, will be held Aug. for active duty, reservists, Guard, retired mili-
Club, Post Cereal Youth Essay Contest, 5757 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Format and Fun Run
tary members and their Families. The perform-
Highway 90 W., San Antonio TX 78277. Club. This one-day program is a qualified Long The 37th Services Fitness and Sports Bang ances are today at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30
Drivers of America event and is open only to for the Buck 4th of July base wide run will be p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tick-
NCO National Job Fair
active duty service members, Reserve and held Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Lackland Air Force ets, e-mail email@example.com with name,
The Noncommissioned Officers Association National Guard (inactive status may partici- Base. For more information call Ken Hack at military affiliation, number of tickets, preferred
will host a National Job Fair Wednesday from pate). All competitors will compete in an open 671-3490. performance date and time, then pick up tickets
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Live Oak Civic Center, division. Prizes will be awarded for first, sec- at the USO San Antonio Downtown
8101 Pat Booker Road. More than 70 compa- ond and third place finishers. The active duty Technology Exposition Community Center, 420 E. Commerce St. For
nies will be in attendance. The job fair is free service member who hits the longest qualified more information about the ballet, visit
The Fort Sam Houston Technology
and open to the public. Dress appropriately, drive during the military division will win http://www.artssanantonio.com/performances/vi
Exposition, hosted by the Directorate of
bring plenty of copies of your resume and be $10,000 and be featured on the ESPN coverage ewevent.asp#13695.
Information Management, will be held July 18
prepared to meet with local and national of the event. The top long drive competitor at from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sam Houston
recruiters who are hiring in all industries. For each of the five geographical zones who
Club. There will be more than thirty exhibitors Free Missions tickets
more information, call Tony White at 653-6161, records the longest drive will win an all-
demonstrating the latest in communication tech- USAA salutes Fort Sam Houston at Military
ext. 222. expenses-paid trip to compete in the military
nologies, systems integration, flight and vision Family Appreciation Night with the San
division at the championship in Mesquite, Nev.
‘Sweet Smell of Success’ dream jobs training devices, network solutions, distance Antonio Missions baseball organization July 22
The San Antonio military installation that pro-
Fort Sam Houston Morale, Welfare and learning alternatives and much more. For more at Wolff Stadium. The game begins at 4:05 p.m.
vides the most contestants will win $1,000
Recreation and Better Opportunities for Single information, call Lauren Houck at 301-596- Attendance is free for all with a voucher. There
worth of AAFES gift cards. For more informa-
Soldiers have partnered with Speedstick and 8899 ext. 216 or pre-register for check-in at will be several pre-game activities for the mili-
tion, call 222-9386 or visit www.mwrpromo-
Army and Air Force Exchange Service to show- www.federalevents.com. tary. Ticket vouchers can be picked up July 19
case the “Speed Stick 24/7 Guy Mennen Sweet at the following Fort Sam Houston locations:
Smell of Success Dream Tour” July 12 from 11 Army Family Team Building Bowling Center, Golf Club, Sam Houston Club,
a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dream Job Employment USAA Military Appreciation Night The Army Family Team Building encour- Library, Jimmy Brought Fitness Center or
Center, located between the AAFES Mini-Mall USAA salutes Fort Sam Houston at ages new spouses and Family Members to find Army Community Service (Roadrunner
and Post Exchange. Military members and Military Family Appreciation Night with the out about Army life. Classes will be held July Community Center). The vouchers may be con-
civilians can apply for a weeklong dream job. San Antonio Missions Baseball organization 23 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Army verted to free general admission tickets at Wolff
Stop by and apply for one of many positions July 22 at Wolff Stadium. The game begins at Community Service. Class level 1 teaches Stadium or used to upgrade the seats with a
including WWE honorary time keeper, music 4:05 p.m. There will be several pre-game activ- acronyms, rank structure, chain of small additional payment. For more informa-
press agent with Sony Music and Maxim ities for the military. Military Family nights are command/concern, community resources, cus- tion, vall 221-2606.
FRGs provide flow of information, resources
“Being a leader gives you
By Cheryl Harrison concern, a telephone chain where informa- available resources,”
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office tion is passed from the commander to the said York. “We try to
he Family Readiness Group is a
Family Members through key callers. The
phone tree is designed to facilitate the
cover all the bases
with a flexible sched- pride. I had a sense of
part of the unit Family Readiness most accurate information to the Family ule. We try to meet the purpose. I enjoyed helping
Members. needs of our Families,
the other spouses.”
Plan. In the adage “it takes a vil-
lage to raise a child,” the Army adage Many units have an FRG page on the many of which are
could equally state it takes the FRG to care Web. The sites are password protected dual-working
for a unit. ensuring the security of the Families. The Families. Parents of
former FRG leader
The FRG acts as an extension of the sites continue the information flow adver- the Soldiers are also
unit in providing official, accurate com- tising dates of activities and more up-to- included. And if need-
mand information to all members of the date information. ed we will meet indi-
unit, Soldiers, spouse and children, extend- Frequently units will have a newsletter. vidually.” efforts through commander’s awards and
ed Families (mothers, fathers). Department This method is important because many FRGs are a point of information and certificates.
of the Army civilians and their Families. It times Family Members are not at the same resources, such as programs that assist a The Texas governor has the Yellow
provides mutual support between the com- site. Volunteers are from the units; usually Family Member. Family Members are Rose Award and volunteers are recognized
mander and the FRG membership as an a Family Member within the unit, and independent and resilient, but sometimes through annual post-wide volunteer recog-
advocate for more efficient use of avail- sometimes parents of the Soldiers. Every they might have a problem, such as a nitions.
able community resources. member of the unit is included. glitch in pay, or have the joy of welcoming “The FRG leaders are absolutely my
The FRG mission activities identify the FRGs are not clubs with dues; they are a new baby. The FRG is able to offer help favorite group. They are change managers.
needs of the unit Soldiers, civilian employ- supported by the unit budget. Social activi- with where to go for pay problems or They are so resilient, so independent. To
ees and their Families. ties are included and fundraising is permis- maybe parenting classes, both of which are be an FRG leader is a big responsibility,”
“The FRG is unique to the Army and is sible. FRG funds fall under the same offered through the ACS. The FRG is a said York.
a volunteer-run organization. The primary guidelines as the military. resource and at times offers activities for FRG leaders and volunteers care and
mission is to provide a timely information A training course for FRG leaders and social and morale support. that is critical. The Family is important to
flow between the unit and the Family command teams is held every six weeks Jutta Aviles, a former FRG leader said, the Soldiers. Before the Soldier was a
Members,” explained Sue York, Army and workshops are offered on specific top- “I was a FRG leader for about nine years. Soldier, he was a member of a Family.
Community Service Mobilization ics. A lunch time training is also available Being a leader gives you pride. I had a “The Army has recognized the impact
Deployment Program Manager. “FRG to bring new information to leaders and sense of purpose. I enjoyed helping the of the Family on its mission. A well-estab-
leaders and other positions within the the opportunity to network with each other spouses.” lished FRG group can really increase the
FRG, such as the treasurer, are all volun- other. Aviles now works for ACS morale of the mission,” added York.
teer positions.” “We also go to the unit if requested. We Mobilization and Deployment training For more information on the FRG pro-
One of the tools the FRG leaders use to do deployment and reunion briefings. We future FRG leaders. gram, call Sue York at 221-9821 or Jutta
keep the information flow is the chain of offer trainings and workshops with lots of FRG volunteers are rewarded for their Aviles at 221-0946.
14 July 5, 2007 Fort Freebies Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Freebies are published on a first-come, first-served basis. The military members and civilian employees working on Fort Sam 1198. Freebies run for one week unless sub-
deadline is noon Monday. Freebies are intended for personal house- Houston. Real estate ads will not be published. To submit a Fort mitter calls to renew. Limit of five items per
hold goods, and may only be submitted by active, retired or reserve Freebie, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 221- entry. For more information, call 221-1031.
For Sale: Sheer curtains and several For Sale: Golden retriever, male, four two lenses, flash and extras, $200. Call white bookshelf, 30 inches wide by 70
neutral area rugs. Call 222-1784, leave years old, obedient, $125; Coach bag, 697-9261 or 363-4056. inches long, $25; complete single bed,
message. $45; Nine West bag, $12; red and white For Sale: Little Tikes 8-in-1 $250; complete queen size bed, $325.
For Sale: 1992 Cadillac Deville, female Boston terrier, $245; exercise adjustable playground, includes two Call Sandy at 241-1291.
needs a head gasket, $600 obo. Call 532- equipment, $75. Call 633-3859. slides with crawl through tunnel, in For Sale: Rectangular coffee table, 66
3740. For Sale: Brunswick Ventura pool excellent condition, $225. Call Anne at inches wide by 25 inches long, solid
For Sale: 2000 Toyota 4-Runner, table set, mahogany, 9 feet long, four ele- 945-8577. wood with three black marble inlays,
leather, sunroof, automatic, four wheel ment solid brass table light, color For Sale: Volvo 240 Series original very heavy, $150. For more information
drive, tow package, 83K miles, $11,000. matched wall-mount cue rack and chalk replacement interior door pockets, $25 and photos, call 271-3661.
Call 380-6788 or 380-7139. holder, cues and accessories, $2,700. Call each; HP monitor MX704, 1280X1024, For Sale: 2004 Nissan Sentra, SE RS
For Sale: Jazzy motorized wheelchair Jim at 221-6656 or 859-7605. $40; Pro golf bag, new, red and white Spec V, six speed with upgraded wheels
with detachable foot rest and instruction For Sale: Hardwood table, 48 inches leather, $25. Call 481-1981. and tires, stereo system, 31K miles,
booklet, $1,050. Call 661-3765. by 36 inches, rustic finish with four For Sale: INSTY patio-car cover, 12 $11,799. Call Ron at 221-8455 or 334-
For Sale: 1994 Corvette, red, power chairs, $500; Pennair Legend Ii pool feet by 20 feet, $100; Canon BJC-5000 1816.
windows and locks, pioneer stereo sys- cleaner, $250; Samsonite rolling tote bag, printer, $25; two 25 pound weights, $20. For Sale: Little Tikes playgound with
tem, leather seats, $13,500. Call 680- black, three compartments, $35; Canon Call 370-3123. slide, great condition. $100. Call 373-
1079. AE-1 Program 35mm camera, includes For Sale: Color 10-inch TV, $25; 7095